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Jan 16 12:35

Theresa May’s government survives no-confidence vote

The UK government led by Theresa May, has survived to fight another day, after winning a no-confidence vote, tabled by Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, following parliament rejecting the PM's Brexit deal, earlier on Tuesday evening.

The no-confidence vote was defeated by 19 votes – the government winning by 325 to 306. It's a rare positive note for May's Tory cabinet after the humiliating Brexit defeat.

Speaking immediately after the vote, a victorious May said she was "pleased" that the House expressed its confidence in her government. May said she will "continue to work" to deliver on the result of the Brexit referendum and leave the EU.

May invited the leaders of parliamentary parties to meet with her individually, beginning on Wednesday evening.

Jan 16 11:44

'Utterly USELESS!' Nigel Farage argues Theresa May should RESIGN after crushing defeat

NIGEL Farage argued Prime Minister Theresa May should resign after the mammoth defeat on her Brexit deal, losing by a margin of 230 votes, adding that she “does not believe in Brexit”.

Jan 16 10:43

UK Brexit Vote Reflects a Deep Crisis in Capitalism

Had the British been presented with the option, people might choose a socialist Britain over a capitalist EU, but they are not given that choice, say Prof. Leo Panitch of York University and Jon Lansman of the British Labour Party’s National Executive Committee

Jan 16 10:38

Brexit LIVE: Fresh chaos as Tory rebel tries to make second referendum THE LAW

The first bill seeks to launch preparations for another referendum while the second seeks to carry out the vote. The former attorney general said: “Holding a public vote is now essential as the only credible way out of the current crisis. The public should be allowed to decide on any deal to take us out of the European Union and be given the alternative to remain if they wish."Mr Grieve, a staunch Remainer and one of many Conservative backbenchers who voted against Mrs May’s deal on Tuesday night, said: “It’s a very strange experience to be a backbench MP and participate in a huge rebellion against the Government that defeats it by such a substantial margin. “But that’s a reflection of the fact that the House of Commons collectively looked at the deal the Government has negotiated and concluded that it’s a deal which is not in the national interest.

Jan 16 10:33

Brexit Vote: Will the EU Throw UK PM Theresa May a Lifeline?

In spite of the deep splits among the Tories, Prof. John Weeks says that a Brexit agreement will be made when the EU bails out Theresa May in the lead-up to the EU parliamentary elections

Jan 16 04:48

US and Britain conduct first joint drill in South China Sea

USS McCampbell and HMS Argyll join forces as US seeks to push back against China’s claims to disputed waters

The United States and Britain have conducted their first joint naval drills in the South China Sea, as Washington seeks support from its allies in challenging Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters.

US Navy guided missile destroyer USS McCampbell and Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll conducted operations together in the South China Sea from Friday last week until Wednesday, the two countries said.

The US said the two vessels had practised communication drills, division tactics, and a personnel exchange designed to address common maritime security priorities and enhance interoperability

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Jan 15 13:56

Theresa May's Brexit plan suffers historic defeat

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn filed a motion of no confidence in the UK government following the rejection of May's Brexit agreement with the bloc.

What we know about the vote: It will take place Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. (2 p.m. ET).

How it works: The motion is put to the House, which then votes just like tonight (by walking into division lobbies). If the government loses the vote then May -- or another leader -- could attempt to form a new government and win the confidence of the House in 14 days.

If she is unsuccessful, a general election will be triggered -- which could come as soon as 17 days after losing this second vote.

Jan 14 22:38

Rich students save by paying fees up front

The wealthiest students are going to university in England for the lowest cost, by paying their tuition fees up front, say researchers.

About 10% of students are not taking out loans and so avoid interest rates of 6.3% paid by other students, says the Intergenerational Foundation.

The think tank says it "makes a mockery" of claims that the fees system is fair for poorer students.

Jan 14 12:44

Theresa May Could Be Removed As Soon As Wednesday If Vote On Brexit Deal Fails

After months of wrangling with the EU over the details of the Irish backstop, followed by a delayed Commons vote as May wrangled with intransigent Brexiteers wary (hysterically so, some would argue) of becoming "trapped" in the customs union, Theresa May's supremely unpopular Brexit deal is finally expected to be called for a vote on Tuesday - that is, barring another last-minute delay.

According to the latest round of estimates from the British Press and Wall Street analysts, May's deal is expected to go down hard - possibly by more than 200 votes.

But as anybody who has been following the increasingly tedious negotiations should understand, this is part of May's plan. Or at least it was until very recently.

Jan 14 12:10

Delingpole: Britain’s Brexit Betrayal Conservatives Are the Walking Dead

At dinner the other night, a QC friend of mine — I forget what the Q stands for but I know exactly why they’re all called Cs — tried explaining to me why Theresa May’s Brexit ‘deal’ is actually a good deal for Britain.
So I asked him to explain to me what’s good about it.

He began by agreeing that the deal isn’t perfect but said that there’s got to be a bit of give and take on both sides. Then he conceded that of course “No deal” might have been better but because the government had made such poor preparations for such an eventuality over the last two and half years…

Jan 14 09:25

New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling in American Politics

A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert UK state military-intelligence psychological warfare operation targeting its own citizens and political figures in allied NATO countries under the cover of fighting “Russian disinformation.”

The leaked documents revealed a secret network of spies, prominent journalists and think-tanks colluding under the umbrella of a group called “Integrity Initiative” to shape domestic opinion—and to smear political opponents of the right-wing Tory government, including the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

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SANCTION GREAT BRITAIN!!!!!!!

