UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

User avatar
RTH10260
Posts: 22047
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:52 am
Location: Near the Swiss Alps

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#676

Post by RTH10260 » Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:23 am

Nigel Farage says Trump’s racist attack on Democratic congresswomen was ‘genius’
‘You realise, 48 hours on, it was genius’, says Brexit Party leader, heaping praise on president’s ‘go home’ comments

Zamira Rahim

Nigel Farage has enthusiastically praised Donald Trump’s “go back” comments, directed at four congresswomen of colour.

The US president’s remarks were widely condemned as racist after he told Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, to return to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came”.

:snippity:

Despite the significant controversy generated by the remarks, Mr Farage said the comments were shrewd.

“I thought, ‘Dear, oh dear, oh dear’. You realise, 48 hours on, it was genius because what’s happened is the Democrats gather round the Squad, which allows him to say, ‘Oh look, the Squad are the centre of the Democratic Party’,” he said.

“He’s remarkably good at what he does,” Mr Farage added, in an interview with The Times.

“He does things his way. But he is a remarkably effective operator.”


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/p ... 37571.html

User avatar
Whatever4
Posts: 12187
Joined: Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:36 am
Location: Mainely in the plain
Occupation: Visiting doctors.

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#677

Post by Whatever4 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:24 pm

Cross-posted to Brexit thread:

"[Moderate] doesn't mean you don't have views. It just means your views aren't predictable ideologically one way or the other, and you're trying to follow the facts where they lead and reach your own conclusions."
-- Sen. King (I-ME)

User avatar
RTH10260
Posts: 22047
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:52 am
Location: Near the Swiss Alps

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#678

Post by RTH10260 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:19 am

UK police outsourced, no - not to India - to a US company
"Action Fraud" investigation
thetimes.co.uk
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14 2019

http://nuk-tnl-deck-email.s3.amazonaws. ... d8df5.html
More in this next installment
Firm behind Action Fraud faces sack after betrayal of victims
Paul Morgan‑Bentley, Head of Investigations
August 16 2019, 12:01am, The Times

Commander Karen Baxter said that Concentrix’s contract was under review after a Times investigation

Action Fraud is in crisis after the disclosure that Police Scotland has pulled out of the service and the private company running it faces being sacked.

An undercover investigation by The Times revealed yesterday that staff at the national centre, which deals with victims of fraud on behalf of the police, mock callers as “morons” and have been trained to mislead them into thinking their cases will be investigated.

Most of the millions of reports that they take are dismissed either by low-wage staff or by a computer algorithm. As few as one in 50 leads to a suspect being caught. Britain’s most senior fraud officer said that Police Scotland was refusing to pay towards the Action Fraud call centre


paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -qbss3d5df
Criminals hired to take calls from victims
Paul Morgan-Bentley, Head of Investigations
August 15 2019, 5:00pm, The Times

The national fraud reporting centre hires staff with criminal histories to take calls from victims, The Times can reveal.

One young woman with a criminal past was employed by Action Fraud as a call handler and used tactics she learnt during training to try to commit fraud, an undercover reporter was told by two managers at the service.

The woman, who cannot be named, is allegedly being investigated by the authorities but managed to get back into the Action Fraud building after a recruiter mistakenly invited her to interview for another job.

The Times disclosed yesterday that call handlers for Action Fraud had been trained to mislead victims into thinking their cases will be investigated when most are never looked at again.


paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -0jfgjwsl6
Action Fraud: Victims tell their stories of despair
Katie Gibbons | Paul Morgan‑Bentley | Charlotte Seager
August 15 2019, 5:00pm,
The Times

Juliette Morrison and her daughter lost out on Ariana Grande tickets. Catherine Collins was told “these things happen” after her report was lost

The Times has been deluged with stories from people left frustrated and out of pocket due to inadequate investigations by police and Action Fraud.

Case closed despite a dossier of evidence

Andrew Stubbs lost almost £2,000 after a fraudster hacked into his friend’s Facebook profile and asked him for help with a payment. He sent Action Fraud information including the scammer’s bank details, their mobile phone number and details of eight other related cases but he heard nothing for four months and the case was then dropped.

