Ahead of Super Tuesday, John Oliver was in full form in regard to his hilarious piece on Donald Trump. The late night host presented various arguments against the front runner for the Republican party, many which have been made before such as his tendency to lie, inability to take criticism, failed business ventures, his inconsistent policies, and his initial refusal to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, but it get’s even better towards the end… It was impossible not to share the video, so here it is (and make sure you watch the whole thing-my clue is in my title!):
After Mayor Of London, MP Boris Johnsons’ announcement today that he would be backing the campaign to ‘Leave’ the EU, this is how the Conservative cabinet shall be voting:
The EU summit that was to bring about a deal for the UK ended with unanimous support from all the leaders of the European Union Member States. (EU Deal)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said after the deal, “We believe that with this we have given David Cameron a package with which he can campaign for Britain to Stay in the European Union… We have differnent views on the further development of the European Union, the ‘ever closer union’ is not the goal that Britain supports… but we have shown flexibility… in a spirit of compromise I have accepted that.”
Here’s how some of the leaders also reacted on twitter:
David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
Donald Tusk, President of The European Council
Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium
Taavi Roivas, Prime Minister of Estonia
Enda Kenny, Prime Minister of Ireland
Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania
Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta
Miro Cerar, President of Slovenia
But, of course, not everyone was happy, in particular Mr Farage
After long and agonising talks with other EU leaders in Brussels, David Cameron has finally struck a deal over Britain’s future in Europe.
Shortly after the talks David Cameron said in a press conference that, “I have negotiated a deal to give the United Kingdom special status inside the European Union.”
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council announced the agreement after more than 24 hours of intense discussions over British demands to curb benefits for migrant workers. “Unanimous support for new settlement for the UK in Europe,” he said after a final agreement was signed off at dinner of 28 EU members in Brussels.
Whilst compromises had to be made by Cameron such as restricting welfare payments to Eastern European workers, the deal as a whole will be viewed as a victory for the Prime Minister.
“Britain will be permanently out of ever-closer union, never part of a European super-state, there will be tough new restrictions to our welfare system for EU migrants – no more something for nothing – Britain will never join the euro and we’ve secured vital protections for our economy.”
So what are the key points from the deal:
- If a bail out is required of another EU member country, the British taxpayer will be reimbursed.
- British businesses cannot be discriminated against just because they are outside the Euro zone.
- Safeguards for Britain’s large financial services industry to prevent eurozone regulations being imposed on it
- the Euro zone cannot act as a block to undermine the single market.
- the pound will be protected as the EU has agreed there is more than one currency and responsibility for securing the financial stability of the UK remains in the hands of the UK.
- It will be easier for services industries to compete in the EU and for businesses to access capital, and the EU has given commitments it will establish trade deals with other blocs, meaning a boost to competition
- On migration, there will be new powers to stop criminals and suspected terrorists from coming to the UK and to deport them if they commit crime.
- On benefits, anyone coming to the UK from the EU who does not find work within six months can be required to leave
- there will be an emergency brake that allows the UK to stop paying in-work benefits for seven years, and EU migrants working in Britain can no longer send child benefit home at UK rates.
- On protections against further union, treaties will be changed so that the principle of an ‘ever-closer’ union will not apply to Britain. This specifically means that Britain can’t be forced into further political integration.
- It will become easier for governments to block unwanted legislation, If 55% of national EU parliaments object to a piece of EU legislation it may be rethought.
Now all that’s left to do is to start campaigning! The IN vs OUT referendum will take place on the 23rd of June.
This ‘simple’ graphic created by Charles Lister highlights how complex and mind boggling the conflict in Syria has become:
This is what the Canadian Cabinet looks like:
Minister of Health is a doctor.
Minister of Transport is an astronaut.
Minister of National Defence is a Sikh Veteran.
Minister of Youth is under the age of 45.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food is a former farmer.
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness was a Scout.
Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development was a financial analyst.
Minister of Finance is a successful businessman.
Minister of Justice was a crown prosecutor and is a First Nations leader.
Minister of Sport, and Persons with Disabilities is a visually impaired Paralympian.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Canadian Coastguard is Inuit.
Minister of Science is a medical geographer with a PhD.
Along with a great diversity of ministers and that 50% of the Cabinet roles are given to women, it is a great testament to the present-day thinking of the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. I also think that a similar approach to allocating Cabinet members should be taken by other democracies around the world.
