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Journalist: To end war ------

prosecute US, UK officials
who wage(d) it illegally


October 22nd, 10:12pm (PressTV)


 


The world must finally put an end to the impunity of war


 criminals, by holding US and UK officials responsible 


for launching the illegal war on Iraq, done without


 the approval of the UN Security Council, and 


prosecuting them --- under the Nuremberg 


principles, US journalist Don DeBar said.


 


DeBar made the remarks in an interview with Press TV while


commenting on a report which has revealed that the British


military inquiries into abuse against Iraqi nationals... have


been closed without a single prosecution being brought,


even though the credibility of many "shocking and 


shameful incidents" during the war in the Middle 


Eastern country, have been confirmed.


 


British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said in a statement 


this week that the Service Police Legacy Investigations, 


which was looking at claims of abuse in Iraq, had now 


"officially closed its doors."


 


In March 2003, the US and Britain invaded Iraq in blatant


 violation of international law and under the pretext of 


finding WMDs; but no such weapons were ever 


discovered in Iraq.


 


More than one million Iraqis were killed - as the result of


 the US-led invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq


--- according to the California-based investigative 


organization, Project Censored.


 


The US war in Iraq cost US taxpayers $1.7 trillion with


 an additional $490 billion in benefits owed to war
veterans, 
expenses that could grow to more than
$6 trillion over the
 next four decades counting
interest, according to a study
 called Costs of
War Project  ---  by the Watson Institute for 


International Studies at Brown University.


 


DeBar told Press TV that the Iraq war 


was illegal from the very beginning.


 


"It is illegal for a nation to make war on another nation if it 


does not have the approval of the UN Security Council, if 


any of those nations are signatories to the original UN 


Charter. And it’s been adopted - that happened with 


the US, as a charter member of the UN -- and it was 


approved by the US Senate in the 1940s.

Consequently, 
the US involvement in Iraq from
the beginning, and 
the UK involvement in Iraq
from the beginning, 
was illegal,” he said.


 


“And under the Nuremberg standards, which would then


 apply, each and every death consequent – intentional 


or not - to either US or UK military action there, or 


condoning of the US action there, by the media 


or public officials, or any act facilitating that, 


is an individual war crime. And, by the way,


 there’s a death penalty for that,” the 


journalist noted.


 


“No one will prosecute these people. That’s why I started


 with the word impunity. And we might bookend with that


 because that’s the problem. And until the world puts an


 end to that impunity, until the world sees the major 


contradiction in all international relations, is US, 


UK, and EU imperialism, then it’s going to 


continue until this eats our species,” 


he stated.


 


A damning White House memo had revealed details of the


 so-called “deal in blood” forged by former British Prime


 Minister Tony Blair and US President George W. Bush


 over the Iraq war.


 


The document, titled “Secret... Memorandum for the


 President”, was sent by then-US Secretary of State 


Colin Powell to President Bush on March 28th,
2002, 
a week before Bush’s summit with Blair
at his 
Crawford ranch in Texas.


 


The sensational memo, revealed that Blair had agreed to


 support the war a year before the invasion even started


 while publicly, the British prime minister was working
to
 find a diplomatic solution to the crisis.


 


The document also disclosed that Blair agreed to act as a


 spin doctor for Bush and convince a skeptical public that 


Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass


 Destruction, which actually did not exist.


 


In response, Bush would flatter Blair and give the 


impression that London was not Washington’s 


poodle but an equal partner in the


 “special relationship.”


 


Powell told Bush that Blair “will be with us” on the 


Iraq war, and assured the president that “"the UK 


will follow our lead in the Middle East."


 


Blair has always denied the claim that he and Bush 


signed a deal “in blood”, at Crawford, to launch a 


war against Iraq that began on March 20th, 2003, 


that has killed hundreds of thousands of people.


 


The Powell memo, however, showed how Blair and 


Bush secretly prepared the Iraq war plot behind 


closed doors at Crawford.


 


Powell told Bush: “He will present to you the strategic, 


tactical and public affairs lines, that he believes will 


strengthen global support for our common cause.”


 


Dan Welch: Mourn the millions of victims 


of US war policy, not its chief apologist


 


US political commentator Daniel Patrick Welch 


decries the use of official funerals, like Colin 


Powell's. Powell died on Monday, at the age 


of 84, due to complications from COVID-19.


 


Both Democrats and Republicans lauded the four-


star general as a giant of public service and an 


African-American hero. They praised the US’s 


first Black secretary of state, and his leader-


ship and integrity.


 


Former US President Donald Trump, however, 


lambasted the media on Tuesday for what he 


said was too-favorable coverage of Powell


 following his death.


 


"Wonderful to see Colin Powell, who made big 


mistakes on Iraq and - famously - so-called 


weapons of mass destruction, be treated 


in death so beautifully by the Fake 


News Media. Hope that happens 


to me someday," Trump said


 in a statement.

 







 

ENJOY TODAY: THIS MIGHT
BE AS GOOD AS IT GETS !!! 




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Belarus to halt Russian energy flow 

to Europe: amid tensions with Poland

December 1st, 11:01am (PressTV)

 

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko says his 

government will suspend Russian energy flows to 

Europe --- in response to Poland's closure of the 

border with his country amid a migrant crisis.

 

Citing the president, RIA news agency reported on

 Wednesday, that Minsk was ready to halt one of 

the largest gas pipelines supplying natural gas 

to Europe.

 

He made the remark... after Poland extended its 

controversial emergency measures restricting 

access to its border with Belarus, at midnight

 on Tuesday. 

 

The Polish Interior Ministry announced the extension

of a controversial state of emergency:  that bars all

non-residents - including journalists & aid charities

 - from the border area. The ban will be applied to 

183 populated areas..... and enters into force.... 

on Wednesday.

 

For weeks, thousands of migrants have been 

stranded in the freezing forests and swamp-

lands of the Poland-Belarus border, as 

Warsaw has closed the frontier and 

prevented them crossing over.

 

The refugees, mostly from West Asia, Afghanistan, 

and Africa, are trying to enter the European Union.

 

Under the state of emergency declared in the 

border region in September, the media and 

aid charities --- were completely banned
from 
entering the border zone.

 

Warsaw says the restrictions were necessary for 

security reasons... but the opposition says the 

ban was intended to cover up rights abuses. 


Poland's Human Rights Ombudsman ---  has 

criticized the new law, saying -- it gives the 

interior minister the right to limit freedom 

of movement and to limit access to 

information --- about what is 

happening on the border

... indefinitely.

 

At least 12 migrants have lost their lives since the

 crisis began in the summer, aid groups say, 

calling for a de-escalation and a 

humanitarian response to

 the problem.

 

Last month, Polish police fired tear gas and
water cannons at people trying to cross
the border.

 

Belarus then began moving hundreds of the 

refugees to shelters, offering them their
first 
humanitarian aid in weeks.

 

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said this week that 

Poland shared responsibility for the migrants'

 "acute suffering" in the border area.

 

The West accuses Belarus of coordinating an

 unprecedented wave of asylum seekers, in 

retaliation for existing sanctions imposed 

by the bloc on his country. Lukashenko 

has denied the allegation.

 

 

 

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Scottish schoolgirls

 ‘boycott gender-

neutral toilets’

November 27th, 1:57pm (RT)

 

The introduction of gender-neutral toilets in Scottish

 schools hasn’t panned out as activists hoped, with

 girls in one school reportedly refusing to use the

 facilities due to misbehaviour and vandalism 

by boys.

 

Gender-neutral bathrooms are becoming increasingly

 common - in Scottish educational institutes. Schools

 in Angus, Dundee, East Renfrewshire, and Edinburgh

 have all introduced the facilities, and all new school 

buildings - primary and secondary - in Edinburgh will

 soon have unisex toilets, & communal hand-washing

 facilities by default. The move to gender neutrality is

 supported by Scottish National Party politicians and

 by a Scottish Equality & Human Rights Commission
--- which warned schools in 2019, that they leave
themselves open to lawsuits.... by not 

providing such facilities.

 

However, the implementation of ‘gender-blind’

 bathrooms hasn’t been a smooth one. Scottish

 Borders Councillor Harry Scott told a council 

meeting on Thursday that in one school, 

“there have been instances of boys 

waving sanitary products like flags 

and urinating in sanitary bins,” 

according to the Southern 

Reporter.

 

Girls at the school have “gone days without using

 toilets on campus due to sharing facilities,” the 

report claimed. The school in question added 

afterwards that it was “unaware” of these

 incidents, and noted that... within the 

shared bathrooms... some individual 

cubicles were reserved for each sex.

 

Yet students of both genders still share common 

areas within these bathrooms. “Why is it not 

possible to have male, female and gender-

neutral toilets which would cater for the

 needs of everyone?” Scott said at the 

meeting. “Why can that not be 

achieved in our schools?”

 

Parents across Scotland have pushed back against 

gender-neutral toilets in secondary schools, which 

can see 12-year-old girls using the same facilities 

as 18-year-old men. The facilities are unpopular

 with the Scottish public too, and a recent poll 

showed 56% of Scots opposing them, and 

only 21% in favour. 

 

Some 22% said they supported gender-neutral toilets,

 but only alongside traditional single-sex bathrooms.

 

“I would like to know... who is pressing for gender-

neutral toilets because it’s not parents,” feminist

 campaigner, Marion Calder, told The Times on 

Friday. “I suspect it is coming from LGBTQ 

guidance award schemes.”

 

 

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Interpol elects Emirati general 

accused of rights abuses 

as president


November 25th, 11:15am (PressTV)




An Emirati general accused of torture has been

 appointed as the head of the International 

Criminal Police Organization, commonly 

known as Interpol, despite widespread 

opposition from human rights activists.




“Mr Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab

 Emirates has been elected to the post of 

President (4-yr term),” Interpol tweeted 

on Thursday.




Raisi, who is, currently, the inspector general at 

the UAE's Interior Ministry... was elected as the 

new Interpol president during the international 

law enforcement body’s General Assembly in 

the Turkish city of Istanbul.




The controversial appointment follows generous

 funding by the UAE, for the Lyon, France-based

 organization.




Two British men, who were formerly imprisoned 

in the UAE, have recently accused Raisi of 

torture and filed legal complaints 

against him.




“He is absolutely responsible for torture. The 

message his candidacy sends, is that, not 

only can you do this... and get away with 

it, but be rewarded,” Matthew Hedges, 

one of the ex-inmates, told 

The Guardian.




Earlier this month, three European Parliament

 members wrote a letter to EC President,

 Ursula von der Leyen, to warn of the

 impact the Emirati general's 

appointment would have 

on Interpol.




"The election of General Al Raisi would undermine 

the mission and reputation of Interpol and
severely 
affect the ability of the
organization to carry out its

 mission effectively,"
they wrote.




In October, a coalition of 19 organizations 

condemned the UAE’s “poor human rights
record, including the 
systematic use of
torture 
and ill-treatment, in state

 security facilities.”




They also said Raisi is "part of a security apparatus

that continues to systematically target peaceful 

critics, rendering civic space virtually 

non-existent."




The appointment would... “damage Interpol’s 

reputation and stand in great contradiction 

to the spirit of the Universal Declaration of 

Human Rights and the organization’s 

mission,” they warned.






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IAEA Chief Calls for Supervision


 over Israel’s Atomic Program


November 24th, 12:28pm (FNA)


 


Director-General of the International Atomic Energy


 Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi underlined the need 


for Israel to join the Non Proliferation Treaty
(NPT) 
to provide the UN nuclear watchdog’s
access to
 its clandestine nuclear program.


 


“What I can say is that we believe that every country


 should subscribe to the nuclear Non Proliferation


 Treaty. This is something that is very important.
 The General Conference of the IAEA, has 


approved several resolutions insisting


 that every state in the world adheres 


to this treaty, which we believe is 


very important,” Grossi told 


presstv on Tuesday.


 


He said the IAEA General Conference... had
“repeatedly
 approved resolutions exhorting”
Israel, among others, to be part of the NPT.


 


Israel has long been possessing nuclear arms, 


refusing to join the NPT, and attempts to pile


 pressure on NPT signatory, Iran.


 


The IAEA chief was then questioned about its 


position on the Israeli regime’s possession 


of a nuclear arsenal... and the regime’s 


simultaneous refusal to subscribe to


 the Nuclear Non-Proliferation 


Treaty (NPT).


 


 


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In praise of worker’s songs

by Ben Lunn 

November 1st, (Morning Star)




Culture...  has been a vital element of all classes and 

cultures throughout humanity. With the development 

of the working class or proletariat, came into being
a
 musical and artistic expression which reflected
the 
character of their existence and was able to 

express their concerns.... highlight injustices 

against them, as well as find ways to bring 

their kin closer together, through art, 

culture, or music and song.

 

Within the 19th century cultural voices and institutions 

began to emerge, in the form of choirs, like Clarion, 

brass bands, and other groups. Many of these 

were born out of employers finding a
creative 
outlet for their workers –
particularly 
common among
the collieries.

 

Others were born out of cultural outreach from religious

 institutions, like the Methodist church, or the Salvation 

Army. Though this had a creative and cultural benefit 

...because of its connection to employers, or the 
church... anti-establishment, or general
radicalism,
 was, likely, squashed.

 

With the birth of the Labour Party, discussions of how 

culture could be used by the workers, began to be

 more popularised.

William Morris’s discussions 
are quite fascinating, as
you can see where the 
concerns and worries were:
that working 
people... should have nice things at
home, 
that culture and art are ways to enrich 

our lives, that bourgeois appreciation 

of art as art, will push art into 

something only enjoyed by 

collectors, and not 

by humans.

 

With the turn of the 20th century there was a push by

 numerous individuals and groups... to find ways to 

take the creative tools that working-class people 

had developed and use them as an avenue to 

galvanise the working class to be 

more militant.

 

This was quite a particularly curious period as figures 

like Edward Carpenter, Hanns Eisler, Ethel Smyth, 

Alan Bush, Rutland Boughton, and numerous 

others, began to come to the foreground. 

 

This was also accompanied by the formation of groups 

like the London Labour Choral Union, the Workers’
Music 
Association, and the Clarion Singers,
to name a few.

 

From the ’50s onwards, workers’ songs fell by the wayside

 as pop music and all its sub-genres, from R’n’B to Death

 Metal and Dubstep, fell into the hands of capitalism,

 despite many groups continuing to come from 

working-class backgrounds.

 

Today, workers’ music is a bit of a niche, which I feel is a 

real shame – as there are so many things we could learn.

 Throughout November, once a week, I will focus on a 

figure or two and discuss their life, and show off a 

song that deserves particular mention.

 

I'll look at arguably the most famous workers’ songs
--- 
Jim Connell’s Red Flag, and Eugene Pottier’s 

Internationale. Pierre de Geyter, who turned 

the Interationale into song, and The White 

Cockade, the original, intended melody 

for the Red Flag was a pub song, then

put to use to improve workers’ lives.

 

Ethel Smyth was a militant suffragist, imprisoned for her

 militancy, and much like Carpenter or Morris, was born

 into a middle-class life... but committed her life to 

fighting for the advancement of women

 in society.

 

The “Karl Marx of music,” Hanns Eisler, was a composer 

who utilised numerous idioms, to help fight for the 

working class in Germany and internationally, 

by writing propaganda songs, with 

Bertolt Brecht.

 

A personal favourite of mine is the Pitman Poet, Tommy

 Armstrong. A man who wrote poems and songs 

expressing life in the coalfields – discussing 

things from the silly - like Hedgehog Pie -

mourning the loss in a mining accident, 

like Trimdon Grange, or singing about 

the noble efforts of striking pitmen

 across north-east England.

