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Keir Starmer denies Labour has become too right-wing. Do you believe that?

Keir Starmer: what does he have to do to make you understand how far he has dragged Labour to the right-wing – broadcast wearing a self-designed military uniform?

Labour leader Keir Starmer seems to want to delude us.

After being told that people interviewed outside Labour’s conference last week said the party was not so much the alternative or opposition but the “lesser of two evils”, and that it had become “more and more right-wing”, the best to be said is that he didn’t deny it.

Instead, he tried to claim that he had positioned the party in line with voters, and pointed to a couple of recent by-election results:

Isn’t it more likely to be true that voters in those polls considered there to be no viable alternative to Starmer’s far-right version of Labour, if they wanted to keep out the Tories (and the SNP, in Scotland)?

That would be because the mainstream media – like ITV’s Good Morning Britain, which carried out the opinion poll mentioned here – didn’t bother to explain all the options available and what their policies were.

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Rather than discussing all the candidates standing in these elections, their policies and how they might correspond with what voters want, the UK’s media concentrates on the most powerful political parties of the moment – Labour and the Tories – urging us to choose between whatever they are forcing on us right now.

That is not democracy.

As a voter, your job is not to choose the oppressor that will keep the other oppressor out.

Your job is to vote for the candidate you think offers the best policies to improve the UK as a place to live and (hopefully) prosper.

If Labour is considered to be too “right-wing” by people at the party conference, the “least-worst” option, then it is not offering those policies and voters have a duty to look elsewhere.

Independent left-wing candidates are springing up in constituencies across the UK – mostly disaffected ex-Labour members offering policies that were once considered traditional. If they win seats, they will certainly group together in Parliament.

Look for these people and support them, if you want something better. “They can’t win” is a self-fulfilling prophecy only because people like you persuade yourselves that it’s true.


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VIDEO BLOG: Starmer’s right-wing stance is not a smokescreen. Here’s how you can tell

Yes, I’ve made a video out of the article from last week. There are good reasons for this.

Firstly, it contains excellent advice on how to vote properly. It seems people are confused about the fact that they are expected to vote for whoever has policies they think will be of benefit to the UK as a whole – not for the party they consider to be tribally theirs, even though that organisation hasn’t actually helped them in decades, and not for the party they think is best-placed to keep out another party they don’t like.

Secondly, it contains excellent reasoning on why not to vote for Keir Starmer.

Thirdly, it provides an opportunity for you all to visit the original article, which has not received anything like enough attention. It’s at https://wp.me/p4Sru1-hyZ

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The Tory government is helping energy firms rip us off – and you’re STILL not interested in politics?

Bills, bills, bills: British Gas has made nearly £1bn in profits in the last six months because it is price-gouging its customers – charging them much more than they should be paying. Many of those customers are so stupid, they can’t be bothered to do anything about it.

The most eye-watering part of the energy firms’ announcement of eye-watering profits is the fact that so many people in the UK are so keen to say they are powerless to do anything about it.

Tell them that they’re being ripped off because of political decisions by their government and these absolute morons say that, well, they’re not interested in politics because it has nothing to do with them.

They’ve literally just been told that politics is what’s leeching away their ability to feed, clothe and house themselves and their response is that it’s nothing to do with them!

Perhaps it’s time to admit that people like the Tories and the energy firm bosses, who make the decisions to take all the cash away from us, are not the problem.

The problem is the people who prop them up – either by voting for the Tories like mindless drones or by refusing to vote for anyone who will make a difference.

That includes all the “tactical” idiots who would rather replace the Conservatives with a party that has identical policies because “we’ve got to get the Tories out” than even consider supporting anybody with a plan that will actually, you know, help.

It also includes everybody who insists that we should support Keir Starmer’s party, which has surely become the most untrustworthy organisation in the UK. It is currently promising to levy a windfall tax on energy firms’ profits, but the evidence of the recent past tells us that this will not happen if that party – which used to represent Labour – takes office again under its current leadership.

So we get this:

Here’s that increase in money terms:

Sadly, we won’t get what we need under the party that Richard Burgon represents – the Substitute Tory Party that used to be called Labour.

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has the same idea – because it is the right one:

But of course he has been kicked out of the Parliamentary Labour Party for having ideas that are far too sensible to ever be considered by Starmer and his Blue Labour layabouts.

The only answer that will break the deadlock is to support alternative parties and independent candidates who actually have policies that will bring wealth back to the majority of the people, rather than siphon it off into the hands of people who already have too much.

Ah, but then we run into all those idiots who think Starmer’s identikit Tory policies are an alternative, the morons who reckon tactical voting in favour of whichever party came second last time will get the Tories out next time, and the lunatics who will still believe none of this affects them while their house is being repossessed.

These are the reason the UK is in such a hopeless position. What are you doing about it?


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Voter ID to be spread to postal votes. Do the Tories have a death wish?

The Tories introduced voter ID at polling stations and the electorate in the local elections turned away from them en masse; they lost 1,063 seats in the greatest local election defeat any UK political party has suffered.

