Friday, August 28, 2015
Milltown cemetary 1988 - Michael Stone launched his 'one man attack' on an IRA funeral at Belfast's Milltown cemetary on the 16th. March 1988.
This picture shows what Gerry Adams did when Stone attacked the IRA funeral throng. Hiding behind children. Or is he doing what his brother also did ?
The Trunk Monkey !
A bit of a laugh...............................
A bit of a laugh...............................
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Devastated father of murdered TV reporter Alison Parker vows to campaign for tighter gun controls
- Andy Parker, 62, said he hasn't been able to watch news since shooting
- His daughter was gunned down while recording for WDBJ in Virginia
- Paid tribute to her, saying: 'Everybody that she touched loved her'
- Compared the video of her death to the 'beheadings' released by ISIS
The heartbroken father of the TV reporter murdered by a crazed gunman during a live broadcast has said his grief is 'unbearable' but has vowed to campaign for stricter legislation that would stop firearms getting into the hands of 'crazy people'.
Viewers of WDBJ, a CBS affiliate in Moneta, Virginia, watched in horror on Wednesday morning as Vester Lee Flanagan II, 41, shot dead 24-year-old reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, on live TV as the two were filming a light-hearted segment.
Andy Parker, 62, said he has been unable to watch the news in the aftermath of his daughter's death but has vowed to take the fight on gun control to legislators and 'shame them' into action.
He also said he hasn't watched videos of the shootings that have circulated online, comparing them to disturbing clips of ISIS beheading hostages.
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In her honor: Andy Parker, father of slain journalist Alison Parker, gave several TV interviews Wednesday night and Thursday morning in memory of his daughter
Heartbroken: Alison Parker's (left) father (second from right) has said his grief is 'unbearable' and he has been unable to watch the news since his TV reporter daughter was gunned down during a live broadcast
Victims: Alison Parker (left) and her cameraman, 27-year-old Adam Ward (right), were killed by a crazed gunman while taping a story near the small town of Moneta, Virginia Wednesday morning
The banking industry recruiter added that he found 'solace' when a police officer told him she did not suffer before she passed away.
He told the Washington Post: 'My grief is unbearable. Is this real? Am I going to wake up? I am crying my eyes out. I don’t know if there’s anybody in this world or another father who could be more proud of their daughter.
I am going to do something, whatever it takes, to shame legislators about closing loop-holes in background checks to make sure crazy people don't get guns. This isn't the last you've heard from me.
Andy Parker, father of slain journalist Alison Parker
He then revealed his shock when he learned Flanagan had captured the shootings on video and then posted them on the internet.
'It’s like showing those beheadings. I am not going to watch it. I can’t watch it. I can’t watch any news. All it would do is rip out my heart further than it already it is
In a second emotional interview, , standing beside his daughter's boyfriend Chris Hurst, he told Fox News' Megyn Kelly: 'She was a journalist first and a TV personality second.
'She was only 24 years old, yet she lived a great life. She excelled at everything she did. She loved what she did, she loved the people that she worked with.
'She had a wonderful life, she was extremely happy. Everybody that she touched loved her and she loved everybody back.'
He then vowed to tackle the issue of gun control by doing his own campaigning.
'We have got to do something about crazy people getting guns.
'I am going to do something, whatever it takes, to shame legislators about closing loop-holes in background checks to make sure crazy people don't get guns. This isn't the last you've heard from me.'
Close-knit: The Parker family went on vacation together to Mexico in May last year to visit the Mayan Ruins of Coba (pictured)
Smiling faces: Alison and her mom Barbara showed off their rain gear as they posed together at the famous city last year
Mother, daughter: Alison Parker with her mom Barbara. The slain reporter had shared several family photos on social media
He continued to be a champion for his daughter Thursday morning, when he appeared on CNN.
Mr Parker explained that he initially didn't want to do interviews about his daughter, but realized that he needed to speak about her in order to stop violence like this from happening again.
'Yesterday, I really dint think I would be making the news round circuit and just had no intention of doing so.
