Category: UK

Boris Johnson greeted with boos and a frosty handshake on first visit to Scotland – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Boris Johnson sits beside Nicola Sturgeon at Bute House, Edinburgh. They are sitting on two blue armchairs.

Key points:

  • Mr Johnson met with Ms Sturgeon, who has been critical of him and Brexit
  • He won’t meet with EU leaders unless they agree to re-open the withdrawal agreement
  • The increased prospect of a no-deal Brexit has seen the Pound Sterling drop

via Boris Johnson greeted with boos and a frosty handshake on first visit to Scotland – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Boris Johnson: Unelected Pied Piper leading his country into the worst nightmare

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As you go stomping up and down your country promising the Earth and more to those who gather to see you, you will probably somewhere along the line become convinced that the handshakes and smiles and the shouts of “Go Boris!” are genuine. They are. The problem is, the minority that turns out to see you are the same minority that would pay to go and see a freak show.

via Boris Johnson: Unelected Pied Piper leading his country into the worst nightmare

Boris Johnson is tipped to be the next British PM. Could he be the world’s next Donald Trump? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A blond man in a suit holds an ice cream with a tiny British flag stuck in it

via Boris Johnson is tipped to be the next British PM. Could he be the world’s next Donald Trump? – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Jeremy Hunt calls Boris Johnson a coward for not participating in head-to-head debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Conservative party leadership candidate Boris Johnson covers his mouth in front of blue background.

It would seem Johnson isn’t his own man (ODT)

Key points:

Sky cancelled a debate between Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson after Mr Johnson declined to take part
Mr Johnson has a 79 per cent implied probability of winning the top job, down from 92 per cent last week
Mr Johnson has repeated that he would lead the United Kingdom out of the EU on October 31 with or without a deal

via Jeremy Hunt calls Boris Johnson a coward for not participating in head-to-head debate – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump is no friend to Britain: time to give him and his foreign policy the heave-ho | US news | The Guardian

Mike Pompeo has ‘thrust a well-aimed dagger into the heart of the special relationship’.

Guess Trump will turn to his new found friend Kim Jong Un for intelligence. Nigel Farage for advice, and Boris for help in a mad mad world. (ODT)

The issue might appear arcane. But Pompeo’s threat, which Donald Trump will reiterate during his state visit, beginning on Monday, sent a chill through the diplomatic, defence and security establishment. In an age of rapidly diminishing influence, Britain still prides itself on its intelligence gathering, counter-terrorism and counter-espionage capability, as well as agencies such as GCHQ and its new offshoot, the National Cyber Security Centre.

This capability is recognised and respected – and is a main reason why Washington maintains a close alliance. Britain brings something substantial to the top table – and that helps secure its place there. By publicly questioning this collaboration, Pompeo thrust a well-aimed dagger into the heart of the “special relationship”.
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via Trump is no friend to Britain: time to give him and his foreign policy the heave-ho | US news | The Guardian

The UK: A country in cloud cuckoo land

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Today the United Kingdom needs to pull together, hold a second referendum this time based on the reality that leaving the EU would spell utter and total disaster by hemorrhaging jobs, destroying the fabric of employment for decades to come and destroying the future of the country’s youth. A societal castrophe would follow an economic collapse. These are the facts and these are the reasons why most Members of Parliament, including Theresa May, backed the Remain campaign in 2016. Why did they not stick to their guns?

The definition of going against common sense is what? Living in cloud cuckoo land.

via The UK: A country in cloud cuckoo land

Brexit deal proposed by Theresa May rejected by British Parliament, plunging UK into uncertainty – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

British MPs have defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin, triggering political upheaval that could lead to a disorderly exit from the European Union or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.

The crushing vote margin is the biggest defeat in British Parliament since the 1920s
Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a motion of no-confidence in the Government
The EU says is stepping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit

MPs voted 432 to 202 to defeat the proposal, the worst parliamentary defeat for a government in recent British history.

via Brexit deal proposed by Theresa May rejected by British Parliament, plunging UK into uncertainty – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Brexit: Theresa May, British Prime Minister, survives no-confidence vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Big Loss for the Party Conservatives and Abbott’s mate Boris (ODT)

British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived the political battle of her life, successfully winning a vote of no confidence triggered by Conservative politicians.

via Brexit: Theresa May, British Prime Minister, survives no-confidence vote – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Fracking Three’: Judge’s family links to energy companies exposed after ‘absurdly harsh’ sentences — RT UK News

‘Fracking Three’: Judge’s family links to energy companies exposed after ‘absurdly harsh’ sentences

A judge who jailed protesters for up to 16 months for disrupting access to a fracking site by climbing on lorries has been exposed for having family links to oil and gas companies.

