UK Column News - 3rd February 2023

Mike Robinson, Patrick Henningsen and Vanessa Beeley with today’s UK Column News.


Vaccine Issues Haven’t Gone Away

00:21 Bank of England raises interest rates to 4%

The Monetary Policy Committee voted by a majority of 7 to 2 to raise #BankRate

UK Health Security Agency recruitment ad (now removed): Vaccine Supply Operations Lead (still viewable on NHS Jobs beta domain)

Are Covid–19 Vaccines Biodefense Security Countermeasures?

21st Century Wire: Are COVID-19 ‘Vaccines’ a Military Biodefense Response Gone Terribly Wrong? Yes


Digital ID Consultation 

11:32 Digital Economy Act 2017: The Identity Verification Services objective

Open consultation: Consultation on draft legislation to support identity verification


Journalism, Censorship and AI

13:46 Jonathan Turley: “Objectivity Has Got To Go”: News Leaders Call for the End of Objective Journalism

Patrick Henningsen’s Twitter account reinstated

Matt Taibbi: Move Over, Jayson Blair: Meet Hamilton 68, the New King of Media Fraud

Book: The Ministry of Truth by Dorian Lynskey

Mike Benz explains how to shut down the online censorship machine

Feds adapting AI used to silence ISIS to combat American dissent


Iran Protests, Fake News and Real Attacks

36:39 Iran protests: Government says over 200 killed in unrest

BBC: Iran dancing couple given 10-year jail sentence

Iran’s unrest triggers explosion of fake news

BBC: Elnaz Rekabi: Family home of Iranian climber demolished

Sarbaz Roohulla Rezvi ShameOnBBC

Trudeau deletes tweet falsely claiming Iran has sentenced 15,000 protesters to death

Omid Memarian: Outrageous! After killing 100s of protesters on the streets & a violent crackdown, 227 MPs in Iran called the protesters “Mohareb”

More discredited news reports

Television series is shared as real incident of an Iranian father at his daughter’s grave

Azerbaijan will not allow Israel to attack Iran from its soil

Azerbaijan appoints first ever ambassador to Israel amid Iran row

Fatal shooting at Azerbaijan Embassy in Iran raises tensions

Azerbaijan blasts Iran for ‘opposing international obligations’ days after embassy attack

Azerbaijani security forces arrest 39 linked to Iranian ‘espionage network’

Israel behind overnight drone attack on Iranian weapons factory

Iranian food truck convoy hit in unidentified drone strikes on Syrian-Iraqi border

Parallels between Iran now and pre-2011 Syria


"77 Tobias" Calls For More Direct War With Russia

55:55 Tobias Ellwood says UK must face Russia 'directly' in Ukraine

Sergey Lavrov:

Whatever our Western partners may say, however they try to justify their actions on pumping Ukraine with weapons—including the known slogans that the path to peace lies through arms shipments—everyone understands everything.

Dmitry Peskov:

We see how NATO’s entire military infrastructure is working against Russia, and we see how the entire intelligence infrastructure of NATO, including reconnaissance aviation and satellite groups, are working 24/7 in the interests of Ukraine

Anatoly Antonov:

The political circles in Washington do not hide the goal of their war on the Ukrainian territory, and my tongue did not slip—to inflict a strategic defeat to Russia, to exhaust and to wear down our country.


EU Economy, UK Army and Global Partnerships

59:51 The EU’s Response To Biden's Inflation Reduction Act (that increased inflation) Is Finally Here

Britain would run out of ammo in a day if it fought Russia, top former general says

British Army ‘ran out of ammunition in just eight days of fighting’ in simulated 10-day online war exercise in 2021

Furious Navy chiefs order investigation after 'workers on Trident submarine glued broken bolts in a nuclear reactor chamber'

AUKUS is an enhanced trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States

Australia-UK ministerial consultations (AUKMIN) 2023: joint statement

Joint Statement—The Tallinn Pledge: a joint statement by the defence ministers of Estonia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Latvia and Lithuania; and the representatives of Denmark, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Slovakia

OPCW Releases Third Report by Investigation and Identification Team

Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the report released by the OPCW Investigation and Identification Team regarding the April 7, 2018, Douma chemical attack


Renewables Leaving People in the Cold

1:17:28 Texas state capital of Austin doesn’t know when it’ll fully restore power as hundreds of thousands of Texans remain in the cold

Texas electrical grid remains vulnerable to extreme weather events


And Finally: The People Say “No”

1:21:49 Southend considers 15-minute city scheme

20-minute neighbourhoods could be trialled in Norfolk

More than 30,000 motorists a month refusing to pay Clean Air Zone fines

Colchester residents swarm a council meeting as they discuss "sustainability", breathing down their necks as "15 minute cities" is brought up (TG Video)