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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 2 February

by The Participator – 3 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.


BREXIT NEWS – 54 DAYS TO GO

Just 8 weeks to Brexit, and still it is not at all clear what will exactly happen on 29th March at the end of the Article 50 period.

On Tuesday, all but 2 of the amendments were rejected. The two amendments that were passed were the Spelman and Brady amendments. From Brexit Central:

How MPs voted on the Brexit Amendments

Both of these amendments were oriented towards avoiding a “no-deal” Brexit. The Spelman amendment:

To reject the UK leaving the European Union “without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship”.

However both amendments appeared to be non-binding, i.e. they would not prevent a “no-deal” from occurring, they were rather aimed at encouraging the govt. to renegotiate to avoid a “no-deal”. The EU soon responded by saying there was no room for re-negotiation.

The amendment rejections seemed to make an article 50 extension less likely. From the BBC:

Brexit: MPs reject move to delay departure date

However, later in the week Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt the Foreign Secretary both suggested that there might be an extension. From the Telegraph:

Sajid Javid admits Brexit may be delayed as clock ticks for May

A group of MPs including Jacob Rees-Mogg were supporting a new compromise plan designed to bridge the gap between the Remainers and Leavers in the Conservative party:

Rees-Mogg Brexit PLAN C is HAPPENING: May tells officials to examine backstop alternatives

This plan is being called the “Malthouse Compromise” after North West Hampshire MP Kit Malthouse. According to the media, Brussels “seems unimpressed” by the plan:

MPs give Theresa May a mandate to return to Brussels and demand that the EU dump the Northern Irish backstop: Brexit News for Wednesday 30 January

EU officials apparently said the plan was unworkable, according to the above article. More details of the plan, from order-order:

The Malthouse Compromise

Jacob Rees-Mogg actually said he supports a short extension in order for the plan to be negotiated:

Jacob Rees-Mogg says Brexit SHOULD be delayed to implement his Plan C

According to the Spectator, Selmayr is the man Olly Robbins goes to talk to when he is negotiating Brexit for us:

Martin Selmayr is taking over the Brexit negotiations - and that’s bad news for Britain

Apparently Selmayr wants to punish the UK.

The Independent made this claim:

Brexit: Whitehall officials begin ‘serious work’ on UK staying in EU customs union as way to rescue deal

From Brexit Central:

Jean-Claude Juncker warns Theresa May that a permanent customs union is the price for revisiting the backstop: Brexit News for Sunday 27 January

Project Fear is undermined once again. From the Express:

EU GIVES IN to agree Britons CAN have visa-free travel even after no deal Brexit

From Reuters:

‘Bankfurt’, Paris await Brexit boom as banks stay loyal to London

Janet Daly had this to say in the Telegraph (premium):

If we get a proper Brexit, it’ll be by accident rather than design

Steve, man of the People’s Vote? He lives in a very fancy house. From order-order:

Picture Special: “Stop Brexit” Man’s £6m Westminster House


YELLOW VESTS – UK

From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

YVP in London UK: “We’re not far right, we’re just RIGHT!”


YELLOW VESTS – FRANCE

More violence from Macron’s riot police:

The EU's failure to condemn the human rights abuses of the Macron government speaks volumes. This alarming clip appears to show French police repeatedly smashing an anti-government protester's face into the pavement: pic.twitter.com/QUMXDD8KiM #GiletsJaunes

— Richard Wellings (@RichardWellings) February 1, 2019

An elderly man is knocked to the ground:

#Macron's police attacking an innocent elderly #GiletsJaunes protester during last weeks #ActeXI in the city of #Avignon.

It's easy to break your hip from such a fall at that age. Something which is basically the end of your life as you know it. #MacronDemission#Benalla pic.twitter.com/MSP3cFxkxj

— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) January 31, 2019

Some footage from last week, from Unity News Network:

Macron Regime & French Police under-fire for BRUTALITY after ‘Lost eyes… hands blown off’

A leader of the GJs was hit in the eye and lost that eye apparently, there were calls for an uprising in the wake of this. From Breitbart:

Yellow Vest Leader Calls for ‘Uprising’ After Key Activist Shot by Police

He was seen this weekend however at Act 12, with a bandage over his eye in this clip:

Good to see #JeromeRodrigues, the #YellowVests leader who lost his eye during last weekends #GiletsJaunes demonstrations back at work – kicking off #Acte12 in Daumesnil pic.twitter.com/jmrDPSOxe1

— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) February 2, 2019

More footage from Vlad Tepes’s blog (see the comment section after the yellow vest burkas picture):

VIDEOS - YELLOW VESTS - ACT XII - PARIS

And more footage from outside Paris:

VIDEOS - GILETS JAUNES- ACT XII - rest of FRANCE


YELLOW VESTS – CANADA

From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Yellow Vest Protests in Alberta honestly represented


CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY MEMBER SILENCED FOR MAY’S CAREER

From Talk Radio (hat-tip to politicalite):

Child abuse inquiry member: ‘I was silenced in 2015 to ensure Theresa May could become Prime Minister’

Quote:

A child abuse survivor who served on the panel of the Government’s independent inquiry has told talkRADIO she was silenced to ensure Theresa May could become Prime Minister.

