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    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 3h

      British Bill of Rights

      Migrants who enter the UK illegally by small boats, lorries or planes face curbs on their ability to fight deportation by claiming it breaches their human right to a family life, under a new British Bill of Rights.

      The new Bill could be used to restrict Article 8 claims to a family or private life under the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).

      They account for some 70 per cent of cases where failed asylum seekers or foreign national offenders challenge their removal or deportation from Britain.

      “It’s about narrowing the circumstances under which people could claim under Article 8 and successfully challenge a deportation,” said a Government source.

      The Bill will replace the current Human Rights Act, which currently enshrines the ECHR in British law, and is designed to give British courts greater powers to restrict and limit interventions by European judges in UK affairs without leaving the ECHR.

      It was a last-minute ruling by a lone out-of-hours duty judge from the European court of human rights on Tuesday night that grounded the first deportation flight which had been due to fly seven asylum seekers to Rwanda.

      Mr Raab has already indicated that the new Bill will give ministers powers to ignore last-minute injunctions by European judges – like the one that halted the Rwanda flight.

      He is proposing that because they are “not grounded” in the ECHR but part of the court’s internal rules, they would not have a legally binding effect under UK law.

      The Bill is also expected to give the Supreme Court primacy over European judges, so that it would be the “ultimate arbiter” of human rights laws.

      “The main overriding aim is to make sure power lies in the hands of British courts on how they balance what the European court dictates and what actually happens in the UK as a result,” said a source.

      Lawmakers will also be empowered to interpret European court rulings against the UK in a way that respects the country's laws and traditions.

      For example, although European courts upheld the rights of prisoners to vote, the UK only allowed it to be extended to offenders on home detention curfews.

      The Bill will also enshrine freedom of speech in law to protect against political correctness and the advance of European-style privacy laws. It will also legislate for the “quintessential British” right to a jury trial.

    • Showering

      I had no idea there were so many ways of showering but talking to friends it seems we are all different.
      1 washes hair in sink before going into the shower
      1 never uses soap or body wash but uses shampoo all over
      1 leaves shampoo on hair whilst showering and rinses off last
      1 showers first and washes hair last.
      Me - I shampoo, rinse, conditioner on, shower body rinse conditioner off and rinse body.

    • What is the point?

      On Wednesday I needed a new frying pan, so ordered one on the Argos website. I clicked the Next Day Delivery and my first delivery slot was Friday between 7.30am and 9pm. So not next day, but that's not an issue. I get an email from Argos saying my item will be delivered by Yodel and on the morning of the delivery day I will get an email with a 1 hour delivery slot.
      Yesterday I am checking my phone from 7am and wondering if every ping is the email from Yodel. I can't go out in case I am getting a morning delivery. Eventually I get the email at 2.45pm telling me the delivery will be between 3pm and 4pm.
      What is the point of getting an email about the delivery time only minutes before the actual delivery?
      At least with DPD they always email mid morning, so you know if you can go out and come back home in time.

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 5h

      Wet wipe island has changed the flow of River Thames

      An “island” of discarded wet wipes spanning the size of two tennis courts has formed on the banks of the River Thames in west London.

      The huge blockage near Hammersmith is worsening by the day, and the situation has become so bad that it has spurred MPs to advise people against flushing the wipes down the toilet.

      Wet wipes make up about 90 per cent of “fatbergs” – huge masses of congealed household waste, grease, and plastic – that block the sewage system.

      The mound is located on the bank near Barnes, in the section of the Thames that runs through Hammersmith, laser images from charity Thames 21 released last year show.

      Putney MP Fleur Anderson has called for an outright ban on making the wipes with plastic materials, by tabling a draft Bill in the House of Commons.
      There’s a lack of awareness that flushing them down, they don’t disintegrate, they do stay in the system for a long time.

      “They do go out to the sea, they go on the banks of the Thames.

      “There’s an island the size of two tennis courts and I’ve been and stood on it – it’s near Hammersmith Bridge in the Thames and it’s a metre deep or more in places of just wet wipes.

      “It’s actually changed the course of the Thames.”

      On the proposed ban, environment minister Rebecca Pow said people should not use a wet wipe if they don’t have to, adding that the wipes should not be “chucked down the loo”.

      In February, a Thames Water survey revealed that two in five people admitted to flushing wet wipes and other sanitary products down the toilet.

      Anna Boyles, Thames Water's operations manager, said: “We know many busy families love the convenience of wet wipes, but most are made from plastic and can take centuries to biodegrade. It’s like flushing a plastic bag down the loo.

