British new Conservative-far right wobbly coalition government

This video from Canada about Britain says about itself:

Corbyn Lost Labour Party Elites, But Won Over Voters

9 June 2017

Corbyn has proven that there is a way forward for the Labour Party,” says Leo Panitch, a professor at York University–but it isn’t the future the Blairites envisioned.

Jeremy Corbyn was just 2,227 votes away from chance to be Prime Minister: here.

Election results: [Conservative] Heidi Allen says Theresa May ‘will be gone in six months’ after disastrous outcome: here.

Gambler loses £70,000 betting on a Tory majority, believing election to be ‘unlosable’: here.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Coalition of Terror

Saturday 10th June 2017

Theresa May makes deal with terror-linked DUP in desperate bid to cling to power

THERESA MAY desperately clung to power yesterday by resorting to a coalition of terror with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).

After months of smearing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a so-called “terrorist sympathiser” for engaging in peace talks with the IRA, she leapt into bed with the notorious loyalist party to avoid the humiliation of seeing her opportunist snap election force her out of No 10.

Ten DUP MPs will allow a government that looks set to be — in the words she previously used against other parties — a “weak and unstable coalition of chaos.”

The loyalists have a history of dubious members, policies, connections and links to violent paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland.

Former leader Peter Robinson helped establish loyalist paramilitary group Ulster Resistance in 1986, and stood down in 2015 after disgracing himself with a defence of Belfast pastor James McConnell, who called Islam “satanic” and a “doctrine spawned in hell.”

DUP minister Jim Wells meanwhile was forced to resign in 2015 after being recorded on camera saying that “a child is far more likely to be abused and neglected” if their parents are gay.

The party also has historical links to “rivers of blood” race war tout Enoch Powell, and is infamous for its staunch anti-LGBT and anti-abortion policies, alongside climate change denial.

Explaining her decision yesterday, the PM apologised to Tories who had lost their seats due to her election fiasco and gushed that the DUP were “friends and allies.”

She said the two parties have “enjoyed a strong relationship over many years” and that, despite losing a dozen MPs, she will press ahead as PM — after declaring only three weeks ago that she would not be able to continue if she lost just six seats.

The Tories ended up with a loss on Thursday night while Labour made groundbreaking gains across the board.

The pact likely [will] take the form of an arrangement where the DUP swap votes for cash to Northern Ireland.

Ms May faced calls to “consider her position” from former [Conservative] minister Anna Soubry yesterday on the basis of her “dreadful” campaign.

Tory numbers fell from 330 MPs to 318 and eight ministers lost seats — including former MP and Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer, who authored her disastrous manifesto.

Mr Corbyn gained 29 MPs, 261 in total, taking shock seats in Canterbury and reportedly Kensington, with the latter having gone through yet another vote recount yesterday evening due to Tory denial — which started shortly before the Star went to print.

In a statement yesterday morning the Labour leader urged Ms May to resign so he could form a minority government.

Mr Corbyn said: “We are ready to serve this country … We are ready to do everything we can to put our programme into operation.

“The party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party. The arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost. I think we need a change.”

Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Theresa May fought an underhand, depressing campaign and has been well and truly humbled.

“People do not want Tory business as usual, they do not want a politics built on fear that spreads despair, and they certainly do not want a lame duck prime minister.

“Credit for this must go to Labour, led by Jeremy Corbyn, which has pulled off the biggest political reawakening of the century.

This video from Britain says about itself:

Theresa May is weak, let’s not stop fighting back | Owen Jones talks…

9 June 2017

Theresa May should resign as prime minister. She’s shown what an abject leader she is during a miserable, negative campaign and now she’s entering a coalition of chaos with the extremist bigots in the DUP. We know there is an appetite now for Jeremy Corbyn’s positive vision for this great country. So don’t let up, organise, keep the fight going and show up this weak and wobbly coalition for what it is.

The election was another major indication of the ongoing political radicalisation of workers all over the world. Corbyn’s gains show that had Bernie Sanders been the Democratic presidential candidate, he, not Donald Trump, would be in the White House: here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

May is dead in the water

Saturday 10th May 2017

THERESA MAY warned voters during the election campaign that, if things went badly, Britain could face a “coalition of chaos.” How right she was.

