London 6 Dec. 2019 - Sam Gyimah explained that both hard Brexiters Conservatives and radical Labour are extremes that the country does not deserve. On the one side there's "a Labour Party which does not believe in property rights, and if you don't believe in property rights you can't have a thriving market economy, on the other a Conservative party who does not always believe in the rule of law you here so you cannot have a liberal market open society. Governments cannot, and should not be allowed, to pick and choose which law to respect because if a government does so there is where it does end".
Businesses, and SME in particular, are that wide pool of voters that might turn to LibDems as scared by the economic crisis led by Brexit and by the huge investments on social welfare necessary to people in order to recover from the financial crisis, austerity, anti social and predatory Tory policies.
Gyimah calls businesses to vote against Brexit "illusion of sovereignty"
Deltapoll: in Kensington Cons 36%, LibDem 33%, Lab at 27%.
London - Crisis is a charity where people believe homelessness can be ended.
Its CEO Jon Sparkes launched an appeal for a cross-party manifesto along with the main British homeless charities, to ask all politicians to agree a common policy to tackle the issue. All parties during this extremely competitive electoral campaign, have pledged to build hundreds of thousands new homes per year.
"On its own the delivery of lots of new houses won't end homelessness, but as part of a package of interventions is hugely important. Our research says that England and Wales need 90.000 new social homes per year for the next 15 years", - Sparkles says - but this needs to be alongside other measures. With Shelter, Depaul, Homeless Link, Centrepoint, St. Mungo's, we asked several things in this elections: building social homes, change to housing benefits to ensure these meet the cost of housing, proper funding of homeless prevention services and regulation of private renting sector".
Now it's up to you to act because 'Hacked Off' Hugh
is asking to vote rationally
Hugh Grant with Luciana Berger and LibDem supporters. Berger, candidate in Finchley and Golders Green is a few points percentage distant from the Conservative one in the north London constituency, that's why the actor is supporting her asking residents to vote tactically. Grant is not only backing LibDems, but also Independent Dominic Grieve and Labour Faizas Haheen in Chingford.
London, 1st December 2019 - When you open your door in the bleak midwinter and you find yourself in front of Hugh Grant, well, it’s that warm shiver that makes you forget even the minus two degrees outside.
Some of the lucky North Finchley residents surely have felt like that when he knocked at their door to support Luciana Berger and to explain that tactical voting is the only way out of a Tory government and a dangerous no deal Brexit.
Outside Britain he is the beautiful actor, here is much more: ‘HackedOffHugh’ as he renamed himself on Twitter, is the victim of the predatory culture promoted by the Tories over the last nine years, the living symbol of the damages provoked by Murdoch-made-tabloids, the ones we have to take to account for the daily Tory propaganda.
All that changed our light perception of his beauty and turned it into a staid sentiment of fairness which goes beyond his identity of actor.
After all almost ten years of Tories have deprived us all of our true identity and divided us into medieval factions: blue and stars painted faces vs the union jack tatoos in the most unexpected parts of the body.
What's happening in the EU is not in the news,
but Britain will have to cope with that sooner or later
Ursula von der Leyen, elected President of the European Commission. the new European Commission will officially take up its duties on 1 December 2019. (Photo Copyright © EU Commission)
London 27 Nov. 2019 - The fact that the election of EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen does not appear on UK media front pages gives us an idea of the level of isolation Britain is currently in. That's the consequence of an involution spiral of politics exasperated by an electoral campaign where chances of alliances and convergences look impossible; all this makes what happens in the continent nearly irrelevant.
None of the opposition parties commented today, while election was ongoing in Strasbourg, the EU infringement procedure against British government following Boris Johnson's refusal to nominate a commissioner; an absolutely meaningless choice from the PM because, in case of exit from the EU, the nominee would only have lasted two months.
It's all part of his 'get Brexit done' propaganda: a ready to go replacement to Farage's extremism and the occupation of the leavers margins from the Labour Party where Corbyn pledged his neutrality in case of second referendum right to keep a tight grip with lefty Brexiters and eurosceptics.
