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Sep 15 16:21

‘Completely reversible’? UK transgender charity instructs teachers on puberty blockers to 12yo kids

A transgender advocacy NGO has told teachers that puberty blockers are harmless and should be given to children as young as 12 in a “model” training session for UK schools. Scholars and medics warn such advice is “disturbing.”

Sep 15 16:15

Lib Dems pledge to cancel Brexit if they win general election

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to cancel Brexit if they come to power at the next general election.

Members voted for the new policy at their party conference in Bournemouth by an overwhelming majority.

Previously, the party has backed another referendum or "People's Vote", saying they would campaign to Remain.

After the vote, their leader Jo Swinson, said: "We will do all we can to fight for our place in Europe, and to stop Brexit altogether."

Sep 14 19:40

Gold toilet stolen in Blenheim Palace burglary

The police are reporting they have nothing to go on :)

Sep 14 09:57

Liberal Democrat party to consider scrapping Brexit

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson says she hopes to convince members to back a policy of scrapping Brexit without another referendum, as the party's conference begins in Bournemouth.

Ms Swinson says holding the referendum got the UK "into a mess".

And she believes revoking Article 50 - the formal process to leave the EU - is the only satisfactory way out.

Sep 13 18:02

Better hungry than eating meat? UK school goes veg-only, no packed lunches… or freedom of choice

Children being made to eat vegetarian food for lunch in schools in Britain and France, and not allowed meat or fish, raises some serious questions about freedom of choice and possible dietary deficiencies.

Sep 12 10:10

Parents shocked as UK school asks kids to write ‘SUICIDE LETTER’ as part of English exercise

A school in the UK gave their teenage English students the task of writing a suicide note in the context of an exercise to explore suicidal feelings, prompting one “genuinely shocked” parent to complain.

Sep 12 08:08

Johnson’s Brexit Mess Now a “Constitutional Crisis”

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson tried to undermine parliament and the Brexit process by temporarily suspending parliament, but now a court has ruled that the suspension is unlawful and a constitutional crisis unfolds, says Grace Blakeley

Sep 12 05:46

EU chief David Sassoli says 'no initiatives' have been shown that would reopen Brexit negotiations

No initiatives have been presented that could reopen Brexit negotiations, the European Parliament President David Sassoli has said.

Speaking after a meeting with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Thursday, Sassoli said the bloc "would like initiatives to discuss, but there are none".

He added the UK had also not proposed "any alternatives" to the backstop issue, stressing that "you can't have an agreement without a backstop".

It comes despite assurances from London that progress has been made in talks, having offered up ideas on customs agreements and goods.

"We believe there is too much rigidity," Sassoli continued, adding: "and this rigidity is something that is being ratified into October 31."

Sep 12 05:00

Brexit LIVE: Boris WINS! No deal legal challenge dismissed in Belfast court - huge boost

Lord Justice Bernard McCloskey delivered his ruling at Belfast High Court this morning on three joined cases against the Prime Minister’s handling of the UK’s scheduled exit from the European Union. The three challenges argued a no deal Brexit on October 31 would undermine agreements involving the UK and Irish Governments. The Government rejected that contention during two days of legal proceedings in the High Court.

Sep 12 04:59

'Corbyn's plan is MAD!' Brussels furious with Remain alliance as Brexit plunges into chaos

Diplomats and officials are “tearing their hair out” at the prospect Jeremy Corbyn winning the keys to Downing Street amid political chaos in London. They simply can’t understand why Labour have pledged to negotiate a “credible” Brexit deal with Brussels before campaigning against it in a referendum. Brussels sources also revealed they regret forming tactical alliances with Remain campaigners during the Brexit negotiations.

Sep 10 16:19

Millions of people in England taking medicines they can find hard to stop

Nearly 12 million people – about one in four adults in England – are taking medicines for pain, depression or insomnia, which they can find hard to stop, according to a government review.

Too many people are being prescribed medicines that can cause dependence, says Public Health England (PHE). Half have been on these medicines for a year or more and more than a fifth for over three years. Prescribing rates are 1.5 times higher for women than for men.

Sep 10 16:15

Sainsbury's reinstalls tills in till-free store

Tills have been reinstalled in an experimental till-less shop opened by supermarket Sainsbury's.

