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‘Spycops’ law will be used to spy on Labour, its MPs and trade unions. Why did 167 Labour MPs support it?

Another blunder: Keir Starmer’s insistence on allowing a law that would allow the government to undermine his party has created a rift between him and an ever-increasing number of his MPs.

It is already being labelled as a major rebellion against Keir Starmer’s leadership: 34 Labour MPs defying the party whip to vote against the controversial so-called ‘Spycops’ Bill that would allow government agents to commit crimes.

The real question about it, though, is: why so few?

Labour has been targeted by the so-called Establishment in the UK – probably from its beginnings as a political party. This includes espionage by the nation’s intelligence agencies.

We all know about famous incidents such as the Zinoviev Letter, which contributed to the fall of Ramsay MacDonald’s first Labour government. It was a forged communique allegedly between the government and the Communist government of Russia, written by people whose identities remain uncertain…

… but it was published by the Conservative Daily Mail, and it is widely believed that this was on the urging of the SIS – the intelligence service of the day.

Another famous issue is the MI5 file on Harold Wilson, which was opened when he first entered Parliament in 1945 and recorded his contacts with communists, KGB officers and other Russians.

It was opened because of concerns about his relationships with Eastern European businessmen. Can you imagine MI5 opening a file on Boris Johnson, over his relationships with oligarches from Russia?

Ultimately, none of the information in the file can have amounted to anything because MI5 never tried to use it to undermine him – despite his own paranoia about this in his later years.

Clearly there is a precedent for the security services – which are predominantly staffed by right-wingers – using every resource within their power to find ways of undermining the Labour Party.

And by abstaining on a Bill that allows government agents to commit crimes in order to achieve their aims, 167 Labour MPs including the party’s leader, Keir Starmer, have just handed them another such resource.

It’s undemocratic and dangerous – the kind of legislation created by a dictatorship in order to ensure, by fair means or foul, that no rival organisation can ever topple it.

But some good may come of it accidentally – the possible removal of Starmer as party leader.

Around 20 of his MPs rebelled against his demand to abstain on the Bill’s second reading. Yesterday (October 15), 34 defied his whip – including eight who resigned from front bench roles to do so:

 

Much of this can be attributed to Starmer’s own attitude, which suggests that he actually supports the Bill’s demand that government agents be allowed to commit any crime without fear of prosecution for it later – any crime at all, including the murder of the Tories’ political opponents:

Discontent with his lack of opposition to the worst Tory government in history is growing, and already there are rumours of a leadership challenge in 2021:

Political developments are strange; they don’t happen the way anybody expects – unless that person is very far-sighted indeed.

The Zinoviev Letter led to the fall of a Labour government – but only in a roundabout way. Labour’s vote increased in the general election; it was the collapse of the Liberal vote that allowed the Conservatives their victory.

It would be ironic if now, nearly a century after that attempt to end a socialist government, a piece of legislation that legalises espionage against the party that formed that government actually led to its re-founding as a socialist organisation once again.

That is the only comforting thought I can raise from what is, in all other respects, a disaster for democracy.

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Fury as Starmer asks Labour to abstain on Bill allowing government agents to commit crimes like murder, torture and rape

Keir Starmer: he’s not left-wing but he’s definitely sinister.

Why is a former human rights lawyer like Keir Starmer asking Labour MPs to let the Tories pass a law that will allow their agents to commit crimes that trample all over our human rights?

The crimes that will be allowed are bad enough – the Covert Human Intelligence Sources Bill is also known as the ‘Licence to Kill’ Bill. Also allowed would be torture and sex crimes including rape.

But it will also be impossible to mitigate the worst aspects of the Bill with the Human Rights Act, because the Tories stated 11 months ago that, as the state would not be the “instigator” of the crimes, it could not be held responsible for them.

Starmer, a former human rights lawyer, has reportedly convinced some Labour MPs that this is not the case. He must know that this isn’t true.

So why does he want to give government agents – including people from the Environment Agency and the Financial Conduct Authority – a licence for torture, rape and murder?

