Saturday, April 29, 2017

The EU 27 have agreed their Brexit strategy, Theresa May is still dithering


It's a month since Theresa May triggered Article 50 and the EU27 have already unanimously agreed their negotiating position.

Meanwhile our
"strong and stable leader" has taken a two month holiday from working on the problem at hand in order to fight a ridiculously self-serving snap election that she had repeatedly promised the public and the markets that she wasn't even going to call.

Theresa May's dithering leadership has been absolutely woeful. It took her an excruciating 9 months of meaningless "Brexit means Brexit" platitudes before she finally triggered Article 50, then she pretty much immediately threw the nation into the turmoil of a self-serving snap election causing another two month delay in the UK actually setting out a negotiating position beyond her 12 incredibly vague points (some of them extraordinarily wishful fantasyland stuff that's never going to happen) and the astoundingly reckless threat to do an economically suicidal "no deal" strop if our "strong and stable leader" doesn't get her own way.

To put this pathetic dithering into perspective, it's taken all 27 remaining EU states just one month since Article 50 was triggered to negotiate and ratify their negotiating stance.

The UK clearly won't be making any progress on the problem until after June 8th because Theresa May and her three Brexiteers will be too busy campaigning until then. So it's going to be pretty much an entire year since the Brexit vote and Theresa May will still be dithering (assuming she doesn't somehow contrive to actually lose the election despite pretty much the entire mainstream media being on her side).

How can 27 incredibly diverse nations (Poland has an extreme-right government, the Portuguese coalition government includes their communist party!) have finalised an approach to the Brexit problem in just a month, but Theresa May is still clearly and undeniably just making things up as she goes along, U-turning all over the place and hiding in Tory "safe spaces" instead of actually fighting a real election campaign?

You'd have to be completely divorced from reality to imagine that such a dithering "oh let's have a surprise election now instead of concentrating on the problem at hand" approach is the strategy of a "strong and stable leader".

It's the strategy of a dithering self-serving charlatan.

 Another Angry Voice  is a "Pay As You Feel" website. You can have access to all of my work for free, or you can choose to make a small donation to help me keep writing. The choice is entirely yours.




OR

Do you want a good deal out of the Brexit negotiations?


I've seen quite a few people saying that they're planning to wilfully ignore the Tories' woeful track record in government and vote for them anyway because they want to see the UK get "the best deal possible" out of the Brexit negotiations.

It's easy to see why people might imagine that Theresa May is the right person to lead the UK into the most important diplomatic negotiations the UK has ever faced because the right-wing dominated UK press have been lauding her every move since she was appointed Prime Minister by her Tory chums, and now the Tory party have taken to repeating the phrase "strong and stable leadership" like a bunch of broken robots.

I feel a tad patronising for actually pointing this out, but it's important to remember that just because someone repeatedly claims to be a strong and stable leader, and their chums in the right-wing press refuse to hold them to account over anything, that doesn't actually make them a strong and stable leader at all.


The problem for this "best Brexit deal possible" argument for voting Tory of is of course that Theresa May isn't actually promising a good deal from the Brexit negotiations at all is she?

What she actually did in her January 2017 clown costume speech was to horrify pretty much everyone apart from her extreme-right fans in the tabloid propaganda sheets by dumping the threat of a mutually ruinous "no deal" strop on the negotiating table.


Remember that an economically ruinous "no deal" cliff edge Brexit followed by Britain turning itself into a low-wage, low-welfare corporate tax haven is precisely what the extreme-right Eurosceptic wing of the Tory party have always wanted*.

The appalling scenario Theresa May threatened the rest of Europe with is exactly what quite a lot of her Tory MPs actually see as the best possible outcome!

The threat of a "no deal" flounce was clearly more of a sop to the extreme-right element of the Tory party than anything even remotely resembling a coherent diplomatic strategy, because shocking and enraging the people you have to negotiate with is a ridiculous thing to do before the talks have even got underway.


If you believe a belligerent threat like if you don't give me what I want I'll do a "no deal" flounce away from the negotiations and then set about turning the UK into a tax haven is going to deliver the UK a really good deal, you really don't know anything about diplomacy at all do you?