 

Then there is Paul Robeson, a man who promoted 

workers’ songs in numerous languages and from 

numerous cultures including a Yiddish partisan

 song, Zog nit Keynmol, the Chinese March of
the
 Volunteers, the Polish Warszawianka,
Joe Hill,
 and the Peatbog Soldiers.

 

The hope is that these sessions could help rejuvenate 

interest in this tradition, but there is also a hope --- 

to create a workers’ choir in the west of Scotland.

 

 These sessions are open to everyone and so

 I really hope you can come join us – hope to 

see you there!

 

For more information visit:

 

 facebook.com/UniteCommunityScotland

 

 

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Report Finds...   One in Three 

Gangland Murders in London

 Linked to Drill Rap 

October 11th, 12:23pm (FNA)

 

 One in three London homicides in 2018 was linked 

to drill music, a Policy Exchange report found.

 

The report analyses a decade of knife crime data, 

pointing to the role of drill music, social media, 

revenge attacks... and the failure of police 

strategy in the rise of gang violence, 

The Independent reported.

 

Analysis by Policy Exchange found that of the 41 gang

 related homicides in 2018, drill music played a role in

 at least one third (36.5 percent) of them. This was 

where either the victim or perpetrator was an 

aspiring drill rapper, or drill music videos 

were used as evidence in the trial. This 

figure was 23 percent in 2019.

 

Knife crime reached its highest level of the decade in 2019

 as 44 knife offences were committed a day with 94 fatal

 stabbing victims. Additionally, at least 25% of cases in 

2018 and 2019 are directly linked to retaliation, the

 report says.

 

Additionally, of the gang related homicides in London, 80

 percent of the victims and perpetrators were black or 

from an ethnic minority background... with black 

people in the capital five times more likely to 

be stabbed, than white or Asian people.

 

The report’s author, Sophia Falkner, took aim at social media

 and big brands for “glorifying, encouraging and legitimising”

 gang culture. The report called out Adidas in particular for

 launching a social media campaign with the drill rapper 

Headie One, three weeks before he was imprisoned

 for six months, for carrying a knife.

 

“Despite the rise of ‘woke capitalism’ and many of these

 companies’ explicit stance against racism, we have
to 
ask...  why there is continued support for the 

perpetrators of violent gang related crime
 in London, whose victims are over-
whelmingly black and 
ethnic
minority,” 
 Falkner said.

 

The Policy Exchange researcher added that brands risk

 encouraging young people to buy into the idea that 

criminal behaviour is “fashionable” by promoting 

artists who are imprisoned for carrying knives.

 

Drill is a music genre characterised by violent
lyrics, 
ominous beats, and gang affiliations.

 




 










Image: John Hughes stamps issued by Donetsk








 DPR Ministry of Education announces 
development programme for 2022-2026


Donetsk, December 1st, 10:28am (DAN)


 


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 The DPR Ministry of Education is drafting a 


development programme for the sector, 


until 2026, the first deputy Education


 minister, Lyubov Volkova, said.


 


"We have prepared a development programme for 2022-


2026, and it includes the digitalization of education, 


the optimization of training professionals, and
enhancing the technical basis" 
she said.

Cooperation with the 
Russian
Federation, is one 
of
the priorities.


 


Various digital programmes are being developed, 


such as the "Abiturient (a school graduate who 


is willing to enter a university), and online 


educational platforms. "Digital
certificates 
will be issued
as well," she said.


 


The programme of the DPR's social and economic


development, was adopted in September this


year: it provides for the raising of pensions 


and social benefits; business support; 


and infrastructure development.


 


 


 


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DPR, LPR announce website 

to gather data on Ukraine’s 

war crimes

November 25th, 3:12pm (DAN)

 

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The Donbass Republics have launched a website that will
gather information on Ukraine’s war crimes and missing
persons. It was presented at Thursday's online
conference: “The Seared Memory of 
Donbass:
Ukrainian army’s war crimes... 
and new
information on the massacres 
of civilians.”

 

“The website is expected to consolidate our efforts,

 provide authentic information on the number of

 casualties during the conflict, show progress 

in our work and tell what made mass graves 

come about.  A large number of people are

 missing. The website will post the stories 

of the people who experienced Ukrainian 

aggression & lost their kin, since 2014,” 

LPR Public Chamber member, Sergey 

Belov, said.

 

The website address is donbasstragedy.info.

 

 It contains a photo gallery and a feedback window. 


Any resident of the region can contribute their 

stories.. share their information about a mass 

grave or send photos. It is planned to launch 

website versions in several languages...

 including French and German.

 

This last summer, the DPR and the LPR stepped up 

the search for missing persons. They established

 specialized bodies which included officials, law
-
enforcers and experts. These bodies were 

tasked with organizing the search for the 

missing persons, composing a register 

of the missing, gathering information 

on them, creating a database of the 

missing and deceased and their 

relatives, and coordinating 

exhumation efforts, the

identification of bodies 

and... handing them 

over to relatives.

 

In the DPR, the first exhumation was carried out in

 Snezhnoye’s Ovsyanoe cemetery on August 19th. 

 

As of now, the remains of 150 unidentified Donbass 

conflict victims have been exhumed in the DPR, 

since 2014.

 


 

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DPR development Programme 


provides for 70% GDP increase


Donetsk, November 24th, 1:33pm (DAN) 


 


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The DPR Social and Economic Development


 Programme previews a 70 pc GDP increase 


by 2025, and a similar increase in exports, 


the Minister of Economic Development 


of the Republic, Alexey Polovyan,


 told DAN.


 


“The expected result of the implementation of the


 Programme for 2022-2024, is: the growth of GDP 


by more than 70% (compared to 2020); a more 


than 70% growth of the GDP per capita. Also, 


by 2025, we are aiming at an increase in 


exports by 70%, and an increase in the 


foreign trade balance by almost 30%,” 


the minister said.


 


He added that one of the key targets of the Programme


 is to at least double wages in the industry and the coal


 sector. Earlier, it was reported that the average 


monthly salary is expected to be increased 


by 2.3 times.


 


The Socio-Economic Development Programme
for
 2022-2024.... was adopted in September.
It includes:
 raising wages and pensions,
creating tens of 
thousands of jobs,
measures to support 
businesses,
and infrastructure development. 


 


 


 


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 DPR coal and energy sector

 to receive 5 bln roubles

 of investment

Donetsk, November 12th, 4:37pm (DAN)

 

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 The investments into DPR coal and energy sectors 

will amount to five billion roubles (USD 70 mln),
the 
Deputy Minister of Coal and Energy,
Alexey 
Vasilenko, said, at the round
table 
organized by the Donetsk

 Republic social movement.

 

"The investment programmes provide for 1 bln roubles

 subsidies in 2022-2024 for coal enterprises and 1 bln

 roubles subsidies for overhaul projects of energy

 companies in 2023-2024," he said.

 

Investment programmes cover the reconstruction of the 

energy unit No.10 of the Starobeshevo coal power plant,

 repair works at the cooling tower No.2 of the Zuevo coal 

power plant, to provide for a more flexible management 

of the station's resources, and to put all three power 

units into operation.

 

Earlier reports said that the Republic plans to 

produce 21.2 mln tons of coal, in three years. 

 

 

 

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DPR Post issues postal card


 on the October Socialist 


Revolution anniversary


November 1st, 4:28pm (DAN)


 


 DPR State Post issued post cards with an 


original stamp, for the Day of the Great 


October Socialist Revolution.


 


"The "Soviet Holidays" series... is supplemented 


with a postal card commemorating one of the 


greatest holidays of the Soviet state. Postal 


cards with the "Great October Socialist 


Revolution" stamps... were issued on 


November 3rd, 2021," the Post said.


 


Cards are available at the Post shop,
at 72 
Artyoma Street, Donetsk. 


 


The October Revolution was a revolution in Russia 


led by the Bolshevik Party of Vladimir Lenin. 



November 7th, 2021 marked the 104th 


anniversary... of the uprising in 


Petrograd (St Petersburg). 


 


The following day, the Winter Palace (the seat of the


 Provisional government located in Petrograd, then 


capital of Russia) was captured. This coup, is 


considered to have started the creation of
the state 
known as... the Soviet Union.


 

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Donbass Post
issues its first 


stamp featuring metal & coal


Donetsk, October 25th, 11:03am (DAN)


 


 DPR State Post has issued a metal stamp, 


for the first time ever, featuring samples 


of coal: to commemorate the 300th 


anniversary of the discovery of 


coal deposits in Donbass.


 


"We are extremely proud to present our new 


"stamp in metal" - an installation combining


the real rock and metal," the press
statement 
issued by the
Post, says.


 


The stamp is made of brass, it is 


30 mm in diameter, its weight, 


is 17 grams.


 


The installation is decorated with 


a guiding star, and mining tools.


 


The first-day-envelope, with a black-and-


gold lining is also available for purchase.


 


The price of the commemorative sign is 


900 rubles, the envelope in a frame 


costs 1,000 rubles, at the store
at
 72, Artyoma street. 


 


 


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DPR Post issues stamps featuring 



Welsh engineer John Hughes, 

founder of Donetsk

April 2nd, 2021 at 2:28pm

 (DAN news agency) 




The DPR's State Post has issued a postal stamp featuring 

John James Hughes, a Welsh engineer, businessman and 

founder of the city of Donetsk.

 

The stamp is decorated with Donetsk coat-of-arms and 

Hughes portrait. The stamp can be used for registered 

letters with receipt up to 20 gr, in accordance with the 

current fee rate of 44 rubles.

 

The number of copies issued is 30,024.

 

The envelope for the new stamp features pictograms 

representing industrial objects and clippings of 

Donbass geological map.

 

Hughes moved to the Russian Empire, in the summer of 1870, 

at the age of 55, as Millwall Iron Works Company received an 

order, from the Imperial Russian Government, for the plating 

of a naval fortress being built at Kronstadt on the Baltic Sea.

 

He immediately started to build metal works close to the 

river Kalmius, at a site near the village of Alexandrovka.

 

Over the next twenty years, the works prospered and
expanded, 
first under John Hughes and then, after
his death, in 1889, 
under the management of
four of his sons.

 

John Hughes died on June 17th, in 1889,
during 
a business trip to St Petersburg.

 

According to some sources, Hughes taught
himself 
to write, and could only read
capital letters.


 



Image: Ledi Sayadaw's Birth Day


 

Today, December the 1st, in 1846,

 

Ledi Sayadaw,

 

influential Theravada 

Buddhist monk,

 

is born.

 

 

He was recognized from a young age as being

developed in both the theory (Abhidhamma) 

and practice of Buddhism and so was 

revered as being scholarly.

 

He wrote many books on Dhamma in Burmese 

which were accessible even to a serious lay

person, hence he was responsible for 

spreading Dhamma to all levels of 

society. By reviving the practice 

of Vipassana meditation, he

made it more available for 

renunciates and lay 

people alike.

 

 

"Those who talk incorrectly about nibbana, yet 

are practicing the right path, are nearer to the 

actual nibbana, than those who talk correctly 

about nibbana, yet are not practicing the 

right path."








 



 The bakers’ disaffiliation
from Labour --- a wake-up
call to the whole movement

September 29th, (Morning Star)

 

The decision by the bakers’ union to disaffiliate 

from Labour ends an historic relationship older 

than the party itself.

 

President Ian Hodson notes that Keir Starmer 

should “hang his head in shame”, at having 

provoked the end of ties that stretch 

across three centuries.

 

With motions opposed by the leader’s office... passing 

every day, the resignation of his shadow employment 

rights minister, exposing his role in blocking support 

for raising the minimum wage and statutory sick pay 

and now the disaffiliation of a union that helped to 

found the party -- conference 2021 is looking less

like a car crash for Starmer, than a multi-

vehicle pile-up.

 

Labour apparently made numerous promises to the bakers 

that it would take steps to resolve the crisis provoked by 

its threat to “auto-exclude” their president. Its failure to 

deliver on these promises, in time to prevent today’s 

momentous decision, indicates incompetence or 

duplicity; with Starmer’s team, it is difficult
to 
know which.

 

The reasons the union gives for disaffiliation touch 

on two key features of Keir Starmer’s leadership.

 

The first is the targeting of Hodson in the first place.

 

The decision to ban membership of four left organisations 

this summer, reflects the extreme intolerance and 

authoritarianism that characterise Labour’s 

“new management.”

 

Transparently a bid to hound out socialists, the party 

machine’s behaviour since ---  excluding members 

for having had dealings with these groups before 

they were banned... demanding that members 

prove a negative, by providing evidence that 

they did not support these organisations — 

are a travesty of justice... which 

demonstrates the contempt in 

which Labour officialdom 

holds Labour members.

 

In picking on Hodson, Labour threw a gauntlet to the bakers. 

As general secretary Sarah Woolley says, BFAWU members 

saw the attack on their president as an attack on them. 

“When you pick on one of us you pick on all of us,”

 the union statement reads; “that’s what 

solidarity means.”

 

The BFAWU here is grappling with a fundamental question 

for the whole left: how do we respond --- to the smearing 

and persecution of thousands of committed socialists 

& trade unionists, by the current Labour leadership? 

How do we stand with them?

 

The second is the question on so many trade 

unionists’ lips: what is the Labour Party 

doing for us?

 

Why is it opposing pay rises for key workers who have 

kept the country running through an unprecedented 

crisis? Why is it opposing higher sick pay, in a 

global pandemic — when union after union 

has reported its members being terrified 

even to get tested for Covid, because 

they can’t afford time off sick?

 

The two aspects are of course interlinked. Labour’s 

current leadership are, to quote Hodson, “in the 

bosses’ pocket.” And it is engaged in an all-

consuming campaign to smash the radical

 left, that gave hope of real change to so 

many in the party’s very recent past.

 

Its purges of a left that was easily routed at the last 

leadership election, like its desperation to change 

rules around reselecting MPs... that posed no 

threat to any sitting MP, might smack

 of paranoia.

 

But they reflect a Labour right that understands the left 

is popular.. and that its socialist programme commands 

wide public sympathy. No chance, however small, of
left resurgence can be allowed. We must never 

underestimate the ruthlessness of the right - 

but its very extremism is testament to the 

potential it knows the left still has.

 

The bakers are a fighting union. Their McStrike campaigns 

have given them one of the highest profiles of any union 

among the young, and the delegates who have voted to 

disaffiliate are poorly paid workers, mostly from old 

“red wall” seats.

 

If Labour loses people like these, its chances of electoral 

recovery shrink still further. All affiliated unions have 

good reason --- to make the bakers’ departure
wake-up call.

 

______________________________________________





UK Labour leader says it’s ‘not right’ 


to claim only women have cervixes


September 26th, 11:25am (RT)


 


Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, 


claimed on Sunday that people should not say only 


women have a cervix, calling it “not right,” after 


one of his MPs received threats online for 


making the statement.


 


When asked by BBC presenter Andrew Marr whether it 


was “transphobic to say only women have a cervix,” 


Starmer replied, “It’s something that shouldn’t be 


said. It’s not right.”


 


Pressed on whether someone who does think only women 


have a cervix, would be welcome in the Labour Party, 


Starmer said, “We need to have a mature, respectful 


debate about trans rights and… bear in mind that 


the trans community, are among the most 


marginalised and abused communities.”


 


“Wherever we’ve got to in the law, we need to go further,


 and we want to go further,” he continued, concluding, 


however, that the Labour Party conference would be


 “a place which is safe for that debate to take place.”


 


Starmer made the comments, after the Labour MP for 


Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, received threats online 


for saying “only women have a cervix”. In 


response to the threats, she said she 


would feel unsafe attending this 


week’s conference. Starmer 


told Marr he had assured 


Duffield she would be 


safe at the event.


