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The Prime Minister has called for a snap General Election for Thursday 8th June :

Whilst JC may welcome the snap decision to change rules and to be voted on by Parliament tomorrow, perhaps enshrining his place at the top table for a further seven years as 'opposition' leader ...

Best not to count the Brexit chickens afore they hatch.

51 days.... it may take that long for Corbyn to leave a note.

As for Ms May ... blushing or bluffing? 


Mind with the NYCC election result on 5th May  .... Purrdah. Oh erm 32 days ... six weeks prior to nominations being in ... and no local political meetings during erm  purrdah.... change 'tis highly unlikely. Mind they make it up as they go along....  why not just have a referendum with a third option or erm None of the Above? 

Sack the lot ... a lotto or straw poll.   Put all those eligible to vote  'papers'  in one big box and select 650 at random.

Campaign Campaign. 

The Selection Process.





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Bobs 'Bid'

"Scarborough's MP has welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that she wishes to call a General Election on June 8.

Robert Goodwill said his message was 'bring it on' when the Prime Minister made her announcement this morning.

There will be a vote in the House of Commons tomorrow to allow the election to take place, with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn saying he backs the country going to the polls.

Mr Goodwill said it was the right decision.

He said: "If I am lucky enough to be chosen (by the local Conservative association) then I welcome the chance to once again represent the people of Scarborough and Whitby

"I think it is the right decision as it will give Ms May the full five-year term to implement Brexit.

"If the election had not been called we would have been in election mode in 2019, right in the middle of making important decisions about Brexit and what comes after we leave the EU.

"This now means Ms May can go into the negotiations with not only a referendum result in her pocket but also a mandate for the future from the General Election."

Mr Goodwill said he believed a recent by-election for a council seat in Coulby Newham near Middlesbrough, which the Conservatives took from Labour, was the trigger for today's announcement.

He added: "I don't think I can remember a time of such economic growth in Scarborough and Whitby what with the UTC, new university and the potash mine now hiring staff.

"I think the election will see people agree that the Conservative Party has the best interests of the people of Britain at heart and will see a rejection of Jeremy Corbyn's politics of the past

"Bring it on." "

Any Olde Iron ....

Bob & a Bib?

One Issue.  One Opposition. ;-0

Flat Pack?


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Independence 'Day'

"4:38pm 18th April 2017
(Updated 5:10pm 18th April 2017)

Mayor of Bridlington Liam Dealtry plans to stand against Sir Greg Knight as the MP for East Yorkshire.

The news comes on the day that Prime Minister Theresa May announced she is calling a snap election for June 8.

Liam will be standing as an Independent and says he will be a voice for "normal everyday people." In the last general election in 2015, Sir Greg won the East Yorkshire seat with 50% of the votes.

That was a total of 25,276 votes and gave him a majority of around 15,000 ahead of Labour's Kevin Hickson. 

Liam comes to the end of his term as Bridlington's Mayor this year, and says standing parliament since he began his political career. 

He said:

"I'm a local lad. I'm an East Riding lad, born in Bridlington. People are tired of the main stream parties.

If you've got a common everyday person like myself that can go down to the Houses of Parliament that knows right from wrong good from bad, then yes I believe I can overturn the number of votes.

I'm a man of my word. I won't lie. I'll go to the ballot box and I'll make sure that when I'm down there I'll listen to what the people want me to do."

Ah, so ...


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The Gagging Bill

"Greenpeace has become the first organisation to be fined under the government’s Lobbying Act which critics warned would silence legitimate campaign groups.

Ministers said the legislation, dubbed the “gagging law” by charities, would hold corporate lobbyists to account whenit was introduced in 2014. But the act has faced intense criticism from civil society groups which have repeatedly warned that the restrictions it imposes on spending during an election would hamper the activities of legitimate groups.

Greenpeace says those fears have been borne out after the charity revealed it had been fined £30,000 for refusing to register as a “third-party campaigning organisation” in the run-up to the 2015 election.

John Sauven, Greenpeace UK executive director, said the decision not to register was an “act of civil disobedience” and warned that the fine would have a further “chilling effect” on the charities and civil society groups in the run-up to June’s election.

“Sometimes legislation is just wrong and you have to stand up and say so. The Lobbying Act is a democratic car crash; it weakens democracy and curtails free speech.”

