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Premier Inn customer enraged after booking room boasting sea views- ‘Very misleading!’

A furious dad has slammed Premier Inn after an advert led him to believe he was checking into a room with sea views. Roger Luke, 69, and his partner Irene Blower, 62, arrived at the hotel in Swansea last month after the website claimed guests would enjoy a “sailor’s life” as the hotel is “slap bang on the marina with views of the sea and surrounding hills”.

It also noted that those staying would be able to “enjoy the spectacular scenery”.

When the couple arrived on June 13 for a post-lockdown trip, they were shocked to find the entire building wrapped in white sheets, looking like a “construction site with no views”.

When the couple checked into the £35 room, they were gutted to look out the window and see the famed “sea views” obscured by poles and opaque netting- leaving the room “very dark”.

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Despite a note on the Premier Inn website saying that there are “restricted views”, Mr Luke argues he is the victim of “false advertising” as there are “no views whatsoever”.

Mr Luke told the Mirror: “We’ve stayed in this hotel several times and when we got there I said to my partner ‘we’re in the wrong place, this is a construction site here by the look of it’.

“We rang [Premier Inn] from the carpark to see if they’d purchased another hotel or if this hotel was closed, but they said they were round the front.

A Premier Inn spokesperson said: “Our Swansea Waterfront hotel is undergoing essential refurbishment as our booking journey makes clear. So, guests are aware works are taking place on their planned stay date before they make the decision to book.”

Premier Inn confirmed they have since updated their website to make it “even clearer” that there were no views – now stating rooms will have “obscured views from the windows as there is scaffolding to the exterior of the building”.

Additional reporting by Helen Le Caplain.

Should NHS free prescription age rise to state pension age? How you can share your views

The upper age limit for prescription charges means people aged 60 and older are among a number of other groups who are eligible for free NHS prescriptions. However, a consultation on aligning the upper age for NHS prescription exemptions with state pension age – which is currently 66 – was recently launched.

“Prescription charges are an important source of income for the NHS, and the costs of providing free prescriptions continue to increase with our aging population.

“I encourage anyone with views on our proposals to share them through the consultation response form, available online on GOV.UK.”

Currently, people can get free prescriptions when they turn 60 in England.

This hasn’t changed since 1974 for women, and 1995 for men.

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The state pension age in England is now 66, and it is planned to increase further for men and women to 68 between 2037 and 2039.

There are two options set out for changing the upper age exemptions, and it’s this which people can express their views on in the consultation.

Option A

“Option A is to raise the qualifying age for free prescriptions to the SPA (currently 66) for everyone,” the Government explained.

“This would mean that following changes to the Charges Regulations people aged 65 and under would have to pay for their prescriptions until they reach the age of 66, unless they qualified for another exemption.”

Option B

“Option B is to raise the qualifying age for free prescriptions to the SPA (currently 66) but with a period of protection, which would mean that people in the age range 60 to 65 would continue to receive free prescriptions.

“This would mean that anyone aged 60 and over when the changes to the Charges Regulations are implemented would continue to be exempt from prescription charges, whereas those aged 59 and under when the changes to the Charges Regulations are implemented would have to pay for their prescriptions until they reach the SPA (currently 66), unless they qualified for another exemption.”

The consultation is open for nine weeks, and Britons have until 11.45pm on Thursday September 2, 2021 to submit their responses.

So, how can a person respond to the consultation?

The Government says the preferred method to receive responses is via the online consultation questionnaire on the Department of Health and Social Care’s website.

However, people who have any queries on the consultation, or who require an alternative format, are directed to email [email protected]

Thos without internet or email access can write to:

Prescribing Policy and Charges Team

Department of Health and Social Care

Floor 2, Area G, Quarry House

Quarry Hill

Leeds LS2 7UE

“If you wish to do so, you can request that your name and organisation be kept confidential and excluded from the published summary of responses,” GOV.UK explained.

Sussex named UK’s best walking holiday spot with ‘most awe-inspiring views’

Those travellers looking for a relaxing walk and the most photogenic views during a staycation will want to visit one of the UK’s best walking holiday spots.

A recent study has revealed Sussex as the location with the best walking holidays.

