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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 22, 2019

      Hardly ‘silence’. It’s been widely broadcast.

  1. Missy

     /  April 22, 2019

    Sri Lanka bomb attack update:

    It is being reported that 207 are dead in the multiple bomb attacks targeting christians and tourists this morning.

    There is still no reports of anyone claiming responsibility, however, Sri Lanka police have arrested 7 people in connection to the attacks. AFP have seen documents in which the Police Chief issued an intelligent alert 10 days ago warning that suicide bombers planned on targeting prominent churches. The alert said that a foreign intelligence agency reported that “NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,”. The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka.

  2. Missy

     /  April 22, 2019

    Last Monday Extinction Rebellion, a far left environmental group, began a protest in London targeting 4 main sites: Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square, Piccadilly Circus, and Marble Arch. They blocked traffic, and their aim was to cause as much disruption to the city as possible, their demand is for the Government to commit to lowering carbon emissions (that is ALL carbon emissions) to zero by 2025. Their protest was accompanied by the usual dramatic hyperbole about how they are the last generation on earth (since babies are being born to their peers I sincerely doubt that), and that there would be riots over food in the streets within 5 years, and that we would all be turning to cannibalism by 2023.

    On Tuesday the protestors targeted the public transport system and tried to shut down the trains, (having already disrupted over 50 bus routes, and stopped thousands of people being able to get to work by blocking roads). Interestingly the only line they were able to disrupt was the Docklands Light Rail (DLR), the greenest form of transport in London with almost zero carbon emissions – guess they aren’t that bothered about promoting green forms of transport for the population.

    The protestors have been labelled hypocrites as their actions during the week become more publicised. On Wednesday a spokesperson, who was talking up and praising the group for stopping the traffic – including taxis – from being able to travel in some parts of London, had in fact taken a taxi to get to an interview on time because he was running late. He did not seem to think he was being hypocritical, nor did he think that those who were late to work because of the protest should be angry, but rather they should join them instead. Also, at the weekend Emma Thompson (actress) joined the protest, after flying in over 5,000 miles from LA just a day before the protestors decided to try and shut down Heathrow for the Easter Break (they failed). They have also left a huge amount of rubbish on the streets, including a lot of single use plastic bags and bottles, and other non-recyclable rubbish, causing a lot of people to note that many ordinary people are bigger environmentalists than what they appear to be. In all, they have not won the hearts and minds of most Londoners with this protest, however, they may have realised that now as today they announced they were ‘pausing’ their protest to try political dialogue.

    The irony is that the protestors claimed to be targeting politicians but they chose the first week of the Parliamentary Easter Break when no politicians were around – coincidentally it is also the first week of the University term break.

    The police have made over 800 arrests in connection to the protests, but they have not been without criticism over the week. On Thursday a video started circulating online showing police officers dancing and skateboarding with protestors who had blocked Waterloo Bridge, causing a lot of anger amongst Londoners. And whilst responding in a friendly way to the largely aggressive and disruptive eco protestors, the police reacted in an aggressive and hostile manner to the largely peaceful pro Brexit protestors yesterday. The difference in their reaction shows how the police’s approach can influence the protestors, the eco protestors acted as if they were at a music festival in response to the friendly response of the police, meanwhile when confronted by hostile police officers the Brexit protestors reacted in kind.

  3. Missy

     /  April 22, 2019

    Brexit (or rather EU) update:

    The UK is on election footing at the moment for (first) local elections and (second) EU elections in May.

    Many Conservatives have openly switched to Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party (it is what it says on the tin), and today it was reported that 40% of Conservative Councillors will support the Brexit Party, this comes as many Conservative grassroots activists have said that they will not campaign for the Conservatives until the UK has left the EU.

    The Brexit Party launched just over a week ago and is already leading in the polls for the EU elections, and as the EU Parliament is decided on proportional representation there is a fear amongst Remainers in the UK, and in the EU, that they may gain the majority of the UK seats.

    Today it is reported that May has been told to resign before the end of June or face the party rules being changed to allow for another vote of no confidence in her as leader, this is not only due to her handling of Brexit, but also down to the amount of support that the Conservatives are losing as a result of their failure on Brexit.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 22, 2019

      Incredible that May is still there having wrecked her party. Who is supporting her and why?

      • Missy

         /  April 22, 2019

        Remainers, to avoid having someone like Boris as Leader. Also, she has done such a great job of not delivering Brexit the Remainers in the party are happy to keep her there.

        However, if the expected decimation at the local and EU elections happens then she will lose a lot of support from some of those MPs giving her the benefit of the doubt.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  April 22, 2019

        I think you are being a a bit hard on May, Cameroon put the referendum in their election manifesto, held a referendum without sorting out how to implement Brexit, forgot about the sensitivies in Northern Ireland and walked away when it all turned to custard.
        Throw in Rees Mogg, Boris Johnson etc and you end up with a giant mess.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  April 22, 2019

          Appears to be the world’s worst negotiator and most hapless “leader”. Can only watch with amazement at her train-wreck.

          • Patzcuaro

             /  April 22, 2019

            Where’s Cameroon who got them in the mess in the first place plus the Conservatives had a chance to ditch May in December. May is a scape goat but the Conservative Party is a shambles behind her.