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Sunday, 20 June 2010

UK Weekly News Round UP June 2010

Iran could shower Europe with ‘scores or even hundreds’ of missiles in a single attack, America’s defence secretary warned today.

Hundreds will be demonstrating in London against Sharia and religious laws and in support of secularism and universal rights on Sunday 20 June 2010.

New Report by One Law for All - “Sharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rights” A new report by One Law for All has found Sharia Councils and Muslim Arbitration Tribunals to be in violation of UK law, public policy and human rights (see report here).

Muslim extremists behind a YouTube  rant posted eight days before a scuffle during a homecoming parade of British troops were revealed today. The five men, who use aliases and the group name Muslims Against Crusades, are believed to have taken the names of known terrorists and supporters.

Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke was today (Wednesday, 16 June) urged to intervene as a leading legal agency for asylum seekers with 10,000 clients on its books went into administration.

Secretary of State for Justice Ken Clarke has blamed Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ) itself for its collapse, saying that all other organisations had managed to adjust to changes in the government’s legal aid payment system.

Five men have appeared in court accused of murdering a shopkeeper who was beaten to death during a robbery at his store.

Britain could be hit by a summer of strikes as the Government faces a backlash from workers over public spending cuts.

A staggering £2billion of taxpayers' money is spent employing 20,000 government consultants on salaries as high as £600,000. The Cabinet Office revealed the gargantuan size of the state payroll yesterday as part of a softening up exercise to convince voters that cuts are necessary.

A HIGH-street music chain is to sell “Anyone But England” T-shirts in its Aberdeen branch due to “local demand”. The company has taken note, no doubt, of the earlier sellout of similar T-shirts at a clothes shop in the city.

A child is a victim of a violent attack every 20 seconds, astonishing figures revealed last night. The stark reality of yob violence was exposed in official statistics showing 1,719,000 under-16s were assaulted last year. Startlingly, youngsters are three times more likely to be victims of violence than adults - and most of the attacks are carried out by other children.

A London primary school teaching assistant who led a double life as a gun converter and supplier has been jailed for more than two years.

A Royal Marine and his father have been stabbed on their doorstep as they tried to stop a group attacking a female family member in south London.

A ‘wicked’ woman who slashed and bruised her own face and body before crying rape has today been found guilty of perverting the course of justice. Leyla Ibrahim, 22, also cut her hair and clothes to support her claim that she had been sexually attacked while walking home alone after a night out.

A German doctor who killed a pensioner during his very first shift in Britain was yesterday condemned as incompetent in a damning verdict by the General Medical Council.

A leading scientist died after an out-of-hours doctor told him to stop taking drugs that could have saved his life.

The technology used for electric car batteries is so backward they will die after just two years, experts have warned.

Scientists have created a genetically modified 'monster' salmon which could soon be on dinner tables around the world. A U.S. company claims it has been given initial approval by American safety authorities to produce the GM fish which grow two to three times faster than normal varieties.
An entire neighbourhood team of police officers and staff is under investigation over claims of criminal offences and misconduct. Anti-corruption investigators are looking into allegations against all six members of the Mottingham and Chislehurst North unit in Bromley, south-east London.

A corrupt policeman has been jailed for letting women drivers off motoring offences in exchange for sex. PC Jamie Slater, 33, abused his position by telling them he would ignore their crimes if they agreed to his demands.

A new book about Australia's most notorious dominatrix Gretel Pinniger and her gold-plated clientele has revealed her best patron was the British publishing tycoon Paul Hamlyn.

With 100 acres of open space, the Locking Parklands estate has become a popular site for travellers and their caravans. But as a former RAF base, it's perhaps no surprise that its permanent residents are prepared for an invasion - and have now organised a 24 hour blockade.

BNP members of the European Parliament, including leader Nick Griffin, will be given free access to part of the Palace of Westminster despite the attempt of MPs to bar them, it was revealed tonight.

The Miliband brothers have started attacking each other as they vie for the Labour leadership, according to one of their rivals.

Plans for children as young as five to have sex education lessons were branded “unnecessary and harmful” by campaigners yesterday.

