Category: UK

The Housing Crisis Will Persist Even If Housing Prices Fall

Take advice Australia from the UK

In the UK, housing prices are thankfully forecast to drop this year. But without a serious investment in social housing from the government, the housing crisis isn’t going to end.

Source: The Housing Crisis Will Persist Even If Housing Prices Fall

Guaidó is Gone But London Keeps the Gold

State-sponsored piracy has been a UK tradition since the British East India Company

The U.K. stripped the assets of a foreign state and transferred them to political actors engaged in regime change, John McEvoy reports. The result has been a form of collective punishment for people in Venezuela. By John McEvoy Declassified UK In late December, Venezuela’s leading opposition

In late December, Venezuela’s leading opposition parties voted to oust Juan Guaidó as “interim president” and dissolve his parallel government.

This was clearly not the ending the U.K. government had in mind.

Four years ago, the British government made the bold decision to recognise Guaidó as Venezuelan president and proceeded to facilitate his legal battle to seize roughly $2 billion of gold held in the Bank of England.

Indeed, the U.K. government insisted at every turn that it recognised Guaidó — and not Nicolás Maduro — as Venezuelan president. In turn, Guaidó’s lawyers argued that he was authorised to represent and control the assets of the Central Bank of Venezuela held in London.

Throughout this time, Guaidó paid his U.K. legal costs by drawing on millions of dollars of his country’s assets originally seized by the U.S. government. In other words, Guaidó tried to seize Venezuelan state assets with looted Venezuelan state assets.

Meanwhile, it seems certain that the Foreign Office also used a significant amount of public funds to sustain its backing of Guaidó.

Now that Guaidó has been ousted, the legal argument for transferring the gold to the Venezuelan opposition has effectively disintegrated. Despite this, the gold remains frozen in the Bank of England, with no clear resolution in sight.

 

Source: Guaidó is Gone But London Keeps the Gold

UK Government Deployed 15 Staff on Secret Operation To Seize Julian Assange – scheerpost.com

When the UK abandoned fair play and helped destroy an individual and proved their principles a myth

New information raises further concerns about the politicisation of the WikiLeaks founder’s legal case.

Source: UK Government Deployed 15 Staff on Secret Operation To Seize Julian Assange – scheerpost.com

UK court denies Scottish independence vote

But, she said on Twitter: “A law that doesn’t allow Scotland to choose our own future without Westminster consent exposes as myth any notion of the UK as a voluntary partnership & makes case for (independence).”

Source: UK court denies Scottish independence vote

Strike Wave Rocks Britain

Stumbling from crisis to crisis, the country is on its third prime minister of the year. Energy bills have skyrocketed by 96 percent since last winter, and rent has shot up by as much as 20 percent, while inflation — which currently stands at 12.3 percent — has been predicted to rise as high as 18 percent by the first few months of 2023. 

This is happening in a country which was the first in Western Europe to register 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus and has already been subject to brutal austerity measures that have wrecked the social fabric.

Source: Strike Wave Rocks Britain

UK economy shrinks as recession risk looms – Michael West

Without hesitation, the UK Tories fucked the Republic of Ireland as well with Brexit isolating it from much easier trade routes in and out of the country.

Britain’s economy shrank by a less severe than expected 0.2 per cent in the three months to September, according to official data which is likely to represent the start a lengthy recession.

Source: UK economy shrinks as recession risk looms – Michael West

Who is Rishi Sunak, the UK’s new prime minister?

Wealthier than the King

Former UK chancellor Rishi Sunak has become the United Kingdom’s third prime minister in seven weeks after his rival Penny Mordaunt withdrew from the Conservative Party leadership contention.

Sunak becomes PM during a period so fractious it has required Wikipedia to put together a disambiguation page for the phrase “2022 United Kingdom government crisis”, and with the Tories lagging more than 30 percentage points behind the Labour Party in the polls.

 

Rishi Sunak will be the first non-white, non-Christian prime minister of the United Kingdom. What else do we know about the man?

Source: Who is Rishi Sunak, the UK’s new prime minister?