It had been totally refurbished to remove the entire checkout area, freeing up shop assistants to help customers on the shop floor.

Customers had to scan their groceries using Sainsbury's Pay & Go app, paying for them as they went around the shop.

But it resulted in long queues at the helpdesk as people attempted to pay for their groceries in the traditional way.

Sainsbury's said it had learned "a huge amount" from the experiment.

Sep 10 16:13

Channel migrants: Rise in crossings driven by Brexit 'fake news'

Eighty-six people attempted to cross the English Channel in a single day - amid claims that people smugglers were using threats about Brexit to pressure migrants.

Border Force officials intercepted six small vessels travelling towards the UK on Tuesday.

It is thought to be the highest number of people found in a single day.

French politician Pierre-Henri Dumont said migrants were wrongly being told "the crossing will close" after Brexit.

He blamed "fake news" about the UK's departure from the EU and said "security measures" alone would not stop the rise in crossings.

Sep 10 07:12

Brilliant moment Tory MP tears apart House for letting UK down by blocking Brexit

Addressing the Commons, the Tory MP lashed out against Remainer MPs frustrating the Brexit process and the role of Parliament at a crucial time in the history of UK's democracy. Mr Selous also hit out at those who resigned from their original parties to join the Liberal Democrats or form new Parliamentary groups to serve their own agendas. He said: “In normal circumstances, Parliamentary democracy serves us well. But in the last two and a bit years I have been ashamed of the behaviour of this Parliament.

Sep 10 07:10

Brexit LIVE: Laura Kuenssberg reveals EXACTLY how Boris can still deliver October 31 exit

The BBC's poltical editor has suggested that the Prime Minister may not need to ask for a delay. She said: "That "long shopping list" of errors, according to one member of the cabinet, means the prime minister's self-imposed Halloween Brexit deadline looks further out of reach than a few short days ago. Is it impossible? Absolutely not. "There is the possibility, still, of a deal, with Number 10 today stressing it was still their primary aim.

Sep 09 09:27

BBC education film that claims there are 'more than 100 gender identities' is blasted as 'nonsense' and accused of 'confusing' primary school children

In one video, titled Identity - Understanding Sexual and Gender Identities, a young boy asks: 'What are the different gender identities?'

The teacher on screen, Kate Daniels, then says: 'We know that we have got male and female but there are over 100, if not more, gender identities now.'

Ms Daniels then goes on to explain that some people are 'bi-gender' and so feel as though they are two genders at once, as well as that some people are 'gender-queer' and 'don't want to be anything in particular'.

It is feared that the advice that there are more than '100 genders' will cause confusion as increasingly more children are seeking to change their gender identity.

Sep 09 07:36

The Elite Are Blocking BREXIT

Sep 09 07:09

Is it Quality or QUANTITY Street? Nestlé has shrunk Britain's most popular festive treats AGAIN (with tubs now almost HALF size they were seven years ago)

Nestlé will be cutting the size of the family-favourites for another year, with tubs shrinking some 70g, from 720g to 650g.

Beleaguered customers have complained they've been hit by 'shrinkflation' over the years.

In 2009 Quality Street - then sold in tins - weighed 1.2kg, before gradually getting smaller.

Sep 08 08:16

Boris is Broken

Sep 06 07:38

Fury as police 'act like bouncers' on school gates to 'enforce new dress code' after dozens of protesting pupils were locked out ALL DAY for refusing to wear new gender neutral uniforms

Police and teachers have been criticised for locking school gates to schoolchildren who protested a new 'gender neutral' uniform policy this morning, leaving pupils to wander the streets of a Sussex town.

Angry pupils and parents protested outside the gates of Priory School in Lewes over the clothing policy for the new school year.

But teachers and Sussex Police officers locked the gates on pupils and refused admittance to girls in skirts - and according to one eyewitness officers were actually involved in selecting which students could enter and which would be barred.

Sep 06 07:36

Boris Johnson loses control: Jeremy Corbyn's rebel alliance AGREES deal to block election next week and delay Brexit - leaving the PM powerless in No 10 and he could be forced to QUIT over his 'do or die' October 31 pledge

Jeremy Corbyn and the other leaders of the 'Rebel Alliance' today agreed to work together to stop Boris Johnson forcing an early general election on Monday as the chances of a Brexit delay increased.

Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Plaid Cymru will either vote against the government or abstain when Mr Johnson holds a crunch vote at the start of next week in a bid to go to the country on October 15.

The Prime Minister will need the support of two thirds of the House of Commons to succeed but with the opposition now all on the same page his attempt at triggering a snap poll appears doomed to failure.

That could leave the PM stuck in Number 10 but unable to deliver a No Deal Brexit on October 31 and he could be forced to resign rather than break his 'do or die' pledge.

Sep 05 19:10

'I'd rather be dead in a ditch than delay Brexit': Boris Johnson fuels speculation he will QUIT if he loses fresh bid to force snap election as it emerges he will see the Queen at Balmoral TOMORROW

Boris Johnson today said he would rather be 'dead in a ditch' than delay Brexit - amid mounting speculation he could quit if MPs again block him from holding a snap election.

The Prime Minister underlined his solemn vow to get the UK out of the EU by October 31 as he urged 'chicken' Jeremy Corbyn to support staging a poll.

Delivering a speech at a police training centre in Wakefield, Mr Johnson said going to the country on October 15 was now a 'no brainer'.

And he dodged questions about whether he would resign rather than bow to the will of Parliament.

The comments - in an at times bizarre and rambling performance that was disrupted by a police officer apparently collapsing behind him - came as it emerged the premier will see the Queen in Scotland tomorrow as the political crisis deepens.

Sep 05 19:08

Labour's 'Stop Boris' deal with the Scots: 'Hypocrite' Corbyn holds talks with SNP to push General Election back to NOVEMBER to guarantee No Deal Brexit is dead

Labour will block Boris Johnson's plans for an early General Election until November after entering into a pact with the SNP to stop a No Deal exit.

Jeremy Corbyn met Ian Blackford, the Scottish nationalists' Westminster leader, yesterday to agree an election should only be held after Britain has secured another Brexit delay from the EU.

Mr Corbyn believes he can snare the Prime Minister by refusing Mr Johnson's preferred October 15 election date, forcing him to seek another delay to Brexit.

Sep 05 05:26

Major German Parties Rule Out Deals With Populist AfD Despite its Large Gains in State Elections

The major center-right and center-left parties comprising Germany’s ruling federal coalition took a bad knock in two state elections in the formerly communist east of the country at the weekend. But as each is forced to look for coalition options in the two states they are ruling out working with the populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party at all costs.

Sep 04 19:34

Benjamin Netanyahu to meet Boris Johnson on surprise visit to London

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is travelling to London on Thursday to meet Boris Johnson, on a visit that had not been briefed in advance by either side.

Netanyahu this week cancelled a scheduled trip to India, citing commitments at home surrounding the imminent general election in Israel.

In London, he will also meet the US defence secretary, Mark Esper, according to the prime minister’s office. Esper’s visit has been well trailed and coincides with a visit to the UK by the US vice-president, Mike Pence.

Johnson is also due to meet Pence in Downing Street on Thursday.

Sep 04 17:31

Boris urges ‘people power’ to FORCE election after Corbyn's extraordinary act of cowardice

In an extraordinary act of cowardice, the Labour leader led his MPs in voting against the Prime Minister’s bid for a snap poll to finally break the Brexit deadlock at Westminster. He claimed he would not allow the electoral showdown until a no-deal Brexit is forced off the negotiating. Mr Johnson mocked Mr Corbyn as “frit” and insisted Labour’s opposition to a poll was “unsustainable”. The Prime Minister is expected to try again to get MPs to let him go to the country on October 15 to let the voters choose who will ultimately conclude the Brexit negotiations.

Sep 04 16:11

The real reason Labour doesn't want an election - Corbyn's plot for control revealed

If a general election manifests, it would put the power back into the hands of the public - and Labour isn’t polling well.

In the most recent public voting intention poll conducted by YouGov, Labour received a dismal 22 percent of the vote, well behind the Tories on 33 percent, and almost equal to the Lib Dems on 21 percent.

