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Evans wins card vote on his GenSec job amid claims of vote-rigging

Rigging the vote? Keir Starmer (left) retains the services of his hitman David Evans (right) – but how many delegates to Labour conference were denied their vote by foul means in order to achieve the outcome? And will any of the votes in this year’s conference be honest?

David Evans has survived a vote on whether he will be allowed to continue as Labour Party general secretary.

Evans’s boss, Keir Starmer, had been pushing for the vote to be by ‘show of hands’ – an inaccurate method which right-wingers have allegedly used to rig vote results in the past.

But Evans himself announced that the vote would be by the more accurate ‘card’ system, in which every vote is counted.

It seems clear that Evans – and Starmer – had become confident of the result, and claims are circulating that they had eliminated enough anti-Evans delegates to make the vote go their way.

It was still a relatively close-run thing, with 59 per cent for Evans and 41 against. I wonder how many votes that translates into – and expect that we’ll all be surprised at how low the number are.

Stories of delegates’ party memberships being suspended before they could attend conference, being refused admittance for “security” reasons, or being denied the chance to vote when they did, are rife.

And who actually counted the votes?

But the result did not prevent humiliation for the hated general secretary. During his report, Evans told the assembled delegates, “Everybody remembers why they joined Labour,” and asked: “What was it for you?”

The response? Delegates broke into a chant of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn!”

The vote result does not bode well for the rest of the conference – or, indeed, for the future of the Labour Party under these two Tory cuckoos. Expect a mass exodus as Starmer and Evans steer a once-great party of the people into obscurity and ignominy.

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Far-right bully Ian Austin’s dishonest attack on centre-left journalist DEMOLISHED

Dishonest: Ian Austin.

I’m grateful to the Twitter account @leftworks for this excellent work in demolishing the dishonesty of far-right former Labour Lord Ian Austin, who has been fibbing about This Writer and anti-Semitism.

He did it in an article in the Jewish Chronicle, which should know better when it is already facing penalties from press regulator IPSO for repeatedly publishing factually inaccurate articles.

The piece on August 17 was another such screed, in which Austin wrote: “Just last week, decent Brighton councillor Peter Atkinson quit the party in protest at the readmission of Councillor Anne Pissaridou who had been suspended for sharing material picturing Jacob Rothschild and referring to the collapse of the banking system and an article claiming “pro-Israel propagandists have ‘taken out contract’ to stop Jeremy Corbyn being elected.””

It’s a reference to this Vox Political article – and if you’re familiar with it, you’ll already know how he has distorted my statement.

Leftworks explained the falsehood, on Twitter, in detail:

This is important, not only because Austin (does he really deserve to be called “Lord”?) was lying about me – I didn’t say anybody was taking out a contract to stop Corbyn; it was a highly-respected Jewish journalist whose contribution Austin was trying to erase – but because it calls into question all the other quibbles he raised in his attack piece.

I understand the allegation against me is taken from an accusation of anti-Semitism made against Cllr Pissaridou by the Labour Party, and published by the Brighton and Hove Argus. In so doing, it is perpetuating Labour’s libel against me – for which I am grateful as I have not been able to address it while I have been dealing with the vexatious case brought against me by TV parlour game-player Rachel Riley.

It may provide me with an opportunity to take Labour to court (again) over its false accusations against me. I’ll have to have a chat about it with my solicitor.

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MPs demand inquiry into Boris Johnson’s ‘failure to be honest’

Opposition parties in the House of Commons are demanding that Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle allow a vote on an inquiry into Boris Johnson’s “consistent failure to be honest” in statements to MPs.

They have no chance of actually securing such an inquiry – the huge Tory(/fascist) majority in Parliament will kill it – but the debate will be hugely embarrassing to a prime minister who lies habitually.

And of course, deliberately lying at the Dispatch Box is Contempt of Parliament – for which the highest penalty is expulsion.

It occurs to This Writer that a viral video by Peter Stefanovic may have something to do with this move, having been viewed more than 11.5 million times.

Here it is – let’s give it a few more:

The letter was organised by the Green MP Caroline Lucas and it has been signed by five other parliamentary party leaders: Ian Blackford (Scottish National party), Sir Ed Davey (Liberal Democrats), Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru), Colum Eastwood (SDLP) and Stephen Farry (Alliance).

One name is significant for being missing from the list:

The Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, was invited to sign the letter, but declined. A party source said Labour did not normally sign up to initiatives launched by other parties.

This is typical Starmerism. He won’t sign up to any good Opposition ideas unless he can claim they come from him – although he has been quite happy to support Johnson’s government policies, no matter how daft.

Perhaps it’s time for genuine Opposition parties to resurrect an old US presidential campaign slogan from 1964, and say: We want a choice, not an echo.

As for Johnson, I can only echo the sentiment voiced by Billy Connolly, above. The Big Yin has always been able to spot a wrong ‘un.

Of course, it means most of the Tories who follow Johnson know exactly what he is and don’t care. Otherwise, they would be admitting they need psychiatric treatment and should not be in their current jobs…

(… although let’s be honest, they probably consider being an MP their second or third job, behind representing whichever private firm has them lobbying the government on its behalf!)

