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Russia report: If Russian influence over the UK is ‘the new normal’, shouldn’t someone be charged with treason?

Bosom buddies: Boris Johnson with Russian industrialist Alexander Temerko. All perfectly innocent?

Now we can all see why Boris Johnson did not want the so-called ‘Russia Report’ released before the general election last year.

The report – released today (July 21) by Parliament’s new Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) – shows that successive Conservative governments have welcomed Russian oligarchs “with open arms”, giving them access to political figures “at the highest levels” – and made absolutely no attempt to investigate Russian interference in referendums and elections; in fact, the Tories “actively avoided” doing so.

This has led, the report states, to the growth of an industry of “enablers” who are “de facto agents of the Russian state”. The report does not explicitly state that these enablers include Conservative government politicians, but its assertion that Russia had access to “the highest levels” of political figures certainly suggests that this is the case.

And the fact that Russia has influence “at the highest levels” seems to have made it almost impossible to organise a response.

The report refers to the defence of UK democratic processes as a “hot potato” over which no government organisation wanted to take the lead in conducting an assessment of Russian interference.

In its response to the report today, the Tory government has said it has seen no evidence of interference in (this is the example it gives) the Brexit referendum. It seems clear that there is a good reason for that: nobody was looking. The government has said it sees no reason to conduct a retrospective investigation into such interference, which looks like a tacit admission of guilt in the light of the report. Committee member Stewart Hosie said, “That is meaningless if they haven’t looked for it.”

The ISC states that “social media companies must take action and remove covert hostile state material. Government must ‘name and shame’ those who fail to act”. The latter demand seems unlikely to happen as it seems clear that the Tory government does not want to do anything.

One reason for that may be the fact that the Tories have been delighted to welcome Russian money and the oligarchs who owned it, “providing them with a means of recycling illicit finance through the London ‘laundromat’.”

It is unlikely that Russia actually interfered in the mechanics of voting in general elections or the Brexit referendum; the UK’s paper-based voting system “makes actual interference with the mechanism difficult” – but “we should not be complacent about other forms of interference”.

The report states that Russian influence seems to have been exerted prominently in the social media, whose bosses had no interest in preventing it.

It states: “There have been widespread allegations that Russia sought to influence voters in the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU: studies have pointed to the preponderance of pro-Brexit or anti-EU stories on RT and Sputnik, and the use of ‘bots’ and ‘trolls’, as evidence.

“The actual impact of such attempts on the result itself would be difficult – if not impossible – to prove. However what is clear is that the Government was slow to recognise the existence of the threat – only understanding it after the ‘hack and leak’ operation against the Democratic National Committee, when it should have been seen as early as 2014.

“As a result the Government did not take action to protect the UK’s process in 2016. The Committee has not been provided with any post-referendum assessment – in stark contrast to the US response to reports of interference in the 2016 presidential election. In our view there must be an analogous assessment of Russian interference in the EU referendum.”

In their statement, the Tories have made it clear that they will not conduct a retrospective investigation: “The Intelligence and Security Agencies produce and contribute to regular assessments of the threat posed by Hostile State Activity, including around potential interference in UK democratic processes.

“We keep such assessments under review and, where necessary, update them in response to new intelligence, including during democratic events such as elections and referendums.

“Where new information emerges, the Government will always consider the most appropriate use of any intelligence it develops or receives, including whether it is appropriate to make this public. Given this long standing approach, a retrospective assessment of the EU Referendum is not necessary.”

This is hardly encouraging, given that the ISC report makes it clear that the Tory government has deliberately avoided looking for Russian interference.

Labour has delivered the weak-ass response that we have come to expect from Keir Starmer’s sub-Tory party, courtesy of Lisa “I wouldn’t disclose plans to sell off the NHS” Nandy.

“The report is very clear that the Government has underestimated the response required to Russia and it is imperative we learn the lessons from the mistakes that have been made,” she said. “The Labour Party calls on the Government to study the conclusions of the report carefully and take the necessary steps to keep our country safe.”

Fat chance! And she knows it. The people of the UK needed a much more robust response, calling out Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his extremely strong ties with Russians – he plays tennis with them in return for donations to the Tory Party, remember – and demanding a full-strength investigation into connections between Conservative government members past and present and Russians in the UK – both private citizens and representatives of that country’s government.

