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

by The Participator – 15 Mar 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.


Whatever the truth about the seriousness of the virus outbreak, it is becoming increasingly clear that the world is entering a crisis, possibly an unnecessary one depending on your point of view. A statement from the UK Government:

There were quite a few other announcements about UK Government policy. From the BBC:

The local elections affected will include the London Mayoral election according to the above article.

The streets of Rome are pretty much deserted it seems, except for police and military personnel. From Breitbart:

On Monday, planes were still arriving in the UK from Italy. From the Telegraph:

By the end of the week, Spain and France were also "on lockdown". From the Times:

Scenes of panic buying were shared on social media, many were mystified by the fact that people were buying toilet paper in large quantities. From the BBC:

The EU reacted to President Trump's announcement of a travel ban to Europe (it was later extended to include the UK). From Breitbart:

The economic impact was beginning to affect the financial markets. From the Express:

From the Telegraph:

However other factors may have been at work in the oil price crash. From the Telegraph:

A chart is available here at Oilprice:


The Chancellor came under fire from many on the right who complained that the budget was too left-wing. From order-order:


From the Telegraph:


A petition was signed over 100,000 times so it had to be considered for parliamentary debate. From the BBC:

From Politicalite:

From the Independent:

From the BBC:

According to the above article, former Det Ch Insp Mark Glover, who had led Operation Bullfinch, said:

"There are a lot of men who have escaped justice," he said.

John Ward of The Slog offers an intriguing explanation as to why the rape gangs report has not been released, which involves the Prime Minister. Please note that we have not had time to verify the claim, but please let us know in the comments below if you can shed any light on the truth of it:


Ever wonder where those billions in foreign aid were going? One use of the funds is apparently to fund jihadi textbooks in schools in Palestine. From the Daily Mail:


From the Times:


From the Times:

A new kind of crime was recorded this week. From the Metro:


An astonishing tweet from the Home Office:


“No one should be abused and insulted because of the way they look. If you are - it's a hate crime. Together with @FaceEquality, we are working to stamp out this crime for good. https://t.co/GiHb9qnHST”

A little bit of good news on the free speech front this week however, as Laurence Fox receives an apology from Equity. From the London Evening Standard:

A tweet from Equity:


“On 17 January a series of tweets were posted by the @EquityMEM Twitter account about Laurence Fox's appearance on BBC Question Time. We are sorry that in the tweets he was called a 'disgrace' by Equity. Please read Equity's full statement. https://t.co/NlW8f88iRs”



“@EquityUK It is with deep regret that, following @EquityUK’s statement this morning, all members of Equity’s recently renamed Race Equality Committee (formerly the Equity Minority Ethnic Members Committee) feel we have no choice but to resign as committee members.”


Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), has been suspended from the Labour Party following accusations of Islamophobia and racism, for comments made years ago. From LBC (includes a 5 minute interview clip):

Trevor Phillips and others suspect that this is a pre-emptive attempt to counteract an investigation by the EHRC into anti-semitism in the Labour Party.

Leadership contender Lisa Nandy said she was "troubled" by the comments. From the Mirror:

Leadership front-runner was apparently silent however. From the Times:

That wasn't the only issue Keir Starmer couldn't make his mind up about. From the Guardian:

Phillips was originally instrumental in the introduction of the word Islamophobia into the public discourse in the UK, a fact that caused some to comment that he had been 'hoist by his own petard'. An article by Douglas Murray made a similar point 4 years ago. From the Spectator (2016):

Mr Murray also predicted in the above article that eventually Mr Phillips would start to complain about immigration from Muslim countries, again ten years after it was too late to do anything about it.

Also in Labour Party news, a statement from Muslim Labour MP Zarah Sultana was triggering for some:


“Muslim Labour MP Zarah Sultana calls for the UK to take in our "fair share" of 5.5 million Syrians. She doesn't mention that the vast majority of migrants on the Greece-Turkey border are Muslim males of fighting age. Only 4% of them are Syrian. Who do Labour really represent? https://t.co/Jb5txBXwrv”

Ms Sultana also commented on the decision of the House of Commons to trial the serving of Halal and Kosher food. From Jewish News:


From order-order:


From the Telegraph:


The other major crisis, the one at the border between Turkey and Greece, seems to be escalating at the moment. Footage in this tweet shows Turkish police, on the same side of the fence as the migrants, firing teargas over the fence at the border guards on the Greek side:


“This shows how Turkish authorities haven't just granted the migrant masses on their way to Europe free passage BUT ARE ACTIVELY AIDING THE MIGRANTS IN THEIR ATTACKS ON THE GREEK BORDER! Migrants try to tear down down the Greek border fence, Turkish police provides covering fire! https://t.co/Y8BUDipdTr”

From Breitbart:

Fires were lit next to the border fence.


“Migrants setting fires along the Greek border fence to weaken the metal so that they will be able to break through and storm the border of Greece/Europe/Christianity https://t.co/pnSjeggiP4”

In the next tweet we see footage of migrants pulling down the border fence:


“Migrant crowds try to tear down the Greek border fence while being covered by the Turkish border guards who shot tear gas cannisters at the Greek border guards #GreeceUnderAttack #IstandWithGreece https://t.co/WD9IoQ6Ynj”

From Jihad Watch:

The numbers of genuine refugees among the migrants has been widely questioned. From Breitbart:

The EU considered giving yet more money to appease the Turkish Government. From the Telegraph:

Some of the migrants are also to be given payments directly according to Euronews:

The Turkish Government showed no signs of being appeased. From Breitbart:

From the Daily Mail:

The Bulgarians lent a hand to the Greeks apparently by releasing the water from a large reservoir (video footage in this tweet):


“Bulgaria releasing the dam water to flood the Evros river to assist Greece in defending Europe from Islamist Erdo?an's migrant invasion. https://t.co/sk8U9fkFA8”

From the Voice of Europe:

Many European politicians still want to accept more of the migrants however. From the Voice of Europe:

The Greeks might have thought they should have had a seat at the table in talks, but it seems they were not invited, at least according to this article from Jihad Watch:

Pressure (from the usual suspects) on Europeans to accept more migrants also continued. From Reuters:

The death of Aylan Kurdi, the migrant boy who drowned and whose image appeared widely in the Western media, has led to a court case in Turkey. From the New York Times:


From Jihad Watch:


Meanwhile, in the US:


“HAMAS-Linked CAIR Victory: Islamization of New Jersey! Paterson, City Council ordinance will allow mosques to broadcast "Call to Prayer" 5xs a day, 7 days a week. Ex-imam says Call to Prayer "states everyone should submit to Islam & proclaims power and control over the area" https://t.co/p6rt1312BR”


In spite of his increasingly incoherent public appearances, Joe Biden is doing well in the primaries. From the Guardian:

From the American Thinker:

The above article speculates that Hillary Clinton might take his place ...

Meanwhile Biden's brother was caught up in controversy. From the Daily Mail:


Finally to end on a more upbeat note, in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis apartment dwellers in Italy have been coming out onto their balconies to sing, play the accordian and some rhythm was provided on tambourines (video clips in these tweets).


“Sicily has figured out this whole self-isolation thing. #COVID19 #CoronavirusPandemic https://t.co/93whPVtQcR”

Also trumpets were played in one locality:


“Da brividi... ?? #RadioSavana #CoronaVirus https://t.co/RncWV2Z4IU”

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