It's simply not possible to persuade a much more economically powerful opponent to give you the best deal possible in a 27 vs 1 diplomatic negotiation by starting off with an open threat to blow up an economic bomb over their countries and turn yourself into a tax haven aimed at extracting wealth from their economies rather than actually earning your own.

Just try to have a think about how Theresa May's behaviour looks on the continent.

Try to consider why there's an ever-so-rare total agreement amongst the EU 27 that they're not going to allow Theresa May the quickfire corporate friendly UK-EU trade deal she wants before she's even guaranteed the rights of EU citizens living in the UK or addressed the problems that Brexit has created for the Irish peace process.


Do you honestly think that Theresa May using the lives of EU citizens like gambling chips in the reckless game of brinkmanship she's determined to play with the entire social and economic future of our nation is a good strategy for achieving the best possible deal with the EU?

Or do you admit that this is actually the kind of behaviour that would strongly harden attitudes on the continent against Britain (especially if the British public give her a thumping majority as a reward for behaving in this unconscionable manner)?


If you want any kind of good deal out of Brexit, then it's painfully obvious that a bellicose and belligerent intellectual lightweight like Theresa May is one of the last people in the country you'd trust to lead us into the negotiations, especially given that she's the one who threw the threat of a ruinous "no deal" Brexit flounce onto the negotiating table in the first place!

I'm not telling you who to vote for on June 8th, but what I will say is that if you vote for Theresa May in the expectation of getting a good Brexit deal, be prepared to be bitterly disappointed.


 Another Angry Voice  is a "Pay As You Feel" website. You can have access to all of my work for free, or you can choose to make a small donation to help me keep writing. The choice is entirely yours.




OR

* = See this article about John Redwood's fantasy of turning the UK into a tax haven from back in 2012.

30 things you should know about the Tory record


Theresa May said that we should judge the Tory government on their record, so here's a list of some of the things that any reasonably well informed citizen should know about the Tory record in government since 2010. 

Election fraud 

The Tory party committed electoral fraud in 2015. They've already paid the maximum fine the Electoral Commission could levy against them for election cheating, and 30 Tories are facing the prospect of criminal prosecution for financially doping their way to victory in a number of marginal constituencies

A vote for Tories is a vote to empower electoral cheats

Longest fall in value of wages since records began

Under Tory rule British workers have suffered the longest sustained decline in the real value of their wages since records began. The fall is so bad that it's the joint worst wage collapse in the developed world with Greece. The difference of course is that Greece did that to their workers because they were forced to by the Troika, the Tories did that to British workers because they wanted to.

A vote for Tories is a vote for lower wages

Spectacularly missed economic targets
In 2010 the Tories promised to eliminate the deficit by 2015. In 2017 they're still nowhere near eliminating it, and they've openly admitted that they won't be doing it any time before 2021. Over 11 years to do what they promised to do in under 5, and more new public debt created in the process than every single Labour government in history combined? If that's "strong economic management", I'd hate to see what Tories would classify as chaotic, debt-soaring ineptitude.

A vote for Tories is a vote for more economic mismanagement

The austerity con

After such spectacularly missed targets and George Osborne's departure from Westminster politics it's amazing that millions still believe in his austerity con, but Theresa May is still parroting the same kind of economically illiterate justifications for a blatantly unjustifiable economic agenda. The evidence is now absolutely clear that austerity only succeeded in transferring wealth from the majority to the super rich minority at the expense of the real economy.

A vote for Tories is a vote for the continuation of the Tory austerity con


NHS cuts
Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed £20 billion off the NHS budget. Their current spending plans involve a further £22 billion in funding cuts between 2015 and 2020. Slashing the NHS budget, closing dozens of hospitals and other NHS facilities; reducing services; and laying off tens of thousands of staff would be bad enough in it's own right, but at a time of rapidly increasing demand on NHS services it's a recipe for disaster.

A vote for Tories is a vote for an NHS in crisis


NHS recruitment crisis

One of Theresa May's first acts as Prime Minister was to scrap NHS bursaries, which caused an astonishing 10,000 decline in applications for nursing courses. Add into the mix the fact that NHS staff from EU countries are quitting the NHS in record numbers and there's a massive NHS recruitment crisis on the cards.

