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THE QUEEN APPOINTS

By Pete Moore On July 13th, 2016 at 6:33 pm

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JOB DONE, no fuss, none of it written down. One out, one in. David Cameron went to Buckingham Palace a few minutes ago as the Prime Minister. He handed back the seals of office to their owner and left as a plain MP. A minute later Theresa May waltzed in and was invited by the Sovereign to form Her government. She is a mere servant, primus inter pares, first among equals in the Cabinet, but the sovereign authority of the British people rests elsewhere.

May then returned to Downing Street, where she spoke by warming over some Cameroon/Blairite mush. She’s not a socialist, but she’s an instinctive statist. I’m fed up with her already.

MEANWHILE, IN THE LABOUR PARTY

By Pete Moore On July 12th, 2016 at 7:56 pm

WELL, I could have a stab at describing goings on, but it’ll be out of date almost immediately. In short, it’s all the this –

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Mentioning the death threats and bricked windows seems all so out of date, given that it was this morning. Oh, and the rearranged events due to death threats and the death threats referred to the Police. There’ll be a challenge against the leader, Corbyn, whose supporters are bricking and threatening anyone who opposes him.

UPDATE (and I haven’t posted this yet!): It’s red smoke. Corbyn is allowed to take part in the leadership contest. Which means Labour will fall apart just as fast as if he was forced off the ballot. In fact quicker. The party is done for, it’ll split.

If you have no idea what any of this means, don’t worry. The Labour Party tomorrow will look exactly like the picture again. Glorious.

BERNIE BROS GET BERNED

By Pete Moore On July 12th, 2016 at 7:09 pm

BERNIE SANDERS has endorsed Hillary Clinton. The kiddies must be in tears. I thought he said the Democrat contest was going all the way to the convention. Talk about being led up the garden path. There’s your first lesson in politics – all but one politicans are liars, including supposed “outsiders” like Sanders.

They’ll talk all day long about how they’re principled, how they’re different, how they’re not part of the machine and about how they’ll change things. But when it suits they’ll all be willing to get on stage with possibly the most corrupt person who ever set foot in the White House (in the face of stiff competition). Sanders stood on that stage and said: “She will be the Democratic nominee for president, and I intend to do everything I can to make certain that she will be the next president of the United States.”

That’s the man who claimed to be “the anti-Wall Street candidate” speaking about the ultimate Wall Street candidate, whom his campaign described (rightly) as totally corrupt.

Gosh, what a shock.

BLUFF, CALLED

By Pete Moore On July 12th, 2016 at 6:42 pm

IT’S not only a growing list of countries from around the world which are desperate to cut deals with a free, independent and sovereign UK, oh no. Big shot CEOs of Big shot multinationals are now rowing back on their empty threats.

Then: Brexit would make the UK a “less attractive” place for Siemens to do business

Now: “We’re here to stay,” Joe Kaeser, Siemens chief executive, said at an event at the House of Commons on Monday.“The UK matters with or without being a member of the EU. The Brexit vote will not diminish our commitment to your country.”

Someone ought to have reminded Herr Kaeser that we’ve faced German threats before, and that we blew a raspberry back at them also. If I weren’t so British I’m mention how proud I am of the many millions of bulldogs here, who now have big shot CEOs wishing that they hadn’t been co-opted by Remain losers.

Expect much more of this.

DEMOCRACY IS SIMPLY TIRESOME

By Pete Moore On July 11th, 2016 at 6:48 pm

BE in no doubt, HM Gutter Press has chosen the next Prime Minister. It was The Times which finished off Andrea Leadsom. Normally I’d have heard Rupert Murdoch’s name invoked a good 600 times since lunchtime, but since Leadsom is anti-EU she was fair game for the unfair and total battering she received at the hands of the politico/media establishment over the weekend. So this is the Prime Minister who will deliver Brexit –

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What’s done is done, but no rules were broken. We’re not Remainers, so we won’t be whining about it for weeks, demanding a re-run until we like the outcome. David Cameron must be wondering why he resigned. He’s pro-EU and had the balls to say so. Theresa May is pro-EU and went missing in action during the campaign. Her reward is his job.

Our job now is to hold her feet to the fire. If she takes advantage of the bullying if Leadsom by keeping on Osborne and the wets that Cameron filled his Cabinet with, it’s bad news. She has twice declared that “Brexit means Brexit”. If she even looks like rowing back then the Tory rank and file, already annoyed at being denied a say, will be off to UKIP and the Tories will kiss goodbye to thumping a laughably bad Labour Party in 2020.

Yes, 2020. There’s no constitutional or any other reason for a General Election to be held. We don’t elect Prime Ministers, and the Tories recieved a mandate 14 months ago to govern. Theresa May was a hopeless Home Secretary. I expect her to be an even worse PM.

Camexit

By Mahons On July 11th, 2016 at 5:13 pm

The British Prime Minister is stepping down Wednesday according to published reports.  Whatever easy pot shots are taken at him, he did bring the voting opportunity that the people of the UK seemed to have wanted, even if they seem to exhibiting a degree of remorse at what they have done.  And he is stepping down quickly with a peaceful transition which remains the true hallmark of real democracies.  Next up would appear to be Prime Minister May.  I wonder what she has done to deserve such a fate.

ATW OPEN THREAD

By Pete Moore On July 10th, 2016 at 8:53 pm

IT’S been a day for family duties here in Blighty. Along the way we ought to congratulate Britain’s Andy Murray for winning Wimbledon and Lewis Hamilton for bagging the British Grand Prix, and offer a chapeau to Chris Froome for claiming the maillot jaune. He’s looking quite determined to keep hold of it too.

That’s the Brexit effect already …

Have yourselves an Open Thread then, one garnished with a view of the monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória, in Portugal.

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ATW COMEDY CORNER

By Pete Moore On July 9th, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Politics schmolitics

YES, PRIME MINISTER was always years ahead of the game. This week we learned that NATO is increasing troop deployments in Eastern Europe “to counter the Russian threat”, female soldiers will be eligible for front line roles, and the Commons will vote next month on the renewal of Trident.

We know how it will all work out –

MEANWHILE, IN SWITZERLAND

By Pete Moore On July 9th, 2016 at 5:11 pm

THE sensible Swiss know what’s what. Look at them, straight out of the blocks while whiny whingers keep on whinily whinging. Who says public signs can’t be functional and beautiful?

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THE LABOUR DEATH SPIRAL CONTINUES

By Pete Moore On July 9th, 2016 at 4:41 pm

Angela Eagle has said she will announce her bid for the leadership of the Labour Party on Monday.

Ms Eagle, who resigned as shadow business secretary last week, said leader Jeremy Corbyn had failed “to lead an organised and effective” party.

 

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This is the last throw of the dice. The Parliamentary Labour Party overwhelmingly wants Corbyn to resign as leader, but there’s no indication that a challenger will beat him in a party-wide ballot. Assuming that Eagles stands, and fails, all that’s left is for the party to split.

Brexit is proving to be deliciously seismic. The Tories are slowly realising that each half of the party doesn’t have much in common with the other. In truth both parties are two old drunks propping each other, and that’s why they need each other. When one goes the other might follow suit.