Jan 14 09:12

'Stop shouting at me' BBC Breakfast host PLEADS with viewers as Brexiteer warns John Major

The BBC host said he received a series of complaints following an interview with the prominent Brexiteer MP, who hit back at the arch-Remainers “wanting to turn around the vote of the people”. Sir John Major claimed on Sunday that a no deal Brexit would be “morally reprehensible” and revoking Article 50 is the “only sensible course”. The BBC Breakfast host read out no deal Brexit warnings from the likes of Health Secretary Matt Hancock, business leaders including Amazon’s Doug Gurr, and former Prime Minister John Major.

Jan 14 09:12

BREXIT LIVE: Theresa May hit by shock resignation on eve of crucial vote - PM ON BRINK

Earlier on Tuesday the Prime Minister delivered a defiant and upbeat Brexit speech today as the stoical Prime Minister warned the UK's exit from the EU will be in peril if MPs vote down her deal.

The Tory leader was defiant as she insisted she is working hard to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal in tomorrow's crunch vote in a bid to avoid parliament's attempts to frustrate the UK's exit from the bloc.

In a desperate last-ditch speech on the eve of the Commons showdown, Mrs May warned that rejecting her deal would be the "height of recklessness" and the "bigger risk" could see the UK remain in the EU. She said: "The only ways to guarantee we do not leave without a deal are to abandon Brexit, betraying the vote of the British people, or to leave with a deal.

"The only deal on the table is the one MPs will vote on tomorrow night. "You can take no deal off the table by voting for that deal.

Jan 14 09:02

Damning new evidence that Dr Kelly DIDN'T commit suicide: The disturbing flaws in the official government story surrounding the death of Blair's chemical weapons expert

I have updated my book after being contacted by John Scurr, a world-renowned consultant surgeon specialising in vascular surgery – surgery on veins and arteries. He does not believe it possible that Dr Kelly died in the manner officially found.

Scurr told me that Dr Kelly’s half-sister, Sarah Pape OBE – a leading plastic surgeon based at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle – rang him shortly after Hutton published his report in January 2004 to say she didn’t believe Dr Kelly had taken his own life.

Scurr told me: ‘Sarah Pape clearly had concerns about whether Dr Kelly could have died from slashing his wrist. We had an in-depth conversation about it. She took the trouble to contact me after the Hutton Inquiry finished to discuss whether one could actually die from slashing the ulnar artery [which passes through the wrist on the little finger side].

Jan 13 19:26

Damning new evidence that Dr Kelly DIDN'T commit suicide: The disturbing flaws in the official government story surrounding the death of Blair's chemical weapons expert

Scurr has his own significant professional doubts too – remember, he is an expert when it comes to blood vessels.

He said: ‘I don’t believe it’s possible to die from simply cutting your ulnar artery. It is a very small artery and it is unlikely you could lose enough blood to cause cardiac arrest and death. It is much more likely he died from another cause. One possibility is a heart attack caused by whatever reason and this was an attempt to mask that.

‘The relative absence of blood at the scene and the fact that a rather blunt knife was used are significant. If one were to cut the wrist holding the knife in the right hand, the artery that would be cut is not the ulnar artery, which is on the inside of the hand, but the radial artery on the outside of the hand.

‘It seems more probable that somebody else took the knife and actually slashed the wrist, taking the stroke across the ulnar artery.’

Jan 13 19:00

EU 'is prepared to delay Brexit until at least July and could be extended even LONGER' to give Theresa May extra time to get deal to quit Europe through Parliament

EU leaders are preparing to delay Brexit until July or possibly longer if Parliament cannot agree a deal, it has been claimed.

Brussels is reportedly expecting the British government to ask for an extension to Article 50, allowing Theresa May more time to get a deal through Parliament.

Mrs May is expected to lose Commons the vote on her withdrawal deal on Tuesday, raising the prospect of a no-deal departure on March 29.

Brexit could be postponed even longer if a general election or second referendum takes place, the Guardian reported.

Jan 13 12:53

Russia vows retaliation to threats from possible UK bases

Russia has warned Britain that it will retaliate any threat against its interests in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia, the two regions London is expected to establish permanent military bases in after leaving the European Union.

British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson said in late December that the UK military was working on plans to build at least two new overseas bases “within the next couple of years.”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Friday that while the UK had the right to consider such plans, Moscow would not hesitate to react against any threats posed by London's military expansion.

“In the event of any measures that pose a threat to Russia’s security or that of its allies our country reserves the right to take appropriate retaliatory measures,” she warned.

Jan 13 12:52

UK headmaster says deprived children ‘eating from school bins’

A headmaster in northwest England has revealed that children in her school are so food-deprived that they "eat from bins."

Siobhan Collingwood said a significant number of pupils in her school in Morecambe, Lancashire, were from families who rely on food banks and have no means of feeding their children.

“When children are food deprived it alters their behavior and they do become quite food obsessed, so we have some children who will be stealing fruit cores from the bins,” she said in an interview to the BBC.

Jan 13 10:21

MAJOR: Russia READY To Take ‘Retaliatory Action’ Against UK If Allies Are Threatened

Russia has condemned British plans to open military bases in Southeast Asia and the Caribbean on Friday, saying it stands ready to take retaliatory action if its own or its allies’ interests are threatened.

British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper last month that London is working on plans to build two new foreign bases “in the next two years” after the country leaves the European Union.

Williamson did not specify where the bases could be built, but the newspaper reported that options included Singapore or Brunei, near the South China Sea, and Montserrat or Guyana, in the Caribbean.

