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Jan 22 08:12

UK Military Doctor Helping Rescue Skripal 'Extraordinary Coincidence' – Russia

Abigail, a teenage girl who came to the Salisbury shopping mall to celebrate her brother’s birthday together with her mother, Colonel Alison McCourt, said that she had seen a man, who was later identified as Sergei Skripal, collapse on a bench, and wasted no time in applying her first aid skills that she had obtained at school.

British media reports about former GRU agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia having received first aid after the nerve agent attack from a UK military colonel, chief nursing officer Alison McCourt and her 16-year-old daughter Abigail, are much in line with a range of “stunning coincidences” over the Salisbury incident, a statement released by the Russian Embassy in the UK reads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another reason to doubt the story; why didn't the little girl get sick after touching the Skripals, if in fact they were contaminated with Novichok?

Jan 22 05:55

40 UK ministers could resign over no-deal Brexit: Report

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been warned that no less than 40 of her ministers could resign if she denies them the right to vote for a plan that would block a no-deal exit from the European Union (EU) later this year, a new report suggests.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has informed May and other government officials that the possible exodus could take place unless the ministers are allowed to support an amendment in the House of Commons that extend the duration of the Article 50 of EU’s Lisbon Treaty beyond the original March 29 deadline for Brexit.

If approved, the new plan prevents May from proceeding with her previous threats of a no-deal divorce, which analysts say would have unpredictable ramifications.

Tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and former Tory ministers Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles, the new amendment would come up for debate and vote on January 29.

Rudd has asked May to allow a free vote on the bill to prevent a mass walkout from 10 Downing Street.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was really not what the people of Great Britain signed off on, with the original Brexit vote; May has just not been able to deliver here,

Jan 22 04:45

Moscow says Skripal case aimed at diverting attention from Brexit

The campaign launched by the British government in the wake of the Skripal incident pursues domestic policy goals in the context of Brexit negotiations, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Monday in response to the Council of Europe’s decision to introduce sanctions against several Russian citizens due to their involvement in the Salisbury incident.

"The information campaign launched by the British government with regards to this case pursues, first and foremost, domestic policy goals. It is telling that its new splash has coincided with another wave of the Brexit negotiations crisis," the Russian Foreign Ministry stated.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The problem for Prime Minister May was, the alleged "diversion" was so flimsy, it only lasted the 5 minutes of an egg timer!!

Jan 21 13:30

May Rules Out Changes To Good Friday Agreement, Offers Parliament More Control Over Trade Negotiations

Update 3: In his rebuttal, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn declared that "nothing has changed" on May's end, and that a deal will only become workable when the Prime Minister agrees to surrender some of her infamous "red lines" - presumably a reference to Tories insistence that the UK leave the single market and customs union.

There is a clear majority in this House to support a deal in principle and ratify results, but it would require face reality and accept that her deal has been defeated.

Before moving forward, May must rule out 'no deal' and stop the 'collossal waste of public money' being spent preparing for a no deal outcome.

Jan 21 12:06

Try to Figure Out Where Labour Ends and Likud Starts

A few days before Christmas, Labour Cllr Richard Watts and the Islington Council, acting at the request of the UK Likud Herut Director, chose to stop me from playing with the Blockheads. The impoverished Council, in an odd interpretation of working for its citizens, hired two partners from one of London’s most expensive law firms to help them in their crusade against my saxophone.

Their action prompted hundreds of complaints and a petition of protest from almost 7000. Despite the backlash, another Labour councillor has stepped in to try to ruin my musical career. Rachel Eden has in the past attempted to interfere with my literature event at Reading Literary Festival, organised a protest against me without knowing who I was and what I stood for, and is on the Zionist We Believe in Israel list of 2016 General Election candidates who pledge their support for Israel.

Jan 21 10:27

No-deal Brexit could hit global growth and furious voters losing trust in governments could wreck the world order, warns IMF

A no-deal Brexit and a worse-than-expected slowdown in the Chinese economy could cause more turbulence on the financial markets and hit global growth, the International Monetary Fund has said.

The US organisation issued the warning as it left its growth forecasts for the UK in 2019 unchanged at 1.5 per cent, but slashed global growth forecasts for this year by 0.2 per cent to 3.5 per cent.

It comes as separate figures released today show that in 2018, the Chinese economy grew by 6.6 per cent, its slowest annual rate since 1990.

Jan 21 10:17

UK PM May Gives Statement on Alternative Brexit Plan

Prime Minister Theresa May, who survived a vote of no confidence earlier this month, is giving a statement in the British Parliament, regarding a new solution for the Brexit process, as her deal was previously rejected by the MPs.

Theresa May stated there was no majority in Parliament in favour of a second referendum, adding that revoking Article 50 would go against the results of the Brexit vote. Commenting on the Irish backstop issue, the prime minister also stressed that the UK would not reopen the Belfast agreement (the Good Friday Agreement).

Jan 21 10:09

Is Labour’s anti-Semitism row fuelled by pro-Israel online ‘guerrilla warriors’?

The Labour Party in Britain has been dogged by allegations of anti-Semitism ever since Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the 2015 leadership contest. The crisis has since threatened to tear the party apart. Now, though, what appears to be an organised campaign to fuel the row has been uncovered, raising concerns that the party is being targeted by a network of social media trolls with the intent of harming Britain’s democratic process.

An investigation by the Electronic Intifada discovered fake online accounts being used when the crisis was at its peak. A report by the online publication documented 10 fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters and issuing virulent anti-Semitic posts. The accounts are said to share sufficient similarities to indicate that the same person – or group – is running them, in what appears to be an organised campaign to discredit Corbyn and smear Labour as an anti-Semitic party.

Jan 21 09:11

High levels of cocaine found in the Thames by monitoring station near Houses of Parliament are making eels hyperactive

Cocaine from users' urine has been detected in increasing quantities, research from the Thames monitoring station near the Houses of Parliament has shown.

