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Jun 27 08:51

Expansion Of Police Privatisation

In a bid to cut costs, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is considering the expansion of private contractors on front-line duties in the Isle of Mann, causing alarm among residents.

Jun 26 19:27

Expansion Of Police Privatisation

(Acclaimed News) In a bid to cut costs, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is considering the expansion of private contractors on front-line duties in the Isle of Mann, causing alarm among residents.

Jun 26 15:17

Government ‘must step in to pay for Rotherham sex abuse probe’

A Rotherham MP has urged the Government to foot the bill of up to £15 million for the National Crime Agency’s criminal probe into the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal.

Jun 26 13:32

Greece – the Way Out

The Greek people are being penalized for having had the audacity to elect a socialist government – How dare they! – That’s the verdict.

What the troika is doing to Greece these days is the pinnacle of financial terrorism.It is economic waterboarding. It is blackmailing of the first degree. These people are neoliberal fascists, putting the Greek government before a dilemma – ‘either you present us with an acceptable list of austerities, or we will prepare one for you’ – literally. An austerity plan you better accept, lest you may default and being expulsed from the European monetary union and maybe even the EU. That is their threat. That is what Brussels does to a brother; to one of theirs. There is not a shred of solidarity left in this miss-called ‘Union’. This ‘Union’ doesn’t deserve existing.

Jun 26 12:40

British police forcibly drag disabled protesters out of parliament

British police forces have clashed with disabled protesters, pushing them out of the Houses of Parliament.

The protesters were trying to make their way into Prime Minister's Questions, a constitutional convention held every Wednesday, when clashes broke out.

Jun 26 07:52

Queen to get nearly £43mn from Treasury

Queen Elizabeth II is set to receive 42.8 million pounds from the Treasury in the 2016-2017 financial year.

The amount is nearly £12m more than the Queen received in 2012.

Jun 26 06:51

UK.gov spaffed billions into IT projects at 'high risk of failure' last year

The British government blew £2.5bn on a number of IT projects flagged at high risk of failure in 2014/15, a Register analysis of the Major Project Authority annual report into big government programmes can reveal. The lifetime cost of all those IT projects is almost £36bn.

The annual report on the status of 188 big projects said the total budget for 2014/15 was £22bn. The total lifetime value of all those projects is £489bn over 40 years, it said.

Jun 25 18:24

Lancashire councillors prevented from blocking proposals for UK's first fracking site, says council member

County councillors had been due to decide whether or not to approve the UK’s first fracking site, near Preston, on 24 June. However, after adjourning the meeting several times, they decided to postpone the final decision until 29 June to allow them more time to process “secret” legal advice they had been given earlier in the day.

According to one of the those present, Councillor Paul Hayhurst, the advice essentially said they had no legal grounds for blocking the application and if they did so they could expect a costly legal battle with the applicant – the gas company Cuadrilla – which they would probably lose. As a result, he believes the councillors went from a position where they were ready to block the development to one where they were narrowly in favour.

Jun 25 11:44

UK, France Order 21 Satellite Launches From Russia's Roscosmos

Roscosmos has signed a contract with French and the UK firms on 21 commercial satellite launches on the Soyuz carrier rocket.

Jun 25 10:24

Gaza - one year on

Gaza vigil - Friday 10th July, 2015, Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Richmond Terrace (opposite Downing Street), Whitehall, London

Jun 25 09:16

'Pointless' £3m GM wheat trial fails

The so-called "whiffy wheat" project to create a genetically engineered crop that wards off aphids by releasing an alarm signal scent cost £732,000.

But this was dwarfed by the extra £2,238,439 spent on fencing and other security measures for the field trial after threats of destructive attacks by anti-GM activists.

Campaign group GM Freeze claimed the scientists had wasted taxpayers' money in a pointless bid to "outwit nature".

Both the the trial itself and the steps taken to keep out the vandals, as well as earlier laboratory work, were wholly Government-funded through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

After success in the lab, the genetically modified wheat turned out to be ineffective at repelling aphids in the outdoor trial conducted at the Rothamsted Research institute in Harpenden, Herts.

