The state of things!
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A few things happening mainly we are seeing campaigning starting for the EU Elections.
Well. Except for the Tories – it seems many of their activists are refusing to deliver leaflets, campaign, knock doors. There also appear to be mutterings that Hammond and others are planning to cancel the EU elections and that will lead to us having to leave without a deal.
UKIP have unveiled some of their candidates. They include a bloke who was found guilty of posting a racist video of his dog doing Nazi salutes and was supported in court by Tommy Robinson and a man who ‘joked’ about raping Jess Phillips – a Labour MP. When asked whether he thought that was ok, he said “100% deal with it”.
Nigel Farage of course has started a new party as we have mentioned before. The Brexit Party. He got backing this week from George Galloway – That great(?) socialist. George Galloway has more faces than the town hall clock. He is a fool and a charlatan and everything he does is about promoting George Galloway. Im surprised he isn’t one of their candidates.
Change UK – remember them – the independent group of MPs are now a registered political party and is expected to field 70 candidates.
Three quarters of the Labour Party’s candidates apparently back a second referendum but whether the Labour Party does is not clear – as usual. They are however – at last – ahead in the Polls for WM voting intentions.
Talking of WM, a few things have come to light this week. Firstly the home office told Norwegian parents who live here and who’s baby was born in London, that their baby had no rights to live here as they arrived back at the airport. He has been given a three month visitors visa!
The home office minister Caroline Nokes has said that EU women who flee domestic violence should not get any benefits and should just “go home”. Ignoring that those women may have children and be unable to leave. Because apparently it’s just “tough shit” that your husband batters you.
Meanwhile in Scotland the SNP have announced their candidates and these include Alyn Smith who has spoken so powerfully about Scotland’s desire to remain in the EU. The list is of course (like Scottish Labour’s list) gender balanced and includes Christian Allard, originally from France he was an MSP and has been vocal in his condemnation of the way EU citizens have been treated by the UK government.
Labour produced a list of 100 policies which they want to introduce after the win a general election. I spent a wee while going through it and ticking off those we already have in Scotland. The ones we don’t have are largely cos they are reserved to WM. Scotland is way ahead of the game with progressive policies even without independence, imagine what we could do if we had independence.
The Scottish Government have also committed to continuing to welcome and fund EEA students regardless of what happens with Brexit.
This is how you build an inclusive internationalist country.
The sort of country I want my children to grow up in.