Posts Tagged ‘ UK ’

UK: Government rules out Orgreave inquiry

October 31, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"The home secretary, Amber Rudd, has rejected the possibility of an inquiry into the 'Battle of Orgreave,' the brutal clashes between police and miners during the 1984 miners' strike. The long-awaited decision will be regarded as a bitter blow to former miners and campaigners who hoped an inquiry would establish clear links between the misconduct by the South Yorkshire police during the Hillsborough disaster and their behaviour five years earlier at Orgreave. ... The brutal clashes on 18 June 1984 between 6,000 police officers from forces across the country and thousands of striking miners during a mass picket at coking works in South Yorkshire was a key moment in the miners' strike. ... 95 miners were prosecuted for riot and unlawful assembly, offences which carry a potential life sentence. But their trial collapsed and all were acquitted amid allegations that officers colluded to write court statements." (10/31/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/oct/31/government-rules-out-orgreave-inquiry  

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UK: May warned bankers of Brexit risks before vote

October 26, 2016
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RTE [Irish state media]    

"Theresa May has been accused of ignoring her own 'dire warnings' about the consequences of a so-called hard Brexit after a recording emerged of her setting out fears for the economy. The British Prime Minister told investment bankers at an event at Goldman Sachs before the 23 June referendum she was concerned businesses would leave if Britain quit the bloc. She has since said that Britain should have maximum freedom to trade in the single market but not at the expense of immigration controls." (10/26/16)

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2016/1026/826969-brexit/  

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UK’s Turing law: Gay and bisexual men to be posthumously pardoned

October 20, 2016
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"Three years after World War II code-breaking hero Alan Turing was given a posthumous pardon by the Queen, the government has vowed to amend draft legislation so that thousands of convicted gay and bisexual men who went to their graves as sex offenders will also receive pardons. Dubbed the 'Turing law,' deceased men who were convicted of historic anti-gay offences will be formally pardoned." [editor's note: The idea of "pardoning" them is insulting to their memory -- it is the evildoers who passed and enforced those laws who did something that should require a pardon; what the victims deserve is an APOLOGY (and, if still alive, restitution from their persecutors) - TLK] (10/20/16)

http://arstechnica.co.uk/tech-policy/2016/10/alan-turing-law-gay-bisexual-men-posthumous-pardon/  

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Regime source admits US pressured Ecuador to silence Assange in bid to aid Clinton

October 20, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Quiet pressure from the U.S. government played a role in Ecuador's decision to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from using the internet at Ecuador's London embassy, U.S. officials told NBC News. 'It was a bit of an eviction notice,' said a senior intelligence official. Ecuador's government said Tuesday it had partly restricted internet access for Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, who has lived in the South American country's London embassy for more than four years. The action came after U.S. officials conveyed their [evidenceless propaganda claim] that Assange is a willing participant in a Russian intelligence operation to undermine the U.S. presidential election, NBC News has learned. U.S. intelligence officials [pretend to] believe Assange knows he is getting the information from Russian intelligence, though they do not believe he is involved in helping plan the hacking, officials told NBC." (10/19/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-urged-ecuador-act-against-assange-n669271  

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Assange’s fate

October 19, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The saga of Julian Assange seems to be drawing to a climax -- one that will decide the fate of this historic whistleblower who, for years, has been a giant thorn in the side of governments everywhere. His role in exposing the machinations of the US government over the years earned him the plaudits of liberals -- until the Bush era ended, and he started exposing the crimes of the Obama administration and -- most pointedly -- the hypocrisy and venality of Hillary Clinton and her journalistic camarilla. Now we see right-wing figures like Sean Hannity and -- yes! -- Donald Trump praising and defending him, while the ostensible liberals take up the cry of the Clinton campaign that he's a 'pawn of the Kremlin' and a 'rapist.'" (10/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/10/18/assanges-fate/  

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Once more into the breach on Brexit and trade

