I want #Scottishindependence nothing less
So any #westminster party that refuses another ref is mute to me...
hope that clarifies things for you...
I’m interested in the despair in this, argued by Mike Small of @BellaCaledonia. I’m probably not an average voter (whatever that is), but in speaking with people, I sense no great desire from anyone to vote for #Labour, and I wonder if, when it comes down to it at a general election, that 50% of people who broadly want independence, will just suck it up and vote #SNP anyway. The biggest gains for Labour might therefore come from #Tories and #LibDems, not the pro-#independence parties. Perhaps the SNP will lose votes because people won’t bother to vote (“they haven’t earned it”), and that will cost them seats, but I don’t think Labour’s messaging appeals much to many people I encounter. https://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2023/11/27/the-banality-of-scottish-politics/
Well do tell what UK political leaders you DO admire .....
It is very easy to be negative
Putting the title Starmer got - like all his predecessors in his legal career - in quotes is a cheap device that means diddly-squat
I would rather #Rayner than Streeting but not being a #labour member I will not have any input - but I doubt it will be #streeting - or that there will be any need for a replacement for a good few years...
"sir" starmer is a #tory... he always was and always will be...
Can "sir" starmer win a large majority without #Scotland? I doubt it…
Wes Streeting is the #Labour leader in waiting and he really is an A Hole,,,
No need to reply Jack...
Thousands of farmer labourers united at Gardnibagh protest site in Patna.
#privacy is worth fighting.
Somethings are meant to be taken, no one will give it for #free.
Amount a company error meant my partner was owed: £320.
Amount the company offered when he first complained: £40 Amazon voucher (lol).
Amount the company offered after he used the words 'I have spoken with my union': £700.
Join. A. Union.
UK unemployment rate is still at near 50-year lows despite record migration. Do the #Tory and #Labour leaders consider that maybe the UK economy needs this level of migration in order to actually function?
Without young and working-age migrants, who pays for the state pensions and hip replacements of the UK's ageing population, i.e. the Tories' core vote?
Duffield dropped(?) from Labour’s candidate list for ‘anti-Semitism’. Cue controversy | Vox Political
'Sauce for the goose… hoist by her own petard… the metaphors are endless.'
Its not a question of what YOUR think your fellow Scots NEED - it is what they THINK & then VOTE that matters.....you'll have no problem with the chimp on the left of your montage - but get used to the re-introduction of 2 party politics north of the border...
It seems there's little the #Tories can do to arrest their slide.
Labour need power to effect change, so it makes no sense to rock the boat & put at risk a potential election victory.
The nation looks like we've made our minds up. Labour merely have to hold their nerve & not snatch defeat or a hung parliament from the jaws of victory.
A fair point but worth remembering that #labour administrations under #attlee and #wilson proved rather effective at coping with unfavourable economic legacies from their predecessors The exception is the #blair government which was remarkably slow to recognise a favourable economic legacy and extraordinarily inept at making effective use of it.
This is the smoke & mirrors of politics. #Labour acknowledge the #UK has little choice but to upgrade our crumbling infrastructure, but the #Tories are playing politics (like with #ULEZ in the Ruislip by-election) by accusing Labour of having to hike tax to pay for their proposed £28bn pa infrastructure programme.
Labour's rolled back on it so as not to give the Tories an attack point, but polling suggests the UK electorate accept the need to find the money to achieve #NetZero.
My other tip is for to prepare yourselves for a barrage of claims from the #LibDems that they alone can win the seat from the #conservatives . This you will find both inescapable and singularly tiresome to judge by my own experience in #putney in the #UKGeneralElection2019 - the one seat #labour did manage to take from the #conservatives on that occasion!
This looks encouraging enough for you to go for it. Just a couple of tips. First you will need to work hard to counter #VoterSuppression by means of the new #voterIDrequirements . My advice is to concentrate on getting #labour supporters in your most deprived areas - from the English Multiple Deprivation data for 2019 by government - onto postal votes as much and as soon as possible. Where I am just five out of thirty polling districts were a priority for this.
