BBC Claims of Impartiality Shattered as Another Newsman Joins May’s Campaign Team

It’s about time something was done about the lack of impartiality with the BBC. I don’t pay my TV Licence just for them to use the money to tear into Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party – and nor do I pay it to listen to them lie through their teeth about him! 😦

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The Beeb constantly answers any criticism that it is biased towards the Tories by repeating its claim that it’s impartial, bound by its official charter and so on. Anyone writing to the Corporation to complain about its egregious bias, such as against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour, as shown in its coverage of the last general election and the barrage of lies and sneers long before by Laura Kuenssberg, John Pienaar et al are given this standard reply. The Beeb, you are sanctimoniously and haughtily told, is above suspicion, so you should go away and mind your own business.

Mike, as he reminds us, received one of these letters when he complained about the Beeb’s bias. So have many of his commenters, after they complained. Buddy Hell, over at Guy Debord’s Cat, got a similarly sniff missive from the Corporation when he did.

But the bias is real. Researchers at…

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Not one day more: Tory councillor suspended for sneering racism and vindictive Tory anti-welfarism

The fact that the Tories continue to spout deliberate lies about Labour Party members, while also spouting a terrible invective towards those who are of another race, creed, or colour to the majority of them, or are poor, elderly, unemployed, disabled or chronically ill, says far more about their real feelings about us all, than any lie they continuously bring forth for the camera!
The sooner the tory-voting working man and woman realises this, the quicker we’ll be able to be rid of them, and their Neoliberal, austerity-driven policies that have already killed tens of thousands of people since they came to power in 2010!

Like Jeremy Corbn, I’ve always loved the poem ‘The Masque of Anarchy’ written by Shelley, in response to the Peterloo Massacre. When he quoted that last stanza, I could have cried, as it is still so apt for us now, even though those deaths today are so very many more, and mostly hidden away:

“Rise like lions after slumber,
in unvanquishable number!
Shake your chains to earth like dew,
which in sleep had fallen on you:
ye are many – they are few!”

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Councillor Rosemary Carroll

A Conservative councillor has been suspended for her sneering racism and despicable prejudice regarding welfare claimants. Some media outlets have described the comments as a “joke”. It wasn’t.

Rosemary Carroll, a Conservative councillor, shared a post about a man asking for benefits for his pet dog, making offensive rascist comparisons.

She was Mayor of Pendle until last month but was suspended from her party after the post appeared on her account this week.

The local Conservative branch posted a statement about the “inappropriate post” on Facebook after the allegations came to light.

Councillor Joe Cooney, leader of the Conservatives on Pendle Council, said Councillor Rosemary Carroll was suspended pending an investigation.

The comments, which have now been deleted, compared an Asian person claiming support to a dog. 

Speaking before the suspension was confirmed, Carroll said she had meant to delete the post but ended up publishing it…

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Where do Disabled People fit in Labour’s ‘Tough on Welfare’ – The Party Response

I had such high hopes for Labour, once Jeremy Corbyn became leader, but the response Jayne Linnley got in a request to find out what the party will do for all those who are too disabled/ill to work, was a huge disappointment.
As it was Blaire’s Labour who opened the doors of the villifying of the disabled, I had hopes that Jeremy Coorbyn would stop all that, completely remove the WCA, and put the decision on who genuinely can and can’t work back to our Consultants and Doctors, who know us, and our health problems more intimately than the tick-box machinery in operation right now. I was hoping that they cared enough about us, to make sure those disabled and ill who lost their DLA in the changeover to PIP, would then get the treatment that they should have done, instead of being treated like criminals!
I know it’s going to be an uphill struggle to get our NHS, our Education services, our Emergency services, and everything else that was bled dry by the Tories, back to some kind of even keel – but I hoped for much more than a promise to tweak the WCA by ‘reforming’ it yet again!

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As well as sending my letter asking Where Disabled People fit in Labour’s ‘Tough on Welfare’? to Kate Green, I also submitted it as a comment in to Labour.org; I received a reply from the Labour Party today –

Thank you for your email about Labour’s plans for social security reform.

