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15/07/2018 06:33 PM
The government’s implosion over Brexit has handed the Labour Party a massive ‘gift’

It’s been a rocky week for the government. After the cabinet reportedly agreed a plan for Brexit, the government was hit by infighting. Resignations came thick and fast. First to go was David Davis, who resigned saying he didn’t “believe” in the plan. Then it was Boris Johnson, who said Theresa May’s plan “sticks in […]

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15/07/2018 06:04 PM
Andrew Marr didn’t even mention the disaster that hit Theresa May just before her interview

Andrew Marr didn’t even mention the disaster that hit Theresa May right before her interview on 15 July. After three resignations earlier in the week, yet another minister resigned from May’s government. The Mirror effectively forced Andrew Griffiths to resign after the paper revealed that the business minister sent two barmaids £700 while offering sex […]

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15/07/2018 05:01 PM
The week in satire Vol. #77

And what a week it was! A week in which Theresa May held Donald Trump’s hand again! A week in which she held his fucking hand again! And a week in which – for fuck’s sake – why do you keep holding his hand!? YOU’RE NOT A CHILD – YOU’RE THE PRIME MINISTER – HAVE […]

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15/07/2018 04:46 PM
People are having an absolute field day with a photo of the ‘massive’ pro-Tommy Robinson march

On 14 July, supporters of the English Defence League’s (EDL) ex-leader Tommy Robinson staged a protest in London. The protest also had a pro-Trump message. It is estimated that around 2,000 people took part. But one of Robinson’s supporters didn’t appear convinced by estimates from news outlets. Taking to Twitter, they claimed the protest was bigger than […]

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15/07/2018 04:20 PM
The American people are turning against Donald Trump on one vital issue

The majority of Americans are coming round to the reality that the global climate is changing. That’s according to a new study [pdf] published by the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE). 73% [pdf, p2] of Americans now believe that there is clear evidence of climate change, in contrast to Donald Trump. This is […]

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15/07/2018 03:18 PM
Piers Morgan lets somebody answer a f*cking question for once

Piers Morgan is known for two interview styles: SHOUTING AT HIS GUESTS SO NO ONE CAN TELL HOW OUT OF HIS DEPTH HE IS! Just letting Donald Trump get on with it. As you can imagine, Morgan went with the second style when interviewing Trump. Gammon and beg  Earlier in the week, Morgan castrated someone […]

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15/07/2018 01:04 PM
Nigel Farage tweets a racist picture so fake it could have been ‘written in crayon’

Nigel Farage has apparently been taken in by a picture so crudely photoshopped that one Twitter user said “it may as well have been written in ***** CRAYON!!!”. But did he apologise for retweeting the racist, misogynistic picture? No. Instead, he attacked the “refugees welcome brigade”. “These people are sick” Farage tweeted a photograph of […]

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15/07/2018 11:37 AM
Here’s what the UK media isn’t telling you about the violent riots in Derry

The Fountain estate in a loyalist enclave in Derry city has recently been under petrol bomb attack by republican youths from the nearby Bogside. The media reports that the so-called ‘New IRA’ is behind it. But there’s something most of the media aren’t telling you. Left behind While the media highlights condemnation of the attacks, it largely […]

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14/07/2018 07:12 PM
I knew what impact Jeremy Hunt’s ridiculous reform would have on nurses. Because I was one.

I started my nurse training in 1991. I had a bursary and lived in subsidised hospital accommodation. There were no tuition fees, and I finished my training with no debt. But it was hard work. We had to be in college all day, every day. We didn’t get long holidays. On placement, we had to […]

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14/07/2018 06:30 PM
The Daily Mail stands on the wrong side of history again, with a front-page tribute to Donald Trump

The Daily Mail has stood on the wrong side of history again with a front-page tribute to Donald Trump. The tabloid also claimed people protesting Trump’s UK state visit ‘shame Britain’, and attacked Jeremy Corbyn for standing with them: In the 1930s Lord Rothermere was a friend of Mussolini and Hitler, the Daily Mail praised […]

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14/07/2018 05:35 PM
Nicola Sturgeon sends a defiant message to Donald Trump as he ‘relaxes’ in Scotland

On the same day Donald Trump teed off at his luxury Turnberry golf resort, Nicola Sturgeon sent a powerful message to the world. Sturgeon led the Glasgow Pride march on 14 July, becoming the only sitting first minister in the UK to have done so. “Equality and fairness at all times” Taking the position of […]

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14/07/2018 05:02 PM
A Conservative MP makes a total fool of himself trying to smear Jeremy Corbyn

The deputy chairman of the Conservative party, James Cleverly, tried to shoot down Jeremy Corbyn over his criticism of Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. Instead, thanks to the work of an astute Twitter user, he shot himself in the foot. This again? Cleverly had a pithy response to a video of Corbyn criticising the prime […]

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14/07/2018 04:16 PM
Here are the protest signs that stuck it to Donald Trump in a truly British fashion

On 13 July, prime minister Theresa May quite literally extended the hand of friendship to Donald Trump. Thankfully, people protesting in London (and elsewhere) on the same day restored some pride to Britain with their brilliant commitment to satirical protest and puns. Who did a Trump? The comedian Stewart Lee has a joke where he […]

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14/07/2018 03:38 PM
Hadrian’s Wall fails to prevent dangerous migrant heading north

Emperor Hadrian had a simple dream: The Roman Empire is going to build a wall, and the Celts are paying for it! Despite this mighty wall, a conniving orange migrant has somehow managed to slip into Scotland. Invasion Speaking about the sudden influx of dangerous migrants, Nicola Sturgeon said: These orange people are animals. Seriously. […]

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14/07/2018 12:38 PM
It’s Bristol Pride today. But there’s a big problem with one of its sponsors.

Bristol Pride is taking place on 14 July. The event has come under fire after people noticed a big problem with one of its sponsors. Campaigners and individuals from a variety of organisations signed an open letter to the organisers against its sponsorship from Airbus. The signatories included Bristol Kurdish Solidarity Network, Lesbians and Gays Support […]

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14/07/2018 12:16 AM
Trump ‘comes home’ to Scotland, but people make it absolutely clear just how unwelcome he is

Thousands of people took to the streets of Scotland in anticipation of Donald Trump’s arrival on 13 July, and it’s fair to say they got their message across. As the mass protests in London were beginning to come to a close, the people of Scotland took over the mantle. In short, the US president’s visit […]

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13/07/2018 11:13 PM
A DWP minister just made the dodgiest of claims about Universal Credit

A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister responded to a parliamentary question in the last few hours of the working week on Friday 13 July. But in doing so, he made a few claims which were, at best, skating on rather thin ice when it came to the truth. DWP: what about rent arrears? […]

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13/07/2018 09:22 PM
Reports show the link between Trump’s hateful rhetoric and a rise in racist violence

The tweets of US president Donald Trump, laden with hateful rhetoric against immigrants and minority groups, are leading to a rise in violence, according to a recent report from the University of Warwick. A horrific attack on an elderly man, meanwhile, has shown the resulting damage. Sharp rise in hate crimes under Trump The annual report by […]

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13/07/2018 06:40 PM
Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Forget Muslims and Russia. Hollywood has a new bogeyman.

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the latest in the Tom Cruise mega-franchise. But while the film delivers a Hadron Collider-esque barrage of explosive action, there is also a subtle message: that Hollywood has a new breed of baddie in its sights – ‘anarchists’. Dum, dum, dum-dum…  The sixth film in the franchise, Mission: Impossible – […]

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13/07/2018 06:14 PM
Owen Jones crushes the BBC live on air after it portrays the British as pro-Trump

This article was updated at 1245 on 14 July. It originally stated that the host was Victoria Derbyshire. It now correctly states that Chloe Tilley was presenting the Victoria Debyshire show. On 13 July, Owen Jones destroyed the BBC live on air. The broadcaster had attempted to portray the British as pro-Donald Trump on the Victoria […]

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13/07/2018 06:04 PM
A protester tells Rupert Murdoch exactly where he can stick it, live on Sky News

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of London on 13 July in resistance to Donald Trump. And protesters weren’t about to let the US president’s media buddies off the hook either. ‘Murdoch can fuck right off’ Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News was at the protests. And when it tried to get a comment […]

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13/07/2018 05:19 PM
Channel 4 catches the Tory MP who just tweeted bile about Sadiq Khan with ‘racist’ memorabilia

Channel 4 just spotted ‘racist‘ memorabilia on a Conservative MP’s mantelpiece. The very same sitting Conservative politician who tweeted a pig having sex with Sadiq Khan, a practising Muslim, on 12 July: When Trump goes home, islamophobia won’t go with him. From Michael Fabricant MP to Zac Goldsmith MP, the Tory party is riddled with […]

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13/07/2018 04:33 PM
Theresa May’s back locks after bending over backwards for Trump

Theresa May has a very obvious plan for dealing with Donald Trump. Namely to bend over backwards for him. And also to bend further when he takes advantage of this. Which is: EVERY. FUCKING. TIME. The problem for May is the bending has finally gone too far. She’ll be back Thankfully, Trump didn’t notice. Primarily […]

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13/07/2018 04:14 PM
The National Youth Theatre just premiered a groundbreaking piece of work

The National Youth Theatre’s (NYT) latest play has just opened in London. As is often the case with the company, it’s once again breaking ground. This time, it’s combining inspired writing, production, and its very special set of values. “Playing Up”, National Youth Theatre style Through its ‘Playing Up Company‘ course, the NYT aims to […]

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13/07/2018 04:06 PM
The SNP gives Donald Trump a very special ‘welcome message’ ahead of his visit to Scotland

A top SNP politician has told Donald Trump he’s not welcome in Scotland, on the day the president is set to arrive north of the border. Deputy leader of the party Keith Brown said that Scotland rejects the “abhorrent” policies of the US president. In speaking out, the MSP joined leaders from the Scottish Greens and […]

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13/07/2018 03:29 PM
A lord mayor’s two-finger salute to Donald Trump is kicking off celebrations in Sheffield today

Celebrations are kicking off in Sheffield after the first ever Green lord mayor of the city declared 13 July to be Mexico Solidarity Day in the city. The mayor, Magid Magid, also banned Donald Trump from Sheffield and called the US president a “wasteman”. The Green Party’s announcement, made on 4 July, was accompanied by a photo of Magid […]

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13/07/2018 02:43 PM
Home Office to allow migrant workers to strike in huge win for workers’ rights

The Home Office will change a rule that potentially prevented migrant workers from taking part in strike action. In a written statement published on 12 July, home secretary Sajid Javid said that migrant workers will now be able to take part in strike action without fear of it counting against their unpaid leave limits: The specific […]

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13/07/2018 01:48 PM
It’s clear why this audience member was bigging up Theresa May. Look who she works for.

