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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 4:09 am 
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Well, Portugal, who were the under-dogs, won Euro 2016 against France 1 - 0. Well done Portugal.

Andy Murray won Wimbledon in straight sets. Well done Andy.

Yesterday's stage winner was Tom Dumoulin. Well done Tom. Chris Froome retained the Yellow Jersey, Mark Cavendish retained the Green Jersey, Thibaut Pinot retained the Polka Dot Jersey and the best young rider is still Adam Yates. Well done all. Today is a rest day on the tour.

Busy today, so that's all folks.

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Yesterday, Andrea Leadsome, pulled out of the Prime Minister contest. Why? At the weekend, a Times report stated that she'd make a better Prime Minister than May because she'd had children whereas May hadn't. This caused uproar and so Leadsome stated that she hadn't said that. The Times released the audio of their interview with Leadsome which proved that Leadsome had stated what the Times wrote in its report. Leadsome also stated that she'd been up all night with Eddie George, the then Governor of the Bank of England, during the 2008 Credit Crunch crisis, in an attempt to identify a solution. When asked to comment, Eddie George had no such recollection. Leadsome also stated that she'd been a City Fund Manager. It appears that she hadn't. Leadsome, it appears, is a person who, shall we say, embellishes the truth. The problem was, she got found out. None-too-smart of you was it Leadsome? In the end, she had no option but to withdraw from the contest. As a result, Theresa May was the only remaining candidate for Prime Minister.

The current Prime Minister, David Cameron, will chair his last Cabinet meeting today. Tomorrow, he will face Prime Minister's Question Time. He will then go to Buckingham Palace and offer his resignation to the Queen. Theresa May will then go to the Palace and will be asked, by the Queen, to form a new Government. At that point, we will have a new Prime Minister.

When the UK only has May and Leadsome as potential PM's, it's in trouble.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party is in turmoil. Angela Eagle has decided to challenge the current leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, to a leadership contest because Jeremy no longer has the support of the Parliamentary Labour Party. She 'claims' that it is in the spirit of bringing unity to a divided party. Well, Ms Eagle, how can challenging your leader bring unity? You may have the support of the Parliamentary party but you will not gain the support of the membership or the Unions. If Corbyn is not allowed to stand in the election for Labour party leader, it will be challenged in the High Court by the Unions. If Corbyn is allowed to fight the election, he will win by a bigger margin than he did last time. Now what Ms Eagle? A split party, probably. So much for claiming that your bid for party leader is in the spirit of unity.

There will be Corbyn, who reflects the wishes of the Labour membership and the Unions and there will be Eagle and her supporters who reflect, well, the wishes of the Parliamentary members only. We therefore have Members of Parliament who no longer reflect the will of the people and a leader that is not supported by the Members of Parliament.

The Unions, who are a big financial supporter of the Labour Party will, undoubtedly, withdraw their financial support for Eagle et al. Then what will they do? Corbyn, on the other hand, will have the financial backing of the Unions but not the MPs. Barring a miracle, the party will split.

The issue was originally caused by Tony Blair when he created New Labour. Because of the industrial turmoil caused by the Unions in the 60s, 70s and 80s, Labour were unelectable according to Blair and so moved from the left to the centre-left and, as we saw, were elected. Unfortunately, that left a void on the left and the working man suffered through lack of representation. Now, there is a need for a party on the left of politics. Corbyn and the Unions fulfill that need. The issue is, the Parliamentary Labour Party is centre left. It's a strange situation but was inevitable.

It was said that the Labour Members of Parliament have more in common with the Conservative Party than the Labour membership. Now we can see the truth of that statement and its affect.

We wait with baited breath.

Meanwhile, over in France, Le Tour continues today following yesterday's rest day.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2016 3:52 am 
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Today, David Cameron ceases to be the UK's Prime Minister and Theresa May takes up the position. Personally, I'm sorry to see David Cameron go. He became Prime Minister at a difficult time after the Labour Party had failed to control our banking system to the point where they were able to create a world-wide monetary crisis. He managed to get the country back on course. Well done David. Now, Theresa has a major issue to resolve in that the idiotic UK populace has decided that it wants out of Europe. She's going to have to steer us through the murky waters of a UK exit. Good luck. She may well need it.

