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All of us at Guido wish our co-conspirators – but particularly our bisexual, pansexual, fluid, no label, and queer readers – a happy and carefree ‘Celebrate Bisexuality+ Day‘. 

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Is the NHS Safe in Starmer’s Hands?

While Starmer’s essay is composed almost entirely of political platitudes and clichés, LOTO did accidentally let one sentence slip through the net that’s got some talking:

“We would do things differently. In order to put contribution and community at the centre of our efforts, we would build an effective partnership of state and private sector to prioritise the things that we have seen really matter: health, living conditions, working conditions and the environment.”

Some left-wingers are reading the above mission statement as intent to continue allowing private sector involvement in the NHS. One left-wing social media user opined, And here is Sir Keir Starmer talking about using the private sector in health – no wonder the Tories are pushing through the NHS Bill.” Another points out “he hasn’t even said he’ll drop private companies from taking over the NHS”. Low tax? Pro-private sector health involvement? Maybe Labour is becoming the right-of-centre alternative Tory members have been asking for…

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Far-Left Fury After Socialist Magazine Banned from Labour Conference

As if his newfound commitment to low taxes wasn’t enough, Sir Keir’s now doubling down on his efforts to infuriate the far left ahead of conference. According to BFAWU union president, Ian Hodson, Labour has banned Socialist Appeal from reporting from the Brighton conference this weekend – despite accrediting The Sun and offering a double hall stand to GB News:

Hearing the s@# will be in the @UKLabour conference but they have banned #SocalistAppeal from being able to report on the conference. How did we get here Trade unionists Anti racists should be absolutely livid, that the hate filled rag is attending conference #JFT97 

Skwawkbox insists the party is “fundamentally diseased” if it allows the “the foul rag” (“The S*n”) to show up, and is calling the decision an act of “moral cowardice and bankruptcy”. Socialist Appeal will always be able to keep up with Labour conference’s goings-on via Guido, who will certainly be attending…

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Conspiratorial Congresswoman Uses Memes to Attack Biden’s Green New Deal

And our parliamentarians can’t even wear t-shirts with slogans on them…

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Strong Case for a North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement

Downing Street says of the suggestion that the UK joins the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), “That’s not an approach we are currently taking.” According to The Sun’s political editor, Harry Cole, a proposal was raised with Secretary of State Blinken in New York this week. Before Trump’s tinkering the USMCA deal was known as NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. The NAFTA acronym could return if Britain signed up to the trade agreement, this time standing for the “North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement”.

The advantages of signing up to the existing agreement versus negotiating a bespoke agreement are;

  • It is off the shelf and ready to go, vital national interests have been incorporated already and little changes would need to be incorporated
  • The UK would be joining a sovereignty-respecting free trade agreement, not an ever closer union with pretensions to nationhood
  • The new bloc would be the richest free trading bloc in the world

There is also another reason it might appeal to Joe Biden to expedite a deal in this form. A North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement between Britain and the nations of North America would see exports going literally over Ireland, which would be geographically smack bang in the middle of the zone. The Republic of Ireland carries out more trade in dollars and sterling than it does in euros, the Irish are far more pro-American than they are pro-European, the ties of kinship with cousins in the US are very strong. Not least with Joe Biden himself…

The EU’s negatives are increasing for Ireland, tax harmonisation, the Commission’s habit of punishing US multinational corporations based in the low tax, high tech economy. Relatively rich Ireland is now a net contributor to the EU to the tune of billions. Also the militarisation of the EU, something that the Irish people were promised at the time of the treaty referendum would never happen, presents a constitutional challenge to Ireland’s neutrality. Ireland was afforded guarantees under the Lisbon Treaty which would maintain the country’s traditional policy of military neutrality – the EU is set on becoming a military power, arguably Dublin could trigger a referendum. That could lead to Ireland leaving the EU and joining the bigger trading bloc along with Britain. Which would also solve the Northern Ireland border problems…

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