Data from FootActive ranked the top UK’s walking locations for those who enjoy a bit of exercise and being in contact with nature during their British vacation.

Based on walking difficulty and distance, proximity to somewhere to stay and how photogenic the location is, South East England was ranked the best location for a walking holiday.

South Downs Way walk, in Sussex, has been named the most idyllic spot for a summer excursion with the family.

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The walk stretches across Winchester and Eastbourne, and it’s a great option for both families and hikers.

There are over 100 miles to explore with some very photogenic spots including The Seven Sisters, Beachy Head, Devil’s Dyke, Jack and Jill Windmills, Ditchling Beacon and Chanctonbury Ring.

The Seven Sisters, with its magnificent cliffs and white sandy beaches, will probably be the highlight of your walk.

There are more than 5,000 hotels and Bed and Breakfasts around the area, meaning that if travellers take the full 100 miles, they will find a nice place to relax after a long day of walking.

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FootActive’s recommendation is to stick to 10 miles a day, and the route will be completed in just over 10 days.

For those who love hiking and enjoy long walks, Offa’s Dyke Path in Wales, was ranked the most popular walk in the UK with the most miles available.

If an easy walk is what you are after, White Cliffs of Dover have been named the best family walking trip.

The trail is perfect for those who want to spend time with the family but enjoy keeping active during their holiday – and it has amazing views.

William Munro, Director at FootActive, said: “It’s fantastic to see this research highlighting the range of natural walking spots we have across the country and the joy they can bring to avid walkers and families alike this summer.

“Incorporating an element of walking or activity into your holiday is a great way to maintain a healthy balance and mindset while you’re away.

“Plus, walking is the perfect activity for burning off some energy while also remaining calm and relaxed.

“Not to mention the opportunity to see some of the UK’s most awe-inspiring views which you can only access by foot!”

From the coast to the woodland, Britons can choose between a wide range of walking spots to explore on their next staycation.

Best UK walking holiday spots

1. South Downs Way, South East England

2. Cannock Chase, West Midlands

3. West Highland Way, Scotland

4. Offa’s Dyke Path, Wales

5. The Ridgeway National Trail, South East England

Author: ANDREA BLAZQUEZ
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Wales’ Gower Peninsula boasts majestic views and natural beauty

After the tedium of a long drive, the sight of the Gower Peninsula in West Wales instantly eradicates any feelings of tiredness and you want to embrace the panoramic scenery. We had switched from the M4 to the coastal road approaching Swansea, and stopped at the seaside city – dramatically transformed in recent years – before winding our way to the Oxwich Bay Hotel and its incredible beach views.

We’ve visited the hotel on several occasions, lured by excellent surfing conditions for our teenagers, and fabulous coastal walks for us – never disappointing, whatever the weather.

We stayed in the hotel’s Secret Garden, housing six modern accommodation pods. They are small but comfortable, and an enjoyable alternative to traditional hotel accommodation. The staff worked wonders to keep them spotlessly clean – no mean feat after we returned somewhat grubby after a day in the great outdoors.

The hotel itself, a former rectory, prides itself on offering a warm Welsh welcome and tasty food using locally sourced ingredients. To set you up for the day I’d recommend the Welsh full breakfast with laverbread, a traditional delicacy made from seaweed.

You’ll certainly need your energy for surfing on the amazing Rhossili Bay. Our instructor, Guy Richards, has a friendly and easy-going manner that is perfect for beginners. And if you’re less than agile on the waves there are always the views to admire.

After a morning of strenuous activity, we had an excellent lunch at The Bay on top of Rhossili cliffs.  

In the afternoon, we explored the endless expanse of coastal paths.

Part of the appeal of this rugged coastline is that you can easily avoid the crowds. We took a stroll to the rocky promontory known as Worm’s Head, where poet Dylan Thomas was once stranded when he misjudged the tides.

Two of his short stories, Extraordinary Little Cough and Who Do You Wish Was With Us? were inspired by his love of this “very beautiful peninsula, some miles from the blowsy town and so far the tea-shop philistines have not spoilt the most beautiful of its bays”.

