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The Anna Rothery scandal suggests Labour is a sexist and racist institution under Starmer

Anna Rothery: her socialism is probably the reason she has been dropped as a Liverpool mayoral candidate. But the decision is also sexist and racist – and that is how Keir Starmer’s Labour party should now be described.

How is this an improvement?

Let’s go through the information we have, and please correct any errors.

There will be an election to fill the role of executive Mayor of Liverpool after Joe Anderson retired under a cloud.

The Labour Party held a selection process using an all-female shortlist which produced three candidates, including current Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Anna Rothery.

However, examination of Ms Rothery by party leaders revealed that she is:

  • female
  • black, and
  • socialist.

It seems that these are considered undesirable elements in Labour candidates under Keir Starmer’s leadership.

This may come as a surprise to many, especially as he should have expected a selection process that demanded that all candidates are female to produce candidates who aren’t men.

The selection process has reopened. It seems clear that the aim is to parachute in a candidate who is as neoliberal-blue as Starmer himself – in denial of Liverpool Labour members’ right to a free and democratic selection.

But the fact is that he will have eliminated a black woman to do it.

Therefore it is possible to claim that Starmer’s Labour is prejudiced against women and against people of colour: he and his party are sexist and racist.

I am reminded that his forerunner as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, suffered years of attacks, both in the media and by backstabbing right-wingers within the Parliamentary Labour Party, based on fabricated accusation of anti-Semitism.

So I ask:

How is genuine racism and sexism better than fake anti-Semitism?

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In London’s mayoral race, UKIP pins its hopes on Gammons

Once again, the UK Independence Party has made itself the butt of the joke.

You’ll be familiar with the expression “gammon”, meaning “a middle-aged or older white man with conservative, traditionalist views, stereotypically characterized as having a red or flushed complexion”. It has been linked with supporters of UKIP for many years.

Today (January 15) we all discovered the name of the party’s candidate in the London mayoral election… and the fun began:

We all had a few giggles about the coincidence:

But the real punchline is the fact that this is not the first time UKIP has been ham-strung (sorry) by an unfortunately-resonating name:

This Writer, for one, is grateful to Mr Gammons.

He has brightened up an otherwise miserable day.

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London Mayor election postponement should hasten Johnson/Arcuri report

Johnson and Arcuri: now there’s no reason for the IOPC to delay its report on their relationship.

The government has postponed a string of local elections – including the London Mayoral poll, removing a barrier to publication of the report on Boris Johnson’s relationship with Jennifer Arcuri.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating a £10,000 grant given to Arcuri, who was friends with Johnson, by mayoral organisation London & Partners in 2013, and examining whether Arcuri’s admission to City Hall trade missions was reasonable.

It had announced that it would be unable to publish its report until after the purdah period for the London Mayoral elections begins on March 23, in which case it would not be able to release them until after the election on May 7.

But with the announcement that there will not be an election this year, there is now no barrier to the IOPC publishing its report as soon as it is ready.

Not only that, but the postponement of the elections for a year makes it more likely that investigations by the London Assembly and the London Mayor will also take place and be published later this year; if the elections had taken place resulting in a change of Mayor and a change of the political majority in the Assembly, then they could have been cancelled.

And the fact that the elections are being delayed for a year, rather than the six months suggested by the Electoral Commission, means these investigations may be concluded – and reports published – soon.

The result could be extremely embarrassing for Boris Johnson – and gives us all something to look forward to. Or will the IOPC find another excuse for a delay?

Source: Coronavirus: English local elections postponed for a year – BBC News

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A US village voted to make a turkey mayor. Here in the UK we made one prime minister

Theresa May: We made our turkey prime minister, and in return – with Brexit, she is stuffing us.

“Our animal control officers are pretty good, but he has some ninja-like moves. They have a hard time getting him,” admitted local public safety commander Randy Tewes.

“We’re a divided country, and here this turkey is directing traffic for folks on their way to work, and it gives them something to cheer about.”

He was talking about a turkey called Smoke, who captured the imagination of people in the village of Ashwaubenon, near Green Bay, USA, so much that they decided to appoint it as mayor – if only in an honourary role.

A popular Facebook group called Smoked Turkey has been flooded with pictures and videos of the bird, and a report from The Washington Post showed he had brought joy and community spirit to the town, despite being a terror.

Here in the UK we have a turkey of our own – albeit only in the terms of US slang that defines one as something that is extremely or completely unsuccessful.

She has also inflicted a large amount of mischief on us, although it would be entirely inappropriate to find any of it amusing.

Nevertheless, the electorate of the UK has allowed Theresa May to become prime minister of the entire country, rather than just mayor of a small community.

