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  1. Missy

     /  July 17, 2017


    For all Dr Who fans, the next Doctor will be a woman, it is Jodie Whittaker who most of you may have seen (if you watched it) in Broadchurch.

    It is kind of fun to see the meltdown from those on twitter who are not happy at a female doctor. Since I am not really a fan – I just watch it when there is nothing else on to watch and I am bored – I don’t really care. But it is big news here, and likely to lead the news tonight.

  2. Missy

     /  July 17, 2017

    The return of Tony Blair.

    Yesterday Tony Blair claimed that ‘some European Leaders’ would be willing to offer the UK concessions on Freedom of Movement in order for them to stay in the EU. Two points on this:

    1. If true it shows some desperation on the part of the EU, I get the feeling that they have consistently thought that the UK would not actually leave, but as the negotiations continue they are starting to realise it is going to happen, and they will lose their second largest net contributor.

    2. When pressed, Blair could not (would not) name any leaders who had told him this, which has led many to believe that Blair is lying in order to try and give false hope to Remainers and to try and put the Government in the position that they might look at staying in the EU.

    Overall, both supporters and detractors of Blair agree on one thing, Tony Blair is sufficiently compromised enough in UK politics that nobody will take any notice of him regardless of whether he has a valid point or not.

    • Gezza

       /  July 17, 2017

      He’s got form for bullshitting. Blighter should be doing a stretch for war crime, not running around bullshitting again.

      • Missy

         /  July 17, 2017

        General opinion of most of the public here G.

  3. Missy

     /  July 17, 2017

    Two leaks from Government have put some heat on Philip Hammond over the weekend.

    1. Hammond allegedly said in the Cabinet meeting last week that train driving was so easy that ‘even a woman could do it’ (interestingly many of the train drivers in London are women), the same leak said he was quickly taken to task by Boris. This comment was said in relation to an ongoing dispute with one of the unions over driver pay and conditions at one of the train companies.

    2. Hammond allegedly said (at the same Cabinet meeting) that public service workers are overpaid. This was said in relation to discussions about lifting the pay freeze on public service workers salaries, the pay freeze has been in place for about 7 years.

    The timing of these leaks is interesting as rumours about the Conservative leadership are gaining traction, and with Hammond one of the favourites to take over as leader these leaks will make him toxic as leader for the Conservatives.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 17, 2017

      Fake news. GW Bush rated 25% at one point.

        • Patzcuaro

           /  July 17, 2017

          You have to get involved in an unpopular war to get that low. Trump still in a down trend though, not sure what his bedrock support is.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  July 18, 2017

            Americans give President Donald Trump the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years, punctuated by questions about his competence on the world stage, his effectiveness, the GOP health care plan and Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

            Just 36 percent of Americans polled in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll approve of Trump’s job performance, down 6 points from his 100-day mark, itself a low. The previous president closest to this level at or near six months was Gerald Ford, at 39 percent, in February 1975.


            The lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years… what’s the time? War o’clock…

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  July 18, 2017

        Not fake news – but insufficient detail instead.

        trump scores the lowest six-month approval rating of any president in polls dating back 70 years