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It is not the police's job to enforce the lockdown whims of UK ministers - former senior judge Lord Sumption

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A police car patrols London's Greenwich Park in April at the height of the first lockdown
What is a police state? It is a state in which individuals are answerable to the police for the most routine acts of daily life. It is a state in which the police and not the law decide what is allowed. It is a state in which people have to hide their doings from their neighbours for fear of the twitching curtain and anonymous call to the police. It is a state in which ministers denounce activities of which they disapprove and the police are their compliant instruments.

These things have happened in every totalitarian state of modern times. It is an unattractive spectacle. We are fortunate to live in a country with a tradition of ministerial reticence, the rule of law and sensitive policing. We are unfortunate to live at a time of national hysteria, when that tradition has been cast aside and every one of these classic symptoms of a police state can be seen all around us.

The lockdown regulations confer powers of enforcement which no policeman should have in a society with even the most basic standards of governance. They authorise the police to give orders to members of the public if they "consider" that they are out of their homes without a "reasonable excuse". If they "consider" that two people are together without a good enough reason, they can separate them by force. They do not have to be right, or even reasonable.

Comment: The UK establishment are using the manufactured crisis as cover to implement a totalitarian nightmare that the public have yet to fully wake up to:


Propaganda

Acting Australian PM says Twitter is 'censoring' Trump

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McCormack, who is serving as acting prime minister during a week-long absence for Scott Morrison, calls the US Capitol riots 'unfortunate'
Australia's acting prime minister Michael McCormack called the Capitol attack on Wednesday "unfortunate" and compared it to last year's Black Lives Matter protests, inviting widespread criticism.

Mr McCormack, who has taken over while prime minister Scott Morrison takes a week-long holiday, appeared on ABC's Radio National on Monday morning, where he was questioned about the violence in Washington and Donald Trump's possible second impeachment.

When asked about the Capitol riots, Mr McCormack said it was "similar to those race riots that we saw around the country last year".

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #32: Trump's Attempted Coup, or Successful Coup Against Trump?


No Entry

YouTube (Google) joins Big Tech in blocking President Trump from communicating with American people

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YouTube has temporarily banned President Donald Trump's channel from uploading new videos or livestreams after earlier content violated policies for inciting violence, the company said late on Tuesday.

The channel cannot upload for a minimum of seven days - which may be extended, and earlier content had been removed, Youtube said in a statement. It did not give details about the video that prompted the move.

"After careful review, and in light of concerns about the ongoing potential for violence, we removed new content uploaded to the Donald J. Trump channel and issued a strike for violating our policies for inciting violence," a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

Info

Pence rules out invoking 25th Amendment to remove Trump in letter to Pelosi

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Vice president Mike Pence plans to not invoke the 25th amendment in his letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday ruled out invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pence said that he did not believe invoking the amendment eight days before the end of Trump's term was "in the best interest of our Nation or consistent with our Constitution."

He urged Congress to focus on President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration and to avoid impeaching Trump.

Comment: "Punishment or usurpation" is exactly the motivation of the Pelosi gang in moving to get Trump kicked out a mere week before the official transfer of power. Either that, or they're really afraid that Trump still has one card left to play.


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Snakes in Suits

Lockdown crusader Piers Morgan flew to Antigua for the holidays after telling Britons to cope with 'virtual' Christmas - BoJo also flaunts his own orders

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'Good Morning Britain' host Piers Morgan has been accused of Tier 4 hypocrisy after confessing that he spent Christmas in the Caribbean, despite lecturing people about the evils of non-essential travel during the Covid-19 crisis.

Morgan, who has used his television platform to champion the government's lockdown measures, and issue scathing rebukes to the 'Covidiots' who violate them, confirmed on Sunday a report that he had traveled to Antigua for the Christmas holiday.

Political gossip site Guido Fawkes revealed last week that, according to an unnamed source, Morgan flew first class to Antigua shortly after urging cabinet ministers on his show to introduce tougher lockdown measures ahead of Christmas. He left the UK just before the government announced tough Tier 4 restrictions, according to the scoop, and enjoyed Christmas at an exclusive resort located on a private island accessible only by boat from Antigua.

As the political site noted, Morgan maintained an uncharacteristic silence on social media over Christmas.

Comment: Boris Johnson himself was caught up in a bit of a scandal after being spotted over 7 miles away from Downing Street biking. Of course the Met Police say that the PM did nothing wrong. But the women who drove 5 miles to go on a hike? They were surrounded by police and fined £200 each. The London police chief is even vowing to step up its enforcement of Covid-19 rules, warning that "those who break the rules or refuse to comply where they should without good reason will find officers moving much more quickly to enforcement action."

Welcome to the new normal, where you will be kept "safe" only if you follow the orders from the State.


Bullseye

Trump says impeachment attempt causing 'tremendous anger' but he wants 'no violence'

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Donald Trump has warned that efforts to impeach him are causing "tremendous anger" - but insisted that he wants "no violence" in the run-up to Joe Biden's inauguration.

Speaking to reporters for the first time since last week's deadly riots at the US Capitol, Mr Trump declined to answer questions on whether he would resign.

