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Lies that won’t die: Look who’s afraid of this former Labour candidate winning for the Greens!

Jo Bird: Bigoted witch-hunters are again conducting a hate campaign to sabotage her chances of winning a Parliamentary seat from Labour – but the facts are against them.

A woman who was unfairly expelled from the Labour Party while she was running for election to its ruling NEC is to stand as the Green Party’s candidate for Birkenhead in the next general election – and the false accusations against her have suddenly re-emerged.

Somebody must be terrified that Jo Bird will take the seat!

Ms Bird was originally suspended by Labour – for just nine days – after making a self-deprecating remark that their should be “Jew process” when considering allegations of anti-Semitism against party members.

She was suspended again when she was running for election to Labour’s ruling body, the NEC.

Much was made of this at the time, including by the Jewish Chronicle. Ms Bird complained to press regulator IPSO about inaccuracies in its article, and the eventual finding came back in her favour.

But we live in an age of despicable lies that won’t die – and, now that she has been announced as the Green Party’s Birkenhead candidate, they have resurfaced – to derision from those of us who know the facts:

Fortunately she has plenty of support. This is just one example:

We know why this is happening: the Green Party is in an excellent position to take Birkenhead from Labour right-winger Alison McGovern*, so Labour is wheeling out its old, false, accusations against that party’s candidate.

This is politics of the dirtiest kind. If you live in Birkenhead and you were thinking of Labour before, think again now.

*McGovern beat left-wing candidate Mick Whitley in a selection contest after boundary changes:


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Swallowing claims of Labour anti-Semitism wholesale does the real victims no favours at all

Hope Not Hate – or is it Ignorance, not virtue?

How disappointing.

It seems the great campaigning group Hope Not Hate has been hoodwinked by those who want to mire the Labour Party in evidence-less claims of anti-Semitism.

After three Jewish-orientated newspapers published a joint front page attacking the party (as usual, with no solid evidence on which to base their words). Their complaint was that Labour had “diluted” the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism, when in fact the party’s code of conduct strengthens it.

But it seems HNH’s Nick Lowles swallowed the lot unquestioningly. He wrote:

It is now immaterial whether or not Labour really does pose an “existential” threat to British Jews. That is the perception felt by a growing number of British Jews right across their community. Some people are talking about leaving the country if Labour wins a General Election. The fact is that a large number of people in the Jewish community are fearful of the prospect of a Labour government.

This is the view of many British Jews. We must accept that, and we have to deal with it. It is not my position as a non-Jew to deny the right of my Jewish friends to feel as they do. That’s not how we approach the racism suffered by any group. It cannot be the position of the Labour Party to dismiss their concerns.

Of course, the Labour Party has not dismissed concerns about anti-Semitism. It has bent over backwards to acknowledge and investigate them – to the point that it is now doing its utmost to find even innocent party members guilty of it, in a vain attempt to avoid further censure.

Nor is Mr Lowles right about the way we approach allegations of racism. If these are reported to the police, they record them as racist incidents – that’s the Macpherson principle, much-touted by the anti-Semitism whistleblowers, in action. But they still investigate the allegations fully and form their own conclusions about whether a crime was committed, and whether it was racist.

None of the above is to deny that a number – perhaps even a growing number – of British Jews feel that Labour poses a threat to them. How can they help it, with so much of the British mass media feasting on the material provided by organisations claiming to stand up for them, such as the unelected, undemocratic Board of Deputies.

Mr Lowles demands that Labour should accept the full definition of the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism – which is a nonsense because Labour has accepted the definition in full. It is only some of the examples provided with the definition that Labour has modified, and accepting the examples instead would be watering down Labour’s code of conduct, not the other way around as has been claimed.

He also claims the IHRA definition is the internationally-recognised definition of anti-Semitism. In fact it has been recognised by only 31 of 195 countries.

The reason Mr Lowles has made these mistakes is simple: He hasn’t done his research. All he has done is swallow down every unevidenced claim that has been thrown his way.

Don’t get me wrong; it is right to treat accusations of anti-Semitism as real – while they are being investigated. But any investigation has to be full, and without fear or favour in any direction.

This is where Labour has let itself down. The party has correctly identified many cases of genuine anti-Semitism – but this seems to have been simply due to its determination to say every single defendant must be guilty. Consider the treatment of Marc Wadsworth – outrageously accused of anti-Semitism under false pretences by MP Ruth Smeeth and then hounded out of the party on a charge of bringing it into disrepute. In fact, it is his treatment by Labour that harmed the party’s reputation.

My own case is yet to be heard, but I have made it clear that Labour’s National Executive Committee, in its sheet listing the charge against me and its particulars, included a directive to the investigating panel to find me guilty, no matter what – in order to improve the party’s image among observers. There is no effort whatsoever to suggest that the panel’s verdict should support any principles of justice.

That is what will do the most harm to the Labour Party.

It is also the reason I am crowdfunding in order to take my own accusers to a genuine court, to have the matter against me judged according to the law of the land. If you are willing to help me, please visit my JustGiving page and pledge what you can.

Beastrabban has published a couple of articles on the subject of Hope Note Hate’s mistake.

This one examines the underlying attempt to stifle debate about the actions of the Israeli government – its policy of apartheid operated against Palestinians, and its appalling human rights abuses against the same people.

And this chronicles an attack on Hope Not Hate, by a Jewish write, for making a personal accusation against Jeremy Corbyn that carries no weight at all.

