Friday, November 15, 2019
In the constituency of the British Prime Minister, some fantasy figures compete with Johnson: Lord Eimerkopf, Graf Mülltonnengesicht or Elmo from Sesame Street. A serious suggestion by Labor leader Corbyn, the Tories, however, find just as fantastically misguided.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces some curious challengers in his parliamentary election on December 12 in his constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip. On the list of candidates is probably a Lord Buckethead (Lord bucket head) and a Count Binface (Count garbage bin face). Other contenders are Yace Yogenstein, who also competes under the name Interplanetary Time Lord, and Bobby "Elmo" Smith. Behind Count Binface is the "Guardian" comedian Jon Harvey. He had already competed in the last election in 2017 against the then head of government Theresa May in their constituency Windsor and Maidenhead and had received 249 votes, then still under the name Lord Buckethead. But this time he looked in the face of a copyright dispute. Another candidate does not seem to have stopped the name. The costumes of the two applicants are similar, as can be seen on their Twitter accounts. While Lord Buckethead starts with the typical black bucket-shaped helmet, high collar and a cape, Count Binface has opted for a gray outfit. There is no likelihood of confusion with Bobby "Elmo" Smith: He also appeared in 2017 in the costume of the popular sesame street figure against May and got three votes. Johnson also has serious challenger. The most dangerous could be Labor Party candidate Ali Reza Milani. In the last election Johnson won with a relatively narrow lead of about 5000 votes. In the British majority voting system, only the candidate with the highest number of votes in a constituency moves into parliament. Free Internet: Corbyn wants to nationalize British telecom. Just one month before the election, the opposition Labor party promised free broadband internet for all citizens. It is time that "in every house in this country" there is a free fiber broadband connection, said party leader Jeremy Corbyn. To implement the project, Labor wants to nationalize a part of the British Telekom BT. The ruling Tories and business associations sharply criticized the idea. "The Internet has become such a central part of our lives," said Corbyn. "What was once a luxury is now an essential necessity." Internet via fiber must therefore become a "public service", said the opposition leader. Free and fast Internet for all would change the "land, reduce people's bills, boost our economies and improve people's quality of life," Corbyn said. The savings of one person's free service would, according to Labor, averaged £ 30.30, or about $ 35 a month. Johnson's reigning Tories criticized the electoral promise as a "fantasy plan." Digital Minister Nicky Morgan warned that a "virtual nationalization" of BT's broadband services would cost billions of "hard-working taxpayers". The industry association TechUK called the idea "fundamentally misguided". A partial nationalization of the Telekom would be according to the lobbying a "disaster" for the industry and would hit the rapidly growing digital economy in the United Kingdom sensitive.Labour has already demanded in the election campaign the nationalization of numerous companies, including the railway and the post. In addition, the party calls for a reduction in working hours to 32 hours. In return, she wants to raise taxes for the rich. Polls, however, see the conservative Tories ahead.