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Feb 11 17:00

Man ordered to tell police if he plans to have sex

definite mood-killer. He was acquitted but punished anyway.

snip: A further court hearing in May will decide whether the interim order should be made into a full order, which has a minimum duration of two years and can last indefinitely.

Sexual risk orders were introduced in England and Wales in March last year and can be applied to any individual who the police believe poses a risk of sexual harm, even if they have never been convicted of a crime.

Feb 11 15:55

CBI reduces Britain’s GDP forecast for next two years

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has downgraded the UK economic growth forecast saying the prospects have dimmed ever since a vibrant autumn statement by the Chancellor of Exchequer, some three months ago.

Feb 11 15:31

Tory MP on £74k moves back in with mum because he ‘can’t afford’ to buy a house

Tory MP William Wragg has moved back into his mum’s house, citing problems getting onto the property ladder despite being paid £74,000 ($106,000) a year – three times the national average.

Feb 11 15:18

‘Snoopers’ charter’ still allows bulk data collection – ex-Deputy PM

Spy agencies will still be permitted to exercise bulk data collection under the Investigatory Powers Bill, dubbed the “snoopers’ charter,” former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has warned, as MPs slam the draft legislation.

Feb 11 14:16

PM's vow to assert sovereignty of UK parliament is pointless, says Grieve

A plan by David Cameron to win the support of Boris Johnson in the EU referendum by asserting the sovereignty of parliament risks turning into a “pointless” gesture, the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has warned.

Feb 11 14:03

SAUDI ARABIA AND THE UK ON THE BORDER OF SYRIA

British authorities have denied the claim of London´s Telegraph magazine, but remained unambiguous about the decision that they send to Jordan about 1,600 troops and 300 units of combat techniques. Near the Jordanian-Syrian border is now deployed several hundred combat vehicles of Saudi Arabia which announced that with the approval of the United States is ready to enter Syria. All under the pretext of the fight against the Islamic State, which is actually not along the border of Syria and Jordan, but only so-called moderate opposition supported by the West and the various factions of al-Qaeda. These terrorist formations are facing defeat and are faced with rebellions in the Syrian cities which are kept under control. It is remarkable that representatives of the so-called moderate Syrian opposition returned last week from failed negotiations in Geneva back by the private jet in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Feb 11 13:58

BRITAIN TO SEND SHIPS AND TROOPS TO NATO BUILDUP AGAINST RUSSIA

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Wednesday that Britain will deploy more ships and troops to join the NATO buildup against Russia. According to some reports, the UK will send five extra ships and additional troops to the Baltic to be stationed on a rotational basis in six countries bordering Russia. In the summer, a NATO summit in Warsaw will decide about the number of the troops.

Feb 11 13:42

Syria Crisis: '15 million more refugees head to Europe'... and rebels say Britain to blame

A senior rebel commander said a lack of support from the West has led to Bashar al-Assad's regime tightening its grip on Aleppo.

The US-trained rebels are losing ground daily in Syria's largest city, with more than 500 people killed in the last fortnight

And it is feared the advance by Assad's regime – backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters – could make the refugee crisis worse.

Feb 11 13:41

Muslim political leader loses court fight to ban Donald Trump from the UK over his claims that police were too scared to enter 'radicalised' parts of British cities

A Muslim political leader has failed to win a court order banning Donald Trump from entering the UK for two years.

The move at London's High Court on Wednesday is part of Kamran Malik's legal battle over the billionaire's claim that parts of the capital are so radicalised that Metropolitan Police officers fear for their lives.

Mr Malik, and his east London-based Communities United Party, is seeking £10million damages against the would-be Republican candidate for the US presidency for allegedly defaming Muslims living in the Green Street and Romford Road area of Forest Gate.

Feb 11 13:38

Jewish man arrested 'after posting swastikas on doors'

A Jewish man was under arrest on hate-crime charges on Monday, accused of making anti-Semitic telephone calls to his mother and other elderly women and putting swastikas on apartment doors, police said.

Feb 11 11:29

Met 'failed to tell Brittan family' of rape inquiry review publication

The Metropolitan police have been accused of failing to inform the family of Leon Brittan about the publication of a report which re-examined a rape investigation into the peer.

Feb 11 11:05

MPs criticise BBC for failing to curb executive pay

A committee of MPs has criticised the BBC for failing to curb excessive pay and called for a tougher system of governance.

Feb 11 10:56

Yemen: UK Parliamentary Committee Calls for Halt to Arms Sales

Yemen: UK Parliamentary Committee Calls for Halt to Arms Sales, Moots International Inquiry into Alleged International Law Abuses... In context, the reason for the Committee's stance is related to the black farce of one arm of the UK government providing aid to Yemen, as other arms are providing the advice, aircraft and weaponry to Saudi Arabia to assist in the destruction of the ancient nation whose shores are lapped by the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea...

Feb 11 10:43

Babies behind bars: why Cameron’s support of prison reform falls short

On Monday, David Cameron has made a speech about the need for comprehensive prison reform, including a particular mention of the detention of pregnant women and mothers with young babies. Speaking at the Policy Exchange think tank in Westminster, he said:

Feb 11 10:39

Hilary Benn rejects idea others will follow if UK scraps nuclear weapons

Hilary Benn has said he does not think any other state would abandon its nuclear weapons just because the UK had decided to throw its system in the dustbin, in a rejection of the unilateralism associated with his leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Feb 11 10:29

Google boss claims he does not know his salary in Commons grilling

Google’s European boss told MPs on Thursday that he could not disclose how much earned because he did not have the figure.

Matt Brittin was appearing before the public accounts committee in the aftermath of a row about £130m in back taxes Google agreed to pay in a deal that caused a public outcry, despite being described as a victory by George Osborne.

