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Man arrested after MP Sir David Amess stabbed – BBC

Stabbed: Sir David Amess.

A man has been arrested after Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed at a constituency surgery.

The 69-year-old, who is MP for Southend West, is thought to have been attacked as he met constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church.

This Writer is not able to write full articles today (October 15) because I am preparing to take part in the Festival of Resistance in Nottingham over the weekend – but I wanted to make stories available for reader comment, and possibly for deeper discussion after I return.

Source: Sir David Amess stabbed at constituency meeting

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Private firm that screwed up 43k C19 tests only existed 4 months before Tory contract award – SKWAWKBOX

The private firm that gave at least 43,000 people infected with coronavirus a negative result had existed for only four months before being awarded a huge contract by the Tories.

Worse, the owner of the firm also runs another firm involved in PCR testing for the virus – and that firm, Dante, is under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over breaches of the law.

This Writer is not able to write full articles today (October 15) because I am preparing to take part in the Festival of Resistance in Nottingham over the weekend – but I wanted to make stories available for reader comment, and possibly for deeper discussion after I return.

Source: Private firm that screwed up 43k C19 tests only existed 4 months before Tory contract award – SKWAWKBOX

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Raab revives seven-year-old plan to steal your human rights with scare stories

Dominic Raab: do you really trust him not to deprive you of your human rights? Only last March, as Foreign Secretary, he admitted that the Tory government will seek trade deals with nations whose governments violate the human rights of their citizens.

Hardline Tory headbanger Dominic Raab has revived their plan to repeal the law that enshrines your human rights – using the same tired old arguments they always wheel out.

He said it allows dangerous criminals to escape justice. One of the examples he quoted was of an illegal immigrant claiming the right to family life to avoid deportation, having fathered children in the UK but played no active part in their upbringing.

Hang on a moment! This Writer reported on the Tories’ use of that excuse to support their plan to replace the Human Rights Act with a ‘Bill of Rights’ – on which they would decide what rights you would be allowed to have – back in 2014!

He came thoroughly unstuck when he tried to use a new example of criminality that should deprive a person of the right to family life. Back in 2014 the example was of a foreign criminal who had caused death by dangerous driving then using that right to avoid deportation.

This time, showing the usual Tory tin ear for current affairs, Raab suggested that a good example would be of a domestic abuser claiming the right to family life – “a drug dealer convicted of beating his ex-partner”.

Gracie Bradley, director of human rights campaign group Liberty, pointed out that this is

“a time when we’re having a really painful conversation about these abuses of power, including in respect of violence against women”.

“It’s really quite cynical of Dominic Raab to be using that example of violence against women, domestic abuse, as justification for overhauling the Human Rights Act, when it has been instrumental in ensuring women’s rights.”

“This is the government using extreme cases to take actions that will undermine the ability of all of us to hold the government to account and ensure our rights are respected.

“We have to remember that the Human Rights Act is a tool that all of us can use. It helped the families of people who died in the Hillsborough disaster to secure justice for their loved ones.”

Raab’s speech gives us a very good idea of what his planned “overhaul” of our human rights will entail. Here’s a preview – that I’m pasting in (almost) unedited from my article of 2014 [comments from today’s perspective in square brackets]:

The new [ha ha!] measure will:

  •  Repeal Labour’s 1998 Human Rights Act.
  •  Break the formal link between British courts and the European Court of Human Rights. In future Britain’s courts will no longer be required to take into account rulings from the Court in Strasbourg. This will make our Supreme Court the ultimate arbiter of human rights matters in the UK.
  •  End the ability of the European Court to require the UK to change British laws. Every judgement against the UK will be treated as advisory and will have to be approved by Parliament if it is to lead to a change in our laws.
  •  Define much more clearly when and how Human Rights laws in the UK are to be applied. This will end the ability of the Courts to decide unilaterally to apply Human Rights laws to whole new areas of public life.
  •  Limit the use of Human Rights laws to the most serious cases. They will no longer apply in trivial cases.
  •  Balance rights and responsibilities. People who do not fulfil their responsibilities in society should not be able to claim so-called “qualified rights” in their defence in a court of law.
  •  Ensure that those who pose a national security risk to this country or have entered it illegally cannot rely on questionable human rights claims to prevent their deportation.