Mr Stubbs, 27, a transport consultant who lives in Durham, received a Facebook message from a colleague, asking if she could send some money to his bank as she was unable to transfer between her own accounts.


paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -gwjzbdm87

User avatar
RTH10260
Posts: 22047
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:52 am
Location: Near the Swiss Alps

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#679

Post by RTH10260 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:14 pm

Prince Andrew spotted on video inside Epstein mansion
Ben Hoyle, Los Angeles | Sarah Morris, Madrid
August 19 2019, 12:01am, The Times

Footage filmed in 2010 shows the Duke of York bidding farewell to a young brunette woman

Newly revealed video footage shows Prince Andrew inside the mansion in New York where the late convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein was accused of raping and systematically abusing young girls. The Duke of York, who was at the time the UK’s special representative for international trade, is visible behind the 15ft-high solid oak front door as he bids a cheerful farewell to a young woman leaving the disgraced financier’s Upper East Side home.

The video was shot on December 6, 2010, two years after Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution from girls as young as 14. That same month the duke was photographed strolling with the multimillionaire in Central Park, a picture that has raised questions about his judgment ever since.


paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -brkplhc2f

User avatar
RTH10260
Posts: 22047
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:52 am
Location: Near the Swiss Alps

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#680

Post by RTH10260 » Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:15 am

Bletchley Park veterans urged to share their secrets with world
Patrick Kidd
September 2 2019, 12:01am, The Times

Winston Churchill called them his special hens, “who laid so well without clucking”, and for decades they kept silent about what they did during the war. Now, with the youngest hen aged well into her nineties and their obligations under the Official Secrets Act lifted, one final push is being made to encourage the veterans of Bletchley Park to tell their stories.

Almost 80 men and women who had worked on signals intelligence during the war, codenamed Ultra, attended a reunion yesterday — the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland — at the estate outside Milton Keynes where the Nazis’ codes were cracked.

For the first time at this annual gathering, veterans were invited to talk about their experiences on camera



paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -3qrdzbmbx

User avatar
RTH10260
Posts: 22047
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:52 am
Location: Near the Swiss Alps

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#681

Post by RTH10260 » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:26 am

Gender neutrality goes haywire
Pupils turned away for wearing skirts in protest over gender‑neutral uniform
Rosemary Bennett, Education Editor
September 7 2019, 12:00am, The Times

Pupils at an East Sussex secondary were locked out of the premises by the caretaker and ushered away by police during a protest over the introduction of a gender-neutral uniform that bans skirts.

Priory School in Lewes has forbidden girls from wearing its former regulation grey pleated skirt after “concerns” were raised about the length they were being worn at, and to cater for transgender pupils.

In a planned protest more than 50 girls, accompanied by some sympathetic male classmates and parents, arrived at school wearing the skirts and were turned away. The police then arrived and “behaved like bouncers” according to witnesses, helping to stop the girls entering the school. The demonstrators were later seen walking around Lewes still carrying their placards.


paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -q9q9zpbc0

User avatar
MRich
Posts: 792
Joined: Sun Aug 22, 2010 4:07 pm

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#682

Post by MRich » Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:55 am

RTH10260 wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:26 am
Gender neutrality goes haywire
Pupils turned away for wearing skirts in protest over gender‑neutral uniform
Rosemary Bennett, Education Editor
September 7 2019, 12:00am, The Times

Pupils at an East Sussex secondary were locked out of the premises by the caretaker and ushered away by police during a protest over the introduction of a gender-neutral uniform that bans skirts.

Priory School in Lewes has forbidden girls from wearing its former regulation grey pleated skirt after “concerns” were raised about the length they were being worn at, and to cater for transgender pupils.

