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Why have UK right-wingers attacked Jeremy Corbyn’s call for peace in Ukraine?

Jeremy Corbyn: all he is saying is, give peace a chance.

This is a story about unreasoning hate.

But you might be forgiven for thinking the person responsible for the hate was former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn – that’s what an awful lot of so-called ‘Centrist’ (in reality right-wing) commentators are trying to make you think.

They’re attacking him because he appeared on a foreign TV news channel, calling for a negotiated peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine, in line with requests by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Here’s what he said:

The Arab satellite channel’s website quoted him as follows:

“Pouring arms in isn’t going to bring about a solution, It’s only going to prolong and exaggerate this war,” he asserted, expecting that this war will drag on for years.

“Then the world woke up and suddenly realized that Russia and Ukraine are the world’s biggest grain exporters and something has to be done. So they came to an agreement , and I hope it holds, to export grain through Odessa and through the Bosphorus to the rest of the world. That is a good move, but at the same time, putting more and more arms into Ukraine isn’t going to bring about it [peace].

“Ukrainians are dying. Ukrainians are going into exile here; Thousands and thousands. And Russian soldiers are dying, conscripted. Young Russian soldiers are dying. This war is disastrous for the people of Ukraine, for the people of Russia, and for the safety and security of the whole world. And therefore, there has to be more much more effort put into peace.

“Europe has been very welcoming of Ukrainian refugees, and that’s good, that’s right. Sadly, they’re not so welcoming and not so enabling of refugees coming from Yemen or anywhere else.”

Fortunately, there are still people who are able to think critically and realise that they’re being fed a pack of lies by our so-called opinion-formers. Here are a few of the responses:

And it is worth noting the double-standard between the way Ukraine is discussed and the full-on support for Saudi Arabia’s destruction of Yemen:

From our point of view, here at ground level, the message should be clear: don’t blindly accept what you are spoon-fed by a biased and partisan mass media.

Think critically.

Ask why these people are saying the things they are and, if they don’t provide straight answers, dismiss them.

Find your own answers. They’ll be much more trustworthy than a pack of lies about the only UK political figure who actually seems to want people to stop killing each other.

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US pundit ridicules Kay Burley for trying to incite RMT’s Mick Lynch to promote violence

Better times: Kay Burley of Sky News once interviewed an empty chair while Tory chairman James Cleverly cowered 15ft away, too terrified to face even the kind of cross-examination she gave Mick Lynch.

This is very funny and I’m planning to keep an eye on Jimmy Dore from now on.

Have a gander at his analysis of Kay Burley’s interview with Mick Lynch of the RMT, in which the Sky News host tries to talk the union boss into promoting violence by striking rail workers:

This Writer isn’t totally hostile to Burley; her line of questioning is likely to have come entirely from the news producer talking into her earpiece. That’s the usual way.

But Dore’s ridicule of the whole interview is well-deserved.

And his discussion of the strike is well worth watching.

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After Partygate: public bring their own boos to Boris Johnson’s jubilee party

As a man who hates being disliked, the reaction of the public when Boris Johnson arrived at – and departed from – the Queen’s platinum jubilee thanksgiving service may sting him more than his Partygate fine.

Let’s watch – and listen to – what happened. Here’s Johnson’s arrival:

Labour leader Keir Starmer turned up a few minutes later – and the crowd remained quiet for him.

But when Johnson left at the end of the service, the jeering had become markedly louder:

Or do you think it’s just that the media microphones were closer to the crowd?

If so, you may be confused by the BBC’s coverage, which muted the catcalls later. Skwawkbox demonstrates this on video, here:

Johnson has been trying to brazen out the backlash against him after being fined for attending one party at Downing Street during the Covid-19 lockdowns that forbade any such events from taking place, and the Sue Gray report that showed he attended many more parties than just one.

His cronies, like Dominic Raab and Priti Patel, have lined up to play down the significance of the fines, and of the evidence that Johnson lied to Parliament.

