BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION AFTERMATH

BRITISH GENERAL ELECTION AFTERMATH

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The Exit Poll that told me Theresa May had failed to get everything her own way

 

Of course, by now there’s been a lot of news stories and comments about this general election, but here’s my post, telling you how it relates to Thatcherism.

Theresa May and her Conservatives, backed up by Labour Party votes called a general election. Her evil plan was to get a massive majority for starting the Brexit negotiations, then leading into fixed gerrymandered new constituency boundaries in 2018. This would have established a total dictatorship in Britain, or at least England and Wales.

I can’t forget the sense of relief I felt seeing the first BBC exit poll, projecting a hung parliament with the Tories on 314 seats. I thought this was good, but I hoped they’d end up with fewer seats. In the end they got 318 seats, Labour got 262, the SNP got 35, Lib Dems 12, Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) 10, Sinn Fein 7, Plaid Cymru (Welsh Nationalists) 4, Greens 1, and Independent 1.

There was a lot of tactical voting in this election, with EU Remainers being encouraged to vote either Lib Dem in constituencies where they might be able to win, Labour to try and deprive the Tories of a large majority, or even of any majority at all, and Lib Dem or Labour in safe Tory seats to register their rejection of Brexit. The Green Party of England and Wales decided not to stand in 24 seats, as a “progressive alliance”, to help beat the Tories. Younger people were encouraged to register to vote, as well as to actually get out and vote, which they did.

Jeremy Corbyn and Labour ran on a manifesto which seemed to totally reject Thatcherism or “new Labour”, promising to renationalise utilities, and abolish student tuition fees. However, this manifesto also mentioned plans for people on Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit, instead of saying that these benefits would be abolished. The manifesto promised to end benefit sanctions, but as both these benefits are based around constant threats and sanctions I don’t see how that would be possible. Labour’s manifesto also made it clear that they planned to carry out Brexit, but most of their new support came from remain voting areas.

The Lib Dems tried to re invent themselves as the only party that could stop Brexit, but most Remainers weren’t prepared to trust them after 2010 when they’d given up their policies on demanding Proportional Representation, abolishing benefit sanctions, not increasing tuition fees, as well as supporting the dreaded Housing Benefit cap and the Bedroom Tax.

The SNP stood to stop Brexit for Scotland and ideally to get Scottish independence. They lost 21 of their 56 seats, but it’s certainly not clear what this means, especially as they still have more seats than all the other parties in Scotland combined. Apart from this, the SNP are a minority government in the Scottish Parliament elected by Proportional Representation, but with the support of the six Scottish Green Party members, the majority of that parliament are in favour of independence for Scotland.

After the general election, Theresa May made a filthy deal with the DUP from Northern Ireland to try and cling on to power. This involved paying them a billion Pounds! Of course, a lot of Tory policies have now been dropped. It remains to be seen if even this disgusting tactic can enable the Tories to cling on to power. It will be revealed on June 29, 2017 if their cut down list of policies, still including Brexit, listed in The Queen’s Speech, have been rejected or not. If the vote goes in their favour, even then it seems they can only last about 6 months. This is based on previous minority governments in 1974 and 1924. If they’re rejected, then Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party will get a chance to form a government with as much support as possible from other parties. If this attempt fails, then I think another general election will be automatically called on about July 13, 2017, taking place about 6-8 weeks later. The way support for different political parties has been going, it now seems impossible for any party to get a majority again. The solution is obviously Proportional Representation, which would mean the death of the Labour and Conservative Parties, to be replaced by newer, smaller parties, which would always have to form coalition governments, the same as in lots of countries, or even most countries around the World.

As for whether Brexit is Thatcherite or anti Thatcherite, I think it’s obviously Thatcherite. This is because it’s only in the interests of people who want to deregulate everything without anyone to stop them. Their goal is to turn Britain into an offshore banking and tax haven something like the Cayman Islands. Jeremy Corbyn supports it because his politics are like Tony Benn (RIP) adopted by the Labour Party back in 1980, where to create a “Socialist paradise” you must take complete control of a country, without another organisation such as the then EEC, now the EU, to interfere with this plan. This policy was dropped by Labour in about 1988, but now it’s back. I think it would be like North Korea lite!

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GENERAL ELECTION 2017: TIM FARRON AND THE LIB DEMS ON THATCHERISM

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: TIM FARRON AND THE LIB DEMS ON THATCHERISM

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Tim Farron boarding a campaign bus, but not holding the Manifesto

 

The Lib Dem Manifesto for 2017 says that Theresa May’s government has a mandate to begin negotiations to leave the EU! The EU Referendum result to leave was caused by Rupert Murdoch’s and the Daily Mail’s brainwashed little puppets. This is disastrous! It means uncertainty and damage has already been done and will continue to be done to the UK up to 2019!

The Lib Dem Manifesto goes on to give details of how the Lib Dems support a “soft Brexit”, but no such deal is being offered by the EU. They also claim they actually want to stay in the EU, but their lack of opposition to Brexit makes it confusing how they plan to achieve this. They want to hold another referendum on the terms of the deal, but the propaganda by that time will probably be impossible to override. The only thing similar to EU membership is EEA membership. This involves countries following rules that they had no say in making. It also includes free movement of people, which is allegedly the main thing that leave voters wanted to stop!

This manifesto pledges to try and protect the rights of people in Northern Ireland and Gibraltar. These rights can only be guaranteed by continued membership of the EU!