October 19, 2016
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"The Cabinet has been told that Brexit will be bad for trade, very bad. The problem here is that the sources of this information are the same scaremongering reports that were passed around before the referendum, those reports that were part of Project Fear. And the current precis of them doesn't include the most important part of the Treasury report, which is the mechanism by which trade makes us richer in the medium to long term. The Cabinet is thus being feed information that is not entirely and wholly true ..." (10/19/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/once-more-into-the-breach-on-brexit-and-trade  

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Clegg: “Hard Brexit” will lead to price hikes for many of UK’s favourite foods

October 17, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Britain could see sharp rises in the price of some of the nation's favourite foods if Theresa May persists with a 'hard Brexit' strategy, Nick Clegg has warned. The former Liberal Democrat leader has been criticised in some sections of the media after he admitted he was willing to delay Britain's exit from the EU if it meant keeping access to some benefits like access to the single market, describing a slowdown as 'a good thing.' And in a new report, his party suggested the recent furore over the price of marmite could be just the start of a 'triple whammy' of economic fallout from May's Brexit plan." [editor's note: Price? Marmite? After trying it, I kind of assumed I'd been duped and that in the normal course of things people are paid to eat it! - TLK] (10/17/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-nick-clegg-lib-dems-food-price-increases-chocolate-cheese-wine-a7364981.html  

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Theresa May’s anti-libertarian turn

October 16, 2016
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Alberto Mingardi EconLog
by Alberto Mingardi  

"Theresa May's speech at the Tory national conference has generated little enthusiasm among British conservatives of a libertarian bent. On the other hand, it cautioned some people on the left, who found Mrs May is perhaps ready to steal the very vocabulary of the labour party. May understands Brexit not just as a vote 'to change Britain's relationship with the European Union,' but also as a call for 'a change in the way our country works -- and the people for whom it works -- forever.'" (10/15/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/10/theresa_mays_an.html  

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Do western nations care about Yemeni lives or Saudi blood money?

October 13, 2016
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Medea Benjamin  

"How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi's western backers, particularly the US and UK, which have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons, military training, logistical support and diplomatic cover for its dirty interventionist war." (10/13/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/mbenjamin/2016/10/12/western-nations-care-yemeni-lives-saudi-blood-money/  

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Scotland: Sturgeon announces new independence referendum bill

October 13, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A consultation gets under way next week on plans for a second Scottish independence referendum, the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. She told the party's Glasgow conference that an Independence Referendum Bill would be published next week. It marks the first step to holding a second vote. Ms Sturgeon said Scotland had the right to choose a different path if it was not allowed to protect its interests 'within the UK.' The first Scottish independence referendum, which took place on 18 September, 2014, resulted in 55% of voters saying 'no.'" (10/13/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-37634338  

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No, don’t let MPs have a vote on Brexit

October 10, 2016
posted by

Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"An interesting little political manouevre here, insisting that MPs should be able to vote on the trade arrangements post Brexit. Specifically, the claim is that membership or not of the Single Market is not the same as Brexit and thus MPs should vote on that single market membership or not. To which the correct answer is no, go away ..." (10/10/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/no-dont-let-mps-have-a-vote-on-brexit  

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UK: May rules out allowing MPs to vote on Brexit plans

October 10, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Theresa May has said MPs will not be given a vote on Brexit because it would be 'unacceptable' to 'second guess' the British people. The Prime Minister's spokesman said it was 'absolutely necessary' for MPs to scrutinise the 'process' of leaving the EU but that MPs should not be given a vote." (10/10/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/10/10/theresa-may-brexit-talks-denmark-netherlands-live/  

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UK: Regime plan to make companies list foreign workers faces backlash

October 6, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd defended a series of policy proposals aimed at cutting the number of foreign workers at British companies after she was accused of stoking racism and anti-immigrant sentiment. Under the plans announced at the Conservative Party conference, companies would have to list the non-U.K. nationals who work for them. Banks and landlords would also face sanctions if they fail to make checks on foreigners doing business with them. ... Lawmakers for the opposition Labour Party joined business leaders in criticizing Rudd over the plans, which she said are part of a review aimed at helping companies train local staff to reduce the dependence on workers from outside Britain." (10/05/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-05/u-k-plan-to-make-companies-list-foreign-workers-faces-backlash  

