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

by The Participator – 2 Dec 2018

The Hungarian parliament in Budapest

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.


Rebellion in the Conservative party seems to have further fizzled out, at least at the top. From the Portsmouth News:

Penny Mordaunt backs prime minster Theresa May’s Brexit deal and slams ‘unhelpful’ Tory rebels

Andrea Leadsom also backed away from her previous statements. From the Express:

RELIEF! May’s withdrawal deal APPROVED by key eurosceptic Tory in vital VICTORY for PM

Liam Fox also. From the Times:

Brexit: We don’t have luxury of a better deal, says Fox as he falls in line

Michael Gove fell in line as well, apparently in response to the latest claim from “Project Fear” (something to do with the chemicals used in the drinking water supply). From the Sun:

RUNNING DRY UK would run out of clean water within days of No Deal Brexit, Michael Gove believes

David Davis spoke out for a no-deal Brexit however. From the Times:

David Davis: This is not crashing out. This is escaping the EU’s dead hand

It seems the rebellion is still alive among the backbenchers as well. From the Express:

BREXIT PLEA: ‘Do what’s RIGHT!’ As 100 Tory MPs oppose deal, May fights to QUASH REBELLION

There were accusations that Theresa May had suppressed legal advice on the deal. From the Telegraph:

Theresa May accused of ‘dangerous’ Brexit cover-up as she blocks full publication of legal advice on her deal

An even stronger claim was also made at the Telegraph, by Bill Cash:

Theresa May’s Brexit deal is illegal and must be stopped

He apparently said that the deal is incompatible with a law passed by Theresa May’s own government earlier this year – the Withdrawal Act 2018.

Labour MP Hilary Benn put forward an amendment to try to stop a “no deal” Brexit occurring by default. From Reuters:

UPDATE 1-UK lawmakers propose amendment to stop PM May’s Brexit deal and no-deal

Richard North was concerned about a very different sort of crisis than the sort of claim being peddled by “Project Fear”:

Brexit: countdown to disorder


EU migration is down but non-EU migration is up apparently, there were contradictory claims about the figures. The BBC had this:

UK migration: Fewer EU arrivals but overall figure stays the same

Lord Green commented:

Commenting on today’s immigration figures, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of , said: “The net inflow from the EU is still roughly the size of the British Army… Non-EU net migration at 248,000 is astonishing. It is the highest for 14 years.”

The Home Office was apparently contemplating adding a new ferry service to help migrants to cross the English channel. From Breitbart:

Govt Source: More Border Force Boats in English Channel Will Encourage Illegal Migration


The UK petition against this agreement at the parliament website has shot up to over 64,000 signatures in quite a short space of time, it could reach the 100,000 signatures needed to force a parliamentary debate before the govt. is due to sign the deal in Marrakech on 10-11 December. Please sign the petition and share the link as widely as you can:

The UK should not agree the UN’s Global Compact for Migration

Finally the pact got a mention in the mainstream media. From the Express:

PC GONE MAD: Criticising migration could become CRIMINAL offence under new plan

Of course those opposed to the migration pact were demonized as “far-right” by some media sources such as politico.eu:

Under far-right pressure, Europe retreats from UN migration pact

From Breitbart:

Exclusive: German Populist Leader Slams Merkel For UN Migrant Pact Deception

Vaclav Klaus made some powerful arguments in this short article:

The Refugee Global Challenge (and Its European Specifics)


… Such migration has only very rarely become a fundamental destabilizing problem for countries which became the chosen destination of migrants.

… European (and Western) society has been gradually transformed from a society heralding performance, results and achievements, production, work, to a society based on entitlements

Here is our related post on the subject of the UN migration compact in case you missed it:

Saying No To The UN Migration Compact


The Met Police stated last week that they were deliberately using their patrol cars to ram scooter gang riders and knock them off their scooters. Diane Abbott the shadow Home Secretary objected to this policy. From the Daily Mail:

‘Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous’: Diane Abbott faces furious backlash after she criticises Scotland Yard’s tactic to ram moped gangs

Also this week the Met Police announced they were going ahead with armed patrols. From the Guardian:

Met police push ahead with armed patrols despite backlash

The police (and many members of the public of course) were unhappy about the sentence given to a man who waved a large zombie knife in broad daylight and tried to attack a man inside a car. From the Express:

‘NO DETERRENT!’ Police furious as zombie knife road rage attacker WALKS FREE

The adjective might be applicable to more than just the knife that was used then.

His brother was allegedly convicted of stabbing a man to death in 2014. From the Croydon Advertiser:

Croydon zombie knife attacker’s ‘brother’ was jailed for murder

From Breitbart:

Police in Khan’s London Drop One-Third of Crimes After Single Phone Call

It sounds from the above article as if the focus will now be even more on so-called “hate crime” offences.

