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Fraud in UK at Level Where It 

‘Poses National Security Threat’

September 22nd, 1:28pm (FNA)

 

 Fraud in the UK has risen to a level where it poses a 

“national security threat”, according to the main 

banking body, with £754mln stolen from bank 

customers during the first half of this year – 

a 30% rise on the same period in 2020.

 

UK Finance said fraudsters had capitalised on the 

coronavirus pandemic, with criminals targeting 

children as young as 14, via social media,
to
 become money mules, The 

Guardian reported.

 

Losses from bank transfer scams leapt by 71% to £355mln

 during the first half of the year – almost £2mln a day. 

There were a total of 106,164 cases of such fraud, 

equivalent to 12 people being defrauded every

 half an hour.

 

There had also been a notable increase in the use of 

cryptocurrency wallets, to quickly move stolen 

money outside the banking system.

 

Consumer bodies say banks often wrongly try to pin 

the blame for fraud on their customers. However,
UK 
Finance, said much of the criminal activity
was 
taking place outside the banking system
and 
called on the big tech companies to do
more 
to clamp down on the fraud being 

perpetrated on their platforms.

 

The consumer body Which? described
the sums
 lost during the pandemic
as “a staggering amount”.

 

In previous years, the largest losses have involved debit 

and credit cards being used to commit fraud, but this

 year scammers focused their activity on authorised

 push payment fraud.

 

This often involves email accounts being hacked in order 

to trick individuals and businesses into sending money 

to bank accounts operated by criminals posing as 

genuine customers.

 

It sometimes involves people who are buying a property 

or having building work done and need to make a 

sizeable payment as a result, although it also 

includes many cases where criminals pose 

as delivery companies, people looking
for 
romance, or investment firms.

 

Impersonation scams ---- where criminals seized on people’s

fears about the pandemic, and pretended to be from trusted

organisations such as the NHS or government departments 

in order to send out scam texts and emails – were up 123% 

in the first six months of 2021, compared with the same 

period last year.

 

Investment scam losses, meanwhile, were up 95% as criminals

 exploited the low interest rate environment to post adverts on

 social media offering high returns.

 

“We also saw changes in how criminals moved stolen money,” 

UK Finance said, adding, “They targeted people as young as 

14 via social media platforms to become money mules, 

where their bank account is used to launder 

stolen money.”

 

It went on to say that “fraud is now at a level 

where it poses a national security threat”.

 

UK Finance is demanding government-coordinated action across

 all sectors to tackle the problem, including ensuring that all 

economic crime is brought within the scope of the online 

safety bill.

 

Which? said most of the money lost by bank transfer 

scam victims, was still not being reimbursed.

 

 “This shameful situation raises serious questions about the 

payment regulator’s response and the behaviour of banks

 that all too often wrongly try to pin the blame on their 

customers,” it added.

 

 

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‘World on the edge of an abyss,’ UN 

Secretary General Guterres warns

September 21st, 6:25pm (PressTV)

 

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres 

has warned global leaders, that today’s world is the 

most threatened and divided one, as “we face the 

greatest cascade of crises in our lifetime.”

 

Addressing the annual U.N. General Assembly’s gathering 

of world leaders in New York, Guterres said... “We are on 

the edge of an abyss and moving in the wrong direction,” 

adding that there are “supersized glaring inequalities” 

sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

He blamed the world for the unfair distribution of the COVID-19 

vaccine, saying that the majority of the wealthier world are 

immunized, while more than 90% of Africa, has not even

 received one dose.

 

"This is a moral indictment of the state of our world. It is an 

obscenity. We passed the science test. But we are getting 

an F in Ethics," Guterres told the UN General Assembly.

 

The UN chief also pointed to the turmoil in Afghanistan and 

Yemen which hindered global peace, & a wave of mistrust 

and misinformation “polarizing people and paralyzing 

societies,” and complained that the solidarity of 

nations to tackle these crises “is missing in 

action -- just when we need it most.”

 

Guterres said that people may not only lose trust in government 

and institutions, but also in basic values “when they see 

billionaire’s joyriding to space, while millions go 

hungry on earth.”

 

He urged world leaders, specifically the United States and China, 

to engage in dialogue in order to bridge gaps to promote peace, 

warning of an increasingly divided world.

 

“I fear our world is creeping towards two different sets of economic,

 trade, financial and technology rules, two divergent approaches in

 the development of artificial intelligence -- and ultimately two 

different military and geopolitical strategies,” 

Guterres lamented.

 

“This is a recipe for trouble. It will be far less predictable than the

 Cold War. To restore trust and inspire hope, we need cooperation.”

 

Last year, no leader personally attended the UN Assembly, due to

 COVID-19, but this year, about two-thirds of the 193 member 

states have traveled to New York to attend the meeting...

 which ends on September 27th.

 

 

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Palestine accuses Israel
of hindering peace

 September 21st, 12:45pm (Prensa Latina) 

 

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh denounced

 that the Israeli government's agenda seeks to expand its 

settlements, seize other lands and abolish the 

geographical base of a future State for

 his people.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's refusal to meet with 

President Mahmoud Abbas, resume peace negotiations

 and create a Palestinian State, shows that he is not 

interested in peace, Shtayyeh said at a meeting 

with the cabinet.

 

Given this situation, the official called on the international 

community to take actions to curb Tel Aviv's agenda.

 

Last month, during his visit to the United States, Bennett 

expressed his refusal to meet with Palestinian top

 leaders and create a State for that people.

 

Known for his right-wing and ultranationalist positions, the

 leader of the Yamina party told The New York Times that

 there would be no solution to the conflict in the 

foreseeable future.

 

A week later, the prime minister ratified his stance during 

a video conference with leaders of Jewish-American

 organizations.

 

He justified his position based on Abbas's decision 

to support the investigations carried out by the

 International Criminal Court into the crimes 

committed by Tel Aviv in the Gaza Strip 

and the West Bank, including 

eastern Jerusalem.

 

 

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Prince Andrew’s Lawyer 

Reportedly Served With 

Sexual Assault Suit Papers

Sepember 21st, 6:34am (Sputnik)

 

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, an alleged Jeffrey Epstein victim,

 claims she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew, 

on three occasions when she was 17 and is currently 

suing him for battery and the infliction of emotional 

distress. However, the sides have been wrangling..
over whether the British 
royal has been properly
served 
with documents in the case.

 

Prince Andrew has been served with a civil sexual assault 

lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre, after the relevant 

legal papers were delivered to his US lawyer, reports 

The Guardian, citing court records.

 

The summons and complaint papers were sent by the accuser’s

 legal team via email on September 17th, and by FedEx to the 

Duke of York's Los Angeles-based attorney Andrew Brettler 

on Monday, according to his accuser’s legal team.

 

The physical papers were left at the front desk of Brettler’s office, 

Lavely & Singer, according to the FedEx receipt cited in the 

court filing.


“Pursuant to Judge Kaplan’s September 16th, 2021, order... 

granting Plaintiff’s motion for alternate service (attached),

I am serving by email the Summons and Complaint in the 

above-captioned matter, on you, in your capacity as 

counsel for the Defendant, Prince Andrew, the 

Duke of York,” stated the email sent to the 

disgraced royal’s lawyer.

 

According to the court filing, papers were also sent “to the 

designated central authority of the United Kingdom on the 

court’s behalf”, in other words, the Royal Courts of 

Justice, in London. A spokeswoman for Prince 

Andrew, 61, was cited as saying the royal, 

who is reportedly, staying at the Queen's 

Scottish holiday estate, Balmoral, will 

not be making an official comment 

regarding the update in the 

legal case.

 

'Hide and Seek' Over Notification

 

The developments follow an earlier dispute over whether 

Prince Andrew had been 'properly served' with the legal 

papers, in the civil lawsuit filed against him. The legal 

team of his accuser, Virginia Giuffre (née Roberts), 

had argued that a copy of the lawsuit had earlier 

been left with a Metropolitan Police officer on 

duty at the main gates of the Duke’s home
at 
Royal Lodge, Windsor Great Park,
on 
August 27th, at 9.30am.

 

However, the embattled royal’s lawyers contested whether 

he has been officially notified. The Duke of York’s lawyer 

also slammed the lawsuit -- as “baseless, non-viable and 

potentially unlawful”. Giuffre's legal team accused the

 prince, of engaging in a "game of hide and seek 

behind palace walls" to dodge the
legal papers.

 

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, 38, has filed a civil complaint against 

Prince Andrew in the United States, following sworn testimony

that she was several times trafficked out by the late convicted 

pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to have sex with him in 2001 while 

she was a minor. Now a married mother-of-three living in 

Australia, Giuffre is accusing the royal of battery and 

intentional infliction of emotional distress over 

alleged misconduct at the London home of 

Epstein’s alleged “pimp”, Ghislaine 

Maxwell, in New York, and in the

 US Virgin Islands on Epstein’s 

private island, Little 

Saint James.

 

Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-lover Maxwell is currently in a Brooklyn jail 

awaiting a November trial on grooming and sex-trafficking 

charges. Epstein died in a New York jail cell in 2019 after 

being charged with multiple child sex offences, with his 

death officially ruled as a suicide. Prince Andrew has 

dismissed all the allegations against him.

 

In a November 2019 “car crash” BBC interview, he ventured 

to defend his friendship with the late tycoon Jeffrey Epstein.

 

While denying Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s claims, the royal had

 insisted he had “no recollection” of ever meeting the woman.


 In the wake of the clumsy interview, however, Prince Andrew 

was compelled to retire from royal duties.

 


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UK health minister says govt
will NOT introduce Covid 

vaccine passports, 

lockdowns over

Christmas unlikely

September 12th, 11:16am (RT)

 

UK Health Minister Sajid Javid announced on Sunday 

that the government would not be introducing Covid

-19 passports after a review on the matter and that

 it was not anticipating any more lockdowns.

 

During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, 

Javid told host Nick Robinson that Brits would “get 

Christmas” this year – unlike in 2020, when 

families across the UK were told to stay 

apart from each other over the holiday 

season and celebrate virtually.

 

Javid declared he was “not anticipating any more lock-

downs” over the autumn and winter period.. claiming 

he could not “see how we get to another lockdown.” 

The minister added, however, that it “would be 

irresponsible for any health minister around 

the world to take everything off the table.”

 

Javid also announced on Sunday that the government 

would be ditching its plan to introduce a domestic 

Covid-19 vaccine passport... for the time being.

 

“We just shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it or 

because others are doing it,” Javid argued, noting

 that “most people instinctively don’t like the idea” 

of having to show documentation to do every-

day errands.

 

“What I can say is that we’ve looked at it properly, and 

whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential 

option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be 

going ahead with plans for vaccine 

passports,” he said.

 

After Robinson pointed out that several ministers – 

including the Covid-19 vaccine minister, Nadhim 

Zahawi – had said just several days ago that 

vaccine passports ''would be'' implemented 

in the near future, and that it was the right

thing to do, Javid rejected the suggestion 

that a U-turn had happened in response

 to rebellious, anti-restriction 

Conservative Party back-

bencher MPs.

 

“Many countries at the time they implemented it was 

to try and boost their vaccination rates and you can

 understand why they might have done that,” Javid 

explained. “We’ve been very successful with our 

vaccination rates so far.”

 

There are 43.89 million people in the UK fully vaccinated 

against Covid-19, while 48 million... have received at

 least one dose, according to government statistics.

 

According to The New York Times’ calculations, 66% 

of the UK is fully vaccinated, making it the 17th 

most vaccinated country, overall.

 

 

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Top CEOs in UK make more a year
than average worker 
gets in a
lifetime – study

August 21st, 8:19am (RT)



The average CEO’s yearly income in the UK is 86 times 

that of the average full-time worker, a new study has 

found, even after CEO paychecks were slashed 

during the Covid-19 pandemic.




According to the High Pay Centre, a UK think tank 

researching business performance... the average

 FTSE 100 CEO made $3.7 million (£2.69 million) 

in 2020. This is 86 times the annual earnings
of
 the average full-time worker in Britain – 

$42,900 (£31,500).




The average CEO’s paycheck, declined by 17%, in 2020, 

compared with the $4.43 million recorded in 2019. The 

think tank links the plunge with the Covid-19 pandemic.




“Undoubtedly, this lower level of pay is largely a 

consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the

 resulting economic shutdown. The pandemic 

has had a major impact on companies’ 

performance, albeit to varying 

degrees, depending upon 

the sector in question.




“As performance-related pay tends to be tied to financial 

metrics...  such as returns to shareholders, or company 

earnings, executive pay has fallen as a consequence,” 

it stated in a report published this week.




According to the findings, the highest-paid CEO, made a 

total of $21.05 million in 2020 at AstraZeneca, a British-

Swedish multinational pharmaceutical & biotechnology 

company and the developer of the Covid-19 vaccine 

Vaxzevria. This is roughly 500 times the pay of

 the average UK worker, and 197 times the 

salary of the median UK employee of 

AstraZeneca.




“Very high CEO pay reflects a wider gap between rich and 

poor in the UK, than in most other European countries,” 

according to High Pay Centre director, Luke Hildyard.




“The inequalities exposed by the pandemic and the volume

 of public money used to protect large businesses, could 

strengthen the argument for measures to contain top 

pay and rebalance extreme income differences,” 

he said.




The GMB union, the UK’s general trade union, which has 

more than 600,000 members, voiced similar concerns.




“The pandemic has highlighted the massive inequalities 

that exist in our society. If this government is serious 

about a levelling up agenda, ministers must make 

sure our National Health Service and local 

government workers get a proper pay 

rise – while legislating to close the 

obscene pay gap in the private 

sector” the GMB general sec.

Gary Smith, emphasised..
as cited 
by the Guardian.






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Public outcry over 

further deportations 

of Jamaicans from UK

August 11th, 9:33am (PressTV)

 

 

The move to deport a further group of Jamaicans from the UK

 has caused an outcry among migrant rights advocates who 

say the move is unfair and politically motivated.

 

Most significantly this is a reversal of an earlier agreement 

between the UK and Jamaican governments not to deport 

anyone who arrived in the UK, when underage.

 

Another episode in the British government's harsh immigration 

policy, a deportation flight planned for August 11th... on board 

are 19 People of Jamaican origin, in this country, for up to 30 

years now.

 

The Home Office, which is responsible for immigration in the UK,

has called those deportees "foreign offenders", people who 

have come here and committed crimes, and should expect

 to be removed.

 

Fury in UK over Govt. plan to deport a number of Jamaicans

 

The UK government is deporting another group of people 

of Jamaican descent to the Caribbean country, which 

has caused an outcry among migrant rights 

advocates, saying the move is unfair
and 
politically motivated.

 

Reversal of agreement between UK
and Jamaica on deportations

 

However, immigrant rights groups, such as the movement for 

justice, say the move is a reversal of an earlier agreement 

between the UK and Jamaican governments, not to 

deport people who arrived in the UK as minors.

 

''These are not people who should be deported, I deal very often 

with people who have lived in the country as children, or who 

have lived here for a very, very, long time, or have been 

convicted of offences that aren't at the most serious 

end of the offences, so I have seen people for low 

level drug dealing, not necessarily condoning it, 

but it is low level drug dealing, there's all sorts 

of ideological and, I suppose, societal issues 

why that sometimes happens to people.''

 

Jacqueline McKenzie, Leigh Day

 and Windrush Justice Project

 

The rebuilders of the UK deported

 

Some are believed to be relatives of the Windrush generation,

 citizens of the British Empire who travelled to Britain 

between 1948 and 1973 after the government called 

on its colonies to send workers to help rebuild the 

country, after World War Two.

 

They came, they rebuilt, now they can go home

 

They came in the 1950s and have really got the short end 

of the stick, and remember their ancestors have already 

been through slavery and colonialism and neo-

colonialism and governorships, and all sorts 

of awful systems that have always placed 

them as second class citizens.

 

Then they came here and they were treated

 as second class citizens.

 

We've seen that with the Windrush scandal, it is their children 

and grandchildren who are now being shackled and put on

 those planes it's a further denigration of their rights.

 

Jacqueline McKenzie, Leigh Day

 and Windrush Justice Project

 

Last year, 50 Britons of Jamaican descent were also forcibly 

removed, many of whom grew up in the UK. The hashtag 

#Jamaica_50 is still trending.

 

People watching, see the way that this government holds
in 
such disrespect, the contribution of West Indian, 

Caribbean, and black people in this country. 

