Overstretched police? 19 police cars sent to protect Baronet Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland from fox hunting protesters
If you live in Cambridgeshire and found the police too busy to attend your call on the 23rd of December – it’s probably because NINETEEN Cambridgeshire police cars were sent to protect a fox hunt organised by Sir Philip Naylor-Leyland, 4th Baronet.
The police turned up in force and then proceeded to threaten the peaceful anti-hunt protesters with CS gas spray:
Foxes, badgers, robins and now ELEPHANTS: hidden manifesto plan by Tories to allow ivory trade
Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017.
But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto. Sneakily, the Tories have decided to DROP their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain. This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory.
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Via Pride’s Purge ~ an irreverent look at UK politics – tompride.wordpress.com
The Conservative Party is corrupt to the core – make them pay June 8th.
Government Wiki edits downplay high profile killings
Wednesday 06 August 2014 UK
Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News
A Channel 4 News investigation reveals Wikipedia edits to pages on Jean Charles de Menezes, Lee Rigby and Damilola Taylor made from government computers.
The spokesman for the family of Jean Charles de Menezes today spoke of his shock after hearing that users on government computer networks were found to have altered key information in his Wikipedia entry and sought to cover up police failings.
A Channel 4 News investigation today reveals government computers have added a slur and inaccurate information to the page of Mr de Menezes, and separately made edits that downplay the murders of Damilola Taylor and Lee Rigby.
The edits were all made from internet addresses that have in the past been confirmed as being on the Government Secure Intranet (GSI), the system through which government workers, including some police officers, connect to the internet.
All Wikipedia edits are visible in the history of the page, as is the internet protocol address that made the change, which can reveal the computer network from which an edit originates.
The external struggle to dominate Ukraine has put fascists in power and brought the country to the brink of conflict
– Seumas Milne
– The Guardian, Wednesday 5 March 2014 20.30 GMT
Diplomatic pronouncements are renowned for hypocrisy and double standards. But western denunciations of Russian intervention in Crimea have reached new depths of self parody. The so far bloodless incursion is an “incredible act of aggression”, US secretary of state John Kerry declared. In the 21st century you just don’t invade countries on a “completely trumped-up pretext”, he insisted, as US allies agreed that it had been an unacceptable breach of international law, for which there will be “costs”.
That the states which launched the greatest act of unprovoked aggression in modern history on a trumped-up pretext – against Iraq, in an illegal war now estimated to have killed 500,000, along with the invasion of Afghanistan, bloody regime change in Libya, and the killing of thousands in drone attacks on Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, all without UN authorisation – should make such claims is beyond absurdity.
It’s not just that western aggression and lawless killing is on another scale entirely from anything Russia appears to have contemplated, let alone carried out – removing any credible basis for the US and its allies to rail against Russian transgressions. But the western powers have also played a central role in creating the Ukraine crisis in the first place.
The US and European powers openly sponsored the protests to oust the corrupt but elected Viktor Yanukovych government, which were triggered by controversy over an all-or-nothing EU agreement which would have excluded economic association with Russia.
In her notorious “fuck the EU” phone call leaked last month, the US official Victoria Nuland can be heard laying down the shape of a post-Yanukovych government – much of which was then turned into reality when he was overthrown after the escalation of violence a couple of weeks later.
More than 150,000 people have raised serious concerns about fit-for-work tests administered by a private healthcare company on behalf of the Government.
Figures obtained exclusively by Sky News show the charity Citizens Advice has been inundated by huge numbers of complaints about assessments carried out by Atos.
It warns that genuinely disabled and seriously ill people are being stripped of benefits following inadequate tests.
Meanwhile, doctors are warning that the service is “unfit for purpose”.
Gillian Guy, the chief executive of Citizens Advice, warned: “Atos is failing to do its job properly, failing to give taxpayers value for money and worst of all, failing thousands of sick and disabled people who bear the brunt of wrong assessments.”
It comes as a woman widowed just last week tells Sky News about how the decision that her husband was fit for work was not even overturned while he was dying from a rare and aggressive cancer.
Lyn Coupe’s case was raised in Parliament this week by her local MP Dennis Skinner.
The 81-year-old Labour politician famed for his passionate performances in Parliament implored David Cameron to “abolish this cruel heartless monster called Atos, get rid of it”.
The Prime Minister admitted that every MP had heard similar stories in their own constituencies.
Mrs Coupe, from Calow near Chesterfield, said she felt compelled to speak out even while organising her husband David’s funeral.
He was assessed as able to work late last year despite ulcerated legs, back pain that left him in agony, diabetes and heart problems.
Mrs Coupe said the couple were forced to sacrifice food and heating to deal with the cut in benefits.
“We didn’t have any heating on in the winter like other people would have had. We sat with coats on or blankets. I would go to bed at about 8am in the evening to try to get warm.”
Food was also sacrificed, and the couple never went out.
The Coupes tried to launch an appeal but were told they would have to wait at least 10 months because of a backlog of cases.
Once Mr Coupe was diagnosed with terminal cancer that would kill him within months, his wife contacted Atos again but still the appeal was not brought forward.
Via Sky News