The idea that “strong and stable leadership in the national interest,” to coin a phrase, could spring from an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and endure a full five-year term invites speculation over May’s grip on reality.

What inducements will she reveal as the price for bringing the DUP on board?

DUP priorities seem to be flying the union flag on public buildings more often in Northern Ireland than in Britain, rejecting equal marriage and lobbing significant cash sums to community organisations run by “former” unionist paramilitaries.

But it represents some of the poorest communities in the UK, which might present difficulties for the DUP if it signs up to Tory welfare cuts.

May’s justification for calling her election — to win a bigger parliamentary majority to strengthen her hand in EU haggling — was never the real reason.

If it had been, having fewer seats would mean that her government will negotiate with Brussels now from an even weaker position.

Her main motivation, after swallowing her advisers’ assessment that a landslide was there for the taking, was to seek a huge parliamentary majority to drive through unpopular public spending cuts.

May’s failure stems from a shambolic election campaign in which she was hidden from contact with the voters and chickened out of face-to-face debate with Jeremy Corbyn.

However, Corbyn was a revelation to the overwhelming majority of voters who witnessed on TV, radio, in mass rallies and on walkabout a man who bore no resemblance to the feeble-minded, incompetent extremist caricature sketched by the media and many disloyal Labour MPs.

He refused to adopt the neoliberal consensus that making big business and the rich elite pay more tax is unthinkable while squeezing low-paid workers, single parents, the disabled, the self-employed, students, young unemployed and state pensioners is just the way things are.

Many of his most trenchant inner-party critics have had to acknowledge his role in enthusing Labour supporters and bringing particularly young voters into political activity.

Above all, Corbyn has tossed into the dustbin of history the reactionary assertion that Labour cannot prosper with distinctive progressive policies.

The Morning Star was alone in the media in sharing from the start the Labour leader’s confidence that offering class-based policies and making clear arguments in their favour could alter the course of a campaign in which May appeared to hold all the cards.

Whatever dodgy deals the Prime Minister does with the DUP, she is dead in the water. She should step down now.

It is only a matter of time before her time runs out, which could precipitate an early election but need not do so.

Corbyn’s readiness to answer the challenge of leading a minority government, advocating policies capable of being supported by other parliamentary forces as well as widely outside Westminster, merits a positive response.

His commitment to guarantee on his first day in office the residence rights of EU nationals living and working in Britain would get negotiations with Brussels off to a more positive start than can be expected from a Tory lame duck.

But at least as important is how well people will live after leaving the EU, so Labour’s agenda of investment for jobs, housing, public ownership, education and the NHS must be given its opportunity when the Tory Party runs out of road.

From The Independent in Britain today:

Going back decades, the DUP was at the vanguard of the failed Save Ulster from Sodomy movement that campaigned against the 1982 legalisation of homosexual sex in Northern Ireland.

In more recent times, former first minister Peter Robinson’s wife Iris, then an MP, described homosexuality as an “abomination”, while the MP son of Dr Paisley, Ian Paisley Jr, said he felt “repulsed” by homosexual acts.

50 thoughts on “British new Conservative-far right wobbly coalition government

  1. Saturday, 10 June 2017

    Corbyn demands that May resign

    SPEAKING in central London yesterday morning, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on PM May to resign.

    He said: ‘The prime minister called this election because she wanted a mandate. Well the mandate she’s got is lost Conservative seats, lost votes, lost support and lost confidence.
    ‘I would have thought that’s enough to go, actually, and make way for a government that will be truly representative of all of the people of this country.

    ‘I think it’s pretty clear who won this election. We are ready to do everything we can to put our programme into operation. There isn’t a parliamentary majority for anybody at the present time, the party that has lost in this election is the Conservative Party, the arguments the Conservative Party put forward in this election have lost. I think we need a change.’

    Corbyn said Labour will put forward an alternative programme: ‘When a government puts forward the Queen’s Speech, we will put forward our point of view, we are of course ready to serve.’ Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told the Today programme he was ‘disappointed’ that Labour had not secured an overall majority.

