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Other Items That Caught Our Eye This Week - w/e 20 July

by The Participator – 21 Jul 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.


So it’s now official, Von der Leyen is the new EU Commission President. From the Express:

Von der Leyen wins by just 9 VOTES in secret ballot – MEPs fury at backroom deal stitch-up

From the BBC:

Von der Leyen elected EU Commission head after MEPs vote

From the Express:

Ursula von der Leyen to be plagued by scandal if voted in as European Commission chief

Nigel Farage gave his assessment of the new president’s political leanings. From order-order:

Farage: von der Leyen Wants an Updated Form of Communism

From EU Observer:

Finland rejects call to end sponsorship of EU presidency


From the Express:

Brexit Party MEPs boo EU Commission candidate as she reveals Brexit DELAY hopes

From the Telegraph:

Britain’s EU contribution rises by 20 per cent in year, as UK’s booming economy props up Brussels’ budget

The House of Commons voted to make it harder for the Government to prorogue parliament in the run-up to the next date when we are *supposed* to be leaving the EU.

MPs vote 315 to 274 to approve Amendment A to Lords Amendment 1 to the #NIExecutiveFormationBill. This will make it harder for the Government to prorogue Parliament in the run-up to the current #Brexit date of 31 October 2019.

— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) July 18, 2019

From the Telegraph:

Tory leadership latest: Philip Hammond and rebels hint they could bring down government in the ‘interests of the country’

From the Express:

Boris faces major backlash as at least 12 ministers plan to quit the instant he becomes PM

10 Labour MPs said they would back “no-deal” however. From the Telegraph:

Boost for Boris Johnson as 10 Labour MPs say they will back no deal Brexit

A row between Carole Cadwalladr and Aaron Banks escalated to legal action and counter legal action. From order-order:

Carole Threatens to Counter-Sue “Bully” Banks For Harassment

Some good news for a change on the Brexit legal front though. Young pro-Brexit activist Darren Grimes won his case against the Electoral Commission. From Breitbart:

‘Victory Against Remain Establishment’ – Electoral Commission Fine Against Leave Campaigner QUASHED


From the Sun:

THEY’RE BACK! Extinction Rebellion eco-mob take over city centres across UK after grinding London to a halt and threatening Heathrow

From Breitbart:

Delingpole: Top Terror Cop Says ‘Extinction Rebellion Are Dangerous Extremists. Jail Them!’

From order-order:

Labour Peers Declare Corbyn’s Party Is Not Safe For Jews in Full Page Guardian Ad

Theresa May:

If we can recapture the spirit of common purpose – as I believe we must – then we can be optimistic about what together we can achieve. pic.twitter.com/uQD1DAdL5w

— Theresa May (@theresa_may) July 17, 2019


From TR News:

James Goddard pleads GUILTY to ‘avoid 6-months in prison’


Quite a few articles have appeared in defence of Tommy Robinson this week. From For Britain:

The Tommy Robinson Contempt Judgement Summary

The above article picked up on the point that we also made this week, pointing to the fact that the judgement quoted a passage from Tommy’s livestreaming video out of context:

Here is the full quote in context, with the bit Warby and Sharp extracted in red:

look, there’s no media here, there’s no media here, there’s no press here, there’s no mainstream media, they’re all taking photographs of someone who said something mean on Twitter. They’re not here, they’re not here to find who these people are, they haven’t followed these people, you know this lad who runs Generation Identity, I found out that the media had been harassing his family, yeah y’all know, you want to harass someone’s family? You see that man, he was getting aggressive as he walked into court, the man who faces charges of child abduction, rape, prostitution, harass him, find him, go knock on his door, follow him, see where he works, see what he’s doing. You want to stick pictures online and call people and slander people, how about do about them instead of doing it about someone speaking about them.

This is crucial to the case because the judgement condemned Tommy for inciting his own followers to harass, whereas in fact his comments were clearly not intended to incite his followers at all but were a rhetorical criticism of the mainstream media. The above article makes some further excellent points as well.