      “Some wipes are marketed as ‘flushable’. All that means is that they will disappear down the u-bend, but they’re not gone for good and could end up clogging your pipes or in the river.”

      Ms Boyles also said: “We’re working to influence manufacturers to properly label their products and, even better, to remove the plastic from the wipes altogether. If you’re using standard wet wipes, please pop them in the bin instead of the toilet.

    • Big question mark.

      With Covid, flu, monkey pox and now we hear about polio could they combined create the “Super bug” we heard about it years ago?

    • fuel scam

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 16h

      It's like the plot of a horror movie! (Edited)

      A Nigerian senator has been charged with conspiring to transport a boy to the UK in order to harvest organs.

      Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and his wife Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court in west London earlier on Thursday.

      The 15-year-old alleged victim has been taken into care. The Met Police said agencies were working to support him.

      The court heard that Mr Ekweremadu, who is both a politician and a barrister, was deputy president of the Senate.

      The defendants live in Nigeria but have family in London, magistrates were told. Both are accused of conspiracy to arrange and/or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation.

      The pair were asked by the clerk for their address, to which they both replied: "Nigeria".

      Mr Ekweremadu, who was recently made a visiting professor at the University of Lincoln, served three terms as deputy president of the Senate, from 2007 to 2019.

      A member of the opposition People's Democratic Party (PDP), he has been a senator since 2003.

      An investigation by the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime Team took place after detectives were alerted to potential modern-day slavery offences.

      Organ-harvesting involves removing parts of the body, often for commercial gain and against the will of the victim.

      A University of Lincoln spokesman said: "Visiting professors are often, as is in this case, non-resident at the university, unpaid and advisory.

      "We are deeply concerned about the nature of these allegations but as this is an active police investigation, we cannot comment further at this stage."

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 1d


      The Guardian - Owen Jones

      Two things come to mind:

      That the Guardian has moved so far to the left that even the Labour party isn't good enough for their ideology anymore.
      And that Keir Starmer is like most politicians a liar and a hypocrite.

      Starmer’s leadership campaign – that is, the means by which he won the confidence of sufficient Labour members to place him in the position of potential prime minister. Last week, it was reported that Starmer is likely to abandon the party’s commitment to raise income tax on those earning more than £80,000 a year: that is, the top 5% of earners. Yet, during the leadership campaign, Starmer issued a document known as the 10 Pledges. The first of those pledges – still live on Starmer’s website – under the heading “Economic justice”, is “Increase income tax for the top 5% of earners”, driving it home with a final flourish: “No stepping back from our core principles.” Such was the Starmer campaign’s emphasis on this pledge that one of his key aides personally rang me up to underline its cast-iron nature.

      Coupled with Starmer’s campaign promises that the 2017 Labour manifesto was the party’s “foundational document” and the warning, “don’t trash the last four years”, anyone who claims there is no dishonesty if the pledge is indeed dropped is being deceitful themselves.

      The broken promises go on. While Starmer has since claimed that pledge number five, which calls for “common ownership of rail, mail, energy and water” did not mean nationalisation when it came to energy, this does not explain why he stuck up his hand to support “nationalising water and electricity” in the televised hustings on BBC Two’s Newsnight during the campaign. Maybe some believe his sixth pledge – “Defend free movement as we leave the EU”. It shouldn’t haven’t been made but it was, and it has been brazenly abandoned. But then again, Starmer courted the Labour membership as Mr Remain before ordering his MPs to vote for Johnson’s hard Brexit deal. As for “unite our party” and “promote pluralism”, Starmer personally reassured me at the end of 2020 that “I am not out to crush the left”, before 10 months later seeking to change the party’s leadership rules in a move clearly intended to prevent the left standing a candidate ever again. That Starmer simultaneously declared in the contest that “the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn were terrible, they vilified him” before removing the whip – while his aides briefed the Murdoch press they intend to expel leftwing MPs – points towards a duplicity beyond parody.

    • How can this even be monitored or detected?

      Maybe there will be specialist scuba divers swimming between peoples legs with specialist equipment that can detect warm streams.
      Or are the Spanish really just banning people who stand at the waters edge and take a p*ss?

    • Interesting figures

    • Joe Lycett investigated

    • Joss @Joss Malden, updated 2d


      Widely reported in the media, it looks like Boris is reaching out for the "Grey Vote".
      Is he desparate to cling on to power?

      This discussion is now closed.

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 2d

      Blackpool Illuminations to remove ‘racist’ display

      A lights display featuring Native Americans that has been part of the Blackpool Illuminations for 60 years will not return this year following complaints that it is racist.