'Then as I reflected during the day, I realized that Alison was a journalist and she would want me to do this,' Mr Parker told CNN.
Mr Parker went on to say that he will become an advocate against gun violence, and that his daughter's death is just one more tragedy that could have been prevented if there were stricter gun control laws in the U.S.
'I'm for the second amendment, but there has to be a way to force politicians who are cowards and in the pockets of the NRA to come to grips and have sensible laws so that crazy people can't get guns.
'It can't be that hard and yet politicians from the local level to the state level to the national level - they sidestep the issue, they kick the can down the road. This can't happen anymore,' Mr Parker said.
The mourning father then turned angry as he spoke about the NRA, and their usual response to shootings like this, which have become a regular occurrence in America.
'I can hear it now - they're gonna say "oh gee, well if they were carrying this would never have happened."
'Well I got news for you, if Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK47 strapped around their waist it wouldn't have made any difference. They couldn't have seen it coming. So I don't want to hear that argument from the NRA.
'I'm going to take it on,' he said.
Memorial: Floral tributes were left for Alison Parker and Adam Ward outside the TV station where they worked together, following their assassination by a former employee early on Wednesday morning
Missed: This poignant makeshift memorial was placed outside the doors to WDBJ-TV's headquarters on Wednesday
Politicians also weight in on the issue following the attacks, including President Obama.
Obama said he was heartbroken when he heard about the shooting and said that gun-related homicides in us 'dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism
Speaking to ABC, Obama said: 'It breaks my heart every time you read or hear about these kinds of incidents.
'What we know is that the number of people who die from gun-related incidents around this country dwarfs any deaths that happen through terrorism.'
Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton also weighed in on the shooting, tweeting to her followers that she was 'heartbroken and angry.'
'We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer. Praying for the victims' families in Virginia,' the former secretary of state wrote.
Mrs Clinton addressed the incident again during a campaign stop in Iowa, declaring that something must be done with gun violence in the US.
'And I will take it on. There are many people who face it and know it, but then turn away because it’s hard. It’s a very political, difficult issue in America, but I believe we are smart enough, we are compassionate enough to figure out how to balance the legitimate Second Amendment rights with preventive measures and control measures so that whatever motivated this murderer, who eventually took his own life, we will not see more deaths — needless, senseless deaths,' she told reporters during the press conference.
Following the tragedy on Wednesday, Mr Parker issued a statement saying: 'Barbara (her mother), Drew and I are numb, devastated and I find my grief unbearable.
'Alison was our bright, shining light and it was cruelly extinguished by yet another crazy person with a gun.
'She excelled at everything she did and was loved by everyone she touched. She loved us dearly, and we talked to her every single day.
'Not hearing her voice again crushes my soul. Our family can take solace in the fact that although her life was brief, she was so happy with it. She lived it to the fullest and her spirit will always be with us.'
The heartbroken boyfriend of Parker also spoke about their final hours together.
WDBJ anchor Chris Hurst, 28, told reporters on Wednesday afternoon that he and Alison - who was a reporter for the station - had recently moved in together.
He revealed that they had begun dating on January 1 this year - and that he loved her 'infinitely'.
Dedicated: Parker posted these pictures of her filming for the TV station on her Twitter account
Professionals: In this photo she is being filmed by Adam Ward, who was also killed on Wednesday
Hurst walked out of WDBJ's headquarters at 2.30pm on Wednesday to talk to waiting reporters - just a few hours after Alison, 24, and her cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were gunned down.
Hurst showed the waiting reporters a photo album he and Alison had put together about their romance and said: 'The best thing for me now is to share her story and our story - and that's going to be the way I think I'm able to process this immediately.
'It's going to be very difficult for us all here and there are going to be a lot of tears shed - and I've done my fair share already.'
He went on: 'I'm ok. This is starting to be a little surreal because Alison and I are normally on the other side - and so for me to now have all of these cameras in my face is very strange and unfortunate and not where I think any of us want to be.
