Posts Tagged ‘ UK ’

Hinkley Point: How not to go nuclear

September 20, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Rob Lyons  

"On Thursday afternoon, I went upstairs, closed the curtains and had a lie down for a while. Something shocking had happened and I needed a few minutes to recover. The traumatic event? I read an article by George Monbiot and largely agreed with it. Truly, a once-in-a-blue-moonbat moment. It's not an experience I am accustomed to. Monbiot has for a decade been the most consistent and high-profile proponent of misanthropic environmentalism in the UK. But here we were in agreement: nuclear power is a good idea and we need more of it, but the deal to build Hinkley Point C is a bad one. A really bad one. So bad, in fact, that it could put future governments off the idea of nuclear power for years to come. Yet, after a pause for reconsideration, the UK prime minister, Theresa May, decided last week to give Hinkley Point the green light." (09/20/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/hinkley-point-c-how-not-to-go-nuclear/  

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Theresa May is a friend of free speech? Come off it

September 15, 2016
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"Theresa May is a friend of free speech? I've heard it all now. Yesterday, during PMQs, in response to a question about Safe Spaces on campus, May basically said students need to grow up. Uni is meant to be a place for intellectual innovation, she said, not hiding away from dodgy or difficult ideas. 'I think everybody is finding this concept of Safe Spaces quite extraordinary, frankly,', she said. 'Hear, hear,' murmured MPs. 'Well said,' said much of the media. 'At last we have a PM who'll defend free speech,' said tweeters. Which is weird since Theresa May wouldn't recognise freedom of speech if it got up on to her despatch box and showed her its arse." (09/15/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/theresa-may-is-a-friend-of-free-speech-come-off-it-safe-spaces/  

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What next: Locking up Leavers?

September 15, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"The rage of the Remainers goes on. In the 82 days since the Brexit vote, they have libelled, smeared and undermined Leavers. Now it seems some of them want to criminalise Leavers, too; have the police feel Leavers' collars purely for holding a different view. This is the news that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to investigate claims that former UKIP leader Nigel Farage incited racial and religious hatred during the referendum campaign, particularly with his infamous 'BREAKING POINT' poster." (09/14/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/what-next-locking-up-leavers-farage-hate-speech-brexit/  

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UK: David Cameron quits as Conservative MP for Witney

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

"Former UK PM David Cameron has stood down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Oxfordshire seat of Witney. Mr Cameron, 49, who resigned as prime minister after June's EU referendum, said he did not want to be a 'distraction' for new PM Theresa May He said Mrs May had 'got off to a cracking start,' while she praised his 'great strides' on social reform. Mr Cameron, 49, has represented Witney since 2001, becoming Conservative leader in 2005 and PM in 2010. Speaking in his constituency, he said it had been a 'great honour' to be an MP for the area, but said it would be difficult for him to remain on the backbenches without becoming 'a big distraction and a big diversion' from the work of the new government." (09/12/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-37342152  

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Who can save Labour? No one

September 12, 2016
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spiked Spiked
by Tom Slater  

"The obsession with electability is the bane of modern political life. It insulates parliamentary politics from new thinking and treats the electorate not as passionate, thinking beings who can be inspired and persuaded, but as vote-casting robots to be lured one way or the other. But the problem with Labour is not that it's unelectable -- it's that it's irrelevant, moribund, hollowed-out. It's become alien, most crucially, to the working-class voters it is supposed to represent." (09/12/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/who-can-save-labour-no-one-corbyn-smith-leadership/  

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UK: Sword-wielding Sikhs storm gurudwara to oppose inter-faith marriage, 55 arrested

September 12, 2016
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India Today [India]    

"Fifty-five Sikh men were arrested in UK's Warwickshire after a gang of 20-30 sword-wielding men stormed a gurudwara [Sikh religious facility] in the Leamington Spa area on Sunday and blocked its entrance for eight hours. Police say the situation has now been 'contained' after an operation involving 'specially trained' armed officers at Gurudwara Sahib in the West Midlands region. They were responding to reports of a gang of men carrying 'bladed weapons' disrupting a mixed-race wedding ceremony." (09/12/16)

