Thought for the day

"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them." -- George Mason

The RAF has effectively paused making job offers to white male recruits in favour of women and ethnic minorities to meet "impossible" diversity targets, defence sources have claimed.

The alleged move has prompted the head of recruitment for the Royal Air Force (RAF) - herself a senior female officer - to resign in recent days in protest amid concerns that any such restrictions on hiring, however temporary and limited, could undermine the fighting strength of the service, the sources said.

Are you a child suffering from gender dysphoria and in need of puberty blocking chemicals?  Well, according to the Tavistock Gender Identity Clinic in London, most little kids need them.  And, they operated with impunity from 1983 until this past month.  The clinic has recently been shut down by the NHS as investigations mount and public outcry grows over allegations that Tavistock was haphazardly diagnosing children with gender identity disorder even when they were normal.

A Ukrainian lawmaker says he discussed the “destruction” of the Crimean Bridge with UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in June. Aleksey Goncharenko was responding to a claim on Russian television that Wallace was personally in charge of developing a plan to strike the strategically important crossing.

The remark, which Goncharenko made on social media last week, included a photo of himself with Wallace and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a NATO gathering.

This photo shows a sailor removing a manacle from a newly freed slave. This photograph is part of a small collection donated by Samuel Chidwick to the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth. His father, Able Seaman Joseph Chidwick, who was born in 1881, was aboard HMS Sphinx.

 

The Africans shown in the photographs fled in a canoe from a slave-trading village on the coast, upon hearing that a Royal Navy ship was in the area.

 

The UK government will need to spend a further £12 billion ($14.5 billion) on a support package for households to keep pace with higher-than-expected energy prices, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said in a report on Monday.

According to the research, the money is required if the government still wants to provide the same level of aid it set out this spring.

Britain's main opposition Labour Party will call for the energy price cap to be frozen this autumn, a party source said, to help the public deal with another expected surge in energy bills during the worst cost-of-living crisis in decades.

The Labour leader Keir Starmer is expected to set out details of the plans on Monday and call for a block on the expected price cap rising above 3,000 pounds per year in October from 1,971 pounds currently, according to the source.

In an effort to evade his domestic woes, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson—who may soon be replaced—has spent much time toing and froing to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has described the buffoonish British PM as one of Ukraine’s closest allies. If and when Johnson leaves office, he is tipped for a role as Ukraine Envoy.