Home Page
Home Page

Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 6 April

by The Participator – 7 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.


Recently convicted MP Fiona Onasanya voted in a vote to block no deal, and the bill was passed by one vote (313 to 312). From the Express:

Anger as disgraced Labour MP votes for Brexit no deal block – and it wins by ONE VOTE

There was much commentary about this on social media. There was also much commentary about the speed with which the bill had been rushed through the House of Commons. Brexit supporting peers however gave long speeches and used procedural tactics to ensure the bill could not be rushed in the House of Lords. From Breitbart:

The Day in Brexit Betrayal: Brexit-wrecking Bill Heads to House of Lords

Theresa May requested another extension of the Article 50 process to the 30th of June. From the BBC:

Brexit: UK asks EU for further extension until 30 June

Meanwhile the legal campaign to prove we have already left the EU on 29th March had some encouragement when a former appeal judge said the legality of the extension should be tested in court. From the Daily Mail:

Former appeal judge says legality of Brexit extension SHOULD be tested in court after English Democrats leader launches battle to prove UK has already left the EU on March 29

Theresa May was much criticized for holding talks with Corbyn. From the Express:

Nigel Adams QUITS as assistant whip in fury at Corbyn Brexit talks ‘it makes NO SENSE!’

It seems nothing was agreed during these talks however. Theresa May’s strategy seems to be to keep putting her Withdrawal Agreement forward until eventually the MPs cave in and accept it. Bercow the Speaker appears to be unhappy about the idea of yet another vote on the bill. From the Express:

Bercow and May on brink of WAR over vote: Laura Kuenssburg reveals whispers from Commons

Earlier in the week the MPs rejected alternative proposals again. From the BBC:

Brexit votes: MPs fail to back proposals again

“A permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU” lost by 273 votes for to 276 votes against, a margin of only 3 votes.

“Common Market 2.0” lost by 280 votes for to 292 votes against. Nick Boles resigned from the Conservative Party following this vote, he is continuing as an independent MP.

Meanwhile, there was another blow for Project Fear. From EU Observer:

MEPs approve no-deal Brexit visa-free travel for UK citizens

From the Express:

Germany, France and Holland lining up to dump Britain out of Europe without a deal

From the Telegraph last month:

Public swinging behind no deal Brexit, as Tories and DUP urge May to invoke plan B

From order-order:

Public Shifts in Favour of No Deal

If you support a no deal exit you can sign a petition:

Leave the EU Without a deal on April 12th.

At time of writing the petition had acquired 236,331 votes.


From Breitbart:

EU Plots ‘Proactive Approach’ for Boosting Legal Migration to Europe

From CNBC:

A new fight over tax is starting to boil over in the EU: Here’s what you need to know

From EU Observer:

Why EU arming foreign militaries will backfire


From order-order:

Labour Underperforms in By-Election, UKIP Surges

Labour still comfortably held on to the seat but their vote share fell by 13%, and UKIP gained 6%.


Grassroots Conservative Party members are not happy, according to this article from the Telegraph:

May’s sell-out to Corbyn is the final straw for us Tory members

There could be problems for most existing candidates from both main parties in fact. From FullFact:

Did a majority of Conservative and Labour constituencies vote to leave in the EU referendum?

The Telegraph predicts a resurgent UKIP:

Tories on course to lose control of councils across country as Ukip ‘returns from dead’ in Brexit backlash


From the Daily Mail:

Schoolgirl, 12, ‘suffers sex attack by six men in their 20s on the top deck of bus driving through Birmingham’

From Breitbart:

PM’s U-Turns on Stop and Search Follows Bloody Weekend in London

From the BBC:

Edmonton stabbings: Four people hurt in ‘random attacks’


From the Daily Mail:

Horrifying moment thug holds 10 inch blade to neck of terrified teenage girl, 17, screaming ‘help me’ during intense stand-off with police – as he’s jailed for six years for knife rampage

Algerian-born Nabil Errouam will apparently be deported once he is released. He had stabbed the girl 13 times according to the above article.

From the Daily Mail:

How could ‘bleeding heart’ plane passengers stop my rapist being deported? Young mum whose ‘screaming’ Somali attacker was kept in the UK by Heathrow mutiny reveals her fury at their intervention


From the Daily Mail:

NHS must prioritise spending on gipsies and travellers to improve their poor health outcomes, say MPs


From Breitbart:

UK: MPs Debate Raising Marriage Age to 18 to Tackle Forced Marriages


From Breitbart:

YouTube Restricts Tommy Robinson’s Account, ‘All-But Bans’ Him

From order-order, Toby Young makes a point about the implications of social media regulation, he says it will entrench the big players like Facebook because they can afford to follow the new regulations while small newer players (like the Participator) cannot:

State Regulation of Social Media is Back Door to Press Regulation

A government white paper is due next week apparently.


