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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Ken Livingstone 'was told what to say about Zionism row by Corbyn's team' - The Jewish Chronicle

Now this is fascinating... 

'Ken Livingstone told the disciplinary hearing that originally investigated his comments about Hitler and Zionism he was advised on what to say in media interviews by senior figures in Jeremy Corbyn's office.

A transcript, obtained from the March 2017 probe into the former London Mayor's remarks, confirms he claimed he was frequently telephoned by Seumas Milne or Simon Fletcher with instructions on what he should say in front of the television cameras.

Mr Livingstone also insisted that the pair would offer to put out tweets in Mr Livingstone's name.

During his cross examination at the disciplinary hearing, Mr Livingstone claimed: "When there was a big row blow up, I'd be overwhelmed.

"There'd be half a dozen camera crews outside, the phone would go all the time, and I'd talk to either Seamus Milne, his press officer or Simon Fletcher about what do you want me to say?'"

He added: "Sometimes they'd phone and tell me what they wanted me to say, or they'd say, 'We put out a tweet in your name'."

The transcript was obtained by LBC from the three day hearing, which took place after Mr Livingstone made his remarks about Hitler and Zionism during a BBC Radio London interview in April 2016.

Mr Livingstone announced he was resigning from Labour on Monday, ahead of a new disciplinary hearing by the party's ruling body.'

Mite here in the JC https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/ken-livingstone-zionism-hitler-labour-seamus-milne-simon-fletcher-1.464424  but not a word on the BBC for whom anything, even a government lead by the likes of Corbyn, Milne etc is better than a Conservative government.

I have a very, very, very bad feeling about the future of this country. 

I have almost as bad a feeling about the plans the Labour Party and its propaganda arm, the BBC, have for this country's future. 

'Butchered like a joint of meat': Jurors gasp as they are shown footage of Lee Rigby murder - Down the memory hole at the BBC of course

Today is the fifth anniversary of the horrific murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby by two Islamists. I have yet to spot the BBC's coverage of this anniversary. 

In case they have forgotten here's what happened:

'The final moments of Fusilier Lee Rigby's life are captured in a series of CCTV images - some still, others moving, all apparently mundane. Wearing a "Help for Heroes" hoodie with a camouflage bag slung over his shoulder, he is filmed as he heads up the escalator at his local station. He is then pictured passing through the ticket barrier and starting his walk home to Woolwich Barracks. One shot shows him passing the Great Harry pub; two more the council offices and the library.

Then he is caught on film, a small figure in the distance walking along Artillery Place. From the footage it is clear he glances at the Vauxhall Tigra coming his way as he crosses the road. But he had turned his back by the time it veers over the central line and accelerates towards him. The 25-year-old is thrown on to the bonnet; the car then disappears off-screen.

In a split second the horrifying details of Lee Rigby's death were revealed at the Old Bailey yesterday, leaving the courtroom in silence.

The car was just the beginning. Like a "butcher attacking a joint of meat", Michael Adebolajo, 28, and Michael Adebowale, 22, then set about the unconscious man with a cleaver and knives in a "serious and almost successful" attempt to saw off his head, Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told the jury.

The attack is hidden from the sight of the camera fixed to the outside of a shop. But two small figures soon come back into shot, dragging the body of the dead 25-year-old into the road where he is dumped as a double-decker bus drives past. "They wanted the members of the public present to see the consequence of what can only be described as their barbarous acts," said Mr Whittam. "They had committed, you may think, a cowardly and callous murder by deliberately attacking an unarmed man in civilian clothes from behind using a vehicle as a weapon. Then they murdered him and mutilated his body with that meat cleaver and knives."

The court was told that Mr Adebolajo and Mr Adebowale killed the soldier in retaliation for the British military presence in Muslim countries.'

More here at The Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/lee-rigby-murder-trial-hears-of-cowardly-callous-and-barbarous-attack-8972608.html but not on the BBC where protecting the' Muslim community' from Islamophobia is more important than remembering a British soldier savagely killed by Islamists on the streets of London. 

Monday, 21 May 2018

Former Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he is 'disgusted' by party's failure to tackle anti-Semitism

'Former Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy says he is 'disgusted' by party's failure to tackle anti-Semitism

A former Labour Cabinet minister has spoken of his "disgust" at the party's failure to tackle its anti-Semitism problem

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Jim Murphy stood down as Scottish Labour leader after losing his Westminster seat.

