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  • Don't give out cancer drugs if it's just to extend life (say experts)

    09/26/2011 7:06:18 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 27, 2011 | Sophie Borland
    Patients with terminal cancer should not be given life-extending drugs, doctors said yesterday. The treatments give false hope and are too costly for the public purse, they warned. The group of 37 cancer experts, including British specialist Karol Sikora, claimed a 'culture of excess' had led doctors to 'overtreat, overdiagnose and overpromise'. Campaigners dismissed the report, saying it was wrong to write off cancer victims. 'I would hardly call this type of treatment futile,' said Rose Woodward, of the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer. The NHS spends well over £5billion annually on cancer treatments, up from £3billion in 2002....
  • BBC drops Anno Domini and Before Christ to avoid offending non-Christians

    09/26/2011 2:58:25 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 110 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | September 25 2011 | Claire Duffin
    The BBC has been accused of bowing to political correctness after it emerged that it was discouraging the use of the terms BC and AD for fear of offending non-Christians. The Corporation's religion website states that it opts for the "religiously neutral" Common Era and Before Common Era, rather than Anno Domini (the year of Our Lord) and Before Christ. It goes on: "As the BBC is committed to impartiality it is appropriate that we use terms that do not offend or alienate non-Christians." But critics said the changes were meaningless because, just like AD and BC, the alternative terms...
  • Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nuseries, expert says

    09/25/2011 12:30:03 PM PDT · by Robwin · 34 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 25 Sep 2011 | Julie Henry
    From the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz to Meg, the good witch from the Meg and Mog children's books, witches have always dressed in black. But their traditional attire has now come in for criticism from equality experts who claim it could send a negative message to toddlers in nursery and lead to racism. Instead, teachers should censor the toy box and replace the pointy black hat with a pink one, while dressing fairies, generally resplendent in pale pastels, in darker shades. Another staple of the classroom - white paper - has also been questioned...
  • Russia Today says: Illiterate UK youth can’t count on jobs [The Kremlin Doesn't Like the UK]

    09/25/2011 5:40:07 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 14 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 24 September, 2011 | Moscow Staff
    A recent survey in the UK has revealed an alarming number of school-leavers lack even basic skills in reading and numeracy, which once again proves that levels of literacy even in developed countries are not something to be taken for granted. {snip} Reading, writing and arithmetic are the cornerstones of a basic education. But one in five young people in the UK leave school without them, and that statistic has not improved since the 1960s. Teacher Saleem Raja at East London Skills picks up the pieces schools have dropped, teaching 16-19 year olds wholly unprepared for the job market. “It’s...
  • ... Businessman who stabbed intruder with his own knife knew wife and son were due home [UK]

    09/18/2011 4:30:30 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 76 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 18th September 2011 | Jaya Narain
    A wealthy family man was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday after allegedly stabbing a burglar to death with his own knife. Businessman Vincent Cooke, 39, was relaxing when he heard a knock at the front door of his detached home. When he answered he was confronted by two men, at least one armed with a knife, who threatened him and tried to force their way into the £350,000 house in the Cheshire stockbroker belt.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Father arrested after 'stabbing to death burglar who had broken into his home'

    09/18/2011 7:56:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18th September 2011 | Damien Gayle
    Homeowner's wife and son fled the house in terror. Second suspected intruder being hunted by police. A father has been arrested on suspicion of murder after allegedly stabbing to death an intruder during an attempted burglary at his home last night. Police were called to Midland Road in Bramhall, Stockport, at around 7.50 pm last night after reports that two men had forced their way into a house. Officers responding to the call discovered a man, thought to be in his 30s, with serious knife injuries. ... Police believe that the two men had entered the property and threatened him....
  • British to Test Geoengineering Scheme (Balloon and water hose)

    09/17/2011 7:30:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 64 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 09-14-2011 | By Phil McKenna
    In October, British researchers supported by the U.K. government will attempt to pump water a kilometer into the air using little more than a helium balloon and a rubber hose. The experiment, which will take place at a military airfield along England's east coast, is meant as a test of a proposed geoengineering technique for offsetting the warming effects of greenhouse gases. If the balloon and hose can handle the water's weight and pressure, similar pipes rising 20 kilometers could pump tons of reflective aerosols into the stratosphere. The scheme, called SPICE (stratospheric particle injection for climate engineering), is one...
  • Toddlers among thousands of children accused of bigotry after name-calling (Government Database0

