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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 25 November

by The Participator – 27 Nov 2017

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UK BUDGET

The biggest news from the budget was the abolition of stamp duty for properties up to £300,000. From the BBC:

Budget 2017: ‘I’ve never been able to afford my own home’

Quote:

The Chancellor Philip Hammond, announced the immediate abolition of stamp duty for properties up to £300,000 in England, Northern Ireland and, for a time, Wales.

The national debt is still rising although the deficit has been cut and the govt. plans to cut it further. From the ONS:

UK government debt and deficit as reported to the European Commission: Oct to Dec 2016

From the BBC:

Reality check: How big is the UK’s deficit and debt?


865,000 NON-EU GRANTED RESIDENCE IN THE UK IN 2016

From the Daily Mail:

Non-EU migrant wins right to stay in the UK every 36 seconds: More than 865,000 people were allowed to live in Britain during 2016

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5109497/Migrants-win-right-stay-UK-36-seconds.html#ixzz4zdVWOGY8
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Source Eurostat:

New high in first residence permits issued in the EU Member States in 2016

This leaves us wondering how immigration statistics are calculated, since the net migration figures are supposed to have fallen considerably. Perhaps these were people who had arrived in earlier years? Apparently residence permits are not granted in the UK, this is an estimate based on:

arriving non-EU citizens permitted to enter the country under selected immigration categories

From the BBC:

Net migration to the UK falls to 248,000 in 2016


WHEN FRANCE DOESN’T PROTECT ITS BORDERS – WE PAY

France doesn’t protect its borders so we have to pay MILLIONS (apparently) – £124 million since 2015 according to the Times:

Britain to pay millions more for Calais security


ROYAL NAVY IN POOR STATE?

Destroyers breaking down again. From the Express (Thursday):

UK warship ‘heads home from Gulf after BREAKING DOWN on mission’

From the DT in Nov 2016:

Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer towed back to port two days after it sails


MORE CONCERNING INFO. ABOUT DEFENCE

From “Defence Tech” in 2012:

Proof That Military Chips From China Are Infected?


PARLIAMENT DEBATED TV LICENCE ON MONDAY 20TH NOV

There was a debate in parliament last Monday 20th Nov, MBGA News did a write up. I’m afraid the author uses the c word (the other one), but its an entertaining account:

TV Licence Debate a Lefty Love Fest


IMMIGRATION AND EDUCATION

The Runnymede Trust produced a report on Islamophobia in November calling for govt. to officially define Islamophobia as racism:

The government should adopt our definition of Islamophobia as anti-Muslim racism

Runnymede Islamophobia Report

It also called for pro-immigration teaching in schools, as reported by Breitbart:

Schools Must Teach Britain Is an ‘Immigration Nation’

This revived a debate about teaching in schools on immigration. From the Daily Mail:

GCSE pupils to be taught that the nation’s earliest inhabitants were Africans who were in Britain before the English

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3392088/GCSE-pupils-taught-nation-s-earliest-inhabitants-Africans-Britain-English.html#ixzz4zdkZgfsq
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OXFORD COLLEGE INTRODUCING CULTURAL APPROPRIATION CLASSES

Story about a vote at Magdalen College from the Daily Telegraph:

Oxford college introduces compulsory classes on ‘cultural appropriation’ for students


ANTI-WHITE DISCRIMINATION AT THE BBC (AGAIN)

White people openly discriminated against by the BBC (again):

White Candidates Banned from Applying for Job at BBC, Where Ethnic Minorities Already Over-Represented

We think this is illegal, more info. if you wish to complain about discrimination:

Advice and support about discrimination and human rights


MICHAEL GOVE ATTACKS SOCIAL MEDIA “DISTORTION”

From the Daily Telegraph:

Michael Gove goes to war with fake news as he warns social media ‘corrupts and distorts’ politics

Yes well, so do politicians. Quote:

He said there is an "unhappy trend now for people to believe the raw authentic voice of social media is more reliable than what is said in Hansard or on the BBC".

The BBC? Treading on thin ice there Michael. Also on this debate from, the National Secular Society:

MPs cite “overwhelming” public support in debate on non-stun animal slaughter

Quote from this article:

Diane Abbott said that her “local Muslim community” was concerned that the debate was not “really about animal welfare” and was “some sort of covert attack on them and their way of life.”


“STOP FUNDING HATE”

fahrenheit211 writes of a group called “Citizens UK” which has apparently received considerable funding from UK taxpayers:

Citizens UK - working against the real British ‘common good’, working against the rest of us.

Quote from the article about the group’s attempts to bully companies into not placing their advertisements in national newspapers that the group dislikes.

They also attack companies’ right to advertise where they choose, such as the dubious and prescriptive ‘stop funding hate’ campaign which Citizens UK is supporting and which has recently been bullying ‘The Body Shop’ to try to stop it advertising in the Daily Mail and the Sun.

The Daily Mail published a response to this campaign on Saturday:

The real hatemongers: A tiny bunch of zealots called Stop Funding Hate are trying to gag Britain’s free press. This expose reveals the vile abuse and incitement to violence spewed out by THEIR supporters against Tories and Brexiteers

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5115651/Stop-Funding-Hate-trying-gag-Britains-free-press.html#ixzz4zdJGPKKa
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RAMADAN FASTING VAN ATTACK DRIVER’S SENTENCE REDUCED

From the Express:

Muslim road rage driver who hadn’t eaten for 20 days during Ramadan has jail sentence cut

Quote:

cut to four years at London’s Appeal Court on Friday.

It wasn’t a very long sentence in the first place. A green light for more Ramadan attacks?


SWEDEN – ARMED POLICE OFFERING TO ACCOMPANY JOGGERS?

Controversy ensued when Nigel Farage said that people in the Swedish town of Oskarshamn were being offered armed escorts when jogging at night.

From Breitbart:

Residents of the Swedish city of Oskarshamn will now have the option to be accompanied by armed police officers while out jogging.

The report was downplayed elsewhere. From the Local:

How Sweden’s jogging policemen became international news


CONTROVERSY AROUND A TRANSGENDER PERSON LABOUR ELECTED AS “WOMEN’S OFFICER”

Transgender Kent women’s officer denies sending sick twitter jokes about rape. From “Kent Live”:

Transgender Labour women’s officer for Rochester and Strood denies ownership of sick twitter jokes about rape and Jimmy Savile


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