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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 13 April

by The Participator – 14 Apr 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 – X DAYS TO GO

The Brexit can was well and truly kicked down the road this week. From the BBC:

Brexit: UK and EU agree delay to 31 October

The UK must now take part in European elections in May or leave without a deal on the 1st June (no prizes for guessing which option will be taken by Theresa May’s govt.). From order-order:

May’s Halloween Brextension Statement In Full

Legal challenges are still in progress however. From Unity News Network:

FULL Legal Grounds on Article 50 Legality Case PUBLISHED!

From the Telegraph:

Theresa May’s Article 50 extension is illegal, and will be challenged in the courts

The talks with Labour descended further into farce. From the Telegraph:

Brexit talks descend into acrimony as ministers accuse Keir Starmer of ‘obstructing’ negotiations

From the Express:

DUP ready to abandon Theresa May to back new Tory PM in order to deliver Brexit


JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED

From Breitbart:

WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange Arrested by British Authorities

From the Express:

Julian Assange screams DESPERATE final plea to Britain - ‘You MUST RESIST


THE SACKING OF ROGER SCRUTON

Pseudo-journalist George Eaton of the New Statesman managed to get Roger Scruton sacked from his role as a government adviser. From Breitbart:

Delingpole: Cowardly Conservatives Sack Housing Tsar Roger Scruton for Political Incorrectness

Moronic Conservative MPs eagerly joined the witch-hunt without taking any time to study the facts:

No brainer. Let’s not take our time on this. @TomTugendhat absolutely right. https://t.co/C0m5tSSLp3

— Johnny Mercer MP (@JohnnyMercerUK) April 10, 2019

From the Spectator:

Roger Scruton’s sacking exposes the Tories’ cowardice

One of Eaton’s quotes:

Thread: In an NS interview, the government adviser and philosopher Roger Scruton has made a series of outrageous remarks. On Hungarian Jews: “Anybody who doesn’t think that there’s a Soros empire in Hungary has not observed the facts.” 1/4 https://t.co/0LtUN9cZ9e

— George Eaton (@georgeeaton) April 10, 2019

Clearly the particular remark in question wasn’t about “Hungarian Jews” at all, but about one singular man called George Soros. Mr Scruton was also accused of … yes you guessed it … Islamophobia!

Mr Scruton himself hit back with this article in the Spectator:

Roger Scruton: An apology for thinking

Quote:

Eaton repeats the libel, uttered under Parliamentary privilege originally, that I believe in some kind of Jewish conspiracy theory.

Let’s hope Mr Scruton sues the pseudo-journalist Eaton!

In his concluding remarks Mr Scruton writes this very important warning:

We in Britain are entering a dangerous social condition in which the direct expression of opinions that conflict - or merely seem to conflict - with a narrow set of orthodoxies is instantly punished by a band of self-appointed vigilantes.


COUNTER TERRORISM MEASURE COMES INTO FORCE

From the UK government (this is largely being ignored by the UK press):

Stricter laws to tackle terrorism come into force

Quote:

It is now illegal to recklessly express support for, or publish images of flags, emblems or clothing in a way which suggests you are a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation and certain preparatory terrorism offences, including encouragement of terrorism or the dissemination of terrorist publications, now carry a maximum sentence of 15 years.

That sounds reasonable enough perhaps, as long as the organizations they are proscribing are genuinely terrorist organizations (Theresa May has long been trying to expand the definition of extremism).

Provisions including:

The provisions that have commenced this week:

Note particularly that last one, you only have to view the material.


THE JEREMY CLARKSON TEST

From the Telegraph (last week):

Extremism definition fails Clarkson test: Government gave up on laws to fight ideology because it’s ‘too difficult’


THE ORWELLIAN WAR ON “FAKE NEWS”

The UK government announced its intention to crack down on “fake news” and “disinformation” in a white paper published on Monday. From altnewsmedia.net:

UK GOVERNMENT DEMANDS UNPARALLED INTERNET CENSORSHIP

The most disturbing aspect of this white paper is the stated intention to tackle so-called “fake news” and “disinformation”. “Tell MAMA” are listed as a “Trusted Flagger”.