Jun 24 15:13

Revealed: Almost 3 Million Faces Stored On Met Police Database

As the result of a Freedom of Information request it has emerged that the London Met Police are compiling a database of almost 3 million people. To put this into perspective, there are currently 8 million people living in the capital.

Jun 24 12:51

Police refused to warn public about child grooming gangs

West Midlands Police knew five years ago that Asian grooming gangs were targeting children outside schools across the city - but failed to make the threat public.

Documents obtained by the Birmingham Mail show the force were aware pupils were at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) back in 2010.

Jun 24 11:48

UK Companies in Mass Tech Exodus Over Controversial Snoopers' Charter

Concerns over Britain's controversial Snoopers' Charter are forcing tech companies based in the UK to leave the country.

Jun 24 11:17

Police refused to warn public about child grooming gangs

West Midlands Police knew five years ago that Asian grooming gangs were targeting children outside schools across the city - but failed to make the threat public.

Documents obtained by the Birmingham Mail show the force were aware pupils were at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) back in 2010.

Jun 24 09:24

Video: Machete-wielding man on deadly rampage in London (Helicopter footage)

A man who decapitated an elderly woman in Edmonton, north London in September last year was cleared of murder charges on the grounds of insanity.

Jun 24 09:14

Man builds giant computer at home

For many tech companies the race is on to build ever smaller computer processors, but one British man has gone in the opposite direction.

James Newman is building a 14m (45ft) computer processor in the lounge of his bungalow in Cambridge.

Mr Newman's 16-bit "mega processor" will contain 14,000 individual transistors and 3,500 LED Lights.

So far the project had taken him three years and cost about £20,000, he told the BBC.

Jun 24 08:55

Software companies are leaving the UK because of government’s surveillance plans

Growing concerns about Snooper's Charter and crypto backdoors fuelling exodus.

Jun 24 06:59

War crimes suspect Shaul Mofaz evades arrest at UK parliament

The former head of the Israeli military Shaul Mofaz was allowed to speak in the UK parliament on Monday despite calls from Palestinians and their allies for his immediate arrest due to alleged responsibility for war crimes.

Jun 24 06:56

New documents yet more evidence of UK & European role in US drone strikes

The Guardian and the New York Times have today revealed the existence of documents showing the contribution made by UK intelligence agency GCHQ to US drone strikes in Yemen.

Jun 24 06:55

Doctors are getting patients 'hooked on happy pills': Investigation launched into prescriptions such as Valium after more than nine million were given out in a year

Doctors are doling out powerful sedatives too freely and for too long – fuelling a growing addiction problem among patients, experts have warned.

The British Medical Association is to launch an investigation into the prescription of benzodiazepines, a class of anti-anxiety drugs including temazepam and diazepam – more commonly known as Valium.

More than nine million benzodiazepine prescriptions are given out each year in England – mostly for anxiety, but also as sleeping tablets – at a cost of £49million, according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Jun 23 21:39

UK Doctors Warn TTIP Means Certain Death for Public Healthcare

Doctors in the United Kingdom are warning that passage of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will mean certain death for the country's public healthcare system, opening the door for privatization and lawsuits from the United States' for-profit medical industry.

Jun 23 11:30

Tory cuts plunge families further into poverty

Experts have warned against British government’s plans to cut tax credits and other working-age benefits, saying they will be “extremely unfair” on low-income households.

Jun 23 11:06

GCHQ spying on rights groups ‘illegal’

The GCHQ’s secret surveillance of two international human rights groups was illegal, according to the judicial tribunal handling complaints against the intelligence services.

Jun 22 20:52

Working families could lose up to £1,690 under tax credits cuts, ministers warned

Families with two children could lose up to £1,690 if the Government implements deep cuts to tax credits in its drive to slash spending on welfare by £12bn a year, ministers have been warned.

Jun 22 18:31

Clouds ruin Summer Solstice in Reading

Dr Brugge said: “This (cloudy conditions) made it the coldest June 21 for three years. Indeed when coupled with a moderate breeze blowing through the trees, it felt at times more like late September when such daytime temperatures are more typical.

"However, by 6pm a burst of late afternoon sunshine managed to lift the temperature to 18.7 °C.

