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Apr 16 15:25

Almost every adult in Britain could receive a £300 windfall from Mastercard after 'landmark' court ruling paves the way for a £14billion damages claim

Nearly every adult in the UK could be in line for a payout from Mastercard after a £14billion damages claim against the payment provider was revived by the Court of Appeal today.

The legal action is being brought against the card giant by Former financial ombudsman Walter Merricks.

He said the maximum payout from the proposed 'opt-out' claim will be around £300 for anyone over the age of 16 and who was a resident in the UK for three months or more between 1992 and 2008.

Around 46.2million people could qualify for the payout - including those who have never had a Mastercard, according to Merricks.

Apr 16 08:19

Nigel Farage: 'We'll never be the same again if we don't carry out people's will' | Brexit

Apr 16 02:41

US agrees not to seek death penalty for Assange

The United States has agreed not to seek the death penalty against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in covert negotiations with the UK and Ecuador to get him evicted from the South American country’s embassy in London, US media reported.

The process of moving Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy started a year ago, in March 2018, when the Ecuadorians made their first request to Britain, ABC News reported Monday.

Ecuador made its request in a letter on March 7 of last year, asking for written assurances that the UK would not extradite Assange to a country where he could face the death penalty, the report said, citing US and Ecuadorian officials.

Ecuador's direct outreach to the US came six months later, through the country’s ambassador to Germany, Manuel Mejia Dalmau, according to the report.

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Apr 15 11:49

UKRAINIAN AMBASSADOR'S VEHICLE ATTACKED IN LONDON OUTSIDE EMBASSY

An attacker drove into the vehicle of Ukraine's ambassador to the United Kingdom in front of the country's embassy in London Saturday morning.

Despite police blocking the area, the attacker struck the Ambassador Natalia Galibarenko's parked car a second time, the Embassy of Ukraine said in a statement.

The suspect then drove toward police officers, prompting officers to open fire and discharge a Taser, Met police said in a statement.

Apr 15 11:04

BREXIT BREAKTHROUGH: EU to SACRIFICE crucial red line to deliver Brexit BEFORE election

BRUSSELS may be finally ready to give up on the "impractical" backstop protocol agreed with Theresa May in the withdrawal agreement rejected by Parliament three times, claimed Tory Brexiteer Iain Duncan-Smith.

Apr 12 15:07

Farage launches the Brexit Party and unveils his secret weapon... Rees-Mogg's little SISTER: Ex-'Cameron cutie' Annunziata, 40, stuns the Tories by defecting just HOURS before vowing to take on 'far-right' UKIP in EU elections

Nigel Farage launched his new Brexit Party and announced Jacob Rees-Mogg's sister Annunziata as his first star MEP candidate - after she quit the Tories after 35 years today.

Apr 12 10:09

After seven years of deceptions about Assange, the US readies for its first media rendition

Jonathan Cook highlights the role of mainstream “journalists” in the deceptive reporting of Britain’s and Sweden’s persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on behalf of the US – all “to protect their careers, and the system that rewards them”.>>

Apr 12 07:31

Health and safety officials pull peanut butter from shelves because the jar doesn't warn it contains NUTS

Health and safety rules have been ridiculed after a brand of peanut butter was withdrawn because the jar does not warn it contains nuts.

The Whole Earth product is called '3 Nut Butter' and makes plain on the front of the label that it contains walnuts and pecans as well as peanuts.

But thousands of the £2.50 jars, available in major supermarkets such as Tesco, are being recalled because they breach rules which state there has to be a nut allergy warning in English on the jar.

Apr 11 10:36

Brexit DELAYED until October as EU unity SHATTERS at summit - Juncker ‘furious’ at Macron

Mr Macron was accused of breaking “EU unity” as he completely split away from the EU majority pushing Britain into a lengthy Brexit delay. European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was “absolutely furious” with the French President, a diplomatic source told Express.co.uk. The source said: “France went on its own and has broken EU unity, that really surprises us.”

