OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE: Are the Lib Dems revoking our chance to beat Boris?

Iwan Doherty, an economics commentator for Byline Times, The London Economic and others, is joined by TPN’s Joint Editor in Chief – Seb Chromiak, and Oban Mackie. They discuss the Lib Dem’s electoral strategy in the remain alliance, Labour’s prospects and whether the 4 Day Week should be in the Labour manifesto.

Deliver Brexit or stop it- Labour needs to do one and fast

Its safe to say the local elections did not go well for anyone who is even partly involved in delivering Brexit. The Tories at time of writing have lost nearly 1000 councillors while Labour and UKIP both also suffered losses. The winner were the Remain parties. The Liberal Democrats have gained 500 councillors and 10 councils with results still coming in, the Greens had a similarly successful night.

Many party members may want to spin this as a loss for the Tories and not for Labour but its a view that lacks governing ambition. We have made losses on our performance in 2015. In short the party has gone backwards from an election that occurred at the same time that the Tories delivered a majority. This is not the result a so called ‘government in waiting’ should be achieving. Labour need to rethink their strategy and fast. In the European elections they could face further losses.

A party simply should not be losing seats when in opposition. Brexit is plaguing Labour and they need to get it done and dusted so they can get back to their primary message of social justice.

The party has two options: Get a deal sorted with Theresa May and put this mess behind them, or go for a proper 2nd referendum approach. Should they do the latter they can be safe in the European elections, but longer term electoral consequences are more difficult to predict.

However, McDonnell and Corbyn have hinted they may rush to get a soft Brexit deal sorted now, and a Brexit that will not have disastrous economic consequences that they can be held accountable for later down the line. This could end the Brexit debate and get Labour back onto home turf, whether this deal would be their customs union approach or perhaps a softer Brexit resembling the Norway model. The latter model I once believed would be unacceptable to leavers but recently I have discovered this might not be the case.

Labour supporters have been hoping Brexit would destroy the Tories but they should be careful that Labour isn’t collateral damage.

There is some reason to be optimistic. Turnout was very low, which will hinder Labour who rely on younger, poorer voters who are less likely to vote but there is no guarantee voter apathy will decline for future European or general elections.

Three Dead in Possible Terrorist Attack

Just days after a rogue gunman shot 50 people dead in Christchurch, New Zealand a further shooting has occurred in the Netherlands.

Armed police are searching multiple buildings in Utrecht after a Turkish gunman opened fire on a tram, killing three. A police spokesman, Bernhard Jens, said a “terrorist motive” could not be excluded, but added that police were “not 100% sure” about the motive. “It could still be a domestic dispute,” he said. “We will wait for the investigation before we say more.”

A state-run news agency in Turkey claimed the man shot a relative due to ‘family reasons’ and then shot at civilians who tried to help the victim. The mayor of Utrecht said that three were killed, and a further nine injured. Three more of which needed serious medical attention.

Van Zanen said that the police were searching for ‘definitely one’ suspect who had already been identified after liaison with the suspects family.

Utrecht police issued a CCTV picture of the suspect, named as Turkish-born Gökmen Tanis, 37, and warned people not to approach him but to alert the authorities if they saw him. They also appealed for witness photographs.

It is unclear as to whether this was a full-blown terrorist attack or not, but one thing is for certain. The war against terror isn’t over yet.

The Independent Group: What a Stupid Idea.

It’s safe to say not much has happened since the formation of The Independent Group.

Just what have they done? Well, I’m going to give my opinion on each stage of their formation and what they have done since. Let’s begin, shall we?


Leaving the Labour Party:

As we all know, The Independent Group (TIG) formed after 7 Labour MP’s split from the party, citing Antisemitism and institutional racism as their reasons for leaving the party. There are some fundamental issues with this, first of them being that by leaving the Labour Party, they ensure an extended period of Tory rule. Let’s have some backstory.

The English media are some of the worst in the world. Antisemitism against the Labour Party, in particular, has taken over headlines across the country. This is problematic, and not for the reason you think. While it is true, the Labour Party do have an issue with antisemitism, the media continue to focus on it entirely. What you don’t hear about anymore, is Islamophobia.

Islamophobia and Antisemitism should bring about an equal concern, especially amongst the media, however, it doesn’t.  Muslims are repetitively and routinely harassed. As are Jews, but we never hear about it. Especially considering the party TIG are supporting, the Conservatives, could be argued as institutionally racist against Muslims.

Leaving the Labour Party was henceforth: STUPID


Forming an ‘Independent’ Group.

Look, we all know Chuka Umunna’s insane levels of narcissism will lead to him founding an official party of some kind, but the formation of an Independent Group truly is strange.

The hilarious part is, they’ve given each other roles. They’re literally pretending to be the opposition. It’s like when you’re on a mad one with your mates, and you’re so drunk you start pretending to run the country. It is truly amusing.

Chuka’s face when Gavin Shuker was announced as the group leader; priceless.

