Tories Queue Up to Blast Trump

May on Trump:

“I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far right views wherever we hear them.”

Other Tory MPs and ministers have been somewhat more direct:

Can’t wait for the state visit…

Trump Condemns “Evil” Racists, KKK and Nazi “Thugs”

Milne: North Korea ‘Rational’ to Have Nukes

With the Venezuela crisis and now the North Korea stand-off dominating the headlines, it’s an awkward August on the foreign affairs front for the Leader’s Office. Surprise surprise, Jez hasn’t exactly taken a tough line on Kim Jong-un’s pariah dictatorship and its ambition to unleash a global apocalypse, previously opposing sanctions and suggesting its designation as a ‘rogue state’ is just a “pretext for undermining” it. Likewise, commie Corbynista campaign chief Andrew Murray expressed his “basic position of solidarity with People’s Korea”. Naturally…

Most embarrassed of all should be Seumas Milne, who was defending the ‘rationality’ of the North’s desire to develop and stockpile nukes as early as 2009. He wrote in a Guardian column:

“The idea… that there is something irrational in North Korea’s attempt to acquire nuclear weapons is clearly absurd. This is, after all, a state that has been targeted for regime change by the US ever since the end of the cold war, included as one of the select group of three in George Bush’s axis of evil in 2002, and whose Clinton administration guarantee of “no hostile intent” was explicitly withdrawn by his successor.”

So there you have it: Milne argued it was ‘rational’ for North Korea to ramp up efforts to acquire nukes, a proliferation process which has led us to where we are today. North Korea of course has made a lot of progress on literacy and equality…

Mensch Claims Steve Bannon to Be Executed For Espionage

With Heat Street now at a dead end, Louise Mensch has a new online enterprise called Patribotics, strapline “Exposing Vladimir Putin’s War on America”. Her latest story headlines that Fox News Under FBI Counterintelligence Investigation:

Specifically, Sean Hannity is on signals intelligence co-ordinating his pro-Trump message with organs of the Russian state, such as RT, Sputnik, Wikileaks and Julian Assange

Her sources also tell her that Trump’s White House chief strategist is facing the death penalty for espionage. Guido admittedly hasn’t been following the whole Trump/Russians thing that closely. So this is shocking news given he hasn’t even been charged. The site has a lot of other conspiracy theories which Guido has not had the will time to read. Guido has his own conspiracy theory – her whole site is actually a Russian false flag operation to discredit all the Trump / Russia conspiracy theories as crazy…

UPDATE: Co-conspirators point out that Louise reckons President Trump too faces the executioner. Huge if true…

Friday Caption Contest (Great Shape Edition)

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Cable Dreams Brexit May Never Happen

Fringe party leader, who got the job because no one else wants it, indulges in senile fantasy. Meanwhile on planet earth the US president promises comprehensive free trade deal “very, very quickly” with the world’s most dynamic economy. Before the EU…

Trump Meets Putin

Very enthusiastic smile and handshake from Theresa May when she met Putin at the G20 today. Trump’s handshake extended to a manly grab of the arm and a friendly pat on the back. All smiles…

Trump Names and Shames Nato Under-Payers

Awkward faces all round as Trump named and shamed Nato under-payers this afternoon…

May Warns Trump

The PM lets the President know her feelings about those eight intelligence leaks.

8 US Intelligence Leaks That Infuriated British Government

Theresa May is protesting to President Trump over the slew of leaks from US officials which British police say are “undermining” the Manchester bombing investigation. Ministers and Whitehall officials are openly briefing against Washington, the National Police Chiefs Council said trust has been “breached” and things are so serious the US Ambassador has had to take a phone call from Andy Burnham. The BBC is reporting that police have stopped passing them information on the Manchester attack…

Here’s a rundown of the leaks so far:

  • Casualty figures and attack method. Leaked to NBC and CBS.
  • Salman Abedi’s name. Reported on US breakfast television at least six hours before British authorities released it.
  • Abedi’s brother arrested. Leaked to Politico.
  • Device spec: secret British analysis of the “sophisticated” device. Leaked to NBC.
  • Bomber ID process: via a bank card found on his body. Leaked to NBC.
  • Al Qaeda link. Leaked to NBC.
  • Crime scene pics bag / device. Leaked to New York Times.
  • Bombmaking workshop in Abedi’s home. Leaked to ABC News.

