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Starmer adopts new slogan – and Guardian misprint attracts more enthusiastic response

This is terrible news – for Keir Starmer and his fake Labour Party. It has been great fun for the rest of us, though.

It seems Keir Starmer has chosen to demonstrate his devastating unoriginality and electoral death wish by adopting a slogan from Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 electoral campaign – “Stronger Together” – to mark out his latest attempt to rebrand Labour.

It was never going to work.

But what made matters infinitely worse was a typo in a Tweet by The Guardian. The newspaper that made a reputation for misprints that gave it the nickname “Graun” told us all that the new slogan is this:

“Stonger Together.”

Nothing could have attracted more attention – of the wrong kind.

See for yourself:

It goes on and on.

The most common – serious – response was that this is the latest in a long line of focus-group slogans and rebrands from StarmerLabour and he is making himself and the party look ridiculous.

So the net result is the same, whether the Guardian had published the typo or not: Starmer has made Labour look daft Y-E-T A-G-A-I-N.

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Keir Starmer: if you insist on copying Tory tactics you will get ridicule

Keir Starmer: shamed again.

This is poetic justice.

After his woeful performance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, fans of Keir Starmer tried to bolster his dwindling support by tweeting messages in his favour.

Unfortunately (for them), they all seem to have simply copied the same message (from Labour HQ?) and tweeted it.

It copies the classic “Tory bot campaign” tactic of trying to seem authentic by including spelling and grammar mistakes – but nobody was taken in.

Here’s the original (in two versions so you can see that they’re identical):

Now the fun begins:

And of course somebody had to post the ultimate insult:

Well done to everybody online for giving this daft trick the short shrift it deserves – and to Skwawkbox for bringing it to This Writer’s attention. There’s much more on that site: Lefties take the **** in fine style after Starmer fans found tweeting identical praise from presumed memo – SKWAWKBOX

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Tory campaign goes down in flames. #VoteConservative ? Check out these alternative suggestions

Not the new Tory logo: but should it be?


Here’s a good, moderate policy for a brighter Britain:

Apparently some genius at Conservative Central HQ thought it would be a good idea to start the hashtag #VoteConservative, without taking into consideration the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Here are some of the consequences this person didn’t intend, but got anyway. Enjoy them. I did:

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Twitter is ordered to answer Vox Political’s Subject Access Request. This could be embarrassing!

Remember when Twitter suspended This Writer’s account back in December?

It was connected with my reporting of Rachel Riley’s attempt to strike out my defence against her libel claim.

Apparently, this person complained to Twitter about it –

Identified? This person posted screenshots that appear to show they are responsible for the complaint that had Vox Political’s Mike Sivier suspended from Twitter. Mike has no idea who this person is and a Twitter search provides no evidence of any contact.

– and Twitter suspended me on the spot.

I then submitted a Subject Access Request which Twitter failed to honour, despite being legally obliged to do so – and that’s where the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) came in.

Twitter emailed me on December 17. Its statement – and what I wrote in response on This Site – are as follows:

“Thank you. Our record indicates that your account is not suspended. This case will now be closed.

“It really won’t, you know.

“Yes, my account was restored on Thursday (December 17), but it had still been unavailable to me for five days and I want to know why. I have a right to know why. Remember, Twitter never contacted me with a reason for my suspension.

“I submitted a Subject Access Request, which is a legal requirement. By UK law, Twitter has one calendar month from the date I submitted my request (December 12) to honour it. No excuses. No apologies. If it fails to provide the information, Twitter will have broken the law.”

At the time, Twitter had been collecting a huge amount of criticism for suspending accounts belonging to left-wing writers, apparently after receiving co-ordinated complaints from users who were making false claims of anti-Semitism.

The message from Mr(?) Grunspan, above, clearly appears to be connected with this as it deliberately makes a connection with Rachel Riley’s court case against me and reasserts the false claims of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial against me.

I had to wait a while for the ICO to get back to me.

In the meantime, Twitter suspended my account again at the beginning of February – again with no notification. I had to wait a whole month before it was restored this time and, as with the December suspension, I was told that investigations showed I had not, in fact, done anything against the site’s rules.

Today (April 21) I received an email from the ICO. Here are the relevant parts [boldings theirs]:

“We have considered the issues that you have raised with us and our decision is that there is more work for the organisation to do.

