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Anti-Corbynites are BELITTLING the Holocaust. This has to stop. NOW. | Pride’s Purge

Belittling the Holocaust: Margaret Hodge.

We really are living in a mirror-world now, where good is perceived as bad and bad as good – and people claiming to represent the oppressed are in fact abusing them.

That is the nail that Tom Pride hits right on the head in the article quoted below.

People claiming to be speaking for the UK’s Jewish community are in fact abusing them by belittling the memory of the Holocaust – we only have to consider Margaret Hodge’s words to see that.

She herself, of course, happens to be of Jewish descent – but she has abused that lineage with her words.

Meanwhile the people and organisations she supports have been merrily accusing the innocent – including me – of Holocaust denial. They should all be looking at those within their own camp instead – but that would defeat the point, wouldn’t it?

And what is the point? Their intention is the removal of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, because they don’t like his politics.

They can’t do it democratically because the vast majority of Labour members do like his politics – they are exactly what we have been awaiting for the last two decades.

So they’re trying to do it by other means – by trying to make this arch-peacemaker look like a hate-filled anti-Semite, and a leader of anti-Semites.

All because he wants the long-drawn out genocide of Palestinians by the Israeli government to end.

And if you want to know where these people are getting their orders, consider the ill-advised outburst by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, when he accused Mr Corbyn of laying a wreath on the graves of terrorists who weren’t even bured in the same cemetery.

So the question arises: How long do we put up with this charade and what must we do to end it?

Nazi soldiers would line Jewish children up along a pit – toddlers some of them – and shoot them in the head one by one. Others would be torn from their mothers’ arms and herded into cattle wagons where they would either die in transit or end up being gassed in the gas chambers of Nazi extermination camps.

Inmates recall regularly hearing cries of “mummy, mummy” as the children were murdered.

These were the ‘lucky’ ones. Older children would often be forced to work in Nazi Labour camps where they would slowly die of disease, or were slowly worked and starved to death.

Approximately 1.5 million children were murdered by the Nazis in this way.

THIS IS THE REALITY OF THE HOLOCAUST. That is the reality of real antisemitism.

This is why I am INCANDESCENT with rage at how anti-Corbynites in the right-wing press, in the Tory Party and on the right of the Labour Party are using this horror for their own political ends and abusing the memory of these victims for the sake of petty party politicking.

Margaret Hodge even compared the plight of Jews fleeing the Nazi horror to her own recent petty party spat.

HOW DARE SHE AND OTHER ANTI-CORBYNITES BELITTLE THE HOLOCAUST JUST BECAUSE THEIR PARTY CHOSE A PARTY LEADER THEY DON’T LIKE.

Source: Anti-Corbynites are BELITTLING the Holocaust. This has to stop. NOW. | Pride’s Purge

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The people have their say on Margaret Hodge’s ‘Nazi Germany’ outburst

Vox Political reader got in touch after I published my piece about Margaret Hodge’s latest outrage, with his own opinion on the subject that he posted to her Facebook page. He’s not the only one offering a dissenting view!

These opinions need to be seen, because the pro-Israeli-government mass media will do everything possible to suppress them and support her instead:

Here’s Simon Goldberger: “I wonder if your father was on the same Kindertransport as mine (the last Kindertransport to leave Hamburg)

“My father brought me up to be socialist, to fight nationalism, populism and the inexorable slide to the right that the wealthy always sponsor for their own benefit.

“My family helped in building Israel.. My uncle being one of the founders of an early Kibbutz under the Golan heights.. my early memories are of the stories he told of Arab (or Palestinian) snipers shooting unarmed women and children as they walked around the camp.

“So I imagine in respect to the horrors of nationalism and populism I had a similar upbringing to you…

“So Dame Margaret what went wrong?

“When did you forget that “Never Again” meant never should the innocent be targeted on mass and not as purely a protection of the yet to be formed political state of Israel.

“When did you believe that conflating anti-semitism and criticism of a political party (and specifically a right wing Nationalist political party) was an acceptable stance?

“When did you decide that the best use of the platform our party and your constituences gave, you was to attack our party at a time when we are successfully fighting to remove an extreme right wing government, whose policies have killed over 114,000 people (and more depending on which report is referenced) and continue to do so; have armed Saudi Arabia in its illegal massacre of women and children in Yemen and whose most senior members have aligned themselves with self-proclaimed neo-Nazis (more honestly known as… Nazis).

