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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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Time to bet that Trump will take the controversial step of pardoning himself?

Time to bet that Trump will take the controversial step of pardoning himself?

The above is the top of the entry on the US Department of Justice website of the dozens of people who have been pardoned by Trump during his presidency. No doubt this list will be added to in the days that remain before Biden is inaugurated on January 20th. There’s a lot of speculation about who will make the final list which is likely to include those who have been closest to the President during his time in office. There’s…

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Why ambitious Republicans might back impeach Trump moves

Why ambitious Republicans might back impeach Trump moves

With rallies and demonstrations, like the one in New York above, taking place in many US cities to demand that the president be impeached there are increasing reports that an attempt might be made during Trump’s final 12 days. The reason why there’s so much anger that was there for all to see on Wednesday as Trump supporters invaded the Capitol building. This cannot be allowed to go unpunished if a commitment to democratic values is to be restored. Taegan…

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During the four years of Trump the Republicans have lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency

During the four years of Trump the Republicans have lost the House, the Senate and the Presidency

Even when he leaves in 12 days he’ll still be the most powerful force in his party Back in November 2016 when Trump won his unexpected presidential victory over Hillary Clinton the party controlled the Senate, the House of Representatives and after Obama stood down two months later the White House. Since then it has all been bad news for the GOP. In what we in the UK call by-elections the Democrats had some big successes in the run up…

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Less than three months ago 56% of Tory members in a CONHome poll said they backed Trump

Less than three months ago 56% of Tory members in a CONHome poll said they backed Trump

Has that now changed? The above is from a ConservativeHome survey that was published four days before the American election on October 31st 2020 and shows overwhelming support for the incumbent who was seeking a second term. At that time much was known about Trump particularly his racism, his lies and his flexible approach to the truth. Also it was known of the sorts of extremists who were ready to back him yet that didn’t seem to affect their views….

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