Monthly Archives: February 2017

The left are the right’s best friends

Nick Cohen: Writing from London

corbyThe Spectator 15 February 2017

Modern British history is largely a history of Tory rule and misrule. The Tories governed Britain from 1886 until 1905 with only the Gladstone/Rosebery minority administration of 1892 to 1895 breaking their dominance. They were in power every year from 1916 until 1945, either on their own or in coalition, except for 11 months in 1924 and from 1929 to 1931, when minority Labour governments clung to office. The Tories governed on their own from 1951 to 1964, and from 1979 to 1997. They governed first in coalition and then on their own from 2010 until…

Well, think of a number then double it.

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SA’s Deluded Labor Government Determined to Kill Jobs with 50% Renewable Energy Target


Workers outside the Coca Cola Amatil plant at Thebarton this morning Getting harder for Weatherill & Co to politick away mounting job losses.


In a week when Coca-Cola Amatil announced that it would close its Adelaide bottling plant with the loss of 200 jobs, one might have reasonably expected South Australia’s hapless Labor government to have taken the opportunity to retreat from its disastrous energy policy.

To the contrary, Jay Weatherill & Co sought to double down on their economic suicide pact by loudly professing their love for renewables, in the same way Christians starring as the main feature at the Colosseum would vociferously assert their faith, even while Romans fed them to the lions. In each case, the observer could only marvel at their courage.

For South Australians not keen on watching their economic futures destroyed, it must have felt like being a passenger in a jet airliner when the Captain announces that he would not be flying over…

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China’s wages on the increase


Useful new video from the FT showing the increase in China’s wages and how they are catching up with those in the developed world. China’s labour force as a whole, hourly wage is around 70 per cent of the level in weaker eurozone countries, according to data from Euromonitor International. Has China reached the Lewis Point where the abundance of cheap labour has dried up as workers return to the rural areas? Could be used for the A2 Developing Economies topic.

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Fourth missile attack against Israel in three weeks ignored by BBC News

BBC Watch

In the early hours of the morning of February 27th a missile was fired into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip.

“A rocket fired from Gaza struck an open field in southern Israel early Monday morning, causing neither damage nor injury, the army said.

The rocket hit the Sha’ar Hanegev region, northeast of the Gaza Strip, the military said.

It was launched shortly before 4:15 a.m., according to the Israel Defense Forces.”bbc-arabic-missile-27-2

Several hours later Israel responded with strikes on Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip.

There was no coverage of the missile attack whatsoever on the BBC News English language website but – in line with the pattern of reporting seen regularly over the last two years – later on the afternoon of February 27th, Israel’s response was reported in an article titled “Israeli fighter jets bombed positions of the militants in the Gaza Strip” on the…

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Transgender Texas Wrestling Star Raises Difficult Questions Over Competition Rules For Students On Steriods


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Bernie Sanders / Bill Nye Climate Presentation

Watts Up With That?

Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye Bernie Sanders. By United States Congress ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Bill Nye. By paul antico ( [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia CommonsGuest essay by Eric Worrall

Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye have given a joint presentation on climate. In my opinion their presentation more than anything demonstrates how out of touch they are with ordinary people.

Some Highlights:

  • Bill Nye wants to convince President Trump renewables make economic sense.
  • Bill Nye thinks Fox News Anchors “know better” about climate change – he thinks prominent skeptics are lying about their true position on climate change.
  • Some nonsense about Tobacco
  • “If we can get these people to look at it more closely, they’ll be on the side of renewables.”
  • If we ignore climate, we’ll build seawalls – the developing world doesn’t have the resources to build seawalls.
  • “When the ocean comes in, they’re just going to…

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This dress would have been OK with @NZGreens if it was a burqa

As Catherine Delahunty MP said after visiting a fundamentalist religious community in New Zealand:

I looked at the gorgeous, yet regimented girls in their identical clothing and wondered how a physicist, an international lawyer or a plumber might blossom if the only role models she was exposed to were those in her own community. We agreed to disagree, because you can’t argue with religious certainty and a literal interpretation of a religious text.

This community feels they are under attack by people like me and throughout the day the women and men I met did their best to share their vision of a safe, structured and practical world led entirely by men who consult with women.

If it would all have been different but for a UN mandate for the Iraqi war, Secretary of State Powell simply should have worked harder. I do wonder what the Afghan based jihadists are fighting for given that punitive expedition had UN authorisation after 9/11.

Source: New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill Government Bill As reported from the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, Minority Report of the New Zealand Greens.

Options for an English Parliament: lessons from existing decentralised states

The Constitution Unit Blog


Last year the Constitution Unit began work on a project exploring the options for an English Parliament. As part of this research we are examining arrangements in other decentralised states, particularly those which are federal, to draw out lessons for the design of political institutions were an English Parliament to be established. Jack Sheldon and Meg Russell summarise some early findings.

Last autumn we began work on a research project exploring the options for an English Parliament. As outlined in a previous blog post, calls for an English Parliament have long existed, but frequently been dismissed by academics and mainstream politicians. However, in recent years the salience of questions concerning England’s constitutional status has increased and as a result the idea has gained new supporters. Despite this no detailed analysis of the design options for an English Parliament – including key questions such as its possible powers, structure and…

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