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  3. 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.

    McCluskey’s win

    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.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-44d7-Nowhere-to-hide-for-May#.WPt-JtykIdU

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  6. 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.

    https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5ba4-Strong-May-wont-debate-Stable-That-horse-has-bolted#.WQSiE9ykIdU

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  12. 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.”

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-8ef8-No-show-May-fails-to-defend-record#.WSAmudykIdU

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