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Welsh Tory claims that ‘voter ID’ Bill is ‘nothing to fear’ are nonsense

Voting: if the Tories get their way, don’t bank on being allowed to put your ‘X’ in any boxes unless you are prepared to go through a new layer of pointless bureaucracy.

The Welsh Conservatives: what a ridiculous, small-minded clutch of creeps!

Their current wheeze is trying to pretend that the new Elections Bill in Westminster – that will cheat 3.5 million people out of being able to vote – is “nothing to fear”.

Well, it might be nothing for them to fear, but for Welsh voters it is very serious! This Site calls it the Voter Restriction Bill.

The Welsh Government is rightly opposing the Bill, for reasons we’ll discuss shortly.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Constitution, Darren Millar (who?) said: “This is nothing more than mischief making from the Welsh Government and its allies.

“Voters in Wales have nothing to fear from these proposals. The only people who should be concerned are those who intend to commit election fraud.

“People are required to present ID to vote in many vibrant democracies around the world including Canada, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Iceland and Italy so I see no reason why this shouldn’t be the norm here in Wales.”

Fortunately there are adults in Welsh politics who are able to explain to these Tory might-as-well-be children what their own party’s legislation means.

Jess Blair, Director of Electoral Reform Society Cymru (Wales), said: “This Elections Bill could lead to a ‘two tier franchise’ in Wales, with some elections banning those without ID, and others remaining open and free.”

It means that, if any UK and Welsh elections took place on the same day, two sets of rules about how people take part would apply. Some people would be certain to become confused and fail to take ID – if they had it – meaning they would be excluded from voting in the Westminster election.

“This bill would ban anyone without ID from voting, while forcing over-stretched council workers to become bouncers at the ballot box, turning away potentially thousands of would-be voters each election. There is simply no need for this costly barrier to democracy. At a cost of up to £180m per decade, forcing this through is a strange priority for UK ministers right now.

“Moreover, the changes to the Electoral Commission represent a UK government power grab, with ministers given new controls over our elections watchdog. This is a dangerous and unprecedented move that the Welsh Government is right to oppose.”

Other plans would remove the 15-year limit on overseas electors in UK general elections – to allow Tory donors to continue participating in elections; ban party campaigners from handling postal votes, and stop people from collecting postal votes from people who are unable to get to post boxes and handing them in.

In a paper published on the Senedd website Counsel General Mick Antoniw wrote: “The Welsh government does not support the introduction of voter ID, the placing of unnecessary constraints on postal and proxy voting, or the extension of the overseas franchise.”

Do not be confused: the BBC may claim the move toward voter ID is a bid to prevent possible fraud from people pretending to be someone they are not at a voting station – but how can it be, when such crime is practically nonexistent in the UK and this legislation will cost £180 million per decade?

No – this is a bid to make it harder for working class, older and black, Asian and minority ethnic people to vote.

And the reason is clear: these are all people who are unlikely to vote for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.

Source: Welsh Tories claim there’s ‘nothing to fear’ from bill that bans those without ID from voting

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Tory corruption: they’ll change the law, just to keep receiving this man’s donations

Britain’s greediest man? Boris Johnson is changing electoral law so an ex-pat Tory millionaire can continue funnelling cash to the Conservatives beyond the current 15-year restriction on him being able to.

Greedy Boris Johnson is planning to scrap a law that stops ex-pats from voting and donating to political parties – purely so the Tories can continue receiving millions from one donor who lives abroad.

According to the Mirror,

John Gore, has given almost £4.2 million to the Conservative Party, making him the Tories’ number one donor despite having spent “more than a decade away” from the UK.

Currently donors can only fund parties from abroad for 15 years – but this will be abolished under the Elections Bill.

This is the same Bill that will deprive 3.5 million people – mostly the poor – from being able to vote because they won’t have the photo ID that Johnson will demand in future elections.

So we see that this corrupt Bill will not only steal your vote, but will give it to wealthy Tory donors who don’t even live here any more.

Source: Tory law change would let donors bankroll party from tax havens for life – Mirror Online

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Starmer in denial as Labour take local election pummelling. HE is the problem

The excuses man: but no amount of references to Jeremy Corbyn can save Keir Starmer from the condemnation of traditional Labour supporters who have been forced to walk away from the party by him.

Before I start, let’s be clear about one thing:

That being said…

Keir Starmer has vowed to lead Labour’s fightback after having led it to a bitter local election pummelling and the loss of one of the party’s Parliamentary strongholds.

