Thomas Cook, also the United Kingdom’s 7th largest airline, has been undergoing severe financial instability with the Financial Times reporting the travel group may be forced into compulsory liquidation within days.
A Government spokesperson estimated “as many as 150,000 [citizens] who are currently abroad may be affected by any collapse”, going further to say the Government “will be ready to conduct the biggest repatriation ever in peacetime” should the travel group cease trading. In a contingency plan named “Operation Matterhorn”, a “significant number of aircraft” would be chartered to bring nationals stranded abroad home.
will be ready to conduct the biggest repatriation ever in peacetime
The priority of The Government will be, however, to prevent a collapse. Speaking to members of the press, the spokesperson said the Government is “ready to facilitate talks with the airline in order to find a way to secure the airline’s long-term future”.
A government source also said of the collapse, work was being conducted by “the Departments for Transport, Business and Work and Welfare” on “the potential ramifications for jobs, local economies, customers with bookings, and flight prices.”
Planning also includes a “letter from the Business Secretary to insurance companies asking that they fast track and approve any claims relating to the liquidation”; a “taskforce to be set up by the Business Secretary to monitor and examine the impacts of the closure on local areas, flight prices, and the industry as a whole; and, a “statement from the Work and Welfare Secretary.”
The source was confident “this plan should reassure the public that the government knows exactly what is needed to ensure that Thomas Cook’s closure will be mitigated as far as possible.”
In a stunning leak to the Telegraph this evening, we can reveal Sunrise have been hit by yet another resignation, with Vitiaing to resign as deputy leader of the Classical Liberals.
The deputy leader, who is also Justice Secretary, is seen as the favourite to be future leader of the party. The resignation comes as another blow to the government, who have already suffered 11 resignations from cabinet and the loss of their majority.
In the resignation statement of Vitiating, he describes the action as being necessary for his party and his health. He says he “has ceased to relish his leadership duties” and that they have become a “burden”. He describes Sunrise as an “added weight”, and says he has become “tired, stressed and rather ill”.
With the Saunders crisis, and a government under fire, this is another story they certainly don’t need. At the moment, it’s unclear if he will stay on as Justice Secretary. Who the next Deputy Leader will be is uncertain, with CountBrandenburg among the possible candidates.
Vitiating declined to provide a comment for the article.
The classical liberals declined to comment.
Vitiating’s statement to his party
So, this is an announcement I never expected to be making. However, I feel it is necessary not only for the party but for my own health. For the past month, I have ceased to relish in the conducting my leadership duties. They were once a pleasure, but they turned into a burden. With the added weight of Sunrise, I have become tired, stress and rather ill. It is time I put my own health above all. So therefore, it is with deep regret that I announce that after the conclusion of the incoming leadership election, I shall tender my resignation as Deputy Leader. This also means that I am precluding myself from the said leadership election.
The Telegraph has learned the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, former Prime Minister and former leader of the Liberal Democrats, /u/TheNoHeart, has passionately opposed the Government’s inquiry and opposition calls for an independent inquiry over allegations of bullying in government. When speaking about a potential inquiry he told cabinet that it’d “prolong the scandal” and “only damage” the Government. Going further to say of the inquiry, “what in the world is the benefit?” This is a damning piece of evidence showing that /u/TheNoHeart doesn’t care about the Chancellor’s behaviour, his rude remarks or ableist language and is only concerned with saving the Government’s reputation.
The allegations of bullying were first made by the former Housing Secretary. Speaking to The Times, /u/RhysDallen described berating of government members and the derogatory use of the term “retarded” by the former Chancellor, going further to describe him as a “bully boy”. The former Classical Liberal Minister, /u/Zygark, described him on Sunday as “extremely unpleasant to deal with at worst.” and “vague and unhelpful at best.”
On Tuesday, a government spokesperson confirmed “an internal inquiry into the behaviour of the former Chancellor” was being conducted, going further to say “ableist language has no place in our politics”. The spokesperson refused to comment further “to allow the inquiry to run its course without interference.”
/u/Saunders16 was controversially admitted into the Liberal Democrats and the comments from Mr Hart will only fuel to opposition attacks against the Liberal Democrats. The most incriminating piece of evidence yet came when /u/TheNoHeart argued that an inquiry would be an “especially bad idea” because /u/Saunders joining presumingly provided concrete evidence that the Liberal Democrats aren’t concerned whether the Chancellor is an alleged bully. If you want concrete proof the Liberal Democrats are trying to hide and bury the truth then here it is.