Apr 11 10:35

BREXIT LIVE: May gone in WEEKS? PM on brink as D-DAY nears - shock No10 SILENCE

The Prime Minister is facing fury after she accepted the EU's offer of a UK a six-month Brexit delay, pushing the withdrawal date to October 31 and definitively stopped the clock on a no-deal withdrawal happening on Friday. The six-month extension to October 31 was a compromise solution thrashed out by EU leaders after French President Emmanuel Macron dug-in against a longer delay lasting into 2020.

Apr 11 10:35

Macron WARNING: Farage makes solemn VOW to French President - 'Your WORST FEARS!'

The former UKIP leader turned his attention directly to Mr Macron on his LBC show, gravely claiming that if a long extension was called for in the Brussels summit, all his “worst fears would come true”. Mr Farage said: “I’ve just got a message really for Emmanuel Macron. Which is if you extend this, all your worst fears will come true.

Apr 11 09:16

The Betrayal Of Brexit Is A Mix Of Social Engineering And Mock Elections

The UK’s so-called “powers that be” are betraying Brexit through a mix of social engineering and mock elections in order craft the false narrative that it’s actually the “people’s will” to remain in the EU.

Apr 11 09:13

UK's plans for internet regulation would make 'China's state censors proud' and could limit lawful speech of millions, civil rights groups warn

Signatories of the letter include Antonia Byatt, director of the English PEN, the worldwide writers’ association; Silkie Carlo of Big Brother Watch; Thomas Hughes, executive director of free speech group Article 19; Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group and Joy Hyvarinen, head of advocacy at Index on Censorship.

In it, they said: 'The lawful speech of millions of people would be monitored, regulated and censored.

'The result is an approach that would make China’s state censors proud. It would be very likely to face legal challenge.

'It would give the UK the widest and most prolific internet censorship in an apparently functional democracy.'

Apr 11 07:44

US charges WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with conspiracy

US prosecutors said on Thursday they had charged Julian Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks website, with conspiracy in trying to access a classified US government computer with former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning in 2010.
Assange, arrested by British police in London and carried out of the Ecuadorean embassy there, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on the American charges, the US Justice Department said in a statement. His London arrest paved the way for his possible extradition to the United States.

Apr 10 16:39

Beneath the Surface of Brexit

Apr 10 15:53

Shipyard Evacuated After Bomb Reportedly Discovered Aboard Nuclear Submarine

Staff at Barrow's shipyard in Devonshire have been evacuated following reports that a bomb has been found aboard a nuclear submarine, according to local press reports.

An employee said staff in the Devonshire Dock Hall complex had been told about an anonymous tip that there was a bomb aboard one of the Astute class vessels at the shipyard.

A spokesman for BAE systems, the British defense firm that runs the yard, confirmed that there is an "ongoing incident" at the yard.

"We can confirm there is an ongoing incident at our Barrow site and we are liaising with Cumbria Police who are carrying out an investigation. As a precaution the Devonshire Dock Complex has been closed. Staff, contractors and local residents are being kept informed."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

No bomb was found.

Apr 10 10:32

EU Parliament President Tajani Speaks on Brexit During Press Conference

The president of the European Union's legislature spoke at a press conference on Wednesday, ahead of a European Council summit which will be attended by the 27 heads of state of the European Union; the leaders will decide on whether or not to allow the UK to postpone its departure from the EU by up to a year.

President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani is delivering a speech on Wednesday amid earlier reports that EU envoys were considering extending the UK's Brexit deadline to 30 March 2020, with a final end-date to be confirmed later.

Apr 10 07:45

Brexit Party LANDSLIDE? Nigel Farage party 'set to win THREE TIMES as many votes as Ukip'

NIGEL FARAGE’s Brexit Party is set to outpoll Ukip by three to one in the European elections should the UK take part, according to MEP Patrick O’Flynn.

