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Press Cycle #8 - RMT and Unite National Rail Walkout

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Press Cycle #8 - RMT and Unite National Rail Walkout
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http://politicsuk.net/hastings/showthrea...7#pid31107

Deadline: 23:59 GMT 15/11/2017
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Si vis pacem, para bellum  - "If you want peace, prepare for war"
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#2
These threats are both reckless and dangerous to the United Kingdom. Union fat cats are prepared to put our economy and the safety of millions of people across this country on the line. The manifesto we were elected on transmits a clear promise to the British people; "Strikes should only ever be the result of a clear, positive decision based on a ballot in which at least half the workforce has voted". It is time the unions stand aside and allow the Government to deliver on its promises to the people of this country.
The Rt. Honourable Andrew Hammond QC MP
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom & First Secretary of State
Home Secretary
Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks
Conservative
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#3
This authoritarian clampdown by the government isn’t only unacceptable  - it is a direct attack on human and workers’ rights. That is why the Union movement has felt so pressured to make their voices heard before the Tories suffocate them completely. Labour must also resist in every way through  the legislative process. 

But, despite everything, that is not the most concerning thing: our Prime Minister is so feckless and inept she immediately has to involve COBRA and the military in matters concerning legal dispute – she has so little political force she has to rely on dangerously authoritarian military force instead. Had the Prime Minister had two brains cells, this would have been avoided and the working people of Britain will bear that in mind.
Diana Edwards.
Founder & Leader of the Social Union Party.
MP for Crosby (1997-2010) & Sefton Central (2010-).
Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2005-2006).
SOS for Work and Pensions (2006-2009) & Business, Innovation and Skills (2009-2010).
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#4
As a member of the COBRA committee set up, I can guarantee that there is not one member of the military in attendance. The Prime Minister has taken the correct steps to ensure that all those affected by trade union recklessness and gambling come out of this least affected as possible. Labour will continue to echo the voices of their trade union bosses who are putting our country at perpetual risk. The Conservative Government will continue implementing its manifesto promises and I look forward to the passage of the Trade Union bill which was one of those promises.
The Rt. Honourable Andrew Hammond QC MP
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom & First Secretary of State
Home Secretary
Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks
Conservative
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#5
It is deeply disappointing that the Government has failed to prevent this crisis. It just shows how inept they are. They would much rather spend time attacking people defending their jobs, incomes, and public safety than finding a solution to problem. Now we see a Prime Minister more interested in meeting ministerial colleagues than the people affected by the issues raised by rail workers. The answers to this strike will not be found in COBRA, but in meeting with trade union leadership. The Prime Minister must move beyond her narrow-minded political bubble and start working to find a solution to the problem, not ratcheting up the rhetoric. That is what a responsible Prime Minister would do.
Emma Hollens
MP for Lewisham Deptford (2015 - )

"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies." 
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#6
That the rail unions have chosen to put their narrow interests ahead of the British worker's is deeply disappointing if unsurprising. The government is committed to ensuring as much transport as possible possible runs between the major centres of Britain. A statement will be made to the House of Commons as soon as plans are confirmed. The government has convened Cobra as a crisis command centre to centralise the in- and outflow of information to ensure quick action and communication between parties. At no point have discussions involved the military in any sense. The Government urges that non essential travel by rail or replacement services be avoided and we strongly urge alternative methods of transport be used.
Johanna Fairbanks MP
Member of Parliament for Grantham and Stamford
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#7
It is deeply distressing that the workers have been forced into such a corner that they have had to decide to go on strike. This draconian legislation put forward by the Government would take away their human rights to withdraw labour in all but the most extreme situations, not even the Government are held to such high standards during election time. A derisory pay offer that would reinstate the public sector pay freeze coupled with this assault on workers' human rights is what is at the heart of this discussion. Our Poundland Prime Minister may choose to peddle lies about the realities of this strike but she would be better served withdrawing the Trades Union Bill, getting back to the table, and negotiating. This Government has in recent weeks placed itself firmly against the workers of this country and on the side of the super rich and the predatory multi-nationals. They should re-align with the interests of their constituents and this country immediately.
Lucas Hamilton
Labour MP for West Ham 2010-Onwards
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party: 2015-Onwards

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer: 2015-Onwards
Mayor of London: 2000-2008
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'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. - Friedrich Hayek
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Milton Friedman
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#8
The rights which workers have in this country were fought for, not given benevolently as the paternalistic, overbearing Tory government would have you believe. They would rather that workers curtsey to their betters than stand up for their basic rights in a legal and effective manner. This is shown by their complete failure to engage and their engagement of emergency measures when confronted by workers who say 'no more'. The government needs to get a grip and realise that workers will not accept being treated badly any longer, and get back to actual negotiations.
Roger J. Massingley
Member of Parliament for Leeds West (1992 - )
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Welfare (2015 - )
Opposition Chief Whip (2015 - )
Labour Party
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#9
These strikes are a cynically political ploy. The Unions want the maximum level of hassle and disruption. While the Government puts plans in place to keep Britain moving, Labour are celebrating and stoking the damage this strike will cause. It's clear who is really on the side of ordinary people. It's not Labour, with their strikes keeping you off the trains, and their taxes keeping you out of your car. No, it's the Conservative Government working hard to deal with the disruption.
Nick Brazier - Conservative Party
Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2015-present)
Government Chief Whip (2015-present)
Former Secretary of State for Justice (2012-2015)


In 1970s round:
Robert Brazier - Conservative Party
Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (1974-present)


