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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 27 October

by The Participator – 28 Oct 2018

European Court of Human Rights

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.


Theresa May “survives” a “showdown”, from Breitbart:

‘Not Going Anywhere’: May Survives Showdown with 1922 Committee

The Express was disparaging about the “confrontation”:

‘More petting zoo than lion’s den!’ May SILENCES Tory rebels – and now to TAKE ON Brussels

The Attorney General told us that:

It will be ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ to get out of Theresa May’s Chequers deal, Attorney General warns

So perhaps those claiming the Chequers deal will make us a vassal state of the EU are not so wide of the mark? Also, from The Sun:

CAVE-IN ON DISPUTES British negotiators tell Brussels that European Court of Justice ‘will get final say’ on Brexit legal disputes

From The Express:

BREXIT LIVE: Boris Johnson is 44th MP to join HARDEST Brexit group that could OUST May

Meanwhile, calls for a second referendum are continuing:

THEY WON’T STOP! Unelected Lords DEMAND second Brexit vote – with even CHILDREN given say

The civil service are even “war-gaming” a 2nd referendum according to Breitbart:

Delingpole: Britain’s Remoaner Elite Has a Cunning Plan to Sabotage Brexit

There was a victory for impartiality in the electoral commission following the recent controversy at least, from The Daily Mail:

Election watchdog head QUITS after claims commission is biased against Brexit


three commissioners who publicly opposed leaving the European Union will also go

A bizarre EU tax on digital reading was brought to our attention by order-order:

Axe The Reading Tax!


The case was referred to the Attorney General. From The Express (note the mention of only 100s outside):

Tommy Robinson case HALTED: Judge refers case to Attorney Generay- 100s outside Old Bailey

From the BBC:

Tommy Robinson: Contempt case referred to attorney general

This article previously stated 300, but was later amended without apology (still below the above quote of 1,500):

About 1,000 of his supporters, plus some opponents, gathered outside the Old Bailey court in London.

The mainstream media tried to downplay the size of the crowd that gathered outside the court room in support of Tommy, a Canadian journalist called Andrew Lawton states that he overheard two journalists plotting this:

I overheard how reporters talk about Tommy Robinson


As the two reporters discussed the size of the crowd outside, they openly agreed to downplay it.

One of the reporters had been told by a member of the law enforcement team that there were at that point 1,500 people outside.

After some banter, the PA reporters agreed they would say “hundreds.” The reason was to not “give it credit,” the female said.

They were also presuming Tommy’s guilt according to Lawton:

Moments later, the female reporter said there was no ambiguity about Robinson’s guilt.

“He is in contempt of court,” she said. “There’s not really any doubt.”

It is strange then that the case is now being referred to the Attorney General, if there really is no doubt!

Avi Yemeni also confronted a BBC producer about the crowd numbers:

Watch What Happened When I Confronted The Lying BBC

Note how the BBC security people intervene to stop the interview although there were no threats made.

James Delingpole at Breitbart drew our attention to Tommy’s own submission to the court which may have been crucial in the decision:

Delingpole: Tommy Robinson, Britain’s Last Lion, Roars


While the justice system has been tying itself up in knots trying to decide whether Tommy is guilty of something or not, apparently prosecutions and convictions of real crimes are falling according to a report. From Breitbart:

Report: UK Police Becoming ‘Irrelevant’ as Crime Surges While Charges and Investigations Plummet


From The Daily Mail:

There are over 9,000 foreigners in British jails… so why do we deport just ONE a day – and why were these men freed to reoffend?


Refugee who used her own family’s passports to smuggle two asylum seekers into UK illegally is spared jail because judge thought her motive was ‘humanitarian’


Our leaders’ plan to urbanize our green and pleasant land was back in the headlines again this week. From the BBC:

Oxford-Cambridge Arc: Row over central England mega-plan

… environmentalists argue that the mega-plan will ruin green space the size of Birmingham. And they ask if wealthy towns need to become ever more rich.

Perhaps these wealthy towns will be poorer in quality of life though, as they become ever more crowded?


Protecting the religious from hurt feelings is more important than freedom of expression, according to the European Court of Human Rights (especially if the religious are prone to rioting). From the Washington Post:

European court rejects Austrian’s case over prophet slur


The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled Thursday that Austrian courts had “carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.

Please note that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is not to be confused with the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The ECHR was created in 1959 to uphold the European Convention on Human Rights. The convention has a meaningless article on “Freedom of Expression” which allows a number of restrictions including for:

prevention of disorder or crime

In other words, mob rule can prevail over freedom of expression. The UK’s Human Rights Act of 1998 was based on the ECHR.

Here are some more details about the case, from Gates of Vienna (includes her statement about the ruling):

The ECHR Rules Against Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

An article from Breitbart (2015) criticizing the record of the ECHR:

Criminals and Terrorists Account for ONE THIRD of Overall Victories Against UK in European Court of Human Rights


From Voice of Europe:

Islam is a ‘religion of happiness and love’ says new French minister in charge of the police


From Breitbart:

Western Germany: 42 Percent of Children Under Six Come from Migration Background


From Dnevni avaz (via Vlad Tepes), some footage which is stated is of migrants pushing their way past border police on the border between Bosnia and Croatia:

Migranti probili kordon policije na GP Maljevac – 24.10.2018


From The Independent:

Algeria bans women working in public sector from wearing full-face veils

Meanwhile though the UN decides that:

France: Banning the niqab violated two Muslim women’s freedom of religion


From the BBC, news that:

President Trump to pull US from Russia missile treaty


Mr Trump said Russia had “violated” the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

The deal banned ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of between 500 and 5,500km (310-3,400 miles).

The US would not let Russia “go out and do weapons [while] we’re not allowed to”, Mr Trump said.

Later in the week the Express had this alarming headline:

‘We are preparing for war’ Russia issues SHOCK warning over US withdrawal from INF Treaty


From The Express:

US-China trade war: MILLIONS of US jobs LOST because of China trade deficit – SHOCK data


CNN commented on some of the criticisms that were made:

Late night hosts react to bomb scares


“They were anchoring live TV, evacuated the building, and then kept anchoring”

This prompted some to speculate that the bomb hoax was a “false flag”. A man was soon arrested however. From Sky News:

US pipe bombs: Suspect Cesar Sayoc charged after FBI finds fingerprint

There was a lot of commentary from the media in the wake of this incident about the dangerous rhetoric that is being used nowadays. From UK Business Insider:

‘The inevitable consequence of Trump’s incitement’: Democrats accuse Trump of helping provoke attempted violence against Clintons, Obama, and Soros

From Haaretz:

Soros, CNN, Obama and the Clintons: Trump’s Incitement Turns Into Real Threats


No Venn diagram was needed to see the connection between the targets of the pipe bombs mailed or planted between Monday and Wednesday: There was George Soros the “troublemaker”; Barack and Michelle Obama; and Bill and “crooked” Hillary Clinton.

Calling someone “crooked” or a “troublemaker” doesn’t really constitute incitement to violence though, any more than calling someone “far-right” or a “white supremacist” does. Not very many were remarking on the number of violent threats that have been made towards Pres. Trump, such as the comment pop-star Madonna made a while ago about blowing up the White House:

Madonna: ‘Blowing up White House’ taken out of context

It does seem somewhat as though the media generally has a certain bias.

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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