Thursday, 27 April 2017

David Cameron, Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

David Cameron wants the credit for the referendum and perhaps he does deserve some credit, even though he never expected the result. He said yesterday:
I loved being Prime Minister. I thought I was doing a reasonable job. But I think it was the right thing. The lack of a referendum was poisoning British politics and so I put that right.
[Note for non-British readers: When an Englishman says "I thought I was doing a reasonable job" he means 'I was doing brilliantly'.]

Michael Deacon in the Telegraph today:
From the way the Tories carried on, you’d think the election was already won. As Jeremy Corbyn rose to speak, they cheered him almost as loudly as they’d cheered Mrs May.
“When I became Leader of the Opposition, 18 months ago…” began Mr Corbyn.
“HOORAY!” shouted the Tories. “MORE! MORE!”

Eagerly they parroted their campaign slogan about Mrs May’s “strong and stable leadership”. The first question to the Prime Minister came from Michael Fabricant (Con, Lichfield). Between them, in less than two minutes, he and Mrs May said “strong and stable leadership” three times, “strong and stable government” twice, and “strong Conservative leadership” twice. Thereafter, “strong and stable” was recited a further 11 times, “strong economy” 11 times, and “a coalition of chaos” (that which Labour would apparently lead) four times.
While this carnival of self-congratulation rollicked on, Labour MPs were silent. As always, they declined to cheer for Mr Corbyn. They did, however, give an enormous cheer to Tom Blenkinsop – a Labour MP who dislikes Mr Corbyn so strongly, he’s decided to stand dow
Peter Risdon:
The middle class has ballooned. The bosses in top hats thing has become the private hallucination of a small group of loonies. People aren't trapped in jobs for life with only unions standing between them and being chained to a weaving loom. Labour is a twentieth century answer to a nineteenth century probloem, and now finds itself in the twenty first century.

Retweeted John Rentoul (@JohnRentoul):

Members who encourage voting for other parties ought to be expelled from Labour

Jeremy Corbyn MP on Twitter
“Congratulations to George Galloway on astonishing result in Bradford. Big message here on opposition to wars and austerity.”

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