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The Tory government is deliberately obstructing compensation for Windrush scandal – and other – victims

This ship has sailed: it seems that hopes of the Windrush generation to be compensated for being victimised by the Home Office are disappearing over the horizon, like the ship that brought them here so many decades ago.

Here’s what’s going on:

This Writer understands that the government stole – that’s right, call it what it is:  stole – £4 billion from WASPI women who died before they could be compensated for the harm done to them by raising the state pension age.

That’s enough to plug the gap in local council funding, but – how strange! – the money isn’t going there either!

Are you angry yet? If so, you’re not nearly angry enough.

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Now, Age UK is reporting that the Windrush generation is being failed by the Home Office yet again, with 87 per cent of people who deserve compensation still waiting for it.

Still not angry?

When will you want action about this? When the government harms you instead? 


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Angela Rayner jumps on the ‘threat to safety’ bandwagon. Playing the victim?

Angela Rayner: she got into deep water over the Stockport incident and is now trying to get out of it by playing the victim of intimidation and threats. Do you believe her?

Does this seem like bandwagon-jumping by Angela Rayner?

For context, this is the incident to which she is referring:

As you can see, there was no attempt at physical contact, let alone violence, by the bereaved Palestinian and his fellows upon Rayner or her colleague Jonathan Reynolds. In fact, they were subjected to violence by police who were in the hall in Stockport within seconds. Clearly they had been told to be on hand in case such an event happened, to rob protesters of their voice.

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The only criticism that may reasonably be levelled at the hecklers is that they were too forceful – but these are people who have witnessed appalling atrocities and are experiencing deep difficulties in getting anybody to listen, due to mainstream media and political support for Israel. Rayner and Reynolds are a part of that.

Fortunately, people are seeing through the smokescreen:

Rayner said she had altered her behaviour and was no longer leaving her house after the Stockport incident and the resignation from politics of Tory minister Mike Freer, who said he had received threats:

The article said the Justice Minister had received several threats to his personal safety, but admits that these have been since the Tories negotiated their way back into government with the Liberal Democrats in 2010.

These include narrowly missing a meeting with Ali Harbi Ali, who murdered fellow Tory MP David Amess, at his constituency office. It seems Freer has worn a stab vest at public events in his constituency since then.

The MP has said he was first targetted by a group called Muslims Against Crusades in 2011, who said the stabbing of Labour MP Stephen Timms should be “piercing reminder” to politicians that “their presence is no longer welcome in any Muslim area”.

He told The Daily Mail a suspected arson attack at the constituency office in December was “the last straw”.

The MP, who has pro-Israel views and represents a heavily Jewish constituency, said: “No MP can operate effectively without the support of their spouse and wider family. Sadly the serious incidents place intolerable stress on them too.”

His decision not to stand for re-election led to a debate in Parliament:

Threats to personal safety are never an acceptable form of behaviour – but they are, sadly, a normal part of day-to-day life if a person is a public figure. Even This Writer – working on and publishing a comparatively low-popularity political website – has received numerous threats since starting Vox Political in 2011.

And what exactly constitutes threatening behaviour? Rayner suggested the incident that we can see above has changed her own behaviour, but also mentions other incidents. What are they? Does she mean messages like this?

That’s just free speech; a person pointing out – in a forceful way, certainly – the kind of atrocities that have spurred others to make such impassioned pleas to politicians as we saw in Stockport.

There is also the issue of selectivity; we are being asked to sympathise with people like Rayner and Freer, but it seems Rayner and her supporters like Lucy Powell have no sympathy for MPs in their own party who have also suffered:

Here’s a bit of background on Ms Begum:

She was (allegedly?) a victim of domestic abuse, coercive control and financial abuse during her short marriage to a Tower Hamlets councillor, Ehtashamul Haque, between 2013 and 2015.

She was falsely accused of council housing fraud and had to go through a lengthy trial, at the end of which she was cleared of all charges.

