To vote or not to vote
Well guys surprise, surprise Theresa May was defeated in the Commons last night.
Tory MPs voted against the government because they said it appeared to take No Deal off the table and Labour MPs voted against it because it didn’t take no deal off the table.
Theresa May wasn’t even in Parliament. The ERG are running the show and she cant even be bothered to turn up.
The SNP proposed an amendment for Article 50 to be delayed and whilst 40ish Labour MPs Voted with the SNP and Lib Dems the rest abstained. That’s right. They sat on their hands and didn’t bother to vote. And this amendment would have taken no deal off the table – at least for the foreseeable future. So let’s just think about that shall we – in January Jeremy Corbyn refused to meet Theresa May because she would not take no deal off the table and in February Jeremy Corbyn whipped his MPs to abstain on a motion which would have taken No Deal off the table.
Make sense to anyone?
Well, it does if you think that Jeremy Corbyn has no desire to see a deal. He is happy for us to crash out of Europe with no deal because then he can blame the Tories and hope for a General Election. Well, I have news for Jeremy Corbyn – if he facilitates a No Deal Brexit for the Uk, then I would be very very surprised if he won a General Election. Especially given the split that would cause in the Labour Party. Christ, we will have tory Governments for ever more.
So, following last night pantomime in parliament we saw the latest episode of Question Time. It had as a guest Jacob Rees-Mogg. There was some discussion of Churchill, as there has been over the last few weeks. Now, I have no strong feelings about Churchill one way or the other. He was a man of his time, of his class and of the world as it was years before I was born. He was a monster to some and a saviour and the greatest man ever lived to others. Me? Meh…. However, last night someone who should know better – Jacob Ress-Mogg justified the British Government’s use of concentration camps during the Boer war in which 28 000 people died (25 000 aged under 16) by suggesting that the life expectancy of someone in a concentration camp implemented by Winston Churchill had the same life expectancy as someone living in Glasgow at the time.
Let that sink in – Rees-Mogg justified concentration camps.
He also said that Churchill was the only one with the guts to stand up to Hitler. Conveniently forgetting that he has had meetings with far right figures including Steve Bannon of Breitbart. Could it possibly be that Rees-Mogg has more in common with Oswald Mosley’s Brownshirts than with Churchill.
He also said that we should be ashamed that 597 people died sleeping rough last year – he voted 52 times to cut benefits and 16 times for the bedroom tax. The Channel 4 documentary about Universal Credit showed a grown man sobbing in a phone box because he had nothing and no one to help him.
The Tories are waging a war against the poor and vulnerable, Brexit will allow them to avoid the EU tax directive that will make it much harder to avoid taxes through offshore accounts.
Penny dropping anywhere?
Meanwhile in Scotland….
Mike Russell spoke last night about the contribution EU nationals make to Scotland’s Highlands and Islands community. We are poorer without them and yet both the tories and labour want to end freedom of movement.
Labour broadcast a party political broadcast which slagged off the Health service in Scotland and the England one slagged off the Health service in England. Interestingly in Wales, the Party Political Broadcast they put out there did not mention the Health service. Wonder why that might be?
In Wales, Labour run the NHS and it is the worst run NHS in the country – Scotland is the best run NHS in the UK. Now I’m not saying it couldn’t be better but comparing like with like – devolved parliament, reducing budgets from Westminster – and Scotland outperforms Wales completely. So, again let’s consider this, Labour slag off the way the SNP run the NHS in Scotland and say that they could do a better job whilst in Wales, where they run the NHS it is performing worse and sometimes massively worse than in Scotland. Be informed folks