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If Grant Shapps wants us to go back to work, why is HE still working from home?

Failure of leadership: Grant Shapps, at home, telling us we should all go back to work. Why should we if he won’t?

Tories just don’t get it, do they? Leadership demands that you give people something to follow.

Example: Grant Shapps trying to get people to go back to all that time-wasting travelling to and from their places of work when they can do the job just as easily from home (and nine out of 10 people say they prefer it).

Here he is, being interviewed at his home, telling us to go to work:

It’s no inducement.

If Shapps wants us all to go – via overstuffed public transport – back to crowded workplaces full of other people who may have Covid-19 and could spread it to us and our families, why isn’t he leading by example?

Covid is on the rise again, with this week seeing the highest number of new cases recorded since June – more than when Shapps’s government put us all into lockdown in March – but now he wants us to go back to work. It’s a contradiction. It doesn’t make sense.

If he really believes that it is safe to go back, why is he not promising that when Parliament resumes next month he will be sitting on a crowded front bench, next to super-spreaders Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock, with all 635 (or so) other MPs, plus Parliamentary employees, crowded around him, as usual?

I’ll tell you why:

Because he’s afraid he’ll catch the virus.

And because he voted to give himself a £10,000 incentive to work from home, while the rest of us took pay cuts.

It’s not a persuasive argument, is it?

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David Miliband’s intervention over #LabourLeaks has only shown up his faction’s hypocrisy

Hypocrite: David Miliband.

I bet you find this tweet as amusing as I did:

https://twitter.com/ToryFibs/status/1292805261237911553

It is ironic, isn’t it? David Miliband, the darling of the Labour Right, regularly threatened to return to frontline politics and challenge Jeremy Corbyn during the latter’s leadership of the party.

Right-wingers in the party made successive attempts to wreck the Corbyn project through all five years of his leadership. I’ve managed to dig out a report of Mr Miliband making one such attack, from February 2017, months before Corbyn nearly won the 2017 general election (and we’ve all seen the evidence that it was sabotaged by Labour right-wingers by now). Consider:

Labour loses an extremely marginal seat and the right-whingers pull out David Miliband to criticise the leadership. It’s all so predictable.

… As was his message: A lie, based on apparent facts.

So he reckons Labour is further from power than at any time in the last 50 years. This may be accurate.

He reckons Labour’s situation isn’t a repeat of the 1980s. This may also be accurate.

But his conclusion – that Labour needs to become a right-wing party again, because he thinks socialism won’t address the problems the UK faces or get Labour elected, because he thinks watered-down Tory policies are what the public wants – is completely whacko-jacko.

Liam Young had it right, as This Site reported yesterday: Timidly copying Tory policies – failing to challenge them – is what has caused Labour’s problems. The party should be taking risks, pushing boundaries, and pushing radical ideas.

Labour’s decline in support isn’t because it has rejected right-wing policies; it is because New Labour ignored the working-class voters who have always been the party’s power-base – to such a degree that five million of them turned their backs on the party. Jeremy Corbyn has managed to bring some of them back but that process is being sabotaged by right-wing Labour MPs and commentators like Mr Miliband.

And those right-wingers need to be addressed – quickly. They cannot be allowed to continue backstabbing Mr Corbyn and Labour’s current direction.

It is clear that they want Labour to lose elections – why do you think Tristram Hunt and Jamie Reed resigned? They wanted Corbyn to lose both Copeland and Stoke Central – and are quite happy to allow homicidal Conservative policies to continue.

After all, they aren’t suffering; they’ll get another huge pay rise in April.

And Clive Lewis was right when he said that Labour needs to tackle a lot of vested interests, including those in the media who are desperate to keep Labour out of office…

And people like David Miliband, who say they are Labour but aren’t really Labour at all.

I’m quite proud of that article, looking back. It was prescient, pointing out that the right-wingers wanted Labour to lose elections and needed to be rooted out before they did serious damage to the party’s chance of winning elections.

