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July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Introducing the next United Nations Secretary-General

1. United National Secretary-General close to confirmation
Nanjing Night Net

We have a clear successor to Ban Ki-moon as head of the United Nations and his name is … not Kevin Rudd. 

“We have a clear favourite and his name is António Guterres,” said Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, who is presiding over the Security Council this month. [Fairfax]   2.  May’s audacious centrist bid

Photo: Bloomberg

The Tory conference has wrapped up in the UK with Prime Minister Theresa May delivering a lengthy but politically fascinating closing address in which she set out what her government will look like post-Brexit.

You get the feeling this is the speech she would have liked to have delivered first up if she had come to the leadership without the aide of Brexit.

There’s no doubt Theresa May is mimicking Margaret Thatcher’s style. She’s a great speaker with a superb speechwriter and the membership love her. No mean feat given the crowd is strongly pro-Brexit and she was a Remainer, albeit in the background.

I spoke to two ladies who joined the party just one year ago.

“She was inspiring,” said one, who I estimated to be in her early thirties.

“She’s got her [Thatcher’s] backbone,” one older female Tory party member told me in the coffee line.

But another gentleman quietly shook his head and said Maggie was a far stronger politician with a bolder personality. Early days.

May’s vision is essentially a centrist – if not left-wing – one, including a striking defence of a greater role for government.  She is sensibly targeting the voters who belong in this space but have wandered away from Labour and the tories to UKIP. Her observation that Brexit was a “quiet revolution” where voters said they were sick of the way society only looked after the privileged few is a smart and astute response.

May is meeting the’s left’s complaints about inequality head-on, with some traditionally Tory solutions – for example, her grammar schools policy.  But the real test is her plan for how she will achieve her vision, which so far is a little light on detail. [My report/Fairfax]

Meanwhile the shambles of UKIP continues. The new “leader” Diane James quit after 18 days in the job. She was never officially the leader having failed to complete the required paperwork during her short tenure. So Nigel Farage is back (again!) as leader, but Steven Woolfe, who failed to get his paperwork in on time last round, wants another tilt. [BBC] 3. Ricciardo says so-called Budgie 9 ‘harmless fun’

The F1 driver says the nine, including a staffer to cabinet minister Christopher Pyne, were engaging in “harmless fun” when they stripped to their Malaysia flag underwear in the deeply Muslim country to celebrate his win. Harmless perhaps, but also pre-arranged? Why would a group of men co-ordinate their underwear with the intent of keeping it concealed? [Daily Telegraph]

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to charge the group. [Fairfax] 4. Aus politics

Renewables are back in the firing line after the first official report on the SA blackout confirming the state’s reliance on wind farms did play a role. Great blow-by-blow account of how the SA blackout occurred in the Financial Review. [Mark Ludlow]

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will use the report when ministers meet tomorrow to continue to press for a single, national approach to renewables rather than the state and federal governments setting separate targets. [David Crowe/The Australian]

Niki Savva writes on this today. [The Australian]

Photo: Andrew Meares

The other big politics story surrounds George Brandis.

Either way it looks like one of these men has to go. It’s implausible to think that the Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson SC will be able to continue working with Attorney-General George Brandis and vice-versa. The two men have been feuding over Senator Brandis’ order that the SG can only provide advice that has been requested through him. This would mean the SG would not be able to provide the PM with advice, if he asked for it directly. Strange? The SG certainly thinks so. This issue has been simmering for some time, but is now reaching boiling point because Brandis told Parliament he consulted the SG about the change and Gleeson says he wasn’t consulted. Labor says the AG has misled Parliament and must resign.  [Michaela Whitbourne/Sydney Morning Herald]

Also covered by Michelle Grattan. [The Conversation]

And don’t miss Madonna King’s compelling piece on how One Nation could be in government in Queensland. [Fairfax] 5. More cause to worry about the Philippines

The Philippines President says US President Barack Obama can “go to hell” and says he can get weapons the US won’t sell him from China and Russia. [Reuters] 6. Belgian police officers stabbed

Two police officers were stabbed and counter-terror prosecutors are investigating – a sign it could be another attack by militants. [Fairfax]

And that’s it from me today, you can follow me on Facebook for more.

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