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Mar 24 10:46

Cameron says he'll step down after second term - go now, and take your rich mates with you

For David Cameron, being prime minister for a third term “might just be too many”. For many ordinary people, having him as prime minister for one term is more than enough.

The arrogant millionaire made his comments while swaggering about in one of his fancy kitchens for the BBC.

Mar 24 07:19

Forced Adoption: UK families flee to Ireland to keep their children

UK families are fleeing to Ireland as social workers continue to use false allegations and vague definitions of abuse to forcibly remove children from their parents and boost adoption statistics. RT's documentary crew spoke to several of those families.

The UK is just one of two countries in Europe (the other is Croatia) where adoption without the consent of a child’s biological parents – known as 'forced adoption' – is practiced.

Mar 24 06:58

Jewish Defence League UK extremists sentenced for assault on Palestine activists

Two thugs affiliated with the Jewish Defence League UK were sentenced Monday to 150 hours of community service each and £1,140 ($1,700) in fines between them.

Roberta Moore and Robert De Jonge assaulted two people at a Palestine literary festival in London in September.

Last month a judge found Moore guilty on two counts of assault, and one count of possession of an offensive weapon. De Jonge was found guilty of assault.

Mar 24 06:31

UK Opposes Return of Russian Business from Offshore

On 19th March, President Vladimir Putin stated in an address at the conference of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, that a plan for the decreased reliance of offshore business could be met with opposition from a number of countries – although they as yet remain nameless. As Izvestia understands, the jurisdictions in question are primarily those under the control of the United Kingdom.

"So this is the situation: there is some, I would say, rather alarming information emerging from some countries suggesting that there may be attempts to prevent capital repayments to Russia. This may be due to the restrictions placed on the usage of such capitals, which are in foreign jurisdictions. But it’s worth bearing in mind." - President Vladimir Putin

Mar 24 06:29

The West's Shame: Boycotting Moscow's 70th Victory Day

There is something so bizarre, so inhumane about Western countries boycotting the parade for the 70th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Germany in World War II that I just had to write on it. Recently, the prime minister of the United Kingdom announced he will not be attending the parade. Previous to that, countries like Germany and the United States had announced the same. It's only a parade you say? No it's more than that.

Mar 23 18:30

The Debate: Bush and Blair War Crimes: Ken O'Keefe

In March 2003, the US and its allies invaded Iraq under the pretext of annihilating weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein had in his arsenals. George W. Bush and Tony Blair, the leaders of the US and Britain, spearheaded the invasion that removed Saddam, the former Iraqi dictator, from power, yet left the country in ruins and claimed more than a million Iraqi lives. In this edition of the Debate, we ask Ken O'Keefe, a peace activist and former US Marine from London, and Lee Kaplan, an investigative journalist from San Francisco to answer when those responsible for the war crimes will be held accountable.

Mar 23 15:52

Southampton University’s win-win conflict with UK Zionists

Gilad Atzmon debunks the lame arguments deployed by Britain’s Jewish lobbyists and stooges in a so far abortive effort to bully Southampton University into cancelling a conference on Israel and international law.

Mar 23 15:37

UK's Police Special Branch let paedophile MP Cyril Smith off the hook seven times

Deceased UK MP Cyril Smith was held and freed seven times by police investigating claims he was a paedophile.

Mar 23 14:02

EMPIRE AND COLONIALISM: RICH MEN IN LONDON STILL DECIDING AFRICA’S FUTURE

Some £600 million in UK aid money courtesy of the taxpayer is helping big business increase its profits in Africa via the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. In return for receiving aid money and corporate investment, African countries have to change their laws, making it easier for corporations to acquire farmland, control seed supplies and export produce.

Mar 23 13:30

A Trail of Blunders and Blood Across the Middle East - How Tony Blair Helped Open the Door for ISIS

Tony Blair stepping down as a Middle East peace envoy after eight years was greeted almost everywhere with a mixture of harsh criticism, derision and relief. He had reportedly long been allocating three days a month to the job and devoting the rest of his time to his business interests.

Mar 23 11:55

Former Met Police Officer: Pedophile ring leads to British Monarchy

A member of the British royal family was part of a pedophile ring under investigation by police until the case was suddenly dropped, an ex-police officer has claimed.

The former Metropolitan Police officer said the investigation, which took place in the late 1980s, was stopped for national security reasons.

Mar 23 11:01

Political influence for sale: The sordid world of illegal donations

Prime Minister David Cameron, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, and Labour chief Ed Miliband are beset by ‘cash-for-access’ allegations, after it emerged all three men met an undercover business tycoon posing as a possible donor.

Mar 23 11:00

The Southampton University Win/Win Situation

I am thrilled by the Zionist despair surrounding the Southampton University Conference on Israel’s legitimacy. The conference, due to take place next month, plans to examine the legality of Israel in the eye of international law.

British Jews are in state of panic and for good reason. They are facing a lose/lose situation. If the conference goes ahead, it may produce some dry academic papers regarding Israeli criminality; but if the conference is cancelled, it will establish clear evidence of the vindictive nature of the Jewish leadership and its crude interference with academic freedom and the British values of tolerance and diversity.

Mar 23 07:37

Britain evacuates special forces from Yemen over worsening security

Britain has evacuated its last special forces from Yemen because of the deteriorating security situation there, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday, following reports that the US had done the same.

Britain withdrew staff from its embassy in Yemen last month and temporarily suspended operations there over security concerns.

The person, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the extraction of special forces had occurred in recent days.

The Ministry of Defence said it never commented on such matters.

Mar 23 07:25

George Osborne’s Budget will threaten workers' retirement funds with 55% stealth tax

Analysts say proposals in Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget will hit not just the rich, but also those on more modest incomes.

Mr Osborne claimed a move to lower the “lifetime allowance” – the maximum that can be saved into a pension pot before a 55 per cent penal tax kicks in – from £1.25million to £1million, would affect “fewer than four per cent” of people. But experts argue that the allowance has now almost halved from £1.8million since 2010 and the tax will hit older savers who have built up their pension pots over many years.

Greg Kingston, of Suffolk Life, part of Legal & General, said: “Even a 21-year-old on the forthcoming higher minimum wage of £6.70 per hour who works a 35-hour week and puts 20 per cent of their earnings into a pension, by the time they are 67, could easily have reached this limit.”

Mar 22 20:43

Three weeks into spring and there's snow on the way! Temperatures to plunge below freezing tonight as 20 flood alerts are issued

Met Office forecaster Kate Brown said: ‘People will wake up to a very chilly morning on Monday with temperatures as low as -1C (30F).

‘The cold nights are set to continue with temperatures at 1C or 2C (33F or 35F). It will start to get warmer by Thursday or Friday night, up to 4C (39F).

Mar 22 16:06

British Foreign demanded from Russia to return the Crimea to Ukraine

Our message is clear Russia - joining the Crimea in March 2014 was illegal, it remains illegal and in March 2015. Russia should return the Crimea to Ukraine, "- said in a statement on the anniversary of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, which was delivered on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary.

Mar 22 15:36

Top UK MP is linked to child porn stash

A prominent Conservative MP was questioned by police over claims he hid a stash of child pornography for a paedophile.

Mar 22 15:18

5 Real Differences Between Scottish and Crimean Referendums

1. The Scottish referendum wasn’t held after a violent revolution.
2. Euromaidan deposed an elected president, and government, voted for democratically by the people of Crimea.
3. Access to Crimea was free to anyone who wanted to observe the referendum.
4. Any oppression or intimidation came on the side of those who wanted to support Russia, but were not allowed to do so.
5. There were no soldiers or guns at any of the polling stations.

Mar 22 15:02

A Very Kosher Dishonesty

Leaving aside whether we should allow such a man as Anthony Dennison to bully a British artist and academic and a beloved cultural institution, there is another, wider question to be asked: How come a supposedly respectable lobbying organisation like NWFOI is happy to have as a prime representative a man known to be dishonest and also an occasional hooligan? And further, how come the premier Jewish media outlet representing mainstream Jewish opinion in this country has nothing to say on this matter?

Mar 22 11:04

VIP paedophile files: The sick web of high-powered and well-connected child abusers

Since Labour MP Tom Watson stood up in the Commons in October 2012 to ask Prime Minister David Cameron to probe a high-powered ­paedophile ring with links to Number 10, the Sunday People has led the way.

Mar 22 10:58

Exposed: Star Tory candidate plotted with race thugs to stage fake EDL demo in cynical bid to win votes

A key Tory Election candidate was suspended last night after plotting with far-Right extremists to stir up racial hatred in a cynical bid to win votes.

Afzal Amin hatched a scheme to persuade the English Defence League to announce an inflammatory march against a new £18million ‘mega-mosque’. But – as he revealed in secretly filmed footage obtained by The Mail on Sunday – the plan was that the demonstration would never actually go ahead.

And when the phoney rally was called off, the fiercely ambitious Amin, a Muslim, intended to take credit for defusing the situation – winning over voters, and police, in the marginal seat of Dudley North.

