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EU bid to stockpile gas has worked, meaning prices are coming down. Good news!

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One-third of UK exporters to the EU have stopped exporting within the first year alone

This being a bank holiday weekend, This Writer is either otherwise occupied or almost totally incapacitated, so I’m putting up material that has interested me – and I hope it interests you. Make of it what you will…

… but I will say that I agree with Phil – if anyone had suggested that exports would plummet by a third before Brexit happened, it would have been condemned as “Project Fear” by Brexiteers.

This disaster became unavoidable after those damned fools seized control of the public discourse.

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Keir Starmer’s claims about Labour’s falling membership are balderdash

The excuses man: it seems Keir Starmer has gone back to his Big Book of Excuses to explain why so many former members have turned away from the Labour Party under his leadership. But his words don’t ring true.

Membership of the Labour party plummeted by nearly one-fifth in the year after Keir Starmer became leader, it has been revealed.

The party had 432,213 members at the end of 2021, down from 523,332 in 2020.

Starmer has claimed that this vertiginous drop in membership is an expected part of the political/electoral cycle – but this is not true. Either he has been fed false information or he is deliberately lying.

According to the BBC, he said

that the fall reflected a “very familiar pattern”.

He said the party’s membership figure “goes up dramatically” ahead of elections or leadership contests, then “flattens back down again”.

“I’ve looked at the patterns – they are exactly as we would have expected,” he added.

But this is belied by the figures for his immediate forerunner, Jeremy Corbyn’s, leadership.

On the day before the 2015 general election, when Ed Miliband was still leader, Labour’s membership stood at just 201,293.

Then Mr Corbyn was elected leader – and by January 10 the following year, membership had nearly doubled to 388,407.

By December 2017, the membership had surged to a high of 564,443 – possibly in response to Labour’s much-better-than-expected result in that year’s general election. That’s nearly three times as many members as when Ed Miliband had lost the election two and a half years previously.

It is now slightly more than two and a half years since Mr Corbyn lost the 2019 election to Boris Johnson. It would be wrong to compare his 363,250 surge in membership between 2015-17 with Starmer’s loss of 91,119 because there hasn’t been an election this year, but the numbers are still damning.

By December 2018, Mr Corbyn’s Labour had indeed lost members – but not as many as Starmer’s party. Membership stood at 518,659 – a fall of 45,784.

Membership started climbing again in advance of the 2019 general election. By the time of the leadership election in which Starmer was elected to run the party, membership was back up to 552,835.

Then it started haemorrhaging.

By November 2020 it stood at 495,961 – the first time it had dipped below half a million since Mr Corbyn had taken it to that height.

So whereas Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership saw party membership rise by more than 300,000 members – and stay there, Keir Starmer has overseen a continuous exodus of 120,622 people during his time as leader.

That’s not a familiar pattern – certainly not when compared with the meteoric rises seen under Mr Corbyn.

If Labour can’t even be honest about its own membership, how can we ever trust Starmer when (if?) he ever announces any policies?

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Tory government has engineered the fastest-ever fall in the value of your pay

THIS IMAGE IS FROM FIVE YEARS AGO: back then, the TUC said real wages were still lower than they were when the financial crisis hit in 2008. After all their protestations of making life better for us, the Tories have only inflicted worse suffering upon us.

The Conservatives have delivered the fastest fall in real wages ever recorded.

That’s right – and you can be sure Tory MPs will be celebrating their achievement in making the pound in your pocket practically worthless to you.

It flies in the face of every claim they’ve ever made in order to get your vote – remember Boris Johnson’s protestation that he was going to deliver a “high wage” economy, only last year? Who was stupid enough to believe that?

But they don’t care because they have feathered their own nests very nicely.

Remember: it didn’t have to be this way. It is Conservative government policies that have put you in a situation where you will not be able to afford the simple necessities of life.

Here’s the BBC:

While average wages rose 4.7% between April and June, that was outpaced by inflation – or price rises – which is growing at a much faster pace.

As a result, the “real value” of pay fell by 3%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Household budgets are being hit by soaring energy bills as well as higher food and fuel costs.

The rise in prices has fuelled the UK inflation rate to a 40-year high of 9.4% and the latest figure due to be published on Wednesday is forecast to be higher.

