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As the Labour conference starts, here’s the documentary the party – and media – don’t want you to see

Al Jazeera timed this well.

The day the Labour Party conference began, the Middle East news channel uploaded a new documentary, The Labour Files, to YouTube.

Here’s the promotional blurb:

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit uncovers the true story behind the “crisis of anti-Semitism” that engulfed the British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. It made him appear unfit to govern and led to a crushing electoral defeat.

An analysis of internal party documents, social media data and covert recordings reveals how senior Labour officials used the party’s procedures to undermine support for Jeremy Corbyn and to silence debate about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

The files also show how pro-Israel groups ask the party to distance itself from the Boycott Divest and Sanctions campaign, a protest movement that seeks to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, and how – in response – the Jewish Board of Deputies was assured that Labour would “never accept attempts to exceptionalise and deligitimise Israel.”

Part of the documentary concerns alleged links between the husband of Labour MP Stella Creasy – Dan Fox – with the far-right English Defence League (EDL). You’ll be able to watch the video below but before you do, in the name of balance, here’s Ms Creasy’s statement about this aspect of it:

This tweet seems to have pre-empted the statement, though:

Here’s the programme:

The documentary has provoked a large amount of commentary on Twitter – much of it criticising the mainstream news media for ignoring it:

Another Labour Files documentary appeared two days previously. Here’s the blurb for The Purge:

An investigation based on the largest leak of documents in British political history. The Labour Files examines thousands of internal documents, emails and social media messages to reveal how senior officials in one of the two parties of government in the UK ran a coup by stealth against the elected leader of the party.

The program will show how officials set about silencing, excluding and expelling its own members in a ruthless campaign to destroy the chances of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Britain’s prime minister. Candidates for key political roles were blocked and constituency groups suspended as the party’s central office sought to control the elected leadership.

And here’s the programme:

I present it without any comment of my own. Make up your own mind.

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Eddie Dempsey on the Tory response to the cost-of-living crisis

The assistant general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) discusses the state of Luton – and the UK – under the Conservative government – and the ineffectiveness of the Tory response to the cost-of-living crisis.

This Writer agrees strongly with his opinion that, when times are hard, the leaders create scapegoats out of “people who don’t look like us”. Don’t let that happen, folks; it’s a trick.

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These are the people who voted Liz Truss into 10 Downing Street. Watch in horror

This is a real eye-opener.

Politics Joe went to the Tory leadership hustings at the SSE Arena (ironic, that) in London and asked Conservative Party members their opinions on recent events and what needs to be done in the future.

There are some real horrors here – people with whom many would be ashamed to share a homeland.

That being said, there’s support for nationalisation of public utilities – even among Tories, and for an end to reliance on fossil fuels. Watch:

So why is Liz Truss full-on in favour of more privatisation and a return to fossil fuels and pollution?

It seems those who thought she was in thrall to far-right think tanks, the far-right European Research Group, and far-right business leaders may have a point.

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Glaswegians get candid about the Tory cost-of-living crisis [VIDEO]

How very revealing.

Fair enough, Politics Joe spoke to these Glaswegians outside an Enough is Enough rally last Wednesday (September 7), but This Writer would suggest their words are fairly representative of the mood of the nation right now.

See what you think; here’s the clip:

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Household energy bills to hit £2,500. How will we pay that and who will fund the capping scheme?

Does anybody remember how, a few years ago, David Cameron and George Osborne justified imposing austerity on the UK – restricting government spending on public services and cutting public sector pay – by saying the national debt should not be handed down to future generations?

I mention this because today (Thursday, September 8, 2022), Liz Truss seems to have told households their energy debt will be extended into the future, to be paid off by an unspecified date.

It seems the Tories are all about ending public debt (although let’s remember they failed at that), but also all about shifting it onto private citizens instead – while protecting the profits of shareholders in privatised energy firms.

