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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Prime Minister sees a naked Jeremy Corbyn.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/30/corbyn-would-go-alone-and-naked-into-brexit-talks-says-theresa-may

Theresa May gets personal in attack on Jeremy Corbyn


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As we move closer to polling day in the 2017 general election, the election that Theresa May repeatedly said would not take place until 2020, that is until the prospect of a three figure overall majority in the House of Commons became too attractive to resist and she took the cynical opportunistic decision to "go to the country", the conservatives and their media allies are becoming increasingly rattled, almost by the hour, as they recognise the distinct reality that the Labour party can not only win, but can win with an overall majority.
This realisation has led to a shift in emphasis in the conservative election campaign, a shift instigated by Conservative Central Office and enthusiastically taken up by the media and television, to move away from policy and direct their attacks against the man, not the Labour programme, but against the leader Jeremy Corbyn. The savagery of these personal attacks has become even more hysterically perverted over the course of the last few days, with the Jeremy Paxman "interview" (now mysteriously missing from news programmes), with Corbyn on last nights (30th May), Sky News Special: Leaders Debate" rating as one of the most attrociously biased election programmes ever seen on British television.
Theresa May, the conservatives and the media, have now come to believe that personal attacks against Jeremy Corbyn, smear and distortion are their only hope of salvaging any prospect of clinging to power. This new conservative tactic is a clear indication that more and more people are coming to view the Labour party manifesto is proposing the best solutions and the best way forward for them, their children and their grandchildren.
It is now for the Labour party to press on with the task of setting out our policies which will set the course for the United Kingdom for decades to come. We must continue to resist being drawn into a sterile exchange of personal insults and smears as our opponents would like to achieve.

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We must ignore the Theresa May vision of a naked Jeremy Corbyn. Ignore the lie of the "uncosted" manifesto promises. Ignore the facile quip about "his minders can put him into a smart blue suit for an interview". Ignore the Telegraph and its smear story of the "scheme to allow thousands of unskilled labourers to move to the UK" or the Mail's sideswipes at practically all the Labour leadership.The conservatives are media are panic-stricken with fear and so resort exclusively, to the impotent gambit of a personal attack campaign.
Now is the time, with 8 days remaining in the campaign, for the Labour party to wade into the attack not with personal insults, but with the positive visions of the Labour party manifesto. 
Hammer home the message that a Labour government will freeze tax, VAT and National Insurance for 95% of our people, retain the triple lock on State pensions and keep winter fuel payments and travel concessions. Press the arguments for reversing the decline in our NHS and incresing funding for welfare and mental health care. Make the point repeatedly, that the freeze on public sector pay will be scrapped and that our NHS staff will receive a decent wage for the invaluable services they perform and that the chronic staff shortage problem will be addressed. Attack this conservative government with our promise to increase funding for schools and abolish tuition fees for our students. Hammer the message that we shall build one million new homes for low cost ownership and for rent, giving thousands of families hope of having their own homes. We shall secure a Brexit deal with our European partners that is in the best interests of all our people.Hammer home these messages to every home and every voter in the country, as this election is arguably the most important election for many years and will effect our lives for decades to come.
The conservatives are now reliant on the negative of personal insults as they no answer to a Labour party programme which will transform Britain and build a society for the many not the few.  






Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Jeremy Paxman is "past his sell by date".

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/29/im-no-dictator-jeremy-corbyn-tells-paxman-in-election-interview


Jeremy Corbyn delivers best performance yet during live TV debate


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It is rarely if ever, that I agree with Andrew Pierce, Consultant editor of the Daily Mail and regular newspaper previwer in the Monday evening Sky News morning papers preview slot, along with Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin McGuire.

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However,  following last nights (29th May) much heralded Televised "Debate"  on Sky News between Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Pierce observed that Jeremy Paxman, "is past his sell by date". In fact, Paxman's performance on the programme revealed more than that. Not only had his "sell by date" expired but his contents has developed a distinct odour of decay.
The 90 minute Sky News special, hosted by Fisal Islam and Jeremy paxman, was advertised as a leaders debate but was in fact just a question and answer session with first the invited studio audience, and then acrross the table with "inquisitor", Paxman himself. It was not actually a debate as May and Corbyn appeared separately in allocated slots to respond to questions. Any viewer tuning in expecting a debate between the leaders on their respective party policies will have been sadly disappointed. Even with the format as transmitted, there should have been scope for a presentation of policy, but Paxman was determined to deprive both the studio audience and the viewers even of that.
Describing himself as a "One Nation Conservative", Paxman was probably not the most impartial host that could have been given the job of questioning the leaders, but in keeping with the Sky Television unconditional support for and unashamed bias towards the conservative party throughout this election campaign, he filled the role with some relish.
The first "candidate" to appear was Jeremy Corbyn who responded to questions from the audience with confidence, having the occasional opportunity to promote labour policy on Housing, Welfare, the NHS, workers rights, and other points. 