And, with her plan for Brexit, it seems clear that – unlike Christmas turkeys – she has stuffed us.

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Shaun Bailey: Tory London mayoral candidate is SEXIST as well as RACIST, it seems

Shaun Bailey: Conservative candidate for Islamophobia – and now, for sexism and misogyny.

How encouraging that the Conservative Party has not withdrawn its support for Shaun Bailey as London mayoral candidate, despite the evidence that he is not only a racist (as discussed elsewhere) but also a sexist.

It may be seen as evidence that the Tories are at last displaying their true colours.

According to Business Insider:

“Single girls in inner cities “deliberately become pregnant” in order to secure homes and benefits from the government, the Conservatives’ London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, wrote in 2006.

“Bailey, who has secured the nomination to take on London mayor Sadiq Khan, wrote in the Telegraph that “any young girl living in the inner city will be clued up on how the system works.”

“In the comments, unearthed by Business Insider, he added: “They won’t be too careful about not becoming parents. In some cases, they will deliberately become pregnant – as they know that if they do, they will get a flat.”

“He went on: “It is the same with benefits. These people are not stupid. If the state offers them money for doing something, they will do it. It is as simple as that.”

“In similar comments speaking at the Conservative party conference in 2008, Bailey also said there was a “cottage industry” in young women getting pregnant for state support, the Observer reports today.

“”Girls getting knocked up to get housing? It’s a cottage industry where I come from,” he said.”

And Buzzfeed News reported:

“Conservative London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey has been criticised for a series of controversial comments he made when he was a youth worker in North Kensington in 2005.

“Among the remarks unearthed by BuzzFeed News are claims that “good looking” girls in the area “tend to have been around” and that “poor people” require “rules” and “direction” or else they will turn to crime.

“Bailey also railed against the impact of drugs on the estate, warning that young girls were likely to start smoking before boys because “they have a smoker’s attitude”.”

Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan told the site this was “appalling sexism and misogyny”.

But the Tory candidate’s campaign team said they were the “blunt words” of someone “who hasn’t figured it all out” but wanted to make a contribution to society by offering his experiences, “however raw they might seem now”.

Read the Buzzfeed and Business Insider articles and you’ll be able to draw your own conclusions about Mr Bailey’s words.

One doubts such conclusions will be favourable.

Of course, words published many years ago may not be representative of a gentleman’s current thinking.

How long will we have to wait for Mr Bailey’s full and frank statement disowning his former words and explaining his attitudes – both then and now?

I won’t be holding my breath waiting!

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Tories appoint RACIST as their new London mayoral candidate

Shaun Bailey: Conservative candidate for Islamophobia.

I know; what’s new? Zac Goldsmith’s campaign wasn’t exactly above reproach. Perhaps racists are all the Conservative Party has left?

Well, now we have Shaun Bailey, who thinks it’s fine to make Islamophobic comments about current London mayor Sadiq Khan, viz:

Here’s The Independent:

The Conservative candidate for London Mayor is at the centre of an Islamophobia row, after he shared a tweet that meant thousands of his followers saw a message referring to Labour’s Sadiq Khan as “mad mullah Khan of Londonistan”.

Shaun Bailey retweeted a post last year which had shared a picture of Mr Khan and a racist caption which also branded Labour as “anti-British”.

The Conservative Party told The Independent there is “no way” Mr Bailey would have seen the offensive caption on the picture before sharing the post, as to do so one must click to open it.

 

Oh, really? That seems incredible to me.

I mean, think about it: The Tories are saying the man they have chosen as their candidate to be Mayor of London is so stupid he doesn’t know how to look at a whole image in a tweet before passing it on to his followers!

Why would anybody vote for someone like that?

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wouldn’t. He’s still angry about the Goldsmith campaign – and rightly so. Now he’s doubly angry because he knows the Tories have doubled down on the racism:

Mr Bailey, it seems, is still a user of the social media, as he tweeted his delight at whatever support he has received – providing a perfect opportunity for some of our more alert New Left Media representatives to ask the obvious:

I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the answer. Don’t hold your breath waiting for it!

But coverage of the negative reaction should not eclipse the fact that Mr Bailey does have at least one high-profile supporter – but you’re going to wince when you see who it is:

That’s right – Boris Johnson! The man who was unashamed to talk about “Piccaninnies with watermelon smiles”, among all his many other racisms!

Perhaps even worse is the fact that racist Mr Bailey – supported by racist Mr Johnson – was announced as Tory mayoral candidate on the same date racist Theresa May (Ms “Hostile Environment” herself) actually dared to lecture the United Nations about people who “exploit people’s fear and stoke intolerance and racism”.

