Sunday news round-up: October 20th-26th

An ongoing series that gathers some main headlines from the week, for people too busy to keep an eye on the news.

Top Story: Nigel Farage teams up with Holocaust denier: In an attempt to keep his EU group’s funding, Farage has teamed up with Robert Iwaszkiewicz, a far-right Polish politician who has previously made racist comments and suggested that violence can be a useful tool to bring women back down to Earth and to toughen up children. The party that Iwaszkiewicz belongs to has a history of Holocaust denial and questioning whether women should have the vote. Farage defended his choice but the Board of Deputies of British Jews condemned the move.

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read releases UKIP song: The song, entitled “Calypso”, is sung in a mock Caribbean accent and warns listeners about “immigrants in every town” and how the EU wants to “ban bent bananas and British jam”. Mike Read previously attracted controversy in the 80’s when he banned the Frankie Goes To Hollywood single “Relax” due to what he thought was “overtly sexual” cover art. Nigel Farage officially endorsed Calypso on Twitter. Read has since asked that the song be removed from sales.

Lynda Bellingham dies: After a battle with cancer, the former Loose Women presenter has died aged 66.

Misty Upham dies: Under suspicious circumstances, the Django Unchained actress has died aged 32. There are accusations of racist malpractice involving her death.

Malala Yousafzai calls on President Obama to stop arming the world: In her second meeting with the U.S. President, Nobel Peace Prize winner Yousafzai called on Obama to send books and teachers abroad, instead of guns and weaponry. Malala previously called on President Obama to stop drone strikes in Middle Eastern countries. She described his response as “pretty political”.

BBC uses anti-terror laws to track down people who don’t pay TV licenses: It has emerged that the publicly funded BBC uses Labour-era anti-terrorism legislation to hunt down people who avoid paying the annual £145.50 cost. Around 50 people a year are put in prison for not paying the fee. Sadly this story has been left out of the mainstream media, leaving only the foul, putrid Daily Mail to run it.

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