An American, a Japanese and a Chinese

An American, a Japanese and a Chinese went for a hike one day.. It was very hot. They were sweating and exhausted.

When they came upon a small lake, they took off all their clothes and jumped into the water, since it was fairly secluded.

Feeling refreshed, the trio decided to pick a few berries while enjoying their freedom. As they were crossing an open area, suddenly a group of ladies from town appeared.

Unable to get to their clothes in time, the American and the Japanese quickly used their hands to cover their privates.

But the Chinese covered his face while they ran for cover. After the ladies had left and the men got their clothes back on, the American and the Japanese asked the Chinese why he covered his face rather than his male regions.

The Chinese replied, I don’t know about you, but in my country, it’s the face that people recognize.

Morning Briefing – The Telegraph

Good morning. Labour had three good campaigns yesterday – but the combined effect was rather less impressive.

Ed Miliband kicked off the day with a speech comparing the Hogarthian Britain of David Cameron with Labour’s sunlit uplands.

Ed Balls and co were out and about rebutting Conservative claims that a Labour government would open up a £20.7 billion “black hole” in the public finances.

That the Guardian’s splash is “Labour signals squeeze on pay” and the words “black hole” are nowhere to be seen in today’s papers is a win for the Opposition’s rebuttal team. (And also a defeat for Prince Andrew.)

The problem, though, as George Eaton notes, is it leaves Labour making the following case: “We didn’t like the cuts, we attacked the cuts, but we’re going to have to keep them.” It’s uninspiring fodder for the activists who must rack up close to 4 million conversations between now and May in order to get Ed Miliband into Downing Street.

But the contradiction between the Eds has been largely overshadowed by Mr Miliband’s Scottish counterpart. Jim Murphy’s announcement of a 1000 extra nurses in Scotland that has taken the headlines on both sides of the border. “Labour tax on ‘wealthy English’ to fund Scots nurses” is our splash. “Mansion tax to fund nursing in Scotland” is the Times’ take, and “Murphy makes 1,000 extra nurses pledge” is the Scotsman’s. It feeds into the impression many people in England have that “Labour dislikes them”, in Maurice Glasman’s phrase, and it’s taken the attention off the Eds.

It all comes back to the black hole that should really worry Labour: the big empty void where their grid should be.

MERKED

The PM’s renegotiation will suffer a blow today when the European Commission reports that his central demand on migration is incompatible with the founding principle of free movement of people, Nick Watt reports in the Guardian. It may make for a subdued atmosphere during Angela Merkel’s talks with David Cameron in Downing Street on Wednesday.

IMMIGRANTS, EVERYWHERE (1)

More good news for the Government’s export drive and flourishing higher education sector. 600,000 foreign students will study in the UK by the 2020s, Theresa May has announced.

IMMIGRANTS, EVERYWHERE (2)

In a major security breach, an illegal immigrant has been found working in the House of Commons catering staff, Laura Pitel reveals in the Times. Although casual workers are theoretically required to be escorted at all times on the parliamentary estate, it is claimed that she was able to roam freely by using a pass owned by a permanent staff member. The revelation is “deeply disappointing” sighs self-effacing MP Keith Vaz.

SCHOOL’S OUT FOREVER?

Conservative frontbenchers have been told to dodge questions about cuts to the education budget, a photographed briefing note from yesterday’s attack on Labour’s profligacy has revealed. Ben Riley-Smith has the story.

OH BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?

David Miliband misses Britain, the former Foreign Secretary tells Vogue, but admires straight-talking New Yorkers. “You know how people in London say: ‘Oh, you must come for dinner’ and don’t always mean it? Well, there’s a sincerity in New York which I’m struck by.” Kunal Dutta has the story in the Indy.

AN ALDI DENIS HEALEY?

Ed Balls has hit back at Russell Brand after the comedian turned Zaphod Beeblebrox impersonator branded the Shadow Chancellor a “clicky-wristed…snidey c***”. Mr Brand is just “a pound shop Ben Elton”, Mr Balls responded, and “Jo Brand is a rather better political commentator”. (Ms Brand was one of the loyal few celebrities to endorse Labour in 2010, along with Sir Alex Ferguson and Ross Kemp.)

Sweden’s Christmas Present: New Laws Curbing Free Speech

The problem is that within the extremely politically correct culture of Sweden, questions, insults and criticism are often viewed as one and the same.

“Swedes who disagree… risk being labeled racist, fascist, even Nazi.” — Mikael Jalving, Author of Absolute Sweden.

One might well ask how Swedes would react if other countries decided to determine their borders.

Furthermore, no one seems to have asked what kind of place this new state of Palestine might be: a free, democratic and transparent society like Sweden, or another rogue state, or eventually even another Islamist state.

Apart from South Africa, Sweden now has the highest number of rapes (that are reported); based on unofficial accounts from policemen and social workers, about 75% of them are committed by Muslims.

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EU Gives Hamas Green Light to Attack Israel

The EU court’s decision represents a “severe blow to the Palestinian Authority and Egypt,” according to Palestinian political analyst Raed Abu Dayer.

Any victory for Hamas, albeit a small and symbolic one, is a victory for the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood and other fundamentalist groups, and causes tremendous damage to those Muslims who are opposed to radical Islam.

Hours before the EU court’s decision was made public, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar announced that his movement would never recognize Israel, and that Hamas seeks to overthrow the Palestinian Authority and seize control of the West Bank.

The EU court’s decision also coincided with a rapprochement between Hamas and Iran. Now, the Iranians and other countries, such as Turkey and Qatar, are likely to interpret the EU court’s decision as a green light to resume financial and military aid, including rockets and missiles, to Hamas — not only to Gaza but to the West Bank as well — to support those Palestinians whose aim it is to eliminate Israel.

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Kurdistan: More Like Israel, Less Like Iraq

It is a society that rejects religious zealotry. Most Kurds are Sunni Muslim and one can hear the five-times-a-day Muslim call to prayer, but it is muted and ignored by most.

Like Israel, Kurdistan is more democratic than any of its neighbors. Like Israel, Kurdistan is surrounded by enemies that wish it did not exist. Like Israel, Kurdistan looks West. And like Israel, Kurdistan has maintained an internal equilibrium though all the world betrays it.

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BBC framing continues to erase Fatah and PA glorification of terrorism

BBC Watch

BBC reporting on the terror attack at the synagogue in the Har Nof neighbourhood of Jerusalem in November 2014 included numerous references to a statement issued by the PA’s president Mahmoud Abbas condemning the attack.

For example:

Jerusalem synagogue: Palestinians kill Israeli worshippers BBC News website, 18/11/14

“Earlier, the office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement saying: “The presidency condemns the attack on Jewish worshippers in their place of prayer and condemns the killing of civilians no matter who is doing it.””

Synagogue attack: Netanyahu vow in ‘battle for Jerusalem’  BBC News website, 18/11/14

“Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also issued a condemnation of “the attack on Jewish worshippers in their place of prayer and [of] the killing of civilians no matter who is doing it”.”

Newshour  BBC World Service radio, 18/11/14

Razia Iqbal: “The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the attack and also called for an…

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