Jan 21 08:57

Shrinkflation IS happening! Official study finds 206 products including chocolate bars, bread and cereal have got smaller since 2015 – but it's NOT linked to Brexit

Shrinking chocolate bars, cereal boxes and loaves of bread have contributed to a rise in 'shrinkflation' in Britain - but it is not due to Brexit, new figures show today.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that 206 products shrank in size between September 2015 and June 2017.

They included bread and cereals, meat, sugar, jam, syrups, chocolate and other confectionery.

Prices tend to stay the same when products change size, the ONS said, consistent with the idea that some products are undergoing 'shrinkflation'.

Jan 21 08:51

Bloodbath on the high street: More than 175,000 jobs will be cut this year and 23,395 shops will shut as internet sales batter retailers

A total of 175,000 jobs are set to disappear from the High Street this year as the onslaught from online rivals continues.
A slump in the value of retail property is expected to see 23,395 shops shut as customers shun town centres in favour of internet shopping, according to property experts.
It marks a significant increase on last year when a string of retailers including Toys R Us, Poundworld and Maplin went bust, leading to the closure of 20,000 stores and the loss of 150,000 jobs.

Jan 21 08:38

One third of RAF planes CAN'T FLY - including £80MILLION Typhoon jets

ONE in three RAF planes including dozens of £80 million Typhoon jets are unable to fly, it has been revealed.

Some 142 jets out of 434 aircraft are mothballed or being repaired, Freedom of Information (FOI) statsitics show. The planes belong to the air force’s sustainment fleet rather the forward fleet which is ready for deployment. Among the jets unable to fly include 55 out of 156 Typhoons which have been pat of bombing raids on ISIS.

Jan 21 08:30

First responder in Skripal poisoning turns out to be Britain’s most senior military nurse

Sergei and Yulia Skripal were given first aid by the British Army’s most senior nurse, who just happened to be nearby, according to a new report – adding further intrigue to the highly controversial case.

The latest development in the Salisbury poisoning affair will fuel the claims of skeptics, who don’t believe the official British narrative. UK authorities have claimed that the former double agent and his daughter were targeted by the Russian government in a bizarre failed assassination plot involving a military-grade nerve agent.

It was previously reported by British media that the first person to provide medical assistance to the Skripals after they collapsed on a bench in Salisbury was “an off-duty nurse who had worked on the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.”

However, the healthcare professional turned out to be not just any nurse. She was Colonel Alison McCourt, a veteran service member who currently holds the position of chief nursing officer in the British Army.

Jan 20 16:22

Who runs the world?

"Our world is run by oligarchs, the holders of vast wealth from monopolies in banking, resource extraction, manufacturing, and technology. Oligarchs have such power that most of the world doesn’t even know of their influence over our lives. Their overall agenda is global power – a world government, run by them – to be achieved through planned steps of social engineering. The oligarchs remain in the background and have heads of state and entire governments acting in their service. Presidents and prime ministers are their puppets. Bureaucrats and politicians are their factotums..." >>

Jan 20 16:19

Tribal nationalism vs global unity

Graham Peebles says proponents of tribal nationalism, which rests on competition and suspicion of “the other”, are out of step with the times where increasingly younger people are community-focused civic nationalists and see themselves as “citizens of the world” .>>

Jan 20 10:36

Rebel UK MPs Are Planning To Seize Power From Theresa May

As Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to hash out a deal during the cross-party talks she promised after her Brexit withdrawal agreement was defeated by a stunning 230-vote margin, marking the worst defeat for a British government since the 1920s, a group of MPs are apparently so frustrated with this whole Brexit trainwreck that they're willing to risk being effectively expelled from their parties (or what Brits call "deselection") for a shot at a workable solution.

Case in point: According to reports published by Buzzfeed and CNN an influential cross-party group of MPs lead by Tory Remainer and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve is moving to table an amendment that would effectively tear up the parliamentary rule book and allow a mass of backbencher MPs to seize power from the government - something that would be practically unprecedented in the history of British politics - to decide what business comes before the Commons.

Jan 20 10:17

Coincidence? - Chief Nurse Of British Army Was First To Arrive At Novichoked Skripal Scene

On March 4 2018 the British/Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found incapacitated on a bench in Salisbury. The British government asserts that they were affected by a chemical poison of the so called Novichok group. The case led to a diplomatic conflict as Britain accused Russia of an attempt to kill the Skripals. No evidence was provided by the British government to support those accusations. The Skripals have since been vanished.

Jan 19 11:27

The Price Of Empire

Why America and Britain Are Self-Destructing (And What the World Can Learn From it)

It’s a striking fact of today’s world that the two rich societies in shocking, swift, sharp decline are America and Britain. Nowhere else in the world, for example, are real income, life expectancy, happiness, and trust all plummeting, apart from maybe Venezuela (No, “but at least we’re not Venezuela!” is not the bar to aim for, my friends.)

Their downfall is, of course, a self-inflicted catastrophe. But the interesting question is: why? And what does it tell us about what it takes to prosper and thrive in the 21st century, which is something that America and Britain clearly aren’t doing, and maybe aren’t capable of doing?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is one of the most brilliantly said observations I have read, on the current situations in the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America.

Societies, just like the world around us, have life cycles. There is a birth, a flowering, and ultimately, a death, sometimes followed by a rebirth - a renaissance - of something that works much better; there are no guarantees here, however.

Right now, in their staggeringly brutal will to hold on to their power and possessions at any cost, the masters of the American universe are losing their grip, both on the narrative, and the reason these everlasting wars need to be pursued to the point of societal ruin.

Jan 19 08:35

EU 'is prepared to delay Brexit until at least July and could be extended even LONGER' to give Theresa May extra time to get deal to quit Europe through Parliament

EU leaders are preparing to delay Brexit until July or possibly longer if Parliament cannot agree a deal, it has been claimed.

