Wonderful tribute to Big Jack: https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2020/jul/14/david-squires-on-the-life-and-times-of-jack-charlton
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I voted leave on left wing reasons. Immigration was far down the list with regards to my leave vote. The people from Hong Kong are welcome, most opinion polls support this. But not many will come to be honest. There are other options on the table for the Hong Kongers. China is also going to make it very difficult to move money / sell property and will probably harass family members of people who do leave.
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Long overdue but good stuff.
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RIP Big Jack. You gave this London Irish kid a lot of pride back in the day when the Irish weren't the most 'popular' of races in the UK.
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Just reading on the BBC this morning that 53 countries at the UN support China. "At the United Nations this week, Cuba - on behalf of 53 countries - welcomed the law. Speaking at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, it said: "Non-interference in internal affairs of sovereign states is an essential principle enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. We believe every country has the right to safeguard its national security through legislation, and commend relevant steps taken for this purpose." Plus, China is going to stop the UK granting visas. To be honest, the only one who can stop China is the US: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/02/china-could-prevent-hongkongers-moving-to-uk-says-dominic-raab
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The last time there was a mass exodus, a lot of Hong Kongers went to Vancouver and the city got incredibly rich. A lot will go again. Not so many will come to Britain. Britain owes it to Hong Kong so I fully support it. I don't support Johnson politically but good on him for offering citizenship. At the same time, it has to be noted that Britain still wants to trade with China, so until all countries pull their businesses from China, nothing will happen. India on the other hand: 'India, traditionally a non-aligned country but already at odds with China over deadly clashes on the eastern Ladakh border, on Monday announced it was banning more than 50 Chinese apps, including Bytedance’s TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat. China says it was concerned by the move and seeking details'. (Source: Guardian) Sadly, the only way to beat Beijing is to bankrupt Beijing and most companies are addicted to their profits. Until companies move to a new base, nothing will change.
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I'm always interested in libel cases having studied it three times lol (for 3 different media courses..in the UK). We (the UK) have some of the strongest libel laws in the world.... so I'm interested in this.
For non UK readers, The 'News of the World' (AKA The Sun) Newspaper has a rather bad history of 'hacking dead children's' telephones so..they're not the most innocent of UK newspapers lol. Interesting case.
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Just shut down my Twatter account last night actually. It's full of raging, angry individuals lol. I just got fed up with it. It's impossible to have a debate now. I'm 48, so I've spent more time without social media then with it. I also killed Faceplank in 2017 and don't miss it. Less is more in my old grumpy opinion :) In 5 years, I'll probably end up with a first generation Nokia mobile lol.
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That's sad. I'm currently reading a good book on the Japanese abductees in North Korea so the Yokota case seems quite relevant to me. Good luck to them all. The book is called The Invitation Only Zone and is £6 on Kindle. It's a good read: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Invitation-Only-Zone-Extraordinary-Abduction-Project-ebook/dp/B0163755IK
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She died of pneumonia not coronavirus. Does anyone die from heart attacks, cancer, liver disease, traffic accidents, the flu etc. anymore? If you're 81 with cancer, get the flu and die - cause of death is cancer. If you're 81 - with cancer and have a strain of CV (and it may not even be the killer strain of coronavirus as there is lots of strains of CV), then your cause of death is coronavirus. Mad.
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To be honest, I reckon had it in December. I was knocked out for 4 days with a weird flu that had the same symptoms as Coronavirus. It was like someone had sucked the energy out of me. It was definitely different to the run of the mill, standard flu. Tough to explain but it was a bit more energy zapping and a bit more intense. Anyway, bed rest, paracetomols and lots of warm water and 5 days later no problem. I'm in the minoroty that thinks this CV panic is a way to a) bring in restrictions against personal freedoms that will never get rolled back 100% (like 9/11) b) crush small businesses so big corporations can step in and profit and c) finally push us into a cashless society so we can control everything. Sure CV isn't great, but to me it's being used as an excuse to erode our personal freedoms unlike other massive flu epidemics that killed way more people in the past. I'm with David Icke on this one.. at 3.1M views in 6 days, it seems a lot of others are as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMTZu6_TjU8
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At 'theFu', if you look at Iranian history, both my country (the UK) and the US did really bad things to Iran to try and get their oil. We helped over throw a democratically elected government and the US armed Saddam Hussein and encouraged him to attack Iran. About 500,000 Iranians died because the US encouraged Saddam to attck. If I was Iranian, I wouldn't be going 'Yeah UK you rock, yeah US, you mean freedom!' So, I get it.
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Meanwhile in south London, a Chinese woman with the virus ignores advice, calls an Uber and strolls into a public hospital. Nice.