Jan 13 10:02

"She's MISERABLE" Nigel Farage LOSES TEMPER on Angela merkel! She won't like this

Jan 13 10:01

"YOU'RE A LIAR"German Reporter INSULTS Nigel Farage! Watch His Response

Jan 13 09:59

Damning new evidence that Dr Kelly DIDN'T commit suicide: The disturbing flaws in the official government story surrounding the death of Blair's chemical weapons expert

The 59-year-old scientist’s body was discovered on July 18, 2003, days after he had been grilled publicly in front of a Select Committee of MPs about his contact with the BBC journalist Andrew Gilligan.

Gilligan had reported that the Government dossier, which claimed Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction at 45 minutes’ notice, was unreliable – exaggerated or ‘sexed up’ for political purposes.

And Dr Kelly, a chemical weapons expert who worked for the Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence, was soon unmasked by Downing Street officials as the BBC’s informant.

He always denied being the main source of the story but was nonetheless thrust into the spotlight against his will.

Jan 12 15:05

L is for Labour – or Likud! Cash-strapped Islington Council used taxpayer money and Israeli sources to ban a pro-Palestinian musician

Eve Mykytyn highlights the seemingly arbitrary process by which Labour-run Islington Council decided to ban pro-Palestinian musician Gilad Atzmon from playing at a local concert based on information from Zionist and Israeli sources. >>

Jan 12 10:33

UK goes yellow: British left & right don iconic vests to vent anger over Tories, Brexit & migrants

The Brits seem to have fallen in love with the French Yellow Vest fashion, but unlike in France where many protesters lean left, the iconic symbol has been claimed by both sides of the UK debate.

The Yellow Vests ceased to be a uniquely French phenomenon after British protesters started donning the distinctive high-visibility jackets to make their own (very different) points. In the UK, an array of left-wing movements vowed to use the yellow vest during their protests in favor of bringing down the Tory government and abandoning austerity. RT’s Polly Boiko explains. But this is where the similarities between the French and British fashions end.

Jan 12 10:19

WATCH Hundreds March in London to Protest PM May's Deal, Brexit Chaos

The Saturday rally comes ahead of a looming vote on PM May's Brexit deal in the House of Commons; the agreement has already been branded a failure and lost cause by cross-party politicians.

Hundreds of British anti-austerity protesters assembled in London on Saturday afternoon to demand an early general election, many of them spotting yellow vests.

The People's Assembly Against Austerity organised the protest in an attempt to express Brits' indignation towards the situation in parliament, sparked by UK Prime Minister Theresa May' Brexit deal. During the event, people were gathering under the slogan "Britain is Broken" before setting off toward parliament.

Jan 12 10:16

Thousands of fraud victims tricked into handing over their life savings could now get their money back in landmark watchdog ruling

Thousands of fraud victims tricked into handing over their life savings could now get their money back following a landmark watchdog ruling.

In a major victory for Money Mail’s Stop the Bank Scammers campaign, the Financial Ombudsman has ordered Santander to refund a customer who lost £12,000.

The ruling could open the floodgates for claims from many other fraud victims who have struggled to get any of their money back.

In the Santander case, the victim thought he was speaking to the bank’s fraud department and unwittingly gave criminals the information they needed to transfer money out of his account.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

While it is a good thing those fraud victims are able to get their money back, I question penalizing the bank for what criminals did.

Jan 12 10:11

SearchSearchThe Eternal Anglo: First Concentration Camps in Russia Were Created By Enterprising Brits! (Russian TV)

This segment unveils how British military forces, invited by Trotsky, ended up occupying Russian territory and pillaging it to export valuables back to Britain. The occupiers used concentration camps against Russians who resisted them.

This barbaric behavior is typical of British imperialism. Hitler himself once tried to justify the use of concentration camps by citing the British use against Boers in Africa. But this is the first known use of concentration camps against Russians.

Jan 12 09:55

Russia Vows Response as UK Defence Chief Issues 'Warning to Putin'

Earlier, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson boasted that Britain's new fleet of F-35s served as a message to the country's "enemies", including Russia, not to "mess with" Britain.

Moscow is perplexed by the militaristic tone taken by the UK Ministry of Defence, and will respond appropriately if Russia's security is threatened, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said.

"The statements of the Minister of Defence of Great Britain in favour of the further militarisation of British politics bring forth, at the very least, bewilderment," Zakharova said, speaking at a press conference on Friday.

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Great Britain may, without knowing it, be bluffing if the F-35 doesn't live up to the hype.

Jan 12 09:54

Single mothers win High Court battle with Government after 'irregular' Universal Credit payments forced them to turn down jobs and use food banks

Four working single mothers have today won a High Court challenge over the Government's controversial Universal Credit welfare scheme they claim forced them to turn down promotions and go to food banks.

Lawyers for Danielle Johnson, Claire Woods, Erin Barrett and Katie Stewart said the problem is likely to affect 'tens of thousands of people' claiming Universal Credit.

They complained that after being moved to the new benefits system - designed to make it simpler to claim - they were paid wildly different amounts every four weeks.

They were sometimes not paid any benefits one month but received double the next or payments were moved to fortnightly without proper warning.