As for the Labour party, the idiot Angela Eagle is challenging Jeremy Corbyn, as is Owen Smith, for the Labour Leadership. I heard her being interviewed on Newsnight last night. She's a typical politician in that she doesn't answer a straight question - unlike Corbyn. He's one of those rarities in politics. He actually does give straight answers to straight questions. Eagle claims that she's challenging Corbyn in order to reunite the Labour Party. Well, Eagle, if this was the case, you wouldn't be challenging Corbyn, the rightfully elected leader in the first place, would you? Actually, she has no chance of winning. In addition, her constituents are thinking about de-selecting her as a Labour candidate. This commentator hopes she is. She is a disgrace. Corbyn managed to get into the leadership ballot by the skin of his teeth, even though he is the current leader of the party. Had he been denied, there would have been a challenge in the High Court. That would have been interesting.

Meanwhile, in the Tour De France, Micheal Mathews took yesterday's stage although the competition for the leader's yellow jersey remains unchanged and Chis Froome is still out in front. Mark Cavendish lost the Green Jersey to Peter Sagan although there is a possibility that Cavendish can take it back on today's stage. Thibaut Pinot retained the maillot point and Adam Yates the white jersey. Today's stage is flat and a sprint stage.

Rory McIlroy recently stated that he will not be playing in the Olympic golf competition. He said that he wouldn't even be watching it on TV. Instead, he will be watching the "important" sports such as Track and Field. Interesting. I've long thought that golf is a complete and utter waste of a good walk and an expensive game of marbles. Now, one of the world's top golfers has stated that the game is unimportant too.

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David Cameron saw the Queen yesterday and offered his resignation as Prime Minister and Theresa May was asked by the Queen to form a government. The UK now has a new PM.

Last night, George Osborne was sacked and Boris Johnson was appointed as Foreign Minister (god help us). Both bad moves in my opinion.

Work will now commence in earnest to secure trade agreements with the rest of the world and our EU exit terms will be negotiated with an official exist occurring around 2018. The UK think that they will be able to secure a trade deal with the EU whereby freedom of movement is not a condition of trade. Well good luck with that because it isn't going to happen.

Angela Eagle is getting more and more toxic as the days go by. The idiot hasn't clue 1. Barring a miracle, the Labour party will split into a left wing and a left of centre faction. Just when a strong and credible opposition party is most needed, the Labour party decides to commit political suicide.

Meanwhile, over in France, Peter Sagan took yesterday's stage win. It was a strange stage because, for the first time, the Yellow and Green Jerseys broke away from the peloton and went head-to-head. Basically, it's a case of 'as you were'. Sagan is still in Green, Froome is still in Yellow from Yates by 28 seconds and the Polka Dot and white also remain unchanged. Barring a disaster, this is how things will remain until Paris.

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Last night was another dark day for France. A member of so-called Islamic State deliberately drove a truck into the Bastille Day revelers in Nice killing 84 and injuring scores of others. The truck drove into crowds for at least a mile before police opened fire on the driver, killing him. The truck was loaded with weapons, including hand grenades. The driver was 31 years old and a local Nice man who was a French citizen born in Tunisia.

Bastille Day is important to the French. It is their National Day. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. It was an important event during the French revolution.

Je suis Nice.

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Last night there was an attempted coup in Turkey. It failed. 1,500 troops who were part of the uprising, are now under arrest. Over 60 people have died. The Turkish people took to the streets in support of the President. This is why the coup failed.

The incident in Nice two days ago killed 84 people and 52 are in hospital, many of which are on the critical list.

There was much debate yesterday as to whether or not the Tour de France should go ahead. It was decided that if the Tour was suspended or cancelled, then the terrorists would have won. The Tour went ahead. So it should have.

Yesterday's stage of the Tour was won by Tom Dumoulin. Froome still wears the yellow jersey and Bauke Mollemar is up to 2nd. All other jerseys remain unchanged. Barring a major accident, this is Froome's tour.

