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Labour’s ‘campaign of misogyny’ waged by Muslim men

This is what happens when you open your door and arms to people who simply have an incompatible culture and belief system to our own beliefs and culture of inclusion, acceptance and democracy.

The funny thing is that it is happening to Labour, who are usually the first to claim the moral high ground.

Jeremy Corbyn last night faced calls from women activists to launch an inquiry into a ‘campaign of misogyny’ waged by Muslim men in Labour.

Ahead of the party leader’s speech to the Association of Labour Councillors today, Muslim women told the BBC they had been shut out of standing for office. They accused the party of turning a blind eye to sexist discrimination.

Muslim Women’s Network UK sent a letter to Mr Corbyn, demanding an inquiry into what it said was ‘systematic misogyny displayed by significant numbers of Muslim male local councillors’.

Shaista Gohir from Muslim Women’s Network UK said: ‘These men have a cultural mindset, which they’ve brought from India, Pakistan Bangladesh…they operate a braderi male kinship system and they’ve brought the system here, what I call an old boys network.

‘They don’t want women to be empowered. Why? Because we will then challenge the status quo, challenge misogyny. Read more »

UK continues to cut Kiwi ties

I guess it is a blessing in disguise as the UK slides ever closer to domination by foreigners, but they just reduced health care benefits for Kiwis in the UK.

Prime Minister John Key has hit out at new legislation meaning New Zealanders will have to pay over $320 for health and dental care in the United Kingdom.

A reciprocal deal had been in place between New Zealand and the UK since 1982, allowing citizens travelling between the countries access to free health and dental care. However, that 34-year arrangement has now been chopped as part of a clamp-down on so-called “health tourism” — going overseas to get medical treatment.

The British government’s Home Office announced the end the programme from April 6 and today Key reacted saying the news is “really disappointing” and “pretty cheap”.   Read more »

Good news, Brexit looks more likely

The Poms have had enough of Europe.

A new poll has suggested more Britons favour leaving the EU over staying in, with 45% supporting “Brexit” compared with 36% against, while a fifth remain undecided.

The YouGov poll for the Times was carried out in the two days after publication of an outline deal that David Cameron negotiated which could change the UK’s relationship with Brussels while keeping it within the European Union.   Read more »

Hard to see why French marching backwards is a news story

The French are the world champs at marching backwards, but they are challenged periodically by the Argies and the Italians.

That said, it is hard to understand why the French marching backwards is a news story.

Video footage (above) reveals the moment migrants and anarchists marching through the centre of Calais on Saturday broke through police lines and stormed the city’s port which connects France to the United Kingdom.

The French government is adamant that current security provisions in the area are adequate and effective, yet the video shows riot police backing away from a crowd of migrants chanting “UK, UK”, before turning and running. One migrant angrily screams at the camera: “We are people. We are Muslim! We want to go to UK!”

The migrants were then able to break through security fencing; 50 made it all the way onto the UK-bound ferry Spirit of Britain.    Read more »

The madness post-Paris and COP21

Someone has calculated the new power generation required when coal-fired power is turned off and gas to houses is stopped – the numbers are mind boggling.

To meet the COP 21 rules Britain will need 1.5 million more wind turbines or 750 new DRAX sized thermal power stations burning 5 billion tonnes of wood pellets imported from the US.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Plus every street has to be dug up to add the cable to carry these loads…

COP21 Paris climate conference urged that all home heating should move away from gas to be all electric. In the UK the Climate Change Act already assumes this scenario will be put into practice.

Just how realistic is this for the UK?

There are around 16 million (16 × 106) households connected to the gas grid network in the UK.

The average household boiler is rated at 60 kiloWatt

To replace that with electric home heating would still require about the same electrical capacity. (Remember even a single electric shower is 7 kW, and an oven approaching 10 kW).2

Here’s the math(s):

16 × 106 × 60 kW = 96 × 107 =~ 100 × 107 = 109 kW = 106 MegaW = 103 GigaW

or about 1 TeraW of extra power.