      The world-famous light show has been attracting millions of visitors to the Lancashire seaside town for over 140 years, but one of the illuminated attractions, which has featured in the light show since the 1960s, came under fire last year for portraying allegedly racist imagery.

      The tableau, which usually sits on the seaside resort’s famous promenade, depicts six axe-wielding Native Americans in war bonnet headdresses and dancing around a totem pole.

    • Joss @Joss Malden, updated 2d

      Good Byes?

      Am I alone in hoping the two bye-elections on Thursday result in a bye bye Boris?

      This discussion is now closed.

    • Anyone know of an update?

    • Draft of new human rights law

      The draft is being unveiled today...what are your thoughts?

    • OMG Ugh!!!

    • Women feeding rats

    • Wimbledon Choral concert raised £5000+ for Ukraine children

      The Wimbledon Choral Society concert at Sloane Square was a complete sell out and raised over £5000 for the UNICEF Ukraine children appeal.
      Next concert is on Nov 5th - save the date in your diary.

    • Let's talk numbers

      In your opinion how low does the number of cases per day have to get for you to think the epidemic is over, Covid is just another virus that's out there?

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 2d

      Keir Starmer is not on the side of workers, says RMT chief (Edited)

      Mason Boycott-Owen
      The Telegraph.

      Trouble in paradise?

      Sir Keir Starmer is “not on the side of workers”, the head of a major rail union has said, as he suggested that other unions are considering their affiliation to Labour.

      Mick Lynch, the general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union, said that Labour had lost touch with its support for working people under Sir Keir and had become a “bland democratic party”.

      It followed an ultimatum by the union which has resulted in mass strikes across the national rail network to cause disruption across the UK.

      He said that a lack of support by the Labour leader and his frontbench for pay rises for rail workers and those on precarious contracts was a “crisis” for Sir Keir.

      Mr Lynch told Sky News: “This is a measure for [Sir] Keir Starmer so that he can decide whether he is on the side of the workers in this country or on the side of the bosses. He hasn’t made it clear at all.

      “I’ve seen no response from the Labour frontbench which says ‘We support the workers in their struggles’. And that is the role of a Labour Party – the name gives it away – that they’re there to support the labour movement.”

      Mr Lynch, who made almost £120,000 from the RMT in 2020, mentioned a dispute in Coventry as a key factor on his views on the Labour leader, where Unite members had been on strike for weeks over pay from the council.

      Sharon Graham, Unite’s general secretary, told those on strike earlier this year that its entire financial contribution to the Labour Party was now “under review”.

      On Sunday, she told the Financial Times that she was “certainly not doing repeat prescriptions” for the party’s finances.

      Mr Lynch went further, suggesting that multiple trade unions were now asking themselves “what the point” of Sir Keir’s party is.

      “My union isn’t affiliated with the Labour Party, but I see many other unions, general secretaries and leaders thinking what is the point of this connection,” he said.

      “If we just get this bland democratic party sitting in the centre of politics taking their instructions off the Daily Mail to some extent, and not actually getting behind workers’ struggles, you have to ask yourself, why do they call themselves the Labour Party?

      “If he wants to go back to the Red Wall, or now the Blue Wall, he needs to make a connection with working people. This is a crisis and it’s time for [Sir] Keir Starmer to stand up for our people.”

      The Labour Party was approached for comment.

    • Polio

    • School bans all physical contact by students

      Even fist bumps and high fives are banned. Definitely no more playground games.

    • Danni @Danni Erith, updated 3d

      An unusual love story

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 3d

      I saw this on Nextdoor!

      Do you think this could gain traction or just hot air?


      What a FABULOUS event we had! The sun shone, the traditional Indian dancers danced …..joined by a few others….and the band played on…and on……fantastic Father’s Day sports competitions with final overall winner AIYA 👏👏. Looking forward to next year…

    • Update

      Parliament is going to debate the petition you signed – “Legalise assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults”.

      The debate is scheduled for 4 July 2022.

      The Petitions team
      UK Government and Parliament

    • The cost of each Covid vaccine... (Edited)

      is £28 per shot.
      Revealed by top NHS surgeon Professor Karol Sikora, AKA The Positive Professor.
      He was discussing with Patrick Christys on GB News last night, the crazy decision to vaccinate children from age 6 months. Children that young up to school leaving age are in absolutely no danger of serious illness
      Covid itself is no longer serious for most people.
      The only reason the vaccines are being pushed onto people that don't need them is for the big pharma companies that produce them to make more profits.

