79 thoughts on “A NASTY PIECE OF WORK”

    1. Tris……Sorry that your guy is as much of a jerk as our guy. I guess Boris is not stupid like Trump, although perhaps that just makes him (Boris) more devious and cunning .

      Hearing Trump try to explain what “take-out” is was hilarious. I had forgotten about the time he couldn’t remember the name of the “White House.” BTW, in 2008, Sean Spicer served as the White House Easter Bunny during the DubYa Bush administration where he held a minor post.

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6AF4sRWUAAULzh?format=jpg

      https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/03/politics/sean-spicer-easter-bunny/index.html

      What a despicable group of greedy self-serving political opportunists the right wing Republicans are. I had forgotten what a piece of c*** Glenn Beck is. He was a big deal at FOX News back in the day, but even THEY couldn’t stand him and finally fired him. (Well, it was probably the fact that he kept losing sponsors for them.)

      Anyway, the right wing media machine parroting Trump’s BS about getting the country open by Easter makes me want to puke. They see the election slipping away. They know that presidents don’t get reelected in bad economic times, and they want the stock market back up and unemployment back down by November, and don’t care how many people have to die to make it happen.

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        1. Well, I reckon that like us, he was too slow to act.

          Don’t panic. It will all be over soon and we must think about the stock market.

          USA now has more cases than anyone else, but it is a bigger country. It has around 5 – 6 times the population of Italy, UK, France, and 8 times the population of Spain.

          To be fair it has under a third of the population of China.

          But people count things in different ways.

          Here, no one except royals appear to get tested so how the hell can we know how many people have it?

          I don’t trust anyone’s counting methods. Not here, not in China, not in the US.

          But certainly, with his idiotic proposal that the churches should be full on Easter Sunday, given his devoted following among a certain section of the population, you’re dead right.

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          1. I think when the history is written, there will be plenty of blame to go around, including the Chinese government who, as I understand it, covered up the problem as long as they could, until a medical doctor blew the whistle and alerted the world.

            I also have some sympathy for politicians in the western democracies who were confronted with a situation that had not existed in the world within living memory. As for Trump, of course he saw it through the lens of his personal narcissism and fervent desire to be reelected. Some of what he said were surely the deliberate lies of a demagogic con-artist, but I also factor into the equation his mind-numbingly monumental stupidity. The European leaders understood all that, and certainly knew Trump well enough to not look to him to tell the truth or provide leadership. What they did or didn’t do was based on their own expert medical advice and the political pressures they were under. Effectively closing down the economy of entire countries is not something that world leaders took lightly, and they certainly weren’t looking to Trump for guidance.

            I do wish that the media would report the facts in context, and not base their coverage on whatever current events will produce the most apocalyptic screaming headlines. The Washington Post this morning had a slightly encouraging report about the situation in part of Washington State, where the first Covid case led to a catastrophic outbreak, but where the curve of new cases has now flattened. However, you would never know that if you watched the TV morning news shows that come out of New York City, the news media capital of the country (and the center of the American pandemic.) The New Yorkers (at MSNBC for example) spent all their time with truly hysterical coverage about how Trump was personally holding up needed federal action to get supplies to New York City.

            The well-known New York-centric news bias……delivered by the perpetually hysterical New York City wolf pack of reporters……is one thing, but there is also right now an obvious agenda to heap ALL the blame on Trump……the better to serve their political purposes. Yes, Trump deserves tons of blame for being self-servingly evil and stupid, and he made bad decisions at the federal level that caused harm; but when he said that the liberal news media were taking advantage of the situation for their own political purposes….and EVERYONE rolled their eyes at Trump for being so stupid and self-serving……it didn’t alter the fact that he was NOT totally wrong. The ceaseless anti-Trump drumbeat on the MSNBC news pandemic coverage for example is blatantly obvious.

            With election day nearing, Trump is using a tragic situation for his own political purposes, but so are the Trump haters of the Democratic Party and liberal New York City media (who quite simply lost their minds when he was elected.) Shame on them BOTH!