Jim Murphy said Labour had "no right" to ask Jewish voters for their support until it properly deals with the issue.

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Speaking publicly for the first time since leaving the political frontline, he said: "The way in which anti-Semitism has been normalised in the darker recesses of the Labour party absolutely disgusts me. It's the one thing above all else that makes me angry about Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

"Jewish minorities in Britain should know that the established parties will stand by them at times of difficulty and not be part of the problem. There isn't a proper adjective to capture how angry I am about it."

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Mr Murphy, who now works as an adviser to Tony Blair, said Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader had "given confidence" to left-wing anti-Semites.

"It's not good enough to be platitudinous," he said. "Labour has no right to ask for the votes of Jewish voters if it continues to harbour foul-mouthed anti-Semites of the sort I didn't think existed in the Labour party."'

More here https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/labour-party/jeremy-corbyn/news/95350/former-scottish-labour-leader-jim but obviously not on the BBC. 

John Bercow's non apology re calling Andrea Leadsom 'stupid'

https://youtu.be/63SeaMBBxpY

If Bercow only said 'stupid' then he might get away with this almost non apology but if he said 'stupid woman' then he should be toast. 

Jeremy Corbyn laughs with man who 'left Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth in tears' per Metro News in 2016

Because I haven't forgotten even if the BBC would rather we all did. 


'Jeremy Corbyn can be seen laughing and joking with the man who berated Labour MP Ruth Smeeth just moments before.  

Labour Party activist, Marc Wadsworth, attacked Jewish MP Ms Smeeth by name at the launch of a report into anti-Semitism yesterday. 

She walked out of the conference 'in tears' following the accusation that she was 'colluding with the media'.'

That lovely Mr Corbyn? That doughty opponent of anti-Semitism, Mr Corbyn? 

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Top Dem Pollster: ‘Very Real Risk’ Millennials Won’t Turn Out for Left in ’18 per Breitbart

Here's some American polling that the BBC won't be reporting upon. Breitbart have this piece http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/05/19/top-dem-pollster-very-real-risk-millennials-wont-turn-out-for-left-in-18/ and here's an extract:

'Stanley Greenberg, one of the top Democratic pollsters, warned that there is a "very real risk" that young voters will not turn out for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.

Greenberg's remarks to the Atlantic's Ron Brownstein this week underscores how the left is getting more worried that the so-called "blue wave" they once took for granted may not materialize in November.

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A recent CNN midterm poll, for instance, found that Democrats only have a three-point advantage over Republicans, as the percentage of Americans who think things are going "well" in America is at its highest since 2007.

A recent Reuters poll also found that support for Democrats among millennials aged 18 to 34 "slipped by about 9 percentage points over the past two years." In addition, the extensive Reuters survey found that millennials are increasingly saying that "the Republican Party is a better steward of the economy."

Reuters interviewed "Terry Hood, 34, an African-American who works at a Dollar General store in Baton Rouge."

Hood told the outlet that though he voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, he was open to voting for a Republican for Congress in the midterms "because he believes the party is making it easier to find jobs and he applauds the recent Republican-led tax cut."

"It sounds strange to me to say this about the Republicans, but they're helping with even the small things," Hood told Reuters. "They're taking less taxes out of my paycheck. I notice that."'

That's not on message so the BBC will ignore it and so be all shocked, again, if the mid-term results go against them. 

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Energy poverty and the home truths MPs would rather ignore per The Conservative Woman

This is a fascinating article https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/energy-poverty-and-the-home-truths-mps-would-rather-ignore/ on a subject that the BBC won't touch with a bargepole.

Here's a couple of long extracts:
'Why has the Government still not formally responded to the independent review that it commissioned into the cost of energy? Perhaps its findings are too damning. Staggeringly, the review found that the government has wasted the best part of £100billion on the decarbonisation of the power sector.

That this is not more widely known is thanks to the cosy consensus that exists in the British media around the need for renewables, which means that their effectiveness, or value for money, is ignored. The real victims of this wastefulness are those struggling in energy poverty, who have paid far too much for their electricity as a result.

