Posts Tagged ‘Elections’

And, if there was any doubt, Theresa May herself confirmed it in recent days.
Forget about ‘Brexit’ – this election has much more at stake than that. If anyone is thinking of not voting at all – please think again.

All of the pieces have been carefully moved into place over several years – and Theresa May has been at the heart of all of it.

One of the most important of these was the introduction of ‘Secret Courts’ (under the ‘Justice and Security’ legislation) under the Tory government in 2013. Another was the Investigatory Powers Bill (Snoopers Charter): the mass surveillance programme that Mrs May was trying to introduce for years and finally did in January this year.

Another is the Draconian law being proposed to deal with whistleblowers and journalists and their criminalisation.

And now we have Mrs May openly saying she needs to push aside human rights laws in order to combat terrorism. (more…)

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I had a thought in recent days – concerning the June 8th election.
And then I had a look online and realised other people had been having the same thought: specifically, the possibility that Theresa May and the Tories are deliberately hoping to lose this election.

It had been occurring to me for some weeks – as bad Tory policies and missteps continued to add up. But the point where it went from being a random musing to a more serious thought was when FOX HUNTING was suddenly in the news and on the Tory agenda again – which felt like a totally random and entirely unnecessary piece of time-travel (and a very odd thing to revive at a time when you’re trying to secure votes and strengthen your mandate).

The Prime Minister then skipping the Leaders Debate last night (and in general refusing to debate with Jeremy Corbyn) seemed to add to this suspicion. (more…)

Protesters holding posters which read "No Nazi inside Hofburg palace" demonstrate against Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer of the FPOe in Vienna, Austria, December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

I feel as if we should congratulate voters in Austria for – on the balance – refusing to vote the Far-Right ‘Freedom Party’ to power.

In what was a very closely and nervously watched election in Austria yesterday, the Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer (who had won the first round of the election, with 35% of the vote – the party’s most successful ever result), was defeated by Left-leaning and Green-Party-backed Alexander Van der Bellen. Many, both in Austria and elsewhere in Europe, may have breathed a sigh of relief. The result, however, was very, very close, with Hofer receiving 49.7% of the vote: making it clear that the battle isn’t over and that the Freedom Party (FPÖ) is still very much in play for the coming months and years. (more…)

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As the interest and hype started to build around the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I decided to conduct a little experiment based on the mythology of sorts surrounding the very first televised presidential debate: which had been between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

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OK, now that the slightly misleading title has got you here, it isn’t quite a done deal.

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“What just happened?” one devastated voter writes in a letter to The Independent, trying to come to terms with the 2015 General Election outcome. He concludes that was just happened was “Nothing short of an Establishment coup.”
That wouldn’t necessarily be an exaggeration. This is a very serious generational moment (of crisis) with major implications for society, for social cohesion, for common welfare and for the United Kingdom itself.
A forlorn Nick Clegg warned in his resignation speech on Friday morning, “The continued existence of our United Kingdom itself is now in grave jeopardy…”

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