If you think 2015 was a tough year for the Labour Party,  just imagine being a Lib/Dem!

It’s worth reminding ourselves that this once great British institution went from being a party of government in 2010, to suffering a virtual wipe-out

Once relevant!

Once relevant!

five years later. With 57 seats in the coalition government and several respected heavyweights in their ranks, the Lib/Dems had enviable influence between 2010 and 2015. Influence today’s Labour Party can only dream about.

Now reduced to just eight seats and saddled with a leader who lacks gravitas or any kind of public profile, it is a party in permanent decline.

Starved of publicity, mainly due to the overwhelming media interest in Labour’s public imploding and lacking its big beasts, most of whom were expunged at the 2015 general election, the Lib/Dems seem to be heading in the same direction as one of those popular, but now out of date 1960s

sitcoms.

Yes, they could try a revival, but they’re never the same as the original.

Who do you think won?

Click to watch and listen here

https://grabyo.com/g/v/lrzGjMJASHe

Under Ed Miliband’s leadership the once mighty Labour Party became nothing more than a protest movement for the militant public sector monilith and

beatles-tribute-band

A Poor Substitute

hopeless welfare claimants. This was bad, very bad – particularly for those die-hards who spent their entire life supporting,  representing or simply depending on this vital parliamentary beacon for the working classes throughout the UK.

But since Jeremy Corbyn seized control, there is now a real possibility that Britain’s second most successful political party will become a sad tribute band, offering incipit, unconvincing impersonations of its former glorious past.

 

2015 Was Labour’s Annus Horribilis – 2016 Will Be Corbyn’s!

LONDON: Since the General Election of 2015, the Labour Party suffered the worst 8 months of its long and varied history. Most notably; losing Scotland to the SNP and then control of the party to the extreme left. Even in the previous dark days of the early eighties – when militant tendency attempted such a coup – things were never as bad as they are now.

The Labour party have no one else to blame but themselves. It became their Annus Horribilis!

Then, early in the New Year Jeremy Corby was forced into a reshuffle after being humiliated by three senior MPs. Hilary Benn was targeted for the axe, yet survived the long, protracted negotiations by promising to toe the party line. He has lost face in all this and will now be seen as more interested in saving his career than being true to his political beliefs.

 

But worse was to come, as Pat McFadden and Michael Dugher fell victim to Corbyn’s wrath. Simply stating the truth in the Labour party will get you terminated. Several more resignations followed, one on live TV as Stephen Doughty announced to Andrew Neil during the Daily Politics show.

Prime Minister’s Question time was only an hour away when Corbyn heard the devastating news, which explained his dreadful performance and lacklustre delivery.

Whilst tightening his grip over the Shadow front bench, the Labour leader has alienated the rest of the party with his cack-handed degradation of two of the party’s most respected and capable politicians. McFadden and Dugher are likely to build a following of excluded moderate MPs looking to exact revenge and even topple the Corbyn dictatorship. During the coming months another of Corbyn’s detractors; Simon Danczuk will be the focus of much media attention. Having disgraced himself by sending lewd texts to a 17 year old job applicant, he has been suspended from the party whip, much to the joy of Corbyn’s devotees. This is the first test of the new hard left regime that sees an opportunity to recall Danczuk and replace him with their preferred candidate, sending a chill throughout the moderate stream in then party.

With the Labour supporting press building against him, and his detractors briefing anyone who’ll listen, 2016 cannot be anything else but the Labour leaders very own, man-made Annus Horribilis!

Let’s be honest, can any Tory activist, politician or casual supporter name a single successful defining policy during the past five and a half years that can be attributed to David Cameron’s premiership?

We can all agree the economy has improved, jobs, tax revenue and living standards are up, and our budget deficit is down. But none of it can be associated with our PM!

The Nothing Man!

The Nothing Man!

Only one single act of legislation can be associated with the above economic recovery – tax reduction!

Unfortunately for David Cameron, those who understand politics will be well aware the increase in tax thresholds was a bold LibDem policy, not at all considered by a nervous prospective Tory government in May 2010. Amazingly,  that’s where it begins and ends. By making taxes less of a burden,  the unemployed have gone back to work.  The result has been increased tax revenues, investment and deficit pare down. And that’s it ladies and gentlemen, the economic recovery in a nutshell!

Nothing else has contributed, NHS and Overseas aid ring fencing has done nothing to help. The Scottish Referendum yielded nothing, Britain simply knuckled down and got on with it. Immigration hasn’t contributed, the EU has held us back and every other Tory policy,  be it during, or post coalition has been insignificant to say the least.

