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Friday, October 13, 2017

Media on Trial with John Pilger - Reminder

This is a very important meeting featuring knowledgeable people. Do come!

 
A reminder that this event is taking place at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London at 7pm on Thursday 19 October.


Tickets can be booked here. Please circulate news of the event far and wide! Hope to see as many of you as possible there!

http://21stcenturywire.com/2017/10/02/tell-lies-tell-sweet-little-lies-media-trial-event-london-19th-october/

Exposing Corporate Media Deceit at the Media on Trial Event, London October 19th - 21st Century Wire
21stcenturywire.com
21WIRE | Media on trial for facilitating endless war in service to the corporatocracy and military industrial complex.

Bottle Deposit Schemes

Michael Gove, the minister for the Environment has
just launched a public consultation about introducing a bottle
deposit scheme in England. [1] It comes in the wake of the
delivery of our bottle deposit petition to 10 Downing Street -
uniting over a quarter of a million voices calling for him to
help protect our oceans and beaches from plastic pollution.

There is now overwhelming public support for a bottle deposit
scheme, with almost 3 out of 4 people in the UK in favour of the
measure. Thank you for signing the petition.

The government consultation will focus on ways to increase the
recycling rates of drinks containers and prevent the littering of
plastic bottles. It opened this week and will be run until the
30th October.

This week Surfers Against Sewage launched a new report showing
that the introduction of a deposit return system on plastic and
glass bottles would not only reduce ocean plastic pollution but
also save local authorities millions of pounds annually.

To see the full report please visit our news update here:
https://www.sas.org.uk/uncategorised/deposit-refund-system-save-councils-35-million-year/

It’s estimated that 700,000 plastic bottles are littered every
day across the UK. Evidence from other countries, including the
US, Norway and Germany, shows that the introduction of a simple
deposit on plastic bottles and cans can raise collection rates
above 90% and reduce littering.

Our report clearly shows that introducing a bottle deposit scheme
for England would benefit local economies and communities, saving
councils money that could be redirected to other vital frontline
services.

All of the evidence is mounting up in our favour. We’re nearly
there, but the big drinks companies will still be pushing hard to
try to stop the idea. Please share the petition with your
friends, family and colleagues and help persuade the government
to bring back a bottle deposit scheme:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

News of a wonderful meeting in London on 19 October 2017

Robert Stuart must be congratulated on his unceasing work on alerting the world to the fake news agenda of our mass media. It's wonderful that so many eminent people are speaking at this meeting in London. I will be there and I hope other readers will also be there!

It's a huge honour to be sharing a platform with renowned veteran journalist and documentary film maker John Pilger, former UK ambassador to Syria Peter Ford, independent journalist Vanessa Beeley, Patrick Henningsen of 21st Century Wire, Professor Piers Robinson of the University of Sheffield and Professor Tim Hawyard of the University of Edinburgh at the next Media on Trial event in London on Thursday 19 October, organised by Frome Stop War. Booking details below.



  *   Thursday 19 October 2017, 6:30 pm � 10:00 pm
  *   Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP. Map here .
  *   Tickets (£5 - £10) available here 

What should we expect from the mainstream media? Accurate reporting? Impartial analysis? Speaking truth to power? At times of proposed war or foreign intervention the public has a right to expect all these.


Establishment media tends to be dismissive of independent journalism. With its greater size and influence the mainstream media (MSM) has avoided critical questions about its own reporting and journalistic standards and deflects calls for corroboration, verification and independent analysis.


The leviathan that is the mainstream media has formed the narrative and stifled dissent but that's going to change. Our panel of seven experts including legendary investigative journalist John Pilger, will be applying the scrutiny to mainstream media reporting which we should all demand, given its power to sway opinion when our government is seeking consent for war.


Specific instances of falsehoods which have led to disastrous and deadly campaigns will be highlighted with fact based evidence. Examples of insidious propagandist reporting for war will be analysed.


It's time to hear 'the other side' - the one that the mainstream media blocks from the airwaves and print media.


Panel: John Pilger, Vanessa Beeley, retired Ambassador Peter Ford, Patrick Henningsen, Professor Piers Robinson, Robert Stuart and Professor Tim Hayward.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How 'human rights' gets a bad name...

This is a helpful email from Steve Crowther, Interim Leader of UKIP. It's worth reading as the subject will not be mentioned in the mainstream media as we know.

Europe’s ‘human rights’ responsible for Barcelona massacre

So… the ‘imam’ who planned the destruction of the Sagrada Familia and built a 12-strong terrorist cell of indoctrinated youths who murdered 15 people and injured 150 others, was a convicted drug smuggler with properties in both Morocco and Spain; who Spanish judges refused to deport after his prison sentence on the grounds of his ‘human rights’; then successfully claimed asylum, gaining access to free movement around Europe, which he used to liaise with terror cells in Belgium and elsewhere before he accidentally blew himself up and his death-eaters went on their final rampage.