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Turkey is returning to some form of reality following their failed coup in which 250 people lost their lives.

The death toll in France, following the latest atrocity, may well rise since some of the victims are still fighting for their lives.

Meanwhile, on a lighter note, Mark Cavendish won yet another stage of the Tour de France. In the melee towards the end of the race, he cut across Marcel Kittel. Kittel, of course, objected and there was a short enquiry. It was decided that Cavendish did cut across Kittel but it was within the spirit of racing and not a deliberate act. It was also decided that Kittel was already a spent force when Cavendish cut across him and Kittel could not have have, regardless. Cavendish was awarded the stage and the leader's jerseys remained unchanged.

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I was listening to an interview with the deputy Mayor of Nice yesterday. He was almost in tears. He spoke about how the city he loved had been ripped apart last Thursday night - Bastille day. He talked about how long the wounds would take to heal - 'perhaps a generation', he thought. He also spoke about the past atrocities - Charlie Hebdo. He spoke about how the powers that be talked about reconciliation and unity after each attack. Yet, nothing was done whilst his country was repeatedly attacked. He wasn't talking about revenge per se but he did want the authorities to minimise the possibility of his country being attacked again. He talked about how he had repeatedly requested that the city be provided with more police and had been turned down.

It was at this point that I began to think about the fact that religion is a belief system. It is not based on any facts whatsoever. The so-called holy books are just that - so-called. One either believes that they are true and correct or one doesn't but proof there is not. One can either believe that there is a super being which we called god, allah, etc. or one doesn't but proof there is not. Yet, based upon this belief system, for which there is no proof, men kill. 84 people are dead. 82 lay in hospital, injured. Some are still fighting for their lives. Many are young children. They are not in dispute. They do exist.

In theory, religions are supposedly about peace, love, forgiveness and understanding. If this were really the case, there would be no killing in the name of any god, Yet, more people have been killed in the name of a god than for any other reason.

Let's take christianity as an example. As religions go, it is fairly peaceful. However, it wasn't always thus. In its dim and distant past, the religion was responsible for killing between 100 and 200 million people. That didn't include the millions that were raped, pillaged, tortured and enslaved. It was the most blood-thirsty entity this world has ever seen. Even Hitler only managed to kill 10 million people. He was considered the most evil person that has ever lived and yet, christianity was responsible for the killing of between 10 - 20 times more people.

So much for religions being about peace, love, forgiveness and understanding.

Also, it says in the bible that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of god. Yet, the richest entity on the planet is the catholic church.

Religion has done Mankind far more harm than good. As a result of religion, Man has lost his place in the Universe. Whether he regains it remains to be seen.

Religion suppressed science in the past. Thankfully, that era is over, though it still does meddle from time to time. Some christians claim, for example, that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. Religion has set back science at least 100 years, it has been estimated. As science has progressed, the power that religion has had over man has waned. Religion is now in decline. In the UK, 40% of the population do not believe in a god. In certain parts of continental Europe, the majority does not believe in a god. This trend looks set to increase. Even in the USA, atheism is on the increase.

Meanwhile, back in the USA, 3 more white police officers were killed by a black gunman who was later shot and killed.

Meanwhile, back in France at the Tour, Pantano took yesterday's stage, Rafal Majka took the Polka Dot jersey and the rest of the classification is as you were. Froome still wears the Yellow jersey and looks increasingly likely that this will continue all the way to Paris next Sunday.

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There was a time when it looked increasingly likely that Boris Johnson was going to become leader of the Conservative party and the Prime Minister of the UK. Boris is the type of guy that I would love to go down the pub with for a pie and a pint. However, would I like to see him with his finger on the UK's nuclear trigger? Certainly not. I am thankful that he didn't get to become PM.

I would put Trump in the same camp as Johnson except that Trump is far from amiable though a buffoon he certainly is. I don't rate Clinton but she's an infinitely better choice than Trump. With Clinton in charge, the World will certainly be a safer place. With Trump in charge, I shudder to think what may transpire. It, indeed, is a frightening thought with Trump at the helm.

