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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 15 September

by The Participator – 16 Sep 2018

Our weekly roundup of news and opinion articles that we thought were important, mostly UK news but foreign news stories of interest to us as well.


FREEDOM OF SPEECH UNDER ATTACK AS USUAL

Some dastardly villains who masquerade as our political representatives have been planning to legislate against “echo chambers” (oh the irony) where “extremism” can supposedly flourish. From politicalite (links to a Guardian article written by Lucy Powell MP who apparently is leading this attack on the freedom of speech):

SILENCING YOU: British MPs back bill to SHUT DOWN pro-Tommy Facebook groups

Quote:

She says: “We can also see it in the rise of the far right, with Tommy Robinson supporters rampaging through the streets this summer, or in increasing Islamophobia and antisemitism.”

Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry, Jacob Rees-Mogg, and David Lammy (and other Labour MPs) are also involved apparently.

There is also a private members bill going through parliament brought by Sarah Wollaston, it’s due for a 3rd reading Friday 23 November 2018. From the parliament site:

Stalking Protection Bill 2017-19

Comment from altnewsmedia on this:

Parliament to remove Internet anonymity

The EU was also busy attacking our freedom of speech apparently. From Breitbart:

UKIP: EU Copyright Proposals ‘an Enormous Strike Against Free Speech on the Internet’


ANNE MARIE WATERS BANNED FROM TWITTER

It appears the “suspension” is permanent although she is going to appeal. She has joined the alternative social media site gab.ai which is benefitting from an influx of her many followers. Her crime apparently was to criticize South Yorkshire police’s priorities, which is surely part of the job of politicians? The Yorkshire Post was making very similar observations:

Bill Carmichael: No offence South Yorkshire Police, but why not fight real crime?

However for some reason their Twitter account is still active.


POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN THE POLICE FORCE

From The Evening Standard:

Senior Met Police officer could face the sack for using ‘racist’ ‘whiter than white’ phrase


BREXIT NEWS

From the Express, a story about a dysfunctional Tory party dinner involving alcohol where one of May’s aides allegedly accused the Brexit Secretary of being a:

‘Raab is a f***ing nightmare’ – Downing Street aide’s SHOCK claim about Brexit Secretary

a Downing Street spokesman said: “It is 100 percent nonsense and did not happen.”

Will there be a deal or a no deal though? Not if the Labour party have anything to do with it (according to Emily Thornberry at least).

Emily Thornberry: May’s deal will not have our blessing

Speculation about a leadership challenge continued:

Dead woman walking? 50 Tory MPs hold brazen meeting to plot END OF THERESA MAY

Apparently one MP at the meeting said:

“The mood in the room surprised me. It was open revolt. Chequers is more unpopular than the poll tax but the Prime Minister is still ploughing on with it.

Michel Barnier is optimistic that a deal can be reached in the next 6-8 weeks according to the above article.

The speculation is that Boris Johnson is the most likely person to replace Theresa May currently. Boris apparently wants to “boost” the economy with tax cuts (although the UK is £1.78 trillion in debt):

Boris Johnson’s Brexit tax cuts plea to boost Britain rejected by Theresa May


HIGH COURT SAYS ELECTORAL COMMISSION IN THE WRONG

From Breitbart:

High Court: Electoral Commission Got Electoral Law Wrong Over Leave Vote Spending

Related article at Brexit Central:

Why the Electoral Commission’s defeat in the High Court matters


UKIP IS NOT OPPOSED TO HALAL SLAUGHTER?

From UKIP Daily, a claim that UKIP is:

Anti-Sharia but Pro-Halal?


UK CRIME WAVE

From The Daily Mail:

Is this the worst sex grooming case of all? Abducted as a teen and held prisoner for 12 YEARS, Sarah was repeatedly raped, twice forced into marriage and had EIGHT abortions

A shocking attack allegedly on a traffic warden, from The Express:

CRIMEWAVE BRITAIN: Shock video shows gang STAMP on traffic warden

From The Mirror:

Barnsley stabbing: Woman, 28, charged with attempted murder as police rule out terrorism

Quote:

Ayaan Ali, of Isleworth, Middlesex, has been charged with attempted murder, affray

According to the article police said:

“This has been an isolated incident in Barnsley and we’re pleased that it has been handled quickly and effectively.”

In other words, nothing to see here, nothing to worry about (just an isolated stabbing), move along now, move along.

Breitbart also had this claim:

Crime Wave Britain: Six Police Officers Stabbed, Rammed, Run over in 72 Hours

A transgender was moved to a woman’s prison where she (we think that’s the correct gender pronoun) proceeded to commit sexual assaults against the other inmates. From the Spectator:

Why was a transgender rapist put in a women’s prison?

The article looks at the vilification of those who tried to raise their concerns about this insanity.


