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British Prime Minister Sunak sets July 4 election date as his Conservatives face a likely defeat

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A hapless PM Rishi Sunak, incompetence, standing in the rain without a brolly, the heavens opening up raining on his parade, announcing a general election.

Even the whether calling for a change of government.

I would not stake your lifes savings betting against Starmer.

Scotland is in play,

Even with the pollsters/bookies predictions, inside that voting booth on the day, all bets could be off.

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A hapless PM Rishi Sunak, incompetence, standing in the rain without a brolly, the heavens opening up raining on his parade, announcing a general election.

It's rainy day ahead.

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Throwing in the towel. Probably should have held on to it for a bit longer, he got soaked out in the rain.

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Both Sunak/Hunt footing the political bill for a failure in government, the frivolous waste of taxpayers money, managing a pandemic, the economic shock of prolonged lockdowns.

An NHS in turmoil, 3000 deaths from a cover-up of a NHS infected blood scandal, an economy hiding a host of underlining interest rate gloom for home owners with mortgages to service.

A labour opposition that will now be fully open to the media microscope, scrutiny pulling apart manifestos promises and pledges, calculating costing borrowing.

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Independence Day is a Good Day for Autocracy to be defeated.

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Replacing one bunch of muppets with another.

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Replacing one bunch of muppets with another.

Labor and Tories are 2 cheeks of the same backside

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The Tories will be gone in six weeks. They broke absolutely everything with their precious Brexit. They tossed away the sweet spot that Thatcher carved for the UK in the EU. They made the UK 25-35% poorer. They destroyed the economy, our supply chains, our labour pool, public services and the social contract. It has been like losing a war and being colonised by an enemy power. The mainstream media (including the BBC) covered it up, blaming it on Putin and Covid, but if you torpedo a G7 country below the waterline, this is the ruin you get. Don't try this at home, folks. The populists are liars and con artists and will destroy your country.

There is little Labour can do as the damage is not reversible. Expect no more than managed decline for a generation, or permanently. But it will make a change, after the shortest political honeymoon of recent times, to condemn Labour for their inevitable failure.

I still get regular mail from the Tory party, as their tech tells them that I am ballpark for a Tory voter. And for Brexit, I want them to be completely erased from the political landscape at the election. So how much chance do you think they have? Amusingly, Truss and Boris will blame this on Sunak. Delusional to the end.

Inflation going down means that prices are going up less steeply. They will not go down to where they were. The economy the UK had before Brexit has gone forever. The Tories have done more damage than Putin could ever have done. There is nothing good ahead. Anyone with skills, money or ability would be well advised to emigrate.

All we get for 14 years of toxic damage is the brief pleasure at their erasure. Dear Tories. For Brexit, go and don't come back. Ever.

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A general election is a necessary timely conclusion to 14 year of continuous government.

Political parties candidates must face the electorate, the people and on the hustings brief manifestos containing a comprehensive clearly detailed policy portfolio every sector/department in government.

Labour has promised change, stability now the test will be to cost out a blueprint. how such a proposed plan of action will take shape.

Words must be replaced by action.

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The countdown to very welcome change of administration begins. Today's speech sounded like a resignation.

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I am relishing the venal Tories getting their just desserts from the electorate. I hope they are obliterated. No administration has been this incompetent in a sphere - managerial incompetence - in which Britain often leads the world.

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In my thirty old years never has present global uncertainty been so pronounced.

Ukraine, Gaza a cauldron of catastrophe, a Europe in the midst of a third war.

A Russia Chinese depot government ideologically moving in opposite direction to western democratic values.

UK, a nucleus power, with a permeant seat on the UN security council weak in resolve, incompetent leadership, lacking motivation, confusion festering at the centre of government parliament.

“I have historically voted for the Tories,” Glenn said. “But I would say I’m politically homeless right now because I don’t really have any faith in either party or the main parties.”

Here is the danger, political voter apathy.

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Labour not in the position to offer much in the way of spending - they know it and rational voters know it. Not an inspiration to get voters out and a low turnout would probably suit the Tories.

Still, the reputation of the Tories as a safe pair of hands with the economy is shredded - that’s disastrous for them.

Hope to see a change of government and a few leading Tories get deservedly booted out. Apparently Rees-Mogg is under threat in his seat.

Oh, and can we finally get rid of George Galloway as well. Boris Johnson levels of opportunism.

