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George Floyd death: asphyxia finding creates potentially catastrophic collapse of trust

Trump: while all this is going on, he’s been sitting in a White House bunker, writing incendiary tweets that could burn down his country.

People in the United States cannot trust their police or the services who work for them, after a private post-mortem found that he was asphyxiated by Minneapolis police officers.

The county medical examiner had previously claimed that the death of George Floyd was caused by the combined effects of being restrained, underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, and potential intoxicants in his system.

Now we hear that this was not true.

It means the people of the United States cannot trust the officers they appoint to keep the law – either to enforce it properly or to tell the truth about it when others have failed in that duty.

In such circumstances, they cannot afford to trust in those who provide the services they fund. People of colour must feel particularly at risk.

This has happened in the term of exactly the wrong president.

Whereas Barack Obama (for example) might have agreed that there are serious problems with the authorities in Minneapolis, authorised an investigation and promised to get to the bottom of it, Americans have to face whatever decision Donald Trump makes instead.

He is likely to try to brazen it out – pretend that the county medical examiner’s finding was right and threaten action against anyone who says otherwise. In other words, he is likely to make a terrible situation disastrous.

If he’s not careful – and we know he isn’t – Trump could turn every US citizen against their neighbours. People across that country have already participated in violent confrontations over this.

There’s nothing to stop Trump from escalating that violence catastrophically. For example:

How is that helping?

And then there’s the fact that this is happening in the middle of the worst disease pandemic in a century.

If Trump is stupid enough to turn the American people against each other, then they’ll probably spread the virus like wildfire.

And – thanks to Trump’s daft-headed policies – the death count in the States is already higher than anywhere else in the world.

Source: George Floyd died of asphyxia, private post-mortem finds – BBC News

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De Niro torpedoes Trump: ‘he doesn’t care how many Americans die of coronavirus’

Robert de Niro: internationally, he’s more popular than Donald Trump so he gets to be in the image. Also, he’s not the imbecile who encouraged Americans to ingest bleach.

Hollywood acting legend Robert de Niro took to UK TV screens yesterday with a scathing attack on US president Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The multi-Oscar winning movie star, who has a longstanding record of political comment, told BBC Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis that the atmosphere around Trump was “almost Shakespearian”:

It would be hard to deny the evidence: last month Trump suggested that people could avoid falling ill with Covid-19 by injecting bleach, and bleach-related poisonings in New York alone doubled overnight.

Trump is seeking re-election this year, and Mr de Niro’s comments that the president cares much less about US citizens than about keeping power could have a major effect on his chances.

And others seem to agree:

Source: Robert De Niro slams Donald Trump on Newsnight saying he ‘doesn’t care’ how many people die from coronavirus | London Evening Standard

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Nigel Farage complained about Von Der Leyen election win – but should have checked the numbers

A milkshake on his suit: But is it better or worse than having metaphorical egg on his face?

Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen has been narrowly elected president of the EU Commission following a secret ballot among MEPs, the BBC reported.

She was confirmed by a margin of 383 votes to 327. She needed the backing of 374 out of 747 MEPs to win.

Among those who weren’t impressed was Nigel Farage, leader of the Brexit Party.

This Writer has a nagging concern that the real reason for his disdain may be the fact that he has spent decades claiming that members of the Commission are unelected.

But worse was to come for the hapless Brexit braggart, as Georgina Lee explained:

Struggling to comprehend the significance?

Well, the Leave faction won the EU membership referendum in 2016 with – guess what? – 51.89 per cent of the vote.

What was that you were saying about “no legitimacy” again, Nigel?

Source: Von der Leyen elected EU Commission head after MEPs vote – BBC News

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Donald Trump has started broadcasting anti-Muslim videos by Britain First

The Twitter account of Donald Trump [Image: Bloomberg/Getty Images].

Does the UK’s minority Tory government really want to let this man into the country – US president or not?

Britain First has already started retweeting Donald Trump’s tweets, using them as evidence that he supports their hate-filled propaganda.

What do you think?

Donald Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right group Britain First who has been convicted of religiously aggravated harassment.

Trump, who has 43.5 million followers on the network, retweeted three separate tweets by Fransen, which all included separate, unverified anti-Islamic videos.

One purported to show a group of Muslims pushing a boy off a roof. Another claimed to show a Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary and another showed immigrants hitting a Dutch boy on crutches.

The videos were retweeted without comment. Trump then turned to the more familiar territory of complaining about what he said was fake news on CNN.

Source: Trump retweets British far-right leader’s anti-Muslim videos | US news | The Guardian


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Mass resignation from Trump’s arts and humanities committee contains a hidden message

Donald Trump [Image: Reuters].

I think it’s long enough after the events for This Writer to admit that I used to put acrostics into some of the stories I wrote in newspapers.

