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Labour activists in their 70s attacked and left with broken bones in two vicious assaults

Police: Let’s hope our law guardians track down the culprits quickly.

It’s bad enough that Tories think they can get away with lying to the electorate; now it seems they think they can beat their opponents up with impunity.

Or am I jumping the gun by concluding that the attacker who threw a 70-year-old woman over a car – breaking her ribs in the process – while shouting that she was a “Marxist” and a “Trotskyist”, amid a torrent of other foul and abusive language, was a Tory?

Here’s Evolve Politics with the details:

On Sunday, a 72-year old Labour activist was left with a broken jaw after being punched in the face whilst campaigning in the Rotherham village of Hellaby.

Police have since arrested a 51-year old man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

In addition to the attack in Rotherham, it has just been reported that a female Labour activist – also in her 70s – has been left with broken ribs after being thrown over a car bonnet and assaulted by a person screaming “a diatribe of foul and abusive language” at them.

The latest attack occurred in Hertfordshire, and local police have said that whilst an enquiry is underway, no arrests have yet been made in connection with the incident.

Witnesses to the incident in Hertfordshire say that the attacker was female, and labelled the victim a “Marxist” and a “Trotskyist” before assaulting her.

It is also alleged that the attacker defaced a Labour Party banner before rounding on the victim.

The article notes that another witness to the attack blamed the right-wing media for stirring up anger and inciting violence against Labour activists, in a radio interview.

You can hear that interview for yourself in full here.

Have any party leaders gone on record to condemn these attacks?

Or will we see Dominic Raab wheeled on again to say “nobody gives a toss” and that it’s all part of the “cut and thrust”?

Disgusting.

Source: Two Labour activists in their 70s have been attacked and left with broken bones in separate vicious assaults | Evolve Politics

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Johnson heckled in Rotherham with demand to recall Parliament

Boris Johnson’s unpopularity with the public could not be more graphically demonstrated than whenever he comes into contact with real people.

Today (September 13), he was heckled by a man while trying to give a speech in Rotherham. His inability to cope was hilarious:

“I’m all in favour of our MPs,” said the prime minister.

“Then why are you not with them in Parliament, sorting out the mess that you have created?” the man cried.

Rather than answer the concerns raised, BoJob simply tried to talk over him – without much success:

This is symptomatic of the reception Mr Johnson receives wherever he goes. Here’s a lady telling him his claim that austerity has ended is “just a fairy tale” (which it is, of course):

He even gets it from his fellow national leaders. We all remember how statesmanlike Leo Varadkar looked – and how much like a backward schoolboy Mr Johnson looked next to him – as the Irish prime minister listed the problems Mr Johnson had created for himself, the UK and Ireland with his reckless Brexit policy:

Mr Johnson seems impervious to all these criticisms.

Perhaps there is a reason for this…

Selective deafness?

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UKIP policy encourages child abuse – aliberallife

The abuse in Rotherham and other Northern towns is appalling.

It’s a failure of those in power to listen to and respect the voices of girls and their parents, the voices of people from largely deprived backgrounds. No one is denying that the abusers were mostly from a Pakistani background.

The report commissioned by Rotherham Council is very clear – there were systematic failures by all those we hold responsible for caring for our young people. No one can disagree with its conclusions. No one is trying to.

However the behaviour of UKIP has not added to the debate; it has not taken it forward, it has not said how they would help the voices of the unheard be listened to in the future. They have not put forward one policy or suggestion that will help young people who are abused, according to the A Liberal Life blog.

It states: As a party they have decided that this poster is the way forward:

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To say that this politicking at its worst in an understatement. The response of their members has been far far worse:

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So what do UKIP want to do to ensure that young people have the tools to protect them against abuse. Well, they voted with the tories to deny all young people the right to universal sexual and reproductive health at the EU. They have ignored these facts:

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They decided that young people in primary school should learn about what is appropriate and what is not from their carers and parents, seemingly ignoring that 90% of abuse is at the hands of someone they know. In the case of the very young that means family or family friends.

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Poll for Today: Child sex allegations

Resigned: Baroness Butler-Sloss.

Resigned: Baroness Butler-Sloss.

Vox Political received a message yesterday (October 7) from a vociferous critic – especially of the Labour Party – as follows: “Do you have any comment on or condemnation of the child grooming and sexual expoitation gangs curently in operation in Labour-held Middlesbrough? If you can answer why it always seems to be Labour-held areas and councils, it would be much appreciated too.”

This blog receives many similar queries, and most are dismissed as attempts to use the suffering of young children in order to score political points.

That being said, it may be just as damaging to ignore such queries as it is to give them any credence, as people may then fall into an unjustified belief that the Labour Party tolerates paedophilia.

It seems far more likely to this observer that the Labour Party is showing honesty about what it is finding in parts of the country where it runs the local authorities. Vox Political‘s response to the question ran as follows:

“According to the BBC, many councils are now investigating whether their area has a problem. My first question would be, why aren’t they all doing it and which party holds the ones that aren’t?

“Second logical deduction is that Labour is being honest about what is happening in areas it holds. That’s actually good, because it’s a necessary step towards stopping it from happening.

“Third thought is to wonder whether the Tories will be covering up any wrongdoing in the areas they hold. We never found out what happened about Leon Brittan and the missing dossier, did we?

“Labour’s attitude seems far more productive here – get the issue out in the open and sort it out. The Conservative response – cover it up – seems far more likely to allow the problem to continue.”

Did we ever find out what happened to the dossier that was given to Leon Brittan when he was Home Secretary, back in the 1980s? Didn’t it include the names of several prominent – Conservative – cabinet ministers?

