At the time of writing, tens of thousands of people in the UK have already unnecessarily lost their lives to the Covid pandemic and now with a second wave upon us, not only are we experiencing a huge increase in cases, but an avalanche of job losses, pay cuts, stripping of services and attacks on democracy under the Tory government. This crisis is far from over and with potentially the worst recession in UK history about to hit, the second wave is looking more like a Tsunami. It’s time for a fightback!
With very little official opposition, a group of Labour MPs, trade unionists, campaigners, socialists, workers and residents have joined forces as People Before Profit to call for a “fightback across workplaces and communities to demand ordinary people won’t pay for the crisis” with their lives or livelihoods.
Across the country, local groups have been coming together to support one another throughout the pandemic and consider solutions locally and nationally. On the 29th September the gr...
The Equality & Human Rights Commission has refused to say when its report into 'institutional antisemitism' in the Labour Party will be published - or even if it will ever see the light of day.
Although the Labour Party confirmed it had received a draft of the report in July, a Freedom of Information request by Twitter user Simon Maginn was rejected on the grounds that 'disclosure of a proposed publication date which may be subject to change does not serve the public interest'
This after admitting in their reply that the EHRC does hold the information requested - presumably indicating that there is at least a provisional date for publication. They just don't want to tell us what it is...
Simon tweeted yesterday:
Other left-wing social media accounts have expressed their disgust at the EHRC's point blank refusal, the prevalent opinion that the very existence of the inquiry, launched amid massive media coverage in May 2019, had 'done its job' in undermining jeremy Corbyn's Labour to the exte...
So recently I travelled to London to The Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations. I had with me a list of rabbis I was trying to contact who had signed a letter in the Islington Tribune in defence of Jeremy Corbyn. But as soon as I got there I was told "Sorry we can't help you" However they gave me the telephone number of someone they said might be able to help. I phoned him but he put the phone down on me straight away.
Not wanting to have travelled to London and to have wasted £100 on a train ticket... I just started stopping orthodox Jews on the street in Stamford Hill. Some said they couldn't help. But I got speaking to someone who took a look at the article i was carrying around with me and then started to phone someone. They were speaking in Yiddish so I couldn’t understand what was being said. But he put me on the phone and the person turned out to be a rabbi who told me he could help and to take his number. I phoned him and we arranged to meet.
As we enter the second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic, the arrogance and corruption of the government, continues unabated.
Nowhere is this more blatantly obvious, than their corrupt and incompetent handling, of the vitally important test, track and trace system.
The disastrous failures, of the private companies, that have been handed the contracts, and huge amounts of public money, for organising and running the test, track and trace services, are well documented.
From the hundreds of thousands of people unable to get a test, to the loss of the records of 16,000 people who had tested positive, the inability to track, trace and contact people effectively, the list endless.
As once again, Covid 19 spreads like wildfire, the main weapon to control and get on top of it, is in the hands of notoriously corrupt and incompetent firms like SERCO.
THE TORIES' DISMISSAL OF CONCERNS
However, when entirely legitimate questions and criticisms, are raised, by MP's in the House of Commons, the arrogant di...
The Johnson government has signalled plans to hit pubs and restaurants with even stricter Covid restrictions, citing hospitality as the largest incubator of infection. But the latest report by Public Health England (PHE) clearly shows is it not - in fact, it isn't even in the Top 3. The real source of the current spike in infections is educational and workplace settings.
Research by the @ToryFibs Twitter account has revealed that far from being the top hotspot for infection, the hospitality sector actually accounted for just 4% of new infections over the last 4 weeks, while education and workplace settings added up to a whopping 56%. Care homes accounted for a further 26%.
PHE's report shows similar levels for the last week, with hospitality settings coming a distant 6th in terms of reported infections. Education topped the ranking with 325 incidents, followed by 216 from workplace settings and 172 from care homes. Hospitality reported just 30 incidents. Yet thousands of landlords and re...
The Leader of the Nazi party Golden Dawn, Nikos Michaloliakos has been found guilty by an Athens Court today of running a criminal organisation under the guise of a political party. Nikos and 67 other Nazis were convicted of a range of offences including brutal racially motivated attacks, attempted murder and murder in this, the biggest case against fascists since Nazi Germany’s 1946 Nuremberg trials.
Today’s ruling marks the end of a five year trial which began after the murder of anti fascist musician Pavlos Fyssas and the verdict is the result of unrelenting pressure by the anti fascist movement. It’s a significant turning point for the global working class as we continue to fight against a growing right wing movement and racist populist leaders.
