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Message 2112344 - Posted: 31 Dec 2022, 21:49:54 UTC

Your prime munster has spoken.

The UK's problems will not all go away in 2023, says Rishi Sunak.

Sadly it looks like you people are going to be in for more the same this year.
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Message 2112405 - Posted: 1 Jan 2023, 22:10:32 UTC - in response to Message 2112403.  

There will be a lot of "were you still up for Portillo?" moments during the next counts.
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Message 2113124 - Posted: 16 Jan 2023, 19:40:03 UTC

Is he already planning for life after politics, and will it be a seller?

Boris Johnson signs deal for memoir of turbulent premiership.
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Message 2113357 - Posted: 21 Jan 2023, 6:29:47 UTC

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Message 2113360 - Posted: 21 Jan 2023, 9:41:22 UTC - in response to Message 2113357.  

Yep, breaking the law is one thing, but how dumb must one be to film yourself doing it?
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Message 2113371 - Posted: 21 Jan 2023, 16:17:14 UTC - in response to Message 2113360.  

Yep, breaking the law is one thing, but how dumb must one be to film yourself doing it?
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Message 2113843 - Posted: 31 Jan 2023, 19:34:19 UTC

Liz certainly screwed the U.K.'s economy.

It’s one of the biggest economies on earth and yet it’s been humiliated by a new report that says war torn Russia will grow quicker.

..The IMF report has forecast the British economy will contract by 0.6 per cent rather than grow slightly grow as had been previously predicted.

In contrast, Russia’s economy is predicted to increase by 0.3 per cent.....
Though it's not surprising when you see where she got her ideas from.

Liz Truss Crashes the (Republican) Party.

..Truss conceded she had made mistakes: She had not done enough to build support for her ideas and had moved too abruptly on an agenda that shocked the country. Truss did not put it this way, but she had tried to transplant American-style anti-tax politics onto British soil and she had failed.

If Truss had reconsidered the soundness of a program that sent the pound plunging, triggered emergency actions by the Bank of England and drew open scorn from the Biden administration, she did not say so. To the contrary, she seemed to believe her defective strategy of borrowing Republican ideas could be improved by borrowing more Republican ideas.

And in Washington, Truss found a new one she admired: the Republican Study Committee, an influential body within the House of Representatives that serves as an ideological anchor for the GOP and a clearinghouse for government-shrinking policies. In a meeting with Representative Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, the group’s chair, Truss said she wanted to create a similar caucus in Westminster to “house all of their ideas into a collective group, in order to hold the current prime minister accountable,” according to Hern....
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Message 2114744 - Posted: 15 Feb 2023, 15:01:15 UTC
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Well Scotty Totty, aka Wullie Cranky, aka Miss Fish etc........
Sorry I mean Ms.N.Sturgeon has thrown the towel in having just discovered that politics is not a pleasant game to play:
(Sorry many of the links are just transient in nature, should be something more stable in a few hours)

Edit a few minutes later, here's a link:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-64647907
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Message 2115726 - Posted: 7 Mar 2023, 20:25:29 UTC

He's even using the same words that our right wing mob used when trying to justify that policy here.

Illegal Migration Bill introduced to UK parliament as Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vows to stop the boats.

Plagiarism at its finest (and wrongness).
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Message 2115774 - Posted: 8 Mar 2023, 16:04:26 UTC

UK Science is thrown under the Brexit bus:


Nobel scientist says 'UK research is in jeopardy'
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A new assessment of Britain's research capability has concluded that it has "serious and longstanding problems"...

... the Prime Minister might not have received the best advice, following a BBC News report that he was considering alternative proposals...

... In summarising its conclusions, Sir Paul said that UK research was "fragile, in jeopardy, and needs fixing".

A spokesperson for the newly created Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) welcomed the report which was described as "thorough and thoughtful"...




Why is it that our politicians understand nothing of Science?

Too far sighted a subject for them to see anything of the Science that is for them lost far beyond their politic short sighted eyebrows?...


Only in the UK?...
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Message 2115780 - Posted: 8 Mar 2023, 17:16:50 UTC - in response to Message 2115774.  

Corrected:
Why is it that our politicians understand nothing of Science anything?

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Message 2115783 - Posted: 8 Mar 2023, 17:44:21 UTC - in response to Message 2115780.  
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Corrected:
Why is it that our politicians understand nothing of Science anything?

Which comes back to:

Should we require a Competency and Integrity test before anyone can be honoured with the title "MP"?


