Nigel Farage promised to lead a march of 100,000 on the Supreme Court this weekend. So where are they? No one seems to know.
“We’re as confused as you are,” Ukip-backed Brexit campaign Leave.EU told Troublemaker. “We’re trying to get some details.
“We’ve seen our name put to it and we’re getting a lot of calls about it, but as far as we know we’re not organising it.”
Which was odd as they then cancelled the protest.
The line from the Ukip offices was “Ukip aren’t organising it. Have you tried Leave.EU?
“Nigel has talked about it, and obviously we’re encouraging people to go if they want to, but I don’t know any more about it than you do.”
Farage’s office wouldn’t take Troublemaker’s call without first screening it, “due to the huge number of unsolicited calls we receive”.
They later called back to testily tell us the demonstration was cancelled. As the Leave.EU team press release eventually observed, “We have been genuinely humbled.”
Press barons, journalists, Conservative MPs, and Ukip politicians got together on Wednesday evening at the Ritz in London to celebrate Nigel Farage.
The “anti-establishment” party was organised by the Barclay brothers, who own The Telegraph newpapers and The Spectator magazine as well as the Ritz. Arron Banks, who donated over £7 million to Leave.EU was present too.
The room was decorated with large prints of the former Ukip leader with Donald Trump. Farage was presented with a pyramid of Ferrero Rochers.
Farage gloated, “For those that are here that aren’t particularly happy with what’s happened in 2016.
“I’ve got some really bad news for you—it’s going to get a bloody sight worse next year.”
We’ve been warned.
US presidents are all given a Secret Service code name. Barack Obama is Renegade, and so on. Donald Trump’s code name is Mogul.
It seems appropriate that he should be given a name derived from an the head of an Islamic dynasty.
Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur became the first Mughal Emperor. He founded the Mughal Empire in Hindustan in 16th century.
President Obama last week pardoned a turkey. Its a quaint tradition to comemorate the genocide of Native Americans.
Troublemaker wonders if he shouldn’t rather pardon Chelsea Manning, jailed for leaking military files including those which showed attacks by the US on civilians.
Chancellor Philip Hammond made much of putting money into building more homes in last week’s Autumn Statement.
The idea is that this will benefit ordinary people struggling in Britain—or the Jams as they are now known. But maybe it will also benefit Hammond.
He’s a beneficiary of a trust that controls Castlemead Ltd—which is “a company engaged in construction, house-building and property development”.
The biggest builders—Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Barratt and Berkeley Group raked in more than £2 billion in profits last year.
Eight directors of major housebuilders together earned £230 million in the past five years.
Two bosses, Tony Pidgley and Rob Perrins, of Berkeley, have taken £141 million in pay and share sales since 2011.
The number of households living in temporary accommodation in England increased 45 percent in the last six years to 73,120.
Roger Smith was surprised to find himself in trouble with the police.
They seized 12 types of controlled substances, including more than two kilos of gunpowder from him. Smith faces jail when he is sentenced in December.
Prosecutor Michelle Heeley said Smith “had it in his mind” that he was going to defend the country from an attack by Isis.
“He had gathered his weapons, got his patriotic flags ready, and made explosives at home in order to do that”.
Smith, told the jury he had felt “pretty gutted, shocked and disappointed” when police turned up at his home to conduct the search.
Smith told PC Phil Eddy, “we will be fighting side by side in a few years, when the Muslims come to behead us. You mark my words”.
Smith claimed, “I certainly did not say ‘you treated me like a Muslim”.
Prison guards who broke their recent strike will be rewarded with £100 shopping vouchers.
Cash to cover the handouts will allegedly be raised by docking the pay of staff who took part in the national walkout.
The governor of HMP Long Lartin in Worcester wrote to scab screws, “Please pop into my office… I have a small token of appreciation for you.”
Guards will pocket Love2Shop vouchers that can be used in stores like Argos, Boots, Debenhams. Toys ‘R’ Us and Mothercare.
Britain has fewer hospital beds per person than all but two European Union (EU) countries revealed a report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
The report looked at 28 countries. It found that Britain has fewer medics than all but two. It has the third fewest MRI scanners and the second lowest number of CT scanners.
There are 2.8 doctors per 1,000 people in Britain. The EU average is 3.5. The only countries with fewer doctors were Poland and Romania.
And the Tories want to slash the NHS further —while scapegoating migrants who could help expand it.
Crushing legal fees add to the repressive armoury
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