When, when, will Black Lives Matter, 

once again?

 

David Lammy, MP

 

The British government claims the deportations are everything

 to do with public safety or protecting victims. Rights

 campaigners, however, disagree, stating that the 

move is purely racist and political, made by a

 failing government, appealing desperately,

 to its racist base.

 




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UK MPs warn of collapse of 

country’s ‘hollowed out’ 

justice system - due to 

stagnant pay & years
of
 government cuts
in legal aid

July 27th, 3:02pm (RT)




A UK parliamentary committee has warned that the 

country’s “hollowed out” justice system is at risk 

of failure because of poor pay for public defence 

lawyers, for many of whom a career in legal aid

 has become “less attractive.”

 

In a new report, the House of Commons Justice Committee 

has urged the government to consider implementing 

major reforms and conduct a review on how it funds 

legal aid. In this system, the state pays defence 

counsel fees for defendants who cannot 

afford to hire their own lawyer.

 

The report, titled ‘The Future of Legal Aid’, noted that there

 had not been any increase in criminal legal aid fees for 

the past 20 years. This has contributed to a “growing

 imbalance” between the ability of criminal law firms 

to recruit and retain staff – with many preferring to

 join the better-paying Crown Prosecution 

Service (CPS) instead.

 

“It is fundamental to our adversarial justice system that 

criminal defence services have sufficient resources to 

provide high-quality representation to suspects and 

defendants,” noted the MPs who recommended that

 the government should look into linking legal aid 

fees to CPS pay rates.

 

Without significant reform, the report warned of a shortage 

of qualified criminal legal aid lawyers. This “shift in the 

balance” between prosecution and defence could 

“compromise the fairness of the criminal justice 

system,” it added.

 

Committee chairman Bob Neill said years of government cuts 

to reduce the legal aid bill had “hollowed out key parts of the

 justice system.” As a result of fixed fees, he said, the 

number of people receiving legal aid is falling while

 legal aid firms are struggling since the costs

 involved in complex cases cannot 

be covered.

 

“The legal aid system is there to ensure that everyone has 

access to justice. If the most vulnerable in society are 

being left to navigate the justice system on their own 

then fairness is lost and the system has failed,” 

Neill said.

 

The committee also pointed to reports by legal aid providers 

of a “culture of refusal” at the Legal Aid Agency, which is the

 body within the Ministry of Justice that oversees legal aid 

in England and Wales.

 

However, witnesses had told the committee that the agency 

was seen as “the voice of the Government against the 

profession” and looked for the “slightest slip” to 

deny applications for legal aid.

 

The MPs called for “fundamental changes” to the legal aid 

system, which needed to be made “more flexible” to 

ensure that there is a “consistent pipeline of legal

 aid lawyers” to help the most vulnerable.

 

Earlier in the year, a report by the House of Lords Constitution

 Committee had urged the government to increase the legal 

aid budget, which had seen a “radical reduction” by almost 

40% in under a decade.

 

The report said this had - “exacerbated barriers for accessing

 legal representation” and recommended that the government 

increases the legal aid budget to “meet the new challenges for

 access to justice that have arisen during the pandemic.”

 

That report also warned that the funding cuts to courts and

 tribunals had led to a backlog of court cases in England 

and Wales that had reached “crisis levels.”

 

 

 

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Hundreds of children sexually abused 

over several decades in London 

council's care on a scale ‘hard

 to comprehend’ – inquiry

July 27th, 12:58pm (RT)




The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has 

found that more than 700 children in the care of 

London's Lambeth Council were abused for 

several decades, as part of a “toxic 

power game.”

 

In a Tuesday report, the inquiry alleged that children in 

the care of Lambeth Council “were subjected to levels 

of cruelty and sexual abuse that are hard to 

comprehend” at three care homes – 

Shirley Oaks, South Vale, and 

Angell Road: “where violence 

and sexual assault were 

allowed to flourish.”

 

Since the 1960s, Lambeth Council allegedly received 

complaints of sexual abuse from 705 former 

residents of the care homes, however only 

one senior employee” was ever 

disciplined by the council.

 

“The report finds, that the true scale of the sexual abuse 

against children in Lambeth's care will never be known,

 but it is certain to be significantly higher than is 

formally recorded,” declared the inquiry, which

 also alleged that black children in the care of 

the council experienced racism and 

“abusive treatment.”

 

Following the revelation that a child who was found dead 

at Shirley Oaks in 1977... had complained about sexual 

abuse in the care home, the inquiry is now calling on 

the Metropolitan Police --- to consider whether a 

criminal investigation into the circumstances 

surrounding the death, should be launched.

 

Inquiry Chairwoman Alexis Jay – who led the similar 2014 

investigation into Rotherham child sexual abuse, which 

found at least 1,400 victims and implicated members of 

the council – said the children in Lambeth “became 

pawns in a toxic power game” between “the 

Council and central government.”

 

“There was a vicious and regressive culture, for which a 

succession of leading elected members were mainly 

responsible, aided and abetted in some instances 

by self-serving senior officials,” Jay declared, 

adding that the culture “contributed to 

allowing children in their care to 

suffer the most horrendous 

sexual abuse.”

 

Lambeth Council formally apologised, on Tuesday, for its 

failure to protect vulnerable children, with council leader 

Claire Holland, calling the report “deeply shocking.”

 

“On behalf of the council, I want to restate our profound 

and sincere apology, to all victims and survivors of 

abuse and neglect while in Lambeth's care,” she 

said, before going on to blame the “council of

 the past.”

 

Holland argued that while the council accepts its 

“inexcusable failings” and that it “failed so many,”

 there is a “big difference between the council of 

the past with Lambeth of today,” which is a 

“different, more child-focused and positive

 place for young people.”

 

The council also promoted its redress scheme, 

which allows victims of the abuse to apply for

 financial compensation and free counselling.

 

 







Image: John Hughes stamps issued by Donetsk


 


 


DPR Head condoles death of 


coal miners in Sverdlovsk


September 7th, 11:33am (DAN) 


 


Donetsk People’s Republic Head Denis Pushilin 


expressed his condolences on Tuesday to the 


families of the miners who had been killed in 


an accident at a colliery in the Lugansk 


People’s Republic.


 


“The news about the death of nine miners at the 


Krasny Partizan colliery made our hearts ache,”


 Pushilin said. “Together with the miners’ 


relatives we mourn this tragic loss for 


their families, the company and the 


whole Donbass.”


 


The DPR leader called the tragedy 


a misfortune for all people.


 


“The miners risk their lives every time they descend 


down the shaft for the sake of providing electricity 


and heat to our homes and supporting the 


operation of Donbass enterprises. 


Nobody understands the price 


of coal better than us,” the 


DPR leader said.


 


He wished a speedy recovery to the 


workers injured in the accident.


 


The tragedy occurred on Monday evening as a 


mine cage rope snapped. Nine miners were 


reportedly killed and another 19 injured.


 


 


 


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DPR Post issues stamps featuring 



Welsh engineer John Hughes, 

founder of Donetsk

April 2nd, 2021 at 2:28pm

 (DAN news agency) 




The DPR's State Post has issued a postal stamp featuring 

John James Hughes, a Welsh engineer, businessman and 

founder of the city of Donetsk.

 

The stamp is decorated with Donetsk coat-of-arms and 

Hughes portrait. The stamp can be used for registered 

letters with receipt up to 20 gr, in accordance with the 

current fee rate of 44 rubles.

 

The number of copies issued is 30,024.

 

The envelope for the new stamp features pictograms 

representing industrial objects and clippings of 

Donbass geological map.

 

Hughes moved to the Russian Empire, in the summer of 1870, 

at the age of 55, as Millwall Iron Works Company received an 

order, from the Imperial Russian Government, for the plating 

of a naval fortress being built at Kronstadt on the Baltic Sea.

 

He immediately started to build metal works close to the 

river Kalmius, at a site near the village of Alexandrovka.

 

Over the next twenty years, the works prospered and
expanded, 
first under John Hughes and then, after
his death, in 1889, 
under the management of
four of his sons.

 

John Hughes died on June 17th, in 1889,
during 
a business trip to St Petersburg.

 

According to some sources, Hughes taught
himself 
to write, and could only read
capital letters.


 








 



 
Conservatives see support slump 


to lowest since election as Labour 


takes first lead in 2021: Poll


September 10th, 3:04pm (PressTV)


 


National support for the UK Conservative Party has 


slumped to its lowest level since the 2019 general 


election, as the Labour Party has taken a surprise


 lead, a poll shows.


 


According to the results of the latest YouGov poll, 


published on Friday, backing for the Tory Party 


fell five points to 33% while Labour's share 


increased by one point to 35%, after 


Johnson announced a tax rise to 


fund health and social care.


 


The development marks a remarkable turnaround for


Labour, over the summer, having been 18 points


 behind the Tories in a YouGov survey in May.


 


The prime minister this week claimed that the Tories 


are now “the party of the NHS,” but the poll 


suggests voters do not share his view.










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Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary 

Lisa Nandy: Claims Iran Building 

Nukes and Backs Arming Israel 

by James Tweedie

September 2nd, 1:40pm (Sputnik)

 

Israel has long accused Iran of covertly developing 

its own nuclear weapons, in breach of the Nuclear 

Non-Proliferation Treaty and the JCPOA nuclear 

deal with the US, Russia, China, and the 

European Union.

 

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has 

said she opposes a ban on arms sales to Israel - 

claiming Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

 

The Wigan MP made the comments at a Jewish 

Representative Council (JRC) meeting, in her 

hometown of Manchester, on Wednesday.

 

She said neither she, nor Shadow Middle East Minister 

Wayne David, "support the blocking of the sale of 

weapons to Israel that helped it deflect rocket 

attacks" during May's Israeli offensive on the 

besieged Gaza Strip, adding: "Israel has a 

right to defend itself and Israel's citizens 

have a right to live in peace 

and security".

 

"We have to be very cautious in relation to Iran", Nandy 

said. "This is a state that is still using... developing 

nuclear weapons, that has shown no signs of 

dropping their hard-line approach".

 

Nuclear Deal

 

Claims by Israel — the only country in the Middle East that 

reportedly has nuclear arms - that Iran is trying to get the 

bomb, have proven a political obstacle to US President
Joe
 Biden's stated intent to return to the 2015 Joint 

Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal 

with Iran... which his predecessor Donald 

Trump officially withdrew from, in 2018.

 

The JCPOA saw sanctions on Iranian oil exports imposed in
2006, lifted, in return for access to International Atomic 

Energy Agency inspectors to Iranian nuclear facilities.

 

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwah 

or religious judgment against nuclear weapons in the 1990s, 

and has restated that position several times since 2003. But 

in January, the government began enriching uranium to 20 

percent fissile material content — not pure enough for a 

nuclear weapon, but above the level used in most 

power stations.

 

Iran's new conservative President Ebrahim Raisi has taken a 

much harder line with Washington's readmittance to the 

JCPOA, than his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani.

 

Nandy also backed the Conservative government's decision 

to boycott this September's 20th anniversary reconvening 

of the World Conference Against Racism held in the South 

African city of Durban, in 2001, saying: "We shouldn't be 

supporting the promotion of anti-Semitism".

 

The Israeli and the US delegations walked out of the 2001 

conference... in protest...  even after they had forced the 

removal of criticisms of Israel from the final declaration.

 

Solidarity Denied

 

The frontbencher also accused unnamed individuals of 

exploiting the Palestinian struggle for statehood, to 

"spout hate and divide people".

 

Britain's Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is 

organising protests against next week's annual 

Defence and Security Equipment International 

(DSEI) arms fair at London's ExCel convention 

centre, under the slogan: "Stop Arming Israel".

 

Young Labour chair, Jess Barnard, tweeted, on Tuesday, 

that party officials had informed her PSC was effectively 

barred from the Labour conference in Brighton, at the 

end of September — along with former leader and 

Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn.

 

— Jess Barnard (@JessicaLBarnard) August 31, 2021

 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer ordered Corbyn's suspension 

from the party and its parliamentary group, last November... 

after he challenged an Equality and Human Rights 

Commission report, alleging Labour was riddled 

with anti-Semitism.

 

Nandy told Wednesday's meeting that Luciana Berger, one 

of six Labour MPs who defected to the now-defunct anti-

Brexit Change UK party, should be readmitted and 

promptly selected as a parliamentary candidate.

 

"I want her in parliament, because she is one of the best 

MPs we have ever had", she said, of the Jewish former 

party member.

 

 

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 Poor Ken:  Corbyn-Ally 

Director Loach Expelled

 From Labour Party...
in 
Starmer's 'Purge'

by James Tweedie

August 14th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)




The 85-year-old director said he had been expelled 

for... failing to "disown" other targets of Sir Keir 

Starmer's "witch hunt" against left-wingers, 

and that the Labour chief would never

 lead a "party of the people".

 

British left-wing film director Ken Loach has been 

expelled from the Labour Party, for backing other

 targets of leader Sir Keir Starmer's "witch hunt".

 

Loach, a prominent supporter of suspended 

former party leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
tweeted 
the news on Saturday.

 

The "Kes" director hinted that he had joined 

Geronimo the Alpaca on Starmer's hit list, 

for his refusal to "disown" members of 4

left-wing factions banned last month by 

the party leadership — and said former

 director of public prosecutions, Sir 

Keir, was no man of "the people".

 

"Well, I am proud to stand with the good friends and 

comrades victimised by the purge. There is indeed 

a witch hunt", Loach charged. "Starmer and his 

clique will never lead a party of the people. 

We are many, they are few. Solidarity".

 

Labour's top administrative body, the National Executive 

Committee (NEC), agreed, in July, to collectively 

proscribe the groups: Socialist Appeal, Labour 

Against the Witch Hunt, the Labour in Exile 

Network, and Resist — potentially leading 

to the expulsion of some 1,000 party 

members. 

 

At the same time, it emerged the party was laying off 

long-serving staff at its HQ, due to a cash shortage 

caused by the mass exodus of members, while 

also hiring scores of short-term employees, 

to help identify new targets for 

disciplinary action.

 

Corbyn's former shadow home secretary, John 

McDonnell — who is closely associated with 

Socialist Appeal — denounced the 

expulsion of "such a fine

 socialist" as a 

"disgrace". 

 

Yet McDonnell also recently welcomed the defection 

to Labour... of former Conservative MP and 

Parliamentary speaker, John Bercow, 

who was chair of the Conservative 

Students when that organisation 

produced "Hang Nelson 

Mandela" t-shirts.

 

Loach also drew support on Twitter from left-wing

 Labour MPs, trade union leaders, and the former 

Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, 

of the Syriza party.

 

Loach gained fame in the 60s for his "kitchen sink" 

social dramas, such as "Cathy Come Home",
"Poor
 Cow", and "Kes".

 

But his 1995 film "Land and Freedom"... set during the 

Spanish Civil War, was controversial for its sectarian 

claims of atrocities by Soviet-backed Republican 

forces resisting the fascist takeover, led by 

General Francisco Franco - yet glorifying

 the six-day May 1937 Trotskyist POUM 

insurrection in Barcelona, against
the
 Socialist-led government
of 
the republic.

 

Loach's last two films "I, Daniel Blake" and "Sorry We 

Missed You" deal with the lives of a benefit claimant 

and package delivery drivers.

 

The latest polls show Starmer's Labour still trailing 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Tories... by around

 ten percentage points.. despite a string of recent 

government rows and scandals.

 

 

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Supporters 

Drawing Up Proposal...  to 

Reinstate Former Labour 

Leader as Party MP

by Oleg Burunov

August 8th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)




In October 2020, Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from 

the UK Labour Party after insisting that anti-Semitism 

in the party, had been “dramatically overstated for 

political reasons by our opponents …as well as 

by much of the media”.

 

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have hammered out a plan 

that may provide UK Labour Party members with the 

power to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn as a Labour MP.

 

According to The Guardian, a proposal made by activists 

from the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy... 

stipulates that an urgent rule change is needed

 to close a “gaping hole in the Labour Party 

rule book” and hand more authority to 

party members.

 

The newspaper cited the proposal as saying that “the PLP

 [Parliamentary Labour Party] is not accountable to [the] 

annual [Labour] conference” and that the new plan 

“would require the PLP and chief whip to report 

directly to the conference, including on MPs’ 

discipline, with the conference able to 

confirm or reject disciplinary 

decisions... that are of 

concern to delegates”.

