Op-ed: Friday Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was in York on his campaign trail to be re-elected as leader of the party.
The image above kindly shared by Mike Coulson via Twitter shows he has grassroots support and some.
However if he wins the badly timed and unnecessary leadership challenge what next for the Labour Party?
If leadership challenger Owen Smith wins the leadership challenge party supporters and members will be expected to get behind the new leader. The same should apply if Mr Corbyn retains leadership of the party.
But with so much bad feeling and it has to be said hate running riot, and fuelled in some cases by the mainstream media, party unity will not be easy; in fact it may be impossible.
July 17 we reported http://www.newtekjournalismukworld.com/british-political-scene/continuity-labour-or-kinnock-self-indulgent-party as there were claims that some of the right-wing of the Labour party were considering their options, in particular splitting the party.
This week Corbyn won a legal challenge to his automatic right to be on the leadership ballot as the incumbent.
The mainstream media however remains full of drip fed news stories by dissenters in the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Some are scare stories but others real.
The latest Friday posted in the Daily Mirror claims "Leading moderates disclosed that they are looking at plans to set up their own “alternative Labour” in a “semi-split” of the party if Mr Corbyn remains in post."
Why is the Daily Mirror playing to the party plotters by calling them "leading moderates?"
People such as this writer who is supporting Jermy Corbyn are defined as "hard left."
The terminology is divisive and meaningless.
If we are "hard left" then the other camp who are at total odds with Corbyn supporters must surely be "hard right."
The Mirror report continues:
Labour rebels plan to elect their own leader and create an ‘alternative’ parliamentary group if Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected, it was claimed last night.
That report continues with their plans.
If it is true it shows a level of hypocrisy, deceit, game-play and worse that has no place in the Labour Party.
Would one of those MPs get your vote in an election?
They will not get mine.
I like to think that my vote is going to a decent person who I can trust to do the right thing for we the people.
That may not always be the reality but I could not in good conscience vote for a selfish party splitter.
Big money is funding some of the rebels and trying to steer the Labour Party to suit.
A split is nothing new to Labour but the scale of the reported split is huge.
But is this story simply more mind manipulation by the media or fact-based?
Time will tell.
Op-ed: New UK PM Theresa May stamped on Hinkley C nuclear power plans late Thursday but why?
All the pomp, ceremony and fanfare was in place but at the eleventh hour May pulled back and postponed the final commitment to the deal.
The GMB union and some in Labour have described the decision as bonkers and chaos.
French company EDF is financing most of the £18bn project and approved the funding earlier Thursday. Friday contracts were ready for signing.
But then Ms May pulled the plug.
Existing plans to build the new nuclear power facility in Somerset are costly and in some ways destined to hand UK energy and nuclear power over to China and France.
The UK is about to reach an energy crisis and action must be taken and soon.
But people are not 100% behind nuclear power especially provided by a foreign source.
The proposed deal will also sign the British public up to over the odds expensive energy for many years to come. Consumers will be faced with increased bills.
Many contracts relating to the new energy plans are ready; signing was scheduled for Friday but in September the government was due to rubber stamp the project.
Was the date brought forward on the back of BRexit?
The original deal was David Cameron's government with Chancellor George Osborne balancing budgets.
Post BRexit Cameron resigned and Osborne was sacked and we have a new unelected government in charge of the country.
So much is being blamed on BRexit but in truth nothing has changed yet.
Until May invokes Article 50 the UK remains a member of the European Union in spite of what the mainstream media report.
But postponing the Hinkley C deal will not improve relations with France and China.
The following is our post from September 2015 which also includes information from April 2015. The deal goes back to 2013 and the Lib Dem Tory coalition government:
"UK nuclear power was back in the news as Chancellor George Osborne announced that the UK will guarantee a £2bn deal under which China will invest in the Hinkley Point nuclear power station.
"Mr Osborne, who is in China, said the deal would pave the way for a final investment decision on the delayed project by French energy company EDF" reported BBC News.
How does that make British people feel?
It leaves this English woman at a loss with the Tory government of the UK. They continue to sell the country to the highest bidder; the deal with China means that the people of the UK will face excessive energy bills for years to come.
The Tory deal has a high cost of energy to customers factored in.
Then there is the fact that made in Britain is now made in China.
Goods bought and sold in the UK usually have a Chinese influence somewhere along the line, even if only as one of the parts; inevitably the goods are sub-standard or second-class and built to fail and keep the wheels of consumerism belting along full circle.
As for handing the UK's nuclear future and its safety over to foreign investors you have to wonder why. When those investors are from France and China you may want to scream nooo!
France is no fan of the UK and its people; China is a law unto itself with a terrible record of human rights and animal welfare.
Do we really have no other option than to throw our hand in with such a nation?
The report below was written in April 2015.
Dangerous and expensive white elephant Hinkley C
We reported in October 2013 that the British coalition government had signed a deal allowing French energy company EDF to build a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point C, in Somerset, England. Other countries still have such resources in the hand of the home nation but not the Tory Lib Dem alliance. The deal puts our nuclear energy industry firmly in the hands of private business, and foreign nationals.