But a global shortage of components & skills means the UK will struggle to meet its climate targets.
You can't on the one hand claim to be progressive, and on the other be a simple echo chamber for people's media-induced prejudices.
Now of course, #Blair pulled that trick off once, mainly due to the dumb luck that sociopaths like him tend to have.
But why vote at all if all there is on offer are differing flavours of ignorance and hate?
I understand your apprehension Becksy but the situation is what it is. If #Labour didn't feel they could arrest our decline it would be pointless them even running
However reality has to prevail. Labour aren't miracle workers & can only plot a way forward with what they may inherit
There is another aspect to this which is confidence. Nothing the #Tories are doing is closing the poll gap & a fresh start under Labour may just reinvigorate everyone.
It's up to Labour to deliver
I always #VoteGreen
The two party system is no longer workable.
Proportional representation is needed in the UK so that parties with a lower proportion of the vote stand more of a chance.
Lowering the age of eligibility to vote from 18 to 16 would also be a bad thing for the Tories who have a large proportion of richer, older voters. They vote for them and fund them too.
I can't say I disagree with the strategy
Brexit's been the disaster it was predicted & immigration is at record levels
For Labour it's power first & the rest to follow
I fully understand your sentiments, but I also understand Labour's stance.
#Sunak has tried everything. A shift to the right. The change candidate. Cabinet reshuffle. A shift to the centre. Tax cuts with one hand, & tax rises with the other & nothing's working to close the polls
Labour don't want to distract the #Tories whilst they're making errors, so are sticking with what's working
🚨 Polling Guru Sir John Curtice has an interesting take on Labour's position on Brexit.
Leave voters are even more anti-Brexit. Many who voted Brexit want to Rejoin & those not old enough in 2016 overwhelmingly support Labour & Rejoin.
HOWEVER, with a commanding poll lead, Labour believe if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
The one on the left is the (glove puppet) Scottish #Toryparty leader: 🇬🇧
The other is the (glove puppet) Scottish #Labourparty leader:🇬🇧
Wreathgate recalled in light of the war on Gaza | Morning Star
Israel-Palestine war: #Indian #unions call for end to #labour deal with Israel https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-war-india-trade-unions-call-government-cancel-labourer-deal
The current predicted vote share for Cheadle constituency show that every vote counts and Labour can win here.
https://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/fcgi-bin/calcwork23.py?seat=Cheadle #UKPolitics #Labour #Vote #Stockport #Cheadle #GeneralElection #England #GreaterManchester #Manchester #VoteRed #NorburyAndWoodsmoor #conservatives #LabourParty #LiberalDemocrats #Green #Vote2024
@ChrisMayLA6 It would not be particularly difficult to add what are now called "individual government services" to real household disposable income. These have been part of the System of National Accounts for at least thirty years and could be back cast to 1955 without too much difficulty. These would favour #labour somewhat but probably not overwhelmingly!
"Councillor Sophia Naqvi for Newham Independents won the seat in the Plaistow North ward after receiving 1,266 votes while Labour's candidate, Aktharul Alam lost out after receiving 750 votes."
Hamilton transit workers, who went on strike for a week this month, ratified their tentative agreement with the City of Hamilton Thursday night.
Eighty-one per cent of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 107 members voted for the deal.
🚨Tories in Death Spiral🚨
The Autumn Statement has failed to spark a Tory revival with a new poll suggesting they've actually lost even more support!
The party lost one point, going down to 21% while #Labour remained at 46%.
Even more concerning, pensioners aged 64 & over now support Labour by 40% to 27% Tory!
The poll came before record #Immigration figures. Tory MPs are debating whether to launch a confidence vote in Rishi Sunak. 😳
@blacklight This is why it is politically lethal for parties of the centre-left and left to pursue the will o the wisp of the median voter rather than seek to shift the median point by increasing political participation and combating all forms of #votersuppression . #labour please take note in time!
