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Issue No. 2518

Jail’s not enough for vindictive Liz Truss

Justice secretary Liz Truss

Justice secretary Liz Truss (Pic: flickr: mrgarethm)

Locking people up in jail for having opinions the government doesn’t like isn’t enough for justice secretary Liz Truss.

She fears jailed Islamist “extremists” could share their opinions with other inmates—and is determined to stop them.


She plans to isolate them from other prisoners with separate high security units.Similar efforts were made with IRA prisoners at Whitemoor prison in the 1990s. Brought together, they were able to organise and escape.

Gold for stinginess as Paralympics cut

Some of the world’s top disabled athletes may not be able to attend the Paralympic Games at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil as these face massive funding cuts.

The organising committee for the Rio Olympics hasn’t stumped up the dough that is due. Venues and transport are being scaled back and athletes’ travel grants delayed.

Luckily for them, richer countries’ teams aren’t affected.

The International Olympic Committee is still flush with cash after the mega-money spinner of London 2012.

But it wasn’t about to put its hand in its pocket for disabled people from poor countries.

The poor are generally under-represented at the Paralympics.

Funding difficulties had already seen prominent disabled athletes excluded from taking part at Rio.

RAF Revival

German 1970s left wing armed group the Red Army Faction (RAF) had an unexpected revival last week.

Anti-Brexit band Society Syndrome accidentally used their logo in the video for their song Little Englanders.

They were trying to salute First World War veteran Henry Allingham, who fought in the Royal Air Force (RAF).

The RAF—also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang—was unavailable for comment.


“Entrenched” racial discrimination is getting worse, particularly for young black people.

That’s what the Equality and Human Rights Commission found last week. “If you are black or an ethnic minority in modern Britain, it can often still feel like you are living in a different world,” said its chair David Isaac.

Ant (right) and Dec (left)

Ant (right) and Dec (left) (Pic: Wiki Commons)

Troublemaker was shocked to discover that Jeremy Corbyn didn’t know who Ant and Dec were.

The duo have previously been in hot water over two of their TV shows taking viewers’ money for voting contests—then not actually letting them pick the winner.

After all the shenanigans in the Labour leadership election, surely the debt the party owes to their influence is clear.

Streeting's Bleatings

Wes Streeting is nominally a Labour MP. This is an occasional series documenting his wisdom.

Streeting fears voters won’t elect Labour under Jeremy Corbyn. So how can Wes convince them?

He told journalists not wanting war with Russia made Corbyn “unfit to hold the office of prime minister” and “the same coin” as Donald Trump.

All Rise

13.5% of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers can’t get the hours they need, according to the TUC.

111,000 BAME workers would escape underemployment if this fell to 11.5 percent, the rate for white workers.

Faulty Firms

Southern Railway is a notorious rail operator.

Delays and cancellations have hit passengers hard—but handed the company a £27 million profit.

It got £28.5 million in compensation to give passengers. But it made it so hard to claim that only £1.6 million reached them.

Rail firms pocketed a total £81 million of such compensation last year.

The things they say

  • ‘What you are doing is absolutely tremendous’

Theresa May on Tory organiser Mark Clarke’s road trip campaign. It saw accusations of bullying and harassment and the suicide of a volunteer.

  • ‘In the face of provocation, the nation must defend itself’

French prime minister Manuel Valls takes a measured view of women who bathe in a ‘burkini’.

  • ‘I’ve said it loudly and clearly and I’ll say it again: I’m not going to get involved in the leadership contest’

Labour London mayor Sadiq Khan earlier this summer.

  • ‘Childishly transparent and craven’

Proper Blairite Dan Hodges is losing patience with fake socialist Owen Smith.

  • ‘Corbynites, Momentum and the rest of the hard left, get out of the people’s party’

Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop has no interest in a broad church. He’s even blocked left wing fellow Labour MPs on Twitter.


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The Troublemaker
Tue 23 Aug 2016, 16:23 BST
Issue No. 2518
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