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  1. Missy

     /  October 4, 2018

    Conference season in the UK is over, and to be honest there was not much that came out of it all that hasn’t been discussed ad nauseam over the summer. A quick one line roundup below, and I will try to get a more substantial round up done at the weekend.

    Lib Dems: Yes they had a conference, and the only thing that seemed to come out of it was that Vince Cable will stand down eventually, the next leader may not be an MP, and Gina Miller doesn’t want to be leader.

    Greens: Not sure if they had a conference – nothing reported on it.

    Labour: Anti Semitism dominated the Labour conference, Corbyn continued to be ineffectual in dealing with it, and continued to show his bias against women journalists. Oh, and one journalist who made a joke about the Labour safe space has now been banned from next year’s conference.

    Conservatives, it became the Boris show for much of it, waiting for Boris, listening to Boris, talking about Boris, but nothing new from Boris. He is still dithering about a leadership challenged, and it still doesn’t seem as though the 1922 committee has the required 48 letters for a leadership challenge. One major policy announcement that was overshadowed by Boris was the proposed post Brexit immigration policy, from what I have read about it the UK will be ending preferential treatments for EU citizens and bringing in a skills based work visa policy regardless of where you are from. This has been welcomed by some and dismissed by most – some saying that they have heard it before and they don’t believe the Government will do it, and others mourning the loss of free movement.

    • Corky

       /  October 4, 2018

      Seems May is gathering the troops behind her. I hear she has a new weapon – self depreciating humour. I thought she would have been gone by now. The Bulldog spirit is strong in this one.

      • Missy

         /  October 4, 2018

        Yep, she is very resilient and I think much tougher than many give her credit for. Unlike some politicians she hasn’t once complained about negative press, abuse, or criticism. And yes, she certainly knows how to laugh at herself. She was asked what Philip (her husband) said to her after Salzburg, she said she didn’t remember but he probably poured her a stiff drink! 🙂

        I think the only time I have ever seen any public vulnerability was during the leadership challenge when one of the other contenders used the fact that May has no children against her, she didn’t say so but it was obvious that was quite hurtful to her. I am sure she feels the criticism more than she shows publicly.

        I don’t agree with her handling of Brexit, but I have a huge amount of respect for her, and her resilience.

        • Gezza

           /  October 4, 2018

          Her dancing still needs a bit of work but she’s getting there … 🙂

  2. High Flying Duck

     /  October 4, 2018

    I think in these times of people who were less than saintly in their youth, we should hark back to the good old days, when our leaders had impeccable lives and never stepped out of line:

    • Corky

       /  October 4, 2018

      If he would have kept some of that mongrel ( and reality) as president, I may have had some respect for the man. He whitened up too much.

  3. Gezza

     /  October 4, 2018

    In the US, three county deputies and two Florence city officers have been shot in South Carolina.
    Wonder what this is about.

    More to come …

  4. PDB

     /  October 4, 2018

    Exploding eyeball is never pleasant…

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  October 4, 2018

    It’s easy to forget there is a collusion investigation that is getting very interesting going on at the same time as the Kavanaugh hearings…

    “Congressional investigators have confirmed that a top FBI official met with Democratic Party lawyers to talk about allegations of Donald Trump-Russia collusion weeks before the 2016 election, and before the bureau secured a search warrant targeting Trump’s campaign.

    It means the FBI had good reason to suspect the dossier was connected to the DNC’s main law firm and was the product of a Democratic opposition-research effort to defeat Trump — yet failed to disclose that information to the FISA court in October 2016, when the bureau applied for a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

    “This is a bombshell that unequivocally shows the real collusion was between the FBI and Donald Trump’s opposition — the DNC, Hillary and a Trump-hating British intel officer — to hijack the election, rather than some conspiracy between Putin and Trump,” a knowledgeable source told me.

    Baker was interviewed by lawmakers behind closed doors on Wednesday. Sources declined to divulge his testimony, other than to say it confirmed other evidence about the contact between the Perkins Coie law firm and the FBI.

    The sources also said Baker’s interview broke new ground both about the FBI’s use of news media in 2016 and 2017 to further the Trump case and about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s conversations in spring 2017 regarding possible use of a body wire to record Trump.

    “The interview was one of the most productive we had and it opened up many new investigative leads,” one source said.”

    • Griff.

       /  October 4, 2018

      Meh another rehash of the same old bullshite.
      Wasn’t the fuckwit in chief going to release all the documents un redacted.
      Oops thats right he did not.
      Wonder why ?