Possibly the Stupidest Urgent Question Bercow’s Ever Granted

The Speaker has allowed one UQ from Keith Vaz MP as below:

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the reports of an imminent Saudi/UAE- led coalition attack on Hudaydah port, Yemen and the humanitarian impact.

Of the 7 Urgent Questions tabled today only his mate Vaz’s got granted – inserted just before the Prime Minister addresses the House on the G7 meeting. Ridiculous to ask the Government to comment on a speculated foreign military attack on a third country. What exactly does Bercow expect Alastair Burt to say?

Top Corbynista MPs Attend Pro-Assad Rally

Labour MPs tonight joined a pro-Assad rally alongside protesters with flags, hats and scarves bearing the face of the Syrian tyrant. Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon, Chris Williamson, Emma Dent Coad and Lloyd Russell-Moyle were among those present at this evening’s Stop the War demo at Parliament Square. Williamson told an audience waving pro-Corbyn placards and communist flags that there was no evidence for the Douma chemical attack and that Assad had no motive to carry it out. Echoing Kremlin talking points, Williamson said:

“Why would the Assad regime at this stage of the appalling conflict in Syria, where he’s virtually won the battle for Eastern Ghouta, launch a chemical weapons attack when it would be bound to bring on the wrath of the West? … The motive is questionable, the evidence – where is the evidence? It just isn’t there. And it’s no coincidence, it seems to me, that on the day before the OPCW inspectors were due to start their inspection, these air strikes took place. What is going on? There are very serious questions, it seems to me, that need to be answered.”

One Assad supporter told Guido said the Syrian leader had not done anything illegal and that it was the UK parliament that was acting illegally. He added his message to Jeremy Corbyn was “well done”.

Corbyn’s Labour…

May Press Conference Live

May and Trump Statements

Diane Car Crash: WW2 Only Time We’d Back Military Action

Asked four times by Nick Robinson in what circumstances Labour would back military action, the only example Diane Abbott could come up with was the Second World War. Asked what Labour would do if Russia vetoed their proposal for a UN investigation, she had no answer other than to say “we would press on”. Asked what Labour’s policy on Syria was in place of military action, she summed it up as: “we can’t afford to give up hope”. It also took her three answers to concede that Russia is a greater threat to peace than the US. Textbook slow motion car crash…

Trump Threatens to “Totally Destroy” North Korea

Trump calls Kim “Rocket Man” in his speech at the UN…

Will Trump Attack North Korea? “We’ll See”

Via Fox News.

Guam Homeland Security Advises: ‘Do Not Look Into the Fireball’

The Island of Guam, which is a US territory, is in missile range of North Korea. At a press conference today the island’s governor has said there’s no imminent threat to the island. Nevertheless Guam Homeland Security has issued a new fact sheet, which the agency says will help residents prepare for an imminent missile threat. Enjoy the weekend…

Gibraltar Flag Flies as King of Spain Visits

The Gibraltar flag flies proudly on Parliament Square this morning, ahead of the King of Spain’s visit later today. He’ll be driven right under it…

Owen Jones Backs Air Strikes in Iraq

Owen Jones, asked by Dan Hodges if Britain should take out terrorists in Iraq replies: “Yes“.

Always said Owen liked to drone on…

Alt-Reality Alt-Right Off the Trump Train

The alt-reality alt-right are off the Trump train – you could say they’ve been triggered. It is the Donald who changed his mind:

Number 10, the LibDems and Labour moderates support Trump, Corbynistas and UKIP are condemning him…

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…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Spain Should Remember the Falklands!

Michael Howard makes the direct comparison between a small group of Brits threatened by a Spanish speaking country and another woman PM. War!

Boris Calls For Protests Outside Russian Embassy

Blairite MP Ann Clwyd asks why there are no protests outside the Russian embassy in London. Boris agrees:

“I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy. Where is the Stop the War Coalition?”

It might look something like this:

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This time presumably Stop the War will be busy washing their hair…

Blunt Assessment: After Saudi Farce, Now Libya Report Debunked

What on earth is going on with Crispin Blunt? The Foreign Affairs select committee chairman lost the plot last week, demanding private investigators find out who exposed his determination to water down criticism of the Saudis. The ‘super-committee’ on Saudi arms then descended into farce and released competing reports, with notoriously Arabist Blunt’s report arguing we should go much softer. Very odd behaviour.

This morning the Foreign Affairs committee’s report on Libya is now being called into question. Guardian journalist Patrick Kingsley has debunked one of the report’s most important and bizarre claims – that Gaddafi wasn’t a major threat to civilians in Benghazi. The committee cited a report from Amnesty International, however it appears no such Amnesty report exists. Confusing. Embarrassing for Blunt and the Foreign Affairs committee – that’s two very public humiliations in the space of 24 hours…

Emily Thornberry Voted For War

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Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry didn’t hold back in her damning indictment of David Cameron’s “legacy of shame” in Libya. Thornberry says Cameron “repeated all the major mistakes” of Iraq, blasts that “the warnings of experts in the region were ignored” and claims there was a “hidden goal of regime change for which there was no legal basis”. She concludes that intervention in Libya was “deeply reckless and complacent”. Pub quiz question: can you name the top Corbynista who on 21 March 2011, when the Commons voted on military action in Libya, backed war? One Emily Thornberry…

May: I Would Press Nuclear Button

Question: “Are you prepared to authorise a nuclear strike that could kill hundreds of thousands of men, women and children?”

Theresa May: “Yes.”

Boom! 

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Does Thornberry Want to Respond to Falklands Hero? “No, Not Really”

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