An acrostic is a hidden message in a larger text, in which some letters are used to form words – most commonly the first letter in each paragraph.

I wrote acrostics into my stories as an act of rebellion if I was being asked to produce what are known as “puff” pieces – publicity for third parties that have no news value – or if an editor had asked me to obscure the real news value in favour of an angle that was not appropriate. Some of the words I used were very salty indeed but I knew that very few people would realise what I was doing.

Check out the word spelt out by the first letters in each paragraph of the following letter, in which multiple members of Donald Trump’s arts and humanities committee walk out on him:

“Resist.”

Please do, America.


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In the 1980s, Donald Trump was a respected businessman. You won’t believe what he is now!

Of course he’s the 45th President of the United States.

I simply couldn’t resist doing a mock ‘clickbait’ headline – I’m sure you’ve seen similar on many news websites – after I discovered that there is a Trump sex doll. Here’s the full picture:

Mrs Mike isn’t all that impressed.

She suggested there should be a Trump sex doll because of that open-mouthed gawp that seems to be his natural facial position:

(This is not the best image of it but I’m sure you get the idea).

Unfortunately the makers of the doll have missed an opportunity because its mouth is firmly shut – and painted on.

In spite of all this, Vox Political would like to wish Mr Trump the very best of luck in his new role…

Unless, of course, he decides to do to the world what I don’t doubt a certain type of person has already done to his effigy.

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Defeat for far-right Austrian politician – has right-wing populism had its day?

Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer waits for the first projections in his office in Vienna, Austria [Image: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters].

Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer waits for the first projections in his office in Vienna, Austria [Image: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters].

It’s far too early to say, of course.

But the defeat of Norbert Hofer in Austria indicates that Europeans are less willing to be swayed by the anti-fact, emotion-driven, right-wing populism that is propelling the UK out of the European Union and will shortly see Donald Trump enter the White House in the USA.

Some anti-EU activists in the UK have been hoping the rise of the alt-Right (who some believe are more correctly described as neo-Nazis) would lead to the collapse and dissolution of the European Union, with new European leaders following the UK’s lead and choosing to go it alone.

Now those hopes have been dashed as, it seems, our cousins on the Continent have more common sense than has been displayed by certain voters in the UK and across the Atlantic.

It isn’t enough to suggest that the neo-Nazis, fascists, Kippers – and all the other political flotsam and jetsam who’ve been turning up lately – are ready to slither off the political stage again. Time will tell.

But those of us who want sanity in our politics can take comfort from it.

The candidate vying to become Europe’s first freely elected far-right head of state since World War Two conceded defeat in Austria’s presidential election soon after polls closed on Sunday evening.

The result is a blow to populists who had hoped a wave of anti-establishment anger sweeping Western democracies would carry Norbert Hofer to power after Britain’s Brexit referendum and Americans’ election of Donald Trump as president.

Hofer, of the anti-immigration and anti-Islam Freedom Party (FPO), conceded he had been soundly beaten by former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen.

Austria’s president traditionally has a largely ceremonial role. But the election, a re-run of a May vote that was overturned due to counting irregularities, had been seen as another test of populist sentiment in Europe ahead of elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands next year.

Voters may have heeded Van der Bellen’s increasingly strident warnings that Hofer wanted to follow Britain’s lead and pull Austria out of the European Union.

Source: Far-Right Camp Concedes Defeat In Austrian Presidential Election

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‘Frexit’ possibility means UK should delay triggering Brexit

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Oh dear. Economist Angus Armstrong says triggering Brexit in March could be disastrous if Marine Le Pen becomes France’s President in May.

She wants to take France out of the European Union, and that would have a knock-on effect on the amount of time available to consider the UK’s departure, meaning we could experience the hardest Brexit possible.

So Theresa May is gambling our economic future on the hope that France will not support Le Pen.

That puts political expediency for the Tory Party ahead of the needs of the United Kingdom.

But then, in a choice between the UK’s interests and those of the Tories, a Tory will choose their own, every time.

Since Donald Trump’s victory last week, the odds of Marine Le Pen (National Front) winning the French Presidential election in May have shortened to 2:1.

This changes the optimal timing for the UK to start the Article 50 process to leave the EU. Once the process starts, it may not be legally possible to withdraw and reversing the decision would certainly be a political catastrophe for whoever is in charge. Yet the Prime Minister insists on starting in March, despite the real and growing downside risks to the UK.

Let’s suppose the Government starts the Article 50 process in March next year as promised.

If the UK presents its opening negotiating hand at the same time, then the UK proposal, which one would hope is ambitious, risks becoming an unintended political football in the French Presidential election. If the UK does not divulge its hand, at least two months of a very tight timetable is lost.

