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Other Items That Caught Our Eye - Week Ending 30 December

by The Participator – 5 Jan 2018

Canterbury Cathedral Interior

Happy New Year to all Participator contributors and followers! Slightly late this week due to the festivities (we actually have an excuse this week).


BAD NEWS SECTION


BREXIT NEWS

More noises from politicians indicating they wish to pressure social media into censoring opinions they disapprove of. From the Guardian:

Facebook and Twitter threatened with sanctions in UK ‘fake news’ inquiry

In the article Damian Collins (chair of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport select committee) is quoted as saying:

“There has to be a way of scrutinising the procedures that companies like Facebook put in place to help them identify known sources of disinformation, particularly when it’s politically motivated and coming from another country,” Collins said.

That politically motivated and known source of disinformation called the BBC was not mentioned, it seems that only “sources of disinformation” that are based in other countries or perhaps that are anti the EU are to be investigated. The article also quotes the response from the Russian embassy to the allegations:

“It’s [the Times columnist Hugo Rifkind] who holds British democracy in contempt by suggesting 52% voters can be bought for £0.73,”

£0.73 was of course the amount that Facebook has claimed was spent by Russia in trying to influence the EU referendum

Also in Brexit news, a story from order-order claiming the Remain campaign broke the spending rules:

The Remain campaign flouted Electoral Commission rules to spend double legal limit


BRADFORD NO GO ZONES

Breitbart comments on a report from Bradford:

UK: Whites Scared, White-Owned Businesses Stoned in a Racially Divided Bradford ‘Heading for Disaster’

The original report from the Telegraph and Argus:

Racial division within Bradford is ‘horrible state of affairs’, warns scrutiny committee chairman

Quote:

BRADFORD is “heading towards disaster” and the Council has allowed racial hatred and the perception of fear to “become a real problem”, the chairman of a scrutiny committee has warned.

The chairman of the committee, Councillor Arshad Hussain (Labour), made some outspoken comments generally condemning the climate of political correctness:

“These were the only white businesses in the area. No Asian businesses were attacked. They were targeted because they were white.”

So that’s a “hate crime” then, we wonder if it is being categorized as such? If not this serves as yet another example of how the hate crime legislation increases mistrust between communities! We call for the repeal of the “Racial and Religious Hatred Act” that was introduced by Tony Blair’s stupid government!


LYING TO GET ASYLUM

More insanity in asylum judgements, from the Express:

Migrant FRAUDS who lied to get asylum in the UK can stay here, judges rule


POLITICAL CORRECTNESS CONTINUES TO BE MAD

David Kurten writes at Conservative Woman about an insane political correctness incident in the Senedd (Welsh Assembly):

David Kurten: Transgenderism and this insane ban on free speech

The news story the article is about, from the BBC:

UKIP AM Gareth Bennett barred over ‘hateful’ remarks

The debate that was taking place was on the subject of – gender recognition. Quote from the BBC article:

Mr Bennett refused to apologise for saying society could implode if there was too much “deviation from the norm”.

Presiding Officer Elin Jones said on Wednesday some of the comments were “particularly hateful”.

The BBC article quotes UKIP’s Neil Hamilton’s sensible observation:

“If we cannot in this chamber debate the matters which are contained in a bill that is proposed to be introduced in the House of Commons, I think that’s a very serious diminution of the democratic rights of the Welsh people,”


ARMED FORCES TO USE GENDER NEUTRAL LANGUAGE

From the Daily Telegraph:

Armed forces told to use gender-neutral language

From the Express:

‘March of PC NONSENSE’: Military chiefs order troops to use gender-neutral language

Presumably soldiers will now have to acknowledge commands from their commanding officer thus: “Yes, officer person!”


MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ARCHBISHOP

Merry Christmas from the Archbishop of Canterbury to politicians who want to follow the people’s wishes:

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas 2017 Sermon

Quote:

In 2017 we have seen around the world tyrannical leaders that enslave their peoples, populist leaders that deceive them, corrupt leaders that rob them, even simply democratic, well intentioned leaders of many parties and countries who are normal, fallible human beings.

Note to the archbishop – here is the definition of the word populist (from the Collins dictionary):

Definition of ‘populist’

If our politicians are not following the people’s wishes then we don’t live in a democracy.

The Glozi archbishop rambled on about freedom and refugees, no doubt he yearns for the floodgates to be opened to the many millions of people in Africa and the Middle East who want to come to Europe. The bizarre sermon also mentioned Harry Potter and Star Wars because those are both very Christian sorts of things to talk about.

He says he has housed one family of Syrian refugees in a cottage at the palace, from the Guardian (2016):

Archbishop of Canterbury takes in Syrian refugee family


PRINCE HARRY FRIENDSHIP WITH OBAMA CRITICIZED

Echoing our recent point about the Royals’ dependency on the public’s support, a think-tank comments on Prince Harry’s friendship with Barack Obama. From Breitbart:

Think Tank Chief Warns over Prince Harry Posturing: ‘Grassroots Conservative Support for Royal Family Is Conditional’


SAFE “ZONES” IN GERMANY FOR NYE CELEBRATIONS

In the wake of the 2015 NYE sex attacks in Cologne, safe “zones” are created for women in Berlin. From the BBC:

New Year’s Eve party in Berlin to have ‘safe zone’ for women


GOOD OR BAD NEWS SECTION

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


PROTESTS IN IRAN BECOMING A DAILY ROUTINE

According to American Thinker:

Western media are ignoring a revolution in Iran

The article states that the Western MSM has been ignoring the phenomenon. Now the protests are becoming too large to ignore of course and there have been fatalities, not such good news. Will the authorities give way or will the repression become more brutal, it is hard to know at this stage. The article strikes an optimistic note however, it sounds as if ordinary people there are really beginning to participate and challenge the corruption of those in power.


GOOD NEWS SECTION


A CHRISTMAS TREE IN BAGHDAD!

Good news from Iraq this Christmas from Breitbart:

Iraqis Erect a 30-Foot Christmas Tree in Baghdad to Celebrate the Defeat of ISIS


HEALTHIER BACON WILL SOON BE SERVED!

From the Daily Telegraph:

Healthier fry-ups on table as scientific breakthrough cuts cancer risk from bacon


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