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  • Brexit's 'super Saturday' delivers yet more confusion and delay

    10/19/2019 1:22:32 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 18, 2019 | Alexander Smith
    LONDON — It was billed as the day that might break the Brexit deadlock. In the end, as with everything else in this tortured process, Saturday delivered more confusion and delay. Abuzz with anticipation, the British Parliament gathered for its first weekend sitting in 37 years, a marquee event billed as "super Saturday." Prime Minister Boris Johnson wanted to get Parliament's approval for his divorce deal, a major step toward leaving the European Union at the end of the month.
  • First UK Chick-fil-A outlet to close in LGBT rights row

    10/18/2019 7:23:44 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18th October 2019 | BBC News
    A US fast-food chain will cease trading at its first UK outlet amid a row over donations to anti-LGBT groups. Gay rights campaigners called for a boycott of Chick-fil-A, which opened its first branch at The Oracle shopping centre in Reading on 10 October. A spokeswoman for the centre said "the right thing to do" was to not extend the restaurant's lease beyond the "six-month pilot period". Chick-fil-A said its donations were purely focused on youth and education. The family-owned company, founded in Atlanta in 1967, is one of the biggest fast-food chains in the USA and boasts about 2,400...
  • UK army combat units 40% below strength as recruitment plummets

    10/17/2019 4:13:26 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 9, 2019 | Frances Perraudin
    Britain faces an army recruitment crisis, with frontline combat units operating as much as 40% below strength, figures obtained by the Guardian reveal. Data released by the Ministry of Defence under freedom of information laws shows the number of soldiers in the British army’s infantry regiments has declined steadily over the past five years. There are more than 2,500 fewer personnel in frontline units than 2015, and all 16 regular regiments have shortfalls.
  • That British Family Of Border Jumpers Was Probably More Than They Seemed

    10/16/2019 8:51:48 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 16, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    But now, as more details emerge, things are looking increasingly strange. We’re still not sure what the entire story is, but the Connors are clearly more than they first appeared. For starters, they didn’t “accidentally take a wrong turn.” They were caught on video intentionally driving across a grassy strip between two roads, one on the Canadian side and one in the U.S. And things only got stranger from there. It turns out that the Connors had applied for a travel visa to come to the United States last year but they were denied. The reason for the denial wasn’t...
  • Harry Dunn's parents reject Trump offer to meet suspect at White House

    crash death after Donald Trump dropped the "bombshell" that she was in the room next door at the White House. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn felt "a little ambushed" by the offer made by the US president. Anne Sacoolas, 42, returned to the United States days after the crash which killed 19-year-old Harry. Harry's parents said they wanted to meet Mrs Sacoolas in the UK. Mr Dunn said a White House official told them she would not be returning to the UK, but Mr Trump said he would "try to push this from a different angle".
  • Christian School Governor Fears Sack for Questioning LGBT Reading List and Pride Month [UK]

    10/14/2019 6:23:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A Christian school governor with decades of service has been suspended after saying that she would not have wanted her two sons to read books with LGBT themes. Maureen Griffith, 73, who worked as an NHS nurse for 40 years, was a governor at Alperton Community School in Brent, northwest London, for more than 20 years. In May she received a letter telling her that she had been suspended from the governing body after two complaints alleging that she had made “homophobic comments at a public meeting”. She now fears she will be sacked. The row comes days before the...
  • Richard Huckle, one of Britain's worst paedophiles, is 'murdered' in his prison cell

    10/14/2019 6:02:59 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 47 replies
    Richard Huckle, one of Britain's worst paedophiles, has been killed in his prison cell in the north of England, sources have confirmed. The 33-year-old, who was serving 22 life sentences, at Full Sutton Prison in East Yorkshire, was found dead in his cell at the weekend. Huckle, from Ashford in Kent, was jailed in 2016, after being arrested on his return to the UK from Malaysia, where he had been living and abusing children. He pleaded guilty to 71 offences involving 22 children, but it is thought there were many more children across South East Asia. Huckle was found by...
  • Queen's £100m a year windfall: Green energy earnings of the Royal Family are set to be boosted by...