            The Washington Post article:

            https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/coronavirus-washington-state-leveling-off/2020/03/26/682790e6-6f6b-11ea-a3ec-70d7479d83f0_story.html

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            1. Hear hear, Danny.

              This is not a time for party politics. It’s a time to get the job done.

              Trump is a hopeless leader, caring only about his self. I’d have expected more from the Democrats.

              The same thing is happening here though. As Dave was saying the moronic Tories in Scotland are apparently sending out printed leaflets that could carry the virus, and they are presumably getting their volunteers to deliver them going up to people’s door, lifting the letter box.

              And what for? There’s not an election in the offing!

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              1. Tris…..Definitely not the time to be handing out leaflets. I see that Boris and (I think) a member of the cabinet tested positive, and he (Boris) is self-quarantining.

                From my perspective, one of the dirty little secrets of the Democratic Party is that from the academic liberals who populate the university campuses to the young revolutionaries in love with socialism, Democrats invariably consider themselves to be morally and intellectually superior to anyone who doesn’t agree with them. Someone correctly said that liberals profess boundless love for HUMANITY, even as they detest actual PEOPLE…..who won’t do what the greater public good demands, and who won’t pay attention to what their intellectual superiors tell them to do. The liberals hate the right wing Republicans who consider themselves more Godly and patriotic than anyone else, while remaining blissfully blind to their own arrogance and intellectual elitism.

                So the Democrats spent the entire 2016 campaign telling each other how vulgar and evil Trump is, and how it’s absolutely impossible that he could be elected president, and how the only votes he will get is from ignorant uneducated back woods yahoos who are too stupid to recognize the moral and intellectual superiority of the Democratic party. But guess what, that attitude didn’t play at all well with the unemployed or underemployed blue collar industrial workers in the rust belt states. The result is that Trump was elected, and it’s not an overstatement to say that that caused the Democrats to lose their minds. They’re still in something like denial about it that may not serve them well in the upcoming election. At least that was true before the pandemic. They may be in a stronger position now.

                I vote Democrat because the party has admirable humanitarian instincts, and deals in facts and rational thought; whereas right wing Republicans are venal and self righteous and deal in lies and misinformation. And of course Trumpy really IS vulgar and evil and stupid. But that said, I don’t fool myself that the Democrats are any less arrogant and opinionated and convinced of their own superiority than the Republicans, who are equally convinced of their superior Godliness and spirituality.

                Indeed this is not a time for politics and we should just get on with the job. I wish though that I actually saw more of that attitude from the Democrats in the liberal media pandemic coverage for example. Trumpy is hopeless in that regard of course.

                Rant over….. 😉

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                1. Good rant, there Danny.

                  Can’t say there’s any of it I disagree with.

                  I’d suggest that teh Democrats want to think twice about putting down the kind of people who, when all is said and done SHOULD be wanting to vote for them.

                  I can imagine the rich wanting to vote for Trump, no matter how repugnant, slobbish, crooked and sexually deviant he may be.

                  I’ve always thought it weird though that he got votes from the religious south to whom he must be antipathetic.

                  But here we have poor people who vote Tory, mainly possibly because of their general hatred of minorities of any sort.

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                  1. Tris……Yes, the implicit politicization of the coronavirus issue by the mainstream (generally liberal) media is unfortunate, but I suppose that Trump’s self-serving incompetence in dealing with this particular issue is simply too perfect a target for the Dems to pass up…..LOL.

                    There’s also the weird fact that the entire election campaign has been put on hold, and no one knows how much time will remain when it restarts. I wonder what will be done about the huge crowded party conventions scheduled in mid-July (Dems) and late August (GOP.) Everything’s on hold, the Dems have primaries that remain to be held to choose their candidate, and the state conventions must be held before the national conventions.

                    The Times had a story a few days ago.

                    It does seem that our politics have similar features to yours. There seems to be no reason why poor evangelical Christians should vote for the big business party of the Wall Street wealthy. But in the USA, cultural and religious issues get overlaid over the economic interests. The evangelicals voted for Trump out of blatant self-interest. They assumed he will pander to their interests, even though he’s corrupt, irreligious, and sexually deviant. And just like you said about the poor people who vote Tory in England, the Bible-thumpers in the USA don’t like minorities and foreigners.

