British Election Friday



The polls have closed Counting has begun and the results are starting to come in.


Seats won · 568/650 seats declared
Party and leader
Theresa May
Jeremy Corbyn
Scottish National Party
Nicola Sturgeon
Liberal Democrat
Tim Farron
Democratic Unionist Party
Arlene Foster

Gippsland Laborite is doing a great job keeping us informed along with others. Many Thanks

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Sit back relax and watch the drama unfold.

730 thoughts on “British Election Friday

  1. Freedland is just one of a number of turds who has had a vile influence on UK political life.

    Jonathan Freedland’s Corbyn Apology

    In an attempt to restore some of his fast-disappearing credibility, Jonathan Freedland gives a half-hearted, over-qualified apology to Jeremy Corbyn. It’s self-serving, dishonest, and far more revealing than he meant it to be.

    Following the surprising (to some) election result, the Guardian has seen their big-name Op-Ed writers desperately trying to claw-back their credibility. For those of us who could see, and understand, the real support that Labour have been gaining in the two years since Corbyn was elected it has been amusing to watch.

    Jonathan Freedland’s damp article tries to both rewrite the author’s history, morally justifying his outrageous bias, claim he was right all along and undermine the electoral result. In trying do all this it not only falls between two stools, but face-plants straight into a third.

  2. Dump the Guardian!

    The Guardian has spent the last two years relentlessly attacking Jeremy Corbyn. Only recently has it changed its tune, perhaps worried that it has alienated too many readers. Corbyn’s success has been despite the Guardian and the rest of the corporate media. The Guardian will now want readers to forget its propaganda war on Corbyn. We’ve compiled this list so they don’t. Dump the Guardian!

  3. I have it from reliable sources that Bibi will Bibi will star as the next Batman.

    Israeli PM calls for dismantling of U.N. Palestinian refugee agency

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Sunday for the dismantling of the U.N. agency that aids millions of Palestinian refugees, accusing it of anti-Israeli incitement and saying he had conveyed his message to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

    Adnan Abu Hasna, a Gaza-based spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said Netanyahu was pursuing a “fantasy”. The United States, Israel’s main ally, was the biggest donor to UNRWA last year, pledging $368 million.

    In public remarks to his cabinet at its weekly meeting, Netanyahu said UNRWA perpetuated, rather than solved, the Palestinian refugee problem and that anti-Israeli incitement was rife in its institutions, which includes schools.

    “It is time UNRWA be dismantled and merged with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,” Netanyahu said.

    Referring to a meeting he held in Jerusalem on Wednesday with Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Netanyahu said: “I told her it was time the United Nations re-examine UNRWA’s existence.”

    UNRWA was established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1949 after hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948 war that followed Israel’s creation.

    It says it currently aids five million registered Palestinian refugees in the Middle East.

  4. Fred/eJames,

    Moi has decided moi doesn’t like living on the verge of interesting times. Moi is following cute miniature schnauzers instead.

    Okay, that’s just my whimper at the moment.

    However, I do take some comfort in this paean to the human spirit (and do we ever need it!):

    We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender …

    Much that Churchill did in his youth and middle age was deplorable, but his behaviour and actions immediately before and during WW2 were at least a partial atonement for his earlier stupidity.

    Am I being overly pessimistic in thinking that civilization is on the brink? I do fear so, but I also hope not. I hope for the durability of humanity – of our ability to reach out to and care for the “other” in the most difficult times.

    And I think I should basket.

    Goodnight, my fellow Pubsters, my friends.

  5. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. I’ve linked nothing from The Australian today – it’s in full rightwing dudgeon again.

    Greg Jericho tells us why now, more than ever, the economy needs government help. Well worth a read.
    Peter Martin on the fact that more and more Australians thinks that they are paying about the right amount of tax. That is, there is no tax revolt.
    Paul Bongiorno has written that a heavy fog enveloped the national capital at the beginning of the last sitting fortnight before the long winter recess. It was a timely metaphor for the Turnbull government battling forces within its own party room and across the Parliament. There are battles everywhere he says.
    Hartcher uses the Corbyn success to boost leadershit in Labor.
    Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will sue US President Donald Trump on Monday, alleging that he has violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by accepting millions in payments and benefits from foreign governments since moving into the White House.
    Property developers and the NSW Liberal Party seems to go together well.
    Customers with interest-only loans are likely to be charged an even higher premium by banks compared with those who are also paying back principal, home loan experts predict.
    Jackson Stiles says that perhaps the biggest threat facing the Australian economy is that wage earners, stripped of their share of national income, devoid of savings and burdened with debt, will plunge the nation into recession by drawing their purse strings.
    Jeff Sessions will be fronting an open Senate hearing overnight. Could be another popcorn job!

