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The slippery slope of political correctness is real

The Poms are finding out what happens when you don’t resist the slippery slope of political correctness:

A leading employment judge has demanded new laws to help the overweight fight “fattism” by allowing them to sue colleagues who offend them.

Philip Rostant, the training director for the Employment Tribunals of England and Wales, claimed in an academic paper that fat people are paid on average less and are more likely to be fired.

He argued that new laws could stop such “prejudice” against people with what he called “non-ideal weight”. The paper insists that “fattism” should feature along side other hate crimes such as racism and homophobia.   Read more »

Want to solve the housing crisis? The answer is deregulation

Politicians generally have no real solutions, preferring instead to ban, regulate or tax to achieve outcomes.

In the UK there is now evidence showing that regulation of housing has contributed massively to the housing crisis besetting the UK.

New causal evidence on the impact of supply constraints on house prices shows land use regulation to be a major culprit of England’s current housing affordability crisis. Absent regulation, house prices would be lower by over a third and considerably less volatile. Young households are the obvious losers, yet macroeconomic stability is also impaired and productivity may suffer from constrained labour supply to the thriving cities where demand is highest.

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Pommy bastards seem to be making the right decision on Brexit

The Pommy bastards seem to be making the right decision.

The decision over whether the UK remains inside the European Union could depend on whether young people shake off their apathy and vote in sufficient numbers on 23 June, a revealing opinion poll conducted for the Observer shows.

In a blow to David Cameron and the pro-EU camp, the online survey by Opinium puts the Leave side on 43%, four points ahead of Remain, on 39%. Some 18% of voters said they were undecided, while 1% refused to say.   Read more »

We need a couple of these here

I’d put one on Waiheke, and the other one in the electorate with the highest Green party vote.

Mini nuclear power stations in towns around the UK have moved a step closer after it emerged the Government is assessing suitable sites to push ahead with a build.

The Telegraph understands that a team of experts working for Ministers is looking at possible locations for small modular reactors, which could be built by 2025.

It follows money announced by George Osborne in the Budget earlier this year, giving the green light to develop the so called “mini-nukes”.

The stations, which must be built near water for cooling and need to be close to the towns they serve, form a key part of the Government’s plan to cut carbon emissions and generate clean energy in the UK.

But campaigners are warning the plans could mean communities have new power stations forced on them if suitable sites are identified nearby.

The Sunday Telegraph understands that sites in Wales, including the site of a former reactor at Trawsfynydd, and in the North of England where ex-nuclear or coal-fired power stations were stationed are being looked at as possible options.   Read more »

The demise of Europe’s left

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The left-wing is in disarray world-wide.

We are witnessing the demise of the once proud Labour party in New Zealand, and world-wide the left-wing seems in disarray. This is particularly obvious in Europe.

The Economist examines the demise of the left:

Early in this century you could drive from Inverness in Scotland to Vilnius in Lithuania without crossing a country governed by the right; the same would have been true if you had done the trip by ferry through Scandinavia. Social democrats ran the European Commission and vied for primacy in the European Parliament. But recently their share of the vote in domestic (and Europe-wide) elections has fallen by a third to lows not seen for 70 years (see chart 1). In the five European Union (EU) states that held national elections last year, social democrats lost power in Denmark, fell to their worst-ever results in Finland, Poland and Spain and came to within a hair’s-breadth of such a nadir in Britain.

Elsewhere, it is true, the centre left is in power: as an unloved and ideologically vague junior party of government in Germany and the Netherlands and at the helm of wobbly coalitions in Sweden, Portugal and Austria, all countries where it was once a natural party of government. In France, President François Hollande is plumbing new depths of unpopularity and may not make the run-off in next year’s presidential election. Matteo Renzi, Italy’s dynamic prime minister, is in better shape but his party is still losing support (and possibly, in May, Rome’s mayoralty) to the Five Star Movement (M5S), an anti-establishment party founded by a blogger. Former municipal and regional bastions like London and Amsterdam, Catalonia and Scotland have slipped from the traditional centre left’s grasp.

Where are all the votes going? Many have been hoovered up by populists, typically of the anti-market left in southern Europe and the anti-migrant right in the north. But alternative left parties (feminists, pirates and greens, for example), liberals and the centre-right have also benefited. And so has the Stay On The Sofa party.

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Key Corbynite says “cups of tea” not bombs solution to Daesh

The left-wing are mostly nuts, especially the hard left-wing in the UK and here. Usually they think hugs and cuddles with poor misunderstood freedom-fighters are the answer.