It’s pretty obvious why audience member Anna Firth was bigging up Theresa May on the 13 July edition of BBC Question Time. Look who she works for: This week’s Tory plant – meet Anna Firth. Twice stood – and failed – to be an MP and is now a Tory councillor in Sevenoaks #bbcqt pic.twitter.com/mle9mgbjSs […]

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13/07/2018 11:56 AM
The DWP boss was just obliterated in the most scathing takedown of her conduct yet

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) boss Esther McVey has not had a good month. As another week draws to a close, she’s faced more stinging criticism of her conduct. It wasn’t from campaigners or the Labour Party, though. It was from a respected, centrist thinktank. The DWP boss: under fire The Institute for […]

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13/07/2018 11:36 AM
A Tory MP was too late deleting his vile attack on Sadiq Khan

On 12 July, Conservative MP for Lichfield Michael Fabricant tweeted a shockingly racist image attacking London mayor Sadiq Khan. There are now calls for Fabricant to be suspended by the Conservative Party. Unbelievable Fabricant tweeted the following image before quickly deleting it: The now deleted tweet by @mike_fabricant is gratuitously racist and the Tories have to […]

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13/07/2018 10:50 AM
Ireland puts its Trump-welcoming neighbours to shame by taking a brave stand against Israeli occupation

As the UK government welcomed US president Donald Trump to its shores this week, Ireland put its neighbours to shame by taking a brave stand against illegal Israeli settlements in Palestine. On 11 July, Ireland moved forward with a bill to ban products from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The country’s Seanad (upper house) passed the bill with 25 in […]

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12/07/2018 11:35 PM
While May rolls out the red carpet for Trump, the UK’s oldest MP gives him the ‘welcome’ he deserves

While Theresa May rolls out the red carpet for US president Donald Trump, the UK’s oldest MP has given him the ‘welcome’ he deserves. “Fascist” In the House of Commons, Labour’s Dennis Skinner was unforgiving, asking of the prime minister: Does she want to hold his hand again? Is that what it’s all about? During […]

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12/07/2018 11:35 PM
The European parliament shoots down Theresa May’s Brexit plan within minutes of its release

Right after Theresa May released her full document on The future relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, the European parliament shot it down. Not “credible” The European parliament’s Brexit Steering Group essentially suggested that May’s proposals to prevent a hard border between the north and south of Ireland were not “credible”. The group, which basically […]

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12/07/2018 07:03 PM
A world-famous rock band is threatening legal action against Nigel ‘pissweasel’ Farage

A world-famous rock band is threatening legal action against Nigel Farage. Rage Against The Machine (RATM) has sent a legal letter to the ex-UKIP leader demanding he change the name of his podcast. It claims the show Farage Against the Machine “brazenly and unlawfully exploits” RATM’s name and logo. Abhorrent The band’s main attorney, Howard […]

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12/07/2018 06:54 PM
The day after anti-Trump protests, another far-right figure will be facing serious opposition

Tens of thousands of people are expected at anti-Trump protests in London on 13 July. The following day, the latest #FreeTommy march will be causing a scene around one of our own right-wing figures. And the march is being funded by an American right-wing thinktank. The next #FreeTommy event is being held at Whitehall in […]

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12/07/2018 06:19 PM
The BBC is facing a social media backlash due to its choice of one particular Question Time panellist

The BBC is facing a backlash on social media over its decision to invite Piers Morgan onto Question Time on 12 July: What a week in politics… and on the day @realDonaldTrump arrives in the UK, his friend @piersmorgan is back on the #bbcqt panel (1/5) pic.twitter.com/O4ioHJUVBB — BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) July 12, 2018 A bully The general reaction […]

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12/07/2018 05:28 PM
It’s official: DWP cuts are so bad councils just spent record amounts mopping them up

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has cut some welfare so near to the bone that local authorities had to spend record amounts last year to make up the shortfall. The DWP: reforms to mitigate other reforms Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) have been around since 2001 [pdf, p5] to help housing benefit claimants with certain […]

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12/07/2018 05:18 PM
The latest English Housing Survey lays bare the perils of private renting

On 12 July, the government released the English Housing Survey for 2016-17. It lays bare the insecure and expensive reality for households forced to rent privately. A house becomes a home The statistics show the shocking insecurity of renting privately through the assured shorthold tenancy when compared to more secure social tenancies. The report breaks […]

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12/07/2018 05:09 PM
Watch Piers Morgan lose control of his own show as guest Ash Sarkar brands him an ‘idiot’

Co-host of Good Morning Britain Piers Morgan seemed to lose control of his own show on 12 July. “Idiot” Guest Ash Sarkar branded Morgan an “idiot” after the presenter repeatedly tried to shout down the debate: Watch Piers Morgan idiotically trying to straw-man @AyoCaesar over the Stop Trump march this weekend. pic.twitter.com/F7oM68DrC4 — Novara Media […]

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12/07/2018 04:53 PM
Latin American activists are fighting back against the ‘gentrification’ of their London community

The regeneration of Elephant and Castle’s shopping centre is going ahead despite fierce opposition from the local community. Southwark Council’s planning committee recently approved the proposal by a narrow margin of four-to-three in favour and one abstention. Local charity Latin Elephant is undeterred and has vowed to continue lobbying for a fair deal for local traders from […]

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12/07/2018 04:21 PM
Gary Lineker’s brilliant takedown of Boris Johnson after he tries to get into Britain’s good books

Gary Lineker brilliantly took down Boris Johnson on 12 July, after the former foreign secretary tried to get into Britain’s good books. Spoiler: Johnson’s attempt didn’t work. “Bore off Boris” Johnson resigned from his ministerial position on 9 July. The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP stepped down in protest against Theresa May’s plan for Brexit. […]

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12/07/2018 04:08 PM
The song climbing the UK charts ahead of Trump’s arrival will infuriate the president

Green Day’s 2004 hit song American Idiot has been rising up the UK charts ahead of Donald Trump’s visit, thanks to efforts from various social media campaign groups. The US president is set to arrive in the UK on 12 July ahead of meetings with Theresa May and the Queen, along with a visit to Scotland. […]

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12/07/2018 03:38 PM
Two years after becoming prime minister, Theresa May has received some very bad news

Just two years after becoming prime minister, Theresa May has had – to put it mildly – a difficult week. With a string of resignations and Brexit ‘negotiations’ in chaos, she probably needed a break. But the bad news hasn’t stopped. In fact, it’s got worse as the week has gone on. The latest poll […]

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12/07/2018 02:56 PM
Ridiculous orange airbag confronted by preposterous blimp

The UK invited a cartoon blimp to visit on Thursday 12 July. The problem is that some unruly protestors got wind of this and constructed a ridiculous orange airbag to spoil the day. This meant that… …wait… …have I got that the right way around? Which one’s the airbag and which one’s the blimp? Ridiculous […]

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12/07/2018 02:26 PM
Greens and Scottish Labour put pressure on Nicola Sturgeon to ban Trump from Glasgow Prestwick Airport

The Scottish Green Party and Scottish Labour have released a statement to stop Trump from landing at Glasgow Prestwick Airport. The joint statement from Richard Leonard of Scottish Labour and Patrick Harvie of Scottish Greens was released on 11 July. Leonard and Harvie said: The Scottish Government owns Prestwick Airport and it should not be used for […]

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12/07/2018 01:38 PM
A civil liberties group has issued a warning to the police ahead of the Trump protests

Donald Trump is about to arrive in the UK, and mass protests are expected to greet his visit. A civil liberties group has issued a warning to the police ahead of the protests. But the police already appear to be clamping down on protest. According to a press release seen by The Canary, the organisers […]

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12/07/2018 01:30 PM
Theresa May snuck out a U-turn on immigration while everyone watched the England semi-final

Theresa May snuck out a U-turn on immigration while everyone watched the England semi-final on 11 July. The Conservative government has halted a range of ‘hostile environment’ policies for anyone over 30 in the wake of the Windrush scandal. Jeremy Corbyn branded the timing of the announcement “disgraceful”: Disgraceful to sneak this out while the […]

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12/07/2018 12:42 PM
One question to the DWP has exposed its staggering ‘institutional failures’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has come under serious fire for its ‘institutional failures’ [pdf, p3] against some of the sickest people it deals with. But a parliamentary question reveals a department completely out of touch with the reality of what it’s doing. A revealing question to the DWP On 27 June, Labour’s Lord […]

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12/07/2018 11:58 AM
The BBC’s highest earners list shows it’s still failing miserably at equality