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Paxman however seemed determined to dominate the conversation with the Labour leader with distortions and innuendo about anything except Labour part policy. From the start of the "interview", Paxman was boorish, arrogant and  aggresive as he waded in with questions on the IRA, Hamas, Trident, Dis banding MI5 and Argentina, shouting down Corbyn in mid sentance with his next tirade of hysterical interogation.
The defining moment came when Paxman again interrupted a partial response and Corbyn said "Can you let me finish?", to which Paxman, showing his utter ignorance and disrespect shouted "No".



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At no time during this section of the programme was there any discussion about policy. The only reference to the Labour party manifesto, was Paxman's bizarre comments about what the manifesto did not include. There was no mention, he ranted, about abolishing the monarchy or nationalising the banks, demonstrating that the inquisitor has little if any knowledge about how a Labour party manifesto is actually produced.
The whole interview with Corbyn was in marked contrast to that with Theresa May. She received very few interuptions, met with little Paxman hostility and was allowed to speak at length, but withou any detail, on specifics from the conservative manifesto about Brexit, welfare caps, security and her other comfort zones. The only discomfort seemed to come when a police officer in the audience brought up the matter of cuts to the force.
The Prime Minister is not comfortable with the face to face situation and detailed questioning and in this respect Paxman gave her an easy ride 
All in all, Jeremy Paxman produced a biased and vulgar performance. Boorish and disrepectful, Paxman in the space of some 20 minutes clearly demonstrated all that is wrong with journalism, particularly television journalism, in todays United Kingdom











Monday, 29 May 2017

Iain Duncan Smith a rambling,hypocritical and confused 39 seconds



Duncan Smith demands Corbyn IRA apology


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39 seconds of Iain Duncan-Smith proving to the world what a nefarious and hypocritical opportunist he really is.
Leaping into the current conservative party and media frenzy of finding any connection no matter how tenuous between Jeremy Corbyn and "links" to terrorism or the IRA, Duncan-Smith seeks an apology from Corbyn for, "trying to equate all violence in Northern Ireland as though it were on an equal par with terrorists trying to blow people up as they tried to do in Manchester before, in Birmingham and in London, with people who were serving, sent there to serve, like myself in Northern Ireland doing our duty to try and uphold peace, that is a disgrace and I want him to apologise for that".
The problem for Duncan-Smith is that he has created a complete distortion of what Jeremy Corbyn actually said and placed his own warped interpretation on the words.
In this he is not alone, as the media, television pundits and other conservative politicians have been doing the same thing since last Friday when Corbyn made his, "War on terror is simply not working" speech. The difference with Iain Duncan-Smith is that in his haste to get onto the personal attack band wagon, not only has he distorted Corbyn's words, but he has created a rambling and confused interview "speech" with which to do it. Additionally to insert the phrase that, "many of my colleagues lost their lives doing it" is clearly just a cheap shot for emphasis and effect which demonstrates again, how cynical and hypocritical this former conservative party leader and former Secretary of State actually is.


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Duncan-Smith you may remember is the person caught on television cheering, shouting yes,yes,yes in the House of Commons as more cuts to disability and welfare payments were announced in the Osborne budget some years ago.
A truly horrible man, full of bile, spite and hypocrisy who fails on so many levels and anything he says can be dismissed as spiteful cynicism.
He has failed in everything he has tried or touched in the past and this 39 second contribution is no exception. .







Saudi Arabia to execute another "criminal" for taking part in a protest.