Examples of how the new law will be different include:

  •  Terrorists and serious criminals who pose a significant threat to the security and safety of UK citizens would lose their right to stay here under Human Rights Laws.
  •  People who commit serious crimes in the UK, and in doing so infringe upon the basic rights of others, should lose their right to claim the right to stay here under the right to family life. So for example, a foreign criminal, guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and so taking away the rights of another citizen, would not be able to claim family rights to stay in the UK.
  •  No one would be able to claim human rights to allow them to step outside the law that applies to all other citizens, for example a group of travellers claiming the right to family life to breach planning laws.
  •  The right to family life would be much more limited in scope. For example an illegal immigrant would not be able to claim the right to family life to stay in the UK because he had fathered children here when he is playing no active part in the upbringing of those children.
  •   Limit the reach of human rights cases to the UK, so that British Armed forces overseas are not subject to persistent human rights claims that undermine their ability to do their job and keep us safe.

Basic rights, like the right to a fair trial and the right to life which are an essential part of a modern democratic society will be protected, we are told.

But there is much more to the European Convention on Human Rights – which the Human Rights Act enshrines in UK law – than that.

What about nation states’ primary duty, to “refrain from unlawful killing”, to “investigate suspicious deaths” and to “prevent foreseeable loss of life”?

What about the prohibition on slavery or forced labour?

What about the prohibition of the retroactive criminalisation of acts and omissions? 

What about the right to privacy?

What about the right to freedom of expression? If … the Human Rights Act [is replaced], will Vox Political be banned and Yr Obdt Srvt arrested for Thought Crime?

What about the right to freedom of assembly and association? Will this mean the end of trade unions? Will it mean the end of legal political protest [in fact, Priti Patel is already busy banning it]?

What about the prohibition of discrimination? What about the right to effective remedy for violations of these rights?

Be afraid.

Tories – especially the real hardliners like Raab – have a habit of saying they’ll make one change and then change a dozen others because they can.

He’s already pretending his plans will protect you – and we’ve already seen that this is another Tory lie.

But the Tories have an unassailable Parliamentary majority – for the first time since I started writing about this plan, all those years ago.

They can literally do whatever they want – and they are planning on doing it to you.

Source: Dominic Raab sparks row with conference pledge to end ‘nonsense’ of Human Rights Act | The Independent

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Tories to support plan to spend £120 million on taking the vote from 3.5 million people

The ballot box: Parliament will shortly vote on legislation that will restrict the number of people being able to use one of these by 3.5 million.

The Conservative government – and its drones in Parliament – will this week vote to support a new Voter Restriction Bill that is designed to remove 3.5 million of you from the Electoral Register.

The plan will cost £120 million over the next 10 years but Tories will consider that to be money well-spent because it will keep them in power; the millions who are likely to be deprived the vote are all poor people who would be more likely to vote for a different party.

Of course, they’re not calling it the Voter Restriction Bill – that would be too obvious.

No, it’s the Elections Bill – which makes it seem perfectly reasonable, doesn’t it?

But the plan is to introduce a rule forcing voters to produce an accepted form of identification when they visit a polling station, ostensibly to reduce electoral fraud by impersonating other people.

But do you know how many people were convicted of voter impersonation at the 2019 election? I’ll tell you:

One.

So use your common sense. Do you really think the Tories are spending £120 million of your money and stopping 3.5 million people from being able to vote, just to stop one person committing a crime?

Or do you think they’re really spending the money simply to stop 3.5 million people – probably including you – from being able to vote?

Tories hate democracy. They long for a return to the days of Rotten Boroughs, when it was possible to buy a seat in Parliament, if you were rich enough.

Perhaps astonishingly, the government has been caught contradicting itself on the matter – supporting the demand for voters to show ID in a response to a petition against it, while admitting that the Electoral Commission has found such a move would disenfranchise 3.5 million people in a response to a different petition.

Here’s the proof: In a reply to a petition calling for ministers to scrap plans to force all voters to show ID – the Government said: “Showing identification to prove who you are is something people of all walks of life already do every day. It is a reasonable and proportionate approach to extend this practice to voting and to give the public confidence that their vote is theirs, and theirs alone. Everyone who is eligible to vote will continue to be able to do so.”

But responding to an e-petition calling for social media users to be verified by showing ID when setting up accounts, the same government stated: “Users without ID, or users who are reliant on ID from family members, would experience a serious restriction of their…experience, freedom of expression and rights. Research from the Electoral Commission suggests that there are 3.5 million people in the UK who do not currently have access to a valid photo ID.”

