Nov 11 10:11

UN privacy chief: UK surveillance bill is 'worse than scary'

The UK government's proposed surveillance legislation is "worse than scary", the United Nations privacy chief has said.

Joseph Cannataci, the UN's special rapporteur on privacy, attacked the government's draft Investigatory Powers Bill, saying he had never seen evidence that mass surveillance works. He also accused MPs of leading an "absolute offensive" and an "orchestrated" media campaign to distort the debate and take hold of new powers.

Nov 11 09:29

Worried Scotsman undergoing a circumcision aged 60 left medics a note scrawled on his leg making sure they didn't chop off too much

A concerned circumcision surgery patient made sure the operation went to plan – by penning a note to the doctor on his thigh before going under anaesthetic.

Sixty-year-old Sandy Paton used a felt-tip pen to write 'remember, not the whole knob, just the foreskin!' on his leg before going in for surgery last Thursday.

Nov 10 20:48

‘Free market failing cyber security industry,’ warns GCHQ chief

Britain’s electronic spy chief has called on the government to intervene in the cyber security industry after admitting the free market is failing to meet the needs of businesses at risk of attack.

GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan told an audience on Tuesday at IA15, the government’s information assurance event, that the global cyber security market is “not quite right” and that standards need to be improved.

Nov 10 16:43

Scrapping Human Rights Act ‘dangerous and expensive’ – Lord Woolf

Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf has warned that scrapping the Human Rights Act could bring about “dangers” including a deluge of new cases brought by “creative” lawyers who seek to create “areas of disrepute” in the legal system.

Nov 10 16:16

UK denies Palestinian medical experts entry-visas to speak at conference

Britain has denied entry visas to a group of Palestinian medical professionals expected to speak at a conference on mental health at Kingston University, South West London.

Nov 10 14:40

Apple warns UK against approving internet bill

Chief executive of tech giant Apple warns about “the very dire consequences” of the UK government’s Investigatory Powers Bill.

Nov 10 13:55

UK volunteer who fought ISIS in Syria barred from speaking at London university

A London university students’ union has been accused of displaying “horrible prejudice against the Kurdish cause, human rights and the freedom of speech” after a former student was banned from giving a talk about his experiences fighting Islamic State.

Nov 10 13:26

UK drops down plan to join US-led anti-ISIS airstrikes

The US-led anti-Islamic State coalition is being let down by Britain’s reluctance to take part in bombing Syria.

Nov 10 12:29

UK denies Palestinian medical experts entry-visas to speak at conference

Britain has denied entry visas to a group of Palestinian medical professionals expected to speak at a conference on mental health at Kingston University, South West London.

Four mental health professionals employed by the Ministry of Health in Gaza, who were booked to speak at the event this weekend, were denied visas by British authorities, the Independent reports.

A psychologist from Bethlehem University, Dr Nahida Al-Arja, also had her visa application rejected.

It remains unclear why the applications of Ministry of Health employees were rejected, though the Independent indicates Dr Al-Arja’s visa was denied because she did not complete the application properly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Okay, so let me see if I have this correct. All of Europe, Great Britain included, has allowed thousands of refugees to walk in with the expectation that the refugees will live the rest of their lives there, but Britain refuses to allow these Palestinians into the country long enough to give a professional presentation?

Nov 10 11:57

Tory who had moat cleaned on parliamentary expenses sworn into House of Lords

A former Conservative minister, who provoked public outrage after claiming large sums of taxpayers’ money to clean the moat at his country estate, has been sworn into the House of Lords.

Lord Hailsham of Kettlethorp, formerly known as Douglas Hogg, will now be permitted to claim up to £300 each day the House of Lords is sitting thanks to the peers’ expenses system.

Nov 10 10:34

Two men arrested for throwing pig head at mosque in retaliation for soldier’s beheading

A rather interesting incident took place at the Blackpool Central Mosque this week ending with the arrest of two Englishmen who were retaliating in protest of the brutal murder of Lee Rigby, a British soldier who was beheaded in broad daylight by two Muslims in 2013.

Nov 10 10:11

The snooper’s charter: one misspelled Google search for ‘bong-making’ and you’ll be in an orange jumpsuit - Frankie Boyle

I know why Theresa May has that permanently appalled expression – she’s seen my internet history

Nov 10 09:19

This snooper’s charter makes George Orwell look lacking in vision

The new surveillance bill renders the citizen transparent to the state, putting every one of us under suspicion. It would serve a tyranny well

Nov 10 09:16

Cameron U-Turns On Own EU Referendum Wishlist As Fear Campaign Gets Underway

On the 19th May this year, David Cameron, triumphant from a largely unexpected general election win a week earlier promised to push on with the EU referendum. The Guardian headline of 19th May read “Cameron to publish EU referendum bill one day after Queen’s speech.” That was 27th May.

Nov 10 08:16

Sharm el-Sheikh: Catastrophic flaw in intelligence sharing?

The British authorities knew that Sharm el-Sheikh airport security was weak ten months ago. So much so that they sent a team of experts to bolster screening measures. Stories abound of tourists paying twenty pounds to avoid security checks, a few weeks ago. Chatter was picked up that ISIL was planning a terrorist attack. So why was this not shared with the Russians?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Two possibilities.

1. The British just made up the story about weak security and ISIS chatter to sell the ISIS terrorist bomb story.

2. The British wanted the security weak so that someone such as Israel could get a bomb on board the airplane!

Nov 10 08:11

King Edward VII of Great Britain: Evil Demiurge of the Triple Entente and World War 1

The Triple Entente is the name given to the alliance among Great Britain, France, and Russia which was formed during the first decade of this century, and which led to the outbreak of the First World War. This Triple Entente was the personal creation of King Edward VII of Britain. The Triple Entente was King Edward’s own idea.

