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Pope and the One World Religion?*

Pope and the One World Religion?*

By Makia Freeman

Pope Francis of the Catholic Church recently came out and released an Encyclical “Laudato Si” (although someone leaked it ahead of time and released it for him) focused on tackling the issues of poverty and environmental damage. As noble as this sounds, however, in doing so the Pope fell into the trap set up by the Club of Rome and other elite think tanks of blaming man for global warming. Rather than sticking to a more general message of caring for the Earth and treating the environment responsibly, the Pope’s message was decidedly political. By entering into politics with the Rockefeller-and-CFR-created United Nations at his back, one has to wonder if the Pope is positioning himself – or being positioned – to be the head of the planned One World Religion which has long been planned as an integral part of the structure of the New World Order (NWO).

Pope Francis to be Chief Priest of the One World Religion?

The push to make the Pope the head of the UN One World Religion has been going on awhile. Last year, for instance, former Israeli President (and therefore by definition war criminal) Shimon Peres held public talks with the Pope and expressed his desire for Pope Francis to lead the world into a One World Religion. According to the Jerusalem Post, Peres’ idea is to create a UN-like organization called the “United Religions”. The website cfnews.org also states:

Peres “proposed the founding of a United Religions organization — modeled after the United Nations — to fight terrorism”. In an interview with the Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana, Peres said he wanted to establish an international body representing the world’s major religions, as “an unquestionable moral authority” able to intervene in conflicts, “a UN of religions”.

How interesting that the old abstract bogeyman “terrorism” is even being used to push for a One World Religion. The elite must love that one concept of terrorism given how much mileage they seem to extract from it.

King Abdullah of Jordan and EU Presient Barosso forms a New One World Religion as the Declaration on Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue 2012

Centralization of Belief

The Pope has been reaching out to other Christian sects, as well as to other religions like Islam, in order to find commonality and bridge the gap between faiths. On one level, I applaud this because so much strife, violence and war has been wrought in the name of religion. It really is crazy and insane to judge, condemn and hate others because they have a different idea of God than you. However, there’s a deeper agenda going on here. The NWO is all about centralization of power; in this case, centralization of belief. The elite want to dictate exactly what you may or may not believe in the religious and spiritual realm, just as in every other realm, and you can be sure they are using tactics like controlled opposition to control and steer a religion into place which limits your idea your Self, God and everything in the world. Given the Vatican’s horrendous history of suppression of thought and mass murder (suppression of scientific truth, witch-burning, the Inquisition, etc.) it would be the ideal “carrier” for a disempowering One World Religion.

Who is the God of the Planned One World Religion?

The crucial question in this whole push towards a One World Religion is: what kind of “God” are we being pushed to worship? Is it the God of the Old Testament, Yahweh? Is it the God of the ancient Romans, Jupiter, who practiced and encouraged promiscuity and power over others? Perhaps it is the ultimate God of Freemasonry, Lucifer, one of the most powerful secret societies that has fueled the NWO ever since its inception. In a very candid 1976 interview, the late Jewish Zionist Wallace Rosenthal (former top Administrative Aide to the then Senator Jacob Javits, who was since defeated in the 1980 election) boasted how elite Jewish power controlled everything in the world from the US to Russia to the UN, and stated:

“Most Jews do not like to admit it, but our god is Lucifer.”

Is the Pope just another “useful idiot” to the agenda by pushing people towards worshipping a Satanic god? Is he aware of statements made by former high-up Vatican officials like Martin Malachi that “anybody who is acquainted with the state of affairs in the Vatican in the last 35 years is well aware that the prince of darkness [i.e. Satan] has had and still has his surrogates in the court of St. Peter in Rome.” Or the former Pope Paul IV who stated that the smoke of Satan had entered the Church? Indeed, is Pope Francis aware of the satanic elements of organized religion including his own brand of Christianity?