Nearly half of state schools are failing to provide a good standard of education, Ofsted has warned. The proportion given the education inspectors' worst rating of 'inadequate' has more than doubled this year while the number of top-performing schools has nearly halved.
Hard Pressed taxpayers are to stump up £34,500 a year for a “well-being officer” to tell council workers to go for walks and have cups of tea in a bid to cut sick leave.

Hero British troops were yesterday spat at by Muslim extremists during a homecoming parade. More than 100 supporters of Muslims Against Crusades left onlookers sickened as they hurled abuse at the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment, known as The Vikings.
Screaming hate and brandishing vile placards, Muslim extremists and far-Right groups clashed yesterday in ugly scenes that marred a parade by soldiers.
There are few sights more sickening than hate-filled zealots hurling abuse at brave soldiers who have just returned from their third tour of duty in a war zone after putting their lives on the line for their country.

A Labour and a Liberal Democrat MP have spoken out against anti-terrorism police plans to install cameras deigned to monitor the activities of Muslim-colonised suburbs of Birmingham on the grounds that it “infringes their civil liberties.”

Iran accused Britain and other Western nations including France and Sweden on Wednesday of supporting an exiled group that the Islamic state says planned terrorist acts in the country, official media reported.

Comedians are forced to censor their jokes because they fear a backlash if they offend Islamic fundamentalists, one of the country’s best-known satirists has warned.

MPs launched a bitter attack on their new expenses system today , claiming they have been 'thrown to the dogs'.

Britain will struggle to handle 'catastrophic' population growth in future unless urgent action is taken, a report has warned. The predicted increase to 70million by 2029 will put unsustainable pressure on housing, schools and hospitals as well as natural resources such as food and water, experts said.

A motorist has been fined for erratic driving caused by her Islamic headscarf, just weeks after a similar incident sparked a major political row.

A former deputy mayor of Boris Johnson's was brought back into the fold at City Hall today two years after he quit in disgrace.
Democracy could ‘collapse’ in Greece, Spain and Portugal unless urgent action is taken to tackle the debt crisis, the head of the European Commission has warned.

Spain is in the throes of the worst economic crisis in its recent history. Reeling from the collapse of a debt-driven construction boom, Spain entered recession in the second quarter of 2008 and posted six consecutive quarters of negative growth. Although the economy grew by 0.1 percent during the first quarter of 2010, Spain’s growth prospects are poor and any pick-up could be short lived.

Private sector workers approaching retirement are being hit by the worst pension annuity rates in history, experts have warned.

Wind turbines are a poor way to harness energy - but a very good way to generate public subsidies

Terrified clubbers dived for cover as four people were wounded after a gun battle erupted in a city night-spot over the weekend.
American geologists have discovered a hidden treasure trove of minerals in  Afghanistan that could transform the fortunes of the war-scarred country.

The number of dole claimants outnumber job vacancies by five to one, showing the employment market remains "bleak", according to a new report.

The annual cost to taxpayers of paying for the gold-plated pensions of Britain’s army of retired public-sector workers will treble in five years.

Duly Noted. “What is wrong with us?” When inconveniently resisting victims endanger the peace of the universe. Cultures compared.

Blood pressure pills taken by up to one million Britons have been linked to cancer, a study published today suggests.

Britain could face widespread power blackouts and be left without critical communication signals for long periods of time, after the earth is hit by a once-in-a-generation “space storm”, Nasa has warned.

A Woman with terminal cancer has been left suffering agonising medical side-effects because penny-pinching health chiefs will not pay for her prescription drugs.

The BBC is preparing to send an army of some 400 staff to cover this year's Glastonbury festival. The decision follows stinging criticism over the decision to send a similar number of workers to last year's festival.

In the Norfolk town of King's Lynn, long-standing residents have mixed feelings about the scale of immigration from eastern Europe.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is fond of saying, “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid.” Well, the Obama Administration certainly has not let the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil rig crisis go to waste, using it as a smokescreen to silently assault and further diminish American citizens’ personal freedom.

The Coalition's prompt and disgraceful U-turn on their commitment not to build an enormous database of all our medical records exposes patients to significant intrusions on their privacy.

Thousands of criminals could escape being jailed in a drastic cost-cutting move. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke suggested millions could be saved from the £2.2billion prisons budget by jailing fewer offenders and slashing sentences.

