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People near Ukraine-Russia border think the West is overstating ‘conflict’ hype

Vladimir Putin: He knows how to play the game of brinkmanship. Can Boris Johnson or Liz Truss say the same about themselves?

Kudos to Dorset Eye for finding this clip, which appears to feature genuine comments from people living on either side of the Ukraine-Russia border.

It seems clear that they think talk that Russia is about to invade Ukraine, by Western governments – particularly those of the UK and USA, is nothing more than hot air and fantasy:

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The Russian government has said that its military forces have been carrying out training exercises in co-operation with allies in Belarus – and that troops have been leaving the area as their role in those manoeuvres has ended.

This makes a nonsense of Nato/UK/US claims of an imminent invasion.

Earlier this week, fears were ramped up – by, among others, UK cabinet ministers – that Russia would invade Ukraine on Wednesday (February 16).

But that date has come and gone and nothing happened.

Then we were told that an apparent exchange of hostilities between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian forces was a “false flag” incident that Russia would use to justify a military incursion – and that hasn’t happened either.

But Nato/UK/US spokespeople are continuing to claim Russian troops are massing on the border.

Russian President Vladimir Putin may now claim to have humiliated the western sabre-rattlers, mocking their fears as “hysteria”.

It is possible that this was his intention all along.

It may be suggested that he was disingenuous in launching a harsh criticism of plans for Ukraine to join Nato at a time when his troops coincidentally(?) happened to be on that country’s borders, of course.

But that’s how the game of international brinkmanship is played, I suppose.

If Joe Biden or Boris Johnson had given in to their baser instincts and launched any kind of military action of their own, Mr Putin would have had an excuse to invade. As it is, he has been able to claim a propaganda win.

And the standoff isn’t over yet.

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#Labour is dead; who’s joining #PAL instead?

Rachel Reeves: it has been suggested that she would be more at home in the actual Conservative Party than Labour – but now Keir Starmer has turned the Red party into Tepid Tories it seems she has become comfortable again.

Rachel Reeves really put her foot in it on the morning media round today (Thursday, January 20, 2022).

Challenged over the fact that her political party – Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories (formerly Labour) – has room for a right-wing Conservative, but not for a socialist like Jeremy Corbyn, she not only admitted that she was glad that Starmer had changed Labour into a pale reflection of the Conservatives, but also spluttered that Mr Corbyn should apologise for the fabricated anti-Semitism “crisis” that was foisted on him for political reasons by right-wing organisations outside the party and was then seized by right-wingers within Labour itself.

She lied, saying Mr Corbyn needed to apologise for his response to the “EHCR” [sic – she meant EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission)] report because it had said Labour was “institutionally anti-Semitic”; the EHRC report said no such thing. Here are the facts:

And she lied again, saying that Mr Corbyn damaged relations between the Labour Party and “the Jewish community”. Firstly, there is no single group that identifies as “the Jewish community” or represents all Jews in the UK (although there are some who falsely claim they do); and secondly, Mr Corbyn did nothing to upset any Jews at all – some people on the political right saw an opportunity to bring down a socialist by lying about him and opportunists like Ms Reeves joined them.

Hear it for yourself because here’s the clip:

If that wasn’t bad enough, Reeves seems to have gone on a destructive rampage against Labour’s left-wingers and through her own party’s current policies to ensure that a Labour Party with either her or Starmer as its MPs would never be acceptable to left-wing voters:

She said that the loss of 200,000 members was a “good thing” because it removed anti-Semites from the party, and “people who never shared our values”. She did not say what those values were but let’s take a moment to remind ourselves that this is a person who gave a glowing endorsement to Nancy Astor, who was an infamous anti-Semite, Nazi idealogue and supporter of Adolf Hitler.

She admitted that Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories were in financial difficulty but lied yet again, saying this was Jeremy Corbyn’s fault. In fact, when Mr Corbyn handed over the party leadership to Starmer, Labour had £13.5 million in the bank. Starmer, and his general secretary David Evans, squandered the lot.

Some of these claims were made on the Today show; some in the Financial Times. None of them were corrected by either Today presenter Mishal Husain or any of the newspaper’s editorial staff. On the BBC’s side, this is surprising, because only last week the corporation apologised for not challenging claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn in another interview:

We may await an apology and correction – although I expect we shall be waiting a long time.

