UKIP in freefall as Labour takes council seat from Farage

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)

A council seat on Redditch Borough Council – which UKIP won by a landslide only in May – has fallen in a by-election to Labour:

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Compare this with the results from the same ward just over 2 months ago*:

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That’s a swing of +11.7% to Labour and -10.5% from UKIP.

Looks like UKIP support is in freefall.

And – contrary to popular belief – it’s Labour not the Tories who are picking up the voters.

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*The reason for the by-election was the resignation of the newly-elected UKIP councillor Dave Small after he made racist and homophobic remarks on Facebook. Proof that being openly intolerant and prejudiced is not the vote-winner most of the right-wing press seem to think it is?

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MH17: rebels block access to part of site of crash as evidence against them grows | World | The Guardian

All sides have called for a thorough and impartial investigation into what caused the crash, which killed all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. However, the first group of international investigators on the scene were involved in a tense standoff with the armed separatists who control the crash site at Grabovo.

A unit of heavily armed rebels blocked the 30-strong team from the OSCE, cordoning off a large part of the crash site. The inspectors retreated after an hour-long standoff, having been unable to gain access. They were sent on their way by warning shots fired by the rebel unit commander.

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“We will keep coming back tomorrow and the next day and the next day,” said spokesman Michael Bociurkiw. “Tomorrow will be a crunch day. There are a lot of experts from the Netherlands and Malaysia gathering in Kiev as well as relatives. The bodies are starting to bloat and decay. An expert team is clearly needed. There is a lot to be done in a short amount of time.”

In Washington, Obama called for a full, impartial investigation and said the tragedy should cause people to “snap their heads together” and stop playing games in Ukraine. In veiled criticism of the lack of European support for US-led economic sanctions against Russia, Obama said the loss of so many European lives should serve as a “wake-up call” for Europe.

via MH17: rebels block access to part of site of crash as evidence against them grows | World | The Guardian.

Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Ramadan Mubarak

Ramadan, month of light

Ramadan, month of patience

Ramadan, month of testing

Ramadan brings brilliance, blessings & patience

Ramadan, month of being Allah’s guest

Ramadan, month of worship and taking leave of our bad actions

Ramadan, month of tolerance

Ramadan brings brilliance, blessings & patience

Ramadan, month of remembering the poor

Ramadan, month of helping those in need

Ramadan, month of sharing your foods with others

Ramadan brings brilliance, blessings & patience

By Asma

via Afghan Women’s Writing Project | Ramadan Mubarak.

Some good common sense! The Ebola Denial Starts from the Top: Sierra Leone News

One of the major reasons behind the unprecedented scale of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone has been the aspect of denial. The denial is visible from top to bottom. Yesterday July 17th 2014, even as an ambulance raced through streets of Freetown with a dead Ebola patient to be hastily buried, it was interesting to see top government cadre is still in denial as to extent of catastrophe.

 

Minister of Tourism Peter Bayuku Conteh yesterday asked journalists to tell potential tourists that Ebola was only found “in one region” of Sierra Leone. He passionately urged journalists to report such false information as a means of making tourists comfortable to come and visit Sierra Leone.

 

The minister is in denial of what Ebola represents. We wonder if this minister knows the implication of just one tourist catching Ebola here? Is it not better for tourists to stay away until we stop active viral transmission in the country?

 

So, until top cadre in government develop the required maturity on this issue, every time these government officials point at denial amongst the ordinary citizens, four fingers will be pointing right back at them. We just hope Posterity will not harshly judge this government on how it managed this Ebola crisis.

via The Ebola Denial Starts from the Top: Sierra Leone News.

Desmond Tutu likens Gaza crisis to apartheid | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

“It is not a Muslim or Jewish crisis. It is a human rights crisis with roots to what amounts to an apartheid system of land ownership and control,” he said.

“Yes, we condemn those who fan the flames, who launch the missiles against Israel, but missiles do not justify Israel’s excessive response,” he said.