The plan involves capping energy bills at £2,500 per year for two years – this superceding the £3,549 cap announced by Ofgem last month. We will still pay more than we are now – even though many people already cannot afford the cost and will have to take out loans at varying degrees of unfairness.

A fund will be set up for people who do not get their energy through traditional means, like those who use oil or are on shared building networks

Businesses get a six-month scheme, after which time the government will provide “focused support” to be determined by the Business Secretary (Jacob Rees-Mogg) over the period of the blanket support scheme.

Green levies are being suspended.

The massive profits of the energy-generation companies will be safeguarded by Truss and her Tory government.

Truss said she would not impose a windfall tax on the energy generators because this would undermine the national interest by discouraging the investment needed to secure energy supplies generated in the UK.

But Opposition leader Keir Starmer contradicted the claim, saying energy generators have made it clear that if the government taxed their profits away from them, they would not cancel any of their investment schemes.

Truss did not say who would be paying the cost of imposing the new cap or how; this will be announced by Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng as part of a fiscal event later in the month. This Writer believes it will push the burden onto households – hence my suggestion that we will be forced into long-term debt because of it.

It also suggests that Truss is trying to prevent – or delay – debate about who pays. It also supports my suggestion yesterday that Truss is trying to build a zombie economy in which working people are forced to toil constantly, simply to service the debts that have been forced on them by rich, lazy Tory MPs who are themselves in thrall to rich, lazy business donors.

Oh – and fracking is back on the table again. Those of you in areas where fracking has been proposed can look forward to earthquakes, damage to your property, and a blight on the price of your home in the near future. It won’t affect Truss and her Tory pals!

Prime Minister’s Questions with Liz Truss – she answered, but not well

This Writer was away from his desk yesterday (Wednesday, September 7, 2022) because I was on a mercy mission – taking a family member to hospital.

So I’m relying on this video and BBC News (heaven help me!) for my information:

Interesting stuff.

So Liz Truss actually bothered to answer the questions. Was this because she doesn’t have the imagination to distract us with nonsense or divert us onto another subject? I find the latter likely but the former incredible, considering the amount of nonsense with which she regaled us all during her Tory leadership election campaign.

Ah, but her answers were useless. That’s more familiar ground. In fact, it seems clear that if the energy generation companies aren’t going to be made to subsidise our increased bills with their profits (which would be an excellent way of ‘chilling’ them – discouraging them from charging so much in the first place), the onus will fall to the general public.

This seems likely to take the form of a loan scheme, under which households will be forced to pay back the extra cost of their energy bills over a longer period of time, alongside whatever their energy will cost at that time.

This has the potential to put us all in perpetual debt. It reminds This Writer of an idea called the zombie economy, in which the working classes are kept in perpetual slavery to the business owners and politicians because they are forced to keep working in order to service ever-increasing debts that have been foisted on them, along with high government taxes.

Doesn’t that seem to be what’s happening?

Truss contradicted herself somewhat by saying she wants a high-wage economy. That would undermine the zombie plan – if it were true – but, as Phil Moorhouse points out, Boris Johnson said he wanted a high-wage economy too – and then told everybody to get back to work, the instant they started demanding it.

She said her energy plan would help business – so now we all want to know howIf she doesn’t help businesses, they’ll go under, and that’s a bad thing.

There’s a good sideswipe in the clip at the idiot Austerity policy of David Cameron and George Osborne: cut spending and you shrink the economy. The more they cut government expenditure, the lower tax receipts fell – because the money the government had been spending generated growth. And what did they do in response? They repeated the same mistake, expecting a different result (which is now a well-known definition of madness).

It seems tax-cutter Truss wants to repeat the mistake again – this time by cutting tax receipts first and claiming there isn’t the money to carry on spending on public services (the infamous Starve The Beast policy).

Truss said she would publish her energy plans today (Thursday) – meaning she’ll face a full week of debate in Parliament. That could be embarrassing – unless she merely announces aims.

