Spud blight

What, then, is that ‘something’? That is the question that needs to be asked. I think the answer is apparent. It is about advancing the neoliberal cause…….. Like all neoliberals her one goal is to push back the state and increase inequality.

Isn’t it interesting that inequality has been declining these past few years?

The so-called Great Repeal Bill, with its Henry VIII clauses that willdeny accountability, will reduce employee and environmental rights, harm the protection for those with disabilities (as if that could still be imagined), diminish universal rights to health care, harm security in old age, damagingly bias markets in favour of big business and foreign owned companies, remove legal protections, probably claw back against LGBT rights, undermine social stability and encourage the break up of the Union. But none if this will matter to May. She will have fostered the self interest of the few, increased their access to the state as a means for appropriating its common wealth for private gain and will have put in place mechanisms that will be contractually hard for successors to unwind. That is the goal.

And amazingly the Great Repeal Bill does absolutely none of those things. It simply encapsulates all of those protections we currently derive from EU law into British domestic law. Not a single one is repealed.

So how’s that for Spud’s blight upon the body politic?

27 comments on “Spud blight

  1. So for all of Mrs May’s Red Torying, the Tories are still the nasty austerity neoliberal party.

    If you can’t vote Tory and get natural Tory policies when there’s a 20 point lead and a lame duck leader of the opposition, when exactly can you?

  2. Henry VIII clauses? I’m all in favour of the six wives. As long as they’re other people’s wives. And the rightful reclamation of Calais’s OK. As long as it doesn’t involve the imposition of English food.

  3. I’m sure Spud would argue in his usual consistent fashion that, although he’s used the Gini index as a source before, now that it’s telling him he’s wrong it’s clearly guesswork, not fit for purpose and frankly little better than witchcraft

  4. Yes, could certainly be a case of blight.

    Unlikely to be blackleg or scab but don’t discount the possibility of an infestation of elyworm!

  5. “And amazingly the Great Repeal Bill does absolutely none of those things.”

    The Govt should be charged under the trade descriptions act.

  6. BiND / Ecksie

    Perhaps it’s been badly named but the purpose as I understand it is to bring under the aegis of the British parliament the corpus of EU law than has been effective through the European Communities Act and various treaties.

    The next phase (and it will be a long phase) will be for Parliament to scrutinise this mountain of regulation item by item and reform, repeal or continue with each measure that it examines.

  7. I’m inclined to go easy on Spud here.

    As TMB says the great repeal bill is “to bring under the aegis of the British parliament the corpus of EU law”. But in doing so there will be a lot of enabling of ministers and departments, ostensibly so they can just change department names and other wording that will need tidying up because an EU law doesn’t translate directly in to a UK law.

    We would be fools to think the government won’t use this opportunity as a power grab.

  8. The Parliamentary Bills Committee (or something like that) has already said it can’t be called the Great Repeal Bill. It will end up being called something like the European Law Repatriation Bill.

  9. The We’re Going to Keep European Law Anyway Bill.

    It will contain a clause requiring implementation of any NEW European law, too.

  10. Gamecock – if that’s how the negotiations work out then yes.
    At this moment we do not know what deal government will agree to.

  11. Like all neoliberals her one goal is to push back the state and increase inequality.

    I know he’s not much of an accountant, but surely even he can count to two.

  12. Hilarious – he’s all in favour of untrammelled class warfare and using the state’s power to punish certain ‘undeserving groups’ but when the ‘gun’ goes off in his direction (or threatens to) he gets cold feet. Although well accustomed to it, I still say his total lack of historical knowledge and inability to see second order consequences is still unequalled anywhere in cyberspace…

  13. Martin
    April 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Gamecock – if that’s how the negotiations work out then yes.
    At this moment we do not know what deal government will agree to.

    =============================

    That’s why there should be no negotiations and no deal.

    Just.get.out.

  14. This is amusing:

    Simon Saize says:
    April 23 2017 at 5:21 pm
    The purpose of the Great Repeal Bill is to bring the corpus of EU law under the aegis of the British parliament. The Henry VIII powers are needed to re-word the legislation to make UK agencies responsible for enforcing the legislation.

    The next phase (and it may well last a decade or more) will be for Parliament to scrutinise this mountain of regulation item by item and then amend, repeal or continue with each measure.

    Reply
    Richard Murphy says:
    April 23 2017 at 5:57 pm
    Simon

    Do pigs fly past your window at frequent intervals?

    I have to say that if you want to post here it’s best not to use what looks like a very fabricated name that happens to shorten to SS and to then post propaganda

    Richard

    Reply
    Simon Saize says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    April 23 2017 at 7:01 pm
    I can’t help the name I was given. I hope you aren’t being anti-semitic.

