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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 23 June

by The Participator – 25 Jun 2018


Of course yesterday 23rd June could have been the day (or very close to it) when the United Kingdom finally left the European Union, had it not been for the fact that Theresa May decided to postpone the triggering of Article 50.

On the second anniversary of the Brexit Referendum we saw two large scale demonstrations, one of support for Brexit and the other supposedly calling for a vote on any Brexit deal. From the people who spoke at the latter demonstration, and the ubiquitous presence of EU flags however, it would seem it was really a show of support for remaining in the EU.

The anti-Brexit demonstration got plenty of free advertising from the MSM before the event, for example from the BBC:

Brexit: March planned as Fox says PM not bluffing on no deal


It comes as anti-Brexit campaigners, who want the public to have the final say on the UK’s departure, prepare to march in London later.

We hope that licence fee payers were happy to contribute to the promotion of the anti-Brexit demonstration.

Predictably the mainstream media coverage of the two demonstrations was heavily biased in favour of the anti-Brexit demo on the day as well. From the BBC:

Brexit: Marchers demand final Brexit deal vote


Tens of thousands of people have marched in central London to demand a final vote on any UK exit deal, on the second anniversary of the Brexit vote.

Organisers of the People’s Vote march say Brexit is “not a done deal” and people must “make their voices heard”.

The pro-Brexit demonstration did at least get a brief although inaccurate mention at the end of this article:

Meanwhile, hundreds attended a pro-Brexit counter-protest.

… Shazia Hobbs, who attended the pro-Brexit UK Unity and Freedom march, said: “That march is silly. We voted to leave so we should leave. What do they want, best of three? We voted for Brexit.”

A tweet from Traffic for London perhaps inadvertently showed us what the mainstream media didn’t wish to show us, that the pro-Brexit was also quite sizable in fact (see image link):

Pro-Brexit march update: The march is now on Vauxhall Bridge Road heading towards Vauxhall Bridge. It will turn left onto Millbank and head towards the Houses of Parliament. pic.twitter.com/zjrcWIRmsf

— TfL Traffic News (@TfLTrafficNews) June 23, 2018

There were certainly more than “hundreds” at the pro-Brexit march, as a BBC TV presenter let slip when she was talking about the anti-Brexit march but the BBC cameras accidentally showed us a clip of the pro-Brexit march by mistake:

Tweet showing BBC TV Clip

Quote from the presenter:

A number of thousands demonstrating against the main rally in support of a no-deal Brexit

So, what was it then Biased Broadcasting Corporation pseudo-journalists, hundreds or thousands?

Anyway, whatever, the people voted for …. Brexit!!!


The attempts to hamper the EU Withdrawal Bill were finally overcome. From the Express:

House of Lords PASS landmark Brexit Bill – Peers left in STITCHES during landmark moment

From the Daily Telegraph:

After all that fuss from Dominic Grieve, the big bad Brexit rebel has bottled it

The spotlight was shining on Monsieur Grieve this week, we learned that he was educated at The Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, a school in London that is apparently wholly owned by the French government.

Are Theresa May’s red lines turning pink again? From the Express:

Brexiteers prepare for WAR: Fury at May over plan to tie UK to single market

Michel Barnier showed us how the leaders of the EU are as responsible as petulant children this week:

BRUSSELS RAGE: Barnier promises to SHUT OUT Britain from EU security databases post-Brexit

Back in 2017, the Washington Examiner wrote about an earlier threat along these lines from Monsieur Barnier:

Moronic EU official threatens British security over Brexit, but Britain has an ace-card


I say insane, because Britain provides far more to the security of the E.U. than the E.U. provides to British security.

So, the EU wants to shoot itself in the foot then, by the sounds of it. Never mind the fact that lives could be put in jeopardy by failure to share this information.


Airbus is in the news with threats to put 14,000 UK jobs in jeopardy. From the Guardian:

Jeremy Hunt hits back at Airbus over Brexit warnings on jobs

From the Express:

Merkel’s nightmare as German car giants become first victims of Trump trade war

German business chiefs fear economic disaster of ‘disorderly Brexit’


Probably this will prove to be a war on memes that criticize its policies rather than memes in general. Probably they have been noticing that those who oppose the EU make great memes. From Wired magazine (there are a couple of excellent memes included in this article in fact):

The EU’s bizarre war on memes is totally unwinnable


In an open letter to the President of the European Parliament, some of the world’s most prominent technologists warn that Article 13 of the proposed EU Copyright Directive “takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.”

Is the EU hammering another nail into its own coffin, we wondered? As we have observed before, the problem with the EU is not just what it is today, it’s also about the relentless direction of travel towards greater integration (and increasingly Kafkaesque bureaucratic control).

Also from Wired magazine:

Europe’s Proposed Copyright Law Could Screw Up the Whole Internet

“Screwing up the whole internet”, now that would be an achievement. It sounds as if this law would certainly screw up our weekly roundups no end, in fact we doubt if we could produce these articles in their current form at least.


From Breitbart:

Migrant Crisis Could Sink Merkel as Populists Boycott EU Summit, Italy Threatens to Vote Down Migrant Deal

From the Daily Telegraph (premium), news that eurosceptics are taking control of the parliament in Italy:

Fresh alarm in Italy as apostles of ‘Italexit’ take control of parliament

Eurosceptics are lepers according to Macron (a slur that reminded us of Hillary Clinton’s famous “deplorables” comment). From Breitbart:

Macron Attacks Italy’s New Govt, Warns Euroscepticism Is Spreading ‘Like Leprosy’

Speaking of Clinton, she is visiting Ireland apparently, also from Breitbart:

Irish PM Meets Hillary Clinton, Insists Europe Needs More Migrants to ‘Enrich Societies’


From Breitbart:

Italy to Impound NGO Migrant Ferries


From Voice of Europe:

Non-western asylum seekers to cost Dutch society billions, study shows


From the Express:

Just one in 400 Syrian refugees Christian despite ‘horrendous persecution’


From the Daily Telegraph:

Gosport hospital: Dr Jane Barton implicated in deaths of 656 patients, as report urges police to act


We couldn’t help noticing what was going on in the US this week. Things seemed to be reaching a new low with this outburst from Hollywood star Peter Fonda:

Actor Peter Fonda: ‘Rip Barron Trump From His Mother… Put Him in Cage With Pedophiles’

Donald Trump called out the Democrats’ agenda once again though, from Breitbart:

Donald Trump: Democrats Want More Illegal Immigrants as ‘Potential Voters’


“Democrats are the problem,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!”

They are “Demograts” perhaps, as we seem to remember someone calling them not so long ago.

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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