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The Times reporting that Sunak is drawing up plans for his attempt to scale the mountainous Labour poll lead. They will consist of:

1. Tougher sentences for burglers. 

2. The Boats. 

3. Banning trans women from single sex spaces. 

That’s it. These are Rishi Sunak's most pressing issues. Division and hate. What a tiny little twat. 

 

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1 hour ago, Spockydog said:

 

 

Oh yeah labour is too the right of Biden and at least many a Midwestern democrat. 
 

5 hours ago, Spockydog said:

The Times reporting that Sunak is drawing up plans for his attempt to scale the mountainous Labour poll lead. They will consist of:

1. Tougher sentences for burglers. 

2. The Boats. 

3. Banning trans women from single sex spaces. 

That’s it. These are Rishi Sunak's most pressing issues. Division and hate. What a tiny little twat. 

 

I’d be really suprised if the uk doesn’t fall into a very boring autocracy in a decade or two.

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10 hours ago, Spockydog said:

 

Who could have guessed that govt spending money in sensible ways boosts a country's economy? Deficit spending by govts is indefinitely sustainable as long as it's not just a lolly scramble and corrupt grift.

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1 hour ago, The Anti-Targ said:

Who could have guessed that govt spending money in sensible ways boosts a country's economy? Deficit spending by govts is indefinitely sustainable as long as it's not just a lolly scramble and corrupt grift.

It's about as complicated as putting on a hat. 

 

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Conservative makes reasonable suggestion that doesn't involve stomping on asylum seekers. 

Gove to relax rules in England to allow more shops to be converted into homes.

Most of the time, Gove fits into the Tories just fine; it's just now and again he has some kind of cerebral fit and tries to do something useful. 

I love the idea of a row of small shops within walking distance of home that aren't just betting shops, off-licences or takeaways. And you do get them sometimes, often in the richer areas, or in some remote towns. But for over a decade now, I've been walking past empty premises or coffee shops that change hands twice a year because the local market can't support them, and at this point I'd rather see them converted to housing than wait for the Second Coming of the high street. 

 

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39 minutes ago, The Anti-Targ said:

Bring residents into an area and local business follows, how did no one think of this before?

The problem for a lot of these small businesses (at least from my bystander's perspective) is the insane inflation in property values which means equally insane rent and thus a business that may have been profitable in a less silly era just can't stay afloat. I can't even count the number of local businesses I've heard have had to shut down over enormous rent hikes (honourable mention to energy prices too).

Then there's the added cost of living problems which mean that people who may have been happy to pay a little more at a small independent shop now go to a supermarket or online because they have to save pennies where they can.

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From Stewart Lee in The Guardian.

The UK’s Mickey Mouse news agenda deserves only contempt

It’s Thursday morning. Boris Johnson, who made a former KGB agent’s son a lord and attended sexy parties at his fairytale hacienda, has failed to hand over his mobile phone to the Covid inquiry as some secret spies said there might be all stuff on it. Johnson has also spaffed out another child, this time in wedlock, but the announcement of the birth was delayed by a week, which has inadvertently helped to detract from his ducking and diving and lying, like when he got that jack russell cross that we never see any more. The baby, Frank Alfred Odysseus Red Herring Picaninny Bum Boys Letterbox Johnson, also fulfils the same function as when Johnson started talking about how he liked to make model buses out of crates, in 2019, to game malleable search-engine algorithms away from his Brexit bus lies. As with so many of Johnson’s promises, we are yet to see any evidence of his ability to fashion a single model bus from crates. Perhaps he broke them all throwing them at Dilyn the dog. And trying to father a child every time he abuses the rules isn’t a long-term strategy, even for a man as profligate as the former prime minister.

It’s Thursday morning. Yesterday, at prime minister’s questions, the MP for Newark, Robert Jenrick, doubled down on his decision to paint over welcoming murals of Mickey Mouse in a processing centre for unaccompanied migrant minors on the grounds that many of them were teenagers, so the images weren’t “age appropriate”. Perhaps the teenage refugees would have related better to a mural of Mickey Mouse wanking into a crusty sock? Or deciding that vinyl is actually cool. Or being a massive miserable pain in the arse for six years. In contrast to Jenrick’s hastily concocted excuse, the minister for migration and borders, Lord Murray of Blidworth, told former child refugee, and top Jamaican sound system operator, Lord Dubs that the initial decision to paint the murals was a mistake by some cowboy contractors. Perhaps they were supposed to write “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here” in the Conservatives’ blue Franklin Gothic font over a painting of the two-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi dead on a beach near Bodrum in 2015.


It’s Thursday morning. Meanwhile, despite having said she is resigning, the pedal bin-brained Mid Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries continues to draw her £84,000 salary, presumably continues to pay her daughters a combined salary of £80,000 a year from the public purse and has found time to write an exoneration of Johnson (The Plot) for which she has already received a £20,500 advance from the craven vultures circling the decomposing corpse of her political career at the disgraceful HarperCollins, the sort of facile company that publishes exclusively the kind of books you buy as an afterthought at a supermarket checkout, along with some senna pods. Conservative connivance, Conservative cruelty and Conservative corruption are everywhere. But look at the front pages! A BBC presenter may or may not have done something appalling, according to accusations in the Sun that appear to be cautiously recalibrated hourly as I hastily rewrite this in the closing minutes before the 10am Thursday deadline.