The “dry spiked bushes” of gorse and “its spring board grass, monstrous thick grass that made us spring heeled” that he described can still be experienced in all their magnificence thanks to the National Trust, which has fiercely protected the natural beauty of this special spot.

Thomas’s stay on Worm’s Head moved him to write: “Why don’t we live here always? Always and always. Build a bloody house and live like bloody kings”, before adding laconically: “It’s too wild for a townee.” 

Thankfully, our evening meal at the Beach House was only a short stroll away. Welsh TV chef Hywel Griffith opened the restaurant five years ago. The proud holder of a Michelin Star, his food is spectacular. It is worth a visit for the bread and butter alone.

But you can’t visit Wales and not eat the lamb – it was sublime. We savoured every mouthful in the contemporary interior before drinking the last of our wine on the terrace with its fabulous views across Oxwich and Three Cliffs.

The following morning, a crystal-blue sky was the perfect backdrop to take in the spectacular Three Cliffs Bay beach, a mix of sand dunes, salt marsh, and the three limestone cliffs.Mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins is a fan of the area, saying: “I grew up on the edge of the Gower, but it was still a holiday place for our family. We’d go on weekend breaks to Three Cliffs Bay – six miles down the road! 

“That’s how gorgeous it is. It still takes my breath away.”

No one admiring the view from the ruined 12th-century Norman Pennard Castle could possibly disagree.

We stopped off at another Gower institution, the Pennard Stores, serving local delicacies from seaweed caviar and oysters to delicious cakes.

Our short weekend visit to Gower and Wales will be repeated, and often. It is one of the world’s most beautiful locations. So avoid the uncertainty of overseas travel with a staycation here – you won’t be disappointed.

Author: Gary Jones
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Views on socio-political construction of Vladimir Solovyov and his followers

Russian religious philosophers, without exception, hold the view that Christianity is not limited to morality, that the essence of Christianity is the God-man Jesus Christ himself, and once he accepts Him as God and man, we cannot but accept mystical metaphysics, with a development of which Russian religious thinkers are engaged.

By developing the doctrine of the permeability of the whole world by God (or of His omnipresence), Russian philosophers at the same time carefully distinguished themselves from pantheism. This exact observance of the boundary between the Creator and the created world stands in connection with the typical and Eastern Orthodoxy’s high appreciation of the Christian virtue “humility.” Hence the fierce struggle against any deification of man, people, order social system, in general against the absolutization of relative existence. Everything earthly is valued from the point of view of the ideal of the whole fullness of being in God on the basis of perfect love for God and creatures.

Love is a basic principle or essence of morality. The whole law of God fits into the following words: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Galatians 5:14). Love is a “royal law” (James 2: 8). Love for God obliges us to love our neighbors as well, like God, and together to learn to love God and to prove our love for Him. In the particular person we love God, and in God we love true humanity. This is the idea of ​​true humanity. By flowing through love into humanity, ie. the kingdom of neighbors, the single person is enriched and happily fills his personal life. Christian love challenges all members of society to fraternal mutual help, requires in the individual to respect and honor his godlike personality. Thomas Aquinas’ dream of achieving the extremes of individualism and collectivism in order to achieve human solidarity is being achieved.

Religious worldview affects not only individual relationships between people, but also social construction. Vl. Solovyov promoted the idea of ​​Christian politics, which would set itself the task of radically transforming society in the name of social justice. At the heart of non-religious humanism, which rejects the supersensible world, it tends to see true love of neighbor, but unsuccessfully combined with materialistic views.

The sad experience of the two Russian revolutions led Soloviev’s successors to believe that in the case of non-religious humanism (which, unfortunately, still roams both the countries of the post-communist East and in the countries of Western technotronic civilization) it is self-affirmation you are. An act arbitrary, which leads to the decay of the public, as Dostoevsky predicted. The only thing that reassures is that there are practical statesmen who accomplish the relative good in modern social construction without letting go of the rudder with which they steer the boat of personal and public life to the Absolute Good.

An example of this at the end of the twentieth century is the successful model of “monarcho-socialism” of the Scandinavian type and “monarcho-clerical socialism” in Spain.

