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Care workers awarded £100,000 in back pay – but why is their NEW employer paying it?

How pleasant to see home carers being awarded the pay they are due!

In a court victory, home care workers contracted by Haringey Council in North London were awarded £100,000 in back pay.

That’s between them, not individually – amounting to around £10,000 for each of the 10 claimants.

It seems the council had given the work contract to a private provider called Sevacare that cheated them out of money they should have been paid for travel time between patient visits.

As a result, some of them ended up being paid less than £4 per hour – less than the minimum wage, and much less than even the “National Living Wage” that the Tories introduced, which still doesn’t cover living expenses.

Care service companies, Kaamil Education Limited, Diligent Care Services Limited and Premier Carewaiting Limited say they inherited the case when they took over the work contract.

The firms who took over the contracts were ordered to pay the claimants.

Wait – what?

Why were the new providers ordered to pay? Why couldn’t the offending firm do it?

Has it gone out of business? Government contractors seem to do that, don’t they? Does anybody remember Carillion?

Mrs Mike was completely unimpressed by this story.

She reckons the problem is the sub-contracting of care work by councils to private providers, who always say they can do the work for a very low price.

Then the bosses and shareholders take their cut (Mrs Mike said), and the people who do the actual work end up with whatever’s left – the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel.

It’s a consequence of privatisation, she said. It was better when councils employed care workers directly.

Given this result, I’d say she makes a good point. Wouldn’t you?

Source: Unison: Care workers who made £4 an hour awarded in £100,000 court case – BBC News

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Riley libel: her team just made a terrible mistake

Rachel Riley is a serial litigant; besides suing me, she is also pursuing Laura Murray, who bit back at one of the Countdown co-presenter’s tweets in March last year.

Referring to the incident in which Jeremy Corbyn had been punched by an egg-wielding man in a London mosque, Ms Riley had dug up an old tweet by Owen Jones which said “If you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi. Seems fair to me.” To this, she added the comment: “Good advice.”

Ms Murray, who was working in Mr Corbyn’s Labour Party office at the time, tweeted her opinion that Ms Riley was saying Corbyn was a Nazi who deserved to be attacked violently. She added that, in her opinion, Ms Riley was a dangerous and stupid person who risked inciting unlawful violence – and nobody should engage with her in any way.

Mr Justice Nicklin, in a judgement based on paper evidence due to the coronavirus pandemic, ruled that Ms Murray had made a statement of fact when she said Riley had stated that Corbyn deserved to be attacked violently.

That’s the extent of the difference.

His statement that the words have a tendency to be defamatory isn’t a ruling that Ms Murray is guilty of libel; the defendant may say that her statement was factually accurate and back it up with evidence, and she may also provide information to support the opinions that she expressed.

Riley hasn’t won the case; this was a ruling on the meaning of Ms Murray’s words and whether they were statements of fact or expressions of opinion. There will be a trial at some point in the future.

But Ms Riley and her friends seem to have started celebrating victory prematurely.

And someone went one step further – by publicising the case prematurely.

The image above shows that the right-wing Guido Fawkes blog ran an initial piece on the ruling on April 23, albeit with no further information than a claim that Riley had won. The Mail went further, publishing at 6.21am the following:

 

But the ruling was not published by the High Court until 10am on April 24 – more than a day later.

So it seems somebody has committed contempt of court.

This was a reserved judgement. That meant that the hearing was some time ago and the judge prepared a written judgement to be handed down on April 24. Prior to handing down, the judge would have sent a draft to the parties. The rules on drafts say:

2.4 A copy of the draft judgment may be supplied, in confidence, to the parties provided that—

 (a) neither the draft judgment nor its substance is disclosed to any other person or used in the public domain; and

 (b) no action is taken (other than internally) in response to the draft judgment, before the judgment is handed down.

 2.8  Any breach of the obligations or restrictions under paragraph 2.4 or failure to take all reasonable steps under paragraph 2.6 may be treated as contempt of court.

I imagine Mr Justice Nicklin would be very keen to find out who’s been playing fast-and-loose with court rules and his judgement. And I can’t blame him.

I can’t comment on who leaked the story to the press too soon – but I will keep an eye on it.

As for people who prematurely claim a legal victory that they haven’t won … if you’re as nauseated by this as I am, then please remember that Ms Riley is attacking me in the same way she is attacking Ms Murray – and I don’t have the cash to fight her.

If I can win my case in court, then it should discourage Ms Riley and her friends – harshly – from this vile behaviour. But I can only do it with your help.

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It would be bad enough if Ms Riley had won. The fact that she hasn’t, and is claiming she is, is toxic. In my opinion.

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Riley libel case: Positive result from first day in court – but it’s not over!

I know judges don’t actually use gavels in UK courts. This is just a representative image.

The libel case against me finally arrived in court on October 25 – and the judge agreed with my approach.