A crowd of 15,000 strong gathered outside the Athens court to hear the ruling and erupted into applause as the verdict was read. Petros Constantinou, Organiser of Greek anti fascist organisation KEERFRA said:
Some of us would be happy to use our summer break to catch up on a spot of DIY, read a few books, or just relax in the garden with a beer. But for self-styled ‘antisemitism warrior’ John Arnott, only one pastime would cut it – attempting to register his own trademark for a left-wing independent media outlet founded by a Jewish woman.
Followers of such things may remember that the Gnasher Jew Twitter account announced in May that it was ‘taking a break’. The detoxification of Twitter was too good to last, though - the account reappeared on June 30, having apparently deleted all its posts before that date (legal worries?).
But it seems even those few bile-free weeks were too much for Gnasher stalwart John Arnott, who is widely believed to be one of those operating the account. Gnasher Jew deny this – but the trademark image they use for their profile is registered to one John Arnott – and described by them on Twitter as ‘our’ trademark. So, draw your own conclusions...
Fifty six international Jewish scholars who specialise in antisemitism, Jewish and Holocaust history and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have written to Mark Zuckerberg and the Board of Facebook, urging the platform not to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism.
"Fight all forms of hate speech on Facebook" their letter says,
"But don’t do so by adopting and applying a politicized definition of antisemitism, which has been weaponized to undermine free speech, in order to shield the Israeli government and to silence Palestinian voices and their supporters"
The full text of the letter is reproduced below:
Joint letter of 56 scholars to Facebook: Don't adopt the “IHRA definition of antisemitism”
Attn. Board of Directors
1 Hacker Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Concerns: campaign targeting Facebook to adopt “IHRA definition of antisemitism”
7 September 2020
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, dear Ms. Sandberg, dear Board of Directors,
We, scholars specialized in antisemitism, Jewish and Holocau...
Murdoch hack Matt Chorley hasn't had a good week. Readers may recall his tortured tones on Times Radio as he was forced to announce Jeremy Corbyn as the winner of his 'Best Prime Minister We Never Had' Twitter poll last Monday
Young Chorles was so put out of sorts by the unwanted result that he was still bleating about it 24 hours later, and despite claiming the poll had been no more than 'a bit of Bank Holiday fun' went to the effort of making a pitiful spoof video attempting to mock the former Labour leader.
So he's not a good loser, that seems plain. But according to one eagle-eyed Twitter user, it seems as if he may have spent his Saturday taking somewhat deranged steps, involving considerable effort, to try and rewrite the result.
The Twitter account @StefGotBooted posted this, after being informed of a (very) new website that was apparently trying to rerun the poll:
A WHOIS search, we're then told, revealed the registrant of said website - registered this very say, 5th September, as...
‘Candy from a baby’, ‘shooting fish in a barrel’, ‘a knocking bet’ – choose your metaphor, and that’s how certain it should be that Labour would be leading the polls against this shambles of a government.
But no. Since his election in April, far from being the ’20 points ahead’ that Corbyn critics have been telling us we would be with ‘any other leader’, Keir Starmer’s Labour Party has not led one single poll against arguably the worst Tory government in history, during a national crisis which said government has mismanaged to the extent that 65,000 UK citizens have died.
In fact, the Labour Party was actually sliding backwards in the polls at the height of the pandemic – and is doing so again at the time of writing. Backwards. Against a clueless government whose incompetence has actually killed its own citizens...
On the face of it, Keir Starmer should have been enjoying a rose-tinted ‘honeymoon period’ during his first months as leader. ‘New management’. A unifying force to take Labour...
The genuine, and feigned, inability on parts of the left to grasp reality has had, and is having, disastrous consequences.
The failure to confront the very grave problems, that socialism faces inside of the Labour movement, inevitably meant, and means, that those problems cannot, and will not, be overcome.
It is this abject failure, to confront the truth, and grapple with the problems that it throws up, that has allowed the right wing to get away with the most outrageous behaviour over the last five years.
They systematically undermined Jeremy Corbyn, to the point where it became obvious, that bringing him down was far more important to these elements than Labour winning the general election.
THE PEOPLE'S VOTE/SECOND REFERENDUM BRIGADE
The pernicious role of the People's Vote campaign, in arguing for a second referendum, fatally undermined Labour, and was clearly the main reason for the December 2019 general election defeat.
Let us never forget the huge role played in that by Sir Keir Starme...
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...