MIGRANT CRISIS – UK

Diane Abbott apparently wants to make it easier for migrants, from The Sun:

ABBOTT’S CAP AXE Labour vow to scrap immigration cap to make it easier and cheaper for migrants to enter Brexit Britain

Meanwhile two cases of the monkeypox virus (which can kill up to 10 % of those infected) were reported in the UK this week:

Monkeypox warning: How virus infection is different to chickenpox – second case in UK


MIGRANT CRISIS – “NEW” BRUSSELS FORCE

A draft proposal for the EU to take charge of European nations’ border security and asylum policy predictably met with opposition from the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. From Breitbart:

Orbán Warns EU Planning to ‘Open the Gate’ with New Brussels Border Force


MIGRANT CRISIS – SANCTIONS AGAINST HUNGARY?

Moves were made in the EU to apply sanctions against Hungary. From Breitbart:

EU Parliament Votes to Enact Article 7 Opening Up Potential Sanctions Against Hungary

Poland has however promised to veto any such move. From Reuters:

Poland says it will block any EU sanctions against Hungary


MIGRANT CRISIS – DEATHS UP OR DOWN?

An interesting article in the Spectator by Nicholas Farrell this week took a look at attempts by the UN’s new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet to claim that deaths of migrants trying to get into Europe had increased. What she was doing was quoting percentages rather than the actual number of deaths apparently:

The UN’s politically motivated search for human rights abuses in Italy

The author says he now kind of understands why President Trump pulled out of the UN’s Human Rights Council, quoting the words of Nikki Haley (the US’s UN Ambassador) speaking about the council:

‘a protector of human rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias.’

The article says that Bachelet has defended Maduro of Venezuela, in other words she’s a raving socialist.


MIGRANT CRISIS – DALAI LAMA INTERVENES

The Dalai Lama intervenes to save Europeans from their own leaders. From Breitbart:

Dalai Lama: ‘Europe Belongs to Europeans’, Refugees Should Return and Rebuild Homelands

Opinion from Breitbart:

Delingpole: If Only the Dalai Lama Ran the Church…


MIGRANT CRISIS – GERMANY

More on the Chemnitz fake Nazi salute story, from Live Leak:

Chemnitz Nazi is a communist agent provocateur

An attempt by the BBC to pour scorn on an AfD claim about numbers of murders by migrants backfires. From Breitbart:

BBC ‘Fact Checking’ Backfires, Proves Rise in Murders, Violent Crimes Committed by Migrants in Germany

In a nutshell the BBC was making a distinction between illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.

A video showing a speech by a member of the AfD party:

"Merkel is Blind & Deaf to migrant violence…"

AfD (Alternative for Germany) party, boldly addresses an Merkel

"After all the Killings, Knife attacks, Rapes, Merkel will do NOTHING. The current migration policy will cheerfully carry on…"

Full Video: https://t.co/BiueHPy2VS pic.twitter.com/27FEnWX8BV

— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) September 14, 2018

Meanwhile another man was killed allegedly by a migrant, this time in Köthen, which once again brought protestors out onto the streets in large numbers, and once again the BBC demonized them as “far-right”:

Germany migrants: Protesters march over young man’s death in Köthen

Quote:

Far-right and opposition anti-fascist crowds have taken part in protests in Köthen in eastern Germany, where a German man earlier died following an alleged fight with Afghan men.

The 22-year-old fight victim was said to have died of a heart problem not directly linked to his head injuries sustained in the incident.

Two Afghan suspects have been arrested.

There was an argument involving a pregnant woman according to this article.


SPOTLIGHT ON – SWEDEN ELECTION IRREGULARITIES

Coverage of last weekend’s Swedish elections has shone a spotlight on irregularities in the Swedish voting system. A hashtag was trending on Twitter #valfusk2018 which was being used for election fraud claims. It seems to have originated from this blog:

Was There Election Fraud in Sweden?

It appears that when you go to vote in Sweden you have to pick up a “voting bill” in plain view of everyone in the polling station. The above article mentions an allegation that in some places the voting bills for anti-immigration parties were missing:

voting bills missing (primarily for the Sweden Democrats, Alternative for Sweden and Medborgerlig Samling)

So, you’ve then presumably got to go and ASK for a voting bill for those – how embarrassing, what a racist etc.. The article also discusses the culture of conformity that apparently exists in Sweden.

We also saw this article at Breitbart which contains similar allegations:

Sweden Vote: International Election Observer ‘Shocked’, ‘Never Seen Such an Undemocratic System’


UNESCO DENOUNCED FAKE STATEMENT

Finally just to lighten the mood a bit after that avalanche of depressing news, here is a funny story from 2016 that we came across:

UNESCO denounces fake statement

Quote:

We wish to refer to the recent allegations posted on the website juntakareporter, citing an alleged statement and certificate from UNESCO declaring “Islam as the most peaceful religion of the world”. Such statement was never made by the Organization and that the certificate reproduced on this website is a fake one. The website that published this information is a satirical media.


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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