From order-order:

Government Wants to Give State Power to Ban Websites

Tories at PMQs: Regulate More, Ban More, Tax More

Jihad Watch found themselves a victim of the new supposedly fact checking “Newsguard” browser extension:

Microsoft using spurious Leftist “fact-checking” site to place warning label on Jihad Watch

We wonder if the New Statesman will be labelled by Newsguard as a “fake news” site? We should certainly campaign to get the BBC classified as such.

From Breitbart:

European Union Launches Its Own Online ‘Fact-Checker’ to Fight ‘Europhobics’


ISLAMOPHOBIA AGENDA

Dr Bill Warner commented on the APPG for British Muslims’ report titled “Islamophobia Defined” (7 minute video):

Making Islamophobia a Crime


JIHAD NEWS – UK

Claims about Shamima Begum are emerging. From the Daily Mail:

Jihadi bride stitched suicide vests: In chilling briefing to Prime Minister, spy chiefs reveal how Shamima Begum served in ISIS’s ‘morality police’ and helped terrorists prepare for attacks

From the Telegraph:

Shamima Begum was cruel enforcer in Isil’s morality police, say Syrian witnesses

From the Daily Mail:

At last! Judge finally dismisses Taliban bombmaker’s compensation claim that cost British taxpayers £1million

At the end of the above article it states that the law firm involved is continuing to progress a number of other claims from the war in Afghanistan.


HALAL MEAT NEWS

We were stunned by a claim that stunning animals before slaughter was inhumane. From the BBC:

Stunned halal meat move ‘inhumane’ claims Muslim group


CRIME WAVE – UK

From the Telegraph:

How Europe’s biggest child trafficking gang escaped justice

An “honour” crime? From the Metro:

Parents suffocated girl, 17, with plastic bag for ‘wearing short-sleeved top’


MIGRANT CRISIS – UK

From the Daily Mail:

Britain’s deportation disgrace: One’s a convicted paedophile, the other a gangster. Both should have left the UK years ago - but they still here laughing in the face of the law, writes SUE REID


EDUCATION NEWS – UK

From the Sun:

Writing’s on the wall – Teacher sent to work at top secondary school despite being unable to READ or write

Quote:

Faisal Ahmed was passed fit to teach by an elite taxpayer-funded training scheme

Apparently he had sued for constructive dismissal and disability discrimination. Not being able to do your job is presumably classified as a disability nowadays.


CONSERVATIVE PARTY NEWS

Moves are afoot to unseat Theresa May, a petition (for Conservative Party members) to shorten the time period allowed between no confidence motions has been gathering signatures:

Reduce the 12 month minimum between 2 votes of no confidence in Tory leader to 3 months

More on this story, from the Express:

Brexit PLOT: Tories hatch fresh plan to OUST Theresa May by changing party’s constitution


BREXIT PARTY NEWS

A surprise announcement from the Brexit Party, Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister has joined the party and will be a candidate. From the Express:

Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata is surprise candidate for Farage’s Brexit Party

She was making waves on social media, there is a video clip of her speaking in this tweet:

"It is our fight and we must fight to win."

Annunziata Rees-Mogg, sister of Jacob is unveiled as a candidate in the European elections for @brexitparty_uk.

Get live updates on the Brexit Party launch here: https://t.co/kJAkBF2SPw pic.twitter.com/IHvNQXNE1P

— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 12, 2019

She had been a member of the Conservative Party:

Rees-Mogg SPLIT? Brexiteer’s sister reveals why she left Tories – and brother’s view on it


LABOUR PARTY NEWS

From the Daily Mail:

Shamed MP Fiona Onasanya, 35, faces being struck off as a solicitor for misconduct just months after she was jailed for lying to police

From the Telegraph:

Labour quietly reinstated six councillors who posted anti-Semitic messages

From the Northern Echo:

‘Benefits scum’ – Darlington Labour candidate to be quizzed over social media posts


UKIP NEWS

From Breitbart:

Carl ‘Sargon of Akkad’ Benjamin Named UKIP Candidate for EU Elections


FOR BRITAIN PARTY NEWS

From Devon Live:

Election candidate, 19, set fire to Quran in Exeter pub during heated debate

According to the article he had been reported to the police in an earlier incident for saying that the Koran is a “book of evil”.


