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Weekly Roundup Of News And Opinion - w/e 14 December

by The Participator – 15 Dec 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. Please remember this is not intended to be a comprehensive news round up.


The Conservatives secured a clear majority winning 365 seats to Labour's 203. The SNP won 48 seats (up 13) and the Liberal Democrats were down one seat to 11 seats. The Brexit Party didn't win any seats. From the BBC:

The Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson lost her seat. From the Express:

Prominent Remainer Dominic Grieve lost his seat, as did all those who changed party recently apparently, including Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna. From order-order:

The Conservatives made gains in the Labour heartlands, long term feature of the House of Commons Dennis Skinner lost his seat. From the Daily Mail:

A record number of female MPs were elected. From the Telegraph:

The Antifa mob were out in force to protest against the democratic result. From the Express:

Video footage of the protests can be seen in these tweets:


“They had their chance to protest on Thursday, at the ballot box. Now that the country has disagreed with them they think it’s fine to attack men and women in our police force. This is absolutely disgusting. They’re not anti-fascists, they are fascists. https://t.co/nQf9mRCVK9”


“Labour party trying to get to @Jacob_Rees_Mogg house. Police kettled then before they could get there https://t.co/sx34tYGokV”

One protestor appeared to be inciting murder, will he be prosecuted?


“One of the protesters wearing a "kill Tories now" hoodie! A kinder, gentler politics.”

More on this story from Breitbart:

Protestors with a banner saying "No to Islamophobia"


“Funnily enough no matter how many times you scream “Boris Johnson is not my Prime Minister” it doesn’t change the fact that he is! Don’t like it then move to a tolerant communist nation, I suggest China or North Korea https://t.co/60MuMDJae9”

One protestor said she wanted to be a doctor (after wishing a slow and painful death on Boris Johnson):


“She wants to work in the National Health Service and also wishes someone a "horrible death." I don't think those two really fit. https://t.co/aBjMZhm7Ml”

Jess Phillips (now a leadership contender for the Labour Party apparently), was involved in controversy. From the Birmingham Mail:


From the Telegraph:


... the Conservatives have hinted they also have some non-policy plans for government, such as a decriminalisation of non-payment of the licence fee and a review of Channel 4's public broadcaster status.

This next article features a short clip of Boris speaking on the subject. From order-order:

From the Express:

From the Daily Mail:

Not quite an election pledge as it came from the PM's father. From the London Evening Standard:


From the Express:

Possibly a slight change in tone from the EU following the Conservatives' victory? From the Express:

From the Express:


It's the end of the road for Jeremy Corbyn. From the Express:

Speculation about who will replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader has already begun. From the BBC:

According to the article, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has ruled himself out. Emily Thornberry is shown prominently at the front of the picture in the above article, has the BBC already decided who the next Labour leader should be? Please share your thoughts about the BBC in the comment section below.

Given some of the things that candidates apparently said about their own voters it is perhaps surprising that Labour even got as many votes as they did. From order-order:

Emily Thornberry clearly has a talent for diplomacy. From the Express:

Candidates in Corbyn's Labour apparently drew inspiration from some very extreme sources. From Harry's Place:

Will tears be shed for Labour's loss? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.From order-order:

Will a spotlight now be shone on the Momentum activist group? From the Express:

Judging by some of the claims being made about their activities, it may be high time. From order-order:

A report about a suspected acid attack on a Tory campaigner turned out to be a false alarm, it was only perfume but the victim no doubt suffered some psychological trauma. From order-order:

From order-order:


In the run-up to the election, the mainstream media made much of an incident where Boris Johnson was confronted with a picture of a boy lying on a hospital floor. Many on social media subsequently challenged the story.From the BBC:


The PM was criticised after refusing to look at a photo of a boy being treated on the floor of a Leeds hospital - here's what happened.

From the Yorkshire Evening Post:

Jeremy Corbyn used the image in his campaigning:


“This is the picture Boris Johnson didn't want to look at and doesn’t want you to see.”

Many mocked the picture:


“I was left like this on a stairwell for 3.5 years waiting for Brexit. NO BEDS! Thank you to the homeless man who covered my foof with a flag #FloorPics”

The UK public has by now become used to a certain bias in the media, but which side of the political spectrum is the media biased towards? Let us know in the comments below. From order-order:

From the Express:


From LBC:

From the East London Advertiser:

From Breitbart:

From the Daily Mail:


From the Telegraph:

From the Daily Mail:

From the Times:

From Kent Live:

Opinion from the American Thinker:



“Germans are furious after yet another senseless murder A firefighter was beaten to death in front of his girlfriend by a youth gang while visiting one of those famous #ChristmasMarkets in the city of #Augsburg 7 young men have been arrested These things don't happen in #Poland https://t.co/As6c223RWB”

From Breitbart:

From Vlad Tepes's blog:


From the BBC:

From the Guardian:


De facto PM defends actions of government, saying attacks were initiated by insurgents


Finally we leave you with a heart-warming Christmas video from Hungary. From Vlad Tepes's blog:

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