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Kate Hoey under pressure from Labour after siding with Tories

MP for Vauxhall angers constituency party who call for party whip to be withdrawn

Kate Hoey is facing demands to stand down as a Labour MP from members of her constituency party after defying the whip to vote with the Conservatives in Tuesday’s crucial Commons vote.

Opponents in her south London seat of Vauxhall have prepared a motion of censure that demands that Jeremy Corbyn withdraws the party whip and stops her from standing again as an MP.

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The Hypocrisy of the Trump Demonstrators

The Hypocrisy of the Trump Demonstrators

Hypocrisy – ‘The practice of claiming to have higher standards or more noble beliefs than is the case.’

Synonyms: sanctimoniousness, sanctimony, pietism, piousness, affected piety, affected superiority, false virtue, cant, humbug, pretence, posturing, speciousness, empty talk.

Just look at the list of synonyms. Doesn’t that sum up so well, many of the Trump demonstrators?   Not only are these people sanctimonious and superior, but as I said on BBC radio yesterday (see below),  these people seem to be wealthy enough to have a lot of spare time on their hands.  How do normal working people spend a Friday parading around London? Do they not have a job?

Catherine Blaiklock discusses controversial Donald Trump UK visit

Catherine Blaiklock discusses the controversial Donald Trump UK visit with Nick Conrad (BBC Radio).#donaldtrump #protrump #bbc

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How do normal working people afford to travel to London and take an entire day off to wave around banners? The answer, of course, is they do not.

People working on minimum wage in an Aldi in Hull, do not spend an entire, hot, Friday travelling down to London, making placards and demonstrating against a man who could not care less.

Indeed, Trump would probably argue, that more demonstrators,  just show that he is doing something right for ordinary Americans.

As the radio presenter in the above clip showed, we have recently welcomed heads of state from Saudi Arabia, China, Jordan and Mexico amongst others. Basically, we invite practically everyone and no one cares or even notices the date on which these people come.

How about a demonstration against the amputation punishment carried out by Saudi Arabia or the blinding punishment carried out by Iran? The list of countries which carry out stonings, beheadings, lashings, public beatings, blindings, amputations reads like a normal week for overseas visitors.

How about a demonstration against Obama who dropped 26,171 bombs in just 2017 and carried out special operations in 138 countries in 2016 which included bombing in some.

The idea that Obama was a man of peace is blatantly absurd.

Or what about Trump’s’ immigration policies?  Although I got the date wrong in the above live clip, (it was 1996, not 1994), it was Clinton who passed these immigration laws. The law says, if you enter the US illegally, you will be detained. American law also states that children cannot be detained in a prison or a detention centre, so to enforce Clinton’s immigration law, children have to be separated from their parents.

Like many areas of the law, in many Western countries, it is not the law that is the problem, it is that existing laws are not enforced. We have numerous examples of this in Britain. FGM is one of the best examples in the UK, where we have never managed to successfully prosecute anyone, despite there being a new case every hour.

Trump is rude.  He is blunt. He says the blindingly obvious.  He has funny hair. He is a bit corse compared to the smoothness of Obama and Clinton.   He’s a bit rough and ready like his hard-working voters. But who will actually do better for America?  Who will make the economy grow? Who is dramatically lowering taxes? Who will produce the lowest black unemployment rate for 20 years?  And who brought North Korea to the negotiating table? None of these things were done by either Obama or Clinton.

The proof is in the pudding as they say, and if the American economy keeps on booming, as it currently is, those hard-working, ordinary voters will vote for  Trump again and again.

Not only did we have the demonstrators but of course they were supremely aided and abetted by the mainstream media.  I have written about this here this week.

I was asked to go on a program for ITV with the Bruge group.  ITV decided to film in an empty restaurant with all the drinks behind us.  As I write here:

It was only later that I realised the significance of the empty restaurant:

It makes the Trump supporters look common, like drunks, and not very sophisticated people, which is exactly what the mainstream media and the liberal elite think of both Trump supporters and Brexit supporters.

I hope the demonstrators (as well as the ITV and BBC producer enjoyed basking in their superior morality, in a hot London. They wasted a superb, sunny weekend for their demonstrating that will not make a single, jot of difference to Trump or his voters.

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Saturday papers – 14 July 2018

Saturday papers – 14 July 2018

Trump visit

It sees the US president is backtracking on earlier comments, reports the Independent.