Their money went straight on to the profit margins of renewable energy companies who had claimed that only vast subsidies would make them viable. Now they say that those subsidies actually resulted in falling prices. What the review reveals is that they took the civil servants and politicians for a ride, ordinary people paid the price, and they will continue to do so if nothing is done.

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To judge them by their actions, these MPs seem to have little concern for reducing energy costs for the most vulnerable. They prefer to indulge in meaningless platitudes about climate change that often have no basis in science, and compound this error by repeatedly failing to acknowledge the significant impact that their policies are having on energy prices and living standards.

A notable exception is the Labour member for Blackley and Broughton, Graham Stringer, who called a Westminster Hall debate on Helm's review. While he and a small number of concerned MPs pleaded on behalf of those affected by energy poverty, the climate change minister, Claire Perry, sat fiddling with her phone, only to give a tin-eared response celebrating Britain's phase-out of coal, and wishing we could persuade even poorer countries to give up coal too. To have some humility when you're costing real people's jobs and livelihoods would be appropriate, however noble you think the cause may be.

The debate was interesting nonetheless, because of what it revealed: that the extortionately expensive decarbonisation of the power sector is only a taste of what is to come. As Conservative MP James Heappey rather sinisterly put it during the Westminster Hall debate:

'It will be very challenging when we have to start telling people that they need to reduce their consumption of milk, cheese, and everything else in the interest of decarbonisation, but that conversation is surely coming.'

This is the simple logic of the Climate Change Act: once the power sector has been decarbonised, politicians will have to find multifarious new and extreme ways to 'save the planet', encroaching further and further into our lives. The solution is worse than the problem, and free thinkers should resist it every step of the way.

Helm's review, whether you agree with it or not, is as Peter Lilley describes: 'lucid, logically coherent, original and devastating . . . an outstanding contribution to policymaking'.

At the very least, it provides a sensible way forward in the unfortunate world of the Climate Change Act. Just as importantly, it is a vital corrective to the narrative that free markets are to blame for high energy prices. 'No!' this report shouts. Complex state interference has squandered billions, and it is through more competition, not less, that we can finally find a way out of this mess.'

Saudi Arabia has strict laws requiring women to seek male permission for various decisions and actions.

Included in this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-44178078 on the Saudi Arabian regime's latest anti freedom act is this line:

'Saudi Arabia has strict laws requiring women to seek male permission for various decisions and actions.'

Oddly the usual suspects who scream about Israel's supposed human rights abuses, mostly imaginary, are not so worried by the real abuses of the Saudi regime. One law for the only Jewish majority country and another one for the leading Sunni Muslim country? 

Friday, 18 May 2018

Satire is dead

The Queen has been pleased to approve that Baroness Chakrabarti be sworn of Her Majesty's most Honourable Privy Council.

Satire is now really dead 

Thursday, 17 May 2018

If you believe the likes of the BBC then President Trump has gone off on his own way in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

https://youtu.be/r95vyrcQLtg

If you believe the likes of the BBC then President Trump has gone off on his own way in recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. What do you think now? 

Do you think that the BBC could spare 20 seconds to show the above video? 


MH370 Mystery: 'Premeditated Murder' Planned By Flight's Pilot, Experts Claim

Well isn't this interesting:

'Aviation experts believe they have unraveled the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. During Sunday's episode of Australian current affairs program 60 Minutes, a panel of experts claimed the plane's pilot Captain Zaharie Amad Shah deliberately crashed the jet in the Indian Ocean as part of his "murder-suicide" plan.

According to Larry Vance, a former senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, Zaharie executed a careful series of maneuvers across Thailand and Malaysia to evade detection.

The pilot "was killing himself" and took the plane to the most remote spot he could in the southern Indian Ocean so it would "disappear," experts said. The panel also included renowned aviation safety expert Captain John Cox and Martin Dolan, who was Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau when Flight MH370 vanished on March 8, 2014.

"This was planned, this was deliberate, and it was done over an extended period of time," Dolan said. 

Dolan and the experts' claims came just days after John Dawson, a lawyer who represented nine families from MH370 and MH17, told News Corp Australia: "In MH370, you have the pilot flying between Malaysia and Beijing who turns back the aircraft. The evidence is so heavily weighted to involvement by one of the aircrew taking this aircraft down... That aircraft has probably depressurized, the people died of asphyxiation, it was premeditated murder."'

