I’m a bit surprised at this, I thought Todd McClay would have been in first.
Theresa May is to open talks on landmark new free trade deal with Australia, as she declares Britain will lead the world in global commerce outside the European Union.
The Prime Minister will meet her Australian counterpart, Malcolm Turnbull, at the G20 summit in China on Monday to shape the broad outline of what would be Britain’s first new trade pact after Brexit.
She is expected to explore further trade opportunities in talks with Barack Obama and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the two-day gathering of world leaders.
She will also meet China’s President Xi Jinping for the first time, and will attempt to soothe relations with China which were damaged after her decision to pause the Chinese-backed Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project.
On Sunday, Mrs May insisted it was “a golden era for UK-China relations”, reviving the ornate rhetoric that both the British and Chinese governments used during Mr Xi’s state visit to Britain last year. Read more »
When Darren Hughes absconded overseas to avoid continued questions over his behaviour in his landlady’s house he hooked up with the Electoral Reform Society in the UK. This is the crowd who were pushing and failed for proportional representation in the UK and also big supporters of opposing Brexit.
They have their knickers in a bunch over the Brexit referendum and like all good left-wing whingers they are blaming everyone including the voters for the result.
The EU referendum campaign was dogged by “glaring democratic deficiencies” with voters turned off by big name politicians and negative campaigning, a report says.
The Electoral Reform Society attacked both sides of the referendum campaign, saying people felt “ill-informed” by the “dire” debate.
The society said the impact of political leaders had been “minimal”.
It called for a “root and branch” review of the way referendums are run.
Recommendations made by the society in its report include having a public body intervene when “misleading” claims are made by campaigns, reviewing broadcasters’ role and publishing a “rule book” to govern conduct by campaigns. Read more »
Immigrants who leave Europe because of the mass Muslim migration and the damage it has done to their home countries are the kind of immigrants that I would be happy to welcome to New Zealand. Assuming that they have skills useful to New Zealand, they also will bring with them wisdom. They have learned the hard way what underdog socialism does to countries.
In contrast, immigrants from the UK fleeing Brexit are not the kind of immigrants that I would welcome to New Zealand. They bring with them the belief system of underdog socialism. They will do to New Zealand what they have already done to Europe. They turned it into a dangerous land of opportunity for terrorists. They welcomed in their millions a culture that is steadily challenging and destroying their own moral and cultural values because of their slavish devotion to multiculturalism and tolerance.
Now that they have done the damage to their country they want to leave it because it is belatedly trying to to protect itself. I do not want these kinds of idiots in our society. They can take their open borders and their lack of patriotism and pride in their National culture and they can shove it where the sun don’t shine. Their belief system is more poisonous and dangerous to New Zealand than any Islamic terrorist.
In 49 days after the vote, there were 10,647 registrations from the UK compared with 4599 over the same period last year.
More than 10,500 registrations from people considering moving here from Britain have been lodged with Immigration New Zealand since the Brexit vote.
Winston Peters is in grave danger of having a permanent grin affixed to his face, especially if the wind changes.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters hailed the Brexit referendum result as “a stunning 24 hours in world politics.”
“There has never been a national referendum in any country where so many outsiders, foreign power brokers, and financial market manipulators have intruded,” Peters during a speech at the Copthorne Hotel in Rotorua on Saturday.
Peters said “expert after expert” had told voters that Doomsday for the British was soon to come if they voted to leave.
“Anyone watching the BBC yesterday saw all these people giving their views and no one went to the working people and asked for their commentary, but suit after suit was talking about working people’s situation,” he said.
“The power class are so up themselves they can’t even see the obvious irony of what they are doing. And that phenomena exists in New Zealand as well.“
Jonathan Milne is a good guy, but prone to histrionics from time to time. He’s a bit wet too, but for a journalist 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 »
This comes recommended, even though it is a full length documentary, for you to understand the European Union and why the UK is facing a far-reaching decision. It may not affect us directly, but it is important we know what is going on. If you can’t watch it now, bookmark it.
Today’s face of the day is UK Home Secretary Theresa May.
Theresa May has claimed Muslims in Britain “benefit greatly” from Sharia law as she launched plans for an “independent inquiry,” headed by a Muslim and guided by two “leading imams,” into whether some of the controversial courts’ judgements are at odds with British gender equality laws.Mrs. May stated: “Many British people of different faiths follow religious codes and practices, and benefit a great deal from the guidance they offer.
“A number of women have reportedly been victims of what appear to be discriminatory decisions taken by Sharia councils, and that is a significant concern.
How can an inquiry headed by a Muslim and guided by two Muslim religious leaders be an unbiased and independent inquiry into Sharia Law courts? It is not even a 50-50 split. Where are the secular British law experts?
Speaker David Carter has slapped down speculation he wants a top diplomatic posting – after New Zealand First leader Winston Peters intimated he would block such an appointment if in power.
After Mr Peters’ comments yesterday, Mr Carter has taken the unusual step of delivering a press statement to press gallery reporters, denying he wanted a change of job. Read more »
David and Samantha Cameron enjoy a curry. They tucked into chicken korai and saag paneer at Manchester’s Saffron Lounge during the Conservative party conference in October – it wasn’t quite as spicy as the chilli-hot specials they ordered at the Paprika Indian restaurant in Birmingham the previous year.
The prime minister even pledged to protect the struggling £4.2bn curry industry, which employs 100,000 people, at the British Curry awards in 2013. He said he would “get the skilled Asian chefs you need” to the UK, while the home secretary, Theresa May, has admitted that curry chefs are a shortage occupation. Read more »