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Calls mount for the removal of ‘Rohypnol Jimmy’

James Cleverly: I’ve used this old image of him from 2018 because in it, he looks like he himself has been drugged.

This is the career of a Tory Cabinet member these days: each successive post is occupied for exponentially shorter time until they’re booted to the back benches.

James Cleverly has hardly had time to let his posterior warm the chair in the Home Secretary’s office, and people are clamouring for it to get a good kicking.

And it’s his own fault for making a stupid attempt at humour about using the Class C date-rape drug Rohypnol to keep his wife faithful.

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Comments like the following are justified and, in the opinion of many, accurate:

And of course, people who have suffered from having their drinks (or whatever) spiked with Rohypnol or similar chemicals have had something to say about him:

[Gina Miller, who heads the True and Fair Party,] who said she had been a victim of the drug during an abusive relationship more than a decade ago, said: “This ruins a woman’s life, or a young girl’s life, when this happens to you. It’s not something you wake up and you get over. It literally ruins your life.

“You can’t escape it. It is like this ghost on your shoulder that lives with you forever… and then you see somebody in a position of power, not just a teacher or headmaster, this was a Home Secretary here we’re talking about, somebody in a position of power, playing it down as a joke.”

Describing the impact of drugging, Ms Miller, 58, said: “You have no memory, you have memory loss. You have the pain and you know something happened, but you are in no way in control of telling anybody because you can’t remember.

“So it absolutely robs you of everything – your memory, your ability to speak out, your ability to complain, your inability to go to the police. You’re robbed of everything. You feel as though you’re drowning because you instinctively know something that happened, that you have absolutely no recollection of it.”

Anti-Brexit campaigner Ms Miller added: “As a survivor, and as a woman, I have no confidence. I don’t see how any woman in the UK can have confidence in him as a Home Secretary representing them and looking after their safety.”

So it’s looking bad for Mr Stupidly.

Still, we can have fun with it.

Make your predictions, folks! When do you think Rishi Sunak will sack this man? Or will they both try to weather this storm?


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Dis-influencers: how are Jewish people in the UK being forced to leave their homes?

Protest: apparently marches like this, calling for an end to Israel’s genocide of Palestine, are terrifying Jewish people. Here are some of the Jewish people who took part in one of the marches. Do they look terrified to you – afraid to admit their identities?

We learned yesterday that the Israeli regime has an army of dis-influencers – people who try to influence others with disinformation – information that they know is false but deliberately present to others as factual in order to mislead. Here’s a great example:

The article states:

Speaking to MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee on Wednesday, [Gideon] Falter [of the Campaign Against Antisemitism] said the marches had prompted Jews to “vacate their homes” and “remove their Star of David necklaces and hide their kippahs”.

Dave Rich, director of policy at the Community Security Trust, also addressed the panel and said:

“It was statements like: ‘I feel very unsafe living in my country, I’ve been afraid to go into London every Saturday, I’ve avoided making plans and I feel afraid on the tube’.”

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“Many also changed the time of hospital appointments, central London synagogues changed their service times and many parents wouldn’t allow their children to use the tube on the weekends.”

But there is a flaw in these statements, as outlined below:

To be forced into doing something, there has to be an element of coercion against someone; another person has to have told them to leave – with threats. They need to have been told to hide the emblems of their Jewishness under fear of violence.

Were they?

Where’s the evidence for that?

Without it, this is just more disinformation from the Tel Aviv lie factory. Isn’t it?

We already know that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is concerned about the harm to his government’s international reputation caused by week after week of pro-Palestine protests in western capitals:

“We need to apply counter-pressure,” he said.

And up leapt Messrs Falter and Rich to spread fear among the UK’s Jewish community – of a threat that doesn’t exist.

That is dis-influencing.


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The Labour Party has started to fragment – and it’s easy to understand why

Sold down the red river: once-loyal Labour members are throwing away their badges in disgust at Keir Starmer’s abandonment of traditional party values.

