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May 02 00:40

UK records seven Covid deaths - down 75% in a week - while cases drop seven per cent to 1,907 as UK shows no sign of post-lockdown surge

Where is the huge surge of Covid deaths from the hundreds of thousands of unmasked and unvaccinated people who attended the protests in London last weekend?

Here's an example of how many were there...
https://www.bitchute.com/video/hR7JknhkrThW/

Surely hospitals should now be filling up with casualties from this "super spreader" event.

DR. SCOTT JENSEN: "YOU'VE BEEN PLAYED."
https://www.bitchute.com/video/9NPR3F62xLgm/

May 01 23:12

NHS draws up Pfizer Covid vaccine plan for schoolchildren

Health officials are drawing up plans to offer the Pfizer vaccine to secondary school pupils from September.

“Core planning scenario” documents compiled by NHS officials include the offer of a single dose to children aged 12 and over when the new school year starts.

May 01 12:34

Hancock has blood on his hands – Shocking rise in expectant mothers who’ve lost their baby after having the Covid Vaccine

Taking all of this into account, the 102 expectant mothers who have sadly lost their child after having the Covid vaccine as of the 21st April suddenly becomes an extraordinarily high number.

How many more women need to lose their baby for the health authorities to say enough is enough?

May 01 07:49

UK house prices surge to a new record

Apr 30 23:07

Stars Join Forces With NHS To Bust Covid Jab Myths and Boost Uptake

I wonder how much these clowns were paid to be in this atrocious propaganda.

Vaccine Analysis Profile - Pfizer/BioNTech
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/upl...

TOTAL REACTIONS FOR DRUG 149082
TOTAL FATAL OUTCOME REPORTS 347

Vaccine Analysis Profile - Oxford University/AstraZeneca
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/upl...

TOTAL REACTIONS FOR DRUG 573650
TOTAL FATAL OUTCOME REPORTS 685

Apr 30 15:29

Normalising the abnormal: From ‘We’re not planning Covid passports’ to ‘They may be needed long term’ in 3 easy months

It’s now being suggested that Covid vaccine passports may be needed for the long term in the UK, just three months after the vaccines minister explicitly denied there were any plans to introduce vaccine passports.

There is nothing more permanent than a temporary government programme, the old saying goes, but in light of the past 13 months, we should actually update that to “there is nothing more permanent than a temporary government programme which the government denies it is planning to introduce in the first place.”

Apr 30 13:30

Teenager, 19, froze to death at Surrey beauty spot after his father threw him out of the house because he had been smoking cannabis

  • Lyndon Turner was kicked out of family home a day before his body was found
  • His father had been furious after his involvement in a cannabis-fuelled car crash
  • 19-year-old apprentice window fitter's body was found in Chobham Common
  • Woking Coroner's Court confirmed the teenager died of significant hypothermia


The frozen body of a teenager was found in the car park of a commuter belt beauty spot just a day after he was thrown out of the family home over a bust-up over his cannabis use, an inquest has heard.

The body of Lyndon Turner, 19, was found in the leafy village of Chobham in Surrey on the afternoon of December 2, 2020.

The apprentice window fitter had taken a rest in Chobham Common, a popular Surrey nature reserve, after walking six miles from his sales executive father's Ascot home following a furious row over drugs.

Apr 30 08:44

UK: Christian Pastor Arrested For Saying Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman

A Christian pastor in the UK was arrested by police after a member of the public reported him for the “homophobic” comment of saying that marriage was between a man and a woman.

Yes, really.

The incident occurred outside Uxbridge Station in west London. A video clip shows the elderly pastor being confronted by police and forcefully handcuffed before being led away.

“I wasn’t making any homophobic comments, I was just defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. I was only saying what the Bible says – I wasn’t wanting to hurt anyone or cause offence,” said John Sherwood, who has been a pastor for 35 years.

Apr 30 05:35

Marines' F-35Bs arrive in Britain for HMS Queen Elizabeth deployment

The "Wake Island Avengers" squadron of U.S. Marines F-35B fighter planes arrived in Britain on Wednesday to deploy with a British carrier strike force.

The aircraft traveled 5,000 miles from Marine Air Station Yuma, Ariz., to Royal Air Force Lakeheath, on England's eastern coast, to conduct final training for planned 28-week deployment aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Apr 29 09:41

Queen Has Been a 'Wonderful Supporter', Sex Toys Brand Says While Receiving Award From Her Majesty

Lovehoney is a UK company specialising in selling sex toys, gifts and lingerie; the company philosophy is that sexual happiness is crucial in everyone's life. Britain’s 95-year-old monarch seems to agree with them.

The Queen has awarded Britain’s leading sex toy company Lovehoney with a top prize due to its tremendous achievements in international trade in the last six years, according to an announcement.

According to Lovehoney's chief commercial officer, Debbie Bond, the Queen has been “a wonderful supporter” of the brand in the last years, as it has grown into being “the world’s leading sexual wellness brand”.

Apr 29 09:05

Fury as primary school head bans teachers from using 'sexist' language like 'good morning, boys and girls' as critics accuse her of creating 'generation of wallflowers' who are being 'brainwashed into woke political correctness'

A headteacher at the helm of a controversial school has sparked outrage today after revealing she has banned teachers from using phrases including, 'boys and girls.'

Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson from Anderton Park primary in Moseley, Birmingham, has stopped teachers from using terms including, 'let's go, guys', 'man up', 'grow a pair' and 'boys and girls'.

Students as young as three are taught to hold up posters flagging 'sexist' terms and the two pupils who find the best examples are rewarded with certificates at the end of the week.

Apr 29 08:33

UK: Christian Pastor Arrested For Saying Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman

A Christian pastor in the UK was arrested by police after a member of the public reported him for the “homophobic” comment of saying that marriage was between a man and a woman.

Yes, really.

The incident occurred outside Uxbridge Station in west London. A video clip shows the elderly pastor being confronted by police and forcefully handcuffed before being led away.

“I wasn’t making any homophobic comments, I was just defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. I was only saying what the Bible says – I wasn’t wanting to hurt anyone or cause offence,” said John Sherwood, who has been a pastor for 35 years.

“I was doing what my job description says, which is to preach the gospel in open air as well as in a church building,” he added.

Apr 29 05:59

There is something 'sinister in the air'

Apr 28 23:19

UK weather: April set to be frostiest in UK for 60 years

This month is provisionally the frostiest April in the UK for at least 60 years, the Met Office has said.

