London Changes Subway Greeting To Support LGBTQ Passengers

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

To promote inclusiveness and ensure that all passengers feel comfortable traveling on the London Subway, the underground is going gender-neutral. How so? By changing its greetings to passengers on announcements and trains from being “ladies and gentlemen” to “hello everyone.” According to the BBC, the change will be applied to all pre-recorded announcements which are made across the transport network.

The change was proposed by mayor of the English Green Party, Sian Berry, in June. At the time, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan stated: “I am aware that some customers may not relate to or feel comfortable with the way that certain station announcements are made. I am keen that Transport for London (TFL) addresses these concerns by speaking in a more neutral way when referring to gender.”

Khan added. “TfL has made a commitment to transition from gender-specific phrases like ‘ladies and gentlemen’ which are currently used in announcements, to a gender-neutral alternative such as ‘good morning/good afternoon everyone.’ TfL has briefed its staff on this, though from time to time, well-meaning staff may still use the term ‘ladies and gentlemen’. If this happens frequently, TfL will issue reminders to staff.”

The switch is an effort to make “everyone to feel welcome on our transport network,” said Mark Evers, director of customer strategy at TFL. He explained, “We have reviewed the language that we use in announcements and elsewhere and will make sure that it is fully inclusive, reflecting the great diversity of London.”


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The decision is being applauded by many, including the LGBT campaign group Stonewall.  Commenting on the development, the group said: “Language is extremely important to the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community, and the way we use it can help ensure all people feel included. We welcome gender neutral announcements to be rolled out across TfL as it will ensure that everyone – no matter who they identify as – feels accounted for.”

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UK – Police Chief warns that London is a hotspot for human trafficking

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Police Chief Warns ‘London is Modern Slavery Hotspot’, 13K Victims Forced into Labor and Sex

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London — As human trafficking scandals rock the world, London has been at the forefront of the child sex market. Now, it appears, they are also operating a massive modern day slave trade. According to a London top cop, Britain’s capital has become a hotspot for forced labor and sex slavery.

There are an estimated 13,000 victims of forced labor, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude in Britain, according to Government data and the police have no idea how to handle it.

According to Detective Chief Inspector Phil Brewer, head of Scotland Yard’s anti-slavery unit, human trafficking is now on the rise in Britain’s capital.

The cases of slavery in 2017 that have been referred to the police are already nearing the totals for 2016. As of the end of June, 820 cases of slavery were reported to authorities as compared to just 1,013 in all of 2016.

Police admit they are not sure how to deal with the problem. The chief said this admission came after they were treating many of the victims of slavery as actual suspects.

Detective Inspector Brewer told Reuters: “Everyone realizes now we’re never going to police our way out of this.

“Labor exploitation in London is really misunderstood or not understood, it’s quite clear that it’s about what we don’t know rather than what we know.”

Police have since taken proactive measures in an attempt to curb the spike in numbers. The Met announced that it is now relying more on industries like construction and hospitality to blow the whistle on the crime and help find victims while charities who come into contact with vulnerable people could also help, according to the Mail.

‘There’s not really been any conversation about how companies can actually interact with policing. There’s probably some reassurance that we need to do, that if you come to us and say we found this, it won’t compromise your position,’ Detective Inspector Brewer said.

According to the Mail, domestic servitude is also fuelled by cultural factors that might make it acceptable in some sections of London’s population to have a worker from a lower social group working as a domestic slave even though it is against the law.

The idea that certain groups of society still think it is acceptable to own another human being and force them to do their bidding should shock the conscience. However, given the depraved practices of the elite, especially in England, trading in human lives is but a long-standing norm within these groups.

Aside from forced labor, these sickos trade in children to carry out their demented and torturous sexual depravities.

As the Free Thought Project has previously reported, Sir Edward Heath, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom has reportedly been accused by the police chief as being a pedophile. His vile crimes against children were allegedly ‘covered up by the establishment.’

Unfortunately, pedophilia and human trafficking, as the Free Thought Project has exposed, is all too common among those in power. Sadly, however, those who attempt to draw attention to this problem are labeled as conspiracy nuts or perpetrators of fake news.

As CBS anchor Ben Swann pointed out, the information gleaned during Pizzagate, while some was outlandish, showed the issue was deserving of an investigation. However, it was quickly marked as fake news and written off.