Brussels is reportedly expecting the British government to ask for an extension to Article 50, allowing Theresa May more time to get a deal through Parliament.

Mrs May is expected to lose Commons the vote on her withdrawal deal on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a no-deal departure on March 29.

Brexit could be postponed even longer if a general election or second referendum takes place, the Guardian reported.

Jan 18 14:59

The beauty and the beast: Gilad Atzmon on Rachel Riley

In recent weeks Rachel Riley, a British TV celebrity, has tossed the anti-Semitism slur in the direction of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, Noam Chomsky, Ken Loach, Aaron Bastani, yours truly and others.

In her first extended Channel 4 interview it became clear that Riley isn’t exactly an astute political philosopher.

But first watch and listen to my analysis of Riley’s long and tedious interview...>>

Jan 18 10:13

William Hague predicts Brexit chaos will force a snap election within WEEKS amid stalemate in Parliament

William Hague has predicted chaos over Brexit could force a general election within weeks amid a stalemate in Parliament.

The former Tory leader made the claim in a briefing for businessmen in the City of London in the aftermath of the crushing defeat for Theresa May's Brexit plans.

Lord Hague correctly predicted the last snap election in 2017 and warned the chances of another are currently being 'underplayed'.

Jan 18 10:10

“Britain’s political class could see a revolution like they’ve never seen before,” yellow vests UK warn

The Yellow Vest movement is not on course to end anytime soon, with British activists taking to the streets of London on Friday. They donned the appropriate yellow high vis vests and blocked traffic, chanting pro-Brexit slogans.

One yellow vest protester tells of their want to reclaim Great Britain as told to Sputnik: “We don’t want to be part of the federal European superstate that’s going to erode our rights and take away democracy.

Jan 18 10:07

White Brits soon a minority in Britain’s second largest city, where 50,000 cannot speak English

A report shows that white Britons will soon be a minority in Birmingham. In the West Midland’s largest city, almost 50,000 of the 1.1 million inhabitants cannot speak English.

Birmingham has a diverse population with nearly 200 different nationalities. According to the new report, it “is soon to become a majority-minority city”.

In a 2011 census, 42.1% of the city’s inhabitants already classified themselves as ‘non-white British’, an increase of 12% compared to a 2001 survey.

With that rate of increase, a new survey in 2021 would show the majority of the city’s inhabitants being non-white Brits.

Jan 18 09:24

UK army reservists put on standby as threat of no-deal Brexit looms

UK Defense Ministry has ordered army reservists to be placed on standby to quell potential unrest from a no-deal Brexit. PM Theresa May has been accused of trying to impose her deal with ‘doomsday’ forecasts in the past.

Announcing the order in the House of Commons on Thursday, Defence Minister Mark Lancaster declared that army reservists would be ready to help minimise any disruption caused by a no-deal Brexit from February 10, 2019 to February 9, 2020.

Jan 18 09:22

Fake Labour accounts fueling “anti-Semitism crisis”

From the start, reporting of the “anti-Semitism crisis” in the UK’s Labour Party has been characterized by dishonesty, exaggeration and outright fabrication.

The real target of this manufactured crisis is not genuine anti-Semites, but Jeremy Corbyn and the wider Palestine solidarity movement.

But now additional evidence has come to light of a disturbing trend which has been fueling the fire lit since Corbyn’s first leadership victory in September 2015.

An investigation by The Electronic Intifada has documented 10 fake Twitter profiles posing as Corbyn supporters who have been posting virulent anti-Semitism.

The accounts share sufficient similarities to indicate that the same person – or group – is running them.

Without police involvement or a court case, it’s impossible to know for sure who is behind this troll network.

Jan 17 12:23

Remainer Chancellor Tells Big Business MPs Will Stop Clean Brexit in Leaked Call

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip “Remainer Phil” Hammond told corporate bosses that senior MPs would stop a “No Deal” Brexit — where Britain makes a clean break from the EU — according to a leaked telephone call.

The audio, obtained by The Telegraph, also outlines how the Remain-supporting Chancellor had discussed how Article 50, the treaty mechanism for leaving the EU, could be extended in a call with the 330 business people following Prime Minister Theresa May’s historic parliamentary defeat on her Withdrawal Agreement on Tuesday.

Raising the issue early on in the conversation of whether “the option of No Deal” can be taken “off the table,” Mr Hammond said: “Everyone on the call will be aware that a bill has been tabled today and amendments will be tabled on Monday by backbenchers from across the House which would have the effect of removing the threat of No Deal.

Jan 17 12:22

Delingpole: Brexit Is Now Hanging by a Thread

Prime Minister Theresa May has (narrowly) survived the vote of no confidence and delivered another of her bullish speeches about how the people voted for Brexit and how Brexit is what she plans to deliver.

“Overwhelmingly, the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit, and also address the other important issues they care about. But the deal I’ve worked to agree with the European Union was rejected by MPs and by a large margin. I believe it is my duty to deliver on the British people’s instruction to leave the European Union and I intend to do so,” she tells us.

Don’t believe a word.

Jan 17 12:16

Farage Slams PM May's 'Surrender Document' Brexit Deal, Demands Her Resignation

A second referendum has been predicted, Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy president Nigel Farage said on Wednesday after lambasting UK prime minister Theresa May's sharp defeat in Commons.

"It resembled a surrender document of a nation that has been beaten in war. It was that bad," he told Good Morning Britain, echoing similar sentiments made during a European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Jan 17 12:11

The threat of a Brexit coup in Parliament is real – and terrifying

Today’s Sunday Times splash – about a ‘coup’ being plotted by Tory rebels to take over Brexit – looks and feels like it was dreamed up in No. 10. It wasn’t and the story shouldn’t be dismissed because of that. The Speaker’s actions last week have changed the calculations: something previously judged procedurally impossible (for rebels to call the shots in parliament) is now a genuine risk. In my view, it risks the very stability of the government.

