Johnson threatens to remove Tory whip from MPs voting against his Brexit Bill. Deja vu?

It is indeed reminiscent of last year – but back then, Boris Johnson was trying to coerce his colleagues into voting to uphold his EU Withdrawal Agreement. Now he’s trying to coerce them into voting against it. What a vacillating political vacuum he is. He’s gambling on enough of the 2019 Parliamentary intake being so stupid that they think loyalty to their leader is more valuable than loyalty to the law. It isn’t. The fact is that anybody voting to break international law will have a stain on their reputation…

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MPs from all parties say failure to release Russia report is ‘affront to democracy’

If a week in politics is a long time, how would you describe eight months? An eternity? That’s the length of time Boris Johnson has been sitting on the report into Russian interference in UK democracy. He says it cannot be released because the UK’s Intelligence and Security Committee has not been reconvened since it was dissolved for the December 2019 general election and has no members. But this is a feeble excuse when one realises that the only reason for this is, Boris Johnson nominates everybody on this committee…

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Cummings scandal: Duffield right to resign for breaching lockdown; Labour MPs wrong to back her

This is an open-and-shut case, isn’t it? Rosie Duffield seems a nasty character. The Labour MP for Canterbury marched in the ‘lynch’ mob with Ruth Smeeth and others to have Marc Wadsworth ejected from the Labour Party in the kangaroo court that was his hearing before the party’s National Constitutional Committee. She campaigned for Chris Williamson to get the same treatment from his kangaroo court (NCC) hearing. Now she has been caught breaking lockdown – possibly more scandalously than Dominic Cummings – in travelling to meet her lover, who happens to be…

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Rees Mogg wants MPs back in Parliament as ‘example’. That’s exactly what they’ll be if they go…

Jacob Rees-Mogg reckons MPs should return to Westminster and vote in person – as an example to all those being urged back to work in spite of the coronavirus. Good for him! He’s a complete an utter dunderhead. Social distancing rules mean there can only be about 50 MPs in the Commons chamber at any time, and many have been using videoconferencing to take part in debates from home. There is no way anybody should be cramped together like sardines – which is the usual situation during the busier Commons…

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Socialist Labour MPs demand action on leaked Labour report but Starmer’s too busy saving his officials

Socialist Labour MPs – in other words, proper Labour MPs – have demanded action from party leader Keir Starmer, after a report showing how party officers sabotaged the party was leaked to the public. The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs has issued a statement as follows: “In light of the recent revelations about senior officials undermining the 2017 general election campaign, we, as members of the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs, make the following demands: “1. The report should be published in full officially by the Labour Party. “2.…

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MPs reject Brexit bill timetable – they’re not worried about Johnson calling an election

What did I tell you? MPs have rejected a proposal to examine Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill in the Commons in three days. The Commons supported the Withdrawal Agreement Bill earlier, but have now voted against the short timetable. Earlier, the PM warned he would seek an election if MPs dismissed the plan and the EU granted an extension to 31 October Brexit deadline. After the vote, he told the Commons he would “pause” the legislation until the EU had “stated their intentions”. Source: MPs reject Brexit bill timetable – BBC…

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Corbyn is right: Tory tribalism will be no protection against a bad Brexit

Conservatives cheered when MPs heard Labour’s bid to control whether the UK leaves the European Union with no deal had failed. Big mistake. Jeremy Corbyn was absolutely right to say, “You won’t be cheering in September.” A no-deal Brexit would be hugely disruptive to the UK – its systems, its services, its supplies, and its relationships with other nations and international organisations. But never mind that; the Tories wanted to give their leadership candidates leeway, on the international stage, to make even worse fools of us than Theresa May already…

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What will Tories do if Theresa May refuses to say when she’ll quit as PM? Strike?

The UK’s anti-trade union party might end up adopting trade union tactics to rid itself of its unwanted leader if all else fails. Tories are holding an emergency meeting of the National Conservative Convention on June 15, when around 800 senior Tory activists will vote on a “no confidence” motion against Theresa May. But the vote will be non-binding. The Conservative Party blew its chance to force Mrs May out when MPs supported her during party and Parliamentary “no confidence” votes in December 2018 and January this year. So, if…

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Parliament has voted against Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement AGAIN. Will she resign?

MPs have voted against Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, with 286 votes in favour and 344 votes against it. The zombie prime minister has been defeated yet again. Mrs May says the legal default is that the UK leaves the EU on April 12 – not enough time to ratify a deal, and Parliament will not countenance leaving without a deal. The UK will now most likely go into a longer extension of Article 50, and be required to take part in European Parliament elections in May. The inertia dogging the…

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Brexit supporter who PUNCHED Jeremy Corbyn – he didn’t ‘egg’ the Labour leader – admits assault

Absolutely stunning: The mainstream media is still claiming that Jeremy Corbyn was attacked with an egg when he was punched in the head. It undermines respect for the British news media. The evidence was that Mr Corbyn was struck on the right side of his forehead and the culprit – named John Murphy – has admitted assault by beating. It was not assault by beating an egg. The Mirror‘s report of Mr Corbyn’s account is telling: ‘Mr Corbyn, who was largely uninjured but left with a red mark, noted Murphy’s face was “contorted”…

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