+Listening to the news tonight I learnt that Trump has said Corbyn would be ‘bad’ for the UK. I can’t believe that such an endorsement is anything but good news for Labour’s chances in the general election. We could do with a bit more of it. It would be helpful, for example, for Trump to repeat his denial that the NHS would be up for grabs in a post Brexit trade deal. The more he denies it, the more it will ring true that e.g. American pharmaceutical companies would love a slice of the NHS market for drugs. Trump probably has an idea on which side his bread is buttered, and I imagine he thinks he would be doing us a favour if we were edged towards a more American system of healthcare, given his opposition to that very pale thing known as ‘Obamacare.’ The corollary of this is that Johnson has to be kept on denying that the NHS is up for grabs. Perhaps he could be forced to say ‘There’ll be no NHS sell-off—I’d rather die in a ditch.’
+In my blog of the 26th October I commented on the predicament of U.S. citizens renouncing their citizenship in order to avoid U.S. taxes. Good to see that the BBC’s PM programme caught up with the story today. It makes me feel ever so topical.
+On the same programme I was a bit disappointed to hear Labour’s Transport spokesperson Andy MacDonald answering questions about what exactly we’re going to do about the likes of Murdoch and the other billionaires that milk this country for all we’re worth. I know it’s early days in the campaign, but when these rich bastards are called out we need to be able to say exactly what it is they can expect from a Labour government. Anything less than that just sounds like the same old same old, and some people may remember that Labour wasn’t exactly gung-ho tackling these parasites when last in power (I’m still struggling to figure out how the Barclay brothers were given knighthoods when Blair was in power . . Oh, hang on . . . ). MacDonald could, for example just have said ‘Levenson Two’ and the issue might have been dealt with.