As This Site documented last week, Starmer already whipped Labour to abstain on the second reading of the Bill.

We were told this was in order to create a chance to modify the legislation, tightening restrictions on using the powers it creates.

This no longer seems to be the case: he is now suggesting that Labour should abstain once again – and let the Bill pass without opposition – if no amendments are made.

As you may imagine, there has been more than a little opposition to this:

But on the same day this information was released, Starmer called a press conference in which he changed his policy on Covid-19 and demanded a “circuit-break” lockdown, across England, for two or three weeks – creating a huge amount of fuss among the media and the public.

Do you think he was trying to hide something?

Source: Keir Starmer facing major rebellion after saying Labour should abstain on ‘Licence to Kill’ bill even if unamended | Evolve Politics

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His policies gave the UK the worst death toll in Europe but Hancock wants critics to modify THEIR tone

Matt Hancock: there’s a problem with his tone.

If anybody needs to modify their tone, it is Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

He was challenged in the House of Commons to acknowledge that the government’s lack of testing for the coronavirus had led to unnecessary deaths – and he responded by saying the questioner should modify their tone.

That was a big mistake – because the person asking the question was Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, who has been working as a doctor in an Accident & Emergency unit, treating coronavirus patients, while Hancock has been sitting in Downing Street with his thumb up his posterior, making up test results by any means he could.

Here’s the exchange:

Dr Allin-Khan later said she would “not watch my tone when dozens of NHS and care staff are dying unnecessarily,” according to Sky News.

And she’s right, by the way – the UK government’s testing strategy has been non-existent.

We’ve heard all sorts of targets, ranging from 250,000 a day to just 10,000 and back up to 100,000. None of them were reached by the Tory government when they were supposed to be.

Last week, Hancock lied to the nation, claiming that he had managed to reach his personal target of 100,000 tests a day by April 30. He had not. His figures included tests that had been mailed out but not used.

And these included multiple tests sent to individual homes with no return address, that subsequently had to be destroyed.

The daily testing total since April 30 has fallen back below 100,000 and you will have noticed that Hancock’s answer in the video clip referred only to a “capacity” of 108,000 tests per day.

That’s less than the number he claimed were carried out on April 30. This wretch just contradicted his own lie!

Worst of all – and underlying this argument – is the fact that the UK’s coronavirus death toll is now the worst in Europe:

The government’s tally of fatalities across the UK reached 29,427 for those who tested positive for coronavirus, exceeding the 29,029 recorded in Italy – until now Europe’s worst-hit country. Italy’s total does not include suspected cases.

Newly released data from the Office for National Statistics showed that 29,648 deaths were registered in England and Wales with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate by 2 May. With the addition of the official death figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland, this was calculated to take the UK’s toll to 32,313.

The true figure is likely to be significantly higher due to missed cases and a lag in reporting.

I wonder what the totals look like when differences in population – numbers and composition – are taken into account?

I reckon that would make the UK look much, much worse.

And the liar Matt Hancock wants an NHS doctor to modify her tone.

He has managed to be both unaccountably arrogant and irresponsibly pathetic at the same time.

Source: Calls for inquiry as UK reports highest Covid-19 death toll in Europe | World news | The Guardian

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Research shows ethnic minorities more likely to die of the coronavirus in the UK

It should come as no surprise that in a country riven with class division in which ethnic minorities are often among the worst-off…

In a country where the government has been caught pursuing racist policies time and again…

People from ethnic minority groups are more likely to die during the coronavirus pandemic.

Simply put: The system is rigged to ensure it.

The government has been urged to recognise that race and racial inequalities are a risk factor for Covid-19 after Guardian research which has revealed that ethnic minorities in England are dying in disproportionately high numbers compared with white people.

The revelation that people from minority groups appear to be over-represented among the coronavirus deaths, by as much as 27%, “confirmed the worst fears” of campaigners who said there was now no question of an excessive toll.

