English flood survivors angry at Conservative Johnson

The woman pushing a wheelbarrow told British Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson: 'I don’t know what you’re here today for'

By Peter Lazenby in England:

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Flood victims in South Yorkshire turn their backs on Johnson

Residents berate the PM’s slow response to the devastating floods telling him, ‘You took your time’

FLOOD VICTIMS in South Yorkshire turned their backs on Boris Johnson today when an election publicity stunt backfired on the Prime Minister.

Five days after floods devastated communities in the county, Mr Johnson belatedly visited one of the worst-hit areas, accompanied by a contingent of invited press reporters and television crews.

But residents told him: “I don’t want to talk to you” and “You took your time.”

By contrast, a visit by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to meet rescue workers four days earlier took place without fanfare or orchestrated publicity.

Residents criticised the Tory government for not only failing to declare a national emergency to get help to their flood-wrecked communities but also for imposing long-term cuts on funding for emergency services in South Yorkshire, limiting their ability to respond to the crisis.

The worst-hit area of the county is the Doncaster metropolitan district. The river Don overflowed five days ago deluging local villages and flooding homes, in particular the village of Fishlake.

Doncaster Labour councillor Tosh McDonald, a former president of train drivers’ union Aslef, told the Morning Star: “Aid has been coming in, but not from the government. It’s coming from former mining communities like Stainforth.”

Stainforth, itself flooded, is close to the site of Hatfield Main colliery, which was the last pit in South Yorkshire when it closed in 2015. Many former miners and their families live there.

“There’s been food coming in from Stainforth, clothing, bedding, all sorts,” said Mr McDonald.

“In the local church, the pews are stacked with stuff to help people whose homes have been flooded.

“Volunteers are even collecting people’s medical prescriptions because local chemists have been flooded.

“Then Johnson arrives and says there’ll be £500 for each resident whose home has been flooded. It’s pathetic. There’s been no government action.

“Instead of doing a publicity stunt like Boris Johnson did, Jeremy Corbyn came without cameras to meet local firefighters. Some of them have been working 18-hour shifts. There’s been rescue units drafted in from Lincolnshire.”

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn talks to a resident in flooded Bentley, Doncaster

He said the government’s failure to respond “shows the continuing contempt all Tory governments have shown to all former mining and industrial communities.”

During his belated publicity visit, Mr Johnson was told by one Stainforth resident: “I’m not very happy about talking to you so, if you don’t mind, I’ll just mope on with what I’m doing.”

The woman, pushing a wheelbarrow carrying salvaged effects, said: “I don’t know what you’re here today for.”

Another told him: “You’ve took your time Boris, haven’t you?”

Mr Corbyn said: “This last week has confirmed what we’ve seen over the last decade: the Tories always ignore the north’s needs.

“We need to do everything we can to help those families who have already suffered and protect communities from further potential flooding.”

He pledged a £5.6 billion programme of spending on flood defences in the north.

According to the Fire Brigades Union, there are 11,468 fewer firefighters than in 2010 because of government cuts, and the last three years has seen £155 million lopped from fire and rescue budgets.

English gamekeeper murders short-eared owls

This 28 August 2018 video from England says about itself:

Gamekeeper shoots, then buries two short-eared owls in Whernside, Yorkshire Dales National Park

On the 19th April 2017 RSPB officers witnessed Timothy David Cowin shoot two protected short-eared owls in the Langshaw Moss area of the Whernside shoot. The disposal of the bodies on the moor was filmed, officers from North Yorkshire and Cumbria Police met RSPB at the location and intercepted Cowin. The bodies were recovered along with a Foxpro [hunting gear] calling device. On 28th August 2018 Cowin plead guilty to shooting the owls and possessing the Foxpro. He was fined a total of £1000 and ordered to pay £170 costs.

See also here.

English taxpayers’ millions to Amazon.com exploiters

This video from Britain says about itself:

BBC Panorama – Amazon, The Truth Behind the Click

2 December 2013

It’s the online retailer that has transformed the way we shop, but how does Amazon treat the workers who retrieve our orders? Working conditions in the company’s giant warehouses have been condemned by unions as among the worst in Britain. Panorama goes undercover to find out what happens after we fill our online shopping basket.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Friday, 3 August 2018

£600m public sector Amazon contract! – ‘a sick joke’ says GMB

INTERNET retail giant Amazon being awarded a £600 million contract to provide for our public services is a ‘sick joke’ given the company’s ‘record of exploitation’, trade union GMB said yesterday.

