Boris’s tactical spending spree may just win over the North East’s Lexiteers: left-wingers who want Brexit but rely heavily on public services. That our Brexit-loving, spendthrift PM possesses unique appeal to this demographic will be catastrophic for Northern Labour – and more importantly, Labour voters themselves.
Many Headteachers, teachers, local authorities and MPs remain frustrated with the Government’s refusal to increase real-terms funding in state-sponsored education. But they remain hopeful that their cross-party co-operation and lobbying might reverse their fortunes in the next Comprehensive Spending Review. Only time will tell if this becomes reality, or if pressing domestic issues continue to be overshadowed by Brexit.
A People’s Vote on the specificity of how we leave the EU has genuine potential to dissipate the Brexit deadlock. But it’s currently being hijacked by affluent, self-righteous Remainers who’d rather vilify than engage with those who voted to Leave – and who see a second referendum exclusively as an opportunity to overturn the initial result.
With never-ending headlines proclaiming one Brexit fiasco after another, you’d be forgiven for feeling dreary about the UK’s political prospects. But all is not lost.
Jacob Rees-Mogg is right to note that the similarities between Theresa May and Robert Peel are striking. But while the ERG-frontman is warning the Prime Minister against reaching out to the opposition (in the same way Peel did in 1846), that’s now exactly what’s needed to overcome the Brexit impasse. Especially given the humiliating cross-party reception her half-hearted Stronger Regions Fund has received nationwide.
1066 is an important date in British history. It was the year William the Conqueror landed in Hastings ready to wrench the throne from the deserving (and probably dashing) English King, Harold Godwinson. But this didn’t just initiate sweeping changes in landscapes and government. It launched Anglo-Saxon England into a turbulent millennia of North-South civil unrest which continues to this day.
The Brexit impasse is maddening for ordinary voters who seek clarification and compromise from the British governing class — but it’s not the only reason the public is growing frustrated with their elected Members of Parliament.
The student-run anti-Brexit group For Our Future’s Sake has this month released an exposé on the ‘real agenda’ of the so-called ‘Brextremists’. The unsubtle attempt by FFS to vilify those on the political right showcases the hard-left’s equally explicit political agenda: that of overturning Brexit at any cost.
The much-anticipated LSE report commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Brexit group has arrived, chaired by Labour MP for Aberavon, Steve Kinnock. Famously a Remainer with a passion for democratic youth engagement, the report is decked-out with recommendations that will ensure a ‘youth-led’ Brexit (which is ‘Remain’ in all but name). The problem? It’s entirely ignorant of every young Leaver.