Apr 10 07:45

BREXIT LIVE: PM out by May 22 - 1922 Committee demand RESIGNATION in urgent meeting TODAY

SENIOR Tory backbenchers are meeting today to discuss Theresa May’s future as party leader and Prime Minister and are expected demand a date for her departure.

Apr 10 07:43

WikiLeaks Discovers Spying on Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy - Editor in Chief

Julian Assange has been locked up in Ecuador's embassy in London for almost seven years now, but it was reported that the Wikileaks founder would soon be expelled from the building.

WikiLeaks announced on Wednesday that it had uncovered an "extensive spying operation" against whistleblower Julian Assange within the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website, is being spied on inside the embassy, where he has been residing for the last several years, said the website's Editor-in-Chief Kristinn Hrafnsson.

He assumed that Assange's "every move" inside the building, as well as meetings with visitors, are being monitored via security cameras.

Apr 10 07:39

UK's MoD Reviewing Status of F-35s Following Japan Crash

The UK Ministry of Defence is collaborating with US authorities as they look to review the status of 17 F-35B fighter jets - the probe was initiated after a Japanese F-35 jet crashed on Tuesday in the Pacific Ocean, according to a ministry spokesperson.

"Safety is of the utmost importance and very closely managed on the F-35 programme. We will continue to review the situation as further information becomes available," the UK Ministry of Defence spokesperson noted.

The British Ministry of Defence has shown its concern as it has plans to purchase a total of 138 F-35 fighter jets developed by Lockheed Martin, according to Reuters. In November last year, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced that the UK was doubling its fleet of F-35 fighters by ordering 17 more jets.

Apr 09 10:29

BREXIT LIVE: ‘Put us out of our MISERY!’ Tory BEGS Macron and Merkel to reject delay

"At tomorrow's EU Council, please vote against any further extensions to Article 50 and oblige the UK to leave the EU on Friday on WTO terms, as you previously said you would only honour any application for an extension if there was a credible reason so to do. That credible reason does not not exist." Mr Loughton added: "If the EU elections go ahead, it is highly likely the UK will elect an army of Nigel Farage mini-mes, who I am afraid will wreak havoc with the European Parliament.”

Apr 09 09:55

MPs Urged to Support Family as Study Finds UK a ‘World Leader’ in Broken Homes

Politicians have been urged to support the traditional family, as a report revealed that children from broken homes had double the rate of mental illness, poverty, or getting into trouble with law enforcement.

In a study which laid the “devastating impacts” of family breakdown bare, the Centre for Social Justice (CJS) blasted “political paralysis” on issues concerning the family, commenting that MPs’ “silence” on the matter “often stems from a fear of sounding judgemental or moralising”.

“Family breakdown is not simply an inevitable consequence of modern society,” the report said, pointing out that while Britain was “fast becoming a world leader” in the phenomenon, with only two-thirds of British under-15s living with both parents, the picture was much brighter in other OECD countries.

Apr 09 09:51

AfD co-leader speech on Brexit in Bundestag, Alice Weidel, English subtitles (March 2019)

Apr 09 09:25

Despite Brexit Referendum And Endless Promises, UK Govt Lays Legal Groundwork to Host EU Elections

The British government has made it legal for an election to take place in May, the necessary legal preparation needed to hold the EU elections that the United Kingdom shouldn’t have been taking part in.

Held every five years to select members for the European Parliament, the May election will come very nearly three years after electors in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by a margin of more than a million votes.

That Britain could be involved despite the British political class being given a clear mandate to take Britain out of the EU in the largest democratic exercise in British history in 2016, which was reconfirmed in the 2017 snap election, will be seen as a deeply symbolic totem of that political elite having failed to deliver on time.

Apr 09 07:42

EU open to Brexit extension but PM May needs clear plan

European Union ministers said on Tuesday the bloc was ready to grant Britain a second Brexit delay but that British Prime Minister Theresa May must come up with a clear plan of how to ratify the stalled divorce deal in the overtime.
EU ministers are meeting in Luxembourg a day before 27 national leaders of the bloc will decide during afternoon talks in Brussels on whether to allow Britain another extension to try to break the deadlock in London over Brexit.