The corrupt prime minister has rewritten the Ministerial Code to ensure that minor law-breaking – like being fined – is no longer punishable by forced resignation from the Cabinet.

But lying to Parliament still carries the ultimate sanction because it indicates not only that a minister could not be trusted on one occasion, but that he or she can’t be trusted at all.

And grassroots Conservatives seem to be pressuring their MPs to push Johnson out of office before the electorate has a chance to push the Tories out of government altogether.

The head of the activist group that is actually called Grassroots Conservatives has publicly called for Johnson’s removal.

Ed Costello told the Telegraph: “I’ve come to the conclusion that he probably should resign, and if he had any sense he would resign before he was pushed.

“He needs to go before the next election, because some of what he has done will put off voters. He just hasn’t been wholly honest about what went on, and it would have been better if he ’fessed up and it would all have been over.”

Grassroots Conservatives was launched during David Cameron’s time as prime minister, to pressure the party into upholding “small-c” Conservative values of “stable family, sound economy and strong defence”.

So it seems likely that it may represent the views of a large number of Tory voters – especially bearing in mind the boos, jeers and catcalls from all those (mainly-Tory?) royalists outside St Pauls.

Depending on whether 54 letters of “no confidence” have been handed in to Sir Graham Brady, chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, Johnson could be ousted in a vote as soon as next week.

But is he ready to throw in the towel?

Source: Boris Johnson booed as he arrives at St Paul’s for platinum jubilee event | Boris Johnson | The Guardian

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Covid HAS harmed online politics – but so have social media platforms that suppress alternatives

The Covid-19 pandemic and its lockdowns that forced so many of us online for our social interactions has polarised and poisoned political debate, according to some arguments.

But is it really the people reading and responding who are fouling the well, or the organisations dictating what they see and influencing how they respond?

This Writer’s experience is that people turned away from politics – hugely – during the lockdowns, and are now only slowly returning.

Vox Political had its highest-ever readership in March 2020 – nearly one million hits, and I think that was because I was reporting the failures of Boris Johnson’s leadership on Covid in an unbiased way.

Readership remained high during April and May, but then it suddenly and sharply dropped off during June.

It is certainly possible that some of this decline was due to the debate about Covid-19. In his article on the BBC News website, Richard Morris puts forward views that Dominic Cummings’s visit to Barnard Castle polarised the public, as did the debate on mask-wearing and the lockdowns themselves. I would add the debate on vaccination, also.

But who fuelled those debates? Suddenly the social media were full of “experts” we’d never heard of before, all screaming that their view was right and we were fools if we didn’t accept it.

Who promoted those views? Who gave them the space? Wasn’t it right-wing media outlets with an agenda to get people back out of their homes, never minding that they were in danger of death from the disease, and into work making money for rich industrialists again?

How many Tory MPs spent the whole of the crisis ranting about the economy when they should have been concerned with their constituents’ health?

And how many right-wing social media organisations minimised rational debate by using algorithms that push links to sites like mine down users’ notifications in order to starve us of followers and views?

I’m thinking of Facebook under Nick Clegg, and of Twitter, because those are main outlets of mine. Vox Political‘s following on FB has been static at 42,500 for years because of this mistreatment.

It’s a recordable phenomenon. I have lost count of the number of old readers who have contacted me to say they were amazed Vox Political was still going because they had not seen a link for (insert long time period here), despite having asked to be alerted when notifications are posted.

And sites like mine lose out on shares because people are afraid they will be criticised for supporting points of view that don’t conform with those of their more loudly-opinionated right-wing acquaintances who have only gained a platform because they have received preferential treatment.

None of this is properly addressed in the Morris article.

Instead we see information that five per cent of UK internet users are in a “left-wing echo chamber” and two per cent of them are in a similar position on the right.

We see an opinion that “it’s ‘only human’ for journalists, politicians and those in media to see extreme negative reactions to their posts online and for this to ‘colour your perception of the whole world the same way’, with no discussion of who is posting those reactions and why.