 

The Guardian reported that the possible rule change is seen 

as a way to reinstate Corbyn, a move that was criticised by 

Charlotte Nichols, the Labour MP for Warrington North.

 

“The last thing we need is a rule change that could lead 

to the second guessing of the outcome of bullying and 

sexual harassment cases or the debate of individual 

disciplinary cases. This is not how our complaints 

system should run and should be rejected if it 

goes to conference floor”, she told
The Guardian.

 

With the rule change-related proposal already circulating 

across the Labour Party, its local branches are facing 

calls to support the rule change during the upcoming

 Labour conference, something that is expected to 

embarrass the party’s leader Keir Starmer.

 

Corbyn’s Suspension

 

As far as Corbyn is concerned, the former Labour leader 

was suspended from the party in October 2020 over 

comments he made following the publication of
report by the Equality and Human Rights 

Commission (EHRC), which revealed 

that its investigation “into anti-

semitism in the Labour Party” 

had found “unlawful acts of 

discrimination and 

harassment”.

 

Corbyn responded by claiming that while "one anti-Semite 

is one too many" in the party, "the scale of the problem 

was also dramatically overstated for political reasons 

by our opponents inside and outside the party, as 

well as by much of the media”.

 

In November 2020, he was re-admitted to the party --- but 

Starmer at the time refused to restore the parliamentary 

whip to Corbyn, vowing to continue disciplinary action 

against the former leader through channels outside 

the party.

 

Starmer stressed that as leader of the PLP he had the right 

to withdraw the whip from MPs regardless of the decisions 

of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), on which 

he sits, along with representatives of the PLP and the

shadow cabinet.

 

"Since I was elected Labour leader I have made it my mission 

to root out anti-Semitism from the Labour Party”, Starmer 

stated. He added that Corbyn's response to the 

published report had "undermined and set 

back our work in restoring trust and
confidence... in the Labour 
Party’s
ability to tackle anti-Semitism”.

 

In mid-December 2019, Corbyn said that he would not lead 

the party “in any future general election campaign”, 

remarks that he made following the UK’s 2019 

general election, which saw Labour’s worst 

performance since 1935. This triggered a 

leadership election, in 2020, that was 

finally won by Starmer, Corbyn’s 

shadow Brexit secretary.

 

 

 

__________________________________



 

UK Labour Party losing 

250 members a day -

since Sir Keir Starmer

 became leader - media

July 25th, 3:07pm (RT)

 

 

The UK Labour Party has lost 120,000 members – or a

 rate of 250 members per day – since Keir Starmer 

was elected leader last year, sending the party 

into a financial crisis, according to a 

new report.

 

The Labour Party now has just 430,000 members – a huge 

drop from the 550,000 who were in the party under the
former 
leader Jeremy Corbyn – after numbers started
to drop 
when Starmer was elected leader in April
2020, the 
Times has learned.

 

According to the article, Labour has lost up

 to £500,000 per month, from the exodus.




Because of the drop in members, plus other costs 

such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the millions
of 
pounds that Labour has spent in legal costs 

during its campaign against anti-Semitism, 

Labour Party General Secretary, David 

Evans, reportedly announced to party 

staffers this week ---- there was only

 one month’s worth of employee pay 

left in Labour’s reserves, and that 

jobs would have to be cut.

 

It is estimated that the amount left in Labour’s
reserves
 is just £1.5 million, leaving the party
desperate 
for donors.

 

Despite Labour’s loss of members and its subsequent 

financial crisis, the Times noted that the party has 

been “attracting wealthy backers” under Starmer, 

including Sir Trevor Chinn, the president of the 

Movement for Reform Judaism and a financial 

supporter of the Labour Friends of Israel.

 

Starmer’s leadership of the Labour Party has been defined 

by its more centrist turn following the socialist leadership 

of Corbyn, and an attempt to crackdown on perceived 

cases of anti-Semitism in the party.

 

In October 2020 – just months after he stood down as leader

 of the party following its 2019 election defeat – Corbyn was

 suspended from Labour. Though Corbyn was reinstated to 

the party the following month after protests by members, 

left-wing politicians, and the former US presidential 

candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, Starmer did not
return
 the Labour whip to him.




 

____________________________________






Inept Labour’s week from hell 

shows why England now feels

 like a one-party state

July 23rd, 8:46am (RT)

 

Paul A. Nuttall is a historian, author and a former politician.

 He was a Member of the European Parliament between 

2009 and 2019 and was a prominent campaigner 

for Brexit.

 

Internal purges, cash woes, redundancies, and now self-isolation 

for its leader. It’s been a disastrous week for the Labour Party, 

illustrating exactly why the Tories are impregnable, no matter 

how ‘useless’ Boris Johnson is.

 

If you think Boris Johnson has had a torrid few days, spare a 

thought for poor Sir Keir Starmer. His week started when the 

Labour Party’s National Executive Committee  governing 

body voted to ban a number of hard-Left organisations. 

 

The controversial decision had the backing of Starmer. The 

groups banned were Resist, Labour Against the Witchhunt, 

the Labour In Exile Network, and Socialist Appeal, which 

describes itself as a Marxist voice of Labour and youth. 

It is estimated that around 1,000 members will be 

removed from the party, as a result of 

the decision.

 

The move was criticised by John McDonnell, the former 

Shadow Chancellor, who said, “standard Blairite fare
to
 try show how strong a leader you are... by taking
on
 your own party, but bizarre to do it by expelling 

people, most of whom have left already.”

 

McDonnell is of course right, as Labour’s membership has

 plummeted under Starmer’s leadership, losing over 50,000

 last year alone. Moreover, those who remain members are

 not entirely sold on Starmer. A recent poll found that 67% 

have a favourable opinion of their leader, but 31% have 

an unfavourable opinion. This is far from a unified 

party, never mind an effective opposition.    

 

The decision to provoke a fight with the hard Left has been 

criticised by the powerful Momentum organisation, which 

played an integral role, during the leadership of Jeremy 

Corbyn. Momentum complained that “at a time when 

the Tory government is allowing the pandemic to rip 

through the country, the Labour leadership has 

once again turned inwards.”

 

It is evident that this battle for the heart and soul of the party

 is far from over, especially as Momentum has influence 

over a number of large local Labour associations.

 

Then came the news that the party is losing cash like water 

passing through a sieve. David Evans, Labour’s General 

Secretary, claims that the party’s finances have suffered 

because of the fall in membership and the use of funds 

to deal with anti-Semitism cases. He allegedly told
staff 
that the financial reserves are so low, that
they only 
cover one payroll. As a result, the
party is being 
forced to lay off a
quarter of its workers.

 

Labour’s idea, of reducing its staff through ‘voluntary 

redundancies’ has also gone down like a lead balloon

 with the trade unions, who are the party’s largest 

donors. A co-authored letter from the Unite and 

GMB trade unions, concluded with a scathing 

attack on party management. It stated that 

''we note that the lack of clarity, trust, and 

openness with staff is breeding a climate 

of anxiety and fear amongst staff --- 

impacting on their mental health.''


'' It is simply not the way we would expect
an organisation like the 
Labour Party,
to undertake work
 of this nature.''

It is never a 
good idea to
upset your 
paymasters. 

 

To top off this disastrous week for Starmer, he now has to

 self-isolate for a fourth time, as one of his children tested 

positive for Covid. Former Labour PM Harold Wilson once

 said that “a week is a long time in politics” but, for poor 

Sir Keir, it must have felt like an age, & Saturday surely

 cannot come quickly enough. Indeed, the recent 

surprise victory in Batley and Spen... must 

already seem like a lifetime ago.

 

Now, before we go any further, I want to make it clear that I 

am no fan of the Labour Party. I have had too many run-ins 

with it over the years, particularly over Brexit. I do believe, 

however, that the country requires a strong opposition. In

 its absence, what we have in England is virtually a one-

party state -- where the Tories are allowed to emerge 

from crises, relatively unscathed. Take, for example, 

the Matt Hancock affair and the Dominic Cummings

 revelations. In years gone by, the Labour Party 

would have benefited from these squalid

 incidents, yet, in its current state, it is 

unable to make any headway.  

 

Much of the mess Labour finds itself in must be laid at 

Starmer’s door. In backing the NEC in its confrontation

 with the hard Left, Starmer obviously wants to imitate

 former leaders Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair, who both

 benefited from taking on the militants. Indeed, in the 

long term, the actions of the NEC are probably in the

 interest of the party; but they are not in the interest 

of the country, in the short term.

 

What the UK needs right now is an effective opposition 

and Labour cannot be that if they are fighting each 

other. You would - usually - have more chance of 

seeing a flying pig, than have me agreeing with 

Diane Abbott, but I have to admit that she was 

right, when she said that Labour must start 

“fighting the Tories” and “not each other.” 

 

They owe it to the country, 

and to voters of all stripes.  

 

 

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Labour Muslims ''infuriated'' by 

insinuation that Keir Starmer’s

 opposition to anti-Semitism 

caused ‘haemorrhaging’ 

of their votes

June 21st,  11:32am (RT)




An anonymous Labour official has stirred Muslim anger 

by implying the community is inherently anti-Semitic.

 A loss of Muslim votes may cost the party its long-
held 
seat in the Batley and Spen by-election.

 

On Sunday, the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) sent a letter

 to the party leadership -- decrying a comment made by an 

unidentified Labour official to the Daily Mail. The source 

said the party was “haemorrhaging votes among 

Muslim voters, and the reason for that, is what 

Keir has been doing on antisemitism.” Keir 

Starmer, the official said, “challenged 

Corbyn on it, and there's been a 

backlash among certain 

sections of the

 community.”




LMN called the remark “patently vile, Islamophobic”
adding 
“this racism needs to be challenged urgently
publicly, by the Labour leadership & the party as
whole.” The sentiment was shared by several 

Labour politicians, including Kim Johnson, 

Zarah Sultana and Anneliese Dodds.

 

Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, responded by calling the 

comments “completely unacceptable” and saying they 

were “not condoned or sanctioned in any way by the 

Party”. The identity of the “senior official” however,

 was not immediately revealed.

 

The remarks were part of a story about Labour’s struggle 

to hold on to its West-Yorkshire stronghold of Batley and 

Spen, and how the late intervention of former Glasgow 

MP – host of his own show at RT –  George Galloway,

 in the by-election campaign.. may give a win to the 

Tories. If Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater loses, 

the constituency is likely to have a Conservative 

representing it, for the first time since 1997.

 

Leadbeater, the sister of slain MP Jo Cox, is on the receiving

end of growing discontent among Muslim Labour voters, 

with what they see as Starmer taking them for granted.

 

“Keir took the time to condemn 2 idiots for being antisemitic 

last month but he won’t condemn the Israeli government for 

killing innocent people,” a 33-year-old Muslim man in 

Batley and Spen, told the Guardian. “I’ve voted 

Labour my whole life, but I won’t be blindly 

giving them my vote any more.”

 

Starmer assumed his leadership position on the back of a 

campaign against his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, who

 was accused of condoning anti-Semitism. Ousted from 

power, Corbyn was, later, effectively suspended from 

party ranks in October last year for failing to accept 

a report on the same issue. Corbynistas believe 

anti-Semitism issues were blown out of 

proportion, to stage a party coup.

 

Galloway, who like Corbyn has been championing various 

Muslim causes for decades, is cherishing an opportunity 

of leeching Muslim voters, from Starmer’s Labour. He is 

also exploiting the dwindling support for another group 

of traditional Labour supporters – the white working 

class. They “despise” the party, which has been 

pushing things like “LGBTQI agenda” and 

“identity politics”, that are irrelevant to 

those people, he explained to the 

Daily Mail.

 

Galloway runs from the Workers Party of Britain and is polling

 at 6% in the West Yorkshire constituency, behind 47% for 

Tories and 41% for Labour. He hopes that on the ballot 

day, on July 1st, Labour will finish third.

 

The backlash to the “Islamophobic” remarks is the latest 

example of a growing rift between Labour and Muslim 

voters. Last week, five local Muslim organizations in 

Batley and Spen warned in an open letter, that the 

party “has not been proud of our support.” In 

particular, the letter said, the party has to 

“resolve the issue of Islamophobia” 

within its ranks -- and take a firm 

stance: in support of Palestinian

rights, which would “go beyond 

the usual political rhetoric.”

 

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UK Labour Party's Ex-Head 

Calls Current Leadership 

'Weak' Over Poor 

Election Results

May 16th, 11:12pm (Sputnik) 

 

 Former leader of the United Kingdom's main 

opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, slammed

 the current Labour leadership as being 

"weak" following the party's record
low 
election performance.

 

"The loss was enormous last week. And the loss 

was also to third parties such as the Green 

party --- of disillusioned Labour voters 

because they felt, I believe, that the 

opposition is not strong enough, 

to win against the government. 

Do I take responsibility for it?

 No," Corbyn told the Calling

 Peston political podcast.

 

He also noted that the loss had nothing to do with 

the party's policies, since Labour proposed "a 

set of popular policies in the last manifesto —

 green industrial revolution, investment in
the 
economy, equality legislation,
national 
education services,
all of 
those things."

 

According to Corbyn, the party showed a stable 

performance in elections during his tenure from

 2015 to 2020, snatching an impressive win in 

2017 with over 40% of the votes - the highest

 since 1997. He stressed that some losses 

were later expected over the Brexit issue

 and after the introduction of the first-

past-the-post voting system.

 

Corbyn has been blamed by the media and the new 

leadership, headed by Keir Starmer, for tarnishing

 Labour's image, which ultimately led the party to 

a disastrous loss of 300 house seats.

 

The UK held local elections in the first week of May, 

during which Labour lost control of eight councils 

and more than 300 seats. One of the councils the

 party lost, County Durham, was the first one the 

party ever ran - and had been under its control 

for more than 100 years.

 

 

____________________________________






BREAKING: Starmer's 


''approval'' rating 


has fallen to 


minus 48.


 


YouGov poll on whether Starmer


 is doing well or badly:


 


Well: 17% (-9)


Badly: 65% (+15)


[Net rating: -48]


 


Worst-ever rating 


for Starmer 


*by far*.


 


Corbyn's lowst point ever, was minus 40
...and most Labour MPs rushed to stab
him in the back.




__________________






Labour’s humiliating defeat


 signals its death & Keir 


Starmer, not Jeremy
Corbyn,
 is the man
with its blood 
on
his hands


by Neil Clark


May 7th (RT)



Neil Clarkis a journalist, writer, broadcaster and
blogger. 
His award winning blog can be found at 


www.neilclark66.blogspot.comHe tweets on
politics and 
world affairs @NeilClark66






The blame for the crushing loss in Thursday’s by-election,


 in a northern ‘Red Wall’ seat Labour has held since 1974, 


lies with Blairite ‘centrists’, who set out to destroy
Corbyn 
– and have ended up destroying the
party itself.


 


Hartlepool is a coastal town in N. Eastern England with 


a fascinating history. Out on its headland, the Heugh 


Battery Museum bills itself as the only World War I 


battlefield in Great Britain. A nearby plaque marks


 the spot... where the first shell from a leading 


German battle cruiser struck at 8:10am on 


December 16, 1914, and also records the 


place where, during the bombardment, 


the first soldier was killed on British 


soil by enemy action in the war.


 


Close by, looking out over the North Sea, there’s a 


Russian cannon, which was captured by British


 forces at the Battle of Sevastopol during the 


Crimean War in the 1850s, and sent up to


 Hartlepool by ship from London.


 


Perhaps - after this Thursday - there needs to be 


another historical plaque installed in Hartlepool. 


One commemorating the death of the UK 


Labour Party. 


 


Labour’s defeat in Hartlepool wasn’t a ‘bad’ result, 


it was utterly catastrophic. The party attained
just 
28.7% of the vote, a full 23 points behind
the 
Tories, doing far worse, than even the
worst 
opinion poll had suggested.


 


Even before polling day, Labour ‘centrists’ were 


getting their excuses in. Predictably, they’re


 blaming Jeremy Corbyn, the man who 


stopped being the party’s leader 


more than a year ago.


 


It’ll take much longer to rid the party of his ‘toxic’ legacy,


 the dominant neocon/Blairite narrative goes. The 


people who supported a ‘chicken coup’ against 


Corbyn -- after just nine months -- now tell us 


Starmer, who’s been leader for 13 months, 


and up against the worst UK government 


of all time, needs more time. Or... to
quote 
a former MP, if Labour loses


 Hartlepool, it’ll be a case of


 ‘Long Corbyn’.


