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Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 03:01 AM

Long-promised plans to close the gap between rich and poor parts of the country have been announced by the government.

The strategy, unveiled by Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove, will take until 2030 and aims to improve services such as education, broadband and transport.

Mr Gove said it would "shift both money and power into the hands of working people".

But Labour said the plans contained no new money and little fresh thinking.

Mr Gove told the BBC the strategy was not aimed at providing new funding but ensuring it is spent effectively on local priorities.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60216307

The Don 2nd February 2022 03:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop (Post 13720517)
Mr Gove told the BBC the strategy was not aimed at providing new funding but ensuring it is spent effectively on local priorities.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60216307

Which means that Conservative areas will be provided with sufficient funding (so long as their MP hasn't been mean to, or about, Boris Johnson) and will have plenty to show.

Labour areas will be starved of funding but blame will be firmly placed on local leaders who have clearly failed to address local priorities effectively. :rolleyes:

Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 03:16 AM

Quite amazing to hear a Tory minister talking about their mission to ‘save forgotten communities’ as if we live in a parallel universe where they haven’t spent the last 12 years brutally cutting their way through those communities.

Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 03:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Don (Post 13720519)
Which means that Conservative areas will be provided with sufficient funding (so long as their MP hasn't been mean to, or about, Boris Johnson) and will have plenty to show.

Labour areas will be starved of funding but blame will be firmly placed on local leaders who have clearly failed to address local priorities effectively. :rolleyes:

Well yes, they only have themselves to blame for not voting Tory!

The Don 2nd February 2022 03:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop (Post 13720524)
Quite amazing to hear a Tory minister talking about their mission to ‘save forgotten communities’ as if we live in a parallel universe where they haven’t spent the last 12 years brutally cutting their way through those communities.

It's all still Labour's fault. As someone (you ?) pointed out with respect to the NHS, but which can be applied across the board, Labour should have had spending so high that a decade of Conservative cuts would still have left sufficient in the budget :rolleyes:

Carrot Flower King 2nd February 2022 03:56 AM

Just to show how "levelling up" spending really works: https://www.theguardian.com/inequali...rdian-research

Aaaaaah, those bleak post-industrial wastes of Bromsgrove, where Sajid Javid just happens to be MP...Poverty-stricken Hambleton, which just happens to include chunks of the Richmond constituency, "home" of Rishi Sunak...Oh, what about the desolation of Mid-Bedfordshire? Wait, who's MP there? Why, Nadine Dorries!

What has Tory Girl Trevelyan done to offend? Berwick could certainly do with some extra dosh, 'cos all governments ignore us - they think we are in Scotland...

Lothian 2nd February 2022 05:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carrot Flower King (Post 13720537)
Just to show how "levelling up" spending really works: https://www.theguardian.com/inequali...rdian-research

Aaaaaah, those bleak post-industrial wastes of Bromsgrove, where Sajid Javid just happens to be MP...Poverty-stricken Hambleton, which just happens to include chunks of the Richmond constituency, "home" of Rishi Sunak...Oh, what about the desolation of Mid-Bedfordshire? Wait, who's MP there? Why, Nadine Dorries!

What has Tory Girl Trevelyan done to offend? Berwick could certainly do with some extra dosh, 'cos all governments ignore us - they think we are in Scotland...

Leveling up areas where the Tory majority was marginal was the plan.
it does seem to have gone awry. I was brought up in Sunak's constituency. Classic, stick a blue rosette on a sheep and it will be elected territory. Don't know why they need the Tory vote boosting.
Is your constituency is solid blue or alternatively has it already been written off by Tory HQ?

Carrot Flower King 2nd February 2022 06:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lothian (Post 13720600)
Leveling up areas where the Tory majority was marginal was the plan.
it does seem to have gone awry. I was brought up in Sunak's constituency. Classic, stick a blue rosette on a sheep and it will be elected territory. Don't know why they need the Tory vote boosting.
Is your constituency is solid blue or alternatively has it already been written off by Tory HQ?

Berwick was Liberal and then Lib Dem for quite some time when Alan Beith was the MP; it was ignored for spending.

Tory Girl was elected in 2015 after Beith stood down. The Tories had long been second.

Many folk who'd voted for Beith, self-included, felt betrayed by the coalition, which was essentially making us complicit in a Tory government we never wanted - own fault for not taking the Orange Book more seriously. So we stopped voting Lib Dem. The Lib Dem vote did collapse in 2015.