Donald Trump has scrambled to repair bruised relations with Theresa May, using an extraordinary press conference to accuse the British media of “fake news” and hail US-UK links as “the highest level of special”.
The president tried to undo damage caused by an interview in which he questioned Ms May’s Brexit plans, suggesting they might torpedo a US trade deal, and exalted her political rival  Boris Johnson.
But standing next to the prime minister at the awkward event, he ostentatiously lavished praise on her as “smart”, “tough”, “capable” and “incredible”
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The Telegraph tells us where Mr Trump gets his inspiration.

Margaret Thatcher is the inspiration for Donald Trump’s policies in the White House, the US President’s former chief strategist has said.
Steve Bannon also said now is the “the moment” for Boris Johnson, who quit as Foreign secretary over Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal, to challenge the Prime Minister to lead the country.
Mr Bannon, who ran Mr Trump’s successful campaign to become President in 2016, said that Mr Trump’s policies were based on “pure Thatcherism”.

The Mirror tells us about the ‘baby Trump’ blimp.

A massive balloon depicting Donald Trump as a big baby has been launched in front of the Houses of Parliament.
The six-metre blow-up blimp, which features Trump clutching a phone while wearing a nappy, is flying above Parliament Square this morning during the US President’s visit to the UK.
A large crowd gathered to watch it take flight.

And the Mail reports that it came down as fast as it went up.

A much vaunted baby Trump blimp which flew above Parliament ahead of thousands of protesters marching through the capital has been labelled a damp squib by social media.
Anti-Trump protesters stirred controversy with the 20ft high inflatable caricature, which depicted the leader as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone and floated among statues of revered world leaders including Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. 

Breitbart claims some of the costumes worn by protesters were ‘bizarre’.

An international cast of left-liberal agitators protesting U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom descended on London wearing bizarre costumes and waving obscene signs on Friday.
A much-promoted event earlier in the day featuring a ‘Trump Baby Blimp’ — crowdfunded to the tune of £30,000 — was something of a damp squib, with the “blimp” turning out to be a fairly small balloon which floated not far off the ground in front of a small crowd for only a couple of hours before being deflated.

Brexit

Closer to home, the Telegraph reports that the former Brexit secretary could become a rebel.

David Davis, the former Brexit Secretary, is prepared to join Eurosceptic MPs and vote against the Government next week in a move that could force ministers into a climbdown.
Mr Davis, who quit last week in protest at the Chequers compromise, is willing to back an amendment which will enshrine in law a commitment that there will be no customs border down the Irish Sea.
It is one of four amendments to the Government’s flagship trade bill that have been tabled by Eurosceptics in a bid to block the Prime Minister’s Chequer’s compromise over Brexit. 

And Order-Order publishes a briefing note saying the Prime Minister’s Chequers agreement won’t work.

Guido can publish in full a briefing note being circulated by Tory Brexiteer MPs tonight that demolishes the Cabinet’s plan. It was produced by Martin Howe QC, a leading barrister and expert in EU law who has delivered around 10 presentations to the ERG over the last two years. His legal opinion is:
The Chequers proposals would involve the permanent continuation in the UK of all EU laws which relate to goods, their composition, their packaging, how they are tested etc etc in order to enable goods to cross the UK/EU border without controls.

The Guardian reports that just after Trump left, the Prime Minister invited a few softer Brexiteers to Chequers. Was she trying to turn them?

Theresa May summoned several pro-leave Tory MPs to Chequers on Friday, just after president Trump’s departure, as she embarked on a charm offensive aimed at avoiding embarrassing defeats in two key Brexit bills next week.
With a vocal section of the Conservative party in open revolt over Thursday’s
white paper on the future relationship with the European Union, the prime minister is holding private meetings with backbenchers to try to win their support.
One senior Brexiter described it as “an effort to butter up the butterable”, claiming that a number of hardliners had turned down May’s invitation.

The Independent is one of the media to report Trumps comments that Mrs May did not take his advice on Brexit.

Donald Trump has claimed his suggestion for how to deliver Brexit was “too tough” for Theresa May – but she might have to take his advice if her plans failed.
The US president insisted he had given Ms May a “suggestion” on how to conduct the negotiations, but he refused to clarify further what his advice had been.
In a rambling hour-long press conference at Chequers, Mr Trump rowed back from his explosive critique of the prime minister’s Brexit strategy, claiming Ms May was a “tough negotiator” who was “doing a terrific job”.

