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Jul 16 15:25

Thatcher made secrecy pact with Saudi king over ‘corrupt’ arms deal

Margaret Thatcher promised Saudi Arabia secrecy ahead of a £43 billion arms deal thought to have been blighted by corruption, newly-released documents reveal.

The papers uncover correspondence between Saudi and British public figures and officials involved in the Yamamah deal brokered during the mid-1980s. As part of this clandestine arrangement, now-deceased Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government wanted Saudi Arabia to purchase Tornado and Hawk jets.

Jul 16 15:15

Welfare cheat Prince Philip once again shows disdain for humanity

Why these people are given $ millions each year in tax payer money is beyond me...

Jul 16 14:35

Iran’s Long-Game Diplomatic Strategy

Iran has sought negotiations with the U.S. for two decades, but both Democratic and Republican administrations favored hostility demanded by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Now that Iran nuclear deal is completed, the attention of Western news media and political commentators is predictably focused overwhelmingly on the opposition to the agreement within the U.S. Congress and from Israel and the Saudi-led Sunni Arab coalition.

That media lens misses the real significance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which is that Iran succeeded in negotiating an agreement with the United States that upheld its national right to a nuclear program despite the obvious vast disparity in power between the two states. That power disparity between the global hegemon and a militarily weak but politically influential regional “middle power” has shaped not just the negotiating strategies of the two sides during the negotiations but, more importantly, how they came about in the first place.

Jul 16 14:31

Who’s Next for Berlin’s Financial Blitzkrieg?

The financial terms dictated to Athens over the latest so-called bailout is nothing less than the subjugation of a sovereign country to the dictate of German banks. The troubling question for several European states is: who’s next?

Jul 16 11:41

Official: Scale Of UK Child Abuse Is Epidemic

The scale of child abuse in Britain reaches far beyond what anyone consuming mainstream news had thought possible – including local authorities, a police report finally confirms.

Jul 16 11:12

WHY THE US FED GOV JUST CAN NOT SAY NO TO WAR

I urge anyone who reads this to watch the video above called All Wars Are Bankers Wars that will reinforce my stance and opinion into a more digestible understanding of the how and why and greed and inhumanity, as there is far more going on here than I can put into this already over lengthy op-ed and I will now explain why and how we keep the wars going and in doing so make a small cartel of banksters richer… for here is the crux of it all and HERE is an example of exactly how I understand what happens…

Jul 16 10:16

Netanyahu rebukes UK’s Hammond for ‘failure of diplomacy’ on Iran

PM hits back at visiting British foreign secretary, who on Wednesday claimed there was no deal that would have been ‘welcomed in Tel Aviv’

Jul 16 09:26

High street shops enjoy huge sale spike after thieves destroy Welsh town's parking meters

A Welsh town is enjoying a huge spike in sales after all four central parking meters were destroyed.

Retailers in Cardigan, a coastal town in Wales popular with tourists, have claimed profits spiked by as much as 50 per cent after thieves smashed the town’s four parking meters.

The local council’s struggle to find the £22,500 needed for repairs is being greeted with delight by local shoppers and retailers.

“It demonstrates what we’ve been saying for years: if you have lower parking fees, or even no fees, then people will come into town,” Martin Radley, current chairman of Cardigan Traders told the MailOnline.

Jul 16 09:24

Government lifts remaining restrictions on arms sales to Israel after year-long review

The Government has lifted any remaining restrictions on arms sales to Israel following a year-long review of 12 export licences for weaponry which it admitted may have been used in last year’s bombardment of Gaza.

Jul 16 09:11

Official: Scale Of UK Child Abuse Is Epidemic

The scale of child abuse in Britain reaches far beyond what anyone consuming mainstream news had thought possible – including local authorities, a police report finally confirms.

Jul 16 06:50

Over 270,000 meals binned in Lincolnshire hospitals, report claims

More than one in five hospital meals were left uneaten and thrown in the bin in Lincolnshire over the past 12 months, according to new figures.

Jul 16 04:39

The World Rebukes Netanyahu

In a rare rebuke to his bullying, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to stop the United States and five other world powers from reaching an agreement to constrain but not eliminate Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Netanyahu still is dominating how the U.S. public and congressional debate is being framed, with Iran accused of regional “aggression” in four countries.

There is little truth and much exaggeration to Netanyahu’s depiction of what is going on in the Middle East. Yet, the U.S. mainstream media mindlessly reprises Netanyahu’s falsehoods...

Netanyahu’s reference to “Iran’s aggression,” which is now becoming a conventional-wisdom talking point in Official Washington, was curious since Iran has not invaded another country for centuries. In 1980, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq – at the urging of Saudi Arabia – invaded Iran. But Iran has not invaded any of the four countries that Netanyahu cited.

Jul 16 04:34

US/Israeli/Saudi ‘Behavior’ Problems

There is a madness in how the mainstream U.S. media presents the world to the American people, a delusional perspective that arguably creates an existential threat to humanity’s survival. We have seen this pattern in the biased depiction of the Ukraine crisis and now in how Official Washington is framing the debate over the Iranian nuclear agreement.

In this American land of make-believe, Iran is assailed as the chief instigator of instability in the Middle East. Yet, any sane and informed person would dispute that assessment, noting the far greater contributions made by Israel, Saudi Arabia and, indeed, the United States.

The larger issue for the American people is what to do with this insane political-media system that dominates Official Washington. Either these powers-that-be are detached from reality or they are deceitful propagandists who think they can manipulate us with lies and distortions.

Jul 16 04:27

A Review of GAZA WRITES BACK — Gary Corseri

I have sometimes thought that if wars could be shown in slow-motion, we could put an end to this barbarism that gives the lie to all claims of “civilization” and “humanity.”

GAZA WRITES BACK is one of those very rare books that depicts war in slow motion.

The 23 stories here, written by 15 young authors (from late teens to early 30s, all but three female) were compiled to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of “Operation Cast Lead”—the name Israel gave to its 2008-2009 campaign to once more (but not finally) “mow the lawn” in Occupied Palestine—mostly, in this case, in Gaza.

It is a book that vivifies and personalizes the horrors, but also adumbrates the gnawing losses, the indelible memories.

Jul 15 18:24

Violence, self-harm rife in UK prisons amid continued govt cuts

Violence has reached new heights in prisons across England and Wales, as increasing numbers of jails are characterized by staff cuts, overcrowding and failed rehabilitation practices, Britain’s chief inspector of prisons warns.

