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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 12 January

by The Participator – 13 Jan 2019

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.


The crucial vote on May’s Withdrawal Agreement is still due next Tuesday 15th. May has apparently failed to get enough support and it looks very likely that she will lose the vote. The Express quotes research by the BBC that apparently calculated that she could lose by as many as 228 votes:

Theresa May’s DESPERATE bid to secure rebel Labour MPs’ votes for Brexit deal FAILS

The Speaker John Bercow is increasingly coming under fire for siding with the Remainers in the House of Commons. From order-order:

Leadsom challenges furious Bercow to publish clerk’s advice

Some more details on this from the Express:

Bercow and Grieve plotted ‘stitch-up’ in secret meeting before controversial amendment

Transport for London apparently has strict rules prohibiting adverts promoting particular party political causes or electioneering, yet Sadiq Khan has somehow managed to get “People’s Vote” posters displayed on the tube. From order-order:

Sadiq Allows People’s Vote Ads on Tube

Khan was also accused by order-order of:

Sadiq Gave £21,000 of Taxpayers’ Cash to Group Campaigning for Second Referendum

From Brexit Central, opinion from an anonymous civil servant:

Don’t be fooled: this Brexit deal creates a triple lock to shackle the UK to Brussels forever


James Goddard, the protestor who featured in recently reported verbal exchanges with Anna Soubry outside parliament, has been arrested for a public order offence. From the BBC:

Protester held over Parliament incidents

More detail on the story from Unity News Network:

BREAKING: Yellow Vest Activist James Goddard ARRESTED!

Later he tweeted that he had been let out on bail:

I’ve been released on bail, with the most draconian, unlawful conditions! The Establishment think they’re going to silence me, I’m telling you now it won’t happen!

It’s not about me, it’s about the #YellowVestsUK!

When one falls, a thousand more Step Forward#WWG1WGA

— James Goddard (@JGoddard230616) January 12, 2019

A councillor from the For Britain party asked a very pertinent question about the arrest:

If it is an offence to question a MP as they walk down the street then our prisons would be full of journalists.

— Cllr Brian Silvester ? (@CllrBSilvester) January 13, 2019

Earlier in the week the BBC website had run the story of another non-violent protest incident involving Mr. Goddard as their top headline:

Anna Soubry: Speaker urges police to tackle MP harassment

There were suspicions raised this week that one of the protestors who featured prominently in this more recent incident was an infiltrator of some sort:

BREAKING: BEWARE #YellowVestsUK There may be undercover Police Officer in our mist.

He stirs up trouble at Speakers Corner (to get it shut down?) then he tries to fit with protestors heckling Soubry.

Until he's videoed putting something in the pocket of Soubry's Security man?? pic.twitter.com/6FYjaTRXMX

— Mark B innit ?? (@PrinceBraith9th) January 8, 2019

If you look closely at the clip (it’s also visible in the above BBC article) you can clearly see this man (wearing a black baseball cap and a black leather jacket) put his hand inside the coat of a man who is escorting Anna Soubry but Soubry’s escort pretends not to notice. In a clip in a second tweet Soubry seems to be talking about this man:

MB NEWS: Following on from my earlier video of suspected #YellowVestUK undercover police officer, here's another video of other stuff that's come to light.

??Anna Soubry, Sean Coley & this man. I think it's all orchestrated – against those Brexit brutes??#YellowVestsImposter pic.twitter.com/KSar4baAWU

— Mark B innit ?? (@PrinceBraith9th) January 8, 2019

Soubry says in this clip (she seems to be referring to the same man in the black baseball cap):

“A man came in front of me and I didn’t know who he was. He seemed different to the others ….

and he sort of moved his hand as if he was going into his jacket .. and I thought anything could happen and I did feel exposed”

In the run up to James Goddard’s arrest there were calls in the media and from the politicians for arrests. From the Express:

Anna Soubry abuse: MPs LASH OUT at police in scathing letter – KEY POINTS REVEALED

Nigel Farage reacted against these calls for arrests of peaceful protestors, pointing out that he had suffered genuine harassment (including violent attacks) for years and there had been no prosecutions at all. From Breitbart:

WATCH: Farage Warns Against State Crackdown on People Heckling Pro-EU Figures

This Youtube video is a compilation of some of the harassment Nigel Farage has suffered:

Nigel Farage: Attacked by Liberals Compilation

Some of the regular pro-EU protestors outside parliament (Soubry seems to be on first name terms with some of them) have themselves been involved in confrontations, as seen in this clip:

The brave and wonderful friend

We were also reminded of the much more aggressive behaviour of Labour supporters who earlier in the year shut down a parliamentary hustings where For Britain and UKIP party members were due to speak. From altnewsmedia:

Far-left “thug” exposed as prominent Labour Party member

Again, no arrests were made even though the protestors were behaving in this instance in quite a threatening manner and police deemed the situation too dangerous to allow the hustings to continue.

