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Jun 24 07:57

Hundreds evacuated from London tower blocks over fears of Grenfell repeat

Hundreds of residents of a housing estate in north London have been evacuated overnight after fire inspectors said five tower blocks were at risk following the Grenfell Tower blaze.

People living on Chalcots estate in Swiss Cottage were woken during the night and told to leave their homes immediately after Camden council became the first in the country to order an evacuation of blocks at risk of a similar fire.

Jun 23 20:50

Grenfell Tower residents NOT offered sprinklers like council chief said

RESIDENTS of the tragic Grenfell Tower block were not asked if they wanted sprinklers in the building as part of the ill-fated £8.6million refurbishment, Express.co.uk can exclusively reveal.

Nicholas Paget-Brown, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, was widely criticised last week after he appeared to lay the blame for there being no sprinklers inside the 24-storey building during an interview on Newsnight on BBC2.

He suggested residents had been given the option of sprinklers in the 120-flat block, but snubbed the chance amid fears it would prolong the project.

However, Express.co.uk has discovered the option of having sprinklers was never put on the table to residents or as part of the proposal.

Jun 23 20:48

'Grenfell changes everything' Thousands evacuated from tower with flammable cladding

An entire high-rise estate in Camden, north London has been evacuated after fears the building had the same cladding that fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire.

It is believed that 800 homes in the Chalcots Estate have been emptied.

Jun 23 18:05

Fire safety expert criticises Theresa May over Grenfell fire

A fire safety expert has criticised Theresa May for not convening a Cobra meeting to support local authorities in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Jun 23 17:00

UK police would not cope with repeat of 2011 ‘mass riots’

Police have warned that harsh cuts will leave them unable to deal effectively with terrorism and cybercrime, and struggling to respond to riots like those which swept England in summer 2011, a senior officer has warned.

Jun 23 15:34

UK police would not cope with repeat of 2011 ‘mass riots’

Police have warned that harsh cuts will leave them unable to deal effectively with terrorism and cybercrime, and struggling to respond to riots like those which swept England in summer 2011, a senior officer has warned.

Chief Constable Dave Thompson, who heads the West Midlands force, has said that unless funding is stabilized, cuts will affect everything from public order to cybercrime.

Jun 23 15:33

Fire safety expert criticises Theresa May over Grenfell fire

A fire safety expert has criticised Theresa May for not convening a Cobra meeting to support local authorities in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Stephen MacKenzie said he thought Camden council “had done the sensible thing” by evacuating hundreds of people from five tower blocks.

Jun 23 15:31

Court Rules UK Government Acted Illegally In Blocking Israel Boycott

The judgment also declared that "anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian campaigning is not in itself anti-Semitic"

Jun 23 14:40

Palestine: another desperate cry for help

As Palestinian Christians warn that they are “on the verge of a catastrophic collapse”, Stuart Littlewood calls for a national campaign to visit all UK churches and shame them by asking what links they have with the Holy Land.>>

Jun 23 12:46

Camden flats to be evacuated over cladding

More than 100 homes in a tower block on a council estate in Camden, north London, are be evacuated because of safety concerns over cladding in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Camden Council says residents in 161 flats in the Taplow block, one of five towers on the Chalcots estate, will be moved for "urgent fire safety works".

Jun 23 10:42

Jeremy Corbyn beats Theresa May in new poll for the first time

Jeremy Corbyn has overtaken Theresa May for the first time in a poll asking who would make the best prime minister.

The YouGov survey for The Times found that 35 per cent of respondents thought the Labour leader would make the country’s best leader.

Jun 23 10:03

Police consider manslaughter charges for London fire after cladding tiles fail safety tests

The police also said that insulation and tiles used in the building’s exterior cladding had failed fire safety tests.

“Preliminary tests on the insulation samples collected from Grenfell Tower showed that they combusted soon after the test started. The initial test on the cladding tiles also failed the safety tests,” Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack told reporters.

Jun 23 09:32

Police considering manslaughter charges in Grenfell Tower fire investigation

The fire that swept through Grenfell Tower in West London last week started with a faulty fridge freezer, and the outside cladding failed safety tests, police say.

Speaking to reporters at Scotland Yard, Metropolitan Police Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack confirmed the force will consider manslaughter charges as part of its inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire.

Jun 23 09:06

REVEALED: Vince Cable in secret talks with Conservative Remainers to frustrate Brexit

VINCE Cable has admitted he is holding secret talks with Europhile MPs in the Conservative party in an attempt to scupper Brexit.

Jun 23 08:56

Soros on Brexit: "If everything goes well, there will be a new marriage before the divorce."

George Soros, the multi-billionaire behind the NGOs who are responsible for virtually all the latest "color revolutions" attempts said that economic contingencies will force the United Kingdom to lower its living standards after Brexit.

Jun 23 08:55

London Mayor Urges UK PM May 'to Abandon Her Extreme, Hard Brexit Approach'

UK Prime Minister Theresa May should abandon her hard approach to leaving the European Union, as it damages the interests of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, and UK citizens residing in the bloc, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Friday.

Jun 23 08:51

Today is Brext Britain’s Independence Day – A Year on Since the Vote

On June 23rd, 2016, Britain voted to leave the European Union. In one of the most startling political upsets to the British and European Establishment, the highest ever voter turnout rejected the Globalist EU and opted to be a self-governing, sovereign nation state

Jun 23 08:48

Grenfell Tower was riddled with ASBESTOS which blew over neighbouring homes

GRENFELL Tower contained high levels of potentially lethal asbestos in each of the 120 flats, which then blew over neighbouring homes, health officials have admitted.

Asbestos was found in artex in ceilings of the individual flats, and in panels inside airing cupboards.

The toxic substance can cause fatal lung disease asbestosis if inhaled, and there are fears the substance fell over hundreds of homes in low-rise flats blocks east of the now gutted tower.