Mar 22 10:11

Ex-cop claims a ROYAL was in paedophile ring but inquiry was closed to shield Buckingham Palace from scandal

A royal was in a suspected paedophile ring being investigated by police before an Establishment cover up, it was claimed.

A former Metropolitan Police officer said he was told a member of the Queen’s family and an MP had both been identified as part of a major child abuse inquiry.

But the operation is said to have been shut down by the Crown Prosecution Service for national security reasons.

The claim came as the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner made a fresh appeal for victims of historic child sex abuse to come forward, and vowed: “We’ll go where the evidence takes us.”

Mar 22 04:38

UK university faces row over anti-Israel summit

A quarrel has erupted over a British university holding a summit questioning whether Israel has a legal right to exist under international law, with some saying the conference will be a platform for anti-Semitic views, UK-based newspaper The Sunday Times reported.

The three-day summit, to be held by Southampton University, will bring together figures such as Richard Falk, a Princeton professor and former U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories, and Ghada Karmi, an Exeter University research fellow who claims that she and her family were “forced” to leave their home as a result of Israel’s creation in 1948.

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Mar 22 04:26

Israel lobby's attack on academic freedom

For years, Israel lobby groups have slammed the Palestinians' call for a boycott of Israeli universities as an attack on "academic freedom". Now the mask has well and truly slipped.

Next month, the University of Southampton in the UK will hold a conference on Israel and international law to bring together "scholars from law, politics, philosophy, theology, anthropology, cultural studies history and other connected disciplines".

However, in an unashamed attack on free speech, the university has come under increasing pressure to cancel the gathering.

Late last year, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council, and the Union of Jewish Students wrote to the head of Southampton's Law School, claiming that the conference would surpass the acceptable".

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Mar 21 21:32

?TalkTalk security breach fuels bogus tech-support scam

Fraudsters are targeting customers of ISP TalkTalk using customer information stolen from the company's systems.

TalkTalk has warned its customers to beware of scammers after an uptick in complaints about fraudsters are posing as the company's own technical support staff in order to trick users into revealing their banking credentials.

Mar 21 18:59

Military Families 'Swept Under The Carpet'

Families of soldiers killed fighting for the British military have said the sacrifice of their loved ones should be acknowledged in the General Election.

A letter sent to the leaders of the main political parties by some 60 families said they had been "swept under the carpet" and asked for five pledges in their election manifestos.

Among their requests is a commitment to hold an Afghan inquiry and to give the next Defence Minister responsibility for bereaved families as part of their portfolio.

The letter also demands a review of the Armed Forces Covenant and military wills.

"We believe this is essential in demonstrating your commitment to those who have been prepared to lay down their lives for the greater good of our country," the letter reads.

Mar 21 13:00

David Cameron and Ed Miliband need to forget spin and give public the truth

Is it me or is the run up to this General Election being ­dominated by negative, lacklustre campaigning and politicians with a mental age of five?
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All the personal insults politicians lob at each other, all the spin and jibes, might be a jolly good jape at Prime ­Minister’s Questions, but tearing clumps out of each other isn’t a strategy to fight an ­election. Nor to get the voters on side.

(*It's the same damned thing , on this side of the bloody pond , there , Mate .)

Mar 21 09:49

Former British Gas boss criticised for 'lavish' windfalls put in charge of pay at HSBC

A former British Gas boss criticised for his ‘lavish’ windfalls has been put in charge of pay at HSBC, writes Peter Campbell.

Sam Laidlaw, who sits on the bank’s board, received up to £5m a year at energy giant Centrica.

But he is now being put in charge of setting pay levels at the embattled banking giant following a major boardroom reshuffle.

Critics said the decision beggars belief and reinforces images of a ‘cosy club’ of executives who set rewards packages for each other.

Mar 21 09:05

Solar eclipse: huge power surge as disappointed Brits headed indoors for a cup of tea

The event triggered one of the biggest power surges of the decade as up to 10 million viewers headed indoors and tuned in to the phenomenon on Stargazing Live on BBC1.

The 2GW surge was equivalent to 3.2million Brits turning on TVs and kettles at the same time, energy use data showed, double the amount seen following the Andy Murray Wimbledon final in 2013.

National Grid spokeswoman Gilly West said: “Rather than demand pick up after the event as expected, it picked up during the event by 2GW - a significant amount - as people stayed indoors due to the weather.

Mar 21 08:12

Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg in new party fundraising scandal

The Liberal Democrats have been embroiled in a new fundraising scandal after accepting a second potentially illegal donation that allegedly “bought” a donor access to Nick Clegg.
Lord Strasburger, a senior Lib Dem peer, resigned from the party on Friday night, and the Electoral Commission began an investigation over the allegations.

They are said to centre on a £10,000 donation that was allegedly paid to the party by the “stepfather” of an undercover businessman, which would be against the rules on donations.

Mar 21 08:11

Council accused of anti-Semitism after voting to boycott goods from West Bank

Leicester City Council will no longer use anything produced in the settlements for its public services “until Israel withdraws from Palestinian occupied territories”.

The motion was proposed by Labour councillor Mohammed Dawood who claimed the people of Leicester wanted to show solidarity with the Palestinians. The news was greeted with dismay and horror by the Jewish community.

Mar 21 07:34

Now 'GM-free' Domino's is selling Frankenfood Pizzas: Takeaway chain among number of big names using modified foods

Fast food giant Domino’s is selling ‘Frankenfood’ pizzas to customers while claiming to be ‘GM-free’ on its website.

It has emerged that their ‘thin and crispy’ pizza bases have been made using genetically modified soya bean oil and maize flour since February.

Waitrose has also been selling imported American confectionery which contains GM sugar beet and a soya derivative and Marks & Spencer has been stocking American sauces and cookies containing GM soya and corn – even though the firm has previously boasted about not using GM ingredients.

The double-dealing has been identified by GM Freeze, which is campaigning to raise awareness about how GM foods are creeping into the national diet without the knowledge and approval of consumers.

The group’s director, Liz O’Neill, is now demanding an investigation to see if Domino’s has broken labelling laws – as firms using GM ingredients are required to label their use.

Mar 21 07:31

Revealed - the cost of sacking Clarkson: How BBC could lose up to £67MILLION a year if Top Gear presenter gets the boot

The BBC is set to lose as much as £67million a year if Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is sacked over claims he punched a producer.

The corporation's commercial arm rakes in an estimated £50million a year from selling the rights to Top Gear overseas, with the show watched in 214 countries around the world.

On top of that, BBC Worldwide makes millions more from Top Gear Magazine and live shows in the UK and abroad, as well as sales of DVDs.

Mar 21 07:30

Ukip in meltdown: Farage left 'deeply shocked' after losing THREE Ukip general election candidates in less than 24 hours

Nigel Farage was left reeling today after losing three election candidates in less than 24 hours.

The Ukip leader was left 'deeply shocked' after suspending MEP Janice Atkinson over allegations that her staff had concocted bogus expenses claims.

Hours later the party confirmed a second senior figure, the party's candidate for Scunthorpe Stephen Howd, had been suspended following an 'alleged incident at his workplace'.

The final blow came when the party's candidate for Westmorland and Lonsdale, Jonathan Stanley, sensationally quit claiming he was sick of the 'open racism and bullying' in the party.

Mar 21 07:24

A Very Kosher Dishonesty (must read!!!)

It’s now well known that the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) was pressured by Zionist lobbyists North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI) to cancel a concert by internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon. What is less well known is that the co-chair and spokesperson for NWFOI is one Anthony Dennison (Mr Dennison’s name and role in the organisation may be confirmed here). These machinations by the NWFOI and the leading role played by Mr Dennison were duly reported by the Jewish Chronicle

So far, so… well, if not exactly good, certainly understandable.

Less understandable is the fact (not mentioned by the JC) of Mr Dennison’s documented and well-known dishonesty. Because of his dishonesty, Anthony Dennison, once a lawyer closely associated with the no win, no fee scam was found by the High Court to be unworthy to practice law and was duly struck off

Mar 20 22:37

America’s Dead-End in the Middle East

When empires weaken, they don’t merely withdraw. Rather, they leave behind a trail of broken promises and confusion.

When columnist Thomas L. Friedman suggests the U.S. should arm ISIS – thus joining the Saudi-Israeli regional war on Iran and the Shiites – it seems time to question the sanity of U.S. opinion- and policy-makers. But that is where the muddled U.S. post-9/11 strategy has led, explains Daniel Lazare.

Mar 20 22:31

Cuba – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

On 17 December 2014, President Obama declared that 55 years of embargo didn’t work in bringing ‘freedom’ to Cuba. He proposed reestablishing diplomatic relations with the southern neighbor. An emotion of joy shook the world, especially Latin America. Raul Castro received wires and calls of congratulations. Cubans cheered “we won, we won!” – The US Congress right wing was not quite ready for this initiative and, indeed, there was no concrete mention of how and when the ‘blockade’ would be lifted.

Two days after Obama’s bold initiative, on 19 December 2015, he went to the Washington Press Club to tell a horde of puppet journalists, conservative politicians and onlookers that soft measures, like reestablishing diplomatic relations with Havana might be more successful in bringing the desired regime change to Cuba than more years of isolation. He couldn’t have been more direct and more honest about his intention. The Cuban Government and whoever else listened didn’t miss the point.

