UK Column News - 20th October 2023

Mike Robinson, Vanessa Beeley and Ben Rubin with today's UK Column News.


Andrew Bridgen Pleads For An Investigation On Excess Deaths (Receives Cheers From The Gallery)

00:23 Andrew Bridgen (on X):

Today is the day of the first debate in a Parliament anywhere in the world on the subject of excess deaths. Please tune in to the debate this afternoon or, if you can, come down to the House of Commons and watch from the Public Gallery.

Response letter from Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Response letter from Sheryll Murray MP

Health Advisory And Recovery Team (HART): Joint Letter from HART, DfPUK and UKMFA


Stop The Warmongering!

05:32 Sky News: PM to meet Netanyahu in Israel; Sunak says UK intelligence looking into al Ahli blast

Sky News (YouTube): 'We want you to win', Sunak tells Netanyahu on Israel visit

GOV.UK: Foreign Secretary travels to Middle East to help prevent regional spread of conflict 

GOV.UK: UK announces £10 million humanitarian aid for civilians in Occupied Palestinian Territories 

The Washington Post: 300 arrested as Jewish protesters in D.C. demand Israel-Gaza cease-fire


War Crimes—Russia Called Nazi For Not Supporting Israel

13:53 UN Press: Security Council Fails to Adopt Resolution Calling for Humanitarian Pauses in Israel-Gaza Crisis on Account of Veto by United States

Mediaite: Israeli Ambassador Denies Gaza 'Humanitarian Crisis'

Yanis Varoufakis: List of war crimes and crimes qualifying as genocide committed by Israel in Gaza between 7th and 14th October 2023

United Nations: Gaza: UN experts decry bombing of hospitals and schools as crimes against humanity, call for prevention of genocide

RT International: Oldest Orthodox church in Gaza damaged by 'Israeli strike'

Al Jazeera: ‘A second Nakba’: Echoes of 1948, as Israel orders Palestinians to leave

CGTN: Over 3000 dead in latest Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Meagan Brown (on X):

Amir Weitmann, head of Israel's ruling Likud Party, promises revenge on Russia for insufficient support of Israel in an unhinged live RT interview 

China Daily: Xi says win-win cooperation is sure way to success in launching major initiatives

UK Column Interview: Understanding Gaza, under fire and under siege

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AI In The UK

32:17 EY—Global

Ernst & Young: EY announces launch of artificial intelligence platform following US$1.4bn investment

Management Consultancies Association: Is AI the start of the truly creative human?

GOV.UK: AI Safety Summit 2023

Anna Gross (on X):

China is planning to attend both days of the UK’s summit on AI at Bletchley Park next month

GOV.UK: David Knott, Chief Technology Officer for UK Government, CDDO

CNBC: Moderna teams up with IBM to put A.I., quantum computing to work on mRNA technology used in vaccines

Financial Times: Deloitte UK plans to axe 150 graduate consulting jobs


Bankers Pushing Ahead For Digital Money

45:00 Deutsche Bundesbank: Digital euro: Eurosystem moves to the next phase

European Central Bank: Eurosystem proceeds to next phase of digital euro project

Singapore FinTech Festival (YouTube): The Case for New Digital Currency by Christine Lagarde

European Central Bank: Digital euro—stocktake

Peterson Institute for International Economics (YouTube): Discussion with Agustín Carstens on Central Bank Digital Currencies 

Bank for International Settlements: Securing the future monetary system


Gaza—The Local Response 

50:24 Al Mayadeen English: Explosions heard at US military sites in Iraq, Syria

Reuters: US Navy warship near Yemen intercepted projectiles, Pentagon says

The Hill: McCaul preparing authorization of military force against Hamas, Iran proxies


Peter Thiel Was An FBI Informant

55:20 Unlimited Hangout: How Peter Thiel-Linked Tech is Fueling the Ukraine War

Yahoo News: Exclusive: Tech billionaire Peter Thiel was an FBI informant


Closed Petition To Stop The WHO Ignored By Parliament

1:00:10 Dr Tess Lawrie (on X): 

86 days and still no date for this parliamentary debate...

We only have until 1st December to reject the IHR amendments adopted last year. Are they trying to delay the debate so that it's too late?

Closed petition: Hold a parliamentary vote on whether to reject amendments to the IHR 2005