A vote for Tories is a vote for a massive NHS staff shortage


Systematic abuse of disabled people
The amount of appalling schemes and degrading assessment regimes disabled people have to go through under this Tory government is absolutely shocking. There's so much of it I've written a full article detailing over a dozen of the worst things.

A vote for Tories is a vote for the continued abuse of disabled people

Huge rise in child poverty

Since 2010 the number of children growing up in poverty has risen by 400,000. The latest Tory cuts to the child welfare system and in-work benefits are set to plunge another 250,000 kids into lives of poverty.

A vote for Tories is a vote for child poverty

The harshest cuts of all on poor families with children
Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed that under Tory spending plans the worst hit demographic of all will be poor families with children. The trend is absolutely clear. The poorer you are, the harsher the cuts you will be facing, and if you have kids you'll be hit harder than those without.

A vote for Tories is a vote to further impoverish the already poor (and their children)

Most unaffordable homes ever
Since 2010 the Tory government has overseen the lowest levels of housebuilding since the 1920s. When Theresa May was Home Secretary she increased demand on the nation's housing stock by overseeing the biggest surges of net migration in UK history. This combination of weak supply, very high demand and collapsing wages has pushed house prices to their most unaffordable level ever.

A vote for Tories is a vote for unaffordable housing

Contempt for private sector tenants
In 2016 Tory MPs (1/3 of whom are landlords) voted down an opposition amendment to their housing bill that would have required landlords to ensure that rented accommodation is "fit for human habitation".

A vote for Tories is a vote for slumlords renting shit houses to people with nowhere else to turn

Public transport chaos
As a result of the shambolic Tory privatisation of the railways the UK has the most expensive, most over-crowded and least reliable rail service of any comparable developed European nation. What's more is that the profiteering private companies who operate the services take more in government subsidies than it cost to run the entire system under British Rail!

A vote for Tories is a vote for crap, over-priced and over-crowded rail services

Biggest education funding cuts in decades
The Tories are planning the biggest education funding cuts in decades. Follow this link to find out how much they're planning to slash from the budget of your local school.

A vote for Tories is a vote for underfunded schools

The school privatisation agenda
An awful lot of people don't seem to have even noticed that the Tories have been privatising thousands of state owned schools, property and all, for free, into the hands of private sector pseudo-charities, many of which are owned by major Tory party donors (like Philip "Carpetright" Harris, Alan Lewis and John Nash). Read this article about the scandalous Perry Beeches academy chain to get an idea of the seriousness of this Tory vandalism of our education system.

A vote for Tories is a vote for unaccountable profiteers running the English education system

Rip-off tuition fees

With the assistance of their lying Lib-Dem sidekicks the Tories introduced £9,000 per year tuition fees for university students, meaning English students now face the highest fees in the world for study at public universities. The fees are so high that 2/3 of graduates will never be able to pay off their student debts, despite paying a 9% aspiration tax on their disposable incomes for their entire working lives.

A vote for Tories is a vote for lifetimes of unpayable student debt for millions of graduates

Huge rise in Food bank dependency

The Tories have seen a huge rise in food bank dependency since 2010. Over a million food parcels were handed out by the Trussell Trust last year, and they're just one of the food bank organisations. New research has shown that areas that have suffered the rollout of the Tories' hopelessly botched Universal Credit scheme have significantly higher rates of food bank dependency than areas where it hasn't been rolled out yet.

A vote for Tories is a vote for food poverty
 

The Hinkley Point C scandal
The Hinkley Point C deal is one of the most scandalous affairs in UK political history. The Tories have agreed to bribe the French and Chinese into building us a nuclear power station by promising to use taxpayers' cash to pay them double the market rate for electricity for 35 years, then cover the cleanup cost at the taxpayers' expense too. The reason we have to bribe foreign governments into building our nuclear infrastructure for us is that the Tories privatised the UK's nuclear expertise in the 1990s, and the private company was then allowed to be purchased by the French government.

A vote for Tories is a vote for the most expensive rip-off deal the UK has ever signed up to


Social care crisis

The Tories have slashed £4.6 billion from the social care budget at a time of rising demand due to the UK's ageing population demographics. This social care funding crisis has coincided with the biggest increase in the death rate since the 1960s, and is putting an immense amount of pressure on already overstretched NHS services and unpaid carers.