The ideal of Christianity, the Kingdom of God, could not be realized within earthly life and earthly society. Today we are witnessing the invasion of the average person, of the crowd with its value stupidity. The scale of lusts, with which the ecology of the human soul struggles, is given to us in the main work of S. Bulgakov – “Evening World” (1917). In Soloviev, thought itself is stereoscopic and stereophonic, with artistic filling, voluminous thought, while in Tolstoy, for example, thoughts are embodied in living images, paintings, colors. In Soloviev’s case, the spiritual reworking of factual material is obligatory, but it is a poetic delight rather than an exposition of philosophical thought.

“Beauty will save the world,” Dostoevsky said. This true beauty is the Transfiguration of the world, the sophurgy, i.e. the ascension of man to God, which can take place only in the bowels of Christ’s Church, under the life-giving action of the constantly flowing grace of the sacraments, in the atmosphere of prayerful enthusiasm. This completion of the creation of the world takes place not in the plane of earth’s history, but in the new eon (or cosmic cycle), where the purpose of the world is to take us beyond the world to a new heaven and a new earth. Historical cataclysms are useful because they heal dangerous passions in absurdities contrary to the Lord, such as the idea of ​​man-god, pop-god or polytheism, the driving force of which is not love or compassion, but pride and the dream of an earthly paradise. Every democracy is an idolatry because it represents self-worship on the part of the people and is ruled by myths or idols, but not by the Divine moral law. For Christians, any form of dictatorship or satrapy is not acceptable, because they represent idiolatry (worship by one person) and anti-god totalitarianism. The true system of government, as opposed to the above, is theocracy, which is the carrying out of God’s will on earth. In its purest form, theocracy in biblical history has failed because of the inability of the people to apply God’s will here on earth today. Soloviev identified the theocracy, to some extent, with the papocentric state of the Vatican. After the theocratic state in Old Testament times came the turn of the monarchical form of government.

We see a guide, a guardian of the observance of God’s decrees, in the person of the Anointed King, because the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament clearly indicate the monarchical institution as God-ordained, according to the request of all God’s people (the Jewish people were this chosen vessel, into which the graces of God flowed, and from which came the Messiah, Jesus Christ). We also see the confrontation between these two types of state power in the special devilish cruelty with which the idolatries remove at the cost of their own blood and that of their victims everything that stands in their covenant path to the destruction of the royal government established by God Himself.

Dreams of an earthly paradise, of the creation of an ideal society in the conditions of earthly relative life, and especially those which are connected with the negation of the religious foundations of existence, have been subjected to destructive criticism in many works of Soloviev’s followers: vol. EN Trubetskoy, S. Bulgakov, N. Karsavin, N. Aleksiev and others. A valuable conclusion of this critique is given by the scientific and philosophical works of the professor of law and philosophy PI Novgorodtsev – “Crisis of modern legal consciousness” (1900) and “On the social ideal” (1917). Novgorodtsev noted the typical in the early twentieth century and, moreover, for the Eastern European geopolitical and ethno-political zone bankruptcy of faith in a modern legal state perfect, the collapse of faith in socialism and anarchism, in general, the devaluation of the idea of ​​paradise.

Vladimir Solovyov, the patriarch of the galaxy of genius minds in the brilliant constellation of Russian religious humanists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, as early as 1882 recognized the philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov as his “dear teacher and comforter” and “spiritual father.” He proclaimed his doctrine of the common cause to be “the first movement of the human spirit forward in the way of Christ.” Fyodorov directs our thought to the ontological foundation of social and historical activity, to the relationship between man and his Higher ideal – God. This is the true ideal for the people of the new century, who have descended into unprecedented abysses of individual and collective evil, living on the ruins of humanism, because they have accepted man himself as an absolute. The “philosopher of common cause” tries to design a real bridge from earth to heaven, from the natural to the supernatural, in the sense of overcoming the natural and ascending to a higher nature.

