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British PM May calls for early election on June 8

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Because of the EU, we don't need national service! Yet...


And hopefully post Brexit no U.K. Government will reintroduce it either.

With an UK unemployment rate at 4.7% unlikely to happen in the near future either.


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They have the most to loose!


IIRC Labour has lost one already on the snap GE news.

Alan Johnston, sorry no link.

At least the frenzy of political campaigning will be short & then revert to focus on ensuring the UK can see Brexit being delivered along with other domestic business.

I think Sturgeon is realising she's not dealing with a damp squib in TM, the other political parties being caught on the hop over this is mainly their 'own doing'.

Less party political infighting, bitching & bickering & focus on the what the electorate voted MP's for, representing them in a constructive, progressive and positive manner.


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8 hours ago, Mosha said:

Hopefully Blair will stick his oar in.

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How many general elections as leader of the Labour Party did he lose to the Tories?

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8 hours ago, Slip said:

Brexit referundum2?  Quite clever of her.

I do not think we could retract "Article 50", this is going to be about hard or soft brexit...

 

her story about other parties making things difficult does not ring true as she has a majority in the house, if anything it is dissenters in her own party that are the problem.

 

And the other reason she has called a snap election now is she could end up with 50 or so more MP's with so much disunity within the Labour party, UKIP now a none entity, Lib Dems still licking their wounds, and the SNP very unlikely to win any more seat, more likely to lose many.

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6 hours ago, 7by7 said:

I disagree.

 

I think he will lead them into and through the campaign, but wont lead them for very long after.

 

He's Foot to May's Thatcher.

Agree. No way can Labour ditch Corbyn and elect a new leader in time for the election, I doubt they could even draw up an election manifesto that the majority of the party members or MP's could agree on...

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5 hours ago, baboon said:

People have been conditioned since the 1960s to stand up for themselves and question authority. No way will they cooperate with being subjected to marching up and down or 'Because I said so'. Quite rightly too.

Pity about North Korea eh?

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9 hours ago, CharlieK said:

Only in so far as what might happen after Brexit. But Brexit was the cause of the decline not the current state of the economy. Just to add, It is accepted that the Pound is undervalued, if you follow FX.

 

The Pound is undervalued, only if we achieve a favourable soft Brexit, if we don't then the Pound is currently overvalued.

 

Markets have now said they think the election in June nudges the currency swingometer a point or two points towards a favourable Brexit outcome hence the rise in the value of Sterling. It can be argued however that news of the election has changed nothing since the underlying economics remain the same, if anything they just got slightly worse since the rise in the value of Sterling will increase our borrowing costs plus the rise wiped over fifty billion off the value of the FTSE!

 

I agree however that Brexit was the cause of the fall in the value of Sterling in that it exposed the illusion that the UK's debt and deficit profile was actually OK, just because we were part of a larger economic body - the Brexit vote didn't change any of the UK's economic fundamentals, it merely vaporised the concept that we had some form of debt support or insurance policy hidden away, the kindness of strangers had the potential to be transformed into outright cap in hand begging.

 

Yes I do follow FX.

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It's interesting that she has ruled out a TV debate. Arguably, she is not the most convincing of communicators, so could it be a fear at ConHQ that she, personally, will come across badly, or could it be that they do not want to expose her to possibly awkward and potentially damaging questions?

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Just now, RuamRudy said:

It's interesting that she has ruled out a TV debate. Arguably, she is not the most convincing of communicators, so could it be a fear at ConHQ that she, personally, will come across badly, or could it be that they do not want to expose her to possibly awkward and potentially damaging questions?

Only worth holding debates if you are behind. Trump smashed the Clintons in no 2. While fake news nn failed to report it anyone who saw it could see the writing was on the wall and internet polls gave it. He ripped both Hillary and Bill apart.

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15 hours ago, Grouse said:

You think calling a general election will shut up the nay sayers? R U 'avin a laf guv?

 

(iphone autocorrect keeps trying to replace nay with May!)

I get "Mayhem" on my Samsung

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15 hours ago, darksidedog said:

I wonder how badly wrong the pollsters will get this one? Their track record of late isn't too clever.

here's hoping! As David Steele once said an eon ago: 'prepare for government' (he was the leader of the Liberal party in the dim and distant and for the 1st time the Liberals were predicted to gain more seats in parliament than they'd dreamed of for decades). Well I can still dream can't I?

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