Saudi Arabia to behead disabled man 'for taking part in protests'

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Saudi Arabia is a strong ally of the west in the continuing war on terror and the exchange of intelligence information. This is the reason why so many of our politicians and Royalty are prepared to go there and be wined and dined in lavish style, by the despotic Al Suad royal familiy, government, civil service, military hierachy etc.This is the reason why we sell them £millions of weapons, aircraft, ships and military hardware every year to support them in their "struggle" against civilians in Yemen, Bahrain, Syria and many other parts of the Middle Esast.This is the reason why we stop criminal investigations into bibery and corruption between the Saudi's and leading United Kingdom manufacturing companies. To continue our good relationship with Saudi Arabia, we acquiesce when they export terrorists and terrorist ideology around the world including to the UK. The Saudi regime execute hundreds of their own people every year by the most barbaric methods and we say nothing.
The latest to face beheading at Deera Square in Riyadh, is Munir al-Adam, 23 a disabled man, sentenced to death in a secretive trial in the country’s Specialised Criminal Court last year, for the "crime" of attending a protest.
The Saudi Arabia record of human rights violations and abuses civil rights in the country is one of record, but we in the United Kingdom remain silent as Saudi Arabia is a strong ally of the west in the continuing war on terror.

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The United Kingdom is also aware that Saudi Arabia has vast resources of oil.
There is little that is more dispicable than State hypocrisy and we in the UK are experts at that.




New Agenda on Sunday. is out! Edition of 28 May 2017

https://paper.li/f-1346065353#/


Good morning everyone


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The week has been dominated by the events at the Manchester Arena atan Ariana Grande concert. This appalling terrorist suicide bombing, carried out by Salman Abedi, which killed 22 people and seriously injured many others, has been rightly condemned by all as an atrocity and reminds us all of the threat of terrorism.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims.

R I P the 22.


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Regular readers may have gathered from previous e-mail that I am not a great fan of Kelvin MacKenzie. (He is despised by thousands of other people too and is still persona non grata in Liverpool.) Without entering into a discussion on the offending Sun front page, which was published the day after the Manchester bombing, and was the only "newspaper" not to cover the story, I just offer the following observation.
Another reprehensible and crass Front Page from the Sun.
I was under the impression that the obnoxious Kelvin MacKenzie had finally departed from the Sun, the "newspaper" of infamous misrepresentation and lies, and rode off into the sunset to grow roses in his garden (preferably in some other distant country).
Unfortunately however, his ghost still wanders around the offices on the editorial floors of the paper and worse, still seems to have use of processors upon which to write his loathsome stories.




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Lord Brett Sinclair and James Bond. Two of the greatest roles (amongst many others, Simon Templar, Shaun Fynn, Ivanhoe to name but three) any actor would be proud to have filled. His portrayal of James Bond is considered by many to be the definitive 007 and I think that I would agree with that view. He also had a tremendous sense of humour.

R I P: Roger George Moore KBE 14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017.

Perhaps I might mention some Blogs which I wrote during the past week. Should you have a few moments to spare and have an interest in these things, just copy the link and paste into your browser.
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/the-conservatives-will-learn-that.html
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/mum-killed-herself-after-having.html
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/the-cold-stark-fact-is-that-war-on.html
http://new-agenda2012.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/the-conservatives-resort-to-personal.html

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The Conservatives can produce a child's breakfast for just 7p per meal.It seems that they can also feed thousands of people on just 5 farmhouse sliced loaves and 2 medium sized mackerel from the Asda fish counter. With this miraculous sleight of hand, the conservatives and their manifesto promises have, also, at a stoke, found their solution to the Food bank scandal.
Do I detect another U turn coming?
With so many U turns we hardly know in which direction they are now facing. Frankly, neither do they.



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Today it is raining very heavily with associated thunder and the occasional flash. Tomorrow it will be raining very heavily with associated thunder and the occasional flash. It seems that all the available "weather pundits" are predicting that this pattern will last for the rest of the week. It must be coming up to Wimbledon Fortnight (or three weeks if it rains) so gather up your strawberries, get in some extra thick cream and set up a stall in Church Road, Wimbledon, SW19 5AE.

You can charge £5 per strawberry (yes per strawberry not per pot!)


Have a nice week

Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Conservatives resort to personal abuse and smear as they desperately try to cling to office.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/26/jeremy-corbyn-making-excuses-terror-attacks-theresa-may-says/


Tories express concern that Theresa May’s message of her “strong and stable” leadership is not cutting through with voters.


