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Is now the right time to hold a snap General Election?

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June.

She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.”

There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday – she will need Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before 2020.

Explaining her change of heart on an early election, Mrs May said: “I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election.”

Mrs May accused the other political parties of “game playing”, adding that this risks “our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country”.

“So we need a general election and we need one now. We have at this moment a one off chance to get this done.”

What are your views? Do you back this proposal? Will the outcome help with the process of Brexit? Do you know how you will vote? 

Is now the right time to hold a snap General Election?

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scandiman
10th May 2017
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In an interview yesterday with Laura Kuensberg, Corbyn flatly refused to give a direct answer to the question 'If you are elected Prime Minister, will we be leaving EU?' He dodged, prevaricated and waffled. She asked him three times. He refused to directly answer.
Yodama
9th May 2017
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The Emperor and the little boy Scandiman, I have spoken of this blindness many times. Why are people not seeing the truth?

Arguably, Einstein said " Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

We keep on voting to keep these interlopers in power all the time grumbling about them. Who are these people? Definitely not the cream of the crop when it comes to ability and leadership.

I would like to shake the hand of a truly altruistic and honest politician.

No such animal exists. I wonder why people want to become politicians if is not for power and wealth. The proletariat are a noisome and unruly bunch to be endured and a sop given to here and there.
Hobson;s choice once again, as you say, who is the least bad?
scandiman
6th May 2017
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Corbyn today saying he wants to get Labour's message across, that we can have a different economy and society. Labour had several terms of office under Blair and Brown, but they still couldn't get it right. How many more chances do they need? Corbyn comes across as weak, ineffectual and an inept leader.
That said, although I shall vote Conservative, it is really a case of, not who is best, but who is the least bad.
Yodama
6th May 2017
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On the button Scandiman, do you remember Ed Balls statement "there is no money left"?
MartinS6
9th May 2017
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I think this had something to do with there being a financial crisis due to deregulation of the banks (Conservative policy), and the subsequent bailing out of those institutions. Quantitative Easing was then introduced where Brown pumped £390 billion into the City of London to stimulate the economy, unfortunately only 8p in every pound found it's way into boosting the real economy. The money, therefore, went to the top 5% of earners and austerity is a direct result of that!
scandiman
6th May 2017
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I feel sometimes with politics a bit like the boy in the song about the Emperor's new clothes. The Emperor is duped into buying a magnificent coat, which doesn't exist. Everyone goes along with it, not wishing to go against the crowd. As he walks in procession, completely nude, everyone is applauding and saying how wonderful it is. A small boy, who hasn't heard about it, shouts out that he's completely stark naked.
It would be good if they could all just admit that they have no intention of keeping election promises, and that they don't actually know what they're doing, any of them. A bit of honesty would be refreshing. I think it's all just a huge confidence trick.
cellerman
4th May 2017
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All those people who say the are not going to vote,actually do. They vote for whoever wins. By not voting against him or her they have enabled that candidate to win.
Dianelily
3rd May 2017
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Losing the will to even want to vote anymore. Nobody I would even want to vote for these days.
MorrisandDoris
4th May 2017
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Well who would want to vote for Labour it's a Freak show, and LibDems are a party of village idiots for village idiots so only one choice Tory to get us through Brexit !!!
MartinS6
9th May 2017
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Then why have an election as Mrs May already had a strong majority, calling an election only delays the process. All major services are in crisis under this present government and you cannot blame the other parties for that. I would vote for anyone who actually stood up and took responsibility for their actions while in government! I will certainly not vote for a privatised NHS.
scandiman
1st May 2017
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Just when I thought things couldn't get any worse, I read that dear Teflon Tony is making a comeback in U.K. politics. Have we not had enough of Blair? What a winning team, first Blair, then Brown and now Corbyn.
MorrisandDoris
4th May 2017
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Blair is the antichrist !!
Speeednet
30th Apr 2017
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It may be one way to sidestep the police investigation into the breaking of the rules on spending during the last election. To lose that many MP's would have been a disaster, and possibly lose her majority in the house and so although I think they should face the music, I have to take my hat off to Theresa May, for playing the politics game.
scandiman
30th Apr 2017
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Corbyn's latest piece of genius- allow people to opt out of that part of their taxes that pays for the military. Presumably, when a Russian missile is heading for 23 Acacia Avenue, those at No. 21 won't be protected because they opted out.
If, heaven forbid, the idiot becomes PM, he won't mind if his police protection officers aren't armed. Taking it to its logical conclusion, I haven't had children. Why then should my taxes pay for schools?
Lionel
30th Apr 2017
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Corbyn, in spouting Cold War rhetoric, is trying to lose the next election. Our generation has heard all this stuff from Michael Foot, Kinnock etc., and we remain unimpressed.

Perhaps our generation more than any other is decisive, thrusting and wanting action. We want answers and we want them NOW! Don't have the answers? Then don't get the vote.

What has Labour under Corbyn to offer the nation? Nothing! Even his own MPs have been in revolt. He can't fully form a shadow cabinet let alone present HM Government with any credible opposition. Thus, our adversarial style of government ... well, it just isn't adversarial. It's a one party state.

Taking your point about not having children ... I didn't, and therefore missed out on the state benefits of siring kids, as well as having to pay taxes for their education and welfare. But I recall thinking, my time will come. These kids will work and pay my pension. Oh, dear, there's nothing like an old fool!
GregorK
29th Apr 2017
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What bothers me may be slightly selfish as I am 61 and a lifelong SNP supporter and it sticks in my craw that May refused to allow the possibility of a Scottish Referendum as it would distract people in the middle of the Brexit negotiations, so what if not a distraction is a General Election. It is a case of double standards on her part and for her own benefit.
Jenninora
26th Apr 2017
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If an election helps to further decide and strengthen a hand in what is to come, then surely do have one.
As the Brexit vote is almost one year ago, I can surely see a long road of debate.
Many minds make many obstacles and the road will be strewn with tripwire and the castoff debris.
It has been a long road within the E U, and collaboration has gathered so much to unravel.
Westminster, now has to pick up the deciding Brexit vote and work with that. Years, it may take. And how is the question on everyone's lips. Only good leadership and a supporting government. Has Westminster got that?
Too early for me to know that. But when earlier government decisions were made to the division of a country's people it is inevitable unrest is the result. The prime minister took up the reins and that is what we have.

Britain has had her back to the wall before. Many countries have had their back to the wall. Each one each time must have and use good leadership, good intellect, good bargaining and fairness. Countries has risen and fell due to wrong timing and wrong decisions.
The world is an open place and much can be misconstrued.

I live in Northern Ireland and I feel we are at a crossroads. At the moment with Britain' s Brexit vote it is between a rock and a hard place. Intransigence and stalemate. We can only wait for mainland movement.
Whatever the outcome we all and our future generations will be picking up on decisions made now.
No unity, no conversing draw a long stagnation of ever ending whys and what ifs.
A burgeoning E U and the off shoots, for years has to change. But does it have to be extreme?? It may. It may be an extreme route that Britain is undertaking now.
The whole world is so different now and we have become more dependent on others for the supply of the very basic commodities. We have lost so much business to the world and competing within that is thinner and more difficult.
And this all won't be something for nothing.
Mess up now and leave your children and grandchildren the fallout.
Since June and before a ship set sail.
So sail on Britain.
The wind rises and the wind quells.
Roof Top Crow
25th Apr 2017
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The Brexit process is the most complex legislative challenge that the UK has embarked upon in the last 70 years. It will take six or possibly ten years to complete the legal separation.

No one knows if Brexit will be good or bad for Britain. The reality that both the leavers and the remainers face is that there is no more information than we have at the moment. It is not being hidden or dithered over, there is just no more information to be had.