Sky News says he told her to be tough.

Donald Trump told Theresa May to be “brutal” and “tough” in the Brexit negotiations, according to one of the president’s former advisers.
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Steve Bannon said Mr Trump told the PM she should demand much more from Brussels than she realistically expected to get.
The president told Mrs May she had to maintain “momentum” because “if it drags out the deal doesn’t get done”, according to Mr Bannon.
He added that his former boss offered the PM some of the suggestions contained in his book The Art of the Deal, which states: “Overshoot your target, be tough and get on with it.”

The Sun says she may have blown negotiations.

DONALD Trump today accuses the PM of wrecking Brexit — and warns she may have killed off any chance of a vital US trade deal.
The US President delivers his incendiary verdict on her negotiating strategy in a world exclusive interview with The Sun.
In an extraordinary intervention timed to coincide with his UK visit, Mr Trump said Theresa May ignored his advice by opting for a soft Brexit strategy.
And he warned her any attempts to maintain close ties with the EU would make a lucrative US trade deal very unlikely.

EU

Over on the continent, it seems the bloc is preparing for ‘no deal’, says Westmonster.

A leaked internal document reveals the EU has told member states they need to step up their preparations for a No Deal Brexit.
The report, seen by Irish broadcaster RTE, ‘issues strongly worded guidelines to the 27 member states to deepen contingency planning for the UK crashing out of the EU in March next year without a deal.’
The document says: “Drawing up contingency plans for the worst possible outcome is not a sign of mistrust in the negotiations…the (European) Commission hopes for an agreement and devotes very significant resources and committed efforts to achieve this goal.”
“Negotiations, on the other hand, can fail,” it continues.

The Independent has a similar story.

The European Commission has warned EU member states to step up planning for a ‘no deal’  Brexit following the publication of Theresa May’s Chequers deal with her cabinet.
The new 15-page document, seen by Ireland’s public broadcaster RTÉ, lays out contingency planning guidelines on preparing for Britain crashing out without an agreement in March.
The action plan, drawn up by a new EU “preparedness” taskforce, warns of long queues for lorries at ports, and potential serious consequences for pharmaceuticals, financial services and aviation.

Europe has received a warning from the Donald over immigration, says the Mirror.

Donald Trump has issued a stark warning to Germany saying “they’d better watch themselves” as he blamed terror attacks to European immigration.
Pressed on claims that immigration had damaged the cultural fabric of Europe, Mr Trump said: “I think it has been very bad for Europe. I think that what has happened is very tough. It’s a very tough situation.
“I mean, you see the same terror attacks that I do. We see them a lot.
“I just think it’s changing the culture. It’s a very negative thing for Europe. I think it’s very negative.”

Of the pictures of Jean-Claude Juncker stumbling as he walked, BBC News reports that he was not drunk.

The European Commission says its president Jean-Claude Juncker is taking medication for acute leg pain which made him stumble during a Nato summit – and it insists that he was not drunk.
It was “a particularly painful attack of sciatica, accompanied by cramps”.
Mr Juncker, 63, was filmed by news agency AP struggling to keep his balance 
before a gala dinner in Brussels on Wednesday.
Looking wobbly, he was helped by the Dutch and Portuguese leaders.

Trade

A post-Brexit trade deal with the US is on, says the Times.

President Trump lavished praise on Theresa May yesterday and said that a post-Brexit trade deal was “absolutely” possible as he sought to repair the damage caused by an incendiary interview.
He awarded the “highest level of special” to his relationship with Britain and saluted Mrs May as an “incredible woman” and “very tough negotiator”.
Mr Trump was responding to the fallout from a newspaper interview published yesterday in which he said that Mrs May had ignored his advice on dealing with Brussels.

BBC News also reports on the trade deal.

A US-UK trade deal “will absolutely be possible”, Donald Trump has said, hours after he told The Sun Theresa May’s Brexit plan could kill an agreement.
Speaking after talks at Chequers, Mr Trump said the US-UK relationship is “the highest level of special”, while Mrs May said they had discussed plans for an “ambitious” trade agreement.
Mr Trump and his wife, Melania, later had tea with the Queen at Windsor.
Thousands of people have protested in London against Mr Trump’s UK visit.
A large balloon, portraying the president as a baby, has been floated in Parliament Square as part of the demonstrations. Other protests are taking place across the UK on Friday and Saturday.

