So with last nights election results which, other than the return of tories in Scotland, I don’t think were particular surprising in it is time to prepare for the battles to come.

Austerity in Northern Ireland is likely over and there will be some nice new roads there as well. Maybe transport links to northern Scotland will be improved as well.

Whatever the Conservative party DUP arrangement is, it is likely to be quite stable as neither party has any other option. On the areas of policy that there are significant differences I suspect the the Conservatives will be able to find alternative cross party support.

However I still suspect that within this year we will get a Tory leadership election. Why? Primarily because of the fear of the Conservative parliamentary party facing another election with the current leadership. Once this process has been completed the conservative party will once again find itself with a leader implementing another leaders manifesto.

This likely change of leadership plus the impracticalities or working with a such a small majority will likely cause the government to seek a new election within the next year. A working majority requiring NI and northern Scotland MPs to be present in Westminster will allow a well organised opposition to make parliament a hostile place for the government. However it should be remembered that the government requires parliamentary ascent to dissolve parliament which they may struggle to gain.

Consequently the opposition parties should immediately begin preparing a progressive alliance with which to fight the next election if called prior to the the completion of the article 50 negotiations.

However a more likely option is for an election to occur after the negotiations but prior to the conclusion perhaps, while the parliaments of the nations of the EU are ratifying the agreement. Preparation for this option should be considered as well. An election at this point will be about implementing the Brexit deal which critical will have to be known. If an election occurs at this point, which I suspect is very likely, this will be the point at which the opposition parties must critique the deal and have boldness in presenting the case to either implement the brexit deal or seek to persuade the country of the alternative of remaining.

While this election has not produced a progressive majority it has reduced the power of the conservative forces, will still forcing them to take ownership of the lies of the brexitiers campaign. For a re-mainer such as myself the future holds renewed hope. We will almost certainly be at the ballot box again before we leave the EU and we must seek to build a progressive collation that will win but Corbyn is not the man to do it.

Go Vote

Today is the General Election 2017 voting day so go vote!

Found out where here

In the UK we had for another general election Thursday is voting day. Don’t forget to go vote.

In this campaign I think has been very difficult to have a sensible discussion between the proposals of the parties due a lack of willingness of the parties to commit to published materials regarding future policy. Without being overly pointed on the issue we know that brexit means brexit, its going to be strong and stable and that the Conservative party manifesto is not a commitment that even lasted to polling day.

Consequently I will be voting for a change on Thursday.

As a treat, here is a collection of recent political songs.

Wicked! The Pinnacle of Dance Music

Perhaps like me you social media feed are full of slightly enraging posts about the Trump, Brexit and the upcoming UK election in which please enjoy this post are aim to enrage you regarding another topic.

While my love of happy Hardcore is not a well kept secret a few ago I had the great pleasure of revisiting an old favourite of mine Wicked! by Scooter released 24th October 1996. After listening to the original version and the 20 years of hardcore expanded edition I was pleasant surprised how well the album holds up.

The introduction track, a brief vignette, is a great opener into what is perhaps the most famous of tracks from the album the classic I’m Raving including bagpipes.

On the topic of I’m Raving one should really check out the remix CD and in particular the Taucher Remix.

After this opening the album is a collection of great feel good tracks, Scooter del Mar breaks some new territory, The First Time is surprisingly fresh in spectral considerations and We Take You Higher and Awakening is everything you could hope for in a Scooter track with great synth leads.

The album concludes with Break It Up which is possible one of the strangest Scooter tracks ever. It overlays typical Scooter vocal processing against an acoustic guitar.

If you are use Apple Music you can listen to Wicked! or the Wicked! 20 Years of Hardcore Expanded Edition that includes the I’m Raving remixes.

In 2015 I posted the question I would have for the prime ministerial candidates in the UK election. I thought I would revisit this post in light of the current UK election but was surprised to realise how little they have actually changed.

The questions I had in 2015 were,

  • Suggest a situation that would cause you to use Trident?
  • What circumstance in a persons life need to come about for it to be appropriate that they are homeless?
  • Would you prefer a land-mine sales person to go to work or quit and claim JSA?
  • What obligation do you feel we have to the planet?
  • What current situation do you feel that as a nation we could respond to better being outside of Europe?

I suspect that these questions remain the most important for me and it slightly depressing that even post that election, the brexit referendum and the legislation also activities of government many of these issues remain current.

However I should acknowledge that while these questions largely remained unanswered in the previous election campaign some have already been answered in this campaign.

For me the key issues in this election are the ongoing housing crisis and government planning for permanent changes in the shift of employment models. I consider these two issues to be critical challenges for the UK and ones which if incorrectly handled are likely to create inequality of such significance that they could destabilise the UK.