EU tired of May’s dithering. Well, Donald Tusk, anyways

Brexit: Make up your mind on future trade deal or we’ll do it for you, EU tells Theresa May

Theresa May’s plan for a post-Brexit trade deal has been immediately written off by the EU as “pure illusion” less than 24 hours after she convinced her ministers to back it at a special lock-in session of Cabinet intended to sort out the UK’s trade stance once and for all.

Speaking after an informal summit of EU27 leaders in Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said Britain still did not understand that it could not ‘have its cake and eat it’, warning that the EU would push ahead with its own plans if the UK did not produce something substantial.

The Tories have no plan. Lots of them want a hard Brexit with no deal, courting disaster in its wake. They probably wake up masturbating to the idea of a hard Brexit. Let the Euros take it up the ass. Only whose ass?

We are governed by idiots.

Ouch, a Tory apologising… that’s gotta sting!

Tory MP forced to make grovelling apology to Jeremy Corbyn and ‘substantial donation’ to homeless charity over false spy claim

A Tory MP has been forced issue a grovelling apology and to make a “substantial” donation to charity after making false claims about Jeremy Corbyn’s links with communist spies.

Ben Bradley, a Conservative Party vice chair, said his comments were “wholly untrue and false” and agreed to pay out an undisclosed sum to a homeless charity and a foodbank in his Mansfield constituency.

Probably the first time he’s made donations to either.

The party said Mr Bradley had agreed to tweet an apology, that will say: “On 19 February 2018 I made a seriously defamatory statement on my Twitter account, ‘Ben Bradley MP (bbradleymp)’, about Jeremy Corbyn, alleging he sold British secrets to communist spies. I have since deleted the defamatory tweet.

“I have agreed to pay an undisclosed substantial sum of money to a charity of his choice, and I will also pay his legal costs.

“I fully accept that my statement was wholly untrue and false. I accept that I caused distress and upset to Jeremy Corbyn by my untrue and false allegations, suggesting he had betrayed his country by collaborating with foreign spies.

“I am very sorry for publishing this untrue and false statement and I have no hesitation in offering my unreserved and unconditional apology to Jeremy Corbyn for the distress I have caused him.”

Looks like several tweets there. He can always delete them later, I suppose.

The Conservative Twit for Mansfield has previously opined that benefits claimants should have vasectomies. He had to apologise for that as well. No doubt the Mansfield Tories will thinks he’s a hero, sad sack of shit though he is.

Gag me with a spoon… Farage…

Brexit: Nigel Farage vows to return to frontline politics if public given second referendum

Almost worth not having a second referendum to spare us from this racist git. But not quite.

Odious as Farage is, we got ourselves into the present mess thanks to David Cameron’s ill-considered decision to have a referendum in the first place. We aren’t or weren’t a democracy governed by referenda, till now. Since we were plunged into this mess by a stupid prime minister trying to get himself out of a hole, maybe it needs another referendum to get us out of it, to let us reconsider a rash and daft decision.

Then we can amend the constitution to handle referenda more wisely. Maybe require super-majorities, or have a couple or more to confirm the decision where Parliament is too craven to do it.

We are governed by idiots, but let’s face it, we elected them. We’ve no-one to blame but ourselves.

American gun nuts want a glut of guns

Gun owners turn on Donald Trump over plans to bring in tighter restrictions

And let’s face it, the restrictions Trump is proposing are so modest as to be absolutely useless. Raise the age from 18 to 21? Increase background checks a tad, though not very much?

But even those extremely modest proposals are too much for the rabid American gun nuts, who apparently believe it’s the god-given right of every American to blow away any other American. And especially immigrant.

If Trump had any balls, he’d support a gun ban, which has worked well everywhere else but America, where it has never been tried. But he doesn’t even know what day it is, unless it’s a day on a golf course.

But his feeble proposals that won’t accomplish diddly are too much for gun nuts. They are out beyond the beyond. Perhaps students are their targets?

Whither Brexit?

Who the fuck knows?

Finally, Corbyn is about to bare Labour’s teeth over Brexit – and he could put May’s Government in jeopardy as he does

To be honest, Corbyn baring his teeth is like unto being savaged by a dozy sheep. Labour’s policy on Brexit is no more coherent than the Tory disaster.