Opposition members have suggested the Government and Liberal Democrats don’t care about the Chancellor’s behaviour, and to date there has been no evidence to back these claims until now. The Telegraph’s anonymous source has told us that Mr Hart was the only Liberal Democrat to speak on the matter.
The Government have claimed they are taking the disdainful actions of the former Chancellor seriously. Many will wonder how anyone can believe them when senior party figures are trying to hide the truth to save their own skin.
With things appearing to quieten down in Westminster and the dust settling over Saunders16 resignation, the former Chancellor has been admitted into the Liberal Democrats which will no spark some criticism from the Classical Liberals and other political pundits. The Leader Of The Opposition eelsmaj99 told the telegraph that its “astonishing that he reapplied to join sunrise after leaving it in such a dramatic fashion and astonishing that the Lib Dems would take them back given all the recent events surrounding him:
The LPUK’s seimer1234 has submitted a motion calling for an independent inquiry under the terms of the 2005 Inquiries Act increasing pressure on the government to be transparent about what the Prime Minister knew. The government have been vague and reluctant to answer questions on the matter of the inquiry however the press learned that the government will be conducting their own internal inquiry and it is unclear whether they will support opposition calls for an independent inquiry or the process of their internal inquiry.
The Liberal Democrats have clearly taken a gamble by admitting saunders16 before the government review takes place indicating the review is either unlikely to find anything incriminating perhaps calling its integrity into question or alternatively that the Liberal Democrats simply don’t care about the results of the inquiry now that the issue appears to have died down. The Liberal Democrats have been internally struggling for activity, even polling below the SDP recently so the addition of saunders16 could be a big boost to the party. Saunders gave the telegraph a statement on his decision to join the Lib Dems
My first priority is serving my constituents in Highland and Grampian. I was elected on a positive, moderate message and I will keep fighting for my vision for the country alongside like-minded individuals. The Liberal Democrats have always been close friends of mine, and after talks and a lot of consideration, I now believe that they have the resources and plan required to be the strong, moderate force this country needs – a force that it is now clear the SDP is not going to become any time soon. – Saunders 16
It has no doubt been an interesting week in Westminster with the Government descending into complete and utter chaos: So far this week we have seen five resignations with the most high profile and recent resignation being that of the Chancellor, /u/Saunders16 who crumbled under the pressure of his other colleagues resignations and a dogpile by his own party members and members of the wider governing coalition.
Who is Anomaline?
If people thought the government were trying to rid themselves of controversy and calm the storm by appointing a consensus figure as Chancellor, they could not have been more mistaken. /u/Anomaline was a former Conservative Member of Parliament and Business Secretary in the Blurple government, who won a crucial by-election last term before defecting to the Classical Liberals.The defection sparked controversy and lead to Conservative-Classical Liberal relations declining rapidly as Anomalinewas accused of collaborating with /u/charlotte_star, the new CCLG Secretary, to prevent /u/sys_33_error from getting promoted and has been labelled as a “bully” by members of the Conservative Party. The Leader Of The Opposition satirically remarked that the Government has made a good choice for Chancellor by “swapping one bullying, twofaced and incompetent defector for another.” With the previous Chancellor resigning over allegations of bullying, this is certainly a ballsy pick, only time will tell if Anomaline is up to the job and can put his past behind him to perform effectively as Chancellor, uniting what some regard as a fragmented governing coalition.
The new make up of cabinet
With this new appointment, the Classical Liberals now control 2/4 of the great offices of state despite not having the seats to justify doing so, many critics have suggested that /u/Secretary_Salami has rolled over for the Classical Liberals and this only goes to prove them right with Labour only having 38% of all cabinet positions compared to making up 50% of the seats. The Classical Liberals have not given up roles to obtain Chancellor confirming their grip on government has tightened. As /u/DF44 from the People’s Movement suggested in the queen’s speech this is perhaps “a Classical Liberal Government by any other name.” How Labour backbenchers will react is yet to be seen but it is clear that the Prime Minister is happy to continue to expand the power of the Classical Liberals for nothing in return.
