No less than 115 UK members of parliament — 90 of them Tories — are landlords. The housing crisis won’t be solved until that changes.
No less than 115 UK members of parliament — 90 of them Tories — are landlords. The housing crisis won’t be solved until that changes.
Boris Johnson has abdicated his principal responsibility as UK Prime Minister – protecting and safeguarding lives – to let COVID-19 kill as many as 100 people every day as early as next month, say scientists.
The warning came after NHS staff told The Independent emergency services were in “borderline meltdown” and braced for demand to soar. Patients have been forced to queue for up to an hour outside one A&E department, with some waiting up to 20 hours for a bed earlier this week, while rising pressure has been piled on England’s NHS 111 system after a dedicated Covid telephone assessment service was scrapped as cases began rising.
Nearly 200,000 Gather in London for History-Making Demonstration of Solidarity With Palestinians “This movement is growing every single day,” said the Muslim Association of Britain. by Julia Conley, staff writer 9 Comments People march through Central London during a pro-Palestinian rally and a protest against Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip in United Kingdom on May 22, 2021. A cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas reached with Egypt mediation took effect at 2 a.m. Friday. (Photo: David Cliff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Nearly 200,000 people gathered in London Saturday for what organizers said was one of the largest demonstrations of solidarity with Palestinians in the United Kingdom’s history. Organizers with the Stop The War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Friends of Al-Aqsa, Palestinian Forum in Britain, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and the Muslim Association of Britain had planned the protest before Hamas and Israel reached a ceasefire that began early Friday after an 11-day bombing campaign targeting the Gaza Strip. The attacks killed more than 230 Palestinians including dozens of chil
Any residual argument for Scotland to stay within the United Kingdom meets its counter-argument in Boris Johnson. Westminster politics has always been the preserve of a remote enclave, on average massively richer and more privileged than those they claim to represent, especially in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But now that they’re dominated by a prehensile ogre grabbing all that his donors will give him while queues at the foodbanks lengthen, why should anyone north of the border consent to be ruled by his insouciant decree?
Never has the prospect of an independent Scotland seemed more plausible. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approval ratings in the region have dropped to all-time lows. Brexit, deeply unpopular in Scotland to begin with (the region voted 62 percent to 38 percent to remain), has become even more so. Independence campaigners comfortably lost their 2014 referendum. But fourteen polls in a row have shown a plurality of its residents now support independence.What Next for Scotland? | Washington Monthly
Boris Johnson orders highest coronavirus restrictions for three quarters of the UK’s population to counter surge of new strain – ABC News
Restrictions announced by Boris Johnson will affect more than 44 million people The new measures come as cases continue to surge across the country The UK reported a further 981 deaths on WednesdayBoris Johnson orders highest coronavirus restrictions for three quarters of the UK’s population to counter surge of new strain – ABC News
London will run out of hospital beds within weeks, NHS England bosses have said. The care body warned that if coronavirus admissions continue at their current rate, the city will be short of 600 critical care beds and 1,500 general hospital beds by 5 January.NHS England warns London could run out of critical care beds within weeks | The Independent
Covid-19 goes to show just how irrelevant Australia and Morrison have been to the rest of the world’s attention (ODT)
Greater London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday Pubs and restaurants will be forced to close unless they offer takeaway or delivery It was also announced a new strain of coronavirus had been identified in EnglandLondon to go into strictest restrictions as new variant of COVID-19 identified – ABC News
Exclusive: Almost half of all staff absence linked to coronavirus in parts of northern EnglandTens of thousands of NHS staff off sick because of Covid-19, data reveals | The Independent
The fact is that the UK has 28 times more deaths from Covid than Portugal (and how many strokes and heart attacks in the UK were registered on death certificates as “stroke” or “heart attack” and not a Covid-related incident?), yet the UK has only six times Portugal’s population.
The fact is that Britain has registered 44,131 deaths from Covid-19 compared with Portugal’s 1,587. The fact is that Britain has registered 284,276 positive tests, compared with Portugal’s 42,782 cases.
Trump pisses off his allies too(ODT)
One does not have to spend long in the US or the Caribbean without discovering that the deep wells of hatred and fear created by slavery have not disappeared over the years. In the US, this is reinforced by the legacy of the Civil War which still divides the country to an extraordinary extent, underpinning racism and de facto segregation. More surprising is the fact that in the years since black people supposedly won civil rights in the 1960s, the rest of America has become more like the South in its political culture than vice versa. President Johnson had promised not just “equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and a result,” but the results never came.
President Trump differs from other recent presidents in being a fairly open racist and supporter of violence by a militarised police force. Protesters are denounced as “terrorist” much as they are in Turkey, Egypt, Sri Lanka and other authoritarian states. Once the US was the sheet anchor stabilising governments and regimes, but now it is the turmoil in the US that is sending waves of instability across the world. This is not the way it worked in the 1960s. As Britain slides out of the EU under a right-wing government it will have nowhere else to turn but the US and potentially share in its turbulence. Quips about Stonehenge and the Roman Empire show how far the ruling party in Britain is from understanding that it is only experiencing the first tremors from the US meltdown.
These developments do not bode well for the continued unity of the United Kingdom. There have already been demands in Northern Ireland for a referendum to decide whether it should maintain its union with the United Kingdom or join the South, thus remaining in the EU. Opinion polls show a majority in favor of remaining in the EU.
MUKGA isn’t considerationhere at all win at all costs no matter is (ODT)
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.
It would seem Johnson isn’t his own man (ODT)
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.
“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)
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.
“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)
Corbyn’s Labour surges to an 8-point lead over the Tories
The man suspected of mowing down a group of worshippers outside a London mosque was known for “flipping his lid” when he drank too much.