Former minister Margaret Beckett says Farage’s new Brexit party will win the EU elections unless Labour can portray itself as the natural home for remain voters. Yes, she’s right. It’s about time sensible British politicians stood up for Europe and stopped the extremists from setting the agenda.
I like the fact that the French allow some modern features. Restoring old buildings will never bring back the original, so why not make something new in tune with what’s left.
“Firefighters risked their lives to stop the raging fire spreading to the two belfry towers,” Kim Willsher of the Guardian writes.
The disaster could have been so much worse.
The spire has fallen into the church itself and according to people working at the cathedral, all wooden artefacts are lost to the fire.
Notre-Dame was built between 1160 and 1260, with the cornerstone laid in the presence of Pope Alexander III.
Benedict, the pope emeritus, blames the Catholic Church’s systematic rape of children on the sexual revolution of the 1960s. Exactly how this explains the numerous stories of paedophilia among clergymen before 1960 is an enigma. If nothing else, Benedict could blame it on gay people—or Jews. One thing we know for sure is that he’ll never admit the church has any responsibility for its own actions. It’s always someone else’s fault.
“Dumping unredacted information is the act of a useful idiot, not a journalist,” The Economist writes.
The WikiLeaks drama is a sad spectacle—from an organisation doing some useful journalism it turned into Putin’s lapdog.
So why did Ecuador throw Assange out of its London embassy after seven years?
Dan Collyns reports for the Guardian:
[Ecuador’s foreign minister] said Assange “permanently accused [embassy] staff of spying on and filming him” on behalf of the United States and instead of thanking Ecuador for nearly seven years of asylum he and his entourage launched “an avalanche of criticisms” against the Quito government. He referred also to the guest’s “hygienic” problems including one that was “very unpleasant” and “attributed to a digestive problem”.
I guess this is diplomatic language for obnoxious idiot who poop his underpants.
The Wikileaks founder was dragged out of Ecuadorian Embassy in handcuffs by a large group of police officers today, the Daily Mail reports. This comes as Ecuador withdrew his political asylum after seven years after he was given refuge by the country in 2012. Ecuador’s decision came after “repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols”.
In my opinion, Assange is a pathetic man who refuses to acknowledge any responsibility for his own actions. Instead of meeting prosecutors to explain his side of the alleged rape in Sweden, he went into hiding and came up with bizarre fantasies about Sweden wanting him sent to America. It’s astonishing that the embassy has put up with him for seven years.