[she] told then-chair Keith Vaz “I fear that I may not be able to tell the truth because I have been told what I may and may not say.

She appeared on Channel 4 in 2015:

Abuse inquiry member says no confidence in inquiry


WHO IS REALLY RUNNING THE UK?

From the Express:

REIGN OF TERROR? The people who ‘REALLY run’ Britain REVEALED

Quote (words of MP Douglas Carswell):

“Catherine – or Baroness Ashton of Upholland GCMG, PC – once worked for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament before moving on to the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work, a statutory body for social workers”


CRIME WAVE – UK

A maximum of 4 years in prison (out in 2 no doubt) for a violent gang assault on the underground that caused permanent brain damage. It seems our “justice” system is broken. From Breitbart:

Short Sentences for Gang Who Gave London Tube Row Victim Permanent Brain Damage

We were reminded of this article from the Daily Mail (2017):

Youths from ethnic minorities could get softer sentences after judges are told to consider ‘discrimination’ they may have suffered

From the BBC:

FGM: Mother guilty of genital mutilation of daughter

Quote:

A woman who mutilated her three-year-old daughter has become the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM).

From Breitbart:

Paedophile Who Fled from British Authorities Found in Pakistan

A £200 threshold for shoplifting offences, what could possibly go wrong? Well, apparently it has. From the Telegraph:

Shoplifting offences on the rise following the introduction of £200 threshold for offenders

From the Telegraph:

‘Our children are being targeted’: What’s really behind wealthy Richmond’s crime wave?


BREAST IRONING IN THE UK

From Breitbart:

‘1,000 Girls’ Subjected to African Practice of ‘Breast Ironing’ in the UK

A community worker said that this practice is actually taking place in the UK.


ISLAMIC SCHOOLS IN THE UK

An Islamic school continues to ignore Ofsted. From the Telegraph:

Muslim school will not allow girls to eat lunch until after boys have finished, Ofsted chief says


DIDSBURY MOSQUE SERMON PROBE DROPPED

From the BBC:

Didsbury Mosque ‘military jihad’ sermon probe dropped

The investigation found “no offences were committed” according to the above article.


LABOUR PARTY NEWS

A (former?) Labour MP became the first sitting MP in 3 decades to be jailed. From the BBC:

Fiona Onasanya: Peterborough MP jailed in speeding case

From the Express:

Fiona Onasanya’s ‘unduly lenient’ sentence could increase as Attorney General poised to intervene

According to the Express there was confusion on the Labour front benches on the Labour Party’s immigration stance:

Labour chaos: Party now to OPPOSE immigration bill - 90mins after Abbott said it wouldn’t

Also from the Express:

Corbyn CRISIS: Labour facing mass exodus over leader’s disastrous Brexit handling

about 150,000 Labour members have deserted the party


NIGEL FARAGE BACKS NEW PARTY – THE BREXIT PARTY

From Breitbart:

200 ‘Highly Professional People’ Ready to Stand for Farage’s New Brexit Party

Nigel Farage was accused of being a Nazi this week by a pop star. From the Express:

Andrew Neil forced to defend Farage after ‘clueless’ singer calls him ‘a Nazi’


FACEBOOK WAR ON BREXIT ADS

From the Express:

Nick Clegg’s Brexit CRACKDOWN: War declared on ad campaigns that ‘helped drive EU exit’


BBC LICENCE FEE TO INCREASE

From the Express:

TV licence fee HIKED: BBC confirms ANOTHER rise in price to watch favourite TV shows


CHIMNEY SWEEPERS ARE RACIST!

