Rosa Parks ..
It was 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, and Rosa, a 42 year-old African-American, was on the number 2857 bus home. She was in an area reserved for black people but the bus filled up and custom meant she was expected to give up her seat as white passengers were having to stand. She refused. Rosa was arrested and convicted but her defiance helped change race relations across the world and she became a leading civil rights activist. She died in 2005 at the age of 92.
( Beth Neil )
NHS targets say 85% of cancer patients should begin their first treatment within two months of being urgently referred by a GP. When Jeremy Hunt started at the Department of Health, 87.3% had started treatment in that time. When he left, that had dropped to 78.3%.
During a radio interview about police probes into historical child abuse allegations, Boris Johnson said that money spent on the investigations had been “spaffed up the wall” and would have been better used putting officers on the street.
Emily Davison ..
One of the most prominent Suffragettes, Emily lived and died for the cause. She was appalled at the way women were treated – particularly being denied the right to vote – and joined Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union in 1906.
Her protests would often lead to imprisonment but she would continue campaigning in jail and she went on hunger strike in Strangeways. Emily was killed aged 40 in 1913 at the Epsom Derby after throwing herself in front of the King’s horse, Anmer. Some believe that she had been planning to attach the WSPU flag to the animal.
( Beth Neil )
More than half (165 of 323) of all magistrates courts in England and Wales have been closed since 2010, forcing defendants, witnesses, police, lawyers and judges to travel sometimes more than 50 miles to access local justice. Seven more are set to close by September this year.
Boris Avoided As Much Questioning As Possible ..
During his time as London Mayor, Boris Johnson bought water cannons for £320,000, although he never used them and sold them at a £300,000 loss.
He also wasted £46million of public money on his botched Garden Bridge without ever beginning construction. He dropped targets for new affordable homes and slammed the ‘lefty’ idea of social housing as something that’s ‘not good for people’. The Estuary Airport was a Boris vanity project. He spent around £10million of taxpayers money on a scheme which was ultimately rejected by the Davies Commission. When Ken Livingstone was London Mayor he took questions every week until the journalists had run out of questions to ask. Boris Johnson avoided as much questioning as possible and took only one question per journalist with a strict half-hour cut-off time at his press conference, once a month. Likewise, he cut the State of London Debate from a day at a weekend to two hours on a weekday evening.
Benazir Bhutto ..
The twice prime minister of Pakistan had followed her dad into politics – and, like him, lost her life because of it. She vehemently denied allegations of corruption but relocated to Dubai before returning in 2007 after being granted amnesty from the charges. She became leader of the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party but was shot at a political rally in December 2007 before a suicide bomb went off moments later. Benazir was 54.
( Beth Neil )
When Jeremy Hunt became health secretary, 95.4% of cancer patients urgently referred by their GP were seen by a specialist within two weeks, exceeding the national 93% target. When he left in July 2018, the proportion seen in that time had dropped to 91.9%.
The NHS Constitution says at least 95% of patients attending A&E should be admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours. When Jeremy Hunt took over as health secretary in 2012, 94.9% were seen in that time. By the time he left 6 years later, that figure had dropped to 84%.
The First Lady Of The Suffragettes ..
Born in 1869, Lady Constance Lytton was painfully shy and educated for nothing but marriage. She only ever had one love affair – a tepid attachment to an impecunious soldier – and when it fizzled out she became a full-time companion to her widowed mother, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. In 1908, her life underwent an extraordinary transformation. Seeking a good cause on which to spend a legacy from her great-aunt, Constance was invited to help a charity that encouraged working-class girls to take up morris dancing. There she met Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and her husband, Fred, supporters of the women’s suffrage movement, and heard the stories of women who had gone to prison for their activism.
Among the suffragettes she found an irresistible combination of excitement, martyrdom and friendship. After publishing a pamphlet in support of the cause, she rapidly moved on to direct action. Sentenced to a month in prison, her photograph all over the papers, she was shocked when her working-class comrades were confined in ordinary cells, while she and Emmeline were sent to the relative comfort of the prison hospital. In a defiant act of self-mutilation, she began to scratch ‘Votes for Women’ into her flesh with a needle, threatening to incise the words into her face unless she was moved to the cells. The authorities gave in. Renaming herself ‘Jane Warton’, she cut and dyed her hair, put on a pair of pence-nez, a shapeless tweed coat and a hat so dowdy that small boys jeered at her in the street. At a demonstration in Liverpool, ‘Jane’ got herself arrested, and when she refused food, her jaw was forced open with a steel gag, a rubber tube was pushed down her throat and a mixture of milk, gruel, eggs, brandy sugar and beef tea poured in. When she vomited, the doctor slapped her. The process was repeated six times before her identity was discovered and she was released. The public scandal was tremendous. Constance, almost 6ft tall, left prison weighing just 7st 7lb. She gave a speech at a packed Queen’s Hall, where many in the audience wept to hear her description of being force-fed. Calls were made for a public inquiry. The Home Office refused – insisting that force-feeding was no more than mildly unpleasant – but behind the scenes the Home Secretary, Winston Churchill, introduced a number of concessions, including medical examinations of all prisoners before they were force-fed. ‘She has indeed gained a victory over the Government’, wrote Christabel Pankhurst. But the victory was hard won. Constance’s health was broken, and two years later, in 1912, she suffered a stroke. She died in 1923, five years before women were granted the vote on the same terms as men.
( Jane Shilling )
Ex-UK Prime Minister David Cameron was the Director of Corporate Affairs at Carlton TV from July 1994 to February 2001.
