Thursday, January 17, 2019

MPs Making Their Minds Up On Brexit.



MPs are split into a number of difficult-to-reconcile camps over Brexit. Then whatever line the Government now tries to take in any further negotiations with the EU, it faces intransigence. For the EU does not wish to make any further concessions which could lead to other member States looking for such favourable withdrawal arrangements.

The current divisions in the Commons cover - (1) Although they were  in a minority on Tuesday; those who accept the deal which the Government has struck. (2) Those who would have accepted the deal if it had not included the backstop arrangement. (3) Those who want a complete break with the EU. (4) Those who wish to retain close links via a Customs Union. (5) Those who wish to obtain a Norwegian type arrangement, which is seen by some as being virtual membership of the EU but without any of the rights of membership. (6) Those who call for a further referendum on the issue - often in the hope that the electorate will now have changed its mind. (7) There might be other "remainers" who feel that if the Commons can't make its mind up, this will lead to a situation which stops us from leaving - or that it may aid other objectives they have in mind, such as moves towards Scottish Independence. (8) Then there are those who are seeking a General Election seemingly on the Brexit issue, but also with many other (not unimportant) issues in mind.

Given the numbers of MPs within each of these categories, how on earth can a parliamentary compromise ever be reached ? Well desperate times call for desperate measures.

What about parliament providing for a ballot (with ballot papers) for its MPs where the above types of options (neutrally worded) are voted upon via the device of the single transferable vote. With valid votes needing to cover all the above type of items by being numbered, say, 1 to 8. Unless the transferable vote finally led to a tie (say 318 each) then the MPs will have made a decision. Otherwise between the last two, the Speaker could pick the winner out of the hat.

If this all sounds to be daft, it at least reaches a position for the Government to pursue. Unlike the current situation it gives a form of clarity.

Added 19th January -

Recorded unemployment is still above twice the percentage that it was in the post-war period up to the early 1970s. Then many jobs are not permanent or paid as well as they were when we had major coal, steel and cotton industries. Trade Union membership has fallen considerably so workers interests are not pursued as well as they were, Many jobs are impermanent, on zero hours and (despite minimum wage legislation) very poorly paid. There are many communities which have been destroyed by such developments. Labour needs to pursue such people's interests and transform their communities away from being areas of serious social depression. In terms of party political advantage it would also help us to maintain a solid base. Such people overwhelmingly voted to leave the EU, we should not seek to alienate them on this, whilst pursuing a Brexit deal that will not further harm them. To pursue the well-being of deprived working class people would also improve effective economic demand and stimulate economic growth.

And Again 19 January : John Major is arguing a similar line to my initial comment. It is either a matter of "great minds think alike" or "fools seldom differ" - although we have had many past disagreements. See here. 




Saturday, January 05, 2019

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The Coal Authority at Mansfield

A valuable update on the Coal Authority's discoveries about former mining operations appears in their recent 32 page publication which is a Modern Law Supplement entitled "Meet The Experts". Click here for its electronic version.

Although it is not mentioned as such by the Coal Authority, it contains information with wide implications for the dangers of fracking in such areas - which includes my local North East Derbyshire.

Amongst the information it supplies is (1) that nationwide it deals with 1,200 incidents and subsidence claims per year, (2) it is currently managing £4 million worth of liability on behalf of the Government, (3) it treats over 120 billion litres of water every year, (4) recently it dealt with a subsidence project where thirty houses had to be demolished, (5) it inspects 10,000 mine entries annually, (6) it has information on 173,000 mine entries, (7) 57,000 such mine entries are situated in urban areas, (8) 130,000 properties lie within only 20 metres of at least one mine entry, (9) most conurbations in Britain (outside London) are sat on coalfields - which is no less than 25% of all properties, (10) it manages a compensation scheme under the Coal Mining Subsidence Act and (11) land effected by coal mining can be restricted in its use, mainly for purposes of public protection - a point it needs to be pushing in relation to the dangers of fracking.

Via a Chart it also shows that (a) 11% of the total UK is situated on coalfields, (b) 600 surface hazards are reported each year, (c) 27% of coalfields are in risk of groundwater flooding, (d) 15% of the coalfield is effected by Radon and (e) 1 in 4 of all properties lie in British Coalfields areas.

Page 13 provides a map showing such Coalfield Areas in Britain. These can be studied more deeply here via using the Coal Authority's Interactive Map (click here).

We could do with knowing how far these Coalfield Areas co-inside with the territory issued to INEOS and others under the Government's Inland Petroleum Exploration and Development Licences (PEDLs) as shown here.
  