“We have therefore raised your issues with the Chief Executive, via the Data Protection Officer, explaining that we want them to work with you to resolve any outstanding matters.

We expect the organisation to fully address your complaint by telling you what they are going to do to put things right, or if they believe they have met their data protection obligations by explaining fully how they have done so.

“We have allowed the organisation 28 days to consider the issues that you have raised with us, and to consider next steps in your case. Many organisations will contact individuals sooner than that, however, if you have allowed 28 days, and there is no contact at all then please let us know.”

I look forward with interest to finding out how Twitter will say it honoured my Subject Access Request. I expect you will, too.

The clock is ticking. Do you think I will even receive a response by (checks calendar) May 19?

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“He’s a Tory” hashtag intended for David Cameron impacts instead… on KEIR STARMER

Keir Starmer: it seems the nation believes he is a Conservative cuckoo, only pretending he believes in Labour values. But will voters do enough to push him out of that party’s leadership on May 6?

This is the reason Labour is going to lose seats in the local elections next month, in a nutshell.

As I write this, the phrase “He’s a Tory” is trending on Twitter. It was intended as an explanation of David Cameron’s behaviour in lobbying his former colleagues in the Conservative government on behalf of his subsequent employer:

But it has been hijacked – unintentionally, it seems – by critics of Keir Starmer who have taken it to refer to the Labour leader’s own political leanings:

Yes, it says it all.

Most particularly, it says that Labour voters will abandon that party at the local elections next month.

The only question now is whether they will just stay at home, meaning the proportion of people voting will fall but the result is unlikely to be significantly different from usual.

Alternatively, they might choose to make their vote count by handing it to someone else. A boost for one of the minority parties like the Greens (or – more likely in the current climate – nationalists like Plaid Cymru or the SNP) would be a serious blow for Starmer’s credibility, along with that of the Labour Party he leads and may prompt a rethink of his leadership abilities.

It depends on how disaffected Labour voters feel.

Do they think withholding their vote will achieve anything?

Or do they actually want to push Labour into being better?

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Support Caroline: she’s launched a crowdfunder for court action against ‘celebrities’ who libelled her

A woman who was flamed off Twitter for expressing a perfectly reasonable opinion has launched a crowdfund to support legal action against the perpetrators.

Caroline Eastell, who posts as @LouLouFell on the social media platform, suffered vile abuse from the actress Tracy-Ann Oberman and other “celebrity” Twitter users, simply because she said she didn’t enjoy seeing Oberman in a TV drama.

Here’s what Caroline wrote:

“It’s a sin was doing so well then I saw Tracy Ann Oberman left a bad taste in my mouth … trying to quickly forget I’ve seen her.”

Oberman’s response:

“Caroline do you think that YOU may be one of those intolerant bigots that Russell is talking about in #itsasin

“Seems you’ve missed the entire point of the series. You and the rest of this thread. Oh dear. @cst @UKLabour @LabourAgainstAS”

As I explained at the time: “The @ tags at the end of Oberman’s tweet are significant. She was tagging in the Community Security Trust and Labour Against Anti-Semitism – both highly vocal self-proclaimed crusaders against anti-Semitism (although both could equally well be described as witch-hunters against people targeted with false claims) along with the Labour Party, because ‘Caroline’ could be seen holding a Labour membership card in her profile picture.

“The implication is clear: Oberman wanted to brand ‘Caroline’ an anti-Semite and she wanted to bring Labour’s attention to it. In order to provoke disciplinary action, perhaps? Because this person had expressed an opinion about her appearance in a TV show. Overkill?”

Use of those tags seems to have worked, as attention was attracted to Caroline’s tweet and she suffered a humiliating and entirely undeserved dogpile. Eventually, Twitter suspended her account – even though she had done nothing wrong. Expressing an opinion about an actress does not justify a ban.

Some of the abuse she received might have been enough for those responsible to have been banned themselves, though – but they are “blue-tick” Twitter users and therefore seem to be above the rules.

Perhaps that is the reason Caroline has decided to take the matter to court. She has launched a crowdfunding page for this purpose and I would urge Vox Political readers to support her if possible. She writes:

As a consequence of being defamed on social media, I have decided to make a stand and instruct libel solicitors to take action against the abuse that I received.

But I can’t do it on my own, I need your financial support.

Those who  attacked me are more powerful and continue to act with impunity.

