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News review – Monday 9 January 2017

Brexit

Times
Theresa May has revealed that Britain will not attempt to cling on to parts of its EU membership in the strongest sign that she is heading for a “hard Brexit”. In a disclosure that buoyed Leave-supporting Conservative MPs, the prime minster indicated that Britain is heading out of the bloc’s single market as she warned there would be no attempt to “keep bits of membership of the EU”. Her comments caused immediate concern among some Conservative MPs campaigning for a soft Brexit, which would see Britain remain a member of the single market in return for accepting the EU’s free movement immigration rules.

Independent
Theresa May has been accused of formulating “reckless” plans that will push the UK towards a disastrous Brexit. Opposition MPs were less than impressed with what they saw as the lack of “anything new” from Ms May’s highly anticipated New Year TV interview. Labour’s shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer criticised the apparent lack of detail and reliance on sound bites from Ms May on the Government’s plans for the UK’s exit from the European Union. He told BBC Radio 4’s
The World This Weekend: “I don’t think the Prime Minister really gave us anything new and this is deeply concerning. “We are now 10 to 11 weeks away from the triggering of Article 50 and we need clear negotiating objectives and we need a top negotiating team. “What we got today were bits of half sentences that the Prime Minister has been using for the last six months.” In her first TV interview of the new year, Ms May denied there was any “muddled thinking” from the Government on Brexit and confirmed she intends to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. Mr Starmer, who campaigned for the UK to remain in the EU, said the aim of negotiations with Brussels should be to secure the “fullest possible access” for the UK to the single market.

Express
THERESA May yesterday gave her clearest signal yet that she plans to pull Britain out of the European Union’s Single Market in a decisive break with Brussels. In a TV interview ahead of the return of MPs to Westminster today, the Prime Minister set out her desire to re-impose full control over immigration while agreeing “a really good, ambitious trade deal” with the EU. And she warned supporters of a fake so-called “soft Brexit” she was not prepared to “keep bits of membership” of the bloc after leaving. “People voted to leave the EU but also voted for change,” she said. “This year is the year we start to make that happen.” Her remarks were welcomed as “great news” by MPs campaigning for a real Brexit. Mrs May said: “Often people talk as if we are leaving but still want to keep bits of our membership. “We are coming out. We are not going to be a member of the EU any longer. The question is – what is the right relationship for the UK to have with the EU when we are outside.

Guardian
Theresa May has given her clearest signal yet that Britain will leave the single market when it leaves the European Union, despite a renewed vow from Nicola Sturgeon that a so-called hard Brexit would force a second independence referendum. The prime minister said in her first interview of 2017 that she was not interested in keeping “bits of membership of the EU” and indicated that regaining control of immigration policy in the Brexit negotiations – a demand incompatible with single market membership – would be a priority. She was speaking only an hour after Scotland’s first minister used a separate interview to say that she was not bluffing about holding a second independence referendum in the event of Scotland being taken out of the single market, adding she was not prepared to see “Scotland driven off a hard Brexit cliff edge”.

Strikes

Telegraph
Unions have co-ordinated a spate of strikes this week to inflict “maximum pain” upon millions of commuters, Government sources said on Sunday night. Industrial action which will affect around five million people began at 6pm today as Transport for London staff staged a 24-hour London Underground strike, while Southern Rail services are expected to be severely disrupted until Friday as a result of three separate days of industrial action. The action comes amid warnings that the misery will spread across the country as union bosses said industrial action is “inevitable” on the Northern rail network, which covers Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Hull. Business chiefs and MPs warned strikes could send out a message to the rest of the world that London is “not open for business” at a crucial moment in the Brexit process.

Sun

THE rail strikes which have caused commuter misery in the south of England are set to spread across the country, it has emerged. Industrial action is “inevitable” on the Northern rail network which covers a swathe of northern England including commuter services in Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Hull, a union boss warned. Strikes could also spread to the West Midlands, Merseyside and other lines into London, say industry insiders. The news comes as another wave of strikes are due to hit rail and air passengers this week. The strike, which started at 6pm today, resulted in the closure of most Tube stations in central London and will hit tomorrow’s morning rush hour. Meanwhile, thousands of BA cabin crew will start a two-day strike on Tuesday, which has forced the airline to cancel up to 48 flights, although passengers who have booked will be put on alternative departures the same day.

Social care

Times
Theresa May’s short-term solution to the elderly care crisis may raise £500 million less than promised as many local authorities are reluctant to increase council tax before elections later this year. Half of the extra cash promised by the government to bail out the social care system relies on councillors putting up local taxes just before they fight for re-election, an analysis suggests. Some of the biggest councils face elections in May and many have already expressed hesitation about using powers handed to them by the government last month. They say that increasing the council tax by 3 per cent in April — as they now can to raise money for social care — will not solve the crisis in the long-term.