They want to discourage people from drinking alcohol, including a minimum per unit price for alcohol!

They talk about “responsible finances”, following on from their period in the Coalition in 2010-2015. This means maintaining cuts and not increasing spending until the loans and interest have been paid off!

They often mention a 1p rise in Income Tax, instead of making the rich bastards pay. Pathetic!

They mention Universal Credit, indicating that they have no plans to abolish it and replace it with a humane system!

They mention Jobseekers’ Allowance, instead of saying they want to abolish it and replace it with a humane system!

There is no mention of abolishing the Housing Benefit cap which they supported!

They don’t plan to renationalise the railways!

There’s no mention of abolishing anti “street drinking” laws, or the law banning people from drinking on buses or coaches.

They talk about introducing Proportional Representation and the Single Transferable Vote (STV), but they’ve already thrown away their best opportunity for doing that in 2010. I don’t know if they’ll ever get that opportunity again. The SNP is more likely to achieve this.

To sum up, the Lib Dem Manifesto doesn’t propose to abolish Thatcherism at all.

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: JEREMY CORBYN AND LABOUR ON THATCHERISM

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: JEREMY CORBYN AND LABOUR ON THATCHERISM

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Jeremy Corbyn presents the Labour Party Manifesto 2017

 

Searching hard through the Labour Party Manifesto for 2017 reveals a few policies which might be called Thatcherite.

Labour plans to abolish benefit sanctions and “reform” Universal Credit. However, Universal Credit hasn’t yet been rolled out to everyone and may never be. Meanwhile, lots of claimants, or even most claimants, are still on ESA or JSA. Universal Credit is only paid monthly, so that in itself is a disaster. I don’t see how Universal Credit can be reformed. It should just be abolished and replaced with a humane system like under the last real Labour Government of 1974-1979. Even Jobseekers’ Allowance is mentioned in this Manifesto, suggesting it won’t be abolished.

That typically Thatcherite policy of selling Council Houses is mentioned as well. Apparently, it won’t be abolished, but only suspended unless councils can prove they’re replacing the houses they’re selling off. This policy of still allowing Council House sales would make it difficult to increase the number of Council Houses.

A big change is the promises to renationalise the rail network, water, and energy.

If a manifesto doesn’t say it’s going to abolish something, then we can assume it won’t. I don’t see any mention of abolishing the anti picketing laws, for example.

Of course, this manifesto, mentions several times that Britain will be leaving the EU! This is disastrous, a form of isolationism, which could result in it becoming like apartheid era South Africa, or North Korea!

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: THERESA MAY ON THATCHERISM

GENERAL ELECTION 2017: THERESA MAY ON THATCHERISM

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Theresa May: “Strong and stable. Brexit means Brexit!”

 

Here are some policies from the Conservative’s Manifesto which are Thatcherite.

People are once more expected to sell their homes to pay for personal care, although now they won’t have to do this until after they die, so it’s their kids who will be affected. This policy was abolished or at least toned down by Cameron, as well as being abolished in Scotland by the Labour/Lib Dem coalition there.

Scrapping free school lunches. This goes much further than Thatcher’s early policy of scrapping free school milk. Some of the free school lunches will be replaced by free school breakfasts, but do some kids really go to school without having any breakfast?

Means testing of Winter fuel payments for pensioners. People such as Alan Sugar would no longer get them, but May refused to say exactly who would and who wouldn’t get these payments.

Allowing and encouraging new grammar schools to start up. This creates more inequality in society, exactly as Thatcher wanted.

Taxes would be kept as low as possible.

The manifesto includes lies such as Britain being the World’s fifth largest economy, although it slipped into sixth place following the EU Referendum result, as well as having the fastest growing economy in the G7, although it was recently revealed to be the slowest growing economy in the G7. Of course, economies shouldn’t be growing at all, unless the population increases.

There’s also a couple of paragraphs under the heading “Modern Slavery”, saying how the Tories plan to abolish it. Of course, there’s no mention of abolishing JSA, Universal Credit, or their associated slave labour schemes!

It also promises to bring in votes for life for British overseas electors. This was in the last Conservative Manifesto AND The Queen’s Speech, but not implemented. If this had actually been done, then the EU Referendum result would probably have been remain!

They commit themselves not only to retaining first past the post for General Elections, but to extend this to Mayoral elections as well!! They also want to repeal the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, so that the sitting Prime Minister can once more choose the best date for their government to be re elected, without even asking for a two thirds vote of all MPs.

Student loans will continue, instead of being abolished and replaced with grants.

Universal Credit, with all its associated harassment, will continue to be rolled out, instead of abandoned as a sick joke.

In the section on housing, there’s absolutely no mention of the Housing Benefit cap, or even Housing Benefit at all, so I assume that any housing will only be for people who are allowed to work by the employers.

Everyone reading this should be concerned about the section on the Internet, where it says that the Tories would interfere with and censor the Internet as much as possible.

They wouldn’t continue with stage 2 of the Leveson Enquiry, investigating what nasty journalists such as those employed by Rupert Murdoch, get up to.

EDIT: One thing I forgot to mention before is that the same old policy of selling Council Houses is here again! Another disastrous policy, although not Thatcherite, is leaving the EU. This would make Britain totally isolationist, wipe the country off the map, as well as ruining trade, and people’s rights,  including their right to escape from Britain. Even Thatcher didn’t think of this one!

That’s about all I can say. I hope to publish some more articles exposing some Thatcherite policies promoted by other parties before the General Election takes place!