It takes some brass neck to say British workers need “more graft” when you’ve served in a government that hasn’t done its day job for months.Not content with thinking nurses in the north are worth less, apparently Liz Truss thinks Brits are all lazy too https://t.co/6USMGb7lRX
It certainly seems to apply to what's been happening in Downing Street in recent years.
But for whatever reason, she can't be bothered to do that.
Which is quite ironic, really.
In 1978 the famous Astrophysicist Brian May, assisted by F. Mercury, postulated that the Earth's angular momentum was due to 'Fat bottomed girls'. After more than 40 years without being disproven, refuted or challenged, should this now be considered a scientific fact?
For all his many faults, Starmer has a much tighter grip on just blurting out rubbish
Worse still if the gain from harder work all goes to the 1% then harder work merely increases inequality.
People might work harder if it allows them to go from a VW to a BMW but they will not if they still get the VW while the bosses go from a Bentley to a Rolls-Royce.
Latest Westminster voting intention (9-10 Aug)
Con: 30% (-3 from 4-5 Aug)
Lab: 39% (+2)
Lib Dem: 12% (+1)
Green: 6% (-2)
Reform UK: 4% (+1)
SNP: 5% (=)
Is this post energy policy?
Secondly, the under 49s are even more rabidly anti Tory than usual.
Oh, and the tories have a 1 point lead in the South
Very good point. And it's not just here. There have been a lot more articles recently (one in the Speccie) saying you're a fool if you do more than what you are contractually obliged to do because you will never be recognised by your bosses for it and you'll just be at risk of pay cuts / redundancy as everyone else.
A rather cynical view but unfortunately borne out by events. Especially so when you have so many low quality CEOs running U.K. accompanies.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
Actually I think Evan Davis is pretty good as an interviewer as well.
1.09 Liz Truss 92%
11.5 Rishi Sunak 9%
Next Conservative leader
1.09 Liz Truss 92%
11.5 Rishi Sunak 9%
I'm not opposed to reductions, but there seems a lot of promises to meet.
Is that the sort of "graft" she means? Don't know. Don't care.
Our political class is worse than useless. An active menace in fact.
*the aptly named Ars confirms https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/08/record-short-days-could-speed-up-debate-on-leap-seconds/
She is, this is what she's doing for you.
But she's promising things to other people too.
Truss at least seems to understand that people who work should be able to benefit from it and keep more of their own money, rather than simply ratchetting taxes from those who work to give to the client vote who don't. For that she deserves a chance at least, the alternative does not.
One thing I learned early in my career is that over here you need a Master's in economics before your opinions are worth anything - it's the economics equivalent of the four-to-six months of basic training that a soldier needs. Undergraduate degrees haven't cut it since the 80s. In the US you're expected to have a doctorate.
Then there was a run of leads in April/May 2019 (though they were more about Labour's share falling a bit less than the Conservative share).
Starmer's first lead in this wave was at the beginning of November 2021, and the last Conservative lead was early December, 252 days ago.
Boss takes his underling to one side, points to the car park outside the office.
"See my Lexus parked out there? If you put in the extra hours, work some weekends, really demonstrate your commitment to the firm, next year I'll have a Porsche."
In fact it is fifth (out of seven), and the same position in 2020.
Emma Barnett maybe
But yes, would be good to see a long-form interview with a decent interviewer, someone more interested in letting her explain her views, than trying to catch her out for clicks and likes with a 30-second out-of-context soundbite of a one-hour interview.
If you spend significant time scrutinising your mobile or, dare I say, posting on political websites, you're not going to be that productive. Ideally technological advancements should have enabled us to work fewer hours but be more productive.
I have discovered that the reason Sunak remains available to lay at 9.8 on Smarkets is that someone has failed to turn their market making API off (or something with the same effect) - so while it looks like only a small amount available, it gets replenished as soon as you take it. About £1.50 profit in it per £100 'invested', or £2 if you take all the profit on the Truss side.
