And now I shall pontificate where I have no knowledge

Theresa May wants Labour’s support for her ailing premiership. It’s an interesting idea: a quasi-grand coalition. I can’t think of any reason why Labour should agree, but if they were to make an offer what would the red lines be? I stress, I have no influence on the issue at all, and what follows is not meant to imply I have (in an attempt to avoid the torrent of abuse that might otherwise follow) but it’s an interesting issue to muse upon. So, for the record, if I was around the Labour corridors of power I would be inclined to make an offer, but to make it a manifesto style demand. These might be my red lines:

1. To keep all the benefits of single market and customs union membership: to stay in both, in other words. Put a Norwegian style deal on the table in other words;

Norway is in the single market and not in the customs union. Sigh.

This is also fun:

16. Guarantee no unwinding of QE and no interest rate rises.

For years now he’s been telling us it won’t be unwound. Now he needs a guarantee that it won’t?

18 comments on “And now I shall pontificate where I have no knowledge

  1. @ Tim – “And now I shall pontificate where I have no knowledge” – could be the heading for almost any article about the infinite monkey.

  2. More gems…..

    12. To stop HS2 and replace it with a green new deal creating a carbon army in every constituency in the UK

    Is this something along the lines of the EU’s ‘Rapid reaction force’ – not a paper army but a carbon one?

    11. To launch new national savings accounts to direct saving to infrastructure investment and to require that saving in them be an option in all pension schemes;

    Offer savings accounts with a return rate of less than zero?

    Which kind of contrasts with the treatment of the energy companies…

    15. Impose an energy price cap and remove many of the differentials between tariffs: it should not be possible to sell ‘bad deals’;

    The man is the most ignorant commentator extant in cyberspace today – a ‘fool of the first water’ as the great A.L Rowse said.

  3. Hasn’t Jez already ruled out the single market? Sacked three frontbench MP’s who voted for it, in fact?

  4. “I can’t think of any reason why Labour should agree, but”

    The manifesto pledge?

    Van_Patten said: “12. To stop HS2 and replace it with a green new deal creating a carbon army in every constituency in the UK”

    Grenfell Tower refurbishments for everyone!

  5. The only reason May is still in power is Jezza. And still she managed to shoot herself in the foot when she went up aginst him.
    And spud thinks she will reload and shoot the other one? It’s a possibility, I suppose, given her record.

  6. “Hasn’t Jez already ruled out the single market? Sacked three frontbench MP’s who voted for it, in fact?”

    Yup, the Remain crowd seem to be under the illusion that Jeremy ‘Consistently opposed UK membership of the EU’ Corbyn is going to come to their aid.

    Funny isn’t it, that one of the things the usual idiots keep parroting about Corbyn is ‘He’s a man of principles, and sticks to them!’ yet on this they want him to abandon one of them because they don’t like it……………

  7. @Noel

    What a brilliant bit of politicing by the Norwegian government!

    “Anyone who thinks the rate is too low is welcome to pay more”.

    Total voluntary tax paid: $1,325.

    Revealed preferences or what? 😀 😀 😀

  8. Noel Scoper: “Here’s what happens when you really do “ask” people to pay more tax (instead of what it means when a UK politician “asks” you to pay more tax)”

    Majestic trolling from the Norwegian government. If only the British conservatives had some of this belief and panache.

  9. That’s the thing about Corbyn. It’s not that everyone in the country is suddenly a communist. It’s that they’re too stupid and too intellectually lazy to discern between the ‘nice’ Labour party and the hard left cult that has taken it over.

    They’re simply projecting the values they think are important onto the useless unpleasant pillock. And if and when he got in they’d suddenly get a nasty, nasty shock. Hard Brexit and Hard Left is just not a recipe for success in anyone’s book.

    In the context of Brexit we’re enjoined to see young educated credentialed people (who generally went for Corbyn) as wiser, better judges of the future than thick old people. Five minutes on Facebook around the time of the election really ought to have disabused anyone of this notion.

  10. Jim,
    Quite right about Corbyn and his “principles”.

    The EU Referendum was the one big point of principle during his leadership, and he faked it.

    He’s a Leaver, but went with the Labour party flow to avoid splits. Then coyly undermined the campaign from within.

    The young, I assume, associate being pro-Eu with being “Good”, and leftism with being “Good”. Therefore Corbyn must be pro-Eu.

  11. But we can’t have the “benefits” of being in the customs union without also having the disbenefits of being in the customs unions forced on us, being forced to pay extra for the crime of buying non-EU goods.

  12. in an attempt to avoid the torrent of abuse that might otherwise follow

    That’s easy Richie – just don’t abuse anyone who disagrees with you. Simple.

  13. Christ! Spud can count up to 15! Who knew? Has he considered assuming a professorship in mathematics? Or is his athletes’ foot holding him back?

  14. “Twenty if you take your socks off.”
    I’d imagine a shower of skin flakes & a pronounced smell of medicinal powder if he took his socks off. Hence his reluctance to assume the Mathematics Chair at City

  15. I’m not keen on banning things, but do keep a small list for when I come to power. Margarine for sure, and probably flags of St George with “England” written across them.

    Next will be use of the phrase “He/She gets it” when you really mean “He/She agrees with my view”. That’s an ocean of smug.

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