April 2021 has already seen an average of 13 days of air frosts across the UK, beating the previous record of 11 days reported in April 1970.

Northern Ireland had eight days of air frosts, while Scotland recorded 16.

Apr 28 15:07

If Isaac Newton Can Be Cancelled, No One Is Safe

It is important to understand that the planned ‘inclusive curriculum development’ has nothing to do with academic education, and has even less to do with engineering or science. Its sole aim is to distance engineering students from their nation’s past and to make them feel that there is something morally wrong with the intellectual and scientific legacy of their discipline. Its objective is to socialize students to despise their background and induce a sense of guilt. -- In effect, the plan to decolonize the engineering curriculum aims to undermine the reputation of one of the most important founders of modern science. The English mathematician, physicist, astronomer and author, Isaac Newton, is not just another scientist. He was and remains widely recognized as one of the greatest mathematicians and scientists of all time. Arguably, he was the most important figure in the scientific revolution.

Apr 28 09:02

Cancelling Isaac Newton as part of a ‘decolonisation’ drive is part of a woke-driven purge in education that must be resisted

A British university erasing the achievements of one of the world’s greatest scientists because he may have profited from ‘colonial-era activity’ is madness, and cancels the human spirit behind scientific discovery.

The leaked copy of the “draft inclusive curriculum development” document setting out plans to “decolonise” the engineering curriculum at Sheffield University, which warns that Sir Isaac Newton may have benefited from “colonial-era activity”, would be hilarious if its consequences were not so serious.

Apr 28 05:54

UK govt tenders suggest London could secretly be preparing for lockdowns to last until at least 2022

UK citizens are prepared for a “great British summer” due to the progress of the UK’s vaccination program. However, quietly-published government contracts reveal the promised roadmap out of lockdown could in fact be a red herring.

On April 26, the UK government published a tender in search of 60 new “covid marshals” in the district of Hertfordshire. The contract, offered to “public security, law and order [and] compulsory social security services” providers, is set to run July 2021-January 2022, and cost £3 million.

Apr 28 01:10

UK Hiring COVID Marshals to Patrol Streets Until 2023 Despite Lockdown Restrictions Supposedly Ending in June

Government councils in the UK are hiring COVID Marshals to patrol streets from July until the end of 2023, despite the fact that all lockdown restrictions are supposed to end in June.

“A new army of Covid Marshals is being recruited for roles that could last until 2023 despite Government plans to lift all remaining restrictions on June 21,” reports the Telegraph.

“Councils around the country are advertising jobs that do not begin until July – several days after the supposed freedom day.”

One example is Hertfordshire County Council, which is “offering a contract of up to £3 million to firms that can supply 60 marshals from July 1 until January 31 next year.”

“The contract comes with a possible one-year extension, meaning marshals would still be patrolling until 2023,” states the report.

Apr 27 06:48

Exclusive: Secret cables reveal Britain interfered with elections in Chile

Almost 50 years after the September 1973 coup that overthrew the democratically-elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, declassified Foreign Office documents reveal Britain’s role in destabilising the country.

Under the Labour government of Harold Wilson (1964-1970), a secret Foreign Office unit initiated a propaganda offensive in Chile aiming to prevent Allende, Chile’s leading socialist figure, winning power in two presidential elections, in 1964 and 1970.

The unit – the Information Research Department (IRD) – gathered information designed to damage Allende and lend legitimacy to his political opponents, and distributed material to influential figures within Chilean society.

The IRD also shared intelligence about left-wing activity in the country with the US government. British officials in Santiago assisted a CIA-funded media organisation which was part of extensive US covert action to overthrow Allende, culminating in the 1973 coup.

Apr 27 06:05

MI6 head reveals that Russophrenia-stricken UK defense chiefs think Russia is both a ‘declining power’ AND their number one rival

The head of Britain’s MI6 foreign intelligence service has said that Russia is getting weaker and weaker as a country, while simultaneously warning that it poses a significant military threat to the UK’s allies in Eastern Europe.

Richard Moore, the chief of London’s top spy agency, world famous as the fictional home of James Bond, told an interview with the Sunday Times that “Russia is an objectively declining power economically and demographically.”

According to him, the world’s largest country is “an extremely challenged place,” arguing that recent protests in support of jailed opposition figure Alexey Navalny “show that there is a deal of disaffection with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.” Rallies held last week drew smaller crowds than organizers had anticipated, and were largely peaceful.

Apr 27 05:42

‘Britain’s deployment is not to be provocative,’ says defence sec as UK sends aircraft carrier and other warships towards China

London has defended the UK’s decision to send a strike group, including its new £3 billion aircraft carrier, to the East Asia to visit allies and take part in exercises, claiming it is not being “provocative” towards China.

Speaking on Monday, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Sky News the deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth, on its first operational deployment, would be positive for diplomacy and would not provoke conflict.

“When our carrier strike group sets sail next month, it will be flying the flag for Global Britain, projecting our influence, signalling our power, engaging with our friends and reaffirming our commitment to addressing the security challenges of today and tomorrow,” he stated.

Apr 26 10:33

Multiple leading scientists call for an end to ALL Covid restrictions as they hit out at 'confused and contradictory directions' and note vaccines cut deaths by 98%

  • Experts say Covid-19 is being turned into a 'mild disease' in Britain, like the flu
  • In an open letter they accuse Ministers and advisers of exaggerating the threat
  • The scientists called on the Government to remove all Covid restrictions in June

Leading scientists are calling on the Government to remove all coronavirus restrictions and allow people to 'take back control of their own lives' when the 'roadmap' to freedom ends in June.

With real-world data showing vaccines reduce the risk of death by 98 per cent and hospitalisations by more than 80 per cent, the experts say Covid-19 is being turned into a 'mild' disease in Britain, akin to the flu.

In an open letter to The Mail on Sunday, they criticise 'confused and contradictory' messages from Ministers and scientific advisers about the virus, which they say are exaggerating the real threat.

Apr 26 07:53

April 'was the coolest since 1989'

Last month was the coldest April since 1989, figures from the Met Office showed.

Even before the end of the month, this April had become the wettest since records began in 1910. Now figures for the whole month from the Met Office show it was also unusually cold.

Average temperatures for April were lower than March for most of the UK, and it was the coldest April in 23 years, with average temperatures around 5C cooler than for the same time last year.