“When did you decide to conflate anti-Semitism with criticism not of Jews, nor of Israel but of the right wing political party Likud and by inference their current abhorrent policies?

“And honestly when did you decide that having been held to the rules of our party (which you (as we members all) voluntarily signed up to in joining) was akin to suffering within the Shoah.

“You disgust me and your words in belittling the horrors of the Holocaust are an outright insult to its victims including my grandparents and their siblings.”

Here’s David Rosenberg:

Andrew Feinstein:

Read more on Skwawkbox.

We all need to get these messages out to the public.

Otherwise, all they’ll see is nonsense like the following from Sky News editor Beth Rigby (expertly demolished here by Tom Clark of Another Angry Voice):

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Son of Auschwitz survivors responds to Margaret Hodge’s ‘Nazi’ claim

Vile: Margaret Hodge.

This is red hot. It’s just a shame that Norman Finkelstein has already been denounced as the ‘wrong kind of Jew’ – by the kind of Jew that does that sort of thing.

The rest of us know that he talks a lot of sense, and this is more of it:

I have personally received several letters from Labour’s disciplinary mechanism, and I can confirm that they were not delivered by stormtroopers, nor was I rounded up (all one of me) and dumped in a ghetto with others of my ethnic group. I have not been forced to do hard labour; I have not been starved. To the best of my knowledge, there has been no attempt to strip me of all my belongings that may be of any value and gas me to death.

The reason comparisons of Jews with Nazis are part of an anti-Semitic trope is that they indicate a failure to understand what Jewish people underwent during the Shoah (not the Holocaust; we’re referring to that specific part that happened to Jews).

It seems clear that Margaret Hodge does not understand it either.

I don’t see any disciplinary procedure sending her on an “education” course. It seems suspension – or expulsion, as Norman Finkelstein demands – is the only way.

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Template letter demanding Margaret Hodge’s suspension from the Labour Party

Margaret Hodge: Labour whips said she “expressed regret” for shouting at Jeremy Corbyn in public. It seems any such regret lasted only as long as she was being carpeted.

Our good colleague Martin Odoni at The Critique Archives has drafted up a template letter for those of us who are outraged by Labour MP Margaret Hodge’s latest attack on her own party. She compared it with Nazi Germany.

I have already written a piece pointing out that this dame has already enjoyed a privilege not afforded to rank-and-file party members like myself and Mr Odoni – being let off scot free when disciplinary procedures were necessary.

And in her case – unlike ours – the evidence is damning.

But she has chosen to push her luck with an insulting comparison to the Nazi regime.

Of course, it is an anti-Semitic stereotype to compare the actions of Jewish people to the Nazis, and one wonders whether she used the same comparison cynically.

If so, all she has done is demonstrate that false and deeply insulting comparisons to Nazism are not the exclusive province of gentiles; Zionist pro-Israeli-government supporters of the eradication of Palestine clearly make them too.

This is intolerable. She should be kicked out on her ear.

Mr Odoni provides a template for doing so. It is on The Critique Archives and the link to that article follows the quoted extract directly below:

The following text is a letter of complaint I have sent to the Labour Party this evening, demanding Dame Margaret Hodge’s membership be re-suspended. If you share my disgust at what Hodge has said on Sky News today – see the link below – you may consider this page to be a template. Therefore, feel free to copy and paste the below text into e-mails of complaint against Hodge that you wish to send to the party, if you are having any trouble finding the right words. The address to send such e-mails to is [email protected].

Source: Suspend Margaret Hodge from the Labour Party at once | TheCritique Archives

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Margaret Hodge’s fantasy will damage the fight against anti-Semitism

Vile: Margaret Hodge.

It seems Margaret Hodge has lost her grip on reality.

First the Labour MP shouted abuse at her party leader in public, then she claimed astonishment at the possibility that she would face disciplinary proceedings for such an obviously objectionable act, then when Labour dropped its action because she had expressed contrition she denied it, saying the whole thing had been cooked up to divert attention from the debate over Labour’s adoption of the full examples attached to the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism.

What a load of baloney!

This dame was caught bringing the Labour Party into disrepute and the only reason the action against her was halted is that it would have caused more damage to the Party to continue with it after she kicked up such a fuss with – shall we be honest, or charitable? Let’s be charitable – her fantasy.

