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  1. Missy

     /  March 13, 2018

    Theresa May has made a statement in the House of Commons today stating that the attempted murder of the former spy was by a military grade nerve agent developed in Russia, and that it is highly likely the Russian state were behind the attack.

    She is ready to conclude that this is amounts to the use of unlawful force against the UK. That essentially says she believes it is an act of war against the UK.

    • Missy

       /  March 13, 2018

    • Missy

       /  March 13, 2018

      Jeremy Corbyn is being criticised in all media for his response to Theresa May’s statement. Reportedly Corbyn used his response to attack the Tories for receiving donations from British citizens who just happen to have emigrated from Russia. He did not bring himself to condemn the Russian state.

      Interestingly Yvette Cooper is receiving praise from both sides of politics for her response, many suggesting Labour missed out when she didn’t succeed in her bid for leader.

      Yvette Cooper’s response reportedly condemned the Russian Government and called on all members of the House of Commons to stand together to condemn Russia and support the UK Government’s response for this attack on the UK.

    • Missy

       /  March 13, 2018

      The Russian Ambassador has been given until tomorrow evening to explain how this attack took place and confirm whether the Russian Government are behind it or if they have lost control of the nerve agent. No option here is a good option for Russia, they either admit they are behind an attack bwith a chemical weapon on British soil, or they admit they can’t control their stocks of chemical weapons.

      • Blazer

         /  March 13, 2018

        as if it’s as simple as…that!Stronger evidence required.Novichok was developed 40 years ago and emulating its composition is hardly beyond major world…powers.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 13, 2018

          The strange world of Blazer’s delusions in the face of means, motive and history.

          • Gezza

             /  March 13, 2018

            Whoops – see below. Communications error.

          • Blazer

             /  March 13, 2018

            yes I always think actual evidence is needed to determine …guilt…you may indeed find that…strange.I guess I’m paying for $700 worth of free power for you…this Winter.

            • Thanks Labour. Remuera celebrating

            • Missy

               /  March 13, 2018

              And you know that MI5 and MI6 don’t have the evidence how?

              The PM would never have made the statement she did without evidence, just because it isn’t public doesn’t mean they don’t have it.

              Sorry Blazer, they have this little thing called need to know, and in this case you don’t need to know.

            • Trevors_elbow

               /  March 13, 2018

              Since when did ypu need proof to allege guilt Blazer? That has never been your way….

      • Gezza

         /  March 13, 2018

        The Russian Ambassador has been given until tomorrow evening to explain
        Or what? Presuming not a military invasion. Have they said?

        • Gezza

           /  March 13, 2018

          Diplomatic expulsions?

          Russian commentator on Aljaz said that further sanctions (or threat of them) wouldn’t bother Russia – they’re used to them now.

        • Missy

           /  March 13, 2018

          Nope, but (as per your email underneath) it will most likely be diplomatic expulsion and freezing of assets.

  2. Gezza

     /  March 13, 2018

    We’re outside. Put down your butter knife & come out with your hands up.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 13, 2018

      Sad. He used to be quite coherent before he started talking to pukes.

      • Gezza

         /  March 13, 2018

        Come on. We know you’re under the bridge. We can see the audi.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 13, 2018

          Yes, Sir Gerald. I’m sure you can. Now just come along with these nice men in white coats and they’ll look after you and wipe the froth off your chin.

  3. Missy

     /  March 13, 2018

    Another serious story that broke over the weekend, but hasn’t got much traction is of another grooming gang, and yes the perpetrators are of South Asian ethnicity (Pakistani mainly) and are Muslim.

    This time it has happened in Telford, and is believed to have been going on for decades. It is estimated up to 1,000 young girls (some as young as 10 or 11) were groomed, abused, and sexually exploited, this is shocking to many as Telford is not a large city with a population in the millions, but rather is a small market town with a population of not much over 150,000.

    One terrifying aspect of this case is that one of the girls was going to go to the authorities, and before she could her house was burned down killing her, her mother, and her sister. This was carried out by one of her abusers.

    Very few media outlets are reporting this, very few radio shows are discussing it, and it apparently took the BBC until this afternoon to report on it. One broadcaster, however, spent a bit of time on it yesterday, Majid Nawaz. Majid Nawaz has long been a campaigner against Islamic extremism – all extremism in fact – and he has been one of the few in the media to acknowledge and outright say the grooming gangs is a problem in the Muslim community, his community. One interesting thing that he said yesterday is that 87% of these types of crimes (grooming/sexual exploitation gangs) are committed by Pakistani Muslim men, a stat very few in Britain want to acknowledge.

    He was quite angry about it, especially about the fact that one of the reasons these crimes are not pursued is the fear of being labelled racist. Majid Nawaz said that it is time authorities and society stopped worrying about offending people like him and started putting these young girls first. He speaks a lot of sense for a Liberal Democrat and leftie.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  March 13, 2018

    looks like Stormy Daniels might have the goods on trump.

