World watch – Wednesday

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


  1. Missy

     /  May 2, 2018

    On Sunday evening Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary for inadvertently misleading Parliament over deportation targets in the Home Office. Almost immediately the pundits were predicting who the next Home Secretary would be, everyone from Jacob Rees-Mogg to someone I have never heard of (can’t remember his name) to Michael Gove, however for all the lead contender was Sajid Javid.

    Yesterday Theresa May announced Sajid Javid as Home Secretary. Javid is the son of a Pakistani immigrant who arrived in the UK in the 1960’s, he grew up in a 2 bedroom flat in Bristol. Javid went on to a career in banking working at Deutsche Bank before entering Parliament in 2010.

    Now, anyone would think that the liberals would be happy about someone like Sajid Javid becoming the Home Secretary – arguably the third most powerful position in the UK Government behind the PM and Chancellor – after all he ticks all the boxes; working class, ethnic minority, muslim (though not practicing, and he has stated Christianity is the only religion practiced in his house, and he believes the UK is – and should remain – a Christian country), he is the poster boy of the diversity of the UK.

    However, it seems the left in the UK are not happy that this guy has been promoted to HS, and he has suffered some quite serious racial slurs on social media from Corbyn backing Labour supporters, he has been called a coconut, and Uncle Tom, a token ethnic minority among other things. There is a degree of racism in the left in the UK which is becoming more and more prevalent, and along with it is a sense that ethnic minorities who are Conservatives are a traitor to their race and they should be Labour supporters. There is something inherently patronising and racist when activists (and MPs) of a political party make the assumption that ethnic minorities should be voting with them, Labour did it during last year’s election campaign with their campaign saying that only Labour can unlock the BAME potential.

    Whilst the racist comments from the left have been a bit more on the subtle side, the racism from the right has been more overt – if not as much – with comments mainly aimed at the religion he was born into (Islam). Far right racism is (in my opinion) more honest in that many who practice it are open about what they mean, and more direct in how they express their racist views, which is a bit different to that of the far left who prefer to dress it up in terms such as uncle tom and referring to ethnic minorities as a token gesture from the right.

    This appointment has brought out some very nasty people, however, in the long run (despite Javid being a Remainer) I think it is a good appointment. Sajid Javid is one of the rising stars in the Conservative Party, and one of the newer, younger generation of politicians, and he has been tipped as a future leader of the party. I look forward to seeing how he does, every time I have heard him interviewed he has come across as incredibly intelligent and always very prepared for the interview, that credits not only him but also his staff who are responsible for his briefings before media appearances.

    • Blazer

       /  May 2, 2018

      this is the stain….’ went on to a career in banking working at Deutsche Bank before entering Parliament in 2010.’.

  2. Missy

     /  May 2, 2018

    Yesterday Diane Abbott had another car crash interview, in fact this was one that wasn’t even funny to watch, but rather very cringeworthy.

    I have no time for Diane Abbott, but even I felt sorry for her watching this performance.

    Piers Morgan asked 6 times what Labour’s policy on illegal immigration was, and she could not answer it.

    • Gezza

       /  May 2, 2018

      You’ve really got it in for this hapless individual, haven’t you, MIssy? 😀

      • Missy

         /  May 2, 2018

        Her incompetence makes it too easy G. Tell me, would you want this woman in charge of your security???? I wouldn’t.

        The problem Corbyn has at the moment is that he has not surrounded himself with competent people but rather sycophants who will support him regardless.

        There are some reasonably competent Labour MPs (and some very competent ones too), but sadly very few are on the front bench, and most are now unable to speak out at the risk of being targeted by Momentum and deselected.

        • Gezza

           /  May 2, 2018

          Fair enuf. Corbyn will have to go. >:D
          Who else have they got? o_O

          • Missy

             /  May 2, 2018

            Emily Thornberry? Whilst not great she is an improvement on Corbyn, articulate able to express her views well, and generally a moderate.

            They also have Harriet Harman, a bit of a radical feminist, but another moderate and from what little I have seen pretty much able to hold her own.

            Clive Lewis could be okay as well, he seems to be a moderate, and did resign from the Shadow Cabinet last year on a matter of principle, but he is back, though to be fair that could just be because Corbyn doesn’t have enough sycophants to promote to Shadow Cabinet.

            Problem is the best ones are probably hiding in the back benches and keeping their heads down to avoid the Momentum purges so it is hard to judge them properly, so I am not sure if there is anyone else.

            I would put my money on Emily Thornberry and Clive Lewis as strong contenders in the future as Party Leaders.

            Not sure who else may be interested in the position to be honest, at the moment it isn’t the best job to have in politics.

            • Missy

               /  May 2, 2018

              Just to add to that though. If Labour got a competent Leader and front bench then I think they would expose the Government quite a bit more with regards to how weak they are.

              To be honest the Government are very weak at the moment, but they don’t come across as that weak because the opposition are diabolical. In order to have a strong Government there needs to be a strong opposition, and at the moment the UK has neither.

            • David

               /  May 3, 2018

              “They also have Harriet Harman, a bit of a radical feminist”

              Your gender bias is showing, it’s Harriet Harperson in these enlightened times.

            • Missy

               /  May 3, 2018

              Oops my bad, please don’t tell anyone as I am sure I will be thrown out of my local pro feminist non-gender specific support group…..

  3. sorethumb

     /  May 2, 2018

    In France an Algerian woman who refused to shake hands with an official on religious grounds was denied citizenship by the French government based on her “failure to assimilate”. Last month a court upheld that decision. To some observers this amounts to intolerance but to others it is a form of vigilance against intolerant values.

  4. sorethumb

     /  May 2, 2018

    How I am partly to blame for Mass Immigration – Peter Hitchens
    When I was a Revolutionary Marxist, we were all in favour of as much immigration as possible.

    It wasn’t because we liked immigrants, but because we didn’t like Britain. We saw immigrants – from anywhere – as allies against the staid, settled, conservative society that our country still was at the end of the Sixties.

    Also, we liked to feel oh, so superior to the bewildered people – usually in the poorest parts of Britain – who found their neighbourhoods suddenly transformed into supposedly ‘vibrant communities’.

    If they dared to express the mildest objections, we called them bigots.

    Revolutionary students didn’t come from such ‘vibrant’ areas (we came, as far as I could tell, mostly from Surrey and the nicer parts of London).

    We might live in ‘vibrant’ places for a few (usually squalid) years, amid unmown lawns and overflowing dustbins.

    But we did so as irresponsible, childless transients – not as homeowners, or as parents of school-age children, or as old people hoping for a bit of serenity at the ends of their lives.

    When we graduated and began to earn serious money, we generally headed for expensive London enclaves and became extremely choosy about where our children went to school, a choice we happily denied the urban poor, the ones we sneered at as ‘racists’.

    • phantom snowflake

       /  May 2, 2018

      Worse than a reformed smoker.

  5. sorethumb

     /  May 2, 2018

    Condoleezza Rice to Donald Trump: Let Experts Handle North Korea Details
    “You have to give the [Trump] administration a lot of credit,” she said, for pressuring China to rein in the Kim regime and for using the threat of military force to isolate North Korea.

    However, she said, the president should leave the nuts-and-bolts of diplomacy to others, even though he would be meeting directly with Kim Jong-un at a summit in the coming weeks. And she warned that the Kim regime was still a murderous one with a track record of breaking its promises.

    Rice said she supported the Trump administration’s move toward pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.

    Kanye West: Obama Was ‘Opioids’ to the Black Community