World watch – Monday

Sunday GMT


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


  1. Missy

     /  February 19, 2018

    I am binge watching the Crown today, and it got me thinking about the National Anthem, God Save the Queen.

    I was thinking about the line in the song ‘long live our noble Queen’, hasn’t the poor woman lived long enough?? Also, the line ‘send her victorious, happy and glorious long to reign over us’, after all she has already reigned longer than any other monarch!!

    Anyway, just some ramblings for a Sunday afternoon.

  2. Ray

     /  February 19, 2018

    If you are not aware of the statement “It’s different when the Left do it ”
    I give you a slimy journalist asking Judith Collins if she is having a baby.
    Just a “joke” apparently.
    And Brendon Cox husband of murdered mother Jo Cox is revealed as a sexual pest, I would suggest grabbing someone by the throat and suggesting he wants to fuck you is a bit more than that.
    But watch our lefties spin that away.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  February 19, 2018

      Why would anyone want to spin either away? The journalist is an idiot and Cox is a sex offender though grabbing someone by the throat is more about power and control than sex.

    • Missy

       /  February 19, 2018

      Ray, I was going to write something about Brendan Cox. There have been allegations for years about him, he apparently had to leave his job at Save the Children in 2015 due to sexual harassment allegations, and allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

      There is a general belief in the UK by most (not all) that he has had a free pass on the publication of the allegations due to his wife’s murder.

      Last week the Mail on Sunday printed the latest allegations around an assault in the US when he was there before his wife’s murder, on the BBC News where they look at the next days papers last week they didn’t mention the allegations. The producer came under a lot of criticism for it, most believing they were self censoring because it was Brendan Cox, however, he has tweeted today that it was in fact due to potential legal action from Brendan Cox’s lawyers. Obviously after the Oxfam scandal it has become a bigger story – considering he was working for a charity at the time – and it seems the legal action has failed, as such he has been forced into admitting to inappropriate behaviour. Despite the admission Brendan Cox still claims that he did not assault anyone and did nothing wrong.

      Beyond belief is the support he has received from the left, including this supportive tweet from a Labour MP, who has had to since defend her position against the former wife of a former Labour MP.

      • Blazer

         /  February 19, 2018

        shocking isn’t it…but no one closes ranks like the…right.You should have seen the machinations around…the Sabin…affair.

        • Missy

           /  February 19, 2018

          I believe that is still suppressed Blazer, so writing anything may open Pete up for legal action.

          And on that, suppression orders are often in place to protect alleged victims, but hey if you are happy with suppression orders being broken and victims identities being released criticise away.

          • Blazer

             /  February 19, 2018

            no info offerred here…maam.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  February 19, 2018

              And that was court ordered, not party.
              There were no hearty messages of support proffered on that one.

  3. Gezza

     /  February 19, 2018

    The last 24 hours of twitter thoughts from Trump:

    Thank you to KenStarr, former Independent Counsel, Whitewater, for your insight and powerful words on FISA abuse, Russian meddling etc. Really great interview with ‪@MariaBartiromo‬

    Great Pollster John McLaughlin now has the GOP up in the Generic Congressional Ballot. Big gain over last 4 weeks. I guess people are loving the big Tax Cuts given them by the Republicans, the Cuts the Dems want to take away. We need more Republicans!

    ‪The Fake News of big ratings loser CNN. ‬
    Ivan Trumpovic (Anti-Blitzer Cartoon)

    If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!

    ‪Big night. Largest-ever Dallas County GOP Reagan Day Dinner. As I told the crowd, under President @realDonaldTrump: Promises Made, Promises Kept! America is back and we’re just getting started! ‬

    I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said “it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.” The Russian “hoax” was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia – it never did!

    Finally, Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. He is finally right about something. Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. Thank you Adam!

    Never gotten over the fact that Obama was able to send $1.7 Billion Dollars in CASH to Iran and nobody in Congress, the FBI or Justice called for an investigation!

    ‪General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!‬

    Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!

    Just like they don’t want to solve the DACA problem, why didn’t the Democrats pass gun control legislation when they had both the House & Senate during the Obama Administration. Because they didn’t want to, and now they just talk!

    “I have seen all of the Russian ads and I can say very definitively that swaying the election was *NOT* the main goal.”
    Rob Goldman
    Vice President of Facebook Ads

    The Fake News Media never fails. Hard to ignore this fact from the Vice President of Facebook Ads, Rob Goldman!
    Rob Goldman
    ‪The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election. We shared that fact, but very few outlets have covered it because it doesn’t align with the main media narrative of Tump and the election.‬

    ‪Funny how the Fake News Media doesn’t want to say that the Russian group was formed in 2014, long before my run for President. Maybe they knew I was going to run even though I didn’t know!‬

    Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein stated at the News Conference: “There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election.

    “Charges Deal Don A Big Win,” written by Michael Goodwin of the ‪@nypost‬, succinctly states that “the Russians had no impact on the election results.” There was no Collusion with the Trump Campaign. “She lost the old-fashioned way, by being a terrible candidate. Case closed.”

    Melania and I met such incredible people last night in Broward County, Florida. Will never forget them, or the evening!

    Our entire Nation, w/one heavy heart, continues to pray for the victims & their families in Parkland, FL. To teachers, law enforcement, first responders & medical professionals who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We THANK YOU for your courage!

  4. Gezza

     /  February 19, 2018

    Parkland student to Trump: We call BS:
    “To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA – shame on YOU!”

  5. Corky

     /  February 19, 2018

    So now taking donations from the NRA is shameful- it’s there fault. Even though most members would be law abiding citizens and gun owners. The 2nd amendment allows for the protection of life and liberty…something I think would be worth fighting for.

    • Gezza

       /  February 19, 2018

      Tell that to the loved ones of dead victims of shootings. Their loved ones’ life & liberty hasn’t been protected, has it? Why does the NRA need to fund politicians?

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  February 19, 2018

      something or you to read and digest Corky…

      The link is an analysis of FBI data on gun violence that reveals guns are used much more often to commit crimes than to defend against them.

      How long until America protects children and not guns?

    • Gezza

       /  February 19, 2018

      I’ve had a look thru their website & can’t find anything political at all on it. And nothing in the way of press statements or letters to our government calling for them to make any kind of guns & accessories freely available to anybody, with no checks required, for the protection of life & liberty, & just in case we are ever invaded, or our government uses its massive military to repress us?

      Does the New Zealand NRA maybe continually quietly make representations along these lines, & large donations, to political parties or candidates in this country? Does anybody know? Corky – do you know?

    • Gezza

       /  February 19, 2018

      Yep, urgently-needed lifesaving medical supplies quickly drone-delivered to remote areas from miles away.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 19, 2018

        Quite astonishing that a little battery-powered plane can fly a 100 mile round trip delivery.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 19, 2018

    Something to keep an eye on – competition vs regulation to control drug prices:

    The US has more control over patent lifetimes than NZ and freeing up competition should be good for us. I hope Trump pursues that.

  7. Missy

     /  February 19, 2018