More here http://www.ibtimes.com/mh370-mystery-premeditated-murder-planned-flights-pilot-experts-claim-2680608 but not on the BBC where reporting such' Experts' might raise some inconvenient questions. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Senior Hamas figure says 50 of 62 Gaza border deaths were its own members per The Jewish Chronicle

'A senior Hamas member has claimed 50 members of the terror organisation were among those killed during Monday's protests on the Gaza border.

Salah al-Bardawil, one of the Islamist group's leaders, told Palestinian Radio on Wednesday: "In the last round of confrontations 62 people were martyred, 50 of them were Hamas."'

More here at the JC https://www.thejc.com/news/world/SENIOR-HAMAS-FIGURE-ADMITS-MAJORITY-OF-GAZA-BORDER-DEATHS-WERE-TERROR-GROUP-MEMBERS-1.464210 but likely not on the institutionally anti Israel BBC where facts are just not as interesting as vilifiying Israel and thus increasing hatred of Jews. 

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Schools are removing analogue clocks from exam halls as teenagers 'cannot tell the time' - File under #ffs

'Schools are removing analogue clocks from examination halls because teenagers are unable to tell the time, a head teachers' union has said.

Teachers are now installing digital devices after pupils sitting their GCSE and A-level exams complained that they were struggling to read the correct time on an analogue clock.

Malcolm Trobe, deputy general secretary at the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said youngsters have become accustomed to using digital devices.

"The current generation aren't as good at reading the traditional clock face as older generations," he told The Telegraph.

"They are used to seeing a digital representation of time on their phone, on their computer. Nearly everything they've got is digital so youngsters are just exposed to time being given digitally everywhere."'

May I say that if the student can't tell the time on an analogue clock then they really shouldn't be sitting their GCSE or A levels. Seriously, #ffs. 


More pandering to idiot children everywhere... 

The BBC's headline reporting of Israel protecting its borders from Gazan attack compared to the BBC's lack of interest in Saudi Arabia's ongoing attacks on Yemen

The BBC's institutional anti Israel stance is clear today as they headline the news from the Israel / Gaza border. Every civilian death is a crime, etc. etc. 

Oddly I can't even recall the BBC's coverage of this attack by Saudi Arabia on Yemen:

'At least 20 people including the bride were killed when an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, health officials have said.

The dead were mostly women and children gathered in a tent set up for the wedding in the Bani Qayis district, according to Khaled al-Nadhri, the leading health official in the north-western Hajjah province.'

Reporting from The Independent https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/yemen-airstrike-wedding-party-killed-injured-bani-qayis-saudi-coalition-latest-updates-a8317826.html who are no friends of Israel.

Why the disparity in levels of reporting?

Institutional anti Israel sentiment - obviously. 

Fear of criticising the Saudi regime - possibly. 

Unwillingness to upset the Sunni Muslim population of the UK - possibly. 

Anti semitism - possibly. 

Monday, 14 May 2018

Teenage girl 'chatted about killing Obama'

One line in this BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44109760 on the plot to kill Barack Hussein Obama caught my eye as so BBC:

'Ms Boular said Hussain, a Briton from Coventry, had approached her on Instagram.'

You have to admire the BBC's persistence. 

London cops are using an unregulated, 98% inaccurate facial recognition tech per Boing Boing

'The London Metropolitan Police use a facial recognition system whose alerts have a 98% false positive rate; people falsely identified by the system are stopped, questioned and treated with suspicion.' 

More on this reassuring news here at Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/05/14/beijing-envy.html

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Kinnock denies his Brussels pension depends on loyalty to the EU

The line that people due an EU pension risk losing that pension if they oppose the EU is one that is commonly heard. So I was interested to read this article https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/kinnock-denies-brussels-pension-depends-12631902 which reports:

'Lord Kinnock has dismissed as "rubbish" claims that his pension as a former European Union Commissioner depends on his loyalty to the EU.

The pro-Brexit campaign group Change Britain argues that ex-commissioners including Lord Kinnock and Lord Mandelson who are now in the House of Lords "face losing these pensions following Brexit, and therefore have a vested interest in frustrating the process of leaving the EU".

