Opinion – Brexit repeal bill: Labour fails to defeat Government’s EU Withdrawal Bill in ‘deeply disappointing’ late-night Commons vote | London Evening Standard – John Gelmini

As Dr Alf knows, this is only the first stage of the Bill and the chances are the House of Lords will give it a good mauling before matters are finished.

Labour may be split but the Trades Unions, Momentum and the left-wing are not. They plan a General Strike to bring the Government down and judging from the limp wristed non response to the three years of South West Train strikes, the running sore of militant postal workers I see no concerted response in the form of anti strike legislation covering essential public services and no firm action to deal with underperforming councils, police forces and overpaid, underperforming chief executives, who adopt the “I’m worth it ” philosophy of the Oil of Olay commercial.

The Conservatives need to regain their confidence, stop being minimalist and start street fighting with young telegenic leadership, with May gone for good.

Sticking to the present cabinet and to May is going to lead to political oblivion. The Party needs to rediscover its ruthless streak and start systems building on brownfield land, using troops and long term unemployed on workfare to do the work, once they have been conscripted into the Army as part of a branch of National Service.

When I drive to Letchworth or any other town containing a Jobcentre and a JD Witherspoon pub, it should not be possible for me or anyone else to see a single person of working age walking from the jobcentre during the week into the pub, a tattoo parlour,a  vaping centre or a snooker hall. They should all be working on building new systems built houses on brownfield land, converting used shipping containers into homes for housing benefit recipients and refurbishing houses abandoned by councils due to dilapidation.

John Gelmini