World watch – Friday

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  1. Gezza

     /  August 4, 2017

    They showed an item last nite on HRH Prince Philip, The Duke Of Edinburgh’s last day of official duties on 1ewes last night Missy. It was very sweet.

    How fitting that it was the Royal Marines who gave him the official send off, that they gave him three cheers, & that their Band played For He’s A Jolly Good Fellow as he stepped down from the dais & left the world stage.

    He was all smiles. So very old world British that he wore a Bowler Hat, & that he lifted it high in salute to the Marines 💂🏻 when they hip-hip-hoorayed him. I think he might even have made the Bowler hip again. 🇬🇧

    I got a lotta time for that old war horse. 👍🏼
    Love his cheeky SOH. Certainly not a 🌸

    • Missy

       /  August 4, 2017

      Hey G, totally agree with everything you have written. I have a soft spot for HRH, he is an incredible man, and should be a great inspiration.

      All the commentary here has been about how appropriate for his last official engagement to be a Military one, and the Royal Marines at that – an arm of the Royal Navy. It is all so fitting.

  2. Missy

     /  August 4, 2017

    Earlier this week was the commemoration for the centenary of the beginning of the third battle of Ypres (Passchendale). Theresa May was in attendance, interrupting her summer holiday in order to attend – as she should, however, both Jeremy Corbyn and Nicola Sturgeon (who received invitations) declined to go as they were on holiday.

    Sturgeon sent her deputy John Swinney in her place, he caused offence to many by not wearing a poppy, but rather wearing a SNP pin. It was noted that the commemoration is not a place for party politics, but a place for remembrance.

    Jeremy Corbyn sent a junior shadow cabinet member to attend as labour’s representative, something which has gained him a lot of criticism. Corbyn has stated time and again that he is ready to be PM, by not attending the Passchendale Commemoration many see it as not only a snub of the war dead, but his lack of credentials as PM material. His supporters naturally tried the ‘PM was on holiday too’ line, of course showing their ignorance, and the other is that ‘he deserves a holiday’.

    I will concede in this Corbyn was in a no-win situation, he didn’t go so it reinforces that he was snubbing the war dead, however, as he had said the money spend on WWI commemorations was a waste and the UK should not do anything he would have been held up as a hypocrite if he had gone. It wasn’t a good look to send someone rather junior though, he should have sent a senior front bencher instead, it would have (in my opinion) diluted some of the criticism.

  3. PDB

     /  August 4, 2017

    I went there to pay my respects to the many NZ soldiers lost in the early 1990’s……

    NZ History: “An attack on 9 October by British and Australian troops was to open the way for II ANZAC Corps to capture Passchendaele on the 12th. The plan failed. Without proper preparation and in the face of strong German resistance, the 9 October attack collapsed with heavy casualties.

    The New Zealanders nevertheless began their advance at 5.25 a.m. on the 12th. The preliminary artillery barrage had been largely ineffective because thick mud made it almost impossible to bring heavy guns forward, or to stabilise those that were in position. Exposed to raking German machine-gun fire from both the front and the flank, and unable to get through uncut barbed wire, the New Zealanders were pinned down in shell craters. Orders for another push at 3 p.m. were postponed and then cancelled.

    The troops eventually fell back to positions close to their start line. For badly wounded soldiers lying in the mud, the aftermath of the battle was a private hell; many died before rescuers could reach them. The toll was horrendous: 842 New Zealand soldiers were either dead or lying mortally wounded between the lines.”

    • Missy

       /  August 4, 2017

      It is definitely somewhere I think more NZers should go, so many young ones come up here on their OE and rush off to Gallipoli, but neglect the Western Front. It is an eerie place to go, and I know I felt incredible hopelessness for all the young men when I was there last year, I am sure you felt something similar. Very emotional. Did you make the Menin Gate service as well PDB?

      I am going to attend the NZ Centenary Commemorations in October, and whilst it will be very moving and emotional it is something that I really want to do.

      • PDB

         /  August 4, 2017

        Amazing experience as you say – did the Menin Gate service. The Tyne Cot Memorial to the missing really rams it all home and provides perspective as to what went on over there.

  4. Missy

     /  August 4, 2017

    The media, and political geeks, here have been following events in Venezuela closely not least because it was only a couple of years ago that Jeremy Corbyn lauded Venezuela as the model of Socialism that the UK should follow.

    Over the last couple of weeks the situation in Venezuela has deteriorated rapidly, some countries have pulled their Embassy staff, others just their Ambassadors, and many more (like the UK) have their staff working from home because it is too dangerous to go to the Embassy. Reports from Venezuela state that those in the Public Service were threatened with losing their jobs and livelihoods if they did not turn out and vote for the current Government in the recent elections, and that along with the abductions of opposition leaders, have lead most in the UK to conclude that Venezuela is now run by an authoritarian Government.

    The Government, and other MPs, in the UK have condemned the Venezuelan Government and called on them to release the opposition leaders / members, and work to restore human rights and order in the country, most that is except one (or three to be precise). Corbyn, Diane Abbott, and John McDonnell have been very silent on the events in Venezuela, whilst the Shadow Foreign Secretary has said that she is concerned by the increasing authoritarian rule in the country.

    Many Corbyn supporters have called it another media beat up, and that Corbyn doesn’t have to say anything about Venezuela, they seem to not understand – or care – that Corbyn himself held Venezuela up as the model for the UK, and a shining example of Socialism, and that alone makes it important that Corbyn speaks out against what is happening there now or risk looking like he endorses it.

    The other morning on the radio the general secretary of the Communist Party – and a supporter of Corbyn’s – said, when talking about the abductions in Venezuela, that these kind of abductions happens all to often in democratic countries, when asked what countries the only one he could come up with was Turkey. He also said (as most Socialists do when Socialism fails) that it wasn’t the right type of Socialism, and that it wouldn’t be the type of Socialism introduced in Britain – despite Corbyn having said exactly that.

    The longer the situation goes on in Venezuela the more uncomfortable it will be for Corbyn, he has, only this week, removed a post from his website showing him praising Chavez and Maduro and talking about Venezuela as being a great example of Socialism.