  6. Section 2 . . .

    Another federal appeals court has upheld a decision blocking Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. The fool can’t take a trick.
    Trump is reportedly delaying an official state visit to London because the British people will be mean to him. What a pussy!
    Heath Aston examines the possibility that Turnbull will be forced into a early election best year.
    An ex-aide of Hillary Clinton reckons the US’s next military conflict will be with Iran rather than North Korea.
    This journo from the Telegraph in the UK reckons the country is in a load of trouble.
    As outrage builds over a proposal to force Australians to work until 70, experts are urging businesses to follow the example of hardware giant Bunnings and unleash the untapped labour of older workers.
    It seems the NSW government has been giving the green light to pubs behaving badly.
    Lots of lawyers are unimpressed with megalomaniacal Dutton’s call for greater powers.
    Will carbon capture and storage become the sticking point in gaining a bipartisan approach to the Finkel proposal?

  7. Section 3 . . .

    Michelle Grattan wonders how hard Abbott will run against the Finkel plan.
    The SMH editorial says that there a lot of “ifs” ahead of the adoption of Finkel’s proposal.–if-if-if-20170607-gwmwrx.html
    The Finkel Review is not the solution to Australia’s energy problems, writes Ben Eltham. He goes into a lot of detail to explain why.
    Nicholas Stuart writes that the ADF is spending billions of dollars on equipment that technology might outpace.
    Channel Ten’s future is in doubt as the monied ones back away.
    And we hand out huge taxation exemptions to these ignorant throwbacks! Google.
    A touching tribute to Anthony and Chrissie Foster from Frank McGuire who chaired the Victorian government’s inquiry into child sexual abuse. Google.
    Peter FitzSimons declares that the Health Star Rating system for food should be scrapped.
    John McCain has slammed the foreign policy of President Donald Trump and even compared him to former President Barack Obama.

  8. Section 4 . . . with Cartoon Corner Part 1

    Compensation paid out to underpaid 7-Eleven workers has tipped over $110 million, fuelling criticism of failures in Australia’s employment law system to keep wage theft in check. Anna Patty doesn’t think the government’s laws go far enough to protect vulnerable workers.
    National Australia Bank faces fresh claims its financial planners have incorrectly handled documents, this time falsely certified customer ID documents.
    Jenna Price on why all weekends should be three days long.

    Ron Tandberg is unconvinced by Finkel.

    Mark David and Superhero Dutton.

    Another cartoon to slam Dutton.

    A clever play on words by David Pope.

  9. Section 5 . . . Cartoon Corner Part 2

    Alan Moir with an even uglier Pauline Hanson.

    David Rowe’s disgust of Trump continues to rise.

    Ron Tandberg and Turnbull’s selective criticisms on terror and parole.
    A cracker form Mark Knight.
    Matt Golding farewells Adam West.
    Pat Clement and trans-Atlantic popularity.

  10. Living in the Dark Ages –

    The reason for the delay in the Queen’s Speech and the opening of Parliament is not just Treeza’s inability to reach an agreement with the nutters in the DUP, meaning her government can’t come up with the necessary details on planned legislation for the speech

    There’s a much more – um – British reason. The speech has to be written by hand on goat parchment which takes a few days to dry. News of the world-shattering discovery of a miracle substance known as ‘paper’ has apparently not yet reached the shores of the UK.

  11. I really shouldn’t read Hartcher’s drivel, not without being hooked up to a blood pressure monitor.

    I skimmed through his latest scribble/dribble until I came to the inevitable rubbish about leadershit. Talk about a one track mind! There’s so much wrong here I just don’t know where to start.

    The lessons from this phenomenon? In Australia, there is no need to mobilise younger voters. Compulsory voting does that. But Corbyn’s experience will present Labor in Australia with two temptations. The Labor left here will argue that the party can win over many more young voters with a more generous redistributive policy offering, paid for by “soaking the rich”, and perhaps allowing the deficit to blow out. In short, to bring back “class warfare”.

