Category Archives: England

Former Rolls-Royce engineer ‘arrested under Official Secrets Act’ amid fears China tried to obtain F-35 fighter jet details

A man in his 70s has been arrested as part of a probe under the Official Secrets Act, police said on Thursday, amid reports he was a former Rolls-Royce engineer suspected of divulging secrets about Britain’s new stealth fighter to China.

Scotland Yard said the man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and taken to a police station in Derbyshire before being released under investigation.

A search at an address in Derbyshire was ongoing while a search warrant was also executed at an office address in the West Midlands.


Three in five Britons support a ‘hostile environment’ for illegal immigrants, poll shows

Three in five people want the Government’s immigration policy to make it as “difficult as possible” for illegal immigrants to remain in the UK, according to a new poll.

But the Ipsos MORI research also shows that, in the wake of the Windrush scandal, three in five of us believe that priority should be given to ensuring that people who do have the legal right to remain are not wrongly forced to leave.


France, Germany, US and UK issue joint statement blaming Russia for Salisbury attack as Moscow vows to expel British diplomats

The leaders of France, Germany, the US and the UK have issued a joint statement blaming Russia for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury as Moscow said it will expel British diplomats in retaliation for Theresa May’s action against the Kremlin.

Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump – the leaders of three of the UK’s most important allies – said they agreed with the Prime Minister’s assessment that there was “no plausible alternative explanation” for the attack.

The joint statement represents a major boost for Mrs May and comes one day after she moved to expel 23 Russian diplomats and suspended high-level contact with Moscow in response to the Salisbury incident.


President cancels his visit to London – pulling out of £750m embassy opening amid fears he won’t be made welcome

Donald Trump has scrapped plans to visit Britain next month, the Mail understands.

The US President was expected to make his first trip to the UK since entering office, but Government officials have been told he has gone cold on the idea.

No new date has been offered, raising the prospect of a major diplomatic snub. One senior source suggested Mr Trump – who was expected to officially open the new US embassy in London – cancelled because he was unhappy about the arrangements and the scale of the visit.

The reversal comes despite Mr Trump telling Theresa May last month that he would come.


Muslim diner horrified to discover he ate pork for first time after pub serves it in his side of chilli fries


Naz Ali, who had never eaten pig meat due to his religious beliefs, was dining with his family and friends at Farmer John’s in Sutton Coldfield.

Why wouldn’t you assume that this bucolic English pub was a pork-free zone?

Speaking with the Birmingham Mail, the 39-year-old truck driver admits he never asked staff what kind of meat was used in the dish and assumed it was chicken.

Mr Ali, who ordered a beef burger along with the side of fries, said he ate about a quarter of the dish before checking with the waitress.

He says when he complained staff apologised and gave the children in his party free desserts.

But the pub’s management claim they also waived the entire bill after Mr Ali complained, reports The Birmingham Mail.

Mr Ali said: “My friend said I should check what I was eating [after you’d eaten “a quarter” of it. Quick thinking there – Ed.] so I asked the waitress and at first she had no idea.

“Then she came back and said she was really, really sorry because it was pork.

“I had food in my mouth and I spat it out and went to the toilet, where I was sick. I felt degraded.”


Market town’s May Day fete is called off… because it didn’t have an anti-terror plan

The organisers were unable to meet the strict safety demands laid out by Wiltshire Council, leaving them with no choice but to cancel the event for the first time in its history.

Critics branded the decision ‘ridiculous’ and ‘far-fetched’, and suggested the town in rural Wiltshire would ‘not be very high on a list of Islamic State targets’.

Terrorism is now an accepted and enforced aspect of life in small town England- and still dangerous immigrants are allowed in.


Britain: Migrants with more than one wife will get EXTRA benefits under new reforms

Polygamous marriages, largely confined to Muslim families, are recognised in Britain only if they took place in countries where they are legal.

At present additional wives can receive reduced individual income support, meaning the husband and his first wife receive up to £114.85. Subsequent spouses living under the same roof receive a reduced allowance of about £40 each.

Under the new system of universal credit, polygamous marriages are not recognised at all.