Apparently he was ‘unfailingly courteous’ and so ‘evaded scrutiny’ – though how one evades scrutiny while being a convicted drug smuggler and applying for asylum while regularly visiting the country one is supposed to be escaping from, is hard to fathom. Let alone when one has been recorded as having links to jihadi bombers both inside and outside prison. But hey, he was clearly a reformed character, having renounced his previous life of crime and become an ‘imam’. Nothing to worry about there.



The Muslim community in the town he visited in Belgium actually flagged him to the Belgian authorities, and one mosque refused to employ him; but he was not regarded as a risk. Small wonder that the Chief Rabbi in Barcelona is advising Jews to leave 
Europe.



Most of the story above is of authorities struggling and failing in the unequal task of trying to detect every needle in every haystack. We should not condemn them for it.



The thing that stands out most starkly is that a convicted drug smuggler from a country which is not at war, can claim asylum in Europe and escape deportation back to a country he visits regularly, on the grounds that it would breach the EU’s idea of his ‘human rights’. 


This is the fault of stupid people in Europe – politicians, activists, lawyers and judges – who are bent on destroying us all in the name of ‘progressive’ politics.


John Bickley highlighted the continued dangers posed by illegal immigration into Spain only this week

http://www.ukip.org/spain_picks_up_600_migrants_in_24_hrs_off_gibraltar_it_will_only_end_when_we_stop_the_boats



Our Brexit mission is clear: We Must Have Border Controls




Meanwhile, the Home Office has embarrassed itself by sending out 100 letters to EU citizens in the UK incorrectly ordering them to clear out within a month.



Not just an embarrassment, though. Last week George Osborne’s Evening Standard – increasingly the snidest voice of the Remain saboteur class – stated that it was ‘common knowledge’ that the Government would not have the new computers, processes and staff to implement proper immigration and border controls upon Brexit in March 2019. 



‘Common knowledge’ in Westminster and Whitehall, perhaps; the rest of us had assumed they were making some sort of significant effort to do this, since it is the main thing we voted for last year.



Suddenly the idea mooted last week, of keeping the borders open to EU citizens but requiring employees to self-regulate and employers to act as unofficial (but liable) border guards, makes sense – if you are an incompetent government that has forgotten to make any plans for upgrading your border controls, despite three years’ notice.



This is the primary campaign for UKIP now. While the EU demonstrates that not only is it incapable of policing its external borders, it is actively using its own institutions to ensure that terrorists stay within them, we cannot possibly allow government incompetence to leave our borders open.

Meanwhile this week…

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, has announced a crackdown on online ‘hate crime’. 



‘Hate crime’ is defined by the CPS as a criminal offence . . . “perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person’s disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.” 



In order to treat a crime as a hate crime for the purposes of investigation, there is no need for evidence to prove the aggravating element. CPS



Ms Saunders said: “Left unchallenged, even low-level offending can subsequently fuel the kind of dangerous hostility that has been plastered across our media in recent days. That is why countering it is a priority for the CPS.”



“I have made tackling hate crime one of my priorities… We need to make sure people are able to recognise when they’ve been a victim of hate crime.” Robert Buckland, Solicitor General (Conservative)



CPS guidance says hate crimes must be motivated by hostility such as “ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment and dislike”.



Please be aware that, from now on, you may be criminally liable for writing online something which is unfriendly to someone who perceives that you have been unfriendly to them because you perceive them to be a Christian, even if they are not.



NOTE: This is a very successful area of our legal system, with a reported 83% rate of successful prosecution. The rate of successful prosecution for Female Genital Mutilation is 0%.



The end of the world is nigh. 

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fabrication in BBC Panorama 'Saving Syria's Children'

Email to Emily Thornberry: BBC Panorama crew ensconced with al-Qaeda linked jihadi group.

https://bbcpanoramasavingsyriaschildren.wordpress.com/2017/08/19/email-to-emily-thornberry-bbc-panorama-crew-ensconced-with-al-qaeda-linked-jihadi-group/

Thursday, July 20, 2017

An Important Message from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

I am sure many of us will read this information with horror and will do their best to bring pressure, especially on the UK Government, to end support for Israel.

http://mailchi.mp/palestinecampaign/tomorrow-we-take-the-british-government-to-court-will-you-help-us-452173?e=ab86d850da

Latest email from Fight For The Future

I have followed with interest the excellent campaign waged by Fight For The Future to preserve net neutrality in the USA. I have not participated directly because I am not a US Citizen but I forward their information.

Some of the readers of my blog are US Citizens are they might care to assist the campaign.
 
 
**************** [Below is the email from FFTF] ****************
Our members of Congress have oversight authority over the FCC -- and they have 
to answer to us: their constituents. We’ve just unveiled a “scorecard” so they 
can’t hide.

Last week, we made history. Millions of people took action to demand that the 
FCC respect free speech and drop its terrible plan to gut net neutrality 
protections that prevent monopolies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from 
squeezing us all for more money, slowing down websites, apps, and services, and 
blocking our access online content. [1]

The Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a former top lawyer for Verizon, and he’s 
made it clear that he doesn’t care what the public thinks -- he just wants to 
give the giant Cable Companies that he used to work for exactly what they want: 
the power to control what we see and do online.