Jun 23 08:32

Israel boycott restrictions thrown out by UK’s High Court

The High Court in London ruled on Thursday that the Conservative government acted unlawfully in trying to prevent local councils in the United Kingdom from divesting from firms involved in Israel’s military occupation.

Jun 22 17:09

Tory government forced to reverse £400m in Metropolitan police cuts

The Metropolitan Police will not have to find cuts worth hundreds of millions of pounds over the next three years, the Home Office has announced, following calls for the force’s budget to be protected in the wake of two terror attacks.

Jun 22 16:20

'I hate Brexit from every angle!' Netherlands PM still 'dreams' UK won't leave the EU

MARK RUTTE has admitted he “hates Brexit from every angle” and “dreams” the UK will change its decision.

Jun 22 16:09

700 EU laws introduced in Britain since EU referendum - and 1,200 expected before Brexit

SEVEN-HUNDRED laws from the European Union have been introduced in Britain since the Brexit vote - adding to the estimated 19,000 EU regulations, directives and other rules already embedded in UK law.

Britain is set to officially break from the bloc in March 2019, but years of complications could follow when directives are untangled.

The Government will need to decide which legislation to keep, and which to throw out, after Brexit.

Before the leave date an estimated 1,260 rules might be embedded in British law.

Jun 22 15:51

Jeremy Corbyn beats Theresa May in new poll

Jeremy Corbyn has overtaken Theresa May for the first time in a poll asking who would make the best prime minister.

The YouGov survey for The Times found that 35 per cent of respondents thought the Labour leader would make the country's best leader.

Jun 22 14:14

Corbyn Attacks ‘Government Without A Majority’ For ‘Thin Gruel’ Queen’s Speech

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has criticized the “threadbare legislative program” offered up by UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s “government without a majority” and declared his own party is ready to lead Britain instead.

Jun 22 13:58

UK ‘Day Of Rage’ Protesters Call On May To Resign

Hundreds of angry protesters have rallied in the “Day of Rage” demonstrations across London to urge British Prime Minister Theresa May to resign over her failed policies.

Jun 22 13:29

Firefighter at Grenfell Writes About What it was really like

As always we were woken with a start: the lights came on and the automated Tannoy voice started shouting our call signs. Getting dressed I looked at the clock. I had lain down less than an hour ago. I headed down the pole to the trucks and was handed the call slip “Make pumps plenty”. What? That’s a big incident.

Jun 22 13:21

Stay Strong London Firefighters, Al-Qaeda Supports You

By Brandon Turbeville

As the Grenfell tower fire began to die down, propaganda began ramping up in England. Channel 4, long known to support terrorist organizations and the war in Syria, aired a shockingly insulting video directed at London firefighters that scarcely anyone in the firefighting community or general public even noticed. The Channel 4 program aired what was supposed to be another round of tribute for London firefighters and their bravery at Grenfell, but what it actually showed was terrorist support group White Helmets “expressing solidarity” for the London firefighters and holding up banners expressing the same sentiment.

“Long distance prevent us from coming to help but we felt London’s pain through last night’s events. Our hearts are with you. #WhiteHelmets #Idlib,” the banners read, with pictures of terrorists holding these banners flashing throughout the video...

Jun 22 09:56

Church ‘colluded’ with bishop to conceal his ‘sadistic’ sex crimes – report

Senior figures in the Church of England (CoE) have been found guilty of “colluding” with a former bishop jailed for a string of sexual offenses on young men and teenagers over a period of two decades.

Former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester Peter Ball was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 after admitting to sexually abusing 18 people aged 17-25 while in service.

Ball, described as a “sadistic sexual predator” by his victims, even admitted to abusing a 12-year-old. He was released in February after his sentence was shortened to 16 months.

Jun 22 09:37

UK population explosion: 65.6 million now live here in sharpest annual rise since 1947

BRITAIN'S population has seen its sharpest increase in nearly 70 years largely as a result of mass immigration, official figures showed today.

Data showed there were an estimated an estimated 65,648,000 people living in the country at the end of June last year.

Over the 12 months to the middle of 2016, the number of inhabitants went up by 0.8 per cent or 538,000. It was an increase roughly equivalent to the population of Bradford.

In numerical terms the total represented the largest rise since the 551,000 increase record in the 12 months to mid-1947, a surge cause mainly by the post-war baby boom.

Jun 22 09:34

Brexit boom for Britain as factory orders hit their highest level for nearly 30 years

BRITISH factory orders have hit their highest level for nearly 30 years, the CBI business organisation revealed today.

The figures will fuel optimism for Britain's economic future as we prepare to leave the European Union.

They also bear out analysis that the fall in the value of the pound since the EU referendum a year ago today, on June 23, 2016, has significantly boosted industry and particularly exporters.

Jun 22 07:56

Grenfell Tower: 16 council inspections failed to stop use of flammable cladding

Officials tasked with enforcing strict fire regulations didn’t prevent use of material effectively banned on tall buildings

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And the tower is still standing!

Jun 21 18:02

Chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea Council Nicholas Holgate resigns over Grenfell Tower inferno

Frustrated residents claim they had repeatedly warned the council about fire safety in the building before the tragedy.

The Sun revealed Kensington council boasted Grenfell Tower’s fire safety standards were exemplary – and should be extended to all other major works.

Jun 21 14:39

In London, A Day of Rage Attempts to Bring Down the Government

Protestors took to the streets of London purportedly in response to the tragic fire at Grenfell Towers; but the reality is that this is nothing but the Militant Left using undemocratic means to force another election.

Jun 21 12:57

Tory government forced to reverse £400m in Metropolitan police cuts

The Metropolitan Police will not have to find cuts worth hundreds of millions of pounds over the next three years, the Home Office has announced, following calls for the force’s budget to be protected in the wake of two terror attacks.

Jun 21 11:47

US Aggression in Syria: Testing Russia’s Resolve

On Tuesday, for the fifth time in recent weeks, US warplanes attacked Syrian military targets, flagrant acts of aggression.

