The Labour leader was warned by one of his most senior aides every week for three years that the party’s Brexit policy was heading for electoral disaster. Shadow Cabinet Secretary Jon Trickett has revealed a catalogue of errors that led to Labour ’s core voters catastrophically rejecting the party. He said: “It was mistake after mistake. I warned Jeremy privately and in meetings every week for three years it would go wrong. But he wouldn’t listen.” Leave supporter Mr Trickett, who is launching an inquiry into what happened in the party’s traditional“red wall” safe seats, opposed the drift towards a Remain stance and a second referendum. But he says he was outflanked by Shadow Cabinet Remainers such as Keir Starmer, Emily Thornberry and John McDonnell, and mocked. He added: “They used to say, ‘Oh, here’s the Yorkshire man again’ whenever I said we were in trouble in the North.” Mr Trickett held on to his … [Read more...] about Corbyn was warned ‘for years’ that party’s Brexit policy was heading for electoral disaster
This is the most decisive election result for over a decade. Boris Johnson asked the country for a mandate to “get Brexit done”, and last Thursday voters delivered him an overwhelming majority. The result settles once and for all the vexed question of when and whether we will leave the European Union: Britain’s formal exit will happen at the end of next month. But the conclusiveness of the result should not obscure the massive uncertainty that hangs over our future: over what type of Brexit we choose once we have left, a decision that will have huge implications for our economic wellbeing and the integrity of the union. This is the largest Conservative majority the country has seen since 1987, delivered on the biggest share of the vote won by any party since Margaret Thatcher’s first victory in 1979. For Labour, this defeat is its fourth in a row, producing the smallest cohort of MPs the party has seen since 1935. Britain’s electoral map has been upended … [Read more...] about The Observer view on where Britain goes after the general election result
Nestle is launching nut-free Walnut Whips. A lot of Britain's favourite chocolate bars have been affected by rising food prices. Who can forget the furore when Toblerones grew gaps? Or when some of Mars' best-known confectionery incomprehensibly shrunk? Well, Nestle has gone a step further in response to a surge in walnut costs. It's launching new varieties of Walnut Whips. They're just 'Whips' now. The Walnut Whip, launched in 1910 by Duncan's of Edinburgh, is Nestle's oldest brand. The company claims one is eaten every two seconds in the UK. More than one million walnuts are imported from the likes of China and India every week to cater for demand. But now two more versions of the treat, one vanilla and one caramel, will go on sale this week. A mint variant will follow. The original Walnut Whips will still be available – but presumably they'll be less plentiful. Also, we predict price rises for the walnut classic. This hasn't been confirmed. But just you wait. Alison Clinton, … [Read more...] about Nestle is doing the unthinkable to the Walnut Whip
Who wins this week's general election could have a massive impact on how much money is in your pocket. From when and how Brexit happens to manifesto pledges about free broadband for all, a lot of cash could be at stake. Here, financial expert Martin Lewis explains how to decide which party you should vote for depending on your priorities. The Money Saving Expert founder said: "It's the biggest consumer decision most will make this year. "Who governs impacts the money in your and everyone else's pockets - never mind the fact it can change the whole flavour of our society. "Unless you're a party loyalist, the decision isn't easy - you need to factor in Brexit, your local candidates, party policies and their leaders. "This time the choice is more stark than I can remember - with huge waters between the parties." Here are his tips for making that all-important decision... Find out which parties' policies match your views A few clever tools, that attempt to be independent, can help. … [Read more...] about Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis explains who you should vote for in general election
For the most part American politics exists in its own bubble with its own preoccupations. But every now and then something that happens in a foreign country intrudes. And pokes its nose in. Big time. The 12 December 2019 UK General Election might be such a moment for the US Democratic Party - just as British politics imposed itself on the US presidential election on 23 June 2016, when the British people voted for Brexit. Coincidentally, Donald Trump arrived in Scotland the following day (not the day before as he has repeatedly claimed) and what the British people had just done was a galvanising moment in his campaign, a light bulb moment, as he prepared to face the American people five months later.So what should Democrats learn from the misery that befell the Labour Party last Thursday night? And more particularly can they afford to have Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren as their candidate and stand a chance of defeating Donald Trump in 2020 after the shellacking meted out to Jeremy … [Read more...] about Will UK provide light bulb moment for US Democrats?