The day after former/expelled Labour councillors, standing as Independents, won back their council seats in elections across the UK, against their former colleagues, this happened:

For those who can’t read the lettering in image files, part of the resignation letter states:

“Our views are not radical: surely our party shold look after the interests of working people and the vulnerable, rather than court big business. Public utilities should be publicly owned. The NHS should remain publicly funded, publicly-run and free at the point of use.

“But the Labour Party has drifted far from these principles towards a pro-Establishment position that no longer represents the values, aspirations and dreams we had of a massively transformed society in which everyone would have the opportunity to to a fulfilling life in a peaceful and fairer world.”

You can understand exactly why the group now calling itself the Mid Sussex Left has quit Labour by listening to part of what Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said to Sky‘s Sophy Ridge on Sunday morning (May 7).  I’ve retained the tweet by “Frank Owen’s Legendary Paintbrush” because the opinion it puts forward is valid:

“You don’t go into a general election making promises you can’t keep,” said Streeting. But that’s not quite the issue – it’s the fact that his party leader, Keir Starmer, continually makes promises he has no intention of keeping.

His claim about the public finances is meaningless. Any UK government can do anything it wants, and magic up the money for it by getting the Bank of England to create it. That’s how all UK money is created, by the way. There is a limiting factor in inflation, but the answer to that is taxation and a Labour government should be redistributive – in other words it would tax the rich more than the poor.

So with Starmer’s pledge to end tuition fees, which he ditched last week, we see that there is no financial limitation stopping him from doing it. Just as there is no financial limitation stopping him from doing any of the other leadership election pledges he has since abandoned.

We see no indication from Streeting that his boss Starmer would do any of these things and must conclude that they simply aren’t priorities of these people; their interests lie elsewhere.

Streeting goes on to lie – or at least tell falsehoods about the platform on which Starmer stood for the Labour leadership. Getting Labour electable again after the 2019 defeat might have been a background aim, but it wasn’t one of his 10 pledges.

And is Labour electable again? Well…

I’m sure you take the point. Labour under Jeremy Corbyn was more electable than it is under Keir Starmer – until the people who are now Starmer’s supporters were trying to undermine him. And now Starmer and his cronies can’t get near the same level.

No wonder the principled politicians are leaving.


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Why is the EHRC letting Labour get away with overtly anti-Semitic expulsions of Jews?

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Those of us who have taken to watching the anti-Semitism of Keir Starmer’s Labour Party from outside can only gape appalled at the latest announcement from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

According to that body, it is satisfied that Labour has made enough changes to the way it handles complaints of anti-Semitism to counter the criticisms it made of how the party handles anti-Semitism complaints and will be winding up a two-year monitoring process.

You can read more about that here.

But you’ll also need to be aware that since Keir Starmer took over as party leader, Labour has embarked on a programme (or should that be pogrom) of removing Jews from the party – specifically targeting Jewish people with left-wing views.

Here‘s a report from December last year, on the removal of three high-profile left-wing Jews. All anti-racists, they were accused of anti-Semitism.

Notice that, in this report, Heather Mendick commented that “her branch used to have ‘lots of active Jewish members’. All were ‘lefties’ but just one of them is still a member.”

How about the resignation from Keir Starmer’s own Constituency Labour Party of Stephen Kapos, a Holocaust survivor who the party told must choose between his duty to teach people about its horrors and Labour policy demanding he may not support a group that has been proscribed by the party (albeit for questionable reasons)?

Others who have been forced out include:

Jo Bird

Leah Levane

Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

And the Jews named in this article (which I’m aware includes some of those mentioned above).

It has been claimed that Jewish Labour members are almost five times more likely to face anti-Semitism charges than non-Jewish members.

But against this background of shockingly anti-Semitic behaviour, Starmer has issued an ultimatum to all remaining left-wing Labour members: support him or leave.

The BBC reports him saying:

“We are never going back. If you don’t like it, nobody is forcing you to stay.”

