JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Bruce Plante)

In other news, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denied that the White House is sending "mixed messages" by sanctioning and then delaying sanctions on Huawei twice over. The message seems to change every week, or whenever Trump gets a bug up his ass about something or other.

Meanwhile, North American corporations increased the number of robots they bought in the second quarter of the year by nearly 20 percent while most other business investment is down.

Finally, the European Union has flatly rejected British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demand to remove the Irish border backstop and they say Johnson has not actually proposed a real alternative.

But the European Commission, the EU executive which has led Brexit negotiations with London, dismissed the proposal in Johnson's letter that the backstop could be replaced with a "commitment" to find "alternative arrangements".

"The letter does not provide a legal operational solution to prevent the return of a hard border on the island of Ireland," commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud told reporters.

"It does not set out what any alternative arrangements could be, and in fact it recognizes there is no guarantee that such arrangements will be in place by the end of the transitional period."

I laughed harder at this than any normal person probably should.

It's deeply ironic that Boris Johnson and his cohorts want the EU to find all the solutions for them given that they're, you know, leaving the EU because the EU is terrible or whatever.

  • 1933john

    Robots should pay FICA based on
    how many humans it replaces.

  • Aynwrong

    “Trump gets a bug up his ass about something or other.”

    This is an accurate description of any and all United States policy positions until the Great Negotiator is out of office.

  • muselet

    A BBC News political correspondent, Iain Watson, this morning tried to make sense of Boris Johnson’s letter to the EU:

    … [I]f [Johnson] has a fully-fledged, different plan up his sleeve, why he isn’t spelling out more detail of those “alternative arrangements”?

    And why can’t Downing Street say what additional reassurances would be available to the Irish government in the absence of a backstop, if trade talks falter?

    The lack of detail on Plan B has made some critics in his own party wonder if his Plan A is simply to make an offer the EU can’t accept and then blame them for no deal.

    [emphasis added]

    And there it is.

    Johnson is hoping he can blame the EU for the damage his beloved Brexit is set to do to the UK.

    I’d feel slightly better about all this if Labour weren’t headed by the inexcusable Jeremy Corbyn.

    Maybe watching the UK auger in will bring some Americans to their senses (though probably not).


    • Corbyn is as bad in his own way as May and BoJo. He’s a firm Brexiter, who is hanging onto power by bullying and making under the table deals. Bolstered by the idiot LibDems, who stupidly believe that they’re voting for stay when their leader is perfectly willing to give metaphorical BJs to anyone who can give her more power in return.

      • Draxiar

        Pardon my ignorance in this matter but I’m curious as to why May is considered to have been bad at the job. I don’t have an opinion either way I’m just curious.

        • May was a Tory to her bones. She campaigned against Brexit, then the moment she had the chance to take power, she grabbed the reins and became a rabid Brexiter. Throughout her time as PM, she pushed aside anything that would help people, and instead put through policies that Trump would have approved – anything for the rich, and the regular guy can take whatever crumbs he can sweep off the floor once the top dogs have eaten.

          • Draxiar

            Thank you so much! This is the first decent explanation I’ve read (I’ll admit that my search has been cursory at best). All this time I figured it was because she couldn’t cinch the terms for Brexit with Parliament…which I didn’t really see as her fault per se.

          • You’re very welcome. And even worse, she wasn’t even elected (PM is usually chosen from the MPs of the ruling party). She was the Home Secretary (close enough to Sec of Def in the US), and was awful at that (authoritarian, power mad), and grabbed the PM office when no one in Parliament was willing to take it on.

          • Draxiar

            Something tells me that May will be far more popular than BoJo (hehe…still cracks me up).

          • May was awful, but BoJo is as much a menace as Trump. I think the only people who really like him are the hard-line Brexiters.

      • 1933john

        “BoJo”, that’s a good one, and it rhymes with BoZo, lol.

        • And he is really a clown – more like a Stephen King clown, but still a clown.

  • gescove

    I take a small bit of solace knowing that the Brits got escorted down a primrose path and are being led by a moron. It helps to know we are not alone in our misery.

    • I firmly believe that if the US elections had taken place before the referendum, then the UK would have voted to stay, out of terror of going down the same road as the US. Sadly, we were first.

      Now whenever someone says something nasty about Trump, I agree, then refer them to UK exhibit A: BoJo.

      • Draxiar

        BoJo…that makes me laugh…not unlike Bozo…