Feb 11 09:25

SYRIA CRISIS: '15 million MORE refugees head to Europe'... and rebels say BRITAIN to blame

A senior rebel commander said a lack of support from the West has led to Bashar al-Assad's regime tightening its grip on Aleppo.

The US-trained rebels are losing ground daily in Syria's largest city, with more than 500 people killed in the last fortnight

And it is feared the advance by Assad's regime – backed by Russian air strikes and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters – could make the refugee crisis worse.

Feb 11 08:36

UK politicians green-light plans to record every citizen's internet history

Surveillance legislation proposed by the UK last November has been examined in detail by the country's politicians, with a new report recommending 86 alterations, but broadly approving the powers requested by the government. The parliamentary committee scrutinizing the draft Investigatory Powers Bill said that companies like Apple and Facebook should not be required to decrypt messages sent on their services, but approved plans to record every UK citizen's browsing history for 12 months. The committee also gave a thumbs up to the bulk retention of data, and the targeted hacking of individuals' computers, known as "equipment interference."

Feb 10 14:13

UK deports child refugees to war zones

New figures reveal that Britain has returned more than 2,700 young asylum seekers to war-torn countries in the Middle East over the past nine years.

Feb 10 14:12

Tried for a sex crime... because I brushed past a film star in rush-hour

Their paths crossed for precisely half a second during the evening rush hour at Waterloo Station.

Mark Pearson, a 51-year-old artist, was on his way home from work, weaving through a thick tide of London commuters.

Walking towards him across the concourse came an award-winning star of film, TV, theatre and radio. She had just been to a yoga class and was heading to a rehearsal. Neither knew the other.

What happened next – or rather what didn’t happen – would cast Mr Pearson into what he calls a year-long ‘Kafkaesque nightmare’ from which he has only just escaped, and for which he squarely blames the Crown Prosecution Service.

Feb 10 13:21

British junior doctors strike over pay

Junior doctors in England have taken part in a second 24-hour strike over pay and conditions halting nearly 3,000 operations.

Feb 10 12:44

Right to privacy should form ‘backbone’ of mass surveillance laws

Tory Home Secretary Theresa May’s draft Investigatory Powers Bill fails to provide sufficient protections for the right to privacy, a senior parliamentary committee has warned in a highly critical report.

Feb 10 12:16

Teachers are leaving as government falls short on recruitment, NAO finds

The number of teachers leaving the profession has increased by 11% over three years as the government continues to fall short of recruitment targets, Whitehall’s independent spending watchdog has found.

Despite spending £700m every year on training, ministers have failed to reach their own goals for recruitment for four consecutive years, according to the National Audit Office.

Feb 10 12:11

PM's vow to assert sovereignty of UK parliament is pointless, says Grieve

A plan by David Cameron to win the support of Boris Johnson in the EU referendum by asserting the sovereignty of parliament risks turning into a “pointless” gesture, the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has warned.

Feb 10 11:08

Londoners do not have to take low pay and insecure jobs as a given

Even in a climate of huge squeezes on public sector budgets we shouldn’t take low pay and poor conditions as a given.

There are solutions: last year the senior executive of a firm with large public sector contracts acknowledged to me that if local councils made it an iron cast condition of all contract bids that proposals must meet a specified, high wage threshold for workers, including cleaners and care workers, then businesses would have no choice but to relent.

Feb 10 10:49

Britain’s comprehensive schools are being wiped out. Here’s how it’s being done

“Academies raise standards”, or so we have been told. As Melissa Benn and Janet Downs write in their excellent book The Truth About Our Schools, this is a myth that has “taken on the force of a quasi-biblical truth in public life”. Announced often, its utterance alone has become the basis of its validity. This is an odd way to conduct educational policy. Facts should really speak for themselves, but this doesn’t seem to be the case where academies are concerned.

Feb 10 10:41

Met 'failed to tell Brittan family' of rape inquiry review publication

The Metropolitan police have been accused of failing to inform the family of Leon Brittan about the publication of a report which re-examined a rape investigation into the peer.

Lord Brittan’s widow and children were not told in advance of plans to make public a review of a Scotland Yard rape inquiry into the late peer, which emerged at the weekend. Instead, the family learned about its conclusions through the media, a friend said.

Feb 10 10:32

Cameron's PMQs plan: steal Rosie from Corbyn

The country has a new currency. Not the pound, not the euro, but the Rosie.

“I have a letter from a woman called Rosie,” said Jeremy Corbyn at prime minister’s questions. Rosie Winterton, Labour’s chief whip, looked up and smiled. Her leader had finally got round to reading something she had written. Corbyn was quick to disillusion her: “Rosie is in her 20s and wants to buy a house in London.” Winterton shrugged. In a good light.

Feb 10 09:17

Tories scrap free meals for nearly 3,000 primary schools

Ministers have withdrawn funding which enabled small schools to provide children with free hot meals, claiming the measures were “always temporary.”

Prime Minister David Cameron previously said he was “proud” of the policy of Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM), which was brought in by the Liberal Democrats during the coalition government.

The PM reiterated his support for UIFSM as recently as last September, but now his government is taking steps to cut its funding.

Feb 10 09:17

Treasury officials wined & dined by arms giants & ‘rogue banks’

Treasury officials regularly accepted invitations to lavish dinners with lobbyists for banks that were being investigated for market rigging, a new report has found.
The explosive research, which was conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO), was published on Tuesday.

It reveals that banking lobby the British Bankers’ Association was a frequent provider of hospitality to senior Treasury officials, despite the fact some of its members were being investigated by UK authorities for market rigging.

Feb 10 08:45

Why Washington Fears Britain Quitting EU

The countdown begins this week for the momentous question facing Britain: whether to exit the European Union – the so-called Brexit. While the issue seems to be primarily one for British national interests, lurking in the background is a crucial geopolitical concern for the United States. The outcome of the British referendum on Europe could severely undermine Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions and in particular its adversarial agenda towards Russia.

