An “official” document from British “counter-terrorism” police lists anti-fascists, animal rights campaigners, and supporters of the Kurdish-led anti-terror fighters of the YPG as extremists – alongside neo-nazi and other far-right extremists. The Canary appears to be the first organisation to reveal the existence of this document, entitled Extremist Symbols and Flags. We discovered this document online […]
An innovative media event featuring rapper-turned-activist Lowkey is happening in Sheffield at the end of May. And everyone’s invited to join its ‘club’. Ahead of the event, The Canary spoke to a number of the people involved, including Guardian and Media Diversified writer Maya Goodfellow and Real Media editor and founder Kam Sandhu. A real media revolution […]
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A parliamentary question from an SNP MP has forced the government to reveal some disturbing facts about its funding for research into a chronic disease. But when put together with other figures, it reveals a crisis in an area of UK healthcare. A chronic disease Glasgow North West MP Carol Monaghan asked a written question […]
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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been accused of trying to cover up a report. The report covered the increase of unrepresented defendants in Crown Court. The MoJ denies a cover up, but BuzzFeed reports a criminal investigation has now been launched into the matter. Unrepresented defendants Legal experts and charities warned about the effects […]
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Restaurant chain TGI Fridays is probably ruing the fact it named itself after that particular day of the week, as some of its staff have walked out for a second consecutive Friday. It’s reportedly the UK’s first ever strike over tips. Everybody out! Members of Unite the Union are on strike at the American-themed restaurant […]
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On 24 May, a member of the Question Time audience asked an important question. But viewers were quick to point out that there was a serious problem with the panel answering it. An audience member asked the panel: Do you think [the] bastion of white, middle-class, southern privilege spreads beyond just Oxford University? Labour MP David Lammy nailed […]
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Earlier this year, Donald Trump announced a summit with North Korea. The supporters who still had the energy to defend his erratic behaviour said it should earn him the Nobel Peace Prize. Others suggested waiting to see how it all panned out. Guess who was right? The Don Trump was planning the summit’s action plan […]
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In an escalating scandal, a trade union has leaked yet more guidance from a notorious train company regarding disabled people. The latest revelations will do little to calm angry campaigners, and just compounds the allegation from a senior politician that the train company is breaking the law. Wait, what…??? As The Canary previously reported, Govia Thameslink (which operates the controversial Southern Rail […]
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An Israeli human rights lawyer has exposed the oppressive states that joined Israel in celebrating the recent relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem. Eitay Mack fights to stop Israel sending military aid to war criminals and regimes that violate human rights. And he wrote in the 972+ magazine on 22 May: This list of participants […]
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Katie Hopkins has won a ruling after a complaint against the Mirror for its reporting of the events which led to her being “detained” in South Africa. But unfortunately for the former Mail Online columnist, the ruling has only helped to promote the Mirror‘s genius correction to the story: The Mirror's apology to Katie Hopkins […]
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Theresa May has recently been cosying up to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. And during his three-day state visit to the UK, the two leaders spoke of increasing trade and strengthening the ‘defence partnership’ between their two countries. Little more than a week later, on 24 May, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) found Erdoğan and the Turkish […]
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Russian pranksters just gave Boris Johnson the best and worst day of his life. In a prank call, the tricksters told the foreign secretary that Jeremy Corbyn was Russia’s ‘man’ in parliament. They dangled the prospect of getting rid of the Labour leader for good in front of Johnson’s face. But as the call was […]
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Disabled people seemed to have won a battle in the war for their most basic of rights, after the government said a notorious train company had been forced to “withdraw” controversial guidance. But the train operator spoke to The Canary, and it appears it’s only made the smallest of concessions; muddling the government’s official line. One […]
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Labour MP David Lammy has slammed Oxford University for its failure to improve student diversity. So Toby Young has waded into the row, claiming Lammy’s “harping on about Oxford’s ‘shameful’ track record” could be to blame. It didn’t end well for Young. “Social apartheid” New research has found “that more than one in four” Oxford colleges “failed to admit […]
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A homelessness charity has come under fire from grassroots campaigners over its decision to charge £140 to attend a conference about ending homelessness. “Everybody in”? Crisis is holding a conference on 11 June. Called Everybody In: How to end homelessness in Great Britain, the charity says the event promises to: hear from sector experts and academics […]
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A Labour MP has revealed the racism she receives during her working day in Westminster. Speaking during a debate on stop-and-search, Rupa Huq, who is British-born of Bangladeshi origin, said she is stopped from going about her business “on a daily basis”. “My face does not fit” Speaking about the racism people from Black, Asian […]
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Boris Johnson is a very important man. After all, he’s the fellow we’ve chosen to show the world what Britain is all about. And as such, he needs a very important means of transport. The problem is that Johnson misjudged what sort of fuel his fancy new transport would run on. Bus wanker For a […]
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A former UKIP leadership hopeful has sparked hilarity on Twitter by claiming that 7 million babies are born each year in the UK. Steven Woolfe, Independent MEP for North West England, tweeted: In the next five minutes 70 children will be born in the UK, 20 of those to mothers not born here. 60 people […]
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A controversial fracking firm has been caught breaching environmental regulations. And worryingly, it’s not the first time a government agency has reprimanded this company for failings at one of its sites. A controversial fracking project The government granted Third Energy a licence to extract shale gas by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) at the KM8 site in the village of Kirby […]
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On 23 May, charity Age UK published a report entitled Everything is online nowadays. It warns that elderly people who struggle to use the internet are finding it increasingly difficult to claim housing benefit and council tax support. Caroline Abrahams, charity director of Age UK, stated: It is totally unacceptable that millions of older people […]
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The SNP just called Jeremy Hunt’s bluff after the health secretary spread fake news about the NHS. During a debate in parliament, Hunt claimed NHS privatisation “is not happening”. So the SNP’s Chris Stephens schooled the health secretary on what privatisation actually is, using a definition from the world’s highest health authority. Fake news The […]
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Aldi has lost an appeal over a planning application to open a new store in Birmingham. In what one campaigner called a “David and Goliath” battle, the local community won out. But the real victors in the case were both the trees that people were desperate to save from Aldi’s bulldozers, and local democracy. Trampling […]
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Progressive Stacey Abrams won a landslide victory in the Georgia gubernatorial primary over ‘moderate’ Democrat Stacey Evans. And the win shows the Democratic base is ready for a break with centrism in favor of bold, leftist politics. Abrams leans left Abrams ran on a platform of expanding Medicaid, passing a living wage, protecting voting rights, […]
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Kurdish groups have accused Theresa May of racism after her meeting with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The groups were responding to May’s comments at a joint press conference held with Erdoğan on 15 May. She stated: It is important that in defense of democracy, which has been facing extraordinary pressures from the failed coup, instability […]