I am heading for £1k of exposure, about 50% of which is hedged against the 12 to back at Betfair. I may keep going though at some point my bank are going to phone me when their automated scam detection software gets triggered... so, anyway, if anyone else wants a share, it looks like there's plenty.
This will not end well at all.
Surely the relevant time you want a bounce, if you're going to get one, is at the election not years prior like Brown.
If she can do an emergency budget that gets us through the winter and honours her election promises of reversing Sunak's tax hikes, help support Ukraine (and keep pressure on the rest of the West to keep supporting Ukraine), see the war won, see commodity prices fall back down reversing price pressures, then by 2024 she would deserve a second term.
If she can't, well ...
• Now £5m in debt
• 150,000 loss of members [official]
• 280,000 loss of members since Corbyn high point
• 35% cut in staff after 4 rounds of redundancies
Under. New. Management.
So you admit you agree to compromise with those that bomb, kill and maim, but won't compromise one iota with those that use political aims to achieve their ends.
Says it all.
"It is there, too, in the growing denial that something has gone very wrong with identity politics. When a liberal says, “There is no culture war,” what I hear is: “Please let there be no culture war. Otherwise, I shall have to fall out with my friends, stand up to my children, upset my employees. Or worse, go along with them and feel a coward.” Even if it is true that 2020 will turn out to be peak woke, it is because people — writers, comedians — took a stand. A conflict was recognised, and engaged. Those who looked away at the time don’t get to turn up now and pronounce the whole thing overblown. The poet Robert Frost once defined a liberal as someone who wouldn’t take their own side in a quarrel. It is increasingly a feat to recognise the quarrel.
"Another liberal parry is to say that cancel culture is a distraction from the economic crisis. And perhaps it is. But then one novelist’s torment was a distraction in the not notably quiet year of 1989. There will always be a reason to dodge a subject. In the end, “salience” aside, what do you think about it?"
He is deluded in his forlorn hope that we might have passed Peak Woke. This psychological defence mechanism - a form of denial, because pain - was identified in the Spectator a year ago
60% have voted, 40% still to vote
The most surprising one shows the Democrat Demings as 4 points ahead of Rubio in the Senate race. This is very different from the February poll from the same outfit which showed Rubio 12 points ahead. Rubio has lost 2 compared to that poll, while Demings has gained 14.
Quick googling on Demings shows her to be a strong candidate (former Chief of police & current Congressperson) & it's not unrealistic that she might be able to defeat Rubio.
The betting markets still have Rubio as a strong favourite. (1.12 on Smarkets.)
The other poll shows De Santis still ahead of Crist by 8 points, although the margin has narrowed from 21 points in their previous February poll.
I've posted this graph before, but it emphasises that all is vanity.
You can delay entropy and decay, but you can't beat them. Of course, it may be different this time.
I have no doubt that he was pressured by Treasury officials that this was the responsible thing to do after the Covid largesse but as a judgment call it was well off failing to recognise the weakness of the economy and other adverse developments.
It is why, despite the fact that I would still have voted for him, I have become increasingly relaxed about PM Truss.
Both are not entirely uncharacteristic of the current Tory party.
Graft being "bribery and other corrupt practices used to secure illicit advantages or gains in politics or business"; grift being the small time equivalent.
Truss will be hoping she is another Thatch. Seems unlikely
As with partygate, the implication is hard to ignore. Brits hate hypocrisy.....
Truss absolutely has her flaws and pandering to the grey vote is one of them.
If you can find a better, alternative, politician who wants to cut taxes on people working for a living and abolish the Triple Lock then I'm all ears. Otherwise, like Biden, she's surely acceptable under the circumstances?
However from your sample of 7 there are only 2 that took over mid term and won the next election, which further diminishes your sample. And both of those two had a higher approval at the election they won than they did at the extreme start of your chart.