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  1. Missy

     /  4th May 2019

    Conservatives have lost almost 700 Council seats and counting hasn’t finished yet. This is a backlash against their failure to deliver Brexit, and whilst I understand the message being sent, I feel sorry for the councillors who have lost their seats, they are all local politicians with no influence over the national Government.

    Looking at Theresa May’s speech to the Welsh Conservative Conference today I am not sure she has yet grasped that she needs to go. I fear that she will I’ll use this to try and further bully her MPs into accepting the deal she has so badly negotiated.

    I am not even sure being wiped out by Nigel Farage at the EU elections will get the message through to her.

    The big winners yesterday seem to be the Lib Dems, independents and spoiled ballots.

    Many Leavers either spoiled their ballots or just didn’t vote. Earlier in the week a constituent asked one Conservative councillor why he should bother to vote because it isn’t listened to anyway.

    This is the worst thing about the Brexit disaster, the loss of political engagement and the feeling by many that voting is a waste of time as those in power will override it if they don’t like it.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  4th May 2019

      May is incomprehensible to me. Why she remains despite her repeated and continuing abject failures. I can only speculate her supporters have a death wish or are simply insane.

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      • Pink David

         /  4th May 2019

        It’s perfectly understandable when you realise that May is there to cling to power for as long as humanly possible while she completes her mission to destroy the Tory Party.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  4th May 2019

          That bit is understandable. The bit where she gets support for her mission is not.

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  2. I hope it is good for the whole Middle East.

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    • Gezza

       /  4th May 2019

      Kushner didn’t offer specifics on the plan or its rollout.

      “I do think that all of our allies and partners will be very well-consulted, and I do think that hopefully we’re putting people in the position to make sure they can be as supportive as possible,” he said. “The people who need to know, know about it.”

      Trump has been “very involved” in the process, Kushner said of his father-in-law, adding, “He’s involved with the details… he’s read a lot of parts of it… he hasn’t read the latest draft.”

      He added that “when you work for a President, you try hard not to disappoint, but you can disappoint. When you work for your father-in-law, you can’t disappoint.”

      Kushner continued, “I think I’ve established a good track record now on all the different tasks he’s given me. I’ve come back with results and I’ve come back with good advice and I do think that this is something that I do think he’ll be proud of, this is something that I think will be a document that I think will be elevating the discussion of an issue that’s hard.”

      Is this a joke?

      They’re talking about it likely being an economic plan for Palestinians when Netanyahu has been making it clear an independent, secure, 2 state option for Pallies & their descendants right of return to a Palestinian state are not on his wish list.

      Trump’s made it clear he’s Netanyahu’s best mate, Bibi likewise. Bibi’s been pushing ahead with even more illegal land seizures & settlements ever since Trump got elected, & Kushner’s been in Bibi’s pocket as his favourite little Jewish lad for as long as he’s known him, which seems to be since he was knee high to a Biblical locust.

      Kushner’s even mates with that appalling character MBS, who ought to be poison to everybody. Has MBS got money Trump & he want, or done a back-room deal to have King Salman intone worthless platitudes of support, but in practice to shit on the Palestinians in return for arms sales to pursue their own little wars & “Caliphate”? While meantime the Saudis carry on still spreading & funding the kind of madrassas that seem to produce dangerous fanatics like the Sri Lankan attackers?

      Kushner’s never been an honest broker. I suspect there’s no way this plan is likely to solve anyone’s problems but Israel’s. And I very much doubt it was ever intended to. Sounds like a set-up to cause yet another uprising & justify massive repression by the IDF, like 2014, on the grounds Palestinians are unreasonable and deserve it.

      I just hope I’m wrong, because the Palestinians’ lives are now shit, & the place should’ve been sorted out by the UN decades ago. They caused the problem. But the US would veto it.

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  3. Gezza

     /  4th May 2019

    Al Jazeera tv is reporting on this in brief news items today:
    … … … …
    North Korea has tested several short-range missiles, according to reports from South Korea.
    They were fired from the Hodo peninsula in the east of the country, said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    If confirmed, it will be the first missile launch since Pyongyang tested an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.

    Last month Pyongyang said it had tested what it described as a new “tactical guided weapon”.

    That was the first test since the Vietnam summit between the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, and US President Donald Trump, which ended without agreement.
    President Trump walked away from what he described as a bad deal offered by Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in February.

    Firing a short range missile would not violate North Korea’s promise not to test long range or nuclear missiles.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48158880

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    • NOEL

       /  4th May 2019

      Given it technically does not violate North Korea’s de facto testing moratorium, which applies only to intercontinental and medium-range missiles it falls in the “so what” basket.

      I know, I know it fell in the Sea of Japan.

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      • Gezza

         /  4th May 2019

        He’s just recently met with Putin in Vladivostok, & had about four meetings with Xi, including, I think, one after his abortive Vietnam meeting with Trump.

        He had a great time in Vietnam after Trump flew out in a huff. Got the full state visit treatment, & similar in Vladivostok, honour guard inspection etc.

        Seems to be having a lot of fun playing games – can’t help wondering if his new friends are egging him on. They don’t seem to be holding him back.

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  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  4th May 2019

    Democrats tried to get dirt on Trump campaign from Ukraine and did get dirt on Manafort:
    https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/441892-ukrainian-embassy-confirms-dnc-contractor-solicited-trump-dirt-in-2016

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    • Gezza

       /  4th May 2019

      That all looks rather murky to me. Changing or different stories from various Ukrainian parties with reason to adjust to a new political reality. I’m sure if any offences were committed it’ll all be investigate by the relevant US authorities. And if it isn’t, there’s probably not much worth exploring, or exploring might do more harm than good.

      Meantime, the US political circus rolls on, to cheers & catcalls from both sides of the tent.

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