 


What tommyrot.


 


Just four years ago - in June 2017 - Labour, under Corbyn, 


not only held Hartlepool, but did so with its highest share 


of the vote (52.5%) since 2001. But for the Corbyn-hating 


‘moderates’, who, funnily enough, all seem to be strong 


supporters of the far-from-moderate Iraq War, it’s as if


 the 2017 general election never happened. In fact, the


 way that election – which Corbyn came very close to 


winning – has been airbrushed out of history reminds


 one of the late Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize lecture in 


2005, when he condemned US foreign policy crimes


...before saying: “It never happened. Nothing ever 


happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t 


happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.”


 


The 2017 election is never referred to, because it goes 


against the dominant narrative. Labour was supposed 


to have been thrashed out of sight four years ago, but 


to the horror of the neocon Establishment it wasn’t. In 


fact, under the ‘unelectable’ Corbyn, Labour achieved 


their biggest increase in the popular vote since 1945 


(a whopping 9.6% up from 2015), and came to within


 a whisker of a shock victory. 


 


Enthused by his message of positive change, and by 


popular policies such as bringing the railways back


 into public ownership, millions of Labour voters, 


who had stayed at home in previous elections, 


came out to put their cross in the Labour box. 



Of course, the Establishment set out with


 renewed vigour --- to make sure it would 


never happen again. Part of the reason


 Labour did so well in 2017... and held
on
 to its Northern strongholds, was 


because it had pledged to respect
the 2016 EU 
referendum result.


 


So an operation was mounted, with the Trilateral 


Commission member, Sir Keir Starmer, playing


 a key role, as Shadow Brexit Secretary, to get 


Labour to change its policy --- and adopt an 


electorally suicidal stance of supporting 


a second referendum. It was electorally 


suicidal, because 78% of Labour’s 45 


target seats in England and Wales 


voted Leave in 2016, many of 


them quite strongly. 


 


Not only that, but there was a ratcheting up of the 


political weaponisation of anti-Semitism, which 


again, was about ruining Corbyn’s chances.


 


To his own --- and his party’s --- detriment, Corbyn 


didn’t fight back against the wreckers. He should 


have done more to resist the change in policy on


 Europe and should have sacked Starmer (in fact,


 he should never have appointed him in the first 


place). He should have pushed back harder,


 much harder, against those smearing him. 



With the mass membership on his side, he 


should have gone on the front foot against


 his Blairite enemies. But Corbyn did none


 of those things.


 


Instead, having come so close to victory in 2017, he


 led Labour to a heavy defeat in 2019 with most of 


the damage being done in pro-Brexit Northern 


‘Red Wall’ seats. But even in 2019, Corbyn 


managed to hold on to Hartlepool... The 


party’s share of the vote nationally, was 


still higher than in 2010 and in 2015.. It
was 
a bad result, but not the absolute 


disaster it was portrayed as.


 


Things have got a whole lot worse, since then. Starmer, 


a man described as so wooden, birds try to nest in him, 


inspires no one. His disapproval rating in April, rose to


 50% in April, and was 44% among Labour voters. The


 witch hunt against Corbyn, and his supporters, 


cheered on by vindictive, elitist, anti-populist 


Blairites who loathed the way party member
-
ship had soared under Corbyn, has left 


Labour short of activists to do the
hard
 work of election
campaigning. 


 


The ‘Bitterites’ set out to politically assassinate Corbyn, 


believing that once he had gone and all his supporters 


had been purged, ‘normal service’ would be resumed;
but their internal sabotage from 
2015-19, ended up
killing the party, too.


 


Labour is in a right mess, and although the Tories 


don’t deserve to win for what they’ve done to the


 country these past 13 months, ‘HM Opposition’ 


-- whose only ‘opposition’ to the government 


this past year has been to berate Johnson 


and co. for not locking us plebs down 


earlier and harder – most certainly 


don’t deserve to win either. 


 


In fact, the best thing that could happen is that Labour 


- as it’s currently constituted - is formally put out of its


 misery. Destroyed - not by Corbyn - but by those who 


simply couldn’t stomach the prospect of an anti-war 


UK prime minister who would threaten the hawkish 


foreign policy consensus.


 


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UK Trade Union Leader Warns -

Keir Starmer Is Turning Labour

Into 'Party of Establishment'

by Jason Dunn

21.03.2021, 8:21pm GMT 

 

 

Sir Keir Starmer has become the subject of criticism 

by the left-wing of Labour -- as he is accused of 

leading the party in a right-wing trajectory and

 away from the socialist policies of his 

predecessor.

 

A leading British trade unionist has accused Sir 

Keir Starmer of trying to turn Labour into an 

"establishment" party --- and risking his 

chances at the next general election.

 

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, said

that the opposition leader could be "ditched into 

the dustbin of history" unless he changes his 

current approach and reaffirms Labour's 

dedication to radical politics. 

 

Speaking to LBC radio on Sunday, Mr McCluskey, an ally

of the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and large donor 

to the party, criticised Sir Keir for missing "the 

opportunities” of the ongoing coronavirus 

pandemic.

 

“The truth of the matter is, at the moment, the direction

we are travelling - that he seems to be taking us down -

 is to turn Labour into a party of the establishment", 

he said.

 

McCluskey warned that if that were to happen "he will not 

become prime minister in 2024, he will be ditched into the

 dustbin of history".

 

“I am urging Keir to look at his pledges, to reject the siren 

voices of the ghouls of New Labour and to stick to the

radical policies that will win back the Red Wall seats", 

the Unite leader said.

 

Mr McCluskey highlighted Sir Keir's treatment of the left 

such as the removal of the whip from Mr Corbyn last 

year, as causing a rift between the leadership and 

his largest donor.

 

He stressed that the leader had stood in his election 

campaign on a left-wing programme, similar to 

Labour's 2017 and 2019 manifesto, but claims 

he has now dropped those promises, during 

his leadership tenure.

 

These included commitments to free movement,

as well as opposing increasing corporation tax.

 

“At the moment nobody quite knows what Keir stands 

for, nobody quite knows what Labour stands for", 

Mr McCluskey told the outlet.

 

McCluskey predicted that Starmer could be the next 

prime minister in 2024, "not an overall majority, but 

a hung parliament - if he wins back the red seats 

by arguing on the radical platform that he was 

elected on".

 

“He was elected to make the moral case for socialism, 

he was elected on ten pledges that people said were 

Corbynist", he added.

 

His comments follow an acknowledgement by Sir 

Keir that the Conservatives have seen a "vaccine 

bounce" in opinion polling, as an explanation for

why Labour is losing ground to the Tories, in 

recent voter intention surveys.

 

Sir Keir has received criticism by some Labour members

--- for being too ready to abstain or support government 

motions, police spies, and Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, 

and for not pushing for a convincing alternative to the 

Conservatives handling of the pandemic.

 

Others have pointed to Sir Keir's purging of left-wing 

members from the party such as the suspension of 

Jeremy Corbyn and the removal of Rebecca Long-

Bailey from the shadow cabinet.

 

The Labour frontbench claims that these moves were 

part of the party's commitment to deal with incidents 

of antisemitism, which plagued his predecessor.

 

Electoral Chances?

 

While Starmer's 10 election pledges were largely 

consistent with the values of the Corbyn leader-

ship, he has been criticised for moving the

 party towards the centre.

 

While some of his supporters have hailed his ascension 

to the top job as an improvement in terms of voter 

approval ratings, Sir Keir has seen his support 

among the public decline, as his positioning is

seen to drift away from Labour's radical 

stances in recent years.

 

Corbyn was historically unpopular as a party leader, 

seeing net satisfaction ratings of as low as -60 and

ultimately resigned after losing the 2019 election. 

 

However, the 2017 general election saw the Labour Party 

receive its biggest increase in the vote since 1945, and 

secure a hung parliament.

 

It was also the only time any Labour Party platform - 

which included the renationalisation of rail and an 

end to austerity - had resulted in an increase in 

both the overall vote and the number of  seats

in parliament, since Tony Blair's landslide

victory in 1997. 

 

 

_________________________________






Deputy Leader Says Labour Could 

Suspend ‘Thousands’ of Members 

over  'Antisemitism'

December 1st,  2020  (FNA)

 

 The Labour Party will suspend “thousands and thousands” of 

members unless they “get real” about antisemitism, Angela 

Rayner warned, as an internal row rages over the 

removal of the whip from Jeremy Corbyn.

 

Following Keir Starmer’s decision not to allow Corbyn to sit as a 

Labour MP over his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights

 Commission (EHRC) report, dozens of constituency parties 

are reported to have passed motions in support of the 

former leader – despite the party’s General Secretary 

David Evans banning them from doing so.

 


_________________________________________


 





UK Labour candidate


 trained with Israeli 


army: Report


March 13th (PressTV)


 


A British Labour Party candidate for the party’s election


this year, has reportedly been trained with the Israeli 


military forces.


 


Izzy Lenga, an officer in the Jewish Labour Movement, 


is running for the party’s new National Women’s 


Committee, as a right-wing candidate.


 


The movement worked for years, to oust 


the party’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn.


 


Corbyn, well known for his support of the Palestinian 


cause, has repeatedly been described by pro-Israeli 


lobbies in Britain, as a threat to the life of Jews in


 the country.


 


The US-based Electronic Intifada — an online publication 


covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — released a 


photo of her wearing an Israeli army uniform, 


wrapped in an Israeli flag and carrying an 


assault rifle.


 


Lenga once “proudly” displayed the photo 


on social media networks, said the report.


 


Citing Israeli experts Dena Shunra and Daniel Shunra, 


the website said that the uniform and epaulets seen 


in the photo suggest that Lenga took part in Marva, 


a paramilitary course overseen by the Israeli army.


 


The Marva program provides weapons and training, 


Zionist political indoctrination, and visits to 


military bases.


 


It also recruits Jewish people aged 18-25, from around 


the world, offering them incentives to become Israeli 


settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories.


 


Many participants in the course, have stayed in 
Israel, 
claiming citizenship & joining the military.


 


In 2015, Lenga became an officer with the campus society 


in Birmingham, which is affiliated to the Union of Jewish 


Students (UJS).


 


At the same time, she was also elected to


 the leadership committee of the UJS.


 




________________________________


 


Labour Leader Keir
Starmer
 
'Must Give 
Evidence' to Inquiry, 


Say Activists 'Fitted 
Up 
by Spycops'


by Mohamed Elmaazi


15:22 GMT 05.02.2021 (Sputnik)


 


 


A collection of activists who were found to have been 


wrongfully prosecuted and convicted in 2009, are 


demanding that the former chief prosecutor 


answer questions before the ongoing 


Undercover Policing Inquiry.


 


Environmental activists who were wrongfully convicted 


have called upon UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer 


to answer questions at the Undercover Policing Inquiry


 (UCPI), for his role in an alleged coverup of the use of 


undercover police when he was Director of Public 


Prosecutions. The activists in question were 


arrested, whilst planning a protest against 


Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station, 


in Nottinghamshire, England, in April 2009.


 


The open letter, which has received scant media coverage 


since its publication on 4 February 2021, alleges that 


Starmer, "may have been involved in a cover-up of 


police and prosecutors orchestrating wrongful 


convictions".


 


"A decade ago, this month, the world learnt that Mark Kennedy 


was a Metropolitan Police officer spying on environmentalists.


 This information led to the collapse of a trial where six 


environmental campaigners were accused of 


conspiring to occupy a coal-fired power 


station", the letter published via the 


Campaign Opposing Police 


Surveillance (COPS) 


website explains.


 


In a separate trial, "the convictions of 20 campaigners for 


conspiring to occupy the same coal-fired power station 


were quashed by the Court of Appeal, because the 


prosecution failed to disclose information about 


Mark Kennedy’s involvement that would have 


helped their defence", COPS add.


 


Starmer, as chief prosecutor at the time of the trial, 


commissioned a report headed by former Court of 


Appeal judge Sir Christopher Rose Report into the 


withholding information about the role of under-


cover police in the two cases. The Rose Report 


ultimately determined that the, "failings were 


individual, and not systemic". However, the 


findings of the Rose Report appeared to be 


contradicted by further evidence of activist 


groups being infiltrated by police with the 


latter's role not being disclosed to


 the defendants.


 


"Why did Keir Starmer ask for three reviews into CPS 


failings relating to undercover policing that were kept 


from public view, before commissioning the Rose 


report?", the signatories to the letter asks.


 


"What action was taken by Keir Starmer after the Rose report 


was shown to be wrong, to uncover other miscarriages of


 justice?", the letter adds.


 


Crucially, the letter points out that a report commissioned by 


then-Home Secretary Theresa May into possible miscarriages


 of justice identified "83 activists who were convicted in trials


 involving an undercover officer, over three decades", and 


ask how it is, that the CPS inquiry, "has, to date, 


discovered nobody whom the media and 


campaigners hadn't already identified".


 


Labour's current leader has, as of yet, not responded to the 


letter signed by 18 men and women who were, "arrested 


and charged with conspiracy, or arrested, charged and 


wrongfully convicted of conspiracy", with the former 


undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.


 


The UCPI was initiated by Theresa May when it was discovered 


that the police had been secretly recording the lawyer-client 


conversations of the family of Stephen Laurence, who was 


murdered in a racist attack, in 1993. Stephen Lawrence's 


family continued to push for their son's killers to face 


justice after a botched police investigation resulted 


in a separate inquiry to determine that the 


Metropolitan Police were "institutionally 


racist". After the UCPI was set-up, the 


Metropolitan Police admitted to 


infiltrating and surveilling over 


1,000 political, environmental 


and social justice groups, 


since 1968.


 

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Corbyn Suspended for
Telling the Truth
– 
A New Socialist Party
Is Required

by Tommy Sheridan 

31/10/2020 (Sputnik)

 

The other day a thoroughly decent and honest man 

suffered a grave injustice. A man who has a peer-

less record in opposing racism and anti-Semitism 

was suspended by the political party he has been 

a member of for over fifty years, has represented 

it in the British Parliament since 1983 and was 

its leader from 2015-20.

 

Irony died in Britain yesterday when Jeremy Corbyn was 

suspended by the Labour Party with the consent and 

probable collusion of the man who succeeded him 

as leader, Sir Keir Starmer.

 

We now have a Tory leader in 10 Downing Street who is 

famed for his racist views, including referring to black 

Africans as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.

 

A racist Prime Minister nostalgic for the days of slavery 

and brutal exploitation and ownership of black people 

was elected by the people of England in preference 

to a man whose whole life has been dedicated to 

fighting racism and injustice.

 

Corbyn Was Betrayed by His Own
Party Bureaucracy in 2017

 

Jeremy Corbyn would have won the 2017 General Election 

if his campaign had not been sabotaged from within by 

Labour opponents. They hated him more than the 

Tories and refused to accept the democratic will 

of the Labour Party masses who elected Corbyn 

leader, not once but twice with a bigger majority 

the second time round in 2016. 

 

He led a remarkable 2017 election campaign which inspired 

millions and confounded all the opinion polls and political 

pundits as he came within a whisker of winning. He 

smashed the Tory majority and rocked the British 

Establishment. A genuine socialist was almost 

elected to lead the UK. Millionaires and 

billionaires were petrified that they 

would be forced to pay their taxes 

and public services would no 

longer be up for sale. 

 

Corbyn would have won if staff at the heart of the 

Labour Party had not actively undermined him.

 

Paid Labour Party staff expressing disgust for the 

elected leader of their party and hoping for a bad 

election result and undermining the effectiveness 

of the campaign wherever possible is what the 

right wing did with gusto. And - after the close 

call of the 2017 general election - the powerful 

and rich who make up the British Establishment 

and mainstream media declared war on Corbyn 

from every angle, but specifically colluded to 

weaponise the scourge of anti-Semitism and 

throw every slur and empty accusation 

against Corbyn that was possible 

to muster.

 

After 2017 Close-Call, Anti-Semitism 

Was Weaponised Against Corbyn

 

An incredible narrative was created whereby a man that 

had done more in his life to confront and combat racism 

and anti-Semitism than anyone in British politics, was 

cast as an anti-Semite. It was bizarre, ridiculous, and 

obscenely unfair and inaccurate but it was effective 

in creating a wholly false perception. An inordinate 

number of Labour anti-Semitism stories, headlines 

and even documentaries were produced and by 

2018 polls of Jewish voters indicated an 

incredulous number believed the Labour 

Party was anti-Semitic while the problem 

in the Tories and Lib-Dems was perceived 

to be minor.

