Wednesday, September 07, 2022

The Minister for Fracking

 The new and highly dangerious Minister with responsibilities for Fracking - 

Lee Rowley our local Tory MP supported the election of Liz Truss as Prime Minister. How does he now feel about her appointment of Jacob Rees-Mogg to the key fracking role of Business Secretary? We can only hope that Rees-Mogg falls asleep on his new job. 

8th September. Watch out - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-62820639

Added 23 September. See what we are now up against from Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Govenment on Fracking -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V-6z_uBDh0

Monday, September 05, 2022

Was Liz Truss elected as Prime Minister on a Minority Vote ?

 It is claimed here that the Conservative Party had a total membership of between 180,000 and 200,000 on 1st July 2019 - https://metro.co.uk/2022/09/04/how-many-members-does-the-conservative-party-have-17295810/

If this estimate has held up since then, it means that Liz Truss has just been elected as leader of Conservative Party and thus Prime Minister on the votes of a minority of its party's membership.  She obtained 81,326 votes to Sunacks 60,399, making it a total of 141,725 legitimate votes being cast. This is well below the membership estimate for 2019.

This time 624 members submitted invalid voting papers, but what number of others could not be bothered to vote given the nature of the choices ?

3:4 portrait of Elizabeth Truss


P.S. This claims that Truss received only 47% of the eligable votes - https://drillordrop.com/2022/09/05/liz-truss-to-be-pm-reaction/#more-94984

 

Saturday, September 03, 2022

The Day War Broke Out.

83 years ago today the then Prime Minister (Neville Chamberlain) announced that Britain was at war with Germany.  I was three years old at the time. See -

https://www.bbc.com/historyofthebbc/anniversaries/september/war-announced/

and

 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=414459536773798

The photo is taken from his radio announcement.

 Primary History KS2: WW2 Clips. The declaration of war - BBC ...

 For the full 13 minute announcement with additions to Chamberlain's statement, see- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcSnKArKz8E

Monday, August 01, 2022

This is whom I supported for the present leadership of the Labour Party

At our constituency meeting, this was whom I supported for nomination as leader of the Labour Party. Although the majority vote went for Starmer. 

Lisa Nandy - latest news, breaking stories and comment - The Independent

 See -

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-62381848

And -  https://labourlist.org/2022/08/labour-frontbencher-lisa-nandy-visits-striking-cwu-members-on-picket-line/

Also see - https://labourlist.org/2022/08/to-successfully-level-up-we-must-empower-our-local-communities/   8 August


Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Death of David Trimble

David Trimble – Facts - NobelPrize.org                                                 Over time when I was an MP from 1987 to 2005 I came to develope a key interest in moves towards peace and reconcilation in Northern Ireland.  I became a regular participant in debates in the Commons on Northern Ireland matters. And became a member of the Northern Ireland Select Committee and the British Irish Parliamentary Body. I was also a regular visitor to the island of Ireland - the north and the republic. These activities mainly took place during the period when David Trimble played a key role in developments in the Province.

 David Trimple was leader of the Ulster Unionist Party from 1995 to 2005 and first Northern Ireland Minister from 1998 to 2002. During these times we occupied London flats which were opposite each other on dfferent sides of the road, a couple of miles south-west of the Commons. It meant that on occassions we bumped into each other when either waiting for a bus to the Commons or more likely walking the distance together.  Such informalities can be very helpful.

It is sad to hear of his death. For he made significant advances towards peace processes in the Province.

1st August see -   https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-62371935

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Tory Positive Abstentions

 In the election for the leader of the Conservative Party, what happens if the voters send in more positive abstentions than votes for either of the two candidates ? Would we then hang on to Boris ?

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Boris Johnson's Relationships - 7 children with three of his four wives and another woman.

 The following is an extract from his Wickipedia entry. Covering another side of Boris's character.

 

Relationships

Johnson with his then-fiancée Carrie Symonds at the 2020 Commonwealth Day service

In 1987, Johnson married Allegra Mostyn-Owen, daughter of the art historian William Mostyn-Owen and Italian writer Gaia Servadio.[825] The couple's marriage ended in divorce or annulment in 1993[f] and 12 days later Johnson married Marina Wheeler, a barrister, daughter of journalist and broadcaster Charles Wheeler.[829] Five weeks later, Wheeler and Johnson's first child was born.[830][831] The Wheeler and Johnson families have known each other for decades,[832] and Marina Wheeler was at the European School, Brussels, at the same time as her future husband. They have four children: Lara Lettice, Milo Arthur, Cassia Peaches, and Theodore Apollo.[833]

Between 2000 and 2004, Johnson had an affair with Spectator columnist Petronella Wyatt when he was its editor, resulting in a terminated pregnancy and a miscarriage.[183] In April 2006, the News of the World alleged that Johnson was having an affair with Guardian journalist Anna Fazackerley. The pair did not comment and shortly afterwards Johnson employed Fazackerley.[194][195]

In 2009, Johnson fathered a daughter with Helen Macintyre, an arts consultant. In 2013, the Court of Appeal discharged an injunction banning reporting of his daughter's existence. The judge ruled the public had a right to know about Johnson's "reckless" behaviour.[232][834][835] There had been speculation that he may have had another child from an extramarital affair due to an appeal court judge stating in 2013, "the father's infidelities resulted in the conception of children on two occasions".[836] In September 2021, after years of obfuscation, Johnson stated that he had six children, thereby denying the existence of any further illegitimate children.[837]

In September 2018, Johnson and Wheeler issued a statement confirming that after 25 years of marriage they had separated "several months ago", and had begun divorce proceedings.[838] They reached a financial settlement in February 2020,[839] and the divorce was finalised by November 2020.[840]

In October 2020, Jennifer Arcuri, asked whether her 'friendship' with Johnson was in fact an affair, said "I think that goes without saying ... But I'm not going to talk about it."[841] In March 2021, she went into more detail about the alleged affair in an interview with the Sunday Mirror, saying it lasted from 2012 to 2016.[842][843]

In 2019, Johnson was living with Carrie Symonds, the daughter of Matthew Symonds, co-founder of The Independent newspaper. Symonds had worked for the Conservative party since 2009 and worked on Johnson's 2012 campaign to be re-elected as mayor.[844] On 29 February 2020, Johnson and Symonds announced they had become engaged in late 2019, and that Symonds was expecting a baby in early summer.[845] Their son, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson,[846] was born on 29 April 2020 at University College Hospital in London.[847][848]

On 29 May 2021, Johnson married Symonds in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral attended by 30 guests,[815][849] becoming the first prime minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822.[850] On 31 July 2021, it was announced that they were expecting their second child together after Carrie suffered a miscarriage earlier that year.[851] Their daughter, Romy Iris Charlotte Johnson,[852] was born on 9 December 2021 at an NHS London hospital.[853]