Posts Tagged ‘Liz Truss’

Reply from Local Labour MP Karin Smyth on Fracking

November 4, 2022

A little while ago one of the internet petitioning organisations email me to request that I, and no doubt thousands of others, write to my MP to object to Liz Truss’ wretched plans to bring back fracking. I had absolutely no problem doing so, not least because one of the areas scheduled for it is in Keynhsam, a small town between Bristol and Bath. Today I got a very kind reply from here detailing her opposition to it and support for a sprint to Green energy. The email runs

‘Dear David

Thank you for contacting me about fracking.

I agree with you on this important issue. Fracking is unsafe, will not help our energy security or cut bills and is opposed by local communities.

I am pleased that the new Prime Minister has restored the ban on shale gas fracking in England. I find it extremely concerning, however, that this Conservative government previously broke its manifesto commitments in order to pursue a damaging policy that put the interests of fossil fuel companies above those of the British people.

To truly deliver energy security and lower bills, I believe we need a green energy sprint. The current crisis is a fossil fuel crisis and we cannot escape it by doubling down on fossil fuels. Renewables are today nine times cheaper than gas. The only way to cut energy bills and have energy security is with zero-carbon home-grown power, including by quadrupling our offshore wind capacity, more than doubling onshore wind and more than tripling solar by 2030.

I also agree that we need to prioritise and fund energy efficiency, which is why I support proposals for a national effort to bring all homes up to energy performance certificate band C within a decade. This would save families large amounts each year on their energy bills and reduce national gas imports by up to 15%.

Only Labour will consistently deliver promises to tackle the climate crisis and improve green energy. Please be assured that in the meantime I will continue to press the Government on this issue, as well as support calls to accelerate efforts on energy efficiency and homegrown renewables.

Thank you once again for contacting me.

Yours sincerely

Karin Smyth MP
Labour MP for Bristol South

The most interesting piece of this is the line that ‘renewables today are nine times cheaper than gas’. Nine times! This tells me that we are definitely being exploited by the fossil fuel companies.

Are Tory MPs Preparing a ‘No Confidence’ Vote Against Sunak Already?

November 1, 2022

Just found a video by mad arch-Brexiteer Mahyar Tousi claiming that this is the case. I haven’t watched it, so it might not be true. But if it is, it’s quick. Truss at least had nearly two months before the Tories went into meltdown and threw her out. Sunak’s only been in the job for about a week. There really can be no argument – we must have a general election. Now!

JOE’s Satirical Parody of the Tory Government as the Zombie’s from ‘Thriller’

November 1, 2022

JOE is another YouTube channel that cuts the speeches and pronouncements of politicians and celebrities to make them appear to say stupid things as satire. It was Hallowe’en yesterday, so they’ve created this suitably seasonal musical parody. In this clip, they send up the Tory government by having Jacob Rees-Mogg intone a twisted version of Vincent Price’s spoken words in the 1980s Michael Jackson hit, ‘Thriller’. This shows the Tories rising from the graves as a true Zombie government, who have trashed the economy, jacked up mortgages, devastated people’s pensions. Jeremy Hunt is once again a psycho who will make more cuts to the NHS than Norman Bates. And Liz Truss is Chucky, the killer doll.

38 Degrees Open Letter to Get Rishi Sunak to Attend the COP27 Next Week

November 1, 2022

I got this email from internet democracy group 38 Degrees about their petition against Sunak’s ambivalence about attending next week’s summit on climate change. Sunak has apparently said he may not go, and so 38 Degrees have set up this campaign to persuade him.

This is outrageous: Rishi Sunak says he may not be attending the COP27 summit next week. [1]

David, we knew the new Prime Minister was not the strongest on climate change. But the decision to not attend a crucial event where world leaders agree on steps to tackle the climate crisis is shocking and concerning. Especially when a UN report last week showed that current actions by countries across the world have not gone far enough. [2]

Sunak has blamed “domestic challenges” for this decision, but the fact is that the climate affects us all. [3] Not attending such an important summit – even for one day – while also removing the Climate Minister from the Cabinet shows the climate crisis is not a top priority for this government. [4] Rishi Sunak may say the environment is important to him, but his actions say otherwise.