Meanwhile, over the Channel in Southern Germany, a teenage Afghan refugee attacked people on a train in Wurtzburg with an axe and a knife. Three people were seriously injured and one was slightly injured. The youth was later shot dead by German police. As yet, the motive for the attack is not know.

Peter Sagan took yesterday's stage of the Tour de France which finished in Basle. Barring accidents, Sagan will wear the Green jersey all the way to Paris on Sunday. The rest of the jerseys remain the same except that BMC lost their lead in the team even to Movistar. Today is a rest day - which is just as well since the Alps are yet to come. Very often, the Tour is won or lost in the Alps.

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There was a shooting in Spalding yesterday. Spalding, I think, is in Lincolnshire. There were 3 dead. The locals where I live are bigots through and through, not very intelligent nor warm and friendly. The morning we moved into our present house, several of the locals came over to talk to us. Did they offer us tea and biscuits? Did they offer us coffee and biscuits? Did they introduce themselves and wish us a pleasant stay in the community? No, no and thrice no. They asked us how much we paid for the house. This set the scene for our stay. When their friends visit, do they block their driveways? No. They block ours.

When they heard about yesterday's shooting, they were all of one voice. It had to be "immigrants". Well. it must, mustn't it?

We are moving away from the area within the next month. I shan't miss the locals one little bit. It's so bad that some of the locals wear t-shirts with 'Gimme Six' on them. They are so stupid that they think it's funny rather than an insult.

Oh, by the way, the shooting in Spalding? It was a white Anglo-Saxon family. The man shot his wife and daughter and then himself.

People use the term 'Anglo-Saxon' as though it's an indication of Britishness. Angles and Saxons invaded Britain during the 5th - 7th century and were Germanic races. Perhaps the only true 'Brits' left are the Celts.

Voting to leave the EU will make the UK even more bigoted and insular than it already is. By this time next year, we'll be gone. Personally, I can't wait.

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I didn't have too much respect for Ted Cruz - until yesterday - when he refused to endorse Trump. Cruz's refusal to endorse Trump won him big brownie points in my book. America - when you put forward Trump as a presidential candidate - you are really scraping the political barrel and in deep trouble. FFS, guys, wake up before it's too late.

Meanwhile, in the Tour de France, Zakarin won the stage. Froome is still in Yellow, Sagan is still in Green, Yates is still in White, Majka still wears the Polka Dot and the team prize still remains with Movistar. Mark Cavandish has withdraw to concentrate on the Olympics along with several other of the big names. Today is a time trial day.

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Yesterday in the Tour de France, Froome won the time trial. Basically, it's as you were yet again.

Meanwhile, over the pond, Trump gave his nomination speech. It reminded me of the Nuremberg rallies held in pre-war Germany. For the uninitiated, Nuremberg was where the Nazi party held its yearly conference.

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Two days ago, yet another black man was shot by a white American policeman in spite of the black man being unarmed and having his hands above his head. The black man, after the event, asked the police officer why he had shot him. The police officer replied that he he didn't know. Jeez America, what do your police officers have instead of brains?

Yesterday, an Iranian youth, living in Germany, went on the rampage in a Munich shopping centre and murdered 9 people and injured another 10. He then shot himself. Police have referred to the incident as a suspected terror attack.

Meanwhile, in the Tour de France, yesterday's stage was won by Romain Bardet. He was the first Frenchman to win a stage of this year's Tour. Froome still leads, Sagan is still in Green, Majka is still in Polka Dot, Yates is still in White and Movistar are still the best team. This is probably the way that things will finish in Paris tomorrow.

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Yesterday's stage of the Tour de France was won by Izaguirre. It's the last stage today with a finish in Paris on the Champs Elysees. Baring a nuclear war, Froome will take the Yellow Jersey, Sagan the Green, Adam Yates the White, Majka the Polka Dot and the Team prize will go to Movistar. Well done one and all.

It's now only 12 days to Rio and the Olympic Games. Russia's track and field athletes will not be going and, possibly, neither will any Russian competitor due to the alleged systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs which, it appears, is state sponsored. Well, what about the state-sponsored use of performance-enhancing drugs in other countries? What about the non-state-sponsored use of performance-enhancing drugs?

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