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  • RE: United Kingdom - War List

    14 October 2017

    His Majesty's Government will be going through an internal strategy and policy review ahead of the 2017 autumn Budget. This review will allow the Ministry of Defence to make several suggestions and recommendations upon constructing the United Kingdom's defence budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, and it will take into consideration the new security challenges of a long term deployment to Dromund Kaas that we have engaged in as a country and the ever changing situation in the security of the realm. 

    The Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Fallon KCB MP

    Secretary of State for Defence

    posted in War Lists
  • RE: British Press and Social Media

    Scottish Parliament Passes IndyRef Bill; Westminster to Respond

    The Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of an independence referendum in a vote that split across the minor parties and the SNP vs. the two major UK parties. In a move that put Johann Lamont and Ruth Davidson on the same side of politics, it just wasn't enough to overcome the deal that the SNP made with the Progressive Party and Greens (71 to 58). The First Minister laid out her plans to put the independence referendum in September of next year with the support of Westminster.

    "I hope that London will legally allow this referendum to go ahead. Theresa May has been popular across England and Ireland, but Scotland did not provide her with a mandate to govern, the SNP winning the majority of Scottish Westminster seats. We believe that Scotland will be better off away from the United Kingdom as a more progressive, open society that does not wage war with others in Europe and respects the international community. The choice to stay in the United Kingdom should be given to the Scottish people. Clearly, we put referendum in our manifesto and we won the most seats in the Scottish elections, therefore we have a mandate from the people of Scotland to go to Westminster and ask for the Scottish people to be given the choice. I and others in the Scottish Government  believe that we can succeed and be better off outside of the UK, but we will trust the will of the people," Nicola Sturgeon said at Bute House this morning.

    Theresa May has not commented yet, nor have any relevant UK Government ministers. 

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: British Press and Social Media

    Opinion: Sturgeon's Indy Gamble Will Backfire

    Ruth Davidson, Liberal Unionist leader in Scotland, delivering what could be her crowning speech in the Scottish Parliament

    "Scotland's place is in the United Kingdom, steering and leading by example for the rest of the union," said a determined Ruth Davidson on the floor of the Scottish Parliament during the emergency session of Parliament in Holyrood. Many times before has the SNP tried to stoke up Scottish fears of Tory cuts in Westminster, but now it seems there is a chord being struck that puts Edinburgh in direct conflict with London. Many times before in the history of devolution in Scotland, it would have been an acknowledged fact that the Scots would remain in the United Kingdom. In fact, during the SDLP dominance of UK politics and the first Scottish governments starting in 1999, that would have been the case.

    However, the First Minister has done something clever: she has projected on the idea that progressivism and being Scottish are one in the same, and has found a way to put the previous party in power (SDLP) and the UK Government currently (Liberal Unionist) as bed-fellows. Nicola Sturgeon is masterful at casting even the Progressive Party as part of a London cabal to steal away Scottish money and Scottish powers and subject Scotland to humiliation in the union. Therefore, according to her supporters, the only way to escape that fate is to declare independence. 

    It's a nuanced message, but it is a very powerful one that is working to change the political landscape in Scotland, and while Johann Lamont leads the SDLP, she seems less and less viable an option to keep Scotland in the union. Her uninspired, dry, lazy defence of the United Kingdom is trying to toe the line of working with the Liberal Unionists and the UK Government in keeping Scotland in the union and the distancing of the SDLP with the UK Government has led to mixed messaging, bad reviews, and an SNP that is creeping towards the 50% mark in popularity. What's worse, the pro-independence movement, which sat at 20% as late as two years ago, has now crept up towards 40%. That can only bolster Sturgeon's hand. Why the creep upwards?

    It's both the rise of the Liberal Unionists in London and the demise of the SDLP in Scotland that has allowed the SNP to play the progressive, centre-left card. Despite their record being mixed on ideology (personally, I'd describe the SNP as centrists with a very solidly right management of the economy posing as the progressive left and giving a few SJW's a bone here or there), Theresa May and the UK Government are being positioned as the villains. So who will fight for the union?