Apr 26 07:16

The British Cabal Behind a Gulf Dictatorship

The repressive ruler of a close U.K. ally in the Gulf secretly received decades of advice on security, foreign and economic policy from a group of privy councillors who were drawn almost exclusively from the British establishment, it has emerged.

Oman’s dictator, Sultan Qaboos, who ruled the country for 50 years from 1970 to 2020, was advised by a secret privy council right up until his death last year.

The scheme appears to have been inspired by Britain’s privy council, the oldest functioning legislative assembly in the U.K., whose members advise the queen and have access to classified intelligence material.

Unlike the queen who is a ceremonial monarch, Sultan Qaboos wielded absolute power, banning political parties and independent media.

He spent billions of pounds on British weaponry and surveillance equipment to fortify his regime, which is located on a key oil supply route between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Apr 24 22:35

London protest: Thousands march in fury over lockdown and vaccine passports

In videos and photos posted to social media, tens of thousands of protestors were pictured gathering and marching without face masks on, it has been claimed. The protestors, holding banners and chanting "freedom", are marching through central London. Those in attendance are protesting against coronavirus lockdowns and vaccine passports.

Earlier in the week there were protests against a European soccer league, and they had huge coverage on the corporate TV news. This protest didn't get a mention on the BBC or ITV.

Take a look at the crowds who attended...

https://www.bitchute.com/video/dIlfMW6LoxYs/

...it strikes me that the estimate of tens of thousands is very conservative.

Another point to note is there were no masks and few protesters would have been vaccinated. If there is no upsurge in Covid hospital admissions in the next 14 days then it will be clear that the notion of a deadly virus is a myth.

Apr 24 13:25

Super wealthy Indians hired six private jets to fly them to London to beat 'red list' deadline - with one making it to the UK just 40 minutes before the 4am cut off

  • Private jets flew in from Ahmedabad, Dehli and Mumbai to Luton Airport
  • At least six private jets flew into the UK in the hours before the red list deadline
  • From 4am arrivals from India would have to go to a £1,750 quarantine hotel

At least six private jets flew from India to London with super wealthy families paying more than £100,000 to beat today's 4am Covid-19 red list deadline.

A fleet of jets flew from Ahmedabad, Dehli and Mumbai into London Luton airport - with one aircraft touching down just 40 minutes before the deadline was imposed.

India was added to the UK's travel red list at 4am on Friday, meaning arrivals from the country must now enter quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for 10 days.

A British Airways and a Virgin Atlantic jet touched down in Heathrow around 7am - just three hours after the deadline.

Apr 24 05:14

Gerald Ratner still reeling 30 years on from gaffe that sank his jewellery empire in a matter of seconds

It was one of the most infamous speeches in corporate history.

On April 23, 1991, Gerald Ratner stood up in front of 6,000 of the great and good and sank his jewellery empire in a matter of seconds.

'We do cut-glass sherry decanters complete with six glasses on a silver-plated tray that your butler can serve you drinks on, all for £4.95,' he told the Institute of Directors event.

'People say: 'How can you sell this for such a low price?' I say: 'Because it's total crap.'

He added: 'We sold a pair of earrings for under £1, which is cheaper than a shrimp sandwich from Marks and Spencer, but probably wouldn't last as long.' It became known as 'doing a Ratner' and still serves as a warning for top chief executives to this day.

Ratner inherited the business from his father and built it into multi-billion-pound empire, with 2,500 stores. But after the speech the share price tanked. The group was forced into a financial restructuring and Ratner resigned in 1992.

Apr 23 09:35

Public sector borrowing was more than £300BILLION in 2020/21 - a level not seen since the end of the Second World War - and the national debt continues to climb above £2.1TRILLION as full damage of Covid crisis to the economy is laid bare

Data published by the Office for National Statistics this morning showed that net borrowing during the last financial year is estimated to have been £303.1billion.

That is some £246.1billion more than was borrowed in the previous financial year.

It is the highest number recorded for any financial year since records began back in 1947.

Meanwhile, the data also showed public sector net debt continues to climb above £2.1trillion.

The latest number published by the ONS put debt at £2.141trillion at the end of March this year.

Apr 23 07:58

Met Office and Microsoft to build weather-forecasting supercomputer

The Met Office and Microsoft are to build a world-leading supercomputer capable of providing more accurate warnings of severe weather as part of a multimillion-pound agreement.

The weather today is...

Apr 23 05:00

Swiss drugmaker Roche searching for new site to trial Covid-19 pill as virus prevalence in UK falls

The pharmaceutical giant Roche has said the low levels of Covid-19 prevalence in the UK have made it hard to find enough participants to finish their trial of an ingestible treatment for the disease.

Speaking on Wednesday, Bill Anderson, the head of Roche’s pharmaceutical division, told Reuters that it was taking longer than expected to finish their trial. The company’s chairman Christoph Franz had previously indicated results might be available before the end of March.

“There’s just simply not enough patients to enrol… with the speed we were hoping for,” Anderson stated, noting that the UK’s strict lockdown and fast vaccination program had seen infection rates plummet in the country in recent months.

Apr 23 04:59

There’s a new influencer in town: Followed by thousands, in service to Her Majesty the Queen… welcome to Instagram, MI5

British spy agency MI5 is now on Instagram, promising to show off the ‘secret of successful spying’ and demonstrate how to ‘consider all angles.’ It has already beaten its sister service, GCHQ, in number of followers.

In just five hours since making its first post, the official MI5 account already has 30,000 people following it. One could see this as a testament to the limelight that the counterintelligence agency gets from the similarly named foreign intelligence organization which employs fictitious super-agent James Bond. MI6 is sadly absent on the network, but GCHQ, Britain’s signal intelligence agency, joined Instagram in October 2018, and has only 24.3k followers so far.

British spooks will have to work hard, however, to compete with their cousins across the pond. Since the CIA joined the network in 2019, it has drawn a cozy audience of 350,000 followers.

Apr 23 04:58

Boris Johnson hunts for leaker with ‘internal inquiry’ after ‘lobbying’ texts with billionaire James Dyson exposed

Downing Street is investigating the leak of text messages between Boris Johnson and billionaire vacuum cleaner tycoon James Dyson following outcry over the PM’s phone ‘lobbying’.

With Johnson embroiled in a scandal after promising Dyson that his staff wouldn’t pay extra taxes if they returned to the UK to help make ventilators amid the coronavirus pandemic, his spokesman told reporters on Thursday that an investigation has been launched into the leak.