If you saw Rachel Reeves on TV this morning advocating collective punishment (a war crime) and wondered why, here's your answer.
"But how will we pay for them?"
(the question that is never asked about weapons, but is always raised with regard to all OTHER public spending).
Normalize Unionizing Fast Food Restaurants!!
This is the best part of this story: “Andrews said the employees were looking for help communicating with new management, who workers said is consistently ignoring any concerns they bring forward.”
When people know why unions exist (to help speak for employees!) they seek them out!
‘Everything for the front!’ How war is changing Russia’s labour market.
Exploitation is becoming more widespread in Russian workplaces amid an acute shortage of employees.
@ChrisMayLA6 The tories will motivate their base with "culture war " bitterness and bribes
More than 50% in most polls wont vote for either of these - either other parties or none-of-the-above
Labours poll lead of 20% is actually
50% other or none-of-above
Plenty of room for changes *IF* either party manages to attract a bit of that 50%
(Numbers approx over last few months)
"I don't want to see our fantastic UK tech sector having to sell out to the US or EU to reach the next step. We have a great start-up culture in the UK but that's where it stops. My job is to help remove those barriers and work with the open source community to figure out how we do just that."
Alex Davies-Jones, Shadow Tech and Digital Economy Minister.
"Britain is broken. What will fix it? Lots and lots of money"
Monbiot does the work, estimating how much it will cost to refund public services across England
All that's left is a scorched earth policy with one last swing of the wrecking ball!
In total, some 600,000 civil servants in the French-speaking province plan to strike this week, with some calling for a lengthy general strike after ...
Several hundred thousand school, hospital and social services workers in Canada's Quebec province walked off their jobs Tuesday for the first day of what is billed as a historic strike to demand better pay and working conditions.#canada #government #strike #labour #quebec #Canada #Quebec #SYND
Hundreds Of Thousands Of Civil Servants Go On Strike In Quebec
"Labour’s planned reforms to the constitution brought forward by Gordon Brown’s commission are not worth the paper they are written on, a former Labour mayor has said."
Many such cases.
The #UK government has no evidence to back up its attack line that Labour and Lib Dem councils are using traffic calming measures to “police people’s lives” or planning “inappropriate blanket use” of 20mph speed limits, documents have revealed.
The debunked claims were contained in the Plan for Drivers, launched last month amid a row over the scrapping of the northern leg of the HS2 railway project.
I wish I could say I'm surprised that the #Conservatives and #Labour ignored Pink News' questions about #trans rights.
Friday: Sarwar meets Husam Zomlot, Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, calls for a ceasefire.
Sunday: he's been spoken to and wants to water it down.
"Scottish Labour are understood to be seeking to amend the motion, and policy notes seen by The Scotsman suggest the party is likely to water down the demand for an immediate ceasefire."
I call him 'Magic Grandpa' as much as anyone but the spiteful way the current LOTO refers to the useless previous LOTO says more about him than he wants to admit.
Petty and small, that's what you look like Kier.
...and the fuck are you on about 'Core Labour Values', when you're so Tory it hurts?!
UK politics now resembles a tired end of pier show at the end of a run long after the stars have gone (air-brushing their sojourn in the dismal show from CVs) playing to a half empty auditorium populated by those disappointed at their absence, the principal boy out of his depth over-acting to sustain attention even as the audience walks out - a few still animated baying for more stage blood to compensate for a lack of talent on display or a plot-line
Replacing a grand (possibly too grand) vision for an upgrade to N-S travel with fixing potholes sums up this fag-end #toriesOut govt
Makes #Major and his cones hotline look like a strategic genius....
News at 3PM: #Israel continues its raid at Al-Shifa hospital, amid denials from #Hamas of a base there. #UK's controversial policy to send illegal migrants to #Rwanda is in final negotiation stages, despite Supreme Court ruling it unlawful. #Labour leader Starmer faces major rebellion over #Gaza vote. US and #China resume military communications with first #Biden and Xi meeting in over a year. Spanish Congress set to re-elect Pedro Sanchez as PM.
