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  1. Missy

     /  January 9, 2018

    After a bit of a break for Christmas / New Year I am back! 🙂

    Today is reshuffle day as the PM begins her long anticipated cabinet reshuffle.

    Jeremy Hunt (current secretary of state for health) is expected to be promoted to Deputy Leader after Damian Green resigned over the scandal around porn on his work computer. Boris was tipped to get a Brexit ‘super ministry’, however, over the weekend it has been reported that he will retain Foreign Secretary role because it is feared he will cause a lot of problems for the PM if he is demoted. It was rumoured last night that the PM is planning to create a new post of Minister for No Deal Brexit. Philip Hammond is expected to retain the post of Chancellor.

    There is some hope that some young & backbench MPs will get a promotion into Cabinet, including James Cleverley and Jacob Rees Mogg.

    • Blazer

       /  January 9, 2018

      Rees Mogg is a child abuser….not fit for office.

      • Missy

         /  January 9, 2018

        That is a serious allegation Blazer, and there is nothing to suggest he is a child abuser or committed any such an offence, you should withdraw that allegation or you may open Pete up for charges of defamation.

        You need to be careful when you go around accusing people of child abuse. This accusation by yourself is pretty vile, even on your standards.

        • Blazer

           /  January 9, 2018

          when you use young children for mobile political promotional purposes,what else can you ..call it?

          • Missy

             /  January 9, 2018

            Not child abuse, by using such terminology for something you disagree with demeans true child abuse, and opens you (and Pete) up to the possibility of legal action for making defamatory remarks.

            You are sick to even compare it Blazer.

            • Blazer

               /  January 9, 2018

              well what do YOU call it..then.Abuse takes many forms…this is one of them…drop the defamation b/s…typical.

            • Missy

               /  January 9, 2018

              I call it children helping their parents campaigning.

              Sorry, you are correct, my error it isn’t defamation, it is libel. I apologise for the defamation BS Blazer, I should have been saying libelous, is that better?

              Whatever word you prefer, alleging that a politician is abusing their children is a serious matter, and writing it down here when it cannot be proven and is wrong can still open yourself and Pete up for legal action for the remarks.

              A child campaigning is in no way child abuse, and suggesting someone who uses their children campaigning is committing child abuse is defamatory, and when you write it, it is libel.

            • Blazer

               /  January 9, 2018

              do behave Missy…I do hope this is not a harbinger of jaundiced ,interpretation from you for…2018.You can’t make up your mind if you’re P.C…or not.

            • Missy

               /  January 9, 2018

              Blazer, how condescending and patronising of you to tell me to behave.

              However, I am going to be generous as it is the beginning of the year and suggest that you are resorting to the condescending and patronising attitude because you know that you are in the wrong and are unable to defend your position.

          • Missy

             /  January 9, 2018

            Blazer, better call the police, here is someone abusing their children (based on your definition)

            Oops… and another Blazer. I didn’t know it was so prevalent.

            Are these committing child abuse, or do the babies actually have to have been born in your world Blazer?

            • Blazer

               /  January 9, 2018

              I cannot see their bodies plastered with political rosettes ….families are a natural part of life,children are not billboards and none of your pics is anything like the scale of Rees Mogg the shameless…prat.

            • Missy

               /  January 9, 2018

              Ahh… so using children when campaigning is only child abuse when the right does it, when the left use children in campaigning it is fine.

              Got it, you are being hypocritical again Blazer.

              And as for the rosettes, they are a bigger thing for campaigning in the UK than in NZ, much more common and more visible. It is a cultural thing, so I will add that you are being culturally insensitive as well as hypocritical.

            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2018

              You’re a nasty piece of work Blazer.

            • Blazer

               /  January 9, 2018

              You are indulging in a relatively new crime called ‘whataboutism’…according to traveller.

            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2018

              Doesn’t make any difference. Nor do multiple downticks. You’re still a nasty piece of work. Every day. Hard to imagine you ever having a smile on your dial. You post like someone with a permanent scowl & a perpetual grudge.

            • Blazer

               /  January 9, 2018

              My post was directed at Missy not you. Your opinion of my opinion is of no concern to me and your attempt at amateur psychoanalysis quite. …irrelevant.

            • Gezza

               /  January 9, 2018

              No need to thank me.

            • Missy

               /  January 10, 2018

              “You are indulging in a relatively new crime called ‘whataboutism’…according to traveller.”

              I think you will find it is wataboutery, and it isn’t a crime, well unless some law was passed that I wasn’t aware of making it illegal.

              Furthermore I am not sure what part of my comment was whataboutery – or whataboutism.

              You said using a child for campaigning was child abuse when JRM did it, when I pointed out some NZ examples of children being used for campaigning all of a sudden ‘families are a natural part of life’, the only difference I can discern is JRM is a conservative and the examples I provided were from the left of politics. It seems to me Blazer that you are a hypocrite in applying one set of values to those you disagree with and another to those you agree with.