QED.

Here’s the evidence on the cost:

The Mirror article also contains information on convictions for voter impersonation between 2014 and 2019: three.

And it has a comment from Dr Jess Garland of the Electoral Reform Society, who said the new Bill contains no provisions at all to bring in the nine million people currently missing from the Electoral Register.

Nine million?

And they want to knock 3.5 million off with this new law.

So that means 12.5 million people won’t be allowed to vote in the 2024 (or whenever) election. And 14.5 million of the population are too young to vote.

So out of a population of 68 million, 27 million won’t be able to vote. That leaves 41 million – and the Tories are banking on enough of those people being Conservatives to keep them in power for the next few decades.

See how it works?

Oh, and let’s have a quick word for the naysayers who’ll claim the government will spend a huge amount of money providing the wherewithal for people to get the photo ID they’ll need to vote: it requires two things from the general public that they may not have – the awareness that such a service is available and the willpower to get up and sort it out.

Sadly, many people won’t do anything about it – either because they are too busy or too lazy, I’m sorry to admit – and we have no reason to believe any effort will be made to publicise this service? Did you know the Tories were planning to give your medical information to private businesses before This Site told you?

What a lousy situation, especially when you think about the current purge of the Labour Party by red Tory Keir Starmer. It’s as Matt Thomas states below (although I think he meant to refer to the electoral, rather than “electrical” register:

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Raab says sea was ‘closed’ – but fails to provide opening times

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has denied that he was paddleboarding when he should have been handling the UK’s response to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.

He said he could not possibly have been in the sea at the time because the sea was “closed”.

Seriously:

Convinced?

Neither are many other people. Among them are meteorologists in Crete, the country where Raab was on holiday at the time (this in itself being a dereliction of duty; being Boris Johnson’s secretary, one of them needs to be available in the UK if the other is on holiday but it seems they were both off sunning themselves).

According to The Independent:

Greek meteorologist Thodoris Kolydas said: “We did not have any significant weather phenomenon in the area of Crete between 12-15 Aug. The winds were north, with a maximum of 6 to 7 Beaufort [25-38mph] and the weather was locally cloudy”.

And Alexandros Roniotis, whose Cretan Beaches website lists information about the island’s sandy stretches, went even further: “No beaches were closed. Only some gorges during the big fires, but no beaches.”

Raab has made himself look ridiculous (again) and we all noticed.

Some have linked his excuse with some of the other weak and weird explanations for unacceptable behaviour we have heard recently.

While I don’t think he’ll get away with saying he doesn’t sweat (Prince Andrew), I look forward to hearing him explain that he believed the sea was closed because he was suffering from a visual impairment and subsequently drove to El Castillo de Barnard for an eye test (Dominic Cummings).

Then there are these responses:

Last week, Raab faced calls for him to resign because he refused to come back from his holiday and actually do his job.

This will not have improved his position.

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Union that co-founded the Labour Party threatens disaffiliation – during Starmer’s conference speech

BFAWU president Ian Hodson: the union is threatening to disaffiliate from Labour – the party it helped create – after Starmer’s rabble threatened to expel him over a connection with a proscribed organisation.

This will be a stunning humiliation for Keir Starmer – if it happens. The decision on timing is a masterstroke.

One of the unions that helped set up the Labour Party at the beginning of the 20th century has threatened to sever its connection with Keir Starmer’s right-wing perversion of that organisation.

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union is recalling its national conference to take the vote after learning that Labour is considering expelling its national president, Ian Hodson, over connections with one of the organisations that Starmer’s Labour recently proscribed for no very good reason.

The union also condemned Starmer’s apparent decision to repair its relationship with bosses while widening divisions with representatives of labour – the trade unions.

In a statement, the union’s representatives said: “The recent decision to proscribe organisations is seen as a divisive and a purely factional attack which will do nothing to unite the party or provide any real opportunity for the party to be able to unite to fight and defeat our real enemy The Tory Party.

“Our National President has only ever conducted himself in line with the policies and the decisions taken by this trade union.

“The executive expressed dismay and anger at the idea the Labour Party should consider expelling the office of our nominated political lead in our organisation, and agreed that a firm response was required should the party take such actions.