 

Labour Became Huge Under Corbyn – 

Over 500,000 Members

 

Jeremy Corbyn attracted hundreds of thousands of new 

members to the Labour Party and transformed it into the 

biggest membership party in Europe with well over 

500,000 signed up to his brand of socialism. The 

number of party members ever subjected to 

accusations of anti-Semitic behaviour never 

surpassed more than 300, so the anti-Semitic 

‘problem’ in Labour amounted to 0.1% of its 

membership at most but the coordinated 

media led campaign aided and abetted 

by Labour right wing MPs, created a 

deeply warped and distorted picture 

that almost 62% of party members 

were anti-Semitic.

 

This was the result of a well-coordinated media 

campaign led by the BBC to traduce the 

character of Corbyn and the Labour 

Party under him.

 

Feeding from the false narrative and whipped up 

hysteria created by the media the Equality and 

Human Rights Commission (ECHR) decided to 

launch a formal investigation into claims of 

anti-Semitism within Labour to establish if 

they had breached the Equality Act 2010 

and were guilty of acting unlawfully in 

relation to anti-Semitic actions. This 

decision was taken in May 2019 amid 

the Brexit crisis and talk of an early 

general election. The fact the ECHR 

acted on the basis of complaints 

from vehemently anti-Corbyn 

organisations indicates just 

how loaded the dice was 

from the outset.

 

Anti-Semitism is Abhorrent --- but 

Jeremy Corbyn is Not an Anti-Semite

 

All anti-Semitic behaviour and opinions should be 

condemned and confronted unreservedly. Of that 

there should be no doubt or debate. But the 

accusations of anti-Semitism against the 

Labour Party have been overstated and 

used politically to undermine Labour 

and Corbyn. Anti-Semitism is a problem 

in society as a whole. An ugly repulsive 

problem. But to suggest Labour has a 

bigger problem than other parties or 

that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite 

is patent nonsense and lies.

 

Unlike the Corbyn detractors, Labour’s 2020 ‘No 

Place For Antisemitism’ Report provides hard 

facts refuting media and ECHR allegations 

that Labour under Corbyn did not address 

anti-Semitism complaints.

 

The Labour Party expelled 45 members in relation to 

antisemitism in 2019, compared to 10 in 2018 and 

1 in 2017.

 

After rule changes passed at Conference in September 

2019 gave NEC panels the power to expel, twice the 

number of people were expelled in two months than 

had been expelled during the whole of 2018.

 

NEC Disciplinary Panels heard 274 cases relating to 

antisemitism in 2019, a tenfold increase on the 28 

cases heard in 2017.

 

In 2019, 149 members were removed from the party as 

a result of disciplinary processes relating to anti-

semitism, either being expelled or quitting the 

party as proceedings progressed.

 

The Labour Party suspended 296 members in relation to 

antisemitism in 2019, compared to 98 in 2018 – itself a 

big increase on the previous year”.

 

Once you have read the facts contained in this Report and 

considered that the lengthy ECHR Report which took 

almost 18 months to compile concludes that Labour 

is guilty of “unlawful acts of indirect discrimination 

and harassment for which the Labour Party is 

responsible” based on the conduct of TWO 

Labour Party members, Ken Livingston and 

a Councillor called Pam Bromley, you can 

reasonably conclude that when Corbyn 

said the allegations of anti-Semitism 

against Labour were “overstated” 

he was stating a fact.

 

Corbyn was a clear and present danger to the rich and 

powerful British Establishment and his sympathy with

 the Palestinian people and willingness to call out 

Israel’s human rights abuses made him dangerous 

on an international plain also. America and Israel 

could not tolerate a pro-Palestinian British Prime 

Minister. The anti-Semitism campaign was a 

conscious and dishonest scheme to under-

mine his electoral credibility and the BBC 

played a blinder in promoting the lie at 

every available opportunity.

 

A New Trade Union Supported 

Socialist Party is Now Urgent

 

The suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from Labour is an 

attack on him and every single socialist still in that 

party. Jeremy is now suffering the consequences 

of being popular on the one hand but being far 

too pliable on the other. The day Jeremy stood 

back & allowed socialists like Chris Williamson 

to be suspended was the day he succumbed to 

the right-wing bullies within the Labour Party 

hierarchy. Chris was a loyal lieutenant of 

Corbyn. A very capable and popular 

crusader for socialism. 

 

When the right wing went after him with the anti-Semitism slur 

Jeremy should have resisted and stood with Chris. Instead he 

sought to avoid an internal battle and that was his ultimate 

undoing. Jeremy had the backing of the members but not 

the comfortable and right-wing bureaucracy who used 

their influence to stifle Corbyn and undermine his 

2017 election campaign.

 

The new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is determined to turn 

the party back into a Tory second eleven like in the red Tory 

Tony Blair days.

 

The challenge to other socialist Labour MPs and the trade union 

leaders who support socialist policies which will actually 

improve the lives of their members is clear. If you can’t 

fight for the former leader of your party who raised the 

hopes of millions & came so close in 2017 to winning, 

then you are not worthy of the description of socialist. 

The time has come for a party of workers that promotes 

socialism with guile, enthusiasm, and pride. Instead of 

funding Starmer’s Tory Party Mark II, the trade union 

movement should fund a real socialist party --- 

committed to changing the lives of millions 

for the better.

 

The suspension of Corbyn must be the crossing of the Rubicon 

for the socialist and trade union movement. Labour is already 

irrelevant in Scotland. It will become irrelevant in England 

as well soon. The time for a new force backed with trade 

union organisation and resources, is now.

 

 

Image: John Joseph Vincent Kessel's Birth Day


 

 Today, September 24th, in 1950,

 

 

John Kessel,

 

writer,

 

is born. 

 

 

John Joseph Vincent Kessel is an author of science fiction 

and fantasy. He is a prolific short story writer, and the 

author of four solo novels, Good News From Outer 

Space (1989), Corrupting Dr. Nice (1997), The 

Moon and the Other (2017), and Pride and 

Prometheus (2018), and one novel, 

Freedom Beach (1985), in 

collaboration with
his 
friend, James
Patrick 
Kelly.


Kessel is wed 
to Therese
Anne 
Fowler, author.

 

 

 

''Is Shimmer a floor wax or a dessert topping? Is an electron

 a wave or a particle? Slipstream tells us that the answer

 is yes.''

 

 

''But that was the nature of love: one did not offer it with any 

assurance that it would change the world, even if, in the end, 

it was the only thing that could.''

 

 

''At the same time King David had told how God's truth was 

written in nature for men to read, he had also begged to be 

kept free from the great transgression: doing wrong when 

one believes one is doing right. How easy, when one 

followed the promptings of the traitorous heart, to 

convince oneself that pure selfishness is the 

ultimate selflessness, that desire is fate, 

that murder is self-sacrifice.''









 

TORIES ARE STRIPPING & PRIVATIZING the NHS 
and Taking 
Away OUR RIGHTS: with a never-
ending lockdown that Labour MPs support!


Neil Clark, journalist, writer and broadcaster:


''The sad and rather shocking truth, is that the 

current UK Parliament could quite happily 

keep us locked down indefinitely. 

Remember, MPs get their £81K 

annual salaries (plus perks) 

paid in full, each month, 

whatever happens. 

And... there is no 

general election 

due until 2024. 




''The only way the restrictions will end, is 
if 
the public have had enough of them and 

stop complying in large enough numbers. 

Otherwise, what incentive is there for 
the 
well-heeled, power-crazed, lock
down-
addicted political class to
lift them, 
especially with the 
next general 
election so
far away?''




________________________________

 
 



Demonstrators Clash With Police 


During Protest Against Teen 


Vaccination in London


by Sofia Chegodaeva


September 4th, 11:24am (Sputnik)


 


The move comes as UK cabinet ministers are reported


 to have been considering COVID-19 vaccinations for 


everyone between the ages of 12 and 15 although 


the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 


Immunisation (JCVI)... has already 


refused to endorse coronavirus 


jabs for healthy teenagers.


 


A UK protest against COVID passports and the government's 


plans to roll out coronavirus vaccination to children aged 


between 12 and 15, turned violent, in London, on 


Friday evening. 


 


Activists came to the headquarters of the UK vaccine regulator 


in Canary Wharf, east London, and tried to get inside the 


building, but were prevented by the police. Some of


the protesters got into a scuffle with law-


enforcement officers.


 


The Metropolitan police shared a video of the clashes on Twitter.


 


One of the activists also shared a video of the scuffle, warning


 the government to be prepared for further protests of this kind.


 


Her position, however, was not echoed by many... with people


wondering why standing up for your right should go this way.


 


Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 


Immunisation... refused to endorse coronavirus vaccines 


for healthy children aged between 12 and 15. The JCVI 


said that: "despite acknowledging health gains from 


inoculating the entire age group were greater than


 the risks, the margin of benefit is considered too 


small to support universal vaccination of
healthy 
12 to 15-year-olds at
this time”.


 


Meanwhile, daily newspaper The Guardian reported that UK 


cabinet ministers could disregard the recommendations of


 the JCVI and pursue mass COVID-19 vaccinations for all 


12 to 15-year-olds.


 


 


 


________________________________________





‘Looks like thousands!’


Protesters clog London 


...in march against 


vaccine passports


August 28th, 4:29pm (RT)


 


Protesters have packed into central London... in a 


demonstration against the government’s ongoing 


plans to introduce so-called vaccine passports. 


Though largely ignored by the media, 


“thousands” of people reportedly 


took part.


 


The protest march kicked off at Hyde Park on Saturday 


afternoon and set off across Vauxhall Bridge and 


towards Clapham Common. London’s Police
reported road 
blockages and bus delays
along 
the route and officers remained 


in close proximity to the marchers,
at all times.


 


Video footage showed a dense crowd of people in 


attendance. Some waved religious banners, some 


held placards opposing vaccination full stop, and 


others demanded the government drop its plans 


to require patrons of certain venues to be 


vaccinated against Covid-19.


 


No official crowd size estimate is available, but 


protesters posting on social media claimed “it 


looks like thousands” took part. As of later on


 Saturday afternoon... no mainstream British 


news outlets had reported on the protest. 


Taking place simultaneously was a rally 


by climate change group... Extinction 


Rebellion, who have staged a week 


of straight demonstrations in the 


city, grabbing newspaper head


-lines every day.


 


The anti-vaccine passports rally was not a once-off 


event either, and similar rallies have taken place


 throughout the summer.


 


As the British government’s plan currently stands, 


proof of vaccination will be ''required'' to enter 


nightclubs and other venues: “where large 


crowds gather” as of next month, with
the 
NHS’ Covid Pass mobile app.,
likely to be 
used as proof.


 


 However, there is still some confusion as to how the 


system will be implemented. Industry spokespeople 


told the Guardian this week, that they have not 


received 'any advice' from the government on


 the system... and a leaked letter from Health 


Secretary Sajid Javid’s office last weekend 


stated that “no final policy decision has 


yet been taken" on the issue.


 


Meanwhile, though nearly 80% of Britons have been 


fully vaccinated against Covid-19... new cases are 


still rising, with an average of more than 33,000 


cases reported each day, over the last week,


 per NHS data. By contrast, daily cases in


 late April and early May, were below 


2,000 each day. 


 


 


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Lawyers Warn:

‘No Jab, No Job’ 
Policies in UK
 Set to Spark Deluge of
Employment Tribunals

August 2nd, 1:33pm (FNA)

 

 Lawyers expect a wave of legal action against UK 

companies over attempts to make sure staff are 

double-vaccinated against COVID, amid 

growing fears of draconian “no jab,
no 
job” policies in the workplace.

 

Trade unions have criticised the government for 

encouraging the idea of mandatory vaccination 

for office staff: after transport secretary Grant

 Shapps, said it was a “good idea”... for 

companies to insist staff are double-

jabbed, The Independent reported.

 

Tech giant Google, has said mandatory jabs for US employees 

will later be rolled out to staff in 40 countries where it operates, 

and Mr Shapps said he expected some British firms will soon 

“require” full vaccination.

 

Employment lawyers told The Independent that British companies 

had been in touch to explore their options on putting COVID 

vaccination requirements in place.

 

“We’re definitely going to see a lot of employment tribunals on this,” 

said Elissa Thursfield, head of employment lawyer and a director 

at Gamlins Law – predicting a wave of vaccine-related 

discrimination claims in the months ahead.

 

Lawyers and union chiefs warned that a blanket approach to 

making jabs mandatory could breach the Equality Act by 

discriminating against some groups, including those 

with disabilities or certain religious beliefs.

 

“Having a blanket policy is almost always dangerous – it’s 

fraught with legal difficulties,” said Thursfield, adding, 

“For existing staff, if you don’t have a clause in your 

contract that says you can receive mandatory 

instructions on health, which is rare, that’s 

potentially a breach of contract... as
well as
 the discrimination claims.”

 

She added, “If the government pushes any further on this,

 in terms of encouraging employers, they are going to 

start getting into hot water.”

 

Charlie Thompson, an employment partner at law firm 

Stewarts, also predicted legal action against 

companies that don’t consider their 

vaccine policy carefully enough.

 

“If you’re not able to go back to your existing job, or
you’re 
denied a job, and the employer’s justification
[for 
vaccination] doesn’t stack up, then I can see

 legal claims,” he said.

 

Responding to Shapps’ encouraging remarks about companies 

asking staff to get the jab, Labour leader Keir Starmer said he

 did not think “no jab no job” policies were wise.

 

“I don’t agree with that,” said Starmer.

 

“For day-to-day routines, access to the office, access to health 

services or dentistry or even food – I don’t agree with vaccine 

passports for day-to-day access,” said the Labour leader.

 

Downing Street has made clear the government has no plans to

bring legislation to make full-vaccination mandatory for entry

into offices.

 

Unison General Secretary Christina McAnea said the government 

should not be encouraging any form of “coercion” when it comes

 to employees getting the vaccine before returning to work.

 

“Only with widespread take-up can the virus be defeated,” she 

said, adding, “Achieving this requires persuasion and 

encouragement – not compulsion and coercion. 

Forcing people can only lead to needless 

confrontation at work and legal cases

 that could drag on for years.”

 

Unite’s National Health and Safety Adviser Rob Miguel said COVID

 vaccine compulsion would be a “bad” way for companies to 

encourage a return to work, and is “embroiled with issues 

such as equalities, human rights, privacy and 

ethical breaches”.

 

Goldman Sachs raised alarm bells last month when it sent a memo 

to UK staff saying the company “strongly encouraged” them to 

report their COVID vaccination status before returning to the 

office – before clarifying vaccination was not compulsory.

 

In the US, companies are beginning to be more severe in their 

demands. Google and Facebook, along with Delta and United 

airlines, have said full vaccination will be mandatory for staff.

 

The Independent understands leading UK companies are 

examining how they can make sure staff are double-

jabbed, despite potential legal difficulties.

 

Some keen on getting offices fully-staffed say employees have 

told them they are uncomfortable about returning to the office 

until all their colleagues are vaccinated.

 

Others have said they would not try to enforce 

any rules about the COVID vaccine.

 

Imran Hussain, director at Harmony Financial Services, said 

it would be “ridiculous” to try to draw up a policy about 

vaccination.

 

“The whole idea is highly undemocratic and draconian,” he said, 

adding, “People should be allowed to make their own decisions 

and if they wish to take the jab, that’s great.”

 

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), warned 

against blanket mandatory policies on vaccination.

 

A spokesperson for the CBI said, “The bar for compulsory 

vaccination is high, and there will be few industries
where 
this approach would be appropriate."

 

“However, in some sectors it could prove necessary. 

Wherever possible, businesses will be approaching 

questions like this trying to bring their staff with 

them,” the spokesperson added.

 

 

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Planning ahead? Firms land 

Covid passport contracts

 that could last until 2023 

...even as UK govt hints
plan
 could be dropped

July 30th, 3:06pm (RT)




The British government has awarded potentially years-long 

contracts to help develop a domestic vaccine passport, as 

Downing Street simultaneously hints that the whole idea 

could be abandoned... if enough people get the jab.

