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Boris Johnson's brand new trade advisor got incinerated in 2012:



I'd love to see more such ladies in politics! :mrgreen:
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Council of Europe issues media freedom alert over UK government blacklisting of investigative journalists

The UK government has been formally warned for threatening press freedom after it blacklisted a group of investigative journalists and denied them access to information.

The Council of Europe issued the Level 2 "media freedom alert" after Ministry of Defence press officers refused to deal with Declassified UK, a website focusing on foreign and defence policy stories.

The intervention by the Council ironically comes as Boris Johnson and his ministers condemned environmental activists as a threat to press freedom for blockading printing plants in protest at newspapers' climate coverage.

Britain has been a founding member of the Council of Europe since it was set up in 1949 under the Treaty of London. It monitors human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe and is responsible for overseeing the European Convention of Human Rights.

The organisation's media freedom alert system catalogues threats to media freedom such as attacks on the physical safety of journalists, harassment and intimidation, detention and imprisonment.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 06741.html for the rest.
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Where is your army?
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Up their sleevy
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School that Boris Johnson visited to show was ‘safe’ closes due to coronavirus days after visit

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Pupils at Castle Rock High School in Coalville, Leicestershire were told to stay at home and self-isolate after a confirmed case of the virus.

Six tutor groups and two PE classes were told to stay home and wait for further instructions from the school to confirm for how long they needed to stay away.

Johnson visited the school on August 26 as it reopened, and he gave a speech saying that the biggest risk to children was not the virus, but “continuing to be out of school”.

He said: “Quite frankly after all that time -159 days - the risk to your health is not from Covid, because statistically speaking your chances of suffering from that disease are very very low, the greatest risk you face now is continuing to be out of school.”

Now it has announced it is taking a “precautionary measure” after a member of staff tested positive.

Michael Gamble, the headteacher, told pupils: “We apologise for the lateness of this letter, however this evening we have been informed that on member of our staff at The Castle Rock School has been tested positive for Covid-19.

“The health, safety and well-being of our students is paramount.
https://www.theneweuropean.co.uk/top-st ... -1-6826041
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Shetland votes to explore ways to become independent from Scotland

Shetland Islands Council has overwhelmingly voted to start looking at ways to become financially and politically independent from Scotland.

Councillors voted 18 to two in favour of a motion to formally explore options “for achieving financial and political self-determination”.

In a debate lasting more than an hour, members argued decision-making has become increasingly centralised and public funding for the islands has been cut under the SNP government at Holyrood.

The motion, signed by council leader Steven Coutts and convener Malcolm Bell, said: “We are concerned that this ongoing situation is seriously threatening the prosperity and even basic sustainability of Shetland as a community.”

Any move for Shetland to become self-determining would need to be supported by an island-wide referendum, councillors stressed.

Mr Coutts suggested devolution has not benefited the area and said the Scottish Parliament feels “remote” to islanders, who face some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the country.

He added the levels of funding for ferries “negatively impacts on Shetland and everyone of Shetland”, although the Scottish Government said it has provided more than £15 million for ferry services over the last three years.

The Shetland West councillor referenced the 2013 Lerwick declaration by former first minister Alex Salmond, in which he announced plans to decentralise power to Shetland, Orkney, and the Western Isles.
https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/ ... nd-2968110
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Marla Singer wrote: Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:20 am Where is your army?
Up your twat. Sock Bitch.
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Extinction Rebellion 'go floppy' when arrested, complains senior Met officer

Protesters’ arrest tactic is a ‘pain in the neck’, Sir Stephen House tells committee hearing

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One of Britain’s most senior police officers has launched an angry tirade against Extinction Rebellion protesters going “all floppy” when they get arrested.

Sir Stephen House, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan police, said the tactic of going limp was a “flipping nuisance” as it required extra officers to drag protesters away.

House told a London assembly police and crime committee hearing: “We have asked them to stop being floppy. And that might seem like a silly thing to say, but when we arrest them and pick them up, they go all floppy, which is why you see four or five officers carrying them away. It’s a complete waste of officers’ time, and a complete pain in the neck.”
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House also expressed annoyance at how the tactic made the police look heavy-handed. He said: “The problem with them going floppy and four offices carrying them away [is that it] looks to the general public like police are overreacting here. We’re not making them go floppy. They’re just sort of being a nuisance.”
https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... et-officer

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Witness wrote: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:14 pm UK Coronavirus tracker
But is it a pack of lies? :)
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Floppy lies
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Guess who really won the Cold War. :BigGrin3:

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Back to Important News™:
Boris Johnson 'worried about money' and if he and Carrie 'can afford a nanny' on £150k salary

The Prime Minister's earnings have reportedly shrunk from £350,000 to £150,000 a year having sacrificed his newspaper column and speaking arrangements to run the country

A 'subdued' Boris Johnson is said to be worried about money and the ability to afford childcare after taking a substantial pay cut to run the country.