'I thought that it was important for me as a member of this community and a leader of this station and someone who loved Alison infinitely to come out and share with you her story and her life - one of great promise and exuberance and joy that now will not be able to continue.
'But the life that she led and the life that she shared with me was bright, and we will not do anything to try to extinguish that light that she had.'
Proud boyfriend: Hurst showed the reporters and cameramen a photo album the couple had put together about their romance
'We just celebrated her 24th birthday': Hurst said the last nine months with Parker had been the happiest of his life. He is pictured with his girlfriend in a Facebook photo at a social event
Parker was interviewing Vicki Gardner, the local chamber of commerce director, for a light-hearted segment at 6:45am, while Ward was filming them.
About eight shots rang out and screams were heard as the women ducked and the camera fell to the floor. A person dressed in black was then seen standing nearby with what appeared to be a gun raised in one hand, pointed at Ward.
The general manager at the CBS station later came on air to confirm that Parker and Ward had died.
The shooting happened at Bridgewater Plaza in Franklin County, as Parker interviewed Gardner about the upcoming 50th anniversary festivities for Smith Mountain Lake, a local tourism destination.
According to Jeffrey Marks, the WDBJ7 station chief, 40,000 viewers saw the shooting as it happened. He added that the station will not be airing the video again.
He said: 'We are choosing not to run the video of that right now because, frankly, we don’t need to see it again. And our staff doesn’t need to see it again.'
Cameraman Ward graduated from Virginia Tech University and was engaged to a producer at the station, Melissa Ott, said WDBJ spokesman Mike Morgan.
Scholar: Parker pictured above on her graduation from James Madison University in 2012
'Adam was our go-to guy. He pretty much was available to do anything that we asked,' Morgan said. 'He did live shots during our morning show for several years.'
Parker had just turned 24 and had joined the station as an intern after attending James Madison University, where she was the editor of the student newspaper, The Breeze.
The station is based in Roanoke, Virginia, and serves the southwest and central part of the state. The shootings happened at a mall just off Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, about 25 miles southeast of Roanoke.
According to Parker's Facebook page, she was an avid kayaker and attended community theater events in her spare time.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
More than 100 Rotherham police officers investigated over ignored allegations of rape and child sexual exploitation
- Independent Police Complaint Commission reveal scale of officer probe
- Say they've received 47 referrals with more than 100 allegations in one year
- Came after 2014's Jay Report was published into widespread sex abuse
- Publication detailed how more than 1,400 children were sexually exploited by gangs of mainly Asian men in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013
Investigators looking at how the police treated complaints of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham say they are now working to identify more than 100 officers.
The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) said it is continuing to examine police conduct exactly a year on from the publication of the Jay Report, which shocked the nation with the scale of child rape, trafficking and grooming it uncovered in the South Yorkshire town.
Professor Alexis Jay's report described how more than 1,400 children were sexually exploited by gangs of mainly Asian males in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
Investigators looking at how the police treated complaints of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham say they are now working to identify more than 100 officers who they believe let the public down
And it was scathing about a culture among police and council officials which ignored the industrial scale of abuse, instead treating the victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) as troublesome teenagers.
The IPCC says it has received 47 referrals from South Yorkshire Police since the publication of the Jay Report, involving more than 100 allegations.
A spokeswoman said: 'Analysis of all the referrals has so far identified more than 60 officers.
'Further assessments are being carried out to establish the specific allegations against these individuals to determine what further actions are needed. Work is ongoing to identify more than 100 officers who are referenced in the referrals but are unnamed.'
The Jay Report was commissioned by the council after a high profile CSE trial and a series of damning reports about what was happening in the town.
The Independent Police Complaint Commission (IPCC) said it is continuing to examine police conduct exactly a year on from the publication of the Jay Report, which shocked the nation with the scale of child rape, trafficking and grooming it uncovered in the South Yorkshire town
Professor Alexis Jay's report described how more than 1,400 children were sexually exploited by gangs of mainly Asian males in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013
Its impact was generated by the sheer scale of offending that it outlined and the horrific details it included of what had happened to girls as young as 11.
