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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 1 September

by The Participator – 2 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.


Veteran and very widely respected Labour MP Frank Field resigns the whip. From Sky News:

Labour’s Frank Field quits: What does it mean to resign the whip?

From the BBC:

Anti-Semitism row: Frank Field considers triggering by-election

An opinion article in The Guardian from a Labour MP about the crisis:

Labour needs to change. Frank Field’s resignation letter tells us how

Meanwhile the stories about Corbyn kept coming, here’s a couple from The Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Corbyn is accused of misleading MPs after failing to disclose private meeting with Holocaust denier in Parliament

EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Corbyn claims Israel controls speeches made by British MPs in Parliament, in bizarre remarks slammed as an ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theory’ that ‘casts Jews as sinister manipulators’

In the speech Corbyn also appeared to have a dig at the EU:

It was rather like reading a European document and looking for the buzzwords

From The Express, this article has an astonishing claim:

Group campaigning to axe prisons and free inmates including sex offenders and terrorists will be hosted by pro-Corbyn Momentum movement

The ECC is part of a wider movement to ‘plan for a world without prisons and police’ which is gaining ground on the hard Left.

A world without prisons and police would certainly suit the “Antifa” blackshirts, that’s for sure, but would it be good for the rest of us we wondered?

From The Express, an account of Remain thuggery from a Labour MP:

‘He threatened to PUNCH me in the face!’ Brexiteer MP reveals Labour supporters ‘THUGGERY’


he had been subject to harassment after voting with the Government on Brexit proposals


Many stories this week claiming that the Conservative Party is being “infiltrated” by Brexit supporters from UKIP. Of course Jeremy Corbyn managed to take over the Labour party in a similar way. Surprisingly the (anti-Islamophobia) party chairman Brandon Lewis seems to be pleased about the recent influx. From the Express:

‘Ex-Ukippers SUPERB’: Tory chairman HAILS efforts to swing leadership in favour of Brexit

The Telegraph also seems to see the influx in a positive light:

Disaster! The Conservatives have been infiltrated by conservatives

A letter to the Northants Telegraph:

LETTER OF THE WEEK: I’ve joined Conservatives to get rid of Theresa May

Dissatisfaction with Theresa May may also be increasing if this report from The Sun is anything to go by:

BREXIT BOO-BOYS Brexiteers threaten to boo and ‘slow handclap’ Theresa May at Tory conference in protest at her EU negotiations


It seems to be anybody’s guess at the moment whether there will be a deal of some sort or “no deal”. One minute we were being told there was no possibility of a deal by October, the next there was a different story.

According to a Belgian journalist, there has been pressure put on Michel Barnier from within the EU to secure a deal. From The Express:

Michel Barnier ‘under pressure’ to give Britain a Brexit deal for THIS reason

The reason is no big secret of course, it’s the economy stupid – Europe’s economy ..

Another big issue is the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). According to this article at Conservative Home, we would still be under the jurisdiction of the ECJ under May’s plan (even though May herself continues to deny this):

The Government’s White Paper plan would not free us from the European Court of Justice

May’s former adviser declared the Chequers deal intolerable. From The Express:

Chequers deal labelled ‘INTOLERABLE’ by Theresa May’s old chief of staff

From The Daily Mail, Boris apparently endorsed the warning from the former adviser:

Boris Johnson endorses warning from former May aide that the PM is pursuing the ‘worst of both worlds’ on Brexit and will have to water down her Chequers plans to get a deal

Jacob Rees-Mogg has also vowed to vote against the deal.


Interestingly President Trump has been expressing dissatisfaction with WTO rules while many “hard Brexit” Brexiteers seem to be in favour of the UK following WTO rules after Brexit. From The Express:

Donald Trump threatens to pull US out of WTO – ‘It was set up to benefit everybody but us’


There were echoes of the Cod Wars this week as French boats clashed with British boats fishing for scallops. From The Express:

Disgraceful! Outrage as French fishermen ATTACK British fishing boats in English Channel

‘France must EXPEL the English!’ French fishermen threaten UK as scallop war intensifies

Scallop wars: French minister draws LINE on where British fishermen can go ahead of talks


Quite a lot of people are commenting on social media that they think the Notting Hill Carnival should be ended, as it has become a crime festival. From The Daily Mail:

Police slam Notting Hill revellers after 30 officers are punched, BITTEN and headbutted in ‘violent’ attacks during two-day carnival that saw 49 knives seized and almost 400 arrests

Katie Hopkins reports from Bradford:

Bradford Radicals


We saw this article in The Daily Mail:

South Africa withdraws white farmland redistribution bill six days after Trump warned he was closely studying the situation

So, while Theresa May and her government endorsed the expropriation, it seems President Trump has been making moves to avert a catastrophe.


From The Telegraph:

Theresa May seals first post-Brexit trade pact with £4bn boost for Africa


From our contributor Jillian Becker’s site The Atheist Conservative:

Hillary Clinton’s secrets of state went straight to China - but who cares?


From The Express:

FURY as EU gives millions to Iran DAYS BEFORE Zaghari-Ratcliffe thrown back in jail


There were large-scale anti-immigration demonstrations in Chemnitz, Germany following the murder of a popular man there allegedly by two migrants. From the BBC:

Chemnitz protests: Far right on march in east Germany


But within hours of his death in hospital, news that his killers were suspected to have been a Syrian and an Iraqi man triggered a furious and violent reaction.

For two nights running, hundreds and then thousands of right-wing extremists and sympathisers have taken to the streets.

Some were extremists. But all marched together, chanting the old Nazi slogan “Lügenpresse” (lying press).

As Raheem Kassam has pointed out before, the phrase “lying press” is a phrase that has been around since before the Nazis and is of course just two ordinary German words strung together. Perhaps there is a special reason why the BBC dislike the term however.

The BBC makes this claim:

The number of people seeking asylum has fallen steeply and there are integration success stories – one in four new arrivals has a job.


Migrants not just using quicklime but also battery acid was thrown at border guards according to this report from The Telegraph (last week):

More than 100 migrants storm border of Spanish enclave ‘throwing battery acid’ at border guards


Egypt – no churches allowed here! From World Watch Monitor (July):

Egypt: Mob attack encouraged by police promise ‘No church will be allowed here’

This week from The Express:

We don’t want a church here!’ Christian persecution as mob surrounds church a SECOND time

Our contributor Jon MC explains the importance of the Pact of Umar here at Faith Freedom:

The Pact of Umar


From Humanists UK:

New Pakistani PM Imran Khan pledges to revive UN campaign for global blasphemy laws

Geert Wilders’s attempt to host a cartoon contest was apparently thwarted:

Pakistan Government Celebrates Geert Wilders Mohammed Cartoon Contest Cancellation

Despite Khan’s determination to protect his belief system from criticism, it seems the Taliban is not satisfied. Is Khan not a true Muslim from the Taliban’s point of view, does the reverse also apply?

Imran Khan assassination threat: Taliban ‘plot to ASSASSINATE’ new Pakistan prime minister


Finally, a bit of good news – the Sadiq Khan blimp did fly a little bit (not exactly “flying over London” but airborne at least):

Sadiq Khan balloon in pictures: London Mayor MOCKED as bikini blimp takes flight

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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