Mr Johnsons BRINO Lies. We begin our Journey “Back to the future To Where Austerity Began”.An Oven ready Quote from Andrew Neil as he says Mr Johnson is also fond of the term.

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Mr Johnsons BRINO Lies. We begin our Journey “Back to the future To Where Austerity Began”.An Oven ready Quote from Andrew Neil as he says Mr Johnson is also fond of the term. Perhaps Mr Johnson thinks it is the British electorate that will be stuffed and ready for Christmas an oven-ready Mark for his International Rules-Based Order?

Brino is not beautiful, Brino really is Boris’s Balls, Really Boris’s oven-ready reheated May Turd. Don’t be a Turkey, don’t get Brino’d

6th December


20th November


We begin our Journey Back to the future

To Where Austerity Began.



“his promises only take us back to the
future back to where we were before
austerity began” Andrew neil on Boris Johnsons promises.


The Preceding Word Clouds come from the analysis carried out on the 2010, 2015 and 2017 Election Leadership debates to see which issues were current and meet the Lynton Crosby Salience test.

Applying An analysis with the lens of Lynton Crosby’s 4 Elements in Campaigning, Namely;

Salience, Relevance, Differentiation and The Polling Booth , A Crosby Show Blogzine.

1. Salience, ( Is it out there)

2. Relevance ( Do the people Give a Shit?)
Is it personally Relevant?

3. Differentiation ( They say That Too.)
Political Differences, Wheres the change, why change?

4. The point of Sale Execution (WTF?)
(Making the Lies Stick, Connect the policies to the Party.

Crosby says “if in Doubt Believe in something”, if your losing 
then get someone else to do the Dirty work for you.

Surrogates. Negative Campaigning.
Candidates must carry

the positive messages talk about what

they want to achieve and so forth and

then the campaign itself may be the

literature that’s put out or what or in

what they call in the United States

 surrogates in the US 

For the Big Issues according to last Nights debate, it is down to Brexit, Mr Johnsons BRINO, Or Mr Corbyns, REMAIN IN or Credible Customs Union and Settled Trade deal Out Referendum. And the NHS.

Subsidiary to the two main issues are how to pay for it, ( The Magic Money Tree) and that is about it.

Both Have made nods to Carbon Neutrality but plainly that is to be kept out of the minds of the electorate until after December the 12th as I recently remarked Ursula Von De Leyan is holding off publishing her EU Green New deal until the 12th, too late to affect the UK Election?

The Absolute Taboo remains EU Military Union, and the UK security service arrangements as well as central command and controls outsourced to the new EU military doctrine encapsulated in its Pillar model.


EU Military Unification


John Purcell Question 1.

is  John Major’s recent intervention

worrying to you Mr. Johnson and is Mr.

Blair’s recent intervention worrying to

you Mr. Corbyn will these interventions

make any difference to the result of the

general election or are they just a couple

of old has-beens

Yvonne Meter question  2a

Brexit  has taken up so much time

already people are really fed up can you

guarantee that it will happen next year

 Tom Clark question 2b

how will we  be better off from the Boris Johnson Brexit deal or

a future labour deal compared to being in the EU

Robinson Supplementary question 2c

Jeremy Corbyn how do you go to dearly

asked if you don’t really believe in it

faith Zulu  Question 3

I am returning to my nursing studies next April

it costs a lot to train as a nurse

for the starting salaries are low

how would you deal with the shortage of nurses

and ensure the NHS can retain them.

Phil Wasson Question 4

Which has the better track record of raising

the standards the living standards of

the poor Socialism or Capitalism

Andrew Brooke Question 5

say that if you’re asked to form a

government next week you’ll spend spend

spend making your plans your expenditure

plans ideas seem like a fantasy how are

you how are we really going to pay for

everything that you are promising

Richard Bao strode Question 6.

Your most important responsibilities if

you become Prime Minister in a  weeks

time will be to keep us safe given the

terror attacks we’ve seen on the streets

of London are you prepared to put public

safety ahead of human rights.