Apr 08 09:29

Brexit REVENGE: Spain plot to punish Britain with 'purist and hardline' delay conditions

Madrid is positioning itself as the harshest national capital in talks over Theresa May’s latest request to delay Britain’s EU divorce until June 30. EU leaders have noted the very “purist and hardline” approach being taken by Spain ahead of the country’s April 28 general election. Sources said the pressure will likely result in a “long list of conditions” for Mrs May to follow if she wants to once again extend the EU’s Article 50 exit clause.

Apr 08 08:35

End the transgender 'unregulated live experiment on children' say whistleblowing workers who have quit clinic treating patients as young as THREE

Five whistleblowing workers at the only NHS transgender clinic in Britain have quit over fears children as young as three are going through unnecessary gender reassignment treatment.

The clinicians from the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) clinic based in London and Leeds left over concerns children were being incorrectly diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

It was feared some gay children struggling with their sexual identity are being incorrectly diagnosed as transgender.

Specialists also worried that some of the youngsters were being referred and pressured into having gender change treatment after suffering homophobic bullying.

Apr 08 08:18

Blacks Are 13% of London, England's Population: Blacks Represent 50% of the Murder Suspects in London

Chilling footage captures the brazen moment two young thugs confront each other with machetes in a city centre.

Abdul Kefia pulled the fearsome blade from his hoodie after an argument with Twayne Bailey turned vicious.

A court heard Bailey then took a huge machete out of his friend’s rucksack before the two men faced up to each other in Newcastle.

CCTV cameras recorded Kefia, 26, running towards Bailey, 21, while swinging his machete.

Apr 08 08:17

How A ‘No Deal’ Brexit Could Lead To The “Lehmanization” Of Europe

Odds of a ‘no deal’ Brexit next week have risen markedly, as the Commons fails to coalesce around a viable alternative to Theresa May’s deal, while once again rejecting the “best possible deal” negotiated between the prime minister and the EU27, albeit by a smaller, yet still considerable, margin than in the past.

Apr 08 08:02

Khan’s London: Average of 40 Knife Crimes Every Day

A Freedom of Information request by the London Evening Standard has revealed there are an average of 40 knife related incidents every day in the British capital.

The request revealed that in 2017 and 2018 there were a total of 29,232 knife related incidents reported, including 9,030 stabbings. The homicide rate involving knives was an average of one knife-related death every four days.

The figures come as knife crime in London is at the “highest and most worrying” level in 40 years, according to London Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick.

Apr 08 07:59

DON-DAY The Queen is ‘set to invite Donald Trump for a full state visit on 75th anniversary of D-Day this June’

Trump could reportedly be treated to an official banquet at Buckingham Palace and a carriage procession down the Mall during his second official trip to the UK

Apr 08 07:39

UK Wants to Hold Companies Liable for Harmful Online Behavior

The UK government announced today a set of online safety laws designed to hold the companies behind social media platforms liable for the harmful behavior spreading through their platforms.

As detailed in the Online Harms White Paper joint proposal published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and the UK Home Office, the law package "comprises legislative and non-legislative measures and will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups."

Apr 08 07:34

UK govt trying to control online free speech is ‘very serious and sinister’ – analyst to RT

Plans by the UK government to regulate the internet with an independent watchdog, apparently due to widespread concerns over harmful content, should be a worrying wake-up call for advocates of free speech, an analyst tells RT.

John Wight, a writer and political commentator, argues that the mainstream media and their governments in the West do not want to take responsibility for creating the conditions for public cynicism. He claims they are ostensibly trying to curb dissent with this controversial intervention on freedom of expression.

Apr 07 12:33

The media smoothed the path to British soldiers using Corbyn as target practice

Jonathan Cook says the British media’s and political elite’s constant vilification of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, their questioning of his “security credentials” and their failure to challenge those who accuse him of “anti-Semitism” is legitimizing political violence and could lead to murder.>>

Apr 07 09:09

MI5: Number of Far Right Terror Cases ‘Absolutely Dwarfed by the Number of Islamist Cases’

The number of far-right terror cases the authorities are faced with is “absolutely dwarfed” by the number of cases related to radical Islam, according to Britain’s Security Service, better known as MI5.

