BEST FOR BRITAIN'S
Another week down and we’ve lots to share as usual.
Parliament might not have been sitting, but political news has managed
to remain at a constant frenzy.
I want to take a moment to
congratulate all those who have taken part as candidates and
campaigners during these elections. Standing for election, knocking on
strangers' doors, arguing your platform and asking people to vote for
you is tough no matter what party you represent.
Democracy only works as long as
we all take part in it, so to everyone who campaigned, stood for
election and cast their votes - THANK YOU.
Now, here’s what happened this
At the time of writing, the local
election results are still (trickling) in - and it looks like that
most thrilling of outcomes for us political anoraks: a mixed picture.
We’re going to be glued to the results as they get announced into the
As far as we can see, the
Conservatives haven’t done that well - but
they’ve also not done that
badly either, outside
Red as a London bus
Labour hasn’t made as much
progress as they might have hoped in key Northern areas like Hartlepool, but they did have a stellar night in
London and London accounted for fully 40% of the seats up for grabs.
Significant councils fell to Labour, including Margaret Thatcher’s favourite of
Wandsworth, and Westminster
City Council, which has been Conservative since its creation in 1964.
Barnet Council also went to Labour from the Tories, a sign for many
that the party is recovering from the anti-Semitism allegations that
plagued the Corbyn years.
Gains for Lib Dems and Greens
The Liberal Democrats have had
a productive night, winning control of Hull City Council from Labour. Other Lib Dem and Green
successes suggest that discontent with the incumbent
Government has benefitted parties of many colours. However, the
absence of a Tory collapse underlines the need for opposition parties
to work with each other if they want a change of government at the
next General Election.
Sínn Féin reigns
A huge election result is
expected in Northern Ireland late tonight or early tomorrow as
everything points to significant losses for the DUP, big success for
Sínn Féin, and an insurgence of the cross-community Alliance Party
into the Northern Ireland Assembly.
If the DUP falls behind Sínn
Féin (and potentially the Alliance Party) it looks like an Irish
Nationalist party will become the largest party in Northern Ireland
for the first time since its creation in 1921. The success of Sínn
Féin, a party which advocates Irish unity, has been cited as evidence
that continued Brexit dysfunction is making the break-up of the UK
Let them eat own
Away from elections, more sound
advice from the Government on the cost of living crisis this week. For
anyone struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table, the
Government has a killer solution, one that has scarcely been thought
of before: buy value brands.
Yes, the genius that is George
Eustice, Cabinet Minister for Food and the Environment no less,
entered into uncharted territory when he advocated for ‘value brands’ as a means for consumers to keep household
spending down. So surprised no-one else had thought of it! Crisis
Our social media team decided
that Eustice deserved a new marketing slogan all of his own,
All aboard the bragging
Also laying the condescension on
thick this week was PM Boris Johnson, who made his first Good Morning
Britain appearance in five years. He was told the heart-rending story of
Elsie, a pensioner who has cut down to one meal a day and
spends her time on London buses so she doesn’t have to pay for heating
in her home. When asked what more could Elsie do to cut back, Johnson
(obviously) didn’t have an answer and so decided to (falsely) boast
that he had introduced free London bus passes for pensioners while he
was Mayor of London.
This isn’t strictly true - as
free bus passes for those over 60 in London have been around since the 1970s. Nice try, Prime Minister.
Looking ahead to next week, we have
the Queen’s Speech set for Tuesday. The Queen’s Speech marks
the beginning of the new Parliament, and lists bills that the
Government is hoping to pass during the next year or so. Be prepared
for the worst.
After smashing through the
Elections Bill, Borders Bill and Policing Bill last week, we’re
expecting the Government to have packed even more unpleasant plans,
all coated in a glittering veneer of populism.
The Government regularly
complains about ‘woke lefty lawyers’ and the UK’s ‘rights culture’ - which seems an odd thing to take issue
with. Apparently on the table is the repeal of the Human Rights Act,
to be replaced by a British Bill of Rights.
Keep an eye out for some dodgy
legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol, and some fanciful Brexit
bluster too. No Government initiative would be complete without
Would you like some
radioactivity with that free trade?
This week, Boris Johnson met with
Japanese PM, Fumio Kishida. Ahead of that meeting, the Food Standards
Agency prepared for an exciting new development by reviewing controls on the levels of
radioactivity that can be
contained in products sold in the UK.
They decided to scrap
This will now allow vegetables
grown in the vicinity of the old Fukushima nuclear power plant to be
sold in the UK. Looks like those sunlit uplands will have a distinctly
You’ll remember the Government’s
inhumane announcement that it would send asylum seekers offshore to
Well it turns out despite
bragging about being able to send ‘thousands’ of asylum seekers offshore, the Government
will *only* be able to send 300 people per year to Rwanda through this scheme.
This is still 300 people too
many, but what is particularly disquieting is the way that the
Government has clearly chosen to make its lack of compassion a means
of scoring political points.
Dover the hills and far
The UK Trade and Business
Commission, a group of cross-party and cross-industry MPs and business
leaders who gather evidence about UK trade post-Brexit, will be
visiting Dover in a few weeks’ time.
The trip will see Commissioners
speak to small business officials and some of those drivers stuck in
the 30 mile M20 lorry park about the impacts of Brexit and much more.
Expect to see plenty of footage from the day on the Commission’s Twitter
account - and we’ll definitely get a shot or two of those white
A new survey out this week of British nationals living in the EU has sadly
revealed that many now feel disconnected from the
In particular, many of those
surveyed were angry about Brexit and the blows it had dealt to them,
especially the loss of free movement.
Many respondents were deeply
upset that their non-UK family members would no longer automatically
have the chance to reside in the UK, and despaired at losing their own
chances of exploring more of Europe. Those surveyed expressed high
affinity with the EU, but overall a low attachment to
Could this mean that the recent
Elections Bill which expands overseas voting
rights comes back to bite
this Brexit government? Probably not, but it is clear to see the UK’s
Brexit experiment is not just disastrous economically but also on a
personal level for so many.
Anger across the pond, and
around the world
Continuing to make headlines is the leak of a US Supreme Court draft
ruling which suggests that Roe v Wade, the 1973 case has led to a
guarantee of the right to abortion across the US, might soon be
Tons of protesters gathered outside the supreme court and this video of Massachusetts Democrat Senator Elizabeth
Warren decrying the increasing restrictions over abortion went
It is clear that social
conservatives in America are moving the goalposts on abortion - and if
this ruling is made, it is highly likely that abortion would be
outlawed in numerous US states. The even greater fear is that it
won’t just be abortion, but that other rights like same-sex
marriage and access to contraception will also come under attack from
the conservative-stacked surpreme court. Read the reaction from our
CEO on what this means for the UK government’s trade deals with
individual US states here.
Best wishes, and have a good
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