“Start the spending”: Universal Childcare Act to cost “around £65 billion at most” claims former Minister

A former Minister, who wishes to remain anonymous, has claimed the Universal Childcare Act was discussed amongst the cabinet in January to cost “around £65 billion at most”. The previous budget allocated only £1 billion in “seed funding”, yet Monday’s Queen’s Speech saw the Government promise to “start the spending.” If this estimate is proven to be accurate, the budget for the Universal Childcare Act would exceed that of the Ministry of Defense.

The cost of the Universal Childcare Act, colloquially referred to as Ambercare, has largely been a mystery. The author of the Act, /u/Amber_Rudd, refused to publish the associated cost before the Act received Royal Assent, in October stating “costs are largely dependent” on “take-up rate among parents” and “how comprehensive” the government chooses to implement the legislation.

Departing Chancellor of The Exchequer dismissed the Act as “a ticking time bomb” in a resignation statement made last week. Going further to describe “a threat to our nation’s [finances]… which could have easily been ripped out of a 1970’s Labour manifesto.”

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition agreement was published by the Telegraph on the 25th February.

In the leaked coalition agreement between the governing parties, the Government will aim to “roll out” the Act starting in the 2022/23 financial year using a “calculator”. A Conservative spokesperson refused to comment when approached by the Telegraph, instead urging “that there is an appointment of the Cabinet and the Queen’s Speech to be done before the implementation of legislation.” The Conservative Party has been approached for further comment. A Liberal Democrat spokesperson described “such a figure” as being “a high estimate.”

#GEXIII: Conservatives set for a difficult night as Sunrise- gains ground

The full projection, including list seats, can be viewed here.

A poll commissioned on the final day of campaigning on behalf of the Telegraph and conducted by the International Institute of Scientific Facts and Knowledge, found the Conservative Party likely to remain the largest force in the House of Commons – albeit diminished in size. Labour, the Libertarians, the Liberal Democrats and the Democratic Reformists would also have much to celebrate; yet with no obvious coalition able to form a majority government.

Yet it is not all bad news for the Conservatives, as they look set to sweep into the one time strongholds of the Classical Liberals in the North West and North East. Yet waning popularity nationally will almost certainly result in a disappointing tally.

The scene is set for a number of Conservative/Labour battleground constituencies, including Upper Severn and the East of England seats of Cambridgeshire and Essex. If the Libertarian Party can win the former Classical Liberal seat of Tyne and Wear, and reclaim four seats in Yorkshire, they should expect a night of celebration. Similarly, the Democratic Reformist Front will be hoping to cause an upset in London, perhaps winning its first constituency seat in West London.

“The Democratic Reformist Front is only a front for a republican Labour Party”

/u/ZanyDraco (centre) is the current leader of the Democratic Reformist Front.

/u/cthulhuiscool2 is a former Home Secretary, current Leader of the House of Commons and long serving parliamentarian representing Surrey.

The Democratic Reformist Front is arguably the breakout party of the 12th term and made headlines this week with the merger of Plaid Cymru and the Irish Parliamentary Party.

In an Announcement of Formation published on the 15th of June, Party Leader Mr Draco declared his party as “dedicated to the institution of a republic”, inviting support “[regardless] if you’re a libertarian, a social democrat, or anything in between.”

More recently the party’s pint-sized manifesto, if we may call it a manifesto, claimed the Democratic Reformists were “a movement that works for everyone”, welcoming of “almost every ideological background.”

Yet on Tuesday former Democratic Reformist Member of Parliament ThePootisPower, having defected to the Labour Party, described “almost the entirety” of his former party as “left wing” sharing “Labour’s broadchurch left wing ideas.”

Further to this, on Tuesday The Telegraph broke the news of the Labour Party entering into an electoral pact with the DRF. It is unknown why the Democratic Reformist Front has chosen to endorse the Labour Party, given that the previous Labour manifesto made no mention of monarchy abolition or House of Lords reform. It is equally unknown why the Labour Party, ostensibly a party of unionism, has endorsed the party of rapid nationalism intent on breaking the United Kingdom to pieces and uprooting our constitution. I will speculate, there is far more in common between the two parties than either would care to admit. That, or the electoral pact is motivated by the blind pursuit of power and little more.

…a vapid collection of political unknowns, rejects and has-beens with the common goal of furthering their own disgraceful political careers.

Fundamentally the problem with the DRF is not that it is left wing, for left wing political thought is entirely valid. The problem is that it refuses to admit to being left wing. They are too afraid to be honest to those who vote for them. Yet their intentions are perhaps more sinister, using the lie of political neutrality to misdirect voters, they risk undermining our democracy. They are a vapid collection of political unknowns, rejects and has-beens with the common goal of furthering their own disgraceful political careers, not a credible party to lead the republican cause. I challenge them to present a full manifesto and have the confidence to stand on their own platform.

The Democratic Reformists are not above ideology, the Labour Party is their ideology.

