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Rachel Riley is STILL fighting Jeremy Corbyn with dodgy sources. Help me stop her

Rachel Riley tells us she can’t sleep.

She’d have us believe it is because she is concerned about the possibility of a Jeremy Corbyn government on December 13 – and this makes sense.

It was her campaigning against Mr Corbyn that triggered the online tussle with a teenage girl that led to the libel case against me.

But Ms Riley chooses some strange allies. Consider:

The exchange that “gives” her “hope” indicates that Ms Riley supports the vague rant by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis last week, when he claimed – wrongly, as it turned out – that British Jews were afraid of a Corbyn-led Labour government.

No evidence was produced in support of this claim and we later discovered that Mr Mirvis is a staunch Conservative, a friend of Theresa May and Boris Johnson, and also a former resident of Israel who apparently supports the military subjugation of Palestinians – something Mr Corbyn strongly opposes as he advocates a peaceful solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Mr Corbyn has since received messages of support from other UK-based Jews and Jewish organisations. Those that have come from other rabbis have equal weight to the comments of Mr Mirvis as Jewish law provides no support for the position of a “Chief Rabbi” of higher rank than them; every rabbi has equal authority in principle and the position arises from secular administrative reasons including providing an intermediary between the government and the Jewish community.

I mention all this to demonstrate that Ms Riley relies on sources which, at best, could be described as questionable in her denunciations of Mr Corbyn.

This is exactly the reason a teenage girl suggested to Ms Riley that she should be “ashamed” of herself – that she had been sharing “awful” media.

The exchange that followed led to the girl saying she had received death threats from Ms Riley’s followers.

Now, nearly a year later, we can see Ms Riley will keep acting in this provocative manner – unless, perhaps, she receives a reprimand from the courts.

That is what my case is all about.

She is trying to excuse herself for the abuse received by a teenage girl – with mental health issues – by trying to silence me.

Her method of silencing me isn’t getting a judgement in court – it’s an attempt to make justice too expensive for me, with a long-drawn-out series of court proceedings.

But I am close to winning and she knows it.

All I need is the funding to see it through.

And after more than £40,000 has been donated already, you wouldn’t want me to fail for the lack of a little more, would you?

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Ms Riley says she is losing sleep because of the election.

Perhaps she would be better-occupied preparing to face me in court.

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Husband ROASTS Boris Johnson for obstructing efforts to free Nazanin

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: she suffers misery and mental breakdown in an Iranian prison because Boris Johnson cares more about getting trade deals for his rich business friends.

This is how a future Boris Johnson government would stand up for UK citizens who aren’t rich Tories: It wouldn’t.

Mr Johnson has shown no interest in relieving the plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – the woman he condemned to a lengthier prison sentence in Iran by misspeaking about her reasons for being there, back in November 2017.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been visiting her family to celebrate the Persian New Year, but Mr Johnson told the Commons she had been teaching journalism – a crime in Iran that led the authorities there to consider increasing her five-year sentence.

Why did Mr Johnson do it? Was it incompetence? If so, then he must not be prime minister of the UK and we should all vote accordingly.

Was it racism? Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe is, obviously, of Iranian descent and we all know Mr Johnson’s feelings about Muslims. Again, this would make him unfit to be leader of an enlightened, non-racist, anti-Islamophobic nation.

Whatever his reasons for doing it – and for failing to secure her release in the two years since – Mr Johnson has just undergone an absolute rinsing from Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard.

In an open letter on the Change.org petition site where more than 2.6 million people have signed a demand for the Tory government to arrange Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release, he wrote:

“We last met in the aftermath of your misspeaking  in Parliament about Nazanin, which were used by the Iranian regime to justify Nazanin’s second court case and a potential double sentence for her,” he wrote.

“Oddly you are yet to correct your comments … you never acknowledged Nazanin’s innocence.”

He wrote: “An unnamed Minister briefed a senior journalist at The Sun that Nazanin’s case had nothing to do with your mistake, but was over the UK’s arms debt to Iran (from a government company called IMS). When we asked you … you denied any knowledge of the briefing. The other Minister present left the room in shock.”

He wrote that it seemed a price was set for the debt to be paid and for his wife to be returned – but then Mr Johnson suddenly changed his attitude: “You suggested a change of plan, that I needed to wait quietly for a number of months and that my campaigning was damaging to Nazanin, an argument often made by Iran. You even suggested that my silence was actually the wish of my Tehran family.

“You will recall the messages we received from Iran in subsequent months that they were still waiting – for the UK ‘to pick up Nazanin’. And then the subsequent battles of me wanting to meet you with a lawyer present. But no subsequent meeting took place.

“You did not engage with Nazanin’s case again until the Conservative leadership campaign, by which time Nazanin was on hunger strike and I was camped outside the Iranian Embassy’s door.”

