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The Government’s move towards regulating Google and Facebook will stop the spread of extremist propaganda

AT last the Government is moving towards regulating Google and Facebook to stop them spreading extremist propaganda. It would have zero impact on ordinary people’s rights. It would, however, make the world safer and force the tech giants to face up to their responsibilities as the publishers they have become. It was good yesterday to […]

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AT last the Government is moving towards regulating Google and Facebook to stop them spreading extremist propaganda.

It would have zero impact on ordinary people’s rights. It would, however, make the world safer and force the tech giants to face up to their responsibilities as the publishers they have become.

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Google and Facebook need to face up to the fact that they have become publishers[/caption]

It was good yesterday to hear Ofcom chairman Dame Patricia Hodgson say they should be subject to the same controls as any media firm.

For far too long — and despite their vast resources — they have been unable, or unwilling, to purge their sites of jihadist material and other toxic content that would put other publishers in jail.

Innocent lives have been lost to killers radicalised via YouTube and taught to make bombs by instructions found through a simple Google search.

Yet, unlike TV or newspapers, the tech giants are not legally accountable for any of it. They must be brought into line — and fined huge sums for every breach.

The anarchy must end.

 

 

Weight a minute

ANYONE can see Britain has a weight problem, even if it has been levelling off.

Anyone of a certain age can remember it wasn’t always like that. And anyone in the NHS knows what strain obese patients put on the health service.

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Obese people put a strain on the NHS[/caption]

But we object to the blame being put on food firms for making unhealthy grub and somehow “forcing” it on us by spending millions on advertising.

The Sun is all in favour of bolder labelling on products and restaurant menus.

We should know if a single pud contains mountains of sugar or vast numbers of calories. We can then choose to steer ourselves or our kids clear of it.

But we consume fewer calories now than we did in past decades. The difference is we spend far more time sitting at screens and less burning flab.

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Advertising is forcing unhealthy food on us[/caption]

That’s what needs to change: more exercise.

The public health puritans should focus on that, not on forcibly narrowing our diet choices and demonising food companies.

 

Brexit baffler

MOST sensible Leavers accept the need for a limited Brexit transition, assuming the EU comes to its senses and agrees to it.

It will minimise the impact on our economy, and theirs, and buy businesses time to adjust.

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The UK is set to leave the EU in March 2019[/caption]

During those two years our relationship will stay as it is now — even, as The Sun reluctantly accepts, with us subject to any new ECJ judgments.

Theresa May has sworn to uphold the will of 17.4million Leavers even if, alarmingly, she could not bring herself yesterday to say she’d vote with them given a second chance.

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Theresa May refused to say if she would vote for Brexit if the UK held another EU referendum[/caption]

But all talk of us having “left the EU” in March 2019 will be laughable without some tangible sign of it.

What will that be, Prime Minister?

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Brexit is a dangerous game – Theresa May must play that ace and walk to trump EU

HOW heartwarming to see France and Germany marching into last week’s EU summit in lock step with British PM Theresa May. The image brought joy to those who desperately want a deal at any price. But warm words and fixed grins fail to erase the disturbing impression that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort. […]

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HOW heartwarming to see France and Germany marching into last week’s EU summit in lock step with British PM Theresa May.

The image brought joy to those who desperately want a deal at any price.

Britain’s threat to walk away with a ‘no deal’ is, and always has been, our trump card — but only if we are prepared to play it

But warm words and fixed grins fail to erase the disturbing impression that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort.

Before getting carried away with this so-called “breakthrough”, we need to know if it was a genuine gesture of goodwill — or another ploy to cast Britain as the ungrateful neighbour from hell.

EU leaders are not being kind. They are acting, rightly, in their own self-interest.

They have no intention of allowing this country to leave their club on favourable terms.

Warm words and fixed grins from EU leaders fail to erase the thought that Mrs May was a prisoner under escort at the EU summit
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We must be made to pay — and not just in the sackloads of cash demanded as ransom.

If our 27 ex-partners seem to be adopting a more realistic stance, it is because the UK appears determined, if pushed, to leave with No Deal.

The threat to walk is, and always has been, our trump card — but only if we are prepared to play it.

The last thing Britain must do now, in the face of a rather unconvincing new charm offensive, is to drop its guard and go wobbly.

We must know if Theresa May’s ‘breakthrough’ was a genuine gesture of goodwill
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EU leaders have no intention of offering serious concessions, let alone a white flag of surrender.

But they do know a clean Brexit would be disastrous for the European Dream.

First, they wouldn’t get a brass farthing from the British taxpayer — a truly catastrophic loss of revenue for an already spluttering political experiment.

Second, whatever turbulence we face, few seriously doubt unfettered Britain will flourish while the EU struggles on with stubborn unions and an army of unemployed young people. Others might want what we are having.

Luckily, Theresa May has some invaluable advice from the only person with recent first-hand experience of EU bully-boy tactics.

Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis published the punishment Brussels dished out to bankrupt Greece
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Greece’s ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has published a scathing blow-by-blow account of the punishment beating dished out to bankrupt Greece for daring to stand up to Brussels.

Adults In The Room should be compulsory reading for ALL Cabinet ministers. It bleakly warns against any hope of compromise from Germany and France.

“They must realise you are prepared to walk out of the negotiations, whatever their threats,” says Varoufakis, “for if you are not, there is no point in entering the negotiating room in the first place.”

Having ignored his crucial advice in 2015, Greece today is condemned to spend eternity in what he describes as “debtors’ prison”.

