World watch – Thursday

Wednesday GMT


For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.


  1. Missy

     /  November 9, 2017

    Last night I reported on Priti Patel and her unauthorised meetings with Israeli Government Ministers and Officials. Overnight it came out that there were at least two further meetings that Patel had kept from the PM.

    Patel had been in Africa on official business, she left on Monday, however reports this morning said that Theresa May had recalled her to London, seemingly for her to be sacked from Cabinet.

    This has led to one of the most farcical days of news on both serious news outlets, twitter, and the tabloids as the journalists first deduced, then confirmed, the flight that Patel was on, and then they tracked it from Africa to London online, even BBC showed the flight radar showing where the flight was at each news update. Flight & airport Priti Patel related jokes were in abundance on twitter, however, it really hit peak farce when journalists were tweeting the very original ‘the eagle has landed’ when her flight landed.

    However, on a more serious note on this, the Jewish Chronicle reported that despite saying otherwise No. 10 were aware of Priti Patel’s two further unauthorised meetings but told her to not include those on her list of undisclosed meetings published on Monday. If this proves to be true (or even if it doesn’t) then this could be the downfall of May.

    • Missy

       /  November 9, 2017

      The BBC obviously has more money than sense as apparently they now have a helicopter following Priti Patel’s car on the motorway from Heathrow… that will be several hours of gripping television no doubt!

      THIS is why I don’t pay a TV licence, it is paying for this excess of the BBC (along with their exorbitant salaries and reduced public broadcasting content).

      • Missy

         /  November 9, 2017

        The BBC are getting ridiculous now, apparently showing live coverage of the door to No. 10 Downing Street which is closed!

  2. Missy

     /  November 9, 2017

    This meme sums up the media today.

    And yes the BBC really was plane watching.

  3. Missy

     /  November 9, 2017

    I do wonder how much of the media focus on Priti Patel’s flight, arrival, and travel to Downing street is to distract from the stories about how appallingly they have been treating MPs accused of inappropriate behaviour, and how much many believe the media are responsible for the suicide of Carl Sargeant yesterday. It just seems all to convenient, and the coverage has been a bit farcical, almost like they are going over the top on this so they don’t have to deal with other more serious matters.

  4. Missy

     /  November 9, 2017

    And (Surprise, Surprise) she resigned.

  5. High Flying Duck

     /  November 9, 2017

    Unusually for the Herald – a relatively positive and straight down the middle article on the Trump speech in South Korea:

    Trump devoted a large part of his address to detailing the human rights abuses that the Kims have committed in North Korea, filling his speech with words like “twisted,” “sinister,” “tyrant,” “fascism” and “cult.”

    “I wanted to stand up from my seat and shout ‘yahoo!'” said Lee Hyeon-seo, an escapee from North Korea who was sitting in the assembly hall Wednesday during Trump’s address. “We just don’t hear people talking about North Korea in this way in South Korea, so I was very emotional during the speech. I was very impressed.”

    Trump noted the slave-like conditions that North Korean workers endure, the malnutrition among children, the suppression of religion, and the forced-labor prison camps where North Koreans endure “torture, starvation, rape, and murder on a constant basis.”

    Other advocates for North Koreans expressed hope that Trump’s remarks would remind the outside world that the country is not just home to a dictator with nuclear weapons, but 25 million people who suffer under him.

    “President Trump spoke about human rights in North Korea more than any other previous U.S. president,” Jeong Kwang-il, who was held as a political prisoner in North Korea and now runs the “No Chain for North Korea” human rights group in Seoul. “I’m hopeful that American policy toward North Korea will focus more on improving human rights there.”

    The president did not mince his words about the way the Kim regime has managed to retain its grip on the populace.