Waarom Theresa May na meest verpletterende nederlaag ooit kan aanblijven? Nog steeds Jeremy Corbyn

17-01-19 05:30:00,

Zoals was voorspeld valt de regering van eerste minister Theresa May niet, zelfs na de meest verpletterende nederlaag in de Britse geschiedenis. Haar partij is diep verdeeld over de Brexit, maar hun afkeer voor een Labourregering onder Corbyn is nog groter. De Britse media slagen er zelfs in de nederlaag van May aan Corbyn te verwijten.

Na de meest verpletterende nederlaag van een eerste minister ooit in de Britse geschiedenis kan Theresa May desondanks aanblijven als eerste minister. Hoewel meer dan de helft van haar eigen parlementaire fractie tegen haar Brexit-plan stemde, samen met de oppositie, gaven diezelfde parlementsleden amper een dag later haar het vertrouwen om door te gaan. Zij stemden de ‘motion of no confidence’ (motie van wantrouwen) ingediend door Labourvoorzitter Jeremy Corbyn weg.

De meeste Britse mediacommentatoren doen een oproep aan Jeremy Corbyn om met een tweede referendum in te stemmen. Deze man hebben ze sinds zijn eerste verkiezing in 2015 gebasht met een fanatieke verbetenheid, ongezien sinds de jaren 1930. Hij zou ‘onverkiesbaar’ zijn, ‘onverantwoordelijk’, ‘gevaarlijk voor de vrede’, ‘een willig agent van Poetin’ en een ‘antisemiet’, een man ook met anachronistische en niet-realiseerbare ideeën over socialisme (zie Studie bewijst Guardian BBC vooringenomen tegen Corbyn). Diezelfde man verwijten ze nu een gebrek aan staatsmanschap, omdat hij het belang van zijn partij en zichzelf stelt boven het belang van ‘the country’.

Corbyn verkoop ‘verkeerde ideeën’. Zo blijft hij onverminderd aandacht eisen voor het sociaal vernietigende beleid van de Conservatieve regering van Theresa May. Bij de parlementaire verkiezingen van juni 2017 wist hij met een uitgesproken links programma het grootste resultaat van Labour te halen sinds 1997. Daarmee vernietigde hij het serieux van zowat alle mediacommentatoren die een spectaculaire nederlaag hadden voorspeld, sommigen spraken zelfs van het verdwijnen van Labour voor een hele generatie. Wat ze hem dus verwijten, komt er op neer dat hij consequent bij zijn verkiezingsbeloften blijft en die zijn sociaal.

De woede van het media-commentariaat in Londen richt zich ook tegen zijn discours dat de kiezers voor Leave (de voorstanders van Brexit) en Remain (de tegenstanders) samenbrengt. Hij wijst er voortdurend op dat hoe iedereen ook gestemd heeft tijdens het referendum de sociale noden voor de Leavers en de Remainers dezelfde zijn.

Nadat Theresa May maandenlang heeft geweigerd om ook maar éénmaal met de partijen van de oppositie te praten of ze te betrekken in de gesprekken met de EU over de Brexit,

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EU nails down Theresa May and the UK in 26 page Post-Brexit Terms (Video)

23-11-18 02:21:00,


The Duran Quick Take: Episode 22.

Alex Christoforou


48 mins ago


November 23, 2018

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at US President Donald Trump’s recent statement to the press that he will continue to build on America’s long standing relationship with Saudi Arabia, in spite of massive pressure to punish the Kingdom and its rogue prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabia is issuing its own red lines, claiming that criticism of MbS will not go unpunished.

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Now that President Trump has not only given Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a pass on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but in his Tuesday written statement even heaped praise on the kingdom while ultimately blaming Iran for destabilizing the region, Riyadh has come out swinging and put political enemies on notice.

In an official statement issued Wednesday the Saudi foreign ministry warned that any any criticism of MbS is a “red line” that would not be tolerated. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir specifically related his comments to the Khashoggi case, saying that calls for MbS to be held account would not be tolerated, according to the AFP.

“In Saudi Arabia our leadership is a red line. The custodian of the two holy mosques (King Salman) and the crown prince are a red line,” Jubeir told the BBC in an interview discussing the ongoing Khashoggi murder probe.

