“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…

Watch: Trump Speech to Congress Highlights

“The time for trivial fights is behind us”… 

Trump Grades Himself

Trump on his first month as president:

“In terms of achievement, I think I’d give myself an A.”

Trump to CPAC

Trump on the First Amendment

President Trump says…

“I love the First Amendment… after all who uses it more than me?”

Pro-Trump Twitter Bots Pumping Out Guardian Links

This is a weird one: a co-conspirator has noticed that large numbers of pro-Trump Twitter bots are endlessly pumping out links to the Guardian‘s website. Accounts with names like @TroopsTrump, @ViewTrump, @TrumpNoticie and @DonaldsNewws have been programmed by unknown persons to automatically tweet out Guardian stories, often about Brexit. The accounts have real human followers, meaning the automated tweets will be driving traffic towards the Guardian’s website, as well as inflating their social media sharing stats. Guido is stumped as to why someone controlling pro-Trump accounts would want to do this. Putin knows Seumas has left the Guardian, right?

Mugabe on Trump

Robert Mugabe praises Donald Trump…

“Well, America for America, America for Americans — on that we agree, Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans.”

“Stop Trump” Rally Hijacked By Anti-Semites and Extremists

If you are going to organise a rally protesting against Donald Trump, you should probably try to make sure it isn’t hijacked by cranks, extremists and anti-Semites. Alas, the speakers at this afternoon’s “Stop Trump” rally in Westminster are a roll call of wrong ‘uns…

Salma Yaqoob 

While a Respect Party councillor in Birmingham, Yaqoob infamously refused to join applause for George Cross-winning war hero Lance Corporal Matt Croucher. L/Cpl Croucher threw himself on top of a Taliban grenade in Helmand in 2008, saving the lives of his colleagues. As decorated Croucher entered the council chamber, Yaqoob sat with her arms crossed.

Malia Bouattia (NUS President)

Disgraced Bouattia says the government’s anti-terror programme Prevent is fuelled by a “Zionist lobby“, has ranted about the “Zionist-led media” and has described the University of Birmingham as a “Zionist outpost“. She also refused to acknowledge the right of the State of Israel to exist during a Channel 4 News interview last year. Professor Carol Baxter, the NHS’s former head of equality, diversity and human rights, carried out a probe into Bouattia’s comments and found they “could be reasonably capable of being interpreted as anti-Semitic”. Rumours are circulating that she could be ousted from the NUS this week.

Asad Rehman (Friends of the Earth)

Asad Rehman is Friends of the Earth’s “international climate campaigner” but he engages on a variety of issues outside his realm of expertise: Rehman has tweeted his belief that Netanyahu and Israel are “best pals” with ISIS. He advocates banning “Zionist organisations” from climate change events. Real piece of work.

Murad Qureshi (Chair, Stop the War Coalition)

The West-hating Stop the War has praised the “internationalism and solidarity of ISIS”, blamed the French for the Paris terror attacks and refuses to oppose Russian bombing of Syria. Qureshi feebly claimed his organisation could not protest against Putin because the Russian Embassy is on a private road. As Peter Tatchell says of Qureshi’s group: “The Stop the War Coalition is in moral meltdown… over its one-sided Syria protests and its persistent failure to listen to appeals from democratic, anti-war and civil society activists inside Syria.”

Way to completely discredit your anti-Trump protest.

Both Trump Petitions to Be Debated Monday

The Petitions Committee has decided to merge the pro and anti-Trump state visit petitions and hold a single Westminster Hall debate on Monday:

To all Members

The Petitions Committee has scheduled the following debate in Westminster Hall on two petitions relating to a state visit by President Donald Trump…

Monday 20 February
Motion: “That this House has considered e-petitions 171928 and 178844 relating to a state visit by President Donald Trump.”

Petition 171928 ‘Prevent Donald Trump from making a State Visit to the United Kingdom.’ 

Petition 178844 ‘Donald Trump should make a State Visit to the United Kingdom.’

Bit of a cop out…

Trump Press Conference Highlights

Another beauty of a press conference…

May on Trumps Hands

Theresa May takes the mickey out of President Trump’s hands:

“Thank you very much for that wonderful reception. I don’t think I have received such a big hand since I walked down the colonnade at the White House.”

Bercow Declares War on Trump

John Bercow tells the Commons he “strongly opposes” inviting President Trump to address parliament during his state visit. Applause for the Speaker from the Nats and praise from Dennis Skinner. Sure the President will react to this provocation in a calm, measured manner…

UPDATE: Nigel Farage responds to Guido: “For Speaker Bercow to uphold our finest parliamentary traditions, he should be neutral.”

Khan Hosting Party Tonight With 11 Nations Who Ban Israelis

Just hours after demanding the government rescinds its invite to President Trump over his travel ban, Sadiq Khan will tonight host a City Hall reception with 11 dignitaries whose countries bar Israeli citizens from entering. Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen will all be represented at the gathering of ambassadors this evening.[…] Read the rest

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Parliament to Debate Pro-Trump Petition As Well

The much less publicised pro-Trump petition has now crossed the 100,000 threshold required for a parliamentary debate.

They will both be debated on February 20…[…] Read the rest

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Prince Charles Blasts Trump

It isn’t just climate change that has caused Prince Charles to fall out with President Trump. Speaking to World Jewish Relief last night Charles praised those who have taken in Syrian refugees and claimed we are in “a time when the horrific lessons of the last war seem in increasing danger of being forgotten”.[…] Read the rest

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Peter Ricketts Works For Lockheed Martin, Who Trump Yesterday Cost $600 Million

Former Foreign Office Perm Sec Peter Ricketts is leading the news bulletins with his warning that the Queen has been put in a “very difficult position” by the Trump state visit. It’s surely nothing more than an amusing irony that Ricketts currently works as a paid strategic adviser to Lockheed Martin, the aerospace company that Trump has railed against in recent weeks.[…] Read the rest

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Dennis Skinner: Trump is Like Hitler

Dennis Skinner makes his usual calm and reasoned contribution…[…] Read the rest

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London Behind Trump Petition, Rest of Country Not Fussed

This map from Press Association shows that 15 of the top 20 constituencies with the most signatories in favour of cancelling Trump’s state visit are in London. The rest of the country doesn’t seem bothered, other than the student towns of Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Brighton and Edinburgh.[…] Read the rest

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Quote of the Day

Tobias Ellwood speaks following his efforts to save PC Keith Palmer last week:

“I am heartbroken that I could not do more for PC Keith Palmer who gave his life in holding the line against terrorism and defending democracy. I shall be writing to the family of PC Palmer to offer my sincere condolences. My thoughts remain with his family and friends and with the loved ones of all those who were killed or injured in such a despicable act of terror.

I am deeply humbled and overwhelmed by the messages of support. I played only a small part that day, doing what I was taught to do, and am honoured to have been invited to join the Privy Council afterwards. It is right that we concentrate our thoughts on the victims as we stand side by side to protect all that we hold dear, including our precious values and way of life which will always prevail.

As the Prime Minister said in her statement to Parliament last Thursday – “We are not afraid. And our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism.”

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