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  • Change of heart on selling gun magazines to children(UK)

    11/09/2012 4:41:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    thisiscornwall.co.uk ^ | 8 November, 2012 | NA
    Britain's biggest newsagent appears to be relaxing age restrictions on the sale of shooting magazines to children after pressure from countryside campaigners. A row erupted last month when it emerged WH Smith was refusing to sell shooting titles to under-14s, even though they can legally hold a shotgun licence below that age. Country sports enthusiasts responded by launching a lobbying campaign. Members of the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) have been visiting stores, e-mailing the company and lobbying via social media while an online petition has attracted 12,000 signatures. The association said it now appeared that WH Smith...
  • Pub refuses custom of soldiers back from Afghanistan after parade through town

    11/09/2012 3:35:22 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9th November 2012 | Alex Ward
    A pub refused to serve soldiers as they celebrated their return from fighting in Afghanistan in a parade through the town. Staff at The Bull told stunned troops that they were ‘not allowed to serve squaddies’ when the troops tried to order a round after their homecoming march in Romford, Essex on Tuesday. The astonishing ban was imposed on the 600-strong 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, in which 16 men were killed in Afghanistan, on the day they paraded through town to mark the end of its final tour of the war-torn country. The soldiers’ proud families and friends had...
  • The human history book! World War Two fan covers body with tattoos

    11/08/2012 2:29:21 AM PST · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8th November 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'This man is a walking history book. He has dedicated his body to the memory of the heroes and battles of the Second World War. Nolan Holmes has spent four years under the needle of a skilled tattoo artist to complete this homage to British and world history. Illustrations include battles on the Russian front, the Battle of Britain and the Allied invasion. Beside Churchill and a wartime news report Holmes has now had a memorial poppy added to his tattoo. The mechanic has also had a striking poppy drawn alongside the pictures of conflict ready for this weekend's Remembrance...
  • Swansea memorial to American D-Day veterans

    11/08/2012 2:17:44 AM PST · by the scotsman
    BBC Wales News ^ | 2nd November 2012 | Charlotte Dubenskij
    'A memorial has been unveiled in memory of the thousands of American soldiers who lived and trained across Swansea in preparation for the D-Day landings. For a few months in 1943 and 1944, GIs from across the Atlantic set up camp in Mumbles, Caswell Bay and Newton. Combat engineers took part in training for the beach landings in northern France. The memorial was unveiled at Newton Village Hall. There were about 50,000 US soldiers in south Wales before D-Day on 6 June 1944 - a pivotal moment of World War II. The training on the south Wales beaches was seen...
  • How the GI influx shaped Britain's view of Americans

    11/08/2012 2:14:58 AM PST · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3rd November 2012 | Melissa Hogenboom
    'It is now 70 years since GIs first landed on British soil to join their allies during WWII. Before the war, ordinary British people only knew Americans as the gangsters and heroes from the silver screen. They were in for a shock.'
  • Irish Betting Site Paying Out on Obama

    11/04/2012 9:32:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | November 05, 2012
    Europe's largest betting company, renowned for settling its bets early, is paying out to punters who backed Barack Obama to win Tuesday’s US Presidential election. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power said that despite the polls showing voters remain largely undecided, they believe it’s a done deal and that Obama is a “nailed on certainty to win a second term”. President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney are blitzing the remaining toss-up states, with both sides predicting victory just two days before election day. However Paddy Power has been caught out before with similar early calls. In 2009 Tiger Wood’s failure to...
  • Ten years too late, it’s good riddance to wind farms

    11/03/2012 8:41:17 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 13 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Christopher Booker
    One of the most dangerous delusions of our ageThe significance of yesterday’s shock announce-ment by our Energy Minister John Hayes that the Government plans to put a firm limit on the building of any more onshore windfarms is hard to exaggerate. On the face of it, this promises to be the beginning of an end to one of the greatest and most dangerous political delusions of our time. For years now, the plan to cover hundreds of square miles of the British countryside with ever more wind turbines has been the centrepiece of Britain’s energy policy — and one supported...
  • A Future in Europe? Commissioner Confronts London on EU Loyalty

