Friday, October 30, 2015

Orban Accuses Soros of Stoking Refugee Wave to Weaken Europe


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused billionaire investor George Soros of being a prominent member of a circle of "activists" trying to undermine European nations by supporting refugees heading to the continent from the Middle East and beyond.
"His name is perhaps the strongest example of those who support anything that weakens nation states, they support everything that changes the traditional European lifestyle," Orban said in an interview on public radio Kossuth. "These activists who support immigrants inadvertently become part of this international human-smuggling network."
Rights groups have criticized Orban for building a razor-wire fence on the border, tightening asylum laws and boosting his support among voters with anti-immigrant rhetoric. Soros, who was born in Hungary and is one of the biggest philanthropists in eastern Europe via his foundations and university, gives grants to organizations that provide legal assistance to asylum seekers.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-10-30/orban-accuses-soros-of-stoking-refugee-wave-to-weaken-europe

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Migrant flood changing Europe forever.........

Tony Abbott, Ousted Australian Leader, Urges Europe to Take Hard Line on Migrants




Tony Abbott, the former prime minister of Australia, backed an aggressive policy on migration during his two years in office. 

Tony Abbott, the former prime minister of Australia, used his first major speech since his ouster last month to denounce Europe’s migration policies, warning in London that the continent risked “fundamentally weakening itself” through “misguided altruism” as large numbers of asylum seekers arrive.
“All countries that say ‘anyone who gets here can stay here’ are now in peril, given the scale of the population movements that are starting to be seen,” Mr. Abbott, a conservative, said on Tuesday during a lecture honoring the British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Mr. Abbott backed an aggressive policy on migration during his two years in office. The Australian authorities turned away boats and refused to accept asylum seekers intercepted at sea, instead sending them to offshore camps. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who replaced Mr. Abbott in September in a party coup, has announced no change to those policies.


Mr. Abbott recommended the same approach for Europe. “This means turning boats around, for people coming by sea,” he said. “It means denying entry at the border, for people with no legal right to come. And it means establishing camps for people who currently have nowhere to go.”


Such a tough policy would “gnaw at our consciences, yet it is the only way to prevent a tide of humanity surging through Europe and quite possibly changing it forever,” he said.
His remarks came hours after the president of the Philippines, one of several countries where Australia has hoped to send asylum seekers, said the country would not accept them for permanent resettlement.


Mr. Abbott has proposed Australia as a model for Europe’s migration questions before, but never in so prominent a forum as the event in London, a fund-raiser for a center dedicated to Ms. Thatcher’s life and her politics that was attended by Conservative Party lawmakers and party supporters.
His comments were later endorsed by Nigel Farage, leader of the right-wing U.K. Independence Party, which is known for its anti-immigration stance. Mr. Farage told the Australia Broadcasting Corporation that the former prime minister was “heroic” and “absolutely right.”



Refugee advocates have criticized Australia’s policies, saying that migrants have faced dangerous conditions in Pacific island detention camps. But Mr. Abbott credits the approach, which was begun under previous Australian governments, as stopping the flow of boats from Southeast Asia.
Australia’s overall immigrant detention numbers have steadily declined since 2013, but the number of people held in offshore camps has dropped much less. More than 600 people are still being detained on the small Pacific island nation of Nauru, and more than 900 remain in a camp on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
As public criticism of the camps has increased, the Australian government has tried with little success to resettle asylum seekers in third countries. After just four people were sent to Cambodia under a $29 million agreement reached last year, Australia said this month that it was in talks with the Philippines.

That plan has run into questions over the ability of the Philippines to handle any sort of permanent resettlement. On Tuesday, President Benigno S. Aquino III said his country could take refugees only on a temporary basis. “We feel we are not in a capacity at this point in time to afford permanent residency to these people,” he told a forum in Manila on Tuesday.


Philippine Leader Rules Out Resettlement

President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines said on Tuesday that his government is studying an Australian proposal to send refugees to his country, but he said they could not settle there.


Papua New Guinea said last week that it would begin resettling people held on Manus Island who are considered refugees, meaning that they fled war or persecution. Australia praised the announcement, but it is unclear whether refugees would accept permanent relocation to Papua New Guinea, which has high rates of crime and unemployment.
The offshore detention policy is facing a legal challenge before Australia’s High Court, brought on behalf of people who have been taken from the camps to Australia for medical treatment.
Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement on Tuesday that the agency was “disturbed” by the growing number of rape and sexual assault accusations made by detainees on Nauru that have gone unprosecuted. He called on Nauru and Australia to “provide a decent option” for a Somali detainee who said she was raped and is now pregnant.
The woman, known by the pseudonym Abyan, “is in a very fragile mental and physical condition and is deeply traumatized by her experiences,” Mr. Colville said. She traveled to Australia this month after her lawyers said she wanted an abortion, but was returned to Nauru without receiving one.
On Wednesday, Australia’s immigration minister, Peter Dutton, said Abyan would be returned to Australia soon for treatment but declined to indicate when. “She should come to Australia, not only to speak to a doctor in terms of the termination but also to seek mental health services,” he told Sky News.
In his London speech, Mr. Abbott argued that the people arriving in Europe should be considered economic migrants, not refugees, even if they were fleeing war in Syria or elsewhere, because they were no longer in immediate danger.
“In Europe, as with Australia, people claiming asylum invariably have crossed not one border but many, and are no longer fleeing in fear but are contracting in hope with people smugglers,” he said. “However desperate, almost by definition they are economic migrants because they had already escaped persecution when they decided to move again.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/29/world/australia/tony-abbott-australia-europe-migrant-crisis.html?_r=0

