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Dec 24 08:09

ICYMI's 2018 in review – Part 1: Mad Max Britain, Trump, and the great Novichokking

Dec 24 07:25

UN Presentation Reveals US, UK-backed White Helmets as ‘Organ Traders, Terrorists & Looters’

As the conflict in Syria gradually draws down, more revelations are surfacing regarding the US and UK-backed pseudo NGO commonly known as the White Helmets.

The following UN presentation details many of the groups exploits, including staged rescues which were tailor-made for the group’s various propaganda films disseminated across western mainstream media. Testimonies included 21WIRE reporter Vanessa Beeley, along with witness statements taken from former White Helmet members who admit to carrying out various frauds and crimes perpetrated since the group’s inception in 2013, as well as admissions of their direct links to Jabat al-Nusra (al Qaeda in Syria) and other known terrorist groups.

Far from being the “tailors, bakers, teachers and other ordinary Syrians” which they regularly portray themselves, the White Helmets have instead been exposed as frauds, thieves, kidnappers and organ traffickers.

RT International reports…

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Dec 23 16:48

Plane stupid! Gay and Lesbian activists step up campaign to halt immigrants being deported on flights including criminals being booted out of Britain

Activists are stepping up their campaign to encourage airline passengers to halt the deportation of immigrants – even those being booted out of Britain as criminals.

Members of a group called Lesbians And Gays Support The Migrants last week handed out hundreds of flyers and replaced adverts on the London Underground with posters providing a step-by-step guide on how to hinder removals.

Dec 23 16:34

'This will destroy him': Cleared Gatwick suspect's boss says police did not speak to him even though he could give double glazing worker a cast iron alibi

John Allard, who runs Allard Double Glazing, said he knew exactly where Paul Gait was this week when drones caused around 1,000 planes to be grounded at Gatwick airport.

Mr Gait, 47, and his wife Elaine Kirk, 54, both from Crawley, were questioned for 36 hours after they were arrested shortly after 10pm on Friday and were released without charge on Sunday morning.

But Mr Allard, from Crowborough, East Sussex, said police failed to contact him for an alibi for his employee.

The 68-year-old claims he was forced to contact police himself but was unable to speak to an officer as he tried employee's name.

Dec 23 15:32

Gilad Atzmon’s Christmas Message

Following the intense smear campaign against me, my work, my writing and my livelihood, I decided to produce this short Christmas message and address the ludicrous accusations against me, and also to wish you all merry Christmas and Happy New Year. >>

Dec 23 11:17

National Lottery is accused of breaking political donation rules after giving £500,000 grant to transgender lobby group including thousands to help ex-stripper sway public opinion

The national lottery has awarded £500,000 to a transgender lobbying group after it received backlash for granting a charity who support trans children funding.

The organisation has been accused of supporting political agendas, which it has a strict rule against, by giving two LGBT groups money to fund their media and influencing campaigns.

The grant has been slammed by 'concerned' feminists and academics who are demanding an inquiry into the influx of children who are pursuing medical assistance with gender issues, which has risen 25-fold, reports the Sunday Times.

Dec 23 11:00

Ukrainian official invites British warship to cross Kerch Strait & see how Russia reacts

A deputy minister in Kiev suggested that the British Navy should send its warship to the Sea of Azov to test Russia’s response. Moscow described the idea as ‘bonkers.’

Dec 23 10:53

Homelessness: Thousands sleeping rough in cars, Crisis says

Homelessness in the UK is at a record high with 170,000 families and individuals experiencing destitution, the charity Crisis has said.

For every one person sleeping rough on the street, there is another living in a car or a tent, figures suggest.

Dec 23 09:59

House of Frauds! Spy chiefs draw up secret lists of peers with dubious connections to Russia and China amid fears they could pose threat to national security

Spy chiefs believe the scale of Russian and Chinese influence on Parliament is now a major threat to national security and have drawn up a secret watchlist of lords with dubious connections.

It is understood that more than a dozen are feared to have been compromised by financial interests with foreign powers – with MPs today demanding a tough crackdown.

However, security sources add that concerns within MI5 and the Home Office go beyond commercial ties, with other members of the Upper House suspected of being cultivated by enemy agents. Concern has soared as diplomatic relations between London and Moscow have plunged in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent outrage.

Dec 23 09:57

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is caught ‘plotting Tory leadership bid’ while dining at £100-a-head Mayfair restaurant

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was last night at the centre of a row over claims he had been overheard plotting a Tory leadership bid in an exclusive London restaurant.

Party sources have told The Mail on Sunday that Mr Williamson was ‘caught’ plotting with two diners on Tuesday evening at The Colony Grill, a £100-a-head restaurant in London’s Mayfair.

According to the sources, Mr Williamson – dubbed ‘Private Pike’ by the Treasury following a row with Chancellor Philip Hammond over defence spending – was heard boasting about his links with the DUP and how he could outmanoeuvre Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary Sajid Javid when the next contest came.

Dec 22 17:49

Subverting free speech and free societies: Why it is past time to stand up to Zio-Fascism

Hafsa Kara-Mustapha says ZIonist fascists – one of whom prompted London’s Islington Council to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from performing with the Blockheads at a Christmas concert – now pose a critical risk to free societies and standing up to them is an urgent matter. >>

Dec 22 13:05

Iconic London Tower guards don yellow vests for their first strike in 55 YEARS

The Tower of London's "Beefeater" guards staged a walkout in defiance of pension cuts, donning yellow vests in solidarity with French protesters as they picketed the iconic site – their first strike in 55 years.
The Beefeaters, whose red uniforms, black hats, and stoic expressions are instantly recognizable symbols of England, joined workers at other British landmarks in a walkout on Friday to protest against a new pension scheme that will see employees forced to contribute significantly more of their paychecks.