The story so far: that Dominic Grieve and Oliver Letwin are seeking a way to seize control of business in the Commons, so that backbench motions take precedence over government motions. This matters because, until last week, a whole load of options were unthinkable. Tory rebels may be frustrated but they could not act on their plans because they could not call them to a vote. Under the Westminster system the government controls the agenda parliamentary agenda. Or did, until John Bercow upended things last week.

Jan 17 10:59

Russian foreign intelligence chief accuses Britain of ‘destroying evidence’ in Skripal case

Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Director Sergey Naryshkin has said Britain is destroying evidence related to the Skripal case. “This is a dirty provocation by British authorities because it is clear that they constantly try to cover up traces of the crime that was committed and destroy evidence,” he said. “They started doing so the moment the incident took place. Not to mention the fact that they are keeping mum on where our citizens Yulia Skripal and her father [Sergei Skripal] are now. Why are they hiding [them]?” Naryshkin said.

Jan 16 12:35

Theresa May’s government survives no-confidence vote

The UK government led by Theresa May, has survived to fight another day, after winning a no-confidence vote, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, following parliament rejecting the PM's Brexit deal, earlier on Tuesday evening.

The no-confidence vote was defeated by 19 votes – the government winning by 325 to 306. It's a rare positive note for May's Tory cabinet after the humiliating Brexit defeat.

Speaking immediately after the vote, a victorious May said she was "pleased" that the House expressed its confidence in her government. May said she will "continue to work" to deliver on the result of the Brexit referendum and leave the EU.

May invited the leaders of parliamentary parties to meet with her individually, beginning on Wednesday evening.

Jan 16 11:44

'Utterly USELESS!' Nigel Farage argues Theresa May should RESIGN after crushing defeat

NIGEL Farage argued Prime Minister Theresa May should resign after the mammoth defeat on her Brexit deal, losing by a margin of 230 votes, adding that she “does not believe in Brexit”.

Jan 16 10:43

UK Brexit Vote Reflects a Deep Crisis in Capitalism

Had the British been presented with the option, people might choose a socialist Britain over a capitalist EU, but they are not given that choice, say Prof. Leo Panitch of York University and Jon Lansman of the British Labour Party’s National Executive Committee

Jan 16 10:38

Brexit LIVE: Fresh chaos as Tory rebel tries to make second referendum THE LAW

The first bill seeks to launch preparations for another referendum while the second seeks to carry out the vote. The former attorney general said: “Holding a public vote is now essential as the only credible way out of the current crisis. The public should be allowed to decide on any deal to take us out of the European Union and be given the alternative to remain if they wish."Mr Grieve, a staunch Remainer and one of many Conservative backbenchers who voted against Mrs May’s deal on Tuesday night, said: “It’s a very strange experience to be a backbench MP and participate in a huge rebellion against the Government that defeats it by such a substantial margin. “But that’s a reflection of the fact that the House of Commons collectively looked at the deal the Government has negotiated and concluded that it’s a deal which is not in the national interest.

Jan 16 10:33

Brexit Vote: Will the EU Throw UK PM Theresa May a Lifeline?

In spite of the deep splits among the Tories, Prof. John Weeks says that a Brexit agreement will be made when the EU bails out Theresa May in the lead-up to the EU parliamentary elections

Jan 16 04:48

US and Britain conduct first joint drill in South China Sea

USS McCampbell and HMS Argyll join forces as US seeks to push back against China’s claims to disputed waters

The United States and Britain have conducted their first joint naval drills in the South China Sea, as Washington seeks support from its allies in challenging Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters.

US Navy guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell and Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll conducted operations together in the South China Sea from Friday last week until Wednesday, the two countries said.

The US said the two vessels had practised communication drills, division tactics, and a personnel exchange designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability

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Jan 15 13:56

Theresa May's Brexit plan suffers historic defeat

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn filed a motion of no confidence in the UK government following the rejection of May's Brexit agreement with the bloc.

What we know about the vote: It will take place Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET).

How it works: The motion is put to the House, which then votes just like tonight (by walking into division lobbies). If the government loses the vote then May -- or another leader -- could attempt to form a new government and win the confidence of the House in 14 days.

If she is unsuccessful, a general election will be triggered -- which could come as soon as 17 days after losing this second vote.

Jan 14 22:38

Rich students save by paying fees up front

The wealthiest students are going to university in England for the lowest cost, by paying their tuition fees up front, say researchers.

About 10% of students are not taking out loans and so avoid interest rates of 6.3% paid by other students, says the Intergenerational Foundation.

The think tank says it "makes a mockery" of claims that the fees system is fair for poorer students.

Jan 14 12:44

Theresa May Could Be Removed As Soon As Wednesday If Vote On Brexit Deal Fails

After months of wrangling with the EU over the details of the Irish backstop, followed by a delayed Commons vote as May wrangled with intransigent Brexiteers wary (hysterically so, some would argue) of becoming "trapped" in the customs union, Theresa May's supremely unpopular Brexit deal is finally expected to be called for a vote on Tuesday - that is, barring another last-minute delay.

According to the latest round of estimates from the British Press and Wall Street analysts, May's deal is expected to go down hard - possibly by more than 200 votes.

But as anybody who has been following the increasingly tedious negotiations should understand, this is part of May's plan. Or at least it was until very recently.

Jan 14 12:10

Delingpole: Britain’s Brexit Betrayal Conservatives Are the Walking Dead

At dinner the other night, a QC friend of mine — I forget what the Q stands for but I know exactly why they’re all called Cs — tried explaining to me why Theresa May’s Brexit ‘deal’ is actually a good deal for Britain.
So I asked him to explain to me what’s good about it.

He began by agreeing that the deal isn’t perfect but said that there’s got to be a bit of give and take on both sides. Then he conceded that of course “No deal” might have been better but because the government had made such poor preparations for such an eventuality over the last two and half years…

Jan 14 09:25

New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling in American Politics

A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert UK state military-intelligence psychological warfare operation targeting its own citizens and political figures in allied NATO countries under the cover of fighting “Russian disinformation.”

