Wetherspoons owner threatens to sack staff if government doesn’t open pubs soon

Wetherspoon’s chairman Tim Martin today threatened the government with job losses if pubs are not opened as soon as possible, in a move which is a surprise to no one that has been paying attention. Conservative donor Martin, who has made £50m from his shares in the company despite its first pre-tax loss since 1984, has expressed concern that the “great contribution” that his company has made to the tax kitty has been forgotten in order to save human lives from Covid-19.

US sells a million gallons of seized Iranian oil amid rising tensions

The United States has sold off over a million gallons of Iranian oil that had been seized last year. The shipment was being sent to Venezuela but was intercepted before arrival. Last week, the final gallons were sold off by Washington, with profits totalling over $40 million. The cargo was seized under the pretext of violations of U.S. sanctions on Tehran, which greatly limit both Iranian imports and exports.

Communism isn’t to blame for soup kitchens in Glasgow – capitalism is

Recently, a picture has emerged of a soup kitchen in George Square, Glasgow, organised by Kindness Homeless Street Team, with a queue that was around two hundred people long. The surprising thing about this is that people were surprised. Homelessness is all around in Glasgow. It is not something that is hidden like it is in other parts of the country. A short walk from Glasgow Central Station to Buchanan Street would show you that, with people sleeping rough at the side of the road.

“Do not resuscitate” orders causes outrage

After extensive criticism was piled on the government last year, leading to an urgent investigation by the care watchdog, people with learning disabilities are still being given inappropriate Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notices if they are ill with Covid-19. This has caused thousands of avoidable deaths.

Cambridge research reveals absurd amount of energy dedicated to Bitcoin mining

Campaigners against climate change have been shocked with a new statistic from Cambridge University researchers who have revealed that Bitcoin mining now consumes more energy than the entirety of Argentina, around 121.36 terawatt-hours a year. Bitcoin is a blockchain cryptocurrency that relies on verifications from computers within its network to maintain the integrity of transactions within the system. Computers that partake in this process are sporadically rewarded with the bitcoin currency, and this process is known as ‘mining’.

Sino-British relations collapsing live on TV

As NATO and its allies gear up for a new Cold War with China, the BBC and other corporate media outlets are ramping up their anti-Chinese bias. In the last week in particular, furore has emerged as Sino-British relations appear to have fallen further as Ofcom, the British TV regulator banned CGTN, the Chinese international State broadcaster, akin to the BBC World Service.

Space Force: out of this world imperialism

Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration last month he has been attempting to establish a political precedent for his forthcoming tenure. A major part of this agenda has been an extensive review of policies introduced under the Trump administration. The new president has made executive orders regarding issues of immigration, healthcare, the environment and more besides. Among this review was a quiet approval of Trump’s previously established Space Force.