UK: ‘a catastrophic week for Labour’

A UK update from Missy:


With the exception of a day or two where weather (specifically snow and floods) dominated, the majority of the headlines have been about what is being described as a catastrophic week for Labour, though a Brexit story managed to make it through. So here is an update:

Brexit:

A decision by the Supreme Court on whether the Government requires Parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50 is expected soon, though there are reports some Ministers believe they will lose, and apparently Theresa May has asked for more than one draft Bills to be prepared in order to be able to respond quickly to what the Supreme Court decide.

It is interesting to note that over the Christmas period more than one MP and former MP pointed out that essentially the UK entered the EU on Royal Perogative, (the only referendum and vote was for membership of the single market), and not all treaties with the EU since have been agreed to with a vote in the House of Commons, so it is not unreasonable to leave the EU with Royal Perogative. I don’t know enough about the voting history to know the validity of these comments.

Theresa May is expected to give a speech to outline the plan for Brexit in the next week or so, (some are suggesting next Tuesday, but I haven’t seen anything to corroborate that story).

Labour:

I wrote the other day about Labours shambles of a re-launch. It is interesting to note that reports have appeared since Tuesday suggesting Jeremy Corbyn changed his speech on Monday night after a phone call from Diane Abbott, Shadow Home Secretary, who was concerned about the comments suggesting support for Immigration controls. Abbott is one of Corbyn’s strongest allies in the Labour party.

On Wednesday after PMQ’s one of Jeremy Corbyn’s aides gave a briefing to the media where it was said that Corbyn does not support the UK deployment of troops to Estonia, and that he would not honour the NATO agreement and come to the military aid of another NATO member if required. This is said to have infuriated his Shadow Defence Secretary, who only a few days before talked up NATO and offered support to the Government for the deployment of troops to Estonia, on Russia’s border. Some believe that Corbyn is showing too much sympathy with Russia.

Today Tristram Hunt, a Labour MP resigned to take up a position with the V & A Museum. Hunt is MP for Stoke-on-Trent which is described as the Brexit Capital as it had the highest proportion of its voters vote Brexit. Hunt is a Remain MP. This by election will be interesting, in the General Election Labour’s majority was just over 5000, and UKIP were the next party.

Depending on who Labour puts up, and the platform they campaign on, some analysts today have suggested it could give UKIP a good opportunity to take the seat. The Liberal Democrat Leader claimed the Richmond by election that they won was the fightback for Remaining in the EU, I wonder what his view would be on the outside chance that UKIP wins Stoke-on-Trent?

Keeping in mind Richmond voted Remain in the Referendum, so it was hardly a surprise a candidate campaigning on Remain won the by-election, just as it will hardly be a surprise if a Brexit candidate wins in Stoke-on-Trent.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/13/tristram-hunt-quits-labour-mp-triggering-by-election-brexit/

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/13/tristram-hunt-to-quit-as-mp-to-become-va-director

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4 Comments

  1. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  14th January 2017

    Al-Jazeera has been running a series of articles about the in-fighting concerning anti-semitism accusations going on in UK Labour.
    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/israel-lobby-anti-semitism-battle-uk-labour-party-170113073206692.html
    The party is imploding as far as I can see.

    • Gezza

       /  14th January 2017

      Thanks Maggie. I saw a teeny bit of the latest episode late last night & didn’t realise it’s a 4-part series. Will watch the episodes linked in the article.

  2. PDB

     /  14th January 2017

    That would be seen as a pretty good week by the NZ Labour party……

  3. Blazer

     /  14th January 2017

    Zionists and their anti semitism meme,enough to make you sick.