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 By the Right - Left on Right violence OK Right on Left violence = a ban on the Right party
 
Note: This story  is  interesting because although the attack caused significant damage and  the police were called,  there has  been zero mainstream media attention of the  attack and it seems to have escaped even the local press. Strange? Well, the attack was by members of the hard left on a meeting of those to the right. Imagine what would have happened if a hard right group had attacked am left wing meeting.  I rather suspect that it would not have been ignored by the media. RH 
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UK: Antifa’s Attack Nationalist London Forum, Are Crushed by Attendees
Max Musson
Western Spring
January 8, 2017
An Antifa gang attacked a meeting of the South West Forum this afternoon, in an act of terrorism that backfired on them and left them running bruised and battered from the venue with their tails between their legs.
The meeting had commenced slightly later than planned and the first speaker Kevin Layzell had just finished speaking when a hail of rocks came flying through the windows showering the audience in glass.
As we looked round we saw approximately a dozen black clad figures with hoods and scarves around their faces kicking and punching two nationalists who had stepped outside momentarily.
Immediately audience members rushed out to confront the attackers and a fist fight broke out in which several of the Antifa thugs received a sound battering before escaping and running away. Much to the surprise of the Antifa thugs, the nationalist audience was made of sterner stuff than they had anticipated and several older nationalists of pensionable age were seen to get the better of their much younger adversaries.
Several of the nationalists received minor injuries, but thankfully nothing serious.
Sadly the management of the venue did not want the meeting to continue following the disturbance as glaziers needed admission in order to repair the broken glass.
The meeting organiser, Julie Lake was punched during the fighting, but was bullish afterwards, and vowed that she will beef up security for further meetings, but will not allow this cowardly attack to divert her from her mission.
Following the proscription of National Action at the end of last year, we wonder whether Amber Rudd will be inclined to ban Antifa as an organisation that both encourages and commits acts of violence for political purposes.


Note: These people never learn. Having gratuitously insulted Trump they are now intent on insulting the woman who may well be President of France next year. RH                                                                                                          Telegraph                                                                    Britain will not deal with Marine Le Pen, UK's ambassador to France says  Marine Le Pen is standing for the French presidency Credit: Michel Euler/AP


Steven Swinford, Deputy Political Editor
10 January 2017 • 9:25pm
Britain will not forge links with far-right Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen because the Government has a policy of not engaging with her party, the UK's ambassador to France has said.
Lord Llewellyn, who was formerly David Cameron’s chief of staff in Downing Street, told MPs that while his staff are making contact with other French presidential candidates they have no relations with the Front National leader.
He told the Foreign Affairs select committee: “With respect to the Front National, we have a policy of not engaging, there is a longstanding policy. That is the policy, which has been the policy for many years.”
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Crispin Blunt, the chairman of the committee expressed his surprise at the Government's position as Ms Le Pen is polling in second place and will make the final round run-off in May.
Mr Llewellyn said that any change in the Government's policy would be a "matter for ministers". It comes after accusations that Britain failed to build links with Donald Trump because he was considered an outsider for the presidency.
Ms Le Pen is widely expected to make the final round runoff in May against one of the other leading candidates, most likely either François Fillon, a centre-right Republican, or Emmanuel Macron, an independent.

Lord Llewellyn had earlier confirmed that his team in Paris had spoken to the teams of other candidates.
He said: “We know who the candidate is on the centre-right, the candidate is Monsieur Fillon, obviously we have contacts with him and his team.
“On the left we don’t know who the candidate is going to be. We will know the answer on 29 January after the second round of primaries … my team [is] in touch with people across the picture on the left.”
Ms Le Pen has led efforts to detoxify her far-right party and now focuses on anti-immigration policies and her desire for France to quit the Euro.
Telegraph 
US, France and Russia should form 'alliance' says Marine Le Pen as she lays into chief presidential rival Marine Le Pen dismisses calls for alliance between US, France and Russia in the global fight against Islamist fundamentalism  Credit: Charles Platiau/Reuters