Do you remember the government’s Nudge Unit, which is now at least partly in private hands? It was a shady organisation David Cameron used to push the public into supporting his policies by subtly guiding us into decisions we would not have taken otherwise.

So, for example, people may have found themselves supporting the benefit policies that have killed thousands of good people for no reason, because they were “nudged” into believing that benefit claimants were all scroungers who were perfectly capable of work but were defrauding the system (tell that to the diabetes sufferer who could not keep his insulin at the right temperature because he could not afford to power his fridge – oh, but you can’t: he’s dead).

The article concludes by saying it may “take years to find out the lasting impact on society of what took place in the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021” – but I think it’s worse than that.

I think after those years have passed, we’ll be presented with a conclusion about what happened that suits the people in power now – because they will have used all the levers at their disposal, including manipulation of the social media by “nudging”, to make you believe them.

Call me paranoid if you like, but what did you think of mask-wearing and social distancing, of the lockdowns, of vaccinations before somebody told you they were wrong? How did that affect you? And how many people do you know who were swayed by these dangerous whispers?

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Here’s why our media are hypocrites for praising Russian ‘propaganda’ protest

Take a gander at this:

It’s a reference to a placard protest by Marina Ovsyannikova, an editor at Russian state-controlled TV Channel 1.

Her placard read: “No war, stop the war, don’t believe the propaganda, they are lying to you here.”

She was arrested, and has been fined 30,000 roubles for breaking protest laws in that country. A lucky escape – the maximum punishment is 15 years in prison.

It was a brave protest in the face of state censorship – but it has brought on a wave of hypocrisy from the west.

News outlets here in the UK have universally praised Ms Ovsyannikova – but have shown hardly a scrap of support for someone in prison in this country for doing much the same:

Both are journalists, both whistleblowers.

But here in the UK, one is raised up for praise while the other is cast down and ignored, even though his fate may be worse than hers could have been.

Doesn’t that make the UK’s news outlets just as bad as those in Russia?

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Has Ukraine given Nadine Dorries a ‘road to Damascus’ moment about the BBC?

Dorries v the BBC: only last month she was evading reasonable questions from the BBC’s Charlie Stait about then-beleaguered prime minister Boris Johnson.

Have a look (and listen) at this potentially Oscar-winning performance from Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries, discussing the brilliance of (among others) BBC reporters in Ukraine:

It’s a far cry from what she was saying, only a few months ago!

See/hear for yourself:

Back then, she was pushing the lie of BBC bias – which isn’t that it isn’t unbiased, of course (it is), but is that it is biased against her Tory Party and its politics. In fact, the BBC has bent over backwards to appease Tories like the inconsistent Nadine – all for nothing.

She has frozen the licence fee for two years and has demanded that the BBC must find a different way of funding itself in the very near future.

So, to return to the question posed in the headline: has Nadine Dorries really had a Damascene transformation?

No.

If she had, she would be putting her own war on the BBC into reverse. She isn’t.

It’s just another Tory hypocrisy that has been revealed by the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

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MPs called for #RussiaToday to be banned as it is state-sponsored. Like the #BBC?

Propaganda: UK MPs want you to think it is only broadcast by foreign state-owned TV channels like Russia Today. What about the BBC?

This is just a quick post in response to a well-placed observation:

It’s true, isn’t it?

Russia today is backed by the Russian government – but isn’t the BBC a state-run broadcaster, here in the UK?

The government here has a huge influence over the BBC – particularly the Tories who have put their people on the BBC board and into its newsrooms, yet still hypocritically claim it misreports them.

The recent decision to end the licence fee – the BBC’s principle form of income – is a prime example of UK government interference that we can all see.

So Keir Starmer’s accusation against Russia Today rings hollow. It may well be a state-backed broadcaster, but isn’t it acting exactly as the BBC has done – but from an opposing viewpoint?