And bookies predict an election could be Labour’s worst result in 36 years, according to Sporting Index.

The bookmakers believe Jeremy Corbyn will lead Labour to their worst General Election result since Michael Foot’s ‘longest suicide note in history’ manifesto of 1983.

The political spread betting experts have priced Labour seats at 216, just seven more than in ’83, meaning they’d surrender 46 seats with all gains expected to go to the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Sep 03 18:49

Tory purge begins? Hammond among Brexit rebel MPs thrown out of Conservative party

British PM Boris Johnson appears to be purging his party after losing a no-deal Brexit vote in the House of Commons. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is the first on the chopping block.

Hammond was one of the 21 Tories who voted in favor of the motion, put forth by Sir Oliver Letwin and Labour MP Hilary Benn on Tuesday evening, to debate an extension of Brexit to January 31 and take the no-deal option off the table. Johnson threatened them all with expulsion from the party, and appears to be making good on that threat.

All 21 “rebels” have been thrown out of the Conservative Party, the BBC reported citing sources inside the government on Tuesday evening. This includes Hammond, Ken Clarke, Greg Clark, David Gauke, Justine Greening, and Nicholas Soames, among others.

Sep 03 16:34

'He voted against Maastricht, he voted against Lisbon!' Boris RIPS APART u-turning Corbyn

“He is a man who voted against every single piece of EU legislation.

“He voted against Maastricht, he voted against Lisbon, time and time again.

“He has said that we must uphold the results of the EU referendum.

“Time and time again he has said that he’s on the side of democracy and vindicating the will of the people.

“And what do we see now? He has been converted with his Momentum activists trying to take over the streets.

“Converted into the agent of those who would subvert democracy and overturn the will of the people.”

The brutal response came after Mr Corbyn accused the Prime Minister of failing to put forward proposals to the Brexit impasse before MPs.

Sep 03 15:31

Remainer rebels cheer with glee after hijacking Commons to sabotage no deal

The Government was defeated by a margin of 328 to 301 votes in what was a major victory by Remain rebels over the under-pressure Government. Those MPs will now take control of parliamentary business tomorrow and attempt pass legislation which would prevent a no deal Brexit on October 31. This would see Mr Johnson make a humiliating climbdown by forcing him to return to Brussels and ask the European Union to delay Brexit until January 31, 2020 if no agreement has been reached and MPs have not approved a no deal withdrawal.

The humiliating defeat is a huge blow for Mr Johnson, who may now likely call a snap general election to take place in six weeks time - despite being Prime Minister for less than two months.

Sep 03 15:28

Boris Johnson in crushing no deal Brexit vote defeat - snap general election imminent

BORIS JOHNSON has suffered a crushing defeat after rebels voted in favour of a motion designed to block a no deal Brexit, leaving the Prime Minister’s plans in tatters and making it almost certain he will call a snap general election for October 14.

Sep 03 15:21

‘UK’s out of petrol, justify murdering protesters’: Exam question to get into Eton goes viral

With Remainers denouncing Eton-educated Johnson as a private-school elitist, a question from the school’s 2011 entrance exam surfaced online on Tuesday. Some commenters say it gives a frightening insight into the thought processes of the leaders educated at Eton.

“The year is 2040,” 13-year-old boys competing for the King’s Scholarship were asked. “There have been riots in the streets of London after Britain has run out of petrol because of an oil crisis in the Middle East. Protesters have attacked public buildings. Several policemen have died. Consequently, the Government has deployed the Army to curb the protests. After two days the protests have been stopped but twenty-five protesters have been killed by the Army.”

“You are the Prime Minister. Write the script for a speech to be broadcast to the nation in which you explain why employing the Army against violent protesters was the only option available to you and one which was both necessary and moral.”

Sep 03 15:18

‘Nothing!’ Media refuse to cover Roger Waters concert in support of Julian Assange

If most rockstars performed one of their iconic hits outside the British Home Office, the media would lap it up. Not so, if the star is Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and he sings for jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Mainstream media completely ignored Waters’ performance outside the British interior ministry office on Monday evening. A search of the ProQuest newspaper database found “nothing” from any UK newspaper on the event, media fairness website Media Lens tweeted.

