#BorisJohnson wants to dictate when – and WHETHER – #elections take place – as #VoxPolitical warned you

Remember last December when This Site warned the UK electorate that Boris Johnson’s manifesto said, “We will impose an indefinite Conservative government”? It means he planned to stay in power just as long as he wanted to, with no election unless he felt like it. And the UK electorate ignored the warning and voted for him in what may be the last democratic election to take place in this country. Do you think that’s overstating the case? If so, you haven’t been paying attention. Johnson intends to repeal the Human…

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Distraction tactics: why pay attention to all this right-wing fiddling while your country burns?

We all know bank holiday Mondays are where the news goes to die but August 2020 was particularly bad. Judging by Twitter, the event that caught everybody’s imagination was a poll by right-wing Times Radio that resulted in a nobody presenter – This Writer has never heard of him – having to declare that Jeremy Corbyn is the best prime minister the UK never had. WINNER: Jeremy Corbyn is officially the Times Radio’s best Prime Minister we ever had 🎉 pic.twitter.com/JJfd71ONAq — Ben (@BenJolly9) August 31, 2020 (It means he would…

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Is it true that senior Tories tried to bully alleged rape victim into dropping her case?

Allegations have arisen on Twitter that senior Tories tried to persuade the alleged victim to drop her case against a Conservative MP, with promises of good jobs if she signs a non-disclosure agreement/accepts a small settlement. I’m not aware of the source of this claim and would appreciate confirmation – but there is evidence to support the broad meaning of part of it. The BBC has reported that Tory chief whip Mark Spencer was contacted by the alleged victim in April. He now insists that she did not make any…

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Jane got justice in Rachel Riley court case – will Vox Political’s Mike get the same?

Rachel Riley has withdrawn her libel case against Jane Heybroek, and it seems they will pay part of her costs in an agreement that – surprisingly – does not include a demand for confidentiality. Here’s Jane’s statement on Twitter: We did it! ❤️🌹 Thank you to every single one of you who has supported me over the past months. It has been quite a battle. Please read the following statement, and share. Please, especially, note the last part of it, and be kind. xYou are all amazing.Qui audet vincit. pic.twitter.com/7GJ6eiY9k8…

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Loss of free car parking is latest Tory attack on NHS staff who saved us from Covid-19

Tories can be murderously vindictive, can’t they? They are currently working hard to attack NHS staff for daring to bring down the Covid-19 death toll. It seems clear that Boris Johnson and his cronies were hoping to see many more deaths, considering the way they are penalising the people who helped stem the tide. They want to cut NHS staff pay as part of a belt-tightening regime to cope with the cost of dealing with the disease (even though the Tories themselves had known it was coming but stopped any…

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After five years of hate, tributes for Jeremy Corbyn on his last day as Labour leader

For those of us who supported his leadership from the moment he declared his candidacy, the praise Jeremy Corbyn has received for his time as Labour Party leader is nothing more than he was due. He took a floundering political party that had badly lost its way after being hijacked by right-wing neoliberals and steered it back to its socialist roots. It was exactly the right thing to do, triggering a massive membership boost that made Corbyn’s Labour the largest political organisation in western Europe. Sadly, elements on the right…

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Good news: plan to gerrymander constituency borders for Tories is scrapped

Boris Johnson’s government has given up a plan to cut the number of MPs in the House of Commons. The Tories have been trying to reduce the number of MPs from 650 to 600 since David Cameron slithered into Downing Street in 2010. The aim was to change constituency borders in order to deliver Conservative-voting majorities to most UK Parliamentary seats for the foreseeable future. That plan was hatched when the Conservatives were unable to achieve a majority by themselves; Cameron’s first ministry was a coalition government with the Liberal…

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Tories split over plot to destroy the BBC

Days after the man formerly known as the Minister for Murdoch returned to the government, unelected leader Dominic Cummings has apparently declared war on the BBC. It seems Cummings was just waiting to get the right man for the job – and the well-connected Whittingdale fitted the bill perfectly. So it fell to The Sunday Times to herald the forthcoming assault on our national broadcaster: “Downing Street turned on the BBC last night — vowing to scrap the television licence fee and make viewers pay a subscription. The national broadcaster could…

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End of benefit freeze won’t end choice between heating and eating because increases will be too low

Citizens Advice has just confirmed what many of us have known for some time – that the end of the Tory benefit freeze won’t help people who are struggling to make ends meet. The simple fact is that the freeze, alongside inflationary price increases, mean people on benefits simply don’t receive enough to afford the basic human rights. And any increase approved by the Tories will only continue the hardship. So, if you’re on benefits – even if you’re working – you still have to decide between buying food or…

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Loach heads campaigners calling for benefit assessment ban after job centre death

A campaign to ban benefit assessment interviews has been launched after a 65-year-old man with diabetes collapsed and died after being found ‘fit for work’. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) has called on the DWP to halt assessments for Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance after the man died while waiting for an interview to discuss his future benefit options. Discussing the death, This Site stated: “He would have been old enough to retire if the Conservatives had not decided to raise the retirement age for both men…

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