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Welcome – Welkom – Теплий прийом

A warm welcome, to this website
that aims to give an overview and insight
at the news events of the day
and at important matters in this world.

Een hartelijk welkom, op deze website
die tot doel heeft een overzicht en inzicht te geven
op de nieuws gebeurtenissen van de dag
en op belangrijke zaken in deze wereld.



Ласкаво просимо на цей веб-сайт
який має на меті надати огляд та розуміння
новин дня
та важливих питань у цьому світі.


The Telegraph Frontline for Friday 2023 February 03

Davey cartoon
Danny Boyle By Danny Boyle
After the Bank cast doubt on the Government’s ability to drive people back to work, the Chancellor is under pressure to do more. Also this morning, we reveal how energy firms are hoarding cash – and Rupert Everett claims to know Prince Harry’s virginity secret.

Energy firms’ cash pile balloons to £9billion

Concerns have been growing that energy firms are taking too much money from customers in advance. Now, we can reveal that companies hoarded £9billion this winter – more than four times the sum previously calculated. The cash pile ballooned over the last year to a peak at the end of November, when the cost of living crisis was placing household budgets under extreme pressure. The Telegraph has previously revealed that gas and electricity companies have been increasing direct debit payments from customers, even for those who are already substantially in credit. Our Investigations Team reports on the new revelation, which was disclosed under Freedom of Information laws.

Meanwhile, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is under pressure to do more to provide incentives to work in the forthcoming Budget, with Britons facing the highest tax burden in 70 years. The Bank of England said these factors would damage the economy’s long-term performance, as it sharply downgraded its views of UK potential supply growth – which determines how much the economy can grow before it starts to overheat – to 0.7 per cent over the next couple of years, from a pre-crisis average of more than 2.5 per cent. As economics editor Szu Ping Chan reports, Bank officials cast doubt over the Government’s ability to drive hundreds of thousands of people back to work – highlighting “increasing detachment” among people who had left their jobs since the pandemic.

PS: For Your View, we asked how your memories of 1978’s winter of discontent (if you have them!) compare to today. See the best responses.

Pentagon tracking Chinese ‘spy balloon’ over US

The Pentagon is tracking a Chinese surveillance balloon that has been hovering for days over continental America, on the eve of the most high-level visit to Beijing by US officials in years. A senior defence official told reporters that the US believes Beijing is using the high-altitude spy balloon to fly over sensitive sites and collect information. One of the places the balloon was spotted was the northwestern state of Montana, which houses several air bases and is home to one of the nation’s three nuclear missile silo fields at Malmstrom Air Force Base. US editor Nick Allen reports why Beijing might be interested in the “doomsday” base.

Rupert Everett: I know Harry’s virginity secret

It was one of the more intimate revelations in the Duke of Sussex’s memoir and one that, for many, raised more questions than it answered. Who was the horse-mad woman who took his virginity in a field, during what Prince Harry himself admitted was a rather “inglorious episode”? The mystery has now taken a surprising twist after Rupert Everett teased that he knew the identity of the woman in question. Not only that, the actor also mischievously claimed in an interview with The Telegraph that the episode did not take place behind a pub or even in this country.

Also in the news this morning

Brexit | Whitehall did a “c–p job” negotiating Brexit as it was biased towards the EU, David Davis has claimed. The former Brexit secretary said the Civil Service “sympathised with the European view” as Theresa May’s government found itself in a stalemate over the terms of leaving Brussels. Mr Davis, who resigned from Mrs May’s Cabinet in July 2018 as he did not “believe” in her Chequers plan for leaving the EU, said bureaucrats should take some of the blame for the deadlock.

Around the world: ‘You could hear voices in the ruins’

A Russian missile struck a block of flats in eastern Ukraine, killing at least three people and blowing out windows and doors of neighbouring properties. The projectile struck a four-storey building where witnesses told The Telegraph that three families had been living. Hundreds of rescuers including local civilians, police, soldiers and firefighters spent hours moving the rubble brick-by-brick to try to dig out survivors. Roland Oliphant and Julian Simmonds have our dispatch.
Rescue workers clear rubble and search for bodies at the scene of the missile strike.

