Saturday, 16 October 2021

NEW ZEALAND AND THE CORONAVIRUS - THE STORY THAT HAS NOT YET MADE IT TO THE UK MAINSTREAM MEDIA

 Following the trails left by SKWAWKBOX, I very quickly became an advocate of Jacinda Ardern's zero-COVID strategy in New Zealand. Their elimination strategy, following WHO guidelines and explicitly rejecting a herd immunity strategy without a vaccine as 'unthinkable'. It has given New Zealand the lowest COVID-19 mortality rate in the OECD, a high level of freedoms, and above-average economic performance. If New Zealand had experienced the same mortality as the UK (around 2000 per million), New Zealand would have had 10,000 deaths. Instead NZ has suffered 28 deaths (5 per million).


We all need heroes - Jacinda Ardern is one of ours


There have been occasional leaks, but the protective media dyke-wall that has surrounded the UK's policy of herd immunity from the very beginning of the pandemic remains intact. Stories about NZ's success and experiences are not for trumpeting. I first picked up this new development in the NZ story earlier this week in the 'i' when they carried a small article focusing on a Maori leader's criticism of Jacinda Ardern and her treatment of the indigenous peoples of New Zealand. The last sentence of the

Sunday, 3 October 2021

THERE IS A PSYCHOPATH IN NO.10 - FEEL THE RAGE

My thanks to Steve Walker and SKWARKBOX for the original post, fuelled with rage. Here it is:

Johnson says wage growth more important than life length or cancer outcomes

My thanks to Gary Barker for such a brilliant cartoon depicting this man's destructive pathology



Psychopathic Tory PM says ‘never mind’ life or heath – wage growth ‘most important metric’

Tory PM Boris Johnson has said – in a televised interview – that wage growth is the ‘most important’ and people should ‘never mind’ cancer outcomes or life expectancy.

Press and listen:



In a country where cancer outcomes are poor compared to other similar countries and around 166,000 people a year die of cancer even before the Tories allowed the pandemic to swamp the NHS and where life expectancy is falling for the first time in decades, particularly among poorer people, Johnson is certifiable.

As any working-class person knows, life and health are fundamental. Johnson is an entitled psychopath – something we already saw in his refusal to express regret for the tens of thousands of Covid deaths he has caused and his ‘let the bodies pile high’ comments last year.


My thanks to the Dutch cartoonist who has captured our reality so brilliantly - sometimes the view is clearer from across the Channel. 


SKWAWKBOX has nailed it. This man in No.10 has no empathy, no moral compass. He is

Saturday, 2 October 2021

CONSPIRACY TO CONCEAL - PART 5 - THE FINAL EPISODE - FOR NOW

 We are now into October and I have a full enough set of figures for coronavirus infection, hospital admissions, and deaths over September this year. You will find them at the end of this first section of the blogpost. 

What conclusions do I draw? 

What conclusions do you come to?

Are we in agreement?


Cummings and Johnson - the architects of the UK coronavirus pandemic 


I would like to preface my judgement call by referencing some headlines I noticed in the 'i' newspaper this past week:

On Tuesday 28 September, I noted this:

Two-thirds of Britons now have Covid jabs

The article beneath went on to say that Canada, Chile, Singapore, Italy, Belgium, Ireland, and Spain are among those countries who have already beaten the UK to this milestone. Portugal however leads the world with 84% cent of its population having had two doses. Note we are not exactly world-beating even in the prized area of the vaccine roll-out. 

That same day, I also noticed this:

Infection warning as rules change

Underneath, I read that the number of patients contracting coronavirus in hospitals is likely to rise now NHS executives have been told by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) [I promise I am not

Sunday, 26 September 2021

CONSPIRACY TO CONCEAL - PART 4 - IGNORING THE WARNINGS

 A week ago, in its Saturday edition (18 September 2021), the 'i' newspaper published an in-depth article by Jane Merrick revealing how No.10 repeatedly overlooked flaws in its strategy as the Delta variant appeared on the world scene and then hit the UK. 