But there are points of leverage. The open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is one. Neither party has been able to explain how the border can remain open after Brexit happens, and neither is willing to deal with the consequences of closing it.

This alone should be enough to scupper Brexit, if Labour is willing to summon the courage to face the issue.

As for the customs union or disunion, no-one knows what either party will settle for.

Corbyn has an opportunity to seize control of the debate, by stopping waffling and settling on a policy that will challenge May’s incompetently vacillating government.

It remains to be seen if he can do that. So much the worse for Britain if he can’t.

SNP keeps looking better and better as a voting option.

Jeremy is not out for the count… yet

Labour take lead in polls after Czech spy claims fail to damage Jeremy Corbyn support

Another Tory smear attempt fails.

It comes as ex-MI6 boss Sir Richard Dearlove said Mr Corbyn had “questions to answer” over the affair and could not “laugh off” the claims.

The article goes on to point out that Richard Dearlove was involved in the dodgy dossier that got Britain involved in the Iraq war. A war that had Tories masturbating even though it was instigated under the Blair government, which was not much different from a Tory one. Corbyn proved he wasn’t where was accused of being.

Now, I’m no Corbynista. For example, I agree with his policy of renationalising the railways, but disagree with his acceptance of the narrow majority in the referendum to exit the EU. I think that’s insane, as the outrageous shambles of the Tory negotiation for Brexit proves.

But we need an alternative to the crackpot Tories, and Labour is the only option in most constituencies. Even if Corbyn succeeds, he’s not going to get all of his agenda through parliament.

May’s Tory clown car doesn’t know which direction to careen in…

Brexit: Make up your mind on future trade deal or we’ll do it for you, EU tells Theresa May

Theresa May’s plan for a post-Brexit trade deal has been immediately written off by the EU as “pure illusion” less than 24 hours after she convinced her ministers to back it at a special lock-in session of Cabinet intended to sort out the UK’s trade stance once and for all.

Speaking after an informal summit of EU27 leaders in Brussels, European Council President Donald Tusk said Britain still did not understand that it could not ‘have its cake and eat it’, warning that the EU would push ahead with its own plans if the UK did not produce something substantial.

Mr Tusk told reporters it would “be much better” if the UK had an idea of what it wanted ahead of next month’s meeting, but that “we cannot stand by and wait”. The public slap down comes after ministers backed a vague promise of “ambitious managed divergence” at a lock-in away day at the PM’s country residence Chequers.

Since different Tories want different things, as we know from the blackmail letter sent to May by hardcore Brexiteers, and May’s misgovernment keeps changing its mind as to what it wants, no-one has any idea what’s going to happen next.

There’s no plan.

No strategy.

Just panicked chaos. Tory rule at its best.

The only two things keeping keeping May in office are the DUP, and the inability of the Tories to agree on a successor. How long either of those will last is anyone’s guess, given her obvious incompetence. Who wants to be associated with the disaster that is Theresa May?

And the interesting implication of Tusk’s remarks is at this point, he’d be happy to push the Tories into a hard Brexit, and get rid of the British Problem once and for all so the rest of Europe can move on. An ally seething with discontent and internal strife is no ally at all. You can’t negotiate with that in good faith.

If I were Trump, and if I were an ass, but I repeat myself…

Trump condemns armed Florida officer who didn’t confront school shooter: ‘Coward’

As we all know by now, Trump has embraced the lunatic idea of arming 20% of teachers with guns. What better way of getting guns within reach of student nutcasess, you might think, but the mighty Trump intellect doesn’t quite get there. It’s still focussed on the Russian investigation and how to derail it.

Now, it turned out today there actually was an armed officer at the school during the shooting, who remained outside and did nothing to intervene. Now, Trump is keen on blaming the officer, that’s the sort of man he is after all, eager to blame anyone and everyone other than himself and the Republicans for making access to guns easy. But I can understand the officer’s fear. He didn’t do the job he was paid for, but this was a particularly difficult job.

What bemuses me is how Trump apparently thinks the argument that arming 20% of teachers, even supposing 20% of teachers are trained gunmen capable of handling firearms and facing an armed loon, which I strongly doubt, is going to improve on a trained and armed police officer who proved unable to help.