Fortunately, those of us who want a better life for more people than just the fabled “one per cent” don’t have to put up with Reeves’s nonsense any longer: there is an alternative:

It seems likely that at least six other groups are likely to announce their own involvement in PAL.

Of course, there will be no publicity from the BBC, Financial Times, or any of the other mainstream media. They’ve spent decades neutering Labour; they won’t want to let some other working-class Lefty upstarts rock the boat, now they think they’ve put us all back in our place.

If it’s a genuine alternative, it will grow in spite of them – and This Writer is looking forward to helping that happen.

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Tory cabinet is more ethnically-diverse than Keir Starmer’s Labour. Why’s that, do you think?

All in it together: Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer are each as racist as the other – but Johnson is better at hiding it than Starmer, who simply isn’t intelligent enough.

After Keir Starmer’s shadow cabinet reshuffle on Monday, this is devastatingly revealing:

The answer is obvious: Starmer is a racist.

This Writer has been saying it for months now – practically since Sir Slimy got into office.

He’s an anti-Semite because he expels left-wing Jews from the party for not being Zionists.

He’s an Islamophobe because he has allowed Islamophobia to grow in the grassroots party and has welcomed high-profile Islamophobes back to it.

He’s also a sexist – look at his recent ill-treatment of people like Zarah Sultana. Yes, he has women on his front bench, but that doesn’t excuse his behaviour.

And let’s all remember the level of diversity that former leader Jeremy Corbyn achieved:

Some people would ask you to believe that Jeremy Corbyn is the racist, not Starmer.

As my own rules for This Site deny me the vocabulary to describe what I would say to such people, feel free to respond as you feel appropriate.

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Tory algorithm smears people with disabilities as benefit fraudsters

Habitual cruelty: this is just the latest instance of the Tories persecuting people with long-term illnesses and disabilities.

My word – the Tories have been victimising people on the advice of an algorithm again. Haven’t we been here before?

YES, WE HAVE – former Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was pilloried two summers ago for using a computer-generated artificial intelligence program to steal high grades from state school pupils.

Now it seems people with disabilities are being targeted as benefit fraudsters by the DWP, based on an algorithm – and nothing else.

Is it the same algorithm, perhaps? The DWP isn’t telling – but may soon be forced into another potentially self-damaging revelation under threat of court action.

It doesn’t bode well for the AI that Sajid Javid is buying in for the NHS. But then, it’s a system from a company in which Javid himself owns shares (or share options – what’s the difference?).

What’s the betting that the Tory cheapskates have been using the same algorithm for all three?

The Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), together with campaign group Foxglove, is taking action against the DWP after concerns were raised by the charity Privacy International, which first found references in a DWP report to its use of “cutting-edge artificial intelligence to crack down on organised criminal gangs committing large-scale benefit fraud”.

“Organised criminal gangs”?

Disabled people… living in “fear of the brown envelope” showing their case was being investigated.

Campaigners say that once flagged, those being examined can face an invasive and humiliating investigation lasting up to a year.

A “huge percentage” of the group has been affected by the system.

“We’re tired of the fear of the brown envelope and tired of being repeatedly forced by DWP officials just to justify who we are,” said Rick Burgess of the GMCDP. “It’s time for the DWP to come clean about how this algorithm works and explain why so many disabled people are flagged for investigation. Disabled people need support – not being ground down by a brutal system that assumes we are fraudulent until proven innocent.”

The Guardian‘s article highlighted a 2019 UN report into the “digital welfare state” that said algorithms were “highly likely” to repeat biases reflected in existing data and make them even worse.

It added: “Inbuilt forms of discrimination can fatally undermine the right to social protection for key groups and individuals.”

The government has until Friday to respond to the legal letter but, again according to the article, “has so far rebuffed attempts to explain how the algorithm behind the system was compiled”.

They’re trying to come up with an excuse that will stand up to examination – and I don’t think they’re going to meet that Friday deadline!

Source: DWP urged to reveal algorithm that ‘targets’ disabled for benefit fraud | Disability | The Guardian

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How is Boris Johnson going to save the planet when he can’t even talk sense to kids?

Boris Johnson as he must have appeared to those kids: that’s right – This Site doesn’t have any pictures of him near children (thankfully).

On the eve of the crucial COP26 climate summit, Boris Johnson held a press conference about it for young children – and showed that they are more mature than he is.

