Moon Of Liberty Politics – PMQ’s

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Prime Ministers Questions – 11th Jan 2017

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Corporation tax call sees Corbyn throw victory away

The first Prime Minister’s Questions of the New Year saw Jeremy Corbyn begin on comfortable ground. He started with condolences to a member of the armed forces, which quietly embarrassed Theresa May from the off as it is normally the PM who brings that up first in the early backbench questions.This is something David Cameron always did and for Theresa May to be doing it in response to the Leader of the Opposition is poor.

Unusually for Corbyn there were no surprises in the tack he took, straight on on the NHS problems which is one area he and Labour still have some strength in the public mind. He raised the Red Cross claim that what has happened is a ‘Humanitarian Crisis.’ May responded the Red Cross claim was ‘irresponsible and overblown.’ Corbyn the backed up with quotes from the BMA and Royal college of Nurses. May began waffling about the ‘hard work of medical professionals’ as means of diverting from the issue.

Corbyn accused May of being in denial and then raised a real life scenario of ‘Sian’ who had clearly written to him. In the David Cameron days this would bring huge groans from the Tory benches and his case would normally fall apart, it is a nod to how strongly Corbyn had started that this was not the case. May’s response of ‘I accept there have been a small number of cases’ by contrast were met by groans of derision from the Labour benches. Corbyn mocked the ‘shared society’ with more sharing trolleys, corridors etc. Corbyn at this point was on top. It was good stuff.

The turning point was Corbyn mentioning May’s focus on mental health and welcoming that. Not the ting to do when you are on top. He talked about an increase in mental health patients ‘having to go to A&E, May pointed out they should not be going to A&E, using a visit to an Aldershot Hospital and the importance of appropriate care for the individual. On this she spoke with passion and conviction, then Corbyn agreed these people should not be going to A&E after first saying they were forced to.The shambolic Corbyn of the last day or two was back.

May re-iterated the point ‘He may find it difficult to believe people may say the same thing they aid a few weeks ago.’ Poking fun at yesterday’s series at U-Turns. She then resorted to an old David Cameron tactic, that you can’t have a strong NHS without a strong economy. Corbyn then showed his weakness and fell into the trap, calling for Corporation tax cuts that have been shown to bring in more money to be scrapped. May pointed out he has spent that money that would immediately be saved eight times over, weakening the economy in the process.’The last thing the NHS needs is a cheque from Labour that bounces’ After a poor start enough to leave the Tory benches cheering at the end of the exchange, a score draw today that tells us Corbyn can score on the small picture, but May wins on the big picture.

Outside of the May v Corbyn exchange

SNP Leader Angus Robertson brought up the Northern Ireland crisis to call for Article 50 to be delayed, raising derision from both sides of the House. This was rebuffed by May who stated the plan to invoke Article 50 by March is still on course. Norman Lamb (Lib Dem MP for North Norfolk) stated MP’s from all parties had come together to call for a Health convention and wanted May to meet with them, she stated she would.John Woodcock  (Lab MP for Barrow In Furness) raised the special NHS service issues due to remote locations in Cumbria. Caroline Johnson (Con MP for Sleaford & N Hykeham) got to ask her first questions since her by election win, raising her local NHS (She was a doctor prior to becoming an MP.) Gavin Robinson (DUP MP for East Belfast) Praised May’s considered response to the Northern Ireland issue. Finally in the will anyone get told off by the Speaker this week watch, John Bercow reprimanded Paula Sheriff (MP for Dewesbury) for poor behaviour.

MOON OF LIBERTY VERDICTThresea May 2 Jeremy Corbyn 2 A PMQ’s of two halves, Corbyn took the first half, May the second

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Moon Of Liberty News & Politics – News Digest

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News Digest – 09 January 2017 @ 1.00 pm

London Evening Standard – London begins to grind to a halt as RMT strike begins

Daily Express – Backpacks & drones banned amid fear of ISIS attack on Inauguration Day

ABC News – Senator Lindsey Graham calls on Donald Trump to accept Russia did interfere in the election

Washington Journal – Professor Paul Gallucci discussed the North Korea nuclear threat

Daily Express – US vows to shoot down North Korean missiles

PoliticalBetting.com – The Scremaing Eagles explains why he has bet on Diane Abbott as next Labour leader

NBC News – 300 US Marines to return to Helmand Province

ITV News – Theresa May rejects Red Cross claims that the NHS is in a state of Humantarian Crisis

ITV News – The Queen attends Sandringham service after heavy cold

Telegraph Comment – Steven Swinford wishes he could be a fly on the wall when Donald Trump meets Boris Johnson

INews Comment – Brexit is the tip of the Iceburg for Theresa May – Ian Birell

Order Order – Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign manager on the RMT picket line waving a red flag

Sky News – Theresa May pledges support for Mental Health support in the workplace

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Moon Of Liberty Editorial Comment

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Team GB at the Olympics is the best health strategy

The Olympics is not yet finished, but it is already Britain’s most successful away games, and there is still an outside chance we could match the 29 gold medals won at London. The success coincides with the unveiling of the Government’s ‘Obesity strategy.’ The fact we have such a thing is testament to the very worst of our NHS and the idea the State should be responsible for everything to do with health in this country.The Government have not giving the health groups everything they wanted especially on their advertising demands and should be commended for not capitulating everything. The reality is the Olympics are part of the best health strategy, encouraging more to play sport and those who become good, will voluntarily take on board other issues like diet, discipline and hard work in order to become better. Sport is a better health strategy than a sugar tax or advertising restrictions, encouraging self responsibility. So congratulations to those winning medals, who are doing more for the health of Britain than Government and the noisy, ghastly nanny state health crowd ever will.