    The Corbyn experience will also be used by allies of the Left faction’s Anthony Albanese to put him forward as the candidate of “authenticity” in contrast to the scripted Labor leader Bill Shorten.

    Shorten has put Labor consistently ahead in the polls and is not under any imminent challenge, but Albanese and his allies will start to organise if Shorten appears to be failing at any point

    OK –
    First, compulsory voting does not mean all young Australians will rock up on polling day. They have to get their names on the electoral roll first, and far too many Australians – young and old – just don’t bother. The constant media drivel about all politicians being the same, in it for the money, not interested in us, yada, yada, yada turns off a lot of potential voters. Maybe that’s the MSM plot – keep people off the rolls. I dunno.

    Next – Class warfare. Really? Again? Yawn…..

    Deficit blowout – yawn …..Has Hartcher noticed the current state of the deficit, has he noticed how quickly Scummo has blown it out? Obviously not. Deficits are wonderful when the Libs do it, appallingly bad when Labor does it.

    Soak the rich – extra yawns …..

    Then – surely Corbyn’s success is proof that no party needs to change leaders just because the media says so. Corbyn stayed, despite pressure from the UK media to go. Shorten will stay too. Apart from anything else there’s that little thing about Labor rules, also overlooked by Libtika last night.

    And – you can bet Hartcher and his media ‘allies’ will be confecting more and more rubbish intended to depict Shorten as ‘stumbling’ in an attempt to persuade Labor members to go for a change of leader. They owe it to their bosses and to Malcolm. Stand by for a deluge of guff.

  12. What I find extremely rude and offensive is when Ms May is described as “damaged goods”. (A journalist on Lateline, last night.) Not said, neither should it, to a man.

    Journalists love clichés and use them freely regardless whether they are harmful or not. They should polish their vocabulary a bit and think before they talk.

  13. The kindergarten – which in Germany starts at age three – allows its tiny pupils to vote on certain aspects of their daily routine, often revolving around food.

    Kids will, for example, place little glass stones in differently marked boxes to vote for which flavour of cake they want to eat next, the Hamburger Abendblatt reports. A majority vote decides the outcome.

  14. Pauline Hanson abandons case against ABC over secret tapes, forced to pay legal costs

    Pauline Hanson will be forced to pay legal costs after abandoning her court bid to stop the ABC airing further secret recordings of One Nation meetings, as she presses ahead with a case against a former party official who leaked the audio

  15. Planet Bananas

    Foreign minister Julie Bishop talked about the UK election result. She warned the “Left is on the move. They are globally networked.”

    She referred to Momentum, the UK equivalent of GetUp!, and said “this group represents an ideology we thought had collapsed with the fall of the Berlin Wall.”

    “Bill Shorten knows that this platform would lead to economic ruin and the loss of jobs. He’ll sacrifice anything to win the next election.”

  16. Leone people in the Netherlands and Denmark have a marked difference to us in their attitude to the common wealth and using it responsibly. So I reckon the kid whose choice of cake never eventuates learns to knuckle down or the teachers notice that Fred always asks for sultana cake and persuades the class to all vote for sultana cake one day

    • Disgusting how News Corps and Centrelink combine ‘failed to attend Centrelink interviews or job interviews’.

      It’s a waste of time and scarce money in bus fares or petrol to attend a job centre interview with someone who is employed simply because they have to interview job seekers every fortnight. There is no meaningful topic of conversation because the jobs just aren’t there to apply for

      Work for the dole or “Mutual Obligation” is more accurately “Slave for the Dole” because there is a palty $4 a fortnight travel allowance, the supervisors are often very rude and very crude with no knowledge of occupational health and safety and the poor sods have no access to workers compensation when they are injured on the job, because it’s an activity not a job

  17. The Greens have done good today – they managed to overturn a senate vote on legalising medical cannabis. Well done Greens and Jacqui Lambie, who missed the original vote and demanded her chance to vote today.

    The government won’t be pleased, they voted this down in May with the help of ON.

    This is also yet another example of hew chaotic ON really is. They campaigned heavily for legal medical cannabis during last year’s election campaign but voted against this in the senate in May. Now, after a lot of criticism, they voted in favour today.