And also more here;
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3292297/Tony-Abbott-urges-European-leaders-stop-taking-refugees-catastrophic-error.html 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Masked Assailants Attack, Disable Boats, Abuse Passengers
 “(Athens) – Armed masked men have been disabling boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers in the Aegean Sea and pushing them back to Turkish waters, Human Rights Watch said today.
Human Rights Watch spoke to nine witnesses who described eight incidents in which masked assailants – often armed – intercepted and disabled the boats carrying asylum seekers and migrants from Turkey toward the Greek islands, most recently on October 7 and 9,2015. The witnesses said that the assailants deliberately disabled their boats by damaging or removing the engines or their fuel, or puncturing the hulls of inflatable boats. In some cases, the boats were towed to Turkish waters.
“Disabling boats in the Aegean makes an already dangerous journey even more likely to result in death,” said Eva Cosse, Greece specialist at Human Rights Watch. “These criminal actions require an urgent response from the Greek authorities.”
Human Rights Watch also found new cases in which Greek border guards summarily returned migrants and asylum seekers to Turkey across the land border at Evros.
On October 9, Human Rights Watch staff witnessed an overloaded inflatable rubber boat adrift in the waters between Turkey and the Greek island of Lesbos for more than an hour, until a group of Spanish lifeguard volunteers set off on their own boat to rescue them. Right after the rescue, 17-year-old Ali from Afghanistan told Human Rights Watch that their boat had taken off eight hours earlier for Lesbos from the Turkish shore at Assos, packed with men, women, and children. But 30 minutes into their journey, a speedboat suddenly rammed their rubber dinghy. On board were five men dressed in black, their faces covered with balaclavas, armed with handguns.
Ali, a 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker stands wrapped in an emergency thermal blanket on the shore of Lesbos island, having being rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat which was attacked by masked, uniformed men and had its engine removed and thrown into the sea.
“At first when they approached, we thought they had come to help us,” Ali told Human Rights Watch. “But by the way they acted, we realized they hadn’t come to help. They were so aggressive. They didn’t come on board our boat, but they took our boat’s engine and then sped away.”
The masked men attacked three other boats in quick succession before speeding off toward the Greek coast, Ali said. The boats were packed with asylum seekers mostly from Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq. The men wore no insignia on their black clothing. “They spoke a language we didn’t know, but it definitely was not Turkish, as we Afghans can understand a bit of Turkish,” Ali said.
Ali said a Turkish coast guard boat approached and took the three women and six children from the rubber dinghy, promising to return for the men on board. But the Turkish coast guard did not return. Human Rights Watch staff also watched a Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG) boat approach Ali’s rubber boat and circle around before speeding away. People on a second boat with Afghans that arrived in Lesbos the next day confirmed to Human Rights Watch that they were on one of the other three other boats attacked on the previous day.
Three of the incidents described to Human Rights Watch involved more than one witness. The accounts bore many similarities. In two instances, people described seeing the boat with the masked men being lowered from a bigger ship. In three of the cases Human Rights Watch documented, the people interviewed said they had seen the Greek flag on the boat carrying the masked men. In six cases, witnesses said the masked men disabled or removed the engine or its fuel. In two cases, the masked men punctured the boat. In three, they towed the migrants and asylum seekers back toward the Turkish coast. In all the cases, the stricken boats were abandoned without any certainty that the occupants were safe. In four cases, migrants and asylum seekers were beaten or otherwise subjected to violence.”

Humiliation for Cameron and Osborne as peers DEFEAT plan to slash tax credits for 3 million families

  • House of Lords voted on the government's tax credit proposals tonight 
  • Labour and Lib Dem peers united to block the controversial measures
  • Unprecedented for peers to block a finance measure backed by MPs 
  • House of Lords voted 289 to 272 to delay the changes for three years
  • Proposals are central to George Osborne's plan to eliminate the deficit  