The Sunrise coalition is, no doubt, having a disastrous week with four members of the government resigning. The first to resign was minister for prison reform, /u/_KnowYourPlace_, who left the government to join the Conservatives . In a big blow for the Classical Liberals, the next to resign was the Secretary of State for Culture, Communities and Local Government, /u/zygark, who also decided to join the Conservatives. It emerged yesterday that /u/Padanub has resigned as Secretary of State for Defence and the Times this morning reported /u/RhysDallen had resigned as the housing minister whilst giving an interview which will damage the government. Labelling the Chancellor a “bully boy” and accusing him of being arrogant and using vulgar language. If the coalition continues to lose ministers and support, it is uncertain whether they can continue to govern the country.
The Telegraph managed to grab an exclusive interview with /u/Zygark where he gave his honest opinions on the Sunrise coalition and the internal state of the Classical Liberal coalition. Firstly the Telegraph questioned him on the government’s legislative process where he confirmed:
The “Broadcasting Bill” and the “Pass and Road Bill” were not presented to the cabinet before being presented to the commons at large.
This proves the speculation that the Sunrise leadership are very secretive about their plans and padanub had clearly not seen the legislation put forward by a special advisor to the department for culture media and sport, it is important to note that the legislation was not even written or drafted by a member of the cabinet. This no doubt confirms that /u/Padanubs resignation was avoidable had the legislative process been transparent and perhaps been similar to the Blurple government.
Zygark was blunt when asked about the Government’s internal organisation retorting “what structure? Being part of the cabinet felt very disjointed.” He also went on to say there was a “lack of communication between leadership and the rest of the government over decision making” and that “decisions were often made without people being able to voice their opinions.”
He agreed with RhysDallen’s assessment of the Chancellor being a bully describing him “extremely unpleasant to deal with at worst.” and “vague and unhelpful” at best, he then told the Telegraph that he couldn’t “see increased taxes and a £50bn deficit being good for the economy or the average person.“
Finally the interview moved onto Classical Liberal internal affairs where /u/Zygark told us that under /u/Twistednuke the Classical Liberals have shifted leftwards.
The party under [Twistednuke] has definitely moved somewhat leftwards, but I can’t see a large portion of the membership wanting to stay in this coalition for much longer.
This possibly suggests that there are many Classical Liberals members who regret entering the coalition and are disgruntled at the left wing turn the Government and Chancellor are taking, it is entirely plausible that Classical Liberals members bring down the Sunrise government just like they took out the Liberal Alliance. /u/Zygark finally told us that in his view it was time for /u/Twistednuke to resign and he thinks “someone new will really help the party.” It is unclear as to whether the Government and /u/Twistednuke will get through the scathing attacks from /u/Zygark and /u/Rhysdallen, men who have been at the heart of government and key players in the Classical Liberals rise in the recent few months. If the sun sets on Sunrise, it appears that /u/Twistednuke’s time will also be up. The Telegraph will update readers on any more developments.
Earlier today the Telegraph confirmed that Padanub was resigning from his role as Secretary of State for Defence in protest of the controversial Broadcasting Bill put forward by “special adviser in digital innovation, business, and skills” comrade_zoe which intends to force the Premier League and other sporting leagues to give away its content to all broadcasters: Attacking their rights. The draconian Bill ends the system of broadcasting spaces and has sparked the resignation of Mr nub.
Monolith on Sunday outlined government divisions over ICE and budgetary
measures the government is taking, this is likely to be a huge blow to the
Prime Minister who has faced a turbulent few weeks in office with cabinet
division and conflicting messages coming out of Number 10.
According to leaks from the Telegraph Padanub has also voiced concerns about the European Union Settled Status Bill with the Chancellor also agreeing with him but when talking to Nub it seemed that the ultimate thing that made him resign was the Broadcasting Bill, describing it as “technologically retarded” to cabinet ministers. After joining the backbenches, he tore into the Broadcasting Bill:
Quite literally not possible. I doubt 95% of the UK have/want access to a Television. In fact according to recent stats only 42% have access, so how are we going to make sports viewable to 95% of the population via TV channels, if 58% of the population don’t even have televisions!
This bill quite literally infringes on the rights of the market, if I as a content producer… only want my content to be shown via Sky, that’s my right. It’s a business deal I make, the government shouldn’t be forcing me to give my content away! Quite literally not possible. I doubt 95% of the UK have/want access to a Television. In fact according to recent stats only 42% have access, so how are we going to make sports viewable to 95% of the population via TV channels, if 58% of the population don’t even have televisions!
