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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 9 February

by The Participator – 10 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 – 47 DAYS TO GO

After the relatively eventful last few weeks, this week we seemed to have returned to the normal routine of rumour in the media, prevarication from our politicians, and grandstanding from the EU leadership. Have talks on the backstop really reopened? Did May really have a “robust” meeting? We can’t really be sure. From the Express:

BREXIT LIVE: EU CAVES IN? May gets her way as backstop talks REOPEN after ‘robust’ meeting

The Sun had this rumour:

THE BACKSTAB Tory MPs fear Theresa May has gone back on promise to AXE Irish backstop

Was May robustly considering Corbyn’s five point plan which includes a permanent customs union? From the Express:

Brexit BETRAYAL? Theresa May ‘LOOKING AT’ Jeremy Corbyn’s customs union plan admits No10

Donald Tusk eagerly voiced his support for Corbyn’s plan:

BREXIT LIVE: Donald Tusk IGNORES May’s demands and BACKS Corbyn’s customs union plan

From The Telegraph, news of a possible delay for the next vote on May’s Withdrawal Agreement:

Theresa May preparing to delay vote on deal until month before Brexit amid warnings Article 50 extension is inevitable

The Sun also had this rumour:

DOWN TO THE WIRE Theresa May plans to clinch Brexit deal just 72 hours before March 29 with a ‘tight landing zone’ for vote to avoid No Deal

The theory is that when faced with a last minute choice between May’s Withdrawal Agreement and a “no deal” Brexit, our MPs will finally cave in to the pressure and accept May’s agreement (a majority of MPs oppose a no-deal Brexit).

The Spectator informs us that there are a number of legal challenges in the pipeline from Leave supporters however (previous high profile legal challenges were from Remainers):

The Brexit legal challenges that could force Britain to leave without a deal

Some of these legal challenges may be aimed at Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement according to the article. Also according to the above article, the objective will be to make it difficult for the machinery of government to function in the last weeks up to 29th March, thereby ensuring a no deal Brexit by default. Some more on this story from order-order:

Trimble Taking Government To Court Over Backstop Breaking Good Friday Agreement

Rumours about the so-called “Malthouse Compromise” were also circulated. From the Express:

May has ‘COMMONS MAJORITY’ for Brexit ‘plan C’ – but WON’T yet discuss it with Juncker

Another reverse Project Fear story:

BREXIT PANIC: The Netherlands scramble for UK’s ‘critical medicines’ at risk from no-deal


YELLOW VESTS – UK

There was a confrontation between “Stand Up To Racism” protestors and Yellow Vests in Manchester (click on the link for video footage):

MB NEWS: Here's the great unwashed brigade Stand Up To Soap, counter protesting Yellow Vests in Manchester Picadilly yesterday.

They always look like tree-hugging tramps.#YellowVestsUk #YellowVests #YellowVestProtests pic.twitter.com/73Zjv3Slpj

— Mark B (@BraithwaiteHrh) February 10, 2019

Predictably the media completely ignored the threatening behaviour of the SUTR protestors who shouted:

Nazi scum off our streets!

Instead they e.g. the Independent here chose to focus on a mild countering remark made by James Goddard:

James Goddard: Yellow vest organiser ‘threatens’ journalists at Manchester protest

Quote:

“Next time you are down we will see what happens.”

The Daily Mail also displayed the same bias:

Sneering Yellow Vest activist James Goddard goads anti-fascist protester at march in Manchester – a month after his arrest over abuse yelled at Tory MP Anna Soubry outside Parliament


YELLOW VEST NEWS – FRANCE

From Breitbart:

French Police Caught on Tape Saying to ‘Shoot’ Yellow Vests

Act 12. From the Express:

PARIS BURNS: Yellow Vests riot in 12th weekend of chaos as anger at Macron intensifies

It continues this week … Acte 13

Paris:

#Paris: More than 20km already walked, a formidable procession of thousands of #YellowVests descend upon the capital. #GiletsJaunes #ActeXIII @Steph_Roy_ pic.twitter.com/qBPfgKMgJv

— Simply Beautiful (@SimplyBeautific) February 9, 2019

Rouen:

Rouen in France right now. Roadblocks erected and roundabouts on fire, taking place right across France as well.