    Ruth Davidson. That's who. She gave a rousing defence of the Union which will hopefully jog the 60% Scots to call their representatives and tell Nicola Sturgeon not to go forward with this idea, but she may be the only one in Scottish politics in Holyrood or Westminster who could defend the Union now. Despite some allegiances in this paper, I implore all Scots to vote no on this senseless, divisive referendum idea and instead push for devolution at its maximum levels.

    Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer for the Miliband SDLP Government, political commentator for BBC Scotland

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: British Press and Social Media

    Breaking: Scottish First Minister Announces Independence Referendum Bill

    EDINBURGH --- Nicola Sturgeon has asked for an emergency session of the Scottish Parliament to consider, debate and vote on an independence referendum bill, despite the SNP having a minority government in Holyrood. The referendum bill may make it through the Scottish Parliament, as the SDLP and Progressives have not ruled out entirely the idea of allowing a vote in Scotland for Independence, which would grant the proposal safe passage while Scottish Unionists would vote against.

    posted in European News Consortium
  • RE: The London Stock Exchange

    Trading Summary - 09 October 2017


    • FTSE 100 Index - 8,245.73 (-0.13)
    • FTSE 250 Index - 23,586.61 (-0.12)
    • FTSE 350 Index - 5,192.34 (-0.08)
    • FTSE AllShare Index - 4,314.78 (-0.13)
    • FTSE AIM UK 50 Index - 6,345.29 (+0.01)

    The major indices were down, except for the UK 50 Index, which showed signs of the top 50 companies in the UK strengthening their share in the markets in London. Here are some of the major international companies trading on the stock exchange:

    • Superior Transit Systems (STS) [DUX] - 97.01 (Up)
    • Renata Kligenberg, Ltd. (RKL) - 75.78
    • 2K Games (2KG) - 30.21 (Down)
    • Samsung (SMSD) - 945.02 (Down)
    • Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) - 246.72 (Up)
    • BT Group (BT.A) - 283.15 (Up)
    • Morrison's Supermarkets (MRW) - 232.04 (Down)
    • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) - 1,532.34 (Up)

    Commodity Prices

    • Oil (crude) - £32/barrel
    • Petrol - £1.11/litre
    • Diesel - £1.56/litre
    • Gold - £1,143/t. oz.
    • Silver - £16.45/t.oz
    • Palladium £744/tonne
    • Copper £6,834/tonne

    Commodities all saw steady increases over the course of the current Q3, with Duxburian petroleum production not coming fully back online, causing a price spike in the price of crude oil somewhat. North Sea oil concerns are also a part of the increase in oil prices. Precious and non-ferrous metals all held strong on their trades.

    Currency exchange

    • £1 = $0.99 (Aus)
    • £1 = K:1.06 (Dux)
    • £1 = A£1.05 (Angleter)
    • £1 = I:1 (Inq.)
    • £1 = ₯1.03 (DTA)

    The pound held strong against the major economies of Europe, increasing its exchange value in relation to the kael and the Angleteric pound as both values slip, one potentially the purposeful calculation of a government that wants to promote exports, and one as a result of a slowing of growth, creeping ever closer to recession. 

    posted in World Stock Market
  • RE: The London Stock Exchange

    Basic Facts

    Founded: 1571 (The Royal Exchange), 1801 (London Stock Exchange)

    Owner: The London Stock Exchange Group

    Key people: Donald Brydon (chairman), Xavier Rolet (CEO)

    Listings: 3,000 (as of October 2017); 2,500 UK companies, 500 international

    Market cap: £7.2 trillion

    Volume: £1.3 trillion


    • FTSE 100 Index
    • FTSE 250 Index
    • FTSE 300 Index
    • FTSE SmallCap Index
    • FTSE AllCap Index

    posted in World Stock Market
  • The London Stock Exchange

    London Stock Exchange, 10 Paternoster Row, London EC4M 7LS

    posted in World Stock Market
  • RE: The United Kingdom - Government Ministries

    7 October 2017

    His Majesty's Government will be undergoing a cabinet shuffle, effective 9 October. 