Germany

Telegraph
Inflation rage is coming to the boil in Germany. Leaders of the country’s prestigious institutes warn that the economy is hitting capacity constraints and risks spiraling into a destructive boom-bust cycle. In a series of interviews with The Telegraph they said that the ultra-loose monetary policy of the European Central Bank is now badly out of alignment with German needs. It has begun to threaten lasting damage, and is fast undermining political consent for monetary union. “The ECB wants to inflate away the debt of the southern European countries. This is a clear conflict of interest with net creditors like Germany,” said Clemens Fuest, president of the IFO Institute in Munich. “There is a debate building up on the expropriation of German savers by the ECB. This is going to become very difficult if inflation approaches 2pc and they still do nothing.

Express
GERMANY’S left-leaning parties are plotting to oust Angela Merkel with plans to form a potential coalition. Lawmakers have set terms for a possible coalition after September’s election in a tie-up that could replace conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel. Together, lawmakers from the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the smaller leftist Linke party, along with the environmentalist Greens, have more seats in parliament than Mrs Merkel’s conservative bloc. The latest polls show this would continue to be the case in September. Both the SPD and Linke have said they want to see significant policy moves in order to consider working together. Currently the SPD rules with Mrs Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in a right-left federal “grand coalition”. The SPD and Linke have already met to explore the possibility of forming a coalition to replace Mrs Merkel after the election.

NHS

Star
AT least two patients die each day in British hospitals and care homes from thirst or starvation, according to new figures. Shocking statistics reveal in one year hundreds of people have died under the care of the NHS from poor quality food and dehydration. It comes as the British Red Cross described the NHS as being in a “humanitarian crisis”. Latest numbers from the Office of National Statistics reveal 297 patients, who died in hospital, had malnutrition listed on their death certificate in 2015, while dehydration was listed 429. Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson, writing for The Times, said: “We have started talking about this as a humanitarian crisis.

Sky News
The Prime Minister has told Sky News she does not accept there is a “humanitarian crisis” in the NHS. Theresa May told Sophy Ridge on Sunday that there are “huge pressures” in the health system but they are recognised. 
It followed the head of emergency charity the Red Cross defending his earlier comments that the organisation was “on the front line, responding to the humanitarian crisis in our hospital and ambulance services across the country”. Mrs May told Sky’s new politics programme: “I don’t accept the description the Red Cross has made of this.

Universities

Telegraph
They are the said to be the founding fathers of Western philosophy, whose ideas underpin civilised society. But students at a prestigious London university are demanding that figures such as Plato, Descartes and Immanuel Kant should be largely dropped from the curriculum because they are white. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)’s student union is insisting that when studying philosophy “the majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Africa and Asia. They say it is part of wider campaign to “decolonise” the university, as the seek to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism”. It comes after education leaders warned that universities will be forced to pander to the demands of “snowflake” students, however unreasonable they might be.

Times
Plato, Kant and Descartes may number among the fathers of philosophy but students want them dropped from a degree course because they are white.
The thinkers are deemed too male, stale and pale to dominate degrees at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Campaigners say the curriculum should focus on philosophers from the developing world instead. Oxford University has already agreed to overhaul its courses to make them more diverse, after demands from students. Now the SOAS student union is insisting that the “majority of philosophers on our courses” should be from Asia and Africa.

Earthquake

Star
A FREAK swarm of 250 earthquakes that hit the same US town on New Year’s Eve could trigger a triple tremor capable of wiping out the west coast, it has been warned. The huge spate of shakers rocked California over New Year, plunging the earthquake-stricken region into panic. The largest tremor, measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale, struck at the southern end of an earthquake hotspot known as the Brawley Seismic Zone. The seismically active region is connected to two major fault lines, San Andreas and Imperial, both of which can unleash catastrophic earthquakes. Now seismologists believe a chain reaction linking all three faults, resulting in a series of huge quakes greater than magnitude 8, is “possible”.