"The last time the temperature reached a warm 25 °C in Reading on June 21, was as far back as 1998 when 27.4 °C was recorded.

Jun 22 16:52

Birds hit hard by cold spring weather say gamekeepers

Around the UK gamekeepers are reporting failed egg clutches and delayed hatching as a result of the unseasonably wet and cold weather this spring
hen pheasant

With the Met Office reporting a cooler than average May (-0.8°C) and a 157 per cent average rainfall across the UK that month, many birds were left feeling the chill.

Lindsay Waddell, headkeeper at the Raby estate, and Shooting Times contributor, described spring conditions in Teesdale as “bitterly cold with snow on high ground”

Jun 22 13:12

‘40% of UK university students say courses worthless’

In Britain, as many as four in 10 university students, who have paid an increased tuition fee, believe their courses were not worth the money they had to pay for.

Jun 22 08:43

The system is at war with itself: British Government threatens to close BBC

British Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly threatened to shut down the state-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) over its biased coverage of the latest general election in the European country.

Jun 22 07:51

Some 40 people hurt in UK park chemical leak

Some 40 people have been treated in the UK following a chemical leak at a holiday park swimming pool.

Emergency services were called to the Wild Duck Holiday Park in Belton near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk on Sunday at 14:35 British Summer Time after a chemical leak there, the state-run BBC reported.

Jun 22 06:39

British Government will cause loss of 30,000 NHS nurses

Some 30,000 nurses in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) face layoffs over the Conservative government’s immigrant laws which threaten a staffing crisis.

British media reports say non-EU staff on less than £35,000 after six years in the country are to be kicked out in line with the law.

Jun 21 23:01

Cameron threatens to close BBC over biased election coverage

British Prime Minister David Cameron has reportedly threatened to shut down the state-funded British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) over its biased coverage of the latest general election in the European country.

Jun 21 17:30

'How a £90 will by Barclays lost half my house'

A woman is seeking hundreds of thousands of pounds compensation from Barclays, claiming the bank's will-writing service resulted in her losing a stake in a valuable London home.

Barclays is contesting the claim.

But, in an interesting twist, Telegraph Money can reveal that when the complaint was previously assessed by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the bank was found at fault. The Ombudsman ordered Barclays to pay "a fair and reasonable settlement".

Unusually, Barclays decided to ignore the Financial Ombudsman's recommendation.

The matter has now gone to the High Court.

Jun 21 15:30

Queen's income safe from cuts for two years despite rising revenues

Formula for calculating Queen's income should safeguard her from the government's austerity plans, despite an 11 per cent rise in her income

Jun 21 15:23

Bradford sisters who left UK 'to join Isis' were radicalised by British police, relatives say

British police are partly responsible for the radicalisation of three sisters thought to have taken their children to join extremists in Syria, it has been claimed.

Mohammed Shoaib and Akhtar Iqbal, whose wives both left their homes in Bradford to travel to Syria, suggested that police encouraged their radicalisation by urging the women to contact their brother who had already left for Syria. It is believed he is fighting for with the Isis terror group.

In a letter to Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and the Home and Foreign Secretaries, lawyers for the two husbands said that “plainly the North East Counter-Terrorism Unit (Nectu) has been complicit in the grooming and radicalising of the women,” the Mail on Sunday reported.

Jun 21 13:54

Military chiefs secretly lobby Osborne to protest defense cuts

At a secret meeting Friday, defense chiefs are said to have lobbied Chancellor George Osborne to leave their offensive capacity intact rather than implementing deep spending cuts to military budgets, according to reports.

Jun 21 13:00

Trapping Russia to Prove a Negative

The prove-a-negative trap is the Big Lie technique of Nazi propagandist Josef Goebbels: there is no substance to the allegations and there is no obligation to present evidence to verify, thanks to the dutiful and unquestioning nature of Western corporate “journalism”.

