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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Breaking Views Update: Week of 22.11.20







Thursday November 26, 2020 

News:
National and Labour clash over councils introducing Maori wards

A National MP is suggesting it's undemocratic for councils to decide whether we should have Maori wards.

National MP for Whangaparaoa, Mark Mitchell told Mike Hosking councillors who bring in the wards should be voted out.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

European 'green recovery' falters as car sales continue to tumble

 





EU issues green energy warning

In this newsletter:

1) European 'green recovery' falters as car sales continue to tumble
Nasdaq, 24 November 2020
 
2) EU transport chief issues green energy warning
Financial Times, 24 November 2020 

Mike Hosking: Push for Maori wards on councils is racist and undemocratic

 

Here is the great advantage Nanaia Mahuta has over most of the rest of us: we don’t care.

What she is doing in trying to change the law and prevent a democratic action in terms of Māori wards and the ability to have any sort of public say is racist.

She, along with the rest of the apologists on various councils around the country who favour separatist Māori wards, is that the bulk of the constituency don’t want them.

We know this because when we get the chance to directly vote on them, the no’s win and win by large margins.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

GWPF Newsletter: Europe's Green Deal in limbo as Poland demands 'further cost analysis'

 





Boris's green jobs for China

In this newsletter:

1) Europe's Green Deal in limbo as Poland demands 'further cost analysis'
EurActiv, 20 November 2020
 
2) Europe’s largest employer’s association questions EU climate policy cost modelling
EurActiv, 23 November 2020

Kate Hawkesby: Will this spending boom last?

 

The figures yesterday on retail sales were remarkable weren’t they?

As an article in the Herald pointed out, we knew anecdotally there were big spend ups happening on home improvements and new furniture, but the stats now bear that out.

The retails sales figures released yesterday showed the biggest quarterly rise in 25 years.

So when we heard, saw, and thought people were out shopping up a storm, we were right, they were. We clearly went nuts after being released from lockdown .. we clearly saw the writing on the wall with the borders and thought, stuff it, I’ll spend up large at home.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Kate Hawkesby: John Key's appearance highlights National's current lack of leadership

 

The problem with Sir John Key speaking at the National Party AGM is that he looks, sounds, and acts like a leader.

And all that does is shine a light on the lack of leadership - or any real cut through going on within the party currently.  

Under Key the party was tight. It didn’t leak. It was a cohesive unit that held its ground.

These days it’s a shambles. And that was reflected in the vote.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Nicholas Kerr: Pandemic learning gaps make clear the need for public school reform


Approaching two months of in-person learning this school year, the Catholic Diocese of Dallas reported to parents that no cases of COVID-19 classroom transmission had occurred at its 36 schools.

Only 19 have had any lab-confirmed cases among students or employees, all of which it confidently stated have been traced to outside sources. Positive cases have touched less than one-quarter of 1% of on-campus learners. Schools in the diocese are practicing social distancing, students are wearing masks in class, parents are completing online child-screening forms in the mornings, and children are having their temperatures taken before being allowed to exit cars at drop-off.

Tony Orman: Erosion of Democracy Cause for Focus


Over the last decade or two I have had increasing concern that democracy is being eroded and is under continuing siege.

Earlier this year, the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand (CORANZ) expressed concern that parliament’s select committee democratic process was being undermined to the detriment of the public giving submissions.

Current CORANZ Chairman Andi Cockroft made an oral submission to a select committee dealing with the Resource Management Act (RMA).

After being beforehand, granted 15 minutes speaking time the chairman Labour MP Duncan Webb, interrupted Andi’s submission after five minutes and said the committee had heard enough thereby cutting the oral presentation short by ten minutes.

The rudeness and snub to democracy left Andi bewildered and angry.

GWPF Newsletter: Boris Johnson's road to green poverty is paved with green intentions

 





One in three motorists cannot afford even the cheapest electric car, experts warn

In this newsletter:

1) One in three motorists cannot afford even the cheapest electric car, experts warn
Daily Mail, 21 November 2020
 
2) Electric car push set to drive energy bills higher
The Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2020

Richard A. Epstein: An Overambitious Climate Plan For Biden


President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has made it clear that climate change will be a top policy priority for his incoming administration. 