Dec 22 12:58

'British Deep State Obsessed With Creating Anti-Russian Propaganda' - Expert

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-the-year press conference on Thursday. The event was the first since the beginning of President Putin’s new presidential term, which began in May. A record number of journalists, over 1,700 had been accredited for the press conference, according to the Kremlin.

Dec 22 12:56

Brits could be told to change what they EAT if there is a no deal Brexit as officials prepare for food shortages amid border chaos

Britons could be told to change what they eat if there is a no deal Brexit, it has today emerged.

Officials fear that there could be long delays at the border and the country could be hit by shortages of certain foods if the UK crashes out of the bloc.

Fruit from Spain or vegetables from the Netherlands could be held up by delays at the border if the EU limits trade or imposes tighter checks.

While ministers have said that vital imports such as drugs and medical equipment will be given priority if the borders become gridlocked.

The Department for Health today published its no deal Brexit plans - and said that care providers will be given guidance 'on suitable substitution arrangements for any food items identified as being at risk'.

Dec 22 12:55

Britain sends Royal Navy ship to the Black Sea to help Ukraine stand up to Russia - but Putin hits back by dispatching warship to the region

Gavin Williamson today pledged Britain will stand with Ukraine against Russian aggression after a Royal Navy ship was sent to beef up defence in the Black Sea.

The Defence Secretary said he had dispatched HMS Echo to the region to show Britain's 'solidarity' with Kiev.

But in a sign tensions are rising in the region, Vladimir Putin hit back by sending a Russian warship towards the Azov Sea, just north of the Black Sea.

Dec 22 09:36

Russian Embassy Slams UK Over Warship's Ukraine Visit 'Sending Message' to Putin

The deployment of a hydrographic survey ship, the HMS Echo, which docked in Odessa on 19 December, to Ukraine was announced by UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson last month.

The Russian Embassy in London has blasted UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson’s trip to Ukraine, stating that he is “instigating” Kiev to new provocations.

"Having failed to effectively neutralise drones over Gatwick Airport, Williamson seems to be engaged in a more important matter – instigating Ukraine to new military provocations. Russia has indeed accepted the signal: it implies that the British conservative government will provide the Kiev regime with political and military support no matter how irresponsible its steps are. This is how London tries to ‘assist’ in the settlement of the internal Ukrainian conflict”, the embassy’s statement read.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I can certainly understand Russia's upset about the UK setting up Ukraine to be the "picador" here.

Dec 21 12:29

Gatwick runway reopens and 'limited' flights resume amid drone chaos but thousands of passengers still face huge disruption as desperate police hunt for 'lone-wolf eco warrior behind attack' enters a third day

The runway at Gatwick airport has re-opened with a 'limited' number of flights expected to land and take-off today, but thousands still face disruption after almost three days of drone chaos.

Airport bosses are still warning passengers not to come to the airport - the UK's second busiest - before checking with their airline after repeated drone sightings overnight.

Two planes were spotted landing just after 6am today, offering a glimmer of hope for the tens of thousands facing a third day of misery, which began on Wednesday evening.

More than 350,000 people have had their Christmas travel plans thrown into chaos, with several sleeping on the terminal floor for a second night after hotels reached full capacity.

The mystery drone pilot continued to taunt the Army snipers, helicopters and 20 police units who searched in vain for the culprit throughout Thursday.

Dec 21 12:02

Gatwick chaos: Police 'could shoot down drone'

Shooting down a drone which has caused chaos at Gatwick Airport is a "tactical option" being considered by police.

The measure had previously been ruled out by Sussex Police, which cited concerns over "stray bullets".

But with the airport expected to remain closed on Friday, Det Ch Supt Jason Tingley said the force would "do what we can to take that drone out of the sky".

The Army has been deployed to assist the police operation.

Dec 21 09:23

Hilarious! Euro-Poodles Were Not Told of Trump's Syria Withdrawal in Advance, Learned of It From the Media

UK and France have troops of their own illegally in Syria alongside the US. UK has a platoon of SAS commandos or so in Syria's south at Al-Tanf, and France has a few hundred of soldiers in the east with the Kurds.

Despite that Trump did not tell Macron, May and their defense officials, who earlier this year also helped him cruise-missile Syria, that he's withdrawing in advance. They had to learn about it from the media like the rest of us:

Dec 21 09:17

Russia launches probe into BBC programming in response to Ofcom ‘in breach’ rulings on RT

The Russian media regulator will probe the programming of BBC World News, which is available in the country, in response to a decision of its British counterpart, which found RT in breach of its rules in seven cases.

In addition to the TV broadcast, the Roskomnadzor (RKN) will check the content of BBC websites to see if it breaches the Russian regulations, the watchdog said in a statement on Friday.

Commenting on the development, the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the probe was “long overdue.”

Dec 21 09:08

War on Terror is won AND lost in single edition of the Daily Telegraph

Either the War on Terror has been won and it’s time to go after Russia, or there’s a new wave of terrorists on their way to Europe. The Telegraph was a confusing read for those who picked up today’s edition.

The British newspaper covered all its bases, by running stories declaring on the one hand “We’ve won the War on Terror,” while on the other, that Europe is under threat from Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists.

Dec 21 09:06

Russophobic tide is rising as Britain is a basket case – George Galloway

In almost 30 years as a member of parliament and another 20 years watching it from the outside, I have never seen – or imagined – a basket-case Britain like this.

"It’s not one damned thing, it’s one damned thing after another," as the former Conservative premier Harold MacMillan once said. That Britain no longer has a functioning prime minister is just one damned thing. Add the dysfunctional government, a parliament of herded cats, a foreign policy deep in disgrace, a media subverted to the core by the deep-state, a wholly uncertain economic future, at "war" with the European continent and with our special relationship to the United States daily undermined by a parallel collapse of the power structures in Washington it’s hard not to be pessimistic about the future.