“I can confirm that, yes, we have instructed the Cabinet Office to look into this,” he said, adding that it would be an “internal inquiry.”

The investigation will “get into the source of leaks of private communication” between the PM and Dyson and “is limited to that.”

Apr 22 20:26

Cocaine boss was shot on his doorstep over debt to mystery underworld crime queen dubbed 'The Banker' after police seized £20m of his drugs in biggest-ever UK land seizure, court hears

  • Liverpool brothers John and Alan Tobin sold drugs to gangs across the UK
  • Their business was dealt blow when police seized van containing cocaine on M6
  • Debts to underworld crime queen 'The Banker' led to John Tobin being shot

A cocaine boss was shot on his doorstep over debt to an underworld crime queen dubbed 'The Banker' after police seized £20million of his drugs in the UK's biggest-ever land seizure, a court has heard.

Liverpool brothers John and Alan Tobin sold vast amounts of cocaine, heroin, cannabis and ketamine to notorious gangs across the country backed by their 'enforcer', ex-cage fighter Robbie 'The Bear' Broughton.

But their 'highly profitable' business was dealt a fatal blow when police seized a van, containing 186kg of 90 per cent pure cocaine, on the M6 in August 2018.

Apr 22 10:57

Government launches COVID-19 Antivirals Taskforce to roll out innovative home treatments this autumn

The UK is leading the world in finding and rolling out effective treatments for COVID-19, having identified dexamethasone...

https://www.visiontimes.com/2021/02/15/scientists-have-reported-at-lea...

Scientists have reported at least 14 cases of the blood condition thrombocytopenia, an abnormally low platelet count, in Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine recipients.

What is thrombocytopenia and how does dexamethasone help?
https://dexamethasone.in/dexamethasone-for-thrombocytopenia/

Has the drug dexamethasone been chosen because it can treat vaccine side effects?

Apr 22 08:01

Is The UK's "War On Pubs" About Silencing Dissent?

A university teacher has published a fascinating article in which he argues that the shut down of pubs in the United Kingdom is about silencing dissent.

The article by Sean Walsh, which was carried by LockdownSkeptics, questions why pubs are still semi-closed while other “non-essential retail” stores are allowed to fully open despite the fact that the entire hospitality industry was responsible for just 3 per cent of total COVID infections last year.

“It’s tempting to conclude that the SAGE types are not worried that pubs are possible vectors of transmission, but that they are concerned that hospitality venues are potential theatres of dissent,” writes Walsh.

He also notes that health bureaucrats seem to be intent on the British public remaining joyless as part of some demented puritanical drive to oversee the “crude sanitisation of our understanding of the human soul.”

Apr 22 07:47

UK pressing ahead with bill to protect soldiers from war crimes charges

The United Kingdom government is pressing ahead with proposed legislation that seeks to shield its soldiers from prosecution for any war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the face of widespread condemnation from human rights groups and retired officers, and amid stiff opposition in Parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government agreed to shelve plans to protect servicemen and women from prosecution for torture, genocide or crimes against humanity.

However, it wants to continue to protect them from being charged with a range of war crimes including wilful killing, cruel and inhuman treatment, hostage taking and rendition.

Apr 22 06:38

Boris Johnson’s new spy-law proposals reveal an unsustainable Western double standard in how dissent is treated at home and abroad

The PM's proposals for a US-style Foreign Agents Registration Act and strengthening of powers under the Official Secrets Act claim to be about protecting against ‘foreign interference’, but really only stifle freedoms in Britain.

Boris Johnson is set to announce a raft of legislative proposals aimed at curtailing activities of foreign agents in Britain at the forthcoming Queen’s Speech on May 11.

Within the draft bill is a requirement for any individual working on behalf of a foreign government to register with British authorities or face criminal prosecution. This appears to be modelled after the foreign agent registry the United States brought in using the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The proposals also include an expansion of the Official Secrets Act to allow foreign cyberattackers targeting the UK to be prosecuted and a significant widening of what type of intelligence theft is punishable under law.

Apr 22 05:37

UK hosts head of Ukrainian armed forces as tensions mount on Russia-Ukraine border

As tensions continue to mount on the Russian-Ukrainian border, the UK has undertaken yet another escalatory step by hosting the head of the Ukrainian armed forces.

The commander in chief of the Ukrainian armed forces, General Ruslan Khomchak, arrived in the UK today (April 20) where he was met by Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir Nick Carter.

The Ministry of Defense tweeted that the UK remains “firmly committed” to Ukrainian "independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity"

Today Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter welcomed his Ukrainian counterpart to @DefenceHQ for the first time for discussions on our ongoing defence cooperation.

The UK remains firmly committed to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity. pic.twitter.com/strvRGR60a

— Ministry of Defence ???????? (@DefenceHQ) April 20, 2021

Apr 22 05:31

The cost to YOU of Boris's green dream: To meet 80pc reduction on carbon emissions by 2035 we'll have to spend £10,000 upgrading our homes, drink three TEASPOONS of milk a day, eat meat just twice a week and barely fly once a year

Boris Johnson's plans to slash the UK's greenhouse emissions by nearly four-fifths in a decade sparked criticism today, as the PM was accused of 'shameless virtue signalling' and pursuing unreachable targets that would put the UK's economic recovery at risk.

The Prime Minister has described the target to reduce emissions by 78% on 1990 levels by 2035, which will be set in law under the Government's sixth carbon budget, as the most ambitious in the world.

It has been announced on the eve of a major US summit on Thursday where President Joe Biden is expected to set out a new US target for reducing emissions.

Apr 22 05:31

Brits Push Russia War

The United States backed off sending two warships to the Black Sea last week after Russia warned of a naval showdown. Days later, however, Britain is reportedly stepping in with plans to send warships.

Talk about “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”, the proposed British military intervention is a reckless provocation in a situation that is already spiralling out of control.

Violence is exploding in Ukraine’s seven-year civil war between the NATO-backed Kiev regime and ethnic Russians in the eastern Donbas region; Russia has mobilized its army for defence drills, and the US and European Union are expelling Russian diplomats, and vice versa.

Then the British announce they are sending warships to the Black Sea in the coming weeks to “defend” Ukraine against alleged Russian aggression, according to media reports.