Then details of her home address were distributed to all members of her local Labour Party in a letter to her that was described as “potentially libellous and intimidatory”.

She has been involved in a lengthy Labour Party complaints procedure ever since, and released an update on it in which she says she has felt “gaslit” by the party while continuing to suffer “harassment” and – yes – death threats.

Here’s her statement:

She wrote:

The process has been extremely distressing and damaging to my health in and of itself.

I have felt gaslit and have continually expressed my serious concerns at the Labour Party complaints procedure and whether it is able to respond appropriately to domestic abuse.

I have persevered because all I have ever wanted is a chance to live freely and have equal opportunity as a Labour Party member and a Labour Member of Parliament.

This has just not been the case.

The ongoing harassment, the brutal vexatious eight-day trial in 2021 and the illegitimate trigger process conducted whilst I was certified off sick in 2022 are unjust, undemocratic and unacceptable.

I have had to cope with this alongside the heightened Islamophobic abuse, the death threats and risks to my safety.

Have Rayner, Powell or any other supporters of Keir Starmer had the decency to say or publish a single word in support of their colleague?

This Writer hasn’t seen any.

Couple all of the above with StarmerLabour’s apparent willingness to deselect MPs who oppose Israel’s genocide in Gaza, before the general election…

… and what does it all look like to you?

To me, it seems Rayner and the others in the Labour leadership are just another gang of Islamophobe cheerleaders for the Gaza genocide. Will they even try to prove me wrong?


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#PostOfficeScandal victims demand criminal prosecutions

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A group of sub-postmasters wrongly accused of stealing more than £100,000 from the Post Office have told Sky News there must be criminal prosecutions against those in charge.

Vipin Patel, Nicki Arch and Sarah Osolinski, who ran Post Offices in Oxford, Stroud and Cheltenham respectively, have described how their lives were destroyed by the Horizon IT scandal.


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A German government is supporting genocide – again. Has it learned nothing?

Germany has made a statement in support of Israel’s defence against the genocide charge it has faced in the International Court of Justice.

The hypocrisy of a nation that – having committed the most infamous genocide in history – supports another nation doing the same has not gone unnoticed.

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It would be easy to say that Germany’s stance is based on historic guilt over the Holocaust – but it seems there is in fact a business interest informing this statement:

Sadly, it seems Germany’s statement is doubly unacceptable because it has a history of genocides including against one of the nations that supported South Africa’s charge:

The full statement is well worth reading.

I look forward to finding out how the German government digs its way out of this hole.


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Mone admits profiting from PPE sale – and lying – but plays the victim. Narcissism?

Ill-gotten gains? Michelle Money posed on the deck of her husband’s £6 million yacht, ‘Lady M’ – which may have been bought with government money that was used during the Covid crisis to pay for PPE equipment – that didn’t work.

Let’s have a quick reminder of the Michelle Mone/Medpro PPE saga:

That clip was made a while ago. Ms (is she still a baroness?) Mone has since appeared in a BBC interview, in which she admitted lying to the press, and therefore the public, about her involvement with PPE Medpro and the Tory government’s ‘VIP lane’ fast-track procurement system.

Here‘s The Guardian:

Mone said she “wasn’t trying to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes” and had not told the truth about her involvement to protect her family from press attention. When it was put to her that she had admitted lying to the press, Mone replied: “That’s not a crime.”

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Maybe not, but she is facing a criminal investigation:

The National Crime Agency is conducting an investigation into alleged criminal offences in the procurement of the contracts by the company.

The couple [Mone and husband Doug Barrowman] were facing criminal allegations of conspiracy to defraud, fraud by false representation and bribery. They both deny wrongdoing.

They both deny wrongdoing.

We could discuss the strange deference of the BBC in sending a camera crew to whichever foreign country Mone is using as a hiding-place, just to get her side of the story.

