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  • Liz! Truss!
  • ernielynch
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    Statement from Greenpeace:

    Who voted for this? In a healthy democracy, people should get the government programme they voted for, but Liz Truss is putting most of it through the shredder.

    People voted for strong action on climate, a fracking moratorium, world-leading environmental protections, and tackling poverty and inequality.

    What they’re getting instead is fracking, a potential bonfire of rules on wildlife and nature protection, and now the prospect of benefit cuts.

    Broken promise after broken promise, the prime minister is quickly turning her party’s manifesto into the longest piece of false advertising ever written. Many will be left wondering whether her government answers to the public or to the hedge fund managers, right-wing think tanks and fossil fuel giants that are cheering it on.

    kelvin
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    Many will be left wondering whether her government answers to the public or to the hedge fund managers, right-wing think tanks and fossil fuel giants that are cheering it on.

    Can we have that made more pithy for your T-shirt Binners? There’s a genuinely chilling coalition of interests.

    Caher
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    Has someone deliberately moved her autocue too far too the right?

    Typical libertarian strategy. I’d imagine ‘Hardman of Brexit’s’ Steve Baker’s tiny hand might have involved.

    kelvin
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    Mike Pickering on LBC talking about the use of the M-People track.

    [ as you can imagine, not thrilled – “worst government in my lifetime” – “despicable” – “awful people” – “we’ll see at the next election… roll on, roll on” ]

    [ right I’m off to listen to T-Coy and relive Haçienda memories ]

    MoreCashThanDash
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    Just a lot more of the culture war shit then?

    All they have left if they don’t take want to take responsibility.

    I get that our version of democracy means a political party can elect a new leader/PM, but they can’t be allowed to get away with tearing up the manifesto they were originally elected on. That would be rather authoritarian.

    binners
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    Never felt more alienated from this country.

    Wait ‘till you see whether her tactics to build support work. We, as a country, might surprise you. She has no mandate for this, and you never know, we might wake up and deny her one.

    I was just going to say the same. She’s banking on the fact that because all this played well with 80,000 elderly racists in Eastbourne that the rest of the country is going to buy in too

    I think most people are more concerned about their pensions and mortgage rates than they are about declaring war on Greenpeace and the BBC

    I’d think that she’s also just alienated a lot of more moderate voters with that hardline nonsense

    dissonance
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    All they have left if they don’t take want to take responsibility.

    What? These are the tories the proud believers in personal responsibility or so they keep telling us.

    but they can’t be allowed to get away with tearing up the manifesto they were originally elected on

    That has always been an option anyway regards of changing leader. I am not sure how it can be fixed unless you set a certain number of manifesto claims as have to enact with x years or an automatic GE?

    jp-t853
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    That was so depressing just a load more culture war shit

    ChrisL
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    From the BBC:

    Liz Truss was briefly interrupted in her speech by a pair of demonstrators from Greenpeace – who were then escorted out.

    Health Secretary Therese Coffey has praised her boss for her handling the situation.

    “Liz got on with it,” she tells the BBC’s Politics Live programme.

    “She showed her resolve.”

    Yeah, it really sounds like it took a steely resolve and an unbreakable spirit to get through a brief interruption to a speech. Surely even our greatest prime ministers would acknowledge that their strength of characters is nothing to hers.

    TheBrick
    Free Member

    I don’t think she is even representing most conservative voters. She is representing the nut job echo chamber party members and a particular strand of the conservative MPs. Real fragile ego on this one.

    binners
    Full Member

    Theres some proper Tory loon on Five Live now saying that ‘woke backbenchers’ (David Camerons fault apparently) are hijacking Truss’s agenda and they should ‘sit down and shut up’

    dissonance
    Full Member

    The one piece that stands out from her speech is:

    “the vested interests dressed up as think-tanks”

    The NHS is going to be absolutely overwhelmed with all those people injured by their irony meters exploding.

    kelvin
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    The whole piece about people getting taxis to appear on the BBC to challenge what her shady people get to say on air was such a jape.

    gobuchul
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    “the vested interests dressed up as think-tanks”

    I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard that. I’m pretty sure this was put in by her owners to troll us.

    tomhoward
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    squirrelking
    Free Member

    *totters off to design ‘anti-growth coalition’ T-Shirts*


    @binners
    You done yet? When will they be printed?

    MoreCashThanDash
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    “the vested interests dressed up as think-tanks”

    The NHS is going to be absolutely overwhelmed with all those people injured by their irony meters exploding.

