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Auschwitz survivors warn the world against "indifference", and boycott the Brexit coin

FROM Auschwitz survivors calling for an end to world indifference, to a call from author Philip Pullman to boycott the 50p Brexit coin, This Reporter brings you the news headlines on Tuesday 28th January 2020.

Auschwitz survivors at a memorial service yesterday (Monday) to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp, warned the world against indifference to hatred.
More than 200 survivors of the camp joined royalty, presidents and ambassadors in Poland, with many sharing their stories of endurance and hope, as well as their incredulity, to this day, at the Nazi state-sanctioned killing machine, to which the rest of the world appeared largely indifferent.
Marian Turski, who was deported to Auschwitz at the age of 18 because she was Jewish, urged the world to adopt an 11th commandment: "Thou shalt not be indifferent", a reference to the late Nobel writer and Auschwitz survivor Elie Weisel, who wrote: "The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference".
The company that made the cladding panels used on Grenfell Tower knew in 2011 they were not suitable for use on building facades and performed worse in fire tests than declared on safety certificates, a public inquiry into the tragedy has heard.
As we know, this didn't stop US conglomerate Arconic fitting the panels to Grenfell Tower during its refurbishment in 2014 and 2015. An internal email sent out in 2015 even reveals an Arconic official admitting the cladding was "dangerous on facades" and everything should be "transferred to fire resistant as a matter of urgency" but such a move was considered "anti-commercial". The inquiry continues.
Prince Andrew, sidelined only by Prince Harry the Absconder as top royal family super villain, and at a push, Richard III, has given "zero" cooperation to the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking inquiry according to US lawyers.
During a Newsnight TV interview last November, so disastrous it led to him stepping down from royal duties, the Duke of York said he was willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency but so far has not kept his word.
Prince Andrew spent a great amount of time with Epstein, who hung himself in his jail cell before facing trial last year, and is accused himself of sexual misconduct, which he vehemently denies, claiming to have been at Pizza Express in Woking at the time.
And finally, Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has called for a boycott of the commemorative 50p Brexit coin over a missing Oxford comma.
Three million coins bearing the slogan "Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations" are due to enter circulation from Brexit Day (Friday) with Sajid Javid, chancellor of the exchequer hoping the coin will mark "the beginning of this new chapter" as the UK leaves the European Union.
But early responses include Philip Pullman's criticism of its punctuation. He explained: "The Brexit 50p coin is missing an Oxford comma, and should be boycotted by all literate people". For clarity, Oxford comma enthusiasts believe the phrase on the coin should read: "Peace, prosperity, and friendship with all nations".
Now, This Reporter understands that to many this turn of argument in favour of boycott is at best, pedantic. And yet, speaking as one guilty of what could be perceived an overly liberal use of the comma, and essentially looking for "any old excuse", she declares her self, decidedly, on board.

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