Tag Archives: United Kingdom

Ireland: UK-occupied counties face possible government from London after talks fail

Source: Yahoo! News

"Northern Ireland faces the possibility of direct rule from London, as a crucial Monday deadline for forming a new devolved government looks likely to pass unobserved. In January the province's power-sharing government at Stormont in Belfast collapsed when the late deputy first minister Martin McGuinness of the republican Sinn Fein party stepped down. … Under the terms of the 1998 Good Friday agreement that brought peace to the region after decades of sectarian conflict between unionists and republicans, any devolved government must always include republicans and unionists sharing power. … but Sinn Fein says it will not put forward a candidate for deputy first minister." (03/27/17)


The truth about the single market

Source: spiked
by Phill Mullan

"Even many Brexit supporters seem to accept that more expensive and reduced levels of trade with the EU would be costly for the British economy, depicting this as a necessary, if unfortunate, expense of regaining sovereignty. We should all be less negative about the economic consequences of changing Britain’s trading relationships. Countries around the world, and throughout history, have traded successfully without formal trade agreements. Today, Britain's biggest single export market is the US — a country it has no trade agreement with. Meanwhile none of the top three exporters into the Single Market — that's China, the US and Russia — have trade agreements with the EU." (03/24/17)


UK: "We are not afraid," says May, a day after fleeing in terror

Source: Financial Times [UK]

"'This was an attack on free people everywhere,' prime minister Theresa May has said of the 'sickening' violence around the UK parliament on Wednesday. In a statement to members of parliament, she said that 'we are not afraid.' She said that aside from the killed or injured Britons, casualties included three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish person, one from China, one from Italy, one American, and two Greeks." [editor's note: According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, May "was immediately rushed into a silver Jaguar and driven at high speeds away from Parliament" during the attack – TLK] (03/23/17)


UK: Major raids, seven arrests after London attack

Source: US News & World Report

"British police conducted major raids and arrested seven people in connection with the attack outside Parliament that left four dead, including the man who mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and fatally stabbed an officer, a senior police official said Thursday. Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said that he believed the attacker acted alone and was 'inspired by international terrorism.' Police searched six addresses, including some in the central city of Birmingham, and arrested seven people in connection with Wednesday's attack by a knife-wielding man, Rowley said." (03/23/17)


UK joins US in electronic device security theater production

Source: ETtech [India]

"United Kingdom has announced a ban on certain electronic devices being allowed in the cabin on Britain-bound flights from six Middle East countries. This moves comes on heels of United States announcing a similar ban on electronic devices carried by travelers coming to the United States from 10 airports mainly in the Middle East and North Africa [to keep people scared of] unspecified terror threats." (03/22/17)


"Liberal" libel law: Still a disgrace to democracy

Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

"It appears that the dreadful Katie Hopkins and I might have more in common than we might like to think. Both of us have been sued and punished under England's execrable, free-speech-hobbling libel laws. The difference is that Hopkins was sued by food blogger Jack Monroe after we were assured that the old repressive defamation regime was dead and gone; campaigners boasted that the reforms they had won in the 2013 Defamation Act meant the law which hammered me back in 2000 had been liberalised to protect free speech. Yet when the judge delivered his verdict in the Hopkins case last week, the much-vaunted new protections — such as the 'serious harm' test — disappeared, and she lost just the same. Indeed the outcome of the trial — Hopkins hit with £24,000 in damages and more than £100,000 in legal costs for two tweets — suggests that, in the age of social media, our allegedly liberal libel laws might pose more of a threat to unfettered free speech than ever." (03/21/17)


UK: May to trigger Article 50 for "Brexit" next week

Source: CNN

"British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger the UK's exit from the European Union on Wednesday, March 29, a spokesperson has confirmed to CNN. Other member states will 'realize it's not worth leaving' the European Union after they see the deal the UK gets, the European Commission President has warned. The loss of Britain to the bloc, which celebrates its 60th anniversary next week, has created speculation that other states might decide to follow suit, something President Jean-Claude Juncker strongly disagreed with in an interview published on Sunday." (03/20/17)


Transforming National Insurance

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Madsen Pirie

"The now-withdrawn proposal to raise National Insurance rates for self-employed people from 9% to first 10% and then 11% has achieved one positive thing. It has drawn attention to the absurdity of the dual system of income tax and national insurance. Dan Hannan's piece in the International Business Times makes the point that the retention of National Insurance is done to conceal how much tax people are paying. He says people would be very angry if they knew that in addition to their basic rate of income tax at 20%, their National Insurance payments took it to a very much higher level. He is correct, but an honest government should let people know what tax they are paying, even if it changes their readiness to submit to tax increases." (03/15/17)


UK: Commons clears way for Brexit talks with EU

Source: BBC News [UK]

"Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union. Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal after their objections were overturned by MPs. The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law on Tuesday. This means Theresa May is free to push the button on withdrawal talks — now expected in the last week of March." (03/14/17)


Let's decriminalise abortion once and for all

Source: spiked
by Ann Furedi

"Today at about 3pm in the House of Commons, Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull North, will introduce a 10-minute rule bill to decriminalise abortion. More specifically, the bill will call for the scrapping of Sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act, which make it a criminal offence wilfully to cause a miscarriage or to supply a woman with the means to do so. The law has been sitting on the statute book since 1861, which was before women could vote, own property or receive a university degree. It was the year Italy became a country and horse-drawn trams first appeared on the streets of London. In short, things were very different back then, except in one respect. Then, as now, women were determined to control their fertility and used whatever means available to do so, and politicians felt the need to butt in and control women's lives." (03/13/17)