Blogging will be virtually non-existent until December 7th at the latest as I'm away off to Devon to be there for the birth of my first Grandchild, a daughter.
Try not to trash the place whilst I'm gone.
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I wonder how long this will last, most newspaper campaigns fizzle out after a week or two, but still it's nice to see them announcing what the majority have been feeling for about 20 years or so, still I suspect some critical threshold has been passed in some private poll for the Express group, though I'd have laid odds on it being the Daily Mail first.THE Daily Express today becomes the first national newspaper to call for Britain to leave the European Union.From this day forth our energies will be directed to furthering the cause of those who believe Britain is Better Off Out.The famous and symbolic Crusader who adorns our masthead will become the figurehead of the struggle to repatriate British sovereignty from a political project that has comprehensively failed.After far too many years as the victims of Brussels larceny, bullying, over-regulation and all-round interference, the time has come for the British people to win back their country and restore legitimacy and accountability to their political process.Following the debacle of the Lisbon Treaty – disgracefully imposed upon the public without the referendum they were promised by the three main political parties – many had expected matters European to take a lower profile in British politics.But the opposite has been true as those on board the European gravy train have mounted one power grab after another.At a time of austerity throughout Europe they have expanded their bloated budgets, pushing Britain’s disproportionate contributions even higher.And despite not being part of the failing eurozone, British taxpayers have learned that under Brussels rules agreed to by Labour after it had lost the election they are liable to help bail out economies wrecked by the single currency.
THOUSANDS of pensioners died from cold-related illnesses last winter as heating bills soared and temperatures plummeted, official figures reveal.The number of deaths linked to the cold between December and March reached 25,400 in England and Wales, with another 2,760 in Scotland.The figures are equivalent to nine deaths every hour.The total gave Britain the highest winter death rate in northern Europe, worse than much colder countries such as Finland and Sweden.There are fears the death toll could increase this year following energy price rises which may frighten elderly people into not turning on their heating.Michelle Mitchell, of Age UK, said: “It’s unacceptable that tens of thousands more older people die in this country every winter from the effects of the cold weather. The fact that the UK has one of the highest winter mortality rates in Europe makes it clear this is very much a home-grown problem.“Behind these statistics lie deep-seated social issues, such as one in three over-60s living in houses which fail the ‘decent home’ standard.”
I wonder what Brake will do if road deaths were actually cut down to zero? Disband? I somehow have my doubts, there's always something new.Road safety campaigners are calling for 20mph speed limits in residential areas as a survey shows 86% of children in London think drivers go too fast.The poll was conducted by the charity Brake of 2,630 children, aged nine to 13, in the London and the South East for Road Safety Week.The survey also found 9% said they had been knocked down while walking or cycling and 55% have had a near miss.Brake says a 20mph limit would help cut child road deaths to zero.In 2009, 37 children were killed and 763 were seriously injured on roads in London and the South East, with 61% of these deaths and serious injuries being youngsters on foot or bicycle.
As you'd expect, there have been the usual "Taken out of context" cries...Up to 5,000 pupils attending weekend schools across Britain are being exposed to textbooks claiming that some Jews were transformed into pigs and apes, and that some offences could be punished with stoning. One book for six year-olds warns that those who do not believe in Islam will be condemned to “hellfire” in death.Another text for 15 year-olds teaches that thieves who break Sharia law should have their hands cut off for a first offence and their feet amputated for a subsequent crime. Teenagers are presented with diagrams showing where the cuts should be made.Tonight’s Panorama on BBC One will claim that the books were discovered at a network of 40 private schools teaching the Saudi Arabian national curriculum. The programme claims to have uncovered evidence apparently linking the schools to the Saudi embassy. Officials at the embassy deny any link.