Rescue workers clear rubble and search for bodies at the scene of the missile strike

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Business briefing: Rental crisis worsens

The Bank of England sounded the alarm over a worsening rental market crisis as high taxes and red tape force landlords to sell up. Demand for properties has continued to outstrip supply, it said. A buy-to-let mortgage has jumped from 2.8pc in December 2021 to 5.95pc at the start of February, doubling monthly payments. It comes as wealthy foreign buyers are snapping up London’s most expensive homes in cash, tempted by a cooling property market and weak pound.

Here is a selection of articles we think you’ll be interested in today.
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Opinion – Keir Starmer does a Basil Fawlty on the vexed question of strikes

The Telegraph Frontpage for Thursday 2023 February 02

Blower cartoon
Danny Boyle By Danny Boyle
Good morning.

Despite more than half of schools being impacted by strike action, support from teachers appeared not to be as significant as feared. Also today, we cover a diversity crisis in the RAF – and today’s expected rate rise by the Bank of England.

RAF diversity ‘discriminated against 160 white men’

All three services of the Armed Forces have been told to improve their diversity. Now the RAF has been accused of discriminating against 160 white men in its effort to meet “aspirational diversity targets”. Tobias Ellwood, the chairman of the Commons Defence select committee, told MPs the RAF’s former head of recruitment had identified the cases before she resigned in protest. After the revelation, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, head of the RAF, was asked if he had presided over a “lack of integrity at the top”. Defence sources suggested to The Telegraph that Sir Mike should be considering his position. Defence editor Danielle Sheridan reports that the allegation emerged as the Armed Forces struggle to retain female personnel amid a sex harassment crisis.

Schools closed, but teachers play truant at pickets

It was the most disruptive teachers’ strike in over a decade, with thousands of schools across the country shutting their doors and many pupils returning to online learning. Yet sparse picket lines suggested that the extent of support from teachers for the action was not as significant as feared. More than half of schools in England were fully or partially closed on the first of seven days of strike action planned by the National Education Union in February and March, according to official figures. A survey of head teachers revealed that one in seven children at closed schools received no education yesterday – and that hundreds of thousands of pupils whose schools were closed to some or all year groups were not given any work to do at home. But photos posted to the union’s official Twitter account showed just one lone supporter outside some schools. At others, there were no placards or picketing teachers to be seen at what would have been school drop-off time.

While in Britain parents and guardians are forced to manage their work commitments and plans alongside caring for their children, French schools remain open during strikes that cripple the country. Thousands of teachers were among 1.3 million people who took to the streets in France on Tuesday to protest against Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform. Yet many schools – in particular primary ones – remained open. France correspondent Henry Samuel reports on a 2008 law that aims to keep a bare-bones service in key sectors of daily life despite strike action.

Why your carbonara recipe could get you cancelled

Pasta carbonara, it is said, is one of the most “betrayed” recipes in Italian cooking. So when the New York Times suggested a recipe for a “smoky tomato carbonara”, it had its desired effect – 1.8 million views later, a cooking debate as old as time had been reignited. Eleanor Steafel reports how, since its invention in 19th century Lazio, carbonara must be among the most adapted, twisted and bastardised recipes of all time.

Also in the news this morning

Unemployment | Job coaches are to be stationed in GP surgeries under plans being drawn up by the Government to get unemployed over-50s back to work. Ministers are understood to be considering the proposal as they strive to plug record gaps in Britain’s labour force and boost the economy. Political correspondent Nick Gutteridge reports how the UK is the only major developed country to have suffered a sustained rise in economic inactivity since the start of the pandemic.

Around the world: Girl, 6, rescued from Bakhmut

A girl of six has been rescued from the embattled city of Bakhmut and reunited with her mother in a daring mission by Ukrainian police. Russian sources claimed to have completed the encirclement of the city, the focus of a gruelling offensive for several weeks. But Ukrainian soldiers told Roland Oliphant that the claims were premature and a vital lifeline into the city was still open. Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace refused to rule out sending British fighter jets to Ukraine.
Alina says goodbye to her grandfather in Bakhmut before being driven to her mother.

Alina says goodbye to her grandfather before being driven to her mother. Credit: Reuters

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Business briefing: Fed chairman warns of ‘more work’

The US economy faces more punishing rate rises even as inflation slows, the head of the Federal Reserve warned. Jerome Powell, the chairman, said the bank had “more work to do” to bring inflation back to its 2pc target despite signs that price rises are slowing. It will raise pressure on the Bank of England and the European Central Bank to keep increasing rates to curb inflation. The Bank is expected to raise rates by another 0.5 percentage points today, but may slow the pace of increases after that.

