UK Column News - 5th June 2023

Brian Gerrish, Mike Robinson, David Scott and Mark Anderson with today’s UK Column News.


Jaw, Jaw for War, War: Tobias Ellwood Boasts Of Bellicose British Nudging

00:32 Tobias Ellwood’s priorities for the West 

Washington Post: Britain’s defense chief, a contender to run NATO, lays out his vision

Ben Wallace said: 

The world is getting more dangerous, more insecure and more anxious, and the next secretary general has to be able to deliver that funding to make sure that that is never taken off the boil.

Mike Robinson asks: “Why is that?

NBC: How the U.K. is trying to pressure other nations into arming Ukraine

“We’ve certainly been one of the leaders at nudging and encouraging others to have greater political courage”—Tobias Ellwood

Mirror: Bournemouth MP calls for safety review and end to rumours after two kids die in tragedy

Politico: Top Russian official says British politicians now a legitimate military target 

Telegraph:  Comment from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: Putin no longer has the money or the kit to sustain a high-tech modern war 

Video: How Russian forces use electronic warfare to jam Ukraine's GPS guided weapons


NATO’s Blank Cheque For Ukraine

11:40 European Council on Foreign Relations Profile: Carl Bildt

Project Syndicate: The High Stakes of NATO's Vilnius Summit by Carl Bildt

What is Project Syndicate?

Combate on Twitter

[Zelensky] turned his people into cannon fodder and doomed his entire nation for the benefit of US oligarchs

UK Column Community:

UK Column Viewer notes:

Zelensky isn't "buying* weapons to "save Ukraine" or win back territory". Zelensky is selling weapons on behalf of USA oligarchs and plutocrats.


The Information War Is Not News To UK Column Viewers

21:26 Telegraph: Exclusive: Ministers had ‘chilling’ secret unit to curb lockdown dissent 

Question From Lucy Powell on Coronavirus: Disinformation

Crime Minister Chris Philp answers:

The Cross-Whitehall Counter Disinformation Unit (CDU) was established on 5 March 2020, bringing together cross-government monitoring and analysis capabilities. As of 7 January 2022 the CDU is still fully operational.

UK Gov: Counter-Disinformation Unit—Privacy notice

Carnegie UK Trust: Mis/disinformation

Sir Christopher Chope MP asks: When the rapid response unit was disbanded and what happened to the information it collected?

UK Government: Responding to Russia’s invasion: The information war

RESIST 2 Counter Disinformation Toolkit (PDF)

Andrew Neil forgets he cheered on the tyranny; blocks Twitter user who reminded him


Control Of The Court System

33:33 The Conservative Democratic Organisation is a grouping within the Conservative Party

Brian Gerrish asks: 

If the Conservative party has not been democratic to date, what has it been? A dictatorship? A fiefdom? A cabal? A Criminal Conspiracy?

Express: Cleverly invokes terror gag over High Court case where he has been named as defendant


Universal Basic Income—Or Government Bribes?

40:30 Autonomy: Proposal for a locally led basic income pilot (UBI)

The Conversation: Green New Deal: universal basic income could make green transition feasible

Occupy: A just green future needs Universal Basic Income

Green Party of England & Wales announces plan for fully costed Universal Basic Income for everyone

Bright Green: 5 reasons why a Green New Deal and Universal Basic Income go hand in hand

Salon: Why environmentalists should embrace universal basic income

World Economic Forum: Universal basic income is the answer to the inequalities exposed by COVID-19

UNESCO: Move the debate from Universal Basic Income to Universal Basic Services 

Bank of England: This Consultation Paper sets out our assessment of the case for a retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) Email submissions can also be submitted to:

The digital pound: a new form of money for households and businesses. Consultation response here


US Debt Ceiling Lifts Off

44:12 CBS: Biden signs debt ceiling bill that pulls U.S. back from brink of unprecedented default

New York Times: New Details in Debt Limit Deal: Where $136 Billion in Cuts Will Come From

Financial Times: MEME: The consequences of this expected burst of T-bill issuance for liquidity in the banking system

FRED: Deposits, All Commercial Banks (graph) 

FT: US banks prepare for losses in rush for commercial property exit


Sooner Or Later, They Come For Your Pensions

48:50 FT: Bank of England looks to broaden reform of deposit guarantee scheme

Bloomberg: In Fink We Trust: BlackRock Is Now ‘Fourth Branch of Government’

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says, “It’s time to force people’s behaviour to change”

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change: Investing in the Future: Boosting Savings and Prosperity for the UK


WHO Makes The Rules?

1:00:18 World Health Organisation: Bureau’s text of the WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response

UK Column article: ‘One Health’ and the demotion of humankind to the level of livestock

James Roguski: Outrageous WHO power grab