Feb 10 08:39

MPs pay to rise AGAIN as expenses watchdog signs off an increase worth a third more than the UK average

MPs will see their pay rise again this year - just months after they saw a massive 10 per cent hike after last year's General Election.

They will receive a £962 boost in salary - a rise of 1.3 per cent - costing the taxpayer more than half a million pounds.

The latest wage hike comes despite George Osborne imposing a 1 per cent pay freeze on all other public sector workers until 2020.

Feb 09 16:30

Deaths in UK jails hit record highs

UK Prison Officers Association has warned that vulnerable prisoners face fatal risk due to deep prison funding cuts.

According to the association, the deep spending cuts to prison funding have already left prisons badly understaffed.

Feb 09 15:49

The Wilting UK Economy

Dr. Graham Gudgin and Jo Michell of Economists for Rational Economic Policies challenge the prediction that the UK will remain the fastest growing economy in Western Europe

Feb 09 15:42

UK Internet bill fails to protect privacy

Concerns about the consequences of the UK government’s internet bill have spread to the parliament of the country.

British lawmakers in charge of scrutinizing the intelligence agencies say there are not enough privacy safeguards in plans to strengthen the government’s powers to spy on the Internet.

Feb 09 14:39

Saudi protesters executed with British weapons? Foreign Office remains tightlipped

Responding to inquiries by members of parliament, the Foreign Office neither confirmed nor denied whether British weapons had been used in the mass execution of protesters in Saudi Arabia last month.

Feb 09 14:34

WikiLeaks’ Assange may be interviewed in London by Swedish prosecutor

Swedish prosecutors investigating rape allegations against WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange have announced plans to interview the fugitive in London at the Ecuadorian embassy.

The announcement comes after a UN committee ruled that Assange had been “arbitrarily detained” in the embassy, where he has sought refuge for three-and-a-half years amid fears he would be extradited to the US by Swedish authorities once handed over by Britain.

Feb 09 14:27

London man sets himself on fire outside Kensington Palace

A man has died after setting himself on fire outside one of London’s Royal Palaces early on Tuesday morning, police have said.

The man, believed to have been in his 40s, was found alight next to the walls of Kensington Palace, situated in the center of the capital. It is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Feb 09 14:19

UK nukes could be hacked

A newly-published report has cast serious doubts about the security of the UK’s nuclear weapons.

A study for think tank the European Leadership Network (ELN) suggests that Britain’s nuclear weapons can never be fully protected against a cyber attack.

Feb 09 14:03

British Father Marks 600 Days of Illegal Ethiopian Detention

A British man who was kidnapped and rendered to Ethiopia will this Saturday mark 600 days of illegal detention.

Andargachew ‘Andy’ Tsege, a father of three from London who turns 61 today, has been held by Ethiopian security forces since his disappearance on 23rd June 2014, when he was forcibly taken from an airport in Yemen to Ethiopia. Mr Tsege is a prominent member of the Ethiopian opposition, and is held under a sentence of death imposed in absentia in 2009 in relation to his political activities.

Feb 09 13:17

‘Terrorism?’ Bus explosion movie stunt terrifies Londoners

Londoners feared a terrorist attack when a double-decker bus apparently exploded in central London. However, it was just a stunt.

Feb 09 13:13

Establishment logic: Super-rich white male picked to lead gender equality review

The UK government’s decision to appoint the super-rich white male chairman of a global pharmaceutical company to head a review of women in corporate boardrooms is being mocked online and described as “beyond ironic.”

Feb 09 11:15

WAR GAMES IN MIDDLE EAST COULD PREPARE UK FOR ‘POTENTIAL’ RUSSIAN WAR WITH NATO – REPORT

The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games as preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported citing sources.
Army sources told the paper that the exercise, which will simulate an Iraq invasion for the first time in over a decade, is not a prelude to sending ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), rather Exercise Shamal Storm could be seen as a practice routine to fight off any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine or Eastern Europe.
“This isn’t a counter-Isil exercise. If anything, this is much more about us being prepared to join the US in Ukraine than it is in Syria,”
a source said as cited by the Daily Telegraph, adding, “This is not the sort of kind of force you expect to roll into Aleppo to take on a bunch of jihadists.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Has the leadership of NATO, the US, and the UK collectively gone absolutely, thoroughly, barking mad?!?

Russia is not going to invade either Eastern Europe, or Ukraine.

And Ukraine is so economically ruined, courtesy of the recent putsch, and the rampant corruption which followed, that it might be forced to get down on its knees and beg Russia for some economic help.

But unfortunately, as the great American comic, Ron White, says in his act so frequently, "You can't fix stupid".

And we have a lot of stupidity going on in the bowels of power in the US, NATO, and Europe.

The US economy is on the ropes, as is the economy of Europe.

And the civilian and military leadership of both of those entities have imbibed enough of their own "koolaid" to believe that a war with Russia will solve all if their economic problems.

After all, it worked for the US in World Wars I and II, right?!?!?

But there is one small problem with this grotesque "groupthink": The US and NATO do not have the troop strength, the weapons, the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a war against Russia; this is what makes the military scenario here so dangerously scary.

Were I in the bowels of power in NATO, the US, or Europe, I would be looking at trust and trade building actions relative to Russia; not warmongering and threatening.

Of course, that...would be logical.

Feb 09 10:09

‘A way to frighten people’: Cameron to warn Brexit will bring Calais ‘Jungle’ to UK

The front page of Britain’s Telegraph newspaper carries the headline .. “leaving the EU will bring the Calais Jungle to Kent.”

Feb 09 10:07

BORIS & BREXIT: Does he detect the wind is changing in favour of Vote Leave?

