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A German general once explained that he divided officers looking for promotion into four categories: the clever and lazy, the clever and industrious, the stupid and lazy and the stupid and industrious. He said that the clever and lazy should be appointed to senior leadership positions because they could take important decisions without trying to […]

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Parliament rejects all alternatives as May’s offer to resign fails to stem Brexit crisis By Robert Stevens 28 March 2019 Wednesday began with Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May informing her MPs that she will resign as party leader and prime minister if parliament passes the withdrawal deal she has agreed with the European Union (EU). […]

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British parliament to make “indicative votes” in an attempt to overcome Brexit impasse By Robert Stevens 27 March 2019 British MPs begin a series of “indicative votes” today to establish what form of Brexit, if any, can secure a majority in parliament. This follows the vote Monday night in favour of a cross-party amendment put […]

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For the Brexit movers and shakers, the past isn’t what it used to be, and nor is the present. There was a time – before Gina Miller, liberal ‘remoaners’ and Commons Speaker John Bercow sabotaged everything – when Brexit Britain knew it was heading straight for the exit. But this week Theresa May has gone […]

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Far right attacks on UK Muslims following New Zealand massacre By Paul Mitchell 21 March 2019 Several right-wing assaults have taken place in Britain since the horrific killing of 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand March 15, Within hours, a 27-year-old man was attacked with a “hammer” and a “batten,” causing injuries to his […]

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Over 3,500 UK-based bankers are paid over €1 million, according to figures from the European Banking Authority (EBA) released this week. That’s three times the rest of Europe put together – in Europe outside Britain, only 1,200 individuals are paid such sums. It’s a remarkable statistic and indicative of the UK’s vast financial services industry, […]

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UK: May’s Brexit deal rejected by parliament again By Robert Stevens 13 March 2019 UK Prime Minister Theresa May lost another vote Tuesday evening on her proposed European Union (EU) Withdrawal Agreement, with MPs voting against it by 391 votes to 242—a majority of 149. With just 16 days to go before the UK is […]

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Chelsea Manning has done a great service in finally stripping away the last vestige of excuse from the figures who refuse to support Julian Assange, says Craig Murray. By Craig Murray CraigMurray.org.uk On International Women’s Day on March 8 Chelsea Manning was imprisoned yet again, this time for refusing to testify against Julian Assange before […]

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The Chagos Islands Case, WikiLeaks and Justice

February 27, 2019           |                                       

Let this be a lesson to its detractors, doubters and stuffed shirts of the secrecy establishment: the documents sourced from WikiLeaks can have tangible, having significant value for ideas and causes. They can advance matters of the curious; they can confirm instances of the outrageous and they can add to those fabulous claims that might […]

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Credit: Crabchick/Flickr CC 2.0 More people support the idea of an English Parliament than oppose it, surveys consistently show. But almost as many ‘don’t know’. This YouGov survey is fairly typical: Source: BBC/YouGov, March 2018 Voters tend to be more supportive of the principle that English laws should be made by MPs elected from England, […]

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The toxic Brexit debate has often wrongly characterised the NHS as a “British NHS for British people”, rather than championing it as a service based on healthcare as a matter of human dignity. Image: Poster in Guys & St Thomas’s Hospital, London. Credit: Docs Not Cops. The toxic debate about Brexit has inevitably spilled over […]

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A landmark FGM conviction last week heralds a welcome change. But ending this practice requires both criminal and civil remedies. Activists at the launch of #MeTooFGM campaign against FGM, January 2018. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images. All rights reserved.The mother of a three-year-old girl became the first person in the UK to be found guilty […]

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The holding of the first referendum was the real boon to the far-right, and any outcome of the Article 50 process is one in which they gain ground. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the party’s chief whip Nick Brown walk through Portcullis House in Westminster, London, to Prime Minister Theresa May’s office. January 30, 2019. […]

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A lack of early legal advice is causing unnecessary homeslessness at huge government expense. Figures show that homelessness has been increasing year on year since 2010. Lack of legal aid is a lesser known contributory factor. Photo credit: Pixabay/bluesbby. Some rights reserved/CC0. Legal aid is the neglected arm of the welfare state. At Shelter, we […]

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