One of Soloviev’s most zealous followers was Prince Eugene Trubetskoy, who took an active part in the political life of Russia in the early twentieth century. All his activities on the political scene were imbued with a desire to reconcile everything and everyone on the basis of truth and justice. This is a kind of political application of the idea of ​​the unity of his teacher. His works are focused exclusively on uniting the people around the common cause of spiritual salvation and revival of Russia. But as he failed to realize de facto Christian socialism, abandoning his glittering political career, which the Cadet Party offered him, in his own words, because “anti-legal, anti-constitutional democracy inevitably degenerates into anarchy, which, in turn, breeds the opposite extreme or despotism.”

Many compare chiliasm to socialism. In the eighteenth century, the century of rationalism, enlightenment, skepticism, revived the ancient, Jewish chiliasm, the old faith in heaven on earth, but now in a new shell: first as political democracy (“freedom, equality, brotherhood” and human rights and the citizen ”), later as socialism. With the general secularization of life characteristic of the new history, the old Jewish chiliasm was also secularized, and in this secularized form it became socialism. In socialism we must distinguish between a “goal,” or an ideal, and a movement or a practice. The latter is the subject of political economy and realistic social policy, the former belongs to the field of faith and religious trust (in a broad sense). Socialism finds some justification in neo-paganism – or in the religion of man-god. Socialism is an apocalypse of the naturalistic religion of man-god. The latter is a religious scarcity, and therefore social-chiliasm is a simplification, a degeneration, even a denigration of the old Jewish chiliasm. Socialism is a rationalist, translated from the language of cosmology and theology into the language of political economy, application of Jewish chiliasm. The chosen people, the bearer of the messianic idea, or, as it was later called in Christian sectarianism, the “People of the Saints,” were replaced by the “proletariat” with a specific proletarian soul and a special revolutionary mission. from the sign of class or belonging to the proletariat, or the situation in the production process.

Author: Petar Gramatikov
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Community advocates speak after mother of man killed in APD shooting views bodycam video

Author: Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Community advocates speak after mother of man killed in APD

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Body-camera recordings of a deadly Austin police shooting Jan. 5 were released to family members, attorneys and the officers involved Tuesday.

The mother of 27-year-old Alex Gonzales, the man who was shot and killed, was set to speak at a press conference after having seen the footage, but she was too overcome with emotion to do so.

Other family representatives and community advocates spoke about the incident, including Bertha Delgado. She called the length of time it took APD to release the footage “unacceptable.”

“Our community is in danger because we don’t trust APD,” she said. “The community is backing up Ms. Gonzales’ family, and we’re not going to stop fighting for her.”

APD said in a press release Tuesday, while the press conference was happening, they will release the video to the public though its website Wednesday.

Officer shot at Alex Gonzales in traffic before he was later killed

Pictured on right: Alexander “Alex” Gonzales
Pictured on right: Alexander “Alex” Gonzales

Off-duty police officer Gabriel Gutierrez was driving in his personal car and shot at Gonzalez from the moving car after he said Gonzales cut him off in traffic and then pointed a gun at him. After shooting at Gonzales, Officer Gutierrez called for backup. There was no body cam footage of this officer’s actions. Police said they later did find a gun in Gonzales’ car.

Gonzales drove a little farther before stopping on Wickersham Lane in southeast Austin as other on-duty police officers responded.

APD says body cam and dash cam footage shows officers gave Gonzales multiple commands that he did not follow. He got out of his car and went to the back passenger side of his car and reached inside. A responding on-duty police officer, Luis Serrato, then shot Gonzales multiple times, killing him.

A woman was in the passenger seat and was also shot. A baby in the backseat was not hurt.

Gutierrez has been with the Austin Police Department for five years. Serrato has been with APD for two years.

Delay in the release of body cam footage

Austin police were supposed to release the dash cam and body cam footage of the shooting within 60 days, according to city policy, but failed to do so. That would have been March 6. As of April 27, it has been an additional 52 days since the video was supposed to have been released.

Austin police blamed the delay on the weeklong winter storm that hit in mid-February.

There have been multiple videos that were delayed, prompting families of those killed to speak out in March.

Members Of LGBTQ+ Community Dismiss Caitlyn Jenner’s Run For Governor: ‘Her Views Are Terrible’

Author: Emily Selleck
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

Stars like George Takei and Alyssa Milano have reacted to the news that lifelong Republican Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor of California. See the tweets.