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29 Comments on News review – Monday 9 January 2017

  1. So you want radicalism – I`ll give it you.
    Take the scandal of post war credits.
    It was a scheme introduced during the war, where people “loaned” money to the government by various means to help the war effort. The promise was they would be repaid when the war ended (with interest – I`m not sure) only problem was they weren`t repaid; in fact they were not paid for years and years afterwards and by the time they were inflation had so reduced the value that they were worth pennies only on redemption.
    I am not criticising the scheme in its objectives – it probably did help the war effort.
    They used to say the boss should not be paid more than four times his labourer, then it was realised that was iniquitous and raised to six times – 147 times, so I hear, of some modern bosses is plainly out of proportion.
    I`m not against bosses living a life of Old Reilly, but I would like to think their excess income was usefully employed; used as a form of business angels to invest in new industry (including their own industry) and the creation of employment. I would suggest the scheme be mandatory, centrally run, their money would not be “confiscated”, but return able after say 5 years (if desired) with interest and be tax deductible – but it must not be regarded as “revenue”

  2. Shouldn’t the students and others who want to drop white philosophers be done for racism? Nah, it doesn’t work that way. If there was a proposal to drop a black philosopher because he/she was black, merry hell would break out, there’d be swooning in the streets, social media sites would crash, Yasmin Alibaba-Brownish would be turning purple with rage on TV and there’d be apoplectic questions in the House from Jumping Jezza.
    Sounds fun, actually. I wish someone WOULD drop an Asian or African philosopher from a course just to see how high the heights of leftie luvvies hypocrisy can reach.

    • Pam,
      Define a philosopher.
      As far as I can see they are all drones anyway.
      What do they produce other than words which in effect are guesses often attempts to make the illogical, logical.
      Just finished Cicero`s doings in Ancient Rome written by Robert Harris – he was a philosopher wasn`t he? didn`t seem to do him much good, nor the rest of the Roman citizens.

    • Mike this is the sort of thing Paul should be briefed on, instead of telling everyone there will be short term pain. I see he now has an advisor, albeit voluntary, let’s hope it helps.

  3. Just want to say I like Paul’s beard it suits him, they are the ‘in’ thing at the moment because Corbyn has one, and Paul said quite a lot too on Daily Politics. It is starting to get better.

    • Oh please!
      Has he acquired a tattoo as well?.
      Sorry this is personal, but I have always distrusted men who hide behind yashmaks.

    • DD I only hope you think like the average voter. Also WHEN is Paul ever going to mention repatriation of fishing grounds, it’s one of the biggest pluses for England and importantly Scotland, but not one mention on any interview by our Leader. They also are massive UKIP supporters, or were.

      • Dee

        Yes, I thought he was the fishermen’s friend as well, but to be fair it must be difficult to get everything out in these interviews, the interviewers have a habit of steering it the way they want it to go.

        • That is one of the problems, DD. Adroit politicans get their message out, they ignore the questions, although he had an ideal opportunity last night, but instead agreed there would be short term pain.
          I don’t think Paul is a quick thinker (neither am I) but he needs to work on it.

    • After having been so critical of Theresa May, in not providing any details on Brexit, he then said he wouldn’t be giving any details of UKIP’s policies until the Spring Conference. People in glass houses…..?

      Although, to be fair, it is pleasing to see that he is now advancing Spring into the middle of February. Well done, Paul, this is the type of radical thinking that the voters having been crying out for. Already looking forward to next year’s Spring Conference in early January.

      • This made me laugh, has Paul become so powerful he can change the seasons, if so he will be able to reverse global warming and part the Red Sea!

      • Thomas do I detect a fellow frustrate (?) in that comment?

        • Dee, yes definitely. Well detected!

          What incentive can there be for voters to switch to UKIP when they now seem just another “same old, same old” party.

          Then there’s appointing Evans in his team, not disciplining Carswell, ignoring JR-E. I didn’t vote for him but, even so, I was expecting better than this.

          Let’s just hope his Spring(?) Conference announcements will be worth waiting for.

  4. I have just listened to May’s speech, what a load of waffle, she does not speak as you would expect the Prime Minister to, rather like a Social Work team leader does. Believe me I know I have sat in meetings with just such types, that is ok for social care matters but not when you are the head of the government, that should not have allowed mental heath to get to this crisis in the first place.

    She talks as if she has just started in government and had nothing to do with how we have got to this situation with the NHS, the saying ‘nothing to do with me guv’ comes to mind. And she applies exactly the same approach to when she was in charge of the Home Office, she was not responsible for not being able to reduce immigration figures as they promised in their manifesto. It beggars the question what exactly is she responsible for, oh, I have just remembered she is going to make a success out of brexit, well that’s that b*****ed as well then.

  5. In the clearest terms May has indicated a hard Brexit and what happens the Pound starts dropping again. It is the money markets that will be the death of this country not Brexit

    • Thinnish Free-Thinker // January 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm // Reply

      The financiers want world government because it would give them only one set of politicians to deal with / bribe, rather than 200+ free nations. The EU, NAFTA, etc. are simply political / economic groupings on the way to world government but Brexit has probably scuppered the EU and Trump is talking about pulling the USA out of NAFTA. That’s why the financiers are so vicious and belittling about Brexit and Trump’s victory via their propaganda mouthpiece, the mainstream media (MSM). Long live Freedom!

    • Punishment trading.

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