Exit Liz Truss; Enter Lettuce – » The Australian Independent Media Network

No sensible person will be seeking the office. But the Tory Party is riddled with the insensible. Sunak is likely to recontest. The leader of the House of Commons, Penny Mordaunt, is also a contender. Even Johnson, who did more than most to denigrate the office, is contemplating a return. For the moment, the lettuce won out. At the very least, it deserves a run.

Source: Exit Liz Truss; Enter Lettuce – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A day like no other as Liz Truss’ reign goes from absurd to outright ridiculous

Liz Truss leaves 10 Downing Street before Wednesday’s events unfolded.

The premiership of Liz Truss has effectively been over for days, perhaps even weeks, but cruelly she’s yet to be put out of her misery. It is coming, there’s no doubt. And for everyone’s sake, it should really hurry up.

Source: A day like no other as Liz Truss’ reign goes from absurd to outright ridiculous

Another U-turn as PM Liz Truss fights for her job

Britain’s new finance minister Jeremy Hunt has signalled further reversals from Prime Minister Liz Truss and said the PM has made mistakes as she battles to keep her job.

Just over a month into her term, Ms Truss fired Kwasi Kwarteng as her chancellor of the exchequer on Friday (local time) and scrapped parts of their controversial economic package.

With opinion poll ratings dire for both the ruling Conservative Party and the prime minister personally, many of her own lawmakers are asking, not if, but how Ms Truss should be removed.

Ms Truss has turned to Mr Hunt to help salvage her premiership less than 40 days after taking office.

The move and Mr Hunt’s decisive statements have led political commentators to question ‘Who’s in charge?’ and whether the prime minister has killed her own authority.

 

Source: Another U-turn as PM Liz Truss fights for her job

UK PM sacks Kwarteng, company tax to rise – Michael West

UK Prime Minister Liz Truss has fired her finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng and scrapped parts of their economic package in a desperate bid to stay in power and survive the market and political turmoil gripping the country.

Source: UK PM sacks Kwarteng, company tax to rise – Michael West

Liz Truss’ speech does little to assuage abysmal approval ratings

Never underestimate the power of failure. 

As the Liz Truss disaster show demonstrates, the next pitfall is probably just around the corner. The UK Prime Minister has shown, along with her distinctly oblivious Chancellor of the Exchequer, how to balls up the economy in the shortest timeframe imaginable.

Source: Liz Truss’ speech does little to assuage abysmal approval ratings

The Liz Truss Disaster Show – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Barely into her prime ministership, Truss has laid the basis for its demise. When she and her party return to Westminster, the sense of vultures circling will be palpable. While recent years tell us that polls are nonsensical excursions of fancy, rarely to be trusted, it is hard to sense that the current figures are off. Should they remain at their current levels, a massacre at the ballot box is in the making.

Source: The Liz Truss Disaster Show – » The Australian Independent Media Network

UK Scraps Tax Cut For Wealthy That Sparked Market Turmoil | HuffPost Latest News

Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng, and Prime Minister Liz Truss during a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II at the start of the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Oct. 2, 2022.

Truss is a YO-YO PM

Treasury chief Kwasi Kwarteng announced a U-turn over an unfunded tax cut unveiled just days ago that proved unpopular even with his Conservative Party.

Source: UK Scraps Tax Cut For Wealthy That Sparked Market Turmoil | HuffPost Latest News

Pound jumps after UK reverses tax cuts – Michael West

UK’s Truss proves to be a Yo-Yo

Oil jumped as OPEC+ considered reducing output at its upcoming meeting while the pound swung higher after the UK government said it would reverse a controversial tax cut that had roiled British markets.

LNP’s Angus Taylor a senior Liberal’s reply:

No. This is not [due to come in] until 2024. We want to see growth. We can provide the services that Australians need. And so … we do want to see the tax cuts come through. They’re very different from the UK tax cuts.

We haven’t seen anything like the reaction from the markets that we saw in the UK. So I think drawing that analogy, which I know some in Labor are doing, I think, is very inappropriate. They are not the same thing.

