Tag Archives: United Kingdom

UK: Foreign secretary Boris Johnson renounced US citizenship last year

Source: USA Today

"Boris Johnson, the New York-born British foreign secretary and former mayor of London, renounced his U.S. citizenship last year, it has emerged. A list from the U.S. Treasury Department showed Johnson was one of more than 5,000 people who gave up their American citizenship in 2016. Johnson has called his dual British-American nationality an accident of birth — his parents were living in New York City at the time. He left the U.S. when he was five years old. His decision could be linked to tax — Americans living outside the country are still liable. Johnson said in 2014 that he thought it was 'absolutely outrageous' that the U.S. government wanted him to pay capital gains tax from the sale of his London home." (02/09/17)


Socialized medicine created a "humanitarian crisis" in the NHS?

Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

"For months, the UK's National Health Service has set new records of delay, overcrowding, and denial of service. Within just hours of each other this week, national leaders on different sides of the Atlantic Ocean — the U.S. and the UK — both cited the NHS as a looming disaster. During Wednesday's Parliament question and answer session with Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn recited anecdotes of declining service, and his followers tweeted that 'only Labour can be trusted to protect the NHS.' That came one day after Senators Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders debated healthcare reform for two hours on CNN. Sen. Cruz warned viewers about the dangers of European national healthcare systems, while Sen. Sanders lauded interventionist economic policies that treated health care as a 'right.'" (02/08/17)


UK: House of Commons OKs Brexit bill

Source: CNN

"Britain's lower house of Parliament passed legislation Wednesday to allow Prime Minister Theresa May's government to officially begin the Brexit process. Now that the legislation has been approved by the House of Commons, it will be put before the House of Lords for a final decision later this month. Members of the House of Commons had already voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill to kick off Britain's divorce from the European Union in its initial readings, and a seven-hour debate on amendments preceded the final vote, which was 494 MPs in favor and 122 against." (02/08/17)


UK: Brexit rebellion avoided after "meaningful vote" offer

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The government has seen off an attempt to add conditions to its Brexit bill as a Conservative rebellion was avoided. MPs rejected a bid by Labour's Chris Leslie to force the government to consult Parliament on the deal struck with the EU before it is finalised. It came after ministers pledged that a 'meaningful' vote would be offered. Labour and some Tories had pushed for MPs to have a decisive say on the final terms, but the 326 to 293 vote meant the bill remained unchanged. Seven Conservatives rebelled, while six Labour MPs voted with the government." (02/07/17)


Brexiteers against Le Pen

Source: spiked
by Naomi Firsht

"As we have argued on spiked, there are undoubted similarities between Brits voting against the EU and large numbers of Americans rejecting Hillary and establishment politics. Both signified a desire to upset the status quo and try something different in politics. However, beyond this, it is a gross distortion of the Brexit vote, of the Brexit sentiment, to compare it directly to the election of the fluorescent-haired demagogue now in-situ in the White House, never mind to the potential election of the inward-looking, far-right authoritarian Le Pen. It is simply wrong to conflate British people's decision to leave the EU with a normal political vote for a party or a leader." (02/07/17)


UK: Queen Elizabeth II marks 65 years on the throne

Source: ABC News

"Queen Elizabeth II has reached another milestone, celebrating her Sapphire Jubilee today as she becomes the first British monarch to rule for more than 65 years. Last year the queen, 90, surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch. She has served more than 13 British prime ministers and has been in power during 13 U.S. presidencies. The anniversary is bittersweet for Queen Elizabeth, who always spends the day marking her accession to the throne privately at Sandringham and reflecting on the day in 1952 when her father, King George VI, died there." (02/06/17)


UK: MPs overwhelmingly back Article 50 "Brexit" bill

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way. They backed the government's European Union Bill, supported by the Labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114. But the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrat leadership opposed the bill, while 47 Labour MPs and Tory ex-chancellor Ken Clarke rebelled. The bill now faces further scrutiny in the Commons and the House of Lords before it can become law." (02/01/17)


UK: Regime issues posthumous pardons for thousands of gay men

Source: Guardian [UK]

"Thousands of men convicted of offences that once criminalised homosexuality but are no longer on the statute book have been posthumously pardoned under a new law. A clause in the policing and crime bill, which received royal assent on Tuesday, extends to those who are dead the existing process of purging past criminal records. The general pardon is modelled on the 2013 royal pardon granted by the Queen to Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke the German Enigma codes during the second world war. He killed himself in 1954, at the age of 41, after his conviction for gross indecency." [editor's note: Pardon? How about an apology and compensation to heirs? They weren't the criminals, they were the victims – TLK] (02/01/17)


UK: Regime says Trump visit on amid outcry over travel ban

Source: Houston Chronicle

"President Donald Trump's order barring U.S. entry to people from seven majority-Muslim nations is 'divisive, discriminatory and wrong,' British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Monday. But he rebuffed calls for the government to cancel Trump's planned state visit to the U.K. because of the temporary ban. … Britain's three biggest opposition parties have called on the government to revoke Trump's state visit, planned for this year." (01/30/17)


When opposites attract

Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

"Despite attempts to conflate Trump and Brexit as part of the same anti-globalist tide, there was never any anti-free trade agenda in Britain's EU referendum. Both sides argued that their path would enhance trade the most: the Remainers believing that leaving the world's largest barrier-free trading block brought inevitable harm; the Leavers that new deals with faster growing nations and revising or abolishing the EU's dizzying array of 12,651 tariffs would bring significant gains for consumers. This differs sharply with Trump's very mercantilist line — one that conflates 'American workers' with 'American producers,' and ignores the fact that American families like buying cheap stuff too." (01/27/17)