IT’S the first round of the French presidential election this weekend. So let’s have look over there, see the latest news, find out if there are any late developments which might influence it. What’s news?
Nope, nothing to see there. It’s all routine in France. Carry on.
I see that POTUS had a few friends round for dinner last night – Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. Ok, while anyone would have Palin and Nugent to their soiree, Kid Rock? Anyone worried that Speaker Ryan’s absence (he’s in London, no idea why) would leave a policy vacuum can rest easy. Before dinner was served, the guests busied themselves by reviewing some White House policies. That’s public service ..
What a beautiful image. I know what you’re thinking: don’t these colonials take their hats off indoors? Apparently not, but hey it’s the Chief’s gaff. He makes the rules. It’s still a big upgrade on the drug-dealing rappers and crooked reverends the last one had round. No need to check the cutlery at the end of the night with this lot.
UPDATE: They even had time for a tour, where they came across an old friend on the way ..
Even bigger trouble than they fear.
The Daily Mirror’s Paul Routledge reports from Wakefield in West Yorkshire. That’s a Labour tabloid, he’s a hardcore Labour journalist, and Wakefield has been Labour since 1932, the kind of place which votes for the proverbial donkey with a red rosette. What does he find?
“I talked to people in the market, along Cathedral Walk, and no one had a good word to say about Jezza. Most expressed respect, admiration even, for Theresa May […]
Coming up Cathedral Walk, lifelong Labour voters John and Carole Foster, both 66, both confirmed they are switching to the Tories.
“I think it’s very good we’re having an election,” said Carole.
“I have been Labour all my life, but I’ll be voting Tory. I think Theresa May is brilliant. Labour is in a mess.”
The whole piece is like that. It’s less reportage and more a cry of despair. YouGov has just published a poll which puts the Tories on 48% and Labour on 24%. That’s a greater difference than in the 1983 General Election, which is regarded as a Tory landslide. It’s a much greater difference than in 1997, which is regarded as a Labour landslide.
Bear in mind that polls historically overrate Labour. Actual Labour votes usually come in below expectations.
There’s something else. This is a Brexit election. Nothing can change that. The Tories are the party of Brexit. They’ve put themselves on the side of the 52%. The LibDems have positioned themselves as the party of Remain. They’re all out to snap up the 48% vote. Labour is squeezed in the middle, muddled, incoherent and without anything to say about it.
I’m sensing now that Brexiteers and Ukippers will break Tory, Remainers will happily vote LibDem, and the polls aren’t fully showing this. The talking heads are saying that any Labour MP with a majority of 5000 is vulnerable. I put it higher than that, maybe even 10,000. We know that the Tories will win comfortably on 8th June, but it’s looking even worse than Labour fears.
I’ve never understood the appeal of Bill O’Reilly. But his cranky uncle routine sure brought in the ratings in the older demographic.
O’Reilly was canned because he is at the center of multiple, credible sexual harassment cases. These cases led to a major loss of advertiser support . O’Reilly’s attitude was apparently a reason why rising star Megyn Kelly left.
Fox News didn’t fire O’Reilly because he breached their code of ethics. They have no ethics. They canned him because he wasn’t going to make them any more money if he didn’t have major advertisers .
O’Reilly will be succeeded by Tucker Carlson. I don’t know if this empty suit can deliver the ratings that the Cranky Uncle did.
Carlson is chummy with Alex Jones, so this move is probably good for the alt-right.
Fox News should be riding high now, with their guy Trump in the White House. But they’ve lost their founder Roger Ailes, and two of their biggest stars. They’re in trouble.
“We haven’t picked a side.”
Even I can be surprised at the ineptitude of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. It’s true that no-one can describe Labour’s position re. Brexit. It’s ten months on from the EU Referendum, Brexit is the greatest political issue since Suez at least, and no-one’s any the wiser where the Opposition is. You might assume that it’s simply a matter of poor communication resulting from the generally chaotic office of the party leader, and that deep down there’s a Brexit policy somewhere. Even I thought that might be the case, but no.
