Which impending crisis will be the most impactful?

  • Recession

    Votes: 10 40.0%
  • War in Korea

    Votes: 13 52.0%
  • May's scandal

    Votes: 2 8.0%

  • Total voters
    25
  • Poll closed .
So blair's assassination turns Boris Johnson into a full on psychopath in this reality? Literally orchestrating acid attacks on journalists?

Seems a tiney winey bit over the top
 
As I said, acid attacks on journalists, a bit over the top
There isn't much difference between conspiring to have someone violently assaulted and conspiring for an acid attack. Furthermore the acid attack in question didn't actually happen.

It's not out of character, in a creative RP context
 
Summer 2010 - The Third Act
Summer 2010 - The Third Act

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After less than three weeks in office, Hammond's premiership was already under threat.

On July 2nd 2010, "Case O" made itself known, a leaked report in the Mirror detailing accounts from an anonymous whistle-blower as to how, as Home Secretary in 2006-07, Philip Hammond had allegedly embezzled nearly £2 million from both public and Conservative Party funds over the course of several months, making expenses claims that did not add up to what he would actually require to carry out such duties. According to the report, this activity was known to the Conservative Party internally but to avoid a public scandal the at-the-time Prime Minister Theresa May covered it up and chose to demote Hammond to Education Secretary quietly instead of allowing the information to become public. Nevertheless, the scandal was now out there, and it was surely about to derail an administration that had only just begun. Initially Hammond denied the allegations, but over the course of the week they became increasingly damning and financial experts confirmed their likely validity, looking at the audits of Hammond's personal finances over the time he was Home Secretary.

Labour immediately called for Hammond's resignation, with Burnham describing the affair as "proving this Prime Minister is just as compromised as the last", and reiterated its support for a General Election. As the Tories crashed even further in the polls - behind the Green Party in one instance - the internal pressure piled up, and once again the knives were out. On July 6th, after only 54 days in office, Hammond announced his resignation, making him by far the shortest serving Prime Minister in British history. The 1922 Committee initiated an expedited leadership contest that would last under a week with the whole world watching the embarrassing events in Britain unfold, with Home Secretary Dominic Grieve being elected unopposed to the post on July 9th, and taking office the following day as Prime Minister. The official length of Hammond's premiership? 58 days.

Grieve stood outside Downing Street for the first time on July 10th, promising a "rejuvenation" of Britain and "a movement away from the struggles and instability of the past toward a bright and prosperous future", being 54 years old - much the same age and political style of his ill-fated predecessor. Rumours were apparent that many within the Tory right were displeased with the appointment of a centrist, staunchly Europhile, self-described "liberal conservative" as Prime Minister without a party members' ballot, and so Grieve attempted to dispel these rumours by allowing the right of the party to infiltrate his Cabinet. While Damian Green and David Cameron were retained as Chancellor and Foreign Secretary respectively, the new darling of the Tory right David Davis was promoted straight to Home Secretary, and David Lidington to Defence Secretary. The new Cabinet, similarly to Hammond's, was extremely male, pale, and stale.

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Dominic Grieve became Prime Minister in a rushed process without an internal Tory Party ballot, angering the Eurosceptic right.
One of Grieve's foremost challenges as incoming PM was the situation in Guyana: Brazil's attempt at an offensive was deteriorating quickly, and after nearly 6 weeks of fighting, President Lula de Silva announced on July 13th that his country would accept the terms of the Lisbon compromise - however continued, as did the majority of the international community including the UK and US, not to recognise Venezuela's sovereignty over the Esequiba as legitimate. The democratically-elected government of Guyana was freed from captivity and restored to power as they lost Venezuelan support, and the military officials who had helped organise the coup either fled to Caracas or were put on trial. While Venezuela had still succeeded in seizing the Esequiba, it had been left internationally embarrassed and isolated by the incident and its seizure was unrecognised. Over 10,000 people had been killed, the bulk of which were on the Venezuelan side, and the conflict became one of the worst in recent Latin American history. While the people of Brazil mainly praised de Silva's actions as controlling a dangerous tyrant, Naranjo's people were far less forgiving. The victory was a pyrrhic one indeed, and he had lost the support of the military and the people.