Except that historical descriptions abound in the Koran and Hadiths, with the Koran supposedly being the actual word of God to Mohammed and therefore perfect in every way. So the Koran say cut hands and feet off thieves, what else is a good Muslim supposed to do? If he doesn't then he defies his God and isn't a good Muslim. Christians have a phrase, love the sinner and hate the sin, there's no corollary whatsoever in Islam. It's why Christianity is about forgiveness and Islam is about revenge.In a written response, the Saudi embassy said such materials were often taken out of context and often referred to historical descriptions.
Protesters chanting slogans against Muslim extremists marched through Kingston town centre this morning.Does it matter what colour the people are? Is "exclusively white" just a hidden code for racist/fascist/Nazi? I suspect that's the point they are trying to make. There's also the attempt to link it to the EDL who "everyone knows" are racist/fascist/Nazi's save perhaps the multi-ethnic EDL and a growing number of people who have watched what they do (and don't do).
About 60 people, who were exclusively white, walked from Hampton Wick station across Kingston bridge and gathered in front of the Bentall Centre.They chanted "Muslim bombers off our streets" and displayed Union Jacks and a large wooden poppy.The 30-minute protest was peaceful and the protesters dispersed quietly.Organiser Ben Baty, 20, said it was a protest against the burning of poppies.They denied being linked to any group, but one man carried a St George's cross bearing the letters EDL (English Defence League).
POLICE fear Midland Territorial Army recruits who claim they have been racially abused while wearing their uniforms are victims of hate crimes.The cadets say they have been verbally abused and spat at while walking to training sessions near Blues’ St Andrews stadium in Bordesley, Birmingham.One recruit has reported that driver slowed down his car, wound down his window and shouted: “I hope you get blown up by an IED.”Another says he was chased by a group of Asian youths who screamed insults and spat at him.West Midlands Police said they are investigating the allegations.
Sooner or later the press and media are going realise it isn't just a small minority who are protesting about this stuff and noticing what's going on. It's pretty much the entire country and we're getting very, very angry about it.Last night a spokesman said: “I am not willing to discuss our security arrangements on an individual basis. I think it is fair to say these were isolated incidents."
MILLIONS of pounds of British taxpayers’ cash will be spent on developing wind turbines and solar panels in Africa and Asia, it was revealed yesterday.At a time when the rest of the UK is being told to tighten its belt, the Government will pour money into the schemes abroad as part of a drive to help poor countries to develop green businesses.Critics angrily attacked the move, which was announced by the International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell, branding it a waste of money and inappropriate at a time of austerity at home.Mr Mitchell said the aid money was vital to help tackle climate change, as well as funding health and education in poor countries. Announcing two public-private partnership projects in Africa and Asia, he said they would help to stimulate investment in renewable energy schemes. And he defended the use of taxpayers’ cash.
Why are we paying out aid for this? Why are we inflicting envirolunacy and spending billions on other nations when people here are going to freeze to death this winter because global warming didn't? Why are so many people being forced into fuel poverty when we can find billions to give to give away abroad?“When it comes to tackling climate change across the world, we have to get on with the job,” he said. “We are at the threshold of nothing less than a new industrial, agricultural and technological revolution. That’s why we are acting now to help the world’s poorest countries adapt to and mitigate against climate change.”The Government has put aside a total of £2.9billion from its overseas aid budget over the next four years to fight climate change worldwide. But the move sparked an angry backlash last night.Britain is already dishing out more foreign aid than any other European country despite having to make the biggest spending cuts since the Second World War. Our donations outweigh those of Germany and France and come as Britain’s economy shows worrying signs of slowing down.
Now it might indeed be that the woman was Asian, it could be however that she was British too having been born here.
Police arrest ‘husband and father-in-law after Asian woman is stabbed to death in back of car’A husband was remanded in custody under the Mental Health Act today after a pretty young woman was knifed to death in a car in what was believed to be a violent family argument.The 27-year-old victim bled to death on the back seat of the vehicle after the bloody attack which severed an artery was launched while she was travelling with two men, believed to be her husband and father-in-law.Detectives found a bloodstained knife alongside the body of the young woman in the Volkswagen Passat car which was parked on the road outside the family’s semi-detached home.
