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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 29 December

by The Participator – 30 Dec 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.


From the Express:

BREXIT LIES: Ministers accused of ‘PROJECT FEAR three’ to save ‘DISASTROUS’ May deal

Refers to this article from the Telegraph:

Exclusive: Civil servant accuses ministers of ‘Project Fear Mark III’ over no-deal Brexit

Breitbart also mentioned the article:

Govt Whistleblower: UK Prepared for ‘No Deal’ Brexit, Scare Stories ‘Absolutely Untrue’

There was speculation from order-order that Commons Speaker Bercow might be able to thwart a no-deal Brexit:

Bercow Could Thwart Brexit If The Meaningful Vote Is Defeated

The Guardian claimed that “cross party talks” had been taking place for weeks to try to avert a no-deal Brexit:

Tory and Labour MPs to force Brexit delay if May’s deal is voted down

Not everyone wants to stop a no deal however:

To the Dominic Grieve’s and @Anna_Soubry’s of this world who think they can stop No Deal. You can’t and you won’t. No Deal is the statutory default.

In trying to #StopBrexit, you have led us here. So thanks ?? We owe you one!#WTOonlywaytogo #WTObrexit #ManagedNoDeal #brexit https://t.co/X2uRfrmxqo

— AllianceofBritishEntrepreneurs (@AllianceBE) December 29, 2018

It may also be that the rather overlooked views of the British public will have a part to play in the final outcome in March – more pro-Brexit street protests are anticipated early in the new year.

Business groups in the small to medium size area seem to be more optimistic (33%) about the impact Brexit will have on their businesses than not (27%), according to this survey:

One third of SMEs believe Brexit will have a positive business impact

Some statistics about SMEs from the Federation of Small Businesses:

UK Small Business Statistics


Small businesses accounted for 99.3% of all private sector businesses at the start of 2018 and 99.9% were small or medium-sized (SMEs).

Total employment in SMEs was 16.3 million; 60% of all private sector employment in the UK.

The combined annual turnover of SMEs was £2.0 trillion, 52% of all private sector turnover.

The opposition to May’s Withdrawal Agreement appears to be growing judging by the number opposing it. Here are a couple of opinion articles.

From Briefings for Brexit:

Every claim made by Theresa May and her rebuttal unit is false

From John Redwood’s Diary:

8 things wrong with the Withdrawal Agreement

Incidentally John Redwood was knighted in the New Year’s honours list, but he says it won’t stop him opposing May’s deal. From the BBC:

John Redwood gets knighthood in New Year’s Honours list


From the Express:

Brussels commissioner demands women automatically put forward for EU jobs


From the Express:

France descends into chaos as police aim live firearms at Yellow Vest protests

The stories were still appearing on Saturday 29th, the protests have not died down yet:

FRANCE RIOTS: Macron protests reignite in Paris – police fire TEAR GAS at Yellow Vests

From Breitbart:

Yellow Vest Protestors Attempt To Storm Macron Holiday Residence

From BasedPoland:

#GiletsJaunes protesters in #France today focused their anger against mainstream media, accusing it of lying about the movement to help #Macron

1000s of them protested in front of the #Paris HQ of #BFMTV, others set cars ablaze in front of the #LeParisien HQ, screaming #FakeNews pic.twitter.com/9vL12XMFZo

— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) December 29, 2018

From Breitbart:

Pictures: France Yellow Vests March on ‘Collaborator’ Mainstream Media Headquarters


This clip shows a protest in the Netherlands:

UNBELIEVABLE scenes from HOLLAND today as Yellow Vest protest start to erupt and scuffles take place with the Police! MSM Blackout as usual!

Get your UK Yellow Vest here now: https://t.co/yOKAGTCcf1 pic.twitter.com/zP2erSuaOC

— Unity News Network (@UnityNewsNet) December 29, 2018


More “Iranian” migrants were crossing the channel, and a senior UK border official spoke out about the failures of the French authorities:

Channel migrant: UK border chief blames Macron’s French patrols for ‘unprecedented crisis’

There has been speculation that non-Iranians are finding their chances of gaining asylum improve if they claim to be Iranian.