Jacob Rees-Mogg had protestors outside his house on one occasion this year but no arrests were made then either.

Left wing protestors also staged a Yellow Vest protest with very different aims – they want an end to so-called “austerity”. From the Express:

Attendance at London’s Yellow Vest protest march significantly lower than predicted

Some scuffles took place between pro-Remain and pro-Leave supporters. From the Express:

Yellow Vests face Yellow Vests: Fights erupt between anti-Brexit and pro-Brexit supporters


From Breitbart:

Thousands of Yellow Vests March in Paris and Bourges in Ninth Week of Anti-Macron Protests

From Voice of Europe:

Yellow vests Acte 9: Gloves on both sides are definitely off

Things were indeed hotting up, there was a call for live ammunition to be used against the protestors. From the Express:

France in MELTDOWN: Now ex-minister says police should use LIVE rounds on protestors

From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Just another video of the Dystopia that is a French Saturday

France to introduce new legislation punishing yellow vest protesters

This clip allegedly shows a violent attack on some mainstream media journalists:

Things are starting to look worse and worse in #France.

This video is from today in the city of #Rouen.

A group of liberal journalists from @LCI arrived at the a #GiletsJaunes protest with a team of bodyguards

They took a beating & 1 of the budyguards was sent to the hospital pic.twitter.com/EL4YHe68AM

— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) January 12, 2019

There was even a rumour that protestors were planning to try and trigger a run on French banks.

Prominent Italian politician Di Maio of the Five Star Movement expressed support for the protestors in France. From the Express:

EU CIVIL WAR: Macron shock as Italy’s Di Maio urges French Yellow Vests – ‘DON’T GIVE UP!’


From the Express:

EU BOMBSHELL: How the bloc ‘imposed the HIGHEST electricity and gas bills on Britain’


From Sky News:

Universal Credit gets ‘reset’ as Amber Rudd scraps two-child benefits cap extension

Rudd said that it was one of the most important jobs in government, and said:

I am looking at ways to demonstrate to people that it is fair and compassionate, and with that in mind I am making some changes.

From order-order:

BBC’s Universal Credit Interviewee Is Actually Labour Party Activist


From Sky News:

DNA pioneer James Watson stripped of honours after ‘reckless’ race remarks

He was stripped of several titles by the laboratory where he used to work because he said he was:

“inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” as “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – where all the testing says not really”.


From the Daily Mail:

Liverpool council finds 24 adult asylum seekers who are posing as children as it launches legal fight to stop almost £1million in taxpayers cash being spent on their care

From the Express:

Half of rejected asylum seekers REMAIN in the UK illegally, shock report finds


From order-order:

BBC Asian Network Asks If Teen Should Be Killed For Apostasy


A report about violence against the clergy seems to have gone largely unnoticed in the media except by the Telegraph and Breitbart.

From the Telegraph (December):

One in ten members of clergy victims of violence as anti-Christian hate crimes rises

From Breitbart:

Report: One in Ten UK Clerics Physically Attacked in Past Two Years


From Breitbart:

Greek Priest Beaten by Syrian Migrants in Front of His Own Church


A member of the AfD party was assaulted by political thugs. From Breitbart :

WATCH: Police Video of Suspected Alt-Left Attack on German Populist MP

Of course the BBC once again call the AfD a “far-right” party in their article on the attack:

German far-right AfD MP badly hurt in Bremen attack


From the Express:

US government shutdown LONGEST in history – Trump’s border wall funding crisis rages on


From the American Thinker, an article about a local news report that CNN requested about border security but then rejected when the facts on the ground weren’t to their liking:

Fake news: CNN rejects local San Diego report on border wall because it doesn’t support its ‘narrative’

The article quotes a tweet that neatly sums up the lying by omission policy of the mainstream media:

Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) May 9, 2013


Another form of censorship that we are becoming more aware of (but we are still perhaps less conscious of) is the practice known as “listing”, where search results are ranked in the order of significance (or rather in the order of what the tech giants want us to believe is the significance) of the items in the list.

Peter Schweizer’s “The Creepy Line” Takes Tech Giants to Task

Visit this website for an intro, they reveal they know more about you than might like to believe:

The Creepy Line


We have a strange phrase in English “as thick as two short planks” which refers to a person who is a bit stupid, but it seems that soon planks may be as smart as any of us. From the BBC:

CES 2019: Hands on with Mui, the smart plank of wood

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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