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"The idea that we have any obligations of deference to the EU because we receive pensions is a myth that has no substance in reality. Neither I, nor I'm sure my colleagues, would ever accept such a limit on our freedom of expression and there has never been any legal or political requirement that we should.'


'Lord Mandelson must remain loyal to EU to guarantee pension

Critics say the requirement to remain loyal to his former employer means the Business Secretary could be unable to stand up for British interests in disputes with Brussels.

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However, European Union rules show that if he speaks out against Europe as a former Commissioner he could be stripped of his pension altogether.

Documents seen by campaigners show that Lord Mandelson and other Commissioners have to abide by certain obligations "both during and after their term of office".

One of these obligations as a staff member of the Commission is to maintain a "duty of loyalty to the Communities".

The rules also note that "an official has the right to freedom of expression, with due respect to the principles of loyalty and impartiality".

If they fail to demonstrate loyalty to the EU, Lord Mandelson can be "deprived of his right to a pension or other benefits", the rules say.

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Matthew Elliott, the alliance's chief executive, added: "It is wrong that Peter Mandelson is effectively being paid to support the Euro and the Lisbon Treaty.

"His EU pension is conditional on continuing to support to EU integration, which is not what the public wants.

"This financial interest means that his loyalties are to Brussels, not Britain. He must declare the conflict of interest and either relinquish his EU pay cheques or resign as a minister."'

A disagreement on facts that could be easily resolved if the regulations re payment of EU pensions were available to check. Maybe the BBC could fact check these two contradictory statements. 


There I would leave this report but for spotting this at the end of the Telegraph article:

'A spokesman for Lord Mandelson said with most pension providers there were "undertakings that don't bring the organisation paying the pension into disrepute".

He added: "Peter Mandelson does not see a contradiction between British patriotism and EU loyalty.

"He has always had a clear view of British interests and how they are secured by our EU membership."'


I'll repeat the key paragraph:

'A spokesman for Lord Mandelson said with most pension providers there were "undertakings that don't bring the organisation paying the pension into disrepute".' 

So are Peter Mandelson and his spokesman disagreeing with each other? It seems that his spokesman is agreeing, in principle, with The Telegraph. 


Man in custody after SuRie stage invasion per BBC News

The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/entertainment-arts-44096520/eurovision-uk-s-surie-carries-on-after-stage-invasion on the stage invasion during the British entrant's song at last night's Eurovision is quite brief, oddly brief. So I had a quick to look at a less biased media source, Guido is reporting https://order-order.com/2018/05/12/eurovision-stage-invader-corbynista/ that:

'The stage invader who interrupted the UK's act at the Eurovision Song Contest tonight is a Corbyn-backing, Labour-supporting veteran protester who endorsed Jezza at the general election, Guido can reveal. Dr ACactivism, also known as A.C., is named in reports as the man who tonight rushed the stage and grabbed Brit singer SuRie's mic. He previously disrupted the National Television Awards and talent show The Voice. '

If that's true then you can see why the BBC don't want that to be known by the British public. 

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Corbyn must change Brexit stance - Kinnock

The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44092538 Neil Kinnock's pro EU stance:

'Jeremy Corbyn will commit "a serious evasion of duty" if he does not change his stance on Brexit, former Labour leader Lord Kinnock has said.

The peer told the Independent that Labour should endorse the UK staying in the European Economic Area (EEA) or risk "sacrificing thousands" of jobs.

Staying in the EEA would mean the UK retained key aspects of the single market after leaving the EU.'

Oddly the BBC find no space to report the conditions under which Neil Kinnock, his wife and other family members will receive their EU pensions. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

News Quiz / Jeremy Hardy - f**k off right off. A sweary post because that's all I have to say

Three minutes of Jeremy Hardy on The News Quiz and I hit the off button (well closed the app to be exact). The anti Israel bile was as expected but still made me feel sick. His line about Iran not recognising Israel being odd as it looks just like Palestine, give or take... How f***ing amusing, so can we take it that he's a 'from the river to the sea' kind of c**t? Seriously Jeremy Hardy and Jeremy Corbyn are seriously p***ing me off so much right now. 

The hatred towards Israel cannot be be based on facts but on the sort of history based on prejudice and a blind adherence to group think about 'imperialism' and 'Zionism'.

In summary f**k off Jeremy Hardy, f**k right off.

