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Moeen Ali, Prince Harry & Jeremy Corbyn face each other in Beard of the Year poll

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release 24th November

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Jeremy Corbyn, Prince Harry & Moeen Ali face each other in Beard of the Year poll

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that following a vote for the shortlist for Beard of the Year 2017, some names have been eliminated and the poll is now open.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has only won the Beard of the Year, the UK’s most prestigious Beard Award, once before as long ago as 2001 , faces Prince Harry and England cricket star Moeen Ali amongst others

Recent Beard of the Year winners

2016 Tim O’Rourke (Howling Hops brewer)

2015 Bryan Spooner (Weird Beard brewer)

2014 Conchita Wurst (singer)

2013 Gareth Malone (Chorister)

2012 Robin Lustig (Broadcaster)

2011 Jay Rayner (critic)

2010 Ai Wei Wei (artist)

The winner will be announced will be announced on December 29th

The Beard of the Year Award is about people who have consistently had beards over the year and who have promoted a broadly positive image of the hirsute in public life.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, we’re expecting it to be a close shave

Beard of Year shortlist

James O’Brien. Broadcaster and Beard of Autumn 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, politician

Michael Rosen, Hirsute Broadcaster 2017

Prince Harry, Royal

Gary Lineker, broadcaster

Moeen Ali, cricketer

Harry Kane, footballer

Billy Bragg, musician

Hefin David, politician, Beard of Summer 2017

Colin Kaepernick, NFL player

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Parliamentary Beard of the Year poll: new winner to be unveiled as Corbyn ineligible in 2017

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release

24th November

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Parliamentary Beard of the Year poll: new winner to be unveiled as Corbyn ineligible in 2017

Lord Hylton

The Beard Liberation Front the informal network of beard wearers has announced the shortlist for the Parliamentary Beard of the Year 2017 poll.

In 2016 Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn won the coveted title for a record 7th time and the decision was made to declare him eligible for 2017 to allow new Parliamentary beards to blossom in the poll.

The campaigners say that the award is specifically not about who has the best or most magnificent beard in Parliament. Rather it focuses on the MP or Peer who has made the most positive hirsute impact during the year.

The number of Parliamentarians with beards has significantly increased since the days when Jeremy Corbyn was a lonely backbench advocate for the Beard Liberation Front, but they are still very much a minority amongst male MPs.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, more Parliamentarians than ever have brexited shaving this year so we expect the poll to be a close shave.

Parliamentary Beard of the Year 2017

Chris Elmore (Labour)

Lord Tony Greaves (LIbDem)

Paul Flynn (Labour)

Lord Hylton (Crossbencher)

Lord Toby Harris (Labour)

John Spellar (Labour)

Nadhim Zahawi (Tory)

Ben Bradley (Tory)

Barry Gardiner (Labour)

Fabian Hamilton (Labour)

Alex Cunningham (Labour)

Ian Murray (Labour)

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‘Jeremy’ Corbyn wasnt meant to have that name, but what should it have been?

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2017 by kmflett

London Socialist Historians

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What first name should Jeremy Corbyn have had?

Jeremy Corbyn has told comedian John Bishop that his parents had originally planned to call him another name than ‘Jeremy’ but his father opted for it at the last moment when registering his birth in 1949. The London Socialist Historians Group have looked through some potentially suitable names for a male Labour leader. It follows the tradition on the left of naming children after well known movement figures

Fergus (O’Connor, Chartist leader)

Karl (Marx, theorist/activist)

Keir (Hardie, first Labour leader)

Clem (Attlee, Labour PM)

Harold (Wilson, Labour PM)

Tony (Blair, Labour PM)

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Why isnt Labour higher placed in the polls?

In Uncategorized on November 23, 2017 by kmflett

Blair, Poll Ratings and 1992

Tony Blair, not for the first time, has opined that Labour should be further ahead in the polls from the Tories than they are.

His drift is clear enough. Despite the fact that Jeremy Corbyn won 40% of the vote in a General Election as recently as June, he is not the person to lead Labour to an Election victory in the way that Blair did.

Here he is doing two things. Firstly he is avoiding actual consideration of why the Tories also regularly score around 40% in polls given the political debacle Theresa May is presiding over. Secondly he is deliberately delving in the twilight zone of the 1990s, a period that is not yet quite history.

He is reckoning on people remembering or knowing about his landslide victory of 1997 but with little or no knowledge of the context of the years between 1992- when Kinnock lost to Major- and 1997.

Let’s remind ourselves of the June 2017 General Election result.

Despite predictions that Corbyn was leading Labour to electoral disaster, Labour won 12, 878, 640 votes. Its 40% share of the vote was 9.6% up since the 2015 General Election and one of the best Labour performances since 1945.

The follow-up to this has become the ‘Peak Corbyn’ idea. Namely that Jeremy has done well but in order to beat the Tories a new leader is needed.

This leaves the real question of how the Zombie like Tory administration can poll roughly the same figures as Labour, or certainly why Labour doesn’t have a 10 point plus lead.

Here there are two answers. One current and one relating to the history of the 1992-97 period.

