gov.broken

“Theresa May launched a slick new government website on Thursday, promising a ‘plan for Britain’, but for the first hour or so it just displayed an error message.” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/17/theresa-may-website-launch-election-expenses-scandal-nicola-sturgeon

The message read: this is not an IT error.

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Castanet castigation

“Scottish Conservative deputy leader Jackson Carlaw hit back, drawing comparisons with the 2014 consultative referendum held in Catalonia without the permission of Madrid. Mr Carlaw said: ‘The SNP’s only reason for existing is to rip Scotland out of the UK. That’s why the party refuses to rule out any means of achieving this, including a nonsense Catalan castanets consultative referendum. http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-urged-to-withdraw-illegitimate-vote-threat-1-4396195

A Scottish Conservative deputy deputy was quick to point out that ‘Catalan castanets’ was an expression of respect and appreciation toward a European neighbour.

May be or May be not

“‘So what I’m saying today is she says it is not the right time for a referendum,’ Sturgeon [said] told the BBC. ‘I actually agree with that. I am not proposing one now. We’ve set out when we think it would be right.'” https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/17/sturgeon-hints-at-other-ways-to-hold-new-scottish-independence-referendum

Prime Minister May may have meant May, but made her main point arcane, whether making May the right time to remain, or May maybe not what May maybe meant.

(I hope you enjoy a little diversion from environmentalia – I could argue about environmental activism being strongly tied to progressive politics, but really this material was too good to pass by.)

Climate Check-Mayte

“The government has approved a new and ambitious UK carbon pollution reduction target. It commits the UK to cutting carbon emissions 57% from 1990 levels between 2028 and 2032. … ‘Climate Change is not a risk that has been downgraded after the Referendum’ – Amber Rudd, [ex-] Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.” (http://blogs.wwf.org.uk/blog/business-government/keeping-climate-policy-alive-brexit/)

“The abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been condemned … ‘Less than a day into the job and it appears that the new prime minister has already downgraded action to tackle climate change, one of the biggest threats we face,’ said Craig Bennett, the CEO of Friends of the Earth.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/15/decc-abolition-major-setback-for-uk-climate-change-efforts

“The experts of the Climate Change Committee … also outline some of the potential opportunities global warming may bring to the UK. It’s a meagre list, with plenty of caveats, such as an extended growing season for certain crops (assuming we can manage the plunging soil fertility and can find enough water to irrigate them).” (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2987900/fit_to_rule_over_us_theresa_mays_response_to_climate_hazard_report_will_be_her_first_big_test.html)

Rebranding climate change nightmares as ‘Climate Opportunities’ – Climatunities! – will only give policy advisors the wrong sort of wet dreams.

Meanwhile, here in progressive Scotland,
“The Prime Minister and I [the First Minister] have big political disagreements but we are both women who approach business in a similar way, so I think we can have a good working relationship not withstanding those political differences.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/First-Minister-meets-the-Prime-Minister-2706.aspx)

Political difference #152:
“The Environment and Climate Change will have a dedicated Cabinet Secretary for the first time, with Roseanna Cunningham’s appointment underlining the Scottish Government’s ambitious plans to further reduce carbon emissions, protect and enhance Scotland’s environment and take forward the Government’s work on land reform.” (http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-Scottish-Cabinet-unveiled-24d3.aspx)

Poll-ution

It is hoped that new UK government appointments “may bring a more evidence-based approach to rubbish.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2015/may/11/amber-rudds-appointment-as-climate-secretary)

…as we continue autopsying last week.
“One of the main sources of information for voters is precisely what the pollsters tell them.” (http://www.nature.com/news/why-the-polls-got-the-uk-election-wrong-1.17511)

Heisenberg’s Poll Certainty Principle.

Want a fairer, more proportional voting system which ensures that seats in Parliament match the way people vote?
http://action.makeseatsmatchvotes.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1754&ea.campaign.id=38262&ea.tracking.id=msmv

Radioffensive

“Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) officials confirmed that they were ending the right of politicians to veto a nuclear waste dump in their area. … There would have to be a ‘positive test of community support’ before any repository could be built.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28463042)

But not a test of community-elected representative support.