NEW NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS PRESIDENT

From the Telegraph:

New NUS president has said that she wanted to ‘oppress white people’ and have an ‘Islamic takeover’


LOOMING FUEL DUTY RISE

From the Express:

Britain faces fuel HIKE for first time in 10 YEARS in ‘disaster for working families’


BRITISH STEEL BREXIT FUNDING CRISIS

From the Express:

British Steel in urgent £100M loan talks after EU FREEZES them out in latest Brexit blow


LEATHER JACKET NEWS – UK

Bikers are apparently staging a mass protest tomorrow (Sunday 14th) against the legal actions against former soldiers who served during the N. Ireland troubles. The protestors are already assembling and news stories started to appear on Friday. From the Express:

M25 traffic latest: Motorway chaos as 7,000 bikers hold Bloody Sunday protest rally

Soldier F protest: Bikers block London to demand justice for Bloody Sunday veteran


YELLOW VEST NEWS – FRANCE

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

FRANCE - YELLOW VESTS PROTEST - WEEK 22


YELLOW VEST NEWS – NETHERLANDS

A peaceful YV protest:

Keep in mind that the #GiletsJaunes movement is not confined exclusively to France. Here's footage from this past Saturday's #YellowVests protest in #Amsterdam, Netherlands. An organic international solidarity movement is burgeoning and it's absolutely beautiful!! #ActeXXI pic.twitter.com/0aEXeabtre

— Simply Beautiful (@SimplyBeautific) April 8, 2019


MIGRANT CRISIS – LIBYA

From the Telegraph:

Libya fighting could trigger new refugee crisis, says EU, amid fears of civil war


MIGRANT CRISIS – GREECE

A migrant riot in Greece that won’t be getting much coverage from the mainstream media of course:

Special Feature- Migrant Crisis ERUPTS again in Greece, France in Flames- UK Media silence, why?

Watch now: https://t.co/ehb0NLSNWg

— Unity News Network (@UnityNewsNet) April 8, 2019


JIHAD NEWS – HUNGARY

Apparently a Syrian terror suspect was caught with a pre-paid bank card from the EU. From Hungary Today:

Govt Calls on EC to Reveal whether It Knew about Syrian Terror Suspect’s ‘Migrant Card’


TURKEY INSTABILITY

From the Express:

Turkey lira PLUNGES against dollar as furious Erdogan calls for election RE-RUN


SUDAN COUP

From the BBC:

Omar al-Bashir: Sudan military says it has ousted ruler after protests


AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE GENDER STEREOTYPES TRAINING

Is it still April 1st, you are probably wondering. From Breitbart:

Australian Air Force Pilots Told: Consider ‘Gendered Social Roles’ During Bombing Operations

Let’s hope they aren’t distracted during the bomb aiming.


INFIDELOPHOBIA IN CANADA

From Vlad Tepes’s blog:

Restored: A reminder of what is said in mosques in Canada


CANDACE OWENS AT A CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

Candace Owens appeared at a congressional hearing to talk about white supremacism, and hate crimes and that sort of thing. From Breitbart:

Candace Owens at Congressional Hearing: ‘Black People Are Not Owned by the Left’

Controversy followed as a congressman accused Ms Owens of being a Nazi sympathizer; President Trump leapt to her defence. From the Daily Mail:

Trump defends conservative firebrand Candace Owens after furious clash with Congressman over what she said about Hitler: She is a ‘fine young woman’

Another exchange (the linked video clip had been viewed 7.42 million times at the time of writing):

Candace Owens: I think it’s pretty apparent that Lieu believes black ppl are stupid-

Nadler: witness may not refer to Lieu as stupid

Owens: that’s not what I said-you didn’t listen to what I said

Nadler: (shrugs)

What is wrong with our public servants?pic.twitter.com/o543f484TT

— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) April 9, 2019

Here is a video clip of Ms Owens speaking:

Candace Owens to Congress: Left Uses Terms Like White Nationalism For Power, To Scare Brown People

Quote:

“The biggest scandal … in American politics is that Democrats have been conning minorities into the belief that we are perpetual victims all but ensuring our failure. Racial division and class warfare are central to the Democrat party platform. They need Blacks to hate whites, the rich to hate the poor …”


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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