And what did she do next? Did she shut up, disproving the now-widely-held belief that if Labour lets false accusations of anti-Semitism go unpunished, it will only encourage the liars to lie again?

No – she did exactly as predicted, proving us right.

I would present arguments against what Dame Margaret said – but I don’t have to. Thomas Clark, of Another Angry Voice, has already done it, so I’ll leave it to him. You can read his full article here.

Let’s start with her comments to Sky News:

A Jewish Labour MP has said the moment she found out she faced investigation for confronting Jeremy Corbyn over anti-Semitism made her think about “what it felt like to be a Jew in Germany in the 30s”.

Former minister Margaret Hodge, who faced disciplinary action for calling the Labour leader an anti-Semite, told Sky News “it felt almost as if they were coming for me”.

“It’s rather difficult to define but there’s that fear and it reminded me of what my dad used to say,” Ms Hodge said in her first major interview since the investigation was dropped.

“He always said to me as a child: ‘You’ve got to keep a packed suitcase at the door Margaret, in case you ever have got to leave in a hurry.’

“And when I heard about the disciplinary, my emotional response resonated with that feeling of fear, that clearly was at the heart of what my father felt when he came to Britain.”

Mr Clark responded: “Just try to imagine the absolute tower of self-righteous delusion a person would have to be sitting upon in order to imagine that trivialising the horrors of the Holocaust in order to pose as the poor victim of a flawed softball disciplinary process that let her off scot free for an offence that would have had any normal person in a normal job rightly expecting the sack.

“By trivialising the Holocaust in this way Hodge has demonstrated that she’s massively over-privileged and extremely disconnected from reality.”

I also found this, in The Independent:

 She accused her party leader of being on “the wrong side” of the line between being pro-Palestinian and antisemitic and suggested “the cult of Corbynism” had allowed this to happen.

Mr Clark had this to say in response: “This is blatantly untrue. One involves having a bit of basic human decency and expressing solidarity towards the victims of decades of brutal Israeli repression. The other involves being a disgusting bigot who hates Jewish people for no reason other than that they’re Jews.

“There is no “fine line” between decency and indecency, and this effort by Margaret Hodge to claim that there is, is nothing but a cynical effort to intimidate decent people out of expressing solidarity with the Palestinians for fear of being labelled a racist bigot for having done so.”

He goes on to point out that this person had no concerns about right-wing Party apparatchiks purging it of thousands of perfectly decent members, just because they might vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the second Corbyn leadership election: “Basically Hodge believes she should be allowed to do whatever she likes to bring the party into disrepute, because disciplinary processes, punishments, and expulsions are only for the little people.”

Let’s not forget that there are plenty of Labour members accused of anti-Semitism now – some of us falsely.  I am crowdfunding in order to launch a legal action against those who have told damaging lies about myself, and you can contribute by visiting my JustGiving page.

The Independent article also has Dame Margaret referring to the “cult of Corbyism”, about which Mr Clark had this to say:

“The reality is that a lot of people are drawn to Corbyn because of his principles and policies (stuff like renationalising the railways, sticking up for workers, combating tax-dodging, stopping arms sales to despotic regimes like Saudi Arabia) but wish he was a bit better at forcing the point home.

“Hodge really doesn’t seem to realise that the vast majority of British people have absolutely had it with self-serving political elites flogging off our national assets to their mates on the cheap, gutting our local communities, trashing our wages and working conditions, and imposing ruinous austerity dogma on the nation in order to make the poor and ordinary shoulder the entire cost of the bankers’ bailouts, lavishing handouts and tax breaks on corporations and the mega-rich, and fiddling their expenses all the while to maximise their own personal gains.

“The reality is that it’s the Westminster establishment club and their lackeys in the mainstream media who are living in a cult, but because they have little or no concern for ordinary people.”

Damn straight. Look forward to the next instalment of this saga from that other cult member, Ian Austin.

Labour has responded to the inflammatory comments by the errant MP, as follows: “Jeremy is determined to tackle antisemitism in the Labour Party, so Jewish people feel it is a warm and welcoming home.

“The comparison of the Labour Party’s disciplinary process with Nazi Germany is so extreme and disconnected from reality, it diminishes the seriousness of the issue of antisemitism.

“We all need to work together to build support and confidence in the Labour Party among Jewish communities in Britain.”