All Asian as coming from Asia or simply a description based on the colour of their skin, after all this was Crawley and it might actually be where they were born, certainly it's more likely than the woman.Today a 30-year-old man, arrested on suspicion of murder, was detained in a hospital secure unit under the Mental Health Act.His father, aged 51 years, has been released on police bail to return to Crawley police station on January 25.Police confirmed that the victim and the two men arrested were all Asian and known to each other.
Good hardworking folk then so why the extra description of continent of origin? As I said they may have been born here and lived all their lives here, unless there's something the Mail knows and hasn't bothered to tell us. Not as if they'd use the term British or even English had they been any other colour, though no doubt African or perhaps Caribbean might have been put in there had they been from therethough also used if they were born here.The father owns lots of properties around here and is landlord to many families. He is also a painter and decorator,’ she added.‘There are two sons and the older one, Kashif, got married about a year-and-a-half ago. It was a really big do and the house was all done up - they were so proud.‘The rumours are that it was his bride who has been murdered and that it was he who was arrested by the police.’
But the Daily Mail like the rest of the MSM is still a bit coy about this sort of thing, it's a sort of a code and I suspect had the family been Hindu's or Sikh's they'd have been identified as such, even if it was by the description Indian. I don't know if the family being Islamic had anything to do with this, I don't know if the family actually were "Asian" had anything to do with this, I suspect though I don't know that they were that some of them were actually born here. I also fail to see what the colour of their skin had to do with this and this is what annoys me about the Daily Mail.Neighbours identified them as the Baig family and said that they had been celebrating Eid, the Muslim equivalent of Christmas, last night when the killing happened.
I think we can see where the next generation of poppy burners are coming from.FIVE Muslim schoolboys threatened to kill a patriotic classmate for supporting British troops.The 12-year-old yobs boasted they planned to attack terrified Darius Gill, 13, with knives and knuckle dusters for not supporting Islamic extremists.They made the threats on Facebook after Darius – who has a white mother and Asian father – posted a touching tribute on the same website to troops who have lost their lives defending Britain.
Now it might just be threats, but facebook apparently was used for it.The gang – along with a white girl also aged 12 – have now been excluded from their school, the Sidney Stringer Academy which is in a predominantly Muslim area of Coventry.One gang member said in a Facebook message littered with spelling mistakes: “Fight on Monday gonna be heavy knuckle dusters nd knifes hopefully I don’t die.”Another added: “ill bang him ma slef am a terrorist.” One of the youngsters even posted a picture of himself holding a rifle. Darius’ mother Clare Allington, 42, who lives in Coventry, said: “If I hadn’t read the threats and pulled my son out of school that day he could be dead.“They might just be school children but they are fanatical and dangerous. The threats have to be taken seriously.“My son wrote supporting the British troops in Afghanistan and also said he was sad so many soldiers had died.“It’s appalling and extremely upsetting for Darius.”The school confirmed that six pupils had been disciplined for the hate campaign and face permanent expulsion pending an investigation.
But a gang of pupils at Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry – a predominantly Muslim area – expressed outrage at Darius’ patriotism.They set up a Muslim defence league? A dyslexic one at that?
One message – littered with spelling mistakes – said: ”Fight on Monday gonna be heavy knuckle dusters nd knifes hopefully I don’t die.”
His pal added: ”ill bang him ma slef am a terrorist.”
One of the thugs also posted a chilling picture of himself holding a rifle.
Shockingly, other pupils – who have set up a Muslim Defence League which celebrates British deaths in Afghanistan – also added comments condemning Darius.
So not only run away, but abandon the wounded to their fate too. In other words act like politicians, I'm surprised that MP's had to be told to be honest.
