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  • Nerve gas attack thwarted

    08/21/2005 8:04:16 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 781+ views ^ | 22 August 2005 | David Leppard
    SCOTLAND Yard believes it has thwarted an al-Qaeda nerve gas attack aimed at ministers and MPs in the British Parliament. The plot, hatched last year, is understood to have been discovered in coded emails on computers seized from terror suspects in Britain and Pakistan. Police and MI5 later identified an al-Qaeda cell that had carried out extensive research and video-recorded reconnaissance missions in preparation for the terror attack. The encrypted emails are said to have been decoded with the assistance of an al-Qaeda "supergrass". By revealing the terrorists' code, he was also able to help MI5 and GCHQ - the...
  • A Euro-army is fantasy land. We need our American ally

    03/29/2008 6:17:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,522+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 29 2008 | Martin Kettle
    Like pensions and insurance, defence is one of those subjects to which too many people only pay attention when things go wrong. You might think, in the light of the past decade, that this would have changed. But you would be sadly mistaken. Even today, even after Iraq, few mainstream MPs without an immediate personal or constituency interest in the subject turn up in the Commons for defence debates. Many politicians who are thoughtful about a range of domestic issues still pass by on the other side when the conversation gravitates to the military. In this they reflect the British...
  • It's the end of Britain as we know it (EU Treaty of Lisbon)

    03/24/2008 12:57:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies · 1,795+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 24, 2008 | Stephen Webbe
    London - You might want to take that vacation in England just as soon as you can – before its 1,000-year run as a sovereign nation comes to an end. This winter, 27 nations of the European Union (EU) signed the Treaty of Lisbon. You may think, "Innocuous enough," as Portuguese-inspired visions of the Tagus River and chicken piri-piri swirl before your eyes. But for England (Britain, actually) the Treaty of Lisbon isn't that appetizing. That's because, if ratified, it will become the decisive act in this creation of a federal European superstate with its capital in Brussels. Britain would...
  • New Bill To Give Alberta, B.C And Ontario Extra Commons Seats (Restoring Rep By Pop To H0fC Alert)

    OTTAWA -- The Federal Government is set to introduce a bill that would give Alberta, B.C., and Ontario extra seats in the House of Commons. The bill to be tabled Wednesday would add 22 seats to the Commons, which currently has only 308. It would give Alberta five extra seats, while B.C. gets seven and Ontario receives 10. These provinces would get more seats after the 2011 census to reflect their population growth. Provinces whose growth is static or even dwindling would keep the seats they have now. The bill is essentially an amendment to the Constitution, but because it...
  • A New [Canadian] Senate American-Style? (Prime Minister Harper Keeps Election Promise Alert)

    09/08/2006 11:24:21 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies · 804+ views ^ | 09/09/06 | Ted Byfield
    Prime Minister Steve Harper did it again last week. With little prior warning, he disclosed his intention of carrying out yet another promise he made during last winter's election campaign. He intends to launch a "step-by-step" reform of the Canadian Senate, arguably the most baffling and pointless legislative body extant in any Western democracy. To Ottawa's seasoned skeptics his announcement was doubly shocking. First, unlike almost all his prime ministerial predecessors, Harper apparently takes seriously the promises he made back then. One of those predecessors, Liberal Jean Chretien, announced at one point that he considered it unfair to demand that...
  • Toronto Can Live With This PM (Canadian Tories Can Win Parliamentary Majority Without Toronto Alert)

    04/13/2006 1:02:55 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 454+ views ^ | 04/13/06 | Carol Goar
    Without winning a single Toronto seat, Prime Minister Stephen Harper could secure a majority in the next election. Mathematically, the possibility has always been there. Toronto has just 23 of the 308 seats in Parliament. What wasn't initially clear was whether Harper would try to build a winning coalition without Toronto. The emerging consensus: Yes. Political insiders at city hall, Queen's Park and on Parliament Hill expect the Prime Minister to make Quebec his top priority. The Conservatives now hold just 10 of the province's 75 seats. As a secondary thrust, Harper will target ridings his party lost by a...
  • India jails Al-Qaeda suspect who plotted 9/11 strikes in Melbourne, London