I wonder how many of you noticed, sitting at the back of the assembled Commons clonoids last Wednesday, the engrossed figure of London Mayor and Uxbridge MP at one & the same time, Boris Jobsdone. He was watching the Prime Minister bringing home the most inedible cut of faux bacon offered to the House since Neville Chamberlain became a hero by getting Hitler’s autograph in 1938.

Feb 09 09:50

‘More likely aimed at countering Russia’: UK to hold large scale drills in Jordan

The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games which could be preparation for a potential ‘confrontation’ between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported, citing sources.

Feb 09 09:17

FLASHBACK 1998 - UK: 'Serpico' claims Scotland Yard elite ran drug cartel

DRUG rackets worth millions of pounds were run from inside Britain's biggest police force, according to a former Scotland Yard detective who is to publish his allegations.

The officer, dubbed "Serpico" by friends after the New York police officer who was pilloried for exposing corruption, described sections of the drug squad and the regional crime squad at Scotland Yard as the "most professional criminal cartels in Britain". He is writing a book in which he alleges that officers stole drugs, paid phantom informants and fabricated evidence.

Duncan MacLaughlin, a detective for 18 years, is believed to be the first officer to talk openly about alleged corruption within the elite squads in which he worked.

Feb 09 08:52

Britain’s House Price Crash – 2016 Predictions Mount

Housing in many countries, especially Britain is no longer an investment, it’s now made up of three fundamentals; consumption, crime and concern. The general public getting on the bandwagon with cheap loans is consumption. The crime slot is taken now that over 40% of Britain’s housing stock is bought in cash with property used as an international laundrette to wash hundreds of billions and concern comes from savers who quite rightly think that the banks and government will steal their hard earned (low or negative savings rates), tax paid money that drives a reluctant middle class into becoming landlords.

Feb 09 08:52

War Crimes Tribunal Finds Bush and Blair Guilty

Originally published by GR in November 2011, this report outlines the 2011 judgment of the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal. It is of particular relevance to the role of Tony Blair in the Iraq war, which is currently the object of controversy and debate in the UK.

Feb 09 08:34

British Foreign Policy Seems Confused (Nothing New There)

For a student and practitioner of foreign policy it was difficult to sum up in a few sentences what British foreign policy was all about – apart from the decades old griping about being a member of the European Union or clinging neurotically to the so-called «Special Relationship» between London and Washington DC.

Feb 08 16:36

UK Police withheld bombshell report revealing how gangs of Muslim men were grooming more than 100 schoolgirls as young as 13 in case it inflamed racial tensions ahead of General Election

Britain's second largest police force withheld a report about gangs of Muslim men grooming children in case it inflamed racial tensions ahead of a General Election, it was revealed today.

West Midlands Police were warned more than 100 predominantly white children - some as young as 13 - were at serious risk of child exploitation five years ago.

A document entitled 'Problem Profile, Operation Protection' from March 2010 reveals Asian gangs targeted schools and children's homes across the force area.

Feb 08 16:07

'It takes two to tango': As 12 Asian men are jailed for 140 years for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl, Muslim councillor admits some in community still think SHE was partly to blame

A Muslim councillor has admitted that some feel as though 'it takes two to tango' as 12 men were jailed for gang-raping a 13-year-old white girl in West Yorkshire.

The gang of men from Pakistani origin were jailed for a total of 140 years at Bradford Crown Court today, for 13 months of horrendous abuse of the British white girl in 2011 and 2012.

However, the Councillor for Keighley Central, where the abuse took place, has admitted that some members of the community felt 'it takes two to tango' and that the girl may have 'played her part'.

Feb 08 14:29

Bomb scare forces London Stratford shopping center into lockdown

A busy shopping center near east London’s iconic Olympic Park has been evacuated following a bomb scare.

London Metropolitan Police confirmed its officers are dealing with a “suspicious incident.”

Feb 08 14:24

Cameron’s EU ‘campaign of fear’

The British Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Monday that thousands of refugees may enter Britain if it leaves the European Union.

Feb 08 14:06

Oh the irony: Anti-extremism advisor listed in terrorist database

Maajid Nawaz, 38, born in Essex to a Pakistani family, is now a vocal critic of Islamist radicalism in Britain. He also advised three of the UK’s prime ministers – Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron – on how to tackle extremism, and even discussed the issues with George W. Bush.

Feb 08 13:25

UK – A High Wage Economy? Don’t Be Fooled

Today, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has ‘named and shamed’ another 92 companies that have failed to pay their staff the National Minimum Wage.

Feb 08 13:07

Britain’s House Price Crash – 2016 Predictions Mount

Housing in many countries, especially Britain is no longer an investment, it’s now made up of three fundamentals; consumption, crime and concern. The general public getting on the bandwagon with cheap loans is consumption. The crime slot is taken now that over 40% of Britain’s housing stock is bought in cash with property used as an international laundrette to wash hundreds of billions and concern comes from savers who quite rightly think that the banks and government will steal their hard earned (low or negative savings rates), tax paid money that drives a reluctant middle class into becoming landlords.

Feb 08 10:46

Man, 19, charged with terrorism offences

Finnish national Cubeyda Hassan Jama, of London Road, Thornton Heath, London, was charged with "engaging in conduct in preparation for giving effect to intention to commit acts of terrorism".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In other words, the guy joked about committing an act of terror and they are trying to make headline news out of it!

Feb 08 09:53

NIGEL FARAGE: It costs £55 MILLION a day to be an EU member – and for what?

Nick went with the line that we hear from the pro-EU establishment, including David Cameron, that Britain isn’t big enough to survive on the world stage as a self-governing, independent country. That how could we possibly hope to negotiate our own trade deals?