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Message 2115785 - Posted: 8 Mar 2023, 17:54:21 UTC - in response to Message 2115774.  
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Pieces of Eight anyone for mi 'earthies?

And so our UK space race came to pass:


Wannabe space 'superpower' UK tosses £1.6M at eight research projects
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Very world-beating funding

With the noble goal "to grow the UK as a global space superpower," the UK Space Agency (UKSA) has scraped together a princely £1.6 million ($1.9 million) to be divvied up between eight research programs.

This is part of "the government's strategy to use our £5 billion investment in space science and technology to grow our £16.5 billion commercial space sector to create the businesses, jobs and opportunities of tomorrow, and the space clusters from Cornwall to Scotland," said George Freeman, Minister of State at the newly formed Department of Science, Innovation and Technology.

But the sum is laughable when compared to the $32.33 billion in federal funding available to NASA for fiscal 2023, and even worse when you divide that £1.6 million [£0.0016 billion] into eight chunks. "Superpower" indeed.

Still, the UKSA saw fit to shout about the funding to coincide with Mars Day, which is March 7 by the way...

... "Supporting technologies that make that ambition a reality will help raise the international profile of UK space skills and expertise..."...

... So while the funding is pennies – to be expected from a country sliding into irrelevance that can't even launch a satellite – perhaps some of these projects may play a bit part in the future of space exploration. But superpower? They have to be joking.



A laughable political spin for space peanuts?...

Fly high?!
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Message 2115996 - Posted: 11 Mar 2023, 21:33:22 UTC

Is it political interference or not?

After Gary Lineker was stood down by BBC as Match of the Day host after furore over asylum-seeker policy tweets it seems that he isn't alone as the row causes a mounting crisis at BBC with presenters refusing to work while Sunak reckons it just a matter for the BBC to sort out.
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Message 2115999 - Posted: 11 Mar 2023, 22:00:41 UTC - in response to Message 2115996.  

Sunak reckons it just a matter for the BBC to sort out.
That's actually about the only part of it that makes sense.

I've actually been surprised by how quickly the protest has grown, and how widely it's spread: it feels like some kind of turning point. The BBC really has to grow a pair, and decide whose side they're on. Trying to be an "independent" broadcaster, whilst at the same time being an organ under direct state direction, is proving tricky with this particular government. The BBC likes to proclaim itself to be "impartial", but the government is very decidedly partial: the result has been described more than once as 'censorship', and that doesn't go down well.. The BBC has to decide, but the government has to call off its attack dogs as well.
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Message 2116000 - Posted: 11 Mar 2023, 22:09:27 UTC
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Yes the right wing pollies here have tried it with our ABC on many occasions, but public backlash keeps putting them back in their place.

Why does the right always want to silence bad news and opinions about themselves?
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Message 2116036 - Posted: 12 Mar 2023, 21:37:22 UTC

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Message 2116060 - Posted: 13 Mar 2023, 10:11:27 UTC

It's just been announced that Gary Lineker will return to broadcasting as normal, and has been given an apology by BBC management.

And a good thing too. The government need to learn the lesson that talking to - and most important, listening to - people with a different point of view is the way to resolve these clashes.

There'll be a formal review of the written policy guidelines later.
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Message 2116068 - Posted: 13 Mar 2023, 16:31:50 UTC - in response to Message 2116060.  

That was a brilliant penalty kick by Lineker,

and a silly own goal by the BBC,

and the crass comments by Braverman have been gaslighted:


Gary Lineker to return to Match of the Day as BBC's Tim Davie denies climbdown
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... Last week, in a tweet, Lineker compared the language used to set out the government's asylum plan to "that used by Germany in the 30s".

His words, about the government's new Illegal Migration Bill, were criticised by Conservative ministers, including the home secretary.

Lineker was told on Friday he had to apologise for his tweets or would be unable to present Match of the Day at the weekend.

When he refused to do so, he was taken off air, triggering an unprecedented wave of walkouts from fellow pundits and commentators which disrupted weekend football coverage across the BBC.

On Monday, Davie said: "Everyone recognises this has been a difficult period for staff, contributors, presenters and, most importantly, our audiences.

"I apologise for this."

After announcing he will return to presenting on BBC TV, Lineker tweeted: "However difficult the last few days have been, it simply doesn't compare to having to flee your home from persecution or war to seek refuge in a land far away.

"It's heartwarming to have seen the empathy towards their plight from so many of you.

"We remain a country of predominantly tolerant, welcoming and generous people."...



Eventually, good moves all round for hopefully some further good to come.

All in the greedy world of politics...
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