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Why July 2 is really America’s independence day

Everybody (presumably) knows that July 4th is America’s Independence Day. But John Adams, who had a lot to do with the American colonies’ break from Great Britain, had other ideas. He thought July 2nd was the date that would be celebrated “as the great anniversary festival.” Why? Here’s a post I published three years ago, […]

UK PM David Cameron Wants To Ban Encryption In Britain

Prime Minister David Cameron. David Cameron has signalled that he intends to ban strong encryption — putting the British government on a collision course with some of the biggest tech companies in the world. More »      

The man who wrecked New York

It is something of a mystery why the Bodley Head has decided to publish Robert Caro’s The Power Broker in Britain more than 40 years after the initial appearance in… Read more The post The man who wrecked New York appeared first on The Spectator.

Police say CT craigslist killing was an organized hit

I originally posted about the shooting murder of Jesus Silva here. He was shot to death in New Britain, Connecticut, after responding to a craigslist ad for a car he was selling. Jesus Sierra, Joel Jaquez, and Idaliz Zavala-Burgos have been charged with his murder. Before I said that I did not have any information […]

UK Gets Ironic by Spying on Amnesty International

Pot, meet kettle. As Britain joins other Wassenaar nations in calling to prevent spying against human rights workers, it turns out it has been spying on Amnesty International. The post UK Gets Ironic by Spying on Amnesty International appeared first on WIRED.

In Britain, Teachers Are Running "Lunchbox Inspections," Searching for, Confiscating Food Deemed "Unhealthy"

COMPLY: I didn't like the Y. Improved it. @AceofSpadesHQ @MichaelHueser— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 1, 2015 They'll lay you down in a muddy ditch and shoot you in the back of the head before they let you make any...

WIMBLEDON 2015: Sportsmail's Laurie Whitwell and Stuart Fraser share their views on day three at SW19 

On a mixed day for Britain, Sportsmail's Laurie Whitwell and Stuart Fraser cast their verdict on Wednesday's action at Wimbledon.

Stewart Lee on Conservatives and Labour

No chance for a proper blog tonight (tomorrow, I promise). Meanwhile, enjoy this very brief observation from Stewart Lee on politics in Britain.

Britain’s Schindler’ Nicholas Winton Dies at 106

Winton rescued more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust

Podcast special: How can Britain maintain its connectivity to the world

After three years and £20m, Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has made its recommendation: Heathrow should have a third runway, and Gatwick expansion should not be ruled out either. But that… Continue reading The post Podcast special: How can Britain maintain its connectivity to the world appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

2008 revisited

IN THE autumn of 2008, Alistair Darling, Britain's finance minister, was told that Royal Bank of Scotland was just two hours from folding, causing cashpoints to run out of money. The same fears motivated the massive rescue programme in America - the bank bailouts, fiscal stimulus and monetary easing by the Federal Reserve. Show More Summary

The Persuasive Genius of One of America's Most Important Revolutionaries

Thomas Paine's 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense" proved to be the strongest call to action mobilizing Americans against Great Britain. Here's what you can learn from its emotional appeals.

True WWII Hero Has Died at 106

Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian who almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust, earning himself the label "Britain's Schindler," died today. He was 106. Born in London in 1909 to parents of German Jewish descent, Winton himself was raised as a Christian. He was a 29-year-old clerk...

Nicholas Winton, known as "Britain's Schindler," dies at 106

Humanitarian almost single-handedly saved more than 650 Jewish children from the Holocaust

Testamentary incapacity

(Scott Johnson) Vera Brittain was the English writer whose memoir Testament of Youth (the first of three such memoirs by her) became an immediate best-seller upon its publication in Great Britain in 1933. Brittain wrote of her experience...Show More Summary

Britain Goes BOOM in 'London Has Fallen' Teaser Trailer

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Another major city has fallen -- and it can't get up! Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, and Morgan Freeman survived 2013's Washington, D.C.-set "Olympus Has Fallen" and they're back to watch London bridge go falling down (falling down, falling...Show More Summary

16 tweets that sum up how we all feel on Britain's hottest day of the year

LONDON — As the Met Office recorded temperatures topping 30 degrees celsius in many parts of the country, it's clear that #hottestdayoftheyear has truly taken hold of the UK. Inevitably, with extreme weather comes extreme reactions;Show More Summary

Viviane Sassen Shoots Paul Smith Fall/Winter 2015 Campaign at Tate Britain

Following work for the likes of Miu Miu, Stella McCartney and Louis Vuitton, acclaimed Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen lends her distinctive style to the Paul Smith Fall/Winter 2015 campaign. A focus on color and angle, Sassen creates a… The post Viviane Sassen Shoots Paul Smith Fall/Winter 2015 Campaign at Tate Britain appeared first on Selectism.

Britain's banks aren't as protected from Greece as you may think

The Bank of England is worried that the Greek debt crisis could spill over into other European nations like Portugal, Spain, Italy, Romania, and Bulgaria, if things get any worse. The central bank put out its latest Financial Stability...Show More Summary

Could Tax Really Spark A Corporate Exodus From The U.S. And UK?

HSBC and JP Morgan are currently in discussions to relocate parts of their businesses from Great Britain to Luxembourg, reportedly in response to the hefty taxes they must pay related to their London-based operations. Is it just a threat, or will big tax burdens really spur multinationals to uproot their regional headquarters for more favorable tax treatment?

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