Jul 15 12:39

13 holes in government & media account of 2005 London Bombings

Train the alleged bombers are supposed to have caught from Luton was cancelled that day

Benjamin Netanyahu who was in London that day and Israeli embassy had a warning before the 'surprise attack' bombings according to AP journalist Amy Tiebel and Israeli embassy spokesperson Dan Sheham

Jul 15 11:12

Israel prefers permanent standoff to any Iran deal, says U.K.'s foreign secretary

Philip Hammond slams Netanyahu's criticism of nuclear agreement hours before he heads to Israel, where he will discuss agreement with the prime minister.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel needs an "enemy" Iran to scare its own people into obedience, to extort more money from the US taxpayer, and to distract the world from Israel's own war crimes and nuclear arsenal.

Jul 15 10:18

Privacy rights group calls for ‘democratic control’ of UK spies

Civil liberties group Privacy International (PI) has criticized a controversial report on state surveillance, calling for improved regulatory oversight so spy agencies can be held to account.

Jul 15 09:35

‘Draconian’ new strike legislation could bankrupt Labour – union chiefs

Union bosses have accused the government of attempting to starve the Labour party of funds, as the Conservative Party unveils the biggest crackdown on trade union rights Britain has seen since 1985.

Jul 15 07:38

Households must fork out an extra £36million to keep the lights on this winter as the risk of blackouts increases after power stations are closed

Households face higher energy bills this winter as power chiefs have been forced to spend £36million protecting against the risk of winter blackouts.

So many power plants have closed recently that the grid will be dangerously close to full capacity during periods of peak demand in the winter months.

National Grid has announced that it is spending millions putting mothballed plants on standby, and will pay companies to shut down their factories when the grid is overloaded.

Without the new emergency measures, the grid would have had just 1.2 per cent of spare capacity during the coldest, darkest evenings in the coming winter.

The company said that if the country were hit with unusually cold weather, the network would risk becoming overloaded, leading to widespread blackouts.

Jul 14 15:45

Monstrous Vampires: Cameron And Friends About To Bleed The NHS Dry

With previous Conservative governments, as bad as they were, essential state services such as Health and Education weren’t privatised. How things now look set to change as David Cameron is setting the stage for the privatization of the National Health Service.

Jul 14 13:53

This Politician Is Attempting To Speak Out About Surveillance, But Will They Listen?

You know things are bad when the government’s own surveillance camera commissioner expresses concerns about the big brother society. We’re used to hearing reports about illegal NSA and GCHQ snooping, but this time body-worn cameras are in the spotlight, with fears that the public’s privacy and data protection may be compromised.

Jul 14 13:35

This politician is attempting to speak out about surveillance, but will they listen?

You know things are bad when the government's own surveillance camera commissioner expresses concerns about the big brother society. We're used to hearing reports about illegal NSA and GCHQ snooping, but this time body-worn cameras are in the spotlight, with fears that the public's privacy and data protection may be compromised.

Jul 14 11:09

Hillsborough victim said it was 'murder'

The inquest into the Hillsborough disaster heard today how one victim, Peter Burkett, 24, told a friend that it was 'murder' on the terraces.

Jul 14 09:24

NHS to stop 'over-medicating' people with learning disabilities

A report by Public Health England estimates that up to 35,000 adults with a learning disability are being prescribed an antipsychotic, an antidepressant or both without appropriate clinical justification.

Jul 13 19:50

British taxpayers will be liable for £1BILLION of emergency loans to Greece as European Commissioner tears up 'black and white' deal to protect UK from bailout bills

Chancellor George Osborne will today attempt to fight off a European bid to force the British public to contribute almost £1billion towards any bailout of Greece.

Sources close to Jean-Claude Juncker, the arch-federalist European Commission president, say he wants the UK to release the funds as part of emergency loans to the country.

But this would break an agreement made by David Cameron in 2010 that Britain would not have to pay, because it is not a member of the eurozone. Commission officials say this deal was nothing more than a ‘political’ accord with no legal force.

Jul 13 13:59

Government legislation puts more jobs at risk

Industry leaders have claimed that up to 3,150 construction workers could face unemployment if new Government legislation is introduced. The job cuts will predominantly affect small, privately owned UK businesses.

Jul 13 11:55

The MI5 Dossier That Could Obliterate The Establishment Paedophile Network

There can be little doubt that there have been serious cover-ups over VIP child sex abuse over the years. Now the Government should be allowed complete access to all of MI5’s secret files which will reveal the names of those responsible, says MP Tom Watson, who, three years ago, was the first to raise these allegations in the House of Commons.

Jul 13 10:22

‘Orwellian’: Tory move to criminalize dissent strategic & unjust, say union chiefs

Britain’s biggest union has passed a motion allowing its members to hold illegal protests in a pre-emptive strike against government plans to restrict lawful industrial action.

Unite, which has 1.5 million members in the UK, removed a clause from its rule book stipulating protests can only take place “so far as may be lawful” during a rules conference last week.

Jul 10 18:48

iMessage, WhatsApp and Snapchat could be banned in UK in the coming weeks because the messages cannot be decoded by the government.

WhatsApp could soon be banned in the UK, owing to the strict laws on social media and online messaging services.
According to Express.co.uk, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is now looking at new legislation that plans ‘to stop people from sending any form of encrypted messages’.

Jul 10 18:02

London Property Market Crashing

Jul 10 13:54

Tories backtrack on plans for English votes for English laws

British Prime Minister David Cameron had promised voters to implement the plans in his first 100 days in office.

The decision to delay the plans comes amid concerns that the government was facing a defeat by excluding Scottish MPs from certain votes in Parliament.

Jul 10 11:58

London trains shut down in rail worker strike

British rail workers took part in a strikes yesterday, after massive votes in favour in three separate disputes—on the London Underground (LU) subway network and Great Western Railways, which serves the west of England and South Wales. Some 81 percent of LU drivers turned out in a vote that approved strike action by 98 percent. The whole London network was at a standstill, the first time since 2002 and services to the west were suspended on many lines, with just one train per hour between London and Bristol.

Jul 10 10:47

Senior British Police Chief Charged in Massive Sex Abuse Inquiry

A senior British police chief was charged with the rape and sexual assault of three boys Thursday, just hours after a massive public inquiry into child sex abuse was officially opened.

