Category Archives: Politics

Article 50: Three Lion Whip

Jeremy Corbyn’s called a three line whip on the Article 50 vote. He claims he’s against a bargain basement Brexit, yet he seems to be doing everything possible to facilitate it.

It’s as if he’s succumbing to the shallow nationalist rhetoric I’d normally associate with rowdy football supporters.

I’ve adapted a little song for Jeremy to sing from the opposition front bench terraces.

I think it’s bad news for English politics.
We’re not creative enough, and we’re not positive enough about Europe.

It’s coming home. It’s coming home. It’s coming.
Sovereignty’s coming home.

We’ll go on getting bad results; getting bad results;
getting bad results; getting bad results

It’s coming home. It’s coming home. It’s coming.
Sovereignty’s coming home.

It’s coming home. It’s coming home. It’s coming.
Sovereignty’s coming home.

It’s coming home. It’s coming home. It’s coming.
Sovereignty’s coming home.

Everyone seems to know the score. They’ve seen it all before.
They just know. They’re so sure.

That England’s gonna throw it away; gonna blow it away,
But I know they can play, ’cause I remember

Three lines on a whip; Commons mace still gleaming;
Thirty years of EU, never stopped us leaving.

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All the Labour People

Ah, look at all the Labour people
Ah, look at all the Labour people

Jeremy Corbyn picks up the cards at the poll where an election has been
Lives in a dream
Waits in his office, wearing the suit that he keeps on a hook by the door
Who is it for?

All the Labour people
Where do they all come from?
All the Labour people
Where do they all belong?

Hilary Benn is writing the words of a speech that no one will hear
No one comes near
Look at him working, honing his quotes in the night when there’s nobody there
See how he cares

All the Labour people
Where do they all come from?
All the Labour people
Where do they all belong?

Ah, look at all the Labour people
Ah, look at all the Labour people

Jeremy Corbyn died in the polls and was buried along with his name
Nobody came
Hilary Benn must leave the front bench with his mandate deprived
No one is saved

All the Labour people
Where do they all come from?
All the Labour people
Where do they all belong?

European Election 2014 in the East of England

Here are my predictions for how the D’Hondt method will allocate seats in the European election in the East of England in 2014.

The number of seats allocated is the share of the vote divided by the D’Hondt quota rounded down to the nearest whole number.

Predicted D’Hondt quota 9.3%

Predicted Votes in 2014, Swing from 2009 and Seats

Party Votes in 2014
Swing from 2009 Seats
Conservative Less than 27.9% More -ve than -3.3% 2
UKIP More than 27.9% More +ve than +8.3% 3
Liberal Democrat Close to 9.3% Close to -4.5% 0 or 1
Labour Close to 18.6% Close to +8.1% 1 or 2
Green Less than 9.3% Less +ve than +0.5% 0

The 1st Liberal Democrat or 2nd Labour seat will set the D’Hondt quota.