George Osborne was left reeling tonight after peers dramatically threw out the government's planned tax credits cuts - overturning the views of elected MPs.
The House of Lords voted 289 to 272 delay the changes for three years until measures could be introduced to protect poor families. 
The tax credit cuts are central to the Government's plan to eliminate the deficit by 2020 - saving £4.4billion from the welfare bill.
Downing Street said the UK was in 'unchartered waters' after the vote, which goes against centuries of tradition that the House of Commons decides financial matters.
In a highly-charged debate, a string of bishops queued up to attack the 'morally indefensible' cuts, which the Archbishop of York said would force hard working families to turn to loan sharks.
One Labour peer accused the Conservatives of having 'lied' before the election. A number of Tories - including the former Tory chancellor Lord Lawson - even spoke out against the measures.
Ministers are now understood to be considering whether to bring the tax credit cuts back in their current form – which would require another vote in both the Commons and the Lords – or to attach them to another bill.
The House of Lords voted 307 to 277 to delay the changes for three years, despite them being central to George Osborne’s plan to eliminate the deficit by reducing the welfare bill by £12billion
The House of Lords voted 307 to 277 to delay the changes for three years, despite them being central to George Osborne's plan to eliminate the deficit by reducing the welfare bill by £12billion
The Conservative leader in the Lords, Baroness Stowell, promised that George Osborne would 'listen very carefully' to concerns about the benefit cuts
George Osborne
The Conservative leader in the Lords, Baroness Stowell (left) promised that George Osborne (right) would 'listen very carefully' to concerns about the benefit cuts

WHAT ARE TAX CREDITS AND HOW MUCH ARE THEY WORTH?

Tax credits are monthly benefits paid directly into people's bank accounts to top up their wages.
They are two separate types - working tax credit for those on low pay and child tax credit for struggling families.
Parents over 16 can claim child tax credits - but earners must be over 25 to receive working tax credits.
Single earners working full time without children can qualify for the benefit if they earn less than £13,250 a year - or £18,000 as a couple.
A family with children earning below about £32,200 can claim child tax credit.
It used to be that the more children you have, the more people could receive - but new measures limit the benefit to two children.
The basic payment for a single claimant on working tax credits is £1,940 a year. 
Single parents can receive an extra £2,010 on top of this.
To encourage work people who work more than 30 hours a week can receive an extra £810 - and disabled workers up to £2,970 more.
Overall, the average award of tax credit is £6,340 per year.
Child tax credit claimants get £545 a year as a flat payment - plus £2,780 per child for the first two children.
About 4.5million people claim tax credits - costing the government £30billion a year.
Tax credits were introduce in their current form by Gordon Brown as a way of topping up low wages and reducing child poverty. 
At the moment, families earning less than £32,000 can receive tax credits - with the average payment amounting to £500 a month, or £6,340 a year.
Some 4.5 million families are in receipt of either working tax credits of child tax credits. 
Under the government's proposals more than 3 million families will lose around £1,300 a year.
The head of the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies Paul Johnson, appearing in front of the Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee this afternoon, rejected government claims that other measures - including a higher minimum wage and more free childcare - would compensate for families' loss of tax credits.
He said: 'It's clearly the case that the significant majority of tax credit claimants will be significantly worse off.
'It's obvious that the majority will be worse off.' 
It is unprecedented for the unelected House of Lords to block financial measures passed by MPs.
It has sparked warnings that the Queen could be dragged into the crisis – because she could be asked to create dozens of new Tory peers to give the government a majority to pass the measures.
But the Archbishop of York told peers they would be abrogating their responsibilities by approving regulations without having the full facts before them.
He warned against driving working families into the hands of 'loan sharks' by reducing their support. and said many low income households were still worse off than in 2008.
To cheers, the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, added: 'These proposals are morally indefensible.
'It's clear to me and many others that these proposals blatantly threaten damage to the lives of millions of our fellow citizens.
'This must not be the way to achieve the Government's goal at a cost to those, who if we believe the rhetoric, the Government intends to encourage and support.
'To many in my diocese and beyond this seems punishing rather than encouragement.'
Warning of indebtedness and health problems among those worst hit by the cuts, the Bishop said he was 'appalled' by the proposals and urged ministers to think again.
Former Conservative chancellor of the exchequer Lord Lawson also criticised the way cuts to tax credits were being pushed through and has demanded changes.
'I am torn because I believe there are aspects to these measures which need to be reconsidered and indeed changed.
'The great harm, or a great deal of the harm, is at the lowest end and that is what needs to be looked at again. That is what concerns me.
'I think it is perfectly possible with tweaking it to take more from the upper end of the tax credit scale and less from the lower end of the tax credit scale,' Lord Lawson said.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

 Benjamin Netanyahu : Holocaust denier !!!!

