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News review – Thursday 11 May 2017

Labour

Sun
A LEAKED draft of Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto has revealed he plans to re-nationalise a raft of major industries in the most Left-wing election pledge for decades. Under his extraordinary socialist blueprint for power to take Britain back to the 1970s, Labour will also slap a 20:1 ratio cap on bosses’ pay. The 43-page document has already been dubbed ‘the NEW longest suicide note in history’, after drawing comparisons with former leader Michael Foot’s disastrous far-left 1983 manifesto. It also reveals the Opposition boss would push for a “nuclear free world” if he gets into No10, saying the party is now “extremely cautious” about using Britain’s nuclear deterrent.

Telegraph
Jeremy Corbyn will take Britain back to the 1970s by nationalising industries, forcing wage caps on businesses and giving huge power to the unions if he gets into power, a leaked copy of Labour’s draft manifesto reveals. The 43-page document, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, shows that Mr Corbyn plans to nationalise energy, rail and mail and will introduce a 20:1 pay cap for businesses.  The manifesto says Mr Corbyn is committed to achieving a “nuclear free world” and is “extremely cautious” about using Britain’s nuclear deterrent. 
The Labour leader will only send the armed forces into combat if “all other options have been exhausted”, the copy of the manifesto states. It also says that Labour will rule out a “no deal” Brexit and refuse to set a migration target, in a move that is likely to drive away its traditional supporters who voted Leave in the EU referendum.

Mail
Labour is vowing to nationalise the railways and Royal Mail in the party’s most left-wing manifesto in decades. A leaked draft of the document reveals Jeremy Corbyn wants to take Britain back to the 1970s by also scrapping anti-strike laws brought in by the Conservatives. Workers on more than £80,000 a year would be hit by a £6billion tax raid.  The 43-page manifesto is the most radical since Michael Foot’s in 1983, which was dubbed ‘the longest suicide note in history’.

Times
Labour would renationalise energy companies, railways and the Royal Mail under its most socialist policies for a generation, according to a draft of the party’s manifesto leaked last night. Tuition fees would be abolished and bus companies also taken back into public ownership, it was revealed, as the entire 43-page document emerged before senior party figures meet today to sign off Jeremy Corbyn’s prospectus. If approved it would commit the party to a heavy emphasis on public ownership and universal benefits such as free higher education.

Express
JEREMY CORBYN wants to nationalise industries, hand power to the unions and impose wage caps on businesses if he wins the General Election, a leaked draft Labour manifesto has revealed. In what many will see as a move back to the 1970s, the Labour leader is set on nationalising Royal Mail, the railways and energy, the 43-page document seen by the Daily Telegraph shows. In what will be a shock for the Conservatives, Labour wants to introduce a pay cap for businesses where the highest earners can only earn 20 times more than the lowest. Fines for businesses who pay their staff high wages would also be introduced under Labour. On the other hand, those working in the public sector will have pay rise caps scrapped and they will get “double pay paternity leave” for the first month.

ITV News
Labour plans to nationalise energy companies, the Royal Mail and the railways have been revealed in a leak of the party’s draft manifesto. The reported pledges were initially published by the Mirror and Telegraph on Tuesday evening and ITV News’ Political Editor Robert Peston has seen a copy of the document. The apparent draft manifesto promises a wave of radical reforms across several sectors including the NHS, education and housing. On Wednesday night ITV News asked Mr Corbyn if he knew who had leaked the draft manifesto as he arrived at London’s King’s Cross station but he declined to comment.

Westmonster
Perhaps the most damaging revelation from Labour’s manifesto leak is not just the huge layout of hundreds of billions of pounds, but the fact that Jeremy Corbyn would apparently go into Brexit negotiations unwilling to walk away from the table whilst having no intention of cutting levels of migration. The draft version of the Labour manifesto makes clear that Labour would formally “reject no deal as viable”. That would effectively guarantee a bad deal for Britain, with Jean-Claude Juncker and the rest of Brussels knowing that they had maximum leverage at all times. Not only that but Corbyn’s Labour seem to have no desire to cut mass migration at all and will refuse to commit to any sort of sensible target, letting down so many working class communities damaged by irresponsible open door migration.