Meanwhile ;-0

"Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Sir Gary Verity said:

“It is exciting to be able to unveil this first wave of big-name riders and the strength of this list demonstrates how highly the Tour de Yorkshire is regarded.

The third edition will be the biggest and best one yet, and with World Champions, Olympic Gold Medallists and Grand Tour stage winners on the start list, we can guarantee three days of great racing.

Yorkshire is already gearing up to celebrate the race with banners, bunting and giant land art projects springing up right across the county, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone.”

Mind, how many Twonks will 'sit it out'?

And the MP turnout for todays  vote?

I doubt two thirds are in the Country ...

Much Ado about Nothing ... tis about as exciting as Erdogan.

".. lungfuls of Welsh mountain air taken in while walking in Snowdonia..."

Hmmm ...


Does anyone out there actually believe a single word they say?

None of the Above.

Brrrr ...


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Political Apocolypse

Boy Wonder ?

"“I am stepping down from the House of Commons – for now. But I will remain active in the debate about our country’s future and on the issues I care about, like the success of the Northern Powerhouse.

“I want a Britain that is free, open, diverse and works with other nations to defend our democratic values in the world.

“I will go on fighting for that Britain I love from the editor’s chair of a great newspaper. It’s still too early to be writing my memoirs..."

Oh, and the next leader of the LP ;-)

Mind will there be anyone left to vote ...

Is it two thirds of 650 or of those present ... am sure it was the full house.

Hmmm ...

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General Election - Brief

"Wednesday, 19 April 2017
Following this afternoon’s approval in the House of Commons, Scarborough Borough Council is to host a briefing session for those thinking of standing as a candidate in the UK General Parliamentary election on 8 June for the Scarborough and Whitby Constituency.

The briefing session will take place from 2.00pm until 4.00pm on Thursday 27 April at the Town Hall, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HG.

Information will be provided about the nomination process and about how to complete the nomination forms for those unfamiliar with the process.  Nomination packs will be available to take away and complete.

Anyone wanting to attend should inform the council’s elections team by emailing or calling 01723 232309."


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Macron - Resultat

"Mr Macron won by 66.06% to 33.94% to become, at 39, the country's youngest president.

Mr Macron will also become the first president from outside the two traditional main parties since the modern republic's foundation in 1958.

He said that a new page was being turned in French history..."

Oh, OK ;-0

Ah, so ....

Pogo Pogo

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The New 'Statesman'

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St Georges Day


"A Conservative source said: "The British economy would be on a permanent holiday if Mr Corbyn got near Downing Street."

One day off a year :-)

Piracy ...

Nuts.... erm Nutella..

Odd Bods.. erm about that shift in the time space continuum ..

Ah, so ... 'Minkowski' ... nobody still wears that stuff do they? 


Ohm Ohm Um.

Best get me Duffle.

Meanwhile:  back in 'Vague' there appears to be a 'black hole' ...


Short straws, straw ..


tis  like 'Gone with the Wind' innit

'Do not squander time...'


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May Day - Zing

"“Don’t the voters deserve better than to be spoken to in soundbites?” asked Andrew Marr.

Don’t be silly. What this country needed above all were strong and stable soundbites. “I believe it is in the national interest to have a strong and stable leadership because only a strong and stable leadership can deliver a strong and stable economy.”

Marr reached for the pistol. Him or her? This wasn’t the interview he had been hoping for. It was the one he had feared. “That does sound rather robotic,” he observed. The Supreme Leader began to relax. Robotic was good. Robotic was strong and stable.

"With the Maybot fully activated, the Supreme Leader went on to insist that she wanted nothing more than a country which worked for everyone and not just the privileged few. She’d said that hundreds of times before so it must be true. What about the nurses? Marr asked. They were poorer than they had been for years and many of them were going to foodbanks.

“There are complex reasons why people go to foodbanks,” the Supreme Leader said tetchily. And what people had to remember was that many nurses were just plain greedy and chose to scrounge off foodbanks when they had spent all their money on super-sized meals at McDonald’s.

"Sensing she might be straying slightly off message, Kim Jong-May returned to her default settings. Strong and stable leadership. Strong economy. Strength through being strong. Security through being secure. No, she didn’t feel it would be a failure if inequality rose under her Supreme Leadership...

