Medomsley – John McCabe, Appeal to Police Complaints body – IOPC

cathy fox blog on child abuse

John McCabe, courageous survivor of abuse at Medomsley, has asked me to publish the new Police Complaints authority’s decision on his complaint against Durham Police, which of course I am very happy to do.

I wrote last year about John McCabe and my reservations about Durham Police, 2017 Jun 7  cathy fox blog Medomsley – Police Incompetence or Corruption? [3]

As John explains below, this latest rebranding, name changing charade (Police Complaints Authority, to Independent Police Complaints Commission now to Independent Office for Police Conduct) may fool some people but has done nothing to change the complaints process nor the fact that it appears to be solely a mechanism to delay and get rid of complaints.

Essentially they cover the police’s back, as this letter shows.

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Pro-Brexit Tories accuse party colleagues of deliberate leak | Politics | The Guardian

Pro-Brexit Tories accuse party colleagues of deliberate leakIain Duncan Smith and Nigel Evans among the MPs making claims as Tory infighting growsMatthew WeaverTue 30 Jan 2018 11.35 GMT Last modified on Tue 30 Jan 2018 12.15 G

A leaked analysis that concluded Britain would be worse off after Brexit whatever deal was struck with Brussels has fuelled Tory party infighting.Prominent leave supporters including the former party leader Iain Duncan Smith and former deputy speaker Nigel Evans accused pro-EU members of the government of deliberately leaking the assessment.Meanwhile, remain backers including the former ministers Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan urged the government to stay in the customs union and the single market.Anna Soubry MP(@Anna_Soubry)Govt report says least damaging #Brexit model is #SingleMarket #CustomsUnion so let’s put country before ideology & stay in both January 30, 2018The document, drawn up for the Department for Exiting the European Union, showed growth would be lower under a range of potential scenarios. Even if the UK were able to negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement – as Theresa May hopes – growth would be down an estimated 5% over the next 15 years, according to the document seen by BuzzFeed.That would rise to 8% if Britain were to leave without a deal, forcing it to fall back on World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. Alternatively, if the UK were to retain access to the single market through membership of the European Economic Area the loss would be just 2%.“Clearly it’s been leaked by someone who thinks it bolsters the softest possible Brexit,” Evans told BBC News.Leaked Brexit impact report: key questions answered Read more Duncan Smith said the document should be ignored. Interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “The fact that you have a leaked document in the midst of what I think is a very unfortunate and pointless row going on about whether or not we’re going to have the right deal, whether or not Theresa May is doing the right thing, I find this altogether a little bit suspicious.“We should just push it to one side and say: ‘Yet another report, not complete, not overseen by the government’ …. We should say, look: ‘It’s deliberately leaked because it gives a bad view, and therefore we should put it on one side and say leave it alone.’”Duncan Smith said the government’s economic forecasts had been wrong in the past: “Any forecast that they make is based again on the economic model that the government hold and that model has been quite highly discredited now because almost every single forecast has been wrong.”Speaking to BBC Two’s Newsnight programme, Morgan suggested she wanted the UK to stay in both the customs union and the single market. She said: “Our constituents are not going to thank us if we have weakened their economic security and their jobs and livelihoods as a results of our negotiations. That shows why it is so critical to make sure that we do not undermine our economy any more than we are already going to by leaving in the first place.” This leaked Brexit memo means Labour must make a choice Gaby Hinsliff Duncan Smith claimed the government had a mandate for a hard Brexit. He told Today: “Theresa May’s Lancaster House statement and also the manifesto made it very clear what the parameters of that leave mean: customs union, single market, we’re out.”A remark by the international trade secretary, Liam Fox, that some Tories would “have to live with disappointment” also drew a sharp rebuke from the leading Brexiter.Fox had told the Sun: “We don’t have a working majority, other than with the support of the Democratic Unionists, and we need to accept the reality of that. I know that there are always disappointed individuals but they’re going to have to live with disappointment.”Duncan Smith said the situation would be improved if cabinet ministers said less and stuck to May’s stance. He told Today: “I don’t quite know what he means by disappointment. My view is leaving is the right thing to do and we will benefit from it in due course. I have a very simple message for my colleagues, generally: people should just calm down. The reality is this was always going to be bumpy.“I think the best message I might send to Liam Fox and others is that, actually, if cabinet ministers said a little less and speculated a little less about where they were, and stuck to what Theresa May has said, we might not have all of these disagreements.”

