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Aug 22 17:16

Army bosses are recruiting poor teenagers into the most dangerous roles because of a lack of adults signing up, campaign group warns

The army is recruiting poor teenagers in its most dangerous roles because it cannot find adults to fill vacancies, a campaign group warned last night.

Almost 30 per cent of last year's new recruits were aged 16 or 17, the most in any year since the financial year ending 2011.

Data from the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) found that, alongside the increasing proportion of young people enlisting, army recruits often come from poorer backgrounds.

Aug 22 09:39

U.S.-UK Deep State Tries to Grab Hong Kong

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog

What can explain these recent instances, proven by Agence France-Press, in which outright frauds — lies (in the form of faked photos and videos) — are being spread online to support the agenda of breaking off, from China, Hong Kong (which has historically always a part of China), so as to make Hong Kong an ‘independent’ nation?:

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Aug 21 09:34

Fat cat bosses earn 117 times more than average UK worker, despite pay-cut – report

A new report from the High Pay Centre and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – an independent non-party think tank – shows that the (average) median pay of FTSE100 bosses was actually down 13 percent in 2018, but still a huge £3.46 million.

The research also shows that CEOs’ pay dwarfs that of the average (median) full-time worker’s salary which stands at £29,574 per year, meaning they take home 117 times more cash.

Aug 21 09:30

Up to 40MILLION gadgets filled with valuable and endangered rare Earth metals are lying unused in UK homes

Each of the items contains, including old phones, music players and tablets, contain rare Earth metals such as Indium, Yttirium and Europium.

Yttrium, for example, is worth £2,397 ($3,400) per pound and is used for camera lenses and mobile phone screens.

Aug 21 06:42

MERCEDES HAS SPARKED PRIVACY CONCERNS BY ADMITTING IT SPIES ON DRIVERS WITH TRACKING DEVICES COVERTLY INSTALLED IN ITS CARS

SOURCE: THE SUN UK

MERCEDES has sparked a privacy row by admitting it spies on drivers with tracking devices covertly installed in its cars.

Drivers who buy a Mercedes through a finance plan give their permission for the vehicle to be tracked when signing lengthy terms and conditions

The secret sensors, fitted to all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.

The firm sold more than 170,000 new cars in Britain alone last year.

Mercedes will not say how long it has used the sensors.

And it insists they are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when finance customers have defaulted on their payments.

But it admits sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development, and look for other auto manufacturers, to follow suit.

Aug 20 12:09

Prince Andrew says ‘appalled’ by Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse claims after video emerges

Royal statement released after The Mail on Sunday obtained a 2010 video showing Prince Andrew inside Jeffrey Epstein’s New York home waving goodbye to a young woman

Aug 20 11:54

UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal Brexit

Britain said on Monday it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on Oct. 31 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to immigration.

Aug 20 09:46

World’s oldest living pet Tommy the tortoise celebrates 121st birthday

What is the secret to a long life? Well if you ask this 121-year-old it’s dandelions and sleeping for six months a year.

Tommy the tortoise is celebrating her birthday and is now the world’s oldest living pet.

She has survived two world wars, six different monarchs and 21 US Presidents.

Born in 1898, Tommy has been in Sheila Floris’s family since 1909 when her grandmother Margaret Cloonan bought her for £1 – when the tortoise was already 11 years old.

Sheila claims that Tommy’s longevity can be attributed to her healthy diet of garden weeds and plenty of love and care from her owners over the last 121 years.

Aug 20 07:13

Mercedes spies on drivers by secretly installing tracking devices in cars and passing information to bailiffs

MERCEDES has sparked a privacy row by admitting it spies on drivers with tracking devices covertly installed in its cars.

The secret sensors, fitted to all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.

The firm sold more than 170,000 new cars in Britain alone last year.

Mercedes will not say how long it has used the sensors.

And it insists they are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when finance customers have defaulted on their payments.

But it admits sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.

Aug 19 18:26

Elton John defends Harry and Meghan's use of private jets

Sir Elton John has defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's use of private jets - and said he paid to carbon offset their trip to his French home.

The singer said he provided Prince Harry, Meghan and their son Archie with his private plane to "maintain a high level of much-needed protection".

The royal couple have faced criticism after newspapers claimed they took four private jet journeys in 11 days, including to Sir Elton's home in Nice.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Aug 19 18:24

Tourette's charity demands apology after failing to see the funny side of award-winning Edinburgh Fringe gag about the condition

A Tourette's charity has demanded an apology after a 'rubbish' joke about the condition won best pun at the Edinburgh fringe festival.

Tourettes Action called on Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel to say sorry for his one-liner: 'I keep randomly shouting out 'broccoli' and 'cauliflower' - I think I might have florets.'

