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Gerrymandering Tories are trying to rig constituency boundaries YET AGAIN

How gerrymandering works: constituency boundaries are drawn to give a particular party the best chance to win – even (especially!) if they don’t deserve to.

This is yet another perennial piece of corruption from the Conservative Party.

Recently we’ve seen them revive their plan for a “Royal Yacht” for them to sail in on trade junkets to foreign countries. It was a waste of money in 2012 when it would have cost £60 million. Today it’s supposed to cost £200 million that would be better spent alleviating poverty.

We’ve discovered they have revived their plan to give NHS England patients’ confidential medical records to private companies. The idea was for all patients’ data to be included unless the opt out – but there was no publicity, meaning nobody knew about it until organisations like This Site published stories about it.

They are pushing on with a plan to stop courts from ruling on whether government decisions or actions are unlawful – a serious blow against the rule of law and a huge step towards dictatorship in the UK.

And now we have been told they are reintroducing – for around the third time since they took office in 2010 – plans to rig national election results by changing constituency boundaries to give themselves the best possible chance of winning seats.

It’s a very old and well-known form of political corruption and it’s quite easy to tell when the change isn’t coming in to ensure all constituencies have roughly the same number of voters: instead of looking roughly square or circular, constituencies turn into very strange shapes indeed.

This is because whoever redrew the electoral boundary was trying to get as many voters for their party into each constituency as possible, while limiting the support for other parties.

I haven’t seen the proposed new constituency map so I can’t say for sure that this is what is happening.

But I can make an educated guess, on the basis of the BBC’s commentary on it here: “Overall the changes will benefit the Conservatives at the expense of Labour.”

If anyone – of any political persuasion – was serious about making constituency boundary changes fair, they would base their calculations on the last election result, so that – if the new map had been in operation then – the number of seats going to each party would have been the same.

But they’re not.

So I’m confident that this is another corrupt Tory stitch-up.

My advice is that you need to look at the proposed new boundaries of your constituency and, if it’s not currently held by a Tory, find out if it would be from now on.

If the new borders mean it would, then complain, campaign and get it changed.

Source: Parliament: Shake-up of England’s electoral map outlined – BBC News

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BBC geography fail puts Bristol and Birmingham in Wales. And if you think THAT’s bad…

What were they thinking: how embarrassing for Mishal Husein.

This is the funniest howler I’ve seen today.

A BBC news bulletin providing details of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in England suffered what I can only describe as a massive geographical cock-up.

I don’t really need to describe the nature of the error because it’s right there on the image at the top of this article.

Further illumination is provided by the following tweets:

(These two actually go together very well.)

Of course, in recent years the BBC has become desperate to entertain all points of view – in politics, at least.

So the corporation has insisted on broadcasting statements that were not true, saying the intention was to provide a “balanced” story.

This leads me to ask:

Does the map in the image represent someone’s genuine belief about the locations of these places – and BBC News broadcast it in the name of balance?

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Location revealed for ‘benefit-related deaths’ Tribunal hearing in November

The battleground: Field House, in London. It doesn't look like much from the outside but it is where the DWP will try to slither out of its Freedom of Information oblligations - again.

The battleground: Field House, in London. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but it is where the DWP will try to slither out of its Freedom of Information oblligations – again.

The First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) has provided details of the venue for the ‘benefit-related deaths’ hearing at which the DWP will appeal for permission not to publish the exact number of people who have died while claiming incapacity benefits since November 2011.

It will be at Field House, 15 Bream’s Buildings, London EC4A 1DZ, starting at 10am on November 10 this year. Apparently it’s a five-minute walk from Chancery Lane tube station; those of you with disabilities will need to plan extra time to allow for your conditions (although obviously you don’t need This Writer to remind you of that).

All tribunal hearings of this kind are open to the public, so if you are able to attend, please make a note of the date and location in your diary and come along. If you can’t, tell all your friends to come in your place.

Here’s a map:

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Any and all support on the day would be welcome. The Conservative Government, by rush-publishing its fudged ‘ASMR’ statistics on benefit-related deaths, is hoping to quiet public unrest about the number of deaths that have taken place after its “welfare reforms”.

It seems clear that ministers are terrified that this issue will continue to blow up in their face.

This is your chance to show that you are not going to let it lie down and die.

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