Mr Ratcliffe wrote: “You insisted in this summer’s TV debates that your words in 2017 had had no consequences. Plainly, that was false. Your allies went further on the airwaves claiming that those who sought to blame you were apologists for the Iranian regime.

“Sleeping hungry on the street, I took issue with your refusal to accept your share of responsibility for Nazanin’s suffering. Of course, politics is full of placebo promises. But promises made lightly by politicians can still weigh heavy on the shoulders of others. It was never the original mistake that caused my resentment, so much as the consequences of the cover-up.”

Mr Ratcliffe was saying that Boris Johnson told untruths in Parliament that caused the Iranian authorities to consider lengthening her sentence; that he then lied to both Mr Ratcliffe and the Iranian authorities about repaying a debt claimed by that country, in order to secure her release; that he tried to coerce Mr Ratcliffe into dropping his campaign; and that he tried to pretend that his actions had not caused any harm.

This is not the behaviour of a prime minister-in-waiting; it is the behaviour of a con-man – a liar who cannot be trusted to do anything if it doesn’t aid his own lust for power.

And what have been the consequences of Boris Johnson’s intervention in the plight of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe?

“Since we last met, Nazanin has been on two hunger strikes and has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital in chains. That second court case against her has been revived. She is explicitly linked to the UK’s debt case, even by the Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif at the UN a few weeks ago.

“Similarly, other British Iranians have been arrested and sentenced, particularly in Spring 2018 and again this summer. Developments in their cases have also been aligned to the UK’s IMS debt court process and its continued stalemate. The UK now has more prisoners held in Evin prison than any of its allies. Last week there was a new escalation against anyone connected to the British Council.”

That’s right – not only has Nazanin’s situation worsened, but Mr Johnson’s self-centred ignorance has led to the imprisonment of many more British Iranians.

This is the kind of help we can all expect from Boris Johnson.

Mr Ratcliffe makes this clear in his letter. He wrote:

“Your actions directly led to the imprisonment of other British Iranians… There are people in prison now, who would not be there if you had not made such promises and failed to keep them.”

Mr Ratcliffe went on to point out that Australia had managed to secure the release of two hostages since Mr Johnson became prime minister and that, when quizzed on the UK’s failure in contrast with this success, Mr Johnson’s minister blamed Nazanin’s dual nationality.

Here’s where Mr Johnson’s racism really bites: “The Government’s insistent emphasis on ‘dual national’ prisoners has dog whistle implications,” wrote Mr Ratcliffe.

“It helps reinforce the idea of a two-tier citizenship – between those who are ‘really’ British, and those ‘dual nationals’ the Government has less responsibility to protect.

“It brought back the line from a junior Minister’s comments at our very first proper Ministerial meeting, when we were told that the thing to remember about lots of these ‘consular cases’ is that while they had a British passport, many of them are ‘not really British.’

That’s the fact of it, isn’t it?

Mr Johnson hasn’t helped because he doesn’t think Nazanin – or any other UK-Iranian citizens rotting in Iranian prisons – are “really British”. This is because he is a real racist – and one who blames the victims for his own faults.

Mr Ratcliffe wrote: “An emphasis on the fault of dual nationality sounds a lot like victim blaming.”

Not only that, but Mr Johnson is also two-faced: “Only a few weeks ago you met with President Rouhani in New York, all smiles, inviting him to visit the UK. I told the Foreign Office it would be astonishing for him to be afforded a visit while British citizens continue to be held hostage by his regime. Silence in the face of abuse is always enabling.

Mr Ratcliffe observed that Mr Johnson’s government is more interested in corporate interests, and in covering up his own foreign policy mistakes, than in protecting the UK’s citizens.

He wrote: “Under your government we have again had Iranian trade delegations resume their meetings with the UK, and a renewed emphasis on business deals. This policy makes sense for corporate interests, and government promises of trade, but plainly it does not protect ordinary people’s lives.

“There is an accountability gap at the heart of Nazanin’s case. The mistakes of British foreign policy should not be falling on the shoulders of a mother and child.”

He wrote: “It is this accountability gap that creates the fundamental distinction inherent to the ‘dual national’ rhetoric – between the decisions of those who get important offices [Mr Johnson], or sinecures and fees to stretch this out, while those who reap the consequences of this get to sit in a prison cell [Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe]… This is the gap between those who profit from disregarding the UK’s internationally owed legal obligations [Mr Johnson], and those who get told to keep quiet [Mr Ratcliffe].”

The letter concludes with a plea for Mr Johnson to use his powers as prime minister to resolve the difficulties, arrange for Iran to receive payment of the debt that is holding up Nazanin’s repatriation, and to bring her home.

Some hope! It is clear that Mr Johnson does not care about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – or any of the other dual nationality prisoners – at all. He does not consider them to be UK citizens and sees them only as obstacles to trade deals for his rich business friends. Therefore they are to be ignored.

