Most likely Trump's attorneys were told by the Manhattan DA's office that an indictment would likely issue early next week and that he would need to surrender on Tuesday and appear in court.That would not be an "arrest" but Trump is trying to dramatize this for his supporters. https://t.co/DN4bYLhkCM
F1: splendid qualifying and an intriguing grid for the race. Will peruse markets etc shortly.
And will he then try to build a hotel on it?
People should not be shielded from prosecution because of their politics.
Where is Trump on this?
But I suppose you need a conviction before doing that.
Even only two races in all the lovely free publicity, positive headlines and exciting performances must have justified it ten times over.
Golf courses are like parks designed by deranged drunks
Great for early morning dog walks though
I'm not sure I can think of anyone less likely to starve himself to death. Maybe Boris Johnson.
(Edit. Sorry for the repetition. I suppose it was pretty obvious.)
Both are members of parties that backed armed insurrection/terrorism over democracy, and potentially Trump could also win an election from prison.
Thank you Peter for the extraordinary service you've given our party.
No wonder Malc calls him Humza Useless...
I would be surprised if he hadn't done something indictable - after all he incited violence in an attempt to steal the Presidency - but is there the evidence to make that stick in a court of law?
My suspicion overall is that, unless Alonso can pass Perez immediately, the Red Bull's innate pace advantage should be sufficient for the Mexican to probably win. But, it may be less reliable than the Aston Martin. And we've got the Leclerc and Verstappen duo who will be charging through the midfield and able to make use of a contrary strategy should safety car woe emerge. On top of that, I suspect Stroll will end up ahead of Sainz and Russell. Sainz in particular, because he was unusually ropey in qualifying and I'm moderately surprised he even managed to end up 4th.
Spare a thought for Logan Sargeant. Should've easily been through to Q2 but got the time deleted for exceeding a white line limit and was unable to get his head together. He needs to sort that out pronto. Only his second race but the ability to stay cool is critical.
Anyway, having had the Perez pole bet come off, and backed him at 7 to win (each way) hedged at 2.47 (shorter last I checked) makes the race weekend looking both exciting, and green.
'There is no man on earth, there is no woman in this country who can honestly say with complete confidence "I have never violated any provision of the Internal Revenue Code".'
I would have thought the truck load of classified documents taken from Mar A Lago are no small issue, and I don't believe these are nullified by the defence that Mike Pence was found to have a shopping list on the back of an envelope once containing a letter from President Xi, or Joe Biden was found to have a Vice- Presidential post it note on the dashboard of his Corvette.
And January 6th. Where do we start?
Oh an talking of politically motivated prosecutions of the innocent, it's BJ day on Wednesday. Shame on you David Pannick!
Trump or BoZo ?
This means that you only escape conviction insofar as you escape notice, which has a stifling effect on a democratic society.
If nothing else we could thank him for his tip on Humza, which encouraged me to lump on Forbes
There will be a lot at stake at what is expected to be a marathon [Johnson privileges ctte] inquisition. The bereaved families of Covid casualties and everyone else outraged by this scandal have had a long wait for the moment when Mr Johnson is finally held to official account for the deceptions he deployed to try to cover up Partygate. A guilty verdict from the committee will resonate around the world because it is highly likely to lead to his eviction from the Commons.
...this is an interrogation the accused has been dreading. We know this because he has hired expensive lawyers, at a chunky cost to the taxpayer, to advise him on how to save his skin. We also know this because of the desperate efforts made by him and his gang to try to suppress and discredit investigation of his misconduct.
Everyone everywhere knows that law-breaking was rampant in Downing Street. The committee’s job is to judge whether his denials were the result of an innocent misapprehension about the lockdown-busting that went on in Number 10 or whether he told deliberate lies to MPs.
[The interim report] concluded that it would have been “obvious” to Mr Johnson that the law was being flouted inside Number 10, especially when he himself was present at rule-busting parties.
“The committee will really have to be on the top of its game,” says one privy counsellor.
So Wednesday is going to be a big day. We may be witnesses to the beginning of the end of Boris Johnson’s parliamentary career and his lie-strewn odyssey through British political life. That’s huge. Even more crucially, the Commons has an opportunity that it must seize to protect itself and us from mendacious government. It is a basic premise of our democracy that the executive is held to account by parliament. That foundation is destroyed if ministers think they can get away with deliberately misleading MPs.
This is why it is so essential that the penalties for lying to parliament must be steep and especially severe when the perpetrator has lied, and on a grave issue, from the highest office in the land. It is not just the fate of a disgraced prime minister that is at stake. It is the credibility of parliament, the trustworthiness of our political culture and the health of our democracy.
This is the closer comparison of course.