Sep 03 08:50

Teenager 'blind' from living off crisps and chips

Experts are warning about the risks of extreme fussy eating after a teenager developed permanent sight loss after living on a diet of chips and crisps.

Eye doctors in Bristol cared for the 17-year-old after his vision had deteriorated to the point of blindness.

Since leaving primary school, the teen had been eating only French fries, Pringles and white bread, as well as an occasional slice of ham or a sausage.

Tests revealed he had severe vitamin deficiencies and malnutrition damage.

Sep 03 08:37

Food banks increasing in schools for pupils' families

More schools in England are setting up food banks to help feed their pupils' families, according to the biggest school governors' organisation.

The National Governance Association's annual survey found 8% of governors were in schools which had food banks - up from 7% last year.

The highest proportion were in the North East - where 13% of governors were in schools with a food bank.

Heads' leader Geoff Barton said schools faced "rising levels of poverty".

"It is a shameful situation in a country which is among the wealthiest in the world," said Mr Barton, leader of the ASCL head teachers' union.

Aug 27 16:48

Jeffrey Epstein accuser urges Prince Andrew to 'come clean'

A woman who accused Jeffrey Epstein of sex abuse and alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew as a 17-year-old has urged him to "come clean".

Speaking after a hearing for alleged victims in the wake of Epstein's death, Virginia Giuffre told reporters the prince "knows what he's done".

Aug 26 07:17

Lancashire fracking: 2.9 magnitude tremor recorded

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.9 has been recorded near the UK's only active shale gas site in Lancashire.

The tremor near Blackpool was recorded at about 08:30 BST and is stronger than those that forced Cuadrilla to suspend test fracking in 2011.

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The latest quake follows another earthquake, with a magnitude of 2.1, measured at the Little Plumpton site on Saturday.

Aug 22 17:16

Army bosses are recruiting poor teenagers into the most dangerous roles because of a lack of adults signing up, campaign group warns

The army is recruiting poor teenagers in its most dangerous roles because it cannot find adults to fill vacancies, a campaign group warned last night.

Almost 30 per cent of last year's new recruits were aged 16 or 17, the most in any year since the financial year ending 2011.

Data from the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) found that, alongside the increasing proportion of young people enlisting, army recruits often come from poorer backgrounds.

Aug 22 09:39

U.S.-UK Deep State Tries to Grab Hong Kong

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog

What can explain these recent instances, proven by Agence France-Press, in which outright frauds — lies (in the form of faked photos and videos) — are being spread online to support the agenda of breaking off, from China, Hong Kong (which has historically always a part of China), so as to make Hong Kong an ‘independent’ nation?:

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Aug 21 09:34

Fat cat bosses earn 117 times more than average UK worker, despite pay-cut – report

A new report from the High Pay Centre and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) – an independent non-party think tank – shows that the (average) median pay of FTSE100 bosses was actually down 13 percent in 2018, but still a huge £3.46 million.

The research also shows that CEOs’ pay dwarfs that of the average (median) full-time worker’s salary which stands at £29,574 per year, meaning they take home 117 times more cash.

Aug 21 09:30

Up to 40MILLION gadgets filled with valuable and endangered rare Earth metals are lying unused in UK homes

Each of the items contains, including old phones, music players and tablets, contain rare Earth metals such as Indium, Yttirium and Europium.

Yttrium, for example, is worth £2,397 ($3,400) per pound and is used for camera lenses and mobile phone screens.

Aug 21 06:42

MERCEDES HAS SPARKED PRIVACY CONCERNS BY ADMITTING IT SPIES ON DRIVERS WITH TRACKING DEVICES COVERTLY INSTALLED IN ITS CARS

SOURCE: THE SUN UK

MERCEDES has sparked a privacy row by admitting it spies on drivers with tracking devices covertly installed in its cars.

Drivers who buy a Mercedes through a finance plan give their permission for the vehicle to be tracked when signing lengthy terms and conditions

The secret sensors, fitted to all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.

The firm sold more than 170,000 new cars in Britain alone last year.

Mercedes will not say how long it has used the sensors.

And it insists they are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when finance customers have defaulted on their payments.

But it admits sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Color me completely unsurprised by this development, and look for other auto manufacturers, to follow suit.

