Breaking: Leadsom resigns from Cabinet | The SKWAWKBOX


Tory chaos goes up a gear with what may be first of series of resignations to pressure PM May

Andrea Leadsom has resigned from her Cabinet position as Leader of the House of Commons.

In a letter to Theresa May, Leadsom blamed failure to deliver Brexit and a breakdown in government processes for her decision and urged May to step down:

 

Source: Breaking: Leadsom resigns from Cabinet | The SKWAWKBOX

New poll shows public turning against Trump


Hoping these polls are correct

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll Aug. 26-29, 2018 indicates the American public has turned sharply against President Trump.  While his poll numbers have never been very good since taking office, it is clear now that the fallout from criminal investigations and prosecutions of his inner circle are having a dramatic effect on public opinion.  Check out these stunning results:

  • 60% disapprove of the President’s job performance while only 36% approve.
  • 47% disapprove of his handling of the economy whereas 45% approve (keep in mind that current economic conditions are generally good, statistically at least).
  • 45% agree that corruption has increased under Trump and just 13% say it has decreased.
  • 63% support the Mueller investigation of Trump while 29% oppose it.
  • 53% believe the President has obstructed justice in the Mueller investigation whereas 35% believe he has not.
  • 67% say the criminal case against former Trump…

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Damian Green resigns after pornography claims


​Damian Green, Theresa May’s most important ally in Government, has resigned as the  First Secretary of State after admitting he made “misleading” statements about pornography found on his Commons computer in 2008.

He will leave his role as First Secretary of State after independent adviser on ministers’ interests, Sir Alex Allan, found he had breached the ministerial code.

In a letter to the de facto deputy prime minister, Ms May wrote: “I am extremely sad to be writing this letter. We have been friends and colleagues throughout our whole political lives.”

 

Source: Damian Green resigns after pornography claims

UK votes to Leave the EU


While the UK voted to leave the EU, not all of the UK was in favour, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU while Wales and England voted to leave. So where does this leave the future of Scotland and Northern Ireland, do they wish to remain unified within the UK and work together to bring about a greater benefit for the UK as a whole. Or, do they wish to split from the UK and become independent either as two separate entities or a combined new venture of Scotland and Northern Ireland. A fourth option will Northern Ireland reunify with the Republic of Ireland to create a unified Ireland. Only Northern Ireland and Scotland can decide.

Economically, the pound as leave became more certain continued on a downwards trend to a 30 year low and stock market trading is also on a down slide. But this would be expected as the financial markets do not deal with change well, especially one that as never been seen before. What we now need is strong leadership both politically and financially.

David Cameron did state that he would respect the wishes of the people, so you would have now expected that he will be working wholeheartedly to achieve a successful break from the EU for the greater good of the UK. However, as he as now resigned and expects his replacement to be in post before the next Conservative Conference in October was that another promise on which he as lied to the electorate. The Bank of England and especially Mark Carney have to do what is needed to stabilise the financial situation in conjunction with what is left of Cameron’s tenure and his eventual replacement.

The EU also needs to reflect how they are to proceed, for it is now clear that they will, eventually, lose a major contributor to the EU, especially financially and there are other countries waiting in the wings to decide if they to wish to have similar referendums, these I believe could be Italy, Netherland, Spain and possibly France and even so, to some extent Germany.

Also how will the USA react, for it is now certain that TTIP is even more seriously damaged, as they were expecting UK support to push this through the EU, to counter an ever-growing discontent with the proposed treaty in some of the other EU countries. So was Obama talking for the good of the UK when he stated he wished the UK to remain in the EU, or just the interests of the USA and especially their multinational companies.

Times are a changing and for the benefit of the UK we all need to be working together no matter how we viewed and voted in the Referendum.

UN rights observer charges Israel with excessive force against Palestinians | The Times of Israel


Outgoing rapporteur Makarim Wibisono calls Gaza blockade ‘stranglehold’ and ‘collective punishment’; Israel dismisses report as biased

Source: UN rights observer charges Israel with excessive force against Palestinians | The Times of Israel

Blatter Quits as FIFA President With Graft Probe Spreading


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What Prompted FIFA President Sepp Blatter to Resign?

Sepp Blatter, the overlord of the world’s most popular sport, unexpectedly announced his intention to resign, bowing to a spreading corruption probe just four days after winning re-election.

The 79-year-old said he will call a special congress sometime between December and March to elect his successor as president of FIFA, a position he has held since 1998.

Blatter’s $1 billion-a-year empire started crumbling as soon as Swiss police acting on U.S. extradition requests roused senior officials from their beds in a luxury hotel last week. As his organization became the subject of a criminal investigation, support drained away.