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Distinguished Christian Palestinian leader and academic Hanan Ashrawi has slammed America’s religious right in an interview with the BBC. The Trump administration’s “biblical dogma” on Israel US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city, and to move the US embassy there, sparked outrage around the world. But critics say these provocative expressions of support for Israel’s government […]
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has revealed that Amazon has been test-piloting a facial recognition system, in collaboration with law enforcement and state authorities. This latest development in the age of surveillance capitalism sees the emergence of an incredibly sophisticated system that can detect “people”, “objects”, “licence plates”, “inappropriate content”, and even “emotions” in […]
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During a tribunal court case on 21 May, the Home Office made an extraordinary statement. And it’s one that shows exactly how out of touch the department is with the impact of the policies it implements. Police monitoring and civil rights group Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) was in court to challenge a freedom of […]
Labour has called an Opposition Day debate in parliament on 23 May. This “humble address” is to debate [pdf, p6] “outsourcing and privatisation in the NHS”. Outsourcing and privatisation As The Canary previously reported, there are two important debates timetabled. The debate concerning the NHS will demand papers (including minutes and discussions) from Theresa May’s government, to give […]
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A mysterious Wikipedia editor named Philip Cross has made more than 130,000 edits to pages across the online encyclopaedia. But questions are being asked about who the editor is and what his motivations are. The Wikipedian Cross is a frequent and prolific Wikipedia editor – or ‘Wikipedian’ – who’s made approximately 134,000 edits over 14 […]
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Jeremy Corbyn floored Theresa May with his first question at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). The Labour leader delivered a killer question on the NHS that the prime minister couldn’t recover from. How much? Ahead of a Labour-led debate on privatisation in the NHS, Corbyn focused all of his questions at PMQs on the health service. […]
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The UK government is denying citizenship to people left, right and centre. But the absurdity and harshness of its rulings have been highlighted in a recent case. The Home Office has denied citizenship to Inga Lockington, the former mayor of Ipswich. The case of Inga Lockington Lockington, originally from Denmark, married a British doctor in […]
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Four campaigners involved in the ongoing Sheffield trees saga are due to appear in court in June, charged with breaching council injunctions. They could possibly face jail sentences. The tree felling programme Labour-led Sheffield City Council and its contractor Amey are chopping down public trees in the city. Local residents aren’t happy because of the environmental impact, […]
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After Israeli forces murdered more than 60 people in Gaza on 14 May, UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson gave a woeful response. But now, he has finally threatened sanctions… …against Venezuela. A slap on the wrist for friends, but economic war for enemies On 15 May, a Foreign Office tweet called for “restraint” regarding the situation in Gaza, without […]
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and colleagues have tabled a rather tasty parliamentary motion for Wednesday 23 May. No confidence, Mr Grayling! Corbyn, and five other MPs have called [pdf, p6] on the government to reduce transport secretary Chris Grayling’s ministerial salary by £2,400 a year. The reason? His handling of the ongoing catastrophe that is the East […]
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On 22 May, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg faced live questions at the European Parliament. He offered an apology for recent data breaches and the misuse of personal information. These came to light following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But the speech from staunch anti-EU MEP Nigel Farage was quite astonishing. “Your biggest client” Farage opened by saying […]
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Israel’s defence minister, Avigdor Liberman, recently launched an absolutely incredible attack on the BBC. According to the Times of Israel, Liberman claims to have identified the source of the broadcaster’s bias against his country. That’s right. The defence minister says the BBC is biased against Israel. And he reckons, wait for it, that it’s Muslim […]
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A groundbreaking study, conducted over five years, has left the reputation and operating practices of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in tatters. Specifically, the report’s authors heap criticism on one part of the department’s operations: the benefit sanctions regime. But a standout point from the report was that the DWP should [pdf, p12] […]
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UPDATE: This article was updated at 9.30am on 23 May Blairites won a victory over the left on 22 May, by just one vote. The new vice-chair of the Labour National Executive Committee (NEC) will be UNISON president Wendy Nichols – who, insiders believe, is working closely with the right of the party to undermine […]
The UK government has reached a despicable new low in its response to Israel’s violence against Palestinian people. In a staggering act of hypocrisy, the government has rejected a key Palestinian request over the new US embassy in Jerusalem. Opposition? The US opened its newly relocated embassy in Jerusalem on 14 May, against the will […]
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The mental health of thousands of children around the UK is breaking, as they sit the new GCSEs. These were Michael Gove’s ‘triumph’ as education secretary. Recently, he’s seemed relatively quiet, squirreled away as the environment secretary. But he’s back, championing Brexit. Again. Now, he’s ‘celebrating’ the impact of Brexit on migrants. Welcoming? As reported on Channel 4 […]
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Several Tories have been pulled up for racism lately. The most recent was Nadine Dorries, who basically told a non-white person to ‘shut up and be grateful’: She then assured us that saying racist things is okay because she’s not a racist: Dorries isn’t the only MP who’s been caught out, either. Just a dabble […]
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The SNP has made an official submission to media regulator Ofcom over the BBC‘s role in Scottish broadcasting. It said the public service broadcaster has ‘failed’ to restore public trust in it, after criticism of its approach to covering Scottish news and politics. A new channel On Tuesday 22 May, the National reported that Nicola […]
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The Economist’s latest front cover shows a provocative image of a young boy firing a slingshot. It leads with the headline: Gaza: There is a better way. Social media has now responded to this naked bias, saying: ‘Yes, there is a better way’. “Fixed it!” On 14 May, Israeli troops killed at least 60 Palestinian protesters. The […]
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There were chaotic scenes at London Bridge train station on Monday 21 May, as one of the most notorious train companies around was, yet again, under fire from passengers. Wait, what…??? As The Canary previously reported, Govia Thameslink (which operates the controversial Southern Rail contract) introduced a new timetable on 20 May. It issued updated guidance to all its staff […]
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The UN says that, between 30 March and 18 May, the Israeli military killed 87 Palestinian demonstrators, including 12 children, with “over 12,000 people” injured and “more than 3,500 of them by live ammunition”. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) say the fault lies with Hamas and the Palestinians. But comedian Jimmy Dore has now joined […]
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Just days after Theresa May’s government relaxed the rules over fracking, a former government adviser has warned that the industry could cause earthquakes at up to half of all licensed sites in the UK. But he goes further, calling for a pause on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas until the “full extent of the risk […]
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On Sunday 20 May, Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times tweeted a link to an article on young British fascists. The tweet drew such a negative response it was deleted. The Times appears to have deleted their disgraceful "hipster fascists" Tweet. pic.twitter.com/hfI55F082m — Harriet Clugston (@HarrietClugston) May 20, 2018 Although the tweet didn’t give a complete picture […]
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Private rail operators know the jig is up. They’ve scammed us for too long, and the network will soon be renationalised. As a result, these companies aren’t even trying anymore. ‘Meltdown Monday‘ is the latest example of this. But if there’s one thing we should have learnt by now, it’s that the rail companies can […]
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A cross-party report [pdf] released on 21 May, has issued a damning condemnation of the UK government in relation to “dirty money” from Russia. But a BBC news report failed to link the findings to the government. “Let me help you with this headline” The report – Moscow’s Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK – was issued […]