The vote last June has not left society divided or floundering. But what it has done is leave our long established and successful society in limbo. No one can now forecast the future of the country or their own personal future.

Our Prime Minister was not successful as Home Secretary. The problem has always been the same, she is stubborn and self-opinionated. Our Prime Minister finds it very difficult to listen to other points of view and finds it difficult to accept that other people are better informed. The greatest weakness she has is that she cannot listen to alternative opinions and accept that they are better or make more sense than her own opinions.

We need a Prime Minister with the type of intellect that can listen to advise from parliament and government and listen to the opinions of the leaders of the other 27 countries. Theresa May does not have this type of intellect.

The Prime Minister called this election to try and ensure that she does not have to listen to the opinions of her government, listen to the opinions of our elected parliament, listen to opinions from her legal advisors or listen to any other part of society.
Yodama
9th May 2017
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Nice new profile pic Rooftop, laid back. does that mean you are a bit jaded and having some downtime?
Roof Top Crow
10th May 2017
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I was bored with the previous photo. Almost by accident I now find I like the symbolism of fishing in stormy water. It sums up our search for any kind logic in today's politics.
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At the moment I am involved with the launch of a business that uses Artificial Intelligence to build websites, so not much time to relax. Having said that I spent most of the afternoon gardening.
Yodama
10th May 2017
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I have been posting on that very subject, 'neural lace' an electronic layer which would allow instant access to online information. Elon Musk suggests we become Cyborgs to keep up with
AI , is it the way forward or a little frightening.
Anyway, this post does not belong here.
Enjoy your turbulent fishing.
Yodama
10th May 2017
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P.S. Ocado is using robot swarms in its warehouses right now.
MorrisandDoris
4th May 2017
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Show some fight Top Crow you are so passive, the EU are threatening us with outrageous claims for billions of pounds so we don't care what the other 27 countries think , we in the UK don't like being threatened, we fight back hard and dirty !!
You need to lose your Snowflake image and support this country in its fight against the EU dictatorship that is so hostile to us, and we all know its all about money our money that the rest of the mob are going to have make good !
Go Mrs May unleash hell on the gravy train !!!
Roof Top Crow
6th May 2017
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My post was based on the basic fact that 40 years of legal agreements will take many many years to rewrite into British legislation.

“On my command unleash hell”
The quote came from the film Gladiator. It was a major part of the film and visualised the Roman Empire crushing without mercy an uprising on the island of Britain.

Let us hope that the 680 million citizens of 27 EU countries do not apply the same approach to the 65 million citizens of the UK.
MorrisandDoris
6th May 2017
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Your post didn't mention we can walk away from this, with penalties I admit but it can be done if we are prepared for a dirty divorce
In regards to my Gladiator quote you are incorrect it wasn't Britain it was German battle .

And the thought of the 27 ugly sisters invading us is just a little too much with the exception of France the rest are a joke as a military might even in a joke ,remember they mostly surrender or stay neutral or lose !!

It's going to be a hard Brexit but worth the fight !!
Yodama
30th Apr 2017
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Now now now RTC, not gazing into that crystal ball again are you?
How do you know there is no more information to be had?
Maybe you are privy to some other information which gives you a privileged stance on analysing Theresa May, enough to warrant your assessment of her character?

How do you assess Theresa May's intellect without knowing her or her personal history? She is a Taurus by the way, down to earth, feet firmly on the ground and stubborn. true to the sign. (You are going to jump all over this statement regarding astrology I feel.)

Winston Churchill was widely disliked and derided before he firmly put his stamp on history. They call him "great" now. Had it not been for WW2, he may never have become great. Perhaps this is Theresa May's WW2!

How was Gordon Browns intellect?
Or Margaret Thatcher's or Tony Blair's, or any of them for that matter? What composite is needed for a perfect Prime Minister?
How do you know she is calling the election in order to muffle the opinions of her government? Please reveal your sources.

She is doing the right thing in calling a snap election, a half leader is no leader, if elected she will have the authority she needs to do what is needed.

The European Union is panicking, wild threats, demands for millions. They know they are imploding. Six countries are contemplating a referendum to leave the EU.

You say we are not divided as a nation! I think we are, the remainers will not accept that the vote did not go the way they wanted. Is this the way all democratic votes will be treated in the future?

Toxic marriage to the EU must end, a repeal of the act that took us into it in the first place is essential. Divorce is ugly and costly in most cases but after it is all over the freedom is wonderful.
The question remains, who will have the cleverest lawyers.
Great Britain will be able to withstand the onslaught.
Lionel
26th Apr 2017
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Could it be that like Gove at Education her hands were tied by restrictive EU legislation which would include the ECHR? I think so. The publicity coup in being able to deport Hamza would have been enormous, but the ECHR prevented this. The knock on effect for other undesirables would surely have delivered Cameron much needed credibility in the country.

We do not know as fact Theresa May doesn't listen to or hear other opinions. Let's be pedantic here. To listen implies noise that is discarded as worthless. To hear predicates action. Whatever the case, we just don't know. Thus, all is speculation. That said, your last paragraph is speculation too.

Rooftop, could it be you would like Farage to stand for No. 10? I wouldn't!
Lionel
27th Apr 2017
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This is answering your post below. Rooftop, almost a year ago you belittled me because during my many years in farming there was time to read, ponder and think. Time to see what is not commonly seen. Time to find truth where no truth was apparent but, none the less, existed unseen.

A singular turth which became clear is that there are two over riding entities at work in every Western nation. The State and the people. When conflicts or wars occur it is between between states. Industrial disputes are between the State and the people.

We've had a nation state since William the Conqueror. Historically, it has not served the people well, no, but served itself, all too often at the expense of the people. Even today, the State has it's servants and in this life they quite quite well.

I'm not going further down this road for the moment. But, do take time out to try to see the divergence between State and the rest of us, which in cludes you.
Roof Top Crow
28th Apr 2017
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I am very sorry if you think I belittled you in any way, that has certainly not been my intention. Over the past year, I have always given time and thought to your opinions.

We live very different lives. The life you live in a quiet country setting seems to be a calm and thoughtful place. I live my life not far from the centre of government and amongst some of the people who are part of the state machine. It is not a quiet life and at the moment it is frenetic.

Thankfully, I am long into retirement and all I have to do is watch and listen.

I can add just a little to your view that there is an underlying conflict between the people and the state. And it is that the people I know who make up the machinery of the state all believe that they are acting in the best interests of the country.

It is the people who are in commerce and industry, as I was, who give back less than they take. But I recall we have had that conversation before.
Lionel
29th Apr 2017
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Rooftop, my respect for you remains at the highest level. A gentleman indeed.

I don't know precisely where you live, nor should I, but from yout post I spent a little more than a decad barely a mile from you. Here, I will be a little more precise, not to prove a point, no, but more to say I understand. My London address was Onslow Square, SW7, a twelve roomed maisonette on lease from the then Henry Smith's Charity. I was at prep school, and later public school, with some names now high in government, the Civil Service and the Church of England. Indeed, I'm still in contact with some of them.

I'm not upstaging you here Rooftop, oh no, but just saying I understand. I understand how the system works..

This is a quiet and thoughtful place as has been every place I've lived since leaving London. Well, except a time in Eire and Ulster wayback. There is a place for the outsider, the one who is at a distance from whatever. The one who is privileged to look into things from afar, measure and weigh matters, but not judge them.

Once, I was privileged to live and work in the upper reaches of Swaledale. I was a shepherd and the affairs of state bothered me little. But the little news imbibed told me Thatcher was headed down the wrong road. And that proved to be true.

