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  1. Missy

     /  June 30, 2017

    All is not well in the London Assembly.

    There have been some tensions between some Assembly members and the Mayor for a little while as far as I can tell, though the first thing to hit mainstream was the week after the Al Quds day march when the Mayor was being questioned about the flying of Hezbollah flags during Mayoral Question Time.

    Yesterday the Mayor was invited to attend a Plenary meeting with Transport for London (TFL) to discuss his draft transport strategy, but instead he sent the deputy mayor for transport.

    During the meeting the Conservative leader of the GLA proposed a motion to put on record that the Mayor is requested to attend all London Assembly meetings he is invited to. This was agreed unanimously by all four parties of the Assembly.

    This morning the Conservative leader of the GLA was on the radio discussing it. He said that there is increasing frustration amongst Assembly members at the Mayor’s seeming disdain for the processes, and his lack of attendance at meetings where he should be held to account. He said the Mayor does not like scrutiny, and he does not stay for all of the meetings where he is required to answer questions, often using excuses of being required elsewhere but still being in the building an hour or more after the end of the meeting. In comparison he said that both Boris Johnson and Ken Livingston attended all meetings they were asked to attend and remained for the full time. He also said that on the odd occasion a meeting clashed with something else they had to do (for example when Boris Johnson’s wife was appointed a QC) they requested the meeting start earlier so they could stay for the whole meeting and still make the other event. In a dig at the number of selfies that Khan has taken and posted to social media, he also pointed out the whilst the Mayor has no time for attending meetings and facing scrutiny he never misses a photo op.

    This is interesting as it reflects some of what is being said on Social Media. More and more Londoners are getting very frustrated with the Mayor as he appears to be more interested in the photo op, and self promotion, as opposed to actually doing anything. A lot are also saying they regret voting for him now, and there are two or three petitions to try and get Khan sacked as Mayor.

    Under Khan knife crime has increased significantly, some put this down to Khan scrapping the routine stop and search powers of the police. Khan also ignored the recommendations in an anti-terror report he commissioned, recommendations that would probably have saved lives in the London Bridge attack – and possibly the Finsbury Park attack. In fact it was suggested the Friday before the London Bridge attack that bollards be put up along the footpath on the main bridges – starting with London Bridge – in order to prevent another attack like that at Westminster, the Mayor said no, if he had said yes the bollards would have been installed on the Saturday morning. The attack happened that Saturday night.

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    • Missy. We can only hope he will be a one termer. What a disgracefully dismissive man ( ostrich) he’s turning out to be.

      Bring back Boris.

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      • Missy

         /  June 30, 2017

        Absolutely Trav. Many (former) supporters of Khan are wanting Boris back – that is how bad he is!

        I am just listening to the annual State of London debate, so far everything he has been criticised about he has managed to blame on either the Government or Boris.

        If you are on twitter check out the hashtag #speaktosadiq to follow it if you are interested. Some of the comments are quite good.

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        • Thanks Missy. Did That. First pop up with that tag was this:

          I’d like to ask Khan; If London boroughs must be diverse and multicultural, why isn’t Tower Hamlets?

          #SpeaktoSadiq

          Next was:

          #SpeaktoSadiq I would ask him why he’s introducing apartheid to north London.

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          • Missy

             /  June 30, 2017

            Sadly those questions won’t get past the moderator.

            When talking about radicalisation and extremists the stat he trotted out was that 1 in 4 extremists being watched are far right – no mention of Islamic extremists, the only attack he addressed directly was the Finsbury Park attack. There are many in London that are not very happy with his bias in favour of the Muslim community.

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            • He’s an absolute bunny. How can one so in denial enhance true multi culturalism. While he pretends otherwise he’s as culturally linear as any alt-right bovver boy.

    • Chris

       /  June 30, 2017

      How can the Mayor of a city make laws about routine stop and search powers of the police.
      Is this not set at a national level, or does each city have its own laws on this?

