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If both Jewish and Muslim representatives have condemned this MPs contact with the far right – why has he not been censured?

Both the Muslim Council of Britain and the Board of Deputies of British Jews have condemned Daniel Kawczynski for attending a conference with far-right European leaders.

But the Conservative government has said nothing.

What does that say about the politics of your cuddly, lovable, bumbling ol’ Boris Johnson?

Doesn’t it suggest that his own leanings are a little further to the right than we have been led to believe?

(That’s for readers who aren’t on benefits, of course. They all know the score.)

A Tory MP has defended his decision to speak at a conference in Rome alongside “some of Europe’s most notorious far-right politicians”.

Daniel Kawczynski has been condemned by the Board of Deputies of British Jews for attending the National Conservatism conference in Rome alongside Hungary’s far-right prime minister Viktor Orban.

Also speaking at the conference was Ryszard Legutko, the Polish Law and Justice MEP who has described homophobia as a “totally fictitious problem”

Misdaad Versie, a spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain also criticised Mr Kawczynski – as well as the Tory Chief Whip, whom the MP claims he informed about the conference ahead of time.

Source: Tory MP defends decision to attend conference with Hungary’s far-right leader – Mirror Online

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The Conservative conference has been a disaster – for Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson: Don’t you think he looks tired?

Cards on the table: I couldn’t be bothered to cover the Tory conference this year.

I figured it would be days of the unbearable addressing the unspeakable – and the following clips suggest I was right.

Biggest loser is clearly Boris Johnson. Consider this:

If you think that’s bad, look at this:

Well, we already knew he’s a racist.

And he has lost the confidence, even of young Conservatives:

Okay, two of the above were by the Tories’ political opponents, but they’re not wrong!

Don’t pay attention to the opinion polls. If the Tories get near a general election with BoJob as leader, they’ll be buried.

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Share Jeremy Corbyn’s policy promises in this quick video

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced a series of policy promises in his speech to the party conference – but you may have blinked and missed them on the mainstream media news programmes.

So you have Dev Raval to thank for this handy – and easily-shareable – video that lists them all.

The video is on Dev’s Twitter account here. Share it with your friends to make sure they know.

And follow Dev on Twitter to enjoy similar gems in the future.

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Confusion over sign removed from outside Labour conference. Was it anti-Semitic? If so, why?

Is this sign anti-Semitic? It shows Israeli political leader Benjamin Netanyahu, in a plan marked “Israel lobby”, launching “defamation” missles at Jeremy Corbyn, who is speaking on Palestinian rights.

Police have removed a sign depicting Jeremy Corbyn being attacked with “defamation” missiles by Benjamin Netanyahu, while the Labour leader speaks on Palestinian rights. Mr Corbyn himself had complained that it is anti-Semitic but members of the public seem confused about his reasons.

The Mirror reported:

An “anti-Semitic” poster from outside the Labour Party conference has been removed.

The Labour leader said he was “disgusted” that the poster had been put up outside the conference centre.

He said: “We asked the police to remove it and I’m glad they did.

“This kind of antisemitic poison has no place whatsoever in our society.”

Benjamin Netanyahu is depicted flying a plane which represents the Israeli lobby and dropping bombs of “defamation” accompanied by the speech mark anti-Semite, anti-Semite, anti-Semite.

It bore the slogan “IHRA tell the NEC how you feel” referring to the huge row about the party’s refusal to adopt the full internationally-recognised definition of anti-Semitism.

It suggests that accusations of anti-Semitism in Labour are being created by an Israeli lobby.

Firstly, an aside: one of the reasons I was expelled from Labour was for putting “anti-Semitic” in quotation marks in an article about material that clearly was not. Will Labour complain to the Mirror for doing exactly the same thing? If reporter Nicola Bartlett was a Labour member, would she be expelled? There’s a possible double-standard here, before we even start discussing the meat.

And the meat is a simple question: Is the image anti-Semitic?

Anti-Semitism is hatred toward Jews. If anything, the image is a depiction of hatred toward Mr Corbyn, and toward Palestinian rights. Isn’t it?

