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Jun 02 15:58

£22bn NHS cuts and ‘staff burnout’ could halt Tory reforms - health trust

Plans to move the National Health Service (NHS) to a seven-day service could be hampered by increased pressure on staff, coupled with £22 billion worth of further cuts, a report has warned.

Jun 02 15:44

Charles Kennedy dies, aged 55

Charles Kennedy, former leader of the Liberal Democrats, has died at his Scottish home aged 55.

No cause of death has been made public but police are not treating it as suspicious. His family has issued a statement, saying they were “devastated to lose a fine man and a loving father.”

Jun 02 15:27

Austerity is destroying British lives

Tory austerity is wrecking working class lives across Britain—and their latest assault will only make things worse.

Kath, a mother of one in Manchester, was made homeless after being hit by a string of Tory attacks.

She told Socialist Worker, “When I was 22 I got offered a flat and I ran it for four years. I then had a baby and had to move into a house.

Jun 02 15:06

Met police chief warns unfit police officers

Britain’s most senior police chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, has warned unfit and overweight police officers that they have no place within the forces.

Jun 02 14:45

British housing crisis is about to get even worse

The Tories launched their new right to buy scheme for housing association tenants last week.

Under Margaret Thatcher’s previous scheme only council tenants could buy their homes at a large discount.

It was a disaster that saw the loss of 1.88 million council homes while just 345,000 were built to replace them. Now it is to be extended to 1.3 million more homes.

Jun 02 14:27

British NGO targeted by the Israeli government looks set for UN accreditation

A UN committee has recommended special consultative status for a UK-based Palestinian organisation, despite Israel's efforts to block the move. The vote comes as a blow to the Israeli government and its lobby groups, who have vowed to contest the decision.

Jun 02 13:35

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of WWW, urges Britain to fight 'snooper's charter'

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has urged Britons to fight the government’s plans to extend the country’s surveillance powers, and act as a worldwide leader for promoting good governance on the web.

Jun 02 13:11

Tories unveil plan to launch new attacks on the poor

The Tories have unveiled plans to push up poverty, increase evictions and sell off more public services—and that’s only the start of their assault.

Last week’s queen’s speech detailed some of the Tories’ plans. They included cutting the benefits cap from £26,000 to £23,000, freezing most working age benefits for two years and removing housing benefit from people under 21.

Jun 02 13:11

UK shy of enough land to lock up all child sex abusers

Britain’s child protection chief says the UK does not have enough land to build prisons and put all of its child sex abusers behind bars.

Jun 02 11:56

UK banking sector ‘extremely vulnerable’ to financial crisis, report warns

Britain’s financial system is “extremely” vulnerable to future crisis under current regulations, a new report warns. The New Economics Foundation (NEF) says the UK’s banking industry is the least resilient of all G7 nations.

Jun 02 10:34

UK shy of enough land to lock up all child sex abusers

Britain’s child protection chief says the UK does not have enough land to build prisons and put all its child sex abusers behind bars.

Jun 02 10:09

Tony Blair's office deny claims he failed to appear at hunger conference because of dispute over his '£330,000 fee'

Tony Blair’s office has denied reports that plans for him to speak at the world hunger forum beginning this week in Stockholm fell down over his £330,000 fee.

Jun 02 08:21

Tim Berners-Lee urges Britain to fight 'snooper's charter'

“The discussion [in the Queen’s Speech] of increased monitoring powers is something which is a red flag … this discussion is a global one, it’s a big one, it’s something that people are very engaged with, they think it’s very important, and they’re right, because it is very important for democracy, and it’s very important for business.

“So this sort of debate is something that should be allowed to happen around legislation. It’s really important that legislation is left out for a seriously long comment period,” and not simply rushed through into law.

Berner’s Lee also warned about attempts to improve internet access around the world by offering cut-down versions of the web, such as Facebook’s Internet.org project. Users should “just say no” to such proposals, he insisted.

Jun 02 01:26

Nuclear Weapons and the Language of Power

Or should that be the language of ‘assumed’ power?

Jun 01 19:55

UK police can access personal data hundreds of time per day

Privacy campaigners in the UK say British police are granted access to private phone and email records of people almost every two minutes.

Jun 01 15:03

‘Oliver Twist’ children used in organized crime

Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner has warned about the ‘Oliver Twist’ scenarios in UK streets, saying criminal gangs are using children to pickpocket, steal and beg in nationwide criminal operations.