Does Trump really suppose that armed teachers would have a more coordinated response than an armed and trained officer? I doubt it. He’s deflecting from Russia. Does having armed teachers make it more likely that students will get access to arms? Of course it does. Do armed teachers make it more likely students will get shot by one? You betcha, as some teachers are none too stable given what they have to deal with. Does Trump care? No, because he’s deflecting from Russia. Armed teachers are not a serious proposal that will ever fly, and even Trump isn’t dumb enough not to realise that.

He will spout any idiocy, support any crazy scheme, so long as it deflects attention from what Robert Mueller is up to.

May’s chaotic Brexiteers…

… cannot get even a vaudeville act together let alone launch a coordinated attack on the evil European Union.

Theresa May accused of ‘running scared’ of Commons vote on UK staying in EU customs union

Theresa May has been accused of “running scared” of a Commons vote on whether the UK should stay in the EU customs union, after the clash was shelved.

The showdown on one of the key Brexit disputes has been delayed until at least April, The Independent has learned, as the Government contemplates a possible defeat.

The Prime Minister is believed to be determined not to risk such a show of weakness until after next month’s crucial European Council meeting, which is meant to agree the transitional deal she is seeking.

D’Artagnan she certainly ain’t. Clumsy with musket and blade.

The obvious thing to do is cancel the process, have an election, and see if the resulting government wants to go through the whole ridiculous charade yet again.

Of course, that would turf Theresa’s well-padded ass out of Downing Street, which she evidently wants to avoid at all costs. Even costs to Britain’s economic welfare.

If she cannot even control her own party, and clearly she cannot, she needs to quit. Let Jacob Ress-Mogg take over and see how long he lasts before his idiocy crashes and burns.

Dump Trump, or maybe better, dump the GOP

Donald Trump claims he ‘never said give teachers guns’ as he defends looking into concealed guns policy

The President said the White House was looking at letting “gun adept teachers with military or special training experience” carry a concealed weapon so they could ”immediately fire back if a savage sicko came to a school with bad intentions”.

He suggested arming around a fifth of school staff, which he said would also act as a deterrent to possible shooters.

If there is one thing relating to guns that has a chance of passing a Republican controlled Congress that’s in the pockets of the National Rifle Association on this issue, it’s an attempt to expand the market for guns to schools. A brilliant move by Trump.

Not only does his proposal to arm 20% of teachers – “gun adept teachers” if you can find 20% of teachers in a school that know one end of a gun from another – promise increased gun sales at government expense, it pokes the libtards in the eye.

Won’t it be wonderful for American students to attend schools swarming with gunmen, so when they are attacked, even more students can die in the crossfire?

To be honest, I don’t think Trump is really thinking of solutions. The obvious one, control gun ownership and limit it to vetted and responsible people so you don’t need teachers armed to the teeth in a useless attempt to prevent school shootings, is out of the question in Repug America. Ain’t gonna happen, as they say.

Just because it works everywhere else it’s used, doesn’t “prove” it can work in the US, runs the argument of gun nuts. And it’s in the Konstitooshun, innit.

I think what Trump is doing is provoking liberals. He’s deliberately putting out asinine proposals that will never actually work, even in the remote event some idiotic jurisdiction tries them, and has a school massacre in days rather than weeks because some “gun adept teacher” – whatever that means – manages to get their gun purloined by some crazed student. Hell, the students won’t even have to buy them, they’ll be lying around for the taking.

Anyone with an inkling of common sense knows what a stupid idea this is. And while Trump has little interest in knowledge and no decency, conscience, or sense of altruism, he’s not entirely stupid.  He has certain animal business instincts, and he knows when to gore his opponents.

Plus he needs a distraction from the Russian collusion investigation. This guns in schools idea ain’t gonna fly. It’s not intended to. It’s aimed to provoke and distract.

I could be wrong, of course, maybe he seriously made this as a genuine proposal, though I doubt it. Either way, he’s too volatile, impetuous and dangerous to be US president. Removing him altogether risks the possibility of President Pence, which could be worse in a darker and more tragic way. But removing the Repugs from control of Congress in the midterms next November, would pull their fangs.