I await the mainstream media’s wall-to-wall coverage of the clear and present racism that is running rife among the Conservative Party’s elected MPs and candidates for elected office.

That’s if they can fit it in around all the fake “anti-Semitism in the Labour Party” stories they’ve been writing, of course.

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London mayor boosts police taskforce after Tories make a shambles of law enforcement

Aren’t Londoners glad they ignored Zac Goldsmith’s Islamophobic claptrap about Sadiq Khan and elected the right man to be Mayor of London!

As shocking figures were released showing that crime has risen by 40 per cent after the Conservative government took nearly 30,000 police – and support – officers off the streets, Mr Khan has announced he is strengthening the city’s violent crime taskforce.

Admittedly, the change is temporary – 122 officers are being redirected from traffic duty for three months – but it is more than the Tories would do. They would be happier to see a continued, steady trickle of arrests for traffic violations (and the accompanying revenue from fines) than safer streets.

And let us not forget that Conservative rhetoric encourages violent crime – especially against Muslims.

Nationally – well, let’s watch Labour’s video on the subject:

Matt Thomas has some extra information:

In fact, the NAO has claimed the Home Office has no idea of the effect its swingeing cuts have had on policing across the UK. Perhaps this is the most damning fact of all.

Amyas Morse, the head of the NAO, said: “The financial sustainability of police forces and their ability to deliver effective services is reliant on the Home Office understanding national and local demands and allocating funds fairly.

“There are signs that forces are already experiencing financial strain and struggling to deliver effective services to the public. If the Home Office does not understand what is going on, it will not be able to direct resources to where they are needed, with the risk that the situation could get worse.”

Here’s one more fact for you: Among Conservative supporters, Home Secretary Sajid Javid is the most popular minister in the Cabinet. A recent ConservativeHome poll gave him a satisfaction rating of 61.9.

So he thinks he’s doing all right!

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Tories have made thousands homeless – but don’t want them to be visible during Royal Wedding

Stuart, aged 39, has been living on the streets in Windsor for the past four months [Image: David Levene for the Guardian].

This is typical of the Conservative Party and its representatives at all levels of government.

They are perfectly happy to use their privileged positions to engineer harm to anybody less well-positioned than themselves. We have seen recently that Conservatives simply could not care less about the thousands more people who have been forced to sleep on the streets since their party took office in 2010.

But they cannot bear to see the results of their cruel work.

So Simon Dudley, Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, wants the police to clear homeless people off the streets, presumably in order to give an entirely false impression of his area to the rich and powerful people attending the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Clearly he wants these people to think Windsor and Maidenhead are glittering examples of perfect societies, where nobody could possibly be in such dire poverty that they are forced to live in the gutter, their belongings carried around in a few plastic bags.

He wants them to believe a fantasy.

If it were within This Writer’s power, I would encourage as many homeless people as possible to make their way to Mr Dudley’s council area by May 19 and put in an appearance on the big day – just to ensure that he doesn’t get away with his big con.

The leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, home to Windsor Castle, Eton College and Ascot racecourse, has demanded police use legal powers to clear the area of homeless people before the royal wedding in May.

Simon Dudley, the council’s Conservative leader, wrote to Thames Valley police this week seeking action against “aggressive begging and intimidation” and “bags and detritus” accumulating on the streets.

The letter, seen by the Guardian, follows a series of tweets sent by Dudley while on a skiing holiday in Wyoming over Christmas, in which he referred to “an epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy in Windsor” and said “residents have had enough of this exploitation of residents and 6 million tourists pa [per annum]”.

He tweeted that he would write to Thames Valley police “asking them to focus on dealing with this before the #RoyalWedding”.

Tens of thousands of wellwishers and tourists are expected to descend on the picturesque town on the banks of the River Thames for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May in St George’s chapel at Windsor Castle.

(Source: Windsor council leader calls for removal of homeless before royal wedding | Society | The Guardian)

Simon Dudley (left) [Composite: Evolve Politics].

News website Evolve Politics has elaborated on Mr Dudley’s position, which seems, in fact, to be delusional:

In a separate tweet posted whilst he was on a skiing holiday in Wyoming, the heartless Tory Council Chairman also claimed that some of those on the streets of Windsor have made a ‘life choice‘ to be homeless.

Dudley went on to claim that homeless people in the area were “marching tourists to cash points to withdraw cash, hanging out near car park ticket machines to get discounts and ask tourists for money”.

However, replying on Twitter, Thames Valley Police quashed the Tory Council leader’s claims, saying:

“We deal with reports of begging proportionately but we have not had reports of anyone being marched to cashpoints to take out money.”

