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Just Imagine guy’ – particularly if the country in question is an ‘Official Enemy.’ Russia killing the head of ISIS doesn’t fit the State Departmentfriendly narrative. So let’s either rubbish it or ignore it. No need to hurry Theresa – we’re on your side! Just imagine . . . if Labour had been the largest party in the House of Commons following the UK election on June 8, but was nine seats short of a majority. And that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had then spent over two weeks trying to do a deal with the Irish Republican party Sinn Fein – who traditionally don’t take their seats in Westminster – to enable him to form a government. We can be sure that the pressure from the Establishment on Corbyn to step aside and let Tory leader Theresa May try to form a government would have been unrelenting. Elite pundits would be on TV 24/7 telling us that Corbyn attempts to form ‘a coalition of chaos’ was endangering our democracy. But it’s Theresa May who spent more than two weeks desperately trying to get an agreement with a Northern Irish political party (the DUP), and there was no great pressure on her to ‘get a move on.’ More a case of ’Take your time, Theresa; whenever you’re ready.’ The Establishment is not always this indulgent of prime ministers trying to hang on to power following a loss of seats in a general election. When Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown lost his majority in the 2010 general election, he was told in no uncertain terms that he had to step down with immediate effect ‘for the good of the country.’ “In the space of five tumultuous days, Britain has gone from democracy as we know it to the brink of dictatorship,” declared an editorial in the Sun newspaper, as the ‘squatter’ Gordon Brown hung on. Other commentators accused Brown of trying to carry out a ‘coup.’ While it’s true that Brown polled a significantly lower share of the vote to May

COALITION OF CONVENIENCE: Arlene Foster of Northern Ireland‘s DUP with her new best friend, British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Number 10 / Flickr

(29 percent to 42.3 percent) they were both prime ministers who lost their majority, but who still, post-election, had the chance of staying on if they were able to pull off deals with other parties. But their treatment was very different. As Corbyn’s would have been – and indeed will be – if he finds himself in the same position as May next time. ‘Target states bring terrorism upon themselves’ Just imagine . . . if there had been deadly ISIS attacks on Capitol Hill and the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, killing 13, and the Iranian president had issued a statement in response that declared, “we underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote . . .” Elite newspapers would, I’m sure, be full of ‘outraged’ op-eds saying that the comments showed the ‘moral depravity of the Iranian regime.’ Yet President Trump published those comments following ISIS attacks on the Tehran parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini and no one in the mainstream seemed particularly

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