In crafting its policies, the Biden administration may heavily rely upon a blueprint already created by former Obama administration officials and environmental experts. Known as the Climate 21 Project, the exhaustive transition memo seeks “to hit the ground running and effectively prioritize [Biden’s] climate response from Day One,” after which it hopes to implement major institutional changes within the first hundred days of the Biden presidency. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week’s NZCPR newsletter, we outline why Jacinda Ardern should reject two radical policy proposals – one pushing separatism and the other climate extremism – in light of her election night pledge to govern for all New Zealanders, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Bryan Leyland explains why the Government’s 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 policy is totally unrealistic, and our poll asks whether you support Labour’s goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

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Breaking Views Update: Week of 15.11.20







Saturday November 21, 2020 

News:
Opotiki Council Not Introducing Maori Wards

Opotiki District Council have decided they will not be introducing Maori wards in the next local body elections in 2022.

Instead, the council are going to hold a poll at the same time as the election, to ask the community whether they want Maori wards on the council.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Mike Hosking: James Shaw is trolling us with his car ban plan

 

Is James Shaw trolling me? It’s Thursday and he’s onto his second wacky idea for the week.

Tuesday, he was still banging on about that damn wealth tax despite the fact it, one, is not happening, and two, even if it was, it wasn’t solving the problem he was claiming it would solve, i.e. the price of houses and first home buyers trying to get into the market

Now its cars. Combustion engines to be precise, he wants them banned.

He’s not the first of course. Announcements have been made internationally, not least of which is in Britain where they are banning their import from 2030.

Why Boris Johnson did that given all he’s got on his plate I have no idea.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Barry Soper: Chris Hipkins' Taiwan comments the politics of ignorance

 

Is it the politics of envy or is it simply the politics of ignorance?

Chris Hipkins was kept on in a newly created Ministry handling the Covid-19 response while the Health portfolio was split off for Andrew Little to take care of.

Hipkins was kept in the job essentially because anyone following the Covid cowboy David Clark would look good and sound convincing and he did, that is until he was talking about how Kiwis were obedient sheep compared with other countries.

The other country that's been infinitely better than us is Taiwan, a country of almost 25 million, which took no time to eliminate the virus with just over 600 cases and just seven deaths. It's insisted on mask wearing since February and closed its borders the following month.

Chris Talgo: TIME Magazine Goes All-in on the Anti-Capitalist Great Reset


On October 23, TIME magazine dedicated an entire issue to the little-known but very radical globalist quest known as the Great Reset.

What is the Great Reset? According to the World Economic Forum, its chief sponsor, “There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world, the World Economic Forum is starting The Great Reset initiative.”

Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, penned an article for the special edition of TIME that focused exclusively on the Great Reset, titled “A Better Economy Is Possible. But We Need to Reimagine Capitalism to Do It.” This article reveals the crux of the Great Reset.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Kate Hawkesby: A lot of questions remain about mandatory masks on transport

 

I see the mandatory mask mandate is coming.. and there will be many people happy about that.

There seems to be a large portion of this country who are happy to be locked down, made to scan in and out of places, have businesses closed, do as their told.

It’s been a revelation this year just how law abiding and fearful we are as a country.. barely anyone dare question the status quo – if the PM says it, we do it. Not only that, half the country voted for more of it.

So given more rules are coming for all of us, will more people follow them?

Bruce Moon: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern


It is reported in ‘newsroom” for 11/11/20 that the leaders of the Maori Party have said:

"From seeking to rebuild their communities – South Taranaki and eastern Bay of Plenty – from the ravages of land alienation. From lived memories of the brutal seizures in Taranaki, that the Waitangi Tribunal and former Māori Party co-leader Dame Tariana Turia called a holocaust, memories that still cut very deep."

This statement is such a distortion of the truth that it is all too reminiscent of the words of Nazi propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels – those Nazis actually responsible for the real holocaust. “Tell a big enough lie often enough,” said Hitler “and people will believe it.”

