It’s possible Parliament just quietly started the process of a Brexit reversal
The notion that Brexit might not happen after all is beginning to gain support. Sir Vince Cable, the Liberal Democrat leader, has claimed that the chances of Brexit falling through are now “maybe 20 per cent, possibly 25 per cent”.
At the weekend, he said: “The probabilities of having an exit from Brexit are rising because of the chronic weakness of the Government – the lack of ability to negotiate a satisfactory deal … We will almost certainly be faced with a poor deal, maybe no deal at all, and I think under those circumstances, [with] large numbers of initially MPs and then the public, wanting to revisit the basic question will rise.”
It’s hard to imagine people with the pusillanimity of MPs actually governing, but we aren’t and should never be governed by referendum. It is parliament’s responsibility to pass laws, approve treaties, and decide what international obligations we enter into or decide to leave.
The very notion that one referendum commits this appalling government to an irreversible course of action is ludicrous. People were lied to during that referendum, by the infamous Brexiteers. Remember 350 million a week for the NHS painted on the side of the Brexiteer bus? Boris’s bus?
With Hammond’s budget, that just turned into 350 million a year. Wow.
Boris Johnson lying again. What a surprise. He’s Britain’s answer to Donald Trump.
Brexit: What does Britain losing its EU ‘passporting’ rights mean for banks and how will it affect the economy?
Certainly not the Tory Brexiteers. They can’t foresee breakfast in the morning.
What this means is that British financial institutions can’t sell their products across Europe. And what that means is those institutions will likely decamp to Europe, taking their jobs with them.
Remember “Project Fear”, touted by the avidly xenophobic Brexiteers? They dubbed the opposition to Brexit “Project Fear”and said it falsely claimed disaster would follow Brexit.
Well, a lot of the predictions about consequences of Brexit are coming to pass.
We need to kill Brexit while we can.
Brexit: Minister admits EU citizens could be deported before appeals over their right to stay
EU citizens in the UK face being deported before they can challenge a ruling that does not allow them stay after Brexit, a Government minister says.
The admission triggered an immediate warning that it would cause “considerable alarm” to millions of people already facing huge uncertainty about their futures.
The free movement of peoples in Europe is one of the fundamental rights created by the European Union, and the Tories are set to trash it, like the idiots they are.
We pretty much all know EU nationals resident in the UK, working productively, and the crazy Tories want to destroy their lives.
To paraphrase that evil crittur living in 10 Downing Street, Brexit means Chaos. She likes it.
Trump to repeal net neutrality
This move would rescind the FCC regulations that guarantee equal access to websites, which would:
allow internet service providers to block or slow access to specific websites, and allow them to charge for those limits to be lifted.
This doesn’t just affect internet users in the US. It affects international users trying to access US websites served by those providers.
A greater blow to freedom of speech and information can hardly be imagined. But that’s Trump. A blowhard and a liar, he positively hates freedom of speech and information. It’s that freedom that reveals the truth about him.
Scientists see first confirmed extra-solar meteor going through solar system. Way cool!
BBC: Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid
The strange, long, red rock has been wandering between the Milky Way for hundreds of million years, failing to become attached to any star system. It then flew through our own, letting scientists have a look at the first alien, interstellar object they’ve ever seen.
“For decades we’ve theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, and now – for the first time – we have direct evidence they exist,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This history-making discovery is opening a new window to study formation of solar systems beyond our own.”
One of the strange things about it is that it is long and roughly cylindrical.
Observations using different telescopes showed that the asteroid’s brightness varied dramatically by a factor of 10 as it span on its axis every 7.3 hours.
“This unusually large variation in brightness means that the object is highly elongated: about 10 times as long as it is wide, with a complex, convoluted shape,” said Dr Meech.
It was discovered by a telescope in Hawaii used to monitor near earth moving objects, and named Oumuamua.
UK suffers ‘major failure for diplomacy’ after losing seat on UN International Court of Justice, says Tory MP
Britain’s failure to elect a judge to the UN’s most powerful court has been branded a “major failure for diplomacy” by a Tory MP.