Westmonster reports the two countries’ special relationship.

President Trump attended a press conference with PM Theresa May today at Chequers, with the US President insisting that the relationship between the two countries is a “bond like no other” and expressed his support for Brexit Britain moving forward, telling May: “Make sure we can trade together.”
Trump talked of an “enduring relationship” between the two countries, “bound together” by “traditions of freedom and sovereignty”.
He talked of the importance of “border security” as well and a shared history of sacrifice “in defence of freedom”.
Theresa May insisted there will be “no limit” to trade deals. So why did her Trade Secretary say that the UK would have to ask the EU?

And the Mail said that after Brexit, trade could rocket.

Donald Trump has said a potential trade deal between his nation and the UK could ‘quadruple’ – as the US President insists an agreement remains possible after Brexit.
Speaking this evening he said: ‘The only thing I ask of Theresa is that we make sure we can trade and we don’t have any restrictions because we want to trade with the UK and the UK wants to trade with us.
‘We are by far their biggest trading partner and we have just a tremendous opportunity to double, triple, quadruple that.

London

Trump has heavily criticised the London mayor, reports the Independent.

Sadiq Khan has condemned Donald Trump’s “preposterous” comments that immigration has caused an increase in crime in London.
On the eve of visiting the UK, in a wide-ranging interview the US president criticised the mayor of London and blamed him for making him feel “unwelcome” in the capital, in light of huge anticipated street protests.
The pair have a history of clashes, and the animosity resurfaced when Mr Trump implied he believed Mr Khan was responsible for terror attacks that have taken place in the capital.
Mr Trump said the mayor had “done a very bad job on terrorism” as well as a “bad job on crime”. 

But the mayor will not respond, says BBC News.

The mayor of London says he will not rise to Donald Trump’s “beastly” accusation that he did “a terrible job” after 2017’s terror attacks.
The US president used an interview ahead of his UK visit to attack Sadiq Khan over the wave of terror attacks in the capital.
He also blamed the mayor for a rise in immigration, saying “look at all the crime brought in”.
Mr Khan questioned why he was singled out as being responsible for terrorism.
The mayor was speaking as Labour MP David Lammy accused Mr Trump of being a “racist” who “hates that London chose a Muslim mayor”.

Breitbart calls it a ‘damning indictment’.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump has issued a damning indictment of London Mayor Sadiq Khan, saying he has done a “terrible job” on terrorism and crime.
“I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad,” the President told 
The Sun, ahead of his working visit to the United Kingdom.
“I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you’d like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London. He has done a terrible job.
“Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism,” he added.

Health

The Times has a piece on organ transplants.

Organ transplants will be seen as a “barbaric” relic of the past within a generation thanks to scientific advances that could allow patients to regrow their own damaged tissue, one of the foremost authorities in the field has predicted.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said he expected that over the next two decades researchers would find a way to regenerate organs through stem cells or changes to their genetic machinery. In an interview with The Times, Sir Robert also said he was firmly in favour of liberalising the laws on assisted dying, and had asked his children to “shoot” him if he lost “certain faculties”.

Novichok

Police may have found the source of the Wiltshire poisonings, says the Mail.

Police say they have found the source of the latest Novichok poisonings.
A small bottle discovered at victim Charlie Rowley’s Amesbury house on Wednesday has been found to contain the deadly substance.
It was rushed to the Defence laboratory at Porton Down for tests, which revealed that the vial does indeed contain Novichok.
The latest poisoning claimed the life of 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess while Mr Rowley remains in hospital. 

The Star also reports the discovery.

THE SOURCE of the Novichok nerve agent that killed Dawn Sturgess in Amesbury was a small bottle, police believe.
Sturgess, 44, died in hospital last week after she was exposed to the poison.
The incident occured just miles from where ex-spy Sergei Skripal, and daughter Yulia, were attacked with the substance in Salisbury in March.
Met Police today released a statement saying they believe the source of the Novichok that killed Sturgess was a small bottle.
Sturgess’ partner Charlie Rowley, 45, remains in a critical condition but has regained consciousness.

ITV News also reports the discovery.

Counter terrorism detectives believe they may have found the source of the deadly nerve agent Novichok which left one person dead and another seriously ill.
Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess, 44, and her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, were exposed to the substance last month. Ms Sturgess died, while Mr Rowley remains seriously ill in hospital.
On Friday, New Scotland Yard revealed that searches of Mr Rowley’s home in Amesbury had turned up a small bottle – and that lab tests carried out by the nearby Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down confirmed it contained Novichok.