Bringing back UK Foreign Politics to the heart of the electoral debate
At few days form the NATO summit, next 4 December at the Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire, Chuka Umunna, LibDem Shadow Foreign Secretary currently running as MP for the Cities of London and Westminster constituency, announces that if in government "LibDems will ensure the UK upholds NATO responsibilities, by spending 2% of GDP on defence. This 2% will be worth almost one billion pounds more in 2024-25 than under a Tory government because - he explained - using the 'Remain Bonus', we will enhance the UK’s ability to play our part in NATO and maintain our security".
London, 25 Nov. 2019 - In a general election where electorate's choice is based on stances on exiting the EU, you might think foreign politics and future relations with other countries are at the center of the political debate.
Instead it's the opposite: the guess on which party is promising more spend on NHS, tax cuts, education, hundreds of thousands of new homes, is making clear Brexit is nothing else than the consequence of domestic made austerity and money diverted from public services to the interests of powerful elites.
Today Chuka Umunna is bringing back this reality on the front pages explaining how it is vital for Britain to keep its role of bridge between US and EU and maintain commitment to NATO because for the future of Britain this is as important as social policies.
Brexit has not been determined by a change in foreign politics, but it caused dramatic changes in Britain's foreign relations not just with the EU, but with the US.
If the UK leaves the Union under Boris Johnson, it risks "to become the vassal of America" Umunna said taking to account the Prime Minister on the Russian front as well: "What does he have to hide?", calling him to publish the report on Russian hidden interference.
Rome, 22 Nov. 2019 - The vast majority of Italian big companies did not pass BIT Business Index 2019 of Transparency International Italy. The result is shocking: global brands such as Giorgio Armani and Costa Crociere are stuck at the lowest levels of the five points scale A to E.
Figures show that 78% have insufficient or very low transparency. No one ranks in the highest category. The index measures how businesses comply with the rules on finance to political organisations, lobbying and revolving door (employees switching from public to private sector and vice versa).
In the sample of the qualitative study 100 companies selected across six sectors: manufacturing, retail, energy, services, financial, oil&gas.
Overall 60% of companies stated they don’t finance political organisations, “though - writes Transparency in the notes to the survey - in Italy the only contributions to political parties can come from the private sector”. Figures show 78% do not have a company policy complying with transparency.
“We are aware in Italy there’s no legislation in these area, despite the many attempts to introduce more transparency in the regulation on public and private sectors in the country. Therefore we could not expect positive outcomes from BIT2019” comments Transparency Italy president Virginio Carnevali.
E: the letter meaning Italian corporates haven't passed transparency test
From private to state owned: Labour promises a future of radical change for Britain
London 21 Nov. 2019 - Jeremy Corbyn said in case Labour Party will prevail over Conservative, will not govern in coalition with any other political force.
"We are fighting to win this election as Labour and not to go into a coalition with anybody", he said today during the launch of the Manifesto for the General Elections.
That means Labour (28%) is hoping to fill the current 16 percentage points that separate it from the Tories (44%). in the latest polls.
The Manifesto is ambitious and let's admit it, exciting. Key word: nationalisation. Multinationals might not be happy about the stop to cuts to corporation tax, but there's instead a wide margin of chances for development of SME at local level in a plan addressing one of the causes of discontent which led many to see the vote for Brexit as the only way to express their need to find a way out from injustice, isolation and state of economic depression.
KEY POINTS QUOTED AS STATED IN THE MANIFESTO...
How the 'Green New Deal' could fix the housing crisis
London, 19 Nov 2019 - The creation of at least 100,000 new socially rented homes a year is what everyone who is concerned about the tragedy of 350.000 homeless people in the UK wants to see realised, it’s the commitment those who care about others and not just about their own money and welbeing, want to hear from our politicians.
Homelessness in the UK is a national disgrace and the tangible effect of the radical politics of protection of property owners (the widest percentage of voters), banks interests and real estate speculation enacted by Tories over the last ten years.