I’ll say it again, for clarity:

What we need now is a comprehensive and independent investigation by law-enforcement agencies into connections between anybody who has been a member of a Conservative government over the past 10 years (including members of other parties who have allied with the Tories – the DUP and the Liberal Democrats) and Russians in the UK who have been here either as private citizens or as representatives of that countries government. Did – and do – these relationships pose a threat to the UK’s security and to its democracy?

And if so, should those who have created that threat be arrested and charged with treason?

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Coronavirus propaganda: why would the Tories want to silence NHS staff?

Ask yourself: why does my Conservative government not want me to know what NHS staff have to say about the coronavirus?

The Tories, it seems, have told NHS staff not to tell the public what’s really going on in our hospitals:

Workers at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust were sent the social media guidance via a staff newsletter on Friday.

In the newsletter, seen by the East Anglian Daily Times, staff were told to avoid tweeting about “political issues, such as PPE, testing and exit strategies”.

They were however encouraged to praise staff for their hard work, working over the weekend and keeping people safe.

Sure, the orders came from a health trust but nobody there would have an interest in deceiving people about the situation. It has to come from the Tories, really. Don’t you agree?

If not, perhaps This Writer should provide a reminder of the PPE situation:

Hospital leaders have directly attacked the government for the first time during the coronavirus crisis over the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) after a desperately needed consignment of surgical gowns that had been announced by ministers failed to arrive.

In an unprecedented intervention, which hospital leaders privately say is the result of “intense frustration and exasperation”, the organisations representing NHS trusts in England urged ministers to “just focus on what we can be certain of” after weeks of “bitter experience” with failed deliveries.

The NHS Confederation and NHS Providers spoke out amid continuing alarm that shortages of equipment will soon have disastrous effects on the frontline, with representatives of intensive care staff warning on Sunday that the critical shortage of PPE could lead to some people refusing to continue working there.

See? If hospital bosses are complaining publicly, it can’t be them telling staff to keep their traps shut. Can it?

Here’s one trust’s list of available PPE, at the time of the tweet:

Here’s the situation:

NHS staff would rather you knew about it. The only people with an interest in deceiving you are in the Tory government.

How about testing? Remember Matt Hancock saying that the UK would be carrying out 100,000 tests a day by the end of April – in 10 days’ time?

Let’s see how we’re doing:

Scientists are now saying it is impossible to reach that testing target:

The government’s target of carrying out 100,000 Covid-19 tests each day by the end of the month has come under criticism from senior scientists, who say it will be impossible to reach.

Experts told the Guardian that a “macho” focus on headline-grabbing figures had been pursued at the expense of rigorous science.

But we already know that it is Tory government policy to ignore science when it’s against them:

The scientists said stock up on PPE – in 2016.

Instead, when the coronavirus hit China, the Tories gave that country 278,800 bits of kit and left us with hardly any.

They don’t want NHS staff telling you that because it makes them look bad. And they don’t care how many of us die, either.

Source: NHS staff told not to tweet about ‘political issues like lack of PPE’ – Mirror Online

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Law to block “no deal” Brexit has Royal Assent. Did BoJob just splurge thousands on a duff ad campaign?

Ready for an extension? The Conservatives have been flooding the social media with “Get ready for Brexit” adverts – but was this a lie?

The Queen has given Royal Assent to a backbench law barring the government from taking the UK out of the European Union without a withdrawal agreement that has been approved by Parliament.

This means that, if Boris Johnson fails to negotiate such a deal before October 19, he will have to beg the EU for an extension in which an agreement can be hammered out. The law even provides the text of the letter, to ensure that Mr Johnson sticks to the intention – as well as the letter – of this law.

And this creates an interesting issue, because the Tory government has been flooding the media with adverts insisting that we need to “Get Ready for Brexit” on October 31.

Here‘s The Guardian:

The government has spent tens of thousands of pounds in recent days on adverts promising “Brexit is happening” on 31 October, despite increasing uncertainty over whether it actually will, PA Media reports.

Figures from Facebook showed the government had paid out £30,531 on the targeted posts in the five days since they were launched on 4 September – the same week MPs voted to block a no-deal departure.

The adverts point to information for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for the planned exit on Halloween.

It might have been better for Mr Johnson to prepare for the planned exit on Hallowe’en – but we understand that the EU hasn’t heard a word from him.

Those adverts started going out on September 4, the day the Commons voted to approve the anti-“no deal” Act. So there’s no way the Tories can say they didn’t know it was coming.

So this raises a major question:

Did the Conservatives irresponsibly waste tens of thousands of pounds on a lie?

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Public reaction to Johnson suggests widespread belief that Conservatives are a racist party

Racist and sexist: Let’s not forget that Boris Johnson has also been criticised for his attitude to women.