The Mirror exclusively reported Judge Robert Altham’s links to the energy industry. The trio, known as the ‘Fracking Three,’ were jailed for causing a public nuisance over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site in Lancashire.

READ MORE: Can US shale stop a global oil supply crisis?

They are thought to be the first environmental protesters sentenced to jail for public nuisance since 1932.

Simon Blevins, 26, and Richard Roberts, 36, got 16 months each while Richard Loizou, 31, was sentenced to 15 months by Altham.

via ‘Fracking Three’: Judge’s family links to energy companies exposed after ‘absurdly harsh’ sentences — RT UK News

British intelligence now officially a by-word for organized crime — RT Op-ed

British intelligence now officially a by-word for organized crime

An intelligence service given free rein to commit ‘serious crimes’ in its own country is an intelligence service that is the enemy of its people.

The quite astounding revelation that Britain’s domestic intelligence service, MI5, has enjoyed this very freedom for decades has only just been made public at a special tribunal in London, set up to investigate the country’s intelligence services at the behest of a coalition of human rights groups, alleging a pattern of illegality up to and including collusion in murder.

via British intelligence now officially a by-word for organized crime — RT Op-ed

White people now the biggest ethnic group arrested for terror offences in the UK — RT UK News

White people now the biggest ethnic group arrested for terror offences in the UK

Statistics released by the Home Office show that white suspects accounted for 38 percent of terrorist related arrests. Those of an Asian appearance accounted for 37 percent of offences, followed by black suspects way down on 9 percent.

The report states: “This was the first time, since the year ending June 2005, that the proportion of white people arrested has exceeded the proportion of Asian people arrested,” the report said.

The number of far-right extremists currently imprisoned in UK jails has risen sharply over the past year, from 10 to 28. Conversely, the number of Islamist extremists in prison has dipped, for the first time over the same period.

The Home Office said: “The number of Islamist extremist prisoners saw a slight decrease for the first time to 178 in custody.

“The proportion of prisoners holding far-right ideologies has increased steadily over the past three years, with the number up from 10 to 28 in the latest year.”

In 2016, the far-right group National Action, were proscribed as a terrorist organisation in the UK, the first of its kind – a wave of police raids on neo-Nazis quickly followed this landmark moment.

In June, Jack Renshaw, who was accused of being member of National Action admitted to plotting to murder British Labour MP Rosie Cooper with a machete, for “white jihad” and making threats to kill a police officer.

via White people now the biggest ethnic group arrested for terror offences in the UK — RT UK News

2.6 million Leave voters have abandoned support for Brexit since referendum, major new study finds | The Independent

More than 2.6 million people have abandoned their support for Brexit and now back staying in the EU, a major study has concluded.

If the huge number of Britons who have changed their mind had voted to stay in the EU in 2016, the referendum would have delivered a clear Remain verdict.

The data will add to the debate about whether the country now needs a new referendum, with millions having second thoughts about their Leave vote amid growing fears about Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal.

In a key finding that will particularly intensify pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to take a tougher stance against Brexit, the study found the overwhelming majority of those changing minds are Labour voters in seats the party currently holds.

via 2.6 million Leave voters have abandoned support for Brexit since referendum, major new study finds | The Independent

UK Labour’s Corbyn Refutes Netanyahu’s Smears, Calls out Policy of Shooting Gaza Kids

“The nation-state law sponsored by @Netanyahu’s government discriminates against Israel’s Palestinian minority. I stand with the tens of thousands of Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel demonstrating for equal rights at the weekend in Tel Aviv,” Corbyn sai

via UK Labour’s Corbyn Refutes Netanyahu’s Smears, Calls out Policy of Shooting Gaza Kids

‘Letterbox’ insults against Muslim women spike in wake of Boris Johnson comments | The Independent

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Islamophobic attacks on Muslim women who wear veils have risen since Boris Johnson compared them to “letterboxes”, a watchdog has found.