What a horrifying message for Jewish members of the Labour Party.

Starmer is saying that he will continue to purge them from their political home; to deny them a voice; to remove their identity (shades of Germany in the 1930s).

And their only alternative is to leave before they are forced out.

And that is what the euphemistically-named Equality and Human Rights Commission is praising.


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Should MPs get medals and bigger payoffs when they leave Parliament?

Twilight in Westminster: should MPs get a medal and a large ‘golden handshake’ payment when their days here are done?

MPs leaving Parliament should be awarded with medals and a more generous redundancy payment in order to help them move into other jobs, according to a committee… of MPs.

The claim is that some MPs face “financial challenges and hardship” after leaving Parliament, with the average loss-of-office payment being far less than in comparable countries.

That’s all very well – but MPs are already paid much more than the average UK wage. Many of them have second (or multiple) jobs as well. And of course we know of infamous instances when MPs also used their positions to corruptly feather their nests.

The issue was discussed on the BBC’s Politics Live show:

Watching the clip, though, do you think the panel got to the heart of the matter? Or did they avoid the more difficult points?

This Writer certainly thought there was more to it, as my tweeted commentary bears witness:


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A third of public sector workers are set to quit over low pay, says TUC

Pittance: key workers have put up with pathetic pay rises – if their pay can be said to have risen at all – for far too long and are ready to quit because of it.

Around one third of key workers in the public sector (32%) have already taken steps to leave their profession to get a job in another field or are actively considering it, according to new TUC polling published today.

According to TUC analysis, that means around 1.8 million public sector workers are seriously thinking about quitting their jobs for good.

In both education and health and social work, the proportion of key workers who have taken steps to leave or are actively considering it is around the same, at about a third of the workforce (34% in education and 31% in health).

The new TUC polling, conducted by YouGov, comes as the union body warns ministers that public services are facing a “mass exodus” of key workers unless ministers deliver “decent pay rises” for key workers.

The government imposed significant real terms pay cuts on key workers in the public sector earlier this year, sparking a wave of ballots for industrial action across education, health and local government this autumn and winter.

Unison, RCM, NASUWT and NEU started balloting their members this week.

Pushed to the brink by low pay

The government’s decision to hold down pay for key workers in the public sector is worsening the public sector recruitment and retention crisis, according to the TUC – highlighting the new poll findings.

Almost half (45%) of key workers in the public sector say the government approach on pay has made them more likely to leave their job in the next one to three years.

For workers in health and social care, the number rises to 50%.

Of those that say they have taken steps to leave or are considering leaving, around half cite low pay (52%).

Feeling undervalued (47%), a poor work life balance (33%) and excessive workloads (31%) are also major factors.

Latest data shows that NHS England is operating short of almost 130,000 staff due to unfilled vacancies. This represents a vacancy rate of 9.7 per cent.

In the education sector, one in eight newly qualified teachers (NQTs) leave the profession after one year in the job, with almost one-third of NQTs (31%) leaving within their first five years.

The union body says that these unfilled vacancies, on top of a decade of underfunding, has left public services “cut down to the bone” – placing huge amounts of pressure on public sector workers.

Brutal decade of pay cuts

The union body says key workers across the NHS face another year of “pay misery” after more than a decade of having their wages held down by successive Conservative governments.

Recent TUC analysis shows that many frontline staff in the NHS will see their pay packets shrink this year in real terms:

  • Nurses’ real pay will be down by over £1,100 this year
  • Paramedics’ real pay will be down by over £1,500 this year
  • Hospital porters’ real pay will be down by £200 this year
  • Maternity care assistants’ real pay will be down by £600 this year

The TUC says that this year’s pay cuts come on top of a brutal decade of pay cuts for key workers in the public sector.