So please stand with me, It is only when we stand together that we beat them.

Oberman threatened to sue This Writer for libel when I published an article pointing out the way she harassed a teenage girl with mental health problems, on Twitter. Eventually she left the legal action to her pal Rachel Riley, and I had to launch my own crowdfund. So far, it has raised – and spent – more than an eighth of a million pounds, and the court battle is still going on.

But I would not have been able to fight at all, without that support.

So I agree that it is only by standing together that ordinary people like Caroline and myself can have any hope of defeating the super-rich in a court system that pays more attention to money than to evidence.

Please support Caroline. Details of her page are below.

Source: Fundraiser by Caroline Eastell : I Stand with Caroline.

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Twitter admits it suspended @MidWalesMike account for no reason. Time to kick it into touch?

Take a look at the message immediately following, which raises serious concerns about a social media giant:

“Hello, After further review, we have unsuspended your account as it does not appear to be in violation of the Twitter Rules. Your account is now unsuspended. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience. Please note that it may take 24-48 hours for your follower and following numbers to return to normal. Thanks, Twitter.”

Thanks for nothing, Twitter!

This social media platform – that is supposed to act in a responsible way towards its users – arbitrarily removed my ability to communicate with my readers and customers for a day short of a whole month… for no reason.

It has admitted that I did nothing wrong, as I stated on February 2 when I discovered that my @MidWalesMike account had been suspended. I wasn’t notified officially. So why did it take 27 days for staff to check and find out that I was right?

This is not the first time that my account has been wrongly suspended, either. I was stopped from using it in December after a supporter of Rachel Riley sent false information to the platform’s bosses:

Identified? This person posted screenshots that appear to show they are responsible for the complaint that had Vox Political’s Mike Sivier suspended from Twitter. Mike has no idea who this person is and a Twitter search provides no evidence of any contact.

It’s apparently a fake account – I’m told the profile picture actually belongs to somebody in Russia. Stealing people’s images is a classic troll activity and it reflects extremely poorly on Riley that she is supported by such people.

Back in December it took just five days for me to get my account back – but that was five days too long.

I have written to the powers-that-be at Twitter, demanding a more detailed explanation of why my account was suspended without investigation. Am I to expect the same treatment at any time in the future, because this enormous multinational corporation is too cheap to employ anyone to check these accusations before taking action on them?

I do not expect any meaningful reply.

Is it time, then, to leave Twitter to the trolls?

How hard is it to start up a social media micro-blogging site? I’m not a coder so I don’t know. Is it really difficult or would it be simple? Does anybody know how?

I know Twitter is huge at the moment, and many people would hate to leave it because it has billions of users – but if it is unreliable (and it is), then it is time to let it go.

And it seems a bit of competition from an ethical organisation might be what’s needed to make Twitter clean up its act.

What do you think?

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Why did ‘celebrity’ Twitter users force suspension of ordinary woman? Because they could

Some of you have been kind enough to notice that This Writer’s @MidWalesMike account has been in the Twitter sin bin since the beginning of the month because somebody didn’t like one of my articles about the court case against Rachel Riley.

That is dangerous enough – it’s clearly an attempt to create a “chilling” effect on my crowdfunding (that, fortunately, has failed – the fund has nearly raised £125,000 since it started nearly two years ago).

But now I read that another Twitter user, who apparently has no public profile at all (she’s not a celebrity or a journalist/blogger or a member of the commentatorati), has found her account suspended, simply for expressing her dislike of an actress.

The actress in question was Tracy-Ann Oberman, who apparently searches the social media platform for any adverse comment about her. Spotting this one, it seems she claimed that the lady in question had to be an anti-Semite, even though no part of the view she expressed in her tweet conveyed any such sentiment. See for yourself:

“It’s a sin was doing so well then I saw Tracy Ann Oberman left a bad taste in my mouth … trying to quickly forget I’ve seen her.”

“Caroline do you think that YOU may be one of those intolerant bigots that Russell is talking about in #itsasin

“Seems you’ve missed the entire point of the series. You and the rest of this thread. Oh dear. @cst @UKLabour @LabourAgainstAS”

The @ tags at the end of Oberman’s tweet are significant. She was tagging in the Community Security Trust and Labour Against Anti-Semitism – both highly vocal self-proclaimed crusaders against anti-Semitism (although both could equally well be described as witch-hunters against people targeted with false claims) along with the Labour Party, because ‘Caroline’ could be seen holding a Labour membership card in her profile picture.

