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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 23 February

by The Participator – 24 Feb 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.


Dramatic events in UK politics this week as first 7 Labour MPs announced their departure from the Labour party to join a new party (on Monday). From the Express:

POLITICAL REVOLUTION: Labour walkout by MPs ashamed of Corbyn’s ‘sickening’ party

The first 7 were: Luciana Berger, Chuka Umunna, Gavin Shuker, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes and Ann Coffey. On Wednesday Joan Ryan joined them, several had cited anti-semitism in Corbyn’s Labour as one reason for leaving:

LABOUR SPLIT: Corbyn chaos as EIGHTH MP quits party over antisemitism

Another Labour MP quit, voicing his disgust for Corbyn’s leadership, but he has not joined the new party:

Labour MP Ian Austin QUITS with stunning attack on Corbyn: ‘Ashamed of BROKEN’ party

While we’re on the subject of anti-semitism in the Labour party, we were reminded of this article from April last year:

John Ware: The race row played out on streets of Ilford

According to the article, during campaigning former Conservative MP Lee Scott had to have a panic alarm fitted so he could directly contact the police in an emergency.


Two people came up to him on a Friday afternoon calling him a “dirty Jewish pig” and “saying they were going to kill me”. Some of his campaign team were approached in the street and asked: “Why are you voting for a Jew?”

Leaflets that Scott considers antisemitic were also being handed out at several mosques labelling him an “ardent Zionist” who “considers Muslims as alien to the UK”.

The above article looks into the roles of Labour’s Momentum group and the Muslim group MEND in those campaigns. Mr. Scott lost the seat to Labour MP Wes Streeting, who is co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims which recently produced a report entitled “Islamophobia Defined“.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand.

In an apparent attempt to stop any further defections from his party, Jeremy Corbyn seemed to be moving towards agreeing to a second referendum this week. From the Guardian:

Jeremy Corbyn inching closer to backing a second referendum


Starmer spoke out in favour of an amendment drawn up by the Labour MPs Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson, the Guardian understands. Under the terms of the amendment, MPs would support the prime minister’s deal in exchange for it being put to a public vote.

Anna Soubry was complaining of a “Purple Momentum” of UKIP supporters joining the Conservative party in a link we shared last week. (Note that order-order cast doubt on the Purple Momentum claims). This week there were rumours of de-selections from the Tory party. Sarah Wollaston and Sir Alan Duncan were mentioned in this article from the Telegraph:

Two more senior Tory MPs facing deselection votes as ‘purple momentum’ purge gathers pace

Perhaps not too surprisingly then, Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry were two of the three Conservatives who soon defected to the new party The Independent Group (on Wednesday). Heidi Allen was the third. From Breitbart:

Three Remoaner Conservative MPs Defect to Labour Centrist, Globalist Breakaway Group

According to the above article, the new party supports a second referendum. Sarah Wollaston however not so long ago said that a second referendum would be a direct incentive to get the worst possible deal (video clip in this tweet):

“A second referendum..is a direct incentive to get the worst possible deal”.

Who said this? 2nd referendum campaigner Sarah Woollaston MP. When did she say it? Before the last election when seeking re-election in her Leave voting constituency. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/XEPt7opJHu

— Voice of Reason (@brexitblog_info) February 21, 2019

Heidi Allen was also confronted on the BBC’s Marr program for the same hypocrisy:

Marr Confronts Heidi Allen’s Hypocrisy

She hypocritically speaks of putting the Brexit decision back to the British people yet none of the defections have so far been followed by announcements of by-elections. According to the Express, it is up to the MPs who have left their respective parties whether they decide to call a by-election or not:

Can the Conservatives force a by-election to replace Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston?

There were mixed feelings about the impact of the new party on the Brexit situation. The main concern was that Theresa May’s Conservative Party could lose its majority, a situation which might give the majority of Remainers in the House of Commons the upper hand. With only 33 days left till the 29th March there is a disappearing window of opportunity for any options other than leaving with no deal or accepting May’s deal. The biggest problem, namely that the Leave side of the argument is greatly underrepresented in the Houses of Parliament, remains.

It seems the new party will lean to the right of the current Labour party, as some of Jeremy Corbyn’s policies were rejected. The new party will however be pro EU, unlike Jeremy Corbyn who has of course spoken against the EU on many occasions.