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UK: Farage says he is interim UKIP leader; won’t run again

October 5, 2016
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Beaumont Enterprise    

"Nigel Farage says he is technically still the interim leader of the UK Independence Party but does not plan to pursue that role on a permanent basis following the surprise resignation of Diane James. Farage had stepped down after playing a prominent role in convincing British voters to part ways with the European Union in a landmark referendum in June. He said he wanted his life back after years of campaigning against EU membership. ... James threw the party into disarray by resigning only 18 days after she took over the role, citing personal and professional reasons and a lack of support from party members." (10/05/16)

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/politics/article/Nigel-Farage-says-he-won-t-return-as-UKIP-leader-9722803.php  

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UKIP leader Diane James steps down after just 18 days on the job

October 4, 2016
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Bloomberg    

"Diane James resigned as the leader of the U.K. Independence Party a mere 18 days after succeeding Nigel Farage, who helped lead the campaign for the U.K. to leave the European Union. In a statement on her verified Twitter account, the 56-year-old lawmaker said Tuesday that since assuming leadership of the anti-immigration party, 'it has become clear that I do not have the sufficient authority, nor the full support' among her European parliament colleagues 'and party officers to implement changes I believe necessary and upon which I based my campaign.'" (10/04/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-04/ukip-leader-diane-james-steps-down-after-just-18-days-on-the-job  

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They shall not pass: The Battle of Cable Street 80 years on

October 4, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by James Heartfield  

"'Ex-soldiers asked to give way to Mosley' was the headline in the Communist Party newspaper, the Daily Worker, on 30 September 1936. Oswald Mosley, a former Labour Party government minister, set up the British Union of Fascists in 1932, modelling it on Hitler's Nazi Party. Chief among its tactics was the intimidation of East London's Jews with marches and rallies, followed by violent attacks. Mosley announced that he would march through the East End on Sunday 4 October 1936. The headline in the Daily Worker was a warning to the rebellious Stepney Communists who wanted to challenge the fascists where they marched. The party leadership hated this direct action. They wanted to draw Communists off to a peaceful march against the Spanish fascist Franco, which was planned to take place in Trafalgar Square. ... Stepney Communists thought differently. Forbidden from challenging the fascists directly by their branch committee, they organised instead as an ex-servicemen’s association, led by Joe Jacobs." (10/04/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/they-shall-not-pass-the-battle-of-cable-street-80-years-on/  

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UK: May says Brexit process to begin by end of March

October 3, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"Britain will begin the formal process of leaving the European Union by the end of March, Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday, seeking to ease concern about the nation's future and the threat of reduced foreign investment and the weakening of the economy. Members of the ruling Conservative Party applauded wildly as May said the British people had made it clear that they wanted a clear date for exiting the EU and that she was going to deliver. European leaders and company executives have pushed the government to say when it plans to trigger Article 50 of the EU treaty, starting talks on the U.K.'s departure, so they can begin preparing for a post-EU Britain." (10/02/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-brexit-theresa-may-european-union-20161002-story.html  

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UK: Corbyn rules out any pledge to appease Know-Nothings

September 28, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Jeremy Corbyn will say on Wednesday that a Labour government will not 'sow division' by promising to cut immigration, despite pressure from key backbenchers to shift the party's stance after the Brexit vote. Freedom of movement has emerged as a fresh dividing line in the party, with some MPs saying the message from the public in the vote was that levels of immigration from the EU had become too high." [editor's note: I wonder if Sean Gabb is freaked out to have Corbyn and Labour outflanking him on the libertarian side of that issue? - TLK] (09/27/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/27/jeremy-corbyn-rules-out-pledge-cut-immigration  

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Labour’s fracking ban: Prohibiting progress

September 27, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Rob Lyons  

"Labour has announced that it would ban 'fracking' for shale gas if it wins power at the next General Election. The shadow environment secretary, Barry Gardiner, told the party's annual conference in Liverpool: 'Fracking locks us into an energy infrastructure that is based on fossil fuels long after our country needs to have moved to clean energy. So, today, I am announcing that a future Labour government will ban fracking.' This pretty much sums up the constituency that Labour is now appealing to: public-sector lentil-munchers who don't really like all this messy material-development malarkey. But how do they think we will keep the lights on for their beloved NHS? Do we face a future of yoghurt-knitting and homeopathy by candlelight?" (09/27/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/labours-fracking-ban-a-prohibition-on-progress/  