    My comment is rational and factual, but you call it propaganda. I am not sure you can tell the difference. Here’s an example of propaganda:

    “The so-called Great Repeal Bill, with its Henry VIII clauses that willdeny accountability, will reduce employee and environmental rights, harm the protection for those with disabilities (as if that could still be imagined), diminish universal rights to health care, harm security in old age, damagingly bias markets in favour of big business and foreign owned companies, remove legal protections, probably claw back against LGBT rights, undermine social stability and encourage the break up of the Union. But none if this will matter to May. She will have fostered the self interest of the few, increased their access to the state as a means for appropriating its common wealth for private gain and will have put in place mechanisms that will be contractually hard for successors to unwind. That is the goal.”

  15. Well, I’m flattered to arrive chez Prof Patate under cover of Simon’s flag of convenience!

  16. @Phil, April 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

    So for all of Mrs May’s Red Torying, the Tories are still the nasty austerity neoliberal party.

    If you can’t vote Tory and get natural Tory policies when there’s a 20 point lead and a lame duck leader of the opposition, when exactly can you?

    +1

    @Mr Ecks, April 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    “Not a single one is repealed.”

    That is the problem with Dress-Up May– right there.

    +1

    @Gamecock, April 23, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    +1

    Today’s Mail on Sunday has first poll since May’s 0.7% aid support, (and Hammond’s) refusal on triple lock and refusal on no IT/NI or VAT increases:

    Voters not happy – May’s lead halved.

  17. “Today’s Mail on Sunday has first poll since May’s 0.7% aid support, (and Hammond’s) refusal on triple lock and refusal on no IT/NI or VAT increases:

    Voters not happy – May’s lead halved.”

    Nonsense, they’re not comparing like polls. If you compare with the last poll by the same pollsters the Tory vote is up.

    Its all part of the Tory ‘get the vote out’ strategy. The Tories know their biggest problem is people assuming they’ll win, so don’t bother going and voting for them. So they’ll have to drag their vote out with a few scare stories like this.

  18. The more this saga drags on, the more clear it becomes that the EU is a weird club like the Freemasons. Join our club with its strange rules or else watch the mainly non white world encroach on us. It is a desperate breakwater against progress. For the benefit of Germany.

  19. Gamecock – our current government decide to do a deal. Maybe your replacement government will decide differently. Not looking good for a different party being in power but mistakes can happen or Jeremy may grow into the role he has avoided for all these years and very quickly.
    I’m hoping the Greens get zero MPs but we cannot all get what we want…

  20. Why this reflex defence of the Tories? They’re a snot pizza over Corbyn’s turd sandwich.

    And the turd sandwich at least has the merit of demonstrating the link between turds and the taste of turds.

  21. Martin, I’m a remote observer (American).

    Brits and Brexit are as bad as Trump and repealing Obamacare. I voted for Trump to get rid of Obamacare, and other things. Ryan trots out his Obamacare tweak bill – not repeal, nor even repealandreplace – which, to my shock, Trump endorsed!

    Perfect is the enemy of good. Trying to get this shit exactly right destroys the mandate.

    UK is in a similar quagmire. Brits voted Out. You should stop this dance with the EU. They aren’t your partner anymore. Kiss them good bye.

    Viva Le Pen! Yeah, I want the shake up in France, too. Western Civilization is worth saving.

  22. CNN Money:

    ‘4. Talking Brexit: While a lot of time has been spent thinking about how Britain will go about exiting the European Union, there is another question to consider as well — how the EU will handle the UK leaving. The other 27 members of the EU will meet on Saturday to talk about establishing guidelines for how to handle the UK’s pending exit.’

    Guidelines? The EU is going to give UK guidelines? The longer you wait to get out, the more of this shit you sill see.

  23. Breitbart:

    ‘As the last few results come in, Front National Leader Marine Le Pen and left winger Emmanuel Macron are vying for the top spot as both hover around 23 percent of the vote.’

    They call Macron a left winger. More believable.

  24. “Join our club with its strange rules or else watch the mainly non white world encroach on us. It is a desperate breakwater against progress. For the benefit of Germany.”

    I don’t see how planning to turning Germany into a Sharia hellhole is to the benefit of Germany?

  25. “Ryan trots out his Obamacare tweak bill – not repeal, nor even repealandreplace – which, to my shock, Trump endorsed!

    Perfect is the enemy of good. Trying to get this shit exactly right destroys the mandate.

    UK is in a similar quagmire. Brits voted Out. You should stop this dance with the EU. They aren’t your partner anymore. Kiss them good bye.

    Viva Le Pen! Yeah, I want the shake up in France, too. Western Civilization is worth saving.”

    Yeah, I’m beginning to think that nobody even remotely truthful and determined enough will get anywhere near power in the West before it is too late. We hate ourselves too much, there are too many conmen like Trump and Farage around, and soon it will be an electoral impossibility anyway.

    The best that white people and Western civilisation can probably hope for is an Israel-style lifeboat country to be set up before we are exterminated. Let’s hope it is somewhere large enough and defensible enough. The US would have been a good place but it is being over run too fast to stop I think.

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