My words were ignored. Factionalists in the party were accusing me of anti-Semitism at the time (as, indeed, they continue to do).

And now Miliband – hypocrite that he is – is back, accusing Corbyn of exactly the behaviour of which he was guilty back in 2017.

Ironic.

Miliband’s words themselves were, of course, utterly ridiculous. His claims about Labour’s losses in 2017 and 2019 ignore the facts we know – that he and his fellow right-wingers had been working hard to hold Corbyn back in both polls, and deny the claims that are being tested now.

What’s he going to do if those claims are proved true? His faction has never been quick to admit being wrong.

No doubt there are die-hards among the Labour right who are delighted with this intervention.

But the rational opinion is that he has made a fool of himself and everybody in his faction.

And some are not as polite:

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Hypocrite Theresa May pretends she’s not a racist – but we must judge her by her actions

Theresa May: the image offers a good sense of where she belongs.

Some of you are going to find this hard to take.

Watch this, if you have the stomach for it:

You’re probably thinking of the Windrush scandal, that demonstrated ample evidence that this two-faced Tory had no interest in the well-being of anybody black.

But I want to take you back further than that, to an incident that shows she cannot claim any moral authority on the well-being of any ethnic minority.

I refer, of course, to the scandal of Theresa May’s so-called “racist vans”. I wrote an article about it entitled Xenophobia, in which I stated:

“Those of us who are lucky enough not to live in London have yet to see the amazing advertising vans that have been conveying instructions to Conservative-leaning voters, to treat with hatred, suspicion and contempt anybody who is not a white, Anglo-Saxon protestant.

“It seems clear that these vehicles are intended to promote racism and heighten racial tension, setting British citizens against each other – because the aim is to encourage the suspicion that another person may be an illegal immigrant – in the same way Coalition policy on social security set citizens against each other by pretending it was commonplace for individuals to receive more in benefits than in paid work.

“According to the Public Order Act 1986, it is an offence for a person to publish threatening, abusive or insulting material if this is intended to stir up hatred against any group in the UK, defined by reference to colour, race, nationality, citizenship or ethnic or national origins, or if it is likely to stir up hatred with regard to all the circumstances.

“The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act of 1994 added an offence of intentional harassment – that it is an offence to use threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour, intending to cause a person harassment, alarm or distress. There is a defence that the conduct of the accused was reasonable. This Act was introduced by Michael Howard, who spoke in favour of the advertising vans on the BBC’s Any Questions on Friday.

“The Unite union has been seeking legal advice about whether the Home Office-sponsored vans – running a week-long ‘pilot’ scheme that could be expanded to the entire country – incited racial hatred, which implies that their message was intended for domestic consumption, rather than for the benefit (sorry) of illegal aliens.

“The message on the vans reads as follows: “In the UK illegally? GO HOME OR FACE ARREST. Text HOME to [a number] for free advice and help with travel documents.”

“A stamp in the top-right corner reads: “106 arrests last week in your area.”

“The Home Office Twitter account spent the week-long pilot period tweeting messages about the number of illegal immigrants it wished to claim had been detected or turned themselves in – and even transmitted photographs of suspects in a move that is certain to undermine claims that it was not trying to incite hatred.

“And spot-checks have been taking place at railway stations, where people who were notably not white were stopped, apparently at random, by immigration officers wearing stab vests who demanded to see identification proving they were in the UK legally. It seems they became unreasonably aggressive when asked what right they had to behave like this without direct cause for suspicion.

“Immigration minister Mark Harper has rejected claims that people were targeted because of their race, confirming that the law demands that officers need reason to believe an offence had been committed before stopping anybody.

“He said the street operations “involved immigration officers talking to people in the local area and, where there was a reason to do so, asking questions in relation to immigration status”. Are we to take it, then, that his underlings were inviting local people to act as informants, ‘dobbing in’ people they suspected (or possibly, simply didn’t like and wanted to put into trouble)?

