• Brexit will haunt a Labour government too – New Statesman
    on 17th July 2024 at 5:00 pm

    By walter munchau, .”.even if Starmer wants to, I struggle to see how he can. I see the main constraint not in UK politics, but in regulatory divergence.” “The Starmer government would not only have to shadow what the EU is doing now, but also cover the large mass of legislation passed in the EU between 2020 and now – in addition to implementing its own legislative agenda.!” It all ignores the fact that exporters have to align, so we are rule takers without agreement Tags: politics brexit waltermunchau internalmarket rejoineu europeanunion

  • More Than 130 Reform Candidates Ignoring Electoral Commission Rules on Anonymous Donations – Byline Times
    on 17th July 2024 at 4:50 pm

    Candidates have raised tens of thousands for Nigel Farage’s party despite failing to explain how they will vet donors, amid claims the party doesn’t have ‘millionaire’ funders Tags: politics ge2024 reform

  • Hidden behind the celebration of Labour’s ‘landslide’ win is a depressing disfranchisement | Nesrine Malik | The Guardian
    on 17th July 2024 at 4:47 pm

    The gulf in voter turnout between haves and have-nots has widened. The result is no politics for those who can’t afford it. This is an important article and cross references a chart from the FT, showing a declining support from the less well off. Annotations: It all feels oddly disconnected from real life. My overwhelming sensation during the general election campaign and the result that followed has been variations of a sort of cognitive dissonance, mirrored in a participation concentrated among certain classes and professions. Turnout was higher in areas with an older population and where there was a high proportion of homeowners and lower in areas with high ethnic minority populations. Labour has a historic majority in the polls, but it’s a hard search to find the people who delivered it – or those who did so with any enthusiasm. “Put simply,” the report said, “the ‘haves’ speak much louder than the ‘have-nots’ in British democracy.” The result is no politics for those who can’t afford it. Labour’s vote demonstrated a “dramatic flattening of the class gradient” in the party’s support, according to the Financial Times’s chief data reporter Tags: politics ge2024 voting voters labour

  • EU leaders ‘open-minded’ about future relations with UK, says senior official | European Union | The Guardian
    on 17th July 2024 at 4:41 pm

    “Bloc sources say ball firmly in UK’s court regarding reset of ties as leaders prepare to meet at Blenheim for EPC forum. Annotations: they have indicated the ball is firmly in the UK’s court and they expect an offer from London on issues such as youth mobility and citizens rights to get things rolling One EU diplomat said Thursday’s EPC summit was an “opportunity for the Starmer to set a different tone on migration” after killing off Sunak’s Rwanda deportation plan. Many EU countries are expected to press Starmer regarding their desire for youth mobility and Erasmus university exchange programmes, something they see as an important way of helping the next generation forge cross-border bonds of understanding. “Otherwise they will grow up without knowing each other, which will be bad for Europe,” said one diplomat Tags: politics europeanunion labour rejoineu

  • Former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt to retire from politics in 2024
    on 17th July 2024 at 4:38 pm

    A piece summarising his career, and his declaration that he wasn’t planning to stand for re-election to the European Parliament. Tags: politics guyverhofstadt europeanparliament

  • Labour to seek regular UK access to EU foreign affairs council
    on 16th July 2024 at 3:20 pm

    Proposal is one option for more formalised relations with Brussels if opposition party wins general election and now we see what Labour means, but it requires more than a change of personnel. Annotations: In an 11-page essay for Foreign Affairs magazine, published on Wednesday, Lammy accused the ruling Conservative party of having “compromised” the UK’s soft power, which he described as one of the nation’s “greatest strengths”. “It is quite simple. To attend council meetings you have to be a member of the council,” said one EU diplomat. A second diplomat was even more dismissive, suggesting that as part of a deal to attend the meetings, the UK “could start making voluntary contributions to the EU budget and aligning all their legislation”. Lammy said a new security pact with Brussels should complement Nato and drive “closer co-ordination across a wide variety of military, economic, climate, health, cyber, and energy security issues”. The Labour frontbencher also reiterated his party’s long-standing policy that it would not seek to rejoin the EU, single market or customs union but argued there were “plenty of pragmatic steps we can take to rebuild trust and co-operation and reduce barriers to trade”. He cited former Labour foreign secretaries Ernest Bevin, an archetypal pragmatist who helped drive the creation of Nato in the 1940s, and Robin Cook, who emphasised the ethical dimension of foreign policy and pushed climate change and human rights up the agenda in the late 1990s, as key inspirations Tags: politics defence europeanunion labour