The National Lottery achieves

In 1997 John Major’s Government with Virginia Bottomley as Culture, Media & Sport Secretary set up the National Lottery. This was in the aftermath of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where, had it not been for the brilliance of Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent. Britain would have come home with zero gold medals. A large part of the lottery was to ensure this never happened again. Four Olympics later we have had four of our most successful Olympics since the early days in the early 1900’s. The National Lottery through Sport UK has delivered, yes of course the Athletes have too but those politicians who, at that time on the point of losing power, had the vision to set up something for the long term, should be applauded too.

Team EU?

A Pro European Union group have created their own medal table showing ‘Team EU’ top of the medal table by adding up the medals won by EU countries, including Britain (We are, sadly, still a member right now.) This has raised the temperature of some on the Leave side of the argument. The right response is to laugh, it is trivial, and we all know many Pro-EU types don’t have much of a sense of humour. The sinister side pf this also shows however they are serious about forcing the EU together as one as the Leave side argued throughout the Referendum which the Remain side, wrongly, dismissed.. More proof we were 100% right to vote to leave this dangerous entity. 

Moon Politics – PMQ’s 03 Feb 2016

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Prime Minister’s Questions 12:00 PM Tuesday 03 Feb 2016From the House of Commons, The Palace of Westminster

Cancer policy exchange leaves one wondering about Corbyn’s listening skills

With the Prime Minister on the ropes with the press and his backbenchers over his EU ‘deal’ PMQ’s will have been a relief for David Cameron. Given there was a statement on the EU issue to come later it would have been odd if Jeremy Corbyn had led on that in this exchange. He instead went on the issue of cancer and the NHS generally. He started in regard to cancer waiting times that were not being met. Cameron conceded one of his three targets, a target around treatment within 62 days, was not being met but stated this was one of three targets around cancer treatment and the other two were being met, which, you have guessed it, were not under Labour.

Corbyn moved on to ask about cuts in radiologists. At first Cameron appeared stumped and went on to make general points about NHS investment. It was not until Corbyn had asked his third question about cuts in public health funds that he found the bit in his file that I assume had the figures. Radiologists were up 15% since he became PM, He also contradicted the public heath cuts point, then having dealt with the substantive points, his wider context began to make more sense. The Tories can do these things because they invested, unlike Labour who have cut the NHS in Wales, and he (Corbyn) was responsible for Labour.

Corbyn then resorted to a trait that looked as bad this week as it was last. Accusing the PM of not answering the question when he actually had. He then did this again when asking about ESA cuts. Cameron rightly pointed out someone with cancer would be in the support group whose benefit would not be cut even under the new proposals. On this Cameron gave a very specific and targeted answer, yet Corbyn still accused him of not answering. It makes it look like he is not listening and comes across very badly. To compound this he asked the same question again via an email from ‘Martin,’ using his failed ‘Peoples Question’ regime, and fell into an easily avoidable trap had he been listening the first time by reading out a scenario in which, as Cameron had already explained, the benefits would not be cut in that scenario anyway. An easy one for the PM to dispatch, with some added extra digs at the Welsh NHS including numerous areas where Labour run Wales were doing much worse Tory run England to boot.

Elsewhere the SNP leader in the commons Angus Robertson challenged the PM on the EU Referendum timing regarding a letter signed by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and Northern Ireland’s First Minister and Deputy First Minister Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness asking the Referendum should not be in June out of respect to other election. Cameron’s response was revealing, stating he agreed with Alex Salmond that it should not be ‘within six weeks.’ Given the rumoured date is 23rd June, exactly seven weeks after these elections, the response was more telling than normal. Beyond that David Rutley (Con MP for Macclesfield) had some fun at the expense of SNP and Labour Trident policy asking whose policy was more dangerous, Cameron responded Labour now wanted to use the submarines to move defence personnel around ‘The most expensive Uber service by boat.’ Overall another easy day for David Cameron, While his opponent needs to start listening before assuming the question has not been answered in something that is becoming an increasingly poor trait.

MOON OF LIBERTY VERDICT (Out of 5)

David Cameron 3 – Jeremy Corbyn 1 – Not as clear cut as last week, but another very easy win for David Cameron, as Corbyn continues to fall into all sorts of avoidable traps.