The denial is strong in this one.

It is clear to even the most disinterested observer that the party’s losses are all Starmer’s fault; that his direction for the Labour Party is deeply unpopular with the British people and that the best way he can help Labour fight back is to resign.

But he won’t do that. Instead, he’ll be announcing a “bold vision” for the party in the next few days.

That will be – what? His third “bold vision”? His fourth? – since he deceived party members into making him leader last year.

By the time of writing, StarmerLabour has lost 192 council seats, with the bulk going to the Conservatives.

The Green Party has picked up 51 seats, indicating that left-wing voters have migrated to that party in protest against Starmer’s betrayal of traditional Labour values. And the Liberal Democrats have also lost seats – 24 of them – indicating that the public has still – and rightly – not forgiven them for propping up the Tories for five years, from 2010 to 2015. These are about the only things the English voting public has got right.

In terms of council control, the Conservatives have taken Pendle, Maidstone, Cornwall, Nottinghamshire, Basildon, Northumberland, Dudley, and Nuneaton and Bedworth councils from no overall control. They also took control of of Harlow council, in Essex, from Labour.

Labour has lost Sheffield, Plymouth and Rossendale to no overall control.

And in another former Labour stronghold, the Tees Valley, Conservative Ben Houchen was re-elected mayor with 73 per cent of the vote – a massive swing of 23 per cent away from Starmer’s Labour.

Meanwhile, here in Wales, Mark Drakeford’s version of Labour – which many have said is a genuine continuation of Corbynism – has won 30 seats in the Senedd, securing another working majority. Labour will rule in Wales for another five years.

The contrast with StarmerLabour could not be more plain.

For This Writer, the most surprising aspect of StarmerLabour’s implosion is the way his critics are pussyfooting around him, playing down the scale of the disaster.

Look at left Labour MP Richard Burgon’s comment, quoted in the following tweet – and the response by Jen Wood:

Let’s not bother with the ‘soft’ critics. Starmer doesn’t need to hear people saying “Never mind, Keir. You stay put and next time you’ll do better.” At this point, such a possibility seems unlikely in the extreme; Labour is more likely to run out of votes altogether and be extinguished as a political movement.

He needs to hear the hard criticism – like this, from Peston:

And this, from near-legendary Canary columnist Steve Topple:

Even this is charitable; voters didn’t abandon Labour because they don’t care – they walked away because they do, and because Starmer wasn’t offering them anything they could support.

You want proof?

So that’s that. These people aren’t going to come back to Labour while Starmer remains in charge of what was once their party.

The message of the 2021 local elections is clear, then. For those who are still having trouble grasping it, it is this:

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Starmer tries to jump on ‘law and order’ bandwagon. Satirists push him off

Keir Starmer: I couldn’t find a single image of this former Director of Public Prosecutions with police officers.

The ridiculous Keir Starmer never misses an opportunity to make a fool of himself.

Elected as Labour leader on the basis of 10 pledges (all now broken) that didn’t say a word about law and order, he is now trying to remodel Labour as “the party of law and order” because he can see public opinion swinging against the Tories.

Apparently he’s putting the enforcement of criminal justice at the centre of his local election campaign – even though local authorities have no influence over policing. Nice one, Keith!

Also, there’s currently a huge controversy over the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that his Labour Party rightly opposes due to its introduction of a huge number of new offences (many in breach of our human rights) and draconian punishments for them.

Labour can’t stop the Tories from passing it into law. Does his new campaign mean Labour will enthusiastically support the punishment of these new offences, despite opposing their creation?

He also said the new Police Bill was a missed opportunity to stop violence against women and girls – taking his cue from the backlash against the policing of the Clapham Common vigil for Sarah Everard and the numerous protest demonstrations against police misbehaviour that have followed.

It is – but he didn’t say how he would improve that Bill to ensure that the law protects us, enshrines our human rights, and punishes police officers who cross the line into unlawful violence.

In other words, he gassed a lot of hot air at us. It doesn’t mean a thing.

If he thought we wouldn’t notice, he was sorely mistaken. Here are a few reactions from Twitter:

(This is obviously a reference to the year he has spent sitting on the fence, since he became Labour leader.)

Of them all, this is probably closest to the mark:

Source: Sir Keir Starmer vows law and order drive and hits out at Tories on crime | Evening Standard

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Remainers should vote LABOUR on Thursday. Here’s why

Motivating the masses: Jeremy Corbyn speaks to a crowd on the EU elections campaign trail.