For facts not hatred about the history of Israel and the 'Palestinians' take a read of this https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/05/israel_at_70_time_to_retire_the_false_palestinian_narrative.html here's a long extract:

'"In  November 1947 the United Nations voted to approve a partition plan that would have created a Jewish-majority state and an Arab-majority state in historic Palestine, and shared Jerusalem between the two parties. The Jews accepted the partition plan, and the results of the UN vote, though it provided insecure borders in a fragmented new state.  [...] The Arabs had never accepted the idea of a Jewish-majority state in any part of historic Palestine, and began a campaign of violence against the Zionists the very night the resolution was passed.  

[...] In essence, the Arabs had fought Zionism for half a century, and were determined to deal t he Jewish state a knockout blow as soon the British left in May 1948. 

"Five Arab nations attacked Israel the day it became a new nation,  assisting the Arabs in Palestine in their effort to destroy Israel.  Despite enormous advantages in armed men, planes, tanks, and other weaponry, the Arabs were unsuccessful. Israel survived the onslaught, and defeated the Arab armies , creating new borders for the Jewish state, as well as for Jordan and Egypt. At the end of the war, Jordan held Judea and Samaria (also known as the West Bank) and the eastern part of Jerusalem, including the old city, and expelled Jews who had lived there for thousands of years. Egypt  captured Gaza in the war. At no point did Egypt and Jordan attempt to create a new Arab state of Palestine with the territories they had picked up in the war.  Instead Jordan annexed the West Bank, a seizure recognized by only two nations, and Egypt held Gaza as a territory. 

During the war, there were many people displaced on both sides.  More than half a million Arabs became refugees. Most of them had left their towns as instructed by invading  Arab armies to get out of the way of the coming planned slaughter of the Jews. Tens of thousands had left even before the UN partition resolution. Some fled a war zone, where there was very close fighting, a sensible thing to do. In some cases, the Israeli forces consolidated territorial corridors, particularly to Jerusalem.  The Arabs also spread stories of civilian killings, which frightened many Arab residents to leave their towns, even though the stories were false or greatly exaggerated. 

After the war, the Arabs demanded that the partition borders be restored, and all the refugees be allowed to return.  [...]
The Syrian Prime Minister during the war of 1948-1949, Haled Al Azm, wrote in his memoirs in 1973:

"Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. Only a few months separated our call for them to leave and our appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return."

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas wrote in 1976:

"The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate, and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettoes in which the Jews used to live." 
This is the real tragedy of the Palestinian Arabs.  Those who left their homes wound up not far from home, in Arab countries which had supported their cause during the war. They were among other Arabs, who spoke the same language, had the same culture, and the same religion.  No refugee population should have had it easier, given that Arabs wound up among their own people.  But the Arab countries refused to allow normal resettlement, as usually occurs with refugees, instead relegating many refugees to squalid camps, in which their families have lived now for 3 or 4 generations.  Many Palestinians have chosen to remain in these camps dreaming of a return to Israel, clanging old keys from 70 years back, or been threatened if they wanted to leave.  But how can you "return" to a place where you have never lived or even visited? The truth of the matter is that there may be no more than 25,000 refugees remaining alive from the 1948 war. The rest are descendants -- children, grandchildren even great-grandchildren of original refugees, none of whom have been in Israel or left it. 

All the refugee populations in the world come under the jurisdiction of a single UN agency, except for the Palestinians. All other refugees do not pass refugee status on to descendants, only the refugees themselves are counted as such. Only the Palestinians are allowed to count all descendants as refugees, and many have chosen to live off their collective grievance, rather than move on with their lives. 

Sephardic Jews,  more than 800,000 of whom were expelled or encouraged to leave Arab countries in the years after the creation of Israel, provide a far better and more humane approach for dealing with refugees. Israel absorbed more than 70 percent of these refugees (France and the United States took many others) and within a few short years, had moved them out of temporary housing and allowed them to start new lives in Israel.  I know because my father and his 4 brothers and parents left all of their lives and assets behind when they fled from Iraq and they made themselves a new life in Israel. 