Jun 01 14:50

Britain risks following Nazi lead on human rights

A UN special rapporteur says the United Kingdom risks following the lead of Nazi Germany by its possible withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Jun 01 14:35

UK shy of enough land to lock up all child sex abusers

Britain’s child protection chief says the UK does not have enough land to build prisons and put all its child sex abusers behind bars.

The Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, Sue Berelowitz, who is currently chairing a government inquiry into the problem, pointed out that the public would be shocked by the sheer scale of the problem when she reports in November, the Telegraph said.

Jun 01 14:35

British monarch money kept in check

The UK queen’s income is under scrutiny after public funding of the monarchy is increased, while other public services are affected by austerity cuts.

Jun 01 14:09

UK Police granted personal data access 26 times every hour, study reveals

British police officers are given access to communications data approximately 643 times every day, according to figures revealed in a new study.

Jun 01 14:03

UK police can access personal data hundreds of time per day

Privacy campaigners in the UK say British police are granted access to private phone and email records of people almost every two minutes.

This was released under the freedom of information laws requested by ‘Big Brother Watch’ which found more than 730,000 requests for communication data between 2012 and 2014 across the UK.

Jun 01 12:47

UK - Police failing children forced into ‘Oliver Twist’ street crime, says anti-slavery charity

An anti-slavery charity has accused British police of failing trafficked children who are forced into petty crime after the UK’s Anti-Slavery Commissioner warned Oliver Twist type scenarios still exist in London.

Jun 01 09:48

Cost of living unbearable for millions of Londoners

A recent report published by Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Social Policy reveals that it is much harder to make ends meet in London than anywhere else in the country.

London is home to around 12 percent of Britain’s population.

Jun 01 09:47

Obesity is the new smoking: NHS England

NHS England’s chief executive Simon Steven has warned parents and teachers against high sugar consumption and emphasized the need to tackle overeating with the same passion as teen pregnancy, drink driving and smoking.

Jun 01 08:56

US defense chief urges UK to boost army spending

The US defense chief has warned that the UK could become “disengaged” if it refuses to commit to further spending on its defense.

Jun 01 07:26

The Queen owns every dolphin in Britain… and other royal atrocities

The Business Insider published an interesting report this week highlighting some of the strange powers that Queen Elizabeth II has, although the royal family is presented as a purely ceremonial elite with no actual political power.

May 31 18:48

UK’s Independent Newspaper Blows Lid Off Vaccine Damages

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Finally it’s happened! A member of the mainstream press has the intestinal fortitude to publish the carefully ‘kept secret’, secret about vaccines and vaccinations: They cause dramatic life-altering damage and more frequently than “evidence-based medicine” or “consensus science” owns up to or MDs, the medical profession, public health agencies and pro-vaccine acolytes acknowledge.

The UK’s Independent Newspaper published some extremely damning vaccine adverse drug reaction (ADR) information on May 31, 2015...

May 31 16:33

Israel Is A Discredit To America — Paul Craig Roberts

Jeffrey St. Clair, one of the few remaining Western journalists with a moral conscience, describes the latest Israeli horror to which we are all accomplices.

The Israel Lobby tries to prevent reports and criticism of Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians by branding every critic of every policy of the extreme right-wing Israeli government an “anti-semite.” In other words, if you object to Israeli armed forces shooting down Palestinian children in the streets and then bombing the funerals of the kids the Israelis have already murdered, you hate Jews and are an anti-Semite.

The success that the Israel Lobby has enjoyed in imposing this twisted logic on Congress, the White House, the media, the universities and the insouciant American public is astonishing. As a consequence, Americans are no longer answerable to Christian morality but to the evil that the Israel Lobby represents.

May 31 15:04

Russia and China mock divide and rule

Divide et impera? It’s not working. And it’s bound to fail miserably.

As it stands, what we do know is that 2015 will be a hair-raising year in myriad aspects... we all still remain under the sign of a fearful, dangerous, rampantly irrational Empire of Chaos.

Russia could outmaneuver Western financial markets by cutting them off from its wealth of oil and natural gas. The markets would inevitably collapse – uncontrolled chaos for the Empire of Chaos (or “controlled chaos”, in Putin’s own words).

In a different vein of the “soft beds of the East” seducing Marcus Aurelius, the silky splendors of chic Beijing offer a glimpse of an extremely self-assured emerging power. After all, Europe is nothing but a catalogue of multiple sclerosis and Japan is under its sixth recession in 20 years.