My personal opinion is that this is not an attack on Mr Netanyahu and/or the critics of Mr Corbyn he represents because they are Jews. There is no criticism here of Jews who do not wish harm (political or actual) upon Mr Corbyn, and anti-Semitism is a hatred of Jews, because they are Jews. The image would have to attack all Jews. It seems clear to me that it attacks people who call Mr Corbyn an anti-Semite, because they are liars.

The question of whether an “Israeli lobby” has been directing hate, including false accusations of anti-Semitism, at Mr Corbyn and his Labour Party is one that has been asked since the first allegations against his supporters, back in 2016 – and it has never been investigated by Labour, let alone answered.

Middle East news channel Al-Jazeera did investigate, and broadcast a four-part series entitled The Lobby, showing very clear evidence that the Israeli government was interfering in UK politics.

It may seem strange, then, that some have condemned a poster pointing this out. Legitimate criticism of Israel is not to be labelled anti-Semitic, even according to the flawed IHRA definition and examples.

The demand for the poster to be removed has triggered a huge debate on Twitter, with many people asking what is wrong with it:

Consider this dialogue:

That’s right, isn’t it? The missiles in the image are marked “defamation”, and it is true that false claims of anti-Semitism against Mr Corbyn have been made time and time again over the last four years. It is clearly a metaphor.

Then again, can anybody forget Rachel Riley’s comment about Jeremy Corbyn, wishing that someone would “take him out” (if I recall correctly)? She has (falsely, in my opinion) set out her stall as an advocate for Jews in the UK – although I feel certain that a vast majority of the 300,000 or so Jews living here may be extremely unhappy to have this said by somebody who claims to be speaking for them.

https://twitter.com/Norma_Daiquiri/status/1176063989865992192

This refers to a comment by Tracy-Ann Oberman, who was quoted in the Mirror article, claiming she would come to Brighton and rip it down herself if it wasn’t removed. Ah, but young Tracy-Ann doesn’t have a good record on factual accuracy when it comes to anti-Semitism…

I note also that a comment on the Mirror story suggested people should follow certain Twitter accounts including “David Collier, GnasherJew, Emma Picken, Lee Kern”. While I’m unfamiliar with Lee Kern, the other three are notorious troll accounts, part of an organisation known as the “GnasherJew troll collective”. Here’s David Collier, spreading a little unwarranted hate himself:

Most people just responded in confusion:

https://twitter.com/LizstChopin/status/1176068000396566530

https://twitter.com/Wirral_In_It/status/1176091459164016640

There are many, many more such comments.

This is what happens when the Labour Party tries to accommodate hate, rather than addressing it.

I mean, of course, the hatred of the people attacking Mr Corbyn constantly with fabricated claims that he is an anti-Semite.

His capitulation to them – fortunately the only sign of weakness by this hugely popular Labour leader – has merely worsened a situation that reached appalling levels of discrimination with the expulsion of anti-racist campaigners including Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth and – yes – myself.

And when challenged over its attitude, both Mr Corbyn and the Labour Party run away.

I have never had an answer from the party as to why it pursued me as an anti-Semite. That process was started by an official who is now no longer a member of the party and was himself being pursued over allegations that he had leaked (in my case, false) information about anti-Semitism allegations to the press.

So – yes. This sign has exposed the issue of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Not Labour’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism – but its failure to challenge false accusations and the people who make them. That is Labour’s shame today.

The Mirror article and its comments may be read at: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/sign-taken-down-labour-anti-20146095

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This ‘fit for work’ death story SHOULD move you to tears – because it’s years old and nothing has changed

Jodey Whiting, 42, took her own life after her benefits were stopped.

The story of how the death of Jodey Whiting while the DWP insisted she was ‘fit for work’ stunned delegates at the Labour Conference moved This Writer – but not in the way the author of the Mirror piece quoted below might think.

Jodey Whiting took her own life – in what we must consider to be despair at the DWP’s refusal to acknowledge the illnesses that made her eligible for state benefits.

