So she lost the election then?

Hillary Clinton says she beat Donald Trump in the election
Daily Mail – ‎17 hours ago‎
Clinton, who received almost three million more votes than her reality television host opponent, was denied the presidency because she lost the electoral college count 304 to 227.

Given that it is the Electoral College which, by design, decides the election. Sorta like some other system, it’s a majority in the House of Commons that matters, not of the votes cast.

What an excrescence

The Observer has obtained a series of Conservative party attack ads sent to voters last week in the key marginal constituency of Delyn, north Wales. Activists captured the ads using dummy Facebook accounts after finding that their own ad – encouraging young people to register to vote – were being “drowned out” by the Tory ads.

How dare they!

The Tories are actually competing with their ads.

Evil or sensible?

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel to cloak contacts between Moscow and Donald Trump’s White House transition team, it was reported on Friday.

Ambassador Sergei Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, the Washington Post said, citing US officials briefed on intelligence reports.

Given the amount of monitoring being done by he US spy services was this evidence of nefarity or just being sensible?

So, we get to jail Alan Sugar, so we?

Corbyn, you’re fired! Former Labour peer Lord Sugar says he will vote for Theresa May in the General Election

Ah, no, sensibly, that’s not quite what he does say:

Lord Sugar has thrown his support behind Theresa May by declaring that ‘I’d vote for her’ to be Prime Minister.

‘Coz he’s a member of the House of Lords and thus doesn’t have a vote in a parliamentary election.

Not that the election does vote for her to be PM but…

Abedin learns from the Clintons

This is a good little example of why I just don’t. Don’t like, don’t support etc.

So Anthony Weiner is up before the beak for sexting to a 15 year old. Huma Abedin is both his wife and a long time Clinton aide.

Hey, tough times, he’s a shit certainly. And wouldn’t blame her for divorce at all. And she has divorced him, or at least filed to.

All fine.

And one report (not sure, maybe NYT?) points out that while they’re married she cannot be called to give evidence against him. So, he pleads guilty, so that’s all over. She divorces him, or files to, within hours.

And, you know, OK, sensible maybe, within the rules even. Or maybe the other way around, within the rules and even sensible.

And yet, umm, bleargh. Just……

And that’s the thing that’s always got me about the Clintons. Just too, well, calculating, I guess.

The argument against regional government

We’ve all, I think, noted that the Labour front bench these days is not exactly top notch?

Sure, OK, they’re the B team, the B Ark even, but it does show how thin the talent is in politics.

And we’re going to try and find enough people to fill 6 or 8 regional administrations given this dearth?

Do note that I wouldn’t be insistent that the Tory benches B Ark would be any better.

Dear God, these people are idiots

One Tory source told BuzzFeed News this final comment relates to Google and Facebook’s growing dominance of the advertising market, which the newspaper industry believes is crushing its business model. The source suggested that if the web giants failed to act voluntarily then they could be forced by legislation to find ways to financially compensate traditional news producers.

You what?

This is really very cool indeed

Which is not an argument for allowing him to occupy that office. It is an argument, instead, for using a constitutional mechanism more appropriate to this strange situation than impeachment: the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows for the removal of the president if a majority of the cabinet informs the Congress that he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” and (should the president contest his own removal) a two-thirds vote by Congress confirms the cabinet’s judgment.

There will be time to return again to world-weariness and cynicism as this agony drags on. Right now, though, I will be boring in my sincerity: I respectfully ask Mike Pence and Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to reconsider their support for a man who never should have had his party’s nomination, never should have been elevated to this office, never should have been endorsed and propped up and defended by people who understood his unfitness all along.

Now is a day for redemption. Now is an acceptable time.

Sod the fact that he won the election, The Donald’s not Papabile so get rid of him.

You know, sod the choice of the people, the Praetorians rule here.

There’s a joke in here somewhere

Wanted: a compelling vision for a left-of-centre party. Must invest in economy, modernise essential services, get the well-off to pay more tax. Free wifi on trains a bonus. Someone answered my personal ad!

And I, of course, am far too polite to make it about young Owen.

but summat about how someone’s going to get buggered if that reply to the ad is responded to.

The country maybe.

Praise Be! You can still send Hillary political money!

Hillary Clinton on Monday unveiled her new political action organization, Onward Together, which will fundraise for five prominent progressive groups.