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      • Missy

         /  July 1, 2017

        My understanding is that since a portion of the Met Police budget is paid by the Greater London budget, so the Mayor – in conjunction with the Commissioner – can decide how the police apply laws, he stopped routine and random stop and search. The Mayors here seem to have more powers with regards to oversight of emergency services than they do in NZ. As each police service is a local service I think in general the local Councils have more oversight with regards to how they work within the legislation.

        He campaigned on stopping routine stop and searches as they ‘increase suspicion of the police’ and ‘reduce the credibility of the police’. His theory is that people are less likely to trust the police and come forward with information if the police are stopping people randomly.

        Note, it is reported that the new Police Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, and the Mayor have clashed over stop and search. The Commissioner reportedly supports random stop and search as an effective way to combat knife crime in particular. The Mayor’s new knife crime policy is to put scanners into schools – not helpful when it is 18, 19, 20 year olds with the knives.

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        • Gezza

           /  July 1, 2017

          Sadiq has a valid point about a stop & search policy being likely to increase suspicion of the police as – even if they are mainly after the local lads partial to a bit of knife crime – any persons of the muslim faith or related appearance, or of clearly non-European British original stock – will immediately focus on ONLY those cases where innocent people of those backgrounds have been detained & searched. Those are the cases which will be howled about by the communities & the msm.

          A conundrum.

          You have a lot of time for Cressida it seems. Why? (I’m beginning to as well, just would like your take on her.)

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          • Missy

             /  July 1, 2017

            It is a conundrum, but there is a statistical link between the reduction of stop and search and the increase in knife crime, so there is a valid reason for it, and to be fair I don’t think the police just did it based on racial profiling, I am pretty sure they had valid reasons when they did do a stop and search. As you say, a conundrum.

            I don’t think I have posted enough to say I have a lot of time for her, I am still in the process of assessing how she goes, she has only been in the job a couple of months. I will say from what I have heard from her so far she seems to have her priorities clear, and does appear to want what is best for her officers as well as the public, and in general she has a good reputation. Also, I have seen some comments from officers in the Met who seem to have respect for her – at least more than they did for the previous Commissioner, so I think if the officers who work under her respect her then I will err on the side of showing respect for her until she proves me wrong. I will see how she goes.

            Also, it seems the ‘report’ (from a local paper) that said she supports random stop and search was incorrect, it seems that she supports intelligence led random stop and search, a small but important difference. But the mayor does not even support this form of stop and search, so is still a point of difference between them.

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            • Gezza

               /  July 1, 2017

              Cheers for that. And thanks for correcting my incorrect assumption that you had made as early a judgement about her as I.

              Don’t suppose I could persuade you to show a bit of ankle while you’re here? Sorry if that seems a bit forward of me but, you know, Bloke, & not averse to a nice bit of ankle & all that.

            • Missy

               /  July 1, 2017

              Hey G, no problem, it is possible that something I wrote led to the view I had made up my mind about her already, I won’t deny that so far I have a favourable impression of her.

            • Gezza

               /  July 1, 2017

              I definitely like what you’ve done with your hair. Very retro. 🌹 ❤️ 👍

            • Missy

               /  July 1, 2017

              ☺️

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  3. Missy

     /  June 30, 2017

    3 weeks since the election, and just over a week since the state opening of parliament and Jeremy Corbyn has already sacked 3 members of his front bench – a new record I am sure.

    A Labour MP introduced an amendment for the Queen’s Speech calling for the UK to remain a member of the Single Market. This goes against Labour policy, but despite this 49 Labour MPs voted in favour of it, it was defeated by 322 votes to 101. There was some talk – and ‘leaks’ from Labour – that a number of Conservative MPs would also back it and it would be a defeat for Theresa May, unfortunately they miscalculated the majority of Labour MPs actually voting according to their manifesto.

    As a result of this vote, and the embarrassment to Corbyn, three members of the shadow cabinet have been sacked, and one has quit. There is some irony in this as Corbyn – as a backbencher – used to regularly vote against party policy, and the whips.

    Looks like despite the euphoria and all the unity after the election very little has changed in the Labour party.