Former Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Caitlyn Jenner has officially filed paperwork to run for governor of California in a potential 2021 recall election. The 71-year-old is a lifelong Republican, and members of the LGBTQ+ community were quick to take to social media, saying they won’t back her “vanity campaign.” Star Wars actor George Takei, who is gay, compared her standing in the LGBTQ community to that of conservative pundit Candace Owens’ reputation in the Black community. “Black people wouldn’t vote for Candace Owen for office. The disabled community wouldn’t vote for Madison Cawthorn,” he tweeted. “I’m LGBTQ but I won’t be voting for Caitlyn Jenner. Just so we’re clear.”

Running under the slogan ‘Caitlyn For California‘, she is yet to confirm whether she is running as a Republican or as an Independent, however she is reportedly already surrounding herself with a team of Donald Trump‘s former aides. CNN reported she was taking advice from ex Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale, ahead of her potential California gubernatorial bid. “The support for this campaign has been amazing nationwide,” Caitlyn captioned an IG post, one day after revealing the big news. Nevertheless, the phrase “HELL NO” began trending soon after her announcement.

Transgender activist Charlotte Clymer slammed the reality star’s run as a “vanity campaign” that would allow transphobia to proliferate. “Caitlyn Jenner is a deeply unqualified hack who doesn’t care about anyone but herself,” Charlotte wrote. “Her views are terrible. She is a horrible candidate.” She later added, “Caitlyn Jenner has no real support. I don’t care about her candidacy. I do care about the ways in which her asinine views will be weaponized against trans people and the ways in which transphobia will go unchecked … This is purely a vanity campaign, and it’s incredibly selfish.”

Even actress Alyssa Milano weighed in, tweeting, “You are running as a Republican?! Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth.” At the same time that she filed her paperwork, Caitlyn her campaign website, and revealed her mission statement. “California has been my home for nearly 50 years,” the statement read. “I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality. But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”

Texas Senate gives initial approval to bill to stop social media companies from banning Texans for political views

The Texas Senate on Tuesday gave initial approval to a measure that would prohibit social media companies with at least 100 million monthly users from blocking, banning, demonetizing or discriminating against a user based on their viewpoint or their location within Texas.

Senate Bill 12[1], sponsored by Republican state Sen. Bryan Hughes[2] of Mineola, was approved on second reading by a vote of 18-13. The measure, which would apply to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, among others, would also require the companies to disclose their content moderation policies, publish regular reports about the content they remove and create an appeals process for user content that has been taken down.

The Texas attorney general would be allowed to file suit against any company that violates a provision of the bill. If upheld in court, the attorney general could recoup “reasonable” attorney’s fees and investigative costs.

Experts have raised doubts about the legality of the measure. Hughes acknowledged that, if signed into law, SB 12 would almost certainly be challenged in court. He repeatedly referred to social media platforms as common carriers, though they have never been classified as such by law or in the court system. Common carriers, such as phone companies and cable providers, are private or public companies that transport goods or people and are barred by government regulators from discriminating against customers.

“Even though they’re private actors, because they are common carriers, because they chose to enter this business and offer their services, then they are bound by certain rules,” Hughes said.

Facebook, Twitter and Google, which owns YouTube, did not respond to requests for comment. In remarks before Congress[3] last week, company executives denied removing content or blocking users based on their viewpoints.

The bill will require one more vote from the Senate, an action that is usually just a formality after it is passed on second reading. Then it will head to the House, where two identical bills have been filed but so far have not moved forward in the State Affairs Committee.

During Tuesday’s debate on the bill, state Sen. Roland Gutierrez[4], D-San Antonio, pointed out that while Facebook and Twitter would be included under the measure, websites such as Parler and Gab, which are popular among conservatives, would be left out because they have fewer than 100 million monthly users. He proposed an amendment that would have lowered the threshold to 25 million monthly users, but it was voted down by a vote of 21-10.

Hughes stressed that the measure seeks to protect all viewpoints. But at a press conference earlier this month, Gov. Greg Abbott[5] announced his support for the measure and chided social media companies[6] for leading a “dangerous movement” to “silence conservative ideas [and] religious beliefs.”

