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  • Smells Fishy: That MI5 warning to MPs of Chinese government ‘agent’ in UK Parliament
    By TruePublica Editor: It is quite unprecedented in Britain for the security services, known as MI5 and MI6, to make public statements about their activities and findings when they are still ongoing. So why would they do so, as is heavily being reported by the mainstream media, in the case of a Chinese government agent who…
  • Sue Gray – an unaccountable Conservative “fixer” – experienced in “thwarting investigations”
    By TruePublica: Who doesn’t love a good tale of irony? Well here’s one and it starts like this. The vast majority of the British public had never heard of Sue Gray until Boris Johnson appointed her as the ‘partygate‘ investigator. She stepped into the role when her predecessor, the UK’s top civil servant Simon Case, resigned…
  • 18 times Boris Johnson was accused of breaking rules – and got away with it
    By Seth Thevos: Boris Johnson is facing calls to resign after he admitted attending a lockdown party in Downing Street during the pandemic. But it is far from the first time the prime minister has been caught seemingly breaking the rules with impunity. Johnson claims the “bring your own booze” event held at Number 10 on…
  • Official review: One Third Of Covid Prosecutions Were Unlawful
    In the wake of the ‘partygate‘ scandal and continuing episodes of wrongdoing that keep emerging, it might not be much of a surprise to know that the Government has completely ignored calls to end miscarriages of justice after an official review found that a third of Covid prosecutions were unlawful. There’s an irony here and it…
  • How countries gamed the World Bank’s business rankings
    By André Broome. In August 2020 the World Bank announced that the publication of its flagship Doing Business reports had been suspended. Internal concerns about possible data manipulation were raised by World Bank staff in June 2020 in connection with the calculation of country scores for Azerbaijan, China, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Published annually since 2003 with…
  • ‘Anti-LGBT’ American Christian Right Wins UK Case
    TruePublica Editor: The story below is one that we should all be worried about. Leaving aside the case itself, a dark-money foreign-based entity in the guise of the American Christian right is changing the outcome of court cases very close to home. And this is something we should fear. We already know that US Christian rights…
  • Brexit – The Shocking Truth of What Boris Johnson Thought It Was
    By TruePublica Editor: Boris Johnson signed a Brexit trade deal with the European Union one year ago understanding very little of it. The pandemic has, so far, provided cover but as the month’s pass, the cost of Brexit is slowly clearing from the fog. And that cost is not just about lost trade, it’s about…
  • 2022: The Downfall of Boris Johnson
    By TruePublica Editor: The downfall of pathological liar Boris Johnson is assured. The game-changing event has now happened and all bar a miracle, Boris Johnson is now dead in the water and his ousting is not if, but when. The year 2022 marks 100 years, according to historians, when the British Empire had reached the…
  • Privacy: Spam, Spies and SMS: How it works
    By Crofton Black: Need to verify your identity on a phone? Reset a password? Log in to a sensitive site or account? You’ll probably get a text message to check who you are. But it won’t come directly from your account provider. Instead, it will come via one or more middlemen: little-known bulk messaging companies…
  • Boris Johnson’s Advent Calendar of Chaos
    By TruePublica Editor: Boris Johnson, largely regarded as the worst post-war Prime Minster Britain has had to endure, is now the hapless hostage of the right-wing factions within the imploding Tory party. We are a country that is effectively leaderless. Over the last two years, our Prime Minister has lied: about illegal parties in lockdowns,…
  • Manslaughter charges brought over drowned migrants in English Channel
    By TruePublica: Here is a story not published in a single mainstream newspaper in Britain. A humanitarian association has now filed manslaughter charges against high-ranking French and British officials for failing to help 27 people who subsequently drowned on November 26th attempting to cross the English Channel. The charges, filed last Friday and seen by…
  • 100 years from the greatest power on Earth to political implosion
    TruePublica Editor: It is said that great power ascendancy (over the long term) correlates strongly to available resources and economic durability. In this context, it could also be argued that the Conservative party in Britain has been one of the most successful since the rise of modern political democracies. The Conservative Party was created in the…
  • Climate Crisis 2021: ‘Climate-Conflicted’ Bank Directors, North Sea ‘Rogues’ and COP26 Greenwash
    By Phoebe Cook: Another time warp of a year is drawing to a close, with the image of Covid-19 booster queues snaking around street corners marking a sombre end to a long 12 months. As the pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, climate change and its impacts again made waves around the world – with a…
  • City law firms make millions while top corruption cases tumble
    By Ed Simmons and Simon Lock: City law firms are “completely outgunning” the UK’s only complex fraud agency, raising concerns that an “imbalance of arms” is allowing some oligarchs and powerful corporations to “buy impunity”. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal that some companies under investigation have spent up to 10 times more than the…
  • Tory COVID rebels proclaim ‘attacks on liberty’ while voting for authoritarian policies
    By Henry Porter: Where were all these Conservative ‘freedom fighters’ when Parliament passed the Police Bill There was something rather chilling about last week’s Conservative Party rebellion against Boris Johnson’s new COVID regulations. A short time after Johnson had pleaded his case in front of the 1922 Committee, 99 of his MPs decided to ignore him…
  • Keir Starmer listened – what’s the strategy now?
