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French pens say no to Le Pen

Well done to the French,

or those who voted at least,

on their choice today

 

Congratulations to Monsieur Macron for becoming the new President of France, beating his opponent well with 65% of votes to the loser’s 35 (roughly).   To all the hate-filled fear mongers who support the clown in the White House or other such clowns, around Europe and the world, bog off.  Ok, like I’ve suggested before Macron may not be everyone’s cup of tea.  Roughly 23% abstained from voting at all and a lot of people only voted for him to stop her getting the Presidency but that does not matter.  The French vote made most of the world breathe a sigh of relief today.  It’s like the opposite of the American situation in that the economic-minded, not quite a people person won over someone who’s (clearly) trouble.  Meanwhile, the defeated candidate has said what in her concession speech? Well, she has pledged to form a new party even more right-wing than the one she heads already (well she stepped down temporarily as President of her party to go for the Presidency but even so)?   Unbelievable.   Macron has quite the task ahead of him and the general elections in June mean le Pen’s party, in whatever form it takes, will probably become the main opposition party.    He’d better do his job well as she will probably be back in another few years.  I also wish Mélanchon’s party well in these elections as he seemed ok (a bit too much to the left though like a French Bernie Sanders? Well I hope they get their spot anyway).

 

 

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Kowtowing to the wrong people

Most twisted news I

have heard in a while in the

women’s affairs sphere

So the UN are compiling a secret vote as to whether to allow Saudi Arabia onto a body which discusses and deals with women’s rights.  You have got to be joking.  The only reason I heard of it was that over the last couple of days, our Minister for Foreign Affairs has refused to reveal whether he said yes or no to it.  The secret part of it is that Saudi Arabia won’t know who voted for or against them or who voted at all.   So yeah I guess they’d find out if it was all over the media but people have a right to know what their government is getting up to internationally.  So who cares if they find out.  Surely we don’t need their business that much?  They don’t deserve our beef!  It’s the UN who need their head testing even considering it though I suppose they might think they will be helping women in Saudi Arabia, or they can keep an eye on Saudi Arabia.  Rather naive I think as Saudi Arabia has so far got away with murder, literally, at home and abroad, and knows it can because people depend on it for oil.

Anyway, our Foreign Affairs minister says he’s not telling anyone, even people in the government cabinet (which I find hard to believe) and our Prime Minister is looking insincere, which he is in my opinion, for not being clear on whether he brought it (women’s issues) up with the Saudis on a previous trade mission trip in 2014.    I can’t imagine he did bring it up specifically, the kowtowing groveller that he is.  Too interested in getting business from that place.    Though he is meant to be stepping down soon (leave already!), I can’t see his replacement being any better.  I’m talking about this here because Japan’s PM seems very fond of Saudi Arabia also (and well he is PM of a country where women have had to fight to keep their own name after getting married for flip sake), and often seems to be kowtowing in the most obsequious manner (to use the onomatopoeia ぺこぺこ). These two PMs are not the only ones almost afraid of bringing Saudi Arabia to task on this very important issue and making them change their backward attitude to women and give them legal rights to carry out things that are normal in most civilised countries but they’re the ones who interest me most obviously.   An extreme example of too much money (made from their oil which sadly many countries want) and no sense.  Leaders of countries including mine are afraid they might lose business.  Pathetic.  They should make them improve before inviting them on any such bodies, if they absolutely have to do that.    Some proof of improvement, I think, would be the introduction of laws to allow women certain rights which the rest of the world would then see.  And abolishing certain existing laws of course.   Politicians in many countries have deplorable, sad attitudes to women, including their female counterparts in parliament, and women under the yoke of the Catholic Church here and elsewhere had it hard for a long time also – so it’s not just there that religion affects  laws and/or attitudes.  Saudi Arabia and other countries nearby still, however, choose to remain a world apart.  Of course, some men have had it hard there too like the blogger who was flogged for revealing information about the country through his blog.  But for women it is a whole lot worse.

No, I have not been there and I have no interest in going in the next lifetime.   I wouldn’t put my time or money into the tourism industry of a country, Saudi Arabia or neighbouring countries with similar attitudes, that treats women like that.  Hell, I don’t even like the idea of visiting the US on holiday, which I otherwise would like to do, while the orange clown is in charge, nor France should Le Pen win this weekend (and I don’t think Macron is a great choice either but she’s awful, not as bad as her old dinosaur father but just as harmful to France’s future as he would have been).

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Take it easy Abe PM

Abe giving me

the creeps with his bowing down

To the white house creep

 

So, Shinzo Abe is creating jobs now for Americans.  How good of him.  He seems to be really bending over backwards to show how solicitous he is.  Shouldn’t he focus on creating jobs for Japanese, especially Japanese women who he should be bringing into the work place with steadier jobs or back into the work place after pregnancy or other reasons for having to temporarily leave?  I find it worrying how he bows down to this creep.    I know he needs outside help what with North Korea’s most recent action but it need not be America (how about NATO which Trump dislikes) and it makes me cringe. Meanwhile, Trump’s bromance with Putin is said to be cooling down. Maybe Abe wants to replace him. Anyway, he almost puts me off wanting to go to Japan for another thing.

Another person I don’t have much respect for is our own PM who is under fire here at home over internal affairs but also under fire over the annual St. Patrick’s day trip to the White House where a bowl of shamrock is always presented to the POTUS.  I hate this tradition anyway as it reeks of what is called shamroigery (shamroig is Irish for shamrock as you can guess, so shamroigery is overstating nonsensical supposedly Irish symbols  – if would be paddywhackery if Ireland were being obliged to do it by the US and they didn’t want to though maybe that is also the case as they can’t seem to get out of doing it year after year!!).  This is the case especially as the Irish government leader takes part in it.  I don’t care who the POTUS is.  Mr Orangina or his predecessors (with Irish links or not).  He says he is going over to take care of the status of illegal Irish immigrants and says he intends to call out the man on his foreign policies – which I don’t think he will have the nerve to do – but this would be a great excuse to stop the stupid, cringe-worthy shamrock tradition once and for all.   It might seem trivial to complain about this but even though this is an act of friendship to the people of America not just the president, and America still welcomes the friendship of other countries especially now I’m sure, Trump should not be treated the same as previous presidents and it is still nonsense to give something which has no real meaning (and which I’m guessing most Americans don’t give a stuff about). I mean, why doesn’t he just wear a leprechaun’s top hat while he’s at it?  Well, they could ‘accidentally’ drop the bowl of shamrock on his head if they must bring it over at all. Another thing which makes me cringe about my turf though I am generally not unhappy to be the nationality I am.

OK, he has already called the guy racist and dangerous during the elections which is not obsequious like Abe’s announcements (who has also said that America’s internal policy is America’s business – no coincidence there – but it’s foreign policy all this wall business and keeping out people from those 7 countries no matter how temporarily) but he did that from the safety of this side of the Atlantic and then tried to back pedal on that almost immediately after Trump was elected.  He makes me sick to my stomach as does Abe.  It seems to me that Abe has strong right-wing tendencies so I can see why he gets on so well with Trump but our guy shares Trump’s arrogance (though thankfully not misogyny or racism from what I can see).  He might soon be out the door anyway for his actions over this side of the water.  With any luck Trump’s reign will not last as long.

 

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