Pope Allies Himself with Global Governance Enthusiasts

In stepping deeply into the political realm and promoting the false idea of a AGW (anthropogenic global warming or manmade global warming), the Pope has thrown his hat (or his occult fish-shaped mitre) into the ring with those promoting Global Governance. This, of course, means a United Nations-led One World Global Government – in other words, the New World Order. Thus, we have another “respected leader” in the world calling for a One World Government, based on the staggeringly absurd idea that carbon dioxide is the mortal enemy of mankind! Can you hear the Rothschilds laughing as their “save the environment” corporate scheme continues to unwind and enlists market segment leaders in specific areas to convert their followers over to the idea of a Rothschild-Rockefeller controlled One World Government?

The Catholic Church’s Staggering Hypocrisy

The Vatican invests in guns and arms, but likes to preach against violence

Every time the Pope, Vatican representatives or other Catholic Church spokesmen come out and issue their moral injunctives, you have to take it with a grain of salt, given the staggering degree of hypocrisy they display. When the Pope comes out pleading with the world to end poverty, do you think he’s taken a look at the gold thrones, ceilings and walls of the Vatican, or taken a look at the tons of gold hoarded up at the IOR (the Vatican bank)? When the Pope comes out pleading with the world to end violence, do you think he’s taken a look at his investment summaries and realized that the Vatican through the IOR makes numerous investment in guns and weaponry? When the Pope comes out pleading with the world to end sexual crime, do you think he’s fully come clean on the extent of Catholic Church pedophilia, or taken a look at his investment summaries and realized that the Catholic Church also makes money off its investments in companies distributing pornography?

We don’t need a One World Religion. We need a respect for the individual freedom, rights and beliefs of every single person on the planet. Each person has their own unique spirituality and sovereignty, and ultimately is a religion unto themselves, which includes the freedom to be an atheist and have no interest in religion whatsoever.

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The New Pope!

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Vatican signs First Treaty with State of Palestine*

Vatican signs First Treaty with State of Palestine*

The Vatican has signed its first comprehensive treaty with the “State of Palestine” on Friday, thus recognizing its statehood.

The historic accord inked on Friday at the Vatican Apostolic Palace is the first between the Holy See and Palestine since Vatican used the term “State of Palestine” in February 2013, three months after the United Nations General Assembly Resolution recognized it as a non-member observer state at the U.N.

It deals with essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in the State of Palestine, while reaffirming support for a negotiated and peaceful resolution of the situation in the region,” said a joint statement from the signatory parties released by Vatican Press Office on Friday afternoon.

The treaty was signed by Secretary for Relations with States Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher on behalf of the Holy See and Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad Al-Maliki for the “State of Palestine”.

The statement stressed that the foundations of the accord had been laid by the Basic Agreement between Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) on February 15, 2000.

The drafting of the treaty document was finalized on May 13.

Comprised of a preamble and 32 articles distributed in eight chapters, the treaty will enter into force when both parties notify each other in writing that the constitutional or internal legislative requirements have been met.

In October 2014, Sweden became the latest country to officially recognize Palestine as a state.

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Foreign Investment Plummets in Israel*

Foreign Investment Plummets in Israel*

By Ali Abunimah

Foreign investment in Israel plummeted almost 50 percent in 2014, a fact attributed to last summer’s assault on Gaza and the growing impact of boycotts.

This week the UN’s trade and development agency UNCTAD released its annual World Investment Report on foreign direct investment (FDI) – a measure of money that investors from overseas put into a country to invest in businesses, build factories or start other economic projects.

According to the report, FDI into Israel in 2014 plummeted to just $6.4 billion from almost $12 billion in 2013.

The 2014 figure appears to be the lowest in more than a decade. Foreign direct investment into Israel averaged around $9 billion per year from 2005 to 2012.

“We believe that what led to the drop in investment in Israel are Operation Protective Edge and the boycotts Israel is facing,” Roni Manos, an Israeli economist who co-authored the report, told Israel’s Ynet.

“Operation Protective Edge” is the name Israel gave its 51-day assault last summer that devastated much of Gaza and killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including 551 children.

In line with global trends, FDI fell in other regional countries, but nowhere near as sharply as in Israel. FDI fell 1.7 percent in Turkey, 6.8 percent in Iraq, 4 percent in the United Arab Emirates and 9.6 percent in Saudi Arabia. But it actually rose by 6.6 percent in Lebanon.

