Former Brit Prime Minister Urges Voters To Not Support Party He Once Led

What now constitutes conservatism is not only a discussion taking place in American politics where Donald Trump’s cult personality has undermined long-held philosophies and underpinnings of the Republican Party.   Such chaos is also taking place for conservatives with our friends across the pond.

The former Conservative PM said he would personally back David Gauke, Dominic Grieve and Anne Milton – who all left the party over Brexit – if he lived in their constituencies.

Addressing a ‘Stop The Brexit Landslide’ rally in London, he said: “Let me make one thing absolutely clear: none of them has left the Conservative Party, the Conservative Party has left them.”

Sir John’s bombshell intervention is the first time a former Prime Minister has urged voters not to support the party they used to lead.

Mr Gauke, Mr Grieve and Ms Milton all lost the Tory whip for voting against the Government to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Each of them is now standing for re-election as indepenedent candidates in the seats they used to represent for the Tories.

In a video address to the rally, Sir John said: “Without such talent on its benches, Parliament will be the poorer, which is why – if I were resident in any one of their constituencies – they would have my vote.”

He said Brexit would “affect nearly every single aspect of our lives for many decades to come”.

It will make our country poorer and weaker,” he said.

This blog has been, from the start, opposed to Brexit and the smarmy stylings of Boris Johnson.  At the same time, I can not imagine having Britain led by Jeremy Corbyn, who makes Bernie Sanders look like Milt Friedman.   There are so many ways the upcoming election can be a disaster for the Brits.  Which is why Molly from Hampshire might best sum up where that nation is leading up to balloting.

Gunfire, Gunfire, And More Gunfire

Four people were killed in a hail of gunfire Thursday after two armed suspects robbed a jewelry store, then stole a UPS truck and led police on a two-county high-speed chase in South Florida.

A shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida on Friday morning left three people dead and several others injured, authorities said. The shooter was also killed by Escambia County sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff David Morgan said, “Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie.”

Four people were wounded, one of them critically, in gun violence Thursday across Chicago

The suspected killer of Alabama college student, Aniah Blanchard, said he shot her after she allegedly “went for the gun,” according to court documents.

The U.S. Navy sailor who fatally shot two at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard on Wednesday and wounded a third was having disciplinary problems at work and had been enrolled in anger management courses—but still has access to a gun.

Look, folks, this is how we have come to view shootings in America.  One after the other, and in such a long stream of stories that it is hard to process one tragedy before another is reported.  It may seem like there are so many happening, but this is, sadly, the norm.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been more than 370 mass shootings in the US so far in 2019, with a mass shooting defined as any incident in which four or more people, not including the shooter, were shot but not necessarily killed. That’s an average of about eight mass shootings a week.

That’s still only a fraction of all US gun deaths, with mass shootings responsible for less than 2 percent of gun deaths in America in a typical year. In 2017, there were nearly 40,000 gun deaths, an average of almost 109 gun deaths a day and more than four an hour. Around 60 percent of those gun deaths are suicides.

The NRA wants more guns to be sold to keep the manufactures happy.  The selfish people who hide behind their twisted reasoning of what the 2nd Amendment means never being able to grasp the emotional gravity of buying a casket for a gun victim, or grasping the long-term healing process associated with many gunshot injuries.

The stories of gun shootings and the carnage they leave behind will continue due to a lack of spine from those members of congress more wedded to their campaign cash from the gun lobby than their responsibilities to the citizens they took an oath to represent. 

And so it goes.