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Labour bring in ‘gender intelligence’ consultants

HAGEN HOPKINS Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been elevated to a feminist icon since giving birth in office

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been elevated to a feminist icon since giving birth in office. Did you read that?

So, no one else has ever given birth in their lives? Stuff reports: quote:

The Labour Party is polishing its image once again, with what it is calling a “brand check-up”. End quote.

A feminist brand check-up. Quote:

The party has brought in Double Denim – a Wellington-based consultancy that claims it “can turn online buzz into real-world results” to shake up its image.

The company was behind the Green party’s election marketing strategy – “Great Greens” – which had to be dumped after the resignation of Metiria Turei. End quote.

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France celebrates World Cup win

We’ve been having a few discussions on this blog recently about the benefits of multiculturalism. Winston says he is against it. Chris Bishop is apparently all for it. Some of the comments at the time of the win showed that people thought that multiculturalism was a significant factor in France’s victory and that if the Croatians had adopted a more diverse immigration policy, then they might have won the Cup in the end.

So, the French celebrated their win on the streets of Paris in true Gallic style.

Or maybe, more accurately, Somali style.  The Express UK reports: Quote:

Celebrations turned to chaos in  with riots and looting as millions of French fans had been celebrating their team’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final.

More than 500 people were arrested during the evening after the win and around 100,000 police officers were out on the streets as well as 44,000 firefighters.

In the southeast city of Annecy, police reported a 50-year-old man died after breaking his neck when he jumped into a shallow canal in celebration of the French victory.

Around 845 cars were vandalised during the evening’s violence.

Journalists were attacked in the northern French city of Rouen after they refused to delete a video of a violent attack and had to be treated by medical professionals.

In the French capital a bar was vandalised and thirty young people wearing ski masks ransacked a shop in the Champs-Elysées while smiling and filming themselves with cellphones.

The riots spread from the famous Arc de Triomphe to other parts of Paris.

As the revellers gradually left the popular avenue, police used water cannons to disperse the remaining people at around 11.30pm local time.

French journalist for Le Figaro, Paul Carcenac, tweeted: “Clashes between thugs who throw bottles and CRS.

“People flee through the adjacent streets.”

The celebrations spread across the nation and in Lyon a group of youths was also seen destroying street furniture, setting alight rubbish bins and attacking the police.

In Lyon there were clashes between police and 100 young people who had managed to climb on top of a police car at an open-air showing of the match in the centre of the city.

In Frouard, a town outside Nancy, a three-year-old boy and two six-year-old girls were injured after they were hit by a motorbike during the celebrations.

Tear gas was used in order to control them.

The footage that emerged from Marseille showed rioting youths vandalising a bus and starting fires in the street.

In the city of Grenoble, people were throwing objects at police officers who responded by firing tear gas.

Bins were burned, windows of bus shelters broken and 30 cars were overturned.

Talking of France’s success in the World cup, French football fan Goffrey Hamsik said: “It represents enormous things.

“We’ve had lots of problems in France these past years, this is good for the morale. here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that’s what feels good.” End quote.

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Government brakes on the economy

On ‘selection’ night Winston warned us of the dark clouds on the horizon and how the good times were coming to an end. He then added the disclaimer that no one should blame his new government for it. But nine months in, the dark clouds are most definitely on the horizon, but as the rest of the world seems mostly fine, and there is no global financial crisis or equivalent to it at this point in time, it is hard to know where else to look. Because, as Mike Hosking says, in 9 short months, the government has found the brake pedal for a successful economy, and is pressing down it with all its might. Newstalk ZB reports: Quote:

The latest services sector numbers as put out by the BNZ show the two worlds are colliding.

The services sector is what makes this country tick. It is us spending money, it accounts for two thirds of the New Zealand economy.

And when you see that number in trouble, we all have trouble.

That number as of this week is a reason to worry.

It’s 52.8, what that means is the sector is still expanding. That’s the good news, but not by much.

50 is treading water, below 50 and you’re contracting. The 52.8 is 4.3 down on last month, that’s your worry. End quote.

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I agree with Shane Jones…

 

Stuff reports: quote:

NZ First MP Shane Jones has savaged a proposal for a giant statue of Papatūānuku at Bastion Point, saying it is laughable Aucklanders are forking out for the work.

Auckland Council has earmarked $1 million in its budget for the project, but Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Trust deputy chairman spokesman Ngarimu Blair says the idea is unformed and it is “early days”.

“We would need to see a full proposal and consider this in a wider context before deciding to take the idea any further,” he said. end quote.

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British bobbies agree with Trump

‘Allo, ‘Allo, ‘Allo. The Daily Mail UK reports: Quote:

Serving police officers today backed Donald Trump’s claim that some Muslim communities in the UK are no-go areas because of extremism.

Several Met officers have said the ‘Islamification’ of some parts of the capital requires ‘extra vigilance’ and they can’t wear uniforms for safety reasons – despite Scotland Yard claiming the tycoon ‘couldn’t be more wrong’.

Home Secretary Theresa May tonight rejected Mr Trump’s claims, insisting: ‘The police in London are not afraid to go out and police the streets.’