Jan 12 09:52

Alleged Rape Gang on Trial in Bradford, England

The defendants, who deny the charges, have been named as follows:

Basharat Khaliq, 38, of Deanwood Crescent, Bradford, charged with five counts of rape and one count of assault by penetration

Saeed Akhtar, 55, of Back Girlington Road, Bradford, charged with two counts of inciting child prostitution and one count of rape

Yasar Majid, 37, of Laxfield Drive, Milton Keynes, charged with one count of rape

Naveed Akhtar, 43, of Newport Place, Bradford, charged with three counts of rape

Parvaze Ahmed 36, of Farcliffe Road, Bradford, charged with three counts of rape

Izar Hussain, 32, of St Leonard’s Road, Bradford, charged with three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape

Zeeshan Ali, 32, of Durham Terrace, Bradford, charged with one count of sexual assault

Kieran Harris, 28, of Fir Parade, Dewsbury, charged with two counts of rape

Faheem Iqbal, 27, of no fixed abode, charged with aiding and abetting rape

Jan 11 09:29

New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics

A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert UK state military-intelligence psychological warfare operation targeting its own citizens and political figures in allied NATO countries under the cover of fighting “Russian disinformation.”

The leaked documents revealed a secret network of spies, prominent journalists and think-tanks colluding under the umbrella of a group called “Integrity Initiative” to shape domestic opinion—and to smear political opponents of the right-wing Tory government, including the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

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SANCTION GREAT BRITAIN!!!!!!!!!

Jan 11 09:10

DOWN AND ROUT Theresa May’s Brexit deal faces a record Commons drubbing by a majority of 228

CABINET ministers broke ranks to call for a softer Brexit deal yesterday as Theresa May headed for an ever-bigger record defeat.

The PM is on course for an eye-watering defeat by a majority of 228 during the meaningful vote on Tuesday, research by the BBC found.

Jan 11 09:01

RAC warns drivers who leave their car running to de-ice the windscreen that they face a £40 fine for breaking the law in UK's cold snap

Leaving your car running to defrost the windscreen is actually a crime that could land you a fine of up to £40, the RAC has warned.
The common technique is considered an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, despite the fact most drivers use it to be safer on the road.
If caught by police, motorists could be forced to pay a fixed fine of £20 - which doubles if it's not paid within the given time frame.

Jan 11 08:55

The 'Yellow Vultures' have landed! New LED speed cameras that snare drivers on phone, eating or smoking at wheel are now looming over roads in Britain

This is the new speed camera that uses infrared equipment to catch people eating, drinking and smoking behind the wheel.
The 'yellow vulture' is designed to catch out motorists who are using their phones, but can also spot people not wearing a seatbelt.
And given their different appearance to the familiar yellow cameras recognised up and down the country, you might not even realise you've been caught out.
They have already begun cropping up in the south of England, Devon Live and Essex Live have reported.

Jan 10 12:27

British Yellow Vest Who Heckled Pro-EU MP Purged by Facebook, PayPal

James Goddard, leader of the British Yellow Vests who challenged EU loyalist Anna Soubry on the street and branded her a fascist, has been purged from Facebook and PayPal.

Mr Goddard and a small knot of supporters recently approached the Tory MP and her staff near the Palace of Westminster and challenged her about campaigning to stop Britain from leaving the European Union, despite having claimed to accept the result of the 2016 referendum and acknowledging that “Brexit means Brexit” before her Leave-voting constituents re-elected her in 2017.

Ms Soubry complained she felt as though she was in “physical danger” as the boisterous group branded her a “fascist” and “Nazi” and was supported by dozens of fellow MPs in demanding police action against the protestors.

Jan 10 10:58

FLASHBACK - UK to build 'big new wall' in Calais to stop migrants

Construction will begin soon on a "big new wall" in the French port city of Calais to prevent refugees and migrants from entering Britain, the UK has announced.

The four-meter (13 foot) high wall is part of a £17 million ($23 million) deal struck between Britain and France earlier this year to try to block migrants from crossing the English Channel.

"We've done the fence. Now we're doing a wall," British Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill announced at a government hearing on Tuesday.

It is the latest attempt to enhance border security in Calais, home to a controversial makeshift camp known as "The Jungle," where thousands of displaced people live in squalid conditions.

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France and Britain think walls can work!

Jan 10 10:16

BREXIT BOOST: Rolls-Royce commits future to UK after EU exit – brand ‘BELONGS to Britain’

Chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said the marque “belongs to Britain” and the luxury cars would continue to be built at its plant in Goodwood, regardless of the type of deal struck with the European Union. The announcement comes as the company unveiled record sales. Mr Muller-Otvos roundly rejected the prospect of moving production abroad, saying the idea is a "complete no-go for me".

Jan 10 10:15

May faces vote TROUNCING - even MORE MPs now against PM’s Brexit deal

THERESA May is heading for a trouncing in next week's Withdrawal Agreement vote despite considering a move to cave in to Labour demands on Brexit to win their backing for her maligned deal.

Jan 10 10:11

Priorities? Only 14 MPs showed up to debate ‘extreme poverty’ in the UK

Ending poverty doesn’t seem to be a top priority for British MPs, as only 14 of them showed up to attend a parliamentary debate on the UN report urging the government to address the burning problem.

MPs were supposed to debate the findings of a United Nations report on ‘Extreme Poverty and Human Rights in Northern Ireland’ on Monday, but the House of Commons remained almost empty as the debate got underway.

Jan 10 10:10

Khan’s London: Kids See Parents Knifed, Woman Strangled to Death, Multiple Stabbings

Police in London have seen a weekend of violence, with several knife attack victims fighting for their lives while officers opened a murder probe after a woman was found strangled to death in an apartment in the capital’s east.