Mar 20 22:28

The Iron Law of Oligarchy Returns

The death of Danny Schechter, “the News Dissector,” at age 72 from cancer marks a sad moment for independent journalism. Schechter’s was a strong voice against the empty platitudes and blatant hypocrisies that have come to define modern American media and politics, as he explained in an article last year.

The word “Oligarchy” has finally come home. For years, it was a term only used in connection with those big bad and sleazy Mafioso-type businessmen in Russia. Russia had Oligarchs; we didn’t. That became a big difference between the official narrative of what separated our “land of the free and the home of the brave” from “them” in the post-Soviet period.

Mar 20 17:32

More than 260 charged in online child abuse operation

Of those charged, 47 were employed in positions of trust or voluntary roles with access to children, the NCA said.

Those facing charges include:

16 teachers, school or college staff
Six government workers, including three civil servants
One retired magistrate
One person working in the office of a police and crime commissioner
One former UK Border Agency officer

The charges range from taking indecent images of children to committing sexual offences.

Mar 20 08:21

Tax returns exiting U.K., but don’t expect it in U.S.

As tax season goes into the stretch, think of what life might be like if, well, if there wasn’t one.

What if the “madness” in March conjured only visions of college hoops, not pretax return anxiety? Imagine April 15 being just another day. And H&R Block? Poof.

That’s not likely to happen here, but it’s what the U.K. is shooting for as Britain plans to push forward a new system in which very few, if any, of the isles’ 30 million or so income-tax payers would have to file a complex annual return. In its budget plan recently submitted to Parliament, the nation’s ruling Conservative Party is looking to essentially eliminate tax returns within the next half-decade.

Mar 20 07:41

UK troops start training Ukraine’s army, US confirms own mission

UK military personnel have arrived in Ukraine and are beginning their training mission there, Britain’s Ministry of Defence has announced. Meanwhile the US will send nearly 300 paratroopers to start training the country’s national guard next month.

The deployment of foreign troops has started amid a barely holding cease-fire in the country’s east.

Mar 19 20:17

Kiev Shifts Goalposts as Merkel Skews Wide

Unfortunately, the prognosis is that if Merkel cannot see the glaring truth of the situation by now... then there is not much hope of the chancellor ever coming to a realistic political position on Ukraine...And, grimly, that means the outlook for further conflict is not good.

Kiev President Petro Poroshenko unveiled a new dimension of international sanctions against Russia this week, while being royally entertained by German leaders in Berlin. The oligarch-turned-politician now wants the Western allies of the Kiev regime to boycott the 2018 World Cup Finals to be held in Russia.

Mar 19 19:56

CrossTalk: Recognizing Palestine

Why have Western countries only now decided to vote to recognize the state of Palestine? What will be the outcome? Will a legitimate Palestinian state bring peace to the region? Is an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan a dead end?

CrossTalking with Amir Oren and Norman Finkelstein (author of the new book ‘Method and Madness: The Hidden Story of Israel’s Assaults on Gaza’).

Mar 19 19:49

Netanyahu’s Victory: Now What President Obama?

Netanyahu's outright rejection of a Palestinian state and his promise to go on building more and more illegal settlements leave Obama without any wriggle room.

“Love him (Netanyahu) or hate him, this is the face of Israel.” That’s how Uriel Heilman concluded an article for the JTA (Jewish Telegraph Agency) on Netanyahu’s election victory after noting that he had shown his true colours by declaring that there would be no Palestinian state while he is in charge. What President Obama now has to decide is whether or not he will allow Netanyahu to remain in charge of American policy for Israel-Palestine.

Mar 19 19:46

Netanyahu Unmasks Israel

With the facades gone, Americans must decide if they will embrace this apartheid system or not...

Desperate to win reelection, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stripped off Israel’s mask and exposed the ugliness that has deformed his country over the past several decades.He abandoned the subterfuge of a two-state solution, exposed the crass racism that underlies Israeli politics, and revealed Israel’s blatant control of the U.S. Congress.

For years, U.S. politicians have rejected allegations of Israeli racism and excused mistreatment of the Palestinians as a temporary necessity that would be fixed by a two-state solution. But Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has destroyed those arguments in his panic to keep his job, reports Robert Parry.

Mar 19 19:40

Obama and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

One searches in vain for any detailed and highly competent writings or speeches on foreign policy, given by Obama, that go beyond idealistic platitudes, ever how souring the rhetoric.

Do not expect any significant progress engendered by the Obama administration for the rest of his term.

If there is to be any change in the configuration between the Palestinians and the Israelis, it will emanate from the International Court of Justice.

Mar 19 16:42

UK data watchdog: Citizens are stressed out over data privacy

Some 85 percent of the population have worries about how their data is used and shared, says the ICO, and 77 percent have doubts about how organisations are keeping their personal details secure (PDF).

Mar 19 07:22

UK Government can legally hack you even if you're not under suspicion

The British Government has admitted its intelligence services have the broad power to hack into personal phones, computers, and communications networks, and claims they are legally justified to hack anyone, anywhere in the world, even if the target is not a threat to national security nor suspected of any crime.

Mar 19 06:50

‘Blair’s war on Iraq radicalized young Muslims in UK’ says John Prescott

Throwing Tony Blair under the bus this week (see full story below) may bolster Prescott’s own legacy somewhat, but the legacy of Iraq will still continue its eternal downward spiral.

In 2013, he granted an exclusive interview with RT where he submitted a full mea culpa with regards to his own role in the 2003 bombing, invasion and occupation of Iraq:

“Saddam was an evil man, there’s no doubt about that, but we’re not the believer in regime change. You can’t just go into another country and decide: ‘I don’t like its leader’”, he said.

Mar 18 18:43

Budget pledges funds for digital cash research

UK research into digital cash could get a £10m boost from government.

The plan to funnel cash into the "opportunities and challenges" of digital currencies such as bitcoin were announced in the budget.

Mar 18 14:43

GCHQ empowered to hack any device anywhere without terrorist, criminal threat – UK court doc

The government has admitted to possessing far-reaching hacking powers to break into computers, phones and communications networks anywhere across the globe in the absence of national security and criminal threats, a court document reveals.

The startling revelation surfaced after civil rights group Privacy International (PI) filed a legal challenge in 2014 questioning the hacking powers of UK government intelligence agency GCHQ.

The legal challenge sought to examine allegations relating to “state-sponsored hacking” uncovered by ex-NSA computer analyst and whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Mar 18 13:41

UK - Claims police protected high-profile figures by covering up child sex abuse

The police watchdog in the UK is to investigate claims that the Metropolitan Police Service covered up sex offences over four decades to protect high-profile figures.

Mar 18 10:48

Is UK set for deflation? Bank of England warns that pound could send inflation even lower this year

Bank of England policymakers have warned there are risks that sterling could strengthen further against the euro and leave inflation below target for longer.

Minutes from this month's monetary policy committee meeting revealed that policymakers again voted 9-0 in favour of keeping interest rates at a record low of 0.5 per cent for the 72nd consecutive meeting in March.

The very weak short-term outlook for inflation was cited as the reason for keeping rates so low, despite surveys in recent months showing that the UK economy is returning to full strength. Inflation fell to record low of 0.3 per cent in February and the Bank has already warned it could go lower and possibly into negative territory.

Mar 18 09:35

Media silence over Harmondsworth hunger strike reflects failure of UK govt policy

Hunger strikes taking place among detainees at a notorious immigration detention centre in protest at the conditions they are forced to live in have reportedly spread to a second site - with barely any mainstream media coverage.

Many feel the lack of coverage is partly due to the government wanting to keep the lid on a potential scandal in the run up to the election.With the battleground for the election indeed being fought around immigration, it’s likely that questions about the treatment of those detained by the Home Office could undermine the Conservative-led government's bid to secure a majority.

Hundreds of inmates at Harmondsworth detention facility are said to have taken part in the protest, and on Tuesday RT’s sources suggested that hunger strikes had also spread to a second detention facility.

Mar 17 10:13

Britain's big six energy giants see their profits rise almost 1,000% in just five years as family bills soar

In 2007 the energy giants were pocketing £2.31 in pure profit from each household for their gas or electricity. By 2013 this had risen to £23.71, according to the Competition and Markets Authority.

Mar 17 10:01

Cyril Smith was spared court because he would have exposed other high-profile child abusers says former police detective

Cyril Smith avoided prosecution because other establishment paedophiles feared he would spill their secrets in court, a former senior police officer said today.

Lancashire detective Jack Tasker spent years compiling evidence on the 29-stone Liberal MP's child abuse only to have his investigation shut down and threatened with the sack himself.

Mr Tasker believes there was a network of spies and obstructive forces at a local and national level to protect Smith from facing justice.

It came as it emerged today that Smith was arrested at a sex party with teenage boys but police were told to cover it up and the evidence was destroyed, according to an investigation.