On 11 July, as the nation prepared for England’s biggest football match in 28 years, the BBC released its top earners list for 2017-18. Depressingly, they all have one thing in common. They are all men. A common theme The top 12 earners are as follows: And people on social media quickly noticed a shared characteristic of the […]

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11/07/2018 07:08 PM
The full text of that scathing letter of no confidence a Tory MP wrote about Theresa May

Theresa May’s week got even worse as the contents of a scathing letter of no confidence reached the public eye. The letter, posted to social media by talkRADIO‘s Ross Kempsell, attacks Theresa May for her delivery of Brexit. The letter Tory MP Andrew Bridgen submitted the letter of no confidence to Graham Brady, the chair […]

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11/07/2018 07:04 PM
The Independent asks Britain a moronic question ahead of England’s World Cup game

Ahead of the semi-final game between England and Croatia, the Independent asked Britain the most moronic question about the World Cup. And people gave it the answer it deserved. “Diplomatic nightmare” The media outlet published an article on 10 July about the possibility of England winning the World Cup. But the Independent‘s Sean O’Grady didn’t […]

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11/07/2018 06:36 PM
A rapper has nailed why people are going to be protesting Trump’s UK visit

A conscious rapper and poet has released a blistering takedown of Donald Trump. His piece has been published to coincide with both the US president’s visit this week, and the protests that will be happening to mark the occasion. Working-class resistance Potent Whisper (aka Georgie Stephanou) comes from a single-parent, working-class family on a council estate in […]

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11/07/2018 05:55 PM
Trump has a ‘solution’ for immigration. But his bullsh*t is lost on no one.

On 10 July, US president Donald Trump offered a “solution” for recent scandals surrounding his country’s treatment of immigrant families. The problem with that “solution”, however, is that it calls on people to respect what the US government has long treated with utter contempt: laws and borders. “Well, I have a solution: Tell people not […]

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11/07/2018 05:19 PM
John Cleese couldn’t keep a straight face after the BBC painted the UK press as truth-spreaders

On 10 July, John Cleese couldn’t keep a straight face after BBC Newsnight host Emily Maitlis tried to big up the UK press as spreading truth. Cleese sprung data on Maitlis that shows the UK has the least trusted press in Europe. Out of 33 countries, the UK has ranked rock bottom for the past […]

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11/07/2018 04:29 PM
Gareth Southgate’s ‘appearance’ at PMQs made it a session to remember

Gareth Southgate’s ‘appearance’ at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on 11 July made the session one to remember. At the very least, the UK’s ‘shambolic’ government won’t forget it anytime soon. Teamwork Prime minister Theresa May is currently at the NATO summit, promising to send hundreds more troops to a war Britain began waging 17 years […]

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11/07/2018 03:53 PM
The DWP just admitted a court case it lost will affect thousands of people

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) just admitted that a court case it lost means it may have to pay thousands of benefit claimants back-payments. The DWP: wrong again On 28 June, minister of state for employment Alok Sharma was forced to reveal the outcome of a legal challenge to the DWP. As the Mirror reported, the court […]

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11/07/2018 03:08 PM
Theresa May installs a revolving door and escape slide at Downing Street to speed up the reshuffles

Theresa May’s cabinet is in chaos. And now it isn’t. Now it is. Isn’t. Is. And now, the entire cabinet has fucked off, forcing May to round up people from the bus stop (which will at least make a nice change from ministers being rounded up from the gravy train). Hard to keep up It’s […]

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11/07/2018 03:06 PM
MPs howl with laughter as Emily Thornberry nails a government in chaos

With Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May absent, Prime Minister’s Questions had the potential to be a low-key affair. But shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry had other ideas. Tarantino meets the Chuckle Brothers To howls of laughter, Thornberry compared this chaotic government to “Reservoir Dogs remade by the Chuckle Brothers”: Talking Mutiny on the Bounty, Reservoir […]

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11/07/2018 02:54 PM
Davis and Johnson leave the sinking ship [CARTOON]

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11/07/2018 02:24 PM
A groundbreaking website which persistently holds the DWP to account is under threat

A groundbreaking writer who dedicates his time to holding the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to account is facing an uncertain future. Holding the DWP to account John Pring is the founder of the Disability News Service (DNS). He launched the site in April 2009, and has broken the mould when it comes to reporting on disability […]

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11/07/2018 01:52 PM
A sinister organisation has deeply worrying links with some of the government’s new big hitters

A sinister organisation has deeply worrying links with some of the government’s new cabinet ministers. Institute for Economic Affairs The organisation in question is a free-market think-tank – the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). openDemocracy describes how: The IEA is one of the UK’s most influential think tanks. Its representatives regularly appear on the media, advocating […]

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11/07/2018 12:56 PM
Nicola Sturgeon points out the obvious problem with Theresa May’s new Brexit plan

As the dust settles on the controversial resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis, the new Brexit plan has created just as much attention. Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 10 July to point out the obvious problem with Theresa May’s plan, agreed after the cabinet’s Chequers meeting. […]

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11/07/2018 12:01 PM
Labour pulls a genius move to give the DWP chief a taste of her own medicine

The Labour Party is pulling a genius move by trying to give Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) chief Esther McVey a taste of her own medicine. McVey was criticised by the National Audit Office (NAO) over her claims about the government’s flagship benefit, Universal Credit. This led to MPs claiming that the NAO’s statement suggested McVey […]

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11/07/2018 11:23 AM
An outgoing DWP minister just revealed the millions it pays out to a notorious company

An outgoing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister just revealed the extent to which a notorious private outsourcing firm has its claws in the welfare state. It’s to the tune of over £150m. The DWP: outsourcing heaven On 5 July, Labour MP David Drew asked the DWP’s secretary of state Esther McVey: how many […]

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11/07/2018 12:14 AM
The distance between what May says and what’s actually happening grows bigger every minute

In a week of chaos, two more Conservatives have resigned. And they did this just hours after Theresa May claimed she was “looking ahead to a busy week” with her “productive” new cabinet. The distance between what May says and what is actually happening grows bigger by the minute. Collapsing Conservative vice-chairs Maria Caulfield and Ben […]

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10/07/2018 11:54 PM
Three people are found not guilty after protesting UK arms sales to Turkey

Three people arrested for protesting against an arms fair in Cardiff have been found not guilty. The trio were on trial for failing to leave private land after they stood outside one of the gates to the Defence Procurement Research Technology Exhibition (DPRTE). This action was taken to highlight the UK’s arms sales to Turkey. UK […]

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10/07/2018 10:50 PM
One heartbreaking Twitter thread encapsulates the brutality of Tory Britain

A heartbreaking Twitter thread encapsulates the sheer brutality of austerity Britain under the Conservative government. Desperate James Gleave, a transport adviser from Bedfordshire, was waiting for a train home on 9 July when he saw something worrying: I was waiting for a connecting train at Bletchley station. When i noticed a small, old lady with […]

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10/07/2018 10:21 PM
Labour’s deputy leader literally just went on TV to save Theresa May’s government

On 10 July, Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson appeared on Sky News. And to the shock of many Labour supporters, Watson essentially said that it was the Labour Party’s job to save the Conservative government from collapse: It’s not a question of Labour trying to bring the government down. It’s actually a question of Labour trying […]

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10/07/2018 07:27 PM
The UK government’s drug policy is fuelling a terrible situation in Scotland

Update: The headline was changed at 11.45am on 11 July to say ‘The UK government’s drug policy…’ Since 2015, HIV rates related to heroin use have been rapidly increasing in Scotland. The National AIDS Trust (NAT) has published a new report [pdf] showing that UK government policy on drugs is fuelling this HIV outbreak. HIV […]

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10/07/2018 05:45 PM
Dear Jeremy Hunt, ‘we literally hate you’, love from the NHS

On 9 July, Jeremy Hunt became the UK’s new foreign secretary. Following Boris Johnson’s resignation, Hunt ended his almost-six-year stint as the longest serving health secretary. And as Hunt left the NHS, doctors, nurses and patients took to social media to tell him exactly what they thought. Just four words… Dr Mat Hoskins responded to […]

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10/07/2018 05:29 PM
The Tories Theresa May just promoted to lead Britain have one embarrassing thing in common

With the high-profile resignations of David Davis and Boris Johnson, Theresa May has had to reshuffle her cabinet. The issue is that the Tories the prime minister has promoted have an embarrassing thing in common: they all have abysmal views on the departments they now run. Additionally, they are all white, middle-aged men. Geoffrey Cox […]

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10/07/2018 04:24 PM
Jeremy Hunt is facing a monumental backlash after saying goodbye to the NHS

On 9 July, Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt as Britain’s new foreign secretary, ending his almost six-year stint as health secretary. Hunt then proceeded to tweet goodbye to the NHS: Massive wrench for me to leave health – I know some staff haven’t found me the easiest Health Sec but the NHS, and particularly patient safety, has […]

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10/07/2018 03:43 PM
As the Tories implode over Brexit, the England team is sticking two fingers up at the far right

While everyone’s watching the Conservative government implode over Brexit, the England football team is sticking two fingers up at the far right. Actions speak louder than words The British right loves using immigrants as political scapegoats. And Brexit was no different. UKIP and others exploited people’s anger in the wake of the 2007/2008 capitalist crisis to […]

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10/07/2018 03:26 PM
Shocking videos emerge of alleged war crimes by a UK-armed NATO ally

WARNING: This article contains very disturbing scenes which may not be suitable for everyone and are not recommended for the faint-hearted. The purpose of sharing these videos is not to shock our readers or encourage violence, but simply to reveal the alleged fate of innocent civilians at the hands of the Turkish military.   Not one but two shocking […]