The leaked documents revealed a secret network of spies, prominent journalists and think-tanks colluding under the umbrella of a group called “Integrity Initiative” to shape domestic opinion—and to smear political opponents of the right-wing Tory government, including the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

SANCTION GREAT BRITAIN!!!!!!!

Jan 14 09:12

'Stop shouting at me' BBC Breakfast host PLEADS with viewers as Brexiteer warns John Major

The BBC host said he received a series of complaints following an interview with the prominent Brexiteer MP, who hit back at the arch-Remainers “wanting to turn around the vote of the people”. Sir John Major claimed on Sunday that a no deal Brexit would be “morally reprehensible” and revoking Article 50 is the “only sensible course”. The BBC Breakfast host read out no deal Brexit warnings from the likes of Health Secretary Matt Hancock, business leaders including Amazon’s Doug Gurr, and former Prime Minister John Major.

Jan 14 09:12

BREXIT LIVE: Theresa May hit by shock resignation on eve of crucial vote - PM ON BRINK

Earlier on Tuesday the Prime Minister delivered a defiant and upbeat Brexit speech today as the stoical Prime Minister warned the UK's exit from the EU will be in peril if MPs vote down her deal.

The Tory leader was defiant as she insisted she is working hard to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal in tomorrow's crunch vote in a bid to avoid parliament's attempts to frustrate the UK's exit from the bloc.

In a desperate last-ditch speech on the eve of the Commons showdown, Mrs May warned that rejecting her deal would be the "height of recklessness" and the "bigger risk" could see the UK remain in the EU. She said: "The only ways to guarantee we do not leave without a deal are to abandon Brexit, betraying the vote of the British people, or to leave with a deal.

"The only deal on the table is the one MPs will vote on tomorrow night. "You can take no deal off the table by voting for that deal.

Jan 14 09:02

Damning new evidence that Dr Kelly DIDN'T commit suicide: The disturbing flaws in the official government story surrounding the death of Blair's chemical weapons expert

I have updated my book after being contacted by John Scurr, a world-renowned consultant surgeon specialising in vascular surgery – surgery on veins and arteries. He does not believe it possible that Dr Kelly died in the manner officially found.

Scurr told me that Dr Kelly’s half-sister, Sarah Pape OBE – a leading plastic surgeon based at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle – rang him shortly after Hutton published his report in January 2004 to say she didn’t believe Dr Kelly had taken his own life.

Scurr told me: ‘Sarah Pape clearly had concerns about whether Dr Kelly could have died from slashing his wrist. We had an in-depth conversation about it. She took the trouble to contact me after the Hutton Inquiry finished to discuss whether one could actually die from slashing the ulnar artery [which passes through the wrist on the little finger side].

Jan 13 19:26

Damning new evidence that Dr Kelly DIDN'T commit suicide: The disturbing flaws in the official government story surrounding the death of Blair's chemical weapons expert

Scurr has his own significant professional doubts too – remember, he is an expert when it comes to blood vessels.

He said: ‘I don’t believe it’s possible to die from simply cutting your ulnar artery. It is a very small artery and it is unlikely you could lose enough blood to cause cardiac arrest and death. It is much more likely he died from another cause. One possibility is a heart attack caused by whatever reason and this was an attempt to mask that.

‘The relative absence of blood at the scene and the fact that a rather blunt knife was used are significant. If one were to cut the wrist holding the knife in the right hand, the artery that would be cut is not the ulnar artery, which is on the inside of the hand, but the radial artery on the outside of the hand.

‘It seems more probable that somebody else took the knife and actually slashed the wrist, taking the stroke across the ulnar artery.’

Jan 13 19:00

EU 'is prepared to delay Brexit until at least July and could be extended even LONGER' to give Theresa May extra time to get deal to quit Europe through Parliament

EU leaders are preparing to delay Brexit until July or possibly longer if Parliament cannot agree a deal, it has been claimed.

Brussels is reportedly expecting the British government to ask for an extension to Article 50, allowing Theresa May more time to get a deal through Parliament.

Mrs May is expected to lose Commons the vote on her withdrawal deal on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a no-deal departure on March 29.

Brexit could be postponed even longer if a general election or second referendum takes place, the Guardian reported.

Jan 13 12:53

Russia vows retaliation to threats from possible UK bases

Russia has warned Britain that it will retaliate any threat against its interests in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, the two regions London is expected to establish permanent military bases in after leaving the European Union.

British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson said in late December that the UK military was working on plans to build at least two new overseas bases “within the next couple of years.”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday that while the UK had the right to consider such plans, Moscow would not hesitate to react against any threats posed by London's military expansion.

“In the event of any measures that pose a threat to Russia’s security or that of its allies our country reserves the right to take appropriate retaliatory measures,” she warned.

Jan 13 12:52

UK headmaster says deprived children ‘eating from school bins’

A headmaster in northwest England has revealed that children in her school are so food-deprived that they "eat from bins."

Siobhan Collingwood said a significant number of pupils in her school in Morecambe, Lancashire, were from families who rely on food banks and have no means of feeding their children.

“When children are food deprived it alters their behavior and they do become quite food obsessed, so we have some children who will be stealing fruit cores from the bins,” she said in an interview to the BBC.

Jan 13 10:21

MAJOR: Russia READY To Take ‘Retaliatory Action’ Against UK If Allies Are Threatened

Russia has condemned British plans to open military bases in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean on Friday, saying it stands ready to take retaliatory action if its own or its allies’ interests are threatened.

British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper last month that London is working on plans to build two new foreign bases “in the next two years” after the country leaves the European Union.

Williamson did not specify where the bases could be built, but the newspaper reported that options included Singapore or Brunei, near the South China Sea, and Montserrat or Guyana, in the Caribbean.