            • Blazer

               /  January 10, 2018

              your response is basically the left do it too…whataboutism 101.None of your examples was on the same scale as that skinny 4 eyed git used with his children as animated billboards.And no I detest hypocrisy and do not practice…it.

            • Missy

               /  January 10, 2018

              “your response is basically the left do it too…whataboutism 101.”

              Rubbish, my response was to show how ridiculous your view is.

              “None of your examples was on the same scale as that skinny 4 eyed git used with his children as animated billboards.”

              Personal insults are the refuge of those who have lost the argumeant. And I have already mentioned your insensitivity regarding the cultural differences between NZ and UK when it comes to political campaigning, it isn’t a good look to be so intolerant of other cultures.

              “And no I detest hypocrisy and do not practice…it.”

              A distinct lack of self awareness there Blazer, you practice hypocrisy regularly with your differing standards for people based on their political viewpoint and whether you agree with them or not.

      • An admirable, witty and self deprecating man with a gorgeous family he’s bringing up to be engaged with his life and therefore their life. Your nastiness excels itself here blazer. JRM is fabulously eccentric and I’d have him as PM in a flash with Boris as Deputy asap. I like eccentric, I like self deprecation and I’ll take clever with rosetted and happy children over Jeremy’s Hamas hugging, cloth capped dullness and tedium.

        • Blazer

           /  January 10, 2018

          do you know him ..do you?Really brainwashing his young kids isn’t he…never worry about having a mind of…your own.

          • As a child I’ve worn rosettes and gone about town in a Model T Ford campaigning with an Uncle as he used a megaphone to solicit votes. It’s called civic engagement.

            Look how I turned out.

        • Blazer

           /  January 10, 2018

          and mentioning Jeremy is clearly…’whataboutism’…shame on…you.

          • No it’s not, I never highlighted or criticised Corbyn as you did Rees-Mogg, so no whataboutism. I merely gave a preference.

            • Blazer

               /  January 10, 2018

              so this doesn’t qualify as criticism…in your world…’ Jeremy’s Hamas hugging, cloth capped dullness and tedium.’

            • Of course it qualifies as “criticism” blazer and it is meant to be.

              However, as I am charged with having invented the term, can I be allowed to ascribe meaning to it. Whataboutism is a lazy response when a responder is unable to critique/assess the subject at hand. He/she then resorts to such intellectually barren retorts such as “take a look at your bloke” or more pointedly “what about…”

            • Blazer

               /  January 10, 2018

              please make up your mind!” I never highlighted or criticised Corbyn ‘…from now on I will hold you to ‘whataboutry’ instead…as you didn’t invent…that.

        • Missy

           /  January 10, 2018

          Indeed Trav, he is all of those things and incredibly intelligent, you just have to watch his interviews to see that about him. He is also very loyal to the party and PM and unwavering in his principles, a person to be respected and admired even if you don’t agree with all his views. He is also a man that understands and accepts differing views and is respectful of them, he would have Blazer in a blubbering heap in no time at all, B would not be able to stand up to JRM’s calm intellect.

          I also yhonk he would make an excellent PM, possibly why he still had not been promoted to cabinet! I think he is seen as a threat.

          • Blazer

             /  January 10, 2018

            Sold to those 2 impressionable women…in the front row.

  2. Missy

     /  January 9, 2018

    So for all the hype day one of the cabinet reshuffle has been a bit of a fizzer.

    Johnson, Hunt, Hammond, Rudd, and Davis all appear to be remaining in their posts, as is the recently appointed Secretary of State for Defence.

    The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland resigned on health grounds, reportedly lesions have been found on his lungs and he needs to undergo surgery in the upcoming months.

    David Lidington has been moved from Justice Secretary to Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damien Green’s old job, however he hasn’t been given Green’s title of First Secretary of State which effectively made him the Deputy PM.

    It is reported that Jeremy Hunt refused to move out of Health, and wanted Social Care to be added to his responsibilities, and Theresa May has not sacked him due to wanting consensus in the reshuffle with no forced sackings, but this does appear to be based on rumours only and there is nothing to suggest that this is the case.

    Other roles appointed today include a new Conservative Party HQ team with Brandon Lewis as the new chairman of the Conservative party and rising star James Cleverly as his deputy.

    There is further reshuffling tomorrow, and as yet no word on the rumoured Minister for No Deal Brexit.

  3. sorethumb

     /  January 9, 2018

    Trudeau Sets World Record In Avoiding Questions

    • In other words – several.

      What a disaster of a man and full of entitleitis

      • Blazer

         /  January 10, 2018

        wonderful man,highly intelligent,good looking,can fight,compassionate,politically astute….the anti thesis of Tory politicians.The Harper Govt did a similar job to the Key Govt…in destroying the countries international..reputation.

  4. sorethumb

     /  January 9, 2018

    NYT: Countries With Monarchies Better, More Stable, Richer, and Unified
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/08/nyt-countries-monarchies-better-stable-richer-unified/

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 9, 2018

    Bullies Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the National Anthem but doesn’t even know the words himself

    #releasethegenius