The new party is apparently ambitious:

Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna’s Independent Group admit they want to ‘RUN THE COUNTRY’

Presumably their ambition is to transform our democracy by ignoring the inconvenient problem of the UK voters’ wishes, judging by the fact that they seem to be committed to ignoring the Brexit referendum result. Quote:

BRITAIN’s new Independent Group of MPs has vowed to “run the country”, planning to completely transform UK’s political system.

Much negative commentary was made about the new party. The Spectator made a mockery of Chuka Umunna (who seems to be the new party’s leader) speaking on a podium about people speaking on podiums:

Chuka Umunna identifies the Independent Group’s big flaws

We were also reminded of Chuka’s plea to Labour party representatives not so long ago (2016):

My message to @UKLabour members today – stay, don't leave our party #Stay4Labour pic.twitter.com/k2CrVxCHPa

— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) September 24, 2016

Chris Leslie was harangued on the BBC’s Question Time program. He stated that he would not subject himself to a people’s by-election:

Chris Leslie on Question Time

order-order shared a short video clip that Heidi Allen doesn’t want you to watch:

Heidi Allen Doesn’t Want You To Watch This Video

Quote (Heidi Allen, presumably speaking at the time of the 2017 election):

This is democracy. We might not all like the result. I was a Remainer but the minute we start ignoring the democratic will of the people in this country we are slipping very quickly towards the kind of banana republic I don’t want to live in. So we have to accept the result.”


Another recently formed party, the Brexit Party, has apparently gained an astonishing 100,000 members in a short space of time. From the Express:

BREXIT BOOST: Nigel Farage TAKES CONTROL as 100,000 people join new party in one week

Also from the Express, apparently Nigel Farage plans to poach senior Tories:

BREXIT BOOST: Nigel Farage to POACH senior Tories from UNDER MAY’S NOSE for Brexit Party


From the Daily Mail:

Cabinet ‘No Deal’ revolt: PM facing prospect of a mass walkout after three senior ministers signal they are ready to help force a delay to Brexit


Amber Rudd, David Gauke and Greg Clark today make clear they are prepared to defy the Prime Minister unless there is a Parliamentary breakthrough on her deal next week.

This apparently caused a backlash from other ministers according to the Sun:

RUDDY OUTRAGEOUS Amber Rudd should be sacked for Brexit delay threat, furious Cabinet colleagues demand

Quite a few other Remainer Tories made noises suggesting that they might quit the party in the event that a no deal seemed inevitable. For example prominent Conservative Justine Greening was quoted in the Express:

TORY SPLIT: Justine Greening PLEDGES she WILL join rebel group in the event of NO DEAL

Opinion from the Telegraph:

Taking no deal off the table could torpedo Brexit completely

It sounds as if a no deal may still be on the table however, particularly considering the fact that it’s the default and the politicians in the UK and the EU seem to be quite incapable of reaching any agreement. From the Express:

NO-DEAL INEVITABLE: Fuming EU condemns Brexit talks as POINTLESS as FATIGUE risks progress

According to order-order, the government has abandoned the Malthouse Compromise in favour of a proposal from Geoffrey Cox:

Malthouse Compromise Ditched For ‘Cox’s Codpiece’

Steve Baker MP on Twitter:

“The Cox Codpiece” is bound to become a meme https://t.co/kwdkX4OH96

— Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) February 19, 2019


The furore surrounding Islamic State jihadi bride Shamima Begum continued this week. The Home Secretary was talking tough about redrafting a treason law but what legal obstacles could such a move run into? From the Express:

Shamima Begum: Sajid Javid may redraft ancient TREASON law to prosecute returning jihadis

A US government official stated what seems fairly obvious to sane people. From the Express:

US warns European ISIS volunteers could create CARNAGE unless ‘locked up for LONG TIME’

Jeremy Corbyn voiced his support for the terrorists (not for the first time). From the Telegraph:

Jeremy Corbyn says Shamima Begum ‘should be allowed back to Britain’ for ‘support she needs’

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell appears to have a different view on citizenship judging by this article from order-order:

McDonnell: Strip Brits Who Fight for Israeli State of Citizenship

Double standards here?