"The Supreme Leader fidgeted and looked around anxiously, willing the interview to end. “Jean-Claude Juncker is reported as saying that you are in a different galaxy in the Brexit negotiations,” Marr remarked...

"That was an insult too far for Kim Jong-May. Just because she was on another planet, it didn’t mean she was from another galaxy. She was very proud to be the Supreme Leader of the planet Zog. And what the people of planet Zog needed was strong and stable leadership, which is why they needed to give her a mandate to strengthen her hand in the Brexit negotiations. Once the EU realised how much everyone in the UK hated it, Brussels would be bound to give us a brilliant deal.

“Do you think gay sex is a … ”

The Supreme Leader had been expecting this one and she jumped in before Marr had finished his sentence. “NO, NO, NO.” She absolutely loved gay sex. Nobody liked gay sex more than she did. Nothing was more strong and stable than gay sex providing it was done strong and stably. To be on the safe side, she crossed herself. She could work out later whether it was more of a sin to say something wasn’t a sin when you thought it might be.

A few minutes later, the Supreme Leader found herself in the ITV studios being asked much the same questions by Robert Peston. Might as well kill two birds with one stone. Strong and stable, stable and strong. Strengthen our economy by strengthening her own position. Read her lips. She wouldn’t be raising any specific taxes. Though she might be raising some unspecific taxes which she wasn’t prepared to specify.

By now Kim Jong-May was displaying some nervous tics. Her eyes twitched as they darted in different directions and her fists clenched and unclenched. Desperation was kicking in. “One last question,” said Peston, thoughtfully opting to put the Supreme Leader and the country out of their misery. Why would she not be doing the live TV debates?

“Because I want to get out into the community to meet some ordinary people,” she replied. Why, only the previous day she had been up to a forest in Scotland where she had met this awfully nice woman, Ruth Davidson, along with seven of her closest friends, who had all told her that what this country needed was the strong and stable leadership which only someone as strong and stable as her could deliver.

On the way back to Number 10, the Supreme Leader asked the Even More Supreme Leader if he thought the morning had gone well. Lynton Crosby nodded approvingly. She had been more mediocre than even he had dared hope."

Oh... that Wizard.

Hmmm M.... ing... Great & Merciful the II

best get me casio out.



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Eric the Red

"Eric Broadbent has been selected to stand as Scarborough & Whitby Labour Party’s Parliamentary Candidate in the forthcoming General Election.

As most of you already know, Eric is a highly respected and experienced County Councillor, Borough Councillor and Trade Union representative. Eric has an excellent record of supporting and standing up for people in our area."

lol, esp at the local Traf.


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Ozzy's Oggles

""If the results are as bad as predicted, then Jeremy should stand down voluntarily and let someone else lead the fight in June.

"If he does not - and I don't believe he ever would - I would be very happy to fight him and his fellow travellers on the extreme left of the party by standing in his constituency of Islington North."...

"Even in the event of an electoral "disaster", Mr Corbyn would not stand down, relying instead on the support of the party membership to fend off a vote of no confidence, Mr Foster predicted.

"Jeremy's activist supporters will ensure this blinkered, ineffective leader is immediately elected again," he said.

He added: "Unfortunately, supporting him as leader means supporting a political strategy that kills people..."

"Labour has been approached for comment."


"like the brainwashed member of a cult".

"There was no immediate response to a request for comment from the Foreign Secretary."


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Situations Vacant

Clip Clop ...


Tick Tock ...

Olde English Vinyl ... lol

Jeremy Jock ..


'the General Election is a coronation not a contest'

'Labour's Ros Jones has won the Doncaster mayoral election on the first count.'

Lib Dems 'bounce'?

"Mr Smith, who is standing for UKIP in Lincoln in the 8 June general election, concedes: "This is a temporary glitch for us."

'Labour loses Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil to independents'

"I won't use the word 'disaster', I'll use the word 'challenging',"

'Conservatives have gained control of the Isle of Wight from no overall control after winning 22 of the 40 seats so far ...'

'Across the nine English and Welsh counties that have fully declared results, the Tories have control of six authorities - including three gains - and 300 seats, a net gain of 70. 

Labour have won 103 seats, a net loss of 36, the Lib Dems have won 75, a net loss of 14 and UKIP has failed to win any seats..'

