Political theatre ahead of crucial vote on Trident

The British parliament is set to vote on Monday on whether or not to renew the £200-billion Trident nuclear “deterrent” program. Unsurprisingly in the current chaotic climate, the controversial issue has become something of a partisan political football.



Another tragic shooting incident in the US, as three police officers were killed by a gunman in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

And the Baton Rouge incident happened as the Republican party prepared for the opening of its convention in Cleveland, with presumptive nominee Donald Trump portraying himself as the “law and order” candidate, an echo of the 1968 nomination of Richard Nixon against a background of social unrest and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy.

The convention, which has as its opening day theme, “Make America Safe Again” was always likely to see dissent and possible confrontation, even without the added complication of Ohio being a so-called “open carry” state.

Trump’s awkward roll-out of his Vice-Presidential pick Gov Mike Pence continued on Sunday night with a joint appearance on ’60 Minutes’ which seemed to highlight some key divisions between them.

But at least they eventually got the logo right…

Elsewhere… really? You don’t say…




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