On Friday evening, officers in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham were called out to two separate, and apparently unrelated, knife attacks within the space of just 20 minutes in which both victims were stabbed in the face, local media reports.

A triple stabbing in Leyton, east London, on Saturday saw three people assaulted in broad daylight, with eyewitnesses reporting that the children of two of the victims witnessed the attack.

Jan 10 10:08

British Parents Removing Children from Lessons on Islam, Report Finds

A report that found that parents in Essex are removing their children from Religion Education (RE) lessons on Islam and school trips to mosques.

The Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) has found that parents in Thurrock, South-East England, “have objected to the teaching of Islam and withdrawn children from lessons and visits to places of worship,” the Thurrock Gazette reports.

SACRE, which recommends the teaching of religion in schools, said that it would need to launch an investigation into how many parents are pulling their children from aspects of religious education teaching.

Jan 10 09:40

Greg Hands: “The power is with us.” The two EU officials who want to punish Britain, crafted the deal – and claim they are winning.

The Commission’s top German Brexit officials are clear: the Withdrawal Agreement hugely favours the EU, and was always meant to be so.

The word from these top EU officials is that: “Northern Ireland is the price that Britain must pay for Brexit;” that the Withdrawal Agreement shows Brexit “doesn’t work”; that “the power is with the EU” and that “the EU has the best negotiating position for the future relationship”.

Much attention has focused on Jean-Claude Juncker, the Luxemburger EU Commission President, and Michel Barnier, the Commission’s French chief Brexit negotiator.

Jan 10 09:11

M&S and Debenhams report falling Christmas sales

Debenhams has reported a sharp fall in sales during the crucial Christmas trading period.

Debenhams said customers had been seeking discounts and left their shopping late. It said sales fell 5.7% in the 18 weeks to 5 January.

Marks and Spencer also reported a fall in sales over Christmas, down 2.2%.

Tesco said sales were up, as did John Lewis. But John Lewis warned that staff might not receive bonuses for the first time since 1953.

Much of the focus is on Debenhams, which is closing 50 stores.

Jan 10 09:10

Worst Christmas for retailers in a decade, says BRC

Retail sales were flat in December, as UK businesses experienced their worst Christmas in a decade, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Total retail sales showed 0% year-on-year growth during the month, the worst December performance since 2008.

The BRC said price cuts appeared not to have been enough to encourage shoppers.

A separate report from Barclaycard said consumer spending grew 1.8% year-on-year in December, the lowest rate of growth seen since March 2016.

Jan 10 09:05

‘Food insecurity scandal’: UK MPs urge Theresa May to appoint ‘minister for hunger’

PM Theresa May has been urged by MPs to appoint a ‘minister of hunger’ to address the current food insecurity “scandal” in the UK, accusing the Tory government of allowing efforts to combat malnutrition to slip through the cracks.

The damning report by the cross-party Environmental Audit Committee reveals that 2.2 million British citizens are living with food insecurity, defined as having “limited access to food… due to lack of money or other resources.”

They accused the government of having “failed to recognise and respond” to the problem, claiming there was a “doughnut-shaped hole” in their efforts to meet the UN’s goal of zero hunger and malnutrition by 2030.

Jan 10 09:03

New Documents Reveal Covert UK Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In US Politics

Until now, this Integrity Initiative domestic spy scandal has been ignored in the American media, perhaps because it has mostly involved British names. But it is clear that the influence operation has already been activated in the US. Hacked documents reveal that the Integrity Initiative is cultivating powerful allies inside the State Department, top DC think tanks, the FBI and the DHS, where it has gained access to Katharine Gorka and her husband, the fascist-linked cable news pundit Sebastian Gorka.

Jan 09 12:15

In Another Embarrassing Defeat, Commons Passes Amendment To Help Kill May's Brexit Deal

It's looking increasingly likely that Commons Speaker John Bercow's impudence in defying May and her government will not go unpunished.

The BBC is reporting that a motion of no confidence in Bercow - who has been accused of ignoring Commons rules in allowing MPs to vote on the Grieve amendment - is likely.

Jan 09 09:29

REPORT: Sergei and Yulia Skripal Now ‘Working for British Security Services’

Since their improbable story broke into the headlines last March, no one has seen or heard from the Skripals, aside from one bizarre photo shoot apparently organized by British intelligence. According to earlier reports, 33 year-old Yulia was said to be living in an MI5 safe house after leaving hospital.

According to a recent report from The Telegraph, the paper’s ‘expert source’ has indicated that the Skripals are still living in the UK, and have contact with friends, and may even be employed by British security services.

“From the moment they were released from Salisbury District Hospital in April the pair disappeared, becoming invisible not only to the public but to friends and family too, with the careful help of a London-based MI5 team responsible for the security service’s secretive resettlement programme.”

Jan 09 09:28

Britain's May suffers parliament defeat as Brexit debate restarts

With less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU, parliament began a five-day battle over May’s Brexit plan with a show of force - undermining her preferred timetable if lawmakers vote down her deal next Tuesday.

May has refused to retreat from her unpopular deal, which envisages close trading ties with the EU after leaving in March, pressing ahead with the vote that she looks set to lose after failing to win over her nominal Northern Irish allies.

Losing the vote would deepen the uncertainty over the future of Brexit, Britain’s biggest shift in foreign and trade policy for more than 40 years, and open the way for several different outcomes, ranging from a disorderly exit to another referendum.

Jan 09 09:00

British MPs Engage in New Debate on May's Brexit Plan (VIDEO)

The new discussions come after almost a month ago UK Prime Minister Theresa May postponed the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal in the House of Commons.