    09/15/2011 12:52:20 PM PDT · by Scythian · 51 replies
    Teachers are branding thousands of children racist or homophobic following playground squabbles. More than 20,000 pupils aged 11 or younger were last year put on record for so-called hate crimes such as using the word ‘gaylord’. One youngster was accused of being racist for calling a boy ‘broccoli head’ and another was said to be homophobic for telling a teacher ‘this work is gay’. Two primary school children were reported for homophobia after quarrelling over a rubber and calling each other ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’. Those youngsters reported for petty offences at nursery classes included four in the London borough of...
  • The Abuse Excuse

    09/12/2011 2:45:03 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 6 replies
    "Postcards from America - Postcards from Israel" ^ | September 9, 2011 | norma Zager
    Abuse Excuse on Steroids with Fish and Chips By Norma Zager “Why did they kill little Bobby Franks? Not for money, not for spite, not for hate. They killed him as they might kill a spider or a fly, for the experience. They killed him because they were made that way. Because somewhere in the infinite processes that go to the making up of the boy or the man something slipped, and those unfortunate lads sit here hated, despised, outcasts, with the community shouting for their blood.” Clarence Darrow at the Leopold and Loeb trial. Well thank you Clarence Darrow....
  • Postal workers refuse to deliver Bible recordings because the CDs are ‘offensive’ (UK)

    09/10/2011 2:22:05 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/9/11 | Staff
    Postal workers refused to deliver CDs of Bible readings after deciding they were ‘offensive material’. Several churches had paid for discs with recordings of St Mark’s Gospel to be produced to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible. They were due to be delivered to all households on the Channel Island of Jersey, but church leaders were stunned when they were told postal workers would not handle the 45,000 CDs.
  • UK to lift lifetime blood donor ban for gay men

    09/08/2011 2:20:05 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies · 1+ views
    BNO News ^ | Sept. 8, 2011
    LONDON (BNO NEWS) -- The lifetime ban on blood donations by homosexual and bisexual men will soon be lifted in England, Scotland and Wales, the British government announced on Thursday. The decision to lift the lifetime ban, which was put in place in the 1980s to prevent the risk of HIV contamination, follows a review by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) of the Department of Health. The SaBTO's recommendations have been accepted by health ministers in England, Scotland and Wales and will be implemented on November 7. However, men who have had anal...
  • GP's ordered to ration cancer scans (British socialized medicine)

    09/07/2011 7:13:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 8, 2011 | Sophie Borland
    Family doctors have been ordered to ration the number of patients they send for life-saving cancer scans to save money. They are being told to slash the number they refer to hospital for tests including ultrasounds, MRIs and CT scans commonly used to spot tumours. Last night experts warned the cost-saving measures increased the risk of patients being diagnosed too late and dying unnecessarily. Britain has one of the lowest cancer survival rates in Europe, and experts say late diagnosis is to blame. The cuts are being brought in despite Government pledges to give GPs better access to cancer tests...
  • UK Family Faces Jail Or Eviction From Farm For Living ‘Off The Grid’

    08/27/2011 6:57:02 AM PDT · by Twotone · 25 replies
    Disinformation ^ | August 26, 2011 | Jacob Sloan
    The Mason family purchased an abandoned orchard and moved out of public housing. Their self-sustaining lifestyle has baffled local authorities however, who have ordered them to give up their property or face jail time.
  • The Law Is 'Avin A Laugh – But The Joke Is On Britain

    08/24/2011 5:47:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | August 24, 2011 | Allison Pearson
    The Law Is 'Avin A Laugh – But The Joke Is On Britain Europe's stand on human rights is too often a kick in the gut for the victims of crime. By Allison Pearson. 24 Aug 2011 'They drive me mad, too.” That’s what the Prime Minister told me in a more innocent time, before the riots. Back in April, I was sitting in Number 10, reading him a list of the human rights abuses that drive the public to despair. I don’t mean abuses under the Human Rights Act 1998. I mean abuses of the rights of humans whose...
  • London Refuses Kids Tickets To Gun-Related Olympic Events (anti-gun limey libtards)