    11/03/2012 8:30:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 11/02/2012 | (cgh—with wire reports)
    Does Britain belong in the European Union? There are plenty both in the United Kingdom and on the Continent who have their doubts. Now, with the debate over the EU’s next budget raging, a European Commissioner has challenged London to decide. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel is also losing her patience over the squabble. … On Friday, European Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Janusz Lewandowski, Poland’s representative in the EU’s executive, said it was time for Britain to make a fundamental decision regarding its future in the European Union. “Of course there are limits,” he said in an interview...
  • U.S. move to de-recognize Syrian opposition group baffles allies

    11/03/2012 4:22:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    KansasCity.com ^ | Friday, November 2, 2012 | Roy Gutman
    The Obama administration's decision to drop its recognition of the Syrian National Council as the leading Syrian opposition group and propose creating a new umbrella organization surprised and puzzled close U.S. allies, diplomats said Friday. The U.S. government gave no advance notice of its intention to renounce the council as the lead umbrella group, diplomats of three countries said. They said their governments learned about the initiative from news accounts. Diplomats criticized Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using what they called inappropriate language in describing the council as made up of people who haven't been in Syria for decades;...
  • Exclusive: Security officials on the ground in Libya challenge CIA account

    11/03/2012 10:02:40 AM PDT · by mgist · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/3/12 | Adam Housley Jennifer Griffin
    As details emerge of serious security issues before the attack on Sept. 11, Fox News is also beginning to hear more frustration from sources both on the ground in Benghazi and in the U.S. Multiple British and American sources insist there were other capabilities in the region and are mystified why none were used. Fox News was told there were not only armed drones that monitor Libyan chemical weapon sites in the area, but also F-18's, AC-130 aircraft and even helicopters that could have been dispatched in a timely fashion. British intelligence sources said that unarmed drones routinely flew over...
  • UK Hospitals Paid To Put Patients on Death “Pathway”

    11/02/2012 11:56:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/1/12 | Wesley J. Smith
    Death panels on the march!  The Telegraph is reporting that UK hospitals are paid to put patients on the Liverpool Death Care Pathway. (The Pathway is supposed to sedate patients whose pain cannot otherwise be controlled. But serious charges have been made that it is actually sometimes used when not needed medically, in other words, as backdoor euthanasia, including of the non terminally ill.) From the story: Almost two thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totalling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows. The majority of NHS hospitals in...
  • I’m guilty of arms deal with Iran, Christopher Tappin tells US court

    11/01/2012 8:53:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | Friday November 2, 2012 | Cyril Dixon
    Retired British businessman Christopher Tappin, extradited to the US accused of selling surface-to-air missile parts to Iran, pleaded guilty yesterday in court in Texas. Tappin, 65, of Orpington, Kent, changed his plea at a hearing in El Paso, as part of a deal with US prosecutors which should allow him to return to the UK. …
  • Cameron defeated in EU budget vote

    11/01/2012 2:34:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11/01/2012 @ 09:30 | Honor Mahony
    British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered an important defeat in parliament on Wednesday (31 October) when opposition Labour party MPs sided with euroskeptics in his own Conservative party to demand a reduction in the EU budget.MPs voted by 307 to 294 in favor of a Tory-rebel amendment calling for the 2014-2020 EU budget to be “reduced in real terms.” Ahead of the vote, Cameron portrayed himself as tough on Brussels but left wiggle room to agree to an EU budget increase in line with 2 percent inflation. …
  • Mother murdered son for “failing to learn the Koran”

    11/01/2012 1:21:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:43PM GMT 01 Nov 2012 | (unattributed)
    A mother murdered her young son and set his body on fire when he struggled to learn the Koran off by heart, a court has heard. Sara Ege used a stick to beat seven-year-old Yaseen “like a dog” if he couldn’t recite passages from the Islamic text. The beatings were so brutal that the boy died from his injuries, and his mother tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence, Cardiff Crown Court was told. …
  • Nick Clegg launches attack on Tories who want to “unravel” Europe

    11/01/2012 1:15:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:31AM GMT 01 Nov 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Nick Clegg has warned Britain is at risk of leaving the EU if Tories keep trying to “unravel” Europe by clawing back powers. After the Government lost a vote to rebels on the EU budget, the Deputy Prime Minister warned that Britain is in real danger of exiting if Tories keep “stamping their feet” and demanding new rules. He also claimed “a grand, unilateral repatriation of powers might sound appealing, but in reality, it is a false promise wrapped in a Union Jack”. … In a warning to the Tory leadership, Mr. Clegg said there is a “shorter leap” than...
  • NHS millions for controversial care pathway (Death Panels)