Iran, which has been under brutal international sanctions, saw inward investment decline by about a third to just over $2 billion.

“The tourists have stopped coming”

The news that investors are fleeing is only the latest economic blow to Israel as a result of its attack on Gaza.

In May, Ynet revealed a dramatic plunge in visits to the country in an article headlined “Tourists have stopped coming to Israel.”

During the Gaza assault, Palestinian resistance organizations considered it a significant strategic achievement that they managed to force a shutdown of Israel’s main international airport for several days, dealing Israel a severe economic and reputational blow.

But it appears the damage may have lasted far longer than the airport shutdown.

“Despite the hopes for a recovery two or three months after last summer’s operation in Gaza, it seems the crisis is only getting worse,” Ynet reported,

“the number of tourists is dropping, the number of hotel stays is declining and the number of organized tours has been significantly cut.”

Ynet cited figures from the Israel Hotel Association for the first quarter of this year pointing to a 28 percent drop in tourist stays, with some areas including the Red Sea resort of Eilat – heavily marketed as a seaside destination for Europeans – seeing a 51 percent decline.

The report quoted one tour operator saying he didn’t expect matters to improve next year. “We are only left with the pilgrims and Jewish tourists,” the tour operator complained, adding that Christian religious tourists spent most of their time in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Economic damage

This week, the UN Human Rights Council issued its independent report into the Gaza assault, and on Israel’s simultaneous violent crackdown in the occupied West Bank, finding evidence of numerous war crimes likely authorized at the “highest level” of the Israeli government.

The UN inquiry, citing Bank of Israel figures, also noted that “Operation Protective Edge caused a contraction of output in the tourism and manufacturing sectors” in Israel of about $900 million and caused “indirect damage” of another $440 million.

The economic damage Israel is doing to itself by continuing its regime of occupation, apartheid, siege and massacres of Palestinians may be mounting faster than previously thought.

This might also help explain why Israel is dramatically escalating its efforts to try to halt the momentum of the growing BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement.

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Will the Gay Mafia Take Over America Again?*

Will the Gay Mafia Take Over America Again?*

A while ago Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House of Representatives during the “W” Bush administration was arrested by the FBI for fraud and money laundering charges. Hastert was third in line for the presidency, and a major force for the continual moralizing of the right wing.

His real crime is serial rape of students when he was a secondary school coach and scout leader. His criminal charges are for hiding millions paid in blackmail to silence victims. ABC News published photos of teenagers he had taken on an “Explorers” trip to the Bahamas.

Lots of beds and underwear shots but nothing said as Dennis Hastert had become a very powerful man, powerful enough to pay enormous bribes but powerful enough to crush careers or worse, arrange arrests, mental hospital stays and prison.

Those railroaded into prison by Washington power brokers seldom live very long, often developing strange cancers like with my good friend Congressman Mark Siljander, oddly a longtime friend of Hastert.  Siljander was indicted for money laundering related to terrorism when he went to Bush (43) with evidence that should have stopped the 2003 invasion.

Hastert is also powerful enough to arrange murders as well.

Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds had accused Hastert of espionage, money laundering and drug trafficking in Chicago. Edmonds had phoned in on a C-Span television segment, putting the charges, quickly pushed “under the table,” on the record.

Hastert had been “burned” by both Israeli and Turkish intelligence during GOP “sex junkets” to Israel. There, Hastert and other key congressional Republican leaders were photographed having sex with children in exchange for using their security clearances to give Israeli and Turkish intelligence full access to America’s most vital secrets.

In return, drug money laundered into election coffers guaranteed Hastert and his cohorts continual re-election and generous financial rewards after leaving office. All they had to do in return is keep Israel stocked with cluster bombs, napalm and white phosphorous. Israel tends to use up their stocks rather quickly.

Hastert, along with John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston led the impeachment drive against President Clinton. They are also the voice of all that is moral and religious in Washington.