Both are well worth reading, as useful background information.

The bottom line is that those – like Hope Not Hate – who have smeared Labour Party members on the basis of false or evidenceless claims are helping to generate the very atmosphere of fear among British Jews that they bemoan.

The Labour Party itself is not guiltless in this regard – as I have clarified, above. The party’s attitude is self-defeating, as it is perpetuating the very situation it is trying to control.

And it could all be resolved if those involved took one very simple step. All those writing articles should be taking it already because it is a basic rule of journalism:

Check your facts.

Visit our JustGiving page to help Vox Political’s Mike Sivier fight anti-Semitism libels in court


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Day of action planned against UKIP hate-mongering

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A weekend of action against alleged UKIP hate-mongering is to take place later this month.

In the immediate aftermath of the appalling terrorist attacks in Paris, UKIP leader Nigel Farage took to the airwaves to blame immigration and multiculturalism and claimed that there was a “fifth column” operating in this country, according to Hope Not Hate.

“We’ve got people living in these countries, holding our passports, who hate us,” the organisation quoted him as saying.

He went on to claim that most French cities had “no-go” areas for non-Muslims.

“Sadly, he is at it again,” wrote Nick Lowles for Hope Not Hate. “Last week, in a speech to a hard-right conference in the US, he repeated his claims.

“Farage’s incendiary language is dangerous and will only whip up fear, suspicion and hatred. He is clearly moving to the right, so we need to redouble our efforts to stop him and his party.

“Hope not hate is calling a national weekend of action for 21/22 March.

“With just 65 days to go until the General Election, we need to step up our campaign. UKIP boast that it will win several seats and, more worryingly, could hold the balance of power in a hung parliament. UKIP also poses a real threat in 410 council wards.

“If you are appalled by Farage whipping up hatred and are worried about UKIP holding the balance of power, then please sign up to get involved.”

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Joshua ‘Moronic Troll’ Bonehill: Fuehrer without a leaderguard – Beastrabban\’s Weblog

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Here’s an example of the British Far Right at its worst. Before the Beast blogged the following about him, the name of Joshua Bonehill was already known to Yr Obdt Srvt – he is due in court soon, for creating a website in a friend’s name and using it to claim the other person was a paedophile.

A nasty piece of work indeed – but don’t take this writer’s word for it; here’s the Beast:

Remember Joshua Bonehill? Tom Pride over at Pride’s Purge blogged about him a year or so ago. He’s the Hitler wannabe, who boasted at he had at least 20,000 + followers on Twitter. He was trying to set up his own Far Right party and was appealing for men to join his ‘Leader Guard’. This was to be the new Praetorian guard to march with and protect him as Fuehrer of the new British extreme Right. Mr Pride was alarmed as one of his Twitter followers was a British army colonel.

I thought that Bonehill and his dreams of Nazi Fuehrertum were so bonkers that it had to be a wind-up. Surely someone, who was so obviously trying to be early 21st Century’s Britain’s own Adolf couldn’t possibly be serious?

I was wrong.

He was.

Last week was Holocaust memorial week, and the country remembered the liberation of the Nazi Death Camps and the almost unbelievable horror that was perpetuated there. The surviving inmates, some well into their nineties, told their stories.

At the same time this was going, Bonehill was planning a Nazi march against the 20,000 strong Jewish community of Stamford Hill in London.

Think that’s bad? Try this list from the anti-far right site EDL News:

  • Bonehill attempted to organise a demonstration in Cardiff last year under his National British Resistance Political party. The party consisted of two other people, one with learning difficulties who he scammed for £500. He did not show up, neither did his friends.
  • His Woolwich Strong t-shirt sales scam saw him allegedly net over £1000. According to our sources, none of the money has been given to the Lee Rigby fund. A grand total of £5 went to Help for Heroes and then rest he put down as administrative costs.
  • Bonehill’s online popularity seems to stem from spending lots of money buying Facebook likes and Twitter followers from countries such as Pakistan, India and Turkey in order to make himself look more popular. Much of that money went down the pan recently when both Twitter and Facebook kicked him off their networks.
  • According to locals, Bonehill is allegedly banned from a large supermarket chain nationwide for getting drunk and trying to defecate in the aisle of the cosmetics department, before being forcibly removed by security guards. We cannot corroborate this story ourselves but a number of witnesses have confirmed the story.
  • Bonehill has a conviction for using his Conservative party membership card to break into a police station and steal uniforms. When caught he assaulted a police officer.
  • He is allegedly banned from the Mermaid pub in Yeovil after one of the barmaids had him up against the wall by his throat and threw him out for reasons we are unable to disclose. Again, a number of local people have confirmed this.
  • Drink seems to be a major factor in Bonehill’s life according to most people we spoke to which explains the online bravado exhibited.
  • He is awaiting sentencing on five charges of harassment and two charges of malicious communications arising from undertaking lengthy and concerted campaigns branding as paedophiles, people who disagreed and outwitted him online (no hard task).
  • After pleading guilty to a hoax which claimed the Globe Pub in Leicester has refused service to a soldier, the BBC described him as a ‘moronic troll’.

The thing about this idiot is that, despite this writer’s friend having done everything he could to get rid of the “moronic troll”, he persisted with a course of action that led into court.

With a list of previous offences as long as his undoubtedly is, how stupid can one man be?

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