“Once again, Britain is starting to look in the eyes of the world like an unreliable ally, prone to making and then breaking promises on the wheel of its own political incompetence.
“The truth is that Britain had already become a less attractive place in which to make things, having left the EU single market.”
All of the above?
They’re #Tories r corrupt shithouses.
Just more proof, as if any was needed, of how that horrid person Margaret Thatcher, poisoned the well of all that was good in Great Britain for decades to come.
Her evil legacy perdures.
@Supertanskiii_ #SuperTanskiii UKR What was this chaotic and undemocratic speech really about? Not saving us money, that’s for sure. The leak probably wasn’t accidental nor is the corruption.
This is political.
This is letting the world burn for a few votes. Give us an election, you shits.
Well OF COURSE he’s getting away with it—he’s a Tory!
I hope the Daily Fail thinks they got a good deal (an “oven ready” deal?), because his columns for them have been steaming heaps of trite shit.
Britain delays ban on gasoline, diesel vehicle sales to 2035
> The ban on sales of new gas and diesel vehicles will be pushed back five years from its original planned start date in 2030, bringing Britain in step with Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Canada, Sweden and some U.S. states, Sunak said in a speech on Wednesday.
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2023/09/21/postpones-electric-vehicle-switch/9121695284135/ #UK #Tories #Sunak #fossilfuels
“Well,” thinks Olive, “if Rishi can gad about around the UK in a chopper, surely I can take a 158-seat airplane to New York…”
‘… the panic that followed Sunak’s decision to scale back key net zero commitments will come as little surprise to No 10. “It’s a massive gamble that has divided the Tory party,” says a senior Conservative. “The village was always going to go mad,” says a government figure. “But that’s not the audience.”’
“£15bn of public assets sold by English councils since 2010 amid budget shortfalls
An estimated 75,000 assets including community centres, libraries and swimming pools have been sold, thinktank says.” Tory cuts forcing the sale of our assets (probably often to their rich mates). #tories
🚨*Hunt urged to copy Danish benefits system to boost productivity*🚨
The Resolution Foundation believe this will encourage workers to move to better jobs without fear of struggling on benefits if it doesn't work out.
Workers could be encouraged to take lower wages whilst they train for higher skilled jobs, knowing they'll benefit from higher wages in the long-term.
UK benefits are 14% the average wage. The scheme would cost £400m.
Their low taxes on the rich caused councils to sell £15B in public assets. Gone! For whose benefit?
All this wind means most of our energy came from #renewables yesterday. Just imagine if we could up scales this we could reach 100% renewable energy in a few years. Zero carbon energy by 2030 is doable.
There are so many solutions, we are so close to sustainability.
All we have to do is embrace change (and not obstruct it).
So it appears that the #Tories have managed to find a PM that is #Johnson & #Truss combined in #Sunak. He is a #liar like Johnson & #incompetent like #Truss...AND they still don't like him? I wonder why that could be???
Northern Ireland we have another option...let's talk about taking it?
The penny has dropped across the UK:
'many are waking up to the reality that they don’t get rich, or even comfortable, by simply working hard: they get rich by being born rich. The social mobility myth is dying – now we must demand an economic settlement that works for all'!
We can thank the #Tories for exposing the skewed & dysfunctional political economy that has shaped Britain for decades, or longer;
as an earlier post suggests:
we see active Govt. as the answer!
The #NHScrisis is being compounded by the failure of the #workforce plan to 'encourage' #nurses into the profession.... I mean why would you apply to be a an underpaid, overstretched nurse who the Govt. has abused & insulted who has to take on a significant student debt for the privilege?
You'll notice the problem is actually an English issue, the devolved nations seem to have much less of a problem... hmmm, I wonder why?
Interestingly while the #Tories have been trying to shirk the responsibilities of government, #voters have been changing their views about what the state should actually do... the demand for more active government is on the rise.
What this suggests is its not low taxes voters want but competent & effective government.... once again, the Tories are very much on the wrong path (or indeed have demonstrated why their path *is* wrong).
Data from John Curtice's research via the FT
Nothing says "we love money more than our children" than delaying the introduction of electric vehicles by five years.