In 2015 Hinkley C was making headlines but for all the wrong reasons.
The Somerset County Gazette reported "The future of the multi-billion pound Hinkley Point C project has again been put into doubt after nuclear reactors designed for the plant were discovered to have “very serious” faults. A reactor vessel already installed at the huge Flamanville plant in Normandy was found to have weak spots in the lid and the bottom which could reduce the resistance of the metal."
'Stop Hinkley' reported "The Flamanville reactor is currently under construction in France and has already drawn criticism for running over both its schedule and budget, but fresh concerns over a manufacturing element key to the reactor’s safety has provoked fresh concern in the UK over EDF’s plans for Hinkley."
But the writing had been on the wall for some time.
In February the Guardian reported "The timetable surrounding the construction of Britain’s first new atomic reactors in almost 30 years has once again been blown off course, its developer, EDF Energy, has admitted. The setback came as the French-owned generator and supply company reported a 25% slump in operating profits for 2014 to £863m, which it blamed on challenging market conditions."
Background to Hinkley C
In 2013 we expressed concern that EDF will have Chinese investors working on this important facility in the UK; Chancellor Osborne on a trip to China announced that China National Nuclear Corporation and China General Nuclear Power Corporation will be minority shareholders.
A French and China alliance controlling nuclear energy in the UK is not ideal. Will foreigners care about the UK? Will they give a damn about prices? Will they worry about our nuclear safety? These are just a few concerns.
The Financial Times reported: "The agreement was reached after the government guaranteed a price of £92.50 per megawatt hour for electricity produced at Hinkley Point C in Somerset. The “strike price”, fully indexed to consumer price inflation, is roughly double the current price of power."
As that price is linked to the UK CPI it will rise accordingly.
In 2013 UK PM David Cameron welcomed the deal, claiming it would create 25,000 jobs but a 'Stop Hinkley' member told morning TV News in the UK that those jobs would simply be of the "muck shifting" type; he was quoting an EDF boss.
Britain is facing an energy crisis - fact.
Cameron appears proud that British taxpayers will not fund the construction of this new nuclear plant but taxpayers will pay for it through excessively high prices for electricity. Cameron's spin makes no sense - taxpayers are consumers and we all need and use electricity.
The British Tory party has a track record of privatisation -- selling off our few remaining resources to the highest bidder; looking after private industry, shareholders, big business and the elite is their main aim.
What of the Lib Dems though, a supposedly liberal political party? The Stop Hinkley group has a wide range of supporters including former Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown.
As an incentive to fund this building project EDF are able to fix a price for electricity provided by the Hinkley Point C reactor for the next 35 years; and as we said reports say that price will be double current rates.
EDF is building a similar reactor in France but as a contract for the French government who will retain ownership of the site. Back in 2013 the work was behind schedule and costs escalating.
Allowing EDF to have full control and responsibility over the new plant in the UK may speed up operations and cut costs but at what price? We all know full well what happens when you cut corners.
Has the world learned the lessons of Fukushima or not? BBC News 2013: "Highly radioactive water has leaked from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan after unexpectedly heavy rain on Sunday, its operator said. Water with high levels of the toxic isotope Strontium-90 overflowed containment barriers around water tanks, operator Tepco said. The tanks are being used to store contaminated cooling water from the plant's damaged reactors."
And Fukushima is still in trouble.
Today is the big day.
Around 2pm Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and his team will hear a court ruling on whether he should have been allowed an automatic place on the leadership ballot.
As the current leader the rules indicate that he did not need to gather the necessary number of supporting MPs to run against any challengers.
If that is not the case how can a challanger be called that; he or she is just a usurper.
The Labour NEC, its ruling body, voted to put Corbyn on the ballot; it was won 18 to 14.
That was not the end of the story though.
It seems one wealthy man, Michael Foster, thought he had bought the Labour leadership and launched a legal challenge.
So this week as challenger Owen Smith has received excessive air time, touring the country to shore up his campaign, Mr Corbyn has been stuck fighting his corner at the High Court.
What a waste of time and money and how damaging for the Labour Party.
Foster is a pro Israel one time would be Labour MP who has money to waste.
But if he wins the Labour Party loses.
If their ruling body is overruled it is impotent. It may as well be abandoned.
Also in court are representatives from the poorer camp of the Labour Party challenging the party's sudden change of tack, implementing rule changes retrospectively to limit who can vote in the leadership election. They have crowdfunded to meet the costs.
You can check the background to the Michael Foster challenge at our earlier report http://www.newtekjournalismukworld.com/eileen-kersey/wealthy-labour-donor-challenges-corbyn-decision-in-high-court
We will update this new report with the legal ruling Thursday afternoon.
If Corbyn loses and fails to get the necessary number of nominations expect more Labour re-thinks.
Other MPs lurking in the wings may throw their political hats in the ring.
For now they hide in the shadows watching and waiting.
