Why is Labour Peer Lord Janner not being prosecuted because he has dementia? | Daily Mail Online

Why is Labour Peer Lord Janner not being prosecuted because he has dementia? At least 19 defendants suffering with the disease have been convicted for sex crimes… and TEN were in the past year
CPS boss Alison Saunders said Janner is unfit to plead due to dementia
But the CPS has pursued other suspected paedophiles with dementia
Two months ago Roy Shaw was unfit to plead but put on trial anyway
Teachers, fathers, scout leader and others with dementia also convicted
CPS now accused of ‘double standards’ for not pursuing case

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WATCH: Thousands show national pride in West Bromwich St George’s Day parade « Express & Star

WATCH: Thousands show national pride in West Bromwich St George’s Day parade
Thousands took to the streets of the Black Country for a celebration of all things English in what is thought to be the country’s largest St George’s Day parade.

via WATCH: Thousands show national pride in West Bromwich St George’s Day parade « Express & Star.

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William Straw – Bramcote | Database of UK and Eire paedophiles/child abusers

The main reason why the former home secretary jack straw never wanted the sex offenders register made public, his own brother is on it

via William Straw – Bramcote | Database of UK and Eire paedophiles/child abusers.

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Iceland looks at ending boom and bust with radical money plan – Telegraph

via Iceland looks at ending boom and bust with radical money plan – Telegraph.

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Mike Hookem: There will be an EU Army, Ed | News | UKIP MEPs

Ed, you’re wrong. There will be an EU army and the UK has already signed up to be part of it – UKIP defence spokesman.
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• UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem MEP has taken Ed Miliband to task over his comments on an EU Army in the leaders debate of last night, and accused Miliband of misleading the British people. See Miliband v Faragevideo.

MEP Hookem said: “Ed, you are completely wrong. There are currently EU battle groups, there are ongoing military EU missions today, there will be an EU army and the UK has already signed up to be part of it.

“It is a simple fact that the UK is under EU treaty obligation.

“There are EU Treaty clauses on ‘mutual defence’ (Art. 42(7) TEU) and ‘solidarity’ (Art. 222 TFEU), which require Member States to respond ‘by all the means in their power’ if a Member State is attacked.

“The dominant political leader in the EU, Angela Merkel has called for a European Army in 2010 as has EU Commission President Jean Claude Juncker in March 2015.

via Mike Hookem: There will be an EU Army, Ed | News | UKIP MEPs.

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ROSS CLARK: Nicola Sturgeon’s immigration policy is complete nonsense | Express Comment | Comment | Daily Express

via ROSS CLARK: Nicola Sturgeon’s immigration policy is complete nonsense | Express Comment | Comment | Daily Express.

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Why do our leaders continue to squander money on overseas aid? – Spectator Blogs

Why do our leaders continue to squander money on overseas aid?
45 commentsJonathan Foreman 17 April 2015 10:27

One of the more bizarre mysteries of contemporary British politics is the ironclad, almost fanatical intensity of the government’s commitment to foreign aid spending and the activities of DFID, the Department for International Development. The Times reveals today that Britain is paying professional aid staff up to £1,000 a day to work in Africa and Asia as part of a spending ‘frenzy’ to meet a government target.

It is bizarre because the Prime Minister talks about foreign aid as if it’s all about famine relief and saving children’s lives. But he and his Cabinet are intelligent, worldly people and they know that the real world of aid rarely resembles the one celebrated in DFID pamphlets and Oxfam ads. They know that most aid is ‘development aid’ intended not to help in emergencies, but to foster prosperity.

They also know that this development aid is at best useless and at worst counterproductive. A quarter of Britain’s foreign aid goes as ‘budget support’ into the treasuries of some of the world’s least competent, honest or responsible governments. Even more goes to multilateral institutions, like the World Bank or the EU aid body that Clare Short described as ‘an outrage’, ‘a disgrace’ and ‘the worst development agency in the world’.

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Immigration points plan step in right direction | Scottish National Party

“Scotland really needs the power to administer its own immigration service and determine a policy that meets our own specific requirements.” says Mr Wishart

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Jean-Claude Juncker calls for EU army | World news | The Guardian

via Jean-Claude Juncker calls for EU army | World news | The Guardian.

The European Union needs its own army to help address the problem that it is not “taken entirely seriously” as an international force, the president of the European commission has said.

Jean-Claude Juncker said such a move would help the EU to persuade Russia that it was serious about defending its values in the face of the threat posed by Moscow.

However, his proposal was immediately rejected by the British government, which said that there was “no prospect” of the UK agreeing to the creation of an EU army.

“You would not create a European army to use it immediately,” Juncker told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper in Germany in an interview published on Sunday.

“But a common army among the Europeans would convey to Russia that we are serious about defending the values of the European Union.”

Juncker, who has been a longstanding advocate of an EU army, said getting member states to combine militarily would make spending more efficient and would encourage further European integration.

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ICM poll, the public backs an English Parliament by a margin of almost two to one 64%

With just a few days to go before the Scottish Independence referendum, new research from ICM on behalf of the Campaign for an English Parliament shows that support for greater powers is not just confined to those north of the border. When asked their opinion toward the establishment of an English Parliament within the UK, just under half (47%) of adults in England say they are in favour compared against a quarter (27%) who are opposed. However, a significant minority of English adults are undecided – 27% say they do not know. When don’t know responses are excluded from the data, the public backs an English Parliament by a margin of almost two to one (64% versus 36%). Interestingly, the Scots are more likely than the English to support a devolved English Parliament (54% compared to 47%).

However, the research also shows that only a minority of English voters (34%) back an independent England. Half (51%) believe England should not be independent while 16% do not know. Again, those in Scotland are more supportive of an independent England than the English themselves (42% versus 34%). When don’t know responses are excluded, the English public back England staying in the UK by 60% to 40%.

via ICM Unlimited |.