Prof Jay said at the time she had found 'utterly appalling' examples of 'children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone'.
She said: 'They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated.'
Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police were roundly criticised in its wake and a series off high profile resignations culminated in the departure of South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright, who was the councillor in charge of Rotherham's children's services between 2005 and 2010.
Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police were roundly criticised in its wake and a series off high profile resignations culminated in the departure of South Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright (pictured)
A further review of Rotherham Council by the Government's Troubled Families chief, Louise Casey, heaped more criticism on an authority she labelled as 'not fit for purpose' and 'in denial' and the then communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles handed over its powers to a panel of appointed commissioners.
Both the council and the police say their focus over the last 12 months has been on building trust among survivors.
South Yorkshire Police says it now has a team of more than 60 officers working on child sexual exploitation and the National Crime Agency has been brought in to investigate historical crimes.
A £3 million initiative was announced earlier this month which will see a Barnardo's team of specialist workers work with children at risk of being sexually exploited.
But, earlier this week, a solicitor representing 58 women who were subjected to CSE in Rotherham said only a fraction of victims had come forward.
David Greenwood said he believes fewer than 100 of the girls involved have engaged with the raft of new inquiries. He said that the police and council have made progress in the town in the last 12 months but that he believes many survivors will only trust the system once a truly independent agency is brought in.
ROTHERHAM CHILD ABUSE: HOW SCANDAL UNFOLDED OVER TWO DECADES
Early to mid 1990s
According to a report published last year, community workers come across examples of child sexual exploitation and find children under the care of the local authority are at risk of being targeted.
The 'Risky Business' youth project is set up to work with people between the ages of 11 and 25 in Rotherham, amid concerns young people are being abused through prostitution.
Youth workers start to identify vulnerable girls and young women on Rotherham's streets and refer them to children's social care.
A small group of professionals from key agencies meet children at risk of, or involved in, child sexual exploitation but their work is not properly supported, according to the Jay report.
Senior police and social workers think the extent of the issue is being exaggerated.
A Home Office draft report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham criticises agencies and says there is a 'high prevalence of young women being coerced and abused through prostitution'.
Police and senior officers at the council are unhappy with the report, claiming some facts are either exaggerated or made up.
Authorities in Rotherham were given repeated warnings about the scale of the issue, but failed to respond
A report by strategic drugs analyst Dr Angie Heal, commissioned by South Yorkshire Police, finds there are a 'significant number of girls and some boys who are being sexually exploited' in Rotherham.
An investigation into the grooming and sexual abuse of young boys identifies more than 70 alleged victims. A man is convicted of offences against 10 children.
Operation Central is set up to investigate men believed to be involved in child sexual exploitation.
Ofsted rates Rotherham's children's services as 'inadequate'.
The minister of state for young people and families serves the council with an improvement notice for its children's safeguarding services.
Five men given lengthy jail terms after they are found guilty of grooming teenage girls for sex.
The local Safeguarding Children Board sets up a child sexual exploitation sub group.
The Times publishes an investigation revealing that a confidential police report had warned thousands of child sexual exploitation crimes were being committed in South Yorkshire by networks of Asian men.
The newspaper also reports that agencies in the town had extensive knowledge of such crimes for decades. South Yorkshire Police denies claims in article.
Shaun Wright wins election to become South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner. He states that tackling child sexual exploitation is one of his priorities.
The full scale of the abuse was laid bare in a devastating report by Professor Alexis Jay last year
Four women sue the council for failing to protect them when they were children.
Professor Alexis Jay publishes commissioned report into child abuse in Rotherham, revealing more than 1,400 children had been subjected to rape, violence and trafficking between 1997 and 2013.
Rotherham Borough Council leader Roger Stone steps down with immediate effect. Mr Wright issues a statement saying he will stay in his job as PCC, despite calls for him to stand down.