GWPF Newsletter: UK plans to charge motorists for every mile they drive in switch to electric cars

 





Petrol and diesel vehicle ban to cause £40 billion black hole

In this newsletter:

1) UK plans to charge motorists for every mile they drive to fill £40billion tax hole left by the switch to electric cars
Daily Mail, 16 November 2020
 
2) UK Treasury pushing back against Boris’s costly green agenda
The Observer, 15 November 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Viv Forbes: Cold - not warming - is the Killer


Green alarmists are fanning a firestorm of fear about man-made global warming.

Earth always cycles between warmth and cold. Every recent warm period (Medieval Warming, Roman Warming etc) was a time of plenty for all life on Earth, whilst cold periods like the Little Ice Age saw crop failures, famine, migrations, invasions, disease and death.

Sea levels rise as ice sheets melt, and fall as they rebuild. Coastal dwellers and offshore coral reefs must always migrate landward or seaward, or north/south, following the climatic environment they prefer.

Brian Giesbrecht: Rosa Parks and The BIPOC Café


If you wonder how the social justice war is going, look no further than the University of Michigan-Dearborn. There, in the “diversity, equity and inclusion” activism that has all but replaced education in too many of our institutions of higher learning, the university’s “Center for Social Justice and Inclusion” established two remote “cafés”. 

One, the “BIPOC café” was for the exclusive use of “black, Indigenous and people of colour”. The other, the “non-POC café” was to be for white students only. The geniuses who dreamed this up abandoned the dreadful idea only after some heavy criticism on social media.

Perhaps the people who thought this was a good idea need a bit of a history lesson. One person they should learn about is Rosa Parks. 

GWPF Newsletter: Green lobby up in arms as France plans to tear up solar subsidy contracts



 



Unhaltable global warming claim withdrawn by Scientific Reports journal

In this newsletter:

1) Green lobby up in arms as France plans to tear up solar subsidy contracts
GWPF, 13 November 2020
 
2) French solar investors up in arms over threat to renege on contracts
Financial Times, 12 November 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Dr Oliver Hartwich: In Search of Kiwi Excellence


One of the first management books I ever read was Tom Peters’ A Passion for Excellence. I must have received it in the late 1980s from a family friend. Though I am not sure why a teenager would care about US business practices, I read it anyway.

What stuck with me was an anecdote about a US producer of floor cleaning equipment that started exporting to Japan. As soon as it did, complaints from its Japanese customers flooded in. Apparently, the machines leaked hydraulic oil.

The company’s chief executive wanted to know what was wrong and was surprised to discover all their products leaked. It was only the new Japanese customers who demanded quality. Meanwhile, the Americans were content to wipe the floor after the faulty machines had just cleaned it.

The Americans forgot what excellence looks like. They no longer expected it. They were not demanding it. And they only stumbled across it when their new customers pointed it out.

Bob Edlin: Creative NZ gives support to the art of pressing MPs to change “racist” law and facilitate race-based voting systems


Creative New Zealand – a generous supporter of  artistic projects it considers worthy – is supporting writing which promotes the contentious notion that the Treaty of Waitangi calls for race-based voting arrangements in local government.

Yes, this is the outfit that administers the Arts Continuity Grant, a Covid-19 response fund which came to the attention of the Taxpayers Union when it had paid out $16 million in grants to a variety of questionable short-term arts projects.

Matt Ridley: Six Reasons the New Lockdown is a Deadly Mistake


I was in favour of a national lockdown in the spring. I am not now, for six main reasons.

Covid is not a very dangerous disease for most people. The death rate is probably around 0.2 per cent of those infected, and most who die are elderly and suffering from other medical conditions. The mortality of those in hospital with Covid has almost halved for the over 80s since the start of the epidemic as treatment has improved.

Lockdowns are lethal. They cause more deaths from cancer, heart disease and suicide as well as job losses, bankruptcies, social disintegration and mental illness especially among the young, who are at least risk from the virus.

NZCPR Weekly: United Nations Agenda 2030



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week’s NZCPR newsletter, we outline how Jacinda Ardern is embedding the United Nations Agenda 2030 into our legal and regulatory framework, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Dr Oliver Harwich expresses his concerns about New Zealand’s underperformance – and the difficulty in openly discussing it, and our poll asks whether you support the UN’s Agenda 2030 being incorporated into New Zealand laws and policies..