Mar 17 07:46

Israel lobby, UK officials attempt to shut down Univ. of Southampton conference

Of course, this claim betrayed how little science the global warming people really know. Warm water RISES TO THE SURFACE. Even if there were some mechanism to "hide" warming in the deep ocean, it could not stay there due to convection.

Mar 17 07:21

Three Judges Fired For Watching Porn At Work

Three judges have been fired for allegedly viewing pornography at work - a fourth would also have been sacked but resigned first.

Mar 16 23:40

Bibi and 47 Senators Strike Dark Discordant Note

Newly-elected Senator Cotton and neocon leader Bill Kristol are now doing the work of AIPAC, and their pro-Israel, anti-Iran funders are standing with a foreign leader on a foreign policy issue against their own president.

It could be Netanyahu again, even if he runs second in the final results. If the Herzog-Livni coalition is successful, they have already announced that they will rotate the office of Prime Minister.

Whatever the final outcome, AIPAC will be standing by, awaiting its marching orders.

Mar 16 17:44

Cyril Smith was held at paedophile sex party - but police were told 'cover it up or face prosecution under the Official Secrets Act'

According to BBC’s Newsnight, Smith was seized at a house in Streatham. But within hours of being taken to a police station he was released, with officers being ordered to hand over all their evidence – including notebooks and video footage.

They were then warned to keep quiet about the investigation into the MP or face prosecution under the Official Secrets Act.

Mar 16 15:29

Divisions emerge between Britain and US over China bank

A significant rift has opened up between the UK and the US following the decision by the Cameron government last week to defy the wishes of the Obama administration and become a founding member of the $50 billion China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

Mar 16 14:21

Academics back University of Southampton's free speech commitment, in face of pro-Israel pressure

More than 200 academics have signed a statement in support of free speech at the University of Southampton, in response to pressure from pro-Israel groups to cancel a conference in April.

Mar 16 10:49

Pedophilia in Britain ‘Woven into the Fabric of Society’

As the UK has launched a new-judge led inquiry panel to investigate a pedophile ring operated in 1980s, the Home Secretary warns the allegations are just a “tip of an iceberg” and the problem is “woven, covertly, into the fabric of our society.”

Following a spate of allegations concerning the abuse of children by adults, many of who abused their positions of power and status, Home Secretary Theresa May said Britons still do not appreciate the “true scale of that abuse.”

Mar 16 08:49

Tory chairman Grant Shapps admits he 'screwed up' by falsely claiming he'd never worked as get-rich-quick salesman after becoming an MP

Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps was facing growing calls to resign this morning after being forced to admit he did work as a get-rich-quick salesman under a false name after entering Parliament.

Mr Shapps said he had 'screwed up' by insisting 'over firmly' that he had never had a second job after becoming an MP.

It comes after a recording emerged from 2006, a year after he was elected to Parliament, capturing the MP selling self-help guide Stinking Rich 3 and claiming his products could make listeners a 'ton of cash'.

Despite the revelation, David Cameron this morning insisted he had full confidence in the Conservative party chairman.

Mar 15 16:12

An EU Army to face Russia? Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Juncker?

Nigel Farage speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans for an EU army, 11 March 2015.

Mar 15 14:55

How The Guardian told me to steer clear of Palestine

The Guardian was not keen to have me writing from Gaza. Brian Whitaker, a commissioning editor at the time, told me that its comment section received more submissions about Palestine than any other subject. Whitaker, ironically a Middle East specialist, effectively recommended that I stick to writing about the EU.

Mar 15 08:55

Theresa May: Child sex abuse runs through British society like 'a stick of Blackpool rock'

People in Britain do not yet "appreciate the true scale" of child sexual exploitation that runs through society "like a stick of Blackpool rock", Home Secretary Theresa May has warned.

Writing in The Daily Telegraph, the Home Secretary said that following a major inquiry into child abuse, currently led by Justice Lowell Goddard, “we will never look at society in the same way again.”

Mar 14 22:38

'Innocent mistake': UK’s nuclear weapons web data routed through Ukraine

Sensitive data from around 170 major companies, including the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment and Lockheed Martin, might have be compromised after British Telecom web traffic was accidentally rerouted through Ukraine.

The hijacking of the companies took place over a 90-minute period Thursday, while many British Telecom customers experienced diverted traffic for five days, starting from Saturday, Dyn, Internet performance company, said in a report.

Mar 14 21:08

UK ISPs Now Filtering Websites That Simply List BitTorrent Proxy Websites, But Don't Host Any Infringing Content Whatsoever

What's next? A filter on the websites that list the websites that list the websites that offer proxy access to BitTorrent websites? Maybe for good measure UK ISPs should start filtering forums where you can discuss even so much as thinking about piracy just to be safe? It makes one wonder: when does a slippery slope stop being a slippery slope -- and just become an outright waterfall?

Mar 14 15:16

Poll shows most UK Jews would vote for Netanyahu

Gilad Atzmon considers the disturbing implications of a recent opinion poll, which found that more than two thirds of British Jews would vote for Binyamin Netanyahu at the upcoming Israeli parliamentary elections.

Mar 14 12:02

UK support for China-backed Asia bank prompts US concern

The US has expressed concern over the UK's bid to become a founding member of a Chinese-backed development bank.

Mar 14 09:37

Britain’s membership in China-led World Bank rival of ‘UK national interest’ - spokesman

The UK government considers membership of the China-led Asian Infrastructural Investment Bank (AIIB) of British national interest. However, the decision was given the cold shoulder by the US which sees the AIIB as rival to the Western financial system.

Mar 14 09:23

Key Witness in Britain's Biggest Pedophile Case Lives in U.S.

After decades of alleged cover-ups the extent of sex abuse rings that included politicians, intelligence agents, judges and celebrities has only begun to emerge in recent years.

At the center of the claims is the Elm Guest House, a secretive hotel in West London, which, according to police, allegedly operated as a gay brothel that hosted regular child sex abuse parties attended by wealthy and influential guests. One of the boys who was considered a “favorite” and a “prize possession” to be shared by the abusers at these events is the man who has since relocated across the Atlantic.

Mar 14 08:19

US, UK, and China battle over which bank gets to exploit Third World

US officials are currently in an uproar over the United Kingdom’s decision to become a founding member of the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. This is a decision that forecasts a massive change in the world economy. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is setting itself up to be direct competition to the World Bank and IMF. These two little known institutions truly cement the West as the dominant powers in the world. The policies of the new bank will be in direct opposition to those of the World Bank.

Mar 13 15:29

UK Defense ‘Sales Rep’ Philip Hammond Talks-up a War with Russia

NATO’S INSIDE MAN: Hammond has always been very enthusiastic about increasing tension with Russia, which means more arms sales.

““We are now faced with a Russian leader bent not on joining the international rules-based system which keeps the peace between nations, but on subverting it,” Hammond loudly proclaimed during a speech in London (he could easily been talking about Tony Blair there).

In actuality, the opposite is true. What has Russia done to Britain? Nothing.

Conversely, the facts show that Britain has done more to undermine Russian security and destablize the Ukraine than any other nation outside of the US.

Mar 13 15:20

South Yorkshire Police accused of covering up widespread sexual abuse in Sheffield on a scale 'bigger than Rotherham'

South Yorkshire Police has been accused of ignoring hundreds of reports of sexual abuse against young girls in a widespread cover-up deemed 'bigger than Rotherham'.

Mar 13 14:51

Corrupt British Government in Bed with Sinister Energy Companies

The Conservative party is failing to stand up to energy companies because its election campaign is reliant on donations from the industry, the shadow Cabinet Office minister Jonathan Ashworth has said.

Mar 13 08:16

Cracks in the 'special relationship'? Obama administration hits out at UK for trying to 'constantly accommodate' China after Britain signs up to $50bn Beijing bank

The Obama administration has hit out at Britain for developing closer ties with China after the UK applied to join a new $50billion Asian bank.

Britain wants to become a founding member of a proposed Chinese-led financial institution that analysts say could rival the World Bank.

But in a rare slapdown, the US administration has criticised one of its closest allies for its 'constant accommodation' of China.

Mar 13 07:05

Et tu, Britain? United Kingdom to join China in the anti-dollar alliance

Late yesterday, the government of the United Kingdom announced that they would be applying to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank… as a founding member.

This is huge.

Right now, the United States dominates the global financial system.

But after years of endless wars, spying, debt, money printing, bailouts, and insane regulations, the rest of the world has had enough. And they’re looking for an alternative.

China is coming up with an answer.

Mar 13 06:57

US riled as Britain seeks to join China-backed Asian bank

Unfazed by US protest, Britain has decided to join the proposed China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), becoming the first Western country to seek membership of the bank in which India and 26 other nations are founding members.

Mar 13 06:56

How Iran and the US intersect in “Syraq”

The self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration, with its rambling foreign policy, is driving the real Masters of the Universe who control the current world system absolutely crazy.

A cliffhanger debate will take place this Wednesday at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Picture Secretary of State John Kerry, new Pentagon supremo Ashton Carter, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey all testifying in the same room.