    10/13/2019 12:51:41 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 16 replies
    The Queen and Prince Charles could make more than £100million a year from the huge expansion of offshore windfarms – thanks to a change in the way that the monarchy is funded. The green energy earnings of the Royal Family are being significantly boosted by an auction, which formally began last week, for the biggest offshore windpower development in the world. If they were still being paid by the long-established Civil List, the Royals would not have benefited. ... Prince Charles is a vociferous campaigner for renewable energy sources but is opposed to turbines being erected on land – particularly...
  • UK Supreme Court Rules Proroguation of Parliament 'Unlawful'

    09/24/2019 3:14:29 AM PDT · by sinsofsolarempirefan · 77 replies
    BBC ^ | BBC
    Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful, the Supreme Court has ruled. Mr Johnson suspended - or prorogued - Parliament for five weeks earlier this month, saying it was to allow a Queen's Speech to outline his new policies. But the court said it was wrong to stop Parliament carrying out its duties in the run-up to the Brexit deadline on 31 October. Downing Street said it was "currently processing the verdict".
  • UK Govt Blocks ‘Culturally Insensitive’ Ban on Cat and Dog Meat

    09/23/2019 9:09:52 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Sep 2019 | JACK MONTGOMERY
    The British government’s Ministry of Justice had blocked a “culturally insensitive” move to ban cat meat and dog meat, fearing it could offend people in Asian countries. Cabinet Office chief Michael Gove drew up plans to outlaw the possession of cat and dog meat over the while he was still Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), according to reports. However, the move is understood to have been blocked by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), currently headed by former solicitor-general Robert Buckland, after “nervous civil servants” suggested it was “culturally insensitive” and liable...
  • the EU27 just wants Britain to go

    09/16/2019 9:29:33 PM PDT · by Cronos · 122 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 September 2019 | Jon Henley
    ...The Luxembourg prime minister did not hold back. The leave campaign had been built on lies, he said. Johnson’s oft-repeated claims of progress in the talks were baseless. London had come up with nothing to replace the backstop. the UK was to blame for the impasse. “I just want to repeat and remind that Theresa May accepted the withdrawal agreement,” he said. Britain’s “homemade” problems were causing “general problems” for the whole of the EU. This was barely concealed anger at the disingenuous game being played by the British government. ..There are grave doubts, after his suspension of parliament and...
  • Boris Johnson loses Commons majority as Tory MP defects

    09/03/2019 9:15:22 AM PDT · by Meatspace · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/3/19
    LONDON — The governing Conservative party lost its majority today as one of its MPs defected to join the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats. Phillip Lee sat on the opposition benches on Tuesday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson stood to deliver a statement in the House of Commons. The move increases pressure on Johnson, whose majority was already looking shaky, but does not automatically trigger an election because that would require a separate vote.
  • Incredibly rare Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race for a Greek princess

    09/02/2019 9:47:48 AM PDT · by mairdie · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1 September 2019 | Harry Howard
    A Roman mosaic depicting a mythical chariot race has been fully uncovered in a Berkshire village - and it could be one of Britain's most exciting archaeological discoveries. The 1,600-year-old mosaic, which was found in Boxford in 2017 but only fully uncovered recently, is one of only three of its kind in the world and is 'totally unknown' in Britain, experts said. It depicts a chariot race involving Greek mythological figure Pelops, who is racing to win the hand of love interest Princess Hippodamia. ... The mosaic will now be covered over once more to protect it and to allow...
  • 80 Per Cent Decline in Religious Funerals as Mourners Opt for Golf Courses and Zoos Over Churches

    08/29/2019 8:53:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8/29/19 | Gabriella Swerling
    An all-black dress code, pallbearers marching in unison, and a steady stream of tears are not often associated with golf courses, zoos and Chinese takeaways. Yet according to the most extensive ever report on UK funeral trends which, the religious funeral is dying a death. Instead of services in crematoriums, churches and cemeteries, Britons are instead opting for increasingly quirky ways to mourn their loved ones. The Co-op, the UK’s largest national funeral provider which conducts more than 100,000 every year, has today published a report revealing that since 2011 there has been a 80 per cent decline in religious...
  • Boris Johnson asks Queen to prorogue parliament