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10/07/2018 02:59 PM
The attorney general of Anguilla just gave the perfect tribute to Boris Johnson

It was an exciting day in the corridors of power yesterday as not one but two members of the Tory eurosceptic wing resigned from their positions on the front bench. Hot on the heels of David Davis’s resignation as Brexit secretary, Boris Johnson followed suit. This has left the Conservative government in utter chaos. Johnson’s time as […]

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10/07/2018 01:42 PM
The photo that sums up the open secret of why Boris Johnson really resigned

Photos featured in the Telegraph on 10 July sum up the open secret of why Boris Johnson really resigned. The outgoing foreign secretary arranged for a photo shoot of himself signing his resignation letter. Labour MP David Lammy has some colourful language describing what such behaviour suggests: The fact that @BorisJohnson arranged for a photoshoot […]

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10/07/2018 12:49 PM
SNP MP Ian Blackford has ripped into the DWP’s ‘austerity agenda’

SNP MP Ian Blackford has launched a scathing attack on the UK government’s continued commitment to austerity. “Damaging austerity agenda” As Welfare Weekly reported, Blackford is making a speech on 10 July, in which he will: set out how the UK can learn from Scotland’s progressive economic policies, and will call for the UK Government to […]

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09/07/2018 07:28 PM
The Scottish government just blamed the DWP for some staggering figures

The Scottish government has blamed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and UK government’s “welfare cuts” for a shocking increase in legal action over council tax arrears. The DWP: under fire As STV reported, official figures show that, in five years, there has been a 38% increase in the number of warrants issued by […]

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09/07/2018 07:16 PM
A Times columnist’s tweet exposes the most unbelievable Brexiteer hypocrisy

In just one tweet, Times columnist Melanie Phillips ha exposed the most unbelievable Brexiteer hypocrisy: I’ve said it before: draft Farage. Sack May, give Farage a peerage, make him party leader and PM – at least until UK really does properly leave the EU.Too fanciful? Desperate times need desperate measures; public faith in democratic process now in […]

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09/07/2018 06:58 PM
Howls of laughter as Theresa May tries to honour the ‘achievements’ of Boris Johnson

After the resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis, Boris Johnson followed suit less than 24 hours later. The outgoing cabinet ministers both claim they cannot support Theresa May’s proposals on a future relationship with the EU. This is because they believe these plans will water down Brexit. In the House of Commons on 9 July, […]

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09/07/2018 06:34 PM
In just 11 words, Jeremy Corbyn summed up the government’s catastrophic Brexit strategy

On a day which plunged the government into crisis, Jeremy Corbyn perfectly summed up its disastrous management of Brexit in just 11 words. Falling apart at the seams On Monday 9 July, prime minister Theresa May had to deal with the resignations of Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson. While she attempted […]

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09/07/2018 05:57 PM
Bookies slash odds on a general election as government descends into “chaos”

Days after the cabinet was said to be united around Theresa May’s Brexit plans, the Conservative government has all but fallen apart. Even the projectors have stopped working. And according to bookmakers across the country, a 2018 general election is looking much more likely. Bookies have slashed the odds on there being a general election […]

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09/07/2018 05:49 PM
The DWP just tried to sell the chaos in Universal Credit as a success

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has just released figures which show Universal Credit is still in chaos – despite the stats seemingly showing otherwise. The DWP: more bad news On Monday 9 July, the DWP released the latest statistics for the time it took new “full service” Universal Credit claimants to get their […]

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09/07/2018 05:26 PM
Jeremy Corbyn just tore the government in ‘crisis’ apart while Theresa May laughed

Jeremy Corbyn just tore into Theresa May and her government following a day of absolute chaos. And her response was to laugh hysterically. Still standing At 3.30pm on 9 July, Britain’s beleaguered prime minister stood in front of fellow MPs. The house was full, with the scent of her resignation in the air. However, May […]

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09/07/2018 04:54 PM
Boris Johnson has resigned and the internet has some farewell messages for him

Following on from Brexit secretary David Davis, Boris Johnson has also resigned from government. As you can imagine, people online had a few things to say about that: As someone on our film crew’s just said:”You can always rely on Boris Johnson to be second over the parapet.’ — Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) July 9, 2018 […]

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09/07/2018 04:06 PM
Dave Davis quits in protest at the government finally having a Brexit plan

After two long years, the government has finally cobbled together a Brexit strategy. It may not be realistic, and it may not be very good, but it does at least exist. One person who couldn’t tolerate it is former Brexit secretary Dave Davis – a man who embodies what Brexit is – a walking shambles […]

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09/07/2018 02:39 PM
Dominic Raab is leaving a disaster to take over a crisis

On 9 July, following David Davis’s resignation, Theresa May appointed former housing minister Dominic Raab as the new Brexit Secretary. He steps from a disaster into a crisis. A disaster The government’s Brexit position is in crisis following Davis’s resignation. But Raab’s record suggests he won’t bring stability. Instead, he’s leaving behind a housing department in […]

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09/07/2018 02:16 PM
Five times the new Brexit secretary already showed his true colours

On 8 July, Brexit secretary David Davis resigned, leading to widespread speculation that this may topple the Conservative government. Seemingly in a desperate attempt to cling to power and avert another general election, Theresa May appointed former housing minister Dominic Raab. But Raab’s track record is quite astonishing – even for a Tory. Because when […]

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09/07/2018 02:00 PM
Theresa May has announced her new Brexit secretary, and these comments show why we should all be worried

Theresa May has confirmed that former housing minister Dominic Raab will be taking over as Brexit secretary. But not everyone is celebrating the appointment. Controversy Raab, who steps into David Davis’s position after his resignation, has a history of troubling comments. In 2017, the MP for Esher and Walton incurred a massive backlash after appearing […]

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09/07/2018 10:29 AM
Jeremy Corbyn is waiting in the wings as David Davis’s resignation ignites chaos within the government

On the evening of 8 July, Brexit secretary David Davis delivered a potentially knockout blow to Theresa May’s creaking government by resigning from his crucial role. One of his junior ministers then followed, with maybe more to come. With a vote of no confidence looming, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is waiting in the wings. “Inescapable” […]

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08/07/2018 06:58 PM
The week in satire Vol. #76

And what a week it was! A week in which the Tories agreed on a Brexit plan! A week in which some other Tories disagreed that they’d agreed! And a week in which the public agreed the Tories have no clue what they’re doing! But what else happened? Let’s look back and see! NHS preparing […]

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08/07/2018 06:48 PM
The Brexit shockwave that just confirmed the British establishment’s worst fears

A Brexit shockwave has confirmed the worst fears of Theresa May and the wider establishment. May is currently striving to rally support for her proposals on a future relationship with the EU. If the Brexit negotiations do not take a turn for a better, the establishment may face its most terrifying prospect: a general election. […]

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08/07/2018 06:16 PM
The transphobes who hijacked London Pride are seeing their ‘bigotry’ backfire in a big way

On Saturday 7 July, the London Pride march was hijacked by a small group of lesbians with a transphobic agenda. They claimed to be protecting lesbian identity from transgender people. Far from helping their agenda, though, it’s led to a backlash from other lesbians who want nothing to do with them. Pride and prejudice Pink […]

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08/07/2018 05:42 PM
The band behind ‘Liar Liar’ releases the perfect song ahead of protests against Donald Trump

On 12 July, Donald Trump will visit the UK for a four-day visit. In response, over 158,000 people have expressed interest in a major London protest against the US president. The protests now have a perfect theme tune, because Captain SKA has issued a new version of Liar Liar in time for Trump’s arrival. Liar Liar […]

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08/07/2018 04:33 PM
People are calling on Roger Federer to help win unpaid wages for thousands of workers

Football might be coming home, but the World Cup isn’t the only major sports event happening right now. Wimbledon is in full swing too. But for one of tennis’ top stars, there’s more in play than the action on Centre Court. Roger Federer is being encouraged to speak out against the actions of his sponsor […]

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08/07/2018 03:03 PM
The Daily Mail launches an hilarious attack on the ‘baby Trump’ blimp creators

As President Trump heads for London this week, a giant ‘baby Trump’ balloon will take to the skies. And the the right wing media are hilariously puffing themselves up in outrage about it. The “six meter high orange, inflatable baby with a malevolent face and tiny hands” is being paid for by a crowdfunding campaign. […]

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08/07/2018 01:45 PM
Ministers explain how May’s proposed EU-union is different from just being in the EU

The cabinet has finally agreed on a Brexit plan. They may not like it, and the EU may not agree to it, but they are at least standing behind it. This means ministers have to go on national television and answer the following question: How is this any different from just being in the EU? […]

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08/07/2018 01:24 PM
The DWP’s Esther McVey has now delivered the final straw for disabled people

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) chief Esther McVey is facing a backlash from disabled people after they accused her of ‘deliberately lying’ to parliament. The DWP boss: a political storm The campaign group Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) has launched a petition calling on Theresa May to sack McVey. It comes after the DWP […]

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08/07/2018 11:43 AM
A new report reveals Amazon is making money from ‘delivering hate to the world’

Amazon has been profiting from racist, anti-semitic, and Islamophobic products and “delivering hate to the world” according to a new report [pdf]. The report, authored by the Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE) and the Partnership for Working Families, discovered numerous examples [pdf, p21-30] of Nazi and alt-right-themed products, Kindle books, and music on […]

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08/07/2018 10:14 AM
An oil company’s ‘sickening’ PR event has massively backfired

Major oil company Shell is hosting a PR event – Make the Future Live – in the London Olympic Park from 5-8 July. Shell describes it as a “four-day festival exploring solutions to the energy challenge”. Among other activities, Make the Future Live features an “eco-marathon” – a competition in which student engineers make and race energy […]

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07/07/2018 06:38 PM
A human rights group hits out at the BBC for an ‘appalling’ interview on a British army killing

Northern Ireland human rights group the Pat Finucane Centre (PFC) has hit out at the BBC. The controversy surrounds comments made by documentary filmmaker Peter Taylor during an interview on 6 July. The PFC is demanding an apology because Taylor questioned whether the victim of a British army killing in 1974, 27 year old John […]

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07/07/2018 06:03 PM
A BBC editor explains the ‘strengths’ of its male and female presenters. You couldn’t make it up.