They’re part of Washington’s diabolical regime change plan – at the same time, testing Russia’s resolve in the wake of its announced halt in cooperating with America in Syrian airspace, following the downing of one of its Su-22 planes.

The latest incident involved a US F-15 warplane, downing a Syrian drone near its border with Iraq and Jordan.

A US-led coalition statement lied, claiming the UAV “displaced hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces.” Calling naked aggression self-defense is the last refuge of a rogue state. America and Israel are Exhibits A and B.
On June 8, a US warplane downed another Syrian UAV in the same southern part of the country.

Washington claiming it doesn’t seek to fight Syria and allied forces is a bald-faced lie. Actions in the air and on the ground speak for themselves.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These illegal, hostile acts by the Unhinged, Surveilled State of America will have consequences; it is not as though those in the bowels of power in DC don't know this.

This massive push against Syria is calculated to create a pushback, militarily, from Iran, to give the US government the "justification" to attack it.

But what doesn't seem to factor into the calculus here, is that should such an attack happen, Russia will immediately come to Iran's aid, militarily.

And were I a betting woman, I would definitely not bet against this, and neither should the American Deep State.

Jun 21 11:03

Can Theresa May Legally form a Majority Gov’t with DUP?

Theresa May’s deal with the Democratic Unionist Party will reportedly face a legal challenge on the grounds it breaches the Good Friday Agreement.

Jun 21 09:03

Grenfell Tower survivors will be rehoused in luxury Kensington Row apartments

Residents left homeless by the Grenfell Tower disaster will be moved to 68 flats luxury homes in nearby Kensington Row, the government has announced.

The flats will be acquired to house the survivors of the fire, which left at least 79 people dead. Private apartments in the luxury block in west London can cost at least £1.5m.

Jun 21 08:26

Legalizing cannabis would dramatically improve public health while depriving criminal gangs of a major revenue source, says U.K. political leader

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg thinks that cannabis should be legalized across the United Kingdom. He contends that legalization will bring in $1 billion in annual tax revenue while depriving criminal gangs of a major revenue source. He also believes a standard, regulated product would prevent purchases of high THC skunk strains that are dominating the black market.

Jun 21 08:21

Riot police lockdown Stamford Hill estate in London’s north and find cache of weapons

Youths clashed with armed police at Stamford Hill, in north London, an area known for its Hasidic community, the largest concentration of Haredi Jews in Europe.

It is alleged to be the second successive night of violence in the suburb, which is very close to Finsbury Park, which saw what police are stating was a terrorist attack on Muslims on Monday.

Jun 21 07:14

Immigration from central and eastern Europe 'has plunged since Brexit vote'

Experts said the number of new National Insurance Numbers allocated to migrants from the so-called Accession 8 or A8 nations had fallen to its lowest level since they joined the European Union 13 years ago.

National Insurance Numbers, or NINos, are regarded as a guideline to migration as they are required by people seeking to work legally or claim benefits or tax credits in the UK.

Jun 21 07:05

'Stupid and dangerous' Corbyn savaged as he fails to condemn Day of Rage protest march

JEREMY Corbyn has come under fire yet again after he failed to condemn a ‘Day of Rage’ march when thousands of militants plan to bring down the government.

Jun 21 07:03

How the queen’s speech could bring down Theresa May

If the government cannot get enough votes in the House of Commons for its legislative program then another election is very likely.

Jun 20 15:19

DUP cast doubt on Tory deal

The DUP has said problems have arisen in its discussions with the Tories over the Northern Irish party’s 10 MPs supporting a minority Conservative government.

Jun 20 13:22

Labour calls for in-depth investigation into Rupert Murdoch's takeover bid

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has called on the culture secretary to refer Rupert Murdoch’s proposed £11.7bn takeover of Sky to the competition authorities for further scrutiny.

Jun 20 11:39

'Shape Up Or Ship Out!' It’s Make-Or-Break Week For PM Theresa May

With history conspiring against her, and forces inside and outside her own party baying for Theresa May’s downfall, RT looks at the prime minister’s troubles and examines her prospects of clinging to power beyond Friday.

Jun 20 10:22

Absolutely disgusting: Grenfell Tower fire survivors are sleeping rough

Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire are sleeping rough in parks and cars, according to the newly elected Laboour MP for Kensington.

Jun 20 09:31

Mass protests for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

Several hundred people have attended a rally to demand “justice” for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Emma Dent Coad, the newly elected Labour MP for Kensington, and human rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC spoke at the rally in a community centre near the tower where at least 79 people died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Jun 20 09:05

‘WHY IS NOBODY REPORTING THE REAL DEATH TOLL?’ GRENFELL TOWER SURVIVORS ASK

A growing number of volunteers and residents who survived the Grenfell Tower fire in West London last week believe authorities and the media are deliberately downplaying the true scale of fatalities and key details of the deadly inferno.

On Monday, police confirmed 79 people are known to have died in the fire.

Of these, just five have been formally identified, while the other 74 are missing, presumed dead.

Authorities have always said the figure could rise much higher, as the tower block was able to house up to 600 people.

Early on in the wake of the tragedy, the media faced a backlash among public figures like rapper Akala and pop star Lily Allen over the low reported death toll, which for several days stood at just 17 despite the block being densely populated.

Allen, who is from the area, told Channel 4 News at the time: “I have never in my entire life seen an event like this where the death count has been downplayed by the mainstream media. 17?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am betting that the real estimates of deaths are probably far closer to those stated by Ms. Allen.

Jun 20 08:56

'Killer' cladding was TOXIC: Makers of insulation installed to 'pimp up' Grenfell Tower warned that it emitted noxious gases when burned

But it has also emerged that the insulation used beneath the cladding, called Celotex RS5000, also came with fire safety warnings.

A safety sheet published on the manufacturer's website states: 'The products will burn if exposed to a fire of sufficient heat and intensity.

'As with all organic materials, toxic gases will be released with combustion... store away from all possible sources of ignition.'