    By TruePublica Editor: It seems quite obvious to me (tongue in cheek, of course) that team Keir Starmer have been reading TruePublica – especially the article I wrote some months ago about what he could do to unite us all. I started that article with the words – “Trust in politicians cratered years ago. Then…
  • Climate Crisis: Tory MP Has Stakes in 18 Extractive Fossil Fuel Companies
    By Phoebe Cooke and Adam Barnett: A Tory MP who suggested it is “morally wrong” to discourage poor countries from pursuing high-carbon growth on climate change grounds has a financial interest in numerous fossil fuel and mining companies. Among the 18 extractive companies listed under the MP’s entry in the parliamentary register of interests are Shell…
  • Democracy: We Must End The Link Between Safe Seats And Second Jobs
    By Jon Narcross: The most revealing type of political scandal against democracy is not the one where rules have been broken, but the ones where they haven’t. Where crisis has erupted over conduct that sits very comfortable within current parliamentary regulations. While some of the revelations of the recent second jobs scandal, such as that…
  • Information Commissioner Condemns Government’s Transparency
    By Jon Baines:The Information Commissioner’s Office, headed by Elizabeth Denham until last month, is failing to stick to its own rule book. In a damning intervention last week, the UK’s former information commissioner condemned the government’s record on transparency. Elizabeth Denham told MPs she was “frustrated and disappointed” when the Cabinet Office refused her offer to…
  • Democracy: More Dictatorial Powers Sought By Johnson
    TruePublica Editor: Make no mistake, the principles of democracy are being dismantled in Britain. I have written many articles making that very point. Back in 2019, just before the last general election, I wrote -“the next Prime Minister of Britain will have at their command the most formidable and intimidating state architecture of mass civilian…
  • Brexit: The American takeover of Britain now at full pace
    By TruePublica: Founded more than eight decades ago, Butlin’s was established in 1936 by Billy Butlin, who – according to its official history – “felt sorry for families staying in drab guest-houses with nothing much to do” during a trip to Barry Island. To this day, it still offers seaside holidays at resorts in Bognor…
  • NHS bookings website offers mostly private healthcare
    By Caroline Molloy: Patients trying to book NHS GP services online are plunged into a ‘baffling’ system of paid-for tests and ‘backdoor privatisation’   More than once, Rachel found herself waiting up to three-quarters of an hour to get through to book an appointment with her south-east London GP – just at the time she…
  • Voters are now turning against Brexit and Boris Johnson
    It makes no difference what side of the political debate you wave your flag for, trust in the Boris Johnson government has now almost completely collapsed. Whatever you believe, one fact stares us in the face – Britain’s politics is as divisive and toxic as ever and trust in politicians and our political system remains…
  • Three-quarters of public worried more NHS privatisation will damage care
    By Caroline Molloy: UK voters are seriously worried that greater use of private companies by the NHS could lead to a decline in standards and a loss of money to NHS hospitals, a poll has found. A poll commissioned by openDemocracy found that around three-quarters of UK adults would be concerned if the proportion of…
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