The United States and its Western allies are trying to ensnare Russia in an audacious disinformation trap over the Ukraine conflict. That trap involves imposing an insoluble conundrum on Vladimir Putin’s government, which we might call “prove a negative”. It is a familiar conceptual device that Washington has used elsewhere, against Iraq and Iran for example, in order to pursue what are otherwise illegitimate geopolitical aims.Russia is being held up as the guilty party that is undermining the shaky Minsk ceasefire; and Western economic sanctions are being extended “until Russia implements the ceasefire”.

Jun 21 12:24

UK's child poverty rate heading towards largest hike: Experts

Child poverty rate in Britain is reportedly heading towards its largest increase in a generation, reversing over a decade of progress that began in the late 1990s, leading independent experts say.

Jun 21 11:46

UK is 'biggest tax haven in EU,' says global tax expert

British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies make up almost 25 percent of the world’s tax havens blacklisted by the European Commission.

Jun 21 11:38

British campaigners demand cuts to queen expenses

British campaigners demand a review of the queen’s finances after reports that royal spending will not face cuts for at least another couple of years.

Jun 21 10:44

War veterans oppose recruitment of minors

British war veterans launch a campaign against enlisting 16-year-olds into the military.

Jun 21 10:26

Nazis or Zionists?

Moses Hess coined the term national socialism, commonly shortened to Nazism, which he intended to use for Jewish nationalism - and this as early as 1862.

They Act Like NaZis, Because They WERE The NaZis.

Jun 21 09:56

The Myth of Global ‘Free’ Trade

The key to TTIP is the so-called Investor-State Dispute Settlement mechanism that essentially gives corporations free reign to sue governments using a “failure to implement” provision, if state policies or legislation interfere with profits. But is this all about trade?

There was a direct, crucial “secret” agenda linking the G7 meeting in Germany and the Bilderberg meeting in Austria last week; the advancement of the virtually secret negotiations towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the massive free trade agreement between the US and the EU.

Even though the corporate powers behind TTIP are itching for a deal to be reached before the end of 2015, serious (negotiation) trouble remains.

Jun 21 09:55

YET ANOTHER ZIO BEX ALERT

This time from Britain …..

One question arises from the report below …. If what they say is all true, WHAT ARE THEY SO WORRIED ABOUT?

Jun 21 09:50

Trump for President? — Paul Craig Roberts

This is not my endorsement of Trump for President. It is merely my speculations on how we might think of how large egos might be brought into our service.

Celente put it well. If you look at the sorry collection that aspires to be the CEO of what continues to be described as the “exceptional, indispensable, most important country with the largest economy and military, the world’s only Superpower, the Uni-power,” you see a collection of nobodies. America is like the last days of Rome when contenting factions fought to put their puppet on the throne.

In actual fact, Trump might be our best candidate to date. By all accounts, he is very rich. Thus, he doesn’t need the office in order to become rich by selling out America to interest groups.

Jun 21 09:47

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

With the publication of my book last year, “Against our Better Judgment: The hidden history of how the US was used to create Israel,” the attacks seemed to escalate.

It appeared that some JVP leaders were attempting to thwart my talks and prevent people from learning the facts that my book and my talks contain.

Jun 21 09:22

Anti-austerity marchers told to 'go wave your banners while grown ups run the country' by Westminster councillor

A central London councillor has mocked anti-austerity protesters on Twitter telling them to “go wave your banners” while the “grown-ups get on running the country”.

Using the #EndAusterityNow hashtag , Conservative Westminster city councillor Richard Holloway dismissed the protest:

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That may have been his "Let them eat cake" moment!

Jun 20 18:58

Charles's heir miles bill soars over £1million: Cost of 'green' Prince's globetrotting has risen by £100,000 a year... thanks to 28-seat luxury jet

His environmental credentials are well known – but then so is his taste for some of the finer things in life.

So Prince Charles will be braced for scrutiny when figures released this week reveal he has spent more than £1million of public money on air travel in the past year, thanks in part to his use of a luxury French jet named Head of State.

Boasting a double bed, shower room, ‘presidential’ area and an array of plush, clubman-style recliner seats, the converted Airbus A320-232 has been hired for three of the Prince’s foreign trips. One of these alone – to America – cost almost a quarter of a million pounds.