    • Not all Russians Agree with Putin (Edited)

    • Putin has a patriotism problem

      An interesting take on Russia's internal politics.

    • 60 year old man turned away from blood donation clinic....

      because he refused to answer the question, are you pregnant?
      Yes more wokery.

    • What you should know

      They are quick to use and cheap to buy but the truth is that “cleansing wipes” do not really clean the skin. Instead they smear the dirt, bacteria, oil and make up from one place to another place. It is like skipping the rinse cycle of your laundry.
      Cleansing agents are designed to break down debris within the pores, but it is the rinsing action that actually removes it.
      The short term benefits of wipes have negative long term consequences.

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 4d

      Labour accused of hypocrisy over steel row that led Lord Geidt to quit

      Labour has been accused of “two-faced” hypocrisy over its stance on the steel deal at the heart of Lord Geidt’s resignation.

      Angela Rayner, the party’s deputy leader, said on Thursday that Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser walked out because the Prime Minister “made a mockery of the ministerial code”.

      However, it is understood that the resignation came over the Prime Minister’s plans to keep tariffs on foreign imported steel to protect UK firms, which the Labour party backed in the Commons the previous day. Oops!

      His resignation letter revealed that he thought the policy would break the ministerial code, which Boris Johnson admitted “might be seen to conflict with our obligations under the WTO [World Trade Organisation]”.

      However, Labour has been accused of being hypocritical in backing the resignation over the same steel policy which it supports.

      A Whitehall source told the Telegraph: “The Government makes no apology for standing up for British jobs.

      “Labour's position is highly hypocritical. Bill Esterson stated in black and white that there should be emergency legislation, and that they would support it.

      “This two-faced approach won’t work.”

      Jacob Young, a Conservative MP representing the Red Wall seat of Redcar in the North East, and whose grandfathers worked in the steel industry, told the Telegraph: "This is more rank hypocrisy from Labour.

      "They now attack the Prime Minister for wanting to protect our steel industry, something they used to claim they wanted. In the same week as they back rail strikes that will hit commuters. Labour are no longer the party of the workers.”

      Last June, the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) recommended the UK cut its tariffs in half over foreign steel because there was no “legal basis” for extending them, and gave the Government until the end of this month to respond.

      Bill Esterson, Labour’s trade minister, called for emergency legislation to amend regulations to keep the tariffs when the cut was proposed.

      Nick Thomas-Symonds, the shadow international trade secretary, on Wednesday called on ministers to keep tariffs which would protect the UK steel industry.

      Penny Mordaunt, a trade minister, told MPs on Wednesday that they were “expecting a decision very shortly”.

      Boris Johnson, in his reply to his advisor’s resignation, said that consulting Lord Geidt was to “seek your advice on the national interest in protecting a crucial industry”.

      “This has in the past had cross party support. It would be in line with our domestic law but might be seen to conflict with our obligations under the WTO.

      “In seeking your advice before any decision was taken, I was looking to ensure that we acted properly with due regard to the ministerial code.

      The TRA responded to Lord Geidt’s letter by saying that the Government holds “full decision-making authority in relation to the case”.

      It said that specific findings were carried out “under the Government’s direction” and were provided at the start of this month, but these only contained analysis, rather than specific recommendations.

    • Amazon wish list

      As per someone’s suggestion about creating an Amazon wish list to receive items needed for taking care of the many cats i rescue I looked into it and went ahead with it. But due to lack of knowledge I have no idea how to complete and inform Scooploop people about it. I lack time and knowledge. So here I am looking forward to receiving items from kind people prepared to help but no idea how to introduce the list !!!
      Today the catch of the day was one mama with her five kittens in a garden. Next four kittens to catch in an N11 garden where already 9 cats have been caught and 5 put back after vet’s visit.
      Too many irresponsible pet owners cause a never ending problem.

    • Danni @Danni Erith, updated 5d

      Girl with autism denied residency in NZ*fm3xve*_a*WUVxVWVpSFAweWM5cWVDUTZIVXRfaGRJQWk3Wmw4Szk3RmhZcGl3akhPVlU2VlZ0dU5DeldTY3FfY2t0c05ULQ..

    • I like this

      Lidl could have this facility but outside every space is taken up with goods. Sainsbury’s has a bench where one can wait for your pick-up.

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 5d

      Chat show icon's 'woke' warnings

      Herald Scotland
      Maureen Sugden
      Sat, 18 June 2022.

      HE is a British icon whose interviews with the likes of Muhammad Ali and Sir Billy Connolly have become key moments of television history, but Sir Michael Parkinson is now in the midst of a 'woke' row.

