Trump on Twitter: ‘Putin and I Got Along Well Which Truly Bothered Many Haters’ – Sputnik International

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended his first face-to-face meeting with US President Donald Trump in Helsinki. They discussed the current state of bilateral relations along with pressing issues on the international agenda, as well as Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election, as well as the situation in Syria.

US President Donald Trump on Twitter wrote about his meeting with Vladimir Putin and promised great results. Trump added that the fact that he got along with Putin made his haters angry.


Source: Trump on Twitter: ‘Putin and I Got Along Well Which Truly Bothered Many Haters’ – Sputnik International


Justine Greening calls for second Brexit referendum – BBC News

Justine Greening has called for a second referendum, labelling the prime minister’s Brexit deal a “fudge”.

Writing in the Times, the former education secretary described Theresa May’s proposals as “the worst of both worlds”.

The final decision should be given back to the people and out of “deadlocked politicians” hands, Ms Greening said.

She states there are three options: the PM’s deal, staying in the EU or a clean break from Europe with no deal.

Ms Greening, who resigned after the cabinet reshuffle in January, said the referendum should offer a first and second preference vote so that a consensus can be reached.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Greening said the government’s proposals were a “genuine clever attempt at a compromise that could work” but “suits no-one”.


Source: Justine Greening calls for second Brexit referendum – BBC News

Call for media action after news agency’s shorthand ‘discrimination’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

A disabled journalist is calling for action to address widespread discrimination in the media industry after a news agency told him he had not been interviewed for a job because he did not have a qualification in shorthand.

Declan McSweeney has tried several times to apply for posts with Mercury Press in Liverpool – and with other news organisations – and has been told on each occasion that he was not suitable for the role.

But on the last occasion the agency admitted that the experienced journalist would not be considered because he did not have a recognised shorthand qualification.

McSweeney, who has cerebral palsy, has previously worked as a journalist in Ireland and London for more than 20 years, and has his own system of shorthand that he has used successfully throughout his career.

But he was told that this would not be acceptable for the Mercury position.

A senior executive for the agency, which is owned by Birmingham-based Caters News Agency, told him in an email: “To follow up your comment about it not being mandatory to be qualified in shorthand.


Source: Call for media action after news agency’s shorthand ‘discrimination’ | DisabledGo News and Blog

Trump, May and ‘fake schmooze’: today’s front pages | US news | The Guardian

Trump, May and ‘fake schmooze’: today’s front pages

With his incendiary interview and attempts to repair the damage, Donald Trump’s UK visit left a trail of havoc – and the papers try to reflect that

 Trump leaves London after wreaking diplomatic destruction

 Trump takes war on ‘fake news’ to UK


Source: Trump, May and ‘fake schmooze’: today’s front pages | US news | The Guardian

The rescue of the Thai cave boys is a triumph of bravery, expertise and love | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian

Sometimes all other news seems irrelevant. The Thai boys and their coach are out. They are rescued. It’s been heart-in-mouth stuff for days, but finally the Wild Boars and their young coach are free and, God knows, I am in bits and overawed at this rescue effort – at the pure unflashy heroism of these divers. The world has watched and prayed for the lost boys.

To be trapped underground as dark water rises is the stuff of nightmares. To enter willingly into these cavities and squeeze through in order to take in food and medicine and finally to free these boys is courageous beyond belief. In the end, oxygen is what mattered, and in taking in oxygen for the boys, one man lost his life, not having left enough for himself. Saman Kunan died trying to save the lives of others. We must not forget him.


Source: The rescue of the Thai cave boys is a triumph of bravery, expertise and love | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian

David Davis’s resignation isn’t the one Theresa May should be worried about

The Brexit fight goes on, what will be the outcome, Brexit, Remain or something in the middle that no one wishes.


The return of Brexit minister Steve Baker to the backbenches reunites an army of angry Tory Leavers with their general.

Who made Brexit happen? The list as popularly imagined takes in everyone from David Cameron and Nigel Farage to Paul Dacre, Jeremy Corbyn and the staff of Cambridge Analytica. But one man who rarely features is Steve Baker, the Conservative MP who joined David Davis in quitting as a Brexit minister in the early hours of this morning.