MPs and their staff will be ordered to flee for their lives in the event of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack on Parliament, according to security advice.An emergency plan drawn up by police and circulated to all Westminster workers informs staff that in the event of an armed attack they should head for the nearest exist, only stopping to help injured colleagues if it is safe for them to do so.The warning, contained in an email circulated to MPs, peers, researchers, secretaries other employees, discloses that the authorities anticipate that a Mumbai style assault on the Houses of Parliament could potentially result in heavy casualties.It advises workers not to attempt to barricade themselves into their offices unless they have no choice, adding that many lives could have been saved in Mumbai if victims had been able to flee.
Nothing quite like a quick conspiracy slur just to muddy the waters
LONDON – In the second attack on Israel by Liberal Democrat politicians in the same week that the party’s leader said the party got it wrong on Israel, Jenny Tonge claimed on Friday that Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is the root cause of terrorism worldwide.
Possibly “Holocaust guilt” allows this treatment to go unchecked, Tonge said, adding that it might also be the “power of the pro-Israel lobby” in the UK and US.
The Liberal Democrat peer was speaking in the House of Lords at the Strategic Defense and Security Review, which sets out how the British government will deliver the priorities identified in its national security strategy.Tonge's problem, other than the fact that she's a useful idiot for global jihad. Is the normal one of politicians in simplifying a possible solution where it will require a very complex one instead. As this video shows.
On the issue of world conflict prevention, Tonge then said: “It is a disgrace to us all that problems such as Kashmir and Palestine are still alienating Muslims all over the world.
“The treatment of Palestinians by Israel is held up as an example of how the West treats Muslims,” she said, “and is at the root cause of terrorism worldwide.”
“Even [the Quartet’s Middle East envoy] Tony Blair has now admitted this publicly,” she claimed.
“Why do we let it continue? Is it Holocaust guilt? We should be guilty – of course we should. Is it the power of the pro-Israel lobby here and in the USA?” The peer went on say that “cynics might think” Britain is at the ready to help Israel attack Iran.
£10 billion, on top of the other payments we make to the EU! Apparently it's not in our interests if the Irish economy goesIreland was yesterday locked in negotiations over a £70billion EU rescue deal - with the UK required to underwrite some 10 per cent of possible losses, which could amount to £7billion.BRITISH taxpayers could face a bill of up to £10billion to bail out the Irish economy, it emerged last night.
The Royal Bank of Scotland, which has billions of pounds of exposure to Irish loans, is also underwritten by British taxpayers, adding a possible £3billion burden on the public purse.
As concern mounted over Ireland's debts, the government in Dublin is understood to have held preliminary discussions with the EU about an aid package.
Irish ministers have stressed they could manage their finances, but governments across Europe have expressed concern that a bail-out may be required as earlier as this week.
CRITICS last night attacked the Government after ministers backed down on a key pledge to give anonymity to those accused of rape.Announcing the U-turn, Justice Minister Crispin Blunt told MPs there was insufficient evidence to justify giving the protection to those accused and on trial for serious sex attacks.The move drew praise from women’s rights groups, but it also re-ignited fears that dropping the pledge would lead to more men being tarnished by faked allegations.
You'd think it would be simple enough, I really don't see why the women’s rights groups are up in arms about it, it's not likely to deter women from reporting rape as far as I can see. Or could it just be that they hate men so much that they even want the innocent to suffer along with the guilty?Former MP Neil Hamilton, who was falsely accused of rape nearly a decade ago along with his wife Christine, said: “If the victim has a right to anonymity the alleged perpetrator should be entitled to it until conviction.”In 2003 Nadine Milroy-Sloan was jailed for three years after telling police the Hamiltons had raped her.Yesterday Mr Hamilton warned: “Not having anonymity for the accused makes it easy for the unscrupulous to abuse the system at the expense of the victim. That’s not justice.“Even though Christine and I knew we were innocent, we went through a lot of stress and indignity. We were facing seven years in jail.”In May the Coalition Government said: “We will extend anonymity in rape cases to defendants.”
