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Local government & Mayoral elections on 4 May

It's that time of year when I do a thread about upcoming elections. This year we have local government elections, including county council elections and also a number of mayoral elections for places like West of England and Liverpool City Region.


Where I live, the election of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority mayor has been postoned due to legal action involving Derbyshire County Council and Chesterfield Borough Council. The whole "Northern Powerhouse" thing in the area where I live has become something of a farce.

The election we are getting in my local area is for the county council, where I am afraid to report that there is a good chance of Labour losing control of the council to the Conservatives. I must admit at this point that my Labour county councillor is actually quite good, but my worry is that people will be turned off by the mess that Labour is in at national level.

The big issues in my local area are proposals for fracking by INEOS (predictably hugely unpoular) and also proposals for building new houses, including building on a golf course which have not gone down especially well with local residents.

So, what local elections are due in your local area? And what are the big local issues where you live?

One thing I do see happening....

...is newspapers copying the worst aspects of websites like Breitbart and The Canary, so we end up with a vicious circle of clickbait headlines and porky pies.

It makes it increasingly difficult to make good decisions at the ballot box when there is so much misinformation about and you can't trust what the media is telling you.

An example of this that's local to me is fracking. INEOS are seeking permission to explore for shale gas in my local area, and it would be nice if more scientific facts on the subject were readily available. The trouble is, information on the subject is all too often presented from extremely biased standpoints on both sides, so you end up mistrusting both sides! It also doesn't help that at this stage in the process residents are being urged to focus on very NIMBY-ish objections such as traffic levels in order to block the proposal rather than the more serious concerns such as groundwater and subsidance, so the bigger concerns that people might have about fracking are not being addressed.


You don't qualify as a member of the Labour movement by being "ideologically pure".You become a member of the Labour movement by being a member of a trade union or the Labour party, which of course was created by the unions to represent working people.

For instance, I am not currently a member of the Labour movement as I am part of neither. I have been in the past but not for some time now. Regardless of what you think of Chukka Umunna, he is very clearly part of the Labour movement as a Labour MP who has previously served in a Labour shadow cabinet.

Umunna came to Labour through his background in employment law, and most Labour MP's have backgrounds in, and extensive links to trade unions.

The whole matter of how left wing you may or may not be is irrelevant to whether or not you could be considered part of the Labour movement.

2 obvious answers, and a 3rd not so obvious one

The Lib Dems are rising in the polls because they are the only party currently holding Theresa May to account and pointing out that the current strategy for leaving the EU is suicidal. It's certainly noticeable that Labour are losing more votes to the Lib Dems than the Tories or UKIP.

You would have to have been living under a rock between 2010 & 2015 not to know why they are not doing better. The coalition destroyed their credibility and also had the effect of wiping the party out at grassroots level in many places. If Labour wasn't such a horrific mess right now the Lib Dems might still be in decline.

The Lib Dems also have a reputation for dirty campaigning, which makes it hard for disillusioned Labour MP's and activists to make the switch to their side.

I agree with much of this

With the Tories becoming more extremist and unhinged, and Labour retreating up their own behind the Lib Dems are becoming increasingly attractive to me, especially as the only genuinely pro free trade party we have left. It clearly isn't a coincidence that British politics has gone badly wrong since their influence was almost entirely wiped out at the last election.

However, their behaviour over Tuition Fees is a real millstone round their neck, and will continue to be so for decades to come. Destroyed their credibility, and wiped the party out in many areas of the country.

Similar-ish story for me....

My area is being rejoined with Bolsover under the proposals. In the short term, providing that Dennis Skinner's health holds up it would decrease the risk of me having a Tory MP at the next election.

In the long term however, the area is gentrifying and whilst Dennis Skinner is very popular locally, he is also a very old man who is not going to live forever. Labour still has a lot of work to do if it wants to keep control of the area where I live.

I'll be able to look at other areas at a later date.

If Liam Fox wants British business to export more....

.....then he will have to abandon the policy of leaving the EU as the EU single market is the thing that makes exporting goods easy.

I campaigned for "Stronger In" precisely because I want to keep things as easy as possible for British exporters, without foreign governments charging duties on British goods or excessive export paperwork.

Global Supply Chains Paralyzed After World's 7th Largest Container Shipper Files Bankruptcy

I hope that none of you have goods on a Hanjin vessel right now.


The question now is whether as a result of the bankruptcy process there will be an unexpected failure in the global supply-chain: South Korea's oceans ministry estimates a two- to three-month delay in the shipping of some Korean goods that were to be transported by Hanjin Shipping, and plans to announce in September cargo-handling measures which could include Hyundai Merchant Marine taking over some routes, a ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.

Making matters worse, Reuters adds that KDB's move to pull the plug was already having an impact on Hanjin's operations, with the company's various shipping assets already frozen. Ports including those in Shanghai and Xiamen in China, Valencia, Spain, and Savannah in the U.S. state of Georgia had blocked access to Hanjin ships on concerns they would not be able to pay fees, a company spokeswoman told Reuters.

Another vessel, the Hanjin Rome, was seized in Singapore late on Monday by a creditor, according to court information. "Now Hanjin must do everything it can to protect its clients' cargoes and make sure they are not delayed to their destination, by filing injunctions to block seizures in all the countries where its ships are located," said Bongiee Joh, managing director of the Korea Shipowners' Association.

The global implications from the bankruptcy are unknown: if, as expected, the company's ships remain "frozen" and inaccessible for weeks if not months, the impact on global supply chains will be devastating, potentially resulting in a cascading waterfall effect, whose impact on global economies could be severe as a result of the worldwide logistics chaos. The good news is that both economists and corporations around the globe, both those impacted and others, will now have yet another excuse on which to blame the "unexpected" slowdown in both profits and economic growth in the third quarter.

I've been thinking about the Personality cult bit recently

I'm slightly too young to know about Thatcher on this point, but in my adult life two UK politicians have had a major cult of personality about them. Tony Blair and Nigel Farage.

I may heartily dislike both, and certainly disliked the ginormous egos of both men, but both were hugely successful in their own ways.

Looking at Jeremy Corbyn, he is not an obvious candidate for a cringing cult of personality. He's not a brilliant orator like Obama, he doesn't come across as a raging egomaniac, or even somebody who takes much pride in his appearance and in stark contrast to media whores like Blair and Farage he actively shuns mainstream media.

And yet the faction of Labour he heads seems utterly dependent on him staying as Labour leader come what may and has built up a cult like base of followers who seem far more attached to the man than any wider cause. In my experience, you can object to policies like Railway Nationalisation and they won't argue with you about it, but the moment you suggest that he isn't doing a very good job as Labour leader they go apeshit.

So there is a bit of the personality cult with Corbyn, but it's quite different what you usually get with personality politics IMHO.

I live in an old coal mining area in England

The Industrial Revolution started in Britain due in large part to the fact that we had plentiful supplies of coal to fuel steam engines, and in later years power stations. Coal was the most important industry in Britain for many, many years and the British Labour party became a major force in politics thanks to the power of the miners.

In old pit villages you had a situation going back generations where people left school and went straight off to work down the mines. it was the only life people in many pit villages knew. And when the mines shut it was utterly devastating for those communities.

Some of the old pit villages are recovering well from the closure of the mines, others are still in a dreadful state.

Also worth remembering that old pit villages tend to be very insular places. Outsiders of any description are often looked on with suspicion, which can easily turn into strongly anti-immigrant sentiment, or just plain old fashioned prejudice.
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