Lord Tebbit is on record as saying that the Conservative attitude has been not to “rock the boat”. This year, the current Home Secretary, Theresa May, appointed Baroness Butler-Sloss to head an inquiry into historical cases of child abuse – only for the lady she chose to resign under pressure from the social media that there was a clear conflict of interest. May’s latest choice, Fiona Woolf, is also facing ‘conflict of interest’ allegations over a connection with – surprise, surprise! – Leon Brittan. She said she would be “making a statement” but at the time of writing that has yet to see the light of day.

So it seems, to this observer, that a choice between the Labour approach and that of the Conservatives is a choice between on one hand, realising there is a problem and trying to do something about it, and on the other, denying that there is a problem and trying to hide any evidence in fear of where it might lead.

But what do you think? Here’s today’s poll:

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Are Ukip MEPs Ignorant Naive or Stupid? – aliberallife

It seems Jane Collins is all three, according to this post from the aliberallife blog:

Currently on a mission to highlight the victims of abuse in Rotherham she seems to have lost the ability to differentiate between genuine concern and political point scoring of the worst kind.

17 hours ago she posted a tweet as a quote from @fight4uk

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Either she is naive and did not read it and posted a link to an anti Semitic Blog (although the clue is in the phrase the “Jewess Harriet Ruth Harman” clearly visible in the tweet,
Or
She’s ignorant saw this but did not realise it’s significance,
Or
She’s stupid and thinks it’s okay to be anti Semitic.

Jane Collins is paid a great deal of money to represent her community. I am sure the Jewish members of that community will join the Muslim ones in wondering if they are getting value for money.

The author wishes to build up a file on the subject and has requested that any suggestions proof or examples may be added “so please comment or send me a tweet at @liberalisland”.

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How UKIP And Their Supporters Turned An Abuse Scandal Into Political Point Scoring (trigger alert?) – SLATUKIP

Readers who visit the Vox Political Facebook page may be familiar with a commenter calling himself Lee Harris, who tries to take Yr Obdt Srvt to task every time a post appears that is critical of UKIP. Recently he started using the Rotherham abuse scandal in an attempt at political point-scoring against the Labour Party. If memory serves correctly, he has also posted links to a website calling itself ‘Labour 25’, containing stories about paedophilia among Labour Party members. Another commenter, Harvey Paul, posted a link to the same site in the ‘posts to page’.

Here’s why: As good UKIP members, it seems they have been ordered to use this issue – and the site, which was originally created by the British National Party, so now you know for sure on which side of the political fence UKIP sits! – to stir up public feeling against decent, law-abiding Labour members such as Yr Obdt Srvt.

The following article by Still Laughing At UKIP (SLATUKIP) lays it all out. It is published here in full, with apologies to the originators, because the issue is so important and the behaviour of UKIP and its members has been so utterly vile. You may see the occasional interjection in bold type; this will be a warning about the kind of material you may see if you click on certain links.

Here is the article:

Not many things shock us, but UKIP’s latest tactics to score political points on the back of a tragedy that has rocked our country, and use it to their advantage, is truly the lowest we have seen them go so far.

This morning (15/09) we were shown this tweet [do not click on this if you are of a nervous disposition; the image is appalling and may trigger a very strong emotional response] made by an account which is often tweeting pro-UKIP propaganda, and which was ‘favourited’ by our old friend Robin Cook.

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We’re not going to reproduce the image of the screenshot we have here, or tweet it, because it’s so utterly vile and deserves no coverage. This is the worst we have seen in a continuous stream of memes and images attacking the Labour Party, and those who oppose UKIP, or those who oppose racial hatred directed at innocent Muslims.

Here are some other examples.

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The following screenshot is crazy.

Child abuse exclusive to Labour areas only? I know most of UKIP’s support is misguided, but this?

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In this one, UKIP is referring to BNP propaganda ‘Labour25′ that was doing the rounds over the years.

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Here ‘Tommy Robinson’ ex leader of the EDL gets involved and shows his support.

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And all this is seemingly legitimised by people like Jane Collins MEP, who seems to be able to refer to Labour as the ‘Paedophile Protection Party’? We’ve blogged about her before.

We ask this. If UKIP feel this is how to run a political campaign, by accusing everyone who opposes them of being paedophiles, or paedophile protectors/appeasers etc, then what are they actually capable of in power?

Of course, they are now using this to their advantage in Heywood and Middleton by-election. No surprise there!

Please take note of the names of all those who posted the tweets and comments quoted here. If you see those names elsewhere on the social media, feel free to tell other readers exactly what they are.

Regarding the Rotherham abuse case, SLATUKIP has also published what must be the most level-headed response to the hysteria that has been bandied about in the mainstream media and by UKIP’s stooges. Here it is:

Watching the news, the sheer number of child abuse victims mentioned in the report released by Rotherham Borough Council is monstrous.  Today, a four-digit figure, and the suffering it represents, may have unshakably left a mark on the psyche of the British people – 1400.  And rightly so – there is a danger of us all, liberal, or conservative, UKIP or non-UKIP, seeing this through the lens of social politics; prioritising the defending/attacking of the ‘PC cover-up’ theory over quiet reflection on the plight of the victims.  We are determined not to do this and trust that others will not either, regardless of political affiliation.  After appropriate time for reflection has passed, we can have a sensible, non-partisan debate about the causes of this unfathomably prolonged and heinous tragedy.

Thank you and take care.

If you were a UKIP sympathiser before reading this, how do you feel now? Sickened to the depths of your stomach? This is the political organisation that tricked the electorate into giving it more than 20 seats in the European Parliament last Spring; this is the party that likes to use – and identify itself with – far-right-wing BNP material to smear its opponents; this is the party that thinks it is all right to score political points using paedophilia.

Who’s willing to bet Farage will turn up to deny having anything to do with it?

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