Gordon Anglesea, 78, a senior policeman in Wales for 34 years, is accused of abusing three boys between the ages of 11 and 16 in the late 1970s and ’80s.

Jul 10 10:42

Top 5 Chemical Weapon Tests The British Conducted On Their Own People

Unfortunately, this article is not satirical. Instead, it documents five, historically factual cases where the British Government thought it would be a great idea to test chemical and biological weapons upon their own people during the Cold War.

Jul 10 10:05

New budget plan to make low-income workers worse-off

A British economic think-tank has warned that the new budget plan introduced by the Tory government will negatively affect the low-income workers.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (ISF) said George Osborne’s new “living wage” will fail to compensate poor households for the £12bn cuts.

Jul 10 07:04

These Disturbing Figures Prove Recent Tax-Cut Isn’t All It Pretends To Be

Shocking figures were released yesterday regarding the number of MPs that hold landlord status in the UK. It has come to light that 20% of all MPs own rental properties compared to just 3% of people across the population as a whole.

You may recall that during his budget speech, George Osborne said:

Jul 10 05:38

Tony Blair and the Self-Exalting Mindset of the West: in Two Paragraphs

Tony Blair today took a little time off from serving the world’s despots in order to exploit the 10th anniversary of the July 7 London train bombing. He did so by casting blame on “radical Islam” for the world’s violence while exempting himself, pronouncing:

This is a global problem … we’re not going to allow anyone to excuse themselves by saying that the slaughter of totally innocent people is somehow a response to any decision by any government.

Jul 09 20:18

One-third of shop workers to miss out on 'living wage' rises

Around one million workers in retail could miss out on the Government’s so-called living wage pay rise to £9-an-hour by 2020 because they are under 25 years old, the Independent understands.

The British Retail Consortium, which represents most of the high street’s stores, said of the 3 million workers in the sector, a third were under 25 and could miss out on the wage rise, while seeing their working tax credits slashed. The shop workers’ union Usdaw attacked the Government’s decision to implement an age threshold, as retailers started playing down the impact of the wage rises, pointing out their young workforce.

Jul 09 20:02

Budget 2015: Treasury has just sent out an email with three words: 'Blah, blah blah'

If you thought George Osborne and his advisers didn’t put enough thought into how the Budget would hit those on benefits, you won’t be surprised to read their latest email.

A couple of hours after the Institute for Fiscal Studies delivered a damning verdict of the first all-Conservative Budget in 19 years, a member of the Treasury team accidentally sent an email to journalists containing three words: "blah, blah, blah".

Was it a sign of frustration from a Treasury staff member who saw months of hard work ripped apart by economists at the IFS thinktank?

Or was it a rogue civil servant offering an internal insight into what Treasury officials really thought of the Budget?

Jul 09 18:40

Gaza is ‘a recurring threat to peace’!

The British taxpayer, yet again, picks up the tab for the wreckage left behind by Israeli war crimes. It’s a paltry sum considering the Israelis caused damage estimated at $6 billion. If it wasn’t for the rotten windows of Lord Davies’ mansion and his crumbling bell tower we could afford to give more.

Jul 09 15:11

Kiwi judge leads historic child sexual abuse inquiry in UK

New Zealand judge Lowell Goddard has formally opened an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales.

Jul 09 13:06

The Anglo-American empire is preparing for resource war

The control of resources remains a core factor in US considerations for sustaining global US hegemony in the face of rising geopolitical influence of its major rivals,

Jul 09 12:33

Child Hood Abuse Survivor Faces Jail NHS DRUG INDUCED PSYCOSIS

The horrors of prescribed medication in the UK – how Police lock up people who allege they are raped by nuns and priests without investigating those allegations.

Jul 09 11:21

“Blame it on Gaza” say UK Politicians

It has no nukes, no navy, no air–force, no tanks, no phosphor bombs, no subs, no guided missiles, no exits, nowhere to run… its people are terrorised, blockaded and exhausted... their homes are rubble… unemployment is the highest in the world and 73% suffer food insecurity… but suddenly:

Jul 09 11:13

Police criticized for not suspending officer facing charges

Scotland Yard has been criticized for failing to suspend a police officer after he was charged with perjury over evidence he gave at the inquest into the death of a man in custody.

Jul 09 10:47

Police Held Accountable For Abusing Snooping Powers

A British regional daily, the Oxford Mail, has won the latest round of its battle to get information from the Thames Valley police under the Freedom of Information Act. Police have been spying on journalists, abusing the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) in order to gain access to their phone records and the names of people they have been in contact with.

Jul 09 09:18

UK Conservative budget heralds ever deeper austerity

Conservative Chancellor George Osborne unveiled his second budget in four months yesterday.

March’s budget took place under conditions of a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition. Wednesday’s announcement was the first opportunity after May’s General Election for the government to bring forward the first wholly Conservative budget since 1996.

Jul 09 07:57

Another British police officer gets away with murder

You might be forgiven for believing that murder has become an official police policy. Yet again we see that another police officer has been cleared of murder – and yet again as the target lay injured, the officer in question continued shooting.

Jul 09 06:53

Insanity on the Thames

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is a seriously deluded man. First, he apparently believes Facebook and Twitter users currently have "absolute privacy" in their communications. That is nonsense. Second, Cameron believes this nonexistent absolute privacy is unsustainable and intolerable. He wants to destroy it as soon as possible.

This is necessary, Cameron told Parliament, because tolerating such privacy would "leave a safe space" for terrorists to communicate with each other.

Contrary to Mr. Cameron's assurance, Britain certainly is trying to "search through everybody's emails and invade their privacy." The U.S. government is doing the same. This is a well-established fact known to anyone paying attention since Edward Snowden spilled the beans two years ago. For Mr. Cameron to say otherwise – while speaking to the Mother of Parliaments, no less – is a bald-faced lie.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Banning encryption for the law abiding citizens will have no effect on terrorists or criminals because terrorists and criminals can create their own systems of encryption which NSA and CGHQ cannot break. I know, because over at my website we did just that. We created and issued 6 encryption challenges to the NSA, none of which were solved, and the NSA was well-motivated to break those codes to discourage others from creating their own encryption systems. I am not a professional encryption expert and only a moderately decent programmer, and if I can defeat the NSA, so can real terrorists and criminals, and that means that David Cameron is indeed lying. He wants to peek into the private affairs of law-abiding British people.