But isn’t it far more interesting to discuss the mentality of a person who has admitted being involved in an illegal government procurement system, admitted profiting from it (if by proxy, according to her statement), but still insists that she has done nothing wrong?

Referring to the yacht, ‘Lady M’, that was allegedly bought with £6 million of PPE Medpro money that had come from the government, here’s what Mone had to offer:

Mone said: “It’s not my yacht. It’s not my money. I don’t have that money and my kids don’t have that money, and my children and family have gone through so much pain because of the media. They have not got £29m.”

Mone was pressed on why she did not mention PPE Medpro in her register of financial interests as a member of the House of Lords. She said the Cabinet Office had advised her that she did not need to.

It’s always somebody else’s fault. “So much pain because of the media.” “The Cabinet Office had advised her that she did not need to.”

Isn’t that the behaviour of a narcissist?

According to Simply Psychology,

A narcissist cannot accept being anything less than perfect. To continue living in their fantasy, they have to deny any shortcomings and wrongdoings. They do this by projecting any undesirable traits or behaviours onto other people – known as narcissistic projection.

So any wrongdoing is the fault of the Cabinet Office, or the media, or anybody else as long as it isn’t the fault of Michelle Mone.

One might suggest that this alone is enough to undermine her defence. Wouldn’t you?


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Smartphone public warning system could endanger domestic abuse victims

This is a public service announcement:

It seems the fact that the emergency alerts system will cause mobiles with a 4G or 5G signal to emit a loud siren-like sound, receive a message on their home screen and vibrate for up to 10 seconds may also alert abusers to the presence of secret mobile phones held by their victims.

The government’s advice to abuse victims is simple: turn off your concealed phones or switch them to airplane mode until after the test has taken place.

It is also possible to turn off emergency alerts altogether. In your mobile phones ‘Settings’, go to ‘Emergency alerts’ and switch off “severe alerts” and “extreme alerts”.

I’ve just checked my own smartphone and it is quite easy to do.

Meanwhile, if you want to know exactly what your phone will do at 3pm on Sunday, here’s the rundown:


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It’s time for people hit by the #LabourDataBreach to unite and demand answers

For the many? HOW many Labour Party members, ex-members, and even non-members have been affected by the massive data breach that happened at the end of October, of which the party only informed us a week later?

The (verbal) backlash against the loss of data affecting thousands of Labour Party members has been huge – but it is action that is needed.

This Writer has already suggested that a lawsuit is required – and some victims are suggesting that we (This Writer is among those affected) may each claim thousands of pounds in compensation.

But the question is: how do we take this forward?

Some have suggested that a Subject Access Request under General Data Protection Regulations should be made to the Labour Party, along the lines described by Philip Proudfoot:

If you want to go that way, then feel free. But I have already been down this route with the Labour Party and, even after calling in the Information Commissioner’s Office – the regulator overseeing data protection in the UK – it took two years to get a reply, and even then it was only partial.

The ICO was toothless because it then told me that if I wanted to take any matter forward, I should do it myself, through the courts, as has also happened to Simon Vessey, here:

So This Writer’s preference is that a large number of those affected should unite and launch legal action within the civil courts.

Already, people are coming up with ideas about how this can be done. I like this:

And of course the Left Legal Fighting Fund exists, if I recall correctly, to help people with cases like this. If everybody affected got together via this new Labour Data Breach website, and then donated towards a single court action via https://www.fightingfund.org, we might all gain access to a simple – and cheap – way of achieving justice.

It’s also – I believe – the only way we’ll force Labour to explain exactly what has happened.

ADDITIONAL: Another friend has contacted a different law firm for advice and will report back on what they are told:

And apparently the law firm mentioned in the tweet below is interested in representing people affected by the data breach – among many others, it seems. I would have thought it would be more cost-effective to hire a single firm, collectively.

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Outrage as Labour MP writes in The Sun. Where is Starmer?