Some just gave in to their inner Tory and voted for Talent-Free Zone Trevelyan. We're still ignored for spending.

I do seriously believe that many folk think we are in Scotland - the old "North of Hadrian's Wall" thing - so they don't have to consider what happens in much of Northumberland. This is allied to the regular misuse of "Northumbria", which is akin to me never calling Dorset Dorset, but always Wessex.

Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 06:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carrot Flower King (Post 13720634)
"Northumbria".

That would be the area around Citta di Castello then?

Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 06:53 AM

Boris Johnson is facing further calls to resign, as Tobias Ellwood became the latest Tory MP to say he wants to oust him from office.

The Bournemouth East MP said he would be submitting a letter of no confidence in the PM, amid the ongoing row over lockdown parties in No 10.

He joins colleague Peter Aldous, who said on Tuesday he had done the same.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60227531

Darat 2nd February 2022 08:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Carrot Flower King (Post 13720634)
...snip...

I do seriously believe that many folk think we are in Scotland - the old "North of Hadrian's Wall" thing - so they don't have to consider what happens in much of Northumberland. This is allied to the regular misuse of "Northumbria", which is akin to me never calling Dorset Dorset, but always Wessex.

Establishing the kingdom of Northumbria would help with levelling up!

Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 11:47 AM

Anthony Mangnall and Sir Gary Streeter have put in letters of no confidence.

It means a total of nine MPs have now said publicly they have taken this step.

A further three have publicly called on Mr Johnson to resign, although they have not revealed whether they have sent in letters of their own.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries attacked the latest MPs to put in letters, claiming they were "a handful of egos [who] want to make it all about them. It's selfish, doing Labour's work and it's really not helping their constituents."

Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 12:12 PM

Nadine Dorries tweets
@NadineDorries
· 1h
The defining mission of the PM & this government is to level up the whole of the UK. On the very day we are setting out steps to make this happen, a handful of egos want to make it all about them. It's selfish, doing Labours work and it’s really not helping their constituents.

Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 12:14 PM

Impressive to see Tories saying Starmer was to blame for the actions of the CPS at the same time as saying Johnson is not to blame for the actions of Downing Street.

Captain_Swoop 2nd February 2022 02:56 PM

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The Don 3rd February 2022 01:52 AM

Today's the day that people will find out how much more expensive their energy is going to be.

Quote:

Millions of people facing a spike in energy costs will find out shortly how much more they will have to pay.

The energy regulator's new price cap - the maximum amount suppliers can charge customers for each unit of energy - is likely to add hundreds of pounds onto the annual bill for 22 million homes.
Quote:

A typical household will face an annual increase of more than £600 on their energy bill, with a further increase of as much as £400 to come in the winter after the next cap is set in six months' time, analysts at Cornwall Insight have said.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60234732

I understand that the UK government has no control over global wholesale gas prices and the laissez-faire attitude to managing the UK's generation mix has meant that there's no control over electricity prices. Nevertheless, this combined with the inflationary effects of Brexit and the upcoming National Insurance increase will, as usual, end up hitting those who are least well off, hardest. :mad:

I hope people remember this when they step into the polls but I fear that they'll just blame everything on a Labour Party which by then hasn't been in office for 15 years.

P.J. Denyer 3rd February 2022 02:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Don (Post 13720530)
It's all still Labour's fault. As someone (you ?) pointed out with respect to the NHS, but which can be applied across the board, Labour should have had spending so high that a decade of Conservative cuts would still have left sufficient in the budget :rolleyes:

Just yesterday someone called into LBC & stated that they voted for Johnson to get the country out of the doldrums caused by the previous Labour government. FFS....

The Don 3rd February 2022 02:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by P.J. Denyer (Post 13721409)
Just yesterday someone called into LBC & stated that they voted for Johnson to get the country out of the doldrums caused by the previous Labour government. FFS....

Most people don't pay very much attention to what is going on and are likely under the impression that the government before the current one was a Labour government on the grounds that they just take it in turns. :rolleyes:

If you're that uncurious then you're not going to look beyond your usual media and friends to get different information and even if you do find out that Labour hasn't been in power for more than a decade, you'd be disinclined to believe it because it simply doesn't "feel right" (in the same way it doesn't "feel right" that 1970 is as long ago from today as 1918 was to 1970).