The Shadow Foreign Secretary went on BBC’s Newsnight last night, where Evan Davis asked her where Labour stands on Brexit, given that the Tories and LibDems are very clear. Her actual response: “We haven’t picked a side.” The video’s here.
Some might suspect that people like me laugh at the Labour Party because we dislike it. This is not the case. We laugh at it because HM Opposition is genuinely, staggeringly, laughable.
The Prime Minister has seen sense, from the government’s point of view. An hour ago she called for am 8th June General Election. We have fixed-term parliaments now, so the House of Commons will have to approve it by a two-thirds vote before the Prime Minister can ask Her Majesty to dissolve Parliament.
The PM is looking ultimately at approval in Parliament for the Brexit deal she delivers. The government has a small majority and a coalition of (clean) Brexiteers and (extreme) Remainers could scupper that deal. Look at the aggro the one-line Brexit Bill has in getting through Parliament recently. Any Brexit deal will be subject to the full array of delaying tactics. So she’s looking at a new mandate for herself and whatever deal she delivers. This will also go a long way to overriding Lords opposition.
The Tories will win an 8th June poll, if it’s held. It will win it big. Current polling points at something like a 150-seat majority. Corbyn will be thinking deeply today. If he tells Labour MPs to vote down the motion tomorrow he will be accused of running scared and undermining the Brexit negotiations and the will of the people. If he tells them to vote for it he will be crushed in June.
Alex Jones is involved in a custody battle for his Children. Now that I find heart wrenching, I hate to see any marriage split up. Sometimes it is the best for the couple, but it’s never good for the children and in that area I feel sorry for him and his family. However…..
His ex-wife, Kelly Jones, is seeking sole custody of the couple’s three children.
Now the wife says he’s not stable and points to the Laundry List of things that Alex says on the Air when he does his show which is broadcast from their home. She cites his wanting to strangle Alec Baldwin, and that he thinks J-Lo should be raped…. and a 100 other Lunatic things that he says.
This however is the part that makes me smile and want to shuffle….. Mr. Jones defense….
An attorney for right-wing radio host Alex Jones plans to argue in a custody case that the Infowars founder and host’s on-air demeanor should not be used to determine his fitness as a parent.
Randall Wilhite said of his client during an April 2017 pre-trial hearing: “He’s playing a character. He is a performance artist.” Jones’s ex-wife, Kelly Jones, is seeking sole custody of the couple’s three children. She said she was worried because the children are present at his home during his broadcasts:
So it’s ALL FAKE!!!!
Mr. Jones defense to keep his children and to prove that he is sane and stable is that all the stuff he does and says is just “Performance Art”…. none of it’s real.
Yet I am sure that even though he is saying himself, in a court of Law, under Oath, that it’s all fake a shtick, bullcrap, to keep his listeners entertained I am sure many of his Listeners and Followers will Still Believe the fantasies he has spun are true…. how sad.
Ah life is Good 🙂
I suggest that all of you reading this will harbour kind charitable inclinations. Perhaps you give quietly to a charity of your choice? Having lost my Mother to Alzheimers and my Dad to cancer, I am clear on the areas that warrant my financial support. I also think that charity is one of the best aspects of the human character. And THAT is why I totally oppose State “charity”. Now read on…
A UK Cabinet split has opened up over plans to cut foreign aid spending to free up more money to keep Britain safe. Ministers have urged Theresa May to drop Britain’s commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of national income on helping poorer countries, and have proposed diverting money to a new combined defence and security budget. The UK – the world’s third-biggest donor – spends £13 billion per year on aid, and the Prime Minister has stood by the spending commitment despite pressure to reduce it following a series of scandals over where the money goes.
By way of contrast, the AVERAGE rich country gives 0.4% of National Income to charity. The USA gives 0.18% of National Income to charity yet the US is also the most charitable nation on earth because INDIVIDUAL Americans give so generously!
I want to see ALL State Charity axed. This is politicians virtue signalling at our expense. Sure, if there are natural disasters happening in the world we DO want to help out. But that should be the exception. They say charity begins at home, I would amend that by saying charity begins with the individual.