It’s that second to last word that matters

Manafort’s decision to take his chances in court has startled many observers. Speculation about whom Manafort may be protecting with his silence – and why – has steadily intensified.

Bradley Moss, a Washington-based attorney who specialises in national security issues, expressed dismay that Manafort was allowing his case to go this far.

“They have him nailed dead to rights,” said Moss. “He is going to spend the rest of his life in jail if convicted.”

Maybe he thinks he’s got a defence?

Facial recognition is still pretty shit

Amazon’s facial recognition technology falsely identified 28 members of Congress as people who have been arrested for crimes, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The ACLU of Northern California’s test of Amazon’s controversial Rekognition software also found that people of color were disproportionately misidentified in a mugshot database, raising new concerns about racial bias and the potential for abuse by law enforcement.

There’s no AI – as yet – as good as a human at recognising a face. It’s a difficult and complex problem.

Of course, 100% of members of Congress should be identified as arrestees at least in a just world but that’s another matter.

There’s something of a difference here

The Government ‘should abolish’ the Lifetime Isa, says new Treasury report


The Lifetime Isa should be abolished just over a year after its launch, and may have been mis-sold to the public, according to a new report from the Treasury Committee which took aim at Britain’s savings market.

Ah, no, not the Treasury. Rather, a bunch of backbench MPs has said so.

The sort of differentiation the Telegraph used to be quite keen on.

May’s Knights Who Say Ni!

May’s decision improves her prospects of making it through to the summer break without a leadership challenge. On Monday night, it emerged that No 10 had proposed bringing forward the summer recess to Thursday, to reduce the time available for Conservative MPs to hold a confidence vote if one were to be called, although Labour and some Tory MPs indicated they were considering voting against any attempt to impose an early holiday.

It is the Knights Who Say Ni! whose catchphrase is “Run Away, Run Away!”

Or is it Arthur himself?


In geopolitics, his targets are always the same: the forces of multilateralism, cooperation and international order, whether it’s Nato, the EU, the UN or even the G7. He wants to see those bodies weakened and destroyed, replaced by a dog-eat-dog world of single states, dealing with each other one-on-one.

Asking that the members of Nato cough up the money they’ve already pledged to make Nato work is weakening, destroying, it, is it?

Such a tough question

Why is Trump still so popular? He gives his base what they want
Cas Mudde
A recent Gallup poll showed that, at the 500 days mark, Trump was the second most popular US president among his own constituency. How is that possible?

I dunno, I think I’d mutter something about democracy myself. Maybe even that you share a country with quite a lot of people who don’t think a you do. Which is why democracy, to sort out those differences, provide a non-bloody way of deciding things.

Who else if not Jacinda?

Jacinda Ardern is the very hero the global left needs right now
Van Badham

Guess so really. She’s had enough time to talk the talk but not enough for us to see the outcome of anything she’s done.

There isn’t really anyone else. All the other global lefty heroes have ha enough time for the results to become clear which is a bit of a pity as they’re near universally shit.

We’re governed by mice, aren’t we?

Spotted dick has long been a source of amusement for diners – but now seems to be so much so that waiters in the Houses of Parliament dare not say the name of the pudding out loud.

The Daily Telegraph has learnt that staff working in Strangers’ Dining Room, the 19th-century restaurant used by MPs to entertain guests, have resorted to using the name “Spotted Richard” in order to spare the clientele their blushes.

Four staff waiting on tables in the restaurant confirmed the name change when approached last night. They were less forthcoming when asked for an explanation, stating only that “Richard” was less likely to cause a stir with guests.

However, the rebrand appears to have had the opposite of the desired effect, with Strangers’ regulars taking to social media yesterday to brand the change “very silly”.

That they’ve not risen up en masse and hanged the catering manager responsible from the clapper of Big Ben shows they are mice, not men.

Robert Reich is losing his mind

Imagine that an impeachment resolution against Trump passes the House. Trump claims it’s the work of the “deep state.” Fox News’s Sean Hannity demands every honest patriot take to the streets. Rightwing social media call for war. As insurrection spreads, Trump commands the armed forces to side with the “patriots.”