Source: Pound jumps after UK reverses tax cuts – Michael West

‘Enough is Enough’: Hundreds of Thousands March Across the UK

'Enough is Enough' protest in London

Australia won the last election. Why hasn’t the UK, US, Sweden, Italy, Brazil and so many more turned back the right-wing tide?? Only 900 attended the CPAC conference in Melbourne. So  Albo should set a global example and make Australia a beacon of what can and needs to be done moving forward.

‘As wages fall while profits soar, our message is clear… We are here to win.’

Source: ‘Enough is Enough’: Hundreds of Thousands March Across the UK

Britain’s Tory Meltdown Is a Case of Socially Determined Stupidity

The new Conservative prime minister Liz Truss has experienced a spectacular humiliation during her first weeks in office. Her self-defeating agenda reflects the mindset of a Thatcherite ideologue managing an economy already ravaged by decades of Thatcherism.

The new Conservative administration, a little over two weeks old, is already reeling. Its “mini-budget,” a cocktail of substantial tax cuts with high borrowing and state spending, has helped tank the pound sterling and discredit Britain in the eyes of traders.

 

Source: Britain’s Tory Meltdown Is a Case of Socially Determined Stupidity

Banks save UK economy as Liz Truss plays ideological games

Tory leadership candidate Liz Truss (Image: AAP/EPA/Neil Hall)

The near collapse of the UK financial system yesterday is one of the biggest economic stories of the year. It should be a hard lesson for politicians the world over about economic policymaking and the importance of independent central banks.

Source: Banks save UK economy as Liz Truss plays ideological games

We Got Arrested Protesting Against King Charles III

Dozens of people were arrested in Britain for taking part in peaceful protests against the new king. Two of them spoke to Jacobin about why they oppose the monarchy — and how the British state trampled on their dissent.

Source: We Got Arrested Protesting Against King Charles III

Royal Money: Charles III and the Wealth Dimension – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Crimes and misdemeanours in the Royal House,

Graham Smith, CEO of the activist group Republic, also filed a complaint against Charles along the same lines: that both he and his close aide and former valet, Michael Fawcett, had allegedly breached the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925. In the peculiar world of royal family relations, Fawcett made himself indispensable as chief squeezer of toothpaste onto the royal toothbrush when required. “I can manage without just about anyone, except for Michael,” Charles once stated.

A published email from Fawcett to an aide of bin Mafouz, written in 2017 as chief executive of the Dumfries House Trust, promised, “In light of the ongoing and most recent generosity of His Excellency… I am happy to confirm to you, in confidence, that we are willing and happy to contribute to the application for Citizenship.” An effort would also be made to apply “to increase His Excellency’s honour from Honorary CBE to that of KBE in accordance with Her Majesty’s Honour’s Committee.”

Charles, for his part, denies having any knowledge of the scheme, something considered risible by Baker. “The idea that Fawcett was running a rogue operation without telling [Charles] is simply unbelievable.” The issue of royal money and its inscrutable mysteries is unlikely to go away.

 

 

Source: Royal Money: Charles III and the Wealth Dimension – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Being a republican in Britain used to be perfectly respectable. So why are people now getting arrested for it? | Zoe Williams | The Guardian

A protester airs her views outside parliament as King Charles arrives

British republicanism, which used to be a perfectly acceptable position, quite within the range of polite debate, and definitely not something you could be arrested for.

A woman in Edinburgh was arrested at the weekend for holding a sign that said: “Fuck imperialism, abolish monarchy.” In Oxford, an even milder protest resulted in the arrest of Symon Hill. He emerged from church as the proclamation for King Charles III was being read, and called out: “Who elected him?” There is a question mark over how disruptive that was, in the great scheme of things, but it was enough for the police to arrest and handcuff him, later to de-arrest him on the understanding that he would be questioned in the future. Hill says that, at the time, they told him they were acting under the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act (2022), though they later described it as a potential public order offence.

Source: Being a republican in Britain used to be perfectly respectable. So why are people now getting arrested for it? | Zoe Williams | The Guardian

Liz Truss Will Lead Britain Deeper Into Decline

As energy bills soar, Britain’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, proposes short-term measures to prop up suppliers with public money. But we won’t be “back to normal” anytime soon — and it’s working-class Britons who will suffer.

