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Brexit will ruin the Garden of England; Brits respond in typical style

Farage’s legacy: it may not look like much now, but when it’s finished, this huge segment of the Garden of England will be a lorry park for 1,700 vehicles – the Farage Garage. The Jacob Rees-Bogs haven’t been installed yet.

This has been cracking me up since I first heard of it this morning (October 16) and I’m only sorry I had to wait until now to write an article about it.

It seems the practical upshot of Brexit is that Kent – also known as the Garden of England – is being bulldozed, in order to turn it into an enormous lorry park.

This is all being carried out by a political organisation that describes itself by the misnomer of “Conservatives”. What are they conserving, exactly?

British people, knowing that this is a result of the nation leaving the European Union, have dubbed the first such lorry park – set to hold 1,700 vehicles – the ‘Farage Garage.

Apparently the on-site toilets have been designated the ‘Jacob Rees-Bogs’.

Twitter has been gridlocked with it. See for yourself:

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Windrush scandal victims deliver petition to Downing Street – for all the good it will do

The Empire Windrush brought many people to the UK to help rebuild the country after World War II. If it had still been in service a couple of years ago, the Tories would have been trying to use it to deport them all again.

If ever you needed proof that your government tells you what to do, and not the other way around, it’s this.

The Windrush Scandal – and the “hostile environment” that spawned it – was created from a desire to rid the UK of huge numbers of citizens who came to the UK from Commonwealth nations, notably in the Caribbean, to help rebuild the nation after World War II.

Their job was done, you see, so racist politicians decided to destroy any information offering them a right to UK citizenship and then deport them on the grounds that they could not show a good reason to stay.

Of course, they were caught in the act. And in fairness, the Conservative Government apologised.

Only words.

When it came to actually providing compensation to the people they attacked – make no mistake, this was a deliberate attempt by a UK government to harm its citizens – our Tory administration has spent two years dragging its heels.

Yes – a recent docu-drama on the BBC has reminded us all of the extent of the crime here.

But I see no willingness to make recompense to people who, being poor, cannot exert any influence over the politicians who had all power over them.

Watch what happens and see if I’m right.

Survivors of the Windrush scandal have delivered a petition to Downing Street signed by 130,000 people calling on the government to speed up compensation payments and implement all the recommendations in the Windrush Lessons Learned review.

Paulette Wilson and Anthony Bryan – who were wrongly held in immigration detention centres and threatened with deportation to Jamaica, a country they both left as children in the 1960s and had not visited in more than 50 years – handed the petition to police officers at the gates of Downing Street on Friday.

They both expressed their anger that so few people affected had received compensation in the two years since the government first apologised for wrongly classifying thousands of legal residents as being in the country illegally.

They were joined by Michael Braithwaite, a special needs teaching assistant, who was sacked from the primary school he had worked at for 15 years; Glenda Caesar, who was sacked from her job as a GP administrator after more than 20 years working for the NHS; and Elwaldo Romeo, who was told by the Home Office he was facing detention and should return to Antigua, a country he left 59 years earlier as a four-year-old boy.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The home secretary has been clear that the mistreatment of the Windrush generation by successive governments was completely unacceptable and she will right those wrongs.” However, they added, Williams had recommended that the Home Office consider the review carefully before responding, “and we are committed to honouring that request”. Patel had said she would update parliament before the summer recess.

Officials in charge of organising the compensation scheme stressed that claimants should not feel discouraged by the difficulties experienced by others and should persist with making claims. A spokesperson said assistance in completing the claim form was available via the free Windrush helpline on 0800 678 1925.

Source: Windrush scandal survivors deliver petition to No 10 | UK news | The Guardian

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‘Sack Cummings’ petition set to test whether Boris Johnson has any interest in democracy


A million signatures is a lot of people, but you can be sure that Boris Johnson will try to ignore this public exercise of democracy.

My reason for saying this is simple: look where the petition is being hosted.