But a House of Commons library paper, published earlier this month, has highlighted a loophole that will allow additional wives to claim a full single person’s allowance while the husband and his first wife still receive theirs.


Unmaking England (but think of all the great restaurants!)

When in 1941 George Orwell—social conservative, Little Englander, intellectual cosmopolitan—hopefully envisioned an English socialist revolution, he assured his readers (and himself) that such a mere political event, like all such past convulsions, would prove no more than a surface disturbance. Yes, England’s class system would dissolve; yes, the nation’s economy and social relations would change radically as authority and privilege was wrested from the figurative “irresponsible uncles and bed-ridden aunts” who held the levers of power—England, after all, was “a family with the wrong members in control”—and yes, accents might even alter. England, however, would “still be England, an everlasting animal stretching into the future and the past, and, like all living things, having the power to change out of recognition and yet remain the same.”

The (New Labour) government never systematically laid out its rationale for pursuing this radical policy. It emerged from a convoluted set of ideologies, shibboleths, slogans, and aspirations that celebrated the dynamism of global capitalism and that rejected what was regarded as a stultified and insular traditional British culture. Although rooted in an economic vision, the policy derived its energy and appeal from its cultural, even aesthetic aspirations: “diversity,” “inclusiveness,” and “vibrancy” were its watchwords. (Robin) Cook’s “Chicken Tikka Masala Speech” was New Labour’s most famous pronouncement of its vision of this policy, a feat of social engineering designed to forge a new national identity by means of“the changing ethnic composition of the British people themselves.” In a fit of consumerist enthusiasm, Cook disdained the former “homogeneity of British identity,” dismissed older Britons who clung to that antiquated and stodgy identity, extolled the ways mass immigration had “broadened” lifestyles, and enthused over the prospect of a pulsating and ever-changing “immigrant society” that would continue “enriching our culture and cuisine.”

…Over the last 18 years, about twice as many immigrants have settled in Britain as had done so in the 49 years (1948-97) that constituted the first wave of mass immigration. About 80 percent of these have come from outside the EU, the greatest number from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Somalia, and Nigeria.

…Since 2001, Britain’s visible minority population has nearly doubled

…The visible minority population is projected to rise to about 38 percent by mid-century and to over 50 percent by 2070, which will make Britain by far the most ethnically diverse country in the West.

…Andrew Norfolk, the self-described liberal London Times investigative reporter who methodically uncovered the Rotherham sexual grooming scandal, concludes that “It is possible for a Muslim child to grow up—in the family home, at school and in the mosque and madrassa—without coming into any contact with Western lifestyles, opinions or values.”

…37 percent (of British Muslims) believe British Jews are “a legitimate target as part of the ongoing struggle for justice in the Middle East”; that 46 percent believe British Jews “are in league with the Freemasons to control the media and politics”; that 68 percent want the prosecution of British citizens who “insult” Islam; that 28 percent hope Britain will become a fundamentalist Islamic state… And as the Muslim population becomes more established in Britain, these attitudes, the evidence strongly suggests, are becoming more intemperate, not less: the few surveys that have measured the attitudes specifically of young British Muslims consistently show that their views are more extreme than those of British Muslims as a whole….



British Woman Reveals That She Decoded Messages For the Battle of the Atlantic

Another unsung heroine:

Lorna Collacott can keep a secret.

The British girl didn’t tell her parents about her true wartime duties. She didn’t tell her husband, even though she met and married the bomber mechanic from Windsor during the Second World War. She didn’t tell her four kids.

Half a century passed before Collacott mentioned her secret work coding and decoding messages for the Battle of the Atlantic.

“You were told to keep your mouth shut,” the 90-year-old Windsor woman says in her matter-of-fact way.


Ladies and gentlemen, Mrs. Vera Lynn.


Article: “The Times on Pope Francis and abortion: the worst piece of religious reporting ever?”

Damian Thompson’s article on the foul-ups of the British press’ reporting on Pope Francis’ recent comments is a spot-on bit of common sense.