 

 

Moon Polling – YouGov

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10% Tory lead in first released poll of 2016

The first poll of 2016 has been released although the fieldwork appears to have been done before Christmas and as a result the full regional breakdowns are unavailable. The poll piles on more bad news for Jeremy Corbyn and good news for David Cameron giving the Conservatives a headline lead of 10%. UKIP retain a creditable score of 17% and the Liberal Democrats are stuck on 6%.

The poll also asked who is the best party for various topics. The Tories led on the economy, law and order, taxation, unemployment and education. Labour kept a lead on the NHS and Housing, UKIP were ahead on immigration which shows both the main parties need to be careful how they discuss this issue, dismissing UKIP’s arguments are not going to win over the public, however tempting this may seem.

As there is no regional breakdown I have not done a seat projection for this poll, As a result the current Moon of Liberty Average seat projection of all polls remains at a projected Tory majority of 68 as it currently stands.

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Yougov Poll released 04/01/2016, Fieldwork 16-17 December 2015

UK Voting Intention – Con 39% Lab 29% UKIP 17% LD 6% Green 3%

PMQ’s – 16th December 2015

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PRIME MINISTER’S QUESTIONS

The final PMQ’s before Christmas saw the return of David Cameron verses Jeremy Corbyn after two weeks grace, firstly due to the Syria debate and last week as Cameron was at the Climate Conference in France. Last week Labour had a rare good outing as Angela Eagle stood in to take on George Osborne, the return of the leaders led to the return of the more traditional result.

As Corbyn rose to ask his first question, Tom Watson giggled away as the Tory benches cheered. Corbyn started badly, managing to stumble over his words when simply wishing every one merry Christmas to hoots of derision and he never came close to recovering. He then went on to ask about the NHS, and could Cameron be certain there will be no winter crisis? Cameron ignored that point not surprisingly, then went on the stats, more operations, more doctors, more nurses, and of course, putting more money in due to having a strong economy, which Labour would not.

As Corbyn ploughed on slowly, with pre-prepared lines including data which Cameron’s answers contradicted, it was clear he was lost with no plan B. He asked about transparency, Cameron retorted these figures were not even published before he came to office and allowing Cameron to go on to accuse him of ignoring the unemployment figures suggesting Corbyn does not care about people in work, in line with his economic policies in general.

Corbyn’s only good line was a tenuous link to Cameron’s letter to his Oxford council complaining about cuts a few weeks ago, describing him as part of ‘Oxford’s anti-austerity movment.’ He then want on to waffle about another NHS point which Cameron easily swept aside, again accusing Corbyn of not caring about the unemployment figures or the strong economy that fuunds the NHS, that he says Labour opposed. Challenged with this, Corbyn decided to finally sink to asking ‘question from Abby.’ and the outsourcing of questions that has failed so miserably again and again as if he had nothing more to say himself. The question was long winded and set Cameron up for a final flourish about his record on the NHS and on the economy with this usual list on jobs, employment etc, highlighting lots of Labour’s weaknesses in the process. All too easy for Cameron who easily gets the better of Corbyn yet again. Will Corbyn ever win a PMQ’s? Maybe not.

MOON OF LIBERTY VERDICT – (Out of 5) David Cameron 4 Jeremy Corbyn 1 – Far too easy again for Cameron, I still have not given Corbyn a single win at PMQ’s, he could be the worst leader ever at doing this. It’s becoming embarrassing

 

Saturday Newsround – Syria & Sugar

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UK personnel attack Syria under foreign orders

A row has broken out in the UK over the disclosure that Prime Minister David Cameron knew about British Personnel who had join or embedded as the term is know, in teams under foreign command, had been involved in air strikes on Syria. In 2013 The UK Parliament voted against the UK going into air strikes with Syria, This has caused criticism from both sides of the House of Commons. From the prime Minister own side MP for Billericay John Baron claimed this was of concern and outside the spirit of the parliamentary vote. Labour are unhappy too, although more that they did not know about it than the action itself as neither acting Labour leader Hariett Harman or Labour Defence spokesman Vernon Coaker were informed. For me opposing this is like opposing an English footballer learning a Spanish style of play if they signed for Real Madrid or Barcelona, that would be nonsense, and stating these personnel have done anything wrong by working to the aims of their leadership is also nonsense. Britain also benefits hugely from the experience of these exchange procedures. The critics also forget the vote was regarding attacking the Assad regime, not ISIS and it’s friends, which is what these airstrikes did.

NHS Chief says children should not be given any sugary drinks

Stewart Stevens the chief of NHS (Nation Health Service) England has been in the news lecturing us that children should not be given sugary drinks to avoid all sorts of potential diseases in later life. This is the same man who wrote the report stating the NHS needs £8 billion a year more to be sustained. Maybe £8 billion minus the departments who come up with these silly nanny state reports then, This is the darker side authoritarian side of the NHS that likes to interfere in something or other on an increasing basis. The NHS should concentrate in helping those who are actually ill, if we are going to have a state funded NHS, that should be it’s priority.