I am writing to you in your capacity as Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. I am writing on my own behalf and do not represent any group or organisation.
I understand that the EHRC is now investigating allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party. I read that the EHRC will investigate among other things 'whether unlawful acts have been committed by the Party or its employees or agents.' That being so, may I hope that it bases its inquiry on the historical definition of antisemitism which is a hatred of all Jews and of the whole of Jewish religion and culture, a definition which does not concern itself with any one state and does not discriminate between the different denominations or branches of the Jewish people?
I point this out because the allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party are being made by certain of its members who wish to protect Israel from the criticisms which have followed on from its actions in Palestine. These see fit to associate in the p...
In your Facebook post on 27th September 2017, you wrote:
"The Labour mob loved and worshipped him, in what was more religious festival than traditional conference"
I’m assuming, and please correct me if I’m wrong, that you are a journalist and as such, you choose your words carefully. I have also heard you often repeat that you are impartial. By choosing to refer to legitimate delegates to a party conference as a ‘mob’ you have shown that you are definitely not impartial, you have allowed your personal beliefs get in the way of your journalism. There are many other words you COULD have chosen.
The Labour delegates,
Labour Party members,
Even, the Labour faithful, if you wanted to imply partisan behaviour.
But instead you decided to use the term,
The Labour mob.
Dear Mr Peston, I am not part of a 'Mob' nor (in case you were planning on using the term) do I belong to a 'gang'. I am a (now) proud member of the Labour Party. Please do not use such language when referring to me a...
Dear The Prole Star. I am writing in regard to a video posted on the Wigan Today Facebook page, regarding a charitable donation to Africa from HJ Heinz. I would like to share my opinion with your readers... This nothing more than a PR stunt.
Heinz do charitable acts publicly to enhance their reputation. But simultaneous they are forcing temporary workers into poverty behind the scenes. I personally think this is a classic case of giving with one hand and taking with the other. Heinz based at Kitt Green Wigan think nothing of using the full potential of their "flexible workforce" with no consideration for the families of workers that are already struggling to survive. Some workers are allocated as little as two shifts a week.
This charitable event is no different than the mafia giving to charity to make themselves look legitimate. In the case of Heinz they attempt to present the company as ethical. They aren't fooling me or any of my colleagues. What is charitable about a company that ke...
OK, so Jeremy Corbyn has taken a position over Brexit you disagree with. However, how can he always do politics exactly the way ‘you’ want. He is leader of the opposition for the entire country…not just you…or just for Remain constituencies. He’s also a democrat who doesn’t sneer arrogantly at others for getting it ‘wrong.’ He just deals with the hand he’s been dealt in a democratic socialist way.
If people stop supporting Corbyn over this and that lack of support goes on to cost us his leadership, he’ll be replaced by a right-wing or centrist Labour MP (which amounts to the same thing because centrists always bow to pressure from the strong willed right). I personally will NEVER forgive those who walked away. I fully expect not to agree with everything Corbyn says or does. Politics – especially Labour Party politics at this point in time – is messy and complicated and will involve compromises I won’t always like.
However here is the crux of this: Labour does not have the numbers to bloc...
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I am writing to you regarding what you said at Prime Minister's Questions on the 2nd of November 2016. You said that the Conservatives understand the working class more than Labour. Firstly you and your party are more out of touch with the working class than ever before and also I should tell you that you do not represent my voice and that you fail to understand my friends and I.
If you really understand what it is like to grow up within a working class home, surely you would think twice about cutting benefits for those who struggle the most through the austerity imposed by the Tory leadership. You claim you want a system that is fair, but what is fair about the current situation?
We have more people in in-secure 0-hour contract jobs than ever before; we have people who work over 37 hours per week having to use food banks, because they are in low paid work; which you call the living wage. We have one million people in this country using food banks, compared to 40,0...
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The BBC has responded to my compaint about bias in the Bottom Line as follows:
Thanks for contacting us regarding BBC One’s ‘The Bottom Line’ broadcast on 1 October.
I understand you felt there was not enough union representation and workers during a discussion on Theresa May’s business plans.
While the programme discusses business matters and hears from ‘people at the top’, it’s not always possible or practical to include all viewpoints within a particular programme. Contributors to our programmes are appointed on the basis of their experience and talent, but judgements are often subjective and we would never expect everyone to agree with every choice we make.
We have circulated your complaint to senior management and ‘The Bottom Line’ programme in this overnight report.
These reports are among the most widely read sources of feedback in the BBC and ensures that your complaint has been seen by the right people quickly. This helps inform their decision...
In 1903, the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party met in London. A debate took place on whether anyone had the right to become a member of the party and the majority voted in favor.The leader of the losing side, Vladimir Lenin, didn’t have confidence in the masses and wanted power to stay in the hands of a small elite group. Lenin wasn’t going to let a democracy get in his way. When some of the members who had voted against Lenin had left the room on a different matter, Lenin split the party, naming his faction The Bolsheviks, derived from the Russian word for majority. At the time of these disputes, Leon Trotsky shouted at Lenin: “That’s dictatorship you’re advocating,” to which Lenin replied, “There is no other way.”
Is talk of a split perhaps scaremongering by you and the rebels, to discourage party members from voting for Jeremy Corbyn? Or perhaps The Labour Party, like the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, is genuinely heading fo...