World watch – Tuesday

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  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 1, 2017

    Kelly’s in, and Scaramucci’s out, gone-burger in less than ten days on the job… so much for foul-mouthed “honesty”

    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 1, 2017

      Scaramucc, scaramucc, tried to do the Fandango
      Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very fright’ning me…and gone.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  August 1, 2017

      Damn, I’ll miss his mental images and salty invective. And you’re exaggerating again Joe, he lasted a full 10 days!

      “I can tell you two fish that don’t stink. That’s me and the president. ”
      “One of the things I can’t stand about this town is the back-stabbing. Where I grew up we’re front-stabbers.”
      “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c**k.”
      “Do you know how many congressional liaisons we are going to have? I don’t either, but I told Pence, it should be four times whatever Obama had. I don’t know how many he had, but I’m telling you that didn’t work out.”

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  August 1, 2017

        Ah yes ok a full ten days…but he never actually started his job! His first official day was going to be Monday…but…wait for it…”you’re fired”

        From Slate comes this pearler:

        Anthony “the Mooch” Scaramucci was hired 10 days ago. During his week-plus of service to America he threatened to report ex–chief of staff Reince Priebus to the FBI because he didn’t realize that financial disclosure forms are available to the public, accused senior White House adviser Steve Bannon of “trying to suck [his] own cock” in an on-the-record interview, and missed the birth of his son because he was attending the event at which the president told 40,000 Boy Scouts a story about a sex yacht.


        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 1, 2017

          I guess once you’ve achieved everything you set out to do, there’s no point staying in the job just to make up the numbers.

  2. Missy

     /  August 1, 2017

    It is open warfare in Cabinet, and today the Chancellor was shot down after suggesting that the UK would have a ‘Norway style’ transition period, complete with freedom of movement. Today No. 10 has said that free movement will end in 2019 as it is reported that Theresa May has reigned in Hammond.

    This comes after it was reported this morning that Liam Fox and Boris Johnson were being ‘left out of the loop’ on Brexit.

    It is widely believed that Hammond was taking advantage of May being out of the country to try and push his own agenda.

    It will be interesting to see how well Theresa May can reign in the opposing factions in Cabinet.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  August 1, 2017

    The Atlantic on how trump is changing American culture for the worse:

    much of the Republican Party has gambled that political gains they expect from the Trump administration outweigh the cultural costs that Trump is exacting… Republicans should turn on Trump, en masse, right now. The longer the president enjoys a large degree of institutional support, rather than being regarded as a pariah by all, the more likely it is that other indecent, uncivil, weak, self-justifying, overindulgent, cruel men with little regard for truth or the rule of law will rise.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 1, 2017

      Cheer up Joe. You can always vote Labour for sense and stability.

  4. Corky

     /  August 1, 2017

    The Atlantic is anti Trump.

    Remember when Winston played all sides during coalition talks to form a government?
    When had no ruling party during that time

    Many people believe American hasn’t a real government or president in power.

    So what has happened in both situations? Nothing, the respective countries just rolled on.

    The Libertarians have the right idea…minimal government, no troughers or post job benefits.

    • Gezza

       /  August 2, 2017

      The Atlantic is anti Trump.

      You know, I’m starting to seriously wonder if Trump is anti-Trump?
      Truth be told, he’s probably starting to get a bit bored with it all by now.

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  August 1, 2017

    Senate Majority Leader McConnell fighting both Freedom Caucus to the right and Democrats to the left. Probably politically unpalatable but the Democrats would be easier to negotiate with and more reasonable.