Posts Tagged ‘ UK ’

EU rules against UK’s “Snoopers’ Charter”

December 22, 2016
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The UK government says it is 'disappointed' after the European Court of Justice said the 'indiscriminate' collection of data was against EU law. EU judges said communications data could only be retained if it was used to fight serious crime. Its verdict came after a legal challenge to the UK government's surveillance legislation. ... The Lib Dems said the ruling proved the government had 'overstepped the mark' with its Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act, branded the 'snoopers' charter' by critics, which requires communications companies to retain data for 12 months." (12/21/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38390150  

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Hope Not Hate crowd-funds plan to sue Nigel Farage for saying mean things about them

December 21, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate has launched a crowd-funding campaign to sue Nigel Farage after he referred to them as 'extremists' who 'masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means.' The organisation's director, Nick Lowles, announced on Twitter it had written to the former Ukip leader demanding he withdraw the claims or face legal action." [editor's note: I sometimes daydream about suing people who say things I don't like. Then I wake up and remember that I an not a five-year-old spoiled brat - TLK] (12/20/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hope-not-hate-nigel-farage-lawsuit-sue-crowdfunding-jo-cox-brendan-comments-berlin-attack-a7487226.html  

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UK: Queen to hand over patronages of more than 20 national organisations

December 20, 2016
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The Guardian Guardian [UK]    

"The Queen is cutting her workload -- stepping down as patron of more than 20 national organisations at the end of the year, Buckingham Palace has said. Her Majesty, who turned 90 in April, will relinquish her association with the groups -- just as the Duke of Edinburgh broke formal ties with some of his patronages when he turned 90 in 2011. The move is likely to be seen as a common sense decision that acknowledges the Queen's advancing years, but Buckingham Palace stressed she was still patron of more than 600 organisations." (12/20/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/20/the-queen-to-hand-over-patronages-of-over-20-national-organisations  

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UK: Amazon makes its first drone delivery to a real customer

December 14, 2016
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Albuquerque Journal    

"Amazon.com has long talked about its ambitions for using drones to deliver small parcels to its legions of customers. Now, it appears the e-commerce giant is one step closer to that goal. On Wednesday, the company said that it has made its first autonomous drone delivery -- an order for an Amazon Fire TV streaming device and a bag of popcorn -- to a shopper in the United Kingdom. Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, tweeted Wednesday morning that the box was at the customer's home 13 minutes after the order was placed." (12/14/16)

https://www.abqjournal.com/908702/amazon-makes-its-first-drone-delivery-to-a-real-customer.html  

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After Brexit, snowflake professors need to grow up

December 12, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Dennis Hayes  

Stupid, racist and uneducated -- many academics I know think that these three words characterise the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit. After the referendum, many of these same academics spent time publicly crying and ranting about the vote. Once the hysteria had passed, there was a period of agonising self-blame: 'We've failed as teachers!' 'What more could we have done?' But this lament wasn't about education, it wasn't about academics' failure to teach English, history, maths, physics and all the other disciplines that constitute the university. No, these academics felt that they had failed to instil students with particular behaviours, beliefs and attitudes. These academics see higher education as having aims beyond the pursuit of knowledge within the disciplines. They believe that the university is ultimately concerned with 'social justice.'" (12/12/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-brexit-snowflake-professor-need-to-grow-up/  

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Snowden leaks show GCHQ considered Israel a threat to Middle East peace

December 8, 2016
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International Business Times    

"Newly leaked documents revealed that U.K.'s intelligence agency surveilled Israeli military and diplomatic entities from 2008 to 2009, once labeling Tel Aviv as a genuine threat to stability in the Middle East, French daily Le Monde reported Thursday. The extent of the U.K.'s spying on Israel came to light after former National Security Agency employee turned whistleblower Edward Snowden shared top secret documents with The Intercept, an online media outlet dedicated to publishing Snowden's leaks. The files reportedly detailed efforts by the U.K.'s intelligence bureau General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to snoop on its ally Israel during the Iranian elections." (12/08/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/uk-israel-threat-middle-east-peace-according-edward-snowden-leaks-2457160  

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UK: Supreme Court president says court won’t overturn Brexit vote