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sikhs-storm-leamington-spa-gurudwara-sahib/1/762523.html  

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UK: Choudary sentenced to 5 1/2 years for saying things government didn’t like

September 7, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"An Islamic extremist preacher who managed to stay just on the right side of British law for decades while touting sharia law as the future for the U.K. and encouraging young Muslims to wage jihad, was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in prison for his actions. Preacher Anjem Choudary, 49, and one of his adherents, 33-year-old Mohammed Mizanur Rahman were both found guilty on July 28 of inviting support for ISIS, a designated terrorist organization. The verdicts were only announced in August due to rules imposed by the court. Choudary was handed a five year, six month sentence on Tuesday by a London court. He had faced a maximum 10 year sentence. Rahman received the same sentence." (09/06/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/anjem-choudary-uk-sentence-prison-radical-islamic-preacher-isis/  

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UK: Vaz quits Home Affairs select committee after prostitution scandal

September 6, 2016
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Mirror [UK]    

"Keith Vaz today quit as chair of the Home Affairs select committee after the Sunday Mirror revealed he paid male escorts for sex at his flat. He announced he was standing down from his high-profile role on the committee which spearheads probes into immigration, drugs policies and sex workers, and would take no further part in committee business." (09/06/16)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/keith-vaz-quits-home-affairs-8778097  

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UK: Police arrest nine in Black Lives Matter airport protest

September 6, 2016
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Seattle Times    

"Flights resumed at London City Airport after hours of disruption on Tuesday caused by demonstrators who blocked a runway to protest expansion plans. The protest disrupted travel from just before dawn until early afternoon. It ended after police arrested nine people on suspicion of aggravated trespass. The group Black Lives Matter claimed responsibility for the protest on social media." (09/06/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/police-arrest-9-as-london-city-airport-protest-ends/  

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France: Hundreds block highway in rally to evict refugees

September 6, 2016
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Hundreds of truckers in big rigs, farmers in tractors and dockworkers and merchants on foot blocked a major highway in northern France on Monday to demand the closure of the Calais refugee camp known as 'the jungle.' Local authorities are urging travelers to avoid the area in hopes of limiting disruptions from the Monday blockade, aimed at paralyzing traffic on the route used to access Britain via the Eurotunnel and port. Tensions have increased as the population of the camp has risen to at least 7,000 refugees from the Middle East and Africa, who are trying to reach Britain. The surge has come even though authorities have tightened security and closed half of the camp, showing the challenges of Europe’s refugee crisis." (09/05/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/world/article/Hundreds-block-French-highway-in-rally-to-evict-9204147.php  

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UK: May accuses junior doctors of “playing politics” over contract strike

September 1, 2016
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Independent [UK]    

"Theresa May has accused junior doctors of 'playing politics' in the dispute over the forced imposition of a new contract on them. Junior doctors say the new contract, which is being imposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, will harm patient safety and exacerbate a staffing crisis in the NHS. The Government says the new deal, which doctors rejected in a ballot, will help deliver a manifesto commitment to improved care on weekends. The Health Secretary on Thursday morning blamed doctors for patients left in 'pain' during the strike, which will take place from 8.00am to 5.00pm every day from 12 to 16 September. More dates are expected to follow." (09/01/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/junior-doctors-strike-dates-theresa-may-jeremy-hunt-playing-politics-bma-contract-vote-emergency-a-a7219871.html  

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France: Sarkozy demands border controls for thousands of migrants in Calais be shifted to Britain

August 29, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Nicolas Sarkozy has joined other conservative French politicians in demanding that border controls for thousands of migrants in Calais be shifted to Britain. The former centre-Right president made the call in a speech in Le Touquet, the northern town where he signed agreements in 2003 allowing British officials to check passports in France and vice-versa, when he was interior minister. The accords were part of a bilateral deal to close a former migrants' centre at Sangatte, near Calais. But Mr Sarkozy said France can no longer tolerate the presence of about 9,000 migrants living in the squalid 'Jungle' camp in Calais while they attempt to smuggle themselves into Britain." (08/29/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/28/nicolas-sarkozy-demands-border-controls-for-thousands-of-migrant/  

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UK: May calls cabinet meeting to plan for Brexit

