Daily View 2×2: 5 June 2020

2 big stories

Yesterday, the New York Times published an opinion piece by the junior US Senator for Arkansas, Tom Cotton, which called upon President Trump to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act to

employ the military “or any other means” in “cases of insurrection, or obstruction to the laws”

by way of an overwhelming show of force against protestors. Why is this important? Because Tom Cotton is a potential Republican nominee for the Presidency in the not that distant future.

It would be fair to say that there was a backlash, as the editorial page editor himself admitted.

There is a valid question to be asked about how communities are policed. Bringing in the armed forces really isn’t on the list of sane answers though.

Getting on a train, or a bus, or (less likely) an aeroplane in England? Don’t forget your face mask from Monday week. Perhaps lessons in how to wear one would be good too, although most of the public think that they’ll look silly wearing a mask. Personally, I’ll be wearing one if I have to leave mid-Suffolk by public transport…

2 3 social media posts

We have a leadership contest and, whilst Liberal Democrat Voice are committed to neutrality in terms of the various contenders, I thought that it might be nice to see their Twitter offerings yesterday and so, in the order that they appeared on my Local Party’s Twitter feed…

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One Comment

  • Clive Peaple 6th Jun '20 - 10:06am

    2 big stories? Should be government ‘cave in’ to US over food standards and the fact that Suella Braverman (ex Fernandes) is Attorney General and therefore in a position to rule whether or not Cummings was a law/advice breaker. Separation of powers easily circumvented. Very British. Remember her Brexity rejection of Euratom? Faced with overwhelming scientific argument she just ignored all argument. While Trump uspses the bible imagery like Hitler and the nazi State Church, we desperately lack a Mattis and therefore have to suffer the far right direction of a Rees Mogg. Meanwhile Matthew Elliott and wife happily cement the US – UK far right link.
    Perhaps LDs might consider the Covid wracked UK (North West R = > 1) rather than the enjoyable but possibly dilettante distance consideration of Trump (who will, simply, win or lose on the economy).

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