I responded to Nick that this pessimistic mindset was absolutely ridiculous. I pointed out that we are the fifth largest economy in the world and that Iceland, with a population of 320,000, had just signed a trade deal with China. I said if they were big enough to do this and if Switzerland had more free trade agreements than we did as EU members, I was absolutely certain that we too were big enough to strike these kind of exciting global trade deals outside of the EU.

Feb 08 09:52

Next time it’ll be 100,000: UK and EU cities see day of co-ordinated anti-Islamic rallies

UK PEGIDA has warned there will be "100,000 Britons marching on the streets against Islam" by the end of the year after a day of sometimes violent anti-Islamic migrant protests were staged across Europe.

Feb 08 09:52

British media 'most right-wing' in Europe, YouGov survey finds

The British press is regarded as the most "right-wing" and "biased" in Europe, according to new research by YouGov.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No!!!! :)

Feb 08 08:19

Man sells British fresh air to wealthy Chinese elite for £80 a jar

A businessman is raking in thousands of pounds selling jars of ‘fresh air’ to people in China for £80 each.
Leo De Watts, 27, sells air collected in the British countryside and ships it over to polluted cities Shanghai and Beijing, where the wealthy elite pay a hefty sum for a few seconds of inhalation.

Feb 07 18:00

Anger at MPs' demand for secrecy if they're arrested: Review says naming members could breach their right to privacy under human rights laws

MPs will decide this week whether to grant themselves anonymity if they are arrested.

Making their names public could breach their right to privacy under the European Convention on Human Rights, they say.

Under the current rules, the House of Commons must be notified any time a member is arrested by police. The details are then printed in the official parliamentary record so the public can know about any criminal proceedings involving elected members.

But a review by the powerful Procedure Committee, which oversees the rules governing the Commons, has called for MPs’ names to be kept secret to protect their ‘right to privacy’ under the European Convention.

The recommendation has been endorsed by ministers and has been scheduled for debate on Wednesday but could be nodded through without a vote.

Feb 07 12:41

Unjust and dysfunctional: Asylum in the UK

Graham Peebles argues that the British asylum system, which is slow, inadequate, cold and indifferent towards some of the world’s most vulnerable people, is causing hardship to thousands of innocents and is in need of urgent, far-reaching reform.

Feb 07 12:37

Night at one UK asylum center costs more than most exclusive hotels

UK authorities have been accused of wasting taxpayers’ money on accommodation for failed asylum seekers.

Feb 07 10:04

Cameron is sowing the seeds of fascism

Cameron emerged seemingly triumphant from this week’s meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk. As expected, three of his four criteria for supporting Britain’s continued membership in the EU – that is, the three largely meaningless ones – were more or less agreed. But Cameron also claimed victory over the one that was expected to be the sticking point: a four-year ban on in-work benefits for new EU migrants. Under existing treaties, EU nationals working in the UK are entitled to be treated the same as British citizens. However, Tusk has now agreed that Britain should be allowed to apply an “emergency brake,” which would block benefits to EU workers in Britain in certain ‘emergency’ circumstances. As yet, exactly what circumstances would qualify as ‘emergencies’ remains undefined, but according to Reuters, what Cameron and Tusk have in mind is the country’s “welfare system [being] under excessive strain”.

Feb 06 14:25

Interview with Saudi Princess Janan Harb [MUST SEE]

Very Interesting Interview with my cousin Janan Harb

Janan Harb, wife of the late King Fahd, interviewed on Going Underground with Afshin Rattansi on RT News. She talks about her relationship with the King, the Saudi Regime and her upcoming film.

Feb 06 14:18

EU calls on Israel to halt demolition of Palestinian housing

The European Union on Saturday called on Israel to halt the demolition of Palestinian housing, some of which was EU-funded, and reiterated its opposition to expanding Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Note: But we were holocau$$$ted!

Feb 06 10:49

'If the Brits want to leave, let them' says President of the European Parliament

THE PRESIDENT of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has said that the British should be allowed to leave the EU if they want to, in an astonishing intervention which reveals that EU leaders expect a Brexit vote.

Feb 06 10:48

Money from thin air: British breezes sells for £80 a pop in China

A UK businessman is making a fortune selling British air to wealthy Chinese buyers for £80 ($115) a bottle.

Leo De Watts, 27, harvests fresh air from rural locations across the UK, including Dorset, Somerset, Wales, Wiltshire and Yorkshire.

His team use specially adapted fishing nets and run through fields to collect the breeze. The nets are left for 10 minutes to absorb the local aroma, before being bottled in 580ml containers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Some people have waaaaay too much money and no common sense.

Feb 05 16:08

‘EU not going to change’: France calls UK’s demands non-negotiable

A draft deal over Britain’s future membership of the European Union is driving a wedge between leaders.

Feb 05 15:33

WikiLeaks founder criticizes UK for his ‘unlawful detention’

Speaking via videoconferencing on Friday, Assange said his “detention without charge was unlawful” adding that the legal arguments given by Sweden and Britain against him were “flawed”.

Feb 05 15:04

Will Julian Assange of WikiLeaks Go Free After U.N. Finds He Is Being Arbitrarily Detained?

The BBC reports the United Nations panel investigating the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has ruled he has been "arbitrarily detained.”

Feb 05 13:11

Global Patriot Act? UK Seeks Authority to Serve Warrants in America

Britain has been negotiating a plan with the United States which would allow the UK to directly serve wiretap warrants on American communications companies for national security and criminal proceedings.

Considering how many threats they’ve known about and been able to actually thwart, this surely isn’t about further chipping away at everyone’s privacy along with American Constitutional protections as well as national sovereignty at all... (that was sarcasm)

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Feb 05 09:47

As Yemen Bleeds, British Profits from Weapons Sales “Bury Human Rights”

It is more than possible to speculate why Prime Minister David Cameron has declared it his mission to scrap the Human Rights Act – which is incorporated into the European Convention on Human Rights – it appears he simply does not believe in human rights.