Gut feel seems to be remarkably resilient in the face of facts.

Darat 3rd February 2022 04:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Don (Post 13721396)
Today's the day that people will find out how much more expensive their energy is going to be.





https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60234732

I understand that the UK government has no control over global wholesale gas prices and the laissez-faire attitude to managing the UK's generation mix has meant that there's no control over electricity prices. Nevertheless, this combined with the inflationary effects of Brexit and the upcoming National Insurance increase will, as usual, end up hitting those who are least well off, hardest. :mad:

I hope people remember this when they step into the polls but I fear that they'll just blame everything on a Labour Party which by then hasn't been in office for 15 years.

And Labour had no control of the 2008 crash but the Tories still managed to pin the blame on them. Sadly I doubt Labour will do the same in reverse.

jimbob 3rd February 2022 05:15 AM

Meanwhile the Government's levelling up white paper:

https://assets.publishing.service.go...hite_Paper.pdf



Quote:

The earliest known permanent settlement to be classifed as urban was Jericho around 10,000 years ago (Figure 1.1). The city had natural irrigation from the Jordan River, allowing it to produce and export the most expensive essential oil in the ancient world.5 This enabled Jericho to become a hub not only for commerce and trade, but for people and skills, culture and finance.


Constantinople was the capital of the Roman/Byzantine Empire (330-1204 and 1261-1453), the Latin Empire (1204-1261) and the Ottoman Empire (1453-1922). Its growth followed a similar model. Built on the Bosphorus Strait, it was easily accessible to other parts of the Roman Empire via the Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Danube River. It too became a magnet for commerce, culture and finance.

As social animals, humans have always congregated in groups. These communities were typically found close to natural resources and seaways, for food and trade. The earliest known permanent settlement to be classified as urban was Jericho around 10,000 years ago.

The strategic importance of London’s location was first recognised by the Romans, with the town of Londinium established around AD 47-50. Its location on the deepest and second longest river in the UK allowed large military and trading vessels access to the world’s seaways. This quickly established London as a multicultural hub for people, commerce, finance and culture, a position (unusually by historical standards) that it has retained for 2,000 years.
Spurious and repetitive dusting of irrelvant facts - On brand for Johnson. Presumably he thinks it helps.

Dave Rogers 3rd February 2022 05:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimbob (Post 13721478)
Spurious and repetitive dusting of irrelevant facts - [...]

...which are, it appears, copied directly from Wikipedia.

Dave

jimbob 3rd February 2022 05:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Rogers (Post 13721487)
...which are, it appears, copied directly from Wikipedia.

Dave

And itself

Darat 3rd February 2022 05:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Rogers (Post 13721487)
...which are, it appears, copied directly from Wikipedia.

Dave

Quote:

Originally Posted by jimbob (Post 13721491)
And itself

Good to see those Eton fees go to waste!

The Don 3rd February 2022 06:07 AM

The Bank of England has raised interest rates in an attempt to control galloping inflation:

Quote:

Interest rates have risen for the second time in three months as the Bank of England tries to curb a rapid rise in the cost of living.

The hike to 0.5% from 0.25% came as the Bank warned prices would remain at a 30-year high for the rest of the year.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60197463

IMO that's not going to do too much to help reduce inflation, just make people's mortgage payments higher, the very last thing someone who is already reeling from increases in energy prices, general inflation and the pending increase in National Insurance.

That's not to say that I wouldn't like to see interest rates back up to their long-term average, but this may not be the right time to do it what with all the other problems going on.

Carrot Flower King 3rd February 2022 10:26 AM

And BlowJob's head of policy resigns over him slandering Starmer, just after BlowJob's non-apology for said slander.

Odd how BlowJob made that slander under Parliamentary privilege rather than even in the street outside the Houses, which would have allowed Starmer to sue the ******* arse off him. Not just weaselly, but cowardly, which is all we can expect from this twat.

Carrot Flower King 3rd February 2022 10:58 AM

And at the same time as announcing the "levelling up" paper, Sunak cuts most folk's council tax bill for next year, thus preparing the ground for the councils getting the blame for "levelling up" not working because they won't spend enough money, given that a load of the other money isn't new but re-labelled money they already have or were due to get anyway...

How ******* stupid do they think we are?

Oh, wait a mo...I think we have answered that one with PJ's LBC caller, my "I just like him!" eejit from Blyth, and other similar tales from other regulars in this thread.