“Harper’s argument was severely undermined when he admitted he could not reveal the different ethnicities of the people who were stopped, and their numbers, because it is not recorded – officials were told to take down only the names, dates of birth and nationalities of people they stopped.”

“I fundamentally believe that you should not be stopped on the streets of our country simply because of the colour of your skin,” said May, on July 9.

But seven years ago, officials were stopping people on the streets of our country precisely because of the colour of their skin – on her orders.

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Cummings scandal: Duffield right to resign for breaching lockdown; Labour MPs wrong to back her

Rosie Duffield: she broke lockdown to meet her married lover.

This is an open-and-shut case, isn’t it?

Rosie Duffield seems a nasty character. The Labour MP for Canterbury marched in the ‘lynch’ mob with Ruth Smeeth and others to have Marc Wadsworth ejected from the Labour Party in the kangaroo court that was his hearing before the party’s National Constitutional Committee.

She campaigned for Chris Williamson to get the same treatment from his kangaroo court (NCC) hearing.

Now she has been caught breaking lockdown – possibly more scandalously than Dominic Cummings – in travelling to meet her lover, who happens to be married. So she’s an adulteress. Shocking behaviour, and a terrible example to set – especially at a time when her party leader has been (rightly) criticising Cummings:

In contrast with Cummings, Duffield has done the right thing: she has resigned from her job as a Labour Whip. Here’s the reason it’s right:

The hypocrites in this situation are any Labour MPs who have voiced support for Ms Duffield, saying she shouldn’t quit, after spending more than a week saying Cummings had behaved appallingly and should quit.

That is the scandal in this story and Keir Starmer needs to take action before the tabloids use it to drag him down. And just when Labour was catching up with the Tories in the polls, too.

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Hypocrisy of lawbreaker Johnson as he tells police to use ‘full force of law’ on Extinction Rebellion

Victims of Johnson’s law: Extinction Rebellion demonstrators block Lambeth Bridge.

I’m with Tom London (of Twitter fame) on this one. He tweeted:

“Hmm… Johnson broke the law.

“Johnson openly and provocatively threatened to break the law again.

“And now he has the gall to ask police to “use full force of law” against Extinction Rebellion.”

Good point!

Put another way:

Boris Johnson – what a two-faced hypocrite!

Boris Johnson has urged police to “use the full force of the law” to deal with climate change protesters.

Extinction Rebellion is currently blocking streets around London and has taken over Westminster and Lambeth bridges in the capital, bringing traffic to a standstill.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “People have the right to protest peacefully but they must do so within the law.

“The right to peaceful protest does not extend to unlawful activity – the Government expects the police to take a firm stance against protesters who significantly disrupt the lives of others and to use the full force of the law.”

Source: Boris Johnson tells police to ‘use full force of law’ against Extinction Rebellion

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Boris Johnson has ruled out a snap election. Where have we heard THAT before?

Boris Johnson: UK’s new PM can’t open his mouth without putting his foot in it.

It seems fledgeling UK prime minister Boris Johnson has ruled out a snap election before the UK leaves the EU on October 31.

Meanwhile, EU officials have ruled out any chance of renegotiating a departure deal – and with Parliament refusing to approve Brexit without a deal, it seems an election is the only logical course of action.

Not only that, but it seems the Tories are arranging secret meetings with key members and activists outside London, to consult on policies to help them fight off challenges from Labour and the LibDems in marginal seats.

Do you believe that?

Labour doesn’t.

Jeremy Corbyn’s party has put its members on snap-election alert.

We’ve been here before, of course.

Theresa May swore to us all that she would not announce a general election in 2017 – and then announced a general election in 2017.

Mr Johnson’s announcement means he’ll be a hypocrite, no matter what.

If he announces a snap election after ruling one out, he’ll have contradicted himself in the same way as Theresa May did in 2017.

But denying the UK an election means he would contradict his own words from 2007, as This Writer explained previously.