Varoufakis’ account echoes the relentless mockery and smear campaigns against Brexit leader Boris Johnson
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Varoufakis unveils the treachery, deceit and black propaganda deployed by Brussels — like the relentless mockery and smear campaigns against Mrs May and Brexit leader Boris Johnson.

The EU will stop at nothing to save their sacred Grand Project, he says.

Last week’s good cop/bad cop routine by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron was just another negotiating tactic.

“I warned Theresa May she is going to get the EU run-around,” Varoufakis said last week.

“That runaround is now proceeding apace.”

The good cop/bad cop routine employed Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron was just another EU negotiating tactic
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Their first priority is to wreck plans for No Deal.

Having appeared to give ground, they will now string out negotiations only to pull the plug when it is too late for Britain to prepare for a viable clean break.

Remainers backed by Jeremy Corbyn would then campaign for Britain to cancel Article 50 and grovel to be allowed back in.

It is a dangerous game. Would Boris, Michael Gove and others simply stand by and allow Angela Merkel to humiliate this country?

Would Michael Gove and others simply stand by and allow Angela Merkel to humiliate this country?
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Would Tory Remainiacs like Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan be prepared to bring down their own government and let Corbyn’s Trots into power?

Chancellor Phil Hammond thinks it is a waste of Treasury money to prepare for something that might not happen. He might as well ask: “What is the point of our armed forces?”

We are engaged in mortal combat. Britain’s economic and political future is at stake.

It is reassuring to know Brexit Secretary David Davis has read and absorbed Varoufakis’s instruction manual — and never leaves home without it.

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‘Killer’ clowns ‘leaving kids terrified by lurking outside schools’

FEARS of a killer clown comeback are on the rise after pranksters scared kids by lurking near schools this week. Clowns were spotted in Kent and Cornwall terrifying children and jumping out at moving cars. Parents of pupils at Thamesview School in Gravesend said they saw clowns, while another school nearby also reported pranksters. Matthew […]

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FEARS of a killer clown comeback are on the rise after pranksters scared kids by lurking near schools this week.

Clowns were spotted in Kent and Cornwall terrifying children and jumping out at moving cars.

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The ‘killer clown’ craze swept the globe last year ahead of Halloween and there are fears it will return[/caption]

Parents of pupils at Thamesview School in Gravesend said they saw clowns, while another school nearby also reported pranksters.

Matthew Clark, headteacher at Tymberwood Academy, said the school was taking it seriously and wrote on Facebook: “We want to make you aware of an incident at lunchtime today.

“Some of our pupils, playing on the lower part of the KS2 playground, may have witnessed some older local children, wearing Halloween clown masks, running along the alleyway and acting inappropriately.”

Shoppers and cars were targeted in Canterbury and multiple people reported a masked person chasing people in Liskeard, Cornwall.

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The craze involved people donning scary clown costumes and deliberately trying to frighten others[/caption]

Witnesses said they saw a man in a clown mask chasing cars down the road and shouting at people, as one woman said the man scared her six-year-old child.

These sightings have prompted fears the craze which swept the globe this time last year could be coming back.

People all over the world donned masks and were known as “killer clowns” as they scared others through pranks.

Last year Thames Valley Police were called to 14 reports of people being intimidated or frightened by people dressed as clowns over the course of two days.

Some of those who dressed up ended up in court as the craze escalated and saw people attacked and severely frightened.

The disturbing craze returned in September 2017 when a spooky jester was reportedly jumping out on people in an Essex park.

Advice from police in the UK about what to do if you encounter a clown is to remain calm and call the authorities.


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Robert Mugabe dropped as goodwill ambassador by World Health Organisation after just ONE DAY

ZIMBABWEAN despot Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation after his shock appointment was condemned across the world. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sparked outrage on Saturday when he announced Mugabe, 93, would coordinate the UN’s battle against heart disease, cancer and diabetes across Africa. Critics have accused […]

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ZIMBABWEAN despot Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organisation after his shock appointment was condemned across the world.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus sparked outrage on Saturday when he announced Mugabe, 93, would coordinate the UN’s battle against heart disease, cancer and diabetes across Africa.

Robert Mugabe has been dropped as a goodwill ambassador for the WHO
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Critics have accused the Zimbabwean President of running his country’s healthcare system into the ground while he regularly flies abroad for his own medical treatment.

Opposition leaders from the impoverished nation blasted Mugabe’s appointment, claiming his government has left hospitals so short of cash and supplies that patients are often required to buy their own drugs before surgery.

The surprise decision was also slammed by the UK Government, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, and groups including UN Watch and the World Heart Federation.

Dr Tedros, the first African to lead the WHO, said he was “honoured” that Mugabe was joining the organisation and described Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide healthcare to all”.

The despot was named as the WHO's goodwill ambassador just yesterday
The despot was named as the WHO’s goodwill ambassador on Saturday
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In an embarrassing climbdown a day later, the WHO head revealed Mugabe has been dropped from the role.

He said: “I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs (Noncommunicable diseases) in Africa.

“As a result I have decided to rescind the appointment.

“I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised.

“I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization.”

Dr Tedros said he is firmly committed to ensuring that “everyone has access to the health care they need”.

Salani Mutseyami, a spokeswoman for the campaign groups Zimbabwe Vigil and Restoration of Human Rights, said Mugabe’s appointment was “absolutely absurd”.

She added: “It shows the lack of interest that the UN might have towards what is really going on in Zimbabwe.

“If the leader has to jet off to another country to get medical attention that shows you he cannot get that in Zimbabwe.

“The whole health system is in tatters. So I don’t know what political games are being played by the United Nations when they give such a man a platform.”

 

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