By the time Turkey joins the EU, it will just be Germany and bludgers left

Turkey has piped up following the Brexit.

Europe’s politicians are failing to combat rising xenophobia and anti-immigrant views, Turkish officials say, after Britain’s vote to exit the European Union deprived Turkey of what had been a major backer in its quest for EU membership.

The Brexit campaign and the rise of Europe’s populist right have cast further doubt over Turkey’s decade-long accession negotiations, a process which was in its early years an anchor for economic and social reforms in the country.

President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday (local time) blamed Islamophobia for holding up Turkey’s accession process, accusing the bloc of double standards and warning that more countries could seek to leave.   Read more »

SST Editor predicts Boris will get the Commonwealth Cold Shoulder – yeah, nah

Jonathan Milne is a good guy, but prone to histrionics from time to time. He’s a bit wet too, but for a journalsit he is pretty ethical and straight up.

He comments on Boris Johnson and shows his liberal y-fronts in the process.

Boris Johnson was a gift from his classical Greek gods to a young journalist in search of a story.

When he was a Conservative Party education spokesman and I was in London writing for The Times Educational Supplement, I’d give him a call when I needed a story on deadline. I knew if I talked to him long enough, he’d say something outrageous, something seemingly ridiculous, something secretly smart in its populist appeal.

Well, in leading Britain to its own “independence day”, Johnson has outdone himself. This scholar of Latin and ancient Greek, who turned against Europe and incited scepticism as the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, has now persuaded Britain to turn in on itself and essentially shut down its borders with the continent.

Once, Johnson was seen as a lovable tousle-haired toff, tottering around London on his pushbike. Now, carried by an uncomfortable coalition of struggling blue-collar workers and the monied blue-blooded upper classes, he could soon be Prime Minister. A poll running on the Telegraph website yesterday showed him already far ahead of his Conservative colleagues with 44 per cent support to become Prime Minister.   Read more »

Overbearing, petulant, irrational and stupid

Marama Fox lost her debate against Imperial Tobacco by labelling Dr Axel Gietz as “Goebbels” when discussing plain packaging on The Nation.

When you resort to Nazi allegations you have lost the argument.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox has stormed out of a TV interview after accusing a tobacco company spokesman of “peddling death and destruction and misery”.

Ms Fox got into a heated discussion with Imperial Tobacco spokesman Dr Axel Gietz on TV3’s The Nation today.

Dr Gietz said if the introduction of plain packaging goes ahead as planned, it could create a tobacco black market in New Zealand.

Ms Fox became angered during the discussion and accused the tobacco spokesman of “peddling death and destruction and misery on our people”.

She also compared Dr Gietz to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

Dr Gietz is in New Zealand to oppose plans to introduce plain packaging.

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Key dampens down Winston’s rallying cry for the people to take back power

Winston Peters was the only NZ politician to predict Brexit occurring.

Understandably, he is crowing about it and telling voters that they too can take back their country…by voting for him of course.

John Key has other ideas:

Prime Minister John Key is not buying the line from NZ First leader Winston Peters that the UK vote to leave the European Union is a wake-up call for democracies everywhere, including New Zealand.

“I don’t think you can really compare and contrast something that’s happening half a world away with very different circumstances,” Mr Key told reporters on Saturday.

If anything, New Zealanders may appreciate the stability they have.

On Friday (NZT) the UK voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, causing turmoil in world financial markets and triggering the exit of UK Prime Minister David Cameron by October.

New Zealand is in a vastly different position to the UK, Mr Key says.

“We can control our migration, they can’t,” he says.

The New Zealand economy is also in a much stronger position than the UK’s, he says.

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

MP Marama Fox walks off the set of The Nation after comparing tobacco lobbyist Axel Gietz to a Nazi Germany leader. screenshot-whaleoil.co.nz

MP Marama Fox walks off the set of The Nation after comparing tobacco lobbyist Axel Gietz to a Nazi Germany leader.
screenshot-whaleoil.co.nz

MP Marama Fox walked off the set of The Nation this morning after calling a spokesman for big tobacco a “peddler of death”.

She told Imperial Tobacco spokesman Dr Axel Gietz: “You make billions of dollars every year profiting off misery and death. You are a peddler of death.”

Before getting up and walking out, she said: “I’m not going to listen to you. I think you should crawl back into the hole that is reserved for corporate executioners.”

She also compared him to a leader from Nazi Germany.

Gietz is in the country as a result of New Zealand’s moves to bring in plain packaging for tobacco products like cigarettes, something the industry is opposed to.

…During the debate, Fox likened Gietz to “Dr Goebbels” – referring to Joseph Goebbels, the head of propaganda during Adolf Hitler’s rule in Nazi Germany.

Gietz – who is German – said the attack was a first for him.

“I get called a lot of names,” he said. “What happened to me this morning, that was a first.”

“Yes, I get called names, but you know what, my experience is it doesn’t help to do a tit for tat. I try to do the voice of reason. I try to put forward my arguments.”

Fox admitted she had gone on The Nation to give Gietz “a bit of a telling off”.

But, she said, likening him to a Nazi leader “might have been a step too far”.

She said Goebbels was known as Dr Death, and she saw both as peddlers of death.

Gietz didn’t appear to take offence at the insult.

“Nobody gets anywhere by ranting at people and losing their tempers.”

He joked Fox’s outburst could go viral.

-Stuff

Word of the Day

The word for today is…

whirligig (noun) – 1. Any of various spinning toys.
2. A carousel; a merry-go-round.
3. Something that continuously whirls.
4. A whirligig beetle.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Mid-15th century, a child’s toy, from whirl + gig. Meaning “anything in constant motion” is from 1580s; “fickle, flighty person” is from circa 1600; as a type of water beetle, from 1713.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25

2It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them.

Saturday NightCap

When government fails you

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