Central TV made a documentary revealing Westminster paedophiles. When David Cameron was with Carlton TV, he was the executive responsible for buying out Central TV and burying that documentary.
Anne Frank ..
Anne’s Jewish family fled Nazi Germany and settled in Amsterdam but Hitler invaded the Netherlands in 1940. The Franks began hiding in an annexe above her dad’s office and friends provided them with food and drink. Teenager Anne recorded her feelings in her diary until August 1944, three days before Germans stormed the building. She died aged 15 at the Bergen-Belsen death camp but her diary has become one of the most treasured books ever.
( Beth Neil )
64% has been slashed from Liverpool’s council budget and 3,000 staff lost since 2010. Tory cuts are making it harder for local government workers to provide the public services we all rely on.
( Dan Carden, 17.06.2019 )
In 2015, Jeremy Hunt said, “we want 5,000 more GPs by 2020”. Figures show that when Mr Hunt left the Department of Health in July 2018, there were just 162 more than when he made his commitment. The government has now dropped the time limit on the commitment.
The First Woman To Be Awarded The Military Cross ..
Michelle Norris showed outstanding bravery in Iraq in 2006 when she saved the life of a colleague who had been shot in the mouth. Aged 19, the then private, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, leapt out of her patrol vehicle and dodged sniper fire to give treatment for three minutes before helping drag him to safety. One bullet hit her rucksack.
( Beth Neil )
Boris Johnson ..
Born in New York in 1964, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has always been ambitious. His sister Rachel said he wanted as a child to be “king of the world”.
Boris married his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, in 1987 after they met at Oxford, but split after allegedly having an affair with author and lawyer Marina Wheeler, whom he married in 1993. Johnson then met fellow journalist Petronella Wyatt when he was the editor of The Spectator and she was one of his columnists. The two began an affair shortly before he was elected Conservative MP for Henley in 2001. The Sun newspaper reported news of their relationship in 2004, along with claims that Wyatt had fallen pregnant and had an abortion.
Britain’s Special Relationship With Israel ..
Britain has a special relationship with Israel that is little recognised in the mainstream media but unmissable in light of the killings in Gaza. With more than 110 protesters dead, Britain is in effect defending Israeli actions. The British government has not, as far as I have seen, actually condemned Israel for the killings, Rather, it has simply ‘urged Israel to show restraint’ while recognising its ‘right to secure itself’ and also blaming Hamas for the violence. When British Prime Minister Theresa May phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 10 May, by which date 40 Palestinian protesters in Gaza had already been shot, it appears she did not even raise the issue. Meanwhile, the government infers it will not even review UK arms exports to Israel after the Gaza massacres which have only been discussed once in the British cabinet. That Britain is supporting Israel over the Gaza killings is true to form. The UK’s relationship with Israel is special in at least nine areas, including arms sales, air force, nuclear deployment, navy, intelligence and trade, to name but a few. Britain abstained on the recent UN vote to authorise an investigation into the Gaza killings because it would not also investigate Hamas. Instead, the UK supports Israel carrying out its own inquiry. Last year, the Foreign Office refused to sign a joint statement at the Paris peace conference on Palestine, accusing it of ‘taking place against the wishes of the Israelis’.
( Mark Curtis, 05.06.2018 )
Boris Johnson’s Whirl-Winding Hypocrisy ..
In April 2016, Boris Johnson penned a column for the Daily Telegraph outlining the benefits of the EU, claiming that “the membership fee seems rather small for all that market access”. Later that day, he defeated his own points by coming out for Brexit as one of the leaders of the Leave campaign – judging that it would better serve his career prospects than back remain. Boris Johnson’s whirl-winding hypocrisy knows no bounds. He backed single market membership during the campaign, only to later claim that single market is “not Brexit”, and he voted both for and against Theresa May’s Brexit deal on various occasions. What’s more, he has written to Theresa May saying that ensuring “no border” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland should not be priority, just months after telling the House of Commons that “there can be no hard border”. He is a man whose inflated ego far outstrips his judgement and principles, and his long history of flip-flopping deprives him of any credentials for leadership.
( Olaf Stando, 10.06.2019 )
When he was Mayor what did Boris Johnson cost London?
Up to over £600million in poor decisions, ideological dogma and vanity schemes.
( Christian Wolmar, Independent, 08.09.2015 )
Indira Gandhi ..
India’s only female prime minister remains a highly-revered stateswoman 35 years after she was assassinated. She became involved with the Indian Independence movement before she led her country for the first time in 1966. She was at the helm during the victorious war with Pakistan in 1971 that resulted in the liberation of Bangladesh. She lost the 1977 election but regained power in 1980.
She was 66 and serving her fourth term when she was killed in 1984.
Nuclear Weapons In The Middle East ..
Israel is believed to possess 80 to 100 nuclear warheads, some of which are deployed on its submarines. The UK is effectively aiding this nuclear deployment by supplying submarine components to Israel. According to the commander of Haifa naval base, General David Salamah, Israel’s submarines regularly operate “deep within enemy territory”. Britain has a long history of helping Israel to develop nuclear weapons. In the 1950s and 1960s Conservative and Labour governments made hundreds of sales of nuclear materials to Israel, including plutonium and uranium. The contrast with British policy towards Iran is striking. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson states that the UK is “adamant that a nuclear-armed Iran would never be acceptable” and thus maintains sanctions against Iran. At the same time Britain refuses to adopt any sanctions against Israel, an actual nuclear state. In 1995, the UK and other states agreed to a UN resolution to establish a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East. It is not known whether Britain has ever seriously pressed Israel on this.
( Mark Curtis, 05.06.2018 )