The Speaker of the UK Parliment John Bercow MP (aka “Mr Squeaker”) has apparently launched an all-out attack on new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and apparently is toying with the idea of “procedural creativity” to continue screwing-up Brexit for the majority who democratically voted for it.
Outgoing Speaker John Bercow threatens Boris Johnson with ‘procedural creativity’ to stop him ignoring anti-No Deal #Brexit law on 31 October in all-out attack comparing PM to a BANK ROBBER https://t.co/sZnrr6X49d via @MailOnline
It’s 12th May as I start typing this attempt at a blog post, about 45 days after Britain was supposed to exit the EU either via a Real Brexit WTO “no deal” method or a Lesser Brexit with a deal that’s not really a proper full Brexit from the EU.
Party members do not appear too amused, with 82% of members wanting rid of PM Theresa May and a new party leader put in place according to a poll by the people over at ConservativeHome.
Some of the more observant among you may have noticed that ConservativeChitChat has been losing it’s MoJo recently, and you’d be right.
It’s not just because there isn’t any UK elections to sink my fangs into at the moment, it’s been kind of going on since the stitch-up to install May as PM after Cameron quit, and the party seems to have gravitated from positive fizz to spreading bollocks from Project Fear Mk1 and Mk2, and not really providing anything I can put much enthusiasm behind any more after the best part of many years of considering it the only sane choice before I even started seriously following politics or had any interest in paying attention to the news because I was young enough to be more interested in watching Thundercats or Rugrats. I first cast a vote for the party back in that fateful 1997 General Election some 21yrs ago when I was finally old enough, and officially started actually joining the party on-and-off probably around 2004/2005, maybe when I’ve been able to spare the membership fee.
It would appear I’m maybe not the only one been feeling this lately?
I’ll still back certain party politicians who still seem to be on my side of the argument, including (but not limited to):
David C. Bannerman
I’ll probably also still pitch-in the occasional policy idea when time & energy allows, and try to keep the site and blog updating on a more frequent basis.
Well, that “told you so” moment I had a feeling was gonna happen has finally happened.
Just as I had feelings that turned out pretty accurate that Team Brexit would win the referendum and that Donald Trump would become President as early as when he made the first whisperings of running when it was clear Romney would lose to Obama – I also had feelings that Theresa May would make a pretty lame leader of the Conservative party as a last minute bodge after Mr & Mrs Gove took Boris out of the contest.
With the arrival of the Chequers fake-Brexit plan, and the more recent arrival of “Project Fear 2.0”, she’s going down faster than Wile E. Coyote falling off the edge of a cliff.
The Chequers plan has gone down so badly with Grassroots members that local party bosses are seeing 75-90%+ of members giving it the finger, resigning membership, or can no longer be arsed to campaign for the party due to lack of things to be able to offer that they agree with. Even the chairman of her own local party is against it.
I distinctly recall that since at least prior to the 2010 General Election, experts were calling for the UK’s Tax Rule Book to be simplified.
There was definitely an article on the Daily Mail Website in September 2011 saying we should rip up the tax rule book and start again, and prior to that in April 2011 the Taxpayer’s Alliance released a video “World’s Fastest Speaker vs the UK Tax Code” to show how ridiculously large it had become at 11,000 pages.
The video seems to have long vanished from the interweb, but the TPA’s Blog post still appears to be there about it, and according to my records by the time the Conservative/LibDem coalition were done with it, the rule book instead of shrinking had increased by another 6000 pages of rules by February 2015.
When will politicians realise that tax avoidance will continue so long as we keep the 17,000-page loophole-ridden tax code they’ve created??
Therefore as part of the policy review I blogged about earlier, I suggest creating a target of slashing the rule book to 7500 pages by 2025 and 3000 pages by 2030 if we aren’t prepared to take the easier route suggested 7-years ago and just re-write the damn things from scratch with a clean sheet of paper.
Basically, if using motoring references to describe the size of the tax rule book, with the New Labour Government (1997 to 2010) they’d increased from the size of a Ford Focus to the size of a Range Rover.
By the time the coalition government had finished with them, they’d expanded to the size of an armoured personnel carrier.
I’m not sure how bad they’ve gotten since, as I haven’t seen any reports giving an update, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d expanded to the size equivalent of an HGV or a Railway Locomotive.
If Britain is to succeed in a post-Brexit world, we need to strive to shrink them back down to the size of a light and nimble Aerial Atom or Caterham Super7 instead of being a lumbering dinosaur with a gammy leg.
Perhaps even take another look at Flat Taxes, maybe?
Theresa May: Today I am launching a Conservative Policy Commission, which will go out and engage with people throughout the UK to develop new policies that can improve the lives of people in our country. pic.twitter.com/vnWxhUSbU1
Naturally, I’ll probably try come up with a few things to pitch-in via these blogs + social media accounts.
I’ve already got a couple of drafts sat in the folder ready to finish when I have time, and a few more forming in the other drafts folder known as my head waiting for me to quit procrastinating and just write the damn things down in a blog so I can throw ’em into the ring.
Read the formal response from @CSkidmoreUK, Chair of the Conservative Policy Commission and Vice Chair for Policy, to the CPF’s discussion on Conservative values plus news of the new Conservative Policy Commission: https://t.co/zyf3X51HHB
Lately I’ve seen something incredible rare on social media these days: some posts about the NHS that are so sensible it’d be rude not to share, and not let them fade into obscurity:
The NHS does not need any more of our taxes. It gets more than enough already. It needs to cut the bureaucracy, cut the waste, stop treating the third world, focus on core requirements and charge health tourists the full whack. https://t.co/51ule7gDAi
103 PFI deals were struck by Labour for the NHS w/ a combined value of £11.4 bn. By the time they are paid off, they’ll have cost more than £65 billion. These are the same schemes Andy Burnham said in ’07 were “the right schemes & offer value for money.”https://t.co/uVujD3GJkd
TaxPayers’ https://t.co/mfvOJhYath singled out 1,129 “unnecessary” bureaucrats employed by the NHS. Among them was Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust’s art curator and programme manager, who costs £33,258 a year in salary, pension payments and London weighting.
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