This cartoon from Britain is about the ‘special relationship’ between United States President Donald Trump and British Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. Though most people in Britain don’t want Trump to come to Britain on a state visit, Theresa May insists he should come. Trump and May are talking about trade deals. The cartoon says that the deals imply that Hyde Park in London would be privatised, becoming Donald Trump’s private property, protected from the general public by armed paramilitary guards; and that Downing Street, where the Prime Minister lives, would be renamed Trump Street.
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
It’s On! MPs Back Vote
Thursday 20th April 2017
Cowardly May faces humiliating TV no-show after ITV takes up Corbyn’s debate challenge
THE Commons voted overwhelmingly yesterday in favour of a snap general election hours after PM Theresa May repeatedly refused to answer why she would not defend her claims of Tory achievement in TV debates.
Of the 522 MPs who supported the motion, 325 were Conservatives and 174 Labour.
At Prime Minister’s Questions before the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Ms May that she could not be trusted after she made a U-turn on her numerous claims that she would not hold an early election.
This was later echoed by Labour MP Yvette Cooper, who said: “Isn’t the truth that we cannot believe a single word the PM says?”
Mr Corbyn repeatedly challenged the Prime Minister to face him in live television debates which she brushed off — and now broadcaster ITV has pledged to “empty chair” her if she continues to refuse.
As a result Ms May has been accused of being “frit” — a word famously used by Margaret Thatcher meaning “frightened”.
The Prime Minister claimed that she would rather be campaigning out on the streets, adding: “Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger.”
Mr Corbyn replied: “She says it’s about leadership, yet is refusing to defend her record in television debates and it’s not hard to see why.
“The Prime Minister says we have a stronger economy, yet she can’t explain why people’s wages are lower today than they were 10 years ago or why more households are in debt, six million people earning less than the minimum wage, child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up.
“Why are so many people getting poorer?”
Ms May said that the Tories have reduced the deficit …
Mr Corbyn shot back: “If she’s so proud of her record, why won’t she debate it?”
The Labour leader suggested that the Prime Minister is reluctant to take to the stand because her party’s crippling austerity policies have failed.
He also pointed to the Tories’ record of broken manifesto pledges since coming to power in 2010.
“Over the last seven years the Tories have broken every promise on living standards, the deficit, debt, the National Health Service and schools funding. Why should anyone believe a word they say over the next seven weeks?” he said.
Today, in his first speech of the campaign, Mr Corbyn is expected to say that in this election and in government he won’t “play by the rules of the [Tories’] game,” but stand up for the British people who “are the true wealth creators, held back by a system rigged for the wealth extractors.”
Private owners of Southern Rail, Topshop owner Sir Philip Green, Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley and owners of tax evading corporations would be scared of a Labour government, he will add.
Mr Corbyn is also expected to say: “Much of the media and Establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion … But of course those people don’t want us to win.”
ITV confirmed yesterday that it intends to proceed with a party leaders’ television debate in the run-up to polling day – with Tory leader May insisting that she has no intention of participating, opening the door to the prospect of an empty chair in the studio pointing out her refusal to face her opponents: here.
SHOULDN’T a friend have suggested to Theresa May that adapting David Cameron’s tired rhetoric about “a strong economy, strong defence and strong, stable leadership” might not be a good idea? Here.
On Tuesday, [Tony] Blair wrote a statement on his newly formed Institute for Global Change web site, calling for voters to support any anti-Brexit party in the election … Blair is clearly identifying himself with the Liberal Democrats, the only party formally committed to reversing last year’s vote for Brexit: here.
So, Tony Blair considers that his own view on European Union membership should prevail over the view of the British electorate, as expressed in the referendum; a referendum to which both the pro-Brexit and pro-Remain politicians had agreed. Blair thinks his own view on European Union membership should prevail over the many non-Brexit issues, so important to so many people, in British politics. I am not surprised. Blair has said publicly that the prefers dictatorship over democracy.