Rishi Sunak delays petrol car ban in major shift on green policies
I'm still in Wales and yesterday on a narrow road was passed by a tanker from a small town heading in the opposite direction to me, A friend who is often on the road said it was a sewerage tanker taking it's load to dump at sea. Apparently it is a daily occurrence with that and other trucks making many daily runs. Think about it, and about who lifted restrictions so Water companies could get away with it. #DirtyBritain #WaterCompanies #Tories #Sewerage #Pollution #Mastodon #Fediverse
I'll give #Sunak this: He's managing to move peoples attention (and we know attention spans are short) to his agenda rather than folk remembering what and what party got this country in such a dire mess in the first place.#Starmer isn't exactly putting much clear blue water between the #Toties and his party at the moment either. #Sunak #Politics #Tories #Raac #Covid #Corruption #mastodon #fediverse
Why do useless Tory MPs think they deserve so much more pay than life-saving docs? | Vox Political
Money grabbing arseholes, perhaps?
The #Tories should not get in another government in the next 100 years.
They messed up the UK more than was considered possible.
Go Britain. Burn and flood and keep voting for these jokers. They have destroyed your kids future, your businesses and are sending you back to the 70s….and you voted for it.
You really have got nothing to lose. To think that #childrenofmen is turning out to be a documentary.
Rishi Sunak announces U-turn on key green targets https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/sep/20/rishi-sunak-confirms-rollback-of-key-green-targets?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
Robert Shrimsley (FT) sums up the 'problem' for the #Tories:
'The bitter truth for Tories is that they have lost the economic hook that pulled in those younger voters [the aspiration to be home-owners] while doubling down on political positions that alienate a significant portion of them. One of the two may be manageable. Together they are indeed a bet against the future'!
The Tories age-defined supporter base (to be frank) is dying off & only 21% of #millenials would vote for them! Oh dear.
As the FT observe, #RishiSunak's shifts on (or watering down of) commitment to #NetZero, 'will exacerbate the general uncertainty & lack of trust in the government to stick to its commitments that have led to business investment flatlining since 2016'!
I would hesitate to say Govt. successive declarations & UTurns are the *only* reason for the UK's #investment problem but the FT is surely right that it is a major contributing factor....
If we were ever under the illusion the Tories gave a rat's arse about climate change, today's insidious net zero sidestep from Sunk proved not even planet earth burning will stop them trying to slither under a snake's belly to win #GE2024.
Be warned! Be prepared! Campaigning for the next #GeneralElection has unofficially begun & the battleground is the climate! 😳
It's 'Conference Season' in the UK, where after a solid fortnight of work after the Summer hols, Politicians run off to some city to talk loudly in a room full of people who are hungover.
The #Tories are in #Manchester, hence the police on the roofs overlooking the convention centre, as witnessed by a friend of ours staying in a hotel.
I get it! You HATE the guy & blame his & other Labour MP's calls for a confirmatory referendum, on your Messiah Jezza losing badly in #GE2019.
The point WM keep making is #Scotland got their wish in 2014 & the Scots rejected it.
How you get around this is beyond me. I honestly don't know what the answer is seeing as polls show roughly the same figures to remain part of the #UK as they did in 2014
It's up to the Scots to make a stronger case I guess 🤷🏾♂️
Your wishes for you & yours are no different to my wishes for me & mine. I totally get why the Scots want independence from Westminster.
I've never understood why countries want to own & control others. Hopefully you'll find a workable mechanism to achieve your wish by stripping away any doubts amongst your people & extolling the virtues of self determination.
Oh cool, they've rolled out 'comedy character' Jacob Rees Mogg to heckle the Auto industry again, in case you thought the Brits were serious about anything.
And it really is a character he's playing, you want to talk about 'hollow men', there's one whose whole life is a sad act.
Offensive to scientists, businesses, green groups, and most of the general public, #Sunak's abandonment of #netzero targets makes the #Tories look like a party headed to a bunker in which they might survive as a residual dark shadow of their former selves, through the evisceration they face at the next GE, and on into the extended Tory winter that may follow, with a jaundiced core of fringe support
Btw I sense that Farage intends to swallow them whole, as soon as they are small & rotten enough
Where is this laid out as concisely as this, & why hasn't it enthused most Scots to make the call for another referendum?
The polls are only marginally better now after the huge damage the #Tories have caused at 53% - 47%.