The implication is clear: Oberman wanted to brand ‘Caroline’ an anti-Semite and she wanted to bring Labour’s attention to it. In order to provoke disciplinary action, perhaps? Because this person had expressed an opinion about her appearance in a TV show. Overkill?

No. Overkill is what followed. Oberman’s tweet led to a dogpile so vile that even some of its participants later withdrew their comments and apologised.

I won’t go into the details but you can read about it on Zelo Street if you like.

Then – apparently after pressure from the usual cohort of “blue tick” celebrities – ‘Caroline’ had her Twitter account suspended.

I repeat that she had not expressed a single opinion that was not well within her right. If she doesn’t like Tracy-Ann Oberman, it is not for Tracy-Ann Oberman to take offence and have her hounded off of Twitter. For all Tracy-Ann Oberman knew, ‘Caroline’ had perfectly good reasons for disliking her.

Those reasons don’t have to be restricted to her acting, either. I refer to her “clitoris” comment in response to David Quantick, and her (clearly racist, in my opinion) “Is Ping Pong the Thai help?” query in response to a tweet from Liz Hurley that her parrot had spoken in human language for the first time.

Nevertheless, Tracy-Ann Oberman reacted the way she did, and now an innocent member of the public has been hounded off of Twitter.

You may be wondering why Tracy-Ann Oberman feels justified in having acted as she did. I’ll tell you the answer:

Because there is a court ruling that says she cannot be held to account for it.

It’s the ruling of Mrs Justice Collins Rice in the case brought by Oberman’s friend Rachel Riley against This Writer.

Riley’s legal team had put forward an argument that she could not possibly be held responsible for the behaviour of her followers, who abused and harassed a teenage girl with mental health problems who had had the temerity to criticise her for accusing Owen Jones (and Jeremy Corbyn) of anti-Semitism.

Riley had tagged celebrities, politicians and so-called activists against anti-Semitism into her tweets responding to the girl, who had received many hundreds of responses critical of her as a result – forcing her to quit Twitter several times for the sake of her mental health.

But the judge agreed that Riley was not responsible. Her ruling means nobody else can be, either.

And this is the result.

It is hugely damaging – not only for the safety of people like ‘Caroline’, but for everybody’s Article 10 right to Freedom of Expression according to the Human Rights Act (she was hounded off the platform for expressing an opinion about an actress, remember).

It also contradicts the intentions of Online Harms legislation that is due to pass through Parliament soon. Part of the proposed law would make participation in online dogpiles a criminal offence with serious penalties attached.

As everybody should be aware by now, I have appealed against Mrs Justice Collins Rice’s ruling.

I hope that judges at the Court of Appeal agree that it has created the opportunity for significant harm – and has already caused such harm in the case of ‘Caroline’.

If so, then we may also hope that the ruling is rescinded and the Obermans of this world lose their legal protection.

My case is still going on, I am still crowdfunding to pay its costs, and you are invited to contribute in the time-honoured ways:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If you haven’t donated before, perhaps this story will encourage you.

After all, they might come for you next.

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Journalist exposed to ‘torrent of abuse’ – claim – after MP put email exchange on Twitter

Kemi Badenoch: retaliatory harm.

Is it just a coincidence that this happened a week after a High Court judge decided that ‘blue tick’ Twitter users should not be considered responsible for the behaviour of their followers?

Clearly the ruling by Mrs Justice Collins Rice, in Rachel Riley’s case against me, is factually wrong. The experience of Huffington Post reporter Nadine White simply underlines the fact.

Ms White had emailed Tory equalities minister (surely a contradiction in terms?) Kemi Badenoch to inquire why she had not supported a pro-vaccine video by participating in it.

Badenoch had responded by putting the emails on Twitter alongside a comment that they were “creepy and bizarre” and the HuffPost was “looking to sow distrust”.

Labour has demanded an investigation into whether this breached the ministerial code.

In a letter to civil service head Simon Case, the party said Ms White had been exposed to “a torrent of abuse online” – a dogpile.

Riley’s case against This Writer also concerns questions about whether the TV parlour game-player deliberately intended to expose a teenage girl with mental health issues to a torrent of abuse also.