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“In the Middle East, the forces of Islamist extremism threaten regional and ultimately global stability. China is seeking to dominate the 21st century by steeling a lead in technology."

That's the BBC transcribing Sunak's announcement, so the misspelling of "steal" is theirs not mine. Journalism for you in 2024. The comment about the Middle East, two days after the arrest warrant for Netanyahu, is typical nonsense but the idea of China "stealing a lead in technology" is completely mad. China is already miles ahead of the UK.

If the news story is the timing of the election, Robert Peston reckons that the Treasury has told Sunak that there is no money for a pre-election tax cut in the autumn. So no point in waiting any longer.

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I am relishing the venal Tories getting their just desserts from the electorate. I hope they are obliterated

You wonder which way what’s left of them will turn if they are obliterated.

Labour will be hoping they go full war on woke and eating tofu.

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Sunak has given the Tories enough rope to hang themselves. It's extremely odd to call an election when Labour is 20 points ahead. It seems like political suicide. They have reached the end. Can Labour do better? We will soon find out.

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Surely that useless government will not be re-elected?

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Sunak's back has been against the wall from the day he got into No 10. His certain demise as leader taking down with him the corpse of the Conservatives only to be replaced by default in the discredited shape of a Labour Party purged of all left-wing Jews by Zionist Keir Starver and his Tory-lite right-wing cabal. The only sign of hope for the country's resurrection lies in the challenge to Starver's seat by the brilliant Andrew Feinstein, South African son of a Holocaust survivor and colleague of Nelson Mandela. Throwing Sir Keir out on his ear followed by a large block of populist independents busting apart the Establishment's cozy duopoly will be the only way forward to revive the UK's sickened body politic.

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Expect no more than managed decline for a generation, or permanently. 

Permanently.

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Normally I’d vote for the Conservatives,

However, recent Policies have turned me against them.

It seems that they’re just making things up as they go along and without a thought upon the consequences to anyone but themselves.

James Cleverly should himself be deported to somewhere - Palestinie perhaps,, likewise Rishi Sunsk should go back to his plush US penthouse life.

All the recent prior Conservatuve PMs should have their annual ex-PM allowance revoked , such Public taxes instead could be used for better things! Perhaps a lettuce farm being run by migrants ?

So, No more Conservative voting for me.

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Can't wait to go back to square one.

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UK voters - get rid of this puppet and his party.

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One of the oldest parliaments in the world. I would like to see some radical changes. Like the House of Lords replaced with an elected upper house.

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Richard Tice is acting all patriotic and relevant and spamming social media. Wonder if he’ll bend over for the Tories like Farage did. Farage was furious with the Tories until he wasn’t.

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They have reached the end. Can Labour do better? We will soon find out.

That’s about the size of it.

I hope we don’t get people saying things like ‘the left will be disappointed when unicorns and rainbows don’t appear etc.’.

I think most would settle for less incompetent.

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I think most would settle for less incompetent.

Which is why Starver's right-wing excuse of a socialist party of the people (lol!) will be elected as an anaemic alternative to the corrupt, incompetent Tories so now it's either the rise of Andrew Feinstein and a united block of independents or the rot in the boroughs will quicken apace, but let's not forget the gaslit voters will need to wake up and cease electing the same old same.

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He might not be perfect, but I think at least Starmer is a genuine guy that seems to care, and he has a track record to prove it. At this point, like the song says, 'Things can only get better', surely.

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I think most would settle for less incompetent.

Which is why Starver's right-wing excuse of a socialist party of the people (lol!) will be elected as an anaemic alternative to the corrupt, incompetent Tories

Is the Labour Party a socialist party?

Tony Benn, one of the high priests of British socialism, answered that it’s a party with some socialists in it. Harold Wilson was accused of abandoning socialist principles and standing for nothing over 60 years ago.. Nothing new on Starmer’s part. Blair was blathering on about a third way.

It’s a coalition spanning hard left to centrist although Starmer did welcome a defector from the right of the Tory Party. A strange move. As someone remarked, a broad church shouldn’t be so broad that it stands for absolutely nothing.

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I personally expect very little from Labour or the country as a whole. It needs root and branch reform, which is never going to happen, and its slide into irrelevance is predetermined. I just want to see the nasty party annihilated by the voters. They have had it coming for years.