It is perfectly understandable that Tory MPs are supporting Boris Johnson’s bid to be prime minister because the Conservative Party is inherently racist – according to members of the public.

This Site’s articles after the SNP’s Commons leader, Ian Blackford, condemned Mr Johnson over racist remarks made in the past, stirred up a storm of responses on the social media – that speak for themselves:

“Tells us all we need to know that despite their pretence to care about racism they will happily elect a racist to try and keep them in power. Shameful-but totally in keeping with Tory values,” tweeted Peter Shearer.

“I believe the Tory Party’s base is as racist as those they vote into public office,” added ‘Cochis’.

‘Maryland’ suggested the reminder of the remarks would “potentially increase his vote. They are all in this together.”

Sue Lees: “Of course, they already knew he was a bigot and they condone it. No excuses, no justification, anyone who supports his sort of ideology are themselves complete arses.”

Louise Preston: “Of course they will still vote for him. Only interested in clinging into power and cabinet posts for themselves, couldn’t care less about anything else.”

‘Dot’ stated that Tories would vote for Mr Johnsons: “Everyday and twice on Sunday. Tory MPs are that craven.”

They may be voting for him twice today (Thursday, June 20), in fact.

“Yes they will,” agreed ‘AfterAtosAssessment. “It’s not an issue for those who vote the likes of Boris in over and over again.”

Michael Taylor: “Well after all the Tory party are and have always been racist.”

And according to Derrick Gaskin, “Most Conservative MPs are racist.

That assertion may well be demonstrated by the results of the last two votes by Tory MPs today.

But Conservative Party members in the constituencies are watching – and may fear being tarred with the same “racism” brush that has touched so many of their MPs.

A vote for Mr Johnson is now being seen as a vote for racism. Will the Tory grassroots vote for racism?

UPDATE: Boris Johnson had 157 votes in the fourth round of the Tory leadership election which means more than half of the Conservative MPs in Parliament are now openly supporting his racism.

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Plan for social media regulator will attack the symptom of ‘harmful content’ – not the cause

A Tory government plan to hold bosses of social media platforms responsible for their content will not stop the flow of “harmful” material onto the internet.

The “online harm” White Paper proposes a statutory duty of care, to be conferred on media companies including platforms such as Facebook and Google, online messaging services like WhatsApp and file hosting sites.

They would be required to comply with a code of practice, setting out the steps they must take to meet the duty of care. This may include designing products and platforms to make them safer, directing users who have suffered harm towards support, combating disinformation (for example by using fact-checking services), and improving the transparency of political advertising.

They would be expected to co-operate with police and other enforcement agencies on illegalities including incitement of violence and selling illegal weapons.

And they would have to compile annual “transparency reports” detailing the amount of harmful content found on their platforms and what they are doing to combat it.

The government would have powers to direct the regulator – initially Ofcom, with a dedicated regulator to follow in the future – on specific issues such as terrorist activity or child sexual exploitation.

A couple of thoughts occur.

Firstly, I wonder if the media organisations who use the internet, such as the BBC, other TV companies, radio channels and newspapers realise that they would also be responsible for “combating disinformation (for example by using fact-checking services)” – and that includes during elections or referendum periods? If they had actually bothered to check a few claims during the referendum campaign, the UK might be in a very different position today.

Secondly, regulating online media platforms will not stop people posting “harmful” content to them, if there is nothing to stop them from doing so. It is farcically easy to create anonymous accounts, from which to post objectionable and/or abusive content. Shut one down? That’s fine – the individual responsible can have another up and running in a matter of minutes, if they don’t have multiple aliases working already.

It has been argued that people must have a right to be able to post anonymously, because of personal circumstances that make it important – possibly for their personal safety.

Fine. A system can be devised in which people apply for anonymity and the number of people or organisations able to ascertain their real identity is strictly limited. That would allow these individuals to continue functioning in the online world. And it would prevent others from abusing social media platforms. Any posts from an unrecognised anonymous account would be easy to flag up and isolate.

Now, I admit that’s just an idea off the top of my head, but it is workable – and if I can think of it, I’m sure government advisors have thought of it too.

And they have decided to attack social media platforms instead.

So the real questions here are: Why these choices? And what is their real purpose?


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The report on Damian Hinds’ first year in Education isn’t good

Damian: A bad omen for the Department for Education.

This is a terrific effort from Labour:

But you know what? People are going to find fault with it.