That is the nub of the matter. False accusations – especially by Jewish people – diminish the seriousness of anti-Semitism. They blur the lines between fake accusations and genuine acts of hatred to the point at which bystanders no longer care.

We know, now, that these false accusations against Jeremy Corbyn are supported by the Israeli government – in fact, they may be instigated by Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration (and I’m being extremely kind to that government in describing the situation in that way).

Anyone supporting that agenda is a danger to democracy in the UK. Margaret Hodge should be dumped from the Labour Party like a sack of raw sewage.

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Is THIS how Margaret Hodge expresses regret?

Margaret Hodge: “Expressed regret”? Really?

I’m not convinced at all.

A Labour MP who “expressed regret” for launching a foul-mouthed tirade against her party leader in a public place would not, I think, immediately release a statement vilifying the organisation for following its procedures.

But that is what Margaret Hodge has done.

And she tried to pervert the issue, claiming that it was about anti-Semitism, when it was in fact about her display of behaviour falling well below the standards expected of a Labour Party member, let alone an MP.

For the record, she is also entirely wrong about the issue she wanted to promote.

The IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism is not as good as the descriptions in Labour’s code of conduct.

It allows those with malicious intent to accuse people of anti-Semitism if they dare to criticise the policies of the Israeli government, and this is not acceptable.

Even its author, Kenneth S Stern, has condemned it as an instrument that curbs freedom of speech.

So why is Ms Hodge so desperate to make malicious, fake accusations of anti-Semitism easier?

Perhaps we should take a look at the list of people making donations to her. It clarified a great deal when that happened to Tom Watson.

Labour has ended its disciplinary action against the MP Margaret Hodge, launched by the party after she called Jeremy Corbyn “an antisemite and a racist” over his handling of Labour’s dispute with Jewish community leaders.

Labour sources said Hodge, the MP for Barking, had “expressed regret” to the party’s chief whip, Nick Brown, “for the manner in which she raised her views”.

Hodge said in a statement: “I’m pleased that the Labour party has finally dropped their ‘action’ against me. After 55 years of LP membership, going after me instead of addressing the issue was wrong.

“In 2018, antisemitism has again reared its ugly head and the campaign against it goes on. The Labour party must adopt the IHRA definition in full to start to rebuild trust. Thanks to everyone for kind messages of support which have kept me going.”

Source: Labour ends action against Margaret Hodge in antisemitism row | Politics | The Guardian

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George Galloway and Prof. Michael Rosen Attack Margaret Hodge’s Anti-Semitism Smear against Corbyn | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

Vile: Margaret Hodge.

Reblogged because you should read it – and then see the rest of the article on The Beast’s own website, which also has the link to the full interview.

A few days ago, Dame Margaret Hodge stood up in Parliament to denounce Jeremy Corbyn as an anti-Semite, who didn’t ‘want people like me in the party’ because the Labour leader had failed to bow to the pressure of the Israel lobby and adopt the full definition of anti-Semitism now being foisted on everyone by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. This attempts to outlaw as anti-Semitic criticism of Israel.

The media have just lapped up Hodge’s denunciation, and reacted with horror at the possibility that she might be disciplined for attacking her party leader in Parliament. A highly biased report in the I did its best to leave its readers with no doubt whatsoever that Corbyn was anti-Semitic, like the rest of the British press. In support of this the papers mentioned that Hodge was not only Jewish, but like very many Jews had lost family in the Holocaust. Further on in the I their columnist, Simon Kelner, wrote a piece arguing that Labour should adopt the I.H.R.A.’s definition of anti-Semitism, because it was formulated by Jews, who were the people best placed to realise what anti-Semitism is. This is all despite the fact that very many Jews reject the I.H.R.A’s definition of anti-Semitism. According to what I’ve heard, 36 Jewish organisations from around the world concerned with protesting and combating Israel’s brutalisation and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians gave messages of congratulation to Corbyn because he hadn’t caved into pressure and adopted the definition in toto. But you won’t hear that from the biased British press. Nor will you see it on TV. On the Andrew Marr Show, the eponymous presenter seemed to get very irritated and insistent with a spokeswoman from the Labour Party, Rebecca Long-Bailey, because Labour hadn’t adopted that definition of Anti-Semitism like everyone else. And then in parliament yesterday we had the revolting spectacle of right-wing Labour MPs standing up one after the other to denounce Corbyn as an anti-Semite.