MI5 specialises in counter-espionage and domestic security, in contrast to the foreign intelligence-oriented Secret Intelligence Service – better known as SIS or MI6, made famous by Ian Flemming’s James Bond books. The assessment of the relative seriousness of the Islamist terror threat and the far-right terror threat was disclosed halfway through a Guardian report focusing heavily on the latter, later republished by other media outlets including CNN and Microsoft-owned MSN.

Apr 07 09:08

Britain ‘Officially Ready’ for No Deal Brexit, Reveals Govt Minister Responsible for Plans

The Government minister who was responsible for No Deal planning at the Brexit Department says that Britain is “officially ready” for a clean break with the European Union.

Chris Heaton-Harris MP was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) until April 3rd, when he resigned in response to Prime Minister Theresa May announcing she would request a second Brexit delay from the European Council, suggesting that bureaucrats had purposely failed to inform her of all the No Deal planning which is in place.

Mrs May’s decision to abandon her previous position that “no deal is better than a bad deal” and suggest she would submit to a customs union with the European Union to win the support of the hard-left Labour opposition for a deal “obviously makes my job in Government [as minister overseeing No Deal planning] irrelevant”, Heaton-Harris said in his resignation letter.

Apr 07 09:02

Russian embassy blasts May’s claims of Kerch Strait 'aggression' as unacceptable

Russia’s Embassy in the United Kingdom has slammed as unacceptable the claims voiced by UK Prime Minister Theresa May that Russia carried out an act of aggression in the Kerch Strait, a spokesman for the diplomatic mission told reporters on Tuesday.

"We cannot accept these accusations. It’s well-known that on November 25 the Ukrainian Navy’s vessels blatantly violated the international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and also the rules of peaceful passage in Russia’s territorial waters in the Black Sea," the Russian diplomat said. "These illegal steps forced the Russian border guards to use force, and thanks to their restraint and high professionalism deaths were prevented."

The embassy stressed that the United Kingdom was informed of all details of the incident and it is surprising that the UK prime minister makes these assessments despite this knowledge.

Apr 07 07:03

Theresa May says greater risk of no Brexit the longer it takes to find compromise

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday that the longer it takes to find a comprise with the opposition Labour Party to secure a parliamentary majority for a Brexit deal, the less likely it is that Britain will leave the European Union.
May has so far failed to secure backing for her negotiated agreement with Brussels as some Conservative lawmakers and Northern Ireland`s Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority government, have voted it down.

Apr 06 14:06

Global Warming Hits London

Apr 06 09:32

Parliament cries tears of a nation as 'flextension' enters the Brexit lexicon

For the first time in a long time, parliament this week began to reflect the mood of the country as the House of Commons started to cry.

Rain leaking in through a hole in the roof of the House of Commons forced MPs to call off a debate because the sound of water was pouring into the press gallery, which – as symbolism goes – is hard to beat in the current stalemate around Brexit.

When inanimate objects start to reflect real emotions it's called 'pathetic fallacy,' but MPs should be more worried about their pathetic legacies if they don't come up with a way forward.

Apr 06 09:18

The EU Is Tearing The UK Apart Over Brexit

Despite all of the twists and turns, the incomprehensible motions, legal maneuvers and behavior of Prime Minister Theresa “I Surrender” May, for me there’s been a simple through-line to it all.

The EU does not want Brexit and if it were to happen it will inflict incredible damage to the British political system and its integrity.

This is really no different than what happened in Greece in 2015. And it was directed by Angela Merkel than and it is being directed by Merkel today.

The EU’s intransigence in negotiations, aside from it having no other option, is an elaborate bluff to separate and divide the British political class, now that the people have voted to leave.