The world “torrent” has been applicable to Twitter dogpiles since the case of Jack Monroe and Katie Hopkins, in which the word was used to describe the number of messages Ms Monroe received after Hopkins tweeted a false claim about her.

It was also disputed. But Mr Justice Warby stated that “‘Torrent’ is a noun, used metaphorically here. It may be colourful, and may tend to overstate what happened. But it is not an invention and nor is it in my judgment a serious distortion.”

This means even if the size of the dogpile against Ms White was not very large, the description may still be applied justifiably.

Labour’s involvement is hypocritical though. It comes from a political party whose members (including MPs) have also triggered dogpiles – for example against This Writer after The Sunday Times falsely accused me of holocaust denial (on the basis of false information leaked by – guess who? – a Labour Party officer).

I am appealing against the judgment that suggests ‘blue tick’ Twitter users can publish anything they like about other people without having regard for the possible consequences to those people.

If I win – and evidence including the Warby judgment suggests that I may – then this could have severe consequences for a minister who tried to discredit a journalist who seems merely to have been doing her job.

I am crowdfunding for the means to win my case, which is proving extremely costly because of the behaviour of Riley’s legal team. Information about that is available here (a search for “libel Mike Sivier” should reveal the necessary links).

Anyone interested in helping is urged to do one or more of the following:

Consider making a donation yourself, if you can afford it, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

Justice isn’t for everybody – not in Tory Britain. It’s too expensive for most of us.

That doesn’t mean we should let a government minister – who should know better – inflict retaliatory harm against somebody who was only doing her job.

Source: Labour call for investigation into Kemi Badenoch’s tweets about a journalist – BBC News

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MPs – including Tories – demand Universal Credit uplift retention after misleading Tory tweet

The Big Lie: Labour won a vote calling on the Tory government to extend the £20 Universal Credit uplift – and this is the tweet the Conservatives sent before the debate.

MPs on both sides of the House of Commons have urged Boris Johnson to extend an uplift of Universal Credit beyond its planned end date.

The non-binding Labour motion passed by 278 votes to none, with six Conservatives defying a Tory whip to abstain.

They were Robert Halfon, who appeared on TV vowing to support Labour’s motion…

(He has some strange ideas about the so-called ‘benefit’ but he did the right thing so we’ll cut him some slack this time, right?)

… along with former Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, Peter Aldous, Jason McCartney, Anne Marie Morris and Matthew Offord.

Personally, This Writer thought their decision was more impressive when contrasted with the behaviour of whoever writes the official @Conservatives Twitter feed.

Before the vote, a message appeared there, saying

Keir Starmer wants to scrap universal credit, withdrawing vital support from millions of people.

Experts say Labour’s plan would would [sic] be disruptive and cause chaos.

Conservatives are investing £7.4bn to help those who need it most.

It is a sickening distortion of the facts, as Peter Stefanovic makes clear:

But wait! The plot thickens:

He is.

That’s like paying them the uplift for 25 weeks, all at once – and it’s a dangerous thing to do.

The people receiving it are in dire straits financially. That’s a given, because otherwise they would not be on benefits.

They probably got into debt while waiting the mandatory five weeks before payment of UC began, and probably took out the advance loan of UC that is offered to people in that situation.

This means those who did this have been receiving less than even the government says they need on which to live, because they have to pay off that loan.

Now suppose they get that £500 payout. What do you think they’ll do with it?

They’ll pay off their debts and treat themselves with some – or all – of what’s left, most likely. It’s a relief reaction: “We’ve got some money; let’s enjoy it.”

And then they’ll find themselves back trying to make ends meet on UC – with £20 a week less on which to live. In fact, if they do pay off the debt, they’ll probably be in more or less exactly the same position as they are now.

And let’s just put this into context:

That’s right. The sum we’re discussing is less than one-third of the amount a member of the House of Lords gets, simply for turning up.

Finally, let’s be clear about what Universal Credit is.

Grateful?

That would be hugely overstating the obligation, considering we all fund UC with our taxes. And what do claimants of the so-called benefit get in return?

See for yourself, if you can bear it:

Labour does want to scrap Universal Credit – because it is a diabolical travesty of social security.

But Labour wants to replace it with something better. That can’t happen at the moment because we have a Tory government, with ministers who put forward the view of it that Robert Halfon expressed (above).

Retaining the £20 per week uplift is the least those Tories can do.

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