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The very day that the Conservative Party launched its plans to tackle abuse on social media, one of the party’s own MPs was busy harassing a British journalist for being born in another country. Be grateful It’s standard racist fare to silence criticisms from ethnic minority citizens with demands for gratitude and fealty. In working-class […]
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly scrapped a proposed scheme that would have made it easier for claimants to challenge sanctions. Its reasoning for shelving the plans is unsurprising: it basically said it would be too much hassle for the department to operate. Stopping sanctions before they begin The DWP has been […]
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Campaign group Culture Unstained has obtained emails highlighting how the UK government has been cosying up to oil giant BP. There is a worry that the UK government is prioritising corporate interests over the public interest. And BP’s track record on climate change really brings this issue into focus. The UK government’s relationship with BP The emails […]
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A Conservative MP was cut off during a live debate on the BBC‘s Victoria Derbyshire show on Monday 21 May. Not that some people would be concerned, as he was there to defend what many people think is indefensible: the denial of medical cannabis oil to treat seriously ill children. Billy Caldwell The debate centred […]
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And what a week it was! A week in which there was some sort of wedding! A WEEK IN WHICH THERE WAS SOME SORT OF WEDDING! A WEEK IN WHICH THERE WAS SOME SORT OF WEDDING! But what else couldn’t we get away from? Let’s look back and see: Hostile environment sees middle-aged xenophobes deported […]
Irish women choosing an abortion are essentially subject to British abortion law. Because abortion is effectively illegal in Ireland, so the UK is the most feasible place for Irish women to have one. But all this could change on 25 May, as the Irish hold a referendum that could legalise abortion. Abortion in Ireland Following […]
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Margot James is the digital minister. On 20 May, she appeared on Ridge on Sunday to discuss plans for social media companies to tackle online abuse. Her lack of clarity on what will and will not constitute ‘abuse’ has raised concern, though. Especially given the Conservatives’ track record for making up rules to suit them. […]
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On May 14, Israeli forces opened fire on protesters in Gaza, killing at least 60 people. This brought the number of Palestinians killed during recent demonstrations to 104, including 12 children. The Israeli ambassador tried to justify these killings on the BBC. But his argument was shut down by Palestine’s chief negotiator. Responsibility Israel’s ambassador […]
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The House of Lords is so undemocratic it makes Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong un look like… …umm… …it’s actually hard to think of a properly democratic democracy. The point is that the Lords are undemocratic, anyway. And yet the government has somehow made them even less democratic – namely by introducing a raft of […]
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On 14 May, at least 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops. On 18 May, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) voted to investigate violations of international law in Gaza, where the massacre happened. It said Israel’s actions were potentially “wholly disproportionate”. But the UK abstained in the vote, a move which has disgusted many. “Disgusted” On […]
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13 life peers were appointed to the House of Lords on Friday 18 May. One of those appointees, the former DUP MP Reverend Willie McCrea, hasn’t been discussed much by the mainstream media. But British people should be very concerned about the man Theresa May just put in parliament. The DUP and Reverend Willie McCrea? Since […]
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This article was updated at 07.51 on 22 May to clarify that Atos Healthcare carried out the bulk of Burns’ assessments and that under its new name, Independent Assessment Services (IAS), the company no longer delivers Work Capability Assessments. It now does PIP assessments. A disabled woman from Luton has been found dead in her home after […]
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Most art movements are defined by their greatest artists. Cubism is forever linked to Picasso, for example, and surrealism is synonymous with Dalí. The great art movement of the 21st century is photoshopping images of random celebrities into unusual situations. And the movement’s greatest artiste is Coldwar Steve. McFadden’s Cold War Steve operates under the […]
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Republican lawmaker Mo Brooks recently denied climate change using a very strange argument. Brooks, who is on the US’ House Science, Space and Technology Committee, argued that rising sea levels are due to the fact that rocks are falling into the ocean. Green Party leader Caroline Lucas reacted in the best way possible. Doh! Next […]
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The Labour Party has done an impressive job attracting young members. As of January 2018, Labour’s youth wing was about the same size as the Liberal Democrat’s total membership. The Conservatives have done less well. And rather than trying to emulate Labour’s success – say by proposing policies that will actually improve young people’s lives […]
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Cambridge students have occupied a university building in protest at the institution’s continued investment in the fossil fuel industry. The protesters plan to stay until Cambridge University commits to cutting ties with these companies. The building in question holds half of the university’s administrative offices. The campaign group Cambridge Zero Carbon Society is behind the protest. ‘profiting […]
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Venezuela will hold elections on Sunday 20 May. But as the mainstream Western media has been so useless at telling us the truth about the country in recent years, an expert has given an alternative perspective. In preparation for the anticipated disinformation campaigns of media and political elites, The Canary spoke to a political analyst and […]
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An ex-professional ballet dancer is using his art to raise awareness of a chronic disease. It’s one that affects around 17 million people worldwide, including him. The Millions Missing Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, commonly referred to as ME/CFS or ME, is a chronic systemic neuroimmune disease. But the disease has been fraught with controversy. For decades (and often still to […]
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On Friday 18 May, people around the world raised awareness of a rare, life threatening illness, by wearing red. It was known as ‘REDS4VEDS‘ day. Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of chronic, genetic, hereditary disorders affecting around one in 5,000 people worldwide. They affect nearly every part of a person’s body and its systems. You can […]
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During the latest hearing of the Undercover Policing Inquiry (UCPI) held on 18 May 2018, a lawyer representing the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) asked [pdf, p13] the inquiry judge whether undercover officers on “current undercover deployments” would be at risk of giving evidence in public. Essentially, that appears to be a disclosure suggesting that political […]
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Pressure is mounting on the Vote Leave campaign, which was fronted by Conservative MPs Boris Johnson and Michael Gove. Now new evidence suggests the campaign group used identical datasets to BeLeave during the EU referendum. Collusion The Electoral Commission is investigating Vote Leave, Darren Grimes (BeLeave), and Veterans for Britain for possible collusion during the […]
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Luke Akehurst is a former member of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), and a “proud” supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Although not Jewish himself, Akehurst is the director of We Believe in Israel (WBI). The group describes him as having been “a committed Zionist all his life”. And it’s in this role that […]
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Although the total figure isn’t fully known, it’s been widely reported that the royal wedding will cost £32m. What is known is that the single biggest cost will be security: estimated at £30m. And those security costs will be paid for by taxpayers. So people are suggesting all sorts of ways that taxpayers’ money could be […]
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The BBC‘s This Week programme on 17 May featured a discussion about Israel’s violence against Palestinians. Alongside its regular participants, the BBC invited on the Mail on Sunday‘s Dan Hodges to “assess” tensions in the region. But viewers didn’t get anything near a balanced analysis of the situation. Victims? Israel killed at least 61 Palestinians […]
