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Crowdfunder by wheelchair user who was attacked in Hull hits target straight away

Karl Dean: this image was taken shortly after the incident on August 23, showing the head injury he sustained.

A wheelchair-user who was tipped out of his chair in a disablist attack by a thug has launched a crowdfunding appeal to replace equipment that was damaged – and it has already hit its target.

Karl Dean asked for £3,000 to replace the talker machine he uses to communicate, along with his head switch.

He also wants to put CCTV cameras on his wheelchair. This Writer can only conclude that this is to ensure that anyone carrying out attacks in future may be identified easily afterwards.

The appeal has passed its target with 27 days left, thanks to contributions from 125 supporters.

It doesn’t surprise me. One of the commenters to the Vox Political Facebook page is a friend of Mr Dean and described him as “a lovely man”.

So I would urge anyone who wants to show their support to contribute a little to the crowdfunder as a sign of solidarity.

And a man has been arrested for the crime.

Alex Procter, 20, was set to appear at Hull Magistrates Court today (August 27), charged with causing Actual Bodily Harm, common assault and criminal damage.

If you want to contribute to the crowdfunder, please visit this site: I was tipped out of my wheelchair by cruel thugs – a Charities crowdfunding project in Hull by Karl Dean

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In UK politics, is an accusation of anti-Semitism really more serious than one of rape?

The gossips have been flaying the skins off the jungle drums since we learned a Conservative MP has been arrested for rape.

Much of the chatter has centred on the suspect’s anonymity, which seems to have provoked a lot of confected outrage.

This Writer isn’t outraged by it.

I’ve been to an awful lot of court cases and I’m satisfied that when matters get that far, it is right for the defendant to be named. It is the victim’s identity that must be protected.

Matters haven’t got that far.

And accusations of rape are extremely serious, with major reputational harm attached.

So, until such time as Her Majesty launches a criminal prosecution against the MP involved, I don’t mind him remaining nameless.

Once she does, his identity should be allowed no protection at all – most particularly because he is a member of Parliament. We should expect a higher standard of behaviour from our representatives.

The other talking-point is more worrying.

People have been complaining because the suspected MP has not been suspended by the Conservative Party, in the same way that Labour members and representatives were suspended the instant they were accused.

Doesn’t this say more about Labour than the Tories, though?

Whether the chatterers like it or not, a UK citizen – no matter what the accusation against them – is innocent until proven guilty.

The Tories – for the time being, at least – are right to protect their MP from the (possibly-unwarranted) attacks that suspension would attract.

Conversely, what about Labour’s decision not only to suspend members who have been accused of anti-Semitism, but for the party actually to go out of its way to inform the media (as it did in my own case)?

That’s right – it is Labour that is at fault.

Or am I mistaken?

I suppose it depends whether you think being accused of anti-Semitism – harbouring personal opinions of hatred against Jewish people simply because they are Jewish – is to be accused of a worse crime than rape – a direct attack that violates the victim’s body and often (personally, I would say always) traumatises them for the rest of their life.

Let me know your opinions – and be sure to include your reasons for holding them.

Source: Tory MP not suspended over rape allegation arrest while investigation ongoing – BBC News

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IS bride may face arrest if she comes to UK and begs courts to restore her citizenship

Shamima Begum: set to be arrested?

It seems Shamima Begum is likely to have her wish to live back in the UK after all – as a criminal serving a prison sentence for terror crimes.

The Home Office announced its disappointment that the Court of Appeal had allowed her to come home to beg for the return of her UK citizenship, and said it would appeal against the ruling.

Well, it seems someone has come up with this in the meantime.

Interestingly, a (non-scientific) poll of This Site’s readers has shown (at the time of writing) that roughly three-fifths of those who voted favoured returning her citizenship, against 40 per cent who did not.

So it seems she may have her citizenship restored – only to spend the next few years enjoying it in a prison cell.