Recent analysis by the union body shows that in real terms:

  • Nurses’ real pay is still down £4,300 compared to 2010
  • Paramedics’ real pay is still down by £5,600 compared to 2010
  • Porters’ real pay is still down by £1,300 compared to 2010
  • Maternity care assistants’ real pay is still down by £3,200 compared to 2010

In the education sector, teachers have already lost around a fifth of the value of their pay due to government pay cuts between 2010 and 2021, according to the NEU.

The real term pay cuts imposed this year will see the majority of teachers’ pay worth 25% less than it was in 2010, according to NASUWT analysis.

NAHT analysis suggests school leaders’ pay is down 24%’ since 2010.

Support urgently needed for key workers

The TUC is calling on the government to urgently prioritise key worker pay and public services funding in their fiscal event on 17 November.

The union body says ministers must:

  • Give key workers in the public sector cost-of-living proofed pay rises
  • Raise the minimum wage to £15 an hour as soon as possible
  • Invest in public services – reversing the impact of rising inflation and ensuring the spending measures set out in the 2021 comprehensive spending review are not only delivered but improved upon

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“Key workers in the public sector helped get the country through the pandemic.

“But many are now at breaking point because of a toxic mix of low pay, unsustainable workloads and a serious lack of recognition.

“After years of brutal pay cuts, nurses, teachers, refuse workers and millions of other public servants have seen their living standards decimated – and now face more pay misery.

“It is little wonder morale is through the floor and many key workers are considering leaving their jobs for good.

On the prospect of industrial action, Frances added:

“If there is large-scale public sector strike action over the months ahead, the government only has itself to blame.

“They have chosen to hold down public servants’ pay while giving bankers unlimited bonuses.

“Ministers must change course. Without decent pay rises for key workers in the public sector, we face a mass exodus of staff.

“And it would be bad for our economy. As the country teeters on the brink of recession, the last thing we need is working people cutting back on spending even more.

“More money in the pockets of working people means more spend on our high streets.

“Enough is enough. It’s time to give our key workers in the public sector the decent pay rise they are owed.”

Source: Around 1 in 3 key workers in the public sector have taken steps to leave their profession or are actively considering it | TUC

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Is the Conservative Party imploding because of Sunak’s leadership victory?

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The law of unforeseen consequences seems to be striking the Conservative Party hard.

Rishi Sunak has been elected unopposed as party leader, and is soon to be invited to be prime minister by King Charles III. We know that.

Some of us suspect that this was a result of behind-the-scenes shenanigans. Boris Johnson withdrew, despite having enough nominations (more on that elsewhere, possibly). And Penny Mordaunt may feel justifiably robbed of the nominations from Tory MPs who supported Johnson instead of her (while they may feel cheated out of having him on the ballot paper).

But it seems that nobody feels quite as scorned by the process as the Conservative Party membership – the rank-and-file members without whom the organisation cannot function.

It seems many of them are so incensed by the way they have been treated – cheated, maybe, out of electing a new leader – that they are pulling up their stumps and leaving, with former Brexit party Reform UK as their likely new home.

(Interesting, that. Has the dog-wagging tail of the Tory Party been a single-issue group all along?)

On Twitter, the outrage has been palpable:

It seems veteran broadcaster Alastair Stewart is right – Tory Party members can think for themselves – although that thinking seems to extend only as far as the nearest Brexiteering right-wing party.

That should sink both the Tories and Reform UK.

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Boris Johnson drops out of Tory leadership contest – have there been shenanigans?

Boris Johnson: he’s out of the Tory leadership contest.

Does this count as the first time multiple philanderer Boris Johnson has ever withdrawn from anything?

And he doesn’t even have a good reason!

He has pulled out of the Conservative Party leadership election, despite claiming to have 102 nominations, which puts him beyond the number needed (although the BBC had been keeping its own count – and believed he had only 55).

According to the BBC, he has said:

“In the last few days I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who suggested that I should once again contest the Conservative Party leadership, both among the public and among friends and colleagues in Parliament.

“I have been attracted because I led our party into a massive election victory less than three years ago – and I believe I am therefore uniquely placed to avert a general election now.