Sarah Sands is the editor of BBC Radio 4‘s flagship news programme Today. And she’s claimed that presenter John Humphrys is the best at holding power to account, while the two women presenters are better at fashion. Sands made her remarks during an interview on the BBC’s Feedback programme on 6 July. The interview focused […]

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07/07/2018 04:31 PM
A journalist explains why the tabloids are mysteriously muted about May’s softer Brexit

On 6 July, Theresa May and her cabinet met at Chequers to agree on a Brexit plan. In the end, May got what she reportedly wanted – a move towards a softer Brexit. It was anticipated this would rile the Brexit hardliners, and yet the tabloids didn’t seem all that fussed on 7 July. One […]

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07/07/2018 02:27 PM
Scotland won’t let Donald Trump get the ‘private’ time he’s hoping for on his UK visit

Donald Trump has confirmed he will visit Scotland as part of his UK trip. But it looks like the President might not get the quiet weekend he was seemingly hoping for. Not so quiet time In a suspected bid to dodge protests during his first visit to the UK as president, Trump hasn’t planned any […]

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07/07/2018 01:36 PM
Fans gutted as the English football admits it doesn’t want to come home

Football’s coming home. The whole nation feels it. But does it actually want to? Scary The Canary tracked down the football in question. It’s worried: I haven’t been home since England last won the world cup in 1966. To be honest, I don’t want to return. Since Germany won in 2014, I’ve been living in a […]

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06/07/2018 10:00 PM
The Grenfell Tower tragedy might have been prevented if greedy corporations had listened 30 years ago

On 6 July 1988, the Piper Alpha oil rig exploded in the North Sea and 167 people died. As the BBC reports, “a 13-month inquiry led to a radical overhaul of safety practices” to ensure a disaster on this scale would never happen again. But 30 years after this tragedy, experts have questioned why lessons learned from […]

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06/07/2018 09:33 PM
People are convinced Murdoch has May in his pocket after the photo just taken at Downing Street

Many people are now convinced that Rupert Murdoch, owner of the Sun, has Theresa May in his pocket. A camera caught Sun editor-in-chief Tony Gallagher approaching Downing Street on 5 July, the night before a Brexit showdown between the prime minister and her MPs. ⁦@tonygallagher⁩ in Number 10 tonight pic.twitter.com/9PwlkzGaiJ — Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) July […]

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06/07/2018 06:54 PM
Unite denounces the imprisonment of a blind Colombian peacemaker

Delegates at Unite the union’s July 2018 policy congress have called for the release of a detained Colombian peacemaker. Jesús Santrich was a key negotiator during the Colombian peace process, which effectively brought an end to the country’s decades-long armed conflict. This war killed over 200,000 people and displaced millions [paywall]. Delegates, including the union’s leader […]

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06/07/2018 05:27 PM
Despite Corbyn’s pledge, Labour councils are screwing over working-class Londoners

Jeremy Corbyn has declared that the Labour Party is once again the “political voice of the working class”. Yet Labour-controlled councils are screwing over working-class Londoners. Deeper analysis shows a murky world where private interests appear to trump local people’s needs. Different song sheets The Labour leadership is saying all the right things. Along with […]

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06/07/2018 03:57 PM
Nigel Farage really isn’t happy about the ‘baby Trump’ blimp. Ah well.

A crowdfunding campaign successfully raised over £22,000 to fly a six-foot-high ‘baby Trump’ blimp over London when Donald Trump visits the UK. On 5 July, London’s mayor Sadiq Khan gave permission for the blimp to fly “close” to parliament on Friday 13 July. And Nigel Farage really isn’t happy about this. Lots of people disagree and […]

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06/07/2018 02:36 PM
The DUP Brexit cash cow [CARTOON]

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06/07/2018 02:35 PM
Revealed: the DWP drove through a controversial welfare reform off the back of some very scant evidence

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) just quietly revealed that it had scant evidence to support a controversial change to the benefits system. Moreover, it’s only just published this information – 21 months after it changed the policy. The DWP: a change in policy People claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and work-related Universal Credit have […]

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06/07/2018 01:30 PM
The ‘Tory plant’ on Question Time blew his own cover within seconds of opening his mouth

‘Spot the Tory plant’ is a game many people play when watching BBC Question Time. And it didn’t take the public very long to identify the Tory in the audience on 5 July. In fact, he blew his own cover within seconds of opening his mouth. Plain sailing As is the case with most episodes […]

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06/07/2018 12:32 PM
Brexiteers fear May is putting our trade deal with President Reliable at risk

Part of getting older is that you stop believing in make-believe. That’s why rational adults no longer believe in: Santa Claus. The Easter Bunny. The idea of President ‘America First’ Trump giving us a beneficial trade deal. It’s childish to think Trump will give us a trade deal that’s only a bit worse. His entire […]

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05/07/2018 08:04 PM
David Cameron milks the England victory to make a comeback. But it all goes pear-shaped.

Former prime minister David Cameron attempted to milk the England victory on Tuesday 3 July to make a comeback. But it all went pear-shaped. Last night I enjoyed a real father and son moment: first, calmly explaining that England and penalty shootouts don't go together, and then the sheer joy, delight and exhilaration at an […]

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05/07/2018 06:34 PM
Football stadium killers sentenced with murder of legendary musician

Eight retired soldiers in Chile have been convicted over the murder of legendary folk musician and theatre actor Victor Jara days after Augusto Pinochet’s military coup in 1973. A ninth soldier was convicted for accessory to murder. Jara’s murder Jara, the husband of British ballet dancer Joan Turner, was arrested at work – at the University […]

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05/07/2018 05:00 PM
Remember that time the US killed 290 civilians? Iran does.

This week, as the US celebrated the anniversary of its Declaration of Independence being signed, another big anniversary came and went. It was 30 years since the US killed 290 civilians. And while it’s a massacre that many in the US will have forgotten, it’s an event that many in Iran will never forget. US terrorism […]

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05/07/2018 04:54 PM
A trade union just waged war on Esther McVey and the DWP

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and its chief Esther McVey were under more pressure on Wednesday 4 July, as the UK’s largest trade union passed a motion calling for Universal Credit to be “stopped and scrapped”. But the union’s move also puts pressure on Labour – as this decision is at odds with […]

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05/07/2018 02:56 PM
The BBC rejects all future complaints to save time later

On 4 July, several prominent journalists (and several thousand others) accused the BBC of being taken for a ride by Vote Leave. Incidents like this usually land the BBC with a complaint to deal with. And by ‘deal with’, we mean ‘reject’. To cut down on such nuisances, the BBC has had a remarkable idea. […]

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05/07/2018 02:16 PM
Veterans ‘threatened with arrest’ on Armed Forces Day for handing out leaflets

A group of military veterans was escorted off the promenade in Blackpool during Armed Forces Day celebrations. The incident occurred on Saturday 30 June 2018, as families across the UK were encouraged to pay homage to the various branches of the British military. 12 “Army and Navy Veterans”, who were wearing ‘Veterans for Peace’ T-shirts, […]

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05/07/2018 12:58 PM
The DWP’s Esther McVey was just annihilated by Labour in parliament

Labour just tore apart Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) chief Esther McVey in parliament, who stands accused of “lying” to the House of Commons. Chaos at the DWP As The Canary previously reported, on 15 June, the National Audi Office (NAO) issued a damning report into Universal Credit. But as The Canary‘s Emily Apple wrote on Wednesday […]

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05/07/2018 11:11 AM
People are tearing Esther McVey and the DWP apart for their shocking double standards

On 4 July, the National Audit Office slated work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, accusing her of misleading parliament over the DWP’s flagship Universal Credit policy. So far, McVey has got away with issuing a short apology to parliament. But people are predicting that, if she were a benefit claimant, the DWP would not be so […]

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05/07/2018 10:49 AM
Human rights group accuses Israel of ‘war crime’ as it demolishes Palestinian homes

As Israeli forces demolished more Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank on 4 July, human rights group B’Tselem reminded Israel that “forcible transfer of Palestinian communities is a war crime”. Leaving occupied civilians without a home In a press release on 4 July, B’Tselem explained: Civil Administration personnel came with three bulldozers and an escort of dozens […]

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04/07/2018 07:33 PM
Journalists are rounding on the BBC over its Vote Leave ‘election fraud’ coverage

In the late evening on 3 July, the BBC broke this story: Vote Leave broke electoral law, Electoral Commission expected to say LBC host James O’Brien criticised the way the story was covered: Vote Leave bang to rights for breaking electoral law. The BBC's top line is, incredibly, the bleating complaints of Vote Leave's chief executive. This […]

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04/07/2018 07:22 PM
As the UN investigates poverty in the UK, Tory millionaires pay to ride in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Bentley

A senior UN investigator is set to examine the impact of Conservative austerity policy and the rise of poverty in the UK. But against this damning backdrop, Tory millionaires donated tens of thousands of pounds to the ruling party at a lavish fundraising event. In the UK, over 14 million people now live in poverty. But at […]