The US presidential contender caused worldwide consternation yesterday after a string of incendiary remarks about Muslims, including in Britain, and said: ‘We have places in London and other places that are so radicalised that police are afraid for their own lives.’

But one serving officer said today Trump had ‘pointed out something plainly obvious, something which I think we aren’t as a nation willing to own up to’.

Another policeman said that he and other colleagues fear being terror targets and spoke of the ‘dire warning’ from bosses not to wear a uniform ‘even in my own car’. End quote.

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Free speech is… what I say it will be

We all understand how important free speech is. Even left-wing London Mayor Sadiq Khan approved the flying of the Trump blimp in London because he said he had no right to stop it, as it was a question of free speech. To me, insulting the president of the United States is probably pushing the boundaries, but I can see his point of view. The people of London must feel very relieved that they have a mayor who clearly cares so deeply about such issues.

Although, I have to admit, there has been no word so far on when the Khan baby blimp is going to fly over London. Last I heard it was going to the mayor for approval. But, he can’t say no, can he? It is a free-speech issue and he believes in free speech.

Except, of course, he doesn’t. Like Phil Goff, his idea of free speech is anything that he agrees with. If he doesn’t agree with it, then it is not free speech.

He allowed the Trump blimp but banned adverts like this one on the London Underground.

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Musk goes off

Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File

Gizmodo reports that Elon Musk is showing his true colours over the rescuers of the Thai football team rejecting his submarine. Quote:

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk accused one of the British divers involved in the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex of being a pedophile on Saturday in retaliation for questioning Musk’s contributions to the rescue effort.

Yeah. End quote.

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New Zealand is a haven of liberal politics

Oh God, my husband is going to kill me. It is 11.00 pm on Saturday night, and he has just headed off to bed. I usually follow within a few minutes, but then I  came across this article that made me want to scream at the sky like a leftie.

But I’m not going to do that. Instead, all I can do is hope he goes to sleep fairly soon because I’m going to be up for at least the next hour because this article is the biggest load of drivel I’ve ever seen. No. Scratch that. The biggest load of drivel I’ve seen today. There is such a lot of drivel around these days.

This article is from The Independent and it takes comfort in the fact that, as the rest of the world turns alt-right, or fascist, or whatever we are called nowadays, good old New Zealand is setting the course to rights. Even though it is not. Quote:

It’s now almost 60 years since Britain first applied to join the EEC, and Conservative MPs in the House of Commons are stuck squabbling over something that’s as sure as anything to cost them their majority. It is clear that Brexit – and the people who voted for it – is far from liberal. End quote.

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33 years since Live Aid

July 13th 1985. The Live Aid concert was held at Wembley Stadium in London. History.com reports: Quote:

On July 13, 1985, at Wembley Stadium in London, Prince Charles and Princess Diana officially open Live Aid, a worldwide rock concert organized to raise money for the relief of famine-stricken Africans. Continued at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia and at other arenas around the world, the 16-hour “superconcert” was globally linked by satellite to more than a billion viewers in 110 nations. In a triumph of technology and good will, the event raised more than $125 million in famine relief for Africa.

Live Aid was the brainchild of Bob Geldof, the singer of an Irish rock group called the Boomtown Rats. In 1984, Geldof traveled to Ethiopia after hearing news reports of a horrific famine that had killed hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and threatened to kill millions more. After returning to London, he called Britain’s and Ireland’s top pop artists together to record a single to benefit Ethiopian famine relief. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was written by Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure and performed by “Band Aid,” an ensemble that featured Culture Club, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, U2, Wham!, and others. It was the best-selling single in Britain to that date and raised more than $10 million.

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was also a No. 1 hit in the United States and inspired U.S. pop artists to come together and perform “We Are the World,” a song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie. “USA for Africa,” as the U.S. ensemble was known, featured Jackson, Ritchie, Geldof, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, and many others. The single went to the top of the charts and eventually raised $44 million. End quote.

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Europe is losing its culture

From  The Huffington Post: Quote:

President Donald Trump lambasted Europe’s immigration policies during an interview with The Sun, a British tabloid, on Thursday, saying an influx of migrants fleeing violence and seeking asylum has caused the continent to lose its culture and “changed the fabric of Europe.”

“And I don’t mean that in a positive way,” Trump told the paper in a sit-down interview. “I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you’re losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn’t exist 10 or 15 years ago.” End quote.

By ‘certain areas that didn’t exist 10 or 15 years ago’, I don’t think he means nice new cities or leafy suburbs inhabited by an eclectic mix of locals and immigrants. I think he is referring to places like Rinkeby in Stockholm, known affectionately as ‘Little Mogadishu’, or Rosengard in Malmo, or Molenbeek in Brussels or Tottenham in London. These are places where locals fear for their lives, but most have moved out. In Rinkeby, the new police station under construction looks like a war zone outpost. In most of these places, police simply do not operate. Quote:

In recent years, some 1.8 million people migrated to Europe, many seeking asylum, setting off a continent-wide crisis and a wave of xenophobia and populism. European leaders are still struggling with how to handle the influx, and the issue has remained a top political issue, even though migrant arrivals have plummeted this year. End quote.

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