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Another formal complaint about Dominic Raab is added to official investigation

Dominic Raab: This site once said there was nothing at all behind that vacant smile. Was this inaccurate? Was it hiding a bully?

A third formal complaint about bullying by Dominic Raab has been added to the official investigation, by request of prime minister Rishi Sunak.

It relates to Raab’s behaviour as Brexit secretary in 2018.

Raab denies the allegations and has said he’s looking forward to dealing with the complaints “transparently rather than dealing with anonymous comments in the media”.

But the BBC report of the latest development says the Ministry of Justice, which Raab is now heading, has been “inundated” with complaints of alleged bullying.

These are not being investigated, it seems, because they aren’t “formal” complaints.

Some – like Labour’s Angela Rayner – say restricting the investigation in this way is a “stitch up” that “will fool no one”.

There is an answer to that, which is for everybody who has made informal complaints to formalise them. If they’re worried about further bullying as a result of doing so, perhaps they could group together to form a ‘class action’-style complaint.

Obviously nothing has been proved yet.

But if the allegations are true, then isn’t it in the interests of justice to do everything possible to make sure they are proved?

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Matt Hancock’s trials won’t end with I’m A Celebrity

It seems Matt Hancock’s bid to be seen as a real person by going on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here may backfire on him as soon as he gets home.

Residents in his Parliamentary constituency aren’t happy:

And Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone reckons she has received dozens of complaints about Hancock’s decision to go to the jungle.

She said she couldn’t investigate because appearing on the show doesn’t breach the Commons Code of Conduct.

But she added: “It raises really important questions about members’ proper activities while they’re supposed to be fulfilling their parliamentary duties and representing their constituents.

“One member of the public contrasted the dignity of veterans on Remembrance Sunday with a former secretary of state… waiting for a buffet of animal genitalia and they wondered what had happened to the dignity of public office.”

So it seems he’ll come back from the rainforest into a storm.

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If cleaners lodged complaint after #DowningStreetParty, why was it treated as such a surprise?

Sue Gray: she’s the investigator appointed by Boris Johnson. But shouldn’t she actually be investigatED?

After a lockdown-busting drinks party in the garden of 10 Downing Street in May 2020, the cleaners lodged a complaint about the state in which it had been left, it has been revealed.

Worse: according to the iNews report, it is apparently not clear which May 2020 party they were complaining about.

We know there were booze-ups on May 15 and 20 that year. Who knows what other events took place?

With parties known to have been taking place between May 2020 and April 2021 at least – for all we know, they were happening right up until the first revelation last month – it seems entirely possible that the complaint relates to a previously-unreported event.

source told the paper No 10 staff had been unhappy with the state the garden was left in.

“They’d had to clean up the morning after,” the source said. “They weren’t happy.”

But the insider did caution that this may have been after a different social event.

Nothing was said about it in public at the time – even though the entire country was in a lockdown that separated families from their relatives as they died of Covid-19, as has been reported at great length since the revelations started coming out last month.

It seems to This Writer that questions should be asked about why this information – which is important to our understanding of the way the UK is being run – was withheld from the public.

Were these cleaners pressurised to keep quiet about it?

Were there moves within the Downing Street administration to hush it up?

Considering the revelation earlier this week that staff there have been told to erase details of Downing Street parties from their mobile phones – a criminal offence – this seems likely.

It would suggest – strongly – that the people running Downing Street need to be part of Sue Gray’s investigation.

But Sue Gray is a civil servant and one of the people running Downing Street. Doesn’t this show that she is compromised and should investigated, rather than the investigator?

Source: Downing Street party: No10 cleaners lodged a complaint over state of garden after ‘BYOB’ party

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GP practice opts ALL patients out of NHS data giveaway. Ask yours to do the same

Here’s an interesting message, publicised by a civil servant at the Department of Health:

You’ll be aware that the Tories had been planning to pass private details of your mental and sexual health, criminal records, smoking and drinking habits to profiteers without telling you.

They had created a scam scheme in which they would hand over the medical histories of more than 55 million NHS England patients to profit-making organisations – unless the patients opted out.

But they never actually bothered to tell anybody what they were doing.

Instead, people found out through sites like this one – and kicked up such an outcry that the government announced it was delaying the data upload from the beginning of July to the beginning of September.

Announcing the delay, Health Minister Jo Churchill said ministers would use the extra time to “talk to doctors, patients and charities to strengthen the plan… and ensure data is accessed securely”.

I have no idea whether any of this has actually happened.

The message to Mr Thomas makes it clear that the government hasn’t been talking to patients, despite the assurance that it would.

It also suggests very strongly that whatever the government has been doing, it has made a liar of Ms Churchill.

So the action taken by his GP practice to opt all patients out seems entirely appropriate and I would urge anybody in England who has not received any communication about the plan from the government to contact your own GP practice and ask for it to do the same.

It’s what I’d be doing if I lived in England.

Friendly advice: This is important. Do it now – and don’t rely on anyone else to do it for you.

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Victory for grassroots campaign as Tories ‘delay’ giving away your private NHS patient data

This is a victory for social media campaigners like This Site.

The Tories had been planning to pass private details of your mental and sexual health, criminal records, smoking and drinking habits to profiteers without telling you.

They had created a scam scheme in which they would hand over the medical histories of more than 55 million NHS England patients to profit-making organisations – unless the patients opted out.

But they never actually bothered to tell anybody what they were doing.

I mean: if you’re in England, did you see the national advertising campaign on TV, the social media and in the newspapers? Did you catch the news spots with NHS and government representatives debating it with some of the many organisations who oppose it?

I didn’t think so.

Yet Health Minister Jo Churchill, announcing the “delay” in Parliament, had the bare-faced cheek to say the government was “absolutely determined to take people with us”.

The impression I get is that hardly anybody knew a single thing about it until Vox Political – along with a few other social media organisations – publicised it on June 2.

By then, less than three weeks were left before the original June 23 deadline for opting out.

So it was risible when Churchill told Parliament “patients own their own data”.

If that’s an admission that the Tories don’t own patient data, then why have they been trying to sell it ever since they formed their government in 2010? Isn’t that, you know, theft?

The good news is that This Site’s article – and those of the other social media sites that took an interest – caught the public interest and the government had to step back.

The Tories wouldn’t have announced this delay if they had not received significant resistance to their plan.

And the really good news is that the delay means more people can opt out of the scheme.

You can do this by providing this online form to your GP – or by using this website. I strongly urge you to do so.

Be sure to enjoy the “mythbusting” section of the website in which the Tories say it’s all perfectly innocent. And then ignore it.

Source: New NHS patient data store delayed by two months – BBC News

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Complained about the DWP? Don’t hold your breath waiting for an investigation

The state of this.

Remember when This Site told you complaints to the DWP about the company the Tory government hired to assess claimants’ eligibility for certain benefits had multiplied nearly 15 times since 2013?

Well, it turns out that if you complain to the Independent Case Examiner (ICE) about the DWP or any organisation working for it, you’ll be waiting more than a year.

In response to a parliamentary question last week, the Tory government admitted:

“In the first six months of 2019 (January to June 2019) it took the Independent Case Examiner’s Office an average of: 59 weeks to commence an investigation (from the point at which the complaint was accepted for examination); and 23 weeks to complete an investigation (from the point at which it was allocated to an investigation case manager).”

So you’ll be waiting a year and a half for compensation that totals a maximum of £200.

Did you ever get the impression that somebody wants you to think it isn’t worth bothering?

Source: Claimants wait over a year for ICE to even begin investigations into DWP

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