Dec 21 09:03

Who is the drone maniac? Police will be hunting a PhD-educated climate activist – possibly a hacker – who is a highly organised lone wolf not a hobbyist, experts reveal

The suspect behind the Gatwick Airport drone mayhem is likely to be an organised expert or hacker rather than a 'hobbyist', experts have said.

Police are still hunting the person flying the unmanned aircraft, more than 24 hours after the runway was initially closed.

Officers do not believe the attack is terror-related but there are suspicions the culprit could be an 'eco-warrior'.

Some 350,000 people face having their Christmas plans ruined as Gatwick said the airport would remain closed tonight and could be shut for all of Friday as well.

Dec 21 09:02

Some 600 Whitehall staff are set to be redeployed to prepare for no-deal Brexit, as government steps up contingency plans for preventing Dover standstill and economic crash

Hundreds of staff at Britain's foreign aid department will be redeployed to prepare for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

The Department for International Development (Dfid) last night confirmed that 600 staff will be seconded to other departments as Whitehall steps up contingency plans for Britain leaving the EU in March next year.

The redeployment amounts to one-fifth of the department's staff and could leave it struggling to spend the UK's massive £14 billion aid budget.

Dec 21 08:55

BEX ALERT - Britain blames China's secret service for campaign of 'significant' cyber attacks that tried to steal business secrets by hacking into global firms based in Europe, Asia and the US

Britain today sensationally blamed China for a campaign of global cyber attacks aimed at stealing business secrets from the UK and allied countries.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt blamed Beijing for the 'one of the most significant' cyber attacks ever made against the UK and its allies.

The 'sustained' campaign has tried to steal secrets from global companies based in Europe, Asia and the United States.

British spies have assessed 'with the highest level of probability' that China is to blame for the hacking of corporate giants - warning the attempts to breach security are 'almost certainly' continuing.

Mr Hunt demanded the Chinese offensive action 'stop', warning they breach international agreements made at the G20.

Dec 21 08:42

Russian Media Watchdog Roskomnadzor Launches Probe Into BBC World News in Russia

Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor initiated an inspection of the BBC World News channel in Russia as well as BBC digital editions to verify the media's compliance with the Russian law after the UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) accused RT broadcaster of bias, the watchdog's press service said Friday.

"In connection with the situation regarding the decision made by the UK regulator Ofcom on the violation of the broadcasting rules by the RT channel, Roskomnadzor initiates control measures against BBC World News aired on the territory of Russia, as well as regarding BBC resources on the Internet for compliance of their materials with Russian legislation," the watchdog said.

Dec 20 10:57

THE GUARDIAN FABRICATED, ALTERED AND STEALTHILY RETRACTED THEIR WIKILEAKS-MANAFORT STORY TO MUTED CRITICISM FROM THE ‘FAKE NEWS’ OBSESSIVES

On the 27th of November 2018 the Guardian posted a story claiming that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy in London on three occasions in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

Almost immediately one of the co-authors named Fernando Villavicencio had his name removed from the online article, but still remains on the print copy. In less than four hours they had reworded the article without declaration, adding ‘alleged’ and ‘supposed’ to the central claims. By the end of the day they had quietly disowned the story, and have not promoted nor followed up on any of the claims since.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Guardian has become the "safe space" for all kinds of codswallop to be planted, then quietly removed, before it is finally found to be fake news.

Dec 20 10:35

Skripal vs Khashoggi: Some Countries Are More Equal than Others

International politics and hypocrisy have always gone together like sewers and stink, but the contrast between the recent media and government reactions to the Skripal poisoning, on the one hand, and the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, on the other, reflects a new high water mark for duplicity and deceit by the New World Order and its satraps.

The blizzard of newsfeed and groupthink from the usual talking heads in the immediate aftermath of the “Skripal affair”, as it came to be known, called for serious sanctions against Russia even before any official investigation had been concluded. Some went so far as to call the curious incident an “act of war”. Yet even now, when it is fairly clear that Mohammad bin Salman himself ordered the hit on Khashoggi, no significant action has been taken to jeopardize our relationship with our “great ally” Saudi Arabia for its involvement in the journalist’s murder.

Dec 20 10:09

Members of German and European Parliaments are en route to London to publicly stand up for Julian Assange's human and asylum rights and ensure he is protected from eviction this Christmas

German MPs Heike Haensel and Sevim Dagdelen will meet Julian Assange in the Ecuad. embassy in London on Thursday, 20 Dec. in light of reports of an imminent end to his asylum. They will give a statement outside the embassy at 13:30 and offer interviews in Frontline Club at 15:00.

Dec 20 09:24

‘We should be ashamed’: British govt slammed over 24 percent rise in homelessness

Almost 600 homeless people died last year, according to shocking new government figures, the first time homeless deaths have been recorded for England and Wales. The figure is a 24 percent increase over the last five years.

Dec 20 09:19

Gatwick Airport SHUTDOWN: Army readied as snipers SHOOT drones - NO FLIGHTS for 24 HOURS

GATWICK Airport has been closed after drones flew over the runway forcing all flights in and out to be suspended, leaving hundreds and thousands of travellers hoping to get away for Christmas stranded.

Dec 20 09:18

Drones Flying Over London Gatwick Airport 'Deliberate', Not 'Terror Related' Act

The Sussex Police have stated that they consider the recent flying of drones over London's Gatwick Airport's runway as a "deliberate" yet not terror-related act.

"We are carrying out a joint search w/ @Gatwick_Airport for the operators of #drones sighted at #Gatwick. Public safety is paramount and we will take all available actions to disrupt this deliberate act. There are no indications to suggest this is terror-related," Sussex Police posted on Twitter.

