Moon Of Liberty News & Politics – News Digest


News Digest – 12th Jan 2017 @ 4.10 pm

New Statesman comment – Green Party Co-Leader Caroline Lucas on why Jeremy Corbyn should make the case for Freedom of Movement

Reuters – Oil price rises as Saudi’s tell Asian customers of output cuts

CNN – Confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s Secretary of State pick Rex Tillerson begins

Independent – Theresa May says Norther Ireland devolution collapse will not delay invoking Article 50

CNN – Allies of Paul Ryan are spending $1bn to pitch replacement for Obamacare

Spectator Comment – Obama fell on his own myth – Daniel McCarthy

NBC News – Kellyanne Conway defends Donald Trump’s use of Twitter in appearence on the Seth Myers show

The Moon Of Liberty – Yesterday’s PMQ’s verdict – Kevin Alcock

LBC – Donald Trump accuses intelligence claims about him to be all fake news

Daily Mail – Donald Trump calls intelligence dossier against him a ‘disgrace’

Sky News – Donald Trump vows to be the greatest job creator

The London Economic – Study finds Trump and Farage are more trusted as they don’t speak like normal politicians

BBC News – Bank Of England Governor Mark Carney says Brexit risks to the UK now much lower

Trading – FTSE on course for new record highs.

Haaretz – Top Israeli diplomat to visit Turkey in symbol of thawing relations

CNN – Donald Trump says he was offered $2bn of business in Dubai over the weekend, he turned it down.

Reuters – China aircraft carrier sails through Taiwan Straight in symbolic show of aggression

Dayton (Ohio) News – Publication asks what was President Obama’s biggest achievement?

Daily Mail & The Sun – Heartless teachers at Broad Oak Community School in ST Helens tell five year old alopcia sufferer to take off her wig, ST Helens Council hide behind ‘Health and Safety’ to justify it

Wall Street Journal – Ex British intelligence office Christopher Steele named as the man behind the Donald Trump dossier

Fox News – James Mattis says he will bolster the US military if confirmed as new US Defence Secretary

London Evening Standard – US ethics committee not impressed by Donald Trump’s plans for his businesses while President



Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour, Brisbane, Shenzhen & Auckland



Brisbane International Final in Brisbane, Australia


Pliskova serve dominates

Czech Karolina Pliskova will move to a career high 5th in the World Rankings after dominating the Brisbane Open Final against Alice Cornet. Pliskova only dropped three games with Cornet commenting afterwards that Pliskova’s serve is one of the most difficult in the game to read. Pliskova whitewashed her opponent 6-0 in the first set and broke again to take the second 6-3. it is Pliskova’s seventh WTA title.

Full Report (Tennis Magazine)

Shenzhen Open Final in Shenzhen, China


Siniakova claims maiden title

Katerina Siniakova made it a double for the Czech Republic after a stunning week in China culminated in vicory over Alison Riske of the USA. Siniakova had beaten Simona Halep and Johanna Konta to reach the final and took full advantage of her good form to take the title. Riske broke early but a run of four game gave Siniakova the first set and she broke twice in the second to ease to victory and take her first WTA title.

Full Report (Indian Express)

Auckland Open Final in Auckland, New Zealand


Davis completes superb week with her first title

Young star Lauren Davis ranked 61 in the world beat four seeds including Kiki Bertens to claim her first WTA title. She was the underdog yet again going into the final against Croatia’s Ana Konjuh but she needed just 73 minutes losing only four games to dismantle her opponent. It was Davis fourth attempt at a title after losing in three finals last year. She opens up in superb form going into the Australian Open in two weeks time. Davis, along with Siniakova, are two young start to watch in 2017 in what looks a fairly open women’s game at the moment.

Full Report (NZ Herald)




TENNIS – WTA Results

Brisbane International Final – At The Queensland Tennis Center, Tenyson, Brisbane, Queensland

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Rep) Beat Alice Cornet (France)2-0 – (6-0, 6-3)

Shenzhen Open Final – At The Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center, Shenzhen, China

Katerina Siniakova (Czech Rep) Beat Alison Riske (USA)2-0 – (6-3, 6-4)

Auckalnd Open Final – At The ASB Tennis Center, Auckland, New Zealand

Lauren Davis (USA) Beat Ana Konjuh (Croatia)2-0 – (6-3, 6-1)