The gas released if the temperature is high enough is hydrogen cyanide, which can be fatal if inhaled. Temperatures in the building reached an estimated 1000C.

Jun 20 07:51

UK AND FRANCE PROPOSE AUTOMATED CENSORSHIP OF ONLINE CONTENT

By OpenRightsGroup: Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron’s plans to make Internet companies liable for ‘extremist’ content on their platforms are fraught with challenges. They entail automated censorship, risking the removal of unobjectionable content and harming everyone’s right to free expression.

The Government quietly announced Tuesday June 13th that Theresa May and the French President Emmanuel Macron will talk today about making tech companies legally liable if they “fail to remove unacceptable content”. The UK and France would work with tech companies “to develop tools to identify and remove harmful material automatically”.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What concerns me here is, in the worlds of Macron and May, when does truth become "objectionable", to the point of even becoming criminal?!?

I am a Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence as a way to resolve issues, and constantly exhorts her government to use hard-won moral negotiations as the best way of resolving geopolitical issues.

Probably neither May nor Macron like my reporting on the Saudi genocide in Yemen, enabled by the US military (and BTW, who, please, sold the Saudis the white phosphorus which they are using in Yemen?!?); would that be consigned to the bit bucket, courtesy of their algorithms?!?

Radicalism doesn't come from nothing. There are those in the West who would assure you that this is true, but it is not; it comes from living in a Western-sponsored corrupt dictatorship, or seeing your child, your auntie, your mom, your brother, your friends, being blown to smithereens, courtesy of a drone weapon, as the US, France, and the UK expropriate resources to which they have no moral right, then make sure those resources are only sold in "acceptable" currencies.

So to Prime Minister May, President Macron, and President Trump, a word, please. The US, the UK, and France have some of the finest universities, and scientific minds in the world. Together, you could create a consortium developing usable, workable alternative energy which could, collectively, be patented as a revenue stream, to be divided equally among your countries, and provide a very healthy stipend for each university which was part of this process.

Such a development would be an absolute game-changer, and lead to other significant scientific discoveries as well; or, your countries can continue to murder and regime change in order to control the fossil fuel and mineral or elemental resources (like lithium), as you have for decades.

Jun 20 07:41

London attack: 'Aggressive' and 'strange' suspect vowed to 'do some damage'

One dead and 11 injured after van ploughs into Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park in fourth UK attack in past three months

Jun 20 07:31

Grenfell Tower firefighters 'put out fridge fire' before flats erupted into deadly inferno

FIREFIGHTERS had extinguished the fridge fire at Grenfell Tower and were leaving the block when the blaze flared dangerously out of control, it has been revealed.

Fire crews thought they had put out the blaze at the tower when they saw flames rising up the side of the building, firefighters told Panorama.

Jun 20 05:48

BREAKING: EU and Britain agree to HARD BREXIT on DAY ONE of negotiations!

David Davis and EU rule out soft Brexit on day one of negotiations

David Davis and the EU slammed the door on any prospect of a “soft” Brexit as formal negotiations on leaving the EU finally got underway in Brussels.

Jun 19 17:25

Mass protests for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

Several hundred people have attended a rally to demand “justice” for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

Emma Dent Coad, the newly elected Labour MP for Kensington, and human rights barrister Michael Mansfield QC spoke at the rally in a community centre near the tower where at least 79 people died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Jun 19 16:22

Four ministers were warned about tower block fire risks

Four separate government ministers were warned that fire regulations were not keeping people safe, in letters that have subsequently been seen by the BBC.

In the leaked letters, experts warn that those living in tower blocks like Grenfell Tower were "at risk".

Jun 19 16:18

Rescue teams 'find bodies of 42 people crammed into one room in Grenfell Tower as they desperately tried to shield from the fire'

A video uploaded on YouTube shows an unnamed man speaking in front of the burned out tower. He said: 'He said: 'I've got a friend who works for the fire brigade here, yeah? Yesterday on the phone he said they found about 42 bodies in one room, all hiding together. No-one knows that.'

'It's only because we know the brother, he's a fireman, that he told us this - but he can't tell you lot that.

'He can't come out because he'll probably get the sack or something. But he said they found 42 bodies in one room, bruv, in one room. From children to old people.'

The number has not been confirmed by police or the fire service.

Jun 19 15:25

HCA failed to do its job at Grenfell Tower that resulted in high bodycount

The Homes & Community Agency (HCA) is the UK state regulatory body for social housing; its job is to monitor the performance, finances and provision of services of landlords. Missing from the media coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster so far is any discussion of what relation the HCA has to this horror story of corporate murder.

Jun 19 15:22

Voice of reason: Jeremy Corbyn increases pressure on Tories to do the right thing and house fire victims

Jeremy Corbyn has called on his supporters to “occupy” empty buildings to find homes for victims of Grenfell Tower fire.

The Labour leader upped the pressure on ministers to do more to find homes for families who lost everything in the tragedy in west London.

Jun 19 15:18

A dangerous mess: The UK's housing crisis

In 1915 in Govan, just south of the river Clyde in Glasgow, bands of women torpedoed flour bombs at creeping eviction enforcers from the towering windows of their tenements. Exasperated by increasingly predacious landlords and the rising rate of evictions for those that couldn’t make their rent, and armed with a sound understanding of the sticky power of flour in the UK’s rainiest city, the women organised. A carefully coordinated eight month rent strike followed, and working class women paved the way for the Rent Restrictions Act 1915, Britain’s first form of rent control.

Jun 19 09:38

How is London’s Grenfell Tower Still Standing?

Yesterday’s news about the Grenfell Tower in London going up in flames has me a bit confused.

On September 11th, 2001 the Twin Towers in New York City both sustained a great amount of fire damage and each building collapsed at near free fall speed. They disintegrated into dust!

Jun 19 09:31

Finsbury Park Cover-up? PM May says ‘Lone Wolf’ – But 4 separate witnesses say THREE men were in attack van

Watch the following BBC segment from this afternoon; at the 1 min 50 second mark, May clearly states, “The early assessment with the police is that the attacker acted alone.”

