The taxi that took Dominic Cummings away from Downing Street for the last time was carrying more than just the Prime Minister’s ex-chief adviser; it also carried away any realistic hope that the Johnson government might deliver on reform of the BBC. With Cummings gone the chances that there will be any serious assault on the Corporation’s privileges and prerogatives are severely diminished.
(13 June 2011)
Mr MacMaster, who is on holiday in Istanbul, told BBC Scotland: „I really felt a number of years ago, in discussions on Middle East issues in the US, often when I presented real facts and opinions, the immediate reaction to someone with my name was: ‚Why are you anti-American? Why are you anti-Jewish?‘
„So I invented a name to talk under that would keep the focus on the actual issue.“
Mr MacMaster said he had wanted people to listen to the facts without paying attention to „the man behind the curtain“.
The Office for National Statistics says that Spain saw the highest peak in rates of death in Europe.
But the UK had the longest period of above-average deaths and so overall saw higher death rates.
(22. Juli 2004)
Welch ein Kontrapunkt zu einem anderen Tod, der den Beginn von Blairs Laufbahn markiert hat. Im Mai 1994 erlag der Labour-Vorsitzende und Oppositionsführer John Smith überraschend einem Herzinfarkt, und nach gebührender Anstandsfrist wurde Blair sein Nachfolger. Den 21. Juli 1994, als dies geschah, wird man vielleicht einmal als den Gründungstag von „New Labour“ feiern. Doch heute macht die Partei möglichst wenig Aufhebens davon, denn im verflixten siebten Jahr der Regierung Blair muß man die Leute nicht auch noch mit Gewalt zum Nachsinnen bringen, wie grandios alles einmal begonnen hatte und wie viele Hoffnungen seither enttäuscht worden sind.
1. Operation Mason, the police code-name for the search for Dr Kelly, was officially started before his family had reported him missing. The official explanation is that operation start times are often made retrospective to cover any preceding period relevant to the operation; but if this were the reason in this case, then the start time would need to be weeks, not hours earlier. Who authorised the opening of documentation on the operation and at precisely what time?
2. Why were there no fingerprints on Dr Kelly’s knife, pill packets, water bottle, glasses, mobile or watch? He wore no gloves. Police knew this when they gave evidence to Hutton but the absence of prints wasn’t mentioned.
3. Lord Hutton said photographic evidence showed Dr Kelly’s body was found propped against a tree, yet the first paramedic to reach the scene said he was originally flat on his back. Who moved the body and why?
Dr Kelly had been unmasked by officials a week previously as the assumed source of a highly damaging BBC report which suggested Blair’s government had ’sexed-up‘ the case for the Iraq war.
He always denied being the BBC’s prime source, yet its report added to mounting questions about the existence of the infamous weapons of mass destruction (WMD), used by the then Prime Minister to justify sending British troops into the conflict.
UK officials believe it is not possible to be absolutely sure about the origins but point to scientific opinion suggesting the most likely scenario is …
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Laura Kuenssberg claimed Michael Gove could be given the role to look after the last leg of the Brexit trade negotiations in Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle today.
The ICC said it took the findings very seriously. The MoD has said the allegations are unsubstantiated.
The year-long investigation claims to have found evidence of murders by an SAS soldier, as well as deaths in custody, beatings, torture and sexual abuse of detainees by members of the Black Watch.
A senior SAS commander was referred to prosecutors for attempting to pervert the course of justice, the investigation claims.
Operation Northmoor was set up by the government in 2014 and looked into 52 alleged illegal killings.
Its closure was announced by the government before Royal Military Police detectives even had a chance to interview the key Afghan witnesses.
Al-Shabab launched a „daring raid on the US military base“, the group said in a statement.
„After breaching the perimeters of the heavily fortified base, the mujahideen [holy warriors] stormed the military complex, engaging the crusaders in an intense firefight.“
Rebels told the BBC that fighters pulled out of the town on Tuesday.
But an official statement from the main jihadist group in Idlib province, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), characterised it as a „redeployment“ of forces.
He also doubted the UK could sign a new trade deal with Japan – or other nations – before leaving the EU.
„I don’t think so,“ said Mr Kono when asked if he thought it was possible, adding there would be „some kind of gap“ before a deal could be agreed.
Swedish prosecutors are set to announce whether they are reopening an inquiry into a rape allegation against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange.
The investigation may be revived at the request of the alleged victim’s lawyer.