[George Galloway’s radio talk show, The Mother Of All Talk Shows, recently featured a conversation between Galloway himself and Professor Michael Rosen, a children’s poet.] Rosen and Galloway have also known Jeremy Corbyn for a very long time, and Rosen himself is a Labour supporter, though not a member of the party. He’s also Jewish, and has a very different perspective on the accusations of anti-Semitism against Corbyn, which you certainly won’t read in the press. He and Galloway both state very clearly that knowing Corbyn for as long as they have, they know that he is certainly not anti-Semitic.

They go on to discuss Hodge’s splenetic attack in parliament. Rosen says that it sounds very much like it was staged to cause maximum exposure. He states that if Hodge really felt that Corbyn was an anti-Semite, she would instead have raised the issue through the organs within the Labour party itself set up to deal with such grievances. She hasn’t. Nor has she made this complaint before.

In short, Hodge is a vile individual, who is libelling Corbyn as anti-Semite simply to prevent a genuine Socialist getting into No. 10. And she is supported by the Blairites in the Labour party, the Tories and the mainstream media. And it’s about time this stopped, and was exposed for what it is.

Source: George Galloway and Prof. Michael Rosen Attack Margaret Hodge’s Anti-Semitism Smear against Corbyn | Beastrabban\’s Weblog

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The perils of pandering to PricewaterhouseCoopers

Margaret Hodge: A principled stand against corruption of politics by corporate influence.

Margaret Hodge: A principled stand against corruption of politics by corporate influence.

This is something that broke while Yr Obdt Srvt was still recovering from a recent illness, but is still worth covering because Labour really needs to understand the danger of association.

Margaret Hodge, Labour’s chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, broke ranks to warn the Shadow Cabinet against accepting – shall we call it – “help” from accounting firms like PricewaterhouseCoopers on Friday. She said it was “inappropriate” and she was right to do so.

It’s the political equivalent of accepting “help” from the Mafia – you end up in their pocket, owing them favours.

According to the BBC, Labour MPs including Ed Balls (Shadow Chancellor) and Chukka Umunna (Shadow Business Secretary), along with Rachel Reeves (Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary) have received more than £540,000 in research assistance from the firm in the past 18 months alone.

PwC is one of the ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms – the others are Ernst & Young, KPMG and Deloitte – who also advise the Conservative-run Treasury on tax policy. It should not be beyond anybody’s wit to see there’s a clear conflict of interest if the firm is advising both Labour and the Tories on tax policy.

Furthermore, PwC – if not all the others as well – is known to advise businesses on ways they can legally avoid paying tax. This means that, while working for the government, they are actively campaigning to hinder its effectiveness at collecting revenue that is due to it and using that money for the good of the UK as a whole.

Labour’s official line is that “PwC have provided long standing support to all three major political parties on a non-party basis, as happened for the Conservatives and Lib Dems before the last election. Given the complexity of government and that opposition parties do not have significant access to civil servants, the support provided by organisations such as these helps ensure that there is better scrutiny of government policy.”

PwC said its staff provided “limited and fully disclosed technical support to the main political parties” but added: “We do not develop policy on their behalf.” Staff on secondment might make “observations on the improvement of legislation or proposed legislation”, the firm added in a statement.

Isn’t this exactly the problem? Staff make “observations”, and before we know it, all our political parties are carrying out PwC policy instead of their own.

If Labour was serious about getting the advice it needed, then it would be employing advisers who have nothing to do with any of the other political parties. That’s the way it has to be. Anything else courts betrayal of the public.

Then there would be no opportunity for these firms to create embarrassment when their activities “promoting tax avoidance” on an industrial scale were revealed by the Public Accounts Committee

PwC said it disagreed with the Public Accounts Committee report (it would, wouldn’t it?) and denied claims by Mrs Hodge that the firm had misled her committee when its executives gave evidence in January 2013. Who do you believe?

Mrs Hodge herself told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One: “You have to be very, very careful when you’re in opposition whom you take money from”.

Absolutely correct.

This is why Vox Political supports the removal of all private company advisors from government. The private sector has no place in decisions about public services.

That is why we have a Civil Service.