As more cases, like the thousands of slaves in London, come to light, those who attempt to keep pushing this issue to the fringe expose themselves as being complicit in covering it up.

Please share this article with your friends and family to show them that modern day slavery still exists and, as the case in London shows, is thriving.

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#ToriesOut: Thousands join anti-government rally in London (WATCH LIVE)

The rally, titled ‘Not One Day More #ToriesOut’, starts at BBC Broadcasting House in Portland Place and finishes at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

At least 10,000 people on Facebook have stated they will attend the protest which has been organized by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity (PAAA) group.

“Theresa May called the General Election to gain a bigger majority, and despite massive media bias in favour of the Conservatives, she failed spectacularly to deliver on that,” a PAAA statement reads.

“Now the Tories are in chaos trying to prop up a government with the deeply conservative and regressive DUP.”

“We’re marching against a government committed to austerity, cuts and privatisation,” the group adds. “We’re marching for a decent health service, education system, housing, jobs and living standards for all.”

A minute’s silence will be held in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn will address the crowd at Parliament Square.

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Six Police Officers Injured In London Protest Over Man’s Death After Traffic Stop






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Six police officers have been injured, with four taken to hospital, following a protest in London over the death of a man after a traffic stop.

One male police sergeant suffered facial injuries and a female constable sustained head injuries as demonstrators threw “a number of objects” toward officers at the scene in Stratford, east London, Scotland Yard said.

Four people have been arrested for offences including disorder, arson and criminal damage in connection with the demonstration.

Bricks were ripped from a wall and thrown at police and a fire was set in a bin as campaigners took to the streets to demand “justice” for Edir Frederico Da Costa.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the treatment of the 25-year-old, who died on June 21, six days after he was stopped in a car by Metropolitan Police officers in Woodcocks, Beckton, in Newham, east London.

Protesters, some carrying Black Lives Matter posters and others with homemade placards which read “Justice for Edson + How Many More???”, stood in front of a line of uniformed officers at Stratford bus station, east London.

They allege that Da Costa, known by friends as Edson, was “brutally beaten”.

Borough Commander Superintendent Ian Larnder stood in the middle of a group of protesters trying to answer their questions and calm tensions.

Campaigners claim that Mr Da Costa’s neck was broken and he suffered head and other injuries after he was stopped in a car, containing three people, by Met officers.

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London’s Grenfell Tower: Neglect, incompetence and contempt for the poor

By Graham Peebles

Charred, lifeless and brutal, the hollowed out remains of Grenfell Tower in west London scream of the human agony inflicted when, on 14 June, the building became an inferno.

While there are various theories about what triggered the fire, what is clear is that this disaster was not an accident. It was the consequence of a social housing policy dating back to the 1980s, systematic neglect, social injustice and the ongoing war being waged on the poorest members of British society by the Conservative government. And this time the result is not just low pay, second-rate education and housing, lack of opportunities, increased anxiety and depression, but murder, families torn to pieces, lives destroyed.

Deep sadness shrouds the whole area, and, coming as it does on the back of a spate of recent atrocities, distress and a sense of collective bewilderment pervade the country.

Contempt for the poor

The initial shock of the disaster has morphed into contained anger as the level of official incompetence and apathy becomes increasingly clear. Residents’ warnings of the risks of fire were repeatedly ignored by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), which owns the building, and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), the company responsible for the management of the building. The most insistent residents – two of whom are now dead – were bullied and threatened with “legal action for defamation” by KCTMO, The Independent reports. This attitude is widespread,. As the Radical Housing Group makes clear, “the recent history of social housing is one of contempt for council tenants and denigration of council housing… the underlying causes of the Grenfell tragedy are deeply economic and political”.

The list of factors that led to this disaster is long and intertwined, rooted in the poisonous ground of commercialisation, social division and official complacency.