Carers

In a blow to night carers, the Independent reports they will not get extra pay.

Low-paid carers are no longer entitled to a £400m settlement from the charities and care homes they work for after the Court of Appeal overturned a  decision that those on sleep-in shifts should earn minimum wage.
The court said only hours spent awake counted as work, ruling in favour of an appeal by the social care sector, which is already predicting a £2bn funding deficit by 2020 in the face of growing demand.
Unions were considering going to the Supreme Court after the “disgraceful” ruling which reversed government guidance that meant care sector employers owed six years back pay to staff.

Farage

Reports of a return of our former leader are still circulating. The Times says:

Nigel Farage has threatened to return to frontline politics to lead Ukip for a fifth time if Theresa May backtracks on Brexit.
The hardline Eurosceptic MEP heaped censure yesterday on the prime minister’s new blueprint for Brexit, which proposes accepting EU rules on the sale of goods.
He said that while all negotiations entailed a degree of compromise, Mrs May’s plan represented a “complete, total, abject surrender” to Brussels, which he branded a betrayal of the EU referendum result.
Mr Farage boasted that President Trump’s language on Brexit was “very similar to the language that I’ve been using since the Chequers agreement”, indicating that the president’s view was closely aligned with his own.

The Express talks of a ‘betrayal’ of Brexit.

NIGEL Farage could seriously consider returning to frontline British politics if Theresa May’s “betrayal” of Brexit continues, it has been revealed in an explosive BBC interview.
The former UKIP leader first announced his intention on his LBC radio programme following the Chequers meeting last week.
A BBC reporter quizzed him on his comments, saying: “You told me a week ago that you were quite enjoying your retirement.
“You were brown, you were looking fitter, you said this political game was behind me.
“Then on your programme LBC this week you say, ‘look, if this is the Brexit plan we’re going to get, I’m coming back and I’m going to lead UKIP again.’

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Donald Trump hails Boris Johnson as future PM and attacks Sadiq Khan

President calls ex-foreign secretary ‘very talented’ while criticising London mayor

MPs outraged at ‘repulsive’ Trump broadside against May

Trump in the UK: follow it live

Donald Trump hailed Boris Johnson as a future prime minister, accused the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, of doing “a bad job” on terrorism and said there had been too much immigration in Europe in an incendiary interview that raised questions about the decision to invite him to Britain.

A day before the US president was due to have bilateral talks with Theresa May, Trump used an interview with the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun to endorse her principal Tory rival just days after he resigned from the cabinet in protest at her Brexit policy.

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London: A City in Crisis

London: A City in Crisis

On the radio this morning the host was making a valid point. We have so many pressing problems right now, why are the government wasting time on debating the Transgender Laws and looking at making it easier to change gender? It’s not something that affects me so I accept that maybe for some people it may bring benefits. But is it really that pressing that Theresa May has to give it her backing and get involved? Is it THAT urgent? That our prime minister needs to down tools and spend time on it now when London and Brexit are in dire need of her attention?? Is there seriously any urgency on this?

London is in crisis. It doesn’t seem that way when I wake up in the morning of course (until I turn on the news!). The sun is shining a lot lately, the sky is blue, the birds are still singing and the trees look beautiful. But street crime is increasing constantly. I still find it hard to swallow that we are worse than New York for knife crime! It’s obvious to all of us that while police numbers (and police stations) continue to drop, that crime will continue to increase. But somehow all politicians and our strangely wooden Mayor of London seem frozen when it comes tackling any of it. We are sick to the teeth of rhetoric – we’re not stupid, we know what needs to be done, just get on with it, please!

I’m already tired of seeing Sadiq Khan’s emotionless face and wooden posture on TV, saying the same things and doing nothing. It seems he thinks we should just accept the way it is and adjust, rather than try to deal with it. If he gets in again as Mayor we may as well give up, in my opinion. Nothing is ever his fault, according to him. He tries to talk to us as if he is one of us, or that he can lead us into rebellion, but that is not what he is paid to do. He is paid to take action and make things happen. And as for the government, they seem intent on fiddling around with the Transgender laws while the rest of us deal with the reality of ever increasing and more and more violent street crime which can only continue unless we actually DO something.

