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Also in the news: state of the nation? The nation’s in a RIGHT state!


Here are some of the stories This Site hasn’t had time to cover.

They present a snapshot of the UK today – a country that is in serious danger from its own institutions.

The police:

The Home Office:

The way the UK looks after (ha ha!) its Armed Forces veterans:

The government:

The prime minister:

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Also in the news: our democracy is under threat – from incompetent Tory fools

Here’s some of the news that other people have seen fit to print in the last 24 hours or so.

(Does Keir Starmer have a second job, perhaps?)

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The future’s so dark, we all need a laugh

How do we, here in the UK, respond to the fact that our political so-called “leaders” have dumped us in the worst situation they possibly could?

By laughing at them – and the state they’ve put us in.

More serious action may follow, but for the moment, let’s enjoy what we can. No prizes for guessing any news stories that prompted the following:

There was another one on Facebook about the age difference between Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie: “It might be all sunshine now she’s 33 and he’s 56 but what about in 10 years’ time when she’s 43 and he’s in prison?”

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After ‘violent speech in politics’ row, Starmer talks about giving the Left ‘a good kicking’


I would ask how anybody could vote for a party leader this stupid, but we live in a country that is run by Boris Johnson.

Suffice it to say that, a matter of days after the murder of Sir David Amess and the subsequent hysteria about violent speech in politics, Keir Starmer was on Good Morning Britain, agreeing with Richard Madeley about giving Labour socialists “a good kicking”.

Perhaps he could be partially excused for being drawn into the conversation by Madeley – who knew exactly what he was doing and that it was unacceptable, have no doubt:

It seems that Madeley (and GMB) has lurched to the right after that programme’s period criticising Boris Johnson over his (many) Covid-19 failures.

But be honest – in the light of this performance, do you think perhaps these people were always fascists? (It is fascist language, after all.)

Let’s have a look at some of the people that Madeley – and Starmer – want to give “a good kicking”. Here’s one:

And here’s another:

Fortunately some of us can still laugh at the ridiculous so-called Labour “leader”:

But the question is to be asked:

And the answer, inevitably, is not long coming: he’s still desperate for some hard-right business mogul to bail Labour out of the bankruptcy he is plunging it into:

It seems he has already sold his own soul.

Now he’s selling Labour’s.

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Man arrested after MP Sir David Amess stabbed – BBC

Stabbed: Sir David Amess.

A man has been arrested after Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed at a constituency surgery.

The 69-year-old, who is MP for Southend West, is thought to have been attacked as he met constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church.

This Writer is not able to write full articles today (October 15) because I am preparing to take part in the Festival of Resistance in Nottingham over the weekend – but I wanted to make stories available for reader comment, and possibly for deeper discussion after I return.

Source: Sir David Amess stabbed at constituency meeting

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Private firm that screwed up 43k C19 tests only existed 4 months before Tory contract award – SKWAWKBOX

The private firm that gave at least 43,000 people infected with coronavirus a negative result had existed for only four months before being awarded a huge contract by the Tories.

Worse, the owner of the firm also runs another firm involved in PCR testing for the virus – and that firm, Dante, is under investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) over breaches of the law.

This Writer is not able to write full articles today (October 15) because I am preparing to take part in the Festival of Resistance in Nottingham over the weekend – but I wanted to make stories available for reader comment, and possibly for deeper discussion after I return.

Source: Private firm that screwed up 43k C19 tests only existed 4 months before Tory contract award – SKWAWKBOX

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High Court refuses fresh inquest in Jodey Whiting case

Death by DWP? Jodey Whiting.

In Dove v HM Assistant Coroner to Teesside and Hartlepool & Anor [2021] EWHC 2511, the High Court considered the State’s obligations under article 2 ECHR with respect to those in receipt of welfare benefits as well as the scope of coronial inquiries both where article 2 is and isn’t engaged. Although it was argued that failings by the Department of Work and Pensions were relevant to a death by suicide, a fresh inquest was refused in the circumstances.

This Writer is not able to write full articles today (October 15) because I am preparing to take part in the Festival of Resistance in Nottingham over the weekend – but I wanted to make stories available for reader comment, and possibly for deeper discussion after I return.

Source: High Court refuses fresh inquest in welfare benefits case – UK Human Rights Blog

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Also in the news: cuts, corruption and quarrels at the Conservative conference

Boris Johnson: The blond lummox is humiliated again.

The Tory conference has started – with a wave of controversies and scandals.

Let’s look at a few of them:

Lord Heseltine slams Johnson’s ‘levelling up’ sloganising

Former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine accused Boris Johnson’s government of “sloganising” rather than having the political will to actually improve the nation.

He said: “It’s very easy to keep sloganising, but they’ve been doing that for nearly two years and they have wasted that period of their power with a large majority.

“What is missing is the political will to take difficult decisions… This Government simply doesn’t face the facts about how it needs to be done and the single minded purpose that has got to be applied to it.”

Boris Johnson humiliated over a £20 note

STV reporter Kathryn Sampson made a fool of Boris Johnson in a Conservative conference interview – by brandishing a £20 note.

She asked: “If I gave you this £20 note this evening, what would you spend it on? What would that mean to you though? A cocktail at conference? A taxi? For some Scottish families, there are charities that would say this £20 a week note is the difference between being able to heating their homes.”