EU

Express
A FRENCH barrister has launched a bid to prove the Brexit referendum was illegal in a move bound to cause accusations of meddling in British affairs. Julien Fouchet, of Cornille-Pouyanne avocats based in Bordeaux, has been speaking to a number of Britons currently living in France, who could not vote due to the ’15-year-rule’, about how they might have been affected and how they see Brexit affecting their lives and rights. The lawyer claims he is conducting the study “out of European solidarity”. Mr Fouchet believes it could be possible to challenge the referendum through EU courts on the basis that excluding long-term expats was unfair. He claims not to be opposed to Brexit but thinks, however, that the referendum should be re-run so all British adults can take part. He said: “A lot of people have explained their situation – that they have been in France a long time and could not vote, and they encouraged me.

Express
THE Government looks set to “snub” a European Parliament hearing looking at the implications of Brexit for European Union (EU) citizens living in the UK. Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt is due to address the hearing called ‘The situation and rights of EU citizens in the UK’ on Thursday along with Anne-Laure Donskoy, co-chair of the3million, a group which campaigns for the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. An initial draft programme which was sent out last week stated that “representatives of the UK Home Office” would be part of the hearing which had been organised by Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) as well as the Petitions and the Employment and Social Affairs committees.  But an update of the programme does not include any reference to the UK representatives.

Express
A EUROPEAN Parliament official has boasted that MEPs are easy to “control” and insisted the EU will not fall apart after Brexit. Jaume Duch, the Parliament’s spokesman, attacked politicians who “vote in their national interest” rather than the EU’s. But he added: “It is very straightforward to control the work of MEPs. Thanks to social media, each citizen can be their own lobby. “The EU is all the member states. If there is political will, the EU can act. The final say goes to the governments but behind them are the citizens.” Mr Duch also predicted no countries would follow the UK out of the 28-member bloc. He said last year’s stunning Leave vote in the EU referendum
means “everyone has realised the risks” of walking away from Brussels. And he cited the election of pro-EU Emmanuel Macron as French president as proof Brexit is not a “disease” that will kill off the bloc.

BBC News
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will address a joint session of the Irish houses of parliament later on Thursday. He is the first non-head of state or prime minister to make such an address. Mr Barnier has said he will be “attentive” to anything that may “weaken dialogue and peace” in Ireland. The EU negotiating guidelines state that issues relating to the Irish border will have be resolved in the first phase of its talks with the UK. The guidelines call for “flexible and imaginative solutions” to avoid a hard border.

Reuters
Plans to move the European Union’s London-based medicines regulator to Strasbourg and push through a long-held project to close the EU parliament’s expensive second seat in the French city are gaining traction among legislators, EU officials said. Lawmakers have been holding discreet talks on such a swap, which they hope would help eliminate French opposition to Strasbourg losing the seat, one official said. Last week’s election win in France of pro-EU President Emmanuel Macron may further help the plan come to fruition. MEPs convene in Strasbourg for one week every month and in Brussels for the remainder. The monthly upheaval costs the bloc 114 million euros ($123.96 million) a year, EU auditors say. Critics have long called for the arrangement to be scrapped, but it has stayed in place largely because France would have vetoed any attempt to make the required amendment to the EU treaty.

Refugees

Westmonster
Hungary and Slovakia have filed a joint case against the EU’s refugee quota scheme. The case, filed with the European Court of Justice today, aims to challenge the EU’s decision to distribute migrants among member states, forcing them to take in an EU-defined quota of people. Hungary’s Justice Minister, Laszlo Trocsanyi, said: “The decision to assign quotas sends the wrong signal to potential migrants: ‘Go ahead and come to Europe, we will handle the distribution.’” “Secondly, it’s not effective. These people want to go to very specific countries, not countries like Romania, Bulgaria or Hungary. Those who were sent to Latvia were back in Germany in just two days,” he added. Trocsanyi told German newspaper, Die Welt, that the EU’s deportation policy is a shambles which has caused more problems for Europe as deporting migrants back to their home countries is “mostly not possible.”

Sky News
Ten thousand Syrian refugees will be allowed into Britain every year under Liberal Democrat proposals. The party has also pledged to reopen the Dubs programme for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children stranded in Europe. 
In February the Government scraped the policy which was meant to benefit as many as 3,000 children but only 350 were allowed into the UK before it was closed. The British government are also only committed to offering refuge to 20,000 Syrians by 2020. The Lib Dem leader Tim Farron, who will visit a refugee charity in Cheltenham later, will say: “This is about the sort of country we are. “The Britain I love is an open, tolerant, united country with a generous spirit and compassion for those in need. I love my country – and I hate it when my government makes me feel ashamed. 