However, at least four separate testimonies were made on camera this morning at the scene of the incident – which tell an entirely different story.
Question: With such a high-profile incident, how is it possible that the official statement could differ so greatly from multiple eye-witnesses on the ground?

Jun 19 09:21

Brexit Negotiations Finally Begin – But Will the “Two-Year Parliament” Destroy the Whole Process

It has taken almost exactly one year from when the British people voted to leave the European Union to start the negotiations which began today.

Jun 19 09:01

Britain, EU start historic Brexit talks

Britain and the European Union began their first formal Brexit negotiations Monday, under pressure to seal a deal amid disarray in London over whether to go for a hard or soft divorce.

At stake is not just Britain's future but also Europe's post-war political order and its place in the world which could be fatally undermined without an agreement by the March 2019 deadline.

The EU's chief negotiator, France's Michel Barnier, welcomed his counterpart David Davis with a handshake and smiles for the press in the European Commission's landmark headquarters in central Brussels flanked by the EU and British flags.

Jun 19 09:00

Two women feared dead in Grenfell Tower were 'threatened with legal action' after questioning fire safety

Two women feared dead in the Grenfell Tower tragedy were allegedly threatened with legal action after they campaigned for improved fire safety.

Mariem Elgwahry, 27, and Nadia Choucair, 33, reportedly received letters ordering them to stop their campaign for improved safety.

Both women were fighting the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation for building improvements, with help from the Radical Housing Network, The Mirror reports.

Pilgrim Tucker, who works for the group, told the paper: “The TMO’s response was to threaten tenants with legal action and send out letters. Nadia and Mariem would have received them too.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whoever signed off on the decision to use totally flammable cladding on the building, and not improve the horrific fire safety issues here should spend the rest of their miserable lives in prison.

Jun 19 08:50

FEARS OF A GRENFELL TOWER COVER-UP AS LABOUR MP WHO LOST ARTIST FRIEND URGES POLICE TO CARRY OUT RAIDS TO STOP FIRMS AND COUNCILS FROM DESTROYING EVIDENCE

Fears of a Grenfell Tower cover-up has led to calls for raids to take place on businesses and authorities at the centre of the investigation into the deadly inferno.

The Prime Minister and the Metropolitan Police have been urged to seize any potentially-incriminating evidence before it can be destroyed.
Council chiefs and building firms could face manslaughter charges over the disaster, in which at least 58 have been killed, a former Director of Public Prosecutions has said.

And Labour MP David Lammy demanded urgent action, claiming contractors were expunging details of their work on the tower from their websites.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the pattern of decision making which lead to this inferno could possibly be covered up in such a way as to prevent getting to the bottom of what really happened here, is an horrific insult to those who died as a result of this blaze, and their families.

Jun 19 08:44

Theresa May condemns 'sickening' attack on Finsbury Park Muslims

A man died and 10 people were injured after a van was rammed into a crowd of worshippers near a mosque in north London, in the latest terror attack to hit the UK this year.

Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes as the incident unfolded just after midnight, when evening Ramadan prayers had finished.
A 48-year-old white man was wrestled to the ground by members of the public and then arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder, authorities said.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said the attack was directed at Muslims and condemned it as "every bit as sickening" as deadly Islamist attacks that hit the country in recent months.
Latest developments:

-- Police say they believe there was only one man in the van.
-- An imam stopped the crowd from hitting and kicking the attacker.
-- Witnesses saw a man underneath the van.
-- Eight people were hospitalized, all Muslim.
-- Van appears to be a hire vehicle from a company in Wales.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is as sick and senseless as are the wars for resource domination which drive them.

My first cousin is an exceptionally bright person, a professor emeritus of Constitutional Law at a prestigious university.

We frequently talk about countries like the US and UK investing in their universities to create usable, workable alternative energy, then patenting it, as a a revenue stream.

I cannot fathom that the "deep state" in both countries does not recognise how critical this is to preventing further wars for resources, and will not move forward with this, with all the blood and money spent on battlefields - and beyond - as in this case of terror - which, ultimately, would not have to happen.

Jun 19 08:39

Grenfell Is a Monument to Tory Britain

Neither oversight, negligence, nor malfeasance lies at the root of the Glenfell Tower fire in West London. Strip away the sickening obfuscation and platitudes, peddled by the usual coterie of confected politicians, and the roots of this disaster lie in the virulent disdain, bordering on hatred, of poor and working class people by the rich in a society which in 2017 is a utopia for the few and a dystopia for far too many.

Jun 19 08:17

1 million UK bank customers forced to use new codes

Almost 1 million UK bank customers will be forced to have to use new six-digit sort codes as the high street lenders implement rules intended to make the financial system safer, a Bank of England official has said.

Jun 19 06:18

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

The UK stands to lose £1bn per day in the event of a major disruption to the Global Positioning System (GPS), according to a government report.

Emergency services would also be severely affected and struggle to cope with demand. Longer emergency calls, less efficient dispatch, navigation, and congested roads would mean a total estimated loss of £1.5bn, the report said.

Besides navigation, many industries are reliant on GPS software for swathes of critical applications such as financial trading and precision docking of oil tankers.

Jun 19 05:08

Finsbury Park – Terrorism?

At a Mosque in Finsbury Park, a man driving a van has ran over several people as they came walking out onto the pavement.

Jun 18 15:47

GRENFELL TOWER: Cultural crisis, not political issue.

Everywhere I go tonight, I see and hear people demanding prison for the guilty. What I want is Justice, and a new beginning. The culprits are so numerous, to jail them all would leave nobody outside the Gates. All of us are to blame, for we have all let it happen.

Jun 18 10:22

Grenfell Tower refurbishers OVER INSULATED building to avoid repeat job

A report submitted during the planning process shows the developers, hired by the Royal Borough Council of Kensington and Chelsea, insulated the 120 flats block to higher levels than were necessary.

