Portadown FC bound Jack Smith bids emotional farewell to Derriaghy
He did it in style by leading his hometown club to a first ever Border Cup . Ethan Taggart grabbed the only goal of the game in front of a big Seaview crowd, firing past Bryan McMullan in Rathfriland’s goal midway through the first half. And Derriaghy defended superbly in the second half to keep the Whites at bay, enabling Smith to raise the trophy in his last act for the club before returning to the Premiership, where he played before for both Crusaders and Carrick. “Winning the Border Cup would be right up there in my career,” said the 24-year-old winger.
The UK Government needs to be more brutal with China’s “disgusting” regime, Conservative former leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has said.
Appearing on Sky News’ Trevor Phillips On Sunday programme, the senior Tory MP was asked about the urgent alert issued by MI5 last week which said Christine Lee – a prominent London-based solicitor – had been engaged in “political interference activities” on behalf of China’s ruling communist regime.
Sir Iain said the fact the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is trying to “persuade and infiltrate and subvert people within our political system” is “nothing new at all” and insisted “too many governments seem too cautious about calling it out”.
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He said: “We seem to want to kow-tow to them too often and that’s dangerous and you have seen the results of that and this is just the tip of the iceberg, I can promise you.”
Sir Iain noted “we are not dealing with a European regime or an American regime which is democratic and accountable” but this is a “brutal, disgusting regime”, adding: “What they’re after is making sure there can be no criticism of them so they can break every rule that they wish.” © Provided by PA Media The sun sets over the Houses of Parliament in Parliament Square (Aaron Chown/PA)
The Conservative former leader added that whether or not we believe Covid-19 came from a laboratory, the communist regime of China “refused to let the world know of the scale of the problem they had until very late on”.
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He said: “The result is that has spread around the world, so when you’re dealing with a regime like this, that doesn’t tell the truth, that doesn’t open up and are brutal, then this sort of thing … you know, millions have died as a result of that, so we can’t just treat the Chinese government as any other government, so when they start infiltrating, when they start subverting Parliament and when they start paying people off, we have got to be much, much more brutal about it.
“And Australia showed us the way to do this, which is to ban involvement with the Chinese authorities and China in critical circumstances.”
In the Security Service Interference Alert (SSIA) sent to MPs and peers, MI5 said Ms Lee “acted covertly” in co-ordination with the United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the CCP.
It said she had been “engaged in the facilitation of financial donations to political parties, parliamentarians, aspiring parliamentarians, and individuals seeking political office in the UK, including facilitating donations to political entities on behalf of foreign nationals”.
The Chinese embassy rejected the claims, accusing the authorities of “smearing and intimidation” against the Chinese community in the UK, while a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said the British are “too obsessed with James Bond 007 movies”.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy said: “China always adheres to the principle of non-interference in other country’s internal affairs”.
“We have no need and never seek to ‘buy influence’ in any foreign parliament. We firmly oppose the trick of smearing and intimidation against the Chinese community in the UK.”
Will Smith never thought he'd make a better film than The Pursuit of Happyness .
Will Smith never thought he'd make a better film than The Pursuit of Happyness and then I saw King Richard." Gallery: 20 stars that are impossible to work with (Espresso) King Richard, which also features Aunjanue Ellis, Jon Bernthal, and Tony Goldwyn, earned six nominations at the Critics Choice Awards, and four nods at the Golden Globes, with Smith winning the Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama prize.And the actor noted that it is important for him to continue making films that make viewers smile.