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Aug 15 10:30

CNN Bashes Trump For Calling London Terror Attack ‘Terror Attack’

CNN took issue with President Trump calling a recent London terrorist attack a “terrorist attack,” in another example of how the fake news network ignores reality simply to disparage the president.

Aug 15 10:14

Westminster crash: Salih Khater named as suspect

The man arrested on suspicion of terror offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament has been named as Salih Khater by government sources.

The 29-year-old British citizen, originally from Sudan, has also been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, Met Police said on Wednesday.

He came to the UK as a refugee and was granted asylum, the BBC understands.

Aug 15 07:50

Britain's pensions black hole grows to nearly £190bn as two in three schemes are in the red

The report will fuel fears over the health of private section pensions and the millions of savers who will rely on them in retirement. Experts fear companies are more concerned with distributing cash to shareholders than safeguarding the future of their staff.

Aug 14 13:30

Westminster terror attack: Driver arrested after car mows down cyclists and ploughs into Parliament barrier

A terror suspect arrested after a car crashed into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament at high speed is not believed to be known to the security services, police have said.

At least three people were injured when the silver Ford Fiesta hit a group of cyclists and pedestrians waiting for traffic lights to change. Rooftop camera footage shows the car mounting a pavement on the wrong side of the road before, witnesses said, it travelled at up to 50mph for around 40 metres (130ft) and hit a bollard.

Aug 14 10:08

Sainsbury's supermarket goes 'till-free'

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's is trialling its first "till-free" store, in which shoppers do not need to queue for a staffed or self-service checkout.

Instead, customers can scan goods with a smartphone and put them straight into a bag.

When they have finished shopping, their payment is processed by the phone.

Aug 14 09:48

British Media is not waving, it’s drowning…in a sea of its own mendacity

“Israel has taken out a contract on Jeremy Corbyn” writer Gideon Levy wrote in Ha'aretz. As the contract crescendos, what does it tell us about Corbyn, the media, and Israel?
“The Jewish establishment in Britain and Israeli propaganda have taken out a contract on him (Corbyn), to foil his election…” Levy wrote in an opinion piece last week. This remarkable piece by Israel's finest journalist Gideon Levy, published in Israel's finest newspaper Ha'aretz, is remarkable not just in that it is a fine piece of writing on a par with what he writes every other day.

But it reminds those whose rushes of blood to the head too often lead them to erroneously believe that Israel is (not yet, at any rate) a "fascist" country. If it were, Levy would be dead, Ha'aretz long closed down and the strategic damage done internationally to Netanyahu by the steady stream of free journalism staunched in the interests of the state.

Aug 13 13:36

Back US on Iran sanctions or face 'serious consequences' for business – ambassador to UK

In the latest threat to the US-UK special relationship, the US' top diplomat in Britain has called on London to back its pressure on Iran, warning of "serious consequences" for businesses who flaunt Washington's sanctions.

Accusing Iran of "squandering its money on proxy wars and malign activities abroad," US Ambassador Woody Johnson's op-ed in the Sunday Telegraph asked the UK to "use its considerable diplomatic power and influence" to join the US "as a united front" in its effort to secure "a genuinely comprehensive agreement" on Iran ending its nuclear program.

Reiterating a threat made by his boss, US President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, Johnson added that: "The President has been explicit: any businesses that put their commercial interests in Iran ahead of the global good will risk serious consequences for their trade with the US."

Aug 13 10:24

Farage Slams Burley’s ‘Cruel’ Comparison of War Hero’s Burns to Burqa, 20,000 Petition Sky News for Apology

Nigel Farage has slammed Sky News anchor Kay Burley’s “unfair, personal, and cruel” comparison of Falklands War hero Simon Weston’s facial burns to a burqa, which prompted over 20,000 people to sign a petition demanding she apologise or resign.

The Brexit campaign leader and former UKIP supremo gave his assessment of Burley’s performance while sharing Breitbart London’s article on the exchange of August 7th.

Burley made the remarks while interviewing Andrew Bridgen MP, who was defending former foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s recent comments on the Islamic burqa.

Bridgen, after describing his background in evolutionary biology, said it was natural to feel uncomfortable about full-face veils, as they prevent people from reading each other’s expressions.

Aug 13 10:23

Hitchens on Burqagate: British State ‘Loathes Christianity’, But ‘Fears Islam’

Peter Hitchens, brother of the late ‘anti-theist’ writer Christopher Hitchens, has waded into the debate surrounding Boris Johnson’s burqa comments, declaring it is Christianity, not Islam, which is “under siege” in Great Britain.
Despite a youthful commitment to Trotskyism, the British columnist’s political life has diverged sharply from his left-liberal older brother’s.

A conservative commentator and journalist of some note in his own right, the younger Hitchens has won the Orwell Prize in part for his foreign reporting from China, which he regards as a sinister left-wing dictatorship. He has also published books on a range of topics, including the so-called ‘war on drugs’ — which he sees as a necessary but largely unfought conflict — and the hostility of the present-day establishment to religion in general and Christianity in particular.

Aug 13 10:22

DELINGPOLE: Finally, the Brexit Phoney War Is over; Britain’s Trump-Style Revolution Has Begun

This is it — the moment we’ve been waiting for. The moment when the Brexit rebellion finally began.

“Enough of this pissing about. Enough lawyerly excuses and Civil Service prevarication and Remainer politician manoeuvrings. We voted Brexit. Now give us Brexit. Give us Brexit, strong and hard, Boris!”.

That, in a nutshell, is what the people of Britain have been saying this week. Except that the way they have expressed it is in the context of another issue entirely. Instead of talking about Brexit, everyone has been preoccupied with two other “b” words — Boris and the burqa.