In a planned protest more than 50 girls, accompanied by some sympathetic male classmates and parents, arrived at school wearing the skirts and were turned away. The police then arrived and “behaved like bouncers” according to witnesses, helping to stop the girls entering the school. The demonstrators were later seen walking around Lewes still carrying their placards.


paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -q9q9zpbc0
When I was in 7th grade, we girls weren't allowed to wear pants. So one cold winter day, we all (probably around 30 of us) decided we were going to school in pants - they couldn't send us ALL home! But my school didn't arrest us; they caved! They announced that pants would be allowed during cold weather, but from that point on we wore pants year round if we wanted to.

User avatar
ZekeB
Posts: 16014
Joined: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:07 pm
Location: Northwest part of Semi Blue State

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#683

Post by ZekeB » Sat Sep 07, 2019 12:17 pm

Well cold is relative. To some it's -20F. To some it's 60F. When I was in high school the snit was over the length of the girls' skirts. Of course we guys wanted the girls to win that one.
Trump: Er hat eine größere Ente als ich.

Putin: Du bist kleiner als ich.

User avatar
Volkonski
Posts: 23564
Joined: Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:44 pm
Location: Texas Gulf Coast and North Fork of Long Island
Occupation: Retired Mechanical Engineer

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#684

Post by Volkonski » Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:30 pm

Exclusive: Johnson considering building bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland

https://www.channel4.com/news/exclusive ... rn-ireland
Documents seen by Channel 4 News reveal that both the Treasury and Department for Transport have been asked for advice on the costs and risks of such a project.

The prime minister wants to know “where this money could come from” and “the risks around the project” – which appear to include “WW2 munitions in the Irish Sea”.

The idea was mooted by Mr Johnson last year, when he was Foreign Secretary.

The Department for Transport produced a “factual paper on the subject” after conversations between the DUP and former Secretary of State Chris Grayling — who himself presided over a number of controversial infrastructure schemes.
Image“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

User avatar
tek
Posts: 3705
Joined: Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:02 pm
Location: Happy Valley, MA
Occupation: Damned if I know

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#685

Post by tek » Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:14 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:30 pm
Exclusive: Johnson considering building bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland

https://www.channel4.com/news/exclusive ... rn-ireland
Documents seen by Channel 4 News reveal that both the Treasury and Department for Transport have been asked for advice on the costs and risks of such a project.

The prime minister wants to know “where this money could come from” and “the risks around the project” – which appear to include “WW2 munitions in the Irish Sea”.

The idea was mooted by Mr Johnson last year, when he was Foreign Secretary.

The Department for Transport produced a “factual paper on the subject” after conversations between the DUP and former Secretary of State Chris Grayling — who himself presided over a number of controversial infrastructure schemes.
How very Trumpian..
There's no way back
from there to here

User avatar
RTH10260
Posts: 22047
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:52 am
Location: Near the Swiss Alps

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#686

Post by RTH10260 » Thu Sep 26, 2019 6:25 am

'Boris bus' maker Wrightbus goes into administration
Collapse puts about 1,200 jobs at risk and is second major UK insolvency this week

Simon Goodley and Jasper Jolly
Wed 25 Sep 2019 17.55 BSTFirst published on Wed 25 Sep 2019 11.25 BST

The maker of the revived Routemaster bus and one of Northern Ireland’s biggest employers has collapsed into administration – leading immediately to 1,200 redundancies.

The failure of Wrightbus, which comes after a breakdown in 11th-hour rescue talks, represents the UK’s second significant insolvency of the week, following the demise of the holiday group Thomas Cook.

The Ballymena-based engineering company had been scrambling to find a buyer.

An expected sale evaporated at the end of last week when the Chinese engineering group Weichai and a firm led by the JCB heir, Jo Bamford, pulled out of talks. That double blow came days after the Northern Irish businessman Darren Donnelly also withdrew from making a potential bid for the firm.
:snippity:

The firm’s collapse came after Boris Johnson told parliament his government would do everything it could to help Wrightbus. Ian Paisley, the MP for North Antrim, also told the Guardian last week he believed the government had already demonstrated it could help the stricken manufacturer without breaching state aid rules by directing state-controlled companies to place orders with Wrightbus.

