World watch – Friday

Thursday 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.


  1. Missy

     /  July 7, 2017

    Today the London Assembly voted unanimously for the Mayor to take action over the Al Quds annual march in London.

    A couple of weeks ago the Mayor was asked by an Assembly member if he would go to the Home Secretary to seek clarification regarding the flying of the Hezbollah flag in London, and to request that the Home Secretary looks at proscribing the political wing of Hezbollah as in other countries. The Mayor prevaricated, and said if the Assembly member wrote something he would look at it and see if he could support it going to the Home Secretary. Many saw this as the Mayor supporting the Al Quds march and its pro terrorist and anti-semitic message. Traditionally members of the Labour party have supported the march, and both Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell (shadow chancellor) have spoken at the march – neither attended this year.

    The Assembly has condemned the decision that has allowed the march to become an annual event, and has called on the Mayor to write to the Home Secretary asking her to take action to stop the march.

    This could be tricky for the Mayor as it is the mainly Muslim areas of London – along with the Labour party faithful – that got him elected, and he has gone out of his way to not do anything to overly offend the Muslim community, however he cannot do nothing as it is a motion directly from the Assembly to whom he is accountable, it won’t be a good look if the Mayor does not act on this.

    This is yet another issue where the Mayor is coming under pressure in the London Assembly from both sides of the aisle – not just the Conservatives.

  2. Missy

     /  July 7, 2017

    Sticking with the London Assembly and Mayor, (it does seem to be getting more interesting than the same old at the National / EU level of politics). A few weeks ago a briefing paper was leaked which showed the Mayor intends to shut down 40 Police front counters across the city, after a suitable period of consultation of course. The paper showed that regardless of the consultation the front counters would be closed, thus reducing the places that the public could go to see Police officers, and the paper continued with suggestions of how he could spin it and put the blame on the Government so he would not look bad.

    As a result of this leak the Mayor has now launched an inquiry into leaks from City Hall with a view to stopping them.

    Over the last few weeks stories have been emerging from City Hall that suggest the Mayor is out of his depth in the job, does not attend meetings he is supposed to, and is reluctant to face scrutiny and accountability for his performance.

    • Gezza

       /  July 7, 2017

      Might be best if he just resigns. Brits aren’t Muslims. What are the chances?

      • Missy

         /  July 7, 2017

        I would say no chance he will resign at this stage, though there are a number of people on twitter daily calling for him to resign.

        And to be fair not much has been predictable in the last 12 months in UK politics so who knows.

  3. Handshakes seem to get a bit of media coverage these days.

    This sort of thing must hardly be out of the ordinary.

    • Missy

       /  July 7, 2017

      Oh yeah, forgot about this today.

      Actually at the weekend I hopefully will get a chance to sum up a few things happening this week, including this. An Iraqi General has gone to court to see if he can get Tony Blair on trial for war crimes, the case started on Wednesday, and is continuing at the moment.

  4. Missy

     /  July 7, 2017

    Nimybyism at its finest…

    George and Amal Clooney, who have lectured the UK about taking in migrants from Calais and believe in open borders (apparently), are leaving the UK because they don’t feel safe after the recent terror attacks, and they are running back to the US with its border controls and travel ban (which they opposed).

    It seems that not even their fortress of an estate in Surry is enough to make them feel safe, but they have no qualms about the rest of the population living with the risk they say the UK should be importing.

    Hypocrites of the highest order.