 


Many social media users criticised Starmer’s
comments, 
accusing him of “denying the
biological truth and 
existence of
the female sex”.


 


“Keir Starmer has blown it. He’s not getting my vote,”


 tweeted one woman, while another predicted the 


stance would “haunt” the Labour Party leader 


for the rest of his career.


 


“I am afraid that it is the case that only women have a 


cervix. Not altogether sure how this biological fact 


ever became remotely controversial,” opined 


Mark Seddon, the ex-media adviser to
former
 United Nations General
Assembly president 
María
Fernanda Espinosa.


 


 


_______________________________________




Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary 

Lisa Nandy: Claims Iran Building 

Nukes and Backs Arming Israel 

by James Tweedie

September 2nd, 1:40pm (Sputnik)

 

Israel has long accused Iran of covertly developing 

its own nuclear weapons, in breach of the Nuclear 

Non-Proliferation Treaty and the JCPOA nuclear 

deal with the US, Russia, China, and the 

European Union.

 

Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has 

said she opposes a ban on arms sales to Israel - 

claiming Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

 

The Wigan MP made the comments at a Jewish 

Representative Council (JRC) meeting, in her 

hometown of Manchester, on Wednesday.

 

She said neither she, nor Shadow Middle East Minister 

Wayne David, "support the blocking of the sale of 

weapons to Israel that helped it deflect rocket 

attacks" during May's Israeli offensive on the 

besieged Gaza Strip, adding: "Israel has a 

right to defend itself and Israel's citizens 

have a right to live in peace 

and security".

 

"We have to be very cautious in relation to Iran", Nandy 

said. "This is a state that is still using... developing 

nuclear weapons, that has shown no signs of 

dropping their hard-line approach".

 

Nuclear Deal

 

Claims by Israel — the only country in the Middle East that 

reportedly has nuclear arms - that Iran is trying to get the 

bomb, have proven a political obstacle to US President
Joe
 Biden's stated intent to return to the 2015 Joint 

Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal 

with Iran... which his predecessor Donald 

Trump officially withdrew from, in 2018.

 

The JCPOA saw sanctions on Iranian oil exports imposed in
2006, lifted, in return for access to International Atomic 

Energy Agency inspectors to Iranian nuclear facilities.

 

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwah 

or religious judgment against nuclear weapons in the 1990s, 

and has restated that position several times since 2003. But 

in January, the government began enriching uranium to 20 

percent fissile material content — not pure enough for a 

nuclear weapon, but above the level used in most 

power stations.

 

Iran's new conservative President Ebrahim Raisi has taken a 

much harder line with Washington's readmittance to the 

JCPOA, than his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani.

 

Nandy also backed the Conservative government's decision 

to boycott this September's 20th anniversary reconvening 

of the World Conference Against Racism held in the South 

African city of Durban, in 2001, saying: "We shouldn't be 

supporting the promotion of anti-Semitism".

 

The Israeli and the US delegations walked out of the 2001 

conference... in protest...  even after they had forced the 

removal of criticisms of Israel from the final declaration.

 

Solidarity Denied

 

The frontbencher also accused unnamed individuals of 

exploiting the Palestinian struggle for statehood, to 

"spout hate and divide people".

 

Britain's Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is 

organising protests against next week's annual 

Defence and Security Equipment International 

(DSEI) arms fair at London's ExCel convention 

centre, under the slogan: "Stop Arming Israel".

 

Young Labour chair, Jess Barnard, tweeted, on Tuesday, 

that party officials had informed her PSC was effectively 

barred from the Labour conference in Brighton, at the 

end of September — along with former leader and 

Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn.

 

— Jess Barnard (@JessicaLBarnard) August 31, 2021

 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer ordered Corbyn's suspension 

from the party and its parliamentary group, last November... 

after he challenged an Equality and Human Rights 

Commission report, alleging Labour was riddled 

with anti-Semitism.

 

Nandy told Wednesday's meeting that Luciana Berger, one 

of six Labour MPs who defected to the now-defunct anti-

Brexit Change UK party, should be readmitted and 

promptly selected as a parliamentary candidate.

 

"I want her in parliament, because she is one of the best 

MPs we have ever had", she said, of the Jewish former 

party member.

 

 

_________________________________




 Poor Ken:  Corbyn-Ally 

Director Loach Expelled

 From Labour Party...
in 
Starmer's 'Purge'

by James Tweedie

August 14th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)




The 85-year-old director said he had been expelled 

for... failing to "disown" other targets of Sir Keir 

Starmer's "witch hunt" against left-wingers, 

and that the Labour chief would never

 lead a "party of the people".

 

British left-wing film director Ken Loach has been 

expelled from the Labour Party, for backing other

 targets of leader Sir Keir Starmer's "witch hunt".

 

Loach, a prominent supporter of suspended 

former party leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
tweeted 
the news on Saturday.

 

The "Kes" director hinted that he had joined 

Geronimo the Alpaca on Starmer's hit list, 

for his refusal to "disown" members of 4

left-wing factions banned last month by 

the party leadership — and said former

 director of public prosecutions, Sir 

Keir, was no man of "the people".

 

"Well, I am proud to stand with the good friends and 

comrades victimised by the purge. There is indeed 

a witch hunt", Loach charged. "Starmer and his 

clique will never lead a party of the people. 

We are many, they are few. Solidarity".

 

Labour's top administrative body, the National Executive 

Committee (NEC), agreed, in July, to collectively 

proscribe the groups: Socialist Appeal, Labour 

Against the Witch Hunt, the Labour in Exile 

Network, and Resist — potentially leading 

to the expulsion of some 1,000 party 

members. 

 

At the same time, it emerged the party was laying off 

long-serving staff at its HQ, due to a cash shortage 

caused by the mass exodus of members, while 

also hiring scores of short-term employees, 

to help identify new targets for 

disciplinary action.

 

Corbyn's former shadow home secretary, John 

McDonnell — who is closely associated with 

Socialist Appeal — denounced the 

expulsion of "such a fine

 socialist" as a 

"disgrace". 

 

Yet McDonnell also recently welcomed the defection 

to Labour... of former Conservative MP and 

Parliamentary speaker, John Bercow, 

who was chair of the Conservative 

Students when that organisation 

produced "Hang Nelson 

Mandela" t-shirts.

 

Loach also drew support on Twitter from left-wing

 Labour MPs, trade union leaders, and the former 

Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, 

of the Syriza party.

 

Loach gained fame in the 60s for his "kitchen sink" 

social dramas, such as "Cathy Come Home",
"Poor
 Cow", and "Kes".

 

But his 1995 film "Land and Freedom"... set during the 

Spanish Civil War, was controversial for its sectarian 

claims of atrocities by Soviet-backed Republican 

forces resisting the fascist takeover, led by 

General Francisco Franco - yet glorifying

 the six-day May 1937 Trotskyist POUM 

insurrection in Barcelona, against
the
 Socialist-led government
of 
the republic.

 

Loach's last two films "I, Daniel Blake" and "Sorry We 

Missed You" deal with the lives of a benefit claimant 

and package delivery drivers.

 

The latest polls show Starmer's Labour still trailing 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Tories... by around

 ten percentage points.. despite a string of recent 

government rows and scandals.

 

 

____________________________________




Jeremy Corbyn’s Supporters 

Drawing Up Proposal...  to 

Reinstate Former Labour 

Leader as Party MP

by Oleg Burunov

August 8th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)




In October 2020, Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from 

the UK Labour Party after insisting that anti-Semitism 

in the party, had been “dramatically overstated for 

political reasons by our opponents …as well as 

by much of the media”.

 

Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have hammered out a plan 

that may provide UK Labour Party members with the 

power to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn as a Labour MP.

 

According to The Guardian, a proposal made by activists 

from the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy... 

stipulates that an urgent rule change is needed

 to close a “gaping hole in the Labour Party 

rule book” and hand more authority to 

party members.

 

The newspaper cited the proposal as saying that “the PLP

 [Parliamentary Labour Party] is not accountable to [the] 

annual [Labour] conference” and that the new plan 

“would require the PLP and chief whip to report 

directly to the conference, including on MPs’ 

discipline, with the conference able to 

confirm or reject disciplinary 

decisions... that are of 

concern to delegates”.

 

The Guardian reported that the possible rule change is seen 

as a way to reinstate Corbyn, a move that was criticised by 

Charlotte Nichols, the Labour MP for Warrington North.

 

“The last thing we need is a rule change that could lead 

to the second guessing of the outcome of bullying and 

sexual harassment cases or the debate of individual 

disciplinary cases. This is not how our complaints 

system should run and should be rejected if it 

goes to conference floor”, she told
The Guardian.

 

With the rule change-related proposal already circulating 

across the Labour Party, its local branches are facing 

calls to support the rule change during the upcoming

 Labour conference, something that is expected to 

embarrass the party’s leader Keir Starmer.

 

Corbyn’s Suspension

 

As far as Corbyn is concerned, the former Labour leader 

was suspended from the party in October 2020 over 

comments he made following the publication of
report by the Equality and Human Rights 

Commission (EHRC), which revealed 

that its investigation “into anti-

semitism in the Labour Party” 

had found “unlawful acts of 

discrimination and 

harassment”.

 

Corbyn responded by claiming that while "one anti-Semite 

is one too many" in the party, "the scale of the problem 

was also dramatically overstated for political reasons 

by our opponents inside and outside the party, as 

well as by much of the media”.

 

In November 2020, he was re-admitted to the party --- but 

Starmer at the time refused to restore the parliamentary 

whip to Corbyn, vowing to continue disciplinary action 

against the former leader through channels outside 

the party.

 

Starmer stressed that as leader of the PLP he had the right 

to withdraw the whip from MPs regardless of the decisions 

of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), on which 

he sits, along with representatives of the PLP and the

shadow cabinet.

 

"Since I was elected Labour leader I have made it my mission 

to root out anti-Semitism from the Labour Party”, Starmer 

stated. He added that Corbyn's response to the 

published report had "undermined and set 

back our work in restoring trust and
confidence... in the Labour 
Party’s
ability to tackle anti-Semitism”.

 

In mid-December 2019, Corbyn said that he would not lead 

the party “in any future general election campaign”, 

remarks that he made following the UK’s 2019 

general election, which saw Labour’s worst 

performance since 1935. This triggered a 

leadership election, in 2020, that was 

finally won by Starmer, Corbyn’s 

shadow Brexit secretary.

 

 

 

__________________________________



 

UK Labour Party losing 

250 members a day -

since Sir Keir Starmer

 became leader - media

July 25th, 3:07pm (RT)

 

The UK Labour Party has lost 120,000 members – or a

 rate of 250 members per day – since Keir Starmer 

was elected leader last year, sending the party 

into a financial crisis, according to a 

new report.

 

The Labour Party now has just 430,000 members – a huge 

drop from the 550,000 who were in the party under the
former 
leader Jeremy Corbyn – after numbers started
to drop 
when Starmer was elected leader in April
2020, the 
Times has learned.

 

According to the article, Labour has lost up

 to £500,000 per month, from the exodus.




Because of the drop in members, plus other costs 

such as the Covid-19 pandemic, and the millions
of 
pounds that Labour has spent in legal costs 

during its campaign against anti-Semitism, 

Labour Party General Secretary, David 

Evans, reportedly announced to party 

staffers this week ---- there was only

 one month’s worth of employee pay 

left in Labour’s reserves, and that 

jobs would have to be cut.

 

It is estimated that the amount left in Labour’s
reserves
 is just £1.5 million, leaving the party
desperate 
for donors.

 

Despite Labour’s loss of members and its subsequent 

financial crisis, the Times noted that the party has 

been “attracting wealthy backers” under Starmer, 

including Sir Trevor Chinn, the president of the 

Movement for Reform Judaism and a financial 

supporter of the Labour Friends of Israel.

 

Starmer’s leadership of the Labour Party has been defined 

by its more centrist turn following the socialist leadership 

of Corbyn, and an attempt to crackdown on perceived 

cases of anti-Semitism in the party.

 

In October 2020 – just months after he stood down as leader

 of the party following its 2019 election defeat – Corbyn was

 suspended from Labour. Though Corbyn was reinstated to 

the party the following month after protests by members, 

left-wing politicians, and the former US presidential 

candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, Starmer did not
return
 the Labour whip to him.




 

____________________________________






Inept Labour’s week from hell 

shows why England now feels

 like a one-party state

July 23rd, 8:46am (RT)

 

Paul A. Nuttall is a historian, author and a former politician.

 He was a Member of the European Parliament between 

2009 and 2019 and was a prominent campaigner 

for Brexit.

 

Internal purges, cash woes, redundancies, and now self-isolation 

for its leader. It’s been a disastrous week for the Labour Party, 

illustrating exactly why the Tories are impregnable, no matter 

how ‘useless’ Boris Johnson is.

 

If you think Boris Johnson has had a torrid few days, spare a 

thought for poor Sir Keir Starmer. His week started when the 

Labour Party’s National Executive Committee  governing 

body voted to ban a number of hard-Left organisations. 

 

The controversial decision had the backing of Starmer. The 

groups banned were Resist, Labour Against the Witchhunt, 

the Labour In Exile Network, and Socialist Appeal, which 

describes itself as a Marxist voice of Labour and youth. 

It is estimated that around 1,000 members will be 

removed from the party, as a result of 

the decision.

 

The move was criticised by John McDonnell, the former 

Shadow Chancellor, who said, “standard Blairite fare
to
 try show how strong a leader you are... by taking
on
 your own party, but bizarre to do it by expelling 

people, most of whom have left already.”

 

McDonnell is of course right, as Labour’s membership has

 plummeted under Starmer’s leadership, losing over 50,000

 last year alone. Moreover, those who remain members are

 not entirely sold on Starmer. A recent poll found that 67% 

have a favourable opinion of their leader, but 31% have 

an unfavourable opinion. This is far from a unified 

party, never mind an effective opposition.    

 

The decision to provoke a fight with the hard Left has been 

criticised by the powerful Momentum organisation, which 

played an integral role, during the leadership of Jeremy 

Corbyn. Momentum complained that “at a time when 

the Tory government is allowing the pandemic to rip 

through the country, the Labour leadership has 

once again turned inwards.”

 

It is evident that this battle for the heart and soul of the party

 is far from over, especially as Momentum has influence 

over a number of large local Labour associations.

 

Then came the news that the party is losing cash like water 

passing through a sieve. David Evans, Labour’s General 

Secretary, claims that the party’s finances have suffered 

because of the fall in membership and the use of funds 

to deal with anti-Semitism cases. He allegedly told
staff 
that the financial reserves are so low, that
they only 
cover one payroll. As a result, the
party is being 
forced to lay off a
quarter of its workers.

 

Labour’s idea, of reducing its staff through ‘voluntary 

redundancies’ has also gone down like a lead balloon

 with the trade unions, who are the party’s largest 

donors. A co-authored letter from the Unite and 

GMB trade unions, concluded with a scathing 

attack on party management. It stated that 

''we note that the lack of clarity, trust, and 

openness with staff is breeding a climate 

of anxiety and fear amongst staff --- 

impacting on their mental health.''


'' It is simply not the way we would expect
an organisation like the 
Labour Party,
to undertake work
 of this nature.''

It is never a 
good idea to
upset your 
paymasters. 

 

To top off this disastrous week for Starmer, he now has to

 self-isolate for a fourth time, as one of his children tested 

positive for Covid. Former Labour PM Harold Wilson once

 said that “a week is a long time in politics” but, for poor 

Sir Keir, it must have felt like an age, & Saturday surely

 cannot come quickly enough. Indeed, the recent 

surprise victory in Batley and Spen... must 

already seem like a lifetime ago.