Nov 10 07:57

Britain cannot share all information on A321 crash in Egypt — foreign affairs secretary

British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Philip Hammond said Britain had shared everything it could and could not provide any further details due to obvious reasons

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Just take our word for it. We, who are not part of the actual investigation in Egypt, know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Metrojet was brought down by a terrorist bomb, and Russia should leave Syria and Iraq so we can invade and punish the terrorists in Syria and Iraq, even though the terror attack was in Egypt and it was Russia's plane. Really. Honest! No kidding!" -- Number 9 3/4

Nov 10 06:31

Harry Potter author JK Rowling's literary agent - one of the driving forces behind Culture for Coexistence (i.e. Coexistence with Israel and its illegal settlers)

Harry Potter fans “heartbroken” as author urges engagement with Israel

What the letter doesn’t make clear, however, is that one of the driving forces behind Culture for Coexistence is Neil Blair, JK Rowling’s literary agent.

Blair is also on the board of the UK branch of the Abraham Fund. That “coexistence” group is sponsored by Hapoalim, an Israeli bank that finances the construction of Jewish-only settlements in the occupied West Bank.

On 21 October, the UK Friends of the Abraham Fund announced as its new chairperson Alex Brummer, an editor and columnist at the rightwing British tabloid newspaper The Daily Mail, notable for its pro-Israel editorial stance and notorious for its racist and Islamophobic stereotypes.

Brummer is also a regular contributor to The Jewish Chronicle, a British newspaper with pronounced Zionist leanings.

Nov 09 20:02

Human Rights Act abolition would shield soldiers from abuse claims

Abolition of the Human Rights Act will grant military personnel greater protection from legal claims against them for violating human rights overseas, according to leaked proposals to replace the European legislation with a British Bill of Rights.

Nov 09 19:46

British protesters demand closure of detention center

Hundreds of people have staged a protest rally outside a notorious immigrant detention center in the United Kingdom, calling for its closure, Press TV reports.

Some 1,500 protesters gathered outside the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire on Saturday afternoon, demanding that the government close the facility down and release its detainees.

Nov 09 15:55

Tightening noose? British views on the death penalty 50yrs since abolition

Despite its abolition in Britain five decades ago, opinion remains divided over the ethics and viability of the death penalty.

Peter Anthony Allen and Gwynne Owen Evans were the last Britons to be executed, hanged in 1964 for the murder of John Alan West.

Nov 09 15:40

Britain lists Russia as major national security threat

Britain has listed Russia as one of its top-tier potential security threats alongside global terrorism and the Ebola virus.

UK’s security services published a draft of a new list of what they deem as possible threats to the country, the Express reported on Sunday.

Nov 09 15:30

Rapist asylum seeker facing deportation must be given taxpayers' cash to visit son... so his human rights aren't breached, judge rules

A foreign rapist who is facing deportation has been given taxpayers’ money so he can cross the country to see his baby son – even though he squanders cash smoking nearly two packets of cigarettes each day.

A judge ruled the failed asylum seeker is entitled to claim travel expenses – so his human rights are not breached.

The Iranian sex offender, who has already cost the public purse hundreds of thousands of pounds, argued that the Home Secretary’s refusal to pay up was ‘unjustifiable’.

Nov 09 15:16

Axman cometh: Osborne defies critics with fresh round of austerity

Chancellor George Osborne announced fresh spending cuts for several government departments on Monday in the wake of his embarrassing defeat in the House of Lords on tax credit cuts.

The environment, transport, local government and finance departments will have their day-to-day budgets, excluding capital expenditure, cut by an average 8 percent each year for the next four years, Osborne said.

Nov 09 14:50

Cyber-hackers break into parliamentary computer network, demand ransom from MP

Internet criminals have used a crypto-locker virus to break into the UK parliament’s computer network and demand ransom money from an MP, it has emerged.

In the first successful cyber-attack against parliament’s secure network, hackers compromised several computers and unearthed confidential documents relating to Labour Party’s Shadow Digital Minister Chi Onwurah and her employees.

Nov 09 12:59

British military ties with Gulf States to be strengthened in defense review

Britain’s strategic defense and security review will promote a strengthening of military ties with Gulf nations, it has emerged.

Defence Procurement Minister Philip Dunne visited Dubai on Sunday to promote British-made military wares, including the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft, made by BAE systems.

Nov 09 11:05

‘UK must quit fixation on past glories’

A new study has strongly criticized the British politicians of obsession with what it describes as “supposed past glories” and has called for a change in that mindset in order to enable the country to cooperate more with the world.

Nov 09 10:28

Looted Syrian artifacts appear in London antique markets

There’s been reports that ISIS has been looting ancient sites across Syria on an industrial scale.

Nov 09 10:27

Mission Creep Drags Britain Into Quagmire of Global Conflict

The escalation to world war appears to be in motion, just waiting for the first diplomatic row to explode into something considerably worse than fighting various hydra-like bandits in Syria. Countries are being slowly dragged into the continuing violence with ever greater weapons and destructive capabilities and vociferous verbal dogfights ever more frequent.

Nov 09 08:47

Russia to top UK govt’s new security threat list – media

Russia will be named as a top-tier potential threat when Prime Minister David Cameron announces the UK’s new National Security Strategy later in November, according to British media.

Nov 08 13:27

The Iraq war, Blair and the other sucker

Jamal Kanj argues that the Iraq war was not based on “wrong” intelligence, as war crimes suspect Tony Blair claims, but was cooked in Israel and sold by Israel’s pimps in the US and Britain.

Nov 08 10:09

Chilcot inquiry delay an 'insult' to families

Falklands veteran Simon Weston has described the much-delayed Iraq war inquiry as "an insult to the memories of every single person that died".

Sir John Chilcot is due to publish his report in June or July 2016 after beginning it in 2009.

Mr Weston, from Nelson, Caerphilly county, was badly injured during the Falklands campaign.

He said: "The Chilcot inquiry has been one of the worst episodes of political interference for any inquiry."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What are they going to say? "Yes, we lied to you to trick you into a war of conquest!" We all know they did, but once they admit it, the British people will be wondering if that huge block of wood in the Tower is still usable!

Nov 07 15:38

Look who’s in charge of UK government cyber security

Stuart Littlewood examines implications for UK security of the appointment of Matthew Gould, a self-declared “passionate Zionist” who is suspected of plotting with Israel stooges Liam Fox and Adam Werritty to start a war against Iran.