Here’s LBC:

Richard Walton, who led Scotland Yard’s counter terrorism unit between 2011 and 2016, said that Shamima, now 20, who fled the UK as a schoolgirl to join IS in Syria, is likely to face arrest and a subsequent terror trial if she takes up the opportunity to return to the UK.

Mr Walton said he believes the appeal court had made a mistake in its judgement yesterday and that the ruling “undermines” the ability of elected officials to keep the public safe.

Mr Walton said: “I think the court of appeal has made a profound mistake. It will set a dangerous precedent.

“Frankly it is alarming to see the court of appeal taking over the Home Secretary’s responsibility of who should be allowed in the UK.

“It has opened the door for her return to Britain and has undermined a statutory power of parliament.

“She is highly likely to be arrested… but it is almost impossible to gather sufficient evidence from war zones.”

It seems to This Writer that, if Ms Begum is indeed arrested on her arrival in the UK, then it presents an opportunity for our security forces.

As a commenter on This Site’s previous story wrote: “If she was a child that was groomed, as some are saying, then we need to know who has been doing the grooming.”

Exactly. Let’s find out who has been encouraging teenagers to betray their country, track them down and bring them to justice.

I think that should be something we can all support.

Source: Isis bride Shamima Begum ‘highly likely’ to face arrest on her return to UK – LBC News

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Slaver statues may fall but Boris Johnson – and the structural racism he embodies – goes on and on

The echoes of the thud with which Edward Colston’s statue hit the slabs probably hadn’t even died away before a Downing Street spokesman was telling us Boris Johnson is convinced the UK is not racist.

The country doesn’t have to be; he alone is racist enough for all of us:

We all can.

Prominent among the tweets on my Twitter timeline (TL) today was a link to a 2016 article in which Johnson suggested that then-US President Barack Obama may have an “ancestral dislike” of the UK.

Writing a column for The Sun newspaper the outgoing Mayor of London recounted a story about a bust of Winston Churchill purportedly being removed from White House.

“Some said it was a snub to Britain. Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender,” he wrote.

One cannot imagine him suggesting that Donald Trump’s part-German ancestry gives him a similar “ancestral dislike” of the UK, though. Can you?

And the decision to invoke Winston Churchill may be considered a mistake, in hindsight. But then, look at the way others mention him:

(Incidentally, if anyone sees that hypocrite Finkelstein getting on his high horse about anti-Semitism about this, just remind him that he was happy to praise the racist Churchill.)

The fact that the UK state endorses racism is proved by a simple fact: even though we have laws to prevent racial antagonism from being stirred up, the police will not use them against the Prime Minister – he is literally above the law, despite all claims by the Establishment that nobody is:

https://twitter.com/RedRadicals/status/1269928734863351809

This Writer has experienced the same frustrations when reporting other members, of previous governments, for law-breaking. The police either say it’s somebody else’s problem or flat-out refuse to consider it.

In the case of a government minister – or indeed the Prime Minister – displaying racism, this becomes an example of not just institutional, but structural racism:

“Multiple institutions” – in this case the police and Parliament – “collectively uphold racist policies and practices.”

So Johnson is completely wrong.

The United Kingdom is racist. Perhaps the prime minister can’t see it because he’s such a damned racist himself.

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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson puts the UK under – practical – house arrest

Johnson: The prime minister seemed close to incoherence during his broadcast.

Can anybody remember what Boris Johnson said about 2020? It was right after he was elected, last December, I think.

He was trying to tell us that this would be a bonanza year for everybody. Days of wine and honey – or some such.

Famous last words.

For today (March 23) he has told us that we all have to stay in our homes in a bid to contain the threat of the killer coronavirus pandemic. He said:

People must stay at home except for shopping for basic necessities, daily exercise, any medical need and travelling to and from essential work.

Shops selling non-essential goods will also be shut and gatherings in public of more than two people who do not live together prohibited.

Other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship must also close immediately.

Parks will remain open for exercise but gatherings will be dispersed.

The government is also stopping all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies – but funerals will be allowed.