Moon Of Liberty News & Politics – News Digest


News Digest – 09 Jan 2017 @ 5.00 pm

NBC News – Chinese Government moves to tackle ‘masculinity’ crisis

Daily Express – Czech President warns Muslim Migrants are creating ‘No Go Zones’

The Independent – UN visits Myanmar among concerns of genocide

The Sun – Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad says peace talks could lead to his resignation

ITV News – Donald Trump v Meryl Streep in war of words after Golden Globes – US House Speaker Paul Ryan says Trump won ‘Fair and square’ despite Russian hacking claims

Daily Mail Comment – Meryl Streep’s attack on Donald Trump was hypocrisy and fuels America’s divisions – Piers Morgan

Conservative Home Comment – The dream of home ownership should be open to all – Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi

Sky News – Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness to resign

ITV News – Donald Trump praises car company Fiat Chrysler

ABC News – Manhunt underway regarding Fort Lauderdale shootings, Florida Governer Rick Scott speaks about the incident

Heat Street – Celebrities too sad to party at Golden Globes because of Donald Trump’s win

Bloomberg – Boris Johnson tries to woo Donald Trump regarding Brexit

BBC 5 Live – Martin Lewis on how to keep your financial New Year resolutions

Independent Comment – Greedy FIFA will do irreparable damage to the World Cup with 48 Team plan – Ian Herbs


Moon Of Liberty US Politics – 1st Debate


US Politics

First Debate

So for the first time in a race tightening in the polls and in key states, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump met for the first time in what is scheduled to be three head to head debates between the two at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York. The debate was moderated by NBC news anchor Lester Holt, who was inevitably going to take criticism from both sides no matter what he did.As it proved I thought he was a pretty good moderator overall.

The debate fell into three main sections. The first was on jobs and taxes. Trump has the lines well tested. Jobs are being stolen from us.Bill Clinton and Barack Obama signed terrible trade deals, especially NAFTA. The two traded on hiding things, why had Trump not released his tax returns? Why would Clinton not release the 33,000 emails that were deleted? If she does that I’ll release my tax returns taunted Trump. What are you hiding retorted Clinton. It was a classic blow for blow debate. Trump had the better of this early going with Clinton nervously talking far too much and Trump effectively jabbing with brief interjections that left her waffling. Clinton could also not deny her plan was far tax rises, Trump’s narrative that this would just drive jobs further away while his plan would create was much clearer than what Clinton had to offer. 

The second part moved to police and community cohesion, especially focusing on relations between the African american communities and the police in the light of recent shootings. Clinton was on much more comfortable territory here. Trump made an error suggesting a police offer who shot a black man had ‘choked’ This allowed Clinton to portray what many will see as the more unpleasant side of Trump. Trump attempted to respond by saying these communities had been let down by the likes of Clinton but took on Clinton’s earlier trait of talking too much, running over time again and again, allowing the much calmer approach of Clinton to come out on top fairly comfortably in the second section where she had a much better handle on her brief an the details.

The final section was on national security. Clinton goaded about how Trump was an admirer of Putin and how it was unacceptable that Trump had suggested Russia hack Americans. He said he did not know who had done the hacking, it could be the Russians, the Chinese or a 400 pound loner from his bedroom. Where Trump did score in this section was to point out Clinton and Obama had withdrawn from Iraq too quickly, allowing Isis to be created. Had that not occurred she would not need a plan to wipe them out. There was an exchange between Trump and the moderator on whether Trump had backed the Iraq War, he insisted he had not. This was the one section where Holt was out of order, continuing to goad Trump in a way that went too far.

The surprise was that Trump on the whole stood his ground on National Security where you would have thought Clinton would have a huge advantage. With Trump winning the first part, Clinton the second and more or less even on the third, I scored it more or less even. If there was an edge it was just about with Clinton, primarily because Trump was regularly running over his time sounding like he had not fully prepared to get all his points in, which was irritating at times and allowed Clinton to stand back, look more patient and then respond. He also tried to interrupt her too much, this strategy was OK when he was winning  the first section, but looked increasingly bad manners when he was not.

