“Cox’s Codpiece” is a reminder that the Brexit elite are just a bunch of puerile sniggering schoolboys

Dick-swinging politics has a way of doing most harm to those who don’t have actual dicks.

It was always going to be this way: just 22 days until we jump off the Brexit cliff, and still it’s all about the bantz.

It was dick-swinging that got us here, so it might as well be dick-swinging that finishes us off. And really, if you’re going to make a ridiculous, self-sabotaging exit, you might as well do it while joking about willies. How much more British can you get?

Speaking in the Commons today, attorney general Geoffrey Cox referred to the way in which Tory Brexiteers have been discussing his codicil to the Brexit withdrawal agreement:

“It has become known as Cox’s Codpiece and it is my job to ensure everything within it is in full working order.”

Oo-er. For the uptight Remainers in the audience, he’s making a comparison between the contents of his codicil and the contents of his pants. Tee hee! And don’t we all want a politician who treats his policies in much the same way he treats his cock?

Not all everyone has been reassured, with Tory MP Mark François fretting that Cox “will end up examining his own codpiece in front of the House of Commons”. Oh dear! Then again, this is particularly funny because the name Cox already sounds like “cocks”.

Personally I am waiting for someone to add boobs (soft breast-tits?) to the mix. Apart from jam, innuendos may be the only valuable export we have left.

It’s fitting that things should end like this. A project started by spoilt, peacocking males, promoted via messages of thrusting arrogance, ends with penis jokes in place of policies and security. Because really, it was all about who had the biggest cock – Cameron, Johnson, Gove, Farage, that endless list of …read more

Source:: New Statesman


US Puts More Pressure On Venezuela’s Maduro To Step Down

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The United States is ratcheting up pressure on Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro to step down. On Wednesday, U.S. officials announced plans to increase sanctions on foreign banks associated with Maduro, as well as revoke visas from high-ranking Venezuelans.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said in a statement that Washington is putting foreign financial institutions “on notice that they will face sanctions for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that benefit Nicolás Maduro and his corrupt network.”

Additionally, Vice President Mike Pence said the U.S. plans to revoke more visas from Venezuelan officials.

Pence said: “But I promise all my fellow Americans in the room will continue to stand strong. In fact today, the State Department is announcing that the United States will revoke 77 visas, including many officials of the Maduro regime and their families. We will continue to hold the Maduro regime accountable until libertad is restored in Venezuela.”

The U.S. has already imposed numerous sanctions on Venezuela, following a heated few months in the South American nation. In January, Juan Guaidó declared himself Venezuela’s interim president, and he’s received wide support from other countries, including the U.S. But current president Nicolás Maduro refuses to relinquish power. He was sworn in for a second term earlier this year, despite accusations that the election was fraudulent.

Guaidó is calling for Europe to also tighten financial sanctions against Maduro’s government, citing the expulsion of Germany’s diplomat as reason for a “sharp” reaction.

However, it’s questionable whether sanctions are effective. On Wednesday, the U.N. human rights chief claimed sanctions have made the economic and political situation in Venezuela worse.

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Source:: Newsy Headlines


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