Jul 09 06:37

The Budget: '13m Families To Lose Average Of £260'

As many as 13 million families will lose an average of £260 each a year as a result of changes outlined in George Osborne's Budget on Wednesday, the IFS says.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that three million families will also lose an average of £1,000 each annually as a result of changes to the benefits system.

Jul 08 18:14

I thought it was a dystopian nightmare, but then I realised I wasn't dreaming

You might be forgiven for believing that murder has become an official police policy. Yet again we see that another police officer has been cleared of murder - and yet again as the target lay injured, the officer in question continued shooting.

Jul 08 16:00

Anti-Austerity Action in The City of London

In the following exclusive video report, we get to see anti-austerity action reaching the belly of the beast in the heart of The City of London.

Activists have managed to get inside of a building and get anti-austerity messages prominently displayed in one of the wealthiest areas of the British capital.

Numerous people have been reported to have committed suicide as a result of the austerity cuts that have taken place in the UK. Meanwhile, others have been killed as an indirect result of the cuts.

Greece just voted to reject austerity measures that would have been forced upon the country by foreign creditors. Let us hope they can begin to turn things around…

Jul 08 14:38

Israel stooges’s shameless exhibitionism in British parliament

Stuart Littlewood reviews the hollow arguments peddled by Israel’s hasbara stooges during a debate on Gaza in the upper chamber of the UK parliament – fine examples of disinformation, dissemblance and downright lies.

Jul 08 09:17

Greece – The Triumph of Democracy – the first day of a New Beginning

Congratulations! – With a resounding “OXI” = “No” – with 61% the Greek rejected the troika imposed austerity. They joined a majority of economists worldwide, including from the IMF, who also know that austerity doesn’t help recovery – and certainly doesn’t wipe out debt, the noose around a country’s neck.

But – what does the decisive no-vote mean for the 39% yes-voters? – Do they want more of austerity? – Hardly. Or were they manipulated with fear-mongering by the mostly privately owned western media, which also dominate Greece?– Blackmailed by the threats of Brussels? – Were they afraid of what’s next? – Western presstitute media propaganda for a “yes” vote, spiked with fear, threats and purposeful confusion was horrendous.

Jul 08 09:14

Greece: The Pearl Cast Before Swine

The Greece referendum was a victory, and a victory can do wonders even to wet and wobbling leaders. It would be a shame to cast the pearl of Greece to the banker swine.

How to beat banksters at their own game?

Jul 08 09:01

Barclays sacks chief executive Antony Jenkins in row over strategy

British multinational banking and financial services company, Barclays, has ousted its chief executive Antony Jenkins.

Jul 08 08:12

Jack Sen - UKIP: Controlled Opposition?

Jack Sen was a United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) prospective Member of Parliament for northern England before being unceremoniously, and quite publicly, suspended by his party one week prior to the General Election for attempting to broach the subjects of indigenous displacement in Britain, and raising the issue of the genocide waged against the Boer people in South Africa. Jack begins with a bit of history on how he became attracted to UKIP in the first place, and explains the series of events leading up to his suspension.

Jul 07 12:58

You Won’t Believe How Much Mass Surveillance Costs Each Household

The numbers are in. Not only does the British government spy on its citizens, it forces them to foot the bill. It is the taxpayers who bear the costs of the growth of mass surveillance. And the costs are far greater than earlier estimates suggested.

Jul 07 11:26

Doctors with child porn, drug dealing convictions still allowed to practice

More than 1,000 doctors convicted for a range of criminal offences, including possession of child pornography and drug dealing, are still being allowed to practice medicine in the UK, an investigation has revealed.

Jul 07 10:52

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they are expected to die

The terminally ill claiming state benefits in Britain are being asked their expected time of death, according to the elected chairman of the work and pensions select committee.

Jul 07 10:25

Craig Murray gets 7/7 wrong - but several helpful readers do their best to help clue him in via the comments

Today the BBC is wall to wall 7/7 commemoration. The coverage keeps focusing on military uniforms, even though the military were in no capacity whatsoever involved in 7/7. It is inappropriate militarism, just as we saw with the return of the bodies of the Tunisian victims.

There is an elephant in the room. Nobody is mentioning the starkly obvious truth. If we had not invaded Iraq, 7/7 would never have happened. Let me say it again, because it is not sayable within the corporate media and establishment consensus. If we had not invaded Iraq, 7/7 would never have happened.

Jul 07 08:06

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die, MP says

Terminally ill welfare claimants are being asked by benefit assessors when precisely they are expected to die, according to evidence seen by Frank Field, the newly elected chairman of the work and pensions select committee.

Field has written to the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, asking for an explanation. He told the Guardian: “There is absolutely no need for this level of intrusive and painful questioning by DWP officials. If I have had two such cases in my constituency in recent weeks; I dread to think how often this is happening around the country.”

Jul 07 07:55

David Cameron's proposed encryption ban would 'destroy the internet'

A highly respected cryptographer and security expert is warning that David Cameron's proposed ban on strong encryption threatens to "destroy the internet."
Last week, the British Prime Minister told Parliament that he wants to "ensure that terrorists do not have a safe space in which to communicate."

Jul 07 07:11

Lord Greville Janner Goes to Court for Child Sexual Abuse Charges

TOO has been the only media outlet to dare to ask whether it was Janner’s position as a leading Jewish politician at the nexus of the relationship between British politics and Jewish power in Britain that protected him.

Jul 06 14:56

Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die, MP says

Terminally ill welfare claimants are being asked by benefit assessors when precisely they are expected to die, according to evidence seen by Frank Field, the newly elected chairman of the work and pensions select committee.

Jul 06 09:33

Protest near Birmingham ‘closes factory for Israel drones’

A pro-Palestinian demonstration in the UK has shut down a factory near Birmingham, which makes drones for Israel, reports say.

Jul 06 09:13

London is now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

The City of London is the money-laundering centre of the world’s drug trade, according to an internationally acclaimed crime expert.

UK banks and financial services have ignored so-called “know your customer” rules designed to curb criminals’ abilities to launder the proceeds of crime, Roberto Saviano warned. Mr Saviano, author of the international bestseller Gomorrah, which exposed the workings of the Neapolitan crime organisation Camorra, said: “The British treat it as not their problem because there aren’t corpses on the street.”

His warning follows a National Crime Agency (NCA) threat assessment which stated: “We assess that hundreds of billions of US dollars of criminal money almost certainly continue to be laundered through UK banks, including their subsidiaries, each year.”

