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Weekly Roundup Of News And Opinion - w/e 15 February

by The Participator – 16 Feb 2020

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 CAMPAIGN AGAINST THOUGHT POLICING

A victory in the campaign against thought policing this week, Harry Miller wins his case. From the Times:

According to Hull Daily it's only a partial victory however:

Quote:

Mr Justice Julian Knowles rejected a wider challenge to the lawfulness of the College of Police guidance, ruling that it "serves legitimate purposes and is not disproportionate".

The point that Harry Miller made in an interview that we shared recently is now making headlines, the point being that even the logging of a "crime-non-crime" "hate incident" can create difficulties for people when they are looking for work. From the Telegraph:

It wasn't all good news on the thought policing front however. The Spectator draws our attention to the fact that it is now a year since Boris Johnson criticized the way police were arresting "transphobes on Twitter" rather than tackling knife crime, yet a mother of two was found guilty on Friday under the Communications Act 2003 for some "rude tweets". From the Spectator:

Another campaigner sticks his head above the parapet:

Quote:

“Father Ted writer Graham Linehan says his online campaign against what he calls ‘trans rights activists’ has made him the ‘most hated man on the internet’. Tonight, we'll ask him if his 'forceful' posting undermines the arguments he wants to make? #Newsnight | 22.30 | @Glinner”

Opinion from Douglas Murray writing at the Spectator:

Meanwhile in France:

She says she has been threatened with being buried alive and now also lives in fear of acid attacks.


CABINET RESHUFFLE

From Reuters:

He was replaced as Chancellor by Rishi Sunak. From the Express:

Geoffrey Cox is no longer the Attorney General:

Quote:

“Suella Braverman MP @SuellaBraverman has been appointed Attorney General @attorneygeneral. She will attend Cabinet.”

From the Express:

The Guardian made this claim:

From the Express:

According to the above article, the PM was not happy when Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith sanctioned the prosecution of former soldiers who had served in Northern Ireland.

Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom, James Cleverly, and Theresa Villiers also left the cabinet. From order-order:


HUAWEI 5G DEAL

Opinion from the Telegraph:

From Breitbart:


HS2

From the Telegraph:

From the Express, a calculation of the predicted cost per taxpayer:


BBC NEWS (NEWS ABOUT THE BBC)

From the Daily Mail:

The media knives are out for Dominic Cummings. From the Daily Mail:

There were quite a few negative reactions to this announcement from the BBC:

Quote:

“BBC Studios’ Science Unit announces series with Greta Thunberg. @bbcstudios’ award winning Science Unit announces a brand new series with Swedish environmental activist @GretaThunberg at Showcase 2020 event. https://t.co/9Xgx3bs8Kw”

From inews:


LABOUR PARTY NEWS

From the Daily Mail:

From Christians United For Israel:

Flashback to an article from the Daily Mail (2015):

From the Times:


LONDON MAYOR ELECTION

From Vote Watch:


MIGRANT CRISIS - UK

From the Daily Mail:

A battle raged in the courts over the attempt to deport offenders to Jamaica. From the Daily Mail:

Quote from the new chancellor Rishi Sunak:

'Many of these people have committed crimes such as manslaughter, rape, other very serious offences,'

The deportation was challenged apparently on the grounds that they hadn't been able to obtain proper legal advice (due to a malfunctioning mobile phone mast), Lady Justice Simler apparently said the convicts should not be returned unless they:

“had access to a functioning, non-O2 SIM card on or before 3 February”

From the Daily Mail:

Eventually the flight left however, although according to the Express some of those due to be deported were not on the flight:

From the Daily Mail:

From the Express:

From Essex Live:

Many were speculating about the possible motivations behind a proposal to do away with the census. From the BBC:


JIHAD NEWS - UK

A judgement last week caught the attention of Jihad Watch:

From the Daily Mail:

From the Daily Mail:


CRIME WAVE - UK

From Chronicle Live:

From Breitbart:

From the Mirror:

From Fox News:

From the Express:


ARMED FORCES NEWS

From Plymouth Live:


CORONAVIRUS SCARE

From the Telegraph:

Footage was shared on social media that appears to show huge numbers of animals being buried alive (trigger warning for animal lovers):

Quote:

“China killed Millions of Animals due to #CoronaVirus #CoronavirusOutbreak #coronaviruschina https://t.co/DzHyBfQH4e”


EXTINCTION CELEBRATION

Six activists were freed with conditional discharges. From the Mirror (last week):

Some were again questioning the sanity of some of the protestors (video clip in this tweet):

Quote:

“I’m going to tell my kids this is what university and drugs does to you. (If I feel safer enough to have them in a few years)https://t.co/3aPwIT6T6h”


DIVERSITY AGENDA

There was quite a lot of commentary on social media about Sadiq Khan's apparently biased attitude to posters on the London Underground:

Quote:

"Sadiq Khan: Six BAME models in their pants on a Tube ad = "empowering... inclusive" Also Sadiq Khan: One white woman in a bikini on a Tube ad = "demeaning... body shaming... it's high time it came to an end""

From the Express:

From Summit News:


THE SUSSEXES

International banking experts Meghan and Harry earned £400k for a speaking at a banking summit according to the Mirror:


IRELAND ELECTIONS

From the Express:


GEERT WILDERS ON TRIAL

According to this next article, Netherlands PM Mark Rutte was involved in the decision to prosecute Geert Wilders. From Gatestone Institute:


JIHAD NEWS - FRANCE

From Jihad Watch:


ANTIFA INTIMIDATION IN FRANCE

Quote:

“In Toulouse, France, violent antifa militants try to smash up and ignite the venue hosting an event featuring politician Robert Ménard and writer François Bousquet. https://t.co/nGtSs1NAiC”


POLITICAL UPHEAVAL - GERMANY

From the Express:

Opinion from spiked-online:


MIGRANT CRISIS - ITALY

From Euro News:


MIGRANT CRISIS - HUNGARY

From Breitbart:


SLOVAKIA'S PROGRESSIVE PRESIDENT

From the Voice of Europe:


JIHAD NEWS - AFRICA

From Jihad Watch:


NEW YORK MAYOR CRITICIZED BY POLICE UNION AFTER POLICEMEN SHOT

From the Gateway Pundit:


MILTON KEYNES WAS A GREAT ECONOMIST?

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives a lesson in economics:

Quote:

“My favorite economist: MILTON KEYNES https://t.co/omexQZrxWN”

Of course in reality Milton Keynes is a town in England.


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF SILLY WALKS

Last week we had an announcement from the Ministry of Sex Equality, this week the Ministry of Silly Walks announces there is a new app to help people practice their silly walks:


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