Netanyahu causes uproar by linking Palestinians to Holocaust


Oct 21, 6:17 AM (ET)By ARON HELLER


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JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked uproar in Israel on Wednesday for suggesting that a World War II-era Palestinian leader convinced the Nazis to adopt their Final Solution to exterminate European Jews.
Holocaust experts slammed Netanyahu's comments as historically inaccurate and serving the interests of Holocaust deniers by lessening the responsibility of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Critics also said the statement amounts to incitement against modern-day Palestinians in the midst of a wave of violent unrest and Israeli-Palestinian tensions.
Speaking to a group of Jewish leaders Tuesday, Netanyahu tried to use a historical anecdote to illustrate his point that Palestinian incitement surrounding Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site goes back decades.
He said the World War II-era Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Nazi sympathizer Haj Amin al-Husseini, instigated Palestinian attacks on Jews over lies that they planned to destroy the Temple Mount, known to Muslims at the Noble Sanctuary.
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The hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City, housing the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the gold-topped Dome of the Rock, lies at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and completing claims over it are the source of the current round of violence. It is the third-holiest site in Islam and the holiest site in Judaism, where the two Jewish biblical Temples once stood. Netanyahu said al-Husseini played a "central role in fomenting the final solution" by trying to convince Hitler to destroy the Jews during a 1941 meeting in Berlin.
"Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews," Netanyahu told the group. "And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here.' 'So what should I do with them?' he asked. He said, 'Burn them.'"
Historians quickly noted that the Nazi Final Solution was already well underway at this point, with several concentration camps up and running. Hitler had previously repeatedly declared his lethal intentions for the Jews.
Moshe Zimmermann, a prominent Holocaust and anti-Semitism researcher at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said Netanyahu made a "far-reaching argument" for political purposes that didn't hold water. He said the comments essentially made Netanyahu a Holocaust denier.
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"Any attempt to deflect the burden from Hitler to others is a form of Holocaust denial," he told The Associated Press. Al-Husseini was an enthusiastic Nazi supporter. But Zimmermann called him a "lightweight" who was pleading with Hitler for assistance in getting rid of the British Mandate and the Jewish immigrants coming to the Holy Land. He said there was no evidence al-Husseini had any real influence on Hitler.
Netanyahu has long been criticized for invoking the Holocaust when talking about current affairs, alluding to it especially when discussing Iran and its nuclear program.
The prime minister's comments come at a sensitive time, as he is scheduled to travel to Berlin on Wednesday to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Netanyahu is also supposed to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry there in new efforts to bring an end to a month-long wave of attacks that have raised fears that the region is on the cusp of a new round of bloodshed.
Netanyahu has repeatedly accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of inciting the violence. But it didn't take long for angry reactions to start pouring in Wednesday that Netanyahu went overboard by trying to connect the Palestinians to the Nazis.
Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called it a "dangerous historical distortion" that plays into the hands of Holocaust deniers. He called on Netanyahu to immediately correct his comments.
"It downplays the Holocaust, Nazism and the role of Adolf Hitler in the great tragedy of our people," he said. "There was only one Hitler."
Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said that "Netanyahu hates Palestinians so much that he is willing to absolve Hitler of the murder of 6 million Jews."
Even Netanyahu's loyal defense minister, Moshe Yaalon, distanced himself from the comments in an interview with Israel's Army Radio.
"I don't know exactly what the prime minister said. History is actually very, very clear," Yaalon said. "Hitler initiated it, Haj Amin al-Husseini joined him and unfortunately the jihadist movements promote anti-Semitism to this day, including incitement in the Palestinian Authority that is based on the legacy of the Nazis."
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20151021/ml--israel-holocaust-4c841bda04.html

Migration group says world must be ready for more diversity
 



CAIRO (AP) -- The head of the International Organization for Migration says leaders must prepare the world for more diversity as aging societies in the developed world and endemic youth unemployment in the developing world drive demographic trends.
Speaking at a meeting on migration in Cairo on Wednesday, IOM Director-General William Lacy says northern societies need workers while "we have a youthful, largely unemployed global south, with young people needing jobs."
He says the world is bound to become more diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity and religion.
He says, "Leaders who are not preparing their people for this, through public education, public information, and awareness-raising campaigns, just may not be doing their job."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_MIGRANTS_IOM?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-10-21-08-24-20 

NWN: And when they get old, we import even more unemployed,uneducated immigrants, who can't speak a word of English?  Also, just how long will it take us to educate these 'immigrants' so they are 'fit' to be let loose doing all these jobs ?

This must mean a huge increase in our education system for all these immigrants ?

Will the time spent educating them differ, if we want them to be either ;

a) a bog cleaner ?

b) a space scientist ? 

c) a civil engineer ?

d) a doctor ?

e) a heart surgeon ?

This excuse for immigration is all pure bullshit really isn't it ? 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tory rebels urged to join forces with Labour to vote against Osborne's £4.4 billion tax credit raid