    08/24/2011 5:35:23 PM PDT · by max americana · 19 replies
    business insider ^ | AUG 24, 2011 | Buck Sexton
    Schoolchildren in London are eligible for 125,000 free tickets for the 2012 Olympics next Summer, but any event that involves a firearm will be excluded from the massive giveaway. Why, you ask, would anyone choose to hide storied events and world class competitors from children’s eyes? Because City Hall and Olympic Organizers are afraid of an anti-gun backlash. That’s right — the powers that be in London won’t subject kids to such bloodsports as Skeet and Trap shooting. The London Evening Standard reported yesterday on the “Ticketshare” decision, and the window it has given into current British views on guns...
  • Mother of 13-year-old who smashed up shop blames government

    08/16/2011 4:47:17 AM PDT · by magellan · 43 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 15 Aug 2011 | Matthew Holehouse
    A 13-year-old boy has walked free from court after admitting smashing up a shop with a stolen golf club as his mother said the riots are because the government does "f*** all" for children. The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was one of the very few defendants to walk free from court, after receiving a nine month referral order for burglary and violent disorder. She is on benefits, does not live with the boy's father and has 10 other children, the court heard. Outside court she told reporters she was "ashamed" of her son. "I didn't...
  • Ingratitude of the refugee family given £2m, six-bedroom London home so they could be near friends

    08/15/2011 6:45:13 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 16th August 2011 | Sam Greenhill
    The Mail yesterday revealed how the Khaliifs have been given a £2million home in one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, with taxpayers funding their £8,000-a-month rent. The family had rejected a previous six-bedroom home in Coventry - where the bill for the public would have been a more reasonable £1,000 a month - because they wanted to live ‘closer to their friends’. Leafy West Hampstead is one of the most sought-after areas in London, well beyond the reach of many well-heeled house-hunters in the capital. On top of their free accommodation, the family is also eligible for a raft of...
  • Overdosed on Socialism: Great Britain, R.I.P.

    08/14/2011 8:57:51 PM PDT · by stolinsky · 12 replies
    www.stolinsky.com ^ | 08-15-11 | stolinsky
      Overdosed on Socialism: Great Britain, R.I.P. David C. Stolinsky Aug. 15, 2011 Want has been all but abolished. Today, fewer and fewer Britons want to work, want to marry, want to raise children, want to lead a life of any purpose or dignity.− Mark Steyn, “After America” Max Hastings is an eminent British historian. His scathing article on the recent riots in Britain makes enlightening but painful reading. Britain is further along the road to the welfare state than we are, so what is happening there is a warning to us. Our situations are not identical, but they...
  • Bath man's anger over 'gay cure' letter in newspaper

    07/21/2011 3:22:14 AM PDT · by Cronos · 28 replies
    BBC ^ | 20 July 2011 | BBC
    A gay Bath resident has said a letter claiming that homosexuality can be "cured" is "absolutely disgraceful".Baz Harding said he was "shocked and dismayed" after the letter, titled 'It is still a sinful act', appeared in the Bath Chronicle earlier in July. It was written by Julie Trollope in response to a letter by gay church leaders claiming the Church of England was failing to embrace diversity. The newspaper said she had a right to have her views aired. Ms Trollope, who signs off the letter with Bath Christian, said she wrote it in response to an open letter to...
  • Ageing Church of England 'will be dead in 20 years'

    07/16/2011 7:10:45 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 12, 2011 | Tim Ross
    The average age of its members is now 61 and by 2020 a “crisis” of “natural wastage” will lead to their numbers falling “through the floor”, the Church’s national assembly was told. The Church was compared to a company “impeccably” managing itself into failure, during exchanges at the General Synod in York. The warnings follow an internal report calling for an urgent national recruitment drive to attract more members. In the past 40 years, the number of adult churchgoers has halved, while the number of children attending regular worship has declined by four fifths.
  • UK: Elderly couples face paying £100,000 for care

    06/29/2011 4:01:50 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/29/2011 | Tim Ross
    Elderly couples face bills of up to £100,000 for residential homes under plans to be announced next week after the government warned pensioners their care will “never, ever” be free. Paul Burstow, the health minister, ruled out introducing a new NHS-style free national care service for all, and urged the public to accept “the nasty truth” that all but the poorest will have to pay for their own care. Plans to be published on Monday are expected to propose a limit on how much individuals pay towards the cost of a care home place, meals on wheels, home adaptations and...
  • Woman inspector 'humiliated' by failing riot test wins up to £30k (U.K.)