Drax, in Yorkshire England (which was the UK’s biggest and most efficient coal fired power station), generates about 4 GW, therefore to generate this extra 1 TW we would need to build about 250 Drax sized power stations, or erect half a million 5 MW (in reality, 2 MW) wind turbines [for reference: current requirement in the UK is a mere 40 GW, that is 0.04 TW].

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Ain’t that the truth

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In the on-going post-mortem of Labour’s destruction in the UK a former pollster for Labour has provided the clearest example of why Labour can’t and won’t win.

Voters not trusting Labour on the economy and not viewing Ed Miliband as prime ministerial were both crucial factors in the defeat, she said. The Beckett report, however, made only a cursory mention of these problems, and did not analyse them properly, she said.

“If you look at every election since the 70s, what you see is that the party that has the leader with the best ratings is the party that wins. There’s no exception to that,” she said.

“If this report didn’t address those issues then I am not sure when they will be addressed. No political party has a divine right to exist and unless Labour really listens to those people it must persuade, it stands no chance of winning the next election.”

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Poms are over it, set to exit EU

It looks like the Brexit is on.

A majority of Britons who have made up their minds would vote to leave the European Union, making Britain by far the most Eurosceptic country in the 28-member bloc, according to a new poll.

As Prime Minister David Cameron pushes for a deal from other EU leaders before a referendum which he could call as early as June this year, the ORB poll showed that opposition to the European Union was growing in Britain.

While 21 percent of voters were still undecided, the poll showed 43 percent of British voters wanted to leave the EU while 36 percent wanted to stay.  Read more »

The ineptitude of Jeremy Corbyn

Apparently there is a Labour party reshuffle going on…not so that you’d notice however with not a single appointment made yet after two days.

Predictably the Labour caucus is upset.

Jeremy Corbyn is facing an open revolt by nine members of his shadow cabinet including Tom Watson, the party’s deputy leader, after taking two days to finalise a reshuffle of his front-bench team, Steven Swinford reports.

The reshuffle, described as “the longest in living memory”, left shadow ministers furious as they accused their leader of “indecision and incompetence”.

His decision to sack Michael Dugher, the shadow culture secretary, led to open criticism from shadow ministers including an unprecedented attack by Tom Watson, the party’s deputy leader.

In increasingly farcical scenes, Mr Corbyn spent two hours in the chamber of the Commons despite speculation that he was preparing to sack Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary, and Maria Eagle, the shadow defence secretary.

Mr Benn, who had two meetings with Mr Corbyn, was said to be digging in after the Labour leader suggested he could only stay on in the role if he refrained from public criticism.

The Labour leader had planned to sack Mr Benn for backing air strikes in Syria but was forced to reconsider after warnings that he would face mass resignations.

He on Tuesday sat alongside Mr Corbyn and continued with his front-bench duties, including leading a debate on Saudi Arabia.

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Dave is the luckiest bloke around

David Cameron is just plain lucky.

A plot to takeover the Labour party by ousting moderate MPs and seizing control of policy making has emerged in a document being circulated by Jeremy Corbyn’s key aides.

The ‘Taking Control of the Party’ blueprint, which has been seen by the Daily Mail, is understood to have been penned by veteran Left-winger Jon Lansman, now a director of the Corbyn-supporters organisation Momentum.

It is thought to outline a plan for all candidates for parliamentary seats and senior staff appointments to be overseen by the National Executive Committee (NEC), Labour’s ruling body on which Mr Corbyn’s supporters outnumber other moderate members.

Labour members would have to be consulted on all Labour policies under the new blueprint, meaning Mr Corbyn could win support for scrapping the Trident nuclear deterrent even if his MPs and shadow cabinet ministers oppose him.    Read more »

A good idea, implement it here

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The UK government is moving to stop local councils playing in foreign policy.

Local councils in the UK are to face new curbs on their powers to divest from or stop trading with organisations or countries they regard as unethical.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has confirmed it is drawing up new guidelines to prevent local authorities from mounting their own “boycott and sanction” campaigns.

The directions, which will be issued early in the new year, are expected to make clear that councils’ procurement and investment policies must be consistent with UK government foreign policy.   Read more »

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