                    And as you suggest, how was it that the Democrats ended up putting down the white, high-school-educated middle class blue collar industrial worker (who went for Trump in a big way in 2016.) The white middle class worker was a huge mainstay of the Democratic coalition that FDR put together in the 1930’s, but when the party went far left in 1972, they made it clear that their modern concerns are no longer primarily the middle class, but are the blacks and minorities who make up the urban poor. Jimmy Carter in the late 1970’s declared the middle class $40,000 wage earner was too “affluent” to be given favorable tax considerations during the disastrous 1970’s hyperinflation. So since the Democratic party had started serving the urban poor and only wanted tax money from the “affluent” middle class who had voted for FDR, the middle class left the Democrats in droves and went the only place they could……..to the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan. The white middle class never voted Democrat in anything like winning numbers ever again.

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                    1. Interesting, Danny, how political parties change with times. Of course, I can see why that would be.

                      In Britain, Mrs Thatcher effectively got rid of Old Labour and was responsible for Tony Blair’s New Labour, or as it became known, Tory Lite.
                      Indeed she said that one of her proudest achievements was New Labour.

                      She closed down factories, mines, foundries, mills, and replaced them with white collar call centre jobs. She sold off council houses (state owned housing), and she made it easy for ordinary people to buy shares in the privatised state industries.

                      Unfortunately, the two similar parties left a section of the public behind. The much reduced, blue collar house renting public was forgotten. In England, at least, there was no real alternative to the two main parties thanks to the voting system.
                      Labour in Scotland has all but disappeared since 2007, going from dominance to becoming the third party.

                      I was wondering if, given the scale of the current crisis, there is a process in your constitution for delaying the election in November.

                      If it is impossible for the Democrats to chose, under their rules, a candidate, how could an election go ahead? Or if by November (rather than Easter) there is still a problem with people being out and about (unlikely, I know) how could they hold a vote? Postal vote? Online votes?

                      People would still have to count postal votes in a room supervised, but not everyone has access to computers to do an online vote, even supposing such a system could be set up.

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                    2. Tris……The Thatcher history is interesting. I suppose that the Clinton administration (1993-2001) effectively took the Democratic Party in a rightward direction similar to “new Labour,” but I don’t think that did much to reclaim the formerly Democratic white middle class voters. It’s now clear however that Trump’s antics have done a lot to alienate him from the university-educated white middle class voters in the big city suburbs (who have voted Republican in the past,) and the Democrats will probably benefit greatly from this. But to what extent dissatisfaction with Trump will show up in the middle-class high-school-educated blue-collar vote in the rust belt states (which elected him in 2016) remains to be seen.

                      You asked the question which everyone in the country should be thinking about; namely, what are we going to do about the remaining primary elections to nominate the Democratic candidate, and about the party conventions, and about the general election in November.

                      “Is a process in your constitution for delaying the election in November?”
                      NO! The constitution says pretty much nothing at all about exactly when and how elections are held. The issue of voting is in both Articles I and II of the constitution, and in Amendments 12, 14, and 20. But in principle, for Congress it pretty much boils down to Article I, Section 4, Clause 2 (and a similar Section in Article II for the selection of the presidential electors,) as follows:

                      “The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators.”

                      (I love the way they spelled “choosing” in 1789.)

                      Anyway,the constitution gives the authority to specify when and how elections are held to the state legislatures, but Congress can make laws which supersede the state laws. In early America, the states often carried out voting over a span of a month or more, by various methods. Then in 1845, Congress passed a law which specified a single date for elections to federal offices and the choosing of presidential electors. The law of 1845 is what is in effect today. It’s “the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November.” Which allows it to fall anywhere from November 2 to November 8. This year it’s November 3.