The gap between pay growth and inflation is the biggest since records began more than 20 years ago.

Remember when the Tories froze public sector pay for years at a time, and private pay rises were limited to around one per cent per year (except for bosses, who wrote their own cheques as usual, and MPs who have their pay determined by an “independent” organisation that always offers higher-than-inflation pay increases)?

If pay had risen realistically at that time and afterwards, would we have been able to withstand this shock? I ask merely for information.

Wage growth has been behind inflation for most of the Tories’ time in office since 2010. It is Conservative Party policy to ensure that you are paid less, and that you are less able to afford vital goods and services.

It goes back to the “Starve the Beast” plan that George W Bush used in the United States – the idea being that tax cuts make public services impossible to provide and unaffordable to the general public, who are put into permanent wage slavery to pay off the debts they rack up trying to pay for (as an example) health care. Liz Truss is a huge fan of Starving the Beast.

And the government is still trying to fob us off with its usual excuse:

Julie Marson, minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, said… “Being in stable employment is one of the best ways for people to get on.”

This is clearly not true under the Tories.

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Tanking like his economy: Sunak plunges from top to bottom of Tory popularity chart

Tough luck, Rishi! But it’s going to be fun watching Sunak try to smarm his way out of this pickle.

Isn’t it odd that Tories support their lying, cheating, corrupt MPs… right up until they get caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

Rishi Sunak is a classic example. Last month he was at the top of the ConservativeHome popularity chart, with a net rating of 7.9.

Then his wife was alleged to be avoiding paying millions of pounds in tax – as was Sunak himself.

And then he was fined for attending the lockdown-busting Downing Street parties.

And now Sunak is at the bottom of the same chart, with a net rating of minus 5.2.

Well-deserved!

Source: Rishi Sunak plunges to BOTTOM of popularity chart among Tory activists

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Spring Statement signals huge fall in UK living standards – especially if you’re on benefits

Despair: the indifference of the Conservative government that UK voters put into office by a landslide means that – unless you’re a millionaire like them – you are going to struggle to survive over the next few years. Does voting Tory still seem a good idea?

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has let voters down badly.

His failure to do anything meaningful to tackle the cost of living crisis, coupled with inflation and high taxation, mean people are facing the biggest fall in living standards since records began in 1956. Worst-hit will be people on benefits, for whom Sunak offered absolutely nothing at all.

Watch Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies as he lays out the bad news:

I’m not going to suggest that any Vox Political reader was stupid enough to vote Tory. But somebody is bound to find this article and consider responding along the lines that the alternative was Jeremy Corbyn “and we’d all be in a terrible state with him in charge!”

But this is quite clearly nonsense. Corbyn was never allowed to be in charge and so any such claims are just childish speculation.

We know why he wasn’t allowed to be in charge:

You were told he was an anti-Semite, and that was a lie.

You were told he wanted to dismantle the UK’s armed forces, and that was a lie too.

You were told he was a friend of Vladimir Putin, and that was also a lie. The friends of Vladimir Putin are currently sitting in Downing Street pretending to be his enemies.

In broader terms, the Tories won because you were told that Brexit would be good for you and voting Tory was the only way to “Get Brexit Done”. That was the biggest lie of all; Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster for the people – and the economy – of the United Kingdom.

As your Tory friends struggle to make ends meet over the coming years and months, please don’t hesitate to remind them of the facts that they ignored because they preferred the convenient lies.

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Spring Statement analysis: UK is facing biggest drop in disposable income since records began

Rishi Sunak: he’s squeezing you until your pips squeak. How do you like it?

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spring statement – and the pitifully few measures he announced in it to counter the cost of living crisis that he helped create – means citizens are facing the largest fall in disposable income since comparable records began in the 1950s.

That was the verdict of the independent Office of Budget Responsibility, as reeled off on the BBC’s Politics Live.

See for yourself:

Unless you are a millionaire, you’re probably going to face money trouble.

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Starmer falls in the polls AGAIN as his blunders mount up against him

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Keir Starmer’s recent past is catching up with him, if the latest approval ratings are any indicator.

And there is worse to come, judging by early responses to his latest moves.