 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published

 information earlier this week on two new contracts with 

private tech firms hired to work on the country’s 

“Covid-19 certification programme.”

 

US-based Entrust will receive close to £840,000 ($1.2 million) 

for the development of the NHS health pass. The deal will 

last until at least July next year but pricing for a two-year 

contract is already detailed in official documents, 

suggesting that the UK government may be 

eyeing a long-term arrangement.

 

While the contract was made available to the public online, 

information about specific services that Entrust will be 

providing has been completely redacted, with several 

pages of the document blacked out. 

 

The US tech company was awarded £250,000 earlier this 

year as part of its ongoing work on the health pass 

program. The contract raised eyebrows, after it 

was revealed that Entrust had openly boasted: 

about how Covid-19 vaccine passports could 

be retooled to create national IDs as part of 

the “infrastructure of the new normal.”

 

The DHSC also signed a 2nd vaccine passport contract 

this week, worth up to £873,000, with Cambridge, 

Massachusetts IT firm, Akamai Technologies.

 Like the agreement with Entrust, the one-

year deal is designed... so that it can be 

seamlessly extended for an additional 

12 months. The US firm pocketed 

£50,000 in May, as part of its

 involvement in the creation

 of the digital vaccine ID.

 

Akamai, which specializes in cybersecurity
technologies, 
purchased online identity
management company,
 Janrain,
in 2019. 

 

In total, the government has now spent nearly
£23.6 million 
($32.9 million) on its Covid
certification programme,

 iNews reported.

 

The new contracts coincide with the introduction of new 

features on the NHS app', that will allow it to serve as a 

digital vaccine certificate. 

 

In a controversial reversal of its position on domestic 

health IDs, the government revealed last week that, 

starting from the end of September, proof of 

vaccination will be required... in order to 

enter nightclubs and attend events

 involving large crowds. 

 

With around 70% of adults in the country already vaccinated, 

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested on Thursday 

that the threat of the vaccine passport may be enough to 

“cajole” young people into getting the shot. 

 

“Once we’ve done that, the wider questions of vaccine 

certification become much less relevant and salient,”

 Raab said, suggesting that the whole plan could be 

dropped if vaccine uptake increases over the next

 two months. 

 

But the newly inked contracts seem to be sending mixed 

messages about the government’s intentions for the 

controversial health certificate. A spokesperson for

 the health department insisted back in June that

 the NHS app used to certify vaccination status 

would not be used as a national ID system, 

describing the scheme as a “simple and 

secure means” to allow for 

international travel. 

 

 

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100,000+ Britons sign petition to
outlaw discrimination against 

unvaccinated as govt moves 

forward with Covid 

vaccine passports

July 20th, 11:32am (RT)

 

More than 100,000 people have called on the British 

government to review its plans to bring in vaccine 

passports and prevent discriminatory policies

 against people who have refused to be part 

of the national inoculation programme.

 

A petition which started in February has gathered pace 

on Tuesday, with thousands adding their names to the 

growing list of people, calling for the government 

to do more to prevent legalised ‘discrimination’ 

against people who aren’t vaccinated against 

Covid-19.  

 

“The Government must specifically outlaw discrimination 

based on vaccine status, this includes access to private 

businesses, jobs and public life. No individual should 

ever feel coerced into having a vaccine,” the 

petition states.

 

Tens of thousands of people signed the petition on Tuesday

 morning, following a day of unrest in the capital, in which, 

hundreds of angry protesters clashed with police, having

 called for the arrest of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

 

Links to the petition have been widely shared across Twitter, 

with English band Right Said Fred receiving more than 

1,200 retweets on their call for people to sign. 

 

Others vented their anger in other ways on Twitter, calling 

once again, for the prime minister to be arrested. Many 

went as far as comparing the Covid-19 restrictions to

 Adolf Hitler’s Germany, with ‘Nazi’ trending on the 

social media platform. 

 

On Monday, people gathered outside the Palace of Westminster

 to protest measures aimed at preventing the continued spread

 of Covid-19 virus. While Monday, termed ‘Freedom Day’, saw 

the last of the major restrictions lifted, the government has 

laid out plans to mandate the use of vaccination 

certificates at crowded venues in England.

 

Despite having one of the world’s highest vaccination rates 

against Covid-19, many young people have elected not to 

get jabbed. Under the government’s current plans, 

unvaccinated individuals will be prohibited from 

entering venues - such as nightclubs - from 

September. Johnson’s government had, 

previously, ruled out the idea of
making the 
entry to venues be
dependent on 
vaccination
status.

 

The government’s U-turn came just hours after nightclubs 

were allowed to open for the first time in 16 months.
Amid
 the condemnation of Johnson’s plans, some
have 
suggested, that mandatory vaccination
passports 
will help provide peace of mind
to some 
Covid-wary clubbers and others 

attending large gatherings.

 

 

______________________________






UK government document 


quietly introduces vaccine


 passports by the back door 


and points to a third lock-


down this winter


July 13th, 2:53pm (RT)


 


By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring
the 
role of intelligence services in shaping politics & 


perceptions. Follow him on Twitter @KitKlarenberg


 


For all the government’s bluster about ‘irreversibly’ reopening 


Britain after July 19, official documents paint a very different 


picture, suggesting lockdowns could well return and Covid


 passports may become the norm.


 


Sajid Javid’s elevation to UK Health Secretary ushered in a new


 tone on the part of all government ministers in respect of 


coronavirus. In a flash, the ambiguity and equivocation


 that had typified official statements about lockdown 


for so long vanished, and swaggering confidence 


about a full and permanent reopening of the 


country in the very near future.. became de 


rigueur across every Whitehall department.


 


“We must learn to live with Covid,” Javid forcefully asserted on 


June 28, the same day he assumed the post. This bullishness 


hasn’t faltered since, despite a backlash from some sections 


of the scientific community, and a not insignificant amount 


of public support for certain restrictions enduring, perhaps


 permanently. On July 12, he confirmed that the country 


was pushing full steam ahead with its unlocking road


-map, with all businesses free to reopen and all 


limitations on human contact over... in a 


week’s time.


 


“We’ve all been yearning to get there, and we all want this to 


be a one-way journey,” Javid told the House of Commons.


 


However, an official guide to “moving to step four of the roadmap”


 – i.e. a full cessation of pandemic restrictions –quietly published


 the previous Saturday– is far less strident and optimistic.


 


For one, it reveals that, in September, the government will “under


take a review to assess the country’s preparedness for autumn 


and winter, which will consider whether to continue or 


strengthen public and business guidance” in the lead


-up to December, “including on face coverings and 


test, trace and isolate,” and with “remaining 


regulations” also to be assessed.


 


In other words, it’s sensible to expect 


another lockdown before 2021 is over.


 


There have of course been numerous insinuations over the past


 six months that a true return to normality isn’t in the offing 


anytime soon. For example, in explaining the postpone-


ment of “freedom day” in June, Prime Minister Boris


 Johnson suggested the UK could be in for a “rough 


winter for all sorts of reasons,” as there might be 


“some new diseases, some new horror that we 


simply haven’t budgeted or accounted for” on 


the horizon as yet unforeseen.


 


Still, black-and-white confirmation that whatever freedom is 


achieved on July 19th will be short-lived, and subject to 


change further down the road, can only be considered 


a perturbing disappointment. Even more disquieting, 


though, is the section of the document relating to the 


NHS COVID Pass, or “vaccine passport.” It states 


Whitehall will be “encouraging and supporting 


businesses and large events” to use the Pass 


in “high-risk settings” to “help to limit the
risk 
of infection.”


 


“The government will work with organisations that operate large,


 crowded settings --- where people are likely to be in close 


proximity to others outside their household to encourage 


the use of the NHS Covid Pass,” the passage continues.


 “If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, 


the government will consider mandating the NHS 


Covid Pass in certain venues at a later date.”


 


It was only in May that citizens were told in no uncertain terms 


there was “no chance” UK laws would be changed to mandate


 the use of vaccine passports, with plans to that effect having 


been unambiguously scrapped. This new protocol could, 


however, make vaccine passports a fait accompli, 


achieved via the backdoor, with culpability for the 


volte face deposited squarely on the shoulders of 


“businesses and large events” and their patrons


 for not responsibly taking “sufficient measures”


 to “limit infection.”


 


A similar carrot-and-stick approach was evident in an announce-


ment made by French President Emmanuel Macron the same day


 Javid spoke of a “one-way journey.” He outlined how, as of 


August, anyone over the age of 12 entering a café, cinema, 


cultural centre, hospital, museum, restaurant, theatre, 


theme park, or train in France will need to possess a 


special Covid health pass. Perversely, Macron was 


also keen to stress that “vaccination is not 


immediately obligatory for everyone.”


 


Essentially, no one’s forcing you to get vaccinated – it’s just that 


most spheres of daily life and activities, both indoor and out, will 


be entirely off limits until you do. The Catch-22 situation the UK 


government is subtly contriving in order to impose vaccines, 


and vaccine passports, on the public seems particularly 


insidious, given official data indicates that 87% of 


England’s population aged 18 and over have 


received their first vaccination, without the 


clear threat of not being able to enjoy 


drinks with friends in a pub, among 


other mundane exploits, hanging 


over them.


 


Moreover, the experience of Israel shows that vaccine certificates


 quickly become redundant – in fact, it was just three months after 


Tel Aviv made a “green pass” mandatory for accessing indoor 


spaces that they were scrapped. After all, as the policy had 


served as such a stirring incentive to get vaccinated... all 


Israeli adults had received both doses by April, meaning


 there was no need to inspect anyone’s pass.


 


One needn’t be a cynic to suggest that darker motives lie behind the


 push for vaccine passports. The dire surveillance implications of 


such a resource were starkly outlined in an April briefing note 


from civil liberties organization Big Brother Watch, which 


cautioned that COVID certificates “would become de 


facto identity cards if they were introduced, and 


would likely be retained and expanded in 


purpose and data over time,” marking


 “a profound impact on citizens’ right 


to privacy in the modern context.”


 


“The UK has a proud history of opposition to identity systems and


 personal checks. COVID-status certificates would turn the UK into


 a two-tier, checkpoint society and mark a serious break from our


 long-guarded democratic traditions, of which respect for privacy


 is key,” Big Brother Watch warned. “The combination of apps 


with sensitive health data and the subversion of everyday 


businesses and events into checkpoints, could constitute 


the biggest expansion of surveillance ever seen in


 the UK.”


 


Evidently, for all Downing Street’s newfound cheerfulness and


 libertarian rhetoric, the nine most terrifying words in the


English language very much remain, “I’m from the 


Government, and I’m here to help.”


 


 


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UK govt gave contract to IT firm


 that is ‘openly plotting’ to turn 


vaccine passports into
a UK 
national ID card,
privacy
 group warns


June 21st, 3:48pm (RT)


 


The British government has been accused of aiming


 to covertly implement a national ID programme,


 after it partnered with a company that has 


advocated turning vaccine passports 


into a multi-purpose document.


 


Entrust, an IT firm that bills itself as a “global leader


 in identities, payments, and data protection,” was


 awarded a contract by the Dept of Health and
Social Care last month, to work on the UK’s 


Covid-19 vaccine certificate system. 


 


The company was given £250,000 ($346,000) to provide


 cloud-computing services for the government’s Covid


-status certification scheme, iNews reported. The 


contract is due to expire in March 2022, but the 


government has the option of extending it for


 an additional year. 


 


Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated last month that 


proof of vaccination will be “necessary”... for inter-


national travel, and in recent weeks, reports have


 emerged, claiming that the UK government may 


require the documents - of people attending 


sporting events or other large gatherings. 


 


Judging from Entrust’s own stance on the issue, it’s 


possible that the government may have even more 


ambitious plans for the digital certificate.


 


 In a February blog post published on the company’s


 website, Jann Markey, Entrust’s product marketing 


director, argued that the advent of vaccine pass-
ports 
could be used as an opportunity to roll out
a national
 ID as part of “the infrastructure
of the new normal.”


 


“Consider a national ID strategy: With the infrastructure 


and investment necessary to ensure a viable vaccine 


passport, why not redeploy this effort into a national 


citizen ID programme that can be used for multiple 


purposes including the secure delivery of govern-


ment services, secure cross-border travel, and 


documentation of vaccination,” the blog,
which 
explores vaccine passports in
the “post-
pandemic world,” states. 


 


Notably, the US-based company has already helped 


Albania, Ghana, and Malaysia, deploy national ID 


systems, iNews said. 


 


Entrust’s partnership with the UK government has 


already raised alarm among civil liberties 


organisations and lawmakers. 


 


Tory MP David Davis, a member of the anti-lockdown 


Covid Recovery Group, demanded an explanation 


from the government. He told iNews that it was 


“extraordinary”... that the health department 


could ink deals with such companies -- with-


out first getting permission from Parliament, 


adding that it was particularly worrying that 


a contract could be given to a firm “with this


 sinister attitude to surveillance of citizens.”


 


Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith 


echoed similar displeasure, claiming that the 


contract contradicts the “stated position of


 the government” and should be nixed. 


 


Big Brother Watch, a privacy and civil liberties group, 


said the Entrust contract represents an attempt by 


the government to issue ID cards “by the


 back door.”  


 


“The fact that the government has done a deal with Entrust,


 a company which is openly plotting a route from vaccine 


passports to digital identity cards, only underlines what


 a serious threat Covid passes would be... to our civil 


liberties and our privacy,” the organisation’s head 


of research, Jake Hurfurt, warned. 


 


A health department spokesperson insisted that the NHS 


app used to certify vaccination status will not be used
as
 a national ID system, describing the scheme as a 


“simple and secure means” to allow for inter-


national travel. Entrust declined to
comment, 
when contacted
by iNews. 


 


 


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I’m not given to hyperbole, but 


the coming week is one of the 


most important in UK history


 – if not the most important  


by Neil Clark


June 10th, (RT)


 


Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and 


blogger. His award winning blog can be found at 


www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. 


He tweets on politics and 


world affairs @NeilClark66


 


I’m not given to hyperbole, but the coming week is 


one of the most important in British history – if not


 the most important  


 


If Covid-19 ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 is postponed, 


as seems likely, and the public complies with it, 


Britain will never return to normal. If curbs 


can’t be lifted when deaths ‘with’ the 


virus are near zero, when will they


 ever be?


 


Don’t say you weren’t warned. Having predicted correctly, 


before Christmas, the very day (January 4th) when Boris 


Johnson would announce the next lockdown, on January 


1st, 2021, I tweeted: ‘My inside source says that there'll 


be no significant easing of restrictions until July at the 


earliest. Govt mentioning Easter, as they need to take


 backbenchers with them & want public compliance.’ 


 


 The tweet received some abusive replies. “Drivel,” wrote 


Pete Hayward. “What a load of rubbish,” said Phil Moor. 


How ludicrous to say restrictions will still be in force 


deep into 2021!  


 


Now, however, here we are in June, and we are still living 


under restrictions. And in terms of overseas travel, more 


restrictions than we had last summer, before anyone 


was vaccinated!  


 


We can talk about the government moving the goalposts,


 but in truth, they’ve uprooted the goalposts and taken 


them off the pitch altogether. ‘Three weeks to flatten 


the curve’ has proved to be the longest three weeks


 in history. Currently, it’s 63 weeks and counting. 


 


Back in January, we were told by Health Secretary Matt 


Hancock that once the “most vulnerable” had been 


vaccinated, our freedoms would be restored. But 


then we had to vaccinate the over-50s. The 


over-40s. The over-25s.   


 


Now we’re told that we should delay the June 21st unlocking 


until everyone has had their second jabs. After that – rest 


assured – it’ll be ’until the children are vaccinated’. And 


then ‘we need to wait until everyone has had their 


booster jabs’. 


 


The much-maligned ‘conspiracy theorists’ who predicted that


 this thing was never meant to end and that every time 


restrictions are supposed to end, they’ll find new 


excuses to keep them (with the latest being 


‘variants’), have been proven right. The 


question everyone needs to be asking


is - If restrictions aren’t lifted in high 


summer when deaths ‘with’ Covid-19 


fall to close to zero, as they've done 


this month, then when will they
ever
 be lifted? 


 


I’m not given to hyperbole, but the coming week will, 


I believe, be one of the most important – if not the 


most important – in British history.  


 


Because if Johnson does, as expected, announce a 


postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday and 


there is not a major (and I mean major) public 


backlash, the delay will not just be for two 


weeks or even a month. It will be forever.  