Only two days into his premiership, BoJob has managed to convince the country not only that he is a liar…

But that he’s a bad liar.

Source: Boris Johnson rules out early election amid EU resistance to Brexit plan – ITV News

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Corbyn’s ‘worst meeting as leader’? No – just biased reporting from the Graun

Cosy at the top: Concerns raised by MPs at Monday’s Parliamentary Labour Party meeting have no substance and should not bother either Jennie Formby or Jeremy Corbyn – but the fact that they are being allowed to discuss these matters openly, in violation of party rules, lays open the double-standard that may make the party unelectable.

On the face of it, it looked bad.

“Labour MPs tore into Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit strategy at a party meeting on Monday night,” according to The Guardian.

The same report went on to say: “The parliamentary Labour party (PLP) meeting came amid anger about how Corbyn’s office had handled harassment complaints against two senior Labour figures, as well as an investigation into Labour antisemitism by the equalities watchdog.”

But it turns out this is nothing more than hyperbole from the paper that misrepresented Labour’s new commitment that every UK citizen should have a chance to succeed as “Corbyn to drop social mobility”.

In fact, it was reasonable for MPs to want to re-examine Labour’s Brexit policy after large falls in voter share at the European Parliament election and the Peterborough by-election.

Reading between the lines, the regrettable aspect of the report is that it shows no willingness on the party of Jeremy Corbyn’s critics to accept that they are at least partly responsible for the confusion over Labour’s position.

MPs – and indeed shadow cabinet members – who know a divided party cannot win elections went into the most recent campaigns spouting any old nonsense that came into their heads, rather than the official party line.

Where were their apologies?

This ties in with Mr Corbyn’s plea for MPs not to publicly attack party staff or shadow cabinet members, which was knocked by Lloyd Russell-Moyle at the meeting, to his shame.

Let us be clear: MPs pleading for the right to attack other Labour members is a demand for rights that rank-and-file party members don’t have.

The reason This Writer was expelled from Labour wasn’t the false charges of anti-Semitism that were made about me – it was the fact that I had discussed in public the failures of the party machine to correctly address the issue – even though these were matters of public knowledge and it was my job as a journalist to report on them.

(From this it should be clear that the party’s National Constitutional Committee was demanding that Labour-supporting journalists must show a bias towards the party that conflicts with their duty to report facts. This would, of course, prevent any honourable journalist from being a party member or supporting it. Perhaps NCC boss Maggie Cosins didn’t think of that.)

It was clear that, as a rank-and-file Labour member, I was expelled for discussing internal party issues in public – but that is exactly the privilege Mr Russell-Moyle was demanding at Monday’s meeting.

That is not acceptable. There must be a single rule for all party members, no matter how high in the party hierarchy they have risen.

Steering this back to Brexit, it is clear that – had MPs honoured the obligation to support party policy, rather than criticise it or contradict it – Labour could have won a far larger voter share.

And Labour’s policy really isn’t that hard to understand.

As long as we have a Conservative government that is determined to honour what is now widely accepted as a fatally-flawed plebiscite (consider the recent Swiss decision to invalidate a referendum result after it was decided voters had received false information), Brexit is going to happen.

Labour’s policy is to limit the amount of harm this will cause to the general public.

This policy is to be carried out initially by the measures available to the party in Parliament, as laid out by Mr Corbyn many times in the past.

It would also be carried out in policies which address the effect that Brexit would have on the lives of UK citizens – tackling the so-called “burning injustices” that Theresa May said she would solve, back in 2016, about which she then did exactly nothing.

It’s actually a winning combination, if only the party blabbermouths would shut up and think for a moment.

Of course, the real solution to Tory Brexit is a general election and a Labour government, but that is a dream as long as the same party blabbermouths continue to preach division. And they will.

As for the issues around harassment and anti-Semitism: If complaints have been made, then these matters are under investigation and it is not only inappropriate but itself a disciplinary matter if MPs discuss them in public.

