Category: UK

Yes, Jeremy Corbyn Was Vilified Because He Criticized Israel

Jeremy Corbyn’s critics are once again furious because he stated an undeniable fact. Corbyn was shamefully denounced as a dangerous antisemite primarily because he supported the democratic rights of the Palestinians.

Yes, Jeremy Corbyn Was Vilified Because He Criticized Israel

Chaff Candidates: The Race for the UK Tory Leadership – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In the slime-touched final runoff between two bottom-of-the-barrel finds, voters meet two candidates who, in finding wealth or coming from it, seek the ultimate prize of a country that once kept a quarter of the globe in described, cricket-enlightened subjecthood. The prize is barely worth it, and, with Britain no longer part of the EU, barely noticeable.

Chaff Candidates: The Race for the UK Tory Leadership – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Met Office says UK heatwave could hit 43C tomorrow – with hottest area NOT in South – Mirror Online

Brits have been warned to stay indoors as life-threatening temperatures are due to blast the UK

Brits have been warned to stay indoors as ‘ferocious’ and life-threatening ‘day and night’ temperatures are due to blast the UK for the first time in history

Source: Met Office says UK heatwave could hit 43C tomorrow – with hottest area NOT in South – Mirror Online

UK warned it faces Australian-like reputation damage over asylum seeker plan

Hope Hostel in Kigali, Rwanda will host unwanted asylum seekers from the UK.

The Abbott/Morrison legacy will be found in the UK deliveries of Asylum Seekers to Rawanda

“Given the lessons of the Australian experience, this carries a significant reputational risk for the UK.”

The UK Home Affairs select committee report into channel crossing, migration and asylum..

Source: UK warned it faces Australian-like reputation damage over asylum seeker plan

The good news: Johnson’s on the way out. The bad news: look who’s on the way in | Marina Hyde | The Guardian

Boris Johnson chairing a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street, London, 7 July 2022

Ultimately, though, the disappointments and desolation are all ours. It was Johnson’s world; we now have to live in it. It’s quite sweet that people still talk of a “realignment”. I don’t mean to cavil, but what the hell is “aligned” here? The UK will now have had four prime ministers in just over six years. It’s a rolling mess, a joke to much of the world. The only thing you can really align yourself with is the view that it can always get even worse and even more chaotic. Send in the clowns. Ah, don’t bother. They’re here.

Ben Wallace:

Suella Braverman:

Liz Truss:

Rishi Sunak:

Penny Mordaunt:

Sajid Javid:

Tom Tugendhat:

Nadhim Zahawi:

Jeremy Hu:

Grant Shapps:

Steve Baker:

Priti Patel:

Source: The good news: Johnson’s on the way out. The bad news: look who’s on the way in | Marina Hyde | The Guardian

2 Key UK Cabinet Ministers Quit As Boris Johnson’s Government Teeters | HuffPost Latest News

From left, British Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive at No 9 Downing Street for a media briefing on May 7, 2021. Two of Britain's most senior Cabinet ministers have quit, a move that could spell the end of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leadership after months of scandals. Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned within minutes of each other. (Toby Melville/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Two of Britain’s most senior Cabinet ministers resigned on Tuesday, a move that could spell the end of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership after months of scandals.

Source: 2 Key UK Cabinet Ministers Quit As Boris Johnson’s Government Teeters | HuffPost Latest News

EU sues UK over move to rewrite post-Brexit trade rules

File photo: Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government proposed legislation that would remove customs checks on some goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the U.K.

He may have got into power but he has sure as hell been a virus on the UK.

The European Union sued Britain on Wednesday over its move to rewrite the trade rules agreed to when the country left the EU two years ago, ratcheting up tensions between the major economic partners. Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government proposed legislation that would remove customs checks on some goods entering Northern Ireland from the rest of the U.K. Those checks were imposed as part of a hard-fought compromise when Britain left the EU and its borderless free-trade zone — but have caused both economic and political problems in Northern Ireland, where some say they undermine the region’s place in the United Kingdom. The EU has decried Britain’s effort to rip up part of the deal.

Source: EU sues UK over move to rewrite post-Brexit trade rules

Even the Murdoch press is now waking up to the truth: Brexit was an act of self-harm | Michael Heseltine | The Guardian

Lorries queue at the entrance of the Port of Dover, February 2022.