For example, the fact that Saudi Arabia executed – including beheadings – forty seven people in one day last month, displaying their bodies from gibbets, failed to deter him from having British military experts to work with their Saudi counterparts, advising on which targets – and which people, it seems – to bomb in Yemen. Parliament has not been consulted, thus, without a chance to debate and vote, democracy too has been suspended.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about the money from the arms sales, and Cameron is utterly no less beholden to the military/industrial complex of the UK than is Obama to the military/industrial complex in the US.

And of course, to enter into deals with fanatical tyrants, who so readily kill and maim their own people, one also has to have one's conscience surgically removed; I am sure that this has been the case with both Cameron and Obama.

Feb 05 09:04

UK, Sweden reject UN panel ruling in favor of Julian Assange

Britain says it rejects a UN panel ruling that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the victim of arbitrary detention at the Ecuadorian embassy in London and insists he will still be extradited to Sweden if arrested in the UK.

“This changes nothing,” a British government spokesman responded to the UN decision, adding that London will formally contest the ruling.

The UK insists that Assange is voluntarily avoiding lawful arrest by staying at the Ecuadorian mission in the British capital and Whitehall is “deeply frustrated that this unacceptable situation is still being allowed to continue.”

Feb 05 08:50

Cameron’s ‘mass privatisation’ of NHS services has just been dealt a deadly blow

The ‘mass privatisation’ of health services in Staffordshire has been shelved, leaving David Cameron’s plans to sell-off the NHS in tatters.

Health bosses pulled the plug on two major contracts worth £1.2 billion after the running costs of a similar £800 million deal to privatise elderly care in Cambridgeshire spiraled out of control within just eight months.

A ten-year tender to run Staffordshire cancer services should have been awarded by December, reports The Stoke Sentinal.

But the £687 million sell-off has now been scrapped over fears it would be ‘financially unsustainable’.

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"This will work if we just find a way to give more people cancer!" -- Number 9 3/4

Feb 05 08:21

UN panel rules Julian Assange arbitrarily detained, entitled to liberty & compensation

A UN panel has ruled that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been ‘arbitrarily detained’ in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, calling upon the UK and Sweden to end Assange’s deprivation of liberty.

"The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) … considered that Mr. Julian Assange was arbitrarily detained by the Governments of Sweden and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,” the statement said.

The group concluded that the WikiLeaks founder “is entitled to his freedom of movement and to compensation.”

Feb 04 16:37

Many UK children go to school hungry

A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of breakfast manufacturer Kellogg’s has exposed the extent of food poverty among children in the UK.

Feb 04 14:49

‘Too low, too slow, too narrow’: UK economists slam Cameron’s refugee policy

The Cologne Institute for Economic research has issued some alarming figures showing that the total estimated aid for refugees for this year and the next will cost Germany 50 Billion euros.

Feb 04 11:03

Age UK and E.On energy deals for the elderly to be investigated by Ofgem

Age UK is being investigated by energy watchdog Ofgem over claims that it promoted unfavourable energy deals to the elderly for cash.

The Sun alleges that Age UK accepted £6 million a year from E.On to "push expensive targets to the elderly".

The paper claims that the E.On rate promoted by Age UK saw pensioners pay £1,049 for a year's fuel - £245 more than on E.On's cheapest rate.

Feb 04 10:38

DAX Plunges To 1 Year Lows As Deutsche Bank CoCos Crash, Italian Bank Stocks Slide

The collapse of Deutsche Bank continues to not just accelerate but to contagiously spread...

Deutsche Bank's CDS continues to push higher...smashing European bank risk to its highest since 2013...

And now Deutsche Bank's Contingent Capital securities are crashing - these are among the lowest securities on DB's capital structure and are screaming that problems loom.

Feb 04 09:55

David Cameron prompts anger by telling MPs to ignore the views of eurosceptic grassroots members

The Prime Minister warned backbenchers not to take a view on the vote “because of what your constituency association might say”

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Cameron is essentially saying that the desires of the British people are to be ignored at all costs.

Feb 04 09:08

BBC Two Show About Hypothetical WWIII ‘Dangerous Provocation’

Russian Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov called the World War Three: Inside the War Room (BBC Two) show a ‘dangerous provocation’ that aims to discredit pro-Russian forces in Europe.

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Feb 04 09:02

TONY BLAIR WILL [SHOULD] FACE TRIAL FOR WAR CRIMES OVER IRAQ

Tony Blair should be charged with war crimes for ordering the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn has claimed.
In an extraordinary attack on Labour's most successful ever leader, Mr Corbyn said that 'those that made the decisions' in the run-up to the conflict should be put on trial.
He said Mr Blair should be made to 'explain' launching an 'illegal' war which he said helped cause recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

Supporters of Mr Corbyn have claimed he is the 'antidote' to the Blairite 'virus' in the Labour party, despite Mr Blair winning an historic three general elections for Labour.
The 2003 Iraq war remains one of the most damaging and divisive decisions of the Blair government.

Speaking in an interview on BBC2's Newsnight, Mr Corbyn said Mr Blair will have to answer for his decision to join US President George Bush sending in troops to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Feb 04 08:20

Farage: It's people power that will win this referendum

Feb 04 07:47

Cameron discovers only way out of Syrian crisis

The Prime Minister of Great Britain claimed that the only possible way to settle the Syrian conflict is the elections of a new government. Such a statement was declared at the Syrian donor conference, which is taking place in London. A long-term solution of the Syrian conflict can be reached only due to a political shift to a new government, which will fugle the people, Cameron said.