Home Secretary Theresa May backs calls for Mr Wright to step down and his deputy PCC Tracey Cheetham announces she is resigning because she is 'unable to continue' in her role.
Mr Wright resigns.
The Labour Party suspends four of its members pending an investigation: former leader of the council Roger Stone, ex-deputy council leader, Jahangir Akhtar, Gwendoline Russell, and Shaukat Ali.
National Crime Agency (NCA) begins investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announces new elections in 2016 to replace Rotherham Council's 'wholly dysfunctional' political leadership.
'Windows 10' - no thanks !
They can stick this 'spyware' where the Sun don't shine.
Why do you think it is free ?
White nationalists should not use this edition of Windows.
They can stick this 'spyware' where the Sun don't shine.
Why do you think it is free ?
White nationalists should not use this edition of Windows.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras announces his resignation and calls a snap election for next month
- Alex Tspiras said he will meet with the Greek President to formally resign
- The Syriza Prime Minister lost support of a section of his political party
- Hard-line elements refused to support the latest Euro bailout deal
- It is understood a snap election will be held next month on the bailout
Greece's firebrand Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced that he will resign and called a snap election for next month.
In a televised address, Mr Tspiras, who only became Prime Minister in January, told the Greek people of his plans earlier this evening.
In a statement, Mr Tsipras announced: 'I will shortly meet with the president of the republic and present my resignation and that of my government.'
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left), pictured tonight with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (right), as the Sryiza leader handed in his resignation saying he can no longer command a majority in Parliament
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived at the Greek's president's residence this evening to hand in his resignation after he lost the support of 49 members of his Syriza Party over further austerity cuts
Mr Tsipras, pictured tonight in the Greek Presidential palace said that the nation 'can decide once more'
He added: 'I want to submit to the Greek people everything I have done (since taking office in January) so that they can decide once more.'
It comes after the left-wing Syriza chief lost his majority in Parliament after a rebellion by hardliners in his own party who oppose the bailout agreement struck with international lenders last month.
Mr Tsipras met senior party officials and ministers to discuss the his next move and had been expected to call a confidence motion to shore up his position.
But the hard-left Greek leader has called snap elections for September 20 instead, in a move designed to give him the authority to implement the bailout programme's tough measures.
After this evening's announcement, Mr Tspiras met with President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to formalise his resignation.
Mr Tspiras, pictured waiting for President Pavlopoulos, wants the Greek people to back his bailout deal
The most recent opinion polls show that Mr Tspiras' Syriza Party is still the most popular in among voters
Mr Tspiras, pictured last week in parliament said he wanted the people to decide on the new bailout deal
Mr Tsipras told President Pavlopoulos: 'The present parliament cannot offer a government of majority or a national unity government.'
The election could help increase support in Greece for the third euro zone bailout programme launched today, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's chief-of-staff said.
Mr Tsipras defended his government's handling of the €86billion bailout agreement, claiming he achieved the best possible deal for the Greek people.
As a result, he said he felt a 'deep moral' obligation to allow the Greek people to have their say on the deal in the form of an election.
Mr Tsipras added: 'I want to be honest with you. We did not achieve the agreement we expected before the January elections.
'I feel the deep ethical and political responsibility to put to your judgment all I have done, successes and failures.'
He added: 'Now that this difficult cycle has ended I feel the deep moral and political obligation to set before your judgment everything I have done, both right and wrong, the achievements and the omissions. The popular mandate I received on January 25 has exhausted its limits.'
President Pavlopoulos now will consult with the other Greek political parties to determine whether they can form a government without Sryiza. If this is not possible, the election will probably take place on September 20.
As part of the process, President Pavlopoulos will allow the conservative New Democracy and far-right neo Nazi Golden Dawn time to form a new government. Each party will have three days to succeed or Presdient Pavlopoulos will continue the election process.
New Democracy leader Evangelos Meimarakis said he will use his available time.
Neither party, however, is expected to have the support in parliament to be able to form a government.
Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Thursday he hoped the resignation of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and new elections would not delay or derail the bailout package Athens has negotiated with its creditors.