                      However, nothing keeps the states from voting earlier than that if they want to, and nothing tells them exactly how the voting must take place. So with the federal law effectively establishing the latest date an election can occur, the methods and exact dates of elections is a hodgepodge of 50 different state laws, plus the laws that apply to the District of Columbia. Lots of states have early voting at polling stations, lots have postal voting, almost all have “absentee” ballots which are submitted by mail, and a few (like Missouri) require you to physically go to a polling station on that day in November to cast your vote.

                      If the health emergency extends into November, something will surely have to be done to allow voters in all states to cast their votes remotely, probably by mail (postal voting.) This will require changes in many state laws. No change in federal law will be required, and there is no constitutional impact.

                      As for as the remaining primary elections, and the actual choice of the Democratic and GOP candidates at the national conventions, these are only party matters……unrelated to voting law or the constitution. So the political parties will have to sort that out and alter party rules as required.

                      BUT…..BUT…….OMG…….OMG……..the Governor of Ohio controversially cancelled and tentatively rescheduled the Ohio primary election (the day before it was scheduled ) as a health emergency. So is it possible that Trump might cancel the election in November as a national emergency and stay in the White House indefinitely?

                      Can the November general election be cancelled or deferred? Well……almost certainly it won’t be…….because it would require Congress to change the federal law of 1845, which would require a vote of the Democratic House and the Republican Senate, subject to presidential veto, and subject to almost certain federal court challenges. (We held the 1864 election that reelected Abraham Lincoln while the Civil War was raging, so we can probably hold an election this year.)

                      But what if by some quirk of politics and the law, the November election WAS in fact cancelled by Congress? Does Donald Trump stay in office? NO! While the dates of elections are not specified by the constitution, the date at which the terms of the President and Vice President end IS set in constitutional stone. Trump’s and Pence’s terms of office WILL end at Noon, on January 20, 2021.

                      So if there’s no election before then, then the country will be without a POTUS or Vice POTUS. But worse than that, there will not even have been a House of Representatives or 1/3 of the Senate since the previous January 3, when the terms of the former congress end. And that would also screw up the congressional line of succession to the presidency.

                      So there absolutely HAS to be an election before next January, and it will almost certainly be held as scheduled next November. But if by some impossible turn of events the election were in fact NOT held, then all hell would break loose. 😉 The VOX article about such an eventuality is lively reading.

                      https://www.vox.com/2020/3/21/21188152/trump-cancel-november-election-constitution-coronavirus

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                    3. Thanks, Danny. It is, for sure, immensely complex.

                      Of course November is a long way off and it seems likely that at least the first wave of this virus will be past by then.

                      Do the terms of the appointed cabinet also end on the date that the president and vice president clock off?

                      If not, I would imagine that the Secretary of State would have to assume the role of executive.

                      Otr would it be the head of the Supreme Court?

                      BTW I love the spelling of “chusing”. Splendid.

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                    4. Tris…….The line of succession of the presidency begins with the Vice President according to the succession clause of the constitution, which also authorizes congress to extend the line of succession by law as it sees fit. Congress has passed three succession laws…..in 1792, 1886, and 1947. The currently operative law is the Presidential Succession Act of 1947, as amended. It specifies the line of succession in order as the VP, the Speaker of the House, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, followed by the Cabinet Secretaries (Executive Department Heads) in the order of the establishment of their departments. So the line of cabinet secretary succession begins with the Secretary of State…..the Department of State being the first executive department, established on July 27, 1789…..(the first Secretary of State in George Washington’s Cabinet being Thomas Jefferson.)

                      You asked a very good question that would factor into the problem of what happens if for some oddball reason an election was not held in November. If the department heads who form the Cabinet automatically leave office with the President and Vice President at Noon on January 20, then there would be no serving cabinet secretaries for the line of succession to descend through. On the other hand, if the department heads are in office until they explicitly resign at the end of a term (which is customary), then the line of succession through the Cabinet might still apply.

                      Google and Wiki seem to be silent on this point. 😦 I have a hunch that the cabinet secretaries have to explicitly resign to leave office, since some of them stay on between first and second terms…….and even occasionally remain in office when a new president takes office……..without having to be reappointed and without having to be reconfirmed by the Senate.