If it had been on the UK Parliament’s petition page, it would have needed only 100,000 signatures to guarantee a discussion in the House of Commons – but it would never have achieved it because it would have been removed on the grounds that petitions about government employees are forbidden.

So much for democracy.

As this one is on Change.org, it give Johnson an opportunity to deny its legitimacy and refuse to pay attention to it, no matter how many people eventually sign.

Remember when the ‘Revoke Brexit’ e-petition – that was on the UK Parliament site – reached six million signatures?

Even after there was a debate in the Commons, the government of the day ignored it.

Johnson will try the same tactic here – but he has far less justification for doing so.

Even after the Brexit e-petition gained its six million names, that was only slightly more than a third of the number of people who voted to leave the EU, so there was some legitimacy in the claim that it should not overthrow the referendum decision (although the fact that the claim was made before the final number of signatures was known made it ambiguous at the time).

But nobody voted Cummings into Downing Street. He’s a hired hand.

The fact that so many people have signed a petition calling for his removal is significant – and indicates that far more people are unhappy with him continuing to hold any position within the workings of government.

So Johnson has put himself between a rock and a hard place.

If he sacks Cummings, then he will be admitting he was wrong to support his chief advisor. But the longer he delays, the more people lose confidence in him – and the more likely he is to be replaced.

A petition calling for Dominic Cummings’ departure from government is on course to reach one million signatures, as fury over the scandal fails to die down.

A Change.org page that demands the PM’s top aide either resigns or is sacked now has the backing of more than 945,000 people.

A survey has suggested that 80% of the public disagrees with his actions, while around 40 Tory MPs have called for him to leave Downing Street.

Source: Petition for Dominic Cummings’ sacking set to hit 1,000,000 signatures | Metro News

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Honour for Duncan Smith has not humiliated the left – it has ENERGISED us

The pick of the Tories: Iain Duncan Smith might have been given a knighthood by Boris Johnson’s government, but few people are impressed with the face-chiseller from Chingford.

I read a message on Twitter suggesting that the knighthood for Iain Duncan Smith was an attempt to take a leaf out of Donald Trump’s playbook – humiliating and de-motivating opponents of the new Tory regime.

The honour for the so-called ‘Architect of Death’, whose draconian policies of hate against benefit claimants including some of the most vulnerable, ill and disabled people in the United Kingdom have ended the lives of thousands upon thousands of people who had as much right to live as the rest of us, was an attempt to demonstrate to us just how little we matter to Boris Johnson and his elitist clique.

Well, it backfired massively, didn’t it?

When I wrote my article calling on you to support Dr Mona Kamal’s petition to deny Duncan Smith his knighthood, it had already acquired a significant 70,000+ signatures. That number has now more than doubled to nearly 160,000 at the time of writing.

In just two days!

Instead of showing us that we are weak, and few, the decision to honour one of the least worthy men in the United Kingdom has instead inspired us all to dust ourselves down, stand up and show that we are many and we are strong.

And we reject a government that scorns its people in this way.

Keep signing the petition, folks. Let’s make this a statement that Boris Johnson remembers – to his humiliation.

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Will you sign NHS doctor’s petition to stop Iain Duncan Smith receiving knighthood?

He laughed: Remember, IDS laughed at the terror he was causing a rape victim by using the Bedroom Tax to make it too expensive for her to keep a ‘panic room’. The man thrives on terrorising others.

I’ll be signing – will you?

It probably won’t do any good – the Tories tend to find a way to ignore any petitions demanding any activity they don’t want to carry out, no matter how many people sign it.

But it will be a great sign of resistance against Boris Johnson and his fake “people’s government”!

A petition has been launched calling for MP Iain Duncan Smith to be stripped off his knighthood.

More than 30,000 people have already signed the petition against the former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions after it was announced that he has been given a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.

The decision to knight the former Conservative minister has sparked fury amongst his opponents, years after he was criticised for laughing during a Bedroom Tax debate and shedding ‘crocodile tears’ online.

The Chingford and Woodford Green MP is known as the ‘architect’ of Universal Credit , the system of benefits which rolls a number of state payments into one, supposedly simplifying the process.