    11/01/2012 2:05:35 AM PDT · by PotatoHeadMick · 5 replies
    The Daily Telegraph UK ^ | 31 Oct 2012 | John Bingham
    The majority of hospitals in England are being given financial rewards for placing terminally-ill patients on a controversial “pathway” to death, it can be disclosed. Almost two thirds of NHS trusts using the Liverpool Care Pathway have received payouts totalling millions of pounds for hitting targets related to its use, research for The Daily Telegraph shows. The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the full scale of financial inducements for the first time. They suggest that about 85 per cent of trusts have now adopted the regime, which can involve the removal of hydration and nutrition from...
  • Why Did The Bundesbank Secretly Withdraw Two-Thirds Of Its London Gold?

    10/31/2012 5:21:57 AM PDT · by Renfield · 18 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | 10-24-2012 | Tyler Durden
    Two days ago we reported that the German Court of Auditors demanded that the German Central Bank, the Bundesbank, verify and audit its official gold holdings consisting of 3,396 tons, held mostly offshore, namely New York, London and Paris, at least according to official documents. It also called for repatriation of 150 tons in the next three years to perform a quality inspection of the tungsten gold. Today, in a surprising development, via the Telegraph we learn that none other than the same Bundesbank which is causing endless nightmares for all the other broke European nations due to its insistence...
  • UBS bankers in London head for the pub after being turned away at office door

    10/30/2012 7:57:09 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Telegraph (UK) | 6:38PM GMT 30 Oct 2012 | By Jonathan Russell, and Nik Simon
    UBS bankers in London were turned away from their offices on Tuesday and handed a letter putting them on "special leave", just hours after the Swiss bank unveiled a radical restructuring to axe 10,000 jobs. UBS' in London head for the pub after being turned away at office door. Bankers at UBS's London office were unable to get into the building on Tuesday after the Swiss bank unveiled a massive restructuring and 10,000 job losses. Bankers at UBS's London office were unable to get into the building on Tuesday. It was only when the UBS bankers had their passes refused...
  • Was Margaret Thatcher's Top Aide Peter Morrison in Paedophile Ring?

    10/30/2012 5:37:56 PM PDT · by Renfield · 2 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10-24-2012 | Dominic Gover
    The politician implicated in an alleged child sex ring at 10 Downing Street was Sir Peter Morrison, one of Margaret Thatcher's closest advisers, IBTimes UK can reveal. Morrison was the mystery "senior aide" MP Tom Watson alluded to at Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs). Watson's allegation of a paedophile ring close to Downing Street stunned the House of Commons. Morrison was a Conservative politician who acted as Thatcher's parliamentary private secretary while she was prime minister. He also masterminded her failed bid to hold on to the leadership in 1990. Morrison left office in 1992 and died in 1995. The sexual...
  • Tony Blair: the EU needs a president

    10/30/2012 12:39:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5:29PM GMT 29 Oct 2012 | Rowena Mason
    Tony Blair has said the EU would be better off with a directly elected president, as he warned deep political rifts between countries could lead to a break-up. In a move interpreted by some as a job application, the former prime minister said the EU could do with a strong leader approved by the people. … Europe’s millions of residents might feel “alienated” unless they have a direct say in who is governing them, Mr. Blair told the Nicolas Berggruen Institute on Governance. …
  • Hundreds lend support to Royal Marines charged with murder

    10/29/2012 8:26:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 4 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Oct 28, 2012
    Hundreds lend support to Royal Marines charged with murder Hundreds of people today came out in support of five Royal Marines charged with murder - by holding a protest march near their barracks. By Telegraph reporters 12:42PM GMT 28 Oct 2012 The crowd of around 300 waved ''Justice For The Five'' placards as they marched through Plymouth in Devon near the home of 3 Commando Brigade. They held their march to support five marines who have all been charged with the murder of an unknown Afghan national. The protest started at Devil's Point near the brigade's Stonehouse Barracks and travelled...
  • Girls of 13 given birth control jab at school without parents’ knowledge