So the words allegedly said by Jess Phillips to Jeremy Corbyn – “If you abuse women in the Labour party and they’re a friend of yours, they get away with it” – should result in her suspension from the party while her own transgression is investigated, as it seems she is attempting trial-by-media.

But of course, the Labour leadership won’t take any such action, because there really is a two-tier system in place and Ms Phillips is on the level that need fear no disciplinary action, no matter what she does.

This is the matter for concern – not the whinges of a few out-of-order MPs.

Mr Corbyn has been told about it. Labour general secretary Jennie Formby has been told. So have leading members of the NCC.

The general public see that.

And perhaps that hypocritical double-standard is what will keep Labour out of office, more than anything else.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn lambasted by Labour MPs in ‘worst meeting as leader’ | Politics | The Guardian

‘Spiteful’? Watson’s comment on Campbell expulsion shows he’s unfit to be Labour deputy leader

He’s got his coat: Tom Watson’s support for Blairites who voted for other parties means he should be ejected from his position as Labour deputy leader – and preferably from the party altogether.

Tom Watson could not have given Labour Party members a better reason to remove him. He is a hypocrite – and a low one at that.

Mr Watson was quiet as a mouse when Labour members who supported Jeremy Corbyn were expelled by the thousand for the heinous crime of – for example – voting Green before they had even joined his party.

Labour’s deputy leader, who has a famous taste for pop music, had nothing to say when one member was kicked out for voicing her enjoyment of the Foo Fighters in Anglo-Saxon terms.

But when Alastair Campbell gets the boot for voting Liberal Democrat in the EU elections, up he squeaks.

Not good enough. If that’s what he thinks, he should be quitting the party of his own volition.

If he won’t (and I think he is himself too spiteful and vain to do the honourable thing), then it is time he was challenged for his position as Labour’s deputy leader. He disgraces it.

I note that The Guardian lists three other Blairite Labour members who voted for other parties and look forward to seeing reports of their expulsion as well.

Rules are rules. Mr Watson liked them well enough when he could use them to get his way.

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has said the decision to expel Alastair Campbell for voting Lib Dem was spiteful and members who voted for other parties in the European elections should be given an amnesty.

In a rebuke to Labour’s HQ, Watson said members who voted for other parties should be listened to rather than punished. Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor and a leading advocate for a people’s vote, admitted after polls had closed that he had voted Liberal Democrat.

The former Labour home secretary and party chairman Charles Clarke said he had also voted Liberal Democrat in the election, while the ex-defence secretary Bob Ainsworth said he voted Green.

Fiona Mactaggart, a former Labour minister, admitted she also voted Lib Dem and said it was “time for us all to declare: ‘I am Spartacus.’”

Watson said members who had voted elsewhere to send a message to Labour had been right about the party’s lack of clarity on the issue of a second referendum, compared with parties such as the Greens, Lib Dems and the SNP.

Source: Tom Watson calls Alastair Campbell’s expulsion ‘spiteful’ | Politics | The Guardian

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See the hypocrisy of Amber Rudd in her attitude to fake anti-Semitism and genuine disability

Hypocrisy: Amber Rudd says she wants an end to the divisive language that labelled claimants of disability benefits like Personal Independence Payment as “scroungers”. No doubt that would be welcomed by Susan Roberts [pictured] – if only she were still alive. She died surrounded by letters rejecting her application for PIP. And Ms Rudd has not offered to make a single change to the cruel PIP assessment system.


What a specimen of Conservatism Amber Rudd really is!

She wants the Labour Party in her constituency of Hastings and Rye put in “special behavioural measures” after it passed a motion saying – accurately – that accusations of anti-Semitism – labelled “outrageous slanders” – were being “criminally misused in an unscrupulous bid to destroy the Corbyn-led Labour Party”.

But she won’t apologise for the outrageous slanders (libels, really, to use the accurate term) made against the people whose claims for sickness and disability benefits were scorned on the grounds that they were “scroungers”, or “skivers”, or (echoing the Nazis whose policies the Tories have imitated in this respect) “workshy”.