A sustainability and energy statement submitted by engineering consultant Max Fordham in 2012 as part of the planning application process revealed the existing concrete cladding was well below thermal insulation levels now required by building regulations.

A primary aim of the £8.6million refurbishment was to stem heat loss in winter, and summer overheating problems, through the external insulation, new heating and windows.

However, the document went on to say that those behind the project chose to "far exceed" the insulation levels required today, to avoid having to do it again in future years.

Jun 18 10:15

Grenfell Tower fire: Cladding used on London block is ILLEGAL in UK, Philip Hammond says

The Chancellor faced tough questions on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show as the public turned on Theresa May, calling for the PM to resign.

Marr asked the Tory Cabinet minister: “The cladding that was used around this tower which went up the rocket is banned across most European countries and banned in the United States.

“If the inquiry says it’s got to be banned in this country and it’s got to be torn off every single building that’s got it and we have to re-clad those buildings whatever the cost - will the Government pick up the tab for that too?”

Mr Hammond responded: “My understanding is that the cladding in question, this flammable cladding which is banned in Europe and the US, is also banned here.

Jun 18 10:10

London fire - Cladding maker said DON'T install above 10m but warnings IGNORED

THE cladding that covered the Grenfell Tower should not have been used on a building taller than 10 metres, an investigation found.

Manufacturers, Arconic, clearly state in its brochure that the plastic cladding should not be used on a building over 10 metres (32 feet) high.

But in a move that has been blasted for possibly causing the deaths of countless people, including 58 missing, contractors installed them on 24 floors of the block - which is 67 metres tall (220 feet).

Jun 18 09:51

Revealed: the tower block fire warnings that ministers ignored

The extent to which government ministers failed to act on expert warnings about inadequate fire safety rules before the Grenfell Tower disaster in London can be revealed by the Observer.

As public outrage mounted and political pressure grew on Theresa May over the tragedy, former chief fire officer Ronnie King – who is secretary of the all-party parliamentary group on fire safety – said urgent requests for meetings with ministers and action to tighten rules were stonewalled.

King also revealed that ministers had failed to insist that life-saving sprinkler systems were mandatory in the design of new schools in England, despite clear recommendations in reports commissioned by the government itself, which advocated their use.

Jun 18 09:49

Tim Price: "The UK Today Feels Like A Very Strange & Disturbing Place"

If you have been voting for politicians who promise to give you goodies at someone else’s expense, then you have no right to complain when they take your money and give it to someone else, including themselves.

-Economist Thomas Sowell

Jun 18 09:38

Ex PM advisor hits out at 'repellent' socialists 'exploiting grief for political gain'

SOCIALIST politicians and supporters are using the Grenfell Tower fire to shamelessly further their political agenda, it has been claimed.

Jun 18 09:37

EU's house of cards will COLLAPSE if Brussels punishes UK for Brexit, Swedish MEP blasts

THE European Union’s house of cards will collapse if power-hungry Eurocrats try to punish the UK for Brexit, a Swedish MEP blasted.

Jun 18 09:36

Cancelling Brexit would be ‘great’ – German minister

It would be “great” if the UK backed away from its decision to leave the European Union and instead chose to stay within the bloc, German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries told Reuters, adding, however, that she regards such a possibility as “unlikely.”

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Merkel did say that she wants to make it harder for others to Frexit, Swexit, Pexit, Rexit, Bexit and so forth; any guesses why the EU needs a EU army? How about sending the EU army to any EU country that thinks about Xexit? This starts to looks like 1956 Hungary and 1968 Czechoslovakia.

Jun 18 09:15

London fire: A tale of two tower blocks

London is increasingly becoming a city of high-rise living. There are more than 700 tower blocks, ranging from brand new luxury developments to the post-war council-owned buildings seen as a quick fix to cure problems caused by crumbling and unsanitary 19th Century hovels.

Jun 18 06:19

How is London’s Grenfell Tower Still Standing?

Yesterday’s news about the Grenfell Tower in London going up in flames has me a bit confused.

On September 11th, 2001 the Twin Towers in New York City both sustained a great amount of fire damage and each building collapsed at near free fall speed. They disintegrated into dust!

It is interesting how this did not happen with Grenfell Tower in London despite the entire structure being engulfed in flames.

I guess the laws of physics were just suspended yesterday, because any time a building catches fire it should collapse at free fall speed. The Twin Towers proved this!

Jun 17 22:34

Levels of child hunger and deprivation in UK among highest of rich nations

The UK has some of the highest levels of hunger and deprivation among the world’s richest nations, according to a wide-ranging United Nations assessment of child health and wellbeing.

The Unicef report ranks 41 high-income countries against 25 indicators tracking progress against internationally agreed goals to end child poverty and hunger, promote health, ensure quality education, and reduce inequality.

It concludes that the majority of rich countries are going backwards on inequality indicators as gaps between rich and poor widen, with many performing poorly in key areas of child health, notably as a consequence of rising obesity rates.

“Income inequality is growing, adolescents’ mental health is worsening, and child obesity is growing,” the report states.

Jun 17 15:21

Tim Farron quits as Liberal Democrat leader to remain "faithful to Christ"

Stuart Littlewood examines the demise of ultra-lightweight and born-again Christian Tim Farron, leader of the UK’s Liberal Democrats, who “talked as though he’d been suckered into the ranks of Zionism, which is where many deluded Christians gravitate.">>

Jun 17 13:27

Activists demand justice for London fire victims

Protests have erupted across London in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, with victims and other angry Londoners uniting in outrage at the failings that led to the blaze.

Jun 17 11:43

1 million UK bank customers forced to use new codes

Almost 1 million UK bank customers will be forced to have to use new six-digit sort codes as the high street lenders implement rules intended to make the financial system safer, a Bank of England official has said.