Aug 20 12:09

Prince Andrew says ‘appalled’ by Jeffrey Epstein sex abuse claims after video emerges

Royal statement released after The Mail on Sunday obtained a 2010 video showing Prince Andrew inside Jeffrey Epstein’s New York home waving goodbye to a young woman

Aug 20 11:54

UK plans to end EU freedom of movement immediately in no-deal Brexit

Britain said on Monday it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on Oct. 31 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to immigration.

Aug 20 09:46

World’s oldest living pet Tommy the tortoise celebrates 121st birthday

What is the secret to a long life? Well if you ask this 121-year-old it’s dandelions and sleeping for six months a year.

Tommy the tortoise is celebrating her birthday and is now the world’s oldest living pet.

She has survived two world wars, six different monarchs and 21 US Presidents.

Born in 1898, Tommy has been in Sheila Floris’s family since 1909 when her grandmother Margaret Cloonan bought her for £1 – when the tortoise was already 11 years old.

Sheila claims that Tommy’s longevity can be attributed to her healthy diet of garden weeds and plenty of love and care from her owners over the last 121 years.

Aug 20 07:13

Mercedes spies on drivers by secretly installing tracking devices in cars and passing information to bailiffs

MERCEDES has sparked a privacy row by admitting it spies on drivers with tracking devices covertly installed in its cars.

The secret sensors, fitted to all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.

The firm sold more than 170,000 new cars in Britain alone last year.

Mercedes will not say how long it has used the sensors.

And it insists they are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when finance customers have defaulted on their payments.

But it admits sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.

Aug 19 18:26

Elton John defends Harry and Meghan's use of private jets

Sir Elton John has defended the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's use of private jets - and said he paid to carbon offset their trip to his French home.

The singer said he provided Prince Harry, Meghan and their son Archie with his private plane to "maintain a high level of much-needed protection".

The royal couple have faced criticism after newspapers claimed they took four private jet journeys in 11 days, including to Sir Elton's home in Nice.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment.

Aug 19 18:24

Tourette's charity demands apology after failing to see the funny side of award-winning Edinburgh Fringe gag about the condition

A Tourette's charity has demanded an apology after a 'rubbish' joke about the condition won best pun at the Edinburgh fringe festival.

Tourettes Action called on Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel to say sorry for his one-liner: 'I keep randomly shouting out 'broccoli' and 'cauliflower' - I think I might have florets.'

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The vegetable pun was deemed the best by 2,000 voting members of the public to win the 12th annual Dave's Joke of the Fringe award, after being shortlisted by an expert panel.

It saw off competition from jokes about nepotism, semaphore, antidepressants, Brexit, and cowboys.

Kate Stone, one of the experts, told the BBC: 'It's a good one, it's a pun, everyone kind of recognises it as... it's intended to be a joke and I think that's one of the things that matters the most for this.'

But Suzanne Dobson, who is chief executive of Tourettes Action, said it was 'rubbish' and 'shame on Dave'.

Aug 18 17:42

UK military strength down for 9th straight year, is MoD’s ‘millennials’ recruitment drive failing?

Britain’s military strength has declined for the ninth consecutive year despite calls from officials for increased defense activity in the Gulf and Arctic and a recruitment strategy targeting ‘millennials’ over the past 12 months.

The British Army, Royal Navy and RAF have all seen dwindling numbers in their fully-trained personnel, with the army suffering the biggest losses, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence.

In July, there were 74,440 army personnel, down 2,440 on the previous year’s total and 7,000 troops short of the UK government’s target.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines numbers dropped to 29,090 of the required 30,600, despite rhetoric from British defense officials, past and present, signalling an increased military presence in hostile areas.

Aug 15 22:02

Revealed: Private jet Prince Harry and Meghan Markle used to fly out to Spain cost £20,000 from a fleet dubbed 'the Uber for billionaires'

The private jet Harry and Meghan used to fly out to Spain cost £20,000 for the journey and was from a fleet dubbed 'the Uber for billionaires', it can be revealed.

The eco-campaigning royal couple flew on a nine-seater aircraft from NetJets, a plane sharing service used by the super rich.

