This bit of good news was music to my ears last night when I found out Anna Soubry had left the government. Throughout the referendum campaign she ranted and whined about the consequences of Brexit and a memorable quote can be seen in the picture above.
Along with George Osborne, she was a leading player in the Project Fear campaign and like Georgy boy, has now paid the price.
All I can say is, goodbye and good riddance.
Theresa May toddled off to Scotland today for a meeting with Scottish overlord Nicola Sturgeon and the results should worry Brexiters.
May said she won’t trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty until all the devolved governments in the union agree to Brexit.
Well, Sturgeon will never agree to it. This looks like a stitch up of the highest order. It seems obvious now that May is going to stall on this until it disappears of the political landscape. “Protection of the union” will be her excuse each time, along with “the timing isn’t right”.
What is worrying is, the subject of the EU is a reserved matter, not the remit of the devolved administrations. This is exclusively the domain of Westminster, yet the PM is going to allow Sturgeon a say in whether or not Brexit goes ahead.
May has said that preserving the union is of the utmost importance to her and it appears she is prepared to sacrifice the opinions of 17.4m Brexit voters to keep 1.6m voters in Scotland happy, a province that hates the Tories.
The Telegraph has the story here. Note the video where May talks about triggering Article 50.
Health and education are two very important departments of state. Theresa May did the right thing by getting rid of Nicky Morgan from education, but then she goes and re-appoints the buffoon Jeremy Hunt.
What is she playing at? She knows him and the NHS are at war. By changing the health secretary she could have appointed someone who could start with a clean slate, but no, she gives him his job back, and a continuing punch-up with the health service.
Bad move May, as you’ll soon discover. We treasure our NHS and the last thing we need is hostility between it and the government. The continuing battle between the two won’t help her get off to a good start.
For Brexiters, the appointment of David Davis to the role of Brexit minister is more than welcome news. This is a man who has supported Britain leaving the EU for many years.
Davis knows his onions and is the perfect person to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU. It’s an appointment I’m extremely happy about and one that means Britain really is going to leave the EU on our terms.
So far Theresa May has got off to a good start with her appointments. The first thing was getting rid of George Osborne and replacing him with Philip Hammond. This move will prove popular after the scaremongering antics of the referendum. Osborne has apparently been told by May she didn’t want him in her cabinet in any position.
The big shock was Boris Johnson getting the foreign office job. Boris did a great job in London and hopefully he’ll do the same in foreign affairs. Amber Rudd unsurprisingly got May’s job in the home office. Liam Fox has been appointed international trade secretary, another Brexit campaigner. Defence secretary Michael Fallon keeps his job.
The most interesting and pleasing appointment for me was David Davis being appointed minister for Brexit. Davis has been an outer for many years and knows his subject. I think he’s the perfect person for the job.
By appointing Johnson, Fox and Davis, Theresa May has got off to a flying start to her claim that Brexit means Brexit. We just have to hope she lets them do the jobs she has given them.
The British Medical Association has announced that junior doctors in England will be going on strike next Tuesday as a result of a breakdown in talks over new contracts aimed at increasing services over seven days a week.
There is no doubt rights and wrongs on both sides of the debate, but let’s look at another issue here.
Why is the strike only taking place in England?
The answer of course is England has no devolved government. England, unlike the rest of the union, has no true democratic representation and is instead ruled by the Westminster parliament, which rules in the interests of Britain. This strike isn’t the concern of Britain. It is however, the concern of the people of England. It is English patients that will suffer through the dispute between the British government and the junior doctors of England.
It’s about time the English had its own government which can deal with delivering public services in England, and not left at the mercy of the British. After all, the British allow the Scots, Welsh and Irish determine their own affairs, why not the English too?
Here’s a roundup of today’s budget. Anyone feel richer? Me neither.
There’s been a debate about Tory plans for English Votes for English Laws (EVEL), and it seems the Scottish contingent at Westminster are upset.
Let’s get one thing straight: English affairs are nothing to do with Scots. Sure, there is the issue that budget changes in England have a knock-on effect to Scottish budgets, so that’s an issue that needs to be dealt with first, and would be relatively easy.
One way to do that is to allocate budgets to each nation which would be spent according to the needs of each nation. Once that’s sorted out, then Scottish MPs have no right to interfere.
It’s an outrage that Scottish MPs believe they should be able to vote on English issues, while Scottish issues are safely locked up in Holyrood.
The government has got this wrong but putting the cart before the horse. Deal with the funding issue first, then everything will fall smoothly into place.