Nov 07 11:21

Human rights take a back seat as Britain boosts trade

Promoting human rights abroad has become a lower priority for Britain as it seeks to boost trade, campaigners have complained, following visits by the leaders of China, Egypt and Kazakhstan in recent days. Last month the British government was forced to abandon a prisons training deal with Saudi Arabia after a public outcry over the Arab state’s punishments of flogging and execution for crimes including pro-democracy activism.

“The U.K. prides itself, or has prided itself, on its championing of human rights globally and holds itself up as a protector of the rule of law,” said Karla McLaren from rights watchdog Amnesty International.

Failing to raise human rights concerns “undermines that reputation,” she added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Money nearly always trumps human rights, not only in the UK, but also all over the world, sadly.

Nov 07 10:00

British MPs to Debate a No-Confidence Vote in UK Prime Minister Cameron

British MPs will come together to debate a no confidence vote in Prime Minister David Cameron after an online petition, accusing him of causing "devastation for the poorest in society for the last 5 years," reached enough public support to trigger a discussion.

Nov 06 23:25

Putin Tells Everyone Exactly Who Created ISIS

American people rarely listen to Putin’s speeches. Few opportunities to do so unless they go looking for it; They just assume their media is right and Putin‘s a “brutal dictator” who’s “trying to re-establish the Soviet empire”, end of story.

In western media Putin could soon find himself painted as the new combination Hitler/Stalin in a looming WWIII—another so-called “just war” which US will be “morally compelled to fight”, to “save the world from tyranny”. Christian dominionists will be calling it Armageddon—the final battle between Good and Evil before the return of the King!

Nov 06 23:21

Syria – Vienna-Geneva Peace Talks, an exploded Russian Airliner – and NATO-Trident Juncture

Why a foreign imposed transition? Transition seems to become a propaganda indoctrinated fait accompli.

Washington has been quite successful in its wicked embrace of Syria over the last few weeks. Just imagine, Kerry, in a propaganda-painted gesture of goodwill, forges the Vienna Peace Conference, this past Friday, 30 October. The results are inconclusive, but on to more talks in Geneva; no longer ‘Assad must go’, but rather the concession that “Assad is going to be part of any transitional governing body.” – Why a foreign imposed transition? Transition seems to become a propaganda indoctrinated fait accompli.

Nov 06 23:18

Why British Haste on Plane Bomb Theory?

Cameron and Obama are evidently being fed intelligence assessments of a bomb being stowed in the airplane's hold by terrorists.

British officials have made an unseemly leap to speculate on a terrorist plot in the Russian airliner crash over Sinai last weekend.

And Russia has understandably reacted furiously to the speculation, saying that it is too early to make such an assessment when crash investigators have not even compiled, let alone evaluated, evidence.

American officials, including President Barack Obama, are also now echoing the British claims of a bomb on the plane. The question is: why the haste?

Nov 06 20:56

NATO Invades Spain

The notion that the Pentagon would dare declare its own no-fly zone over northern Syria to protect a gaggle of “moderate rebels” from Russian and Syrian Arab Army (SAA) bombing is preposterous.

Fresh from its thunderous humiliation by the Taliban; its “liberation” of Libya for the benefit of militia hell; and while Russia was bombing the hell out of a Salafi-jihadi/”moderate rebel” constellation in Syria, NATO – in search for a “360-degree” response to Russia – resorted to invading… Spain.

Nov 06 16:04

BBC wants to charge for shows Licence Fee payers have already funded

The BBC has faced outcry from Licence Fee payers as they plan to charge a second time for television programs that have already been funded, it emerged today.

Nov 06 15:22

Cliff Richard questioned by police for a second time in connection with child abuse

For a second time British entertainer Cliff Richard has been questioned by police for alleged child sex abuse crimes.

Nov 06 04:52

UK's internet spy law: How £250m costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

The Home Office has revealed some of the costs associated with its proposed Investigatory Powers law – but the final price tag could arguably run into billions of pounds.

At present, Secretary of State Theresa May's department has estimated a price tag of £247m over a 10-year-period to cover the costs of communications data and oversight.

Government estimates for previous abandoned bids to legislate for greater surveillance of Brits' online activity were far higher. For example, Labour's Interception Modernisation Programme carried a £2bn price tag, while May's Communications Data Bill would have lifted an estimated £1.8bn from the public purse.

However, the current £247m does not take into account the potential costs for interception of bulk personal data and hacking into computer systems. Costs associated with those "policy provisions" are marked as "N/K" – not known.

Nov 05 19:48

UK cancelled Sharm flights 'to put pressure on Moscow over Syria air strikes'

A senior Russian politician has accused the UK of suspending flights to Egypt to pressurise Russia over its Syria policy. The claims come after US and UK officials claimed the plane could have been brought down by a terrorist bomb.

Konstantin Kosachyov, who is chairman of the foreign committee in Russia's upper house of parliament, said that the decision was made to "put pressure" on Russia over its air campaign against rebel groups in Syria.

Nov 05 19:27

‘Listening In’: New surveillance bill to give more power to UK authorities

A controversial new surveillance bill has been proposed in the UK parliament. It would grant government agencies more access to data.

Nov 05 18:23

Chaos in London as Million Mask March marred by scenes of violence

A police car was set alight and its windscreen smashed near Green Park as thousands of anti-capitalist campaigners flowed past the capital's landmarks wearing the trademark Guido masks synonymous with the Anonymous hacking group.

What started off as a peaceful protest descended into violence as activists clashed with officers.

Some protesters were treated for bloody injuries and were given first aid at the scene.

There was a sudden surge of activity about half an hour into the event, as several people at the front broke off and ran towards the Churchill War Rooms.

Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace, a long way from the agreed route.

Nov 05 17:20

Sharm el-Sheikh flights shutdown triggered when British spies uncovered Isil bomb plot after Russian air crash

Britain’s decision to suspend flights on Wednesday sparked a diplomatic row with Egypt and Russia who attacked the UK for not sharing intelligence and taking a “premature and unwarranted” decision.

Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said that the intelligence that prompted the UK action was not being shared widely with other countries.

"Some intelligence we can share, some we cannot," he said.

Why is the UK government aggressively pursuing the line that the plane was brought down by a bomb? See next article...

Nov 05 17:09

Russian plane crash could strengthen case for British bombings of Isil in Syria, says Michael Fallon

The case for Britain bombing Isil targets in Syria would be strengthened if terrorists were found to have bombed a Russian holiday jet over Egypt, the Defence Secretary said.

Winston Churchill: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”

Nov 05 16:24

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal has Affected UK Car Sales

The Volkswagen emissions scandal has already started to affect UK car sales that are on its way down.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) recently released a new data that shows the sales of cars in the UK. For October this year, there was a sudden drop by 1.1% which happened for the first time in 43 months of continuous sale success. There were a total of 177,664 new cars legally registered.

Newly-bought car registrations in the UK have been in a smooth flow for the past few years until this sudden October sale drop happen. They even noted a growth of sale every month for over 3 and half years.

Nov 05 15:43

Million Mask March: Police car set alight at anti-capitalist demo

A police car has been set on fire as anti-capitalist protesters clashed with officers during a rally in London.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The protests are not anti-capitalist. They are anti-fascist.

Nov 05 15:31

Forgotten Lesbos? British activists highlight worsening refugee crisis on Greek island

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joined campaigners at a “Refugees Welcome Here” rally in London on Wednesday. The protest came as the mayor of Lesbos claims the Greek island has run out of room to bury refugees’ bodies.

Corbyn joined the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development Diane Abbott and hundreds of activists to rally in support of refugees.

Nov 05 15:31

Prepping for "Hybrid War" with Russia: NATO Holds Biggest Military Exercise in 13 Years

Ya know, due to all the supposed "Russian aggression" and what not...

Interestingly, they focused in part on cyber warfare, such as propaganda, and the use of online trolls to spread disinfo.

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Nov 05 13:20

Snowden condemns Britain’s new surveillance bill

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has voiced his opposition to the Investigatory Powers Bill, which was unveiled Wednesday by the British government, saying ministers are “taking notes on how to defend the indefensible.”

His remarks come as Home Secretary Theresa May has admitted that UK spy agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ secretly collected communications data for decades to protect “national security.”

Nov 05 13:13

British Reality TV Star Is Facing Jail Time for Making a Nasty Comment on Facebook

While hardly anyone (except jerks like Richard Dawkins) would likely agree with Presgrave's nasty sentiments, the idea that posting a snotty, awful comment like that on Facebook for attention automatically equals someone getting snitched on to police, having personal property seized and searched, and being charged with a crime that could end in six months of jail time is... kind of insane, is it not?

And it's a slippery slope for sure.

Not only is free speech being thrown out the window these days, but can you imagine a society where any time you say something offensive online, someone can call the cops on you and have you possibly thrown in jail for it?

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Nov 05 12:55

Police criticized for hostile behavior during student demo in London

The British police have come under harsh criticism for their hostile behavior during Wednesday’s student protest against the government’s plans to cut education grants.

Nov 05 11:26

Airlines told to restart UK-bound flights from Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday

Britain’s Department of Transport (DoT) has told airlines to restart homebound flights from Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday, after Downing Street cancelled all planes leaving the Egyptian resort on Wednesday night amid security fears.

Nov 05 11:02

Sisi UK visit: London police arrest Egyptian president opponents outside Downing Street

Police physically removed protesters who were demonstrating against the visit of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Downing Street. Rival groups of demonstrators shouted slogans, with banners from supporters lauding the Egyptian president for fighting terrorism, while opponents who accuse him of murdering and illegally detaining hundreds of political opponents shouted for him to step down, and denounced him as a murderer.

Nov 05 10:31

Police plan Westminster lockdown ahead of ‘Million Mask March’

Thousands of extra police officers and rigid public order rules will be brought into Westminster on Thursday night over fears the London leg of the global “Million Mask March” against austerity and state surveillance could spill over into civil unrest.

Nov 05 09:47

U.K. Government Proposes More, Not Less, Electronic Snooping

The government will also create a new “regime” that will be granted authority to “interfere” with “electronic equipment” — basically to hack into devices and insert malware in order to covertly access information about the device or the user during an investigation of “serious crimes.”

Currently, the secretary of state approves the technique for intelligence or military agencies, while a chief police officer or “chief constable” authorizes a request made by law enforcement to hack. With the new bill, a judicial commissioner would also have to approve.

The U.S. government, including the FBI, also uses malware to access suspects’ devices, but the practice is much more secretive and unclear. Most warrants granted to law enforcement agencies to hack are sealed, making it hard to determine how often it happens.

Nov 05 09:43

Charges Dropped Against #KillAllWhiteMen Tweeter Bahar Mustafa

British police have dropped all charges against Bahar Mustafa, 28, the student welfare and diversity officer arrested last month for tweets that included the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen.

Mustafa, who works for the independent Student Union at London's Goldsmiths' University, was due to appear in court on November 5. But in a recent letter to Mustafa, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) stated that it had decided to drop the charges "because there is not enough evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction." . . .

. . . Mustafa has stated that her tweets were "not professional," but that #KillAllWhiteMen and similar sentiments are merely "in-jokes and ways that many people in the queer feminist community express ourselves." Though it's clear within their context that Mutafa was not literally calling for the genocide of white men, that didn't stop someone from reporting Mustafa to the London Metropolitan Police Service for racially-motivated malicious communication.

Nov 05 09:40

UK government to legalise universal state surveillance

Conservative home secretary Theresa May introduced before Parliament the government’s proposed Investigatory Powers Bill yesterday. The 299-page draft Bill is a fundamental assault on democratic rights and civil liberties.

Nov 05 09:08

Hog roasted! Lewes bonfire to burn effigy of Cameron with a pig’s head

Just when Prime Minister David Cameron thought the laughter and ridicule of the #PigGate scandal had smoldered out, the people of Lewes decided to mark Guy Fawkes night by burning an effigy of the Tory leader – naked with a pig’s head in his lap.