Dec 20 09:05

"The EU offers Brits Halloween at Christmas!"

OK so we’ve had the worst-case scenario for leaving the EU given to us by numerous outlets ranging from the Bank of England to the spoiled prepubescent acting momentum supporter and everyone in-between.

So, I am now going to tell you the worst-case scenario of remaining in the EU based on actual known factors and figures, sourced from the public records of the UK Government, the EU Parliament, The Bank of England, the CBI, Migration watch, The Stock exchanges around the world, the IMF, and the UN.

So those of you who think that this little rant is a tin foil hat moment by myself think again and go and fully research and cross reference what I am about to tell you and remember this is worst-case scenario that could happen unless I clearly point out where it will happen by either a date or other factor.

Dec 20 08:55

Insurance, mobile and broadband companies that rip off their loyal customers by £4billion through 'stealth price rises' face crackdown

Companies that rip off their loyal customers by more than £4bn every year are facing a major crackdown.

The competition watchdog says there should be powers to cap prices, impose fines and name and shame firms that penalise households that do not shop around.

It follows a three-month investigation into five markets – home insurance, mobile, broadband, cash savings and mortgages – where existing customers are routinely charged more than new ones.

Dec 20 08:53

Juncker warns of no deal 'catastrophe' amid fears of grounded British flights and the worst border chaos 'since wartime' as EU reveals its plans for Brexit doomsday

Brussels today threatened to curb British flights and kick out UK ex-pats if there is no Brexit deal.

As the bitter standoff deepened, the EU released details of its plans for what happens if negotiations fail.

According to the plans, British airlines would be allowed to operate flights between the UK and the continent.

However, they would be barred from flying between EU airports, or operating services from Europe to the US.

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said a disorderly British exit would be a 'catastrophe', while one EU official warned of the worst border disruption 'since wartime'.

Dec 20 08:36

#ICYMI: May & Macron. Crisis at Christmas!

Dec 20 07:08

Low-skilled EU migrants free to travel to UK until 2025, Sajid Javid's post-Brexit immigration plans reveal

Tens of thousands of low-skilled migrants from the EU will be free to travel to the UK to look for work until at least 2025, the government has announced.

Under plans revealed in the immigration white paper, a new scheme will allow migrants to continue coming to the UK amid concerns that ending freedom of movement would have a damaging impact on British businesses.

The scheme will be open to all EU states and workers will be free to live and work in Britain for a year before being asked to leave for 12 months before applying again.

Dec 20 07:01

The Battle On Britain

Islington Council has decided to prevent me from performing with the Blockheads at our annual London Christmas concert on 21 December. This ludicrous decision by the Council was in response to pressure from a single pro-Israel campaigner who said he would not attend the concert if I were on stage.

The Blockheads have twice written to the Council demanding its decision be reversed. I have played with the Blockheads for 25 years, we’ve performed more than a thousand concerts, including at least two in Islington, without incident. I appealed to the Council to reconsider, submitting two detailed letters that countered each claim made against me. In return the council shifted its claimed rationale for banning me and answered my appeals with a blitz of misquotes from my work and claims about me that were at best insulting and at worst slanderous, all of which were suspiciously similar to Zionist sources.

Dec 19 10:50

No-deal Brexit plans put 3,500 troops on standby

Emergency no-deal Brexit contingency plans must now be implemented across government, cabinet ministers have agreed, including reserving ferry space for supplies and putting 3,500 armed forces personnel on standby to deal with any disruption.

No 10 confirmed on Tuesday that ministers would “ramp up” no-deal planning, and that the departments would be expected to make it their main priority.

Downing Street said it would send advice on preparing for no-deal to all UK businesses and suggested they should begin implementing their own contingency plans as they saw fit.

Theresa May’s spokesman said the cabinet “agreed that delivering the deal that the prime minister agreed with Brussels remains the government’s top priority and our best no-deal mitigation”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the British government is calling up 3,500 armed troops to be on standby, is very frightening indeed.

Dec 19 08:29

'REAL people voted!' FURIOUS backlash as Gina Miller claims referendum ignored real people

A PROMINENT campaigner for a second referendum received a powerful backlash when she voiced her objectives on a national TV show.

Gina Miller appeared on France 24 as a proponent of a ‘people’s vote’ explaining that, in the event of a second referendum, the vote would need to be “about the lives of real people.” But many people were not happy and took to the internet to vent their fury. One YouTube user said: “Real people did vote already and real people were given a choice about the future of Britain and real people want to save their nation and their sovereignty.”

Dec 19 08:27

Verhofstadt sparks furious row with MPs - 'DON'T tell Britain what to do!'

Tory Brexiteer MP Steve Double lashed out at the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator telling him “its not your job to tell UK MPs what to do”. Mr Double warned the Brussels chief it will be “as much the responsibility of the EU” if Britain leaves without a deal because it had backed the UK into an “untenable position”. He tweeted: “Dear Mr Verhofstast (sic). It's not your job to tell UK MPs what to do in representing our constituents. No one here is glorifying no deal but neither are we afraid.

Dec 19 08:07

Have British Spies Been Hacking the EU?

For those who cannot get past the Telegraph paywall, the gist is that that the European Union has accused the British intelligence agencies of hacking the EU’s side of the Brexit negotiations. Apparently, some highly sensitive and negative EU slides about British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan for Brexit, the Chequers Plan, had landed in the lap of the British government, which then lobbied the EU to suppress publication.

Of course, this could be a genuine leak from the Brussels sieve, as British sources are claiming (well, they would say that, wouldn’t they?). However, it is plausible that this is the work of the spies, either by recruiting a paid-up agent well placed within the Brussels bureaucracy, or through electronic surveillance.