A vote for Tories is a vote a social care system in crisis

Defunding of local government
The Tories have slashed local government budgets so harshly that the leader of David Cameron's own Tory council famously wrote to him to plead for him to stop. What's most disgusting about this assault on local government budgets is that the most savage local government cuts have been focused on the poorest areas, while some leafy Tory councils actually got increases in their budgets.

A vote for Tories is a vote for even more ruination of local government services

Tax-dodging corporate outsourcing parasites
The Tories have brought giant outsourcing corporations in to do all kinds of government functions. Huge numbers of these corporate leeches are now having their contracts renewed automatically with no cost-benefit analysis and no competitive tendering process. The Labour Party have proposed a new law to ban outsourcing companies from receiving government contracts if they're based in tax havens. The Tories are quite happy to continue using taxpayers' cash to pay tax-dodging corporate outsourcing companies to do the work the government should be doing itself.

A vote for Tories is a vote for tax-dodging corporate outsourcing parasitism

Fire service cuts
Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories slashed 30% off the fire service budget resulting in the loss of 10,000 firefighter jobs and the closure of 39 fire stations. Between 2015 and 2020 they intend to slash another 20%. In 2015/16 the number of fire deaths increased by 17.4%.

A vote for Tories is a vote for more people dying in house fires

Police cuts
Between 2010 and 2015 the Tories axed 34,000 police jobs. Between 2015 and 2020 they intend to axe tens of thousands more. The police have managed to juke the statistics by non-recording vast numbers of reported crimes, but the impact of these police cuts can't be hidden off the violent crime statistics, which have increased by 96% between 2012 and 2016.

A vote for Tories is a vote for fewer police on our streets and more violent crime


Sweetheart tax deals
One of the sickest things about the Tory government is the way they allowed HMRC to draw up sweetheart tax deals with massive corporations like Google, Starbucks and Vodafone. Why should Google get to negotiate a 3% tax deal when ordinary working people have to pay what they actually owe?

A vote for Tories is a vote for more sweetheart tax deals with multinational corporations


The Snoopers' Charter
Theresa May's Snoopers' Charter is the most extreme state surveillance law ever introduced in a developed nation. It allows over 20,000 government employees to trawl through the private communication data of innocent people (including loads of non-terrorism related organisations like the Food Standards Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the Gambling Commission). It also allows the state to tell lies in court in order to secure convictions.

A vote for Tories is a vote for extreme surveillance and an end to the concept of privacy

Dictators and despots

Theresa May and the Tories love sucking up to dictators and despots like the Islamist tyrants in Saudi Arabia and the Turkish autocrat Recep Erdoğan. The disgraced Liam Fox was even in the Philippines to suck up to the brutal dictator Rodrigo Duterte and talk up our "shared values".

A vote for Tories is a vote for closer relations with dictators and despots


Contempt for human rights
Theresa May has a burning contempt for your human rights. She has expressed her determination to tear up the European Convention on Human Rights on many occasions, and join Belarus as the only European nation that doesn't adhere to the human rights legislation that was bestowed on Europe by the British Prime Ministers Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee.

A vote for Tories is a vote to scrap your own human rights

Taxpayer subsidised malice
One of the worst things about the Tory government is the fact that several of their malicious anti-welfare schemes actually cost more to administer in corporate outsourcing fees than they will ever save in reduced benefits payments. The Work Capacity Assessment regime for sick and disabled people and their draconian sanctions system are both examples of socially ruinous schemes that actually cost the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds to operate.

A vote for Tories is a vote for more money to be wasted on malicious Tory anti-welfare schemes

Rising inequality

While UK workers suffered the worst collapse in the value of their wages on record the tiny super rich minority literally doubled their wealth. Take from the poor to give to the rich, that's always been the Tory agenda. The worst thing is that these malicious reverse Robin Hoods even had the gall to tell us "we're all in this together" as they were deliberately rigging society even more in favour of the tiny super-rich minority than it already was!

