Politics

Well, yes, this is true

…but they should bear in mind that by that metric the most successful British politician of the past decade is neither David Cameron nor Nick Clegg, but Nigel Farage. He got the airtime, he won his Brexit, and it is in his image that the Tory party is being reshaped.

He is the most successful politician of his generation.

The American Left

Nice that they’re finally being open about it:

Fascism is based not just on a charismatic dictator. Hitler and Mussolini actually delivered for working people.

Hitler ran a terrific welfare state, some of it funded with property looted from Jews.

Hitler sometimes even punished his corporate supporters for mistreating workers. Had a free election been possible in 1937—it wasn’t because he destroyed and terrorized his opposition—Hitler, who cured the Depression faster than FDR, might have been re-elected in a landslide.

Gee, ya think?

The Republican convention is proof that traditional Republicans have given up
Cas Mudde
If Trump gets re-elected, Republicans will say they were always with him. If he loses, they’ll say it was just Trump who lost, not the Republican establishment

Hills losing was Hills losing, not a rejection of managerialist progressivism.

Discuss.

Well balanced journalism here

The Guardian on the RNC:

Trump unleashes diatribe of falsehoods and baseless attacks in RNC finale
Trump portrayed Biden as a creature of the Washington swamp, beat the drum of law and order and said little about racial injustice

Yes, we know they’re a lefty newspaper but there used to be a certain division between the news and opinion sections. This is in the news section:

www.theguardian.com/us-news/

And they wonder why middle America looks a tad askance at the media?

If he does gain a second term it’s going to be so much fun watchin’ heads a’splodin’

Bob Cesca’s quite the little fascist, isn’t he?

If Trump is defeated in November, there has to be what former U.S. attorney Glenn Kirschner dubbed a Trump Crimes Commission: a bipartisan panel tasked with investigating the high crimes we know about while uncovering what we don’t, then referring it all to the post-Bill Barr Department of Justice, the IRS and beyond. Everyone from the president himself down to Mike Pence, Bill Barr, Mike Pompeo, Kellyanne Conway, Mark Meadows, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and the entire regime of post-apocalyptic ghouls who participated in or were aware of malfeasance and unconstitutional conduct inside the White House must be compelled, at the very least, to testify about what happened, when it happened and who was involved. The commission can work backward from the administration’s criminal response to the pandemic to the president’s repeated attempts to cheat in the 2016 and 2020 elections, including with Ukraine, Russia and the Postal Service, and then to the theft of taxpayer funds, the myriad myriad cases of obstruction of justice and so onward.

Political enemies must be jailed. Hmm, most democratic.

Gosh!

Trump allies and family members also used misleading claims to portray the president as the best hope for America’s future

You mean people don’t tell the truth in elections? Doesn’t that just bugger democracy as a method of running society and the economy then?

Seriously absurd political analysis

Thus, it’s here, between skeptical support for Joe Biden and overwhelming opposition to Donald Trump, that progressives chart their future. For two presidential cycles, Sen. Bernie Sanders ignited and expanded the progressive left. Now organizers and activists seek to build on that working-class coalition…

Anyone who thinks that the progressive left in the US is working class is a loon. The working class over there are the ones wearing the MAGA hats ‘n’driving pick up trucks to go huntin’.

It’s the same divide as thinking that Jezza was popular among the British working class….

I don’t think anyone in Mexico is in the least surprised

Mexico’s political establishment has been shaken by claims that three former Mexican presidents and an all-star cast of lawmakers and aides may have been involved in alleged acts of corruption.

The accusations were leveled by Emilio Lozoya, the former head of Mexico’s state oil company Pemex, and will boost efforts by the country’s current president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to portray himself as an anti-corruption crusader.

Everyone knew which is why Obrador did run as an anti-corruption candidate and thereby won.

This is about as surprising as finding out that Boris has been dipping his winkle. Yeah, and?

Steve Bannon arrested

That we’ll build the wall crowdfunding – apparently some dipping fingers. That’s the allegation. Couple of months before the election? Oh Aye?