Toby Mayhew Question 7

  From accusations of Islamophobia

and anti-semitism in major parties to

threats made against female MPs what

would you do to get the hate out of

politics what would you do to get the

hate out of politics

Katrina Herod  Question 8

in the era of fake news what punishment do you

think is appropriate for elected

politicians who lie during political

campaigns what punishment is appropriate

for elected politicians who lie during

political campaigns

Paul Johnson Question 9

does it worry that a leading British diplomat is resigned today

saying that she  no longer wanted

to peddle half-truths on behalf of a

government I do not trust

Andrew Neils Questions.

1, Why so many times in his
career in politics and journalism
critics and sometimes even those close
to him have deemed him to be untrustworthy

How can he be trusted

to deliver 50,000 more nurses and almost
20,000 in his numbers are already
working for the NHS

he promises 40 new
hospitals it only six are scheduled to
be built by 2025 can he be believed when
he claims another 34 will be built in
the five years after

can you be trusted to fund the NHS
properly when he uses the cash figure of
an extra thirty four billion pounds
after inflation the additional money
promised a month to 20 billion


He claims that the NHS will not be on the table in
any trade talks with America but then he vowed to

the DUP his unionist allies in Northern Ireland that there

would never be a border down the Irish Sea
that is as important to the DUP as the
NHS is to the rest of us

it is about his brexit deal which seemed to break

now he tells us he’s always been an opponent of
austerity we would ask him for evidence
of that we would want to know why an
opponent of austerity would make so much
of it into their future spending plans

we would ask why as with the proposed
increase in police numbers so many of
his promises only take us back to the
future back to where we were before
austerity began

Social Care is an issue
of growing concern in the steps of
Downing Street in July he said he’d
prepared a plan for Social Care we’d
asked him why that plan is not in the manifesto?



Perhaps what it really tells us is the people who choose not to vote are actually the more articulate, why participate in what is only really a show, a pretence designed merely to give some sort of legitimacy to something with no democratic legitimacy what so ever.

Limbering up to Join the Pantomime. Same old Shit different


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United Kingdom general election debates, 2010

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The United Kingdom general election debates of 2010 consisted of a series of three leaders’ debates between the leaders of the three main parties contesting the 2010 United Kingdom general electionGordon BrownPrime Minister and leader of the Labour PartyDavid CameronLeader of the Opposition and Conservative Party; and Nick Clegg, leader of the third largest political party in the UK, the Liberal Democrats. They were the first such debates to be broadcast live in the run-up to a UK election.
The debates ran without a break for 90 minutes and were broadcast weekly by ITVBSkyB and the BBC over three successive Thursday evenings starting on 15 April. They were moderated by Alastair StewartAdam Boulton and David Dimbleby respectively. The first half of each debate focused on a particular theme (domestic, international and economic affairs), before general issues were discussed. The questions were not disclosed to the leaders before the debate.
In addition to the leaders’ debates, on 29 March, the three main parties’ financial spokesmen participated in a debate focusing on the economy, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling debating with the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne and Liberal Democrats’ Treasury spokesman Vince Cable on Channel 4. Debates also took place between 19 April and 5 May, a series of debates also took place on the BBC political TV series The Daily Politics, between members of the incumbent Labour Cabinet and their ConservativeLiberal Democrat counterparts and representatives from the Green Party, the Scottish National PartyPlaid Cymru and the UK Independence Party.
Debates were also held in Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland, due to the devolved nature of various aspects of government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland and Wales, representatives of three main parties were joined by respective nationalist party representatives who stand MPs only in Scotland and Wales, while in Northern Ireland, due to the main parties having no seats, debates were held between the four largest Northern Irish parties. The arrangements for the UK-wide leaders debates were criticised for being restricted to the main UK parties excluding other national minor parties and nationalist parties in Scotland and Wales, for covering many domestic matters which are devolved from Westminster, and also for being held in three locations solely in England.
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The term “United Kingdom general election debates” of 2015 refers to a series of four live television programmes featuring the main political party leaders that took place in March/April 2015 in the run-up to the general election. After various prior proposals and arguments over which parties should be represented,[1][2] there was a single debate between the leaders of seven British parties:[3]
There was a second debate involving the “challengers”, those in the above list who were not members of the outgoing coalition government. There were also two programmes – one with Cameron and Miliband; one with Cameron, Miliband and Clegg – in which the leaders answered questions but did not debate head-to-head.
Following the result of the election, a survey of 3,019 people, carried out by Panelbase, found that 38% of voters considered the debates to have influenced their voting intention.[4][5]