Jun 20 18:55

Osborne and IDS vow to press ahead with £12bn benefits cuts as they pledge a 'return to sanity'

George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith have insisted they will push ahead with plans to slash another £12 billion a year from the benefits bill.

The Chancellor and Work and Pensions Secretary reiterated their determination to achieve the savings in full after a major anti-austerity protest on the streets of London.

Jun 20 15:22

Anti-austerity protest: This is just the start of our campaign, say marchers

Cries to end austerity echoed through the streets of central London as a reported 250,000 people campaigned against a new wave of government spending cuts.

Protesters gathered outside the Bank of England before marching to Parliament Square in one of the biggest anti-austerity events in recent years, and the first major protest since the new Government was formed.

A spokesman from the People’s Assembly, which organised the march, said: “Today is not the end of our campaign against austerity but the start of a mass movement prepared to take on this Government.”

Jun 20 14:39

Tony Blair attends Russian economic forum, days after receiving Ukrainian job offer

Tony Blair appeared at the St Petersburg Economic Forum in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s hometown on Friday, where the former UK prime minister advised business leaders on ways they could improve their performance.

Jun 20 12:48

In the USA – “I Cannot Write!”

The West is finished, its culture dead. What is left is unattractive, even horrifying. There is no heart, no compassion, and no creativity.

It was the first time in many years that I had missed my column, my essays, for several weeks.

I was shocked by the state in which I found the United States.

I couldn’t breath. I lost the ability to write. I felt anger building inside me. The anger was suffocating, strangling me. It was unhealthy anger, mixed with frustration! It was not that sacred anger one feels when going to a battle against great evil. It was also somehow petty, indescribable, and pathetic. It was breaking me, humiliating me.

I hated the fights I had to fight here.

I tried to see the reality that was surrounding me with different eyes but wherever I looked I saw only a dysfunctional, sad, collapsing country and culture.

This visit broke me. It exhausted me. It thoroughly depressed me.

Jun 20 10:23

‘Fatally flawed’ Bank of England stress tests peddle myth of financial security – report

Bank of England (BoE) stress tests of Britain’s banking sector are “fatally flawed” and peddle the myth that the financial system is secure, a report by the Adam Smith Institute says.

The report, published Thursday, was authored by Professor of Finance and Economics at Durham University Kevin Dowd. It calls for the yearly tests to be scrapped and warns that they hide serious weaknesses in a vulnerable UK banking system.

Jun 20 09:51

London marches against austerity

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of London on Saturday in the UK’s biggest anti-austerity rally for years to oppose the new Tory government’s program of social benefit cuts and privatization. A reported 250,000 attended the rally.

Jun 20 08:04

Charlotte Church and Russell Brand join protesters at End Austerity Now rally in London

An estimated 250,000 marched from the Bank of England to the Houses of Parliament to protest against Tory Government cuts.

Jun 20 07:37

British banks slash exposure to Greece amid fears the country is heading for bankruptcy and eurozone expulsion

Figures from the Bank of England showed the UK lenders, pension funds and other financial firms had £2billion tied up in the crisis torn nation at the end of March. That was the smallest amount since records began in 2004 and down from £9.6billion a year earlier and a peak of £12.4billion in March 2008.

Jun 20 03:00

UK Readies for Massive Protest Against 'Austerity on Steroids'

A massive and growing anti-austerity movement will take to the streets of London on Saturday, June 20, with demonstrators demanding "an alternative to austerity and to policies that only benefit those at the top."

Jun 19 18:02

We can pay £7bn to fix parliament, or much less to an arsonist. You choose

First, let us just absorb the fact that the quote for restoration of the Palace of Westminster was pegged at £3bn in March. “A not inconsequential sum of public money,” declared Speaker Bercow, with the worldly air of a man who knows you could get a short war for that and still have change for a duck house. An official report now concludes that up to £7bn could be required. If my experience of commissioning building work is any guide – and I struggle to see how it isn’t – this estimate will rocket into double figures the second a workman breaks ground on his first cup of tea.

Jun 19 16:34

Jens Stoltenberg: NATO’s Mr Zig-Zag

So, who is rattling sabres here?