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As the big wedding day looms into inescapable view, there’s only one thing for it. Think of something else to do. Find a way to get yourself out of the house. Doesn’t matter what. Any port in a storm. Just, literally, turn off your TV and go out and do something less boring instead. (© […]
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An award-winning theatre company has launched a new movement to help end homelessness and rough sleeping. Its message is a straightforward one: it wants citizens to ‘do’ something. Cathy coming home As The Canary previously reported, theatre company Cardboard Citizens has toured the UK with its production of Cathy; a play inspired by the critically […]
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A train company’s internal staff booklet has caused uproar among trade unions, passenger groups, and disabled people alike. Primarily because of its instructions on how to deal with what it refers to as “persons of reduced mobility” (PRM). Wait, what…??? Govia Thameslink, which operates the notorious Southern Rail contract, is introducing a new timetable on […]
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Most people aren’t bothered about Harry and Meghan’s wedding. The royals possess more wealth, entitlement, and castles than the rest of us combined. As such, every day is a special occasion for them. And they don’t need super special occasions to remind us how good they already have it. And yet, as details of the […]
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reportedly left one man so “destitute” that police were called out because of people’s concerns for his “welfare”. The DWP: leaving people “destitute” Police Community Support Officer Chris Hamer works in the Irwell area of Lancashire Constabulary. He took to Twitter to expose a disturbing incident: Luckily we, […]
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On Thursday 17 May, BBC Question Time came to Kensington. One of the main topics was the Grenfell Tower fire. But instead of the panellists leading the debate, an audience member summed up the tragedy in just four words. Grenfell: “social murder” The Question Time panel on 17 May consisted of: Dominic Raab, Conservative minister of […]
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The Daily Mail can’t leave the royal wedding alone. But a column published on 17 May highlights how twisted the parasitic relationship between mainstream media and the UK establishment really is. The article is a masterpiece of hypocrisy. “Why did no one google her family?” This wedding is like the gross lovechild of Simon Cowell and Rupert […]
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While many people in the UK focused on the royal wedding, the government announced plans to turbo-charge fracking in England. On 17 May, energy secretary Greg Clark revealed a series of new measures to make sure fracking happens in a timely and easy manner. These include funding councils with £1.6m of taxpayers’ money to ‘help’ […]
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The EU has announced that it’s referring the UK government to the Court of Justice of the European Union over the country’s air pollution levels. UK government failings In an announcement on Thursday 17 May, the European Commission said: The Commission is today referring France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Romania and the United Kingdom to the […]
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The government has once more brought the East Coast mainline back under public control. This led to calls for the entire network to be renationalised. It also saw calls for that “robbing cunt Branson to be used as a railway sleeper”. The rail line isn’t the only example of a privatised body producing disastrous results, […]
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Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar has revealed just how disastrous the Conservative government’s Brexit plans really are. Varadkar has reiterated the EU’s position that there can be no withdrawal agreement without a so-called “backstop” solution to the Irish border problem. But political commentators have accused UK prime minister Theresa May’s government of “magical thinking” over its […]
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When the Windrush scandal reached mainstream attention, many were surprised by the cynical response from the right-wing press. After all, the “hostile environment” created by Theresa May was reflected by coverage in their newspapers. The time for false outrage is over, though. The Mail is once more openly attacking anyone who questions the hostile environment. And it […]
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A local newspaper has got a city council and a corporate giant bang to rights with its latest revelations on an ongoing saga. The quietening of chainsaws? Labour-led Sheffield City Council and its contractor Amey are chopping down public trees in the city. Local residents aren’t happy because of the environmental impact, the “Thatcherite” behaviour of the […]
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Work and pensions secretary Esther McVey recently tweeted a video in which she celebrated the latest employment figures. McVey said “Well done Britain!”, adding that the government has managed to get more women and minorities into work. But her celebration of these figures is very misleading. And Labour MP for North West Durham Laura Pidcock […]
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On Wednesday 16 May, the government suffered its 15th defeat in the House of Lords over the EU withdrawal bill. Central to that rinsing was a Green Party peer, whose stinging speech wiped the floor with the Conservative Party. Another day, another Brexit amendment Jenny Jones, or Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, was speaking during a […]
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One American Jew has written a letter to his local synagogue. And it’s a bold response to Israel’s massacre of Palestinian protesters on 14 May. Howard Horowitz is a former president of the WESPAC Foundation, a peace and justice network in New York. And after the massacre, he said in a letter to his synagogue’s Israel Action […]
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As North Korea’s Kim Jong-un threatens to call off historic peace talks with the United States over joint US-South Korean military exercises, one thing should be painfully obvious: Donald Trump’s aggressive ‘maximum pressure’ campaign is an utter failure. How we got here Trump’s warmongering rhetoric pushed the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war in […]
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It’s difficult to escape the fact that a prince is due to marry a TV star on 19 May. The mainstream media has gone royal wedding gaga already. But plans for the lavish event have taken a more sinister turn. Again. Clean streets? Police have reportedly been removing sleeping bags and other possessions from homeless people […]
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The government’s plans to get more people using the railways are in trouble. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced that the East Coast line will return to government control after a troubled spell under a Stagecoach / Virgin consortium. There are also reports that the much-vaunted millennial railcard could be quietly dropped. Railcard Chancellor Philip […]
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Theresa May made a jaw-dropping claim about what her party has done for Britain at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on 16 May. The PM actually said that people “have more money in their pockets under the Conservatives”. She’s right, of course, if you’re talking about the richest Britons. But for the vast majority of people […]
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As the Windrush scandal continues, the Home Office has come under further criticism. A damning new report reveals that it puts “lives at risk” with an asylum system that “dehumanises, disempowers and damages” people. Ultimately, Theresa May holds responsibility. “Lives at risk” Waiting in The Dark [pdf], a new report by Refugee Action, reveals the “devastating” impact […]
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Hold. The. Front. Page. On Wednesday 16 May, the government announced that the East Coast mainline rail franchise was to be re-renationalised; temporarily, mind. This move is the culmination of decades of wilful ignorance by successive governments, and shows the chaos facing UK infrastructure. But is more nationalisation the answer? Re-renationalisation I say “re-renationalised”, lest […]
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During today’s PMQs, a clearly rattled Theresa May made an embarrassing slip. And as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pointed out, maybe it’s time she stepped aside and let someone else get this job done. Showdown Customs union. These two fairly dull words are keeping Theresa May awake at night right now. Both of her party’s […]
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Two Foreign Office ministers have tweeted their ‘concern’ about the recent Israeli killings of protesters in Gaza. But both managed to do so without even mentioning Israel. On 14 May, the Israeli military killed at least 60 Palestinians who were protesting on the same day as the highly controversial relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem. Shortly afterwards, minister […]
