It's in memory of Jo Cox, celebrating her message, and very much what we need right now. And just look - a media first! The Sun & Daily Mirror print a shared editorial backing The #GreatGetTogether inspired by Jo Cox, and The Telegraph and The Guardian have written a joint opinion piece celebrating #MoreInCommon. (Follow link above to see them.)
And here are four former Prime Ministers:
"We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."
Jo Cox, firs speech to Parliament.
(And also, you should all go watch The Last Leg. <3)
Theresa May's speech this morning. pic.twitter.com/EcTXf0qy1a— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) June 9, 2017
Also, you should all watch Election Spy (VERY SHORT, HYSTERICALLY FUNNY!)
Also, from the BBC: General election 2017: 'Why I switched from Tories to Labour'
And from NME: Protest against Theresa May’s ‘coalition of chaos’ takes place in London
I think Darcy described the whole situation best:
We were in a car going in the wrong direction. Now someone has thrown a spanner in the works and the car is broken. But at least it's stopped.
For anyone who wants a proper primer, Vox wrote a handy article just before the election. Covers most issues, I think.
Except of course the DUP, whom Ms May now wants to make an alliance with... BBC article here which covers a lot of it. They're basically hardcore right wing fundamentalists, with everything that entails - hey, it's like getting a taste of the GOP!! Except endorsed by the three biggest loyalist paramilitary organisations. ETA: Better link The Democratic Unionist Party
Such charming friends she keeps. Especially after going on and on about Corbyn 'palling around' with terrorists... With thanks to enevarim there is a perfect tweet:
When you've spent 2 years calling Jeremy Corbyn a terrorist sympathiser but now you're wanting the DUP to prop your government up. pic.twitter.com/UpnGXcXWYh— Dale (@DaleRobertsDR) June 9, 2017
And a more serious ETA:
WATCH: Jonathan Powell, former chief British negotiator on Northern Ireland, explains how a Tory/DUP coalition cannot work. pic.twitter.com/qrXL0yTQWs— EL4C (@EL4JC) June 9, 2017
And half an hour to The Last Leg!! (Two hour Election Special. This should be goooooooood!!)
The Tories had a 17 point lead at the start of April! They expected a landslide...
ETA: Context for those haven't been following (and why would you?). The PM decided to call a snap election (even though she'd said she wouldn't) in order to increase her mandate before the Brexit talks.
Result: She lost the mandate.
The Tories are still the largest party, but they don't have a majority and might form a coalition with the DUP (The Democratic Unionist Party - Northern Ireland). Giving them a majority of... two?
ETA: Things you may have missed... . F.ex. Theresa May stood (amongst others) against a bloke called Lord Buckethead. Sometimes I love British politics. :)
ROSE: Do you think I should try the hospital? Suki said they had jobs going in the canteen. Is that it then, dishing out chips. I could do A Levels. I don't know. It's all Jimmy Stone's fault. I only left school because of him. Look where he ended up. What do you think?
AHAHAHAHAHA. (sob) 'Do A-Levels'. Ah, those were the days. Rose - you're 19, you could do an Access* course if you really wanted to continue your studies, but A-Levels are forever closed to you. As is any free education.
*It stands for 'Access to Higher Education' and is a one year course which will let you apply for university at the end of it. It is not free. However, if you take out a loan and go on to complete a degree, the Access loan is written off. You will of course then have accrued a much greater debt thanks to the university fees...
*this is not hyperbole. The Tories (and UKIP) are the only parties who have not signed a document to protect EU citizens' rights.
But then, she's not keen on human rights of any for her citizens. (Theresa May: Human rights laws could change for terror fight)
I'm not feeling very optimistic about politics (or anything really), but figured I should probably post something before the election. If she wins - as she probably will, although it'll hopefully be a much smaller victory than she was counting on - Ms May also wants to clamp down on the internet, so it'll be interesting to see if we'll still be here in a year's time. Of course, she is also the woman who cut police numbers by 20,000 and sells weapons to the Saudis, so her definition of 'safety' and 'fighting terrorism' differs somewhat from mine.
ETA: Here is what her internet 'clamp down' would mean:
Theresa May wants to ban crypto: here's what that would cost, and here's why it won't work anyway (Aaron Swartz once said, "It's no longer OK not to understand how the Internet works.") But hey - this is what I said! I'm not that bothered about the Russians, our PM is hot on their heels!
Vox: Londoners aren’t freaking out about the terrorist attacks. Some politicians are.
I also collected some election links, am putting them under a cut so I don't take up your whole flist:
( Read more... )
Basically, if you don't know who to vote for, Vote For Policies
(Jonathan Pie video here)
Finally, then from one vicar's daughter to another (OK, my father is a deacon, but same diff, I grew up in presbyteries), then I don't understand how she squares her faith with attacking those who are 'hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison', just to get Biblical for a moment (x).
So - REMEMBER TO VOTE TOMORROW!! Here is to hoping all the young people turn out, as well as the old.
(Miss M will be voting for the first time! Having studied politics as one of her A-Levels for two years now, she is very very aware of all the issues...)
ETA: Meant to say, that the encouraging thing is that it IS going to be close, hopefully. Who could have foreseen that six weeks ago? I don't know if I like Corbyn, but I respect him. He has principles and he does his best to stick to them. Labour actually stands for something again, who'd have thunk.
ETA2: It's also important to remember that we can't dismiss everyone who disagrees with us. They aren't evil. And saying that they are will get us nowhere...
BBC: Election Lexicon: Robin Hood tax, cockroaches and Heineken politician
(Mostly linked because it said we should have listened to Doctor Who. No, not the recent episode (we can only wish), but about cybermen. Although what with the 'Robin Hood tax' there could be a bit of a nod...)
Of course, our news is nothing compared to America:
WaPo: Sinkhole forms in front of Mar-a-Lago; metaphors pour in
Still, I wish our news would pay more attention to the environment. And how ~Strong and Stable Leadership~ also seems to equal screwing over said environment.
Please vote. It could help save the planet.
I get that some people don't like Corbyn. However this is very much like the US election - please vote strategically to STOP the right wing privatising the NHS, punishing the poor etc. People 'voting their conscience' helped Trump win...
(And yes, I am genuinely frightened at what Ms May will do to this country if she get the mandate she wants. The only positive is that Britain might become a cautionary tale helping to make the rest of the EU stronger, but I don't particularly *want* to live in a cautionary tale.)
ETA: In case you have not come across it, here is a widget to help you vote tactically:
( Thin Ice Review Part 1 (the serious part) )
HAPPY FANNISH POST HERE!!
Stakes is High
That’s what politics is — the way we distribute pain. It’s not a sport or a fraternity or a game. It’s how we determine who gets medication and who dies young, who learns in a class of twenty kids and who learns in a class of thirty, whose school has a counselor that’s trained to look for signs of sexual abuse and who doesn’t.
And, just to add a more local, current spin (i.e. the NHS):
Facebook post re. 'Virgin Care'.