Frydenberg kept telling us how he managed the Pandemic better than the UK but he never mentioned Brexit

When the most anti-EU newspapers are pointing to the policy’s inevitable failures, it’s time our government admitted the truth

Source: Even the Murdoch press is now waking up to the truth: Brexit was an act of self-harm | Michael Heseltine | The Guardian

The Britain Project Is the Latest Incarnation of Zombie Blairism

 

For two years, Tony Blair has backed Keir Starmer’s war to expel socialists from Labour. Now the Blairites are launching the Britain Project — the latest bid to create an über-neoliberal force to destroy any trace of social democracy.

Source: The Britain Project Is the Latest Incarnation of Zombie Blairism

British inflation puts economy on road to oblivion

The UK is grappling with soaring inflation.

Inflation is now at a 40-year high after the consumer prices index rose to 9 per cent in April, according to the latest ONS figures. That’s the sharpest jump since 1982, which, as Torsten Bell of the Resolution Foundation pointed out, means much of the country has never experienced an inflationary shock of this ferocity “in their working lives”.

Source: British inflation puts economy on road to oblivion

Britain’s Two Job Politicians – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The lines seem awfully blurred to me when you see the jobs politicians get post-politics and even more when contracts are handed out untendered it’s extremely difficult to tell when decisions for commissions are made as they were in the case of McGuire. Matthew Guy was sprung in a case realestate insider trading with friends in Philip Island.  Land deals are regularly seen to benefit MPs as is their good fortune and opportunity for insider trading. Or money parked in anonymous accounts even promised at a later date. The bigger problem is that being it’s becoming an increasingly accepted practice and accepted by a apathetic electorate. Councilmen and politician corruption has become the norm in Australia. It has seen us  fall under the International corruption scale. Should we be surprised to find things were far better 8 years ago on most social metrics even corruption?

The role of the parliamentarian, historically, is one of service. The desire to hold two jobs, or more, suggests that such service is severely qualified. In the quotient of democracy and representation, the MP who is ready to tend to the affairs of others is unlikely to focus on the voter. I represent you, but I also represent my client who so happens to be parking his cash in offshore tax havens. I represent you, but I am moonlighting as an advisor for an armaments company. This condition has become rather acute in the British political scene. While a backbencher earns £81,932 annually plus expenses, they may pursue consultancies in the private sector as long as they do not engage in lobbying – a ridiculous fine line. Astonishingly, there is no limit on the number of hours they may spend on these additional jobs. Accordingly, members of parliament have shown marked confusion on how to separate their various jobs. Every so often, business has tended to find its way into the member’s office.

Source: Britain’s Two Job Politicians – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Covid ‘to get worse before it gets better,’ doctors warn as cases rise ‘dramatically’ | The Independent

A patient is brought into the Royal London Hospital

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.

Source: Covid ‘to get worse before it gets better,’ doctors warn as cases rise ‘dramatically’ | The Independent

Nearly 200,000 Gather in London for History-Making Demonstration of Solidarity With Palestinians | Common Dreams News

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

Source: Nearly 200,000 Gather in London for History-Making Demonstration of Solidarity With Palestinians | Common Dreams News

That creaking sound? It’s the United Kingdom starting to break apart | George Monbiot | The Guardian

Illustration: Sébastien Thibault

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?

Source: That creaking sound? It’s the United Kingdom starting to break apart | George Monbiot | The Guardian

What Next for Scotland? | Washington Monthly

Nicola Sturgeon

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

Boris Johnson orders highest coronavirus restrictions for three quarters of the UK’s population to counter surge of new strain – ABC News
Boris Johnson with pursed lips and worried eyes speaks at a podium.

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 Wednesday

Boris Johnson orders highest coronavirus restrictions for three quarters of the UK’s population to counter surge of new strain – ABC News

NHS England warns London could run out of critical care beds within weeks | The Independent

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

London to go into strictest restrictions as new variant of COVID-19 identified – ABC News

Christmas lights overhang a crowded Regent Street in London.

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 England

London to go into strictest restrictions as new variant of COVID-19 identified – ABC News

England shuns Portugal

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The facts

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.

via England shuns Portugal

British leaders have no idea how bad slavery was, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

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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.

via British leaders have no idea how bad slavery was, by Patrick Cockburn – The Unz Review

The Disunited Kingdom

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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.

via The Disunited Kingdom

Boris Johnson’s father joins Extinction Rebellion protest, shrugging off British PM’s ‘uncooperative crusties’ tag – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Climate change protester in the streets of London, police officers next to them.

via Boris Johnson’s father joins Extinction Rebellion protest, shrugging off British PM’s ‘uncooperative crusties’ tag – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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