The popular press can’t be relied upon to tell the time on a digital clock let alone do five minutes of research on Pope Francis’ statements and the reasoning behind them.

The headline on page 33 of today’s Times reads: ‘Repent and we will forgive abortions, Pope tells women’. It’s a bad headline, because the Church already grants absolution to women who repent of their abortions. CNN did much better: ‘Pope Francis says all priests can forgive women who’ve had abortions’. (In fact, the Church teaches that God does the forgiving, but ‘priests can forgive women’ is OK as shorthand.)

That said, headlines aren’t written by reporters, so you’d expect the Times article to set the record straight. On the contrary: Tom Kington, the author, litters his piece with ignorant misrepresentations of Francis’s ruling. When you consider what a sensitive subject this is, and that the Pope’s announcement has implications for a community of more than a billion people, that’s indefensible. …

Vatican: Tom Kington

The Pope has ordered priests to pardon any woman who seeks forgiveness for past abortions as part of plans for his Holy Year starting in December.

No. The Pope can’t ‘order’ any priest to pardon any sin. As his statement makes clear, he is giving all priests the discretion to absolve the sin of abortion (of which more later). That’s how Confession works: priests must make a judgment as to whether the sinner has truly repented. Normally this is taken for granted, but the priest is entitled to withhold absolution and is more likely to do so in the case of serious sins.

His order … will spare women the normal punishment of excommunication if they have had a termination and marks another sign of his compassionate approach to sinners.

More misinformation. Anyone who has had or procured an abortion, unless they did so under duress, is automatically excommunicated – so long as they understood that abortion is a self-excommunicating offence. (Pretty important caveat there.) That hasn’t changed. Likewise, any woman properly absolved of the sin of abortion is no longer excommunicated. The complicating factor is that a priest must have the authority to lift the excommunication as well as forgive the sin. Most priests in the West have this authority, delegated by their bishop. In some dioceses, lifting the excommunication is still ‘reserved’ to the bishop. During the Holy Year, all priests everywhere can exercise the discretion (see above) to lift the excommunication along with absolving the sin.

Read the whole thing.


American Airstrike Has Killed Top British Hacker Who Worked For ISIS

No loss:

A 21-year-old hacker from Birmingham, England, who tapped into U.S. military networks and was a central figure in the Islamic State militant group’s online recruitment campaign has been killed in Syria by a U.S. airstrike, according to three senior U.S. officials.

The hacker, Junaid Hussain, was a leading member of the CyberCaliphate, an Islamic State unit that broke into the U.S. Central Military Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts this year. He was considered to be the second-most prominent British member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after Mohammed Emwazi, a fighter often referred to as “Jihadi John” because of his role in the videotaped killings of Western hostages.


Father of chav sharmuta who ran off to join ISIS not quite as nice as he’s making out

‘Burn, burn USA,’ he yells from his prime spot at the front of one of the most notorious rallies in recent times.

…As the remainder of the flag burns on the ground, Mr Hussen chants ‘Allahu Akbar’.

…Mr Hussen – the father of one of the three schoolgirls who fled Britain to join Islamic State – then turns his attention to a burning Israeli flag on the floor and begins to chant and gesture toward it.

…He is one of a dozen fanatics standing behind a banner which proclaims: ‘The followers of Mohammed will conquer America.’ Behind him, hundreds of fanatics repeatedly chant incendiary slogans while holding menacing black jihadi flags.

Among the rabble-rousers was notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary, who has led a number of Islamist groups that were subsequently banned.

Alongside him stood Michael Adebowale, one of the two Muslim converts who murdered and almost beheaded Fusilier Lee Rigby in the name of Allah eight months later.

But is she as enticing as a goat?

…But last month Mr Hussen gave evidence to Parliament refusing to accept any responsibility for the three

schoolgirls’ actions, instead seeking to blame the police, teachers, Turkish officials and others.

In an extraordinary exchange at the home affairs select committee, Mr Hussen, who was with the families of the other two girls, denied even knowing what Islamic radicalisation was.

…‘As for me, I don’t know the symptoms even — what radicalisation is,’ he told MPs.  h/t