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Zorgpersoneel laat haar (nood)stem horen

Twee dagen na de stakingsdag in de openbare sector was er alweer een actie in België,waarbij nogmaals een oud zeer werd boven gehaald. Deze keer geen staking, maar wel een betoging van de non-profitsector.
Met meer dan 20.000 waren de zorgverstrekkers gisteren op de Brusselse straten om de regering wakker te schudden. De zorg- en cultuursectoren vragen een duidelijk investeringsplan voor de komende jaren.

“Het moet verder vooruit”,

zegt Mark Selleslach van de christelijke vakbond, de initiatiefnemer van de betoging.

Tijdens de Corona periode werd ere opgeroepen om voor het zorgpersoneel in de handen te klappen om 20.00 uur en om witte lakens buiten te hangen. Men zou denken dat er toen genoeg burgers en politiekers het nut inzage van het moeilijke of belastende werk van het zorgpersoneel, van artsen tot verplegers.

Maar eens de Corona perikelen achter de rug waren sprak niemand nog over al die mensen die toen in de bres stonden om overuren te doen en te helpen waar ze konden.

Opvallend ook en storend is dat men nu meermaals hoort praten over cliënten in plaats van patiënten. Zieken en zij die zorgbehoevend zijn zijn geen commerciële wezens of consumenten die als handelswaar moeten bekeken worden. Eveneens merken wij in België een zeer slechte evolutie waar ziekenfondsen de Amerikaanse toer op gaan en allerlei uitsluitingen brengen op de gewone ziekenverzorging, terwijl zij dan hun leden een dure extra ziekteverzekering aanprijzen om hen dan financieel naderbij te komen. Zo zijn hospitalia en dentalia verzekeringen nu in overvloed te vinden. Maar eens boven de 65 worden die onbetaalbaar voor de meeste mensen, en hebben de jaren aanbetalingen weinig opgebracht daar zij wanneer ze het meest nodig zijn niet meer van toepassing zullen zijn, wegens het afzeggen van het te dure lidmaatschap.

Beschamend dat de regering nu zelfs niet de moeite doet om er voor te zorgen dat de diensten die zorg verlenen hun werkmiddelen geïndexeerd raken en dat er niet alles wordt aan gedaan om het werk te verlichten.

Samen blijven die verzorgers gaan om meer personeel, betere lonen en investeringen in zorg, welzijn en cultuur te eisen! De meer dan 20.000 aanwezigen zal zelfs de Belgische regeringen niet ontgaan zijn. In Groot-Brittannië en Frankrijk zijn ze in hetzelfde bedje ziek. Op het eiland worden wel al heel wat buitenlanders in de zorg ingelast, maar toch blijven de tekorten nog enorm en zijn de verzorgers (ambulanciers, brandweerlui, verplegend personeel, ziekenhuisadministratie, hulpposten personeel met het spoedpersoneel) al weken hun stem aan het uiten terwijl ze het werk hebben plat gelegd. Wij kunnen slechts hopen dat het hier in België niet zo ver zal moeten komen.

Waarom wordt er hier niet, zoals in Engeland, de mogelijkheid gegeven aan buitenlanders met een medisch diploma op zak, om hier ook aan het werk gesteld te worden in de medische sector? Zulk een werkgelegenheid zou het werk van vele handen wat lichter maken.

Het wordt hoog tijd dat de regering eens gaat inzien dat scholing, ziekenzorg en cultuur ook lijken die sectoren niet bepaald geld op te brengen, dat deze een noodzakelijk iets zijn om een gemeenschap gezond te laten blijven. Mar daar ligt voor de meeste politici het probleem. Zij beschouwen zulke sectoren enkel als groepen waar men eindeloos geld blijft inpompen terwijl het hen niets financieel opbrengt. Wat zij niet zien is de menselijke factor, waar er een algemeen goed welzijn er voor zorgt dat de rest van de maatschappij wel normaal zal kunnen functioneren en zo voor een algemene welvaart van het land zal kunnen zorgen.

Het wordt hoog tijd dat de politici hun ogen en hun handen zullen open gaan. De sector verwacht nu van alle regeringen dat ze eindelijk de onderhandelingen zullen starten!



