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    • artcroft

       /  June 8, 2017

      This is troubling but it was easy to see that personal freedoms were going to be curtailed in response to the violent attacks by the slaves of allah.

      • Missy

         /  June 8, 2017

        Apparently Corbyn was booed by his own supporters when he voiced opposition to changing the legislation in dealing with Terror suspects, there are still a lot of people – including Labour supporters – who are concerned about whether he will be strong enough on security.

  1. Missy

     /  June 8, 2017

    Last day of campaigning, and to be honest it has been hard keeping up with all the claims & counter claims from each side. The smaller parties have hardly had a look in, but below are the highlights.

    1. The biggest news today is that Labour announced Diane Abbott has stepped aside as Shadow Home Secretary and was not campaigning today. The official line is that she has been diagnosed with a serious ongoing illness, however the general feeling is she has been pulled after a nightmare day yesterday (with not one interview!). After her appalling performance on Monday night she was pulled from Woman’s Hour yesterday morning for illness (though seen at the tube station 20 mins before the programme), she then became a victim of an email hoaxer (the same one that got Mark Carney – Reserve Bank Governor), and then she was pulled from the Evening Standard Hustings. The email hoaxer gives some insight into why people are sceptical of her illness. The email discussion was between her, and who she thought was a labour Party aide, and they discuss how they can make it sound like she was very ill, she said that she wasn’t really ill and didn’t feel right saying she was. Also there are some rumours coming out from unnamed sources that suggest she was sidelined by Corbyn and it wasn’t her decision.

    2. Theresa May has come under attack from the opposition parties for her pledge to get tougher on terrorists, and if need be to tear up the Human Rights legislation. She didn’t actually use the phrase ‘tear up’ as far as I know, she did say that she will change the law if she needs to in order to restrict the freedoms of those that are being watched, but which they don’t have enough evidence to prosecute. This won’t hurt May as much as if she had said it 3 weeks ago, the events of the last 2 weeks has shifted opinion on these matters in the UK.

    3. The fact that labour will oppose the changes and restrictions on freedoms of any potential terrorists won’t play well for Corbyn who is still struggling to cut through on security, and show that he is tough on security and that the country will be safe with him.

    4. Nicola Sturgeon today claimed that Kezia Dugdale, the leader of Labour Scotland, backs a second Independence referendum. Kezia Dugdale has denied this and claimed that Sturgeon is lying. This comes days after Nicola Sturgeon has said that if a second referendum does not give a yes answer she will not rule out a third referendum.

    5. Interviewer Jon Snow spent the day chasing the leaders, as they toured the country, for interviews, initially Theresa May said no, but then later changed her mind and said she could do 5 minutes after Jeremy Corbyn refused to do an interview.

    6. For much of the campaign Theresa May has had a focus on marginal Labour seats, sometimes at the expense of safe Conservative seats, however Corbyn has done the opposite focusing much of his campaigning in safe Labour seats and only today hitting the road across the country to campaign in marginal Conservative seats. It will be interesting if either tactic pays off.

    • Jeremy Corbyn is a danger to this nation. At MI6, which I once led, he wouldn’t clear the security vetting

      ” Today, Britain goes to the polls. And frankly, I’m shocked that no one has stood up and said, unambiguously, how profoundly dangerous it would be for the nation if Jeremy Corbyn becomes Prime Minister. So let me be clear, the leader of the Labour Party is an old-fashioned international socialist who has forged links with those quite ready to use terror when they haven’t got their way: the IRA, Hizbollah, Hamas. As a result he is completely unfit to govern and Britain would be less safe with him in No 10.

      I can give an indication of just how serious this is: if Jeremy Corbyn was applying to join any of this country’s security services – MI5, GCHQ or the service I used to run, MI6 – he would not be cleared to do so. He would be rejected by the vetting process. Far from being able to get into MI5, in the past MI5 would actively have investigated him. And yet this is the man who seeks the very highest office, who hopes in just 24 hours time to run our security services.

      During the Cold War the groups he associated with hung out in Algeria, and moved between East Germany and North Korea. It is hard, today, to understand the significance of that. When I talk to students about the Cold War, they assume I am just talking about history. But it has a direct bearing on our security today. Only a walk along the armistice line between North and South Korea, with its astonishing military build up, might give some idea of what was at stake.
      It is, therefore, a great understatement to say his relationships have been terribly misjudged. Mr Corbyn will say that he sat down with people who were prepared to do violence, but in the name of pursuing peace. And let’s be clear, there’s nothing automatically wrong with negotiating with terrorists who have political agendas. But Mr Corbyn wasn’t negotiating with them, he was hugging them; supporting them. He was an enthusiastic encourager. That must count him out from running the country.

      Of course, it’s not just him. The people around him, too, are deeply compromised by their past, by the people they have associated with, encouraged, and seen as political allies. And at a time when we in this nation face a serious security problem, the idea that the security of the nation might rest in the hands of people like this makes me shudder. It’s deeply shocking. ”

      • Missy

         /  June 8, 2017

        Read that this morning. It is a scary thought having Corbyn as PM, he would undermine the security – and potentially the democracy – of the UK.

        Fingers crossed latest polls are right and Conservatives get a 60-100 seat majority.

        One pundit has called in on twitter for 110 seat majority.

  2. Missy

     /  June 8, 2017

    The victims of Saturday Night’s attack have all been named, and sadly there is one more to the count.

    The body of a Frenchman who had been missing since Saturday night was found in the River several miles downstream from London Bridge. The police believe his body was thrown into the river when he was hit by the van before the terrorists embarked on their knife attacks.

    The BTP officer who was seriously injured apparently suffered injuries to his eye, a colleague described how he had blood coming from his eye when he came across him, but instead of letting his colleagues help him he insisted they go after the terrorists.

  3. Missy

     /  June 8, 2017

    Lord Sugar today proved wrong one of the assertions of the Corbynistas. One of the driving forces behind Corbyn’s supporters and acolytes is the idea that the very wealthy don’t pay a lot of tax.

    Today Lord Sugar was urging his followers not to vote for Corbyn, this prompted Corbynistas to accuse him of not wanting Corbyn to win so he could pay less tax, so in response Lord Sugar tweeted a photo showing exactly how much he paid in tax, a staggering £58,646,024.44