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The vegetable pun was deemed the best by 2,000 voting members of the public to win the 12th annual Dave's Joke of the Fringe award, after being shortlisted by an expert panel.

It saw off competition from jokes about nepotism, semaphore, antidepressants, Brexit, and cowboys.

Kate Stone, one of the experts, told the BBC: 'It's a good one, it's a pun, everyone kind of recognises it as... it's intended to be a joke and I think that's one of the things that matters the most for this.'

But Suzanne Dobson, who is chief executive of Tourettes Action, said it was 'rubbish' and 'shame on Dave'.

Aug 18 17:42

UK military strength down for 9th straight year, is MoD’s ‘millennials’ recruitment drive failing?

Britain’s military strength has declined for the ninth consecutive year despite calls from officials for increased defense activity in the Gulf and Arctic and a recruitment strategy targeting ‘millennials’ over the past 12 months.

The British Army, Royal Navy and RAF have all seen dwindling numbers in their fully-trained personnel, with the army suffering the biggest losses, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence.

In July, there were 74,440 army personnel, down 2,440 on the previous year’s total and 7,000 troops short of the UK government’s target.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines numbers dropped to 29,090 of the required 30,600, despite rhetoric from British defense officials, past and present, signalling an increased military presence in hostile areas.

Aug 15 22:02

Revealed: Private jet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used to fly out to Spain cost £20,000 from a fleet dubbed 'the Uber for billionaires'

The private jet Harry and Meghan used to fly out to Spain cost £20,000 for the journey and was from a fleet dubbed 'the Uber for billionaires', it can be revealed.

The eco-campaigning royal couple flew on a nine-seater aircraft from NetJets, a plane sharing service used by the super rich.

Aug 15 15:20

Child abuse victims will get payout of millions after more than 120 were stripped, given truth serum and raped at psychiatric hospital in shocking case set to dwarf Jimmy Savile scandal

More than 120 former child patients at a psychiatric hospital who suffered horrific sexual and physical abuse are set to receive a payout of millions of pounds.

Dozens of vulnerable children were taken to Aston Hall, Derbyshire, where they were stripped naked, put in straightjackets and injected with a 'truth serum' before many were raped and sexually abused, detectives have been told.

Most of the sickening abuse was carried out by former hospital boss Dr Kenneth Milner in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Now it can be revealed an agreement has been made with the victims and the Secretary of State for Health which means the compensation will run into millions of pounds.

Aug 15 10:29

‘Screaming & laughing’: Teen killed by machete-wielding thugs is London’s latest stabbing victim

A 16-year-old boy has become London’s latest murder victim after he was allegedly chased into a London estate by three attackers and stabbed in the chest and back with a “machete-type knife.”

The teenager banged repeatedly on doors shouting: “Help me, help me,” in Munster Square, near Regent’s Park, on Monday night, but was turned away after being stabbed with the foot-long blade, the Evening Standard reports.

Aug 15 10:02

People Gather at Trafalgar Square in London to Protest India Revoking Kashmir's Special Status

Earlier in the month, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind signed a decree removing Article 370 of the constitution, stripping the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

Hundreds of people, including members of Kashmir Student Action and the SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) India Society, have gathered at Trafalgar Square in London to protest the recent decision by the Indian authorities to divide Jammu and Kashmir into two territories.

The move comes after India scrapped Article 370, which used to grant special constitutional status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Aug 15 08:57

UK Government Is Pushing Ahead with Extreme US Trade Deal

Liz Truss addressed an extreme free-market think tank in Washington DC last Friday. which saw campaign group Global Justice Now accusing Boris Johnson’s government of pushing ahead with an extreme US trade deal without a mandate from the public or parliament.

Last week both Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Trade Secretary Liz Truss were in Washington DC to talk trade with US officials. Both ministers are well-known opponents of the sort of regulations and protections that would be threatened by a US trade deal. Liz Truss spoke at a meeting of the extreme free-market Heritage Foundation and has previously held meetings with several free-market think tanks to discuss US-style deregulation.

Aug 14 20:46

Flashback: Brits sickened as Dispatches exposes 'disgusting' chicken washed in chemicals

Channel 4 viewers were sickened last night (June 3) after a Dispatches documentary exposed stomach-churning practices in the US chicken industry.

In The Truth About Chlorinated Chicken, presenter Kate Quilton went to America to investigate the country's poultry production - looking in particular at how chicken there is washed with chlorine, a practice banned in the EU.

The report featured grim footage shot by an undercover employee in a processing plant that highlighted a number of bad hygiene practices.

At one point, a supervisor was heard discussing "a trend of adulterated product" or, in other words, pieces of glass present in chicken.