The rhetoric about silencing conservatives ramped up following the 2020 election, when platforms including Facebook and Twitter removed former President Donald Trump’s account for inciting violence during the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. Prior to that, the platforms attached warnings to posts by Trump and other conservatives who were, without evidence, sowing doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

Republican politicians have long targeted technology giants — accusing them of an anti-conservative bias and for silencing free speech, even though the actions to ban members were often in response to credible evidence that communications were inciting violence. A February report[7] by researchers at New York University found that “there are no credible studies showing that Twitter removes tweets for ideological reasons.”

In a congressional hearing[8] last October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers that “Democrats often say that we don’t remove enough content, and Republicans often say we remove too much.”

“The fact that both sides criticize us doesn’t mean that we’re getting this right, but it does mean there are real disagreements about where the limits of online speech should be,” he said.

Twitter in January purged more than 70,000 accounts linked to the dangerous conspiracy theorist group QAnon for the movement’s connection to the U.S. Capitol attack.

Hughes in 2019 filed a similar measure that won Senate approval, but it ultimately died in committee in the Texas House.

References

  1. ^ Senate Bill 12 (capitol.texas.gov)
  2. ^ Bryan Hughes (www.texastribune.org)
  3. ^ before Congress (www.washingtonpost.com)
  4. ^ Roland Gutierrez (www.texastribune.org)
  5. ^ Greg Abbott (www.texastribune.org)
  6. ^ chided social media companies (www.texastribune.org)
  7. ^ February report (static1.squarespace.com)
  8. ^ congressional hearing (www.washingtonpost.com)

Shawn Mulcahy

British holidays: Top beach resorts with unforgettable views

Cary Arms

As lockdown continues, Britons must make the most of the country’s beaches (Image: PR)

There are 44 rooms which all have fabulously bold interiors. Bright wallpapers, teal blue sofas and egg-yellow club chairs. Some have wood-fired hot tubs and private gardens. It’s all about the spa here, with its Far Eastern influences and huge range of treatments, from hypnotherapy and massage to meditation and mud treatments. Food is regionally sourced and distinctly British in the main dining room, while Ozone offers a Pan Asian menu. Doubles from £315 per room, per night, B&B (in May), seaham-hall.co.uk[1]
Cary Arms, South Devon

Sitting at the bottom of red Devon sandstone cliffs and reached via a series of tight bends is this classic British beachside inn. Overlooking Babbacombe Bay, it’s the ultimate location for all manner of watery pursuits.

The Cary family have been a part of Torquay’s history since 1662 and the hotel has existed since Queen Victoria’s reign. Now famed hotelier Peter de Savary oversees proceedings.

It exudes traditional seaside glamour with an abundance of stripes, blues and whites. The terrace is beautiful for alfresco dining in warm weather and the menus feature local seafood.

Ten sea-facing rooms and suites are the ones to go for, although the four delightful fisherman’s cottages with their own gardens and terraces will make it tricky to choose which to book. Eight lovely yet larger-than-normal beach huts and beach suites have just been added too.

Doubles from £275 per room, per night; beach huts from £335 per night (in May), caryarms.co.uk[2]

Brudenell, Suffolk

Rooms with views of the pale grey pebbles of Aldeburgh’s expansive beach are on offer at the Brudenell. Originally built as 19th-century merchant homes, it opened as a hotel in 1868. Rooms are neutral in tone with the communal areas featuring driftwood artworks, lanterns and maritime-inspired wallpaper.

cary arms

Cary Arms overlooks the stunning Babbacombe Bay (Image: Getty)

Wander along those pebbles to artist Maggi Hambling’s arresting steel scallop artwork and past the little wooden huts selling fresh seafood.

The hotel’s Seafood & Grill restaurant is constantly booked, renowned for its local fish which lands just up the beach.

A mile away is the quirky black and white town of Thorpeness, while Aldeburgh’s high street with bookshops and individual boutiques is just behind. Doubles from £150 per room, per night, B&B (in May), brudenellhotel.co.uk[3]

St Brides, Wales

This has to be one of the best spots for views from a hotel room, with most of the 34 rooms taking in the sweeping Carmarthen Bay and cliff-lined coast. The pretty town of Tenby is nearby and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park offers serious walking terrain. There are six two-bedroom apartments done out with contemporary nautical-coloured (blue and blonde wood) artworks created by locals.

