Tories took donations from oligarch linked to Putin. Is this why they never investigated Russian interference in UK politics?

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has definitely taken donations from people linked to Russia’s President Putin – and provided private meetings with the last three UK prime ministers in return. The money totalling £1.7 million came from Vladimir Chernukhin via his wife Lubov, according to the so-called FinCEN files – leaked “suspicious activity reports” by banks. According to BBC News, Leaked files show her husband received $8m (£6.1m). The money initially came from a politician facing US sanctions due to his closeness to the Kremlin. A leak of banks’ “suspicious activity…

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#BorisJohnson wants to dictate when – and WHETHER – #elections take place – as #VoxPolitical warned you

Remember last December when This Site warned the UK electorate that Boris Johnson’s manifesto said, “We will impose an indefinite Conservative government”? It means he planned to stay in power just as long as he wanted to, with no election unless he felt like it. And the UK electorate ignored the warning and voted for him in what may be the last democratic election to take place in this country. Do you think that’s overstating the case? If so, you haven’t been paying attention. Johnson intends to repeal the Human…

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The Tories are attacking the Electoral Commission. What are they trying to hide?

Boris Johnson’s onslaught against the rule of law is building up speed. His Conservative government wants to either abolish or significantly reform the Electoral Commission – the independent organisation that regulates political donations, spending and other areas, and has the power to undertake its own investigations, and fine parties and officials for breaches of the rules, although more serious matters are passed to police. The Liberal Democrats reckon this is an attempt to prevent the exposure of “embarrassing funding connections to Russian oligarchs” – and This Writer finds it a more convincing…

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Is this a call to battle for the soul of the Labour Party?

Tom Williams on Twitter presents an eloquent argument so I make no apologies for reproducing it in full: It now seems highly plausible that there's an attempt to subvert UK democracy via Labour. — Tom Williams (@shirleymush) August 13, 2020 Here I will refer to this tendency simply as "the Labour right", but here are two articles by @jemgilbert explaining this tendency in more detail, and another by me explaining how it operates:https://t.co/B3LCTH8w5Zhttps://t.co/IL1Ot9e4Qkhttps://t.co/BE9iykKVag — Tom Williams (@shirleymush) August 13, 2020 It's also much more popular with a lot of the…

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What will you say when they ask what you did in the class war?

I seem to have hit a nerve when I said the Tories are waging a class war on anyone who isn’t filthy rich. In fact, two Vox Political articles touched on this class war – the first implied it, the second made it explicit. Today I opened Twitter to discover those words all over the place: The A levels are the ruling class brazenly saying – “we’ll fix society now like we always have” Only thing, this time you can see the workings Mind you, anyone who dares to REALLY challenge…

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Labour NEC challenged to hold ‘no confidence’ vote against Keir Starmer

It won’t happen, of course – the centrists are digging themselves in deep and won’t let annoying facts get in their way. But it is definitely worth your while to know that Momentum members Camden – all members of the Labour Party – have demanded that the party’s National Executive Committee call a vote of ‘no confidence’ in party leader Keir Starmer – their own MP. The motion, passed on July 24, states that Starmer: Took no immediate action against those former staff members whose racism, sexism, and ableism was…

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Tories love being racist: they lied about voter ID demand stopping BAME people from voting

The Conservative government said its plan to demand ID from voters at elections did not discriminate against black people and those minority ethnic groups, when the only available facts showed that it did. As far as This Writer is concerned, that is an example of blatant racism – an attempt to deny people who aren’t white their basic democratic right. Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith said in June that “the evidence shows there is no impact on any particular demographic group … the evidence of our pilots shows that there…

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Tory treachery: these are just TODAY’S reasons to regret voting ‘Conservative’

Anybody who voted ‘Conservative’ last December in the belief that they would be better-off must be really kicking themselves now. Today we have learned that the Tories took money from Russians and then looked the other way while Russia interfered with our general elections – and possibly the Brexit referendum. The arrogant Tories have said they won’t even bother with a retrospective investigation of what happened (in case it incriminates them, perhaps). Within the last 24 hours, the Tories voted to ensure that the National Health Service will be part…

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Russia report: If Russian influence over the UK is ‘the new normal’, shouldn’t someone be charged with treason?

Now we can all see why Boris Johnson did not want the so-called ‘Russia Report’ released before the general election last year. The report – released today (July 21) by Parliament’s new Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) – shows that successive Conservative governments have welcomed Russian oligarchs “with open arms”, giving them access to political figures “at the highest levels” – and made absolutely no attempt to investigate Russian interference in referendums and elections; in fact, the Tories “actively avoided” doing so. This has led, the report states, to the…

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Do you believe Downing Street’s story that the Russia report may soon be published?

Parliament’s committee responsible for publishing the report on Russian interference in UK politics may be reconvened “imminently” – according to Downing Street sources. Do you believe that? Or do you think that, even if it happens, it’s only because Boris Johnson has found another way to delay the report – or hide what it says? According to the BBC, the government is denying that Johnson has stalled the process: A source close to the process has told me they are hopeful the committee will be confirmed by Downing Street “imminently”.…

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