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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 24 February

by The Participator – 26 Feb 2018



A reader wryly commented this week that the Democratic Party in the US might be better named the “Demographics Party”. We have our own “Demographics Party” in the UK of course, it’s misleadingly called the “Labour” party. From the Daily Telegraph:

Diane Abbott sparks fury over Britain’s immigration views as she draws pre-Nazi Germany comparisons

Corbyn also hit the news this week when he ominously warned a number of prominent right-wing newspapers that “change is coming”. From Breitbart:

‘Change is Coming’ - Labour Threatens Free Press, Could ‘Ban’ Breitbart

He didn’t in fact name Breitbart specifically however, the papers he named were:

In the last few days The Sun, The Mail, The Telegraph and The Express have gone a little bit James Bond.

We’ve got news for the billionaire, tax exile press barons: Change is coming.

Does Mr. Corbyn know that the Express is being bought out by Trinity Mirror which also owns the left-wing Daily Mirror though? This is of course just the latest in a long line of not very subtle clues that Mr. Corbyn is a far-left authoritarian at heart. His admiration for Leon Trotsky should be a wake up call to anyone with a half-functioning brain, but unfortunately we are now living in an idiocracy and Labour continue to stay neck and neck with the Conservatives in the polls.


Pressure from the EU continues for countries to accept more migrants. From Breitbart:

Guy Verhofstadt: ‘Not Acceptable’ for UK to Limit Immigration After Brexit

Also, the pressure for “family reunification” continues:

Council Of Europe Slams Crime Wave Sweden For Not Taking MORE Migrants

We were reminded again of the recent interview with Rebecca Sommer where she expressed the view that “family reunification” would simply strengthen further in Europe the patriarchal culture that the migrants are bringing with them.

Amber Rudd is threatening to “re-settle” more Syrian “refugees”, from the BBC (Thursday):

UK could extend target to rehouse 20,000 Syrian refugees

We are reminded of this report of UK arrests of Syrians in just one year, from the Express (August 2016):

Police arrest 900 Syrians in England and Wales for crimes including rape and child abuse

Is this increase of the crime rate really a price worth paying to signal our politicians’ virtue to the rest of the world, some of us are wondering?

We were also reminded of this article, from the Daily Telegraph:

Two-thirds of child refugees screened by officials found to be adults, Home Office figures show

The mainstream media has lately been bombarding us with “scientific” articles including the “Cheddar Man” story which seem to be trying to mentally prepare us for the disappearance of the current Anglo-Saxon British population. For example, this story from the Daily Telegraph:

No one living in Britain ‘truly British’, scientists find as Stonehenge builders were replaced by European immigrants

Of course we already knew that, yes race replacement can be a brutal process, and those being replaced often disappear almost completely. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from this.


Policeman Peter Springare in Sweden was apparently investigated for exposing (early last year) the fact that most crimes he was dealing with were committed by ethnic minorities, however the authorities couldn’t find a good enough reason to pursue a prosecution. This report from Gates of Vienna:

Sweden: The Policeman Who Dared to Speak Out

The article also draws our attention to a dangerous attack on the freedom of the press that has been proposed in Sweden. Quote:

The proposed new law, SOU 2017:70, would make it possible for journalists who publish information the government considers damaging to Sweden’s international reputation to be jailed for up to eight years, and the government hopes this new law will stem the flood of negative information now leaking out of the country.

A further report from Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish):

Media news can be punished as spying

Ironically, nothing could be more likely to create a negative impression of the current Swedish government than a proposal like this.


Turkish politicians seem to be competing to make the most belligerent statements about attacking Greece. From the Express:

World War 3: Turkish politician promises to INVADE GREECE if victorious in the election

The fact that both countries are supposed to be members of an alliance called NATO does not escape us.

We were reminded of a vicious pogrom that apparently occurred in Istanbul in 1955 not long after Turkey joined NATO. Greeks, Armenians and other minorities were attacked, and their businesses burned. Greek women and children (of both sexes) were reportedly raped in numbers. As many as 37 Greeks died according to some estimates and many more were beaten. A priest was burned alive and dead bodies were exhumed and dragged around the streets. Thousands of homes and businesses were attacked. The Turkish security forces had been ordered to refrain from intervening and the damage was described as systematic. Most of the remaining Greeks were expelled in 1964. See a full account here at the Armenian Weekly:

Turkey’s Kristallnacht

There is a Youtube video showing pictures of the damage here:

Istanbul Pogrom

This and other incidents are described in this article from Gatestone Institute:

Turkey Threatens to Invade Greece


From the Daily Telegraph:

Decorated British Army major cleared seven times facing new Iraq inquiry


A decorated Army major who has faced seven separate inquiries over the death of an Iraqi teenager 15 years ago is now being investigated for an eighth time…

Also from the Daily Telegraph on this story:

Major quits Army and sends medals back to Queen in protest at eight inquiries into Iraqi death


An article at Open Democracy:

The silencing of difficult women


What happened at Save the Children UK wasn’t a ‘mistake,’ it was a strategic choice.