But make no mistake, it is Brexit that is the underlying reason as to why Boris Johnson v the Burqa has been dominating the British media’s news agenda with such extraordinary persistence all week.

Aug 13 09:21

New smart meter code could hand energy firms power to monitor usage, raid credit balances, hike prices and switch customers' tariffs

A little known code governing smart meters includes details of sweeping powers that could take over customer accounts.

It reveals that technology is available to the meter network that could enable suppliers to raid credit balances built up by consumers, turn off supplies remotely, raise prices and even switch problem customers on to a pre-payment scheme. Authority to use these functions has yet to be granted.

Nick Hunn, a wireless technology expert with London-based firm WiFore, fears this might eventually give energy suppliers the ability to act like the fictional Big Brother in the classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.

Aug 13 09:13

NHS chiefs at a cash-strapped hospital spent £700,000 on a helipad which CANNOT be used - because it doesn't have enough lights

The state-of-the art landing base was built at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, for emergency night-time missions by rescue helicopters.

It was due to start having emergency flights in March 2017 - but now, seventeen months on, it has still hasn't been used for a single flight.

This, experts say, is because the helipad doesn't have enough lights.

Aug 13 09:06

Brexit U-Turn? Poll Shows Over 100 UK MPs Switch From Leave to Remain

Brexit sentiment has taken a sharp downturn since the 2016 referendum, according to a major new poll and is thought to have links with growing doubts about Britain's departure from the EU in the Labour headlands in the north of England and in Wales.

A new analysis of polling seen by The Guardian says that more than 100 UK constituencies, which backed Brexit in a landmark 2016 vote, would now vote for staying in the bloc.

Aug 11 09:10

May, Hunt silent as UK's best arms customer kills dozens of children in Yemen bus attack

After a Saudi-led attack in Yemen killed and injured dozens of children, the public is again questioning London's arms sales to Riyadh. Officials have kept silent, helped by the MSM which fails to question the UK's involvement.
According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the body count from Thursday's attack sits at 51, including 40 children. Seventy-nine others were also injured in the attack, 56 of whom were children. It is understood that the bus was bringing children home from a picnic when it was attacked.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, these kids were just "collateral damage", not real people, and fully deserved to have the crap bombed out of them with British munitions!!" - Official #12 Downing Street spokes-slush.

Aug 11 08:47

Russia Slams UK Defence Secretary Over ‘Belligerent’ Anti-Russia Rhetoric

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom slammed anti-Russia rhetoric by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, saying that his statements are aimed at justifying expansion of NATO states’ defense budgets.

Earlier in the week, Williamson, in his address at the Atlantic Council, accused Moscow of aggression, cyberattacks and the political sabotage.

"An unusually belligerent rhetoric of Gavin Williamson … sheds light on the true motives behind the forced increase in spending by NATO countries, expected to reach $1.26 trillion in 2018," the embassy’s spokesperson said on Friday.

Aug 10 09:11

Senior British Imam backs Boris Johnson in burqa row and says the covering should be banned because it is a 'hideous tribal ninja-like garment that oppresses women'

A senior British Imam today backed Boris Johnson in the burqa row and said the oppressive face coverings should be banned.

Imam Taj Hargey, from the Oxford Islamic Congregation said the Tory MP has nothing to apologise for and 'did not go far enough' in his remarks.

He branded the burqa a 'hideous tribal ninja-like garment' and said its has 'no Koranic legitimacy'.

His strident defence came as the Tory Party confirmed it has launched a formal investigation into Mr Johnson for comparing women in burqas to letter boxes.

Aug 10 09:09

Crime Wave Britain: Farmers Advised to Protect Land with ‘Medieval’ Defences as 4×4 Raiders Plague Countryside

“Ten years ago [rural crime] was largely unstructured, stealing from the next village, trying to sell it at a car boot sale. Now we are seeing organised criminals who have links to drugs and the county lines issues, money laundering, even in some cases, human trafficking.”

Farm machinery targeted in the crimes is often shipped abroad for sale or deployed in violent urban crimes such as cash point ram raids.

Aug 10 09:08

Home Secretary Sajid Javid Refuses Plea to Fly British Flag at UK Border Posts

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has rejected calls for Britain to fly the national flag above all border posts, where people enter and leave the country, as many other nations do.

The request was sent to Sajid Javid by independent Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Janice Atkinson, who argued it would be a positive sign for people arriving at British sea and airports.

The representative of the South-East region said that, as the United Kingdom approaches Brexit, it would “provide a warm and welcome sign of national embrace for returning and departing UK citizens and act as a reminder that they belong to a patriotic, decent and proud country.”

Aug 10 09:06

Tory Progressive Ruth Davidson Wants Burqa Protected Like Crucifix, Pro-EU Remainers to QUIT if Boris Becomes Leader

Leading Conservative Party progressive Ruth Davidson has attacked Boris Johnson’s burqa comments and has equated wearing the Islamic garment with the Christian cross, while Tory arch-Remainer Dominic Grieve has threatened to quit the party should Leave campaigner Johnson become leader in what appears to be a proxy battle over Brexit.

Aug 10 08:36

Is BBC Spying on WikiLeaks Founder Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy?

On Thursday WikiLeaks Twitter account posted a screenshot of a letter received by some of the residents of no. 18 Hans Cres, London — an apartment building across from the Ecuadorian Embassy that serves as an asylum for Julian Assange. The letter, which has a BBC News logo in its top right corner, asks permission to install permanent cameras outside residents' apartments so that they overlook the embassy.