    10/28/2012 4:37:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | 10/28/12 | Steven Swinford
    School nurses have given implants or jabs to girls aged between 13 and 16 more than 900 times in the past two years, a survey by The Daily Telegraph has found. Girls aged 13 have been given contraceptive jabs and implants on more than 20 occasions. A further 7,400 girls aged 15 and under have been given contraceptive injections or implants at family planning clinics. Under the patient confidentiality rules, nurses are banned from seeking the permission of parents beforehand, or even informing them afterwards, without the pupil’s permission. Anthony Seldon, the master of Wellington College, said: “I think that...
  • Britain facing new eastern Europe immigration surge

    10/28/2012 10:07:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 21 Oct 2012 | David Barrett, and Colin Freeman
    Britain is facing a new wave of Eastern European immigration which will put British workers’ jobs at risk... Twenty nine million Bulgarians and Romanians will gain the right to live and work unrestricted in Britain in 2014 under European “freedom of movement” rules. Last night forecasters said it could lead to a significant number of new arrivals, in the same way as when Poland and other Eastern European countries gained the same rights in 2004, with the scale likely to be increased by the economic crisis gripping the rest of Europe. And a Government report was disclosed to show concern...
  • The "age of debt has come to an end.

    10/27/2012 6:07:41 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    You Tube / BBC HARDtalk ^ | 10 July 2012 | Sarah Montague inteviews Niall Ferguson
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  • Incest – a favoured cause of old Lefties

    10/26/2012 5:42:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Saturday Telegraph ^ | 10/27/12 | Damian Thompson
    My article last week about the radical Left’s defence of paedophilia in the 1970s provoked all manner of paroxysms from today’s Lefties. How dare I blacken the name of Hattie Harman by pointing out that she became legal officer for the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) soon after it campaigned for a more relaxed approach to sex with children? But I had private communications, too, from people who encountered the “libertarian” Left during those years. “In the late Sixties and early Seventies, I worked at a school operated by the Inner London Education Authority,” wrote a retired schoolteacher. “The...
  • Britain must defy Europe over votes for prisoners, for the very soul of our democracy’s at stake

    10/26/2012 1:26:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:37 EST, 25 October 2012 | Dominic Raab
    Yesterday, the Prime Minister was crystal clear. “No one should be in any doubt: prisoners are not getting the vote under this Government.” Human rights lawyers and prison reform campaigners whinge that such defiance puts Britain on a collision course with the European Court of Human Rights, which set us a deadline of November 22 to overturn the current ban. In reality, it is the Strasbourg court that is threatening the rule of our national law with its arbitrary edicts. This is a fight over a principle which Britain must pick. …
  • Savile police to arrest up to a dozen 'household name' celebrities within days

    10/26/2012 1:00:00 PM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10-26-2012 | Martin Robinson
    Police are on the verge of arresting up to a dozen household names accused of sex abuse but missed an incredible seven chances to trap paedophile Jimmy Savile while he was alive, it has been revealed. Scotland Yard is to act 'within days' as it emerged the pervert DJ abused at least 300 people because he was allowed to rape and sexually assault victims unhindered for decades. Savile is believed to have had accomplices and celebrities named by victims – some huge TV stars – will be quizzed over serious sex assault allegations as police warned: 'we will come for...
  • Darkness Descending in England

    10/26/2012 6:04:48 AM PDT · by Snuph · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 26, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    The arrest of over 53 people in the United Kingdom is the beginning of the end for once-great Britain. The leaders of the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll, were among those arrested, as well as Paul Weston of the British Freedom Party (BFP). I spoke with Kevin Carroll about his recent arrest and that of Robinson and Weston, and he told me the appalling details. Carroll told me that British authorities tried everything in the book to stop him from running for police and crime commissioner (PCC) for the Bedfordshire Police Authority. Nonetheless, he officially won...
  • British ExxonMobil oil chief 'assassinated' in Brussels street

    10/25/2012 6:42:14 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 23 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:11PM BST 25 Oct 2012 | By Duncan Gardham, Bruno Waterfield and Emily Gosden
    A British executive for ExxonMobil has been shot dead in an assassination-style killing in Brussels. Belgian police imposed a news blackout after Nicholas Mockford, 60, was shot as he left an Italian restaurant in Neder-over-Heembeek, a suburb of the capital. The executive was shot three times, once as he lay on the ground, after leaving the Da Marcello restaurant in Rue de Beyseghem at around 10pm on Oct 14. His wife, Mary, was left beaten and covered in blood. Mr Mockford died on the way to hospital. Witnesses said they saw the couple walk across the street to their car,...
  • Report: UK denies US access to bases for Gulf buildup