Amazon has secured a contract to sell everything from paper clips to bandages to Yorkshire’s schools, social care providers and emergency services. If an order from Amazon on-line goes missing in the post it can be infuriating. However, if an order for medical equipment for an Accident and Emergency department does not arrive, that can be life-threatening!

Amazon signed the five-year deal with Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO), a procurement body owned by local authorities which helps to drive the cost of goods down by agreeing mass deals with suppliers.

Neil Derrick, GMB Regional Secretary, said: ‘Amazon has a record of exploitation so terrible, literally hundreds of ambulances are called out to their warehouses as workers suffer from appalling conditions at work. ‘The idea a company like that can provide services for emergency services is a sick joke. ‘If they really wanted to help our public services, they’d pay taxes properly and treat their workforce better. ‘Instead, they’re trying to make a few million quid from our cash-strapped councils. ‘It’s a crying shame the Conservative’s obsessive austerity drive has left local authorities in this position – having to drive public procurement through an anti-public service ethos company such as Amazon.’

Saturday, August 4, 2018. Amazon’s ‘dodgy tax set-up’ shows the government is ‘letting down the country,’ says GMB. The richest man in the world Jeff Bezos’s company paid just £1.7 million in tax last year: here.

English Bempton Cliffs and its birds, video

This video from England says about itself:

A Day in the Life of RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve

9 April 2018

The Bempton Cliffs reserve, on the spectacular Yorkshire coast, is home to one of the UK’s top wildlife spectacles. Around half a million seabirds gather here between March and October to raise a family on towering chalk cliffs overlooking the North Sea.

With special thanks to George Stoyle who made this film for the RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve.

Music called Dwell by Tony Anderson, licensed through MusicBed.

I was privileged to see Bempton Cliffs and its beautiful birds, then, in 2011 (scroll down).

Siskin in England, video

This video from England says about itself:

[Female] Eurasian Siskin (Spinus spinus)

Spurn, East Yorkshire 26th October 2016.

British trade unionists’ samba music wedding

This video from England says about itself:

The PCS Samba band play in Albert Square in Manchester to entertain the marchers protesting against austerity outside the Tory party conference on 4/10/2015.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wedding couple celebrate with samba

Monday 17th October 2016

GUESTS at a wedding reception in Yorkshire celebrated at the weekend to the thumping rhythms of a trade union samba band, with the bride and groom playing leading parts.

Dave Vincent and Rowena Fehilly are members of Civil Service Union PCS’s samba band.

The band plays at trade union and political events across Britain. They have been seen by tens of thousands of participants in demonstrations and rallies, including huge marches in London. Dave and Rowena live in West Yorkshire and have been together for 23 years.

They are active in the trade union movement, including Manchester and Calderdale Trades Union Councils.

Around 20 members of the band performed, with Dave acting as conductor and Rowena, still in her bridal dress, playing one of the bass drums which were decorated with political slogans including “Protect our NHS,” “Austerity has failed,” “Stop the Cuts” and “Support our Junior Doctors.”

British children abused as drugs guinea pigs

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 February 2012

GUINEA PIG KIDS – A BBC documentary exposes how the city of New York has forced “HIV” positive children under its supervision to be used as human guinea pigs in tests for experimental Antiretroviral drug trials.

All of the children in the program were under the legal guidance of the city’s child welfare department, the Administration for Children’s Services. Most live in foster care or independent homes run on behalf of the local authorities and almost all the children are believed to be African-American or Latino.

The BBC identified pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline as one of the companies that provided the experimental drugs for the tests. In the documentary, parents or guardians who refused to consent to the trials claim that children were removed by ACS and placed in foster families or children’s homes. Then, acting over their objections, ACS authorized the life-ending Antiretroviral drug trials.


A video from Britain used to say about itself:

Schoolchildren given experimental drugs without their parents’ consent in 1960s Home Office experiment

22 August 2016

Disruptive boys at Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire were given an anticonvulsant drug in a trial backed by Home Office doctors.

Children at an approved school were given experimental drugs in a 1960s trial backed by the Home Office, it is reported.

Disruptive boys at Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire allegedly participated in the trial without their parents’ consent.

They were given the anticonvulsant drug Beclamide for six months in a bid to control their behaviour, National Archive files show.

Home Office doctors also approved a similar trial of the powerful sedative Haloperidol on girls at Springhead Park Approved School in Rothwell near Leeds.

However, it reportedly did not go ahead.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Children used in 60s drugs trials

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

NATIONAL ARCHIVES: Children at a young offenders’ school in the 1960s became unwitting guinea pigs in an experimental drug trial that was approved by Home Office doctors.