Aug 10 07:32

Police investigate convicted Holocaust revisionist Alison Chabloz over fresh blog posts

A Holocaust revisionist who narrowly avoided jail after publishing "grossly offensive" songs mocking Jews is being investigated by police again after she called Shoah [Holocaust] "a gargantuan accumulation of nonsense". Alison Chabloz, of Charlesworth, near Glossop, Derbyshire, was given a two-year suspended prison sentence on June 14, after being convicted of charges relating to three songs she posted to social media sites. Chabloz, 54, performed her songs in YouTube videos, titled Nemo's Antisemitic Universe, I Like It How It Is, performed at the right-wing London Forum in 2016, and a third, titled (((survivors))). In the latter, Chabloz mocked Jewish figures, including Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, as well as Anne and Otto Frank, to the tune of Hava Nagila.

Aug 10 05:44

Russia Says West Acting as Judge and Executioner in Skripal Case

Russia’s delegation to the international chemical weapons watchdog said on Thursday that the West was acting as a prosecutor, judge and executioner in the case of the poisoning of a former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.

“Collective West in the so-called #Novichok drama acts as a prosecutor, judge and hangman at the same time. Why should (Russia) prove its innocence and not the other way round?” the delegation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons wrote on its official Twitter account

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Aug 09 10:05

Honeytrap: Spies hacked RAF airwoman’s Tinder profile to tease out F-35 jet fighter secrets

An RAF airwoman had her Tinder profile hacked, and spies attempted to match her with colleagues and sweet-talk them into revealing secrets about Britain’s new F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter.

After hacking the airwoman’s profile in July, the spies - posing as the woman - matched her up with colleagues, hoping to find at least one who worked with the F-35. After the spy extracted some trivial details out of a smitten serviceman, the woman noticed her profile had been hacked and informed her bosses immediately, reported the Daily Mail.

The incident set alarm bells ringing within the RAF. While nobody caught in the trap actually worked with the F-35, and no information of consequence was leaked, top brass issued a memo warning RAF personnel to be vigilant for any attempts at social engineering by Britain’s adversaries.

Aug 09 09:12

German MP: Reinstating Military Service Part of Merkel Party's Campaign Tactics

Germany's governing party, the CDU, has proposed reinstating military conscription, while offering young people a chance to serve the country in other ways, that's what German media is reporting. The party is said to be contemplating new security strategies in light of recent terror attacks and as part of preparations for possible NATO missions.

Aug 09 09:09

Twitter Likens Theresa May to Gollum as She Does Low Curtsy to Prince William

This is not the first time that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has performed an unusually low dip – she was previously photographed doing the same awkward plunge while greeting Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William’s wife, Kate.

The prime minister has yet again performed a spectacularly low curtsy to greet and shake the hand of Prince William at Amiens Cathedral in northern France as they attended the Battle of Amiens centenary ceremony.

Theresa May’s “signature” way of greeting the royal has received loads of attention on Twitter, where users didn’t hesitate to throw jibes at the prime minister.

Aug 09 07:58

Warning over 'panic' hacks on cities

Security flaws have been found in major city infrastructure such as flood defences, radiation detection and traffic monitoring systems.

A team of researchers found 17 vulnerabilities, eight of which it described as "critical".

The researchers warned of so-called "panic attacks", where an attacker could manipulate emergency systems to create chaos in communities.

The specific flaws uncovered by the team have been patched.

“If someone, supervillain or not, were to abuse vulnerabilities like the ones we documented in smart city systems, the effects could range from inconvenient to catastrophic,” wrote Daniel Crowley, from IBM’s cyber research division, X-Force Red.

Aug 08 16:39

Ofgem hikes safeguard energy tariff by £47 a year which will hit 5m households and blames rising wholesale costs

The energy regulator has increased its price cap on variable tariffs due to rising wholesale prices, it revealed this morning.

Ofgem said its safeguard tariff, which protects around five million households from overcharging, will rise by £47 per year in October to £1,136.

The watchdog said it was increasing the cap due to rising oil prices, which have fed through to wholesale gas prices.

Aug 08 16:36

Power bills for 100,000 former Isera customers jump by up to £121 as they're transferred to Octopus Energy

About 100,000 Iresa customers have been forced on to a more expensive energy tariff and told they cannot switch provider for two or three weeks.

Households were paying as little as £834 a year on Iresa's cheapest tariff, according to comparison site UK Power.

But after it collapsed last month, Ofgem transferred all customers to Octopus Energy on August 1.

Its Flexible Octopus gas and electricity tariff costs the average household £955 a year - up to £121 a year more.

Cheaper deals are available. For example, Breeze and Avro Energy have tariffs costing an annual average of £848 and £861, respectively.

But Iresa customers have been told they must wait until Octopus Energy writes to them to give them permission to switch.

Aug 08 16:26

Are police tracking your movements using your mobile phone? Privacy watchdog to challenge five UK forces in court over their failure to deny they use 'fake cell towers' to spy on citizens

Rights charity are taking five UK police forces to court over their failure to confirm or deny whether they use the hardware, which mimics cell towers to silently connect with nearby mobile phones to spy on their movements.

These can also be used to intercept text messages and calls without the knowledge of the mobile phone owner.

Cellxion, the Surrey telecoms firm behind the technology, claims the system helps police to combat the growing use of mobile phones by criminals and terrorists.

But privacy experts warn the technology is 'rife for abuse' as it harvests data 'indiscriminately' from nearby cellular devices without consent.

Aug 08 10:41

Homebase plans to close 60 stores threatening more than 1,000 jobs, say reports

Homebase is set to announce plans to close 60 stores next week, threatening about 1,000 jobs, Sky News has reported.

Hilco Capital, the restructuring specialist that bought the struggling retailer for £1, declined to comment.

