Pick ‘n’ Politics

Supercool for Superdry

A co-founder of Superdry has donated £1m to the campaign for the People’s Vote. Julian Dunkerton said “we have a genuine chance to turn this around”. He went on to say that: “I will be paying for one of the most detailed polling exercises ever undertaken by a campaign so that more and more people have the confidence to demand the democratic right for their voice to be heard.”

The people’s Vote is being called for by members from all the political parties. They vote is being called for

prior to us making a final decision to leave on 29th March 2019.

F-F-F-F- Farage is back

Well he couldn’t keep away. Nigel Farage says he is coming back into front line politics because Brexit does not mean Brexit and Theresa May is selling the country out. It will be interesting if Farage again employs his successful scare tactics of East Europeans and 80 million Turkish citizens rushing across Europe to make their way to the UK. Such comments from project lies did us much harm but unfortunately worked. Farage in his deluded mind has come back to save the Brexit day. I just hope politicians, especially the media are a lot more robust in questioning Farage and not let him get away as a rent a quote but take his comments more seriously as there are many who take him to his word. His xenophobic comments have already cost this country gravely.

It should be noted that we currently stand at 8% in the yougov polls with UKIP at 6%. It will be interesting to see where the polls are by the end of the year.


Just a quick reminder to encourage readers to go to the Brighton Conference starting 15th September in Brighton.


Other than Brexit what are the main Issues facing us Today


There has been a staggering rise in homelessness as benefits have been cut and rents have also increased sharply. Although unemployment has gone down the average wage earned has also gone down and there is an increase in the gig economy. Children are the ones who have been the worst hit.


Social care

The alarming statistic are that there are over a million elderly people without social care and another million disable people also without social care. Austerity cuts since 2010 have resulted with over £6 billion being cut from this budget.

 Universal credit

The rollout of universal credit has been very poor. The hardship that it has caused and the very slow governmental response to do anything about it has resulted in families having to sell their furniture to keep going and resulted in an increase in food banks and homelessness.

 Child poverty

Institute of Fiscal Studies forecasts that children living in poverty in the next 5 years will reach 5 million in Britain. That’s the highest percentage since modern records began. There is an increase in rickets as children don’t have enough to eat. With further Tory cuts cutting in the advancement made for children look to be reversed.

* Tahir Maher is a member of the LDV editorial team and the Chair of the English Party

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  • Anna Thomas 22nd Aug '18 - 3:43pm

    My comment is a on affordable permanent housing. I would suggest that houses are provided in local areas for families that are available for purchase in the future where, when the total rent paid over say a five year period is equal to, say the deposit on purchasing that house at the beginning of the period, then the property goes from ‘rented’ to one that is being purchased through a mortgage. This would give secure tenure for the tenant whilst giving them the ability to purchase the property should they wish to remain in the area.

  • William Fowler 22nd Aug '18 - 4:35pm

    the idea that there are five million children in the UK living in poverty is absolutely absurd – may be that number who don’t have an iPhone or PS4 etc but that has nothing to do with poverty

  • nigel hunter 22nd Aug '18 - 5:48pm

    Annes comment is good.

    You Gov.The CEO of this organisation is. linked to the Tory party (Mr Shakespeare).. I have not heard anything from Lord Ashcroft’s polling organisation.To me it indicates a possible swap to a more less openly Tory supporting organisation. However by seeking out information the questions asked can be loaded to support an answer that is favourable to the right wing. Equally an answer can be biased re when in the year it is asked. For example holiday periods when certain mass production businesses close down for their annual holidays thus leading to a favourable result for the Prime Minister.

  • Tahir Maher Tahir Maher 22nd Aug '18 - 6:51pm

    @ William – the forecast is from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. I have seen other forecasts that show currently Children living in poverty are well in excess of 4.2 million. The figure is huge but unfortunately not too far from the truth. Although I agree that these figures are calculated and do have a margin of error – but they do seem to be quite consistent with other bodies who try to calculate the same thing.

  • Neil Sandison 23rd Aug '18 - 12:06pm

    Anna Thomas .I have been promoting this policy for some time .Security of tenure prior to home purchase enables the resident to plan for the future ,put savings to one aside and hopefully develop a career or secure employment options that will generate the income needed to move forward if they wish to owner occupation but that must be their choice at a time when they can sensible afford any repayments.so i would avoid a set time period .The developer is not losing out because the company that built the dwelling and it could be a local housing company would still be receiving rental income on the dwelling .We now live in an economy that favours renting over long term commitment and staying in one career or locality for a life time .The housing market should reflect the new economics and be as flexible as the jobs market .Much of the social rented housing stock in the past replaced poor housing stock or came about because of population shifts to new towns or extensions of old towns as the cities grew outward through housing development corporations .We are at such a turning point again thats why i favour a radical building programme for rent using new fast to erect pre-constructed building materials so that the build the homes “Fit for a new generation” as we did after the last two world wards .Lets be brave and dynamic in our policy making and not conservative like labour and the tories who depend upon using old models and conventional funding mechanism. We need to be brave to seriously kick start a new housing revolution .

  • Peter Hirst 23rd Aug '18 - 4:21pm

    You must also include plastic use, overpopulation and biodiversity decline if you’re going to be credible with the electorate.

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