The current issue is that the vote of UKIP has collapsed. It got 12.6% in 2015 and 1.8% in June. A good deal of that (but not all of it) has gone back to the Tories. Secondly the LibDem vote remains very low around 6-7%. Given the virulence of LibDem attacks on Corbyn its safe to say they understand that some of their vote has also gone back to the Tories.

But to fully understand the Tories 40% poll rating we need to look back to 1992.

By 1992 Thatcher had been forced to resign over the Poll Tax debacle and was replaced by John Major. Major, unexpectedly and quite narrowly, beat Labour, led by Neil Kinnock, in a General Election on 9th April 1992. For the few months afterwards the Tories led Labour on average by 5 points in the opinion polls.

Then came Wednesday 16th September 1992, ‘Black Wednesday’. On that day the Tory Government withdrew the pound from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM). In order to protect the pound Chancellor Lamont raised interest rates from 10% to 12% in the morning, and then up to 15% in the afternoon.

The following day interest rates returned to 10% but the damage was done in terms of electoral standing. Voters with mortgages, perhaps more inclined to vote Tory, had seen the spectre of the cost rising by 50% in a day. If it had happened once clearly it could happen again.

By November 1992 polls were showing ratings of around 30% for the Tories and 50% for Labour. They changed little until the eventual election in 1997. Labour’s lead was nothing to do with Blair, who wasn’t Labour leader in 1992, but with an event so potentially cataclysmic in its impact that it stuck in voter’s minds.

The May Government hasn’t yet managed a similar episode, hence its ratings are holding up. However the potential for it to do something similar to Black Wednesday is massive.

This post appeared in the Morning Star 22nd November

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Beardline not Bodyline is key to Ashes success

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

press release 23rd November

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Beardline not Bodyline is key to Ashes success

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of the hirsute, has said that with the Ashes, Australia v England, cricket Test series, due to start after midnight on 23rd November UK time, facial hair is set to play a key role.

Australian propaganda has suggested that it will be a new Bodyline series, after the 1930s Ashes games where England’s fast bowling dominated, and that Aussie players with moustaches are central to this.

The campaigners say however that it is not Bodyline but Beardline that is the most important thing here because the Ashes have long been as much about the psychological impact of the game as the actual playing skills.

Here England player Moeen Ali has a magnificent beard that no Aussie player can hope to match. Moeen is set to feature in the Beard of the Year shortlist announced on 24th November but no Aussie player is in contention

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, the Ashes series will be about beard envy and when the Aussies see Moeen’s beard in action they will flounder

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The Ashes: vote here to make sure Moeen Ali is on the Beard of the Year shortlist

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release 22nd November

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The Ashes: vote here to make sure Moeen Ali is on the Beard of the Year shortlist

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that with the Ashes Test series between Australia and England set to start there is a chance to make sure that England cricketer Moeen Ali makes the Beard of the Year shortlist concludes.

The first dozen names in the current vote will go through to the annual Beard of the Year poll once votes have been verified and write-in votes checked.

The Beard of the Year Award is about people who have consistently had beards over the year and who have promoted a broadly positive image of the hirsute in public life.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett, Moeen Ali could secure his place on the Beard of the Year shortlist in the next few hours. There are no Aussie cricketers on the poll, though there is write-in slot.

The on-line poll is now open and closes at midnight on 23rd November

 

Beard of Year longlist

Roger Protz, beer writer

James O’Brien. Broadcaster and Beard of Autumn 2017

Colum Eastwood, politician and Beard of Ireland 2017

Jeremy Corbyn, politician

Kevin Courtney, Beard of Spring 2017,union general secretary

Michael Rosen, Hirsute Broadcaster 2017

Prince Harry, Royal

Tim O’Rourke, Beard of the Year 2016

Gary Lineker, broadcaster

Moeen Ali, cricketer

Harry Kane, footballer

Billy Bragg, musician

Johnny Peacock, athlete and Strictly contestant

Illtud Llyr Dunsford ,Charcutier & Beard of Wales 2017

Monty Panesar, Dancing on Ice contestant

Philip Wilton, cheesemaker

Hefin David, politician, Beard of Summer 2017

Charles Dagnall, broadcaster

Colin Kaepernick, NFL player

Antonio Conte, Chelsea FC manager

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Hirsute call on Hammond to innovate with a shaving tax

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Media Release 22nd November

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HIRSUTE CALL ON HAMMOND TO INNOVATE WITH A SHAVING TAX

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has called on Chancellor Philip Hammond to be innovative in the Autumn Statement and announce a tax on shaving.

The campaigners say that while there has been a significant growth in beards, in reality they still represent a minority in the country compared to the clean shaven.

The BLF says that shaving is environmentally unfriendly and a Shaving Tax would do a good deal to address carbon reduction targets by reducing use of electric shavers and power used to make shaving products.

Those currently employed in the shaving industry can easily be re-deployed into the beard care area of the economy, a growing sector.

A Shaving Tax could be levied at £100 a year for all those who did not have a beard at the beginning of the financial year- April 1st. It would hit popular targets such as clean-shaven bankers in the City who would have to grow a beard or pay up.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, Philip Hammond remains resolutely clean shaven but he could boost his popularity and the Exchequer’s finances considerably  by implementing an innovative Shaving Tax.