We are at the beginning of Summer. We have most of July and August to get through yet. As more and more festivals and the Notting Hill Carnival (how come we can produce thousands of police for THAT?) take place we know crime will increase. We are on the cusp really, of what COULD be a great summer with the fabulous weather, or it could be hell if we don’t get a grip now of what is happening on our streets. Moped muggers are getting MORE brazen and now posing as police. Acid attacks are so normal now I feel a lot of them are not reported unless or until they catch the perpetrator and get them to court. A boy of ELEVEN has been arrested for murdering another boy by stabbing him to death at a party. Gun and knife crime are becoming part of what we expect in the news. Burglars no longer just break in, they proceed to beat up the old people they are robbing. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but let’s be honest, when you think of all the crime that doesn’t get reported as there is no evidence or the police feel it’s not worth turning up, am I really?

People are feeling angry, and fed up. We are waiting with baited breath to see how we will deal with all this. But instead we get the news that Theresa May is backing her ministers taking time out to deal with their proposed changes in Transgender law. I wish no harm to anyone struggling with gender change, but I cannot see it as urgent, and frankly I’m sick of hearing about it. So many changes are being forced on us because of it and yet a lot of it seems so unnecessary and petty. Do we really need transgender loos? Do schools really need to stop girls wearing skirts? Do schoolchildren really need a Pride celebration? Aren’t they a bit young for all this sexualisation…? And as for Sadiq Khan and his obsession with hating Donald Trump, he needs to do what is best for us and our trade after Brexit. Encouraging the public to protest is verging on Treason really and seeing as we have a shortage of police and resources I have to really question his suitability for the post of Mayor of London. Between the two of them I feel lost. Is anyone doing anything they are supposed to?

I’m not looking forward to my journey home this evening. I’m going out after work so will be travelling on the tube after dark, something I never used to let bother me until recently, being a streetwise Londoner. I knew what to look out for and how to get home safely. But now I worry. There are so many people here we know nothing about. And as street crime increases so other criminals become emboldened. Once upon a time I would talk on my phone when walking home late at night for safety – now of course that option is gone as it will increase the chance of a moped mugging. Two of my friends were strolling through a park the other day in the afternoon and the man’s watch – expensive but certainly not a Rolex or anything near that – attracted unbelievable attention from some teenagers who followed them asking for the time and obviously weighing up whether it was worth attacking them for. Thankfully my friends had a car outside the park. Is this how we live now?

So, as Mrs May and Sadiq Khan obviously need reminding, there are some very pressing issues for them to deal with. Everything else other than Brexit and sorting out our ever rising violent crime should take 2nd place for now. We need answers. To both of them I say – your nation and your capital await…!

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Rebuilding a thriving London: How the Blitz enhanced the capital’s economy

In order to rebuild itself after the devastating attacks of the Luftwaffe during 1940 and 1941, London adopted a more flexible planning regime, leading to an extremely positive and lasting effect on the capital’s present day economy, explain Gerard Dericks and Hans Koster.

The Blitz lasted from Sept 1940 to May 1941, during which the Luftwaffe dropped 18,291 tons of high explosives and countless incendiaries across Greater London. Although these attacks have now largely faded from living memory, our research shows that the impact of the Blitz remains evident to this day in both London’s physical landscape and economy.

Using recently digitised UK National Archive records on the locations of all bombs dropped during the Blitz (see Figure 1), we compare the locations of Blitz bomb strikes with local differences in London’s modern-day building heights, employment levels, and office rental prices. After controlling for the concentration of bombs in the centre of London, we find that areas that were more heavily bombed now have more permissive development restrictions due to the fact that fewer historic buildings in such areas survived. Consequently, these areas also have built more office space and have higher worker densities today.

Figure 1. Blitz bomb density

Consistent with considerable empirical evidence from other cities, the consequence of this higher worker density in London has been greater worker productivity (which we proxy with office rent levels). What is new about this research, however, is the magnitude of measured effects. Whereas previous research has primarily sampled secondary cities and has generally found that a doubling in worker density raises productivity by only about 5% (as measured by wages), even after extensive sensitivity tests our paper shows an increase in London’s office rents of 25%. We argue that this difference is largely due to London’s unique position as perhaps the world’s foremost financial and commercial centre, and the exceptional productivity and innovativeness of its resident population. Therefore, the benefits of greater worker density in London are likely to be exceptionally large.