Jan 13 10:02

"She's MISERABLE" Nigel Farage LOSES TEMPER on Angela merkel! She won't like this

Jan 13 10:01

"YOU'RE A LIAR"German Reporter INSULTS Nigel Farage! Watch His Response

Jan 13 09:59

Damning new evidence that Dr Kelly DIDN'T commit suicide: The disturbing flaws in the official government story surrounding the death of Blair's chemical weapons expert

The 59-year-old scientist’s body was discovered on July 18, 2003, days after he had been grilled publicly in front of a Select Committee of MPs about his contact with the BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan.

Gilligan had reported that the Government dossier, which claimed Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction at 45 minutes’ notice, was unreliable – exaggerated or ‘sexed up’ for political purposes.

And Dr Kelly, a chemical weapons expert who worked for the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence, was soon unmasked by Downing Street officials as the BBC’s informant.

He always denied being the main source of the story but was nonetheless thrust into the spotlight against his will.

Jan 12 15:05

L is for Labour – or Likud! Cash-strapped Islington Council used taxpayer money and Israeli sources to ban a pro-Palestinian musician

Eve Mykytyn highlights the seemingly arbitrary process by which Labour-run Islington Council decided to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a local concert based on information from Zionist and Israeli sources. >>

Jan 12 10:33

UK goes yellow: British left & right don iconic vests to vent anger over Tories, Brexit & migrants

The Brits seem to have fallen in love with the French Yellow Vest fashion, but unlike in France where many protesters lean left, the iconic symbol has been claimed by both sides of the UK debate.

The Yellow Vests ceased to be a uniquely French phenomenon after British protesters started donning the distinctive high-visibility jackets to make their own (very different) points. In the UK, an array of left-wing movements vowed to use the yellow vest during their protests in favor of bringing down the Tory government and abandoning austerity. RT’s Polly Boiko explains. But this is where the similarities between the French and British fashions end.

Jan 12 10:19

WATCH Hundreds March in London to Protest PM May's Deal, Brexit Chaos

The Saturday rally comes ahead of a looming vote on PM May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons; the agreement has already been branded a failure and lost cause by cross-party politicians.

Hundreds of British anti-austerity protesters assembled in London on Saturday afternoon to demand an early general election, many of them spotting yellow vests.

The People's Assembly Against Austerity organised the protest in an attempt to express Brits' indignation towards the situation in parliament, sparked by UK Prime Minister Theresa May' Brexit deal. During the event, people were gathering under the slogan "Britain is Broken" before setting off toward parliament.

Jan 12 10:16

Thousands of fraud victims tricked into handing over their life savings could now get their money back in landmark watchdog ruling

Thousands of fraud victims tricked into handing over their life savings could now get their money back following a landmark watchdog ruling.

In a major victory for Money Mail’s Stop the Bank Scammers campaign, the Financial Ombudsman has ordered Santander to refund a customer who lost £12,000.

The ruling could open the floodgates for claims from many other fraud victims who have struggled to get any of their money back.

In the Santander case, the victim thought he was speaking to the bank’s fraud department and unwittingly gave criminals the information they needed to transfer money out of his account.

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While it is a good thing those fraud victims are able to get their money back, I question penalizing the bank for what criminals did.

Jan 12 10:11

SearchSearchThe Eternal Anglo: First Concentration Camps in Russia Were Created By Enterprising Brits! (Russian TV)

This segment unveils how British military forces, invited by Trotsky, ended up occupying Russian territory and pillaging it to export valuables back to Britain. The occupiers used concentration camps against Russians who resisted them.

This barbaric behavior is typical of British imperialism. Hitler himself once tried to justify the use of concentration camps by citing the British use against Boers in Africa. But this is the first known use of concentration camps against Russians.

Jan 12 09:55

Russia Vows Response as UK Defence Chief Issues 'Warning to Putin'

Earlier, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson boasted that Britain's new fleet of F-35s served as a message to the country's "enemies", including Russia, not to "mess with" Britain.

Moscow is perplexed by the militaristic tone taken by the UK Ministry of Defence, and will respond appropriately if Russia's security is threatened, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.

"The statements of the Minister of Defence of Great Britain in favour of the further militarisation of British politics bring forth, at the very least, bewilderment," Zakharova said, speaking at a press conference on Friday.

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Great Britain may, without knowing it, be bluffing if the F-35 doesn't live up to the hype.

Jan 12 09:54

Single mothers win High Court battle with Government after 'irregular' Universal Credit payments forced them to turn down jobs and use food banks

Four working single mothers have today won a High Court challenge over the Government's controversial Universal Credit welfare scheme they claim forced them to turn down promotions and go to food banks.

Lawyers for Danielle Johnson, Claire Woods, Erin Barrett and Katie Stewart said the problem is likely to affect 'tens of thousands of people' claiming Universal Credit.

They complained that after being moved to the new benefits system - designed to make it simpler to claim - they were paid wildly different amounts every four weeks.

They were sometimes not paid any benefits one month but received double the next or payments were moved to fortnightly without proper warning.

Jan 12 09:52

Alleged Rape Gang on Trial in Bradford, England

The defendants, who deny the charges, have been named as follows:

Basharat Khaliq, 38, of Deanwood Crescent, Bradford, charged with five counts of rape and one count of assault by penetration

Saeed Akhtar, 55, of Back Girlington Road, Bradford, charged with two counts of inciting child prostitution and one count of rape

Yasar Majid, 37, of Laxfield Drive, Milton Keynes, charged with one count of rape

Naveed Akhtar, 43, of Newport Place, Bradford, charged with three counts of rape

Parvaze Ahmed 36, of Farcliffe Road, Bradford, charged with three counts of rape

Izar Hussain, 32, of St Leonard’s Road, Bradford, charged with three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape

Zeeshan Ali, 32, of Durham Terrace, Bradford, charged with one count of sexual assault

Kieran Harris, 28, of Fir Parade, Dewsbury, charged with two counts of rape

Faheem Iqbal, 27, of no fixed abode, charged with aiding and abetting rape

Jan 11 09:29

New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics

A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert UK state military-intelligence psychological warfare operation targeting its own citizens and political figures in allied NATO countries under the cover of fighting “Russian disinformation.”

