Ashfield Tory MP Lee Anderson has apparently condoned a death threat to Labour MP Dawn Butler, after describing her complaint of racial profiling against the Metropolitan Police as 'nonsense'.
Anderson shared a piece from the Evening Standard on his personal Facebook page with the comment "Don't you just get fed up with this nonsense", inciting a torrent of replies abusing and attacking Dawn from his fan base.
The most serious was from his constutuent 'Jackson AP', who said:
"In the good old days of the British Empire she would be taken outside and shot, pity we can't do that today, I can think of several People (sic) we could do without"
Another, Suzanne Pickersgill, replied:
"Yes Lee I am fed up with it. All this BLM and racist stuff would completely disappear if only the black people would shut up about it"
And presumably pseudonymous account 'Spiggy Topes' seemed to be sharing a widespread problem for Tory MPs - that of apparently being unable to tell one black female MP from another, a...
A great deal of play is made about the word unity. It is the unity of a workforce that can win a strike. It is unity, behind an agreed candidate, that can win all sorts of elections.
However, as we have witnessed over the last five years, it is pursuit of a false unity, with those following their own agenda, that can, and does, help bring down leaders, and destroy movements.
A call for unity, based on false principles, or no principles at all, or based on appealing to the lowest common denominator, that destroys the very unity it claims to be seeking to create.
APPEASMENT, APOLOGY AND THE TRAGIC RESULTS
The woeful strategy of appeasment and apology, supposedly in a quest for unity, with those on the right who were ruthlessly conducting a one sided civil war, against the left in the Labour party, was a central cause of the downfall of Jeremy Corbyn.
The pitiful response of the left, apologising in response to every false allegation of antisemitism, was an embarrassment.
Following reports that a Tory MP had been arrested and bailed on suspicion of rape, and that the Conservatives would neither name nor suspend the man, Twitter users have been speculating on potential suspects.
Mainstream media describe the alleged rapist as ‘a former minister in his 50’s’ – and Twitter’s top target was definitely Rayleigh & Wickford MP Mark ‘Bunter’ Francois, 54, who has held no less than 4 ministerial positions since 2010.
“Mark Francois is trending at the exact same time as #ToryRapist. I’m sure it’s entirely coincidental” one user tweeted.
“Be careful linking Penfold lookalike to the hashtag #ToryRapist. Legal action is being taken by Penfold as he doesn’t want to be linked to a disgusting Tory like Mark” quipped another.
One account even claimed that the MP had been spotted at a police station on the day of the arrest, but this has not been confirmed.
Why Francois – who did not even feature on the 2017 list of 40 Conservative MPs accused of sexually inappropriate be...
Formal complaints of antisemitism have been lodged against six Labour MPs, including Ed Miliband, Wes Streeting, and party leader Keir Starmer, with both the party itself and the Equalities & Human Rights Commission. We believe it to be the second such allegation including Starmer since his sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey last week.
The complainant wishes to remain anonymous, but has sent us the text of the complaint, which they say others are welcome to use if wishing to lodge their own complaint. It reads as follows:
"To whom it may concern. I would like to lodge a formal complaint concerning antisemitism in the Labour Party: against Ed Miliband the former party leader, Margaret Hodge the Labour MP For Barking, Nia Griffith the Shadow Welsh Secretary, Stella Creasy the Labour MP for Walthamstow, Wes Streeting the Labour MP for Ilford North, and finally Keir Starmer The Labour Party leader.
Miliband, in a recent interview with Andrew Marr, which was in regard to the dismissal of for...
So my phone buzzes, and it's an email from the Government Petitions Committee - as I nervously scroll through, my eyes immediately spot the sentence "I’m pleased to let you know that the petitions committee has agreed to schedule a debate on your pay rise petition". I almost dropped my phone!
I couldn’t believe it, the previous day I felt my campaign had gone a little stale, with media interest drying up, I began to wonder if NHS staff and frontline workers had been forgotten about?
I said to myself, Shane you just need a fresh approach, so I decided to move away from the usual contacting of MPs asking for their support, and then it hit me - Marcus Rashford the inspirational footballer immediately sprang to mind.