Isn’t it useful to know how other countries are reporting the international issues?

And isn’t free speech still a right in the UK?

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#Corbyn smears: Don’t be fooled by this poisonous fake of a website

As figures in the Labour Party move to smear former leader Jeremy Corbyn and push him out, supporters need to be aware of more subtle attackers.

For example: the “Project for Peace and Justice” website at https://projectforpeaceandjustice.com that attempts to satirise Mr Corbyn’s new organisation with smears that are neither accurate nor amusing.

The current version of this page offers a foul-mouthed tribute (if you can call it that) to the late Peter Newbon, a leading light of the pressure group Labour Against Anti-Semitism who brought it into disrepute by publishing a doctored image showing Mr Corbyn apparently reading anti-Semitic hate book The Protocols of the Elders of Zion to schoolchildren. In fact he was reading Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Rosen’s entirely justified response to this abuse appears on the page, where he is described using a four-letter word beginning with ‘C’. Accurate? No. Amusing? No.

Another page attacks two campaigners who have demonstrated repeatedly that the current hysteria over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is nothing more than a witch-hunt. It describes a fictional “Greenstein” award (named after Tony Greenstein) for services to anti-Semitism on social media being given to Simon Maginn for his #ItWasAScam campaign? Accurate? No. Amusing? No.

The indicia at the bottom of every page includes the message: “The Project for Peace and Justice does not adhere to the IHRA definition of antisemitism. I didn’t want to do this Laura made me” – an apparent claim that the site is operated by Mr Corbyn himself after his wife Laura demanded it. Accurate? No. Amusing? No.

Possibly the worst aspect of this is the call for donations that appears immediately whenever anybody visits the site. It doesn’t work – clicking to donate says it can’t be done – and this may put people who genuinely want to donate to the Corbyn Peace and Justice Project off doing so.

You can see this travesty yourself – if you’ve got the stomach for it – by visiting the website at the link above. But your time would be far better-used by visiting the genuine Peace and Justice Project site at https://thecorbynproject.com where you can learn about the four main projects: climate justice, economic security, democratic society and international justice – and may donate by using the proper system for doing so. This one does work.

Considering the hatred for Mr Corbyn and the concentration on fake accusations of anti-Semitism against people who have done nothing more than campaign for accuracy, This Writer wonders whether the fake site was set up by the former Labour leader’s critics on the right wing of that party.

It would seem reasonable, considering the fact that right-wingers like Steve Reed are now admitting their involvement in the creation of pressure groups like the Centre for Countering Digital Hate, that has been found also to be involved in spreading such hate against figures like Mr Corbyn, to question whether right-wing Labour members are also behind the fake “Peace and Justice” website.

If so, it makes a mockery of their claim to be crusading against fake news.

But while it is important to be aware of these fakers and their lies, the best thing to do is simply to ignore them.

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StarmerLabour launches new smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn – and it is VERY shady

Backstabbers? Steve Reed attacked Jeremy Corbyn in the Mirror, as The Times suggested Keir Starmer would try to push Corbyn out of the Labour Party by whatever means necessary.

News moves fast. When This Writer published an article speculating on Keir Starmer possibly planning to dishonestly push Jeremy Corbyn out of Labour, it seems the party leader had already put this into action.

In a Mirror interview, new shadow justice secretary Steve Reed put out a claim that Labour “cared more about criminals than their victims” under Jeremy Corbyn. He said:

“Given the period that Labour’s gone through over the last 10 years, but particularly under the last leadership – the days when Labour cared more about the criminals than about their victims are well and truly over.”

Mr Reed said rehabilitation and tackling the causes of crime are essential. But he added: “I think when Jeremy Corbyn was the leader, we gave the impression that we were more concerned about the criminals than about their victims.