December 8, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The historic Brexit legal challenge has drawn to a close with a reminder from the Supreme Court that it will not 'overturn the result of the EU referendum. Lord Neuberger said the case focused on 'the process by which that result can lawfully be brought into effect.' The Supreme Court president promised a decision 'as soon as possible.' The hearing ended with the government's lawyer arguing ministers have the authority to trigger Brexit. The case centres on the whether the UK government has the power to serve notice of its intention to quit the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty or whether, as various campaigners have claimed, it must seek Parliament's authorisation." (12/08/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38247937  

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EU launches legal case against Germany, UK over Volkswagen scandal

December 8, 2016
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Reuters    

"The European Union opened legal action on Thursday against seven nations including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen scandal. Germany, Britain, Spain and Luxembourg stand accused of not imposing the same kind of penalties VW faced in the United States over its use of illegal software to mask emissions of health-harming nitrogen oxide (NOx) on tests. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, has further called Germany and Britain to account for refusing to share details on breaches of EU emissions laws uncovered in national investigations this year." (12/08/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-eu-idUSKBN13X14N  

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Assange releases full testimony to Swedish prosecutors six years after rape allegations

December 8, 2016
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The Independent [UK]    

"Julian Assange says he is 'entirely innocent' of a string of sexual assault claims in his first full testimony released to Swedish prosecutors. The WikiLeaks editor-in-chief has spent four years inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London avoiding an impending arrest surrounding the claims of two women. It is the first time he has gone public with his version of events over the rape and sexual assault allegations." (12/07/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/julian-assange-testimony-full-sex-assault-charges-wikileaks-ecuadorian-embassy-a7460356.html  

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UK: Supreme Court told Scotland should get say on Brexit

December 8, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Scotland's top legal officer has said the Scottish Parliament's consent is needed before the UK triggers Brexit. Lord Advocate James Wolffe said he was not arguing Holyrood had a veto, but said its consent was required because of the 'significant changes' Brexit would make to its powers. He was speaking on day three of the Supreme Court battle over who can invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Ministers say they can do so with without consulting Parliament." (12/07/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38234846  

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UK: Bureaucrats demand $107 million bribe from Pfizer for drug pricing

December 7, 2016
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CNBC    

"Britain's competition watchdog has fined Pfizer a record 84.2 million pounds ($107 million) for its role in ramping up the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600 percent. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) also fined Flynn Pharma 5.2 million pounds for overcharging for phenytoin sodium capsules, following a dramatic price hike in 2012. The CMA's ruling comes amid a growing debate on both sides of the Atlantic about the ethics of price hikes for old off-patent medicines that are only made by a few firms and where there is little competition." (12/07/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/07/britain-fines-pfizer-record-107-million-for-huge-drug-price-hike.html  

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UK: Police arrest man over threats to Brexit lawsuit claimant

December 7, 2016
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WHIO News    

"A man has been arrested on suspicion of sending online threats to the lead claimant in Britain's Brexit court case, police said Wednesday, as the high-stakes legal drama continued at the Supreme Court. Financial entrepreneur Gina Miller took the government to court, arguing it does not have the power to trigger Britain's exit from the 28-nation European Union without a vote in Parliament. ... London's Metropolitan Police said officers arrested a 55-year-old man Monday in Swindon, western England, 'on suspicion of racially aggravated malicious communications' directed at a 51-year-old woman since Nov. 3. The suspect has been bailed while prosecutors consider whether to charge him. A 38-year-old man from Scotland has also been issued a 'cease and desist' notice as part of the same investigation." (12/07/16)

http://www.whio.com/business/police-arrest-man-over-threats-brexit-lawsuit-claimant/owRUCVqgLIpzk7O2FMOHhL/  

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UK: Supreme Court hears landmark challenge to Brexit plans

December 6, 2016
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Beaumont Enterprise    

"Britain's Supreme Court began hearing a landmark case Monday that will decide who has the power to trigger the U.K.'s exit from the European Union -- the government or Parliament. The legal battle has major constitutional implications for the balance of power between the legislature and the executive, and has inflamed Britain's already raw wound over how and whether to leave the EU. ... Neuberger and 10 other justices at the country's top court must decide whether Prime Minister Theresa May's government can invoke Article 50 of the EU's key treaty, the trigger for two years of divorce talks, without the approval of lawmakers." (12/05/16)

