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Crowd-pleaser Corbyn launches Labour election campaign with rip-roaring speech

Jeremy Corbyn: “Our NHS is not for sale.”

Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to lead a Labour government that will “transform” the UK as he launched the party’s general election campaign.

In a widely-praised speech, he promised to “rebuild” public services and hit out at “tax dodgers, dodgy landlords, bad bosses and big polluters”.

But don’t take my word for it. You can read the speech here.

Or you can watch it here.

Highlights included the moment when the audience burst into chants of “Not for sale!” as he committed to return the National Health Service to what it should be – a fully-public organisation with no private providers involved – reversing the privatisation ushered in by the hated Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Here’s the part that’s worth remembering, though:

It’s the big difference. With a Conservative government, the super-rich win, and stamp on your face as they’ve been doing for the last nine years. Think of all the people who have died because of their policies.

With a Labour government – as defined by Mr Corbyn, you win.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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Mrs Mike’s emotional support for Vox Political writer against Riley lawsuit

Yes: It’s the “truth v money” clip-art again. Live with it. I have to.

Those of you who follow my Vox Political website will be aware that I am a carer for a person with a long term illness and disabilities – and I have to report that she isn’t happy.

I don’t think there’s much to say beyond her own words, so here she is:

“Woke up bad after Mike got his letter saying Rachel Riley is taking him to court for standing up for a teenage girl she bullied.

“All I was thinking was what if he loses, what’s going to happen to us, and it brought me down. It made me feel very anxious, on top of my own problems, and I just felt crap.

“I thought, I’ve been doing better every day lately, now I’ve come down again and it’s putting extra strain on things but I’m also angry about people calling Mike a liar.

“He always checks the facts and he always does what’s right so when I woke up I talked to him about it, and he asked if I wanted him to give up. NO!

“I’m too angry with her and the fact that she can’t see what she’s doing wrong.”

So there you have it.

Mrs Mike suffers with anxiety-related illnesses – so she sympathises with the teenager Ms Riley bullied for obvious reasons.

I was grateful when she said I must keep fighting – more so when she started getting responses like this:

“I’ve never known Mike to lie about anything ever + I’ve known him about 15-20yrs he’s a good + kind man luv to u both xx”

But I need funds, otherwise my fight will fall flat.

It’s only two days since Ms Riley filed court proceedings against me and already my appeal is nearly £5,000 richer – but libel cases are fantastically expensive.

I hate to ask for more because it seems too much to ask, but there’s nothing else for it. Get ready for the hard sell:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

You have already shown me that you want me to keep fighting.

I need to be able to take this fight to the finish.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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Riley’s followers try to ‘dogpile’ Mike over CrowdJustice page

Rachel Riley’s followers really hate this clip-art image illustrating that she is trying to use her overwhelming wealth to block justice.

In my previous update, I drew your attention to the fact that Rachel Riley’s solicitor reckons my CrowdJustice page is an “aggravating” factor in the libel she reckons I have committed against her.

This information comes in a letter that doesn’t actually assert that any of my claims about her are untrue.

Apparently my mention of the facts of the case here means the upset and harm caused to her was “greatly exacerbated”.

It’s nice to know this page is so popular (and it certainly does seem to be, as I’ll explain shortly).

Her supporters’ club – a network of Twitter trolls, mostly anonymous – was certainly watching when I reported that Ms Riley had filed proceedings against me. And they were desperate to put people off donating to my cause.

“Hey if you want to prove a fool and his money are easily separated then fund this racist who was expelled from labour. That’s right to [sic] antisemitic even for them,” tweeted an anonymous troll calling him/herself ‘The Caped Joo Sader. And he tagged in Ms Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman for good measure.

It was an obvious attempt to discourage you from helping me – and part of an attempted ‘dogpile’ – in which a co-ordinated group of Twitter trolls gang up on a victim and abuse that person in such a way that no response is possible.

And it failed spectacularly.

My appeal has gained more than £3,000 – in hundreds of new donations – in the slightly-more-than-24-hours since my last report.

I think the reason is clear from the following comment, made by a donor who shall remain heroic: “Solidarity! More people are rooting for you than you’ll ever hear about.”