She had missed a work capability assessment because she had been in hospital undergoing treatment for a brain cyst – and pneumonia.

She had been taking 23 tablets a day, and morphine twice daily, for conditions including scoliosis and bipolar disorder.

The DWP’s decision-maker refused to reschedule the assessment and found Ms Whiting ‘fit for work’ instead. The DWP then rubber-stamped a refusal of her request for mandatory reconsideration.

She contacted Citizens’ Advice – and an attempt to secure a new work capability assessment was put in motion – but Ms Whiting took her own life days later.

That was in February 2017.

She was not the first to suffer this mistreatment from the Conservative-run government – nor has she been the last.

This Site has written about Ms Whiting many times – and about the others.

I spent two years fighting for the DWP to publish figures on the number of people who had died after being found ‘fit for work’. All the Tories stumped up in the end were those who had died within two weeks of the ruling and there were still more than 2,000 of them between 2011 and 2015.

Of course, most of the deaths happen after that two-week period has elapsed.

Ms Whiting’s death occurred after the Tory-run DWP failed to follow its own safeguarding guidelines no fewer than five times.

The DWP also destroyed a report on other safeguarding failures – in only 18 London job centres – rather than allow it to become public after a Freedom of Information request was submitted for its release.

The government has rejected the demands of the ‘Justice for Jodey Whiting’ petition, that has attracted nearly 56,000 signatures.

It called for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the DWP.

That’s all. It’s not much to ask – an independent investigation to find out why so many people have died when the government said they should be alive and working.

But it was too much for the Tories, it seems.

And people at the Labour conference were “stunned” and “moved” because they didn’t know?

Why didn’t they know? 

Did you know?

If you have been reading This Site for any length of time, you should.

But then – as Jeremy Corbyn has noted only today – the Establishment closes ranks to ensure that some stories don’t get the oxygen of publicity.

It’s very easy. Those of us who rely on social media platforms for our readership may expect to be deprived of those platforms when we deliver a message their rich owners don’t like.

And somebody else dies.

And the Establishment closes ranks.

And somebody else dies.

And on it goes.

And at another event, hundreds of people will be shocked to discover that somebody else has died after being found “fit for work” by the DWP.

Just like they were at this one…

Joy Dove, mother of Jodey [Whiting], stunned and moved delegates … as she told [a] Labour conference event: “A letter arrived saying she was fit to work. She was at the undertakers”

Joy … made the six-hour journey from her home 315 miles away in Darlington, to tell people about the shameful way her daughter Jodey was treated before her death.

Jodey, 45, was a mum and grandmother who took her own life in February 2017 after being declared fit for work – despite battling serious physical and mental health conditions.

The harassment continued even after she died – with another letter reminding her she was fit for work arriving as her family struggled to come to terms with her death.

Today her mum, Joy, 65, moved delegates to tears as she shared treasured snaps of Jodey as a child and as a smiling young mum – before revealing a final, tragic photograph of her well-kept grave, surrounded by colourful flowers and tributes.

“Now I get people in-boxing me to tell me how much they’re suffering. I’ve just heard from the mam of a 21-year-old lad in the same position and his mother doesn’t know where to turn.

“So I do it for them and to get Justice for Jodey and I won’t stop.”

Ms Dove won’t stop, and neither will I.

But we won’t get anywhere if everybody’s too busy being hypnotised by the BBC to care what’s really happening.

You can change that, just by talking about it. But will you?

Source: Brave mum moves Labour audience to tears over her daughter’s fit-for-work death – Mirror Online

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Here are a few highlights we can expect from the Labour conference

This weekend, Labour Party members and supporters meet for their annual conference. What can we expect to hear announced at that event?

Here are just a few possibles that have been trailed in advance:

1. A Labour government may scrap the hated Universal Credit altogether.

“Labour is poised to back scrapping Universal Credit as part of a major shift over the Tories’ notorious six-in-one benefit. It comes after a year-long review by Labour found the UC brand is “toxic” and needs “transformative change”. Labour’s previous position was to “reform” UC… But multiple party sources said scrapping it, and replacing it with a fairer system, is now seen within Labour as the “direction of travel”.”