    That needs to be thrown at her and every minister and tory MP in every interview, with specific reference to to 55 Trumpton Street.

    bruneep
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    stevextc
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    Theres some proper Tory loon on Five Live now saying that ‘woke backbenchers’ (David Camerons fault apparently) are hijacking Truss’s agenda and they should ‘sit down and shut up’

    They must be reading from the wrong page in the playbook.
    The Tory’s need to get rid of Truss IMHO before they will get the traditional Labour voters back voting against their own financial interests

    dissonance
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    They must be reading from the wrong page in the playbook.

    Its the emergency “break glass” option. Dont know what to do? Shout WOKE.
    Admittedly if you are needing to deploy that against your backbenchers as opposed to Labour/Lib dems/red pandas then the emergency is pretty severe so just shout WOKE again and louder this time.

    I wonder if woke has reached its natural end of life like snowflake, social justice warrior and so on before it. If they are using it against their own backbenchers it does indicate something new is needed for those who are actually a bit “woke”.

    ads678
    Full Member

    Mike Pickering…

    Whoooo???

    kelvin
    Full Member

    Whoooo???

    W H A T … !! Might need another thread… or can I just post some videos here…?

    Quando Quango 1982

    T-Coy 1987

    M People 1994

    dissonance
    Full Member

    Theres some proper Tory loon on Five Live now saying that ‘woke backbenchers’ (David Camerons fault apparently)

    Its worth noting how many of the lunatic frontbenchers also came in under Cameron. So perhaps they have a bit of a point about Cameron being to blame.

    binners
    Full Member

    Cameron is to blame for an awful lot! You could lay the blame for most of the problems this country faces at either his door or that of his Eton Bullingdon chum

    Between the 2 of them they’ve been an absolute wrecking ball for the UK

    stevextc
    Free Member

    dissonance

    Its the emergency “break glass” option. Dont know what to do? Shout WOKE.

    Fair point though it’s like the “If (y)our leader is deranged do not pull the communication cord outside of a run up to an election”

    Admittedly if you are needing to deploy that against your backbenchers as opposed to Labour/Lib dems/red pandas then the emergency is pretty severe so just shout WOKE again and louder this time.

    Seems rather beyond desperate to me. More of an own goal.

    I wonder if woke has reached its natural end of life like snowflake, social justice warrior and so on before it. If they are using it against their own backbenchers it does indicate something new is needed for those who are actually a bit “woke”.

    It works too well and Labour will doubtless continue trying to tell people what they can and can’t think and say they just have to remember to kick it at the other goalposts come the next election.

    MrSparkle
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    Whoooo???

    You’re thinking of his brother Wonnie.

    ernielynch
    Full Member

    Pickering said he discovered the song had been used while he was out riding his bike.

    He said he could feel his phone “going mad in my pocket” and thought something had happened to a family member due to the number of notifications and messages.

    He’s had his whole day proper buggered up – he didn’t even get to enjoy his bike ride.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-63145566

    Still, it gave him an opportunity to point out the irony of this:

    The Manchester group’s founder Mike Pickering said he hoped Ms Truss took note of the lyrics, as it was “about, ‘go and pack your bags and get out'”.

    kelvin
    Full Member

    I can’t believe I called it right… my only process was… “90s, sounds superficially upbeat, has easy to understand simple lyrics that will be obviously inappropriate for the big day, made by people who wouldn’t touch the Tory Party with a bargepole”… and that’s the first song that came into my head… it’s the most obviously wrong song to choose… I was thinking… “if The Thick Of It was real, and Tucker hadn’t been told what song they had chosen, and we were watching him go apocalyptic about how stupid the choice was, what would we be listening to”… a basic joke. Believable as satire only… but now it’s real. **** idiots. They’re on another planet.

    binners
    Full Member

    He’s been on with Nihal on Five Live this afternoon absolutely slating Truss and the Tories. He really hates them!

    Heather Smalls son is also a labour councillor 🤣

    binners
    Full Member

    Anyway… it seemed rude not to fire up photoshop after Lizzies soaring oratory in her stirring and inspirational conference speech

    ernielynch
    Full Member

    It makes you wonder who thought the lyrics:

    Just who do you think you are?
    Stop acting like some kind of star

    Were appropriate for Liz Truss as she walked onto the stage.

    Or that just before her keynote speech the lyrics:

    Just who do you think you are?
    This time you’ve gone too far

    Would be also appropriate.

    I certainly agree with the sentiments behind the lyrics I’m just surprised that Tory HQ also agrees.

    kelvin
    Full Member

    On the “anti-growth coalition” bollocks…

    Starmer, in his speech in July

    “To do all that we need three things:

    Growth. Growth. And Growth.”

    …doesn’t sound like someone who is “anti-growth”.

