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Maybe he is coming to apply for a job with the Nats?

Chris Brown concert tickets go on sale today despite him still not having permission to enter the country.

Tickets for Chris Brown’s Auckland concert are due to go on sale today despite uncertainty about whether it will even go ahead.

Australia has taken a step toward blocking Brown entering the country by giving a formal notice that it intends to consider refusing giving him a visa. He has 28 days to present material as to why he should be given a visa to enter Australia.

The singer performed in two shows in New Zealand in 2008. The following year he was convicted in 2009 of assaulting and threatening to kill his then girlfriend, Rihanna, and sentenced to five years probation.

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Just answer the question John, Have you ever shagged a pig?

It is a question I’ve always wanted to ask a politician. Have you ever shagged a pig?

Quickly followed by, and if yes, did the pig enjoy it?

Following allegations British Prime Minister David Cameron put “a private part of his anatomy” in a dead pig’s mouth while he was at uni, many leaders have their student days on the mind.

Asked if there were any stories from his University of Canterbury days he wouldn’t like to get out, our own John Key had a response at the ready.

“I was in the Chunder Mile once, but nothing there you would really want to show footage of,” he said.

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That’s one way to stop “refugees”

The cheese eating surrender monkeys aren’t much chop at a lot of things.

They are the world’s expert at marching backwards, and now it seems their red tape, unemployment and poor housing is stopping “refugees” wanting to head to France.

Refugees are steering clear of France in favour of Germany, Sweden and Britain because they see the country as unwelcoming and economically depressed, migrant experts and aid groups said on Monday.

Red tape, unemployment rates of more than 10 per cent and a ban on working for up to nine months while asylum requests are processed are among the factors leading the vast majority of refugees to avoid France.   Read more »


Has Jeremy Corbyn killed Labour?

NBR has an article about how it might just be that Jeremy Corbyn has killed the Labour party.

Sir Ivor Crewe, a British academic certainly thinks so.

The UK Labour Party hasn’t “the remotest chance” of winning a general election under newly appointed leader Jeremy Corbyn, according to a visiting expert.

Mr Corbyn announced his candidacy for leadership of the UK Labour Party in June and was elected last weekend with 59.5% of the votes in the first round of the ballot.

However, the Master of University College, Oxford, and president of the Academy of Social Sciences, Sir Ivor Crewe, told NBR Mr Corbyn’s election will severely stymie the Labour Party, potentially setting back its politics by years.

“I very rarely make statements quite as emphatic as that,” Sir Ivor says. “But I’m quite happy to go on the record and say the UK Labour Party cannot possibly win an election with this leader.”

Mr Corbyn will “only appeal to student radicals, public sector trade unionists and some organised ethnic minorities” but those three constituencies are not big enough to win any election, he says.

“The election of Mr Corbyn is the most bizarre, extraordinary election of the leader of a major political party in the history of the UK. If the story of this election would have appeared in a novel, I think the publisher would have spiked it. It’s very difficult to see how he can win an election in a country that does not share his socialist culture.”

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A ludicrous waste of money for its relatively small amount of intermittent power

A wind farm in the UK has been axed after the government pulls all the subsidies.

To the rage of the Greenies and the delight of countless thousands of local residents, the Government announced on Friday its rejection of the £3.6 billion scheme by a Franco-Dutch consortium to build a monster wind farm covering up to 76 square miles of sea between Dorset and the Isle of Wight, blocking off some of the most valued sea views in southern England.

The developers offered two versions of their scheme, one of up to 194 giant 3.5 megawatt (MW) turbines, taller than Blackpool Tower, the other of only 105 6MW turbines covering a smaller area. But at the forefront of the reasons for rejecting the project, as I reported last year, was the warning from Unesco that its scale threatened the unique status of Dorset’s “Jurassic Coast”, Britain’s only natural World Heritage site.


The only reason why those foreign firms were attracted to “Navitus Bay” (a name no one had heard of until they invented it) was the colossal subsidies the Government gives to offshore wind farms, which would have earned them £430 million a year, more than two thirds of it in subsidies paid through our electricity bills.    Read more »

The EU is in melt down, Poms now favour ditching the EU

If this isn’t a message that the Poms are over Johnny Foreigner, or Abdul Foreigner then the latest poll in the UK should disabuse the liberal elite of where public sentiment actually lies…and it isn’t with liberalisation of immigration rules.

A majority of British people would vote to leave the European Union in the wake of the migrant crisis engulfing the continent, a shock new Mail on Sunday poll has found.

If a referendum were to be held tomorrow on whether to remain a member of the EU, 51 per cent of British people would vote ‘No’.