Photo Copyright © Judy Maciejowska/The Green Party UK
Paolo Gentiloni, new EU Commissioner for tax and Economic Affairs VIDEO © EP European Union
London 14 November 2019 - "The government is fighting this process (of justice) because the assassination of my mother cannot be disentangled from the corruption she was reporting on, people in power in Malta know this". Matthew Caruana Galizia talks about how the public inquiry into the murder of his mother risks to be hampered.
The Maltese government launched a public inquiry on the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia last 19 September.
"Any investigation designed to uncover the truth about my mother will also uncover the truth about corruption at high levels of government. So you can understand the sort of criminal motivation for preventing or stopping any mechanisms designed to deliver full justice for the assassination".
A living lesson of freedom of speech himself, Mathew Caruana Galizia, investigative journalist as well, answered questions from Rebecca Vincent, UK Bureau director for Reporters Without Borders.
"Our duty is to take lessons from this - he said - from what was done to my mother and this can only come out of the process of a public inquiry where we investigate how my mother's murder could have been prevented how people in public office failed their duty to prevent that murder, what can be changed to stop this from happening again", said the son of the murdered reporter.
Richard Allan VP of Policy Solutions at Facebook answered many questions about media regulation and preventing foreign interference during elections while speaking in the panel, moderated by Rasmus Nielsen director of Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and touching the bleeding wounds of media and information crisis.
Freedom of speech and fake news debates shake the public of Thomson Reuters Foundation Conference
Caruana Galizia' son: 'criminal motivations to try to stop the murder inquiry'
London, 23 Sept. 2019 - “London’s diversity is a key part of what makes our city so special. We have seen how EU Londoners have helped define our capital for generations and I’m proud to host a celebration in their honour at City Hall".
In a climate of growing uncertainty and widespread hostileness, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan opened City Hall to EU citizens because 'We are all Londoners'.
The event 'celebrating our European culture and communities’ hasn't been just a Saturday of solidarity with millions deprived of citizenship and political rights, but also a way to understand EU citizens from different countries must stick together, integrate each other more as the tougher challenges for them might have still to come.
Foreign languages tutors were all around: from 5 years old onward there's always the chance to learn.
But the most relevant part has been the free legal advice on Settle status provided by the New Europeans: many are still dubious as to whether taking the risk to be turned down and might remain in the shadow of the illegal status preventing them to find work as said by Barbara Drozdowicz, ceo of the East European Resource Centre while speaking of the impact of Brexit on EU Londoners.
'We are all Londoners': one day in City Hall to understand
EU citizens must stick together and integrate more
Riccardo Noury, Amnesty International Italy spokesperson, talks days before the second hearing of Carola Rackete, scheduled next 18 July in Agrigento, Sicily.
The conversation on the root causes of growing hate against NGOs involves Italian politics of business and interests prevailing over peoples' rights, a regime-style strategy of progressive abolition of the chance to even ask questions to politicians delivered trough one-way posts on social media and the consequent progressive marginalisation of reliable sources of information.
Rome 10 July 2019 - Challenging far-right populism is tough job. It takes courage, consistency, hard work, and the skills to oppose hate speech, to replace fake information and propaganda with fact-checked reality, with the truth. Riccardo Noury tells us about an organisation working on the frontline now in support of Carola Rackete, the German captain of the migrants rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 who dared to break Salvini's 'closed harbours' laws.
Previously acquitted from house arrests by magistrates, her case might set a legal precedent. She is charged with resistance to a warship for having rammed the Italian coastguard patrol boat while docking without authorisation at the Lampedusa pier. By not confirming her arrest, an Italian magistrate in Agrigento opened a way out of the anti-migrants Decreto Sicurezza.
In an exclusive interview to Talk Europe, Noury explains how Rackete is the point of convergence of a radicalisation of politics poisoning Italian society split into pro and against NGOs by a constant propaganda spreading on social media hate speech and criminalising those who help migrants, those who save lives at sea.