But for all the selective positive press surrounding Owen Smith his campaign is not going to plan.
He is not filling halls like Corbyn does.
And in South Yorkshire one former miner raced to challenge him face to face Wednesday posting the following words and image on Facebook:
"Just back from running Owen Smith out of S Yorks. So sick of him trying to shamelessly exploit our struggle that I felt compelled to dash off to Orgreave to politely (yes I can do polite!),and, as a striking miner, ask him to stop such shameless opportunism. He tried to tell me about his background in S. Wales so I replied that whilst he was making pharmaceutical companies rich we were struggling for justice and told him that it was disgusting that he would have such shame as to tarnish the defining moment in our strike, and if he was so committed to the Orgreave issue why had he not signed Ian Lavery's early day motion, to which I got no response whatsoever. I added that his actions in the PLP coup were no different to the UDM scabs who undermined our strike. He scuttled into his car, wound the window up and wouldn't speak to me anymore."
We say "well said John Dunn."
The Archbishop of Canterbury tweets "pray for France, for victims, for their communities" as terror strikes that country again.
Late morning in the UK Tuesday Sky 24/7 rolling news is covering a hostage situation in Normandy after an octogenarian priest was killed by a "blade" by "men" who held hostages in a catholic church.
The Vatican has condemned the killing of the priest calling it barbarous.
The two attackers have been as they say these days neutralised that is summarily executed. They were shot dead by police responding as the two men were leaving the church.
They appear to have entered the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray during a morning church service and taken the priest and four worshippers hostage.
One of the hostages is said to be in a life-threatening conditions; he or she is between "life and death."
Details at this time are sketchy but that victim is thought to be a nun. The priest who died reportedly suffered horrific injuries to his neck; conclusions will be drawn on that one.
But speculation is dangerous.
It has been a deadly couple of weeks in parts of Europe and the Middle East.
Even Japan was caught up in mass killing news late Monday as "Nineteen residents have been killed in a knife attack at a care centre for people with mental disabilities in the Japanese city of Sagamihara" reported BBC news.
Is the world an increasingly violent place or are we more informed with on the spot 24/7 reporting?
Certainly it looks like we are going through a period of mass hate and uncertainty.
French President Francois Hollande and his entourage are heading to the affected town.
In the UK PM May and her COBRA team will meet, western world leaders will send their comdolences and offer support, we will all take to social media with #PrayForFrance but we need real positive change.
Is this another "terrorist" attack?
Either way it has caused terror.
A club in Florida was the scene of crazy shootings late Sunday.
Around 00:30 local time (04:30 GMT) Monday Club Blu was reportedly hosting a party for teenagers when all hell broke loose.
Local broadcaster WINK said that witnesses at the scene described the club as a "mad house".
Robert Weller in Colorado sent us the following information from Wink:
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Two people are dead and as many as 17 people were shot at a local nightclub, Club Blu located at 3580 Evans Ave., early Monday morning, according to Capt. Jim Mulligan of the Fort Myers Police Department.
Opinion-Many countries have many problems including terror related activity.
But the USA has always had a problem with guns and it reached the time to act way back.
When will the American people and politicans decide enough is enough and put down their guns?
I for one will not be holding my breath.
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Late Sunday evening in the UK a breaking news story claimed there had been an explosion at a restaurant in Ansbach, Germany.
Twitter was one source quickly responding that it was a gas explosion rather than a terror event with one person in the area reporting that.
However that claim was soon dismissed as news of a suicide bomber detonating an explosive device broke.
"The blast occurred shortly after 10 p.m. outside the entrance to an open-air concert attended by 2,000 people, Ansbach Mayor Carda Seidel said at a press conference."
The man a 27-year-old Syrian who was denied asylum in Germany a year ago and in line with German policy he was not deported back to Syria as it is a war torn country.
He was carrying a backpack filled with explosives and metal parts that could have killed many. Did the device explode too early? Was his aim to kill many?
At time of writing the only death is the bomber but 12 people were wounded, including three seriously.
Over a million refugees from war torn areas such as Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq have entered Germany in the last year. Any denied asylum will not be returned home Chancellor Angela Merkel's open-door refugee policy.
That policy is causing unrest in Germany and other parts of Europe.
Rightly or wrongly it is fuelling the rise of far-right extremist groups in Germany, France the UK and elsewhere.
Following events in German last week people in the area panicked when they heard the explosion.
But that is the purpose of terrorism to cause fear.
MSM News from Reuters reports:
Herrmann, whose remarks were confirmed by a ministry spokesman, said the Syrian man arrived in Germany two years ago and had tried to commit suicide twice before.
Opinion: It sounds like the man had nothing to lose.
An open door refugee policy is fine but without a clear plan and the means to support it and see it through it is a recipe for disaster.
And Germany has had a week from Hell as if to prove it.
It was the fourth violent incident in Germany in a week, including the killing of nine people by an 18-year-old Iranian-German gunman in Munich on Friday.
January 2015 - Far right rise and protests Germany and Europe