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The Telegraph Frontpage for Wednesday 2023 February 01

Members of the National Education Union on a picket line in November
Sam Hall By Sam Hall
Good morning.

Today’s strikes promise to be the most disruptive yet, as teachers join walkouts by hundreds of thousands of other public sector workers. Officials fear that striking teachers will still be paid, despite unions forcing the closure of classrooms at most schools.

Teachers who strike could still claim pay

More than 100,000 members of the National Education Union are expected to walk out today in the most disruptive teachers’ strike in more than a decade, with 85 per cent of schools in England and Wales set to close to some or all year groups. However, schools have made the decision to close without knowing which teachers will actually be on strike because of laws that mean union members cannot be forced to tell their bosses. Last night, concerns were raised that this could enable striking teachers to claim that they are working and therefore be paid. In a letter to all schools, Gillian Keegan, the Education Secretary, told head teachers that any striking staff must not be paid. Analysis has found that teachers in England are among the highest paid for the fewest hours in Europe and the developed world.

Unions have declared today a de facto general strike, with 500,000 workers walking out across seven unions, according to the Trades Union Congress. Train drivers, civil servants, airport and university staff are taking industrial action as well as teachers. Commuters will be left stranded across the country as 15 train operators run zero trains on both Wednesday and Friday. Walkouts by the Aslef and RMT unions mean there will not even be reduced services operating for passengers who have faced months of strike action – find out who is on strike today and check how your area will be affected with our interactive tool.

Typical British diet is fuelling the risk of cancer

A major study has suggested that foods which make up half of the typical British diet are fuelling the risk of cancer. Scientists said common daily fare – including most breakfast cereals, breads, snacks and convenience meals – appears to be endangering the nation’s health. Our health editor Laura Donnelly writes that a number of studies have previously linked “ultra-processed” foods, which are mass produced, containing chemicals, colourings, sweeteners and preservatives, to cancer. But researchers said the latest study by Imperial College London is the most comprehensive yet, involving almost 200,000 people aged between 40 and 69 who were tracked for over a decade, against the risks of 34 types of cancer. They said the findings were particularly concerning because of the “exceptionally high” intake of processed foods in the British diet – making up around half of daily calories.

Wood-burning stoves face tougher restrictions

Wood-burning stoves face tighter restrictions in pollution hotspots under government plans to improve air quality. Our environment editor Emma Gatten reports that new stoves will have stricter limits on how much smoke they can emit every hour in official smoke control areas, as part of new five year green targets. Ministers are also putting pressure on councils to crack down on illegal burning in such areas, and will discourage the burning of wet wood outdoors. Although councils can impose fines of up to £1,000 in smoke control areas, no penalties have been issued in the last five years.

Also in the news this morning

Politics | Jeremy Hunt has opened the door to freezing fuel duty for another year as he was grilled on tax cuts by backbenchers yesterday. The Chancellor said any decision to take such a move, which would save motorists billions of pounds, would depend on “what the finances are at the time”. Drivers already hit by high prices at the pumps are currently facing the prospect of fuel duty rising by 12p a litre in March, unless the Government decides to impose a freeze.

Around the world: Heroin now legal in Vancouver

A radical new policy introduced by British Columbia, one of Canada’s most liberal provinces, means police simply now walk past drug users. The law means adults in possession of 2.5g of drugs such as heroin and cocaine will not be arrested or even have their drugs seized. Our US correspondent Jamie Johnson writes that more than 11,000 British Columbians have died from drug overdoses since a public health emergency was declared in 2016. However, the new policy has not come without criticism and accusations of double standards.
More than 11,000 British Columbians have died from drug overdoses since a public health emergency was declared in 2016

Adults in possession of 2.5g of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, methamphetamine or ecstasy will now not be arrested Credit: Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times

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Business briefing: Stealth taxes hit higher earners

Stealth taxes are hitting higher earners more than expected, with rising wages helping the Treasury to rake in an extra £12bn alone last year, according to the Government’s spending watchdog. The OBR said a stronger jobs market meant more people were dragged into paying the 40p rate of income tax rate than previously thought, pushing up employee tax and national insurance revenues sharply. Our economics editor Szu Ping Chan reports that larger receipts from big banks and accountancy firms also meant the Government borrowed far less to plug the gap between tax receipts and public spending in the 2021-22 tax year.