The Guardian analysis found that of 12,593 patients who died in hospital up to 19 April, 19% were Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) even though these groups make up only 15% of the general population in England.

And the analysis revealed that three London boroughs with high BAME populations – Harrow, Brent and Barnet – were also among the five local authorities with the highest death rates in hospitals and the community.

The findings confirm suspicions raised by local reports, hospitalisation rates and evidence from other countries, that minority groups face the greatest risk.

Source: Ethnic minorities dying of Covid-19 at higher rate, analysis shows | World news | The Guardian

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Boris Johnson’s negligence caused the deaths of 5,500 NHS patients – says doctor.

Negligence: Boris Johnson was booed out of Addenbrookes Hospital when he visited it in the run-up to the general election – by doctors and patients alike.

An NHS hospital doctor has told Boris Johnson that he – and the Conservatives – are responsible for the deaths of around 5,500 patients.

Their negligence meant 5,449 people died because they spent too long waiting on trolleys in NHS hospitals when they should have been admitted to accident and emergency units.

The delays of between six and 11 hours led to the deaths, according to the study by leading NHS doctors Chris Moulton and Cliff Mann.

The deaths were entirely and solely caused by the length of wait and not by the patient’s condition.

The findings are extremely embarrassing for Boris Johnson, who, it is accepted, is winding the NHS down in order to sell off our healthcare to US companies after Brexit.

This has been the Conservative plan since 2010, as identified by Noam Chomsky:

That’s about the size of it. If the service had not been de-funded, then it would work. Nobody would be getting angry about it (because their relatives would not have died for the sake of a few farthings). But then, of course, Boris Johnson would not have an excuse to hand it over to the privateers.

It seems Mr Johnson might reckon he has found a stop-gap answer to get people off his case – by getting nurses to treat patients in corridors rather than in wards.

But the staff carrying out these duties say this shows times are “desperate”. Hospitals are at breaking point due to overwhelming demand and bed shortages.

And Andrew Meyerson, a junior doctor working at Worcestershire Royal hospital, has directly accused Mr Johnson of causing the deaths by negligence.

In an open letter published by The Guardian, he wrote [boldings mine]: “Prime Minister, the NHS is not safe in your hands.

Your negligence and that of your party over the past decade has contributed to the deaths of nearly 5,500 patients, and if you were a junior doctor like me, your licence would now be revoked, and you would be sent to prison.”

He wrote: “You are not fit to lecture us any more about what we need in our NHS hospitals.

You have failed the British people, failed my beloved Worcestershire Royal hospital, and failed our brilliant and hardworking NHS staff nationwide who have been traumatised by your negligence.

“Because the safety of our patients has now been threatened to such a significant degree, I am exercising my right as a whistleblower in clause 29 of my contract to speak out – outside your sanctioned channels – because this has happened too many times in hospitals across the country, and the British public has a right to know exactly who is responsible.”

He wrote: “You and your party have had nearly a decade to leave the health service in a better state than when you found it.

On every objective metric, the Conservative party has failed in that, and we see this in our NHS hospitals every single day.

“England is short of 40,000 nurses and 10,000 doctors, A&E waiting times are the absolute worst in NHS history, our cancer patients are waiting longer than ever to be seen, you have shut down too many district hospitals, you have left us with too few hospital beds, social care is a mess, mental health care is inaccessible, and you have destroyed our capacity to provide a multitude of services in the community to keep people healthy and out of hospital.

“And now nearly 5,500 people have died as a direct result of your policies. This is the legacy of the “one nation” Conservative party.”

He wrote: “Prime Minister, you have failed these patients and your negligence has contributed to their deaths.

He is absolutely right, of course.

And the UK voted Boris Johnson back in, to cause many more thousands of deaths over the next five years.

In the cases of some Tory voters, he’ll cause their own deaths.

Did they think about that at the time?

We had a chance to vote for an improved service, and we turned it down.

Still, the election result does mean that Mr Johnson has had a chance to improve his suntan.

Let’s hope that information warms the hearts of everybody about to lose a relative over the next five years, due to Johnson’s negligence.