What conclusion did they draw from this? Well…

It’s possible that the Tories tried to gerrymander postal votes at May’s election, by persuading voters to send their ballot papers to their local Conservative association instead of their local council.

Bringing postal and proxy votes in line with “in person” votes makes sense if such an attempt at gerrymandering failed.

I make this point because in other ways it makes no sense for the Tories to do this at all. For instance:

Newly announced government rules to require identity checks for postal and proxy voting in UK parliamentary elections are likely to make it harder for older people to take part in elections, a leading charity has warned.

Age UK said… [it would] “erect additional barriers to older people exercising their democratic right to vote.

“Rather than strengthening our democracy our worry is that it will weaken it, if some older people with postal votes find it too hard to submit their ID, or to re-register every three years, and simply give up.”

It strikes This Writer as a strange way to treat a segment of the population that has previously been  – mostly – supportive of the Conservative Party at recent elections.

Making it harder for pensioners to vote means another group will find it harder to vote Conservative.

One fails to see the logic in it. Considering the need for voter ID was fabricated (there aren’t enough fraudulent attempts to vote to justify it), the logical choice would have been to roll back voter ID altogether.

But then, maybe these Tories have a political death wish.


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Is this the problem with the Tory appeal to young voters?

“Be normal” was Matt Hancock’s message to young Conservatives who have been tasked with attracting other young voters to the Tory banner.

There’s just one problem with that: they are, quite clearly, not normal at all.

The way they dress, the way they talk, the way they act – all point to a life of extreme privilege that has made them insensitive to the fact that people from other areas of society will find them – and I’m sorry, but someone has to point this out – ridiculous.

At least they’re not trying to lie to us about what they are, though.

That makes them a huge improvement on their party’s actual representatives – or indeed, past representatives… like Hancock.


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Tory ‘voter ID’ law stopped nearly 10,000 people voting in local elections

Vote: nearly 10,000 people (of whom we’re aware) were denied their democratic right because they didn’t have the right identification to take part in the local elections. But the joke is on the Tories because they’re the ones who missed out.

Nearly 10,000 people were prevented from voting in the local government elections earlier this month – not because they were trying to commit fraud but simply because they did not have the right kind of identification documents.

It was a consequence of the Tory government’s attempt to gerrymander democracy (according to former Tory minister Jacob Rees-Mogg) by ensuring that only certain forms of ID would be allowed at polling stations.

The claim was that the measure was introduced to prevent voter fraud – which has always been practically non-existent in in-person voting in the UK. Postal votes are much more vulnerable to manipulation – as we discovered when the Tories tried to get people to send postal voting forms to their own constituency associations.

Hilariously, the plan backfired because the Conservatives lost more than 1,000 council seats; the voters turned their back on the party in a huge rejection of the government and its local lackeys.

Here‘s the BBC’s story:

Information from 160 of 230 councils where polls were held this year shows 26,165 voters were initially denied ballot papers at polling stations.

Of these, 16,588 people came back with valid ID, whilst 9,577 did not return… Campaigners warn this would not capture all those affected.

Amazingly, the Tory lickspittles at the BBC had to include a line that the number of people who didn’t get to vote was “a relatively small number of voters”.

Not only does this fail to take into account votes lost from no fewer than 70 other councils, but there were reports of people being turned away before they were able to get inside polling stations, meaning their inability to vote did not, legally, have to be recorded.

So… what happens now?

Logically, the government should review the effect of its own legislation on its ability to win elections, and this should persuade it to alter or even repeal the “voter ID” law.

But the UK does not have a logical government.

The intention was to deny democracy to a large volume of the electorate, and in that sense it has succeeded.

I think the Tories will allow this insult to democracy to continue out of spite. They’ll probably say it needs to “bed in”.


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Rees-Mogg admitted ‘voter ID’ plan he supported was vote-rigging. Where are the calls for punishment?

Shifty: Jacob Rees-Mogg has admitted ‘voter ID’ was vote-rigging – and failed. He should be punished – but some media outlets would rather misdirect you to something that hasn’t happened, and perhaps never will.

Don’t you find it strange that an alleged newspaper like the Daily Mail would drag readers’ attention – for two days’ running – to a rubbish Labour Party idea to give the vote to visitors from the EU…

… when a former Conservative minister has admitted that the Tory “voter ID” scheme was a genuine attempt to rig the vote.

Speaking at the National Conservatives’ conference (it makes perfect sense that he would be a Nat-C), Jacob Rees-Mogg said:

“Parties that try and gerrymander end up finding their clever scheme comes back to bite them, as dare I say we found by insisting on voter ID for elections.”

The local government elections in England earlier this month were the first at which people were required to bring photographic identification in order to cast a vote – and the electorate punished the Conservatives by taking 1,063 council seats away from them.

The admission is even more serious for Rees-Mogg because he argued in favour of “voter ID” in Parliament:

He must have known then that it was an attempt to gerrymander votes in the Conservatives’ favour – to rig elections. Mustn’t he?