Apr 05 12:18

UK prime minister asks EU to delay Brexit until June 30

PM Theresa May has written a letter to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, requesting an extension to Article 50 to delay Brexit until June 30, 2019. May also confirmed the UK is preparing for European elections.

May’s plea to Tusk could prove a sticking point, with media reports circulating that the European Council president would prefer a year-long “flexible” extension to Article 50 that would run beyond April 12, 2019 to March 31, 2020. The proposal would allow the UK to leave the EU earlier if a Brexit deal were ratified.

Apr 05 12:16

Peer pressure as Parliament comes apart at the seams: HENRY DEEDES sees jeers and boos in the Lords as they battle it out over a bill stopping No Deal

Quirky thing the British constitution. It is a creaking system of laws and provisions, cobbled together over hundreds of years of precedent.

Doubtless many of its statutes, to the naked eye, appear rather archaic. But tinker with it at your peril. Start chipping away and over time the damage becomes very hard to stop. Pretty soon, people begin to wonder why we bother with procedure at all. Herein lies the route to anarchy.

This was the argument put forward by peers in the House of Lords yesterday in a bid to thwart a bill passing through the upper chamber stopping us leaving the EU without a deal.

Apr 05 12:14

Parliament ain’t just bad - it’s criminal: RICHARD LITTLEJOHN on jailbird MP Fiona Onasanya casting the deciding vote on the latest Stop Brexit manoeuvre

Just when you thought Parliament couldn’t sink any lower, along comes jailbird MP Fiona Onasanya to cast the deciding vote in favour of the latest Stop Brexit manoeuvre.

Onasanya walked through the voting lobby wearing the electronic ankle tag with which she was fitted after being released early from HMP Bronzefield in Surrey.

Her participation ensured that the Bill to change the law so that Britain can’t leave the EU without a ‘deal’ passed by the narrowest of margins, 313 to 312.

Fiona Onasanya cast the deciding vote in favour of the latest Stop Brexit manoeuvre

Onasanya, MP for Peterborough, served just 28 days of a three-month sentence for perverting the course of justice, after repeatedly lying to police to avoid a speeding fine.

Apr 05 10:31

ASSANGE 'WILL BE' ARRESTED IN 'HOURS TO DAYS,' WIKILEAKS SAYS

WikiLeaks has quoted a “high-level” Ecuadorian government source as saying that Julian Assange could be imminently expelled from Ecuador’s London embassy and that Quito has an agreement with the UK to arrest him.

WikiLeaks warned Thursday that its founder “will be expelled within ‘hours to days'” from Ecuador’s London embassy and that Ecuador has an agreement with Britain to have him arrested.

President Lenin Moreno will use the pretext of a scandal engulfing his presidency to oust Assange, a “high level source” in the Ecuador government told WikiLeaks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When the Brits get Assange, I am quite sure they will hand him over to American authorities, who want to make, probably, a very messy example of what happens to people who tell the truth, but are "an embarrassment" to the Power Structure here in the US.

Apr 04 12:14

Revealed: More than 10,000 riot police from across UK are on stand-by in case No Deal Brexit sparks public disorder

More than 10,000 riot-trained police can be deployed within 24 hours if disorder breaks out over a no-deal Brexit, top officers say.

Some 1,000 will be available in the first hour - more than were mobilised during the 2011 London riots - and specialist teams such as dog handlers, armed police and search-trained officers, can be called upon.

So far 15 forces have placed restrictions on annual leave, and two have officially asked for mutual aid – Kent, which covers the port of Dover, and Hampshire, which covers Portsmouth.

Apr 04 11:35

EU to deploy customs controls immediately after no-deal Brexit – Moscovici

The European Union’s top economics and tax official said on Wednesday the risk of a no-deal Brexit on April 12 is increasing. “The EU customs code would apply to all goods arriving from the UK,” Reuters quoted the EU’s Economic Affairs and Tax Commissioner Pierre Moscovici as saying. “If there is a no-deal scenario, new customs controls would have to be introduced,” the official said. “That does not mean we would systematically check every single… lorry,” according to Moscovici. “We would be controlling goods on the basis of risk analysis.”