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All 650 seats in the House of Commons
326 seats needed for a majority

Opinion polls
Theresa May Jeremy Corbyn
Leader Theresa May Jeremy Corbyn
Party Conservative Labour
Leader since 11 July 2016 12 September 2015
Leader’s seat Maidenhead Islington North
Last election 330 seats, 36.9% 232 seats, 30.4%
Current seats 330 229
Seats needed Steady Increase 97

Nicola Sturgeon Tim Farron
Leader Nicola Sturgeon Tim Farron
Party SNP Liberal Democrat
Leader since 14 November 2014 16 July 2015
Leader’s seat Not contesting[n 1] Westmorland & Lonsdale
Last election 56 seats, 4.7% 8 seats, 7.9%
Current seats 54 9
Seats needed N/A[n 2] Increase 317


A map of UK parliamentary constituencies.

Incumbent Prime Minister

2005 election  MPs
2010 election  MPs
2015 election  MPs
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The United Kingdom general election of 2017 is scheduled to take place on 8 June 2017. Each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies will elect one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament.
In line with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, an election had not been due until 7 May 2020, but a call for a snap election by Prime Minister Theresa May received the necessary two-thirds majority in a 522 to 13 vote in the House of Commons on 19 April 2017.
The Conservative Party, which has governed since 2015 (and as a senior coalition partner from 2010), is defending a majority of 12 against the Labour Party, the official opposition. The third largest party, the Scottish National Party, won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies in 2015. The Liberal Democrats, and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, are the fourth and fifth largest parties, with 9 and 8 seats respectively.

Negotiation positions following Britain’s invocation of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union in March 2017 to leave the EU are expected to dominate the election campaign. Opinion polling for the popular vote since the election was called has given May’s Conservatives a significant lead over Labour led by Jeremy Corbyn.


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THE SATURDAY ESSAY: Apathy in a troubled society & the growth in disdain for our democracy. #TwoFingers2Brino @wiki_ballot #4Pamphleteers @GrubStreetJorno @Survation @wiki_ballot @financialeyes #WIKIBALLOTPICK #IABATO #SAM #GE2019 Roger Lewis ( Porthos) @Joe Blob20


On the polling John I think that one has to look at the Vertical as well as the horizontal, by which I mean if you look back as recently as June and July the Quals were not nearly as bad for Corbyn and as such the flexibility or pliability of public opinion is tremendously elastic. It is this susceptibility to manipulation that makes the Purdha periods such a volatile period as a bent out of shape distorted narrative, In this case, the outrageous Antisemitism trope, springs back rather more quickly than would expect with a more settled picture.
I have spent this morning analysing the transcript of the Bojo Jezzer debate last night.
My first reaction was that Corbyn has blown it but after this morning the reaction of Dominic Raab in the Spin Room afterwards made more sense, I sense Raab felt Johnson was the one who had blown it, and I think he is right.
Boris is skating and continues to skate not on merely thin ice but already broken ice. Brino is holed below the waterline and the Brexit Party gang of Four, Nigel Farage’s skinning on Andrew Neil and both the unredacted Trade talk and Treasury committee reports on the effects of the WIthdrawal treaty on the Irish border meant that Boris doubled down on already exposed lies. The BBC Reality Check did Boris no favours and the Interjections of the very supportive to Johnson Nick Robinson simply could not Dig Johnson out of his own Mendacious hole.

Another interesting discussion in the spin room was this one. Between Alex Phillips from the Brexit Party and Amelia Womack for the Greens, Womack is all that is bad in my view with both Green Party and British politics and Alex Phillips represents what I think is the Hope for a Better Future.
at 13.45 mins

found this retweet on Alexanders Twitter she has a sense of humour too.

