Tuesday 11 August 2020


True news in my book is news that is factually correct and comprehensive. It has multiple perspectives. It is balanced. Unfortunately, much of the news we get from the MSM - mainstream media - is far from balanced. The establishment - the wealthy and powerful - have their vested interests to protect. We are subject to news that is distorted; it has a bias and excludes facts that are uncomfortable and necessary for an alternative understanding of what is going on in the world.

That is why I cherish the existence of SKWAWKBOX and contribute £3 a month in support. SKWAWKBOX provides that alternative perspective and exposes the bias and distortions in the MSM. £3 is a token amount - but if we all gave a little like this their reach would be even greater.

By design, the SKWAWKBOX relies entirely on voluntary donations to ensure that the information it provides is always freely available to those who need it – and pays extra to its hosting provider to ensure there are no ads cluttering its pages.

In turbulent times, there is no shortage of weathervanes, but there are not too many signposts. The SKWAWKBOX aims to fulfil that function for the left as the movement not only resists attempts to obliterate it, but rallies and prepares to fight back.

Here is just a little of the SKWAWKBOX's recent output on behalf of the left and those representing it:

  1. SKWAWKBOX warned readers that the right was attempting to have the Corbyn fundraiser page taken down and that some donations were being returned, so the left could push back and ensure it remained up
  2. SKWAWKBOX exposed that the Tories had tripled mortuary capacity in anticipation of a second coronavirus wave in the autumn - while they pressed ahead with lifting lockdown. Cases have now begun to increase sharply
  3. as the Tories lied to the people that they were testing hospital staff for coronavirus, the SKWAWKBOX revealed that the government was telling hospitals not to test staff
  4. SKWAWKBOX brought its readers an exclusive recording of Tom Watson's former driver and fixer boasting of arranging a loan of over £25,000 to prevent right-wing MP Naz Shah being barred as a parliamentary candidate - a loan Shah did not declare - and revealed that Shah had twice faced bankruptcy proceedings
  1. SKWAWKBOX exposed the reality of claims of huge numbers of antisemitism complaints against Labour members: 90% of evidence was so poor and flimsy that the party's ultimate disciplinary body was forced to reject it
  2. SKWAWKBOX revealed that the Tories were telling people with suspected coronavirus infections to go to work and shopping
  3. when Keir Starmer used antisemitism as an excuse to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey from her post as Shadow Education Secretary, the SKWAWKBOX revealed that the pair had had a huge row over Long-Bailey's refusal to join the rest of Starmer's front bench in pushing for children to return to school and ride roughshod over unions trying to protect their members
  4. before the full story of Dominic Cummings's lockdown breaches were public, SKWAWKBOX revealed his second trip
  5. when Keir Starmer responded to the leaked Labour report by targeting staff he suspected of leaking it, SKWAWKBOX kept readers aware
  6. when Labour's regional office protected right-wing councillors mounting a 'racist coup' against London's only black council leader, SKWAWKBOX exposed what was happening - and the right abandoned its bid to topple him
  7. SKWAWKBOX revealed that Keir Starmer's token 'diversity panel' consisted of only white advisers close to him
  8. when Jon Lansman arranged with 'Momentum Renewal' to stand down from elections to Momentum's ruling committee in return for their support for his bid for Labour's NEC, SKWAWKBOX revealed the details - and that 'Renewal' was in fact a front for the Momentum old guard, run by north-west 'fixers' close to him. Change group Forward Momentum won every available position


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