Unworkable how? If the victim is allowed anonymity, so should the accused, if he's innocent then he's the victim and it can and has lead to horrendous suffering for the guy involved, with the false accuser just given a slap on the wrist and left to go on her way.But after criticism from Labour and women’s rights groups it became clear the plans were unworkable.Last night, Shadow Justice Minister Helen Goodman said: “We welcome this U-turn.”
Daily Mail: 'Poppy-burning Muslim protesters mar Armistice Day commemorations as millions fall silent to remember war dead'H/T The Talking Clock for the list.
The Sun - Sick Protestors torch poppy
The Telegraph - Muslims clash with police after burning poppy in anti-Armistice Day protest
Daily Express - MUSLIM PROTESTERS BURN POPPIES AS BRITAIN REMEMBERS WAR HEROES
Daily Star - MUSLIM THUGS BURN POPPIES
Evening Standard - Millions fall silent to mark Remembrance Day as Muslim extremists burn poppies
Watch this Youtube video, do you see any assault here?The founder of the English Defence League (EDL) has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a confrontation with Islamic protesters.Stephen Lennon, 27 of Luton, was held as the Muslims Against Crusades group burnt poppies in Kensington, west London, during a two-minute silence to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day.
Five other members of EDL have been arrested on suspicion of affray.
What, The, Hell?BRIBES paid to get foreign criminals to leave the UK have tripled in the last month, the UK Border Agency has revealed.When hard-working families are being stripped of their child benefit by the Government, murderers and rapists who agree to be flown home from prison are being given up to £1,500 in cashThe astonishing figure is more than the annual allowance for a family with a single child and comes after a Border Agency shake-up.
Now whilst as a libertarian I believe that what you do on someone's private property is up to them, I'm absolutely amazed that the manager in question couldn't see a public relations disaster looming over this decision. No a poppy isn't company uniform, nor is it corporate wear, it's a gesture of respect and only worn during the period leading up to remembrance day. Already people out there are talking about boycotting the store so much so that the store has been forced into making a statement.A Hollister clothes shop assistant was told to remove her Remembrance poppy as it was not part of the uniform.Harriet Phipps, 18, said the assistant manager at the Southampton branch had told her to remove it.Miss Phipps initially refused to take it off, but was made to feel so "uncomfortable" she eventually did.Hollister, which is owned by US giant Abercrombie and Fitch, said it had reviewed its policy and staff may now wear a poppy on Remembrance Day itself.Miss Phipps said she wore her poppy in honour of a friend currently serving in Afghanistan.
You can just imagine the reaction in the companies public relations department somewhat along the lines of "He's done what!" "Oh my God we're going to be crucified over this, doesn't he have any common sense?""Our company policy is currently to permit associates to wear a poppy as a token of this appreciation on Remembrance Day."In the future, we will revisit, in light of local custom, whether to extend the policy to the days or weeks leading up to Remembrance Day."
This whole sorry shambles should be enough to hold over Labour's competence to govern us for the next several decades (though how soon fools forget) Not only are they going to be white elephants till 2020, they had to get rid of the various support ships necessary to protect them in order to be able to afford them.The deputy chairman of Babcock, Lord Hesketh, has resigned after he called the Royal Navy's aircraft carrier programme a "disaster".His resignation from the engineering group follows a report in the Daily Telegraph newspaper in which he was reported as saying the project would make the country a "laughing stock".Babcock is building the carriers at its shipyard in Rosyth.Earlier on Monday it issued a statement distancing itself from the report.Last month's defence review revealed that £5.2bn would be spent on two new carriersFor three years there will be only one aircraft carrier, in any case, the planes being built for the vessels will not be ready until 2020.Lord Hesketh's resignation takes place with immediate effect.He has been non-executive deputy chairman of Babcock since 1996 and a non-executive director since 1993.
Dozens of MPs are threatening to vote against the Coalition on Europe this week, as David Cameron unveils new laws ensuring that any future transfer of power to Brussels is subject to a referendum.The Prime Minister will attempt to reassert his eurosceptic credentials by launching an EU Bill promising MPs and the British people their say on any proposed transfer of sovereignty to the European Union.