    06/12/2011 7:42:22 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 41 replies
    DailyMail.U.K. ^ | 6/12/11 | Robert Verkaik
    For 30 years it has been used to test the fitness of officers who police riots and other outbreaks of serious public disorder. The so-called 'shield run' involves officers covering a distance of 500 metres in less than two minutes, 45 seconds while wearing full riot gear and carrying a shield. But when Inspector Diane Bamber, 51, failed to meet the time limit, she claimed she had been left humiliated. She brought a sex and age discrimination case against her force, Greater Manchester Police, and now stands to win up to £30,000 after an employment tribunal ruled in her favour....
  • Royal Navy pilots forced to learn French

    06/12/2011 5:25:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 33 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 12 Jun 2011 | Martin Evans
    Royal Navy pilots forced to learn French Royal Navy fighter pilots are being forced to learn French in order to operate on board France’s flagship aircraft carrier. By Martin Evans 12:18PM BST 12 Jun 2011 The Naval aviators are training with the French, whose jets they may have to use while they await the arrival of the new Joint Strike Fighters, which are unlikely to be delivered before 2020. The first five of 30 Royal Navy pilots have begun French language training at the defence college in Paris before they join the carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, where they will...
  • Police 'covered up' violent campaign to turn London area 'Islamic'

    06/12/2011 6:05:18 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | June 12, 2011 | Andrew Gilligan
    Victims say that officers in the borough of Tower Hamlets have ignored or downplayed outbreaks of hate crime, and suppressed evidence implicating Muslims in them, because they fear being accused of racism. The claims come as four Tower Hamlets Muslims were jailed for at least 19 years for attacking a local white teacher who gave religious studies lessons to Muslim girls. The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered more than a dozen other cases in Tower Hamlets where both Muslims and non-Muslims have been threatened or beaten for behaviour deemed to breach fundamentalist “Islamic norms.” One victim, Mohammed Monzur Rahman, said he...
  • Buddy, can you spare a spy plane? We’re forced to BORROW one from U.S. ( UK )

    05/15/2011 7:53:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    The Sun ^ | May 15, 2011 | DAVID WILLETTS
    COST-CUTTING Britain has been forced to go cap in hand to borrow a US spy plane to protect our ships in Libya. Top Brass had to ask for help after last year's controversial decision to axe Nimrods left the UK with NO airborne maritime surveillance capability. A US Navy P-3 Orion is now keeping watch ... "It's all deeply embarrassing, but we can't have our guys with no protection so we have to rely on others." The new Nimrods were scrapped in the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Ministers claimed the decision would save roughly £2billion but military figures blasted...
  • Politicians hide their plans to put French jets on Royal Navy carriers

    05/04/2011 4:55:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 30 Apr 2011 | Christopher Booker
    Politicians hide their plans to put French jets on Royal Navy carriers The Royal Navy won't be flying Anglo-US Joint Strike Fighters, but providing a platform for French Rafales as part of an EU force, writes Christopher Booker. The magnificent military pageantry of the royal wedding coincided, sadly, with yet another humiliating instance of the precipitate decline in Britain’s military power. There has long been something very odd about the two giant aircraft carriers which are to be the centrepiece of Britain’s defence capability over the next 50 years – one to be instantly mothballed, the other not due in...
  • UK: Schools banning conkers and leapfrog over safety fears

    04/18/2011 8:19:03 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/19/2011 | Graeme Paton
    Traditional playground games such as conkers, British bulldog and leapfrog are disappearing from schools because of irrational fears over health and safety, according to research. Hundreds of over-zealous schools are preventing pupils playing games enjoyed by generations of children amid fears they will be sued if something goes wrong, it emerged. Almost one-in-six teachers said their schools now outlawed conkers in case children are hit in the face by a stray horse chestnut. One claimed the ban had been imposed to protect pupils with nut allergies. British bulldog – where children try to stop other pupils running across the playground...
  • Puberty blocker for children considering sex change

    04/15/2011 8:01:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | April 15, 2011 | Richard Alleyne
    Children as young as 12 are to be allowed drugs to block puberty while they decide whether to have a sex change, it has been revealed. The monthly injection suspends the onset of adulthood so that young people confused about their gender can be sure of any decision before they take on too many masculine or feminine features. Supporters say that the "window" prevents a great deal of mental and physical anguish caused by the maturing of sex organs, facial hair growth and changes in the voice. But critics argue it only prolongs the agony and can prevent people "growing...
  • BNP member arrested and charged after police handed a video of him allegedly burning the Koran

    04/10/2011 11:25:57 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 43 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | April 10, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A BNP candidate has been charged by police after they were given a video which allegedly showed him burning a copy of the Koran. Sion Owens, 41, allegedly doused a copy of the Koran with a highly flammable fluid, before setting it alight and watching it burn. The news will cause outrage among the Muslim community and could spark world-wide protests. Just last month an Islam-hating American preacher set fire to the Koran after promising not to. Florida-based pastor Terry Jones held a bizarre mock trial, execution and burning of the holy book in front of a crowd of 30...
  • Socialized Medicine Director dies waiting for Operation.