Today there are 6.6 million Jews in Israel, and 1.8 million Arabs, more than 11 times as many Arabs as resided within the borders of Israel at the end of the fighting in 1949. So much for the absurd notion of ethnic cleansing.  [...]
The demand for a right of return for millions of Palestinians,  including all the descendants of refugees, signals one enduring Palestinian goal -- to destroy the state of Israel, by overwhelming it with Arabs from abroad.  The Palestinians still do not accept a two-state solution,  just as they refused the partition in 1948, but demand a single state they can dominate. 

Israel will not commit national suicide to endorse a false narrative of what happened 70 years back.'

Thanks to the ever wonderful http://isthebbcbiased.blogspot.co.uk/2018/05/escalating-bias.html for that recent spot, I knew it would come in useful.

The contrast between calm facts and the bile masquerading as humour from such as Jeremy Hardy is stark. 

Of course whilst Jeremy Hardy is given free reign to push his opposition to Israel again and again, I doubt that Aviv Ezra will be granted a chance to put the case for Israel on the institutionally anti Israel BBC. 

Dashcam captures 'sleeping' driver crash per BBC News who display #EverydaySexism

This BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-northamptonshire-44088926/a14-dashcam-captures-sleeping-driver-crash exhibits everyday sexism. Why does it twice denote the sex of the driver? How is that relevant? If it had been a women driver would the BBC have described that or considered that irrelevant? 

Build all navy ships in UK, says Corbyn ahead of Govan visit per BBC News

The BBC faithfully report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-44074894 on Jeremy Corbyn's latest promises. No context is allowed in the report, no contrary facts either.

Thankfully Guido Fawkes has some analysis:


'Veterans for Britain and UKIP point out that Corbyn's plans are not possible because of the EU's Defence Directive. David Banks from Veterans for Britain explains:

"Although Mr Corbyn will cite the 'defence exemption' (Article 346 TEU), this does not provide a general exemption from international or EU-wide tendering for government defence contracts. The exemption is only for the most sensitive items of manufacture where an EU-wide tender would put national security interests at risk. The EU tightened these rules further in 2016. The only way to achieve what Mr Corbyn is (rightly) demanding is to leave the EU Defence Directive. The directive stifles UK options in procurement, jobs and strategic capability."

UKIP Defence Spokesman Mike Hookem adds:

"While I agree these RFA ships should be built in the UK; Article 346 of the Treaties demand that military procurement contracts are open to tender across the EU. While there is an exception clause, only the most sensitive items can be guarded for domestic contracts. RFA ships are none front line vessels and therefore, do not qualify as sensitive. Labour either don't understand EU rules on military procurement contracts or are deliberately trying to mislead the public."'

Why are the BBC not reporting such contrary opinion? Apart from that they are trying to increase Labour Party votes. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to visit UK this weekend

Sky News report https://news.sky.com/story/turkish-president-recep-tayyip-erdogan-to-visit-uk-this-weekend-11365309 that the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is to visit the UK this weekend. Sky News manage to include in their report that:

'He has been widely accused of repressing perceived opponents in the press, academia and judiciary.'

I see no similar report on the BBC. 

I wonder how many of the protestors who habitually oppose visits from Israeli politicians or indeed President Donald Trump will oppose the visit of this unpleasant leader of an unpleasant regime? 

Whitehall's Olly Robbins 'held back key advice' on tech for Irish border per The Sun

If this Sun report https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6259758/olly-robbins-max-fac-irish-border-customs-partnership/ is true then Olly Robbins should be looking for another job after the weekend, unless he 'held back key advice' because he was told to by the PM.

'Whitehall Brexit adviser Olly Robbins 'held back key advice' on tech that could solve the Irish border issue

The Whitehall Brexit guru only talked up the Customs Partnership plan when he was expected to make a strong case for Max Fac

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Seething Brexiteer Cabinet Ministers are convinced Theresa May's pro-EU aide could have made a stronger case for the hi-tech "maximum facilitation" customs option at the crunch meeting of the Brexit "war cabinet" last week.

 Olly Robbins has been accused of holding back key evidence for Max Fac
Olly Robbins has been accused of holding back key evidence for Max Fac
The high-flying civil servant talked the 11 strong committee through the merits of the No10's previously  preferred complex Custom Partnership over the option backed by Boris Johnson.

Mr Robbins said "Max Fac" would mean more red tape for 145,000 companies trading with the EU.

But Whitehall sources told The Sun that Liam Fox and David Davis both believe more more options about "Max Fac" could have been included in the briefing.'