Another judge had ordered a short directions hearing after Rachel Riley’s representatives had objected to a proposal for a TPI – trial of preliminary issues – a hearing on the meaning of the words I wrote that Ms Riley claims were libellous, and on whether they count as assertions of fact or simply opinions based on the evidence available.

At the hearing, after considering my representative’s submissions on case law, the judge ordered that the TPI would go ahead.

So we are back to facing the hearing we would have had earlier this month – going through the same process we proposed over the summer.

And there has been extra cost, of course.

So I have to appeal for you to keep the donations coming in. I have said all along that I think this case is a confrontation between my demand for justice and Ms Riley’s wealth – that she thinks she can buy the result she wants by forcing me to spend all the money available to me before the evidence can be heard.

If that is her strategy, it may well succeed. Bear in mind that some of the total raised on this page has already been spent, and more will go soon.

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WATCH: Chris Williamson explains why his court victory against false anti-Semitism claims is so important

Chris Williamson: He was subjected to death threats because of the false accusations against him.

For those who weren’t aware of the significance of Chris Williamson’s victory against “absurd” allegations of anti-Semitism, the MP – still suspended from membership of the Labour Party – has made a short video to explain it.

If you saw the story as it has been presented by some mass media news sites, you might think he lost the case; this is not true, as Mr Williamson points out.

He explains why he remains suspended from the Labour Party, despite his victory; the party’s bureaucracy suspended him a second time a week before the case was heard in court, out of spite.

The verdict, as he states, proves the disciplinary procedure is “unfair, unfit for purpose and subject to external manipulation by forces that are hostile to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership”.

He also states that the party bureaucracy has “victimised hundreds of lifelong members – loyal supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership – and they have suspended and expelled many without due process”.

This Writer can personally affirm that this is true.

Labour needs to get its act together.

If you agree – and you’re a party member/supporter – then please make your feelings known, politely, to the leadership.

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Williamson anti-Semitism suspension appeal: see how the mass media got their story wrong

Look at the state of this:

Way to make a hash of it, BBC!

How can Chris Williamson have lost his appeal if the High Court ruled his suspension was unlawful? It doesn’t make sense, does it?

The fact of the matter is this:

Chris Williamson won his appeal against being re-suspended on a charge for which he had already been through the Labour Party’s disciplinary procedure.

This means Labour may not apply disciplinary measures against him over the speech in which he said the party had been “too apologetic” when accusations had been levelled against it.

However: the court said Mr Williamson must go through the party’s disciplinary procedure with regard to a second suspension, on different charges.

At a hearing last month, his barrister Aileen McColgan told the judge, Mr Justice Pepperall, that these further allegations “for the most part concern the claimant’s measured and reasonable exercise of freedom of expression … or are premised on the idea of ‘guilt by association'”.

She added: “It appears from the timing … that the purpose of the decision to raise these allegations now, and to impose a second suspension on the claimant, is to seek to ensure that he will remain suspended even if this claim is successful and that he will therefore remain disqualified from selection in the forthcoming general election.”

It appears she was right, as this is exactly what has happened.

That is a fact that should shame those in the Labour Party who raised the second set of charges. Personally, I consider them to be nothing more than dirty victimisation.

Now the focus will be on Labour’s disciplinary procedure. Has the party cleaned up its act or with the NEC tell the judging panel to find against him no matter what, as happened to This Writer?

Whatever happens, Labour can only hope to cover itself with more shame. Remember: the judgement is that the party was wrong to re-suspend him on the original charge and the court heard that the second suspension was only – spitefully – to ensure that he could not be a candidate in a snap general election.

Source: MP Chris Williamson loses anti-Semitism suspension appeal – BBC News

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Tory youth group wants JACOB REES-MOGG to take over as PM. Has the website been hacked again?

Jacob Rees-Mogg has backed the loser time after time. Is he about to become one? [Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images].

This is breathtaking. Only a day after This Writer posted ridicule of Jacob Rees-Mogg from members of the public, to show how unfit he is to lead the country, Tory youth wing Activate has demanded that he should take over as leader from Theresa May.

Here’s the message, from Twitter:

https://twitter.com/ActivateBritain/status/904752710599266304

It says: “Activate are now backing Jacob Rees-Mogg for the next leader of the Conservative Party.

“The decision was made based on a unanimous vote amongst Activate leadership and regional representatives.

“We feel that Theresa May’s leadership is simply not working, and we require fresh direction.

“Activate will now be openly backing Jacob Rees-Mogg as we feel he has the vision and competence to lead the Conservatives into the next General Election and deliver a Brexit that truly works for everybody.”

The announcement has been almost universally derided.

This Writer particularly enjoyed the response from rival Conservative youth group VicTory:

https://twitter.com/Vic_ToryUK/status/904826515782856705

It says (spelling mistakes as written): “Here @VicTory, we have observed with growing dismay the debacle unfolding at @Activate Britain.

