Theresa has lost the Tory majority and she's at the mercy of spivs like the DUP; but just how willing will they be to torpedo her regime and leave themselves at the mercy of the Corbynites? We'll see!
May Soldiers On
Letting local councils apply anti-social behaviour laws to infringements of bin codes was an act of pure insanity on the part of the government. It is well known that town halls are full of tossers who will abuse their powers without a second thought. And there can be no doubt that those in government do know that when it comes to sheer stupidity, you cannot match petty burrocrats in government; local and national alike. If ever a U-turn was needed, it's here.
The Chancellor has been forced to do a U-turn on the amounts that can be staked at fixed-odds betting terminals in bookmakers' shops. But only as far as a review in the autumn. He's not actually doing anything useful right now.
The Treasury has obtained its first July budget surplus since 2002, when Gordon 'Effin Broon was busy with his plan to spend the nation in to bankruptcy.
Mrs. May has dived in to the controversy over President Trump's condemnation of both sides that caused the riot in Charlottesville, Virginia. According to her, there is no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. Something which the fascist left here, and grooming gangs, have been relying on for years.
The Prime minister has banged together the heads of the Commons squeaker, Berko, and told him that his plan to silence Big Ben for 4 years, or even longer (!) ain't gonna happen.
A-Level exam papers have been made tougher to combat years of dumbing down by The Blob, thanks to Michael Gove's efforts. But the exam regulator is going to reduce the number of marks required for a top grade to prevent a dip in the apparent success rate. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.
The government's Equality & Human Right's Commission has declared that all jobs must be available on a part-time basis unless an employer can prove genuine business reason for exemption. We all know August is the Silly Season but this piece of the government has stepped over the border into insanity. There's now a clear case for giving everyone involved a zero hours contract and telling them zero means zero!
The government is planning to put before Parliament next year, a bill to allow learner drivers to gain motorway experience. They will have to be in a dual-control car under supervision from a properly qualified instructor.
The Chancellor has had his heads banged together and his infinite transition period post-Brexit is now off the table.
A Dave-the-Leader-buddy hedge fundamentalist has recommended that the government be nice to gaoled criminals. He wants crims to be let out for Xmas and kids' birthdays, play areas in prisons with comfy sofas for criminals and their children, Skype video calls and all sorts of other goodies. Clearly, this fatuous lordship has failed to grasp the point of sending someone to gaol. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that we have any sensible people in the justice system, who will tell Dave's pal to get lost.
The FO is giving £6 million of taxpayers' money to the oppressive regime in Venezuela; including cash to help train the police to be more oppressive. How very Corbyn of it, Boris.
The PM has delivered a slap to the back of the Chancellor's head to tell him to stop his fantasies about Brexit. We're definitely leaving.
British Gas would have us believe that it has to put up its electricity price by one-eighth because of the cost of the government's Green Crap. Ofgem, the toothless industry watchdog, says BG is lying. The government, which was promising to cap rip-off energy bills at one time, says legislation to ‘combat' the energy market is in no way off the table. Translation: don't hold your breath.
Re: the next item (below) Chancellor Hammond is giving £80 MILLION to Brazil out of the pockets of British taxpayers. Brazil has the world's ninth biggest economy and it is one of the more corrupt places in the world. Hammond has the world's smallest brain. Hammond's next stop is Argentina. British taxpayers are advised to brace themselves for more largesse.
The Foreign Office is handing £2 BILLION/year of British taxpayers' cash to the 30 worst regimes in the world. Do we really need to be the pals of tinpot dictators?
The French did it a couple of weeks earlier. At the end of July, our government has decreed that only new electric cars can be sold from 2040 on in the name of reducing air pollution. Existing diesel and petrol cars will be allowed to run until either they croak or the owner can no longer pay licence-to-kill pollution charges.
The government is to ban the sale of new houses with a leashold ground rent. There may also be help for householders who are stuck with a toxic deal with a bunch of grabbing extorters.
The government is giving up on improving and electrifying railways in the Midlands, the North of England and Wales in order to pour cash into the £100 BILLION Brown Hole of H2S.
Fees for paying by credit card, typically 1-3%, will be banned from Jan 2018 in compliance with an EU Payment Services directive. Costs are never more than 0.6% of the amount processed, so companies charging more are ripping off their customers.
The PM is being invited to sack ministers who show disloyalty by briefing against colleagues or leaking to embarrass them**. Doing so could have the bonus of increasing her personal popularity. J. Corbyn has promoted to his shadow cabinet and then sacked most of the current Labour MPs and, according to the theGrauniad/CBC Axis, he is the most popular politician of all time.
The government is in trouble (again) for letting the Cabinet Sec., Sir Cover-Up, sit on a report on the true mission status of the H2S rail white elephant. Opponents of this enormous waste of cash are sure that if the government has suppressed the report for over a year, then its conclusions on value-for-money, keeping to the budget and delivering on time must be extremely damaging at a time when there are all sorts of better alternatives for spending £100 BILLION.
The ambulance service is being allowed to slump back in to the New Labour era, with some hospital trusts sending out cars to tick target boxes, ignoring the needs of the patient concerned. Something for the government to jump upon bloody quickly.
BEWARE: The May regime has not given up on its Death Tax the plan to raise probate fees from the cost of doing the work to a percentage of the estate.
The Chancellor's plan to dump on the self-employed by increasing their National Insurance has been binned.
The 1% pay-rise cap on teachers' pay will remain in place, the Ed. Sec. J. Greening has declared on the advice of the Independent School Teachers' Review Body, which suggested lifting the cap after September 2018, when the coming review period runs out.
The PM seems proud of the fact that she is giving £30 million of British taxpayers' cash to pay insurance premiums for people in third-world countries. Meanwhile, 4 million British families don't have home insurance; some because they spend the money on other things, others because their homes are uninsurable, either because defects in planning regulations allowed them to be built on flood plains or areas known to be prone to flooding, or as a direct result of EU/Environment Department meddling.
The PM knows that the country needs to live within its means. But does she have the courage to stick to her guns with some of the members of her inner circle going soft on doing the right thing?
The DUP is getting the blame for dumping on English taxpayers, the cost of abortions for residents of Ulster, where it is illegal. In fact, the blame belongs to the Tory Wimmin, who have a fairly New Labour attitude to other people's cash and who took advantage of the majority squeeze associated with the Queen's Speech.
The government has done a deal with the DUP. That's £1 billion more for Ulster over 2 years (a 5% pay rise) in exchange for backing on the Queen's Speech, the next budget, security and Brexit. The Labour party is railing against the deal as an apology for its own previous attempts to bargain with the DUP. Nothing like a sinner repentant . . .
A rise in property values and a freeze of thresholds has put the government's take from that most pernicious of taxes Inheritance Tax up by 9% over the last year to £5.1 BILLION pounds. And in the present circumstances, there's no chance of that particular abuse being set right.
Given the clunker of an election manifesto, the Queen's Speech has been trimmed and extended to cover 2 years to make Brexit happen. This is what's left:
8 Brexit bills to avoid a legislative cliff edge when we leave the EU
Out are capping energy bills, plans for funding future social care, more grammar schools, a vote on fox hunting, and plans to bin the pensions triple-lock and means-test the Winter Fuel Allowance.