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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 10 November

by The Participator – 11 Nov 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.


BREXIT NEWS

The latest news is that Jo Johnson (brother of Boris) has resigned in protest about May’s Chequers deal (it seems that Boris is the only pro Brexit member of the Johnson family). Jo Johnson is calling for a second referendum and apparently 4 other Remainer ministers are “on the verge” of quitting. From the Express:

Four top ministers on verge of QUITTING as EU forces Theresa May into CRISIS

Guido reminded us of this:

Jo Johnson wrote 2015 manifesto pledge to honour the result of the referendum

Many people are continuing to believe that May’s Chequers deal, unacceptable to just about everyone, will be presented soon as a “done deal” and in the resulting uproar a second referendum, and/or a general election, will be called and Brexit may even be overturned. Trust in our politicians is possibly near an all-time low. In an article in the Telegraph Nigel Farage expressed what many were suspecting and also described an email he had seen. From Breitbart:

Farage Warns British Political Class ‘Colluding’ with Euro Politicians ‘Against Democracy’ After Email Leak

He apparently also expressed this opinion a little earlier in the week. From the Express:

‘May will get Brexit through Parliament!’ Farage predicts EU customs union deal SUCCESS

However he stressed that he thought the deal that would be agreed would mean that we haven’t really left.

Breitbart also had this claim:

Exposed: May’s Plot to Use Foreign Interference to Force Soft Brexit Through Parliament


DYSON AND THE EU DUST DIRECTIVE

We had a timely reminder of the EU bureaucracy’s daft regulatory excesses this week. From order-order:

DYSON DEFEATS DAFT DUST DIRECTIVE

Here is a direct link to the directive:

The General Court annuls the regulation on the energy labelling of vacuum cleaners

Quote:

Tests of a vacuum cleaner’s energy efficiency carried out with an empty receptacle do not reflect conditions as close as possible to actual conditions of use

In today’s judgment, the General Court upholds Dyson’s argument and annuls the regulation on the energy labelling of vacuum cleaners

Sir James Dyson is of course a prominent Leave campaigner. Although he thinks we are heading for a “no deal” Brexit, and he doesn’t apparently think that’s a particularly good outcome, still he does seem to think we will survive it. From the BBC:

Sir James Dyson expects no Brexit deal


ASIA BIBI DENIED ASYLUM IN THE UK?

The Home Office “refuses to comment on individual cases” so we cannot be certain that Asia Bibi has definitely been refused asylum here. It was widely being assumed that she had been denied however. From Breitbart:

Dhimmitude: UK Turns Away Pakistani Christian to Appease ‘Sections of the Community’, Islamist Terrorists

Other countries have openly offered her (and her family) asylum, and given Theresa May’s reaction to her acquittal (that we quoted last week) it seems probable that the current UK government is not very concerned about her plight in any case.

Many were reminded that after Muslim schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head in Pakistan by the Taliban for attempting to attend school she was given asylum and medical treatment in the UK. Malala is now studying at Oxford university apparently.

If it is really the case that the danger to Asia Bibi in this country would be much more serious due to the presence of large numbers of specifically Pakistani Muslims here then perhaps that fact says quite a lot about where the UK is heading.

There have also been mixed reports on the question of whether Asia Bibi will be allowed to leave Pakistan. From Deutsche Welle:

Pakistani minister: Asia Bibi could be barred from leaving the country

Brendan O’Neill commented on the deafening silence coming from most of the liberal left:

The abandonment of Asia Bibi

This contains a staggering claim that:

The protests are thought to have caused damage in the region of £900million.

This figure was also quoted in the Guardian (apparently it came from a government official):

Pakistan works to stop Asia Bibi leaving after blasphemy protests

The mainstream media in Pakistan were warned not to report on the protests and communication services were shut down according to Euro News (last week):

Protests in Pakistan after Supreme Court acquits Christian Asia Bibi of blasphemy


AN EXCESS OF OPINION

Elisabeth Sabaditsch Wolff was interviewed by Vlad Tepes (23 minutes interview):

Elisabeth Sabaditsch Wolff interview on the European Human RIghts Court decision

For those not aware she was the woman who was convicted in Austria some years ago for implying that Mohammed (the man Muslims regard as their prophet) was a paedophile, and she recently took the case to the ECHR.

She says here that she never even said “Mohammed is a paedophile” in so many words, but that she only asked a rhetorical question “what else can we call it?”. The judgement apparently included a claim that she was guilty of expressing “an excess of opinion“. Elisabeth is appealing for support and asks you to sign a petition and please to donate to her legal fund, the details are here:

FRIENDS OF FREE SPEECH

Her objective now is to appeal the decision if she can (the petition will help to put pressure on the ECHR to allow an appeal). The website has been set up by the:

Center for Security Policy

Incidentally the CSP was set up by Frank Gaffney, Jr.. Gaffney released a document in 2012 that attempted to draw attention to the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence in the US during the Obama presidency, a claim that was dismissed in the US mainstream media as a conspiracy theory. The MB is designated as a terrorist organization in several countries including Canada and Saudi Arabia.