The figures put Starmer’s approval rating at -39. It is a sad indictment against him that his most favourable rating comes not from Labour voters, but from supporters of the Liberal Democrats. Perhaps they believe he’ll open up electoral chances for them…

In contract with current prime minister Boris Johnson, Starmer also comes off poorly. Remember, this is Starmer’s rating against a known, habitual liar whose Brexit has caused a national food shortage, whose response to Covid-19 has killed around 200,000 people while corruptly funnelling cash to Tory donors and whose retreat from Afghanistan was so poorly-planned it may be likened more accurately to a rout.

Against this failure of a prime minister, Keir Starmer is 18 points behind…

And nearly a year and a half after becoming Labour leader to shouts of joy from right-wing tubthumpers who swore that anybody but Jeremy Corbyn would put Labour 20 points ahead of the Tories, Starmer has put his party eight points behind…

… and questions are being asked about whether even this position is being artificially aided by right-wing media coverage after a period in charge that would have seen multiple challenges to his immediate forerunner:

Latest developments in the Starmer debacle include a decision to refuse New Labour stalwart and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham an opportunity to make a speech at the party conference later this month:

Then there are these developments – some of which This Site has already covered:

He stands accused of hypocrisy as he prepares to betray one of his own leadership election pledges in order to exclude Ian Hodson, BFAWU president, from membership on fabricated, trumped-up charges:

He is silent about current Tory plans to increase the privatisation of the National Health Service (because he supports them? I’ll be publishing an article on this shortly):

Meanwhile Starmer’s crusade against socialists in a democratic socialist party continues. Is it because the Labour Left is the only wing of the party that is actually pushing him to do his job?

As James Meadway points out, below, this is elementary politics. Starmer should know that it is an opportunity to claim thousands of votes from Boris Johnson’s Tories at the next election, but seems uninterested. Perhaps the rumours are accurate and he really is trying to undermine his own party?

Underpinning everything is the false pretext for the removal of left-wingers: Starmer’s fake crusade against anti-Semitism.

Among the latest victims of this is Graham Bash. His crime? Signing an open letter from a proscribed organisation – 18 months before it was proscribed.

Mr Bash is, of course, Jewish – and this fact alone makes a mockery of Starmer’s crusade. Think about it – he is expelling Jewish people as anti-Semites.

Doesn’t work, does it?

There is a possible reason for this illogical behaviour, though.

Starmer is widely believed to be acting under orders from the Board of Deputies of British Jews – a Tory-dominated organisation that campaigned hard (but failed) to depose Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour leadership.

It has now been revealed that the BoD works closely with the Israeli Embassy and has strong links with the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs (which campaigned against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to pressure Israel into ending its persecution of Palestine) and the Israel Defence Force (the Israeli military who seem to spend much of their time murdering defenceless Palestinians).

In other words, this organisation appears to be an arm of the Israeli government dedicated to influencing UK political advantages to carry out policies supporting that foreign power, rather than helping the people of the UK.

And Starmer is their puppet.

People are, understandably, angry that Starmer is fighting an undeclared war on the left of his own party…

… and that he is targeting Jewish people (who don’t kowtow to the demands of the Board of Deputies and Israeli Zionism.

There are clear implications for Labour’s future electoral chances:

For some, it is already too late:

That goes for This Writer, too.

That is how matters stand at the time of writing – although as I have been typing, This Writer has no doubt that Starmer and his cronies will have found another way to sabotage their own party.

At a time when the UK has the worst Government in its history, it also has the worst Opposition in its history. What a disaster.

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Schadenfreude (Boris Johnson plummets in the opinion polls)

Boris Johnson: it seems we all think it’s time for him to go. He won’t accept that, of course.

He won’t be panicking.

Boris Johnson will be doing what every other Tory leader does when they take a pummelling in the polls – he’ll be telling himself there’s plenty of time to bounce back.

With a new lie, perhaps?

According to several mainstream papers (I’m taking the information from iNews), Johnson’s person rating among readers of Tory blog ConservativeHome has fallen by a massive 36 points – from 39 to just three.

Apparently the reason for this is his reluctance to self-isolate after being in close contact with somebody found to have Covid-19 (his own Health Secretary Sajid Javid, as it happened).

So it seems people really do care if ministers behave as though there’s one rule for the mob and a different rule for elites like them – and these people were Conservatives, which means their opinions actually mean something to Johnson and his grasping rabble.