The people and the state. From my thoughtful retreat the divergence between these two parties is bigger than ever. But I would say, it behoves the state to move to a place to meet it's financial backers. If not the state will fail.
Roof Top Crow
26th Apr 2017
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All government departments leak information. They make positive choices about what to leak and who to leak to in the media. The continuous drip of information from the Home Office and again at Number 10 tells the same story about Theresa May.

Farage has always been driven by his own ego and not by political belief. Hence his decision to abandon UKIP and concentrate on his media career with Fox News.
Yodama
30th Apr 2017
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Media inflated stories cannot be taken seriously, I spoke of 'fake news' and you call it ' alternative news' same thing. disinformation or damn lies during the war, same thing, our media machine is a giant propaganda tool.
What really astounds me is that so many actually believe it all. What is the truth?

Farage has a deep seated dislike for the EU, he has seen them without their masks and has confronted them, he is spot on.

Who then is the conductor of this giant orchestration?
Lionel
26th Apr 2017
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Ah, but the leaks from these government departments, are they truth? The day I believe a politician ... or a Civil Servant for that matter ...

I've said many times on SS, remove politicians and replace them and also clear out at least the top third of Civil Servants ... oh, and replace them too.

Time for a mass clear out. don't you think?
Roof Top Crow
27th Apr 2017
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January 2017 was when we first heard the words “Alternative Facts” and “Alternative Truth”

It has always been the same and now that we are swamped with information it has become even more difficult to find the information that we personally want to believe.

The reality is that you, just like me, chose want you want to believe. So inevitably your truth is not the same as my truth.

As for removing politicians, civil servants, judges, charity workers etc, the question is of course who would make the decision. Or are you suggesting that we take the same approach as the recently elected ruler of Turkey?
Lionel
25th Apr 2017
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Well, Rooftop, your character assessment of Theresa May is somewhat drastic, don't you think? Smacks a little of the new Statesman. And your analysis of her motives for calling the General Election at this time may be right, but may well be wide of the mark. Neither of us will know for at least thirty years and hopefully by then I will be in a much better place.

As far as our society being divided is concerned ... I assume you see the pre-referendum days as halcyon days, replete with societal cohesion, unity of purpose and all walking tall behind the Union Jack. The truth is, British society has never, not ever, been a cohesive society. It has always been riven with factions, minority groups and special cases. Such is a society. Such is the strength of our society. It demands forgiveness and understanding from everyone; tolerance of another's views. The same is true today, except, may I say, we now have two generations who want it all their way and no other. Logic and rationale has been relegated to the nether regions. Self is in the ascendancy.

The EU is fragmenting. The only way to prevent further disintegration is for Brussels to bring on some draconian legistation. Given you fought bravely for the Remainers in the SS debate about the referendum, is that what you wish for yourself and your family. Living under the jackboot of a foreign power? That's what you'll get if we don't get out soon.

Let it not be assumed I'm a supporter of Theresa May, or, indeed, any other polictician. They're mostly theives, rogues and vagabonds in pin stripes. But, since she is the encumbent I accord her the same privilege I did with that urchin Cameron. I'll give you enough rope to prove you are genuine, you are with the British people. At the end of the rope, there will be an assessment.

Rooftop, if you think things are bad now, hope and pray for a Corbyn victory. Then you'll know bad. Then, even an Irish passport would seem a good investment.
Roof Top Crow
26th Apr 2017
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Having just seen Theresa May in her last PMQ before the election. She did not listen to the questions, she did not answer any of the questions.

And now she has made it very clear that she will not participate in TV debates. Such arrogance is quite breathtaking but on the other hand, she knows that her character will not be liked by a huge number of voters.

I know you find my view of Theresa May impolite, but she will most probably be the person leading the Brexit negotiations and this kind of cold and arrogant attitude will not work in negotiations with the EU.
Roof Top Crow
25th Apr 2017
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I have been listening to the 6 pm news and what did I hear our PM say. “I want you to vote for me and give me absolute control of Brexit negotiations”
The very clear message from Theresa May is that given a strong majority she will not listen to anyone else, she will not listen to alternative points of view and she will ignore parliamentary democracy.

In your 2nd paragraph, you talk negatively about society being very diverse. I disagree, (what would you expect ?) I think this diversity is our great strength.

The EU is aware that it needs to make some changes. The economy of the EU is already on a recovery path and countries like Spain are already doing better than the UK.

Macron has already said that he want to build a strong axis between France and Germany and as we all know the USA intends to get much closer to the EU.

No mention of the UK of course as we are becoming yesterday's news.
Lionel
26th Apr 2017
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Rooftop, little am I surprised you disagree with me on diversity. But we have covered this territory before; indeed, you found my views somewhat xenophobic. But then, I find your so much more liberal views dangerous to the United Kingdom's future security and welfare.

I think the underlying problem with Theresa May is not her arrogance or control-freaking, no, it has to do with the fact she inherited the premiership rather than gained her own authority. The press rather misguidedly call it a moral mandate. Whatever, she is battling against this lack. she also needs to face down the fact she declared herself a remainer and did little campaigning.

Whatever her personal stance, I give her some credit for taking the Brexit bull by the horns and, in political terms, enacting the will of the majority. It may be this is the first occasion in my life time when democracy prevails. We will see.

I do feel at this juncture our political system should provide for a national party leadership election. As it stands, we have a choice between May and Corbyn, which is no choice at all. In more normal circumstances I would not endorse either of them.

Referencing a comment you made toward the end of the Referendum debate - and please allow me to say you are a most gallant and worthy opponent - you said the referendum should be left to the young people because it's their world and we should hand over to them. Allow me to point out, it was the very young vote which gave us both Corbyn and Farron. If they are the best their respective parties can put on the world stage, maybe Theresa May looks quite good in their light.

But I say again, Theresa May would not be my choice for Prime Minister but she is what we have at the moment. My Christian faith behoves me to support her in all good things.
Wilf
25th Apr 2017
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Hello Roof Top....Not sure I would agree that the UK is yesterdays news. We are still 6th largest economy-English is the business language of the world etc etc. I do agree with a Tory vistory Mrs Mays path to Brexit will be smoother. Could be better for the Uk overall. (I did vote to stay)
Yodama
25th Apr 2017
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No more dithering! A snap election will eliminate the doubts about Theresa May and put her firmly in charge ( if she wins).

An injection of positivity is what is needed now. we are a divided nation, floundering through lack of information and direction, everyone second guessing everyone else.
She seems to have the right stuff or Cajunas to take the country by the scruff of the neck and lead us to an outcome which hopefully will benefit Great Britain.
This drama in the 'Theatre of life' needs a good stage manager.
MartinS6
25th Apr 2017
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We need a booming industrious and harmonious Country and to do that we need to take back control of our money supply. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH2S5iWU-Vg
iestynlad
24th Apr 2017
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Isn't lack of dress sense the whole point of Corbyn? So not a faux pas more a pas delibere!
Lionel
24th Apr 2017
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Considering Corbyn's alarmingly defeatist performance on The Marr Show yesterday, and Theresa May saying up front the triple lock will be removed from pensions and that elephant in the room - Foreign Aid Budget - will remain at .07% of GDP I'm wondering if either of them want No. 10.

Is Brexit a poison chalice too far?
Roof Top Crow
24th Apr 2017
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The problem with Andrew Marr is that he interrupts continuously. He is only interested in getting his very narrowly focused questions answered.

At this stage in the election, he should be trying to get his guests to talk very broadly about what they think will be best for society.