His decision has not gone down well – the media, world leaders and UK MPs have been criticising it and news today has pointed to signs that he may be wavering in his decision to not attend. [5] So let’s be the voice that finally persuades him to attend the summit. If we sign an open letter in our hundreds of thousands it could push the PM to attend the meeting and show us he cares about saving the planet.

So, David, will you add your name right now and demand the PM attend the COP27 summit? By clicking the button below your name will automatically be added to the open letter.

ADD MY NAME

I’M NOT TAKING PART BECAUSE…

To: Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister

We, the public, are calling on you to make tackling the climate crisis a top priority. You’ve claimed it is, but your actions this week – removing the Climate Minister from the Cabinet, and refusing to attend the COP27 summit – say otherwise.

We understand that domestic issues are important, but the climate crisis will affect us all. The fact that you won’t attend and be part of the global conversation is damaging and concerning for everyone. Especially given the latest reports from the UN that current actions by all countries across the world have not gone far enough to limit any rise in global temperature to 1.5C.

Show us you care about the climate crisis and the environment. Commit to attending the summit for at least one day, as your predecessor Liz Truss promised, and give Climate Minister Graham Stuart the right to attend Cabinet meetings.

Signed,

The British public

The PM’s absence at this global summit will be keenly felt. Since the UK were the hosts of the summit last year it means we are the current holder of the COP presidency until this year’s summit starts. By not bothering to attend, Rishi Sunak will be sending a message to the whole world that the UK is not committed to tackling the climate crisis. But taking action to save our planet is a team effort and we need to play our part.

That’s why we, the public, need to add our voices and let Rishi Sunak know that the climate crisis is one of our top priorities. And as Prime Minister he needs to commit to doing something about it. We and future generations deserve better.

Will you be the voice of reason and add your name to the open letter today? By clicking the button below your name will automatically be added to the open letter.

ADD MY NAME

Thanks for all you do,

Simma, Megan and the 38 Degrees team

NOTES:
[1] The Independent: Sunak prioritises ‘depressing domestic challenges’ over attending climate summit
[2] The Guardian: Climate crisis: UN finds ‘no credible pathway to 1.5C in place’
[3] See note 1
[4] See note 1
Daily Mail: Rishi Sunak pulls out of Cop-27 climate summit and downgrades the status of his climate minister – but No10 insists new PM remains committed to net zero target
[5] See note 4
The Guardian: Global anger at Sunak’s Cop27 snub that raises fears over UK’s climate crisis stance
BBC News: Rishi Sunak criticised for skipping COP27 climate summit
BBC News: Rishi Sunak could still attend COP27 climate summit

I’ve signed it, because despite Sunak’s stopping fracking, his possible refusal to attend the summit shows that the Tories still don’t care about the environmental crisis and are hostile to further steps to prevent climate change. His absence will harm Britain’s international standing in this struggle.

38 Degrees Petition Against Liz Truss Enjoying PM’s Perks and Appointing New Peers

October 28, 2022

I got this petition early today from internet democracy group 38 Degrees. One of their community, Vicky Ropner, has put up a petition calling for Liz Truss to be prevented from enjoying the perks of ex-prime ministers. These include the ability to appoint new peers to the House of Lords. Truss was only Prime Minister for three months and was simply too disastrous as premier to enjoy these benefits. I completely agree and have very definitely signed it. It is grossly unfair that she should enjoy the privilege of elevating her cronies when her wretched policies have resulted in horrific levels of inflation and increased mortgage rates. Not to mention something like a quarter of this great nation’s children relying on food banks and people having to use ‘warm banks’ to keep warm ’cause they can’t afford to heat their homes.

No to perks for Truss.

And definitely ‘No’ to the Tories.

Here’s the petition

‘Dear David,

Liz Truss left her position as Prime Minister after being in the job for less than 2 months. [1] But despite being in the job for such a short amount of time, she could still be allowed to put through a resignation honours list and choose people to promote to the House of Lords. [2]

That’s why Vicky, a 38 Degrees supporter, set up a petition demanding Truss is denied the privilege. She believes an “incompetent and disgraceful” Prime Minister should not get such rewards.