Source: As a doctor I have to speak out: Johnson has contributed to thousands of deaths | Andrew Meyerson | Opinion | The Guardian

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Radio station pilloried for misrepresenting Corbyn on killing of IS leader

Bosses at right-wing radio station LBC may well be regretting their decision to misrepresent a comment by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the death of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Here’s the headline – and the relevant part of the interview:

It is clear that Mr Corbyn did not say arresting al-Baghdadi was “the right thing to do” – he said he did not know the circumstances of what happened.

Speaking in terms of international law, he said if it were possible to arrest such people, then that would be the right thing – but that is not the same as what LBC suggested.

And the public were on the case.

Jerry Tresman pointed out: “He didn’t say that at all. Shows how the lazy are influenced by one-line false headlines, when the video of what is actually said is in front of them. He said “if possible they should be arrested” and was referring mainly to previous situations where they were executed.”

Here‘s Andy Mills: “Play it back then change your disingenuous headline….it may not appeal to some of your sheeple but at least you could call it journalism!”

Paul Cracknell: “‘If it would have been possible to arrest him, I don’t know the details of the circumstances at the time.’ Those were his words. You make it sound like he’s saying he should have been arrested after he was killed. Muppets.”

‘GenuinelyInterested’: “LBC are being a little bit economical with the truth. What Corbyn actually said was (and I paraphrase), if (double underlined) it were possible to arrest Baghdadi, then we should have done so, so that he could stand trial in the Hague just like Milosevic. What’s wrong about that?”

Even Matthew Collins: “I’m no Corbyn fan but he actually said (twice) ‘if it were possible to arrest him that would have been preferable’. He did not say ‘he shouldn’t have been killed’ or ‘he should have been arrested’.”

At the time of writing, LBC doesn’t appear to have changed its line. Instead, it appears to have doubled-down on it:

Perhaps there should be stronger regulation of the press, along the lines proposed by the Leveson Inquiry.

But will you vote Labour into office, to enact it?

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Labour urges Boris Johnson not to sign trade deal that would aid Amazon destruction

Bolsonaro’s legacy: The fires set in the Amazon rainforest, apparently on the order of the Brazilian president – and the cost to animal life. Boris Johnson seems keen to contribute to this slaughter.

Look at the images above and bear in mind that Boris Johnson may try to sign a trade deal with Brazil that would accelerate the deaths of these animal breeds and the destruction of the so-called “lungs of the world”.

In world trade terms, after Brexit, he’ll be a beggar and not a chooser, meaning if Jair Bolsonaro – the Brazilian president most people consider responsible for the fires destroying the rainforest and its animal habitats as I type this – tells him to sign a deal that increases the harm, he’ll do it.

Labour has appealed to Mr Johnson to show sense, pointing out that “We cannot risk our planet to buy cheap beef.”

But when has BoJob ever shown any sense at all?

Consider this, from the Independent‘s report:

Mr Johnson has refused to join French president Emmanuel Macron and Irish premier Leo Varadkar in threatening to block a South American trade deal if Mr Bolsonaro fails to live up to his commitments to protect the environment.

Stressing his unwillingness to disrupt trade at a time when fears of a global showdown are rising, the PM said that some leaders at the G7 Summit in Biarritz were using the catastrophic wildfires in the Amazon as an “excuse” to interfere with free trade.

He hasn’t got a clue.

And if he has his way, we’ll all end up breathing ashes instead of oxygen. Who will he blame then?

Source: Labour demands Johnson refuse to sign post-Brexit Brazil trade deal that aids Amazon destruction | The Independent

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Next time someone defends Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, show them this [WARNING: GRAPHIC VIOLENCE]

Disgrace: Soldiers of the Israel Defence Force were responsible (although not, as far as we know, the soldiers in this image).

Israel’s army has been disgraced after video footage emerged of a sniper shooting an unarmed Palestinian in the head.

No reason is given for the execution, but the sniper’s commander can be heard giving orders on how it should be carried out.

