If the Press Can Publish Harry and Megan’s Correspondence, then We Should See Murdoch and Co’s

The National Press always want it their way, but yes, they should be transparent and ‘Conflicts of Interest; should be made public.

How do we know that this interest in ;Harry and Meghan; may also be a Conflict of Interest.

The press state that Harry and Meghan should not have ‘their cake and eat it’, but it appears it is OK for The Press to do so. Hypocrisy in all its connotations.

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Harry and Meghan and suing the Mail on Sunday for publishing a letter from Megan to her father. And today, that bastion on the British press – and as the late Terry Wogan used to say of the Beeb, ‘there are many basty ‘uns in there’  – the MoS set out its defence. It’s the old ‘public interest’ argument. They’re going to argue that Meghan and Harry don’t have the same right to privacy as the rest of us, because they’re private correspondence and activities are of interest to the public. Zelo Street has put up a piece demolishing it by showing how circular the argument is. The letter, and anything else the royal couple writes or does, is of interest to the public because the press tells them it is. Zelo Street states

What the MoS is setting out in its defence is that what it did is…

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The EU Parliament Decision to Recognize Jailed and Exiled Catalan Leaders, Junqueras, Puigdemont and Comín, Causes Political Turmoil

While I believe that Catalonia should gain independence, if that is really what they wish for and therefore the leaders who pushed for that should not be hunted and then go through the Spanish legal system. Therefore I agree with the EU and feel it is correct that they have the right to be MEPsand be allowed to fulfil their roles.

However, this does conflict with the Spanish Constitution and their legal process, but this again is in conflict with the way the EU is proceeding.

For it is my belief that the EU commissioners wish to gain overall control of most of the governing powers of the member countries of the EU.

So, therefore I also have a conflict as I believe the EU should not be taking these powers and is one of the reasons that I feel the UK took the route of Brexit.

It is, therefore that if Spain wishes to be within the EU, then they need to retreat from their current stance on Catalonia, release all the former Catalonian leader whom they have imprisoned and remove all charges and controls on those former leaders they have not been able to arrest.

To not do so. should mean that Spain itself, needs to Spexit, otherwise there will and is Conflicts of Interest, in that they abide by EU processes when they wish to and not when they wish to, which in effect means they are totally committed to the EU and could mean other countries are not also, thereby making a mockery of the EU and shows that in reality it should not exist.

But then again, Politics is a very dirty game.

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On Monday, the news that the exiled and jailed Catalan leaders Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Oriol Junqueras will be allowed to take up their seats as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) caused immediate political turmoil in Spain. The European Parliament officially announced that it will recognize the Catalan leaders as MEPs through a communique during the morning. This decision came after the European Court of Justice ruled on December 19 that the Catalans leaders have immunity.

While Catalan authorities celebrated the EU Parliament decision, the Spanish far-right and the right-wing, which had been attempting to prevent them from becoming MEPs, accused the EU Parliament of violating Spanish sovereignty and suggested that there had been an under the table agreement between the EU authorities and pro-independence forces, though no evidence was presented.

Regarding Spain’s Electoral Authority’s decision on barring Catalan President Torra from office and to veto Junqueras…

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Brexit news: Brussels refuses UK military staff over ‘conflict of interest’ | UK | News | Express.co.uk

BRUSSELS has refused the help of the UK military after Brexit with British staff being told their current roles with the European Union will not continue after the UK leaves the bloc.

Currently, 13 British personnel have been assisting EU military staff as part of a secondment arrangement with Brussels, while another has been on loan to the crisis management and planning directorate of the European External Action Service

However they have now been told by Brussels will not have their roles with the EU automatically renewed after Brexit.

The Ministry of Defence said British secondments are now being considered by Brussels on a case-by-case basis in a bid to stop conflicts of interest in potentially sensitive areas.

But joint military missions could face issues after Brexit and a top British official urged negotiators to “find a way to keep the door open”.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the UK defence staff, told the Financial Times: “At times like this the military to military relationships matter more than ever.


Source: Brexit news: Brussels refuses UK military staff over ‘conflict of interest’ | UK | News | Express.co.uk

‘Major Lawsuit’ Against Trump Promised by D.C., Maryland Officials – NBC News

Maryland and D.C. didn’t disclose the focus of their litigation, but The Washington Post reported that it involves foreign payments to Trump’s businesses.

Source: ‘Major Lawsuit’ Against Trump Promised by D.C., Maryland Officials – NBC News

This week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: He violated the emoluments clause at noon Friday – Salon.com

We need to have a talk about the emoluments clause, among other things


emoluments clause of the Constitution in full (Article 1, Section 9, Clause 8): “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”

Trump grabs the spotlight from his nominees

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The news flew fast between Trump Tower and Capitol Hill today as President-elect Donald Trump held his long-awaited news conference during confirmation hearings for his Cabinet picks.

In D.C., New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker gave an impassioned and unprecedented plea to the Senate to vote against Trump’s nominee for attorney general and his fellow senator, Jeff Sessions.

Flanked by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Booker became the first sitting senator to testify against a fellow sitting senator at a confirmation hearing for a Cabinet position.

Meanwhile, Trump’s nominee to be US envoy to the world broke with his future boss on a number of key foreign policy issues. Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, speaking at his Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing, backed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, denounced Russian aggression in cyberspace and Ukraine, and affirmed his belief in climate change.

But on other issues, like whether Russia has committed war crimes with bombings in Syria, Tillerson said he’d need more information to offer an opinion.

When the media spotlight swung to Trump himself, he announced he will transfer his business holdings to a trust run by his sons, and he won’t sell his stake — stopping far short of what ethics lawyers say would eliminate conflicts of interest.

Of course, there was so much more, including the moment when Trump refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta, calling him “fake news.” Don’t stop there, though — real news awaits:


This will not end well: President-elect Trump’s first press conference was a total disaster – Salon.com

On Russia, the intelligence community and his business, Donald Trump’s relentless self-interest will be crippling

Source: This will not end well: President-elect Trump’s first press conference was a total disaster – Salon.com