Recently, the House of Lords Appointments Committee – who decides whether or not approve new members of the House of Lords – rejected a number of nominations, and spoke out against unsuitable candidates being put forward. [3] Huge public pressure could convince them to step in and stop Liz Truss’ honours list being approved.

So, if you agree with Vicky and believe a Prime Minister forced to resign after just a few weeks should not be allowed to reward their friends with jobs for life in the Lords, can you sign the petition today? [4] It only takes 30 seconds, and we’ll hand the petition in to those in charge in the next few days!

“Campaign created by Vicky Ropner

Sign the petition

To: The Conservative Party, Parliament and the House of Lords Appointments Commission

What: Liz Truss and the Conservative party need to realise that the public mood is for her to leave quietly without an honours list or any other perks of the job. She has been an incompetent and disgraceful Prime Minister.

Why is this important: Liz didn’t even last 3 months, there is no other occupation that would grant you anything for that, no honest one anyway. Instead she fell at the first hurdle, making huge and avoidable mistakes because of her arrogance. Consequently the people of the UK experienced even more worry and suffering.

It now must be made law that a PM that resigns or is forced to go before a year has passed, has no rights to the perks of the job after leaving. It is insulting and ridiculous that she should be able to set her friends up in the House of Lords, receive severance pay and other perks after being such an appalling PM. She blamed circumstance and not herself. She chose such an appalling cabinet that wasn’t fit for purpose.

She managed one thing, she attended the Queen’s funeral, even Larry the cat could have managed that if they’d provided a comfy enough chair!

Stop this nonsense NOW!

Read more…

Sign the petition

Thanks for being involved,

David, Megan and the 38 Degrees team

PS. Not everyone reading this email will agree with the concept of the House of Lords at all, but one thing we can all agree on, is it’s here to stay for the foreseeable future. So we should be able to expect representatives in the House of Lords to be chosen because they want to do the best for our country, not because of who their mates are.

PPS: Vicky Ropner started their petition on the 38 Degrees website.

With 38 Degrees anyone can start their own campaign with the click of a button. But that’s just where your journey begins. Creating a petition, then sharing it with friends and colleagues, can soon give you a groundswell of support. Perhaps you’ll end up changing something really important.

Use this link to get your campaign started today, it takes just a couple of minutes and we’ll support you every step of the way: https://link.38degrees.org.uk/start-campaign.

NOTES:

[1] The Guardian: Liz Truss resigns as PM and triggers fresh leadership election
[2] Evening Standard: Outrage as Liz Truss gets a resignation honours list
[3] Yahoo!news: Four of Boris Johnson’s peerage nominations ‘rejected by Lords watchdog’
Times [Paywall]: Lords watchdog snubs Tory peers
Times [Paywall]: Stop nominating unsuitable peers, Tories and Labour told
[4] 38 Degrees: Liz Truss should go without an honours list or any other perks!

Farage and Tice as Eurotrash

October 28, 2022

‘Allo, mah Engleesh chums! as Antoine du Caunes used to say on Channel 4 celebration of European trash, sleaze and general weirdness. Now that Truss has resigned, and the Tory party is devouring itself over the complete absence of any kind of democracy in the appointment of Rishi Sunak, Farage and Richard Tice of the Reform are trying to stage some kind of comeback. Reform, formerly the Brexit party, has apparently been sending out letters to former Tory party members asking them if they’d like to join his nefarious, ideologically bankrupt party. Farage is also reported to have been buzzing around the place urging for the small parties like Reform to unite into a powerful rival against the Conservatives. There was also a video up from GB news today in which he declared that the channel had made some kind of breakthrough. It’s possible, though from previous experience the biggest star the channel has is Farage himself, with hardly anybody watching the other broadcasters. So, I’ve drawn another satirical piece with the mugs of Farage and Tice, and between them Eurotrash’s hosts, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Antoine du Caunes. Below them is the back end of dustcart, a broken ‘Brexit’ sign and the Eurotrash logo. Because Brexit has comprehensively wrecked the British economy and deserves to be dumped in the dustcart. There have been demonstrations to get us back into Europe. Unfortunately, the morons are still pushing the idea that somehow Brexit has been beneficial and liberating. This seems to come from the manic right-wingers at Spiked, so called, to quote Zelo Street, because it should have been, and the Spectator. Here’s the picture. Enjoy!

