Caroline Lucas eschewed party political advantage in her address to the ITV Leaders’ Debate, to express sentiments that most progressive voters are likely to agree with:
“Never in my lifetime has our future felt so uncertain. Brexit, climate change, an NHS in crisis. But when people come together and reach for a bigger future, we can change the course of history. Read more
Via “The People Vs The Government, DWP and Atos”: Strangely enough, the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph reports on the Labour #GE17 manifesto didn’t have room for any of these Labour manifesto policies…
#GiveCorbynAFairChance #LabourManifesto: The Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph didn't have room on their front pages for any of this 🙂 #GE17 #StopTheTories
Posted by Stop the Tories Channel on Thursday, May 11, 2017
John Healey MP writes in the Independent: “It should shame us all that in the 21st-century, in one of the richest countries in the world, the number of people sleeping on our streets has doubled in just five years. Over 100,000 children are now sleeping in temporary guesthouses and hostels – accommodation that’s often cramped, unsuitable and short-term.”
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From The Guardian: “In 1983, I stood up in parliament for the first time and used my maiden speech to condemn deeply damaging cuts in public services and the NHS. It’s a tragedy that I could make a very similar speech today and it would once again hold true.”
“At the time, young protesters were being shot dead on the streets by the racist apartheid regime in South Africa. Nelson Mandela and hundreds of ANC leaders were in prison. The Conservative government refused to impose sanctions, entertained the leaders of the regime and banned protests outside the South African embassy in London.”
Being an MP helped bring attention to that ban and the wider cause of South Africa’s liberation, and got a group of us arrested. But the space for people in Britain to organise in support of freedom in South Africa was defended and strengthened. And I realised then that political leaders can, if they want to, create and preserve the space for others to organise and transform countries.”
His yardstick for measuring the performance of Labour and Conservative governments over the last three decades was the extent to which they dealt with unfairness and created a better society, he said.
From The Independent: “8) You can’t breastfeed – or wear T-shirts with slogans.
“The parliamentary rules on dress code have always seemed a bit of a mystery to me, but they appear to exercise a number of colleagues. For example, Labour’s Thomas Docherty seems to have a problem with women wearing denim in the House, even asking for guidance “as to what is an appropriate dress code for the mother of Parliaments”.
[Read full article on Independent website…]
“It is the establishment versus the people and it is our historic duty to make sure that the people prevail.”
“Much of the media and establishment are saying that this election is a foregone conclusion. They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win.”
“But of course, they do not want us to win. Because when we win it is the people, not the powerful, who win. The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker, the student, the carer win. We all win.”
“It is the establishment that complains I don’t play the rules: by which they mean their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game. We don’t fit in their cosy club. We ‘re not obsessed with the tittle-tattle of Westminster or Brussels.”
“We don’t accept that it is natural for Britain to be governed by a ruling elite, the City and the tax-dodgers, and we don’t accept that the British people just have to take what they’re given, that they don’t deserve better.”