The programme also talked about "amputations" in the American poultry industry - staff losing fingers and other body parts due to dangerous working processes.

Aug 14 17:26

UK must accept US food standards in trade deal, says farm chief

The UK must accept US food standards as part of any future trade deal with Washington, the head of America's farming lobby has said.

Zippy Duvall, head of the American Farm Bureau, said US farmers were keen to trade with their British "friends".

But he said fears over practices such as washing chicken in chlorine and using genetically modified (GM) crops were not "science-based".

Aug 14 08:32

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.

Aug 13 10:56

End of line for MPs: Public BACKS bid to SCRAP PARLIAMENT so Boris can get on with Brexit

BORIS JOHNSON has received a massive boost to his bid to push through Brexit by any means necessary after a national poll found more than half of those who expressed a preference were happy to see the Prime Minister suspend Parliament to ensure Britain leaves the EU.

Aug 13 10:55

Poll: Young British Voters Reject Liberalism and Globalism, Want ‘Strong Leaders’

A poll has revealed that two-thirds of young people want a strongman as leader, while more than one-quarter would be happy with the military leading the country, revealing that younger generations are turning their backs on decades of liberalism.

The poll of 5,073 people conducted by Hanbury Strategy between the 21st and 28th of June and published on Thursday by conservative think tank Onward found that across all age groups, 58 per cent of people think that having “a strong leader who does not have to bother with Parliament” would be a good way to run the United Kingdom.

The results come as Prime Minister Johnson, a very much larger-than-life political figure compared to ‘strongman’ U.S. President Donald Trump, is set to battle the Remainer-dominated House of Commons to deliver Brexit, as pledged, by October 31st.

Of all those questioned, just over one-quarter, 26 per cent, said it would be good “having the army run the country”.

Aug 13 10:32

‘EU make peasants vote again!’ Trump adviser sends panic through ‘undemocratic’ Brussels

John Bolton, following his first meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, took aim at the EU for prolonging the Brexit process and not respecting the result of the 2016 referendum. Mr Bolton called the EU’s bluff and insisted its refusal to re-negotiate the failed withdrawal agreement was a ploy to “make the peasants vote again and again”. Mr Bolton said: “The fashion in the European Union is when the people vote the wrong way from the way the elites want to go, is to make the peasants vote again and again until they get it right.

Aug 13 10:22

Anti-Semitism definition behind secret ban on aid to Palestinian children

An East London council banned a charity bike ride raising money for Palestinian children from using its public parks, internal emails revealed last week.

The council also secretly sent a list of proposed speakers to the Metropolitan Police asking if they were “extremist,” The Electronic Intifada can reveal.

The emails indicate that Tower Hamlets secretly based their decision on the “furore within the Labour Party over anti-Semitism” and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s discredited definition of anti-Semitism.

Aug 13 07:17

Amazon’s Treasure Trucks Sell Discounted Ring Doorbells Across The US And UK

By MassPrivateI

Leave it to Amazon to create circus sideshow trucks, sorry I meant “Treasure Trucks” to promote neighborhood spying.

Last year, Slick Deals announced that Amazon’s treasure trucks were selling Ring doorbells at the discounted price of $139.00 in “select U.S. cities.”

And last December, Amazon’s Facebook page announced that their treasure trucks were offering discounted Ring doorbells for the holidays...

Aug 12 19:51

UK army combat units 40% below strength as recruitment plummets

Britain faces an army recruitment crisis, with frontline combat units operating as much as 40% below strength, figures obtained by the Guardian reveal.

Data released by the Ministry of Defence under freedom of information laws shows the number of soldiers in the British army’s infantry regiments has declined steadily over the past five years. There are more than 2,500 fewer personnel in frontline units than 2015, and all 16 regular regiments have shortfalls.

Aug 12 11:08

Brexit BOMBSHELL: Food and medicine supplies could be AIRLIFTED to UK after no deal exit

NO DEAL Brexit plans have been ramped up as trucks with vital supplies of food and medicine could be flown into the UK in a bid to avoid likely queues at Dover after the UK’s exit.

Aug 12 11:07

The Queen takes in Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson to protect them from summer scandal

THE Queen has offered her Balmoral holiday home as a summer hideaway for under fire royals following the death of Jeffrey Epstein.

Aug 12 11:07

Queen Elizabeth’s Son Might Be Dragged Deeper Into Epstein Probe After Sex Offender’s Death

US financier and socialite Jeffrey Epstein apparently took his own life at a New York prison, where he had been held since last month on child sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. The news came just hours after a bulk of documents, raising suspicions against Epstein’s powerful friends, including Prince Andrew, were released.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, may come under new scrutiny following suspected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, the Daily Mail claims, citing an unnamed legal source. According to the outlet, following the death of the prime suspect, an FBI probe could now focus their “full attention” on his suspected associate, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, said to have also been friends with the British royal.