Obviously, the NATO alliance is on a dangerous, threatening roll toward Russia’s borders. American-led war games, thousands of troops and tanks, missiles, warplanes and warships have proliferated at dizzying speed over the past year, from the Baltic to the Black Sea. Currently, NATO is conducting its biggest-ever war manoeuvres in the Baltic region, and yet when Russia takes reasonable defensive measures, Stoltenberg accuses Moscow of sabre-rattling. Just this week, prior to the Russian ICBM announcement, the Pentagon told the Paris Air Show that it was considering the stationing of its new generation of stealth F-22 and F-35 fighter jets in Europe – another contravention in a whole series of audacious contraventions of the 1997 Russia-NATO Founding Act which forbids such NATO military expansion.

Jun 19 15:39

British Government Caught Red Handed Protecting Israeli War Criminal

British Government Caught Red Handed Protecting Israeli War Criminal

Jun 19 15:11

Alison Weir Replies to JVP Leaders’ McCarthy-like Attacks

I hope JVP will desist from its attacks on those it dislikes, and will instead focus on the often excellent work it is doing and that its members want.

I feel strongly that we all contribute important things to the movement for justice and peace in Palestine.It is time to stop fighting among ourselves, for JVP and others to stop their witch hunts against deeply committed writers and activists, for JVP to stop its attempted censorship and domination of the Palestine movement, and for all of us to get on with our desperately important work.

That’s what I intend to do.

—Alison Weir

Jun 19 08:49

How the British police protected Jimmy Savile for decades

How the British police allowed Jimmy Savile to conduct decades of systematic abuse on children.

Jun 19 07:33

Revealed: How MPs spend hundreds of thousands of pounds of YOUR money on jollies to little-known summits in glamour hotspots around the world

MPs and peers are lavishing hundreds of thousands of pounds a year attending little-known summits in glamorous locations across the world, figures released under freedom of information have revealed.

Politicians from all parties have run up huge bills attending 'parliamentary assemblies' for organisations including the Council of Europe and Nato held in locations such as New York, Helsinki, Vienna, Madrid, Paris and Brussels.

Jun 19 06:41

Ex-Israeli foreign minister granted diplomatic immunity

An anti-war activist has slammed the British government for what he calls protecting war criminals.

“It is a disgraceful policy intended to protect criminals on all levels not just the war criminals and crimes against humanity,” peace activist Kenneth O’Keefe told Press TV on Friday.

He was reacting to a recent decision by the British government to grant diplomatic immunity to former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni.

Jun 18 22:06

‘True friend of Ukraine’ Tony Blair tapped by Poroshenko to join Kiev advisory council

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has invited former British PM Tony Blair to "share his experience of public administration" on an international council of European public figures advising Kiev on government reforms.

Jun 18 21:48

Secret Death Squads Backed by Thatcher Government Killed Hundreds in N. Ireland

In 1974, a coordinated attack was launched in the Irish cities of Dublin and Monaghan. On May 17, three car bombs were detonated during rush hour in the nation’s capital. Only 90 minutes later, a fourth explosion went off in Monaghan, just south of the border with Northern Ireland. Thirty-three people were killed. An estimated 300 were injured.

The loyalist paramilitary group Ulster Volunteer Force claimed responsibility for the attack, and in a recent Irish documentary, “Collusion,” a member of the group claims that the bombings were conducted under direction from the British Army. The goal: to implement a civil war.

Jun 18 16:00

UK accused of ditching freedom of information requests

The British government has been accused of breaching Freedom of Information Act by enforcing a system that automatically deletes emails sent from Downing Street.

Jun 18 15:48

Parliament restoration plan could cost up to £5.7bn

Major restoration of the Houses of Parliament without moving MPs and peers out would cost £5.7bn and take 32 years, a report says.

If MP and peers were moved out for six years, the cost would drop to £3.5bn, an independent report has said.

The 150-year-old Grade I listed building is partly sinking, contains asbestos and has outdated cabling.

Jun 18 15:46

Protest over government funding to Drax CO2 carbon plan

The £2bn White Rose project plans to transport CO2 produced at Drax near Selby, through a pipeline and store it beneath the North Sea.

