• UK Politics

    Government’s voter ID moves divide opinion

    Following Sir Eric Pickles’ review into electoral fraud, a pilot scheme will require voters to show ID in selected councils. Different councils will trial different types of photo ID, including driving licences, passports or utility bills to prove addresses, although the creation of a new form of ID specifically for voting has been ruled out by ministers. Northern Ireland already requires voters to show ID before casting their ballot. Measures will also be introduced to clamp down on fraud associated with postal ballots. People could also be required to re-apply for a postal vote every three years in an attempt to stop ballots being intercepted by unscrupulous activists, the government…

  • UK Politics

    Meanwhile, in the UK…

    Wow: British wage growth hasn't been this bad since the 60s—the 1860s https://t.co/MwAeiETXq7 pic.twitter.com/MtH7HwGnyy — Matt O'Brien (@ObsoleteDogma) December 8, 2016 Fortunately there’s a strong and sensible opposition party with a brilliant and effective leader gaining massive support. Isn’t there?

  • Trump,  UKIP

    Sorry, Brits. Farage is staying put.

    Despite earlier reports, Donald Trump’s English buddy and Joe E. Brown lookalike Nigel Farage says he is not planning to move to the United States after all. As an American looking for things to be grateful for after the recent election, I will take what I can get. This news comes after Prime Minister Theresa May unaccountably failed to take Trump’s suggestion that Farage be appointed as the UK’s ambassador to the US. Many people would like to see @Nigel_Farage represent Great Britain as their Ambassador to the United States. He would do a great job! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2016 “Many people” is a very Trumpian…

  • UK Politics

    How Likely is a General Election?

    This is a cross-post from All That Is Solid If you were feeling nostalgic for this summer’s Brexit chaos, the last couple of days should have provided you a fix. The High Court judgement that – rightly – stipulated the requirement for Article 50 to come to the Commons before its trigger threw the government into a panic. It also reminded us of the utter stupidity of senior Conservative politicians . Not having read the judgement, let alone understood it, morons like David Davies and IDS have paraded into the studios to decry this “assault” on the referendum result. This greenlit the unhinged editorial suites of the rightwing press to…

  • UK Politics

    Red Carpets, Red Lines

    If you want to support religious murder, let an expert show you how to do it. Prominent Pakistani preacher Muhammad Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman, for example. Here he delivers a wild tirade for Mumtaz Qadri, the man who assassinated Pakistani politician Salman Taseer in 2011 for “blasphemy”. A banner depicting Mumtaz Qadri is the backdrop in the video above. At its lower left corner sits a man who appears to be the preacher’s father, Muhammad Naqeeb Ur Rehman. He signals his support as the fury mounts. Firing up big and angry crowds is important too. Here ur Rehman shouts at the funeral of Mumtaz Qadri after Pakistan executed Qadri for…

  • UK Politics

    More United?

    If we all stand together It will just be the start More United is low on my worry list, but I can’t see myself signing up any time soon. It describes itself as a ‘tech driven political start up’.  Everything of this sort is ‘tech driven’ these days – Momentum is the obvious example – and I’m not sure what the point is in using the language of business (‘start up’) to describe a political movement.  This note of meaninglessness is carried over into its five principles. A fair, modern, efficient market based economy that closes the gap between rich and poor and supports strong public services A modern democracy…

  • Stateside,  UK Politics,  Vote 2016

    Corbyn and Trump ♥ dictators

    What is it about certain Western politicians and their admiration for dictatorial strongmen? ********** ********** As has been pointed out, Saddam Hussein did not kill terrorists “so good” (unless you define any Iraqi who dared to oppose his regime as a terrorist). However he did protect and enable terrorists “so good,” including the Palestinian murderer Abu Nidal (before he turned against him).

  • UK Politics

    A Prime Minister for Members

    Theresa May is the frontrunner for the Tory leadership election. Right now I don’t rate the chances of Michael “I don’t want this job oh yes I do and where’s my dagger” Gove, her main rival. May has firmly ruled out a general election before 2020. So have other prominent Tories. This means our next Prime Minster for almost four years will be elected not by the voters but by Conservative Party members. They number around 150,000 in a country of 65 million people. Typical arguments for this position often start with the Tory victory last year. The manifesto won. This is the programme. It will continue. Uncertainty and instability…

  • Obama,  UK Politics

    Obama’s “threat”

    Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes Following Obama’s remarks on BREXIT– and the hysteria being whipped up about them– I thought Harry’s Place’s readers might wish to see the transcript of his speech and the ensuing press conference, rather than relying on any version supplied by the Mayor of London (who has faced his own challenges about accuracy in reporting) or the Daily Express. The cause of all this originates with a question for the current POTUS from Chris Ship of ITN. For the benefit of anyone unprepared to wade through my link, the relevant part of his response is quoted here: Q: Mr. President, you, yourself, acknowledge the controversial…