 

Now, before we go any further, I want to make it clear that I 

am no fan of the Labour Party. I have had too many run-ins 

with it over the years, particularly over Brexit. I do believe, 

however, that the country requires a strong opposition. In

 its absence, what we have in England is virtually a one-

party state -- where the Tories are allowed to emerge 

from crises, relatively unscathed. Take, for example, 

the Matt Hancock affair and the Dominic Cummings

 revelations. In years gone by, the Labour Party 

would have benefited from these squalid

 incidents, yet, in its current state, it is 

unable to make any headway.  

 

Much of the mess Labour finds itself in must be laid at 

Starmer’s door. In backing the NEC in its confrontation

 with the hard Left, Starmer obviously wants to imitate

 former leaders Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair, who both

 benefited from taking on the militants. Indeed, in the 

long term, the actions of the NEC are probably in the

 interest of the party; but they are not in the interest 

of the country, in the short term.

 

What the UK needs right now is an effective opposition 

and Labour cannot be that if they are fighting each 

other. You would - usually - have more chance of 

seeing a flying pig, than have me agreeing with 

Diane Abbott, but I have to admit that she was 

right, when she said that Labour must start 

“fighting the Tories” and “not each other.” 

 

They owe it to the country, 

and to voters of all stripes.  

 

 

_________________________________




Labour Muslims ''infuriated'' by 

insinuation that Keir Starmer’s

 opposition to anti-Semitism 

caused ‘haemorrhaging’ 

of their votes

June 21st,  11:32am (RT)




An anonymous Labour official has stirred Muslim anger 

by implying the community is inherently anti-Semitic.

 A loss of Muslim votes may cost the party its long-
held 
seat in the Batley and Spen by-election.

 

On Sunday, the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) sent a letter

 to the party leadership -- decrying a comment made by an 

unidentified Labour official to the Daily Mail. The source 

said the party was “haemorrhaging votes among 

Muslim voters, and the reason for that, is what 

Keir has been doing on antisemitism.” Keir 

Starmer, the official said, “challenged 

Corbyn on it, and there's been a 

backlash among certain 

sections of the

 community.”




LMN called the remark “patently vile, Islamophobic”
adding 
“this racism needs to be challenged urgently
publicly, by the Labour leadership & the party as
whole.” The sentiment was shared by several 

Labour politicians, including Kim Johnson, 

Zarah Sultana and Anneliese Dodds.

 

Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, responded by calling the 

comments “completely unacceptable” and saying they 

were “not condoned or sanctioned in any way by the 

Party”. The identity of the “senior official” however,

 was not immediately revealed.

 

The remarks were part of a story about Labour’s struggle 

to hold on to its West-Yorkshire stronghold of Batley and 

Spen, and how the late intervention of former Glasgow 

MP – host of his own show at RT –  George Galloway,

 in the by-election campaign.. may give a win to the 

Tories. If Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater loses, 

the constituency is likely to have a Conservative 

representing it, for the first time since 1997.

 

Leadbeater, the sister of slain MP Jo Cox, is on the receiving

end of growing discontent among Muslim Labour voters, 

with what they see as Starmer taking them for granted.

 

“Keir took the time to condemn 2 idiots for being antisemitic 

last month but he won’t condemn the Israeli government for 

killing innocent people,” a 33-year-old Muslim man in 

Batley and Spen, told the Guardian. “I’ve voted 

Labour my whole life, but I won’t be blindly 

giving them my vote any more.”

 

Starmer assumed his leadership position on the back of a 

campaign against his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, who

 was accused of condoning anti-Semitism. Ousted from 

power, Corbyn was, later, effectively suspended from 

party ranks in October last year for failing to accept 

a report on the same issue. Corbynistas believe 

anti-Semitism issues were blown out of 

proportion, to stage a party coup.

 

Galloway, who like Corbyn has been championing various 

Muslim causes for decades, is cherishing an opportunity 

of leeching Muslim voters, from Starmer’s Labour. He is 

also exploiting the dwindling support for another group 

of traditional Labour supporters – the white working 

class. They “despise” the party, which has been 

pushing things like “LGBTQI agenda” and 

“identity politics”, that are irrelevant to 

those people, he explained to the 

Daily Mail.

 

Galloway runs from the Workers Party of Britain and is polling

 at 6% in the West Yorkshire constituency, behind 47% for 

Tories and 41% for Labour. He hopes that on the ballot 

day, on July 1st, Labour will finish third.

 

The backlash to the “Islamophobic” remarks is the latest 

example of a growing rift between Labour and Muslim 

voters. Last week, five local Muslim organizations in 

Batley and Spen warned in an open letter, that the 

party “has not been proud of our support.” In 

particular, the letter said, the party has to 

“resolve the issue of Islamophobia” 

within its ranks -- and take a firm 

stance: in support of Palestinian

rights, which would “go beyond 

the usual political rhetoric.”

 

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UK Labour Party's Ex-Head 

Calls Current Leadership 

'Weak' Over Poor 

Election Results

May 16th, 11:12pm (Sputnik) 

 

 Former leader of the United Kingdom's main 

opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, slammed

 the current Labour leadership as being 

"weak" following the party's record
low 
election performance.

 

"The loss was enormous last week. And the loss 

was also to third parties such as the Green 

party --- of disillusioned Labour voters 

because they felt, I believe, that the 

opposition is not strong enough, 

to win against the government. 

Do I take responsibility for it?

 No," Corbyn told the Calling

 Peston political podcast.

 

He also noted that the loss had nothing to do with 

the party's policies, since Labour proposed "a 

set of popular policies in the last manifesto —

 green industrial revolution, investment in
the 
economy, equality legislation,
national 
education services,
all of 
those things."

 

According to Corbyn, the party showed a stable 

performance in elections during his tenure from

 2015 to 2020, snatching an impressive win in 

2017 with over 40% of the votes - the highest

 since 1997. He stressed that some losses 

were later expected over the Brexit issue

 and after the introduction of the first-

past-the-post voting system.

 

Corbyn has been blamed by the media and the new 

leadership, headed by Keir Starmer, for tarnishing

 Labour's image, which ultimately led the party to 

a disastrous loss of 300 house seats.

 

The UK held local elections in the first week of May, 

during which Labour lost control of eight councils 

and more than 300 seats. One of the councils the

 party lost, County Durham, was the first one the 

party ever ran - and had been under its control 

for more than 100 years.

 

 

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BREAKING: Starmer's 


''approval'' rating 


has fallen to 


minus 48.


 


YouGov poll on whether Starmer


 is doing well or badly:


 


Well: 17% (-9)


Badly: 65% (+15)


[Net rating: -48]


 


Worst-ever rating 


for Starmer 


*by far*.


 


Corbyn's lowst point ever, was minus 40
...and most Labour MPs rushed to stab
him in the back.




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Labour’s humiliating defeat


 signals its death & Keir 


Starmer, not Jeremy
Corbyn,
 is the man
with its blood 
on
his hands


by Neil Clark


May 7th (RT)



Neil Clarkis a journalist, writer, broadcaster and
blogger. 
His award winning blog can be found at 


www.neilclark66.blogspot.comHe tweets on
politics and 
world affairs @NeilClark66






The blame for the crushing loss in Thursday’s by-election,


 in a northern ‘Red Wall’ seat Labour has held since 1974, 


lies with Blairite ‘centrists’, who set out to destroy
Corbyn 
– and have ended up destroying the
party itself.


 


Hartlepool is a coastal town in N. Eastern England with 


a fascinating history. Out on its headland, the Heugh 


Battery Museum bills itself as the only World War I 


battlefield in Great Britain. A nearby plaque marks


 the spot... where the first shell from a leading 


German battle cruiser struck at 8:10am on 


December 16, 1914, and also records the 


place where, during the bombardment, 


the first soldier was killed on British 


soil by enemy action in the war.


 


Close by, looking out over the North Sea, there’s a 


Russian cannon, which was captured by British


 forces at the Battle of Sevastopol during the 


Crimean War in the 1850s, and sent up to


 Hartlepool by ship from London.


 


Perhaps - after this Thursday - there needs to be 


another historical plaque installed in Hartlepool. 


One commemorating the death of the UK 


Labour Party. 


 


Labour’s defeat in Hartlepool wasn’t a ‘bad’ result, 


it was utterly catastrophic. The party attained
just 
28.7% of the vote, a full 23 points behind
the 
Tories, doing far worse, than even the
worst 
opinion poll had suggested.


 


Even before polling day, Labour ‘centrists’ were 


getting their excuses in. Predictably, they’re


 blaming Jeremy Corbyn, the man who 


stopped being the party’s leader 


more than a year ago.


 


It’ll take much longer to rid the party of his ‘toxic’ legacy,


 the dominant neocon/Blairite narrative goes. The 


people who supported a ‘chicken coup’ against 


Corbyn -- after just nine months -- now tell us 


Starmer, who’s been leader for 13 months, 


and up against the worst UK government 


of all time, needs more time. Or... to
quote 
a former MP, if Labour loses


 Hartlepool, it’ll be a case of


 ‘Long Corbyn’.


 


What tommyrot.


 


Just four years ago - in June 2017 - Labour, under Corbyn, 


not only held Hartlepool, but did so with its highest share 


of the vote (52.5%) since 2001. But for the Corbyn-hating 


‘moderates’, who, funnily enough, all seem to be strong 


supporters of the far-from-moderate Iraq War, it’s as if


 the 2017 general election never happened. In fact, the


 way that election – which Corbyn came very close to 


winning – has been airbrushed out of history reminds


 one of the late Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize lecture in 


2005, when he condemned US foreign policy crimes


...before saying: “It never happened. Nothing ever 


happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t 


happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.”


 


The 2017 election is never referred to, because it goes 


against the dominant narrative. Labour was supposed 


to have been thrashed out of sight four years ago, but 


to the horror of the neocon Establishment it wasn’t. In 


fact, under the ‘unelectable’ Corbyn, Labour achieved 


their biggest increase in the popular vote since 1945 


(a whopping 9.6% up from 2015), and came to within


 a whisker of a shock victory. 


 


Enthused by his message of positive change, and by 


popular policies such as bringing the railways back


 into public ownership, millions of Labour voters, 


who had stayed at home in previous elections, 


came out to put their cross in the Labour box. 



Of course, the Establishment set out with


 renewed vigour --- to make sure it would 


never happen again. Part of the reason


 Labour did so well in 2017... and held
on
 to its Northern strongholds, was 


because it had pledged to respect
the 2016 EU 
referendum result.


 


So an operation was mounted, with the Trilateral 


Commission member, Sir Keir Starmer, playing


 a key role, as Shadow Brexit Secretary, to get 


Labour to change its policy --- and adopt an 


electorally suicidal stance of supporting 


a second referendum. It was electorally 


suicidal, because 78% of Labour’s 45 


target seats in England and Wales 


voted Leave in 2016, many of 


them quite strongly. 


 


Not only that, but there was a ratcheting up of the 


political weaponisation of anti-Semitism, which 


again, was about ruining Corbyn’s chances.


 


To his own --- and his party’s --- detriment, Corbyn 


didn’t fight back against the wreckers. He should 


have done more to resist the change in policy on


 Europe and should have sacked Starmer (in fact,


 he should never have appointed him in the first 


place). He should have pushed back harder,


 much harder, against those smearing him. 



With the mass membership on his side, he 


should have gone on the front foot against


 his Blairite enemies. But Corbyn did none


 of those things.


 


Instead, having come so close to victory in 2017, he


 led Labour to a heavy defeat in 2019 with most of 


the damage being done in pro-Brexit Northern 


‘Red Wall’ seats. But even in 2019, Corbyn 


managed to hold on to Hartlepool... The 


party’s share of the vote nationally, was 


still higher than in 2010 and in 2015.. It
was 
a bad result, but not the absolute 


disaster it was portrayed as.


 


Things have got a whole lot worse, since then. Starmer, 


a man described as so wooden, birds try to nest in him, 


inspires no one. His disapproval rating in April, rose to


 50% in April, and was 44% among Labour voters. The


 witch hunt against Corbyn, and his supporters, 


cheered on by vindictive, elitist, anti-populist 


Blairites who loathed the way party member
-
ship had soared under Corbyn, has left 


Labour short of activists to do the
hard
 work of election
campaigning. 


 


The ‘Bitterites’ set out to politically assassinate Corbyn, 


believing that once he had gone and all his supporters 


had been purged, ‘normal service’ would be resumed;
but their internal sabotage from 
2015-19, ended up
killing the party, too.


 


Labour is in a right mess, and although the Tories 


don’t deserve to win for what they’ve done to the


 country these past 13 months, ‘HM Opposition’ 


-- whose only ‘opposition’ to the government 


this past year has been to berate Johnson 


and co. for not locking us plebs down 


earlier and harder – most certainly 


don’t deserve to win either. 


 


In fact, the best thing that could happen is that Labour 


- as it’s currently constituted - is formally put out of its


 misery. Destroyed - not by Corbyn - but by those who 


simply couldn’t stomach the prospect of an anti-war 


UK prime minister who would threaten the hawkish 


foreign policy consensus.


 


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UK Trade Union Leader Warns -

Keir Starmer Is Turning Labour

Into 'Party of Establishment'

by Jason Dunn

21.03.2021, 8:21pm GMT 

 

 

Sir Keir Starmer has become the subject of criticism 

by the left-wing of Labour -- as he is accused of 

leading the party in a right-wing trajectory and

 away from the socialist policies of his 

predecessor.

 

A leading British trade unionist has accused Sir 

Keir Starmer of trying to turn Labour into an 

"establishment" party --- and risking his 

chances at the next general election.

 

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, said

that the opposition leader could be "ditched into 

the dustbin of history" unless he changes his 

current approach and reaffirms Labour's 

dedication to radical politics. 

 

Speaking to LBC radio on Sunday, Mr McCluskey, an ally

of the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and large donor 

to the party, criticised Sir Keir for missing "the 

opportunities” of the ongoing coronavirus 

pandemic.

 

“The truth of the matter is, at the moment, the direction

we are travelling - that he seems to be taking us down -

 is to turn Labour into a party of the establishment", 

he said.

 

McCluskey warned that if that were to happen "he will not 

become prime minister in 2024, he will be ditched into the

 dustbin of history".

 

“I am urging Keir to look at his pledges, to reject the siren 

voices of the ghouls of New Labour and to stick to the

radical policies that will win back the Red Wall seats", 

the Unite leader said.

 

Mr McCluskey highlighted Sir Keir's treatment of the left 

such as the removal of the whip from Mr Corbyn last 

year, as causing a rift between the leadership and 

his largest donor.

 

He stressed that the leader had stood in his election 

campaign on a left-wing programme, similar to 

Labour's 2017 and 2019 manifesto, but claims 

he has now dropped those promises, during 

his leadership tenure.

 

These included commitments to free movement,

as well as opposing increasing corporation tax.

 

“At the moment nobody quite knows what Keir stands 

for, nobody quite knows what Labour stands for", 

Mr McCluskey told the outlet.

 

McCluskey predicted that Starmer could be the next 

prime minister in 2024, "not an overall majority, but 

a hung parliament - if he wins back the red seats 

by arguing on the radical platform that he was 

elected on".

 

“He was elected to make the moral case for socialism, 

he was elected on ten pledges that people said were 

Corbynist", he added.

 

His comments follow an acknowledgement by Sir 

Keir that the Conservatives have seen a "vaccine 

bounce" in opinion polling, as an explanation for

why Labour is losing ground to the Tories, in 

recent voter intention surveys.

 

Sir Keir has received criticism by some Labour members

--- for being too ready to abstain or support government 

motions, police spies, and Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, 

and for not pushing for a convincing alternative to the 

Conservatives handling of the pandemic.