The meat of the matter: the House of Cards, sorry, US Congress mulling over what’s the real deal behind the Obama administration’s proposal to use “military force” in Syria, and whether to impose a no-fly zone to protect Syrian “rebels”.

Mar 13 06:41

Nigel Farage - I’m taking on the establishment, and they hate me for it’

Pint in one hand, [cigarette] in the other, Nigel Farage is passing withering judgement on the political class. ‘They don’t pass the Farage Test’, he says of Cameron, Clegg and Miliband. The Farage Test? Warming to his theme, his voice rising an octave, he explains. ‘I judge everybody by two simple criteria. Number one: would I employ them? And number two: would I want to have a drink with them? To pass the Farage Test, you only have to pass one of those. There are lots of people I’ve employed over the years who I wouldn’t choose to have a drink with, and there are lots of people who are completely useless but rather nice to have a bit of a jolly with. But this mob don’t pass either.’ Then, after eviscerating Them, calling into question their employability and drinkability, wondering out loud if they’re even ‘proper people’, he lets out what I think we should call the Farage Laugh: a deep and hearty, nicotine-stained guffaw at the world: ‘HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.’

Mar 13 06:08

South Yorkshire Police accused of covering up widespread sexual abuse in Sheffield on a scale 'bigger than Rotherham'

South Yorkshire Police has been accused of ignoring hundreds of reports of sexual abuse against young girls in a widespread cover-up deemed 'bigger than Rotherham'.

Tony Brookes, a former police constable with 30 years' service, claims the force knew that girls as young as 12-years-old were being raped and assaulted but chose to ignore it.

It is understood that more than 200 girls were reported to the force as being potential victims of sexual exploitation in Sheffield, mainly between 2007 and 2010.

Mr Brookes, who has now left the force, said he believes the 'size of the exploitation was massive in Sheffield', adding: 'I think bigger than in Rotherham'.

Mar 13 05:58

Mass spying on UK citizens ‘essential,’ say MPs in landmark report

A Parliamentary report examining the mass collection of private communications by UK security agencies has defended the practice as “essential.”

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report, published on Thursday, said only a “tiny” proportion of data collected was ever seen by human eyes.

Intelligence agencies “do not seek to circumvent the law” and must seek the “specific authorization” of a cabinet minister before spying on individuals in the UK, the ISC said.

Mar 13 04:19

NATO’s Shadow of Nazi Operation Barbarossa

Russia can perceive, rightly, the continuum of aggression.

NATO’s Operation Atlantic Resolve paced ahead this week with the latest arrival of more US military forces in the Baltic region.

Under the guise of defending eastern Europe from «Russian aggression», more than 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley armoured personnel carriers rolled into Latvia. Last month, a similar motorised display of military support was deployed in Estonia – in the town of Narva – with American flags flown by the US Army’s Second Calvary Regiment just 300 metres from the Russian border.

Mar 12 16:42

Official: Thousands of texts, emails and Facebook messages are read every day by Government spies working at GCHQ

Thousands of texts, emails and Facebook messages are read every day by Government spies working at GCHQ, a long-awaited report sparked by the Edward Snowden revelations has revealed.

Agents at the government listening post monitor 'large numbers of items' using 'bulk interception' powers to uncover terror threats, Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee said.

The committee insisted this did not mean GCHQ was 'collecting or reading everyone's emails'. But it admitted it was 'unavoidable that some innocent communications may have been incidentally collected'.

Mar 12 16:37

Six million cold calls every day from just ONE firm: Company that held 90million numbers raided by watchdog after using sophisticated technology to leave messages

The call centre, which is run from Gemini Business Centre in Hove in Hove, East Sussex, (pictured) is said to have bombarded people with offers to consolidate their debts or help them pursue a compensation claim for mis-sold payment protection insurance. The business apparently made between four and six million approaches a day - equivalent to calling every member of the population two to three times a month. The Information Commissioner's Office launched an investigation after it received 'hundreds' of complaints about nuisance calls from multiple numbers linked to the firm. Many complaints came from vulnerable and elderly people 'frightened' by the barrage of calls.

Mar 12 08:28

Was council worker murdered because he was about to expose VIP paedophile ring? Housing manager was killed 'days after revealing he was going to report abuse'

The daughter of a man allegedly murdered to prevent him exposing a council paedophile ring has told of her anger that a report on the abuse was ‘covered up’.

Kiddist Forsythe was born three months after her father Bulic was beaten to death in his flat, which was then torched.

Mr Forsythe, 42, was a manager at the housing department of Lambeth Council in south London, which is now the focus of an investigation into historic sex abuse claims.

Mar 12 08:15

UK mass surveillance lacks transparency

In response to a report from the Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, Amnesty International has slammed the regulation of mass surveillance as 'an inadequate mess'.

Mar 12 05:24

Removing Israel from American politics

It is writing such as this, which illustrates and illuminates the extent of Zionist infiltration in the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave," which will drive home to the "American" public what has happened to their "dream, which may eventually stir them to action of some sort to bring it to an end... if anything will!

It is certainly past time to push back against an organization that is brazenly promoting the interests of a foreign government at the expense of the American people.

Shutting Down AIPAC

I would like to concentrate on two issues. First is the nature of the special relationship between Israel and the United States and second is the role of the Israel Lobby and most particularly AIPAC in shaping that relationship.

Mar 12 05:19

Iran Foreign Minister: We Believe We Are ‘Very Close’ to Nuke Deal

Ian’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, spoke with NBC News’ Ann Curry Wednesday (March 5th 2015).

Iran's FM: I read the American constitution, I believe the– executive has the prerogative over foreign policy and for any foreign government, it has to lead with the executive. That’s the only way you can have international affairs. So I will accept the commitment of the U.S. government, the U.S. administration, about what– going to do. And I will– I mean if they have an agreement, I will hold them accountable.

ANN CURRY: Where’s the area of the major stumbling block?

Mar 12 05:15

Nuland’s Mastery of Ukraine Propaganda

So, did Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland mislead Congress or just play a propaganda game, asks Robert Parry.

An early skill learned by Official Washington’s neoconservatives, when they were cutting their teeth inside the U.S. government in the 1980s, was how to frame their arguments in the most propagandistic way, so anyone who dared to disagree with any aspect of the presentation seemed unpatriotic or crazy.

During my years at The Associated Press and Newsweek, I dealt with a number of now prominent neocons who were just starting out and mastering these techniques at the knee of top CIA psychological warfare specialist Walter Raymond Jr., who had been transferred to President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Council staff where Raymond oversaw inter-agency task forces that pushed Reagan’s hard-line agenda in Central America and elsewhere.

Mar 11 18:08

Saving World Heritage – the West’s New R2P Pretext

The ideological arsenal of pretexts for US military interventions are depleted, redundant, spent or thoroughly disgraced.

Is the defence of world heritage sites in Iraq the new «responsibility to protect» (R2P) doctrine to justify Western intervention in the geo-strategically important region? The timing coincides with renewed admonitions from the United States and Saudi Arabia for a coalition of ground forces to defeat the Islamic State network in Iraq and Syria – and just when Iraqi and Syrian forces appear to be decisively pushing back the extremists in both countries.

The US and its Western allies have long used the doctrine of «responsibility to protect» or «R2P» as a flimsy pretext for military intervention.They found success with various tropes, including the «War on Terror», the elimination of «weapons of mass destruction», and the Responsibility to Protect» human rights.

Mar 11 18:03

Getting Past the Issue of Being Jewish

In the United States we may be approaching a tipping point in the struggle against Zionist racism and Israeli oppression.

The struggle is against racism, discrimination, oppression, occupation and illegal colonization because they are evils no matter who perpetrates them.

The Israeli case has to be prioritized because Israel and its Zionist allies have bought and bullied our own government and political parties in a corrupting manner.

Mar 11 13:32

The sinister treatment of dissent at the BBC

The scandal is simply this: the BBC is forcing out or demoting the journalists who exposed Jimmy Savile as a voracious abuser of girls.

Mar 11 13:22

Taser officer cleared by police panel of gross misconduct after Plymouth fireball death

The police officer who fired his Taser on a man who died after he was engulfed in flames, has been cleared of any misconduct following a three-day hearing.

Mar 11 13:05

Whistleblower spied upon for raising alarm about child safety

A teacher wrongly spied on by her employers amid an escalating row over pupil safety has said she would have no qualms about being a whistleblower again - despite being reprimanded by a watchdog.

Mar 11 12:06

Traders at Barclays and Deutsche Bank questioned over Euribor rigging

The UK's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is questioning former traders from Barclays and Deutsche Bank over possible Euribor rigging.

Mar 11 10:34

Britain may broadcast Putin's financial secrets to Russia

Britain may broadcast the financial secrets of Russia’s ruling elite as part of the information war against the Putin regime, the Foreign Secretary has indicated.

Mar 11 07:52

Ukraine Military Gets Boost With UK Armored Vehicles Delivery

Ukraine accepted delivery of 20 Saxon armored vehicles from Britain last month to be weaponized and put into action by the army, a top aide to President Petro Poroshenko said Monday.