They’ll say, “Where’s the evidence to back up what’s said here?”

And they’re right to do so.

Anyone coming out with criticism – especially of a political rival – needs to be able to back up what they say.

It needn’t take much effort. Obviously – if the information in the video is accurate – somebody has already researched this topic and has all the relevant web links.

So why not tweet them out along with the video clip?

It would prevent a lot of headaches.

And it would sort out the liars from the leaders.

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What’s worse – the fact the Tories left a 64-year-old man to starve, or some of the reactions to it?

[Image from Pride’s Purge, using material from Terry Craven’s Facebook page.]

I was shocked when I saw the images above – as I expect you may be, if you are seeing them here for the first time.

They are of a 64-year-old man living in Birkenhead, here in the UK. He had been left to starve by the Conservative government’s barbaric mockery of a benefit system until, at the time these images were taken (Christmas Eve, 2018), he weighed just six stone, had contracted pneumonia and was “at death’s door”.

Employment law advisor Terry Craven provides the full story on his Facebook page:

“Please spare a thought for this 64 year old severely disabled client of mine? Please share this post to see if we can garner a response from the Tories although I doubt we will.

“My client was thrown off ESA by ATOS 18 months ago. Since then, he has been expected to sign on. Obviously, he’s been sanctioned and forced to go hungry. so much so he weighs 6 stone. On Friday [December 21], not surprisingly he was at death’s door with pneumonia. Fortunately, I was able to get him into hospital. Evidently, his left lung was full of fluid with his right not much better. He’s now on the mend.

“He has been unable to heat or look after his home properly because his health has deteriorated which I suggest is obvious from the photographs. He lives in one room of his 3 bedroom house he rents from a private landlord. It is rat infested, he cannot use the toilet nor is he strong enough to put water in a kettle. He relies on bottled water. I am making efforts to have him rehoused in sheltered accommodation. However, I think he may have to go into a nursing/residential home in the interim.

“Birkenhead Benefits Centre has ignored my continuous pleas for help, heartless bastards!

“Well here’s wishing May, IDS, Esther McVey a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. The one thing which is certain is my client will not have one thanks to their evil, Dickensian policies. I hope they all rot in hell for the sickness, death and hunger the Tories have heaped on disabled people since 2010. My Christmas wish is for a general election and a Corbyn/McDonell government.”

By now, you may be even more appalled than when you saw the images. But there is an even more horrifying aspect to this story – the reaction of some members of the public.

Initial responses were as one might have expected from members of the public faced with such a shocking revelation of the reality of Conservative benefit policies:

But others were not so sympathetic. What kind of person writes the kind of comment provided by “dorsetphill”, below?

How about the abhorrent attitude of “Crantastic”, here?

I tend to agree with Ezzie Wilfred. Anyone reacting with such a lack of simple human compassion has been damaged by the Conservatives too – just not in a way that is as visible as the 64-year-old in the photographs, who is another victim of attempted Tory chequebook euthanasia.

The constant drip-feeding of Tory propaganda against benefit claimants, the sick and the old has desensitised these people. I would say they may even be suffering from a form of sociopathic disorder.

Or they may be trolls who have been paid to tweet poison at us, in order to “nudge” public opinion into line with what the Tories want. Judging by the fact that both the offensive accounts mentioned above have been around for many years but neither has many followers, this seems likely.

The best thing to do when encountering accounts like these is to block them.

Theresa May announced a crackdown on social media abuse in February last year, but these people are still here.

You may come to a conclusion about the reason for that. I could not possibly comment.

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Met chief says social media is to blame for soaring knife crime

Cressida Dick.

I mention the following on the day when Jess Phillips said pro-Jeremy Corbyn Facebook pages should be shut down because they promote anti-Semitism.

It will be interesting to see her evidence. The pro-Corbyn groups I visit (some of which have been mentioned on TV news reports) are heavily moderated so I harbour doubts as to whether she actually has any.

It is easy to whip up hatred against a scapegoat – especially if people are willing to be whipped.

So let’s all keep a little scepticism about us, and remember to demand the facts before being asked to make a judgement. That, after all, is how justice works.

Britain’s most senior police officer has blamed social media for the soaring rate of knife crime in the UK, particularly among children.

After 13 Londoners were killed in two weeks this month, Met police commissioner Cresside Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed.

Speaking to the Times, Dick said trivial disputes could escalate into violence “within minutes” when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet.

Source: Met chief says social media is behind soaring rate of knife crime | UK news | The Guardian


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Who’s going to trust Theresa May to tackle ‘fake news’ when her Tories are responsible for so much of it?