The spa overlooking Saundersfoot has everything you need, from treatments to a thermal suite and outdoor pool.

The Cliff Restaurant cashes in on those fabulous views and serves up splendid seafood dishes alongside other locally sourced bites such as Welsh venison and Pembrokeshire duck. We love the “no mobile phone” policy too.

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St Brides is one of the best spots for views from a hotel room (Image: Getty)

Doubles from £195 per room, per night, B&B (in May), rarebits.co.uk[4]

Scarista House, Harris, Outer Hebrides

Georgian former manse Scarista House sits on the south west coast of the Isle of Harris. Its superb position between a three-mile sandy beach and heather-covered mountains is ideal if you’re after somewhere remote and mesmerising.

Don’t expect a modern interior; this is chintzy and traditional, yet relaxing and supremely welcoming. Three rooms are located in the main house with three suites at adjacent Glebe House.

All have views of the Atlantic. There are no TVs or radios and intermittent wi-fi so this is a place to really relax, with superb food and activities galore, from sailing, windsurfing and kayaking to visiting the famous Harris Tweed weavers.

Doubles from £215 per room, per night, B&B and afternoon tea (in May), scaristahouse.com[5]

Midland Hotel, Morecambe

An Art Deco masterpiece that curves along Morecambe Bay, the Midland Hotel has often been compared to a luxury ocean liner, all thanks to its uninterrupted watery views of the sea.

Built in 1933, there are 44 lovely rooms with modern furniture and bright soft furnishings – many having their own balconies and sea views.

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Scarista House sits on the south west coast of the Isle of Harris (Image: Handout)

The Sun Terrace restaurant is wall-to-wall glass with sensational views all the way to the Lakeland Fells. The AA-Rosette restaurant serves locally-sourced menus.

Don’t miss Crook O’Lune, the location for one of JMW Turner’s paintings and the historic and beautiful Leighton Hall, home to furniture-makers the Gillow Family.

Doubles from £252 per room, per night, B&B (in May), englishlakes.co.uk[6]

Culloden Estate & Spa, Northern Ireland

The fabulously romantic five-star Culloden Estate and Spa is 20 minutes from Belfast and has sweeping views over the glorious Belfast Lough and County Antrim coastline.

This palatial pile with its antiques and grand rooms, roaring fireplaces and huge windows was once the official palace for the Bishops of Down.

The 98-room hotel has an ESPA spa, and has hosted the likes of the Beckhams.

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Culloden Estate and spa is 20-minutes from Belfast (Image: Jack Hardy)

Meal options include fine dining at Vespers or the more relaxed Irish pub Cultra Inn.

Doubles from £280 per room, per night, B&B (in May), hastingshotels.com[7]

Carbis Bay, St Ives, Cornwall

This summer, all eyes will be on pretty Carbis Bay in St Ives when world leaders gather there for the G7 Summit.

Set across 125 acres, accommodation ranges from the elegant 47 rooms in the Main House to chic beach lodges and suites.

Chill out in the beautiful C Bay Spa, dip into heated pools and relax on the private sandy beach.

Dining is exceptional here including fine dining in the 1894 Restaurant, the boutiquey Hungry Gannet and the Beach Club right on the sands.

Doubles from £280 B&B; beach lodges, sleeping six, from £1,800 per night (in May), carbisbay hotel.co.uk[8]

References

  1. ^ seaham-hall.co.uk (www.seaham-hall.co.uk)
  2. ^ caryarms.co.uk (www.caryarms.co.uk)
  3. ^ brudenellhotel.co.uk (www.brudenellhotel.co.uk)
  4. ^ rarebits.co.uk (www.rarebits.co.uk)
  5. ^ scaristahouse.com (www.scaristahouse.com)
  6. ^ englishlakes.co.uk (www.englishlakes.co.uk)
  7. ^ hastingshotels.com (www.hastingshotels.com)
  8. ^ carbisbay hotel.co.uk (www.carbisbayhotel.co.uk)