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Johnson’s ministers can’t even employ good bodyguards; this one left his gun on a plane

Dominic Raab: he’s geographically incompetent – his previous claim to fame being that he didn’t know the importance of the Dover-Calais crossing – so it’s a miracle he or his bodyguard even got on the right plane.

You may be forgiven if you thought the bodyguard in this story was employed by Serco.

After all the Johnson government’s privatisation disasters (including with Serco on the ‘test and trace’ affair), it’s an obvious conclusion to draw.

(In fact G4S is a more likely culprit – remember, that firm has form since its botch-up of security for the 2012 London Olympics. But This Writer would not have put it past Dominic Raab to have hired Carillion. Think about it.)

It transpires that the guilty party was a genuine member of the UK’s police – who also have a record of blundering, especially in this regard:

In February, a bodyguard for former prime minister David Cameron was investigated for reportedly leaving his gun in a plane toilet.

In this case, the details are as follows:

A cleaner is reported to have found the loaded Glock 19 pistol in its holster on a seat on the United Airlines flight after it landed in London on Friday.

The foreign secretary had been in Washington DC to speak to US politicians about Brexit.

Scotland Yard said an internal investigation was taking place.

The cleaner raised the alarm after finding the weapon, the Sun reported, and police boarded the plane – before realising the gun belonged to one of Mr Raab’s close protection officers.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday 18 September and we are taking this matter extremely seriously.

“The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties whilst an internal investigation into the circumstances is taking place.”

So the upshot is that the UK’s police have lost another officer.

Will the Home Secretary be admitting this, next time she lies about police numbers?

Source: Dominic Raab’s bodyguard ‘left gun on plane’ – BBC News

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Jewish MPs who whipped up fake ‘anti-Semitism’ claims against Labour want bodyguards for party conference

Luciana Berger: Is the reason she needs a bodyguard the fact that she lied about her leader?

You reap what you sow, I suppose.

And for the fanatics who started the false claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters in the Labour Party, this is either an unintended consequence or a by-product that supports them.

I’m saying that, by raising false and easily-disproved allegations of anti-Semitism, they have actually increased the danger of anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish MPs.

Or they have created the fear of such attacks.

Or, at least, they have made it possible for Jewish Labour MPs to claim they fear such attacks.

Remember, Ruth Smeeth claimed she received many thousands of anti-Semitic social media communications in a single day, but she was later proved to have been lying.

It is as well to give these MPs their bodyguards. We have seen one death threat against Jeremy Corbyn on the petition raised against him by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, so it would be wrong to discount the possibility of attempts against Jewish members out-of-hand.

But this is a situation that is at least partly of their own making.

Look at the example cited in the Jewish Chronicle‘s article, below.

Luciana Berger leapt to support a report that twisted Jeremy Corbyn’s words about a small group of Zionists – not Jews, claiming that, as a “proud British Jew” she felt “unwelcome” in the Labour Party.

Why?

Mr Corbyn said nothing against Jews. He merely gave a dressing-down to a gang of yobs claiming to represent Zionism, who misrepresented the words of a Palestinian representative for obvious political purposes.

At least we can hope that all concerned now have at least a rudimentary understanding of irony and can appreciate it is ironic that, by supporting fake claims of anti-Semitism, they have whipped up fears of genuine anti-Semitic attacks.

One can understand why anyone who know the facts of the matter would feel frustrated.

So, while it may be necessary for these MPs to have bodyguards, it is also necessary for them to accept their part in creating the need for them…

And to stop lying about their leader.

Jewish MPs will be given bodyguards at next month’s Labour Party Conference as fears around their safety grow amid the antisemitism row that engulfs the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn.

Protection will be offered to those MPs attending who have been victims of abuse from people who claim to support Mr Corbyn on social media.

It comes after Luciana Berger said she felt ‘unwelcome’ in her own party after a video emerged showing Mr Corbyn making seemingly xenophobic comments about ‘Zionists’ of having no sense of English irony.