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Survey: Brexit pushes 76% of UK CEOs to consider moving headquarters abroad

September 26, 2016
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International Business Times    

"A majority of UK chief executive officers are considering moving their headquarters or operations outside the country, a KPMG survey has revealed, directly linking the sentiment to the Brexit vote and the uncertainty surrounding it. The KPMG survey was based on answers from 100 UK CEOs. These bosses run companies that earn between £100m ($129.8m) and £1bn in annual revenues. The survey found that 72% of the CEOs interviewed had voted in favour of "Remain" at the 23 June referendum. Now, 76% of them said they would look at some form of relocation post-Brexit." (09/26/16)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/brexit-pushes-76-british-ceos-consider-moving-headquarters-abroad-kpmg-survey-shows-1583259  

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Why the Tories are tearing themselves apart

September 26, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"It's not just the Labour Party struggling to resist its own disintegration. The Conservative Party, the party currently and improbably in power, is also irresistibly crumbling away. It's not as openly disordered as Labour. Theresa May, with her talk of grammar schools, her old-fashioned decorum and her whiff of Thatcher, is even presented as some sort of unifying figure, a homage to the Tories' good old days. But, as this weekend's book-fuelled revelations show, all is far from well within the government." (09/26/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-the-tories-are-tearing-themselves-apart/1  

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UK: Corbyn survives Labour Party leadership challenge

September 25, 2016
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
by  

"Jeremy Corbyn was reelected leader of the bitterly divided Labour Party on Saturday, just a year after his dark-horse ascension rocked Britain'’s political world. Mr. Corbyn, who has been described as 'Britain's Bernie Sanders,' proved once again he is overwhelmingly popular with the party's grass roots, seeing off his challenger Owen Smith by winning 61.8 percent of the vote." (09/25/16)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2016/09/25/Britain-s-Jeremy-Corbyn-survives-Labour-Party-leadership-challenge/stories/201609250179  

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The truth about those “Brexit lies”

September 23, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Mick Hume  

"After all the agonising over what was behind the Brexit vote, we finally have the official answer from Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission. It turns out that the majority of British voters backed Leave in the June referendum because 'something was wrong in Britain.' Apparently what was wrong was that, ever since the UK joined the forerunner of the European Union in the early 1970s, Britain's politicians have been spreading lies about the evident wonders of the EU. ... Juncker says the problem is that we have been told 'that European Union is stupid.' By implication, the bigger underlying problem is that 52 per cent of us must have been 'stupid' enough to swallow it. Indeed, Juncker appears certain that most of the British public are sufficiently stupid to accept automatically whatever nonsense they are told." (09/22/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-truth-about-those-brexit-lies-juncker-eu/  

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UK: MI6 set to recruit 1,000 new staff

September 22, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The UK's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, is to grow by nearly 1,000 staff by 2020, BBC Newsnight has learned. The spy agency argues the planned boost -- from 2,500 staff to a little under 3,500 -- has been made necessary by the development of the internet and technology. MI6 will use the extra staff to ensure the security of people and operations. No public announcement has been made, but the BBC has established the 40% boost via Whitehall sources." (09/22/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-37434131  

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Hard Brexit or soft Brexit?

September 20, 2016
posted by

Sam Bowman Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman  

"Europe shouldn't dominate the next decade of politics. It's tempting to see hard Brexit as drawing a line under the question of what our relationship is with Europe. I suspect the opposite is the case -- the greater the change, the more the next ten years of British politics is polarised between triumphant Outers and bitter Inners. I'm with Dan Hannan in thinking that a compromise can avoid that. Similarly, for Scotland's sake, we should try to avoid a conclusion that pushes undecided Scottish voters towards independence." (09/20/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/hard-brexit-or-soft-brexit  

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