A parliamentary committee has said government policy changes have caused a “dramatic… collapse” in investment; one which threatens to derail legally binding targets. The area which the committee was criticising the government about is clean energy and climate change targets. A “dramatic collapse” The Environmental Audit Committee has released a report into clean energy. Called Green […]
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Schools just sent a very public ‘f*ck you’ to the Conservative government over cuts. A number of schools draped banners across their premises revealing how much money the cuts are costing them. Complaints from Conservative councillors forced one school to take the banner down. But in a brilliant act of defiance, it put it right […]
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SNP MP Drew Hendry has been a vocal critic of the government’s Universal Credit programme. Now, he has once again lambasted the rollout of this benefit for the way it’s impacting terminally ill people. “A Tory government at its very worst” Hendry says the government is forcing terminally ill people to go to job centre appointments […]
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On Tuesday 15 May, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) released its figures for benefits sanctions up to January 2018. But buried in the statistics is the figure for the outcomes of people who appeal a Universal Credit sanction decision. The figures show that tribunals rule that 83% of sanction decisions they assess are […]
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A professor has openly criticised Israel’s victim-blaming surrounding the Gaza massacre, live on air. On 14 May, at least 60 people were murdered by Israeli troops. Current figures say over 2,000 people were injured as Israel Defense Forces (IDF) opened fire. Children and a baby are among the dead and injured. Israel and the US have defended […]
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An influential international committee is investigating the entire fracking industry for possible human rights violations. The inquiry comes amid mounting concern about the viability and impact of the controversial industry. An international spotlight on fracking As DrillOrDrop reported, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal is an international body that was founded in the wake of the Vietnam war. It […]
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Friends of Anna Campbell, the British anti-terror fighter killed in northern Syria, have occupied the roof of an arms company. They have taken the action to protest Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to the UK. And they have a clear message about Theresa May as she meets with Erdoğan in London: She is complicit in the […]
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The Home Office has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. The Windrush scandal has focused on two former home secretaries – Amber Rudd and Theresa May. But the problems with that department appear to be widespread. And now, the immigration minister has been accused of “shambolic incompetence”. The pattern emerging makes […]
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People are calling on the Labour Party to expel a pro-Israel group, Labour Friends of Israel (LFI), over its response to the Gaza killings. Inhuman Israel killed 61 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza-Israeli border on 14 May. It also injured at least 2,400 people, including more than 1,300 with live ammunition. Doctors Without Borders […]
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One tweet by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas sums up why the UK government continues to take such a soft line over the ongoing crisis in Gaza. It has everything to do with the huge list, printed in full below, of weapons exports to Israel in 2017. A massacre On Monday 14 May, at least […]
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CBS News interviewed human rights attorney Noura Erakat about unfolding events in Gaza. But instead of following the CBS host’s line of questioning, Erakat picked apart the entire premise of the interview. In doing so, she expertly dismantled the Western media’s false narratives on the Gaza massacre. Shut down The CBS News host opens the segment […]
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On Monday 14 May, the government announced it had signed off on spending nearly £1bn more on the Trident nuclear submarine programme. But the revelation came just days after a parliamentary committee warned [pdf, p7] the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was essentially running out of money, with one campaign group telling The Canary the MoD is […]
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By 10am on 15 May, Israeli snipers had killed 59 Palestinians and shot more than 2,200. Perched atop the apartheid wall which Israel built around Gaza (imprisoning its 1.9 million inhabitants), the snipers fired into crowds indiscriminately. But the BBC did not report this as a massacre. This decision should shame the BBC for as […]
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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and that presents an opportunity to raise awareness about how we look after ourselves. This year, the Mental Health Foundation is focusing on stress. And the charity points out it can play a key role in mental health problems. As part of the awareness campaign, allontheboard (a mysterious pair of tube […]
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Today is one of those dark days when the moral bankruptcy of Britain’s foreign policy is shoved in our faces. It really seems like Conservative leaders are pushing us to see how much they can get away with. Because Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – a dictator in all but name – will receive the red-carpet […]
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Protesters and activist groups are preparing to gather on 15 May to oppose the state visit of a leader condemned for human rights abuses. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey will spend the final of his three days in the UK visiting both Queen Elizabeth II and Theresa May. But the leader, accused of breaching […]
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Israel’s army reportedly shot hundreds Palestinians, leaving at least 52 dead, on 14 May. The massacre happened as the US opened its newly relocated embassy in Jerusalem, against the will of most of the international community. In the midst of the criminal bloodbath, however, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sent out a tweet. It contained a […]
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Scores of Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli snipers, as officials celebrate the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem. By the time of publication on 14 May, Israeli armed forces have reportedly killed at least 52 Palestinians near the Gaza border fence. More than 2,400 have been injured, with at least 39 in a […]
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In an unusual move, a Daily Mail journalist has exposed a questionable taxpayer-funded payment by Boris Johnson’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). According to the Mail’s Peter Hitchens, the FCO has confirmed it funded the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) to the tune of £194,769.60. The revelation is a blow to the SOHR’s claim […]
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Ben Bradley, MP and Conservative Party vice-chair, has told the party that to gain voters it needs to shake off “stereotypes and negativity”. But as the Mirror reported, it’s quite ironic that such a controversial MP has advised the Conservatives that they need to shed their “toxic image”. Voice for the youth? Bradley made his comments following a […]
The Sunday Times rich list was released on 13 May, to a flurry of media attention. From Peston to The Andrew Marr Show, it has been near the top of the agenda, as journalists focus on the supposed shift from ‘old money’ to ‘new’. But not everybody in the media spotlight has been playing ball. “Economy is […]
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There’s a hostile environment in the UK. Namely because the word ‘gammon’ is being used to denigrate xenophobes of diverse socio-economic backgrounds: a situation which allowed the Home Office to deport these poor, poor men to Gammon Island. I'm appalled by the term "gammon" now frequently entering the lexicon of so many (mainly on the […]
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According to the Mirror, crystal meth found at the Home Office was “the third such incident in six months”. The Home Office holds responsibility for tackling drug use in the UK. But “Scotland Yard decided not to mount a full investigation – with Government officials unable to say why.” It looks like the Home Office has […]
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Some of the biggest holiday companies – including Tui and Expedia – have previously made pledges to protect animal welfare. But Which? has published research showing that this is far from the case. Lip service In 2013, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) released a handbook [pdf] titled ‘Global Guidance for Animals in Tourism’. […]
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The mainstream media has been in a frenzy over alleged cases of antisemitism within the Labour Party. But no publication has called out the leader of the Conservative Party, who just congratulated a self-proclaimed antisemite. “I am glad to be labelled antisemitic” On May 11, Theresa May celebrated the election of Mahathir Mohamad as the […]