Bris Mentioned Pelayo Socialism last night referring to John MacDonald I had not heard of it, here is a good article

it refers to Gramsci’s view on Subverting cultural hegemons, Of Course, Johnson is not a Conservative, I agree with Hitchins and consider Neo-Liberals like Johnsons to be a peculiar species of Trotskyite. and they are no better or worse than Marxist Leninists or Stalinists.

On the numbers alone john this is far from over and time remains to tell us whether pugilistically Corbyn worked the Bojo body sufficiently to wear him out enough for a knock out punch or certainly a Draw / Hung Parliament.

The Bookies odds are drifting, by the way, make of these what you will.
Next UK General Election – Conservative Vote Share Betting Odds

Next UK General Election – Labour Vote Share Betting Odds

Next UK General Election – Turnout Betting Odds


Corbyn V Johnson The Human Own Goal versus the Human Open Goal. Dust in the Wind. #TwoFingers2Brino @wiki_ballot #4Pamphleteers @GrubStreetJorno @Survation @wiki_ballot @financialeyes #WIKIBALLOTPICK #IABATO #SAM #GE2019 Roger Lewis ( Porthos) @Joe Blob20


Jeremy Corbyn is, in many respects, a walking talking Own Goal. A Keen Arsenal Supporter, the Labour Leader is also well known for his enthusiastic and unabashed support for many Causes that go against the main Stream Narratives, so carefully cultivated by the Military-Industrial Complex. In and of itself, this does not make Corbyn a walking Own Goal, what does, is the other part of his peculiar set of principles, for, and in modern manners,  he will not respond to Personal attacks, or, indeed respond like for like against them, when attacked. The Analogy rests with that distinction, and that sentence( admittedly a clumsy one of my own)  is channelling Corbyn’s strange syntax and long sentences that make his typical Rhetoric hard to listen too and is a constant own goal, in the eyes of those who disagree with him.

Where one is a Target ( a Goal ) and where one refuses to Defend that Target, that is as if Arsenal run out on Saturday afternoon and refuse to field neither a Goal Keeper or, in their case A Back five as well. The Formation becomes a 3 upfront and  8 in the middle one. On the point of the Brexit celebration replay Eleven, Mr Corbyn was open last night to fielding the implausible formation of a Middle Eleven, no attack and no defence.

An own goal which the open goal was only too pleased to replay on repeat.

Mr Johnson, on the other hand, is The Human Open goal, so careless has he been with his loquacious sophistry over the years it is possible to bang the ball in the back of the net from anywhere on the pitch. If there is a misdemeanour faux pax or Top to commit or go over, it seems for Johnson he can not resist. Always, upon seeing a fence he will not pass without giving it. If one were asked to appoint a safe pair of hands your go-to obvious shoe-in would not Be, Boris de spaffel von count keep de johnson in de trousers. 

Yesterday I pointed you, dear reader, at Mary Beards advice to her self for taking on the Ciceronian Rhetorician Johnson in an IQ squared debate of Greek v Roman civilisation.

Beard said. This.