Mar 11 02:49

Slash-and-Burn to Oblivion - The Technocorporate Empire State Strikes Back

Now-failed states like Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Libya are the blueprint for a world order modeled on the principles of a slash-and-burn corporate structure that seeks to eliminate “non-performers” from its vast portfolio. Surplus labor worldwide has been given the pink slip in the form of an order of execution, and condemned to live out its numbered days warehoused in squalor. Israel’s once refined methods of incremental genocide has now evolved into a more efficient method of mass extermination for its one-time cheap labor force, now permanently confined in the world’s largest prison on land coveted for an emerging class of settler-property developers. Whether these “non-performers” reside in the Gaza strip, housed in some US immigration detention center, or “loitering” on some pre-gentrified patch of concrete, the memo from HQ is explicit in its downsizing imperatives worldwide.

Mar 10 15:18

Did British Security Services Drive ‘Jihadi John’ to Join Islamic State?

Documented evidence suggests the UK's MI5 drove a young Muslim man to the brink of madness.

Mar 10 14:44

British police ‘lose track’ of almost 400 pedophiles

Hundreds of registered sex offenders are missing in the UK, according to new figures. Some have been at large for over a decade.

A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association has revealed that the whereabouts of 396 convicted offenders are unknown to police.

Mar 10 11:18

British police 'lose track' of almost 400 pedophiles

Hundreds of registered sex offenders are missing in the UK, according to new figures. Some have been at large for over a decade.

A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association has revealed that the whereabouts of 396 convicted offenders are unknown to police.

Mar 10 11:01

Cold-blooded Hillsborough police plotted to blame fans for 96 deaths

Senior police officers met two days after the Hillsborough disaster and drew up a plan to blame Liverpool fans for the crush, an inquest has heard.

Some 96 Liverpool football fans died as a result of the disaster at the stadium in Sheffield on 15 April 1989.

Mar 10 07:05

Cameron Won't Do TV Debates Because Voters Are Not His Target Audience

Downing Street has finally come clean over the TV debates. They've admitted that David Cameron only ever had one target audience: his backbenchers. And everyone else including Joe Public and the media can just go swivel. No way is he getting out of bed for them because he's scared.

Mar 10 07:05

Britain's divided decade: the rich are 64% richer than before the recession, while the poor are 57% poorer

The gap between richest and poorest has dramatically widened in the past decade as wealthy households paid off their debts and piled up savings following the financial crisis, a report warns today.

By contrast, the worst-off families are far less financially secure than before the recession triggered by the near- collapse of several major banks. They have an average of less than a week’s pay set aside and are more often in the red.

Mar 10 07:04

The Kazakh despot who bought Blair for £16million (and Cherie for £320k): How ex-PM sold himself to a 'virtual gangster' linked to torture, money laundering, bribery and murder

It’s the damning new book that lifts the lid on Tony and Cherie Blair’s lust for money. Yesterday, in our exclusive serialisation, we told how revelations about his relationship with a tycoon’s wife put a strain on the Blair marriage. Today we reveal how the couple are happy to sell their services to some of the world’s most repulsive tyrants . . .

Mar 10 07:00

Universal Credit 'adviser' told not to tell claimants about cash fund for clothes and bus fares

A reporter posing as a Universal Credit adviser trainee was told not to tell claimants about a vital cash fund for clothes, bus fares or other expenses to help them into work.

The undercover journalist spent seven weeks working at the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) Bolton Universal Credit contact centre.

He was told by trainers not to bring up same-day advance payments for those struggling to make ends meet while they wait five weeks for the their first Universal Credit payment. These are among a number of extra changes benefits claimants can ask for - find out the full range here.

The reporter, working for Channel 4 Dispatches programme, was also told not to tell claimants about the Flexible Support Fund unless they specifically asked about it.

Mar 10 06:59

Rona Fairhead should 'resign or be sacked' as head of BBC Trust

Rona Fairhead, the head of the BBC Trust, should consider resigning or be sacked as a result of revelations about her role at HSBC, Margaret Hodge has said.

Ms Fairhead was paid more than £500,000 by HSBC last year for non-executive roles, working the equivalent of one day a week.

She has faced criticism for her role as a non-executive director at HSBC after allegations that the bank's Swiss arm helped wealthy clients dodge millions in tax.

Mar 10 06:05

The Power of Israel over the United States

There is much idle chatter from liberals, leftists and progressives, claiming that Netanyahu’s ‘brazen intervention’would backfire;

There have been times when history has played tricks with man and…has magnified the features of essentially small persons into a parody of greatness--Rabindranath Tagore(on Benito Mussolini)

How is it that the ruler (Benjamin Netanyahu) of a puny country (Israel) of 8.2 million (6.2 million Jews) with the 37th biggest economy (GDP in current prices) in the world dictates war policy and secures the willing submission of the legislature of the largest economy and most powerful military empire in the world?

What significance does Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress have, beyond the fact that he uses it as a platform to attack the elected President of the US, to denounce US peace negotiations and to demand that Congress adopt policies designed to precipitate a war with Iran?

Mar 10 03:28

Britain's VIP pedophile ring exposed

Mar 09 12:28

UK selling tear gas and rubber bullets to states it deems repressive - report

The UK has reportedly approved the sale of £16 million worth of anti-riot equipment, including tear gas and rubber bullets to countries on its own human-rights blacklist. Critics say the government is putting profits ahead of human rights.

Mar 09 11:34

Put CCTV in EVERY home: Householders should help us trap burglars, says Scotland Yard chief

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said police forces needed more crime scene footage to match against their 12million images of suspects and offenders.

Mar 09 09:04

Scotland Yard Chief Wants CCTV Cameras in EVERY Home

LONDON, UK — The citizens of the United Kingdom are possibly the most surveilled group of people in the history of the world. Forget the NSA’s ever-expanding reach over every form of communication imaginable. We’re talking cameras… everywhere. The City of London is equipped with thousands of them, so is Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and well, like I said before, pretty much everywhere. In a nation of 64 million residents, there is one CCTV camera for every 11 people in the UK.

The British Security Industry Authority (BSIA) estimates there are up to 5.9 million closed-circuit television cameras scattered throughout the UK, including 750,000 in “sensitive locations” such as schools, hospitals and care homes. This statistic was released in 2013 as well. Do you think they decided to halt the expansion of their Orwellian state at any point over the past two years? The safe bet is that these numbers have grown exponentially.

Mar 09 04:47

Berlin Rumbles Washington’s Hidden War Agenda

Berlin and the rest of Europe need to move fast to underpin diplomacy with Russia and to head off Washington’s death-wish plunge into the abyss.

Washington’s reckless attempts to scuttle the shaky ceasefire in Ukraine are unnerving Germany. The German government feels, with good reason, that the Americans are trying to undermine its recent efforts to mediate a political solution to the nearly year-old conflict, which has caused at least 6,000 deaths and up to one million refugees. Not only that but the violence between the ultranationalist regime in Kiev and the pro-Russian separatists in the east is threatening to spillover into a wider war that could involve Russia and the rest of Europe.

Mar 08 15:20

Israel Shamir: Who Killed Nemtsov

The Russians are worried that pro-Western neoliberal party will regain the positions they lost after 2000, and dead Nemtsov will indeed be more useful for his cause than alive one.

Anyway, while the mourning and the funeral did not cause any breach of peace, the march did not turn into a Maidan or Tahrir, and Bernard Henri Levi did not land on the Red Square, the Putin’s government got cold feet. For a long eight days Russian police looked for the murderers, and meanwhile the Yeltsin’s cadres, people of nineties assaulted Putin from within and the Western media and officials from without. President Putin is not a Genghis Khan, he is a non-confrontational bloke whose great ambition is to live in peace and harmony with the West while defending Russia’s vital interests, and observing interests of Russia’s wealthies and worthies. He also wants to be accepted as an equal among the world’s great, East and West.

Mar 08 14:20

Will Protesters Have To Pay To March?

Campaign groups are shocked as the Met Police says they must be prepared to contribute more towards the costs of demonstrations.

Mar 08 13:13

Britain has one of lowest petrol prices in Europe BEFORE tax but among the highest after VAT and duty is added

Ministers including Mr Osborne and his Lib Dem deputy Danny Alexander have repeatedly said the price on forecourts must fall to reflect the cheaper wholesale costs for fuel firms.

But official data released by the government shows that the pre-tax costs of petrol has fallen to just 32.4p per litre, the second lowest in all of the EU.
But tax adds another 76p per litre, making it the fifth highest behind the Netherlands, Italy, Malta and Greece.

It means tax makes up 70 per cent of the total price of a litre of fuel, the joint highest with the Netherlands.

Mar 08 12:40

Cabinet office in child abuse cover-up: MoS beats attempt by No10 to gag VIP file that shows Thatcher knew about paedophile MP Cyril Smith-

Downing Street cynically tried to prevent the release of damaging files exposing the scale of the cover-up over paedophile MP Cyril Smith.

The Cabinet Office repeatedly blocked The Mail on Sunday’s attempts to see the bombshell documents – and caved in only after being threatened with High Court action.