“The BFAWU executive unanimously agreed a timeline that would coincide with the leaders address to national Labour conference in September should such a situation arise.

“An attack on one of ours is an attack on all of us.

“We will not accept bullying from any bosses or a party that seems to be choosing to prefer to be on the bosses side.”

The threat puts Starmer in an impossible position. If he refuses to give in, he’ll suffer a huge public relations defeat and personal humiliation. If he doesn’t, then others will demand to know why Hodson is getting special treatment – and his proscription of left-wing groups will become meaningless.

In making this decision to stand with its president, the Bakers’ union has shown the way for everybody – including individual party members.

What’s to stop individual Labour branches and constituency parties from choosing to disaffiliate, if one of their members is threatened with expulsion unfairly? Nothing.

It seems likely that such solidarity is the only response that Starmer will understand.

Source: BFAWU to recall Conference – Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU)

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Did Boris Johnson try to kill off the Queen with Covid-19?

Boris Johnson and the Queen: he wanted to continue meeting her every week after the Covid-19 pandemic broke out – and would certainly have passed Covid-19 on to her if he had done so.

That’s a bold suggestion in the headline – but it seems to be supported by the evidence.

WhatsApp messages supplied by Dominic bloody Cummings say that Johnson was unwilling to go back into lockdown in autumn 2020 because he considered Covid-19 only to be fatal to people aged over 80 – who have therefore lived longer than national life expectancy.

“So get COVID and live longer,” is the typically-insensitive Johnson remark.

Now, I was going to point out that Johnson was effectively sentencing his own father to death:

But then I saw the hammer-stroke:

Cummings also told the BBC that Johnson had been determined to go to see the Queen in person, despite people in Number 10 already ill with Covid in March 2020.

“I said, what are you doing, and he said, I’m going to see the Queen and I said, what on earth are you talking about, of course you can’t go and see the Queen. He said, ah, that’s what I do every Wednesday, sod this, I’m gonna go and see her,” Cummings said.

Cummings said he eventually convinced Johnson not to take the risk. “I said to him, there’s people in this office who are isolating, you might have coronavirus, I might have coronavirus, you can’t go and see the Queen. What if you go and see her and give the Queen coronavirus?

“You obviously can’t go … I just said if you, if you give her coronavirus and she dies what, what are you gonna, you can’t do that, you can’t risk that, that’s completely insane. And he said, he basically just hadn’t thought it through, he said, yeah, ‘holy s**t, I can’t go.’”

Downing Street has denied the account – which is hardly surprising as it suggests that Johnson was, at the very least, reckless with regard to the safety of the Queen.

The UK Establishment may be happy to tolerate the many harms he has inflicted on the population at large, but endangering Her Majesty (who was 93 at the time and therefore well within the extreme-danger zone) is a different matter entirely.

Did Johnson mean to endanger her life by exposing her to the virus?

In all honesty, it’s doubtful. He is a very stupid, selfish man and in March 2020, when Cummings says he had to be stopped from visiting her personally, he was saying he did not think Covid-19 was going to affect the UK seriously.

He didn’t even know whether he had the disease himself (he did contract it and spent time in hospital with it).

He certainly would have passed the disease to the Queen if those meetings had indeed continued.

Now: all this information comes from Dominic Cummings, and he has a grudge against Johnson; this is one of a series of attacks he has launched against his former boss.

But of course, he is not the only source of information and questions are being asked about why reporters for the mainstream media haven’t bothered to find it out for themselves. I have my own view about that:

Well?

All you national TV and newspaper reporters – what are you waiting for?

Get out there and rake the muck until you can provide evidence to prove whether Johnson was planning meetings that would have endangered the life of the Queen.

Or is that beyond your meagre skill set?

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What are the Tories going to sneak past us while we’re going football crazy?

Big lie: racist Boris Johnson cropped this image to remove the references to a campaign against race-motivated hate crime, then put it out as his own expression of support for the England team. Is there any limit to the depths he’ll plumb while the England football team rides the crest of its wave.

Gary Neville nailed it after England won their Euro 2020 semi-final against Denmark: “The standard of leaders in this country the last couple of years has been poor, but looking at that man there [Gareth Southgate] – that’s everything a leader should be: respectful, humble, tell-the-truth, genuine.”

The sentiment is exactly right, and Neville was right to use the platform he was given by the win to voice it.