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Audio emerges of Netanyahu’s wife raging over media story

Audio emerges of Netanyahu’s wife raging over media story Associated Press Sun, 28 Jan 18:52 CET Reactions Like Reblog on Tumblr Share Tweet EmailFILE – In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 file photo,

Sara Netanyahu the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the liberation and unification of Jerusalem, in Jerusalem. A recording of Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife raging at an aide surfaced on Sunday creating a new headache for Israel’s embattled premier.  A recording of Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife raging at an aide surfaced on Sunday creating a new headache for Israel’s embattled premier.Sara Netanyahu is heard complaining that a gossip column about her did not mention her educational credentials.She is heard yelling: “I am an ed-u-ca-ted woman! A psy-cho-lo-gist! B.A! M.A!” She is also heard screaming unintelligibly.The 2009 recording was broadcast on the Walla news site and quickly aired by Israel’s leading TV stations.Media reported that Sara Netanyahu was angered about a 44-word newspaper brief about her helping at a school fundraiser which did not mention her experience as a psychologist.Sara Netanyahu has long been plagued by allegations of abusive behavior, squabbling with staff and meddling in state affairs.The prime minister said on Facebook that the recordings are “part of a wild and violent witch hunt raging against my family.”Earlier this month, a recording emerged of Netanyahu’s 26-year-old stay-at-home son Yair joyriding at taxpayer expense to strip clubs with his rich buddies.The scandals come as police question the prime minister in two cases involving possible bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

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Gaza’s humanitarian crisis is man-made. And sick toddlers like Mohammed are paying the price – Opinion – Haaretz.com

Home   >   Middle East News   >   PalestiniansOpinion Gaza’s Humanitarian Crisis Is Man-made. And Sick Toddlers Like Mohammed Are Paying the PriceThe media and social networks are filled with descriptions of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and with calls for change. Leaders know what they have to do Mohammed Azaizeh Jan 30, 2018, 11:15 AM  0comments   Zen Subscribe now  Shareshare on Facebook  Tweet send via email Reddit stumble upon MOHAMMED SALEM/ REUTERS: ‘Gaza deserves better!’Gaza hospital suspends services due to diesel shortage

Gaza hospital suspends services due to diesel shortage.I first met Mohammed, who is three years old and suffers from severe digestive and respiratory diseases, at Rantisi Children’s Hospital in Gaza City. I went there in April as part of an investigation into the impact of the worsening electricity crisis that followed the reduction in the supply of power from Israel to the Gaza Strip.Mohammed is a cheerful boy who must be hospitalized for 10 days every month. Due to his respiratory disease he needs to use an electric inhaler frequently. His mother relates how one night he had an attack of respiratory distress. He needed his inhaler but there was no power. His parents picked him up, together with the inhaler and his medications, and began running through the narrow streets of Gaza City’s Yafa neighborhood, looking for lights in windows, a sign of a source of electricity. They came to a pharmacy that operated a generator, and the boy was able to use his inhaler until the attack passed.Mohammed’s father worked as a carpenter until his shop was destroyed by an Israeli aerial attack during Operation Cast Lead in 2009. Since then he has sold vegetables with his brother in Gaza City. Every morning they buy vegetables for their cart, which they take around the city. Their profits range from 20 to 25 shekels a day ($6 to $7). Six months ago, the father could earn 50 shekels by noon, but now the situation is intolerable, he says. People don’t even have money for basic necessities. He needs 800 shekels a month for medicine, special milk and diapers for Mohammed but he can’t make that much and his debts to pharmacies and groceries are mounting.He can’t afford to install a solar power system in the family’s home, which could generate enough electricity for the inhaler that saves his son’s life. He never knows whether he’ll have money in his pocket for a taxi in case he needs to get Mohammed to a hospital urgently.Everyone is aware of the humanitarian and economic disaster in the Gaza Strip. Everyone knows it’s man-made. As long as Israel sold the Gaza Strip only 60 percent of the amount of electricity it did in previous years, people hoped the crisis was temporary. But now that the norm is for power to be supplied for almost eight hours a day (followed by up to 12 hours of no electricity) one can no longer relate to this in the same manner. This is an unreasonable and dangerous norm, not only for families with a sick child but for any family, for the economy and for the health system, and especially for Gaza’s fragile infrastructure, including water supplies, sewage treatment and rainwater drainage.Keep updated: Sign up to our newsletterEmail*Sign upThe media and social networks are filled with descriptions of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and with calls for change. Reports by Amos Harel in Haaretz, according to which some elements in the Israeli military are waiting for the inevitable calamity before taking action, have caused some panicked responses. The impression is that Gaza is related to as a dangerous phenomenon, not as a home to its residents.Leaders in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, as well as Egypt and the international community, know everything they need to know, including possible solutions and urgent needs. They also must know that if they don’t act quickly history will not forgive their sins against 2 million human beings.Mohammed Azaizeh is a resident of Gaza and a field worker for Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement.

