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Time for a Aus-Exit from the “unelected swill” of the United Nations

I do enjoy a party ?that has politicians prepared to call a spade a spade. Pauline Hanson’s party, One Nation has impressed me with its willingness to raise the issues of both Muslim immigration and the corruption and uselessness of the United Nations. This willingness to be unpopular with the media and to?say politically incorrect things because they are the truth, is what ultimately is going to protect Australia. Where are the?New Zealand politicians prepared to protect New Zealand? Apart from Winston Peters no other politician ?in New Zealand has stepped up to the plate. Why not a NZ-Exit??It is time for some strong and decisive leadership.

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts has urged Australia to mimic Britain’s Brexit and leave the “socialistic, monolithic” United Nations during his first speech to Parliament.

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Why I have no sympathy for the socialist Greek ratbags

An article in?the?Daily Mail explains just why it is the Greeks have become broken arses…basically they are nation of corrupt bludgers.

Greece in teetering on the brink of ruin – and it is hard not to feel sympathy for the pensioners crying in the street and the mothers facing empty supermarket shelves.

Yet those reading a new book may find themselves feeling a little less compassionate towards the Greeks. It reveals an eye-popping catalogue of benefits scams and tax avoidance schemes that have robbed the public purse.

James Angelos’ The Full Catastrophe: Travels among the New Greek Ruins lays bare the corruption which filtered through all levels of society – from the islanders who pretended to be blind, to the families who forgot to register their parents’ death and the doctors who ‘earn’ just ?12,000 a year – yet live in Athens’ most exclusive neighbourhood.

It was the rumours of an ‘island of the blind’ which first bought Angelos, a journalist, to Greece in 2011.

He had heard that on Zakynthos, something like two per cent of the population were registered blind.

All was not quite how it seemed, however, and it transpired that 61 of the 680 ‘blind’ residents were quite happily driving around the island.

In fact, an astonishing 498 of those 680 were not blind at all – or even partially sighted.

But being ‘blind’ had its advantages – in particular, the ?724 paid in benefits once every two months, and a reduction in utility bills.

It was a scam which could be traced back to one ophthalmologist and one official, which was estimated to have cost the country ?9 million.

And, as Angelos discovered, it was only the tip of the iceberg.

How big is the problem of disability benefits fraud, Angelos asked the then-deputy health minister Markos Bolaris.

‘Very big,’ came the accurate, but short, reply.

Indeed, when those claiming disabilities were asked to present themselves at government offices so records could be updated, 36,000 failed to do so.

That translated to an immediate saving for the government of ?100m a year.

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Argies in the poo

They have got stuff all chance of taking back the Falklands if they are broke. It would be sensible for the Poms to put a Vanguard class sub a few hundred metres off the beach at Buenos Aries for the summer holidays though.

Argentina could be expelled from the global economic community for repeatedly failing to provide accurate inflation and growth data.

The threat of expulsion comes two months after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that Argentina had “not brought itself into compliance” over the “quality of the official data reported to the Fund” and warned that there could be repercussions.

The IMF set a deadline of Monday for the country to comply. Argentina is yet to respond.

Ejection from the 188-member club could mean the country loses access to vital international credit lines. It will also be the first time a country has been expelled since the former Czechoslovakia was kicked-out in 1954 for “failing to provide required data”.

A resolution requiring a country to withdraw from the IMF would need the support of governors representing 85pc of voting rights.

Argentina, led by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, reported 8.9pc GDP growth in 2011 but independent analysts maintain the government overstated that number by as much as three percentage points.

Official inflation data show prices rising at around 10pc, but independent assessments have prices rising at 25pc and more.

The government has denied any data manipulation.

 

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