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Breaking Views Update: Week of 08.11.20







Saturday November 14, 2020 

News:
Northland MP Willow-Jean Prime disappointed in council reaction to Māori wards

Far North District Council's failure to vote for Māori wards has been slammed by a former councillor and now central government politician.

The decisions were particularly important, given Te Tai Tokerau was the birthplace of the nation through Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Māori version of the Treaty of Waitangi).

Friday, November 13, 2020

GWPF Newsletter - Brexit Poker: EU threatens Britain with energy blockade

 




Europe likely to miss 2030 climate goals

In this newsletter:

1) Brexit Poker: EU threatens Britain with energy blockade
GWPF, 12 November 2020
  
2) Squeezing UK energy becomes Barnier’s Brexit bargaining chip
Bloomberg, 11 November 2020

Thursday, November 12, 2020

GWPF Newsletter: Covid recovery plans threaten global climate hopes

 




Countries are ignoring climate issue, pouring money into their fossil-fuel driven economies to stave off a devastating recession

In this newsletter:

1) Covid recovery plans threaten global climate hopes
The Guardian, 9 November 2020
 
2) Blackout alert from National Grid as Britain sails close to wind
The Times, 9 November 2020

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Mike Hosking: Mainstream media the real casualty in US election drama


One of the casualties of the Trump era is the mainstream media, who, for reasons best known to themselves, continue through their own actions to damage their reputations values and performance.

For the second time in recent days a number of networks in the States cut away from what was being said at the White House.

They cut away over the weekend when Trump was speaking. Some networks decided they didn’t like what he was saying, didn’t agree with it, thought it was false, so that was the end of that.

Kayleigh McEnany, White House spokesperson, got the same treatment yesterday.

Now, there’s a simple truth in a world of misinformation and untruths. Donald Trump is still the president.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Mike Hosking: Government at risk of missing out on brain gain opportunity

 

Is it really an historic wave ?

KEA (Kiwi Expats Association), as we told you yesterday, have done some excellent work on who the expats are that have arrived back, what they bring by way of skills, where they are heading to, how long they are staying, and what they plan to do here when they settle in.

This of course is something the government should have done, but this is not a government to seize opportunity.

We have an MIQ system seemingly unable to expand, a lack of private involvement in getting skills into the country, a lack of coordination on who should be brought in and by who, no idea who those are who are back are, what they’re doing and whether they are staying.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Kate Hawkesby: Donald Trump isn't doing himself any favours

 

What a triumphant hopeful day yesterday was watching Biden and Harris.

So much optimism, much of it misplaced, I know. It’s a long hard road ahead unifying such a divided nation.

But seeing them on stage, with their families, representing values and decency, it was refreshing.

Refreshing because by contrast what have we seen from Trump? Acrimony, bitterness, denial.

It’s been sad watching this all unfold so chaotically for America.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Frank Newman: By the Numbers - legalise cannabis referendum


There is a strange irony that Donald Trump and the pro cannabis lobby have something in common - they both seem to be refusing the results of a public vote. Both groups have claimed victory when confronted with defeat, and both are claiming the result is a mandate to fight on. 

The cannabis vote was a straight YES or No in favour of the Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill. That Bill set out a way for the Government to control and regulate cannabis, and proposed rules for growing, selling, buying, and consuming cannabis.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Professor Richard Epstein: A Flat Tax Is A Fair Tax


This expert commentary from Richard Epstein dissects the shallow theology behind the new strain of socialism that makes the unfounded claim that capitalism and private markets make us “unfree.” With today’s “New Socialists” calling for universal healthcare, price controls, free college tuition, and a basic universal income, this is an urgent read for anyone who cares about preserving liberty for the next generation.