Source: Gaza’s humanitarian crisis is man-made. And sick toddlers like Mohammed are paying the price – Opinion – Haaretz.com

REMEMBER THE HOLOCAUST, IT HAPPENED, GHETTOS WHERE JEWS WERE DYING BECAUSE THEY HAD NOTHING, NO FOOD, NO ELECTRIC, NO HOSPITALS.NO DRUGS AND IN THE END THE FINAL SOLUTION 5 AND A HALF MILLION SLAUGHTERED BY THE NAZIS. THAT WAS YESTERDAY. TODAY WE HAVE THE SAME SITUATION IN THE GAZA STRIP. SINCE 1948 THOUSANDS OF PALESTINIANS HAVE DIED SLAUGHTERED NOT BY NAZIS BUT BY THE ZIONIST JEWS OF ISRAEL AND THE I D F ARE IMPLEMENTING THEIR FINAL SOLUTION SLOWLY BUT SURELY ON THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE. BIBI NETANYAHU THE  SLAUGHTERER OF PALESTINIAN MEN , WOMEN , AND CHILDREN.

Palestinian protesters storm meeting, kick out US delegation in Bethlehem (video)

Palestinian protesters storm meeting, kick out US delegation in Bethlehem By News Desk – 30/01/20180Palestinians hold their country’s national flag as they attend an anti-Israeli rally south of Gaza City, October 13, 2017. (Photo by AFP)BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:30 P.M.) –

A group of Palestinian protesters stormed a business meeting at the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday, forcing US delegates to flee.Protesters held a banner condemning US President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. They shouted “Americans go home ,get out” and threw tomatoes at the US representatives.The meeting was between Palestinian businessmen regarding cooperation between Bethlehem’s Chamber of Commerce and Jerusalem’s US embassy.

Source: Palestinian protesters storm meeting, kick out US delegation in Bethlehem (video)

Palestinians kicked trump arse.it is a long time since I have seen or heard the expression Americans go home, fuck off to your shithole country.

The worlds youngest female child prisoner: Israel imprison 13 year old Palestinian

The worlds youngest female child prisoner: Israel imprison 13 year old PalestinianBy Robert Inlakesh – 28/01/20180DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 P.M)- Today Israel’s military court (Ofer) sentenced a 13 year old Palestinian girl to 45 days imprisonment and a 3,000 shekel fine.After arresting thirteen year old, Razan Abu Sal, earlier this month,

Israel’s military court system has delivered a sentence which will see the 45 day imprisonment of the worlds youngest female child prisoner.Al-Masdar News | AMNPoster distributed to spread awareness for Razan Abu SalPalestinians in the occupied territories are subjected to a different court system to that of Israeli citizens, in which Palestinians are found guilty and convicted of crimes 99.74% of the time, frequently for things they did not do or that in the eyes of any other legal system would not be condemned as an offense.This case, involving Razan Abu Sal, has received little to no attention by leading and popular media outlets, despite the statistical fact that this Palestinian girl is the single youngest female child prisoner on the planet.

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Democracy at work, anti-apartheid issues being dealt with fairly and justly .oH THANK GOD FOR THE ZIONIST JEWISH FAITH, ONE CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING THAT THE MIDDLE EAST IS PROGRESSIVELY FALLING INTO THE THE HANDS OF THE ZIONIST Israelis.THE OLD TESTAMENT GOD THE ONLY TRUE GOD, VENGEFUL, JUSTLY CRUEL AND SUPPORTS THE ZIONIST JEWISH FAITH. YOUR GOD IS VENGEFUL, RETRIBUTION  WILL BE INFLICTED ON ALL THAT DO NOT TAKE UP THE TRUE FAITH.BEHOLD GOD IS GREAT AND POWERFUL YOU GENTILES ARE JUST LIKE FLIES WE TRUE BELIEVERS SWATT YOU WITHOUT COMPASSION OR A SECOND THOUGHT.