  • George Osborne has been challenged by Tories about the tax credit cuts
  • Boris Johnson has called for the measures to be eased on the poorest
  • But the Chancellor insists the cuts are needed to balance the books
  • Labour have called a special opposition day debate on tax credits today
Tory MPs concerned about George Osborne's plans to cut tax credits have been urged to join Labour in voting against the measures in the Commons.
The Chancellor was challenged by Tory MPs about the £4.4 billion cuts as he came under mounting pressure to make changes to the controversial policy.
But in a sign of defiance the Treasury released figures showing that without the reforms to tax credits since Mr Osborne entered Number 11, taxpayers would face a bill in 2016-17 of almost £15 billion more than is currently forecast.
Tory MPs concerned about George Osborne's plans to cut tax credits have been urged to join Labour in voting against the measures in the Commons
Tory MPs concerned about George Osborne's plans to cut tax credits have been urged to join Labour in voting against the measures in the Commons
In a late plea for support, shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith, and the shadow Treasury chief secretary Seema Malhotra have written to Tory MPs calling on them to back a Labour motion calling for the cuts planned for April to be reversed.
They claimed that around three million working families will lose an average of £1,300 per year as a result of the cuts.
'This issue transcends narrow party lines, as surely none of us came in to politics to take money away from low and middle paid workers,' they wrote.
'If left to go ahead, the changes will make people significantly worse off the length and breadth of the country, hitting thousands of people in every constituency. This is why representatives of all parties have raised concerns about this issue.'
Tory unease about the plans was on display at a meeting of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers, where Mr Osborne was questioned about the measures.
In an effort to underline the importance of the plans as part of Mr Osborne's efforts to balance the books, the Treasury commissioned analysis on the level of public spending on tax credits that would have occurred without the Government's changes.
The figures show that before Mr Osborne's reforms since 2010, including the controversial cuts in July's Budget, spending on tax credits would have risen from £28.9 billion in 2010-11 to £40 billion a year in 2016-17.
It is now forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility to be just over £25 billion in 2016-17 - around £15 billion lower.
Labour have written to Tory MPs calling on them to back a  motion calling for the cuts planned for April to be reversed
Labour have written to Tory MPs calling on them to back a motion calling for the cuts planned for April to be reversed
Treasury Chief Secretary Greg Hands said: 'Labour has opposed every single saving we've made in a welfare budget they let spiral completely out of control.
'When they left office, they had allowed means-tested payments to go so far up the income scale that nine out of ten families - including MPs - were eligible.
'Treasury analysis now shows that without the reforms we have embarked on, spending on tax credits would be rising to £40 billion next year.
Instead it's forecast to be £25 billion.
'That £15 billion that we've saved - while at the same time offering working people lower taxes and higher wages, thanks to our new personal allowance of £1,000 from April and the new National Living Wage - is the equivalent to £500 extra in income tax for every taxpayer.
'Labour must now explain where the money is coming from. Their economic policy lurches further from chaos to incredibility.'
Although Tory MPs were elected on a manifesto commitment to cut the welfare bill, some have concerns about the way tax credits will hit those in work.
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said George Osborne had 'decided to hit people in work rather harder than people out of work'
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, said George Osborne had 'decided to hit people in work rather harder than people out of work'
Following the meeting of the 1922 Committee in the Palace of Westminster, Tory MP Steve Baker confirmed Mr Osborne had been asked about the issue. The High Wycombe MP said: 'Lots of us don't like the tax credit changes.'
He said MPs were aware they were part of a package, which also included the new National Living Wage and the increase in the tax-free personal allowance.
'But colleagues are well aware that some families will miss out,' he said.
'Lots of us are very concerned about it but the vast majority of colleagues accept that these changes are a consequence of all the other pledges we made in the manifesto.'
A number of Tories expect Mr Osborne to come up with plans to reduce the impact on low-paid workers.
London mayor Boris Johnson said he believed the changes were under 'intensive review' while former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell also suggested Mr Osborne may have to 'tweak' the plans.
Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland - one of only two Tories to vote against the tax credit cuts - said he believed Mr Osborne was preparing to take action to soften the blow.
Mr McPartland told BBC Radio 4's PM: 'I genuinely believe that we will be able to persuade him to tweak the policy.
'I believe he will because I believe he wants to look after those people and it will just have been a matter of maybe nobody understood the full impact.'
Mr McPartland said that the prospect of a worker on GBP12,000 losing a 10th of his income 'doesn't sit right with me', adding: 'There were and still are a number of Conservative MPs who are very unhappy about the changes.'
Tory peer and former Cabinet minister Lord Tebbit told the Times he supported tax credit reform, but added it 'depends how far and fast you want to go with this'.
He said: 'Clearly there should be transitioning. We are all agreed about that. Nobody is pulling the whole lot in one shot. The difficulty is to decide what is right, because there isn't surety about the numbers.'
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: 'These changes, they are certainly hitting people further down the income distribution than the changes that were made under the last parliament.
'But the Chancellor made quite a big choice in the Budget. He has decided to hit people in work rather harder than people out of work. So, he has actually made the choice relatively speaking to protect some of the poorest people on tax credits.'
He added: 'Wherever we end up in 2017, it's still going to be a much more generous system than we had back in 1997. The total level of spending back to about 2003 levels, not back to a world before tax credits.' 

Gang of yobs hurled bricks at fire engine causing crew to flee as they tried to tackle blaze in Oldham


Police condemn attack after firefighters were forced to leave the scene and the vehicle has now been taken out of service for repairs




Violent yobs smashed a fire engine with bricks and forced its crew to flee.
A gang of around 20 people hurled the missiles at the vehicle while firefighters tried to put out a blaze in Oldham.
The engine was taken out of service for repairs following the attack, which broke the front window and nearside shutters.
The incident took place when a crew were called to a bonfire off Pitt Street, in Glodwick , at around 10.40pm on Saturday night, October 17.