We know about Hastert. He was chosen as Speaker of the House because his predecessors, Newt Gingrich and Bob Livingston, both Republicans, had to resign because of “non gay” sex scandals. To the GOP, it was safer to promote a serial pedophile, like they do in Britain, than risk a womanizer.

There is little question about Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham recently retired from the US Air Force where, for decades, he had serial affairs with young male airmen. His command, in Charleston, South Carolina, was a centre for gay antics in the military just like George W. Bush’s Air National Guard unit in Houston was during the Vietnam War. We might well be honest, “while George W. Bush avoided serving in Vietnam” though both his opponents,  John Kerry and Al Gore, served in Vietnam.

We could talk about Bush, his history and that of his brother “Jeb” at Andover, typical “boarding school antics.” With Bush, a simple mention of former Marine and gay escort Jeff Gluckert, who push placed on the White House press corps under the name “Jeff Gannon,” a “constant companion” and “regular” for White House sleepovers.

The issue is more than hypocrisy, the Christian Zionist right and the continual moralizing. When Bush brought scandal ridden Paul Wolfowitz over from the World Bank, many were relieved that at least one heterosexual was going to be working near the presidency.

The other “non-gay” Bush event was the 3 way murder scandal between Vice President Dick Cheney, Congressman Gary Condit, who ran America’s scandal ridden nuclear “buy-back program” and Bureau of Prisons “intern” Chandra Levy, daughter of a MOSSAD agent who turned up dead.

Highest level sources have confirmed that Condit was blackmailed to “reroute” nuclear weapons purchased from former Soviet republics into the world arms markets. Exhaustive documentation exists on this and its aftermath.

Levy’s alleged killer, a simple street criminal, arrested after investigators were pressed to “move on” is up for retrial as authorities now admit that when the investigation was interfered with from corridors of power.

At the time I was working on a project with Pentagon and White House counter-terrorism. I, as were most Americans, was oblivious to the real Bush White House, rent boys smuggled in and out, rooms set aside for sexual trysts and prominent Washington families pushing to NOT have their children begin their careers in government.

“My dad, a former ambassador, told me I wouldn’t be safe in the White House, so I took a Pentagon job instead,” I heard from one of my contacts.

During the AIPAC spy scandal, former member of the National Security Council, Gwyneth Todd, was subjected to regular dinners where prominent Bush insiders bragged about sexual encounters in public restrooms.

These tales of debauchery were recorded along with admissions of espionage as well. The FBI agents running the investigation were put under gag order and transferred. The espionage continues.

Why does America bend over for the Israel-Jewish Lobby?

Others stories, now well documented, go much further, Washington parties had transitioned. Normally, during the 1970s, those invited to stay after hours at discreet VIP events in Washington would find themselves snorting cocaine off call girls. Cocaine fuelled the Carter administration. All that changed with Reagan and Bush, changed back during Clinton and changed back with Bush again.

Cocaine and call girls became amphetamines and little boys and the biggest criminal cover up until 9/11 failed to rock anywhere as witnesses disappeared, silenced jailed, dead, gone, forgotten. Where call girls were driven home in limousines, abused children were smothered and driven to trash dumps.

Are there generalizations that can be made about Washington? Bribery and sex have always been there. Espionage to the extent it lives today, as pointed out by Sibel Edmonds, did not. Were Jonathan Pollard, who has spent nearly three decades in prison for spying, to have been doing what he did today, nobody would care.

There is a reason the Hastert investigation is being quashed. It is more than the statute of limitations having run out on what may well be hundreds of counts of child rape. It is that Hastert is one of many and that his crimes are typical of those around the Bush family, above the laws of men and their gods.

If it was Hastert, we know well not just that most had been doing the same but that it could easily be proven. By 1990, according to highly placed sources, the FBI and CIA did little but pay off or silence those accusing government officials, almost all Republicans, of sexual misconduct and worse. The term “Reptile fund” was used, the “reptiles” being members of congress, White House and cabinet officials.

Why is this important?

Were one to look at any US policy, be it backing for criminal groups like ISIS or the Kiev junta, the mobsters in Tel Aviv or the Saudi despots, no sense can be made of any of it unless massive endemic corruption is taken into account.