(Hat tip to Mel the Manc for the link)


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


A somewhat mixed week for Brexit news.

Suggestions that the transition period might be extended in a sort of Kafkaesque “indefinite postponement” emerged this week, from the Express:

INDEFINITE BREXIT? Shock leaked report reveals NO END scheduled for transition

The proposal apparently contained no mention of immigration controls. Jacob Rees-Mogg responded to the leaked report, from Breitbart:

Rees-Mogg Slams Indefinite Brexit ‘Transition’ Period as a ‘Perversion of Democracy’

Some good news apparently on migrant numbers from the EU, from the Express:

EU migration to UK falls BELOW 100,000 with 45 percent drop in a YEAR as May gets tough

However Theresa May also apparently said this:

Theresa May U-TURN on EU migrants: PM extends citizens’ rights for two years AFTER Brexit


offering them the choice to stay permanently in Britain if they arrive during the post-Brexit transition period

What, does that mean during the INDEFINITE post Brexit transition period?

(Incidentally in the clip included in the above article, May once again proposes to crack down on what she calls “extremism online”this is code for silencing the critics of Islam in May-speak).

Also from the Express:

Liam Fox ‘seething’ over Brexit ban on trade deals as May heads to Chequers summit

There also seemed to be a shift this week in Labour’s view on staying in the Customs Union. It’s all about politics rather than trade, according to Sky News:

The real reason for Labour and Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit shift on a customs union

The Guardian also suggests that May could face a defeat on the question of staying in the Customs Union:

Theresa May at risk of Commons defeat as Labour shifts on Brexit

Theresa May on the other hand has been ruling out a Customs Union all along according to order-order:

May’s Brexit Red Lines

(more on the Customs Union in a moment).

In Germany, the AfD leader Alice Weidel made a powerful speech supporting the UK in the Brexit negotiations:

WATCH: Bundestag speech SCOLDING Merkel for THREATS to Britain prompts HUGE APPLAUSE


Breitbart publicizes a new website “Briefings for Brexit” created by pro-Brexit intellectuals to press the case for Brexit:

Brains for Brexit: UK Intellectuals Break Ranks with Pro-EU Academic Establishment

They describe a climate of fear among other pro-Brexit intellectuals who are afraid to join their ranks for fear of consequences – “nice job opportunity you’ve got there, shame if something happened to it”, sort of thing.

We also came upon this thought provoking clip from a parliamentary clip where Professor Patrick Minford argues that Customs Unions are inherently protectionist by nature and says we would be better off outside them. From RobinHoodUKIP:

Prof Patrick Minford schools the idiots in Parliament about the EU and trade

We will endeavour to study the opinions expressed by the above intellectuals in future dedicated posts. A related recent post, in case you missed it, Tom made the case for:

Soft Brexit – The Hard Choice

(this post gives an introductory explanation of concepts such as the Customs Union and Single Market).



The 120db movement were back in the news this week when they stormed a #MeToo event. Tommy Robinson reports from Germany (includes footage of the demo):

“STOP MIGRANT RAPES”: Real Feminists Storm #MeToo Event.


Jon MC drew our attention to an excellent summary (from 2011) of some of the worst ideas of the 21st century. From markdurie.com blog:

A Dozen Bad Ideas for the 21st Century

A great deal of truth and wisdom here. The first erroneous idea listed is:

  1. The belief that all religions are the same.

, although the atheist conservatives among us will disagree with this:

Atheists have helped entrench this belief, because to acknowledge material differences between religions would undermine the atheist (and radical secularist) narrative.

We think he is thinking of the so-called “cultural Marxists” here rather than atheists in general. A lot of Christian right-wing people seem to think atheists are all left-wing.

Chauncey Tinker challenged some of these ideas which he has encountered among libertarians as well as “the left”, as described in his recent post:

Immigration and Libertarianism

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