There were no sprinklers installed. This is compulsory in buildings over 30 metres tall built after 2007, and retro-fitting has been repeatedly recommended in high rise flats built before then. However, fearful of deterring commercial developers the government failed to make the retro-fitting of sprinklers mandatory. In fact, fewer than 1 per cent of council tower blocks in England are fitted with sprinklers. The building was serviced by only one flight of stairs up and down, stairwells were cluttered with rubbish, and in an £8.6 million refurbishment last year, highly flammable cladding, which is banned in buildings above 18 metres in height, was fitted to the outside and overlooked during a series of council inspections. It served no purpose other than a cosmetic one and on the night of the fire allowed the flames to spread rapidly upwards from the fourth floor. The fitting of sprinklers throughout Grenfell Tower would have added an extra £200,000 to the recent renovations, non-flammable cladding a mere £5,000.

At the time of writing the number of those that lost their lives stands at 79; some are questioning if the true figure is being released. Given that there could have been up to 600 people or more in the tower (we will never know the exact figure), and fire enveloped it within 15 minutes, the fatalities are probably in the hundreds. Scotland Yard is conducting what it describe as a “far-reaching” criminal investigation into how the fire started, how it spread and how the tower was maintained, the absence of fire measures and the refurbishment.

Survivors are being housed in temporary accommodation and are reportedly receiving £10 a day from the council to live on. The response from the local authority and government agencies has been appalling: there has been no coordination of the largely community-led relief operation and no overall organisation. While council tenants made up the majority of residents, private renters, homeowners and sub-tenants lived in Grenfell, including many migrants and asylum seekers, many of whom don’t trust officials and are not coming forward to access support, including accommodation, for fear of immigration issues. Some, having survived the nightmare of the fire and lost everything they owned, are now reported to be sleeping on the streets.

Neglect and incompetence

The Grenfell Tower, with 120 flats in 24 floors, is owned by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (the smallest borough in London), the richest borough in the country with financial reserves of around £300 million – up from £167 million the previous year. The huge stockpile has been created by under-spending on council activities, including adult social services. In 2013/14 the borough underspent by £30m. Instead of reinvesting the money in public services, top rate council tax payers were offered a £100 rebate. The council, Labour Councillor Robert Atkinson says, is hoarding money “in non-election years only to give it back as a pre-election bribe immediately before a council election”.

… only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders… (Grenfell Action Group, November 2016)

The body that manages the Grenfell Tower, the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, is an unaccountable quasi-private company driven, as all such groups are, by profit. The residents group, Grenfell Action Group (GAG), has been highly critical of KCTMO for years and repeatedly highlighted health and safety risks in the building, including fire. In 2013 a major incident was “narrowly avoided”, when residents experienced power surges caused by faulty wiring. This, GAG claims, was covered up by KCTMO and the borough council’s Scrutiny Committee “who refused to investigate the legitimate concerns of tenants and leaseholders”. As recently as November 2016 GAG wrote on their blog that the building was a disaster waiting to happen, saying they believed “only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO, and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders”. They go on to say, “Unfortunately, the Grenfell Action Group have reached the conclusion that only an incident that results in serious loss of life of KCTMO residents will allow the external scrutiny to occur that will shine a light on the practices that characterise the malign governance of this non-functioning organisation.” Nobody listened, no action was taken, and now people have died, others are badly injured, hundreds are homeless and have lost everything.

In March this year Labour Councillor Judith Blackman, a member of the KCTMO board, passed on residents’ fears about the installation of gas pipes in stairwells. KCTMO said they would be boxed in with “fire-rated protection” but this was not done. She also asked for an “independent safety adjudication of the building, but this was declined”, The Guardian reports. “I was treated like I was a nuisance,” she said. “I raised 19 complaints on behalf of individual residents. Every single time we were told that the board had satisfied itself that the fire safety was fine.”

The responsibility for this disaster flows in a putrid line from KCTMO to Kensington council onto Westminster and government policies over decades. The commercialisation of public services, the cutting of funds to local authorities and emergency services – consistently praised but numbers cut, stations closed, wages frozen – the marginalisation of the poorest sections of society and gross neglect are at the root of this tragedy. These are manifold causes that are themselves effects of a destructive, divisive approach to governance, in which financial considerations, not human concerns or social justice, determine action, policies and attitudes.

Gentrification and social cleansing

Grenfell Tower forms part of the Lancaster Road West Estate in Notting Hill Gate. This is an area which, like many other parts of the capital, has been subjected to a gentrification assault accompanied by systematic social cleansing that goes back decades and has intensified over the last 10-15 years.