Unrest began almost immediately, and in many cases the police in Caracas were unable or unwilling to control the protestors, likewise with the army. The apparatus of dictatorship was falling down, and the whole world saw it clearly. Once hauled by the West as a preferable alternative to Chavez, Naranjo now led a country starved by international sanctions and ruled by fear. The game was over. On July 17th, after an armed uprising containing both sectors of the military and many armed civilian militias, Naranjo was overthrown in the "Saturday revolution" and arrested on charges of abuse of power. The machinery of Government was handed over to the Conciliadores, an internationally-backed board of both civilian and military leaders to set up a future democratic Venezuelan state. While the board had the backing of the US and EU, as well as Brazil, it did not back down from Venezuela's occupation of the Esequiba, a nationalist victory that few in the country were willing to give up.

The movement of news stories away from Venezuela resulted in their placement somewhere else: the recession. Green's largely unpopular three-point plan was still in effect as the official economic policy, with the minimum wage freeze being attacked by Labour on a daily basis. While the Tories enjoyed a slight uptick on their abysmal Hammond scandal-era polling, most indicated they would still be decimated at the next general election. For now, all Grieve could do was wait, and hope for things to get better...

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Damian Green's economic policy of a frozen minimum wage was deeply unpopular.
 
“As the Tories crashed even further in the polls - behind the Green Party in one instance” - wow! That is bad.

“On July 6th, after only 54 days in office,” - well he will get the pension and police protection at least.

“Home Secretary Dominic Grieve being elected unopposed to the post on July 9th,” - betting on him making a full term is…?

“The new Cabinet, similarly to Hammond's, was extremely male, pale, and stale.” - well that is going to make the polls sink lower…

“Over 10,000 people had been killed, the bulk of which were on the Venezuelan side,” - what a sodding waste.

“Naranjo was overthrown in the "Saturday revolution" - let’s hope he is replaced by someone better for the country.

“most indicated they would still be decimated at the next general election.” - yup sounds about right.

PM Grieve is frankly heading for an amazing defeat at this rate.
 
Autumn 2010 - Blue and Orange
Autumn 2010 - Blue and Orange

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Hammond had now been forced to resign not just as Prime Minister but as an MP too, triggering a by-election

Only a couple months into the new Grieve Government, the investigation into the Hammond scandal had been dripping away like a sore fever, undermining any attempt of the new Prime Minister to divorce himself from his predecessors. Nevertheless, as it turned out, things were going to take a humiliating turn for Grieve as he was going to be further deprived of his dignity by the electorate. On September 14, 2010, Hammond officially stepped down as an MP and a by-election was triggered in his Runnymede and Weybridge seat with a 24,000 majority and 63% of the vote at the 2008 election. However, under the current circumstances, the Liberal Democrats knew that a by-election victory here was very possible and would sting hard. Their leader Nick Clegg used it as an opportunity to promote what he called a "new way" for Britain, with Labour intentionally avoiding the seat (although still formally fielding a candidate) as they knew an embarrassment for the Tories here would help them in the long run.

Most polls in the hitherto safe Tory seat indicated it would be a close race between Conservative fresh-faced 28 year old doctor Ben Spencer and Lib Dem nominee Andrew Falconer, with the seat having had a large Tory majority even in the 1997 Labour landslide - one of the safest in the country - and until recently the Lib Dems having been third place behind Labour, it was not one Grieve could afford to lose. Yet, when the by election results came in, it would humiliate him before he even had the chance to set his agenda for Britain. On Thursday October 28, 2010, Falconer won 16,412 votes to Spencer's 12,345, humiliating the Government in a way two years ago even Burnham's wildest dreams wouldn't have thought possible. As one Guardian columnist put it, the Prime Minister already felt like a "dead man walking."

To make matters worse, as the Old Bailey the trial of Former Lord Chancellor Boris Johnson commenced, with him being accused of two counts of conspiracy related to his involvement in a plan to throw acid in the face of journalist Robert Peston. The trial was a momentous and pompous affair, with news crews following developments closely although vaguely as nobody wanted to risk being held in contempt. Beginning on 8th November and lasting two full weeks, people from all walks of public life entered the trial with the testimony of multiple politicians and journalists including Peston himself being taken into consideration. When the jury retired on November 20th, they deliberated for nearly a full week before a verdict was reached on November 26th, a near record in English criminal procedure: Guilty on both charges. Johnson was immediately remanded into custody for sentencing in January 2011 being locked up by the judicial system he once ran, being sent to HMP Wolds near Hull, a Category C men's prison. While judicial analysists believed the life sentence Johnson could receive was unlikely, most thought he was still looking at several years in prison due to the serious nature of the offences.