And finally… for this morning’s downtime

Farewell to the 747: End of an era as Boeing waves goodbye to its last jumbo jet | As the final Boeing 747 is handed over to its new owners, we consider why the jumbo jet became such an icon of the skies.


In this “woke” world, people nearly would forget that there are enough people who love a ‘normal’ relationship and do not need to be confronted continuously with sex. They know there is so much more, what makes a loving relationship work for many years.

Let us look to the inside of a person and get to know that person’s heart, appreciating what we can give to each other to grow under the guidance of the Most High (Allah Al-Aliyy).

Try to get it!

With the right person you will see your reality
You will know your worth
Your exhausted eyes will look beautiful
Your tired body will look gorgeous
Your silly thoughts will seem wise
Your cheap things will appear luxurious
You will Not think before you talk
You will Not be careful When you walk
Your voice will seem better than an oscar singer
And your charchter will gain the genius prize
You will be treated as a chance
A chance that comes once
And should Not be wasted at once


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The Frontpage of The Telegraph for Tuesday 2023 January 31

Princess of Wales
Sam Hall By Sam Hall
The UK’s growth forecast has been downgraded by the IMF to leave it languishing behind even sanctions-hit Russia. The new projection means the country is on course to be the only major economy to shrink this year. In other news, the Princess of Wales launched her campaign on early childhood at a Bafta event last night.

UK economy predicted to shrink after tax raid

The UK is on course to be the only major economy to shrink this year owing to Jeremy Hunt’s tax raid and higher borrowing costs, according to the International Monetary Fund. The IMF downgraded its 2023 UK growth forecast by more than any other G7 nation, blaming the prospect of a deeper recession on “tighter fiscal and monetary policies”. Our economics editor Szu Ping Chan writes that it leaves the UK economy languishing behind Germany and even sanctions-hit Russia, with both countries expected to eke out modest growth this year.

The Fund singled out the UK as the only big economy in the advanced or developing world set to suffer a contraction, with a predicted decline of 0.6 per cent in 2023. This is down from its previous projection of 0.3 per cent growth just three months ago and means the UK will go from being the fastest growing G7 economy in 2022 to the only economy expected to shrink this year. The IMF said the downgrade reflected higher taxes and interest rates, a government spending squeeze and “financial conditions and still-high energy retail prices” that will “weigh on household budgets”.

PS: Figures published today forecast that house prices will fall by an average of 12 per cent this year, but buying agents have predicted that some areas will remain “recession-proof”.

Halt crossings or face defeat, Braverman tells Tories

The Tories will not be forgiven if they do not stop Channel migrant crossings, Suella Braverman has warned the party. In an interview with The Telegraph, the Home Secretary said the Government needed to halt the small boat crossings if the Conservatives were to win the next election. She said the party’s reputation for competence was “on the line”, issuing a rallying call for MPs to unite behind plans to halt the crossings in the face of “formidable forces” that she said would seek to stop them. Charles Hymas writes that ministers anticipate major opposition in the Lords and a surge of court challenges to a new Bill that would give the Government powers to bar migrants who arrive illegally from claiming asylum in the UK.

King may let anointing be seen by the public

The King could become the first monarch in British history to be publicly anointed at his Coronation, with a transparent canopy being specially made for the May 6 ceremony. Traditionally, the most sacred part of the event – when the Archbishop of Canterbury pours holy oil from the ampulla onto the Coronation Spoon, and anoints the sovereign on the hands, breast and head – is not seen by the public. In previous years, including Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953, a canopy of cloth-of-gold was held over the monarch’s head for the anointing to protect their privacy, writes Camilla Tominey. But The Telegraph understands that an alternative canopy, with a see-through top, is being made to give the King the option of allowing the anointing to be caught on camera for the very first time.

On Wednesday, Britain faces the biggest day of industrial action in over a decade with strikes by an estimated 500,000 workers across seven unions set to bring the economy to a halt.

Also in the news this morning

Royals | The Princess of Wales outlined her vision for a major new public awareness campaign about the importance of early childhood on Monday evening, warning that it is “essential” to understand how the first five years shape the adults we become. The Princess, accompanied by Prince William, attended a launch event at Bafta, where she introduced the long-term campaign that will form the foundation of her future work.

