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Message 2109048 - Posted: 25 Oct 2022, 8:42:29 UTC

India glee over Rishi Sunak's rise to No 10.

But how long will it last for?
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Message 2109060 - Posted: 25 Oct 2022, 13:46:21 UTC

Jacob Rees Mogg leaves the cabinet, well that's today's bit of good (UK political) news.
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Message 2109068 - Posted: 25 Oct 2022, 18:08:38 UTC - in response to Message 2109060.  

Yes, and the bad news is that Michael Gove is back.
"I don't believe Sunak has the answers to this crisis... he helped cause it," Ashworth adds.

That's my view as well.
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Message 2109109 - Posted: 26 Oct 2022, 15:14:13 UTC

What a refreshingly honest admission and an instant genuine apology from the host:


Who's that UK girl?...


Now... Why can't our politicians be so genuinely honest?


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Message 2109129 - Posted: 26 Oct 2022, 18:47:43 UTC

Rishi Sunak and family return to No 10 flat

Many PMs of recent years - especially those with children - have lived in the larger flat above No 11, officially designated for the chancellor.

Asked why Mr Sunak has opted for No 10 instead, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "They were very happy there."
And it'll keep him well away from that notorious wallpaper...
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Message 2109135 - Posted: 26 Oct 2022, 19:42:40 UTC - in response to Message 2109129.  

And it'll keep him well away from that notorious wallpaper...

More to the point, it will keep his puppy away from said wall paper.......
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Message 2109164 - Posted: 27 Oct 2022, 0:16:37 UTC

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Message 2109460 - Posted: 1 Nov 2022, 14:02:59 UTC
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Very unseemly:


No evidence of bullying in fracking vote, Commons speaker says
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... Sir Lindsay Hoyle said the atmosphere was "tense" but there was no evidence of "undue influence" on MPs...

... The Commons speaker said it was important MPs treat each other "with respect"...

... The vote, which was brought by Labour, was won by the [Tory (Conservative)] government with a majority of 96. However, 31 Tory MPs did not take part, according to a list on Parliament's website.

There was confusion after Tory MPs were initially told it would be treated as a test of loyalty to the government - a motion of confidence - and if they did not oppose the Labour plan they could get kicked out of the parliamentary party.

But just minutes before the vote, Climate Minister Graham Stuart told Tory MPs it was not a vote of confidence after all, even though the government later insisted that it had been...



Very good for the Climate Minister to bring some sense back into the politics.

Shameful that the vote was under a dark pall of dire threats of being kicked out of the Conservative Party...


That's no way to run a democratic government.

All in the UK! And our climate be damned.
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Message 2109466 - Posted: 1 Nov 2022, 14:35:23 UTC

Back in the 70's, we were the Sick Man of Europe.
Now, we're Europe's No 1 clown.
We enjoy breaking rules
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Message 2109697 - Posted: 6 Nov 2022, 7:51:37 UTC

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Message 2109723 - Posted: 6 Nov 2022, 17:11:35 UTC
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Short-termism and spineless politics has cost us all dearly for our energy:


Why high UK energy bills were decades in the making
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In a year of soaring electricity bills and fears of blackouts, energy has become the subject of a bitter blame game...

... For decades now, UK governments have bet on gas to keep the lights on and our homes warm...

... In 2009, Ofgem produced an unsettling report, which flagged dependency on gas imports as a key risk to energy security...

... Another explanation with more weight, he said, hinges on choices made by Mr Cameron's government.

"The first and most important one was 'getting rid of the green crap'," he said. The crude phrase, splashed on the front page of the Sun newspaper, was the "PM's solution to soaring energy prices" in 2013...

... Over the next two years, subsidies for renewables were cut, planning rules for onshore wind were tightened, and a zero-carbon homes policy was scrapped. Had those green policies remained, estimated annual energy bills would have been £9.5bn lower under the October price cap...

... "And those decisions were made because of pretty short-term politics."



Unfortunately all too true and disastrously costly. Including for funding Putin's war against Ukraine and the rest of the world.

How do we make our politics more intelligent and useful?


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Message 2109726 - Posted: 6 Nov 2022, 17:56:20 UTC - in response to Message 2109723.  

Sadly a number of the politicians you name are no longer at the right altitude in government otherwise one could suggest that they take a seated ride down "Hovis Hill" on a bike without a saddle.
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Message 2109728 - Posted: 6 Nov 2022, 18:44:26 UTC - in response to Message 2109723.  

"The first and most important one was 'getting rid of the green crap'," he said. The crude phrase, splashed on the front page of the Sun newspaper, was the "PM's solution to soaring energy prices" in 2013...
Remember that was the same PM who went to the Arctic and urged us to "hug a husky" when he was campaigning for election, three years earlier.

You can't trust a thing that a politician says, unless he or she says it again after the polls have closed.
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Message 2109747 - Posted: 6 Nov 2022, 21:49:54 UTC - in response to Message 2109723.  

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Message 2109889 - Posted: 9 Nov 2022, 10:18:27 UTC

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Message 2110193 - Posted: 15 Nov 2022, 12:48:48 UTC
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Thursday's "reset" budget just got a whole lot harder.

Mould in flat caused boy's death, coroner rules

Ms Kearsley [coroner] said in September 2020 the community midwife completed a special circumstances form to children's services highlighting concerns about the mould and potential impact on Awaab's health.

This was not shared with the GP or health visitor, she said.

"There is no evidence to show this was received by children's services and there is no evidence to indicate any action was taken."
Live reporting talks of antiquated, poorly-maintained, public housing and antiquated technology blocking communications between separate departments of the NHS, let alone the wider public sector. Shades of Grenfell Tower.

"The case should be a defining moment for the housing sector".
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Message 2110364 - Posted: 19 Nov 2022, 15:02:22 UTC - in response to Message 2110193.  

Update.
we allowed a legal disrepair process, widely used in the housing sector, to get in the way of promptly tackling the mould."
The law's the law right?
Housing boss sacked
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Message 2110367 - Posted: 19 Nov 2022, 16:20:43 UTC - in response to Message 2110364.  

"Deputy heads will roll", as is often said about the BBC.

They've found their scapegoat, and they can punt the issue into the long grass again. But what will they do about the deliberate political choices of austerity, which exaggerated the problem in the first place?
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Message 2110474 - Posted: 22 Nov 2022, 13:11:59 UTC

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Message 2110824 - Posted: 1 Dec 2022, 14:06:45 UTC

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What catches my interest is the apparent mis-match between the late Queen's public role as Head of the Commonwealth, and her private role as head of the family and household. That might explain a lot - the first seems not to have spilled over into the second.
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