This creates problems for the world, because he and his UK Tory government are hosting the event.

At one point, he actually suggested that we should “redress the balance” (what balance?) by feeding human beings to animals:

Here are just a few of his other comments, according to The Mirror:

The tweet below sums up the general feeling about his performance:

With his government in charge of COP26, we’ll all be out of our depth soon enough – as the sea level rises.

Perhaps Johnson is hoping the sewage-laden tide will cover his shame.

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Join the #AudioRiot to stop the cut to Universal Credit

This is brilliant from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC):

Here are the details:

The government isn’t listening to what people are saying when we say Stop The Cuts to Universal Credit and give #20MoreForAll

So we need to start an #AudioRiot to make them hear us.

On
Tuesday 28th September
11:30am
Kings Cross Station
(Courtyard in front of station)
Euston Road
London
N1 9AL

Join our #AudioRiot and make some noise about the devastating changes to benefits which will have a huge impact on millions of peoples lives, including disabled people.

Bring everything you can that makes noise.
DPAC will be providing materials for you to take part too – but don’t let that stop you bringing:

Drums
Whistles
Cymbals
Bells
Klaxons
Loudspeakers

Everything you can!

 

Make some noise about the £20 cut to Universal Credit coming in September.

Make some noise about the reintroduction of sanctions and conditionality returning in October.

Make some noise about the discrimination against those on legacy benefits who never got the £20 to begin with.

Make some noise about the minimum income floor, the local area housing allowance and so much more

Make some noise about the disgraceful state of benefits in the UK overall.

This action will round off a series of events to raise awareness about the coming changes to benefits.

These include

Saturday 25th September 2021

Local Actions Nationwide

We are calling on all DPAC members, local groups & allies to mobilise is their areas to create an #AudioRiot of your own to resist the coming cuts and invite others to join the campaign.

Create your own orchestra with homemade instruments, create your own playlists and play them through phones/speakers, form a samba band – whatever works for you!

Send us details of your planned action, and we will promote it through our website, email network and social media channels.

And

Tuesday 28th September 2021
09:15 – 10:00 am

Vigil in support of those taking a Judicial Review of potential discrimination by DWP towards disabled people on legacy benefits.

Royal Courts of Justice
Strand
London
WC2A 2LL

NEAREST STEP FREE STATION: Westminster

Online action

Details to follow

DPAC is aware that many of us in our community are still isolated, shielding, or even just protecting themselves and their loved ones; and cautious about taking part in public activism.

This is no barrier to taking part!! There will be online actions you can take

However, as our collective experience through since Covid entered our lives has taught us – disabled people need to have a central role in the discussions about how we build a future for us all that has a place for us all. That begins with defending what we have and building on it.

We have seen under successive governments of all stripes that the only way we can have any chance to secure that central role is to oppose government policies in the streets. We have been demonised, targeted and brutalised by attacks to our rights , services, living standards & working conditions for decades.

It is only by mobilising our community and allies in the face of theses attacks that we have been able to raise awareness and resist them.

And, that will be how we will continue to progress from here. With a view to reshaping the world to meet our aspirations.

In the streets.

 

Kabul was Boris Johnson’s Dunkirk. If Churchill had failed as badly, he’d probably have shot himself

The lucky ones: a packed plane leaves Kabul – no thanks to Boris Johnson and his gang of UK government ditherers.

What a mess. This was not a retreat; it was a rout.

It seems clear that Boris Johnson’s withdrawal of the UK presence from Afghanistan was unplanned, unco-ordinated, and left behind much information of interest to the Taliban who have taken over.

The decision to move the military and leave civilians behind means more than 1,000 of our people are still in Kabul – and Johnson’s promise to do something about it rings as hollow as all his other promises.

Isn’t that what he said about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who remains imprisoned in Iran, years after he involved himself in her case as the UK’s Foreign Secretary?

That’ll be a “yes”, then. As for his vow…

The UK evacuation is over and many have been left behind

As I said above, Kabul is Boris Johnson’s Dunkirk.

But whereas Dunkirk was carried out in comparative efficiency, with everybody working to help everybody else get out of France before the Germans arrive, it seems Kabul represented Boris Johnson’s “everyone for themselves” philosophy.

So:

Indeed. Also:

There is no “Phase Two”.

