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Home Office boss’s resignation shows Tory government LIED about split with Patel

Sir Philip Rutnam.

The top civil servant in the Home Office has resigned, claiming that their has been a “vicious and orchestrated” plot against him, apparently originating with Home Secretary Priti Patel.

Sir Philip Rutnam’s announcement that he is launching a court action for constructive dismissal means we can conclude that protestations by government spokespeople that there was no problem in the Home Office were lies.

Indeed, Sir Philip’s statement that he had attempted a reconciliation with Ms Patel, on the urging of Boris Johnson and the Cabinet Secretary, suggests that those at the top of government knew all about it.

It seems clear that Sir Philip was pressurised to keep his mouth shut – issuing a joint statement with Ms Patel that was clearly an attempt to hush up what was going on.

And he said he was offered a bribe to stop him from launching court action – a financial settlement “that would have avoided this outcome” – which we must again conclude was an attempt to hide the facts from the public.

Labour’s Jon Trickett seems to have got the right message – that Boris Johnson’s government is woefully incompetent, but cannot abide anybody saying as much.

He said: “They will not tolerate dissent, yet can’t cope with flooding or a possible pandemic.”

It’s another sign that we have a prime minister who thinks he can do what he wants, rather than what the country needs.

Let us hope the forthcoming court case comes as a hard slapdown.

Source: Home Office boss quits over ‘campaign against him’ – BBC News

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Tories split over plot to destroy the BBC

“Blatantly Backing Conservatives”: and a fat lot of good it did the BBC! De facto Tory leader Dominic Cummings wants the BBC privatised and he has employed ‘Minister for Murdoch’ John Whittingdale to do it.

Days after the man formerly known as the Minister for Murdoch returned to the government, unelected leader Dominic Cummings has apparently declared war on the BBC.

It seems Cummings was just waiting to get the right man for the job – and the well-connected Whittingdale fitted the bill perfectly.

So it fell to The Sunday Times to herald the forthcoming assault on our national broadcaster:

“Downing Street turned on the BBC last night — vowing to scrap the television licence fee and make viewers pay a subscription. The national broadcaster could also be compelled to downsize and sell off most of its radio stations.

“In a plan that would change the face of British broadcasting, senior aides to the prime minister insisted that they are “not bluffing” about changing the BBC’s funding model and “pruning” its reach into people’s homes.

“The blueprint being drawn up in government will:

“● Scrap the licence fee and replace it with a subscription model

“● Force the BBC to sell off the vast majority of its 61 radio stations but safeguard Radio 3 and Radio 4

“● Reduce the number of the corporation’s national television channels from its current 10

  • “Scale back the BBC website
  • “Invest more in the BBC World Service”

It’s an interesting plan – especially, as Zelo Street points out, considering the fact that the BBC’s current agreement with the government runs until 2027, three years after the current Tory government’s term runs out.

Cummings is either incredibly confident of getting a new term with his puppet Boris Johnson, or he’s sure that Tory plants in the Labour Party will keep it riven by controversy and unable to mount a meaningful challenge.

That blog also points out that the plan has not been properly thought through: how can the government expect to dictate that BBC stars can’t have second jobs if they become part of a subscription service that is independent?

The announcement has provoked considerable debate online – and a clear contradiction has emerged in that most of those who oppose the BBC are only angry with it’s pro-Tory current affairs bias. It would be lunacy to think the Tories are going to create more balance!

(It’s worth pointing out that Raj Ganesh – above – considers the Conservative Party to be left wing and may therefore be considered a far-right extremist. That’s the kind of person who really hates the BBC. But expect also his phrase “telly tax” to catch on – Tories love that kind of thing.)

But it seems the plan does not have wholehearted support – even within Conservative Party ranks. Sure, some have described it as “Tory vandalism”…

… and, sure, some Tories have helped undermine the BBC and are now using the results of their own actions as reasons to attack it again…

… but some are standing by it:

Before anybody jumps in and tries to rubbish Mr Green’s opinion because of his past connection with certain forms of online… entertainment… let’s just remember that Whittingdale had a relationship with a female sex worker that only ended when he discovered the story was likely to be sold to the tabloid press.

And Mr Green isn’t alone, anyway. The Independent reports:

“Huw Merriman, another Conservative MP who is also chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the BBC, also warned that the corporation should “not be a target”.

“Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said ‘it feels as if senior government aides are now ramping up an unedifying vendetta against this much-admired corporation’.

“A third Tory MP, Damian Collins, a former chair of the Commons culture committee, added: “No surprise that no-one has put their name to this destructive idea.

“’This would smash the BBC and turn it from being a universal broadcaster to one that would just work for its subscribers. The biggest losers would be the UK’s nations and regions.’”

The consensus among Tory opponents of the plan is that it will cost the party votes.

Personally, I don’t think that will stop Dominic Cummings.

He wants to smash everything of “cultural importance”, as Steve Coogan put it, to the UK. He’ll happily sell the lot to foreign investors and see all the money we earn dribble abroad, reducing the UK to Third World status. The NHS is set to be privatised, with the profit-making parts sold off to the US, remember.

Now why would a patriotic UK citizen want to do such a thing?

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Life sentence for Nazi who plotted to murder a Labour MP – and hard questions on anti-Semitism

This news is both good and puzzling.