Israel has offered up no response at the time of writing, apart from a claim that the footage is several months old. As if that makes a difference.

Here’s the original footage:

Perhaps it would be easier to understand with English subtitles. Try this:

Sickening.

Not only is the act abhorrent in itself; so are the words of the soldiers taking part:

There can be no claim that the person who was shot constituted any kind of threat:

https://twitter.com/bungarsargon/status/983385576916299777

Here’s an account of Israel’s response – and of the commander’s complicity in the killing:

The current situation is that the IDF has said it will “investigate”:

Here’s a response to that:

https://twitter.com/a_leesha1/status/983410418646507527

How do you feel about it?


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Tory police cuts have caused the London violent crime explosion

Theresa May: You want to know the real cause of the rise in violent crime in London? Look no further.

May we please talk about the elephant in the room?

Some commentators – like Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick – have blamed the rise in violent crime in London on the social media, but I disagree.

The cause is obvious: It’s due to the police cuts inflicted by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.

Now she is Prime Minister, my guess is that authority figures and Tory puppets in the mainstream media have been ordered to divert attention from that fact, at all costs.

But nobody told the general public not to mention it, so people are drawing the obvious conclusion:

Labour’s shadow policing and crime minister, Louise Haigh, wouldn’t have paid attention to the memo even if she had received it. She has written an article in the Huffington Post:

“What connects all these things? Failing prisons, crisis in probation, the NHS in turmoil, cuts to education, austerity. The answer of course is this Tory Government. All roads lead back to ministers. They decide the funding, they decide the priorities.

“What of our Home Secretary? Amber Rudd’s silence is deafening. She is politically too scared to be associated with this toxic mess of her boss’s making. And what of the Prime Minister? Nothing. She is unable to criticise her own terrible record as Home Secretary and PM, as we have seen the loss of over 21,000 police officers across the country – with more than 17,000 from the front-line.

“But it’s simply not good enough.”

“Not good enough” is all you’ll get from the Conservatives. And under a Tory government, violent crime will only get worse.

Scotland Yard [has been holding] emergency talks over the recent spate of violent crime in London.

Police chiefs want to develop a mobilisation plan to tackle knife and gun violence in the city.

There have been growing calls for politicians to set out substantial plans to address the crisis, and concerns that national and London leaders have fallen short.

The Met police commissioner, Cressida Dick, has been criticised for making no public statement on the subject until Thursday, while the Home Office, the Met and the mayor of London all declined interview requests from BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Friday morning.

Source: Tanesha Melbourne-Blake killing: man held on suspicion of murder | UK news | The Guardian


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This is how anti-Corbynites abused a blogger whose Jewish family were murdered by Nazis

The extermination camp at Auschwitz: Not necessarily where Tom Pride’s family suffered and died, but it seemed the image least likely to cause offence.

Oh dear. I’m supposed to be a Holocaust denier, aren’t I?

So what am I doing, publishing an article in support of someone whose family members were murdered in a historical event whose veracity I’m supposed to dispute?

Does not compute. Does it?

That’s the trouble with false accusations. That’s the problem with fake outrage.

They can’t tolerate exposure to the facts.

Anti-Corbynites actually seem to think the best way to fight anti-semitism is to abuse someone whose Jewish family were murdered in a Nazi concentration camp.

Anti-Corbynites reacted with fury for mentioning my father’s family were murdered by the Nazis.

They called me a “twat“, they called me “pathetic“, told me I was “blind“, “crass“, “snide“, “pretentious“, a “bullshitter” and that I was “belittling the fight against antisemitism” by talking about my family history.

One rabid anti-Corbynite told me that the fact I have family who died in the Holocaust “doesn’t give you a free pass to be a dick“.

Anti-Corbynites actually seem to think the best way to fight anti-semitism is to abuse someone whose Jewish family were murdered in a Nazi concentration camp.

Source: This is the abuse I got when I revealed my Jewish family were murdered by Nazis. From ANTI-Corbynites | Pride’s Purge


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