World watch – Tuesday

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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

     /  July 4, 2017

    Calais is laying out the welcome mat and saying Brits Bienvenue.

    The tourist trade in Calais has dropped considerably since the city became synonymous with the European Migrant crisis, however one senior politician has come up with a way to welcome the British back to Calais. The politician, who is the President of the Hauts-de-France region has suggested that the Brits be allowed to drive on the left hand side of the road, he believes the gesture will show that the British are welcome in Calais, even after Brexit.

    The plan would see the roads in Calais switch to the British system during a Bank Holiday weekend next May. The decision is ultimately the Mayor’s however, though it is reported that she is keen on the idea. “I have the dream of the British coming here and we let them drive on the left in Calais … it would show they are welcome,” Mr Bertrand said.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/03/british-tourists-could-soon-allowed-drive-left-calais-feel-home/

    I am not sure that anyone sees the irony in the fact that the Mayor of Calais has been one of the biggest critics of Britain – especially since the EU referendum, and she has openly called for the ‘floodgates’ to be left open and for the French to stop policing the migrants in Calais – thereby letting them through the tunnel into the UK. She has also been the one that has advocated to tear up the bilateral (unrelated to the EU) referendum on the border controls for France and the UK, which allows for the UK to conduct its border checks in France and vice-versa.

    I wonder if this politician is envisaging a return to the ‘booze cruise’ of days past after Brexit.

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    • Gezza

       /  July 4, 2017

      I wouldn’t be keen to visit Calais while the Brits were there driving around on the French wrong side of the road.

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      • Missy

         /  July 5, 2017

        I think they are going to make the French drive on the left as well! That won’t go down well with the French, might bring up some bad memories from 500 or so years ago when Calais was part of England (pre Union with Scotland)!

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        • Gezza

           /  July 5, 2017

          Car Insurers might be frantic?

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          • Missy

             /  July 5, 2017

            Especially the French ones!

            Personally I can’t see this happening, if anyone knows how to show their disapproval at anything it is the French, and they aren’t known for being peaceful about it.

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            • Gezza

               /  July 5, 2017

              I was going to say, the only people who can be more pig-headed about things than The Brits are the French! I already had visions of barricades & farmers driving up to government offices on tractors with manure spreaders, spraying, and yelling “cochons!”

            • Missy

               /  July 5, 2017

              You deserve a triple uptick for that comment G! 😀

  2. Missy

     /  July 4, 2017

    There has been a case in the courts over here about the fate of a baby boy. The boy, Charlie Gard, was born last August, (so not even a year old), and about a month after he was born he began to show signs of an incurable condition, Mitochondrial Depletion Syndrome, a condition that causes muscle weakness and brain damage. The boy’s parents wanted to take him to the US for experimental treatment – self funded (well crowd sourced really) – however, the doctors disagreed, and said there was no hope for a cure and the treatment would only give him preservation of his state of existence. The matter went to the courts, and courts found in favour of the doctors. The courts said that Charlie’s life support should be turned off.

    Charlie Gard is currently on life support, he is blind, and he is deaf.

    The parents now want to take Charlie home to die so they can be with him, the Pope has commented on the case saying the parents should be allowed to accompany Charlie until the end. And today Donald Trump tweeted in support of Charlie’s parents.

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      • Gezza

         /  July 4, 2017

        Trump is blimmin complex. For an egomaniac, & thinking about the two young Americans he has pulled the stops out to get back home, sadly though one died, he sure seems to have a lot of feeling for people – especially parents – & actually wants to do something to help. This is a difficult situation & I dunno what the right thing to do is but Trump has no need or reason to get involved. This is the nice Trump in action, I believe.

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        • Missy

           /  July 5, 2017

          Agree G,

          Trump is complex, but he does seem to have a lot of compassion for people who are suffering. As you say, he has no need or reason to get involved, but interestingly after his tweet the doctors in the US who do the treatment have now said they will treat him for free, so perhaps there was some positives in him getting involved.

          Also, the Pope has offered up his private hospital and doctors to help.

          This is a very difficult situation, it is hard to know what the right thing to do is, what it has done is prompt a debate in who has final say over a child’s treatment – and whether the child lives or dies – the state or the parents. It is very much becoming a case of how far can the state get involved in people’s lives.

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  4. Car versus pedestrian has happened for a long time – there has been the occasional incident in New Zealand.

    The media is just homing in on any multi-casualty car versus pedestrian incident now, before it became a terrorist tactic we wouldn’t have heard about them.

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