 


If people – and businesses – simply ‘take it on the chin‘, 


even if it means the destruction of their livelihoods and 


everything they have worked and strived for, then the 


government will take it as a green light to maintain a 


level of restrictions throughout the summer, before 


more lockdowns/increased restrictions are 


imposed in the autumn, and once again 


we’ll be told it's “to protect
the NHS”.    


 


Public acquiescence will mean it’ll be full steam ahead 


for the next phase of the ‘Great Reset’ – which means 


an extension of domestic vaccine passports (already 


being used for England’s home games in the Euros 


football tournament), and a genuine, permanent 


end to ‘free movement’ for the masses.  


 


If you’re enraged by the sight of Johnson arriving in 


Cornwall in a large jet for the G7 bash and tweeting 


about how he was going to ‘Build Back Better’ and 


‘greener’, while ordinary Brits are not allowed to 


go abroad on holiday, well, get used to it, 


because this is the ‘one rule for us, one


 rule for you’ future that the Davos set 


is planning for us.  


 


That the UK political elites had no intention of voluntarily 


restoring the basic freedoms we all enjoyed prior to 


March 2020 – and have been pursuing a sinister 


and very authoritarian anti-human globalist 


agenda that had nothing to do with fighting 


a virus – was clear to anyone who paid 


close attention to what they 


actually said.  


 


In April 2020, Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “The fact


 is we will not go back to how we were in early March 


– there will be new norms that will inevitably come 


off -- the way social distancing is dominating our 


lives and has affected society. We would expect 


''social distancing',' in every single work area, 


whether it’s an office or a construction site, 


and on public transport, going forward.” 


 


A couple of weeks later she declared: “I think we all 


recognise now: social distancing is here to stay”, 


adding, “Our lives are going to be very different”. 


 


On May 22nd, 2020, Scottish First Minister Nicola 


Sturgeon tweeted about a path to ‘a new normal’,


 not to normal.   


 


This week, we learned the Scottish government is 


planning to extend ‘emergency’ powers until at 


least March 2022, with the option of a vote to 


extend them still further, until the end of 


September 2022. 


 


We also have lockdown hardliner Susan Michie, a 


member of both SAGE and ‘Independent SAGE’, 


saying on television... that we’ll have to be 


wearing masks and socially distanced 


from our fellow human beings ‘forever’. 


 


To add insult to injury, she laughed, when she said it, too.  


 


In openly admitting there is no plan to return us to the 


world of early March 2020, a world without anti-social 


distancing, travel curbs & mandatory face coverings, 


Patel, Sturgeon et al are only echoing the words of 


 World Economic Forum’s founder, Klaus Schwab, 


co-author of the book ‘The Great Reset’, who
has 
made it very clear the ‘New Normal‘ is
meant to 
be permanent.  


 


“The people assume, we are just going back to the good


old world which we had - and everything will be normal 


again: how we are used to, in the ''old fashioned'' way. 


This is, let’s say, fiction, it won't happen, the cut which 


we have now, is much too strong, in order not to leave


 traces,” he has said. 


 


The chances of the Great Reset being derailed don’t look 


good. Furlough – always a very good guide to what the 


government has planned – has been extended until the


 end of September. With plans to vaccinate school-


children, it’s worth remembering that the Covid-19 


vaccines only have emergency approval, and if 


the ‘emergency’ is declared ‘ended’, what 


happens then? 


 


However, all is not yet lost.  


 


Opposition to restrictions is growing by the day – and many 


people who have up to now accepted lockdowns are saying


 “enough is enough”. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the impresario, 


has announced he will open his London theatres, without 


social distancing on June 21st, come “hell or high water” 


and said he is prepared to be arrested. There are also 


reports that the nightclub sector may open its doors 


on June 21st too --- regardless of what Johnson 


announces on Monday. Such defiance is what 


we need to see a lot more of – providing that 


the full reopening does not involve the use


 of vaccine passports.  


 


Freedom in Britain hasn’t been lost for good just yet, 


but, make no mistake, it is in terrible danger. The 


next seven days will prove absolutely crucial. 


 


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More than half of the people living in
democracies 
believe their freedoms 


have been overly restricted during
the Covid-19 pandemic


May 5th, 8:30am (RT)


 


 


A survey has shown that 53% of citizens living 


in democracies feel their freedoms are being 


infringed upon by their government’s 


response to Covid-19, and the 


dissatisfaction has grown 


since last year.


 


The study, conducted by the Alliance of Democracies 


Foundation & brand tracking firm Latana, published 


Wednesday, claimed that in democratic countries, 


citizens have become less satisfied by their 


government’s response to the pandemic, 


over the course of the past year. 


 


Polling over 53,000 individuals in 53 democracies,


 the survey shows that while 70% of people were 


satisfied with their government’s response in 


spring 2020, satisfaction had fallen to 51% 


in spring 2021. 


 


Concern that governments are doing too much to 


limit personal freedoms has increased too, with 


53% saying their freedoms had been overly 


restricted in spring 2021, versus 45%
in 
spring 2020.


 


“We now need to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic, 


by delivering more democracy & freedom to people 


who want to see their country become more


democratic,” said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 


Chair of the Alliance of Democracies 


Foundation.


 


The survey, which also looks at other issues relevant 


to many democratic nations, suggests that people 


believe economic inequality to be the biggest 


threat to democracy. Foreign interference 


was seen as a lesser threat, with nearly 


half concerned by the impact of US 


interference on their democracy. 


 


 


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 UK govt tenders suggest London 

could secretly be preparing
for
 lockdowns to last
until
 at least 2022

by Kit Klarenberg

April 27th, 10:20pm (RT)

 

Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist 

exploring the role of intelligence services

 in shaping politics and perceptions. 

Follow on Twitter @KitKlarenberg


 

 UK citizens are prepared for a “great British summer” 

due to the progress of the UK’s vaccination program.

 However, quietly-published government contracts 

reveal the promised roadmap out of lockdown 

could, in fact, be a red herring.

 

On April 26th, the UK government published a tender 

in search of 60 new “covid marshals” in the district 

of Hertfordshire. The contract, offered to “public 

security, law and order [and] compulsory social 

security services” providers, is set to run from

July 2021-January 2022, costing £3 million.

 

Marshals were introduced in October 2020 to help 

businesses manage queues, to ensure adherence 

with social distancing measures, remind people

 to wear face coverings, where necessary, and 

regularly clean frequently-touched surfaces. 

 

As Britain’s BBC state broadcaster has acknowledged,

though, they don’t actually have any legal mandate 

to enforce rules. Officials merely “hoped” they’d 

make life at least slightly easier for those 

authorities – such as police – actually 

invested with such powers.

 

According to the new tender, these individuals are

 expected – using “an intelligence led approach” 

– to “provide practical support, to aid and 

encourage compliance,” help “introduce

 measures to aid public and business 

awareness and understanding of 

regulations and guidance,” and 

disseminate Covid-19 guidance,

 “including.... where additional 

local restrictions are in place.”

 

While the job description sounds like something to

 expect in the Covid-era, the timing may raise quite 

a few eyebrows. According to Whitehall’s official 

roadmap, due to the “success” of London’s

 national vaccination program, “no earlier 

than June 21st, the government hopes
to 
be in a position to remove all legal

 limits on social contact.”

 

In March, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was reportedly 

“more optimistic than ever” of a “great British summer”

 imminently impending. Not long after, Transport Sec.,

 Grant Shapps, said, with much fanfare, that: “for the 

first time, people can start to 'think about' visiting 

loved ones abroad, or perhaps a summer holiday.”

 

 Where Britons could head to, what encumbrances on 

their liberty they would face upon returning, and how 

much restrictions – such as PCR tests – would add 

to their trip bill, was unstated.

 

That a “great British summer” wasn’t on the cards, 

contrary to official pronouncements, was in any 

event, hinted in mid-April, when the Association 

of Independent Festivals – which represents 

approximately 40 percent of the country’s 

festival calendar – revealed over 90% of 

its members were 'unable' to convene 

events in 2021 without state-backed 

insurance, which remains 

unforthcoming.

 

However, a document stating that Covid marshals 

will be required to... “encourage compliance”, 

among members of the public until the start

 of next year ,at least, appears to be the 1st

 black-and-white confirmation, coming 

directly from the UK government.

 

 The tender strongly implies, what ministers have, so 

far, been unwilling to concede: the global pandemic 

isn’t anywhere near over yet, resultant lockdowns 

are likely, and citizens’ lives will continue to be

 adversely affected far beyond the 

foreseeable future.

 

An even longer period of uncertainty is even more 

heavily insinuated, by a separate tender for a 

“COVID Public Information Campaign” in 

Northern Ireland, which calls for “an
a
dvertising contractor, to build on
and 
continue to deliver, a
multimedia 
advertising
campaign on 

COVID-19.” 

 

Published not long after Hancock’s munificent prophecy,

 the contract is set to run for two years from April 2021,

 and to cost £2 million.

 

Residents of the UK should, by this point, be thoroughly

 ''accustomed'' to optimistic ministerial forecasts in 

respect of Covid, leading only to disappointment.


 When the country first entered lockdown in 

March 2020, Johnson pledged it would last

 just three weeks.

 

That period of confinement eventually ended four months 

later, and the Prime Minister unveiled plans to return the 

country to “normal” by Christmas. A 4-week lockdown

 was “temporarily” reimposed in November, rules were

 relaxed for Yuletide, then partially reimposed, before 

a full lockdown was, again, applied in January.

 

Johnson has since alleged that lockdowns, not vaccines,

 are the key driving force behind the country’s much-

reduced Covid casualties and caseload, and “the 

majority of scientific opinion” remains “firmly” of

 the view “there will be another wave of Covid at 

some stage this year.” Evidently, now is very 

much not the time to be booking holidays,

 or expecting “normality” - whatever that

 means by this point - to come flooding

 back, anytime soon.

 

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WHO Won't Support 

COVID Passports

April 6th, (teleSUR)




Several countries are touting the initiative of 

COVID-passports or immunity passports as 

a safe means to travel and fully reopen

 their economies.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) rejected 

on Tuesday the use of COVID passports amid 

concerns it would not prevent the 

virus's spread.

 

During a press conference, the WHO spokesperson, 

Margaret Harris, said the experts “are not certain
at 
this stage, that the vaccine prevents
transmission." 

 

Likewise, the official raised concerns that the use of 

these passports could be discriminatory; hence the 

WHO won't endorse it. Getting tested is a requisite 

for an immunity passport. However, in many 

countries, thousands cannot access a 

test;  therefore, these passports 

exclude the majority.

 

Several countries are touting the initiative of COVID-

passports or immunity passports as a safe means 

to travel and fully reopen their economies. Last 

year Chile announced it intended to issue the 

world´s first immunity passports. Germany, 

Italy, and the U.S., have publicly backed 

the alternative.

 

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'Divisive and Discriminatory': 

70 UK MPs Sign Pledge to 

Oppose Government's 

COVID Passport Plans

by Oleg Burunov

April 2nd, 5:56am (RT)

 

 

On Thursday, UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said 

there wlll "definitely" be a role for vaccine passports

 for Britons going abroad --- and that a similar COVID 

certification scheme may be "useful" within Britain.

 

Over 70 UK lawmakers, including 40 Conservatives, have 

warned the British government over its plans to use 

COVID-19 vaccine passports within the country.

 

On Thursday, a cross-party group of politicians signed a 

pledge to oppose the move --- vowing they will oppose
"the 
divisive and discriminatory use of COVID status 

certification to deny individuals access to 

general services, businesses, or jobs".

 

The signatories include ex-Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan 

Smith and former Cabinet ministers Esther McVey, 

Andrew Mitchell, and Sir John Redwood, as well 

as leading Tory COVID rebels, Mark Harper 

and Steve Baker.

 

One more signatory is Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 

Committee of Tory backbenchers, who described COVID-

status certification as something that "would be divisive

 and discriminatory".

 

"With high levels of vaccination protecting the vulnerable 

- and making transmission less likely - we should aim to 

return to normal life, not to put permanent restrictions 

in place", Brady added.

 

Also signing the pledge was a 20-strong group of Labour MPs, 

among them former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott 

and ex-Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

 

Labour peer Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, who also joined the

 campaign, dubbed the possible introduction of internal COVID 

passports "an authoritarian step too far".

 

The pledge's signatories included almost all Liberal Democrat 

MPs, with their party leader Sir Ed Davey earlier labelling the

 use of COVID passports within Britain "illiberal" and 

"unworkable".

 

"As we start to get this virus properly under control, we should 

start getting our freedoms back, vaccine passports - essentially

 COVID ID cards - take us in the other direction", Davey argued.

 

He was echoed by another signatory, Sam Grant, of the UK-based 

rights group Liberty, who asserted that any COVID passport 

system may lead to a "two-tier society" as well as

 "inequality and division".

 

The campaign comes as UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, 

told reporters on Thursday that "there's definitely going to

 be a world in which international travel will use vaccine 

passports".

 

He also admitted that a similar COVID certification scheme to

 show if someone has had a vaccine "will be useful" within

 the UK. The remarks followed Johnson saying last week 

that pub goers could be asked to show a COVID-19 

vaccine certificate.

 

The Daily Telegraph has, meanwhile, reported that COVID 

passports may be tested within weeks -- at several pilot 

events, including the FA Cup Final, the World Snooker 

Championships, and the Brit Awards. 

 

A UK government spokesperson, however, reportedly said 

that "no decisions" on the matter have been taken yet and 

that "it might be a tool we look at as part of pilots, but no

 more than that".

 

 

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 Over 60 Lawmakers Urge 

UK Home Secretary to

End Ban on Protests

20.03.2021 (Sputnik) 

 

 

Over 60 members of the UK parliament, have written 

to Home Secretary Priti Patel demanding he lift the

 ban on protests during the COVID-19 pandemic 

and deeming it a violation of human rights, 

activists who helped put together the

 letter, said Saturday.

 

The letter, coordinated by the campaign groups Liberty 

and Big Brother Watch, was signed by Conservative 

and Labour MPs, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed 

Davey & a number of peers. It quotes Articles 

10 and 11 of the European Convention of

Human Rights which protect the rights

 to freedom of expression and 

freedom of assembly.

 

"We must all be able to stand up to power and have 

our voices heard. In a healthy democracy, protest 

is a critical way we can fight for what we believe 

in. The Government’s current quasi-ban on 

protest is completely unacceptable," Head 

of Policy and Campaigns at Liberty, Sam 

Grant said, according to a statement
by 
Big Brother Watch.

 

"A country cannot be described as a democracy if 

people do not have the freedom to protest," Big 

Brother Watch director Silkie Carlo added.

 

This comes after controversy arose last week 

over police handling of peaceful protests 

organised at the vigil at Clapham 

Common in memory of Sarah 

Everard, a woman who was 

kidnapped and murdered 

as she walked home 

in London.

 

Further protests are planned for today by anti-lockdown

campaigners, even though these gatherings are not 

considered as a "reasonable excuse" for leaving 

the house under the current regulations.

 

"The Home Secretary must immediately issue guidance to
all police forces, to ensure socially distanced protests 

can go ahead -- and create an explicit exemption for 

protests in the current regulations. Those in power 

have made clear that they want to silence dissent 

and drastically curtail our right to free
expression," 
Grant said.

 

Carlo added that the "harrowing scenes" of Metropolitan 

Police officers using force against women at Clapham 

Common were "avoidable and wrong."

 

Met Police officers were criticized for arresting women 

who were attending Everard's vigil last Sunday. The

 Home Office said it was still illegal for people to 

attend protests at a time when regulations are

 in place to prevent wide transmission of the 

COVID-19 virus.

 

Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, disappeared 

as she walked home on the evening of March 3rd. Her 

body was found hidden in a builder's bag in an area 

of woodland in Ashford, Kent on Wednesday.

 

 
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 ‘Law is a mess’: UK parliament committee 

blasts govt over failure to protect ‘right to

 protest’ after Sarah Everard vigil outrage

March 19th, at 18:02pm (RT)

 

The British government failed to make it clear that 

protests were still permissible under Covid-19 

restrictions and confused both the public and 

the police on the issue, a parliamentary 

committee has concluded.

 

The restrictions on gatherings introduced by the

 government during the pandemic have been 

“confusing” and ambiguous, the parliament’s

 Joint Committee on Human Rights said in a 

statement on Friday, adding that protests 

have never been “completely illegal” 

even during lockdown, if 

held properly.