Anne McLaughlin was put up on the radio this morning, and she doesn't even know what you are talking about. Peter's done a smashing job, let him retire in peace with no scrutiny and she's never even heard of a missing 600k. Her partner is on the NEC, and he doesn't know anything about it, either. Not sure that line will stand up in court, but good luck with that.
It's no longer simply protesting innocence or calling it a witch hunt (though that too), but outright admission that even if they are guilty it doesn't matter.
Thatd be pointless though as it wouldn't mollify any MPs or voters who are angry about Boris facing sanction, if that is where it goes.
The Georgia stuff seems so cut and dried, though a lot of it comes down to, like Boris, whether Trump believed what he said. He seems to genuinely believe a lot of absurd and contradictory things, to the point he has potentially strong defences of not having required intent in some cases.
Why not up north?
It's transparently obvious that Johnson is guilty as sin. Unless one of those expensive lawyers so happens to be Bob Massingbird then he's had it. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
It's a packed field but this is my favourite so far
Pat Kane endorses Yousaf saying “he’s no more ‘out of his depth’ than any of his opponents.”
Honourable mention for this one
In the handicraft section of the contest, Ash Regan uses the evening’s hustings to unveil mock-ups of the bank notes she claims would be used" “within weeks” of Scotland becoming independent. The designs include this unicorn banknote.
Documents obtained by the Scottish Sun on Sunday, show how the First Minister drew up a list, topped by King Charles, of people who should be informed.
The question for the SNP is whether this election can be allowed to stand. Given the complete lack of trust in Murrell, the problems with identifying the membership, the suspicions about the use of "phantom" votes based on those who have left or died and no doubt many other allegations to come I would suggest the answer to that question is no. A new, independent chief executive needs to be appointed, an independent body needs to audit and vouch for the ballots sent out and an independent body needs to do the counting. This is Scotland's First Minister we are talking about here.
Back, lay, sit and watch? To win do we need him to withdraw or is it likely close enough the bad press is enough on its own?
🔎 In Boris Johnson’s foreword for the Ministerial Code from 2019, he promises:
🤦♀️ “No leaking”
🤦♀️ “No misuse of taxpayer money”
🤦♀️ “No actual or perceived conflicts of interest”
🤦♀️ “Integrity, accountability, transparency, honesty”
🏴 Scotland can do so much better than this.
I guess it comes down primaries and the power of the base.
He'll be pleading more selective blindness than a football manager.
To use the standard measurement of political meltdown, this has somehow all happened in 65% of a Liz Truss premiership
You'd think it would be less embarrassing for them to void the current ballot and start again, but nowadays "politicians" and "people doing the right thing" seem increasingly to be mutually exclusive categories, two separate circles in a Venn diagram.
Dare one of the other candidates try to force a re-run? Even if successful they'd probably face the same outcome as Gerry Malone in the famous Winchester by-election.
It's Holyrood which will be interesting. The Greens will sense a huge opportunity to become the mainstream pro indy left party, taking votes off Labour and the SNP. Yousaf (if he wins) will have to work very hard to get them back onside (Edit: zero chance if it's Forbes).
It could get very messy. I think there's a chance Yousaf leads the SNP into an election in May.
According to @JosepBorrellF , today Kosovo and Serbia have reached an agreement on the normalization of relations and implementation plan. Under the Agreement (see art 1-4), Serbia recognises Kosovo's state attributes.
Crucial: voting has already been going on for some time, and before this all kicked off.
If he gets suspended for two weeks, that would normally by just enough for him be recalled, ie ten sitting days in parliament
If it just happens to be two weeks including the Coronation then he’d only be suspended for nine days
So why stand up for Boris? Losers rallying around Nadine? What a cause.... Suspect those few who Boris might have had on his supporters list will all be having a wisdom tooth removed. 450+ majority to sanction him.
At Holyrood that doesn't matter so much with our voting system, and that's the parliament the Greens are interested in.
Johnson and his legal team are convinced he is innocent
It is generally accepted he did mislead the house, but has anybody posed the question that the committee fail to find him guilty of deliberately misleading the HOC
Serbia - “The West is united on beating on Russia, which is in no state to help us.”
A version of the post-Falklands thing For the U.K.? And similar after the first Gulf War for the US?
Well, we can't all have a house in Portugal/France to leg it to when the shit hits the fan, eh?
Edit: Mike Russell on BBC Scotland just now saying he doesn't want a re-run
A disappointing thought for a pleasant Mothering Sunday morning.
They're perfectly entitled to challenge the election process in court and, even if the Greens back the nomination of Useless as FM rather than abstaining, they still only need a handful of votes to veto him whilst the case is in progress. The advent of Alba Party II is, presumably, still some way distant.