The young ones

The young ones, darling, we’re the young ones. And young ones shouldn’t be afraid.

Young dreams should be dreamed together. And young hearts shouldn’t be afraid.

Cliff Richard

How’s it all working out for the bright young things that were the future for our planet and the example to governments all around the world?

Trudeau is mired in controversy over some dodgy dealings: Quote.

For Canadian liberals, or indeed any of us who cling to outdated ideas such as good governance and liberal democratic values, it was like watching a unicorn get flattened by a lorry. Earlier this week, Canada?s undeniably gorgeous, halo-bound Liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau ? proud feminist, defender of minority rights, advocate for transparency, inclusivity and decency, and prince of the one-armed push-up ? was morally eviscerated over four-hours of astonishing testimony by his own former attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould ? a woman of great integrity and a rare Indigenous Canadian cabinet minister. […]

When the story broke, Trudeau denied any connection between the standoff and Raybould-Wilson?s political punishment. He denied having done anything inappropriate or wrong. […]

If her testimony ? based on copious meeting notes as well as emails and text messages ? proves true, Trudeau?s behaviour was way beyond the bounds of what was fair or decent. It was sleazy, plain and simple. And for a leader whose entire brand identity, right down to the toes of his cotton rainbow socks, is based on fairness and decency, that?s pure political poison. End quote.

The Guardian

Oh dear, things are bad for Trudeau if the Guardian is writing about it.

Macron is a tad too far up himself it appears. His encounter with a young student was not something to be proud of. Quote.

As a 30-something independent, Macron portrayed himself as a dynamic idealist the young could look up to. All knew about his rebellious teenage years in his hometown of Amiens, and particularly the way he had an affair with a married teacher and mother-of-three 25 years older than him. He faced up to finger-wagging and worse from those who tried to shame both him and Brigitte Auzi?re, who is now his wife and first lady. […]

As recently as March this year, Macron encouraged Indian students to ?never respect the rules?, while during a trip to America a month later he told an audience at George Washington University: ?Let?s disrupt the system together.? He even used coarse words usually ignored by politicians, such as ?bulls**t?, presenting himself as a modern man of the people who never shied away from contemporary mores.

In contrast, Macron?s treatment of the schoolboy on home turf at Mont Val?rien, the fortress in the Paris suburbs where Resistance fighters were executed, was a big step backwards. He even deployed the familiar ?tu? form, rather than the more appropriate ?vous?, to admonish the alleged miscreant, so piling on his contempt in a uniquely cruel Gallic manner.

Rather than an authoritative leader, Macron came across as petty and spiteful. This says everything about the way absolute power in France can turn the most enlightened politician into a pompous prig.End quote.

The Independent

Turning now to the ex-president of the International Union of Socialist Youth; what of our beloved fairy princess? She is fairly priceless when it comes to radio interviews and never telling lies. Her list of lies has been well canvassed and recently had an addition with her claims of small business experience.

Perhaps it is better to leave her to speak for herself: Quote.

Yeah, from memory I think it?s like down? from memory in the report it covers off? what if you just did rentals, what if you did? you know? shares? what if you did business and um? what if you did, you know, business buildings, so it?s because of the suite of options and ultimately it?s up to government to choose? um? if anywhere where they go amongst that suite. And of course, keeping in mind, Mike, there?s also the offset. We asked them to say, okay if we collected in any revenue? um? what?s a way that we can distribute it back out to New Zealanders and they?ve given options there as well.


Speaking more generally, you know, we as a new government, are very mindful of the fact that there has been increasing scepticism about free trade agreements. We have a passing (?) increasing sense of financial insecurity and some people blame increasing globalisation for that perhaps we could say that, that may have bubbled up and at least become part of the conversation, from what I have observed, at least from a distance around Brexit. We want to demonstrate that, actually, these trade agreements should be modelled on the values that you have as a nation so we want them to be progressive and inclusive. Ah, we?ve talked about how we do that with our EU FTA which we are hoping to have the ability to negotiate soon and I can?t see why the UK couldn?t demonstrate that as we work together as well and, of course, our relationship is deep and longstanding. End quote.


Her impenetrable gobble-de-gook when speaking off the cuff is atrocious.

I’ll take experience any day over diversity, youth-for-youth’s-sake, good looks (questionable in some examples above), charisma or whatever else is supposed to win votes in this shallow world we live in.