LIE AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON

I suspect it wasn’t the only lie he told today.

35 thoughts on “LIE AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON”

  1. Being a liar may be a personal and professional failing of people with wild blonde hair who are born to wealth and privilege in New York City. Boris was born on Manhattan’s posh upper east side while Trumpy was born in a middle class neighborhood of the borough of Queens on Long Island. The UK shares blame in both incidents. In fact Scotland is partially to blame for Trump as you well know. 😉 I see that Boris renounced his American citizenship in 2016, perhaps to demonstrate his loyalty and love and what not for the UK, but subsequent to an unpleasant incident with the American IRS involving having to pay American capital gains tax on inherited property in the UK.

    From an American point of view, the parliamentary system of government is an abomination, compounded by the absence of a written constitution to protect individual human rights and the sovereignty and nature of the state itself from the whims of the democratic rabble in parliament assembled. One aspect of this is the business of avoiding an actual vote of the people whenever possible in the choice of Head of Government. The English do it by a party vote, and I see that the Scots do it by a vote of parliament.

    How INFINITELY better is the American system where we ELECT a Head of State (and government) by a vote of the people. Then….whomever LOSES the popular vote becomes President. (At least it has certainly worked that way lately.) 😉

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    1. PS…..It just occurs to me that The Queen calls someone to the palace and asks him or her to form a government at Westminster. (Sometimes after back room maneuvering to sort out who should lead a minority government and therefore who the Queen should call to the palace.)
      So is the Queen involved in asking the future First Minister of Scotland to form a government at Holyrood? Or does the vote in the Scottish Parliament seal the deal without the Queen getting involved? And if so, how does a minority government get sorted out in order to tell the elected members of the Scottish Parliament how to vote for First Minister?

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        1. Tris……Interesting! Your video made me realize that I’d never heard of the Queen getting involved in the Scottish parliament as she does in the UK parliament. It seems like her role there is to ceremonially seal the deal, especially when the election did not produce a clear parliamentary majority. So after the political deals are made, someone has to call the palace and tell the Queen whom she should summon to the palace…..LOL.

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          1. She opened the parliament in its new building, and on teh 20th anniversary came to Scotland to visit it again. She may have been here between times, Danny, I’m not sure. It is directly opposite her palace in Edinburgh.

            The theory is that she asks, on advice, the leader of the largest party if s/he can form a government, buy whatever means (alone or in coalition). If s/he answers in the affirmative, the PM “kisses hands” (god knows what that involves) and the deal is done.

            The PM must also resign to the monarch in England. Poor old Liz had to put up with the Maybot going to put in her resignation, swiftly followed by the mad buffoon just half an hour later.

            Sometimes being royal must suck!

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            1. Tris…..”Sometimes being royal must suck!”
              Oh yea! That “kisses hands” thing sounds really disgusting.

              There is however a wonderful Gilbert and Sullivan operetta milieu to the government of England. 😉

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              1. If you’ve been watching any footage over the last few days … you listen to them roaring and whooping and har har ing… and calling each other Honourable/right honourable gentlemen or ladies and then, when they vote, they have to get up, walk down corridors and into “lobbies” where they are counted by “tellers”… all of which takes half an hour, when pother parliaments (including ours) moved into the 20th century, and employed electronic voting.

                It’s like looking at something from G&S or from one of these Middle European principalities of days of yore.

                Truly this place is antiquated.

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                1. Tris……It’s only fairly recently I first saw that weird thing where the speaker shouts out “DIVISION” and everybody gets up and leaves the chamber to go assemble and be counted in “lobbies.”

                  I just now did some Googling and discovered that “Division” voting was used in the Roman Senate. AND I’ve discovered that Division Voting is still allowed in the US House of Representatives, although it’s seldom used these days in favor of electronic voting. Here’s the way the American Congress can still do it under House rules:

                  Division Vote (US House of Representatives):
                  Division votes are rare in current practice. Like a voice vote, this procedure does not provide a public record of how each Member voted. Rule XX, clause 1(a), states that if the Speaker is uncertain about the outcome of a voice vote, or if a Member demands a division, the House shall divide. “Those in favor of the question shall first rise from their seats to be counted,” and then those who are opposed to the proposition shall stand to be counted. Only vote totals (95 for, 65 against, for instance) are announced in this method of voting.

