World watch

Monday GMT


There’s a lot of things happening of interest around the world, from the Brexit split between the United Kingdom and the European Union to Donald Trump’s young presidency in the United States, from the civil war in Syria and the associated surrounding Middle East mess, to growing tensions around North Korea and China.

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  1. Missy

     /  9th May 2017

    I was reading an interesting article on Macron on the way home today, but can’t seem to locate it now. But basically it was talking about his pro-EU stance, and the fact he is apparently looking at a campaign in France to buy European.

    There has been a lot her about how Macron may impact Brexit, but I think NZ potentially has a reason to be concerned. If Macron is going to promote buy EU, this won’t be good for NZ’s potential for a FTA that will include a lot of products that France produces.

    I think this could be a case of watch this space.

    Also on Macron, a lot has been made here of the fact that Macron used the EU anthem – not the French anthem – when walking to the stage last night for his victory speech. I am not sure how well that went down in France, I wouldn’t imagine it went down well with the 25% who did not vote, or the 35% who voted Le Pen.

  2. Missy

     /  9th May 2017

    Things have not improved over the weekend for Labour.

    Labour released some policy over the weekend, much of which is not going down well at all.

    Labour have said they will raise taxes on incomes over 80,000 GBP, this will essentially hit many middle class voters – especially in London, but one of the biggest criticisms of this policy is that it is set at just over the amount that MPs earn. This policy just hands the Conservatives the line that Labour are the tax party.

    On the back of this, is the Shadow Chancellor reportedly praising Marxism on a politics show over the weekend. This comes after he claimed last week that he did not notice the communist flags at a protest he was speaking at, despite being right in front of him.

    Today the Labour Health spokesperson said that Labour will ban junk food advertisements during pre-watershed (9pm) family programmes such as Britain’s got Talent, X-Factor etc in order to reduce child obesity. This was challenged by Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid on GMB this morning and he was asked to provide the evidence that banning junk food adverts would reduce child obesity. The Labour spokesperson just talked around in circles, unable to provide any evidence that banning advertisements reduced child obesity.

    It seems Labour are the tax and spend and ban party.

  3. The real problem in the US Rust Belt:

  4. “A new breed of radical defiance has roared to life in California. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that it’s now a common practice for businesses in the area to become politically engaged by paying their employees to join protests.”
    This report was accompanied by a photo of a lamp post wit a pasted handout offering women $15-20 for turning out to protest against Trump’s Health Plans, it was offered as a part time or full time job for unemployed single women.
    Another example of Democracy American style. Thank God the disease is not winning here for most Kiwis? Its called Dollar Diplomacy backed by greed!


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