The big picture is will it move the polls? Nate Silver of has suggested he thinks it might. Some other commentators have also suggested they think it might, some think she won by a much bigger margin. I have my doubts and the voting intention questions asked by the Gravis poll on the aftermath points to it not changing very much at all. The two credible aftermath polls, Public Policy Polling and Gravis both called it narrowly for Clinton as well, by 11% and 5% respectively, a win for Hilary Clinton, but no knockout, and certainly Trump is still very much in the game after a debate of a much higher quality than many were expecting.You can watch the debate in full and make your own mind up here

MOON OF LIBERTY VERDICT (Out of 10)Hilary Clinton 7.1 Donald Trump 7

AMERICA’S VERDICT PPP PollClinton 51% Trump 40%Gravis PollClinton 48% Trump 43%



Moon Of Liberty Tennis – WTA Tour



WTA Tour – In Brazil and China

Both this weeks WTA tour finals saw comeback victories. In Brail Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu came from a set down to defeat Timea Babos of Hungary to claim her third WTA title. Babos took the first set 6-2 but was broken at 4-5 to lose the second. The Romanian then broke again to take the decider 6-3. Meanwhile in Nanchang, China the local got a home victory with Duan Yingying beating America’s Vania King. Yingying came back from a set and a break down and saved 6 break points at 4-4 before breaking again to take the second set. The home favourite then took control breaking King twice in the final set to take the title 6-2.


Begu v Babos (Sporting Life) Yingying v King (Eurosport)





Brasil Tennis CupAt The Costao do Santinho, Florianopolis, Brazil

Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) Beat Timea Babos (Hungary) – 2-1 – (2-6, 6-4, 6-3)

Jiangxi Tennis OpenNanchang International Tennis Center, Nanchang, China

Duan Yingying (China) Beat Vania King (USA) – 2-1 – (1-6, 6-4, 6-2)

Moon Of Liberty Snooker – World Open in China



World Open in China –

Ali Carter who has battled back to form after coming back from recovering after a fight against lung cancer, has won his first ranking event since 2013 beating Joe Perry in the World Open final in Yushan. Perry took an early 3-2 lead but Carter went on a incredible run winning six frame sin a row to take an 8-3 lead. Perry clawed it back to 9-6 but Carter had a golden chance to seal it in the 16th frame, missing the last red and letting Perry in to make it 9-7. Perry then took the next however Carter finished the contest in the 18th frame and did so in style with a break of 127. The win is Carter’s seventh in his career.

Full Report (World




World OpenAt The Yushan Number One Middle School, Yushan, China


Joe Perry (England) 6 – Neil Robertson (Australia) 2

Ali Carter (England) 6 – Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Thailand) 1


Ali Carter (England) 10 – Joe Perry (England) 8


Moon Of Liberty Politics/Comment – Editorial Comment



Hinkley Point-less delay

This was the week confirmation was supposed to go through that the nuclear power station was to get the go ahead. Indeed the confirmation from EDF did come, the French company did indeed confirm they wanted to go ahead, the deal also required a £6bn investment from China General Nuclear Power Corporation. Apparently the Chinese involvement has spooked Theresa May who had delayed the final decision to review the plans. Given this is a project on which there has already been considerable dithering, surely there has been plenty of time to do this. The technology s being provided by the French company thus the concerns over Chinese intentions seem bewildering.

Contrast this with the speed with which the HS2 project was backed, a multi billion investment to allow someone to get from London to Manchester 20-40 minutes quicker in 20 years time, a need rather less important that Britain’s energy security. In addition it does not engender good will towards France at a time when good relations could be key to a post Brexit deal. The delay is a pointless waste of time, the project needs the go ahead soon, and hopefully this dithering is not going to become a trait of Theresa May’s Government.

The Dishonour list

David Cameron’s resignation did him much credit, but his final honours recommendations have not done his legacy any service. All 48 names on this list he has submitted were supporters of the remain campaign in the Referendum, ignoring many loyal supporters who were on the other side to him who have served the nation well during his time in office. That is not to say none of them deserve their nominations, but Cameron’s biggest weakness was always his comfort for the cosy clubs and an element vindictiveness for those who were on the outside and this list is indicative of just that. He has rewarded those who joined his cosy club during the Remain campaign, to keep his place in the ultimate cosy club, the European Union.

The most sickening call of all is the suggestion Will Straw, the leader of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign who actively encouraged campaigners to abuse the death of Jo Cox for political gain in smearing opponents, is apparently to become a CBE. The Moon Of Liberty supports the honours system as a part of our constitution, but those who oppose it will legitimately feel their case has been strengthened by this abuse the system to reward his Dave’s cosy club rather than honours for those who have worked in the national interest as it should be. As for Will Straw, the Moon Of Liberty hopes a way is found to put a stop to that particular insult to democracy given his shameful and disgusting behaviour during the Referendum.