Aug 15 15:20

Child abuse victims will get payout of millions after more than 120 were stripped, given truth serum and raped at psychiatric hospital in shocking case set to dwarf Jimmy Savile scandal

More than 120 former child patients at a psychiatric hospital who suffered horrific sexual and physical abuse are set to receive a payout of millions of pounds.

Dozens of vulnerable children were taken to Aston Hall, Derbyshire, where they were stripped naked, put in straightjackets and injected with a 'truth serum' before many were raped and sexually abused, detectives have been told.

Most of the sickening abuse was carried out by former hospital boss Dr Kenneth Milner in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Now it can be revealed an agreement has been made with the victims and the Secretary of State for Health which means the compensation will run into millions of pounds.

Aug 15 10:29

‘Screaming & laughing’: Teen killed by machete-wielding thugs is London’s latest stabbing victim

A 16-year-old boy has become London’s latest murder victim after he was allegedly chased into a London estate by three attackers and stabbed in the chest and back with a “machete-type knife.”

The teenager banged repeatedly on doors shouting: “Help me, help me,” in Munster Square, near Regent’s Park, on Monday night, but was turned away after being stabbed with the foot-long blade, the Evening Standard reports.

Aug 15 10:02

People Gather at Trafalgar Square in London to Protest India Revoking Kashmir's Special Status

Earlier in the month, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind signed a decree removing Article 370 of the constitution, stripping the state of Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.

Hundreds of people, including members of Kashmir Student Action and the SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) India Society, have gathered at Trafalgar Square in London to protest the recent decision by the Indian authorities to divide Jammu and Kashmir into two territories.

The move comes after India scrapped Article 370, which used to grant special constitutional status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Aug 15 08:57

UK Government Is Pushing Ahead with Extreme US Trade Deal

Liz Truss addressed an extreme free-market think tank in Washington DC last Friday. which saw campaign group Global Justice Now accusing Boris Johnson’s government of pushing ahead with an extreme US trade deal without a mandate from the public or parliament.

Last week both Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Trade Secretary Liz Truss were in Washington DC to talk trade with US officials. Both ministers are well-known opponents of the sort of regulations and protections that would be threatened by a US trade deal. Liz Truss spoke at a meeting of the extreme free-market Heritage Foundation and has previously held meetings with several free-market think tanks to discuss US-style deregulation.

Aug 14 20:46

Flashback: Brits sickened as Dispatches exposes 'disgusting' chicken washed in chemicals

Channel 4 viewers were sickened last night (June 3) after a Dispatches documentary exposed stomach-churning practices in the US chicken industry.

In The Truth About Chlorinated Chicken, presenter Kate Quilton went to America to investigate the country's poultry production - looking in particular at how chicken there is washed with chlorine, a practice banned in the EU.

The report featured grim footage shot by an undercover employee in a processing plant that highlighted a number of bad hygiene practices.

At one point, a supervisor was heard discussing "a trend of adulterated product" or, in other words, pieces of glass present in chicken.

The programme also talked about "amputations" in the American poultry industry - staff losing fingers and other body parts due to dangerous working processes.

Aug 14 17:26

UK must accept US food standards in trade deal, says farm chief

The UK must accept US food standards as part of any future trade deal with Washington, the head of America's farming lobby has said.

Zippy Duvall, head of the American Farm Bureau, said US farmers were keen to trade with their British "friends".

But he said fears over practices such as washing chicken in chlorine and using genetically modified (GM) crops were not "science-based".

Aug 14 08:32

Major breach found in biometrics system used by banks, UK police and defence firms

The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees, was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks.

Aug 13 10:56

End of line for MPs: Public BACKS bid to SCRAP PARLIAMENT so Boris can get on with Brexit

BORIS JOHNSON has received a massive boost to his bid to push through Brexit by any means necessary after a national poll found more than half of those who expressed a preference were happy to see the Prime Minister suspend Parliament to ensure Britain leaves the EU.

Aug 13 10:55

Poll: Young British Voters Reject Liberalism and Globalism, Want ‘Strong Leaders’

A poll has revealed that two-thirds of young people want a strongman as leader, while more than one-quarter would be happy with the military leading the country, revealing that younger generations are turning their backs on decades of liberalism.

