Guardian/CST anti-Semitism smear job prompts backlash movement: #EngineOfHope

If there really is an “Engine of Hate” operating in the UK, then it seems The Guardian/Observer and the Community Security Trust (CST) are prominent among those stoking its flames. Today, the Observer has published a smear piece attacking 36 Twitter accounts – although the reason is not entirely clear. According to the headline, they are “at heart of Labour antisemitism battle”. Which doesn’t seem too bad. Does it? The sub-heading suggests they are “pushing pro-Corbyn messages”. Still not too bad. It’s only when you get to the intro that you realise…

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Theresa May asked Labour supporters to look at her government afresh. They found a stain on their country

“We’ve had a so-called ‘Iron Lady’, but this one’s brass is tarnished beyond control.” That was just one of the responses to Theresa May’s brazen (see what I did there?) bid to entice disenchanted Labour voters into the clutches of the Conservatives, with the complicity of the formerly left-wing Guardian/Observer. I’m guessing she thought people who believe those papers are still left-wing would be fooled. That doesn’t seem to have worked out too well for her! In her begging letter published by the paper, she wrote (reproduced from May’s Facebook page…

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UPDATE: Guardian journalists to host lecture by Canary editor whether they like it or not

Despite protests by journalists at the Guardian/Observer, the Claudia Jones memorial lecture will be hosted by that paper’s chapel (branch) of the National Union of Journalists, and the speaker will be Canary editor in chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza. For further information, see my previous article. Visit our JustGiving page to help Vox Political’s Mike Sivier fight anti-Semitism libels in court Vox Political needs your help! If you want to support this site (but don’t want to give your money to advertisers) you can make a one-off donation here: Here are four ways…

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Journalists’ outrage at Canary editor’s speech invitation boosts ‘Boycott the Guardian’ campaign

This is a story about treacherous people getting their just desserts. The editor-in-chief of The Canary – This Site’s friend Kerry-Anne Mendoza – has been honoured with an invitation to give the Claudia Jones Memorial Lecture, as part of the series held in memory of the pioneering black female journalist. The lecture is organised by the National Union of Journalists’ Black Members Council and the choice of speaker is nothing to do with the Guardian-Observer chapel (that’s their word for a branch) of the NUJ – but it seems these reporters…

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Last poll results: Public are too easily influenced by rich media moguls

I saw a tweet today (Saturday) that said if the public take their opinions from the mainstream media, then they will vote according to the wishes of the owners of those media, and not in their own interests. That is what this opinion poll shows. The British public would be mad to trust Theresa May, Philip Hammond and the Conservative Party with the nation’s finances – all the Tories ever do is ruin us and enrich themselves. Over the last 70 years, the Conservatives, in government, have borrowed more money…

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Driven to fury by DWP’s attitude to the deaths it has caused

A commenter on the blog sent me a link to Jack Monroe’s Facebook page today. I’m probably as familiar with Jack as you are, but no more so – perhaps mainstream success gives that person more validity in some way than mine in the social media. But Phil’s “Have you seen this?” intrigued me. The link was to a post following up on an Observer article published over the weekend, and read as follows: “I would like to publicly apologise to the Department of Work And Pensions for an inaccurate statistic in my…

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By their own standards, Coalition ministers should be in prison

Everyone should agree that the Tory fuss over former Co-op Bank chief Paul Flowers is an attempt to distract us all from a more serious transgression that they themselves have committed. Flowers, who is also a former Labour councillor, was arrested last week after being filmed allegedly handing over money to pay for cocaine. The Conservatives have spent the last few days working very hard to establish a link, in the public consciousness, between the criminal allegations against Flowers, the Co-op Bank’s current financial embarrassment – believed to have been…

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Iain Duncan Smith owes us all an apology – but do we owe one to Rachel Reeves?

It seems redundant to start an article by saying Iain Duncan Smith is a filthy liar, because it is a fact that we all know too well already. The latest offence – and the word is used very deliberately – took place during Work and Pensions Questions in Parliament yesterday (October 14) and means that he has lied to Parliament – not for the first time, either! It is interesting that he phrased his words in a particular way. Responding to Andy Sawford’s call for clarity on whether, under the…

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The Tory share of the vote is dwindling – why is Labour chasing it?

One of the things that really rankled about Rachel Reeves’ attempt at Tory talk in yesterday’s Observer was the (observable) fact that she didn’t need to. Why try to out-Tory the Conservatives when their share of the vote has been going down at every election – among a proportion of active voters that is – itself – reducing? So in 1955, they managed to snag 49.6 per cent of the votes. In 2010 this had dropped to 36.1 per cent. Turnout was 76.8 per cent in the first instance and…

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