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  1. A sort of stock market crash:

  2. Missy

     /  January 16, 2018

    I have been laid low with the flu for almost a week now, apparently it is the ‘Aussie’ Flu, Bloody Aussies never manage to give anything good!

    On the mend, but have been out of the loop for most of last week, I see Pete has posted on the Preliminary German Coalition deal, just one thing in a array of matters that have the potential to challenge the EU over the next few months to year, not least of which is Poland. However, more on that later, first UK Labour developments.

    After being absent for the best part of a month, (allegedly making a pilgrimage to Trotsky’s house in Mexico), Jeremy Corbyn is back, and his return was not one of his finer hours.

    Corbyn was on the Marr show at the weekend, and yet again seemed vague on Labour’s policy on Brexit. This is something Labour have been criticised for, and it seems the Christmas break has done nothing to firm up exactly what their policy is, it still seems to change depending on who is speaking – or who the audience is.

    So at the moment Labour’s policy is one of the following (or maybe all who knows):
    – leave the Single Market (SM) and Customs Union (CU)
    – remain in the SM and CU
    – leave the SM but have a bespoke CU
    – end Freedom of Movement
    – keep Freedom of Movement
    – have a referendum on taking the deal or remaining in the EU
    – not have a referendum on taking the deal or remaining in the EU
    – not rule out a referendum on taking the deal or remaining in the EU

    Also in the interview Jeremy Corbyn was asked about whether he condemned comments made by John McDonnell in relation to Conservative MP Esther McVey where he called her a stain on humanity, and a further comment when he was talking about Esther McVey and said ‘lynch the bitch’. Corbyn prevaricated and would not condemn the comments made by his Shadow Chancellor leading to accusations, from both within the party and outside, of implicitly condoning the comments.

    Staying with the Labour party, today 3 members of Momentum have been elected to the Labour National Executive Committee, thus consolidating the hard left majority on the NEC and the seeming hard left takeover of the Labour party. There are already calls for the NEC to force moderate MPs be deselected.

    • Blazer

       /  January 16, 2018

      wonderful news..Missy..thanks.

      • Missy

         /  January 16, 2018

        Yep, the flip flopping nature of Labour’s Brexit policy is really good, it will lose them support from both Brexiteers and Remainers as both sides realise they were conned by Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit, and he will be left with the support of the old time communists and narcissistic & easily led youth, both of which he will disappoint greatly if he were ever to get into power.

    • NOEL

       /  January 16, 2018

      No flu shot.?

      On the serious side in NZ our flu season was just ending when I had to travel to Canberra for a Commeration in a pack hall of sniffling . Three days after return was hospitalised with community aquire pneumonia. Protested that I always got immumised on the the basis of better to be with the herd than out of it. Specialist replied “but you travelled to Australia.”

      • Missy

         /  January 16, 2018

        They have limited supplies of vaccines, as a generally healthy individual I usually don’t get it as I feel it is better the limited supplies are kept and used on those in the highest risk categories.

        Apparently the Aussie strain is particularly virulent, the UK is also being hit with a Japanese strain of the flu as well, so I would be surprised if either – or both – are included in the vaccine.

  3. Gezza

     /  January 16, 2018

    Interesting short (2:36) newsclip being shown on Aljaz tv news today. A book of the collected thoughts of President Xi has just gone on sale in PRC. The bookshop section displaying it was deserted. Their crew turned up to do their report on it. Suddenly the bookshop filled with customers eager for the book. The Aljaz crew then left. Within minutes that section was empty again. 🤔