Kensington Review

 1 December 2022


Cogito Ergo Non Serviam


Latest Commentary:

AZ County Fails to Certify Election, Risking GOP Victories -- The Arizona election laws require each county in the state to certify the results of the elections held in their jurisdictions. As of today, Cochise County has failed to certify the election results from its voters, and a preliminary deadline has passed to get the paperwork done. The drop-dead date is December 8, and if certification is not done then, the votes in Cochise County will not count. This will cost the Republican Party the House seat for the Sixth Congressional District of Arizona. It will also cost them a state-government education post. Election denial has consequences. [1 December]

Oath Keepers Guilty of Seditious Conspiracy -- The criminal trial of five members of the Oath Keepers ended yesterday, and leader Elmer Stewart Rhodes and Kelly Meggs received guilty verdicts on the charge of seditious conspiracy. All five were convicted of obstructing Congress. Both charges carry potential 20-year sentences. The jury determined that there was a genuine conspiracy to prevent the peaceful transfer of power and that the Oath Keepers were part of it. What the jury did not do is determine just who else was involved. That will be a matter for future investigations and trials. The conspirators probably include Donald Trump. [30 November]

Chinese Covid Protesters Call for President Xi to Resign -- The Zero-Covid policy of the Chinese Communist Party is on its last legs. The idea of draconian lock-downs to combat the spread of the disease made sense in the early days. There was no real treatment, let alone a cure or a vaccine. Isolating the infected from everyone else kept the Chinese death toll down. Three years on, with effective vaccines and a couple of decent treatments, there is much less reason for the policy. Indeed, the Chinese people are beginning to lose patience with the regime. There have been protests against local authorities for decades in the PRC. This week-end, though, there were protests in major cities where protesters called for both President Xi and the Communist Party to step down. The president needs to relax his policy, but he will not. He is too closely tied to Zero-Covid.. [28 November]

Trump May be Ineligible to Run Again -- Trump is mounting another campaign for the White House. He is the current front-runner among the Republicans. Not only is he the only announced candidate but also he leads in all the polls, with one or two exceptions. The MAGA wing of the party (which is much bigger than a wing) is already hyped up, and his coffers runneth over. However, he may not be eligible for the presidency. The Fourteenth and Twenty-Second Amendments suggest that he could lose a lawsuit to deny him a place on the ballot in November 2024. [25 November]

UK Supreme Court Blocks SNP from Holding IndyRef2 -- The UK Supreme Court just ruled that the Scottish Parliament does not have the authority to hold a referendum on independence without the consent of Westminster. That is not really a surprise. The Scotland Act is reasonably clear on what powered Edinburgh has and which stayed in London. This foils the plans of the Scottish National Party that had planned a new referendum for next year. That does not kill off Scottish independence. Instead, it means that the SNP will fight the next election on an independence manifesto. The odds are much better for them this way. [23 November]

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