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  1. Yes, But he can over‑egg it. He must already have the racist community in the bag, I don’t see how he hopes to win more moderate votes by being more extreme. The Clinton rule still applies. ‘It’s the economy, stupid’, as it always has been. Even the most enthusiastic racists care more about money. Trump must have more faith in America’s fear and prejudice than in his own economic record.
  2. In Germany they wore brown shirts; in England, black; I believe the Irish Fascists wore blue shirts. I suppose it is appropriate that in Trumpton they wear funny red hats. Now Il Duce is inciting them, not quite to violence, not yet, but to “send her back”. She went to their country as a twelve year‑old refugee and rose to high office. On the face of it someone they should be proud of, proof that the American dream is true. But no, she is evil personified, a “hate-filled extremist” because she dares to say things Il Duce doesn’t like but appears to have no answer to. Il Duce does not like dissent. He has opened Pandora’s box and all the latent evils of American racism are jumping out. He must think he can control it. They will turn on him and eat him.
  3. America is is now well into the post‑truth era, Trump is in the process of resetting the dial of what words mean. If he says he is not a racist and his words are not racist, and he keeps on saying it, eventually it will become true. Many of his supporters will be well ahead of him. They stopped being racists when they stopped burning churches. It’s just a little hard for us to understand. We live in a different world. "When I use a word," Humpty Trumpty said… ”it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less." "The question is," said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things." "The question is," said Humpty Trumpty, "which is to be master, that's all."
  4. It is good to see that Alan Turing will be the face of the next £50 note. Perhaps too little, too late to right the terrible wrong done to him. But still, better late than never.
  5. What are rules for except ‘ the adherence of fools’? Lawyers acting for several whistleblowers have argued there is a case to prosecute the main pro Brexit campaign Vote Leave which, they allege, used a smaller pro-Brexit youth group – BeLeave – to get around the £7million spending limit by making a £625,000 donation to BeLeave before the 2016 EU referendum. In a 50 page submission to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee they argue this money should have been declared as part of Vote Leave’s expenditure and have come forward with new allegations about how closely the two campaigns were linked. Lawyers for another whistleblower confirm that he was paid by Vote Leave to do web design and communications services for both campaign groups. Legal opinion submitted to the culture committee’s inquiry into fake news said: “We consider that there is a prima facie case that ... electoral offences were committed by Vote Leave in the EU referendum campaign and that these require urgent investigation so that consideration can be given to whether to refer the case to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on whether to prosecute.” Just a bit of sour-grapiness from the ever whinging remoaners? Or does it put the veracity of the referendum itself in doubt? Ministers B Johnson and M Gove have both spoken out in defence of Vote Leave. Mr Johnson described the claims as “utterly ludicrous”, Vote Leave “won fair and square – and legally”. After all, freeing us from nit-picking bureaucracy is what the Brexit is all about.
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