Everyone else just calls them scumbag terrorists. When key Labour people start calling for cups of tea you just know they are unfit for government.

Britain would be safer if its defence policy was to have “cups of tea” with Isil terrorists rather than bomb them, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s key allies on Labour’s ruling body has said.

Christine Shawcroft, who sits on the party’s National Executive Committee and is a senior figure in Momentum, said that soldiers should “get the teabags out” to solve the Syrian crisis rather than resorting to air strikes.

She claimed the tactic worked on some far-right English Defence League supporters in the past and added: “Cups of tea might actually be the best kind of system of defence and national security that you could have.”

Leading Labour moderates dismissed the comment as “grotesque in its naivety” and urged party members to kick Ms Shawcroft off the NEC when she faces re-election later this year.

Ms Shawcroft said the comments had been given in a “jocular” manner, but added that “behind the joke there is a serious point” about the failure of bombing to bring about peace.

It is the latest in a string of comments about defence from Mr Corbyn and senior figures on the party’s Left that moderates fear are putting Labour out of step with the electorate.

Before becoming leader, Mr Corbyn had suggested allowing voters to opt out of paying taxes to fund the Army and called the assassination of Osama bin Laden a “tragedy” because he was not brought to justice in the courts.    Read more »

Labour is screwed in the UK

The Corbyn experiment isn’t working.

The Guardian reports:

Many former Labour voters who switched to the Conservatives at the last election in key electoral battlegrounds are showing no regret and little sign of returning to the fold, according to two prominent members of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.

Gloria De Piero and Jonathan Ashworth, writing in the Observer, raise the alarm about the state of voter opinion after conducting a tour across parts of England where Labour has to recover if it is ever to return to power.

De Piero and Ashworth chose areas of England, outside the north, where the party was strong in the 1990s and remained so during 13 years of Labour government but has since fallen back, as the Tories have recovered and Ukip has emerged as a real force.   Read more »

Legalising cannabis in UK ‘would raise £1billion a year in taxes’

The Telegraph reports:

Legalising the sale of cannabis in specialist shops could raise £1billion in tax revenues while reducing the harm done to users, a new study has found.

A panel of experts including scientists, academics and police bosses have concluded that the UK should follow some US states in allowing over 18s to purchase cannabis in licensed stores.

Cannabis could also be home-cultivated for personal use and small-scale licensed cannabis social clubs under the proposals.

Just like you can grow tobacco for personal consumption here.

Advertising or branding of cannabis products would be banned and the pricing and packaging of cannabis would be controlled by the Government.

A new regulator would also be created to oversee the industry.

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UK set to start trials of driverless trucks

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Driverless technology is likely to improve traffic and transport far faster than billions spent on modes of transport stuck on rails.

The UK is advancing plans for driverless technology.

Groups of driverless lorries could soon be seen along Britain’s motorways as the government pushes ahead with bringing about next-generation transport.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, is expected to confirm funding for the initiative this week when he unveils the Budget.

A stretch of the M6 near Carlisle has reportedly been earmarked as a potential test route for the automated lorries.

During testing the vehicles would have drivers on board as a safety precaution to ensure there is someone on hand should the technology malfunction.

He said: “Convoys of driverless lorries and motorists will certainly be very nervous about the prospect and will need considerable reassurance that it will be safe.

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Nasty lefty asshole Anthony Hubbard orders you to vote for change

Anthony Hubbard is one of the more spiteful and nasty journalists still with a job in New Zealand.

When he isn’t attacking the government he is working on new projects to attack the government.

Today it appears the Sunday Star-Times has gone all in to promote the change for the flag, and they’ve even let Anthony Hubbard out of the shadows to moan.

Our flag is not just absurd, it’s laughable. “New Zealand,” it says, “still British after all these years.”

“Kiwis,” it says, “colonial and proud.” “Don’t disturb,” it says, “still asleep in the 19th century.”

As a symbol of modern New Zealand, the half-pie Union Jack is merely embarrassing. Anything would be better than this, which is why we should go for the alternative Silver-Fern-plus-Southern-Cross. It’s not much of a flag, but at least it would be ours.

Some call it the rugby flag, a tea-towel that’s worse than that old British thing. No, it’s not. If you visit New Zealand war graves in Europe, an experience that shakes the soul and tells you who you really are, you will find a silver fern on every tomb.

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