This refers to former marine and animal charity founder Pen Farthing, who has escaped Kabul with around 200 rescued dogs – but whose staff were not allowed to leave.

The fact that dogs were allowed to leave may seem like a huge victory for animal-loving Brits – but the fact that the UK allowed human beings to be left behind will almost certainly make a mockery of us in Taliban propaganda.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace had claimed he would prioritise people over pets but it seems the huge amount of publicity Farthing had received via media and social media had forced him to change his mind. We’ll find out in the future if that was a wise decision.

Meanwhile, it seems communications sent to the government email address that was supposed to be used to work out which Afghan nationals needed to be taken out of Kabul have gone unread – including cases flagged up by ministers:

According to the article,

An official email address used to collate potential Afghan cases from MPs and others regularly contained 5,000 unread emails throughout the week.

In many cases, emails detailing the cases of Afghans who fear for their families’ lives appear to have been unopened for days. An email from the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, sent on Monday was still unread on Thursday. There also appeared to be unread messages from the offices of Victoria Atkins, the newly appointed minister for Afghan resettlement, the home secretary, Priti Patel, and the Tory chair of the defence select committee, Tobias Ellwood.

The revelation calls into question the suggestion from ministers that the number of Afghans left behind would be up to 1,100 in total.

So it seems the 1,100 figure for personnel left behind may be a huge underestimate.

Documents were left behind that could be hugely harmful for unevacuated personnel

British Embassy workers who did a runner from their compound to the relative safety of Kabul’s airport around two weeks ago failed to destroy documents identifying local workers and job applicants, according to reports.

Who knows what other sensitive documents were left lying around? And why did it happen? Normally, one of the key protocols in a sensitive diplomatic withdrawal is the shredding of sensitive and classified information, but this seems not to have happened.

Have I already put my finger on the problem – that Boris Johnson and his dimwit Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab dithered so long about taking a decision that Embassy staff ended up having to scramble to save their own skins and weren’t able to do the necessary?

If so, then the Taliban may now have access to any amount of information that they could find extremely useful in the future. Depending on how they use it, we could be in for a lot of trouble – and ultimate blame will rest with our terminal b*ttf**k of a prime minister.

Look at this:

And how about this, in response to a tweet I sent about Johnson’s domestic disasters:

It reached the point where some people have satirised the situation, finding humour in the fact that the Johnson government employs people who are very good at losing documents – but didn’t put them in the right place:

Samuel Miller ought to know – he has been campaigning to raise awareness of the unfair, persecutory mistreatment of benefit claimants, particularly those who are sick and/or disabled – for longer than I have.

Hypocrite Priti Patel has been greeting refugees on arrival in the UK and talking down other countries who she says should do more

Even here in the UK, government ministers are doing everything they can to humiliate us as a nation.

So Priti Patel, the home secretary who has locked refugees in squalid concentration camps to catch Covid-19, and who wants to make it illegal to save refugees from drowning if they are trying to cross the Channel into the UK, has been greeting Afghan refugees at Heathrow Airport.

Why?

Apparently the woman who has been trying to seal up all legal routes for refugees to come here has now claimed that refugees must only travel to the UK through legal routes.

Do you think she is wondering why she received responses like this?

Possibly the worst news available for these refugees is the fact that, by throwing their lot in with the UK, they have now ended up in a poverty trap:

And Patel has apparently told other countries that they must do more to help refugees – because she has absolutely no sense of shame:

In a sane country, every government body involved in this monumental fiasco would be out of a job and possibly facing charges in the International Criminal Court – but the United Kingdom is now so riddled with corruption that Johnson and his gang are most likely to shrug it off.

They’ll go looking for the next crisis they can turn into a calamity. After all, their lives aren’t on the line.

If Winston Churchill had presided over such a fatal mess, This Writer feels sure that he would have done the decent thing and swallowed a high-speed bullet.

But Churchill, for all the faults that he did have, was not an indecisive incompetent. He would not have made Johnson’s (and Raab’s, and Patel’s) mistakes.

And, sadly, Johnson does not have Churchill’s quality of character – so we can’t expect him to do what Britain Expects of him. He’s too much of a coward.