England’s genteel rural towns and villages are facing a surge of eastern European immigrants arriving in record numbers, new figures have revealed.

A Prolific benefits cheat who lived a life of luxury after stealing £120,000 from taxpayers was facing deportation last night. Queen Hanson set up 26 bank accounts to siphon cash from a range of hand-outs while stacking shelves in a supermarket.

An asylum seeker who doused his lover in boiling hot water scarring her upper body will be able to stay in Britain.

A former hospital porter is facing years behind bars after he was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting a woman at Watford General Hospital.

A Paranoid schizophrenic gave a chilling warning he was going to kill someone, just hours before he stabbed a disabled man in the throat.

The first study of voters’ attitudes to plans to slash the UK’s crippling £156 billion deficit shows overwhelming support for measures to rip up departmental budgets rather than increase tax revenues.

Nearly half of suicides among 10 to 14-year-olds are due to bullying, according to research out today. Charity Beatbullying said of 59 cases of child suicide reported in the national media between 2000 and 2008, 26 were definitely connected to bullying.

The Southern African Commercial Farmers Alliance (SACFA) has reported a spate of farm seizures and arrests in recent weeks.

The Electoral Commission has shocked observers by admitting that it will only have statistics on the amount of vote fraud committed in the previous election “sometime in 2011,” a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted by British National Party South Wales super activist Roger Phillips has revealed.

Burglary in Barking and Dagenham has seen a huge rise in the past year, recent crime figures reveal.

Saudi Arabia has conducted tests to stand down its air defences to enable Israeli jets to make a bombing raid on Iran’s nuclear facilities, The Times can reveal.

Families could see their child benefit taxed or cut off once a youngster hits 13 under radical plans proposed by Frank Field, the government appointed ‘poverty tsar’.

Thousands of doctors are picking up bonuses of up to £76,000 on top of their six-figure salaries. Sixty per cent of hospital consultants received the merit payments last year, diverting £202million from patient care. The payouts were agreed in a contract introduced in 2003 by the then health secretary John Reid.

She was born precisely one minute after the creation of the National Health Service and grew up to work as an NHS nurse. But 61 years later, Aneira Thomas  -  who was named after NHS creator Aneurin Bevan  -  says her belief in the system has been destroyed by a social care betrayal that may force her to sell her house.

Arthur Scargill is locked in a legal battle with his own National Union of Mineworkers over his perks. The former union boss is threatening legal action against the NUM for withdrawal of payments understood to be worth around £5,000 a year.

Immigrants are making Germany 'dumber', according to a board member of the country's central bank. Thilo Sarrazin claimed the 'limited education' of immigrants - coupled with their high birth rate - meant Germans 'are becoming dumber in a simple way'.

A Muslim community leader who falsely claimed he had been kidnapped by members of the British National Party was exposed last night as a suspected benefits cheat who was in this country illegally.

The security services fear that a new generation of British extremists is being radicalised by Awlaki, who recruited the Detroit plane bomber. They are concerned that Awlaki’s followers could unleash a wave of easily planned guerrilla-style terrorist attacks, similar to the massacre in Mumbai.

Last week a member of the public got in touch with us in some confusion over the recommendations he received in the post from the Energy Saving Trust. They claimed they could save him no less than £1,849 on fuel bills, but in reality their misjudged advice threatened to increase his annual heating bill and his CO2 emissions.

The preeminent UK science writer Matt Ridley, formerly an editor of The Economist and author of the best-selling Genome and other books, has long upheld the politically correct canons of his trade. But in his new book, The Rational Optimist, he has finally exhausted his patience with the environmental movement and the rest of the economic left.

The science around climate change is not as settled as it’s presented as being. I used to think it was, until about 2003 – and then, feeling that the remedies being proposed for climate change would be more damaging to the environment than climate change itself, I took it upon myself to look at the science.

Information chips implanted in the brain. Electromagnetic pulse weapons. The middle classes becoming revolutionary, taking on the role of Marx’s proletariat. The population of countries in the Middle East increasing by 132%, while Europe’s drops as fertility falls. “Flashmobs” - groups rapidly mobilised by criminal gangs or terrorists groups.

Scientists have begun blurring the line between human and animal by producing chimeras—a hybrid creature that's part human, part animal.
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