Daily Archives: December 8, 2015

Cameron Orders Attack on Syrian Army, Retaliation for Assad Statements | Veterans Today

What are we to think about this?

Veterans Today has just learned that today’s air attack on the Syrian Army base near Der Ezzor, was ordered by British Prime Minister Cameron in retaliation for criticism of British efforts by Syrian President Assad in an interview published in the London Times Yesterday.

The US has denied all knowledge of the attack though American AWAC aircraft supervise and plan all “coalition” air strikes.

The US-led coalition’s airstrikes in Syria are in fact illegal, as it has never received permission from Syrian President Bashar Assad to enter the country’s airspace. In response to the UK’s decision to join the bombing campaign in Syria, Assad reiterated in an interview with the Sunday Times that the presence of Britain in Syria is unlawful as neither Damascus nor the United Nations have given London the green light to bomb Syrian territory.

“It will be harmful and illegal and it will support terrorism, as happened after the coalition started its operation a year or so [ago], because this is like a cancer,” Assad said.

Source: Exclusive: Cameron Orders Attack on Syrian Army, Retaliation for Assad Statements | Veterans Today

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Heathrow expansion decision delayed – to rig London Mayoral vote?


This is clear evidence that David Cameron is trying to rig the London Mayoral elections.

David Cameron has been accused of letting down British exporters and ducking and diving for political convenience by planning to delay a final decision on whether to press ahead with the expansion of Heathrow airport.

No 10 said there would be a clear decision this week, but declined to say whether this would be the final choice to go ahead.

Faced with the possible resignation of Zac Goldsmith, the MP and Conservative candidate for London mayor who opposes Heathrow’s expansion, Cameron appears to have decided to defer a final irreversible decision until after next May’s mayoral elections.

Source: David Cameron attacked for delaying Heathrow expansion decision | Environment | The Guardian

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Parliament’s expenses watchdog hiding names of MPs being investigated for misusing public money

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IPSA is a national disgrace.

Instead of ensuring that MPs conform to rigidly high standards, this allegedly independent organisation has devoted itself to protecting offending Members from the law, engaging in one whitewash after another.

It is unfit for purpose.

Parliament’s expenses watchdog is using a procedural ruse to hide the identity of dozens of MPs who have been investigated for misusing public money.

Under rules set by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), MPs under investigation for unjustified or fraudulent expense claims must be publicly identified.

But the organisation’s compliance officer, Peter Davis, has avoided naming individuals by carrying out detailed “assessments” of the complaints, denying they amount to formal “investigations”.

The loophole last week allowed Mr Davis to refer two MPs to the police over expenses fraud without ever launching a formal investigation, which would have triggered a public announcement.

It has also allowed other MPs to avoid publicity about using taxpayer-funded websites for party-political material by paying back website domain fees to Ipsa, or simply removing content from sites.

Source: Parliament’s expenses watchdog hiding names of MPs being investigated for misusing public money | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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Longest 999 fire response times for 20 years, government admits | Fire Brigades Union


“Response times don’t only cover fires but terrorist incidents too.”

As the Government announces the longest 999 response times to fires in England in two decades, the FBU claims the ever lengthening time it takes for fire crews to arrive are a direct result of ‘life-threatening cuts’.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published their Fire Incidents Response Times document today, which collates figures from April 2014 to March 2015, and shows a marked increase in the amount of time it takes for firefighters to get to emergencies. It states that: “The average response times across all location types in 2014-15 increased compared to last year and five years ago, and were the longest response times recorded in the past 20 years.”

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU), which represents over 85% of all firefighters in the UK, have said government cuts to fire and rescue services have put the public in danger. Response times don’t only cover fires but terrorist incidents too and there are mounting concerns over slower response times to incidents such as the attack in Paris last week. The situation looks set to get worse when the Chancellor announces the Spending Review next week where further cuts of 30% are expected.

Please see below an excerpt of the DCLG report:

“The average response time in England during 2014-15 to:
•Dwelling fires was 7 minutes 45 seconds, an increase of 20 seconds since 2013-14, and an increase of 24 seconds since 2009-10. Fires in flats are responded to faster, on average, than those in houses/bungalows (6 minutes 56 seconds, compared to 8 minutes 10 seconds). This probably reflects that most flats are in urban locations, and easier to access for fire stations.
•Other building fires was 8 minutes 28 seconds, an increase of 21 seconds compared to the previous year, and 32 seconds since 2009-10.
•Road vehicle fires was 9 minutes 42 seconds, an increase of 24 seconds and 49 seconds since last year and five years ago, respectively.

The average response times across all location types in 2014-15 increased compared to last year and five years ago, and were the longest response times recorded in the past 20 years.

Source: Longest 999 fire response times for 20 years, government admits | Fire Brigades Union

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Tories branded arrogant for trying to ban House of Lords opposing Government

Reforms: Lord Strathclyde.


Arrogance? The operative word is dictatorship.

The Tories were accused of “breathtaking arrogance” by trying to ram through laws to quash opposition in the House of Lords.A review by Tory peer Lord Strathclyde could see the Upper House banned from overturning some Government legislation.

The grandee was charged with looking at reforming the Lords after the government’s humiliating defeat on tax credits.

The Government will seek to overturn a defeat by peers on its plans to exclude 16 and 17-year-olds from voting in the EU referendum on British membership.

To ensure the Bill gets through ministers have an added an amendment saying it is now a financial issue. Peers are not allowed to vote down financial bills such as a the Budget.

Source: Tories branded arrogant for trying to ban House of Lords opposing Government – Mirror Online

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The Sun Forced To Take Down ‘Made Up’ Story On Isis Attackers’ Route

Emile Ghessen in Paris - but how did he get there?

Emile Ghessen in Paris – but how did he get there?

The Sun newspaper has been criticised for publishing “made up” information as part of a story that claimed one of its reporters had travelled from Turkey to Paris without having to show his passport.

In an article billed as a “damning exposure of Europe’s lax borders”, journalist Emile Ghessen said he had smuggled himself 2,000 miles, following the route used by refugees and some of those behind the recent Paris attacks.

But Croatia’s interior ministry dealt a crushing blow to the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, refuting the allegations by publishing a scan of the man’s passport as proof he had been screened by border security.

They added that facts reported by Ghessen had been “made up” and said he had been stopped twice – first on a train when he entered Croatia and again before boarding a flight out of the country.

A Sun spokesman said an investigation had been launched and distanced the paper from Ghessen.

The Sun is currently investigating concerns that have been raised about this story,” they said.

“The journalist concerned is not a member of The Sun‘s staff but a freelance documentary maker, whose work has been used by national broadcasters, newspapers and websites.”

The story was not carried by any other newspaper.

Source: The Sun Forced To Take Down ‘Made Up’ Story On Isis Attackers’ Route After Croatia Exposes ‘Liar Journalist’