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Theresa May, the Conservative party and their remaining supporters in the media and television, are now practically resigned to the probability that on June 9th, the United Kingdom will have a new government and that the Tories will have lost an election which they were convinced they would win with a tsunami of votes, achieving a three figure majority in the House of Commons. Theresa May announced the election when "the polls" indicated a 30% or even 40% lead over the Labour party and the media were predicting a landslide for the conservatives with a majority of perhaps two hundred seats.Things have changed since then and what was a cynical decision taken on the basis of political opportunism, has now become a nightmare of self recrimination, "If only we had not gone now and waited until 2020".
The media and television have maintained a shameless and consistent bias in favour of the conservatives and against Labour generally and the Labour leadership in particular. However over the past week, we have witnessed an appreciable decline in the flagrantly anti Labour headlines and articles in all but a rump of newspapers and of course on BBC and Sky television. Of those who remain intransigent supporters of the floundering conservative campaign and its discredited manifesto "promises", the focus of their attack now follows the line advocated by Fallon, Johnson, Rudd, Duncan-Smith and of course May herself. They all now resort to attacks on Jeremy Corbyn personally, attempting to discredit the man rather than the policies, in the vain hope that this will somehow attract public support. In this, the aggression becomes more extreme in ferocity more deceitful in content.
Today's newspapers (28th May)  are indicative of an unhealthy and dangerous trend now being set and followed by a section of the conservative press. "Jeremy Corbyn blamed IRA's Poppy Day massacre on British occupation of Northern Ireland" screams the Telegraph, followed with their favourite "Labour civil war" theme, with "Leaked floor plan shows moderates seated as far from Jeremy Corbyn as possible".  Not to be outdone in the  preposterous anti Labour party stories, the Sunday Times weighs in with, "Jeremy Corbyn blames the West for the beheading of Briton Alan Hemming by Jihadi John".
The Mail, quoting Home Secretary Amber Rudd who says,"Vote Corbyn, get more terrorism"  as she goes on the warpath warning that a Labour win would risk fresh atrocities in Britain.
That well known vehicle for truth and enlightenment the Sun on Sunday,  leads with "There’s no real contest between Theresa May and liar Jeremy Corbyn after PM’s calm and careful handling of the Manchester terror attack", which, were it not so appallingly ludicrous might even be amusing  and the Evening Standard trying despatately to discredit the Labour leadership, chips in with " Jeremy Corbyn accused over 'inappropriate and crassly timed' speech on terror".



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Dan Hodges, who writes a column for the Mail on Sunday and describes himself as a 'tribal neo-Blairite", made the most heinous personal attack on the Labour leader on Sky News, Morning papers preview section last night. The Sky News channel has been openly anti Labour, and pro conservative particularly during this election campaign, but Hodges remarks, clumsily linked in with another story, brought instant criticism from his fellow previewer on the Sky News couch. 
The common feature in this media onslaught is the conservative party assumption that the personal assaults on the character and integrity of the Labour leader, will convince the voters to support the government and retain the status quo. Again, the patronising conservative leadership and their media apologists take the British people for granted as they cling to the delusion of a conservative victory on June 8th.
The voters will recognise the tactic of personal abuse and falsehood against the Labour party and its leadership as the last throws of a cynical government, desperately seeking to cling to office. An inept and counter productive attempt to divert public attention away from the inadequacies and shortcomings of conservative manifesto promises, or what remains of them after the U turns and contradictions of the past week since their manifesto was launched.