The Telegraph conducted an interview with Padanub. When asked whether the Government were disorganised, he told the Telegraph “as with any large organisation there are communication problems and elements of disorganisation,” and he firmly believed “the government is committed to solving any issues they may have.”
When pushed by the Telegraph to reveal whether the cabinet had been shown the Bills prior to being read in the house of commons the ex-Defence Secretary did not wish to comment and said that it didn’t really matter. This could suggest that ministers are not getting to look over Government Bills before they are published, this is in stark contrast to the Blurple coalition which ensured that all members of the cabinet would have the ability to scrutinise and suggest amendments to legislation. This could have been an avoidable resignation, one can only speculate but if padanub had been consulted prior to this, would he really be resigning?
Padanub told the
Telegraph “the Classical Liberal delegation did do most of the communicating
between Cabinet and [leadership], so it certainly seemed like they were the
grease on the machinery” and that he thought that the Prime Minister was in an
“unfortunate position” and was “beholden to the smallest parties in the
coalition, as seen with the SDP taking the Chancellorship”, furthermore
stating “he could do more to stand up to them, but that would potentially
be the end of Government.”
When questioned about
the government’s economic policy Mr nub told the Telegraph he had his “own
reservations about the hikes on the lower levels.”, presumably referring to an
increase in Income Tax or VAT, however confirmed he had confidence in the
Chancellor and told the Telegraph “he has an air of authority” and that he is
looking forward to his upcoming policies.
Finally, when he was
asked about Sunrise he told the Telegraph “if it wants to survive and hit
history books and make this country a better place, it needs some proper good
leadership.” This potentially hints at the government’s internal processes and
perhaps even inactivity at the highest levels of government.
resignation will be a huge blow to Prime Minister, who will have to find a new
Defence Secretary and replace one of the Government’s most competent and
capable ministers. This only adds to the long list of the Prime Minister’s woes.
The Secretary of State for Defence, the veteran Labour politician Padanub, announced the deployment of “350 paratroopers” of the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment will be deployed to the Afghan capital in “late September” for a tour of six months.
The Secretary of State described their mission as “to provide a protection service” to NATO advisors “working in government ministries”, including “UK Mentors based at the Afghan National Army Officers Academy”.
Mr Padanub revealed the choice of 2 PARA as being motivated by their ability to operate “on foot and vehicle”, with “Foxhound patrol vehicles and Civilian Armoured Vehicles” to be used in navigating “the busy streets of Kabul”.
2 PARA had been training in Norfolk in Exercise Kabul Convoy, practising scenarios including “convoy movements and recovering a broken-down vehicle”.
Training Officer Captain Tom Shaw described the role of the brigade as providing “force protection” to “advisors helping the development of the Afghan Army and Government”. Speaking of preparing for deployment, Captain Shaw described “working with the Foxhound” for “several months”, going further to say “our paratroopers have shown the flexibility to adapt to a different way of operating quite easily”.
The contents of this article is canon and may be treated as such.
Welcome to Hot Ones the show with hot politics and even hotter questions, I’m your host ThreeCommas of the Telegraph. Today as the world heats up we have a round table on foreign affairs. I hoped to have the Foreign Minister Tommy1Boys on today but he proved too busy so we will be updating the article when he is able to respond. From Iran to China the world is in turmoil. How will the UK respond to these hot issues, well stay tuned to find out.
First up is a firecracker that as slowly been burning for a while now but now has exploded. We rank it a 10,000 on the Scoville scale. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has resigned lambasting his former coalition partner Salvini and the League Party as “opportunistic” after they tabled a motion of no confidence against the government. With the future of the country uncertain and no parties currently able to command a majority, elections might happen as soon as early October. With the collapse of the government, one of the European largest economies is plunged into chaos and turmoil. When asked what the crisis in Italy might mean for Brexit talks or future British-Italian relations, the Foreign Office was unable to comment.
Next up is Hong Kong coming in hot with a Scoville level of 50,000. For weeks now, protesters have taken to the streets of the financial hub demanding more rights, free elections and ultimately to stop China from encroaching on their island. China on the meanwhile while not taking direct action has strongly rebuked the protests and has censored any mention of them in the mainland. In fact, many Chinese celebrities have come out against the protesters with eerily similar pictures and captions, prompting fears of a propaganda campaign by China. Further evidence revealed that China has been promoting massive disinformation campaigns on Twitter and Facebook. This paints a grim view of things to come as China clamps down on the press and thousands of troops pour into the region. This morning news broke that Simon Cheng a worker at the British Consulate in Hong Kong had gone missing after being detained at the border. Reports indicate that people were routinely stopped and searched for any sort of material considered suspicious at the border including photo or news about the protests. Before he went missing on August 8, he texted his girlfriend to pray for him, which has heightened fears concerning his safety. When asked by the Telegraph to comment, the Foreign Office told us it was busy at the moment and would respond tomorrow.