Scotland. What did you think of the Corbyn presentation today?
scandiman
23rd Apr 2017
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Will someone PLEASE teach Corbyn some dress sense. On Andrew Marr programme today, wearing black shoes with a blue suit and BROWN socks.
Yodama
23rd Apr 2017
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Perhaps attention to detail is not his thing, glad he was not wearing his leather 'workers' cap!
Maybe absent minded professor syndrome showing true genius, maybe misdirection hoping everyone was mesmerised enough by his socks to miss what he was actually saying.
Or maybe a complete lack of vanity.
Wilf
23rd Apr 2017
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Yes i noticed that! Unbelievable why wouldn't he wear black socks what a faux pa!
KitB
23rd Apr 2017
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MartinS6
23rd Apr 2017
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A general election cannot be about a single issue, the focus/duty of the UK Government should be maintaining the United Kingdom as a whole and our national identity as British! Anything else, including the opinion of 1/4 of the population who voted to leave, while being duly respected, must come second to that primary concern!
PatrickH
23rd Apr 2017
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The Tory expenses problem should be sorted out first by the police before the election can run.

Fraud committed by our 'leaders'!!

Not setting a good example to us Plebs!!
jimt43
22nd Apr 2017
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I voted Remain but accept that the outcome was to Leave and therefore feel we should get on with it and make the best of Brexit. Their seems to be so many remainers who are unwilling to accept the the democratic will of the people that we clearly need this election to give the Prime Minister a strong mandate to press on with it and get the best deal for the UK.
SharonB9
21st Apr 2017
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My fantasy is for Nicola sturgeon to elope with Jeremy Corbin and be given a free one way ticket to the moon on the first civilian shuttle.
KitB
23rd Apr 2017
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That's the best idea I've heard for a long time. Vote S.N P.
kanga
22nd Apr 2017
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That would be wonderful.
longbow
21st Apr 2017
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The Prime Minister needs a clear mandate from the Nation to strengthen her position when in negotiation with the EU.
those who seem hell bent on trying to bring about another referendum on whether we should stay or go, should get behind whatever government we get to ensure they can make it a success. What sort of society do we have now whereby if you come second, you demand a second running until presumably you win. Time to grow up accept the result and get behind the government wholeheartedly.
LinG
24th Apr 2017
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I totally agree. It's been decided. Move on
Lionel
21st Apr 2017
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Yodama
23rd Apr 2017
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Agree wholeheartedly longbow.
shortyshah
21st Apr 2017
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elections elections and more elections.,think it is more important to run the country than run away from it.
SharonB9
21st Apr 2017
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Quite the opposite, this is a calculated move to remain longer in government and to have her own mandate from the country to do so. With three years left to run, if Brexit is not finalised within two years we could end up with a general election at that point, which would be disastrous. Now is the time. Mrs May is a strong leader, a tough negotiator who wants to finish the job and continue to make our country stronger after Brexit.
Berry
21st Apr 2017
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Any opportunity to get rid of this punitive government is valid.
We are the fifth richest country in the world and yet our streets are littered with the homeless, food banks exist to prop up families living hand to mouth and the young have had their future choices curtailed.
How do I know this?
I volunteer for Citizens Advice and we've never been so busy.
Carol27
21st Apr 2017
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I also volunteer for the CAB, have done for 25 years. Until 5 years ago, in an inner city bureau, we rarely if ever had someone in who needed food because even the very poor managed to feed themselves and if they were desperate we had a Salvation Army that would provide a food parcel.

Today, there are people out on the street outside our local food bank, smoking or using mobile phones, paid for with the money they would have spent on food. Our food bank put a letter in the local paper saying that they did not need any more basic ingredients e.g. baked beans or corn flakes but required more specialist items and gave a list!

Many of the comments on here talk about central government money for schools, nhs or the elderly but central government has no money only what they collect from us in taxes, they just decide how to spend it. Would you like our taxes to climb? probably the answer is, if they are rich but again the top 10% of earners pay 60% of the taxes in this country, is that fair?

Have you been to your local hospital recently, maybe with a splinter? as someone did here. I attended Outpatients at the end of March, the service was excellent but I attended, unlike the 281 people who did not arrive for their appointments that month.

To generate a better world we all have to take responsibility.
Goodwinsands
21st Apr 2017
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We need to endorse the strong leadership of a woman full of virtue and character, like Theresa May, as were Margaret Thatcher, Mrs.Gandhi of India, Mrs.Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka, (or Sir Winston Churchill, succeeded by Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May).
PhilipM
22nd Apr 2017
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Margaret Thatcher, Mrs. Gandhi & Mrs Bandaranaike all had wars, Thatcher also created division within the U.K. over Poll Tax, and privatisation of utilities, which in principle was a good idea, to let the people control their own utilities. Remberer 'Sid ring home' for British Gas ?

BUT not when German, French, Italian & Spanish own them all now, You try to buy shares in any E.U. utility (other than U.K.) you will have no chance they are all seen by their Governments as STRATEGIC to the Country. I wonder why the German/French do not build our warships, tanks etc.. then lease them to us, a bit like the new hospitals are all leased to,now, foreign finance companies, here in Bristol our new local hospital (Southmead) pays a German/American company £50 million a year in rent by 2020 it will increase to £60 million a year. By 2045, when the lease expires, it is estimated the annual lease will be £130 million a year.
So much for PFI within the NHS, brought in by Gordon Brown, when he was Chancellor.

In my humble opinion the electorate should do what happened in the referendum, Vote for the minority parties and get rid of all the Conservatives, Liberal and Labour. That would teach them.
jane63c
21st Apr 2017
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A man walks into a bar & demands free universal health care, affordable housing, full employment, decent working conditions & decent wages for all, investment in social care, mental health and green energy, a commitment to human rights, that we stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia and work toward peace in the Middle East, investment in national education and an end to grammar schools, the end of privatisation and the renationalisation of rail services and energy providers, that grotesque inequality, homelessness and reliance on foodbanks are all dramatically reduced, that we stop just locking up poor and mentally ill people in prisons that are not fit for purpose and instead give them the support and opportunities they need to thrive, free school meals for young children, more help with childcare, better funded and supported public and emergency services, equal pay for men and women, more support for small and medium sized businesses and a crackdown on tax avoidance and evasion which would more than fund everything he wants, but will vote Tory as he 'doesn't like' Corbyn.
PhilipM
21st Apr 2017
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Fantastic ideals in a fantasy World, but where does all the money required to fund all these ideal come from ? Perhaps we could afford some of the issues if we (as a Country stopped giving foreign aid to Pakistan, India & China (as they are able afford Nuclear missiles, as well as a space programme); for a start, plus any of the other despot regimes, especially those in Africa. But then that would upset the lefties & Liberals of this Country.
littlenanny
21st Apr 2017
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- We have voted to exit the EU and those mps, media experts and those who think they know better are doing all they can to thwart this. We need strong leadership and get on with it without the constant back biting of those remainers.
Chanel55
21st Apr 2017
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I recently saw a post on mumsnet describing people who voted for brexit as 'backward citizens of nowhere'. We do need strong leadership & push forward with the wishes of the people who voted to leave. I am so fed up with the remoaners trying to thwart the government at every turn.
Wal
21st Apr 2017
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The country needs strong leadership, her record speaks for its self
PhilipM
21st Apr 2017
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Good Morning bornardinho
You are right, of course we may get a one party state, like we had when Blair had his landslide and where did that get us,
WAR,
TERRORISM,
MASS IMMIGRATION,
HOUSING CRISES,
P.F.I., WITHIN THE N.H.S.
ACADEMY SCHOOLS WITH NO LOCAL AUTHORITY CONTROL .