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The Labour party has consistently refused to be drawn into the personality warfare that the conservatives are now so frantically trying to promote. The party has constantly put forward our policy proposals on Housing, Welfare, the NHS, workers rights, school funding, freezing tax, VAT and National insurance for 95% of our population, pensions and the triple lock and all the other policies which are of pressing concern for our people.
It is on these issues, these policies that the result of the election will be decided and not on the barren wasteland of personal abuse and Tories express concern that Theresa May’s message of her “strong and stable” leadership is not cutting through with voters.
Theresa May, the Conservative party and their remaining supporters in the media and television, are now practically resigned to the probability that on June 9th, the United Kingdom will have a new government and that the Torries will have lost an election which they were convinced they would win with a tsunami of votes, achieving a three figure majority in the House of Commons. Theresa May announced the election when "the polls" indicated a 30% or even 40% lead over the Labour party and the media were predicting a landslide for the conservatives with a majority of perhaps two hundred seats.Things have changed since then and what was a cynical decision taken on the basis of political opportunism, has now become a nightmare of self recrimination, "If only we had not gone now and waited until 2020".
The media and television have maintained a shameless and consistent bias in favour of the conservatives and against Labour generally and the Labour leadership in particular. However over the past week, we have witnessed an appreciable decline in the flagrantly anti Labour headlines and articles in all but a rump of newpapers and of course on BBC and Sky television. Of those who remain intransigent supporters of the floundering conservative campaign and its discredited manifesto "promises", the focus of their attack now follows the line advocated by Fallon, Johnson, Rudd, Duncan-Smith and of course May herself. They all now resort to attacks on Jeremy Corbyn personally, attempting to discredit the man rather than the policies, in the vain hope that this will somehow attract public support. In this, the aggression becomes more extreme in ferocity more deceitful in content.
Today's newspapers (28th May) are indicative of an unhealthy and dangerous trend now being set and followed by a section of the conservative press. "Jeremy Corbyn blamed IRA's Poppy Day massacre on British occupation of Northern Ireland" screams the Telegraph, followed with their favourite "Labour civil war" theme, with "Leaked floor plan shows moderates seated as far from Jeremy Corbyn as possible". Not to be outdone in the preposterous anti Labour party stories, the Sunday Times weighs in with, "Jeremy Corbyn blames the West for the beheading of Briton Alan Hemming by Jihadi John".
The Mail, quoting Home Secretary Amber Rudd who says,"Vote Corbyn, get more terrorism" as she goes on the warpath warning that a Labour win would risk fresh atrocities in Britain.
That well known vehicle for truth and enlightenment the Sun on Sunday, leads with "There’s no real contest between Theresa May and liar Jeremy Corbyn after PM’s calm and careful handling of the Manchester terror attack", which, were it not so appallingly ludicrous might even be amusing and the Evening Standard trying desperately to discredit the Labour leadership, chips in with " Jeremy Corbyn accused over 'inappropriate and crassly timed' speech on terror".
Dan Hodges, who writes a column for the Mail on Sunday and describes himself as a 'tribal neo-Blairite", made the most heinous personal attack on the Labour leader on Sky News, Morning papers preview section last night. The Sky News channel has been openly anti Labour, and pro conservative particularly during this election campaign, but Hodges remarks, clumsily linked in with another story, brought instant criticism from his fellow previewer on the Sky News couch.
The common feature in this media onslaught is the conservative party assumption that the personal assaults on the character and integrity of the Labour leader, will convince the voters to support the government and retain the status quo. Again, the patronising conservative leadership and their media apologists take the British people for granted as they cling to the delusion of a conservative victory on June 8th.
The voters will recognise the tactic of personal abuse and falsehood against the Labour party and its leadership as the last throws of a cynical government, desperately seeking to cling to office. An inept and counter productive attempt to divert public attention away from the inadequacies and shortcomings of conservative manifesto promises, or what remains of them after the U turns and contradictions of the past week since their manifesto was launched.
The Labour party has consistently refused to be drawn into the personality warfare that the conservatives are now so frantically trying to promote. The party has constantly put forward our policy proposals on Housing, Welfare, the NHS, workers rights, school funding, freezing tax, VAT and National insurance for 95% of our population, pensions and the triple lock and all the other policies which are of pressing concern for our people.
It is on these issues, these policies that the result of the election will be decided and not on the barren wasteland of personal abuse and character assassination .

Saturday, 27 May 2017

The cold stark fact is that the war on terror is not working.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/may/26/jeremy-corbyn-the-war-on-terror-is-simply-not-working


The war on terror is simply not working: says Jeremy Corbyn

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Yesterday morning (26th May) Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech marking the end of the temporary pause in election campaigning following the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night at a pop concert. Corbyn said that the war on terror, words used by numerous politicians over the last 20 or so years, is simply not working, going on to add that, "We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.”
This brought immediate criticism from Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary accusing Corbyn of “very muddled and dangerous thinking” that implied blame on Britain for somehow bringing the Manchester terror attack on itself. Which is, of course, complete nonsense as the Labour leader said nothing of the sort and indicates that Fallon himself has the "muddled thought", particularly after his car crash interview of a few days ago stammering and mumbling his way through his response to questions on the conservative party manifesto and welfare reforms. 