Tell Mama, which records hate crimes, said there was a “direct link” between the former foreign minister’s comments and an uptick in incidents targeting women who wear the niqab – which covers the face and hair apart from the eyes.

At least four women have been called “letterboxes” in public since Mr Johnson ignited a row over Islamophobia with an article published in the Daily Telegraph on 5 August.

‘Letterbox’ insults against Muslim women spike in wake of Boris Johnson comments | The Independent

The Guardian view on the Trump visit: not welcome in Britain | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

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The Bluster “F”er has landed and Boris is his man and he planned for it.(ODT)

The charge list against Mr Trump is long, unignorable and impossible to tolerate. Morally, it is headed by the racism of the immigration policies he was so proud of in Brussels on Thursday, the cruelty of their enforcement, especially in the separation of children from their parents, the racism to which he gives encouragement at home, and the taunting and visceral threat to the rights and dignities of women, people of colour, and LGBT people, who are all now directly threatened by his latest supreme court nomination. He has ignorantly spurned the threat from climate change, has sucked up to tyrants, has conducted an unprecedented campaign against the free press, launched a trade war, insulted America’s allies, praised America’s enemies and made dangerous mischief in the domestic and regional politics of countless parts of the world. Only this week, heading for Europe, he insulted Germany and said meeting Vladimir Putin would be easy work compared with his meetings in Brussels and Britain.

via The Guardian view on the Trump visit: not welcome in Britain | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump jokes about UK ‘turmoil’ while Australia stresses strong friendship

Self Interest is fast becoming the Cabal that controls governments and tries to carve up the world, By no means has Johnson resigned to the bacbench to be corraled like Tony Abbott. (ODT}

“Boris Johnson’s a friend of mine, he’s been very, very nice to me, very supportive and maybe I’ll speak to him when I get over there,” Trump said. “I like Boris Johnson, I’ve always liked him.”

Johnson previously said in a leaked audio recording that he wished Trump was overseeing the Brexit negotiations. His departure from Cabinet was followed by the resignation of junior, low-profile ministers late on Monday night and two MPs from party roles on Tuesday.

via Trump jokes about UK ‘turmoil’ while Australia stresses strong friendship

Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head once more

 

“Anti-Semitism is distinct from other forms of racism because instead of looking down on other races as inferior, it directs the venom upwards, towards an imaginary and evil elite. The “evil” — ever malleable historically as Bolshevism, “rootless” cosmopolitanism, capitalism, globalism, Zionism — has a new potency in this anxious, reactionary moment.”Julie Szego

I don’t know whether Julie Szego is Jewish or not but she certainly seems lost. To her if you do or don’t mention Jews your anti-Semitic. If you do or don’t mention Israel your anti-Semitic, If you are a Jew or aren’t a Jew your possibly anti-Semitic. Apparantly Netanyahu like Corbyn is anti-Semitic but neither know they are but in Corbyn’s case it’s inexcusable, in Netanyahu he’s just confused.

As my father married a Shitzka  it make me fully half or just my shadow anti-Semitic?  Jews don’t recognize me Nazis do and I ‘m deplored at what the State Israel is currently doing while being able to say some of my best friends are Jews without fear of lying.   What does Julie Szego say? “I don’t fear for the Jews. I fear for the world.” She says utterly nothing from her” I’m lost and alone” apartheid position of them and me which according to her makes me part of the World and her lamentably not. (OD  comment)

 

via Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head once more

‘No smoking gun’: Smack in the face for May as EU fails to back British escalation over Skripal — RT UK News

‘No smoking gun’: Smack in the face for May as EU fails to back British escalation over Skripal

However, the question of attribution was not changed. The UK has been pushing for the Kremlin to be recognized as the perpetrator. Yet, its allies in Brussels appear to be refusing to cast judgment ahead of the evidence, unlike Downing Street.

via ‘No smoking gun’: Smack in the face for May as EU fails to back British escalation over Skripal — RT UK News

UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic among most probable sources of ‘Novichok’ – Moscow — RT World News

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“How did they come to the conclusion about a Russian ‘footprint’ if they didn’t give us those samples? Logically they shouldn’t have this substance. Which samples have they compared with to draw such a conclusion?” she went on. “Questions arise: then, they should have samples, which they conceal, or it is a lie from start to finish.”