Around the world: Russians close in on Chasiv Yar

If Bakhmut is a boulder slowly vanishing under the Russian tide, Chasiv Yar is the next rock up the beach: mostly dry, but already lapped by the breakers. For more than six months the Russians have battered themselves against Bakhmut, seven miles to the east of here, reports Roland Oliphant from Chasiv Yar. They have taken tremendous casualties in exchange for a snail’s pace advance. But in the past couple of weeks, they have made progress. Inside the city, the sound of automatic fire is now mixing with the persistent shelling as the front creeps closer.
Two women at the 'point of invincibility' - a ground floor room with electricity, heat and phone signal

Two women at the ‘point of invincibility’ – a ground floor room with electricity, heat and phone signal Credit: Julian Simmonds for The Telegraph

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Elon Musk is going head to head with his old company PayPal as Twitter gears up to become an online payments business. The social media company has been applying for payments processing licences across the US as well as hiring people to start building a payments system. Twitter’s director of product management, Esther Crawford, is in charge of the operation to turn the social media website into a PayPal rival, the Financial Times reported. In November Twitter registered with the US Treasury as a payments processor, according to regulatory filings.

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Evil “whiteness” stuff is getting out of hand

The evil “whiteness” stuff is getting out of hand. Everywhere one looks there are excesses.

Take the decolonised university courses that seek to purge Dead White Men (the intellectual cousin of the Evil White Male) from the curriculum. Or the obsession with toppling statues of figures such as Cecil Rhodes. That’s before we get onto the full-blown anti-white discrimination.

When I attended a colourism workshop at my old university not long ago, mixed race women, including me, were prohibited from speaking on account of our “proximity to whiteness”. Even worse is the trend towards barring white people from black spaces altogether. Two Canadian theatres have sparked an outcry by limiting performances to an “all black-identifying audience”.

Please continue reading: The West is doomed if it blames all its problems on Evil White Males – ‘Anti-racist’ hyperbole has become a convenient excuse not to properly examine our own history


White versus black in a woke world

New term names at London School of Economics

“Woke” seems to be the word of today. Every one and everything has to be or is called “woke”.

These days, it also looks like nothing may be having something connecting it to a religion.

The London School of Economics (LSE) has overhauled the titles of its traditional three terms to be more “international”.

Until now, the yearly structure at the university, founded in 1895, has been the Michaelmas term, the Christmas break, Lent term, Easter break, summer term and finally the summer holidays.

This largely mirrors the calendar at other top universities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Durham, as well as at leading private schools such as Eton.

But from next year at LSE, Michaelmas will be renamed as “autumn term”, Christmas break will be renamed as “winter break”, Lent term as “winter term” and Easter break as “spring break”.

LSE said that

“these new names use more accessible and widely-recognised terminology, and better reflect the international nature of our community and our broader global engagement”.

Church attendance in England has reduced a lot and for many it does not seem right to have certain things named by giving the impression it is connected with Christianity. It looks like Britons do not want to show any relation with God anymore. Previously the British were very keen to keep all their so-called Christian traditions, though most part of it are heathen traditions.

Christianity used to be part of the package of being British, like tea and Shakespeare. They also had their high days, which were sacred. As such, they still celebrate Christmas in a special manner. The majority of them still not wanting to see how that day in December is a day for a false god and as such an abomination in the eyes of the Only Real God.

Like many other countries, God has been pushed to the side. Britain has become a multicultural and secular country, like most of the West European countries.

For many Britons, Jesus is their god and around him, they have created special days, instead of keeping to the holy or sacred days provided by God.

For some, the changing of the term names is a sign of their country getting less religious and not wanting to know anymore of Christian values. Though secularisation can be seen everywhere, many find it wrong for institutions to follow that same route.

Critics have rounded on the university’s “virtue-signalling nonsense”, arguing its pandering to the “church of woke” is the latest attack on Christians on Britain’s top campuses.

Simon Calvert, deputy director at The Christian Institute, told The Telegraph:

“We have been warning for years that Christians are being pushed from the public square, yet the problem is getting worse.

“Christians and those with traditional views often find themselves silenced or bullied. It’s particularly ironic when this happens at institutions that were originally founded on Christian principles and with endowments from Christian benefactors.

“So, this ludicrous decision by the LSE to rebrand traditional academic terms, by scrapping references to the calendar of the established Church, is more virtue-signalling nonsense that creates exclusion in the name of inclusivity.

“They don’t seem to have given any thought to the message this sends to their Christian staff and students, especially in a sector which has become a hostile environment to those with traditional views.”

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