Nov 05 08:42

UK: ISIL terrorists possibly behind Russian passenger plane crash

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says there is a “significant possibility” that ISIL terrorists brought down the Russian passenger jetliner last Saturday.

Nov 05 08:36

UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

A secret database of citizens' personal lives and habits isn't explicitly spelled out in the UK's latest surveillance law. No, instead, it's described as a set of "request filters."

The term is buried in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB), which was introduced to Parliament on Wednesday. Turn to page 254 of the 299-page document [PDF], and you'll find it under "Clause 51: Filtering arrangements for obtaining data."

Such arrangements, the proposed law states, will be implemented by the Secretary of State, and no mention is made of any judicial oversight.

The request filters are ways in which the authorities can, without a court warrant, search for and organize information on citizens from their "internet connection records," which are held for 12 months, presumably stored by the ISPs

Nov 05 08:26

TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500

TalkTalk is trying and failing to mend its broken customer relationships following the recent mega breach, in one case offering an individual who had £3,500 stolen from his personal bank account £30.20 as a “good will gesture [and] final settlement” by way of compensation when he tried to get out of his contract.

Nov 05 08:19

Ex-deputy director of MI6 is named by MP as 'key' figure who 'manipulated' Westminster VIP paedophile ring

A former deputy director of MI6 is 'key' to allegations surrounding a VIP paedophile ring in Westminster, an MP has claimed.

Labour MP John Mann said the late George Kennedy Young, known as GK Young, was involved in 'dubious' political activity, including establishing a 'private army'.

He added Mr Young, who later became involved in right wing politics, was a 'manipulator' who controlled groups of people within which there were paedophile rings in the 1970s or 1980s.

Mr Mann, MP for Bassetlaw, claimed he had been handed a copy of the dossier of evidence that was given by Conservative MP Geoffrey Dickens to then Home Secretary Leon Brittan in 1984.

Nov 05 08:07

Funding crisis, staff shortages leave NHS among world’s worse health services – OECD

Healthcare in the UK is among the worst in the developed world, a new report has concluded, with underequipped and short-staffed hospitals leading to unnecessary deaths across the country.

The report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that the National Health Service (NHS) has a disastrous record of preventing illnesses, with the organization’s deputy director calling the healthcare provider “outstandingly poor.”

Nov 05 08:05

Russia complains about lack of Egypt crash information from Britain

The Russian foreign ministry complained about Britain's failure to hand over information about Saturday's deadly plane crash in Egypt, after London said there was a significant possibility that Islamists had planted a bomb onboard.

"The British government has not given us any information about the plane crash," Maria Zakharova, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, told reporters, according to the TASS news agency.

"If they have information and they are not presenting it that is shocking," she added, saying it was surprising that the representative of a foreign government rather than experts were putting forward theories about the plane's fate.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So far, the claims that there was a bomb on board are admitted to be based on "timing", supposedly intercepted chatter, and the videos (some of which are obviously fake) claiming ISIS shot down the plane. Russia asks for Britain's proof there was a bomb and is refused! Both Egypt and Russia are saying the plane suffered a mechanical failure, yet the west is pushing this terror theme as hard as they can. One is left wondering if some false-flag attacks on airplanes are being planned and someone decided to seize in a genuine accident to "pre-sell" that false-flag.

Nov 04 15:53

Second Investigation Launched By UN Over Britain’s Treatment Of The Poor

The United Kingdom became the first country to face a high-level inquiry by the United Nations committee responsible for oversight of disability rights into charges of “grave or systemic violations” of disabled people’s rights – an investigation which provoked “fury” among Tory MPs.

Nov 04 14:53

Tories ignore body count of the DWP victims they have killed

It has emerged that the Conservative Government have refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request that would expose the death rate of people found ‘fit for work’ by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Nov 04 14:17

Justice for sale as G4S prepare to take over police control rooms

British police forces are looking at the possibility of outsourcing the management of 999 emergency calls to the controversial G4S private security firm, as a way to save money.

Nov 04 11:59

BEX ALERT - UK suspends Sinai flights, says Russian jet may have been brought down by explosive device

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Egypt is saying mechanical failure. Russia is saying Mechanical failure. The flight data recorder indicates an explosion in the engine as the cause. No traces of explosive residue have been found on the aircraft or the bodies. The only people screaming "terrorist" are Metrojet, which is trying to avoid liability and negligence lawsuits, and the western press, which is desperate to resell ISIS as an enemy to offset recent revelations that ISIS works for the US Government!

Nov 04 11:56

All flights from Sharm El Sheikh to the UK is delayed because of suspicions that the cause of the crash of the Russian airliner in the Sinai Peninsula has become "an explosive device"

This was reported in the office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron.

Nov 04 11:06

Flashback: Winter blackout fear as reserves run low: Osborne's green taxes blamed for power supplies falling to danger level

Britain's power generation capacity is dangerously low and the country risks blackouts for the first time in a generation, with experts warning the problem is a consequence of the drive to a low carbon economy.

Figures out this week are expected to show spare capacity in Britain’s electricity generators will be perilously close to zero this winter and could fall even further, leaving Britain without enough power by the winter of 2016-17.

Nov 04 11:05

National Grid in urgent call for companies to reduce electricity usage

National Grid has for the first time used “last resort” emergency powers to tell companies to reduce their electricity usage, in an effort to avoid the risk of blackouts.

It asked firms to reduce their power demand immediately, issuing a so-called “demand-side balancing reserve” (DSBR) notice to companies that have signed a contract to say they will take part in the demand reduction scheme.

A spokesman said this measure had never been used before, while the grid has previously said it would “only be used as a last resort, after all other actions available in the market have been exhausted”.

Earlier on Wednesday, National Grid issued an urgent request for energy companies to make more power available after multiple breakdowns at UK power stations.

Nov 04 10:46

UK Prepares to Welcome Another Brutal Dictator

In spite of human rights organisations’ widespread condemnation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Britain is preparing to show support for his dictatorship by rolling out the red carpet for the coup leader later this week.