Homebase announced in June that it would cut 300 jobs at its Milton Keynes head office and rumours have been circulating that store closures are imminent.

Aug 08 08:49

Israel running campaign against Jeremy Corbyn

An app operated as part of an Israeli government propaganda campaign issued a “mission” for social media users to make comments against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of anti-Semitism.

This is the latest evidence of an Israeli campaign of psychological warfare against the UK’s main opposition party.

The Act.IL app on Sunday falsely accused Corbyn of comparing Israel to Nazi Germany in a 2010 meeting which had been resurfaced by The Times last week.

The “mission” was documented in this Tweet by Michael Bueckert, a Canadian researcher who has been monitoring the app since last year.

Aug 08 08:45

Three men from Rochdale child sex gang are stripped of British citizenship and will now be booted out of country as top judges blast their reign of terror as 'serious organised crime'

Three men from the notorious Rochdale paedophile ring will be stripped of their UK citizenship after they lost an appeal.

Taxi drivers Abdul Aziz, 47, Adil Khan, 48, and Abdul Rauf, 48, were among nine men jailed over appalling crimes against girls in Greater Manchester in 2012.

The then home secretary Theresa May ruled in 2015 that all three men - who have dual British and Pakistani nationality - should have their names deleted from the roll of British citizens.

The decision was a prelude to government plans to deport them to Pakistan upon their release from jail.

Aug 08 08:27

Guilty: Gang Used Speed Boats to Smuggle Albanian Illegals Over English Channel

Six men have been found guilty of trying to illegally smuggle Albanian migrants across the English Channel in speedboats.

The gang was a mix of men from the south of England and Albanians, who acted as agents sourcing people who wanted to travel to Britain illegally, charging them around £6,000.

Father and son Leonard and Alfie Powell were convicted at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, along with Albert Letchford, Wayne Bath, Sabah Dulaj, and Artur Nutaj.

Aug 08 08:09

Asylum seeker who raped student in a UK cemetery replies ‘Yes, I did that. Why not?’

The sexual predator Ishaq Al-Noor, 21, has been jailed for 16 years for raping a 17-year-old student by dragging her into a cemetery. He also attempted to rape another woman, who escaped. He will be deported after serving his sentence.

The Sudanese asylum seeker came to the UK as a refugee three years ago. He carried out “almost identical” attacks on the women in June and November last year.

When the charge of rape was put to him, Al-Noor, through his interpreter, admitted to Hull Crown Court, that he was “Guilty. Yes, I did that. Why not?” He also replied “Yes, guilty” to the attempted rape.

Aug 08 07:56

Calls for Solidarity After London Bookshop Attacked by Violent Mob

A socialist bookshop in London is calling for a day of solidarity on Saturday 11 August following an attack on the store by a group of thugs.

Bookmarks in Bloomsbury is calling for supporters to attend the event after 12 men invaded the shop in day light hours in central London, "destroying displays, wrecking books and chanting Alt-right slogans," the bookshop said in statement.

"They attempted to intimidate staff and customers and to destroy books and materials."

"Fortunately, no one was hurt."

Aug 07 10:14

JUST IN: TOMMY ROBINSON BANNED FROM INSTAGRAM

Alex Jones and Infowars have been banned from Spotify, Apple, Facebook, and now YouTube, but the social media giant Instagram has now joined in the censorship of conservatives and anyone considered right of center. Tommy Robinson’s account on Instagram has been deleted.

Big League Politics’ own Peter D’Abrosca tweeted a screenshot earlier showing that when one tries to search for Robinson’s account on Instagram,(realtommyrobinson), the search comes back with the result “user not found.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Given the dictatorship and electronic shunning of the unhinged Left in both the US and UK, it was only a matter of time before this happened.

Aug 07 09:53

The Death Of US And UK Neo-Colonialism

The colossal project to re-colonialize the world started with United States President Ronald Reagan eagerly backed by United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1981 and over the next 20 years seemed to sweep all before it.

But we can now see that the creation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the 9/11 attacks in 2001 marked the turn of the tide.

Since then one super-ambitious project of nation destruction and rebuilding after another generated by Washington and eagerly embraced by its main Western European allies has collapsed spectacularly.

As if living out one of Aesop’s Fables, the hammer of US kinetic power so eagerly embraced at the urging of neo-conservatives and neoliberals alike following the collapse of communism exhausted the Western wielders of the weapon instead of their targets.

Aug 06 15:24

Panned... All the UK has done since the 70s is invent a vacuum cleaner, says controversial new book

Margaret Thatcher failed to unleash an entrepreneurial culture, a new account of business history has concluded.

The book rejects our most feted entrepreneurs of recent times as pale imitations of those of the past.

The Rise And Fall Of The British Nation argues ‘the list of great entrepreneurs whose animal spirits were unleashed in the new dispensation of the late 1980s and 1990s is rather thin’.

Aug 06 15:18

The holocaust and its deniers

"In the aftermath of the holocaust some Jewish intellectuals and humanists expressed the thought that “after Auschwitz Jews have to locate themselves at the forefront of the battle for humanity and against all forms of oppression”.

"This is a principled and heroic ideal, but the reality on the ground has been somewhat different. Just three years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the Jewish state ethnically cleansed the vast majority of indigenous Palestinians. Two years later, in 1950, Israel’s Knesset passed the Law of Return, a racist law that distinguishes between Jews who have the right to ‘return’ to someone else’s land and the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees that were expelled by force from their villages and cities.