Dec 19 08:04

Drivel hosed out of him like mud from an elephant's trunk: QUENTIN LETTS on Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson (aka 'Private Pike')

Gavin Williamson, or ‘Private Pike’ as Philip Hammond is said to call him, has been Defence Secretary for a year. One word you might think he had learned to pronounce was ‘adversaries’. But no. Out it comes with the emPHAsis on the wrong syLLAble.

A Defence Secretary is meant to fill people with trepidation, so in some ways Mr Williamson is superb at his job. Trouble is, he frightens us loyal British subjects. Pointing in the wrong direction, old bean. It’s the enemy you’re meant to terrify. Or en-EM-y, as he would possibly say.

Yesterday he gave a Commons Statement on the ‘MDP’. Everything in the military world is reduced to acronyms. The MDP is the Modernising Defence Programme, but it may equally stand for Minister Deploys Prattle.

Jeepers, what pseudo-business drivel we heard. It came hosing out of him like mud from an elephant’s trunk.

Dec 19 08:04

Theresa May 'tears up manifesto pledges on social care and education' so the UK can prepare for No Deal doomsday as Health Secretary charters the NHS's own PLANE to fly in cancer treatments

Tory manifesto commitments could be torn up as the government ramps up preparations for no deal Brexit, it emerged today.

Pledges on social care and new technical qualifications are in the firing line for 'reprioritisation' amid the desperate scramble to get ready for crashing out of the EU.

The PM's de facto deputy, David Lidington, has been tasked with identifying which policies cannot be delivered while the Government is tackling Brexit.

The shredding of promises made at last year's election comes after the Cabinet agreed yesterday to activate all no deal contingency plans with just 100 days until Brexit.

Dec 19 08:03

UK Peers Warn of 'Longer-Lasting' Damage to US Ties if Trump Stays President

A Lords select committee that scrutinises the country's international relations has spoken out on recent geopolitical shifts and Britain's place in the tumultuous global community. Specifically, it stressed that the Trump administration's policies have been negatively influencing US-UK relations.

The House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations issued a 117-page report on Tuesday focused on wide-ranging issues, from international relations to cybersecurity, and from the rise of China to the "Russian threat".

The paper in large part is dedicated to London's ties with Washington, its closest and biggest ally, and says that the UK should "continue to resist US challenges to the multilateral system" and seek to boost key international institutions such as the UN, NATO and the WTO.

Dec 19 07:55

The 'Russian Threat' and the Politics of Mass Distraction

With mounting problems at home, the UK Establishment is stepping up its campaign to divert our attention on to non-existent dangers from abroad. The so-called 'Russian threat,' is not only good for the arms industry, and defense budgets, but for politicians who have no answers to the very real threats the British public face in their daily lives.

A knife crime epidemic. A significant rise in the murder rate. The NHS at breaking point. A 60% rise in homelessness since 2010/11 and a sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty. A hideously expensive and unreliable public transport system that is not fit for purpose.

Dec 19 07:48

NO DEAL? NO WORRIES The European Union has more to lose from a No Deal Brexit than a well-prepared UK

While negotiating a deal with the EU is preferable, the No Deal scenarios of food shortages and lack of medicines, put forward by Project Fear doom-mongers, are preposterous

Dec 19 07:47

Our political system is bankrupt. It needs reform.

The last twelve months have revealed massive structural flaws in the current political model. The Tory Party has, just like the Labour Party, always been a coalition of different views. At different moments, different factions were in the ascendancy, but the glue that held the party together was a set of core beliefs based around the role of the individual, liberty and freedom plus a respect for other people’s views. In essence, there was a basic level of tolerance …

The modern Tory Party is a fractured political organisation – not just over Brexit – but around beliefs that in the past would have been taken for granted. Unlike Thatcher, the current PM has no discernible ideology or vision. As a result, the government reacts to events. In these turbulent times, the result is a shambolic chaos. What makes this difficult situation almost terminal is the absence of tolerance. The different Tory factions hate each other.

Dec 19 07:38

Do it CIA style: What you need to know about latest leak on UK-funded psyop

It’s been over a month since hackers began exposing the Scotland-based 'Integrity Initiative' as a UK government-funded propaganda outfit — and gradually new details of the organization's clandestine activities have come to light.

The documents were leaked by a group which claims to be associated with the Anonymous hackers. The first batch of leaks revealed the Integrity Initiative (II) was stealthily operating “clusters” of influencers across Europe working to ensure pro-UK narratives dominate the media. The second batch showed that the organization was also running disinformation campaigns domestically — specifically a smear campaign against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn; all done under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”

Dec 19 07:37

Hundreds of British Troops on Standby for No-Deal Brexit - Reports

The defence secretary also revealed his ministry had not yet received any formal requests from other government departments about using armed forced in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced 3,500 service personnel will be on standby "for any no-deal Brexit disruption."

As Williamson explained during an exchange with Tory MP Will Quince in the House of Commons, the Ministry of Defence had not received "any formal requests from any government departments" about using military personnel in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Dec 19 07:30

'Unraided crack houses and people patrolling their own streets': The stark reality of police cuts

He said: "In the last few months in Thornaby we have seen a notable rise in crime and anti-social behaviour and it has really angered our residents.

"Unfortunately, the way I see things is there are far too many individuals out there who see the lack of police presence on our streets as an opportunity to commit crime, and secondly, do what they want because they get away with it and they won't get caught."

The Labour councillor said he'd been told there were just three police officers patrolling Thornaby , Yarm , Ingleby Barwick and Eaglescliffe at one time.

Cllr Rowling added: "It's not going to work.

