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  1. “People have wondered when decency would hit rock bottom with this administration. It happened yesterday.

    John McCain is a genuine hero – a man of valor whose sacrifices for his country are immeasurable. As he fights for his life, he deserves better – so much better. Given this White House’s trail of disrespect towards John and others, this staffer is not an exception to the rule, she is the epitome of it.

    Ours children learn from out example. The lingering question is whose example will it be. I am certain it will be John’s.

    – Joe Biden

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    • NOEL

       /  May 12, 2018

      I dont believe any disparaging remarks can top Trumps he had no respect because he was captured.
      Tried to visualise Trump receiving a warning warble as a SAM was about to hit the back of his plane and ejectiing to take on a company of NVA with his survival kife after the pistol magazine was emptied.
      Naaaah can’t see it.

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      • Gezza

         /  May 12, 2018

        Lower than a snake’s belly, Trump. You’ve reminded me just how obnoxious and noxious a person he really is. Al speaks highly of him though.

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  2. Missy

     /  May 12, 2018

    Knife crime continues to be an issue in London as it increases. Last night there were three people stabbed in two separate incidences, and about 10 stabbings in the last week alone. Not all of the stabbings result in death, but too many of them have.

    Before the mayoral election in 2016 Sadiq Khan promised to be tough on violent crime and to reduce knife crime in London, whilst also promising to stop the stop and search by the Met Police. For the record, in 2 years he has failed to keep one of those and backtracked on the other, no prizes for guessing which is which. in the year Sept 2016 to Sept 2017 incidences of knife crime in London increased by 23% despite overall crime falling.

    May Bank Holiday weekend was particularly violent with several deaths from gunshot and stabbing, and in my area over the last week there have been at least 3 stabbing incidences with at least 4 victims.

    Knife crime is getting so common in London it is generally only reported if the victim dies.

    For me last night it came a little closer to home than I would have liked as two teenagers (about 16 or 17 I believe) were stabbed down the road from me. It is typical however that the victims are usually teenagers or young adults (15 – 23 years old).

    Yesterday the Mayor was interviewed on the radio in a regular spot to talk about what is happening in London, during this interview when asked about the levels of knife crime he claimed they weren’t failing and had done nothing wrong, his premise was that it was Central Government’s fault that the knife crime rates were increasing. This is seen by many as him trying hard to pass the blame.

    Whilst there have been cuts in the police budget nationally, London’s budget has remained relatively static for the last 5 years, so Khan suggesting that cuts in the budget are to blame feel hollow when he has the same number of police (actually increasing), and a similar budget, to Boris who managed to decrease crime.

    Khan is the London Police and Crime commissioner, it is his job to set the police priorities, say how the budget is to be spent, and set police policy. Until a month or so ago, when he reinstated it, Khan had stopped stop and search by the Police – even that which was intelligence led, Khan has also increased the focus of the met on online hate speech and perceived hate crimes, taking police resources from the street to monitor social media for perceived hate crimes (as far as I am aware there have been no convictions for hate crimes in London during the time the unit has been going). Khan is seen as ineffectual as Mayor, and it is so bad that even some of the most ardent Labour supporters are missing Boris!!!

    Toda Khan spent his time promoting his ban ON junk food advertising from the tube (in line with the ban on images of women in bikinis on the tube). This is to fight the obesity epidemic, this was heavily criticised today as Khan seeming to have priorities that are out of his purview and are at odds with the concerns of Londoners. He did the media rounds to promote this ban, but refuses to do any media specifically related to the rise in knife crime in London.

    Even those who voted for Khan are saying on Social Media he is the worst mayor London has had.

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    • Gezza

       /  May 12, 2018

      Well, that’ll learn ’em next time.

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      • Gezza

         /  May 12, 2018

        He’s obviously gonna be a one-termer. How long before they can dump him Missy?

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        • Missy

           /  May 12, 2018

          Another 2 years Gezza, it is a 4 year term.

          We can only hope he will be a one termer, he is pretty hopeless.

          He has no interest in accountability, hardly attends council meetings he is meant to, gets angry and petulant when he is challenged, and seems to be more interested in selfies and PR than actually being Mayor.

          He has obtained the nickname Selfie Sadiq. Not good.

          He also says different things depending on his audience, saying what he believes the audience wants to hear, not what he actually believes.