    Prime Minister: Theresa May

    Chancellor of the Exchequer: Phillip Hammond

    Secretary of State for the Home Department: Amber Rudd

    Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Stephen Crabb

    First Secretary of State, Minister for the Cabinet Office: Chloe Smith

    Secretary of State for International Trade: Dr. Liam Fox

    Secretary of State for Justice: Michael Gove

    Secretary of State for Health: Nicky Morgan

    Secretary of State for Business and Industry: Dr. Greg Clark

    Secretary of State for Defence: Sir Michael Fallon KCB

    Secretary of State for Education: Justine Greening

    Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Skills: Jo Johnson

    Secretary of State for Environment, Energy, and Rural Affairs: Priti Patel

    Secretary of State for Transport: Chris Grayling

    Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Sajid Javid

    Secretary of State for Scotland: David Mundell

    Secretary of State for Ireland: James Brokenshire

    Secretary of State for Wales: Alun Cairns

    Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: David Gauke

    Secretary of State for Welfare: Elizabeth Truss

    Secretary of State for Internet, Culture, Sport and Media: Karen Bradley

    Chancellor for the Duchy of LancasterSir Patrick McLoughlin

    Leader of the House of CommonsAndrea Leadsom

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Stephen Barclay

    Chief Whip in the House of Commons: Gavin Williamson

    Attorney General: Jeremy Wright

    Solicitor General: Robert Buckland

    Leader of the Senate: Senator Natalie Evans

    Chief Whip in the Senate: Senator John Taylor

    Minister of State for Immigration: Brandon Lewis

    Minister of State for Employment: Damian Hinds

    Minister of State for Counterterrorism: Senator Susan Williams

    posted in Government Offices
  • RE: United Kingdom Government White Papers

    Connecting Britain's Broadband Future: The National Broadband Network and the Golden Triangle Tech Corridor

    The National Broadband Network was a plan started by the previous Social Democrat government, and continued through the current Government. Completed in full in 2016, the National Broadband Network will be ready for roll-out in 2018 for houses across the United Kingdom. Similar to the BBC and the television licensing scheme, the National Broadband Network will be paid for by an annual licensing fee per household in the United Kingdom. This innovation for Britain will deliver a hi-tech future for our country and is one of the most exciting developments in modern Britain. 

    We will also be putting forward ideas on the Oxbridge Tech Corridor extending into London, creating a centre of innovation and skills between London, Cambridge, and Oxford, where Britain's best and brightest IT companies, tech startups, and capital can meet to create a massive jobs and growth future for Britain. The plan for this extraordinary opportunity is part of a wider strategy.

    The Hon. Jo Johnson, MP

    Secretary of State for Education

    The Rt. Hon. Phillip Hammond, MP

    Chancellor of the Exchequer

    The Hon. Karen Bradley, MP

    Secretary of State for Business, Employment and Apprenticeships

    1. Create NBN internet speeds of 25 Mbit/s on average across the United Kingdom and 100 Mbit/s in urban centres, including the Golden Triangle, in its first year of use. This service will be provided at £15 a month by the National Broadband Network Crown Corporation.
    2. An additional license fee of £20 will be processed annually
    3. Encourage competition with existing wireless broadband to promote competition in wireless connection.
    4. The NBN will compete directly with telecommunications companies in providing services beyond the baseline, all can access base levels of 25 Mbit/s and 100 Mbit/s in urban centres. The NBN will create optimum VDSL connections in all new developments across the United Kingdom, upgrading all connections by 2025 including pre-existing DSL or phone line connections. 
    5. Speeds over 100 Mbit/s, which guarantees by 2020 to be at nearly 1.0 Gbit/s, will be offered at an additional £30 a month. 
    6. Rates will then increase upon review in line with inflation and market pricing.
    7. Revenue expected to be generated by NBN will be £7.02 billion at the base level, and up to.£18.9 billion potentially, making the NBN one of the most valuable Crown Corporations in British history.
    8. The NBN will use monies for maintenance and operational costs and profits will be used for further investments in internet access and development in relation to the National Broadband Network, as well as funding school programmes on computer science, including programming and coding.
    9. The Golden Triangle Tech Corridor will be tailored to promote tech startups and start-up culture in the United Kingdom, particularly when it comes to research, development, and innovation. Companies that headquarter in the tech corridor that participate in software and game development, research and development, social media, semiconductors, and manufacturing finished products will have significant access to capital and will receive help in connecting people, ideas, and capital by His Majesty's Government. 
    10. The Government will be promoting the creation of support organisations, funding organisations in the private sector, and create apprenticeships in partner with the universities in the Golden Triangle and the private sector in the area.
    11. Road and rail infrastructure will also be upgraded in the area, which will allow in total for the creation of a potential 300,000 jobs in the area, 120,000 will be in the service economy around the areas of Oxford and Cambridge. 
    posted in Politics & Incidents
  • RE: The Government and the Sovereign

