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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 30 March

by The Participator – 31 Mar 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 clocks have just gone forward in the UK for British Summer Time, but not for Brexit, for Brexit the clocks will be going backwards or standing still perhaps. We should have been out of the EU by the time of writing, and some are even suggesting that we ARE out of the EU in fact:

English Democrats bring the Case to get a Declaration that the UK has left the EU as of the 29th March 2019

The Telegraph also had an article (by Martin Howe QC) suggesting that the extension might not have been lawful:

Theresa May has abandoned constitutional precedent by committing to extend A50

Bill Cash MP also made the point in the House of Commons:

There is grave concern that there was no lawful UK authority for the decision to extend the exit date – Did the Prime Minister consult the Attorney General beforehand which is required under the Ministerial Code? pic.twitter.com/uI5I1WH4BY

— Bill Cash (@BillCashMP) March 25, 2019

On Friday Theresa May tried to get her Withdrawal Agreement (or half of it) passed for a 3rd time (the principled Speaker John Bercow presumably didn’t notice that it was just the same bill as before), she lost the vote by a margin of 58 (344 to 286). The margin has reduced at each vote – the 1st vote margin was 230, the 2nd vote margin was 149. From Breitbart:

Brexit Betrayal Day: Parliament Rejects Theresa May’s Last Ditch Fight For EU-Approved ‘Deal’

Detail of who voted against from order-order:

The 39 MPs Who Rebelled on May’s Deal

Earlier in the week there had been a series of so-called “indicative votes” on different proposed options, all of which had been rejected by MPs. A useful summary of these from the Spectator:

MPs reject every option: the full results of the indicative votes

According to the BBC:

Brexit: EU leaders plan for no deal as other options dissolve

It is difficult for many to take the proceedings seriously at this point, as May ponders a fourth attempt for her Withdrawal Agreement. From the BBC:

Brexit: Theresa May ponders fourth bid to pass deal

From the Mirror:

Revoke Article 50: Mark Field becomes first minister to back cancelling Brexit

3 ministers resigned (Alistair Burt, Richard Harrington, Steve Brine). From the Express:

BREXIT UPRISING: Ministers RESIGN after voting AGAINST government – May reeling

Alistair Burt was involved in the endorsement of the UN Migration Compact.

Moves are afoot to deselect Dominic Grieve. From the Express:

Dominic Grieve HUMILIATED after grassroots Tories vote to deselect him for Brexit betrayal

However Brandon Lewis the party chairman apparently stepped in to stop Grieve being de-selected:

Tory BACKLASH: Chairman steps in after grassroots vote to deselect Dominic Grieve

From the Express:

White House drops Brexit BOMBSHELL – Trump ‘very eager’ to start trade talks with UK

Former Bank of England boss spoke out:

Leave EU with NO DEAL! Ex-BoE boss Mervyn King rages at MPs to let UK LEAVE without deal


Riot police were deployed at the weekend demonstrations. From the Express:

Brexit LIVE: Riot police ready for thousands protesting Brexit failure as May faces defeat

Jon Snow caused a bit of a stir. From the Sun:

SNOW STORM Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow slammed by viewers after claiming ‘I’ve never seen so many white people in one place’ in on-air rant during Brexit protest

Some footage from Friday in this tweet:

EXTRAORDINARY!! – Freedom Day, London 29th March!!

A montage of scenes from the extraordinary events in London yesterday!

Please Retweet! Thank you! pic.twitter.com/ATJZQgoNkD

— Bruges Group (@BrugesGroup) March 30, 2019

Parliamentarians were advised to leave the Houses of Parliament but only as a “cautionary” measure as crowds began to appear on Friday. From order-order:

Staff Told to Leave Parliament “As a Matter of Caution”

Yellow vest protestors blocked roads around parliament on Saturday and some mainstream media camera crews were allegedly “harassed”. From the Independent (warning: the following footage contains swearing):

Brexit protests: Two arrested as ‘yellow vest’ activists block Westminster Bridge


From Breitbart:

European Parliament Passes Widely Criticized Copyright Directive

From the Express:

Article 13: What does Article 13 mean for YouTube?

The Guardian had this claim about voting irregularities:

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law


There was a fatal stabbing outside a mosque in London. The assailants (who were presumably not white supremacists) managed to mingle with worshippers in the mosque and thereby evade capture. From the Times:

Knifemen ran into London Central Mosque to evade police after fatal attack

There was a widely reported attack on a mosque but it seems it later turned out to be a case of mental illness. From Sky News:

Birmingham mosque attacks not linked to far-right extremism or terror, police say

An incident of possible road rage turned nasty when machetes were waved around. From Unity News Network:

HORRIFIC scenes from Sadiq Khan's 'vibrant' 'multi-cultural' London where road rage sees MACHETES pulled as locals flee in terror! You won't see this on the news….

FOLLOW @UnityNewsNet pic.twitter.com/DHTYuf6lf6

— Unity News Network (@UnityNewsNet) March 27, 2019


From Breitbart:

Nolte: BBC Ordered to Pay Damages for Fake News About Trump and Ukraine President

From Breitbart:

BBC Chief: Use of Term ‘Mainstream Media’ Is ‘Assault on Freedom’


In a speech to the House of Lords this week, the 68-year-old life peer said he remembered “an age when … journalists could command the attention and respect of a whole country with the quality of their craft.”