  • Academic journals are a lucrative scam – and we’re determined to change that | Arash Abizadeh | The Guardian
    on 16th July 2024 at 2:59 pm

    via Comment is free | guardian.co.uk Tags: IFTTT Feedly

  • Another view of where the votes came from at x.com by Adam Ramsey
    on 16th July 2024 at 8:25 am

    More 2019 Tory voters died than switched to Labour. We really have to ask if the “strategy” worked? Tags: politics ge2024 adamramsey voters voting

  • Thousand Islands Expeditions
    on 16th July 2024 at 8:21 am

    A boat trip off the Pembrokshire coast, viewing nature from the water. There maybe some dolphins Tags: holiday pembrokshire boattrip boat

  • All That Is Solid …: Building a Left Electoral Insurgency
    on 16th July 2024 at 5:53 am

    via A Very Public Sociologist Tags: IFTTT Feedly politics ge2024

  • Labour to fight 2029 election ‘like an insurgent’ as preparations begin | Labour | The Guardian
    on 14th July 2024 at 6:44 pm

    Party’s strategist already planning how to secure second term, bolstered by former MP’s appointment to thinktank Tags: politics labour psephology strategy 2029

  • The rich were led to believe they were different. Those days are numbered | Will Hutton | The Guardian
    on 14th July 2024 at 11:20 am

    via Comment is free | guardian.co.uk Tags: IFTTT Feedly

  • Starmer’s relegation of 31 Labour MPs and peers creates cohort of potential troublemakers
    on 13th July 2024 at 8:35 am

    from the FT; They say, “At least 22 former front bench MPs are now backbenchers, including former shadow attorney-general Emily Thornberry, shadow science minister Chi Onwurah, shadow children’s minister Helen Hayes and shadow prisons minister Ruth Cadbury. ” There’s some great quotes about whether they will cause trouble or not. I am not so sure. It also lists the unexpected promotions. The article has a sankey diagram. Tags: politics labour labourgovernment demotions ft.com

  • Starmer’s red button: Labour’s long addiction to nuclear weapons
    on 13th July 2024 at 7:12 am

    Tags: politics defence trident nucleardeterrent

  • Business Manifesto Outlines 5-point Action Plan  – British Chambers of Commerce
    on 12th July 2024 at 4:41 pm

    The BCC’s appeal for policy, not exactly vote Labour, but pretty close. Tags: business bcc europeanunion internationaltrade industrialpolicy ge2024

  • UK must stop ‘walking on eggshells’ over post-Brexit deal, says BCC chief | Brexit | The Guardian
    on 12th July 2024 at 4:38 pm

    Bt the Guardian, “British Chambers of Commerce director general calls on politicians to improve ties with EU and strike better deal” get the BCC press release Tags: politics ge2024 brexit rejoineu internationaltrade BCC

  • UK election: Muslim voters’ impact was even bigger than you think – Hyphen
    on 12th July 2024 at 4:35 pm

    by Lewis Baston, taglined, “Labour lost more than half a million votes in areas with the highest Muslim populations, leaving it with fewer supporters overall than it had in 2019”. Mainly a catalogue of successes and failures together with a review of what happened in the noughties after Iraq. Tags: politics ge2024 Muslimvote

  • Not great at all – the Thatcher government’s economic record and legacy – Prime
    on 12th July 2024 at 4:33 pm

    Last week (in 2013), we pulled together and tweeted a set of charts (including a few screenshots of charts we found) about the Thatcher government’s economic record. They show that on all key fronts, her government failed, absolutely or by comparison with other UK governments over the last 60 or so years. We have now added some more charts, and offer the information they contain as an antidote to the British establishment’s evidence-lite but ideology-heavy eulogies of her government’s economic performance. This was recirculated in July 2024. Annotations: her deregulation of finance and the City of London (continued alas by her successors) set the UK on a false path, one that has severely damaged the UK’s economy and social fabric. And continues to do so. Near the end of this blog, you can find a chart on private sector (especially financial sector) indebtedness which -far outstrippping public sector debt – started to balloon in the late 1980s. In fact, the average increase in GDP from 1948 to 1976 was considerably higher than for the period since then, even though much of it was – especially from the late 1980s –  private debt-fuelled. Tags: politics macroeconomics thatcherism thatcher IndustrialPolicy

  • UK Parliament election results
    on 12th July 2024 at 4:22 pm

    The house of commons library page Tags: politics ge2024 hoclibrary

  • How Britain voted in the 2024 general election | YouGov
    on 12th July 2024 at 4:21 pm

    How Britain voted in the 2024 general election. This includes a sankey diagram and a series of segment analyses. Tags: politics ge2024 yougov

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