EU POLICY TOWARDS IRAN CHANGING DIRECTION?

Are events forcing the EU to change its policy towards Iran? From Breitbart:

EU Now Considering Iran Sanctions After Assassination Plot Uncovered


GAB RETURNS

Social media site gab.com is back online.


BRITISH ARMY TO RECRUIT FOREIGNERS WHO HAVE NEVER LIVED HERE

From the Telegraph:

Armed Forces open door to foreign recruits who have never lived in Britain


SOLDIER X CAMPAIGN

An online campaign may have had some impact. Tommy Robinson delivered a petition to No.10 (the petition had acquired 200,000 signatures apparently). From Talk Radio:

Tommy Robinson delivers petition to Downing Street calling for more ‘freedom’ in the Armed Forces

One website claimed the campaign had succeeded but we couldn’t find any confirmation of this elsewhere:

Victory As Army Decides Not To Discharge Soldier Who Took A Photo With Tommy Robinson

A month ago the MSM had been reporting that the soldier would be discharged. From the Mirror:

Young soldier in Tommy Robinson Facebook video ‘to be discharged from Army

Paypal withdrew its service from Tommy this week. From the BBC:

Paypal stops handling payments for Tommy Robinson


JACOB REES-MOGG CALLS FOR BORDER CONTROL

From the Express:

Jacob Rees-Mogg urges Immigration Minister to ‘take back CONTROL of borders’ after Brexit


US MID-TERM ELECTIONS

There were initially mixed reactions to the mid-term elections in the US, but many commentators pointed out that the Republicans had in fact done rather better than previous administrations had in mid-term elections. From the Telegraph:

The four charts that prove Donald Trump is right to call the midterms a ‘tremendous success’

Front Page Mag reacted to the election of two Muslim women:

Our New Muslim Representatives – Sharia, corruption, and Jew-hatred come to the House

A huge storm in a tea-cup blew up over a journalist losing his White House pass following a disruptive press briefing, but many were quick to point out that a very similar incident occurred during Obama’s time in office. From the Express:

OUTRAGE as CNN reporter loses White House access after Trump row – ‘A THREAT to democracy’

The MSM tried to claim this was evidence that Pres. Trump was a threat to freedom of the press.

Antifa demonstrators protested outside Tucker Carlson’s house in the dark and one apparently attempted to break his door down, surely a sign that press freedom really is in danger, but from a different direction. From the American Thinker:

Real threat to freedom of the press as mob attacks Tucker Carlson’s home while CNN whines about Acosta the accoster losing White House


OVER-AGE SCHOOLBOY?

From the Daily Mail:

Refugee ‘schoolboy’ told pupil he was a ’25-year-old married father-of-two’: Asylum seeker being investigated over claims he lied about being 15 ‘admitted to being much older than classmates’

A second “schoolboy” was removed later from the same school but it was claimed he was just in the wrong year. From the Telegraph:

Ipswich school accused of having 30-year-old pupil removes second child in Year 7

Of course this incident leaves us wondering once again just how many 20-something and possibly even 30-something schoolchildren there are in the UK’s schools these days.


EXTREMIST AT A LABOUR ANTI-RACISM RALLY

From the Times:

Extremist preacher Shakeel Begg invited to Labour anti-racism rally


SHE CHOSE A THIRD OPTION

From Free Speech Front blog:

Morocco gives rape victim, 15, two options “Marry the Muslim rapist or face adultery charges (death penalty)”

Tragically she chose a third option.


SPEAKER BERCOW UNDER PRESSURE

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow came under fire this week. From the Daily Mail:

John Bercow used his special powers as Commons Speaker to ‘cover up claims of bullying’ by Labour MP Keith Vaz


MIGRANT CRISIS – CROATIA

From Voice of Europe:

20,000 armed migrants attack Croatia’s border to move into the EU, official warns

This story also appeared at Breitbart:

Report: 20,000 Migrants ‘Almost All Armed with Knives’ To Cross Europe’s External Border


“WHO ARE YOU, DONALD TRUMP”?

A jihadi struck in Melbourne and one person was killed. From Breitbart:

Australia Mourns Victim of Somali Migrant Terrorist

One frustrated bystander interrupted a TV station broadcast by shouting “Islamic Terror” into the microphone, the TV crew responded:

Islamic Terror!


THE DEMOGRAPHIC DISAPPEARANCE OF EUROPEANS CONTINUES

From Breitbart:

Study: While European Nations Fall Below Replacement Rate, Global Birthrates Surge

Egged on by the BBC of course:

‘I’m not having children because I want to save the planet’


REMEMBERING KRISTALLNACHT

A group in Denmark called “For Freedom” tried to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht but were met by aggressive Antifa demonstrators shouting “Nazi Pigs” at them. From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

More on ANTIFA and its thuggery and fascist tactics in Denmark


IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED …

Finally a heartening reminder from the animal kingdom that persistence pays off:

Ascending the slippery slope


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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