May 31 14:59

US preparing for war with China and Russia to save the banks

“There’s a general recognition growing that the driving force for this war is the utter collapse of the entire Western banking system,” Billington said.

“And the view from London and Washington and New York is we have to go to war, we cannot allow this BRICS alliance between Russia, China, India, South Africa and most of Latin America creating new financial institutions to take away our ability to loot the resources in the developing sector,” Billington noted.

May 31 14:32

International law and crimes against humanity

Lawrence Davidson examines how states that are apt to commit crimes against humanity, such as Israel and its Western protecters, are wilfully eroding international law using spurious excuses, to the detriment of ordinary people.

May 31 13:31

Decrepit US Resorts to the Viagra of Militarism

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

US deteriorating relations with China are the latest manifestation of America’s self-declared «manifest destiny» to behave like a global hegemon.

The increasing deployment of American navy, warplanes and missile systems – under the guise of «protecting its partners» – is fuelling militarization of the territorial disputes.

China, for its part, says that its own military presence in the region is to protect its voluminous trade routes. Beijing has pointedly refused to cease its maritime development projects, mainly land reclamation in shoals and reefs that it says are strictly within its territorial limits.

May 31 08:18

UK's elderly face National Health Service discrimination under new UN death targets

Elderly people will be treated like second-class citizens and denied medical care under new targets which give priority to saving the lives of young people.

May 31 04:42

UK Police seize possessions of rough sleepers in crackdown on homelessness

Police in north London have seized blankets, sleeping bags and food donations from rough sleepers in a crackdown on homelessness.

May 31 04:40

London council threatens homeless with £1,000 fines for sleeping rough

A council has been accused of treating the homeless as a 'nuisance' after threatening rough sleepers with £1,000 fines.

May 31 02:36

POETS’ TALK — Where do we fit in in ‘the march of Time’?

The gatekeepers have, I believe, crucified American poetry upon a cross erected by “language poets,” “identity poets,” “politically correct poets,” “apolitical poets” and general nincompoops -- Gary Corseri

The Arts have fallen into an era of petite academicism, crass commercialism and manipulated populism. So, our challenges are many; they are harsh; let us hope they will be invigorating!

Poets who do not see, who do not confront what is out there and around them-- are cowards! Which needn’t mean that that is ALL we must do! But… we must see and confront what surrounds us at some point! Not always…, but when it’s right to do so. To advocate that we always do it is asking us to be propagandists.José M. Tirado

May 30 11:19

Londoners to hold anti-govt. rallies

Traffic on Westminster bridge in London was brought to a standstill on Saturday as hundreds of protesters occupied the road to paint a huge message decrying the government’s austerity agenda.

May 30 11:10

UK benefit cap may push 40K kids into poverty: Leaked memo

Tens of thousands of British children may be pushed into poverty by the UK government’s bid to lower the household benefit cap, a leaked memo to ministers shows.

Ministers claim that changes to the cap included in the upcoming employment and welfare benefits bill will bring fairness for the taxpayer while still offering support for those most in need, the UK-based daily Guardian reported Friday. However, according to the newspaper, an internal government estimate shows if parents are not able to find extra work, the policy will place 40,000 additional kids on or below the official poverty line.

May 30 11:06

UK banks involved in FIFA scandal

British banks have allegedly been party to corrupt transactions worth millions of dollars linked to FIFA, according to legal papers from the US Department of Justice (DoJ).

Barclays and HSBC were named in the papers after the US DoJ noted millions of dollars linked to the corrupt football organization had been moved through their accounts.

May 30 08:59

Greville Janner - How "People in High Places" Covered Up for a Parliamentary Pedophile

The Lord Greville Janner affair shows no signs of winding down despite the best efforts by the authorities to kick it into the long grass. Each week brings new revelations about the former President of the British Board of Jewish Deputies, who is suspected of at least 22 cases of child sexual abuse.

Up until now the scrutiny has mainly focused on how, although said to be too ill with dementia to be tried, the 86-year-old founder of the Holocaust Education Trust was able to take part in parliamentary debates, collect a hundred thousand pounds in expenses, and was compus mentus enough to sign over his property deeds to his children thereby putting them out of range of any damages litigation.

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May 29 14:05

US Cries FIFA Foul to Penalize Russia

The melodrama had the air of a politically driven media campaign for maximum publicity.