Oh and no money left when the 'new Labour' left office.
bornardinho
21st Apr 2017
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You're right, Blair probably did more damage than May, but given time I think she'll outdo him. I tend to agree with your comment below regarding widespread corruption amongst the powerful.
I think if I had power I'd probably abuse it and become corrupt, like most people.
PhilipM
21st Apr 2017
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I can find no 'Edit' button so I am re-commenting, just to make a bit of sence of what I wrote
Coming from a family of 2 M.Ps. one of whom was made a life peer by Wilson, I think I can speak with some experience in the field of M.Ps.
I now live in Bristol and we have an election on May 4th for a 'Metro Mayor' the candidates are made up of all the parties, including one failed (Liberal) M.P. (whom when he was an M.P. he claimed £400 a month, every month for 10 years for food, even when the House was not in session, he was not the only one I know). But, he failed to answer the point when asked - what did he spend his vast salary on, if not food, travel, and household expenses, it is the same for the vast majority of them.
So things do not change for M.Ps. since the days of my Uncles they are ALL, with out exception scheming, lying, and in it for their own financial ends.
When my uncle Ben was in the Lords he took the train to London (Mon - Thurs) taxi to the House, signed in and was back in Manchester for 2pm (just in time for the Bookies) for that he, in those days, received £85 per day and travel warrants for 1st class travel plus all his travel costs plus those of communication (Telephone and Post) as well as his home rates and water & electricity - they are all crooks, by other name.
So Mrs May calling the election now, and catching out all the other political parties is just a ruse to get her time extended - now if the electorate could work together, like M.P.s and vote against the main parties and put in power the fringe parties - then we may see some radical changes imagine if all the cabinet and shadow cabinet lost their seats ?
PhilipM
21st Apr 2017
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Coming from a family of 2 M.Ps. one of whom was made a life peer by Wilson, I think I can speak with some experience in the field of M.Ps.
I now live in Bristol and we have an election on May 4th for a 'Metro Mayor' the candidates are made up of all the parties, including one failed (Liberal) M.P. (whom when he was an M.P. he claimed £400 for food, even when the House was not in session, he was not the only one I know). But, he failed to answer the point when asked - what did he spend his vast salary on, if not food, travel, and household expenses, it is the same for the vast majority of them.
So things do not change for M.Ps. since the days of my Uncles they are ALL, with out exceptions scheming, lying, and in it for their own financial ends.
So Mrs May calling the election now, and catching out all the other political parties is just a ruse to get her time extended - now if the electorate could work together, like M.P.s and vote against the main parties and put in power the fringe parties - then we may see some radical changes imagine if all the cabinet and shadow cabinet lost their seats ?
bornardinho
21st Apr 2017
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This election will be rather like Erdogan's recent referendum win. The creation of a one-party state.
Then the government can govern, without interference. Control of the media and judiciary comes next.
Keep the majority poor and uneducated. Bring back workhouses. No more immigrants. No more new ideas, we have enough already. Church on Sundays. Cricket. Pints of beer. Sunday roasts. Tradition. Isolationist nationalism.
Hurrah for Queen May!
Yodama
23rd Apr 2017
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A fantastic dystopian future to look forward to, dumbed down masses, newspeak, police state, hurrah for 1984.
AndrewD
21st Apr 2017
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Here we go again, saw a Party Political Broadcast last night, all the same project fear comments were highlighted but none of the positives that have been accomplished. The people who claim not to have realised how it would affect the "Single" market should have realised the EEC, the majority at the time voted for, no longer exists.
Let us just get on with it!
MartinS6
25th Apr 2017
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What will change Andrew as the underlying state of the economy, in or out of Europe is based upon money supply controlled by the banks. If we truely value soverignty we must take control of our cashflow otherwise it doesn't really matter who you vote for, the system remains the same.
scandiman
20th Apr 2017
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Labour have repeatedly wrecked the economy, so it is left to the next Tory government to sort it out. Then they are accused of being uncaring. Unfortunately, Labour still don't understand that you can't live outside your means. The Tories on the other hand, seem not to know much about the lives of ordinary people. All politicians need to get out of the Westminster bubble and spend time among the electorate.
For decades politicians have dithered over every aspect of our lives, from education, defence, law and order, transport and health. With Brexit, the end of UK 'as we know it', to quote JaneW58, may be a good thing. The state we're in now is due to decades of mis-management by all political parties, and EU interference. Time for radical change, but not the Corbyn variety, heaven forbid.
Lionel
20th Apr 2017
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So well said, Scandiman, I couldn't agree more. Change is upon us, whether we like it or not. That's partly why I voted for Brexit.
Lionel
20th Apr 2017
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I've just been informed by a member in this debate Corbyn is a democratic socialist.

I'll poll my friends in Central Europe. There's going to be more experiential truth there.
Lionel
20th Apr 2017
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Apparently my friends in Central Europe don't recognise the breed.

Well, they would know, wouldn't they?
JaneW58
20th Apr 2017
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Great opportunity to get rid of the self serving Tories and restore some balance.
Listen to Jeremy Corbyn and his policies you just cannot disagree if you have one ounce of compassion.
To keep the NHS, restore education and higher education for all regardless of background just listen to the man ....
Brexit under the Tories will be the end of the UK as we know it
fanny71
21st Apr 2017
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How will we pay for this utopia
scandiman
20th Apr 2017
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This is the J.Corbyn who was educated at preparatory school, then independent school, but doesn't want this for the rest of us. The same J.Corbyn who invited Gerry Adams to the Palace of Westminster shortly after the Brighton bombing. The same J.Corbyn who would have our submarines on patrol without missiles.
SharonB9
21st Apr 2017
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Thank you scandiman for high lighting Mr Corbins intent to have our submarines patrolling without missiles. Scarery !
Lionel
20th Apr 2017
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As a former farm stockman I know only too well what comes out of the end of cattle. Shifted tons of it.

When I left farming I had thought that was at an end. But, sadly, no. There's more of that stuff in Westminster than ever there was on a farm.
Lionel
20th Apr 2017
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The UK as we have known it is ended. The world moved on whilst we were embroiled in an horrid cartel of protectionism and stagnation otherwise known as the EU. They promised safety, security and trade within the womb like structure which was the EU. But Brussels couldn't deliver the goods. The UK fell behind the rest of the world and now the massive effort before us is to face the trading world, raise our game so we may not just compete but dominate. And we can do it!

Corbyn's policies - so badly articulated in the press and on TV - are an anachronism. He clearly wants the UK to fall backwards into an abyss of communism dressed as socialism. In my lifetime we've had Attlee, Wilson, Callaghan and Blair (forget Brown, oh, please forget him). All but the first were utter disasters for this nation. It's worth remembering, as I can, socialists are heavy on rhetoric and light on delivery.

Now, let it not be said I'm a Tory for I am not a dyed in the wool anything. I vote in what I perceive are the best interests of my family.

But in this time, if we want the NHS we must be prepared to pay for it - higher NI. If we want better elder care, similarly, pay for it. Now, education ...

If you may convince me mass higher education is of benefit to the nation, or indeed the people coming out of it, then I might just one day vote socialist. But don't hold your breath. We have about a third of the shop assistants in our local Co-op who have degrees. They're filling shelves, selling cooked meats etc. Is that value for tax payers?

I have a first in Geology from London. Never been in geology, but ... I paid my way through university by working at night. Therefore I owe the tax payer nothing. Therefore I'm not under obligation to the tax payer. But what about the shop girl who has a degree in biology and needed to work in our Co-op for five years because the jobs aren't there? What about the girl on the cold meat counter who speaks five languages - three of which I speak also - and she can't find work? Mass education needs a major overhaul because it serves only the educators. 'Educashun, educashun, educashun.' Blair in Moscow if I remember rightly. Speak a lie loudly enough, speak a lie loudly enough ... Adolph Hitler.