Unfortunately Cameron flushed his supposed EUsceptic credentials down the drain when he decided that Lisbon was a done deal and that there was nothing to be done about it. Conveniently forgetting that no Parliament can be bound by the previous one. And although the EU would not have liked it (as would certain members of the Tory party) he could have promised a referendum on Lisbon, or better yet "in or out" though he rather gave the game away last week when in the face of EU budget increases against domestic budget reductions, he said he believed that the UK is best served by our continuing membership of the EU. Seems even his a good few of his own party don't believe him any more, hence the opposition to this series of new laws, seeing it as closing the stable door after the horse has bolted, a cosmetic gesture as there isn't much else left to give away.But the move was condemned last night as a "cosmetic gesture" by Tory MPs who are still furious that Mr Cameron reneged on a pledge to hold a referendum on the controversial Lisbon Treaty, which has already transferred key powers to EU control.The Prime Minister is coming under increasing pressure not to wave through revisions to the Treaty being demanded by France and Germany.More than two dozen Tory MPs have signed a protest motion and up to 50 could vote against the Government during a key debate on Wednesday asking MPs to approve the Treaty amendments, which give the EU the ability to oversee the budgets of member states.The issue has inflamed tensions in the coalition, with Nick Clegg insisting that he will not sanction any renegotiation in areas such as employment and social policy, a Tory election pledge.Despite a promise in the coalition agreement to examine the issue of EU power, Mr Clegg said: "We are not going to reopen this issue of the repatriation of powers."Under the terms of the EU Bill being unveiled this Thursday, any future EU Treaty that transfers competencies or areas of power from the UK to the EU will be subject to a referendum of the British people.The use of ratchet clauses or "passerelles" – provisions in existing EU Treaties allowing the rules of the EU to be modified or expanded without the need for a formal Treaty change – would also be subject to an Act of Parliament before the Government could agree to their use.
David Lidington, the Europe Minister, will say the Government is determined to address the disillusion felt by millions about the erosion of power to Brussels.
Hate preacher Abu Hamza has won his appeal against the Government's attempts to strip him of his British passport, a special tribunal has ruled.The radical cleric argued that such a move would render him "stateless" as he had already been stripped of his Egyptian citizenship.
I'm fairly sure the average (non Muslim) guy on the street couldn't give a damn if he's stateless or not, most would have him kicked out anyway, preferably to the USA and a 50+ year sentence (well I can dream) There's also a chance that the so called expert was erm what's the correct legal term, oh yes, "fibbing" about his dual citizenship too, just because he's been refused an Egyptian passport, doesn't make him a non Egyptian citizen either, lots of people in this country are refused passports, mostly football hooligans (and those accused of hooliganism too) doesn't make them non citizens.Delivering its 12-page ruling, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) allowed his appeal.In his ruling, Mr Justice Mitting said: "We are satisfied on balance of probabilities that if a deprivation order were to be made, the appellant (Hamza) would be made stateless."The conclusions which we have reached in the closed judgment supplement, but do not contradict, that conclusion."Accordingly, this appeal is allowed."Hamza, 52, was jailed for seven years in February 2006 for inciting murder and race hate.He is in Belmarsh Prison as he challenges attempts to extradite him to the US on terror charges.That case was delayed by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg in July, which called for further submissions over the length of his sentence and the conditions he would experience if extradited to ADX Florence, a so-called "supermax" prison in Fremont County, Colorado.Attempts to take his passport away were launched in 2003 but delayed by other legal actions against him.
Barack Obama's setback in the US mid-term elections has killed of any hope of securing a legally binding global climate change deal, John Prescott has said.Negotiators should ditch hopes of enforceable targets on emissions reductions and push instead for a voluntary framework at the upcoming Cancun summit, the former deputy prime minister said.
