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Re: The UK thread

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:57 am

I know they're quite different from Her Majesty's subjects, but let's throw in some Irish trivia:

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:23 pm

"A senior aide to Jeremy Corbyn has been working in his Commons office for almost a year despite failing to receive security clearance.

Iram Awan, the Labour leader’s private secretary, has been working in the Palace of Westminster for more than nine months despite not having passed the counterterrorism vetting which all people working in parliament must pass, according to the Huffington Post.

Ms Awan was appointed to the role last year after her predecessor, Laura Parker, left to run Momentum, the pro-Corbyn activist group. But she has not passed the standard counterterrorist check (CTC), meaning she does not have a parliamentary pass. The security services are said to have raised concerns about her known associates.

Ms Awan works at Westminster anyway, arriving via a visitor’s entrance before being escorted to Mr Corbyn’s office by her co-workers."

Source: the times (but behind paywall )


Unbelievable.

Well, I guess for "friends" of corbyn is entirely believable. What's unbelievable is that he is PM in fuckin' waiting.

And fuck.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:15 am

NHS staff vacancies rise nearly 10% in three months amid unfolding ‘national emergency’, report shows

Brexit upheaval and ill-considered immigration policies have contributed to a spiralling vacancy rates

Staff vacancies in the NHS have increased nearly 10 per cent in just three months, as experts warned of an unfolding “national emergency” with nearly 108,000 jobs unfilled.

Official data from the first three months of 2018/19 released by watchdog NHS Improvement have laid bare the parlous state of the NHS with winter just months away.

Vacancies rose by 9,268, from 98,475 in March 2018 to 107,743 in June, meaning one role in 11 is vacant. This is despite national and international recruitment campaigns to attract key health workers.

Experts said issues have been made worse by a “botched Brexit” and government immigration policies which mean health workers have no certainty over visas and UK-trained doctors have had their careers put in jeopardy.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/heal ... 32701.html

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Grammatron » Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:21 pm

Shitty pay and hours...nah, brexit and immigration policies.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:53 pm

He's ba-a-a-a-ack.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:28 am

UK mass surveillance programme violates human rights, European court rules

The UK government’s mass surveillance programme violated human rights and had “no real safeguards”, the European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) has said in a landmark ruling.

The Strasbourg court said British intelligence agencies’ interception regime violated the right to a private and family life, since there was “insufficient oversight” over which communications were chosen for examination.

Not enough protection was given to journalistic sources by the government’s mass information collection programme, violating the right to freedom of expression, it also said.

But the court ruled that sharing the information with foreign governments did not violate either the right to a private and family life, or to free speech.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:51 am

UK mass surveillance programme violates human rights, European court rules ...
But with Brexit, they got out just in time. 8)
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:36 am

'Croydon cat killer' mystery solved by police
Spoiler:
The so-called Croydon cat killer does not exist, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

The force launched an investigation in 2015 into reports of mutilated cats in Croydon and the surrounding area.

Twenty-five post-mortem examinations were carried out but found no evidence of "human involvement".

Scotland Yard said injuries inflicted on cats were "likely to be the result of predation or scavenging by wildlife on cats killed in vehicle collisions".

Foxes are believed to be behind some of the mutilations.

During the probe, detectives received more than 400 similar reports of cats being mutilated across London and surrounding counties.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-45588088

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:23 pm

Slippery slope.

Let a king get a divorce and after a while ...

https://www.itv.com/news/2018-08-20/dea ... -paganism/
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:51 pm

While we're on the subject of the C of E ...

Church of England should avoid only calling God 'he', Bishop says
The Telegraph (UK)
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The Rt Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking, said the tendency to use male language was a "growing problem" as language use in general became more gender balanced.

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Love those English place names. :mrgreen:
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:58 pm

Only time I've ever been pulled over by the fuzz was in Dorking. (Driving through on my way back from a late running D&D game).

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Grammatron » Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:25 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:51 pm
While we're on the subject of the C of E ...

Church of England should avoid only calling God 'he', Bishop says
The Telegraph (UK)
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The Rt Revd Dr Jo Bailey Wells, Bishop of Dorking, said the tendency to use male language was a "growing problem" as language use in general became more gender balanced.

...
Love those English place names. :mrgreen:
Adam was created in her image?

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:45 pm

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:48 pm

https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/24/bric ... de-of-pale
A top cop in London's Metropolitan Police has been placed on restrictive duties and could be fired after being accused of racism and gross misconduct. The officer, a member of the department's anti-corruption unit, told colleagues they need to be above reproach and "whiter than white." Some colleagues note that the phrase is actually quite common, having been popularized as the slogan of a laundry detergent.
I have never heard the phrase "whiter than white" in any context other than the slogan of a laundry detergent.

Is the metaphoric usage as above common in the UK?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Doctor X » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:23 pm

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Adam was created in her image?
Wonder what Mrs. YHWH thinks about this.

Nevertheless, the verbs used by any of the main gods of the Hebrew Bible are masculine. Same with the New Testament texts.

Even the strange furry sickos in Egypt kept them male or female.

Ancient people would find our religions odd.

That being written, YHWH, in particular, claims some feminine aspects.

Nevertheless, I, for one, object to referring to Mary with the Cherry as a "she."

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:24 pm

I've heard it used a number of times in the UK. Never a racial thing, always as a synonym for "cleaner than clean".

Sounds like his superiors gave him a black mark (!) needlessly. Bet their faces are red (!!)

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Re: The UK thread

Post by ed » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:26 pm

They are niggardly with their praise.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:31 pm

A black hole of ignorance.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Doctor X » Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:59 pm

The Black Guard!

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