To Billy’s pronouncement, let’s add another piece of advice, for those whose sense of humour encompasses this kind of wit:

Source: Parties call for inquiry into Boris Johnson’s ‘failure to be honest’ | Politics | The Guardian

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Now he’s crowing about his Brexit deal, will Boris Johnson be allowed to forget THIS?

Think before speaking (or publishing): Boris Johnson should account for a Tory constituency association’s apparent demand for activists to tell LIES in order to  sideline honest politicians from other parties.

Why have Tory Party members been sent an email urging them to use “dubious claims” to “crowd out genuine news” and sideline “honest” politicians?

The demands, in a Conservative Party email, indicate clear support for dishonest politicians and for fake news. Don’t they?

It seems Labour leader Keir Starmer has been mining a newsletter published to Tories on Peter Bone’s Wellingborough constituency. Bone now has some hard questions to answer!

Sadly, Starmer was unable to use the information in the newsletter to his best advantage during the last Prime Minister’s Questions of 2020 – because of his own poor track record.

After he asked whether the newsletter contained advice that Boris Johnson had taken – or had been written by Johnson, our failure of a prime minister was able to turn the tables simply by pointing out that the people of the UK would like to see any sign of an opinion at all from Starmer.

He said,

I think what the people of this country would love to hear from the right hon. and learned Gentleman in this season of good will is any kind of point of view at all on some of the key issues.

In the words of the song, “All I want for Christmas is” a view, and it would be wonderful if he could produce one.

It is a perfectly valid viewpoint about Starmer. But it does not excuse Wellingborough’s Conservatives or the contents of their newsletter.

Why did they write in praise of

Donald Trump’s use of “dubious claims”, “weaponising fake news” and using falsehoods to “crowd out” the truth.

Why did they say,

Fake news often makes headlines and crowds out genuine news. Honest politicians therefore find themselves pushed off the front pages

and then go on to urge Tories to

say the first thing that comes into your head. It’ll probably be nonsense but it knocks your opponent out of his stride and takes away his headline

in a clear exhortation for Tories to dishonestly create “fake news” stories?

And will Johnson ever be bothered to answer these questions?

Source: Boris Johnson quizzed over Tory newsletter urging activists to ‘weaponise fake news’ – Mirror Online

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Tory campaign of lies: candidate caught getting friend to pose as anti-Labour swing voter (VIDEO)

Buddies with BoJob: Lee Anderson (right), with a Conservative who has even more extreme views than his own.

The Conservatives have given up even trying to pretend they’re being honest in this election campaign, haven’t they?

Consider this … this … this candidate for Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, Lee Anderson.

Just watch what Michael Crick caught him doing:

Some might have thought it was a step too far endorsing Mr Anderson’s proposal to send problem tenants to Labour camps.

Amazingly, that wasn’t what embarrassed the Tories.

I’m wondering whether even this blatant attempt to lie to voters is enough to invalidate Mr Anderson as a candidate, in the esteem of Conservative central HQ.

Just for the record, Ashfield has been held by Labour for a few years now. The current Labour candidate is Natalie Fleet.

If you live in that constituency, and you want an MP with an ounce of integrity, I’d strongly recommend that you vote for her.

Source: Tory MP candidate caught getting friend to pose as anti-Labour swing voter, as party’s disinformation campaign continues | The Independent

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If ‘dangerously incompetent’ Amber Rudd didn’t see leaked report on police cuts and violent crime, her plan to tackle it won’t work

“Dangerously incompetent”: Amber Rudd.

The Tories are trying to cover their embarrassment over this latest blunder, but it is already too late.

Amber Rudd is on record as saying police cuts have not contributed to the rise in serious violent crime on the UK’s streets – in direct contradiction of a Home Office Report that has been leaked to the press:

Government cuts to the police “may have encouraged” violent offenders and have “likely contributed” to a rise in serious violent crime, leaked Home Office documents have revealed.

The documents cast doubt on claims by the home secretary, Amber Rudd, on Sunday that cuts to the police were not to blame for rising violence.

The Home Office said it would not comment on leaked documents.

Rudd will on Monday launch a strategy aimed at tackling serious violent crime, which officials and ministers have been working on for months.

Any such strategy will be flawed if it does not take into account the harm caused by the Tory policy of cutting police numbers. And how can it, if the Home Secretary is determined that she hasn’t seen the report?

One person who has seen the report is Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who commented on the situation in his speech launching the party’s London local elections campaign:

We always said cuts have consequences and now the Home Office’s own officials agree with us.

Todays leaked documents make a nonsense of the Tories’ repeated claims that their cuts to police numbers have had no effect.

You cannot protect local communities when you cut funding to local councils to such an extent they are unable to provide the essential youth service support that stops many young people being drawn into violent crime.

The Tory record on policing and crime is one of reckless failure. Plain and simple – you can’t have security on the cheap and cuts have consequences. Too many communities are living with those consequences.