“If the UK prime minister and other British experts give the formula, then it will be clear which countries have been developing these agents,” Zakharova said.

Remember the UK Intelligence said Saddam had WMDs and it justified war (OD)

 

via UK, Slovakia, Sweden, Czech Republic among most probable sources of ‘Novichok’ – Moscow — RT World News

Majority of British voters agree with Corbyn’s claim UK foreign policy increases risk of terrorism | The Independent

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An overwhelming majority of people agree with Jeremy Corbyn that British involvement in foreign wars has put the public at greater risk of terrorism, according to a new poll. The exclusive ORB survey for The Independent found 75 per cent of people believe interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya have made atrocities on UK soil more likely.

Source: Majority of British voters agree with Corbyn’s claim UK foreign policy increases risk of terrorism | The Independent

This Facebook comment about Jeremy Corbyn is going viral – The London Economic

This Facebook comment about Jeremy Corbyn and the General Election is going viral on social media. Apparently it was initially written as a comment on another post, but was quickly reposted and has been going viral on social media ever

Source: This Facebook comment about Jeremy Corbyn is going viral – The London Economic

General election: Labour close gap on Tories to six points, new poll shows | The Independent

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Labour continues to close the gap on the Conservatives as the parties head towards the General Election on 8 June, according to a new opinion poll. The poll by Survation for ITV’s Good Morning Britain (GMB) puts Labour on 37 per cent, up three points on a week ago and six points behind the Tories who are unchanged on 43 per cent. The Liberal Democrats on 8 per cent and Ukip on 4 per cent are both unchanged while the SNP are down one on 2 per cent and the Greens are also down one on 1 per cent.

Source: General election: Labour close gap on Tories to six points, new poll shows | The Independent

Fascist, Go Home! After Bombing, Manchester Residents Shut Down Anti-Muslim Demo | Informed Comment

TeleSur | – – “The people of Manchester don’t stand with your xenophobia and racism,” one man shouted at the …

Source: Fascist, Go Home! After Bombing, Manchester Residents Shut Down Anti-Muslim Demo | Informed Comment

Manchester attack: What we know about Islamic State and Salman Abedi – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In the hours after a suicide bomber killed more than 20 young concert goers in Manchester, the Islamic State group made a mistake.

Source: Manchester attack: What we know about Islamic State and Salman Abedi – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Buying the election? Tory billionaires outspend Labour’s trade unions in donor war — RT UK

Donations from the billionaire business lobby to the Conservative Party are already almost double the total handed to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour by the trade union movement, figures published by the Electoral Commission on Friday show.

Source: Buying the election? Tory billionaires outspend Labour’s trade unions in donor war — RT UK

Here are Nigel Farage’s British values: rubbishing London for money on Fox News | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

He talks about ‘respect’, but the rightwing blowhard’s response to the Westminster attack has been tall tales he can only get away with on US TV

Source: Here are Nigel Farage’s British values: rubbishing London for money on Fox News | Marina Hyde | Opinion | The Guardian

Muslim community raises £3,000 in just one hour in support of Westminster terror attack victims | The Independent

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A Muslim-led campaign to raise money to support the families of victims of the Westminster terror attack has seen donations soar above £3,000 an hour after launching. Muslims United for London saw donations flood in immediately after launching the online donations page. The funds will be used to support victims and victims’ families of the terror attack in Westminster on Wednesday in which four people died and 40 injured.

Source: Muslim community raises £3,000 in just one hour in support of Westminster terror attack victims | The Independent

Nice media conference but the Trump-Putin agenda dwarfs Theresa May’s to-do list

Surely she didn’t believe Trump’s commitment to NATO. Nonetheless, it would have been useful for her to get him on the record – sort-of.

Source: Nice media conference but the Trump-Putin agenda dwarfs Theresa May’s to-do list

Misogyny could be treated as a hate crime by police across UK | The Independent

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Misogyny could be treated as a hate crime by police forces across England and Wales in a bid to tackle sexist abuse.  The move comes after Nottinghamshire Police reportedly launched 20 investigations in the first two months of its pioneering scheme to tackle misogyny. The Fawcett Society, which campaigns for women’s rights, praised the development but called for the policy to be entereed in to the law.

Source: Misogyny could be treated as a hate crime by police across UK | The Independent

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