Apr 21 09:32

Moment woman, 69, screams 'you're breaking my arm' as police arrest her for posting anti-lockdown stickers around a town centre

Footage shows pensioner Janie Bailey refusing to give her personal details to an officer after she allegedly caused criminal damage by posting 'anti-coronavirus literature' in Wythenshaw, Greater Manchester.

A second video posted to YouTube shows the retired receptionist screaming as police appear to pin her by her arms to a bench in the town.

She is heard repeatedly shrieking: 'You're breaking my arm, you're breaking my arm' as shocked passersby stop to film the arrest and shout at the officers.

Apr 21 06:30

Volcanic eruptions deep in our oceans unleash powerful blasts of energy at a rate high enough to power an entire CONTINENT, study finds

  • Researchers made a mathematical model to understand underwater eruptions
  • Found they spew out vast ash clouds which drive megaplumes of hot air
  • They are powered by huge amounts of energy equivalent to the US's energy use

Underwater volcanoes produce so much energy they would be able to power an entire continent, a study has found.

Submarine volcanoes litter the world's seabeds, but the eruptions were thought to be less exciting than the terrestrial explosions with slow-moving lava and no ash clouds.

However, new research found underwater eruptions do produce ash clouds which in turn drives megaplumes of hot water that spread upwards and then outwards.

Pictured, the underwater West Mato Volcano erupting in 2009. Researchers found they can release equivalent energy to that of the US's energy use

Apr 21 05:00

UK Refuses To Accelerate Re-Opening Despite COVID Deaths Dropping Below Road Accident Fatalities

Despite new figures showing the daily number of COVID-19 deaths in the UK dropping below those from road accidents, the government is still refusing to accelerate the lifting of lockdown restrictions.

The average number of daily deaths now stands at 25 a day with COVID cases dropping 94 per cent from the peak.

On Monday, the UK recorded just four total deaths.

“By comparison, the UK records an average of around five deaths from road accidents daily,” reports the Telegraph.

The government has continually insisted it will prioritize “data not dates” in deciding when the measures should be relaxed, although that argument seems to immediately dissipate when the data favors re-opening quicker.

“We’ve been told regularly, that we are following the data, not the dates, but sadly, it seems to be the other way around,” said Conservative MP Pauline Latham.

Apr 21 04:59

'BritCoin' - UK Considers New Central Bank Digital Currency, What Happens To Cash?

Central bank digital currencies are coming and likely sooner than most expect.

Future Proofing?!

About a year ago the Bank of England released a paper on the Opportunities, Challenges, and Design of Central Bank Digital Currencies.

Today, the Financial Times reports UK Considers Creating Central Bank Digital Currency.

The Financial Times commented the "Aim would be to future proof sterling against cryptocurrencies and improve the payments system"

The idea that one can future proof fiat currencies against anything is of course ludicrous.

Apr 21 04:19

A PILL to kill third wave: Boris Johnson launches 'ambitious' new 'antivirals taskforce' so Britons can take tablets for Covid at home 'by autumn'

People in the UK could be offered pills to treat Covid at home from autumn this year thanks to a new antivirals taskforce being set up by No10.

Boris Johnson today said he will assemble a team of scientists to find ways for people to recover from the virus without going into hospital because the UK must 'learn to live with this disease, as we live with other diseases'.

No drugs have been decided on but the government is already in talks with pharmaceutical firms about 'promising' antiviral treatments being developed, and officials are keen to get new drugs that aren't already used.

Apr 21 04:18

Girl gang knife fight leaves teen, 15, with stab wounds as violence erupts at ‘Weed Day’ gathering in London’s Hyde Park

A girl gang knife fight has left a 15-year-old girl with stab wounds after violence erupted at the 4/20 'Weed Day' gathering in London's Hyde Park.

Officers who were on patrol in the park overseeing the illegal gathering were alerted to a fight which had broken out around 6.10pm.

After breaking up the scuffle and dispersing those involved they discovered a 15-year-old girl had been stabbed in the leg.

Apr 21 04:06

Delingpole: Why Stop at Starmer? Pubs Should Bar All MPs Forever…

UK Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer’s disastrous encounter with publican Rod Humphris – now a viral internet sensation – is a textbook case of how not to win friends and influence voters on the political campaign trail.

Step One: On encountering an impassioned voter completely ignore his concerns, even when he tells you that up till now he has been a lifelong supporter of your party.

Step Two: Just to make sure that everyone knows how little you care for utter nobodies like this silly man with his inconvenient views, get your campaign staff to film you immediately afterwards delivering an off-the-cuff speechette stressing your contempt and indifference.

Step Three: Step aside and leave the guy to the tender cares of your overzealous security staff…

Apr 20 18:43

Covid capsules to treat coronavirus at home could be ready by autumn, Boris Johnson says

Antivirals are nothing new, they are used to treat many viral infections likes HIV and Hepatitis but sadly very few developed for one virus work for another.

That said, trials have been taking place to see whether any current antivirals can be repurposed and work against Covid.

But so far none have any proven effect.

BULLSHIT!

Ivermectin is effective for COVID-19: real-time meta analysis of 52 studies
https://ivmmeta.com/

•98% of the 52 studies to date report positive effects (25 statistically significant in isolation). Random effects meta-analysis for early treatment and pooled effects shows an 81% reduction, RR 0.19 [0.09-0.38], and prophylactic use shows 85% improvement, RR 0.15 [0.09-0.25]. Mortality results show 76% lower mortality, RR 0.24 [0.14-0.42] for all treatment delays, and 84% lower, RR 0.16 [0.04-0.63] for early treatment.

•96% of the 27 Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) report positive effects, with an estimated 65% improvement...

Apr 20 13:18

Richard Dawkins Stripped Of Top Humanist Award For Using Science To ‘Demean Marginalized Groups’

KEY POINTS

  • The organization said this is “antithetical to humanist values.”
  • The group did not point to specific statements Dawkins has made, though did refer to the academic’s recent call to “discuss” trans and Black identities.
  • The group said Dawkins’ “subsequent attempts at clarification are inadequate and convey neither sensitivity nor sincerity.”
  • Dawkins received the award in 1996 in recognition of his work as a science communicator, something the group said is an “important aspect of advancing the cause of humanism.”

KEY BACKGROUND
Dawkins, a respected evolutionary biologist, Oxford academic and best-selling author, is no stranger to controversy, having become one of the most prominent faces of the New Atheist movement. His aggressive and blunt rhetoric has seen him accused of hate speech and led to some instances of no-platforming.

