Key defends Foster-Bell as a hard worker. Really? List his achievements

John Key is defending Paul Foster-Bell, stuff knows why he’s done nothing.

Prime Minister John Key has defended the high travel bill for one of his backbench MPs.

Paul Foster-Bell has also faced accusations of poor management after reportedly having 12 staff leave over a period of three years.

The former diplomat and list MP racked up a $61,090 travel and accommodation bill last year – the third-highest for Wellington-based MPs.

Asked about those expenses today, Mr Key said Mr Foster-Bell was among a group of MPs that tended to travel more, as that was required by the party.

“It’s not unusual for us to use a list MP, certainly someone with skills like he has in foreign affairs, around the country. Other MPs ask him to support them in terms of talks or seminars … or to fill in, for instance, for ministers.”

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The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”

 The media and the left like to think of themselves as strong advocates for the victims in our society.  Some groups are very vocal about their victimhood and get a lot more support than others. As they say, ” the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” The group that is statistically the most targeted is ignored by both the media and the left.  The group I am referring to is the Jewish people. They do not  fit the media and left profile of what “victims’ look like. Perhaps that is because the Jewish people have very much taken to heart the words, ” Never again.” They do not act like victims, they do not make up words like Jewishophobia and generations of them have worked to build a thriving Homeland despite unimaginable opposition.

They may not fit the victimhood profile but anti-Semitism is very much on the rise and has increased Jewish immigration from Western countries to Israel.  It may seem a simplistic analogy but  I cannot help but notice that where Muslim populations increase in the West so does anti-Semitism. It is a fact that in Western countries the left embrace Islam and are outspoken about Muslim rights but have little room in their liberal hearts for Judaism or compassion for Jews.

The European Union’s hostility towards Israel and Jews was emphasised recently when Mahmoud Abbas’ the President of Palestine, made a speech. In his speech he accused Israel of stereotypical anti semitic blood libels at the EU and received a standing ovation. Is it any wonder that Jews are once again fleeing Europe? If we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it.

Erin Schrode, a promising 25-year-old Jewish woman, announces her candidacy for U.S. Congress. In response, she is bombarded by hundreds of anti-Semitic messages: “Fire up the oven.” “Kike.” “Get out of my country, kike. Get to Israel where you belong. That or the oven. Take your pick.” This did not happen in the 1930s. It happened last month in California.

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Scotland talks about independence but are really just a bunch of bludgers

Ian Wishart writes:

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is a skilled politician.

I know this, because of all the hand-wringing and angst that’s emerged in the wake of the Brexit vote, hers takes the cake.

Given the quality of the competition, that takes some doing.

Oh I don’t know. Rachel Smalley’s effort was spectacular.

You’ve got the young people bleating their futures were robbed – an empty claim when we find out only 38% of them even bothered to vote.

Then you’ve got three million people – including 77,000 from the ‘Vatican’ with a population of a thousand – demanding the right to another referendum. Even if they got 18 million signatures, constitutionally it is tough luck: a vote is a vote. On the day, the winner takes all.

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NZ Herald floats, then sinks

The NZ Herald parent company had a dreadful start to their much-vaunted float…dropping 20%, and aren’t Mediaworks gleeful about it all.

Newly listed media company NZME debuted on the New Zealand stock market today with its shares closing at 80 cents.

Shares were initially offered at NZ$1 as a reference point because it is a new company listing. It is now up to the market to determine what the company is worth. Shares initially traded around 85c but then closed down. At 80c a share, NZME would be valued at NZ$156.8 million.

NZME owns the NZ Herald newspaper, various regional titles, the GrabOne daily deals website and the Radio Network.

The NZ listing comes after its Australian owners APN News & Media decided to demerge its Kiwi business NZME so it could potentially merge with Fairfax NZ.

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Even his deputy is telling Corbyn time is up as Labour implodes

The Labour party are on their knees right now, hemorrhaging as their leadership fight takes hold. When the deputy leader says time’s up then time’s up for the leader.

Tom Watson has told the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, that he has lost his authority within the parliamentary party and that if there was a leadership election then members would be voting with that knowledge.

In critical talks at 9am on Monday morning, the deputy leader set out how destabilising a wave of shadow cabinet and ministerial resignations had been for the party, but fell short of calling on Corbyn to resign.

Labour sources, including those close to the leader, admitted that a leadership election was looking increasingly likely, with Watson telling Corbyn he would do his best to hold the party together.

Corbyn remained defiant, with his team reiterating his words on Sunday night: “Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate.”    Read more »

The man who started the coup culture in Fiji is back, against the man who ended it

Sitiveni Rabuka has returned to politics, this time opposing Frank Bainimarama, and has become the leader of SODELPA.

Sitiveni Rabuka has the political nous to put up a good challenge to Fiji’s prime minister Frank Bainimarama at the next election, according to a Fijian academic.

Steven Ratuva, who is the director of the MacMillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at New Zealand’s Canterbury University, said the newly elected leader of Fiji’s main opposition party has evolved from a coup leader into a very smart politican.

Mr Rabuka, as a colonel in Fiji’s military, led the 1987 coup and later served as prime minister from 1992 to 1999.

On Friday the SODELPA party elected him to lead the party in the run up to the next election in 2018.   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.

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Face of the day

Engagement with Disney Princess culture can make preschoolers more susceptible to potentially damaging and limiting stereotypes, says an expert.

Engagement with Disney Princess culture can make preschoolers more susceptible to potentially damaging and limiting stereotypes, says an expert.

Today’s face of the day is a Disney Princess. According to the following article a little girl isn’t even free to enjoy such innocent pleasures as Disney Princesses anymore because it might make her more likely to have “female gender-stereotypical behaviours”. In plain English, she might learn to love wearing beautiful clothes and want a man in her life capable of being heroic and providing financially for her and her children. Oh, the horror!

Engagement with Disney Princess culture can make preschoolers more susceptible to potentially damaging and limiting stereotypes, says an expert.

My five-year-old daughter has a Disney princess mirror. Inevitably, it is pink and plastic and emblazoned with a Disney crown. It is an interactive toy and, provided I keep changing the batteries, it coos to her about what a beautiful princess she is and how nice she looks.

While I loathe the princess mirror, my daughter loves it. It is her most treasured possession – she even sleeps with it under her pillow.

Although I’m not keen on the saccharine Disney drivel it spoon-feeds her, I’ve let it go because it makes her happy. But after reading new research about the effect of Disney culture on children I might have to review this position.

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Word of the Day

The word for today is…

jamboree (noun) – 1. A noisy celebration.
2. A large assembly, often international, especially of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts.
3. A mass gathering or assembly, as of a political party or association.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1866, “carousal, noisy drinking bout; any merrymaking,” represented in England as a typical American English word, perhaps from jam on pattern of shivaree [Barnhart]. For the second element, Weekley suggests French bourree, a kind of rustic dance. Century Dictionary calls the whole thing “probably arbitrary.” Klein thinks the word of Hindu origin (but he credits its introduction into English, mistakenly, to Kipling). Boy Scouts use is from 1920.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 27

2Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth–a stranger, not your own lips.