 “Although the members of FIFA have given me a new mandate and re-elected me president, this mandate doesn’t seem to be supported by everybody in the world of football,” Blatter said Tuesday in Zurich. “I appreciate and love FIFA more than anything else and I only want to do the best for football and for FIFA, our institution.”

FIFA called a surprise press conference. Blatter wore a dark suit and blue diagonal-striped tie with a FIFA pin in his lapel. He stood behind a podium after nametags for him and Domenico Scala, chairman of the FIFA audit and compliance committee, were removed, perhaps a precursor of what was to come.

Controversial Tenure

As president of FIFA, the French acronym for Federation Internationale de Football Association, Blatter’s tenure was marked by controversy, most recently surrounding the selection of Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Ultimately it was his undoing.

Responding to Blatter’s resignation announcement, Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who surfaced as Blatter’s only challenger at last week’s presidential, election told CNN that he was “at the disposal of all the national associations that want change including many who were afraid to do so before this day.”

ABC News reported, citing people that it didn’t identify, that Blatter is being investigated by the FBI and U.S. prosecutors as part of the probe that led to last week’s indictments.

It emerged Tuesday that FIFA’s No. 2 official under Blatter authorized a $10 million payment. U.S. prosecutors say that person was Jerome Valcke, a person familiar with the matter said.

Michel Platini, who heads Europe’s soccer governing body and called on Blatter to quit last week said in a statement his announcement was “a brave decision and the right decision.”

Bookmakers see the French man as a favorite to be Blatter’s successor.

World Reaction

For some who knew Blatter, his resignation seemed unthinkable. For Jon Doviken, a former FIFA deputy secretary general, Blatter’s resignation was something he had given up hope of ever seeing.

“It’s a strange feeling because it’s been going on for so long,” said Doviken, who was ousted after being part of a group that tried unsuccessfully to unseat Blatter in 2002. “I had predicted that people would have to carry him from that office.”

Other reaction to Blatter’s resignation from around the soccer world came swiftly, from Russian resignation to elation among other European countries.

“His resignation came as a surprise to me,” Russia’s Sport Minister Vitaliy Mutko said according to state-run Tass news service. “From Blatter’s statement it is clear that he wants to save FIFA, awaiting further reforms.”

Other nations were less forgiving.

New Era

“We have all the time stated that FIFA needs a new leadership — that it is time for Blatter to step down,” Karl-Erik Nilsson, chairman of the Swedish Football Association, said in a statement on its website. “He’s now doing that, and we think that’s good.”

Blatter’s departure means a new era for world’s soccer is starting, others said.

“All the corrupted directors from the federations will feel his departure as a tsunami,” Brazil’s 1994 World Cup winner Romario wrote on his Facebook page. “This is the best news of the recent times!”

Business Graduate

Born on March 10, 1936, near the Matterhorn in Visp, Switzerland, Joseph “Sepp” Blatter obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Lausanne. He was a striker in Switzerland’s top amateur soccer league and worked in journalism and public relations, including at watchmaker Longines, before joining FIFA, according to his official biography from the governing body.

The Swiss native joined as a technical officer in 1975 and was first elected to succeed Joao Havelange as president in 1998. During that time, Blatter witnessed 10 World Cups on five continents over four decades at FIFA.

As president, FIFA’s income ballooned — the latest World Cup tournament generated almost $5 billion in revenue — and more than $1 billion of that was shared with member nations via so-called “solidarity” programs.

A trip to Ethiopia in 1976 ultimately led to his biggest achievement, taking the World Cup to South Africa in 2010.

“This World Cup for him, it’s like a mother with a baby,” Walter Gagg, a FIFA aide and a friend for four decades, said in a 2010 interview. “For him, this will be his legacy.”

Battered Reputation

At the same time, FIFA’s reputation was battered by successive crises as Blatter suppressed criticism of the organization. In 2004, he said public interest in women’s soccer would grow if players wore “tighter shorts” and later compared player trading to “modern slavery.”

His handling of the 2001 collapse of the organization’s marketing partner ISL was called “clumsy” in a report by FIFA’s ethics head that Blatter eventually cleared for publication in 2013. It said Blatter’s predecessor and mentor, Havelange, received bribes from the defunct marketing company. Other senior FIFA board members were also named.

FIFA’s reputation sunk even lower after the 2010 vote for Qatar and Russia and Blatter’s successful presidential campaign a year later. After his only opponent, Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam, withdrew following accusations of trying bribe voters, Blatter secured the post for a fourth time.

He said the term would be his last and he would rebuild FIFA. With FIFA still mired in crisis, Blatter backtracked, saying he would go on. He tried.

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