His remarks came as he left for a trip to the border wall in Texas. "We want absolutely no violence," said the president. "On the impeachment, it's really a continuation of the greatest witch-hunt in the history of politics, it's ridiculous - it's absolutely ridiculous.

"The impeachment is causing tremendous anger... and it's really a terrible thing that they're doing," said Mr Trump.

Attention

Civil war heats up - Democrats launch their assault on red state America

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The opening salvo against red state America is the article of impeachment against President Trump introduced on January 11 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Representatives David Cicilline, Ted Lieu, and Jamie Raskin. So much for Biden's promise to "unify the country."

What is the intent of this article of impeachment? It cannot possibly be to remove Trump from office. Trump will have left office before the Senate could vote on impeachment. There is no such thing as impeaching a person who is not in office. Clearly impeachment has nothing to do with getting Trump out of office.

How does it unify the country to follow up an election believed by half of the US voting population to have been stolen with impeaching the president who is regarded as the victim of a stolen election? Adding insult to injury will only further enrage 75 million or more Trump voters, and many honest Democrats, who regard the election as stolen. If the Establishment and its Democrat, Republican, and media allies truly believe the election not to have been stolen, why wasn't the evidence permitted to be examined so that the controversy could be settled instead of ignored? Ignoring the evidence deepens the suspicion as does labeling those who challenged the election "enemies of democracy." Democrats are now trying to censure Republican members of the House and Senate who supported having the evidence presented to Congress. Why censure someone who wants evidence to be examined?

What many Americans and people abroad do not comprehend is that in the 2020 election Trump officially got 74,222,958 votes. This is the official number, which is understated by the 10 million vote suppression used against him. In "losing," Trump's 74,222,958 official votes are more votes than any elected president has ever received with the exception of Biden whose vote count was raised by 10 million fraudulent ballots. How is the country unified by demonizing half of it? Are the Democrats' threats and reprisals against Trump and his supporters unifying?

Dollar

Deutsche Bank, Signature cut ties with US president, call on Trump to resign

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Deutsche Bank has decided not to do more business with Trump, while Signature Bank closes personal accounts, calls for resignation

Deutsche Bank AG and Signature Bank, two of Donald Trump's favored lenders, are pulling away from the billionaire president in the wake of last week's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The German lender has decided not to conduct any further business with Trump and his company, said two people with knowledge of the matter, asking not to be identified because the deliberations were confidential. Trump owes the Frankfurt-based lender more than $300 million.

Signature Bank, the New York lender that's long catered to his family, is closing two personal accounts in which Trump held about $5.3 million, a spokesperson for the firm said on Monday. It's also calling for the president to step aside before his term officially ends on Jan. 20.


Comment: More insurrection: a bank calling for a president to resign!


Comment: Pretty rich (pun intended) for Deutsche Bank to be clutching its financial pearls considering all the dodgy business it gets up to around the world. But then again, the world's financial system is irredeemably corrupt to begin with.


Attention

Bad sign: Obama-era officials with Big Tech ties joining the Biden administration in droves

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Former Obama-era officials with ties to Facebook and Twitter are joining Joe Biden's administration in large numbers as the social media companies censor President Donald Trump.

Trump's official account has been removed from Twitter, and he's also been banned from using his Facebook or Instagram accounts for the time being as a result of the Capitol riot that took place last week.

Emily Horne, who worked for Twitter's global policy communications team, has joined the incoming Biden administration as the National Security Council spokesperson. Prior to working for Twitter, Horne was assistant press secretary and director for strategic communications at the National Security Council under former President Barack Obama.

Bad Guys

Facebook bans phrase "Stop the Steal", Amazon suspends donations to pro-Trump lawmakers, GoFundMe removes pro-Trump fundraisers, and more totalitarian nonsense

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Facebook is removing all content with the phrase "stop the steal" ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20, the company announced on Monday.

Facebook issued a statement saying that it was removing all content with the phrase, used by supporters of President Trump to question the outcome of the 2020 presidential election because it violates the company's policy against "coordinating harm." Facebook said that it made the decision in light of the pro-Trump riot in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.


Comment: Anniversary tweet:



"We are now removing content containing the phrase 'stop the steal' under our Coordinating Harm policy from Facebook and Instagram," Facebook said in a statement. "We removed the original Stop the Steal group in November and have continued to remove Pages, groups and events that violate any of our policies, including calls for violence."

"We've been allowing robust conversations related to the election outcome and that will continue," the company added. "But with continued attempts to organize events against the outcome of the US presidential election that can lead to violence, and use of the term by those involved in Wednesday's violence in DC, we're taking this additional step in the lead up to the inauguration. It may take some time to scale up our enforcement of this new step but we have already removed a significant number of posts."

Comment: Amazon's PAC is halting donations to Republican lawmakers who challenged swing states' electoral college ballots. Salesforce has blocked the RNC from sending out fundraising emails. GoFundMe has shut down numerous fundraisers used to raise money for traveling to pro-Trump protests. They did so after BuzzFeed agitated for their removal. Deutsche Bank, Trump's lender of choice, has decided to cease doing business with him. Airbnb is canceling reservations and banning guests "associated with hate groups."


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