A vote for Tories is a vote for an even more unequal Britain


U-turn after U-turn
Theresa May keeps repeating the phrase "strong and stable leadership" like a broken robot but she's not strong or stable. She's too much of a coward to face Jeremy Corbyn or the other party leaders in the TV debates, she's conducting her election campaign in "safe spaces" full of handpicked Tory sycophants bussed in from miles away, and she U-turns so often it's impossible to know which way she'll be facing in the morning. She's U-turned on supporting Remain during the EU referendum, on the National Insurance hike, on "now is not the time", on not calling a snap election ...

A vote for Tories is a vote for the lady who is for turning


Threat of a "no deal" Brexit strop
perhaps the most worrying thing of all is the way Theresa May has made the threat of a "no deal" Brexit strop the centrepiece of her diplomatically inept Brexit negotiating strategy. If the EU 27 call her bluff and she ends up walking the UK over a "no deal" Brexit cliff edge the social and economic consequences will be catastrophic. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has estimated that the imposition of WTO tariffs, the flight of businesses, border checks and all the other chaos that would come with a "no deal" flounce would wipe between 6.3% and 9.5% off the national GDP. To put that in perspective the recession that followed the 2007-08 global financial sector insolvency crisis (you know, the one we're still trying to recover from) wiped 4.8% off GDP.

A vote for Tories is a vote for the threat of an even bigger economic meltdown than the last one


Disclaimer

I've limited myself to 30 things because I don't have all day to sit here writing and backing up all my assertions with sources, but there are so many other things that didn't get a mention (like legal aid cuts, sack-at-will legislation, numerous spectacular court defeats, filibustering Tory MPs, £1,200 unfair dismissal tribunal fees, Secret Courts, the gagging law, hundreds of Sure Start centres closed, massive tax breaks for fracking companies, mental health funding cuts, the rape clause, the garden bridge fiasco, highest childcare fees in Europe, In-work benefits cuts, bigoted and homophobic Tory MPs, loads of new PFI scams, countless dodgy privatisations, hidden air pollution reports, a blank cheque for the private companies that operate Trident, refusal to help the UK steel industry, Troy Brexit liars like Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, prisons chaos, slashed adult education budgets, economically illiterate cuts to flood defence spending, the anti-democratic Great Repeal Bill power grab, cosying up to Rupert Murdoch ...).


Please share

Please share this article as widely as possible, on Facebook, on Twitter, by email, on newspaper comments sections ... but most especially with people who don't do social media or even have access to the Internet. Show them on your phone or your tablet, or even print it off on paper if it would help. Don't worry about copyright issues. I don't give a damn about copyright.



 Another Angry Voice  is a "Pay As You Feel" website. You can have access to all of my work for free, or you can choose to make a small donation to help me keep writing. The choice is entirely yours.




OR

Friday, April 28, 2017

Wake up Theresa: The UK is facing a 27 vs 1 diplomatic nightmare


On Thursday 27th April 2017, over ten months since the vote for Brexit, and almost a month since Theresa May set the clock ticking on the Brexit negotiations by triggering Article 50, the AFP news agency reported the "breaking news" that Theresa May has accused the other 27 EU countries of lining up to oppose Britain over Brexit!

It beggars belief that Theresa May came out with such a ridiculous statement, and that anyone consdered it newsworthy for any reason other than the fact that an actual British Prime Minster could have made such an extraordinarily slow-witted observation.

Of course the other 27 EU nations are opposing Britain over Brexit. It was obvious that Brexit was going to cause a massive diplomatic nightmare way before the referendum even took place.
  • Who on earth could have imagined that the EU would bend over backwards to give Britain what it wants, even if we were departing their club on amicable terms (which we're certainly not under Theresa May's lamentable leadership)?


  • For goodness sake. Why wouldn't they defend their own economic interests and the integrity of their union?

  • What on earth would possess them to offer better terms to a departing member than the terms available to existing (fee-paying) members of their club?
The thing that makes this statement from Theresa May all the more ridiculous is that if anyone is most responsible for the hard line the EU diplomats and member states are taking, it's clearly Theresa May herself.

Theresa May is hardening attitudes against us with her displays of bellicose foot stamping belligerence and her disdain for the liberal values that have bound Europe together ever since the two great British statesmen Winston Churchill (Tory) and Clement Attlee (Labour) collaborated to ensure nothing as horrific as the Holocaust could ever happen again by enshrining liberal British values across the whole continent of Europe through the European Convention on Human Rights.