  18. I understand this passes for reasoned argument appropriately expressed

    The PM has its all very well to write him “lovely letters” but Australians just want consistent energy policy.

    So dim-witted is this bunch of left wing ideologues opposite, so dim-witted are they, so dim-witted in anything to do with engineering or science, these fools were happy to have lots of renewable energy but it didn’t occur to them that sometimes the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine and they forgot to do anything about it.

  19. Another day, another problem with the F-35s.

    Australia’s next generation fighter jets grounded after starving pilots of oxygen

    Australia’s next generation stealth fighter jets have been beset with yet more problems, with the US Air Force grounding a fleet of F-35s after the aircraft started starving their pilots of oxygen.

    The US has ordered an indefinite flight ban at the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona – where Australians are among those training to fly the planes – while it investigates the cause of the potentially fatal problem

  20. Who’s a little liar then?

    The shadow minister for citizenship, Tony Burke, has accused Peter Dutton of misleading journalists about having properly briefed Labor on the government’s proposed changes to citizenship laws.

    Dutton, the immigration minister, announced on Sunday he would introduce legislation to parliament this week that made it harder to get Australian citizenship.

    He said the Turnbull government wanted to toughen English language competencies, introduce a values test, extend the amount of time before permanent residents could apply for citizenship, and require people to demonstrate they had integrated into Australian society.

    He called on Labor to support the legislation, and said Labor had been briefed on the bill.

    • The Finkel Report seems to have been confected to gain the approval of the Fizza government, it’s weak and makes ineffectual proposals that will be in breach of our Paris agreement, and yet the right wing nutters still don’t like it.

      If Turnbull had any balls at all he’d tell Abbott and his cronies to shut the frack up, but he doesn’t have balls and he won;t stand up to them. He wants to be PM more than he cares about the future of this country so as a result the whole country is stuck in the dark ages.

      Election now!

    • Lord Howe Island is part of the neighbourhood here, it’s directly east of us, part of our state electorate. There are regular flights and charter flights to the island from here and the regular supply ship, the “Island Trader’ operates from here. Even the Catholic church here has Lord Howe Island as part of the parish.

      The diesel fuel for the island generator is shipped from here, and that has been a bit of a worry for a long time. The Island Trader has a single-skinned hull. If anything happened there could be an environmental disaster. There almost was one a few years ago.

      You might think a federal environment minister would understand the risks involved in shipping in tonnes of diesel fuel every week, but to Fraudenberg political manoeuvres are more important than environmental health. Denying wind turbines for trumped-up reasons simply because his party doesn’t like them is environmental vandalism. He isn’t at all worried about the effect on the environment of all those diesel fumes, or the possibility of a diesel spill, or the eventual flooding from rising sea levels. all that matters to this idiot is flawed political ideology,al done so Fizza can cling on to being PM for a few more months.

      A pox on the lot of them, this government. We are governed by cretins.

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  22. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Work you way through this lot!

    The yawning gap between rich and poor in Australia should be formally tracked by the nation’s prime economic review body, the Productivity Commission, according to a Labor senator who has drafted legislation to bring it about. Mark Kenny writes that t he proposal would ensure that any negative impacts on the poor arising from government policies are specifically measured and taken into account in program design.
    Michael Pascoe on the failure of the AUD to fall in value despite the interest rate increases in the US.
    Clancy Yates concludes that house is worth a house (if you’re living in it).
    Cancers are responsible for more years of life lost than any other health condition, the latest Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has confirmed.
    A rising star in the NSW Labor Party star goes down after revelations of large donations from a foreign gold dealer.
    Massola reports that Turnbull could lose his leadership over climate and energy policy. (And I did have mid-June 2017 in the sweep!)
    Phil Coorey on the Coalition Party room meeting. “It’s a slaughter!” Google.
    Dennis Shanahan says that Turnbull has “burnt Shorten’s olive branch to a crisp”. Google.
    Mark Kenny sniffs some leadershit in the air.