Yawn ...

and so endeth tonites pith take on the bbc ;-)

"Blaming others won’t do. Instead, how refreshing it would be, just this once, if Corbyn and McDonnell put their hands up and took even a small measure of responsibility for this calamitous result. Instead of always playing the besieged victim, they could accept that, as Enoch Powell once observed, a politician complaining about the press is as absurd as a sailor complaining about the sea. Navigating a way through is simply what they have to do."






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Business as Usual

Mind ....


"But, of course, we can't necessarily read to much into the local election. It is about half of the turnout of the national election. I need to work very hard for the next five weeks to make a clear case. We take nothing for granted."


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Manchester Arena Blast

"Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena.

The blast happened at 22:35 BST on Monday following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande.

PM Theresa May said her thoughts were with those affected by "what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack".

Paramedics at the scene told the BBC they had treated some of the wounded for "shrapnel-like injuries".

British Transport Police said the explosion was in the arena's foyer.

"Greater Manchester Police has established an emergency telephone number in response to the attack. It is: 0161 856 9400.

The prime minister has suspended her general election campaigning and will chair a meeting of the government's emergency Cobra committee later, in response to the attack.

Mrs May said: "We are working to establish the full details" of what had happened in Manchester.

"All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected," Mrs May said."

" ... Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, condemned the attack and said Japan stood side by side with the British people.

In a message to Theresa May, Abe said he was “deeply shocked” that “this appalling act of terrorism” had targeted young people while they were attending a concert.

Abe added: “On behalf of the government of Japan and the Japanese people, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims and extend our sympathies to those who have been injured.”

Meanwhile CCTV, China’s state broadcaster, is reporting that Chinese president Xi Jinping has sent a message to the Queen expressing his “sincere condolences” to those killed and injured in the explosion in Manchester and to their families.
“The Chinese people are firmly standing together with the British people at this difficult time,” Xi told the Queen, according to a brief announcement by the channel."

"I miss the days before 9/11 it was more innocent..."

"Around 21,000 people are reported to have been at the concert at the time of the explosion."

"The city has been through dark times but it’s difficult to remember anything that’s as bad as what’s happened last night.

We have to deal with the reality of that, at the same time as communities have to pull together with each other.

We have to grieve, but we also have to bounce back.

We cannot allow what is believed to be a terror attack to divide us and we can’t allow them to win.

I think that again, on the assumption that this is a deliberate attack, that the targets primarily were young girls and their families and it is almost beyond belief that anybody could target such a group of people with this appalling outrage.

He reiterated that there is no current intelligence to suggest any further attack but said that comes with the rider that people must always be alert."

To work.


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“It’s all a total mess,” Balls said happily.

"Boris was at his most un-Boris like"


Blonde moment.

"The Maybot had achieved what everyone had imagined impossible. She had inflicted more damage on the Tory party than anyone other than Tony Blair. Overnight the supreme leader had proved herself to be anything but supreme."

Fascinating ...




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Local Results

Oh Dear ...

"The collective biography is a good idea. Different dealers, and indeed different markets, influence art in different ways. More problematically, the book covers both dealers who represented artists and those, like Lord Duveen, who traded secondhand masterpieces. Perhaps it is impossible to extricate the two types of dealing but the questions raised by each are very different. Nevertheless, one part of the story is the same: art’s centre of gravity moves from Europe to America and the last rogue in Hook’s gallery is Leo Castelli, the dealer most identified with pop art. By this stage, not only has the art been shipped to America, it has also become American. This seems to point to a depressing truth: that beyond dealers and even beyond artists it has always been the same invisible hand pulling the strings: the economy."



Todays new word ;-) I was tinking more batteries mesen but hey ho...

"Durand-Ruel and his successors all used their taste to make the market in art. But a century later a non-discriminatory marketplace was trying to get rid of dealers altogether. And did this global marketplace affect the art that was sold in it? Of course it did. It allowed it to be meretricious rubbish."

Ha. (I'll have to google that big word ;-)




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Inc O'lusion

"... Brexit could only be agreed and delivered if the Conservative minority government built cross-party support behind a plan that would unite politicians and the country..."

Etc Etc ... far too civilised.

Gotham awaits.