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‘The ghost of Keir Hardie’: Nostalgia and the modern Labour Party

https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/the-ghost-of-keir-hardie-nostalgia-and-the-modern-labour-party/

The nostalgic invocation of memories of Hardie represents a thread that runs throughout the party’s post-war history. Aside from Nye Bevan and perhaps Clement Attlee, Hardie has been the historic figure most revered and referenced within the discourse of the Labour Party.

Did Tony Blair hollow out, exorcize every principle of socialism, social justice, advocating his so called -Third Way social-democratic neoliberalism?

Blair mantra ditch Clause IV, purge historic constitutional commitment to socialism through public ownership, embrace the inevitability of a policy of capitalist globalization.

Cast aside Labours claim to be the beacon for the working class, in order to become a broad, “cross-class” progressive force. The ultimate betrayal? So called modernization the Left.

Tony Benn was indeed a true socialist, "the story of British democracy is the conversion of privileges into rights." Tony Benn was the standard bearer of democratic accountability.

Where does Kier Starmer fit into a labour party once devoted to a cause, Blair modernised from its heart and soul?

Meet Keir Starmer: Britain’s next prime minister?

https://www.politico.eu/article/keir-starmer-labour-party-prime-minister-british-elections/

The pertinent question voters should be asking is what does Keir Starmer labour actually stand for?

More importantly will his policies pledges and promises amount to anything other than past failures of government past and present fiddling as Rome burned.

Two notably devastating financial crises, followed by a global Pandemic.

Is Starmer a pound shop cardboard Tony Blair without the bells and whistles?

Is the UK electorate overwhelming desire for change about to jump from one political frying pan into the fire.

The Labour lead Welsh government could be a taste of what's to come.

The pretence that Starmer government will be forgiven by blaming the "Tories" if future failures in office to make good on his pledges and promises melt away into the continued rot of incompetence will meet with harsh public reprisals.

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The Tory party seem to be utterly terrified of me. They have no one to blame but themselves...

Rishi Sunak 'chosen SUICIDE OVER OBLITERATION' in calling snap election | Nigel Farage reacts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNMGAhBOLPo

Farage time has come and gone, may resurface if Labour attempt to re-join the EU.

However Farage will have to get past his astonishing over blown ego.

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JimizoToday  02:47 pm JST

I think most would settle for less incompetent.

Which is why Starver's right-wing excuse of a socialist party of the people (lol!) will be elected as an anaemic alternative to the corrupt, incompetent Tories

Is the Labour Party a socialist party? 

Tony Benn, one of the high priests of British socialism, answered that it’s a party with some socialists in it. Harold Wilson was accused of abandoning socialist principles and standing for nothing over 60 years ago.. Nothing new on Starmer’s part. Blair was blathering on about a third way. 

It’s a coalition spanning hard left to centrist although Starmer did welcome a defector from the right of the Tory Party. A strange move. As someone remarked, a broad church shouldn’t be so broad that it stands for absolutely nothing.

Tony Benn was prescient throughout his career:

”If the Labour Party could be bullied or persuaded to denounce its Marxists, the media - having tasted blood - would demand next that it expelled all its Socialists and reunited the remaining Labour Party with the SDP to form a harmless alternative to the Conservatives, which could then be allowed to take office now and then when the Conservatives fell out of favour with the public. Thus British Capitalism, it is argued, will be made safe forever, and socialism would be squeezed of the National agenda. But if such a strategy were to succeed… it would in fact profoundly endanger British society. For it would open up the danger of a swing to the far-right, as we have seen in Europe over the last 50 years.” 

Aly’s description of Starmer’s Labour Party is perfectly apt.

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I had high hopes of a fairer, more caring Britain under Corbyn, and had also hoped to sometime return home, but that changed when right-wingers of Labour decided to shafr Corbyn, and do anything to prevent them winning in 2016 and 2019. If Starmer wins, I will not be going home again. Not even in a coffin.

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Not that I can expect anything from the country's voters either when they chose the xenophobic self-mutilation of Brexit. And we all know too well by now how well that turned out.

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The pertinent question voters should be asking is what does Keir Starmer labour actually stand for?

He’s basically portraying himself as a Labour moderate. He’s probably more left wing than that. Sunak is probably more rightwing than the face puts on. No more substantial than their supposed loves of Arsenal or Southampton.

Doesn’t really matter that much.

The policies they put forward matter.

We’ll have to see the manifesto before judging what Starmer will do.