You speak of compassion. Believe me, I have every ounce of compassion for these youngsters I know. Sold a lie. Work hard in school, strive in university and you'll get the job of your dreams. It's a lie. A damnable Blair lie. Tell me I'm wrong.

If this thread is to devolve into a party political argument I'll take it head on but it could get difficult, because, as said, I'm not a party anything.
Wilf
20th Apr 2017
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Very interesting point you make Lionel that the world has moved on from the 80s, 90s, early 2000s politically. Technology has done it. the internet makes a world in which there is total transparency and the flow of information is so rapid humans cannot keep up---look at the debacle on the United Airlines flight a week ago!...or the fact that Donald Trump has been tweeting a carrier fleet was 200 miles from North Korea but in fact it was 3500 miles away in the Southern Indian Ocean? How is a chap like Corbyn supposed to keep up with this torrent of information, feedback and change. Can you imagine Michael Foot or John Major nowadays. John Major was windbaggin about the how we should keep in the EU a few weeks ago. It was forgotten the next morning-why-we are onto the next news story!..
Lionel
20th Apr 2017
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Exactly Wilf. Let it be said, I don't like this information super highway as Bill Gates termed it a couple of decades ago. But let it be said also he is the major beneficiary of this highway we now have. He created the monster and we must live with it. There's no going back from here.

As I write Corbyn is on TV, in a recording, spouting off about the same things Michael Foot spoke about thirty five years ago. But even then he was speaking of times gone by. Yes, I have a fondness for the days of my youth when, you might agree, living was so much simpler. Days when yes meant yes and no meant no. Privately I still live in that world but outside my home it's very different.

In our youth a place at university was earned by academic excellence. From graduation the world was one's oyster. My heart was in rural life and farming; I know from earlier posts on SS you too climbed a slippery slope to achieve excellence in what you did. But we did this without the internet and without the help of politicians. I've recently argued elsewhere on SS my chosen path, agriculture, cannot be learned at college but only by hands on experience. University is useless in that profession. Yet still the state funds places at agricultural college!

My case is, I think we must get some reality here. When a shop girl speaks five languages fluently, three of them I can attest to, then the system is broken. This system is a socialist system which begs the question - why consider the Trotskyite Corbin to deliver more of the same which this country neither needs nor may afford? I ask, is a mid twenties shop girl working on the deli counter need to speak Koine Greek, Hebrew, a range of Slavic languages as well as good English gainfully employed.

Educashun, educashun, educashun. Yes, but for what purpose? What benefit is it to the nation?
Wilf
20th Apr 2017
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I saw Corbyn on the news Lionel but what on earth is he on about? People over power...so let me take myself-I grew up very poor but worked hard and managed to get a decent home...does he want me to move back to become as poor as I was? the problem with him is he wants to stifle people working hard and making money..put simply we should all be the same. i think he should be in St Petersburg back in 1917...not London in 2017....and look where all that ended up! No this is 2017...robots are on their way--its pointless holding back new developments and he is unfortunately one of the dinosaurs like Labour who are facing mass extinction!
GrahamH15
20th Apr 2017
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If getting out of the European Union and then remaining out of it is her objective then maybe that would have been better served by getting on with it and waiting until 2020? Just my hunch, I could be wrong?
SharonB9
21st Apr 2017
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This was an extremely calculated move on her part. There is no doubt in my mind she is determined to take us through the Brexit challenge to success and wishes to be in office long enough to nurture that success. Corbin is weak and so I hope this move pays off for her. If the SNP looses out in Scotland she would have killed two birds with one stone ! Very clever if you ask me.
Rosie123
20th Apr 2017
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To ensure a clear mandate for Brexit
DaveP007
20th Apr 2017
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It's important, to hopefully ensure that the Country can move forward, in particular with Brexit.
I've seen a lot of negative comment on your FB page regarding the Government and the NHS, but if people want the NHS to be there for them, then look not to the Government, but YOURSELVES.
Everyone who uses Silversurfers, should understand totally, how the Service was originally envisioned, where people were expected to live no longer than 70 years. They are regularly now living to 90 years of age and many of those, paid very little in National Insurance. Add to that, the flagrant abuse of something that is there primarily for medical care, not to cope with drug and other substance abuse and a population with an inability to put on a plaster.
We had to use the NHS recently for an emergency situation and it was impeccable. The staff were exemplary and we have nothing but admiration and appreciation for their efforts.
That however, was tempered by the ignorance and abuse we saw, with people treating it like a hotel, with added benefits, people getting to hospital by ambulance, when they can walk and staff exasperated at dealing with people, who see it as a one-stop shop for all their health matters, even a runny nose (yes a runny nose)... unbelievable.
The NHS is wonderful, let's work to stop the abuse and get people to look after themselves properly, with the right education.
Lionel
20th Apr 2017
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Well said, DaveP. I saw similar things late at night when rushing my wife to A & E, for a very valid and genuine reason! Didn't bother with calling an ambulance - it's nearly twenty miles to the hospital and I could be there before an ambulance could reach us. Bit of a hairy drive, I must admit.
WilliamG7
19th Apr 2017
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I think she had every right to call a general election seeing the small majority she has. Just think 2 or 3 years of hard slog for brexit -- get it all tied up & along comes some idiot in the house trying to get the upper hand -- votes against it wins the vote --all that work for nothing and has to start again. For the sake of us all --lets get it done & dusted.
FrancineS
19th Apr 2017
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Agree with the decision we all need to back her so we will be stronger in dealing with Brexit
Lionel
19th Apr 2017
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Parliament has just voted 522 to 13 to suspend the Fixed Term Parliament Act.

The Prime Minister is on a roll. But whether the public want her on a roll or just to get Britain out of the EU safely is another matter.

Today it seems likely the Tories will get a thumping majority, up to 100 seats some newspapers claim. However, these huge majorities always come with extreme party policies, ideas which would have been dismissed as too extreme if the Party's majority was slender.

So we may expect the Tories to shave off some of our state pensions, further attack the sick and disabled as being unworthy of reasonable financial support, and almost certainly we'll see a full roll out of that dubious Welfare legislation, Universal Credit.

Batten down the hatches. Waters are about to get very choppy, is May gets a big majority.
Wilf
19th Apr 2017
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Its very bad to have a weak opposition as you rightly point out Lionel. We need a balance. Labour really need to get rid of jeremy and get a decent leader....but who???
JaneW58
20th Apr 2017
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Decent leader ......you will not find a more decent man and politician try listening to him not the biased media
Wilf
20th Apr 2017
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I agree he sounds a decent fellow unfortunately even his own party doubt he is a good leader!
Lionel
19th Apr 2017
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We have an adverserial style of government. The party in power and the party wanting power. In the Commons they vie with one another to get public attention and score points. But where the numbers are hideously out of balance, as in the first and second Balir governments, then anything may happen, and it's mostly not in the public interest. No! It's then party politics, in extremis. A demolition job on the Opposition at the public's expense.

From no particular side of the party fence Corbyn is an old fashioned Trotskyite; a neo Communist more at home in Moscow than Westminster. But even Moscow has moved on from those days of seventy years ago which, sadly, leaves Jeremy out in the cold. I refer to John le Carre's early novel The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Moscow wouldn't now own him and he has no place in Westminster, well, in this current climate.

Who follows him? Well, Wilf, I'm stumped. I look at the party hopefuls who are mostly Blairites and non-runners, and find ... no one who could lead Her Majesty's Opposition. Frankly, Wilf, I don't know what Labour are going to do. The likliest proposition for me is to split and sideline the Commies. But I don't know.

But isn't this not knowing playing into Theresa may's hands? A weak, unprepared opposition, ill funded, and she's called a General Election! You've got to praise her, she's wrong footed us all.