Keir Starmer’s Labour Party has betrayed the people of one of its stronghold cities by allowing one of its shadow ministers to write an article in The Sun, days after the death of a victim of the Hillsborough tragedy that that rag misrepresented so grievously.

And Wes Streeting isn’t even sorry about it (yet). Is it because he’s an out-of-touch Londoner who thinks he’s above the concerns of people in the North?

The Ilford North MP was putting forward the latest part of Starmer’s campaign to turn the clock back to 1997, with a “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” attitude that focused on child poverty. But, as one commenter put it, when has any UK political party claimed to be soft on crime?

On Twitter, he said he had written an article in The Sun:

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves then retweeted the announcement, making it clear that this was a move that had been endorsed – hypocritically, but we’ll come to that – by the Labour Party leadership.

The choice to write for Rupert Murdoch’s far-right hate-rag was highly controversial – and Streeting’s justification for it was risible:

While it may once have been true that Labour-leaning voters read The Sun (most of its readership in the 1980s voted Labour and bought it to get angry at the pro-Tory bias it contained), those days are long gone. Dwindling readership means it is now a loss-making minority-interest hack-rag, written by rabid Tories, for rabid Tories.

Those are the voters Wes Streeting wants to attract to Labour.

Labour can happily do without them – and him. He has made his own political preferences abundantly clear:

And he could not have done this at a worse time.

Remember: The Sun blamed the people of Liverpool for the Hillsborough disaster that killed 96 people, when in fact the responsibility lay with the police. Its editors and publisher (Murdoch) colluded with Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government and the police to push on us a lie that Liverpool fans caused the deaths.

The people of Liverpool have never forgiven Murdoch and his filthy little toilet-paper periodical has been boycotted there ever since. Traditionally, Labour has supported this choice – until now.

That’s a general rule – but it became far more specific this week because Streeting chose to publish his article in the sun only days after the death of Andrew Devine, who became the 97th victim of Hillsborough.

It was an act of phenomenal insensitivity, and arrogance bordering on callousness.

Labour – and left-wing – voices who genuinely seek to represent the people – especially when faced by Establishment lies and corruption – have leapt to condemn Streeting:

Streeting’s monumental insensitivity can possibly be best described by comparing his desire to chum up with the Conservative rag and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s attitude – which was to have nothing to do with it and to seek to reduce the power and influence of its owner:

And what of the current Labour leader?

Remember above, where I mentioned that Labour’s bosses have endorsed Streeting’s article and it is hypocritical? Here’s the reason: in January last year, during a Labour leadership campaign hustings in – guess where? – Liverpool, Starmer attacked The Sun, saying he wouldn’t be giving any interviews to Murdoch’s rag. However…

… did you spot the “get-out” clause in his speech? He said he wouldn’t be giving any interviews to The Sun “during this campaign”. Labour members in Liverpool – and elsewhere – saw it as support for their campaign – “don’t buy The Sun“. They were all mistaken.

He was only saying it for effect.

He was only saying it to dupe them into voting for him.

And now he is actively courting The Sun‘s (dwindling) readership, via Streeting.

I wonder what good he thinks this highly-visible about-turn will do him – especially at a time when a poll of the British public shows that we want him to resign:

On the basis of this disgusting betrayal, Starmer’s departure – and that of Tory suck-up Streeting – can’t come soon enough.

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Rosie Duffield’s DARVO: is she trying to rehabilitate herself by blaming her victims?

Rosie Duffield: she broke lockdown to meet her married lover and had to resign as a Labour whip as a result. Now she’s claiming she is a victim of misogynistic abuse.

Former Labour whip Rosie Duffield is trying to reclaim the moral high ground by playing the victim and we need to reject her.

She has given an interview in The Times in which she claims that she is the victim of misogynistic abuse and death threats over her opinions about anti-Semitism, Brexit and – particularly – transphobia.

The article points to her Commons speech about domestic abuse – for which she received a standing ovation from teary-eyed fellow MPs – as a sign that she’s on the side of the angels.