Jun 17 09:44

The Goyim Know

In the article Pickles affirms that it was the Jews who kept Theresa May in power. “Were it not for the Jewish community’s strong support for Conservative candidates in north London, then Comrade Corbyn could well be in No 10 right now.” Pickles is probably right, but how did this come about? Why is British Jewry’s political choice so distinct from that of their gentile neighbours? Are those Jews British first or are they just ‘Jews who live in Britain’ as the Zionist mantra* suggests?

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But remember, we are only allowed to accuse Russia is tampering with the internal politics of other nations!

Jun 17 09:36

London Mayor Khan Slammed by Jewish Groups Over Refusal to Ban Anti-Israel Al-Quds March

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has been slammed by members of the capital’s Jewish community over his refusal to ban Sunday’s anti-Israel al-Quds Day march and its traditional display of flags supporting the Hezbollah terrorist organization.

Jun 17 09:28

Unions plotting Red October: Militants want a summer of discontent to pave way for Corbyn to enter No10 in autumn

Union leaders are plotting a ‘summer of discontent’ to cause chaos and force Theresa May from power.

Militants linked to Unite, rail guards, teachers and junior doctors told followers this week to prepare for co-ordinated strikes and national protests, which would bring the country to a standstill.

They pledged to defy the election result and help the Labour Party seize power like the Bolsheviks in 1917, stating: ‘We will have a Red October with Jeremy Corbyn as our Prime Minister!’

Jun 17 09:21

Ashes to Ashes for Get-Rich Britain

The smoldering high-rise tower block in London where families were burned alive this week now stands as a vile condemnation of Britain’s get-rich Tory government.

Jun 17 08:27

Labour’s Israel lobby plans to relaunch campaign against Corbyn

“I was wrong about Jeremy Corbyn” said failed Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith the day after the UK general election.

Corbyn gained 30 seats for Labour despite media predictions he could lose as many as 80.

In so doing, Corbyn denied Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May her majority – a triumph for Labour relative to the consensus that the party was heading for disaster.

Smith’s line summed up the general attitude of Corbyn’s critics in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Jun 16 18:09

'I tried to get out the window but it was melted': Grenfell Tower survivor 'tripped over bodies' as he desperately scrambled to safety wrapped in a soaked jumper

A Grenfell Tower survivor has described tripping over the dead after trying to escape through a window but it was melted shut.

Christos Fairbairn, 41, who lived on the 15th floor of the block, has given the most detailed account yet of the horrors inside Britain's worst fire for a generation.

Mr Fairbairn's path to safety was pitch black and choked with smoke and he said he tripped over the dead and says their faces will never leave him.

And before he could make it to the exit he fainted - somewhere on the third or fourth floor - but was dragged to safety by a hero firefighter.

Jun 16 15:14

1 million UK bank customers forced to use new codes

Almost 1 million UK bank customers will be forced to have to use new six-digit sort codes as the high street lenders implement rules intended to make the financial system safer, a Bank of England official has said.

James Proudman, a senior regulator in Threadneedle Street, said the estimate from high street banks included retail and corporate customers.

Jun 16 14:36

Activists demand justice for London fire victims

Protests have erupted across London in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, with victims and other angry Londoners uniting in outrage at the failings that led to the blaze.

Jun 16 13:52

What will Theresa May's public inquiry hide?

Theresa May has called for an official public inquiry into the fire that destroyed a social tower block in west London.

“We need to ensure that this terrible tragedy is properly investigated,” the prime minister said from Downing Street after returning from a visit to Grenfell Tower.

Jun 16 12:09

Theresa May’s popularity hits rock bottom

As no one has ever said, a year is an extremely, extremely long time in politics.

It is not yet a year since since Theresa May stood on the steps on 10 Downing Street, announcing plans to rebuild Britain as a fairer society, and received personal approval ratings higher than Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair at their respective peaks.

Jun 16 12:03

Anger grows over tower fire amid claims cladding was unsafe

Calls made for ban on cladding used on building as it emerges similar materials are illegal in the US

Jun 16 09:48

'We don't know whether to stay or get the hell out': Terrified residents of buildings with the SAME cladding as Grenfell Tower fear for their safety as fire expert calls for 'deadly' tinder box sheets on high rises to be ripped off immediately

Tinder box cladding wrapped around buildings should be ripped down immediately because thousands of lives could be at risk, one of Britain's top fire experts told MailOnline today.

Grenfell Tower in White City had insulated aluminium panels installed on the outside by East Sussex-based company Harley Facades Limited - but it ignited 'like a firelighter' after a fridge exploded yesterday.

Today it emerged that the same company, and the main contractor Rydon, did the same work at dozens of other buildings including scores of high-rise blocks housing thousands.

Four 23-storey tower blocks in Camden, north London were refurbished with the cladding at a cost of £16 million, raising fears for the safety of thousands other residents.

Jun 16 09:46

'You exist because of us' Brit MEP berates 'blood-sucking' Brussels over wasted tax money

A BRITISH MEP launched a blistering attack on European Parliament officials, declaring they only exist because of subsidisation from the UK.

Jun 16 09:37

Shocking moment cladding similar to Grenfell Tower bursts into flames after just TWO MINUTES of heat is revealed during laboratory fire test

A laboratory test saw the materials heated to 700°C – compared to temperatures of more than 1,000°C recorded at the tower block.

Jun 16 09:11

Firefighter's Tweet Goes Viral For One Somber Reason After London Tower Fire

The London Tower fire was such a massive disaster that firefighters from all over the city were called in to try and tame the spreading flames as best as they could.

Jun 16 09:05

Jeremy Corbyn: Give empty luxury properties to the Grenfell fire homeless

Properties deliberately kept empty by millionaires within a stone’s throw of the Grenfell Tower disaster should be used to accommodate survivors who lost their homes, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says.

Jun 16 08:44

Grenfell Tower fire protesters attempt to storm Kensington Town Hall

Protesters chanting "we want justice" stormed the entrance of a local town hall in London on Friday after a deadly fire at a block of flats killed at least 30 people, Reuters reporters at the scene said.