Source: Jewish MPs will be offered bodyguards at Labour conference – The Jewish Chronicle

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‘Moaning’ Work and Pensions committee lets IDS ‘off the hook’

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It is said that you can get the measure of a man, not from his words, but from his actions. Iain Duncan Smith brought bodyguards to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee yesterday. (Monday)

Why did he need the muscle? Probably because he knew how his behaviour would be received. This is a man who is absolutely not going to accept criticism, in any form at all.

The man whose benefit reforms were mocked by Ed Balls last week as “In Deep Sh…ambles” batted away concerns about inaccurate statistics as somebody else’s fault and, when confronted with a whistleblower’s claim that jobseekers were being sanctioned indiscriminately, said he wanted to see the evidence.

That’s a bit much, coming from the man who is still withholding the mortality statistics of people going through the assessment regime for Employment and Support Allowance. Where is that evidence?

Our evidence that he had a bodyguard comes from Paula Peters on Facebook, who attended the meeting. She wrote: “The police, and they were armed, hustled him into the room. He had a bodyguard in the room with him! What the hell for? We are entitled to watch proceedings and follow due process.”

Dame Anne Begg, chairing the meeting, pointed out that the UK Statistics Authority has received more complaints about the Department of Work and Pensions’ use of statistics than any other government department.

His response: “Yes, but I’ve had two letters. One was about two years ago, concerning something about the use of them on immigration, but they let that one sit – and the last one was where we had a discussion on the use of where I referred to those going back to work on the back of the benefit cap. They said that … I should not make the link. I believed it to be the case – that those people were going back to work due to the fact of reducing the cap; that’s my belief. They said it should not remain as a flat statistic, which we’ve accepted.”

So in that one respect, he admitted that he was wrong.

But he also said: “We have published, over the period that I have been there, over 500 statistical releases. We’ve also started the innovation of ‘ad hoc’ releases – which, actually, we were congratulated for by UKSA… We try and publish as regularly as possible… We try to sell a positive message, and I know there have been issues around negativity with regard to disability benefits.”

Pressed on the fact that Grant Shapps had claimed nearly 900,000 people shuffled off ESA because they weren’t willing to take the work capability assessment, the Secretary of State denied responsibility: “We didn’t actually – and have never – given them that idea about those figures. It was something that they put together and released themselves. I wasn’t even aware that they were going out with that comment at the time… I have had conversations with him and others about being careful to check with the department.”

Committee member Debbie Abrahams wanted to know about the claim by a whistleblower in Job Centre Plus, that JSA claimants were deliberately being set up to fail, contrary to the Civil Service code, with ploys including making appointments without telling the claimant, in order to create an easy opportunity for a sanction and thereby distorting statistics – not after they had been collected but in the collection itself.

She said the whistleblower had tried to raise the issue with managers at all levels, but had been rebuffed each time.

“Well, I’m not aware of that,” drawled Mr Duncan Smith, “and I have to say that I would like to see his evidence for that. With respect, he is making an allegation about some of the incredibly hard work that job advisors do. There’s always one or two people who have a different view about operating in an organisation. I happen to believe that, unless it is proved to the contrary, people in Job Centres do a very good job, work very hard, and they apply sanctions within the rules.”

Challenged on this by Dame Anne, he started to claim that sanctions are always issued because of failure to comply with the strictures imposed on claimants, provoking an interruption from Debbie Abrahams that caused his mask to slip momentarily. “I have listened a lot to what has been said – and moaning about this… You’ve had a fair crack at this.”

So there you have it. Statistical errors are nothing to do with Iain Duncan Smith. Sanctions are always applied fairly and never to distort the statistics.

And anyone who thinks otherwise is “moaning”.

Paula Peters, in her Facebook post, said that disability minister Mike Penning met people from organisations representing the disabled. She reported his words as follows:

“Our disabilities are our fault.

“Diabetes is a lifestyle choice.

“Everyone who claims benefits is frauding the system.

“Everyone who uses the access to work programme is frauding it.”

The public verdict on the meeting has been universally negative. Nicola Clubb (again on Facebook) summed it up well: “I have just watched an hour’s worth of IDS and the DWP evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee and they let him and his three cronies off the hook.

“They did not push him him to explain his use of dodgy stats, they just asked him about a couple of pieces of data released by people.”

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