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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 19 May

by The Participator – 20 May 2018

We’re hamming it up a bit this week.


THERESA MAY GOES BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD

The Daily Telegraph reports that both plans for a customs deal have been ruled as unworkable:

Theresa May hits wall over EU customs deal as she admits both her current options are unworkable

A financial expert urges May to walk away until financial services are “back on the negotiating table”:

‘Walk away!’ City of London chief urges Theresa May to issue EU Brexit ultimatum


MORE PEERS FOR THE HOUSE OF LORDS

We thought the House of Lords was already a bit stuffed, but more peers are to be created. From the Express:

Theresa May to swell House of Lords with Tory peers who SUPPORT Brexit plan

That could be good news for Brexit though.

From the Daily Telegraph:

Jeremy Corbyn’s new peer backed Labour members suspended over anti-Semitic comments

Quote:

Ms Osamor also once criticised the police over Broadwater Farm riots in 1985 and campaigned about the treatment of the family of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by armed officers in Tottenham in 2011

This is a U-turn according to the Express, because apparently he pledged never to nominate a peer:

Jeremy Corbyn makes U-TURN by appointing activist into House of Lords

A petition calling for a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords has reached 166,229 signatures so far and will therefore have to be debated:

Give the electorate a referendum on the abolition of the House of Lords

The government have issued a response:

Whilst comprehensive reform is not a priority, the Government will also continue to work to ensure that the House of Lords remains relevant and effective by addressing issues such as its size.

This page shows the current composition of the House of Lords:

Lords by party, type of peerage and gender

What it doesn’t show is how many are pro-EU however.


A RISE IN VIOLENT CRIME OUTSIDE LONDON

From the Express:

Why is there an increase in rural violent crimes? Asks TIM NEWARK

From Voice of Europe:

London’s gang violence, human trafficking and child exploitation could spread to entire UK


THE RISE OF THE VIGILANTES?

We saw a few stories this week about vigilantism and private security firms in Europe. From cvikas.com, a video showing vigilantes in action in France:

VIDEO: IF COPS WONT STOP MUSLIM GANGS, ARE YOU OK WITH THESE BADASS VIGILANTES DOING THE JOB?

The Sun had this article back in February:

Britain’s first ‘private police force’ has 100 per cent conviction rate and is now investigating murder and rape


SOLDIERS BEING HAULED BEFORE THE COURTS

From the Daily Mail (follow them: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook):

UK taxpayers face paying out millions as lawyers launch hundreds of new claims against British soldiers for wrongdoing in Iraq

From the BBC:

Ex-soldier Dennis Hutchings will face trial over killing

Colonel Kemp wrote this article at Gatestone Institute back in 2016:

Is Britain Destroying its Military to Appease Enemies?

Meanwhile soldiers are being sent to fight in Afghanistan again, from the Daily Telegraph:

Britain prepares to send 400 more troops back to Afghanistan to counter Isil threat


GAZA PROTESTS

Colonel Kemp writes this week on the Gaza conflict at the Daily Telegraph (premium):

Hamas are using their own people as expendable tools. Don’t fall for their games

Also on this story, from the Metro:

50 of the protesters Israel killed were Hamas fighters


IS THE BBC BIASED ABOUT IMMIGRATION?

… we wondered once again when we heard about an “educational” video for children from “BBC Teach”. In the video 4 non-gammon people discuss immigration. Nigel Farage gets a bit apoplectic about it at the Daily Telegraph (premium):

The BBC is poisoning our children’s minds with pro-immigration claptrap

The video is available on Youtube:

UK: Open Doors? | Citizenship – Don’t Hate the Debate

Yes, the BBC is biased, very.


ITALIAN LEADERS STILL PLANNING TO DEPORT HALF A MILLION

Speaking of immigration, we have this from the Daily Telegraph:

Italy’s populists promise to kick out half a million migrants as they edge towards forming new government


MERKEL COULD FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES

Still on the subject of immigration, Angela Merkel is probably going to spend some part of her future behind bars, we suspect. As we mentioned before there are several points of law that should be considered. From Voice of Europe:

AfD party wants to take Angela Merkel to court for opening the country’s borders

Other former leaders of Europe should take note, because eventually the rule of law will be restored, and when that happens they too could well find themselves before a judge and jury.


INFIDELOPHOBIA IN BRUSSELS

From France24:

Saudi-financed Belgian mosques teach hatred of Jews, gays: report

Quote:

The manuals call Jews a “corrupt, evil and treacherous people” and call for “war” on all people who do not follow Sunni Islam.

They also recommend “stoning” and “fire” as methods of killing gays, along with throwing them off “the highest building in the village”.


CHRISTIANOPHOBIA IN INDONESIA

From the Express:

Terror as bombs EXPLODE at THREE Indonesian churches causing MULTIPLE FATALITIES


AN ISLAMIC REFORMATION TO BE ATTEMPTED IN FRANCE

From Breitbart:

Macron Announces He Will Launch Islamic Reformation in France, Starting After Ramadan

Turkey is not impressed, from the Gatestone Institute:

Turkey Slams Proposed French Changes to Quran

Editing the Quran, that’s got to be blasphemous surely?


GAMMON

A grossly offensive slur against white (should we say pink?) people has become popular in certain circles. The Daily Telegraph responds:

Being called ‘gammon’ is nothing to get red in the face about

order-order explains the origin of the term:

Gammon Tendency's Dickensian Roots

For those that were wondering this is the reason for this week’s choice of image.


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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