?But the real goal of the full-frontal assault on FIFA, which involved dawn raids at a five-star hotel in Swiss city Zurich, seems more to do with American political purpose to damage Russia’s World Cup plans. That objective has to be seen in the context of Washington’s aim to isolate and destabilize Moscow in an ongoing geopolitical battle that is currently centred on Ukraine.

Russia’s World Cup plans appear to be now similarly targeted for an ulterior political agenda. Within hours of the US-launched arrests of FIFA officials in Zurich, the football federation was obliged to state that the forthcoming World Cup in Russia was not in jeopardy of cancellation over related claims of wrongdoing in the selection of that venue.

May 29 14:01

A Critique of US “Grand Strategy toward China”

If one were to propose a realistic and reasonable ‘US Grand Strategy toward China’ one would have to start by shedding all the false assumptions and bellicose proposals that have been put forth by the CFR and the authors of the Report under review.

The US should not attempt to block China’s growth and expansion; it should assist and share in its ascendancy, especially in the face of great global climate and energy challenges. Washington is much more likely to strengthen its Asian – Pacific partnership and succeed in its diplomacy if it replaced its military posturing with robust economic growth.

May 29 09:35

The U.K. proposes new law that will force Google, Apple & Facebook to decrypt and hand over messages from suspects under investigation

The U.K. government has not given up on the idea that its secret services must be given access to communications between individuals who are suspects in an ongoing investigation, even if said communications are protected by encryption.

May 29 07:39

George Galloway tweets his intention to run for London mayor

The Respect party leader, George Galloway, has announced his intention to run for mayor of London in 2016.

Galloway, who lost his seat in Bradford West in the general election, launched his bid on Twitter on Thursday, tweeting a photograph of himself sitting on a bed next to his infant son. “Dad, you’ve got to do this. I’ve got your back!” a caption on the photograph reads.

May 29 07:37

Britain is Set to Open the Door to Cancerous GMO

In March of last year, David Cameron’s chief science advisers pressed for the government to allow the cultivation and spread of GMO crops in Britain, in addition to criticising “dysfunctional” European Union (EU) regulations which at the time restricted the quantity of GMO food in the European food supply.

May 29 07:36

In the Same Week, the U.S. and U.K. Hide Their War Crimes by Invoking “National Security”

The tribunal’s rationale is that “full disclosure of the document would have ‘an adverse effect on relations’ with Bahrain, where the U.K. is keen to build further economic and defence ties.” In other words, disclosing these facts would make the British and/or the Bahrainis look bad, cause them embarrassment, and could make their close friendship more difficult to sustain. Therefore, the British and Bahraini populations must be denied access to the evidence of what their governments did.

May 28 15:48

UK economy has officially slowed after ONS confirms no change to disappointing GDP that grew just 0.3% at the start of the year

A slowdown in the growth of the UK economy that took experts by surprise and was expected to be revised higher has been confirmed today.

Economists had hoped that the Office for National Statistics would raise its estimate of UK growth from 0.3 per cent to 0.4 per cent when it announced its second reading of data this morning, but there has been no change on last month's first reading.

The first estimate is based on less than half of the data that eventually make up the GDP reading, while the second takes in far more.

May 28 15:38

Google and Whatsapp will be forced to hand messages to MI5

The Conservatives are planning new laws to force some of the world's biggest internet companies including Google, Apple and Facebook to hand over encrypted messages from terror suspects

May 28 10:30

UK agents 'worked with NI paramilitary killers'

British security forces had thousands of agents and informants working inside Northern Ireland paramilitary groups, the BBC's Panorama has learned.

The undercover operatives were recruited by the Army, MI5 and Special Branch and many were involved in criminality and murder.

Ex-Met Police commissioner Lord Stevens said the agents caused huge problems in Northern Ireland.

May 28 08:55

To beat ISIS, kick out US-led coalition

It is time to cut these losses and bring some heavyweights into this battle against extremism.

Baghdad and Washington are pointing fingers, each accusing the other of being asleep on the job.

An objective look at US interests in the region paint an entirely different picture. The Americans seek to maintain absolute hegemony in the Mideast, even as they exit costly military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Their primary interests are 1) access to low cost oil and gas, 2) propping up Israel, and more recently, 3) undermining Russian (and Chinese) influence in the region.

May 28 08:43

In Stunning Threat to Free Speech Britain To Outlaw "Hate" and "Extremism"

So the government gets to decide what is "hateful" and "extreme?" I'm sure they will make sure that Zionists in Britain only say nice things about Palestinians!