But our members of Congress have oversight authority over the FCC -- and they 
have to answer to us: their constituents. We’ve just unveiled a “scorecard” so 
they can’t hide.

The Senate held important hearings on Ajit Pai’s confirmation this morning. [2] 
It was largely procedural, but right now is an important moment for us to show 
lawmakers that we are paying attention, and that we expect them to do their jobs 
and speak out against the FCC’s attack on our basic online rights.

If enough members of Congress speak out against Ajit Pai’s plan, he’ll have no 
choice but to slow down or change course. *This the clearest strategy for 
defending the net neutrality protections that we have all fought so hard for.*

We need to make sure that every member of Congress knows that if they side with 
Big Cable by supporting -- or remaining silent about -- the repeal of net 
neutrality, we their constituents will hold them accountable.

This fight is just beginning, and we’re off to a strong start. More from us soon.

- Evan at Fight for the Future

Monday, July 17, 2017

More News on the 'Saving Syria's Children' Scandal

I recently put on my blog, useful information from Robert Stuart and his blog concerning this massive example of fake news from the BBC.

Here's a link to the video he envisaged:
https://vimeo.com/140567469

Please circulate and perhaps complain to your MP about the BBC's mendacity.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Important News Bulletin From Migration Watch

Many will be interested in this report from Migration Watch, the body that is concerned about the level of mass-immigration into the UK. It had received little attention in the mainstream media... I wonder why! Please circulate this information to your contacts.

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Since I last wrote in February the political world has been turned upside down by the snap election and its entirely unforeseen outcome.

There is no point in disguising the fact that these developments are a serious set-back for those of us who are concerned about the scale of immigration into the UK. In the election campaign itself there was remarkably little discussion of immigration. We analysed the manifestos of the main parties in two short papers (MW 410 and MW 411). The Conservatives had a disappointing record to defend and the Labour leadership did not want to draw attention to their own reluctance to tackle the issue. We also learnt (again) that governments cannot control what a campaign will focus on.

The Prime Minister’s determination to stick to her immigration target and its timing demonstrated her resolve on this issue which, indeed, she had shown throughout her time as Home Secretary. Unfortunately, the election outcome has severely weakened her.

That said, the issues remain the same. We must continue to press for further reduction of non-EU migration where the government has had some limited success but, if we cannot achieve control over EU migration, we will face the prospect of mass immigration for an indefinite period – an outcome that can only increase the stresses on our society.

Those strains will have been further increased by the succession of terrorist attacks in Manchester and London – with widespread concern exacerbated by the revelation that the security service is dealing with a list of 20,000 potential suspects.

Meanwhile, the Brexit negotiations have finally got underway. We have issued a paper (MW 412) setting out the serious drawbacks in the EU’s opening position on EU citizens in the UK. They say that they want full rights to be granted to any EU citizen who has ever lived here – amounting to perhaps six million, compared to the three million actually here now.

They also want jurisdiction to remain with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for the children of EU citizens now in the UK – a period that could last perhaps a hundred years. This is ridiculous and we will continue to oppose it vigorously.

There is, of course, concern about the impact on British business of controls on EU migration once we leave. We have therefore set out proposals for a visa system that should meet the serious needs of employers while achieving a sharp reduction, of perhaps 100,000 a year, in lower skilled EU migration (MW408). I summarised them on 3rd June in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme.

Essentially, we have suggested that the current work permit system be extended to EU workers while free movement should continue for students, tourists, business visitors and the self-sufficient. For some occupations, such as plumbers or bricklayers, there may be a need for a transitional period to give employers the time needed to train British replacements. We have also suggested that the Youth Mobility Scheme could be extended to EU citizens. This is aimed at attracting people between the ages of 18 and 30 from countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Korea to come to the UK for up to two years and it might be helpful to the hospitality sector. Finally, we’ve looked at likely arrangements for skilled Britons seeking to work in the EU after Brexit (MW 406).

Meanwhile, we continue to drive home our essential message – namely that continued massive levels of immigration impose huge costs on our society for only limited economic gain. The latest population estimates have helped our cause. They show an increase in the UK population of over half a million in the year to mid 2016. This is the largest increase for 70 years and a similar rate will continue unless and until we get a sharp reduction in EU migration. Otherwise we will have to build the equivalent of the city of Birmingham every two years – including a new home every five minutes, night and day, to house new migrants.

It has also been necessary to challenge the false arguments that are regularly put forward by the well-funded mass migration lobby. For instance, one of our recent papers rebuts the assertion that achieving the government’s target of reducing net migration would cost the Exchequer up to £6bn every year. As the paper (MW 409) demonstrates, this claim is based on a misunderstanding of a recent OBR report.

So the stakes are high. The times are crucial. And your support is vital.