Those close to the Prime Minister have reportedly described him as having "misery etched on his face" as he attempts to steer the UK through a pandemic and Brexit negotiations.

And his friends allege that he now has money worries to add to his existing pressures, after he gave up his newspaper column with the Daily Telegraph, thought to be worth £275,000, plus lucrative fees for speaking arrangements for his PM's salary of £150,000.

Mr Johnson is thought to be concerned about supporting four of his six children through university, while also affording childcare costs for his youngest son, Wilfred, born on 29 April this year.

Boris and his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, get the use of the flat above No 11 Downing Street, which is taxed as benefit in kind.

He also has to pay for food sent up from Downing Street's kitchen and is presented with a bill by the Government every time he wants to host friends at his country retreat, Chequers.

One friend told The Times : "Boris, like other prime ministers, is very, very badly served. He doesn't have a housekeeper - he has a single cleaner and they're worried about being able to afford a nanny.

"He's stuck in the flat and Downing Street is not a nice place to live. It's not like the Élysée or the White House where you can get away from it all because they're so big. Even if he or Carrie want to go into the rose garden they have to go through the office."

It's also claimed that Mr Johnson detests being "at the helm in rough seas" and that his usual jovial and upbeat outlook has been replaced by darker moods.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ ... e-22708865

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Witness wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:38 am Back to Important News™:
Boris Johnson 'worried about money' and if he and Carrie 'can afford a nanny' on £150k salary

The Prime Minister's earnings have reportedly shrunk from £350,000 to £150,000 a year having sacrificed his newspaper column and speaking arrangements to run the country
Silly question maybe, but was it a legal requirement that he give up his newspaper column?

Also, how come Britain pays its Prime Minister less than it pays newspaper columnists or football players?

(Yes, I know the US president is also paid far less than most professional athletes, which is probably why we always have to choose between a turd sandwich and a giant douche.)

You get what you pay for.
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In addition to their salaries, Prime Ministers do get the use of a central London flat, a mansion in the country for weekends, free limousines / helicopters / jets to transport them around. Luxury hotels wherever they stay in the world. Security guards during their time in office and for the rest of their lives.

Not to mention the deferred bribes and backhanders payments for giving speeches and for serving a few hours per year on various company boards, lucrative book deals for publishing their (ghost written) memoirs, and (effectively, unless they refuse it) automatic elevation to the House of Lords where they can continue to be paid for doing nothing,

If you take into account all the tax-free benefits, their salaries are certainly up in the millions.
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ceptimus wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:14 pm In addition to their salaries, Prime Ministers do get the use of a central London flat, a mansion in the country for weekends, free limousines / helicopters / jets to transport them around. Luxury hotels wherever they stay in the world. Security guards during their time in office and for the rest of their lives.

Not to mention the deferred bribes and backhanders payments for giving speeches and for serving a few hours per year on various company boards, lucrative book deals for publishing their (ghost written) memoirs, and (effectively, unless they refuse it) automatic elevation to the House of Lords where they can continue to be paid for doing nothing,

If you take into account all the tax-free benefits, their salaries are certainly up in the millions.
If you can’t manage your personal finances whilst earning 150k a year, should you be entrusted with the country’s?
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Anaxagoras wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:40 am
Witness wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:38 am Back to Important News™:
Boris Johnson 'worried about money' and if he and Carrie 'can afford a nanny' on £150k salary

The Prime Minister's earnings have reportedly shrunk from £350,000 to £150,000 a year having sacrificed his newspaper column and speaking arrangements to run the country
Silly question maybe, but was it a legal requirement that he give up his newspaper column?

Also, how come Britain pays its Prime Minister less than it pays newspaper columnists or football players?

(Yes, I know the US president is also paid far less than most professional athletes, which is probably why we always have to choose between a turd sandwich and a giant douche.)

You get what you pay for.
Being president or prime minister should not be a purely mercenary position. If you aren’t patriotic enough to do it for a measly 150k pounds or 400k USD, then maybe you shouldn’t be doing it at all.
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How's his credit?