Rishi Sunak, who has not found time to comment on Johnson’s current bout of rule-bending, said he was “shocked and concerned” by the Sun’s story, but fell short of repeating that his main priority was stopping the boats. Taking moral guidance from a Sun story is like making travel plans based on maps given to you by the Flat Earth Society. Conspiracy theorists theorise conspiratorially that the BBC presenter scandal is a convenient way for rightwing Tory media, or the media as they are better known, to spaff attention away from the Conservatives’ continuing woes. But this would require cooperation at the highest level between government and, for example, Rupert Murdoch, whose recent prosecco and crisps party was attended by Johnson, Sunak, Grant Shapps, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Oliver Dowden, Liz Truss, Brandon Lewis, Bill Brewer, Jan Stewer, Peter Gurney, Peter Davy, Dan’l Whiddon, Harry Hawke, and Sky TV’s Kay Burley and all.

Perhaps by the time you read this, the details of the twisty BBC tale will be clear. Earlier last week, even the perpetually hi-vissed Jeremy Vine’s decision to document every waking moment of his life with a camera mounted on his bicycle helmet could not stop Twitter’s stinking finger of suspicion from pointing inaccurately at his indignant Bendy Toy ™ ® face. “11am. I get off my bike and stand at a urinal. As you can see, no motorists are currently telling me to f*** off.” This BBC-cash-for-photos-of-a-17-year-old story may yet have been clarified as you scoff your Sunday muffin. But what is definitely true already is that the Sun ran photos of naked 16-year-old Page 3 girls all the time from 1970 until 2003. (Now the law’s changed, Google can’t even show you the 1983 Samantha Fox shoot that accompanied the headline: “Sam, 16, quits A-levels for ooh-levels!”, though it can show you an image of Mickey Mouse, irrespective of your age or immigration status.)

And what is also certain is that, as multiple globules of Tory turds hit multiple overheating fans in the hottest days ever recorded on Earth, the BBC presenter story absolutely isn’t the main story. But we sit here on our collective sofa, like colostomy bags with clown faces daubed on us in shit, sucking up buckets of queasy filth through straws, bleating our half-understood opinions out on to social media networks that farm us for data like pigs, consuming this calculated crap. We deserve to burn.

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15 hours ago, Poobah said:

The problem for a lot of these small businesses (at least from my bystander's perspective) is the insane inflation in property values which means equally insane rent and thus a business that may have been profitable in a less silly era just can't stay afloat. I can't even count the number of local businesses I've heard have had to shut down over enormous rent hikes (honourable mention to energy prices too).

Then there's the added cost of living problems which mean that people who may have been happy to pay a little more at a small independent shop now go to a supermarket or online because they have to save pennies where they can.

You're certainly not likely to get local businesses turning up in low income neighbourhoods no matter how newly established. But if you turn a high property value retail/business district into desirable residential areas then local businesses will reappear that can be economic because they are catering to a population that is has the discretionary funds. It's not exactly a solution to poverty and the existence of food deserts in poor areas, but it does reinvigorate dead zones in cities and creates employment.

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The 'death of the british high street' has been a topic of conversation for years, in fact I think one of the most depressing things you can do is travel around the country and see the sad state of most high streets. It's hard to know what a lot of the purpose of the modern high street even is, given the change in shopping behaviour in the last decade or two. Seeing a bunch of pound shops, boarded up shoe shops, a vape shop and row after row of betting shops is really illustrative of the prosperity of the local area.

As a side note, recently travelling around Europe and Eastern europe one thing that strikes you is that in many cities and towns some of the only shops that exist are betting shops and casinos, and pharmacies (pharmacies I suspect due to some subsidy), other shops rarely survive. That seems to be an extreme example but it could be the direct of travel for many streets in the UK, if they aren't already there. 

It's amazing that more hasn't been done in the past to replace these decrepit areas with housing, given the potential profit. 

I see Westminster Council is trying to replace many of the crappy vape and sweet shops in Oxford street with exciting popup brands and experience stores, with reduced business rates for those stores. This seems like a really good idea and part of an overall trend to figuring out what we even want to do with shops in general. 

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While reading this, I wondered if the mother and child were black. Of course they are.

Absolutely disgraceful behaviour from these cops. 

Met police handcuffed woman over bus fare in front of crying child

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The police watchdog is reviewing an incident in which a woman was arrested and detained by Metropolitan police officers in Croydon after she was falsely accused of not paying her bus fare.

Video footage that circulated on social media on Saturday showed the woman being arrested and handcuffed by two male Met officers in front of her child, who was distressed and crying.

 

 

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