The Tories And The Brexit Shambles

Liam Fox with best friend Rodrigo Duterte (April 3)

Liam Fox with best friend Rodrigo Duterte (April 3)

Jeremy Corbyn was proved right and again proved the critics wrong by supporting Theresa May’s “master stroke”, the snap election. The Tory election campaign was based on the fallacy that there was no credible opposition. The voters showed otherwise and the Tory party has lurched into division and crisis.

Over Europe most Tory MPs want to stop the world and get off before clambering back on again but presumably on a different, better continent. Others want some sort of a good deal but what that is, or if it’s possible, they don’t have a clue. Lots of them fear for their seats and want to disown austerity while the rest can’t face confessing that they were wrong all the time. They rely on Ireland’s nastiest party, the DUP, to hang on to power hoping that one of the warring factions won’t stab one of the other warring factions in the back and turn the shambles into a complete collapse. In the meantime Tory zombie policies, the cuts to the NHS, to schools, to local government budgets stagger on.

They can be stopped. If unions, the Labour Party and local communities are serious they can be stopped. If not now, when?

Dr Liam Fox, MP

There are few more successful Tories than Dr Liam Fox. He was successfully forced to pay back £22,476.03 in MP’s expenses in 2010, successfully failed to declare various paid-for trips abroad,

successfully rented out his London home while claiming rental expenses for another home he lived in and, while Secretary of State for Defence, he successfully took a friend, lobbyist Adam Werritty, on official trips abroad. Mr Werritty presented himself as a government adviser and attended dozens of official meetings with Fox.

Now he’s Secretary of State for International Trade what’s he been up to? How about a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and a trade deal with the Philippines? Duterte, self-confessed killer and advocate of murdering drug addicts welcomed Fox, who was impressed: “The UK and the Philippines have a well-established and strong relationship built on a foundation of shared values and shared interests and we want this partnership to continue to flourish,” said Fox.

But what of the down sides? A deal might mean some give and take. Who said this: “to restore competitiveness we must begin by deregulating the labour market.”?

Lowestoft Hospital For Sale

In a loaded questionnaire residents were asked if they would allow Lowestoft Hospital to be closed if current services and more could be located in the already half-built Kirkley Mill Health Centre and a new Health Centre created to serve North Lowestoft. With severe reservations and a large minority against they agreed. There is no Health Centre in North Lowestoft and no plans for one. Lowestoft Hospital is to be sold off as soon as possible.

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