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Tony Benn was prescient throughout his career

Watching old videos of Tony Benn on YouTube makes me want to weep, he was so right so often.

I had high hopes of a fairer, more caring Britain under Corbyn, and had also hoped to sometime return home, but that changed when right-wingers of Labour decided to shaft Corbyn, and do anything to prevent them winning in 2016 and 2019. If Starmer wins, I will not be going home again. Not even in a coffin.

I go back to see family and friends but that's it. Who was it said that Labour right wingers were the worst backstabbers in British politics?

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UK in a politically federalized European Union is simply unsustainable, not just the UK, Norway. Europe as a democracy.

Tony Benn.......

Tony Benn Was Right On Europe RIP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXq5B5dEDCY

The word is not "xenophobia , its political "accountability" to the electorate, to the people, to be held accountable for the policies and laws parliament enacts.

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Just a thought, does the UK electoral system need reform?

Could a reformed electoral system bring a move away from political partisanism?

A refined 21st century means to bring communities together with a voice?

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The word is not "xenophobia , its political "accountability" to the electorate, to the people, to be held accountable for the policies and laws parliament enacts.

Benn was the most decent, honest and intelligent critic of European integration I’ve ever read. The clown show of Johnson, Farage and other shysters not on the same planet.

Brexit was still a disaster though.

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Former Lord Benn always knew what he was talking about. He stuck to his principles and never waved. He recorded every single conversation so no one could misquote him in the media.

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The UK was beyond saving many years ago. Been in a downward spiral for at least 30 years.

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British expats who have lived abroad for more than 15 years do not have the right to vote. Although Johnson promised to restore this right, he ran out of time to do so. In contrast, no American, regardless of where and how long they have lived outside the US, can have their vote cancelled.

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Sunak will be the captain who sank the Tory Titanic. Labour 46 points. Tories 21.

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Jimizo, all political parties, if nothing else, must outline a minimum manifesto, policies education, combating social inequality. law and order, old age pensioner care assistance, employment. taxation, NHS reforms etc.

UK leaving the EU was never envisaged, planned for, from an establishment metropolitan elite that saw freedom of movement as a means to furnish industries will cheap labour, fake short term self contractual employment.

A gross betrayal brought to the full glare of public scrutiny when the pandemic wrecked and eventually revealed these "employees" had zero rights setting out implied and explicit terms and conditions.

The pandemic also exposed the toxic supply chain management system.

Our roads were essentially mobile warehousing at taxpayers expense to maintain.

The CAP agricultural monstrosity that focuses on subsidies to elevate farming/prices at the consumers expense.

Sunak will be consigned as a failed rather disingenuous, untrustworthy political courtesan, repulsed by his own grass and roots local parties.

Your point is undoubtably pertinent.

Kier Starmer will prevail, if his parliamentary party bite their lip. At the risk of a hung parliament.

The irony will come from Scottish voters, oh what could have been if Nicola Sturgeon could have lead the SNP to victory an independence, all in ruins over £600,000 and a wayward campervan.

Throw darts at me, but I suggest Kier Starmer, could well be replaced with a more congenial socialist leader. sooner or latter.

Maybe either London mayor Sadiq Khan, or Andy Burnham.

The conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza could well seal his fate.

Then we have the November US 2024 election.

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Typo

Americans cannot have their votes cancelled.

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Look I am genuinely not a little Englander, an isolationist.

I strongly support immigration policies that offer all nationalities the chance to build a life in the UK.

My UK family have employed, a strong loyal hard working eastern European workforce for more that 40 years. There dedication flexibility skill in land management throughout the pandemic saved my families farming business.

UK economy is treading water.

How this can be fully reconciled is crucial for future generations, trapped in a housing rental market that needs to be fully regulated to recognise a shameful lack of affordable social housing.

There is an pronounced divide within communities, evermore pronounced.

Starmer will need to address this inequality, with formal legislative tax polices on the second home rental, short term let market.

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I suggest Kier Starmer, could well be replaced with a more congenial socialist leader. sooner or latter.*

Maybe either London mayor Sadiq Khan,

It gets better and better!

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”If the Labour Party could be bullied or persuaded to denounce its Marxists, the media - having tasted blood - would demand next that it expelled all its Socialists and reunited the remaining Labour Party with the SDP to form a harmless alternative to the Conservatives, which could then be allowed to take office now and then when the Conservatives fell out of favour with the public. 

That’s is exactly it.

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