Redaction Weekly: Delay the election, post haste!

TWITTER CEO Jack Dorsey was a notable absence in Congress this week, where Silicon Valley leaders were peppered with technophobic questions in a vague quest to decide future antitrust policy.

His platform has, arguably, the largest influence in global politics today.

This is shown by none other than Mr Donald J Trump.

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On Friday the President sent ripples through the stock market, the American electorate and Fukyamian liberalism by suggesting the US delay November’s election.

At the time of writing, his tweet has almost racked up 150,000 retweets, 250,000 likes and garnered over 250,000 comments. It dominated the global press for hours after he wrote it.

Twitter’s a powerful tool – and a dangerous one. I don’t need to spell it out for you, but I wouldn’t trust the shareholders of democracy on such a platform.

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The content that No.45 emits doesn’t make too much sense – with the exception of a bizarre tweet on Saturday evening calling for wealth equality – and one can imagine his officials have tired of firefighting.

Kayleigh McEnany, the latest in a long line of White House Press Secretaries, slammed Hong Kong’s leaders for delaying elections in a statement the day after Trump’s tweet.

The administration “condemns the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone for one year its legislative … elections, and to disqualify opposition candidates,” she said.

“This action undermines democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong’s prosperity.”

Oh the irony.

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THIS WEEK IN REDACTION NEWS

BIG PHARMA

If November’s election goes ahead, one result in certain – Medicare for All, a right enjoyed by many across the globe, will not come to the everyday American.

Medical insurance companies and Big Pharma have a huge economic and political pull in the US – and a study shows that US medical boardrooms are being flooded with their cash.

Big Pharma cash flooding US medical boardrooms, industry-wide study finds

SINGAPORE

The People’s Action Party has enjoyed a supermajority in every election since Singapore’s independence, forming the equivalent of a one-party state.

But there is some semblance this may change, Mason Quah reports, as opposition MPs now number in the double figures.

Singapore’s move towards a ‘one-and-a-half party system’

POLAND

With Brexit talks seemingly at an impasse, it’s worth looking at whether ‘Spexit’, ‘Italexit’ or some other nonsensical Eurosceptic referendum will occur elsewhere across the bloc.

An expert has firmly told Redaction Politics that it won’t be in Poland.

Why Duda will stick close to EU despite ‘frosty’ relationship

O CANADA

Justin Trudeau has been accused of being a conservative in liberal’s clothing – but both ideologies tend to stick close to the Saudis.

North American correspondent Scott Costen explores Ottawa’s ties to the nation, especially in light of the continuing incursion into Yemen.

‘Canada’s hands are absolutely covered in blood’: A look at Ottawa’s ties to Saudi Arabia

PODCAST

This week on the Redaction Politics Podcast, host Declan Carey and guests dive into Breadtube’s leftist resistance to the Intellectual Dark Web.

Redaction Politics Podcast Ep. 9: BreadTube vs the Intellectual Dark Web

Listen directly on –

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