Apr 04 11:33

God Casts His View on a Second Referendum

Apr 04 10:12

An Open Letter To The UK Prime Minister (From One Of The Seventeen Million)

The main argument put forward by the Treasury etc against Brexit has been the potential economic damage which may or may not be accurate.

What is fact however is that, according to the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank – the most important central bank in the world – U.K. total factor productivity growth has fallen from 3.84% in 1973 – (2.88% per annum in the 10 years ending 1973) – to 0.14% in 2016, the most recent data, and negative 0.17% per annum in the 10 years ending 2016. Based on the difference between the 10-year average up to 1973 and the subsequent growth, productivity is just 43% of the size it would otherwise have been. Whilst an opportunity cost rather than a real loss of wealth, the damage is all too clear.

The data gets worse. Even stripping out the 2008 and 2009 crisis years, the last 20 years of productivity is the worst since the 20 years ending 1922 which obviously encompassed WW1 and the enormous loss of capital funding the war.

Apr 04 08:48

Hackers crack online defences and gain access to 'high value' data in just TWO HOURS during a test of UK universities' resilience to cyber attacks

Hackers were able to gain access to 'high-value' data within just two hours during a test of universities' defences against cyber attacks.

The tests were carried out by 'ethical' hackers from Jisc, a Government-funded agency which provides universities and colleges with digital support.

Within the time-frame, they had a 100 per cent track record of penetrating their defences and accessing personal data, according to the report.

They were able to reach personal information from both students and staff, override financial systems and access research databases.

Apr 04 08:10

MEPs get scrappy over Brexit deadlock

Apr 04 08:07

Brexit delay law approved by UK's House of Commons

The lower house of the British parliament on Wednesday approved legislation which would force Prime Minister Theresa May to seek a Brexit delay to prevent a potentially disorderly departure on April 12 without a deal. The legislation, put forward by opposition Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper, was rushed through all of its stages in the House of Commons in less than six hours. It was approved at the final stage by 313 votes to 312. It now has to pass the upper chamber, the House of Lords.

Apr 03 11:58

THERESA MAY MOVES TO WEAKEN BREXIT EVEN FURTHER

After chairing a marathon seven hour Cabinet session today, the Prime Minister announced her plan to water down Brexit by seeking agreement with Jeremy Corbyn’s Customs Union backing Labour Party. This is a real kick in the teeth to the Conservative Party, and to Brexiteers…

Apr 03 11:57

Boots could close stores and axe some of its 60,000 UK staff after the chain's American parent company issued a shock profit warning

Boots has warned it could close shops and axe jobs after its parent company issued a shock profit warning.

The chain’s American parent, Walgreens Boots Alliance, yesterday said it had suffered its ‘most difficult quarter’ since its formation. It warned it needed to take ‘decisive steps to reduce costs in the UK’ – with a Boots spokesman saying its shops were being reviewed.

It comes after the company previously said 350 jobs were at risk at its Nottingham headquarters.

Apr 03 11:56

English Democrats leader starts High Court battle to prove UK has ALREADY left the EU on March 29 and further Brexit negotiations are pointless

The leader of the English Democrats has launched a High Court battle claiming that the UK has already left the EU.

Robin Tilbrook argues that Britain left the union on March 29 as originally planned, saying the PM's extension was not legally valid.

The legal bid will be seen as a Brexiteer equivalent to Gina Miller's battle with the Government over triggering Article 50 in 2016.

Speaking to MailOnline last night Mr Tilbrook said the argument that Britain had already left was 'very strong'.

In the judicial review application, the English Democrats argue that Mrs May did not have the power to extend the exit date past March 29.

Apr 02 09:39

This Will be Theresa May's Appalling Legacy

A German general once explained that he divided officers looking for promotion into four categories: the clever and lazy, the clever and industrious, the stupid and lazy and the stupid and industrious.

