Fire in London, and a Tough Period for the UK

As I write this, a fire is blazing in Grenfell Tower, west London, with reports of multiple deaths.  My thoughts are with all those affected by this.

It’s a difficult time in the UK. Politically, in a mess, after the recent election, with terrorist great britainattacks, and civilian death, a monthly event in recent times. In this last period I’ve been working in Donbass, in what is still a warzone, more people, civilians, have been killed in the UK by terrorist attacks, than in Donbass by war. 

I see a sufficient quantity of anti-Britain comments. And, more than anyone, I accept that catastrophic political decisions, and foreign policy, with particular emphasis on the Tony Blair and post, period, have brought that upon us.  However, the Great Britain I am from, and know, is a friendly country, of great people, and it’s always in my heart.

I’ll be back there soon, and my thoughts with Great Britain, at this time.

General Election in the UK: My Statement on actions regarding that

Theresa May has just called a snap election for June 8th, of this year. 

As you know, I love reporting from the UK, however I’m committed to working in Serbia for now, then Donbass, and Crimea, in this time, and I will fulfill those commitments.

In the past, I’ve supported – and openly – certain politics, or political parties in the UK, for example, I voted UKIP at the 2015 General Election, and was more than open about that, as I believed that we needed a referendum on EU membership.

Before that,  I’d generally inclined towards the Conservative Party. However, the actions of the Conservative Party in respect of Donbass, and not only, mean that I cannot, and do not support them now.

I support the best possible government for the UK, which will deliver, for the country I love, good relationships with Europe, Russia, and the world, and make Great Britain a country which does good in the world.

BBC Propaganda Called Out #1 ‘Everyone’s leaving after Brexit’

The BBC’s position on Brexit has been as clear from the start as it is to this day – completely opposed to it, all their coverage unswervingly biased against it. 

So, perhaps it’s no surprise that the recent BBC article entitled ‘The Foreign Workers Leaving Britain because of Brexit’ is in exactly the same vein. Propaganda. And more, easily called out propaganda. Let’s have a look at the article, which gives an extremely favourable account of several EU citizens who’ve come to the UK, lived the dream etc etc, and now all want to leave due to Brexit.

Katarina Karmazinova came to London aged 24 to study European business. Attracted, she says, by the UK’s multiculturalism and openness, the Slovakian….

Katarina Karmazinova moved to London from Slovakia but sold her flat and moved overseas after the EU referendum vote

Karmazinova is not the only immigrant who feels this way since the referendum vote – the BBC propagandaarticle goes on in a similar vein, appealing photo of Karmazinova etc – Some are simply considering leaving and waiting it out for now. Others have already left, returning home, going somewhere else within the EU, or decamping to a different continent altogether.

It is too early to tell if Brexit’s upheaval could be partially responsible for fewer foreigners choosing the UK as a destination, but net migration to the UK did fall by 49,000 to 273,000 in the year to September 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics.

And next we’re on to undue focus on a website with actually a staggeringly low level
of take-up
, given the near 9-million foreign born citizens in the UK (and another sympathetic photo, of course).

After getting over the “shock” of the UK’s decision to leave the EU, 33-year-old Marcin BBC propaganda 1Czyza got the idea for an online recruitment firm to help people, especially foreign nationals, who were suddenly considering career opportunities outside of the UK…. Within a few months, interest in the site took off. There are more than 1,200 registered candidates. Roughly 90% of them are foreigners living in the UK, with the majority originating from Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

Here, not even photo of the person, so we’ll just have to take the BBC’s word that he exists, and said all this, predictable patter – 

When Dariusz Truchel emigrated to Britain from Poland in 2005, he did so with the idea that he would find “better job possibilities”. Once settled outside of London, he worked as a project manager and took a number of health and safety courses, eventually setting up his own health and safety consultancy. Truchel even bought a house.

So the inevitable fairytale, of course, the crashing post-Brexit comedown…

But after Brexit, Truchel, 34, began feeling pessimistic about the future. He began noticing a new attitude among people who had voted to separate from the EU. “It is hard to describe this atmosphere because nobody dares to say it to your face, but there is a feeling of being an uninvited guest,” he says. He registered on Expat Exit and is now seriously considering leaving the UK.

And there’s another example, in a similar note, again no photo, and this time, ’32-year-old Romanian Alex’, only eve wants his first name revealed. Another pre-Brexit fairytale ‘all wrecked by Brexit etc etc.’


BBC propaganda 2And, just to wrap things up, we have another nice photo of  Karmazinova)
, who now ‘spends her time travelling while she decides where she will settle… Karmazinova, the Slovakian who left the UK, has yet to decide where she will settle – but she knows it won’t be back in the UK as long it stays separated from the EU. ‘ 

And it goes on for a bit in that vein, before concluding in, well the same vein, without even the slightest attempt to introduce anything approaching another side. So, nothing about the millions, and millions of foreign workers in the UK planning to stay, I even found some on the pro-EU March for Europe, they may not have liked Brexit, but nor were they planning on leaving. Nor anything about the murderers, rapists, and violent criminals which the UK couldn’t deport under EU rules.