Baker, until last night the most doctrinaire leaver inside government and one of the few sincere advocates for a no-deal exit on the government payroll, is far more deserving of a place on that list than most. In the long parliamentary war over Brexit, the born-again Christian has played general and quartermaster to Eurosceptic Tories with an evangelical zeal and considerable success.

In 2015, as founding chairman of Conservatives for Britain, the…

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I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice | Penny Pepper | Opinion | The Guardian

remember the dawning of my green consciousness: the sudden, painful realisation that products were tested on animals. This was in the early 1970s. I was about 10 years old. A teacher told me that baby powder was put into the eyes of cats and dogs to make sure it was safe. She also said that the plastic container would pollute the Earth.

A few years later, as punk sensibility captured my naturally rebellious heart, I immersed myself in the ecological fight. I joined Greenpeace. I wrote letters – even to the pope on his visit to Britain – arguing against the clubbing of baby seals in Canada. This passion has never left me.

Throw into the mix that I’ve been disabled since the age of 14, however, and environmentalism can start to get tricky. Over the years, I’ve had to learn that being green does not always sit comfortably with my access needs.


Source: I rely on plastic straws and baby wipes. I’m disabled – I have no choice | Penny Pepper | Opinion | The Guardian

Ten years after the financial crisis

Why is it that when there are crises of any nature as the Banking crisis, the various local authorities with Children’s services and a multitude of other and there is the quote, ‘lessons will be learnt’ why is it these lessons are never learnt.

Is it because additional finance may be required, local authorities and Bankers lie, there is no willingness to learn or many other reasons?

What ever is the reason or reasons there should be some system to ensure the lessons have been learnt and if not people should be made accountable.

If there was accountability and this was upheld in Law, then, I believe there will be change for the better, so why is there no effort to bring in such a law. Is it because those that are responsible to create laws are more than likely the people most guilty of not addressing accountability, Yes, the Government, Ministers and MPs.

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Canary Wharf financial district in London. Source: Quartz.

Ten years after the financial crisis of 2008, the U.S. government has failed to do anything necessary to avoid a new crisis.   I just read an article in the London Review of Books that says that the U.K. government’s policies are just as bad.

Like the U.S.-based banks, the British banks engaged in financial engineering that was supposed to create high profit on completely safe investments—which, as experience proved, couldn’t be done.

The British government had to bail out the banking system in order to save the economy.  There probably was no alternative to that.  But it then proceeded to put things back just the way they were before.

John Lancaster, the LRB writer, said there was no attempt at “ring fencing”—what we Americans call firewalls—to split up investment banks, which speculated on the financial markets, and retail banks, which granted…

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Vote for a political party or an individual

I have just come across a draft of a blog I was proposing to issue some years ago and this was prompted by the voting for Police Commissioners, but I do feel that the points raised about voting for a Party as opposed to an Individual are still valid, especially in the case of Brexit.

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable resigns

Like it or not we now have elected Police Commissioners, no one should be complaining re the percentage of the vote. All the Commissioners were elected fairly in accordance with the Law of the country. If you did not exercise your right to vote, or spoiled your ballot paper, then that was your choice, if you want a say, use your vote properly.

I agree, Commissioners should be non-political and I did not agree with party details being shown on the ballot paper, as we were supposedly voting for an Individual not a political party.

Voting, who for, a party or an individual

The press article above as prompted me to have thoughts on our voting system.

It is my belief that the political party should not be shown on any ballot paper whether it be for a local or general election. The idea is in all our elections you are voting for a person that is a councillor or MP, that you feel best represents your point of view.

If we are voting for a party then, there is no need for an individuals name to be on the ballot paper.

Currently you are given an impression that you are voting for an individual, who will represent you. In most cases the individual will be sponsored by a political party, but does that mean they should then show allegiance to the party.

As a country we need to decide, are we voting for a party or an individual, you can not have both.

It also is relevant as to whose views the Councillor or MP are there to represent, are they there to represent their own views or the views of their constituents.  For they do say they are there for their constituents, for if they are not would they have been elected.

But then again as we use the first past the post voting system as opposed to Proportional Representation. The former will elect an individual but perhaps could elect a party who would then place their own individual or as we do the winning candidate on the voting paper. Whereas the latter would elect a party, who would place their own individuals according to the split of the vote, assuming there was more than one place being contended.

So in the case of Brexit, should a particular MP vote in accordance with how their constituents voted or their own views?