British government, a Conservative-Irish terrorist-Murdoch coalition?

This video from Britain says about itself:

Tom Watson Asks If Rupert Murdoch Got Michael Gove Back Into Government

12 June 2017

Michael Gove has returned to the cabinet, much to many’s chagrin.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Labour asks if Murdoch‘s hand brought back Gove

Tuesday 13th June 2017

Watson wonders what was behind new Environment Secretary’s shock return

LABOUR tried to pin down the Prime Minister yesterday on the influence of media monopolist Rupert Murdoch had on Michael Gove’s surprising reappointment to the Cabinet.

In a letter to PM Theresa May, Labour deputy leader Tom Watson asked her to make clear whether the News Corp chief, Australian-born but now a US citizen, had ever suggested Mr Gove should be given a ministerial job.

He also asked whether the owner of The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times had threatened that failure to take his advice might lead to “consequences” in terms of media coverage of her government.

Mr Gove, who was sacked from the Cabinet when Ms May became PM last June, was brought back into the fold during Sunday’s post-election reshuffle as Environment Secretary, a surprising move in the light of previous clashes.

He worked at The Times before entering politics and attended Mr Murdoch’s wedding last year. He returned to work for the paper after being sacked and in February secured the first foreign newspaper interview with the newly elected US President Donald Trumpwith Mr Murdoch sitting in.

When David Cameron quit as prime minister in the wake of the June 2016 EU referendum, the former education secretary stood unsuccessfully against home secretary Ms May for leadership of the Conservative Party. The pair had clashed previously, blaming each others’ departments for failing to deal with the supposed spread of Islamist fundamentalism in schools.

Mr Watson wrote: “It has been suggested to me that Rupert Murdoch asked you to appoint Michael Gove to the Cabinet.

“Given your failure to secure a parliamentary majority and the consequent weakness of your position, it might be tempting to allow yourself to be influenced by powerful media proprietors who can shape the way your government is covered.”

He ended his letter with a sarcastic: “Congratulations on your election campaign, by the way. Fantastic stuff, well done.”

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) chairwoman Ann Field told the Star that “an unhealthy administration seeking unhealthy partnership on all fronts is hardly a surprise.”

She added that the campaign is awaiting the outcome of the Murdoch family’s renewed £11.7 billion bid for complete control of Sky.

Ms Field said: “The new government must commit itself to implementing [the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry] and section 40 unless it wishes to associate itself with the worst excesses, practices and corruption the press and media have to offer.”

Section 40 of the Crime & Courts Act, generally opposed by newspapers, which claim it could hamper investigations, could force publishers to pay costs for those that sue them, even if they win.

The Tory manifesto promised to scrap the law, which CPBF argues gives everyone access to affordable justice so that not only the wealthy can hold the media to account.

This deal with the DUP is just another sign of the Tory disregard for women’s rights: here.

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  9. Monday 19th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    JOHN McDONNELL penned a letter to Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond yesterday demanding he publicise the cost of any secret deals made with the DUP.

    The shadow chancellor voiced concern about the Democratic Unionist Party’s wish to scrap air passenger duty levied on passengers in Northern Ireland.

    He pointed to HM Revenue & Customs estimates that the total revenue raised in 2015-16 was about £90 million — enough to fund 2,000 firefighters.

    “This figure is an estimate and may need adjustment to take into account further devolved matters,” Mr McDonnell writes.

    “However, a revenue stream of this scale is significant and would pay for the equivalent of, for example, an additional 2,000 firefighters.

    “I am writing to ask whether the government has been asked for this measure by the DUP, has agreed to it or is considering it.”

    Mr McDonnell also demanded, “in the interest of basic openness and transparency,” that the government publish any measures discussed with the DUP and set out their financial implications.

    The DUP’s demands to scrap the air passenger duty are contained in the party’s Northern Ireland plan.

    Communist Party of Ireland general secretary Eugene McCartan warned that the DUP’s priority would be to gain more public money and reduce corporation tax on business profits to serve its own narrow interests in Northern Ireland.

    Addressing the Communist Party of Britain’s executive meeting in Croydon yesterday, Mr McCartan said: “The most right-wing and reactionary party in Northern Ireland will be backed by the most right-wing and reactionary major party in Britain.”


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  14. Tuesday 27th June 2017

    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    Tories find extra cash to secure majority after election failure

    THE TORIES have located a “magic money tree” to secure their hold on power through a billion-pound pact with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Labour grassroots campaign Momentum said yesterday.

    DUP leader Arlene Foster said the deal — negotiated after the Tories lost their slim Commons majority in the general election — included £1 billion of extra funding for Northern Ireland over the next two years as well as “new flexibilities” on almost £500 million previously committed to the six counties.

    Downing Street rejected calls for Scotland and Wales to receive a similar funding boost through the Barnett formula, the mechanism used to distribute Treasury funds to the devolved nations.

    A Momentum spokesperson tweeted: “So the magic money tree does exist, but only to bribe the anti-abortion, anti-gay rights DUP into saving the Tories’ skin.

    “Let’s not mince our words. The Tories have literally bribed their way into government.”

    The “magic money tree” was a mantra in Tory attacks on Labour’s spending plans during the election campaign.

    Scottish and Welsh leaders also reacted furiously to the deal announced yesterday.

    Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones branded it “outrageous” and a “straight bung.”

    He added: “Only last week we were told that the priority was to ‘build a more united country, strengthening the social, economic and cultural bonds between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.’

    “This deal flies in the face of that commitment and further weakens the UK, and as currently drafted, all but kills the idea of fair funding for the nations and regions.”

    SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the agreement as “grubby.”

    Mr Blackford added that it was “the first big test” for Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and her new MPs.

    Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: “If Ms Davidson has any influence in Downing Street at all, she will be demanding extra cash to reverse the spending cuts her government has inflicted on Scotland, aided and abetted by the SNP.”

    Scottish STUC general secretary Grahame Smith pointed out that the government has always “pleaded poverty” as an excuse for not funding public services adequately.

    “The question now becomes: What extra money will be found for health and education across the rest of the UK? It is not only Northern Ireland that needs or deserves a cash injection,” he added.


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