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04/07/2018 06:21 PM
The Tory MP who blocked the upskirting law launches an ‘attack on workers’ rights’

Sir Christopher Chope, the Conservative MP who blocked the ‘upskirting bill’ on 15 June, has tabled [paywall] a private members’ bill to scrap the Working Time Directive. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) accuses him of a: shameless and cynical use of bankbench legislation to attack workers’ rights The bill is due to be presented for […]

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04/07/2018 05:43 PM
A decade of DWP reform is officially having a ‘harmful’ effect on parents

A decade of reform by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has just been linked to a “considerable” and “harmful” “impact” on the mental health of some claimants. The research behind it should spark a wider debate on the DWP’s broader agenda. A decade of DWP reform A study by Glasgow university has found […]

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04/07/2018 04:30 PM
A Labour MP just nailed why the Conservatives looked so peculiar at PMQs

Labour MP Richard Burgon just nailed what was so peculiar about the Conservatives at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). Many people are appreciating his wit, coming as it does before a very special day. Let’s celebrate The MP for East Leeds tweeted out an observation after PMQs on 4 July: At #PMQs today every Conservative MP […]

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04/07/2018 03:25 PM
Esther McVey accused of ‘bare-faced bullsh*t’ after declaring the DWP ‘fit for work’

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is many things. Fit for purpose – or ‘fit for work’ – is not one of them. Yet Esther McVey has claimed otherwise. Bullshit Suspicions arose when McVey gave a speech about how well the DWP was doing. An analyst from the National Accuracy Office (NAO) told us […]

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04/07/2018 02:41 PM
A journalist uses the England match to smear Jeremy Corbyn. It backfires spectacularly.

A journalist tried to use the England match at the World Cup to smear Jeremy Corbyn on 3 July. But it backfired spectacularly. Journalist Helen Lewis, who’s also the New Statesman‘s deputy editor, criticised Corbyn for tweeting out support for the team ahead of its game with Colombia. Because, Lewis revealed, the Labour leader backed […]

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04/07/2018 02:29 PM
David Lammy blasts Virgin Atlantic for helping to deport people after it promised to stop

Virgin Atlantic has broken its promise not to assist the Home Office with involuntary deportations, according to an exclusive report by the Independent. The revelation comes just days after the airline committed to stopping the practice. The Independent says Virgin Atlantic was due to fly a Nigerian man out on 30 June as requested by the […]

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04/07/2018 01:13 PM
Esther McVey is accused of lying about the DWP’s most controversial benefit

Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) secretary Esther McVey is in trouble. She has been slated by the National Audit Office (NAO) over her claims about the government’s flagship benefit, Universal Credit. And MPs are claiming that she lied to parliament. As The Canary previously reported, the NAO released a damning report into Universal Credit on […]

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04/07/2018 11:49 AM
The Home Office reels from new ‘hostile environment’ allegations

An investigation by the Financial Times has found [paywall] that the Home Office has been forcing some immigration candidates to take DNA tests, even though this is against its own policy. Meanwhile, a damning report by the House of Commons home affairs select committee has called “for an evaluation of the entire suite of hostile environment measures”. […]

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04/07/2018 11:43 AM
The must-hear song Jeremy Hunt will be praying doesn’t get to Number 1

A must-hear song is about to hit the UK charts. And it’s one that health secretary Jeremy Hunt probably doesn’t want rising to the top. Because the song contains a very pointed message to him and his government. Released as the NHS turns 70, and performed by NHS workers, the single expresses what most Britons […]

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03/07/2018 06:15 PM
Is BuzzFeed the new Breitbart? The site’s choice of new political correspondent suggests it might be.

On 3 July, BuzzFeed UK announced that its new senior political correspondent is former Breitbart contributor and Guido Fawkes news editor Alex Wickham: After six great years at @GuidoFawkes, hugely excited to be joining @BuzzFeedUK in September. Runners and riders for a new twitter handle welcome… — Alex Wickham (@WikiGuido) July 3, 2018 A step in the wrong direction A […]

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03/07/2018 05:46 PM
It’s all smoke and mirrors as Leave.EU financier faces possible criminal investigation

Arron Banks, who gave £9m to Leave.EU and associated campaigns, is reportedly under investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA). But the complex web of financial links between Banks and his business associates, who may have benefited financially from the EU referendum result, should also be examined. Those meetings with Russians The fact that Alexander […]

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03/07/2018 05:45 PM
What BBC Newsnight ‘forgot’ to tell you about the guest who called for an end to the NHS

BBC Newsnight‘s #viewsnight series last night featured a call by Kate Andrews to scrap the current NHS. But the BBC failed to inform viewers that Andrews, a member of the hard-right Institute of Economic Affairs, has a vested interest in privatising the health service. Worse, this isn’t even the first time the BBC has done […]

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03/07/2018 04:32 PM
Cleaners call on booking websites to help fight exploitation in the tourism industry

Chambermaids in Spain are organising themselves in a bid to combat declining work conditions and exploitation in the tourism industry. A call for booking websites to join the fight The activists – who are known as ‘Las Kellys‘ – are now calling upon booking websites such as TripAdvisor to assist them. They propose rating hotels […]

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03/07/2018 04:15 PM
As Tory Brexit chaos continues, most people know what Danny Dyer would call Iain Duncan Smith too

EastEnders star Danny Dyer perfectly captured the feelings of many when he questioned the “mad riddle” of Brexit. He also called former PM David Cameron a “twat“. But Dyer’s sharp analysis is the gift that keeps on giving as the Tories plunge further into Brexit chaos. Iain Duncan Smith has now “kind of” agreed with Dyer’s […]

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03/07/2018 03:21 PM
Three crushed in Brexit discussion after Jacob Rees-Mogg throws his hat in the ring

The government is unable to decide what Brexit plan it would like to pursue. As such, several discussions have been taking place to decide who has the best plan. This was all well and good until tragedy struck. Namely, when Victorian novelty act Jacob Rees-Mogg turned up and literally threw his hat in the ring. […]

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03/07/2018 02:50 PM
A university is criticised for offering scholarships to refugees. Its response is sublime.

On 19 June, the University of Reading announced it was launching a scheme to offer up to 14 sponsorships for refugees in the Reading area. Some people weren’t happy with the university’s plans, so the social media team issued this response: We've had feedback over the last week that some people are unhappy with our […]

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03/07/2018 01:38 PM
The police could face legal action over their use of ‘dangerously authoritarian’ technology

South Wales Police have been using facial recognition technology to crack down on crime. But the use of this technology at an arms trade protest in Cardiff sparked controversy for possibly violating people’s privacy. In London, the Metropolitan (Met) Police also use these cameras. A civil liberties group is now threatening to take them to court […]

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03/07/2018 12:53 PM
Hugh Grant tore the government and the DWP apart in one brutal line

English actor Hugh Grant seems to have channelled his inner Danny Dyer, delivering a brutal attack on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the government as a whole: The most fuck awful government in the history of fuck awful governments. https://t.co/om9ZrKnc8N — Hugh Grant (@HackedOffHugh) July 2, 2018 First is the worst Grant’s […]

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03/07/2018 01:25 AM
A new report describes Britain’s latest coal mine as ‘illegitimate’

A new report criticises work on Britain’s newest open-cast coal mine. Despite the mine’s owner, as well as the local council, allowing construction to go ahead, DeSmog UK has questioned the “legitimacy” of the work. Premature work The investigative media outlet, which is focused on climate change and environmental issues, visited the site on 20 […]

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02/07/2018 10:48 PM
‘Meaningless’ and ‘purely cosmetic’. Campaigners aren’t buying the government’s latest housing reform.

On 1 July, the government announced a new housing proposal to reform England’s hostile private-rented sector. Yet campaigners are dismissing it as “meaningless” and “purely cosmetic”. Putting down roots The government is proposing to introduce a minimum three-year tenancy. This would be a significant change as, currently, 81% of private renters are signed up to […]

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02/07/2018 10:27 PM
In brilliant defiance of an oppressive law, women have risked arrest by dancing in the streets

Women in Iran have risked arrest to dance in public on the streets. In a brave act of peaceful defiance, they’ve stood up to the so-called ‘morality police‘, and the harsh laws imposed on Iranian women. Dancing in the streets Women are posting videos and ‘sharing their acts of rebellion’ on social media. But dancing in […]

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02/07/2018 08:20 PM
US meddling machine boasts of ‘laying the groundwork for insurrection’ in Nicaragua

Award-winning journalist Max Blumenthal investigates and explains the connection between US foreign policy and what’s currently going on in Nicaragua. An earlier version of this article originally appeared on the Gray Zone. “Laying the groundwork for insurrection” While some corporate media outlets have portrayed the violent protest movement gripping Nicaragua as a progressive grassroots upswell, the country’s own […]

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02/07/2018 05:44 PM
Brighton council is picking up the pieces as the DWP’s flagship policy causes havoc

A new report by Brighton and Hove council has found that the flagship policy of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is causing spiralling rent arrears in the city. And the council is being forced to pick up the pieces. It’s just another day in the life of Universal Credit (UC). Spiralling As the Argus reported: More […]

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02/07/2018 05:26 PM
‘Mexico’s Jeremy Corbyn’ just won a historic victory against neoliberal elites

Centre-left politician Andrés Manuel López Obrador won an overwhelming victory against neoliberal elites on 1 July. And his presidency looks set to be the most progressive in Mexico’s recent history. Over in Britain, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was one of the first to congratulate Mexico’s new president: Today brings a new beginning for México. […]

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02/07/2018 05:25 PM
VIDEO: US Congress welcomes an actual fascist as neo-Nazi violence rages in Ukraine