After an excruciating six months of "Brexit means Brexit" dithering Theresa May finally announced her so-called "negotiating strategy" in her infamous January 2017 clown costume speech unveiling the centrepiece of her strategy to be a ridiculous threat that boiled down to "give us what we want or we'll trigger an economic meltdown by stropping away from the negotiating table with nothing".

It hardly takes a genius to recognise that threatening to blow up an economic bomb over Europe is not the way to establish good diplomatic relations with the EU 27.

Aside from making this belligerent threat the centrepiece of her "negotiating strategy" Theresa May has also severely pissed off our 27 former European allies by showing utter disdain for human rights. She's threatening to attack Churchill's finest legacy by scrapping the human rights of all UK citizens and residents, and her government also voted down an opposition party amendment to her Article 50 Act that would have obliged the government to at least begin looking into the process of protecting the rights of EU citizens who are resident in the UK.

Theresa May's contempt for human rights has horrified politicians across the European political spectrum from the centre-right EPP group all the way across to the progressive left and the greens. Her insistence on treating the lives of 3 million EU citizens in the UK as bargaining chips in the reckless game of brinkmanship she's playing is probably even less popular on the continent.

It's quite extraordinary that the British public, egged on by the jingoistic shouting of the right-wing propaganda rags actually allow themselves to believe that Theresa May's ludicrous threats against the economy of the people we have to negotiate some kind of deal with, and her extreme-right disdain for liberal values are examples of the "strong and stable leadership" that she's always wittering on about like a broken robot.

If the British people vote for a strutting combative charlatan like Theresa May, when they can see full well that she's too cowardly even to face Jeremy Corbyn or the other party leaders in a live debate, they'll be sleepwalking into chaos.

On June 23rd 2016 absolutely nobody voted for Theresa May to adopt a belligerent and self-defeatingly combative "make it up as I goes along" approach to Brexit, but if the British public hand her a thumping parliamentary majority on June 8th, then we'd be giving her a mandate to deliver a total bloody disaster.

Don't say you weren't warned.


 Another Angry Voice  is a "Pay As You Feel" website. You can have access to all of my work for free, or you can choose to make a small donation to help me keep writing. The choice is entirely yours.




OR

How Tory cuts to the fire service are killing people


Since 2010 the Tory party has been slashing away at the nation's fire service.

Between March 2010 and March 2016 the Tories axed 9,668 firefighter jobs and the cuts have still been going on for the last year, meaning it's 100% certain the number has easily exceeded 10,000 by now.

The Tories have already slashed the fire service budget by 30% and they have another 20% cut planned by 2020.

By the time of the 2015 General Election the Tories had already shut down 39 fire stations, including 10 in London that were shut down in the same week that the taxpayer owned bank RBS announced a mind-boggling £607 million in bonuses for their staff despite having lost £5.2 billion that year!

The closure of fire stations and the significant reductions in staff and vehicles at remaining stations mean that response times have been soaring all over the country, especially in rural areas. For example in Suffolk the average response time has already increased from 10 minutes to 13 minutes, and with even more Tory cuts in store it's only going to get worse.

Anyone who thinks "oh it's only three minutes, what are you complaining about?" clearly has no experience of how vital seconds can be in an emergency situation, let alone whole minutes.

People are dying because of these cuts. The government's own statistics revealed that the number of fire related deaths soared 17.4% in a single year between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

The Tory minister for policing and the fire service Brandon Lewis is blazé about the deterioration in the nation's fire safety due to the ongoing campaign of Tory cuts, in fact he says that there's room for even more reductions in fire service budgets beyond the 30% cuts they've already announced and the 20% cuts they're planning by 2020.

People are dying because of their fire service cuts and the Tories literally don't care. In fact they're intent on making the situation even worse by continuing their relentless economic assault on the nation's fire service.

Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to reverse the planned Tory cuts and rebuild the fire service
. This means that if you vote for a Tory government on June 8th you're voting for more people to die in house fires. You think their lives are a worthwhile sacrifice for whatever benefit you think you'd be getting from a Tory government.

Now that you've read this article and seen the evidence you just can't pretend that's not what you're doing.



