The country held hostage

A follow up to my previous post “stop bickering…

This government, since its election in May 2017, has had one defining mission – to negotiate a withdrawal agreement with the EU and ensure the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on March 29th 2019. Theresa May has promised that this will happen over a hundred times now.

While any government would be weakened by the inability to pass primary legislation, this government, above all others perhaps in our nation’s history, has single-mindedly pursued a single policy objective and barely concerned itself with any others. They got their deal, presented a Bill before the House, but can’t get it onto the law books. The government cannot achieve its one objective.

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Stop bickering and just get on with it

How do you listen to 100 episodes of a Brexit podcast hosted by BBC journalists and come away with the impression that the current impasse is the collective responsibility of all Members of Parliament?

This crisis, easily the greatest political crisis of my lifetime, is the responsibility of just one person – the Prime Minister Theresa May.

Both May's historic defeats overlayed on a picture on the House of Commons

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Sony’s noise cancelling headphones are the boss

Last September I bought some Bluetooth active noise cancelling headphones – Sony WH-1000XM2 (Sony are always so fresh and inventive with their naming).
They had it all:

  • Exceptional sound quality.
  • 30 real world hours of battery life between charges.
  • Excellent Bluetooth connection.
  • Active noise cancelling that is revolutionary is noisy environments. It cuts straight through even aeroplane engine drone.

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You want a debate now?!

Is no-one going to call out Theresa May for now seeking a one-on-one TV debate with Corbyn over her crappy Brexit deal?

When May called the general election in 2017 – where the paramount two things people vote on are leaders and their manifesto policies – she refused to debate on TV. At that time, that short month which the public have to judge and choose their government and political representatives for the next five years, May intentionally avoided public interrogation and oversight. In the event she insisted Amber Rudd go instead, whose father had passed away just 2 days earlier.

Now, when the decision is for Parliament, to judge her on her government’s competency and the deal she has had two years to negotiate, and the wisdom and deceit of the Brexit referendum. When her Conservative government and party have lost all credibility and discipline and she is completely reliant on Labour MPs to pass her deal, since she’s lost the support of even her own ministers. Now she wants a TV debate where she can win a quick point with the public as it all becomes Jeremy Corbyn’s fault.

If the deal has any merits (and she must believe it has some, else she would surely resign) she should be in Parliament daily, engaging with the nation’s representatives in a clear, evidence-based debate on the future of this country, in order to convince enough of them, the ones whose job it is to assess and vote on it, as our elected representatives, to pass it through the House!

Some people have no shame.

NPF: The Future of Work (2) – Modern Employment

This is part of a series of posts on UK policy. Find out more here.
Economy, Business & Trade Consultation document available at Scribd.
Statistics on the UK Economy available from the FT (free account required).

How has modern employment changed in recent years?

Conservative led governments since 2010 have faced a problem; they’ve been trying to reduce government spending against a backdrop of low private sector investment and aggregate demand. If they reduced spending they’d create unemployment, which they’d have to pay for through the social security system.

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NPF: The Future of Work (1) – The Economy

Economy, Business & Trade Consultation document available at Scribd.

What is your view of the current state of the economy and modern employment?

Before considering questions about the economy, I recommend viewing the Financial Times statistics page The UK economy at a glance (you’ll need to create an account but don’t need to pay a subscription fee to view them).

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The Labour Party National Policy Forum Consultation 2018

It should come as no surprise to readers that I’m a member of the UK Labour Party. Jeremy Corbyn’s administration are very consciously trying to democratise decision making within the party and to that end have recently launched the National Policy Forum Consultation 2018.

The Labour NPF Consultation 2018 an amccoll blogging project

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