The Saudi FM said that not even so much as “discussion” would be tolerated, saying of the kingdom’s rulers:

They represent every Saudi citizen and every Saudi citizen represents them. And we will not tolerate any discussion of anything that is disparaging towards our monarch or our crown prince.

Up until Trump’s White House letter underscoring the United States’ continued close relations with the Saudis, MbS’ future prospects for an easy ascent to his father’s throne were shaken by the revelation that the CIA assessed MbS had ordered the October 2nd grisly murder and dismemberment of Khashoggi.

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Theresa May pushes nerve agent false flag, gives Russia 36 hour ultimatum

12-03-18 07:39:00,

US President Donald Trump has just lectured NATO on it member’s commitment performance and held a controversial meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and is next week to receive EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with trade matters being high up on the agenda.

Juncker is expected to present Trump with a package of proposals to help smooth relations and potentially heal areas of division, particularly those surrounding Europe’s trade relationship with America. Those proposals are precisely what is cropping up as another area of divergence between some members of the EU, specifically France and Germany, just after a major contention on migration has been driving discord within the Union.

This gets down to whether Europe should offer concessions to Trump on trade while Trump is admittedly describing the Union as a ‘foe’ and has initiated a trade spat with the Union by assessing trade tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, spurring retaliatory tariff measures from the EU Commission.

France, specifically, is opposed to any sort of compromise with Trump on the matter, where Trump is perceived as an opponent to the Union and its unity, whereas Germany is economically motivated to seek an end to the trade dispute under the threat of a new round of tariffs emanating from the Trump administration, and is therefore seeking to find some sort of proposal that Trump will accept and therefore back down on his protectionism against the EU, and Germany in particular.

Politico reports:

Only a week before European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker flies to Washington, France and Germany are divided over how much he should offer to U.S. President Donald Trump to end a deepening trade war, say European diplomats and officials.

But, they add, Germany has the upper hand. Berlin is shaping Juncker’s agenda, suggesting three offers that he could take to Trump on July 25 to resolve the dispute, according to people familiar with the plans.

The French are uneasy about the wisdom of such a conciliatory approach, however, and publicly accuse Trump of seeking to splinter and weaken the 28-member bloc, which he has called his “foe.”

Despite Paris’ reservations about giving away too much to the increasingly hostile U.S.

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NYT: “What to Get Theresa May for Christmas?” Answer: Adults in the Room!

25-12-17 11:02:00,

LONDON — If Santa is listening, here’s a suggestion about what to deliver Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain and David Davis, her chief Brexit negotiator: a copy of Yanis Varoufakis’s “Adults in the Room.”

Mr. Varoufakis is the former Greek finance minister and his book sets out in excruciating detail the story of the 2015 negotiations between Greece’s government and its creditors. It feels like necessary reading for the Brexit team.

Last week, European Union leaders agreed that sufficient progress had been made on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations to move on to the next phase, which will set out future trade relations between Britain and the European Union. The first phase revolved around three main issues: payment of what Britain owes the European Union; the rights of European Union citizens in post-Brexit Britain; and what kind of border should exist between Northern Ireland, which will be outside the union, and the Republic of Ireland, which will be inside.

In the nine months of negotiations so far, there has been remarkably little give and take. What Britain agreed to last week was largely what Europe had demanded at the beginning.

European Union citizens’ rights have been largely protected, with Britain agreeing that its courts will take into account rulings of the European Court of Justice, the European Union’s supreme legal body. The money being paid by Britain for the divorce is less than what some politicians on the Continent were hoping for, but about double what was first offered.

On the Irish border, the two sides have agreed that there will be no border with passport and customs checks — but also that the details will be left to later talks. If there is no mutually agreeable solution, then Britain has promised to maintain “regulatory alignment” with the European Union to ensure that customs checks aren’t necessary, even though Britain will have no say over those regulations. A country that voted for Brexit as a way to “take back control” will be acceding even more control to the European Union.

All this is as Mr. Varoufakis might have predicted. In the wake of the financial crash of 2008, the Greek economy had imploded.

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