On the other hand its Federal prosecutors which aren’t as politically minded as some State AGs but still…..

So Jacinda is now the Fascist Bully Boot Boy

New Zealand delays general election by a month amid Auckland Covid-19 outbreak
The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, announces vote will move from 19 September to 17 October

Well, she must be, right? Because Orange Man Bad is being called a Fascist Bully Boot Boy for other people even claiming that he might think of delaying the election. And there’s absolutely no reason at all why Jac won’t be judged by the same standards, is there? None at all.

Just a thought

Shanita Hubbard is an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania

An adjunct (in English, temporary lecturer at a technical college) is the sort of leading member of the community that gets OpEdsin a national newspaper to explain their politiacl views? Or this is a sign of how far down the tree the Guardian has had to go to find someone black willing to defend Kamala?

Welcome to the banana Republic

The attorney general of New York took action Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18-month investigation that found evidence the powerful gun rights group is “fraught with fraud and abuse.”

The level of self dealing and near looting looks almost Clintonesque to be fair. But it’s this:

The turmoil at the NRA also could have political ramifications ahead of the 2020 elections. The NRA spent tens of millions of dollars in 2016 to support then-candidate Donald Trump — a role it appears it will be unlikely to be able to repeat given its current financial condition.

Gosh, that is a surprise.

The AG of NY is a D.

One for Carole Cadwallader

Russian hackers stole classified documents from the email account of a Cabinet minister before they were used by Jeremy Corbyn to attack the Government, it was claimed on Monday.
Former Trade Secretary Liam Fox was the victim of what appears to have been a "state-backed" operation ahead of last year’s general election, sources said.
The news triggered a review of Government security as ministers and MPs were reminded of the need to follow rules set out by the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ.
If the claims – currently the subject of a police investigation – are proven, it would be the first time a current or former Cabinet minister had been successfully targeted by Russian hackers.

An actual real example of Russian interference in British politics and elections. She will be all over it like – as Ike and Tina sang – white on white, right?

Yes, of course she will.

That’s proven then, socialism causes prostitution

“Eating from rubbish bins to survive was no life, so we left. But, now with the pandemic, we are in limbo, we are stuck in Colombia, and hungry again. We have gone from one crisis to another.”

Venezuela’s total economic collapse has fuelled a large-scale, complex and underfunded humanitarian crisis. An estimated 4.5 million Venezuelans have fled a country blighted by unemployment, collapsing utilities, a defunct healthcare system and severe food shortages.

And as refugees, it is women who have been the most vulnerable to labour and sexual exploitation, trafficking and violence.

Would be a useful tagline for Labour, no? Elect Corbyn and the women have to go on the game…..

Trump’s vote just rose

Armed black militia in America issues threat to build ‘its own nation’
‘Not F****** Around Coalition’ outnumber far-right militia group Three Percenters in Louisville, Kentucky

Fears of violent clashes in the wake of the protests sweeping the US heightened over the weekend with a show of force by an armed black militia group….

The right to bear arms applies whatever the skin colour. But the social – or even societal – response might not be quite so level headed.

Soon we’ll be told that Indians are in fact white

Which, given that Northern Indians are actually Caucasian – Southern not so – seems fair enough. But it will be caste that will flip the identification:

Indian Matchmaking’s uncritical presentation of its clients’ “criteria” – usually fair-skinned women from a “good” family – has come in for particular criticism.

Critics have said the show perpetuates damaging ideas around colourism and caste – the Hindu system of hierarchy, which rigidly designates someone’s class and social status. Dalits, India’s lowest class, still undergo rampant discrimination and abuse in society while the upper Brahmin caste hold much of the power and influence. Cross-caste marriage in India can get you killed.

“Indian Matchmaking is really a cesspool of casteism, colourism, sexism, classism,” wrote one Twitter user.

Caste is the world’s longest running successful colour bar. It’s the conquerors maintaining their distance from those they conquered. It’s as if we were still dividing between Angles and Normans but for a thousand or two years longer.

Which is what will get Indians reclassified as white of course. For as we know, only whites can be racist, here we’ve racism, so they must be white, right?