Aug 06 11:34

Presumed Consent: UK Govt to Make Everyone Organ Donors Unless They Opt Out

The UK government has taken one step further towards bringing into effect an ‘opt-in’ organ donation system which will presume a person is an organ donor in moves that one medical ethicist warns could mean increasing donations by “slight of hand”.

Conservative Government ministers are to go ahead with reformations to organ ‘donation’ laws which they said could increase the availability of organs for transplant by 700 per year, reports the BBC.

The legislation is expected to be brought before the House of Commons when MPs return from recess in Autumn, and if Parliament approves the organ donation law, it will come into effect in England by Spring 2020.

Currently, Wales already operates such a system, Scotland is looking to introduce a similar scheme, and Northern Ireland is also considering it.

Aug 06 11:02

Theresa May launches 'Fusion Doctrine' – A new era of dictatorial power

In May 2015 David Cameron made a speech that was a warning shot of what was to come. “For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance. This Government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.” The Independent noted at the time that as far as the government was concerned, Britain should not leave people to lead their own lives.

Aug 06 10:24

Millions of people battling addiction to prescription drugs in 'hidden crisis', experts warn

The UK is harbouring a 'hidden crisis' of prescription drug addictions.

That's the stark warning coming from medical experts, who say increasing numbers of patients are seeking help for misuse of anxiety medicines.

And, worryingly, millions of people could be affected.

It comes as Scottish government data shows a dramatic spike in deaths related to branded tranquilisers, such as Xanax.

Aug 06 10:15

3-Year Old Report on Fracking Risks Quietly Published This Week After Cuadrilla Permit Awarded

In 2015, the UK Government’s Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) wrote a report citing the increase of national pollution emissions that would be caused by proposed shale development in Britain.

Before the report was finally published this week, Public Health England, UK’s official body for the improvement of the nation’s health and wellbeing, always concluded that “the risks to public health from exposure to emissions from shale gas extraction are low if operations are properly run and regulated.”

Now, the AQEG report warns that

“Impacts on local and regional air quality have the potential to be substantially higher than the national level impacts, as extraction activities are likely to be highly clustered. Studies in the US have shown significant impacts on both local air quality and regional ozone formation, but similar studies have not yet been undertaken for the UK.“

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As long as May continues as Prime Minister, these fracking operations will continue apace; after all, she doesn't have to live downwind from them, or risk contamination in her water from them.

Aug 06 08:31

The Corbyn anti-Semitism row reveals how desperate Israel and its lobbyists are

The socialist leader of a British political party embroiled in an anti-Semitism row has apologised for appearing on platforms with people who drew Nazi-style comparisons with Israel’s actions. His remarks, though, have backfired among some Jewish and other pro-Palestinian groups.

They have accused the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn of “crumbling” after pointing out that the original “Nazi” comments were made by a Jewish survivor of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Corbyn’s statement and apology were delivered last week in response to a British media furore over reports that he hosted an event in 2010 during which Israel’s behaviour towards the Palestinians was compared to Nazism.

Aug 06 08:26

UK energy firm to invest $100m in Israel companies

UK energy firm Centrica, owner of British Gas, is to invest $100 million in Israeli start-up companies by the end of 2018.

The first Israeli start-up to receive investment was Driivz, a company which invented a data system for managing electric vehicle charging systems. Centrica gave $12 million in investment to the company, according to Israeli financial news site Globes.

Centrica’s investments are being made via an investment fund founded by the firm a year ago, Globes reports, with the fund’s total budget of $140 million “mostly designated for Israel.”

Aug 04 10:13

British ISIS fighters are training in Afghanistan after 'caliphate' crumbled in Iraq and Syria

British Islamic State fighters have now moved into Afghanistan, the country's ambassador to the UK has revealed.

Said Jawad said the fanatics posed a threat not just to his country but to Britain, as they could sneak home and wreak havoc.

He said both countries' intelligence agencies were working to 'make sure they do not pose a threat if they go back to the UK', having tracked down fanatics with British passports.

Aug 03 15:22

Israel wreaks terror on another harmless mercy ship. And the list of monstrous crimes against human decency just got even longer

Stuart Littlewood views Britain’s complicity through silence in Israel’s hijacking of a vessel carrying medical supplies for the blockaded Gaza Strip, against the background of the UN’s phony Palmer inquiry into a previous Israeli hijacking of an aid ship. >>

Aug 03 08:41

Accept Chequers... or it's no deal on Brexit: PM issues an ultimatum to the French as cracks show in EU's resolve

Theresa May will today warn Emmanuel Macron that the EU faces a choice of 'Chequers deal or no deal' in autumn Brexit talks.

The Prime Minister cut short her holiday in Italy to travel to the French president's summer retreat Fort Bregancon in a bid to sell her controversial Chequers proposals to him.

France's hard line on Brexit is seen in London as a major stumbling block to a successful negotiation this autumn.

Aug 03 08:40

Theresa May's Chequers plan poses a threat to the EU, says Michel Barnier in incendiary open letter aimed at the Prime Minister and her cabinet

Michel Barnier has rebuked the UK's Brexit proposal, warning it poses a threat to the future of the European single market.

In an incendiary article published in 20 newspapers across Europe yesterday, the EU's chief negotiator issued a stark warning to Prime Minister Theresa May.

The open letter is likely be seen by international powers as a direct response to British attempts to get EU leaders to back May's soft Brexit Chequers Plan.

Aug 03 08:39

Brexit deal off the menu at May-Macron summit

Theresa May can look forward to an excellent dinner at Emmanuel Macron’s holiday pad, but she shouldn’t expect a Brexit concession for dessert.

Fort de Brégançon, the official retreat of the French president where the two leaders will meet and dine Friday, is a lovely spot, girdled on all sides by the blue waters of the Mediterranean and connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.

