‘English independence’ supporters don’t even know where England is

The news is mostly bad so let’s laugh at some right-wing loonies: People really need to learn the geographical boundaries of those countries they wish to be free. https://t.co/P4yYKBoTMh — Dr Mike Galsworthy (@mikegalsworthy) February 16, 2020 Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice. https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/ Vox Political needs your help! If you want to support this site…

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A fact-check for silly Cameron apologists

Here’s a piece in the New Statesman that is worth debunking straight away. Entitled 10 delusions about the Labour defeat to watch out for, it makes assertions that suggest to This Writer that it is author Ian Leslie who’s been having dodgy visions. Let’s focus on three: “1. THE MEDIA DID IT “No left-wing account of this defeat will be complete without a reference to the Tory press (bonus drink for “Murdoch-controlled”) and its supposed inexorable hold over the political psyche of the nation. Funny: the day before the election…

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Electoral Reform Society criticises Tory plans for England-only votes

Thanks to Tom Pride for flagging up this story: The non-partisan Electoral Reform Society has criticised William Hague’s announcement of the Conservative proposal for giving English MPs the only say over England-only legislation, saying such important constitutional changes should be decided by the public, not just by MPs. Darren Hughes, Deputy Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said: “It may seem like the most natural thing in the world to give English MPs a veto over laws that affect only England. But the truth is this proposal would have huge implications for the way…

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UKIP: deliberate ‘ethnicide’ of English people being carried out on behalf of ‘satanic’ EU – Pride’s Purge

Tom Pride is having great fun at UKIP’s expense. Here’s the first of two articles from him: Supporters of the UKIP have revealed today that they believe Westminster MPs from all the major parties are carrying out “a deliberate process of secularisation and ethnicide of the English people.“ It seems the UKIP reckons this ethnicide of the English is being carried out by the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour on behalf of what it calls the ‘satanic’ EU. The tinfoil-hat comments- worthy of the pottiest opinions from members of the US Tea Party…

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Don’t believe the critics – Labour’s plans are good for Britain

What do you think of the Labour Party conference this year? It’s a loaded question and one that is bound to elicit loaded answers. The propaganda machines of the other parties have been working overtime to discredit Her Majesty’s Opposition, with Scottish people who wanted independence (the minority, let’s remember) claiming Labour lied to them, UKIP supporters adamant that the party is full of child abusers (based on a BNP propaganda website, which should tell anyone with a brain all they need to know), and of course the Tories doing…

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Tory ‘English nationalism’ has nothing to do with fairness

Ed Balls has it right; according to the BBC he said there is no “simple solution” to the current situation regarding English devolution, as most of the tax and spending decisions he would take if he was Chancellor would affect the whole of the UK. This is a consequence of England’s population size, relative to the other UK countries. England has more than 80 per cent of the UK’s population – with three times that of Scotland in London alone. “There is *no* change to English tax, public services, inflation,…

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Cameron has reneged on his promise to Scotland – why is Miliband getting the blame?

It seems a lot of people have become terribly confused and are making a lot of rash assumptions. The first is that promises by the political leaders in Westminster – to hand Scotland new powers over tax, spending and social security – persuaded voters in Scotland to reject the opportunity to split away from the United Kingdom and form their own country. We don’t know that this is the case. In the run-up to the vote, the result was too close to judge, depending on perhaps six or seven per…

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Was this the real reason Cameron allowed the Scotland referendum?

Vox Political is grateful to Craig Cartmell for the following, which he posted on the Facebook page as a comment: Have we all been victims of the greatest confidence trick of the early 21st century? Let me put a scenario to you:1. The current government has been slowly putting plans into action to privatise as much of the government as possible, and under the excuse of austerity and the label ‘value for money’ has managed to get rid of a fair chunk: – Education is increasingly in the hands of…

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The ‘Daily Mail’ Wales – about as real as Brigadoon

A tweet from a local (Conservative) Assembly member and county councillor has set me off to read a Daily Mail hack-job on the Welsh government and its policies. It makes for bleak reading but I have yet to find any resemblance to the Wales I know. Has the author, Robert Hardman, ventured any further than the M4 corridor in his researches? It seems doubtful. The first section attacks the Welsh Government’s purchase of Cardiff Airport for more than the expected value, plus extra millions for investment, saying Bristol Airport attracts…

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Workplace battleground: Labour and Tories at war over employment

Labour is forging forward with new plans to improve work prospects and the skills of those seeking employment, while the Conservatives are plunging backward with proposals to penalise people who lack the ability to speak basic English. Already right-wingers in the media have been trying to undermine the policies announced by Rachel Reeves in a speech to the Institute of Public Policy Research. They say Labour is planning to strip people of their benefits if they don’t take classes to improve their English and Maths skills, if necessary. This talk…

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