Indeed, Labour’s Dawn Butler has said Rees-Mogg’s admission should be reported to the Parliamentary Standards Authority – or even to the police. The Electoral Commission is another option – although its current status as an arm of the Tory government makes it a poor third choice.

Yet the hard-right headbangers of the Daily Heil want you to concentrate on an idea mooted about by the Labour Party, that is unlikely ever to come to pass.

In light of the fact that election-rigging is a crime, I’ll leave it to you to work out why they might want to do that.


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As predicted: thousands of disabled people couldn’t vote at the local elections

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Voter ID is working well for the Tories: look who it has disenfranchised

It seems the biggest success of the local elections in England this year is the new “voter ID” legislation that appears to have deprived huge numbers of people of the ability to vote.

Disability Rights UK claimed in advance of the election that

a large portion of the two million people identified as not having access to photo ID will be disabled individuals, many of whom will already be excluded from engaging in elections due to inaccessible practice.

There will also be many disabled voters with an intersectional experience e.g. disabled trans people, or disabled people experiencing domestic abuse, who already face additional barriers to accessing valid identification.

This Site has already reported that disabled people were set to be turned away from voting stations because of the requirement for them to remove their masks in order to be identified. This prediction seems to have come true.

Transgender people were likely to be turned away because their identity documents did not match their new name as recorded on the electoral roll, The Guardian reported.

The forms of identification that were accepted were limited – to a bizarre degree. Here’s Labour member of Parliament Peter Dowd, who was not allowed to use his Parliamentary photographic pass to identify himself:

And the above only mentions people who were turned away. It seems the legislation was highly successful at dissuading people from even bothering to apply for appropriate identification:

It’s been reported that only 85,000 people have applied for a free voter ID certificate in time for the May Local Elections, despite the Electoral Commission’s estimate that over 2 million voters in the UK don’t have access to photo ID.

The Guardian reports that the numbers applying from older and younger demographics are also especially low. Just 2,025 people aged 75-plus applied, and 3,334 aged under 25.

So almost two million people couldn’t be bothered to collect appropriate identification to vote in the elections.

We must remember that turnout in local elections is, historically, low – but it’s possible (at the time of writing I haven’t seen the figures) that because of the “voter ID” requirement, turnout in this particular election was historically low. I hope you appreciate the distinction.

And remember: last year

there was not a single proven case of in-person voter impersonation.

Worse than all of this, though, is evidence that staff at polling stations were instructed to turn away people without appropriate voter ID before they actually entered the buildings, so they would not have to obey part of the law demanding that any rejections must be recorded.

ITV News reported that tellers had told them between 10-25% of voters in Oxfordshire were unable to cast their ballots due to the new measures.

But East Anglia Bylines

discovered three polling stations in East Suffolk on Thursday where staff confirmed they had been briefed that, if possible, voters without voter ID were to be headed off before they entered the polling station proper, so they would not have to be recorded. The reason given by one polling clerk was that “it will save on the paperwork”.

If this were true, it was clearly in contravention of the Electoral Commission’s stipulations. The Commission has specified that those voters turned away because they don’t have the correct form of identification have to be registered, in order to draw up accurate data on the effects of the new legislation.

The claim, it seems, is that election officers at East Suffolk Council carried out the briefings. The council has denied this, but has apparently not been prepared to discuss the matter.

Meanwhile,

the three polling station staff were independently interviewed and were from different areas. A fourth later also volunteered the same information via social media

So we need to know whether polling station staff were briefed to act in this way; if so, how many polling stations were affected – and who gave the order for this to happen?

Accurate recording of the number of people whose attempts to vote were rejected is a requirement of the “voter ID” legislation, as described by the Electoral Commission:

By law, polling station staff must record data when a ballot paper can’t be issued because a voter didn’t have accepted form of ID. This includes data on people who are turned away and later return with accepted ID.

Were Tories behind this alleged breach of the law, falsely trying to make it seem that their “voter suppression” law had little effect on turnout?

If not them, then who?

Who else had an interest in faking the statistics?

Source: Thousands of Disabled people disenfranchised by the introduction of voter ID | Disability Rights UK


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#LocalElections2023: how #VoterID discriminates against the disabled

The ballot box: why does the government want to make voting a health hazard for people who are already sick and/or disabled?

Sick and disabled people and/or their carers may be endangered by the Tory government’s new “Voter ID” demands, which require them to take off their face masks and be (potentially) exposed to Covid-19.

Take a look at this tweeted question to the Electoral Commission, and the response it triggered:

Representatives of sick and disabled people have responded strongly:

So clinically vulnerable people may ask for their identity to be checked in the open air. But they still have to take their masks off.

Some of them are going to be put off voting by this stricture – and that means the new “Voter ID” rules are disenfranchising UK citizens:

If this election was being used to pilot “Voter ID”, then it might be understandable, but it has been tested several times already and this sort of problem should have been cleared up. One can only surmise that the discrimination against the sick and disabled is intentional.

Is it worth demanding change from the Electoral Commission, or the government?


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