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  4. Swedish POLICE IDENTIFY DOZENS OF ‘VULNERABLE AREAS’ RIFE WITH CRIMINALITY

    No-go areas go from 55 to 61. Police Chief Eliassonpleads for Govt help.

    Police believe 5,000 criminals and 200 criminal networks are based across the 61 areas

    Demonize those that have pointed out the rise in scandanavian crime as “right-wing” or “alt-right”, but liberal globallsts need to accept that what has happened in Sweden illustrates that the best will in the world will not produce a model Swedish citizen. It’d be hard to imagine a more caring open society. There simply is no country better equipped or willing to assimilate these third world migrants – yet look at the ghettoes of crime they’ve established.

    Eliasson warned if the trend persists and crime continues to increase then the social contract could break down in Sweden – though he does not believe Sweden was beyond repair. “Should we want the social contract to hold, people will have to want to pay taxes and participate in society. It must not go any further, we must reverse the trend.”

    Though the Swedish interior ministry has promised to hire more police officers, many Swedish police departments are facing an exodus of officers, especially in no-go areas.

    Despite the fact the Swedish government refuses to keep statistics on the national origin of suspects, many in Sweden have suspected that migrants make up a large proportion of criminals. The suspicion was confirmed earlier this year when police officer Peter Springare wrote on Facebook that the vast majority of criminal cases that crossed his desk were committed by migrants.
    Researcher Johan Patrik Engellau has predicted the situation in Sweden could be far worse than government officials are willing to admit.

    In an article earlier this year, he wrote: “I’m afraid it is the end for the well-organised, decent, and egalitarian Sweden we have known up to now. Personally, I would not be surprised if a form of civil war occurs. In some places, the civil war has probably already begun.“

    http://www.newsweek.com/sweden-police-vulnerable-areas-no-go-zones-628029
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/29/sweden-police-commissioner-begs-help-no-go-zones-rises/

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    • Mefrostate

       /  June 30, 2017

      Breitbart, really?

      “In the past, the Swedish right-wing press have referred to them as “no-go zones,” but the police have repeatedly rejected the term.”

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      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 30, 2017

        The Newsweek article does a pretty good job of backing up the Brietbart view with it’s weak attempts to refute them.

        “Of the areas on Wednesday’s list, 23 are considered “especially vulnerable” where there is a “widespread disinclination to participate in the judicial process” and “the situation is considered acute.”

        Police believe 5,000 criminals and 200 criminal networks are based across the 61 areas.”

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        • Mefrostate

           /  June 30, 2017

          HFD that’s exactly their technique, though. They sprinkle just enough facts in there, and then mold it into a narrative which cleverly exploits their fears.

          Note that the police chief never describes the areas as “no-go zones”, that’s added by Breitbart and Infowars to push their agenda.

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          • sorethumb

             /  June 30, 2017

            Of course you can walk into a bonfire if you want. It comes down to the definition of “no go”. Naturally the police will deny it.

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          • My understanding is that it was originally called no-go in Sweden (and the right there have always called and still do call it thus). Jones etc are only interested in Sweden in as much as it serves their political meaning, however there is a situation there that they cannot change for the better AND they have no solutions. This is the case whether it’s infowars, breitbart or indeed anyone who wants to take a closer look without their PC language filter on

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            • sorethumb

               /  June 30, 2017

              Proving there is no “clash of civilisations” is the goal here. I read (or viewed) somewhere that the order scale of the tasks a religion entails (as observances) the deeper it will become whereas Christian churches are emptying because they are very low alcohol.

      • I knew it. Messenger not the message. merely googling for more info and put a source in.

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        • Mefrostate

           /  June 30, 2017

          You’re happy to play messenger not the message over on the Newsroom thread. But why wouldn’t you apply that same critical eye to the mouthpieces of Steve Bannon and Alex Jones.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 30, 2017

      snort – Breitbart: the home of fake news, alt-Right nativists, misogynists, xenophobes, white supremacists…

      Hardly a credible source. Imagine the outrage from Sir Alan if I were to justify a post using say DailyKos or DemocracyNow…the liberal equivalents

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      • Show me their fake news will you? I can show plenty from CNN and NYT

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        • Show me the misogynist, show me the white supremacist. I fear you’re a victim of alt-leftism

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  June 30, 2017

            show me the misogynist

            to trump, women’s worth lies in their fuckability; it’s why he’s praised his own daughter by saying he’d sleep with her if they weren’t related. His tweet was meant to make Brzezinski seem grotesque and pathetic, a failure in the struggle to remain attractive—the only struggle that, in his eyes, really matters for women.