Because of this Government’s economic failure, the next Labour government must start planning now for what will be a very difficult inheritance. David Cameron claims the economy is fixed, but the welfare bill is going up, not down. Long-term unemployment is up; the housing crisis is pushing up housing benefit spending; and the growing number of people earning less than a living wage is costing the taxpayer more in tax credits and other benefits.

One Nation Labour will get welfare spending back under control, but based on our values, not the Tories’ failed approach. That means tackling the underlying problems…

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‘Rigorous impartiality’ – how #MayDUP deal breaks #GoodFridayAgreement

The Good Friday Agreement is now in peril because of Theresa May’s desire to stay in power, despite her calling a snap election, then losing the Majority she already had.
Then, by giving in to the DUP, she has now made the UK even more perilous for ordinary people – don’t forget, she’s got plenty of money to pay security firms to keep her safe, unlike ordinary working people!
Not only that, after agreeing to a whopping 11% pay rise for MP’s, the Tories and the DUP voted against any pay rise for our Nurses and Doctors, our Police and Fire Brigade – this sickens me beyond telling.
All of this, just so the Tories can stay in power!

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So, the Tories have – finally – reached an agreement with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party). It’s a deal that costs us – British taxpayers – a billion pounds.

The biggest involuntary party-political donation in history.

It’s also a deal that breaks the 20-year-old Good Friday Agreement, threatening the increasingly fragile Northern Irish peace process, because of the centrality to that agreement of ‘rigorous impartiality’ on the part of the British government.

The so-called Good Friday Agreement (officially titled The Belfast Agreement) includes a firm and unequivocal commitment from all participants, including the British government:

gfa impartial.pngrigorous impartiality‘, ‘just and equal treatment of theidentity and ethos‘ of both nationalist and loyalist communities.

Not only does the mere fact of the existence of an agreement between the Tory government and the DUP breach the agreement (a legal challenge is already in preparation) –…

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Arlene Foster denied anti-LGBT letter. Why trust there’s no hidden #DUP deal?

The Tories mocked the Labour Party Manifesto, and said that there’s no ‘Magic Money Tree’ to finance it – and yet they’ve ‘found’ 1 Billion Pounds as a bribe to the DUP, so they can stay in power!
Where has that money come from?
Why wasn’t it given to the NHS to keep hospitals open, or to the Police, the Fire Brigade, Social Services, Schools, the Ill/ Disabled, or all the other places and people who have been starved of cash – all for the Tory’s Neoliberal Austerity ideals?
It’s about time we got some answers – ones that aren’t a pack of lies 😦

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The government has announced it has reached agreement with the DUP amid grave concerns not only about the deal – which Welsh First Minister Carwen Jones said is nothing more than ‘a bung’ – but also about the nature of the party it has reached agreement with.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will receive £1 billion in additional public funds and participation in government policy-making in return for its ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with the Tories.

tory dup.pngTories and the DUP reaching their deal. Inset: the funeral of the Quinn boys, murdered in a loyalist firebomb attack

After more false starts and delays than a bad day on the notorious Southern Rail that have meant the deal has been announced weeks later than originally promised, there’s little doubt that the public deal represents only a small part of the concessions the Tories will have made in order to bring the famously…

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Social media is being used to stage manage our democracy using nudge-based strategies

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Guest post: lesson from ‘Day of Rage’ – and protestors confront BoZo (video)

A look at the way the right-wing press are bringing about their own prophecies – at the expense of the victims!

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By Joshua Funnell

A lesson Learned from the “The Day of Rage” : The British Right are Delusional

According to a leading Twitter authority, I’m “a special kind of wanker”. AKA, a person that exercises their democratic right to protest, as enshrined in Article 11 of European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Conservative MP, Michael Fabricant went further, choosing his words delicately, he described protestors like me as “fascists”. Well, if you’re going to get personal Michael, it’s worth mentioning that Fabricant holds the unenviable accolade of having the second worst hair in the Conservative party and also weirdly looks like Kevin from Kevin & Perry…

He’s right of course. It is well known that when Hitler’s Nazis attempted to seize power in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch of 1923, they did so with grammatically suspect cardboard signs, an old boom box on a trolley, plastic masks and their…

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