 

Others have pointed to Sir Keir's purging of left-wing 

members from the party such as the suspension of 

Jeremy Corbyn and the removal of Rebecca Long-

Bailey from the shadow cabinet.

 

The Labour frontbench claims that these moves were 

part of the party's commitment to deal with incidents 

of antisemitism, which plagued his predecessor.

 

Electoral Chances?

 

While Starmer's 10 election pledges were largely 

consistent with the values of the Corbyn leader-

ship, he has been criticised for moving the

 party towards the centre.

 

While some of his supporters have hailed his ascension 

to the top job as an improvement in terms of voter 

approval ratings, Sir Keir has seen his support 

among the public decline, as his positioning is

seen to drift away from Labour's radical 

stances in recent years.

 

Corbyn was historically unpopular as a party leader, 

seeing net satisfaction ratings of as low as -60 and

ultimately resigned after losing the 2019 election. 

 

However, the 2017 general election saw the Labour Party 

receive its biggest increase in the vote since 1945, and 

secure a hung parliament.

 

It was also the only time any Labour Party platform - 

which included the renationalisation of rail and an 

end to austerity - had resulted in an increase in 

both the overall vote and the number of  seats

in parliament, since Tony Blair's landslide

victory in 1997. 

 

 

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Deputy Leader Says Labour Could 

Suspend ‘Thousands’ of Members 

over  'Antisemitism'

December 1st,  2020  (FNA)

 

 The Labour Party will suspend “thousands and thousands” of 

members unless they “get real” about antisemitism, Angela 

Rayner warned, as an internal row rages over the 

removal of the whip from Jeremy Corbyn.

 

Following Keir Starmer’s decision not to allow Corbyn to sit as a 

Labour MP over his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights

 Commission (EHRC) report, dozens of constituency parties 

are reported to have passed motions in support of the 

former leader – despite the party’s General Secretary 

David Evans banning them from doing so.

 


_________________________________________


 





UK Labour candidate


 trained with Israeli 


army: Report


March 13th (PressTV)


 


A British Labour Party candidate for the party’s election


this year, has reportedly been trained with the Israeli 


military forces.


 


Izzy Lenga, an officer in the Jewish Labour Movement, 


is running for the party’s new National Women’s 


Committee, as a right-wing candidate.


 


The movement worked for years, to oust 


the party’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn.


 


Corbyn, well known for his support of the Palestinian 


cause, has repeatedly been described by pro-Israeli 


lobbies in Britain, as a threat to the life of Jews in


 the country.


 


The US-based Electronic Intifada — an online publication 


covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — released a 


photo of her wearing an Israeli army uniform, 


wrapped in an Israeli flag and carrying an 


assault rifle.


 


Lenga once “proudly” displayed the photo 


on social media networks, said the report.


 


Citing Israeli experts Dena Shunra and Daniel Shunra, 


the website said that the uniform and epaulets seen 


in the photo suggest that Lenga took part in Marva, 


a paramilitary course overseen by the Israeli army.


 


The Marva program provides weapons and training, 


Zionist political indoctrination, and visits to 


military bases.


 


It also recruits Jewish people aged 18-25, from around 


the world, offering them incentives to become Israeli 


settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories.


 


Many participants in the course, have stayed in 
Israel, 
claiming citizenship & joining the military.


 


In 2015, Lenga became an officer with the campus society 


in Birmingham, which is affiliated to the Union of Jewish 


Students (UJS).


 


At the same time, she was also elected to


 the leadership committee of the UJS.


 




________________________________


 


Labour Leader Keir
Starmer
 
'Must Give 
Evidence' to Inquiry, 


Say Activists 'Fitted 
Up 
by Spycops'


by Mohamed Elmaazi


15:22 GMT 05.02.2021 (Sputnik)


 


 


A collection of activists who were found to have been 


wrongfully prosecuted and convicted in 2009, are 


demanding that the former chief prosecutor 


answer questions before the ongoing 


Undercover Policing Inquiry.


 


Environmental activists who were wrongfully convicted 


have called upon UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer 


to answer questions at the Undercover Policing Inquiry


 (UCPI), for his role in an alleged coverup of the use of 


undercover police when he was Director of Public 


Prosecutions. The activists in question were 


arrested, whilst planning a protest against 


Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station, 


in Nottinghamshire, England, in April 2009.


 


The open letter, which has received scant media coverage 


since its publication on 4 February 2021, alleges that 


Starmer, "may have been involved in a cover-up of 


police and prosecutors orchestrating wrongful 


convictions".


 


"A decade ago, this month, the world learnt that Mark Kennedy 


was a Metropolitan Police officer spying on environmentalists.


 This information led to the collapse of a trial where six 


environmental campaigners were accused of 


conspiring to occupy a coal-fired power 


station", the letter published via the 


Campaign Opposing Police 


Surveillance (COPS) 


website explains.


 


In a separate trial, "the convictions of 20 campaigners for 


conspiring to occupy the same coal-fired power station 


were quashed by the Court of Appeal, because the 


prosecution failed to disclose information about 


Mark Kennedy’s involvement that would have 


helped their defence", COPS add.


 


Starmer, as chief prosecutor at the time of the trial, 


commissioned a report headed by former Court of 


Appeal judge Sir Christopher Rose Report into the 


withholding information about the role of under-


cover police in the two cases. The Rose Report 


ultimately determined that the, "failings were 


individual, and not systemic". However, the 


findings of the Rose Report appeared to be 


contradicted by further evidence of activist 


groups being infiltrated by police with the 


latter's role not being disclosed to


 the defendants.


 


"Why did Keir Starmer ask for three reviews into CPS 


failings relating to undercover policing that were kept 


from public view, before commissioning the Rose 


report?", the signatories to the letter asks.


 


"What action was taken by Keir Starmer after the Rose report 


was shown to be wrong, to uncover other miscarriages of


 justice?", the letter adds.


 


Crucially, the letter points out that a report commissioned by 


then-Home Secretary Theresa May into possible miscarriages


 of justice identified "83 activists who were convicted in trials


 involving an undercover officer, over three decades", and 


ask how it is, that the CPS inquiry, "has, to date, 


discovered nobody whom the media and 


campaigners hadn't already identified".


 


Labour's current leader has, as of yet, not responded to the 


letter signed by 18 men and women who were, "arrested 


and charged with conspiracy, or arrested, charged and 


wrongfully convicted of conspiracy", with the former 


undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.


 


The UCPI was initiated by Theresa May when it was discovered 


that the police had been secretly recording the lawyer-client 


conversations of the family of Stephen Laurence, who was 


murdered in a racist attack, in 1993. Stephen Lawrence's 


family continued to push for their son's killers to face 


justice after a botched police investigation resulted 


in a separate inquiry to determine that the 


Metropolitan Police were "institutionally 


racist". After the UCPI was set-up, the 


Metropolitan Police admitted to 


infiltrating and surveilling over 


1,000 political, environmental 


and social justice groups, 


since 1968.


 

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Corbyn Suspended for
Telling the Truth
– 
A New Socialist Party
Is Required

by Tommy Sheridan 

31/10/2020 (Sputnik)

 

The other day a thoroughly decent and honest man 

suffered a grave injustice. A man who has a peer-

less record in opposing racism and anti-Semitism 

was suspended by the political party he has been 

a member of for over fifty years, has represented 

it in the British Parliament since 1983 and was 

its leader from 2015-20.

 

Irony died in Britain yesterday when Jeremy Corbyn was 

suspended by the Labour Party with the consent and 

probable collusion of the man who succeeded him 

as leader, Sir Keir Starmer.

 

We now have a Tory leader in 10 Downing Street who is 

famed for his racist views, including referring to black 

Africans as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.

 

A racist Prime Minister nostalgic for the days of slavery 

and brutal exploitation and ownership of black people 

was elected by the people of England in preference 

to a man whose whole life has been dedicated to 

fighting racism and injustice.

 

Corbyn Was Betrayed by His Own
Party Bureaucracy in 2017

 

Jeremy Corbyn would have won the 2017 General Election 

if his campaign had not been sabotaged from within by 

Labour opponents. They hated him more than the 

Tories and refused to accept the democratic will 

of the Labour Party masses who elected Corbyn 

leader, not once but twice with a bigger majority 

the second time round in 2016. 

 

He led a remarkable 2017 election campaign which inspired 

millions and confounded all the opinion polls and political 

pundits as he came within a whisker of winning. He 

smashed the Tory majority and rocked the British 

Establishment. A genuine socialist was almost 

elected to lead the UK. Millionaires and 

billionaires were petrified that they 

would be forced to pay their taxes 

and public services would no 

longer be up for sale. 

 

Corbyn would have won if staff at the heart of the 

Labour Party had not actively undermined him.

 

Paid Labour Party staff expressing disgust for the 

elected leader of their party and hoping for a bad 

election result and undermining the effectiveness 

of the campaign wherever possible is what the 

right wing did with gusto. And - after the close 

call of the 2017 general election - the powerful 

and rich who make up the British Establishment 

and mainstream media declared war on Corbyn 

from every angle, but specifically colluded to 

weaponise the scourge of anti-Semitism and 

throw every slur and empty accusation 

against Corbyn that was possible 

to muster.

 

After 2017 Close-Call, Anti-Semitism 

Was Weaponised Against Corbyn

 

An incredible narrative was created whereby a man that 

had done more in his life to confront and combat racism 

and anti-Semitism than anyone in British politics, was 

cast as an anti-Semite. It was bizarre, ridiculous, and 

obscenely unfair and inaccurate but it was effective 

in creating a wholly false perception. An inordinate 

number of Labour anti-Semitism stories, headlines 

and even documentaries were produced and by 

2018 polls of Jewish voters indicated an 

incredulous number believed the Labour 

Party was anti-Semitic while the problem 

in the Tories and Lib-Dems was perceived 

to be minor.

 

Labour Became Huge Under Corbyn – 

Over 500,000 Members

 

Jeremy Corbyn attracted hundreds of thousands of new 

members to the Labour Party and transformed it into the 

biggest membership party in Europe with well over 

500,000 signed up to his brand of socialism. The 

number of party members ever subjected to 

accusations of anti-Semitic behaviour never 

surpassed more than 300, so the anti-Semitic 

‘problem’ in Labour amounted to 0.1% of its 

membership at most but the coordinated 

media led campaign aided and abetted 

by Labour right wing MPs, created a 

deeply warped and distorted picture 

that almost 62% of party members 

were anti-Semitic.

 

This was the result of a well-coordinated media 

campaign led by the BBC to traduce the 

character of Corbyn and the Labour 

Party under him.

 

Feeding from the false narrative and whipped up 

hysteria created by the media the Equality and 

Human Rights Commission (ECHR) decided to 

launch a formal investigation into claims of 

anti-Semitism within Labour to establish if 

they had breached the Equality Act 2010 

and were guilty of acting unlawfully in 

relation to anti-Semitic actions. This 

decision was taken in May 2019 amid 

the Brexit crisis and talk of an early 

general election. The fact the ECHR 

acted on the basis of complaints 

from vehemently anti-Corbyn 

organisations indicates just 

how loaded the dice was 

from the outset.

 

Anti-Semitism is Abhorrent --- but 

Jeremy Corbyn is Not an Anti-Semite

 

All anti-Semitic behaviour and opinions should be 

condemned and confronted unreservedly. Of that 

there should be no doubt or debate. But the 

accusations of anti-Semitism against the 

Labour Party have been overstated and 

used politically to undermine Labour 

and Corbyn. Anti-Semitism is a problem 

in society as a whole. An ugly repulsive 

problem. But to suggest Labour has a 

bigger problem than other parties or 

that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite 

is patent nonsense and lies.

 

Unlike the Corbyn detractors, Labour’s 2020 ‘No 

Place For Antisemitism’ Report provides hard 

facts refuting media and ECHR allegations 

that Labour under Corbyn did not address 

anti-Semitism complaints.

 

The Labour Party expelled 45 members in relation to 

antisemitism in 2019, compared to 10 in 2018 and 

1 in 2017.

 

After rule changes passed at Conference in September 

2019 gave NEC panels the power to expel, twice the 

number of people were expelled in two months than 

had been expelled during the whole of 2018.

 

NEC Disciplinary Panels heard 274 cases relating to 

antisemitism in 2019, a tenfold increase on the 28 

cases heard in 2017.

 

In 2019, 149 members were removed from the party as 

a result of disciplinary processes relating to anti-

semitism, either being expelled or quitting the 

party as proceedings progressed.

 

The Labour Party suspended 296 members in relation to 

antisemitism in 2019, compared to 98 in 2018 – itself a 

big increase on the previous year”.

 

Once you have read the facts contained in this Report and 

considered that the lengthy ECHR Report which took 

almost 18 months to compile concludes that Labour 

is guilty of “unlawful acts of indirect discrimination 

and harassment for which the Labour Party is 

responsible” based on the conduct of TWO 

Labour Party members, Ken Livingston and 

a Councillor called Pam Bromley, you can 

reasonably conclude that when Corbyn 

said the allegations of anti-Semitism 

against Labour were “overstated” 

he was stating a fact.

 

Corbyn was a clear and present danger to the rich and 

powerful British Establishment and his sympathy with

 the Palestinian people and willingness to call out 

Israel’s human rights abuses made him dangerous 

on an international plain also. America and Israel 

could not tolerate a pro-Palestinian British Prime 

Minister. The anti-Semitism campaign was a 

conscious and dishonest scheme to under-

mine his electoral credibility and the BBC 

played a blinder in promoting the lie at 

every available opportunity.

 

A New Trade Union Supported 

Socialist Party is Now Urgent

 

The suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from Labour is an 

attack on him and every single socialist still in that 

party. Jeremy is now suffering the consequences 

of being popular on the one hand but being far 

too pliable on the other. The day Jeremy stood 

back & allowed socialists like Chris Williamson 

to be suspended was the day he succumbed to 

the right-wing bullies within the Labour Party 

hierarchy. Chris was a loyal lieutenant of 

Corbyn. A very capable and popular 

crusader for socialism. 

 

When the right wing went after him with the anti-Semitism slur 

Jeremy should have resisted and stood with Chris. Instead he 

sought to avoid an internal battle and that was his ultimate 

undoing. Jeremy had the backing of the members but not 

the comfortable and right-wing bureaucracy who used 

their influence to stifle Corbyn and undermine his 

2017 election campaign.

 

The new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is determined to turn 

the party back into a Tory second eleven like in the red Tory 

Tony Blair days.

 

The challenge to other socialist Labour MPs and the trade union 

leaders who support socialist policies which will actually 

improve the lives of their members is clear. If you can’t 

fight for the former leader of your party who raised the 

hopes of millions & came so close in 2017 to winning, 

then you are not worthy of the description of socialist. 

The time has come for a party of workers that promotes 

socialism with guile, enthusiasm, and pride. Instead of 

funding Starmer’s Tory Party Mark II, the trade union 

movement should fund a real socialist party --- 

committed to changing the lives of millions 

for the better.

 

The suspension of Corbyn must be the crossing of the Rubicon 

for the socialist and trade union movement. Labour is already 

irrelevant in Scotland. It will become irrelevant in England 

as well soon. The time for a new force backed with trade 

union organisation and resources, is now.

 

 






 

TORIES ARE STRIPPING & PRIVATIZING the NHS 
and Taking 
Away OUR RIGHTS: with a never-
ending lockdown that Labour MPs support!


Neil Clark, journalist, writer and broadcaster:


''The sad and rather shocking truth, is that the 

current UK Parliament could quite happily 

keep us locked down indefinitely. 

Remember, MPs get their £81K 

annual salaries (plus perks) 

paid in full, each month, 

whatever happens. 