He said: 'It is crucial that Greece maintains its commitments to the Eurozone. I recall the broad support in the Greek parliament for the new program and reform package and I hope the elections will lead to even more support in the new Greek parliament.'
Mr Tsipras was forced to act after 43 of his 149 MPs refused to support the latest list of demands imposed by Greek's creditors.
The political uncertainty saw Greek shares fall by 3.5 per cent on the stock market, while Paris and Frankfurt fell by two per cent.
'Swift elections in Greece can be a way to broaden support for [the] stability support programme just signed by PM Tsipras on behalf of Greece,' Martin Selmayr said in a tweet.
After months of negotiations, Tsipras accepted a deal to implement substantial economic reforms in return for loans but has lost the support of some of his own leftist allies.
Deal: The German parliament overwhelmingly approved a third bailout for Greece yesterday after Chancellor Angela Merkel (centre) saw off rumours of a rebellion within her conservative voting block
Communist affiliated protesters hold a banner reading 'No to the third bailout' during a demonstration against the agreement last week
While these have since been eased, they remain in force, hurting businesses and raising the risk that unemployment will rise from its current 25 per cent.
Tsipras' ministers have openly debated the pros and cons of an early election – which would be the third in as many years – following the party split.
A Metron Analysis poll on July 24 put support for Syriza at 33.6 per cent, making it by far the most popular party, but not enough to govern without a coalition partner, as it does now. No polls have been published since then due to the holiday season.
Syriza members have argued that the party should aim for a majority, saying this would achieve the stable government which Greece has lacked through the past five years of crisis.
'These elections, whenever they are announced by the government, will provide a stable governing solution.
A leading rebel, Syriza lawmaker Dimitris Stratoulis, hinted that his faction might split formally from the party, declaring a 'political and social front which will be anti-austerity, democratic and patriotic'.
He said: 'It will have as a goal to cancel the previous two bailout agreements and the third bailout agreement that the current government voted for, and to replace them with a policy of growth.'
Conservative leader Vangelis Meimarakis said he would have a go, although the arithmetic of the current parliament means his New Democracy party has little chance of pulling a coalition together.
Speaking following the resignation was made public, Mr Meimarakis claimed: 'He is a bit of a fibber. He might be likeable, but he is a bit cunning. I feel he is fooling the Greek people, his comrades, and the Europeans ... Did he get a bit too much sun in August?'
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Cameron 'will stage a bang the table row with Brussels': Plot to fool voters into thinking he has secured a good deal
- PM will 'choreograph' row to convince voters he's secured good deal on EU
- Argument with French president Hollande expected in following months
- Former health secretary Andrew Lansley revealed plan to business leaders
- Ukip's Douglas Carswell accused David Cameron of ‘cynical manipulation’
David Cameron will orchestrate a ‘bang the table’ row with the French to try to convince voters he has secured a good deal from Brussels, senior Tories have admitted.
Former health secretary Andrew Lansley is reported to have told business leaders last week that the Prime Minister plans to ‘choreograph’ a row with French president Francois Hollande before putting his new deal on Europe to voters in an in/out referendum in the following months.
Another senior Tory said it was vital for the Prime Minister’s talks to have some ‘theatre’ to persuade voters that Mr Cameron had fought hard for Britain in the negotiations, which will be conducted behind closed doors.
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David Cameron will orchestrate a ‘bang the table’ row with French president Francois Hollande to try to convince voters he has secured a good deal from Brussels, senior Tories have admitted
‘We have not reached the bang the table moment yet, but it will come – probably at the end of this year or early in the next,’ the source said.
The admissions will fuel fears among Eurosceptics that Mr Cameron is more concerned about keeping the UK in Europe than in securing genuine reform of Britain’s relationship with the EU.
Ukip MP Douglas Carswell accused Mr Cameron of ‘cynical manipulation’, saying: ‘I’m afraid this is exactly the sort of thing we would expect from the sofa gang in Downing Street.