National Archive files released yesterday show that disruptive boys at Richmond Hill Approved School in North Yorkshire were given the anticonvulsant drug beclamide, which is no longer widely used, for six months. Dizziness, memory loss and fatigue are some of its common side effects.

The trial went ahead with neither children and parents being consulted. Nor is there any record of outcomes.

Water voles’ comeback in England

This video from England says about itself:

Frustrated Northern Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius) trying to reach some succulent Willow leaves…always just out of reach!

Filmed at Slimbridge WWT.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Water voles returned to Yorkshire Dales tarn

Saturday 20th August 2016

WATER voles are being returned to a lake in the Yorkshire Dales in what is thought to be the highest reintroduction project for the endangered mammal in Britain.

About 100 of the loveable rodents are being returned to Malham Tarn by the National Trust, which says it will be the first time the mammals have been seen since the 1960s when they are believed to have been wiped out by escaped [American] mink from nearby fur farms.

The water vole — inspiration for the character Ratty in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind In The Willows — is Britain’s fastest declining wild mammal.

The trust is releasing the animals, which have been bred in captivity, as part of a major new vision for land management in the Dales, with another 100 to be released next June.

National Trust Malham Tarn ranger Roisin Black said water voles had thrived in the area before.

“By reintroducing water voles to the tarn, we hope to give these rare animals the chance to recolonise the streams in the high Yorkshire Dales.”

Ancient settlement discovery in England

This video from Britain says about itself:

13 October 2014

Archaeology students from the University of Hull have carried out an archaeological dig on the Yorkshire Wolds in East Yorkshire, over the summer of 2014.

Students discovered a great amount of exciting finds at this Iron Age site including a miniature axe, a bone needle, pottery and – perhaps most exciting – an Arras burial.

Hull and its surroundings is a region of superb archaeological wealth. There are few better regions in Britain to study archaeology. The countryside of Eastern Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire contains a wealth of archaeological remains, and its historic centres, such as Hull and Beverley, provide well preserved evidence for the development of medieval townscapes.

For many students, fieldwork is one of the highlights of their degree, and at Hull we regard field teaching as a vital part of our courses.

For more information about studying at Archaeology at the University of Hull visit www.hull.ac.uk/archaeology.

From the Hull Daily Mail in England:

Iron Age settlement discovered in Pocklington of ‘national significance’

By HDMJCampbell

March 17, 2016

A 2,500-year-old settlement has been discovered during work on a housing development in Pocklington.

The Iron Age find has been described as of ‘national significance’.

The site includes more than 75 square barrows that contained 180 skeletons from the Arras Culture – a group of people who lived in the region in the Middle Iron Age as far back as 800BC.

The excavation at the David Wilson Homes development has already revealed objects including a sword, shield and 10 spears, as well as more than 360 amber and glass beads, brooches and ancient pots.

A major focus area of the archaeological analysis will concentrate on whether the population is indigenous or migrants from the continent.

The skeletons found are a mixture of men, women and children.

Paula Ware, managing director at MAP Archaeological Practice, said: “To date, the east of Yorkshire has the largest concentration of ‘Arras Culture’ square barrows, and naturally these findings have helped to strengthen this.

“On the whole this is a hugely important discovery and is a fine example of what can be revealed and discovered if house developers and archaeologists work hand-in-hand to reveal the nation’s hidden history.”

David Wilson Homes found the settlement at its Pavilion Square development after it started work in September 2014. The discovery will be officially announced on BBC Four’s Digging for Britain at 8pm tonight.

Peter Morris, development director at David Wilson Homes, said: “These findings are of national significance and could help shape our understanding of the ‘Arras Culture’ and indeed the Iron Age as a whole.

“At present we are still at the early analytical stages of reviewing these findings, however we do understand that this discovery is very rare and of international importance.”

English waterfall flows after centuries

This video from North Yorkshire in England says about itself:

Malham Cove as never seen in living memory

6 December 2015

Unprecedented amounts of rain created this unique phenomenon this morning. Talking to 2 neighbours who are both around 80 and have both lived in Malhamdale all their lives, they have never seen this happen before, and some suggestions are that it could be nearly 200 years since it was last recorded.

The waterfall started again because of rains caused by the storm Desmond. It lasted only for a few hours.

FIRE and rescue services currently responding to the floods in northern England are hampered by the unprecedented cuts they have suffered over the past five years, said the Fire Brigades Union yesterday: here.