Let’s put the record straight: Jeremy Corbyn saw the Conservatives as being the party that was soft on crime – as has every Labour leadership since Tony Blair. Consider Skwawkbox‘s reaction to Reed’s smear:

Leaving aside the obvious, that rehabilitating criminals makes us all safer, the claims are an outright falsehood. Labour’s 2019 manifesto was clear on the need for a strong justice system, promising to:

• end short prison sentences
• recruit and fund 5,000 more prison officers
• recruit and fund 10,000 more police officers
• recruit and fund 1,000 more border guards

It does seem strange that Reed tries to say Mr Corbyn’s plan to do that means he “cared more about criminals”, while at the same time saying rehabilitation of criminals is useful.

A bit hypocritical, perhaps?

But then, Reed himself says – and seems proud of it – that he helped set up the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) which (while it has successfully campaigned for the removal of some genuinely poisonous individuals from the social media) is best-known as a highly-politicised pressure group that targets left-wing websites with vicious campaigns.

We’ve known of CCDH’s behaviour – and its origin as a creation of right-wing Labour to smear the left – for more than a year.

The organisation lists as its “ambassador” – and she has been described as its only patron in the past – Rachel Riley. This backfired badly against it when she announced she was supporting its “Don’t Feed The Trolls” campaign in 2019.

My CrowdJustice site, raising money to defend me against libel claims by Riley, suddenly enjoyed an unexpected windfall from people reacting against what they saw as the TV host’s hypocrisy.

Just read some of the comments in the article linked above and you’ll see clear evidence.

So not only is Reed smearing Corbyn with a false claim about his attitude to crime, but he is associated with an organisation whose patron has habitually smeared Corbyn with unsupported accusations.

If this is how Keir Starmer hopes to undermine support for his immediate forerunner as Labour leader, he’ll deserve the massive backlash that I expect to see him suffer.

Source: Steve Reed interview: Labour ‘cared more about criminals than victims’ under Corbyn – Mirror Online

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Riley libel case: will the press hide it from the public if she LOSES?

We should all be concerned about this.

My attention has been drawn to a thread on Twitter by one @JJVinall, about the way the press reports matters concerning Rachel Riley.

Referring to an article on the BBC website headlined What is Rachel Riley’s most embarrassing habit? Mr Vinall states, “The thing about RR which really gets me is that she is trying so hard to maintain this wholesome, clear cut image and yet the facts; the evidence is there [that] this is not the case.”

He continues: “If @MidWalesMike succeeds in his case against RR I imagine two outcomes:  1. The press will ignore it and put their head in the sand. 2. The press will act as though it is a revelation that they didn’t know the case was happening and some on the optics left will no doubt act as though they were always on the side of the blogger since day one.

“This is where we are at regarding celebrity,  journalism and ethics and it explains why persons like RR etc continue to prosper though they are not role models or good individuals.”

Of the two options, my belief is that the press would ignore a verdict against Riley because she’s their darling and she’s prettier than I am. Journalistic standards these days really are that low.

I don’t think the media could call it a revelation as they have been covering the case. The angle has been “Lovely Rachel defends her reputation against black-hearted blogger” all the way through. It would be a shocking turnaround if reporters suddenly changed their tune on the basis of evidence brought out in the courts.

But that is what they would have to do, if they were to report the case impartially.

I have not been wasting the last few weeks. In my spare moments I have been reviewing my own evidence for the court and it is damning. I only wish I could tell you about some of the information that will come out when the case comes to trial.

If it comes to trial.

I still need funding to ensure that it does – now more than ever. The case should have far-reaching repercussions – and not just because of any effect it has on press reporting – so there is still a huge amount of pressure to prevent it from going before a judge.

I am raising the fundraising target – hopefully for the last time, having reached nearly 90 per cent of the current goal. Hopefully, £250,000 will be enough to cover all the costs, including any further surprises of the kind that Riley’s legal team like to spring on me.

Please help by doing one or several of the following:

Consider making a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

The more people know about this, the better – partially because it will put pressure on the press to report the case fairly and accurately, and that would be a welcome change!​​​​

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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