The union representing Hamilton bus drivers reached a late-night, tentative deal with the city that will see buses back on the road.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/bus-driver-tentative-deal-1.7029976 #HamOnt #Transit #Labour #News
News at 12PM: The IDF continues its raid at Al-Shifa hospital, amid denials from #Hamas of a base there. The #UK is finalising plans to send illegal migrants to #Rwanda, despite the Supreme Court ruling it unlawful. #Labour leader Starmer faces major rebellion over #Gaza vote. US and #China have agreed to resume military communications, with #Biden and Xi having their first in-person meeting in over a year. Pedro Sanchez is expected to return as Spanish Prime Minister.
@TheShuck I think you're diametrically mistaken. #Corbyn was popular. He very nearly won in 2017, despite #Labour HQ campaigning against him; if #Sturgeon had not made such a mess of the campaigin in Scotland the result would have been a Labour/SNP coalition.
Secondly, #Ceasefire is overwhelmingly popular with UK voters. Starmer is more likely to have lost the next election last night than to have won it.
Starmer: “Leadership is about doing the right thing. That is the least the public deserves. And the least that leadership demands.”
Starmer wouldn't know what leadership was if it hit him in the face. So much for the Labour Party that in the past would have said simply that bombing hospitals and killing children was wrong. Blair's corruption of the Party with the invasion of Iraq is complete.
Last chance to let your MP know to support the King's Speech ceasefire amendment this evening in Parliament. Labour are trying to push their own amendment but it's another "humanitarian pause" deal which isn't enough. Rally outside Parliament at 5pm too.
Yeah #maggie - not voted for by party members, but by MPs - that was the system in those days. Had the 1970s membership had a say there is no way they would've chosen a mere woman over say Enoch Powell
But direct election by membership rather than MPs - in both major UK parties - has on balance led to more tub-thumping (& less effective) leaders being selected
It's really important to contact Labour MPs about this as they've been whipped to vote it down.
Use this form here to contact your Labour MP quickly, takes 2 mins:
Just released - Episode 4 of Season 8 of the Tao of WAO. The guest is Helen Beetham, an #educational researcher and consultant. She talks about #literacy #AI #labour and so much more as it all relates to the future of everything. https://soundcloud.com/tao-of-wao/s08-episode-04-lenses-of-literacies
Apparently, the Prime Minister of Canada & his Liberal Party have introduced legislation to prohibit replacement workers in federally-regulated workplaces during strikes or lockouts as a result of pressure from the New Democratic Party.
The NDP have conditions for their current confidence in the government. These conditions are getting some results. Do you know of any other examples of such results?
To read more about what this means, click here: https://tinyurl.com/5cv4693z
Good news. Mind you, given that most workplace are provincially, and not federally, regulated, it doesn't affect a huge amount of workers. But, every step forward for workers is still a positive.
That it's possible to write an obituary of the next Labour government, and do so convincingly, is a damning indictment of the state of English politics.
David Graeber - #Bullshitjobs
"The essay was based on a hunch. Everyone is familiar with those sort of jobs that don’t seem, to the outsider, to really do much of anything: HR consultants, communications coordinators, PR researchers, financial strategists, corporate lawyers, or the sort of people (very familiar in academic contexts) who spend their time staffing committees that discuss the problem of unnecessary committees. The list was seemingly endless. What, I wondered, if these jobs really are useless, and those who hold them are aware of it? Certainly you meet people now and then who seem to feel their jobs are pointless and unnecessary. Could there be anything more demoralizing than having to wake up in the morning five out of seven days of one’s adult life to perform a task that one secretly believed did not need to be performed—that was simply a waste of time or resources, or that even made the world worse? Would this not be a terrible psychic wound running across our society? "