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And what a week it was! A week in which the cabinet split into two teams to brainstorm on Brexit! A week in which each of those teams broke off into smaller groups to spite the others! And a week in which those smaller groups devolved into just a load of angry individuals shouting! But […]
In its final report published on 8th May, the intergenerational commission revealed some sobering facts about generational inequality in the UK. Not only are millennials (those born between 1981 and 2000) less likely to own a home [pdf, p 57] than previous generations, all under- 45s have to make do with 8m² less living space than they […]
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Conservative MP Dr Julian Lewis raised investigations into Northern Ireland’s conflict, during prime minister’s questions (PMQs) on 9 May. In response, Theresa May claimed investigations into the past conflict in Northern Ireland were “patently unfair”. Because she claimed that British armed forces are the only ones under investigation. Responding to a question at PMQs, Theresa May said the […]
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On 12 May, Theresa May made a bold pledge to the UK public. She tweeted: The path I set out here is the path to deliver the Brexit people voted for. I will need your help and support to get there. And in return my pledge to you is simple: I will not let you […]
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Israel may have wooed the world with their Eurovision victory, but state representatives are still courting controversy. On 13 May, Israel’s ambassador to the UK Mark Regev appeared on Peston on Sunday. In the interview, Robert Peston challenged the ambassador about Israel’s actions in Gaza. Regev’s response was extraordinary. Palestine “refuse to engage” Robert Peston opened the […]
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I go to a lot of demonstrations in both a personal and professional capacity. But the one I attended on Saturday 12 May for the ‘millions missing’, will stay with me for the rest of my life. Millions Missing I should really explain about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, commonly referred to as ME/CFS or just ME. And […]
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Governments across the world continue to pursue drug policies completely at odds with the evidence. Indeed, the UK government under Theresa May has only expanded criminalisation of drug users. While the powers that be stick their heads in the sand, it’s been left to Boom – a psytrance festival – to revolutionise the approach. Kosmicare […]
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In 1978, Nicaragua’s campaign to overthrow its US-backed dictatorship stepped up a gear. And the regime’s fall in 1979 was followed by years of covert US interference against the new left-wing government, along with heavily biased coverage from Western media outlets. That government eventually lost elections in 1990. But a latter-day version was re-elected in […]
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An author and campaigner who transformed a Bob Dylan classic into a song for millions of chronically ill people believes that only once a major medical scandal is fully exposed can the answers people are looking for be found. This is part two of a two part article. You can read part one here. Part […]
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On 8 May, Google revealed that one of its apps will soon be able to book appointments for you over the phone. Some saw this as an important step forward in artificial intelligence (AI). But others were not as impressed. Praise and criticism At its conference, Google demonstrated new technology called Google Duplex. It booked […]
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The media has blamed Jeremy Corbyn for many things since he was elected as Labour leader in 2015 including: Former chancellor George Osborne’s proposed cuts to tax credits. Conservative policies which would increase inequality. Brexit. Electoral fraud. In fact, blaming Corbyn has become so popular that it even has its own hashtag: I just spotted […]
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On Saturday 12 May, tens of thousands of people descended on central London, calling for a ‘new deal’ for British workers. Rise up! The Trades Union Congress (TUC) organised a ‘new deal for working people’ rally. It said it was marching for an “alternative” to the current situation of low pay, zero-hours contracts, and agency work in the UK. […]
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On 11 May, education secretary Damian Hinds announced the government is allocating £200m to expand grammar schools in the UK. The government has made this decision despite continuing with crippling education cuts. Unions estimate that real-terms cuts to education have now reached £2.8bn since 2016. Despite this, Hinds has found money to invest in grammar […]
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A new documentary is shining a light into one of the most explosive acts of civil disobedience of the 20th century. But far from being consigned to the history books, the event resonates right to this day. A radical film company WellRedFilms is based in Sheffield. Former members of political party Left Unity founded it in […]
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The Trump administration has struck a blow against attempts to combat climate change by ending a greenhouse gas monitoring initiative. Science magazine revealed that the NASA Climate Monitoring System (CMS) was cut with little fanfare after it was not included in the congressional spending bill back in March. A sustained assault against the environment The defunding of […]
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The Conservatives’ Brexit poster-boy Jacob Rees-Mogg was left red faced after struggling with basic questions about the Irish border. In the interview with BBC Northern Ireland‘s Mark Carruthers, Rees-Mogg floundered as he admitted he hadn’t visited the border region. During the unrelenting questioning, the Conservative MP made some incredible statements. This included claiming that visiting […]
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The Royal Mail recently intercepted a bullet at one of its sorting offices, posted to independent councillor Padraig McShane. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) contacted McShane and told him to increase his security. But this is not the first such threatening incident targeting the independent republican councillor. A fellow independent councillor in Northern Ireland […]
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Not for the first time, Jeremy Corbyn has come under fire from members of his own party. This time, it’s former Labour leader Neil Kinnock leading the charge. Writing in the Independent, Kinnock accused Corbyn of a “serious evasion of duty” for his stance on British membership of the EU single market. In the article, he […]
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The BBC has received many complaints over the years. They’ve also issued many complaint rejections. Although I think they kind of apologised when middle England objected to some recipes being taken offline. The Beeb does encourage people to complain, however. Largely as it’s a good opportunity for them to explain why Auntie knows best. Pipe […]
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Marxism is back on the agenda, apparently. But it’s not the real reason why shadow chancellor John McDonnell is pushing the right-wing press into overdrive. ‘MARXIST!!!!’ On BBC Question Time on 10 May, work and pensions secretary Esther McVey said McDonnell “agrees in Marxism”. Unsurprisingly, this echoed a Daily Mail ‘story’ from the previous weekend, which bellowed: John […]
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The local elections on 3 May were a bit of a disaster for the Conservatives. They lost 35 seats overall, while Labour gained 79. Perhaps the best that could be said was the Conservatives “avoided a wipeout”. But there may be far worse ahead for Theresa May. A new YouGov poll suggests that a demographic […]
On 12 May, the Queen will spend the day with King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain at the Royal Windsor Horse Show (RWHS). Rolex and Land Rover sponsor the Bahraini-backed lavish event held between 9 and 13 May. But there’s strong opposition to the event. Critics have questioned why the Queen is cosying up to a country that […]
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A classic song by Bob Dylan has been rearranged and reimagined for a campaign about a disease affecting at least 17 million people worldwide. While it’s a powerful piece of musical activism, the artist behind it and the campaign around it are also awe-inspiring. ME: chronic and debilitating Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, commonly referred to as ME/CFS or […]
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Schools across the UK are cash-strapped, and ongoing education cuts have left many teachers feeling broken. But on 11 May, education secretary Damian Hinds announced a £200m fund to expand grammar schools in the UK. “Insulting and ludicrous” The Times Educational Supplement (TES) reported: A new Selective School Expansion Fund will be allocated £50 million for 2018-19, […]
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The BBC just put itself on the right side of history – if only for a moment. Because the BBC appeared to argue against a war between Israel and Iran in an article on 10 May. But while presenting its case, it actually managed to make a conflict sound quite reasonable. Well, reasonable for one […]