Boris Johnson doesn’t care about the suffering of ordinary people. He cares about riches and power.

That is the kind of man the Conservatives think should be the UK’s prime minister.

Mr Ratcliffe’s closing remarks put Mr Johnson in a nutshell: “Our story defines what a British passport is worth on your watch. The job of a PM is not just to make headlines, but in the end to make a difference. That starts with protecting citizens at their most vulnerable, home and abroad. Flowery promises do not keep people safe. In fact, undelivered they can have the opposite effect. Know that your actions cemented Nazanin’s place.

Boris Johnson doesn’t care about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. In fact, he has probably forgotten all about her in the hustle of a general election.

But you should know that he would treat you in exactly the same way as he has treated her.

Nothing he or his party says about caring for the people is true. They care about themselves; they consider government to be about enriching themselves at your expense.

And the simple fact is that a Jeremy Corbyn-led government would do everything within its power to secure the release of an innocent woman from a foreign prison.

The moral of this story is that ultimate power over the fate of Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe rests with you, the voter.

Will you support Boris Johnson, an avaricious racist who doesn’t believe this woman is “really British” and prioritises lucrative trade deals over ending her misery – in the knowledge that everything he has allowed to happen to her, he would also inflict on you?

Or will you help install a new government with a leader who has always fought racism, who stands up for ordinary people, and who will find a solution to this years-long situation as soon as he can?

Well?

Source: Petition update · Letter to the Prime Minister · Change.org

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New song by Madness attacks the Tory elite – and it should be a chart-topper

The real Bullingdon boys: Boris Johnson is seated, to the right of the image; former PM David Cameron iss standing.

Chart veterans Madness have just released a new song. It’s called The Bullingon Boys. Can you guess what it’s about?

I’m guessing the band is asking us not to vote Conservative in this year’s general election, with a warning about what we can expect.

Or is the lyric about being taken off life-support too complicated?

It’s a terrific song, in the mould of the great Madness hits of the 1980s. Share it – and its message – around.

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Hancock’s promise on nurses and accusations of anti-Semitism are greeted with derision at hustings

Matt Hancock: He may not feel quite so smug now.

The Tories’ current excuse for a health secretary took a few nasty hits – if only to his ego and his party’s credibility – when he tried to repeat widely-debunked claims at a hustings in his constituency.

See for yourself:

Look at Mr Hancock’s face in the video clip. He knew he had lost the audience and wasn’t going to get any of them back.

Now imagine the same scene being played out across the UK as Tories trot out these nonsense claims. It seems they have all been given manuals telling them what their main messages should be (for example, 50,000 new nurses) and how to smear their rivals (Labour anti-Semitism), so it is a reasonable assumption to make.

Let us hope all those other Tory candidates received the same reception.

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Are landlords trying to force Labour-voting tenants to support the Tories?

Votes for rent: How many people are tenants of private landlords? Enough to unduly influence an election if they are coerced into voting for a candidate they don’t want; a party whose policies would harm them?

I find this tweet extremely disturbing:

When I first moved to Mid Wales, I was told that it had been a common event for Conservative-voting landlords to visit their Labour-supporting tenants during a general election and blackmail them: vote Tory or be kicked onto the street.

I asked whether that still happened and didn’t get a clear answer.

So when I saw Grace Krause’s tweet, alarm bells rang in my head.

Are landlords blackmailing their tenants into voting for a government that intends to harm them?

If so, that is to be stopped.

The Tories won’t stop it – they love a bit of corruption if it favours them.

So let me appeal to anybody facing this kind of coercion: DISOBEY. Vote Labour and report your landlord to the Electoral Commission for trying to influence the result of the election.

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The first baby born within the NHS says the only way to save it is to vote Labour

This tapestry praises the NHS as a “cradle to grave” service – but Boris Johnson wants to send it to a grave of its own. He’ll succeed – unless YOU stop him.

Here’s a lady who knows a few things about the National Health Service – she was the first baby ever to be born under its care.

And Aneira Thomas believes that Boris Johnson will end the NHS as we know it.

She thinks he wants the UK to return to what it was – a nation of privilege in which only the rich can afford medical care.

She cannot stop Mr Johnson and his Tories on her own.

She needs your help.

Or will you throw away your future, and that of your family and friends with it, because a Tory told you to?

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Not my prime minister: Johnson accused of racial stereotyping about Nigerians

Boris Johnson: Yes, he’s a sexist too.

Do you really want the Conservatives to make this racist prime minister of the UK for the next five years?

The Conservative party leader wrote in a diary piece for the Independent on Sunday in October 1999 that Tony Blair had made people feel good about getting rich.

He added: “All the young people I know – ie those under 30 – are just as avaricious as we flinty Thatcherite yuppies of the 1980s in fact, they have an almost Nigerian interest in money and gadgets of all kinds.”