I thought if one high profile celebrity could get our government to do a complete u-turn on their decision not to provide children with free school meals over the summer, what could a bunch of celebrities' support for my petition do?
Don't send your kids back to school on June 1st. Britain doesn't yet meet the criteria to start easing restrictions under the guidelines set out by the World Health Organisation - which say the infection rate must be under control. And it isn't.
There are 8000 new Covid-19 cases per day here in the UK - this has been estimated by Professor Jonathan Edmunds, a member of the government's own SAGE committee - the figures the government is pushing daily admit to only around 2000.
Over a three day period since schools reopened in South Korea, there were 177 new cases, which has led their government to reclose schools. There were 324 Covid-19 deaths here in the UK just yesterday - in South Korea, which has a similar population to the UK, there have been just 269 deaths in total. There have been 38,161 here...
Ignore the British government... Keep your kids at home. We are being led by donkeys.
At least five members of SAGE, and a reported similar number from its subsidiary groups, h...
The UK now has the highest Covid-19 death rate in the world. We also have the second highest death toll in the world. We come second only to America - a country home to 220 million more people than the UK.
It's obvious to anyone that isn't in complete denial this is down to blatant failings on behalf of the current government.
90% of the world's governments took precautions at airports such as quarantine and testing. The UK government was one of the 10% that did nothing allowing 18 million people to enter the country. Many from countries affected by coronavirus.
The UK government delayed the lockdown by 11 days against scientific advice while Boris Johnson dithered. Even when lockdowns were in place across the rest of Europe, the UK hadn’t even ordered cafes, restaurants and pubs to close. A recent report showed that if the lockdown had been implemented one week earlier it would have stopped 75% of deaths, that being around 30,000 lives in the current wave.
On the 1st of June 2020, the International Socialist Guild (ISG) will open its first National Chapter here in the United Kingdom. Designed to provide a safe and secure space within which to organise, educate and network, ISG membership is available only to Socialists, who can join as private Guild members.
Ben Timberley, the ISG Founder commented:
“The ISG has been a long time coming. With ever increasing levels of harassment, persecution and interference in the affairs of Socialists around the world and in the UK; I felt it was time that Socialists had somewhere safe to organise within.”
Whilst its office is based in Derbyshire well away from the unhealthy ‘Westminster bubble’, the ISG will primarily be hosted in a secure online forum. The forum will be protected by technical AND legal defences, ensuring Guild member interactions remain private and unusable in any form by disruptive groups, which include political party compliance teams.
Picked out for 'dead cat' duty on the day the result of the Jennifer Arcuri investigation was due - step up Crawley MP Henry Smith. His chosen tool of distraction? A tweet calling fellow MPs working remotely during the Covid19 crisis 'lazy' and 'work-shy'.
It would be hard to describe the outcome without using the words 'royally' and 'ratioed'. It didn't play well...
Apparently not having received the memo about cross-party working, he tweeted:
"Not that I should be surprised by the lazy left but interesting how work-shy socialist and nationalist MPs tried to keep the remote Parliament going beyond 2 June"
Presumably included among the massed ranks of the work-shy lefties are fellow Tory MPs Robert Halfon and Michael Fabricant, both of whom have been outspoken in their opposition to reopening Parliament as normal...
While neither Halfon nor Fabricant has chosen to take their colleague to task, Labour MPs were quick to point out that in fact working remotely where possible was lite...
Despitehaving spent the last week running out of Covid19 home testing kits to fulfil demand, a government-sanctioned helpline is apparently telling people who have managed to receive them to... throw them away.
Teacher Tom Howell, from Leeds, contacted the official helpline after his test kit arrived without a return label, but instead of emailing him one, or even just telling him the address to return his samples to, the adviser, who said that 'a lot' had been sent out without the necessary labels, told him to 'just put it in the bin'.
The government's self-referral portal for people applying for testing has been widely criticised after running out of the home testing kits numerous times since its launch last week, and it would be reasonable to assume that any avoidable wastage of stocks should be a priority.
While it isn't possible to put an exact figure on what constitutes 'a lot' of unlabelled tests, the fact is that these kits, which people are being advised to throw away unuse...