It’s excellent that neo-Nazism in the UK has been dealt a blow with the imprisonment – for life – of a man who plotted to kill a Labour MP.

It is excellent for the UK – and hugely damaging for the vile movement to which Jack Renshaw belonged – that he was jailed for paedophilia also.

And it is terrific that, after years of high-profile accusations by pro-Israeli government organisations – against innocent people – we can now see what a real anti-Semite looks like.

He looks like this:

Jack Renshaw: This was taken at a National Action event in 2016. Why was it impossible to prove he was a member?

But it is puzzling that it was impossible to establish a link between Renshaw and banned Nazi organisation National Action, when the information that foiled his plot came from a man who met him through that organisation.

And isn’t it puzzling that, now someone who genuinely hates Jews has been found and jailed, nobody who claims to represent Jews against such hate has anything to say?

A neo-Nazi who planned to murder Labour MP Rosie Cooper in a terrorist attack has been jailed for life.

Jack Renshaw, 23, from Skelmersdale, Lancashire, must serve at least 20 years in prison.

A judge at the Old Bailey said Renshaw, who earlier admitted preparing an act of terror, wanted to “replicate” the murder of Jo Cox.

Renshaw made a Nazi salute towards supporters as he was led to the cells from the dock.

He pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to buying a machete to kill the West Lancashire MP and making threats to kill police officer Det Con Victoria Henderson.

A jury twice failed to reach a verdict on charges relating to his membership of banned neo-Nazi group National Action.

Renshaw was … jailed for 16 months in June 2018 for four counts of grooming adolescent boys.

Renshaw was also jailed for three years in 2018 for stirring up racial hatred in two anti-Semitic speeches in 2016.

Source: Jack Renshaw: MP death plot neo-Nazi jailed for life – BBC News

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Watson’s hypocrisy: He complained about campaign for his resignation but plotted to remove Corbyn – claim

A more topical shot of Mr Watson would be one of him with his back to the camera, because he does his best to ignore legitimate criticism of his activities.

If only we could ask Mr Watson for his side of the story – but he blocks anyone who contacts him on the social media with tricky questions like that.

The following tweets will seem highly repetitive but the point needs to be made: Talk radio station LBC has alleged that Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, attended a secret barbecue hosted by Peter “I try to undermine Jeremy Corbyn every single day” Mandelson, at which they and other hard-right Labour MPs discussed ways to “save” the party from its current leader.

This is the same Tom Watson who complained bitterly about a campaign calling for his own resignation after one of his recent high-profile attempts to stab his party leader in the back.

The apparent hypocrisy should be obvious to everybody.

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Labour’s far-right fringers are plotting again. Time to boot them out

A gathering of nobodies: Stephen Kinnock, Chuka Umunna and Liz Kendall.

What a pathetic shower.

These right-wingers – not centrists – tried a coup once before and it didn’t work. But they are opportunists so they will try again.

And when that doesn’t work, they are planning to prevent Labour from forming a government by quitting the party and forming a new one of their own.

I cannot think of a better reason for the Labour leadership to withdraw the whip.

No wonder Unite the Union is said to be planning to support a motion for mandatory reselection of MPs at this year’s Labour conference.

We’ve had enough of this treachery.

A seat in Parliament should not be an automatic right of the incumbent – it should belong to the person chosen by the people, especially if the person currently occupying it is planning to betray those who put them there.

The sooner these nobodies are gone, the better.

As Labour‘s divide over anti-Semitism continues to grow, a number of anti-Corbyn MPs have been meeting to discuss how to “take back control” of the party, it was reported.

Around 12 MPs were said to have met in a Sussex farmhouse to discuss policy and prepare to “step in” after the leadership’s “collapse”, sources said.

The group is said to include Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall, Stephen Kinnock and John Woodcock, among others.

Many Labour MPs have clashed with the leadership on the party’s policy towards Brexit, with centrists preferring to fight against it or advocate a second vote.

One attendee said pro-Remain Tories and Lib Dems had expressed interest in a new centrist party. Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader, was previously found to be attending a meeting about such a new group during a vote on a crucial Brexit amendment.

Source: Labour centrists meet to ‘take back control’ of Labour from Corbyn

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Torygraph reporting hits a new low point

Mr Barlow was part of the Conservative campaign in 2010 - what a rock'n'roller YOU are, Gary!

Mr Barlow was part of the Conservative campaign in 2010 – what a rock’n’roller YOU are, Gary!

Did anybody bother to read a story in the Daily Telegraph that claimed Ed Balls had accused the Conservatives of wheeling out Gary Barlow to speak against them in an almost-total misrepresentation of the Shadow Chancellor’s words?

Mr Balls referred to the Take That singer in an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, linking him with Alliance Boots boss Stefano Pessina as people who have spoken out for the Tories.

Here’s what he said: “I would think in the next three months we are going to have a number of people brought forward by the Conservatives – whether it’s Gary Barlow or Mr Pessina – saying don’t vote Labour.”

It’s clear that Gary Barlow is used because of his part in the Conservative campaign of 2010 and, because of that, it’s fair comment to suggest that he might be fielded again.

But there’s a lot of clear blue water between that and “Ed Balls has claimed that the Conservatives are enlisting Gary Barlow, the Take That singer, in a plot to destabilise the Labour Party.”

Is the Torygraph taking on staff from the Mail or Sun, perhaps?

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