Thought for the day

"I contend that for a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity, is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." -- Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)


During an online conference at Australia's Lowy Institute, Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky called on NATO to carry out "preventive nuclear strikes" on Russia in order to "deter" Moscow from using nukes. The Russian side has repeatedly stressed that there can be no winner in a nuclear war, and it should never be unleashed.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has urged the entire world to take note of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's call for a preventive nuclear strike on Russia.

The story behind the Female IRA fighter photograph, 1970s libraryhist Thu, 10/06/2022 - 14:45

This photo was taken by Irish photographer Coleman Doyle. Original caption: "A female IRA volunteer on active service with an AR18 assault rifle in West Belfast". The IRA regularly holds "weapons demonstrations" showcasing its modern and numerous weapons.

UK-based investors pulled a record 2.4 billion pounds ($2.74 billion) from equity funds in September, funds network Calastone said on Wednesday.

The net outflows make September the worst month in what is already the worst year on record for equity funds, Calastone said.

Funds focused on UK equities were the worst hit, Calastone added, with 694 million pounds' worth of selling making for the sixteenth consecutive month of outflows. U.S. equity funds also saw their biggest outflows on record.

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has censured British Prime Minister Liz Truss for calling herself a “huge Zionist” who wants to strengthen London’s relationship with Tel Aviv, saying the comments are in line with the UK’s 1917 Balfour Declaration, which set the stage for the creation of the Israeli regime and occupation of Palestine.

“Her statements about supporting Zionism mean she is standing at the Zionist regime’s side and supporting aggression against the Palestinian nation,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement.

 Britain and Poland are investigating possible cooperation in the development of a surface-launched, long-range missile in the latest step towards strengthening their ties in the defense sector.

The two nations announced their intention to take a look at forming a partnership at the end of a visit Oct. 5 to Poland by British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace for talks with his Polish counterpart, Mariusz Błaszczak.

The former Prime Minister of Ukraine has appealed to world leader's to follow Liz Truss's example of refusing to compromise with Russia and Vladimir Putin over Russia's illegal invasion of his country. Speaking exclusively to, Volodymyr Groysman contrasted Ms Truss's speech at the Tory party conference with condemnation over Elon Musk's suggestion that Ukraine cedes territory to Russia as a compromise solution.

Egypt demands return of ancient Rosetta Stone MikeRivero Thu, 10/06/2022 - 06:52

Rosetta Stone

A close-up view of the cartouche of the Ptolemaic dynasty Pharaoh Ptolemy V Epiphanes inscribed with the rest of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic text in the upper portion of the Rosetta Stone, on display at the British Museum in London on July 26, 2022 [File: Amir Makar/AFP]


“If you have voted conservative, you do not deserve to be resuscitated by the NHS,” a former nurse of England’s publicly-funded National Health Service said during a live televised debate on Monday.

‘And I am sorry, but if you have voted Conservative, you do not deserve to be resuscitated by the NHS,” former nurse Mirada Hughes declared while ranting to Host Jeremy Vine during a Channel 5 debate titled “Britain on the Brink.”

Tory MPs want Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to step in as an "emergency Prime Minister" to take them through to the next election if Liz Truss’ government collapses. has been told that the popular minister is the favourite in a shortlist of three as the beleaguered Ms Truss fights to keep control of her party with MPs openly claiming she has "10 days to save her Premiership".