Aug 12 09:37

John Bolton to Lobby for Harsher UK Stance on Iran, Huawei During Visit to London

The US has been carrying out a "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign against Iran and cracking down on Chinese tech giant Huawei for some time, but these polices found little support in the previous UK Cabinet.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton will try to convince the new Cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to align its foreign policies more with the American "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran and to discard its plans to use Huawei equipment in developing its 5G networks during his upcoming visit to the UK, Reuters reported, citing an anonymous source within the US administration.

Aug 12 08:10

Nigel Farage attacks Harry and Meghan, jokes about 'overweight' Queen Mother

Nigel Farage has derided the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for their “irrelevant” social justice and environmental campaigns while abusing Prince Charles and describing the late Queen Mother as an “overweight, chain-smoking gin drinker”, in an incendiary speech to an Australian rightwing political conference.

Aug 12 07:47

End of EU? Farage reveals the shock leader inside Europe that will soon topple Brussels

BREXIT PARTY leader Nigel Farage has predicted “a massive rupture” inside Europe following Britain’s no deal departure - and revealed which EU leader he thinks will bring down the Brussels project.

Aug 12 07:46

Army pulls thousands of troops out of Germany in major plan to base armed forces in UK

THE British Army is moving more than 11,000 men, women and children back from Germany.

Aug 11 20:55

Green MP Caroline Lucas calls for all-female emergency cabinet

Caroline Lucas has asked 10 female politicians from all parties to join her in forming an "emergency cabinet" in a bid to stop a no-deal Brexit.

Writing in the Guardian, the Green Party MP said the all-women cabinet could "bring a different perspective".

Ms Lucas, whose party wants another Brexit referendum, said the aim would be to force a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

She would then hope to form a "national unity government".

Aug 11 20:53

High Streets hit as shop vacancy rate worst since 2015

The number of empty shops in town centres is at its highest for four years, industry figures show.

The vacancy rate was 10.3% in July, its highest level since January 2015, according to the British Retail Consortium and Springboard survey.

Footfall also fell by 1.9% in July, the worst July performance for seven years.

Aug 10 09:04

How crowdfunding is a fast-track to surgery for transgender patients stuck in waiting game on NHS

An ITV News investigation has found an increasing number of transgender people are turning to crowdfunding websites to pay for surgeries because the NHS waiting times are so long.

Our study has found thousands of people across England are facing over three years of referrals and appointments before they can even start the process for surgery.

In a group where mental health issues are so prominent, many are using online communities to fast-track the system and help them feel comfortable in their bodies.

Aug 09 10:22

Brexit FURY: France threatens to BLOCK UK fish exports and not let 'a single kilo' into EU

Trawlermen from northern France are preparing to blockade the port of Calais to prevent any fish and seafood travelling from Britain to the Continent unless Boris Johnson grants European Union fishermen access to the country’s waters. Such a protest will likely have a detrimental effect on all goods passing between the hugely busy Dover and Calais shipping route. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, EU fisherman will be instantly blocked from British waters, unless the Government decides to grant them access.

Aug 09 10:11

‘Traffic chaos’ as large-scale power cuts hit London & SE England

Trains ground to a halt and traffic lights were knocked out after a suspected failure of the National Grid left a large area of London and the South East without power, creating transport mayhem during rush hour.

UK Power Networks, which controls the power lines for London and the South East, confirmed the outage shortly after 5pm on Friday, stating that the cut was likely caused by a “failure” of the National Grid’s network. Similar outages were also reported in the Midlands, South West, and Wales, where power lines are run by Western Power Distribution.

Aug 09 10:02

Major power failure affecting trains and airports

Major power failures have been reported across large areas of the UK, affecting trains, airports and traffic lights.

Power operators for the South East, Midlands, South West and Wales said there was a "major incident" affecting electricity.

UK Power Networks said it believed it was due to a "failure on National Grid's network".

Transport for London said the drop in power is affecting traffic lights, while many trains have been delayed.

Blackouts have also been reported in the North East.

Aug 08 11:17

London Spreads Misinformation, Hides Skripal Case Details, Russian Embassy Says

UK authorities continue to disseminate misinformation about the Salisbury incident through the media, hiding details of what happened, the Russian Embassy in the UK stated after the Guardian published an article speculating on the involvement of Russian authorities.

"Nearly a year and a half after the events in Salisbury with the former Russian military intelligence officer and his daughter, the Russian side never received any intelligible information about the investigation into the incident despite the more than 80 requests we sent through diplomatic channels. Trying to fill this vacuum, the British stubbornly continue to invent various stories and myths, passing them off as confirmed facts," the embassy stated.