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Natascha Engel's Angles


The following item appears in the current edition of "Private Eye" which covers the period from 22 December 2018 to 10 January 2019.

The publication runs a section for reader's letters, but prefers short comments. The current edition carrying 25 letters.

Anyone wishing to add points to the following item should do so quickly in order to seek to catch the next edition. The Private Eye e-mail editorial address being strobes@private-eye.co.uk and their postal address is Private Eye, 6 Carlisle Street, London W1D 3BN.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The Backstop Explained

The House of Commons Library has produced this valuable explanation about the nature of the Backstop Agreement for Northern Ireland which the Government entered into with the European Union, but is now searching for its last minute improvement or "clarification".  For many of us, this is the biggest problem about the current deal. See this link.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Hello Natascha

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At last the Government has published the postal address and the e-mail address for us to contact Natascha Engel in her official capacity as their Shale Gas Commissioner. Happy hunting. Click here.

And just look at what Natascha is supposed to do for us. Click here. She is going to be ever so busy !  

Hat Tip - Labourheartlands (photo)

Monday, November 19, 2018

Key Parliamentary Papers On Brexit

For the avenue to access key parliamentary papers on Brexit link to here.

22 November even more important now see this. 

2 December. Labour are now threatening a parliamentary vote of confidence in the Government. If they then win the day, this could quickly lead on to a General Election. Such an election would be dominated by the Brexit issue. If they take office, Labour is for trying to reach a new deal with the EU which will place us even closer to them than under May's deal. If this fails to be achieved by a Labour Government then a fresh referendum will be on the cards. However popular this stance may be with the electorate in general (or not), it will be massively unpopular in many working class areas where Labour have traditionally drawn the basis of their support. Nor will it help in such areas that the vote could take place in the middle of winter. There would probably even be far larger abstentions than recently from these areas. How will a Labour Government then act to communicate with such people in ways which  overcome the many problems they face ? For the interests of other dominant Labour voters will be able to be pressed more effectively.  Then for electoral purposes Labour will increasingly come to ditch (and not seek to engage with) traditional labouring people. Who would have thought this of Corbynism ?

Friday, November 16, 2018

Labour And Brexit - What Jeremy/May Never Achieve

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

Although I did not want a referendum and voted to remain when it was forced upon us, I accept that I lost out on both counts.

Whilst I see a fully-fledged Brexit as being a disaster, I do not support the idea of having a fresh referendum on the issue. To do so would be to fly in the face of the decision which was backed especially by many of those who at one time were often solid working class Labour supporters and are now some of the most deprived and excluded members of our society.

So Labour should have moved to a position where it pressed for the best deal we could feasibly look for. Using avenues to pressurize the Government and to push the E.U. negotiators. One avenue to have sort in order to mobilize support would have been via our membership of the Party of European Socialists.

Instead Labour very late in the day and never previously having fully covered such combined areas, finally adopted its six tests. Five of these (depending on how they are interpreted) seem to me to be feasible although they emerged far too late. These seek (1) "a strong and collaborative relationship with the EU", (2) "the fair management of migration", (3) to "defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom", (4) to "protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime" and (5) to "deliver for all regions and nations of the UK". The area of greatest concern in the final category seeming to me to be Northern Ireland.

But there is also a further item which seems to me to be an impossibility. Namely to "deliver the 'exact same benefits' we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union". First of all, the EU negotiators are never going to agree with this. Then if somehow they did, it would virtually mean that we would be placed in an impossible position. We would retain the key elements of our current membership of the E.U. without having any internal say over these matters in the future. That seems to me to be a democratic non-sense - even if the EU isn't all that democratic a body. (Some of us have a long record of pressing for its democratic and social improvement).

As the above item will not (and should not) be granted in full, Labour is then likely to call for a fresh referendum. I am totally against such an idea. We should not have a second referendum just because some people did not like the result of the first one. Not at least until we enter a new era, when the question might then be whether we reapply for EU membership.

The problem we currently face is that although only a slightly tweaked version of Teresa May's proposals can ever be put to parliament within the current time-scale, they are (with inadequacies) the best we can expect. Labour should adopt an official parliamentary position of either giving them critical support or calling for abstentions. Come what may, some Labour MPs will disobey any whips recommendations.  But the Party's official stance is important.

Whatever suicide moves take place on the Conservative, SNP and DUP benches, Labour should not officially participate in the same game. Then perhaps some Labour common sense might have an impact on the final outcome.  

21 November : This is a proposal that is worth pursuing - click here.