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  1. Missy

     /  July 31, 2017

    Sunday Times Irish edition in a bit of strife.

    The Irish edition went to print with a column by Kevin Myers (subsequently sacked as a Time columnist) in which he suggested that two of the female BBC presenters are among the highest paid of BBC talent because they were jewish. He said that “Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price…”

    He also said that the male presenters are probably paid more because “… they “work harder, get sick less frequently and seldom get pregnant”.

    The author of the column has previously been criticised for denying the holocaust and saying that Africa has given the world nothing but AIDS.

  2. Missy

     /  July 31, 2017

    Civil war in the Cabinet by the looks.

    Theresa May is on Summer Holidays, and Chancellor Philip Hammond is in charge. The other day Hammond came out and said that the UK would have a transition period of up to 3 years for Brexit in which they would remain in the Customs Union and Single Market, still be subject to the ECJ (European Court of Justice), and have freedom of movement from the EU. This is something that many Brexiteers see as a way to sneakily keep the UK in the EU. Today Liam Fox said that there had been no Cabinet agreement on a transition period, or free movement. This evening allies of Hammond have said that Liam Fox is living in La La Land (I don’t think they meant the movie) if he thinks that there won’t be continued free movement.

    The splits in cabinet are spilling into public, and it isn’t looking good.

  3. Missy

     /  July 31, 2017

    Sadiq Khan has upset many – especially those outside London – by suggesting Brexit can be reversed, and the Labour party should make it policy they won’t leave the EU.

    Some think that Khan is positioning himself to have another go at Parliament and the Labour leadership, others see him as trying to go for a power grab for London (he has form on this), others just see him as an opportunist trying to exploit weaknesses in Labour and undermine Corbyn – a bit rich since he was one of the MPs who nominated Corbyn for leader in the first place.

  4. Missy

     /  July 31, 2017

    Morning PDT, see you are up early. I am in a positive mood tonight and and believing the downticks are not personal, so would you mind advising:

    1. If you are an anti-semite and disagree that the Sunday Times in Ireland have removed Kevin Myles from their ‘stable’ of columnists, and believe that they should not apologise for the piece that was written.

    2. If you are a remainer and don’t like the fact that the Brexiters in Cabinet are contradicting the Chancellor, or if you are a Brexiter who disagrees with what the Chancellor has done (sorry, the downtick kind of confused me on which part you disagreed with)

    3. Why you like Sadiq Khan and disagree with those that are criticising him, or if it is a case that you are a Brexiter and dislike what Khan said (again the downtick could indicate either stance).

    Great, thanks for that, I look forward to reading your replies to my posts and the reasons for your downticks in the morning. 😀

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  July 31, 2017

      Missy, if the PDT could think he wouldn’t have to downtick. You’ll wait a long time for an intelligible reply.

      • Missy

         /  July 31, 2017

        I a man an optimist Alan, if we give PDT the opportunities the one day he will reply in a grown up way and stop just downticking with no coherent & intelligent debate. 🤞🤞😀