    07/22/2005 7:09:24 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 12 replies · 612+ views ^ | 07.22.2005, 09:36 AM |
    BOMBAY (AFX) - An Indian court has jailed a man for plotting to crash passenger jets into the House of Commons and the Tower Bridge in London on Sept 11, 2001, Agence France-Presse reported. The court here handed down a seven-year prison term to Mohammed Afroze, who had also confessed to plotting with a group of Al-Qaeda operatives to attack Melbourne's Rialto Towers and the Indian parliament in 2001. Afroze told the police in Bombay after fleeing from Britain to India four years ago that he and seven Al-Qaeda terror cell operatives planned to hijack the passenger jets at Heathrow...
  • Great Britain: Blunkett takes aim at crime to outflank the Tories(tough anti-crime bills proposed)

    11/21/2004 9:59:16 PM PST · by Stoat · 10 replies · 811+ views
    Times Online (Great Britain) ^ | November 22, 2004 | Philip Webster
    Blunkett takes aim at crime to outflank the Tories By Philip Webster, Political Editor   Mr Blunkett has put security from outside threats at the heart of the next election campaign. (LEON NEAL) CRIME and drugs will become a key battleground tomorrow for next year’s general election as the Government promises a range of measures that are aimed at making people feel safer in their homes and neighbourhoods. David Blunkett has won places for at least six separate Bills in the final Queen’s Speech before the election in a move agreed by the Cabinet to prevent Labour being outflanked...
  • House of Commons says no to US war on Cuba

    09/24/2004 7:46:17 PM PDT · by Ptarmigan · 92 replies · 1,602+ views
    Labour Net UK ^ | September 21, 2004 | Cuba Solidarity
    An overwhelming majority of British MPs of all parties, including Prime Minister, Tony Blair, have made written statements declaring that they would not support any military action against Cuba by the United States. They illustrate the gulf between US foreign policy and the views of members of the British House of Commons. A report issued today, reveals that 79% of MPs, who responded to letters from their constituents on the question of aggressive US policy towards Cuba, stated that not only would they not support US military action, but that they also thought the Bush administration should change its policies...
  • Hunt protesters invade Commons

    09/15/2004 10:25:02 AM PDT · by tjwmason · 5 replies · 303+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 15 September, 2004
    Hunt protesters invade Commons(Filed: 15/09/2004)MPs have voted in favour of a Bill to ban hunting with dogs following a debate that was briefly suspended when five pro-hunting protesters broke into the House of Commons. The Bill was backed by a vote of 356 to 166 after a tense afternoon when riot police were brought in to Parliament Square to control pro-hunting protesters. Four of the protesters reached the floor of the House from behind the Speaker's chair before one of the men confronted Alun Michael, the rural affairs minister. He shouted: "This isn't democracy. You are overturning democracy." Another man...
  • MPs to move out in terror attack

    06/25/2004 7:31:56 AM PDT · by tjwmason · 2 replies · 277+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 25 June, 2004 | George Jones
    MPs to move out in terror attackBy George Jones, Political Editor (Filed: 25/06/2004) Parliament will move from Westminster if there is a terrorist attack on the Commons or Lords under security plans announced yesterday. A briefing paper issued to all MPs and staff in the Palace of Westminster by Sir Michael Cummins, the Serjeant at Arms, discloses the plan for the first evacuation of Parliament for 300 years. "If, for whatever reason, either or both Houses are unable to sit in their chambers, alternative locations are planned and available within and outside London," Sir Michael said. His briefing follows a...
  • Canada As USA 2000 Redux? (Canadian Markets Look At Cliffhanger Election)

    06/24/2004 12:23:06 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies · 228+ views ^ | 06/23/04 | Canadian Markets/Shorecan
    Shorcan Index Election Indicator Prices updated hourly. Last update at 23/06/04 16:00 Bid Offer Change Liberals 32.2 33.2 -0.20 Conservatives 31.8 32.8 +0.30 NDP 17.3 17.8 +0.20 Bloc Québécois 11.8 12.3 -0.10 Green Party 5.1 5.6 +0.20
  • Powder Attack on Tony Blair Done in Service of a Just Cause

