Well, isn’t THAT a relief!!!

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.

And as for The Donald *roll eyes*

Can it get any worse? Yes, my lovelies, it certainly can.

Donald Trump administration lifts ban on importing lion hunt trophies

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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.

Tusk Issues Ultimatum To May

Brexit: EU gives May two weeks to act on divorce bill and Ireland

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council

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.

I am embarrassed to be Polish

Poland insists far-right marchers calling for ‘Islamic holocaust’ just sideshow to ‘great celebration of Poles’

Except the demonstration by neo-Nazi bigots from all over Europe was bigger than the official shenanigans.

A 60,000-strong nationalist march in Warsaw which saw demonstrators tout white supremacist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic messages was largely an expression of patriotic feeling, Poland‘s Foreign Ministry has said.

Marchers hung a banner which said, “pray for Islamic holocaust” and carried signs with slogans like “white Europe of brotherly nations”. Others chanted “pure Poland, white Poland” and “refugees get out!”

Although the country’s government condemned racist and xenophobic ideas, it called the event “a great celebration of Poles, differing in their views, but united around the common values of freedom and loyalty to an independent homeland”.

And it wasn’t just Poles.

Fascists to stage ‘world’s biggest’ far-right march in Warsaw on Polish Independence Day

The march, held on Poland’s 11 November Independence Day holiday, has drawn tens of thousands of participants in recent years. Extremists from Sweden, Hungary, Slovakia and elsewhere now join Polish nationalists in a public display of xenophobic and white supremacist views, since the event began on a much smaller scale in 2009.

The slogan for this year’s event is “We Want God”: words from an old religious Polish song that President Donald Trump quoted in July while visiting Warsaw. Trump praised Poland for what he described as the country’s defence of Western civilisation.

Part of the problem is that Poland is now ruled by the right-wing Law and Justice party. That isn’t helpful.

You would think Poles had learned a lesson from fascism. Evidently not.

This is what the European Union was established to stamp out. And the Conservative idiots want us out of it. How many more wars do they want and support?

We are governed by blithering idiots.

Congrats Australia!

It took you an expensive referendum, but here you are, voting for gay marriage. At last.

Australians vote to legalise same-sex marriage in historic move towards equality

Australian statistician David Kalisch announced the results in the capital Canberra, with 7,817,247 of the ballots cast saying yes, compared to 4,873,987 opposed to the idea, on a turnout of 79.5 per cent.

Across all six states in Australia, the yes vote won – ranging from 57.8 per cent in New South Wales to 74 per cent support in the Australian Capital Territory.

Tiernan Brady, director of Australians for Equality, said: “If this were a general election it­ would be the biggest landslide in Australian history.”

Finally. What a cliff-hanger

Some 61.6 per cent of the electorate backed gay marriage, against 38.4 per cent who opposed the move, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said.

Let’s see what the Australian parliament does with it. So many bigots elected to it, it’s hard to know.

Interesting to note that in the UK, gay marriage was instituted by a Conservative government, the one thing David Cameron did that won’t go down in infamy, as opposed to his Brexit referendum.

Not to say the UK doesn’t have its share of bigots, it does. People who hate gays, Jews, Muslims, women, blacks, browns, and indeed anything not lily-white Anglo-Saxon male heterosexual. They don’t care much for any European, either. The UK has a foetid history of bigotry. Hence Brexit.

So kudos to the Australians. It took you a while and you’ve a few steps more to go. But welcome to the club. We need you.

Is Theresa May Unravelling?

MPs to get vote on new Brexit Bill as Government caves in to Tory rebels

Well, isn’t THAT  a novel idea! MPs voting on legislation. Who knows, maybe May will consider introducing democracy into Britain.

And all because the number of Tory MPs willing to vote for a leadership election is approaching the magic number of 48. Plus she’s been taking instructions from Johnson and Gove.

She doesn’t have anyone’s confidence at this point.

 

Amendments to Brexit repeal bill demanded

And these are fairly simple changes.