Aug 08 09:40

“33 criminal convictions? Welcome in the UK!” – Somali migrant invited to stay

A Somali criminal migrant who has been given the right to stay in Britain despite having 33 prior criminal convictions has been once again jailed for dealing addictive drugs to the community.

Aug 08 09:39

Two women in Islamic garments caught shoplifting goods in London

Two women have reportedly been arrested for trying to shoplift close to 20 items from an Asda grocery store in London while using traditional Muslim garments to conceal the goods.

The incident is reported to have occurred in east London at the Dagenham supermarket, the Sun reports.

Aug 08 09:38

Britain exports more than 50 tonnes of shark fins in two years

More than 50 tonnes of shark fins worth hundreds of thousands of pounds have been exported from Britain over the past two years, a Greenpeace UK investigation has revealed.

Campaigners are calling on the government to ban these exports which are fuelling the global demand for shark fin soup.

The majority of sharks in European and UK waters are being caught by Spanish vessels, according to the report by the organisation’s investigative journalism unit.

Aug 08 09:33

Investigation Exposes Record 'Golden Goodbye' Payouts to Departed Ministers Under Theresa May

In total, 18 ministers who were eligible for severance pay quit or were sacked over the government's approach to Brexit, while four members of the House of Lords who served as ministers resigned.

British taxpayers paid out almost £850,000 in ‘golden goodbyes’ to government ministers who quit their jobs, were fired or lost their seats in the 2017 general election, along with their advisers, a POLITICO analysis has found.

Aug 06 09:07

The Royal Navy has been decimated, but Iran's insolence shows why Britain must still rule the waves

Our best-known patriotic song is based on the idea that “Britannia rules the waves”. Not the world; the waves. Until quite recently, it was axiomatic that Britain’s greatness was sea-borne. The Army mattered greatly, but only sometimes. The Royal Navy mattered all the time.

Since the 1990s, attitudes have changed, and now we are paying for it. Then, we had 45 destroyers and frigates; today we have 19. As seven former First Sea Lords pointed out in a letter in yesterday’s Sunday Telegraph, Iran has been able to capture and detain the British-flagged Stena Impero because there simply wasn’t a British frigate available to prevent it.

Aug 06 09:04

UK Foreign Secretary Raab Vows to ‘Build a Stronger Alliance’ Against Russia, Iran After Brexit

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who entered office last month after Cabinet reshuffle initiated by incoming Prime Minister Boris Johnson, confirmed that the UK will be ready to leave the EU with or without a deal on 31 October.

The UK’s new Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has announced London’s plans to “fire up economic relationships with non-European partners” and create a new alliance to confront Iran and Russia after his country’s withdrawal from the EU.

“That means working with them now to ensure a smooth transition of our trading arrangements after Brexit and means quickly moving to wide-ranging trade deals that boost business, lower prices for consumers and respect our high standards,” Raab told a London news conference on Monday ahead of his working visit to North America.

Aug 05 09:25

London council cancels pro-Palestine event over anti-Semitism claims

London Borough of Tower Hamlets refused to host the closing rally of the annual bike ride raising money for Palestinian children in the besieged Gaza over claims it would breach the IHRA’s anti-Semitism criteria, the Guardian reported on Saturday.

The council told the Big Ride for Palestine, which was established on the first anniversary of Israel’s 2014 offensive on Gaza and which has raised nearly £150,000 for sports equipment for children in the enclave, that the event could not go ahead in the borough “without problems”.

However, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign won a Freedom of Information battle in an effort to discover the reasons behind the council’s refusal to host the event. Internal emails revealed that council staff agreed not to make public “anti-Semitism concerns”.

Aug 05 08:37

Ireland needs to prepare for a border poll & plan for reunification; the alternative could be chaos

With Boris Johnson laser-focused on delivering a crash-out, no-deal Brexit in October, Ireland needs to stop the foot-dragging and wishful thinking and begin preparing for a border poll and potential reunification.

Aug 05 08:33

Warning signs in multicultural, liberal London tell people not to poop in the streets

The decline of Western civilization continues. The once proud, historical City of London has become a mayhem of crime, terrorism, acid attacks, stabbings, pedophile gangs – and now also poo in the streets.

No, it’s not fake news, there are now signs in Westminster that are warning people not to poop in the streets.

“This area is being monitored for street fouling”, the signs say and warn that a violation of the regulation may lead to arrest.

People are also informed that “Mobile CCTV vans operate in this area”.

Aug 04 16:42

Families of victims hit out after Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi's brother Hashem gets legal aid for court fight

Victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack have condemned the decision to grant the bomber's brother legal aid as 'an insult'.