Dec 19 03:57

Regulatory bodies should evaluate BBC’s coverage of disorder in Paris - Russian embassy

"We have to state that the British media, which were justly regarded as one of the most independent ones in the past, have considerably spoilt their reputation. It is no surprise that many readers switched to other sources of information: internet media, social networks or alternative media outlets, such as RT"... The UK’s regulatory bodies should evaluate the way BBC covered the disorder in Paris, the press secretary of the Russian Embassy in London told journalists on Tuesday, commenting on the corporation’s recognition that its reporter had been intentionally looking for a "Russian trace" during the disturbances in the French capital. "It is a remarkable fact that instead of conducting independent journalistic work for the sake of objectivity employees have to gain at any cost information that would confirm the interpretation of the events dictated by the administration. As they say, if facts do not correspond to the editorial policy, so much the worse for the facts.

Dec 18 15:34

London’s Islington Council bans pro-Palestinian musician from performing in response to one Israel flag waver

Islington Council has caved in to Zionist pressure and banned musician and writer Gilad Atzmon – a fierce campaigner for justice for the Palestinians – from performing with the Blockheads at a Christmas concert, in response to pressure from a single pro-Israel campaigner.>>

Dec 18 11:41

The Battle On Britain

Islington Council has decided to prevent me from performing with the Blockheads at our annual London Christmas concert on 21 December. This ludicrous decision by the Council was in response to pressure from a single pro-Israel campaigner who said he would not attend the concert if I were on stage.

Dec 18 11:40

British Jews claim right to German citizenship before Brexit

Britons whose ancestors' nationality was stripped away by the Nazis reconcile their roots and gain EU passport.

Dec 18 11:01

Russian cargo ship runs aground off SW England – coastguard

Rescue vessels were heading to assist a Russian bulk cargo ship after it ran aground off beaches in southwest England, Britain’s coastguard said on Tuesday. The 180-meter long ship ‘Kuzma Minin,’ with 18 Russian crew on board, dragged its anchor in strong winds and grounded between the Swanpool and Gyllyngvase beaches near Falmouth in Cornwall, Reuters reports. “There is no cargo on board… There is no report of any pollution,” the coastguard said.

Dec 18 10:58

Allegations of Physical and Sexual Child Abuse Point to UK Charities

Three of Britain's largest childcare charities have been accused of child abuse, with detectives investigating allegations that children were abused while in the care of Barnardo's, Quarriers, and the Aberlour Child Care Trust.

Police Scotland was reported to announce it was investigating claims of historic abuse relating to all of the organisations.

The childcare organizations came into spotlight amid scrutiny by the ongoing Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), which has heard a catalogue of abuse claims from survivors formerly in charities' care.

Dec 18 10:25

UK AND EU AGREE TO MAINTAIN COMMON TRANSITION CONVENTION EVEN IF NO DEAL

The UK has negotiated an agreement to stay in the Common Transit Convention (CTC) even if there is no Brexit deal between the two sides. This means that goods can continue to be transported freely between the UK and the EEA with customs declarations and import duties only being paid when the goods arrive at their final destination. It is particularly important for the Republic of Ireland which transports the majority of its exports to the EU across the UK “land bridge”.

Dec 18 10:15

‘The Irish should know their place’: Brexit exposes Britain’s colonial mindset towards Ireland

Brexit watchers who are not informed on Irish history might recently have been fooled into believing that the ‘Irish Question’ is something new; some strictly Brexit-related conundrum. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, the ‘Irish question’ is a phrase that has been bandied about by the British ruling elite for hundreds of years to refer to the political challenges posed by its colonial entanglement on the island and the ‘problem’ of Irish nationalism and republicanism. In reality then, it is not so much an ‘Irish’ question as a British one.

Dec 18 09:56

How Britain profits from Yemen’s pain

Since 2015, Taiz has been one of the major front lines in a complicated civil war that turned into a proxy war between regional rivals of Iran and Saudi Arabia. Tens of thousands of people have been killed. And it’s not just Taiz, the whole of Yemen has been on the edge of collapse, with food supplies so disrupted that an estimated 14 million people are close to starvation. It is a tragedy of unimaginable proportions. Death is everywhere.

Earlier this year, the UK government announced a £170 million aid package to Yemen, to address this growing humanitarian catastrophe. Sounds quite a lot of money, I suppose. But there is something more than a little ridiculous about the UK giving aid to Yemen, when so many of the bombs and weapons that have destroyed it have originated in our country. According to a new Christian Aid report, over the last five years, the UK has sold over two thirds of its major arms exports to Gulf states, 49% of these to Saudi Arabia.

Dec 18 09:32

Blair: a no vote means no

Tony Blair today suggested that he would not seek another referendum on the EU constitution if it was rejected by the British people.

Under repeated questioning from reporters on whether the poll would be rerun if the answer came back negative, Mr Blair responded: "If the British people vote no, they vote no. You can't then start bringing it back until they vote yes.

"Once the British people make their decision, they make their decision."

This would appear to unambiguously reject a second vote - or futher referendums - although several reporters at the hour-long press conference appeared unconvinced.

Dec 18 06:44

As Brexit nears, UK Jews reclaim German citizenship

(*The Most Infamous World Wide Migrants in history , The Wandering Jews ! )

Dec 17 12:48

London Begins Testing Facial Recognition In Public Despite Being “Staggeringly Inaccurate”

By Nicholas West

It appears that London is ready to roll out the gift of surveillance to its citizens this holiday season. The Met has announced that several areas around central London will be part of a field trial to be conducted today and tomorrow, despite previous reports that the tech is “staggeringly inaccurate.”...

Dec 17 10:21

British Spies Infiltrated Bernie Sanders' Campaign?