This is from the Middle East Forum (from last week), an interview with Tommy just before he was imprisoned:

Tommy Robinson: ‘Our Free Speech and Our Rights Are Disappearing in the UK’

Finally here is our own article this week on issues relating to the case, in case you missed it:

Tommy Robinson And The Absconding Prisoners


From the Daily Mail:

The real angel of the north: The abuse of young girls by Rochdale sex gangs is one of the great scandals of our time. In a shattering new book, the policewoman who revealed the truth breaks her silence – and shames the superiors who betrayed her…

From the Metro, news of a gang attack in Rochdale, Greater Manchester:

Gang storms estate ‘armed with machetes and lashing out at people’

From the Telegraph:

Knife crime soars in rural areas by as much as 50 per cent as violence epidemic spreads out of cities

From the Daily Mail:

Terrifying moment refugee, 30, ploughed over pavement and sped into Parliament barrier just a month after becoming UK citizen as he is convicted of trying to murder cyclists and police

From Breitbart:

Khan’s London: Manhunt After Suspected CS Gas Attack on Tube Train

From the Daily Mail:

Transgender woman, 26, who was jailed after dousing her ex-boyfriend in bleach then trying to set him on fire is spared prison over lashing out at police who ‘didn’t use the proper pronouns’ to address her

An opinion article from Quillette on the non-existent hate crime wave:

Is Surging Hate Crime in the UK Overcooked?


From Breitbart:

Migrant Baby Boom: English Schools Need 418,000 Extra Places

From the Times:

Young black and Asian inmates outnumber whites for first time

News of new thermal imaging cameras, but will they be used?

Ending the migrant crisis is a key priority for me. These new thermal imaging cameras could be game-changing. Anyone setting off from France can be quickly spotted. These dangerous crossings will only stop when the smugglers know they won't succeed. pic.twitter.com/Lxt0CbLiKZ

— Charlie Elphicke (@CharlieElphicke) July 15, 2019


From the Sun:

TERROR COMPO SNUB ‘Lion of London Bridge’ who fought jihadis is denied government payout due to criminal record

From Breitbart:

Manchester Bomber’s Brother in Court Following Extradition from Libya

He faces murder charges.

From the Daily Mail:

Private Islamic school that had extremist library book on how to help the Taliban with ‘Don’t make the Jews and the Christians your friends’ on page one is rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted


The unholy alliance of the left wing media, left wing activist groups, and Muslim pressure groups continued their campaign this week against those deemed to be “Islamophobic”. Prime Minister in waiting Boris Johnson was in their sights in particular. From Breitbart:

Delingpole: Guardian Uses Offence Archaeology to Rebrand Boris Johnson an Islamophobe

From Jihad Watch:

Boris Johnson Wrote Something Unflattering About Islam 12 Years Ago — Was He Right?

Quote (directly from Boris’s writing):

“It is time to get deep down and dirty and examine the central charge made by everyone from Winston Churchill to the Pope, namely that the real problem with the Islamic world is Islam.

“We must be honest and accept that there is more than a grain of truth in Churchill’s analysis of the economic and social consequences of the religion.”

Douglas Murray weighed into the debate at the Spectator:

Is Boris wrong to claim Islam set the Muslim world back?

Quote (another directly from Boris’s writing):

‘There must be something about Islam that indeed helps to explain why there was no rise of the bourgeoisie, no liberal capitalism and therefore no spread of democracy in the Muslim world.

‘It is extraordinary to think that under the Roman/Byzantine empire, the city of Constantinople kept the candle of learning alight for a thousand years, and that under Ottoman rule, the first printing press was not seen in Istanbul until the middle of the nineteenth century. Something caused them to be literally centuries behind.’

Some very good news this week on the Islamophobia front, about a case we mentioned in a recent roundup. From the National Secular Society:

Employee sacked for sharing clip mocking religion is reinstated

He had been sacked from the Asda supermarket chain for sharing a Billy Connolly stand-up segment on his Facebook page.

