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Can’t say he didn’t warn you. He warned Mrs May. He told her she should play hard ball and leave the EU without a deal.

He loved Boris, probably would say he still does. But Boris has got himself tangled up, just like Mrs May.

So it is with regret that the USA must leave the UK to fend for itself in the choppy waters of international trade and treaties without the super treaty that Trump dangled earlier.

Except, Nancy Pelosi said months ago that the Congress would never do a deal with a Parliament that left Ireland and the Irish border out in the cold. Vice President Pence said the same thing.

So what exactly did Boris expect with his solution that was no solution at all.

Trump is ‘America First’, and he will make sure that anyone he deals with, the UK included, learns that.

Before the referendum, some people in Britain got in a huff when Obama said that Britain would have to go to the back of the queue if it left the EU.

That was then: What crumbs of huffiness have we got with which to comfort ourselves now?

15 comments

  1. writemeow · 15 Days Ago

    Are the three dots part of the theme or did you put them there? 😊

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    • David Bennett · 15 Days Ago

      I didn’t put them there – and until you mentioned them I didn’t notice them! What do you think of them? I am easy either way, but it’s nice to have a separator of some kind.

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      • writemeow · 15 Days Ago

        LOL I thought perhaps you were trying to be funny and put three, HUGE dots there.

        There are endless discussions here about Trump’s usage of three dots in his tweets, but also … and more importantly; the transcript from the Ukraine phone call. There are three dots used several times, and now the question is; are they ellipsis or just trailing thoughts/pause … (c:

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        • David Bennett · 15 Days Ago

          I haven’t seen that. I have stayed away from it all, waiting until there is a full transcript. Then we will be able to judge whether he put his foot in it and said too much, if you know what I mean….

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        • writemeow · 15 Days Ago

          It would be better for me if I managed to stay away too … but I can’t *sigh*.

          The day before yesterday he suggested he’d read the transcript in the setting of a ‘fireside chat’ … like FDR used to do. (!)

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        • David Bennett · 15 Days Ago

          Great idea. I remember that Obama said he would have these fireside chats, tell the people what was going on. He didn’t do it (so far as I know) and I think that was a mistake. He had a tech-savvy team who did a lot to get him elected. He could have put that stuff out there, told people what he was trying to do, and cemented his message bypassing the news ‘gatekeepers’.

          Trump does that with his tweets – reaching out and bypassing the news outlets. He has made many errors, but he has also got one message out consistently, which is that he is tough and always willing to walk away from the negotiating table and hurt his opponents if they won’t budge.

          Obama speaks like a teacher and a gentleman. Trump sails close to the wind with his coarseness and his just this side of ambiguous ‘maybe racist, maybe not’ comments. But he must be the ‘nearest’ presidents ever in terms of the back and forth direct communication with ‘the people’.

          It’s funny, but while I am writing this I reminded myself that I think that ‘back and forth’ tweets have spread like wildfire and UK politicians are saying things that I consider to be ill advised and plain rude and disrespectful. They do nothing but make it harder to bring opposites together, and make me see them as weak, pulled along by fashion.

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        • writemeow · 15 Days Ago

          People that were alive during WWII may not agree … FDR did those to calm and unite the people. Trump has very little chance now, to unite the people.

          I agree; he’s very transparent with his tweets and chopper talks — he wants to come across as the tough guy … still it baffles me why he’s cottoning up [to put it politely] to the _really_ tough guys. He’s a President like no other, that’s for sure.

          Obama is the best orator I’ve ever heard.

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        • David Bennett · 15 Days Ago

          That’s a good point about FDR and people’s sense of how near he was to them.
          I don’t know. Maybe Trump has a need to be seen in a certain way, and buddying up to tough people bolsters his image as one of them in his own eyes. Or maybe he is quite calculating, knowing that if he says he likes ‘tough’ then people will tend to see him as tough – and that will make his job easier.

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        • writemeow · 15 Days Ago

          Today, I’ll make a point of not thinking about him. He doesn’t deserve to take up precious real estate in my mind 😆

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        • David Bennett · 15 Days Ago

          Good idea – my Politics tutor said that politics is the art of the headless chicken. People are mesmerised to see a chicken walk for a good length of time even after it has lost its head. Similarly, the art of politics is to keep people mesmerised into thinking that the issues are important and that the politicians are important. I guess that works most of the time, but for the UK we are in strange times now.

          We have the strangest election I ever recall. We have a Conservative party minority Government, a prime minister who said he would rather be dead in a ditch than doing what he is doing and promised never to do. He is a proven, known liar both as a politician and a journalist (sacked for making up interviews and quotes). We have a Labour opposition tainted by claims of endemic antisemitism. We have a party (the Brexit party) whose only aim and only policy is to take Britain out of the EU without a deal. And we have a resurgent Liberal Democratic Party that might take some, few, or many votes.

          We the people have been depressed, elated, and exhausted and we are faced with an election result that might take us no further forward to settling the issue of Brexit. 🙂

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        • writemeow · 15 Days Ago

          Good analogy — it _is_ mesmerising … about the chicken.

          The UK situation is getting too complicated to follow — at least follow closely — from the outside. Especially with what’s going on south of the border. It just makes your head want explode, with all that information.

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  2. Belladonna Took · 15 Days Ago

    I am so very tired of Trump. If I were in England I would be very tired of Boris. Two weak men trying desperately to look tough. Ugh! WHY do people like that get elected? What is WRONG with us?

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    • David Bennett · 15 Days Ago

      I can only speak about the UK. We had a coalition Government (the Conservatives and the Lib Dems). The Lib Dems were the junior partner, but they went along with what was called ‘austerity’. Austerity hurt the poorest the most. And after five years of complaints about the damage done by not funding help for the vulnerable and the poor, who did the great British public vote for? They voted again for the Conservatives – this time with an outright majority. So you tell me, what is wrong with us. I thought that people voted out of fear of being seen as poor – they voted for the Conservatives to prove to themselves that they were not on the lowest rung on the ladder. Are there any parallels to what happened in the U.S.? I read that Trump appealed to those who felt at sea and whose identity was threatened in the new world. I remember thinking that when Hilary had Beyonce sing at one of her campaign things, that it was the wrong thing to do and would alienate those who would back Trump.

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody · 12 Days Ago

        Hmm… Well David, when a multi-million(billion?)aire tells his “base” that he ‘understands them’ and they actually vote for him, what does that say?

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        • Deb Weyrich-Cody · 12 Days Ago

          And I don’t actually need you to give a written reply. Strictly rhetorical:/

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