Henry Samuel, Paris
6 January 2017 • 5:23pm
French far-Right Front National leader Marine Le Pen on Friday called for an "alliance between the US, France and Russia" to fight Islamist fundamentalism around the world as she took aim at her chief domestic rival, François Fillon, ahead of upcoming presidential elections.
Ms Le Pen, who is currently polled to lose in France's presidential run-off in May, also weighed into a row between US president-elect Donald Trump and the American intelligence community over whether Russia had interfered in US presidential elections. 
Close to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, she dismissed the claims as "conspiracy theories" and sour grapes from Hillary Clinton backers.
Speaking to members of the Anglo-American Press Association at the FN's Paris campaign headquarters, Ms Le Pen said: "I want to see an alliance emerge between the US, France and Russia in the fight against Islamist fundamentalism as this poses a gigantic threat to our respective democracies."
She added: "I'm a totally free woman. I don't want to be under the yoke of the US…I don't want to be under the yoke of Russia."
Mr Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the suspected involvement of the Russians in attempts to interfere with US political institutions, on Friday denouncing a "political witch hunt". He was due to be briefed on a report by US intelligence officials detailing the suspected interference at the White House.
US president-elect Donald Trump has played down detailed intelligence community reports of Russian meddling in elections as a "political witch hunt".  Credit: DON EMMERT/ AFP
Ms Le Pen, who has previously received a multi-million-euro loan from a Russian bank close to the Kremlin, said: "We are in a period where conspiracy theories appear to be very much in fashion. As soon as something goes badly, it's Russia fault. It makes me smile. I'm not sure that there are any real serious evidence behind these accusations of cyber attacks."
She added: "I find it astonishing that this type of lesson comes from the US when it was, I remind you, revealed and not contested that the US illegally bugged almost every European leader and their allies."
She denied having any direct contact with the Trump administration, declining to comment on her niece, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, saying she was prepared to work with Mr Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, after he labelled her a “rising star”.
Marion Marechal-Le Pen, French National Front political party member and current deputy in Parliament Credit: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
If Mr Trump decides on a rapprochement with Moscow, he will be following a far-Right agenda across Europe that Mr Bannon apparently lauds.
Most polls see Ms Le Pen coming second in the first round of France's presidential elections on April 23 only to lose to Mr Fillon, the conservative candidate, on May 7, but both have lost ground to independent challenger Emmanuel Macron, a former investment banker. One poll even sees him knocking her out.
Emmanuel Macron, independent French presidential contender, former economy minister and ex-banker, has seen his ratings rise of late Credit: Thibault Camus /AP
The fractious ruling Socialists are to hold their own primaries on January 22 and 29 with ex-prime minister Manuel Valls currently polling to come top, but the winner is not expected to reach the presidential run-off.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gestures after delivering a speech in December 2016 to announce his run for presidential elections in Evry, near Paris Credit:  YOAN VALAT/EPA
To further muddy the waters, François Bayrou, a centrist veteran presidential candidate, has hinted he may run once again. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a fiery Leftist, has also thrown down the gauntlet.
Mr Fillon, meanwhile, has remained surprisingly low-key since his unexpected triumph in primaries for his Republicans party in November when he pledged to slash the numbers of state sector workers by half a million.
Francois Fillon celebrates his win in centre-Right primaries making him candidate for president of France for the Republicans party Credit: Alfonso Jimenez/REX/Shutterstock
This week, a poll suggested that 81 per cent of French think he should "rework" what some call Thatcherite proposals that include making civil servants work 39 hours for the same pay as the current 35 and shrinking state health cover.
Ms Le Pen, on the other hand, has launched a media blitzkrieg this week.
On Friday, she denied claims that she had softened her stance on re-instating the franc and dumping the single currency, accusing Brussels of using the euro in Greece "not as a currency but as a knife that you stick in a country's ribs to force it to do what its people don't want to do."
But she said she would also agree to the European Currency Unit (ECU) unit of account returning as a common currency framework along with the franc.
Laying into Mr Fillon, she said that French economic gloom and mass unemployment could be tackled in three ways: cutting salaries to create wage deflation, shrinking social protection or monetary deflation. Saying that Mr Fillon had chosen the first two measures, and Mr Macron the second, she said: "For me, between jobs, social protection and the level of the currency, I have chosen monetary deflation".
Unlike Britain, the US or China she said France "are the idiots of international trade, obliged to bear a currency that doesn't allow us to be competitive not only regarding countries outside the eurozone but inside".  
She re-iterated to her intention to campaign for France to leave the EU if Brussels fails to surrender control over national borders, law-making and economic and monetary policy over a six-month negotiation period.
Telegraph 
Marine Le Pen can win the presidency – because her opponents are inept
Anne-Elisabeth Moutet


6 January 2017 • 7:07pm

 Madame la présidente? Credit: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
There is something terribly familiar to the start of this presidential year in France. Four months before the election, the Left has proven unable to even organise a primary contested by all its big beasts. The bloom is off the candidate of the Right, François Fillon, already backtracking over his primary platform on essentials such as the national health system or cutting the French civil service by half a million agents.
Enter Marine Le Pen, a one-woman “basket of deplorable”. For years, pundits have sworn she couldn’t possibly win the presidency. She might come first in the April 23 first round, but in the run-off two weeks later, the French would vote to keep her out in what is known here as a “sursaut républicain”, when voters are suddenly jolted awake. It would be a replay of 2002, when Jacques Chirac trounced Le Pen's father Jean-Marie with 82 per cent of the vote.
Watch | Marine Le Pen in 90 seconds