If you’ve ever had your chimney swept you will know that there is often quite a lot of black soot in chimneys. However, for one social justice warrior academic in the US this is no excuse for getting your face dirty. From the Daily Mail:

Mary Poppins is branded racist by US academic over famous rooftop scene because when she gets covered in soot she ‘gamely powders her nose and cheeks and gets even blacker’


A BORDERLESS EU

Those currently in charge of the EU seem to be determined to continue to ignore the wishes of Europeans. From Breitbart:

EU Parliament Boss: Efforts to Prevent Mass Migration From Africa a ‘Betrayal of Europe’


US BORDER WALL

From Breitbart:

Watch-Defense Official: Nothing Stopping Trump from Authorizing Military to Build Border Wall


COMPASSION FOR ISLAMIC STATE RECRUITS?

From Fox 9:

Rep. Ilhan Omar asks judge for compassion in ISIS recruit sentencing


US DEBT QUIETLY GROWS

From Jonathan Turley’s blog:

Debtor Nation: Treasury Quietly Adds Another $1 Trillion In Debt


MIGRANT CRISIS – SPAIN

Invite the third wold, and the third world will arrive. From Voice of Europe:

Spain: Influx of immigrants increased by 131 percent last year


MIGRANT CRISIS – AUSTRIA

From Breitbart:

Austria: More Than Half of Suspects in Murders of Women in 2017 Were Foreigners


FRENCH IDENTITARIANS ARRESTED

From Breitbart:

French Identitarian Activists Arrested Following ‘Defend Europe’ Mission in The Alps


CRIME WAVE – GERMANY

From Voice of Europe:

Migrants pushed three 16-year-old Germans in front of train - mainstream media covered up the murders


JIHADIS RETURNING TO FRANCE

From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

France to bring home 130 jihadis from overseas

No great surprises but good to see a politician Mme Valerie Boyer speaking up against the policy.


LAUREN SOUTHERN – MIGRANT CRISIS MEETING

From Breitbart:

Filmmaker Lauren Southern to Hold ‘Crisis Meeting’ in European Parliament

UK MEP Janice Atkinson was apparently hosting the event.


PRO FAMILY POLICY IN POLAND

From Breitbart:

Poland Agrees New State Pension For Mothers Who Dedicated Lives to Bringing up Families


NOVEL ELECTION IN SWEDEN

One way of winning an election is to ensure your opponents’ votes are not counted. From Breitbart:

Swedish Local Election Voided After Populist Party Votes Not Counted

That’s one way of doing it …


NEGATIVE ECONOMIC NEWS FROM THE EUROZONE

There were a couple of negative news items from the Eurozone this week from the Express:

Italy sinks into RECESSION: Rome economy SHRINKS as EU braces for fallout

Germany manufacturing PLUNGES into the RED as factory activity disappoints

From the Telegraph, a prediction of the impact on EUROPE that a “no deal” Brexit would have:

No-deal Brexit would push Europe back into deep recession, with explosive consequences


NORD STREAM 2

Are concerns about global warming pushing Europe towards dependency on Russian gas supply? From the EU Observer this article seems to suggest so:

Planned German coal exit boosts case for Nord Stream 2

From Offshore Energy:

Nord Stream 2 Pipeline


EU AVOIDING US IRAN SANCTIONS

From politico.eu:

EU powers set up firm to thwart Trump’s Iran sanctions

More on this story from Breitbart:

E.U. Finalizes Deal with Iran to Evade U.S. Trade Sanctions


FAR LEFT VIOLENCE

From Breitbart:

Far-Left Extremists Take Credit for Firebombing French Radio Station

‘Assassination Guide’ Directed at German Populists Posted on Antifa-Linked Site


CHURCH ATTACKED IN THE PHILIPPINES

From the BBC:

Jolo church attack: Many killed in Philippines

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility. 20 people were killed.


SAUDI ARABIA TORTURED MEGHAN’S FRIEND

Meghan Markle’s friend Loujain Al-hathloul (a human rights activist) has been tortured in Saudi Arabia. From the Express:

Meghan Markle’s friend tortured in Saudi prison for fighting for women’s rights

Jonathan Turley reflects sardonically on the incongruous situation where a Western pop star sings about heroism to entertain the Saudis while the torture of an activist is going on not far away:

“That Hero Lies In You”: Saudi Feminist Leader Reportedly Tortured In Saudi Arabia While Saudis Enjoy Mariah Carey Concert


ASIA BIBI ACQUITTAL UPHELD

Finally, some good news.

From the BBC:

Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal upheld by Pakistan court

It’s still very dangerous even to be an acquitted blasphemer in Pakistan. From Jihad Watch:

Pakistan: After Friday prayers, 1000s of Muslims violently protest freeing of Asia Bibi, cops use tear gas, batons


BRAIN WAVES CONVERTED INTO VERBAL SPEECH

Science continues to make advances. From the Smithsonian:

Neuroscientists Have Converted Brain Waves Into Verbal Speech


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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