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Website showing Israelis teaching the choke hold that killed George Floyd is changed to remove evidence. Why?

Doesn’t this strike you as odd?

Late last month, Keir Starmer sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey as shadow Education Secretary after she tweeted a link to an interview with actor Maxine Peake which he claimed featured an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theory”.

It seems the Labour leader believes it is anti-Semitic to state that Israeli military/police personnel taught members of the US police the choke hold that was misused to kill George Floyd, triggering a wave of protest across the world.

Last week, This Site found and published details of an organisation, run by Israeli ex-forces personnel, that provides exactly that service: the Israeli Tactical School.

A representative of the organisation even commented on the article to say that George Floyd’s death was caused by mis-application of the hold taught by its representatives.

And this is perfectly reasonable. There has never been any implication that Israelis trained US police officers specifically to kill black people.

Nevertheless, it seems the site has been altered since my piece was published, to remove evidence that Israeli Tactical teaches this particular hold.

According to Skwawkbox,

The content of the law enforcement page was deleted in just the last few days, with the amendment dating to after the Long-Bailey sacking. It is now blank.

The about page has been radically amended – with the ‘knee on neck’ image removed and the text altered.

The question is: Why?

Screenshots of the original pages are available – Skwawkbox publishes them in its article – and This Writer has taken copies of them. The evidence showing not only that Israeli personnel taught this technique but that it is an established technique used in Israel is clear.

So why even try to hide it? Doesn’t that just make the technique, the teaching and the organisation look suspicious?

Source: The newly-deleted web page that seems to exonerate Long-Bailey and Peake – SKWAWKBOX

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Tory election lies: Matt Hancock falsely claimed 1,100 more GPs had joined the NHS

Matt Hancock: Fanfare the falsehood, then quietly retract it later. Is that the plan?

Tory election tactics 2019:

1. Make a wildly extravagant claim.

2. Wait for it to be disproved.

3. Quietly delete the claim, hoping that more people will have believed it than seen it isn’t true.

This is what Matt Hancock has done.

His original tweet – last week – raised outrage from doctors and health groups who pointed out that the number of qualified doctors has fallen.

The UK Statistics Office intervened after receiving complaints.

Now Mr Hancock has deleted the tweet.

Where’s the public apology and retraction?

According to The Independent, the situation is actually worse than when the Tories pledged to add 5,000 extra doctors, including trainees, to the GP workforce in 2015.

The newspaper has said that the September workforce figures show 5,460 places to be filled – an increase of 460 vacancies.

As far as Mr Hancock is concerned, how much more wrong could he be?

Source: Health Secretary Matt Hancock deletes ‘1,000 more GPs’ claim after statistics watchdog censure | The Independent

Was there really a ‘glitch’ in Facebook – or were independent media sites deliberately targeted?

[Image: Another Angry Voice.]

I was wrongfooted for a moment.

Presented with an instance in which Facebook had removed a link to one of my articles, claiming to be acting on concerns raised by a reader, I thought I had been the victim of a single, opportunistic political attack.

In fact, I was already the victim of multiple attacks.

When I posted my new piece about the incident, I received reports from readers who said a series of posts had been removed from the Vox Political Facebook page without explanation. I quickly discovered that this was true.

Further investigation showed that I was not the only victim.

Fellow left-wing website Another Angry Voice carries a detailed report on what happened, with speculation as to the reasons.

The concerns raised – about shutting down the independent media during a general election and about this having happened on the day Jeremy Corbyn announced new policies to democratise the media – are shared by This Writer.

And they should be shared by you. If Facebook is determined to interfere in our political discourse, we must find a way around it.

Facebook has initiated a massive purge of independent media content. This blackout includes barring multiple independent media sites from posting links to their own site on their Facebook page, deleting independent media posts without warning or reason, marking independent media posts as spam so ordinary members of the public can’t share them, and deleting ordinary people’s posts without reason.

This issue has impacted multiple left-leaning independent media sites like Another Angry Voice, Evolve Politics, Vox Political, People’s Campaign for Corbyn, EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland, and many others. With pages left unable to post links to their own articles.

Facebook have tried to dismiss the independent media blackout as a “glitch” but interestingly the Facebook pages of mainstream media outlets were unaffected by the “glitch”. Mainstream media outlets that have been able to continue posting articles throughout the blackout include the Daily Mail, The S*n, Evening Standard, The Times and Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Spectator, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Sky News, BBC News, and BBC Politics.

Additionally the hard-right Guido Fawkes blog was also allowed to continue posting links to their vile echo chamber of hate throughout the Facebook blackout.

The fact that a select few pages were allowed to continue posting throughout the Facebook blackout suggests that there’s some kind of Facebook ‘whitelist’ protecting them from whatever measures they’ve been taking against independent media sources.

So a range of left-wing, pro-independence, anti-Tory, pro-Corbyn, anti-fracking independent media pages were barred from sharing links, while mainstream media outlets and hard-right blogs were completely unaffected.

Source: The Facebook blackout ‘glitch’ censored independent media, but left the mainstream media untouched

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Pendle councillor posted racism when she meant to delete it? Don’t dis-‘respect’ our intelligence, Brandon Lewis!

Brandon Lewis: If you can say whatever you like and expect to be believed in a post-truth world, he’s living evidence that we’re living in it.