Feb 04 05:19

MI5 Targets Muslim Converts for Recruitment

British security services often target recent Muslim converts for recruitment as informants, according to a new study released by Cambridge University. Researchers from the Centre of Islamic Studies spoke with 50 British men of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds who had converted to Islam. Some of the study’s participants said MI5 agents had personally approached them and asked them to work for the agency, RT reported. One participant described the attempted recruitment as moving from “flattery” at the initial point of contact to “veiled intimidation” if converts rejected their first overtures. Another convert interviewed by academics branded MI5’s tactics “seedy.” He said agents operate “from ‘a bird’s-eye view of society’ rather than from ‘a ground-level view’ that took into account ‘how people live.’ The 180-page report found that converts face distrust from both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

Feb 03 15:31

‘Nothing to see ear’: UK Police called over fake severed ‘human’ lobe

A UK citizen made a gruesome discovery in a London playground on Tuesday, a severed ear – or at least that’s what they thought, until further investigation by local police.

Feb 03 10:06

New Law In London Would Fine Homeless £1,000 For Sleeping Outside Or “Loitering”

By John Vibes

The homeless people in Hackney, London are facing expulsion from the street due to a new law will allow the police to give out fines and other legal penalties to homeless people who are found loitering, begging and sleeping in commercial places.

This “Public Space Protection Order” which was introduced by the council of Hackney will place a fine of £1000 on homeless activities. The order has been met with numerous criticisms, with many pointing out that the new laws effectively outlaw homelessness...

Webmaster addition: If the homeless had £1,000 they would not be sleeping in the streets! So what will happen is they will be arrested and thrown in prison for not paying thew fine ... which gives them a bed, a roof, and three meals a day. So why not just give the homeless a bed, a roof, and three meals a day and save all the legal costs?

Feb 03 08:15

Traffic warden receives death threats and told to stay off work after being pictured giving a ticket to a broken down driver

The warden issued the fine when the driver had walked to the nearest garage, leaving her passenger to be handed the penalty.

Motorist Tony Williams, 49. said: 'It's incredible that a stranded motorist was given a parking ticket instead of the help they needed.

'It's not the first time this jobsworth traffic warden has picked on drivers like this.

Feb 03 08:10

Ministers under fire after Amazon boss is appointed to Work and Pensions department board, despite internet giant paying just £11.9 million in tax

Doug Gurr, president of Amazon China, is expected to be announced as a new non-executive director of the department's board next week, the latest in a growing number of business leaders appointed to the boards of government departments.

Feb 03 07:44

Palestine meeting at UK parliament canceled after lobby pressure

Labour Friends of Palestine, a group within the UK’s main opposition party, has canceled a meeting in parliament featuring veteran Palestinian British journalist Abdel Bari Atwan.

The cancelation was made after the group came under pressure from Labour Friends of Israel, a separate group inside the party. Legislators had been due to hear from Palestinian students over Skype.

Feb 03 07:40

UK greenhouse gas emissions' 8% drop

Greenhouse gas output in the UK fell almost 8% in 2014, although emissions from transport and agriculture rose slightly, official figures show.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell 8.9% in 2014 on the previous year, while emissions of all the greenhouse gases were 7.7% below 2013 levels.

Feb 03 07:34

Narcolepsy boy wins £120k swine flu vaccine damages

A boy with a rare sleeping illness caused by a swine flu vaccine has won £120,000 in damages.

Josh Hadfield, 10, from Frome in Somerset, developed narcolepsy after receiving the Pandemrix vaccine six years ago.

He was awarded the money after appealing against the government which had initially refused to pay as he was not "severely disabled" enough.

His mother Caroline Hadfield said winning was a "huge relief".

Feb 02 19:23

‘Nothing to see ear’: UK Police called over fake severed ‘human’ lobe

A UK citizen made a gruesome discovery in a London playground on Tuesday, a severed ear – or at least that’s what they thought, until further investigation by local police.

The ear was found in a children’s playground in the London borough of Enfield. The concerned passerby no doubt feared the worst for owner of the muddied lug, which looked to have been slashed from the side of a person’s head.

Feb 02 16:27

UK woman given 6 years for joining ISIL

A British woman who took her 1-year toddler son to Syria in 2014 to join the ISIL (Daesh) Takfiri terrorists has been sentenced to six years behind the bars.

Tareena Shakil, 26, was convicted last week of being an ISIL member and encouraging acts of terrorism.

Feb 02 14:32

Corbyn lectures wealthy Labour donors on workers’ rights

Labour’s wealthy political donors are bothered that party leader Jeremy Corbyn has lectured them on workers’ rights, while apparently making no effort to court their favor after they signed checks for five and six figure donations.

Feb 02 14:28

‘Slow death of social housing’: 80,000 council homes face Tory chop

The Conservative government’s Housing and Planning Bill will cause at least 80,000 council properties in Britain to vanish by 2020, according to the Local Government Association (LGA), intensifying the nation’s housing crisis.

Feb 02 13:39

Powerless? Royal Navy’s £1bn destroyers keep breaking down

Britain’s cutting-edge £1 billion Type 45 destroyers are being called in for engine refits due to repeated breakdowns, including one incident in which a ship lost power in the middle of the Atlantic.

Feb 02 13:19

Incorruptible? Corbyn lectures wealthy Labour donors on workers’ rights

Labour’s wealthy political donors are bothered that party leader Jeremy Corbyn has lectured them on workers’ rights, while apparently making no effort to court their favor after they signed checks for five and six figure donations.

Feb 02 13:12

Enough to halt Brexit? Donald Tusk to unveil draft plan on British EU membership

European Council President Donald Tusk will table proposals for a “new settlement” for the UK’s membership of the European Union on Tuesday, following a weekend of intense negotiations with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Feb 02 12:33

‘Slow death of social housing’: 80,000 council homes face Tory chop

The Conservative government’s Housing and Planning Bill will cause at least 80,000 council properties in Britain to vanish by 2020, according to the Local Government Association (LGA), intensifying the nation’s housing crisis.