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Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, also criticised Corbyn’s speech, saying: “I don’t agree with what he says, but I disagree even more that now is the time to say it." adding "That’s not leadership, it’s putting politics before people at a time of tragedy.” The problem that Fallon and Farron have is that the Labour leader is absolutely right in his analysis and perhaps had they listened to the actual words, which in fact took a very small part of the text, rather than attempt to score cheap political points, they may have realised that the vast majority of people in this country actually agree with what Corbyn said on this point. The "war on terror", is not working and there is ample evidence of this being the case. If it were working we would not have witnessed so many terrorist attacks in towns and cities all over Europe (and beyond) over recent years. The Manchester atrocity on Monday evening is the latest in a list of atrocities over recent months and years in London, Birstall, Walsall, Glasgow, Paris, Stockholm, Brussels, Ankara, Tunisia, Thailand, and a hundred other locations around the world.


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Within a couple of hours, Boris Johnson, renowned for engaging mouth before any other part of his body added his "contribution" to the criticism with the absurdity that the Labour leader had "attempted to justify or to legitimate the actions of terrorists"
Later still, Theresa May speaking at the G7 summit in Sicily, through a mouth even more contorted than is usual even for her, uttered the most preposterous lie of the day when she said that Jeremy Corbyn had stated that "Terror attacks in Britain are our own fault". Which is the most reprehensible and outrageous distortion, even for a Prime Minister famed for her ability to lie and avoid questions with an almost straight face.


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The prize of the day for biased and partial interviewing must be awarded to Andrew Neil for his performance during the "Andrew Neil 2017 Election. Leader Interviews" programme on BBC 1 last night with Jeremy Corbyn. In a television slot of just 30 minutes, Neil contrived to ask a question about the Manchester bombing and then spent the next 20 minutes or so interrogating Corbyn about his "links" to the IRA and bombings during "the troubles". The questioning was vulgar, boorish and abusive, filled with interruptions and shouting down answers. The remaining 10 minutes was filled with "questioning" in the same manner, on the subject of Trident and Corbyn's personal position on the subject as opposed to the party position. Only for a few seconds right at the end, was there any mention of Labour party policies, albeit that the Labour leader did manage to hold up a copy of the party manifesto,"For the many not the few."


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This whole programme was in stark contrast to the treatment meted out by Neil during the Leader interviews programme where Theresa May was the subject. Her performance was hesitant, evasive and muddled and yet Neil failed perhaps by accident or more probably design, to press the Prime Minister in the same aggressive fashion as he pressed Jeremy Corbyn.
Now that this day of hysterical smear, distortion and lies in the media, on television and from conservative politicians is past, we must now get back to what this election is really all about. Housing, Welfare, the NHS, workers rights, school funding, freezing tax, VAT and National insurance for 95% of our population, pensions and the triple lock and all the other policies which are of pressing concern for our people.Probably 90% of Jeremy Corbyn's speech yesterday was about policy and yet the media concentrated on "terrorism". Even in this, the media distortions failed to mention Corbyn's comments that "Security does not come on the cheap" or the promise to adequately fund the security services, the police, the army and the A&E facilities, or even the statement that Austerity must stop at A&E and the police station door".
It was a very bad day for media and television yesterday and an even worse one for Fallon, Farron, Johnson and May. They must not be allowed another term in office to lie, distort and inflict their pernicious policies of cuts and austerity on the people of this country. There may even be a case, after the election, for examining in detail the role of the media and television and their "political" reporting and coverage of the election.






Friday, 26 May 2017

Mum killed herself after having benefits stopped


DWP 'have blood on their hands' say family.


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This wretched government, their "austerity" measures and their not fit for purpose (and practically privatised) DWP, should be consigned to history.
Again the conservatives demonstrate that the system and its rules are far and away more important that the inviduals that the system was supposed to support.
The DWP said "“Our thoughts are with Miss Whiting’s family at this difficult time.
Suicide is a very complex issue. Jobcentre Plus is currently investigating a complaint from the family and will respond back shortly.”
The DWP and this government should hang their heads in shame at the way the people relying on their services are treated. This is not the first case of suicide and it certainly will not be the last unless there are significant changes.