Luciana and Chuka could have just formed their own party, instead of creating an Independent Group and giving up the leadership and direction when they’re so hell-bent on having it. That really was: STUPID


Submitting their Second Referendum amendment.

Well, this one’s hilarious.

It takes an incredible amount of skill and talent to have Peoples Vote advise against voting for your own People’s Vote Amendment.

There’s not really much more to be said. The very organisation you’re pretending to represent just shot you down. Where do you go from there? Well, the answer is clear. Obscurity.

It’s so blatantly obvious that the only service TIG provides is to better it’s own MP’s political careers, oh, and to gain some clout in the process. STUPID.


TIG really are going to descend into a pit of nothingness.


Oh, and by the way, their Nando’s meal was great, it was a bit like the last supper, except everyone thought they were Jesus.

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Commons votes to seek extension to Article 50

The House of Commons has passed a bill that seeks to extend Article 50 to give it more time to get a deal with the EU.

The bill passed with a majority of 210.

The bill hopes to secure an extension to Article 50 and therefore avoid a No Deal Brexit. The bill seeks to put May’s deal before the Commons again before March 20th, should it pass at the 3rd time of asking the UK would seek an extension till June 20th.

If May’s plan is voted down again the UK will need a legitimate reason accepted by the EU to extend Article 50 for a longer period. This will means the UK would need to take part in EU Parliamentary elections.

Without changes to the backstop May’s deal is unlikely to pass and should the bill pass tonight the UK would be left in the EU for the majority of 2019. While Donald Tusk has said he will “appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it,”.. It is clear the UK will need to rethink its strategy suggesting that May would need to drop some of her red lines or head back to the people in one form or the other. Some Brexiteers have suggested they will lobby EU head of state’s to veto such an extension to force no deal.

Benn’s amendment that would have seen the Commons take control of Brexit briefly to host so-called “indicative votes” that would give MPs an idea which deals have the chance of making it through Parliament was defeated by 2 votes. However, The government announced it will hold “indicative votes” should a long extension be secured.

How to Choose the Right Cleaning Chemical for the Job

There are many options to choose from when it comes to cleaning chemicals and products, and it’s important to ensure you get one that is right for the job. Choosing the wrong cleaning chemicals could have unwanted results like surfaces or fabrics not being adequately cleaned or contamination of food. This article covers some of the most common cleaning products and lets you know what they do and don’t do, helping you to choose the right one for the job.


Household bleach products are well known for being able to remove stains from fabrics. Many bleaches are equally effective on stains that form on hard surfaces. Bleach can also be used as a disinfectant that will kill virtually all forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi, including mildew and mould. Bleach is toxic and should never be ingested, and you should always wear rubber gloves to protect your hands when working with bleach. It is best practice to avoid using bleach on areas where people or animals eat.


Degreasers are sometimes called solvent cleaners. They are used to remove built-up grease from various surfaces like oven tops, grill backsplashes and countertops. In the past, methylated spirits or white spirit were commonly applied as degreasers. Today, most food-based businesses like restaurants and caterers opt for non-fuming, non-toxic degreasing solutions in their operations to ensure there is no chemical contamination of their food.


Disinfectants are chemicals that contain special antimicrobial agents to eliminate bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces. For disinfection to be effective, the surface should be free from heavy soiling. Many disinfectant cleaners contain builders and surfactants that help remove soil, in addition to the antimicrobial agents that kill germs. They are therefore very effective surface cleaners as well as germ killers and are a good solution for areas where food is prepared. Always follow the label instructions to ensure a surface is fully disinfected and no contamination of food will take place.

Hard surface cleaners

Hard surface cleaning chemicals comprise mainly liquid solutions designed for cleaning surfaces like metal, building facades, toilet bowls and other hard surfaces. Their contents will vary depending on the targeted surfaces, and you will usually need to find a cleaning option specially designed for the surface you need to clean. Their properties and effectiveness vary depending on the amount of dirt involved and the nature of the surface.

Multi-purpose cleaners

Multi-purpose cleaners come in a variety of forms. Abrasive cleaners are helpful in removing fairly heavy soiling in small areas and come in both powder and liquid form. They contain a kind of built-in ‘elbow grease’, helping to minimise the hard rubbing you have to do to get rid of heavy soil. Scouring pads come under the category of abrasive cleaners.

Non-abrasive cleaners come in powder and liquid form, and generally don’t include that ‘elbow grease’ of their abrasive counterparts. Their major ingredients are surfactants and builders, which will result in foaming that needs to be rinsed off. You will also find spray cleaners under this category, aimed at cleaning smaller washable areas.

The common feature of these different types of multi-purpose cleaner is that they will contain other ingredients that make them effective for cleaning a range of surfaces. Ammonia, pine oil and organic solvents like isopropanol and ethanol are common, making these cleaners very versatile and effective. They may also contain disinfectants in some cases.

Getting it right

Choosing the right chemicals for a cleaning job isn’t rocket science, but it is an important step in ensuring your cleaning is done to a high standard. Do your best to be informed about your options, and you won’t go wrong when choosing the cleaning chemicals you need.