Or it’s November 2020 and Trump has lost the election. He charges voter fraud, claiming that the “deep state” organized tens of millions of illegal immigrants to vote against him, and says he has an obligation not to step down. Demonstrations and riots ensue. Trump commands the armed forces to put them down.

If these sound far-fetched, consider Trump’s torrent of lies, his admiration for foreign dictators, his off-hand jokes about being “president for life” (Xi Xinping “was able to do that,” he told admirers in March. “I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot some day.’), and his increasing invocation of a “deep state” plot against him.


This is the correct attitude to most politicians, not just Italian ones

But the other response is qualunquismo (“common man-ism”). The term was coined in the immediate postwar era, but it reemerged as a form of furious, coarse populism in the early 1990s when Umberto Bossi shouted from the podium that “the Northern League has a hard-on”. He wanted to screw the patrician establishment. One of the shoutiest slogans of the Five Star Movement (M5S) a few years ago was simply “fuck off”.

No doubt they’ll be prosecuted, eh?

The official campaign to keep Britain in the EU is facing fresh questions over whether it breached spending rules during the Brexit referendum.

Britain Stronger in Europe published a video on its website and Facebook page which formed part of a celebrity advertising campaign in the final days before the vote in 2016.

The clip, featuring Keira Knightley, a Remain supporter, urging people to vote, was produced by an advertising agency – along with a series also featuring Dame Vivienne Westwood, the fashion designer and Lily Cole, the model – at a total cost of more than £76,000.

Given the precedent in the manner they’ve been crawling all over the Leave accounts?

How damn bourgeois is this?

This has me laughing like a drain:

The leader of Spain’s anti-austerity Podemos party and its parliamentary spokeswoman are submitting themselves to a confidence vote in the hope of putting an end to criticism of their decision to buy a €600,000 (£525,000) house in the mountains outside Madrid.

Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero, who are expecting twins, have been accused of betraying the party’s principles and joining the petty bourgeoisie by purchasing the property.

Among those who have criticised the move is José María González, the Podemos mayor of Cádiz.

“Podemos’s ethics code isn’t a formality,” he said. “It’s a commitment to living like working people so that you can represent them.”

Imagine if the Momentum crowd were held to the same standard, eh?

Explains quite a lot really

Hillary Clinton unleashed a “fuck-laced fusillade” on aides in a 2016 debate prep session, according to a new book about the presidential campaign by New York Times journalist Amy Chozick.

The candidate was squirming with frustration over lingering concerns about her “authenticity” and racked with loathing for Donald Trump she was determined not to vent in public.

“Aides understood that in order to keep it all together onstage, Hillary sometimes needed to unleash on them in private,” Chozick writes in Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling. “‘You want authentic, here it is!’ she’d yelled in one prep session, followed by a fuck-laced fusillade about what a ‘disgusting’ human being Trump was and how he didn’t deserve to even be in the arena.”

That sense of entitlement, that others were not worthy to challenge her right to rule…..

We knew about this, oh yes we did

Former hacktivists have reacted with bafflement after the Conservative MP Kemi Badenoch admitted that she hacked Harriet Harman’s website in 2008.

Badenoch confessed to the hack, which carried a jail sentence of up to five years at the time she acted, in response to a question about the “naughtiest” thing she had done.

Badenoch gained access to Harman’s website by guessing the credentials (she later gave an anonymous interview revealing that Harman’s username and password were “harriet” and “harman”), and posted a hoax blogpost claiming the then Labour minister for women and equality was supporting Boris Johnson in the London mayoral race.

We knew about it at the time. “We” being those who knew about it of course, a somewhat select group to be sure.

Hills just can’t let it go, can she?

Don’t let Brexit undermine Ireland’s peace
Hillary Clinton
Those who say the Good Friday agreement has run its course are wrong. Reinstating the Irish border would be an enormous setback

Boilerplate blather etc.


Even now, I can picture clearly my husband’s first trip to Northern Ireland as president. On a cold winter night in 1995, Bill and I joined thousands of people at Belfast city hall for the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Still her best claim to fame is her hubby, eh? Strong independent woman or what?