Labour demands changes to Brexit repeal bill

For example:

  • MPs get the “final say on whether to approve the withdrawal agreement and how best to implement it”
  • The transition period requested by Prime Minister Theresa May is added into the legislation
  • A “completely different approach” to the use of powers the government argues are needed to make technical changes to regulations from Brussels
  • A guarantee that workers’ and consumer rights, as well as environmental standards, are not watered down after Brexit
  • A concession to devolved administrations who want repatriated powers that would normally fall under their remit to go straight to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, rather than the Westminster government first
  • Putting the EU charter of fundamental rights into UK law

Of course, they could have just demanded the entire bad idea be forgotten. Labour seems to think that the Tories are hell bent on a hard Brexit:

Brexit: Emily Thornberry predicts no deal with the EU

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Ms Thornberry said: “I think what we may be seeing is the Europeans trying to make it clear that it is not their fault that there are these difficulties – the intransigence does not come from their side, it comes from Theresa May’s side.

“And in the end I think the reality is the intransigence is on Theresa May’s side, because she doesn’t have the strength or the authority to be able to control her backbenchers, let alone her cabinet. And I think we are heading for no deal, and I think that that is a serious threat to Britain and it is not in Britain’s interests for that to happen.

“We will stop that.”

The things the Tories can’t deliver are settled status on EU citizens resident in Britain, anf a non-existent Irish border. The first because Tory extremists can’t stand the thought of immigration – all those nasty Europeans around – and the second because it’s a logical impossibility.

Compared with those, the Brexit bill is a minor matter. May has made kind noises about European residents, noises she likely can’t deliver on given the party she heads, but she hasn’t said diddley on the Irish border, because she has no solution to that. There is none.

May would rather Britain crash out of Europe without a deal than risk her place in Downing Street. And let the Irish Troubles start up again.

Trump visit

Theresa May slathered all over Trump after his election, but a visit isn’t scheduled. Thank whatever deity you like.

White House confirms Donald Trump ‘will not visit UK until 2018’

Donald Trump will not visit the UK this year, the White House has confirmed.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said it “still hasn’t been determined” whether the US president would make a full state visit to Britain, following reports a planned trip had been downgraded.

Prime Minister Theresa May made the offer of a state visit – an honour usually reserved for a president’s second term – seven days after his inauguration in January, when she became the first foreign leader to visit him in the White House.

It prompted a wave of criticism and threats of mass protests.

Mr Trump has subsequently visited France and Germany, but the president has yet to fly to London and diplomats were said to be discussing plans for a less controversial working trip, which would mean Mr Trump did not meet the Queen.

Trump isn’t fit to be a president. He hasn’t the intelligence, honesty, integrity, decency or even plain common sense to govern a country, let alone be the “leader” of the free world.

And for Theresa May to have invited this charlatan, liar, blowhard, egomaniac and narcissistic fool for a state visit says she’s completely clueless.

Theresa May witters on…

So she’s had a supper with European leaders – she isn’t one – and what has she achieved?

Nada.

Despite her positivity, voters believe Theresa May is making little progress with the Brexit talks

A soft Brexit was always the Prime Minister’s goal, and for much of her premiership it has seemed beyond her grasp, frustrated by pressures in her own party and from the EU side of the talks. It may yet prove to be unachievable. Yet if some form of negotiated deal does become a reality in the coming months, it won’t be something to celebrate.

Whatever the terms are, they will be less favourable, by definition, than remaining permanently in the customs union and single market with a strong say on EU decision-making. The free trade deal could appear superficially attractive, and thereby reduce the chance of the final referendum on the settled Brexit terms that the British people deserve. No Brexit, it must be said, is better than soft Brexit.

No Brexit is a good one. Brexit means an isolationist Britain, with no influence in the world, not even in the Commonwealth.

Tories are deluding themselves.

Tories in chaos

Brexit bill delayed…

…because the government can’t be sure of a majority.

And what’s the value of Theresa May’s words of reassurance to EU nationals resident here? Zero, nada, zilch. She can’t even depend on her own party and the DUP to deliver votes – Universal Credit, anyone? – and can’t control the hard-line Tory nasties who hate everything European, or at least want to keep it safely on the other side of the Channel. She can’t even assure us she’ll remain prime minister for the duration of the Brexit negotiations, so fractious is the Tory party.

The solution is to kill Brexit entirely. The consequences have become all too clear – recession, inflation, loss of jobs, loss of income, loss of rights, and long term rancour between Britain and what should be our European allies.

David Cameron was an imbecile to have a referendum in the first place. And we have never been governed by referendum. Let parliament consider the consequences. Even better, let’s have another election to force the parties to explain their policies in the light of Brexit consequences. Anything other than the chaos of Tories falling over each other to have Brexit at any and every cost.