It doesn’t mention the fact that she broke lockdown in order to commit adultery with a married lover last May. Is her new media appearance an attempt to rehabilitate her image?

Many seem to think so, and the article has triggered a storm on the social media – mostly, it seems to This Writer, between opponents on the transphobia issue.

I stay out of that discussion as much as I can. My personal opinion is that the way a person identifies their gender is nobody’s business but their own.

Nobody should receive death threats for the simple holding of a belief; if their belief is against the law, or encourages people to break the law (especially in violent ways) then there are legal remedies. I wonder whether the Times reporter responsible for the article has seen evidence of such threats, though.

I have seen many tweets like this:

I have also seen t

And then I saw these two…

… and it made sense.

If you check the Metro article, DARVO stands for “Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender“.

It states: “First you have Deny – that’s pretty self-explanatory. You’ll see the person accused of wrongdoing simply denying that that’s the case; ‘I do not hold those views’, ‘I never said that’, ‘I did not do that bad thing’.

“The Deny stage is where gaslighting starts to come into play, with the person often trying to simply deny someone else’s lived reality. ‘No, that doesn’t happen’, ‘no, you’re making that up’, or ‘that might have happened, but it’s not as bad as you say it is’.

“Then there’s [the] Attack bit. This is when the accused person will turn around the criticism to focus blame on the person calling them out. So let’s say a celebrity was called out by someone on Twitter – they might go into attack mode by accusing that person of just being jealous, or bitter, or a liar.

“Finally, you’ve got the Reverse Victim and Offender stage. This is where things get sneaky and subtle. Suddenly, the accused person will turn things around and say that actually, they’re not guilty of doing something terrible. In fact, they are the ones being treated poorly.

“In this stage, you might see someone introduce their own trauma as an excuse or a distraction tactic. They’ll respond to accusations of racism, for example, with a story about how they faced gender discrimination when they were younger. Or they might focus their statement on how they feel ‘bullied’ by the accusations, so those reading feel that the person who has been called out is actually the victim, facing online abuse rather than being challenged on their actions.”

Metro goes on to give an example that is pertinent to Duffield’s case:

“Let’s say an influential person is accused of transphobia. They issue a response in which they deny that they are transphobic – ‘I love trans people! I have many trans friends!’ – then attack their critics – ‘people saying I’m transphobic are just cruel, hateful people who want to cause division’. Finally, they Reverse Victim and Offender: ‘I’m receiving so much online abuse because I’m a woman and we live in a sexist society’.

“Now, as a critic, you’re stuck. If you continue to call that person out, you’re ‘cruel, hateful and want to cause division’. You’re being sexist. You’re piling on the online abuse.”

Isn’t that exactly what Duffield is trying to do?

Source: Rosie Duffield: ‘It feels like Gilead where women aren’t allowed to ask questions’ | Times2 | The Times

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Coronavirus: where’s the help for domestic abuse victims during lockdown?

Behind closed doors: abusers could be having the time of their life in the lockdown. What is the Tory government doing to protect victims?

Labour’s new Shadow Home Secretary is right on this.

But let’s not be too praising just yet; there has been a lot of concern about domestic abuse victims in the media, after the lockdown was announced. And for a very good reason.

After all, it was – potentially, at least – locking victims in with their abusers for periods of weeks at a time.

The “pressure cooker” effect has created increased demand for charity aid, with helplines and online advice sites raising concern.

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Organisations providing domestic abuse support services during the Covid-19 crisis must get an emergency financial package from the government, the new shadow home secretary has said in his first intervention in the role.

Nick Thomas-Symonds, who was appointed to the shadow cabinet by the new Labour leader Keir Starmer on Sunday, has written to his Conservative counterpart Priti Patel to request funds for organisations that run “frontline” domestic abuse services, as well as to turn underused hotel chains and university halls into emergency accommodation.

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