But Ms Rudd has moved on. It seems she is now blaming local Police and Crime Commissioners:

In fact, it seems senior police officers and the London Police Commissioner had warned Ms Rudd about the logical result of her cuts:

What are we to conclude?

That Amber Rudd is, as she has been described, dangerously incompetent. Her claim that she has not seen a report that contradicts her position on police cuts is, as LabourList claims, “either incompetence or dishonest” – and neither is acceptable in a Minister of the Crown.

That Jeremy Corbyn has a much firmer grip on the situation than Ms Rudd.

That voters in London can indicate their dissatisfaction with the situation by voting Labour – and giving Ms Rudd and her Tory blunderers the kicking they deserve for placing the citizens of our capital city in danger.


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Court orders Atos to pay disabled woman a derisory £5,000 over dishonest PIP assessment

Only £5,000?

This was an opportunity to make an example of those who have been abusing the disability benefit system for too many years – and the courts have not taken it.

A larger, more punitive award would have sent a much stronger message – especially if other people who have been similarly wronged are lining up to fight their own court battles.

A court has ruled that a disabled woman should be awarded £5,000 compensation by the government contractor Atos, after a dishonest report by one of its assessors led to her being awarded the wrong level of benefits.

Vanessa Haley, from Huddersfield, told the county court in her written evidence that the assessor had tried to “impede her entitlement” to the enhanced rate of the daily living component of personal independence payment (PIP) by “falsifying” her assessment report.

The assessment report also led to her being denied any PIP mobility support.

She was awarded the compensation after the court upheld her claim of maladministration against Atos and her allegation that it was responsible for causing her health conditions to worsen.

Source: Court orders Atos to pay disabled woman £5,000 over dishonest PIP assessment


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It’s past time we removed ‘healthcare professionals’ who ignore their pledge to do no harm

These days the Nightingale Pledge is known as the Practical Nurse Pledge, and includes the words: “I will not do anything evil or malicious and I will not knowingly give any harmful drug or assist in malpractice”.

If the nurse involved in the assessment described below took that pledge, then they have clearly broken it and have betrayed the ethics of their profession.

It may seem a small point, but it is a blight against modern nursing – as any doctor carrying out the tests, who has taken the Hippocratic Oath, will have blighted their side of the medical profession.

What does the Royal College of Nursing think of this? How about the General Medical Council?

Isn’t it time these ‘cowboy’ (‘cowgirl’?) “healthcare professionals” were stamped out?

A nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts, in one of the clearest examples yet of a dishonest benefits assessment report, secret recordings have revealed.

A video recording of the assessment also shows that the nurse lied about the way disabled activist Catherine Scarlett made her way from a stairlift to a reclining chair to begin the assessment.

Scarlett had been so distrustful of the personal independence payment (PIP) system that she made both video and audio recordings of her face-to-face assessment, which was carried out at her home in Yorkshire in May.

She says the recordings and assessment report prove she was right to do so.

They show how the nurse – employed by the government contractor Atos Healthcare – repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of what she was told by Scarlett.

This allowed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to lower her entitlement from the enhanced rate to just the standard rate for the daily living element of PIP, although she was allowed to stay on the enhanced rate for mobility.

Source: Recordings prove PIP report ignored near-fatal attacks, overdoses and blackouts


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Demand inquiry into dishonesty by Tory minister Ros Altmann!

This is clearly an extremely dishonest woman! 

The fact that David Cameron could allow such a person to become pensions minister is a scandal in itself, and we should demand her suspension while a full inquiry is held into the possibility of her participating in any other acts of dishonesty.

It is obvious that she cannot be trusted with a ministerial position and her resignation should be a matter of urgency.

Conservative pensions minister Baroness Altmann has been expelled from the Labour Party after it was found she had been a member for 18 months.

David Cameron made the ex-Saga director a peer so she could become a minister.

But The Huffington Post website revealed Baroness Altmann had been a Labour member for four months after taking up the role and was offered a vote in the party’s leadership contest.

She told the BBC she had also renewed her Lib Dem membership in March.

Source: Tory minister Ros Altmann expelled from Labour Party – BBC News

PIP assessors are lying on their reports

Atos: Welcome to Hell

This is a modified version of an original post, which Vox Political put up in good faith after seeing the message elsewhere, requesting permission to do so, and receiving no objections.

The original message referred to assessments for the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) carried out by Atos, and contained warnings that made it too important to be allowed to disappear beneath more ‘current’ material, as is the way on social media sites.

It warned that – unless they are watched very closely – PIP assessors are not recording the correct information during interviews with claimants.

Examples were provided of misleading statements being typed up before the claimant had answered the relevant question, and of clues to other problems being ignored by the assessor, who had to be asked to insert them into the report.

It also warned that these are not isolated incidents.

The author of the original message has now asked Vox Political to remove that content, for reasons that may be deduced fairly easily, considering its nature.

However the article has clearly struck a nerve with the public, as the high number of comments telling a similar story demonstrates. This is why it is remaining here, in an altered form, and you are encouraged to report your own experiences of the assessment procedure.

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