 Another Angry Voice  is a "Pay As You Feel" website. You can have access to all of my work for free, or you can choose to make a small donation to help me keep writing. The choice is entirely yours.




OR

Weak and chaotic leadership in my own self-interest


Pretty much everyone in Britain must be familiar with the Tories' massive "strong and stable leadership" propaganda drive to convince everyone that Theresa May is what an extraordinary abundance of evidence says that she simply isn't .

Incredibly they're also trying to claim that Theresa May would rule "in the national interest" when this whole damned election is a crystal demonstration of Theresa May putting the narrow party political interests of the Conservative Party way above the interests of the nation as a whole.

Weak and chaotic leadership
  • Does anyone believe that Theresa May is conducting her election campaign almost exclusively in Tory "safe spaces" where the public are excluded and the press are often banned for asking questions because she's such a strong leader?
  • Does anyone believe that announcing an election promise-breaking hike in National Insurance and then U-turning on it within a week, leaving a £2 billion black hole in your first budget, is a sign of strong leadership?
  • Does anyone seriously believe that Theresa May is "strong and stable" just because she keeps saying that she's "strong and stable" like a broken robot?
In the national interest

Let's just remember how Theresa May came to be Prime Minister in the first place:

When David Cameron gave the nation the most important referendum decision in decades what did she do? Did she pick a side that she thought was in the national interest and then argue it as strongly as she could?


Of course she didn't. She wasn't thinking about the national interest at all. She was thinking about her own self-interest, and the plan she came up with was a perfect example of low cunning in action.

She decided that her personal self-interest would be best served by hanging on to one of the high offices of state by paying lip service to David Cameron's official line that Brexit is a bad idea, but basically doing a very low-profile non-campaign just in case the Leave side won.

If Remain had won she could have stayed as Home Secretary and simply waited for David Cameron to retire (as he had said he was going to before the 2020 General Election), but her self-serving non-campaign paid off when Leave won because she had very little pro-Remain baggage to deter the Brexiters from accepting her total Brexit U-turn.

It was a masterful display of devious self-serving scheming, and it paid off exactly as she'd planned.


Now think about the reason, and the timing of Theresa May's opportunistic snap election.

Who on earth could believe that it's in the national interest to call a snap election just three weeks after triggering Article 50 and setting the clock ticking on the most complex and risky diplomatic process the United Kingdom has ever faced?

How can it be in the national interest to divert government ministers' attention away from the indescribably important task of trying to get a good deal out of the Brexit shambles for two whole months right at the beginning of the process, when they should be working like dogs to try to overcome the extremely daunting 27 vs 1 odds we're facing?

How are people failing to understand that Theresa May's decision to call her opportunistic snap election (that she repeatedly promised the nation she wouldn't) is far more about winning a thumping majority before the Tory electoral fraud cases begin going to court than it is about anything else?

How are people failing to see that Theresa May's opportunistic snap election is proof-perfect that Theresa May is putting the narrow party political interests of the Tory party way above the interests of the nation as a whole?

What we can do

The vast majority of the mainstream press is simply not going to hold Theresa May to account for any of this, so it's up to us.

The most important thing is to try to get the message through to people who don't use social media, or even the Internet.
Show people on your phone, or on your tablet. Print the articles off on paper if you think it will help. Don't worry about copyright issues - I don't give a damn.

If we don't fight back and do the job the mainstream media is abjectly failing to, then Theresa May is going to win a thumping majority to behave as recklessly and maliciously as she pleases.

 Another Angry Voice  is a "Pay As You Feel" website. You can have access to all of my work for free, or you can choose to make a small donation to help me keep writing. The choice is entirely yours.




OR

So much bullshit in just one sentence


The mainstream media has made it clear that they have absolutely no intention of properly holding Theresa May to account for the absolute bullshit she has been spouting, so it's up to us to ensure that her lame propaganda is exposed for the dishonest drivel that it is.

In this article I'm going to concentrate on just one sentence of this pitiful drivel and demonstrate how much is wrong with it.

"Strong and Stable leadership"

[full article]

Theresa May and the Tories genuinely seem to believe that if they endlessly repeat the phrase "strong and stable leadership" like a bunch of broken robots then the British public are so gullible and lacking in critical thinking skills that they'll accept it as fact despite the absolute abundance of evidence that Theresa May is actually a cowardly and self-serving leader of a chaotic government full of incapable and inept government ministers.