Nov 04 09:31

'UK surveillance is worse than 1984' says UN privacy chief

The UN's newly appointed special rapporteur on privacy, Joseph Cannataci, has described digital surveillance in the UK as "worse" than anything imagined in George Orwell's totalitarian dystopia 1984.

Speaking to the Guardian, Cannataci -- who doesn't own a Facebook account or use Twitter -- lambasted the oversight of British digital surveillance as "a rather bad joke at its citizens' expense".

Warning against the steady erosion of privacy and increasing levels of government intrusion, he also drew sinister parallels with Orwell's vision of a mass-surveilled society, adding that today's reality was far worse than the fiction: "At least Winston [a character in Orwell's 1984] was able to go out in the countryside and go under a tree and expect there wouldn't be any screen, as it was called. Whereas today there are many parts of the English countryside where there are more cameras than George Orwell could ever have imagined."

Nov 04 09:26

Theresa May unveils UK surveillance measures in wake of Snowden claims

New surveillance powers will be given to the police and security services, allowing them to access records tracking every UK citizen’s use of the internet without any judicial check, under the provisions of the draft investigatory powers bill unveiled by Theresa May.

It includes new powers requiring internet and phone companies to keep “internet connection records” – tracking every website visited but not every page – for a maximum of 12 months but will not require a warrant for the police, security services or other bodies to access the data. Local authorities will be banned from accessing internet records.

Nov 04 09:17

Credit card providers 'ignoring strugglers because of the profits': Watchdog says a fifth of customers are floundering with repayments but providers are failing to help

Banks and credit card companies have been accused of failing to help millions of people struggling to pay off debts.

The City watchdog said nearly a fifth of all credit card customers – just under six million people – were floundering when it came to repayments.

But it suggested that card providers are deliberately failing to help to those struggling to pay the minimum required each month because they were the most ‘profitable’ customers.

Nov 04 09:01

'They don't expect their presents around the tree in f***ing November, do they?' Angry dad unleashes epic foul-mouthed tirade on Christmas decorations going up early

He says: 'Why? F****ing tell me why? You haven't had Halloween or f***ing bonfire night, yet you're celebrating the birth of Christ in f****ing October.'

He continues: 'You walk past people's houses and they have got them inflatable f***ing fat f***ing Father Christmas's climbing up the roof and f***ing Rudolph the red-nosed **** hanging on their door knocker.

'You don't cook your f***ing turkey in f***ing November. You don't put that in the oven do you?'

Nov 04 08:52

Police threaten to turn speed cameras back on to raise money and plug government funding shortfalls but WON'T investigate shoplifting, vehicle crime or vandalism

Police have today been accused of giving a 'green light' to criminals after several forces admitted they have given up investigating some crimes.

Thieves who drive off without paying for petrol, walk out of restaurants before the bill or steal from shops are escaping justice because police claim they can no longer afford to pursue them.

And in a direct threat to motorists one police chief has pledged to 'max out' speed cameras along the M1 to fine every driver over 70mph because it could raise an extra £1million a year.

Nov 04 07:55

Second Investigation Launched By UN Over Britain’s Treatment Of The Poor

The United Kingdom became the first country to face a high-level inquiry by the United Nations committee responsible for oversight of disability rights into charges of “grave or systemic violations” of disabled people’s rights – an investigation which provoked “fury” among Tory MPs. The committee has the power to launch an inquiry if it receives “reliable information” that such violations have been committed by a country signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its optional protocol. Which it did. This is one investigation focusing on one set of reports of probable abuse by government of its citizens.

Nov 04 07:53

Hamas says Britain must apologize for Balfour Declaration carving up Palestine

Palestinian political Islamists Hamas have demanded Britain apologize for agreeing to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine in 1917, a move experts say had “profound and pervasive” consequences for those who lived there.

Hamas released its statement Monday to coincide with the 98th anniversary of the declaration. It claimed the 1917 agreement between then British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour and influential Jewish community leader Baron Walter Rothschild is now null and void.

Nov 03 14:12

Shaker Aamer should be denied Gitmo compensation – Tory MPs

Former Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer should not be given compensation for his 13-year imprisonment without charge by US authorities because he “freely chose” to live in Afghanistan, a Tory MP claims.

Nov 03 14:00

Syrian IMMIGRANTS run RIOT on CYPRUS UK Military Base!

Footage has emerged showing a series of disturbances by migrants who want to leave a UK military base in Cyprus.

It shows a tent on fire, people trying to climb fences and one person shouting "We are people, not animals".

The group landed at RAF Akrotiri last month and have been at a temporary camp elsewhere while their asylum applications are processed by Cyprus.

The Ministry of Defence says the 100 migrants - mostly Syrians - are being given three meals a day and shelter.

Nov 03 13:47

Osborne calls for changes to membership in EU

British Chancellor George Osborne has called for drastic changes to Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Nov 03 11:33

Calais Now So Dangerous British Truck Drivers Are Choosing Tasers To Thwart Violent Migrant Attacks

Illegals attempting to enter Britain by France’s port of Calais are resorting to violence to break their way into trucks, forcing drivers to take radical steps to defend themselves.

Nov 03 09:59

The damning truth about foreign aid: British millions meant for Syrian refugees are squandered by the UN on administration and staff costs

Up to half of British taxpayers’ cash meant for Syrian refugees has been wasted on United Nations red tape.

Instead of providing food, medicine and shelter in camps, much of our aid money is going on administration, overheads and staff costs.

And a UK official in the region told investigators the UN relief effort was ‘at best mediocre’.

Nov 03 09:38

Hi, um, hello, US tech giants. Mind, um, mind adding backdoors to that crypto? – UK govt

The UK government is apparently going to ask Apple, Google, and other American tech giants to give it the skeleton keys to their encryption systems.

Based on our experience here in the US, the response is going to be a firm: "Fsck off."

Nov 02 17:40

Corbyn faces first leadership test at ballot box

Jeremy Corbyn will soon fight his first by-election battle in the Oldham constituency as Labour leader, a contest triggered by the death of left-wing ally Michael Meacher MP. The candidate selection process has already provoked tension.

