With the United Kingdom in the grip of another General Election, it is worth looking at what the British political parties are offering for their vision of Britain in the world, if such vision exists, and what the foreign policies are of the two main British political parties - the Conservative Party led by Theresa May and the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn...
...Meanwhile North Korea has fired back that it would reduce Japan to «ashes», turn South Korea into a «sea of fire», bring about the «collapse of the American Empire» and referring to the US aircraft carrier fleet the USS Carl Vinson which Trump called an «armada» the North Korean propaganda department stated...
With the formal beginning of the UK General Election with the dissolution of Parliament, the British Prime Minister, Theresa May stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street and started milking the nationalistic fervour of Brexit for all it was worth. Mrs. May declared that Brussels was attempting to «interfere» with the British General Election. The day before she crudely stated the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker would soon find out what a «bloody difficult woman» she was, taking that label first pinned to her by her fellow Tory colleague the wonderful Ken Clarke (who would make a fantastic Prime Minister).
On Tuesday, April 18th the British Prime Minister, Mrs. Theresa May, sprang a surprise on an unsuspecting and election weary British public. Despite repeatedly saying after becoming UK Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party that there would be no snap election, Mrs. May did another massive U-turn and said she had changed her mind. Unlike Mrs. Thatcher, this Lady is for Turning. Mrs. May is making a habit of this...
As with all Government entities and seats of power there is always a level of Palace Intrigue which fascinates political observers, journalists and analysts. Yet with the Trump White House, rarely has there been this much chaos and dysfunction so early in the life of a new American administration. It has been an exhausting process keeping up with the Washington DC parlour game of who is up and who is down within the inner circle of Donald Trump's circus entourage. The latest victim of President Trump's mood swings would seem to be the man that the media christened President himself, former Goldman Sachs investment banker turned far right Breitbart guru Steve Bannon.
This week the leaders of the worlds two superpowers will meet for their first summit in the sunshine state of Florida. One superpower is the Established force of the world's policeman and has occupied this position since the end of World War II. The other is a rising superpower, the second largest economy in the world and yet still a developing country with no history of ever playing the role of global policeman. For the American President this will be his most important international summit to date and it will be very different from any that he has undertaken so far. Of all the leaders that President Trump has thus met so far none of them can be described as being anything near a rival or even approaching an equal to the United States on the world stage.
In President Donald Trump's best selling memoir and «self-help book» The Art of The Deal written with the help of journalist Tony Schwartz in 1987, the penultimate chapter is entitled «Deliver the Goods». A very big plank of Mr. Trump's campaign platform for running for President was that he was not a politician, with no experience of politics and government, but rather a businessman who could get «great deals» and «beautiful things» done in Washington DC for the American people where previous «do nothing» politicians had failed before him.
So the die is cast. With the passage of the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill sailing through Parliament, the triggering of Article 50 is now only weeks away. Some commentators talk of other Parliaments abroad merely being a rubber stamp. Well, with the passage of the UK Government of Theresa May's Brexit Bill, un-amended and with only a couple of weeks debate, the same could be said of the supposed «Mother of All Parliaments»...
«You know what some people call us? The nasty party». Those words were spoken by the Prime Minister Theresa May, then her Party's Chairman, at the 2002 Conservative Party Conference. Never has a more true statement been spoken with regards to the Tory Party...
The leakers in the US intelligence community need to stop and if they feel so strongly that they need to give up being spooks in the shadows and have the courage of their convictions to come out into daylight and stand for Congress which is the appropriate democratic body to challenge and hold to account the President of the United States in a politically partisan fashion, not from the comfortable phantom zone of anonymity of Langley or 935 Pennsylvania Avenue...