    Remember the announcements made at the Labour conference… government investing in training more NHS workers… government investing in building renewables… doesn’t sound “anti-growth” to me.

    In fact… Truss has gone on to use the exact words three months later, today… “Growth. Growth. And Growth”. It’s just that she’s just using it to back up her cuts and deregulation dogma.. she has no plan for real growth at all. She has nothing.

    All the parties want growth. Truss and her party are the last ones you should trust to deliver it. They have got us in this hole with the decisions they have made while in power.

    Another little clip from his speech…

    “A plan for net-zero needs growth.

    A plan for growth needs net-zero.

    This is about the future of course.

    Fail to tackle climate change and you can forget about growth -there is no bigger business risk.”

    The policies laid out at the Labour conference, and those yet to be fully formed that will be added on the run up to the next election, all have to have that at their heart. It is not choice between a greener economy and and growth. It is not a choice between a greener economy and energy security and stability. We need to transition to a greener economy, that is where the growth will come from, that is how we insulate ourselves from fossil fuels crisis (this won’t be the last one). Truss boasting about opening up new oil and gas fields, and making jokes about foisting fracking in the UK people, isn’t the path we should be on. It doesn’t deliver on it’s own terms, as well as being counter to, and delaying the move towards, net zero.

    stevextc
    Free Member

    Kelvin

    All the parties want growth.

    That may or may not be the case however most of the electorate don’t give a toss about some abstract concept measuring something irrelevant to our economy and even less relevant to what is important to most people.

    Truss and her party are the last ones you should trust to deliver it.

    However some voters have fallen for this “growth” thing you mention and most of them vote Tory.

    kelvin
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    Yup, growth is meaningless to most people. But if you want it, Truss has no plan to deliver it, so you still shouldn’t back her. And you absolutely shouldn’t believe her when she says unions, climate protesters and other parties are barriers to growth. Her party is the barrier to growth, and a barrier to improving the UK on nearly any metric you can think off, other than funnelling money into the pockets of a few finance sharks. The other parties are proposing changes that will improve people’s lives, and reduce the impact on climate change… it’s not just about bigger numbers being moved about by the kind of funds her friends manage.

    trailmonkey
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    “A plan for net-zero needs growth.

    After consulting eminent Climate Scientists, that’s pretty much the opposite conclusion to what Naomi Klein came to in This Changes Everything.

    Economic growth is the absolute driver of climate change

    kelvin
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    Economic growth has been the absolute driver of climate change

    That I can agree with. Everyone should be able to.

    A period of transitioning at speed away from fossil fuels could be a driver of growth.

    kelvin
    Full Member

    Mike Pickering up on Radio4 PM in a minute. He’s handled all his live interviews brilliantly today. No messing about, straight to the point, no holding back. Suspect this one might be a clip/edit, so might come across a bit softer.

    moonsaballoon
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    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern criticized the tendency among countries to measure success by economic growth and gross domestic product at the 2019 Goalkeepers event on Wednesday, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Ardern said that governments should instead focus on the general welfare of citizens and make investments in areas that unlock human potential. She pointed to New Zealand’s new well-being budget that seeks to expand mental health services, reduce child poverty and homelessness, promote Indigenous rights, fight climate change, and expand opportunities.

    “Economic growth accompanied by worsening social outcomes is not success,” Ardern said. “It is failure.”

    I dont think Liz’s version of growth is about improving social outcomes .

    MoreCashThanDash
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    some abstract concept measuring something irrelevant to our economy and even less relevant to what is important to most people.

    Then a lot of people need educating so that they understand what growth is and does. The kind of education that requires government investment so that they get better results from school, better prospects, better jobs that will boost the growth that would fund the government to invest….etc etc

    stevextc
    Free Member

    Kelvin

    Yup, growth is meaningless to most people.

    I’d go further and say is and of itself its meaningless.
    We have fallen into a habit of not even saying growth of what…. and typically when not qualified it refers to GDP which for the UK has been beyond meaningless for decades.

    This stuff isn’t really complicated .. certainly not rocket science.

    Our basic income/outgoings is balance of trade and this has been negative EVERY month for decades. We spend more than we earn.

    UK PLC as a company is spending more than it earns every month and the more we spend, the higher the GDP.
    The more we spend over what we earn the more we borrow… the more we borrow and less likely we look to be able to repay that the more we pay in interest.
    Given we **need** to import food we need to export to pay for it.
    It doesn’t matter what BS is applied by politicians the rest is just moving money internally.. like giving the kids spending money it’s coming out of the wage pot or under Tory policy its the kids earing money to pay to their parents.

    Any “growth” really needs to be well defined and targeted whichever party is talking about it.

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