World view – Friday

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  1. Missy

     /  16th November 2018

    A quick review of this morning’s happenings (rather than re-posting everything I posted this morning).

    Five Members of the cabinet have resigned, they are:
    1. Shailesh Vara – Junior Minister for Northern Ireland. He claims that the deal leaves Britain in a half way house.
    2. Dominic Raab – Secretary of State for Exiting the EU. He said the indefinite backstop threatens to break up the Union.
    3. Esther McVey – Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. She said the deal does not honour the result of the referendum.
    4. Suella Braverman – Junior Minister for the Department for Exiting the EU. She warned that the concessions do not respect the will of the people.
    5. Anne-Marie Trevelyan – Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Education Secretary. She said the deal is unacceptable to Brexit Voters.

    And whilst I was at lunch one further resignation.
    6. Ranil Jayawardena – Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions. He said the deal does not deliver a fair Brexit

    May gave a statement in Parliament after which she received no support. During the questions after Jacob Rees-Mogg asked May why he shouldn’t put in a letter to the 1922 Committee Chariman. This is quite a big thing, whatever you think of him JRM has always supported the PM, he hasn’t supported the deal, but he has always said he supports the PM of the day, and that he has indicated in Parliament that he is thinking of putting in a letter of no confidence is quite a big deal, and he has influence among other Brexiteers.

    When he spoke in Parliament JRM obviously already had his letter written, he has just submitted it to the 1922 Committee. The key part is this: ‘It is of considerable importance that politicians stick to their commitments or do not make such commitments in the first place. Regrettably, this is not the situation, therefore, in accordance with the relevant rules and procedures of the Conservative Party and the 1922 Committee this is a formal letter of No Confidence in the Leader of the Party, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May.’

    • Missy

       /  16th November 2018

      JRM has said that the Brexit deal has turned out to be worse than anticipated and fails to meet the promises given to the nation by the PM.

    • Missy

       /  16th November 2018

      oops, it seems that the report I heard had Ranil Jayawardena’s role and department incorrect, it seems he is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice.

  2. Missy

     /  16th November 2018

    It is expected that the required number of letters will be received by the Chair of the 1922 Committee by tomorrow, and if so then a vote of confidence in Theresa May as leader on Tuesday is expected.

    There has been some speculation on who may run for leader, though I think we may get a better idea when the Chair of the 1922 Committee are closer to receiving the 48 letters needed and we see which Cabinet members resign then.

    Leading contenders at the moment are:
    Dominic Raab (odds about 11-2)
    Boris Johnson (odds about 5-1)
    Sajid Javid (odds about 5-1) he is the most credible leading contender, despite having voted remain he is against a soft Brexit and for delivering Brexit. He has gone against Theresa May on several occasions, and he was reportedly behind a tougher stance on EU Migrants post Brexit than was originally positioned by TM. Has the advantage of being an ethnic minority (Pakistani parents) and a (non practicing) Muslim, despite having been brought up in a Muslim household he doesn’t practice now, and has stated on a number of occasions the only religion in his house is Christianity (his wife is apparently a practicing Christian). So looks good for the moderate Muslim vote, but isn’t a problem for the extreme anti-Muslim vote.
    Jeremy Hunt (odds about 8-1) he won’t be a popular choice, he is universally disliked by the public.
    David Davis (odds about 11-1) he is a popular choice among many party members to bring in as an interim PM until Brexit is done.
    Amber Rudd (odds about 50-1)

  3. Missy

     /  16th November 2018

    Latest resignation this afternoon is Rehman Chishti, the PM’s trade envoy to Pakistan and Vice chairman of the Conservative Party for communities has resigned, saying that the deal is contrary to their Manifesto commitment.

  4. Missy

     /  16th November 2018

    The PM is doing a press conference in approximately 3 minutes, there is a lot of speculation on what she will say, some suggesting she might do a John Major and call a no confidence vote herself.

  5. Missy

     /  16th November 2018

    Sources are reporting that Michael Gove was offered the Brexit Secretary job, but he has turned it down unless he can go back to Brussels and renegotiate the Withdrawal Agreement.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  16th November 2018

    I see the lying scum that comprise Saudi Arabia’s leadership propose to blame and behead a few of their underlings to save their own skin.

    Could anything be more vile?

    • High Flying Duck

       /  16th November 2018

      There’s plenty of vile out there if you look around. Saudi’s are just one small square on the tapestry of horrors still being perpetrated around the world.

      Some of it is quite close to home – Blazer posted a video showing Australia’s treatment of Nauru a few weeks back which was sickening:

    • Gezza

       /  16th November 2018

      @ Al

      I very much doubt any of the perpertrators will actually have the death sentence carried out. If that “fine man” friend of Trumpy’s, King Salman, doesn’t exercise a royal pardon, and any beheadings ARE carried out, the odds, in my opinion, are that whoever’s heads get lopped off won’t actually be the dudes they’re supposed to be.