BBC, ITV & Sky…. Nothing to see here…#YellowVestsUK #GiletsJaunes #MacronDemission pic.twitter.com/ZRndUPIfG5

— Unity News Network (@UnityNewsNet) February 9, 2019

More scenes of police brutality:

More & more videos of police brutality coming out from #Macron's #France after yesterday's #Acte13 #ActeXIII demonstrations by the anti-globalist #GiletsJaunes movement

In this one from #Paris, they abuse a woman sitting on her knees…

Silence from mainstream media & Brussels pic.twitter.com/iDOzkXB0dl

— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) February 10, 2019

There are “Yellow Vests” on the left and the right of the political spectrum. Presumably this is what distinguishes the two groups in this confrontation:

One of the crazier #GiletsJaunes videos from #France that you will see.

Serious infighting between Gilets Jaunes protesters.

Probably right-wing vs left-wing elements going at it… pic.twitter.com/2zKabY1ib8

— BasedPoland (@BasedPoland) February 9, 2019

Lots more footage from Vlad Tepes’s blog (see comments section):

PROTESTS in FRANCE


EU NEWS

Tensions between Italy and France and the EU escalated this week. From the Express:

MACRON FURY: France RECALLS ambassador in Rome over ‘repeated attacks’ – EU ON BRINK

From Breitbart:

Leaked Audio Reveals Italian PM Telling Merkel ‘Salvini is Against Everyone’

Tension between France and Germany was reported on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline:

France ABANDONS Germany! EU rocked as Macron threatens to derail gas pipeline

A claim that Germany is allowed to ignore EU rules:

How Merkel’s Germany is legally ALLOWED TO IGNORE EU rules all other nations cave in to

A member of the Dutch parliament complained about lack of progress on transparency in the Eurogroup. From the EU Observer:

‘No real progress’ on Eurogroup transparency

Quote from Wikipedia:

The Eurogroup is the recognised collective term for informal meetings of the finance ministers of the eurozone

Gatestone Institute had this article about the EU’s Action Plan against Disinformation which was published in December:

EU: Going Full Orwell

From EU Observer:

Missing: Paper trail of EU meetings with Big Tech


BREXIT PARTY RECOGNIZED BY THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION

It’s interesting to note how quickly this party was recognized by comparison with the length of time it took the EC to recognize the For Britain Party. From Breitbart:

Nigel’s Comeback: Official Brexit Party Recognised by Electoral Commission


MORE EU FUNDING FOR THE BBC ACCUSATIONS

From the Telegraph:

BBC faces Brexit bias accusations over £4m in EU funding


TOMMY ROBINSON TO EXPOSE FAKE NEWS FROM THE BBC

Tommy Robinson has been quiet for a while, but today came an announcement posted across a number of news outlets (in the alternative media sphere).

BREAKING: Tommy Robinson To EXPOSE The BBC’s Fake News Against Him

Here’s a preview (click on the link to see the video clip of a discussion between Tommy and the BBC’s John Sweeney):

BREAKING: Here is the next preview of Tommy Robinson's Panorama Files.

This is preview number 2.

NOTE: BBC Manchester 23 February. Time has changed to 14:00 to 17:00 + #DFLA have announced a road trip to Manchester, to support Tommy

#BBC #Panorama #HateNotHope #DFLA pic.twitter.com/6hHs0LuvKe

— Mark B (@BraithwaiteHrh) February 10, 2019


BBC LICENCE FEE ENFORCEMENT

We were reminded of this, from the Guardian (2014):

A day in court for non-payment of the TV licence: ‘What do they want us to do, kill ourselves?’

Quote:

over 10% of magistrates court cases concern this one offence

From the Express:

BBC ‘begs’ MPs to help scrap free TV licence for elderly as it ‘pleads poverty’

From the Express (a couple of weeks ago):

BBC CRACKDOWN: Plans for strong enforcement amid growing licence fee boycott


UK CRIME WAVE

From Breitbart:

UK: Homicides Highest for a Decade, Fatal Stabbings Highest Since Records Began

From the Express:

Police chief says ‘We ran out of officers’ as they face murder, stabbings and rapes

The mainstream media seem to have overlooked this story, so we publicize it here. From the Birmingham Mail:

Huge rise in sexual offences against Black Country children reported to police

From the Daily Mail:

Muslim man, 23, who attacked two Christians just hours apart by spitting at preacher after yelling ‘Allah is God’ then beating volunteer with metal bike lock as he helped homeless is jailed for four years

Quote:

A further count of religiously aggravated assault was left to lie on file.

From the Express:

Fury as teenage sex abuser of girl, 6, escapes jail with absolute discharge

From the BBC:

FGM ‘increasingly performed on UK babies’


POLICE APPOINTMENTS

From the Times:

Grooming scandal police chief Sara Thornton is new slavery tsar

From the Independent:

Grooming scandal police chief appointed to lead UK’s fight against modern slavery

From the BBC:

Thousands of police officers and staff ‘not properly vetted’


THE THOUGHT POLICE CALLED

From the Spectator:

Why are the police stopping a 74-year-old tweeting about transgenderism?