Around 1.9 million people have been left £1,000 worse off a year and many have been forced onto the streets due to lengthy delays before their first payments and punitive sanctions.

The petition, set up by Dr Mona Kamal Ahmed, a NHS psychiatrist … claims Mr Smith was responsible for “some of the cruellest most extreme welfare reforms this country has ever seen”.

It says that under his leadership, the “UK became the first ever country to face a United Nations enquiry into human rights abuses against disabled people” and that the “suffering and impoverishment” seen in the UK today are a “direct result of the welfare reforms he has implemented”.

In her explanation, Dr Ahmed writes that she has frequently witnessed people diagnosed with chronic mental illness in A&E who have been driven to panic attacks as a result of the anxiety caused by these tests and over the prospect of losing the welfare payments they rely on.

The petition is on the Change.org site, here.

Click and sign. It’s easy!

Source: NHS doctor launches petition against Iain Duncan Smith receiving knighthood – Mirror Online

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No justice for man the Tory-run DWP said wasn’t sick enough for PIP

Dave Smith with his (now late) brother Jamie Oliver. After denying him PIP twice, the DWP wanted him to attend an appeal hearing – five months after he died.

Remember Jamie Oliver, who the Tory government said wasn’t sick enough for PIP, right before he died?

It seems the Tories would rather you forgot about him – they have cancelled a petition to get justice for him, by calling the general election.

Mr Oliver died on April 9 after a long battle with chronic liver disease – and after being refused Personal Independence Payment by the DWP on the grounds that he wasn’t sick enough – twice.

Five months after his death, in one of the hugely distressing and insulting cock-ups that have made the DWP infamous, one of Mr Oliver’s children discovered a letter saying an appeal hearing had been arranged for late September.

The situation infuriated Mr Oliver’s brother, Dave Smith, who stated that “one of the last things he said to us [was] “I don’t believe it. I’m going to die and I’m still not sick enough for PIP.”

Mr Smith said: “I honestly cannot think of an organization as shambolic, insensitive, incompetent and unhelpful as the DWP and the sooner all this PIP/Universal Credit fiasco is kicked into touch the better.”

Last month (October) he launched a petition that he hoped would secure enough signatures – 100,000 – to ensure the issues are debated in parliament.

The petition on the government website called for an end to the use of private contractors for DWP disability benefit assessments, both for PIP and for employment and support allowance (and its universal credit equivalent).

He said the disability benefit assessment system is linked to many suicides and “accelerated deaths”, like his brother’s.

And he said he believed there have been “multiple lies” in the written assessment reports completed by nurses, paramedics and occupational therapists working for Atos and Capita (the other PIP assessment contractor).

But with the dissolution of Parliament and the launch of the general election campaign, not only have any Bills been dropped but all petitions have also been cancelled and will not be reopened.

Mr Smith told Metro:

“They have taken the f***ing piss, not just after all the hours I and my supporters have put in but all those poor people who have reached 100,000 signatures will now never get their debate.

“I am angry beyond belief, for me, for other petition creators and for every supporter of every petition. ‘There is something badly wrong here. The problem you are petitioning about hasn’t gone away and you can’t use another petitioning site as the results are not recognised.”

Source: Petition for man DWP said ‘wasn’t sick enough for PIP’ is scrapped | Metro News

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By-election for Brecon and Radnorshire after MP convicted for falsifying expenses

Expenses faker: Chris Davies.

A by-election will take place in This Writer’s constituency of Brecon and Radnorshire after Tory MP Chris Davies was convicted of falsifying expenses claims.

Under Parliamentary rules, the conviction meant a “recall” petition would be opened automatically and Mr Davies would lose his seat if more than 10 per cent of the electorate here voted to oust him.

That petition has now closed and it has been revealed that the target number of 5,303 signatures has not only been reached but nearly doubled. 10,005 people signed.

A by-election will take place in the near future.

