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Lord Tebbit is pissing of liberals again…this time suggesting a simple test to determine who should come into England as a migrant.
EU migrants should be asked if their forefathers fought the Nazis, Lord Tebbit has said.
The former Tory party chairman said the equivalent of his famous and controversial “cricket test” for EU countries today, would be to ask: “Who did they fight for in the Second World War?”
In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Lord Tebbit said: “Well one test I would use is to ask them on which side their fathers or grandfathers or whatever fought in the Second World War. And so you’ll find that the Poles and the Czechs and the Slovaks were all on the right side. And so that’s a pretty good test isn‚Äôt it? Perhaps we’ll even manage to teach them to play cricket over the years.”
The only problem I see with that policy is it doesn’t take out the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys.
Lord Tebbit once famously insisted that many Asian families were not truly loyal to Britain because they failed to support the England cricket team.¬† Read more »
We all like TEDTalks don’t we…I’ve seen some interesting ones that is for sure…but I’ve sort of waned in my interest and only fleetingly wondered why.
Perhaps it was the manifestation of TEDTalks in NZ that did it in for and how the usual suspects lined up to wax lyrical about really uninteresting people talking at them.
But then I read this article at VICE about TedTalks and it clicked.
Over the last few weeks, for example, I’ve been making a sustained effort to watch at least one TED talk a day.¬†I’m not sure what it is about my generation, exactly, but I’ve noticed a weird trend to watch or listen to “informative”, Horrible History-style things for adults rather than actually think. It seems to be a cultural reference point to think about the idea of thinking, rather than actually engaging the old noggin.
Which is why I basically sleep walk through everything.¬†I haven’t had an independent thought in years. Sometimes, I forget my own name.
Maybe it’s because I’m a card-carrying member to a tinfoil hat society for the infuriatingly smug, but I think there’s something inherently wrong with passivity. And yet I write this from my bed.¬† The most common response I received when I told people I was working on this was, “What? Have you never enjoyed one?” Which, I suppose, is¬†my whole point. When thinking about thinking becomes entertainment rather than a challenge, something has fucked up.
It feels like almost bad manners to have a go at something that is so overwhelmingly positive. But, fuck it, I’m going to do it because, just as Justin Lee Collins making a handful of people laugh didn’t mean he wasn’t a horrible, horri‚Äčble man, TED entertaining you doesn’t mean it isn’t a sneaky pyramid scheme, designed to suck off your ego while pretending to inseminate your mind with world-altering concepts.
From my vantage point, swinging from the nether regions of society,¬† TED (and all other “thinkies”) is the road of least resistance to thought, dishing out toilet stall profundity willy-nilly for those like me whose cognitive ability languishes somewhere between a turtle’s and a slice of bread.
I have watched, I’d wager, 50 videos at least, because a) I have a lot of time on my hands and b) I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And I’ve concluded that it’s basically having¬†Alain de Botton in your house with a biro scribbling: “AdB woz ere,” on the back of the shitter door and getting applauded for the effort.
This is must-watch stuff. ¬†The thing is, he is deadly serious!
And in this context, for once, the anti-Christ is not me. ¬†What a relief…
There seems to be a cancer eating away at NewstalkZB…one of a lack of courage too, because Rachel Smalley and ¬†now James Robins are both giving me a good ¬†kicking.
You have to wonder if an edict has gone out from NZME.
But neither of them have the courage to say these sorts of things to my face…like many in the media they are spineless cowards.
James Robins goes on a defamatory rant…it really is quite funny. Dallas Gurney will be loving the ratings and traffic that a stoush¬†with me brings.
The Labour Party‚Äôs new leader Andrew Little may believe that the Prime Minister should ‚Äústand up, take responsibility‚Ä¶apologise‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmove on‚ÄĚ. But there‚Äôs little chance of turning away from an ever-increasing barrage of evidence against the Government‚Äôs deeply disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions.
Inspector General Cheryl Gwyn‚Äôs inquiry sought to uncover allegations made against Warren Tucker (former head of the Security Intelligence Service), staffers in the Prime Minister‚Äôs office (like black-ops man Jason Ede), and Cameron Slater (a ‚Äútoxic‚ÄĚ hatemonger and terminal ‚Äúreprobate‚ÄĚ blogger) prior to the 2011 Election.
What¬†disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions….this is politics you numpty.
As for calling me a toxic hatemonger, have you been swallowing the seed of Martyn Martin Bradbury? I bet Larry Williams and Leighton Smith don’t agree with you…or even your own boss.
Then-Labour leader Phil Goff, mistakenly convinced that he hadn’t received an intelligence briefing about the actions of a few Israelis after the Christchurch earthquake, found himself under attack not during Question Time or from his enemies during a media stand-up but from the fly-blown pages of a deranged blog.
Released on Tuesday, Gwyn‚Äôs report entirely confirms (as if Nicky Hager‚Äôs claims needed more affirmation) that Slater received a tip-off about Goff‚Äôs folly, was coached through making an OIA request by Key‚Äôs staffer Jason Ede, received his politically-damaging treasure in record time thanks to Tucker‚Äôs inability to stay ‚Äúpolitically neutral‚ÄĚ, and proceeded to lambast the Labour Party alongside the Government who gleefully kept their hands ‚Äėclean‚Äô of the entire affair.
Alex Fensome¬†had ¬†chat with cartoonist Tom Scott
As a boy, Muldoon had been bullied by other children, and had learned to get his punch in first.
Scott found his depiction of Muldoon as a ridiculously short and fat man hilarious, but the prime minister was deeply wounded by it. It seemed to bring up many of the insecurities he hid so well.
For the rest of his parliamentary colleagues, though, even those in National, it was refreshing. “His colleagues would come up to me and say, ‘Tom, I loved the Muldoon cartoon, shove it up the little bastard’.”
About a year into his time at Parliament, Scott ran into the prime minister in the corridor. People think he made this story up, but he insists it is true.
Scott leans back in his chair and puts on the famous Muldoon accent. “Ah, Mr Scott, saw an article of yours in The Listener . . . didn’t know you could write.”
“I didn’t know you could read,” he replied.
Awesome. ¬† Worthy of Churchill and Thatcher. ¬† Read more »
As you all know, I was quite frustrated with Key over the way he handled Judith Collins’ career. ¬†As I knew, and we all know now, she’s not done a single thing that she should step down for. ¬†Key wisely returned her Honourable title the instant the report came out.
But strangely, in a parallel universe, when I’m over my little spat, the fact I TXTed Key to tell him Phil Goff had leaked the SIS report to colleagues and media has been picked up by opposition and media alike to drive a wedge in.
This is their thinking: ¬† Goff breaking the law and leaking a report is ok. ¬† The PM receiving a TXT from “a blogger” identifying the leak is not.
Armstrong joins the NZ Herald scrum to take me down, but is happy to let Key take all the collateral damage at the same time.
The Prime Minister’s week of absolute, undiluted hell reached its climax in the mind-boggling revelation that he remained in seemingly cordial contact with the very person who has been a root cause of the aggravation he is now enduring – Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.
In conversing with Slater – the second most-despised figure in New Zealand politics after Kim Dotcom – Key has compromised his assurance that he had no knowledge of the dirty tricks operation. Read more »