The leaked documents revealed a secret network of spies, prominent journalists and think-tanks colluding under the umbrella of a group called “Integrity Initiative” to shape domestic opinion—and to smear political opponents of the right-wing Tory government, including the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

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SANCTION GREAT BRITAIN!!!!!!!!!

Jan 11 09:10

DOWN AND ROUT Theresa May’s Brexit deal faces a record Commons drubbing by a majority of 228

CABINET ministers broke ranks to call for a softer Brexit deal yesterday as Theresa May headed for an ever-bigger record defeat.

The PM is on course for an eye-watering defeat by a majority of 228 during the meaningful vote on Tuesday, research by the BBC found.

Jan 11 09:01

RAC warns drivers who leave their car running to de-ice the windscreen that they face a £40 fine for breaking the law in UK's cold snap

Leaving your car running to defrost the windscreen is actually a crime that could land you a fine of up to £40, the RAC has warned.
The common technique is considered an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, despite the fact most drivers use it to be safer on the road.
If caught by police, motorists could be forced to pay a fixed fine of £20 - which doubles if it's not paid within the given time frame.

Jan 11 08:55

The 'Yellow Vultures' have landed! New LED speed cameras that snare drivers on phone, eating or smoking at wheel are now looming over roads in Britain

This is the new speed camera that uses infrared equipment to catch people eating, drinking and smoking behind the wheel.
The 'yellow vulture' is designed to catch out motorists who are using their phones, but can also spot people not wearing a seatbelt.
And given their different appearance to the familiar yellow cameras recognised up and down the country, you might not even realise you've been caught out.
They have already begun cropping up in the south of England, Devon Live and Essex Live have reported.

Jan 10 12:27

British Yellow Vest Who Heckled Pro-EU MP Purged by Facebook, PayPal

James Goddard, leader of the British Yellow Vests who challenged EU loyalist Anna Soubry on the street and branded her a fascist, has been purged from Facebook and PayPal.

Mr Goddard and a small knot of supporters recently approached the Tory MP and her staff near the Palace of Westminster and challenged her about campaigning to stop Britain from leaving the European Union, despite having claimed to accept the result of the 2016 referendum and acknowledging that “Brexit means Brexit” before her Leave-voting constituents re-elected her in 2017.

Ms Soubry complained she felt as though she was in “physical danger” as the boisterous group branded her a “fascist” and “Nazi” and was supported by dozens of fellow MPs in demanding police action against the protestors.

Jan 10 10:58

FLASHBACK - UK to build 'big new wall' in Calais to stop migrants

Construction will begin soon on a "big new wall" in the French port city of Calais to prevent refugees and migrants from entering Britain, the UK has announced.

The four-meter (13 foot) high wall is part of a £17 million ($23 million) deal struck between Britain and France earlier this year to try to block migrants from crossing the English Channel.

"We've done the fence. Now we're doing a wall," British Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill announced at a government hearing on Tuesday.

It is the latest attempt to enhance border security in Calais, home to a controversial makeshift camp known as "The Jungle," where thousands of displaced people live in squalid conditions.

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France and Britain think walls can work!

Jan 10 10:16

BREXIT BOOST: Rolls-Royce commits future to UK after EU exit – brand ‘BELONGS to Britain’

Chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said the marque “belongs to Britain” and the luxury cars would continue to be built at its plant in Goodwood, regardless of the type of deal struck with the European Union. The announcement comes as the company unveiled record sales. Mr Muller-Otvos roundly rejected the prospect of moving production abroad, saying the idea is a "complete no-go for me".

Jan 10 10:15

May faces vote TROUNCING - even MORE MPs now against PM’s Brexit deal

THERESA May is heading for a trouncing in next week's Withdrawal Agreement vote despite considering a move to cave in to Labour demands on Brexit to win their backing for her maligned deal.

Jan 10 10:11

Priorities? Only 14 MPs showed up to debate ‘extreme poverty’ in the UK

Ending poverty doesn’t seem to be a top priority for British MPs, as only 14 of them showed up to attend a parliamentary debate on the UN report urging the government to address the burning problem.

MPs were supposed to debate the findings of a United Nations report on ‘Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in Northern Ireland’ on Monday, but the House of Commons remained almost empty as the debate got underway.

Jan 10 10:10

Khan’s London: Kids See Parents Knifed, Woman Strangled to Death, Multiple Stabbings

Police in London have seen a weekend of violence, with several knife attack victims fighting for their lives while officers opened a murder probe after a woman was found strangled to death in an apartment in the capital’s east.

On Friday evening, officers in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham were called out to two separate, and apparently unrelated, knife attacks within the space of just 20 minutes in which both victims were stabbed in the face, local media reports.

A triple stabbing in Leyton, east London, on Saturday saw three people assaulted in broad daylight, with eyewitnesses reporting that the children of two of the victims witnessed the attack.

Jan 10 10:08

British Parents Removing Children from Lessons on Islam, Report Finds

A report that found that parents in Essex are removing their children from Religion Education (RE) lessons on Islam and school trips to mosques.

The Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) has found that parents in Thurrock, South-East England, “have objected to the teaching of Islam and withdrawn children from lessons and visits to places of worship,” the Thurrock Gazette reports.

SACRE, which recommends the teaching of religion in schools, said that it would need to launch an investigation into how many parents are pulling their children from aspects of religious education teaching.

Jan 10 09:40

Greg Hands: “The power is with us.” The two EU officials who want to punish Britain, crafted the deal – and claim they are winning.

The Commission’s top German Brexit officials are clear: the Withdrawal Agreement hugely favours the EU, and was always meant to be so.