2. A Labour government’s ‘green revolution’ may plant a million trees to counteract the NHS’s carbon footprint.

“An “NHS forest” of a million trees would be planted at hospitals across the UK under a Labour government as part of the party’s plans for a green revolution. Under proposals due to be outlined at the party’s autumn conference, Labour will say it wants to plant the trees at hospitals to battle pollution and counteract the NHS’s carbon footprint.”

3. Labour may rid itself of one of its greatest detractors – by ending the ‘deputy leader’ post.

“Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) will vote … on a motion that would remove the party’s barnacle-like deputy leader Tom Watson – by removing the deputy leader post altogether.”

Despite vowing to support whoever became leader when he was elected deputy in 2015, Mr Watson has spent the last four years determinedly undermining Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Now, after one mass exodus of centrists (Labour right-wingers opposed to Mr Corbyn) to other parties like the Liberal Democrats, and with more set to depart at the next general election, Mr Watson may find himself isolated – and removing the ‘deputy leader’ position is a means of silencing him.

Indeed, Mr Watson’s removal could be the big event of the conference.

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These hypocrites: Lib Dems took £9K from students. See what they want to do next

Hypocrisy: Vince Cable, who was a minister in the Coalition government and oversaw the disastrous privatisation of the Royal Mail as well as voting for the increase in tuition fees, is set to announce the new policy at the Liberal Democrat conference.

The Liberal Democrats are saying they want to give people £9,000 to fund learning, nine years after they reneged on their promise to end university tuition fees and increased them to £9,000 instead.

Does Jo Swinson think we have forgotten?

It was the fundamental betrayal that set the tone of the so-called ConDem coalition for the next five years.

Here’s the Mirror to explain the idea:

A motion at this weekend’s party conference will see Vince Cable push a £1.5 billion plan for a universal Education and Skills Account which would see the Government hand every person £3,000 when they turn 25, 40 and 55.

The amounts would be designed to “encourage workers to retrain into shortage occupations”.

It is hugely hypocritical of Swinson’s party.

This is the party that took away people’s ability to get the qualifications they needed for the career they wanted.

Now it says it would use the money from that policy to shoe-horn the same people into jobs a Liberal Democrat government would say are needed.

This is a policy to deny people the ability to choose their own careers; their own paths in life.

And they call themselves Liberals.

Shame on them.

Source: Lib Dems want to give adults £9k to learn – ten years after backing £9k uni fees – Mirror Online

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As Conservatives lose hundreds of council seats, Welsh Tory asks May: “Why don’t you resign?”

Theresa May had not one but two nasty experiences on the morning after the 2019 local government elections.

Not only did the predictions come true, with the Conservatives losing nearly 600 council seats (at the time of writing) – but she was heckled when she stood up to give a keynote speech at the Welsh Conservative Party conference in Llangollen.

The incident was caught on camera:

Looking at the slogans on the wall, it seems clear that it isn’t her Wales, and she doesn’t have a future.

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Teen climate activist shames the world – but the Tories are trying to expand fracking across the UK

Frack site: The well in Lancashire contributes to global warming and climate change.

Climate change “negotiators” got a hard lesson in their own shortcomings – from a minor.

Greta Thunberg is only 15, but she packed more maturity into her three-minute speech than we’ve seen in decades of mealy-mouthed “negotiations” between representatives of national and international economic interests.

The Swedish activist shamed her elders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP24, where representatives eventually managed to reach a weak agreement over how to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. But everybody there knew they weren’t doing nearly enough to achieve that goal, which is why Ms Thunberg’s words had such bite.

Here’s her speech:

“You are not mature enough to tell it like it is,” she told an audience entirely composed of her elders (but clearly not her betters). “Even that burden you leave to us children.

“Our civilisation is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money.

“It is the sufferings of the many that pay for the luxuries of the few… We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground.”