Jul 06 08:26

EXCLUSIVE: Is independence back on the cards? Alex Salmond claims EVEL will hasten end of the union

The end of the union has taken a step closer thanks to the “supreme arrogance” of Prime Minister David Cameron, Alex Salmond has claimed.

Jul 05 13:32

High Court: 100s of asylum seekers, torture victims CAN sue UK govt for illegal detention

A landmark High Court ruling has paved the way for hundreds of torture victims who were illegally detained by the British government to sue the state for damages.

Jul 05 09:44

7/7 Ripple Effect 2

After being unlawfully jailed for 157 days based on trumped-up charges, and following on from the BBC making a dedicated hit-piece on the original 7/7 Ripple Effect, the film-maker Muad'Dib expands upon the original film and has added over 60 minutes of new material connecting the dots of what most likely really did happen in London on July 7th 2005, when 3 tube-trains and a double-decker bus were exploded.

Jul 05 09:35

British government to double austerity cuts in emergency budget

A new report says the British government will double the amount of austerity cuts in its “emergency budget.”

The cuts will affect housing benefits, reduce the state’s welfare cap further and also impact in-work tax credits.

Jul 04 17:30

To Protect And Serve? Police Constabulary Ignores 600 Emergency Calls A Year

Today it has been revealed that a British police constabulary ignored almost 600 emergency calls last year, around 50 each month and more than one per day.

According to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by a Scottish newspaper, the figures show that police constabularies in Moray and Aberdeen failed to send assistance to 583 emergency calls between April 2014 and March 2015.

Jul 04 14:12

UK child poverty rising as government seeks cuts to tax credits

Child poverty remained at a high of 2.3 million in 2014, according to the latest figures released by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, reversing the fall in child poverty between the late 1990s and 2010.

Jul 04 13:21

The myth that bombs make peace

In the wake of the Tunisia attack, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have called for MPs to consider sending British warplanes to target Isis in Syria.

Cameron is not expected to call a vote in parliament on the issue quite yet. He wants to be sure he can win after Ed Miliband effectively blocked military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria in 2013. MP's did back British participation against Islamic State militants in Iraq a year later and the RAF has been carrying out strikes there since September, but have, so far, not targeted Syria.

Jul 04 03:46

Teachers can lawfully 'confiscate, keep or destroy' unhealthy lunchbox snacks, ministers say

Lord Nash, an education minister, said that the child in question and a second member of staff should be present during the search. Parents must also be warned that the searches might take place.

Jul 03 20:56

'Paedophilia is natural and normal for males'

How some university academics make the case for paedophiles at summer conferences

Jul 03 17:45

UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

If you thought that British TV drama was getting cheaper and there was less of it, Ofcom has just confirmed your hunch.

Ofcom's first (since 1998) review of Public Service Broadcasters, or PSBs, the regulated terrestrial TV dinosaurs, has found three things you already knew.

Namely, that British TV companies now spend less creating original material; scrapping regulations means you get low quality programming; and people are losing the habit of watching live TV.

Jul 03 14:04

‘Cameron’s anti-encryption moves ill-thought out, leave no safe spaces to communicate’

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron wants to tackle terror at home by opening up people’s private chats, calling for measures to allow intelligence services to read your online conversations. The former leader of the Pirate Party in the UK thinks David Cameron’s anti-encryption moves are ill-thought out, and could spell disaster.

Jul 03 11:56

Child sex abuse investigations ‘inadequate’ – police watchdog

Police investigations into allegations of historical child sex abuse have been branded “inadequate” in a new report, which claims more than one-third of such inquiries are substandard.

Jul 03 11:34

Thatcher govt didn’t oppose Saddam’s chemical weapons program, declassified papers show

As Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was building up its chemical weapons arsenal with the help of a British firm, Margaret Thatcher’s government decided not to oppose it, fearing that otherwise it would be subjected to criticism.

Jul 03 09:47

'Bonkers' Move Cuts Bank Guarantee By £10k

Bank and building society customers stand to get £10,000 less if the financial institution they save with goes bust, the Bank of England has announced.

Deposits have been protected up to £85,000 since 2010, under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

But the Bank said this level of compensation will be cut to £75,000 on 1 January because of a European directive.

Jul 03 09:40

Argentina orders asset seizure of Malvinas drilling firms

A federal judge in Argentina has issued an order to seize the assets of five foreign companies exploring oil in waters off the disputed Malvinas islands, also known as the Falklands to the British.

Judge Lilian Herraez, based in the Tierra del Fuego region of southern Argentina, ordered on Saturday the freeze of USD 156 million and other assets such as ships, calling on the oil firms to halt their drilling activities around the islands.

Jul 03 09:32

BBC to cut 1000 jobs – DG Tony Hall must up his game to beat Murdoch

BBC job cuts: unions back manager cull but will fight forced redundancies
NUJ and Bectu support Tony Hall’s proposals as shadow culture secretary Chris Bryant blames £150m funding shortfall on ‘hatchet job’ by last government.

Jul 02 15:32

UK approved £4-million arms sales to Israel after Gaza war

The British government approved £4 million in weapons sales to the Israeli regime in the immediate aftermath of Israel’s massive military offensive against the Gaza Strip last summer, a new study has found.

Jul 02 14:15

Police criticized for poor handling of child abuse investigation

Some analysts blame the British police for deliberately mismanaging child sexual abuse cases after a recent report found that about 38% of their investigations were inadequate.

Jul 02 13:11

Tory policies force Britain's poorest families to suffer the most

A newly released report has revealed, as many have suspected, that British taxes are currently weighted in such a way that hits the poorest families harder than the richest ones. With the Tories considering tax cuts for the rich, and reducing benefits plus tax credits for the poor that situation could get worse instead of better.

Jul 02 12:06

“Untouchable” Israel continues to cripple Gaza with its sea blockade

Stuart Littlewood highlights the British government’s ongoing rear-guard defence of Israel’s violations of international law, most recently its piracy against Gaza-bound humanitarian aid flotillas, and its illegal blockade of Gaza.

Jul 02 11:02

7/7 London Bombings: no closure for families a decade on: call for independent enquiry, Tony Gosling

Angela Belassie interviews Tony Gosling about the worrying anomalies which have trickled out since the 7/7 London Bombings which happened a decade ago.

