Extrapolate that!

Brecon & Radnorshire voted to leave the EU by 51.9%-48.1% in 2016.

The by-election was triggered because the Conservative MP had been found guilty of committing expenses fraud. In their wisdom they put the very same man to stand as a candidate.

Plaid and the Greens stepped aside to allow the Lib Dems a clear run, in a Remain Alliance.

The Brexit Party took votes away from the Tories.

It looks like Labour voters voted tactically for the Lib Dems, preferring that to seeing the Conservative win the seat.

With all those factors at play, if anyone reckons they can workout what will happen in a General Election from this result, then they are better than me. (this could be the case)
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Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

I work at a Catholic school but I’m not Catholic. When I accepted the job I knew it was a Catholic school and I knew I wasn’t Catholic so when prayers are taking place I sit respectfully. I don’t turn my back.
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How to counter a powerful narrative.

I watched a Brexit Party video the other day and basically their message is that ‘the people’ (which people) have been betrayed by the political establishment who have stopped Brexit happening. Not only is this seen as a betrayal apparently it’s also undemocratic. As someone who thinks Brexit is more complex than this, I still think the Brexit Party has very a powerful narrative. With this in mind how can other parties counter this narrative?

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Why am I not on Marr?

When the Lib Dems did better than expected at the local elections people said this shows we want to remain in the EU. Now that The Brexit party are polling well for the European elections people are saying this shows we want to leave the EU. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this but Brexit is polarising, people either want to leave or they want to remain.


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Theresa may have ballsed it up

Theresa May called the election so she could have a clear mandate for when she entered the Brexit negotiations. The only thing that is now clear is that she doesn’t have that mandate. If she truly believed in having this mandate she would have called the election and only when this mandate was secured would she trigger Article 50.

After her disastrous election, Theresa May is now saying the country needs a period of stability. If she really cared about stability she wouldn’t have called a snap election.


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Seeking your approval

Theresa May tops the approval ratings of all the party leaders, but what has she done to deserve this?

The biggest issue she’s had to deal with is our leaving the EU. Her main strategy in dealing with this situation was to mainly say, “Brexit means Brexit” and “I won’t be giving a running commentary”. When she tired of those catchphrases she tried out ‘Red, White and Blue Brexit’. Unfortunately for her this one didn’t catch on.

She also stated that we will be leaving the single market. This seems an unusual disclosure before negotiations have started, especially as we do a huge chunk of our trade with the EU.

Her approach to the NHS crisis has been a lot more simple, ignore it. Even worse than that she kept Jeremy Hunt on as the Health Secretary.

Her solution to the problem of for the elderly was to put up council tax. By her own admission this will not fill the funding gap. In addition to this, it’s an unfair system as it will raise more money in affluent areas than those in poorer places.

Internationally, Theresa May decided she wouldn’t condemn President Trump and his Muslim ban, instead she decided to cosy up to him and then granted him a state visit, making him the quickest US President to get this honour. If there was one President you might want to wait and see how their tenure goes, it would probably be Donald Trump’s but not for Theresa ‘safe pair of hands’ May.

Other things she’s presided over include wanting to bring back Grammar schools, despite little support from those that work in education. Halting the decision to allow China to build the Hinkley nuclear power station only to then allow China to build the Hinkley nuclear power station. Being super evasive as to whether she knew that Trident had misfired, leading to this cringy interaction with Andrew Marr. She’s also gone back on the agreement to take in 3500 child refugees, now saying we will take 350. It appears government policy these days includes rubbing out zeros.

Her time as Prime Minister has passed with not too much scrutiny from the media nor dissent from within her party. In fact the biggest challenge from her Conservative MPs came when she was photographed wearing a pair of £995 brown leather trousers. To be fair no one should be paying £995 for brown leather trousers, least of all Theresa May. Let’s hope she strikes a more favourable deal when she negotiates our exit from the EU.

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Brexit a blow to The Establishment?

It has been said the Brexit vote, was a vote against The Establishment, yet it will be overseen by Theresa May, Boris Johnson, David Davies and Liam Fox, (The Establishment).

How we leave the EU will be decided by the courts, (The Establishment) and will no doubt involve discussions in Parliament (the Establishment).

In addition to this big business (Nissan) have been given assurances about Brexit, your average small to medium businesses are not privy to.

Now it is reported that Sir Richard Branson is teaming up with former Prime Minister, Tony Blair to halt the Brexit process.

Whilst the biggest champion of Brexit, Nigel Farage is off hanging out with billionaire and President elect Donald Trump in a gold-plated lift.

And should Brexit lead to a downturn in the economy as is predicted, it will know doubt hit the poorest first and the hardest. Those people who were made to believe Brexit would change their circumstances for the better.

None of this strikes me as very anti establishment.

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Hola. Hope you are well.

From the very moment Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour party he’s had to put up with many of his own MPs wanting him gone. This came to a head with the embarrassing choreographed resignations followed by the vote of no confidence.

A sizeable proportion of these MPs have been looking for an opportunity to twist the knife in.  To be fair to them they’ve had to bide their time because the four by-elections under Corbyn’s leadership have all gone Labours way, the council elections were better than expected and both the London and Bristol mayoral contests were won by the Labour candidate.

So instead they tried to use the EU referendum result to nail Corbyn, they say his campaign was half-hearted, however 65% of Labour voters voted to Remain, which was similar to the Lib Dems 68% yet you don’t see the Lib Dems plotting against Tim Farron. Perhaps it’s harder to organise a coup when you only have 8 MPs. (Out of interest 70% of SNP voters voted to Remain).

With many politicians post Brexit are saying we need to listen to the electorate, you’d think Labour would try to tap into the spirit Jeremy Corbyn has been able to engender at grassroots level. Well you’d be wrong. What the Parliamentary Labour party want to do is ignore the democratic process that saw Corbyn win their election with 60% of the vote only 9 months  ago. This to me is a dangerous policy, the Labour party are effectively trying to dismiss the wishes of a large number of members who believe passionately in Jeremy Corbyn and then expect the very same people to support a new leader.

These rebel MPs say they have to do this because despite Jeremy being a nice guy he’s not a leader. That must be why they want to replace him with Angela Eagle, that’s Angela Eagle who finished fourth in the deputy leadership race. In Jeremy Corbyn’s defence it’s probably hard to lead when those behind you are throwing knives at your back.

These rebel MPs say that what the Labour party needs is unity, whilst handing in their resignation letters. They also claim that the party is not electable under Corbyn, I wonder why that is? Who in their right minds would vote for a party where the MPs are openly disregarding their leader?

This is the time the Labour party should be championing their successes over the last 9 months, they should be pointing out how they have forced the government to u-turn on a number of policies. They should be the party providing a positive and more inclusive vision for Britain, instead the story is all about the infighting.

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