I’m extremely grateful for every penny – and I need them all. With the next stage of this affair likely to cost more than £20,000 alone, I need at least another £13,000 to mount an effective defence.

So I have to repeat my appeal:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case. If you have, please email five more.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

Ms Riley wants to claim damages of £50,000, with more than £100,000 likely in costs – for the heinous crime of telling the world what she has done. Let’s send her a clear message in response.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Rachel Riley launches court proceedings against Vox Political writer – donate to the defence fund now!

Rachel Riley is claiming a huge amount of money. It seems she is still trying to use her wealth to bully me.

Rachel Riley has filed proceedings against me for libel. She wants £50,000 plus costs – and her costs are likely to be a six-figure sum – along with an injunction for me not to repeat the claims against her that you can find here.

That is a terrifying amount of money for a person of modest means to face. Remember what I’ve been saying all along – that this is a matter of wealth trying to beat justice? I think that particular case has been proved.

She is also claiming that this crowdfunding page is an aggravating factor – that my appeal for help after she tried to bully me with her overwhelmingly superior funds has made matters worse. How do you feel about that?

She can only take money from me if she wins, though. And she won’t win in court.

But we need to make sure this case gets to court.

Costs for a preliminary hearing are likely to be more than £20,000 – and after the work my legal team has done already, my fund stands at only a little more than £4,000.

So I need a bit of help.

I’m going to scrape around my savings and put everything I can into the fund, and I’m appealing for you to find whatever you can spare, to help get this into court – and then have Ms Riley’s case struck out.

I can’t go into the details, for obvious reasons, but my prospect of winning is good. So please help make it better.

You may be familiar with the following requests:

If you haven’t done so already, please email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to this case.

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge. Again, the address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

And if you can afford it, please consider pledging some more cash yourself.

I have spent the last few months urging others facing the same accusations to hold their nerve, and now I need to hold mine.

Your continued support will help me do that.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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Labour WILL support a ‘public vote’ referendum says Corbyn as he launches EU election campaign

Jeremy Corbyn took the opportunity to make a clear statement about Labour’s Brexit policy – and take a jab at the Tories – in his speech launching Labour’s campaign for election to the European Parliament.

He attacked populist right-wing parties that are trying to play on petty-minded prejudices that Brexit has brought out, and criticised those who positioned themselves as either “Remain” or “Leave”-supporting parties.

And he re-stated Labour’s mission statement to end austerity, invest in the UK’s economy and communities, and raise wages and living standards.

He said: “Labour agreed to talks [on Brexit with the Tories] because we believed it was the right thing to do to see if we could get a better deal… So far in those talks, there has been no big offer, and the red lines remain.

So if we can’t get a sensible deal, along the lines of our alternative plan or a general election, Labour backs the option of a public vote.

That is a huge statement of intent. It answers criticisms that his party has been wavering on the subject.

But you can be sure his critics will still be banging the same drum tomorrow. As I type this, the BBC’s Norman Smith is asking Mary Creagh if there is any chance of Mr Corbyn backing another referendum, as though he did not say as much in his speech, less than an hour previously. Some people just won’t pay attention to what’s going on around them.

He said Labour’s alternative plan for Brexit – rejected for tribal reasons in Parliament – would “end the chaos caused by the Conservatives and let us focus on the other big issues facing our country.”

He said it would “restore pride and prosperity to parts of our country that have been neglected for too long. That neglect was, I believe a major reason behind the vote for Brexit in the first place.”

In contrast, he described the Conservative government’s actions as “botched” and “damaging”, and the government itself as “disintegrating”.

He said the Tories had delivered “three years of the Tories spending more time arguing with themselves than negotiating with Europe.

“What the Prime Minister finally cooked up led to the biggest government defeat in parliamentary history.

“It wasn’t until that damaging deal had been defeated three times and the Government had already missed its own deadline for leaving that the Prime Minister finally admitted she needed to compromise.

“It’s difficult negotiating with a disintegrating government with cabinet ministers jockeying for the succession, rather than working for an agreement.”

Indeed.

Mr Corbyn took the opportunity to re-state Labour’s position, that the party was trying to find a way to unite the people of the UK, rather than perpetuating the damaging division caused by the Conservatives.