It comes as survivors and relatives of the 22 people killed struggle for help with legal representation at an inquest next year.

They are being made to complete intrusive questionnaires asking for details of all their assets worth over £500.

But yesterday it emerged that Hashem Abedi, 22, whose brother Salman blew himself up at an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017, will be represented by taxpayer-funded lawyers.

He was extradited to the UK from Libya last month and faces charges of murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion.

Robby Potter, who survived being blasted through the heart with shrapnel, said: 'It's yet another kick to the victims when they're down. Why should he get legal aid?'

Aug 04 16:38

Border Force intercepts three boats carrying nearly 40 migrants off Kent and Sussex coasts bringing 2019 total to 793 people caught

Two groups landed on the Kent coast while another - including young children - were found by police on the Sussex coast on Saturday.

So far this year, 793 suspected migrants have been caught by British officials.

Aug 03 09:50

Trump Administration Warns UK of Dumping Free Trade Deal, Urges Tax Cut for US Firms - Reports

Washington has warned London that the UK would not get a free trade deal unless a new tax affecting US tech giants is dropped, The Telegraph reported Friday.

In particular, the Trump administration has demanded that the digital services tax, affecting Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter, is ditched before it becomes law in this fall, according to the Telegraph.

The warning was communicated to the UK Government “at multiple levels” and has emerged as one of the most significant hurdles to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s hopes of a speedy agreement, the UK-based media outlet said.

Aug 03 09:47

Galloway blasts Lord Sugar for ‘sacrilegious mockery of Christian martyrs’, asks Pope to intervene

Pope Francis must speak out against British businessman and politician Lord Sugar after he indulged in “sacrilegious mockery of religious relics” to make a cheap political point aimed at Jeremy Corbyn, George Galloway claims.
Lord Sugar, while visiting the Ossuary Chapel of the Cathedral of Otranto in Italy had tweeted a picture showing skulls of Christian martyrs with the quip: “Looks like @jeremycorbyn shadow cabinet.” The tweet prompted outrage from Scottish firebrand Galloway, who tweeted the Pope, saying: “Please Father intervene.”

Aug 02 11:02

Blood money marks Britain as world’s second-largest arms exporter

Blood money filtering in from select Middle East Arab states has helped the United Kingdom reclaim its place as the world's second-largest arms exporter.

The latest figures from the UK's Department for International Trade (DIT) revealed record defence orders worth 14 billion pounds ($17bn) in 2018, up from nine billion pounds ($11bn) in 2017 and the highest since 1983, with nearly 80% of the money filtering in from select Middle East Arab states embroiled in illegal wars against Yemen and Syria.

The data ranks the UK as the largest arms exporter in the world, after the US, with Russia and France coming in at third and fourth place, respectively.

‘Campaign Against Arms Trade’, CAAT, a UK-based organisation working to end the international arms trade, said the figures “exposed the rank hypocrisy at the heart of UK foreign policy. The government claims to stand for human rights and democracy, but it is arming and supporting repressive regimes and dictatorships around the world.”

Aug 02 11:00

The ‘Special Relationship’ Is Collapsing… And That’s A Good Thing

British Ambassador Kim Darroch’s return to London from his failed mission in America is being hailed by many naïve commentators as yet another proof that President Trump is a crazed ego-maniac who cannot take criticism from a seasoned professional diplomat.

Aug 02 10:58

"The Buck Stops Here": Johnson Positions 'Brexiteers' to Take The Fall For A No-Deal Exit

When devising a plan from the ground up, timing is perhaps the most important component of the process. For instance, building a one hundred story structure does not begin with a spade in the ground. There are blue prints to draw up, consultations to undertake, funding to put in place, planning permission to acquire, before the objective can start to become a reality.

Aug 02 10:40

President of UK Student Union wants “Islamic takeover” and to “oppress white people”

The president of the National Union of Students of the United Kingdom says that she wants to “oppress white people” and have an “Islamic takeover”.

In 2012, under the hashtag #IfIWasPresident, Zamzam Ibrahim, a 24-year-old, first-generation Somali immigrant from Greater Manchester, tweeted “I’d oppress white people just to give them a taste of what they put us through!”

And if that wasn’t enough, when responding to questions online about what books people should read, Ibrahim said: “The Quraan. We would have an Islamic takeover!” She has also called the UK government’s counter-extremism strategy “racist” and “disastrous”.

Aug 01 12:15

Britain tells Iran: there will be no tanker swap

Britain on Thursday ruled out exchanging an Iranian tanker detained by Gibraltar for a British-flagged tanker seized by Iran in the Gulf.

“We are not going to barter: if people or nations have detained UK-flagged illegally then the rule of law and rule of international law must be upheld,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said while on a trip to Bangkok.