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Two women who could help change Britain – David Hencke

Margaret Hodge; A practical route map for Labour

Margaret Hodge; A practical route map for Labour

The most exciting part of political conferences is not the main conference hall but the fringe. It is here that people are much more likely to speak their mind and real issues are debated – not set piece presentations, writes David Hencke.

Angela Eagle, shadow leader of the Commons, chair of the conference and the national policy forum made a refreshingly off message analysis of present British society and where it is going.

Speaking at a Unite union fringe organised by Class (Centre for Labour and Social Studies)- analysing the rapidly widening gap between the mega elite and the ordinary worker – she actually described the present situation in society as ” immoral”.-pointing out that  top directors now earn 130 times more than their workforce.

Angela Eagle providing Labour with a  moral compass. Pic credit: The Guardian

Angela Eagle providing Labour with a moral compass. Pic credit: The Guardian

The second feisty contribution came from Margaret Hodge, chair of the Commons public accounts committee. She was speaking on a different platform with the Policy Network Here the issue was how Labour could make a difference by accepting the present economic situation and using public money more effectively.

Superficially  you might think the two women were on  different planets but actually they complimented each other.

Margaret Hodge, with enormous experience of investigating Whitehall scandals, tax avoidance and the dodgy behaviour of private companies providing public services, had a practical route map on how Labour could handle this.

Her solution including forcing the companies to become transparent with the way they spend or misspent our money, using public procurement to secure the living wage for all workers, clamping down far more effectively on tax avoidance including collecting the taxes, and looking at radical five-year plans to innovate public services, rather than the Treasury knee jerk reaction top impose cuts with three months notice.

Both women  have enormous talents. Angela provides a moral compass, Margaret a practical route map  out of an increasingly unfair society.

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Why is Chris Grayling trying to sabotage the national finances?

You loved yesterday's meme about Iain Duncan Smith so here's one about Chris Grayling. Feel free to share it across the Internet and tell all your friends to do the same [Image: 38 Degrees].

You loved yesterday’s meme about Iain Duncan Smith so here’s one about Chris Grayling. Feel free to share it across the Internet and tell all your friends to do the same [Image: 38 Degrees].

Here’s further evidence that Justice Minister Chris Grayling is not only unjust but actually evil.

It seems he is drawing up contracts which will ensure profits – for the period of the next two parliaments – for private companies taking over probation services, and massive penalties for the next government if it cancels the contracts.

“Taxpayers will face a £300m-£400m penalty if controversial probation privatisation contracts are cancelled after next May’s general election under an “unprecedented” clause that guarantees bidders their expected profits over the 10-year life of the contract,” according to The Guardian.

It seems the contracts would guarantee the income of two of our favourite outsourcing firms, G4S and Serco, both of which have been at the centre of serious fraud allegations. They have received these contracts during a period when Grayling himself had said they would receive nothing.

Clearly he has misled Parliament.

The Ministry of Justice says it is following Treasury guidance by including the clause, making it likely that we are seeing a conspiracy among Tory-led government departments – and that we will see more of the same in other politically-controversial contracts that will be signed before next May’s general election.

In a time of austerity, inflicted on us by the same government!

Isn’t it illegal for one government to tie the hands of the next in this manner?

Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee, has said she was appalled by the discovery, according to the newspaper.

This is a typical Tory tactic in new wrapping. Remember how the Tory-led Coalition has forced budget cuts on councils and the regional assemblies, meaning in return that they had to cut services to citizens – and take the blame for the choices?

Grayling is clearly hoping that a Labour or Labour-led government of the future that cuts the contracts to G4S and Serco will take the blame for the increased cost to the taxpayer that he is imposing.

He isn’t thinking straight, though. G4S and Serco are under investigation, facing serious allegations of fraud. While they were cleared to work on government contracts in January, this came from auditors working for the Conservative government; a future government may disagree with that decision.

This means that contracts awarded to G4S and Serco would be void – and no money would be due to them.

Whatever happens with the contracts, Grayling himself should face legal proceedings for his own involvement in what amounts to interference with the public finances, after he is forced out of office next year. The favouritism he shows towards the two companies is deeply suspicious and he should be investigated for financial connections to them.

Let us remember, also, that Grayling has no mandate for these actions as nobody elected a Conservative government into office to tie the hands of future administrations. It was not in the Conservative 2010 manifesto, nor was it in the Coalition agreement.

This ‘justice’ minister belongs behind bars.

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