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An insult to the United Nations

Would someone please explain to me why, yesterday afternoon, the leaders of the world allowed some orange idiot from quite a poor television show to presume to lecture them on world affairs? The fool in question had no business being there; he clearly had no idea what he was talking about. And yet, in the United Nations joint assembly, yesterday afternoon the world's leaders put up with the complete joke America calls it's leader thinking he had a right to tell them how to do their jobs. If I was an American, I would be embarrassed to be represented by that vain, egotistical moron. Then again, I don't care: since it elected Trump, America has lost my respect. I now consider the country a collection of spoiled children driven by immature, petulant whims. Who they elect is their business, but why should the leaders of more mature countries (mind you, the UK is hardly one of them at the moment) put up with the sight of that utter jackass talking to them as if he ranked among them? Frankly to watch that p'tahk stand there and lecture the UN, when it was clear he had no business being there and was way out of his league, was an insult to that noble organisation.

Boris Johnson is an insult to the nation - Owen Jones

Hour after hour the fact that Boris Johnson still has anything to do with governing this country becomes more ridiculous. Hour after hour, the government struggles on, trying to maintain an absurd fiction. It becomes more farcical by the hour. I just came across this Owen Jones article, explaining just how silly things are getting; it's well worth a read. For my part, I'm now convinced that this cannot last and that Brexit will collapse. How can it? The uk is a laughing stock: our international trade situation is a complete mess. We now need to renegotiate umpteen treaties which were working perfectly fine as part of the eu. I mean, this is just silly. No sensible government could let such stupidity continue, which is why I'm certain we'll remain part of the eu. It's just a matter of time, and the only question is when will they drop the pretence and call this moronic game to an end.

Paris will host the 2024 olympics

You were probably expecting me to have said something by now about Paris having been awarded the 2024 olympics last Wednesday, given that I was once so enthusiastic. To be honest I didn't blog about it because it was just so anticlimactic. We already knew, weeks ago, that Paris was gonna get the '24 games and LA the '28. There was no big countdown, no big unveiling, and nothing to get excited over. Hardly noteworthy really. Nonetheless, I suppose I am still pretty interested in the subject: it will be interesting to watch how Paris goes about organising these games, and what they do with an event they have struggled so long to get. From what I read, the plans already look pretty damn spectacular. Most of all, I want to see what they do with their opening ceremony. Knowing the french, it will be very creative, artistic and cerebral, but I want to see whether they try to do anything as awesome as this. Oh well, I just have to wait seven years to find out.

More on the folly of nationalism

I think I need to flag this Evolve Politics up. It is spot on, echoing what I've been thinking for quite some time. In it, Mark Turley argues that humanity needs to get beyond the idea of the nation-state. We now face certain problems which can only be addressed if we leave aside our petty differences and come together. ''When you actually break things down, the notion of 'Nationalism' really is incredibly stupid.'' I could hardly agree more. While he rightly states that organisations like the EU have their faults, and problems such as finding a way to maintain democracy in such a United Earth would need to be resolved, transnational cooperation must surely be better than continuing to squabble as nation-states.


[Edited 17/09/2017 at 19:36:48 - addad a bit]
[Edited 17/09/2017 at 20:08:28 - added link]

Overhearing heartlessness

I witnessed something yesterday afternoon which really upset me, but which I think ought to be noted. Lyn and I had popped down to Asda, just for a few bits and pieces. We were going along the side of the shop in our chairs about to go in, when we passed a man and his young son going the other way. What I overheard the man say to the lad really troubles me: they had obviously just passed one of the homeless people who sit outside the shop asking for money; the man explained to the kid that he had given to the beggar because he was English. When I heard that I was appalled. I started to say something, but Lyn wisely stopped me, not wanting any trouble. The implication had been that he wouldn't have given the beggar any change had he been an immigrant, or perhaps black, as if his compassion extended only to his own ethnic group. How utterly heartless. And to hear that being told to a young child, as if the xenophobic scumbag was imparting some great piece of wisdom, is sickening. That halfwitted chav didn't deserve a son. Above all though, I worry that this may be a frightening indication of where british culture is headed post 2016.


[Edited 17/09/2017 at 17:57:20 - addad a bit]