“We are not going to barter a ship that was detained legally with a ship that was detained illegally: that’s not the way that Iran will come in from the cold,” he said. “So I am afraid some kind of barter or haggle or linkage is not on the table.”

Aug 01 12:04

Veteran justice campaigner Pete Gregson set to be expelled from the UK’s Labour Party for opposing Zionist racism

Peter Gregson, chair of LAZIR – Labour Against Zionist Islamophobic Racism – and veteran campaigner for justice for the Palestinian people, has been given the red card by the party’s Disputes Team, which is riddled with Zionist racists – members of the so-called “Jewish Labour Movement”, a pro-Israeli apartheid body embedded within the Labour Party.>>

Jul 31 12:04

UK Fighters Scramble to Intercept Russian Military Air Transport Near Estonia

UK fighter jets based in Estonia were scrambled over the weekend to intercept a Russian IL-76 military transport plane flying close to the Baltic nation’s airspace, the UK Defense Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We continued to escort the transport aircraft as it transited in a north direction, away from Estonian airspace”, a Typhoon pilot from the squadron involved was quoted as saying in the statement.

The ministry said this was a routine mission for Typhoon fighters from the Amari Air Base, meant to provide “reassurance that the UK is here to work in partnership with Estonia.”

Jul 31 11:04

Brexit bombshell: Boris Johnson hints UK may extend EU exit transition for two more years

BORIS JOHNSON has claimed the UK may remain in the customs union and single market until 2021 as the Prime Minister discussed what his revised withdrawal agreement might look like.

Jul 31 10:19

BBC received over 1,500 complaints of bias against Jeremy Corbyn after Panorama episode

The BBC received over 1,500 complaints of bias against Jeremy Corbyn over its Panorama episode on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party that was slammed for being unfair and dishonest.

The ‘Is Labour Anti-Semitic?’ episode aired on July 10, sparking a backlash from Labour and members of the media over its bias against party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Jul 31 02:13

Remembering Dresden: 70 Years After the Firebombing

In the last months of World War II, Allied bombers from the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force conducted several major bombing raids on the eastern German city of Dresden. Beginning on the night of February 13, 1945, more than 1,200 heavy bombers dropped nearly 4,000 tons of high-explosive and incendiary bombs on the city in four successive raids. An estimated 25,000 people were killed in the bombings and the firestorm that raged afterward. More than 75,000 dwellings were destroyed, along with unique monuments of Baroque architecture in the historic city center. With photographs.
Note: God bless America, God bless our brave troops, same today and the churches stay silent!

Jul 30 08:01

US Formally Asks Germany, France, UK to Take Part in Strait of Hormuz Mission to Counter Iran

Earlier, both German and British officials said they did not support the US's "maximum pressure" strategy against Tehran, instead welcoming an operation proposed by London for a European-led security effort to "protect" commercial vessels operating in the Persian Gulf and near the Strait of Hormuz.

The United States has officially requested Germany, France and the UK to join its military mission in the Gulf to 'combat Iranian aggression,' the US Embassy in Berlin has indicated.

"We have formally asked Germany to help with securing the Strait of Hormuz and fighting Iranian aggression, along with France and the UK," a spokeswoman from the Embassy told the German Press Agency on Tuesday.

Jul 30 08:00

US Diplomat Exposed to Anti-Trump Rant at Heathrow, Warns ‘It’s Detrimental’ to UK

Katie Kane, a key staff member of the US Embassy in London, was confronted by a Heathrow Airport employee who went on a tirade against US President Donald Trump, the Daily Mail cited an unnamed source as saying on Tuesday.

The source claimed that the incident had occurred after Kane had arrived at Heathrow ‘on an overnight flight’ and that the situation escalated after a member of Heathrow's staff started to inspect her diplomatic passport.

“Obviously, Katie has a diplomatic passport which says that she works for the US government. As soon as the guy saw that, that was it. He went on a rant about [President Donald] Trump and the US,” the source said.

Jul 30 07:58

Brexit €100m beef fund for farmers announced

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has announced an emergency Brexit aid package for Irish beef farmers worth €100 million.

The support package will be made up of funds from the European Union and the Exchequer.

The support scheme will open from the third week of August, and will mean beef farmers can claim aid of €100 per adult cattle slaughtered, for up to 100 cattle per herd, between last September and May 2019.

Farmers can also claim €40 per suckler cow that calved over the course of last year, for up to 40 sucklers per herd.

