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    • Missy

       /  January 22, 2018

      Excuse me for being a bit of a sceptic, but there were many predictions like that about leaving the EU prior to the EU referendum, however, they have all been revised down with the numbers of job losses at worst being about 0.01% of what the so-called analysts predicted.

      I don’t doubt that killing NAFTA would cost the US in jobs and economic growth, but I will take the numbers they are predicting with a grain of salt.

    • MaureenW

       /  January 22, 2018

      Referencing articles from CNN without verification from more trustworthy sources is risky.

  1. Missy

     /  January 22, 2018

    Today’s media has given another hint that all is not well in the EU, and not as unified as the elite in Brussels would like everyone to believe.

    Emmanuel Macron was in the UK for a couple of days at the end of last week, and during his time here he gave an interview to the BBC.

    It has been reported that during the interview he admitted that if the UK were to lobby and negotiate with individual countries (as they have been doing) it would probably dismantle the EU. If that is all it takes to dismantle the EU then perhaps it is best that it is dismantled as it does not appear to be strong enough to stand up to something as simple as Britain doing some talks and negotiations on a one to one basis with member states.

    A more surprising admission from Macron in the interview was that he believed that France would vote to leave the EU if they were given the opportunity. This is incredible, Macron is a big supporter of ever closer union, having already said the EU Army should be stood up sooner rather than later and that the EU should have a common defence policy, he has also advocated for a common fiscal policy in the Eurozone. Essentially Macron is showing incredible arrogance and paternalism by knowing that the French people most likely do not want (at the very least) ever closer union, at worst not to be in the EU, but still forging ahead with the vision of the elites in Brussels of a Federal Europe.

    • Blazer

       /  January 22, 2018

      I expect it willdisintegrate over the next …decade.A more fortress mentality will prevail,partly because of immigration issues,but mainly because of the economic realities of the euro.

      • Missy

         /  January 22, 2018

        I actually agree with you Blazer, well except the fact that you think it is because of the Euro.

        I believe it will disintegrate, but it will be more complex than the Euro, it is more about national identity and culture. As the EU move towards ever closer union many in Europe are starting to feel that their cultures and national identity is being subjugated to the great European experiment, and as the EU get closer and more integrated nationalism and nationalist feelings will increase across Europe.

        The downfall of the EU will be their own ambition.

  2. Missy

     /  January 22, 2018

    There have been some reports today that the Labour Party have been reported to Leicester Police who are investigating racial discrimination by the East Midlands Labour Party (EMLP). The EMLP will be running their local conference next month, and it is reported that the cost of attending for members will be based on skin colour – essentially white people will pay 10GBP more than ethnic minorities.

    This comes only a couple of days after the BBC advertised a job saying that white people were not allowed to apply as it was for Ethnic Minorities.

    The fact that there is a loophole in the law to allow this is incredible, it is one that needs to be closed as it is in essence a form of discrimination and racism.

    • Blazer

       /  January 22, 2018

      ‘ it is reported that the cost of attending for members will be based on skin colour – essentially white people will pay 10GBP more than ethnic minorities.’…and who…’reported’ this ..my..dear?

      • Missy

         /  January 22, 2018

        I will answer you when you don’t use patronising language like ‘my dear’. I am not your dear and will not respond to anyone who is so disrespectful.

        Ask me with a modicum of respect and I might tell you.

        • Blazer

           /  January 22, 2018

          I do apologise profusely for calling you ‘dear’…do you prefer doll…or dahl?

          • Missy

             /  January 22, 2018

            Neither Blazer, all are equally offensive, sexist, and borderline misogynistic.

            Please refrain from using sexist language.

            • Blazer

               /  January 22, 2018

              O.k…I promise…well Ms ..spill.

            • Missy

               /  January 22, 2018

              I heard it reported on the radio, and tweeted by a number of people.

              But it as Labour have tried to justify the pricing it is accurate.

            • Blazer

               /  January 22, 2018

              I see ..you heard it and somebody tweeted it…must be ..true then!

            • Missy

               /  January 22, 2018

              That a Labour spokesperson (official at that) has also confirmed it, explained it, and tried to justify it shows it is true Blazer.

