I think I’ve died and woken in an alternate universe…where I agree with Bryan Gould

Bryan Gould is a cloth-cap socialist and failed politician.

It is safe to say he is a Euro-skeptic, after opposing the Maastricht Treaty and finally resigning as an MP in protest against Labour’s support for the European Exchange Rate Mechanism. The EU result, where 52% of the voting public rejected staying in the EU, will be the first time that Bryan Gould has been on a winning side for some time.

He writes about why the Remainiacs lost:

Among the many hysterical reactions to the Brexit decision, a particular post on Facebook caught my attention.  The author was convinced that the decision to leave was the equivalent of the Visigoths’ sacking of Rome; civilisation itself was apparently in its last days.

It did not seem to occur to him that the decision to leave the EU was the product of a vote in which a majority of his fellow-citizens had simply, as part of their democratic right, acted on a view, or views, on a subject of interest to the whole community, that were just as valid as, but different from, his own.  The barbarians whom he castigated were not invaders from elsewhere; they were Britons like him, enjoying the same right as he had to consider the issues and express a view.   It is what is called democracy.

The fury and hatred aroused by the discovery that there was actually a majority that disagreed with those who thought that they alone were capable of reaching the right and proper decision – and the vitriol with which those sentiments are expressed – provides us with an insight into the mentality of many of those who simply could not believe that any view other than theirs was possible.

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Corbyn has an insurrection on his hands, sacks Hilary Benn as others quit

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Labour in the UK is tearing itself apart after the Brexit campaign with calls for Jeremy Corbyn to resign. One of those accused of plotting, Hilary Benn, has been sacked and other frontbenchers are jacking it in.

More than half of the Labour shadow cabinet is expected to stand down on Sunday in a major coup against Jeremy Corbyn, triggered by the result of the EU referendum and the leader’s decision to sack Hilary Benn.

Loyal members of shadow cabinet told the Guardian they were writing their resignation letters after Heidi Alexander, the shadow health secretary, stepped down on Sunday morning.

A Labour source said Alexander’s decision to resign in the wake of Benn’s dismissal would prove hugely significant, because unlike the shadow foreign secretary she was a more “loyal and pragmatic” member of the Corbyn team.

“She is seen as a moderate, practical and pragmatic voice,” they said. “Hilary always had a problem with Jeremy. Now that Heidi’s gone, most of the shadow cabinet will step down. He can’t just replace those positions because other frontbench ministers won’t step up to the roles.”   Read more »

McDelivery! So much for not having fast food places close to schools

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Don’t worry about fast food outlets near schools – McDonald’s is coming direct to your home.

Just wait for the health troughers to find a reason to oppose this.

Australians who fancy a McDonald’s but can’t be bothered to leave the house can have one sent to their door courtesy of the McDelivery service.

Kiwi fans of Maccas may soon be offered the same luxury.

McDonald’s has registered the “McDelivery” trademark in New Zealand consisting of a golden McDonald’s arch zipping along on a skateboard.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

keep-calm-and-don-t-shoot-the-messenger-3Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account.

There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.

Face of the Day

Fairfax "Money isn't everything," says an 82-year-old woman offered a fortune to sell her home. Screenshot-whaleoil.co.nz

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“Money isn’t everything,” says an 82-year-old woman offered a fortune to sell her home.
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Like a scene out of the classic Australian comedy, The Castle, one home owner has turned down all offers to buy her out of her property.

An 82-year-old grandmother from the Sydney suburb of Castle Hill has turned down an AU$26 million (NZ$27 million) offer to sell her home.

Retired schoolteacher Ruth, who requested her surname not be used, was approached by developers looking to transform her 2500-square-metre corner block, Domain.com.au reported.

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Word of the Day

The word for today is…

MacGuffin (also McGuffin) (noun) – (film) A plot element that catches the viewers’ attention or drives the plot; “the McGuffin was a key element of Alfred Hitchcock’s films”.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1930s: a Scottish surname, coined in this sense by the English film director Alfred Hitchcock, allegedly from a humorous story involving such a pivotal factor.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 26

2Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim.

Sunday NightCap

He’ll get there, one day

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Today’s Trivia

Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

There are surprisingly few oceanic internet line s- only about 350 cables in total. The severing of any one line (due to earthquake, scrap-metal salvagers, sharks, etc) can have massive impacts on the telecommunications of entire countries. (Source)

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