            The reference to Brzezinski “bleeding badly,” also recalls his claim that Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her whatever” when she questioned him during a debate; he projects his own revulsion toward menstruation onto women who threaten him.

            Then of course there was the ‘locker-room’ gross-out “grabbing [women] by the pussy” comment

            Or his interview in 1992 with New York Magazine: “you have to treat them like shit”

            and… and… and…

            But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a list of trump’s offensive remarks/behaviuours against women compiled by the Telegraph – sorry it’s probably far too long to retain your attention, but here goes anyway…
            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/donald-trump-sexism-tracker-every-offensive-comment-in-one-place/

            And as for your suggestion that Breitbart isn’t a misogynistic and white supremacist website? Well goiod luck spinning that shit fella.

            How’s about these Breitbart headlines:
            – “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women In Tech, They Just Suck At Interviews,”
            – “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive And Crazy,”
            – “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism Or Cancer?” and
            – “Gabby Giffords: The Gun Control Movement’s Human Shield.”
            – In July 2015, just two weeks after nine people were shot to death while praying in an African-American Charleston church by a confederate flag-loving white supremacist, Breitbart published a story with the headline, “Hoist It High And Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims A Glorious Heritage.”
            – and have we already forgotten Milo? a flagrantly racist, misogynist commentator who was banned by Twitter after inciting violent, racially-fueled cyberbullying of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones.

            https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/03/01/breitbart-under-bannon-how-breitbart-became-favorite-news-source-neo-nazis-and-white
            https://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenkilloran/2016/11/14/steve-bannon-and-breitbart-news-why-everyone-but-the-alt-right-fears-trumps-top-adviser-pick/#47f3531039c0

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  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  June 30, 2017

    It’s a sad day for America when the president spends his time bullying, lying and spewing petty personal attacks instead of doing his job

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-morning-joe_us_5954fcb8e4b05c37bb7c6d0a?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

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    • He’s terrible isn’t he. However, Morning Joe are beyond the pale. They’re vicious.

      Here’s a montage of Joe Scarborough’s HATEFUL comments on Trump to add balance.

      http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/06/22/hannity-monologue-msnbc-morning-joe-melting-down-over-president-trump

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      • Its an interesting search over at youtube I can tell you.” Hannity, Morning Joe”

        Ouch

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  June 30, 2017

        I’m so glad America didn’t elect a female president. I mean, she could have been so petty, irrational, focused on superficial appearances…wow. We could have had a total diva that melts down when she’s not given compliments. Not to mention she’d be under constant investigation for her shady dealings…. Really dodged a bullet there.

        … that’s sarcasm in case you didn’t recognise it, trav

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    • MaureenW

       /  June 30, 2017

      Good on him, these vacuous talking heads think their venomous spew only goes one way. Trump isn’t someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back, back in ya box low IQ crazy Mika

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  June 30, 2017

        Absent from your ‘analysis’ is whether or not the President of the United States should be getting into a twitter war with a morning show duo when there are more pressing things to do.

        Never even occurred to you?

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        • MaureenW

           /  June 30, 2017

          Here’s a speech he gave not long after the tweet, maybe he can multi-task

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        • MaureenW

           /  June 30, 2017

          Absent from your analysis is focussing on things that matter.

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  June 30, 2017

            such a shame when women endorse sexism and misogynistic attitudes towards other women… as if such things don’t matter any more…

            So answer me this: why doesn’t sexism/misogyny matter any more Maureen?