Fisheries

Guardian
A battle has broken out over the future of Britain’s fishing industry after the Scottish National party was accused of twisting the words of the environment secretary, Andrea Leadsom. The Conservatives and industry leaders said the SNP had selectively leaked excerpts from a letter from Leadsom to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation that disclosed that the UK government knew it may have to integrate some parts of EU law on fisheries after Brexit.  In a mark of an increasingly bitter general election campaign in north-east Scotland, the extracts were leaked to the pro-independence National newspaper as Ruth Davidson, the leader of the Scottish Tories, campaigned in Peterhead, the UK’s largest fishing port. Davidson accused Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, of orchestrating “a grubby spin operation” after the SNP leader tweeted the National story and claimed it proved the Tories had been caught out.

Express
FISHING chiefs have hit out at the Scottish National Party over “absurd claims” made on social media by Nicola Sturgeon the UK Government was planning to “sell out” Scottish fishing. The row was sparked initially by a private letter from the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom to the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF) which reassured fishing leaders the UK would “look to disapply” the most unpopular parts of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) as part of Brexit. 
But after SNP candidate for Banff and Buchan Eilidh Whiteford claimed the latter revealed Tories are “plotting a gigantic sell-out” of fishermen, the industry group made the document public. Chief executive Bertie Armstrong said: “Any reading of this letter in full makes it clear that the UK Government is committed to ensuring we exit the CFP and reassert control of our waters.

Blair

Telegraph
Tony Blair could secretly help moderate Labour MPs with a plot to form a new breakaway movement after the election, it has emerged. Former Labour donors who have withdrawn their support since Jeremy Corbyn became leader are set to approach Mr Blair’s Institute for Global Change, a centre-left think tank, for help with developing policy ideas. But while Mr Blair has signalled his desire to return to politics, the donors do not want him to take a public role in the plot after his reputation was irreparably damaged by the Iraq War. Yesterday 
The Daily Telegraph revealed that up to 100 prospective Labour MPs are preparing to resign the Labour whip and become independents after the election in an attempt to force out Jeremy Corbyn. They are discussing the idea of forming a “Progressives” group on the back benches, before possibly returning to Labour if they manage to oust Mr Corbyn and replace him with a leader they support.

Momentum

Guardian
Professor Noam Chomsky has claimed that any serious future for the Labour party must come from the leftwing pressure group Momentum and the army of new members attracted by the party’s leadership. In an interview with the Guardian, the radical intellectual threw his weight behind Jeremy Corbyn, claiming that Labour would be doing far better in opinion polls if it were not for the “bitter” hostility of the mainstream media. “If I were a voter in Britain, I would vote for him,” said Chomsky, who admitted that the current polling position suggested Labour was not yet gaining popular support for the policy positions that he supported. “There are various reasons for that – partly an extremely hostile media, partly his own personal style which I happen to like but perhaps that doesn’t fit with the current mood of the electorate,” he said. “He’s quiet, reserved, serious, he’s not a performer. The parliamentary Labour party has been strongly opposed to him. It has been an uphill battle.”

Environment

Independent
The Greens are to put environmental issues at the heart of their election campaign because the other parties are “wilfully ignoring” the issue, co-leader Caroline Lucas has said. At the last general election in 2015, the Greens decided to stress social policies in a bid to free themselves from the image of a single-issue party. But, ahead of the launch of the party’s environment manifesto, Ms Lucas said that she felt this mission had been achieved. And, given the lack of interest in green issues displayed by the other parties and the “hugely important” effect of Brexit on the UK countryside, she said it was important that someone spoke up about the issue.

Mental health

Independent
The Liberal Democrats will earmark £1bn in the party’s manifesto to tackle the “historic injustice” faced by people with mental ill health in an effort to cut waiting times and reduce the number of suicides, the party’s health spokesperson has announced.  It comes after Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, revealed last week his party, if elected, would inject £6bn into health and social care services by increasing income tax by a penny for every worker. In an attempt to “rescue the NHS and social care” the party will ring-fence £1bn of this fund for mental health services with a particular concentration on improving waiting times for young people and pregnant women suffering from mental ill health. Norman Lamb, the party’s health spokesperson, said the Lib Dems are committed to ending the “historic injustice” against people with mental ill health in Britain.