Police Sergeant Andy Wheeler said: “This is completely unacceptable behaviour that could have seriously injured someone should they have been hit by a brick. The fire engine itself was damaged with a window being smashed and the nearside shutters.
“The crew were unable to deal with the fire and were forced to leave. When they arrived at the station, the fire engine was unable to be used and requires repair.
"It is getting to that time of year when the fire service is called out more and now, due to the actions of these individuals, a valuable resource is off the streets.
“I would ask anyone who may have information as to who was responsible to contact police as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should phone police at Oldham police station on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/fire-engine-attacked-oldham-blaze-10295115 

NWN:  The MEN hasn't mentioned the perps descriptions. No surprises there. The area is Glodwick (pronounced Gloddick) and is the main Pakistani area in Oldham. This was the centre of the riots in 2001 in Oldham and a veritable no go zone at times. This would not be the first time the locals have attacked fire engines.

Low-cost flights and cheap calls abroad at risk if we leave the EU, Cameron warns as he now talks up the benefits of Brussels

  • Prime Minister tells Eurosceptics to focus on the 'benefits' of Brussels
  • Cheap air travel among the 'biggest changes' seen in the past 20 years
  • Argues Britain can 'have the best of both worlds' in a reformed EU
Cheap flights and low charges for using mobiles on holiday could be put at risk if Britain leaves the European Union, David Cameron has suggested.
The Prime Minister said people who have doubts about Britain's relationship with Europe should focus on the 'tangible consumer benefits' of being part of the 28-nation bloc.
He argued that he wants to 'have the best of both worlds', enjoying the benefits of being in the EU while opting out of rules which could harm Britain.
Cheap flights and low charges for using mobiles on holiday could be put at risk if Britain leaves the European Union, David Cameron has suggested
Cheap flights and low charges for using mobiles on holiday could be put at risk if Britain leaves the European Union, David Cameron has suggested
Mr Cameron has been forced to commit to publishing his key demands for reform of the EU within the next fortnight after EU leaders said they had been left in the dark.
The government is committed to holding an in-out referendum by the end of 2017, with the Prime Minister focussing on four key areas: ensuring UK sovereignty, improving competitiveness, protecting economies not in the Eurozone and curbing benefits for migrants.
He has previously threatened that he could campaign to leave the EU if he does not get a good deal, insisting he will 'rule nothing out'.
However, in a marked change of tone Mr Cameron has begun to emphasise the benefits of being in the EU as it currently stands – contrasting arcane debates in Parliament about the wording of treaties with the real-life savings for families.
'If people who are wondering about Britain's relationship with Europe want to see some tangible consumer benefits rather than the arcane things that we can talk about in this House,' he told MPs last night.
The availability of cheap air travel in Europe have probably been among the biggest changes we have seen in the past 20 years 
Prime Minister David Cameron 
He said this included cuts in air fares and the 'open skies policy' which lets European and American airlines to fly between the two continents without restrictions.
'The availability of cheap air travel in Europe have probably been among the biggest changes we have seen in the past 20 years,' he added.
'I hope that the agreement we have recently come to on getting rid of roaming charges will make it much cheaper for holidaymakers and Britons to use their mobile phones abroad.
'We need to focus on some of these things.'
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed the issue of the UK's in-out referendum had been 'deferred yet again' to the December European Council meeting.
But Mr Cameron hit back: 'That is simply not the case. This process was launched in June, as I always said it would be, although people doubted it would happen.
'There was always going to be an update in October, and then a full discussion in December - and that is exactly what is happening.'
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed the issue of the UK's in-out referendum had been 'deferred yet again' to the December European Council meeting
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn claimed the issue of the UK's in-out referendum had been 'deferred yet again' to the December European Council meeting
Tory arch Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash said one of Mr Cameron's principal demands from the EU - to pull Britain out of the commitment to 'ever closer union' - would in practice make little difference.
The European Scrutiny Committee chairman said: 'Will you recognise that even if the words 'ever closer union' were to be removed from treaties for the future this will not change any of our existing EU obligations and laws, nor fundamentally change our relationship with the EU under existing treaties?'
Mr Cameron replied: 'I think the issue of ever closer union is important both symbolically and legally.
'Important symbolically because I think the British people always felt we were told we were joining a common market and we were never really told enough about this political union which we've never been happy with.
'I want to make it explicit that for us it is principally a common market and not an ever closer union.
'But it does have legal force because ever closer union has been used by the courts to enforce centralising judgments and I want that to change.'
NWN:  Haha !   Low cost flights ? Those went years ago, when the price of fuel rocketed. Cheap phone calls ? Most folk, when they go on holiday, don't spend their hard earned rest glued to the phone. And you can always use web phone or skype. Cameron shows himself up yet again !!!!  Is that the best the pro-EU lobby can come up with ?


Dresden : Anti-immigration march and rally by PEGIDA - last night - 20,000.

