Britain’s national bird, final voting


This video shows the ten bird species which are the candidates in the final round of the election of Britain’s national bird.

From the Vote National Bird Campaign in Britain:

The Final Stage of Voting has Begun!

Monday 16th March marks the start of the online voting

Last year, 70,000 of you voted in the first round of the Vote National Bird Campaign. A list of 60 iconic British species was whittled down to a shortlist of the 10 most popular birds. The time has now come to vote for the bird that will become the nation’s avian symbol.

Voting opens on March 16th 2015 and will close at midnight May 7th 2015 – the day of the General Election. You can either place your votes online or on paper ballot forms at selected nature reserves around the country.

We would love to see you vote again and please get your friends to vote too.

To vote please visit www.votenationalbird.com.

Most of the birds in the top 10 were expected candidates. However, perhaps the most surprising inclusion is the Hen Harrier, one of England’s rarest breeding birds. Down to just one breeding pair a couple of years ago, it may already be extinct.

Could the majestic Hen Harrier knock the hot favourite Robin off its perch?

The 10 birds awaiting your vote

Hen Harrier
Red Kite
Blackbird
Robin
Blue Tit
Wren
Mute Swan
Barn Owl
Puffin
Kingfisher

Protest against Establishment child abuse in Britain


This video from London, England is called CSA Inquiry Time 4 Justice & Action Meeting, The White Flowers Campaign, Westminster 14-01-15.

By Luke James in Britain:

Abuse survivors smash wall of official silence

Thursday 15th January 2015

Brave campaigners speak out demanding Establishment paedophiles face justice

CHILD abuse survivors descended on Parliament yesterday to smash the “wall of silence” over decades of abuse in Britain.

Brave victims laid wreaths of white flowers at Old Palace Yard as they spoke out about sex attacks and assaults.

And families losing faith in the government’s response called for its inquiry to be given real powers to bring secret VIP paedophiles to justice.

Social worker and whistleblower Dr Liz Davies was clear that “we’re looking at an Establishment cover-up going right back to the ’40s.”

She said: “Children who’ve been assaulted, sexually harmed, murdered, all in the context of major paedophile networks that got right to the top of this society.

“That is why we want justice and healing for survivors, as well as to protect children now.”

White flowers were laid among photos, cards and tributes to children who were abused and murdered.

A message strapped to another bunch of flowers read: “For the victims of the Westminster paedophile ring.”

Former Lib Dem MP for Rochdale Cyril Smith, who died in 2010, is so far the most high-profile political figure to be named as a paedophile.

But one Sunday newspaper this week claimed that a top Tory MP murdered a 15-year-old girl at a party put on by a Westminster paedophile gang.

Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who penned a book which helped expose Smith, said it was time for prosecutions.

Mr Danczuk said: “Let’s work together to make sure we get a successful inquiry — but also that we get prosecutions for those who’ve raped and abused children.”

The government’s child abuse inquiry has struggled to gain the confidence of victims after two mooted chairs were axed because of their close Establishment links.

This week its leaderless panel is launching its latest wave of evidence-gathering meetings with survivors.

Some came forward to tell their heartbreaking personal testimonies in public at yesterday’s vigil. …

The White Flowers campaign is calling for the inquiry to have a “truly independent” chair and have a special police team to investigate evidence raised.

A former adviser to David Cameron and one of the original investors on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old girl. Doug Richard, 56, accompanied the Prime Minister on an official overseas trip to 2011 and has also advised the Chancellor, George Osborne: here.

Call for inquiry into links between senior civil servant Sir Peter Hayman and paedophile network in the 1980’s: here.

Can the child sex abuse inquiry be taken seriously with yet another true Establishment figure at the helm, asks STEVEN WALKER. The new head of the Historic Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry, Justice Lowell Goddard, is yet another Establishment figure — this time from New Zealand: here.

Britain’s national bird, new vote


This video is called My UK Wildlife Garden Birds.

From the Vote for Britain’s national bird site:

Two amazing things happened in the 60′s. The Robin was voted Britain’s national bird and…

The surprising thing is; neither has happened since.

Well, all that is about to change. David Lindo (AKA The Urban Birder) feels the Robin’s many decades in power needs to be challenged, so he is fronting a campaign to help find Britain’s new national bird. Running alongside next year’s General Election will be this alternative Election, which we’d love you to take part in.

It’s going to work in two stages. The first vote will be to find the six running candidates. This vote is live now. Simply scroll down, take a peek through the list of 60 worthy nominees and pick the 6 birds that you think best personifies all that this wonderful nation represents. Each of these species has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Great British public.

It’s as easy as that!

When you register to vote you are automatically entered into a free draw. Prizes include a Shetland Wildlife Holiday, top of the range Leica binoculars, Bird Watching Magazine subscriptions and Urban Birder T- Shirts.

The first round of voting will close at midnight October 31st 2014. Thereafter, we will have our final six candidates up for the title of Britain’s National Bird and the voting will re-open.

The question is; will the Robin be knocked off its perch?

Somalia conference not bringing peace


This video from Britain is called Dahabo Isse [from Somalia] – People’s Assembly 20th March 2007.

By Paddy McGuffin in England:

‘The stench of hypocrisy’

Thursday 23 February 2012

An international summit on Somalia in London today will do nothing to ease the plight of the Somali people and carries the “stench of hypocrisy,” peace campaigners claimed today.

Representatives of more than 50 countries and international organisations attended the event at Lancaster House, including United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and the leaders of neighbouring African nations.

Prime Minister David Cameron said it was in the interests of the international community to help restore stability after two decades of turmoil.

He welcomed the decision by the UN security council to increase the strength of the African Union force in the country from 12,000 to 17,700 troops.

But Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German said: “They are pretending that the Western-backed government has legitimacy and made things more stable. But all the evidence shows that Western-backed interventions have contributed to instability.

“There is a massive amount of intervention already going on and this event has the stench of hypocrisy.

“This is yet another example of the government thinking it has the right to dictate what’s happening in other countries when it might be better concentrating on domestic problems.”

See also here. And here.

Somali government officials said today that at least six people were killed in an overnight air raid a day after world leaders in London said the war-torn country should “quickly form a stable government”: here.