From the Birmingham Mail, a claim that:

Soaring West Midlands murder rate ‘on a par with London epidemic’

A rape victim was told to take her child to see the rapist by the authorities. From the Mirror:

Telford sex abuse victim ‘told to take her child to see her rapist or face JAIL’


From the Guardian:

Female genital mutilation cases more than double in a year in UK


Archbishop Cranmer claims fake news from the Daily Mail on Asia Bibi asylum:

Asia Bibi asylum application was not ‘blocked’ by Theresa May (the Daily Mail made that up)

However this appears to be conjecture based on what the Prime Minister said and merely what seems to be this well-known blogger’s attempt to read between the lines of what she said. Quote from the archbishop’s article:

because to speak candidly and openly might inflame the situation in Pakistan and imperil the safety and security of Asia Bibi and her family.

It isn’t for fear of inflaming Islamist tensions in Bradford that the Prime Minister is being cautious, but the very real terror of what might be unleashed upon hundreds of Christians and churches in Pakistan if the old colonial power were seen to be intervening in an internal matter of justice which Allah has preordained

Note that the Archbishop Cranmer is not a real archbishop, it’s a pen name of a Christian blogger after the historical figure. The above concerns are surely real enough, but should the world continue to cower before Islamic aggression? Are there times when turning the other cheek is the wrong thing to do? He ends his article by asking:

do you really believe Theresa May would say, ‘No, we don’t want you here’? Really?

What do you think? Would Theresa May say that?


The war on free speech is relentless. From Breitbart:

UK Lawmakers Call for ‘Islamophobia’ to Be Officially Classed as Racism

From the Guardian:

Muslims demand full legal protection from Islamophobia

Douglas Murray had this to say in the Spectator:

The ‘Islamophobia’ problem


The real archbishop apparently made a comment about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. From the Express:

Christianity CRACKDOWN: Millions of Christians face ‘imminent extinction’ in Middle East


From ansa.it, a report that an ISIS affiliate was arrested for planning to poison the water supply:

Anti-terrorism operation near Nuoro


General Sir Nick Carter, chief of the defence staff apparently has a mission to “improve diversity” in the army. From the Times:

Islamic school starts an army cadet force

The school is in Blackburn, Lancashire. The Daily Mail had this report about the school in 2013:

The state school where girls are forced to wear hijabs in classrooms AND outside school

According to the article, rules for pupils at the school include:

‘wear the hijab outside the school and home, recite the Koran at a least once a week‘ and not have stationery which shows ‘unIslamic images’ like pictures of pop stars.


Ten per cent of the sixth-form students at the Tauheedul Islam High School, pictured, already wear the niqab which covers the face except the eyes


Following a scandal involving her son, and the story that she allegedly threw a bucket of water at a journalist from the Times, Labour shadow minister Kate Osamor has resigned from the front bench. From the BBC:

Labour’s Kate Osamor resigns as shadow minister

According to City AM, she had also threatened the journalist with a baseball bat, a detail the BBC neglected to mention:

Shadow Labour minister Kate Osamor allegedly threatens journalist with bat

Her son Ishmael Osamor tried to take £2,500-worth of drugs to a festival, he was a councillor at Haringey Council until the scandal broke.


From the Federalist via American Thinker:

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Lied to Congress


nor was he truthful about whether Twitter policies discriminated against users based on their politics

It is a federal crime to provide false testimony to Congress.


From Breitbart:

EU Commissioner Warns of ‘War’ Should ‘Nationalists’ Win in Europe

Also from Breitbart:

Top Eurocrat Verhofstadt Hits Back After Hungary Mocks His Migrant Crisis Denial


It seems that the UK is not the only country that is struggling to maintain its independence:

Switzerland LOSES referendum to protect sovereignty opening nation up to MORE EU rules

There is a related discussion on a Disqus channel:

More Bad News If The Withdrawal Agreement Is Approved. What The EU Is Doing To Switzerland Is A Timely Lesson

Of course Switzerland has the additional disadvantage that it is landlocked and surrounded by the EU.


From the Telegraph:

Troubled Deutsche is there for the taking


The fuel price riots in Paris seem to have escalated. From the Express:

PARIS WARZONE: Protesters attacking Macron STEAL police rifle – 94 injured and 200 arrests

There was a fire in a famous art gallery, from the Mirror:

Paris violence: Jeu de Paume gallery on fire as ‘mob storm Tuileries Garden’


The Paris police department said 205 people had been arrested including militants from the far-right and far-left.

Scenes from inside the arc de Triomphe:

La scène de la honte à l’intérieur de l’arc de triomphe

Snipers were seen in some footage:

Masked protestors Vs. unmasked protestors in France

Nobody can say the French are not hard-working:

Yellow vests work overtime to dismantle a street

Macron has other priorities however:

EU-Mercosur deal at risk if Brazil quits climate pact


A country that seems more at peace with itself these days is Hungary of course. Chuck Norris the Hollywood actor visited Hungary and was greeted by a taxi driver called Viktor Orbán who showed him around. From Gates of Vienna:

Viktor Orbán Gives Chuck Norris a Tour of Budapest

Chuck Norris is also apparently a martial arts expert and an all-round tough guy. As one commenter at GofV put it:

Death once had a near Chuck Norris experience

Also from Hungary, a flashmob put on an entertaining performance in a supermarket. From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Hungarian Flash Mob (And real diversity)

Sticks were waved in the air but health and safety inspectors with hard hats and clipboards were nowhere to be seen …

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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