In 1980 Margaret Thatcher introduced the “right-to-buy” policy, allowing council tenants the chance to buy their homes. Since then the number of council homes in Britain has been reduced by over two million and the poison of neo-liberal market economics has infiltrated all areas of social policy, including housing. Council property – flats, houses, libraries, school playgrounds, youth clubs, etc. are regarded as commercial assets to be sold off and profited from. Council homes have been removed from local authority ownership and control and handed over to “arms-length” management companies – like KCTMO – and/or transferred to housing associations. Local authorities, the Radical Housing Group says, have “become distanced from housing provision, central government funding for social housing has been reduced, and the involvement of powerful private companies has increased”.

The commercialisation of social housing has resulted in a lack of accountability, acute shortage of council accommodation, a derisory attitude towards social housing tenants and inflated rents. Throughout London, commercial and residential prices have gone through the roof, while cuts to housing benefit by the Conservative government have meant that those unemployed or on low incomes cannot cover rents.

As areas are redeveloped, people living in estates like Grenfell Tower are being pushed further and further out of the city, their concerns disregarded, their voices ignored, their lives regarded as irrelevant. Private companies dominate regeneration projects; firms are given valuable land, in exchange for their work, on which to build expensive flats that only the wealthy can afford. Public spaces are absorbed, becoming private commodities, local residents’ concerns are routinely disregarded, the city becomes a corporate space, city living more and more expensive and the poor are discarded, unwelcome.

Social diversity and colour are gradually being sucked out of the area around Grenfell and a bland homogenised ghetto for the rich created. Pubs and low cost cafes where people would traditionally have met have been closed down to make way for expensive restaurants, ritzy spas, delicatessens that nobody can afford and designer cafes. All of these are aimed firmly at the wealthy residents who own the flats and houses worth millions of pounds and located just two streets away from the estate and can afford the exorbitant prices.

Some fear that the council could use this disaster as an opportunity to intensify its assault on the poor and build another luxury high-rise building in place of the burnt-out tower. All Grenfell residents must be offered long-term affordable accommodation within their local area or an area of their choosing. To this end, and to address the shortage of council property in the borough (there are approximately 3,000 people waiting for social housing in Kensington), the council should buy private property and turn it into council housing. News that 68 flats have now been bought in Kensington by the Corporation of London to house survivors is welcome, but the details of any offers need to be scrutinised, who it applies to ascertained,  the victims consulted and listened to, and their wishes honoured.

While they may not have lit the match, this disaster is the result of long-term socio-economic policies pursued by successive governments that discriminate against the poor, of the abdication of responsibility by local government and criminal negligence by the KCTMO.

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Readers of Brite-Bart, Fox Nation, InfoWars, etc., tickled as punch over London van-attack on Arabs leaving Mosque

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London mass brawl: Muslims chase Jews with bats, knives and machetes, Riot Police called in




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At least one person was stabbed during a mass brawl in Stamford Hill in which dozens of violent youths clashed using bats, knives and even machetes following an illegal rave, according to reports.

Riot police were dispatched to stop the “violence involving machetes and swords after illegal rave” in Stamford Hill near Lynmouth Road, Shomrim N.E. London, a neighborhood watch group said on Twitter.

Social media reports from the scene indicated that around 30 young people brandishing an assortment of weapons, ranging from knives to bats, fought each other and vandalized vehicles in the neighborhood.

Police were forced to move in to quell the violence, that according to reports, has erupted for a second night in a row. Riot police urged the youths to leave the neighborhood before cordoning off the area. At least one person was injured in the clashes.

“Additional officers were called to Stamford Hill estate to reports of a fight between a large group. One person was found at the scene suffering from a stab wound,” a London Metropolitan Police spokesman told the Daily Star.

Police eventually dispersed the crowd and reportedly seized a large cache of weapons in the surrounding streets of the district. The area is home to the largest Jewish community in the British capital.

The majority of the youth aggressors were Muslim migrants but the political correct British press either calls them “youths” or “Asian” or doesn’t mention them at all.

Some of the youths were heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” by a few witnesses at the scene.

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How They Do It– Jewish groups condemn London mosque attack, express solidarity with UK Muslims

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