The Integrity Initiative, a British pseudo-NGO tasked with running anti-Russian propaganda operation, was recently exposed. Further digging into it revealed a much wider operation. It seems to involve a mole British spies inserted into the Bernie Sanders campaign.

Three weeks ago internal budget proposals and member lists of the Integrity Initiative were posted anonymously on some website. We discussed those in detail under the headline: British Government Runs Secret Anti-Russian Smear Campaigns:

In 2015 the government of Britain launched a secret operation to insert anti-Russia propaganda into the western media stream.
We have already seen many consequences of this and similar programs which are designed to smear anyone who does not follow the anti-Russian government lines. The 'Russian collusion' smear campaign against Donald Trump based on the Steele dossier was also a largely British operation but seems to be part of a different project.

Dec 17 10:00

How Britain stole $45 trillion from India

There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonisation of India - as horrible as it may have been - was not of any major economic benefit to Britain itself. If anything, the administration of India was a cost to Britain. So the fact that the empire was sustained for so long - the story goes - was a gesture of Britain's benevolence.

New research by the renowned economist Utsa Patnaik - just published by Columbia University Press - deals a crushing blow to this narrative. Drawing on nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade, Patnaik calculated that Britain drained a total of nearly $45 trillion from India during the period 1765 to 1938.

Dec 17 09:57

Jaguar Land Rover to 'axe up to 5,000 jobs'

Jaguar Land Rover is planning to announce thousands of job cuts in the new year as part of a £2.5bn savings plan to ward off the threat from Brexit, falling sales in China and a drop in demand for diesel cars.

Britain’s biggest carmaker employs 40,000 in the UK and has already cut 1,000 temporary contract workers at its plant in Solihull, which builds Range Rovers and the Land Rover Discovery SUV. It has also reduced working hours for some workers, including at its Wolverhampton factory in the run-up to Christmas.

Plans for further job cuts come after the firm, which is owned by the Indian conglomerate Tata and is a major employer in the West Midlands, made a £90m loss in the three months to September, hit by falling sales in China and Europe.

Dec 17 09:56

BREXIT LIVE: Furious May delivers ultimatum to MPs - ‘It’s either my deal or no deal’

THERESA May has told MPs that the only options for Brexit are either her deal or no deal as she warned a second referendum would cause “irreparable damage” to the country.

Dec 17 09:55

NO DEAL WARNING: Brussels to unveil NEW PLANS to avoid chaos as May's Brexit deal falters

On Wednesday, the European Commission, Brussels’ powerful executive arm, will release more new contingency plans covering up to 13 areas that will be plunged into chaos if Britain leaves the bloc without a deal. Express.co.uk understands the plans will include an offer to Britain to ensure that both parties’ planes can continue land and takeoff in each other’s airports. The Brussels' offer would only be made under the same strict reciprocal terms offered as part of a bid to keep the UK off of the bloc’s ‘visa-required’ list of third countries.

Dec 17 08:17

BBC Poirot Drama to Reinvent Agatha Christie Tale as Anti-Brexit Parable

The BBC are reinventing Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot story The ABC Murders as a morality tale comparing Brexit to the rise of fascism.

Showrunner Sarah Phelps, previously a writer for the long-running EastEnders soap opera, will shift the story from 1935 to 1933 for her three-part Christmas drama, and “bring Brexit into the mix, inviting audiences to draw parallels between the rise of fascism in 1930s Britain and the state of the nation today,” according to the Telegraph.

Dec 17 08:13

BBC Looks For Russian Interference In French Protests! Zakharova Hits Back With OSCE Suit

The correspondence of the journalist of the BBC Russian Service, Olga Ivshina, in which she asked to find any evidence of “Moscow’s interference” in the mass protests of the yellow vests in France, is an example of propaganda in which the Western media are “most closely” involved. This was announced by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, on Sunday, December 16.

Dec 17 08:11

Check Your Ethics: EU Chief Delivers Stinging Rebuke to 'Authors of Brexit'

European Union Cheif, Donald Tusk, has delivered perhaps his most stinging rebuke yet of Brexit supporters, calling upon them to consider their "ethics."

Speaking at an event in Dortmund, Germany, over the weekend, Mr. Tusk said that he wanted to remind world leaders that political decisions have potentially cataclysmic consequences, pointing to Brexit as an example of a situation where leaders need to consider their choices and actions clearly.

Dec 17 08:00

Nigel Farage just gave an OUTSTANDING Speech on Brexit, Gets a Standing Ovation

Dec 17 07:59

The EU-Irish Conspiracy Against Brexit Exposed in revealing speech

Dec 17 07:58

"She Needs to Resign" Nigel Farage DESTROYS Theresa May over brexit handling

Dec 17 07:57

Run-down Britain and how we can fix it

Neoliberalism and a decade of austerity have left many parts of Britain looking very shabby. Only a return to the more dirigiste post-war economic model and a major program of public investment will reverse the decline.

Unlike 'Inside the Tent' members of the ‘punditocracy,’ most of whom show no evidence of ever straying beyond London and the big metropolitan centers, I travel a lot around the UK.

I have never seen the country in such bad shape.

Once prosperous market towns are full of boarded-up shops and businesses. Seaside resorts that used to be thriving places have a distinct down-at-heel feel. The trains we travel on are overcrowded, overpriced and unreliable.

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Dec 17 07:55

Dead end: UK's Theresa May has led her party & country into an impasse

British Prime Minister Theresa May is a politician who holds on to power through defeats. Even though she survived a no-confidence vote held within her own Conservative Party this week, it was also a sort of defeat.

She achieved high office (Home Secretary) thanks to David Cameron, who failed to gain a majority in Parliament at the 2010 election, in spite of the fact that Labour had been in power since 1997 and that the outgoing prime minister, Gordon Brown, was deeply unpopular. Cameron had to govern in coalition with the Liberals.