Dudley responded by saying the issue was ‘voluntary homelessness’, and the leader of Windsor Council then went on to shirk any responsibility for the crisis, telling Thames Valley Police that ‘It is time for you to deal with this issue.’

The Labour Party has rightly demanded that minority prime minister Theresa May should condemn the comments by Mr Dudley. As the MP for Maidenhead, he is the leader of Mrs May’s own local authority:

Labour’s Andrew Gwynne has slammed the government’s record on homelessness as a ‘national scandal’ which ‘can’t be swept under the carpet.

The shadow local government minister said: “While many families spent this Christmas without a home to call their own, the leader of Theresa May’s Council was pleading for these people to be treated like criminals.

“The Prime Minister needs to immediately condemn these comments.”

But it seems the appeal is likely to fall on deaf ears.

After all, Mrs May recently denied the existence of the NHS winter crisis. She’ll have no problem applying her blinkers and earmuffs to this.

It is as I suggested at the top of this article:

Tories love to cause harm but hate to see the results of their mischief.


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Boris Johnson’s incompetence as London Mayor is finally revealed – long AFTER his departure

[Image: AFP Photo/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock/Matt Frost].

Boris Johnson was recently revealed to be a hopelessly incompetent foreign secretary. Now information has been released that shows he was hopelessly incompetent as the Mayor of London, too.

The facts about the uselessness of the water cannons he bought have been known for many months – the amount of money he wasted has not been revealed until now.

Do you still think the Conservatives are the party of financial responsibility?

As for Mr Johnson himself – he is an inept oaf whose time is spent either with his foot in his mouth or busily spending other people’s money.

Can anybody explain his popularity?

And, most importantly of all:

I

A few years ago, Boris Johnson’s administration at London City Hall spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ money buying water cannons.

The water cannons were apparently for protesting crowds, and turned out to be useless and a complete waste of money.

But apparently it was worse than that. Today, Sadiq Khan’s office reveals the full cost to Londoners of maintaining three unused water cannon:

  • Low Emission Zone compliance – £32,004
  • Re-painting – £19,035
  • Fitting CCTV – £19,376.70
  • Body work repairs due to corrosion   – £4,911.15
  • Supply and fit of 999 sirens – £3,109.20
  • Signage – £3,511.50
  • Installation of a Radio / CD player – £970.50

Yes, nearly a grand was spent just installing a radio / CD player to a bunch of water cannons. It beggars belief.

And that’s not even the worst of it.

Khan’s office reveal that more than £322,834 was spent on purchasing, fitting out and repairing the three machines.

This is all despite the fact they cannot legally be used in the UK and have ‘languished in storage’ for the past two years.

Source: Boris Johnson as Mayor of London spent £970 installing a CD player to water cannons

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Conservatives try to become the party of the North East – Unemployed in Tyne and Wear

Here’s something unintendedly humorous, flagged up by Unemployed in Tyne and Wear from an article in yesterday’s (October 5) Newcastle Evening Chronicle:

Is there a General Election on the horizon or something ? The Tories are getting all concerned about the North East.

Growing the economy in the North of England and closing the wealth divide with London and the south east was one of the major themes of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham… The focus may seem surprising given that the party has few MPs in the North East.

The Chancellor’s plan is to turn the North into an economic powerhouse rivalling London by investing up to £15 billion on local transport links, picking a scientific speciality for universities to become world-leaders in, possibly building a high speed line across the Pennines, linking the North East and North West, and giving cities more autonomy and cash – if they agree to transform local government by introducing directly-elected mayors.

Major announcements at the conference included plans to freeze working-age benefits – including benefits received by working people on low salaries – for two years. This means cutting benefits in real terms, because of the effects of inflation.

Conservative leader David Cameron, in his conference speech, announced plans to raise the income tax personal allowance to £12,500. This would take one million more workers out of income tax entirely and give a tax cut to 30 million more, Mr Cameron said. An estimated 51,000 North East workers would pay no income tax at all because of the change. Many others would pay less tax. Isn’t this because wages are so poor to start with ?

Mr Cameron also announced plans to raise the threshold at which people pay the 40p income tax rate from £41,900 today to £50,000. It means a tax cut for many people earning above-average salaries. Mr Cameron said the 40p tax was supposed to be for the rich, but it’s currently paid by some senior nurses, teachers and police officers.

But critics pointed out that the Conservatives had failed to explain how they would pay the £7 billion cost of cutting tax.

Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said: “Nobody will be fooled by pie in the sky promises of tax cuts in six years’ time when David Cameron cannot tell us where the money is coming from.

“Even the Tories admit this is an unfunded commitment of over £7 billion, so how will they pay for it? Will they raise VAT on families and pensioners again?”

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