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was humiliated at a recent tribunal appeal hearing about Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at Truro Magistrates’ Court. When the court found in favour of the claimant, his father – David Wilson – reported that the judge said it: serves the DWP right. Wilson further claimed that: The Truro Trio were […]
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The make-up of the BBC‘s Question Time panel on 10 May left many viewers stunned. Along with work and pensions secretary Esther McVey, the panel included a former conservative politician from Spain, a campaign manager for a right-wing thinktank, and staunch Corbyn critic Chuka Umunna. And many felt the only voice of reason was rapper, poet and political […]
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Brexiteers – many of whom voted to keep our unelected Lords – are furious at our unelected Lords. “It’s undemocratic!” they screamed at the men and women they insisted we appoint undemocratically. They’ve come up with a solution, though. And it’s to abolish any and all Lords (who don’t agree with them). Here we go […]
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During BBC Question Time on 10 May, an audience member asked the panel: Does the failure of Labour to gain ground in traditional working-class towns – like Dudley and Bolton – suggest that Corbyn-mania is dead? And work and pensions secretary Esther McVey used the opportunity to try and smear Jeremy Corbyn and shadow chancellor John […]
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Theresa May has reportedly just agreed to loan a Japanese firm £13.4bn to spend on a nuclear power plant. But according to Caroline Lucas, she’s doing it “without any transparency or scrutiny”, effectively lending out public money behind closed doors. A new nuclear power plant The government has given the go-ahead for a replacement plant […]
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A flagship BBC current affairs programme has said it took it 800 attempts to get an MP on to discuss a controversial benefit cut by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). And when it did, the Conservative who dared to defend the cut got skewered by the host. After 800 tries… On Friday 11 […]
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A young man came to last night’s BBC Question Time in a sharp suit. And he came prepared, with one line he believed would destroy any Labour-supporting panellist. But hip-hop artist Akala didn’t even flinch before returning fire, with some painful home truths. The showdown is a masterclass in shutting down everyday racism. Showdown The […]
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Activists from Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) humiliated the boss of Britain’s biggest arms company at his own AGM. They posed a series of excruciating questions to chair Roger Carr about BAE Systems’ bloody relationship with Saudi Arabia. And according to CAAT, Carr finished the meeting imploring people to remember what a “fine company” BAE is, […]
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Workers who negotiate in industrial disputes between trade unions and employers have staged a one-day strike themselves. Which in itself says a lot about the UK in 2018 under a Conservative government. Everybody out! No, really – EVERYBODY On Friday 11 May, members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) who work for the […]
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A Scottish National Party (SNP) MP is calling for a debate into the controversy surrounding a disease she thinks will be one of the “biggest medical scandals of the 21st century”. Calling for a debate Glasgow North West MP Carol Monaghan has launched an early day motion in parliament on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, commonly referred to […]
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The House of Lords has voted consistently against the wishes of Brexiteers. Media outlets and MPs like Jacob Rees-Mogg have cried out against this ‘undemocratic’ behaviour. But the irony is we had an opportunity to democratise the Lords several years ago, and many Brexiteers voted against it. Traitors! The most recent incident saw peers back […]
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On 8 May, the shadow minister for mental health and social care, Barbara Keeley, asked Jeremy Hunt an urgent question in parliament. Keeley wanted Hunt to answer a question about the Learning Disability Mortality Review. But the secretary of state for health and social care, who had been speaking at the despatch box, suddenly decided […]
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The Sunday Telegraph has paid a big price for one of its most toxic anti-Corbyn smears. A court has ruled that the media outlet published a defamatory article about a mosque leader, who claims it was also an attempt to “damage the reputation” of the Labour leader. As a result, the Telegraph has removed the article. It […]
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The Daily Mail has long published articles bashing millennials. A new story from Ross Clark is the latest instalment in the tabloid’s tirade against Generation Y. The paper ran the headline: Give £10,000 to every 25-year-old? God, I’m fed up with these moaning millennials! But there’s a serious problem with the Mail‘s millennial-bashing. Any excuse […]
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Any reasonable person looking at UK politics – where the governing party oppresses disabled people, non-white people, young people, old people, and anyone earning less than £50k a year – must surely think: Why are people in this country so tribal? And by ‘reasonable person’, I mean of course anyone earning over £50k. Leave this […]
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The latest “strategy” from the government for the UK’s beleaguered rail network has gone down like a lead balloon among trade unions, passenger groups, and industry experts. Let’s get digital. Digital. We’re gonna get digital. On Thursday 10 May, the government and Network Rail launched the Digital Railway Strategy. The government says that the planned […]
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After two crushing progressive defeats in Democratic primaries in Ohio and West Virginia, ‘centrist’ Democrats have renewed their attacks on left-wing challengers as unelectable. But lost in the debate is the huge role money plays in making these ‘Democratic’ contests quite undemocratic. Showdown in Ohio Take the gubernatorial race between the former head of the […]
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The stage is being set in London for what could be one of the biggest protests of the year. But a campaigning lawyer is urging people not just to observe the event on Saturday 12 May from their laptops or mobile devices. He wants us all to get actively involved. Rise up! The Trades Union […]
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There’s a data analysis company that is far bigger and possibly far scarier than Cambridge Analytica (CA). You’ve probably never heard of it. Yet this US company is already implicated in UK intelligence gathering and European-wide projects. Palantir Palantir was co-founded by billionaire Peter Thiel. Thiel is a board member and major investor of Facebook and […]
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11 students from the University of Warwick have been temporarily suspended after they made crude jokes about rape, sexual assault, racism, and paedophilia in a group chat. But it’s not just Warwick students who have been exposed and punished for their private messages. It’s happening at other universities as well. Suspended An official complaint was […]
A Labour councillor at the heart of the ongoing Sheffield trees saga has resigned from his position on the city council’s cabinet. And people on social media haven’t exactly been sympathetic… The quietening of chainsaws? Labour-led Sheffield City Council and its contractor Amey are chopping down public trees in the city. Local residents aren’t happy because of […]
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On Saturday 12 May, there will be demonstrations and vigils across the UK and around the world, for millions of people ‘missing’ in the eyes of many. The events aim to make these invisible people visible – for more than just one day. They’re called the “Millions Missing”. ME/CFS: chronic and debilitating Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue […]
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Correction: This article was updated at 14:15 on 11 May to make clear that PIP assessments are carried out by Independent Assessment Services (formerly Atos Healthcare) rather than Atos. We have also removed any suggestion that PIP decisions are made by contractors; it is the DWP that makes those decisions, based on information provided by […]
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Brexit has caused a problem for the Tories. Before the referendum, half the party were saying it would be the worst thing ever. The other half claimed otherwise. And now they have to deliver it – despite everyone knowing 50% of them think it’s shit. This problem is magnified by the fact that they can’t […]
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There’s one big story that hardly anyone’s been talking about in the aftermath of the recent local elections. But it’s a story of the utmost importance for all of us. When votes don’t mean representation The Electoral Reform Society has been a real critic of Britain’s democratic deficit. And after the recent English elections, it […]