From the Telegraph:

Sajid Javid defends government’s right to send Pakistani sex abusers home

From the Independent:

Christian man ‘beaten and threatened by Islamic extremists’ in Pakistan faces imminent deportation from UK


According to an article in the Express there have been 272 fatal stabbings in the year up to November, with a over 1,887 reported knife attacks:

Wild West Britain: Chilling figures reveal HORRIFIC extent of UK 2018 knife crime epidemic

This article from the Telegraph also seems to suggest a growing problem:

Number of knives being smuggled into Britain doubles, Border Force data shows

Insurance scam? From the Express:

Three guilty of murdering five in supermarket blast scam

The story tells of an explosion in Leicester in February which killed 5 people. Aram Kurd, Arkan Ali, and Hawkar Hassan poured petrol into the basement of the Polish supermarket and set it alight.

A young woman was found dead with stab wounds. From Unity News Network:

Suspected HONOUR Killing of Teenage Girl as child in home left TRAUMATISED

As a commenter under the article points out, it’s not clear if the child aged around 5 was her son but if so she would have been well below the age of consent when she conceived him.

The same story from Kent Online:

Police investigate suspected murder after 19-year-old woman found dead in Maidstone


The latest scandals to hit the Labour party.

John McDonnell appears to accuse the Metropolitan Police of murdering Mark Duggan after a jury inquest found that he was lawfully killed. McDonnell adds that the killing led to "justifiable anger" in the riots that followed & then he looks forward to "closing down the city." pic.twitter.com/fCup1RKdPy

— BrexitTory (@_BrexitTory) December 24, 2018

From the Guardian:

Labour expels Denis MacShane over false expenses invoices

From the Telegraph:

MP facing jail for lying to police to avoid speeding fine vows to stay on in Parliament

Apparently she has also been expelled from the party but is refusing to step down. According to the parliament website, a by-election can be triggered when an MP commits a “serious offence”:

The law also allows a seat to be declared vacant because of a Member’s bankruptcy, mental illness or conviction for a serious criminal offence.

We are not yet sure whether this offence will be deemed serious enough to trigger a by-election however. According to the electoral commission :

1.10 You are disqualified under the Representation of the People Act 1981 if you have been convicted of an offence and have been sentenced to be imprisoned or detained for more than a year

So it may depend on the length of the sentence she receives, we await news of the judge’s decision.


According to the Times:

Blair costs taxpayer £1m in past decade

Apparently the allowance is for his “public duties”. Is he worth it? You can share your thoughts below!


From the Express:

Rise of nanny state fatcats: Fury at huge salaries for health officials


From Voice of Europe:

Austrian church attacked and religious monks taken hostage - Five seriously injured

It seems the motive was more than just robbery judging by the injuries inflicted, quote:

“The perpetrators then hit him and trampled upon him, inflicting serious head injuries, the Austrian Kronen Zeitung reports. Four more monks, who arrived at the church later, were also attacked and injured, police spokesman Harald Soeroes told Kronen Zeitung.

A possible terror motive was ruled out according to police reports. A description of the suspects was given:

“The suspects are still on the run, their identities unknown. Soeroes described one of the suspects as a 5.9-feet tall man with dark hair. “Both men speak German and have a foreign accent,” the police spokesman said.”


From the Express:

Sweden CRISIS: EU state preparing for chaos in 2019 as mainstream parties shun populists


From Jonathan Turley’s blog:

Swedish “Man Free” Concert Declared Discriminatory


News about the beheading of two young Scandinavian women in Morocco last week continued to appear in the media. The total arrested rose to 13 and the murders are being treated as terrorism by the authorities there according to the Guardian:

Scandinavian student murders: nine more arrested in Morocco

Possible signs of a changing public mood in Norway in the wake of the murders, from Voice of Europe:

Norwegians furious at their PM for ‘ignoring’ jihad murder of fellow citizen in Morocco

Curiously there was an arrest of a “Swiss” man who was suspected of being somehow connected with the incident:

Swiss man arrested over links to alleged killers of Scandinavian tourists in Morocco


From the Express:

ISIS storms foreign office in Libya: At least four dead in Tripoli terror attack


From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Protests against Orban, and the enormity of fake news


An interview in 2016 on WDR (West German Broadcasting) didn’t go according to plan when the interviewer just let the interviewee share his views on mass immigration uninterrupted. The interviewer blows the whistle on what subsequently happened to her at the station. From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Everything we thought about the Government-media complex in the West is proved

She says she was reminded of a song from the DDR days called “The Party Is Always Right” (aka “The Party Song”). A second video linked to in the above article plays this rousing propaganda song (with subtitles).


From Talk Radio:

Angelina Jolie to join the BBC to educate about fake news


The Telegraph accused the BBC of murdering an Agatha Christie classic:

The ABC Murders is excruciating liberal-Left drivel at its most spectacular

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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