And... there is no 

general election 

due until 2024. 




''The only way the restrictions will end, is 
if 
the public have had enough of them and 

stop complying in large enough numbers. 

Otherwise, what incentive is there for 
the 
well-heeled, power-crazed, lock
down-
addicted political class to
lift them, 
especially with the 
next general 
election so
far away?''




________________________________

 
 





 

Wales makes Covid health pass

 compulsory for all over-18s

 attending large events 

or nightclubs

October 11th, 10:33am (RT)

 

The Welsh NHS Covid pass comes into effect on Monday - 

with over-18s required to show proof of vaccination or a 

negative Covid test to enter large events and nightclubs 

...in an effort to protect [Ed: What's left of] the health 

service, over the winter.

 

First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford stood by the decision

to proceed with the introduction of the Covid measure...

despite concerns from individuals within the 

nightclub industry, that they are being 

“singled out” by the government.

 

Speaking as the new scheme comes into effect, Drakeford

accepted that it could be “vulnerable to abuse,” with 

some faking lateral flow test results, but said he 

hopes citizens will abide by the rules to help 

the nation recover from the pandemic.

 

To prevent potential abuses, Wales' government is looking

to pass a law that will make it illegal to fake a Covid test, 

although Welsh politicians have questioned... how such 

a law would be enforced, given that lateral flow tests 

are self-certified. 

 

Drakeford rejected the opposition from nightclubs saying

 that there is a “cost issue”, as “nightclubs already have 

to check people for their age.”

 

With anyone over 16 able to get fully vaccinated in Wales, 

the scheme will require all over-18s to show they have 

been double-jabbed, or have tested negative for the 

virus in the previous 48 hours, before entering 

nightclubs or larger gatherings.

 

Wales' Education Minister Jeremy Miles stated that the

country needs the Covid pass scheme to prevent the 

health service from facing “significant pressure” 

over the winter, when the UK is expecting to 

battle the dual threat of the pandemic and 

the annual flu season.

 

The scheme was backed by the Welsh parliament... known

as the Senedd, last Tuesday, passing it into law by a one-

vote majority, after a Conservative Party politician was 

unable to participate, as they were attending the
Tory 
conference in Manchester.




 

_______________________________




Published without fanfare, the 

proposals that show vaccine 

passports ARE on the way

 in the UK

October 1st, 8:03am (RT)

 

By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring

 the role of intelligence services in shaping politics 

and perceptions. Follow him on Twitter
@KitKlarenberg

 

After months of flip-flopping and contradictory statements,

 the British government has finally come clean and 

revealed the scenarios where Covid vaccine 

passports could become a reality in the 

months ahead.

 

Anyone by this point accustomed to the UK government’s 

endless policy reversals and broken promises over the 

course of the pandemic, will be entirely unsurprised
to
 learn that officials have at long last very quietly 

revealed that “mandatory Covid certifications” 

– a circumlocutory, Orwellian euphemism for 

vaccine passports – are on the way.

 

It was only two-and-a-half weeks ago that Health Secretary 

Sajid Javid stated unequivocally that vaccine passports 

would not be necessary for attendees of crowded 

establishments and events... as “we shouldn’t be 

doing things for the sake of it.” Later that same 

day, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated 

the minister’s declaration, stating he was 

determined to end all “necessary but

 intrusive measures” instituted 

during the pandemic... due to

 the UK’s “vaccine defences.”

 

This, in itself, represented a complete volte-face from just a few 

days prior, when Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi suggested 

that passports would be mandated at the end of September, 

as they were the “best way” to keep the night-time industry’s

 lights on. His proposals sparked significant outcry, for it 

was only in May that UK citizens had been assured there 

was “no chance” legislation facilitating passports’ 

implementation would be passed... and plans to 

that effect had been permanently scrapped.

 

Under Zahawi’s draft scheme, Britons would have been 

compelled to show proof of full vaccination, negative 

PCR test result, or that they’d finished self-isolating 

after testing positive, in order to gain entry to 

nightclubs, bars and other popular gathering 

spots. Nonetheless, it’s clear plans to go far 

further have been on the drawing board for 

some time. They’ve now been published in 

an almost 5,300-word-long whitepaper, 

obliquely titled....  ‘Proposal for 

mandatory Covid certification 

in a Plan B scenario’.

 

It outlines how the measure would be put in place in the event 

‘Plan B’ is activated after Covid cases overwhelm the NHS, in

 conjunction with social distancing directives and face 

mask mandates in certain settings.

 

If adopted, “mandatory vaccine-only certification” would be

 introduced for 18-year-olds and above, at all: nightclubs 

and other venues open after 1am “with alcohol, music
and dancing”;  indoor events with 500 or more 

attendees “where those attendees are likely 

to stand and mix to a significant degree”; 

crowded settings, with 4,000 or more 

attendees... “where those attendees 

are likely to stand.. or move around

during the event,” such as outdoor

 festivals, and any settings with 

10,000 or more attendees, 

“such as large sports 

and music stadia.”

 

Negative test results, or proof of natural immunity after 

having recently recovered from the virus --- won’t be 

accepted. Whitehall reportedly “hopes that it would 

not be necessary” to impose vaccine mandates on 

other settings, but this “cannot be entirely ruled 

out,” which hardly inspires confidence. Further-

more, Whitehall is specifically soliciting public 

feedback on the plans, particularly in respect 

of whether citizens feel the current list of 

settings that will be made subject to
the 
mandate is “too narrow.”

 

In justifying the wide-ranging changes, the proposal notes 

that vaccine mandates “could allow settings that have 

experienced long periods of closure to remain open,” 

which is “preferable to closing venues entirely or 

reimposing capacity caps or social distancing.” 


Moreover, it alleges that as vaccines “reduce 

the likelihood of someone becoming infected,” 

vaccine certification therefore reduces the 

risk of onward transmission if an infected 

person does enter a venue.

 

The specifics of the proposal were reportedly determined 

“based chiefly on public health evidence,” and also

 informed, by the government’s official review of 

vaccine certificates published in July: it found 

that the measure “could provide a means of 

keeping events going... and businesses 

operating if needed, over the autumn

 and winter.”

 

Which sounds fair enough... until one considers that same 

review ruled Whitehall “will not mandate the use of Covid-

status certification as a condition of entry for visitors to 

any setting,” on the basis that the “burden” of such a

mandate would be “disproportionate” to any public 

health benefit accrued.

 

This seismic policy shift is even more baffling considering 

the withering contents of a parliamentary committee report 

issued in June, which conspicuously attracted very little 

mainstream media attention. Asserting firmly that “Covid

 passports are not the answer” to effectively managing

 the pandemic, the cross-party group of MPs were said

 to be...  “entirely unconvinced by the case for their

 introduction,” and warned... they had the potential

 to “cause great damage socially & economically.”

 

“As vaccine uptake statistics indicate, any covid certification 

system will be a discriminator along the lines of race, 

religion and age… It would be established at great 

cost for rapidly diminishing returns,” committee 

chair and Conservative MP William Wragg  

commented.  “Frankly...   the government

needs to scrap ''any idea'' of introducing

 covid passports. They are unnecessary

 and there is no justification for them
in 
the science, and none in logic.”

 

The committee’s concerns are entirely understandable. After 

all, a piece of paper or QR code noting that the bearer has

 been double-vaccinated tells you nothing about whether 

they’re infected, let alone whether they could 

dangerously spread the virus. A study from

 Imperial College. issued in August. found 

currently available vaccines are around 

50% effective in preventing infections. 


The same month, Oxford University researchers
published a paper, that 
found the risk of an
individual 
spreading the virus, was 

roughly the same, whether they
had 
been double-vaccinated 

or not.

 

In countries such as France, the imposition of vaccine passports

 serves the unambiguous purpose.. of coercing a reluctant 

citizenry into receiving their jabs, by imposing impossibly 

onerous restrictions on daily life for anyone who resists. 


Such strongarming would potentially contravene the law 

in the UK, given that under the Public Health Act 1984, 

forced vaccinations are illegal – yet, 82.5% of the 

country’s population aged 16 and over, have 

electively received both injections. In fact, 

excessive pressure on citizens to get 

vaccinated could be dangerously 

counterproductive.  

 

A quantitative assessment conducted by the London School 

of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.. found vaccine passports

would in fact... “lower inclination to accept a Covid-19
vaccine,” particularly.. “if passports were required for
domestic use 
rather than for facilitating international
travel,” --- and 
especially among “sociodemographic
groups that 
are less confident in Covid-19 vaccines.”
As these 
groups... “tend to cluster geographically in
large 
urban areas,” the assessment urged the
authorities 
to exercise “extreme caution”
in pursuing such 
an intervention.

 

Mainstream condemnation of ‘anti-vaxxers’ has steadily reached 

fever-pitch over the past year, culminating on September 29 with

 YouTube announcing that it will ban any & all “harmful vaccine

 content” from its platform, including alleged “false claims” 

about the inefficacy of vaccines in reducing disease

 transmission.

 

However, not a single one of the politicians, journalists, pundits, or 

government officials who have so aggressively hurled brickbats at

 vaccine hesitant people and lockdown scepticssince the pandemic

 began has apparently stopped to consider whether it is precisely

 the hostile environment they advocate and seek to enforce in 

respect of such individuals that may account for their dissent.

 

Such an interpretation is amply borne out by the London School of

 Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s assessment – but one needn’t 

take their word for it. In the UK, between 1840 and 1898, 

Parliament passed a series of Acts regarding the 

country’s vaccination policy. The second

 instalment, in 1853, made vaccinations, 

and resultant vaccination certificates,

for new-born children mandatory 

--- with severe penalties for any 

parents who failed to comply.

 

The Act was so viscerally hated, it has been compared to a

 prophylactic, in that Britons were purportedly willing to

 avoid sex altogether to avoid flouting its stringent rules 

– a dedicated National Anti-Compulsory Vaccination

 League also emerged, with objectors wilfully 

getting themselves imprisoned in protest, 

and hundreds of thousands taking to the

 streets to voice their discontent.

 

So it was, that in 1896, a Royal Commission was formed, 

to examine the issue: it ultimately recommended that all 

coercive penalties related to vaccination be abolished,

with parents allowed to choose whether they 

vaccinated their children, and whether or not

they sought a certificate proving it. This was

enshrined in law two years later, and within 

a decade, the League had faded into 

virtually total irrelevance.

 

Such history begs a very obvious and potentially 

grave question – if vaccine certification failed so 

miserably in Victorian times, why on Earth is it 

back on the table now?

 




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UK health minister says govt
will NOT introduce Covid 

vaccine passports, 

lockdowns over

Christmas unlikely

September 12th, 11:16am (RT)

 

UK Health Minister Sajid Javid announced on Sunday 

that the government would not be introducing Covid

-19 passports after a review on the matter and that

 it was not anticipating any more lockdowns.

 

During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, 

Javid told host Nick Robinson that Brits would “get 

Christmas” this year – unlike in 2020, when 

families across the UK were told to stay 

apart from each other over the holiday 

season and celebrate virtually.

 

Javid declared he was “not anticipating any more lock-

downs” over the autumn and winter period.. claiming 

he could not “see how we get to another lockdown.” 

The minister added, however, that it “would be 

irresponsible for any health minister around 

the world to take everything off the table.”

 

Javid also announced on Sunday that the government 

would be ditching its plan to introduce a domestic 

Covid-19 vaccine passport... for the time being.

 

“We just shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it or 

because others are doing it,” Javid argued, noting

 that “most people instinctively don’t like the idea” 

of having to show documentation to do every-

day errands.

 

“What I can say is that we’ve looked at it properly, and 

whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential 

option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be 

going ahead with plans for vaccine 

passports,” he said.

 

After Robinson pointed out that several ministers – 

including the Covid-19 vaccine minister, Nadhim 

Zahawi – had said just several days ago that 

vaccine passports ''would be'' implemented 

in the near future, and that it was the right

thing to do, Javid rejected the suggestion 

that a U-turn had happened in response

 to rebellious, anti-restriction 

Conservative Party back-

bencher MPs.

 

“Many countries at the time they implemented it was 

to try and boost their vaccination rates and you can

 understand why they might have done that,” Javid 

explained. “We’ve been very successful with our 

vaccination rates so far.”

 

There are 43.89 million people in the UK fully vaccinated 

against Covid-19, while 48 million... have received at

 least one dose, according to government statistics.

 

According to The New York Times’ calculations, 66% 

of the UK is fully vaccinated, making it the 17th 

most vaccinated country, overall.

 

 The above item is now ''under review''




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Demonstrators Clash With Police 


During Protest Against Teen 


Vaccination in London


by Sofia Chegodaeva


September 4th, 11:24am (Sputnik)


 


The move comes as UK cabinet ministers are reported


 to have been considering COVID-19 vaccinations for 


everyone between the ages of 12 and 15 although 


the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 


Immunisation (JCVI)... has already 


refused to endorse coronavirus 


jabs for healthy teenagers.


 


A UK protest against COVID passports and the government's 


plans to roll out coronavirus vaccination to children aged 


between 12 and 15, turned violent, in London, on 


Friday evening. 


 


Activists came to the headquarters of the UK vaccine regulator 


in Canary Wharf, east London, and tried to get inside the 


building, but were prevented by the police. Some of


the protesters got into a scuffle with law-


enforcement officers.


 


The Metropolitan police shared a video of the clashes on Twitter.


 


One of the activists also shared a video of the scuffle, warning


 the government to be prepared for further protests of this kind.


 


Her position, however, was not echoed by many... with people


wondering why standing up for your right should go this way.


 


Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 


Immunisation... refused to endorse coronavirus vaccines 


for healthy children aged between 12 and 15. The JCVI 


said that: "despite acknowledging health gains from 


inoculating the entire age group were greater than


 the risks, the margin of benefit is considered too 


small to support universal vaccination of
healthy 
12 to 15-year-olds at
this time”.


 


Meanwhile, daily newspaper The Guardian reported that UK 


cabinet ministers could disregard the recommendations of


 the JCVI and pursue mass COVID-19 vaccinations for all 


12 to 15-year-olds.


 


 


 


________________________________________





‘Looks like thousands!’


Protesters clog London 


...in march against 


vaccine passports


August 28th, 4:29pm (RT)


 


Protesters have packed into central London... in a 


demonstration against the government’s ongoing 


plans to introduce so-called vaccine passports. 


Though largely ignored by the media, 


“thousands” of people reportedly 


took part.


 


The protest march kicked off at Hyde Park on Saturday 


afternoon and set off across Vauxhall Bridge and 


towards Clapham Common. London’s Police
reported road 
blockages and bus delays
along 
the route and officers remained 


in close proximity to the marchers,
at all times.


 


Video footage showed a dense crowd of people in 


attendance. Some waved religious banners, some 


held placards opposing vaccination full stop, and 


others demanded the government drop its plans 


to require patrons of certain venues to be 


vaccinated against Covid-19.


 


No official crowd size estimate is available, but 


protesters posting on social media claimed “it 


looks like thousands” took part. As of later on


 Saturday afternoon... no mainstream British 


news outlets had reported on the protest. 


Taking place simultaneously was a rally 


by climate change group... Extinction 


Rebellion, who have staged a week 


of straight demonstrations in the 


city, grabbing newspaper head


-lines every day.


 


The anti-vaccine passports rally was not a once-off 


event either, and similar rallies have taken place


 throughout the summer.


 


As the British government’s plan currently stands, 


proof of vaccination will be ''required'' to enter 


nightclubs and other venues: “where large 


crowds gather” as of next month, with
the 
NHS’ Covid Pass mobile app.,
likely to be 
used as proof.