However, a government source strenuously denied any such assurances had been given. A source close to the company’s board also denied government support had been offered.


https://www.theguardian.com/business/20 ... rn-ireland

User avatar
RTH10260
Posts: 22047
Joined: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:52 am
Location: Near the Swiss Alps

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#687

Post by RTH10260 » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:08 pm

Britain voices ‘regret’ over Captain Cook’s Maori killings
Bernard Lagan, Wellington
October 2 2019, 12:00pm, The Times

Britain has issued a formal expression of regret that Captain James Cook’s crew killed Maori when they landed in New Zealand amid growing anger over events marking the 250th anniversary of their arrival.

Laura Clarke, the UK’s high commissioner to New Zealand, travelled to the first landing site on the east of the North Island for a tearful meeting with descendants of Maori killed by Cook’s men in October 1769.

Ms Clarke said she acknowledged the “pain” that had been caused by the killing of some of the first native people the crew encountered.

Ms Clarke, who was appointed the British high commissioner to New Zealand last year, met Maori elders in the city of Gisborne

“We are saying this is not how any of us would have wanted those first encounters to have happened,” Ms Clarke told The Times after her private meetings with Maori elders.


paywall https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -fg6zxxdc5

User avatar
Orlylicious
Posts: 9943
Joined: Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:02 pm
Location: With Pete Buttigieg and the other "open and defiant homosexuals" --Bryan Fischer AFA
Occupation: "Do Nothing Democrat Savage" -- Donald, 9/28/19 and "Scalawag...Part of an extreme, malicious leftist internet social mob working in concert with weaponized, socialized governments to target and injure political opponents.” -- Walt Fitzpatrick

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#688

Post by Orlylicious » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:15 pm

Maybe the topic title should be "UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland -- At The Moment"? :(

I'm enjoying VICTORIA on Amazon Prime, four seasons... it's such a nice change from our insane news culture. I do find myself thinking about what the world would be like if the internet and social media were always around... would make an interesting TV show or movie.
Don't miss Fogbow's favorite show starring the titular Mama June Shannon -- "Mama June: From Not To Hot: "The Road To Intervention"

User avatar
Volkonski
Posts: 23564
Joined: Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:44 pm
Location: Texas Gulf Coast and North Fork of Long Island
Occupation: Retired Mechanical Engineer

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#689

Post by Volkonski » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:16 am

Image“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

User avatar
ZekeB
Posts: 16014
Joined: Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:07 pm
Location: Northwest part of Semi Blue State

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#690

Post by ZekeB » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:18 am

The right thing to do is go back and face the music. It isn't as if she's going to be tried in the North Korean courts.
Trump: Er hat eine größere Ente als ich.

Putin: Du bist kleiner als ich.

User avatar
Kendra
Posts: 14243
Joined: Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:53 am

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#691

Post by Kendra » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:37 am

Volkonski wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:16 am
https:// twitter.com/guardiannews/status/1181586512766525440?s=19
CNN had the parents on this morning. I do not recall it being mentioned that the husband was not registered as a diplomat.

User avatar
MN-Skeptic
Posts: 2848
Joined: Wed Jan 25, 2012 6:36 pm
Location: Twin Cities

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#692

Post by MN-Skeptic » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:56 am

I'm sure Trump is already looking at pardoning the wife.
MAGA - Morons Are Governing America

User avatar
Flatpointhigh
Posts: 7937
Joined: Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:05 pm
Location: Hotel California, PH23
Occupation: Voice Actor, Podcaster, I hold a Ph.D in Procrastination.
Contact:

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#693

Post by Flatpointhigh » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:52 am

MN-Skeptic wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:56 am
I'm sure Trump is already looking at pardoning the wife.
For the low low price of a life

My Name is...
Daffy Duck.. woo hoo!
Cancer broke me

User avatar
neonzx
Posts: 6246
Joined: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:27 am

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#694

Post by neonzx » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:06 am

Whenever there is an instance of someone claiming diplomatic immunity from prosecution or liability, I think of this scene:
To which Trump replied, Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.