Theresa May then became Prime Minister in 2016, after Cameron resigned having been defeated, like her, in the referendum on Brexit. She and her boss had campaigned for Remain.

Dec 17 07:54

Iraqi president drops British citizenship

Iraqi President Barham Salih has renounced his British citizenship in adherence to the country’s Constitution, according to the Iraqi presidency on Sunday.

The Iraqi Constitution bans dual nationality for officials.

“All legal measures to give up the British citizenship have been completed,” presidential spokesman Luqman al-Feili said in a statement.

Salih was elected president of Iraq on October 2.

Dec 17 07:19

Who the hell does Blair think he is? DOMINIC LAWSON on the former PM's outrageous one-man mission to Brussels as he pushes for a second referendum

A recent poll showed that only two per cent of the British population have a 'very favourable' opinion of Mr Blair.

It is the sort of approval rating a mass-murderer might be expected to get — which happens to be how many members of his own party describe him, in the wake of the Iraq war.

Dec 17 07:14

Albanian illegal immigrant, 25, who led police on 100mph chase before crashing into a family's home and sending bricks and debris flying into their young son's bedroom is jailed for a year

An illegal immigrant who led police on a 100mph chase before crashing into a family home has been jailed for a year.

Eljado Prendaj, 25, struck the family's cars so hard that one was forced into the property, sending bricks and debris flying into their young son's room.

Both cars were written off and the home - which suffered £40,000 worth of damage - was deemed unsafe.

Dec 17 06:56

Happy Christmas! Bloodhound SSC refuelled by Yorkshire business chap

In news that will bring festive cheer to fans of plucky Brit engineering efforts, the Bloodhound 1,000mph car project has been lobbed a lifeline by Yorkshire-based entrepreneur Ian Warhurst.

Warhurst, who sold his Barnsley-based company, Melett, for an undisclosed sum to US outfit Wabtec this time last year, snapped up the business and assets of Bloodhound after the thing went TITSUP* on 7 December.

The deal was signed off on 14 December, and Warhurst will be meeting the team in the New Year, once their Christmas hangovers have subsided.

Dec 17 06:47

Why are people spending less this Christmas?

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that wages are continuing to rise at their highest level for nearly a decade.

Yet an analysis done for the BBC by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in September shows that on average, people's real annual wages are £800 lower than ten years ago.

Some of the young adults the BBC spoke to said that they were living on less income in 2018 than they did previously, so they don't have much money for Christmas this year.

But wages are not the only reason for this. Many British consumers are also feeling the pinch due to the rising price of groceries and other essentials like energy bills, thanks to inflation and the fall in the pound.

Dec 16 18:09

November shopper footfall 'worst since recession'

The number of people out shopping in the UK in November dropped to its lowest level since the 2008 recession, retail researchers say.

Dec 16 18:08

Bad weather hits Christmas shopping on the High Street

Bad weather and the lure of online shopping saw consumers shun UK High Streets on one of the busiest days before Christmas.

Retail experts Springboard estimate numbers were 9% lower on Saturday, compared with the same time last year.

Including shopping centres and retail parks, footfall was 7.3% lower.

Dec 16 18:07

Retailers shut 2,700 shops in first half of the year

About 14 shops are closing every day as UK High Streets face their toughest trading climate in five years, a report has found.

A net 1,123 stores disappeared from Britain's top 500 high streets in the first six months of the year, according to the accountancy firm PwC.

It said fashion and electrical stores had suffered most as customers did more shopping online.

Restaurants and pubs also floundered as fewer people go out to eat or drink.

Dec 16 08:59

BBC Stringer Admits Channel Craving Any Proof of Russian "Role" in Paris Rallies

A BBC stringer has admitted that the broadcaster is in the search of any proof of Russia’s alleged role in the "Yellow Vests" protests in Paris, demanding that its journalists seek any leads that would point to Moscow, a correspondence obtained by Sputnik showed.

Sputnik has obtained the correspondence of the BBC journalist, who wrote a message to one of the stringers covering Yellow Vest demonstrations in Paris, trying to find out whether Russia had something to do with the protests in the French capital. The stringer, in turn, explained that she had not seen any Russians at the protests.

Dec 16 08:50

REVEALED: Why Macron is scared of THIS Brexit clause – 'France’s WORST NIGHTMARE'

France has “fought for 40 years” against Britain striking a deal that would hand them frictionless trade with the EU without the laws. According to Tory MP Neil O’Brien, who voted Leave in the referendum, the contentious backstop agreement is Emmanuel Macron’s “worst nightmare”. Despite what hardline Brexiteers claim, Mr O’Brien claims that the backstop could actually hand Britain a huge economic boost while tearing at the fabric of the EU.

Speaking on BBC’s Week In Westminister, Mr O’Brien said he would have taken this deal if the EU offered Britain this before the referendum.

He explained: “The backstop is France’s worst nightmare.

“If we ended up in it, which I don’t think we will, we would have complete tariff-free access to the EU but not have to obey any new laws.

“That is what the French has been working for 40 years to try and avoid.”

Dec 16 08:49

Ignore the managed no deal fear-mongering

One of the sillier Project Fear scares has been that if we just leave the EU there will be no agreements in place to allow planes to fly to and from the EU and the UK.

The Transport Secretary has recently reported that the UK has now concluded all of the third country aviation agreements needed with non EU countries, save four small countries still to be completed. Those agreed include the USA, Canada, Switzerland and Israel.

Within the EU the Commission has made clear that in all circumstances including a so called No deal exit there will be an agreement between the UK and EU after Brexit allowing routine aviation to continue as before between the UK and EU.

Individual member states have also expressed a willingness to put in place any arrangements needed to ensure continuation of air services.

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