So where does Cameron go from here? Well, he has promised to go. During those ridiculous kitchen interviews in the run-up to the last election, Mr Cameron insisted he will not contest the 2020 election. His lucky, but un-spectacular Chancellor;  George Osborne is yet another wet Tory in waiting.  Boris is past his sell by date and Teresa May will probably fall, due to the immigration crises she has so significantly failed over.

By 2018 Cameron will be withdrawing from the race, the economy will still be recovering,  be it so slowly, no one will have noticed. The EU referendum will have come and gone, Britain will have voted to stay in and Mr Cameron will slip away without a single reform or creditable policy.

How sad that in today’s political world, doing next to nothing and not actually having a failed economic, or any other kind of policy, will result in a very average Prime Minister recorded in history as a “Nothing Man”!

Leftwing poster-boy Owen Jones has been busy analysing the success of his Marxist cousins in Spain. He’s smitten with Podemos, the ant-austerity, high tax and spend equivalent of Militant Tendency of the 1980’s lead by trade

Syriza and Podremos Leaders United

Syriza and Podemos Leaders United

unionists and thugs.

Jones has a soft spot for the Podemos leader: Pablo Inglesias! He’s particularly impressed by this section of the Spaniards speech;

So if you’re part of Britain’s battered, bruised and demoralised left, you should listen when Iglesias speaks. Last year, he delivered a speech berating the traditional left’s failure to communicate. Leftwing students never spoke to “normal people”, he said, and treated working-class people as though “they were from another planet”, bewildered that they did not respond in the way Marxist textbooks said they should. The enemy, says Iglesias, “wants us small, speaking in a language no one understands, in a minority, hiding behind our traditional symbols”.

Owen Jones Leftwing Activist

Owen Jones Leftwing Activist

Do you get the irony there? Jones is infamous across Twitter for blocking people with opposing views to his own! Yet he’s advising his comrades to get out and talk to “normal people”! – And what’s more, he thinks it’s a good idea!

We can now draw a safe conclusion, if Owen Jones doesn’t listen to his own advice, why the hell should anyone else?

Read Owen’s Ironic article here.

 

On Andrew Neil’s The Sunday Politics, Kenneth Clarke was unchallenged when he said “there was no single issue that Britain can identify that needs looking at” – astonishingly Andrew Neil did not offer the old EU sycophant a single item that Breitbart London have identified here;

On Wednesday this week the Conservative Party’s manifesto promise of an In/Out referendum on membership of the EU became Government policy following its formal announcement in the Queen’s Speech. To date opponents of the plan have alleged that the policy is only half-formed as there is no ‘wishlist’ for renegotiation of membership. Today, however, Business for Britain (BfB) published a list of changes which the Prime Minister and other senior Tories have previously demanded.

The list is supported by a “compendium of quotes” collated by BrB in order to verify each policy statement. A supporting video has also been produced.

Being able to check the Prime Minister’s progress against the list of robust reforms provided by BfB will provide a quantifiable measure of the success or failure of his EU talks. Matthew Elliott, Chief Executive of Business for Britain said:

“The idea that there is no plan for an EU renegotiation is patently absurd. The PM and his Government colleagues have been consistent in calling for a robust new deal with the EU which involves bringing powers back from Brussels and securing “proper, full on” Treaty change.”

10 key changes which senior Tories have flagged up have also been proposed by BrB, namely:

  1. An end to ‘ever closer union’
  2. Cut EU red tape for SMEs and start-ups
  3. Return control over social and employment laws
  4. Protect the City and financial services
  5. Protect the UK from Eurozone meddling
  6. Fast-track international trade deals
  7. Cut the EU budget to save taxpayers’ money
  8. Apply UK transparency laws to the EU
  9. Give member states control over migration
  10. Restore Britain’s right to veto EU laws

Other changes BrB notes members of the Government have called for include:

  • Abolish the Common Agricultural Policy
  • Abolish the European Parliament’s second seat in Strasbourg
  • Cut the number of EU institutions
  • Complete the Single Market
  • Reduce EU control over justice and home affairs
  • Withdraw from the Common Fisheries Policy
  • Withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights

BfB says the reforms it has identified “will be of significant benefit to both British business and the wider competitiveness of the EU” and urges that “with a fresh electoral mandate for the Conservatives, it is vital that these detailed plans to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU are delivered.”

Acknowledging the fact that the Government’s checklist will take time to realise, Elliott counsels caution for those who want to hold the referendum as soon as possible, saying:

“While some will now want to fast-forward to the referendum itself, it is vital that the proper time be given to the renegotiation process to ensure it delivers the changes we need and business wants.”