McConnell’s impeachment move means Trump looks set to serve a full term and there’ll be no President Pence

McConnell’s impeachment move means Trump looks set to serve a full term and there’ll be no President Pence

The Smarkets Exchange trend chart above reflects the end of the Trump era and the little betting spurt that he might be forced out early. This has effectively come to an end following the overnight events in Washington DC where the House has voted to impeach Trump again but Mitch McConnell has stated that there’ll be no pre-January 20th move for the Senate to come to its decision. So the controversial President who has lost every major election he has…

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The speculation mounts that McConnell could support the impeachment move

The speculation mounts that McConnell could support the impeachment move

The big development overnight on Trump is a report in the New York Times that Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell could just possibly support the Democratic move to impeach. This comes as the House prepares to debate a move later today to impeach the President which looks as though it will go through. The big doubt that existed was whether the Republicans who still control the Senate would support the move. It will be recalled that an earlier attempt by…

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Leave looks like…Has Brexit met Vote Leave’s prospectus?

Leave looks like…Has Brexit met Vote Leave’s prospectus?

Has Brexit matched your expectations?  Let’s start by considering what your expectations should have been.  Shortly before the referendum in 2016, Vote Leave issued a document called Leave Looks Like… which is the closest thing they had to a manifesto.  Their bullet point commitments were as follows: We end the supremacy of EU law and the European Court. We will be able to kick out those who make our laws. Europe yes, EU no. We have a new UK-EU Treaty based on…

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George Osborne argues that the way Trump’s been constrained shows that democracy is working

George Osborne argues that the way Trump’s been constrained shows that democracy is working

The former Chancellor and now Editor of the London Evening Standard has an interesting piece in his paper tonight in which he gives his analysis of the dramatic events over the past week in Washington and argues that it shows that the democratic process is working. He notes: Having got to the White House, Donald Trump posed an almost unique danger. It’s hard to imagine a personality less suited to the judicious exercise of awesome power than the biggest narcissist…

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Let’s stop this faux outrage over Boris being seen cycling 7 miles from Downing Street

Let’s stop this faux outrage over Boris being seen cycling 7 miles from Downing Street

For a man in his early 50s that is well within his “local area” There’s been a lot of fuss over the past 24 hours over the PM being spotted cycling near the Olympic park which is about seven miles from Downing Street. LAB MPs and those opposed to him have accused Johnson of following a “Do as I say not as I do” approach to the lockdown restrictions. As PB regulars might have deduced I am no fan of…

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Trump has not spoken to Pence since Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol

Trump has not spoken to Pence since Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol

A major split seems to have occurred between Trump and his VP Mike Pence according to NBC News There is .. a deepening and widespread anger among Pence’s aides and allies at how Trump seemingly discarded his most devoted soldier over his refusal to circumvent an important constitutional duty, per these people. The president’s decision not to reach out to Pence and his family while they were sheltered inside a Capitol bunker as pro-Trump rioters breached the building has particularly…

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Jabbing the Unjabbable (or, for the less polite, Pricking the Pricks)

Jabbing the Unjabbable (or, for the less polite, Pricking the Pricks)

A guest slot by Stocky I saw a friend recently who is an enthusiast of myriad butt-clenching conspiracy theories.  “My intention was to calmly, cleverly and succinctly knock down each piece of nonsense one-by-one and emerge victorious, chest swelled and buttocks relaxed. My plan quickly got caught up in the weeds.” He quickly got into his patter: Covid is no worse than flu; the death figures are deliberately inflated; long-Covid is largely made up; the pandemic is a fiction created by…

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