Sadly, those other leaders he mentioned are almost certain to take the opportunity provided by all of us going football crazy… to try to slip something really nasty past us. See if I’m right.

And of course Boris Johnson, oily opportunist that he is, will try to jump on the bandwagon. He’ll try to associate himself with Southgate’s brilliance – and his government with that of the England team.

I say: don’t let him. We’re seeing something inspiring on the grass of Wembley. Let’s use it to demand better within the walls of Westminster.

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Could ‘tinpot dictator’ Boris Johnson learn a lesson from Haiti – before it’s too late?

Dictator Johnson: but will he learn a lesson from the death of Haitian president Jovenel Moise – or will he carry on attacking your freedoms in the belief that “it couldn’t happen here”?

On the day when Haitian president – and, some say, dictator – Jovenel Moise was shot dead in his own home, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was labelled a “tinpot dictator” in the House of Commons. Do you think the parallel will prompt a rethink?

I don’t.

Moise was accused of being a dictator because he did not hold elections when he was expected to – including legislative elections. As I understand it, this meant Haiti has been left without lawmakers since 2019 and he had been ruling by decree for the past two years.

According to The Guardian,

Allegations of an attempted coup – which Moïse said included plans to murder him – marked the latest episode in his controversial period in power that has been characterised by fraudulent elections, protests, economic hardship, repression and rampant corruption.

Does that seem familiar to you?

In February this year he claimed an attempt to kill him and overthrow his government had been foiled, arresting 23 people including a top judge and a senior police officer and using police to put down political protests after they became violent.

Does that remind you of the Johnson regime?

The SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, referred to Johnson as a “tinpot dictator” during Prime Minister’s Questions, when he raised the Tory government’s plan for vote-rigging by introducing a system in which voters will have to provide a specific form of identification before being allowed to take part in elections.

Mr Blackford said, “It’s easier to get re-elected if the government can choose the voters rather than the voters choosing the government.”

(I note that Voter ID will not be introduced for elections here in Wales. The Labour-run government here rightly states that electoral fraud is practically nonexistent and could disenfranchise millions of voters in the UK.)

Looking at Haiti, it is easy to see where interference with elections can lead.

Oh, I know what you’re thinking:

“It couldn’t happen here.” Really?

I bet you can think of at least one person in the UK who has died under mysterious circumstances that may have been politically-motivated – and may have been covered up in subsequent inquiries. I can.

It could happen here, just as it could happen in Haiti – as soon as Johnson outlives his usefulness.

And he’s not doing very well with his plan to spread new variants of Covid-19 by lifting social distancing rules, is he?

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As Riley libel trial approaches, Mike needs your help more than ever

It has been hard work, but This Writer’s amended defence against Rachel Riley’s ever-ridiculous accusation that I libelled her has been completed and I am ready to take the matter to court for trial.

I don’t think it will be giving away much if I tell you that I’m saying my article is on the following matters of public interest:

  • Online bullying and harassment including death threats.
  • The  power of an adult celebrity compared to the relative powerlessness of a vulnerable child suffering anxiety.
  • Mental health.
  • Anti-Semitism.
  • The public conduct  of  Rachel Riley, a prominent public figure and, in particular, statements she had made or caused to be made publicly in national print and     broadcast media and on Twitter.

I don’t think there is any doubt that the article did focus on these issues. Riley’s advocates will try to argue that I did not have reason to say what I did, with regard to them.

And now we begin the run-up to the trial itself, which is likely to take several days, when it happens, and will therefore cost tens of thousands of pounds. I don’t know how much yet because it depends on the amount of fuss Riley is likely to kick up beforehand.

Let’s all bear in mind the fact that this matter was delayed by a year because Riley decided she wanted to try to strike out all my defences – and failed.

She’ll still want to find ways of delaying a trial because, as far as I can tell, she still thinks her best (only?) chance to win is by depriving me of the funds I need to pay for my defence.

So far, she has been proved entirely mistaken in that belief, too.

But now the pressure is really on and I must rely on you to give as much as you can, as often as you can, until the case is finally closed:

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.

Please, please, please tell as many people as you can about this case, and encourage them to contribute too.

I’ll endeavour to post at least one update per week – more if event warrant them.

The current situation is that I have submitted my amended defence to Riley’s legal team, who may object if they so wish. If they do, I’ll take action to handle it.

Then… well, we’ll see what happens then, won’t we?

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