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A Glasgow City Council-linked charity was key to the bid to bring an arms fair to Glasgow, The Canary can reveal. Glasgow Convention Bureau (GCB) played a significant part in the successful bid to bring the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition to Glasgow. As The Canary previously reported, the June event showcases several of the […]
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The Isle of Man government is reportedly bringing a key piece of transport infrastructure into public ownership. Nationalisation As BBC News reported, the Manx government has said it will be buying the Isle of Man Steam Packet company. It is a passenger and vehicle ferry service which operates between the island’s capital, Douglas, and five […]
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The Swedish government has admitted that the nation’s famous meatballs could actually be a Turkish import, although it has since pointed out that the history is “complex“. This revelation may be little more than historical trivia for many, but it could be the final straw for one far-right activist. Too far ‘Peter Sweden’ is a Twitter […]
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Right-wing journalist Melanie Phillips has written an article [paywall] for the Times with the headline: Islamophobia is a fiction to shut down debate. In it, she argues that “Islamophobia is a mind-bending attempt at thought control”. Phillips’ view on Islamophobia During an appearance on the BBC’s Sunday Politics, Phillips said the concept of Islamophobia is being used to cover what […]
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On Tuesday 8 May, a legal challenge against Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish government began. A corporate giant is claiming the Holyrood government breached its human rights. And the case centres on a highly controversial topic: fracking. A controversial company INEOS is a multinational fossil fuels company that’s involved in shale gas extraction, or ‘fracking’. It’s already […]
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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has faced mounting criticism over its claims about Universal Credit. Universal Credit: in the spotlight On Monday 7 May, Channel 4‘s Dispatches programme turned its attention to Universal Credit – the new welfare payment from the DWP. It featured stories of people who’ve suffered hardship due to the benefit. As […]
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On Tuesday 8 May, people awoke to a very depressing headline. One which suggested politicians have openly accepted the leader of the free world is a giant, TV-watching baby: It’s the sort of headline you get in a movie when someone travels back to the future only to realise they’ve fucked something else up. And […]
On 6 May, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Arlene Foster, appeared on The Andrew Marr Show. And while discussing Brexit, she reached peak hypocrisy. Marr reminded Foster of recent comments she made about the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. Marr said: You’ve said that you don’t really regard Michel Barnier as an honest broker […]
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Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Glasgow yesterday in the biggest ever independence related march in Scotland. Supporters travelled from all across the country to join the march called by grassroots pro-independence umbrella group All Under One Banner (AUOB). Official police estimates put the number of marchers at 35,000, while organisers […]
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And what a week it was! A week in which the local elections happened! A week in which everyone except UKIP did a little bit better! And a week in which people managed to argue that doing better was actually a sign of doing worse! But what else happened? Let’s look back and see! Leaked […]
Before the local elections, the Tories were forced to suspend several candidates who had made bigoted statements. Now the elections are over, the bigots are being invited back. Come by As soon as the elections were over, Theresa May got her hiking boots on and headed for the Tory heartlands. The bigots had been released […]
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An immigration official told a man facing deportation that his job was to ‘piss him off’, undercover filming has revealed. The man was reporting to Becket House, an immigration reporting centre in London. He secretly filmed his encounter with an official. In the footage filmed last year, the man says that the weekly reporting regime […]
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has been criticised for calling a 19 year-old woman a “twat”. Rather than just apologising, like a normal person, Fabricant has issued a series of excuses. We’ve now analysed all of them, and concluded that Fabricant’s “twat” comment may have been projection. You Fabricant do that If you’re unfamiliar with Fabricant, […]
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In 1988, Margaret Thatcher’s government introduced the Housing Act in a bid to expand the private rented sector in the United Kingdom. The act greatly shifted the power balance in favour of private landlords, through ending rent regulations and creating a new tenancy which allows landlords to evict tenants for no reason. Thirty years on, […]
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When a motion to ban trail hunting was brought before the National Trust’s AGM in October 2017, the charity recommended its members vote against the ban. This position won. Although members favoured a ban, discretionary votes cast [paywall] mostly by board members swayed the result. The National Trust’s position was based on a claim it […]
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Thousands of would-be voters were unable to vote at the recent local elections because they failed to produce the correct ID, according to the Electoral Reform Society. Polling stations in five council areas – Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking – ran mandatory voter ID trials during the local elections on 3 May. The Electoral Reform […]
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At the local elections on 3 May, Labour recorded its biggest win in London since 1971 and gained 77 additional council seats throughout England. Despite this success, a BBC headline declared the election produced “no clear winner”. But it didn’t fool the public and people took to social media to correct it. Public reaction Journalist Owen Jones was one […]
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The Conservative Party snatched control of Pendle council after reinstating a candidate who was suspended for racism. Rosemary Carroll was suspended after sharing a racist joke on social media. The offensive joke in question compared Asian benefits claimants to dogs. Pendle looked set to remain a hung council with the Conservative Party in control of 24 seats […]
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Over the past few years, the Tories have been slashing police numbers, closing youth programmes, and annihilating social prosperity. As such, it’s obvious what caused the recent surge in knife crime: it’s non-white people who’ve lived here for generations. At least that’s the assertion of the bigoted right, anyway. And chief among them is Donald […]
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A female reporter has stood up to a man who sexually assaulted her live on air. And her strong response is going viral. Not having it Maria Fernanda Mora is a reporter for FOX Sports in Mexico. And while reporting after a recent football match, one fan sexually assaulted her. As she explained later on […]
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Campaigners are celebrating a big win as the Home Office was “shamed into action”, confirming that application fees for some Afghan interpreters have now been waived. The interpreters, who assisted UK and US Troops in the fight against the Taliban, were set to be deported unless they paid visa application fees of £2,389. Campaigners and […]
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Rapper Kanye West crossed a line this week that outraged many. But frankly, it didn’t outrage enough. West said: When you hear about slavery for 400 years… 400 years? That sounds like a choice. But while the media has generally shown how ignorant his views are, it hasn’t shown just how dangerous they really are. […]
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Knife crime is a public health, not policing, problem. Spoken word: Benna Waite Animation: Henny Beaumont Music: Karl Beaumont Epstein
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Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas have backed a photographic book about people whose lives have been hit hard by austerity. Corbyn and Lucas show their support In a statement seen by The Canary, Corbyn and Lucas praised Invisible Britain: Portraits – which will share the stories of people who have […]
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Results are in for the 2018 local elections. And the mainstream media have reported that “peak Corbyn” support is over. But the actual numbers tell a very different story. Because when you look at the election results, this media ‘analysis’ is bullshit. Labour didn’t secure an overall majority in some key target councils. But the […]
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