          A few weeks ago there was a weekend with a particularly high level of violent crime and murders, the mayor went into hiding for about 4 days, wasn’t seen and didn’t respond to media requests for interviews. It became farcical as the media began a Mayor Watch, eventually he faced the media and the public in London with nothing more than a few words about how the level of crime was unacceptable and the Mayor’s office were working with the police on making London safe.

          As someone said on twitter the other day, he has been decidedly underwhelming as mayor, though most responses thought that was a polite response. What is incredible is the number of Labour supporters who are saying how bad he is!!

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          • Blazer

             /  May 12, 2018

            What has May and the Tory Govt done about it then…wrung their hands ?

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            • Missy

               /  May 12, 2018

              You sound like Khan, all the Government’s fault, however, it is not the Government’s job to do anything about it – it is the Mayor’s.

              Police strategies, and police priorities are the responsibility of the Mayor. The Government has provided extra funding to the GLA and Met Police, but it is the Mayor that decides where the money goes, and what the priorities are, he has decided to close down police stations, he decided to stop stop and search which is acknowledged as being part of the reason for the increase in knife crime, he decided to divert 900 officers to a special unit to monitor social media.

              The Mayor promised to be tough on knife crime, instead he has been weak and done everything but deal with knife crime.

            • Blazer

               /  May 12, 2018

              @Missy…completely disagree..it most certainly is up to the Govt to keep citizens safe.

            • Missy

               /  May 12, 2018

              So what should they do?

              Keeping in mind policing in London is devolved, and is the responsibility of the elected Mayor, what do you propose the Government do to undermine democracy in London.

            • Missy

               /  May 12, 2018

              Because if the Government do anything without the Mayor’s buy in they will be undermining democracy in London.

              He was elected to do this job.

            • Blazer

               /  May 12, 2018

              @Missy..I do not have the solution…have little knowledge about all the relevant factors,but all the same Central Govt must prevail..over local.

            • Missy

               /  May 12, 2018

              Well I agree with you on one point Blazer, you have little knowledge…. especially about this.

              A lot of matters are devolved to local authorities, policing is one.

              But interesting that you seem to think Central Government should just step in and undermine local democracy, I would have thought you would not be in favour of such draconian action.

              Perhaps the Mayor should step up and do his job instead of his self promotion.

            • Blazer

               /  May 12, 2018

              here in NZ the ARC cannot over ride Govt decrees…different in the U.K?

            • Missy

               /  May 13, 2018

              With respect to Policing yes it is different.

              Local Authorities cannot go against national laws, but in devolved matters, such as policing, the Local Authorities are the ones that set the agenda, policies, and strategies. Central Government provides the funding, but Local Authorities determine how that is allocated.

              Central Government only have authority for the National Policing Agencies, not local authorities.

              London again is a different matter, because many of the National Policing agencies are located within the Met the Home Secretary appoints the Met Commissioner, not the Police and Crime Commissioner as would happen in other local territories.

              So, as I said previously, Sadiq Khan as Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner for London has overall control of policing in London, it is his job to set the policies and procedures – within the laws of the country. The law was changed a few years ago with regards to stop and search, to make it more targeted, but local authorities can elect how they use it, Khan decided to stop stop and search for the Met, he has since brought it back within the guidelines of the law. He should have had a strategy, so far it has been a few tweets and a video telling kids not to carry knives. He is failing on this, which was one of his big policy areas during the election.

    • Missy

       /  May 12, 2018

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      • Gezza

         /  May 13, 2018

        That one’s a bit off, Missy. o_O

        Must do better, I’m afraid. 😉

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  4. MaureenW

     /  May 12, 2018

    What do we have here? FBI plants a mole into the Trump campaign to try and create a russia/collusion narrative. You would have to wonder why the Obama administration tried so hard to create all this garbage for Trump – it does seem that it is slowly unravelling.

    https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/wall-street-journal-suspected-fbi-mole-planted-in-trump-campaign/

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    • Gezza

       /  May 13, 2018

      Strassel postulates that information on an FBI source that the Department of Justice was just forced to reveal to the House Intelligence Committee may be evidence of an FBI mole inside the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

      A lot of ifs in there. Somebody needed to keep an eye on the Trump campaign. Quite a few dodgy characters involved in that.

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