Podcast Ep. 46: NUS smears, Kindertransport memorial & Breferendum roundup

RD E46 Student protest, Kindertransport, EU flag on Gherkin

A civil war in the ranks of student activists, a memorial to Nicholas Winton’s Kinderstransport and a review of the latest happenings in the EU referendum are the three topics for this week.

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Podcast Ep.30: Taiwan elections, #OscarsSoWhite and New Year’s in Cologne

RD E30 Taiwan elections, #OscarsSoWhite and New Year's in Cologne

Tsai Ing-wen’s victory in the Taiwanese elections, the all-white shortlist for this year’s Oscars and the events of New Year’s Eve in Cologne in Germany dominate the discussion this week for the Right Dishonourable.

Firstly Jazza uses his extensive knowledge of Taiwanese politics to break down what Tsai and the Democratic Progressive Party will do with the country, particularly in relation to China.

Next we turn to why the #OscarsSoWhite, and why Jimmy isn’t too fussed about it.

Last we cover the attacks in Cologne perpetrated by migrant men against young women, which has thrown up a few problems for liberals and progressives making the case that Europe should keep its doors open in the wake of the migration crisis.

Image Credit – Tsai Ing-wen, March 2009 by David Reid; Somewhere Inside the Machine, January 2014 by Robert Couse-Baker; Cologne, Germany, July 2011 by Michael Rastetter

Tony Abbott has a surprisingly nuanced view on Islamic militancy

Guildhall, City of London, March 2015 by DncnH

Some of you may still remember Tony Abbott, the Australian prime minister who was turfed out by his old buddy Malcolm Turnbull in a brutal political coup back in September.

At the end of October, and presumably with a lighter schedule, Abbott spoke at the Second Annual Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Guildhall in the City of London, the seat of the shady body that runs the capital’s financial borough.

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Donald Trump tells Syrian refugees ‘they are going back’ if he becomes president

Donald Trump, CPAC 2011 by Gage Skidmore

American presidential candidate Donald Trump is continuing to spout populist policies as he tells Syrian refugees that if he takes the White House “they are going back” to the Middle East.

Speaking at a rally in New Hampshire the Trumpster claimed that the United States had “totally wiped out Iraq” and “totally destabilised the Middle East”, but went on the say that he would send back any people fleeing Syria as the country’s civil war rages on.

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Neil Gaiman leads language police on forlorn mission to misdefine ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’

Vote to care about refugees, Melbourne, July 2013 by Takver

The language police are again attempting to storm the barricades of literacy by falsely claiming that a refugee is not a type of migrant.

This time round author Neil Gaiman, who otherwise displays an aptitude with words, has assembled a cohort including actors Peter Capaldi of The Thick of It, Colin Firth of The King’s Speech, and Patrick Stewart of – well, you’ve probably heard of him.

As the Right Dishonourable has previously pointed out, a “refugee” is indeed a type of “migrant”, a fact that can be simply proved by remembering that “economic migrant” is a phrase.

The fact such an inane video is backed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) also indicates the agency has too much time on its hands, an odd situation for the body to find itself in given its claim that 60m people are currently seeking refuge.

Besides, even those who do not use the term “refugee” tend not to deny the trouble that the Middle East and North Africa are in at the moment.

Their scepticism usually focuses on whether Europe has the resources to take in the thousands on the move – an issue which these “ambassadors” would have done better to address.

Image Credit – Vote to care about refugees, Melbourne, July 2013 by Takver