Vox Political is changing focus slightly – to concentrate (if possible) on the undercurrents that are driving the major political issues facing the United Kingdom (and, where appropriate, the rest of the world).
It isn’t an easy shift for This Writer. I’m going to be thinking that I’m missing important matters if I’m not writing about them all the time.
So here’s a compromise: The news in tweets (or whatever other means it comes to me).
The idea is to have something denoting the political stories of the day, even if I’m not actually devoting any time to actually analysing what’s going on.
Perhaps if you think I should go in-depth on a particular topic, you could comment in and let me know?
Let’s see what’s been happening on Sunday, July 2, 2023:
Labour ‘more Tory than Tories’ on teachers’ pay
Big departure from Labour today refusing to support the Independent Pay Review’s recommended pay rise for teachers. Implementing that recommendation was always viewed as “the bare minimum”. Now Labour won’t even pledge that.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) July 2, 2023
Contradictorily, the BBC is reporting that Labour wants to give teachers a £2,400 bonus to keep them from quitting, and would restore the requirement for new teachers to have a formal teaching qualification or be working towards one – a demand that the Coalition (Conservative/Liberal Democrat) government scrapped in 2012 to allow unqualified teachers to take jobs in their disastrous “Free Schools” experiment.
Sunak said to have reduced university funding because students don’t vote Tory
Democracy in action. Will all universities be required to politicise their students? What if a rebellious class join forces and vote green, will they be shot or simply deported. Right wing indoctrination centres whereby you will vote Tory or Tory. #Democracy my arse. pic.twitter.com/KiCTJ50zyO
— shadowbanned, i cant respond, FB or tweet.🥱😴 (@jimmycoops2018) July 2, 2023
This is quite staggering, but also very clear indication that Sunak shares a typical far-right attitude towards intellectuals. https://t.co/Y59wr8jOsD
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) July 2, 2023
Michael Howard reckons it was right to privatise water
Water privatisation was right, says Michael Howard amid debt concerns https://t.co/2DiobLRB8a
— Guardian news (@guardiannews) July 1, 2023
The gist is that water was far down the list for investment under the Thatcher Conservative government, and privatisation was the best way to get that utility the investment it needed.
He’s wrong, of course, because we know now that privatisation didn’t launch a flood (sorry) of investment. In fact, shareholders have taken nearly twice as much from privatised water firms as they put in, while putting no money at all towards restoring the crumbling Victorian infrastructure.
The expectation is that the losses will be underwritten by the public purse, while the money we pay in our bills will go into the bank accounts of private shareholders. It’s a con-job; a racket.
Leading (alleged) figures in anti-Corbyn witch-hunt named
This evening we name the guilty men and women amongst Corbyn’s closest advisers who enthusiastically ramped up the witch-hunt.
Lansman, Schneider, Hayball, Smith and Murray.
That’s Laura, not her dad Andrew Murray, who, on reflection, we should also have included. https://t.co/oLAnc8DPcK
— David Miller (@Tracking_Power) July 1, 2023
These are allegations; use your own judgement when watching the documentary – as you should when watching anything the BBC etc have put out about this.
Labour to abstain on anti-BDS Bill to help Israel
As I predicted: Labour will abstain on the anti-boycott bill, effectively supporting the Tories’ anti-BDS law.
— Asa Winstanley (@AsaWinstanley) July 1, 2023
The anti-Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Bill is clearly an attempt to clamp down on the freedom of people in the United Kingdom to make their own choices about whether to support governments of foreign countries that act in repressive ways.
As such, it should be opposed. Write to your MP via TheyWorkForYou.com or WriteToThem.com and make it clear that the people of the UK should not have their choices dictated by their government (or, as it seems in this case, a completely different country’s government).
Rishi Sunak wants unqualified people to be your dentists
Ye Gods!!😳 Is he for real? Dentists are specialists. They train for many years to achieve that role.
No disrespect to plumbers as I also view them as specialists but maybe Sunak would prefer a plumber to service his molars?🤔
Therapists?? 😩 #SunakHasNoClue https://t.co/fNmZUvNLBi
— Helen Brooks 🇪🇺🇺🇦 (@heib20) June 30, 2023
Would he let somebody who isn’t a fully-qualified dentist work on his own teeth? I don’t think so.
Therefore he should not be foisting such people on the rest of us. This is more Tory “One Rule For Us”-ism.
Does anybody remember the “Backstreet Dentists” skit from satire show The Day Today?
Energy bills to stay high to give shareholders more fat profits
Addicted to profiteering:
British Gas says domestic energy bills to remain high, already making record profits.
Natural gas trading at 88p a therm, was 800p in March 2022.
Quick to raise prices, slow to lower them.
Ofgem lets them pick our pockets.https://t.co/AOxevYN7dj
— Prem Sikka (@premnsikka) June 30, 2023
Home Office places lone child in hotel where others have gone missing
Home Office admit placing lone 9 year old in Brighton asylum seeker hotel. A 9 year old… ALONE… in a hotel where children have gone missing before because there were “shortages”
How are they getting away with this? Shocked!https://t.co/GnPuYMJwip
— Qays Sediqi (@QaysSediqi) June 30, 2023
Clearly the decision-maker needs to be put under the spotlight and made to explain their intention in exposing a nine-year-old child to this risk.
If that doesn’t happen, you need to draw the logical conclusion about your government’s attitude to child trafficking.
Nigel Farage is cut off from his bank account. Why?
Farage says he’s considering leaving Britain 🎻🎻🎻🎻 pic.twitter.com/2A0bNj6716
— The London Economic (@LondonEconomic) June 30, 2023
Very few people have their bank accounts closed because of their political beliefs.
Far more are closed because of dubious transactions.
Will we ever know????
— Denis Skinner (@BolsoverBeast) June 30, 2023
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