Education

Times
Britain’s biggest university is sacking 140 academics after admitting concerns about the quality of teaching in some departments. Manchester University faces “significant challenges” from Brexit, a multimillion-pound pensions deficit and new government legislation that will link tuition fee rises to teaching quality, according to its latest accounts. The Russell Group member is the biggest single-site university in the UK, with nearly 40,000 students and 12,000 staff, 7,000 of whom are academics. It plans to make 171 redundancies, of which 140 will be academics and 31 support staff. The school of arts, languages and cultures, the faculty of biology, medicine and health, and the Alliance Manchester Business School will be worst hit.

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9 Comments on News review – Thursday 11 May 2017

  1. Pam, I hope your forecast of the demise of the Labour Party is not as premature as mine was.
    On the 10th March 1962, I wrote to my wife to be from the m.v. Swedru, somewhere off the coast of Africa in answer to her question of what I thought about the Common Market and the prospect of world Government.
    “If we can agree there is hope for the world at large – this could form the basis for in a couple of hundred years “World Government”
    “What other thoughts have I?,- well I think it will bring about the permanent disappearance of the Labour Party, but might give rise to the British Nationalists, so that they will be the opposition to a coalition of Conservatives and Liberals”
    I am still awaiting the disappearance of the Labour Party!
    The rest isn`t too far of the mark.
    I`m with you in your crit of “for the many not the few” didn`t we used to call that “??????” Talk?
    Am I also right in thinking they have fudged the Trident issue by seemingly support it in the Manifesto, but immediately on their election will have a defence review to establish “needs” – an ideal opportunity to cancel the whole deal

    • Roger, now that Labour have published their full manifesto, we can see what a dog’s breakfast looks like after it’s been heaved up by the dog on a clean kitchen floor. At least 100 MPs don’t agree with its contents, so how do they propose to campaign for votes?
      “Morning, missus, will you be voting Labour?”
      “Can you explain your party’s policies?”
      “No, because I don’t like them, but you should still vote for us.”
      “Why?”
      “Because as soon as Labour wins the election, we’re going to have another go at getting rid of Corbyn. Then we’ll discuss a different manifesto and begin again like Michael Finnegan!”
      “But who will be running the country while all that’s sorted out?”
      “Erm ….”

  2. Just watching the news about those women involved in plotting a terrorist attack in London sitting in the dock wearing their face coverings, how ridiculous does that look? and what a mockery it makes of our justice system, so does that mean that if I was in the dock I could wear a balaclava because I am religiously shy?

    • It takes an immense personal sacrifice and needs incredible courage to stand up to LibLabCon etc. politicians, the MSM and leftist thugs and say what needs to be said. I don’t think Paul Nuttall is able to do this and I don’t think he does either. Why doesn’t he do the decent thing and let someone who is able to do so?

      • John,

        Do you have someone in mind? Because as you say this is a tough calling.

      • Too late now, I fear, but he should have handed over to Deputy Peter Whittle after Stoke, when it must have been obvious to him, as it was to everyone, that he just isn’t Leadership material.
        Peter is calm and reasonable, and says it as it is instead of caving in as soon as challenged. He seems under rated by some – I think we could have confidence in him to do a job we could be proud of in an interim period. But…in my dreams…

    • No guts, no glory.

  3. The Momentum Movement, the ‘Progressives’, the Institute for Global Change – they all want a piece of the Labour Party, but the donors don’t want Tony Blair in a public role. Shows they have SOME sense of reality, but not a lot. These Leftards don’t care what the ordinary majority of British people want. All they are interested in is their own ideology – an ideology that has failed time after time in various parts of the world over the last 100 years.
    Take the latest Labour Party slogan; ‘For the many, not the few.’ That’s a typical lie told by Leftards everywhere. The sub-text is: We want the votes of the many to get into power, whereupon the few (the elite – us) will control your lives, tell you the ‘right’ way to think and demonise the ‘wrong’ way to think, tell you what you can and cannot say, keep you in poverty and dependence as much as we can in order to create subsidised client groups, and bring everyone down to the lowest common denominator in the spurious name of ‘equality’. Oh, and let’s please the muslims by being horrid to Jews, that’s worth a lot of votes.

    Let’s hope that the Labour Party is pulled to pieces and disintegrates into dust. As the UK representatives of global Leftardism, it would be one small victory to see the back of them.

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