One Trick Pony: Once Again… As May’s Conservatives Slip Further in Polls… MORE Terrorism

by Scott Creighton

She’s a one trick pony,
One trick is all that girl will do.
she does one trick only,
Its the principle source of her revenue

You gotta be kidding.

On May 23rd the first article I wrote about the Manchester bombing was titled “As Polls Shift in England and Conservatives Start to Lose Ground… Terrorism ”

“… The Conservatives enjoy a solid lead but it’s been slipping a bit over the past two weeks as the populist anti-austerity, anti-neoliberal message of Jeremy Corbyn resonates with voters tired of the path Britain is traveling down today.

This past weekend saw a major shift in polling numbers as the party manifestos were released to the public and talk of things like “dementia taxes” started.” Scott Creighton, May 23 2017

I included a graph with the article which showed how the lead of the Conservatives had recently taken a dive.

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May is marketed as being “tougher on terrorism” than is her Labor Party rival, Jeremy Corbyn, whom the conservative Sun newspaper basically accused of being in league with the terrorists just hours after the Manchester bombing.

Theresa May and the Conservative Party wanted to expand their majority in Parliament which is why she called for this snap election 5 months ago. At that time it looked like they would be successful. But a number of things have derailed their advantage and it seems the people of Britain want the country to abandon her neoliberal austerity direction and try Corbyn’s populist approach instead.

They started taking polls again on May 26th with the last one being published this past Thursday, just one week before the election. This is the kind of news that has been saturating the airwaves across the pond since then:

 “Labour is closing the gap with Tories and now stands just three points from Theresa May’s party, a new YouGov poll shows. The poll, commissioned by The Times, found the Conservative lead had slipped dramatically in recent weeks and is now within the margin of error. The figures show the Conservatives on 42 points with Labour close behind on 39.” The Nation, June 1 2017

Friday May 26

The first poll since the Manchester terror attack shows the Tory lead slashed to just five points as Jeremy Corbyn closes in on PM Theresa May...” The Sun, June 3 2017

Wednesday May 31

A shock new poll has predicted Theresa May could lose her majority on June 8, but it has been branded “utter tripe” by experts…

The analysis, published in The Times, puts the Tories on 310 seats, down from the 330 they went into the election with..

Friday June 2: 

Women and middle-aged voters appeared to be turning their backs on the Conservatives over the scrapping of free school meals and the dementia tax, an Ipsos MORI poll revealed.

The research carried out for the Evening Standard suggested voters were shifting to Labour who are up to 40per cent, while the Tories are down to 45pc.

Satisfaction in Mrs May has also fallen from 55pc to 43pc – her lowest ratings to date…” The Sun, June 3 2017

“The lead of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed further to six percentage points ahead of Thursday’s national election, according to an Opinium poll for the Observer newspaper” Reuters, June 3 2017

These polls clearly show a major collapse of the Conservative lead since May 15th 2017.

After leading by 20 points they are now essentially even with Labor and look to lose their majority. This is exactly the opposite of what Theresa May and the Conservative Party wanted when they announced the snap elections.

In the wake of these new polls as momentum builds for the Labor Party and election day nears, guess what happens? No seriously. Guess. You’ll never guess. Did you guess “more terrorism”?

You got it.

What’s that song? One Trick Pony?

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Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?

(Sounds to me that Hedges doesn’t support Bernie because of his stand on Palestine and Israel. Bernie is also on record suggesting we back the Saudis even more than we do now because, according to Bernie, they present the best option when it comes to dealing with various problems in the area. That, to me, is disgusting.  Hedges wont support Bernie and neither will I for that matter… and rightly so. Just ask the people of Gaza and Yemen how they feel about his various foreign policy positions.)

by Chris Hedges

The politics of Jeremy Corbyn, elected by a landslide Saturday to lead Britain’s Labour Party after its defeat at the polls last May, are part of the global revolt against corporate tyranny. He had spent his long career as a pariah within his country’s political establishment. But because he held fast to the socialist ideals that defined the old Labour Party, he has risen untarnished out of the ash heap of neoliberalism. His integrity, as well as his fearlessness, offers a lesson to America’s self-identified left, which is long on rhetoric, preoccupied with accommodating the power elites—especially those in the Democratic Party—and very short on courage.

I will not support a politician who sells out the Palestinians and panders to the Israel lobby any more than I will support a politician who refuses to confront the bloated military and arms industry or white supremacy and racial injustice. The Palestinian issue is not a tangential issue. It is an integral part of Americans’ efforts to dismantle our war machine, the neoliberal policies that see austerity and violence as the primary language for speaking to the rest of the world, and the corroding influence of money in the U.S. political system. Stand up to the masters of war and the Israel lobby and you will probably stand up to every other corporate and neoliberal force that is cannibalizing the United States. This is what leadership is about. It is about having a vision. And it is about fighting for that vision.

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Bashing Jeremy Corbyn

by Steven Lendman

British Prime Minister David Cameron called Corbyn a threat to national security. More on what he said below.

For the first time in decades, British politics got interesting. Whether Corbyn’s astonishing rise from longtime backbencher to near-overnight Labour party leadership makes a difference remains to be seen.

One man with perhaps a handful of party supporters trying to change an entrenched system run by powerful monied interests is a daunting task and then some.

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Iain Duncan Smith ‘should resign over disability benefit death figures’, says Jeremy Corbyn

(I know for a fact that this process of reviewing disability claims in order to kick the disabled off of the worker’s insurance program they paid into their entire working lives (Social Security Disability) is taking place right here in the United States as well. I know because I am one of those being “reviewed” and am now in the final stages of a 19 month process waiting for my final hearing. In the UK they have been doing this since 2011 and they have found thousands of disabled people “fit to work” who ended up dying when they were forced to return to work by these neoliberal careerists who were tasked with reducing the numbers of people on disability in the UK. These Ayn Rand loving ghouls are literally kicking the sick and disabled out onto the streets to die.. cutting away the dead flesh of society, as they say. In their minds they are performing an Objectivist service for the nation. Kick out all they can possibly justify and the ones who are faking will go back to work and the ones who are really sick and disabled will die off thus “thinning the herd” and improving conditions for the rest. It is a monstrous ideology they hold and it is happening right here, right now, before our very eyes. Though I have been reluctant to report on my own experience with this process here in the states, I have decided I will do so for as long as I can.)

from the Independent

Iain Duncan Smith should resign after the release of statistics showing thousands of people died soon after being found fit to work in disability benefit tests, the frontrunner for the Labour leadership has said.

Jeremy Corbyn called for the Work and Pensions Secretary to step down, and said the Work Capability Assessments had left some disabled people in “despair”.

“He should never have been appointed. Yes, he should resign because these figures are so frightening and so disgusting,” he told a hustings event hosted by the Daily Mirror newspaper.

“I’ve had people with mental health difficulties as well as physical difficulties who are absolutely in despair because they’ve been declared fit for work and are absolutely not.”

The Department for Work and Pensions battled for months not to release the numbers, with Mr Duncan Smith at one point telling Parliament they did not exist.

But the statistics, released on the order of the Government’s transparency watchdog, show that between December 2011 and February 2014, 2,380 people died after their Work Capability Assessment told them they should start looking for work.

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