Apr 20 12:18

Care home residents trapped: Rule that insists they must isolate for two weeks after each day out is a 'blatant abuse of their human rights' and borders on cruelty, campaigners warn

Care home residents are being 'trapped in solitary confinement' by cruel rules forcing them to isolate for 14 days if families take them out for a walk in the park, campaigners warned yesterday.

While the rest of society is enjoying the return of basic freedoms, residents are effectively banned from leaving their homes for a stroll or a trip to a cafe with loved ones.

In what was branded a 'blatant human rights abuse', guidance from the Department of Health states that those living in care homes have to self-isolate alone for 14 days if they make a visit outside the home.

The guidelines apply even though almost all have now had both doses of the vaccine, and homes regularly undergo routine testing for Covid-19.

Apr 19 11:11

Calls to ban affordable kitchen feature used by thousands of homeowners renovating their properties increase as tradies fall ill

  • An affordable renovation trend has coincided with rising rates of a deadly illness
  • Tradespeople are contracting silicosis from cutting artificial stone benchtops
  • It is an irreversible lung disease caused by inhaling particles of silica dust
  • Many who are diagnosed with the condition are aged in their 20s and 30s
  • Calls to ban the popular marble alternative are growing louder amid health fears

Calls to ban popular artificial stone benchtops are growing louder amid rising rates of a deadly respiratory illness among Australian construction workers.

The benchtops, which have become popular in recent years as an affordable alternative to the marble or granite traditionally used to cover kitchen counter space, are attractive and thousands of dollars cheaper than their natural counterparts

Apr 19 10:25

Scientists launch trial to deliberately re-infect coronavirus survivors - and volunteers could get paid £5,000 for taking part

  • University of Oxford trial to test what level of immune prevents re-infection
  • This will involve exposing people who have had Covid-19 to the virus once again
  • Results could allow for vaccines that produce the golden level of immunity

Scientists have launched a trial to deliberately infect people with coronavirus after they have already had it.

The study will help establish the level of immune protection which stops people being reinfected, which could help to fast-track future vaccines.

Apr 19 07:05

Here We Go Again: Boris Johnson May Announce Bill on Countering 'Hostile States' Like Russia, China

The UK's new foreign policy review dubbed Russia the "most acute threat" to Britain's security in the Euro-Atlantic region. Russia has, in turn, repeatedly rejected allegations of meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, stressing that they do not hold water.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will use Queen Elizabeth II's speech scheduled for 11 May to announce a bill on countering hostile states, such as Russia and China, The Times reports.

During the speech, which will coincide with the state opening of parliament this year, the Queen is due to set out the government's agenda for the next session and confirm the continuation of a number of bills, including the Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill.

Apr 19 06:26

Sunday Times: Britain To Deploy Two Warships to the Black Sea in Show of Force to Russia

The Sunday Times cites a Royal Navy source stating two British warships will enter the Black Sea next month as the newspaper put it, “tensions continue to rise between Ukrainian and Russian forces.” As always with the Western press it is not indicated where and in what manner there have been tensions between Ukrainian and Russian – presumably armed – forces until now.

The account states a Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate are the ships in question. The two ships, unnamed in the report, are currently attached to the Royal Navy carrier task group on its way to the Mediterranean. The Times indicates that Royal Air Force F-35B Lightning stealth jets and Merlin submarine-hunting helicopters will be on stand-by aboard the task group’s flagship, HMS Queen Elizabeth, “to support the warships in the Black Sea should they be threatened by Russian warships, submarines or aircraft.”

Apr 18 08:35

A School for Spooks: The London University Department Churning Out NATO Spies

A prestigious university located in the heart of London, King’s College has, in its own words, “a number of contracts and agreements with various departments within government, including the Cabinet Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Ministry of Defence.” Some of those contracts are up to 10 years long. The university has so far refused to elaborate on the agreements, telling investigative news outlet Declassified UK that doing so could undermine U.K. security services.

Apr 16 22:09

Covid-19: Vaccine passports 'unethical', church ministers warn

More than 1,200 church ministers in the UK have urged PM Boris Johnson not to introduce coronavirus vaccine certificates, saying they are an "unethical form of coercion".

Apr 16 21:05

Flashback: Boris Johnson - I'll eat my ID card

...but vaccine passports are fine.

Apr 16 19:35

[Video] The Harsh Reality of Vaccine Adverse Effects

Nicola knows all too well that vaccines have dangerous side effects. Her fit, healthy, 58 year old husband had the Oxford vaccine (first jab) and very soon after was very ill. He is now in hospital with suspected Transvers Myelitis, now diagnosed as Guillain-Barre syndrome.

As her husband struggles to breathe and cannot walk, he is isolated without visitors on a neurology ward, with many other vaccine adverse reaction cases. Nicola says people need to be told the harsh reality about the dangerous side effects of vaccines, and asks “Why were we not told?"

This video got UK Column suspended off YouTube for a week.

Apr 16 07:03

Rapid Covid testing in England may be scaled back over false positives

Senior government officials have raised “urgent” concerns about the mass expansion of rapid coronavirus testing, estimating that as few as 2% to 10% of positive results may be accurate in places with low Covid rates, such as London.

Boris Johnson last week urged everyone in England to take two rapid-turnaround tests a week in the biggest expansion of the multibillion-pound testing programme to date.

However, leaked emails seen by the Guardian show that senior officials are now considering scaling back the widespread testing of people without symptoms, due to a growing number of false positives.

In one email, Ben Dyson, an executive director of strategy at the health department and one of health secretary Matt Hancock’s advisers, stressed the “fairly urgent need for decisions” on “the point at which we stop offering asymptomatic testing”.

Apr 16 06:57

Matt Hancock faces fresh 'cronyism' row after it emerges he and his sister own shares in firm that won NHS contracts

Matt Hancock is facing a fresh 'cronyism' row today after it emerged he and his sister have shares in a firm that has won contracts from the NHS.

The Health Secretary declared last month that he had acquired 15 per cent of the shares in Topwood Ltd, which specialises in the secure storage, shredding and scanning of documents.

It was awarded £300,000 of business by NHS Wales this year.

However, the entry on the MPs' register of interests did not mention that his sister Emily Gilruth also has shares and is a director of the firm, or that it has connections to the health service.

Topwood received a place on the Shared Business Services framework as a potential supplier for local NHS trusts in 2019, the year after Mr Hancock took charge at the Department of Health.