The FT reports today that bomb site analysis is shared between a select group of allies via an encrypted portal. It is never intended to appear in public…

Trump: They are Evil Losers

“So many young, beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives, murdered by evil losers. I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are. They’re losers. We’ll have more of them, but they’re losers. Remember that.”

Corbyn’s Trump Playbook Speech in 30 Seconds

Attacking the media, “failing elites” and the “rigged system” – Corbyn’s campaign launch this morning was straight out of the Trump playbook. Jez had clearly had his Weetabix, he was energetic, punchy, pumped up and even Dan Hodges reckons he did alright. It was better than a Miliband speech…

Trump on Bannon

Donald Trump on Steve Bannon’s infighting…

“Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”

Trump in Mar-a-Lago Situation Room

President Trump receiving a briefing on the Syria military strike from his National Security team in a secure room in Mar-a-Lago.

Trump Bombs Assad Airbase

The US has launched 59 Tomahawk missiles at the Syrian air base used during this week’s gas attack. President Trump said in a statement:

“It is in the vital national security interest of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons. Tonight I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria, and also to end terrorism of all kinds and all types.” 

Number 10 said:

“The UK Government fully supports the US action, which we believe was an appropriate response to the barbaric chemical weapons attack.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airbase was “almost completely destroyed”. At least four Syrian soldiers were killed in the strike. At last the west stands up to Assad…

Dave Goes to Vegas

David Cameron is heading to Las Vegas next month to speak at an exclusive conference for hedge fund managers founded by a top ally of President Trump. Corporate delegates will pay up to $7,500-a-ticket to hear the former PM in conversation with the American financier David Rubenstein at the SALT hedge fund congress. Held over three days at the opulent Bellagio – of Ocean’s Eleven fame – Dave will speak for 35 minutes. His fee has not been disclosed…

SALT was founded by Anthony Scaramucci of investment firm SkyBridge Capital. Scaramucci was tipped for a senior Trump administration post after serving in the President’s transition team and donating during last year’s campaign. Dave “putting some hay in the barn“…

“St Patrick was an Immigrant”

In Washington D.C. on St Patrick’s Day the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny made his point firmly, politely, with some class.

The Donald didn’t flinch…

Moment That Provoked GCHQ to Slap Down White House

Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer is making news again this morning after repeating claims first made on Fox News that GCHQ had been involved in ‘wire tapping’ the then President Elect. The network’s ‘Senior Judicial Analyst‘ Judge Napolitano claimed on Tuesday that Fox had “three intelligence sources” for this. “What the heck is GCHQ?”, he asked.

Responding to Spicer, GCHQ took the step of issuing this statement overnight:

“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct ‘wire tapping’ against the then President Elect are nonsense. They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”

What’s the English for kompromat?

Breitbart Readers Offered “Military Grade” Armageddon Survival Kits

Breitbart has sent its readers a “special message” warning that the world is on the brink of a “major crisis” and telling them they should buy a “4-week survival food supply” in case of impending economic doom:
The economy is teetering on the brink of collapse – all it takes is one bad day to bring the overly-inflated stock market bubble down. Meanwhile, our government doesn’t have the capacity – let alone the unity – to protect and provide for all in the event of a major crisis. That’s why every responsible citizen needs to take it upon themselves to prepare while there’s still time.”
If you want the Breitbart-endorsed package wrapped “in military-grae Mylar, which keeps your food fresh for up to 25 years” you’ll find it at My Patriot SupplyNot exactly a vote of confidence in President Trump…

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