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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 31 March

by The Participator – 2 Apr 2018



From the Times (paywall):

600,000 foreign visitors lost in border shambles

From Breitbart:

Tory Home Secretary Appears to Drop ‘Tens of Thousands’ Immigration Target Ahead of Brexit


We seem to be seeing an increase in violent attacks at the moment that is under-reported by the MSM as usual. The rising knife crime epidemic in London has been widely commented on but there seem to be quite a lot of attacks occurring in other cities. Are these attacks less serious just because they are classified as “not terrorism-related” etc.? Here are some examples from Breitbart:

Students ‘Stomped On’, Beaten with Hammer in Third ‘Asian’ Gang Attack in Oldham This Month

Certainly there seems to be an element of hatred in the attacks mentioned in this above article even when they include robbery, because the level of violence used seems to exceed what you might expect in a robbery, but will they be treated as “hate crimes”?

There was a threat to attack children using cars, but this turned out to be a “hoax” according to the Express:

UK schools on LOCKDOWN: Warning ‘children will be hit with car’

Earlier in the week in Glasgow there was an actual incident of this nature, from the Belfast Telegraph:

Girl, 14, in serious condition after car drives into group of children


Police said the vehicle had been deliberately driven at the group, and are treating the incident as attempted murder.

The two men in the car were not described in the article. The police appeal for information will surely be hampered by the lack of a description.

Last week a man drove a car into a nightclub after “an altercation” and 13 people were reported injured with many suffering broken bones. The police have said the incident is not being treated as terrorism related. A man called Mohammed Abdul has been charged with attempted murder however according to thejournal.ie:

Man (21) charged with attempted murder after car rams into Kent nightclub

(Please refrain from mentioning the above case in the comments below as it’s under sub-judice rules. We continue to be galled by the double standards in operation however, the assailant’s name was not mentioned in most UK based mainstream media articles – compare that with the trial of Darren Osborne).

In some parts of the UK it seems violent attacks are too commonplace to be even worth mentioning. From Breitbart:

‘I’m Used to It, This Is a Very Violent Place’ - Witness to Birmingham Gang Brawl Ended by Stabbing, Acid Attack

In continental Europe the stories continue as well, from the Express:

Horror on streets of Germany: State of emergency declared as 80 men brawl with MACHETES


A police official told the newspaper Der Westen: “There are three rival groups. It may be a conflict between Turks, Lebanese and Kurds.


The Mirror reports that Lauren Southern has been permanently banned from the UK after the “Allah is Gay” stunt in Luton town centre:

Far-right Canadian woman ‘banned from UK’ after ‘social experiment’ in Luton claiming ‘Allah is gay’ is broken up by police

Here is Lauren Southern’s amusing video which includes footage of the stunt and the police telling her to stop or else she will be arrested:

‘Allah Is Gay’ – Here’s What Happened in Luton

Tommy Robinson has also reportedly been permanently banned from Twitter. Is this a freedom of speech issue, surely it’s up to a private company to determine its policy? This however may have come about at least in part due to badgering from the govt., in which case it most certainly is a freedom of speech issue.

The Met Police’s chief Cressida Dick blamed social media for violence:

Met Police chief: Social media leads children to violence

In Sweden the government is considering ending the anonymity of social media users there:

Swedish Government Pushes To Ban Anonymity on Social Media


One woman, a 65-year-old named Christina, was taken to court after she claimed on Facebook that mass Muslim migration would lower the general IQ of the country.


David Lammy has been in the news this week. He reported the campaign group Leave EU to the police for a tweet about anti-semitism in the Labour party:

Hello @metpoliceuk I would like to report this crime. Please investigate. This tweet is a crime under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006: "Use of threatening words or behaviour, or any written material which is threatening or intends thereby to stir up religious hatred." https://t.co/PEb9sCQKLM

— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) March 29, 2018

The tweet he was complaining about:

Is it any wonder that Labour can't be bothered to deal with the disgusting antisemitism in their party when they are so reliant on the votes of Britain's exploding Muslim population? It's a question of maths for these people, not justice!

Support us at https://t.co/ntwXbJeHQw pic.twitter.com/klQoCIzxYF

— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) March 29, 2018

Readers should not be left in any doubt about what a danger the current Labour party represents to freedom of speech in the UK. A while ago at least 2 Labour party MPs called for the arrest of Donald Trump for merely re-tweeting a couple of tweets from Jayda Fransen of the Britain First group.

He was also threatened with de-selection apparently, from the Evening Standard:

David Lammy threatened with deselection over Labour anti-Semitism rally


From Times of Israel:

Exclusive Jewish News interview with Jeremy Corbyn: ‘I’m not an anti-Semite in any form’

However, meanwhile, from the Daily Telegraph (premium):

Labour quietly reinstated six councillors who posted anti-Semitic messages

Is Tony Blair mooting a come-back we wondered, he has been in the media a lot recently? Here he weighs into the anti-semitism debate at the Daily Telegraph (premium):

We cannot sit back and let anti-Semitism thrive

Charles Moore also joins the debate at the Daily Telegraph (premium):

How on Earth did our civilisation get from Jesus Christ to Jeremy Corbyn?


From the Express:

World War 3: Turkey’s Erdogan calls for ‘ARMY of Islam’ to ATTACK Israel on all sides


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


The Express shared a concern that has been raised elsewhere before, that if we didn’t trigger article 127 by the end of March then we would still be in the Single Market come this time next year:

Why has UK not triggered Article 127? Silence over ‘SOFT Brexit’ clause sparks anger

This concern was also raised at politics.co.uk at the beginning of March:

Article 127: The key Brexit decision with a one-month deadline

As far as we can ascertain, article 127 has not been triggered, there is no mention of this today. Does this mean we will still be in the single market come this time next year?

This article from the Daily Telegraph may shed a tiny bit of light on the question perhaps:

Brexit legal challenge: High Court throws out new case over single market vote for MPs


“Because the Government has still not made up its mind on the mechanism it will use to remove us from the single market, our claim was held to be premature. But it was not held to be wrong in law.”


… we wondered as the following news story appeared, from the Express:

World’s CHRISTIANS in turmoil as Pope ‘admits HELL DOES NOT EXIST’

We were reminded of the ending of the state of limbo, from the Daily Telegraph (2007):

The Pope ends state of limbo after 800 years

On the one hand, the non-existence of hell is good news for some, but the absence of a deterrent for wrong-doers may be bad news for society as a whole.



Enjoy the holidays everyone!

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.


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