For me, this all plays into her hands and none of us may like the outcome. I'd prefer a more slender majority so she needs to fight for anything contentious. It's a little like a protectionist policy for us.
Wilf
19th Apr 2017
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You are right about Corbyn Lionel even the Russians have walked away from communism. Total fiasco. They love the capitalist life look at all the millionaires over there. Corbyn is in a time warp and his chancellor (cannot even remember his name) I think Corbyn is a decent chap but weak and not cute enough for the cut and thrust of Westminster. Mind you it would defeat most of us. Can you image him up against Maggie she would eat him for Breakfast. Mind you she did most of them!
SharonB9
21st Apr 2017
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Have you watched Primeminister's question time. Theresa does a generally good job of putting a lid on him as soon as all the nonsense spills out of his mouth.
Lionel
20th Apr 2017
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Wilf, I don't think Corbyn will get much traction by banging on about worker's rights, an inclusive society and feminism. These are concepts from a time now passed. They have been circumvented by employers offering only zero hours contracts and largely ignoring feminist demands for equal pay. As for an inclusive society, well, it cannot ever be.

So yes, Corbyn and his shadow chancellor (I can't remember his name either!) are in a time warp. Actually, to be precise, they are history.

I think it was Kinnock who, after losing either the '83 or '87 election said, well now, to the working man who has a car for every family member, his own substantial house, three holidays abroad each year, a good pension pot and kids at university ... how does Labour say to him, We will improve your lot? I have paraphrased, Wilf, but the sense remains.

That statement says to me Labour has run it's course. It has served it's purpose, to improve the lot of the working man. But that statement was made in the eighties.

Corbyn's attempts to make this a Socialist country are futile. It is not Socialist and never has been. Indeed, in many ways, Socialist governments have been bad for the average person like me. As I've heard Corbyn being interviewed the line between Communist and Socialist is somewhat blurred. That's a dangerous obscuration.

As said elsewhere on SS, my mother's family are of Polish Jewish origin - we came over here around 1840, so my heart is in that part of the world. I've been there many times and seen just what communism dressed as socialism looks like. It has it's advantages but oh so many disadvantages.

Blair realised he could not sell the British people a socialist reality. No, he sucked up to capitalists and dressed up their needs as middle ground socialism. That has failed. Lies always fail.

Theresa May is a formidable opponent at the Dispatch Box - and yes, Corbyn is no match for her. Thus, I feel there will be a political earthquake anytime after the GE. A new party will form. We will see what they offer. But if it's socialism it's doomed to fail.
JaneW58
20th Apr 2017
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Corbyn is a democratic socialist look it up
RonB9
19th Apr 2017
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We need a strong government to vote through the Brexit terms. Otherwise I can see the Looney Lib Dems still saying they did not know about leaving the Single Market. The Lords trying to relive their youth by feeling important and delaying events. If Tories get a good majority it will give them the bargaining strength, as some EU Countries believe will will not leave. All that is left is to rid ourselves of the SNP and unfortunately Scotland. Like a wet blanket in Parliament. Lib Dems as usual will benefit from what others do wrong, nothing to do with their promises. Unfortunately the biggest problem is the Media, they want ' Political Game shows' - saves them spending money on producing their own and better than re-runs.
patcaf
19th Apr 2017
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I agree Mrs. May had to go to the country in order to get a five year mandate and this is the right time. However it is still a risk. Despite the media storm over Mr Corbyn , Labour still have a great deal of support in the UK and could surprise everyone with a strong come back. As a conservative voter I think they will win but I am not convinced they will have the kind of majority they are hoping for.
CarolynH7
19th Apr 2017
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I no longer vote Conservative, what they have done to UK disabled is shocking, I volunteer at a food bank and the stories we hear make me so angry, it's as if low wage earners are no bodies, no help, no future, it is true to say though that we have no ulternative party to vote for, so shall I vote Green ?
Rosie123
20th Apr 2017
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It's not the conservatives who take away...it's a nation who really thinks that there is a bottomless pit of money for everything!
RonB9
19th Apr 2017
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Get a postal vote, then throw it in the waste bin. It is about the same as voting Green. You make everything appear so bad. Go to the Airports and watch thousands going on holidays. Shops are full and I have yet to trip over someone lying in the gutter. Or better still go live abroad, you will soon discover how lucky we are in this Country
Wilf
19th Apr 2017
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Agreed we are so lucky to live in the UK. Its a fantastic place to live and most people are very friendly and look after each other. Just need to change the weather a bit!
ecarg
19th Apr 2017
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She who dares wins.
Unfortunately there's no creditable alternative.
So there's no May or May not.
Theresa will be here to stay.

Lets hope there's more honesty in the election policies and media coverage than there was over Brexit. but in reality I know we will continue to get halve truths and fantasy stories.

However I do agree that by being an elected Prime Minister this will strengthen her hand in the Brexit deals.
Lionel
18th Apr 2017
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As a political sleight of hand this is superb. In fact it's almost Churchillian.

Theresa May has successfully wrong footed Corbyn - funds are too small for a General Election - Ukip are in complete disarray and seemingly with out even day to day funding and LibDems have Farron as their leader with theit only other media voice the person who reduced their MP numbers by 90%. Oh, and the Scots Nats, I should mention them to be fair, could well be utterly demolished in the hustings since they don't any longer carry with them the consent of their people people a fresh referendum.

If Theresa May gets a substantial majoirty, her own majority, she will have greater standing with UE bureaucrats; it could mean she'll yet dictate Brexit terms.