Just look at the timing of the snap election. She blundered and bluffed for 9 tedious months before triggering Article 50, and then just three weeks after setting the clock ticking on the most complex and risky diplomatic negotiations the United Kingdom has ever faced she called a self-serving and opportunistic snap election that she repeatedly assured the public and the financial markets that she wouldn't be calling.

Surely Theresa May and her ministers should be concentrating on the vital Brexit negotiations for the good of the country, not on trying to make the electoral fraud investigations go away by grabbing a bigger majority for the good of the Conservative party.

"Certainty"

Theresa May and the Tories have the absolute gall to talk of "certainty". First they delivered a chaotic Brexit without even bothering to develop a contingency plan in case the public actually voted for what the right-wing fringe of the Tory party were telling them to (hence the nine months of dithering before triggering Article 50) and now Theresa May's so-called "negotiating strategy" is to try to face down the EU 27 with the astounding threat that the UK will commit a huge act of economic self-harm by doing a massive "no deal" strop away from the negotiating table if they don't give Theresa May what she wants!

Resorting to such hyperbolic threats doesn't provide certainty at all, it makes the likelihood of a massive Brexit recession ever more likely, and according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies a "no deal" cliff edge Brexit would trigger an even bigger recession than the one that followed the global financial sector insolvency crisis (you know, the one we still haven't recovered from thanks to seven years of Tory economic mismanagement).

Theresa May's belligerent approach to the Brexit negotiations doesn't provide certainty at all. By gambling so recklessly with the nation's future, and millions of people's livelihoods, she's providing the polar opposite.

"Delivering for people up and down the country"


Analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has made it absolutely clear that if the Tories return to government and continue with their planned tax and welfare reforms almost everyone is going to be worse off.

Over the last seven years the Tory government have already overseen the worst collapse in the value of UK workers' wages since records began (a fall in the real value of wages matched only by crisis-stricken Greece) and now they're intent on stripping away the social safety net too.

As is always the case with the Tories the worst affected by their policies will be the poorest in society, but now they're going out of their way to ensure that children will suffer the severest consequences.

A look at the source for the chart in the header image reveals that the poorest 10% of working age families with children are facing a whopping 15.3% decline in their household incomes.

The Tories are promising to deliver a £3,000 per year income cut for the poorest households with children, significantly above £1,000 in cuts for the bottom 50% of all households with children, over £250 in cuts for 80% of households with children and over £200 in cuts for 50% of all households without children too.

The only households with children to get away with an income cut of less than £100 will be the richest 10%!

It's more of the same Tory inequality-increasing malice: Take from the poor to give to the rich.

Conclusion

Theresa May is lying about providing "certainty" because her belligerent Brexit "no deal" threats represent the riskiest gamble anyone has ever tried to take with the UK economy.

Theresa May's leadership is neither "strong" nor "stable", she's a weak self-serving coward who is petrified of having her record held up to proper scrutiny that she's conducting her election campaign almost exclusively in Tory "safe spaces" full of Tory loyalists who have been bussed in from miles away, the ordinary public are excluded, and where the press are often banned from asking questions if they've been invited at all.

Theresa May talks of "delivering for people up and down the country" but she refuses to say what she's planning to deliver, because it's yet another Tory assault on people's incomes and living standards, and if the EU 27 call her bluff on her "no deal" threats, a much bigger recession than the one that followed the global banking sector insolvency crisis too.

What we can do

The vast majority of the mainstream press is simply not going to hold Theresa May to account for any of this, so it's up to us.

The most important thing is to try to get through to people who don't use social media, or even the Internet.

Show people on your phone, or on your tablet. Print the articles off on paper if you think it will help. Don't worry about copyright issues. I don't give a damn.

If we don't fight back and do the job the mainstream media are abjectly failing to, then she is going to win a thumping majority to behave as recklessly and maliciously as she pleases.


 Another Angry Voice  is a "Pay As You Feel" website. You can have access to all of my work for free, or you can choose to make a small donation to help me keep writing. The choice is entirely yours.




OR