Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Said this week


Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump):

I love Twitter.... it's like owning your own newspaper--- without the losses

For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big.
Helen Gao writing in the New York Times this week.

[Carl] Bildt argues that because some Middle East nations have to cope with even bigger numbers of refugees, Europeans shouldn’t gripe. However, this is dishonest.
For a start, in reaction to the emergency of the past couple of years, Europe has belatedly done a great deal to close its borders, ­including paying Libyan war lords to stop the boats leaving Libya. Second, most Middle East nations hosting refugees hope they will go home in due course. And third, several hundred thousand Sunni Syrians are a huge burden for a ­nation like ­Jordan, which deserves Western financial support, but they do not threaten to fundamentally and forever change Jordan’s identity in the way they will destroy ­Europe’s identity.
Greg Sheridan, 'Angela Merkel signals ruin for Europe'

My favourite irony of contemporary Irish politics, and connected with the abortion referendum announced today, is that Ireland's Minister for Children has been campaigning vigorously for full abortion. I mean talk about not liking your job.
Karl White

Brussels must use Article 7 of the EU treaty to suspend Poland, demands Zselyke Csaky, researcher at Freedom House, an American NGO, in an article at politico. We can see where she is coming from in the first words, 'Poland's right-wing reactionary Law and Justice Party..' before she demands 'The EU has no choice but to keep pressuring Poland if it wants to prevent the risk of further contagion and the certain demise of the Union as a community of values.'
And those values are what exactly? Failing to secure the land and sea borders and allowing the migration crisis to explode? Forcing austerity onto Greece so that its economy collapses and poverty soars? Failing to integrate hundreds of thousands of economic migrants so the far-right is back in the German parliament?
This kind of self-righteous foot-stamping plays nicely into Warsaw and Budapest's narrative that Poland and Hungary are besieged by Soros-funded NGOs. We may or may not like what the Polish government is doing, but it was elected by the voters. If and when the voters tire of the government they can take to the streets or vote it out of office. Csaky is a senior researcher for Nations in Transit, Freedom House’s annual survey of democratic governance from Central Europe to Eurasia. I wonder if she sees the irony in an unelected NGO issuing orders to a community of elected governments. Probably not.
Adam LeBor

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