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Swinson lies AGAIN, it seems – Harman claims she didn’t talk with Lib Dem leader

Harriet Harman: She says she didn’t talk with Jo Swinson.

Here’s a fascinating piece of information from Skwawkbox.

We already know that novice Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson claimed she had spoken to both Kenneth Clarke and Harriet Harman about one of them leading an interim government following a vote of “no confidence” in Boris Johnson’s administration.

This Site quoted her comment when challenged on this: “I have been in touch with them because obviously you don’t just mention people’s names without checking that they’re OK with that.”

That quote was in my article showing that Mr Clarke had not been in contact with Ms Swinson. He said: “I’ve been on holiday for two weeks and missed all this. This is the first I’ve heard of it.”

Now it seems Ms Harman has said she never spoke to Ms Swinson either.

In an email to members of her Camberwell & Peckham constituency party, according to Skwawkbox, Mr Harman wrote: “I can reassure you that I have not been involved in any closed door, cross-party talks between Labour and Conservative backbenchers and the Leadership of the Liberal Democrats.

“I support Jeremy Corbyn going for a vote of No Confidence in Boris Johnson. And will, of course, vote for it.

“It is… the clear constitutional right of the Leader of the Opposition to have the first attempt to form an administration if the Government fails.

“I back Jeremy Corbyn’s determination to do everything possible to prevent the terrible damage to our country that will be caused if the Government stampedes into a No Deal Brexit.”

Now I hear that opposition leaders including Ms Swinson have signed a declaration to do “whatever is necessary” to stop a “no deal” Brexit.

But discussions centred on ways of using the law to prevent such an event, with minimal talk about the “no confidence” vote.

Was this because of Ms Swinson’s reluctance to support Mr Corbyn? If so, shouldn’t the clear evidence of dishonesty mitigate against her?

Source: Excl: Harman denies Swinson’s claim they spoke about interim PM position | The SKWAWKBOX

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POLL: Corbyn will ban fracking; Swinson takes cash from frackers. As earthquakes get bigger, who’s right?

Frack site: The well in Lancashire contributes to global warming and climate change.

Who would you trust to decide who runs the UK, based on this issue alone?

A 2.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded yesterday (August 26) at the Cuadrilla fracking site in Lancashire, following a 2.1 quake on August 24 and a 1.6 quake on August 21.

All three were well above the level at which government guidelines demand that fracking be suspended for 18 hours. For this to happen, a quake need register 0.5 on the Richter scale.

The latest event was the 94th quake recorded by the British Geological Society in the last eight weeks – and all but one of them were near the Lancashire site. If the trend continues, it seems even Cuadrilla has admitted that properties in Blackpool are likely to suffer structural damage.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he would ban fracking because of the danger it represents to the environment.

Novice Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, on the other hand, has taken £14,000 from Warwick Energy – a fracking company with several licences granted by the Conservative government.

Here’s a video of her defending that choice on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show:

Not very convincing, is it?

Now here comes the big question.

Mr Corbyn wants to hold a vote of ‘no confidence’ in Boris Johnson’s (fracking-supportive) Conservative government next week, leading to the formation of a caretaker government with him at its head, which would be limited to just two aims: stopping a ‘no deal’ Brexit and calling a general election.

Ms Swinson says she would only support such a plan if Mr Corbyn steps back and allows another MP to be nominated as leader of such a government, because she says he is unfit to be prime minister.

For the purposes of this question, ignore the fact that Ms Swinson has said she would go into coalition with the Conservatives again, and answer this question:

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Here’s what’s wrong with the Liberal Democrat attitude to Jeremy Corbyn

Brexiteers-in-chief: Jo Swinson and Boris Johnson. And you all thought Ms Swinson would do anything to keep the UK in the EU.

The Liberal Democrats, led by Yellow Tory Jo Swinson, say Jeremy Corbyn cannot command a majority in Parliament – mostly because they refuse to offer him any support.

They say this means he should step aside as nominal leader of an interim government following a successful vote of ‘no confidence’ in Boris Johnson’s government over ‘no deal’ Brexit.

But here’s a thing: The Liberal Democrats cannot hope to command a majority in Parliament either.

So why are they so arrogant that they think they can dictate who the next prime minister should be? Can’t they nominate somebody to act as leader during the interim government, who can work with Mr Corbyn?

I think they’re just looking for an excuse that will hide the fact that they’re betraying their supporters by tacitly supporting Mr Johnson’s ‘no deal’ Brexit plan, even though they told all their voters they were the ‘Party of Remain’.

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Labour MPs shout down Harman’s proposed support for child tax credit cut

Embattled: Harriet Harman.

Embattled: Harriet Harman.

The Parliamentary Labour Party turned against interim leader Harriet Harman when she called on members to support her claim that they should not oppose the Conservative Government’s plan to cut tax credits, thereby increasing poverty – including child poverty.

At a PLP meeting yesterday, 20 members spoke against her call for the party to abstain on the government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill next week. Only five supported her refusal to table reasoned amendments.

And it seems likely that she was set to face more anger at a Shadow Cabinet meeting this morning.

According to George Eaton in The New Statesman:

  • Labour whips expect 60-80 MPs to vote against the welfare bill in defiance of Harman’s stance.
  • There was “no consensus on the child tax credit changes”.
  • Harman’s critics will be looking to her replacements for a clear commitment to pursue a different course.

The article states that rebel Andy MacDonald said the Tories’ proposed two-child limit on tax credits was a regression to the days of “Mao Tse-Tung and King Herod”.

And Frank Field, former welfare reform minister and current work and pensions select committee chair, shouted at Harman that Labour had to defend the “three million strivers” who faced losing £1,000 from tax credit cuts.

Harman is said to have warned the meeting that “If we oppose everything, people will not hear those things we are opposing and why”. Clearly, then, she is in favour of the kind of “triangulation” this blog was discussing yesterday. It represents an abandonment of principles – don’t forget that Labour introduced tax credits – that This Blog cannot support.

Harman is also said to have pointed out that Labour voted against 13 social security bills in the last Parliament but that only its rejection of the bedroom tax was noticed. In fact, this is probably over-optimistic. How many times have commenters to this blog and others claimed that Labour MPs sat on their thumbs throughout the whole of the Coalition Parliament and failed to oppose any of the changes? Those people were, of course, absolutely wrongVox Political has chronicled Labour’s opposition to the Tories’ dismantling of social security in considerable detail, but it seems the public prefer a juicy lie to the hard facts.

In fact, this demonstrates very clearly that Labour should oppose more Tory policies. Yes, campaign against the lowering of Employment and Support Allowance, the scrapping of maintenance grants for poor students, the abolition of child poverty targets and tax credit cuts such as the reduction in the income threshold – but don’t abandon children to poverty and destitution; that is not the Labour way.

One thought that is of particular concern to This Writer concerns what will happen to young people who become impoverished as a result of the Tory plan. What will they have to do in order to survive? At a time when child abuse is high on the polical agenda – the inquiry into historical child sex crimes has only just opened – it seems this Conservative Government is opening the door for further such incidents – aided by an interim Labour leader who has faced accusations of her own in regard to such matters.

Doesn’t it?

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