She does say she wants to put that kind of language in the past. This makes no sense, though. The Tories quite clearly haven’t had enough of forcing people with long-term illnesses and/or disabilities towards death – we hear new stories of such tragedies every week.

So it seems to This Writer that the words of Ms Rudd stand on their heads and her hypocrisy is laid bare for all to see.

And I haven’t even had to mention the fact that Ms Rudd has a tiny majority of 346 votes in that constituency and is desperate to discredit the Labour Party, whose policies – under Jeremy Corbyn – are hugely popular.

Incidentally, the Hastings and Rye motion stated that “This ‘crying wolf’” – faking accusations of anti-Semitism to score political points – “could cause valid warnings of anti-Semitism to go unheard.” That is a reasonable concern to raise.

Now consider the Conservative Party. It only bothered to suspend – suspend, mark you, not expel – a few members after they were named on a Twitter account, amidst a rising tide of outrage at that organisation’s despicable indifference to the behaviour of its own members.

As with all good deeds done by Tories, it was motivated by a desire to maintain the approval of the general public – not by any will to do what is right.

Tories like to do what they want – and hide it by saying what they think the people want to hear.

In that respect, Amber Rudd is a typical Tory: A hypocrite.


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Theresa May told huge lies in her Brexit speech today and everybody knows it

Lying yet again: I’m getting tired of using this image, but it remains the most accurate depiction of Theresa May’s attitude.

Wow. What a screw-up.

When you’re prime minister of a nation like the UK, giving a major speech on a subject that has split your citizens, it is highly advisable not to tell a huge lie about it if you want to have your way.

But that is what Theresa May did today (January 14).

She tried to co-opt the story of the creation of the National Assembly for Wales in support of her claim that Brexit must be enacted, despite the narrowness of the referendum result.

There are just three problems:

First, she said, “On the rare occasions when Parliament puts a question to the British people directly, we have always understood that their response carries a profound significance.” This is a lie.

After the Welsh Assembly referendum in 1997 produced a 0.3 per cent majority – smaller than that for Brexit, the Government of Wales Bill went before the Commons in December 1999 and the Conservative Party – including Mrs May – voted against it en masse.

Mrs May is using the Assembly referendum to support her Brexit policy, even though her own actions in that case were the exact opposite.

Not only that, she said, “When the people of Wales voted by a margin of 0.3%, on a turnout of just over 50%, to endorse the creation of the Welsh Assembly, that result was accepted by Parliament.”

While this is accurate, it is because the majority of MPs in Parliament at the time were members of the Labour Party. The Conservatives campaigned for a second referendum and included a promise to offer the people of Wales a second vote in their manifesto for the general election of 2005. They said that was the democratic thing to do, in sharp contrast with her current attitude to the EU referendum.

Finally, there’s the issue of what happened in the aftermath of the two votes. After the Welsh Assembly referendum, devolutionists worked hard to build “losers’ consent” – reaching out and addressing the concerns of their opponents.

Mrs May has done the exact opposite with Brexit. People who supported remaining in the EU were demonised as “Remoaners”, “saboteurs” and “traitors”.

These are fundamental flaws in Mrs May’s argument. She is revealed as a hypocrite and a liar. And everybody saw it.

(The quoted extract is from a version of the speech that wasn’t used – it seems Mrs May’s advisors realised that “both sides” did not accept the result of the Welsh Assembly referendum and modified it to say that “Parliament” accepted it. As already mentioned, this was because Labour had a majority.)

Evolve Politics goes into further details in an article here.

The only conclusion to be formed is that Theresa May doesn’t care about democracy and nor does her Conservative government. She wants Brexit for petty, selfish reasons that have nothing to do with the national interest or even with the wishes of Leave supporters – and her dire Brexit deal represents those narrow demands. If anything, her speech should reinforce opposition to her claims.

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