  23. Section 2 . . .

    David Crowe in The Australian writes that angry Coalition MPs have warned Malcolm Turnbull against embracing a clean energy target that hits consumers with higher prices, in a revolt against a sweeping plan to shift the economy to wind and solar power. Google.
    Crowe goes further and describes how the Coalition has put its dysfunction on display yet again. Google.
    The Finkel Report has little if anything to do with the real issues around climate change, it is all about satisfying the Coalition party room writes Mungo MacCallum.,10395
    Josh Butler wonders if Abbott has actually read the Finkel report!
    Support for Gonski 2.0 is increasing. Shorten will need to be careful with how Labor handles it.
    From the incomprehensible “covfefe” to a post labelling fired FBI director James Comey a “leaker”, US President Donald Trump’s tweets would be preserved as presidential records if a Democratic congressman’s proposed act becomes law.
    And Democrats are set to cast a protest vote in droves against US President Donald Trump’s proposed arms sale to Saudi Arabia, a move that may not prevent the deal from going through but nonetheless represents an unprecedented rebuke of Saudi Arabia’s activities in war-torn Yemen.
    In Trump’s America a thick-headed man’s incredibly thin skin is threatening fee speech.
    Approved on the basis of Howard’s “back of an envelope” analysis the F35 Joint Strike Fighter is STILL in trouble!

  24. Section 3 . . .

    Shopping centre landlords are squeezing shop owners too much.
    The United States is “not winning” the war against Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on Tuesday.
    Unsurprisingly the psychiatrist in the middle of the Lindt siege has got the boot. It begs the question of what about the degree of reliance on him by the police.
    This psychologist explains the role of male shame in cases where the acts of individuals are branded as terrorism.
    Security expert Clive Williams writes about the changing face of counter-terrorism in the UK and France.
    Turnbull’s tougher laws aimed at terror suspects continue, a dangerous trend which offends freedoms in wider society and from which only deskbound bureaucrats will profit, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark. He’s just sniffing the glue of populism and fear he says.,10389
    A third Melbourne man has been charged with supplying the shotgun used in the fatal apartment siege in Brighton. Good stuff!
    Human Services Minister Alan Tudge’s decision to release a list of suburbs later dubbed “dole bludger hotspots” has been described as “worse than poverty porn”. On Tuesday, News Corp reported the top “bludger” hotspots in Australia – described as a “list of shame” – based on data provided by the Turnbull government.
    Michael West tells us that the Adani Group has become embroiled in a corruption scandal in South Africa after a series of leaked emails revealed the Indian power company was in talks to do a weapons deal with the controversial Gupta family.

  25. Section 4 . . .

    Dennis Shanahan writes that police are still canvassing for new evidence and allegations against George Pell in relation to sexual abuse claims almost a month after Victorian Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said a decision on laying charges would be made “fairly quickly”. Google.
    Kristina Keneally does it again with a great piece on child sexual abuse within the Catholic church.
    The Ten Network is right on the precipice.
    The conservative attacks on higher education continue, with the poorest Australians being asked to contribute the most, write Richard Hil and Kristen Lyons.
    Government debt has just clicked over the half trillion mark. It is of the government’s own making.
    Terminally ill patients will get faster access to medicinal marijuana and be able to import their own personal supply after the Greens teamed up with Labor and One Nation to deliver a shock Senate vote to kill off government restrictions. Hunt is furious!
    Could you pass the proposed English language Australian citizenship test?
    National Mental Health Commissioner Lucinda Brogden says employers have a legal responsibility to provide a workplace that is both physically and psychologically safe. But, she says, too many employers offer “positive extras” and shirk the hard stuff.
    Our prisons are becoming more and more full. Why?

  26. Section 5 . . .

    The rise and risk of “early inheritance syndrome”.
    The director of the Western Australian division of the Liberal Party Andrew Cox has quit after presiding over the party’s loss of government in March.
    Labor has asked for an investigation of the government’s small business roadshow program, amid allegations public servants are being required to attend partisan political events held in predominantly Coalition electorates. Katy Gallagher is on the job.

  27. Section 6 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Ron Tandberg on a different form of inheritance.

    Michael Leunig uncovers Australian values.

    Alan Moir nicely exposes Morrison’s big problem.

    David Rowe goes to town on Potatohead.

    Have a look at this effort from Ron Tandberg!
    David Pope on the Senate crossbenchers mulling over Gonski 2.0.
    Mark Knight reckons it’s all but over for the Ten network.
    Jon Kudelka a with an interesting ice core sample for 2009.

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