Jul 29 14:32

UK “Labour Party a political home for Zionists”

Stuart Littlewood highlights the fact the UK Labour Party now officially declares itself a political home for Zionism – a racist, supremacist, ideology – thereby betraying its core values and the Palestinians still struggling for freedom, independence and a share of the modern world's prosperity. >>

Jul 29 11:18

The Queen's ex-private secretary Lord Geidt is being eyed as Britain's next US ambassador in battle with Civil Service chief Sir Mark Sedwill after resignation of Sir Kim Darroch

A former private secretary to the Queen who has been knighted four times and elevated to the peerage may be on track to add a still-loftier title to his name by becoming His Excellency, the British Ambassador to the United State.

Christopher Geidt, 57, is on a shortlist of three to replace Sir Kim Darroch in Washington, according to senior Whitehall sources quotes in the Sunday Times.

Lord Geidt served a Her Majesty's right hand man for seven years but was ejected from the post two years ago amid claims of a royal power struggle between Buckingham Palace and Clarence House over the succession.

Jul 29 10:17

Iran Tensions Just Went Through The Roof As British Make Final Push Over Captured Ship, Crew Featured

Britain told Iran on Monday that if it wants to “come out of the dark” it must follow international rules and release a British-flagged oil tanker seized by its forces in the Gulf.

Jul 29 07:22

Muslim parents withdraw flu ‘super-spreader’ kids from ‘non-halal’ vaccine program

Muslim parents across England are refusing to allow their children to take part in a flu vaccine program after Islamic scholars deemed it “unacceptable in Islam,” leading to fears elderly people could suffer as a consequence.

NHS England is offering every primary school child in the country a nasal spray vaccine called Fluenz, to protect individuals of all ages against the virus. However, Muslim parents are withdrawing their children from the program because it contains gelatine derived from pigs – considered unclean by Islamic imams.

Jul 28 21:22

Iran military strength REVEALED as tensions with the UK soar - shock chart

Global Fire Power (GFP) reviewed both Tehran and London’s military strength this year and ranked them eighth and 14th respectively out of the 137 nations analysed so far.

The website assesses the military strength of countries using a thorough in-house generated formula, called PowerIndex score (PwrIndx).

A comparison of the UK and Iran’s military strength shows Britain falling behind when it comes to manpower, land and naval strength and petroleum resources.

Jul 28 18:45

Rouhani hopes BoJo’s ‘familiarity’ with Iran will help alleviate tensions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the new British prime minister and expressed hope for improving relations amid an ongoing spike in tensions between London and Tehran.

The president hailed Johnson’s “familiarity with relations between Iran and the United Kingdom,” apparently referring to his tenure as foreign secretary. Rouhani also said in a statement released by the presidential office that he hopes this knowledge would help the new prime minister to “greatly contribute to removing the existing obstacles on the path of development of relations between the two countries” and “further deepen bilateral and multilateral relations.”

Jul 28 13:26

Open letter to British MPs on their witch-hunts of pro-Palestinian figures

Fernando Guevara explains why British MPs must stop giving ground to Zionism instead of defending their constituencies and the conscientious objectors who are now subject to witch-hunts for carrying out their duties in the face of Zionist demands. >>

Jul 27 08:46

Brexit deal between UK and Australia ’within weeks’! Boris brings ‘new opportunity’

AUSTRALIA wants a new post-Brexit trade deal with the UK as soon as possible, “maybe even weeks”, the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

Jul 27 08:43

Ministry of Defence wastes £113million of taxpayers’ cash on military spending blunders

THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE has blown £113million on military spending blunders including £15million on a simulator for an RAF Tornado yet which is no longer being used, a new damming report has revealed.

On top of the £15million, a further £4million was spent on unused travel bookings, according to a report on military spending errors. In total, the report shows that defence chiefs have wasted £113million on schemes despite fears that the UK is short of troops and fighting equipment. The cash waste has been revealed in the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) annual reports and accounts and comes at a time that the department is appealing for billions more in funding.

Jul 26 15:44

'Calm down, it's called the weather': Green activists mocked online for their hysterical response to a BBC tweet heralding the hottest day of the year

Environmental group WWF tweeted: 'This is a #ClimateEmergency - not something that should be celebrated. #Hottestdayoftheyear.'

One social media responded saying 'It's called summer', while another told the organisation to 'have a day off'.

The Green Party added: 'Hey @BBC Some records we really don't want to break. #hottestdayoftheyear #ClimateEmergency.'

Responses to the Green Party's tweet included 'oh calm down Mary' and 'It's called weather'.

Jul 26 15:42

Iran crisis: Boris Johnson’s father offers PM tanker solution ‘Easy peasy!’

STANLEY Johnson, father of new Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has claimed his son will solve the crisis over Iran’s seizure of UK-flagged oil tanker the Stena Impero “easy peasy” - by swapping it with an Iranian vessel boarded by Royal Marines off the coast of Gibraltar earlier this month.

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