It follows a string of polls over recent years which have given comfortable leads to the pro-European camp. Significantly, it is the first measure of public opinion since the Government changed the wording of the referendum question, lending weight to claims that the new phrasing boosts the chances of victory for the ‘Out’ campaign.

The survey also found strong backing for David Cameron’s stance in standing up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wants the UK to take in a greater share of migrants.

Growing public support to cut all ties with Brussels came as it was revealed the Prime Minister told Merkel to her face: ‘I could walk away from the EU.’

At a private dinner in Downing Street, Merkel accused him of being ‘too forceful’ in demanding concessions from the rest of the EU. That was why ‘we all hate you and isolate you,’ she said.

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No love, your journalism ‘degree’ isn’t worth jack

A dopey and clearly un-talented former NewstalkZB “journalist” is cry baby of the week.

She is crying a river of tears via her former employer’s parent newspaper about how hard done by she is being a journalist, trained and skilled and yet only fit for reception work in London.

It was starting to feel like this city hated me. I was angry, broke, drinking a lot, and lacking any of the confidence I arrived with four months ago.

I’m talented. I’m hard-working. I’m blonde. And I can charm the pants off the 60-something-year-old Italian who makes me my daily coffee.

I’m also one of 30,000 Kiwis who have left Middle Earth for a city twice the population of our country. A city of 8.6 million people. A city that will chew you up and spit you out without so much as a farewell pint. So I may be many things, but in London, I’m irrelevant.

Yep, you are irrelevant. Glad you finally worked that out daaaaahling.

Here’s the thing: there are plenty of people with skills better than you at writing nonsense in London.

Just because you believed the hype of your regurgitated press releases at NewstalkZB doesn’t mean you are actually talented. If you truly were you’d have that dream London job as a hack at a tabloid.

This February felt like the right time for me to pack up my life. I had a specialist degree and three years’ experience working for some of New Zealand’s most reputable companies.

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Poms are a little bit gay. No real surprise

The wonders of surveys and statistics suggest that Poms are a little bit gay.

Half of British young people say they are not 100 per cent heterosexual, according to a new survey.

When asked to plot themselves on a scale of sexuality, ranging from exclusively heterosexual to exclusively gay, 72 per cent of adults and 49 per cent of people aged 18 to 24 chose a position other than completely straight.

The survey, released today by respected pollsters YouGov, found only four per cent of adults class themselves as completely gay, with just under a fifth putting themselves somewhere in between the two extremes.

With each generation, people appear to see their sexuality as less set in stone.

Of 1,632 people surveyed, 60 per cent of heterosexuals and 73 per cent of homosexuals supported the idea that sexuality is a scale.   Read more »

The UK are tackling an Assisted Dying Bill while we fart around with NZ Flag Idol

The numbers exist in Parliament to do something about assisted death in New Zealand…but for the cowardice of the politicians.

We saw David Cunliffe force Maryan Street to withdraw her euthanasia bill because he didn’t want it to become an election focus, and Iain Lees-Galloway has done bugger all to progress his bill.

John Key lacks the courage to touch it as well…meanwhile in the UK they are upping pressure on politicians to act.

The former Archbishop of Canterbury writes in the Daily Mail:

Let’s make no bones about it – the private member’s Assisted Dying Bill to be debated by Parliament next month is of major social significance for our nation. In offering legal safeguards, it would have implications both for medical staff dealing with the terminally ill, and for people at the point of a painful death, who want their passing to be compassionately eased so that they can die with dignity.

For years, like many in the Church, I was totally against any change in the law, believing that it was a slippery slope with potentially drastic consequences.

I argued it was taking the issue of autonomy too far and would lead to a massive breakdown of trust between doctors and their patients.

So what has led me to change my mind so that today I am persuaded – as a Christian – that the time has come to find a way to give terminally ill people a degree of choice over their end-of-life treatment, and request the help of physicians to allow them to die in peace and dignity?

Last year, in seeking my pastoral advice, a lady highlighted to me the kind of situation that drives people to take that despairing visit to the Dignitas euthanasia clinic in Zurich. Joan (that is not her real name) wrote to me about her act of assisting a close friend to die. Her friend, Margaret, was a woman suffering unbearable agonies, incontinence and helplessness as a result of multiple sclerosis. She ended up unable to move a finger, and begged Joan to help her die. She was too ill to travel to Switzerland. Read more »

One law for all? Not in the UK


Everyone is equal under the law but some are more equal than others in the UK. Islam already has so much influence that UK law in some cases has one law for muslims and one for non-muslims.

Do you think that I am exaggerating? What if I was to tell you that when muslims actually committed crime (A) in front of the media and multiple witnesses they were not charged let alone punished. In contrast when a non-muslim threatened to do crime (A) on Facebook and then did not do it that they were not only charged but are now  facing seven long years in prison? Want to learn more?

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