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      • Missy

         /  July 25, 2017

        Oh dear, George Osborne trying to be funny with that headline. I used to grab the Evening Standard after work, but since Osborne took over as editor and started to use it for his own petty revenge against those he thought had slighted him, or done a disservice to him, it has gone downhill (it wasn’t much to begin with) so I don’t get it anymore and missed that tonight.

        • Good on you Missy. He’s a sad excuse of a man that Osborne. Gives me the excuse I need never to read the ES or buy his family’s overpriced decorating items.

  1. Gezza

     /  July 25, 2017

    The unintended consequences of Kushner & Trump ignorantly sucking up to the Saudi Royal family, unwittingly encouraging them to try & establish the Caliphate, continue to reverberate around the Gulf Cooperation Council.

    Rather than isolating Iran, & bullying Qatar into shutting down their free press & falling into line with their intention to dictate to all the GCC countries, they have precisely engineered the opposite result – much closer relations between Qatar & Iran, & a split of the GCC into two camps – Saudi, Bahrain, & UAE, vs Qatar, Kuwait, & Oman.

    And now Turkey has arrived to tell the Saudis to get stuffed, in the nicest possible way.

    • sorethumb

       /  July 25, 2017

      Since when were things going well over there? Last i heard the US had propped up the Saud family for for their oil. The sauds pay off the royal family and keep the peasants down -leading to the resentments of Bin Laden?

      • Gezza

         /  July 25, 2017

        Well, exactly. Folk in the IC should look at who’s funding all the Wahabbi madrassas where there’s trouble with Muslim extremism around the world. And remember why the only US base in the ME is in Qatar, & not Saudi.

  2. sorethumb

     /  July 25, 2017

    Here’s why Trump got elected (no need to look Russia up on the map)
    Society functions best when there is a diversity of view point but the left embraced a view that there are an infinite number of points of view and progress in the form of universal truths is just a way of perpetuating white male dominance.
    The left is supposed to counter the right but post modernism critiqued the white working classes out of existence.
    For example- Manufacturing out/migrants in: “everyone blames the migrant says talk-back host Mark Sainsbury” on RNZ’s de haut en bas toned “Slice Of Heaven” and Paul (Superdiversity) Spoonley on Nigel Latta’s New New Zealand. Supply and demand are (temporarily) suspended while we invoke rule #2 (there is no limit to the amount of work -at $1/hour).

    • sorethumb

       /  July 25, 2017

      This system of categorizing Americans—the logical extension of life in what can be called an extreme meritocracy—can be pernicious: The culture holds up those who succeed as examples, however anecdotal, that everyone can make it in America. Meanwhile, those who fail attract disdain and indifference from the better-off, their low status all the more painful because it is regarded as deserved. As research has shown, well-educated white-collar workers also sink into despair if they cannot find a new job, but among the working class, the shame of low status afflicts not just the unemployed, but also the underemployed. Their days are no longer filled with the dignified, if exhausting, work of making real things. Rather, the economy requires—as a white former factory worker I talked to described it—“throwing on a goofy hat,” dealing with surly customers who are themselves just scraping by, and enduring a precarious working life of arbitrary rules and dead-end prospects.

      Of course the mostimportant thing is a we diverse enough?

  3. sorethumb

     /  July 25, 2017

    National vs. European Identity

    When asked whether they think of themselves primarily in terms of their national identity or as European, large majorities in all 13 European nations surveyed say their national identity.

    MBIE is trying to tell us we love multiculturalism. We are delighted to have been invaded by foreigners. We are not -I repeat Not, tribal!