Zoe Williams in The Guardian marks out important reasons for ‘Remain’ supporters to vote for the Labour Party in the EU elections.

Her article is a bit long and rambling so I’ve isolated the main points for you, below. They are persuasive.

Now all we need is an article explaining why ‘Leave’ supporters should vote Labour too.

It runs counter to every democratic instinct to see candidates you admire and not vote for them. The Labour candidates are the kind of representatives I would like to see populate the coming era of politics. They are pluralistic, imaginative, radical, ambitious, patriotic.

These elections may be of symbolic significance for our national politics. But they are also of pressing, concrete importance for Europe’s future direction. The rise of the far right in the European parliament constitutes an urgent threat to everything that matters to Labour voters, from human and workplace rights to climate crisis. More than ever, that parliament needs a coherent left bloc.

Someone needs to oppose Nigel Farage, and that will come much more convincingly from somebody with a track history of fighting racism – Clive Lewis, say – than it does from a clubbable Lib Dem. The days when the mainstream right and centre were morally capable of resisting untruth, corruption and racism on their own terms are over: only Labour can do this.

Source: Why remainers should keep the faith and vote Labour on Thursday | Zoe Williams | Opinion | The Guardian

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Media spin makes it seem Tories and Labour were hit equally hard in local elections. NOT TRUE

Not my image: Somebody else made this – indicating that concerns over the BBC’s claim to impartiality are well-founded.

Look at the state of this. The Conservatives have lost almost ten times as many seats as Labour, but the mainstream media have lumped them together to make it seem they have been equally hit:

The Conservatives and Labour have faced a backlash at the ballot box over the Brexit deadlock, with smaller parties and independents winning seats.

In England so far, the Tories have lost almost 800 seats and 28 councils overall, while the Liberal Democrats have gained more than 450 seats.

Labour has lost more than 80 seats.

At the time of writing, the Tories have lost 848 seats, and Labour is 90 behind its previous total.

Labour’s performance has not been wonderful, especially in the context of previous elections in these council areas. In 2015 the party under previous leader Ed Miliband lost 203 council seats.

But the Conservative collapse has been catastrophic, when judged by the same yardstick. In 2015, that party gained 541 seats.

This year’s result has wiped out those gains and seems likely to take away from the party almost as many seats again – possibly even more.

The MSM are also discussing each party’s share of the vote, saying Labour and the Tories are tied on 28 per cent. That’s just one per cent lower than in 2015 for Labour…

But it represents a massive seven per cent plunge for the Conservatives.

Oh, and the Liberal Democrats who are crowing about their 503 gains?

It simply means they’ve gained back the ground they lost in 2015, when 411 seats went to other parties in a reaction against the hated ConDem coalition of 2010-2015, with a few extra that may be attributed to the main parties’ lack of progress on Brexit.

Source: Local elections: Tories and Labour hit by Brexit backlash in polls – BBC News

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Is your council holding local elections today? Have you voted? If not, get to a polling station!

Voters across the UK are being urged to attend their polling stations and send a stern message to the Conservative Party in this year’s local elections.

The Tories plan to cut £1.3 billion from the local economy and voters who have a chance (only a fraction of local seats are up for election) are being urged to make their feelings clear about what this will do to their neighbourhoods.

Labour-held councils like Preston are already running new systems intended to ensure that whatever money remains available to them is spent entirely within their own local government boundaries – the so-called “Preston Model“.

The aim is to ensure that the wealth that is available to these council areas is used for the benefit of as many people there as possible, rather than spending the cash outside the area, as Tory-held councils are likely to do (in order to benefit their already-rich friends, perhaps).

The message seems clear: The Conservatives in Westminster are giving you a terrible deal. If you want to get the best out of it, you need to vote them out of your local council.

And the only way to do that is to get out and vote.


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Tories could lose 1,000 seats in local elections – so BOJOB speaks up? Please…

Bojob – what a clown: Don’t take out your Brexit frustrations on our hard-working Tory councillors, he says. Chris Davies was one such Tory councillor and he is now in disgrace as a convicted expenses fraudster.

Conservative leaders are extremely concerned about the results of Thursday’s local elections because it seems they don’t have to cash to run their usual campaigns.

It seems clear from this that they don’t believe for a moment that their candidates could be elected on personal merit. See:

The Tories could lose as many as 1,000 seats in this week’s local elections, as the party reportedly faces running out of cash.

