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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 23 December

by The Participator – 28 Dec 2017


BAD NEWS SECTION


ANOTHER TROUBLING CONVICTION FOR SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS

A former soldier was convicted for merely “grossly offensive” comments on social media. The title of this article from Forces.net may be strictly accurate in that he didn’t go to prison, but he still received a suspended sentence of 12 weeks imprisonment, which was suspended for a year:

Former Soldier Walks Free After Targeting Muslims On Social Media

Even a suspended prison sentence can have a very significant impact on a person’s life.

As usual in these cases the comments mentioned in the article are scarcely anything to bat an eyelid at:

He also posted a picture of a man on a toilet with the words:

“The Koran, now in two-ply”.

Is it really so surprising that an ordinary man might express himself in such a way following a horrific terrorist attack that killed children:

“When will we fight back?”

Also covered here in the Essex Daily Gazette:

Former soldier fined after tweeting he was ‘trained and ready’ after Manchester bombing


NEW DEAL TO SUPPLY FIGHTER JETS TO TURKEY

So, why are we supplying fighter jets to a country with a deteriorating human rights record? From the Daily Telegraph:

Theresa May secures multi billion pound fighter jet deal with Turkey before challenging President Erdogan on human rights

From the Gatestone Institute:

Turks Vote to Give Away Their Democracy


DAMIAN GREEN RESIGNS

From the Express:

Damian Green resigns: Deputy Prime Minster quits amid pornography claims

Will Theresa May take the opportunity to appoint a Leave supporter to replace him, Jacob Rees Mogg perhaps?


KEITH VAZ INVESTIGATION SUSPENDED

From Sky News:

Inquiry into Keith Vaz allegations suspended for ‘medical reasons’


SWEDEN CONSIDERS RAISING RETIREMENT AGE TO PAY FOR DIVERSITY

Breitbart reports from Sweden that the govt. there is considering raising the retirement age to pay for migrants’ welfare:

Sweden Forced to Raise Retirement Age To Pay For Mass Immigration Policy

That’s strange, we thought that the migrants were coming to help support the West’s pensioners?


FRANCE AND THE MIGRANT CRISIS

France starts implementing a cunning plan to deal with the migrant crisis – flying some migrants in directly from Africa! From Breitbart:

France Brings First of 3,000 Migrants Directly from Africa Under New Migrant Plan

Meanwhile though mayors are not happy about migrant arrivals in their towns (from the Daily Mail):

Mayors from seven major French cities write open letter saying they are overwhelmed by the flow of migrants

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5194925/Mayors-7-major-French-cities-bemoan-migrant-crisis.html#ixzz52UPhpBpL
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POLAND UNDER FIRE FROM THE EU FOR “DRIFT TO AUTHORITARIANISM”

From the Independent:

EU takes unprecedented first step towards sanctions against Poland to stop drift towards authoritarianism

We are rather more fearful of the drift to authoritarianism that we have seen in the EU.


OFSTED CHIEF THREATENED AFTER CRITICIZING FAITH SCHOOLS

From the Guardian:

Ofsted chief receives threats over private faith school criticism

Considering all the vitriol that is normally spewed at the so-called “far-right” these days, it’s interesting to see an admission from the Guardian that the far-left is at least as guilty (actually we think probably much more guilty in reality):

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools in England, said she had received some “pretty venomous stuff” from what she believed to be a “mixture of Islamic extremists and the hard left”.

That’s the unholy alliance at it again, the very odd bedfellows who seem to have only hatred in common.


APPALLING CONDITIONS IN LIVERPOOL JAIL

You may not think you will ever find yourself in a maximum security prison, but even offenders convicted for non-violent and quite minor “crimes” sometimes find themselves temporarily housed in such places due to “space shortages”. Couple that with the fact that the UK “Justice” system is convicting more and more people for “thought crimes” and maybe there is cause for everyone to be concerned about the state of these places. From the BBC:

Liverpool jail: The worst conditions ever seen, says report

Rats and cockroaches were rife, with one area of the jail so dirty, infested and hazardous it could not be cleaned.

Some prisoners live in cells that should be condemned, says the leaked document, with exposed electrical wiring and filthy, leaking lavatories.

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Violence of all kinds had increased, fuelled by the prevalence of drugs, with most inmates telling inspectors it was “easy or very easy” to get drugs.

We have to wonder, is all this deliberate? Do we live in a modern democratic state or a third world hell-hole?


RORY STEWART WANTS TO HELP AFRICA

Government minister wants to give lots of our hard-earned money to Africa, but will more aid do more harm than good? From the Express:

Africa could become a security threat unless we give it LOTS of money says minister


NICE REFUGEE STATUS WITH WELFARE BENEFITS IF YOU CAN GET IT

Nice to come here as a refugee and go back home for a holiday when you feel like it. From the Mirror:

Somalian refugee pocketed £39k in benefits after secretly returning to his homeland because he ‘missed the sunshine’


GOOD OR BAD NEWS SECTION

News that we aren’t sure is good or bad..


JO JOHNSON FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH?

Jo Johnson (UK Education Minister) has been in the news a fair bit lately for his apparent intention to bring freedom of speech back to university campuses (it seems to many of us to have been absent from these places lately). From the Independent:

Universities must be places that ‘open minds, not close them’, Jo Johnson warns

However those who have studied his ideas in more depth are not so impressed:

Harry’s Place >> Jo Johnson’s warning to universities on free speech

From Conservative Woman:

Andrew Tettenborn: Be careful what you wish for on free speech, Mr Johnson

In the New Year we will run a series on “Freedom of Speech” to try to work out exactly what it should mean – it’s not likely we will reach a 100% agreement on that but we should hopefully challenge some preconceived notions and have a good debate.


GOOD NEWS SECTION


AUSTRIA PLANS TO RESIST ISLAMIZATION

More details emerging of the plan to resist Islamization from the new coalition in Austria. From Gatestone Institute:

Austria: New Government to Resist “Islamization”


STUDENT ACQUITTED AFTER POLICE RELEASE WITHHELD EVIDENCE

Good news for a student who had endured 2 years of mental torture. His 2-year rape trial was thrown out after police were told to hand over critical phone records evidence:

Student Liam Allen’s two-year rape trial collapses after 40,000 text messages revealed in court

From the Times:

Judge slams Met Police after Liam Allan cleared in rape trial

This case however raises more questions about the abysmal state of British justice today.


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