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UK muscles up against UN over Israel as well

The UK has muscled up against the UN over Israel as well now.

The push back is harsh, Breitbart reports:

As long as Israel remains a standing agenda item at the United Nations and “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis” the UK will vote down any attempt to debate the future of the Jewish State.

This warning was made on Friday at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) by the UK mission in Geneva. It came as the UNHCR debated Israel’s conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories.

In its history, the UNHCR has condemned Israel more often than any other of the 192 UN states. Comparative totals after Friday’s session in Geneva tell the story: Israel – 78 resolutions and decisions, Syria – 29, North Korea – 9, and Iran – 6. As for Saudi Arabia, Russia, and China, there’s nothing at all.

While it made clear its “serious concerns about the growth in illegal demolitions and settlement activity” and said the UK stood “shoulder to shoulder with the international community” in support of a two-state solution, the UK mission added the council’s “unacceptable pattern of bias” as evidenced by the sheer number of motions condemning the Jewish state would only make the goal harder to achieve.

The statement continued:

“The trend of Israeli conduct in the occupied Palestinian territories over the past year has been negative.

“But we must also recognise the continuing terrorism, incitement and violence that Israel faces. Renewed Hamas efforts to rebuild their tunnels are a grave concern. The scourge of anti-Semitic incitement and glorification of terrorism continue.

“And yet neither ‘terrorism’ nor ‘incitement’ were a focus of this week’s council discussions and resolutions. This is not acceptable.”

The mission also questioned why Israel was still a standing agenda item while “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis”.

Friday’s vote marked a reversal of previous UK efforts to isolate Israel from the international community.

Good to see that the UK and the USA are using veto powers now for what they were intended…to stop bullying against small nations by vested interests.

 

– Breitbart

Muslim segregation of public swimming pools is not just happening in NZ

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This is what happens when you put cats into the public service

I’m not surprised that the mouser at Number 10 isn’t working out.

It’s well known among feline fanatics that Larry the cat is not the best mouser out there.

Number 10 insiders have said in the past that he has been happy to snooze as mice scurry past his nose.   Read more »

The Poms should tell the Argies to get stuffed

The Argies are rattling empty sabres again over the Falkland Islands.

This time they are telling off the Brazilians.

Argentina has lodged a protest with Brazil for hosting British military aircraft flying to and from the Falkland Islands.   Read more »

UK Labour channels NZ Labour with awful song

Labour in the UK is channelling NZ Labour with a re-write of a song…and it is just as dreadful:

Just when you thought the Labour party couldn’t become less harmonious, their MPs release a Christmas single so out of tune that some are dubbing it the worst festive song of all time.  

Around 20 of the party’s MPs recorded their own version of Band Aid’s Do They Know It’s Christmas’ to raise awareness of Scrooge bosses.   Read more »

Britain now looking at legalisation of cannabis

The whole world is moving towards decriminalisation of cannabis, the latest to start the move is the United Kingdom:

Cannabis should be legalised to bring Britain up to speed with a growing number of Western countries and end the “embarrassment” of domestic drugs policy, a cross party group of MPs have said.

Former deputy prime minster Nick Clegg and former health minister Norman Lamb joined Labour and Tory figures to back a new report which claimed legalisation could net the Treasury more than £1 billion a year in tax revenue.

The Adam Smith Institute and Volteface study argued that the UK should follow the lead of the United States, where four further states legalised marijuana in this month’s elections.

It came as Germany gets ready to legalise cannabis for medical purposes and Canada prepares for all-out decriminalisation.

The Netherlands effectively decriminalised cannabis decades ago while Portugal legalised it in 2001.   Read more »

Photo of the Day

Queen Victoria writes letters at a table piled with despatch boxes Photo: Getty

Queen Victoria & Karim Abdul. To her great satisfaction, Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1876 and afterward imported an Indian flavor to her court, employing a number of Indians as her servants. Karim Abdul became a servant to the Queen’s household in 1887 and was promoted to be the Queen’s personal secretary handling matters relating to India in 1894. Victoria is shown here working on her boxes containing state papers while seated in her garden tent at Frogmore House, Windsor, with Karim Abdul attending her.

