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So, how are the other Governments doing?
02-13-2019, 10:38 AM (This post was last modified: 02-13-2019 10:56 AM by Di Wundrin.)
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So, how are the other Governments doing?
I need a cheer up. I thought I might see if we really have voted for the biggest idiots in the world.

The signs are good that we're not alone.

Here's a thread for comparisons with what other peoples' esteemed leaders are doing.

... I think we'll skip Brexit, that's a whole different can of worms... also the USA, we've been well and truly Trumped out on that subject.
Let's look other roughly equivalent countries, we've seen how Venezuela's going, should include it here but no matter.

Here's another couple that I found comforting. Good to find that saints are all too human underneath the haloes.

Note: boldings are mine. Also note the poor old Gardy is finding it hard going to sweeten this one. The company in question is described as a Construction Co. and and Engineering Co. Now they may very well have interests in both but their annual report indicates that most of their income is sourced from ... gasp .. Mining, Gas, and Oil ooowaaah.
(Check them out, ... why is an environmentalist demigod protecting them???? http://www.snclavalin.com/en/investors/f...ports/2017 ... but then we haven't figured out yet why Bob Hawke gave Kodak a wad of taxpayers cash before they fled the country or why he bailed out Alan Bond with a 'grant'. ... mysterious ways...


Firstly ... Heeeeerrrre's Justin!

Quote:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/f...ld-resigns

Canada
Canadian minister resigns from Trudeau's cabinet amid scandal

Jody Wilson-Raybould quit amid allegations prime minister’s office pressured her to avoid prosecuting SNC-Lavalin Group Inc


Wed 13 Feb 2019 07.11 AEDT
Last modified on Wed 13 Feb 2019 07.20 AEDT

Jody Wilson-Raybould and Justin Trudeau in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 14 January.

Canada’s former justice minister has resigned from Justin Trudeau’s cabinet amid allegations that the prime minister’s office pressured her to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm.

The veterans affairs minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, released a letter announcing her resignation. She had been demoted from the post of justice minister last month.

Wilson-Raybould, who did not give any reasons for her resignation, said in a letter to Trudeau she was quitting “with a heavy heart”, adding: “I am aware that many Canadians wish for me to speak on matters that have been in the media over the past week.“

The Globe and Mail reported that people in Trudeau’s office tried to pressure Wilson-Raybould last year to help the construction (? see link to their annual report) company SNC-Lavalin Group Inc avoid a corruption trial when she was justice minister.

Wilson-Raybould, who the Globe and Mail said had ignored the pressure, was demoted from the justice ministry last month. Trudeau said on Monday that he had full confidence in her and that her presence in his cabinet spoke for itself.

Trudeau’s office said the prime minister would stick to previously announced plans to speak to reporters later on Tuesday in Winnipeg.

The resignation is the second blow for Trudeau in two days over the affair. Mario Dion, Canada’s independent ethics commissioner, said on Monday he was investigating allegations of possible wrongdoing by senior officials.

In a hint that the situation could grow more complicated for Trudeau, Wilson-Raybould has retained the former supreme court justice Thomas Cromwell to advise her on how much she can say about the SNC-Lavalin case. Cromwell declined an interview request.

“This is bigger trouble for the government than almost anything else that has come along so far,” said Richard Johnston, a professor at the University of British Columbia and an expert in public opinion and elections.

Opinion polls show Trudeau’s Liberals have a slender lead over the official opposition Conservatives ahead of an election set for this October.

Mr Trudeau’s ethical lapses and his disastrous handling of this latest scandal have thrown his government into chaos,” the Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer, said in a statement.

In 2017, Trudeau apologized after the office of the ethics commissioner said he had broken conflict-of-interest laws by accepting a vacation on a Bahamas island owned by the Aga Khan.

Wilson-Raybould, 47, appointed justice minister when Trudeau’s Liberals came to power in November 2015, is one of the most prominent indigenous politicians in federal politics.

This article contains material from Reuters and the Associated Press




Gee, the poster boy of humanitarianism and environmental enlightenment is moonlighting with big biz mining ogres... who'da guessed?
That could never happen here right???Angel

How about Macron? Another pillar of virtuous intent. Seems he can talk the talk but is clueless about how 'his people' are making their own arrangements while he's out strutting the stage and telling the rest of the world how do things. Oh dear. We thought it was only Mal who took his eye off the grubs in the apple.

This extract caught my eye.
"This close-knit group of mainly young, male advisers, dubbed “The Mormons”, were seen as clever at digital messaging and strategy but distant from on-the-ground politics." ... that couldn't happen here either could it?
Quote:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/f...al-deepens


Key Macron aide quits Élysée as Benalla scandal deepens


Ismaël Emelien departs as president reshuffles team in wake of gilets jaunes protests

Angelique Chrisafisin Paris
@achrisafis

Wed 13 Feb 2019 02.16 AEDT
Last modified on Wed 13 Feb 2019 02.28 AEDT

Ismaël Emelien, pictured in May 2017, advised the president on ‘disruping’ traditional politics.

Emmanuel Macron’s closest special adviser has become the latest to quit the Élysée Palace as the French president reshuffles his team to counter the gilets jaunes anti-government protests and an ongoing scandal around a former security aide.

Ismaël Emelien, 31, had helped mastermind the 2017 election campaign in which Macron promised a mix of right- and leftwing ideas that would destroy France’s tired political party system.