Usually when there’s controversy surrounding the republican candidates, its about Donald Trump saying something stupid, or Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio having a petty fight, or Ben Carson being forgotten about- and Jeb Bush, well, just losing.
But this time Jeb Bush has created a twitter storm of which even Trump himself would be proud of. And this is why:
Jeb Bush, has a relatively low twitter profile, however after tweeting this picture of a gun with his name engraved with the caption ‘America.’, the notifications on his phone went through the roof. This tweet got him nearly 40,000 re-tweets or likes, to put that into perspective his previous tweet got 400.
The second amendment of the US constitution is hugely divisive across, not just the USA but world over. Stricter gun laws were rightly introduced by Barack Obama, but with strong opposition from Republicans. Nearly 14,000 people died in 2015 from shootings. The tweet, in my opinion, is hugely distasteful and an insult to all those who have lost their lives to gun violence. And I wasn’t the only one to react that way. Thousands responded angrily including Edward Snowden and Piers Morgan.
But the reality of the tweet is that it is a huge political cry for attention. Currently 4th in the South Carolina polls, he really needed to grab the attention of as many republican voters as possible, and unfortunately this tweet in many ways was the best way to do it. Whether or not it will help him, only time will tell.
But he certainly needs it, especially after this:
Despite the backlash, the controversy, the strikes, the overwhelming support of the British public, Jeremy Hunt has pressed on and has announced that the Government will impose the new contracts on the Junior Doctors.
In my opinion by simply forcing the contract rather than continuing with negotiations suggests the Health Secretary is lacking in confidence in his own arguments and perhaps shows that he is afraid of the public beginning to see through his incoherent points.
The Junior Doctors contribute massively to our health care system and this needs to be valued and recognised with more significance. The years of training and hard work they go through to look after the people of Britain should not be going unnoticed. The imposition of a new contract, which has been unanimously fought against will only lead to more strikes and further problems for Jeremy Hunt.
Could this symbolise the beginning of the end for one of the greatest achievements in British Politics; The NHS?
On the day of the 2nd strike over the Junior Doctors Contract, not once was it mentioned at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons. David Cameron was subjected to half an hour of questions on the day of the strike but neither he, nor Jeremy Corbyn, nor any backbencher from any party raised the subject.
The closest any politician came to implicitly mentioning the medics’ stoppage was Corbyn wearing a pro-trade union badge on his label reading “heart unions”. The badge was however a nod towards the campaign to stop the Government’s proposed anti-trade union laws, rather than direct reference to the strike.
There are no urgent questions or statements about the strike scheduled for later today, meaning the main platform for discussing it in Parliament has been missed.
Labour’s lack of will to capitalise on the strike in the Commons comes despite a very high proportion of the public blaming the Government for it. An Ipsos MORI poll for the Health Service Journal found 64 per cent of people believe the Government is to blame for the strike, while 13 per cent say junior doctors are. Whilst according to a poll by Sky News, 74% of people back today’s walkout by junior doctors.
A Department of Health spokesperson said this morning: “This strike is completely unnecessary. It is very disappointing that tens of thousands of patients and NHS staff have been inconvenienced by the BMA.”
Other significant issues that were missed out during PMQs was questions regarding the EU referendum. The topic was ignored by MPs, despite it dominating much of the discussion in Westminster ahead of next week’s crunch EU summit. A subject which in recent weeks’ has dominated news’ headlines was not questioned even once.
David Cameron was not asked about his mother, Mary. Earlier this week it was revealed she had put her name to a campaign against plans by Conservative run Oxfordshire County Council to close a number of children’s centres as a result of government cuts. Cuts introduced by her son. However, again the issue was ignored.
Furthermore, recently published figures have revealed cases where children have been admitted to A&E and were diagnosed with psychiatric disorders – and had also intentionally harmed themselves – has more than doubled since 2011. The statistics show that self-harm among those with mental health problems under the age of 18 rose from 1,098 in 2010/11 to 2,313 in 2014/15. The figures also come as the number of children diagnosed with mental illnesses has more than doubled in five years, and cases of intentional self-harm have also surged. However the topic was not raised by MPs at today’s prime minister’s questions.
David Cameron must think PMQs nowadays are just a stroll in the park. Jeremy Corbyn ought to step it up, if he really wants to see David Cameron begin to wobble.