After the shocking year-long fight, we can reveal the content of the papers, which expose just how much the Establishment knew about the late politician’s sexual and physical abuse of young boys.

Mar 08 11:05

RT's Going Underground: Gilad Atzmon, Gaza Mon Amour & Zionist intimidation

Mar 08 10:29

UK QE has failed, says quantitative easing inventor

When the UK embarked on quantitative easing (QE) in March 2009, in the aftermath of the Lehman Brothers collapse, the Bank of England was expected to administer a monetary stimulus equal to £50bn, writes Liam Halligan.

Over the past four years, such "extraordinary measures" have extended somewhat more, with the Bank's bond-buying programme now amounting to £375bn - almost eight times the original estimate.

Mar 08 07:05

Crosstalking: Bibi’s dud

Iran and the West are close to accomplishing what so many in Washington and Tel Aviv are terrified of – a negotiated end to the Western standoff with Iran.

CrossTalking with Mohammad Marandi, Gareth Porter, and Chuck Freilich.

Mar 08 07:00

The Enemy is Not Russia or Putin

The enemy is not Russia or Vladimir Putin. The enemy is hypocrisy.

It has been just over a year of growing and escalating crisis in Europe since the Maidan Square protests in Kiev succeeded in toppling Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014.

It saw the likes of US Senator John McCain – a man whose quest for a new Vietnam War never ends – travelling to the country to personally urge on the demonstrators in Kiev alongside Britain’s Catherine Ashton, representing the EU.

Mar 08 06:56

We saved Jews 3 times, Netanyahu should revise history lessons – Iranian FM

Iran has no intention of destroying Israel and has actually saved the Jews three times in history, but the current Israeli regime is a threat to Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said.

“Israel threatens to use force against Iran almost on a daily basis… Of course, if they did use force against Iran, we would defend ourselves, as we have done with great sacrifice in the past. But we are not invading, we are not threatening anybody. We have not threatened anybody for 250 years,” the Iranian FM said.

“We never had the bomb. We will never have a bomb. We’re not looking to have a bomb. We do not believe a bomb is in our interest. Whereas [Netanyahu] does have a bomb. He has 200 nuclear weapons,” he said.

Mar 08 03:26

Actress Emma Thompson and her husband refuse to pay 'a penny more' in taxes until HSBC tax evaders go to jail

Greg Wise, the actor married to Oscar winner Emma Thompson, has said he and his wife will refuse to pay tax until those involved in the HSBC scandal go to prison.

Mar 07 05:52

Washington Yanks British Bulldog into Line

The gross interference by Washington in Britain’s forthcoming election on the vital issue of budgetary priorities clearly demonstrates that British «democracy» is but an appendage to an American leash. And the leash is being yanked to pull the snarling bulldog into line.

In a brazen show of bringing-to-heel in their «special relationship», American political and Pentagon chiefs are openly rebuking the British government to maintain its huge military spend on the NATO alliance – to the possible detriment of already withering public services in austerity-clobbered Britain. The imposition by Washington raises serious questions about the nature of democracy in Britain – the self-proclaimed «Mother of all Parliaments».

Mar 07 05:44

Bibi Joffrey and the Flower of Zion

The walls are thick and strong beyond imagining, but the elders who sleep in the bowels of Zion know that this rumbling at their foundation marks well their inevitable fall.

The first great stone has hit the ramparts of Zion. The elders within the walls, down in the bowels of the fortress, have sat bolt upright, as they have felt the unmistakable rumbling vibration. Their eyes, which are usually narrow with the self-regard of the power of their own devious cunning, have suddenly gone wide with fear, as instantly they know that the inevitable has arrived upon them.

As another great stone finds the wall, and shakes the very air, these elders fly from their beds with great alarm.
The walls are thick and strong beyond imagining, but the elders who sleep in the bowels of Zion know that this rumbling at their foundation marks well their inevitable fall.

Mar 06 15:42

How banks may have rigged the Bank of England scheme built to keep them alive

In 2007, the Bank of England introduced a liquidity programme to help the banks. The Serious Fraud Office is now investigating whether this was manipulated.

Mar 06 15:35

Royal Bank of Scotland top bankers received millions despite £3.5bn loss

Royal Bank of Scotland paid 128 of its top bankers more than €1m (£720,000) in 2014, a year when it reported its seventh consecutive year of losses since being bailed out by the taxpayer and was punished by regulators for rigging foreign exchange markets.

Mar 06 15:15

RT Must Be Punished for Its Warmongering, Lies and Child Abuse Cover-Ups

From propagating lies about Libya, to airing tributes to pedophiles—It's time for UK's media regulator to kick RT off the air.

Mar 06 08:33

How Thatcher’s Government Covered Up a VIP Pedophile Ring

A newspaper editor was handed startling evidence that Britain’s top law enforcement official knew there was a VIP pedophile network in Westminster, at the heart of the British government. What happened next in the summer of 1984 helps to explain how shocking allegations of rape and murder against some of the country’s most powerful men went unchecked for decades.

Less than 24 hours after starting to inquire about the dossier presented to him by a senior Labour Party politician, the editor was confronted in his office by a furious member of parliament who threatened him and demanded the documents. “He was frothing at the mouth and really shouting and spitting in my face,” Don Hale told The Daily Beast. “He was straight at me like a raging lion; he was ready to knock me through the wall.”

Mar 06 08:31

The Battle Of Britain

In the last two months, UK Jewish leaders have repeatedly complained about an alarming rise of anti-Semitism in Britain. I’d like to use this opportunity to advise them that intimidating Britain’s arts schools and constantly bullying one of Britain’s prominent jazz artists doesn’t reflect well on British Jews or Israel’s supporters. Paradoxically, it confirms that Zionists, like their opponents, support and believe in cultural and academic suppression, they just don’t like to be boycotted themselves.

Mar 06 08:30

BBC News: Gilad Atzmon gig cancellation criticised

A venue that cancelled a gig by controversial jazz saxophonist Gilad Atzmon has been criticised for giving in to bullying.

Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music denied scrapping the concert by the Israeli-born star was "political", and said it was for safety reasons.

A petition by the North West Friends of Israel called for the gig to be pulled, claiming Atzmon is anti-Semitic.

Mar 06 08:09

Bank of England investigated for fraud

Mar 05 16:30

'Expect many more politicians to be investigated': MP says veteran Tory Harvey Proctor will be first of many Westminster figures probed over historic abuse

A veteran Tory whose home was searched by police investigating historic allegations of child sex abuse will be the first of many Westminster figures quizzed by detectives, a campaigning Labour MP said tonight.

John Mann, who handed the police a dossier naming 22 politicians suspected of involvement in a Westminster paedophile ring, said he would be 'shocked' if detectives did not widen their probe after raiding former MP Harvey Proctor's home.

Mar 05 08:23

SIGN THIS PETITION - Reverse the concert cancellation of the Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

Jazz was born as an art form for social commitment through improvisation as a way to express freedom.

If a jazz artist is not able to be free in their expression, then the freedom for everyone is at risk. Silencing an artist is complicit in censorship.

We, the undersigned, strongly protest the recent cancellation of the Royal Northern College of Music's concert featuring Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble; one of the most successful and critically acclaimed jazz groups in Europe.

It is our understanding that due to pressure from the Zionist Lobby group, the North West Friends of Israel, the concert was cancelled due to a "safety" issue.

Mar 05 07:16

HSBC tax dodge: George Osborne squirms as he refuses to answer questions on scandal SIX times

Father Tony McSweeney chalked up a number of notable additions to his CV during a lifetime supposedly devoted to the service of children and God.

He said Mass at Norwich City Football Club at the request of its celebrity cook owner Delia Smith, and conducted the marriage of world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno.

He also received the prestigious Silver Acorn for decades of ‘dedication’ to the global Scout movement and his co-authorship of its official songbook.

Last week, he even boasted of being the ‘world expert’ on organising campfire get-togethers.

But now he must add a chilling new entry to his list of achievements: he has become the first paedophile to be tried and convicted after being linked to allegations of a VIP ring based at an infamous South London guesthouse who preyed on boys from a nearby care home.

Mar 04 16:19

School apology over 'Palestinian terrorism' homework

A North Lanarkshire school has apologised following complaints about a homework worksheet which labelled Palestinians as "terrorists".

The handout, given to P7 pupils at New Stevenson Primary School, states "Palestinians feel they have the RIGHT to use terrorism against the Israelis."

North Lanarkshire Council, which produced the worksheet, said it would ensure that it would no longer be used.

But a Palestinian group said the council had sought to "demonise" them.

Mar 04 12:42

Terror 101: Scottish primary school kids given terrorism homework

A Scottish school has come under fire for issuing primary school kids homework featuring questions about global terrorist organizations. Children were asked to describe the various tactics of Al-Qaeda, the IRA and Hamas.

Mar 04 11:46

Road to reconciliation: ex-IRA members and British soldiers come face to face

With handshakes, smiles and four civil words, a small group of men came together in Northern Ireland last month in an attempt to overcome a formidable barrier that remains long after the decades of conflict came to an end.

