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UK Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned from government and the cabinet saying she cannot stand by while loyal Conservatives are expelled...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Sep 7th, 2019 at 08:27:10 PM EST
How many times is this?

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by Cat on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 02:09:51 AM EST
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In a devastating resignation letter, she accused the prime minister of "an assault on decency and democracy" and "an act of political vandalism" for sacking 21 of her Tory colleagues for backing a parliamentary bill to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Rudd told Johnson she had joined his cabinet "in good faith accepting that no deal had to be on the table". She added: "However, I no longer believe leaving with a deal is the government's main objective."

While she could see the government was "expending a lot of energy" preparing for no deal, she had not seen "the same level of intensity go into our talks with the European Union" and updates from his office had "not, regretfully, provided me with the reassurances I sought".

Pfeffle of Pfeff Hall will soon drive into a horsepond. His talk of defying the law is just more bluster. No amount of posing with a bull and trying to make Churchillian grimaces will cut it.

The real question is what happens when he resigns?

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Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
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by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 06:18:49 AM EST
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Will the Queen have any option but to appoint Corbyn PM?

Will the Lib Dems and Tory dissidents then have any option but to work with Corbyn to secure an A.50 extension and organise a second referendum?

Given that will take some time and require debate as to what the options on the ballot paper will be, does that not mean Corbyn will likely be PM until at least the Spring?

And who will the Tories elect as new leader? Gove, Hunt, Javid? Give me a break... Farage will clean up, and that will be the end of the Conservative party...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 11:15:38 AM EST
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Boris is killing the Conservative Party anyway. The further he wades into lies and skulduggery, the more centrist/Remainer Conservatives will withdraw support, to which his response, we have seen, is to unleash a Cummings purge on them - or probably, like Amber Rudd, they will resign the whip themselves. The further the Tories loyal to him follow him into ultra-right national-populism (isn't fascism a shorter term for the same thing?), the more they will resemble the BXP. Warning: watch what happened to the French historic conservatives when they were led further right (by Sarkozy, more recently by Wauquiez) in an attempt to fish in the Front National's waters. Shrinking importance, loss of relevance and governmental status, blitzed in elections. Voters prefer the real thing to the ersatz.

As for your other questions, my crystal ball just conked out. I think, however, it would be normal that there be discussions with a view to forming a government, before the Queen received advice as to whom to appoint PM. Corbyn would naturally be in a position of force in any such negotiations.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 11:43:24 AM EST
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Boris Johnson has been told to `obey the law' over Brexit in an extraordinary warning issued by his own justice secretary.

Robert Buckland scotched speculation that he would follow Amber Rudd by resigning, despite ministers preparing to legally challenge parliament's instruction to stop a crash-out from the EU.

But he also revealed his concerns about the prime minister, by tweeting: "We have spoken over the past 24 hours regarding the importance of the Rule of Law, which I as Lord Chancellor have taken an oath to uphold."

The pro-EU justice secretary is one of four cabinet ministers on `resignation watch', as No 10 ratchets up the rhetoric in a Brexit showdown heading for the courts.

Buckland is also, as Lord Chancellor, an important player in the Royal Commission that should automatically give royal assent to the anti-no-deal Bill tomorrow.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen

by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 03:00:39 PM EST
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Boris doesn't strike me as the type to resign.  


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 03:09:07 PM EST
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Don't fall for the hype. His backbone is made of bullshit.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 03:12:46 PM EST
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Yet Amber Rudd had no problem implementing policies that required terminally ill cancer patients to seek work to continue receiving assistance.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 03:42:36 PM EST
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When you see people described as moderate centrist One Nation Tories, you should bear in mind where the definition of "centre" has moved to in our "modern" neo-liberal world. The fact that even these people are rebelling against Boris tells you where he and his disaster capitalist cabal have moved to. Basically we are seeing a mainstream capitalist rebellion against disaster capitalism led by Jeremy Corbyn. Who'd have thunk?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 8th, 2019 at 04:15:54 PM EST
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