From the Daily Mail:

Revealed: Government adviser on Islamaphobia gave his backing to a Pakistani cleric who called for a Christian mother to be hanged for blasphemy


The intersectional collision (we think that is the correct terminology for what is going on here) continues in Birmingham. Apparently story books for children (e.g. one is about a homosexual sausage dog, another is about homosexual penguin parents) are at the centre of the controversy. From the BBC:

Reading the No Outsiders books

Some of the claims from the head of the school:

From the BBC:

‘Staff shaking when they come to school’

According to another article at the Guardian, the material is now part of the curriculum thanks to new legislation recently passed in the House of Commons:

Parkfield LGBT protest: Why has the school’s top teacher been silenced?


MPs voted 538 to 21 for the introduction of compulsory relationship and sex education last week

The above article also states that the school’s “top teacher” has faced daily taunts and graffiti slogans such as “No Gays Here”. The police are presumably now investigating these homophobic hate incidents (we assume).

Owen Jones (the far-left gay commentator) waded into the row. From the Guardian:

‘Let gay Muslims be gay’: Owen Jones goes to the centre of the LGBT lesson row - video

Meanwhile the international controversy surrounding the new stoning law introduced in Brunei continued. From the BBC:

Brunei hotels withdraw from social media amid anti-LGBT law backlash

Labour MP Emily Thornberry was involved in a protest against the Brunei law. From altnewsmedia:



From The Times (subscribers only), a story about criminal enterprises in the UK that apparently helped to fund Osama bin Laden:

Taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden

More on this story from the Daily Mail:

Gangsters with links to the 7/7 London bombings stole £8billion from British taxpayers in 20-year fraud before funnelling cash to Pakistan to support Osama Bin Laden

From Gates of Vienna:

A Planned Terrorist Attack on a French Kindergarten Has Been Thwarted

From Gates of Vienna (last week), a Salafist plot:

Terror Plot Thwarted in Wiesbaden


The goal was to kill as many “unbelievers” as possible, it is said.

Also from Gates of Vienna:

New Zealand Mosque Attack: Egypt’s Grand Imam Schools the West on Terror Equality


Protests continue into the 21st week:

Massive Yellow Vests protests against @EmmanuelMacron continue in the French capital for the 21st consecutive week. The tide is turning across the continent, the peoples of Europe are fed up, and EU puppets like Macron are on the way out!pic.twitter.com/JlZgdYN8Ym

— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) April 6, 2019

From Vlad Tepes’s blog (see comments as always):

FRANCE - Yellow Vests - WEEK 21

From Gates of Vienna:

Nerve Gas and Police Brutality Against the Yellow Vests


From Breitbart:

Mob of Migrants Brutally Beat Spanish Guards


From Vlad Tepes’s blog (it’s hard to imagine a politician in the UK making a statement like this in the current climate):

Restored: Austrian Secretary of State on the recent large number of murdered women and why


From Jihad Watch:

Guinean Cardinal: “If the West continues in this fatal way, it will disappear, invaded by foreigners”


The law of unintended consequences in action once again. From the BBC:

Twitter blocks French government with its own fake news law


From the Express:

Turkey elections: Four dead as Erdogan party loses Ankara and wrangles over Istanbul

The Gatestone Institute published this analysis:

Turkey’s Elections: What Do They Mean for Turkey and Erdogan?


From the BBC:

Ukraine election: Comedian leads presidential contest


From the Express:

South China Sea: Fears of an INVASION as 200 Chinese militia vessels swarm disputed waters

From the Gatestone Institute:

China’s Han Superstate: The New Third Reich


Finally as always we need a light hearted news item to cheer us up after that lot. From the Good News Network:

Peep in On This Woman’s Livestream of a Nesting Bird Box She Designed to Look Like a Tiny Living Room

Here is some selected footage on Youtube (the tenant has laid a new carpet):

March 26th Bring Moss in & Fluttering

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.

What do you think? Please leave a comment below.

Please feel free to share this article on social media sites:

Tweet     Share on Facebook     Google Plus     Reddit     Tumblr