by The Participator – 22 Apr 2018
Our theme of the week – is it time for Amber Rudd to resign?
The big news this week was the Lords’ vote in favour of an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill by 123 votes. The amendment keeps open the option of staying in the Customs Union, one of May’s “red lines”. A lot of people were calling for the abolition or replacement of the House of Lords as a result. From Sky News:
House of Lords defeat sets up Brexit crunch point for Theresa May
From the Daily Telegraph (login required):
True cost of Brexit divorce bill could rise by £7billion as Tory MPs accuse EU of ‘ripping off’ Britain
SELLOUT: May Tells Voters Continued Influence of EU Law and EU Court After Brexit a ‘Hard Fact’
A lot of alarming headlines appeared in the Express this week about the Irish border question:
Brexit CRISIS: Ireland and EU reject EVERY Irish border proposal – ‘NONE of them work!’
According to the Guardian, disembarkation cards dating back to the 1950s and 1960s were destroyed by the Home Office in October 2010 when Theresa May was Home Secretary:
Home Office destroyed Windrush landing cards, says ex-staffer
…. these papers were often the last remaining record of a person’s arrival date, in the event of uncertainty or lost documents. The files were destroyed in October that year, when Theresa May was home secretary.
A person’s arrival date is crucial to a citizenship application, because the 1971 Immigration Act gave people who had already moved to Britain indefinite leave to remain.
At PMQs Theresa May later disputed that this had occurred during her time at the Home Office however, she claimed that it had happened under the Labour government the year before, in 2009. From the BBC:
Prime Minister’s Questions: The key bits and the verdict
Shouting across the despatch box as the noise levels from MPs rose, Mr Corbyn said the responsibility for the Windrush debacle “lies firmly at the prime minister’s door” because of her “pandering to bogus immigration targets” when she was home secretary, which he said had led to a “hostile environment” and British citizens “thrown into detention centres like criminals”.
Theresa May apologized to Caribbean leaders this week after some from the Windrush generation faced difficulties as a consequence. From the BBC:
Windrush generation: Theresa May apologises to Caribbean leaders
Changes to immigration law in 2012, which require people to have documentation to work, rent a property or access benefits, including healthcare, have highlighted the issue and left people fearful about their status.
Despite the headlines, more people were apparently affected than just those generally referred to as the “Windrush generation”. For example, one Albert Thompson has lived in the UK for 44 years apparently, but was asked to pay £54,000 for cancer treatment on the NHS.
Many acres of newsprint have been written on the subject this week. From The Economist:
The “national shame” of Britain’s treatment of Windrush migrants
The government was attacked by Labour in particular and accused of being institutionally racist by some. The government was also attacked from the right wing press as well, here is Peter Oborne’s view from the Daily Mail:
PETER OBORNE: Windrush and why we must forge a migration policy that’s fair for all
Peter Oborne remembered a time when ministers resigned on principle when their departments had made a big mistake.
Amber Rudd hit back against all the criticism, from the Daily Telegraph (requires login):
Windrush scandal being used to undermine fight against illegal immigration, says Amber Rudd
There was quite a bit of that going on for sure, but has Rudd handled this well? What do you think? According to the above article, a leaked memo from Rudd to May apparently said that Rudd was going:
“to “ruthlessly” prioritise the detention and forcible removal of illegal migrants”.
Yesterday (21st), news that apparently arrival records had been found in the archive. From the Daily Mail:
Windrush generation arrival records are FOUND: Tens of thousands of landing cards are found in the National Archives despite fears May’s Home Office shredded the lot
From Bedford Today:
Nine men jailed for total of 170 years following drive-by shooting during night of violence in Bedford
Police were initially called to reports of a drive-by shooting with automatic weapons in Faraday Square on Friday July 8, in which a woman was shot in the arm. During the night, two gangs continued to fire retaliation shots at each other.
Gun control? What gun control?? What’s Amber Rudd doing about gun control? Not a lot? Please share your view in the comments below.
Who needs guns anyway, there’s no machete control. From Breitbart:
Machete Attack Every 90 Minutes in ‘Gun-Free’ Britain
From the Express:
WATCH: Man wields MACHETE in shock 20-person brawl in Birmingham
What’s Amber Rudd doing about machete violence? Not a lot? Please share your view in the comments below.
Who needs guns anyway, there’s no car control. From the Birmingham Mail:
Driver who deliberately mowed down pedestrian in Balsall Heath was previously convicted for terrorism offence
What’s Amber Rudd doing about terrorism? Not a lot? Please share your view in the comments below.
From the Express:
BRITAIN FIGHTS BACK: Hero grandmother SHOT intruder with a CROSSBOW
The police confiscated her crossbow apparently but she was not charged, unlike the man who killed a burglar with a screwdriver in another attempted burglary recently. Next time, the burglar will have the upper hand. Is the law relating to self defence entirely rational? Does Amber Rudd need to think about this?
Commentator Jonaya Fenessa English has reported death threats made against her to the police but apparently they refused to investigate:
UK: Police refuse to investigate death threats to Islam critic because they claim she is “inciting hatred”
What’s Amber Rudd doing about repealing hate crime legislation? Not a lot? Please share your view in the comments below.