The Cabinet Office. It seems the Tories are hoping to control the information we receive about current events from this location.

It would be better if the following was fake news, but apparently she means it:

Theresa May’s government is set to respond to the scourge of fake news with the creation of a “rapid response social media capability” in Whitehall itself.

Based in the Cabinet Office, the team will be tasked with dealing “quickly with disinformation” and reclaiming “a fact-based public debate”.

Who is going to accept Theresa May‘s word on what is fake news?

She and her Tories are responsible for more of it than anybody else in the UK.

If you don’t believe me, consider this:

Experts have slammed a Conservative minister for “peddling fake news” to defend an “indefensible” government policy. And the politician also stands accused of “wilfully deceiving” parliament in the process.

Victoria Atkins is the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability at the Home Office. Part of her remit is drugs and drug policy.

Release is the UK’s “centre of expertise” on drugs and drug laws. And it took Atkins to task via its Twitter account over her comments on Drug Consumption Rooms [DCRs] during a debate on 17 January.

Niamh Eastwood from Release told The Canary: “Atkins’s comments in this debate were simply staggering. She did not present the evidence for drug consumption rooms accurately – she was wrong on the number of DCRs in Spain and she was wrong about the basis for Insite, Vancouver’s DCR, remaining open. The EU’s own monitoring group on drugs supports the evidence base for DCRs, as does the government’s own expert advisers. Yet the Minister seems to have unique knowledge implying that the evidence basis is not strong.”

This example of a minister lying about hard evidence on a topical subject is just the latest we’ve seen. There are many more.

Another example would be James Cleverly’s lie about Labour’s tax plans, which provoked this reaction:

This Writer agrees with Labour MP Angela Rayner:

This is not an attempt to ensure a “fact-based public debate”.

It is a bid to hijack the news and turn it into Tory propaganda.

Who are you going to believe if you aren’t given a choice?

Tories hate the freedom of speech employed by the social media. They see this as their opportunity to end it. And they think the people are too stupid to realise they’ll be filling our newspapers and other news media with lies.


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Gove panned by the public after social media slur

Sarah Vine with husband Michael Gove: Not so much a ‘golden’ couple as a ‘grubby’ pair.

Michael Gove – a politician best-known for making a series of nonsense claims about Brexit and then stabbing Boris Johnson in the back – got exactly what he deserved when he claimed that the social media were peddling “fake news” about the Tory government’s attitude to animal welfare.

The government recently rejected an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would have transferred the EU’s protocol on animal sentience – basically an acceptance that animals experience feelings – into UK law. The claim was that animal sentience is already recognised.

Here’s the BBC report:

“Michael Gove has hit out at the way social media “corrupts and distorts” political reporting and decision making following a row about animal welfare.

“The environment secretary said attacks on MPs over a vote on an EU protocol about “animal sentience” had been “absolutely wrong”.

“The Commons vote sparked protests and a celebrity-backed social media campaign.”

Mr Gove stated, on the BBC’s Today programme:

He said: “On social media there was a suggestion that somehow the MPs had voted against the principle that animals are sentient beings, that did not happen, that is absolutely wrong.”

“There is an unhappy tendency now for people to believe that the raw and authentic voice of what’s shared on social media is more reliable than what is said in Hansard or on the BBC.

“More than that there is a particular concern somehow, a belief somehow that outside the European Union our democratic institutions can’t do better than we did in the EU. We’ve got to challenge both those points.”

His claim that the social media aren’t accurate has provoked a strong response from those who remember some of Mr Gove’s own howlers – especially with regard to the EU referendum, without which the debate over animal sentience would not have happened:

https://twitter.com/EyeTelford/status/934054537916305409

Oh yes. Let’s all remember that Mr Gove’s wife is Daily Mail ‘journalist’ Sarah Vine.

Ms Vine infamously wrote an article claiming that Theresa May had an advantage over Nicola Sturgeon in a meeting with the Scottish First Minister because Mrs May had better legs.

She also produced a piece after her husband made an unacceptable “rape joke” – again on the Today programme – belittling concerns about sex scandals in Westminster as “hysterical” and a “witch hunt”. Many MPs have since resigned or been suspended as revelation after revelation became public knowledge.

All things considered, it was only a matter of time before somebody made the obvious connect – and it was Lily Allen:

https://twitter.com/lilyallen/status/934025039892140033

Is that a *mic drop* moment?

This response is fantastic, too:


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