                      BTW……a presidential “Cabinet” is not explicitly established by the constitution. It is only inferred by the so-called “Opinion Clause”, (Article II, Section 2, Clause 1,) which says of the president: “he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices.”

                      This may seem a little obscure, and it comes from the fact that there was discussion in the constitutional convention about whether or not there should be in the Executive Branch a cabinet of ministers or a privy council along the British model. They decided to leave it vague. In fact they left a lot of things vague in Article II (the presidential article), which has only 4 sections, compared with 10 sections in Article I (the congress article.) The idea is that they were certain that George Washington would be the first president, who would know what to do and would do it right. So George Washington formed the first Cabinet composed of the officers of the Executive Departments, and presidents have had a “Cabinet” ever since. 😉

                      I checked Google and Wiki a few times on this. 😉

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                    5. Wow. Thanks for the research, Danny.

                      It seems like we are in unprecedented territory.

                      It’s all pretty unlikely, but would the Supreme Court be able to rule on this should it come to pass?

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                    6. Tris…….Oh yes, according to the legal precedent of “Judicial Review” which is NOT in the constitution anywhere BTW, the federal courts……culminating in the Supreme Court of the United States……..would settle disagreements that would almost surely arise if any attempt were made to cancel or delay the election, and particularly the unholy mess that would arise if there wasn’t a new (or reelected) president in place at Noon, next January 20.

                      You’ll recall the mess that resulted when Florida botched the 2000 election, and no one knew if Al Gore or DubYa Bush carried the state, which would decide the razor close election. In order to meet the dates in December and January involving the workings of the electoral college, the Supreme Court effectively APPOINTED DubYa President by ordering that the Florida recount be stopped. If it were not possible this year to hold the election for a new presidential term (as well as a new Congress,) it would make the Bush v. Gore case look like a Sunday school picnic. 😉

                      As I understand it, there are constitutional scholars who believe that the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 is unconstitutional as written, and is a constitutional accident waiting to happen, if it had to actually be used to decide the succession after the Vice President. The following long article at the end, beginning with the section “Constitutionality”, has some interesting discussion of the matter, followed by a table that briefly shows how the line of succession changed from 1792 to 1886 to 1947.

                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidential_Succession_Act

                      It’ll be better to just hold the election by postal ballot if necessary and avoid any possible confusion. That the states have the authority to conduct their elections by postal ballot for example (or just about any other way they choose to) is well-established in constitutional law……LOL.

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                    7. Thanks again, Danny. I’ll go read that…well, the bit to which you refer… 🙂

                      Just a thought on a postal vote. If things are still bad enough that voting in polling stations would be out of the question, the people doing the counting would ahe to be well protected. The virus can live for a while on paper and card, although I’m not sure how long.

                      But people counting would have to remember not to lick their fingers!!!

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                    8. In “Is the Presidential Succession Law Constitutional?”, Akhil Amar and Vikram Amar refer to the Incompatibility Clause (Article I, Section 6, Clause 2)—which bars officials in the federal government’s executive branch from simultaneously serving in either the U.S. House or Senate—as evidence that members of the Congress cannot be in the Presidential line of succession…

                      Surely, if they resigned their seat (Nancy Pelosi, for example) to expressly take the post of President, that would be in order… simultaneously resigning and accepting?

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                    9. Tris……I think I’ve read that the virus can remain active on paper and cardboard for no more than one day, and on smooth metal surfaces for up to three days. So the postal vote counters should be OK, especially if they take minimum precautions such as latex gloves.

                      Actually, as I understand it, the potential separation of powers problem isn’t that the Speaker of the House for example couldn’t as you suggest simply resign her Congressional office before assuming the presidency. Instead, it has to do with the constitutional meaning of the word “Officer.” This gets into some constitutional deep weeds that would require me to impose TOO much (more) on a Munguin posting. I’ll forward the discussion and a link to another Wiki article that you might find interesting…….or not….by separate Email cover. 😉

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      1. Awwwww, Wee Sean.