So, war criminal Tony Blair, who became rich by the Iraq war, after supporting George W Bush’s United States Republicans against the not even that leftist Democrats … after supporting corrupt and racist right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy in a French presidential election against Socialist Party candidate Ségolène Royal, who was not even very much to the left of Blair … after becoming a buddy of racist, sexist, sex scandal mired, corruption linked mafia linked Italian strongman Berlusconi … now calls for voting against the Labour party; officially still his own party. Blair already said that the prefers the Conservatives to Labour. Blair now prefers the Liberal Democrats, abandoned by their voters after becoming junior partners in a Tory government. The Labour party administrative bureaucracy is still full of right-wing Blairites. Usually, they use the slightest sign, including completely nonsensical ‘signs’ like liking Foo Fighters music, as pretexts to exclude leftist people from Labour. When will they ever exclude Tony Blair and his acolytes for disloyalty?
In the case that the Conservatives will win the June general election, Blairite politicians in Labour will blame party leader Corbyn, pressuring him to resign. Yet, if Labour would lose, then the real culprits would be those Blairite right-wingers themselves. These pro-Iraq war, pro-Big Business, anti-poor people sore losers have tried to wreck Labour, helping the Conservatives and UKIP, ever since the Labour party supporters democratically elected Corbyn, twice, as leader. So, in the case that Labour would lose the June election, it is these Blair-worshipers that should resign their positions as MPs, national executive members, etc.
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Saturday 22nd April 2017
posted by Morning Star in Editorial
WHEN Theresa May says that the general election result is “not certain” despite opinion polls giving the Tories a huge lead, for once her words can be taken at face value.
She would prefer it were otherwise, but she knows that she called the election on opportunist grounds, hoping that the Tories would win a bigger parliamentary majority and two more years in office rather than face the electorate in 2020 when the economic situation is worse and resistance to her party’s continuing capitalist austerity agenda is sharper.
Pretending that her motivation in going to the country was to prevent opposition parties from undermining her negotiations to leave the European Union is ridiculous given the ease with which Article 50 sped through both houses of Parliament.
Having confected a false justification for the election, May now wants to portray herself as the people’s champion defending the EU Leave decision against the massed ranks of unbelievers, refusing to sully her person by engaging in face-to-face political debates with other party leaders.
“I’ve been doing head-to-head debates with Jeremy Corbyn week in and week out since I became Prime Minister,” she told workers at a toothpaste factory in her constituency yesterday.
A debate in which she is guaranteed the final unchallenged word is no real debate at all.
May knows that many Labour policies are popular with the electorate, from public ownership of the railways to curtailing private-sector penetration of the NHS.
That’s why she is anxious to avoid political debate and would prefer that election controversy be concentrated on flimsy pretexts such as parliamentary frustration of the Leave decision or Liberal Democrat fantasies of a second EU referendum.
She and her Cabinet want to negotiate with the EU to safeguard the interests of the City of London while casting working-class interests to the four winds.
Corbyn and his team have hit the ground running, raising issues such as schools, the minimum wage and zero-hours contracts that will attract a hearing.
May will not be able to hide from debate for seven weeks and her opinion poll lead may dwindle more quickly than expected.
LEN McCLUSKEY’S re-election as Unite general secretary is a victory for not only members of that union but also the broader labour movement.
He was targeted for removal by elements of the mass media and a cabal of Labour MPs who worked for his defeat because they saw it as a way to weaken Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
McCluskey has made no secret of his backing for Corbyn, seeing him as supportive of key Unite policies.
No trade unionist will be pleased with a 12.2 per cent turnout, but those responsible for this are the politicians obsessed with interfering in trade union rulebooks and restricting democratic accountability and participation.
The only people who should decide on the rules of a trade union are members of that organisation.
Yet successive governments have ruled out traditional forms of consultation such as workplace or union branch voting as well as modern online methods that are widely trusted as fair and secret.
It is clear that anti-union politicians prefer to bleed union finance through more expensive postal balloting while seeking to discredit elected officials of whom they disapprove by highlighting low election turnouts.
McCluskey’s triumph ensures that Unite will continue to be led by someone who will champion union democracy, members’ pay and conditions and parliamentary representation for labour movement fighters proud to be linked to trade unions.
