“Loose as…” the goose seems squeezed out of the picture. Morrison looks like a Halloween Fagan
“French President Emmanuel Macron says Scott Morrison lied to him before scrapping a $90 billion submarine contract. In a sign relations between Paris and Canberra have not improved despite Mr Morrison’s attempts to talk to Mr Macron at the G20 summit in Rome, the French leader did not hold back when he gave his thoughts on the PM’s conduct. Mr Macron was pulled aside by Australian reporters who asked whether he thought Mr Morrison had lied about his intentions.
He replied: “I don’t think, I know”
Morrison has a history of “poor communications” and all we have heard to date was that Macron and Biden are the ones who have got it “all wrong”. If not personally, then their administrations weren’t up to scratch in delivering his message. Blaming everyone but himself seems something common to Morrison. NZ sacked him as did Howard’s LNP government for his poor messaging, and go it alone clumsy approaches in the past.
Morrison claims he operated ‘in Australia’s National Interest” without expanding on what that “Interest” is. That somehow sounds as if Australia is to blame as well and not ScoMo. Like Trump his communications were “perfect” Yet, how often have we seen him not operating in “our interest” but only his. The pre-election promise of a Federal ICAC springs to mind. His holiday in Hawaii not so perfect.
Australia didn’t go blindly into contracting France to build “deisal fueled subs” the LNP demanded it! Despite France the globes most advanced aquanauts offering us the world’s best nuclear powered ones. Shouldn’t Morrison stop acting like Trump and actually show us the documented communications with the French and US Heads of State? Trump didn’t he tried to hide the official record of communication with his promise of the “Perfect Phone Call with the President of the Ukraine. All Morrison’s communications with Heads of State and their administrations are afterall official and not personal. So everything is documented and on the record. It ought to be easy to see what really happened!!
Here are some other commentaries you may find informative: From Trump to Johnson, nationalists are on the rise – backed by billionaire oligarchs by George Monbiot; US ambassador: Trump likes Boris Johnson for ‘calling it as he sees it’ by Frances Perraudin; Why Bois Johnson’s lies and amorality could prove his undoing by Paul Mason; I was Boris Johnson’s boss; he is utterly unfit to be prime minister by Max Hastings; Boris Johnson’s braggadocio will soon come back to haunt him at Number 10 by Andrew Rawnsley; and Boris Johnson Faces a Swift and Bloody Nemesis by Roger Cohen.
It is, of course, a crime to lie under oath; it is also a crime to lie to a congressional committee, whether you are under oath or not. “Nixon’s Attorney General John Mitchell,” Vox notes, “was convicted of lying to a Senate committee during the Watergate scandal.”
So I couldn’t help but ask the defensive Prince: Did he not worry that Mueller might send him to prison for not telling the truth, as he did with Gen. Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and others?
“Nope,” he replied, giving me that dead-eyed stare once again, “not at all.”
“Trump and the Prince finally got their story worked out”
Activists on Friday delivered a petition to the U.S. State Department demanding justice for journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly three weeks ago. (Photo: Ford Fischer/News2Share)
“We call BS,” declared CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin on Friday after the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia finally confirmed that Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul—but also claimed he died in “fistfight” gone wrong rather than the widely suspected grisly torture and assassination by a hit team acting on orders from the highest levels of Saudi leadership.
The Kingdom later updated its explanation, according to a CNN reporter, to say that Khashoggi was killed in a chokehold during a fight. Turkish officials, meanwhile, have alleged to the press that a team of Saudi agents—including a doctor specializing in autopsies—brought a bone saw into the consulate, where they tortured, killed, and dismembered Khashoggi.
Asked about Saudi Arabia’s new claims late Friday, Trump told reporters he has confidence in the “fistfight” explanation and called the supposed findings a “good first step.”