It is certainly worth a visit for the views, the peace and the sea air. But a likely spot for a breakthrough summit on Brexit? Not so much.

Aug 03 08:10

Anger as BT broadband customers face a £3 a month fee just to receive paper bills

BT broadband customers will have to pay £3 a month for paper bills from September 16. It means that, in total, customers will have to pay £36 a year for the service.

Previously the telecoms giant charged customers £2.50 or £30 a year.

Consumer experts say that while the increase is not huge, it is the principle of yet again penalising elderly and vulnerable customers who are not comfortable using the internet.

Aug 03 08:09

The battle to save House of Fraser: Mike Ashley and tycoon Philip Day in race to save stricken chain

Two billionaire retail tycoons look set to go head to head in a battle for House of Fraser as it teeters on the edge of collapse.

Sports Direct mogul Mike Ashley and Philip Day, the owner of Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group, could enter a bidding war to save the troubled department store chain.

A rescue deal to get House of Fraser back on track was dashed this week when the Chinese owner of Hamleys, C Banner, scrapped an offer to buy the group and plug it with a £70million lifeline.

The 169-year-old retail chain could be forced into administration if it does not secure a deal, putting the future of its 59 stores and 17,000 employees at risk.

Aug 03 08:06

Amazon has nearly HALVED its tax bill to just £4.5m despite seeing sales in Britain soar to £2bn a year - as it stands accused of crippling our high streets

Amazon slashes its UK corporation tax bill by taking advantage over Britain's ageing tax laws and a complicated network of companies in the EU.

The online giant funnelled cash made from sales across all its European businesses – including £1.98billion from the UK – through a company based in Luxembourg.

This company then pays 'royalties' to another of its businesses based in the small European country.

The American tech giant's then uses the costs of its branding and services to cut the remaining profits which it can be taxed for at a lower rate than in the UK.

Meanwhile, the royalties paid to the separate entity are not taxed because it is a type of business not considered a tax resident in Luxembourg.

Aug 02 08:46

UK: Controversial anti-BDS motion sent for legal review

The legality of a proposal to criminalise the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign using a controversial definition of anti-Semitism has been raised by a London council.

Conservative Councillor, Brian Gordon, filed a motion in Barnet council on Tuesday in an attempt to outlaw the global movement to aid Palestinians in their campaign to end Israeli occupation. The motion uses the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism to support its claim that BDS is anti-Semitic.

The proposed motion will effectively outlaw organisations that support BDS against Israel and prevent individuals from accessing council services.

Aug 02 08:32

Landmark ruling sees British court recognise sharia law for the first time as judge rules wife married in Islamic ceremony can make claim on husband's assets under UK law

A British court has recognised sharia law for the first time in a landmark decision as a judge ruled that a wife can claim her husband's assets in the split.

The decision came about after Nasreen Akhter wanted a divorce from her husband Mohammed Shabaz Khan. The couple were wed in an Islamic faith marriage in 1998.

Mr Khan wanted to block Mrs Akhter's divorce on the basis that they are 'not legally married' under English law and says they are married 'under Sharia law only'.

The High Court ruling on Wednesday said their union should be valid and recognised because their vows had similar expectations of a British marriage contract.

This means women married in an Islamic faith ceremony will have an easier time securing a divorce in the UK, paving the way for them to claim half their husband's assets.

Aug 02 08:20

Petition to Bar Bannon From UK Entry Signed by 10,000 Needed for Gov't Response

Last week, citizen activist Bruce Johnston filed a petition with the aim of prohibiting the politician, who, according to the document, poses a direct risk to the country's security, from entering the United Kingdom. This move seeks to prevent Bannon from disseminating "messages of hate" in the UK.

A petition demanding to ban US President Donald Trump's former campaign manager and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon from entering the United Kingdom has gathered 10,000 signatures, which now obliges London to issue an official response to the request, according to data released on the country's official petitions online portal.

If the number of citizens supporting the document reaches 100,000, then the petition may be taken under consideration for debate in the UK Parliament.

Aug 02 08:19

UK Prepares for Post-Brexit Social Unrest Amid Talks Deadlock - Reports

The UK local authorities are concerned over the delivery of public services after Brexit amid the uncertainty of UK-EU and are preparing for social unrest after the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union, the SkyNews broadcaster reported, citing the Brexit impact studies, conducted by local councils.

In their studies local authorities are trying to measure Brexit's impact on social care, border control and access to food products and medicines under the conditions of uncertain Brexit talks both with Brussels and within the government, the SkyNews broadcaster reported.

The news outlet, in particular, released a report of the Pembrokeshire County Council, in which the local authorities assessed the Brexit impact on 19 criteria. According to the report, Brexit will have a negative effect on all indicators, except for one.

Aug 01 16:00

Knife crime 'epidemic' is straining the NHS, warns surgeon: Victims use up hospital beds and blood supplies and paramedics are forced to wear stab proof vests

England is in the midst of a national knife crime epidemic which is putting extra pressure on the NHS, a top surgeon has warned.

The rise in violent stabbings seen in London in recent years has spread to the country's other major cities, according to Adam Brooks, a major trauma surgeon at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He said he had seen a dramatic increase in stabbings and his team now deals with around three serious cases a day.

Aug 01 09:29

Spies and terrorists – how deep are links between British state and Manchester bomber?

Yet another link between the British state and the Manchester Arena suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was revealed on Tuesday, after it was reported that he was rescued from war-torn Libya by the Royal Navy in 2014.

The rescue was another example of the links between the British state and Abedi. The connections illustrate the complicated UK-Libyan relationship and how over-extended security services were fatally unable to monitor emerging homegrown terrorist threats.

