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General Election Results !
Sunday 19th June 20:15WiththePollsclosedjust15minutesagonormallyextremelyreliableexitpolls(releasedat8pm)showFrance’sPresidentEmmanuelMacronfailingtowinamajority in the French Parliament.(We’re talking about the French elections here).MarineLePen’sfar-right‘NationalRally’wasexpectedtofillarecord89seats-upfrom theirprevious8-althoughtheBritishpapershavebeenfullofpotential‘Left-wing’ successstories.Thisturnsthemintoaseriousparliamentarygroupcapableof challenging the government at every opportunity.Scotland’s SNP have 47 MPs at Westminster.Thisfollowsthesecondandfinalroundofanationwideelectioninwhich577placesin the Paris National Assembly were to be chosen. TheNationalAssemblyisthemostpowerfulhouseoftheFrenchParliament(theirequivalentofourHouseofCommons)andthePresidentneedstocontrolittopush throughpromisedtaxcutsandwelfarereformsincludingraisingtheretirementagefrom 62 to 65. ExitPollsshowaprojectedNationalAssemblymadeupof224forMrMacron's coalition,afigurewhichdoesnotsecurethebroadmajoritythattheMacron administration has enjoyed since coming to power in 2017.The‘Republicans’,thecurrentnamefortheGaullistconservativeswhowere traditionally viewed as the natural party of government in France, gained just 78 seats.InthefirstroundoftheelectionslastSunday,apro-Macroncentristallianceknownas Together(Ensemble)tiedonvotescastwithNupes,theradicalallianceledbyfar-Left firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon.Mr Melenchon's coalition was tonight projected to win 149 seats.In‘goodnews’forBritishfishermen(ofbothgenders)theelectionalsocostMrMacron hisrecentlyappointedSecretaryofStatefortheSea,JustineBenin,appointedlast month to deal with a range of issues including fishing rights in the English Channel.EarlyvotinginFrance'soverseasterritoriesonSaturdaysawMsBeninloseher National Assembly seat in Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean.Election turn-out was low .. just 46%
Even ‘paper’ money is now plastic !
Wehave100days(from23/06)tochangeourpaper£20and£50notesintothe‘new’ polymervarieties..soits“farewell”toeconomist AdamSmithandindustrialistsMatthew Boulton & James Watt .. and we must rely on Bletchley Park’s very-own Alan Turing.From 30/09 only your bank will accept them.
“No spell-checker, he !”
AplaqueunveiledtomarktheQueen'sPlatinumJubilee,unveiledbytheEarlofWessexonlylastFriday,willnowneedtobereplaced.. due to a string of spelling mistakes !The panel in Birmingham's Victoria Square had eight errors, misspelling _Colmore Row as 'Colomore Row' _ the name of sculptor William Bloye as William Boyle _ Queen Victoria as ‘rulling’ the country _ with ‘sovereignity’ _ and the whole event being the ‘Planinum’ Jubilee.Well .. that’s how they pronounce things in ‘Brummagem’ .. !
“Five Strikes .. and they’re ‘OUT’ !”
Union who expect 50,000 of its members to down tools later this month, in the largest walkout since 1989.
Rebecca Long Bailey
(Labour - Salford and Eccles) received £3,000 in donations in 2020
(Labour - Hayes and Harlington - former shadow chancellor under Jeremy Corbyn) received more than £8,000
(Labour - Hackney North and Stoke Newington) received a donation worth £2,000
(Labour - Cardiff Central) received a donation worth £2,000
(Labour - Wansbeck) received £5,000 from the railway union in 2020
UnionshavemovedtoworsenandlengthentheupcomingrailstrikesasmembersonCrossCountry,EastMidlands and West Midlands trains were asked to walk out in action that could disrupt the Commonwealth Games.
It’s a case of “Watch this Space”
So .. no Glades Leisure Centre anymore .. and now no Cinema and Leisure Complex either.Covid,Inflation,BuildingCosts,LackofBuilders,etc,etc,havescared-offthedevelopersleavingourDistrictCouncil‘cabinetmemberfor economicregeneration,planningandlocalism’withsomewhatofawhiteelephant(inasitenowtobeknownas“Lionfields”..though “Why”, many of us fail to understand even given its close proximity to the West Midlands Safari Park).Some local wag once said that, if they installed a water-slide, would they rename it the “Surf-ari” Park ?So,bagsofre-generationwithhouse-buildingandwarehouse-buildingonthesouthsideofthetown..lotsofroad-buildingonthenorth side .. many, many house threatened to be built on green farm-fields, almost everywhere .. just no progress in the centre.
Why did the Tories lose Tiverton & Honiton ?
It wasn’t the state of the economy .. it wasn’t the state of the NHS … it wasn’t the state of the Union … it was …the (dire) state of the local High School which, though graded ‘Good’, is falling apart .. ceilings crumbling .. asbestos in the loos .. damp in the walls .. mould growing in the corners .. ! ! !Well, you’d vote for something better .. wouldn’t you ?