Silly season stories: can you believe this desperate bid to blame Johnson’s Covid on Corbyn aide

This is very desperate, isn’t it? Apparently the claim is that Seumas Milne, aide to Jeremy Corbyn when he was Labour leader, passed Covid-19 on to Boris Johnson – according to the Mail on Sunday: So Number 10 invited Jeremy Corbyn, then 70, to a meeting in a "compact and airless" office that "offers the ideal conditions for the virus", at a time when members of the government were testing positive for Covid, and yet Seumas is the villain? — Alex Nunns (@alexnunns) August 15, 2020 Of course the real…

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Starmer’s stand on schools and The Sun is so wrong he should be shamed out of the Labour Party

Keir Starmer seems to be going out of his way to upset the population of the United Kingdom. His latest howler – in a long series going back to his very first day as Labour Party leader – is an article in the Daily Mail – the Heil, for crying out loud! – demanding that Boris Johnson ensure that all pupils are forced back into school in September, whether they are safe from Covid-19 or not. Starmer was responding to the Tories’ manipulation of ‘A’ level results – Education Secretary Gavin Williamson fiddled…

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Lower than sewage: liar Johnson is still making poorest NHS workers pay ‘immigrant surcharge’

Could there be a better demonstration of what a detestable liar Boris Johnson is? He said his government would end a £624 “surcharge” it demanded from immigrant NHS workers for their own healthcare treatment. He lied. In fact, the charge has continued to be applied – to the poorest workers; those least able to afford it. The fee is still levied on staff who take a different job within six months – lower-paid cleaners, porters and carers, especially those on the zero-hours contracts the Tories have been keen to force into the workplace.…

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Is ‘dire’ recession ‘until 2023’ warning really to be taken seriously or is there Tory doubletalk on the way?

We learned last week that the UK has gone into its deepest-ever recession, with Gross Domestic Product plunging by 20 per cent in the last three months alone. Now an economist is warning that the Johnson government’s dire handling of the Covid-19 crisis means the recession will probably last until 2023, with serious consequences for the well-being of everybody in the UK. But will it really? I’ve heard these predictions before, and they are very handy for a struggling government. Suppose the economy doesn’t stay in recession – or at least,…

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The list of Tory donors to boycott is growing. If you really want to beat them, starve them of cash

The response to my article calling for people to stop buying products provided by firms that donate to the Conservative Party had a great response. Originally I intended to update that article with new additions to the list of Tory donor firms, but it occurs to me that this may not attract as many readers as regular (or semi-regular) updates, so I’m taking the latter route. I am aware that some respondents have expressed scepticism about the idea. It won’t produce results overnight, that’s for sure – but then, we’re…

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Tory corruption: why hide results of inquiry into NHS Covid-19 deaths?

Who will benefit from the decision to keep secret the findings of a government review of Covid-19 related deaths of NHS staff? The deceased won’t; they are beyond worrying about these things. Their families won’t; it’s in their interests to have any mistakes made public, to get justice for the deaths of their relatives. Other NHS staff won’t; it’s in their interests to have any mistakes made public, to ensure that they are not repeated, possibly harming them. No, the only people who will benefit from this decision are the decision-makers…

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Heatwave exposes failures of Tory UK to cope with climate change

This Site received a strange response to the article on Tory class war yesterday (August 14), to the effect that I should be writing about climate change instead. In fact, the two are intertwined. The Conservatives don’t accept climate change because the changes that acceptance would require would bite into the profits of their donors – and therefore into their own funds. The recent/current heatwave has brought the issue into sharp focus. This Writer has been stewing, every day – and the nightly thunderstorms, while entertaining, didn’t make up for…

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With two million GCSE results set to be downgraded, let’s see employers, schools and colleges tell the Tories to get stuffed

It seems the Tories haven’t learned their lesson from the ‘A’ level results scandal and are planning to repeat their stunt next week with GCSE results. Gavin Williamson is looking forward to downgrading the results of two million school pupils based, not on the results they are expected to get, but on the fact that they didn’t go to an expensive private school. Of course this represents a serious and bitter injustice that Williamson will perpetrate for no other reason than because he can. It represents Tory prejudice against people…

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If you want to stop the Tory class war, boycott the businesses that help them

In a previous article I called for anyone harmed by Tory policies – like students whose ‘A’ level results were downgraded at random by the Department of Education, relatives of people who have died of Covid-19 and so on – to do what they can to stop the Johnson government at a grassroots level. This means starving it of cash. The way to do that is to boycott businesses that are run by Tories or that donate to the Tory Party; if you run a business, deny employment to graduates…

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Is this a call to battle for the soul of the Labour Party?

Tom Williams on Twitter presents an eloquent argument so I make no apologies for reproducing it in full: It now seems highly plausible that there's an attempt to subvert UK democracy via Labour. — Tom Williams (@shirleymush) August 13, 2020 Here I will refer to this tendency simply as "the Labour right", but here are two articles by @jemgilbert explaining this tendency in more detail, and another by me explaining how it operates: — Tom Williams (@shirleymush) August 13, 2020 It's also much more popular with a lot of the…

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