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Johnson's conviction added to the Banksgate woes and made Grieve's Government even more weak and wobbly

Not only in Britain however was the Government faltering, as across the Atlantic a similar dilemma was playing out. President Dole had been relatively confident that in spite of the recession the GOP would perform well at the midterms - why? The anti-war movement and post-recession "occupy" movement had now effectively fused together to form a strong political force in the US and had effective control over large parts of the Democratic Party, especially after Clinton's failure in 2008 now meant that the Democrat mainstream had no tenable figurehead to get behind. As a result, populists such as Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama (who had until recently been considered a moderate but had - in a cynical advisor's words - "jumped on the train") largely dominated the Democrats' campaign. Many of the party's nominees in 2010 were thus of the new "blue-orange movement" - named after the orange flags they symbolically flew at protests and rallies, and advocated for policies such as a $12 an hour minimum wage and so-called "Medicare for all". Sanders himself - having for a long time sat as an independent - officially joined the Dems in 2009 and was now tipped to be their nominee in 2012.

Dole had hoped that the "radicalism" as she called it of the "crazed socialist identarians" would put off middle America who would be forced to stay with the Republicans, however she was shown wrong. Her confidence and positive poll ratings were all turned upside down, when as it turned out her relatively unaccomplished administration - despite having now finally got out of Iraq - failed to energise GOP voters, but the young and hopeful "millennials" of America sure were energised, and turned out for the new radical Democrat candidates in droves. "The Bernie Generation" as they came to be known successfully and against all predictions overturned Republican majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives, a shock result that was regarded as an interesting precursor as to what may lie ahead in 2012.

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Under the leadership of Bernie Sanders, the 'blue-orange movement' of the Democratic Party managed to succeed at the 2010 midterms.
 
Sorry it's been the better part of a year! Been very busy recently with studying + work. But I am Back! Also sorry the newest entry is relatively small but I promise it will get more exciting again!
 
So BoJo is going to jail and we're seeing Sanders rise in prominence. Let's go!!!

Also, did President Gore still follow through on dividing Microsoft up like was originally planned?
 
That by-election result is devastating. Hard ‘no’ from the electorate.

Boris Johnson getting convicted is a surprise, I thought he might get off on a technicality. Still this one Labour are going to milk.

Sanders on the rise heh? Guess Dole is not passing much now. The GE over there will be fun.
 
Winter 2011 - David and Dominic
Winter 2011 - David and Dominic

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Boris Johnson was sentenced to 15 years in prison, an outcome much steeper than many legal analysts had predicted.

On Friday 21 January 2011, former Lord Chancellor Boris Johnson's sentencing hearing commenced, with the Judge introducing his remarks by describing the acts of Johnson as a "deranged assault on the political freedoms cherished by this country that undermined the very core of our democracy" and claimed that "if successful, such acts could not only lead to a heinous injury to the victim, but could have a chilling effect on press freedom in this country for years to come. For that very reason, I find that the passage of a steep sentence is not only necessary but vital." The judge then went on to claim that despite the normal sentence in conspiracy cases of these kinds not exceeding 10 years, the deliberate political intimidation that this case involved "demanded a tough response" and said that if the attack was successful he would have passed a sentence of life imprisonment in this case, and thus condemned the former Justice Secretary to be jailed until at least 2018 and at most 2025. Johnson was unapologetic, and he publicly decried the harsh sentencing as an act of "politically motivated authoritarianism", and instructed his lawyers to file an immediate appeal to what they believed was not a recognition of the seriousness of the crime but an act of personal retaliation by an effective former employee of Johnson's.

The appeal guaranteed that this case would not go away for the new Tory government, and criminal investigations against both former Prime Ministers May and Hammond continued - May for her knowledge of Johnson's crimes, and Hammond for his alleged embezzlement. Grieve had had enough. He needed to make this go away now and take the hit for the moment rather than at the ballot box in 2013. On January 4th, in the run-up to Johnson's sentencing, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it had ceased its investigations of both Hammond and May, citing a "lack of evidence in the public interest", and formally closed the Banksgate Enquiry. Predictably, accusations of political interference came flying off the walls, with veteran Labour MP Barry Gardiner describing the situation as "political interference in the judiciary in a manner unknown to a democratic society" and claiming that it was "unrefutably obvious" that Justice Secretary Caroline Spelman had interfered with the process to protect her former colleagues. Theories also existed that May and Hammond resigned in exchange for Grieve promising to derail any future possible prosecution against them.