A new round of debates on Theresa May's Brexit plan takes place in the UK parliament on Wednesday.

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on March 29 with the parliament yet to vote on the final departure deal. Earlier, Theresa May said that the vote on the draft deal will be held on January 14-15.

In December, May decided not to go ahead with the Commons vote after it became clear that the deal on exit terms she had agreed with Brussels would not clear the parliament.

Jan 09 07:07

Theresa May dealt huge Brexit blow as DUP rejects compromise plan before it’s even published

The DUP has delivered a sucker punch to Prime Minister Theresa May, slamming her revised Brexit plans even before they are published on Wednesday, meaning her deal looks doomed to fail in the crucial vote in parliament next week.

Jan 08 10:57

Heathrow airport: Drone sighting halts departures

Departures at Heathrow have been stopped after a drone was sighted, the airport has said.

A Heathrow spokeswoman said they were working with police to "prevent any threat to operational safety".

She said: "As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience this may cause."

It comes after last month's disruption at Gatwick Airport after drones were reported.

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Jan 08 08:45

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is dubbed a 'diva' for staying in plush hotels while his travelling entourage are made to rent rooms from Airbnb on trips abroad

The Mayor of London is in charge of the capital’s travel, but for ‘Showbiz Sadiq’ it seems City Hall is his very own ticket to ride.

Montreal, Chicago, New York, Paris, Berlin, Mumbai, New Delhi, Karachi and Islamabad are some of the destinations Labour’s Sadiq Khan has chalked up since he took office in 2016.

But now his critics have dubbed him a ‘diva’ because his travelling entourage have stayed in rented Airbnb flats or borrowed beds while he is put up in luxury hotels.

Jan 07 08:40

'You won't win it' BBC host STUNS Thornberry as frontbencher claims Labour will TOPPLE May

LABOUR’S shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry clashed with a BBC presenter who insisted the Labour Party would not win a vote of no confidence in the Government.

Jan 07 07:16

‘DEMENTED PANTOMIME’: UK GOVT STAGE ‘FAKE TRAFFIC JAM’ TO TEST NO-DEAL BREXIT EVENT, TWITTER ERUPTS

The UK government staged a “fake traffic jam” in Kent on Monday morning, with lorries queuing all the way to Dover, to establish the implications of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, leading to ridicule on social media.
In the first significant test for border disruption, the UK Department for Transport’s (DfT) experiment, named ‘Operation Brock’, saw nearly 100 lorries from the disused Manston Airport, in Kent, on a 20-mile journey to Dover – Europe’s busiest roll-on roll-off ferry port – at around 8am, the Evening Standard reports.

The rehearsal has led to journalists and pundits pouring scorn on the exercise. The Independent’s sketch writer, Tom Peck, updated his Twitter followers with a rather comical running commentary on the “fake traffic jam” operation.

Peck claimed that he’d been sent to cover a variety of unusual stories for the paper, but he’d “never been on an assignment anywhere near as stupid as this.” He described the experiment as a “demented pantomime.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this is not "desperation on the cusp of madness, on the part of the British government, I don't know what is!!!

Jan 06 09:42

UK: Illegal Migrant Caught Roving Street with Axe and Meat Cleaver

An illegal migrant suspected of dealing cocaine and heroin has been caught roving the streets with an axe and meat cleaver after police lost him last year.

Arsen Spahiu, a 25-year-old Albanian, was arrested on suspicion of having cocaine and heroin with intent to supply in Southampton in April 2018, reports Portsmouth’s The News.

Police released Spahiu without charge pending investigation and promptly lost track of him, however — despite his status as an illegal migrant without leave to remain in the country.

Jan 06 09:15

Skripal spin doctors: Documents link UK govt-funded Integrity Initiative to anti-Russia narrative

The Integrity Initiative, a UK-funded group exposed in leaked files as psyop network, played a key role in monitoring and molding media narratives after the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal, newly-dumped documents reveal.

Created by the NATO-affiliated, UK-funded Institute for Statecraft in 2015, the Integrity Initiative was unmasked in November after hackers released documents detailing a web of politicians, journalists, military personnel, scientists and academics involved in purportedly fighting "Russian disinformation." The secretive, government-bankrolled "network of networks" has found itself under scrutiny for smearing UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a Kremlin stooge – ostensibly as part of its noble crusade against anti-Russian disinformation.

Jan 06 08:31

BEX ALERT - Moscow spinning new web of spies in Britain after UK 'dismantles' unit behind Salisbury attack

Russia’s foreign intelligence service is trying to set up a new spy network in Britain after the military unit behind the Salisbury nerve agent attack was dismantled in the UK, according to well placed sources.

Authorities are increasingly concerned by attempts by the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, to re-establish a foothold in Britain. Officials are confident that the GRU, the agency responsible for the attempted assassination of Colonel Sergei Skripal, has been effectively neutralised.

Jan 06 07:39

LIVE YELLOW VESTS LONDON

Jan 05 10:43

Syrian forces tell Britain to take back the 'filth' who fled the UK to fight for ISIS and say the war-torn country is not 'landfill' for foreign jihadis who are considered a risk in their homelands

British jihadists captured in Syria should be taken back to face trial in the UK or be put before a new international court there, the forces holding them demanded last night.

Describing British citizens who fought for Islamic State as ‘filth’, they said Syria was not a ‘landfill’ site for foreigners considered a danger to their own nations.