01:38

Marine Le Pen herself, who has always said she plays to win, was shrewdly silent as the conservative primary played out. But this week, she’s been everywhere. She was on BFMTV, France’s most-watched news channel, on Tuesday. She gave a wide-ranging 6-page interview to the elegant Causeur magazine, a kind of French Spectator, this week. At her campaign HQ she met the press in an overattended scuffle on Thursday for the traditional New Year wishes event.
“There’s more of us here than to hear François Hollande at the Elysée on Wednesday”, one participant quipped, “and the food is better, but we haven’t even have time to eat it.”
Marine Le Pen with her niece Marion Marechal-Le Pen, part of the modernised image of the Front National Credit: Sebastien Nogier/EPA
Comparing Ms Le Pen’s modest offices in an unmarked block of flats off the Place des Ternes to the gilded splendour of Madame de Pompadour former’s palace, just a mile away on the same Parisian street? Some symbols just hit you. The press corps had enjoyed the last year of the departing Hollande’s champagne. But the Le Pen do was all about business.
She gave a smaller-scale repeat performance to a group of Anglo journalists. The points she made were by now no longer new — that Donald Trump’s election might be good for France, since the new President wanted to halt globalization and stop transatlantic trade treaties; that Brexit was a show of independence; that Brussels’ “bureaucrats” were using the Euro not like a currency but like “a weapon of blackmail to impose austerity, a knife in the chest for Greece, Spain, Portugal” ; that everywhere in Europe the new-style parties are winning (she refuses to call them “populist”, saying she doesn’t have a definition for the word) — but her humorous poise in making them was impressive. This was a woman on a roll.

 Watch | Marine Le Pen: Donald Trump has shown how we can 'build a new world'

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The famous “detoxifying” of the old Front National – which saw Marine firing her own father two years ago in order to complete the transition to a reasonable, modern, no longer racist or anti-Semitic look – has by now reached a new, sleek stage. It started at the door, where a friendly female security agent politely checked our bags, instead of the crew-cut heavies of yesterday.
The Front has gone modern, with spin docs handing out their mobile number, welcoming requests to follow the candidate on the campaign trail, and top technocrats advising Ms Le Pen (a quick study). This was obvious in her “four sovereignties” line — a mirror of the Brussels “four freedoms” imperativesfor access to the Single Market.
Sounding like an outsider, but a reasonable one, may well be the winning formula in France
“There is no Brexit chaos”, she said — but still, she seemed to have taken a lesson from David Cameron’s book, planning a renegotiation with Brussels in which France would “take back territorial, economic, monetary and legislative sovereignty.” It all sounded reasonable, efficient, manageable. So did her line that France should go back to a national currency, while using an equivalent of the old ECU basket in international transactions.
It’s only afterwards that you realise that coming from France — the second largest EU economy, a core Treaty of Rome signatory — this would in effect be the end of the European Union. 
By training as a barrister, the 48-year-old Le Pen has an old-fashioned mid-twentieth century eloquence that most French people do not remember, but which is very effective to smooth out a line of reasoning. It helps her gloss through any manner of points, from her praise of Bashar al-Assad to her justification of Crimea’s annexation. It also singles her out from the inflated crowd of presidential candidates – 68 at this stage.
Le Pen is a fan of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, among others
Sounding like an outsider, but a reasonable one – no Trump-like familiarities, tweets and off-color jokes – may well be the winning formula in France, a country that’s both discontented and fearful.
Received wisdom – financial, not just political – says she doesn’t stand a chance (a number of hedge fund managers just told the Financial Times that the “markets are overstating the chances of a Marine Le Pen victory”). Some French polls even predict that she won’t even reach the May 7 presidential run-off, and that the election will be fought between François Fillon and Hollande’s former Economy minister Emmanuel Macron, who is standing outside the Left Primary.
Enter Marine Le Pen, a one-woman 'basket of deplorable'
But these are, after all, only polls. The large-circulation daily Le Parisien has just announced that they would commission no polls at all for the upcoming election, since they all got their predictions wrong worldwide.
Macron, 39, is a former Rothschild banker who has never stood for any office before, and was part of the most unpopular government since the beginning of the Fifth Republic.
Fillon’s backtracking on proposed unpopular measures makes him look both weak and unprepared. That he could even float the notion that the French would agree to see their health system partly privatised ("for all but serious ailments") would argue at the very least that he hasn’t got a finger on the country’s pulse, despite a 30-year political career.
Hollande’s former PM, Manuel Valls, who gave his boss the last shove out of the window to run in his place, is finding it hard to make people forget he’s just been in power for 3 years.
2017 may yet be Marine Le Pen’s year.

Telegraph 
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5 January 2017 • 7:00am

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