    Philip Hammond has said that MPs will move against the Government to stop no deal next week, and cannot wait until the scheduled debate on Brexit in late September. Under the timetable set out by Boris Johnson, Parliament will not debate Brexit or the upcoming Queen's speech until October 21 and 22. Mr Hammond said he had "always made clear that I am not interested in bringing down the Government" but that he wanted the Government to acknowledge that "the majority is opposed to a no deal Brexit.”
  • UK: Fraud investigator fired for being non-Muslim and probing crimes committed by Muslims

    08/27/2019 7:01:39 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 27 Aug, 2019 | Robert Spencer
    Since the British political and media establishment sees the global jihad and Sharia oppression solely in racial terms, the official line is that Mark Edmunds was fired for being “white” while investigating crimes committed by “Asians,” but if the “Asians” in question had been Hindus, he never would have been fired. He was fired because in Britain today, Muslims, not “Asians,” are a protected class who have special privileges above the law. As a once-great nation continues in its death throes.
  • UK: Muslim supermarket security guard joins the Islamic State, blows himself up in Syria

    08/19/2019 10:38:52 PM PDT · by robowombat · 14 replies
    JIHAD WATCH ^ | AUG 19, 2019 5:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER
    UK: Muslim supermarket security guard joins the Islamic State, blows himself up in Syria AUG 19, 2019 5:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER When Omar Hussein was hired at Morrisons, was he questioned as to his views regarding jihad violence? Of course not. That would have been “Islamophobic.” But what if a Muslim had shown up at the Morrisons where Omar Hussein worked who shared his views on Britain? Hussein said: “I hate the UK, the only reason why I would intend to return to the UK is when I want to come and plant a bomb somewhere.” If such a...
  • Sharia UK: Police hunting for man who made a rude joke to a Muslim

    08/19/2019 5:55:07 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/17/19 | Robert Spencer
    AUG 17, 2019 4:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER 96 COMMENTS Note TellMAMA’s headline: they claim that this man made a “racist slur” against a Muslim. What race is Islam again? In reality, there are Muslims, and Islamic jihadis, of all races. But TellMAMA wants to intimidate Britons into believing that anyone who makes a rude quip to a Muslim is a racist, and thus deserving to have the book thrown at him. But that’s all this was: a quip. Say anything you want: the guy was rude, or his joke was tasteless, or whatever. But an arrestable offense? That’s insane....
  • [UK]launches probe into mystery simultaneous failure of wind farm and gas-fired power station

    08/10/2019 7:21:48 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 10 August 2019 | Darren Boyle
    FULL TITLE: Fury at power cut that brought Britain to its knees: Government launches probe into mystery simultaneous failure of wind farm and gas-fired power station as officials insist there is 'no evidence' of a cyber attack Julian Leslie, Head of National Control at the National Grid Electricity System Operator said: 'We had an unplanned near simultaneous event on our network. This event was the loss of two generators which connect to the national grid network in order to export their power. 'As a result of this, this rare event, the system needs to protect itself. What was happening was...
  • US, Britain back rapid trade deal post-Brexit

    08/07/2019 2:29:00 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 17 replies
    Yahoo (AFP) ^ | August 7, 2019 | Francesco FONTEMAGGI
    The top US and British diplomats said Wednesday they were prepared to move "as soon as possible" on a trade deal after Britain's planned withdrawal from the European Union on October 31... Last year, the two countries exchanged $262 billion in goods and services, governed by the US trade agreement with the European Union. Britain was America's fifth-largest export market, and the United States ran a $20 billion trade surplus. ...Meanwhile Britain's International Trade Secretary Liz Truss, traveling with Raab, had lined up meetings with top American officials including Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.