yeah Boris you know he’s really trained
in classical rhetoric that’s all he does
I think one way you can undermine those
those high-level rhetorician it’s just
going for the jugular so I shall try to
go for the jugular
How does the Own Goal go for the Jugular of the Open Goal, and in that conundrum I think we have to conclude that last nights BBC leaders debate ended in a No Score draw.
Corbyn the Human Own Goal and Boris Johnson the Human open goal, will, I think, play out as a sideshow to whatever happens now at local campaigning level. In the final week of campaigning the two one-trick stalking horses will be substituted and directed to deal with their own core support. It will be left to opposing teams left in the tournament to seek a line up that can break the deadlock.
In this video where the Treasury document exposing the Irish Border down the Irish Sea
Jeremy Corbyn is asked about his leadership. Jeremy responds I like Marmite I think its good for you. Of course like Marmite you either love it or you hate it. On Own Goals they are of course liked by the opposite team and disliked by the team conceding them, and in that Marmiteness of Own goals we can perhaps see a similar Vegimeteness to Open Goals, and cheerfully conclude that the Odd Couple, Corbyn and Johnson are indeed polar opposites.
The Deadlock is a deadlock in the sense that The Tories have I think reached the peak of their numbers at around 42% and probably I think more like 38% as I write and will try to defend that figure with more and more fingers in their very leaky BRINO dyke, and again risible manifesto, They have yet again failed to fatten the Pig by market day, even the Brexit Pig is well below a marketable weight.
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The Tories will drop back to One upfront with 4 in the middle and 5 in the back and a Goalkeeper who will remain in the 6-yard box and pay careful attention. If Boris remains in that position they can expect to lose on penalties.
Labour Will, I think play a more attacking game, for the simple expedient that they must.
If they do not then the Tories will win out on goal difference. Being an Arsenal man Corbyn is not a great attacking spirit by nature, and of course, proved adept at the no-score draw, back in 2017.
I have not quite finished torturing analogies in general and that own goal, open goal analogy in particular may be dusted off again more than once. The Other apt analogy at the moment is, of course, Boxing with Joshua Ruiz the rematch in the Dunes airing tonight. They say that Styles make fights and Ruiz’s Style is tailor-made to produce fireworks against Joshua’s. Ruiz’s win against Joshua at Maddison Square Garden back in June serves to remind us that the Underdog can produce an upset and win against the odds. With Corbyn and Johnson their styles are simply incompatible to produce fireworks but, students of politics will have found last nights debate interesting in its own way and with this sort of clash of styles, that is uncomplimentary styles, the Bout will always go fifteen rounds and be decided on the scorecards of the Judges, in this case, the electorate.
I will write some more on the personality politics of all this over the next few days and will continue the analysis I mentioned I was working on in yesterdays blog. Meanwhile

[Verse 1]
I close my eyes, only for a moment
And the moment’s gone

All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity

Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

[Verse 2]
Same old song, just a drop of water
In an endless sea

All we do crumbles to the ground
Though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

Oh, ho, ho

[Instrumental Break]

[Verse 3]
Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
(All we are is dust in the wind)
Dust in the wind
(Everything is dust in the wind)
Everything is dust in the wind

The wind


The Debate.


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General election 2019: No fireworks moment in Johnson and Corbyn debate

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson

For two politicians who pride themselves on telling it straight, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn were both markedly on their best behaviour tonight.

They didn’t harangue each other, there was no heckling from the audience.

There was a wide range of subjects certainly, and profound disagreements – naturally.

But there was no moment that burst into fireworks. No massive gaffe on either side, or political car crash in the most public of forums.

They both stayed true to the tramlines that were long set out in this election.

For Boris Johnson, it was again and again making the case that the country can only move on if we leave the EU as soon as humanly possible.

For Jeremy Corbyn, the task was to pull the debate back as often as possible to the changes that nearly a decade of a squeeze on public spending has made to the fabric of millions of peoples lives.

To that end, it’s likely that tonight they will have confirmed in their respective supporters minds, the reasons why they are the chosen candidate to run the country.

Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson

Even though there were no obvious shocks or surprises, tonight may well have mattered for the many voters who would have been watching who are yet to make their decision.

Those floating voters, yet to be convinced, are the ones who will decide the ultimate result.

But the pattern of this campaign, however, has been long set.

The Conservatives have been in front, Labour struggling to close the gap.

So tonight, for Boris Johnson’s team, it was another hurdle they have crossed without a huge stumble.

For Jeremy Corbyn, another missed chance perhaps to make a break that didn’t come.

Sixty minutes of important clashes with only six days to go didn’t shake up the big picture of this election, which was sketched out weeks ago, leaving Labour with less and less time to make a difference.

That does not mean though for a second the Conservatives leave Maidstone tonight sure of a clean victory.

The margins are too tight, politics too unpredictable, there is still time to go, and the public too savvy to give their votes without a pause.

General election 2019: Corbyn and Johnson TV debate fact-checked

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn stand at their podiums

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have faced off in a head-to-head debate – the last time they are scheduled to meet before election day.

BBC Reality Check looked at their claims during the hour-long debate.

Boris Johnson said: We will “put in 50,000 more nurses” and “build 40 new” hospitals

Reality Check: Boris Johnson talked about his plans for 50,000 more nurses in the NHS in England by the end of the next parliament (ie five years).