      Now 87, Sir Michael remains a household name for presenting his TV talk show Parkinson from 1971 to 1982, and then again from 1998 to 2007, when the biggest names of those eras joined him to discuss their work and lives.

      The biggest names?
      Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney, Lauren Bacall, Peter Sellers, Madonna, Tom Hanks, David Niven, Fred Astaire to name only a few.

      The Big Yin?
      His appearances remain among the most memorable, notably the first, back in 1975, that transformed the Scots comic into a household name overnight, courtesy of a memorable joke involving ‘parking a bike’. Sir Michael recalled: “When Billy appeared on the show, nobody had ever heard of him, and on he came, made one joke and it made him.” And the Big Yin since said: “When I finished that show, I flew back to Glasgow and the whole airport started to applaud. I thought 'I think I've done something here'. Whoosh, I never looked back."

      Other big moments?
      So many, from being attacked by chaotic Emu, via puppeteer Rod Hull in 1976, to an awkward experience with Sleepless in Seattle star Meg Ryan in 2003, and sparks flying with Ali in 1974 as the pair discussed race and faith.

      So what’s happening now?
      The chat show icon has a long history with Australia - spending summers there with his family over the decades and also recording seasons of Parkinson in Australia between 1979 and 1982. The Daily Mail in Australia report they are now being repeated on Australian broadcaster ABC’s iView platform, but have been given a warning due to potentially “offensive” content.

      The warning states: “The following program expresses attitudes that are not consistent with current standards and may offend some viewers.”

      What’s the issue? The warnings do not specify which guests or comments in each episode are viewed as contentious. For example, though, in one episode, while speaking to former Australian prime minister, Bob Hawke, Sir Michael asked if rumours he “performs like a playboy” were correct and he replies: “I have my moments.”

      Who are the other guests?
      They include late media tycoon Kerry Packer and Crocodile Dundee actor Paul Hogan.

      What’s the reaction been?
      Broadcast journalist Ben Fordham was among high-profile Australians to ridicule the warnings, saying, “We’ve been watching it and we can’t work out what the problem is, telling listeners to his radio show: “This time it's the ABC in Australia taking action. In their sights - Sir Michael Parkinson. Yes, Parky. They're just conversations with some great Aussie characters in all their glory, characters that in the modern uptight world we're sadly often missing.”

      It’s part of a new trend?
      Earlier this year in the UK, the BBC made headlines for making cuts to repeats of classic radio shows, including episodes of Dad's Army and Steptoe and Son, while on BBC iPlayer, repeats - such as episodes of The Office that are now 20 years old - feature ‘Discriminatory language’ warnings, while episodes of programmes such as Ronnie Barker’s Porridge - made in the the 1970s - feature a warning: “Contains language which may offend"

    • Unwoke NHS

    • Joss @Joss Malden, updated 5d

      What Does It Take?

      What does it take to get rid of Boris?

      Two bye-elections next Thursday may shift Wakefield to Labour, and Tiverton to the Lib-Dems.

      This requires a huge swing to show how unpopular the current government is, lead as it is by a man with no integrity.

      Will he resign if the Tories lose both seats?

    • Munro @Munro Radlett, updated 6d

      Horrific! Dead woman in Russia ‘eaten by her 20 cats

      A woman has been eaten by her 20 cats after she died in her home and wasn’t discovered for weeks by police.

      Police found the woman’s body in the Russian city of Bataysk after receiving a concerned phone call by her co-worker, the Sun reports.

      Police believe she had been dead for two weeks after she collapsed.

      The woman, who has not been named, was a cat breeder who owned 20 Maine Coon cats of her own.

      They survived after partially eating their owner’s body, it is understood.

      An animal rescue expert who cared for the woman’s cats after her death said their shocking actions were “understandable”

      “The cats were left alone on their own for two weeks, there was no food, so what else to eat?"

      Some of the healthier cats have now been rehomed, but it’s unclear whether their new owners are aware of what happened.

      Maine Coon cats are a large domestic breed that originated in the US state of Maine. They are known for their muscular build and social personality.

      It’s not the first time a cat owner has died in such a horrific way.

      A Hampshire woman was found half eaten by her own cats, after her dead body remained undiscovered for two months.

      Janet Veal’s corpse was found in the kitchen of her home, two months after she died, along with a number of dead and alive cats and dogs.

    • Happy Father’s Day

      To all Father’s, Step Fathers and Grandfather's

      Wishing you all a lovely day

    • Danni @Danni Erith, updated 6d

      Gravestone message

      Would it bother you?

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