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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, threatens to sue Mail on Sunday

Paper published letter from royal saying father Thomas Markle had ‘broken her heart’
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -to-father
#568696
Science has dim view of Brexit voters’ brains
Researchers gave 11,225 volunteers psychological tests before the referendum and asked how they intended to vote. Results suggest that leavers tended to be less numerate, more impulsive and more prone to accept the unsupported claims of authoritarian figures.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news ... -7nk8s3272
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Boiler wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:47 pm
Abernathy wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:13 pm
So, thick, then?
Ooh, don't say that to a Leaver - they get well offended if you do.
See, that is interesting. It's probably true, or if it's not precisely accurate, it's certainly counter-productive
to describe a considerable portion of the numpties that voted Leave as thick.

But the fact is, it is alost certainly absolutely accurate. A lot of them really ARE thick. I've certainly spoken to more than a few thickos.

As for taking offence at that, it's interesting to note that quite a few of these types of people are also those who complain vociferously about "PC gorn mad" in their annoyance at not being able to refer to Sir Trevor MacDonald as a nig-nog any more.

My approach now is to emphasise that people were mis-led. In other words, in answering the simple binary question of do you want to Leave the EU or Remain a member?, they really DID "know exactly what they were voting for" - so there is no insult there, as far as it goes. It's just that nobody could know then, or was ever properly informed about exactly what the consequences of leaving were. But we do now - so let's drop all this talk of an affront to democracy.
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#569846
Newspapers help to radicalise far right, says UK anti-terror chief

Neil Basu criticises hypocrisy of mainstream news providers in wake of Christchurch attack
Britain’s counter-terrorism chief has said far-right terrorists are being radicalised by mainstream newspaper coverage, while also criticising the hypocrisy of outlets such as Mail Online, which uploaded the “manifesto” of the gunman in the Christchurch terror attack.

Neil Basu, one of Britain’s top police officers, said it was ironic that while newspapers have repeatedly criticised the likes of Facebook and Google for hosting extremist content, sites including the Sun and the Mirror rushed to upload clips of footage filmed by the gunman as he attacked two mosques in New Zealand.
Not irony but hypocrisy. As PE pointed out today, they may have breached terrorism laws.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... -neil-basu
#574614
Dutch court blocks extradition of man to 'inhumane' UK prisons

Judges in the Netherlands have refused to send a suspected drug smuggler back to the UK because of concerns that conditions in British jails are inhumane.

An initial application to extradite the unnamed man, who had been on the run for two years, was refused this week due to the reported state of HMP Liverpool where he would probably be sent.

The court of Amsterdam heard how inspectors had found “some of the most disturbing prison conditions we have ever seen” and “conditions which have no place in an advanced nation in the 21st century”, in reference to report on the state of prisons in the UK published last July.
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