UK Column News - 13th December 2023

Mike Robinson, Vanessa Beeley and Charles Malet with today's UK Column News.


The Safety Of Rwanda Bill Sees A Full House

00:23 The Institute for Government: What is in the government's new Rwanda asylum plan?

GOV.UK: Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill 2023: legal position

Sky News: MPs vote in favour of Sunak’s Rwanda policy

Toby Young (on X): 

The Government’s Climate Minister has been flown thousands of miles back from the COP28 environment conference in Dubai to vote for the Rwanda bill and will then be flown back again, it has emerged.

UK Ministry of Justice: Human Rights Act Reform: a Modern Bill of Rights

Daily Mail: Rishi Sunak 'told Rwanda flight law will make it easier for migrants to stay in Britain' as Tory 'five families' go to war for soul of party amid 'insane' threats to replace PM as leader—as cost of project doubles to almost £300million

International Labour Organization: Forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking

GOV.UK: UK government modern slavery statement 2021 to 2022

GOV.UK: Combatting child sexual abuse and exploitation

National Crime Agency: Modern slavery and human trafficking

UK Parliament: Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill


Hezbollah and Israel—Potential For Escalation 

07:16 UN News: UN General Assembly votes by large majority for immediate humanitarian ceasefire during emergency session 

Not only does this resolution fail to condemn Hamas for crimes against humanity, it does not mention Hamas at all. This will only prolong the death and destruction in the region, that is precisely what a ceasefire means.

Times Of Israel: Gallant: We’ll push Hezbollah beyond Litani River before residents of northern Israel return home

Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu to Hezbollah: If you attack, we'll turn Beirut into Gaza

Brookings: Debating UN peacekeeping in Lebanon


Scientists Suggest It's Time To Engineer the Sky

14:25 Scientific American: It's Time to Engineer the Sky

Climate Home News: The Overshoot Commission is talking about solar geoengineering. Not everyone thinks it should

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change: COP28 Opens in Dubai with Calls for Accelerated Action, Higher Ambition Against the Escalating Climate Crisis

The DEGREES Initiative: What is SRM?

Climate Overshoot Commission: Report Booklets

Nature Journal: Exposure to climate change information predicts public support for solar geoengineering in Singapore and the United States

SRM Youth Watch: Comic Book: Solar Radiation Modification—Who’s Deciding Your Climate Future?

SRM Youth Watch (on X): 

Why is inclusion critical to effective governance on Solar Radiation Modification?

Joshua Amponsem sheds light on the critical role of inclusion at the SRM launch event in NYC. #COP28

United Nations Environment Programme: One Atmosphere: An Independent Expert Review on Solar Radiation Modification Research and Deployment

Make Sunsets (on X): Deploying reflective clouds in the stratosphere to cool Earth until humanity transitions off fossil fuels and scales greenhouse gas removal

Make Sunsets: We have launched 33 balloons and offset 5,596 ton-years of warming

Met Office: Met Office position on geoengineering research


UN ‘Con’ 28 Climate Change and UK’s Net Zero Growth Plan

26:30 United Nations: Secretary-General's statement at the closing of the UN Climate Change Conference COP28

GOV.UK: Powering Up Britain: Net Zero Growth Plan

the practice of improving standards in one place, area of activity etc. so that they are the same as another place …

Reuters: UK economy shrinks, testing Bank of England's resolve on rates

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Met Police Now Doxing People

33:16 Metropolitan Police (on X): 

The pro-Palestinian protest has set off from Bank junction. The front of the march is passing St Paul’s. As the march formed up, officers identified a man with a placard making comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany. He has been arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order offence.

Holocaust Encyclopedia: Public Humiliation

Mondoweiss: I used to think the term ’Judeo-Nazis’ was excessive. I don’t any longer

Save the Children: Stripped, beaten and blindfolded: new research reveals ongoing violence and abuse of Palestinian children detained by Israeli military


Strengthening Police In Numbers, But Not In Skill

38:39 Daily Mail: Suella Braverman axes requirement for all police officers to have degrees after backlash from chief constables

IPLDP and Police Constable Entry Programme (PCEP): Joining the Police: 

This will be available to all forces from April 2024. For this entry route you will undertake a two-year training programme and, on successful completion of your probation, you will be confirmed in post as a police constable.

GOV.UK: National campaign to recruit 20,000 police officers launches today 

GOV.UK: Police workforce, England and Wales: 31 March 2023

As at 31 March 2023, in England and Wales there were 53,080 female officers in post, accounting for 35.5% of officers, an increase on 35.1% as at 31 December 2022. This is the highest number and proportion of female officers in post since comparable records began. By comparison, as at 31 March 2019 (before the programme began) 31.7% of officers were female.

Police Superintendents' Association: PSA Publishes Annual Report for 2022–2023


Israel’s Ex-Justice Minister Walks Out After Being Challenged on Gaza Slaughter

46:56 Jewish News: Shoah Foundation launches project to document ‘unspeakable barbarity’ of 7 October

Mondoweiss: CNN report claiming sexual violence on October 7 relied on non-credible witnesses, some with undisclosed ties to Israeli government

Afshin Rattansi's Going Underground (Rumble): Israel’s Ex-Justice Minister WALKS OUT After Being Challenged on Gaza Slaughter, October 7th


HMGCC, Opening Doors For The Spy Tech

52:32 HMGCC: Home—We are His Majesty's Government Communications Centre (HMGCC), the engineering specialists at the heart of the UK's national security

BBC: Inside the secret complex making high-tech gadgets for UK spies

GOV.UK: Government body behind secret tech opens doors to expand engineering excellence 

HMGCC: First national security tech challenge launched as HMGCC Co-Creation

Intelligence Online: Britain's HMGCC looks to serve as bulwark against Beijing


Boycotts Do Work

56:19 Reuters: Zara pulls advert from website front page after Gaza boycott calls

Middle East Monitor: Zara sparks outrage with disrespectful collection amid tragedy in Gaza

Doc Malik Honest Health (Substack): My response to the latest hospital to suspend me