He said: “What’s needed is a bit of understanding. Understanding of why so many people felt so frustrated with the system that they voted to leave. And understanding of why so many others believe that staying in the EU is the only way to protect our open and diverse society.

“What kind of society do we want to be? And on that people can find so much common ground. Labour, and only Labour stands on that common ground in this election.”

He said: “The injustices in our society are deepening. Those injustices aren’t to do with backstops, implementation periods and all that obscure jargon.

“They’re about whether your children will go to a school that can afford the basics or one that has to send begging letters to parents; whether your relatives will be treated quickly and safely on the NHS or wait in pain and distress for months; whether your parents will get a helping hand in old age or be left isolated and afraid; and whether we as a country can end the burning injustices in our society that Theresa May once talked of but did nothing about.”

Pouring scorn on the attitudes of the Tories and other right-wing parties, he said: “We need solutions, not scapegoats.

“When you blame your neighbour rather than the powerful for problems with the health system or for overcrowded classrooms or for a lack of housing you’re letting those responsible off the hook.

“You haven’t trained a doctor or a nurse, you haven’t opened a new school, you haven’t built a house; you haven’t secured a penny of extra investment.

“All you’ve done is fuel an atmosphere of division and nastiness.”

Relating this to the EU, he said: “We are the part of the great majority who reject the politics of smear and scapegoating.

“The biggest issues facing us like tax avoidance and the power of multinational corporations are international issues that demand international solutions. And the biggest issue of all the climate and environment emergency that threatens everyone’s future cannot be averted by one country alone.

“To transform our country and tackle injustice, inequality and the climate crisis we need to unite the overwhelming majority of people and take on the privileged and powerful.

“Labour will address the inequalities that helped fuel the Brexit vote by investing in our communities and people ending austerity and creating a fairer society.

“And we will lead the fight against racism at home and across Europe wherever and however it arises.

It is Labour that wants to bring our country back together.

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Expelled activist Marc Wadsworth is taking Labour to court

Marc Wadsworth: We should all stand up against the injustice that Labour has done to him.

Marc Wadsworth, expelled from Labour on a daft charge of ‘bringing the party into disrepute’ after it was proved that claims of “anti-Semitism” against him were false, is launching legal action against the party.

And who can blame him?

He told Skwawkbox this would be a test case for the many members who have been falsely accused and unfairly treated – members like This Writer; I am in the midst of writing an answer to unjust and fabricated anti-Semitism charges from the Labour Party at the moment.

Mr Wadsworth, who is crowdfunding his action, added that it was “a pity” it was necessary at all.

I am also crowdfunding for legal action against my own accusers, including the Labour Party and those who have fed it the false claims about me. If you would like to contribute to that fund, please visit my JustGiving page.

Labour and black rights activist Marc Wadsworth, who played a key role in supporting the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence through their campaign, is about to formally initiate legal action against the Labour Party.

Wadsworth was expelled over an exchange with Labour MP Ruth Smeeth at the launch of Labour’s Chakrabarti report – widely misreported by the media and Ms Smeeth’s supporters as on grounds of antisemitism, but this is untrue as the party downgraded the charge to one of disrepute after it became apparent [a] widely-available video of the incident showed no antisemitic behaviour.

A letter from Wadsworth’s legal team will be sent to the party [today, August 1], with formal proceedings expected to begin next week. The team includes QC Martin Westgate, who successfully represented Labour members in their fight to overturn Labour’s decision, under former general secretary Iain McNicol, to exclude them from voting in the party’s leadership election, as well as solicitors from the highly regarded firm Birnberg Peirce.

Source: Exclusive: Wadsworth launches legal action over ‘unjust’ expulsion | The SKWAWKBOX

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If you’re feeling bad about the state of politics and need cheering up, read this

Activate – the Conservative Party’s attempt to emulate the success of Momentum – continues to be comedy gold.

If you need a pick-me-up amid the gloom and doom of recent political events, check out the following – and read the rest via the link below:

The mid-March launch event was well-planned and well-publicised. Billed as a “campaign launch” and a “networking event”, raunchy adverts were targeted at Activate members on Facebook. A large room was booked in east London, including a bar with central London prices.

