Tag Archives: United Kingdom

UK: Judge will rule on Assange’s bid to end his unlawful political detention

Source: ABC News

“A British judge is scheduled to rule Tuesday on Julian Assange’s bid to force Britain to drop a warrant for his arrest, a development that would remove a substantial legal hurdle to his leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London that has been his refuge for more than five years. … Assange’s legal team argued in Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Jan. 26 that a U.K. arrest warrant for Assange should be dropped. Lawyer Mark Summers said the warrant had ‘lost its purpose and its function’ since it’s related to a sex crimes investigation against Assange in Sweden that has ended without him being charged with wrongdoing. Swedish authorities are no longer pursuing Assange, but he still faces arrest in Britain for jumping bail in 2012.” (02/05/18)


UK: Hacking suspect wins appeal against extradition to US

Source: US News & World Report

“An autistic British man accused of hacking into U.S. government agencies won his appeal against extradition to the United States on Monday after warnings that he would be at high risk of suicide if sent to a U.S. jail. Lauri Love, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is accused of involvement in a series of hacks in 2012 and 2013 into computers at agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. army, the Missile Defense Agency and the Federal Reserve. He had been facing a life prison sentence in the United States if found guilty, a fate which he has said could lead him to taking his own life. … Love’s legal team had argued he should face charges in Britain, pointing to new rules that make it easier for British courts to try people for crimes committed there but involving other countries.” (02/05/18)


Leaked regime report: UK will be “worse off” in every Brexit scenario

Source: Hindustan Times [India]

“Rival groups in the Brexit debate came to a head again on Tuesday after a leaked official analysis claimed that Brexit will leave the United Kingdom worse off. BuzzFeed reported that the analysis by the department for exiting the European Union … looked at three possible Brexit scenarios. All scenarios suggested that the country’s economy will take a hit outside the EU. It said the UK’s national income would be 8% lower under a ‘no deal’ scenario, around 5% lower with a free trade agreement with the EU and about 2% lower with a soft Brexit option of single market membership over a 15-year period. The analysis, allegedly leaked by pro-EU elements in the government, was promptly dismissed by pro-Brexit MPs, who called it ‘highly suspicious,’ while it added more grist to the anti-Brexit forces who are keen to ensure as close a link with the EU as possible.” (01/30/18)


Anti-Trumpism: The ultimate virtue signal

Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“No sooner had US President Donald Trump let it slip to Piers Morgan that he had been invited for a state visit to the UK in October than the calls for anti-Trump protests in the UK picked up once again. Labour’s David Lammy jerked into action on Twitter: ‘[Trump] to be met by the biggest protest this country has ever seen. Who’s in?’ … The Stop Trump Coalition, which features such veterans of virtue-signalling as Lily Allen, Paloma Faith and Owen Jones, presumably wants to do what it says on its tin — stop Trump. Except it’s not really clear what that means. Just as it’s not really clear what fellow protest group, Stand Up to Trump, means by standing up to Trump. After all, what is it that avowed Stop Trumpers Brian Eno, Frankie Boyle, Ed Miliband, Caitlin Moran and the rest of the coalition are going to do? Trump’s not actually accountable to Britain’s celebocracy, despite their ability to sign things.” (01/30/18)


UK: Julian Assange’s health in “dangerous” condition, say doctors

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Julian Assange’s long stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is having a ‘dangerous’ impact on his physical and mental health, according to clinicians who carried out the most recent assessments of him. The pair renewed calls for the WikiLeaks publisher to be granted safe passage to a London hospital. Sondra Crosby, a doctor and associate professor at the Boston University’s school of medicine and public health, and Brock Chisholm, a London-based consultant clinical psychologist, examined Assange for 20 hours over three days in October. … The UK government refused an earlier request to allow Assange safe passage for hospital treatment. A fall-back position would be to allow doctors with the necessary medical equipment into the embassy, but the size of the equipment needed appears to rule out this option.” [editor’s note: There’s a simple solution to this, and that is to make it very clear to the UK regime figures responsible for Assange’s political imprisonment that THEIR continued health is inextricably linked to HIS continued health so long as that imprisonment continues – TLK] (01/24/18)


UK: Regime blocks Fox’s buyout of Sky

Source: CNet News

“A government regulator has set back Fox’s buyout of Sky, saying the deal wouldn’t be in the public interest. The provisional ruling by the Competition and Markets Authority found that Fox taking full control of the UK broadcaster would raise media plurality concerns by giving the Murdoch Family Trust (MFT), ‘too much influence over public opinion and the political agenda’ in the UK. It currently has a 39 percent stake in Sky and was aiming to buy the other 61 percent.” [editor’s note: So, when is the CMA going to break up BBC and sell its parts? Oh, wait, it’s only “private sector” actors who aren’t supposed to influence public opinion – TLK] (01/23/18)


UK: UKIP leader Bolton under more pressure to step down as deputy resigns

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Ukip’s deputy leader has resigned, increasing the pressure on the party’s beleaguered leader, Henry Bolton, to step down following an overwhelming vote of no confidence against him by the party’s national executive. Margot Parker, who is also a Ukip MEP, said controversy over Bolton’s relationship with Jo Marney, a younger party activist found to have sent racist messages, had taken over ‘the job he was elected to do.’ … The party has been plunged into chaos since Bolton lost a vote of confidence at a national executive meeting on Sunday, with every member but himself supporting it, but still refused to quit. Ukip will hold an emergency meeting of ordinary members in the next month to try to force him out.” (01/22/18)


UK, France announce new treaty over migrants, Calais

Source: CNN

“France and Britain signed a new treaty Thursday aimed at speeding up asylum applications for migrants entitled to claim refuge in the UK. The new pact, which French President Emmanuel Macron said was the first border treaty between the two countries in 15 years, will cover unaccompanied children and will reduce the processing times for cases from six months to one month for adults, and from six months to 25 days for minors. Ahead of the meeting, Macron indicated France would not tolerate another camp being built in Calais, saying the port town will not be used as a ‘side door’ for migrants to gain access to the UK.” (01/18/18)


Lords should leave Leveson out of it

Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Matt Kilcoyne

“We are rightly keen to chastise and lampoon the enemies of a free press away from home (whether its mocking Trump’s attacks of #FakeNews and his calls to open up the libel laws, Chinese censorship or Turkey’s Erdogan shutting down private papers and TV channels). But the threat that comes from the House of Lords should be just as worrying.” (01/15/18)


UK security theater: RAF fighters intercept Russian bombers in international airspace, Guardian pretends it’s news

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The RAF has been scrambled to intercept two long-range Russian bombers over the North Sea. The Tupolev Tu-160s, known to Nato as Blackjacks, were monitored on Monday as they flew past Norway and Denmark and near the Netherlands. Two Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth picked them up about 30 miles (48km) from UK airspace and escorted them. Both Russia and Nato, including Britain, routinely test reactions with such sorties, sometimes flying almost up to the boundaries of each other’s airspace.” (01/15/18)