Captain_Swoop 3rd February 2022 11:39 AM

Rise in energy bills in France capped at 4%.
Here in the UK we are getting a £200 loan and the bills are going up by 54%

Captain_Swoop 3rd February 2022 11:47 AM

Munira Mirza, the Downing Street head of policy, has resigned over Boris Johnson’s Jimmy Savile attack on Keir Starmer

Captain_Swoop 3rd February 2022 11:50 AM

Eddie Hughes MP tweets
@EddieHughes4WN
· Feb 1
The PM makes the right call on the big decisions, so it's great to see him in #Ukraine after the British government sent the HMS Defender to the Crimean shores and provided anti-tank missiles to Kyiv when other countries rejected the supply of weapons.

jimbob 3rd February 2022 01:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop (Post 13721826)
Munira Mirza, the Downing Street head of policy, has resigned over Boris Johnson’s Jimmy Savile attack on Keir Starmer

And another two since then

Captain_Swoop 3rd February 2022 01:44 PM

Three since then!

Jumping before they are pushed in the fallout from Partygate?

Captain_Swoop 3rd February 2022 01:45 PM

Four senior aides to Boris Johnson have resigned from Downing Street within hours of each other amid growing pressure on the prime minister.

Director of communications Jack Doyle confirmed his exit shortly after the departure of policy head Munira Mirza.

They were followed by the chief of staff Dan Rosenfield and senior civil servant Martin Reynolds.

The top aides' resignations come as Mr Johnson faces increasing questions over his leadership from within his party.

Mr Doyle told staff that "recent weeks have taken a terrible toll on my family life", but that he had always intended to leave after two years.

However, Ms Mirza quit over the PM's false claim that Sir Keir Starmer failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile when he was director of public prosecutions, and his refusal to apologise.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak publicly distanced himself from the PM's original comment, saying: "Being honest, I wouldn't have said it."

And asked if Mr Johnson should apologise, he said: "That's for the prime minister to decide."

A statement from a No 10 spokeswoman said Mr Rosenfield had offered his resignation to the PM earlier on Thursday, but would stay on while his successor was found.

Mr Reynolds - who was the principal private secretary to the prime minister - will do the same, but then return to a role at the Foreign Office.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-60253231

Captain_Swoop 3rd February 2022 01:47 PM

Boris lied about reduction in crime?

Are we surprised?

Quote:

The prime minister and the Home Office have been criticised by the UK statistics watchdog for incorrectly claiming crime has fallen.

Speaking in the Commons on Monday, Boris Johnson said crime had come down by 14% since he took office.

It followed a Home Office press release last week that claimed the government "continues to cut crime".

The UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) said the prime minister "did not make clear" the figure excluded fraud.

It also said the Home Office had presented figures in a "misleading way".
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-60250678

Prometheus 3rd February 2022 03:56 PM

He fraudulently claimed a reduction in crime by omitting fraud as one of the crimes being counted! You see, THAT'S what I'm talking about; Trump couldn't be half that entertaining if he set his own underpants on fire! :D

GlennB 3rd February 2022 04:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Prometheus (Post 13722100)
He fraudulently claimed a reduction in crime by omitting fraud as one of the crimes being counted! You see, THAT'S what I'm talking about; Trump couldn't be half that entertaining if he set his own underpants on fire! :D

:):thumbsup:

Captain_Swoop 3rd February 2022 04:34 PM

Nadine Dorries shortly to appear on her front lawn in her nightie clutching a pint of wine to tell us that they were all bastards who jumped before they were sacked.

GlennB 3rd February 2022 04:58 PM

I see that The Fail and The Spectator are joining the rat platoons, swimming to safety.

I hope the stench of this lingers to the next GE, and I strongly suspect it will. Sunak will inherit a poisoned chalice.

Captain_Swoop 3rd February 2022 05:49 PM

Boris flew in a private jet to Blackpool for a photo op today. He shaved an estimated 20 minutes off the time it'd have taken by train

The Don 4th February 2022 12:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop (Post 13722187)
Boris flew in a private jet to Blackpool for a photo op today. He shaved an estimated 20 minutes off the time it'd have taken by train

He also avoided plebs and journalists during the journey.

Mojo 4th February 2022 12:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Don (Post 13722360)
He also avoided plebs and journalists during the journey.


We need to start installing walk-in fridges on trains.


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