“We would like to take the opportunity to distance ourselves from this embarrassing spectacle.

“There is a desperate need for a genuine movement that can harness the passion and potential of young people for the cause of Conservative values.

“It is, therefore, a shame, that neither Activate, or it’s less well known sister account @OurConviction, can provide a coherent or inspiring conduit for that potential.

“Therefore, we at VicTory sense that it is our opportunity, and our city, to step up to the plate – as the ONLY genuine voice of Conservative youth.

“We call upon all fine young, upstanding and moderate young people to stand with us – together, we will prevail.

“‘There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.'”

If this is in any way a reference to Activate’s support for Mr Rees-Mogg, then it is doubly hilarious because of this:

https://twitter.com/Vic_ToryUK/status/903597424115150848

For This Writer, of course, the new development represents a tremendous opportunity.

Hours after I said supporting Rees-Mogg was ridiculous, Activate came out in support of Rees-Mogg.

I must try this again! Send in your suggestions!


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Clash of the memes: With ‘Tory Momentum’ groups online, who has the best soundbites?

Ha ha: New Conservative grassroots support site VicTory gets satirised (and possibly sanitised as well).

This war of words (and pictures) has only just started so it’s hard to suggest who has the winning firepower at the moment.

This Writer would suggest that the early skirmishes are going Labour’s way:

https://twitter.com/Vic_ToryUK/status/904031804570701825

The following response is priceless:

And in the Red corner:

https://twitter.com/thefifer1314/status/903633789250924546

Shall we finish on a serious note?


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Now we are three: Not the number of Tory ‘youth’ movements – their mental age

First there was:

Then came:

Now cower in trepidation at the arrival of:

This latest one is a real pearler. Apparently Jeremy Corbyn can’t be trusted to help blow up the planet in a nuclear fireball. Personally, This Writer could do with a few more world leaders like that.

Does anybody see any signs of intelligence in these groups? Because I can’t.


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Who are they kidding? ‘Team Cameron will play the ball, not the man’

This is hilarious:

How to attack Labour under Corbyn was the top item at a meeting of the political cabinet on Tuesday.

David Cameron and George Osborne know that, despite the temptation to lampoon him, they must play the ball, not the man, at least in the short term.

Corbyn won a mandate from an electorate of more than 550,000 Labour members and supporters. In the Tory high command, they suspect that the forces that delivered him as Labour leader may not be confined entirely to the left but could be part of a wider questioning of politics and politicians that is happening on sections of the middle ground, too.

“We will have to beat him with clear intellectual arguments, not personal abuse” says Alan Duncan, a former party vice-chairman. “It is a chance for us to discredit socialist thinking for good.”

Source: Team Cameron will play the ball, not the man, and let voters decide for themselves | Toby Helm | Politics | The Guardian

In response, let’s just quote cartoonist Gary Barker, who tweeted The Guardian‘s politics account with the following message:

“And just who do you think you and they are fooling?”

Corbyn explains how media helped campaign – and tried to harm his family

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It seems Jeremy Corbyn decided to run for the Labour leadership only after LBC Radio’s Iain Dale suggested it, Vox Political can reveal in the second part of its media roundup of Mr Corbyn’s victory.

The station’s website proclaimed: “Iain suggested he should run, saying: ‘In all seriousness, someone from your side of the party – John McDonnell has done this before.

“‘Someone who is not seen as New Labour or anything like it. I think it would actually enhance the debate.

“‘I don’t know who it would be apart from yourself – we’ll put the thought in your mind, and take full credit if you do decide to run.’

“And speaking a month later, Mr Corbyn gave Iain full credit for putting the idea in his mind.”

But The Independent chose to highlight the abuse thrown at Mr Corbyn, his family and friends, by the media. He alluded to this in his acceptance speech, and the newspaper stated: “He has been accused of being an anti-Semite, a racist and was also accused of failing to act on child abuse allegations in his Islington constituency.

“Those are just some of the allegations that have been levelled against him in the media and even by some of his fellow Labour MPs, who have attempted to persuade people against voting for the far-left MP in a bitter, three-month leadership contest.”

Speaking the day before his historic victory, Mr Corbyn was reported to have said: “As nasty and unpleasant [as] much of the stuff printed is and remains and is deeply hurtful to my wife, family and close friends, we’re not responding in any way; we don’t do that kind of politics.”

In The Guardian, Labour MP John Woodcock said the time had now come for supporters of Labour’s various factions to stop infighting and get behind the new leader.

“If we are to move on from here, then we must recognise how damaging it has been for Labour people, who have all basically wanted the same thing, to have knocked lumps out of each other for 20 years,” he wrote.

Ironically, at the time of writing, those words appear right next to a box declaring: “Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson suggests he’ll oppose Jeremy Corbyn over scrapping Trident.”

It seems some of us haven’t got the message yet…

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