A submarine touted as the world's most advanced hunter-killer submersible has joined the United Kingdom's Royal Navy fleet. The submarine was welcomed Wednesday at a ceremony in Barrow, England. The £1.3 billion ($1.5 billion) HMS Anson is touted as offering naval stealth and striking power, and is able to gather vital intelligence, protect other Royal Navy vessels from threats above and below the waves, and destroy enemy military infrastructure with pinpoint accuracy. The submarine was commissioned at BAE Systems' yard in Cumbria in England's northwest in front of her crew and their families, plus naval leaders, Secretary of State for Defense Ben Wallace, Prime Minister Boris Johnson , Australian Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, and the patron, Julie Weale. It has taken more than 11 years - and some 20 million hours' work by an estimated 10,000 people from 400 firms and organizations across the U.K. - for the 8,000-ton vessel to be ready for action. Anson is the fifth … [Read more...] about World’s most advanced attack submarine joins British Navy
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The Conservative Party-led British government is pressuring pro-Brexit, pro-British unionists in Northern Ireland to accept their ongoing sell-out to the European Union and form a regional government or face consequences. Northern Ireland, sometimes referred to as Ulster, particularly by British Unionists in the Province, was left effectively still inside the European Union, at least for the purposes of customs and regulations, and even subject to an internal border between it and the Great British mainland in the Brexit deal agreed by Boris Johnson. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which is the largest of the pro-British parties in Northern Ireland, fiercely opposed this as undermining their place in the United Kingdom, and ultimately refused to continue participating in the power-sharing government with pro-EU, Irish nationalist party Sinn Féin when London failed to rectify the situation — meaning no regional government at all. Chris Heaton-Harris, the Liz Truss … [Read more...] about UK Govt Pressures Pro-Brexit Unionists in Ulster to Accept EU Sell-Out
LONDON — In the final moments of the new mini-series “This England,” Boris Johnson, the exhausted and embattled British prime minister, stares bleakly out of a window at 10 Downing Street and falls back, as he often does, on Shakespeare. “This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,” says Johnson, who is played by Kenneth Branagh in the series, a six-part drama about Britain’s ordeal with the coronavirus pandemic . “We usually leave it there, you know,” he says, turning to his anxious wife, Carrie (Ophelia Lovibond), who is cradling their newborn child. “Forget the rest.” But Johnson goes on to recite the end of John of Gaunt’s deathbed soliloquy from “Richard II,” with its damning reproach of the king. “That England, that was wont to conquer others,” he says, “hath made a shameful conquest of itself.” It is a fitting coda to a much-talked-about show in Britain, a series that captures the everyday heroism of Britons during the pandemic, but also the failings … [Read more...] about Britain Wonders, Is It Too Soon to Dramatize the Pandemic?
LONDON — For Prime Minister Liz Truss, it was a chance to steady the waters after days of turmoil in the financial markets over her new fiscal plan: eight rapid-fire interviews with local BBC radio stations from Leeds to Nottingham. By the time Ms. Truss signed off from the last one on Thursday morning, her political woes had multiplied, leaving her new government in a state of disarray almost without precedent in recent British politics. She was, critics said, robotic in defending a tax-cut plan that had been eviscerated by the markets, and showed little sympathy for the pain that high interest rates could inflict on mortgage holders. One host described her as a “reverse Robin Hood.” A listener on another station asked, “Are you ashamed of what you’ve done?” Barely three weeks into her job, Ms. Truss has suffered a dizzying loss of public support. Her Conservative Party now trails the opposition Labour Party by 33 percentage points, according to a new poll by the market research … [Read more...] about Truss Tried to Reassure Britons With Media Blitz. Her Woes Multiplied.
Liz Truss has for the first time acknowledged that "there has been disruption" to the UK economy following last week's mini budget. Since the chancellor's announcement of £45bn in tax cuts the value of the pound has plummeted, nearly half of mortgages have been pulled and the Bank of England launched a £65bn bail-out to save pension funds from collapse. Asked on Friday whether she accepted this is largely a crisis of her government's own making, the prime minister said: "It was very, very important that we took urgent steps to deal with the costs that families are facing this winter, putting in place the energy price guarantee for which we've had to borrow to cover the cost… but also making sure that we are not raising taxes at a time where there are global economic forces caused by the war in Ukraine that we need to deal with. "I recognise there has been disruption. But it was really, really important that we were able to get help to families as soon as possible - that … [Read more...] about Liz Truss admits ‘disruption’ to UK economy but stands by forecast-free mini-budget
Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan presided over a golden era of prosperity. Few national leaders can say they left the world freer and more prosperous than they found it. As Reagan said in his farewell address : “All in all, not bad, not bad at all.” However, since Thatcher and Reagan left office, their victories — lower taxes, less regulation and smaller government — have been under siege. For sure, conservatives have won decisive economic battles, but those victories have been rare and downplayed. Former President Donald Trump’s successful economic record is a stellar example. (RELATED: VASQUEZ: As Biden And The Squad Saddle Taxpayers With A Student Loan Bailout, Americans Push Back) The latest skirmish in the long, frustrating fight for economic freedom appeared last week in London. The new Conservative Party Prime Minister, Liz Truss, unveiled a “mini-budget.” It was not the British equivalent of a MINI Cooper; it was a Rolls Royce. Truss’s mini-budget reversed … [Read more...] about CARTER And THOMPSON: Here’s Why One World Leader’s Success Is Vital To Conservatism’s Legacy
Click here to read the full article. SPOILER ALERT : Do not read if you haven’t watched “ Ramy ” Season 3. Ramy is suffering an identity crisis. More from Variety ABC News Readies Weekly Streaming Version of 'Nightline' (EXCLUSIVE) Kid Cudi's 'Entergalactic' Blends Edgy Adult Animation With Conventional Romantic Comedy: TV Review AMC's 'Interview With the Vampire' Finds New Life in Historical Revamp of Anne Rice's Iconic Novel: TV Review The character, that is. “Ramy” the show, as well as its creator and star Ramy Youssef , couldn’t be in a more confident place creatively. After Season 2 finale “You Are Naked in Front of Your Sheikh” saw Ramy confess to Zainab (MaameYaa Boafo) on their wedding night that he’d cheated on her with his own cousin (Rosaline Elbay) the night before, Season 3 begins with a full embrace of the dirtbag Ramy has become. He’s left his job with his uncle Naseem (also a dirtbag, played by Laith Nakli) to start his own … [Read more...] about Ramy Youssef on Working With Bella Hadid, Exploring Polygamy in ‘Ramy’ Season 3 and Potentially Ending With Season 4
Stephen Friend, a suspended FBI special agent, is awaiting a response from federal oversight officials to an affidavit he filed last week alleging that the FBI mishandled cases related to the January 6 riot and that the FBI then retaliated against him after he reported the alleged wrongdoing up the agency’s chain of command. Friend filed the affidavit, a ten-page document obtained by Breitbart News, with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and Office of Inspector General (OIG) on September 21 after the FBI suspended his security clearance on September 19. Friend, a 37-year-old father of two who has worked at the FBI for eight years, is now being forced to use his leave time as a result of the suspension while he waits for the FBI to decide its next steps and, as a parallel matter, while he waits for both the OSC to address the affidavit, which the OSC is required by statute to do, and the OIG to decide if it will investigate the claims in the affidavit. The suspended agent … [Read more...] about Suspended Whistleblower Awaits Response to Affidavit Alleging FBI Mishandled Jan. 6 Cases