Debunking hate speech. A talk with Riccardo Noury on the root causes of the human rights crisis in Italy where Amnesty is supporting Sea-Watch 3 captain Rackete
and fighting far-right 'social' propaganda.
Video - European Parliament Plenary Sitting 2018: for the first time MEPs discuss measures to tackle poverty, 118 million citizens, nearly a quarter of total population. No decisions have been made as yet.
Brussels, 27 May 2019 - 'Poor', not ‘divided’, is the word explaining the far-right parties surge and, more widely, what is happening in Europe. You might say, along with mainstream media, that UK, France, Italy after these EU elections are more divided countries, but division reflects democratic dynamics and different/opposite positions (whether on Brexit, immigration, single market).
The actual divide we should be concerned about, instead, is not a consequence of views on EU, but of the growing wall separating one increasingly restricted and interconnected elite from the rest of the society in which middle class political influence, economic impact and social mobility are quashed.
Middle classes across the EU 28 are increasingly poor; overall the Union counts 118 million citizens in poverty, and those who are slightly above the narrow criteria set to define poverty line are not counted, therefore they are many more. Contract in its specific form of job contract and tenancy agreement is disappearing, that means the social contract itself is broken, therefore the role of trade unions keen to protecting only slices of societies protected by contracts, is over. On the basis of these facts, why voters in the UK should back the Labour Party and its traditional ally Unite the Union, and maintain a damaging status quo ?
Rome, July 2019 - Its beauty used to hide structural issues over centuries. No longer.
Ask people: locals, tourists, workers from overseas, professionals, and learn Rome is not blinding them anymore. It looks the beautiful scenario does not stand up the widespread problems.
Ancient history, modern times and the present are deeply entrenched in the eternal city and you find out the truth both engraved into bright marbles, on a post-it or over a light talk.
But monuments, statues, temples, churches talk about Rome's daily concerns too: from the statue of Giordano Bruno, the friar burned alive by the Roman Inquisition, to the fascist Dux balcony and more. Listen to Rio de La Plata, for instance: Bernini's most famous river of his Fountain in Piazza Navona sounds very sarcastic rising his scaremongering hand against the baroque facade of Sant'Agnese by his rival architect Borromini, right the same way Romans have always been with their chronically unstable governments and pompous, rhetoric-style politicians.
Or take a look to the faceless Pasquino: the ancient Greek statue has spoken caustic rhymes to the powerful from the 15th century, but politicians seem not up to criticism, nowadays.
Listen to Rome's monuments; they have the whole story
The new Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill, or 'opt-out’ bill prescribes 'If there is no recorded decision for you on the NHS Organ Donor Register, it will be considered that you agree to be an organ donor when you die'. The law will come into force from spring 2020.
This corresponds to silent assent, which we consider immoral and dangerous
The law de facto void the green option as automatically you will be registered as donor. You will be only able to opt out
It is also incorrect and coercitive to state: after your death
"Choose this option to record a decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register NOT to donate your organs and tissue after your death. Please tell your family about your decision".
London - “If there is no recorded decision for you on the NHS Organ Donor Register, it will be considered that you agree to be an organ donor when you die”. These are the words published on NHS site announcing the new law by which we all are organ donors unless we declare the opposite.
We all should be ashamed of the country we live in and concerned about the new law coming into force from spring 2020: “all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system or presumed consent. You may also hear it referred to as 'Max and Keira's Law', probably to soften the actual dramatic impact of the silent assent which makes you an organ donor without your consent.
Everybody has to get informed about the fact in order for an organ to be transplanted the donor has to be still alive, that means in a coma, brain dead or judged by medics as dying, therefore the words "when you die" to encourage unaware people to agree to donation are a blatant and dangerous lie.
This new scandalous law which got Royal Assent last March 15 2019 as Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill 2017-19, or 'opt-out’ bill, betrays the will and dignity of the human and of the right to life of the person.
Did you know you're an organ donor unless you opt out?
The shameful new law tells you the organs being taken 'after your death',
but this is a lie.