    05/26/2004 10:51:48 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 12 replies · 209+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 5/26/04 | Glenn Sacks
    Powder Attack on Tony Blair Done in Service of a Just Cause By Glenn Sacks "I haven't seen my daughter for five years." Shouting these words, an English protester hit British Prime Minister Tony Blair with a packet of purple flour as Blair answered questions on the floor of the House of Commons a few days ago. A somewhat panicked parliamentary session was quickly suspended. The aggrieved father, Ron Davis, and his fellow protester, Guy Harrison, are part of a nonviolent resistance campaign launched by the popular English fathers' rights group Fathers 4 Justice. The group uses purple because purple...
  • Blair wins historic vote for war (Original Title: "Blair: Back the war or I'll quit")

    03/19/2003 12:10:15 AM PST · by Timesink · 4 replies · 255+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | March 19, 2003 | George Jones, Political Editor
    Blair wins historic vote for warBy George Jones, Political Editor(Filed: 19/03/2003)Tony Blair secured the backing of Parliament last night to send British troops to war against Iraq. An anti-war motion was defeated in the Commons by 396 votes to 217, a majority of 179, despite a substantial Labour rebellion.   Tony Blair delivers his statement on war in Iraq before a debate at the Houses of Parliament As many as 139 Labour MPs voted for the rebel amendment, according to its sponsors.Mr Blair had staked his personal future on gaining the support of MPs for military action despite the failure...
  • Jack Straw House of Commons LIVE THREAD - ~3:25pm Eastern

    03/17/2003 11:04:07 AM PST · by Timesink · 438 replies · 287+ views
    March 17, 2003
    A live thread for discussion of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw taking on the Loony Left of Labour live in the House of Commons. LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLE!!!!
  • Bush called "bastard illegitimate president" at Oxford.

    03/08/2003 9:40:32 PM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 32 replies · 296+ views
    Mar. 8 2003 | Leo Carpathian
    I happen to flip channels and came across the scene from the Oxford debate society (?) on CSPAN, it made me stop and watch. Setting was like in the parliament, debate was going on with speakers presenting point and counterpoint. The topic was "Is America threat to World peace?" There were some eloquent speakers presenting arguments about US and as usual, they had great reasoning and logical arguments portraying US as a liberator and leader. But the loudest, distorted and baseless accusations of US being threat to world, arrogant bully, oil thirsty killers of babies - the usual drivel of...
  • ON C-SPAN, Canadian Parliament Debate over Iraq - Live. First time I watch this parliament..

    01/27/2003 11:36:53 AM PST · by yonif · 21 replies · 287+ views
    CSPAN Now showing debate over Iraq in House of Commons of Canada. First time I watch a debate in this parliament. Interesting. Its both in French and English at times.
  • British lawmakers ask for a parliamentary cat

    06/12/2002 10:01:36 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 12 replies · 197+ views
    British lawmakers ask for a parliamentary cat Tue Jun 11,10:36 AM ET LONDON - Alarmed by an invasion of mice, British lawmakers filed a petition Tuesday for a cat to patrol the halls of Parliament. The motion was made after mice were spotted in dining rooms and other places in the House of Commons. Eight lawmakers backed the motion seeking relief in the form of a parliamentary cat. "It would be fiscally prudent ... to invest in a House of Commons cat to try to tackle this problem," said the motion. It will be up to the full house to...
  • Parliamentary Bias(Welsh Zionists accuse British of anti-Israel prejudice)

    03/21/2002 7:11:10 AM PST · by LarryLied · 9 replies · 225+ views ^ | 3/21/02 | Daniella Peled
    Welsh Zionists have accused the House of Commons parliamentary research department of anti-Israel prejudice. The allegations came after a Welsh MP asked for background information on the Middle East, in response to a constituent’s inquiry. The material he was sent included extracts from a book called “Imperial Israel” and work by the famous anti-Zionist writer Benny Morris. Aumie Shapiro, of the Springboard Jewish institute, was handed the material by a sympathetic non-Jewish Welsh supporter of Israel. Shapiro said: “It shows a very unbalanced and misleading approach we do not expect from parliament.” Malvyn Benjamin, chairman of the Israeli working group...