Emelien took the role at the Élysee after Macron’s defeat of the far-right Marine Le Pen in 2017, advising on how the now-president could continue to “disrupt” traditional politics.

The president is now making changes to his inner-circle. Macron’s young team has been accused of being caught off guard when the gilets jaunes (yellow vest) fuel tax revolt began in November and quickly morphed into a widespread protest against the executive.

This close-knit group of mainly young, male advisers, dubbed “The Mormons”, were seen as clever at digital messaging and strategy but distant from on-the-ground politics.

Emelien said he would leave in late March because he wanted to take a more public role and promote a book about progressive politics.

His name had recently surfaced in an investigation into Alexandre Benalla, Macron’s former security adviser, but both Emelien and the president’s office said the departure had nothing to do with a scandal that continues to trouble the executive.

The scandal blew up last summer when footage emerged of Benalla illegally dressed as a police officer and beating protesters on the edge of a May Day demonstration, despite having no police background or training. He was eventually sacked but there was outrage from opposition parties who accused the Élysée of attempting to cover up the scandal.

The row intensified after it emerged that Benalla had continued to travel on diplomatic passports after he was fired. He has since been charged with illegally using diplomatic passports.

In a recording taped after his sacking and published by the investigative website Mediapart, Benalla was also heard discussing the support he continued to enjoy from administration figures, including Emelien. French prosecution officials attempted to search Mediapart’s office, but editors refused them entry.

Benalla is under renewed scrutiny after a Mediapart investigation into security contracts worth €2.2m (£1.9m) that he may have brokered with two Russian oligarchs close to Vladimir Putin, before and after he left the Élysee, potentially misleading a senate committee hearing about his role.

French prosecutors said on Friday they had opened a corruption investigation into one of the contracts, concluded with the Russian tycoon Iskander Makhmudov.

In another twist to the ongoing saga, the prime minister Édouard Philippe’s head of security resigned following media revelations that she and her partner had welcomed Benalla to their home in July.

Marie-Elodie Poitout denied any wrongdoing, saying she and partner Chokri Wakrim had simply met with Benalla, whom they knew socially. She asked to be moved to another job so as not to stir up further political controversy.

Fancy that, not only the President but the PM in league with Benalla who is not only a closet thug beating up protesters but doing deals deals with the Russkies while his boss is telling everyone how bad Pootie is.

What a French Farce.

There, do you all feel better now? ... still think the Left are more efficient at running "honest" governments?? just wundrin.AngelTongue
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02-13-2019, 11:21 AM
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Who said investigative journalism was dead?

Been saving these up for an opportunity to have a shot at those two socialist twits:

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02-13-2019, 11:48 AM
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RE: So, how are the other Governments doing?
Can't raise much interest in European or Canadian politics.
How is New Zealand these days? We seldom hear anything about the Kiwis.

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02-13-2019, 12:08 PM
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(02-13-2019 11:48 AM)Warri the Wombat Wrote:  Can't raise much interest in European or Canadian politics.
How is New Zealand these days? We seldom hear anything about the Kiwis.

They are in trouble too.

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02-13-2019, 12:25 PM
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RE: So, how are the other Governments doing?
That's not very informative, is it?

Probably need to ask whether any governments are not in trouble.
China seems to be chugging along fairly quietly. No?

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02-13-2019, 01:17 PM
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RE: So, how are the other Governments doing?
??? Uncle Xi is on valium and has been isolated to prevent him seeing their stock market figures.

Trump's much laughed at trade war has bitten China harder and faster than any expected. That stupendous growth has hit a snag .. but have to confess I'm not fully up to speed on the figures etc, just the odd glimpse of red on the market board and anxious commentary about falling house and business valuations.

But then they've been building entire ghost cities for a decade without finding anyone to live in them.
Welcome to the Western Economy fellas.

NZ?? how they're doing depends on who you ask. Jacinda fans will tell you it's bouncing on the ceiling, others not so optimistic. But Winston Peters and the Maories run the joint under the radar so who knows?

I do know that while they still probably own a few sheep China owns their cows and processes it's own dairy products in it's own Chinese owned factories. It's then all shipped to China in Chinese owned boats and as each of the business is selling to itself they don't pay much in the way of taxes to pay for the Kiwi's generosity. Pretty silly isn't?

We'd never do anything as dopey as that... tch. oh! wait

They're still poncing around as enviro warrios ignoring the fact that their rivers are more polluted than India's.
But never let that get in the way of a tourist promotion.

All of the above info comes from "our forum creator" who lives in Auckland but gets around the rest of it fairly regularly. He's livid about the rivers.

They don't need to pay for a military force, no need for anyone to invade. They've been bought. Lock stock and barrel.
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02-13-2019, 01:47 PM
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RE: So, how are the other Governments doing?
(02-13-2019 12:25 PM)Warri the Wombat Wrote:  That's not very informative, is it?

Probably need to ask whether any governments are not in trouble.
China seems to be chugging along fairly quietly. No?

No. They are in trouble too.

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02-13-2019, 02:08 PM
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RE: So, how are the other Governments doing?
Russia's doing okay, they've set up their own closed system internet so when they hack and close down everyone else's they'll still have the ability to run the country, the banks, the power grid, oh, and be able to send the signal from the button to the nuke missiles.

Mmmm, maybe we should'a thort a dat??
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