Campaigners say taxpayers money should be spent on educating the public on carbon reduction methods.

Developers have said it would reduce CO2 emissions at Drax by up to 90%.
The government has already awarded millions of pounds for a feasibility study for the scheme.

Campaigner Duncan Law said: "The best kind of capture of carbon is the carbon that is not emitted and if you invest in it you invest in it for the long term rather than building huge carbon intensive infrastructure."

Jun 18 15:44

6,000 Scots homes hit with contaminated water that is so bad it’s unfit to even be BOILED

RESIDENTS in more than 6,000 Scots homes have been warned their tap water is so contaminated it’s unfit to even be boiled.

Scottish Water urged the householders in North Lanarkshire not to wash, cook with or drink the water after worked through the night to assess the danger.

Homes and businesses in the affected areas of Carfin, Newarthill, Chapelhall, New Stevenston and Dalziel Park had reported smelly, discoloured tap water yesterday.

Supplies of bottled water were delivered to affected areas last night and this morning.

Jun 18 14:26

Magna Carta at 800: A Promise Unfulfilled

As the world marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Michael Ratner says the promised guarantees of liberty are unfulfilled as our elected leaders continue to flout the law through indefinite detentions in Guantanamo, illegal wars and imprisoning millions.

Jun 18 12:28

‘Nigerian slaves’ face sexual exploitation in UK

“I am extremely concerned about this. And we’re talking about several hundred every year. This isn’t just a one-off it’s continuous so the treatment of these people, what they go through, is actually a very serious crime, so for me it’s a big problem. But also I think the fact that there is a demand for this kind of exploitation in the United Kingdom really concerns me, that there are people who will want to buy sex, will want to exploit, will want to have children as what are current-day slaves, so that is a really serious problem,”

said Kevin Hyland.

Jun 18 08:35

King John Butchered Authors of Magna Carta

… or at least he tried to butcher them. On this day 800 years ago, King John was compelled to sign Magna Charta, formally accepting a limit to his prerogative to ravage everything in England. But the ink on his signature was barely dry before he brought in foreign forces and tried to wipe out the barons who had compelled him to sign the Charta.

Jun 18 07:37

UK provides precision guided weapons to Saudi Air Force – MoD

UK Defence Ministry admits it is providing precision guided weapons to assist the Saudi Air Force.

Jun 17 21:55

‘We Just Publish The Position Of The British Government’ – Edward Snowden, The Sunday Times And The Death Of Journalism

Major news organisations continue to act as mindless conduits for anonymous state propaganda, somehow unable to learn the blindingly obvious lessons of past deceptions. Given the scale of the Iraq and Libyan catastrophes, this is powerful testimony indeed to the sheer depth of the structural corruption of the corporate media system. Not even Iraq, not even the deaths of one million Iraqis, not even the devastation of a country of 26 million people, are enough to deter journalists who are driven by ruthless political and economic forces, apparently immune to public pressure - so far.

Jun 17 10:25

‘BBC covering truth on 9/11’

The BBC is purposely withholding information that is of vital interest to the UK public and ultimately endangering the very public the BBC is contractually obligated “to serve”.

According to the UK Terrorism Act of 2000, section 15, part 3, ‘A person commits an offense if he—(a) provides money or other property, and (b) knows or has reasonable cause to suspect that it will or may be used for the purposes of terrorism.’

In this edition of INfocus, we shall provide proof that the BBC is using UK public funds to suppress evidence of controlled demolition of World Trade Center 7 (WTC 7) on 9/11.

Specifically the BBC has produced several programmes that attempt to cover up evidence that proves the official version of the collapse of WTC 7 is physically impossible, most notably the evidence that makes clear that WTC 7 collapsed in a symmetrical, free-fall manner largely into its own footprint.

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Jun 17 10:06

Secret Death Squads Backed by Thatcher Gov’t Killed Hundreds in N. Ireland

Following the broadcast of an Irish documentary, a number of human rights groups are calling on London to take responsibility for its role in colluding with paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. These actions allegedly resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Catholics, all to support the Crown.