Mr Davies will be eligible to stand again – but the seat is considered a target for the Liberal Democrats and Labour may use it as a testing-ground for its Brexit policy. Will the party’s local members be able to get their message across on the doorstep?

On a personal note, I’m delighted. Mr Davies was among the first to condemn me – with absolutely no evidence – when I was falsely accused of anti-Semitism in 2016 and it is significant that while I was – and remain – innocent, he is now a criminal.

As an MP, I do not believe he represented the majority of people of Brecon and Radnorshire – but he is not alone in that. During the Coalition government of 2010-15, the Liberal Democrat MP he replaced also carried out the demands of the Conservative-led government and did not hear the pleas of his constituents. I recall the controversy over the anti-lobbying Act in particular.

The Liberal Democrats lost credibility as a result of their alliance with the Conservatives against the people of the UK and I think that is why Roger Williams lost Brecon and Radnorshire to Mr Davies.

But people have short memories – and some may even wish to allow a Lib Dem back in, simply to stop a Conservative, whether Mr Davies or someone else, from regaining the seat.

This will be interesting!

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Joan Ryan should be removed from Twitter for supporting a libellous petition

Collaborators: Joan Ryan MP was recorded meeting then-Israeli embassy officer Shai Masot. He offered her £1 million to procure support for Israel from Labour MPs. Was this tactic successful?

Former Labour – now Change UK – MP Joan Ryan is a zealot, according to the dictionary definition of the term.

She is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of her political ideals – principally her support for the apartheid government of Israel.

She was recorded being offered more than £1 million by an Israeli embassy representative to recruit more support among Labour MPs for the apartheid government of Israel.

She left the Labour Party after she found herself unable to remove Jeremy Corbyn, who supports peace between Israel and Palestine rather than apartheid and genocide, from the leadership of that organisation.

But, like all zealots, she has not given up trying to get him out.

So she has signed the libellous Change.org petition vilifying the MP who has most strongly opposed the victimisation of Jews as an anti-Semite – and she has publicised the fact on Twitter.

If she thought that would encourage others to join her in signing the petition – or sway people into believing her nonsense claim about Mr Corbyn – she was wrong.

You see, Twitter now provides the ability to report other users for publishing targeted harassment. It’s very easy – you just click on the arrow pointing down at the top right of the tweet, click “Report Tweet”, on the next menu you click “It’s abusive or harmful”, and on the next menu click “Includes targeted harassment”.

If enough people do this, Ms Ryan could find her Twitter account suspended or even removed altogether. Here’s hoping, eh?

Many opinion-formers have already done so:

And don’t forget that you can report the petition to Change.org as a policy violation, as pointed out here:

And there’s more:

There’s a lot more, in fact.

And if you add your response – and report – there will be more still. Please do that.

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Rachel Riley thought her support would boost a libellous petition against Jeremy Corbyn. Big mistake!

That well-known self-proclaimed campaigner against racism and inequality, Princess Countdown (also sometimes known as Rachel Riley) has trumpeted her support for a libellous petition condemning Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite.

She wrote:

In so doing, she has very clearly libelled Mr Corbyn. He is not an anti-Semite – or indeed any kind of racist – and is certainly not unfit to hold public office. She may feel safe in this act as Mr Corbyn is unlikely to respond. He seems to believe that doing so would lend credibility to the lies, although I’m open to other opinions and evidence.

The petition she is supporting was put on the Change.org website eight months ago by a little-known right-wing fringe group and fake charity calling itself the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

I wrote about it at the time, pointing out that objectors could call for the petition to be removed by clicking on a link marked “Report a policy violation. Unfortunately Change.org, in its wisdom, has only added a line saying, “We have received flags from our users that the facts in this petition may be contested. You should consider researching this issue before signing or sharing.”

One may also report the Campaign Against Antisemitism to the Charity Commission for violating the requirement that charities must be non-political, by clicking this link.

Meanwhile, Ms Riley’s libellous tweet has attracted a considerable number of responses – in opposition. The first response was from Gracie Samuels:

“This is a vile tweet it is also encouraging hate towards an individual and I am reporting you to Twitter and I hope you are sued, you horrible woman.”