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/world/article/UK-government-s-Brexit-plans-in-hands-of-Supreme-10691306.php  

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UK could pay EU for access to single market, ministers admit

December 2, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Britain could end up paying the European Union to retain access to the single market, David Davis and Philip Hammond have said, in a concerted attempt to signal that the government is willing to take a flexible approach to the looming Brexit negotiations. Theresa May has never made ongoing financial contributions a red line -- unlike controlling immigration -- but Davis still surprised MPs when he conceded on Thursday morning that the government may be willing to pay to retain single market access, a point Hammond then reinforced in a speech in Scotland." (12/01/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/dec/01/uk-could-pay-eu-for-access-to-single-market-ministers-admit  

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UN rejects UK regime’s appeal of Assange arbitrary detention ruling

December 1, 2016
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Daily Express [UK]    

"The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention threw out a UK appeal against its previous ruling, when the panel had said that Mr Assange's detention was unlawful. Although Mr Assange voluntarily sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London more than four years ago, the panel ruled that the fact that he would be arrested as soon as he attempted to leave amounted to an arbitrary detention. In throwing out the appeal, the UN said the British Government had not brought forward any new evidence to allow a review of the case. Following the ruling, Mr Assange said in a statement: 'Now that all appeals are exhausted I expect that the UK and Sweden will comply with their international obligations and set me free.'" (12/01/16)

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/738767/Wikileaks-Julian-Assange-free-United-Nations-UK-Government-appeal  

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How the left learned to love Prevent

December 1, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Joanna Williams  

"Prevent, the British government's counter-extremism strategy, has been controversial since it was first proposed a decade ago. Under Prevent, teachers, lecturers and a host of other professionals have a duty to safeguard individuals considered susceptible to radicalisation. Anyone who appears to challenge British values, or whose behaviour attracts suspicion, can be reported to local authorities for monitoring and re-education. Nearly 4,000 people were referred under Prevent in 2015, almost three times as many as in the previous year. The youngest was just four years old. ... The left's public about-turn reflects growing numbers of people being referred under Prevent for holding far-right views. While suspected Islamic extremism still provides the most common justification for referral, the number of individuals referred for right-wing extremism increased by 74 per cent between 2014 and 2015." (11/30/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-the-left-learned-to-love-prevent/  

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UK: “Snooper’s charter” becomes law, extending surveillance state

November 30, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The 'snooper's charter' bill extending the reach of state surveillance in Britain was given royal assent and became law on Tuesday as signatures on a petition calling for it to be repealed passed the 130,000 mark. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, hailed the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 as 'world-leading legislation' that provided 'unprecedented transparency and substantial privacy protection.' But privacy campaigners claimed that it would provide an international standard to authoritarian regimes around the world to justify their own intrusive surveillance powers." (11/29/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/snoopers-charter-bill-becomes-law-extending-uk-state-surveillance  

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UK: Swedish prosecutors end Assange interrogation

November 16, 2016
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Independent [Ireland]    

"The interview with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London has ended after a second day of questioning. The Swedish Prosecution Authority said prosecutors will now take a view on the continuation of the investigation against the WikiLeaks founder. He faces a sex allegation which he has always denied. Assistant prosecutor Ingrid Isgren and Swedish police inspector Cecilia Redell were again present at Tuesday's interview." (11/15/16)

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/prosecutors-end-questioning-of-julian-assange-in-londons-ecuadorian-embassy-35217736.html  

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Why judges should never rule on politics

November 9, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Jon Holbrook  

"On 3 November a legal contest concluded. It took place in court, involved 24 lawyers making legal submissions over three days, and resulted in a legal judgement from three judges. If this contest had been over who should inherit the deceased's estate, or whether the homicide was murder or manslaughter, the judgement would not have been frontpage news, with headlines like 'The judges versus the people' (Daily Telegraph) and 'Enemies of the people' (Daily Mail). But these judges had not just delivered a verdict on the finer points of civil or criminal law. Nor were they merely interpreting a law passed by parliament. In fact, they weren't even giving a judgement on an issue that called for any legal expertise. No, these judges gave a judgement on the highly political issue of withdrawing Britain from the European Union; more specifically, on whether parliament or the government had the right to pull the trigger on Article 50, which starts the Brexit process." (11/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-judges-should-never-rule-on-politics-brexit-article-50/  