I'm not a political animal but rather a watcher of politics. But even as a watcher I've got to say, this is a brilliant strategic move. I'm not a Tory but yet can give May all credit for since a comprehensive pincer movement. Rommel would be pleased with her!
Wilf
19th Apr 2017
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Very clever and Mrs May has done it when Labour is at its weakest with Corbyn. Also looks like the liberals could be taking a lot of seats as they have already said they want a soft Brexit and many who voted for staying in the EU (48% of the UK!) may tactically vote for the Libs. Think Corbyn era will be over when the election finishes. Not sure who else they have got though? Bring back Ed Balls? mmm maybe not!
Diny
18th Apr 2017
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Hope the media and BBC let the people make their mind up without comments from silly reporters. We don't need BBC point of view.
JoeH
18th Apr 2017
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Now is the time to get together and rid this Country of a Mayhem driven vicious, authoritarian Government who think that they get can get away with murder!!!
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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I am a Labour supporter but unfortunately we are in a state now and Jeremy is a hopeless leader. We will never win with him in charge
Birdseyepeas
21st Apr 2017
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So true John. In my 65 years I have never or even contemplated voting Tory , usually Labour and once Libdem. This time I am in a total dilemma as I cannot support Corbyn or imagine him in any role of statesman. His policies revealed so far will totally bankrupt the country. We need to get brexit done and dusted and get the country on the up again but labour is not the party to do it with Corbyn in charge. Will probably not decide where to put my X until I walk into that booth on June 8.
ElaineL3
18th Apr 2017
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They are all liers so choose the least problamatic route
macawparrot66
18th Apr 2017
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The country needs an elected Prime Minister ,as Mrs May inherited this roll from Mr Cameron . Also this will stop the detractors .She is a strong and positive lady I'm sure she will win .
BridgetR
18th Apr 2017
5
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Theresa May is in the most difficult position a PM has been in for many, many years and is showing herself to be a good, strong leader......just what the country needs!
TerryA7
18th Apr 2017
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At least it will shut the remoaners up,
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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True-The great British Public voted for Bexit we need to get on with it
cappers24
18th Apr 2017
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I think she is perfectly in order calling the election . She needs the backing of the British public with an increased majority to show the Eu we are not in a weak negotiating position . Well done Theresa .
Pam1960
18th Apr 2017
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As it will all be about Brexit it will just reinforce how divided we are as a nation
BrendaG9
18th Apr 2017
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Yes I think it is right,although not looking forward to the media going on about it all the time.She needs the mandate to strengthen her position for the future negotiations.Hopefully the other EU leaders might show her more respect.
suzzylg@sky .com
18th Apr 2017
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It may be the right time for Mrs Mays party to hold and election especially with Labour so weak and almost non existent in Scotland, but we the people have endured 2 years of debates, discussions, bickering and more fake news than I think anyone can stand the though of it starting again truly worries me we already have a nation fighting amongst themselves thanks to all the media coverage and here we go again over the next 2 months ......
JeanL2
18th Apr 2017
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She thinks she will win hands down . So us oldies must make vote count so the young people have a chance of a better life . And don't forget she can not take any more money off the young or the sick , so she will now take it of the elderly , and I for one is not a rich pensioner . And for some one who began work at 15 and retired at 64 I don't get much to live on
Billythequiche
18th Apr 2017
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I, like you, worked from 15 to 65 and because I paid into a pension cannot claim any benefits; and I pay tax. I do not think that things will get worse if the PM wins. Do not underestimate the power of the ''grey pound'', as the percentage of us ''seniors'' rises so does our influence.
Billythequiche
18th Apr 2017
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Will satisfy the need to unify the government, hopefully. I hope some of the schemers, nay-sayers, those suspected of corruption and those misusing post of MP to feather nests and gorge at the trough of greed, get their just deserts and lose their seats. Perhaps if some senior Labour MPs lose theirs, we might even resurrect a viable opposition.
JeanL2
18th Apr 2017
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Why just labour mp when just as meny Tories mp were just as bad if not worse. As a lot of them rich
ChristineT16
18th Apr 2017
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Good. Teresa May needs a mandate. No more throwing the accusation "you don't have a mandate from the British people".
Fed up of Labour's profligate spending plans and the Lub Dems anti Brexit stance.
ChristineP43
18th Apr 2017
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Says more about her desire to rule Britain without any gain say than a desire for a fair Brexit. She is only for her gain not the Country's wellbeing st all. Power, power, power is what it's about
Treehugger1
18th Apr 2017
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My thoughts exactly Christine.
Aprilshowers
18th Apr 2017
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Never too early to fight against these incompetent fools - before their destruction of the country is irreversible.....
Barbiegirl
18th Apr 2017
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Should have been straight after the brexit vote, but I can understand as to why she waited
RonB9
19th Apr 2017
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Because the role of Prime Minister is not easy. She has to make the final decision. You have to consider so many things.
Richard McMillan
18th Apr 2017
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I hope people vote sensibly.
Birdseyepeas
21st Apr 2017
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All depends on each person's view of what is sensible, Richard.
Aprilshowers
18th Apr 2017
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So do I Richard - I hope they learned their lessons from last year's shenanigans!
MaryB87
18th Apr 2017
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Very clever move Mrs. May, there's no formidable opposition at the moment. It's guaranteed Tories will win. I've always been a labour supporter, not anymore with Corbyn in charge. My vote will go to Tories or ukip.
JeanieL
18th Apr 2017
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Is it too risky? or has she done the right thing. I believe it's the right choice and she has to get all the members working together to be able to make the right decisions in her negotiations with Europe. Let's all work as one!
IanC32
18th Apr 2017
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Strong leadership and confidence is what is required.
FrancineB
18th Apr 2017
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Best thing she could do. Hopefully this will put a stop to the REMOANERS once and for all and stop them doing all they can to go against the will of the people and stop Brexit from being the success it will be . Lets get Blair, Farron etc flushed down the pan where they belong.
MosieB
18th Apr 2017
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The will of people on the south side, overall majority in Scotland voted to stay. Perhaps this will be the final nail in the UK coffin, with a bit of luck we in the north will be a total SNP nation after this election
CaroleAH
20th Apr 2017
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Presumably you mean north of Hadrian's Wall? Many of us in the North of England voted for Brexit because we seemed to be invisible to David Cameron and his chums.
MichaelO8
18th Apr 2017
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Jo Kingham
18th Apr 2017
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I think it’s a great idea. She can silence the critics who said she was never elected and hopefully unite her party and the country behind her. We have some tough times ahead. No doubt the timing also has something to do with the 21 point lead the Conservatives are enjoying over Labour!!!
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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Yes its a clever move by Mrs May. I feel sorry for poor Jeremy. I support Labour but they should have had David Milliband who was photogenic and plausible. He would have given Mrs May a hard time and I doubt if we would be going through the Brexit debacle now!
JeanL2
18th Apr 2017
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What has looks got to do with it
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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Its not looks its just that Jeremy looks such a mess and I am a Labour supporter! David Milliband is smart, good looking and electable. His brother was a buffoon (eating bacon sandwiches comes to mind and a "windbag" and hence he lost the election. I fear Jeremy will be the same. My point is David Milliabnd would probably have won it if he was leader of the Labour party now
Baxi
18th Apr 2017
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JohnHerb: Jeremy Corbyn doesn't just need a new suit and to be photogenic, he may be a sympathetic character, but he is also seems to be out of step with the country. Could you really see him around the negotiating table with Trump?
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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You are right Baxi-Trump would flatten him with bluster and his energy!
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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This is make or break for Jeremy Corbyn. He now needs to bring the labour party together and show they are united behind Jeremy.
Pete H
18th Apr 2017
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Definitely the right time to hold an election pre-Brexit negotiations.

Time to get behind the government and deliver the best possible outcome for the country from Brexit. Also time to wave good bye to Jeremy Corbyn and his useless cronies so that hopefully we can have an effective opposition again.
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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I like Jeremy he is a silent but good politician. There is no "spin" like with Blair or Mandelson
LindaA9
18th Apr 2017
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You just said 9 minutes ago he was unelectable!
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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He is unelectable-everyone is saying it-even most of the media. Reason being he has no leadership qualities at all. He is like a nice chap you meet down the pub who is a bit of a windbag
Pete H
18th Apr 2017
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John - surely a silent politician can't be a good politician! How can Corbyn be classified as effective if he is trailing the Conservatives by 20 points in the most recent polls!!! (YouGov yesterday - Labour 23% Conservatives 44%) Corbyn's a nice bloke with worthy ideas but a useless politician.
JeanL2
18th Apr 2017
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The Tories are nothing but bullies, who think it's good for them to make fools out of people at question time in parlerment
JohnHerb
18th Apr 2017
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PeteH-He tries to get his views across but the media don't like him. His appearance lets him down. He needs a decent suit and a good haircut! If he was a lot slicker and a bit younger he may get more attention. I like him though he seems like a decent chap. I did'nt used to I may add!
Munsterlander
18th Apr 2017
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Well done Theresa-bit unexpected but it will be very interesting. Wonder what the non Brexit but Conservative voters will do? Same for the Labour Brexit voters.
Baxi
18th Apr 2017
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I think this is a very gutsy thing for Theresa May to do. She acknowledges that she wasn't elected. I admire her for being a proper politician who wants to carry out the wishes of the people.

Gordon Brown certainly didn't have the gumption to do this!

Good on ya Theresa!
Wilf
18th Apr 2017
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I think its a good idea as she was never voted to be PM by the Brits and this will give her the mandate. I never voted for Brexit but the UK did and we should stop dithering and just get on with it. The uncertainty damaged UK Limited. I think this will show up Mr Corbyn and the Liberal democrat chap as weak leaders. Couldn't come at a worse time for them. I cannot even remember the liberal chaps name shows what an impression he is making!

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