    04/04/2011 2:54:54 PM PDT · by izzatzo · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 04/04/2011 | Selwyn Duke
    It’s a bit like a supermarket manager dying of starvation or a bottled-water distributor dying of thirst: In the U.K., a former National Health Service (NHS) director died while waiting for medical care — at her own hospital. The Daily Mail reports:
  • Long Wait for Operation Fells UK Health Director

    04/02/2011 6:01:24 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    News Busters ^ | 2 Apr 2011 | Tim Graham
    James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal editorial page caught this story about Britain's National Health Service. "A former NHS director died after waiting for nine months for an operation--at her own hospital," London's Daily Mail reports: Margaret Hutchon, a former mayor, had been waiting since last June for a follow-up stomach operation at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. But her appointments to go under the knife were cancelled four times and she barely regained consciousness after finally having surgery. Her devastated husband, Jim, is now demanding answers from Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust--the organisation where his wife had...
  • UK: Shortage of RAF pilots for Libya as defence budget cuts bite

    03/28/2011 11:38:47 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/28/2011 | Thomas Harding
    Since the conflict began, a squadron of 18 RAF Typhoon pilots has enforced the Libya no-fly zone from an air base in southern Italy. However, a shortage of qualified fighter pilots means the RAF may not have enough to replace all of them when the squadron has to rotate in a few weeks. The situation is so serious that the RAF has halted the teaching of trainee Typhoon pilots so instructors can be drafted on to the front line, according to air force sources. The handful of pilots used for air shows will also be withdrawn from displays this summer....
  • Europe Banning Cars

    03/28/2011 10:47:28 AM PDT · by JesseWatters · 57 replies
    FoxNation.com ^ | March 28 | Staff
    Cars will be banned from London and all other cities across Europe under a draconian EU masterplan to cut CO2 emissions by 60 per cent over the next 40 years. The European Commission on Monday unveiled a "single European transport area" aimed at enforcing "a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers" by 2050.
  • Father forced to beg squatters to get out of his new £1m home through the LETTERBOX

    02/27/2011 10:40:52 AM PST · by LostInBayport · 65 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 27, 2011 | Rob Cooper
    An Englishman's home is his castle, so the saying goes. After squatters moved into John Hamilton-Brown's new £1million five bedroom home he has been forced to beg them to get out through his letterbox. The group of foreigners were granted legal aid to fight to stay - while he was forced to represent himself. The father-of-two was having the property renovated for his wife and two young daughters before they moved in when a dozen people from France, Spain, Poland and England sneaked in during the night. The occupants are part of a growing army of squatters banding together and...
  • Cuts could cost RAF its fleet of Tornados

    02/21/2011 7:08:38 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Guardian, UK ^ | 20 February 2011 | Nick Hopkins
    Cuts could cost RAF its fleet of Tornados Exclusive: MoD spending crisis means planes could be rushed out of service, rather than phased out over several years Nick Hopkins The RAF's entire fleet of Tornado ground attack aircraft could be rushed out of service because of a fresh spending crisis at the Ministry of Defence, the Guardian has learned. With the department trying to find an extra £1bn savings before the end of the spending round next month, ministers and senior military officials have been presented with a range of unpalatable options. One involves the immediate withdrawal of the RAF's...
  • The Lunatics Run British Asylums- The Yorkshire Ripper And Other Inmates Sue For Pensions

    02/21/2011 8:33:49 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 9 replies
    The Yorkshire Ripper has demanded retirement benefits In Britain. Prisoners at maximum security psychiatric prisons in Britain are apparently feeling empowered are suing the British Government in the European Court of Rights. The Yorkshire Ripper, Peter Sutliffe and other dangerous killers and rapists held at psychiatric prisons claim that they are each entitled to up to a £132.60 per week pension and other taxpayer funded benefits if they win their case. This lawsuit has caused citizen outrage. Many in the British Government and ordinary citizens believe they should be...
  • British Burglar Calls Police After The Victim Shoots Him With An Air Rifle