“A general election would be a further disastrous distraction just when the Government must focus on the economic pressures faced by families across the country.

“I believe I am well placed to deliver a Conservative victory in 2024 – and tonight I can confirm that I have cleared the very high hurdle of 102 nominations, including a proposer and a seconder, and I could put my nomination in tomorrow.”

“There is a very good chance that I would be successful in the election with Conservative Party members – and that I could indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday.

“But in the course of the last days I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do. You can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament.

“And though I have reached out to both Rishi (Sunak) and Penny (Mordaunt) – because I hoped that we could come together in the national interest – we have sadly not been able to work out a way of doing this.

“Therefore I am afraid the best thing is that I do not allow my nomination to go forward and commit my support to whoever succeeds.

“I believe I have much to offer but I am afraid that this is simply not the right time.”

Do you believe any of that?

I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do“?

When was Boris Johnson ever interested in the right thing to do?

Perhaps the next line provides more light:

You can’t govern effectively unless you have a united party in parliament.”

I don’t know what you think, but doesn’t it seem as though someone has had a word?

It ties in with what Russ Jones was telling us a few days ago – that the Conservative Party is a coalition of several warring factions, and leaders have only managed to succeed by uniting several of them behind their banner.

And it could also be an excuse.

It has also been suggested that, while Johnson would be an extremely popular choice among Conservative members, he would be electorally catastrophic for the party with most voters unwilling to forgive and forget the transgressions of his original period as prime minister – irrespective of whether MPs would unite behind him.

Also, with his withdrawal, does this leave the way clear for a Rishi Sunak coronation – as Penny Mordaunt has too few nominations to pass the threshold for participation?

Could one possibly argue that Johnson was brought in simply to take votes away from any other serious candidate, to ensure they could not progress through the process and, thereby, to deprive Conservative Party members of their democratic choice?

That would be a blow for the party faithful – especially as Johnson was their preferred choice. If he really does think he might “deliver” a Tory victory in 2024, he might have scuppered his own chances by betraying his home constituency.

So, what’s next?

Should we look out for an announcement that Sunak will be the next Tory leader and prime minister at some time on Monday (October 24)?

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Therese Coffey: more reasons to despise the Tories

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At a time when the National Health Service is in dire need of more nursing staff – but can’t recruit them because pay is too low and working conditions too poor – the government minister responsible for sorting out these problems is telling nurses to work elsewhere if they want to go on strike.

Therese Coffey may well be, as Maximilien Robespierre suggests, not only the most horrible person in the Conservative government but also the nastiest person in the UK, of any kind at all.

And that’s a high bar to clear!

Meanwhile, and in contrast, the Scottish Health Minister seems to be preparing to offering nurses there higher pay.

Coffey demonstrates no empathy for people in the UK. How did she ever manage to get elected? What did voters in Suffolk Coastal think they were getting?

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It seems Boris Johnson can’t stop lying – even about when he’s leaving office

Speak no evil: but Boris Johnson doesn’t seem capable of holding his mouth shut.

Claims from Downing Street that Boris Johnson will remain prime minister until October are not true, it seems.

The timings of a successor’s election are managed by the backbench 1922 Committee and the Conservative Party Board, and Johnson has no power over them.

Also, when he discussed the prime minister’s resignation with him, 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady did not make any agreement that Johnson could remain in Downing Street until October.

The 1922 Committee controls the first part of the process – whittling the number of candidates down to two – and this could be completed as soon as July 21, when Parliament goes into recess for the summer.

Then the Tory Party Board takes over to put these candidates to a vote of party members – and this could be carried out by the end of August.

Meanwhile, there is a loud – and growing – demand for Johnson to leave immediately, with a “caretaker” PM installed for the duration of the leadership contest.

Considering the apparent falsehoods being put about by Johnson and his team, even about his departure, this should come as no surprise to anybody.

Source: 1922 Committee chief never agreed that Boris Johnson could stay until October

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