Apparently another battle occurred at Speakers’ Corner a while ago, this one was between a radical feminist group called the “Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs)”, and transgender activists. They had fallen out over proposed changes to the Gender Identity Act:
Radical feminist warned to refer to transgender defendant as a ‘she’ during assault case
What’s Amber Rudd doing about repealing other silly laws? Not a lot? Please share your view in the comments below.
Is the “Prevent” strategy actually having any serious effect on the problem of extremism in the UK’s mosques? From Breitbart:
English Mosque ‘Took £250,000 from al-Qaeda Sympathiser’
What’s Amber Rudd doing about orthodox Islam in the UK's mosques? Not a lot? Please share your view in the comments below.
Not a very popular book, available on Amazon if you want it:
The Oxford Teacher Handbook for GCSE Islam
One person reviewed the book, he titled his review “Beware”, he begins his review:
Sweeping reforms in Britain’s education system are having an unintended dangerous consequence: the infiltration of extremist Muslim influence on the teaching of Religious Studies.
Which is a quote from this article at Gatestone Institute by Andrew Jones:
UK: “Teacher Handbook” Supporting Extremism?
Attempts to regulate religious schools abandoned after religious lobbying according to Humanists UK (from last week):
Government scraps plans to regulate part-time religious schools following religious lobbying
Meanwhile at Jihadi John campus, from the Daily Mail (Follow them: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook):
Activists on Jihadi John campus mount a campaign of abuse to oust moderate Muslim staff member – amid nationwide ‘plot’ by hard-Left students to sabotage the government’s Prevent anti-terrorism scheme
Activists apparently claimed that the Muslim had burned copies of the Koran. Quote:
One activist said, ‘I hope he dies’, some called him a ‘fake Muslim’ and others said, ‘let’s make his life hell’.
OK, we'll let Amber Rudd off this time, education is Damian Hinds's department.
Footage has emerged from Germany of children in mosques there dressed as Turkish soldiers, from Voice of Europe:
Turkish children dressed as soldiers play martyrs in German mosque
Nothing to see here, move along.
Footage has emerged from Austria of children in mosques there doing the same thing. Sebastian Kurz, the Chancellor of Austria, responded by threatening to close the mosque, from Jihad Watch:
Austrian PM threatens to close one of Vienna’s largest mosques after it has children dress up as Turkish soldiers
We came upon this article from falter.at:
Children exercise in camouflage uniforms in Vienna ATIB mosque
The ATIB, which operates the Vienna Mosque, is a direct offshoot of the Turkish Office of Religion
Nothing to see here, move along, move along. The EU wants political Islam in Europe.
Amber Rudd in the spotlight again, from the Guardian:
Amber Rudd asked to reveal where secret £1bn conflict fund is spent
Here is some footage of the White Helmets in action (we really are not sure if this is typical of their work). From the BBC (November 2016):
White Helmets backlash after Mannequin Challenge video
(The footage shows these particular White Helmets faking a rescue for fun).
The judge has ruled in favour of the payout apparently, from Breitbart:
Refugee Family Set to Win Millions from NHS for Not Using Foreign Language to Explain Importance of Feeding Newborn
From the Daily Telegraph (premium):
Andrew Neil is one of the BBC’s few Right-wingers. And now the Left has had enough of him
This story is from last week, from the Daily Telegraph (premium):
Leaked EU files show Brussels cover-up and collusion on Putin’s Gazprom abuses
The BBC World Service had a report on the effect of falling gas prices with respect to Gazprom:
… the EU has launched a top level investigation of the company’s grip on European energy.
Here is Gatestone Institute’s take on the EU’s relationship with Gazprom:
The EU Creates a Mess – Again
News that we aren’t sure is good or bad..
This week saw the 50th anniversary of Enoch Powell’s famous 1968 speech which is generally known as the “Rivers of Blood” speech. A very inflammatory speech for some, but what did Enoch Powell actually say? You can read the speech here, a full transcript from the Daily Telegraph:
Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech
Draw your own conclusions, the BBC clearly wanted to draw all your conclusions for you.
Very good news, it seems we don’t have to fund illegal polygamous marriages and 20 child families on welfare after all! From the BBC:
Two-child benefit limit lawful, court rules
Campaigners have lost a High Court challenge to the government’s two-child limit on some benefits.
Could it be that the UK government is getting something right for a change?
That seems to be the news from the US this week. From the website of our contributor Jillian Becker:
The article quotes from Townhall:
Eleven House Republicans have sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray officially referring Hillary Clinton, fired FBI Director James Comey, fired Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former Attorney General Loretta Lynchfor criminal investigation. FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who were caught sending hundreds of anti-Trump text messages during the Clinton investigation, have also been referred for criminal investigation.
Perhaps the swamp is being drained after all! We await developments with interest…
We do give Islam a hard time, don’t we? For once we take our hats off to the Islamic scientists who have made so many astonishing discoveries that have contributed to human progress, from Dawn:
There are more, see the article for the full list:
Science for the ummah
(We don’t know if it’s all true).
Note - Please remember this is not intended to be a comprehensive news round up, these are just the items that particularly caught our eye this week, and (where indicated) they are not always about recent events.
Note - Please note that we are dependent on the veracity of news reports provided by other news sources. It is not our intention to knowingly quote “Fake News” (except where stated as satire), but we do sometimes quote the BBC when other sources are unavailable.
What do you think? Should Amber be put out to pasture? Please leave a comment below.