The word from these top EU officials is that: “Northern Ireland is the price that Britain must pay for Brexit;” that the Withdrawal Agreement shows Brexit “doesn’t work”; that “the power is with the EU” and that “the EU has the best negotiating position for the future relationship”.

Much attention has focused on Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxemburger EU Commission President, and Michel Barnier, the Commission’s French chief Brexit negotiator.

Jan 10 09:11

M&S and Debenhams report falling Christmas sales

Debenhams has reported a sharp fall in sales during the crucial Christmas trading period.

Debenhams said customers had been seeking discounts and left their shopping late. It said sales fell 5.7% in the 18 weeks to 5 January.

Marks and Spencer also reported a fall in sales over Christmas, down 2.2%.

Tesco said sales were up, as did John Lewis. But John Lewis warned that staff might not receive bonuses for the first time since 1953.

Much of the focus is on Debenhams, which is closing 50 stores.

Jan 10 09:10

Worst Christmas for retailers in a decade, says BRC

Retail sales were flat in December, as UK businesses experienced their worst Christmas in a decade, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Total retail sales showed 0% year-on-year growth during the month, the worst December performance since 2008.

The BRC said price cuts appeared not to have been enough to encourage shoppers.

A separate report from Barclaycard said consumer spending grew 1.8% year-on-year in December, the lowest rate of growth seen since March 2016.

Jan 10 09:05

‘Food insecurity scandal’: UK MPs urge Theresa May to appoint ‘minister for hunger’

PM Theresa May has been urged by MPs to appoint a ‘minister of hunger’ to address the current food insecurity “scandal” in the UK, accusing the Tory government of allowing efforts to combat malnutrition to slip through the cracks.

The damning report by the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee reveals that 2.2 million British citizens are living with food insecurity, defined as having “limited access to food… due to lack of money or other resources.”

They accused the government of having “failed to recognise and respond” to the problem, claiming there was a “doughnut-shaped hole” in their efforts to meet the UN’s goal of zero hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

Jan 10 09:03

New Documents Reveal Covert UK Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In US Politics

Until now, this Integrity Initiative domestic spy scandal has been ignored in the American media, perhaps because it has mostly involved British names. But it is clear that the influence operation has already been activated in the US. Hacked documents reveal that the Integrity Initiative is cultivating powerful allies inside the State Department, top DC think tanks, the FBI and the DHS, where it has gained access to Katharine Gorka and her husband, the fascist-linked cable news pundit Sebastian Gorka.

Jan 09 12:15

In Another Embarrassing Defeat, Commons Passes Amendment To Help Kill May's Brexit Deal

It's looking increasingly likely that Commons Speaker John Bercow's impudence in defying May and her government will not go unpunished.

The BBC is reporting that a motion of no confidence in Bercow - who has been accused of ignoring Commons rules in allowing MPs to vote on the Grieve amendment - is likely.

Jan 09 09:29

REPORT: Sergei and Yulia Skripal Now ‘Working for British Security Services’

Since their improbable story broke into the headlines last March, no one has seen or heard from the Skripals, aside from one bizarre photo shoot apparently organized by British intelligence. According to earlier reports, 33 year-old Yulia was said to be living in an MI5 safe house after leaving hospital.

According to a recent report from The Telegraph, the paper’s ‘expert source’ has indicated that the Skripals are still living in the UK, and have contact with friends, and may even be employed by British security services.

“From the moment they were released from Salisbury District Hospital in April the pair disappeared, becoming invisible not only to the public but to friends and family too, with the careful help of a London-based MI5 team responsible for the security service’s secretive resettlement programme.”

Jan 09 09:28

Britain's May suffers parliament defeat as Brexit debate restarts

With less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU, parliament began a five-day battle over May’s Brexit plan with a show of force - undermining her preferred timetable if lawmakers vote down her deal next Tuesday.

May has refused to retreat from her unpopular deal, which envisages close trading ties with the EU after leaving in March, pressing ahead with the vote that she looks set to lose after failing to win over her nominal Northern Irish allies.

Losing the vote would deepen the uncertainty over the future of Brexit, Britain’s biggest shift in foreign and trade policy for more than 40 years, and open the way for several different outcomes, ranging from a disorderly exit to another referendum.

Jan 09 09:00

British MPs Engage in New Debate on May's Brexit Plan (VIDEO)

The new discussions come after almost a month ago UK Prime Minister Theresa May postponed the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons.

A new round of debates on Theresa May's Brexit plan takes place in the UK parliament on Wednesday.

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on March 29 with the parliament yet to vote on the final departure deal. Earlier, Theresa May said that the vote on the draft deal will be held on January 14-15.

In December, May decided not to go ahead with the Commons vote after it became clear that the deal on exit terms she had agreed with Brussels would not clear the parliament.

Jan 09 07:07

Theresa May dealt huge Brexit blow as DUP rejects compromise plan before it’s even published

The DUP has delivered a sucker punch to Prime Minister Theresa May, slamming her revised Brexit plans even before they are published on Wednesday, meaning her deal looks doomed to fail in the crucial vote in parliament next week.

Jan 08 10:57

Heathrow airport: Drone sighting halts departures

Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport has said.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said they were working with police to "prevent any threat to operational safety".

She said: "As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause."

It comes after last month's disruption at Gatwick Airport after drones were reported.

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Jan 08 08:45

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is dubbed a 'diva' for staying in plush hotels while his travelling entourage are made to rent rooms from Airbnb on trips abroad

The Mayor of London is in charge of the capital’s travel, but for ‘Showbiz Sadiq’ it seems City Hall is his very own ticket to ride.

Montreal, Chicago, New York, Paris, Berlin, Mumbai, New Delhi, Karachi and Islamabad are some of the destinations Labour’s Sadiq Khan has chalked up since he took office in 2016.

But now his critics have dubbed him a ‘diva’ because his travelling entourage have stayed in rented Airbnb flats or borrowed beds while he is put up in luxury hotels.

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