Aug 01 08:34

Are We Saving Syrian 'Heroes'... or Just Importing More Fanatics?

You may recall the fuss Theresa May made about getting rid of the Islamist preacher Abu Qatada.

In the end it took 11 years of legal wrangling to get this fanatic, with his very nasty opinions, out of the country.

Without her personal intervention at the end, he would probably still be here.

Why, then, is the British Government seriously considering welcoming into this country an unknown number of men who have been – I put this at its mildest – closely associated for several years with an armed faction linked to Al Qaeda, or with others perhaps even worse?

Was all the fuss about Abu Qatada just a public relations front? Or does the right hand just not know what the left hand is doing?

Jul 31 10:22

Outrage as Peter Mandelson attacks Brextremists as 'nationalists' who 'hate foreigners' and claims they are not 'patriots' like him

Peter Mandelson today provoked outrage by labelling extreme Brexiteers 'nationalists' who 'hate foreigners' and are not 'patriots' like him.

The former EU trade commissioner said the people leading the charge for quitting the EU were 'Brextremists' not motivated by the best interests of the country.

Leave supporters immediately condemned the incendiary remarks as the row over what kind of Brexit Britain will have next year continued unabated into the summer.

Jul 31 10:17

EU trying to cheat UK out of Brexit, May should walk away with no deal – Salvini

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s right-wing interior minister and leader of anti-immigrant Lega Nord, has claimed that Brussels is trying to “swindle” London in their Brexit negotiations, telling Theresa May to walk away without a deal.

Salvini, an outspoken EU critic, told the Sunday Times that the British prime minister should adopt a tougher stance while dealing with Brussels. “My experience in the European parliament tells me you either impose yourself or they swindle you,” he maintained.

Salvini urged May to be ready to pull out of the talks without a deal “because on some principles there is no need to be flexible and you should not go backwards.” He also lashed out at the 27-member bloc, saying: “There is no objectivity or good faith [for Brexit talks] from the European side.”

Jul 31 10:08

Most Suspended Northern Rail Line Return to Service as Anger Continues

Mounting disruptions to privatized rail services outside the British capital has turbocharged calls for the sector to be renationalized.

Three quarters of the 168 rail services in the north of England suspended in June have been brought back online after a timetable change brought many lines across the country to a halt and enraged many public voices already highly critical of the country's largely privately-run rail system.

A report seen by the British media estimated the financial cost of the cancellations at US$50 million, the majority of which, according to Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, has been borne by passengers in the country's north.

"People's lives are being badly affected by this chaos and the Government cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the plight of Northern commuters," Mr. Burnham said in statements reported by ITV.

Jul 31 10:06

Ukip is back thanks to the Chequers backlash

The UK Independence Party might be about to make a comeback. Ever since Theresa May’s Chequers deal on Brexit, which went down very badly indeed among grassroots Conservatives and Leavers, the opinion polls have been kind to the Purple Army.

The week after the Chequers deal went public, one pollster found support for the party had surged by five points to 8 per cent. It might not sound like much, but it is its best showing since March last year. Furthermore, such numbers are more than enough to tilt the balance at the next general election toward Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.

Jul 31 09:43

Smart meters will lead to 'surge pricing', admits Scottish Power amid plans for costs changing every half an hour

One of Britain's biggest energy firms has admitted for the first time that smart meters will allow suppliers to introduce 'surge pricing'.

Scottish Power said new tariffs which lead to price shifts every half an hour will be put in place as soon as the energy regulator gives them the go ahead.

The controversial scheme – which relies heavily on smart meters - could significantly change the way households consume energy.

It could lead to soaring costs for watching television, charging electronic devices and running the washing machine.

Jul 31 09:41

Dixons Carphone data breach saw hackers access up to 10m customer records – NINE million more than first feared last month

The Dixons Carphone data breach has been revealed as much larger than previously thought, as hackers accessed up to 10 million customer records.

Last month the company announced that 5.9 million customer bank card details and 1.2 million personal data records had been hacked in 2017 and went unnoticed.

On Tuesday, the company backtracked on its original figures and amended the total of customer records that had been accessed to a staggering 10 million.

The major data breach involved shoppers at Currys PC World and Dixons Travel but bosses insist there is no sign of any related fraud.

Jul 31 09:34

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

A planned ID scheme for EU citizens after Brexit should be rolled out nationwide, a UK think tank has said, citing the Windrush* scandal as justification.

In a report on border controls (PDF), the right-leaning Policy Exchange raised the spectre of nationwide identity cards – an idea mooted back in the mid-2000s that collapsed due to the public's distaste for surveillance.

The report looked broadly at what it describes as a "smarter border" for the UK after Brexit, saying that technological change will allow for smooth passage of people and goods.

Jul 31 08:30

Plans to bury nuclear waste under national parks backed by UK govt

UK officials could soon begin burying radioactive waste under some of the country’s national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty, according to new plans backed by the British government.

Jul 31 03:54

Alt Energy – Wind Drought In UK

Jul 30 10:38

‘God, help us’: British Army on standby in case of no-deal Brexit supply issues

Ministers planning Brexit told media the Army is on standby to deliver key supplies like food, fuel and medicines in the eventuality of a no-deal scenario. Remainers have likened the revelation to “self-immolation.”

The possibility of a no-deal Brexit made the Ministry of Defence “dust off” blueprints to use of army trucks and helicopters to deliver key supplies to far flung parts of the UK – something usually reserved for civil emergencies, like severe weather.

Jul 30 10:35

Italian politician warns the UK over European Union deceit

Italy’s right wing Interior Minister has told the Sunday Times that the European Union is deceiving Britain with regards to Brexit.