    02/17/2011 9:19:10 AM PST · by Sasparilla · 43 replies
    English don’t have much in the way of firearms protection from burglars in the home. But an air rifle can be an exception. Gary Holmes, who was at home with his girlfriend and child, spotted a man prowling around in his home’s garden area. He went upstairs for a better look and saw 20 year old Lewis Patterson break a window in his home with a baseball bat. He hit the window hard enough to break the bat. Then the burglar used a metal bar to complete his entry. When Holmes got downstairs, Patterson was trying to get the homeowner’s...
  • Mom Punished for Letting Teen Son Babysit 3-Year-Old Brother

    02/17/2011 8:32:47 AM PST · by MissTed · 30 replies
    Parent Dish ^ | 2/15/11 | Lenore Skenazy
    Lovely. A mom in England was ticketed for "cruelty" for leaving her 14-year-old son in charge of his 3-year-old brother for half an hour while she went out shopping. Well, they don't call it a "ticket" in England, they call it a "caution" -- but forget semantics. The fact is, by allowing her teen to babysit for less than an hour, the mom lost her job as a health care assistant, because now her record shows her "committing an act of cruelty on a child or young person." Feel free to scream. What, exactly, is so cruel about letting your...
  • Boss who frogmarched worker to police station after he stole £845 is forced to pay the thief

    02/15/2011 5:57:58 PM PST · by speciallybland · 16 replies
    The [UK] Daily Mail ^ | 02/16/2011 | Luke Salkeld
    Furious that one of his staff had stolen hundreds of pounds from his business, Simon Cremer hung a sign saying ‘thief’ around the man’s neck and frogmarched him to a police station. But while the employee, Mark Gilbert, was let off with a police caution, Mr Cremer spent three months facing a charge of false imprisonment until the case was dropped. Now, in a further blow, the businessman has paid his former employee £5,000 compensation and covered his £6,000 legal fees in an out-of-court settlement to avoid a hugely expensive civil case for the ‘humiliation’ he suffered. Together with his...
  • Don’t put wire on your windows – it might hurt burglars!

    02/13/2011 5:12:15 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 56 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 13th February 2011
    Residents in Surrey and Kent villages have been ordered by police to remove wire mesh from their windows as burglars could be injured. Home owners in the villages of Tandridge and Tatsfield in Surrey and in Westerham, Brasted and Sundridge in Kent have said they are furious that they are being branded 'criminals' for protecting their property. Locals had reinforced their windows with wire mesh after a series of shed thefts but were told by community police officers that the wire was 'dangerous' and could lead to criminals claiming compensation if they 'hurt themselves'.
  • Gay 'Marriages' to be Allowed in Church [UK]

    02/13/2011 9:57:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2/12/11 | Patrick Hennessy
    Ministers are proposing to change the law to allow homosexual couples to "marry" in traditional religious ceremonies – including in church. Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat equalities minister, is expected shortly to outline firm plans to lift the current ban on civil partnerships being conducted in places of worship. In a political "win" for Nick Clegg and his party, the Coalition will also say that such ceremonies should for the first time be allowed to have a religious element, such as hymn-singing and readings from the Bible. They could, it is understood, also be carried out in the future out...
  • Gay 'marriages' to be allowed in church

    02/12/2011 8:13:12 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Feb. 13, 2011 | Patrick Hennessy
    Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat equalities minister, is expected shortly to outline firm plans to lift the current ban on civil partnerships being conducted in places of worship. In a political "win" for Nick Clegg and his party, the Coalition will also say that such ceremonies should for the first time be allowed to have a religious element, such as hymn-singing and readings from the Bible. They could, it is understood, also be carried out in the future out by priests or other religious figures. The landmark move will please equality campaigners but is likely to prompt a fierce backlash...
  • Scarred for life [fractured skull, nose, and eye socket] but thug is free [no jail time]

    02/10/2011 3:07:24 PM PST · by grundle · 38 replies
    thesun.co.uk ^ | February 9, 2011
    A THUG who scarred a pretty athlete tipped to represent England for life by throwing a brick at her face has walked free from court - after being fined just £200.Runner Samantha Sadler, 17, had been a back-seat passenger in a Nissan Micra when her attacker struck.The 14-year-old yob threw a brick through the car's window and into her face, leaving her with a fractured skull, broken nose and fractured eye socket.Samantha, who ran for Cheshire but had also been a model for top fashion names, still has double vision eight months on and is now facing further surgery. Her...
  • UK: 72 per cent think English healthcare will be worse in five years

