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Video. The European Parliament would like to remind you that you owe your clean drinking water to the EU

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Maybe if the EU had offered any more information on how the “#EUbudget” made sure everyone in the EU had access to clean water, someone could say anything more substantial about the claim. But Monday-intern didn’t. Oh, well. Maybe they think that Monty Python sketch is some sort of bingo card and the EU has to claim everything on it at least once? The aqueduct? Check. Brought peace? Of course they did!
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    Cathy Newman: “The internet is being written by men with an agenda”

  • By: Timon Dias
  • It’s worth pointing out here that Cathy is not making this stuff up. Being the investigative TOC journalists that we are, some Twitter searches on “Cathy Newman cunt”, “Cathy Newman bitch” definitely do result in near-endless hits.

    A search on “Cathy Newman execute”, however, only resulted in a tweet saying “Cathy Newman would have voted to execute Socrates”, which, well, you know, is probably true.

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    UK Labour member proposes alcohol ban at Party meetings for inclusiveness to “Muslims, pregnant women, drivers, people under 18, recovering alcoholics, those who can’t afford a pint”

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “As the party attempts to move forward following #LabourToo, it should go beyond a strictly procedural approach, with complaints and regulations there to monitor members behaviour. It needs to engage in cultural reform, and banning alcohol from meetings is a significant part of ensuring that the party is welcoming to all and would mitigate the risks that consumption of alcohol poses to others.”
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    Rather racist and bigoted transgender Munroe Bergdorf now part of UK Labour’s LGBT+ advisory board

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people. Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour. Your entire existence is drenched in racism.”
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    UK’s Young Labour excludes white heterosexual men from public event

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • “As a party, Labour prides itself on equality, extending opportunity to those who wouldn’t otherwise have it; promoting progressive politics; being the voice of the ostracised. Identity politics is our politics. (…) How can we as a political party purport to serve the interests of Londoners but fail to do this in our own house? Especially in a youth organisation which aims to represent the most diverse city in our country.”
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    UK midwives told not to use words “she” and “good girl” because it’s disrespectful

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • The guideline, published in The British Medical Journal, tells midwives not to say things like “good girl” to women in labour, because it is “disrespectful”. In the guideline itself, the authors say the changes are needed in order to “instil a culture of respect” for mothers-to-be. The guideline has since been backed up by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), with the idea being, that “using the right language could reduce anxiety in women in labour, cutting the rates of complications.”
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    EU signs European Council’s Istanbul Convention, aimed at social engineering of ‘gender roles’

  • By: Vincent van den Born
  • Surely, all EU member countries had these in place already? Why is this rambling piece of undemocratic legislation, which states the obvious in one case, before overstepping mandates in the next, considered to be such a major milestone? Where is the debate, where is the democratic mandate for these attempts at social engineering?
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    Awkward stuff. Israeli Judoka wins tournament in Abu Dhabi, which refuses to show Israeli flag / play Israeli anthem

  • By: Timon Dias
  • That turned awkward rather quick when Flicker won gold, and it made for some quite poetic footage. Flicker remained calm and collected and whispered his country’s Hatikvah, while the organisation played the International Judo Federation’s song [which apparently exists for these occasions] while Flicker was honoured under the International Judo Federation’s flag instead of the Israeli flag.
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