The Changing Tory Prime Ministers as ‘Carry On’ Film Farce

October 28, 2022

I was talking to a friend a few days ago, who joked that the change of Tory Prime Ministers was so farcical and stupid it was like a ‘Carry On’ film. And this inspired me to create the satirical drawing below, ‘Carry On, Prime Minister’. I thought the film would star Kenneth Williams as Rishi Sunak, Sid James as Boris Johnson, ’cause James always played bawdy schemers, while Liz Truss would be played by Barbara Windsor. I’ve therefore drawn Sunak and co. as those leading members of the ‘Carry On’ team, giving them the Williams’, James’ and Windsor’s faces with their hairstyles. Kenneth Williams actually doesn’t look much different as Sunak. This suggests the horrifying prospect that one day Sunak will arise in parliament and say, ‘Oooooh, no! Matron! ‘Ere, stop messin’ about’, and greet foreign dignitaries by telling them how ‘bona it is to barda their dolly old eke again’. I’ve also showed the characters from the BBC comedy series, Yes, Minister, and Yes, Prime Minister, looking on, highly perplexed. Because compared to these machinations and shenanigans, the Jim Hacker, Minister for Administrative Affairs, and his civil service team of Sir Humphrey Appleby and Bernard look like political titans.

The writing at the bottom reads ‘Humphrey, are they all morons?’ ‘Yes, Prime Minister’.

The Labour Party Is Preparing to Campaign for a General Election

October 26, 2022

Rishi Sunak is the second unelected Prime Minister who’s been foisted on us following the resignation of Boris Johnson. He hasn’t even been elected by the Conservative party, like Truss, but has been chosen by the Tory MPs in parliament. He has absolutely no democratic, popular mandate and his policies threaten to impoverish and immiserate this country’s great, hardworking people further. Open Democracy and other internet advocacy groups have stated that they are going to push for a general election. Keir Starmer, the head of the Labour party, has also called for an election. And he means business – serious business. I’ve had emails from deputy leader Angela Rayner asking me to volunteer for their campaign for a general election, Labour Southwest are organising a conference to discuss tactics and the Arise Festival are also requesting donations to fund their meeting about the issue. I’m fully behind these initiatives, although my ability to actively help out is limited. I’ll let you know what else the Labour party are doing as and when I get any more information.

Open Britain’s Scathing Criticism of Rishi Sunak’s Government

October 26, 2022

Here’s another piece I got yesterday from the pro-democracy group Open Britain, giving their damning opinion on our new, unelected Prime Minister and his wretched cabinet.

‘Dear David,

Here we go again. Rishi Sunak claims that he is a unifier, that his administration will be a fresh start, and that he will bring “integrity, professionalism, and accountability” to office. Unfortunately, his words are already conflicting with his actions.

Sunak may have seen off Jacob Rees-Mogg today but he went on to reinstate some of the most dangerous ideologues from the Johnson and Truss administrations. It doesn’t look like the fresh start we’ve been promised. 

Dominic Raab, a man dead-set on dismantling our human rights framework with a bill that the Law Society says would “damage the rule of law” and “prevent access to justice”, is back in post. Even Truss saw the danger of this bill and it’s astonishing that it now looks to be back on the agenda.

Suella Braverman, anti-woke culture warrior and architect of the reprehensible Rwanda-deportation scheme, is back as Home Secretary. Just six days ago she resigned from office after breaking ministerial rules and jeopardising national security. Don’t forget, Braverman is a former chair of the European Research Group and her reappointment shows that the group’s stranglehold on government priorities did not depart with Liz Truss. 

Michael Gove, Therese Coffey, Kemi Badenoch, Steve Barclay and others have also returned. It looks like this cabinet will be more or less a hybrid of Johnson and Truss’ senior teams…the very people who got us into this mess.

But what about Sunak’s programme for government? Well, we still haven’t heard much at all about what his plans are. Perhaps we will get some early clues at PMQs tomorrow, but it is astonishing that he has been installed in Number 10 on the say-so of about about 160 MPs with almost zero discussion of the plans he has to fix the economy and restore political stability. Surely a sign that our democracy is not exactly in tip-top shape.

