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What you want to say – 22 May 2019 May 22, 2019

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As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.

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1. GW - May 22, 2019

Nanni Balestrini dead.

I’ve not read the Camorra novel. Is it good?

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2. GW - May 22, 2019

The YouGov poll in the UK is well outside the average polling. It’ll be interesting to find out tomorrow night who was right.

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GW - May 22, 2019

Seat estimates on the basis of the YouGov poll:

BXP: 34 (+34)
LDM: 13 (+12)
LAB: 9 (-11)
GRN: 9 (+6)
CON; 2 (-17)
SNP: 2 (=)
PLC: 1 (=)
UKIP: 0 (-24)

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GW - May 23, 2019

Eh – no we won’t – results will be counted on Sunday night with the rest of the EU.

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3. GW - May 22, 2019

Meanwhile in Portuguese polls we have the Socialist Party (PS) at 33%, the Social Democrats(PSD) on 23% and the Left Block (BE) at 9%.

And the xenophobic nationalist anti-EU parties are hardly showing.

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4. GW - May 22, 2019

Good guide to voting tactically tomorrow if you’re in Britain:

http://www.democraticaudit.com/

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5. CL - May 22, 2019

Wales:

“a great deal has changed in the political landscape in just a few weeks….truly unprecedented results for both the traditionally dominant parties….
Plaid now have a very realistic chance of finishing ahead of Labour for the first time ever in a Wales-wide election….
in Wales: some 38 percent are planning to vote for parties endorsing a hard Brexit, and 39 percent for those favouring the UK remaining in the EU. But given the way European elections operate in Wales, the figures in this poll suggest that there could be two seats for the Brexit Party and only one for all those parties supporting Remain….
Unless our poll is horribly inaccurate, or Labour stage an astonishing resurgence in the last few days of the European election campaign, we are going to see Labour defeated in Wales for only the second time in the last one hundred years…
We don’t yet know what political implications might follow from such an outcome, but this result in itself would be truly historic.”
http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/electionsinwales/2019/05/20/the-may-welsh-political-barometer-poll-the-european-election-numbers/

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6. Paul Culloty - May 22, 2019

The strange TERF wars within UK feminism:

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7. Paddy Healy - May 22, 2019

Ireland South Constituency European Election
Further Desperate Attempt to Save FG Euro Seat of Deirdre Clune(nee Barry) The Other Two FG Candidates, Sean Kelly MEP (Kerry) and Andrew Doyle TD (Wicklow) have been Banned from Limerick and Tipperary By Director of Elections. But Doyle Refuses to Obey. https://wp.me/pKzXa-1iu
FG Bid to save 2 Seats in Ireland South
Daniel McConnell Political Editor, Irish Examiner
Fine Gael is deeply divided after it was forced to “revise” its division of the Ireland South constituency in order to bolster MEP Deirdre Clune’s flagging campaign, just 48 hours before polling

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8. CL - May 23, 2019

“The United Nations general assembly has overwhelmingly backed a motion condemning Britain’s occupation of the remote Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean.
The 116-6 vote left the UK diplomatically isolated and was also a measure of severely diminished US clout on the world stage….
The US, Hungary, Israel, Australia and the Maldives backed the UK in the vote and 56 countries abstained, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland and Romania. Other European allies including Austria, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland voted for the UK to relinquish sovereignty.”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/22/uk-suffers-crushing-defeat-un-vote-chagos-islands

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

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9. GW - May 23, 2019

Anyone else getting authoritarian nationalist right social media posts prior to the Euros?

The AfD is mobilising 200,000 fake accounts for it’s propaganda, and I have gotten two instances of the vomit they are spewing. Goddess only knows why.

I’m only on one antisocial meeja platform and that only in a passive way to get news. And it should be fairly clear from who I follow that I’m not really in the market.

A real scattershot approach to targeted propaganda from the AfD there. But their pockets are deep.

Meanwhile a real live ‘youtuber’ has put out a long, justified and substantiated rant against the CDU before the Euro elections. And the CDU can’t muster a youtuber for a counterrant.

Meanwhile the AfD has made no progress in the polls.

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10. Paddy Healy - May 23, 2019

The Economic interests of the Irish people have been put completely in the hands of Foreign agencies, Foreign companies and Foreign governments by Successive Irish Governments.-Seamus Healy TD :Corporate Tax Take Here to Be Transferred to Large Capitalist Countries-Irish Times Finance Minister Donohoe acknowledges need for change in key speech on corporate tax reform
Reclaim Economic and Political Sovereignty https://wp.me/pKzXa-xK
Changes in global corporation tax are on the way and will bring challenges for Ireland, according to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Ireland must be open to new approaches which recognise that value can be created by digital activities, he said, meaning big companies would pay some tax in markets where they have most of their consumers, potentially cutting the tax take here. In a major speech on Ireland’s approach to the corporate tax reform programme being led by the OECD, the Paris-based think tank, the Minister also expressed serious reservations over separate proposals supported by some countries to introduce a minimum effective corporate tax rate as part of the anti-evasion section of the talks.

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11. CL - May 24, 2019

DANIEL ELLSBERG: I was sure that the Trump administration would not be content with keeping Julian Assange in prison for five years, which was the sentence for the one charge of conspiracy that he was charged with earlier. So I was sure they would go after him with a much longer sentence under the Espionage Act. I was charged with 12 counts, including one of conspiracy, in 1971, for a possible sentence of 115 years. In this case they brought 17 counts under the Espionage Act, plus the one conspiracy. So they’re facing him with 175 years. That’s, frankly, not that different from 115. It’s a life sentence. And it’ll be enough for them….
I thought that Trump would hold off on declaring war on the press until the extradition matter had been settled. But no, the declaration of war came today. This is a historic day, and a very challenging one for American democracy.”
https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/05/daniel-ellsberg-on-julian-assanges-espionage-charges.html

‘The new indictment goes much further. It is a marked escalation in the effort to prosecute Mr. Assange, one that could have a chilling effect on American journalism as it has been practiced for generations. It is aimed straight at the heart of the First Amendment….
President Trump has waged a relentless campaign against the news media, going so far as to repeatedly label it the “enemy of the people.” But with this indictment his administration has moved well beyond dangerous insults to strike at the very foundation of the free press in the United States. …
Mr. Assange shared much of the material at issue with The New York Times and other news organizations. The resulting stories demonstrated why the protections afforded the press have served the American public so well; they shed important light on the American war effort in Iraq, revealing how the United States turned a blind eye to the torture of prisoners by Iraqi forces and how extensively Iran had meddled in the conflict….
this case now represents a threat to freedom of expression and, with it, the resilience of American democracy itself.”

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