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  1. Missy

     /  February 15, 2018

    This evening the talks for a power sharing deal in Northern Ireland broke down again. The DUP have called for direct rule from Westminster, this will put the DUP in a powerful position and not be well received by Sinn Fein.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/02/14/major-setback-theresa-may-has-dup-says-no-prospect-power-sharing/

  2. Missy

     /  February 15, 2018

    Last week it came out that George Soros gave a 400,000 pound donation to an Anti-Brexit group who’s goal is to overturn the referendum result and have the UK remain in the EU.

    This did not go down well in the UK, mostly due to the fact that Soros has no investment in the UK but is trying to buy the result he wants. Supporters of Soros – or more accurately for many, supporters of the EU – have accused those criticising the donation of being anti-semitic, despite the only people bringing up the fact that Soros is Jewish are his supporters.

    It is worth noting that during the referendum campaign donations from foreign people or organisations was not allowed.

    Soros defended his donation claiming a love for Britain.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/02/07/george-soros-man-broke-bank-england-backing-secret-plot-thwart/

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/02/08/encounter-george-soross-bright-eyed-missionaries-left-deeply/

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-5377025/GEORGE-SOROS-love-Britain-hate-Brexit.html

    • Blazer

       /  February 15, 2018

      of course the man that broke the bank of England would enjoy,using some of that money…to cause mischief.

  3. duperez

     /  February 15, 2018

    The latest school shooting in the USA.
    Try to imagine the terror and panic of the young people wherever on campus wondering if they were going to die. And their parents. For some this will be the most traumatic moment of their lives. The school has a roll of about 3000.

    340 mass shootings in the USA in a year. 18 school shootings so far this year.

    • Gezza

       /  February 15, 2018

      Gun culture madness. Seems to be spreading quickly.

    • PartisanZ

       /  February 15, 2018

      Yep … no real need to send the youngins off as canon fodder in ‘resource & market wars’ on foreign soil any longer …

      And if school shootings don’t kill or traumatize them for life, road carnage probably will … At 10.6 fatalities per 100,000 population, and a total road toll of 34,064 people in 2013.

      NZ’s rate per 100,000 population in 2013 was 6.0 … and we ain’t got a road toll nuttin’ to be proud of …

      Ain’t freedom just a wonderful thang!

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 15, 2018

    Zuma has gone. South Africa rejoices and hopes for the future. Rand is up 20% since November.

  5. This is bizarre interference in personal matters. :

    It would certainly be prudent not to have any sort of personal relationship with staff, but making it illegal seems to be ridiculous.

    • Gezza

       /  February 15, 2018

      He hasn’t made it illegal has he? Just amending their Ministerial Code of Conduct?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 15, 2018

      Farcical.

      • Gezza

         /  February 15, 2018

        Yup. The Barnaby Joyce affair sort of thing does make things rather awkward for a Government a while but this is a hysterical over-reaction.

    • Missy

       /  February 15, 2018

      “…but making it illegal seems to be ridiculous.”

      A bit of hyperbole Pete.

      1. He hasn’t made it illegal – that would require legislation to be passed in Parliament.
      2. How is it ridiculous? A lot of workplaces have rules against fraternisation between staff, that is all this is.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 15, 2018

        A lot of workplaces have rules against fraternisation between staff

        Really? None I have worked in. And how would it survive a human rights challenge?

        • Missy

           /  February 16, 2018

          Yep, just about all of my workplaces have had rules about fraternisation. Not all enforced the rules and not everyone adhered to them hence a lot of clandestine affairs, but the rules were there.

          Not sure about the human rights challenge, to my knowledge there haven’t been any.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  February 16, 2018

            Must be an English thing. They did seem to be always in and out of each other’s beds.

            • Missy

               /  February 16, 2018

              Not English, my jobs in NZ, Aus as well. In fact my job here is one of the few that hasn’t had a no fraternisation rule.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  February 16, 2018

              Times must have changed then, Missy. I can’t imagine it would stand up in law or in the Employment Court. I know a couple of our staff married and everyone’s attitude was “good on them”. Why on earth should it be different?

            • Missy

               /  February 16, 2018

              I agree Alan, I don’t think it would stand up in court, but it doesn’t stop no fraternisation rules being in place.

              As I said above, not all workplaces enforced the rule, and to be honest most mid level managers turned a blind eye if it didn’t interfere in their work and there wasn’t any PDA at work. Which pretty much shows that no fraternisation policies don’t really work.

              I personally think no fraternisation policies are a waste of time.

  6. Pickled Possum

     /  February 15, 2018

    Next minute the law will say …”Only have sex with yaw wife or husband”.
    Our moral compass is set by buffoons. Laff a minute.

  7. Blazer

     /  February 16, 2018

    depends if its the Clinton definition of…sex.