First woman bishop: parish priest Libby Lane is surprise choice

Bookies off the mark as Church of England names the Rev Libby Lane as its first female bishop in Stockport, Greater Manchester The Telegraph, By John Bingham, December 17

A parish priest from Hale has made history as the first woman to be named as a bishop in the Church of England.

The Rev Libby […]

‘Hundreds’ more UK troops to be sent to Iraq – Michael Fallon

Hundreds of British troops will be sent to Iraq in the New Year, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has said.

BBC, December 13

The deployment – to help train local forces – will be in the “very low hundreds” but could also include a small protection force of combat-ready soldiers, he said.

About 50 UK troops […]

Foreign exchange fines: banks handed £2bn in penalties for market rigging

Regulators in US and UK mete out record fines after finding a ‘free for all culture’ on currency trading floors at RBS, HSBC, Citibank, JP Morgan and UBS

The Guardian, By Jill Treanor, November 12

The corruption of the world’s biggest currency dealers was laid bare on Wednesday when regulators imposed £2bn of fines on […]

Reagan’s apology to Thatcher over Grenada revealed

BBC, November 10

A recorded conversation between an apologetic Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher over the invasion of Grenada has been published for the first time.

“We regret very much the embarrassment that’s been caused to you,” the US leader said during the call.

Baroness Thatcher was angered that she was not consulted before the […]

Londoners to hold anti-austerity protest rally

PressTV, November 5

People in the British capital of London are preparing to stage a protest rally against the government’s austerity measures, mass surveillance programs, and human rights abuses.

The rally, organized by a group called Anonymous, is referred to as the Million Mask March, in which the participants hide their faces to protect their […]

Germany warns of British exit from EU over immigration limits

German Chancellor Merkel warns Britain over plans to try curbing EU immigration from other member states

Al Jazeera, November 3

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned British Prime Minister David Cameron that putting limits on immigration from other European Union nations would be a “point of no return” that could sharply increase the risk of […]

Home Office defends decision for UK to halt migrant rescues

Department says helping vessels acts as ‘pull factor’ but rights groups say escaping war and famine is more likely motive

The Guardian, By Alan Travis, October 28

The Home Office has defended its decision to end British support for search-and-rescue operations for migrants in danger of drowning in the Mediterranean, after criticism that it marked […]

United Kingdom ends Afgan combat operations

CBS/AP, October 26

London – Britain has ended combat operations in the Helmand province in Afghanistan, defense officials said Sunday.

U.K. troops have witnessed the lowering of the Union flag for the last time at the Camp Bastion complex in Helmand, which they shared with U.S. Marines, who also folded up operations in Afghanistan in […]

The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Margaret Thatcher’s Sins

The Scots got sick and tired of Thatcherite policies imposed from London.

The American Prospect, By Robert Kuttner, September 23

Why on earth did the Scots, largely quiescent as part of Great Britain for three centuries, suddenly become the mouse that roared?

It wasn’t because they became besotted watching re-runs of Braveheart or Rob Roy, […]

Scotland votes ‘No’ to Independence

BBC – How the ‘No’ side won the referendum

1. They were always the favorites 2. The Scottish feel British 3. The risk factor 4. They stemmed the “yes” surge 5. For richer, for poorer?

Details of these theories at the BBC link

Scotland Independent? Three men went into a burr…

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The Independent

Weekend Jukebox: Scotland

With the vote over independence coming up in Scotland next week…

Roy Williamson (Corries) wrote what may become the Scots anthem.

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All Wet: Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister

h/t Steve H.

Guardian -The British government’s problems with missing files deepened on Wednesday when the Foreign Office claimed documents on the UK’s role in a CIA global abduction operation had been accidentally destroyed when they became soaked with water.

In a statement that human rights groups said smacked of a cover-up, the department maintained […]

20 strong ‘powerful elite’ abused children for decades – whistleblower

RT, July 8

At least 20 former MPs, government ministers, judges and other prominent figures abused children for decades, claims a former child protection manager.

Whistleblower Peter McKelvie, whose allegations led initially to a 2012 police inquiry, told BBC Newsnight a “powerful elite” of pedophiles carried out “the worst form” of abuse.

RT: Claims […]

UK military’s secret plan to train Syrian rebels to topple Bashar al-Assad

General Sir David Richards’ bid for 100,000-strong force had support from US heavyweights but was shelved as too risky

The Guardian, By Ewen MacAskill, July 4

The British military drew up a secret plan two years ago to train a 100,000-strong Syrian rebel force aimed at toppling president Bashar al-Assad.

The plan was the brainchild […]

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