        Talking about people losing broadcasters’ sponsors, whatever happened to Bill O’? Wasn’t he dumped when he became a liability… or am I thinking of Rush Limbaugh?

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        1. Tris……Bill O’ was a big star at FOX who got fired over sexual harassment charges. FOX was seriously embarrassed when the fact came out that they had paid out lots of money to women in previous harassment lawsuits. I haven’t heard much about Bill O’ since he got canned.

          Rush Limbaugh had a syndicated TV show for a few years back in the 1990’s, but he was never on FOX. He’s mostly been a radio guy, and with a top rated syndicated radio show is now the king of right wing talk radio. He’s a Missouri boy who was on Kansas City radio in the 1970’s.

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          1. Thanks, Danny. I now remember that Bill O’ was done for sexual harassment… a though almost as repugnant as Trump being done for it, or indeed, FatBoy Airmiles.

            I think a stiff drink…

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  1. It is all rather terrifying and depressing.
    There is still good in the world though because Mrs greig12 is, as I write this, making a clootie dumpling. It’s been biling away for some time and it will be ready in a wee while for us to sample while still warm.
    Self isolation means I can scoff the lot myself without the usual great wedges being given away to the ravening hordes.
    Yeh, yeh, I know it’s scant comfort but I’m taking joy wherever I can find it just now.
    I hope you are too.

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    1. Thanks Ed
      Yes I saw it last time you posted it.
      My thoughts at the time were it was the last scene from ‘The Cain Mutiny’ , where the captain explains the missing keys that opened the store where the strawberries were stored.
      Everything is so easily explained, yes I made up a quote but it was only a wee quote, yes I denied i was having an affair to the leader BUTT.
      The submariner pm of the uk, go under when the hard questions are asked.
      TO be honest this is not a replacement of churchill, he’s just as unconcerned for the rest of us as was churchill.
      Remember that churchill had a stroke and the establishment just hid it for as long as they could.
      Yes Ed, we need our independence and we can leave the englanders to sort out their own affairs.
      More exceptionalism as harry hewitt’s boy moves by a green bisjet to California, before the border closed with Canada.
      An the media start the chick easter propaganda with a picture of him clapping the SNHS.

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  2. Trump’s hopes of all this going away by November are rapidly diminishing.
    Even if the initial phase of infection spread is dealt with in the next few months,the main focus will then be on making sure it doesn’t return.
    That process may take much longer by which time the global economy is going to be in a very much weakened state and will require New Deals and Marshall Plans to restart economic activity.
    Are the present bunch of ignorant right wing politicians the right people to do this?
    I doubt it.
    Enjoyed the Closer Look clip.
    Thank you.

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    1. I agree. Trump had pinned his reelection hopes in November on a stock market continuing to hit new highs and an historically low rate of unemployment. Now he sees the economy in free fall and his reelection chances slipping away. His absurd goal of lifting restrictions by Easter (which he pretends to care so much about as a religious holiday) is an effort to get things going again well before election day. It was no surprise that almost overnight, FOX News and the right wing Republican media machine immediately picked up the Trump talking point about an Easter deadline.

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    2. Seth is amusing, bringiton. It must be very difficult to deliver his kind of stuff with no audience reaction.

      I very much doubt many of the world leaders are up to this.

      But yes, it’s like a world war. We will need stimulus to get everything moving again. I suspect our world has changed, if not for ever, at least for the foreseeable future.

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  3. But did Trump mention in which year the Easter deadline was? I mean it will be all over by an Easter, just not Easter 2020!

    Tris – reminder for Easter Soppy Sunday 12th April – bunnies please!

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  4. Tris/Munguin,
    I hope you don’t mind me publishing this.
    Brewgooder brewery are offering people a chance to buy some beer for NHS staff. At the moment the number of NHS workers who have applied to receive the beer far outstrips the number of donations, so if any of you good people could spare £6 to buy four cans for an NHS worker that would be great. The other benefit is that money from the purchase goes to support clean water projects across the world.

    https://www.brewgooder.com/oneonus

    Cheers

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    1. Oh goodness no. I have no objection to that. I note that it says to an NHS employee in the UK, so I’m assuming that that does include Scotland. (Sometimes the English confuse the UK and England.)