Party bosses fear they face losing up to a quarter of their 5,521 council seats across the country, according to the Sunday Express.

And the party’s chief treasurer is thought to be in “complete despair” because both Remain and Leave-backing donors are holding back their money.

(Source: Tories face losing 1,000 seats in crushing local elections wipeout – Mirror Online)

So who do you think they send in to try to calm the masses and get them voting for their over-privileged overseers?

If you guessed an overpaid but poorly-educated mophead with all the charm, poise and social grace of a semi-shaved orang-utan, then you guessed right.

Here’s Boris Johnson:

Once you get going you will find that canvassing in a British high street is as enjoyable as any other contact sport – and even more exciting, in the sense that you can never be entirely sure who is going to be on your side. As you weave from shop to shop in a kind of rolling maul, you develop an instinct about the members of the public who loom into your path. Sometimes you need to deploy the old side-step; sometimes you palm them off with another member of your team. But most times you will want to commit wholeheartedly to the tackle – thrusting out your garish campaign bumf, clasping their hand, and inquiring joyfully whether you can count on their support.

In case you haven’t worked it out (and I don’t blame you) he was making his case in a Torygraph article entitled Don’t take out your Brexit frustrations on our hard-working Tory councillors.

As a local newspaper reporter, I’ve had personal experience of these so-called “hard-working Tory councillors”.

One of them was a man called Chris Davies. He represented the Conservative Party on Powys County Council for several years and was a useless yes-man for the Cameron government. As far as I know, he never once spoke up in support of the under-privileged and vulnerable people of the county who needed help.

In 2015 the people of Brecon and Radnorshire, sick of the Liberal Democrats’ collusion with the Tories and the murderous hardship it had wreaked on ordinary folk, ejected their former MP – only to get Mr Davies instead.

And now he is a criminal, convicted of expenses fraud, awaiting the result of a petition to remove him as MP and have a by-election. He is a disgrace.

That is my experience of “hard-working Tory councillors”.

The Tories deserve to lose a lot more than a paltry thousand of them.


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Local elections: A truth pill for mainstream media liars

Watch this:

Puts BBC coverage (and that of pretty much all the mainstream news media) in perspective, doesn’t it?

Shall we have some more?

How about this:

https://twitter.com/MattTurner4L/status/992406027269230592

It’s not a Labour Parliamentary majority, I know – but it is progress, while the Tories are falling back badly.

It seems everybody has chosen to forget that Labour was defending a high-watermark position on Thursday, so the likelihood of huge numbers of seats changing hands was significantly reduced.

Having said that, you know Theresa May was crowing about the Conservatives holding Wandsworth?

Well, it turns out that more people there voted Labour – it’s just that the numbers voting for individual councillors allowed the Tories to keep control:

Even then, the council would have changed hands if only 141 more people had voted Labour.

So, what can we conclude about the BBC’s (and the rest of the mainstream media’s) rubbish coverage? Tom Pride nails it, I think:

And the fact of the matter? As This Writer’s colleague in the New Left Media, Kerry-Anne Mendoza, puts it (and let’s have those projected Parliamentary figures again):


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Winners and losers: UKIP collapse suggests the local elections were a referendum on #Brexit


Is there a huge elephant in this discussion, that everyone in the mainstream media [MSM] is ignoring so they can attack Labour?

Did nobody notice what just happened to the UK Independence Party?

UKIP has collapsed – losing a massive 123 of the 126 seats it was defending.

The MSM have been desperate to ignore the implications, being happy to say ‘Leave’-voting areas migrated back to the Conservatives and ‘Remain’ areas to Labour or the Liberal Democrats.

But that’s not the whole picture. It’s more accurate to say voters moved their support back where it was before Brexit became the political football it is now.

We could say it’s simply a verdict on UKIP itself – a belief that this was a single-issue political party whose time has gone, having achieved its goal.

But people don’t usually form political parties for short-term reasons; UKIP wanted, not only to trigger the decision to leave the EU, but also to have a say in the nature of that departure – and that isn’t happening.

Also, let’s not forget that the ‘Leave’ campaign has been rocked by scandal after scandal – over expenses, over the alleged use of Cambridge Analytica to influence voters covertly, over the pathetic handling of negotiations with the EU27.

So, can’t we be honest? People are sick and tired of Brexit!

They know they were hoodwinked; they hate the fact that they’re now being led into financial ruin and international obscurity.

And they have punished the organisation they consider to be most responsible.


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