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2020 Jan 17 - Vladimir Putin Beyond 2024?

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One of the shorter articles on Wikipedia, is the page listing Russian Presidents, it's only got 4 entries on it and two of them same guy. At the time of writing, there's the same number of Russian Presidents alive today as there are members of The Beatles.

Vladimir Putin is no Fool On The Hill though and he's very aware that he's running out of constitutional loopholes to keep him in power so he's decided to play the classic autocracy play of convincing people that he should be able to rewrite the constitution because you can trust him to not do anything too sneaky. It's not like he's an ex KGB spymaster or anything... Of course this is to all intents and purposes up there at the political level of erecting gold statues of yourself, redesigning the calendar, thinking that the public will forget about Brexit, or turning up to formal world events in a suit and leopard skin hat combo like that madman in Zaire who killed the Tutsis and spent the country's wealth to get Muhammad Ali to fight a boxing match there rather than do what everyone else does and just phone up the pay-per-view tv company with a credit card to hand.

Russia though is still currently technically a democracy though Putin has worked to the letter of the law rather than the intent. Years ago he spent two 4 year elected terms before he had to stand down, so he got his friend Dmitry Medvedev to be the figurehead for an interim 4 years before he could come back for 2 more consecutive terms although the one thing that Dmitry did was allow the term limits to be changed to 6 years, meaning that Vladimir could come back for 12 more years and so he'll be in office until 2024. That's the year that Highlander II: The Quickening is set in and much like that tv+film franchise, Vladimir wants more and more sequels so we get therefore we reach the question of how his constitutional rewrite will go and he assures us that we can trust him but I'd place more faith in someone electing Michael Barrymore to be a lifeguard. On the other hand, at least he knows at what level of contempt to hold those in Brussels which is more than can be said of most of the leaders the UK has seen over the past 19 years. And he's done more to put Salisbury on the international map than the English tourist board ever did.
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2020 Jan 10 - Prince Harry Resigns

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2020 Jan 04 - Australian Wildfires

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2019 Dec 21 - Trump Impeachment

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2019 Dec 14 - Election Aftermath and the Labour Party

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1) Shock
When the BBC Exit poll first came out, people were astonished, to see something on the BBC saying something positive about the Conservative Party. It was surreal, like watching an episode of Th ......

2019 Dec 08 - UK Election a Few Days Away

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Those pamphlets though, there's only a couple more of them to come as it's just the last final couple of days before the election and I imagine for MPs it must feel a bit like being back at school a ......

2019 Dec 01 - London Bridge Attack

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Carnage this week in London, at least that's what a lot of Arsenal fans will be saying down the pub, after the sacking of Unai Emery after 18 months of abysmal managerial malaise that made Leanne Wood look like Queen Victoria. David Cameron hasn't made a comment on that story, though it's probably because he can't remember if that's one of the teams he claims to support or not.

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2019 Nov 23 - Prince Andrew Interview

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2019 Nov 16 - Bad Election Week for Labour

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2019 Nov 09 - John Bercow's Gone

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2019 Nov 02 - Election 2019 Announced

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Hello again everyone and apologies about being on hiatus the last 2 week, I was on holiday without access to a laptop, which is presumably the same sort of expression that I imagine the Americans will use to describe Julian Assange's extradition to the US ("on holiday without a laptop") before he mysteriously disappears. On the other hand, it's not as if we missed much, it was mostly another two weeks of procrastination as Westminster sat around doing nothing before I arrived home and they decid ......

2019 Oct 15 - State Opening of Parliament

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I'm posting a little bit late this week but I guess that's in keeping with the overall Brexit theme this year. Just be glad I don't copy the HS2 delays and send everyone an apology by means of an invoice.

But did anything of note even happen of late? Well actually it was the Queen's Speech, perhaps you didn't notice or maybe you were too full up with turkey and red wine, oh wait no that's the other Queen's speech. This is the one where she reads out whatever Dominic Cummings hands her, which th ......

2019 Oct 06 - Brexit (not a lot happening)

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A couple of weeks ago it was was commanded by the courts that parliament must return to session; it MUST sit, lest civilization collapse, like the England football team in a penalty shootout. So everyone was sent back and almost no work was done because there's frankly little that can actually be done now by MPs until the Prime Minister decides the next move. It's like the bit in a chess game where people are staring at the board while the clock counts down and half the audience are actually sta ......

2019 Sep 28 - Democrats want to impeach Trump

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Not sure if you've been to the cinema recently but whether it's the Avengers, Star Wars or Frozen II's upcoming release, sequels are all the rage. Which is why in America, the Democrats are keen to play to their base and make a sequel to the Muller Report with a wildcard and ultimately doomed to fail impeachment procedure. And as with Hobbs & Shaw, the 9th in that film trilogy, both are expected to be really really popular in California, but ultimately lacklustre and largely forgettable elsewher ......

2019 Sep 20 - Israel & Saudi Arabia

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Two big stories coming out of the middle east this week, a part of the world divided along multiple disagreements: islam vs judaism, Russia vs America, whether or not a star should have 5 or 6 points or whether you should just depict a weapon on your flag because nothing symbolises a modern peace-seeking nation better than a big shiny sword.

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2019 Sep 14 - David Cameron's Book

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David Cameron left office a couple of years ago after resigning so what has he been up to? Well for one I saw that not too long ago the Chinese invited him to speak which only goes to show that it's hard to know who the British Prime Minister is these days if you decide to ban Google and Wikipedia. And it was china so it cost a few hundred grand because they don't like free speech. Anyway, in addition to scraping a living giving after dinner speeches he decided to do what most people do when the ......

2019 Sep 06 - Westminster Brexit Chaos

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The last couple of days at Westminsters have been a mess, certainly far worse than anything I've seen and I'm in the process of toilet training a 3 year old. But let's try to simplify and lay out the process of how we got here:

1) MPs don't want to want Brexit to happen, even though the public do and many of those MPs were explicitly elected promising to deliver it. As an analogy This is a like me promising to buy kitchen roll from the corner shop, then spending the money on wine and later refu ......

2019 Aug 31 - Boris Suspends Parliament

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I was once recommended that if you're buying lottery tickets then you should wear apache war paint and an American Indian head-dress because apparently "fortune favours the brave" and talking about that expression, Boris Johnson certainly upped his game this week, finally moving the Brexit saga into the end stage and putting an end to the bespoke stalemate and 3 years of can nothingness that Theresa May had so expertly crafted, in order to grind everyone down. The last couple of years have seen ......

2019 Aug 24 - Fires in Brazil

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This week the French President met with the British Prime Minister and faced a number of domestic issues and so it was with little surprise that many news outlets decided to show all the investigative integrity of Fred West's gardener and instead they focused on a vacuous tweet he made about the fires currently raging in the Amazon.

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2019 Aug 17 - Hong Kong Protests

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Looking over the news I thought that the pop band "Flock of Seagulls" had died in a plane crash, but it turns out to have been been a plane downed in Russia after being struck by some birds. Makes a change from the government crashing a plane I suppose. Therefore this week we look further eastward to Hong Kong where protests have escalated faster than the number of lawsuits filed against Jeffrey Epstein.

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