Nov 02 15:15

Blairite MP Tells Cambridge Students: As 'Top One Percent' You Must Rebel Against Corbyn Leadership

Students at the United Kingdom's prestigious Cambridge University on Monday were told that as "the top one percent," they must rebel against the progressive policies of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and take back the party.

The comments were delivered by Labour Party MP Tristram Hunt, who formerly served as the shadow education secretary until resigning in the wake of Corbyn's electoral victory.

Nov 02 14:46

UK Government fears encryption so much it will become illegal

We’ve known for decades that the British Government wants your data, but now under the guise of protection from ‘terrorists, paedophiles and criminals’, the Investigatory Powers Bill will ban technology companies from providing end-to-end encryption services.

Nov 02 13:40

100,000 British children will be homeless this Christmas – study

More than 100,000 vulnerable children in Britain will wake up homeless on Christmas Day, a leading charity has revealed.

The report by homelessness charity Shelter found the number of children who will be homeless on Christmas morning has risen by more than 15,000 on last year. This is equivalent to four youngsters in every UK school.

Nov 02 12:38

Rights involved in UK snoop decision

Following reports that the British government has abandoned a citizen snooping program, speculations are emerging as to what has motivated Prime Minister David Cameron to adopt the decision. Ian Williams, a senior analyst from the London-based Foreign Policy in Focus, has told Press TV that Cameron was compelled to shelf the controversial plan due to European laws.

Nov 02 08:58

Construction begins in Bahrain of British army base

Construction work has begun in Bahrain to build Britain's first permanent military base in the Middle East since 1971, amid security threats in the region, Bahrain's state media reported Sunday.

"The ground-breaking ceremony for the establishment of the marine facilities headquarters in the kingdom of Bahrain" was launched on Saturday, the official BNA news agency.

The ceremony was attended by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa, it said.

Hammond tweeted on Saturday that "work starts today on new base at Mina Salman ," and said the new base "is a symbol of UK's enduring commitment to Gulf security".

The new base is part of a deal reached last year between the two countries to increase cooperation in tackling security threats in the Middle East.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am appalled and chagrined that the UK would do this.

Bahrain is known world wide as having one of the absolutely worst, and most brutal, human rights records in the Middle East.

Peaceful protests from the Shiite majority in the country for changes in the governmental system have been met with teargas, torture, and the torture of first responders providing emergency care to those hurt by government forces.

British Foreign Secretary Hammond, apparently, I need to remind you that England gave the world the great example of the Magna Carta; those 40 barons who wrote this must be turning in their graves, at warp speed, to think that the UK would find the only hospitable "home" for British Navy operations in one of the most human-rights- averse countries in the region.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable." Secretary Hammond, it doesn't take a genius to see that Bahrain is on the tipping point here, unless, and until, some fundamental changes are made.

And if the UK comes down on the side of the Bahraini government, when more unrest comes to this country, it will be as hated and reviled as was the British presence in China during the Opium Wars.

Please, in your and the British Military's consideration about the scope of services you intend to provide to the Bahraini government, do keep this in mind.

Nov 02 08:30

Silent Base: British Duct Tape Is Golden in Bahrain

To the dismay of human rights campaigners, the British government has started the construction work on a controversial naval base in the tiny Persian Gulf state, where human rights abuses, arbitrary arrests, crackdowns on protests, torture and political prisoners are unabated. No doubt the base, which is mainly funded by the Al Khalifah regime, is a reward for British silence over the rights violations in Bahrain, which is home of the US Fifth Fleet. What’s cynical is that the base will be named after a previous naval base the UK maintained in the country during the colonial times: HMS Juffair. It is yet another brazen gesture by the British government to celebrate a legacy of repression and colonialism that it should properly be ashamed by...

Nov 01 10:28

Culture and conflict resolution: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Lawrence Davidson argues that the belief – advocated by the newly-founded British body Culture for Coexistence – that cultural interaction ought to promote Palestinian-Israeli peace is unfounded and camouflages Israel’s policies of oppression and ethnic cleansing.

Oct 31 12:51

No-Guerra No-NATO Peace Conference in Rome

A Tribute to the “No-Guerra No-NATO” and pro-Peace Demonstration in Rome on Monday 26 October 2015

We, the people of Europe have to stand up against NATO. We must not let go.

As we know by now, the Soviet threat was a farce the western people – mostly the people of the US and Europe – were made to believe by a massive and continuous propaganda campaign, a western propaganda of lies – not unlike today’s anti-Russia, anti-China supra-multi-billion dollars Zionist-Anglo-Saxon media misinformation.

Oct 31 12:47

US sponsored ISIS Burning

Russia is putting on a display of fire power in Syria that is shocking the world and embarrassing the Obama administration.

“The tide of the conflict in Syria seems to be turning fast because the Russians have stepped in… The militants are in total panic. 600 militants have abandoned their positions… The Russian Airforce has been bombing the living daylights out of ISIS…”

Oct 31 12:44

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 31 09:26

The 'White Feather Girls': women's militarism in the UK

The suffrage movement was split by the Great War. Most often remembered are the pacifists. But the militant history of feminist war supporters in Britain, and the audacity of the 'White Feather Girls' who shamed young men into enlisting, must also be remembered in this centenary year

(Note: Not mentioned in article, but knowing what we know now about the real "Greater Israel" objectives of World War I per "The Balfour Declaration", one must ask if these "White Feather" women were working under the direction of Jewish Power much like the "FEMEN" are in Russia today)

Oct 31 08:52

Belated admission of a war crime: When would “misrepresenting the truth" actually be called an outright lie?

“Dr Blix told me that Tony Blair’s claims about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction were simply not an accurate reflection of the intelligence provided to the British government.
"The big difference in the British dossier,” Dr Blix told me, “was that they simply asserted that these items are there. But when Mr Blair asserts that there were weapons, well that's an assertion and it was not supported by evidence. Both the UK and the US replaced question marks by exclamation marks. I certainly think it was a misrepresentation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Truth is like virginity. It either is or is not, and euphemisms do not change that!