      (Munguin says, could you set one up for him to get champagne)

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  5. Breaking news
    The doris has tested positive for the virus.
    Report from the EBC.
    That will let him off the hook and his deputy raab can take the hit.
    Seems like exceptionalism isn’t a defense.
    Maybe a French passport or pick up his USA citizenship will help.
    I hope all who pick it up manage to live through their time of need and change for the better.

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      1. Same as chick, name?
        Hell I hope Nicola and Jeane weren’t in the same room as him at the COBRA talks.
        He is self isolating at downing street with a staff of 80.
        Good news is the dog was moved out earlier and won’t be affected.
        BUTT he’s staying in command even though he’s sick, maybe the thought of living on UC at £93 a week and no payments for 5 weeks swayed him.

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        1. You only get it after 5 weeks if everything goes according to plan and they don’t lose all your paperwork.

          I hope he’s staying away from his pregnant girl friend.

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  6. Dear Boris…it’s a virus! You can’t bullshit it. It’s immune to bullshit.

    Shock news…man who boasted of shaking hands with corona virus patients in hospital…gets Corona Virus.

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  7. For someone with a persistent cough he did the piece to camera without any trouble.
    The chick lad has many rooms in his granny’s ‘cottage’.
    Broadband thanks to the SG.

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  8. What’s just been delivered through the letter box?
    A glossy leaflet from carlos jackass.
    So there’s still plenty of dark money in the tory bank.
    A bit insensitive of carlos to send out paper which may be carrying a virus to a whole constituency.
    I’ve put it into quarantine so no problems.
    These politico animals can’t give up the gravy train.

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      1. Postal service delivery.
        During this time, foolish man. Even if it was the office that sent them out, he’s responsible for them.
        Yes carefully dumped and hands washed.

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  9. So now it’s reported that hancock has tested positive.
    Didn’t doris do well for someone with a fever, tie on and dressed, persistent cough not a stutter.
    Me thinks we are being taken for mugs.
    Spain returns the testing kits as they’re not accurate.

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    1. Spreading through the government. They have all be sitting in that ridiculous chamber in Westminster, packed together on benches and going through lobbies. It was inevitable.

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      1. It is so fortunate that we are led by them.
        Now Whitty is reporting symptoms and he’s the chief medical officer.
        So exceptionalism is not the defence against this virus.
        At least we can avoid wasting time by ignoring that.
        What have they been thinking, well they’ve not.
        See trump’s talking party, one of them is next to show symptoms, next week is a strong possibility.

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        1. There was a kind of exceptionalism to begin with. Now they are beginning to discover that it is as likely to go for the titled as it is for the plebs.

          At least THEY can afford to be well looked after.

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  10. Reading about the plague in London in 1640ish.
    Daily bulletin of numbers of dead and infected.
    If infection, house closed for 7 days, red cross painted on the door.
    If death, 40 days lockdown.
    Health certificates required to leave the area.
    Quick burials.
    Cash money not taken by traders.
    The government doing nothing, just let things go.
    So what have we learned in the interim, nothing much it seems.

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    1. Musta heard (or herd) the virus had got to DS.

      I hear Scotland is buying kit from S Korea.

      Also that the government is now telling anyone who’s daft enough to listen that the offer of joining the EU scheme for ventilators somehow went into the Junk file on bori’s computer… which is odd because Hancock said that they would be joining it… (Question Time).

      You’d think that they would try to get their stories straight.

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  11. England’s press wondering how we (England) will cope without their PM and how Scotland will cope without England’s deep pockets.
    I have a few ideas.

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    1. Well, I suppose the English will miss the Benny Hill-style comedy.

      And England doesn’t really have deep pockets or if it does I’m not sure why we have all had to suffer such austerity. specifically over the past 10 years, but even before.

      I mean you don’t see Norway suffering austerity and it got the massive bonus at the same time we did.

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