Award-winning journalist Max Blumenthal asked the Washington hosts of Andriy Parubiy, the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament and founder of two neo-Nazi parties, why they were legitimizing an open fascist at the heart of the extremism plaguing his country. This article appeared originally on the Gray Zone. US Congress meets far-right leader amid ongoing violence in Ukraine While racist violence raged […]

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02/07/2018 04:45 PM
The Tory splits are widening as several MPs turn on Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg wrote an article for the Telegraph on 2 July. In it, he said [paywall] that Theresa May “must stick to her “no deal is better than a bad deal” mantra, or risk splitting the Conservative Party like Sir Robert Peel”. In response, several of his Conservative peers have turned on him. Corn laws […]

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02/07/2018 04:15 PM
A new study shows how greed is killing off social housing

A survey [paywall] by Inside Housing lists the 50 housing associations (HAs) that built the most homes in Britain in 2017/18. The findings seem to show an industry more interested in profit than solving the housing crisis. Unspoken agreement As The Canary previously reported, there is a stark difference between ‘affordable’ and ‘social’ homes. ‘Affordable’ homes can actually increase ‘affordability pressure’ in […]

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02/07/2018 03:21 PM
NHS preparing for no-deal Brexit by watching The Hunger Games

It’s looking increasingly likely that Britain will crash out of the UK with no deal. Which is weird, because we’re supposedly dead good at negotiating – hence our desire to leave the EU and strike up more deals. In response, the NHS is already planning for the worst. Namely by watching The Hunger Games and […]

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01/07/2018 05:52 PM
The week in satire Vol. #75

And what a week it was! A week in which Danny Dyer called David Cameron a twat! A week in which Danny Dyer accused the former PM of scuttling off to Nice to put his trotters up! And a week in which Danny Dyer called Cameron a twat again! But what else happened? Let’s look […]

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01/07/2018 05:39 PM
Armed Forces Day targets children for recruitment by allowing them to play with guns

Children have been encouraged to play with military grade machine guns, by members of the armed forces, in violation of an agreement made with the Lord Mayor of Leicester, community members say. Symon Hill from the Peace Pledge Union claimed that these events are focussed on recruitment and normalising war: Armed Forces Day events work as recruitment […]

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01/07/2018 05:00 PM
Key players escape scrutiny after investigation into the UK’s role in rendition and torture is halted

The government has prematurely halted a major investigation into the UK’s role in extraordinary rendition and torture. British Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has published two reports, resulting from the investigation: Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition: 2001 – 2010 [pdf] and Detainee Mistreatment and Rendition: Current Issues [pdf]. But further investigations were suspended after the […]

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01/07/2018 03:33 PM
Cabinet settles its Brexit divisions with a Royal Rumble

The UK government has been struggling to decide which Brexit plan is the best for two years now. Largely because none of their plans are very good. Although they still have to pick the least worst of them. Michael Gove showed his dissatisfaction by tearing up a Brexit plan with his bare hands – a […]

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01/07/2018 03:20 PM
A group feeding homeless people accuses a local council of telling a ‘gigantic, barefaced lie’

Norwich City Council is facing criticism for allegedly backtracking on a promise not to remove two market stalls in the Hay Hill area of the city. Volunteer groups working with homeless people use these stalls to serve meals. They claim the removal is part of an “underhanded attempt” to erase the work of community-led projects. […]

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01/07/2018 12:55 PM
Jacob Rees-Mogg just tried engaging with the internet. The internet engaged back.

Many see Jacob Rees-Mogg as the figurehead of Tory Brexit. Or at least the figurehead of a variety of Tory Brexit, anyway. There are currently several varieties on offer. In an attempt to big-up his own idea of Brexit, Rees-Mogg has joined Snapchat. Perhaps feeling neglected, the people of Twitter had something to say about […]

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30/06/2018 03:58 PM
Here’s Jeremy Corbyn’s delicious response to Danny Dyer’s tirade on national TV

Danny Dyer tore into ex-prime minister David Cameron over Brexit on 28 June. During an appearance on Good Evening Britain, the Eastender‘s actor called Cameron a “twat” for ‘scuttling off’ after the referendum. Jeremy Corbyn was also on the show, but kept mum during Dyer’s outburst. The Labour leader, has now responded to the actor’s […]

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30/06/2018 02:54 PM
New evidence shows Putin was literally operating Arron Banks like a puppet

For some time, it’s looked likely that Brexit-backing Arron Banks was in cahoots with Russia. This theory has now been proven, as it’s emerged Putin was literally operating him like a puppet. They don’t like it up ’em People became suspicious when they noticed Banks was always perched upon the lap of a silent man […]

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30/06/2018 02:45 PM
As thousands march in London, activism meets fashion to save the NHS

The NHS is 70. Thousands marched in London on 30 June, to celebrate its birthday and demonstrate against cuts to the service. The future of our health service is under threat from a government hell-bent on underfunding and privatising it. To honour this 70th anniversary, punk doyenne and designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with Dr Lauren Gavaghan, an NHS […]

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30/06/2018 12:56 PM
Israeli forces shoot and kill a 14-year-old child during a demonstration in Gaza

A 14-year-old Palestinian child was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Friday 19 June during a demonstration at the so-called Gaza border. Yasser Abu al-Naja was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier using live ammunition. A second Palestinian man, Mohammad Al-Hamayda, was also shot and killed during the protest. Four other Palestinian protesters […]

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29/06/2018 11:08 PM
A new report exposes the sinister truth behind Armed Forces Day

Saturday 30 June 2018 is Armed Forces Day. This showcases hundreds of events across the UK. The purpose, we are told, is to offer everyday people the “chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community”. But a new report exposes the dark reality behind Armed Forces Day […]

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29/06/2018 09:47 PM
Boris sucks up to Trump [CARTOON]

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29/06/2018 08:15 PM
A Blairite MP is facing the mother of all backlashes after one terrible tweet

Blairite Labour MP Graham Jones is facing the mother of all backlashes on social media after displaying a staggering level of ignorance in just one tweet: Some cheek. They can only play because the Iraqi people with help from the west liberated them through military action. https://t.co/ekssAxfbUj — Graham Jones MP – other (@GrahamJones_MP) June […]

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29/06/2018 06:53 PM
A lawyer has found an ingenious way to hit Trump where it might really hurt

Protests are growing across the US in response to the separation of thousands of children from their parents at the US border. So one ingenious person bought TrumpHotels.org and created a new website to highlight just how brutal Donald Trump’s immigration policies are. #TrumpHotels Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy has provoked international outrage in recent weeks. On 20 June, Trump signed […]

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29/06/2018 06:24 PM
A whole generation of babies had their identities stolen by fascist regimes. And people are still fighting for justice.

A whole generation of babies had their identities stolen by fascist regimes in the 20th century. And these people are still fighting for justice today – from Spain to South America. Spanish prosecuters seeking justice for ‘stolen babies’ Prosecuters in Spain are revisiting one of the country’s darkest eras following the trial of a doctor […]

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29/06/2018 06:21 PM
Clive Lewis stuns Question Time audience with a brilliant takedown of the government over Brexit

Labour MP Clive Lewis took aim at the Conservative government’s chaotic Brexit strategy during BBC Question Time on 28 June. And many people in the audience clearly agreed with him. “Working people in this country will pay the price for your incompetence” Speaking about the aggressive and adversarial way the government appears to be conducting Brexit negotiations, Lewis […]

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29/06/2018 05:22 PM
The UN has launched an almighty investigation into the Conservative government

The UN has launched an almighty investigation into the Conservative government, the Guardian has revealed. The UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Prof Philip Alston, will lead an inquiry on the impact of the government’s austerity policies over the last eight years. A previous UN inquiry looked at the government’s treatment of […]

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29/06/2018 05:09 PM
UKIP’s notorious new recruit is facing consequences for Nazi-trolling a Jewish journalist

UKIP recently welcomed four well known ‘internet provocateurs‘. One – Milo Yiannopoulos – has links to the far-right and neo-Nazis. He’s also just been banned from PayPal – allegedly for using it to send $14.88 to a Jewish journalist. The act was interpreted as a reference to the white supremacist hate symbol ’14/88′. PayPal has […]

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29/06/2018 04:25 PM
The Danny Dyer Inquiry to investigate ‘what’s this Brexit sh*t all about, then?’