Queen Victoria

The Queen, who died in January 1901 aged 81, has always been portrayed as a sexually and emotionally repressed monarch, but Queen Victoria was actually extremely enthusiastic on both men and sex.

After marrying her cousin, Prince Albert, she recounted their passionate wedding night in a letter.

She said:

“It was a gratifying and bewildering experience. I never, never spent such an evening. His excessive love and affection gave me feelings of heavenly love and happiness. He clasped me in his arms and we kissed each other again and again.”

Victoria was incredibly fond of making love to Albert.

She enjoyed the physical side of their relationship – but rarely the consequences. At one point, she had nine children under 15 and deeply resented the physical and emotional repercussions of child-bearing, because pregnancy and babies got in the way of sex.

One of the things that Albert did when he built Osborne House was to install a special bolt in their bedroom so that if they wanted to get it on, all they’d have to do is push a button by the bed and the door would be locked so no servants or children would interrupt them.

Victoria described sex as ‘heavenly love-making’. After the birth of their youngest child, Princess Beatrice, in 1857, Victoria’s doctor, Sir James Reid, gave her a stern warning against attempting any further pregnancies.

The Queen, then 38, was apparently devastated and was said to have responded: ‘Oh Sir James! Am I not to have any more fun in bed?’

Albert had a risque portrait commissioned of Victoria, which was not considered appropriate to show to the public.

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Hope yet for TPP says Charles Finny

Charles Finny knows a thing or two about trade.

His NBR column explains why the Labour party shouldn’t be praising Donald Trump for the death of the TPP just yet.

Since the outcome of the US presidential election became clear, there have been many people commenting on the implications of the result for trade policy. The views expressed are largely gloomy.

Some go so far as to suggest that globalisation is at an end and that the era of trade liberalisation died with it. Others suggest the US has created a leadership vacuum that China will fill. Yet more are suggesting a different approach to the way New Zealand negotiates free-trade agreements.

These people may well be proved correct but my advice to everyone is to take a cold shower and be more patient. It is too early to reach any firm judgments on what a Trump Administration is going to mean for trade policy.

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Winston Peters on how Key and Trump will be like oil and water

Winston Peters has an opinion piece at Fairfax and he explains why John Key, these days, is more often wrong than right.

A tidal wave of change is blowing through the West.

Never in recent history have we experienced such political upheaval as we have experienced this year.

First Brexit, when the British public voted to leave the European Union.

Now, this week, Donald Trump, the property magnate, reality TV host and political novice, came out of nowhere to snatch the United States presidency.

The people who claim to be experts – the pollsters, the chattering classes, the talk-show hosts who live their lives in a bubble not understanding what ordinary people think – they all predicted Hillary Clinton.

They got it wrong.

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Theresa May should tell the porridge wogs to piss off

They are a pack of broken arsed useless bastards who can’t afford their own country without pommy subsidies and are now trying to relitigate their failed referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon warned that she was prepared to stage a second Scottish independence referendum before the UK quits the European Union as she attacked the Tories for their “xenophobic” rhetoric on the EU.

In a clear challenge to Theresa May’s government in London, the first minister told the Scottish National party conference in Glasgow she would unveil draft legislation next week to prepare for a rerun of the 2014 referendum within the next two years.

Sturgeon said the UK government’s recent rhetoric on capping immigration and on quitting the EU single market made it clear that the Tory party had been taken over by its “rampant and xenophobic” right wing. To applause from delegates, Sturgeon singled out the prime minister and declared: “Hear this: if you think for one single second that I’m not serious about doing what it takes to protect Scotland’s interests, then think again.”

Her official spokesman cautioned that this was designed to give the Scottish government the full range of options. Sturgeon had a dual-track strategy and her immediate goal was to get the strongest powers possible for Holyrood in the Brexit deal.

Sturgeon said a decision on triggering a second referendum was dependent on the strength of the new powers that would pass to Holyrood after Brexit, including powers that the Tories are unlikely to offer, on allowing separate policies on immigration and foreign affairs.   Read more »