With billions stolen each week in Washington, money alone is hardly a motivation. Remember, these are the most powerful people on earth, it can’t simply be dirty sex or a need to cause suffering, though with some, McCain and Cheney come to mind, causing suffering might well be motive enough.

There is well certain much more behind this, that the orgies of abuse and decadence may well be a sacrament to the old gods. The self-anointed geniuses and Washington elites would like that.

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Danny Glover: Venezuela Vindicating Afro-descendents*

Danny Glover: Venezuela Vindicating Afro-descendents*

The actor also discussed the current racial tensions in the United States, saying it was positive that people were debating racism.

U.S. actor and activist Danny Glover, Afro-Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba, and Afro-Ecuadorean legislator Alexandra Ocles highlighted the shared international political struggle of African descendants on Wednesday afternoon in the Venezuelan capital.

The International Committee of Recognition of Afro-American Culture held a press conference, featuring the three, on Wednesday in Caracas.

Cordoba, a prominent Colombian human rights activist, said that liberation struggles against neoliberal and imperialist forces continue in the 21st century.

She also emphasized the historical importance of policies like the recent celebration of the Venezuelan independence hero “Negro Primero” Pedro Camejo, whose remains were transferred to the National Pantheon on the same day.

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“For Latin American people it is extremely important to attend an event that will raise awareness around (the contributions of) Afro-descendents to Latin American struggles,” she said. Such initiative helps to clear out “the historical debt towards Afro-descendent men and women.”

Glover, who also participated in the tribute to Negro Primero, said he was “proud to be part of a movement that represents African descendents, which will have an impact not only in the region, but in the whole world.”

“President Chavez opened the doors for us to form a movement of African descendants,” said Glover, referring to Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez. “The hero Pedro Camejo must be smiling because they are following their legacy, their heritage”

Glover didn’t fail to mention the current racial tensions in the United States and their impact on contemporary African-American youth. The activist said young African-Americans are growing up in an adverse context, but also emphasized that necessary discussion on racism were beginning to take place.

“Something else is happening, people talk in the public sphere as well as in other spaces like prisons,” said the actor.

Glover has supported the Bolivarian revolution and has visited Venezuelan various times in the past, meeting with Afro-descendent leaders and activists in the country, while encouraging international cooperation and solidarity.

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TPP Preparedness: New Bolivian Law Forces Investor Disputes to Be Settled Locally*

TPP Preparedness: New Bolivian Law Forces Investor Disputes to Be Settled Locally*

The move builds on Bolivia’s 2007 decision to withdraw from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

In the presence of business leaders from the country’s private sector Bolivian President Evo Morales signed into law on Thursday a new piece of legislation that will require investment disputes to be arbitrated in Bolivian courts.

By insisting that investment disputes are dealt with locally, rather than in the international arena, the move builds on Bolivia’s 2007 decision to withdraw from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

The move also contrasts with controversial measures written into free trade deals, such as the proposed investor-state dispute settlement mechanism within the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which grant transnational corporations power to sue individual nations.

“This conflict dispute measure will take into consideration both sides and will only involve the court as a measure of last resort,” according to a statement issued by the Bolivian attorney general office.

The government emphasized that the law will also create more stable rules and legal protections for foreign investors.

The law is based on flexibility and morality so that the involved parties can resolve their conflict, and so that all interests are guaranteed,” the attorney general statement added

During Thursday’s signing of the new arbitration law, President Morales emphasized the importance of the new legislation as tool for helping to attract foreign investment to aid economic growth.

“The government did not impose the New Investment law, nor the new Arbitration law, these measures were introduced by consensus, which will allow us to continue growing economically,“ Morales stated.

Despite withdrawing from the ICSID, foreign investment in Bolivia has picked up in recent years, especially in the country’s energy sector, particularly attracting Chinese and European investment.

Under the Bolivian constitution, the government can expropriate property for the public good or when it does not fulfil a “social purpose.”