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To be honest, it's more about lazy journalism rather than lower ethical standards. There's just no money to pay people to go knocking on doors, sifting through hours of research etc. due to the majority of the press giving away their content for free. I haven't bought a newspaper in years. Where's the income to pay the wages coming from? Most journalists now sit at their desk surfing twitter because there's no budget to send them anywhere. In the UK, it now costs £27,000 in tutution fees for three years at university. Add on another £25,000 in living fees and are you really going to go £50k in debt for an industry that's low paid and with a shrinking job base? If I could go back in time, I'd learn coding and work a £70k a year job!
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This is exactly me! 'Voted leave in 2016, and on the day of the result, I thought that it was certain that remain had won. I was astounded that the result was for leave. Three and a half years later, I am almost equally shocked that Brexit has been allowed to happen by an establishment that is thoroughly opposed to it'.
It won't be so bad after things settle down. If Canada can have a trade deal with the EU that doesn't include freedom of movement, I'm sure we can also do that. 'CETA does not involve Canada paying into the EU budget or signing up to EU rules on the free movement of people in return for increased market access'.
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It's not going to happen. The US has just refused to extradite an American woman who drove into a British 19 year old causing his death. 'The car was being driven, on the wrong side of the road, by Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a US government employee working at the United States Air Force listening station at RAF Croughton'. Can you imagine the anger if the US then hand over two people who only 'helped an escape'.
From two days ago: 'Harry Dunn: US refusal to extradite suspect a 'denial of justice' – British PM
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'McIntyre said the lights were on 24 hours a day, making it impossible to sleep more than an hour each night'.
Greta..Get on this! Multiple by everyone inside awaiting trial and...It's an outrageous waste of electricity.
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'The suspects do have access to lawyers. In case of Ghosn, he had meetings with lawyers almost every day (120 days out of 130 days) 2hours/per day without any observers in the meeting room'.
Utter rubbish and you have no proof for that statement.
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It'll be interesting to see if it happens. There will definitely be a legal challenge before extradition on the grounds of not getting a fair trial. As a Londoner, I say try them in the UK because at least they'll get a legal defence and whether guilty or not, everyone is entitled to a defence and not spend 105 days in isolation without access to a lawyer.
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'Yes, but did your mate spend a month and half in prison for the "crime" of looking for his kids? I agree that things are bad in this area in the UK, but to say it is "kind of the same" as Japan is just not true'.
Well if the mother gets a restraining order in the UK, then of course it could easily happen. In fact, fathers4justice have highlighted many similar cases to this. Bottom line is, dad's don't have the parental rights they should have. And on that note, I is off to bed cos it's 01:07. Night all!
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It's kind of the same in the UK. My mate lost access to his two kids after his ex wife ran off with his two sons aged 7 and 2. This was 7 years ago. She said he had hit her (he claims he didn't and I don't know the truth) so the UK family courts wouldn't grant him access based on her testimony of domestic violence. After 3 appeals, he ran out of money and gave up 4 years ago. All he can do now is wait until his children are 18. Cases like this is why Fathers4Justice became a well known UK organisation. So, sadly, it's not just Japan. At the end of the day, it's the children that suffer. I should know. I never knew my dad. Good luck to the bloke.
'“By the end of today, another 200 children will have been cruelly separated from their fathers in secret family courts.”
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Nice one Taiwan. With the amount of 'friends' Taiwan is now losing due to Chinese pressure, it's good to see Taiwan not fueling anti-Japanese sentiment or using it as a diplomatic tool as Ossan said.
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Well see, but fingers crossed. Two Japanese links regarding Japan's 'Hostage Justice'.
Kaku Imamura: 'Legal Professionals Call for an End to Japan's 'Hostage Justice'
The Japan Federation of Bar Associations
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'Not ordinary foreigners. Illegal foreigners. There's a difference. If foreigners feel that these are "extreme measures", than they should do more for Japan by whistleblowing those people that they already know are here illegally.'
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Good opinion piece in The G: 'The former Nissan boss is right to point the finger at a legal system that the UN has described as ‘medieval’. In Japan, laws are used as weapons against targeted people and not applied equally. One example of this is the “hostage justice” (hitojichi-shiho) system. Hostage justice boils down to the accused remaining in custody until they incriminate themselves by signing a confession. Often this is drawn up by prosecutors who browbeat the accused without defence counsel. Knowing that the playing field is tilted in favour of the prosecutors and that they could spend a very long time in jail even before going to court, many innocent defendants confess. Ghosn spent more than 120 days in detention'.
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From The Guardian Live Feed:
Ghosn: Plot was like Pearl Harbor
In a highly provocative, and distasteful move, Ghosn is comparing this alleged plot to remove him to the Pearl Harbor attacks!
He says his friends have asked how he didn’t notice he was being set up -- and he reminds them how the Japanese air force caught the Americans by surprise in 1941.
That is going to cause fury in Japan, we suspect.
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Try this one! (edit function please!)
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Carlos Ghosn press conference is live
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