 

The “confusing” nature of the government regulations 

has left the public “unsure of their rights and at risk of

 arbitrary or discriminatory decision-making,” the 

statement said. The government imposed a 

general ban on gatherings but failed to 

make protests an exemption from this 

rule – in a move that the committee 

argued violated the 1998 Human 

Rights Act and the European 

Convention of Human Rights.

 

“The law on the right to protest during the pandemic
has
 been a mess & the right to protest has not been 

protected,” the committee’s head, Harriet Harman, 

said. The lawmakers looked into how different 

protests in the UK unfolded since the 

government started imposing 

restrictions, due to the
Covid
-19 epidemic.

 

The UK has seen quite a number of high-profile rallies 

last year, including the Black Lives Matter protests,

 demonstrations by the defenders of monuments 

targeted by iconoclasts, as well as marches 

against national lockdowns.

 

Most recently, the Reclaim These Streets movement 

organized a number of vigils in commemoration of 

Sarah Everard, a victim of apparent kidnapping 

and murder. One such event in the Clapham 

Common area of London, where Everard 

went missing, ended up in clashes with 

police, after UK law enforcement 

deemed it illegal, under the 

current rules.

 

The incident sparked public outrage and led to another 

rally outside of New Scotland Yard as well as calls for 

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to 

resign. The commissioner herself maintained her 

position that “unlawful gatherings are unlawful 

gatherings,” adding that she did not consider

 resigning.

 

The parliamentary committee blamed the developments 

on the government. “The events of last weekend show 

clearly how the lack of clarity and level of uncertainty 

in the law is unacceptable and must be remedied as 

a matter of urgency,” Harman said.

 

The committee also drafted some amendments to the 

regulations that would “guarantee the right to protest

 in public outdoor places, if done safely” by putting it 

on the same footing as picketing and communal 

worship.

 

Earlier, a legal complaint filed by those seeking to make 

organized vigils permissible under lockdown, was 

defeated in the High Court, which ruled it was
up 
to the police to decide whether the right
to 
protest clashes with the broader public 

health considerations - and a ban on 

mass gatherings amid the pandemic.

 

The UK government has, so far  not reacted 

to the parliamentary committee’s statement.




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UK could experience lockdowns 


for 'SEVERAL YEARS' despite 


vaccination program, SAGE 


member warns


February 9th (RT) 


 


A member of the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for


 Emergencies (SAGE) has claimed that lockdowns could be a 


part of people's lives for "several years" as variants of 


Covid-19 mutate.


 


Professor Sir Ian Boyd, who teaches at the University of St 


Andrews' School of Biology, warned this week against the 


frequent lifting of lockdowns because "it simply fuels a 


new wave of disease" that can cause the virus to


 replicate more and mutate into new strains.


 


"There are a lot of reasons for taking pain now, in order to 


create conditions for controlled release from [restrictions] 


a lot easier," he argued, adding, "Otherwise we risk just 


passing through phases of various levels of lockdown 


and release."


 


Boyd said that lockdowns "could go on for a long time," despite


 the UK's mass vaccination program. "My suspicion is that we 


will experience a damped oscillation of control-release for a 


long time to come — perhaps several years."


 


Brits reacted negatively to the prospect of lockdowns 


still being used in several years, calling it "madness."


 


"Ok. This is ridiculous now,"tweeted journalist James Melville, 


while another social media user argued the country "won’t 


survive" years of lockdowns.


 


"If you are waiting to live, love, and laugh with others again 


until things get back to normal, that normal may never


 come,"commented church pastor Regan Blanton 


King. "Going forward, it is important that we 


prioritise faith and family and lobby


 for freedom."


 


Experts have frequently told Brits that the UK would start 


returning to normal once the majority of the population is 


vaccinated. Mutations of the virus, however, have led to 


an increased concern over whether the vaccines will 


work efficiently against new strains.


 


At least 147 cases of the South African variant, deemed to be 


a faster-spreading strain Of Covid-19, have been recorded 


in the UK, though officials fear the number could 


be higher.


 


Brits seem to have become increasingly fed up with lockdowns,


 which have been implemented in various tiers since March 


2020, according to data which shows more people are 


leaving their homes to go shopping. Most shops are 


forbidden from opening, but stores deemed 


essential like supermarkets, newsagents, 


and pharmacies remain open, while 


others remain open only for 


click-and-collect services.






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Beijing hopes Washington will follow 

China’s lead & invite WHO to the US 

in search for origin of Covid-19

February 2nd  (RT)

 

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged Washington 

to invite the WHO to conduct traceability testing in 

the US, citing the fact the American authorities 

found Covid-19 antibodies in blood donations 

as early as December 2019.

 

Speaking on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman 

Wang Wenbin, told reporters that Beijing has always 

maintained close communication and cooperation 

with the World Health Organization (WHO) on 

Covid-19 traceability, and he said it was 

time the US followed suit. 

 

“I hope that the United States will adopt a positive, scientific, 

and cooperative attitude on traceability issues -- as well as 

maintain transparency, like China -- & invite WHO experts

to the United States to conduct traceability research 
and 
make positive contributions to international 
anti-
epidemic cooperation & scientific 
traceability.” 
Wang said.

 

The spokesman told reporters that traceability testing 
was 
a very complex issue, with many clues, reports 
and 
studies needing to be taken into account.

 

“I will give you an example. According to a research report 

by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention... 

there were antibodies to the new coronavirus in some 

American blood donations in December 2019. This 

means... that the new coronavirus may have 

appeared in the United States at that time, 

earlier than the official US report,” Wang 

stated, reinforcing Beijing’s call for 

Washington to invite the WHO

 to America.

 

Wang continued to point out that China has conducted 

multiple rounds of in-depth exchanges and shared 

a lot of information and research results with 

international partners, including the WHO. 

 

WHO experts are currently in China investigating the source 

of Covid-19, and they visited a wet market in Wuhan on 

Sunday. It has been widely suggested that a Chinese 

wet market was the environment where Covid-19 

first passed to humans. 

 

Scientists are still exploring a number of 

theories relating to the origins of the virus.

 

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Social Distancing May 

Remain in Place All 
Year
 in UK: 

Experts Say 
Vaccine Would Have 

to Be 85 Percent Effective to Stop 
A Surge in Deaths
 Under Life 
as Normal

January 31st  FNA)

 

Social distancing may remain in place until the end of 

the year - while coronavirus vaccines would have to 

be 85 percent effective to prevent a surge in deaths

 if restrictions were totally relaxed, scientists 

warned on Saturday.

 

Modelling passed to Downing Street warns that the UK 

would see a large spike in deaths if inoculation fails to

 significantly cut transmission.

 

A paper commissioned by SAGE subgroup SPI-M and 

produced by modellers at the University of Warwick 

showed a "high uptake" was also vital to get the 

country back to normal without risking a third 

wave of coronavirus.

 

It also warned that even with Britain's breakneck vaccine 

rollout underway, the decline in deaths is slow - and finds

 that even in a best-case scenario, lockdown would have 

to be kept in place until June to prevent another 

significant spike in deaths, according to 

the Telegraph.  

 

The paper said, "Only vaccines that offer high infection-

blocking efficacy with high uptake in the general 

population, allow for the relaxation of non-

pharmaceutical interventions, without 

a huge surge in deaths."

 

Experts think efficacy is currently at 60 percent 

but it is still an unknown.

 

SPI-M's other modelling groups at Imperial College London 

and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 

have reportedly reached similar conclusions.

 

Even in the best case scenario - where vaccines stop 85% of 

transmissions - lockdown will have to stay in place until May.

 

If lockdown was lifted mid-February, a third surge of 

infections would follow by April, the modelling found.

 

While efficacy at 85 percent would mean deaths peak at 1,000 

deaths a day, at 60 percent daily deaths would rise by an 

average of 500 to 1,500 a day.  

 

Dr Sam Moore, one of the paper's authors, said, "If we get 

very high infection blocking then this could almost be 

what delivers us from it, but it would have to be very 

high. Even vaccines with 85 percent infection 

blocking, are insufficient to drive 'R' below 

one on their own."

 

Because the R rate is now above three social distancing 

measures have to stay in place for longer for the 

vaccine to take effect without risking 

more deaths.

 

If the vaccine does provide a 60 percent block against 

coronavirus transmission, as experts have suggested, 

lockdown could end at the end of May, according to

 the Warwick model.

 

But a ban on large events and other social distancing 

restrictions would still need to be in place until the 

end of the year.      

 

A Government spokesman said, "At this early stage in 

the vaccination programme, scientists do not have 

sufficient data to advise how the vaccine may 

affect onward transmission." 

 

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson forced the 

EU into an extraordinary double climbdown during a 

dramatic late-night intervention to protect the UK's 

record-breaking vaccine rollout.

 

During two phone calls just 30 minutes apart, the prime 

minister made European Commission President Ursula 

von der Leyen ditch plans to stop 3.5 million doses of

 the Pfizer jab from reaching the UK from a factory in 

Belgium and abandon the "nuclear option" of 

imposing a hard border on Northern Ireland 

to prevent them reaching the UK.

 

Following his diplomatic victory, Britain on Friday 

recorded a daily record for first-dose jabs – 

487,756 – to bring the total to almost 

8.4 million.

 

In his phone calls, Johnson warned von der Leyen that 

her actions risked denying millions of UK pensioners 

their second Pfizer injections. 

 

She immediately capitulated in a tweet sent 

out shortly before midnight, on Friday. 

 

As part of an implicit "peace deal" with the EU, No 10 Friday 

adopted a conciliatory tone. Cabinet Office Minister Michael 

Gove said the EU recognised that it had "made a mistake" 

and both sides agreed on the need for a "reset".

 

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster was less 

diplomatic, branding the EU's move an "incredible act 

of hostility". 

 


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Halfway through this winter of Covid,


 overall mortality is around normal 


for this time of year. Something 


doesn’t add up


January 21st  (RT)






by Peter Andrews, Irish science journalist 


and writer based in London. He has a 


background in the life sciences, and 


graduated from the University of 


Glasgow with a degree in genetics






Although the numbers of deaths attributed to the virus 


in the UK are higher than they’ve ever been, in total, 


not many more people are dying than in any other 


cold season. Is the mainstream media finally 


waking up to this?








A recent article in the Telegraph is one of the first in a 


mainstream outlet to even suggest a challenge to the 


official coronavirus narrative. These days, that 


narrative claims that the ‘second wave’ is 


actually deadlier than the first. (Recently, 


some Branch Covidians have been 


claiming a ‘third wave’, but there
is 
not yet a united front on that.)








The basic reasoning of the article is sound, even if it is 


long overdue. It laments how, every day, the media 


solemnly reports the latest Covid deaths' figures. 



Presenting this figure in isolation results in graphs 


that do, indeed, seem to show that we are at the 


height of a second, worse phase of a pandemic. 


But, like any statistics, daily death numbers are 


meaningless without context, which the media 


rarely provides.






They do not provide context because, if they did, the public 


might see a graph such as the one from a Telegraph article.


 It quite clearly shows the spring spike in overall mortality, 


which was caused by Covid (plus lockdowns). After that 


ends in summer, we see… nothing. Overall mortality 


ever since, even through this winter, hovers at 


around the five-year average. And overall 


mortality, as I’ve repeatedly pointed out, 


is the only true way to know whether 


you are in a pandemic or not – all 


other figures can easily be fiddled.








Out of whack








So, why are the excess death data & the Covid deaths data 


so out of whack? And why isn’t Covid killing lots and lots of 


people this winter, as it did in spring? Even if you ascribe all 


excess deaths to Covid and none to lockdown, there really 


does not seem to be anything out of the normal variation 


in total deaths from year to year. And surely, by now, the 


toll of unnecessary deaths caused by untreated cancer, 


heart disease, depression and so on, has at least 


begun to register.






One reason coronavirus might not be slaying all around it this 


winter is because, well, this is not its first winter. Remember: it 


is called Covid-19, as in 2019. Of course, the official version of


 history states that the virus didn't reach Western civilisation 


until the spring of 2020, but evidence for this assertion is 


based on dodgy polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests 


and a profound rejection of common sense. (By the 


way, how many people do you know who had a 


severe bout of pneumonia-like symptoms 


last winter?)






But the main reason for the disparity is obvious: mass PCR 


testing. Under the current regime (science is the wrong word), 


a ‘Covid death’ is someone who dies having tested positive for


 Covid within the previous 28 days. When you test all hospital 


patients, as the UK does, then some of them will turn out to be 


positive – how many depends largely on the way you do the 


tests. And the more tests you do, the more ‘Covid deaths’ 


you will generate. It is that simple. Dr Mike Yeadon has 


written extensively on this, which he calls the PCR 


false positive pseudo-epidemic.








Too little, too late








In another time, it might have been shocking that it took so long 


for the science editor of a broadsheet newspaper to wonder 


why, in the midst of a killer pandemic the world’s not seen


 for a century or so, the number of people dying in the 


country is ordinary. Better late than never I suppose, 


but do not take this as a sign that reinforcements 


are coming. Even this article makes absolutely 


sure to pledge allegiance to Covid orthodoxy, 


stating without evidence: “severe restrictions 


were … clearly essential to control the 
growing 
pandemic’’.








Most people do not get their information by sifting through 


government-issued statistics on websites designed to 


hinder you. But there used to be a word for someone 


who got paid to do exactly that and then tell the 


public, in plain English, what they found. Oh, 


that’s right – we used to call those people 


‘journalists’. There don’t seem to be many 


of them about these days, not even at


 the Telegraph.






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Police chief mocked after declaring
British ‘civic duty’
 
is snitching on
neighbours who violate
Covid-19 rules

(RT updated October 30th, 2020) 




A UK Chief constable has been deluged with mockery 

and Hitler memes, after arguing it’s every resident’s 

duty to turn in neighbours and local businesses for 

breaking lockdown rules and complaining about

how British culture reviles snitches.




UK residents who report their neighbours and local 

businesses to the police for violating the country’s 

increasingly stringent Covid-19 control measures 

are just doing their “civic duty” and should be 

praised, not ostracized, Merseyside chief 

constable Andy Cooke told the Daily
Mail 
on Wednesday.





“People are doing a civic duty in contacting us for the 

right reasons,” he stated, insisting “the vast majority 

of people across the country are really concerned 

about this” and “any information that you can give 

us, in relation to breaches, will save lives, and
that’s 
why people are [reporting to the police].”




Lamenting that the practice of turning one’s neighbour in

to the authorities for minor infractions wasn’t more widely 

accepted among respectable Brits, Cooke blamed a 

“sneering culture” for placing rats at the bottom of

the social hierarchy.




His remarks weren’t received well on social media, where 

users were quick to pull out the Nazi pics & Orwell quotes.




“This is what Hitler and Stalin demanded 

of their people,” one user pointed out. 




Others suggested the cops focus on fighting real crime. 

Merseyside saw a 6.3 percent increase in violent crime 

over the past year, according to statistics released

 in July.




A few played along, tweeting that they could “hear voices 

of people having fun and not living in fear” and “even

saw two people hugging, no face masks they were 

even smiling.”




Several suggested the strategy of enlisting civilians
to 
police their neighbours would backfire, both by 

destroying trust in the police and by creating 

suspicion in communities.




Cooke’s paean to the common snitch came on the heels 

of similar comments by West Midlands Police and Crime 

Commissioner David Jamieson, who said in a Tuesday

 interview that police would not hesitate to break up 

Christmas and other holiday celebrations if they 

“flagrantly” violated the government’s rules 

on gatherings.




National Police Chiefs Council chair Martin Hewitt also promised 

“quicker enforcement” of “blatant” rule violations earlier this 

week, urging members of the public to report “egregious 

breaches” - like pubs being open past the 10pm cutoff - 

that “put everybody at risk.” As of Wednesday, the 

NPCC had issued 20,223 fines for violations of the 

Covid-19 restrictions, including 980 spot tickets

 for breaking lockdown.




Unlike Jamieson, however, Hewitt declined to speculate 

on whether his officers would be breaking up Christmas 

parties, instead merely urging the public to take heed 

of the rules in whatever part of the country they 

opted to spend the holiday. 




Despite a steep fall in the number of deaths with Covid-19 

from the pandemic’s peak earlier this year, the UK has