Between the start of the term and Monday, where a majority of the parliamentary Labour Party and the Democratic Reformist Front voted Aye, No or Abstain in the House of Commons; 81% of the time they voted the same. The Democratic Reformists are not above ideology, the Labour Party is their ideology. The Democratic Reformist Front is little more than a republican Labour Party, if only they would admit this hard truth.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect that of The Telegraph or its employees.

“We need to look at the Heavens for our next National Defence Review”

Article written by /u/Markthemonkey888.

Markthemonkey888 is currently a working peer in the House of Lords, with an expertise in defence and environmental policies.

Space, the final frontier.

The second decade of this century has just come to a close, mankind are ever closer to conquering the heavens. With the advancement in spaceflight technology and independent private space companies such as SpaceX, we as a species, are on the verge of returning to the moon, and going beyond to colonize mars. We are on the verge of technologies which will allow mankind to explore our solar system, and to boldly go where no man has gone before. 

But with new opportunities, comes new threats. For the United Kingdom, we have lagged behind in defence space technologies compared to most other major countries. Ever since the infamous ZIRCON satellite, we have largely ignored this field, which is becoming ever more important. 

By conservative estimates, we are behind most nations in military satellite and anti-satellite technology by 5-10 years, and 15 years behind the likes of US and China when it comes to outer space technology. It is of my opinion, and many of those in think tanks and academia all across the UK, that this trend of 0 spending in military space defence programs should stop. As one analyst wisely put, “Space underpins everything. The successful military powers of the future are going to be those that most easily and quickly assimilate change in the defence environment to their advantage.”

With India, China, Russia and the US capable of intermediate-advance anti-satellite technology, and the ever growing arsonal of military spy, communication satellites, the advancement in military space planes, and even the development and deployment of hypersonic missiles, the United Kingdom can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines. 

We are however, presented with an opportunity this next term with the upcoming National Defence Review to correct our mistakes, and attempt to catch up to the world standard when it comes to our Space defense. I have compiled the following suggestion in order to catch the RAF up to standard.

Recommendation 1. The Creation of a Defence Space Command under the Royal Air Force.

The UK should follow in the footsteps of India, France, Russia, US and China, and establish an agency/command under the current RAF that deals exclusively with military satellite, satellite tracking and anti-satellite warfare. This organization will also work on the integration of space technology into other branches of the armed forces, like a way to beam high-resolution video directly into RAF cockpits. This would also make funding any future projects easier as well. 

Recommendation 2. Start the development/purchase of Anti-Satellite missiles.

The UK should possess the capabilities to shoot down dangerous or hostile objects in space. We should work with the French in developing the Aster 30 anti-air missile family with anti-satellite capabilities. France has already expressed interest in anti-satellite missiles back in 2016, and the Aster 30 is a stable enough platform to support any type of augmentation. Or alternatively, we could purchase a small arsonal of SM-3 land/sea based or ASM-135 air launched anti-satellite missiles from the US to fill our need.

Recommendation 3. Replace the aging Skynet 5 program.

Skynet 5 communication satellites have dutifully served the armed forces for the last 10 years. These satellites have provided the UK with invaluable resources such as secure communication methods and instant battlefield-command communication globally. We need to replace and upgrade these satellites before they start going out of service. I propose replacing the 4 satellite in Skynet 5 with 6 new satellites in Skynet 6 to increase global presence and coverage. 

Recommendation 4. Develop a new class of reconnaissance satellites.

In the age of information warfare, a pair of eyes in the sky is sometimes key to decide the outcome of a battle. We need our own reconnaissance satellites to assists our UAVs in gathering information for our armed forces. This would also help us monitor situation closely all over the world, and remove our reliance on the NSA for satellite information.

Recommendation 5. Join the US-led Operation Olympic Defender.

It is about time that the UK joined the US and its allies on the research and development of new technologies. Pretty simple here. 

If we are able to include and achieve all five of my recommendations within the next or two Defence review cycle, we will not only have caught up to the rest of the world in technology and capabilities, but potentially become a world leader on the issue. 

Blurple strikes back! Voters punish former parties of Government in newest poll

Former Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, /u/Friedmanite19, will have much to celebrate in early December polling.

Newest polling, commissioned on behalf of the Telegraph, suggests a decline in support for the governing parties of the former Sunrise Coaltion. The Conservative Party and Libertarian Party UK were the biggest winners, with a moderate increase in support for both the Loyalist League and the Yorkshire Party.

Conservative Party31.09 (+1.43)
Labour Party21.30 (-1.98)
Libertarian Party15.20 (+1.74)
Liberal Democrats11.98 (-0.66)
Classical Liberals8.95 (-1.38)
Loyalist League2.65 (+0.22)
Democratic Reformist Front 2.51 (-1.16)
The People’s Movement1.75 (+0.14)
Other1.50 (+0.34)
Yorkshire Party1.16 (+0.25)
Plaid Cymru0.60 (-0.25)

If the General Election were held today, who would you vote for?

Polling is provided by the Commons Speaker and may be considered canon.