Mar 04 11:06

War on drugs ‘abject failure,’ say Richard Branson & Nick Clegg

Businessman Sir Richard Branson and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have branded the UK's ‘war on drugs’ a “colossal con” and laid out their case for decriminalizing the use and possession of almost all drugs.

The Virgin tycoon and Liberal Democrat leader are calling for a major overhaul in the way government classifies and criminalizes drug users.

Mar 04 10:36

Britain’s Elite Still Enjoying a Tax Break 100 Years Old.

They are among the British moneyed elite: the head of the nation’s largest bank, a billionaire hedge fund manager and the owner of some of London’s most luxurious nightclubs.

Mar 04 06:23

IPCC to investigate police 'cover up' of eight year old boy's murder

The official police watchdog is to investigate claims that Scotland Yard covered up the murder of a young boy at the hands of a Westminster paedophile ring.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) will examine whether corrupt Met Police officers ignored clues to the death of eight-year-old Vishal Mehrotra in 1981.

Last November Vishal’s father, retired magistrate Vishambar Mehrotra, told the Telegraph that police had deliberately covered up his son’s killing to protect a network of high-profile child abusers.

Mar 03 22:12

Washington Yanks British Bulldog into Line

In a brazen show of bringing-to-heel in their «special relationship», American political and Pentagon chiefs are openly rebuking the British government to maintain its huge military spend on the NATO alliance – to the possible detriment of already withering public services in austerity-clobbered Britain. The imposition by Washington raises serious questions about the nature of democracy in Britain – the self-proclaimed «Mother of all Parliaments».

Mar 03 19:21

Israel

Israel

Spawned by Ancient Heretical, Occult
Infiltration
Born by House of Rothschild
Calculation
Created by German-NaZi (Zionist)
Collaboration
Organized by Satanic Secret Society
Initiation
Protected by CIA Secret Program
Designation
Financed by Drug For Arms
Proliferation
Perpetuated by MSM Censorship, Spin
Dissemination
Enslaved Through False Flag Terror
Fabrication
Designed For Global
Depopulation

Mar 03 18:13

SIGN THIS PETITION - Reverse the concert cancellation of the Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble

Jazz was born as an art form for social commitment through improvisation as a way to express freedom.

If a jazz artist is not able to be free in their expression, then the freedom for everyone is at risk. Silencing an artist is complicit in censorship.

We, the undersigned, strongly protest the recent cancellation of the Royal Northern College of Music's concert featuring Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble; one of the most successful and critically acclaimed jazz groups in Europe.

It is our understanding that due to pressure from the Zionist Lobby group, the North West Friends of Israel, the concert was cancelled due to a "safety" issue.

Mar 03 16:19

Cameron says child sex abuse to be classified ‘national threat’

British Prime Minister David Cameron said tackling child sexual abuse was a national priority on a par with organised crime on Tuesday, announcing measures to prevent systematic abuse.

Mar 03 11:13

Netanyahu’s Big Gamble

In pursuing the strategy of preserving the perception of the Iranian threat in order to maintain the special relationship with the United States, Netanyahu is pursuing strategies that sabotage America’s own foreign policy interests...

By going over President Obama’s head to Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is taking a big gamble, apparently hoping that he can block any U.S. rapprochement with Iran and heighten tensions in the Middle East, a strategy that lacks both facts and logic, says Ted Snider.

Mar 03 07:11

Manchester Music School Surrenders to Zionist Lobby Pressure

Yesterday I learned that my concert at The Royal Northern College of Music this coming Thursday had been cancelled due to Zionist pressure. I spoke with the RNCM's Marketing Director who told me that the concert was cancelled due to 'safety reasons.' It seems that the venue felt 'unable to guarantee my safety.' Given that I’m now a pretty big boy, this would be somewhat amusing except that the terrible implication is that Zionist’s violence has now made it to Britain. It took a few hours before I found out that it was the ultra- Zionist 'North West Friend Of Israel' that had put pressure on the music school.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel's supporters do love to fight dirty!

Mar 01 08:38

Who is the Naked Boy Escaping Buckingham Palace?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Royals are claiming this is a hoax. If it is, it is a damned good one!

Mar 01 08:11

Labour's Lord Owen own goal over tax avoidance as he is ordered to repay £50,000 after investigation by HMRC

Former Labour Foreign Secretary and party donor David Owen has been exposed as having invested in a tax avoidance scheme – in a major embarrassment for Ed Miliband.

Lord Owen has been ordered to repay around £50,000 after an investigation by the tax authorities. He is a supporter of Mr Miliband and last year he gave £7,500 to the Labour party.

HMRC investigators will this month insist the 76-year-old settles within 90 days or face legal action.

Mar 01 07:27

Pegida UK falls flat: Newcastle counter-demo outnumbers anti-Islamists by 5-to-1

Fewer than 300 people turned up in Newcastle for the first-ever rally of anti-Islamist group Pegida in the UK, while at least 1,500 gathered to protest the demo, just hundreds of yards away.

“We are here because nobody else who should be talking about the problems in this country is talking about them,” said Pegida’s keynote speaker, Paul Weston, from the far-right Liberty GB party, to an audience that mostly comprised white middle-aged men holding Union Jacks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This attempt to fan the flames of hate against Muslims is failing because we recognize it as the same tactic the Nazis used against the Jews, leading to WW2.

Feb 28 10:04

Homelessness rises 55% under ‘disgraceful’ Tory govt – charity

Devastating figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) reveal a significant 55 percent rise in homelessness since David Cameron became prime minister in 2010.

Feb 28 08:47

Police back down on ‘pay-to-protest’ demand, but right to assembly still at risk – activists

UK authorities who insisted activists spend thousands of pounds on a private security firm to steward a peaceful climate change march in London have backed down following intense pressure. Campaigners insist they will not “pay to protest.”

Feb 28 08:43

Guardian Retracts Anti-Russian Story Based on 'Research' of Own Reporter

Rush to give anti-Russian news backfires: the Guardian forced to correct an article by Eliot Higgins who claimed Russian army fired into Ukraine on the basis of a report he had co-authored himself

Feb 28 08:38

What the BRICS plus Germany are really up to?

Winston Churchill once said, “I feel lonely without a war.” He also badly missed the loss of empire. Churchill’s successor – the ‘Empire of Chaos’ – now faces the same quandary. Some wars – as in Ukraine, by proxy – are not going so well.

And the loss of empire increasingly manifests itself in myriad moves by selected players aiming towards a multipolar world.

So no wonder US ‘Think Tankland’ is going bonkers, releasing wacky CIA-tinted “forecasts” where Russia is bound to disintegrate, and China is turning into a communist dictatorship. So much (imperial) wishful thinking, so little time to prolong hegemony.

Feb 28 08:03

MI6 complicity? Lee Rigby killer’s torture claims investigated, says Cameron

A new inquiry will be conducted into claims that MI6 were complicit in the alleged torture of Michael Adebolajo, one of the two men later convicted of murdering British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May 2013.

The investigation will focus on how the British spy agency handled claims Adebolajo was beaten by Kenya’s security forces, who have close ties with the UK, while detained there in 2010.

Prime Minister David Cameron ordered the inquiry after a report by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) criticized MI6, also known as the Secret Intelligence Service.

The committee’s report found MI6 never asked the Kenyan authorities about Adebolajo’s claims, dismissing them as fabricated.

Feb 28 08:02

Link foreign aid to defence, boost military spending – UK Lords

Hawkish members of the UK House of Lords will battle for increased military spending Friday, proposing that the government link foreign aid to defense budgets. They are expected to argue Britain’s security is more important than its social conscience.

Feb 27 10:22

Treasury admits 'fat finger' blunder costing Lloyds bond holders £2bn

The Treasury has admitted it made a blunder by telling Lloyds Banking Group that it had permission to buy back investor bonds that propped the bank up in the wake of the financial crash – depriving holders of the notes billions of pounds in interest payments.

The so-called "fat finger" error reported by Business Insider, saw the Treasury incorrectly state the Prudential Regulatory Authority had approved Lloyds' application to redeem a series of Enhanced Capital Notes (ECNs), disclosed by the bank on 16th December 2014.

A statement by Sir Nicholas Macpherson, Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury, said: "HM Treasury understands that the PRA has not yet made a decision regarding whether to approve Lloyds Banking Group's application. We apologise for this error, and sincerely regret any problems caused."

Feb 27 07:30

BEX ALERT - BBC: Response to NATO Parade on Russia Border Shows Moscow Is Gunning for Baltics

The fact Russia responded to multi-national NATO parade 300 yards from its border and 100 miles from its former capital Saint Petersburg shows that the Baltics may be "next target for Kremlin land-grab"

Feb 26 09:16

Unlike most British Jews, The Vast Majority Of UK Muslims Are Loyal To The Kingdom

A month ago we learned that “a quarter of Jews in Britain have considered leaving the country in the last two years and well over half feel they have no long term future in Europe”*

Interestingly enough, yesterday the BBC published a poll that measured British Muslims’ attitude towards Britain. Unlike the majority of Jews who expressed their will to leave Europe, 95% of the Muslims here are “loyal to Britain.”

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