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Baggage check for the Prime Minister

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The Queen’s Speech has been published at the House of Commons in Westminster and the Prime Minister will now get to find out if he over-promised in his eagerness to win re-election.

Above, I hazard he has done so.

Cartoon: No Labour, No Britain

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The pretensions of the Labour party to remaining the last national political party in the United Kingdom have taken a battering after losing almost all of their parliamentary seats in Scotland in the General Election of 2015. They have been succeeded in Scotland by the Scottish National Party following their narrow defeat in the Independence referendum of autumn 2014.

There are now only three seats in Scotland belonging to what used to be called the Unionist parties. It’s hard to imagine there will not be another referendum for Independence for Scotland soon, even with the new majority Conservative government of the United Kingdom.

Columnist Mary Riddell explains the existential challenge this sets for the Labour Party, shorn as they now are of their Scottish ‘comfort blanket’. This was also the subject of the cartoon, displayed above.

Cartoon: Noughts and crosses

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The United Kingdom’s General Election of 2015 is deadlocked with all sides cancelling each other out. There is a good overview of the situation provided by PoliticoEurope this morning. I drew the analogy from a game of noughts and crosses.

I wonder if it will be the last before another Scottish Independence referendum.

Pong! The UK election of 2015

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Busmans Holiday – Shrewsbury Cartoon Festival 2015

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Cartoon: Balance of power

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The one speculatulation about the General Election of 2015 that might hold value is that the result will be a coalition of some sort. In this event, the much maligned leader of the Lib Dems, Nick Clegg remains likely to play a pivotal part. Neither of the two leaders of the two ‘main’ parties looks as stable in his position as Clegg is, assuming he can hang on to his own seat in Sheffield Hallam.

And one thing the recent seven leader television debate showed is that Labour has far more to lose in terms of votes from the rise of nationalism outside England than the Tories do.

On a similar theme, there is also some excellent commentary on the apparent or coming collapse of the United Kingdom as a coherent political entity at Renewal, should you be minded for a bank holiday long read.

Cartoon: Red Nose Day 2015

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Cartoon: UK Tax Premiership Pro!

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HSBC helped cheat Her majesty’s Revenue and Customs of due revenues over many years according to this lively report following the disclosure of documents from the bank]s so-called Swiss files.

Caricature: Stephen Green of HSBC

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Stephen Green, Baron of Hurstpierpoint and former Group Executive Chairman of  theHSBC Banking Group is being widely questioned about his remarkable lack of  managerial or executive oversight of its Swiss private banking arm before, during and after the financial crash of 2007/08.

This follows global public disclosure of information about opaque tax policies for high net worth individuals and the bank’s repeated business connections with money launders, terrorists and drug runners. Much of this results from a leak or whistleblower from within HSBC. You can watch an interview with the man concerned conducted by Faisal islam of Sky News here.

Thus far Stephen Green (aka the ‘ethical banker’) has avoided answering any questions at all.

Naturally after retiring from the financial industry in 2010, the present UK Prime Minister appointed him a Trade Minister. He served three years.

It seems likely that is all he will serve, despite his avowed faith because hilariously, Green is also a ordained priest in the Church of England. He is also author of a notable book called ‘Serving God, Serving Mammon’.

The cartoon owes something to the old game of Cluedo.

Updated: 15th February 2015.

Jon Snow on Stephen Green- 15th February 2015

Cartoon: Genetic engineering in the UK

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The UK parliament has voted on and approved so-called third parent genetic donation to help prevent inherited disease caused by genetic malfunction outside the cell nucleus of the human body. This long sought approval has been extremely controversial.

Following the Scottish Independence referendum, the conservative part of the government has also proposed its promised plan for ‘English votes for English laws’. It looks a botch and seems guaranteed to please almost no one.

This pithy piece of analysis puts it into context.

The coming coalition government will be debatably-modified as well.

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