Monday, October 19, 2015

PEGIDA marches on 'first anniversary' in Dresden

At least 15,000 people have marched through Dresden to mark the "anniversary" of the first PEGIDA demonstration. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has condemned the movement as "hard right-wing extremists."
Thousands of PEGIDA demonstrators descended upon the eastern German city of Dresden on Monday evening, to mark a year since their first march through the city.
A local student statistic group, "Durchgezählt," estimated that between 15,000 and 20,000 PEGIDA supporters gathered on Dresden's Theaterplatz on Monday evening.
In a tweet shortly before the demonstration on Monday, Saxony state police said "everything was very emotionally-charged" and asked protesters to "stay calm, so the evening remains violence-free."
An hour into the march, however, German authorities reported clashes between PEGIDA and the counter-demonstration on Dresden's Schlossplatz. On nearby Theaterplatz, there were also assaults on police officers and PEGIDA demonstrators.
'We will triumph!'
Welcoming the crowds on Monday evening, PEGIDA co-founder Lutz Bachmann said he "had goosebumps."
"We came in order to stay and we will triumph!" he said.
A common theme among the chants and placard slogans on Monday was a strong sentiment against German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"Merkel has to go!" was one of the first chants to be heard. A photoshopped image of Merkel wearing a "nazi" uniform, with a euro sign instead of a swastika on the red armband, was also seen in the crowd.
Thousands attend counter-demonstration
The anti-PEGIDA demonstration on Monday attracted an estimated 10,000 people, who marched through Dresden's city center on four different routes.
"That's enough! Heart instead of hate!" the crowds were heard chanting. Bringing a little humor to the evening was one anti-PEGIDA placard which read: "Falafel instead of sausage."
'Hard right-wing extremists'
Speaking in an interview with German public broadcaster ARD on Monday, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere condemned the PEGIDA movement as "hard right-wing extremists" and urged people not to attend the marches.
"Stay away from those people who are injecting this hatred, this poison into our country," de Maiziere said.
PEGIDA, whose name loosely translates as the Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, held its first demonstration in Dresden on October 20, 2014.
At its peak in January, the right-wing movement attracted a record 25,000 protesters, but numbers dropped dramatically to around 2,000 after a series of scuffles within the movement. Amid growing concern over the German government's handling of the refugee crisis, however, attendance has grown steadily in recent weeks.

http://www.dw.com/en/pegida-marches-on-first-anniversary-in-dresden/a-18791870

NWN: Check the link for many more images of tonight's rally in Dresden.
 

Nationalism in Britain: The Road to Success (Martin Webster)

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Back to History Class George/ Gideon: Osborne Claims Royal Mail has ‘Returned’ to the Private Sector

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NWN: Your thick as a plank eh, Gideon ?

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

An interesting short video of Vlad Putin putting Russian bosses in their place.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The English village being 'overwhelmed' by migrants as DOZENS arrive every day with the Home Office using it as a 'transit camp' for people arriving from Calais

  • Migrants arrive in Longford, West London, and are transferred to houses
  • Temporarily living in homes bought by hotel owners after prices dropped
  • It followed fears village could be demolished for third Heathrow runway
  • Migrants arriving from Iran, Eritrea, Sudan and Syria via Calais 'Jungle'

An English village has been left 'overwhelmed' by asylum seekers, residents complained last night.
Longford in West London is fast becoming a ‘transit camp’ for migrants from Calais - with dozens arriving on coaches every day and being transferred to houses, according to locals.
The migrants are temporarily living in homes bought by hotel owners, after property prices fell over concerns that the village could be demolished for London Heathrow Airport’s third runway.
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New arrivals: Longford in West London is fast becoming a ‘transit camp’ for migrants from Calais, locals claim
New arrivals: Longford in West London is fast becoming a ‘transit camp’ for migrants from Calais, locals claim
Finding a home: Dozens of migrants are arriving on coaches and being transferred to houses, residents say
Finding a home: Dozens of migrants are arriving on coaches and being transferred to houses, residents say
Moving in: The migrants are temporarily living in homes bought by hotel owners after property prices fell
Moving in: The migrants are temporarily living in homes bought by hotel owners after property prices fell
The properties are being rented out to the Home Office for asylum seekers, with rooms available for £30 per person - or less if sharing, according to an investigation by BBC Inside Out London.
Ray, 85, who lost his wife four years ago and has lived in the village for 50 years, said: 'I’ve got them either side of me. So they meet and they have conversations in the middle of my front garden.'
He added: 'We don't know where they've come from, we don't what they are, and we're living next door to them - albeit they might be very nice people.’
The village - where homes face demolition if a third runway is built for the world’s second busiest airport - dates back to the 14th century and features several listed buildings.
Migrants arriving there are said to have come from countries including Iran, Eritrea and Syria - with many having passed through the ‘Jungle’ in Calais, where about 4,000 people camp.