And while all this was going on in Downing Street, in Parliament the Second Reading of the Retained EU Law Bill was taking place. If passed, that bill will automatically scrap regulations and protections associated with the EU, and give ministers massive powers to replace them with whatever they want. It will put all kinds of regulations in danger, including environmental rules, food safety standards, worker protection laws, and more. It will be a disaster for businesses and will undermine our democracy (Ministers should not have that much unchecked power).

We can be grateful that Boris Johnson isn’t back in office, but this cabinet and these bills remind us that not much has really changed. We’ll be watching what the new PM does over the coming days and weeks, but the early signs are that the chaos will continue and that our campaigning will be as important as ever.

Nothing that has happened in the last 48 hours or so has persuaded us that this is what the country needs. We are still firmly of the opinion that the only credible route to sustainable political stability is to let the people decide how we should move forward. We won’t stop pushing for a general election.

All the very best,

The Open Britain Team

Open Britain on Why We Need a General Election

October 24, 2022

I got this email from the democracy activist group Open Britain describing how we dodged a bullet with the withdrawal of Boris Johnson as candidate for the leadership contest and calling for a general election. It runs

‘Dear David,

It has been a rollercoaster of a week for that group of Conservative MPs still blindly loyal to Boris Johnson.

It started with a spark of hope at the idea that their disgraced hero might return early from his Caribbean holiday and retake his ‘rightful’ place at the top of government, following the early demise of Liz Truss. (None of them was asking why he was holidaying while Parliament was sitting, how that was serving his constituents, or indeed why he so enthusiastically endorsed Liz Truss in the summer.)

From there, the storyline followed a typically Johnson-esque arc.

We saw attempts to titillate the press with ‘will he, won’t he’ briefings. We saw bombastic messages of support from the usual crowd of cronies. We saw attempts to manipulate our view of reality with statements that sounded like lies and, ultimately, we saw it come to a juddering halt with nothing to show for it all.

Jacob Rees-Mogg endorsed Johnson as the only candidate who could unite the party…in a tweet that included the highly divisive slogan ‘Boris or Bust’.

Nadhim Zahawi did his best to conjure-up some semblance of statesmanlike credibility in his endorsement by harking back to his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer… a role he held for about five minutes in the dying days of Johnson’s premiership.

Nadine Dorries said some stuff too. I really like Boris…he’s better than anyone else at something or other…if you don’t vote for him, bad things will happen…yada yada. It was so inane, my brain has already scrubbed it…sorry.

We saw a concerted effort to use client journalists – and some others who should know better – to persuade people that he was closing-in on the magic number of 100 Conservative MP nominees, when all the evidence suggested he was a long way short.

And ultimately, late last night we saw Johnson selfishly dump on those most loyal to him by pulling out of the contest as they were doing their damnedest in the media to get him across the line. (In Nadim Zahawi’s case, it was literally minutes after the Telegraph published a gushing piece about how Johnson 2.0 would be different. The irony.)

So, we have dodged a bullet but we are not out of the woods.

At the time of writing, it looks like Penny Mordaunt is struggling to reach the qualifying threshold before this afternoon’s deadline (though she still might) while Rishi Sunak’s support approaches what many think an unassailable number.

Logic suggests that Mordaunt will spend the morning canvassing, find that she does not have the support, and withdraw, allowing Sunak to be crowned new party leader and Prime Minister before the day is out.

But that would irritate many in the party membership who want to have their say. And so there is a possibility that the party machine will engineer a situation where the two candidates are put to the membership but in a way that leaves no doubt about who the recommended candidate is.

For a party that says its priority is to re-establish stability as early as possible, that might turn out to be a brave decision. Sunak did not go down well with the membership last time.

We must wait and see.

Whichever route they choose, it is unlikely the Conservative Party will emerge without potentially fatal damage, inflicted by one internal faction or another.

AND whichever candidate ends up in Number 10, they will have no credible claim to a mandate for the kind of policies they are going to be implementing in the coming months. We absolutely must keep fighting for a general election. That is the only way we will be able to re-establish stability and certainty in government.

All the very best,

Mark Kieran
CEO, Open Britain’