Nothing to do with the heavily biased reporting then?

Last week the BBC had this headline regarding an anti-Brexit protest (not actually technically fake news, the organizers did make the claim):

Brexit march: Million joined Brexit protest, organisers say

However the numbers were challenged by fullfact who said the numbers were at most between 300,000 – 400,000:

There almost certainly weren’t a million people on the People’s Vote march


An update on the ongoing Islam vs LGBT story from Birmingham. From the BBC:

LGBT people ‘never felt more vulnerable’ in Birmingham


From the Telegraph:

University bans Free Speech Society from hosting talk on alleged extremists


“The author of a report into alleged extremist speakers on British campuses has been banned from an event at a university her study strongly criticises.”

We were reminded of a Breitbart article from 2017:

Report: More than 100 Extremist Speakers Invited to British Universities

Mark Steyn’s words from 2011 still ring true today:

I think if you had to name one institution, which is probably the biggest structural defect in Western societies right now, and the one that places the biggest question mark over the future of Western civilization, if there was one institution you needed to take apart, it would be the education system.


From order-order:

Sadiq Khan’s Cronies Pocket £150,000 from Failing HS2 Quango He Appointed Them to


A doctor who joined the Islamic State wants to return to the UK to resume treating patients here:

ISIS doctor begs to be allowed back into the UK - as he worked for the NHS

A massacre in Mali goes almost unnoticed by the mainstream media. From the Express:

Ethnic Genocide: Muslim villagers massacred in Mali after extremist rampage

The Catholic Herald draws our attention to the crimes of the “ISIS brides”:

‘ISIS brides’ weren’t brainwashed. Just ask their victims

A related article from Gatestone Institute:

Terrorists Promoted, Victims Ignored

From the Telegraph:

MI6 not interviewing British Isil suspects over repatriation legal fear


More police brutality:

allo @Place_Beauvau – c'est pour un signalement – 595

Coup de matraque à la tete#ActeXX, Besançon
Source: @emma_audrey_fr pour @m25_fr pic.twitter.com/prxGcE5LFN

— David Dufresne (@davduf) March 30, 2019

From Breitbart:

Yellow Vests Back on Streets After Elderly Protester Put in Hospital Last Week

From Vlad Tepes’s blog (as usual see comments section for the video links):



From the Telegraph:

Impeachment drive skids to a halt as Mueller backs Trump on collusion

From the Wall Street Journal:

Mueller and the Obama Accounting


The former President now owes the country an explanation for the historic abuse of government surveillance powers.

From Breitbart:

MSM Journalists Turn on Obama CIA Director John Brennan

From the BBC (we suspect there may be some red faces at the BBC over their previous coverage):

Mueller report: Trump triumphant after being cleared of collusion

From Breitbart:

One Potential Russian Collusion Scandal Has Not Yet Been Investigated: Hillary Clinton and Uranium One


From CNN:

US denying visas to International Criminal Court staff

This is being done in an attempt to deter an investigation into “alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by US troops in Afghanistan”.


From the Daily Wire:

Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Fails In Senate. NO Senators Supported It.


A new form of mental illness has been identified – Islamophilia. From the American Thinker:

Islamophilia: A Neurotic Reaction Against Truth

A recent case perhaps, from Voice of Europe:

New Zealand removes any reference to Jesus from parliamentary prayer


From NewsMax:

German Critic of US Amb. Ric Grenell Backed Russian Pipeline


Remember Jeffrey Epstein? His legal battles are still ongoing as the Miami Herald and commentator Mike Cernovich and others are still pursuing the case. From the Miami Herald (earlier this month):

Court weighs unsealing records that could reveal new details of Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse

From the Miami Herald (update from last November), some of the allegations involve girls as young as 13:

Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark

They are drawing our attention to a number of irregularities about the case, such as the fact that Epstein was allowed out 12 hours a day, 6 days out of 7 on a “work release” program, and the fact that in spite of all the allegations he had only been convicted of the less serious charge of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. Despite the fact that many underage girls were allegedly involved Epstein has also only been sentenced for one such charge. Instead of being sent to a state prison he was housed in a private wing of the Palm Beach County stockade, he was also released after only 13 months. It has been alleged that he has compromising “dirt” on a number of very influential people. Prince Andrew was pictured with his arm round Virginia Roberts, she has made a number of allegations.

Stefan Molyneux interviewed Mr Cernovich about the story recently:

Jeffrey Epstein Revealed! Mike Cernovich and Stefan Molyneux

They mention that some of the girls allegedly involved came from very traumatized backgrounds.


From the Telegraph:

Brunei set to introduce death by stoning for adultery and gay sex

From the Independent (according to this article a garrison of British troops is still stationed in Brunei):

International outcry as Brunei introduces sharia law and takes country back to the dark ages

George Clooney is apparently coming to the rescue (as he often does in his movies). From the BBC:

George Clooney calls for hotel boycott over Brunei LGBT laws


Finally a good news story to cheer us up after that lot, from the Good News Network:

This Turkey’s Got Authority! Holds Up Traffic So His Fellow Fowl Can Cross the Road (WATCH)

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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