    10/25/2012 5:16:42 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/12 | Jeremy Herb
    The British government rejected U.S. requests to use military bases in the United Kingdom as part of a build-up in the Gulf, citing legal concerns that a pre-emptive strike on Iran would violate international law, The Guardian reported. Citing unnamed U.K. officials, the Guardian reported that the United States has made informal requests for access to British bases in Cypress and British territories in the Atlantic and Indian oceans as part of contingency planning for Iran. But British ministers have responded with legal advice from the U.K. attorney general’s office that says Iran does not currently represent “a clear and...
  • Dog lovers gather for repatriation of soldier and spaniel from Afghanistan

    10/25/2012 7:00:52 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 3 replies
    Hundreds of mourners lined the main street through the Wiltshire town to honour Lance Corporal Liam Tasker, of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, who was shot while on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan on March 1. The crowds were swelled by family pets and a dozen police and Prison Service dogs at the repatriation ceremony for the 26-year-old soldier, whose dog Theo died from a seizure three hours after his master was killed. L/Cpl Tasker’s family said they believe the dog died from a broken heart. The body of L/Cpl Tasker, from Kirkcaldy, Fife, and the ashes of Theo had...
  • The toffs who tried to create a corner of England in the Wild West and went bankrupt

    10/25/2012 6:15:32 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25th October 2012 | Tom Leonard
    'To the casual Victorian visitor, Runnymede could have been any English country town. Locals would gather at the Runnymede Arms to discuss the cricket or the failings of Runnymede Wanderers Football Club. There was a tennis club, polo ground and a thriving amateur dramatics society full of people speaking in the assured tones of the British upper class. You might have thought you were in Berkshire, if it wasn’t for the fact that the local hunt chased coyote and some of the town’s polite young men liked nothing better than to swagger down the High Street firing rounds from six-shooters...
  • EU commission tables (supports) financial tax for 11 states

    10/24/2012 10:27:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    EU Observer ^ | 24.10.12 @ 09:21 | Valentina Pop
    The EU commission on Tuesday (24 October) proposed that a group of 11 countries move ahead with a common financial transactions tax, after years of wrangling failed to produce a deal among all member states. Estonia late on Tuesday joined an earlier group of 10—Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain—willing to go ahead with the tax. The proposal still needs the approval of a majority of the EU’s 27 countries and the European Parliament, after which a joint legal text will be issued. EU tax commissioner Algirdas Semeta said this will be “the epitome of...
  • Prodi: EU isolationism heralds 'grave difficulties' for Britain

    10/24/2012 6:00:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 24 October 2012
    In a wide-ranging interview with EurActiv.de, Romano Prodi, former European Commission President, says moves towards a two-speed European Union were now well underway. Regarding the UK's disengagement from Europe, his assessment is simple: Britain will lose influence and eventually face "grave difficulties". Prodi, who served as Commission president from 1999 to 2004, said the European Central Bank's intervention on sovereign bond markets as well as recent decisions on banking union had put the eurozone back into safe territory. "The danger of breakup is not on the table anymore," Prodi told EurActiv Germany in an interview. However, he appeared concerned about...
  • Nigel Farage On The Total Subjugation Of Europe (video)

    10/24/2012 9:59:59 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/23/2012 14:35 -0400 | Tyler Durden
    Forget black swans, Nigel Farage is rapidly turning himself into the black sheep of the EU Parliament with his constant stream of truthiness and honest pragmatism. It seems the broadly nodding-donkeys that fill the chamber remain cognitively dissonant to any and everything in the real world - hanging instead on the next soundbite from Van Rompuy or Barroso on how well things are going, or how the crisis is 'almost' over. If only the Germans would bless them all with their money. In one his plainest-speaking rants, Farage provides clarity to his 'peers' on just exactly what the bailouts of...
  • NHS phone app that features extraordinarily explicit sex tips for children as young as 13...