Sitting outside: Migrants arriving in Longford are said to have come from countries including Iran and Eritrea
Sitting outside: Migrants arriving in Longford are said to have come from countries including Iran and Eritrea
Near the airport: One of the migrants admitted he had paid a trafficker €500 (£370) in Calais to get into Britain
Near the airport: One of the migrants admitted he had paid a trafficker €500 (£370) in Calais to get into Britain
One of them, Mogdad from Sudan, admitted he had paid a trafficker €500 (£370) in Calais to get into Britain, telling the BBC: ‘I have no choice. I have to get away from death.’
I am going to move from here, as soon as. It was good before the immigrants came 
Rana Saif, Pakistan-born pub owner
But Pakistan-born pub owner Rana Saif said the migrants were damaging his sales, adding: ‘No one comes here, when they are standing 20, 80 people outside on the road, on the walls. 
'I am going to move from here, as soon as. It was good before the immigrants came.’
A local hotel manager declined to comment, but he is said to have told villagers during a recent meeting that in future a maximum of 40 asylum seekers would be staying at any point. 
A Home Office spokesman said: 'The UK has a proud history of granting asylum to those who need it, and we are committed to providing safe and secure accommodation while cases are considered.
Accommodation: Among the properties in Longford being used by the migrants is the Heathrow Lodge Hotel
Accommodation: Among the properties in Longford being used by the migrants is the Heathrow Lodge Hotel
Historic: The village of Longford dates back to the 14th century and features several listed buildings
Historic: The village of Longford dates back to the 14th century and features several listed buildings
'Decisions on the use of hotel accommodation, including which premises are used, are made by individual contractors who bear the cost. 
We don't know where they've come from, we don't what they are, and we're living next door to them
Ray, local resident 
'We have made clear to our providers that the use of hotels is only ever acceptable as a short-term contingency measure. We are taking steps with providers to ensure that this is the case.'
She told MailOnline today that all applications for asylum are 'considered on their individual merits', and that refuge will be given to those who have a 'genuine need for protection', or a 'well-founded fear of persecution'.
The spokesman added that people who are found not to require protection in Britain are expected to leave the country voluntarily - and the Home Office will 'enforce their departure' if they try to stay.
Longford, which had a village conservation area designated in 1988, is part of the London Borough of Hillingdon and sits on the Berkshire border, next to the River Colne and M25 and M4 motorways.
Flight path: Homes in Longford face demolition if a third runway is built for the nearby London Heathrow Airport
Flight path: Homes in Longford face demolition if a third runway is built for the nearby London Heathrow Airport
How it used to look: A view of The White Horse pub in Longford, taken more than six decades ago in 1954
How it used to look: A view of The White Horse pub in Longford, taken more than six decades ago in 1954
The sprawling Calais migrant camp known as the ‘Jungle' has grown rapidly to now house more than 4,000 people - rising by around 1,000 since June and almost tripling since September 2014.
I have no choice. I have to get away from death
Mogdad, migrant from Sudan 
Many of its inhabitants use the camp as a springboard to reach the UK by sneaking onto lorries and Eurotunnel trains or simply walking across the underground passageway.
The once-desert area, home to 800 in 2009, has been transformed into a small town with its own mosques, shops that sell food and cigarettes, restaurants and even a bicycle repair shop.
Thousands set up tents or slept rough in the ‘Jungle’ – where the entrance is now guarded by barbed wire, armed police and dogs - with an ultimate goal of starting a new life in Britain. 
Location: Longford, which had a village conservation area designated in 1988, is part of the London Borough of Hillingdon and sits on the Berkshire border, next to the River Colne and M25 and M4 motorways
Location: Longford, which had a village conservation area designated in 1988, is part of the London Borough of Hillingdon and sits on the Berkshire border, next to the River Colne and M25 and M4 motorways
Campsite: Many of the migrants arriving in the village are said to have passed through the 'Jungle' in Calais
Campsite: Many of the migrants arriving in the village are said to have passed through the 'Jungle' in Calais

They began sneaking onto trucks and lorries crossing the English Channel in July but when security was stepped up, hundreds stormed the tunnel every night to walk the 31 miles to Britain.

MIGRATION TO UK BY NUMBERS

  • 530,265 asylum claims in EU this year
  • 636,000 people moved to UK from abroad in past year
  • 307,000 people left Britain in past year
  • 1,100,000 illegal immigrants in UK
  • 8,000,000 foreign-born people in Britain
  • 20,000 Syrians to be accepted in UK over next five years 
At least 13 migrants have died trying to cross the tunnel by foot in recent months. Eurotunnel drivers say they are struggling to do their jobs because they live in constant fear of killing another migrant. 
Home Secretary Theresa May warned last week of the perils of mass migration - saying the huge foreign influx was not in the national interest and led to lower wages and the loss of British jobs.
Based on the current influx, the UK needs to build 210,000 homes a year and find 900,000 extra school places by 2024.
Last month a study revealed Britain experienced the third largest increase in migrants of any major nation last year, with international migration to the UK in 2014 hitting 558,800.
We have made clear to our providers that the use of hotels is only ever acceptable as a short-term contingency measure 
Home Office spokesman 
This was a 24 per cent increase on 2013, with only Israel and the Czech Republic seeing bigger rises.
Many countries are expecting a large increase in migrants this year following the humanitarian crisis in Syria, with the UK pledging to accept up to 20,000 of them over the next five years.
It was revealed last month that Kent County Council was caring for 720 unaccompanied children who have crossed the English Channel to Dover - a rise from 630 at the start of August. 
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said 330,000 migrants arrived by sea in Europe in the first eight months of 2015, including 210,000 in Greece and 120,000 in Italy.

NWN: Not too long ago the NF and then the BNP in London, could turn out up to 1,000 nationalists for a march/demo on their own. Looks like the Government are sneaking them in via the 'back door' !
Barbara Lerner Spectre calls for destruction of Christian European ethnic societies 

 

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