Former health secretary Andrew Lansley is said to have told business leaders that the Prime Minister plans to ‘choreograph’ a row with President Hollande
‘They believe that people are Eurosceptic because they want to be rude to foreigners, and think they will appease them by confecting a row with the French president.’
Mr Lansley’s comments emerged in a speech to business leaders, notes of which have been circulated among Tory MPs, The Sunday Times reported.
A source at the event said Mr Lansley claimed there would be a ‘big row with the French’ after next February’s European Council summit in Brussels, at which everything would be ‘choreographed’.
According to notes of the speech, he said: ‘UK public expectations from renegotiation need to be realistic (and downplayed at the outset) and then be exceeded.
‘Other EU governments should recognise the need for UK “wins”, preferably following some “rows”.’
The former MP, who now works for a PR firm expected to play a role in the referendum’s Yes campaign, said EU supporters would have to use every available method to keep Britain in, adding: ‘For years, many senior Conservatives have defined Europe in negative terms.
‘It will be a dramatic change of gear to say to voters “Europe is in our interests”.’
Mr Lansley declined to comment last night.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Why has Rochdale been placed on the front line of Europe’s growing migrant crisis?
Simon Danczuk MP
The statistics, provided by the Home Office, showed that Rochdale provided accommodation for 957 asylum seekers in the first three months of this year.
This number, the highest among the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, is more than the whole of the South East of England combined.
Rochdale, which has a population of a little over 200,000, was ranked fifth in the country taking in the greatest number of asylum seekers - just behind major cities Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and Cardiff.
By contrast, Maidenhead, which lies within the constituency of Home Secretary Theresa May, provides support to just four people seeking asylum.
West Oxfordshire, home to Prime Minister David Cameron’s Witney constituency, has not housed a single asylum seeker since 2008.
Mr Danczuk has called for the increasing number of migrants fleeing conflict and hardships in the Middle East and Africa to be distributed more evenly throughout the UK.
The Labour MP also urged the government to take a tougher stance on illegal immigration.
He said: “The world may be watching the chaos in Calais. But make no mistake, it is Rochdale that is on the front line of the growing migration crisis.
“Our town is up there with some of the country’s biggest cities when it comes to taking in displaced people.
“This disproportionately high number of asylum seekers puts pressure on public services at a time when Rochdale has been hit by major government cuts.
“It is not reasonable to expect our schools and doctor’s surgeries to cope with this increased demand, which also puts a strain on housing and damages community cohesion.
“Meanwhile those areas represented by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary are not doing their fair share to help these vulnerable people.
“The government needs to get its act together and stop illegal immigrants entering the UK and remove those who should not be here by returning them to their country of origin as soon as possible.”
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Lord Janner WILL appear in court tomorrow to face child sex abuse charges after his lawyers lost their bid to stop him attending
- Peer is accused of 22 child sex abuse charges between 1960s and 1980s
- He has always denied wrongdoing and says he is too ill to attend court
- Judges today ruled demands of public justice outweigh his human rights
Lawyers for Lord Janner have lost a High Court bid to prevent him having to attend court tomorrow to face child abuse charges
Lord Janner is due to appear before a court to face child abuse charges tomorrow after his lawyers lost a High Court bid to prevent him having to attend.
The former Labour peer and MP was ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London in relation to 22 charges spanning a period from the 1960s to the 1980s.
His legal team says that the 87-year-old is suffering from dementia, and forcing him to attend court in person is unlawful and violates his human rights.
They wanted tomorrow's hearing halted to give him time to seek judicial review of the decision that he must attend.
But they have lost that legal bid, meaning Janner will have to appear before the court in central London unless an appeal can be mounted in the meantime.
Lady Justice Rafferty, sitting with Mr Justice Irwin, said the court had 'unhesitatingly concluded' that the balance between the human rights of Lord Janner and 'the public interest in public justice' came down in favour of Janner's attendance in court for the brief period required by the law.
Janner's lawyer Paul Ozin had argued it was 'barbaric, inhumane and uncivilised' to expose the peer to a court appearance.
