UK Column News - 17th May 2024

Mike Robinson, Debi Evans, Ben Rubin and Cheryl Grainger with today's UK Column News.


Slovak PM Wasn’t Going The West’s War Way

00:22 Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Slovakian PM Robert Fico recovering after "politically motivated" shooting

BBC: How Robert Fico used Covid and Ukraine to gain power in Slovakia

Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA): Slovak Vote Shows Need for NATO Action on Russian Disinformation

Center for Countering Disinformation (Ukrainian): What should Ukraine expect from the meeting between J. Biden and Xi Jinping

The Telegraph: We won’t send another bullet to Kyiv, says Slovakia’s PM frontrunner 

Politico:  Slovak PM says EU, NATO members weighing sending troops to Ukraine 

Open Society Foundation (Ukrainian): About Foundation


Who Were The Oxford Team Behind The Now-Withdrawn AstraZeneca Jabs?

06:51 The University of Liverpool: Vaccinology PhD / MPhil / MD

The Guardian: AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine is no more—but its remarkable success must not be forgotten

University of Oxford (2020): Oxford University announces landmark partnership with AstraZeneca for the development and potential large-scale distribution of Covid–19 vaccine candidate

University of Oxford (2020): Research: About the Oxford Covid–19 vaccine

The Oxford Covid–19 vaccine team is led by Prof. Sarah Gilbert, Prof. Andrew Pollard, Prof. Teresa Lambe, Dr Sandy Douglas, Prof. Catherine Green and Prof. Adrian Hill. 

Evening Standard: Leading scientist on Covid–19 vaccine recalls ‘immensely gratifying’ work

Barinthus Biotherapeutics: About Us

Companies House: Barinthus Biotherapeutics (UK) Limited

BBC (2021): Barbie of Oxford Covid vaccine designer Dame Sarah Gilbert created

University of Oxford (2021): Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert delivers 44th Dimbleby Lecture


Paul Polman, A Man You’ve Probably Never Heard Of But Should Have

20:16 Activation Quotes: Paul Polman

United Nations Global Compact (YouTube): Full Speech: Paul Polman at the SDG Business Forum 2019

LinkedIn: Paul Polman—Net Positive

Imagine One:  We believe in the power of leaders to drive systemic change 

Food, Farming and Countryside Commission: The Hope Farm Statement

Henry Dimbleby (LinkedIn): 

As far as I can work out, the "Hope Farm Statement" last week is the first time serious industry figures—including the CEOs of Nestlé and Danone—have recognised they need more intervention from government to fix our broken food system.

The Times: Henry Dimbleby sets up fund to transform global food system (archived)

National Food Strategy: Supplementary Evidence, January 2020—BAIN & Company (PDF)


Forthcoming Symposiums–Please Help Support UK Column

32:14 Support Independent Journalism from the UK Column with only £5 a month

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UK Column interviews: Iurie Roșca, the Christian Optimist—Part 1 & Part 2

Alternative View: Book your tickets for AV 14, Riding The Wave

Forthcoming UK Column Symposium (In Honour of the Late Graeme MacQueen): From 'National Security' to Biosecurity: Global Power Dynamics and the Erosion of Freedom in the 21st Century—Sunday, May 19, 2024, 1:00–3:00 PM EDT (6–8 pm BST)

Walking The Dog: Episode 4 Premières On YouTube At 11.00 am on Sunday 19th May 2024

The mRNA ‘vaccine' disaster and its implications symposium—30th May 2024, 1 pm BST / 14.00 CET


Nurses Performing Surgery Without Surgeons In The NHS

34:25 NHS England: Over half of England’s care home residents get NHS spring covid jab in four weeks

NHS England: NHS App messaging saved NHS more than £1 million in last year

Medscape: TAVI Turmoil: Did A Nurse Perform TAVI in the UK

Andy O’Plasty, MD (on X):

So are you saying that it wasn’t a momentous day and John wasn’t the first nurse-ANP who had performed the whole TAVI procedure as first operator, and it wasn’t a true transformation addressing NHS needs?

Because your original tweet would indicate otherwise.  Please clarify.

BBC: Non-surgeon removed gall bladders at hospital

NHS Employers: Surgical care practitioners

SciTech Daily: Revolutionary “Quartet Nanocage” Vaccine Effective Against Coronaviruses That Haven’t Even Emerged Yet

Benefits and Work: DWP considers powers of arrest, seizure and collecting information on where claimants spend money

GOV.UK: Survey of public perceptions of fraud, error and debt

The Mirror: DWP to form new 2,500 team to check Universal Credit claims

Theo Clarke: Birth Trauma Inquiry Report for Publication—May 13th 2024 (PDF)


With Home Education On The Rise…

39:56 GOV.UK blogs: What it means for sex education lessons in schools

Gillian Keegan MP (on X): 

No more situations where parents are prevented from seeing materials.

No more teaching children topics way beyond their years.

No more teaching of the contested view of gender identity.

That’s what our RSHE guidance will ensure.

Rishi Sunak (on X): 

Under no circumstances should parents be blocked from seeing the content taught in their own children’s lessons.

Nor should it be controversial to teach our children that biological sex is a fact.

Today we're taking action to change this.

GOV.UK: Sex education: What is RSHE and can parents access curriculum materials?


It’s Miliband Time At Nesta

45:16 Nesta—UK innovation agency for social good: UK 2040: Rt Hon David Miliband in conversation with Ravi Gurumurthy

UK Column article (2016): The International Rescue Committee: A Trojan Horse of the Globalists?

Verian: The Reykjavík Index for Leadership

Independent (2018): The great PFI heist: The real story of how Britain's economy has been left high and dry by a doomed economic philosophy

Nesta: The future of energy retail: how we could reshape the market


Tony Blair, 5G, Directed Energy Weapons and Contaminated Devon Water

51:35 Tony Blair Institute for Global Change: Reimagining the UK's Net-Zero Strategy

Ofcom: Consultation: Proposals to make auction regulations for the mmWave award

Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP (on X): 

The UK will lead the world in drone killing tech.

We’re already urgently procuring DragonFire lasers that can cut down drones at the speed of light.

And now we’ve announced the UK’s radio beam weapon that will bring down swarms of drones for just 10p.

Lockheed Martin: Directed Energy

Raytheon UK: Raytheon UK set to receive and integrate UK's first laser weapon system

South West Water: Welcome to South West Water

Customers in Alston and the Hillhead area of Brixham are advised to boil their drinking water.


BBC News and Current Affairs Assures Us That BBC Verify Are The Truth Tellers

57:59 Truth Tellers (on X): 

Truth is not dead—it is not. It is the death of where to find the truth

Sir Harry Summit: Meet the 2024 Truth Tellers


From UKC Extra

Independent: William makes speech calling for ‘urgent’ action on antimicrobial resistance

New Statesman: Sally Davies: “Anti-microbial resistance could kill us before the climate crisis does”

GOV.UK: UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance: Professor Dame Sally Davies

GOV.UK: New 5-year plan to combat antimicrobial resistance

GOV.UK (2019): UK 20-year vision for antimicrobial resistance

University of Oxford: Novel triple drug combination effective against antibiotic-resistant bacteria