Apr 16 05:48

Are there 22 more Greensills? Fears of a lobbying timebomb as it emerges group of business chiefs have access to No10

More than 20 businessmen and women currently occupy the same role which allowed Lex Greensill, the financier at the heart of the David Cameron lobbying row, to gain privileged access to Downing Street, it was revealed last night.

Like Mr Greensill, they are called 'Crown Representatives' – leading figures from the private sector brought into the heart of government to offer their expertise in getting value for money for taxpayers.

They are unpaid, but have access to senior politicians and mandarins, and are free to carry on making a fortune in the private industry while having the status almost of a civil servant, attending key meetings and briefings.

Apr 15 21:39

No Smoke Without Fire Part 3: Vaccine Adverse Reactions

This is horrendous.

A very good point is raised during the analysis - what happens if someone who has not been vaccinated receives a blood transfusion from someone who has?

"Doctor" Gates and all of those who are complicit in getting a needle stuck in every peasants arm better hope they never need a transfusion.

Apr 15 18:42

How 12 times more people are dying from cancer than Covid - as experts warn treatment backlog will become 'collateral damage' of the pandemic

Twelve times as many people are now dying of cancer than from Covid-19.

Figures show that 36 people on average died each day from coronavirus over the past week, down from a peak seven-day average of 1,280 in mid-January.

By comparison, cancer is claiming 450 lives every day, or about 166,000 annually.

Experts say that unless the NHS urgently expands cancer services to deal with a huge backlog, thousands will become 'collateral damage' of the pandemic.

Apr 15 13:14

BBC receives 109,741 complaints over Prince Philip coverage

The BBC has confirmed it received 109,741 complaints from the public over its coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

The corporation cleared its schedules to cover the news when Prince Philip died on Friday, at the age of 99.

Apr 15 13:13

4.7 million waiting for operations in England

Around 4.7 million people were waiting for routine operations and procedures in England in February - the most since 2007, NHS England figures show.

Nearly 388,000 people were waiting more than a year for non-urgent surgery compared with just 1,600 before the pandemic began.

Apr 15 11:29

Why Did The BBC Send Their Staff to a Course On How to Drink Water?

(Full article posted as it is behind a subscription paywall)

Do you need a class on how to drink water? Do your employees? It must be harder than we imagine, because the UK's British Broadcasting Company (BBC) thought it was a good idea to offer a training course for their employees on how to do it.

The course was one of many that the taxpayer-supported BBC offered in order to support the mental and physical health of their employees. According to The Sun, the company promised attendees that the course would help them "identify the importance of being fully hydrated and find practical ways to achieve this state every day" and that it will also "help understand how being fully hydrated will improve health, well-being and performance.”

About 30 people actually attended this online class — heavy drinkers, I assume — and frankly, if I had the opportunity, I would've loved to have checked it out. Always learning, right?

Apr 15 10:58

Too scared to offend China: Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier 'will avoid the Taiwan Strait on maiden voyage through South China Sea to avoid provoking Beijing'

The Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier strike group will take a circuitous route to avoid the Taiwan Strait to prevent offending Beijing in its maiden voyage in May.

The group, which includes the HMS Queen Elizabeth, will instead go through the South China Sea to the east of the island, which China claims as its own, on route to Japan.

The planned route appears to break with long-standing defence policy which would have expected the £3.2 billion battleship to sail through the Taiwan Strait, technically an international waterway.

Apr 15 10:51

The £90m snooper army: Government hires private contractor Mitie to carry out 10,000 home visits every day to check if passengers are in quarantine after flying back to UK from overseas

Priti Patel has stepped up the Government's crackdown on mandatory quarantine for overseas arrivals by hiring a firm to carry out up to 10,000 house checks per day.

Private contractor Mitie has been tasked by the Home Office to catch flouters failing to undergo their required period of isolation.

Their extra manpower will dramatically increase the capacity for daily home visits, which at present number about 1,000 and are done by police.

The new contract awarded to outsourcing giant Mitie allows a total spend of up to £90million.

Apr 15 10:35

Farmer sick of fighter jets roaring over her property BILLS the air force $15.3million for 'trespassing' and claims the planes could drop pests and disease

A sheep farmer has failed to convince a court the RAAF owes her $15.3 million for flying fighter jets over her property.

NSW woman Julie Steepe issued a series of invoices in 2020 after the air force didn't comply with her notices for them to 'cease and desist'.

The final notice, issued on July 30, stated the air force had seven days to show what lawful authority it had to 'trespass' on her farm in Bulahdelah, 50km northeast of the RAAF's Williamtown base.

'A breach of the border... will incur a fee of $167,000 plus a further $167,000 for each subsequent breach,' the notice said.

'This being compensation for breaching my lawful right to quiet enjoyment of my property, as well as my lawful right to the alienation of my property from the Crown

Apr 14 23:15

Covid: 82% of positive rapid tests 'were correct'

82% is roughly 4 in 5

If 500,000 people are tested then there will be 100,000 false positives.

If everyone in the UK is tested...

New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-campaign-urges-public-to-get-te...

...then there will be the mother of all casedemics.

Apr 14 09:02

More than one in ten Britons told they have Covid through lateral flow tests don't actually have the disease, official figures suggest

Since self-testing kits were put into mass use when schools in England reopened last month, 3,248 positive results have been found to be false by follow-up swab tests.

The controversial kits, which have irked scientists who warn they are less accurate when people swab themselves, are now available for free to all adults with no Covid symptoms.

But somewhere between 10 and 20 per cent of the positive results they give could be wrong, meaning people end up panicked and sent home from school or work unnecessarily.

Apr 14 08:55

Devastated mother demands answers after her son, 20, with muscular dystrophy suffered a seizure and died less than 12 hours after receiving a Pfizer jab

Luke Garrett, 20, suffered a fatal seizure brought on by a sudden spike in his temperature at his Tarbolton, South Ayrshire, home in February, his mother Tricia Garrett, 49, said.

Mr Garrett had muscular dystrophy and had been shielding for around a year so was 'excited' when his turn to get a vaccine meant he could finally 'live his life'.

But he died in the early hours of the morning the day after getting the jab, leaving his family 'devastated' and desperate for answers.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are investigating Mr Garrett's death - but there is no evidence of the jab causing seizures.

Mrs Garrett, 49, described 'foam coming out of his mouth' during his seizure - and told how she gave her dying son CPR as they waited for paramedics to arrive.

