Britain ‘snooped’ on Icelandic officials’ emails to recover cash from broken banks

 Published time: November 10, 2013 12:06                                                                              AFP Photo / Nicholas Kamm   An Icelandic MP says Britain spied on Iceland while wrestling to rescue its citizens’ cash from collapsed Icelandic banks after the financial crisis. Birgitta Jónsdóttir claims she received a tip-off from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Jónsdóttir, who represents Iceland’s Pirate Party, maintains that…

David Cameron ‘must embrace Churchill’s vision of United States of Europe’ Says EU Commission President

The current generation of EU leaders, including David Cameron, must revive   Winston Churchill’s vision of a United States of Europe says José Manuel   Barroso José Manuel Barroso urged the EU to emulate Churchil’s call, made in a 1948 speech, for deeper integration in Europe Photo: Reuters   By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels 5:30PM GMT 08 Nov 2013…

How a war game brought the world to the brink of nuclear disaster

Former classified documents show how close the Soviet Union came to launching an attack in 1983   Jamie Doward The Observer,  Saturday 2 November 2013 12.43 EDT Prime minister Margaret Thatcher was alarmed by intelligence reports about the Soviet Union’s reaction. Photograph: Jockel Fink/AP Chilling new evidence that Britain and America came close to provoking the…

Britain must say ‘no’ to eastern European immigrants, says Cameron

The Prime Minister says young Brits cannot “fully” compete with hard-working   immigrants from Eastern Europe By Steven Swinford, Senior Political Correspondent 12:38PM GMT 28 Oct 2013 British youths are not “fully capable” of competing with hard working   immigrants from Eastern Europe because they lack the basic skills and   qualifications, David Cameron has said. The Prime…

George Osborne: ‘Second-rate Britain’ needs to be more like China

Chancellor dismisses suggestions that China has a ‘sweatshop’ economy and wishes Britain would be more like the communist country Lewis Smith Friday, 18 October 2013 Britain is no longer great, is defeatist and unambitious and needs to be more like China, the Chancellor has said. In an astonishing trashing of his country’s attitudes, George Osborne…

Here Are All The Things the British Military Can’t Do Anymore

   Posted By Robert Beckhusen, War is Boring   Monday, October 14, 2013 – 2:05 PM   In late September, the Royal Navy unveiled its latest nuclear-powered Astute-class submarine, HMS Artful, and also “christened” the hefty but sleek Daring-class destroyer HMS Duncan — the sixth and last of its class. Aside from the United Kingdom’s aircraft carrier program, these represent…

Power corrupts but it also plays with your mind: Lloyd George, Chamberlain and Thatcher all suffered from ‘hubris syndrome’

Ex-foreign secretary, Lord Owen, tells conference that condition leads to disastrous decision-making Alison Boulton Sunday, 22 September 2013 If we are to understand – and more crucially – prevent disasters such as the global financial crisis or escalation of conflict in the Middle East, we might do worse than turn to the ancient Greeks to…

Gibraltar chief says no chance of sovereignty talks with Spain / “a snowball’s chance in hell”

The Chief Minister of Gibraltar has said there is not “a snowball’s chance in hell” that Britain would grant Spain talks over the Rock’s sovereignty. By Fiona Govan, Gibraltar 11:51AM BST 22 Aug 2013 A day after Spain’s foreign minister urged Britain to the table to negotiate amid an escalating border dispute, Fabian Picardo absolutely…

Spain vows to defend its Gibraltar interests while British fleet sails in (coincidentally, of course)

Mariano Rajoy says Britain should act with ‘common sense and good judgement’ Oliver Wright, Adam Withnall Friday, 9 August 2013 Spain will take “all legal measures” to protect its interests in its row with Gibraltar, its Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned Britain. In tough remarks, following the failure of diplomatic efforts to defuse the…

Revealed: Ordinary laboratory animals are outnumbered by GM counterparts for first time

‘These represent the next generation of tools to understand complex conditions’ says one researcher Steve Connor Tuesday, 16 July 2013 The number of genetically modified (GM) animals used in scientific research in Britain has exceeded the number of ordinary laboratory animals for the first time, according to official statistics that show a 9 per cent…

Ministers to seize back 100 powers from Brussels

Around 100 powers are to be permanently seized from Europe in a dramatic move this week. Photo: Niall Carson/PA By Patrick Hennessy 9:33PM BST 06 Jul 2013 In the first part of efforts to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union, ministers will announce plans to claw back the powers. Theresa May, the Home Secretary,…