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The fight for Brexit is a fight for democracy

November 8, 2016
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Calmly but urgently, we need to recognise the seriousness of what happened in Britain last week. Courtesy of a court case brought by rich, angry supporters of keeping Britain in the EU, Brexit is no longer the property of the people. Instead it's been handed over to a political class largely hostile to it. It has been made subject to the narrow machinations of a political and media elite who have made no secret of their loathing for it, and for those who voted for it. The greatest democratic cry in British political history has been removed from the demos, from public ownership, and turned into a thing to be gabbed about and reshaped by those who, in David Attenborough's words, are 'probably wiser than we are.'" (11/07/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-fight-for-brexit-is-a-fight-for-democracy/  

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Prerogative powers and the European Union

November 8, 2016
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Sean Gabb The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sean Gabb  

"I have read the Judgment of the High Court in the case of R (Miller) Secretary of State for Exiting the EU. So far as I understand, the Government claims that it may give notice to leave the European Union as a matter of prerogative power. The European Treaties are international agreements. These are not a matter for Parliament, though Parliament may be consulted for the sake of politeness, and must be asked for any change of domestic law for bringing a treaty into effect. But it is for the Crown alone to decide whether to make or withdraw from a treaty. The opposing argument is that the European Treaties are unique, so far as they directly confer rights on British citizens." (11/07/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle897-20161106-03.html  

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UK: Tesco Bank suspends “all transactions” as 20,000 customers lose money in hack

November 7, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Tesco Bank has taken the drastic measure of temporarily halting all online transactions after thousands of customers have seen hundreds of pounds wiped from their savings accounts over the weekend due to an online hacking attack. Benny Higgins, chief executive of Tesco Bank, on Monday, confirmed that that about 20,000 customers have had money taken from their accounts, with 'suspicious activity' identified in another 20,000. ... The bank, which has more than 7 million customers account confirmed 'fraudulent criminal activity' was first identified late on Saturday." (11/07/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/tesco-bank-accounts-suspended-transactions-access-frozen-hack-money-la-a7402006.html  

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UK: High Court rules government cannot trigger Article 50 (Brexit) without parliamentary approval

November 4, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"The High Court has ruled that the Government does not have power to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval and a vote from MPs. Campaigners have won their battle over Theresa May's decision to use the royal prerogative in her Brexit strategy to start the process of leaving the European Union. The government have said they will appeal the decision in the Supreme Court." (11/03/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/03/high-court-to-rule-on-brexit-legal-battle-and-theresa-mays-decis/  

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Article 50: Down with this legal coup against the masses

November 3, 2016
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Today's High Court ruling that Article 50 should not be triggered by the government but rather must be mulled over and decided on by MPs is being presented as a mere technical decision. It's just about ins and outs. It's about practicalities, not politics. It's about the 'procedure and policy' of how we leave the EU, says one of the filthy-rich claimants who took this Brexitphobic court action. They really must believe their own propaganda about us Brexit-backing plebs being 'low information' (Forbes) and 'ignoramuses' (Richard Dawkins) if they think we're going to buy this. We aren't. This court action, and the glee it's being greeted with by media and political haters of Brexit, is 100 per cent political, to its core. It's motivated far less by a love for legally clean procedure than by a naked disdain for ordinary people and our democratic authority. It's not a blow for box-ticking; it's a blow against what we the people said in the ballot box on 23 June." (11/03/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/article-50-down-with-this-legal-coup-against-the-masses-high-court/  

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Uber and out

November 1, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Rob Lyons  

"The gig economy does throw up some important questions about employment rights. Uber would, on the face of it, seem to be the perfect, flexible working arrangement. All you need is a reasonably new car in good condition, a private hire licence, a smartphone, and off you go. Log on whenever you feel like working and log off again when you're done. In theory, no one at Uber should be demanding that you work at particular periods, you can even take advantage of high demand to charge more for the trip through 'surge' pricing. For those looking for an extra bit of income on top of another job, that might be a sensible arrangement, particularly if you own the car already. But for those treating Uber as their main source of income, the situation is more troubling. Uber looks like it is skirting around employment rights in order to cut costs under the pretence of self-employment." [editor's note: There is no "right" to employment. Don't like the way Uber does things? Don't work with them - TLK] (11/01/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/uber-and-out/  

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