              Do keep up.

              Oh, and the Leicester police are investigating.

    • Missy

       /  January 22, 2018

      On the news tonight a Labour spokesperson said that the cost of the conference was the same for all but the party would subsidise the cost for ethnic minorities by 10GBP, which essentially is them trying to justify charging more for white people than non-whites.

      Not a good look for Labour at all. They are facing a number of issues around their identity politics, this is just the latest.

      Though what is worse with this one is it comes not too long after the shadow secretary for Education admitting that white working class boys are the most disadvantaged in education. In fact a study released a year or so ago shows that white working class boys are least likely to achieve school qualifications (GCSE), least likely to go on to higher education, and more likely to suffer depression and either attempt or commit suicide.

      Poor form from Labour.

      • Blazer

         /  January 22, 2018

        Big surprise ..so what you ‘heard’ was inaccurate and just mischievious b/s.Very good…carry on conservative..canoodling.

        • Missy

           /  January 22, 2018

          Sorry, what was inaccurate. The Labour party are giving a cheaper ticket to those of colour, making white members pay more, for their conference.

          How is it mischievous BS?

          Especially as they have confirmed they are charging less for ethnic minorities. The Labour party are using weasel words to try and justify their differential in pricing. The website advertises the cost as being 10GBP more for white people.

          So again, what was inaccurate about what I said, confirmed by Labour, they just have a weasel excuse as to why they are doing it.

        • Missy

           /  January 22, 2018

          Once again your reading comprehension is letting you down Blazer.

          • Gezza

             /  January 22, 2018

            Face it Missy. If there’s no Trump tweet about it, it’s not news.

      • Blazer

         /  January 22, 2018

        ‘Oh, and the Leicester police are investigating’..good to see the strawberry toppers are…looking into it.I don’t expect they will meet with the Barclay.m.o of refusing to talk to ..them.All done in the best possible..Tory ..taste.

  3. Missy

     /  January 22, 2018

    Another week another political scandal.

    A couple of weeks ago it came out that the UKIP leader Henry Bolton (no, no-one here here had heard of him either) had left his wife for a young glamour model. A few days after the affair became public some tweets and Facebook posts she had made became public, including some racially abusing Meghan Markle, and some talking about killing babies.

    Pressure was put on Bolton to dump her, which he allegedly did, however, the other day they were seen having dinner together and she supposedly stayed at his place.

    Today the UKIP NEC held a meeting to vote on his leadership, it has just been announced he has lost the vote of no confidence in his leadership.

    UKIP are in a bit of flux at the moment as they try to work out their party’s identity and purpose now that the UK are leaving the EU. They had always been seen as a one issue party with the aim to get the UK out of the EU, and now that they have had the referendum and the process is in place they are struggling to remain relevant and reinvent themselves.

  4. Missy

     /  January 22, 2018

    Further to what I posted above about the difference in pricing by Labour for attendance at one of their regional conferences Labour have been embroiled in another controversy around identity politics.

    The Labour NEC are allowing Trans Women to stand on women only lists. Now putting aside the objections to all women lists, I do not believe that Trans women should be allowed to stand on them, they are biologically men, and I am not the only one.

    A group of Labour women have started a petition to stop Labour allowing this to happen, objecting on grounds that it further erodes the opportunities for women. The idea of women’s only lists is to encourage more women into politics, and this group of women believe that allowing trans women onto the list will go further to alienate women from politics.

    • Gezza

       /  January 22, 2018

      Perhaps they could study the New Zealand experience? Georgina Beyer doesn’t seem to have alienated women from politics here?

      • Missy

         /  January 22, 2018

        No, but then again when she was an MP no party in NZ had women only lists.

        There is a bigger issue around it which is to do with the Trans Lobby, the more they advocate for their rights the more they encroach on women’s rights and it has gone too far in some areas. Now, in some shops, restaurants, schools etc all anyone has to do is to identify as a woman in order to use female facilities, something that some women feel threatened by. They are okay with those that are genuinely transitioning, but there is also the issue that any old man can say he identifies as a woman in order to use the women’s facilities which of course leads to questioning how far this can go and how far biological men should encroach on womens spaces.

