The Dutch council of state has ruled that Pastafarianism is not a religion, denying a follower of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster the right to wear a colander on her head in her passport and driving licence photos. Mienke de Wilde is considering taking her case to the European court of human rights.

The Guardian, Page: 3

Posted 17/08/2018 – not April 1st!


An Essex shop owner who printed “wanted” posters of a thief was warned by police that he was breaking data protection rules by distributing the pictures to local businesses and on Facebook. The thief has yet to be arrested despite numerous reported sightings of him since he stole a laptop from James Callaghan’s printing shop. Essex Police has now admitted its officers were “misguided” in their advice because Mr Callaghan is the owner of the images.

Daily Express, Page: 27 Daily Mail, Page: 38

Posted 16/08/2018

British expatriates have launched a fresh legal challenge against the Brexit referendum, arguing that the result has been invalidated after the Electoral Commission found Leave campaigners had flouted campaign spending rules. The judicial review against the prime minister has been submitted to the High Court by the UK in EU Challenge group, which represents Britons living in France, Italy and Spain.

The Guardian, Page: 6 The Times, Page: 4

Posted 15/08/2018

A triathlete died when her bicycle hit a pothole which hadn’t been filled in because a repair team couldn’t find it. Kate Vanloo was thrown into the path of a car when she rode into the four-inch deep hole, which was hidden by a puddle. In his report, the coroner told Warwickshire County Council: “Urgent action should be taken to prevent future deaths… Including an explanation of the steps you have taken to speed up the time it takes to repair potholes”. Solicitors Leigh Day said that following the report “we will now be investigating further legal action against the council.”

Daily Mail, Page: 19

Posted 10/08/2018

The government is being urged by vets and animal welfare groups to honour a commitment to recognise the concept of animal sentience in law before the country exits the EU. Environment secretary Michael Gove’s department said yesterday that including animal sentience in an animal welfare bill was no longer planned due to the complexity surrounding the issue. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said a separate bill would address the issue before Brexit, but declined to give an indication of when exactly this might be. David Bowles, RSPCA head of public affairs, noted: “As there are less than eight months to go before we leave the EU, we are concerned that time is running out for the sentience bill to be introduced and agreed”.

The Times, Page: 12 The Daily Telegraph, Page: 7 The Guardian, Page: 13

Posted 08/08/2018

The PM is under pressure to ban the eating of dogs in Britain after campaigners warned immigration from the Far East meant it is on the rise. MP Lisa Cameron, who heads the All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group, added: “We must be culturally sensitive, but I very much support a ban.”

The Sun, Page: 11

Posted 06/08/2018


A report by the Commons Home Affairs Committee claims that crime-fighting is being jeopardised by Britain and the EU’s prioritising politics over security considerations. Committee chairwoman Yvette Cooper commented: “Both sides are putting political red lines ahead of public safety and national security – that is completely irresponsible.”

The Times Daily Mail The Independent, Page: 9 The Scotsman, Page: 6

Posted 24/07/2018


A complaint by animal welfare campaigners who tracked hundreds of unweaned calves from Ireland to Holland is being considered by EU lawyers. The animals were sent on a 56-hour journey without water. Under EU law, unweaned calves may be transported for no more than nine hours, followed by an hour’s rest, before another nine hours of travelling. This rule was broken, but regardless of the law breaches in this particular consignment, the campaigners point out that because ferry journeys alone from Ireland to France last 18 to 20 hours – beyond the nine-hour limit – all live exports from the republic to Europe are illegal.

The Independent, Page: 13

Posted 22/07/2018

Draft DfE guidelines on teaching sex education will see parents lose the right to withdraw their children from sex education lessons once the child turns 15. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said a right for parents to withdraw children from sex education up to the age of 18 “was no longer compatible with English case law”.

BBC News The Daily Telegraph, Page: 9

Posted 20/07/2018