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  June 30, 2017

            The saddest part of this is that most of us have become numb to these behaviours. There are apparently many die-hard supporters who somehow find this acceptable. I have to say Maureen that irrespective of your unshakeable loyalty to the man, I really struggle with this. trump desperately wants to be honored as President even as he thoroughly dishonours the office.

            So a bigly thank you to Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for calling out trump on this ugly tweet, saying it is beneath the dignity of the office of President of the United States.

            And to Republican and House Speaker Paul Ryan for saying it was not an appropriate comment.

            And to Republican Senator Ben Sasse who said that it wasn’t normal and was beneath the dignity of the presidential office

            And to Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski who tweeted “Stop it! The Presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down”

            And to Republican Senator Susan Collins who tweeted the comment was completely inappropriate

            And thank you as well to Republican Senators Lynn Jenkins, James Lankford, Carlos Curbelo, and the other Republican representatives for standing up to say trump has crossed the line with his tweets

            And even Orin Hatch (even Orin Hatch!) who has said trump needs to take responsibility for his comments

            But thumbs down to Melania Trump who defends her husbands bullying, lying and spewing petty personal twitter attacks at the same time as she talks about her pet project combatting cyber-bullying.

            The President represents the people – the people this President constantly insults and degrades. How can this be acceptable?

            In the words of Jeb Bush: “Inappropriate. Undignified. Unpresidential.”

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            • MaureenW

               /  June 30, 2017

              Good on them – he still said it and good on him. Mika might actually think before she opens her gob on CNN – surely that would be a good thing.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  July 1, 2017

              Pack of wusses. No wonder you love them, Joe.

  6. MaureenW

     /  June 30, 2017

    Because any woman worth her salt isn’t intimidated by stupid comments. Stupid comments are everywhere Joe, it doesn’t mean one needs to personally take them all on board and be “offended”
    What a pity you didn’t listen to the video Traveller posted above with the vile, personal insults Mika made about Trump. He pushed back and good on him.

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 30, 2017

      As a matter of fact Maureen I did watch the segment and Mika’s comments were sub-par, not quite as pathetic as Joe Scarborough’s lately but still sub-par… Irrespective, absent from your response is whether or not the President of the United States should be getting into a twitter war with a morning show duo when there are more pressing things to do.

      Even the Republican Senators recognise that.

      Just as you say stupid comments are everywhere – it doesn’t mean one needs to personally take them all on board and be “offended” – but what you pointedly ignore is THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT TRUMP HAS DONE!

      So what you’re saying is you actually agree with me… only you’re too blinded with trumpy-lurve to see

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      • I don’t see Maureen “blinded by Trump lurve”. I see her injecting some fight back against the hysterical manic noise from the snowflakes.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 30, 2017

          but you’re blinded by trumpy-lurve as well trav… Just look at what Maureen wrote in defence of trump: “Stupid comments are everywhere Joe, it doesn’t mean one needs to personally take them all on board and be “offended””

          So Maureen excuses trump from playing by her own rules but wants “any woman worth her salt” to play by them… That’s not fight-back, it’s blind hypocrisy.

          And as far as “hysterical manic noise from the snowflakes” goes you are aware, are you not, that Republican Senatorial snowflakes are making as much “hysterical manic noise” exporessing their outrage as all the ‘other’ snowflakes are – of course you’re aware, just in denial.

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  7. sorethumb

     /  June 30, 2017

    Italy threatens to close ports to humanitarian refugee rescue ships as it reaches ‘saturation point’
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italy-close-ports-humanitarian-refugee-ships-saturation-point-migrant-boats-rafts-mediterranean-a7814121.html
    “here we are – come and get us”

    “The German Ambassador read her speech notes. They made one thing very clear.
    A rather different understanding of what constitutes modern Germany – and what the European Union should do – has emerged.
    The German briefing notes were honest about some reasons for the change of heart.
    An ageing German population (second only to that of Japan) means that the country is increasingly desperate for sourcing a new and younger population.”
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/72476280/opinion-this-goes-way-beyond-a-refugee-crisis
    Bullshit to that Spoonley
    http://www.waikato.ac.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/189459/Natalie-Jackson_busting-the-growth-for-it-myth.pdf

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