One of the most contentious political battles of the 2020 election cycle involves the Illinois “Fair Tax” ballot amendment. Supported politically (and financially) by Illinois’s billionaire governor, J. B. Pritzker, the amendment seeks to remove a provision in the Illinois constitution that requires all income taxes to be flat—that is, held at a constant rate regardless of the amount of income earned by any taxpayer. Currently, all income earned in Illinois is taxed at a 4.95 percent rate. The amendment requires a simple majority vote to be passed. 

Dr H. Sterling Burnett: US out of Paris (for now) but nothing much has changed


As I write this on November 6, we still don’t know who will be the president of the United States in 2021. All the votes have not been counted yet, and accusations of voter fraud and irregularities have to be settled by the courts. One thing we do know for certain, though, is that as of now, the US is no longer a party to the Paris climate agreement. Per the terms of the agreement, America’s withdrawal from the accord became official on November 4.

In reality, the United States ceased to functionally participate in the Paris agreement after President Trump announced our withdrawal at a June 1, 2017 press conference at the White House Rose Garden. The invitation-only event was attended by numerous climate realists, including Joseph Bast, then-president of The Heartland Institute.

As a candidate for president, Trump vowed to take the United States out of Paris if he were elected because, he rightly argued, it was a bad deal for the American people.

Breaking Views Update: Week of 01.11.20







Saturday November 7, 2020 

News:
Council Commits To Rebuild And Partnership With Increased Māori Representation

Nelson City Council gave a unanimous vote of support to a refreshed governance structure that focuses on Covid-19 rebuild, addressing housing affordability, and strengthening community engagement.

The changes allow for increased Māori participation in Council decision-making by taking forward a proposal to appoint Māori representatives to both the Urban Development and Strategic Development and Properties subcommittees.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Dave Witherow: Crime and Punishment


New Zealand, by international standards, has always had a very low crime-rate. We rank as the second-safest country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index, and for the last twenty years or more our crime-rate has been trending generally downward. Criminal offenses involving firearms are especially rare, amounting  to less than one percent.

Our Police, in keeping with this relatively benign environment, have traditionally been unarmed, and throughout the twentieth century they themselves have argued that the routine carrying of weapons, rather than affording protection, might well provoke the criminals to respond in kind. A glance at the U.S. statistics strongly reinforces this conclusion.

NZCPR Weekly: Repealing Democratic Rights



Dear NZCPR Reader,   

In this week’s NZCPR newsletter, we highlight the Government’s dangerous plan to repeal democratic safeguards put in place by Helen Clark’s Labour Government, our NZCPR Guest Commentator John Bain explains why he resigned from the Northland Regional Council over their decision to introduce Maori wards without consulting the community, and our poll asks whether you agree with Labour that local government petition rights should be repealed.

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Mike's Minute: Trump in danger of becoming a sore loser

 

I could have sworn stuff happened yesterday. I spent, yet again, too many hours watching the minutiae unfold stateside.

And yet if you pull back and think about it, since we were here this time yesterday, virtually nothing has changed.

Joe Biden got Michigan and Wisconsin confirmed shortly after we left. But 24 hours on, Arizona is still in play, Georgia is still in play, Lord knows what's happening in North Carolina no one seems to have been seen or heard from anyone there for days, Nevada is still in play, Pennsylvania is still in play, and no one seems to have done a thing in Alaska.  

But the simple truth is time is the only quantum holding back Biden from officially winning this thing.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Kate Hawkesby: The U.S voting system is a mess

 

So many questions.

Were the pollsters all wrong? Again? How? Do we just not understand America? Does America not understand America?
Has the media bias against Trump there eclipsed all rational thought around his actual support and the breadth of his base?
60 million Americans voted for Trump last time round, this time that number was even higher. Yes more people turned out to vote, but he still has 60-plus million Americans supporting him.. and that's after 4 years of his presidency, that's not even a punt on a newcomer, that's real support.

What a mess though this whole thing is. I feel for Americans, what an anxious and stressful time they've had, and continue to have. And this could go on for weeks yet. A president claiming victory before the votes are in, accusing the process of being rigged... calling it a fraud... meanwhile Biden also claiming he's on track to victory. Both claiming swing states that haven't even finished counting yet.