Of these, 31,500 would be new nurses (19,000 newly-trained recruits and 12,500 overseas recruits). The remaining 18,500 would be existing nurses persuaded not to quit, or to come back.

We’ve previously looked in more depth at how realistic this goal is.

The Conservatives also say they will build and fund 40 hospital projects over 10 years – this has been repeatedly questioned in the campaign.

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The party’s manifesto says they are proud “to have begun work on building 40 new hospitals across the country”.

They all have one thing in common – there is no building work happening as yet.

There will be £2.7bn over five years for the first six hospitals. For the remaining 34 projects, just £100m is available to develop business cases.

Jeremy Corbyn said: “There are now four million children living in poverty in our country”

Reality Check: One of the most commonly used measures of estimating children in poverty is using the Households Below Average Income (HBAI) statistics.

It estimates how many children live in UK households which earn 60% less than the median income.

There are two different ways it goes about doing this.

The relative low income figure is used by think tanks like the Resolution Foundation, and gives us an estimate of 4.1 million in 2017-18, or about 30% of children.

The Conservatives prefer to use the “absolute” figure, which is useful in comparing one year with another. Measured this way, the estimate would be 3.7 million children, or about 26%.

Boris Johnson said: Labour would “put up spending to £1.2 trillion”

Reality Check: Labour’s spending plans are nowhere near £1.2tn a year.

That’s the Conservatives’ estimate of the extra spending Labour would make during the whole of the next parliament (ie five years).

The Conservatives first made this costing of Labour’s plans before either party’s manifesto was published. When Labour’s manifesto was published, some items that the Conservatives had costed were not in it.

But the Tories repeated the analysis and reached the same figure of an increase in government spending of £1.2tn over the course of the parliament.

That translates to Labour spending an extra £240bn a year, but the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies costed it at £180bn extra a year by the year 2023-4.

Also, the Conservatives’ analysis makes a number of questionable assumptions – including that a Labour government reaches full-speed spending on its first day in office, instead of building up to it over five years.

It prices Labour’s nationalisations at £255bn. This is even more costly than the price tag suggested in a hotly contested analysis by employers’ organisation the CBI (£196bn).

It says the four-day week will cost £85bn during the parliament – when Labour have set a four-day week as an ambition over ten years.

Jeremy Corbyn said: Labour was “the only party that’s produced a fully costed manifesto with a grey book that adds up to every piece of expenditure we want”.

Reality Check: Labour’s manifesto said that the party’s day-to-day spending commitments would be matched by raising taxes. Their investment spending would be covered by borrowing.

But, a few days after the manifesto was published, Labour made a further spending pledge – a £58bn compensation package to women who lost out to changes in the state pension.

On Brexit, Boris Johnson said: “With the deal that we have… we can do such things as… ban the live export of animals, we can cut VAT on tampons.”

Reality Check: It is correct to say that the UK would be able to ban live animal exports after it leaves the EU, and the transition period ends.

Under EU single market rules, no member state can ban live animal exports.

The EU does put a number of animal welfare restrictions on exporting live animals. It is an offence to transport them in a way likely to cause injury of undue suffering. Animals have to be provided with adequate space as well as food, water and rest.

The Conservative manifesto pledged to abolish VAT on sanitary products, which is currently 5%. This would be possible after the transition, when the UK will not bound by the EU laws which currently do not allow that tax to fall below 5%.

The EU is also in the process of changing EU law so that VAT on sanitary products can be reduced to zero, but this will not take effect until 2022 at the earliest.

Jeremy Corbyn said: “Our tax proposals for corporation tax would be to raise it to 26%… which would be lower than it was in 2010, lower than it is in France, lower than it is in the USA”

Reality Check: Jeremy Corbyn defended Labour’s plans to raise corporation tax (that’s the tax companies pay on their profits).

Mr Corbyn is right that it would be lower than the rate in 2010-11, when it stood at 28%. When it comes to standard rates of corporation tax, according to figures from the OECD, France currently has a rate of 31%, but the United States has a rate of 21% (although individual states levy extra taxes on top).

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