What’s the slice that pays for Hills?

And what dreadful cultural appropriation here:


Nigerian NavyVerified account
@NigerianNavy ‏
The official Twitter account of the Nigerian Navy. (Following/RT does not equal Nigerian Navy endorsement) Onward Together!!!

The footnotes are important

26 The Excessive Pay Levy is a payroll tax, charged against the
employer of any individual earning more than a defined limit
(from all sources).

So if JK Rowling becomes a local councillor then the LA will be charged the extra tax on her £12,000 a year because she sells a lot of books.

Well thought out, isn’t it?

Another fun footnote:

“Offshore Trust Levy”. Data from Land Registry and
Private Eye calculations.

There’s a research arm we can trust, eh?

34 VAT on private school fees

34 Fabian Review, January 2011


This is very pretty

In government, Labour would give
more people a stake – and a say
– in our economy by doubling the
size of the co-operative sector and
introducing a “right to own,” making
employees the buyer of first refusal
when the company they work for is
up for sale

And they’re going to get the necessary capital from where?

Finally, Corbyn is right about something

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to say that he is a wealthy man – despite earning more than £137,000.
The 67-year-old was quizzed on a variety of topics including immigration, Trident, the future of the Labour party and his pay.
But when asked about his earnings, he refused to acknowledge that he is wealthy when speaking to Julie Etchingham on ITV’s Tonight programme which airs tonight.
He said: ‘I’m not wealthy because of where I put the money, but I’m not going into that.’

He has a high income, sure. Top 2% or so? Summat like that. But we’ve seen his tax return – albeit wrongly filled in. There’s pretty much no interest nor investment income. He’s not wealthy, he’s high income.


Hillary Clinton’s communications team decamped to the Javits Centre, in the Hell’s Kitchen district of Manhattan, where preparations for her victory party were being made.

The venue, which would fill up with Hillary aides, donors, friends and well-wishers over the course of the day, was chosen in large part because of its distinctive feature: a glass ceiling. If everything went as planned, it would be the glass ceiling of the presidency that lay shattered under Hillary by the end of the night.

The effort that went into that. While failing to actually win the election.

Why is this a surprise?

Labour’s draft manifesto includes more than 100 policies demanded by trade unions that are bankrolling its election campaign, The Telegraph can reveal.

A secret list of policies requested by unions obtained by this newspaper reveals huge areas of overlap with party’s plan for government.

Whole chunks of Labour’s leaked manifesto appear to have been almost copied and pasted from proposals put forward by unions.

The unions pay for the Labour Party. Why shouldn’t they determine policy?

The Democrats have been going mad over this

Even in the comments at Forbes I’ve had people insisting to me that Trump has borrowed from Putin and is owned by the Russian mafia. I’ve been trying to point out that there’s not a shred of truth to this. At least, we’ve not a shred of proof that it is true. And yet they go on. Even when I point out that even if he had borrowed from Russians don’t you think he’s in a position now where he could pretty easily refinance?

Now we get this:

The White House on Friday released a letter from two tax attorneys for President Trump claiming that his only income from Russian sources in the past 10 years came from fees for hosting the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, his sale of a Palm Beach mansion to a Russian businessman in 2008 and his company’s routine sales of condo units and rounds of golf to Russians.

The attorneys said that their analysis came from a review of Trump’s tax returns for the past 10 years. However, they did not release the returns or provide any documents to support their claims.

The letter, from lawyers Sheri A. Dillon and William F. Nelson, also asserted that Trump holds no debt from Russian lenders and holds no equity in Russian entities. They explained that because of the way that Trump operates his businesses, his corporate income and debt would be disclosed on his personal tax returns.

They’re still not going to believe it, are they?

Hmm, so, how do we explain this?

Labour has said it “does not recognise” estimates that pledges in its manifesto would cost more than £90bn to deliver, as questions mounted over the economic viability of its ambitious spending plans, including abolishing tuition fees, £6bn extra for the NHS and building 100,000 homes every year.

The Daily Mail and the Telegraph claimed their analysis of Labour’s spending plans revealed it would cost £93bn, or £4,000 per family, though the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has put the overall figure at £55bn.

The simple answer, and Occam’s shaving tool might apply here, is that McDonnell cannot count.

Alternative explanations welcomed.