I mean apart from talking complete bollocks and totally unable to understand that climate change has been totally discredited by the CRU tapes, more and more evidence coming in showing that it's actually getting colder. There is also the obstacle that more savvy politicians (i.e. not Labour or Liberal ones) are beginning to suspect that the public have seen through the whole charade and realise like most causes political that it's just another tax grab.After President Barack Obama's ''shellacking'' at the hands of Republican opponents in mid-term elections, there was no prospect of the US Congress approving legal requirements to cut greenhouse gas emissions, said Lord Prescott, who was a key UK negotiator at the Kyoto global warming conference in 1997.Lord Prescott, now the Council of Europe rapporteur on climate change issues, said that the Kyoto Protocol should be extended for five years beyond its 2012 expiry date to allow time for a voluntary system of verifiable emission reductions to be introduced.After the failure to achieve a legally binding agreement at last year's Copenhagen summit, it would be ''disastrous'' if the UN-sponsored gathering kicking off in the Mexican city of Cancun on November 29 were also to end in stalemate, he said.
Yes this is a slap in the face for the UK, no I don't think this is a deliberate dig at Hague save only that the government should have done something about this law when it became an issue. As I said above what Israel or indeed any other country chooses to do in its own land or with their neighbours is no business of the courts it is not a matter for the law at all, human rights violations or not, it's a matter for politicians and diplomats. Arresting foreign visitors or serving them with a warrant serves no purpose other than to embarrass the UK government and makes negotiations all the more difficult and leads to situations like this. Of course that is exactly what the spoilt brats of the leftist Palestinian alliance want but pandering to their lunacy is not the way for the law or the government to act. They can protest, they can boycott, they cannot and must not have the right to arrest a foreign citizen who has committed no crime in the UK or the EU (damnation upon that European arrest warrant too) because such things sooner or later come back to haunt you with a vengeance.Israel is postponing "strategic dialogue" with Britain over defence and security issues, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman has said.The move is a protest over attempts to use British law to prosecute visiting Israeli officials, the spokesman added.The news comes on the first day of an official visit to Israel by the UK's Foreign Secretary William Hague.The Foreign Office said the British government was moving to curb the use of "mischievous" arrest warrants.Mr Hague will also be visiting the occupied territories during his visit.An arrest warrant was issued through UK courts for Israeli former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in December last year. The warrant was granted by a London court at the request of Palestinian plaintiffs, provoking Israeli anger.It was revoked when it was found Ms Livni was not visiting the UK.The Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman denied that the latest development was a deliberate "ambush" to humiliate Mr Hague.Earlier this week it was reported that Israel's Intelligence Minister, Dan Meridor, cancelled a trip to Britain amid concerns that he risked being arrested on war crimes charges.Israel has expressed anger that, in the past, ministers and senior military figures have had to cancel visits to the UK because of concerns that pro-Palestinian groups might use the courts to seek their arrest over Israeli military action in Gaza, or this year's raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship in which nine Turkish activists were killed.Pro-Palestinian campaigners have tried several times to have Israeli officials arrested under the principle of universal jurisdiction, which holds that some alleged crimes are so grave that they can be tried anywhere, regardless of where the offences were committed.The BBC's Wyre Davies said the news that Israel was postponing an annual round of strategic talks with Britain was potentially embarrassing, even though the Conservatives have already promised to amend those laws which could expose visiting Israeli politicians to arrest.
You can imagine the dummy being spat out of the pram at that precise moment, it's almost on a par with a Z list celeb turning round and saying "You can't do this, I'm famous! Look at all my friends!"A meeting with Preston councillors last week shows the extraordinary measures that police are prepared to use to block protests against the racist English Defence League (EDL).Preston independent socialist councillor Michael Lavalette told Socialist Worker about a police briefing of Preston council.The police asked to meet councillors about an EDL march planned for Saturday 27 November.“I was shocked at what they came out with in that meeting,” Michael said. “They said that the EDL’s website states that it is a non-racist, peaceful organisation and that they would have to take that at face value.“They said that the EDL has a right to protest and the police have to stay neutral. But then they launched a disgraceful attack against Unite Against Fascism (UAF).“They told us that it is counter protests organised by UAF that cause trouble.“They said that UAF is a front for the extremist Socialist Workers Party. The tenor was clear—UAF is as much of a problem, if not more so, than the EDL.“I was furious and pointed out that UAF includes several national trade unions, MPs and labour movement activists.“I had decided a few weeks ago to organise a counter protest when they come to Preston.”