  5. Joe Bloggs

     /  January 22, 2018

    Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

    Sorry missus. The Statue of Liberty – that shining beacon of American values – is closed.

    Back in 2011, I believe it was, McConnell and Boehner along with Ryan told America to elect Republicans to Congress and they would show the country how to govern.

    They certainly have.The US government’s closed for business – the first time in the history of America that a government shutdown has happened despite the House, Senate, and White House all being under the control of thje Republicans.

    #shitholeshutdown

    • Gezza

       /  January 22, 2018

      It’s the first time everybody can see how the famous checks & balances in the American Constitution & political system have finally led to a situation where its government is complete farce.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  January 22, 2018

        Indeed although I don’t attribute the immediate cause of the shutdown to the ‘famous checks and balances’.

        There’s a fundamental breakdown in the negotiations between the Dems and the republicans and also within the Republicans themselves between the moderates and the more rabid tea-party/military hawk types.

        And then there’s the whole WH debacle – and the influence of John Kelly and Stephen Miller, two immigration hard-liners, who’ve played a central role in trump’s shifting positions. trump’s repeatedly backed out of agreements that would have resolved the dispute:

        – remember that back in September he appeared to sign off on a framework with Pelosi and Schumer with a trade-off on DACA for additional border security. But then he backed off after being pressured by Kelly and Miller

        – and remember how he told the lawmakers in one meeting that he’d sign any DACA bill Congress sent him, then issued a list of hard-line demands in the next

        – and calling African (and other) countries shitholes and rejecting a bipartisan DACA proposal just last week kinda blew up the negotiations at a critical point – irrespective of whether one agrees with him or not, the move was a piss-poor negotiation tactic

        Then there are the hardline Republicans who are pissed off that there’s no full-year spending bill for the Pentagon, so they’re refusing to support the 30-day continuing resolution.

        So IMHO it’s not the checks and balances that are a complete farce in this particular situation.

        But then you probably already know my view of the current leader of the US, eh… 🙂

        • Gezza

           /  January 22, 2018

          “– and remember how he told the lawmakers in one meeting that he’d sign any DACA bill Congress sent him, then issued a list of hard-line demands in the next”

          Well, to be fair, on this one I watched the whole televised part of that bi-partisan meeting to discuss DACA Joe, & although he said he’d sign any bill they sent him he also made it clear in that meeting, several times, there would have to be agreement to an end to chain migration, the lottery system, and to the introduction of a merit-based immigration policy border & funding for increased border security.

          He said he understood a bi-partisan bill was already being worked on that would shortly be presented & that he would sign any bill arrived at by negotiation – as long as it met or didn’t contravene those preconditions.

          They didn’t tell him it wasn’t going to, & when it was presented, of course he rejected it.

        • Gezza

           /  January 22, 2018

          I’ll add that to some extent I share your dislike of Trump because of his venality, his susceptability to flattery, his boorishness, his lying, his wilful ignorance, his erratic 180° turns, his bullying, & his often almost childish behaviour.

          But some of his program, including his demand for immigration policy changes & increased border security make sense to me, & his economic & tax program are at least arguably likely to result in improvements to the economy & the job market.

          The risk he is taking I think is maintaining a belief that enuf people will adjust to & accept his personality & behaviour if he achieves results. He pitches to a particular audience in the hope of winning converts, but so did Obama & Clinton.

          Trump to me is the end result of what America & its propagandised, partisan, celebrity-driven media & society has become. Venal, segmented, self-interested & combative.

          Their budget system has me beat. From what I understand it can either be kicked off by the President presenting a whole budget which gets debated or it can just involve a series of individual appropriations bills from Congress, or both.

  6. Missy

     /  January 22, 2018

    One girl a victim of a knife attack, one perpetrated a fake attack on her hijab, so why do the media push one of these giving widespread coverage and practically ignores the other?

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/rita-panahi/rita-panahi-antisemitic-attacks-on-the-jewish-community-cant-be-ignored/news-story/9d512f458b1fce4789b1099b06634d38

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