GWPF Newsletter: Britain faces green energy disaster as lack of wind triggers new blackout warning

 





In this newsletter:

1) Britain faces green energy disaster as lack of wind triggers new blackout warning
GWPF Energy, 4 November 2020
 
2) Blackouts fear forces power alarm at National Grid
The Times, 4 November 2020

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Barend Vlaardingerbroek: Half a century on from ‘The Lotus Eaters’


Lotus-eater
: someone who has a very comfortable, lazy life and does not worry about anything - Cambridge Online

Xmas is approaching, and the perennial question of what to get for whom is becoming more pressing by the day – a fairly simple one to answer for the youngsters, often not so for the oldies on one’s prezzy list.

DVDs of quality television series make good Chrissy prezzies. By ‘quality’ I tend to mean old (mostly 35-50+ years) British ones – just the thing for rellies drawing the old-age pension. Now let me see, we want something not too lengthy and commensurately expensive… I’ve got it – give serious consideration to buying them ‘The Lotus Eaters’, a 14-episode series from the early 1970s set in Crete.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Mike Hosking: We finally have a Cabinet - it's time they get on with it

 


Let’s be honest, the names attached to the portfolios isn’t of great interest to most of us.

From a personal point of view and given his attachment to the show, Stuart Nash has got to be happy with economic and regional development. Yes, he loses police and revenue but anything to do with the economy right now is as important as it gets and clearly reflects the PM’s view of his contribution.

But as for the rest of it there are a bunch of them in there that broadly you would believe they would have a clue as to what they are doing.

Robertson, Little, Parker, Hipkins, Woods and co are solid. You might not like their style of politics, but there experienced and they won’t end up like Clark or Curran or Lees-Galloway.

But in that latter is the key to all of this.

GWPF Newsletter: Age of Unreason

 





How fear and ignorance drives the green doomsday cult

In this newsletter:

1) Age of Unreason: How fear and ignorance drives the green doomsday cult
Stop These Things, 31 October 2020
 
2) First Dutch climate refugees fleeing wind turbines: “The noise is unbearable”
Edwin Timmer, De Telegraaf, 31 October 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Heather du Plessis-Allan: 'Ardern has been brave'


You have to commend Jacinda Ardern for the cabinet line-up she’s managed to pull together, given all the things she’s has to balance in that party.

Finally, we’ve seen the backbone we’ve been hoping for.  Finally, Ardern has been brave enough to get Phil Twyford out of cabinet after wasting three years defending him and his lack of delivery.

She’s also been brave enough to give the deputy prime ministership to Grant Robertson over Kelvin Davis.  Maybe it’s true that Davis told her he didn’t want the job, maybe that’s just a convenient excuse for dumping him from a job that would normally be his.  But either way, that’s a loss for the very strong and very pushy Maori caucus, so regardless of the real reason, that would’ve created quite the balancing act for Ardern who would likely have had to compensate them.

Kate Hakwesby: 'We should be eternally grateful.'


Well what a relief Friday was.

The right result in the cannabis referendum – although it’s preliminary and given how this year’s gone I wouldn’t rule anything out in terms of upsets or dramatic swings... it could still tip over to a yes with specials, but it’s a very very long shot.

Chloe says she’s proud of her campaign, but critics would argue she didn’t have one – apart from her appearing on every media platform she could. For a Greens backed referendum it probably needed more Greens than just her pushing it.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

GWPF Newsletter: Economic growth is bad for the climate, Europe’s Science Academies claim

 





The Green New Deal can’t break the laws of physics

In this newsletter:

1) Economic growth is bad for the climate, Europe’s Science Academies claim
GWPF, 30 October 2020
 
2) Focus on GDP and economic growth is unhelpful for the climate, European group says
The Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2020

Barry Soper: Small spark of hope remains for cannabis legalisation

 


The bongs were standing at the ready to be fired up as the preliminary result on the referendum to legalise cannabis was released by the Electoral Commission.

When it came out the tears turned the wicked weed into a damp, non-inflammable mess.

Just over 53 per cent of you said no to legalisation while 46 per cent said yes.

By next Friday the tobacco will have dried out and the bongs will be at the ready again given there's a modicum of hope that the flame will take hold.