If people do not follow the rules police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

He says he’ll review these restrictions in three weeks’ time and will lift them as soon as he can.

Given the quality of his decisions up to this point, I think that’s a promise to lift them too soon. Johnson will want to get the herd back to work as soon as possible, to make money for him and his cronies – and that makes it more likely that he’ll put us straight back in danger.

So we may end up in a position where – despite being out of our minds with boredom – we end up having to ignore any such lifting, for our own safety.

That will depend on the advice from the real experts, and I think we’ll all have to pay careful attention to what they say, and to developments in other countries. I don’t think we’ll be safe again until the end of the year at the earliest.

Source: Coronavirus: Strict new curbs on life in UK announced by PM – BBC News

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Radio station pilloried for misrepresenting Corbyn on killing of IS leader

Bosses at right-wing radio station LBC may well be regretting their decision to misrepresent a comment by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Here’s the headline – and the relevant part of the interview:

It is clear that Mr Corbyn did not say arresting al-Baghdadi was “the right thing to do” – he said he did not know the circumstances of what happened.

Speaking in terms of international law, he said if it were possible to arrest such people, then that would be the right thing – but that is not the same as what LBC suggested.

And the public were on the case.

Jerry Tresman pointed out: “He didn’t say that at all. Shows how the lazy are influenced by one-line false headlines, when the video of what is actually said is in front of them. He said “if possible they should be arrested” and was referring mainly to previous situations where they were executed.”

Here‘s Andy Mills: “Play it back then change your disingenuous headline….it may not appeal to some of your sheeple but at least you could call it journalism!”

Paul Cracknell: “‘If it would have been possible to arrest him, I don’t know the details of the circumstances at the time.’ Those were his words. You make it sound like he’s saying he should have been arrested after he was killed. Muppets.”

‘GenuinelyInterested’: “LBC are being a little bit economical with the truth. What Corbyn actually said was (and I paraphrase), if (double underlined) it were possible to arrest Baghdadi, then we should have done so, so that he could stand trial in the Hague just like Milosevic. What’s wrong about that?”

Even Matthew Collins: “I’m no Corbyn fan but he actually said (twice) ‘if it were possible to arrest him that would have been preferable’. He did not say ‘he shouldn’t have been killed’ or ‘he should have been arrested’.”

At the time of writing, LBC doesn’t appear to have changed its line. Instead, it appears to have doubled-down on it:

Perhaps there should be stronger regulation of the press, along the lines proposed by the Leveson Inquiry.

But will you vote Labour into office, to enact it?

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92-year-old man arrested while supporting Extinction Rebellion – because the Tories don’t like it

Arrested: John, 90-something, was protesting with Extinction Rebellion – as is his legal right – outside the Cabinet Office when the police decided to arrest him anyway. It’s nice to know the law doesn’t stand up for you, isn’t it?

This is the depth to which the UK has sunk under Boris Johnson.

John is 91 or 92 years old (it’s not clear from the reports). He came to protest outside the Cabinet Office in London, in support of Extinction Rebellion and because he wants to preserve the environment for his descendents.

And he got arrested.

John had every legal right to protect outside the Cabinet Office – or anywhere else that is a public area.

“We all have the right to come together with others to express our views. That means we must be allowed to take part in peaceful assemblies like marches, protests and demonstrations. We also have the right to set up or join a political party or trade union.”

That’s unless the Tories don’t like it, of course.

The arrest has itself sparked a wave of protest:

There was no reason to arrest this man.

The police picked him up because he was calling on the government and the people of the UK to help save the environment in which we live.

It seems the government does not want to help save the environment in which we live.

So Boris Johnson’s brigade used the police as political tools and had John’s collar felt.

Conclusion: John was committing an offence against nobody but Boris Johnson. A Boris Johnson government is an offence against the very environment in which we live.

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Hypocrisy of lawbreaker Johnson as he tells police to use ‘full force of law’ on Extinction Rebellion

Victims of Johnson’s law: Extinction Rebellion demonstrators block Lambeth Bridge.

