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Donald Trump In The Whitehouse: A Survivors Guide

Donald Trump is headed for the White House and for the second time in a matter of months the world is reeling from a vote that no-one expected. Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election is all the more cataclysmic because it is a result that was so unexpected. Admittedly the pollsters had been saying that the gap between Hillary Clinton and Trump was a narrow one, but few doubted that Clinton would carry the day. As the results emerged on Tuesday evening, and it became clear that Trump was set to pull off a staggering victory, there was a sharp intake of breath across the world.

Donald Trump In The White House: A Survivors Guide

 

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Jeremy Corbyn Teaches Those Who Say He Doesn’t Have The Presence To Lead A Lesson

It won’t have escaped anyone notice that labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been under fire, not least by his own colleagues, over the past couple of weeks.  Corbyn isn’t a statesman they bleat.  Corbyn doesn’t have any credibility, he is not a leader they complain.  The truth is that many in the parliamentary labour party want a return to the Blair years, the years of “win at any and all cost.”

Blair cut out the heart of the Labour party by moving Labour to the right of the Thatcher Government.  Neoliberal policies, favouring the bosses over the workers was the central core of Blair’s plan for Labour.  It was Blair and Tony’s Crony’s who were largely responsible for me and many others losing faith in politics in general and in the Labour party in particular.

My cynicism led me to believe that Sir John Chilcott’s report into the Iraq war would prove to be yet another costly whitewash.  I did the man a disservice.  His report was a damning indictment of the Blair administration and he even went so far as to say that legal action against Blair and his cronies was not beyond the scope of possibility.

How the Labour rebels must have cringed today when Mr Corbyn handed them a lesson in statesmanship and humility.  Corbyn’s statement made it clear where the blame lay.  Firmly at the feet of the government he was part of.  Corbyn has always been a fierce critic of the war in Iraq but he stood and apologised to the British people and more importantly to the families of everyone killed in this atrocity.  Corbyn voted against the war and campaigned against it at every opportunity and yet he apologised on behalf of colleagues who took every opportunity to stab him in the back.

Corbyn was sincere, measured and dignified, his words heart-felt and genuine.  Corbyn did not throw insults or accusations as many had expected. Corbyn had just three hours to assimilate Chilcott’s findings but compare his performance with Blair’s crocodile tears.  Blair has had quite some time, arguably 13 years, to prepare for this moment.  Corbyn had three hours.

I struggle desperately to recall an occasion where a politician performed with more decorum that Corbyn did today.  I simply cannot remember one.

Corbyn does’t have what it takes to lead this country?  Don’t make me laugh! #KeepCorbyn

 

 

 

Could A Progressive Alliance Be The Way Forward For Jeremy Corbyn

A week is a long time in politics.  Since the announcement that the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union just a week ago we have seen the emergence of insidious opportunism in both of our main political parties.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been under attack by his own MP’s who overwhelmingly backed a vote of no confidence in their own leader.  On Thursday MP Angela Eagle found herself in a very awkward position.  As Eagle left her home in the morning she told waiting journalists that she would be making an announcement at 3pm.  It was widely presumed that she would mount a leadership challenge.

3pm came and went and Eagle found herself in a very difficult position.  Her Constituency Labour party made it clear that they back Corbyn and the signs are that the Labour membership has not weakened in its overwhelming support for Jeremy Corbyn.  As the weekend has arrived we have seen well supported events across the country in support of Jeremy Corbyn.  The fact is that Corbyn has overwhelming support among the membership, it is very doubtful that he can be unseated if he does not resign.

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Make no mistake, this attempted coup has nothing to do with Brexit.  The Tory mouthpiece newspaper The Telegraph reported two weeks before the referendum that Labour MP’s would attempt to remove Corbyn following the EU vote.  The assumption was that put under enough pressure Corbyn would fold and resign.  The man has shown he is made of the right stuff and stood firm.  The Parliamentary Labour Party have treated the party membership with absolute distain.  The membership have been branded as “lunatics” and Trotskyists by those who are supposed to represent them.

According to Sky News Corbyn is now ready to reach out to heal the rifts in the Labour Party.  In my view that would be a mistake.  I have no doubt that those who have betrayed both their leader and the membership would simply bide their time to backstab Corbyn at every opportunity.  I would like to see Corbyn take a different route, one that could deliver the new style of politics that Corbyn is desperate to see.

With so many of his own MP’s backstabbing him Corbyn is in a difficult position.  Those who walked out of shadow cabinet posts did so in a way calculated to cause maximum damage to Corbyn and the party.  These snakes must not be trusted again but that would potentially leave Corbyn in a position that he cannot assemble a full front-bench team.

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If Corbyn truly wants to change politics he has the chance to do so.  On Thursday the Green Party published an open letter to Corbyn inviting him to form a progressive alliance to fight against austerity.  I believe that this offers a unique opportunity.  Corbyn should appoint Green Party MP Caroline Lucas to environment and cherry pick talent from across the Lib Dem’s, SNP and Plaid Cymru to support his front bench team.

