November 13, 2000 |
The British government will not issue a blanket pardon to soldiers shot for desertion or mutiny during World War I, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Sunday. More than 300 soldiers, some as young as 17, were executed for desertion as an example to others during the four-year conflict. "The government decided it could not make a blanket pardon for all those who were shot in the First World War," the spokesman told reporters.
October 27, 2000 |
With a policy of "sedation," the British government misled the public for years about the threat of fatal "mad cow" disease spreading from cattle to human beings, according to an official report released Thursday. The former Conservative Party government did not deliberately lie to Britons about bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, the report said.
September 27, 2000 |
No date has been set for the next general election in Britain, but Prime Minister Tony Blair delivered a rousing appeal for a second term Tuesday after a slew of opinion polls showed his Labor Party trailing the Conservatives for the first time since he took office. In the past two weeks, Blair has been buffeted by fuel protests that nearly shut down the country, demands for higher government pensions from some of his supporters, and public anger over the money-sucking Millennium Dome.
June 4, 2000 |
Big Brother is not only watching Britons, soon he may be demanding their computer passwords and perusing their e-mail from a new, $40-million cyber-surveillance center in the headquarters of the MI5 domestic spy agency. Under a bill making its way through Parliament, the government would have the right to monitor all online activities--some of them without a warrant.
April 10, 2000 |
Call it a busman's paternity leave. British Prime Minister Tony Blair says that when his 45-year-old wife, Cherie Booth, gives birth to their fourth child next month, he will go into "holiday mode" for a time, canceling public engagements but otherwise running the country. Any parent knows that having a newborn is no holiday, so Blair's announcement Sunday sounded a little implausible. Like having your baby and sleeping too. Or like taking paternity leave and not taking it.
March 2, 2000 |
Britain is ruling today whether it will free former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on medical grounds or bow to demands by four European states that he should face a torture trial. British newspapers reported that the 84-year-old general was likely to be freed from 16 months of house arrest, splashing headlines such as "Pinochet Prepares to Fly Home."