She also said: “You have ignored us in the past and you will ignore us again.”

Now consider the current court case in the UK over plans by our Conservative government to expand fracking.

If ever there was an example of the many suffering to support the luxuries of the few – the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money – it is the fracking industry in the United Kingdom.

The current case highlights new planning guidance by the government which makes it easier to establish fracking sites. The document orders local authorities to facilitate the establishment of such sites, and proposes the removal of the need for new wells to get planning permission.

The government did not carry out any assessment of the impact its plans would have on the environment, and the guidance was imposed on the country without any public consultation.

It seems clear that James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, qualifies as one of the people Ms Thunberg describes as “not mature enough to tell it like it is.”

So do former prime minister David Cameron and his successor Theresa May. At a time when sustainable energy has never been cheaper or easier to supply, one is led to ask why they continue to kowtow to fossil fuel corporates like Cuadrilla bosses Roy Franklin and Francis Egan.

Fracking at Cuadrilla’s only UK site, in Lancashire, was halted again on December 11 after yet another earth tremor was caused by the process. This one measured 1.5 on the Richter scale, causing a woman who lives 1.6 miles from the site to say she heard a loud “bang” and her house shook. A Cuadrilla spokesperson said the effect would have been “like dropping a melon”.

We may conclude from this that the spokesperson is “not mature enough to tell it like it is” either.

But what is to be done in the face of such monumental selfishness, such wilful ignorance, such naked greed?

I’d like to think change is coming, whether the government figures and corporates named above like it or not – but I don’t think it will, unless somebody does something shocking.

I think someone would have to grab Messrs Cameron, Brokenshire, Egan and Franklin, along with Mrs May, drag them to the fracking well in Lancashire, and throw them down it – and then fill it in on top of them.

That’s what it would take to get these people to look up from counting their money and pay attention – the threat of extreme sanction.

But I can’t advocate such extreme measures – and the system is skewed in favour of the privileged. So what’s to be done?

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Why are the media so quiet about genuine anti-Semitism in the Conservative Party?

See the gang of buffoons in the picture directly above these words?

Much has been made of the slogans this group of young Conservatives from the University of Plymouth daubed on themselves – particularly “F*** the NHS” and the Hitler-style moustache on the man at the far left.

Owen Jones commented on it…

… but then he also noticed the far worse examples of anti-Semitism.

The guy who wrote “Jude” on himself was invoking a particularly nasty memory of the Nazi holocaust, and one that should outrage every single Jewish person seeing it, no matter what their political leanings.

On an interesting tangent, I recently heard an interview with Paul McCartney in which he discussed the Beatles’ single Hey Jude, saying that the band had owned a clothing store at the time – due to a passing interest in fashion – and put a sign saying “Hey Jude”, to advertise the song, in the window. It resulted in outrage from members of the Jewish community as it was reminiscent of the “Juden raus” signs written in whitewashed German windows, accompanied by the Star of David.

The Star of David is, of course, visible on the bodies of several of the young Conservatives in the image. “Hitler moustache” has it on his throat, as does the man at centre rear, and the blonde woman at centre front.

Notice also that the “Jude” chap – his name is Ross Horton, it seems – is also making an offensive hand gesture.

It’s a “White Power” sign he’s making – highly racist.

And let’s not hear any suggestions that these creeps don’t have the support and confidence of senior Conservative MPs:

This is the face of young Conservatism.

I understand the individuals in the image are facing disciplinary action by the university, and the Conservative Party itself may throw them out in a pretence of opposition to the sentiments they expressed.

But the mainstream, mass media organisations who rejoiced in broadcasting fake news about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party have nothing to say about it. Why?

We know Theresa May is a racist – we have the Windrush scandal and the “hostile environment” policy to prove it.

We know Boris Johnson is a racist – we have his comment about “piccaninnies with watermelon smiles” to prove that.

I could go through a few of the others, but you get the idea.

And nothing from their media lackeys. Perhaps they should be challenged about that. How do you fancy it?

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