User avatar
Mikedunford
Posts: 10444
Joined: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:42 pm

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#695

Post by Mikedunford » Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:06 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:16 am
I've been to that base quite a few times - it was the nearest to where we lived for a couple of years. Leaving the base, if you're turning right, going toward Oxford, it's pretty hard to wind up on the wrong side of the road. Turning left, toward Croughton proper, it's quite a bit easier to make that mistake. FWIW.
"I don't give a fuck whether we're peers or not."
--Lord Thomas Henry Bingham to Boris Johnson, on being asked whether he would miss being in "the best club in London" if the Law Lords moved from Parliament to a Supreme Court.

User avatar
Sam the Centipede
Posts: 7238
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:25 pm

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#696

Post by Sam the Centipede » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:05 pm

You suspect a left/right driving confusion Mike? It's easily done, especially if there's little traffic around to guide one. At first when you switch to the left you're very careful as your brain screams "danger! danger! danger!" all the time as so many inputs feel wrong: car tipped slightly down to the left instead of slightly to the right, oncoming vehicles flowing left to right across your optical field instead of right to left (so they seem to be on a collision course, especially at night).

But, as with many things, it gets most risky when you feel you've gained a decent level of skill, you relax, then you make a mistake. If you're lucky, nobody notices or there's just an angry toot on a horn, but if Lady Luck is on a tea break, crash, bang, accident, tragedy.

It's awful situation. I don't like blaming people for making small mistakes which cars – like guns – can all too easily cause disproportionate consequences.

User avatar
Volkonski
Posts: 23564
Joined: Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:44 pm
Location: Texas Gulf Coast and North Fork of Long Island
Occupation: Retired Mechanical Engineer

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#697

Post by Volkonski » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:08 pm

My former employer eventually forbid American employees traveling in the UK from driving. Too many accidents.

Took a lot of trains and taxis. ;)
Image“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”
― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

User avatar
Sam the Centipede
Posts: 7238
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:25 pm

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#698

Post by Sam the Centipede » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:42 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:08 pm
My former employer eventually forbid American employees traveling in the UK from driving. Too many accidents.

Took a lot of trains and taxis. ;)
:-D Krazy Kraptain Karl Koenigs wouldn't understand that sentence! :-D

Not a bad move on your former employer's part. Especially as road conditions are also significantly different on smaller, more crowded, more random European roads.

User avatar
HeatherGray
Posts: 273
Joined: Sun May 08, 2016 9:06 pm
Location: Colorado
Occupation: retired systems analyst

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#699

Post by HeatherGray » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:51 pm

Sam the Centipede wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:42 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:08 pm
My former employer eventually forbid American employees traveling in the UK from driving. Too many accidents.

Took a lot of trains and taxis. ;)
:-D Krazy Kraptain Karl Koenigs wouldn't understand that sentence! :-D

Not a bad move on your former employer's part. Especially as road conditions are also significantly different on smaller, more crowded, more random European roads.

When we were in Ireland thirteen years ago, we drove in a counterclockwise direction around the island. It was mostly okay, with a few moments of terror. I nearly got us killed in a roundabout near Dublin. I was astonished by main roads that were narrower than the rural, paved road where we lived.

On our most recent trip to Ireland, we stayed near Dublin and used public transportation. Much safer.

User avatar
Gregg
Posts: 3039
Joined: Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:09 am
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
Occupation: We build cars

Re: UK - United Kingdom - England, Wales, Scotland, N. Ireland

#700

Post by Gregg » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:09 pm

Sam the Centipede wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:42 pm
Volkonski wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:08 pm
My former employer eventually forbid American employees traveling in the UK from driving. Too many accidents.

Took a lot of trains and taxis. ;)
:-D Krazy Kraptain Karl Koenigs wouldn't understand that sentence! :-D

Not a bad move on your former employer's part. Especially as road conditions are also significantly different on smaller, more crowded, more random European roads.

I have a life long policy, I don't drink in America and I don't drive in Europe. Its worked well for me so far.
Honorary Commander, 699th Airborne Assault Dachshund Regiment
Deadly Sausage Dogs from the Sky

Post Reply

Return to “International Culture & Current Events”