He stated in an interview that "There is no objectivity or good faith on the European side" and encouraged British Prime Minister Theresa May to take a tougher stance in negotiations with the EU now that she has apparently decided to take the lead role in the divorce, leaving newly appointed Brexit minister Dominic Raab on the side lines.

Mr Salvini, long known to be a critic of the EU blames a lot of Italy’s problems on the euro and also believes that the Union is ineffective with regards to the resolution of the non-stop flow of illegal migrants who initially targeted Greece and Italy but are now arriving in Spain in far greater numbers.

Jul 30 08:55

‘National Disgrace’ – UK Home Office Rejects Syrian Christians, Refugee Intake 100 Percent Muslim

The British government has admitted that no Christians were taken among the Syrian refugees flown into Britain recently, with the Home Office rejected the handful of non-Muslims selected for resettlement by the United Nations.

Despite the persecution of Christians at the hands of Islamic extremists in Syria having been declared genocide by the U.S., the European Union (EU) and even British MPs themselves in a 2016 parliamentary vote, the 1,112 Syrians that Britain resettled in the first three months of 2018 consisted only of Muslims.

The Barnabas Fund, an aid agency which supports Christians persecuted for their faith, obtained the figures via Freedom of Information requests after “a protracted tussle with the Home Office”, The Sunday Times reports.

Jul 29 09:42

"God Help Us" - British Army Readied In Case Of Hard Brexit

Just as was extremely evident prior to the actual vote in 2016, scaremongering around Brexit (deal or no deal) is escalating among the cognoscenti or desperate Remain 'told you so'-ers.

Britain's Sunday Times reports that UK ministers have drawn up plans to send in the army to deliver food, medicines and fuel in the event of shortages if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal.

Blueprints for the armed forces to assist the civilian authorities, usually used only in civil emergencies, have been dusted down as part of the "no deal" planning, with helicopters and army trucks used to ferry supplies to vulnerable people outside the southeast who were struggling to obtain the medicines they needed.

However, as ominous as this sounds, The Sunday Times admits - a number of paragraphs into their "Army on standby for no-deal Brexit emergency" story - that a source inside the Ministry of Defense said they have not yet received "a formal request" to assist the civilian authorities.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Scaremongering indeed!!

Jul 29 09:11

CRIME RATE IN THE U.K. SOARS WHILE 90% OF RECORDED CRIME GOES UNCHARGED

Homicide and crime rates – including sexual assaults, and knife and gun attacks – continue to rise in the United Kingdom, with 90% of recorded offenses not ending in charges.

A report published last week lays bare the shocking numbers – crimes resulting in charges sat at 11%, with the percentage falling two points in just a year to 9%; down from 15% in 2015.

Since March of this year and the 12 months before, only 443,000 crimes out of 4.6 million recorded resulted in charges.

NOTABLY, THE NUMBER OF RECORDED CRIMES ROSE BY 11% TO 5.5 MILLION OFFENSES – THE HIGHEST LEVEL IN OVER A DECADE.
Earlier this year, the homicide rate in London overtook New York City – with knife attacks rising by more than 30%. Although crime rates are surging in the U.K.,officer numbers in London have hit a record low.

As it stands, fewer than 1 in 10 of recorded crimes result in a charge, doing little to abate fear that England is undergoing an epidemic of violent crime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These numbers are truly horrific, and one has to wonder how many of these crimes were committed by immigrants.

What the UK government does not want to admit, is the degree to which these crmes are influenced by the culture wars they are experiencing between born-Brits, and those born elsewhere, who will not assimilate and learn anything about the culture of their adoptive country.

Jul 28 08:54

Britain increasing foreign aid to booming China and oil-rich Nigeria, despite vows to stop financing world's second largest economy

Britain is giving ever-increasing amounts of foreign aid to booming China and oil-rich Nigeria, accounts have revealed.

Despite vows to stop financing the world’s second largest economy, £46.9million was handed to China last year – up £2.6million on the previous year.

And some £319.6million was given to Nigeria, which is rich enough to afford its own space programme. This is up more than a fifth on the £262.7million given the year before, the Government report showed.

Jul 28 08:44

MPs call for Facebook, Google and Twitter to be hit with hefty 'fake news' taxes

Facebook, Google and Twitter face the threat of new taxes to combat fake news, amid warnings the phenomenon is putting democracy at risk.

Leaked reports suggest MPs will call for a major clampdown on the social media giants to protect the West’s democratic processes.

The culture, media and sport committee, which has conducted a lengthy inquiry into fake news, is expected to call for social media firms to be made legally liable for harmful and illegal content on their platforms.

It is also expected to propose a levy on the firms to raise funds for combating fake news, and say social media and data protection lessons should be on the national curriculum.

Jul 28 08:38

Whitehall is ‘covering up the past’: File on Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage, Lockerbie records and MI5 'link' to Belfast lawyer death among documents blocked by government

Civil servants have been accused of covering up embarrassing incidents such as official opinions on the marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, the Lockerbie atrocity and the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

Government departments have blocked the release of almost 6,000 documents which have been deposited in the National Archives.

Many of the documents relate to Europe and John Major's time in Downing Street.

Ordinarily, the files would be released under the 20-year rule - but Whitehall mandarins are afraid the contents would cause controversy.

Jul 27 20:02

Energy giants could use new smart meters to cut power to homes and force customers to pay their bill before turning it back on... as former energy minister reveals he got rid of his

The Daily Mail can reveal that suppliers have the power to switch the new digital devices to a pre-payment setting without visiting the house.

This would force the homeowner to top up their account before they use any gas or electricity – and if their balance runs out, their power could automatically be shut off.

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