If there’s one thing Conservatives do well, it’s standing their ground – especially in the face of undeniable evidence.

Consider Brandon Lewis, the Tory chairman who tore up his own ‘respect’ pledge  –

– by supporting Rosemary Carroll, newly re-elected councillor for Pendle, who compared people of Asian origin with dogs.

Mr Lewis told Sky‘s Sophy Ridge: “This was a situation that occurred last year, actually, in June last year. Her position has been from the very beginning that she accidentally posted something she wanted to delete. She was suspended by the party at that point – for three months.”

So she has been a Conservative councillor again for eight months? That is not what we have heard! And the claim about the post itself is handled very well by David Lammy:

That it is.


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Clegg the Innocent – Diary of a Benefit Scrounger

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Sue Marsh published this last week but it is worth highlighting as it shows up the Liberal Democrats for what they are. You can read the full article on Diary of a Benefit Scrounger but here’s a quick summary:

Never has there been a better example of naive little fishes swimming in a vast, Machiavellian pond than Nick Clegg’s “Orange Bookers”.

It’s easy now to forget just how shocking and incomprehensible we all found even the concept of a Tory/LibDem coalition. To forget those 5 surreal days our democracy was in hiatus, holding it’s breath while just 4 men decided the future of our countries behind a locked door. For 5 days and 5 nights, Cameron, Osborne, Alexander and Clegg hammered out their agreement. A vacuum where one day, history would be.

In fact, Vox Political believes Rob Wilson, Tory MP for Reading East, who reckons the Coalition was in fact agreed in March 2010, two whole months before the general election.

After 29 million, 691 thousand, 380 people had voted, in fact they may as well not have bothered. The manifestos they thought they had voted for were discarded along with student trust and the last drop of belief in our political system. The party of civil liberties was artfully convinced to give them up for the promise of a few tempting beans.

Clegg… came out having ceded to Osborne’s right wing economic strategy, with the promise of a referendum on AV that was dependent on boundary changes that would see the Tories gain an almost indefinite majority in the commons, tripling tuition fees and supporting a welfare reform bill that would throw all but the most fortunate to the wolves.

Almost every policy decision for the next 5 years was decided in that room, by those 4 men. Since then, each time democracy has tried to object, she has been silenced with either bribery, dishonesty or the Whip. From using financial privilege to overturn Lord’s amendments and increasing government surveillance measures, to threatening the BBC and deleting old speeches from the internet.

They ripped up disability living allowance and replaced it with personal independence payments in that room, agreeing to slash a random 20% of people with disabilities from the budget – it was in neither manifesto. They awarded themselves 5 years of power with virtually no possibility of challenge the very day they left the room.

Nothing has demoralised me more than watching previously centre left politicians with apparently, well, Liberal values, file into those lobbies, one by one, in support of slashing payments for disabled children, selling off our NHS in piecemeal chunks and slashing legal aid.

What disgusted me, was being assured through it all that the Lib Dems had somehow stopped the worst excesses of the Tories. I have found myself living in a country that has allowed sick and disabled people to die in hunger and despair and they dare speak to me of mitigation?

Now, we start to see the predictable sight of the little fishes trying to swim like mad away from the shark.

But it’s too late to pretend they’re in the wrong pond now. 

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Cameron’s Palestine abstention is just as well. What is his word worth?

The BBC is reporting that David Cameron will abstain on today’s (Monday) symbolic vote on whether the UK should acknowledge Palestine as a state in its own right. If that’s true, it’s just as well.

Let’s be honest – with his record for gross dishonesty Cameron wouldn’t convince anybody, no matter which way he votes. Only today, Dr Kailash Chand tweeted the following:

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The BBC article states that current UK government policy is that it “reserves the right to recognise a Palestinian state bilaterally at the moment of our choosing and when it can best help bring about peace”.

Cameron’s official spokesman is quoted as saying: “The government’s position is very clear and hasn’t changed, so I think that is a very clear indication of the British government’s approach.”

It’s also clearly at odds with the British people, if Vox Political‘s own poll is any indication.

Readers of this site made it perfectly clear that they overwhelmingly support recognising Palestine’s statehood now, with no conditions attached. This option gained no less than 86.5 per cent of the vote.

Cameron’s choice – to recognise Palestine later – garnered just three votes.

He’s not representing the British people at all.

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Lobbying: Cameron’s deleted speech and his jaw dropping hypocrisy – Pride’s Purge

David Cameron has been caught red-handed wining and dining corporate lobbyists, writes Tom Pride.

Tycoons mix with top Tories at fundraising ball in London

This is particularly awkward for Cameron because in the run up to the last election, he gave a speech in which he promised to bring transparency to lobbying:

It is the next big scandal waiting to happen, the far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money. We all know how it works. The lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear, helping big business find the right way to get its way. We must be the party that sorts all this out.

Stirring stuff.

Which is probably why the Tories have now deleted* the speech from their website.

Never mind. Because you can still read Cameron’s full speech here and decide for yourself whether this could win first prize for the best example of jaw dropping hypocrisy from Cameron yet.

*Permanently deleting stuff from the internet is not as easy as you might think. The Tories went to some trouble to do it. For the more technically minded, here is how they did it.

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