Faisal Islam had an impromptu back and forth with a protester at the end of Downing Street this afternoon. Certainly had his Weetabix this morning…
– Commons Speaker John Bercow detonated Theresa May’s plans for the Brexit endgame with ruling yesterday
– Brexit hardliners seized on the move today as new hope for securing a No Deal exit from the EU next week
– May had hoped to win a last minute third vote on her deal before Thursday’s crucial summit in Brussels
– Instead she faces begging for a long delay to Brexit with no clear plan on what to do with any extra time
– Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay hinted the Government could revive the deal next week despite the ruling
– It puts the Government on course for a war with the Commons Speaker amid mounting constitutional crisis
The shamelessness of the apocaholics is increasingly blatant. They know that even if a story of impending doom is thoroughly debunked, the correction comes too late. The gullible media will have relayed the headline without checking, so the activists have made their fake-news hit, perhaps even raised funds on the back of it, and won.
Take the story on February 10 that ‘insects could vanish within a century’, as the Guardian’s Damian Carrington put it, echoed by the BBC.
(1985) In February, 1985, we carried out an eavesdropping experiment in London, in cooperation with the British Broadcasting Corporation. Part of the results were shown in the programme „Tomorrow’s World.“ A small van was equipped with a 10 metre high pump mast to which a VHF band III antenna was clamped (10 dB gain). The received signal was fed through an antenna, amplified (18 dB) and displayed on a television screen inside the van.
For obvious reasons we cannot give information on the data picked up during the experiment. The results can be
summarized as follows:
• It is possible to eavesdrop on the video display units or terminals in buildings from a large distance, using a car fitted up for the purpose.
• Although the experiment was carried out in broad daylight and many people watched us, nobody asked what we were doing.
Tens of thousands of passengers on several airlines have been disrupted by drones flying over the airport.
In a tweet, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson had confirmed the military deployment.
Viewers of the BBC’s new Agatha Christie drama will find many familiar elements: a killer on the loose, a mystery to solve and Hercule Poirot piecing together the clues.
But the adaptation of The ABC Murders will also bring Brexit into the mix, inviting audiences to draw parallels between the rise of fascism in 1930s Britain and the state of the nation today.
On Thursday, I was away from home and my desk. For information and news, therefore, I relied on my iPhone. But my iPhone is on the O2 network, which went into a coma at 5.30 that morning, so I had no information or news all day. As I needed to prepare for going on BBC Question Time that night, I was alarmed.
Outgoing BBC Economics Editor and former Observer Political Editor, Kamal Ahmed, emailed all BBC correspondents last week to encourage them to report contentious Treasury and Bank of England forecasts as definitive. The email, leaked to Guido, states with confidence that economically, Brexit is “a bit rubbish.”
The BBC has been accused of Brexit bias on many occasions
She is the pastor for a tiny organisation called the Seeds for Wealth Ministries, which claims to “help you realise, release and walk into your financial freedom in Christ”.
However eagle-eyed viewers spotted that a woman who appears to be the same person regularly works as an extra under the name Marina Hayter – and was even in in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
Andrew’s guests are education secretary Damian Hinds MP, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry MP, chief of defence staff General Sir Nick Carter, director Danny Boyle and pianist Alexis Ffrench. Reviewing the papers are Sir Harold Evans from Reuters, The Guardian’s Anushka Asthana and The Sun columnist Jane Moore.
But the Labour leader received backing from his shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to insist that the party would not be part of the “deeply anti-democratic forces out there”.
“If we have had a referendum and that is the result, then we ought to proceed on the basis of good faith and we will do our best to try and deliver a Brexit that is good for the country,” she said.
Labour created more confusion over its Brexit policy today as Emily Thornberry insisted the option of campaigning for a second referendum remains on the table just days after Jeremy Corbyn said leaving the EU “could not be stopped.”
Mr Corbyn has angered Labour MPs and supporters by arguing Brexit cannot be stopped – and by going on to reject the growing calls for a fresh public vote.
But Ms Thornberry said: “If we don’t have a general election then, yes, of course all the options remain on the table and we would campaign for there to be a people’s vote – but there are several stages before we get that.”
The Media Reform Coalition has conducted in-depth research on the controversy surrounding antisemitism in the Labour Party, focusing on media coverage of the crisis during the summer of 2018. Following extensive case study research, we identified myriad in accuracies and distortions in online and television news including marked skews in sourcing, omission of essential context or right of reply, misquotation, and false assertions made either by journalists themselves or sources whose contentious claims were neither challenged nor countered. Overall, our findings were consistent with a disinformation paradigm.