There is a real upside to this approach.  If all of the progressive parties agreed to stand a single candidate against the Tories we could wipe the tories off the political map.  A progressive alliance would certainly be a new type of politics.  Of course those who are wed to the partisan style of politics, the politics that fails to represent the views of the electorate.

I hope that Corbyn will stand strong and overcome the plot to destroy him, if he does he can change the face of politics in the UK for ever.

 

 

 

Heterosexual Pride Day – Are You Fucking Kidding Me

Ok, lets get this one on the table I am a white, educated, middle class, middle aged, straight guy.  I have been pretty lucky in life, I have a lovely wife, an amazing son and a caring family.  I retired early due to ill health and am now in a position in life where I can do just about anything I like.

It takes a lot to rile me these days but “Heterosexual Pride Day” has my blood boiling.  I’m an Irishman who has lived in England for most of his life and I have suffered at the hands of racists and bully’s but my experience is nothing compared with the experience that asian, black and gay people have been through over the years.

My family won’t reject me because I am straight.  The pub I have a beer in won’t be bombed because it is full of straight people.  I am unlikely to be attacked by “Straightophobic” thugs as I hold hands with my wife walking down the street.

When will some people realise that oppressed minorities need a voice.  Gay Pride and Black Lives Matter give a voice to those who are oppressed because of the colour of their skin or their sexuality.  Without these movements we would not live in the (mostly) tolerant society we do.

The white, middle-class, straight man has a voice.  The world is dominated by them (us?) your (my) rights are not ignored and you are not oppressed in the same way that minority groups are.

For goodness sake get over your bourgeois sense of entitlement.  Heterosexual Pride Day is a slap in the face to a movement who struggle only for equality and tolerance in a world where it is all too often denied.

For fuck sake get over yourselves!

and breathe…..

David Davis – How Not To Negotiate

This morning I caught Conservative politician David Davis on Andrew Marr’s BBC TV program.  It seems Mr Davis has just come back from Syria where he met president Assad and he was in discussion about the problems faced by Syria and how they might be resolved.

Davis made a fascinating comment, one which really stood out for me as the absolute epitome of why anyone with any sense hates politicians of whatever shade.

Davis was asked how he saw the conflict being resolved and this was his reply outlining how we might see a negotiated settlement.

“Well they have to negotiate properly, they have to do what we want.”

Let me tell you Mr Davis, that is just the sort of negotiation at which Hitler and Stalin were hugely adept.  That is not negotiation, that is dictatorship.  There, in a single sentence, is the reason why western foreign policy has turned the middle-east into a powder keg of violence and extremism.

Sadly the people of the UK have also fallen for this brand of neo-fascism by electing a conservative government.  The attitude that says “we know what is best for you so kindly do as I say” is just so incredibly arrogant and sadly it is exactly this attitude that guides government policy in our country today.

It is sad, elitist and just down right bloody wrong and yet the British people continue to bend over and say more please.  Wake up People!

Donald Trump: The Pantomime Villain Leading The World Towards Armaggedon

From the European side of the Atlantic it is easy to laugh at Donald Trump. In the U.K. people look at Trump and shake their heads in despair. Many in the U.K. see Trump as a xenophobic, racist manipulative liar. The truth is that if Trump had uttered his hate-filled rhetoric here in the U.K. he would be much more likely to be locked up that to be winning Republican party primaries. Many in the U.K. cannot believe that Trump, a man who has never held an elected office, could soon be the leader of the free world.

via Donald Trump: The Pantomime Villain Leading The World Towards Armaggedon.

Donald Trump – A Hate Filled Madman

I have just sat through a news report on Donald Trump’s behaviour at some of his recent political rally’s.  I normally avoid the very mention of that sick, demented, racist, bigoted loudmouth as I despise him almost as much as I despise David Cameron, George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith.

I was appalled to see that Trump could act with seeming impunity when he openly, in the eyes of television crews, tells his supporters to beat up anyone who dares to disagree with him.  In several occasions Trump openly says that he would “smash people in the face” and says he will pay the legal fees of anyone who assaults someone who dares to protest against him.

Of course all of this is entirely in keeping with Trumps personality, he was a bully at school, even get expelled for it.  He was both a bully and a mama’s boy whilst at military school.

Can you imagine how Trump would attempt to bully the world were he to become president of the USA?  Sadly he now looks unstoppable and it seems that the worlds worst nightmare will be heading to the Whitehouse.  A school bully becomes the worlds most powerful man.  Sadly Trump make Bush look like he was both educated and reasonable.  I genuinely despair especially as it looks like the alternate choice could well be Hillary Clinton, another crook who would do anything in the pursuit of power.

Today I simply sit and despair!