But then that’s the BBC, nothing if not the most relentless of propaganda! 

My UK Reportage: A Wrap-up!

As  prepare to leave – it’s been an enormously busy last 2 months in the UK, working on the edits of documentary projects, dozens of articles here on the Truth Speaker, and video reportage. There will be one more report to come from the UK, part 2 of this special reportage on the recent terrorist attack in London –

To recap, here was January when I visited the UK parliament to ask at a UK/Ukraine event if they would be mentioning Ukrainian shelling civilian areas of Donbass:

The introduction to my documentary about the murder of Barry Pring

My coverage of the anti-Trump protests in London at the start of February – 

A few days later, and I try to go to a Ukrainian event in London –

And here, I succeed in getting into a Ukrainian propaganda event at the LSE! 

The end of February here, and I visit the Ukrainain Embassy in London – 

March, and a look at what Women’s Day means in London!

Then, my day as a DPR tourist in London!

Masses of reportage from the March for Europe on March 25th –

And even a trip to Scotland to bring you the reality there of how people feel about a proposed new referendum!

It’s overall achieved hundreds of thousands of views, on my channel alone, coverage in mass media – and much more! I’m a completely crowdfunded journalist, and none of this would have been possible without your support. To be involved, click here!

Thanks again, and on we go!!

 

A Graham Newsletter (#27) St Petersburg, London, Terrorism

I am sure you join me today in sending your thoughts to St Petersburg after horrific events left at least10 killed, and over 40 injured. 

This isn’t something I’ve spoken about much before, as it’s personal, and there are many 2005bombings7in the same position, but the events of July 7th 2005, when terrorists struck London’s transport system, left a deep mark on me.

The attack happened on the tube I took to work, though that morning I’d cycled. I well remember going to Kings Cross to pay respects, the faces of victims, and one woman, who lost a leg in the tragedy, going past my office window each day. It was my first visceral understanding of terrorism, and until war in Donbass, the worst, most shocking day of my life.

Today, I send sincere and deep condolences to all my friends in the amazing city of St Saint PetersburgPetersburg, which I’ve visited many times. And not only, to everyone in that wonderful city, and their loved ones, to all affected by this atrocity. Looking at the photos, of people lying stricken by a metro, immediately took me back to the devastation, hurt, pain, anger of 2005, and even more recently.

And even, this morning, I’d finished work on, and uploaded part 1 of my most recent special reportage, on the recent terrorist attack in London. I am sure everyone from London, and indeed across the world, will show their empathy, and support for St Petersburg, for Russia.

Years move on, and destinations may be different, but the face of terrorism is always hideous, and the result, the death of innocent people, always tragic, devastating, unforgivable.

New Video Reportage: London Attack, Special Reportage, part 1 of 2

I posted this reportage earlier today, and then a short time later, read of the horrific events in St Petersburg.  Thoughts with St Petersburg on this terrible day.

Anyone who was in London on July 7th, 2005 will know exactly what people in St Petersburg are experiencing, and not only. This, the first part of my two-part special reportage on the recent terrorist attack in London.

A Graham Newsletter (#26) Brexit Day, London Attacks, Serbia, MH17, Scotland

Today is, of course, Brexit day, in all the UK, and I’ve just come back from Scotland, filming reportage there on the independence referendum, and wrapping up filming on upcoming documentary ‘Brit in Crimea (on his holidays)’.

As you will all be aware, the last week saw a terrorist attack in London, with the loss of four lives, and over 40 injured. In the first instance, I’d like to say a huge thanks to all of those of you who expressed your condolences. I was fairly nearby at the time, and rushed to the scene to film live reportage. Actually I’ll be doing a special, extended report on it over this week.

And it will be my final reportage before leaving London, for the next period of work. I’ve lived in this city for some 16 years, well remember the 2005 terrorist attack here, so of course, this new attack resonates, it’s painful. Yet, I also must compare it with my time as a correspondent in Donbass, and I remember at times days on end with death tolls higher than that of London on March 22nd, and no international outrage, pray for Donbass and on…

In modern times, London has survived the IRA, July 7th and now last Wednesday’s terrorist attacks, but there’s no question that almost all living in London, even the UK, have no idea what people in Donbass have been through. On the recent March for Europe, in London, I asked this man, from twin city of Donetsk, Sheffield, about Donetsk – he believed it to be in Russia –

I covered the March for Europe extensively, all my video reportage from there, here, 35 video interviews in total –

Interesting how many pro-EU marchers believe that the EU has ‘brought peace’, when of course last week marked 18 years since the EU-backed bombing of then-Yugoslavia. I wrote an article about that here, on the Truth Speaker, and thank you for the strong response to that! To make no mention of the EU-instigated war we all know too well about, in Donbass, where Patrick Lancaster reports today, as a woman killed by Ukrainain shelling.

Before returning, which I’ll do via the Netherlands, among other countries, I made this video for the MH17 investigation team: 

As for now, I’m preparing to leave the UK to return to Donbass, via a number of locations en route interesting for reportage. There’s a lot of that coming up, and there will be another newsletter soon.

Meanwhile, all the best, as ever, and forever thanks for your support of my work (for details on how to support, click here).