    If he fights her offer of a refund then he acknowledges he cheated with an adult film actress while his newlywed wife was home with their newborn son. How will that play with his base of suburban women? And if Daniels is released from the nondisclosure agreement, what does that unleash? Publication of text messages, photos, and/or videos

    Cohen’s also backed in a corner. If he stands by the claim that he alone paid Daniels, then he could be charged with violating federal law and imprisoned for up to 5 years. If he admits he was reimbursed by trump, he confirms the affair and the hush payment.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  March 13, 2018

        Sad Maureen… with Nunes propping trump up, there was never going to be any other outcome for the sham HPCSI investigation. But I give you kudos for your “Look squirrel” comment.

        As far as Stormy Daniels is concerned I don’t give a fat rat’s arse whether trump did the dirty with her. Nor, I suspect, does anyone else – after all we all knew what he was like even before he was elected.

        But it’s telling how you totally overlook the potential campaign finance issues in this. The cover-up and the payout and the hypocrisy is why it matters.

        • MaureenW

           /  March 13, 2018

          Look squirrel .. lol. Go and check out the Clinton Foundation, that should keep ya busy.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 13, 2018

      I guess her lawyers reminded her that signing the deal and taking the money didn’t require Trump’s signature to make it legal. And Cohen says he will sue her anyway.

      More water to pass under that bridge.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  March 13, 2018

        I suspect that Cohen’s intent to sue is a toothless threat. Daniels has at least a dozen backers who’ve offered to pay her costs.

        Cohen is potentially in deep shit of his own anyway. He’s not licensed to practice in California, where the agreement was filed; he has an ethical duty to keep his client (trump) informed at every stage of his representation but claimed he had no communications with trump on the matter; Cohen used his official trump org email and digital signature to communicate throughout negotiations; etc, etc.

        And whether there’s more to come or not, the optics are a big issue for trump. Any other presidential administration would have been crushed by this but trumps ability to spawn headlines has blinded us to the implications here.

        Remember it’s not about the affair, it’s yet again about the cover-ups and the pay-outs and the hypocrisy … which is why calls for the FBI to investigate are gaining momentum

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 13, 2018

          As per your last para, it’s always about any possible angle or arcane legality the Left can find to attack the President. Ho hum.

          • Joe Bloggs

             /  March 13, 2018

            You suggesting it has that ole’ familiar ring of Benghazi, pizzagate, birtherism,uraniummmmmm…?

            When has politics not been partisan?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 13, 2018

          Daniels has at least a dozen backers who’ve offered to pay her costs.

          How much do you think they are paying her to attack Trump?

    • Corky

       /  March 13, 2018

      I guess they have to try getting Trumpy on something, Bloggs. Meanwhile, if talks with Kim go ahead. Trump will probably receive a Nobel Peace Prize, shared with someone else of course. I mean, they couldn’t give him one outright. That would be outrageous.

    • MaureenW

       /  March 13, 2018

      I thought she had signed a statement saying the affair never happened. She did, she didn’t, she accepted money, she wants to give it back. She’s a proven liar.
      http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/12/trump-lawyer-releases-letter-from-porn-star-denying-affair-with-potus/

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  March 13, 2018

        Ohhh look at you! Playing the “proven liar” card – that’s a bit ripe. What about all trump’s proven lies?

        If Daniels tables text messages, the photos or the videos, what then? Will she be a liar then?

        Do you remember when trump organised for Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton to sit in on one of the presidential debates?

        Or do you remember when Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republican House in 1998 for lying about an affair with Monica Lewinsky?

        The Daniels issue has nothing to do with family values or morals. Everyone knows what trump is, and no one is surprised by his infidelity. The criminal problem for trump here is the cover-up.

        • High Flying Duck

           /  March 13, 2018

          I think pretty much every US president (barring Obama – that Michelle is SCARY!) should have been impeached on that standard. Presidents have affairs and cover them up.

        • MaureenW

           /  March 13, 2018

          It doesn’t really matter whether she lied that she did, or lied that she didn’t. She’s on record as having taken two opposing positions on the matter. Her credibility is zilch.

  5. Gezza

     /  March 13, 2018

    Reminds me. Caught an item on Aljaz tv around 7 this morning saying Trump has now backed off his previous support for raising the gun ownership age from 18 to 21.

    Also went on to mention school kids across the country are planning a nationwide stay away from school protest on 14 March. Interviewed a couple. Students are not satisfied enuf is being done to roll back loose gun laws. “Adults are making the laws: but us kids are getting shot” one said.

    Several principals have already started threatening the kids with retaliation. One was told if she didn’t attend school she’d receive an F. Probably a Republican, maybe NRA?

    • Gezza

       /  March 13, 2018

      * The principal, not the kid! (If the kid was a Republican & NRA, probably already has an AR15 from a gun fair.)

      ** Trump now saying age limit thing should go to some Federal Commission looking in to gun laws. Yeah, well, so much for “I’m not scared of the NRA”.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 13, 2018

      so if trump caves in to pressure from the NRA, there’s no show in the wide wide world that he could possibly stand up to those wily North Koreans if he ever meets with Kim.

      Maybe he could ask Sergey Lavrov to step in…

      • Gezza

         /  March 13, 2018

        Thought I heard Aljaz say Nikki’s just said if the Security Council can’t stop the slaughter in Eastern Ghouta the US will do it alone? Checking this.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  March 13, 2018

          Led from the front by Cadet Bone Spurs no doubt… “You know, I really believe — you don’t know until you test it — but I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon.”