“As an old man, my appeal to my fellow laureates and peacemakers is to step into the leadership void, to make your voices heard from all corners of the globe, to advocate or pressure your government and institutions to cajole, to persuade,” Tutu said

via Desmond Tutu likens Gaza crisis to apartheid | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR.

Chile, Home to the Largest Palestinian Community Outside the Arab World, Urges Israel to Stop Bombing Gaza · Global Voices

Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has not gone unnoticed in Chile. Representatives of Chile’s sizable Palestinian community have been urging the government to take a more active stance in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and build on President Michelle Bachelet’s condemnation last week of the shelling.

So far, 243 Palestinians, including many women and children, have been killed and more than 1,500 injured since the bombing began on July 8, according to Gaza’s health ministry. In Israel, rockets launched from Gaza that weren’t picked off by the Iron Dome missile defense system have injured several people. One Israeli civilian died after he was hit by shrapnel near the Gaza border, and an Israeli soldier was killed during ground operations that began on July 17.

Chile, which recognized Palestine as a “free, independent and sovereign state” on January 7, 2011, is home to the largest Palestinian community outside the Middle East. Estimates of the number of Palestinian descendants in Chile range from 450,000 to 500,000.

via Chile, Home to the Largest Palestinian Community Outside the Arab World, Urges Israel to Stop Bombing Gaza · Global Voices.

The last Christian families leave Mosul – Fides News Agency

The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Erbil, Dohuk and other areas of Iraqi Kurdistan which are considered safer. This is confirmed by sources of the local Chaldean community to Fides Agency. The new exodus has accelerated in the past two days, after Sunni insurgents and militants of the Islamic Caliphate began to mark with letters of recognition the homes of Christians and Shiites. As reported by the website http://www.Ankawa.com, the evacuation of the last Christians is also due to the intensification of the bombing carried out by the military government on many areas of the city, especially at night. In many villages of the Nineveh Plain, the main emergency is currently represented by the suspension of water supply, made even more unbearable due to high temperatures

via The last Christian families leave Mosul – Fides News Agency.

Provocative Cleveland gun legislation addresses local firearms violence: editorial | cleveland.com

On Wednesday, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson answered that question with the introduction of a – let’s be frank – provocative but necessary package of legislation.

The proposed ordinances would:

Require felons who committed crimes with firearms to register with the city Department of Public Safety.

Require the safe and secure storage of firearms away from minors and prohibit the acquisition of more than one firearm within a 90-day period.

Prohibit the possession or use of a firearm while intoxicated.

Prohibit carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.

Prohibit possession of a BB gun, pellet gun, knife, brass knuckles or sword in a public place.

Prohibit the sale or transfer of a firearm without reporting it to the police.

Prohibit destroying the serial number and other identifiers on a weapon.

Prohibit the sale of facsimile firearms.

Prohibit the sale or possession of slingshots and pea shooters.

Prohibit the possession or use of stench bombs.

These common-sense recommendations do not violate the Second Amendment yet they have already triggered a backlash from activists.

via Provocative Cleveland gun legislation addresses local firearms violence: editorial | cleveland.com.

Better to keep heads down than “crow” about “rocking” tanks – Israeli tanks withdraw from Beit Lahiya after clashes with Hamas | Maan News Agency

Everyone wants to be the big guy but who is bringing peace? And when I say everyone, I am including Israelis and various brigades…

Hamas’ military wing the al-Qassam Brigades has claimed responsibility for hitting multiple Israeli military vehicles in the area, confirming direct hits with mortar shells and 107 rockets.

The Al-Quds Brigades affiliated with Islamic Jihad also claimed responsibility for the targeting of the military site Dugit, which is on the site of a former Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip, and two wells with four 107 missiles and the Mighen military site north of Beit Lahiya with three mortars.

For its part, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the military wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claimed responsibility for the targeting of Eshkol with three rockets.

via Israeli tanks withdraw from Beit Lahiya after clashes with Hamas | Maan News Agency.