When the prime minister started waffling, she changed tack to quiz Johnson on appointing Tory donor Malcolm Offord as Scotland Office Minister and peer in the Lords: “How many of these £20 notes would I have to give you to get a peerage? Do you know why I’m asking about peerages Prime Minister? Malcolm Offord. What Is it about the six figure sum he donated to the Conservative party that made you think he was the right candidate for a peerage and for a role in your government in the Scotland Office?”

Johnson tried to claim that his choice had experience, but was cut off: “What’s wrong with your Scottish MPs? They’re elected.”

Rees-Mogg wrong-footed by man with cerebral palsy

Tory Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg was lost for words when confronted by a disabled man who said the Tory benefit assessment system had forced him to prove that he still has cerebral palsy – which is a lifelong condition.

Dominic Hutchins, 43, said afterwards that not only did he have to spend an hour explaining all the things he cannot do (on the day Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey tried to re-state the Tory claim that the assessment system should be about what people can do), but the Tories had also robbed him of his job.

He said: “I’m a youth and community worker. Since the Tories got in power in 2010 they have demolished youth services, which made me claim benefits. I not only had to claim jobseeker’s allowance, I had to prove I am still disabled and I’ve not medically been cured.”

As Rees-Mogg beat his retreat, urging him to see his own MP, Mr Hutchins said: “They don’t care, it’s all lip service to shut people like me up. It’s awful.”

UPDATE October 5: I now have video of this. Be warned – it is upsetting:

It’s mischaracterisation, but not as Sunak described it…

This is self-explanatory:

Considering Rishi Sunak’s defence of Boris Johnson, we can draw our own conclusions about everything he said in his speech.

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Also in the news: Johnson’s plan won’t even start to fix social care crisis

Less than this much: Boris Johnson explains how much concern he has for improving social care for people who are poor.

A smaller-than-usual edition of ‘Also in…’ today because This Site was afflicted with technical problems yesterday (September 14), Enjoy:

Social care: Boris Johnson’s “plan” won’t improve quality but is only intended to help the rich

Winter flu: Johnson is ‘finalising’ plans – that will be diabolical if his social care ideas are a yardstick

The Tory ‘chumocracy’ is huge: one quarter of donors have received honours in return

This is from Byline Times:

More than a quarter of Conservative donors who have given more than £100,000 to the party hold a title or honour.

Three-quarters of the party’s elite donors received these titles after the Conservatives came to power in 2010, an investigation by the Byline Intelligence Team and The Citizens has found.

Of the Conservative Party’s 20 biggest donors since 2010 – those donating more than £1.5 million – 55% (11) have received an honour or title. Ten were given these rewards in the last decade.

Industry boss says food and drink shortages are ‘permanent’ but Johnson protests that Christmas will be ‘normal’

This is from The Independent:

Food shortages in supermarkets and restaurants are “permanent” and shoppers will never again enjoy a full choice of items, an industry boss has told Britons.

In an extraordinary warning, the head of the Food and Drink Federation said staff shortages – triggered by a combination of Covid and Brexit – had killed off the “just-in-time” delivery model.

But Downing Street rejected the claim of a broken system and, in a potential hostage to fortune, predicted the shortages will be over by the festive season.

Pressed on whether the shortages will ease to allow people to enjoy a “normal Christmas”, Boris Johnson’s spokesman told The Independent: “I believe so, yes.”

It’s another wild boast from a man with a bad reputation for making false claims.

What will people think when Christmas arrives and it is plagued with the shortages Johnson swore would not happen?

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Also in the news: right-wing media plan to speed NHS privatisation?

Today’s headlines:

Are the right-wing papers trying to hasten privatisation of the NHS by discrediting staff?

This Writer can’t really understand why the Tories want to move us on to an insurance-based health system when that’s what we’re on already. Attlee and Bevan didn’t call it National Insurance for fun, you know!

The simple reason privatised health care won’t work in the UK is that we already pay out health insurance into a system that is far more efficient – because it pools our resources – than a system in which we all pay individually ever could be.

Any problems with the NHS lie in the choices of what is done with the money. Those choices are bad at the moment because the Conservatives are desperate to hand the whole thing over to private firms who prize their profits over your health. If they gave up and concentrated on providing good health care, the situation would reverse rapidly.

Today’s reason to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel

If I were still a member of the Labour Party, I would probably be expelled for publicising this.

But that is because Labour is currently run by puppets of the Israeli government. Think about it.

After one manifesto promise was broken, they’re all tumbling

Government ran national disability survey – but didn’t bother to read most of the responses

Boris Johnson’s £250m ‘Best of British’ flagship could be designed by foreigners

That’s Tory outsourcing and globalism for you. It would make him into a liar (again) – so he’s obviously not going to be bothered about that.

It should be scrapped anyway.

Johnson threatens to remain as prime minister for another decade

Well, Labour certainly won’t be able to stop him, with Keir Starmer or any of his right-wing cult members as leader – and they aren’t going to let anybody lead the party who actually knows how to beat the Tories.

Still, there’s always the chance that one of Johnson’s own cronies will backstab him instead.

Oh, but wait…!

Oh. My goodness.

He has written 14,000 words in yet another attempt to reset his failed leadership – why can’t he just give up? – and still won’t actually stand for anything by the end of it!

That’s convinced me. Johnson will be in government until he dies – or we do, whichever comes first.

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