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The Tories’ #FreedomDay means freedom to infect young people with Covid-19

Unmasking: but would new Health Secretary ‘Covid’ Javid be so keen for us all to do the same if he hadn’t had both vaccination jabs? And will he continue to protect himself until after the vaccination programme is complete – long after his planned “Freedom Day” on July 19?

More than 100 scientists have told the government that its plan to end Covid-19 restriction on July 19 makes it #DangerDay – not #FreedomDay – for the nation.

The letter states: “Immunity will be achieved by vaccination for some people but by natural infection for others (predominantly the young). We have previously pointed to the dangers of relying on immunity by natural infection

“Implicit in this decision is the acceptance that infections will surge, but that this does not matter because vaccines have “broken the link between infection and mortality”.

“The link between infection and death… has not been broken.

“And infection can still cause substantial morbidity in both acute and long-term illness.”

Read it for yourself:

The Tories are deliberately sentencing young people in the UK to either death or serious health problems, long into the future.

If you’re a parent, are you happy that ‘Covid’ Javid is threatening your children in this way?

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As Taser cop is tried for murder, Patel tells police to start ‘zapping’ criminals

She’s homicidal.

The person most likely to cause criminal deaths is the Home Secretary, it seems.

No doubt the Cabinet Office will tell us it’s all innocent and that we shouldn’t read too much into her choice of words.

But that doesn’t change the fact that, as a police officer accused of murdering a former footballer after Tasering him goes on trial, Priti Patel has told the Police Federation she wants them “going out there and actually zapping the really bad people out there”.

She was telling them to make a show of strength as the UK comes out of lockdown – to clamp down hard on potential criminal behaviour before it has a chance to emerge.

At the very least it is a shocking lapse of taste and good judgement; alternatively, it’s incitement for other police officers to kill their suspects.

Source: Priti Patel tells police to start ‘zapping’ criminals as lockdown laws ease | The Independent

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Why is Brian Cox getting flak for pointing out that our fascist government uses fascist language?

Brian Cox: This Site doesn’t always agree with him but he’s right about people who use phrases like “the will of the people”. There’s no such thing, and people who speak in such absolute terms are fascists.

The Daily Express‘s attack on Professor Brian Cox isn’t part of Boris Johnson’s “war on ‘woke'” – it’s an endorsement of the Johnson government’s fascism.

Normally This Writer wouldn’t leap to defend Prof Cox; he knows the score on the social media and he’s big enough to stand up for himself – but this non-story by a right-wing rag demonstrates an important topical point.

It refers to the broadcaster’s response after Priti Patel said – way back in August last year – that denying refugees access to the UK was the will of the British people.

It isn’t – it isn’t even the will of the majority. And even the minority who support Johnsons fascists might be divided after learning how Patel treats people who manage to get here.

We’ve all heard the horror stories about the concentration camp that turned into a Covid-19 breeding ground, and last week we learned that she had tried to deport a witness to a death in another Home Office facility, in an attempt to undermine an investigation that would show that the government had contributed to the death.

But there it was in black and white. Patel stated: “We need the cooperation of the French to intercept boats and return migrants back to France. I know that when the British people say they want to take back control of our borders – this is exactly what they mean.”

Professor Cox responded: “I’m so sick of this ‘the British people’ nonsense.

“It’s inflammatory and divisive and also errant vacuous nonsense with no meaning in a multi-party democracy.

“The phrase should be banned from political discourse.”

There is a valid criticism to be made about these words – and it is that they do not address exactly why those words are problematic.

Fortunately, he followed up with a further comment, in order to remove any doubt:

“The point is that invoking ‘the will of the people’ or derivatives in promoting policy is a well-rehearsed propaganda technique and has no place in our democratic dialogue.”

(Here’s the proof of what he said)

He was right; it is; it has.

But because the Express dredged up this moment in a current news story, suddenly he has been on the receiving end of a huge gammon-flavoured dogpile by the kind of “British people” who think that their far-right views are shared by everybody.

That’s not what “right-thinking” really means, folks.

Fortunately, plenty of genuinely right-thinking people have stood up to defend Professor Cox, and to point out that the Express article is built around a misinterpretation of his words that is no more or less than a lie.

I want to know why the article’s writers and editors of the Express were trying to distract us with this dead cat. What have the Tories done that needs this to take our minds off it?

Source: Brian Cox called for ban on using ‘British people’ term during woke revolt | UK | News | Express.co.uk

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