UK Column News - 13th March 2024

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


New Gaza Port And Leaked Documents

00:20 Politico: Cyprus-Gaza humanitarian corridor to open soon, von der Leyen says 

The Jerusalem Post: Diplomatic source to 'Post': Gaza maritime route was Netanyahu’s idea—exclusive

The Jerusalem Post: US military to build emergency port on Gaza shore to offset hunger crisis

Anadolu Ajansı:  US port plans in Gaza have 'hidden objectives': Expert

The Jerusalem Post (2023): Victory is an opportunity for Israel in the midst of crisis—opinion

Military Times: 1,000 US troops deploying to build offshore port for Gaza aid

Haaretz: OSINT Reveals Unprecedented Extent of U.S. Arms Airlift to Israel Since Oct. 7

The Cradle (2023): Leaked: Israeli plan to ethnically cleanse Gaza

Michel Chossudovsky (Substack): War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

The Guardian (2023): 500 trucks per day pre October 7th: Aid trucks enter Gaza but UN chief says people need ‘much, much more’


Is Admiral Sir Tony Radakin A Fall Guy?

09:03 GOV.UK: Speech: Chief of the Defence Chatham House Security and Defence Conference 2024 keynote speech 

Forces Network: Head of Armed Forces has post extended in what he says is a critical time for Europe 

Royal Navy: HMS Blazer (P279)

GOV.UK: UK defence industry spending tops £25 billion for first time

CNN: Exclusive: Russia producing three times more artillery shells than US and Europe for Ukraine

Politico: Pentagon needs Congress to hand over $10B to replace weapons sent to Ukraine

Chatham House:  The failed Trident test highlights an imbalance in UK defence strategy 

RAF Lakenheath: New F–35 Field Training Detachment facility at RAF Lakenheath


When There Is No Wind Or Sun, We Still Need Electricity

16:03 GOV.UK: Energy Secretary takes action to reinforce UK energy supply

UK Parliament: Imports of fossil fuels from Russia (PDF)

UK reliance on Russian fossil fuels. In 2021 imports from Russia made up 4% of gas used in the UK, 9% of oil and 27% of coal. In 2021, imports of gas, oil and coal from Russian to the UK were worth a combined £4.5 billion. This fell to £2.2 billion in 2022 and £1.3 billion in the year to January 2023.

GOV.UK:  Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's article in the Telegraph: 12 March 2024 

The Telegraph: Britain is now an elite dictatorship where majority opinions are crushed 

NATO: Topic: Energy security

NATO: Secretary General off the coast of Norway: NATO is stepping up protection of critical infrastructure

G.B National Grid status: GridwatchTM

GOV.UK: Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES)

National Grid ESO: ESO announces the name of the forthcoming Future System Operator

National Grid ESO: The UK Government has set a clear deadline for coal fired power stations to cease production by October 2024—so what are we doing to make that happen?


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UK Bans Puberty Blockers For Minors

26:09 NHS England: Clinical Policy: Puberty suppressing hormones

Drugs: Triptorelin Side Effects

Pure Peptides UK: GnRH Triptorelin 100mcg

House of Lords Library: Conversion Therapy Prohibition (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Bill [HL]: HL Bill 5 of 2023–24

UK Parliament: Conversion Practices (Prohibition) Bill—Parliamentary Bills


Oracle With Its Long-Reaching Tentacles

32:08 Track the tax money splurges at UK Column’s FCDO Spending website and submit FoI requests accordingly 

Oracle tentacles in UK government offices 

Defence Connect (2022): MoD contract 2020: Oracle awarded UK Ministry of Defence cloud infrastructure contract

Crown Commercial Services (2021): Crown Commercial Service announces 3-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oracle

Channel Web (2015): NHS: Oracle extends UK government MoU agreement

Andrew Morawski (LinkedIn): How AI is impacting the future of work

Oracle (2020): Tony Blair Institute and Oracle Launch Africa Vaccine Management in the Cloud

Larry Ellison Foundation: The Larry Ellison Foundation supports organizations and businesses which set out to make a difference in the world

The Jerusalem Post (2021): Founder of software giant Oracle Corp is Jewish: Larry Ellison

Mint Press News (2023): Openly Pro-Israel Tech Group Now Has Control over UK’s Most Sensitive National Security Data 

New York Post (2021): Netanyahu reportedly offered lucrative Oracle board seat by Larry Ellison


Designing Human ‘Digital Twins’ for Behaviour-Changing Therapy and Rehabilitation

42:18 Theresa May (on X): 

Yesterday I visited Salisbury, six years on from Russia’s brazen use of a chemical weapon on British soil. It was a pleasure to thank staff at dstlmod Porton Down for their professionalism—and for everything they do away from public view to keep our country safe.

War Secretary Grant Shapps (on X): Watch the first ever video of the UK’s laser weapon DragonFire

Newly declassified footage shows the power of the laser to cut down targets at the speed of light

GOV.UK: Advanced future military laser achieves UK first 

GOV.UK: Ministry of Defence funds 2 new Centres for Doctoral Training

IBM: What Is a Digital Twin?

Cambridge University Press & Assessment: Designing Human Digital Twins for Behaviour-Changing Therapy and Rehabilitation: A Systematic Review


Holocaust Memorial Update

49:50 GOV.UK (2023): UK Holocaust Memorial moves a step closer

Jewish News: Architect Daniel Libeskind suggests a rethink of UK Holocaust memorial site

Imperial War Museums: The Holocaust Galleries

GOV.UK: Spring Budget 2024 speech

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: About our Records

Daniel Hannan (on X): 

There's a beautiful CWGC graveyard in Jinja. Here's a British East African Muslim who died fighting fascism. That's *real* multiculturalism.


Sir Keir Starmer Promises Vote On Legalising Assisted Dying

55:13 Al Jazeera: France's Macron pushes on with assisted-dying bill

The Telegraph: Starmer promises vote on legalising assisted dying