Despite years of non-stop coverage, most people still don’t know what Brexit is. In order to get to the bottom of it, an enquiry has been set up. And the person heading it is none other than Eastenders’ Danny Dyer: Danny Dyer salts David Cameron pic.twitter.com/ADQX9ODSjU — Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) June 28, 2018 Brexit means […]

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29/06/2018 04:18 PM
A new video lays bare the shocking treatment of residents being evacuated from tower blocks in North London

Haringey Council is planning to evacuate and demolish two tower blocks in the Broadwater Estate in North London due to safety concerns. But the residents are furious about the re-housing terms the Council is offering. And they have spelled out why in a powerful new video. No choice As The Canary previously reported, Haringey Council is enacting […]

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29/06/2018 04:16 PM
People have been blocking a fracking site around the clock in Lancashire

A small Lancashire village has seen a 48-hour, non-stop protest over a company’s plans to frack in the area. Fracking in Lancashire Preston New Road, near the village of Little Plumpton, is at the centre of a row over fracking. Cuadrilla has permission to explore the site for shale gas. But local people are against the company’s plans. […]

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29/06/2018 03:32 PM
University offers ‘laughable’ compensation to students affected by strike, despite windfall

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the University of Manchester (UoM) saved £1,111,112 as a result of the University and College Union’s (UCU) industrial action, according to youth news site the Tab. Officials insist that the university has not financially benefited from last term’s strike action. “Laughable” The university has offered to waive graduation […]

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29/06/2018 02:08 PM
Piers Morgan compares vegans to terrorists during a heated debate about milk

Joey Carbstrong is a veganism campaigner, known for his street debates with members of the public. He has also appeared on ITV’s This Morning, where Phillip Schofield grilled the activist over his opposition to dairy farming. He appeared on national television again on 27 June to debate the dairy issue, this time on ITV’s Good […]

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29/06/2018 01:20 PM
The DWP just revealed how many millions it paid out in staff bonuses. Take a deep breath.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has released the finalised amounts it paid out in staff bonuses for 2016/17. You may want to take a deep breath. The DWP: alright for some The DWP’s total bonus bill for the year was just shy of £43m – almost £1.7m higher than it previously reported. But […]

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29/06/2018 12:11 PM
Viewers absolutely lost the plot when Danny Dyer tore into David Cameron last night

On 28 June, England needed a hero. The football team had lost to Belgium, and Brexit negotiations were crashing. But cometh the hour, cometh Eastenders‘ Danny Dyer. Speaking on ITV‘s Good Evening Britain, Dyer launched a stinging attack on former prime minister David Cameron. It sent viewers into meltdown: Danny Dyer on Brexit. pic.twitter.com/lxf8pEDlC6 — Christopher Snowdon (@cjsnowdon) […]

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29/06/2018 11:51 AM
Our NHS needs you this Saturday. Here’s how to get involved.

It’s time to wish our NHS a very happy 70th birthday. But it’s under threat from a government hell-bent on underfunding and privatising it. So what better way to show your support for our health service than by joining in a massive demo? Our NHS needs YOU London will see a huge protest on Saturday […]

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29/06/2018 11:05 AM
The DWP just lost its fourth court case since December

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has just lost its fourth court case since December 2017. And with another three ongoing legal cases against the department still outstanding, it could be a long, hot summer for it. The DWP in the dock On Thursday 28 June, minister of state for employment Alok Sharma was […]

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29/06/2018 01:32 AM
A reggae artist may have just dropped one of the albums of the decade

A conscious reggae artist’s debut album has already been making waves on the music scene, with one reviewer labelling it “a pending classic”. It has a potent mix of genres, and some of the most intelligent political and social commentary of recent years. But is this piece of musical ‘kontraband’ one of the albums of […]

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28/06/2018 08:08 PM
Labour can’t seriously oppose austerity until it takes one bold step

Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the Labour Party to oppose the Conservatives’ relentless commitment to austerity. But until Labour changes its position on Trident, its opposition will always seem disingenuous. ‘Tier 1 nation’ On 27 June, for the second time in a week, Theresa May failed to confirm that the UK will remain a […]

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28/06/2018 06:07 PM
The tabloids made England look like petty w**kers with today’s front pages

Many people are hoping that football is coming home this World Cup. England doesn’t only have a history with football, though. It also has a history of sportsmanship. And as such, the tabloid front pages on 28 June were a bit of an own goal:   @afneil Is this what you had in mind ? […]

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28/06/2018 05:38 PM
Conservative policy has led to a ‘staggering’ rise in old people becoming homeless

New government figures show that the number of older people becoming homeless is the highest in the past decade. These figures are a damning indictment of housing policy under this Conservative government. “Staggering rise” As housing charity Shelter reported, new government figures on homelessness show that: In the last year, 2,520 people aged 60 and […]

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28/06/2018 05:22 PM
A ‘never seen before photo’ of Nigel Farage taken after the Leave vote is blowing up

In the early hours of 24 June 2016, the pound tanked. Banks, businesses, and the housebuilding sector were hit hard. It also meant that holidaymakers would find their trips abroad becoming more costly. But a “never seen before” photo of ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage, published by the New European, claims to show his strange reaction […]

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28/06/2018 04:29 PM
A horrifying ‘mistake’ by the Home Office has cost the British public £21m

New figures reveal that the UK government wasted £21m of taxpayers’ money on a disgraceful ‘mistake’. The Home Office paid out the public funds in compensation to the hundreds of people it shockingly detained in error between 2012 and 2017. But while the Home Office clearly wrongfully detained these people, it’s not obviously a mistake. […]

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28/06/2018 03:57 PM
I hate football, but there are chilling reasons why I want England to do well in the World Cup

It’s pretty much impossible to ignore the World Cup – I hate football, but even I know that England are doing well. As they head through to the next match, I really want them to win. But this has nothing to do with the game. I don’t give a shit about Harry Kane or have […]

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28/06/2018 03:23 PM
A young socialist’s electoral success brings light to one of the darkest periods in US history

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shaken up the US political status quo after unseating veteran Democrat Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District. She will now face Republican candidate Anthony Pappas in November’s election. “People vs Money” Political heavyweight Crowley had remained in his position for ten terms. But despite his seniority and access to large campaign funds, […]

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28/06/2018 03:19 PM
God ‘absolutely gutted’ as his team gets knocked out of the World Cup

A spokesperson for God last night declared the almighty “absolutely gutted” after the team he supports failed to progress from the group stage of Russia 2018. Neutral The announcement has stunned football pundits and theologians alike. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: This is concerning. The teaching of the Church has always been that God […]

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28/06/2018 02:23 PM
How one Scottish bloke on Twitter just delivered a giant ‘f*ck you’ to The Sun

The Scottish Sun newspaper decided to feature a tweet from a Scottish Twitter user in one of its stories. But this chap was less than impressed that the right-wing paper would make money from him indirectly. So he decided to play a little trick that turned into a giant ‘fuck you’. The tweet Twitter user […]

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28/06/2018 01:49 PM
Theresa May tried to boast about her record in government. Labour’s David Lammy tore her apart.

On 27 June, Britain’s beleaguered prime minister attempted to say her government is delivering for everyone: Whatever your age, wherever you live, the Government is making good progress delivering for you – a Britain fit for the future #PMQs pic.twitter.com/rXMagBUDZp — Theresa May (@theresa_may) June 27, 2018 But Labour MP David Lammy wasn’t having any […]

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28/06/2018 01:37 PM
A bishop has launched a scathing attack on ‘gaping holes’ in DWP policy

The Bishop of Colchester has launched a stinging attack on the ‘gaping holes’ in DWP policy. ‘Pulled so tight’ After attending the Colchester foodbank annual general meeting (AGM), Bishop Roger Morris released the following video: In a video posted by Heart News East, Morris described how: Some levels of benefit now are set at such […]

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28/06/2018 12:52 PM
BREAKING: The DWP and HMRC just revealed the shocking impact of the two-child benefit limit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and HMRC have, for the first time, revealed the extent to which one of their most controversial policies has affected people. The policy in question is the two-child limit on tax credits and Universal Credit. The number of families hit by the policy is staggering. The DWP and […]

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28/06/2018 12:00 PM
FACTCHECK: a DWP minister’s preposterous claims about benefit sanctions

A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) minister has gone on record in front of a parliamentary committee to say benefit sanctions work. The overwhelming evidence shows his claims are a nonsense, though. And if you delve deeper into what he said, we can see he was using information from over a decade ago to […]

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27/06/2018 07:36 PM
The moment John Humphrys’ chilling, far-right propaganda spewed out live on the BBC

On 27 June, John Humphrys interviewed Tony Blair on BBC Radio 4‘s Today programme. The BBC claimed that Humphrys had ‘challenged’ Blair’s own immigration record. But during the interview, Humphrys actually shared some alarmingly right-wing rhetoric about immigrants and immigration. ‘Millions upon millions’ Blair is due to give a speech warning that a: return to the dark era […]

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27/06/2018 06:27 PM
UKIP has cheerfully announced a fresh alliance with some truly foul characters from the far right

UKIP recently welcomed four notorious social media personalities to its party: Paul Joseph Watson (from InfoWars), self-described ‘professional shit poster’ Count Dankula, YouTuber Sargon of Akkad, and ex-Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos. All four figures sit on, or have ties to, the far-right side of the political spectrum. The four figures are steeped in bigotry. For […]

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27/06/2018 05:49 PM
123,000 children now live in temporary housing. The latest homelessness figures shame this government.

On 27 June, the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government released [pdf] the statutory homelessness statistics for January to March 2018. They revealed that 123,130 children or expected children are currently living [pdf, p15] in temporary accommodation in England. This government should hang its head in shame. Cold hard stats The report states [pdf, p1] that: […]

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27/06/2018 04:50 PM
Tories actually laughed while Jeremy Corbyn read out a worker’s concerns about the government’s chaotic Brexit

During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on 27 June, Jeremy Corbyn read out a Honda worker’s concerns that his job was in jeopardy due to this government’s chaotic Brexit. Some Tories actually cackled with laughter in response: #PMQsJeremy Corbyn: Andrew, who works for Honda said – 'I will hold the PM & her party culpable, if […]

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27/06/2018 04:10 PM
Jeremy Corbyn’s spectacular takedown of Jacob Rees-Mogg at PMQs

Jeremy Corbyn spectacularly exposed Jacob Rees-Mogg at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on 27 June. Because the Labour leader publicly made clear just how much faith the leading Brexiteer really has in Britain’s life beyond the EU. One rule for them Brexit, business and jobs dominated PMQs. And during the session, Corbyn spoke about the difference […]

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27/06/2018 02:55 PM
The DWP just lost a sex discrimination case at the EU’s highest court

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) lost another court case on 26 June. The EU’s Court of Justice (CJEU) ruled [pdf] that UK government policy constituted “direct discrimination based on sex” in a case concerning its treatment of a transgender woman. Discrimination A married woman, referred [pdf] to as ‘MB’ in court documents, brought the case […]

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