Feb 02 09:58

Syrian children found in Turkish garment factories making British high street brands

H&M and Next, two of Europe’s biggest garment retailers, have found Syrian refugee children working in their supplier factories in Turkey, according to a report by a company ethics watchdog.

Of the 28 major brands questioned by the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRCC) about conditions at their supplier factories in Turkey and the potential exploitation of undocumented Syrian children and adults, only H&M and Next confessed to finding children working in the factories.

Feb 02 09:44

Saudi war crimes evidence could be fabricated by Houthis – UK minister

Evidence from a UN report that suggests the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen has targeted innocent civilians may have been falsified by Houthi rebels, a British government minister has alleged.

Feb 01 21:00

Blackpool Council approves fluoridated school milk plan

Fluoridated milk will be handed out to 8,000 schoolchildren in Blackpool to help tackle "poor dental health".

The move is part of the Lancashire seaside town's free school breakfast scheme - but parents will be able to opt out of allowing their children to be given the drink.

Blackpool councillor Tony Williams, who has concerns over the plan, said "mass medication" should not be allowed.

Councillors approved the scheme and a group will be set up to implement it.

Feb 01 18:19

BBC personality questioned by police over alleged sexual assault

Police have questioned a BBC star over allegations that he recently sexually assaulted a 23-year-old man in a hotel room.

The TV personality, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is thought to be a regular on a popular BBC family show.

Feb 01 16:45

Cameron under pressure over Google deal

During a hot debate in the parliament, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn challenged Cameron to defend the deal, which he said represented a tax rate of just 3 percent on 6 billion pounds ($8.5 billion) of profits that Google, now part of holding company Alphabet Inc, has earned in Britain since 2005.

Feb 01 16:09

Did Terry Wogan Admit David Icke Was Right Before his Death?

Wogan allegedly told the BBC news service:

"I ridiculed someone who was in the process of waking up. You see I was asleep myself just as so many others were. Well, I apologise to Mr Icke unreservedly for being a snivelling arse that night on the Wogan show. David Icke was correct on Jimmy Savile and all the others, especially those in the halls of power,"

Feb 01 15:30

BAME teens in UK more likely found in prisons than colleges: PM

New data shows teenagers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) in the United Kingdom are more likely to be found in prisons than in university classes.

At present, BAME individuals make up over a quarter of prisoners, yet are only 14% of the wider population of England and Wales.

Feb 01 14:09

Brexit support hits record high – poll

Support for Britain leaving the European Union is at its strongest since October 2014, enjoying a 4 percentage point lead over those wishing to stay, a new poll from YouGov has revealed.

Feb 01 13:37

Snoopers’ charter ‘expensive & confusing,’ say MPs

MPs have advised the government to make the taxpayer subsidize the costs of its expensive data-harvesting program under the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), while at the same slamming the legislation for lacking clarity.

Feb 01 13:18

ISIS threatens London with ‘doomsday’ attack so terrible it will ‘turn children’s hair white’

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) says it will focus its European terrorist operations on London, threatening to launch an attack on the British capital so terrible it will “turn children’s hair white.”

Feb 01 12:58

Editing embryo genes now allowed in UK

British scientists have been given the go-ahead to edit he genes of human embryos for research.

Kathy Niakan, a stem cell scientist from London’s Francis Crick Institute, was granted a licence to carry out similar experiments.

Feb 01 11:42

Latest corruption index does not reveal Britain’s real place in global crime wave

Transparency International (TI) releases its latest report entitled the Corruption Perceptions Index and continues to find that corruption is rife globally and remains a blight around the world. Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the 2015 index did not fair well.

Feb 01 11:34

1 in 5 UK charities reportedly misuse more than half of their income

British charities could be facing more government control, after a Parliamentary report outlined how fundraisers target elderly and vulnerable people.

Feb 01 11:04

Bill Gates & UK govt join forces

Bill Gates and George Osborne have unveiled a new plan to fight malaria.

Jan 31 15:07

U.K. Town Moves Forward with Fluoridated Milk for Children

By Derrick Broze

On Monday January 18, the Blackpool Council approved a plan to introduce fluoridated milk to school children via the town’s free breakfast program. The Council is attempting to tackle a dental health problem that has caused nearly half of all 12-year olds in Blackpool to have at least one decayed, missing, or filled tooth...

Jan 31 13:04

Ethnic minority grads in UK less likely to find jobs, equal pay: Study

The groundbreaking study, by the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, reveals British ethnic minority graduates are between 5% and 15% less likely to be employed than their white British peers six months after graduation.

Jan 29 16:07

British warships need multimillion-pound refit to stop power failures

Spiralling costs of the Type 45 destroyers were criticised by the House of Commons defence committee as early as 2009. The Royal Navy had originally requested 12 ships but the cost of the advanced ships meant the force ended up with just six.

The ships are powered by integrated electric propulsion, using very high-voltage electrics. Warships with electrical failures may be unable to navigate, with the destroyers drifting at sea until power is restored, and weapons systems may be unable to function.

At least one new generator is expected to be needed on each ship, requiring a major refit of a vessel where space is already at a premium.

The work will be furthered hampered by a shortage of marine engineers, which has led to the Royal Navy being forced to recruit from the US Coast Guard. Last year it was estimated that the Royal Navy was short of about 500 engineers, despite also recruiting many from Canada and other Commonwealth nations.

Jan 29 11:43

HSBC online banking is 'attacked'

HSBC says it "successfully defended" an attack on its online banking system but services are disrupted on a key day for many people's personal finances.

The bank is apologising to customers trying to login to its online banking which, for many, is unavailable.

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It is not the first time this month that HSBC customers have faced a suspension of the service. HSBC customers faced two days of problems with online banking at the start of January.

Jan 29 11:38

What life is like for women in London since the refugee crisis.

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