City planners are tasked with controlling real estate development in order to mitigate negative externalities arising from incompatible land uses and costs of congestion such as traffic. However, these restrictions (especially building height limits) entail various costs, for example, higher property prices and greater price volatility. But equally significant is the fact that constraining worker density damages the productivity of the economy. For many historical reasons, London has one of the most restrictive planning regimes in the developed world. For instance, the average height of office buildings in its primary financial district (the City of London) is still only eight floors – still reminiscent of bygone days before the advent of steel building frames and lifts. Based on back-of-the-envelope calculations, we estimate that the value of the Blitz to London in reducing the restrictiveness of its current planning regime and permitting higher densities is £4.5 billion annually, equivalent to 1.2% of London’s GDP.

Ideally, planners would calibrate the stringency of development controls to ensure that society makes the best trade-off between the costs and benefits of greater worker densities. However, in order to make this judgement, planners require accurate information on both these costs and benefits. What our research now shows is that for the case of London, and perhaps other global cities such as New York and Tokyo, the benefits of greater worker density appear to be much larger than anyone had previously surmised. Consequently, if welfare maximisation is indeed city-planners’ primary goal, then, at least in those cities, planners should now be reviewing the stringency of their height restrictions and new development controls more generally.

Spurred on by the critical and commercial success of trophy architect Norman Foster’s ‘Gherkin’ in 2004, London’s planners have however become increasingly willing to approve taller structures. Only a few short years ago London possessed just several dozen buildings it defined as ‘tall’ (with more than 20 floors), but planners have since approved a total of 510 such buildings, 115 of which are presently under construction. While some might blanch at this rush of tall buildings, research shows that even the tallest buildings currently in London’s pipeline are still only a fraction of the size that would be necessary to equate supply with demand. Therefore, as much as London’s skyline has expanded in recent years, there is still considerable scope for increasing building heights and economic welfare across the city.

The Blitz was a tragic episode in London’s history, the likes of which one only hopes will never be repeated. However, by locally relaxing the restrictive planning regime put in place after the war, for all its human cost, the Blitz has subsequently had an extremely positive effect on London’s present day economy. Moreover, this lasting influence has now provided us with unique insights into the very human drivers of urban economics, and spotlights the exceptional dynamism of this enduring city.

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Note: the above was originally published on LSE Business Review and is on the authors’ discussion paper for the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance.

About the Authors

Gerard Dericks is senior lecturer in real estate economics and finance at Oxford Brookes University. He has industry experience as an analyst with Property Market Analysis LLP and research consultant with Policy Exchange. He was also a contributor to the winning submission for the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize.

 

Hans Koster is an associate professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s department of spatial economics. Hans is also a leading research fellow at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, a research fellow with the Tinbergen Institute, a research associate with LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance’s urban programme, and a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

 

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Welcome, Mr President

Welcome, Mr President

Despite a report in yesterday’s UKIP Daily that the Trump rally has been cancelled, a piece from MBGA by Luke Nash-Jones tells us that the Trump rally WILL go ahead in defiance of a ban imposed by the Mayor of London.

On the 20th of January 1981, in his Inaugural Address, President Ronald Reagan expressed how America must “do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom”.

America, we will, despite effectively a threat by our police forces to imprison the UKIP London Chair, Freddy Vaccha; my deputy, Martin; and myself for three months imprisonment, stand firm, and welcome on the 14th of July your choice of president.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Met Police have applied for a Public Order to stop us assembling at the US Embassy, while they will allow far-left groups to nonetheless counter-protest there against us. Despite weeks of pressure from the state, we will not cancel this event. We will stand firm against communism! We will march for Trump, through the streets of London, even if the police block us from the US Embassy.

If the British Prime Minister or Queen visited the USA, can you imagine the chair of the New York Republicans being banned from going anywhere near the British Embassy, or in fact, one side of New York City, in case he gave a short speech in support of the Anglo-American alliance? This is the effective situation with the police objecting to Mr Vachha giving a speech to welcome Donald. I run “Make Britain Great Again” – the British equivalent to the Tea Party – and with the support of patriots within the European Parliament and the London Assembly, my supporters and I will stand firm for democracy, and in solidarity with our American brethren.