August 29, 2016
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Evening Standard [UK]    

"Theresa May has ordered her Cabinet ministers to Chequers on Wednesday to discuss her plans for Brexit. The Prime Minister has charged her top team with setting out the opportunities that leaving the European Union will create in each of their portfolios. The Cabinet will meet at the Prime Minister's country retreat to discuss the next steps in the process. The move comes amid speculation that Mrs May will implement Article 50 -- triggering the two-year period leading to Brexit -- without seeking the backing of Parliament." (08/28/16)

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-may-calls-cabinet-meeting-to-plan-for-brexit-a3331436.html  

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UK: Authoritarian pols criticize Google, Facebook, Twitter for not censoring on command of authoritarian pols

August 25, 2016
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FirstPost [India]    

"In the first-ever widespread criticism of US technology giants and social media platforms, the British Home Affairs select committee has slammed the internet behemoths of becoming a 'recruiting platform for terrorism' and 'passing the buck.' Led by Keith Vaz, the British parliament's longest-serving Indian-origin MP, the panel rapped Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube, saying the companies were deliberately failing to stop terrorists from using their platforms to promote their sinister agenda, The Telegraph reported on Thursday." [editor's note: Hopefully all of those firms will note the names of the people on the panel and close/ban their accounts - TLK] (08/25/16)

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/british-panel-criticizes-google-facebook-and-twitter-for-failing-to-tackle-terrorism-331650.html  

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UK: Indian-origin siblings forced off easyJet plane over “ISIS claims”

August 24, 2016
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Zee News [India]    

"Three Indian-origin Muslim siblings have alleged that they were ordered off a plane and interrogated on the tarmac by the British Police after a fellow passenger accused them of being members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) group. ... A spokesman for easyJet said the three had been taken off the flight 'following concerns raised by a passenger.' 'The police then confirmed to the captain that the passengers were cleared to complete their journey and they re-boarded the aircraft and the flight departed to Naples,' the spokesman was quoted as saying by The Telegraph." [editor's note: Hey, here's an idea -- if you're terrified that there are Islamic State terrorists everywhere you go, stay home under your bed instead of screwing up everyone else's travel plans, dumbass - TLK] (08/24/16)

http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/indian-origin-siblings-forced-off-easyjet-plane-over-isis-claims_1922123.html  

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Cutting the Gordian knot

August 24, 2016
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray and Rory Broomfield  

"On June 23, 2016, the people of Great Britain decided to leave the European Union (EU). While the result of the vote plunged the United Kingdom into uncharted waters, it is accepted that there is no turning back and that the UK's government must navigate a course out of the EU. It will need to devise a concrete plan to conclude the Brexit process. This will require three main legal actions." (08/24/16)

https://cei.org/content/cutting-gordian-knot  

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UK: Political prisoners to be moved between facilities in “ghost train” plan

August 22, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"A new 'ghost train' system is to be set up in prisons in England and Wales to move the most troublesome Islamic extremist inmates between isolation units, the justice secretary has indicated. Liz Truss confirmed that specialist isolation units to hold the highest-risk prisoners would be created in high-security jails. ... A new Ministry of Justice directorate of security, order and counter-terrorism had been set up, she added. It would be responsible for ensuring that concentrating the most dangerous Islamist extremists into separate units would not simply allow them to create their own operational command structures, as happened in Northern Ireland." (08/22/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/22/liz-truss-prison-system-islamic-extremist-isolation-unit  

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Free Anjem Choudary

August 18, 2016
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Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  

"In Britain in 2016, a man faces jail for what he thinks. For what he says. His crime was not to harm another person or damage property, but to subscribe to a warped ideological view of the world. That is, he committed a thoughtcrime, and he's being punished for it. His name is Anjem Choudary, the infamous imam, finger-wagger extraordinaire at what he sees as the sinful West and its decadent kuffar inhabitants, and however much it sticks in our craw we must demand that he not be sent to jail, and that his conviction be overturned. Not so much for his benefit as for ours, and for the hard fought-for principle that individuals should never -- but never -- be punished by the state for what they think and say." (08/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/free-anjem-choudary/  

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UK: Former footballer Dalian Atkinson dies after being Tasered by police