Weyman Bennett, the co-convenor of Stand Up to Racism, described Johnson’s words as “deeply racist and offensive”. He told the Guardian: “This can be added to the ‘piccaninnies’ and ‘watermelon smiles’, the abject refusal to properly apologise and change his behaviour around racism.

To This Writer, it seems Mr Johnson was referring to the huge number of internet scams that seem to emanate from Nigerian internet accounts. Of course it is entirely inappropriate to assume that an entire nation is guilty of the same behaviour. That is racism.

If you don’t want Tory racism running the UK, there’s only one way to stop it.

Vote Labour on December 12 – and make sure your friends do the same.

Source: Johnson accused of racial stereotyping with view on Nigerians | Politics | The Guardian

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This election, for all those who no longer have the chance to vote, please make yours count

Those are strong words from the Wear Red – Stand Up and Be Counted Facebook page (above).

For those who can’t read image files, it says:

“Up to 130,000 people have died because of austerity who aren’t able to vote on December 12.

“Hundreds of homeless people have died on the streets who aren’t able to vote either.

“Those from the Windrush generation who were unjustly deported aren’t able to vote.

“The sick people who died in hospital corridors waiting for medical treatment aren’t able to vote.

“The victims of unsolved knife crime because of 20,000 less police aren’t able to vote.

“The families burned to death in Grenfell Towers aren’t able to vote.

“They don’t have a voice any more, so on December 12, use your voice to speak for them and vote the Tories out.”

The text accompanying the image states [boldings mine]:

“This post is in memory of all those who can no longer vote because in some way their lives were irrevocably changed or lost forever because of how the Conservative government has treated them.

Remember them, because they could just as easily be you or someone that you love.

“We all fall on hard times at one point or another.

“That’s the whole point of society, is that we help each other in times of need, we do it without asking for anything in return because we actually care about each other.

“We don’t seek to sub-contract that care out to the lowest bidder and watch them make profit from your hardship.

“The Tories are ruining our society, they are selling it off in chunks to super rich private entities and leasing it back to you at twice the cost.

The by-product of this austerity is not only massive transfer of wealth into the hands of the few, but also thousands of people dying prematurely or being deported from their homes, widespread misery and stress for all low earners, sick, vulnerable and severely disabled people.

“We cannot emphasise enough how much good you will be doing by voting Labour in this election.

“Whether you care a little or a lot for politics, this election is a turning point for all of us.

“Protect your NHS, keep Trump’s hands off our health care, and most of all speak up for the countless victims of this warped ideology that would knowingly persecute sick people right up until the point where they died while being desperately in need of help.

“To think of this happening to one person is heartbreaking, but to 130,000 it’s almost unimaginable.

“Get out there on Dec 12, imbued with the spirit of these fallen souls, and send a clear message to Westminster that you’re not putting up with this way of doing things for one day longer.”

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If people in ultra-Tory Esher and Walton are abandoning the Conservatives, what’s happening elsewhere?

Dominic Raab: Former Tories in his own constituency are abandoning him and his party.

Here are members of the public in Esher and Walton, the constituency where Dominic Raab has been the MP since 2010, telling the world they won’t be voting Tory any more.

If ultra-Tory Esher and Walton is sick of the Conservatives, what does that say about the rest of the UK?

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Tacky Tories send ‘begging letter’ alongside postal votes in marginal constituencies

 

True to type: Postal voters have complained that they have received a ‘begging letter’ from Boris Johnson, full of false or disputed claims.

Postal voters in marginal constituencies have been infuriated after they received a “begging letter” from the Conservatives with their ballot packs.

It is illegal to send out such material in postal ballot packs – they must only contain a ballot paper, postal voting statement and instructions.

It would seem to This Writer that the Tories have simply struck lucky in the timing of their appeal to postal voters, as political parties often time the delivery of their leaflets to arrive concurrently.

But it is disturbing that this phenomenon – a letter from Boris Johnson – seems to have been restricted to voters in marginal constituencies.

The letter itself is riddled with claims that have either been proved inaccurate or have been called into question.

It promises better hospitals – but the Tory funding promise only provides for repairs to six hospitals, not the building of 40 new hospitals as Mr Johnson has claimed.

It promises an extra 20,000 police officers – but with natural wastage (retirements and resignations) these will not even cover the losses of the 21,000 police that the Tories have removed.

It promises to increase funding for schools to £5,000 per secondary pupil and £4,000 per primary pupil – but in fact only 18 constituencies will receive this, 13 of which were held by Tories before the general election. Most will suffer a loss.

So people would be more justified in complaining that the begging letter they have received from the Tories is full of falsehoods.

Source: Fury as postal votes arrive with Tory ‘begging letter’ signed by Boris Johnson – Mirror Online

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