Corruption

I was just checking out Transparency International’s web site and in order to get a handle on what the numbers mean I checked out the UK pages. ; the UK is assessed as the 10th= least corrupt country in the World, however when you read what we i.e. UK Citizens (or maybe residents think, a different story emerges.

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Nothing does well, but Politics, Parliament, Business and the Media have a particularly bad reputation. The Judiciary at 2.8 does better than most

Corruption

British Trotskyism

Last month, Mark Steel, in reply to those who claim that all Corbyn’s supporters are all Trots observed that we might have noticed 350,000 Trotskyists waiting to join the Labour Party, and he points out that since 130,000 waited until this year, they must be lazy Trotskyists. Professor Colin Talbot of Manchester University and an ex-member of the IMG shows how Steel might be wrong. He argues all those burned out student lefties have to have gone somewhere and many will still have a residual loyalty to the causes of their youth.

British Trotskyism

Rationality

Yesterday the court ruled that Labour’s NEC cannot impose a retrospective longevity requirement on which members can and cannot vote in the Leadership election. The Judge’s ruling is here …, you can read it for yourself, I plan to offer you some highlights later, but the ruling is that it can’t impose a retrospective longevity requirement which excludes 25% of the membership. (It seems there’s a rationality test, but the judge didn’t need to apply it, probably just as well.)

 

Rationality

Honours

Four things about Owen Smith’s promise to ban “…former Labour Party staffers, advisers MPs and donors from receiving an honour or becoming a member of the House of Lords”. Firstly, I wonder how many of his supporters this’ll piss off, secondly, should he ever become Prime Minister, an increasingly unlikely event, he’ll find that he needs to make appointments to the House of Lords to, at the least, be part of a Government, thirdly, the timing makes this part of the shameful and sexist smear on Shami Chakrabrti, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. Fourthly, what does he have to say about the Whitehall/Business revolving door which is arguably even more corrupt.

Honours

Mandate

I am fed up hearing about the PLP’s 9m vote mandate. Firstly, the total labour vote is ~8.7m. Secondly just above 5m voted for winning candidates i.e.the members of the PLP, the other 3.7m voted for Labour candidates that lost and thirdly, they won because they were Labour candidates, and that is chosen by the Party membership. Read More ….

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