Despite the best efforts of Activate’s digital marketing meme machine, only 28 people turned up to the launch event, including four Tory councillors, two undercover reporters and two women under the age of 50. The group had booked a room for 150 people, so attendees congregated awkwardly around the free prosecco.

I had come to Activate’s launch event to learn how they aimed to learn from Momentum’s success, and how far they had come since their first launch attempt. What I found was an organisation with under 1,000 members, focused on personal career development and social media marketing rather than grassroots activism or discussing which policies might make the world better.

Source: We Snuck Into the ‘Tory Momentum’ Re-Launch Party – VICE


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Grayling’s failings are spreading – look at the mess he made of launching these new trains

This Writer has had a grudge against Chris ‘Failing’ Grayling since he was Minister for Employment under Iain Duncan Smith, so forgive me if I take a moment to gloat:

The Tory Transport Secretary got a taste of what its really like to be a commuter today when his policy launch descended into a PR nightmare straight from the Thick of It.

Chris Grayling launched a new fleet of trains on the Great Western line and boarded the first service – the 6am from Bristol Temple Meeds to London Paddington – to mark the occasion.

First, the departure was delayed by 25 minutes and it then broke down 22 miles outside London, according to Independent travel writer Simon Calder, who was also on board.

The service eventually arrived 40 minutes late, but only after causing significant rush-hour delays for other trains on the route.

Tory Wales Secretary Alun Cairns (pictured right) was hoping the launch of the new trains would help people forget about the Government’s decision to cancel rail electrification to Swansea.

But the first new train due to depart from London for south Wales was cancelled.

Passengers on new trains that did run not only had to put up with delays, but [there were other ]faults like a leaking air conditioning unit [and] there was still no more space.

Even Tory ‘improvements’ make things worse.

Source: Chris Grayling launched a new train – which immediately broke down with him on board | Political Scrapbook


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Labour MP who made anti-Semitism accusations against Corbyn was funded by Israel lobby

Ruth Smeeth (second from right) meeting Israeli politician Isaac Herzog (third from left) as part of a Labour Friends of Israel delegation [Image: LFI/Twitter].

Ruth Smeeth (second from right) meeting Israeli politician Isaac Herzog (third from left) as part of a Labour Friends of Israel delegation [Image: LFI/Twitter].

For information. As you can see, it seems Labour has more worrying organisations infiltrating the party than Tom Watson’s ‘Trotskyites’:

[A member of] the UK’s Labour Party who played a key role in this year’s manufactured anti-Semitism crisis maintained ties to the Israel lobby once she entered Parliament.

Official records show that Ruth Smeeth was funded by two ultra-wealthy figures from the same pro-Israel organization she once worked for. But these relationships have been overlooked by the British press, which have extensively reported on her allegations of anti-Semitic abuse at the hands of Jeremy Corbyn supporters.

The register for legislators’ financial interests shows that Smeeth declared a donation of £5,000 ($6,200) from Poju Zabludowicz’s company Tamares Real Estates in June last year. She declared a donation worth £2,500 ($3,100) from Trevor Chinn, former chair of the Kwit-Fit chain of motor garages, at the same time.

Zabludowicz is the billionaire property speculator who was once reported to own 40 percent of downtown Las Vegas. He used his wealth, inherited from his Israeli arms dealer father, to establish BICOM, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre.

Chinn, who sits on BICOM’s executive committee, has long been a Labour donor, and has funded leadership rivals to left-wing, pro-Palestinian Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Smeeth was BICOM’s director of public affairs and campaigns between late 2005 and mid 2007.

Before she ran for office in May 2010, she joined the Community Security Trust, an anti-Semitism watchdog charity known to have links to Israel’s Mossad spy agency.

Smeeth made headlines in June this year when she walked out of the launch of a report into alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, claiming she had been the victim of bigotry at the event.

The allegations have been exaggerated and weaponized by Corbyn’s political enemies – and in some cases outright fabricated.

In the most high-profile case of fabrication, former BICOM intern Alex Chalmers claimed in February that there was anti-Semitism coming from “a large proportion” of his student Labour club “and the student left in Oxford more generally.”

Source: UK Labour MP Ruth Smeeth was funded by Israel lobby | The Electronic Intifada

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