They also admitted jailed fighters, including two members of the notorious ‘Beatles’ gang, are being treated better than refugees fleeing war because they have TVs and warm shelter.

Jan 05 09:33

UK Renovating Embassy in Damascus, Reopening Likely

The British government is reportedly renovating its embassy building in Damascus as the likelihood of reopening the UK diplomatic mission in the Syrian capital is quite high, media sources reported.

The Arabic-language Rai al-Youm quoted informed sources as saying that the renovation process of the UK embassy in Damascus has begun on Thursday.

The sources pointed to the presence of an interior renovation team in Damascus, and said that the embassy is preparing for reopening in the near future.

In a relevant development in late December, as Arab states had rushed to resume ties with Damascus, former Britain's Ambassador to Syria Peter Ford said "Washington is not powerful enough to block restoration of Arab states' diplomatic relations" with Syria.

Jan 05 09:28

Shock Files: What Role Did Integrity Initiative Play in Sergei Skripal Affair?

Hacking syndicate Anonymous has just released its fourth tranche of documents hacked from the internal servers of the Institute for Statecraft and its subsidiary, the Integrity Initiative. Several explosive files raise serious questions about the shadowy British state and NATO-funded ‘think tank’ and its connections with the Skripal affair.

The files were released just after 2:30pm GMT on January 4 — I've barely scratched the surface of the content, but what I've seen so far contains a panoply of bombshell revelations — to say the least, the organization(s) now have serious questions to answer about what role they played in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in March, and its aftermath both nationally and internationally.

Jan 05 08:16

Will Jeremy Corbyn be able to transform Britain's Middle East policies?

Britain's political uncertainty over Brexit means that all bets are off for what might happen in the first three months of 2019. But one distinct possibility is a general election, which the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn may be in a prime place to win.

A key question is: will Corbyn transform British foreign policy in the Middle East away from supporting repressive regimes and selling them arms, and challenge the London establishment that has prioritised these concerns over all others for decades?

There are four areas where Labour's declared foreign policy is seriously worrying the British elite.

Jan 04 20:18

'Any f*****, we're desperate!': Furious soldiers take aim at Army's new £1.5m recruitment drive calling on Snowflakes and Phone Zombies

Furious soldiers have taken aim at the Army's latest recruitment drive calling on Snowflakes, Phone Zombies and selfie-addicts to sign up.

The adverts, unveiled yesterday, are inspired by the famous First World War poster featuring a pointing Lord Kitchener and the slogan ‘Your country needs you’.

But servicemen and women have begun sharing edited versions of the recruitment drive posters, mocking the Army's fresh efforts to appeal to would-be soldiers.

The £1.5 million campaign shows six soldiers with labels of modern stereotypes including 'millennials' and 'phone zombies' in a bid to appeal to a wider pool of talent.

One of the mocked up posters replaces the 'snowflakes' with 'any f*****r* adding 'we're desperate' at the end of the 'your army needs you' slogan.

Jan 04 20:13

Bloodbath on the High Street as it's revealed 125 retailers went bust in the last year

Of those that went bust, 26 were large firms with more than ten stores, such as Toys R Us, Maplin and Poundworld, the report by accountant Deloitte found.

Jan 04 20:11

Britain handing £1.5BILLION to the world's most corrupt countries - despite warnings much of it will be wasted, stolen or seized by terrorists

Analysis of official figures reveals the UK handed more than £1.53billion to the world’s 20 most corrupt countries – up from £1.36billion the previous year.

The £170million – 12 per cent –increase comes despite a string of aid money scandals. UK aid to the most corrupt nations has almost doubled in five years, rising from £814million in 2012.

Jan 04 18:59

UK credit card debt soars to a record £73bn: Fears over family finances after epic borrowing binge in the run-up to Christmas

Credit card debt hit a record high in the run-up to Christmas as British families splashed out, says the Bank of England.

Its figures show households had an outstanding bill of £72.5billion on their credit cards at the end of November – a sign that many people are living beyond their means.

That is up from £70.1billion a year earlier and from £57.2billion five years ago.

Jan 04 08:59

Fat Cat Friday: FTSE 100 executives earn more in first three days of 2019 than average worker's annual salary

Chief executives of leading UK companies are paid 133 times more than the average worker, new research for "Fat Cat Friday" reveals.

A study suggested that by 1pm today top bosses will already have been paid as much so far this year as average workers earn in 12 months.

The average chief executive of FTSE 100 firms has a pay packet of £3.9 million, an 11 per cent increase on a year ago, the report said.

The pay increase means top executives working a 12-hour day only need to work for 29 hours in 2019 to be paid the average worker's annual salary.

Jan 04 08:47

Grayling defends no-deal Brexit ferry contract

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has defended the government's choice of a UK company with no ships as one of the providers of extra ferry services in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Mr Grayling told the BBC he would make no apologies for "supporting a new British business".

The firm, Seaborne Freight, won a £13.8m contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend.

But a BBC investigation discovered it had never run a ferry service before.

Jan 04 08:46

Brexit ferry firm Seaborne in terms and conditions gaffe

A firm awarded a government contract to provide extra ferry services has used website terms and conditions apparently intended for a takeaway food firm.

Seaborne Freight was given the £13.8m contract to run a freight service between Ramsgate and Ostend in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Its original terms and conditions advised customers to check goods before "agreeing to pay for any meal/order".

The government said the section was "put up in error" and was now correct.