August 16, 2016
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Belfast News Letter [Ireland]    

"A former Aston Villa striker has died after he was Tasered by police. The 48-year-old, named locally as Dalian Atkinson, died around 90 minutes after he was hit by a stun gun in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire, at around 1.30am on Monday. ... West Mercia Police said officers were called amid concerns 'for the safety of an individual' and deployed Taser. This follows the death in June of ex-soldier Spencer Beynon, who was Tasered by police in Llanelli, South Wales, after stabbing a dog and then himself." (08/15/16)

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/former-footballer-dalian-atkinson-dies-after-being-tasered-by-police-1-7527585  

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Ecuador: Assange to be questioned in London embassy

August 11, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"Ecuador says a date for Swedish prosecutors to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its embassy in the British capital will be set 'in the coming weeks.' The development is a possible breakthrough in an impasse that has seen Assange holed up in Ecuador's embassy for more than four years. Assange sought political asylum at the embassy in June 2012 after he was accused of involvement in a suspected rape case in Sweden, an allegation he denies. He fears that if he is extradited to Sweden he will then be sent to the United States for prosecution over WikiLeaks'[s] publication of thousands of diplomatic letters." (08/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/08/11/ecuador-assange-questioned-london-embassy/88554800  

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UK: Boost for Corbyn as Labour members win court case

August 8, 2016
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Politics Home    

"Around 130,000 new Labour members could be able to vote in the party's leadership contest following a successful legal challenge against the ruling National Executive Committee. The decision is a huge boost to Jeremy Corbyn's re-election campaign, as the majority of those who have signed up since the beginning of the year are believed to support him. The party have been granted permission for an appeal, which will be heard on Thursday at the Court of Appeal." [editor's note: A political party's "leadership" appealing against its own membership? That doesn't sound like something likely to end well for the "leadership" - TLK] (08/08/16)

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/labour-party/news/77980/boost-jeremy-corbyn-labour-members-win-court-case  

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UK: May warned plans to curb EU migration will be opposed by Eastern European nations

July 28, 2016
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Theresa May has been warned that her plans to curb the migration of EU nationals is likely to be opposed by Eastern European nations during a visit to Slovakia. Robert Fico, the Slovakian Prime Minister, said the 'perception British voters have' of EU migration was 'slightly different to how we perceive migration on the continent.' Earlier this month Mrs May faced a backlash from her own MPs over her refusal to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote." (07/28/16)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/28/theresa-may-warned-plans-to-curb-eu-migration-is-likely-to-be-op/  

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There’s nothing quite as conservative as a progressive radical

July 28, 2016
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Tim Worstall Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall  

"A common observation of ours here is that there's really nothing quite as conservative as the British left. The more they proclaim themselves to be progressive, radical even, the more they retreat into the world of yesterday. Owen Smith is a case in point." (07/28/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/theres-nothing-quite-as-conservative-as-a-progressive-radical  

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UK: Court rejects Corbyn ballot challenge

July 28, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A judge has rejected a challenge to Labour's decision to allow Jeremy Corbyn to automatically stand for re-election as leader. Labour donor and ex-parliamentary candidate Michael Foster was challenging Mr Corbyn's inclusion without having to get MPs' nominations. Mr Corbyn called the court case a 'waste of time and resources.' Mr Foster said he would not be challenging the decision: 'We wanted the courts to adjudicate ... they have.' It means the leadership contest -- between Mr Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith, a former work and pensions spokesman -- will continue as planned, with the outcome due on 24 September." (07/28/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36909862  

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French politician appointed EU’s Brexit chief

July 27, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Michel Barnier, a French politician viewed with wariness by British leaders, was appointed by the European Union on Wednesday to lead talks on Britain's exit from the EU. ... Barnier, 65, is a former French cabinet minister and leader in the center-right Les Republicains Party. As an EU official, he was commissioner of internal markets and services from 2010 to 2014, clashing frequently with British government and banking officials over the tightening of banking regulations. His appointment can be seen as an indication Britain will not easily unwind itself from the EU and may still maintain trade and banking advantages." (07/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/07/27/French-politician-appointed-EUs-Brexit-chief/5281469632279/  

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