Robert Jenrick, who is parliamentary aide to Home Secretary Amber Rudd, launched a stinging attack on the Government over the decision to withdraw the UK candidate from election to the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ).
It is the first time the UK will be without a judge on 15-seat bench in the Hague since its inception in 1946, in what will be regarded as a blow to its diplomatic prestige.
The Boris was stinging in his reply:
“I don’t think I can quite agree with the construction my friend places on events but I will repeat my congratulations to the Indian judge and as the House will know, it has been a long-standing objective of UK foreign policy to support India in the UN.”
Translation: put the best face you can on a British defeat under Tory misrule. Not that it’s a bad thing to have an Indian on the ICJ, far from it. But what it demonstrates is that since the Brexit chaos began, so gleefully supported by the spectacularly unerudite Boris, Britain’s answer to the Donald for complete ineptitude, nobody respects the UK any more.
And who can blame them. The one sensible answer to Brexit is to stop it entirely, but the drivers of the Tory Clown Car are too inept or cowardly to do it.
Now we discover the Tories hadn’t figured out that the EU would be relocating those agencies currently located in the UK, back to Europe upon Brexit.
Brexit: EU to move key agencies from London to France and Netherlands when UK leaves, Brussels announces
Bye-bye jobs! Who couldn’t figure this out?
In April Brexit Secretary David Davis wrongly said the agencies would be able to stay in Britain after it left the EU.
Oopsie. Well, one doesn’t expect much in the way of intelligence from today’s crop of Tories. It’s less than a couple of thousand well paying jobs. And now that Chancellor Hammond has claimed there’s no unemployment in Britain, no doubt the sacked European civil servants will instantly find another job.
Well, good luck with that in an economy due to be tanking thanks to Brexit.
Top US general says he would resist illegal nuclear strike order from Donald Trump
Soooo… The Donald can’t cause havoc and mayhem all by himself. It has to be approved by an adult in the White House. That makes me feel so much safer.
But what if The Donald replaces this outstanding general of independent mind with one of his flunkies?
What is wrong with Americans? Why do they tolerate this narcissistic boor and ignoramus as their president?
But who am I to criticise? We still have Theresa May, who slobbered all over Trump as soon as she could, as prime minister.
Can it get any worse? Yes, my lovelies, it certainly can.
Donald Trump administration lifts ban on importing lion hunt trophies
Apparently the Donald is not much of a game hunter, but:
his sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr are. Photographs emerged in 2012 of the brothers posing with a dead elephant, buffalo and other animals while on safari.
This follows this atrocity:
Donald Trump lifts ban on importing elephant hunt trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia
The US government has scrapped regulations which forbid elephant trophies being brought into the country from Zimbabwe and Zambia, arguing hunting could help conservation efforts.
The Obama administration banned imports of trophies from Zimbabwe in 2014 after finding the nation’s management of legal hunting did not “enhance the survival of the African elephant the wild”.
It could be that The Donald is just an evil person hell bent on destroying nature just for the hell of it, but I think there’s a more sinister motive. He’s hell bent on undoing everything Obama accomplished.
That alone is grounds for impeachment. Trump clearly has no creative impulses. His instincts are entirely destructive and vengeful.
Apparently Obama got off a few easy shots at him in a White House correspondents dinner – not that those will happen again. He wants revenge and he doesn’t care who or what suffers as a result.
This imposter of a human being is a total moral vacuum.
Brexit: EU gives May two weeks to act on divorce bill and Ireland
I just do not see how Ireland and the Irish border can work with any sort of hard Brexit. The Tory extremists, the Goves and Johnsons, are kidding themselves, but they hate Europe so much they’d happily sacrifice Irish peace and prosperity to the altar of hard Brexit. It’s the Tory rebels who are the only ones left in that party with more common sense than god gave a louse.
Yes, I know lice evolved, but th0se reactionary Tories screaming for hard Brexit have shown no signs of evolution whatsoever. Fossils have more fresh thoughts and dynamism than they do.