SARCASM IS THE LOWEST FORM OF WIT, YET IS THE HIGHEST FORM OF INTELLECT.

 

Brexit: Britons favour second referendum by 16-point margin – poll | Politics | The Guardian

Brexit: Britons favour second referendum by 16-point margin – pollGuardian/ICM survey finds rising interest in vote on final deal as concerns mount over EU talksDan Roberts Brexit policy editor @RobertsDanFri 26 Jan 2018 16.31 GMT Last modified on Fri 26 Jan 2018 23.45 GMT View more sharing optionsShares18,168

Voters support the idea of holding a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to one of the largest nationwide opinion polls since the Brexit vote.The ICM survey, conducted as part of a Guardian reporting project, found 47% of people would favour having a final say on Brexit once the terms of the UK’s departure are known, while 34% oppose reopening the question.How Britain’s views have changed – full Brexit poll results Excluding the roughly one-fifth who do not have a view gives a lead of 58% to 42% for a second referendum, showing rising interest in the idea as concern grows over the direction of recent negotiations.The increased backing has come from both sides of the debate, with one-quarter of leave voters in favour of having another referendum on the final deal.Other key findings include: Mounting concern about the impact of leaving, with 43% of voters worried Brexit will have a negative effect on the UK economy and a narrow majority believing it will have a negative impact on the “British way of life”.Signs that Labour voters may be becoming more open to a rethink, with 9% of the party’s leave backers switching to remain, and stronger support for a second referendum in marginal Labour seats than elsewhere. A hardening of the Brexit demographic divide, with young voters 17% more likely than before to support remain and over-65s more determined than ever to leave.A widening of the geographic gulf, with voters in Scotland even more likely to vote remain, but support for leave holding up in Wales and parts of England, such as the Midlands.The consequences of revisiting the vote are hard to predict, with the country still split largely in two, and signs of both camps hardening their positions.Labour support on rise for rethink of leaving EU, survey finds Read moreThe poll was underpinned by Guardian journalists reporting from around the country, where they found support for leave hardening in Mansfield, Labour supporters arguing for a second referendum in Bristol, older voters in Torbay who continue to wholeheartedly back Brexit, and students in Leeds angry and concerned that it is going ahead.Overall, the ICM poll, carried out in mid-January, confirms a small but persistent shift in recent months towards remain, with 51% of those expressing a view saying they were now in favour of staying in the EU.But this would be a tighter margin than the 52% leave result of the June 2016 referendum, suggesting a clearer mandate for reversing the decision would only come if growing numbers of leavers reacted negatively to the conclusion of negotiations with the EU.Pollsters have struggled in recent years to predict correct outcomes, although the 5,075 people polled is a representative sample five times bigger than many similar surveys.Alex Turk, a senior research executive at ICM Unlimited, said: “On the results of this poll of 5,000, the result of a second EU referendum would be far from a foregone conclusion.”To the extent that there is a shift towards remain, it is largely due to voters who did not, or could not, participate in the referendum saying they would be more likely to do so next time. Of those who voted, 90% said they would stick to their previous choice, and the numbers of people switching sides largely cancel each other out.’We’re not morons’: Brexit divisions harden across Britain Read moreBut it is the growing numbers of people in both camps who favour revisiting the question that is likely to have the biggest short-term political impact.Previously, support for a second referendum had been limited. A smaller Guardian/ICM poll in December found 45% of voters wanted the UK to leave the EU regardless of the outcome of negotiations, with 32% wanting a second referendum and 10% favouring a parliamentary vote.What would happen if parliament were to reject the Brexit deal remains unclear, but many pro-EU campaigners increasingly argue that a vote could be phrased in such a way as to give Britons a chance to change their minds about the overall departure from the EU if they did not like the terms on offer.Representatives from several leading pro-EU groups met in London recently to consider ways of working more closely on overturning Brexit, rather than merely campaigning for a less extreme version, a tactic some senior business leaders are privately known to favour.Support for asking the question is also growing in unlikely quarters, as the weakness of the government’s mandate and negotiating stance becomes clearer. Speaking earlier this month, the ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage said: “Maybe, just maybe, I’m reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum on EU m

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