Mr Ozin said there is no dispute that Janner is suffering from such severe dementia that he will inevitably found unfit to plead.
The court heard he is a frail and elderly man who is prone to suffer a 'catastrophic reaction' and likely irritability and anger if he attends court.
'It can be properly be said that it is barbaric, inhumane and uncivilised to expose a very vulnerable person to the experience... Especially when it is wholly unnecessary and serves no logical purpose,' said Mr Ozin.
'We go as far as to say no civilised society should tolerate an approach of that kind.'
Last seen: Lord Janner pictured outside his house in London in 2014. It is said he now needs round the clock care as he suffers from advanced dementia
But despite his pleas, Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Irwin refused the application.
Lady Justice Rafferty said: 'There has been quite enough sadness, misery and delay attached to all this and so I'm confident parties will read the mood of the court.'
It is barbaric, inhumane and uncivilised to expose a very vulnerable person to the experience
Lawyer Paul Ozin on why the Lord Janner, 87, should not attend court
Janner, a QC, is charged with sex attacks on vulnerable young boys at a children's home in his constituency.
At the height of his alleged crimes, Janner is accused of abusing three victims in a month. Other charges reveal he is accused of preying repeatedly on the same boys over months and even years.
The peer is expected to be committed for trial at Southwark Crown Court where a judge will then decide if he is fit to plead.
If he is not, a jury would decide whether he committed the acts based on prosecution evidence. A defence team would test the case but this would be incomplete as the politician could not instruct them or speak on his behalf.
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders came under fire for the original decision not to prosecute
If the jury were satisfied that the acts were done, the judge would have three options – a supervision order, a hospital order or an absolute discharge.
None of these amounts to conviction or punishment, but Janner could be moved to secure accommodation if he is found to be a risk to the public.
Janner has always denied any wrongdoing.
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders provoked fury among when she ruled in April that Lord Janner could not be prosecuted because of his dementia.
But the Crown Prosecution Service said in the june that a judge and jury would conduct a 'trial of the facts' in the case of 86-year-old, although his illness means he likely will not be convicted or punished.
The High Court decision means Janner will have to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow
Prosecutors decided 'it was in the public interest to bring proceedings before the court.'
Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders resisted calls to resign over the issue, insisting the decision over whether to prosecute had been 'an extremely difficult and borderline case because of the strong arguments on both sides.'
She said it was 'a matter of real regret' that Janner had not been prosecuted sooner.
Lawyers for Lord Janner said they will not be appealing later today against the High Court's ruling.
THE ACCUSATIONS: 22 SEX ATTACKS SPANNING NEARLY TWO DECADES
By Alison Saunders' own admission, the evidence against Lord Janner was strong enough in relation to no fewer than nine victims to place before a court.
The Labour peer is suspected of carrying out 22 sex attacks against young victims, including a girl, who were in local authority care. They allegedly took place over a 19 years and include:
- 14 indecent assaults on a male under 16 between 1969 and 1988
- Two indecent assaults between 1984 and 1988
- Four counts of serious sexual assault on a male under 16 between 1972 and 1987
- Two counts of serious sexual assault between 1977 and 1988
Around 25 victims are thought to have contacted police as part of the investigation. The main claims investigated by Leicestershire Police centre on Janner's alleged friendship with Frank Beck, a paedophile care home manager jailed in 1991 for a string of sex offences.
One of those prepared to give evidence against Janner is Hamish Baillie, 47, who lived in Beck's care home and alleges that at 15 he was molested by the peer during a game of hide-and-seek.
Another complainant who formed part of the inquiry is Ray Dunkley, 56, who said he was indecently assaulted when Janner visited his primary school in 1966 – four years before he was elected an MP.
Since the decision in April not to prosecute Janner, more alleged victims are believed to have come forward, with at least 30 now said to have spoken to police.
Police have launched a separate investigation into allegations that Janner took a teenage boy to Scotland in the 1970s and sexually assaulted him.
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