This bill is aimed at Muslims and those on the dissident right. While some in Britain are extreme in their Islamic views, I see this bill also being used to outlaw discussion of Zionist crimes in Palestine and any open discussion of the Holocaust that doesn't back the official 6 Million story.

May 28 08:33

Britain is Set to Open the Door to Cancerous GMO

By Steven MacMillan

This summer, British scientists are expected to begin field trials of a genetically modified (GMO) potato dubbed by proponents the ‘super spud’, whose developers boast will be free of fungal diseases and other pest problems. GMO maize and rapeseed oil could also be grown in England by the end of this year, as Westminster is pushing for more GMO foods to be introduced into the UK food supply...

May 28 08:13

Thomas Rowsell - From Runes to Ruin: Anglo-Saxon Heathen Culture

Tom Rowsell is a writer, film maker and historian living in London, England. He holds a Master's degree in Medieval History and is a traditionalist with a perennial spiritual philosophy. Tom is with us to talk about his film, From Runes to Ruins, the first ever documentary about Anglo-Saxon paganism. To begin, Tom explains his motivation for creating a film that is meant to contribute to the identity and dignity of the people of today. We discuss the phenomenon of our disenchanted youth, many of whom amble on meaningless paths with no connections to ancestral roots or culture.

May 27 09:00

?‘Spying on everyone’: Tories to introduce wider-than-expected surveillance powers

The legislation, which some say is driven by the fallout of the Edward Snowden leaks, will include the controversial ‘snoopers’ charter’ as well as a concerted attempt to strengthen the security services’ capacity to capture bulk intelligence date.

No details of how this strengthening will take place have yet been released.

The extension of powers will come as a surprise to many, as will the speed with which they are being brought into effect.

May 27 08:45

Children targets of terror probes in UK

There are growing concerns about the U-K government’s anti-terror strategy after primary school children in London were given a questionnaire which appeared to target Muslim kids. Civil liberties campaigners object to the questions that risk future sanctions for the children and their families.

May 26 20:11

Labour, Tory and Lib Dem MPs had details of expenses deleted from Wikipedia pages

Details of MPs' expenses and opposition to same-sex marriage were deleted from their Wikipedia pages using computers from inside Parliament in the run up to the general election, a report has found.

Dozens of MPs had negative aspects of their online biographies removed or altered prior to the election in a bid to make them more electable, according to the Telegraph.

The changes include several instances of MPs' expense claim scandals being removed, as well as details of arrests and the use of "chauffeur-driven cars".

The investigation found these amendments to the MPs' Wikipedia articles were made on computers that had their IP addresses registered inside the Commons.

May 26 10:43

US Shoots Itself in the Foot Escalating Tensions With Russia, China, Iran

The Obama administration has repeatedly sent wrong signals to Russia, China and Iran, slamming the countries for non-existent expansionism and so far showing the disheartening dysfunction in America’s foreign policy, former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer Philip Giraldi underscored, according to Sputnik.

US President is shooting himself in the foot, but he should wake up and realize what is going on "before Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush arrives on the scene to make everything worse"the former CIA officer Philip Giraldi concluded.

May 26 09:21

Experts warn about UK security laws

A group of UK legal academics has sent a letter to the country’s MPs calling for a proper assessment of the risks posed by Britain’s security laws.

May 26 09:20

London to host anti-Tory rallies

Londoners are set to hold a large anti-government demonstration during the state opening of parliament on Wednesday.

May 26 08:38

Memorial Day: Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

First, we must learn the facts and face the truth that the U.S. is the biggest war maker in the world.

Second, we must commit ourselves and organize others to a true revolution of values and confront the corporations and politicians who continue to push our nation into war and inflate the military budget with the hot air of permanent fear mongering.

Third, we must admit what our country has been doing wrong, and we must make amends for the violence that the U.S. has waged on countries all over our world.

May 26 08:35

Why is the US Trying to Replace the Assad Government With al-Qaeda in Syria?

Be careful what you wish for

Regime change is full of unintended consequences.

In the case of Syria, our opposition to the Assad government is so obstinate that we are apparently promoting the defeat of a government that is not our enemy in order to replace it with one that is.

May 26 07:15

Britons not happy with current status quo

The prime minister and the president met at Chequers this week in an effort to reach an understanding.