A Merseyside organisation is bulk buying and supplying PPE to the NHS and smaller organisations who have found themselves unable to access the vital supplies through the government - and is fundraising to help cover the cost of their work.
Help Bank Finder, the team behind the groundbreaking MyFoodBankFinder app, are sourcing protective equipment and delivering direct to organisations in need during the Covid19 pandemic.
And they say that contrary to reports, supplies of both the lifesaving PPE and real-time Covid19 testing kits ARE there, and available - the government is just failing to access them.
"Every supplier we know that the government has spoken to has said the exact same thing to us - emailed the Gov, took weeks to get a reply, then more silence - that results in the suppliers having to sell abroad. It's the same. Every. Single. Time" said HBF director Dom Lipscombe,
"It's also worth mentioning that we've had a department of USA's Homeland Security reach out to us, but not our o...
Thousandsof Labour Party members have signed an open letter to Keir Starmer, Jennie Formby and the Labour NEC, demanding the party whip is withdrawn from former General Secretary (now Labour peer) Iain McNicol, and action is taken against party staff implicated in the leaked report; "The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014 - 2019".
The letter, which party members can add their names to HERE, reads:
A Call for Action on Behalf of UK Labour Party Members and Voters
For the attention of Keir Starmer, Jennie Formby and all members of the Labour Party National Executive Committee,
We, the undersigned, as UK Labour Party members and voters, are a portion of those who have been shocked by the revelations made in the leaked report titled, "The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014 - 2019", compiled by the Labour Party in March 2020.
As committed anti-racists of all backgrounds, we abhor all case...
Fully half the allegations of antisemitism submitted to the Labour Party during 2019 came from one person - who submitted a huge raft of 'poorly evidenced' complaints, the majority of which did not even relate to party members, and was persistently abusive to party staff.
The leaked report by the party's Governance and Legal Unit (GLU), reveals that without this individual's actions, the number of complaints over the year would have halved instead of increasing - lending considerable weight to the widely held view than a large number of vexatious and unfounded allegations were made with the intent of artificially boosting the figures to make it appear that Labour had a worse problem than it did in reality.
And far from 'fighting antisemitism, the behaviour of this person instead served to clog up, overload, and slow down the internal processes designed to address the issue, leading to delays in the investigation of genuine complaints.
The report does not identify the 'serial complainant',...
A Bristol nurse whotweeted photos out of date PPE supplies still being given out to NHS staff has mysteriously vanished from the social media platform.
At 9.08am today, the account @MrBazJ, whose bio described him as a 'Proud NHS Nurse', posted images of PPE supplies he claimed were received today, clearly showing that original expiry dates, in 2016 and 2017, had been hidden with new stickers - one of which had just one day left, and one where even the new expiry date had passed 10 months ago.
He tweeted: "Are the #UKgov laughing at us? We need protection, not a flimsy attempt at shutting us up"
Just over an hour later, ITV journalist Harry Peet replied to the tweet, asking for an interview about the PPE situation. But shortly after, the tweet disappeared - then all the account's tweets disappeared - then the account itself vanished completely...
Of course, it may be that Baz has chosen to delete his account for some reason - possibly concern about potential repercussions at work, or medi...
Michael Gove began Sunday with an interview on the Andrew Marr Show, in which he smoothly stated:
"We had 10,000 tests yesterday...ahead of the deadline set by the Health Secretary"
He repeated the claim to the Ridge on Sunday programme on Sky shortly afterwards.
Good news, you might think? But it wasn't true.
The government's own figures for the period show that 127,737 tests had been carried out, up from 120,776 the previous day - a rise of just 6961.
And not only is today's daily tests figure not 10,000 - it isn't even as many as the number of tests carried out in the three days preceding it - the closest the number has got to 10,000 was last Friday with 8911.
Doubtless there will be some excuse trotted out about delayed figures - or indeed 'confusion' which is apparently the reason the government ignored an offer of 25,000 ventilators.
But the fact remains; at the exact time the official government figures were being finalised, a government spokesman was telling the British public somet...