I've recently been reading much more about #climateChange. And it is the most horrifying thing ever. The planet is facing an existential crisis. Without rapid huge changes it will be barely liveable in for future generations. Watering down hugely #netZero policies is not responsible politics. Nor is pretending that doing so can still deliver the required results. Shame on #Sunak. Shame on the #Tories. We need to act decisively now. #climateCrisis #globalWarming #globalBoiling
Challenge for the sake of challenging? 🤔
No, you challenge them when they're patently wrong & you bide your time with issues you disagree with, but don't want to give them a free political hit if you oppose
This is the issue Michael. You're completely missing the point that in opposition, all #Labour are is an ideological talking shop.
In order to effect change, we need power first BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! Only then & with a large workable majority can Labour express themselves.
As things stand, the slightest sniff we give the #Tories, they use it as an ideological smokescreen to blindside & distract the public
Nope! Labour are giving the Tories nothing, as they devour themselves
Your choice mate. The "Socialists" haven't gone anywhere. It seems they just infest the political wilderness with their bitterness & bile, & would prefer another 5 years of #Sunak's #Tories than a #Labour government led by anyone else but Jeremy #Corbyn.
His Messiah-like leadership & the cultist disciples who followed him was always gonna end in tears.
Why don't they just reform under the #SocialistWorkersParty with Corbyn as leader, & Abbott & McDonnell as their executive? 🤔
Stop moving the goal posts. You know NOTHING of what GB Energy plans to do, or what size it will be.
Stop being so bitter, twisted & negative Oliver. You've nothing good to say about #Labour in opposition, but say NOTHING about the #Tories who've been in power for 13 years & have caused the mess the #UK's in!
🚨HUGE BREAKING NEWS🚨
An urgent news conference has been called for this afternoon! ♻️ 🕊️ 🌳 👀
As the #Tories award #AvantiWestCoast an extended deal to run the troubled line (while being the worst performing franchise in the system), one can only marvel at the continued tolerance for failure that can be underpinned by ideology... its a marvel, but of course is a key part of the country slowing becoming the poor backwater of Europe.
That #RishiSunak is happy to 'water down' (a phrase widely being used in reports that apparently the #Tories would prefer not to be used) measures to reach #NetZero, tells you that at the back of his mind is the assumption that he & his rich chums can buy their way our of the effects of the #climatecrisis.
its a short-term political gesture & yet more wrecking!
I know I keep saying this, but its worth repeating.
Don't be taken in... this balme for these strikes lies with the Govt.
No-one has good luck, so the wealthy are being rewarded for their efforts, and the poor are victims of their own lack of effort.
But, when bad luck manifests, the poor have brought it upon themselves & should not be compensated, but the rich have been caught our by a 'act of god' & should receive some form of damages.
So, ask someone what they think about bad luck & its consequences and you'll know who they are!
The Pirola variant is spreading, covid monitoring & data gathering has been stripped back, #vaccination *is* getting under way but is limited by capacity & demographic(s)... no social measures (#masking, #socialdistancing) are as yet being publicised.
Could this be about to be a very difficult #winter? The trouble is as yet we have no good way of knowing until well down that road!
as @RichardJMurphy points out this morning, the #Tories wrecking campaign against the public sector, by making working conditions so unwelcoming & badly paid is having a continuing effect, with shortage of #teachers, #nurses and other key public #workers.
The game plan is clear:
attack the public services via defunding & stressing the workforce;
use #austerity to claim money is tight, to reduce real wages;
claim: 'we'd like to run better public services, but we just can't get the staff'!
Sometimes the #RuleofLaw is maintained by not complying with unjust laws - maintaining through #civildisobedience that the idea of the rule of law is being violated by unjust laws themselves, which those protesting such injustice should break.
This political manoeuvre has a long pedigree, from #civilrights movements across history;
can the TUC can tap into that history?
But this was the Tories' intention all along, it's GOP style voter disenfranchisement right down to the Racism and Ableism.
Can parochial Brit commentators see that or are they happy in their twee little island world, always surprised by what tricks the Tory party drops on them, having never looked beyond our shit stained waters?
#UKPOL #Tories #VoterID
The review suggests Voter ID is a 'poisoned cure' to a minor problem; but of course, this was not a bug, but a feature of the policy.
Nothing quite sums up 13 years of #Tory misrule than this:
"...In 2014, an air traffic control training centre by #Bournemouth airport was bought to house another free school, #Parkfield, after a four-page vendor’s report. #Asbestos and #Bats were later found on the site and unexploded bombs have yet to be ruled out..."
"UK drops 'spy clause' for scanning encrypted chat, admits it's not 'feasible'
"But don't celebrate yet ... it has simply kicked the online safety can down the road, Westminster style..."