    10/23/2012 6:13:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/23/12
    Children as young as 13 are being advised they can flout the age of sexual consent by a sordid NHS website. The service, which is partly EU funded and is publicised in schools, even offers tips on sex acts. In total defiance of the law, it advises that while sex under the age of 16 is illegal ‘you are the only one who knows when you are ready’. The Respect Yourself website and phone app aimed app, designed to be used by children as young as 13, has sparked outrage with its explicit descriptions of sex acts MPs and family...
  • Britain has left the European Union in all but name

    10/23/2012 3:05:12 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 30 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/23/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    To all intents and purposes, the UK is already out. We stayed still. Europe galloped away without us. No doubt we can find some elegant formula to paper over the split. As my friend Daniel Hannan puts it, we could devise a Swiss arrangement while pretending that we are still EU members. No point frightening the horses. For those readers who missed it, the UK is preparing to pull out of almost all areas of "Justice and Home Affairs", the so-called Pillar III of EU jurisdiction. (Pillar I is the single market, and Pillar II is foreign affairs) This is...
  • BBC crisis deepens as new allegations emerge

    10/22/2012 4:55:13 AM PDT · by robowombat · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Oct 22, 2012 | Maria Golovnina
    LONDON (Reuters) - A crisis gripping Britain's BBC deepened on Monday after it emerged a senior producer had warned the broadcaster could be accused of a cover-up when it axed its own expose into alleged sexual abuse by a one-time TV star. Allegations that flamboyant BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, who died last year, operated unhindered as a paedophile for years while working for the BBC have rocked the publicly funded broadcaster. Its new head, George Entwistle, is now under pressure to explain why the BBC dropped an investigation by its Newsnight program into Savile last year. ........ "I was sure...
  • Killing the joys of childhood [UK]

    10/22/2012 3:42:22 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Oct 22, 2012 | LARISA BROWN
    They may not seem the most obvious of dangers. But scattered twigs and slippery leaves are now considered a hazard. Children as young as four are swapping their uniforms for high visibility vests, hardhats and clipboards as they become health and safety inspectors.
  • Wanna Die? Try Government-Run Healthcare in the United Kingdom

    10/21/2012 7:15:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 21, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m not a fan of the American healthcare system. It suffers from huge inefficiencies because of problems such as third-party payer, which is caused by government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid along with a system of tax code-driven over-insurance in the supposedly private sector. But regardless of how much I grouse about the damage government causes in the United States, I can say with considerable confidence that the government-run system in the United Kingdom has even larger problems.Here are some of the shocking details from a report in the UK-based Daily Mail.Patients having major surgery in NHS hospitals face...
  • Eurotrash Diversity - New European Union (EU) Banner Includes Soviet Era Hammer & Sickle

    10/20/2012 3:12:27 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | October 19th, 2012 | Daniel Hannan
    You thought the whole 'EUSSR' thing was over the top? Have a look at this poster Take a close look at this promotional poster. Notice anything? Alongside the symbols of Christianity, Judaism, Jainism and so on is one of the wickedest emblems humanity has conceived: the hammer and sickle. For three generations, the badge of the Soviet revolution meant poverty, slavery, torture and death. It adorned the caps of the chekas who came in the night. It opened and closed the propaganda films which hid the famines. It advertised the people's courts where victims of purges and show-trials were condemned....
  • Part time soldiers honoured at Birkhall

    10/20/2012 11:59:50 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 1 replies
    Deeside Piper ^ | 15October 2012
    Part-time soldiers who have been on active duty in Afghanistan were presented with medals by the Duke of Rothesay at his home on the Balmoral estate, Prince Charles presented six Afghanistan campaign medals and one long service medal as the Territorial Army men’s proud families looked on. Afghanistan honours were presented to Major Kevin Wood, Corporal Iain McKinnon and Privates Chris Chambers, Benjamin Mellish, Andy Scott and Declan Taylor. Colour Sergeant Gary Buchanan was given the Long Service and Good Conduct medal for his fifteen years service to the Army. Damp weather didn’t deter the spectator’s enthusiasm as the ceremony...
  • UK austerity protesters fed up with economy to march in London

    10/20/2012 4:19:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/20/12
    Thousands of anti-austerity protesters will march in London on Saturday to protest against public spending cuts enacted by a government fighting off accusations that it is run by an upper-class elite that ignores the plight of recession-hit voters. The march comes at a time when Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative-led coalition is reeling from the resignation on Friday of a senior minister accused of calling police "plebs", a class-laden insult for working people. The party faced a barrage of negative headlines on Saturday over the departure of Andrew Mitchell, the "Chief Whip" or party enforcer, four weeks after he swore...
  • Sharia courts ‘as consensual as rape’, House of Lords told