Worse still, this dissatisfaction with a prime minister who ignores his own rules for personal gain seems to be translating into electoral abandonment, with an Ipsos MORI poll showing public satisfaction with Johnson’s government has fallen to its lowest in nine months.

And a YouGov poll added that the Tories could struggle to hold up to 16 seats in their traditional heartlands. That’s not the recently-aquired Red Wall, where people might be expected to ‘float’ back to Labour; it’s what have previously been Tory strongholds.

One wonders where these people would go. Not to Keir Starmer’s Fake Labour, that’s for sure. He’s even less trustworthy than Johnson (as the current controversy over one of his MPs writing for The Sun demonstrates).

And that’s what This Writer thinks the Tories are failing to grasp: that, after two years of his dishonest antics, people have realised that Johnson is an out-and-out liar who has only stayed where he is because Parliament’s rules have protected him.

But that can’t stop people seeing the facts – either via Peter Stefanovic’s viral video (which may need updating after all of the lies Johnson has uttered since it was originally edited together)…

… and after Dawn Butler was ejected from Parliament by an acting deputy Speaker, for the heinous crime of listing the facts about Johnson’s lies.

But now we come to the other side of this coin; if people are deserting Johnson and the Tories, where will they go?

And the answer is clear: they won’t go to Keir Starmer’s poisonous Fake Labour.

Even after the self-isolation/dishonesty revelations about Boris Johnson, the voting intention polls look like this, and Damo is right to draw the conclusion he does:

Starmer’s personal rating is much worse, after a year in which he has relentlessly pursued and persecuted socialists who used to form the backbone of the party with false accusations of anti-Semitism, has pandered to the Tory narrative about Covid-19 even when it has caused more infections and deaths, and has lied about his own policies – rejecting those on which he was elected Labour leader and offering nothing to replace them because he knows if we discover his real plans, his party will end up consisting of himself and Wes Streeting:

There’s an obvious answer – for both parties: ditch the leader.

History shows that voters forgive parties with unpopular leaders if they get new ones – even if this does not result in a policy change.

It seems the British people are extremely shallow in this respect.

The first party to grasp this fact will be the one that gains most in the post-Covid political landscape that we are all soon to inhabit.

But Starmer – and Johnson – are both stubborn political survivalists.

Will they accept the inevitable? Or will they try to put it off at any cost, thereby causing huge harm to their party’s electability?

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Was Sadiq Khan’s narrower-than-expected London Mayoral win due to Keir Starmer’s right turn?

Sadiq Khan said unflattering things about then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after his 2016 London mayoral victory. But at least Corbyn provided Labour policies for the public to support in the poll. Starmer put him in a vacuum and it is a miracle he received as many votes as he did.

Belated congratulations to Sadiq Khan on his re-election to the London Mayoralty.

But isn’t it disturbing that he won by a narrower margin than against Zac Goldsmith in 2016, against an equally inept candidate?

In the years preceding the election, Bailey had been criticised for racism (calling Khan “the Mad Mullah of Londonistan”, criticising celebration of Muslim and Hindu festivals and claiming that British people were being indoctrinated in the cultures of those religions).

He also proposed forcing larger London businesses to drug-test their employees – but with Parliament, dubbed the “corridors of powder” because of the huge “trace” amounts of cocaine that have been found there, exempt.

And he was accused of sexism as well as racism when it emerged that he had stated in 2006 that single girls in inner cities “deliberately become pregnant” in order to secure homes and benefits from the government.

Against such a man, Sadiq Khan gained more than 100,000 fewer votes than against Goldsmith.

I don’t think the drop-off was anything to do with Khan himself – or with his opponent, though.

I think it was about the leadership of Khan’s political party – Labour.

When he was elected in 2016, the people of London were riding high on the election of Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership with a set of genuinely socialist policies that had the potential to transform the UK into a vibrant example for the world.

By 2021, Corbyn’s right-wing opponents in the Labour Party bureaucracy had stabbed him in the back and had him replaced with suit-haircut-and-flag man Keir Starmer, who had promptly ditched all of those transformative policies in favour of an “any way the wind blows” approach.

In the absence of any policy support from his party leadership, it is a miracle Khan received as many votes as he did.

Source: Sadiq Khan wins second term as London mayor despite tighter-than-expected race | The Independent

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