World view – Saturday

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For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Missy

     /  July 7, 2018

    A far left group of activists has been crowdfunding to raise over 16,000 pounds to hire a big blimp of a Trump Baby in time for Trump’s visit to the UK next week. When they began they were very pleased with raising 1,500 pounds in their first 24 hours.

    Sadiq Khan has given permission for the group to fly their blimp from Parliament Square over Westminster stating that the City of London supports all forms of peaceful protest, despite only a couple of weeks ago trying to distance himself from it and saying that it would not happen. This is a decision which has not gone down with Trump fans, and non-fans alike. Many in London see it as embarrassing and undignified, and a case of the Mayor putting his personal feelings above diplomacy.

    After the announcement another group began crowdfunding for a ‘baby Khan’ blimp to fly over London to show their dissatisfaction with Khan as Mayor. Within 24 hours they had already raised over 7,500 pounds. Part of the idea behind the baby Khan balloon is to also test if Khan believes in freedom of protest for all, or just for those he agrees with, the theory being that if he allows a giant blimp mocking the President of the US as a protest then he should also allow a giant blimp mocking himself as a protest.

    The baby Khan blimp crowdfunder is up to 22,000 pounds (they were aiming for 20,000) in only about 24-48 hours. It has been reported the average donation is 15 pounds. It seems that perhaps more people want to have a huge blimp to protest Khan than to protest Trump!

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    My view is that the Trump blimp is a little juvenile, and I think in bad taste, but I don’t have strong feelings one way or another. I do think that Khan has put himself in an awkward position with his decision, if he refuses permission for the Khan baby he opens himself up for accusations of political bias, but if he approves it he opens himself up for ridicule (well more than usual). I think he made a huge error in allowing the Trump blimp, and may have been motivated by personal feelings without thinking it through properly.

    • Missy

       /  July 7, 2018

      The excess funds are going to go towards a pro Brexit blimp and anything left will go to charities decided on by those who donated.

      • Gezza

         /  July 7, 2018

        Hahahahaha. I love this. London could end up like the Blitz except the barrage balloons will all be of famous people in nappies! 😀

    • Seems childish to me too, but Trump sort of brings it on himself with his behaviour often seeming very petulant and childish.

    • Griff

       /  July 7, 2018

      Nah nah nah you are to.
      All the imagination trumpies have.

  2. Factbox: Key points from PM May’s Brexit negotiating position
    Broadly, the conclusions cover three areas:

    1. a substantial evolution in our proposals for the UK’s future relationship with the EU;

    2. agreement on the benefits of the model that should result from this position

    3. the need to step up preparedness for the full range of scenarios that might result from the negotiations.

    • Missy

       /  July 7, 2018

      This isn’t going to go down well with many in the UK. Though number 3 is interesting, essentially it means more has to be done to prepare for a no deal Brexit, something the Government and civil servants have been a bit lukewarm on.

      Interesting take by Andrew Lilico, might be something in this.

      Michel Barnier earlier today said that the proposal will NOT be accepted by the EU, which is interesting as indications are that Germany was open to it, and other EU nations are keen to agree a deal and are starting to go against the EU position regarding the negotiations.

      The intransigence of the EU negotiators and civil servants may end up going against them.

  3. Joe Bloggs

     /  July 7, 2018

    Reacting to news that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned Thursday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a one-word statement, attributed to Executive Director Noah Bookbinder: “Good.”

    Good to see trump draining the swamp of his own appointees.

    But ‘resigning’ doesn’t absolve anybody if they have broken the law. So if pruitt violated the law I do hope that the DOJ will continue to investigate and to indict.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  July 7, 2018

    Oh this’ll be fun… Mickey Medallions has hired a new lawyer, who’s a close personal friend of the Clintons. No more loyalty to trumpy?

  5. Patzcuaro

     /  July 7, 2018