    10/20/2012 3:32:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/20/12 | John Bingham
    MUSLIM women in Britain are being forced to “live in fear” because of the spread of unofficial and unregulated sharia courts enforcing Islamic rules, the House of Lords was told. Rulings by informal religious “councils” and tribunals are sometimes no more “consensual” than rape, peers were told. The warnings came in the first ever full Parliamentary debate on the subject in the UK. Baroness Cox, the independent peer and Third World campaigner, last year tabled a private member’s bill in the Lords setting out plans to rein in a network of unofficial self-styled “courts” which apply Islamic principles. One study...
  • Rowan Williams in One Final Push for Women Bishops in Church of England

    10/19/2012 11:15:42 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Oct 18 2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Rowan Williams, the head of the Anglican Communion, is making one final push for the ordination of women bishops before he officially retires from his position as the Archbishop of Canterbury in December. "No-one is likely to underrate the significance of November's debate on women bishops in General Synod," Williams wrote in an article for the Church Times published on Friday. "It will shape the character of the Church of England for generations – and I'm not talking only about the decision we shall take, but about the way in which we discuss it and deal with the outcome of...
  • Britain: Islam Documentary Cancelled Amid Threats of Physical Violence

    10/19/2012 1:59:19 PM PDT · by robowombat · 27 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | September 21, 2012 at 4:45 am | by Soeren Kern
    Islam is "a legitimate subject of historical inquiry. I think there's a degree to which Muslims, far more than Christians, have felt that the foundation myths of their religion are somehow historical fact, and it seems to me that they're clearly not." — Tom Holland, author, Islam: The Untold Story, cancelled by Channel 4, after threats. The British television broadcaster Channel 4 has cancelled the screening of a controversial documentary about the history of Islam after the presenter was threatened with physical violence. The private screening was due to take place at the broadcaster's headquarters in London on September 13...
  • David Cameron threatens to veto EU budget unless Brussels sacks (fires) staff

    10/19/2012 12:51:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:07PM BST 19 Oct 2012 | Rowena Mason and Bruno Waterfield
    David Cameron has vowed to get "tough" with Europe, as he threatened to veto the EU budget unless it sacks staff and cuts the pay of 4,000 officials on six-figure salaries. The Prime Minister said he is proud of his "pretty outspoken" reputation among European leaders and stands ready to block any new spending plans that fail to tackle Brussels waste. Speaking after a two-day summit, Mr. Cameron directly challenged the EU to take "more rigorous" action to cut costs or face another veto from the UK. … Mr. Cameron said his "favorite" fact about Brussels overspending is that 16...
  • Why the Tories are ready to risk detonating the Brussels bomb

    10/19/2012 12:18:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8:18PM BST 17 Oct 2012 | Peter Oborne
    When David Cameron became Tory leader seven years ago, William Hague is said to have delivered a stern warning on the subject of Europe. Stay well away, advised Mr. Hague, who knew from brutal personal experience as Conservative leader the damage it was capable of doing. Mr. Hague added that Europe should be regarded as a bomb that could never be defused, yet might well go off at any moment. The wisest course was to leave well alone and hope for the best. … It has suddenly become very clear that, seven years after the Foreign Secretary delivered his warning,...
  • British film director sues after being arrested and held in U.S. jail for three months

    10/19/2012 10:48:30 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19th October 2012 | Eddie Wrenn
    'British film director Duncan Roy is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff after, he claims, he became 'lost' in the prison system for three months - with no option to post bail and no legal recourse. The director was caught in what the LA Times called a 'Kafka-esque corner of America's immigration war', after his name was flagged up by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Despite having the means to post a £35,000 bail on an extortion charge, the director, whose best-known film is a semi-autobiographical account, 'AKA', instead became trapped in a vicious circle. The County Sheriff would not...
  • Weighty Memento: War Veteran's Secret Revealed After His Death [Cremation Reveals Bagful of Metal]

    10/19/2012 9:24:40 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 18, 2012
    Weighty Memento: War Veteran's Secret Revealed After His Death The family of a war hero only discovered the full weight of his bravery after his death when his cremation left behind a huge pile of shrapnel. [Pic in URL] The bag contained a whopping 6oz of bomb shrapnel, roughly two handfuls, that Mr Brown had been carrying around for 60 years 18 Oct 2012 Ronald Brown stepped on a land mine while on a mission in France in August 1944. The blast peppered his left leg with red-hot fragments and he was forced to crawl two miles to safety. But...