Katie Hopkins responded with an inspirational hashtag #BeMoreMargaret:

Please be upstanding for Margaret Nelson.

Defiant in the face of police harassment for quoting facts on gender.

Maybe YOU too can be a little bit more Margaret today? #BeMoreMargaret pic.twitter.com/AcW57cCN65

— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) February 9, 2019


THE TRANSGENDER AGENDA

From the Daily Mail:

Leading British surgeon calls for transgender women to have life-changing womb transplants so they can have their own children with IVF


NHS FRAUD

From the Telegraph:

NHS Fraud Squad: Catching the crooks stealing £1.3 billion from the system


THE RETURN OF LUTFUR RAHMAN?

It seems that Lutfur Rahman, former mayor of Tower Hamlets, is back in business (sort of). From order-order:

Labour and Lib Dem Balls-Up Lets Lutfur Rahman Back In Tower Hamlets


ISLAMOPHOBIA

From the Express:

Nearly HALF of France and Germany believe Islam clashes with society values - shock poll

Third of Britons believe ‘fundamental clash’ between Islam and ‘British values’ – poll

Meanwhile, Baroness Warsi was set to speak to a designated terrorist organization called “Interpal” according to order-order (a couple of weeks ago):

Baroness Warsi speaks to a Terrorist Organization in Parliament


GERMANY – ECONOMY MINISTER CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF INDUSTRY

From Industry Europe:

German Economy Minister calls for state aid for industry

Quote:

“It can go as far as the state taking temporary stakes in companies – not to nationalise them and run them in the long run but to prevent key technologies being sold off and leaving the country,” he told a news conference.

Our recent related post:

The Limits of the Free Market – National Security


MIGRANT CRISIS – GERMANY

From Voice of Europe:

Afghan migrant who killed his German girlfriend because she refused to convert to Islam sentenced to life in prison

A surprising admission from the BBC:

Germany: Migrants ‘may have fuelled violent crime rise’


MIGRANT CRISIS – FINLAND

From Voice of Europe:

Migrants banned from Finnish schools and daycare centers after multiple child rape cases


YELLOW VESTS – SWEDEN

Tania Groth, from the Danish movement For Freedom, made a rousing speech in Sweden:

Tania Groth speaks at Yellow Vest protest, Sweden


MIGRANT CRISIS – LIBYA

From Breitbart:

Libya PM: 800,000 Illegal Immigrants Ready to Leave for Europe


THE DEMOCRATS TO END AIR TRAVEL

Now, you might think that this is going to turn out to be fake news, but wait till you read this. From Fox News:

Green New Deal: Ocasio-Cortez aims to make air travel obsolete, aid those ‘unwilling’ to work

Our contributor Jillian Becker at The Atheist Conservative was reminded of a cautionary tale from Africa:

Prophetess: a cautionary tale

American Thinker also had something to say:

The wild and wacky mind of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Quote:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could utter absolute gibberish, and the media would swoon before her, and her supporters would declare her a genius.

How do we know? Because Ocasio-Cortez frequently utters gibberish, and the media and her supporters swoon before her.

We have a similar problem closer to home of course …


IMAM TAWHIDI VISITS AUSCHWITZ

Imam Tawhidi (aka the Imam of Peace) made this impassioned speech on visiting Auschwitz (click on link for full speech):

The US Congress should be focusing on serving US citizens. It should not be a platform for Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to promote hatred against the Jewish people. My message from Auschwitz! pic.twitter.com/y7wiBCIcmR

— Imam Mohamad Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) February 3, 2019


VIGILANTISM IN AUSTRALIA

Video news item from A Current Affair:

Residents vs Gangs


YELLOW VESTS – AUSTRALIA

Click on the link for video footage of the sizeable crowds:

MB NEWS: No matter where you are in the world, the message is the same. The people despise blood sucking globalists.

Yellow Vests Australia on the march

POWER TO THE PEOPLE#YellowVests #YellowVestsAUS#GiletsJaunes #YellowVestProtests pic.twitter.com/Dchda9oVSW

— Mark B (@BraithwaiteHrh) February 10, 2019


THE NINE LIVES OF FLUFFY THE CAT

Fluffy The Cat was frozen and buried in snow, but she made a miraculous recovery. From the Good News Network:

Frozen Cat That Was Found Unresponsive, Buried in Snow Makes Miraculous Recovery


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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