He said that the clever and lazy should be appointed to senior leadership positions because they could take important decisions without trying to interfere with the work of others. The clever and industrious should be made their deputies. The stupid and lazy should be sent to the front line, but the stupid and industrious should be pushed out of the army immediately of at once because they are a danger to everyone.

Theresa May surely belongs to the fourth category of leader, because as prime minister she has shown that she has a lethal blend of tunnel vision and obstinacy that automatically produces ill-judged decisions.

Apr 02 08:53

'Britain faces the abyss': Top MEP warns No Deal 'becomes nearly inevitable' after the Commons rejects every alternative Brexit a second time

A senior MEP warned tonight that Britain must soon 'face the abyss' of No Deal after the Commons rejected every Brexit alternative for a second time.

Guy Verhofstadt said a hard Brexit 'becomes nearly inevitable' as MPs in London continue to reject every option.

The negotiated Brexit deal has been trounced three times and in two rounds of indicative votes, MPs have now rejected 12 motions and approved none.

Mr Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, reacted within moments of the latest vote.

His intervention came after a leading German politician branded Brexit a 'big s**show' that is like a Shakesperean tragedy.

Apr 02 08:48

Writing in the Washington Post, the Foreign Secretary says there is no doubt that Britain will retain all the capabilities of a global power after Brexit

The 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns was perhaps the most gifted wordsmith of his age. Every foreign minister should ponder one of his lines: “Oh, would some Power give us the gift / To see ourselves as others see us!”

When I picture how others see Britain right now, I suspect old friends are shaking puzzled heads. The clash and thunder over Brexit is not an appealing spectacle. Some may feel that British politicians are acting out Monty Python sketches in real life.

So please put aside the doom-laden commentary and accept my assurance: We British are neither abandoning our neighbours nor retreating from the world. We have not taken leave of our senses.

Apr 01 09:50

Shocking: Brexit Will Ensure Israel Controls The World - Resign Theresa May!

Apr 01 09:43

Ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone: ‘Lies and Smears’ Used to Accuse Labour of anti-Semitism

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone told a meeting of hard-left Labour Party activists “lies and smears” are being used to destroy leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Livingstone – who was suspended in 2016 for claiming Hitler had supported Zionism “before he went mad and ended up killing 6 million Jews”– informed pro-Corbyn supporters he was a victim of “the elite”, who were doing everything possible to destroy the chances of Mr. Corbyn taking the keys to 10 Downing Street.

Mr. Livingstone told a meeting of Labour Against The Witchhunt last week he had fallen victim to a “Labour machine” run by Blairites, according to the Daily Mail. After lamenting the fact he had been pushed to the political sidelines by ” lies and smears”, Mr. Livingstone then laid out an example of one lie he claims could be spread about himself:

Apr 01 09:08

UK MPs Hold Brexit Debate and New Round of Indicative Votes

British MPs are holding an indicative vote on Brexit's new direction in the House of Commons in London on Monday.

Earlier, the European Union gave the United Kingdom until 12 April to decide upon alternative withdrawal arrangements, or leave without a deal.

The UK Parliament rejected May's Brexit withdrawal agreement for the third time on 29 March; the deal would have outlined the nation's exit from the EU. Now the United Kingdom, in order to meet to its Brexit deadline extension agreement with the European Union, must either suggest a different deal by 12 April or exit the bloc without a deal in place on the same date.

Apr 01 08:39

Brexit: MPs reject May's EU withdrawal agreement

MPs have rejected Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement on the day the UK was due to leave the EU.

The government lost by 344 votes to 286, a margin of 58, and means the UK has missed an EU deadline to delay Brexit to 22 May and leave with a deal.

The prime minister said the UK would have to find "an alternative way forward", which was "almost certain" to involve holding European elections.

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn said "this deal now has to change" or the PM must quit.

Meanwhile, thousands of Leave supporters gathered outside Parliament to protest against the delay to Brexit, bringing traffic to a standstill.

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