1984 IS HERE

From the Register:

Those facial recognition trials in the UK? They should be banned, warns Parliamentary committee


From Steyn Online:

Censorship Over Cocktails

From the Gatestone Institute (last week):

UN Launches All-out War on Free Speech


From the Express:

BBC fury: ‘What are they thinking’ – broadcaster savaged after Britbox launch

Also from the Express:

BBC licence fee enforcement: Over-75s facing ‘home visits’ to make them pay up

From Jihad Watch:

BBC’s Islamic propaganda: UK TV show features character converting to Islam “and its positive impact on his life”

Andrew Neil bowed out from presenting the This Week program. From the BBC:

This Week: ‘The end of an error’


This is from order-order (the title seems to be misleading because the Guardian met the deadline for withdrawing the offending material):

Sexist Smearing of Oakeshott Costs Guardian Five-Figure Sum

The offending article in the Guardian had this note:

Note added 19 July 2019: This satirical sketch originally included a comment – fictitious, of course – which could have been interpreted asbeing of a sexual and vulgar nature about Isabel Oakeshott. Although this was not our intention, we acknowledge the potential for distress and misinterpretation and we apologise to her for any distress this has caused.


From the Daily Mail:

Foreign doctors are revealed to be behind 60% of all sex assaults on patients – but NHS wants fewer of them taken to disciplinary hearings

A claim from order-order:

NHS Gave Hard-Left Tory-Bashing Think Tank Over Half-a-Million Pounds


From Breitbart:

Doctors Without Borders Tells Germany to Take Thousands of Migrants from Libya


From Breitbart:

Salvini Furious After Paris Gives Medal and Cash to Migrant Ship Captain


From Jihad Watch:

Libyan leader threatens EU with 800,000 more migrants, including “criminals and terrorists”


From Voice of Europe:

Poland refuses to hand over Christian man who fled from Sweden after authorities put his daughters in Muslim foster family


From Breitbart:

No Deal: Trump Cancels Sale of U.S. F-35 Fighter Jets to Turkey


From Breitbart:

Reports: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Seizes British Tanker – UPDATE: Second Ship Seized

From the Sun:

‘IRAN IS IN BIG TROUBLE’ Donald Trump deploys troops to Saudi Arabia after vowing to stand up for UK over Iran’s seizure of two British oil tankers


From Memri TV:

Senior Hamas Official Fathi Hammad: We Will Cleanse Palestine of the Filth of the Jews, Heal the Nation of the Jewish Cancer; Netanyahu, Lieberman, We Are Coming to Chop Off Your Heads! pic.twitter.com/PCs9fOgbYF

— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) July 19, 2018


Facebook board member Peter Thiel is calling for the FBI to investigate Google over their “seemingly treasonous links to China”. From Fox News (via Vlad Tepes’s blog):

Jack Keane ‘confident’ FBI is already watching Google

Peter Thiel states that Google employees refused to work with the US government on Project Maven a defence project, but were happy to work with the Chinese. Jack Keane who is also interviewed in the above link is a retired 4 star general and defence analyst, and he says he shares Mr. Thiel’s concern. Vlad Tepes’s blog also draws our attention to this clip:

Ted Cruz Makes Google Exec Squirm Over Conservative Censorship


More evidence of rising far-left extremism, this time from the US. According to Jonathan Turley’s blog:

Washington Attacker On Immigration Center Was An Antifa Member and Featured On CNN


From the Gateway Pundit:

TRUMP IS RIGHT: Democrat Internal Poll Shows Only 22% Favorable Rating for Socialist Nut AOC and ONLY 9% Approval of Ilhan Omar

A tweet from the President:

If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019


From Fox News (via Vlad Tepes’s blog):

LIVE: President Trump on freedom of religion


From Jihad Watch:

Trump steps in to save Christians and Yazidis from extinction by jihadists

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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