Jun 17 09:10

Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

Email records on computers in Downing Street are subject to automatic deletion within three months through a system which makes it almost impossible for the public to view them under the Freedom of Information Act, former staff have disclosed to the Financial Times.

Reporters at the salmon-pink broadsheet discovered that this system was launched back in late 2004, just weeks before the Freedom of Information Act finally came into force on 1 January 2005.

"The timing of this very strongly indicates that it was not a coincidence," Maurice Frankel, director of the UK Campaign for Freedom of Information, told the FT.

Jun 17 08:21

George Galloway for London Mayor

On Sunday, the Respect Party leader, George Galloway, who lost his seat as Bradford West MP to his former Labour party candidate, Pakistani-born Naz Shah, announced his candidacy for the 2016 London Mayoral election to replace the current Tory Mayor Boris Johnson, who declared himself a “passionate Zionist” during Israel’s 50-day Gaza genocide last year.

Boris Johnson is stepping down next year after serving two four-year terms a Mayor of London. He won a seat in Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the recent general election.

Jun 17 08:15

The Real Reason Why Princess Diana Was Assassinated. Ex MI Agent Testifies

Jun 17 08:02

NatWest & RBS Customer Payments Are 'Missing'

RBS has confirmed its customers are again experiencing technical glitches, with account payments going "missing".

The issue has affected 600,000 transactions across RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank.

RBS said the glitch with overnight payment processes had now been fixed, although it would take time for transactions to be resolved.

Jun 17 07:50

China Rising — Pepe Escobar

Americans have to eventually share their preeminent position with China.”

As intellectual acumen and cross-cultural expertise go, it would be hopeless to expect self-described “Don’t Do Stupid Stuff” Obama administration foreign policy advisers — as well as Pentagon functionaries/hacks — to understand the complexities of China.

For instance, they would be incapable of evaluating all the myriad ramifications included in Professor Alfred McCoy’s masterful deconstruction of US-China geopolitics.

“The US cannot stop China’s rise. It just has to live with a bigger China, which will be completely novel for the US, as no country has ever been big enough to challenge its position. China will be able to do so in 20 to 30 years.” (Lee said that at the Future China Global Forum in Singapore, in 2011. Under Xi, China is already challenging the U.S.’s position.)

Jun 17 07:42

Savers face 10pc hit to shares if Greece exits euro

British savers can expect at least 10 per cent to be wiped off the value of pensions and Isas if Greece exits the euro, economists have warned as the crisis in southern Europe escalates.

With Greece on the brink of bankruptcy, it has emerged that no talks to find a resolution have taken place since negotiations broke down on Sunday.

Jun 17 07:35

Syriza: Plunder, Pillage and Prostration

How the ‘Hard Left’ embraces the policies of the Hard Right

Greece has been in the headlines of the world’s financial press for the past five months, as a newly elected leftist party, ‘Syriza’, which ostensibly opposes so-called ‘austerity measures’, faces off against the “Troika” (International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and European Central Bank).

Early on, the Syriza leadership, headed by Alexis Tsipras, adopted several strategic positions with fatal consequences – in terms of implementing their electoral promises to raise living standards, end vassalage to the ‘Troika’ and pursue an independent foreign policy.

We will proceed by outlining the initial systemic failures of Syriza and the subsequent concessions further eroding Greek living standards and deepening Greece’s role as an active collaborator of US and Israeli imperialism.

Winning Elections and Surrendering Power

Jun 17 07:32

American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg

G1 plus junior partners? Bilderberg? Get a job; you’re not the only show in town, any town.

What’s the connection between the G7 summit in Germany, President Putin’s visit to Italy, the Bilderberg club meeting in Austria, and the TTIP – the US-EU free trade deal – negotiations in Washington?

We start at the G7 in the Bavarian Alps – rather G1 with an added bunch of “junior partners” – as US President Barack Obama gloated about his neo-con induced feat; regiment the EU to soon extend sanctions on Russia even as the austerity-ravaged EU is arguably hurting even more than Russia.

The “civilized” G1 + junior partners could not possibly argue whether they would collectively risk a nuclear war on European soil over a Kiev-installed ‘Banderastan’, sorry, “Russian aggression.”

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