 


 However, there is still some confusion as to how the 


system will be implemented. Industry spokespeople 


told the Guardian this week, that they have not 


received 'any advice' from the government on


 the system... and a leaked letter from Health 


Secretary Sajid Javid’s office last weekend 


stated that “no final policy decision has 


yet been taken" on the issue.


 


Meanwhile, though nearly 80% of Britons have been 


fully vaccinated against Covid-19... new cases are 


still rising, with an average of more than 33,000 


cases reported each day, over the last week,


 per NHS data. By contrast, daily cases in


 late April and early May, were below 


2,000 each day. 


 


 


_____________________________




Lawyers Warn:

‘No Jab, No Job’ 
Policies in UK
 Set to Spark Deluge of
Employment Tribunals

August 2nd, 1:33pm (FNA)

 

 Lawyers expect a wave of legal action against UK 

companies over attempts to make sure staff are 

double-vaccinated against COVID, amid 

growing fears of draconian “no jab,
no 
job” policies in the workplace.

 

Trade unions have criticised the government for 

encouraging the idea of mandatory vaccination 

for office staff: after transport secretary Grant

 Shapps, said it was a “good idea”... for 

companies to insist staff are double-

jabbed, The Independent reported.

 

Tech giant Google, has said mandatory jabs for US employees 

will later be rolled out to staff in 40 countries where it operates, 

and Mr Shapps said he expected some British firms will soon 

“require” full vaccination.

 

Employment lawyers told The Independent that British companies 

had been in touch to explore their options on putting COVID 

vaccination requirements in place.

 

“We’re definitely going to see a lot of employment tribunals on this,” 

said Elissa Thursfield, head of employment lawyer and a director 

at Gamlins Law – predicting a wave of vaccine-related 

discrimination claims in the months ahead.

 

Lawyers and union chiefs warned that a blanket approach to 

making jabs mandatory could breach the Equality Act by 

discriminating against some groups, including those 

with disabilities or certain religious beliefs.

 

“Having a blanket policy is almost always dangerous – it’s 

fraught with legal difficulties,” said Thursfield, adding, 

“For existing staff, if you don’t have a clause in your 

contract that says you can receive mandatory 

instructions on health, which is rare, that’s 

potentially a breach of contract... as
well as
 the discrimination claims.”

 

She added, “If the government pushes any further on this,

 in terms of encouraging employers, they are going to 

start getting into hot water.”

 

Charlie Thompson, an employment partner at law firm 

Stewarts, also predicted legal action against 

companies that don’t consider their 

vaccine policy carefully enough.

 

“If you’re not able to go back to your existing job, or
you’re 
denied a job, and the employer’s justification
[for 
vaccination] doesn’t stack up, then I can see

 legal claims,” he said.

 

Responding to Shapps’ encouraging remarks about companies 

asking staff to get the jab, Labour leader Keir Starmer said he

 did not think “no jab no job” policies were wise.

 

“I don’t agree with that,” said Starmer.

 

“For day-to-day routines, access to the office, access to health 

services or dentistry or even food – I don’t agree with vaccine 

passports for day-to-day access,” said the Labour leader.

 

Downing Street has made clear the government has no plans to

bring legislation to make full-vaccination mandatory for entry

into offices.

 

Unison General Secretary Christina McAnea said the government 

should not be encouraging any form of “coercion” when it comes

 to employees getting the vaccine before returning to work.

 

“Only with widespread take-up can the virus be defeated,” she 

said, adding, “Achieving this requires persuasion and 

encouragement – not compulsion and coercion. 

Forcing people can only lead to needless 

confrontation at work and legal cases

 that could drag on for years.”

 

Unite’s National Health and Safety Adviser Rob Miguel said COVID

 vaccine compulsion would be a “bad” way for companies to 

encourage a return to work, and is “embroiled with issues 

such as equalities, human rights, privacy and 

ethical breaches”.

 

Goldman Sachs raised alarm bells last month when it sent a memo 

to UK staff saying the company “strongly encouraged” them to 

report their COVID vaccination status before returning to the 

office – before clarifying vaccination was not compulsory.

 

In the US, companies are beginning to be more severe in their 

demands. Google and Facebook, along with Delta and United 

airlines, have said full vaccination will be mandatory for staff.

 

The Independent understands leading UK companies are 

examining how they can make sure staff are double-

jabbed, despite potential legal difficulties.

 

Some keen on getting offices fully-staffed say employees have 

told them they are uncomfortable about returning to the office 

until all their colleagues are vaccinated.

 

Others have said they would not try to enforce 

any rules about the COVID vaccine.

 

Imran Hussain, director at Harmony Financial Services, said 

it would be “ridiculous” to try to draw up a policy about 

vaccination.

 

“The whole idea is highly undemocratic and draconian,” he said, 

adding, “People should be allowed to make their own decisions 

and if they wish to take the jab, that’s great.”

 

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), warned 

against blanket mandatory policies on vaccination.

 

A spokesperson for the CBI said, “The bar for compulsory 

vaccination is high, and there will be few industries
where 
this approach would be appropriate."

 

“However, in some sectors it could prove necessary. 

Wherever possible, businesses will be approaching 

questions like this trying to bring their staff with 

them,” the spokesperson added.

 

 

_____________________________

 



Planning ahead? Firms land 

Covid passport contracts

 that could last until 2023 

...even as UK govt hints
plan
 could be dropped

July 30th, 3:06pm (RT)




The British government has awarded potentially years-long 

contracts to help develop a domestic vaccine passport, as 

Downing Street simultaneously hints that the whole idea 

could be abandoned... if enough people get the jab.

 

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published

 information earlier this week on two new contracts with 

private tech firms hired to work on the country’s 

“Covid-19 certification programme.”

 

US-based Entrust will receive close to £840,000 ($1.2 million) 

for the development of the NHS health pass. The deal will 

last until at least July next year but pricing for a two-year 

contract is already detailed in official documents, 

suggesting that the UK government may be 

eyeing a long-term arrangement.

 

While the contract was made available to the public online, 

information about specific services that Entrust will be 

providing has been completely redacted, with several 

pages of the document blacked out. 

 

The US tech company was awarded £250,000 earlier this 

year as part of its ongoing work on the health pass 

program. The contract raised eyebrows, after it 

was revealed that Entrust had openly boasted: 

about how Covid-19 vaccine passports could 

be retooled to create national IDs as part of 

the “infrastructure of the new normal.”

 

The DHSC also signed a 2nd vaccine passport contract 

this week, worth up to £873,000, with Cambridge, 

Massachusetts IT firm, Akamai Technologies.

 Like the agreement with Entrust, the one-

year deal is designed... so that it can be 

seamlessly extended for an additional 

12 months. The US firm pocketed 

£50,000 in May, as part of its

 involvement in the creation

 of the digital vaccine ID.

 

Akamai, which specializes in cybersecurity
technologies, 
purchased online identity
management company,
 Janrain,
in 2019. 

 

In total, the government has now spent nearly
£23.6 million 
($32.9 million) on its Covid
certification programme,

 iNews reported.

 

The new contracts coincide with the introduction of new 

features on the NHS app', that will allow it to serve as a 

digital vaccine certificate. 

 

In a controversial reversal of its position on domestic 

health IDs, the government revealed last week that, 

starting from the end of September, proof of 

vaccination will be required... in order to 

enter nightclubs and attend events

 involving large crowds. 

 

With around 70% of adults in the country already vaccinated, 

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested on Thursday 

that the threat of the vaccine passport may be enough to 

“cajole” young people into getting the shot. 

 

“Once we’ve done that, the wider questions of vaccine 

certification become much less relevant and salient,”

 Raab said, suggesting that the whole plan could be 

dropped if vaccine uptake increases over the next

 two months. 

 

But the newly inked contracts seem to be sending mixed 

messages about the government’s intentions for the 

controversial health certificate. A spokesperson for

 the health department insisted back in June that

 the NHS app used to certify vaccination status 

would not be used as a national ID system, 

describing the scheme as a “simple and 

secure means” to allow for 

international travel. 

 

 

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100,000+ Britons sign petition to
outlaw discrimination against 

unvaccinated as govt moves 

forward with Covid 

vaccine passports

July 20th, 11:32am (RT)

 

More than 100,000 people have called on the British 

government to review its plans to bring in vaccine 

passports and prevent discriminatory policies

 against people who have refused to be part 

of the national inoculation programme.

 

A petition which started in February has gathered pace 

on Tuesday, with thousands adding their names to the 

growing list of people, calling for the government 

to do more to prevent legalised ‘discrimination’ 

against people who aren’t vaccinated against 

Covid-19.  

 

“The Government must specifically outlaw discrimination 

based on vaccine status, this includes access to private 

businesses, jobs and public life. No individual should 

ever feel coerced into having a vaccine,” the 

petition states.

 

Tens of thousands of people signed the petition on Tuesday

 morning, following a day of unrest in the capital, in which, 

hundreds of angry protesters clashed with police, having

 called for the arrest of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

 

Links to the petition have been widely shared across Twitter, 

with English band Right Said Fred receiving more than 

1,200 retweets on their call for people to sign. 

 

Others vented their anger in other ways on Twitter, calling 

once again, for the prime minister to be arrested. Many 

went as far as comparing the Covid-19 restrictions to

 Adolf Hitler’s Germany, with ‘Nazi’ trending on the 

social media platform. 

 

On Monday, people gathered outside the Palace of Westminster

 to protest measures aimed at preventing the continued spread

 of Covid-19 virus. While Monday, termed ‘Freedom Day’, saw 

the last of the major restrictions lifted, the government has 

laid out plans to mandate the use of vaccination 

certificates at crowded venues in England.

 

Despite having one of the world’s highest vaccination rates 

against Covid-19, many young people have elected not to 

get jabbed. Under the government’s current plans, 

unvaccinated individuals will be prohibited from 

entering venues - such as nightclubs - from 

September. Johnson’s government had, 

previously, ruled out the idea of
making the 
entry to venues be
dependent on 
vaccination
status.

 

The government’s U-turn came just hours after nightclubs 

were allowed to open for the first time in 16 months.
Amid
 the condemnation of Johnson’s plans, some
have 
suggested, that mandatory vaccination
passports 
will help provide peace of mind
to some 
Covid-wary clubbers and others 

attending large gatherings.

 

 

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UK government document 


quietly introduces vaccine


 passports by the back door 


and points to a third lock-


down this winter


July 13th, 2:53pm (RT)


 


By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring
the 
role of intelligence services in shaping politics & 


perceptions. Follow him on Twitter @KitKlarenberg


 


For all the government’s bluster about ‘irreversibly’ reopening 


Britain after July 19, official documents paint a very different 


picture, suggesting lockdowns could well return and Covid


 passports may become the norm.


 


Sajid Javid’s elevation to UK Health Secretary ushered in a new


 tone on the part of all government ministers in respect of 


coronavirus. In a flash, the ambiguity and equivocation


 that had typified official statements about lockdown 


for so long vanished, and swaggering confidence 


about a full and permanent reopening of the 


country in the very near future.. became de 


rigueur across every Whitehall department.


 


“We must learn to live with Covid,” Javid forcefully asserted on 


June 28, the same day he assumed the post. This bullishness 


hasn’t faltered since, despite a backlash from some sections 


of the scientific community, and a not insignificant amount 


of public support for certain restrictions enduring, perhaps


 permanently. On July 12, he confirmed that the country 


was pushing full steam ahead with its unlocking road


-map, with all businesses free to reopen and all 


limitations on human contact over... in a 


week’s time.


 


“We’ve all been yearning to get there, and we all want this to 


be a one-way journey,” Javid told the House of Commons.


 


However, an official guide to “moving to step four of the roadmap”


 – i.e. a full cessation of pandemic restrictions –quietly published


 the previous Saturday– is far less strident and optimistic.


 


For one, it reveals that, in September, the government will “under


take a review to assess the country’s preparedness for autumn 


and winter, which will consider whether to continue or 


strengthen public and business guidance” in the lead


-up to December, “including on face coverings and 


test, trace and isolate,” and with “remaining 


regulations” also to be assessed.


 


In other words, it’s sensible to expect 


another lockdown before 2021 is over.


 


There have of course been numerous insinuations over the past


 six months that a true return to normality isn’t in the offing 


anytime soon. For example, in explaining the postpone-


ment of “freedom day” in June, Prime Minister Boris


 Johnson suggested the UK could be in for a “rough 


winter for all sorts of reasons,” as there might be 


“some new diseases, some new horror that we 


simply haven’t budgeted or accounted for” on 


the horizon as yet unforeseen.


 


Still, black-and-white confirmation that whatever freedom is 


achieved on July 19th will be short-lived, and subject to 


change further down the road, can only be considered 


a perturbing disappointment. Even more disquieting, 


though, is the section of the document relating to the 


NHS COVID Pass, or “vaccine passport.” It states 


Whitehall will be “encouraging and supporting 


businesses and large events” to use the Pass 


in “high-risk settings” to “help to limit the
risk 
of infection.”


 


“The government will work with organisations that operate large,


 crowded settings --- where people are likely to be in close 


proximity to others outside their household to encourage 


the use of the NHS Covid Pass,” the passage continues.


 “If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, 


the government will consider mandating the NHS 


Covid Pass in certain venues at a later date.”


 


It was only in May that citizens were told in no uncertain terms 


there was “no chance” UK laws would be changed to mandate


 the use of vaccine passports, with plans to that effect having 


been unambiguously scrapped. This new protocol could, 


however, make vaccine passports a fait accompli, 


achieved via the backdoor, with culpability for the 


volte face deposited squarely on the shoulders of 


“businesses and large events” and their patrons


 for not responsibly taking “sufficient measures”


 to “limit infection.”


 


A similar carrot-and-stick approach was evident in an announce-


ment made by French President Emmanuel Macron the same day


 Javid spoke of a “one-way journey.” He outlined how, as of 


August, anyone over the age of 12 entering a café, cinema, 


cultural centre, hospital, museum, restaurant, theatre, 


theme park, or train in France will need to possess a 


special Covid health pass. Perversely, Macron was 


also keen to stress that “vaccination is not 


immediately obligatory for everyone.”


 


Essentially, no one’s forcing you to get vaccinated – it’s just that 


most spheres of daily life and activities, both indoor and out, will 


be entirely off limits until you do. The Catch-22 situation the UK 


government is subtly contriving in order to impose vaccines, 


and vaccine passports, on the public seems particularly 


insidious, given official data indicates that 87% of 


England’s population aged 18 and over have 


received their first vaccination, without the 


clear threat of not being able to enjoy 


drinks with friends in a pub, among 


other mundane exploits, hanging 


over them.


 


Moreover, the experience of Israel shows that vaccine certificates


 quickly become redundant – in fact, it was just three months after 


Tel Aviv made a “green pass” mandatory for accessing indoor 


spaces that they were scrapped. After all, as the policy had 


served as such a stirring incentive to get vaccinated... all 


Israeli adults had received both doses by April, meaning


 there was no need to inspect anyone’s pass.


 


One needn’t be a cynic to suggest that darker motives lie behind the


 push for vaccine passports. The dire surveillance implications of 


such a resource were starkly outlined in an April briefing note 


from civil liberties organization Big Brother Watch, which 


cautioned that COVID certificates “would become de 


facto identity cards if they were introduced, and 


would likely be retained and expanded in 


purpose and data over time,” marking


 “a profound impact on citizens’ right 


to privacy in the modern context.”


 


“The UK has a proud history of opposition to identity systems and


 personal checks. COVID-status certificates would turn the UK into


 a two-tier, checkpoint society and mark a serious break from our


 long-guarded democratic traditions, of which respect for privacy


 is key,” Big Brother Watch warned. “The combination of apps 


with sensitive health data and the subversion of everyday 


businesses and events into checkpoints, could constitute 


the biggest expansion of surveillance ever seen in


 the UK.”