We will do so not just out of respect for your democratic vote. Not just because we admire Trump’s stance against globalism and political correctness. Not just because it is the morally right thing to do. But because you truly are the only bastion of freedom in the world today. When we look down that dark tunnel, you are that glimmer of light in the distance. It is YOU, our cousins across the Atlantic, that give us the power to dream of peace and freedom. You help us find the courage to fight against these incredible forces of evil that dominate our land.

It is today I find myself, as subject of the British Queen, looking to our brothers across the USA as the last bastion of not just freedom, but hope for humanity. While Americans look in horror as they observe the expansion of liberalism into California, I know our nation has fallen far further than you probably imagine. Our once beautiful country is overrun by an unholy alliance of Islamism and Marxism. My brothers, I pray you avoid this fate. Your fortieth president’s words almost bring me to tears, “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on Earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”

We know all to well what horror awaits you if you do not reject the song of globalism. The British Overton window is so far left that Obama looks like a hardcore patriot. The main opposition party rallies under the red flag of communism, singing the L’Internationale song, as their leader poses with statuettes of Lenin.

My family left Zimbabwe, our home for generations, to return to Britain, where rule of law is supposed to exist. Where John Stuart Mill defined the concept of negative liberty, which came to be better expressed in the United States. Where there is the mother of all Parliaments. Now I stand fighting for freedom, while a wave of Koch brothers postmodernist hyper-individualistic snowflakes have thrown open our borders, welcoming in thousands of illegal immigrants as terrorism, murder and rape figures soar. Theresa May has cheated ‘we, the people’, killing democracy, by refusing us Brexit that we clearly voted for.

Terrorist attacks on stadiums, shops, and even the home of the Queen, and the Parliament – our equivalent to Congress – are so frequent that no one is shocked any more. The Mayor of London, who opposes Trump’s visit has stood on a platform 9 times with a radical imam called Suliman Gani, who supported ISIS. He complained to MPs who condemned a hardline Islamic cleric. His own brother-in-law was part of the radical terrorist group Al-Muhajiroun. Khan brushes of these rising Islamic terror attacks as “part and parcel” of city life, while anyone who opposes Sharia law risks imprisonment for up to six years.

Trump rightly claimed London has “no go zones”. Gang warfare on our streets is out of control, as our capital city has a higher murder rate than New York City. Men with machetes and swords walk the streets slaughtering our children, while the police leave the mothers to wipe up their dead children’s blood. We are not permitted to carry a gun to protect ourselves – even owning a knife can result in imprisonment.

Free speech no longer exists in Britain. The police spend their budget on arresting and imprisoning people who make ‘politically incorrect’, conservative, comments on Facebook or Twitter. Your founding father, George Washington said that, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” London police charged an American lady Amy for wishing someone a “gay day” –  she was held in a police cell. The police beat u elderly people who march for freedom.

Melanie ShawTommy RobinsonEmma West, and others have been locked up under Orwellian laws, for calling out the child rape epidemic in these isles, where MPs and Pakistani men have raped thousands of little girls, as councillors and the police, desperate to embrace multiculturalism and diversity, covered up their actions. Judges have dismissed cases, letting paedophiles walk free, because their wives could not speak English, or because they stated such showed understanding of other cultures. Left-wing MP Naz Shah told the victims to “Shut up for the good of diversity”.

I must quote again a speech of Ronald Reagan,

The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of the Nazis didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well, it’s a simple answer after all. You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, “There is a price we will not pay.” There is a point beyond which they must not advance. This is the meaning in the phrase of Barry Goldwater’s “peace through strength.” Winston Churchill said that “the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits — not animals.” And he said, “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

From the cesspit of degenerate hedonism, we see that glimmer of hope on a YouTube channel – the news that our state-owned television networks shield from us. We wave the Gadsden flag at rallies across these isles, as police seek to arrest persons wearing red “Make Britain Great Again” baseball caps. Millions of Britons feel the spirit of those men who in 1776 fought for their freedom. Today we face not a question of whether we have representation, but of our very survival!

While the London Mayor’s police force has sought to ban any pro-Trump rally or march, they have allowed numerous counter-protestors to insult you and your President. They have even tolerated a disrespectful “Baby Trump” blimp to fly, but banned the UKIP London Chair from taking a pro-Trump boat down the Thames.

I conclude with words Reagan read in that address, as he referred to the diary of Pvt. Treptow who was killed in World War II. He had inscribed the following pledge, ”America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.” You stood by us in World War II, and helped save Europe. We need you again.

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