Priti Patel’s BBC interview was nothing short of disgraceful

The Conservative government plumbed new depths of vileness on Wednesday 20 January. Because home secretary Priti Patel’s appearance on BBC Breakfast was nothing short of disgraceful. And it was even worse in light of a documentary that aired the previous night. A damning documentary On Tuesday 19 January, the UK had its highest death toll of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 1,610 people died from the virus. That evening, ITV aired a documentary called Outbreak: The Virus That Shook The World. It was a look back at the past year of the pandemic. Some of the media focused on China’s role. But the documentary was equally damning about the…

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Trump defeated and deflated

 Image descriptionThe top image depicts a gas cylinder, with the logos of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube on it, connected to an inflated character that looks like Donald Trump. From his mouth there is a stream of green bile and the words “racism, white supremacy, lies, hate, misogyny”. Underneath that is a similar image, with a hand turning off the valve on the gas cylinder and the Trump character depicted lying deflated in a pool of green bile. By Ralph Underhill Source link

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’13 dead and nothing said’ – 40 years since the New Cross fire tragedy

40 years ago yesterday, on 18 January 1981, thirteen Black young people were killed at a birthday party held at a house in New Cross, southeast London. The victims names are as follows: Andrew Gooding, Owen Thompson, Patricia Johnson, Patrick Cummings, Steve Collins, Lloyd Hall, Humphrey Geoffrey Brown, Roseline Henry, Peter Campbell, Gerry Paul Francis, Glenton Powell, Paul Ruddock, and Yvonne Ruddock. Over 50 people were injured. Two years later Anthony Berbeck who also attended the party died after falling from a block of council flats in South London on July 9, 1983. The coroner at the second inquest into the fire said Berbeck died “following the trauma…

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Boris Johnson looks ahead to close relationship with Joe Biden’s White House

Boris Johnson said the UK and US will work “hand in hand” after Joe Biden takes office. The UK Government believes Mr Biden’s inauguration as US president on Wednesday marks the start of a new political era following the turbulence of Donald Trump’s administration. Mr Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States in Washington amid unprecedented security after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol earlier this month. The UK’s ambassador to the US, Dame Karen Pierce, said there was “a lot of optimism” in Washington ahead of the inauguration ceremony, which has been scaled back as a result of coronavirus measures. The future…

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Nine police officers fined for cafe meal in breach of Covid-19 regulations

Nine Metropolitan Police officers have been fined £200 each for breaching Covid-19 regulations for eating in a cafe while on duty, Scotland Yard has said. The officers, members of the South East Basic Command Unit, were investigated after images of them in uniform eating together were posted online earlier this month. The group were spotted by a member of the public in the Greenwich cafe while their patrol vehicles were parked outside. Under current rules, cafes and restaurants are only allowed to provide a takeaway service. The nine officers were issued fixed penalty notices of £200 following an investigation by the force. Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin, South East…

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Nine police officers fined for cafe meal in breach of Covid-19 regulations

Nine Metropolitan Police officers have been fined £200 each for breaching Covid-19 regulations for eating in a cafe while on duty, Scotland Yard has said. The officers, members of the South East Basic Command Unit, were investigated after images of them in uniform eating together were posted online earlier this month. The group were spotted by a member of the public in the Greenwich cafe while their patrol vehicles were parked outside. Under current rules, cafes and restaurants are only allowed to provide a takeaway service. The nine officers were issued fixed penalty notices of £200 following an investigation by the force. Chief Superintendent Rob Atkin, South East…

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Rich countries hoarding vaccines could increase the global death rate

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of “real danger” as it raises fears vaccines will not get to poorer countries. At a WHO board meeting, director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was worried about the ability of the WHO’s vaccine initiative to provide the doses it aimed for. Dr Tedros said: As the first vaccines begin to be deployed, the promise of equitable access is at serious risk. More than 39 million doses of vaccine have now been administered in at least 49 higher-income countries. Just 25 doses have been given in one lowest-income country. Not 25 million; not 25 thousand; just 25. I need to…

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Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu is the British nurse who revolutionised the NHS

Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu is an inspiration to say the least. She is widely known for her ground-breaking contributions to British healthcare. After founding the first UK specialist centre for treating Sickle Cell and Thalassemia in 1979, she still continues to raise awareness and to support a large population with the conditions in the UK. #Monday #BHM feature is @EAnionwu. Dame Elizabeth Anionwu has dedicated her life to the #NHS & to the pursuit of equality. Years as a #nurse was followed by senior executive roles at various orgs. A tireless patron of @SickleCellUK & many more. More info: https://t.co/sk7kcE1kFb pic.twitter.com/6M3fKktlcM — NHS WRES team (@WRES_team) October 22, 2018…

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Will Joe Biden’s inauguration launch a new beginning for Israel and Palestine?

The Israeli organisation Physicians for Human Rights has issued a statement criticising the Israeli health authority for ignoring the Palestinian people’s increasingly desperate need for the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine. This is yet another concern adding to the enduring litany of crippling circumstances affecting the lives of Palestinians existing under the stranglehold of Israeli occupation. The Israel/Palestine issue When president Biden enters his, hopefully vandalised free, Oval Office on the 20 January, will he continue on his pre-election well-trodden course that reflects his and Barack Obama’s Middle-East legacy? Having now reached the apex of his political career, he can reside in the comfort of managing the status-quo or go…

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People are urging MPs to stop ‘putting the NHS under threat’

Campaigners are urging MPs to “protect our NHS” from trade deals that could leave it “on the table”. Ahead of a House of Commons vote on the Trade Bill, campaign group We Own It is encouraging MPs and members of the public to show their public support for the NHS. The campaign aims to motivate MPs to vote for an amendment intended to protect the NHS in deals with other countries: Our NHS needs to be defended and expanded. The Tories’ Trade Bill puts that under threat. That’s why MPs must back the NHS protection amendment. I’m nominating @HackneyAbbott & @AngelaRayner to pass on the message.#NHSProtectionNow💙 pic.twitter.com/06n8zEcyej —…

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