Clexit looms as Deputy Prime Minister votes to leave Sunrise, citing Labour frustration

The Telegraph understands the internal vote of Classical Liberal members, to decide whether the party will remain in the governing Sunrise coalition, began on Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister Tommy1Boys described the poll as “a tough call” but told The Telegraph he “voted to leave the coalition.” Going further to describe the Prime Minister as “an honourable man… but this coalition is no longer working”, expressing frustration at the Labour Party which cannot “feasibly coalition with another party” which share “big differences.”

When approached for comment, a Labour Party spokesperson made clear the Labour Party “respectfully disagrees with the notion put forward by the Deputy Prime Minister” and “is saddened at the prospect of the coalition experience of Sunrise coming to a close before we had hoped… when necessary we have always tried to seek compromise.”

However, outspoken Classical Liberal Minister TheWalkerLife told The Telegraph he had voted to support the Sunrise coalition and does “not believe that any decision to pull out of the coalition stands in the national interest”.

The Deputy Prime Minister also spoke of the resignation of the former Secretary of State for Work and Welfare, accused on Sunday of plagiarism in a statement made in the House of Commons. Accusing pavanpur04 of “[misleading] the House” and describing his departure as “welcome” and “good for the country”, citing “Classical Liberal pressure” in forcing the resignation of the Labour peer.

Addressing the second resignation of Sunday, that of veteran politician and minister Vitiating, Tommy1Boys described the former Classical Liberal as “a friend and his service to the party won’t be forgotten.” Vitiating had served as Minister of State for Exiting the European Union; responsible for the Government’s controversial white paper on the Future Relationship with The European Union published on Saturday. Labour Member of Parliament SmashBrosGuys2933 described the paper as an “embarrassment”. The Deputy Prime Minister dismissed the paper as “not good enough”, insisting “we will be exploring how to allow the House to have full scrutiny of the Brexit agreement negotiated so far.”

Deputy Prime Minister seeks “changes to the agenda of the government” with party considering Clexit

Speaking exclusively to the Telegraph, Deputy Prime Minister and Classical Liberal leader, /u/Tommy1Boys, described ‘problems which need to be addressed’ when asked if he will vote to leave the Sunrise coalition. Going further to say he ‘[wants] to see changes to the agenda of the government and it’s workings’, ‘a government with no real agenda that it can implement is a government not fit for office.’

On Thursday the Government’s controversial nationalisation agenda took another blow, with the Classical Liberal leader describing the National Grid Bill as ‘a step [too] far’. The Government has also suffered a defeat with the Steel Nationalisation Motion finding the support of the House of Commons, urging the Government to ‘drop plans to partially nationalise British steel’. It is unclear if the Government intends to abide by this motion, with a spokesperson refusing to comment.

The Deputy Prime Minister also poured cold water on a potential Conservative takeover of Number 10, when asked if he would support a vote of no confidence. Insisting, he is ‘not sure’ of ‘ushering the [Conservatives] into power’ until they ‘return to their one nation days under Cameron’.

In the event of Clexit, the Classical Liberals formally withdrawing from the governing coalition, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats would be expected to remain in government. Speaking of the transition out of government, /u/Tommy1Boys expressed a desire to ‘ensure the country has stability’ yet his priority is to allow the governing parties to discuss if there’s a ‘way forward’.

GEXIII: Conservative comeback as Labour support continues to swell in latest polling

A poll commissioned by The Telegraph shows only a three point lead between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party, boasting 28% and 25% respectively.

Conservative Party28.34 (+1.64)
Labour Party25.22 (+0.99)
Libertarian Party13.47 (-0.40)
Liberal Democrats12.39 (-0.21)
Classical Liberals10.90 (-0.49)
Democratic Reformist Front3.13 (-0.34)
The People’s Movement1.70 (-0.50)
Loyalist League1.69 (-0.55)
Other1.59 (+0.17)
Yorkshire Party1.19 (+0.14)
Plaid Cymru0.67 (-0.16)

If the General Election were held today, who would you vote for?

There will no doubt be a collective sigh of relief from the Conservative Party, who appear to have in-part shaken devolved election blues and disappointing November polling.

The proposed nationalisation of British Steel also seems to have done little to dent the rising support of the Labour Party. Yet some Labour supporters may be disappointed not to have beaten the Conservative Party for the first time since data was collected in 2017.

Yet the story for the Government is mixed, with support for Liberal Democrats and Classical Liberals waning, following a trend of decline for the latter. The Libertarian Party also has little to celebrate, whose long-held third party position seems to be under threat.

If the General Election were held today, who would you vote for?

Polling was also conducted in the South East and West. In the four constituencies polled, three have Conservative incumbents with Dorset represented by Labour Member of Parliament /u/Stalin1953. Yet it is the Conservatives who lead, with a joint Sunrise candidate beating strong campaigns from the Conservatives and Libertarians as a result of vote splitting last election.

Polling is provided by the Commons Speaker and may be considered canon.