May 25 12:24

‘Britain not bound by European court of human rights’

A British judge renowned for his report on press ethics, Brian Leveson says UK courts no longer automatically defer to European Court of Human Rights’ rulings.

May 25 11:11

A Poem On War

Beyond the count of years I walked the world,

and my children built their shrines to me.

Decades and centuries and millennia pass,

and still the shrines are built.

Temples insubstantial to men,

clear to my eyes.

No foundations or walls or roofs,

but shrines nonetheless.

Holy ground, consecrated

Today, every day, somewhere in the world,

the earth is prepared for my coming.

My hallowed grounds are everywhere.

In valleys and on mountains,

on broad plains and deep in hidden passes,

in deserts, on city streets.

Nameless, unremembered places.

May 25 10:30

Roger Scruton On The Rotherham Rapes Coverup

As an example of the cowardly, defeatist, ethnomasochist cancer rapidly eating away the vital organs of Western civilization, the “grooming” scandals in the English town of Rotherham have made less of a stir than they should have.

May 25 09:55

Muslims who stop shopping at Marks & Spencer could be radicals, warns top cop

Britain’s most senior Muslim policeman says teenagers who stop drinking and wearing western clothes may also be becoming extremists in stark warning

May 25 09:54

Fresh shame for Barclays as it's revealed that it paid a trader a staggering £170million AFTER the global economic meltdown

A trader at Barclays bank was paid £170million in the five years after the financial crisis brought the country to its knees.

Jonathan Hoffman, 42, earned the vast sum at a time when banks were under pressure to reign in bonuses to avoid the risky behaviour which triggered a global economic meltdown.

May 25 08:43

EU citizens banned from UK referendum vote

The British government has announced that citizens from most EU countries will not be allowed to vote in a planned EU referendum vote.

May 25 08:11

UK’s elite colleges not monitoring sexual abuse on campus

More than half of Britain’s elite universities do not keep records on the extent of sexual abuse perpetrated against their students, a report reveals.

May 25 07:30

Police Brutality in the UK

Over the past year, police brutality in the USA has become a global concern. The killings of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Grey triggered protests not just in their home states but worldwide, with a new campaign group “Black Lives Matter” emerging to protest the ongoing deaths at the hands of US police. The Oxford Union hosted a packed debate on whether the US is ‘institutionally racist’ earlier this year, and the deaths, protests and trials resulting from the killings have all made regular headline news.

May 24 21:47

Police brutality in the UK: The case of Habib ‘Paps’ Ullah

Over the past year, police brutality in the US has become a global concern, but the continued deaths at the hands of UK state officials have received far less attention.

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May 24 10:38

Paedophile Mason ran lodge set up for GCHQ

One of Britain’s most influential paedophiles was the head of a Masonic lodge founded and frequented by GCHQ spies.

May 24 09:14

Some 3,000 Vietnamese children enslaved by gangs in UK: Report

Some 3,000 Vietnamese children are enslaved by criminal gangs in the UK to work in brutal conditions in the European country, a report says.

May 24 07:18

Paedophile Mason Keith Harding ran lodge set up for GCHQ (UK's NSA)

The Sunday Express revealed earlier this month how Harding met MPs Cyril Smith and Leon Brittan in the 1980s when he ran a north London antiques store.

Thirty-five years ago he appeared alongside paedophile television presenter Jimmy Savile in a Christmas special of Jim’ll Fix It.

The lodge boasts of its Government Communications Headquarters heritage on its website.

A source close to Harding revealed: “The Mercurius Lodge is known as the Spies Lodge because it was set up by GCHQ and over the years many intelligence officers have become members.

“These are people trained to find out sensitive information and yet none of them had any idea of Keith’s background and past convictions.

May 24 04:27

Forced adoption in UK

Adoption without the consent of a child’s biological parents remains a controversial issue in the UK, one of only two European countries that practice “forced adoption”. Many families felt they had no choice but to seek refuge in Ireland or other foreign country. Human rights activists have raised concerns about social workers’ integrity and the fairness of the system.

May 23 15:32

Quarter of UK army personnel want to quit

A recent Ministry of Defence survey has found that a quarter of those serving in the UK's armed forces want to quit. In 2011 the number of military personell that were planning to leave or had handed in their notice was 16% but that has risen by almost 10% in the last 4 years.

May 23 14:12

Wrong email reveals UK's EU exit project

The Bank of England says it is studying the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of its work to the Guardian newspaper.

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