Oct 30 22:20

Scotland set for ‘worst winter in 50 years’

Transport minister Derek Mackay has confirmed he is preparing for the worst amid predictions of the coldest winter for 50 years.

There will be a record 205 snowploughs and salt spreaders available following the acquisition of 57 new gritters and a “healthy supply” of salt, he told MSPs.

Offenders may also be ordered to clear snow and help keep communities moving, he said.

Oct 30 18:15

Scotland set for ‘worst winter in 50 years’

Transport minister Derek Mackay has confirmed he is preparing for the worst amid predictions of the coldest winter for 50 years.

There will be a record 205 snowploughs and salt spreaders available following the acquisition of 57 new gritters and a “healthy supply” of salt, he told MSPs.

Offenders may also be ordered to clear snow and help keep communities moving, he said.

Oct 30 15:37

Britain: Government’s general practitioner surgeries plan paves way for further privatisation

The Conservative government is pushing ahead with plans to keep general practitioner (GP) surgeries open seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The proposals are part of a new GP contract the government wants to bring in by April 2017 to replace the Labour government’s 2004 contract.

Oct 30 15:18

British authorities demand to snoop on citizen’s internet surfing history

The British Government and security services plan to dramatically increase their investigatory powers, in an attempt to revive the Draft Communications Data Bill, resulting in a deepening of the surveillance state.

Oct 30 14:57

“UK arms sales contribute to corruption”

A newly-conducted study has found that the vast amounts of arms sold with minimal oversight to Middle Eastern and North African states by the UK and other western nations have increased corruption, spread extremism and destabilized the region.

Oct 30 14:18

Britain: Government’s general practitioner surgeries plan paves way for further privatisation

The Conservative government is pushing ahead with plans to keep general practitioner (GP) surgeries open seven days a week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

The proposals are part of a new GP contract the government wants to bring in by April 2017 to replace the Labour government’s 2004 contract.

Oct 30 13:27

Politics Extension of US-led War on Syria

If Washington and its allies were sincere about a political resolution to the conflict then why don’t they reaffirm their commitment to the Geneva Communique?

Russia’s military intervention in Syria is proving a decisive turning point in stabilizing the government of Bashar al-Assad, while racking up serious defeats against the sundry extremist mercenary groups. That is the assessment of US top military officer General Joseph F Dunford. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week:

«The balance of forces right now are in Assad’s advantage».

Oct 30 13:25

The Empire of Chaos is in a Jam

The no-fly zone in Syria already exists. It is run by Russia and Washington is unable to jam it.

NATO is desperate. The Pentagon is desperate. Imagine waking up one day in Washington and Brussels just to realize Russia has the ability to electronically jam — detect, trace, disable, destroy — NATO electronics within a 600 km range across Syria (and southern Turkey).

Imagine the nightmare of row after row of Russian Richag-AV radar and sonar jamming systems mounted on helicopters and ships jamming everything in sight and finding every available source of electromagnetic radiation. Not only in Syria but also in Ukraine.

Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander of U.S. Army units in Europe, was even forced to qualify Russian electronic warfare capabilities in Ukraine as “eye-watering.”

Oct 30 10:02

Alarm as GM crops planted by mistake: Oilseed rape fields to be destroyed after they were contaminated with seed from France

Genetically modified oilseed rape plants and seed are to be destroyed after they were found to be among batches reportedly imported from France.

The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) made the recall announcement after their GM Inspectorate confirmed the unintended presence of GM seed in a batch of imported conventional oilseed rape seed.

The fiasco meant that seed had been sown in a number of small and unidentified experimental sites in both England and Scotland.

Oct 30 09:59

BBC's Yentob spent £1,500 on taxis

Controversial BBC creative director Alan Yentob spent nearly £1,500 of public money on taxis, his latest expense claims show.

The £330,000-a-year executive – who is currently embroiled in the Kids Company scandal as the charity’s chairman – is already under fire for amassing £85,000 in expenses since April 2009.

Oct 30 09:19

Back in Britain after 14 years in Guantanamo without charge: Shaker Aamer flies into Kent airport… and will now meet the son he has never seen

The last British prisoner in Guantanamo Bay has landed back in the UK after finally being released from the notorious jail.

Shaker Aamer arrived on a chartered private jet paid for by the British government, split 50-50 between the Foreign Office and the Home Office.

It is believed he was taken from Biggin Hill airport by a private ambulance service to undergo a health check-up before returning to his home in Battersea, south London.

The father-of-four will soon be reunited with his wife Zin and children – one of whom, a boy named Faris, he has never met.

Oct 30 09:11

Police to be granted powers to view your internet history

Police are to get the power to view the web browsing history of everyone in the country.

Home Secretary Theresa May will announce the plans when she introduces the Government's new surveillance bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The Telegraph understands the new powers for the police will form part of the new bill.

It would make it a legal requirement for communications companies to retain all the web browsing history of customers for 12 months in case the spy agencies or police need to access them.

Oct 30 08:56

Horrifying moment father and toddler daughter were LOCKED inside Vauxhall Zafira as it filled with smoke - and carmaker admits it doesn't have enough parts to fix them all

A father and his three-year-old daughter were left trapped inside their car as it filled with smoke after it spontaneously set on fire.

Jason Williams, 40, held the toddler's hand as he tried to break through a window after flames melted the central locking system of their Vauxhall Zafira.

They only escaped when a passer-by forced open one of the doors after seeing them struggling.

Mr Williams, from Swansea, is among more than 130 motorists who have also seen their cars burst into flames in a spate of unexplained incidents which are being investigated by the manufacturer.

While Vauxhall has pledged to inspect its Zafira B models for free, the British carmaker today admitted it will soon run out of the car parts needed to replace potentially-faulty components.

Oct 30 08:20

University Fees In Britain Doubles Prostitution

The total number of prostitutes in the United Kingdom is not known and is difficult to assess, but authorities and NGOs estimated in 2009 that approximately 100,000 persons in the country were engaged in prostitution. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, prostitution contributed £5.3 billion to the UK economy in 2009.