Jan 04 08:22

Northern Ireland Puts 1,000 Officers On Standby In Case Of 'No Deal' Brexit

After putting 3,500 troops on standby in the event of a 'no deal' Brexit and barges instructed to reserve place for 'emergency supplies', Theresa May and her government are taking their "Project Fear" - the campaign of doomsaying warnings and threats designed to push MPs to vote for May's Brexit withdrawal agreement - to the next level by reviving fears about violence in Northern Ireland.

According to the Guardian, some 1,000 police officers from England and Scotland are beginning preparations and training for a possible deployment to Northern Ireland in case a 'no deal' Brexit forces the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and the EU - the only land border between an EU state and the UK.

Jan 04 07:41

BBC bias risks public violence

The BBC’s biased coverage of the Brexit debate is denying the British public the comfort of knowing the fight was fair – knowledge that may prevent anger from boiling over post-Brexit, says David Hardy.

Jan 04 07:31

UK Police to Kick Off Drills Tackling Unrest in Case of No-Deal Brexit

Hundreds of police officers from Scotland and England will practice rapid deployment in Northern Ireland in the event of disorder arising from a no-deal Brexit, The Guardian newspaper reported Thursday.

According to the UK-based media outlet, the plans were put in place after Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chiefs asked for "reinforcements to deal with any trouble that arises from a hard border." The drills for almost 1,000 officers are reportedly expected to begin this month.

Jan 03 11:08

Analyst: Brexit Deal Now So Damaged, “I Don’t Think It’s Going To Happen”

There is now less than three months until the Brexit deadline in Great Britain. (The lights go out on March 29th absent some drastic change of course.) The deal that Theresa May cut with the EU Parliament has pleased pretty much nobody and shows no signs of being able to be approved in the House of Commons. An effort by the Prime Minister’s own party to remove her from office failed, largely because nobody else really wanted the job. So we’re heading for a No Deal Brexit, right?

Jan 03 10:26

‘Gamers, snowflakes & selfie-addicts’: UK army lures recruits with bizarre ad

Much like the tobacco industry, the army is always looking for new ways to target young people to encourage them to sign up for military service.

In June 2018, it used social media to target “stressed and vulnerable” 16-year-olds facing exam results with a campaign that said the army was open to those who didn’t get good results.

Despite its best efforts, the army continues to fail to reach its recruitment targets, even after enlisting the help of private company Capita, who was awarded a £495-million (US$622 million) contract in 2012. The company has since upped its contract to £677 million, but remains short of its 2020 target of 82,500 fully trained troops and 30,000 reserves, with just 77,000 troops.

Jan 03 09:42

Brexit U–TURN: EU will agree 'alternative' Brexit deal with UK 'at last second'

Shanker Singham, the Director of the International Trade and Competition Unit for the Institute of Economic Affairs, has claimed the EU will still agree to a Brexit deal with the UK if Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement is rejected by MPs. British politicians are expected to debate the Prime Minister’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement when they return to Parliament next week before they vote on the deal on the week of the 14 January. Speaking on Sky News, the Brexit supporting economist insisted that an "alternative" deal is still possible with Brussels, even if Theresa May’s agreement is rejected.

Jan 03 08:48

Sadiq Khan’s EU Flag on the London Eye Was an Absolute Unpatriotic Disgrace

He should have cut out the middleman and just had an image of himself on the London Eye sticking two fingers up to the British public. It would have been his biggest selfie ever and would have clearly illustrated his utter contempt for the democratic will of the people.

His whole firework display was one big ego extravaganza of virtue signalling and an affront to democracy. It was another blatant example of how Remainers feel they can spend our money on EU propaganda, without a thought to us the people, do you remember the £9 million Cameron spent on his pro-EU leaflets just before the referendum!

So Sadiq’s Khan’s firework display will clearly set the tone for another year in the UK. Where the Establishment Elite will do as they wish and ignore us, the masses.

Jan 02 09:01

Brexit-backing Jeremy Hunt under fire for hailing Britain’s close 'connections' with Europe as key to future success

Jeremy Hunt is under fire for claiming Britain’s close “connections” with other EU countries will be crucial to the UK’s future success, despite his strong support for Brexit.

On a visit to Singapore on Wednesday, the foreign secretary will hail the UK’s “friendship with our neighbours in Europe” as a key reason to be optimistic for trade.

Speaking days after pointing to low-tax Singapore as a post-Brexit model, Mr Hunt will call for Britain to “act as an invisible chain linking together the democracies of the world”.

Jan 02 07:59

London is no longer an English city and that's how it got the Olympics, says John Cleese

Mass immigration has turned London into a city that is 'no longer English', John Cleese claims.

The former Monty Python star says he now feels like a foreigner walking through the capital's streets.

California-based Cleese, 71, moved to the U.S. more than two decades ago, having grown up in Somerset.

Jan 02 07:53

Brexit LIVE: Labour on verge of CIVIL WAR - Corbyn urged NOT to cave in to Remainers

LABOUR is on the verge of civil war over Brexit with almost three-quarters of members urging Jeremy Corbyn to back a People’s Vote despite his pledge to honour the 2016 referendum result and leave the European Union.

Jan 01 15:39

John Cleese: Political Correctness Can Lead to an Orwellian Nightmare

The essence of comedy is being critical, says Cleese, and that means causing offense sometimes. But we shouldn't protect everyone from experiencing negative emotions by enforcing political correctness, he says.

Transcript:
I'm offended every day. For example, the British newspapers every day offend me with their laziness, their nastiness and they're in accuracy, but I'm not going to expect someone to stop that happening I just simply speak out about it.

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