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Saturday 29th April 2017
posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain
Tory leader can’t even remember where she is as she refuses to meet general public or debate on TV amid economic fall
THERESA MAY has shown “contempt” for voters by refusing to face the public or take part in TV debates as the general election campaign reaches the end of its second week, Labour said yesterday.
Jeremy Corbyn said the Prime Minister going “into hiding” was “a sign of weakness.”
She was only appearing at staged events in front of pre-screened Tory faithfuls at places like golf clubs, he added — and the party has confirmed she does not intend to take part in televised face-offs with her rivals.
Ms May attended an invite-only workplace rally at Leeds Business Centre on Thursday evening — after all the employees had gone home.
Only journalists were allowed to ask her questions. Speaking to reporters in Clay Cross, Derbyshire, she seemed to forget her whereabouts, telling them she was “very happy to be in this … er … particular town.”
Mr Corbyn by contrast has been travelling up and down the country attending public events and meeting voters to present his new policies — including four extra bank holidays and a plan to build one million new homes.
A majority of voters want to watch TV debates featuring the leaders of all parties that are battling it out in the snap election scheduled for June 8, Labour said, citing a poll commissioned by the Electoral Reform Society (ERS).
Speaking at the party’s headquarters, Mr Corbyn said: “Theresa May is hiding from the public; she won’t take part in TV debates and she won’t talk to voters.
“Refusing to debate Labour in this election isn’t a sign of strength, it’s a sign of weakness.
“In showing contempt for the public in this way, the Prime Minister is showing that it’s Labour that stands up for the many, while she speaks only for the few.
“What is she afraid of? Voters deserve to know what political parties are offering.”
Ms May has been repeating a mantra that she offers “strong and stable leadership” as she ventures into constituencies in traditional Labour territory like Leeds East, Bridgend and Bolton North East.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: “[Britain’s] worrying GDP figures show why Theresa May needs to take part in TV debates with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss the state of our economy.”
He added in a statement that growth for the first three months of 2017 was only half of what was expected.
He continued: “There is no hiding from the truth. The Tories’ economic plan has undermined the UK economy and is a threat to working people’s living standards.”
Research for the ERS found 56 per cent of voters, rising to 71 per cent among 18-24 year-olds, regard TV debates as important in helping them decide how to cast their ballots.
And almost half (46 per cent) of 1,499 adults polled said they think all major party leaders should commit to take part, against just 23 per cent who said there was no need for them to.
A majority of Conservative supporters (52 per cent) agreed the debates are important, but Tory voters were split over whether leaders should commit to taking part, with 37 per cent saying they should against 38 per cent who disagreed.
A Tory spokesman said “strong and stable leadership” when asked about Ms May running scared.
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Saturday 20th May
posted by Zoe Streatfield in Britain
THERESA MAY was accused of “running scared” from Thursday night’s televised leaders’ debates after she repeatedly refused invitations to appear and defend her appalling record.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also declined the invitation, saying he would not take part in a debate without the Prime Minister.
As the debate got under way, Mr Corbyn tweeted: “Theresa May, why not debate me?
“The public deserve to see a debate between the only two people who could form the next government.”
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Ukip boss Paul Nuttall, Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood and Green co-leader Caroline Lucas appeared on ITV’s prime-time debate.
Ms Wood slammed Ms May’s “weak and unstable” leadership reflected in her decision not to join the debate.
She addressed Ms May in her opening statement, saying: “You may be too scared to come here tonight, for your U-turns to be highlighted, for your cruel policies to be exposed.
“You want this election to only be about Brexit because that means you avoid talking about the real issues like the NHS, the economy and the cuts you have made to our public services.”
Ms Lucas used her opening statement to insist Britain can cope with the serious challenges it faces, telling the audience: “When people come together and reach for a bigger future, we have shown we can change the course of history.”
Despite failing to rule out another coalition with the Tories, Mr Farron said he was determined to stop the return of a “heartless Conservative government.”
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