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A friend of mine posted this on Facebook.

 

An excellent summary of the UK's situation from 2010 onwards, the lead-up to Brexit, current events, and our future prospects.

 

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In 2010 the Tories implemented hard-right austerity dogma trashing the economic recovery and creating an austerity generation blighted by wage suppression, exploitative employment practices, catastrophic public service cuts, and soaring rents/house prices/utility bills/public transport fares.

 

In 2014 the Tories brazenly lied to the Scottish people that voting "no" to independence was the only way to prevent Scotland from crashing out of the EU. They won the independence referendum by a fine margin, but the lies they told the Scottish people would soon come back to haunt them.

 

In 2015 the Tories promised to hold an EU referendum as a desperate effort to poach votes off UKIP. A reckless self-serving ploy that won them a majority at the 2015 General Election.

 

In 2016 the Tories held the EU referendum but it backfired dramatically as high profile Tories (Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Priti Patel, Iain Duncan Smith) defied the party leadership and lied through their teeth to promote Brexit, while the extreme-right (ukippers, biffers, Leave.EU) cynically blamed the atrocious social and economic consequences of Tory austerity dogma on immigrants and the EU. This set the UK on a course to quitting the EU despite none of the people promoting Brexit having presented anything even remotely resembling a coherent plan for how to manage the transition, or what a post-Brexit Britain would actually look like!

 

In July 2016 Theresa May was appointed Tory leader and Prime Minister after her allies in the Tory party and the mainstream media bullied her rival out of the contest. She set about pushing a hard-right interpretation of Brexit in order to poach UKIP voters in the expectation that the combined Tory-UKIP vote share would hand her a huge parliamentary majority.

 

In March 2017 the Scottish parliament held a democratic vote to authorise another independence referendum. One of the strongest arguments in favour of the 2nd referendum was the Tory lie that a "no" vote would preserve Scotland's place in the EU, which was followed less than two years later by the right-wing of the Tory party goading the English electorate into voting to drag Scotland out of the EU against their will.

 

In April 2017 Theresa May and the Tories decided to call an opportunistic snap election, but despite pulling in the majority of the hard-right UKIP vote, they squandered away their parliamentary majority because Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party achieved two political feats that were widely considered impossible at the time: bringing out the youth vote, and engaging non-voters.

 

After her vanity election failure Theresa May was reduced to begging the Northern Irish DUP bigots for support, which came at the cost of a £1 billion bribe (paid by the taxpayer, not by the Tory party). Another potentially larger price tag is that the British government colluding with the DUP at a time of heightened political instability and sectarianism in Northern Ireland is jeopardising the peace process.

 

From June 2017 onwards Theresa May has behaved like a puppet of the tiny hard-right fringe of Tory MPs because offering a fanatically right-wing interpretation of Brexit is the Tories' only chance of survival. They're electorally dependent on their brand new Blue-kip demographic of ex-ukippers because the slightest move away from hard-right blue-kip extremism towards the more liberal and socially progressive values of the under-50s would cause an exodus of Blue-kipper Tory voters and cost them the next election.

 

We're now in November 2017 and it's been 17 months since the Brexit vote, yet the Tories are still deadlocked on the first round of Brexit talks, meaning time is running out to conclude the vital trade talks phase of the negotiations. The more time the Tories squander on the first phase of the negotiations, the less likely it is the UK will get a trade deal with the EU, and the more likely it is that we'll end up with a catastrophic "no deal" cliff edge Brexit (which is exactly what Theresa May's hard-right Brexiteer puppet masters actually want to happen, because it would allow their disaster capitalist mates to snap up £billions worth of British infrastructure and assets on the cheap in the resultant economic meltdown).

 

All throughout this process of stumbling from one crisis to the next, the Tories have continued applying their socially and economically ruinous austerity dogma, meaning that after a decade of falling real terms wages, British workers are facing yet another decade of pitiful wage growth, with wages projected to only return to the real value they had before the bankers' insolvency crisis in the mid-2020s. What's even worse is that this astonishingly bad wage growth projection doesn't even account for the dreadful consequences of a "no deal" cliff edge Brexit, because the Tories are refusing to share their Brexit impact assessments with their own economic watchdog, let alone opposition political parties or the British public!

 

So the Tories are turning the UK into a low-wage, low-skill, low-productivity, low-growth, low-welfare economy in front of our eyes as they slow march us towards the "no deal" Brexit cliff edge because they're intent on prioritising their own narrow party political interests above the interests of the British people or the British economy.

 

And here's the kicker. There are still millions of people out there who blame Labour!


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Donald Trump's UK visit 'postponed' as tensions with Theresa May rise over Britain First retweets
Source: International Businesss Times

US President Donald Trump's planned visit to Britain in January has reportedly been postponed as the leaders on both sides of the pond find themselves in an escalation of words.

Trump was set to go to the UK for a "working visit" in the New Year to formally open the new US Embassy in London. It was set to be a scaled down version of a state visit with no meeting with the Queen to allow Trump to come to the UK without the potential for mass protests.

 

Read more: http://www.ibtimes.c...etweets-1649700


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I agree. The recent forecasts on growth and productivity are grim. We are not going to be the 5th/6th largest economy for much longer. Maybe it's time we start the empire again :p

I know you're joking, but when we built the empire the UK was a hundred years ahead of most of the rest of the world in technology and industrial development, and had among the highest standards of education etc. and we spent 80% of the time fighting people armed with sticks, rocks and occasionally swords and spears and bows with our muskets, rifles and cannons. 

 

If you think the people of Britain today are capable of leading a global organisation of any kind, let alone a militaristic empire, you're as deluded as the Brexiters.

 

Most of Britain's "greatness" in the last 50 years has come from foreign investment and educating immigrants. Britain basically is good at Lawyers and finance and that's about it. 






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