 


Evidently, for all Downing Street’s newfound cheerfulness and


 libertarian rhetoric, the nine most terrifying words in the


English language very much remain, “I’m from the 


Government, and I’m here to help.”


 


 


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UK govt gave contract to IT firm


 that is ‘openly plotting’ to turn 


vaccine passports into
a UK 
national ID card,
privacy
 group warns


June 21st, 3:48pm (RT)


 


The British government has been accused of aiming


 to covertly implement a national ID programme,


 after it partnered with a company that has 


advocated turning vaccine passports 


into a multi-purpose document.


 


Entrust, an IT firm that bills itself as a “global leader


 in identities, payments, and data protection,” was


 awarded a contract by the Dept of Health and
Social Care last month, to work on the UK’s 


Covid-19 vaccine certificate system. 


 


The company was given £250,000 ($346,000) to provide


 cloud-computing services for the government’s Covid


-status certification scheme, iNews reported. The 


contract is due to expire in March 2022, but the 


government has the option of extending it for


 an additional year. 


 


Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated last month that 


proof of vaccination will be “necessary”... for inter-


national travel, and in recent weeks, reports have


 emerged, claiming that the UK government may 


require the documents - of people attending 


sporting events or other large gatherings. 


 


Judging from Entrust’s own stance on the issue, it’s 


possible that the government may have even more 


ambitious plans for the digital certificate.


 


 In a February blog post published on the company’s


 website, Jann Markey, Entrust’s product marketing 


director, argued that the advent of vaccine pass-
ports 
could be used as an opportunity to roll out
a national
 ID as part of “the infrastructure
of the new normal.”


 


“Consider a national ID strategy: With the infrastructure 


and investment necessary to ensure a viable vaccine 


passport, why not redeploy this effort into a national 


citizen ID programme that can be used for multiple 


purposes including the secure delivery of govern-


ment services, secure cross-border travel, and 


documentation of vaccination,” the blog,
which 
explores vaccine passports in
the “post-
pandemic world,” states. 


 


Notably, the US-based company has already helped 


Albania, Ghana, and Malaysia, deploy national ID 


systems, iNews said. 


 


Entrust’s partnership with the UK government has 


already raised alarm among civil liberties 


organisations and lawmakers. 


 


Tory MP David Davis, a member of the anti-lockdown 


Covid Recovery Group, demanded an explanation 


from the government. He told iNews that it was 


“extraordinary”... that the health department 


could ink deals with such companies -- with-


out first getting permission from Parliament, 


adding that it was particularly worrying that 


a contract could be given to a firm “with this


 sinister attitude to surveillance of citizens.”


 


Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith 


echoed similar displeasure, claiming that the 


contract contradicts the “stated position of


 the government” and should be nixed. 


 


Big Brother Watch, a privacy and civil liberties group, 


said the Entrust contract represents an attempt by 


the government to issue ID cards “by the


 back door.”  


 


“The fact that the government has done a deal with Entrust,


 a company which is openly plotting a route from vaccine 


passports to digital identity cards, only underlines what


 a serious threat Covid passes would be... to our civil 


liberties and our privacy,” the organisation’s head 


of research, Jake Hurfurt, warned. 


 


A health department spokesperson insisted that the NHS 


app used to certify vaccination status will not be used
as
 a national ID system, describing the scheme as a 


“simple and secure means” to allow for inter-


national travel. Entrust declined to
comment, 
when contacted
by iNews. 


 


 


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I’m not given to hyperbole, but 


the coming week is one of the 


most important in UK history


 – if not the most important  


by Neil Clark


June 10th, (RT)


 


Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and 


blogger. His award winning blog can be found at 


www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. 


He tweets on politics and 


world affairs @NeilClark66


 


I’m not given to hyperbole, but the coming week is 


one of the most important in British history – if not


 the most important  


 


If Covid-19 ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 is postponed, 


as seems likely, and the public complies with it, 


Britain will never return to normal. If curbs 


can’t be lifted when deaths ‘with’ the 


virus are near zero, when will they


 ever be?


 


Don’t say you weren’t warned. Having predicted correctly, 


before Christmas, the very day (January 4th) when Boris 


Johnson would announce the next lockdown, on January 


1st, 2021, I tweeted: ‘My inside source says that there'll 


be no significant easing of restrictions until July at the 


earliest. Govt mentioning Easter, as they need to take


 backbenchers with them & want public compliance.’ 


 


 The tweet received some abusive replies. “Drivel,” wrote 


Pete Hayward. “What a load of rubbish,” said Phil Moor. 


How ludicrous to say restrictions will still be in force 


deep into 2021!  


 


Now, however, here we are in June, and we are still living 


under restrictions. And in terms of overseas travel, more 


restrictions than we had last summer, before anyone 


was vaccinated!  


 


We can talk about the government moving the goalposts,


 but in truth, they’ve uprooted the goalposts and taken 


them off the pitch altogether. ‘Three weeks to flatten 


the curve’ has proved to be the longest three weeks


 in history. Currently, it’s 63 weeks and counting. 


 


Back in January, we were told by Health Secretary Matt 


Hancock that once the “most vulnerable” had been 


vaccinated, our freedoms would be restored. But 


then we had to vaccinate the over-50s. The 


over-40s. The over-25s.   


 


Now we’re told that we should delay the June 21st unlocking 


until everyone has had their second jabs. After that – rest 


assured – it’ll be ’until the children are vaccinated’. And 


then ‘we need to wait until everyone has had their 


booster jabs’. 


 


The much-maligned ‘conspiracy theorists’ who predicted that


 this thing was never meant to end and that every time 


restrictions are supposed to end, they’ll find new 


excuses to keep them (with the latest being 


‘variants’), have been proven right. The 


question everyone needs to be asking


is - If restrictions aren’t lifted in high 


summer when deaths ‘with’ Covid-19 


fall to close to zero, as they've done 


this month, then when will they
ever
 be lifted? 


 


I’m not given to hyperbole, but the coming week will, 


I believe, be one of the most important – if not the 


most important – in British history.  


 


Because if Johnson does, as expected, announce a 


postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday and 


there is not a major (and I mean major) public 


backlash, the delay will not just be for two 


weeks or even a month. It will be forever.  


 


If people – and businesses – simply ‘take it on the chin‘, 


even if it means the destruction of their livelihoods and 


everything they have worked and strived for, then the 


government will take it as a green light to maintain a 


level of restrictions throughout the summer, before 


more lockdowns/increased restrictions are 


imposed in the autumn, and once again 


we’ll be told it's “to protect
the NHS”.    


 


Public acquiescence will mean it’ll be full steam ahead 


for the next phase of the ‘Great Reset’ – which means 


an extension of domestic vaccine passports (already 


being used for England’s home games in the Euros 


football tournament), and a genuine, permanent 


end to ‘free movement’ for the masses.  


 


If you’re enraged by the sight of Johnson arriving in 


Cornwall in a large jet for the G7 bash and tweeting 


about how he was going to ‘Build Back Better’ and 


‘greener’, while ordinary Brits are not allowed to 


go abroad on holiday, well, get used to it, 


because this is the ‘one rule for us, one


 rule for you’ future that the Davos set 


is planning for us.  


 


That the UK political elites had no intention of voluntarily 


restoring the basic freedoms we all enjoyed prior to 


March 2020 – and have been pursuing a sinister 


and very authoritarian anti-human globalist 


agenda that had nothing to do with fighting 


a virus – was clear to anyone who paid 


close attention to what they 


actually said.  


 


In April 2020, Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “The fact


 is we will not go back to how we were in early March 


– there will be new norms that will inevitably come 


off -- the way social distancing is dominating our 


lives and has affected society. We would expect 


''social distancing',' in every single work area, 


whether it’s an office or a construction site, 


and on public transport, going forward.” 


 


A couple of weeks later she declared: “I think we all 


recognise now: social distancing is here to stay”, 


adding, “Our lives are going to be very different”. 


 


On May 22nd, 2020, Scottish First Minister Nicola 


Sturgeon tweeted about a path to ‘a new normal’,


 not to normal.   


 


This week, we learned the Scottish government is 


planning to extend ‘emergency’ powers until at 


least March 2022, with the option of a vote to 


extend them still further, until the end of 


September 2022. 


 


We also have lockdown hardliner Susan Michie, a 


member of both SAGE and ‘Independent SAGE’, 


saying on television... that we’ll have to be 


wearing masks and socially distanced 


from our fellow human beings ‘forever’. 


 


To add insult to injury, she laughed, when she said it, too.  


 


In openly admitting there is no plan to return us to the 


world of early March 2020, a world without anti-social 


distancing, travel curbs & mandatory face coverings, 


Patel, Sturgeon et al are only echoing the words of 


 World Economic Forum’s founder, Klaus Schwab, 


co-author of the book ‘The Great Reset’, who
has 
made it very clear the ‘New Normal‘ is
meant to 
be permanent.  


 


“The people assume, we are just going back to the good


old world which we had - and everything will be normal 


again: how we are used to, in the ''old fashioned'' way. 


This is, let’s say, fiction, it won't happen, the cut which 


we have now, is much too strong, in order not to leave


 traces,” he has said. 


 


The chances of the Great Reset being derailed don’t look 


good. Furlough – always a very good guide to what the 


government has planned – has been extended until the


 end of September. With plans to vaccinate school-


children, it’s worth remembering that the Covid-19 


vaccines only have emergency approval, and if 


the ‘emergency’ is declared ‘ended’, what 


happens then? 


 


However, all is not yet lost.  


 


Opposition to restrictions is growing by the day – and many 


people who have up to now accepted lockdowns are saying


 “enough is enough”. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the impresario, 


has announced he will open his London theatres, without 


social distancing on June 21st, come “hell or high water” 


and said he is prepared to be arrested. There are also 


reports that the nightclub sector may open its doors 


on June 21st too --- regardless of what Johnson 


announces on Monday. Such defiance is what 


we need to see a lot more of – providing that 


the full reopening does not involve the use


 of vaccine passports.  


 


Freedom in Britain hasn’t been lost for good just yet, 


but, make no mistake, it is in terrible danger. The 


next seven days will prove absolutely crucial. 


 


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More than half of the people living in
democracies 
believe their freedoms 


have been overly restricted during
the Covid-19 pandemic


May 5th, 8:30am (RT)


 


 


A survey has shown that 53% of citizens living 


in democracies feel their freedoms are being 


infringed upon by their government’s 


response to Covid-19, and the 


dissatisfaction has grown 


since last year.


 


The study, conducted by the Alliance of Democracies 


Foundation & brand tracking firm Latana, published 


Wednesday, claimed that in democratic countries, 


citizens have become less satisfied by their 


government’s response to the pandemic, 


over the course of the past year. 


 


Polling over 53,000 individuals in 53 democracies,


 the survey shows that while 70% of people were 


satisfied with their government’s response in 


spring 2020, satisfaction had fallen to 51% 


in spring 2021. 


 


Concern that governments are doing too much to 


limit personal freedoms has increased too, with 


53% saying their freedoms had been overly 


restricted in spring 2021, versus 45%
in 
spring 2020.


 


“We now need to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic, 


by delivering more democracy & freedom to people 


who want to see their country become more


democratic,” said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 


Chair of the Alliance of Democracies 


Foundation.


 


The survey, which also looks at other issues relevant 


to many democratic nations, suggests that people 


believe economic inequality to be the biggest 


threat to democracy. Foreign interference 


was seen as a lesser threat, with nearly 


half concerned by the impact of US 


interference on their democracy. 


 


 


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 UK govt tenders suggest London 

could secretly be preparing
for
 lockdowns to last
until
 at least 2022

by Kit Klarenberg

April 27th, 10:20pm (RT)

 

Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist 

exploring the role of intelligence services

 in shaping politics and perceptions. 

Follow on Twitter @KitKlarenberg


 

 UK citizens are prepared for a “great British summer” 

due to the progress of the UK’s vaccination program.

 However, quietly-published government contracts 

reveal the promised roadmap out of lockdown 

could, in fact, be a red herring.

 

On April 26th, the UK government published a tender 

in search of 60 new “covid marshals” in the district 

of Hertfordshire. The contract, offered to “public 

security, law and order [and] compulsory social 

security services” providers, is set to run from

July 2021-January 2022, costing £3 million.

 

Marshals were introduced in October 2020 to help 

businesses manage queues, to ensure adherence 

with social distancing measures, remind people

 to wear face coverings, where necessary, and 

regularly clean frequently-touched surfaces. 

 

As Britain’s BBC state broadcaster has acknowledged,

though, they don’t actually have any legal mandate 

to enforce rules. Officials merely “hoped” they’d 

make life at least slightly easier for those 

authorities – such as police – actually 

invested with such powers.

 

According to the new tender, these individuals are

 expected – using “an intelligence led approach” 

– to “provide practical support, to aid and 

encourage compliance,” help “introduce

 measures to aid public and business 

awareness and understanding of 

regulations and guidance,” and 

disseminate Covid-19 guidance,

 “including.... where additional 

local restrictions are in place.”

 

While the job description sounds like something to

 expect in the Covid-era, the timing may raise quite 

a few eyebrows. According to Whitehall’s official 

roadmap, due to the “success” of London’s

 national vaccination program, “no earlier 

than June 21st, the government hopes
to 
be in a position to remove all legal

 limits on social contact.”

 

In March, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was reportedly 

“more optimistic than ever” of a “great British summer”

 imminently impending. Not long after, Transport Sec.,

 Grant Shapps, said, with much fanfare, that: “for the 

first time, people can start to 'think about' visiting 

loved ones abroad, or perhaps a summer holiday.”

 

 Where Britons could head to, what encumbrances on 

their liberty they would face upon returning, and how 

much restrictions – such as PCR tests – would add 

to their trip bill, was unstated.

 

That a “great British summer” wasn’t on the cards, 

contrary to official pronouncements, was in any 

event, hinted in mid-April, when the Association 

of Independent Festivals – which represents 

approximately 40 percent of the country’s 

festival calendar – revealed over 90% of 

its members were 'unable' to convene 

events in 2021 without state-backed 

insurance, which remains 

unforthcoming.

 

However, a document stating that Covid marshals 

will be required to... “encourage compliance”, 

among members of the public until the start

 of next year ,at least, appears to be the 1st

 black-and-white confirmation, coming 

directly from the UK government.

 

 The tender strongly implies, what ministers have, so 

far, been unwilling to concede: the global pandemic 

isn’t anywhere near over yet, resultant lockdowns 

are likely, and citizens’ lives will continue to be

 adversely affected far beyond the 

foreseeable future.

 

An even longer period of uncertainty is even more 

heavily insinuated, by a separate tender for a 

“COVID Public Information Campaign” in 

Northern Ireland, which calls for “an
a
dvertising contractor, to build on
and 
continue to deliver, a
multimedia 
advertising
campaign on 

COVID-19.” 

 

Published not long after Hancock’s munificent prophecy,

 the contract is set to run for two years from April 2021,

 and to cost £2 million.

 

Residents of the UK should, by this point, be thoroughly

 ''accustomed'' to optimistic ministerial forecasts in 

respect of Covid, leading only to disappointment.


 When the country first entered lockdown in 

March 2020, Johnson pledged it would last

 just three weeks.

 

That period of confinement eventually ended four months 

later, and the Prime Minister unveiled plans to return the 

country to “normal” by Christmas. A 4-week lockdown

 was “temporarily” reimposed in November, rules were

 relaxed for Yuletide, then partially reimposed, before 

a full lockdown was, again, applied in January.

 

Johnson has since alleged that lockdowns, not vaccines,

 are the key driving force behind the country’s much-

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