Monday, July 03, 2017

Grenfell Tower Exposed The Lack of Contingency Plans in UK

Grenfell Tower burnt-out imageIn the early morning of Wednesday 14th June, a tragic fire consumed a 24-storey tower block in West London. The stark reality of what followed was the shambolic lack of a contingency plan by local and national governments. And that in itself belittles the regrettable fire incident.

For a country that nags on about the need to 'protect' itself with nuclear weapons amongst other high level conventional weapons, it is rather shameful that the UK government could not coordinate a simple relief process to cushion and ameliorate the cases of the victims of this preventable accident. Instead, what followed was an embarrassing and totally crippled reaction by the government.

At the local government level, where its actions in handling fire safety concerns raised by residents has been much to blame, there was no noticeable response.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How Theresa May Helped UK Voters Understood Corbyn Better

I have always believed that Jeremy Corbyn will win a lot of votes, possibly a majority had the Labour Party, especially the PLP (Parliamentary Labour Party) accepted and supported his leadership. In fact, until I went to bed by 4am on the election night itself, I was still optimistic for a Prime Minister Corbyn and tweeted it blatantly throughout the campaign. The following are examples of how Mrs May shot herself in the foot at every turn throughout the election;

1. Took a gamble on Corbyn's principles:  Theresa May seems to know fully well that with Corbyn's principled, social standing, an election with him was always going to be a gamble. However, she banked on her poll lead having egged on the PLP to continue the war against their leader, knowing too well that nothing works best against anyone or team than attacks from within.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Yet Again, UK Electoral System Delivers Undemocratic & Unfair Result

Once again, the First-Post-The-Post (FPTP) electoral system in UK delivers a result that does not reflect the voting pattern of the country (see table below). It is a system that relies on winner-takes-all, which in practice means that so long as a candidate win the most votes out of a line-up of - say - 10 other contestants, that candidate with the majority becomes the winner. In most cases, that majority could [even] be just 20% of the total votes cast.

Although there has been demands in the UK by many in the fringe for a the Proportional Representation (PR) system, which will reflect the real majority and thus bring in governments that are truly representative of the population.

With the PR system, the current result from this General Election would have looked differently and return a more balanced Parliament which would have reflected the voting pattern of the country. The table here compares the current result of the FPTP to what potential PR system. To see the 2015 election comparison, please see here.

Friday, June 09, 2017

They Underestimated Jeremy Corbyn; He Overwhelmed Them

They said with him Labour is finished, he increased the number of seats.
They said He is not electable, now they're the ones eating their own words.
They said they can pull the rugs from under his feet by resigning en-masse, he stood rock solid and built a following.
They threaten through their pathetic vote-of-no-confidence that without them (PLP), people wont listen let alone vote for Labour, he's done it in style and overwhelm them with a 40% share of the vote - the biggest for Labour in the past 20 years.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

"Enough Is Enough" Is Not A Solution!

Theresa May and her government has put out a muscle-flexing rhetoric in response to the brutal, saddistic and mad terrorist attack on London Bridge on Saturday night. In her speech on Sunday morning, the Prime Minister, like her usual hollow and visionless statement which is now famous for, spluttered more deceitful sentences, "enough is enough", "there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country."

So why suddenly did she feel "enough is enough" when she had been in power for seven years and more importantly, presided over the brief that is responsible for policing and counter-terrorism? What tolerance is this and who has tolerated extremism if not her deliberate silence on the impunity and continuous arm supply to the Saudi Arabia?

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