Jul 02 10:35

British Government Strike Law Most ‘Oppressive In The Developed World’

British trade union laws are the most restrictive in the developed world. This is a legacy of the Thatcher years, with legislation passed between 1979 and 1997, which made it harder for unions to gain recognition and raised the bar for ballots on strike action, requiring 40 percent turnout, making it much harder for unions to go on strike.

Jul 02 09:59

Britain could start bombing ISIS in Syria in the wake of Tunisia attack as Labour says it will consider backing air strikes

This explains why the shootings in Tunisia have had day after day of blanket coverage on the corporate TV news in the UK.

Jul 02 09:49

David Cameron Promises To Do Away With 'Safe Spaces' On The Internet

These kinds of statements are cartoonishly evil. They're the kind of ridiculous statements one would have hoped you'd only see in late night TV fictional TV dramas, not coming from an actually elected leader of a major western power.

Jul 02 09:19

BBC Climate Fraud Of The Day

The BBC claims yesterday was the hottest July day on record in the UK

Central England Temperatures have been record for centuries, and they show yesterday was nowhere near the hottest July day.

Jul 02 09:17

Palestinian cinema thrives in London despite festival demise

The vibrant line-up of Palestinian cinema in London this summer comes despite the surprising and somewhat mysterious suspension of the London Palestine Film Festival which, with its program of talks, exhibitions and panels, was able to place the films in a broader context.

The festival, which started out in 1998 as a student venture at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), issued a statement in late May announcing that “After 17 editions of the London Palestine Film Festival, the Palestine Film Foundation has announced that from 2015 it is suspending production of the annual film festival indefinitely.”

According to the statement, the goal of achieving enough funding to run the festival “at the standard deemed necessary” has “continued to elude the organization.”

Jul 02 09:16

British Government Strike Law Most ‘Oppressive In The Developed World’

British trade union laws are the most restrictive in the developed world. This is a legacy of the Thatcher years, with legislation passed between 1979 and 1997, which made it harder for unions to gain recognition and raised the bar for ballots on strike action, requiring 40 percent turnout, making it much harder for unions to go on strike.

Jul 02 08:24

Act now to Stop Arming Israel

Help increase the pressure on the UK government to end its arms trade with Israel and its complicity in Israel’s occupation and war crimes.
1. Email your MP to demand a two-way arms embargo against Israel.
2. Order campaign materials and book a speaker.
3. Target the companies profiting from Israel’s occupation.

Jul 01 21:03

‘Untouchable’ Israel continues to cripple Gaza with its sea blockade

Welcome to the latest chapter in a long tale of unspeakable cruelty.

Israel’s military thugs are once more raiding mercy ships on the high seas in an effort to prevent humanitarian aid reaching the 1.8 million souls in shattered Gaza.

Jul 01 17:37

Fracking could hurt house prices, health and environment, official report says

Fracking operations to extract shale gas in Britain could cause nearby house prices to fall by up to 7% and create a risk of environmental damage, according to a government report that has been published in full for the first time.

Entitled Shale Gas Rural Economy Impacts, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) document was released on Wednesday after a freedom of information battle.

An official assessment of the impact of fracking, it warned that leakage of waste fluids could affect human health through polluted water or the consumption of contaminated agricultural products.

Jul 01 17:33

Britain still arming Israel despite fear weapons will be used against Gaza

The Government has been accused of ignoring its own evidence that British weaponry may have been used by Israel in its assault on Gaza last year after fresh arms deals worth £4m were approved by Britain within weeks of the conflict.

Figures seen by The Independent reveal that the UK gave the go-ahead for dozens of military exports to Israel, including components for drones and air-to-surface missiles, in the immediate aftermath of Operation Protective Edge, which claimed more than 2,000 lives, including those of hundreds of Palestinian civilians.

Campaigners said the exports showed that the Government was conducting “business as usual” in its arms sales to Israel and turning a “blind eye” to the risk that UK-made weaponry could be used in any fresh clashes between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Jul 01 15:54

UK Government to scrap legal requirements to end child poverty

The government is to scrap its child poverty target and replace it with a new duty to report levels of educational attainment, worklessness and addiction, rather than relative material disadvantage, the work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said today.

Jul 01 14:31

UK General: We Must Lie on Twitter to Defeat ISIS

Earlier this year, US officials announced a plan to set up a State Department office to centralize all government anti-ISIS propaganda on Twitter and Facebook.

Jul 01 14:08

British Government Strike Law Most ‘Oppressive In The Developed World’

British trade union laws are the most restrictive in the developed world. This is a legacy of the Thatcher years, with legislation passed between 1979 and 1997, which made it harder for unions to gain recognition and raised the bar for ballots on strike action, requiring 40 percent turnout, making it much harder for unions to go on strike.

Jul 01 11:08

Government policies denying children of rights

A new report for the United Nations has found that the British government’s policies are stripping children of their rights.

Jul 01 09:35

Corruption, profiteering and privatisation sending UK prisons into meltdown

70% of all the money spent on British prison contracts goes directly to G4S and Serco following a recent increase in spending, it has emerged.

The recently published fourth edition of the UK Justice Policy Review has also identified prison overcrowding and the continued cuts to funding as a major cause of increased prison violence, as well as questioning the decisions which see the two firms gain increasingly strong positions within the industry – in spite of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Jul 01 08:38

As Iran nuclear deadline passes, narrative battle heats up

The real issue holding things up is whether the Americans have the "political will" to make that leap, to agree in writing to its obligations (without 100 caveats) and the courage to face their sprawling bureaucracy whose bread-and-butter is the 'sanctions industry' and the 'Iranian enemy.' says Sharmine Narwani

It’s D-Day in Vienna, and the parties sitting across the negotiating table still haven’t ironed out terms to settle a 12-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Expect this deadline to be missed. And prepare for a lot of hot air to fill its space.

The “hot air” is calculated narrative-spin from a range of players that seek to 1) scuttle a deal, 2) increase pressure/create leverage at the negotiating table, or 3) frame an upcoming agreement in language favorable to one side.

Jul 01 08:05

Why the UK is No Longer Shocked at Establishment Sex Abuse Cover Ups

Mention the three P’s in the U.K.—pedophiles, politicians, and Parliament, and you are likely to face a range of reactions. Despite reports in parts of the mainstream press, there are those whose eyes widen while dismissing you as an anti-establishment conspiracy theorist who takes things too far. Then there are the whistleblowers, survivors, lawyers, and politicians demanding investigations whilst working tirelessly to peel the paint from under the whitewashing.