The remainers are playing dirty, is Olly Robbins one of them? Is the PM? 

Former BBC and ITV chairman Michael Grade sees ‘no credible grounds’ to block Fox bid to takeover Sky per Press Gazette

This Press Gazette report http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/former-bbc-and-itv-chairman-michael-grade-sees-no-credible-grounds-to-block-fox-bid-to-takeover-sky/ is interesting and because of Michael Grace's not totally anti Rupert Murdoch opinion, will not be reported by the institutionally anti any news group large enough to oppose their own biased broadcasting. 

'Former BBC and ITV chairman Michael Grade has said he sees "no credible grounds" for 21st Century Fox's £11.7bn Sky takeover bid being blocked.

In a letter to the Competition and Markets Authority, Grade outlined his assessment of the proposed purchase of Sky by Fox, who is bidding for the 31 per cent of the company it does not already own.

Grade, who has 45 years' experience in the media industry, said in the letter: "On current evidence, I see no credible grounds remaining on which this transaction could be prohibited."

Over his career, Grade has also served as chief executive of Channel 4. Since 2011 he has sat in the House of Lords as a Conservative life peer, where he claims to "keep an eye" on media plurality.

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He also said Fox's pledge to fund Sky's "unprofitable news channel" for up to 15 years was "extraordinary" and "safeguards future plurality to an extent that would otherwise be impossible".

The UK's competition watchdog is still investigating the takeover deal on media plurality grounds. It has provisionally said the deal is not in the public interest, but has yet to make a final ruling on it.

It said the takeover could hand the Murdoch Family Trust, which owns Fox and News Corp (ultimate owners of the Sun and Times newspapers) "too much control over news providers in the UK".

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Grade's other reasons for supporting the buyout include the fact that Fox has proposed legally separate Sky news from the rest of Sky, giving the broadcaster a fully independent board that he said would be governed by "rigorous transparency obligations". '

Every time I read something like this:

'It said the takeover could hand the Murdoch Family Trust, which owns Fox and News Corp (ultimate owners of the Sun and Times newspapers) "too much control over news providers in the UK".' 

I feel like screaming - what about the BBC's control over news in the UK? Far more people rely on the hideously biased BBC for their news than the Sun, Times etc. 


Communist Party of Britain: No Difference Between Us and Jez per Guido Fawkes

Guido Fawkes has this shocking, but not surprising, news https://order-order.com/2018/05/11/communist-party-of-britain-no-difference-between-us-and-corbyn/ that:

'The FT has been given access to a Communist Party of Britain meeting and spoken to its leader Robert Griffiths, who says there are "no major differences on immediate issues" between his party and Corbyn's Labour. Griffiths said that among Corbyn's top team – which includes former communist Andrew Murray – there is overlap on Brexit and leaving NATO. He suggested communists are now working to build the Corbyn movement rather than develop their own cadres. Griffiths also said "a lot" of communists joined Labour to back Jez at the time of Corbyn's first leadership election…

The reds think Jezza is delivering their manifesto 'Britain's Road to Socialism', which they say is turning out to be a "good guide" to the current direction of the left. Earlier this year Guido reported on a joint meeting between Labour and the CPB. Last year the party declined to stand candidates against Labour at the general election for the first time in decades. Don't say you weren't warned…'

Not surprising news but also something that should be more widely known. As the acting propaganda arm of the Labour Party, the BBC will not report this news. Protecting the British people from the truth about Jeremy Corbyn and his associates is hard to work but rewarding for the fellow travellers at the BBC. 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

UK apology over Libyan dissident rendition per BBC News

The BBC report http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44070304 on the UK apology to Abdul Hakim Belhaj runs thus:

'The UK government has apologised to Libyan Abdul Hakim Belhaj and his wife, Fatima Boudchar, who say an MI6 tip-off led to their capture and his torture by Colonel Gaddafi's forces.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the settlement with the couple included a £500,000 payment to Ms Boudchar.

Mr Belhaj says MI6 helped the US kidnap him in Thailand in 2004 to return him and his wife to Libya.

UK actions had contributed to the couple's capture, Mr Wright said.'

No mention of what government was in power at the time, but that would be the Labour Party and the BBC don't like criticising the Labour Party's record.