Now imagine that Le Pen wins in May. There is every chance that the Eurozone would come under renewed pressure until Frexit is favourably resolved. The other 27 EU nations would have neither the time nor inclination and certainly not the incentive to accommodate the UK by making concessions when faced with the greater threat to its existence. Either the UK negotiators would run out of time, given the distractions of the EU, or expedite the process and the hardest Brexit would surely follow.

Of course, it may be that for once the bookies are right and Le Pen does not win. But even with hindsight this would not prove that the right decision was to trigger the Article 50 process in March. It would have been a major gamble on the UK’s economic future on odds of 2:1 in return for political credibility. It puts political expediency ahead of the best interests of the country.

Source: Le Pen and Article 50 | National Institute of Economic and Social Research

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US military and intelligence officials may quit because they think Donald Trump is more dangerous than them

President-elect Donald Trump [Image: Getty].

President-elect Donald Trump [Image: Getty].

Things have come to a pretty pass when the US military – who, let’s face it, aren’t known for their squeamishness, are ready to quit because they think their new president is likely to go too far.

Officials in the US military and intelligence services are debating resigning following Donald Trump’s election, it has been reported.

Mr Trump has previously spoken of his plans to introduce an authoritarian approach to national security. His most controversial suggestions include reviving the use of torture, banning Muslims from entering the US, targeting the families of terrorism suspects and detaining terror suspects indefinitely.

Sources in the military, intelligence services, diplomatic corps and federal law enforcement have reportedly told The Guardian they now face a moral dilemma over whether to continue in their jobs under a Trump presidency.

Source: Security officials ‘considering quitting’ following Donald Trump’s victory amid concerns over ‘dangerous’ policies | The Independent

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International politicians react to President Trump

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World leaders (and UK politicians) have been making their feelings felt on the subject of Donald Trump’s election as the 45th US President.

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Trump’s election as US President is a rejection of a failed economic consensus, but his answers to the big questions facing America are wrong:

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Other Labour figures – mostly right-wingers – were far more critical of the newly-elected leader-to-be of the Free World, giving their views on LabourList as follows:

Mike Gapes, Labour MP for Ilford South – “As Ukraine, Baltic states and NATO worry about the future, Putin and the FSB will be celebrating their own role in electing a useful idiot.”

Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central – “Decent left of centre politics defeated by divisive right wing populism. Repercussions will be felt around the world incl here. Get ready.”

Owen Smith, Labour MP for Pontypridd and former leadership contender – “A racist in The Whitehouse & a human rights abuser in The Kremlin. Time for us to leave Europe, or time to try and lead it & rebuild hope? It’s The Enlightenment that’s in jeopardy, not The Establishment I’m afraid.”

Steve Reed, Labour and Co-op MP for Croydon North – “President Trump, a terrifying day for the world and for everyone who values democracy and freedom.”

Kezia Dudgale, leader of Scottish Labour – “Ctrl + Alt + Delete”.

In a statement Dugdale later added: “Like countless people in Scotland, the UK, and across the globe I watched with great sadness as the results from the presidential election came in.

“While we must all respect the result of this democratic contest, today is a dark day for those of us who believe in compassion, tolerance and equality.

“Donald Trump was responsible for a hate-filled campaign that was dominated by lies, misogyny and racism. As president-elect, he now has a responsibility to America and the world to heal the deep divisions he has caused.

“Across the US, there will be women, gay people and Muslims who will now be incredibly worried about the direction of their country, but there will also be countless working-class Americans who will be hurting today. They all need reassurances that I very much hope will be forthcoming from the Republican Party.”

Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley – “When my children wake up I shall tell them that when I was little Thatcher & Reagan were in charge. I’ll tell them things get better.”

This Writer pulled her up for that comment:

David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham – “If you have woken up today feeling lost, heartbroken and helpless: Don’t mourn, organise. Don’t give up. They want you to give up. Don’t. Join a political party, a trade union, a community group. Campaign, organise and try to make the world a better place. What choice is there? Just don’t quit and don’t give up. Giving up is what they want you to do. Things can and will get better. But don’t mourn, organise.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message of congratulations to Donald Trump on his victory in the US presidential election.

“Mr Putin said he hopes [to] work together to lift Russian-US relations out of the current crisis, resolve issues on the international agenda, [and] look for effective responses to global security challenges, according to the Kremlin.

“The President said he is confident that Moscow and Washington can establish a constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and genuine consideration for each other’s positions. This would be in the interests of both peoples and of the entire international community.

“Mr Putin wished Mr Trump success in the high office and responsibility of head of state.”

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, had this to say:

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(UK-based left-wing journalist Paul Mason was withering in response: “No elected leader of Europe would pen this obsequious pile of crap. Social-democrats, Greens and the radical left should repudiate letter.”)

It seems clear that the result has been divisive, both in the States and elsewhere.

I wonder whether this could lead to strained diplomatic relations as statespeople struggle to see past their own feelings to reach pragmatic solutions to international problems.

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