The saddest reaction of all is from those who are not shocked. With child abuse scandals involving the U.K.’s most powerful coming to light almost as regularly as the changing of the guard, many of us are becoming desensitized to things that make others’ stomachs churn.

Jul 01 01:05

Crowdsourcing campaign to bailout Greece launched by British shoe shop employee

A British shoe shop worker launched a crowdfunding campaign to help Greece pay back its $1.8 billion IMF loan, which was to fall due Tuesday. There was so much enthusiasm behind the campaign that the host website's servers were crashed from the traffic.

Jun 30 21:41

Letter to God

Please forgive my cynicism and negative connotations in this letter but I find it is often necessary to infuse the negativity to emit action, anger and resolution.

Why do You allow the criminal, corporate media to continuously and incessantly lie to its citizens and not only misrepresent the facts but often fabricate stories in order to inflate the severity of the fiction?

Jun 30 21:36

Greece – A Moving Target

Mr. Tsipras lets it be known that if the Greek vote ‘yes’ – for the austerity program, he may resign – that might bring the hegemon’s desired ‘regime change’.

Greece is a moving target. A new bail-out package in the wings? Being negotiated as these lines are going to print? An act of desperation? – Confusing for sure – for the electorate, for observers – but especially for the suffering every-day Greek. Almost hour by hour things are changing.

A last-minute, last ditch negotiation with Brussels for a new bail-out program has apparently been initiated by Athens for two years. No amount has been mentioned – let alone the austerities that Greece would have to accept – or the troika.

Jun 30 17:42

Corruption, Profiteering And Privatisation Sending UK Prisons Into Meltdown

70% of all the money spent on British prison contracts goes directly to G4S and Sarco following a recent increase in spending, it has emerged.

The recently published fourth edition of the UK Justice Policy Review has also identified prison overcrowding and the continued cuts to funding as a major cause of increased prison violence, as well as questioning the decisions which see the two firms gain increasingly strong positions within the industry – in spite of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Jun 30 13:02

UK: Another £22 billion in “savings efficiencies” in National Health Service

One of the Conservative government’s first official announcements after coming to power last month was to confirm another £22 billion “efficiency savings” to be made from the £108 billion National Health Service (NHS) budget over the next five years. This represents a fifth of the NHS budget.

Jun 30 12:04

‘New demands on Iran – deliberate stumbling blocks’

All sort of things in these negotiations are going on behind the scenes, not only between the P5+1 and Iran but between the Western allies as well.

Additional demands on Iran at the nuclear talks put forward by France are basically impossible to fulfill; it’s unlikely that they were made without the full knowledge and approval of the US, says political commentator Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich.

Jun 30 12:01

Russia: Tit for Tat – Israel Shamir.

Summing it up, President Putin speaks softly. If he carries a big stick, he does not flash it around.

Hail, fire and brimstone, new sanctions or the US tanks on its borders, Russia takes things in stride. President Putin could adopt the motto of William of Orange: saevis tranquillus in undis, calm amidst the tempest.

Jun 30 11:39

Craig Murray: official line of a lone gunman in Tunisian attack is a lie.

I knew with certainty that the BBC and official line of a lone gunman being responsible for the Tunisian attacks was a lie, because one of the victims of one of the “other” gunmen was my dear niece Kirsty.

We had a terrible day of the attack, because for hours Kirsty was simply missing. I was the whole day on the phone to the FCO and Tunisian authorities, and we feared the worst. My brothers Neil (Kirsty’s dad) and Stuart managed to get out to Tunisia that very day. The only thought that we had was Kirsty’s safety. Thankfully she has been (strange to say in the circumstances) miraculously lucky in the path of the bullets. Many others were less fortunate. Radley also was less fortunate. I know how the families must feel of others, and there are some who even now are suffering the agony of no confirmation of disappeared relatives. 12 hours of that were bad enough.

Jun 30 10:24

‘Britain to send fence to France to block migrants’

Britain is reportedly set to build a 2-mile fence at the Channel Tunnel to stop migrants from boarding UK-bound trains.

Home Secretary Theresa May has said she wanted to send a “very clear message” that people will not be able to get through to the UK through this, the Daily Mail reported.

She said, “We are working very closely with the French authorities on this issue. We have been doing a number of things to increase security around the port.

“We are making a number of changes at Calais to increase security, we're also going to be putting some extra security fencing at Coquelle at the entrance to the Tunnel.”

The report says migrants have been trying to hide in vehicles waiting to board Channel Tunnel services at Coquelles and at the ferry port of Calais.

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Translation of this message, from the UK and France, to desperate immigrants: "Kill your children first, then yourselves next: we will incinerate your bones and use them for soil enrichment!"*

*Due to the recent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) crisis in the European beef industry, the use of animal-derived products to feed cattle is now severely restricted. Large quantities of waste animal meat and bone meal (MBM), also known as animal flour, have to be safely disposed of or transformed. One disposal option is pyrolysis. Vacuum pyrolysis of an animal flour sample has been performed in a laboratory reactor. The results obtained revealed that vacuum pyrolysis can be an attractive alternative to incineration and cement kilns. The process generated a combustible gas (15.1 wt %), a high calorific value oil (35.1 wt %), a solid residue rich in minerals (39.1 wt %), and an aqueous phase rich in organics (10.7 wt %). The gas and the aqueous phase can be used to provide heat to the vacuum pyrolysis reactor and the MBM drying unit. The oil can be used alone or mixed with petroleum products as a fuel in boilers or gas turbines. Conversion of animal waste by pyrolysis into fuels can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases. It is suggested to use the solid residue for agricultural soil enrichment in minerals and as a soil moisturizer.

To the leadership of the UK and France; some of these people cannot possibly go home, because they will be tortured and killed; others are trying to escape crushing poverty and corrupt governments at home.

And THIS policy is your most "compassionate answer" to their pain?!?

Please think again, leadership of the UK and France: you can do better than this.

Jun 30 09:30

Jewish Lord Faces British Child Sex Charges

British prosecutors said on Monday an aging Jewish member of the House of Lords would now face criminal action over accusations of serious historical child sex crimes after they overturned an earlier decision following anger from alleged victims.