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U.K. Placing Justice Beyond Reach*

U.K. Placing Justice Beyond Reach*

By James Cusick

Criminal courts across England and Wales could begin grinding to a halt next week as lawyers down tools in protest against the Government’s cuts to legal aid.

Barristers and solicitors in cities around the country have arranged meetings in the next 48 hours to discuss what amounts to an unprecedented grassroots revolt, The Independent understands.

The action has spread from Liverpool, where more than 100 lawyers representing all the city’s chambers unanimously agreed to stop accepting legal aid work when new pay rates come into force on 1 July, after a meeting on 25 June.

This is a controversial move but criminal legal aid affects the most vulnerable in society, whether victims or defendants, and while they might not have the ability to make themselves heard, lawyers do,” said Zoe Gascoyne, who chairs Liverpool Law Society’s criminal practice committee.

Criminal solicitors in Cardiff said that they also planned to decline new legal aid cases. Sarah Grace, of Cardiff firm Morgans Criminal Law, told the Law Gazette:

“It was agreed that drastic action in respect of these devastating fee cuts was necessary as the reductions render the work simply unviable.”

Meetings are planned in London, Manchester and elsewhere in the coming days.

The unofficial industrial action, if it does spread around the country, could see the criminal justice system effectively cease to function – although “striking” lawyers are likely to put safeguards in place to ensure their action does not disrupt the most sensitive cases, including sex offence trials.

The action represents a severe challenge to the new Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, who is pushing ahead with the cuts put in place by his predecessor, Chris Grayling. Unless Mr Gove backs down in coming days, both solicitors and barristers will stop taking new case work from 1 July.

No new representation orders or other specific work will be signed, meaning courts in England and Wales will be unable to plan ahead and the system, as one leading barrister told The Independent, will “begin to go dark”.

Behind-the-scenes meetings between leading figures of the Criminal Bar and members of Mr Gove’s ministerial team have been taking place over the last month. Last-ditch meetings will also take place this weekend.

However, there is little expectation among senior lawyers that Mr Gove will back down. One told The Independent: “Grayling was interested only in a financial bottom line. Although some expected Gove to at least distance himself from the reforms, it seems he is hell-bent on continuing on the same route.

“Hopes that justice in England and Wales would stop being measured as a purely financial calculation are now close to disappearing.”

Criminal barristers in England and Wales effectively went on strike in January 2014 to protest at cuts to their fees. For half a day, leading courts, including the Old Bailey, fell silent for the first time since the 14th century. The “industrial action” was seen as productive, as Mr Grayling backed down from other planned cuts.

On that occasion, solicitors effectively backed off joining their Bar colleagues. But they will be hit hard by the planned 8.75 per cent cut to publicly funded legal aid budgets due to come into force next week.

Mr Gove, who may be relying on a lack of unity between the two branches of the legal professions, is also pushing ahead with a reduced rota of firms able to bid for legal aid work. Some large firms will be allowed to bid for multiple contracts, in the hope that reduced fees will be compensated for with a higher volume of work.

Some members of the Bar Council have called the move “soviet”, adding that justice in England and Wales for those who cannot afford expensive  representation, is now being measured in bulk rather by what will deliver the best legal outcome.

A Ministry of Justice spokesperson, responding to the prospect of widespread legal action, said:  “Although the transition will be challenging, the changes we are pressing ahead with are designed to ensure we have a system of criminal legal aid that delivers value for money to taxpayers, that provides high quality legal advice to those that need it most, and that puts the profession on a sustainable footing for the long term.

“Having listened carefully to the case put by the profession we decided not to reduce advocacy fees, but instead to work closely with them to explore alternative ways of securing these savings. In July 2016, an independent reviewer will start an assessment of the impact of the new arrangements on access to justice and quality of the service.”

A joint statement from the Merseyside lawyers said the “future of our profession” was being risked by the Government. The group said solicitors had sustained a 17.5 per cent cut over the past 15 months, and there had been no increase in fee rates in more than two decades.

A statement read:

“We cannot understand how the Lord Chancellor envisages reforming a system in which he is cutting, beyond all reasonable levels, the fees of the very people who are essential for delivery and implementation [of justice].”

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