    02/09/2011 4:22:38 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/9/2011 | Martin Beckford
    A survey carried out by the BMJ online found that 72 per cent of respondents believed services will have declined in five years’ time. Of those, 36 per cent said it would be worse and the same proportion thought it would be much worse. A further 13 per cent believed health care would be as good as it is now, while only 11 per cent expect it to improve and only 4 per cent of the 1,183 respondents expect it to be much better. It comes as the Government pushes through the most radical reorganisation of the National Health Service...
  • Cameron Criticizes ‘Multiculturalism’ in Britain [We have even tolerated these segregated....]

    02/05/2011 2:30:54 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 31 replies
    Cameron Criticizes ‘Multiculturalism’ in Britain By JOHN F. BURNS LONDON — Faced with growing alarm about Islamic militants who have made Britain one of Europe’s most active bases for terrorist plots, Prime Minister David Cameron has mounted an attack on the country’s decades-old policy of “multiculturalism,” saying it has encouraged “segregated communities” where Islamic extremism can thrive. Speaking at a security conference in Munich on Saturday, Mr. Cameron condemned what he called the “hands-off tolerance” in Britain and other European nations that had encouraged Muslims and other immigrant groups “to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream.”...
  • Police chiefs fly gay pride flag... but are forbidden to put up the Union Jack

    02/04/2011 3:42:58 AM PST · by Altura Ct. · 11 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 2/3/2011
    Police chiefs have come under fire today for flying the rainbow flag for lesbians, gays and bisexuals outside its police stations - when they are forbidden to display the Union Jack. The multi-coloured 'Freedom' flag adopted by the gay pride movement in the 1970's is now flying at Suffolk Police's Ipswich HQ and its stations at Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft. The flags - which include the force's badge - are to mark lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history month. But there was fierce criticism of the move after it was revealed that stations were not allowed, under force policy,...
  • Police chiefs fly gay pride flag... but are forbidden to put up the Union Jack

    02/03/2011 7:31:22 PM PST · by UncleHambone · 11 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | February 3, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Police chiefs have come under fire today for flying the rainbow flag for lesbians, gays and bisexuals outside its police stations - when they are forbidden to display the Union Jack. The multi-coloured 'Freedom' flag adopted by the gay pride movement in the 1970's is now flying at Suffolk Police's Ipswich HQ and its stations at Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.
  • Fury after two Muslim councillors refuse to take part in standing ovation for Marine

    02/03/2011 10:29:26 AM PST · by Sir Gawain · 48 replies
    Two Muslim councillors were under fire today after they refused to take part in a standing ovation to honour a Marine who won the George Cross. Salma Yaqoob and Mohammed Ishtiaq remained seated during a ceremony for Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher. The 26-year-old was awarded the George Cross after he flung himself onto a Taliban hand grenade to save his comrades during an ambush in Helmand Province in 2008. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1353197/Muslim-councillors-refuse-standing-ovation-Marine-won-George-Cross.html#ixzz1CvCnASmm
  • Death threats against UK columnist for opposing homosexualist agenda

    02/02/2011 4:05:30 PM PST · by wagglebee · 11 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/2/11 | Hilary White
    LONDON, February 2, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A prominent conservative UK columnist has said she received death threats after she criticized plans to insert homosexual materials into all subjects in the curriculum in Britain’s schools. Writing in the Daily Mail this week, Melanie Phillips said that she had been expecting a reaction, “which would amply bear out the truth of what I had written.” “The response, however, exceeded even my expectations.”For the last week, she said, “I have been subjected to an extraordinarily vicious outpouring of hate and incitement to violence” through emails, the internet and in mainstream media.“If the gay...
  • Practising Muslims will very soon overtake weekly churchgoers in Britain

    01/28/2011 1:54:50 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Telegraph blog ^ | January 28, 2011 | Damian Thompson
    Only a third of churchgoers actively practise their faith, as opposed to 80 per cent of Muslims, according to new research by the Office of National Statistics (above, and it can’t spell “practising”). As I reported last month, the number of British Muslims has grown at an astonishing rate, from 1.65 million to 2.87 million since 2001. This figure, from the respected Pew Forum, means we must radically revise predictions that practising Muslims will outnumber practising Christians by 2035, which were based on the outdated 2001 census figure of 1.65 million (which was too low even at the time). It...