A German civil servant and former Bundeswehr soldier who wished Adolf Hitler "happy birthday" on social media during his probation period was rightfully fired, an administrative court has ruled. Officials in the regional civil service in the western state of Hesse terminated the man's employment after discovering the Facebook post in 2016. In the post, dated April 20, the official wrote that he "wished one of the most important people in German history happy birthday." Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. Read more: Can you call your baby Adolf? "Irrespective of how loudly people stir up hatred against you, you were quite simply a hero to many Germans," he wrote. "I too declare my support for you." The NPD is the most prominent neo-Nazi party active in Germany Hesse officials also discovered that the man had taken part in two demonstrations by the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). During one of the protests on January 30 — the anniversary of Hitler's … [Read more...] about German civil servant, former soldier fired for wishing Adolf Hitler happy birthday on Facebook
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When the Forties Field was discovered by British Petroleum, 110 miles east of Aberdeen six years ago, it was thought of as BP’s oil. Two years ago, in common with other North Sea finds, it was claimed by the Scottish National Party as “Scotland’s oil”. Last month, the Foreign Secretary told his Common Market partners that it was our oil, meaning Britain’s. The English Nationalist Party then devised a new set of boundaries that made it England’s oil. Now, for at least a day, it is to be Royal oil. The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Edward, is to inaugurate the flow of oil from the Forties today by pressing a gold-plated button in BP’s control centre at Dyce, near Aberdeen. The Prime Minister, most of his senior Cabinet Colleagues and Mr Ross, Secretary for Scotland and a retinue of junior Ministers, will be in attendance. As one senior civil servant said yesterday: “The Queen will probably have more than a quorum … [Read more...] about North Sea oil begins to flow – archive, 1975
Sue Tilley’s flat in St Leonards-on-Sea is five minutes from everywhere. Five minutes from the beach, five minutes from the station, five minutes from the parade of secondhand shops where, 18 months ago, having shrugged off her London furniture and flat after her second visit to the town, she bought a whole new life. She celebrated her 60th birthday a week after moving in; the party with her new neighbours went on until 6am. “I’m not one for living in the past,” she says, sitting back on her lipstick-red sofa. “I like moving on.” Tilley might have moved on, but her image, her body, remains, for the rest of us, quite fixed. Fixed in the large nude portraits painted by Lucian Freud throughout the 1990s, including Benefits Supervisor Sleeping which, when Roman Abramovich paid £17.2m for it in 2008, became the most expensive painting by a living artist. Tilley was introduced to Freud by her friend, the late performance artist Leigh Bowery – in … [Read more...] about Inside the seaside flat of Lucian Freud’s muse Sue Tilley
Appointing female ministers is the simplest, most effective way of rebalancing government #TimesUp #FreePeriods #MeToo. How do we dramatically improve the lives of women and girls? One answer is more women in government. Barbara Castle; Mo Mowlam; Harriet Harman. Cabinet ministers are the most visible and influential women in politics. They have budgets, departments and civil servants at their disposal. If so inclined, they can deploy these resources to make a massive difference to women’s lives: The 1970 Equal Pay Act, peace in Northern Ireland, the 2010 Equality Act. Imagine what could be achieved today with a 50/50 Cabinet of men and women. In fact, forget 50/50. Over the years, fewer than... … [Read more...] about Ending sexism in politics is very simple: put more women in Cabinet
I am sitting in a circle in a grey, corporate room with 10 housing association employees – administrators, security guards, cleaners – eyes darting about nervously. We are asked to eat a sandwich in silence. To think about every taste and texture, every chewing motion and bite. Far from being relaxed, I feel excruciatingly uncomfortable and begin to wonder if my jaw is malfunctioning. I’m here to write about a new mindfulness initiative, and since I’ve never to my knowledge had any mental health issues and usually thrive under stress, I anticipate a straightforward, if awkward, experience. Then comes the meditation. We’re told to close our eyes and think about our bodies in relation to the chair, the floor, the room: how each limb touches the arms, the back, the legs of the seat, while breathing slowly. But there’s one small catch: I can’t breathe. No matter how fast, slow, deep or shallow my breaths are, it feels as though my lungs are sealed. … [Read more...] about Is mindfulness making us ill?