She continued: “You are obsessed and this is becoming clearer by the day. Corbyn probably won’t sue you he probably pities you your childish arrogance and ignorance. You have made a libellous tweet imo you have gone too far and everyone should report it. You really are obsessed Rachel.”

Continuing the same theme, Starry Night tweeted: “Hopefully Jeremy sues you for libel. Might be able to put your maths skills to some use and work out how much you owe him in damages.”

From the threat of legal action, Twitter users moved on to discuss Princess Countdown’s personal qualities. Here‘s Dianne, giving her opinion:

“He is neither an antisemite nor unfit to hold office. You however are a particularly toxic individual, who from a position of privilege is intent on haranguing one of the only few politicians who have spent decades dedending human rights for all, not the few.”

That’s reasonable, given the evidence. As is this, from NO TO #MAYHEM: “I fail to understand how you can get away with publishing outright lies against an honest man.. What a disgraceful person you are.”

Tom, here, took a more sympathetic view – although he was scathing in other respects: “Rachel Riley is a pawn for the far right. But don’t hate on her, she genuinely hasn’t a clue and sincerely believes she her cause is justified. She may be good with numbers , but sucks at independent thinking.”

Other Tweople concentrated on the political aspect. Here‘s Christopher Johnston: “The desperation is clearly growing, petitions don’t work, but nice try. Perhaps call out May & the Tories for islamaphobia, 120,000 Austerity deaths, 3.7 mil kids in poverty, and 320,000 homeless, let’s have some balance.”

Janice Barnes tweeted this infographic, which gets to the heart of the matter:

And Mathias responded with a personal opinion on what Ms Riley was trying to do:

Finally, some people resorted to a very simple, emotional response – which may or may not be based on the evidence of Mr Corbyn’s behaviour over the last 30-odd years in Parliament.

I’m referring to people like Pauline, who tweeted, simply, “I like him.”

Sadly, we know from experience that Princess Countdown is unlikely to take this criticism lying down. She is notoriously litigious and may decide to pursue her critics for libel. She doesn’t like it when we make her look bad, it seems.

Fortunately we all have an ironclad defence. The facts are self-evident and we are all entitled to our opinions. Furthermore, it is in the public interest to let as many people as possible know what this public figure supports and endorses.

To Princess Countdown, I can only add the following:

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DWP response to Jodey Whiting petition is a ‘joke’ according to her mother

Jodey Whiting, 42, took her own life after her benefits were stopped [Image: Evening Gazette].

Remember when I said I wasn’t the best person to provide a commentary on the DWP’s response to the ‘Justice for Jodey Whiting’ petition?

Disability News Service has found someone much better: Her mother.

The petition demands an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the DWP, after the department ignored its own safeguarding policies no less than five times in the weeks leading up to her suicide in February 2017.

I poured scorn on the DWP’s response to the petition – which had earned more than 27,000 signatures at the time.

According to DNS, Joy Dove – Ms Whiting’s mother – said the DWP response to the petition was “a joke”, and that her message to DWP was: “You have put everything in your response to the petition that you did not do to safeguard Jodey.

“You killed my daughter by not safeguarding her.”

She added: “They should have practised what they are trying to preach now. They are responsible for Jodey’s death.”

She said she was appalled that the DWP response suggested that the £10,000 ICE ordered DWP to pay the family as a “consolatory payment” was “compensation” for her daughter’s death.

Dove said that £9,000 was given to Jodey’s nine children, while the other £1,000 was used to pay off some of the debts she had built up in paying for her daughter’s funeral.

She said: “It’s not about money. I will carry on. They can’t say it’s settled. I signed nothing. I want justice.”

Ms Dove has said she wants to take legal action against the DWP. I would like to see the department taken to court for all the deaths it caused.

Wouldn’t you like that too?

Source: Justice for Jodey Whiting: Mum brands DWP’s petition response ‘a joke’


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