Iran is burning issue but one that appears to be sizzling out so it ranks 500,000 on Scoville scale. The Foreign Office released a press statement on the release of the Iranian vessel Grace One which would not transport oil to Syria according to Iran. The Iranians also promised to release the British flagged Stena Impero but gave no time frame. When asked to comment on when the ship would be freed, as you might have guessed was unable to comment. However, the Ministry has promised to give a statement before the House of Commons tomorrow and then give interviews.
Our last hot button issue is one so hot it’s topping the scale at over 1,000,000 Scovilles: Kashmir. There has already been an urgent question called in the House and tensions only seem to be escalating. Since India’s decision to repeal Article 370 which gave the disputed region of Kashmir special rights there has been anger in Kashmir and Pakistan. Today it emerged Pakistan would seek the intervention of the ICJ against India and citizens in the province has been blockading India troops from coming in. As the world’s most militarized zone once again brings two nuclear-armed states to the brink yet again the Foreign Office was unable to comment today. In the meanwhile, we will wait to see events unfold and the urgent motion to be answered.
That’s it for today, I will be updating the article when the Foreign Office responds and keeping an eye for more spicy news. I would like to thank the Foreign Minister for his work behind the scenes and will eagerly look forward to talking with him whenever he has the time so I can actually ask some questions. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you on another edition of Hot Ones.
As soon as rumors of a Sunrise+ coalition emerged, it was quickly dubbed by political pundits and opposition MP’s alike as the “Coalition of Chaos.” Even following the Classical Liberals and Lib Dems decision to form a Sunrise government the talks of fear and collapse have not subsided. It is safe to say Westminster at the moment is full of skeptics. However, the Queen’s Speech was an opportunity for the new government to present a new and confident face. A chance to prove their critics wrong and start the term with their right foot forward, so how did they do? Well at least they have 4 weeks left until a VoNC can be tabled.
To start off let us begin with the positives. The speech clearly outlined a commitment to NATO and meeting 2 percent of GDP on defense. This will work to allay the fears of many in the House following statements made by both Labour front and backbenchers which put their position on NATO into doubt. The government also promised to find a resolution to the conflict in Syria. While the sentiment is a good one, I will note that none of the parties manifestos outlined any actual comprehensive plan to deal with the perplexing conflict that consumed the region for nearly a decade. The same goes for dealing with ISIS which according to the Pentagon’s Inspector General as of last year may have up to 30,000 fighters. For all intents and purposes the government promise to bring peace to Syria are nothing but a pipe dream.
Now if there was one word to define this speech it would be repeal. The Sunrise+ coalition seems to be hellbent on repealing as many Burple policies as possible. From lowering the voting age, abolishing prescription charges and scraping the distributed profits tax. Perhaps it is because they have no ideas of their own. Who knows? The real issue comes with the replacement part. There is the promise of elevating the status of pets from property. But to what exactly will they be raised to? The grand National Education Service will be “free and far as they wish to take it.” It seems the only way to pay for these programs will be raise taxes which will certainly hurt the economy and everyday families. The real question people around the country want to know is what taxes will be raised and by how much?
The crown jewel of the speech is of course immigration. The speech insists that the government will expand the current liberalized immigration system to members of NATO. How that will be done despite the vigorous opposition by the EU remains to be seen. Speaking to the Telegraph from Brussels a top EU official speaking in confidently had this to say when asked about one on one immigration deals with EU countries—“impossible and something that will never be agreed to.” The fact the only way to achieve this would be betray the results of the referendum is acknowledged by the Chancellor-Saunders16. It is a true testament to the state of the government that their Queen’s Speech as divided the coalition. the I guess the government might need to hire some magicians because they are going to need to pull a rabbit out of a hat with this one.
Rather providing an image of a strong and capable government, the Queen’s Speech will keep opposition doubting and the nation wondering. The government promises quite literally the impossible without no mention on how to afford new programs or any hint on how to win over the EU. Is the sun rising or dawning on Sunrise? Only time will tell.