Even some old faces came out of the blue, with noted conspiracy theorist Oliver Meyer making a Facebook post that attracted a great deal of attention, claiming that the situation showed "the true class system in this country" and that "if ordinary people had done what these CRIMINALS had done so, we would be locked up for MANY MANY YEARS however the crooks in charge of our society can do what they like - MURDERING Princess Diana, Tony Blair, my brother, Keir Starmer, and STEALING our money and threatening to throw acid in the face of anyone who challenges them - and receive a FREE PARDON from their friends. More shame!" Meyer however was regarded as a mentally ill publicity seeker and his return was not welcomed by the Labour benches who wanted to capitalise on the so-called "dodgy deal" alleged between this Government and the last, and this helped Grieve link any kind of opposition to the measure as deluded conspiracy nonsense. As a result he appeared to have secured a small victory, in the face of so many defeats that had been coming his way until now.

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Meyer's unwelcome re entry into British political life allowed Grieve to dismiss all speculation as baseless conspiracy theories.

Nevertheless, the Tories were still performing extremely badly in polling and the economy was still sluggish, leading to more rumours about yet another leadership challenge this time against Grieve. On February 8th, David Davis announced his resignation as Home Secretary, citing "failure by the Prime Minister to deliver on restoration of sovereignty from unelected Brussels elites" and demanded that any Cabinet he was a member of should call a referendum on EU membership. Grieve responded quite clearly stating that "there is no plan for this Government to hold a referendum on leaving the EU unless there is a substantial change in the current arrangement, with the economy being our priority for the moment", directly violating his own 2008 manifesto pledges and effectively sticking two fingers up at the Eurosceptic right. Davis was replaced with Ken Clarke, another staunch Europhile, leading to some Eurosceptics such as Bill Cash to directly call for Grieve's resignation. While there was some success here, by the end of March they had still failed to reach the requisite number of ballots to challenge Grieve and most Tory backbenchers were not in the mood for yet another leader.

Grieve also managed to achieve some legislative success with the passage of the Crimes Act 2011, a long-term passion project of his that enjoyed bipartisan support (although again gained some rebellion from the Tory right, angry about the repeal of elements of "common law" and some who had even used the Bill's second reading as an opportunity to try and bring an amendment in to bring back hanging). The Act codified the majority of British criminal law, with murder split into "premeditated murder" and "aggravated murder" - both of which had a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, with a minimum parole period of at least 25 years and 30 years respectively that could be increased up to a whole life order at the judge's discretion - and "murder" covering all other murders without aggravation or premeditation, with a minimum of 7 years and a maximum of life. The Act also divided the punishment for theft by the amount stole including a specific offence of "vehicle theft", modernised the rules of evidence, and removed the crime of rape from English law replacing it with "aggravated sexual assault" and "sexual assault", retaining the Brown Government introduced mandatory life sentence for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 12. Additionally drug offences were tightened up, with a mandatory life sentence for trafficking, cultivating, or supplying Class A drugs on third conviction. In light of Johnson's conviction, GBH and ABH were streamlined into the offence of "aggravated assault" which updated the Victorian terminology and recognised internal bleeding, with a penalty of up to 20 years on first conviction and up to life on second or subsequent.

Critics of the Act said it removed judicial discretion however Grieve said that the Act "provided for appropriate discretion while introducing mandatory minimums for the worst crimes" pointing out that even within mandatory life sentences there would be some discretion to minimum terms and that for offenders under 21 lesser penalties applied, compared to the US where mandatory life without parole sentences are often given out. While Burnham placed a one-line whip on Labour to support the Act as a bipartisan and popular measure to both modernise the justice system, make it easier to amend it, and toughen sentences for the worst crimes, some on the Labour left rebelled such as Diane Abbot who called mandatory life imprisonment for non violent drug offences "regressive and disgraceful". As stated before, some Tory rebels also voted against the Bill although this was largely viewed as an act of spite in the face of Grieve abandoning an EU referendum, but in the end it passed with a handsome majority. Some saw the irony of such a Bill being passed in the light of the recent conviction of Johnson and criminal investigations and effective "pardons" for various Tories including former PMs, but with the Act being given Royal Assent in March and set to take effect on February 1 2012, Grieve saw it as a resounding success, and promised further reforms with a "Constitution Bill" that planned to separate the judiciary from the House of Lords, enflaming the hard right even more.

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Despite the ironic timing, Grieve had managed to pass the Crimes Act as a relative success.
 
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