The poll of 5,073 people conducted by Hanbury Strategy between the 21st and 28th of June and published on Thursday by conservative think tank Onward found that across all age groups, 58 per cent of people think that having “a strong leader who does not have to bother with Parliament” would be a good way to run the United Kingdom.

The results come as Prime Minister Johnson, a very much larger-than-life political figure compared to ‘strongman’ U.S. President Donald Trump, is set to battle the Remainer-dominated House of Commons to deliver Brexit, as pledged, by October 31st.

Of all those questioned, just over one-quarter, 26 per cent, said it would be good “having the army run the country”.

Aug 13 10:32

‘EU make peasants vote again!’ Trump adviser sends panic through ‘undemocratic’ Brussels

John Bolton, following his first meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London, took aim at the EU for prolonging the Brexit process and not respecting the result of the 2016 referendum. Mr Bolton called the EU’s bluff and insisted its refusal to re-negotiate the failed withdrawal agreement was a ploy to “make the peasants vote again and again”. Mr Bolton said: “The fashion in the European Union is when the people vote the wrong way from the way the elites want to go, is to make the peasants vote again and again until they get it right.

Aug 13 10:22

Anti-Semitism definition behind secret ban on aid to Palestinian children

An East London council banned a charity bike ride raising money for Palestinian children from using its public parks, internal emails revealed last week.

The council also secretly sent a list of proposed speakers to the Metropolitan Police asking if they were “extremist,” The Electronic Intifada can reveal.

The emails indicate that Tower Hamlets secretly based their decision on the “furore within the Labour Party over anti-Semitism” and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s discredited definition of anti-Semitism.

Aug 13 07:17

Amazon’s Treasure Trucks Sell Discounted Ring Doorbells Across The US And UK

By MassPrivateI

Leave it to Amazon to create circus sideshow trucks, sorry I meant “Treasure Trucks” to promote neighborhood spying.

Last year, Slick Deals announced that Amazon’s treasure trucks were selling Ring doorbells at the discounted price of $139.00 in “select U.S. cities.”

And last December, Amazon’s Facebook page announced that their treasure trucks were offering discounted Ring doorbells for the holidays...

Aug 12 19:51

UK army combat units 40% below strength as recruitment plummets

Britain faces an army recruitment crisis, with frontline combat units operating as much as 40% below strength, figures obtained by the Guardian reveal.

Data released by the Ministry of Defence under freedom of information laws shows the number of soldiers in the British army’s infantry regiments has declined steadily over the past five years. There are more than 2,500 fewer personnel in frontline units than 2015, and all 16 regular regiments have shortfalls.

Aug 12 11:08

Brexit BOMBSHELL: Food and medicine supplies could be AIRLIFTED to UK after no deal exit

NO DEAL Brexit plans have been ramped up as trucks with vital supplies of food and medicine could be flown into the UK in a bid to avoid likely queues at Dover after the UK’s exit.

Aug 12 11:07

The Queen takes in Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson to protect them from summer scandal

THE Queen has offered her Balmoral holiday home as a summer hideaway for under fire royals following the death of Jeffrey Epstein.

Aug 12 11:07

Queen Elizabeth’s Son Might Be Dragged Deeper Into Epstein Probe After Sex Offender’s Death

US financier and socialite Jeffrey Epstein apparently took his own life at a New York prison, where he had been held since last month on child sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. The news came just hours after a bulk of documents, raising suspicions against Epstein’s powerful friends, including Prince Andrew, were released.

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, may come under new scrutiny following suspected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide, the Daily Mail claims, citing an unnamed legal source. According to the outlet, following the death of the prime suspect, an FBI probe could now focus their “full attention” on his suspected associate, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, said to have also been friends with the British royal.

Aug 12 09:37

John Bolton to Lobby for Harsher UK Stance on Iran, Huawei During Visit to London

The US has been carrying out a "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign against Iran and cracking down on Chinese tech giant Huawei for some time, but these polices found little support in the previous UK Cabinet.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton will try to convince the new Cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to align its foreign policies more with the American "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran and to discard its plans to use Huawei equipment in developing its 5G networks during his upcoming visit to the UK, Reuters reported, citing an anonymous source within the US administration.

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