                  At least if Congress ever did it anymore, they would simply stand to be counted. None of that going to lobbies stuff. 😉

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                    1. You have the Lords. We have the Senators…..LOL.
                      In fact, the House has figured out a way to screw up electronic voting…..which should be fast and efficient. The electronic vote is usually declared to be open for 15 minutes. This gives some time to wake up members who are sleeping, or have strayed from the House chamber and have to be brought back. BUT……the Speaker of the House is the one who actually decides when the 15 minute vote is closed. So there have been 15 minute votes that have remained open for hours, while the Speaker tries to find other members to support her/his bill. As long as the vote is open, the members can change their electronic vote.

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        1. OMG Tris…….you clearly have a Donald Trump character in charge now. This is exactly how Trumpy would handle it. As the old movie cliche goes…..”Buckle up! It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.”

          Kudos to the SNP MP who set the record straight!

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                1. Don’t be silly, Danny.

                  Only a moron would expect a good trade deal from anyone. It’s about business, and the UK will be utterly desperate with virtually no deals going on, although I’m assured that the disgrace DOCTOR Fox did actually manage to sign something with the Faroes and a couple of South Sea Islands.

                  Japan, China, USA, and the British Empire will be peeing their pants laughing about what great deals THEY are going to get.

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    2. Danny,

      No democratic system is perfect. Indeed the evidence over the last few years suggest it is a mockery of it’s former self.

      What we have to get back to, is some semblance of democracy as you and I understand it.

      I’d suggest that democracy is being traduced by folk that actually hate it.

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    3. LOL Danny.

      Scotland takes a 1/2 share of the blame for Trump. We just can’t deny it. (Believe me if we cold, we would!)

      On the other hand it would be fair to say that the USA has to take at least a little bit of blame for Boris. Works two ways mate! I know his parents were English, but it must be something in New York water.

      In a parliamentary system it is always a bit dodgy, because it is, in the normal way, only the constituents of the potential Prime Minister that elect him or her.

      In this case of course, it is utter nonsense of a tiny number of largely elderly, affluent, Tory Party members who get to choose the leader.

      Most of them won;t have to suffer the consequences of their choice … many can afford to live abroad, many of them are elderly and will die before long.

      It system sucks.

      Up till now I would have said, however, that at least we did’;t get a moron like Trump out of out system.

      That argument just sprouted wings and flew off.

      The Scottish parliament chooses our FM, but in truth the largest party is always going to get teh FM.

      In the case of Nicola, Ruth stood against her, but she only had to votes of the Tories. Not enough!.

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      1. Tris……You said “Up till now I would have said, however, that at least we didn’t get a moron like Trump out of out system. That argument just sprouted wings and flew off.”

        Love it! 🙂

        Yes, there’s plenty of blame to go around. The New York City water surely played its part. To a Midwesterner like myself for example, a mere VISIT to New York is a harrowing experience. 😉

        I can appreciate that a parliamentary system in a multi-party country is a dodgy thing. And considering the video showing Nicola being elected FM made me realize that when there is no clear majority, some MSP’s of other parties would have to be told how to vote so that the leader of the largest (but still non-majority) party is elected FM.

        Seems like this could be touchy in a close race, but maybe party discipline would always prevail. That could be a problem in the States however, where party discipline has mostly collapsed in Congress, and the party “Whip” on a controversial vote is more often than not told to go screw himself. Even among the electoral college “electors” for president, there are usually a couple of so-called “faithless electors” who won’t vote the way they’re SUPPOSED to for the candidate of their own party.

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        1. Well, the “screw themselves” thing is well and truly alive in London, where whips tried time and again to get the legislation for Brexit through, but despite there being, in theory, a majority for May’s Party (and her bought off allies), the whips must have been doing a considerable amount of “screwing themselves”

          It is possible of course, that in some cases, particularly in Edinburgh, with some proportional representation going on, that the opposition parties could get together and vote one of their number in as first minister.

          But then, they would have to try to form a government that could pass legislation… which would be out of the question.

          Like you, I find New York utterly terrifying!

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          1. I hadn’t considered the party discipline so much in evidence in the Brexit votes….LOL.

            Too bad Boris renounced his American citizenship after his battle with the IRS over taxes. When he gets booted as PM as he surely will before long, he could have returned to New York and run for mayor. New York City mayors have traditionally been crazy characters. 😉

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    1. Oh lord.

      Thanks for sharing that. It’s exactly how I feel, albeit expressed with considerably more eloquence.

      As you say… Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

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