And it seems she wanted to launch a catchphrase: “You can’t tax a country to growth, you know!” Except you can. History shows a clear correlation between GDP and tax revenues.

She said cutting Corporation Tax would lead to more businesses relocating to the UK – but in fact they are leaving, because of Brexit (which Truss used to oppose but now supports because she is in turn supported by the European Research Group loonies).

And Truss thinks the Northern Ireland Protocol contradicts the Good Friday Agreement – when it in fact protects the Good Friday Agreement.

So, Liz Truss actually answered the questions. But considering the nature of her answers, we can make an easy conclusion:

She is out of her depth.

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Unsafe wherever she goes: does Liz Truss have an energy plan and is it any good?

Speculation is rife about whether new UK prime minister Liz Truss is going to help households and businesses pay the huge energy bills they are facing over the winter.

Here’s some useful analysis showing what she might do – and how her opponents might take advantage of her choices.

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Here’s the first chance Liz Truss has – to disappoint us

Liz Truss with her picture of the place where she works (she did it in crayon) [not really].

Is this wishful thinking?

Apparently Liz Truss is “expected” to freeze energy bills for households and small-to-medium-sized businesses, while bigger companies may be offered tax breaks to help them through the current period of higher prices.

She hasn’t actually confirmed it yet, though.

Here‘s the BBC:

A freeze on energy bills is understood to be one of a number of options being worked on to help struggling households to cope with soaring costs.

It is expected that energy suppliers will be able to take out government-backed loans to subsidise bills.

Energy bosses have been meeting with government officials on the matter.

A £100bn plan to freeze household bills was proposed by energy companies last month.

Under the proposal, bills would be subsidised and the current price cap of £1,971 for a typical family would be maintained for two years.

The BBC understands that a similar scheme will be used to limit the energy price increases being experienced by small and medium-sized businesses.

And bigger companies may be offered tax breaks to help them through the period of high prices.

This Site discussed the loan plan (it was put forward by Ovo Energy) last week.

The question is, will Truss really adopt it? As the slogan runs, will she “freeze prices, not people”?

Or is this her first opportunity to let us all down?

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Tory tries to sideline protester with ‘political statement’ claim. Watch her ROAST him

Richard Holden: he has no idea how to solve the energy price crisis and doesn’t care.

Tory MP Richard Holden was confronted by a member of his constituency over the cost of living crisis.

He tried to suggest she was an activist and was making a political statement.

Her response was fantastic. Here it is, with commentary, courtesy of Maximilien Robespierre.

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Did Boris Johnson scuttle a Russia-Ukraine peace deal – back in APRIL?

Ukraine-Russia talks: it seems they succeeded – until the UK’s then-prime minister Boris Johnson intervened. If true, it means the crisis of rising energy costs is HIS doing.

This is incendiary.

It seems that Russia and Ukraine came to a tentative agreement to cease hostilities in April – so Boris Johnson flew out to Kyiv and persuaded Volodymyr Zelenskyy to scrap the deal.

Remember the way Tory politicians – including Boris Johnson – have been saying the energy crisis is a direct result of the Russia-Ukraine war? If this report is accurate, then it isn’t because of Vladimir Putin at all.

It’s because of Boris Johnson.

Watch:

Particularly wounding for This Writer is the information that the deal that had been negotiated was along lines I laid out, back in March.

I stated that Ukraine should agree not to join Nato but should agree a deal by which Nato could step in if its borders were violated; the breakaway eastern regions of Ukraine should hold referenda on their future – whether to remain in Ukraine, become autonomous, or join Russia; Ukraine should relinquish its claim on the Crimea; and Russia should help repair the damage its invasion caused to Ukraine.

The deal, as described in the video above, was that Ukraine shouldn’t join Nato but would get help from neighbouring countries if invaded; and Russia would withdraw to its position on February 23, when it controlled part of the Donbas region and all of Crimea.

I thought it was a naive plan at the time. Now we find it was the plan.

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