JEREMY Corbyn was today slammed as "crass" for launching Labour's manifesto in Birmingham on the 45th anniversary of the city’s pub bombings. Twenty-one people were killed and 182 injured when the IRA blew up two pubs on 21 November, 1974. Corbyn's decision to choose this as the location to reveal Labour's pledges was described as a blunder by Tory MP Bob Stewart, a former Army colonel who served in Northern Ireland during The Troubles. He branded Corbyn's choice “crass and insensitive” and said: “He should apologise for his connections.” While Twitter user Cold War Veteran sarcastically described it as "What a coincidence". 'HE SHOULD APOLOGISE' This is not the first time that Corbyn has sparked fury with IRA-related incidents.One blunder was to hold a parliamentary meeting with convicted IRA terrorists just days after the Brighton bombing which killed five people. He was also close to magazine the London Labour Briefing, which ran an infamous editorial … [Read more...] about ‘Crass’ Jeremy Corbyn slammed for launching manifesto in Birmingham on 45th anniversary of the city’s pub bombings
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Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen and Prince Philip will mark their 70th wedding anniversary privately.The Palace told Sky News that their platinum anniversary on 20 November will be a family celebration.It is understood that no official visits or public engagements are currently planned to mark the milestone.The news came as the Queen made a solo visit to the warship HMS Sutherland which was docked in London, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the vessel's commissioning.She met with the crew of a Wildcat Helicopter who were part of the Royal Navy's relief effort in the aftermath of Caribbean Hurricane Irma. Advertisement She couldn't resist pressing the old fashioned fire horn worn by one of the firefighters on board HMS Sutherland.Chief Petty Officer Peter Manning, 38, who is in charge of the fire crew, laughed with the royal visitor as she prodded the horn. More from Duke Of Edinburgh Prosecutors to review Prince Philip crash as duke 'voluntarily' gives … [Read more...] about The Queen and Prince Philip will mark their 70th wedding anniversary in private
New photographs of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.Three images were published on Sunday night, including one where Her Majesty is sitting in a gold-coloured chair, with Prince Philip standing alongside her.Two of the other new photos are of the couple standing next to each other.The Queen is wearing a cream day dress by her in-house designer Angela Kelly, which she also wore at the Diamond Wedding Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving. The brooch she is wearing was given to her by Prince Philip in 1966.The images show the Queen and the Duke against a platinum-textured backdrop, in recognition of the special milestone. Advertisement The portrait released on Saturday shows the royals in the white drawing room at Windsor Castle.Beside them are portraits of the British royal family's previously longest married couple, George III and Queen Charlotte, who were together for 57 years. More from Duke Of Edinburgh … [Read more...] about New photographs celebrate Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th wedding anniversary
A Chinese state-backed newspaper has accused the U.S. of hypocrisy over its commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, suggesting President Donald Trump's policies are undermining the human rights of Chinese people. In an editorial published on Wednesday, Global Times dismissed a statement issued Monday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which honored those who took part in the 1989 student-led protests across China. Hundreds—possibly thousands—of protesters were killed when the demonstrations were suppressed by the army. "The U.S. has no credibility to hold the moral high ground," the editorial claimed. "Its accusations are nothing but empty talk from a high-pitched speaker. Pompeo's statements will not be echoed in Chinese society. Instead, they will reaffirm the Chinese public's belief that the Trump administration is hostile to China, and a friendly U.S. government to China is probably just pie in the sky." Pompeo had called on the Chinese … [Read more...] about Tiananmen Square Anniversary: Trump Administration Is ‘Becoming the Top Hijacker of Chinese Human Rights,’ Says State Media
It has been 30 years since the events surrounding Tiananmen Square, a brutal Chinese government crackdown on demonstrators in June 1989. The Chinese government's count of those killed in the incident was 241, including soldiers, and 7,000 wounded. However, other estimates have put the death toll much higher. It has served as a symbol for political unrest in China ever since. The events also produced the iconic "Tank Man" image of a lone protester facing down a column of tanks. But how has the country changed politically and economically since the protests? Newsweek spoke to academics and activists on what they have seen happen in the decades since. What is China like 30 years on? Jared Hall, Dean of Academic Life at the Hotchkiss School, described the events of 1989 as "firming up the marriage of economic and cultural liberalization with political authoritarianism." "There's good evidence that [Chairman Mao Zedong's successor] Deng Xiaoping had been committed to [the aforementioned] … [Read more...] about Tiananmen Square 30th Anniversary: How Has China Changed Politically Since the Iconic Student Protests?