I’m with Tom London (of Twitter fame) on this one. He tweeted:

“Hmm… Johnson broke the law.

“Johnson openly and provocatively threatened to break the law again.

“And now he has the gall to ask police to “use full force of law” against Extinction Rebellion.”

Good point!

Put another way:

Boris Johnson – what a two-faced hypocrite!

Boris Johnson has urged police to “use the full force of the law” to deal with climate change protesters.

Extinction Rebellion is currently blocking streets around London and has taken over Westminster and Lambeth bridges in the capital, bringing traffic to a standstill.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “People have the right to protest peacefully but they must do so within the law.

“The right to peaceful protest does not extend to unlawful activity – the Government expects the police to take a firm stance against protesters who significantly disrupt the lives of others and to use the full force of the law.”

Source: Boris Johnson tells police to ‘use full force of law’ against Extinction Rebellion

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Man arrested after terrorising staff at office of Jess Phillips. Did they use the panic room?

Jess Phillips: Was this shot taken in her Birmingham Yardley office?

Years ago, I criticised Jess Phillips for installing a panic room in her office – on the grounds that her own poor behaviour had attracted unwanted attention to her.

I wrote that I hoped she had not demanded that the work be funded by the public purse.

Her attitude continues to put people off – as evidenced by the following response to her entirely justified criticism of Boris Johnson’s choice of language in Parliament:

Ray’s right too – she was entirely wrong to walk with dozens of other MPs to the hearing before Labour’s National Constitutional Committee that expelled anti-racism campaign Marc Wadsworth from the party on the basis of lies from her colleague Ruth Smeeth.

It is, therefore, very hard to sympathise with Ms Phillips on any level at all.

But Boris Johnson has found a way for me to do so.

As I noted above, her criticism of the language he used in the Commons chamber on September 25 was entirely justified.

He had deliberately used references to a “surrender act”, “betrayal” and “traitors” – words that appear in death threats sent to MPs.

And it seems one of the people who uses such language in his communications with MPs – or responds to it in a negative way – got the message loud and clear.

Consider:

A man has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence following an incident outside the constituency office of the Labour MP Jess Phillips, in which the suspect is reported to have banged on the windows and shouted “fascist”.

Phillips, who represents Birmingham Yardley, said her staff had to be locked in the office while the man tried to smash the windows.

West Midlands police confirmed a 36-year-old man had been arrested outside the office on Yardley Road in Acocks Green, Birmingham.

Back in 2016, I wrote: “Nobody should be put in fear for their life while carrying out a job that doesn’t carry that kind of risk with it – and I would certainly suggest that being a representative of the people like an MP should not.”

My belief at the time was that Ms Phillips was overreacting to people who had themselves overreacted to her less-enlightened comments.

It seems that, three years later, Mr Johnson has proved her right after all.

Of course, if they didn’t actually use the panic room, it’s still an enormous waste of money – public or not.

Source: Man arrested outside office of Labour MP Jess Phillips | Politics | The Guardian

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Gobby Brextremist Goddard arrested again – for threatening photographer

Gobby James Goddard: His tendency to let his mouth run away with him keeps getting him arrested.

Remember James Goddard, the pro-Brexit fanatic who got arrested after intimidating incidents involving Anna Soubry, Owen Jones and others on College Green, Westminster, last month?

No?

Well, it’s hardly surprising.

It’s even less surprising that he has been arrested again – this time for threatening a press photographer.

It seems a recording exists of him telling Joel Goodman, “I swear to god when there’s no police around here, I’m going to take your head off your shoulders, and all the football lads will as well, your card is marked … Trust me, next time you’re in London mate, you’re finished.”

The full details are available on Zelo Street.

As intimidation attempts go, it’s not very convincing. As a propagandist, this guy doesn’t hold a candle to Lord Haw Haw. Or even Lord Snooty.

Perhaps we might call him Lord Snotty?

Or perhaps we should refuse to give him and his ilk the time of day.


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