My head is spinning. The whirligig that is British politics is revolving at an ever accelerating rate. I had barely woken up this morning when the fickle fingers of fate gave the top another twirl.
+Still half asleep I heard that the hard right, rent-a-gob Labour MP John Mann had announced he was leaving parliament at the next election. I thought I heard he was crossing the floor to join the Conservatives, but perhaps I was still dreaming. The self-appointed scourge of Jeremy Corbyn will be most remembered for his ‘co-incidental’ confrontation with Ken Livingstone on the staircase in Millbank over anti-Semitism. Mann’s flow of abuse only paused briefly when he looked back to ensure that he was being filmed.
+The Change UK (CUK) Party is living up to its name as yet another of its founding renegades departs for the LibDems. Former Labour MP Angela Smith (who?) will also be remembered for very little, but her comments at the launch of CUK that some people were of a ‘funny tinge’ surely set the scene for a party of an inconsequential political tinge. Who’s left in it apart from Anna Soubry? I can’t remember, and I suspect no-one else can either.
+Amber Rudd was at the top of the news this morning. She’s resigning from the Cabinet and it seems the Conservative Party too. A woman of principle!
+All this palaver makes one wonder about where things are headed in the UK. Some people are fortunate enough to be able to claim, e.g. Irish citizenship and so keep their E.U. citizenship. My dual U.K./Canadian citizenship could provide a passport to a new land. But how different are things over there? Gordon Prentice has sent me a link to his first film, which reveals the extent of cuts being imposed in Ontario by the loudmouthed redneck Conservative Ontario premier Bob Ford. After post-Fordism comes Af-Fordism, as in ‘we can’t afford this, we can’t afford that.’ Canada has its austerity ideologues too. With their own federal general election now in swing, no-one seems to know for sure who will win—not least after Justin Trudeau’s recent performance—but it looks like the Conservatives have the edge. Escape routes are being cut off! Gordon’s video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euP5KoxPn0c&feature=youtu.be