Apr 14 08:53

Government WILL try to make Covid vaccines COMPULSORY for care home staff, Matt Hancock confirms

The Health Secretary argued workers have a 'duty of care' to elderly residents because they are most at risk of dying from the virus.

Mr Hancock said industry bosses were united in their calls for a 'no jab, no job' policy, insisting good uptake was 'our route out of this pandemic'.

Apr 14 06:17

UK bill shielding soldiers from war crimes charges challenged in House of Lords

The British government’s attempts to shield its armed forces from prosecution for torture, war crimes and even genocide is facing stiff opposition in the upper house of the country’s parliament.

Its deeply controversial Overseas Operations Bill has enjoyed easy passage in the elected lower house, the Commons, partly because the government enjoys an 80-seat majority, and partly because the opposition Labour party had declined to oppose the measure.

In the unelected House of Lords, however - where the bill has been widely denounced as a dangerous and shameful measure - repeated attempts have been made to amend it to ensure serious crimes committed by the UK’s armed forces can still result in prosecution.

On Tuesday, an amendment moved by George Robertson, a former UK defence secretary and secretary-general of Nato, sought to remove torture, war crimes and genocide from the bill’s provisions, meaning these crimes would still be prosecuted.

Apr 14 05:11

Going Undergroud interview with Alistair Crooke former MI 6 Agent

Apr 13 19:44

NHS Covid-19 app update blocked for breaking Apple and Google's rules

An update to England and Wales's contact tracing app has been blocked for breaking the terms of an agreement made with Apple and Google.

The plan had been to ask users to upload logs of venue check-ins - carried out via poster barcode scans - if they tested positive for the virus. This could be used to warn others.

The update had been timed to coincide with the relaxation of lockdown rules.

But the two firms had explicitly banned such a function from the start.

Apr 13 14:31

Now THIS Is Lousy Journalism by the Daily Mail

When it comes to Second Amendment issues, the Daily Mail has a very low bar to clear. Being based in the United Kingdom, it’s understandable if their coverage of the debate over our right to keep and bear arms has a few mistakes. But their coverage of Biden’s latest power grab just shows why loyal readers should point their friends and family to our coverage.

Apr 13 13:04

Britain’s establishment are gaslighting the peasants with plans for a new £190 million Duke of Edinburgh royal yacht

Plans have emerged to commission a £190 million tribute to Prince Philip in the shape of a new royal yacht, funded by the UK taxpayer. But the days of gaudy luxuries built for the royal family have to be consigned to the past.

Britain’s elite are transfixed by class, but are simultaneously utterly classless.

The country is reeling from a shambolic Covid-19 performance by the authorities and bungled Brexit negotiations. Northern Ireland is witnessing scenes reminiscent of The Troubles, as police are firebombed and attacked.

Prince Philip’s death came amid all of this and has further polarised the population. The BBC has received a record number of complaints for its wall-to-wall coverage, to the extent it has had to create a dedicated online portal.

With all this going on, it seems incredible that plans are afoot to commission a new royal yacht in Prince Philip’s name.

Apr 11 19:35

‘Ridiculously over the top’: BBC creates special complaint form as viewers decry ‘too much coverage’ of Prince Philip's death

The BBC has been inundated with a wave of complaints over its marathon coverage of the death of Prince Philip, even setting up a special page for viewers to voice their gripes about the outlet’s “excessive” reporting.

With the Duke of Edinburgh passing at the age of 99 on Friday, the British broadcaster kicked into overdrive, devoting ‘round-the-clock, wall-to-wall coverage to the late royal. But apparently finding the programming too much, viewers flooded the outlet with protests – so many that it created a new public complaint form specifically for that purpose.

...

Joined by other outlets such as ITV and Sky News, the BBC scrapped its programming on several of its channels for most of Friday to cover the prince's death. An army of netizens took to Twitter to ridicule the media for what one said was “utterly, ridiculously, ludicrously, disproportionately over the top” coverage.

Apr 11 12:03

What caused 35,000 excess DEATHS in the UK and Ireland in January and February 2021?

In Ireland the online funeral platform RIP.IE lists 98% of the country’s funerals, making it possible to get accurate up to date data within days. In January the death rate increased by an alarming 30% percent; a trend that was still quite high throughout the month of February. The five year average for deaths in Ireland in January is 3204 people, yet this year- in the region of 4,100 died.

During the winter months of 2020 there was no excess mortality in Ireland, a pattern which continued up until January 7th. From that point onwards, the death rate suddenly increased by 15%; by the end of the next week it increased to 40%. By week four, the death rates were hovering at around 50% above normal. In total, about 900 additional people died; half of them nursing home residents.

Apr 10 21:20

Increase in suicide related calls at half of England's ambulance services over lockdown

In the first six months after lockdown, from March to November 2020, London Ambulance Service recorded 15,541 calls relating to suicide or attempted suicide. That compares to 11,703 calls over the same period in 2019.

In the first week alone of the second national lockdown in England (from November 5 to November 12) there were 644 calls, compared to 394 in the same week in 2019.

The picture in the West Midlands was similar with 4,806 calls from March to November 2020, compared to 2,955 in 2019. While the first week of the second lockdown saw 169 related calls, compared to 101 the year before.

Apr 10 21:19

Tragedy “unlike anything seen before” means Humber Bridge footpath must remain closed

The Humber Bridge Board has defended its decision to close the footpaths on the bridge, after six people died there in just one month.

Despite spending £250,000 on suicide prevention measures every year, the Humber Bridge was forced to close its footpaths indefinitely this week, after a tragic string of six deaths in one month.

Apr 09 12:17

UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of 'disgusting interference'

A former UK foreign office minister has accused pro-Israel lobbyists of "the most disgusting interference" in British public life, and of negatively influencing the country's foreign policy in the Middle East.

Alan Duncan, a former Conservative MP and government minister until 2019, wrote in his newly published memoir that the Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) had been responsible for pushing the country to adopt disproportionately anti-Palestinian and pro-Israel policies.

Founded in 1974, the CFI is a parliamentary group and unaffiliated organisation that supports the ruling Conservative Party and advocates for pro-Israel policies.

Speaking to journalist Michael Crick about his diaries for the MailPlus website, Duncan said the CFI had injected a "Netanyahu-type view of Israeli politics into our foreign policy", referring to Israel's right-wing prime minister. He added that it had lobbied to prevent him becoming Middle East minister at the foreign office.

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