The protesters made their way through an automatic door at the local Kensington and Chelsea town hall.

As the protesters sought to gain entry to an upper floor, police tried to bar their way. A scuffle broke out.

The protesters chanted "We want justice" and "bring them out."

Jun 16 08:36

BREAKING: Grenfell Tower protesters storm town hall after councillor warns unrest to come

PROTESTORS have stormed Kensington town hall as anger mounts over the deaths at Grenfell Tower.

With the official death toll currently standing at 30 and set to rise, the community has rallied together and is demanding answers.

Jun 16 06:25

'Because of saving money, people are dying!' Angry Grenfell Tower locals confront Tory minister after Theresa May no-show

Angry Grenfell Tower locals confronted Tory minister Andrea Leadsom after Theresa May's no-show.

Interrupting a TV interview as the Leader of the House of Commons visited a West London community centre, one man said: "Because of people saving money, people are dying."

Theresa May has faced criticism for not meeting survivors, families and neighbours when she visited the site yesterday.

The local told Ms Leadsom: "At least she could have met with the victims. At least.

"Corbyn is a good man and he met the people. He came and met them. He didn't come with a bunch of police. And no-one saw her."

Jun 16 06:20

Fears of 'riots in the streets' as anger over Grenfell Tower tragedy rises with hundreds expected at 'justice' rally

Anger over the Grenfell Tower disaster could lead to riots on the streets, it has been claimed.

The horrific fire, which has left at least 30 people dead, has left the local community angry and frustrated.

Politicians including Sadiq Khan have been heckled at the scene and locals even shouted "where are you going?" as the Queen and Prince William left the site today.

And hundreds of people are expected to attend a 'justice' rally in central London tonight.

Now, a local councillor has warned there could be "unrest in the streets" if council chiefs don't step in.

Jun 16 06:14

Tory minister struggles to explain why government failed to review fire safety regulations

Sajid Javid said all coroner's recommendations after the Lakanal House fire had been "actioned". They have not

Jun 16 06:10

Anger as leader of Kensington Council appears to blame Grenfell residents for sprinklers not being installed

The Conservative leader of Kensington Council has faced backlash after claiming the residents at Grenfell Tower were to blame for the fact sprinklers were not fitted in the building.

He claimed on Newsnight that sprinklers were not fitted during the £10million refurbishment of the 24-storey building because residents didn't want the disruption.

According to experts on the programme, sprinklers could have been fitted for £200,000.

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One Twitter user wrote: "Am I hearing right or did Paget-Brown just blame the residents for the non fitting of sprinklers in #GrenfellTower on #Newsnight?"

Another said: "Nick Paget-Brown is just sitting there basically saying "we didn't bother fitting sprinklers because it would have been a hassle" #newsnight"

Jun 15 21:21

Eight failures that left people of Grenfell Tower at mercy of the inferno

The aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire demonstrates that if the twin towers had remained standing the US government would have received a shitstorm of criticism. Two fire damaged towers would have stood in the middle of New York which had the scars of being hit by planes. There were fatalities inside and outside of the buildings. People would have asked what happened to the US air defences. How fortunate it was for the US government that the towers both collapsed into their footprints. All questions disappeared into a cloud of dust.

Jun 15 16:32

Politicians knew about fire danger in London tower

Questions are mounting over opportunities that were potentially missed to prevent the deaths caused by the Grenfell Tower fire, after it emerged that ministers had been warned several times about the cladding used in the building’s regeneration.

Jun 15 16:30

Fire-proof cladding for Grenfell tower would have 'cost just £5,000 more than panels used'

The panels used in the refurbishment, known as Reynobond, were the cheapest of three versions and allegedly the only one that is not fire–resistant.

Reynobond sell their fire-resistant panel for £24 per square metre, a £2 increase on the standard version. A rough calculation based on the panelling being used on 2,000 square metres of the tower block means it would have been available for an additional £5,000, The Times revealed.

Jun 15 16:28

Experts warned government against cladding material used on Grenfell

The government’s building safety experts warned last year that the drive for greater energy efficiency meant more and more buildings are being wrapped in materials that could go up in flames.

In a report compiled before the Grenfell Tower disaster on Wednesday, the Building Research Establishment, which works for the Department of Communities and Local Government on fire investigations, said attempts to innovate with insulation were leading to an “increase in the volume of potentially combustible materials being applied” to buildings.

Jun 15 15:02

Theresa May's popularity hits rock bottom

As no one has ever said, a year is an extremely, extremely long time in politics.

It is not yet a year since since Theresa May stood on the steps on 10 Downing Street, announcing plans to rebuild Britain as a fairer society, and received personal approval ratings higher than Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair at their respective peaks.

Jun 15 14:54

Blogger Gagged By Council After Warning About Grenfell Tower Fire Threat

A blogger who warned the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council of the dangers lurking in Grenfell Tower was threatened by local officials for writing about problems in the building.

Jun 15 14:33

Grenfell Tower Disaster and Political Decisions Impacting It

So many of the people in Power who hold seats in Parliament have vested interests in other financial matters, in this case being Landlords, and that vested interest raises their financial wealth over the actual lives of fellow human beings:

Jun 15 14:06

Politicians knew about fire danger in London tower

Questions are mounting over opportunities that were potentially missed to prevent the deaths caused by the Grenfell Tower fire, after it emerged that ministers had been warned several times about the cladding used in the building’s regeneration.

Jun 15 13:54

Can Sinn Fein stop a DUP Tory Alliance ?

There are various reports on the internet on the one-hand citing that Sinn Fein taking potential seats in Parliament to block the Tory / DUP Alliance is likely to happen and conversely that Sinn Fein have stated that this is not their intention:

Jun 15 13:23

Jeremy Corbyn Could Still Become UK PM

A point of constitutional law has emerged today that experts are claiming means that Jeremy Corbyn can automatically become Prime Minister in the event that Theresa May is unable to pass a Tory/DUP Queen’s Speech into law in the House of Commons.

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