Source: Liz Truss Will Lead Britain Deeper Into Decline

The Queen has left her mark around the world. But not all see it as something to be celebrated

Not so Tanzania or Rhodesia it was a German Colony

From the very beginning, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign was deeply connected to Britain’s global empire and the long and bloody processes of decolonisation.

Indeed, she became Queen while on a royal visit to Kenya in 1952. After she left, the colony descended into one of the worst conflicts of the British colonial period. Declaring a state of emergency in October 1952, the British would go on to kill tens of thousands of Kenyans before it was over.

Source: The Queen has left her mark around the world. But not all see it as something to be celebrated

Mourn the Queen, But God Save the People | The Smirking Chimp

Great Britain hasn’t just lost a monarch. The British social welfare state, once a shining beacon for Western democracies, is also dying. On a human level, every death is an occasion for mourning. But who mourns the needlessly dead or the system that could have saved them? If people could learn to care half as much about every victim of poverty or inadequate healthcare as they do about one person, we might yet build a just society.

They will play “God Save the Queen” and “God Save the King” many times in the days to come. But who will save the people?

Source: Mourn the Queen, But God Save the People | The Smirking Chimp

Elizabeth’s legacy: the enduring Australian monarchy – Michael West

We are glorifying an individual when we should be denying the system of Imperial Colinisation she represented despite the Commonwealth.

In 1954, Elizabeth stood at Farm Cove in Sydney, where Captain Arthur Phillip landed in 1788, and celebrated it as the birthplace of the nation. Our consciousness has changed. The Queen saw Australia as a young nation. Now we boast of the oldest continuing occupation by a people.

The crowds got smaller and less voluble with every visit, but Elizabeth cemented the monarchy over the years. If it was not only showmanship, it was attention to detail. John Cain, Victorian premier 1982-90, met her during celebrations for 150 years of Victorian statehood in 1984. ‘’I knew your father,’’ she told him. That was John Cain senior, premier 1952-55. A young monarch might have had other things on her mind. Mind like a steel trap.

King Charles III is an underwhelming prospect for Australians. He is 73, but he could go 20 years. His mother would have ignored many a gentle hint (she was apparently a bit sniffy whenever a European queen would abdicate).

There will be another referendum on a republic, but when?

Elizabeth’s legacy: the enduring Australian monarchy – Michael West

Elizabeth’s legacy: the enduring Australian monarchy – Michael West

James Connolly: The British Monarchy Is an Affront to Democracy

The British monarchy is a vestige of tyranny, a grand monument to hierarchy and plunder. As Irish socialist James Connolly wrote in 1911, the royals are for the other despots of society, the capitalists and landlords — not for the working class.

Source: James Connolly: The British Monarchy Is an Affront to Democracy

Casting Malevolent Shadows: Liz Truss Wins the Tory Leadership – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Sunday Mirror has reported that 12 Tory MPs are willing to submit letters to the 1922 Committee to express no confidence in the incoming prime minister – and this, even before Truss sets foot in 10 Downing Street. For Jake Berry, MP for Rossendale and Darwen in Lancashire, such a move was “certainly suicidal”, while former Conservative chancellor Lord Hammond warned Johnson not to linger like a “malevolent shadow”.

The Truss factor has also given British Labour a boost of seven percentage points. Party strategists, as part of this bounce, have already readied a campaign in the so-called Red Wall seats, using previous, leaked remarks from Truss about how British workers produced “less per hour” than their foreign equivalents, “and that’s a combination of, kind of, skill and application.” But opinion polls do not deliver election victories. The Tory party machine, cunning, ruthless and mendacious, does at least know something about that.

 

Source: Casting Malevolent Shadows: Liz Truss Wins the Tory Leadership – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Who is Liz Truss, the new UK prime minister?

Members of the Conservative party – the approximately 180,000 people who elected the new leader – will be delighted that the continuity candidate got over the line. Similarly, strategists for the opposition parties – Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party – will also be delighted that the continuity candidate got over the line. In electing Truss as leader, Conservative members have increased their party’s chances of losing the next general election.

Source: Who is Liz Truss, the new UK prime minister?

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