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Labour’s Fresh Approach

July 25, 2017

Labour seems to focus on image. Earlier in July Rod Emmerson at NZ Herald took a look at this

Jared speaks

July 25, 2017

Jared Kushner’s statement after his first meeting with US Senate investigators

Make of it what you will, but consider what he said in the context of his very carefully worded initial response to questions sent to him prior to the meeting. Consider also that unlike Comey, Kushner spoke in a closed door session.

Seems very familar

July 25, 2017

This Letter to the Editor  of the UK Telegraph is very reminiscent of rubbish that increasingly appears in a variety of forms when proposing to prospective clients. Many of these requirements seem designed to ensure that only a few large entities can bid and succeed. Increasingly one is driven to believe that experience, knowledge and general competence are valued less than meeting these sort of requirements:-

Questions, questions

SIR – I was recently asked to complete a questionnaire to keep my business on a customer’s approved supplier list.

To comply with the latest diktat on slavery and human trafficking it wanted to be assured that we had published a slavery and human trafficking statement, had a policy in relation to it, had undertaken a risk assessment, had identified steps to manage the risk, had provided training and were carrying out due diligence to ensure our suppliers were doing the same. It also wanted to know that we had policies on monitoring diversity, age, disability, gender-reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation and were committed to Global Compact Principles.

A section followed asking whether we were certificated to ISO 9001 (quality management), ISO 14001 (environmental management), OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety), ISO 27001 (information security), BS 10500 (anti-bribery management) and Cyber Essentials (whatever that is).

If my two-man engineering consultancy had written all these policies, monitored their application, and updated them, we would have done very little engineering.

Barry Johnson

Trump Toon for Today

July 25, 2017
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To Adam this BOB cartoon from UK Daily Telegraph was very clever and funny


Letters to the Editor

July 24, 2017

From the UK Telegraph on the programme content of the BBC, funnily enough TVNZ and RNZ immediately come to mind.

SIR – Andrew Papworth (Letters, July 22) defends the services provided by the BBC. However, the corporation only caters for some minorities – classical music lovers being the prime example.

It does not cater for the retired audience, which is now pretty large and has particular concerns. It makes special programmes for the Scots and Welsh, but not the English.

In the main the BBC caters for people like its employees: left of centre, sports-mad metropolitans aged between 35 and 55, with little understanding of, and indeed almost contempt for, the views and interests of middle England.

Elizabeth Spooner
Wokingham, Berkshire

Cartoon for Today – 24/07/2017

July 24, 2017


Morten Morland – The Times

Trump gives exclusive interview to New York Times

July 24, 2017

Trump recently gave an exclusive interview to The New York Times, a newspaper he has repeatedly vilified as ‘Failing News’

A transcript is here.

This interview includes remarks on his displeasure with Sessions amongst other matters.

Of interest as well is just how garbled and confused some remarks are, plus the garndiose and bizarre claims e.g. how Macron loves holding Trump’s hand and that his speech in Poland was the greatest ever by a US President outside the USA.

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