Lord Greville Janner, 86, a former Labour member of parliament and ex-president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, is accused of more than 20 offenses on former residents of children’s homes in the 1970s and 1980s.

In April, Alison Saunders, Britain’s Director of Public Prosecutions said there was evidence to bring charges against Janner, who has always denied any wrongdoing, over 16 allegations of indecent assaults and six other counts.

But she said he was not fit to plead or give evidence because he was suffering from severe dementia and so a trial could not take place.

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Jun 30 09:22

Greece’s Downfall and Redemption

What the Greek people can turn to is a realistic and altogether more democratic and humane option – of demanding their country slash its monstrous military spend.

Decades of exorbitant military spending account for Greece’s present downfall under an Olympian-sized debt. European governments and news media portray the problem of Greece’s financial woes as public spending profligacy.

Jun 30 08:35

Cameron threatens RAF bombing raids against Islamic State in Syria: PM says response in wake of Tunisian beach massacre must involve 'military solutions'

RAF raids on Islamic State could be extended to its Syrian strongholds, David Cameron suggested yesterday.

The Prime Minister said ‘military solutions’ must form part of the response to IS in the wake of the Tunisian beach massacre. ‘We do need to crush IS in Iraq and Syria,’ he told MPs.

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So, the purpose of the Tunisia false-flag was to escalate the conquest of Syria and the breakup of Iraq!

Jun 30 06:39

NSA spied on French economy ministers, companies: WikiLeaks

The US National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapped the communications of two French economy ministers and spied on the country's largest companies, according to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, just one week after it emerged the US had spied on the last three presidents of France.

Jun 29 16:24

GCHQ unit involved in manipulating citizens' behavior via internet - report

When not busy with counterterrorism operations, a secretive unit of the UK’s GCHQ spy agency reportedly helps traditional law enforcement and is engaged in manipulating public opinion via the internet, new documents reveal.

Jun 29 16:15

British politician to stand in the dock over child sex abuse

In the UK, Labour peer Greville Ewan Janner is set to stand trial over alleged child sex abuses.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced the decision which overturns a previous ruling that exempted the 89-year-old peer from criminal proceedings due to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, RT reported on Monday.

Jun 29 13:48

Tunisia beach attack: Isis planning 'terrible acts' in Britain says David Cameron

UK prime minister David Cameron has warned that Islamic State (Isis) militants are planning "terrible" attacks against Britain.

Jun 29 13:46

Cuadrilla fracking application rejected by Lancashire Council

Lancashire County Council has unanimously voted to reject a planning application for fracking in the region. Residents and environmentalists, who have been protesting throughout the council’s two-day meeting, welcomed the news.

Jun 29 10:12

Britain, The Empire of Evil, Pushes Genocide and World War

As Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrived Wednesday in Germany for a three-day visit, the truly Satanic nature of the British Empire was on full display. Prince Philip's top aide, Martin Palmer, is the principal organizer of a French government-sponsored Paris conference in July, peddling the same genocidal program of “Earth stewardship” that would-be mass murderer John Schellnhuber inserted into the recent Papal Encyclical on climate change. The Paris conference is part of the propaganda assault, leading to the next 'Copenhagen' conference at the end of the year, also in Paris. The Worldwatch Institute, founded by Lester Brown, has just issued a report, demanding an end to all subsidies for fossil-fuel and nuclear power, as part of the drive for a total conversion to renewables like solar and wind power.

Jun 29 09:46

British households still £500 a year worse off than before financial crisis

ONS says median disposable income remains lower than in 2008, with poorest fifth paying disproportionately more of their income in taxes than richest fifth

Jun 29 08:42

Janner charged with historic child abuse

Prosecutors on Monday brought 22 charges of abuse against an elderly politician accused of using his position to have sex with young boys.

The prosecution against Lord Greville Janner, a former MP and a member of the House of Lords, represents a victory for campaigners who have demanded tougher action on child abuse.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) had initially declined to bring charges against the 86-year-old because he is suffering from Alzheimer's and was considered too ill to stand trial.

But after intense criticism, director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders announced he has now been charged with offences against nine victims, all but one of them aged 16 or under at the time, relating to alleged incidents between 1963 and 1988.

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Jun 29 07:47

‘Unlawful, structurally unfair’ fast-track asylum system scrapped in Court of Appeal

Britain’s Court of Appeal has suspended the controversial detained fast-track (DFT) system, which imprisons thousands of asylum seekers each year while they appeal rulings.

Jun 29 06:37

Lancashire Council in Britain Deals Blow to Shale Industry

Britain’s ambitions to produce natural gas from shale rock were set back on Monday when a local government rejected a company’s drilling plan.

The Lancashire County Council, in northwest England, turned down a request by the shale gas explorer Cuadrilla Resources to drill four wells at a site called Preston New Road and test them with hydraulic fracturing, which involves pumping water and other material down wells to break open the rock to allow gas to flow.

Before the vote, councilors spoke emotionally against the plan, saying that it would mar the landscape, create unacceptable levels of noise and might also saddle the county with pollution problems years down the road. The rejection was greeted with loud applause by shale opponents.

Jun 29 06:33

Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

Smart meters will cost as much as the Trident nuclear deterrent to implement, with the full cost of the scheme rising to £19bn, according to a government report.

Total lifetime costs of the programme have now risen by £2bn since 2013, according to a report by the Major Projects Authority.

In contrast, estimates of the new Trident procurement price it between £17.5bn and £23.4bn.

Surprisingly, the smart meter project has been flagged as "amber" — meaning "successful delivery appears feasible but significant issues already exist."

This is despite a number of warnings that the programme is in danger of turning into a "costly failure".

Jun 28 20:39

Hated Care.data scheme now 'unachievable', howls UK.gov watchdog

Project is one of four so bad it's easier to flush the money down the toiilet

Jun 28 18:04

‘Unlawful, structurally unfair’ fast-track asylum system scrapped in Court of Appeal

Britain’s Court of Appeal has suspended the controversial detained fast-track (DFT) system, which imprisons thousands of asylum seekers each year while they appeal rulings.

Jun 28 16:37

MI5’s Killing Spree in Northern Ireland

“Cameron went completely off script at that point and he said ‘Look, the last administration couldn’t deliver an inquiry in your husband’s case and neither can we.’” Asked why by Jane Winter of British Irish Rights Watch, Mr.David Cameron, according to Ms. Winter, replied: “Because there are people all around this place who won’t let it happen.”

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