In 1990 round:
Victor Brazier - Conservative Party
Member of Parliament for Worthing
Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1988-present)
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#10
The Chancellor cannot see the wood for the trees. These strikes are not a cynical ploy to try and upend the Government they are the last stand of a population who have been denied a pay rise for five years, seeing an almost unprecedented long term erosion of earnings, and are now being told that their fundamental human rights are going to be so restricted that they needn't bother having them. It is not the workers who are at fault for this strike it is the Government and their dogmatic, and failing, austerity experiment backed by a Trades Union Act more reminiscent of Franco's Spain or the Eastern Bloc than of a free and democratic nation. The Government should stop blaming the victims, stop running roughshod over the human rights of these people, and get around the table and talk this through.
Lucas Hamilton
Labour MP for West Ham 2010-Onwards
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party: 2015-Onwards

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer: 2015-Onwards
Mayor of London: 2000-2008
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'Emergencies' have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have been eroded. - Friedrich Hayek
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman
Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program. - Milton Friedman
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#11
The idea that Labour is some moral arbiter of people's rights is ludicrous. We will take no lectures from the party of ID cards, 90 day detention without charge and the world's largest DNA database. The Trade Union Act is a sensible and common-sense set of reforms to ensure that unions only take action that truly has the support of their members. The British people gave the Government a mandate for these reforms, and the unions will not deny the voice of the British people.
Nick Brazier - Conservative Party
Member of Parliament for Hemel Hempstead
Chancellor of the Exchequer (2015-present)
Government Chief Whip (2015-present)
Former Secretary of State for Justice (2012-2015)


In 1970s round:
Robert Brazier - Conservative Party
Member of Parliament for South West Hertfordshire
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (1974-present)


In 1990 round:
Victor Brazier - Conservative Party
Member of Parliament for Worthing
Chief Secretary to the Treasury (1988-present)
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#12
A total shutdown of our nations rail thanks to the selfish acts of trade unions in our country. The Government will not stand down at implementing a manifesto pledge on which they were elected on by the British people. It is time unions accept the democratic will of the British people and call an end to this nonsense.
The Rt. Honourable Andrew Hammond QC MP
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom & First Secretary of State
Home Secretary
Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks
Conservative
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#13
The incidents today were totally avoidable, had the government chosen to work with unions rather than go out their way to antagonise them. The government was fully aware of today's action and they failed to prepare in classic reckless fashion. In failing to prepare they've allowed this situation to develop in the way that it has.
James Clifton MP | Nottingham North (1987-Present) | Labour Leader (2015-)

"This idea that politics is all about charisma and spin is rubbish. It is trust that matters." - Tony Benn
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#14
The Government can a talk about mandates all they like, but they do not have a mandate for chaos and conflict with working people. The blame lays with one group: the Government The British public did not elect a Government that talks to itself but not trade unionists. Banging on about mandates does will not assuage the concerns that millions have, nor will it get our public transport system working again. It is time the Government gets on with the job and works with trade unions to find a satisfactory conclusion to this conflict.
Emma Hollens
MP for Lewisham Deptford (2015 - )

"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies." 
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#15
It's particularly telling that not only does this government insist on antagonizing workers, not only are they prepared to throw Britain into chaos to prove an ideological point; but they don't even recognize that workers have the right to organize. When asked if this government had done their due diligence in making sure their new bill met the standards for human rights, the government mocked the idea. This new nasty party thinks the rights of workers are a joke, and we are all paying the price.
Rt. Hon. George Michael Cosmatos MP

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood
Shadow Home Secretary
Labour Party
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#16
The Prime Minister can try to deny the seriousness of COBRA in these strikes by playing down the likelihood of military intervention in strikes deemed emergencies, but COBRA and strikes have only mixed in very serious events - the Tories warn about Labour and the 1970's, but strikes being deemed as an emergency make the political landscape look like the 70's now more than ever, and it could all be avoided if our Prime Minister was cooperative, competent and clued up. Our economy has suffered and people have already been hurt, but it does not have to carry on if Johanna Fairbanks gets her head together, reverses her undemocratic attack on human and workers' rights and comes back to the negotiation table - if she even attempted to negotiate at all.
Diana Edwards.
Founder & Leader of the Social Union Party.
MP for Crosby (1997-2010) & Sefton Central (2010-).
Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2005-2006).
SOS for Work and Pensions (2006-2009) & Business, Innovation and Skills (2009-2010).
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#17
The Government will continue to implement it's manifesto commitments as seen with the trade union bill and Scotland act. Labour can continue to downplay the democratic will of the British people. This Conservative Government has a mandate and we will fulfill that mandate.
The Rt. Honourable Andrew Hammond QC MP
Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom & First Secretary of State
Home Secretary
Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks
Conservative
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The government continuously trying to justify their trimming of human rights with this supposed mandate is nothing short of pathetic and hilarious. For one, the mandate did not specify what union reform would take place - it did not allude to being so authoritarian and concerning in its nature. Secondly, the government by their own standards do not have the mandate they triumph - less than 50% of the British public voted for them, which is what they expect from unions. But as usual with the Tories it is one rule for the powerful and another for the rest of us. 
Diana Edwards.
Founder & Leader of the Social Union Party.
MP for Crosby (1997-2010) & Sefton Central (2010-).
Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2005-2006).
SOS for Work and Pensions (2006-2009) & Business, Innovation and Skills (2009-2010).
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Edward
Special Advisor for the Treasury and Foreign Office
Advisor for the Labour Party

"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." ~ Milton Friedman
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