    But he added: ‘We have laid the foundations for a minority government, and then eventually a majority government. The instability that we now have is not from the Labour Party or other parties, it’s the Conservative Party itself.

    ‘If we can form a minority government, I think we could have a stability government, not through deals or coalitions but policy by policy. That would prevent another election, because I think people have had enough of elections.’

    Professor Richard Toye, Head of History at the University of Exeter said: ‘There is no constitutional bar to Labour forming a minority government even though it is not the largest party in the House of Commons. That, indeed, is exactly what happened in 1923-4, after the Conservative Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin, lost his majority in a snap election.

    ‘The Conservatives got the greatest number of votes (42.6% to Labour’s 41%) and the largest number of MPs (258 to Labour’s 191). However, when parliament met, the Liberals declined to sustain Baldwin in office. As a consequence, Ramsay MacDonald became the first Labour Prime Minister. His government survived, reasonably successfully, for ten months.’


  2. Saturday, 10 June 2017


    THE Tory Party has now suffered its second self-inflicted disaster in just under a year.

    On June 23 2016, it lost the EU referendum that its Cameron-Osborne leadership had called, when a majority voted to leave the EU! This self-inflicted disaster led to the resignation of Cameron and Osborne, unleashing a crisis in the Tory party over the succession that was only settled when the Tory 1922 Committee abandoned the leadership election and appointed May as PM, despite the fact that she had voted to ‘remain’.

    The lost referendum was a self-inflicted disaster. Just to prove that British capitalism has lost its head completely, May has now organised another self-inflicted disaster. With no need to do so, she called a ‘snap election’, stating that it was absolutely essential for the Brexit negotiations that the whole world saw that the UK had a strong leader, and was backed by the vast majority of the electorate to exercise these powers of leadership with an iron hand.

    May demanded of the electorate a majority at least 100-150, saying that a Brexit deal could not be done without her having dictatorial powers. The capitalist press then obliged her by assuring her that, faced with the ‘Clown’ Corbyn, she could not fail and that her majority could reach even 150.

    However, the result of the election was dictated by Corbyn mobilising the non-Blairite majority of the Labour Party for a massive campaign on a minimum programme that brought millions of youth into politics as well as mobilising millions of workers. His campaign reduced the majority that the Tory party had to the extent that it no longer has an overall parliamentary majority.

    Corbyn, a reformist socialist, led the Labour Party splendidly, while May and the entire bourgeois order that demanded a 150 majority as their right, with the support of Labour’s Blairite right wing, have been completely humiliated for the second time in a year.

    The electorate rejected May’s demand for a massive majority, and instead turned out with a record share of the vote for Labour, with millions of youth leading the way to deliver a humiliating reverse.

    The ruling class is now in a desperate crisis. In normal circumstances, the 1922 Committee would have knifed May by now, and appointed a successor, who would however have had to call a new general election, since appointment by the 1922 Committee is not the same as having the support of the nation.

    May has been allowed to soldier on for the moment, and yesterday saw the Queen to inform her of her attempts to form a coalition with the DUP, which would give the government a slight overall majority. May and her backers have gone from the supreme arrogance of demanding that the electorate give her a 150-seat majority, to showing their complete contempt for the electorate by ignoring their refusal to do so, and by refusing to resign.

    In 1974, Edward Heath tried to defy an election verdict, after he had called an election to allow the electorate to support his contention that he ruled Britain not the trade unions, who he was oppressing with anti-union laws.

    In fact, Labour was returned with a majority of four over the Tories but with no overall parliamentary majority. Heath, whose party received more votes than Labour, refused to leave Downing Street and sought to make a coalition with the Liberals and Ulster Unionists.

    Marches were organised to 10 Downing Street to demand that he quit the building immediately. However, the growing anger of the working class and the trade unions forced him out of his coalition attempt, and he left Downing Street.

    Today, the electorate has massively refused May’s demands that she be given a majority of 150. She has been decisively rejected but will not resign. Labour has said the humiliated May must resign and that it is willing to form a minority government until a new general election is called.

    The trade unions must now organise demonstrations, and marches on 10 Downing Street, and political strike actions to force May to resign and to create the conditions for a new general election to elect a majority Labour government to carry out socialist policies!


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