From the Telegraph, news that another terrorist is appealing a decision to revoke his British passport:

‘Abu Hamza’s son ‘trying to appeal’ decision to revoke British passport after travelling to Syria to fight’

A petition to ban all Islamic State members from returning gained a huge 550,000 signatures:

ISIS FURY: More than 550,000 sign petition to BAN all ISIS members from returning to UK

Here is a direct link to the petition at the parliament website for your convenience:

Ban all ISIS members from returning to UK


The video Tommy Robinson has made about BBC bias was given its premier on a large screen near BBC offices in Manchester on Saturday 23rd to a crowd estimated in the thousands. From Unity News Network (includes footage from the demonstration – 1hour 15mins video):

Massive storm ERUPTS over Tommy Robinson #Panodrama Documentary! Unity News Network 4 mins ago

The story was front page news at the BBC:

Tommy Robinson holds Salford protest against BBC Panorama


Scenes of police brutality in this video clip:

POLICE BRUTALITY ON THE STREETS OF LONDON#YellowVestsUK attacked by the Met Police

This was a planned attack by the police to try + break the movement


— ActivePatriot UK (@ACTIVEPATRIOTUK) February 17, 2019


From the Express:

NHS contraceptive pill SCANDAL: ‘Out of control’ side effects warning as pill ‘switched’

Also from the Express, allegations of neglect and mistreatment at a Lancashire hospital:

Murder probe at hospital stroke unit after woman dies with ‘unexplained’ injury


From the Daily Mail:

Unisex toilets in schools are leaving girls ‘too afraid to use the loo over fears of “period shaming”, sexual harassment and a lack of privacy’


From the Daily Mail:

Meghan Markle backs campaign to ‘decolonise the curriculum’ by adding more black women to university staff instead of ‘male, pale, and stale’ professors in her first political intervention since joining the royal family

Alexander Boot responded:

Shut up, Meghan

From the Daily Mail:

Too white to be a copper? Graduate, 25, who wanted to follow in his detective father’s footsteps was turned down by the police because he isn’t disabled, gay or black

From Breitbart:

UK: Top Police Chief Wants to Discriminate Against White Recruits to ‘Shock the System’


From Breitbart:

Delingpole: Dodgy Disgraced Deben Is Coming for Your Gas Cooker

The Lord Deben in question is apparently currently under investigation regarding a conflict of interest matter relating to his family business, a ‘Sustainability Consultancy’ called Sancroft International.


From the Mirror:

Student kicked out of uni after branding halal meat ‘barbaric’ and ‘inhumane’

From order-order:

Jeremy Wright Threatens Social Media Companies

Guido describes the regulation proposed as a heavy-handed knee-jerk reaction.


Douglas Murray writing at unherd took apart the subtle (or not so much) hints that a prominently displayed article at the BBC website contained, which were designed to suggest that there was a problem for mixed race students at Cambridge:

The BBC’s diversity scaremongering


From Breitbart:

Juncker Changes Rules So EU Commissioners Can Take Sides in Elections


Unusually the BBC reported on the Yellow Vest protests in Paris, or rather they reported Macron’s condemnation of alleged anti-semitism:

Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

From the Express:

Yellow Vest protesters mark 15th weekend of RAGE against Macron with FIVE Paris protests

From Vlad Tepes’s blog (see comments section for for the videos):

ACT 15 - Yellow Vests Protest in France

ACT 15 - Yellow Vests Protest in Paris

Incidentally Vlad Tepes’s Youtube channel which we often link to has been suffering censorship of late:

The unfathomable modus operandi of Youtube


From Voice of Europe:

France changes ‘mother’ and ‘father’ to ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ under new law


From Bloomberg:

Soros and Publisher Buy Poland’s No. 2 Radio Station


From EU Observer:

Merkel defends Russia ties, ridicules Trump on cars


From the Express:

OUTRAGE as Bernie Sanders REFUSES to recognise Guaido as Venezuela’s leader


From Breitbart:

CBS’s Lara Logan on Media Bias: ‘Unless You Seek Out Breitbart,’ You Won’t See the ‘Other Side’


From the Telegraph:

Teenager in ‘viral face-off’ protest video sues Washington Post for $250 million

$250 million was apparently the sum that Jeff Bezos (of Amazon) paid for the newspaper.

Opinion from American Thinker on the lawsuit:

Why the Washington Post has got to be worried about the quarter-billion-dollar defamation lawsuit filed by Nick Sandmann and his parents

Fighting the MSM with lawfare, it’s about time!

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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