    6 October 2017

    Audience Room, Buckingham Palace, London

    His Majesty stood, comfortably in a sport jacket, top button undone on his collared shirt underneath, and immaculately shined shoes. The job of Sovereign of the United Kingdom of Great Britain came with the fortunate (or on some occasions unfortunate) weekly audiences with the Prime Minister. 

    'This is my third Prime Minister,' thought King William. 'You'd think I would be a little less eager by now to have the meeting...' 

    He looked towards the window and glided towards it. His Majesty would have rather had the audience in the private gardens of Buckingham, but between the unseasonable chill (it only crept up to about 13C that day) and the steady precipitation falling in a rhythmic ballet on the window pane prevented it.

    It almost didn't occur to him that the door was opened and the Private Secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, walked in.

    "The Prime Minister, sir," the Private Secretary announced. Theresa curtseyed, completing the greeting between the Head of State and the Head of Government.

    "It certainly has been an eventful few weeks, Prime Minister," His Majesty said, giving a polite grin to the Prime Minister.

    "Yes, it has been," Theresa answered. "Your Majesty, if I may begin with just some developments on the attackers. The Government, when Parliament is back in session, will be putting forward further vetting and stricter guidelines on taking refugees from Dromund Kaas. As of right now, we are not taking anyone with any religion that is stated as Sith or variants of it. As for the Dark State of the Sith, we are working on whereabouts and the reach that the organisation has. Derectan intelligence has busted some of their own as well..."

    "Prime Minister....Theresa....I worry about this development. We've had terrorism in this country, particularly in London. It's not been something that we could ignore at the time in 2011, and it's something we can't ignore now in 2017. I've had three Prime Ministers tell me they are taking precautions...but I want you to be the first to actually deliver on the promise that you will, as head of government, keep the people safe. And it's not just your reputation at stake as are acting in my name, as His Majesty's Government. I want safety to be the top priority of any government that acts in my name," His Majesty responded. 

    The Prime Minister said nothing for a while. 

    "I can assure you, Your Majesty, that I have lost countless hours of sleep in the last month trying to deal with the unfolding crisis and the aftermath. It is absolutely my will that we carry on being the free and open society that we are, but with adequate protections to keep the citizens, tourists, and all who set foot in this United Kingdom safe. You have my word," Theresa responded. 

    "Great," the Sovereign replied with a somewhat cheeky grin flashing across his face. "Shall I send in for a bit of tea, or would you like something stronger?" He sat down in one of the Audience Room's upholstered chairs...kept up by his grandmother while she was alive. 

    "Oh goodness me!" Theresa exclaimed. "Well, I'm not doing the driving, and you're offering. Perhaps a stiffner could do us some good as we get into the economic policy we will be introducing soon."

    "Theresa, I've got Sajid coming up here in the next month; could we not talk about that over a brandy?" the Sovereign groaned. Economic policy and news was so dry to him. 

    "Thank God. I didn't really want to talk about it either. Philip had the most remarkable trip to the Duxburian Union with his company the other day," sidled Theresa. She didn't much care for economic policy either.

    "I've only been there once, and I found it extraordinary," the Sovereign interjected before ringing the bell. The Private Secretary entered the room. "Chris, if you could ask the staff to send up a bottle of brandy and two glasses." 

    From there, the meeting carried on.

    posted in Politics & Incidents

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