Whilst conveniently forgetting that in Newcastle where the UAF were not involved, the EDL protest and march went without a hitch or an arrest. Whereas in Bolton and Stoke amazingly enough the majority of those arrested were UAF (55 to 9 EDL in Bolton and 17 to 6 in Stoke)UAF and the Preston Trades Council agreed to jointly call it and issued a unity statement which Michael took to Preston Council on the Thursday before the meeting with the police.“All 25 Labour Party councillors signed the statement,” Michael said. “Two independents signed up and one Lib Dem councillor. Most trade unions have signed up as well.”In the meeting with the police Michael said most EDL protests end in violence. “I pointed out that every protest has involved attacks on the police. In Stoke they ran riot and attacked cars and shops.
Well if the cap fits.“I think the police wanted to use the meeting with councillors to clamp down on any counter protest and to abuse UAF.
“The EDL is being allowed to assemble outside the main church on the high street which is a five minute walk from Preston’s main mosque.“If EDL supporters are allowed to march the 300 metres through the town to the Flag Market, they will be within minutes of Preston’s Asian community.”The council is planning a special meeting on 8 November to decide whether to ask for the EDL march to be banned. Michael is opposed to this approach.“Banning the EDL march doesn’t ban it having a static protest, so it is no victory for our side,” he said.“In Stoke and Bolton where the Asian community and local people did largely stay away, there was more violence because the EDL was given free rein and was not opposed.“A counter protest is our best defence because we can stand together in larger numbers and protect our communities.“The best way to keep safe is to come out in large numbers—black, white and Asian together—at mosques and in the town centre.”“The Flag Market is right in the heart of Preston—it is a symbolically important place. So I think it is vital that the community unites to defend it and stand together to stop the EDL.”Drew Gale, a Labour councillor who represents the same Town Centre ward as Michael, told the local press he would join the UAF counter-protest and said, “I’ll be standing shoulder to shoulder with UAF in opposition.”
Yes, I suppose there's a chance of more accidents, however it's not like they are planning to switch them off at 6 pm is it? One of the strange things you notice when driving about at midnight should you have too is how few people there are about and how few cars there are. You also notice that your car has lights and that they illuminate the road in front of you. Certainly there is an increases danger, but I don't believe for a second that it's going to be anywhere near as bad as the health and safety experts say, after all these are the guys who hammered on for years about speed cameras making roads safer only for Swindon Council to prove that no they don't.FATAL road crashes will soar as cash-strapped councils switch of street lights to save cash during the dark winter months, safety experts warn.Thousands of miles of roads and motorways are to be plunged into darkness as town hall chiefs reign back their spending – hit hard by the coalition’s cutbacks.So far, 36 councils are to implement a “black out” on roads during the early hours of the morning. Others are dimming lights to save electricity costs.The Highways Agency also plans to turn off lights on some stretches of motorway from midnight to 5am.Critics yesterday slammed the money-saving measures, claiming dark roads, coupled with the harsh winter weather, could spell disaster.The AA said: “Statistics show that more people are killed or seriously injured in the dark, so switching off street lighting at any time of day has safety implications and accidents could potentially increase as a result.“Councils must monitor the impact of the scheme and be prepared to switch the lights back on if there are any changes to accident trends.”A survey by Halfords found 1.9 per cent of road accidents on major roads are fatal where there are no lights, compared with 1.3 where lights are on. On smaller roads the figures are 4.9 per cent for dark roads, compared with 3.1 per cent when the lights are bright.The switch off comes as the clocks went back an hour yesterday plunging Britain into evening darkness.