On the 1 April 2021 this year, a female staff member in a north London care home, who had received her first dose of AstraZeneca in January, tested positive for COVID-19. Within three weeks of that result, 24 of the 42 residents and staff at the care home - which had managed to avoid any outbreaks during the first and second waves - had also tested positive. Just three of the 24 were without any vaccine protection. Genomic sequencing identified the virus as a variant that had arrived from India, now known as the Delta variant and already the dominant form of the virus worldwide. 


My thanks to Wolverton for this brilliant cartoon - just add to the list those whose vaccine immunity is wearing off after six months  


By 14 May, members of Nervtag (the government committee of scientists which has been set up to deal with emerging virus threats) began to ring the alarm bells. It was not until the middle of June, a month later, that the Department of Health under Matt Hancock responded to the Nervtag discovery that the first case in that north London care home was residing with someone who had returned from India in March and had been feeling unwell. That traveller had correctly followed amber list rules and had been quarantining at home. But other people living at that address were not required to isolate and were going about their daily business. 

Even though India went on the red list on 23 April - with all travellers kept in hotel quarantine for 10

Monday, 20 September 2021

CONSPIRACY TO CONCEAL - PART 3 - PLEASE KEEP CHECKING TO SEE IF I HAVE BEEN RIGHT TO BE A JEREMIAH

 There is something rather dreadful about opening the paper each day, from Monday to Saturday, to see what the figures are for deaths from the Sars-Cov-2 virus. I am doing so because I have a need to know, as a Jeremiah prophesying against this misgovernment we are suffering. The man in No. 10 and his cronies will be studying the same statistics each day to calculate how much longer they can afford to wait before bringing back restrictions within our society. 


My thanks to the Guardian newspaper for this brilliant cartoon


Remember what my blogpost on Saturday 4 September revealed, courtesy of an 'i' article - see this link here

The 'i' article by David Parsley quoted these words from a 'source':

'The Prime Minister is minded to implement another lockdown or new restrictions only if the figure of annual deaths looks like it's going to go above 50,000. That means deaths from Covid of 137 a day, or just under 1,000 a week'. 


Well, yesterday's death toll stood at 140, so we are already in the land of lockdown or new restrictions - and perhaps a return to sanity. But be sure, the man in No 10 will not act until it is way too late to prevent more unnecessary deaths."

 

I find all this so appalling. That man in No.10, by his actions and inaction, stands responsible for the loss of around 155,000 lives in this country. And now future policies are being decided on the number of bodies being wheeled from the wards to hospital mortuaries, even as we are all encouraged to live life as

Sunday, 12 September 2021

CONSPIRACY TO CONCEAL - PART 2 - THE ART OF PULLING WOOL OVER EYES

 Last Saturday, 4 September 2021, I gave an account of how the British media were not running with the dramatic story of how this country is moving inexorably to ever more COVID-19 infections, with more of these cases being admitted into hospital, and more people dying from their coronavirus infections.


The British press media are not always doing the job they should


I repeated the story I had read in the 'i' newspaper the week before about how the man in 10 Downing Street had organised a cost benefit analysis for the present coronavirus situation and drawn the conclusion that he would need to start bringing back restrictions only when the daily death toll exceeded 137. I pointed out the 'i' had reported the daily death toll as 140 on Friday 27 August. I then decided to record and monitor these daily statistics in the 'i' newspaper. You can see my last two blogposts on this issue, using these links below - last week's contains the statistics for coronavirus cases, admissions to hospital, and deaths since the beginning of September.


Saturday 28 August 2021 

Saturday 4 September 2021 


The reality of admissions into hospital - over 1,000 British citizens were counted in as COVID-19 patients last Friday


This weekend, I am updating the statistics with the latest figures for the last six days. The trend in

Saturday, 4 September 2021

CONSPIRACY TO CONCEAL - THE BRITISH MEDIA ARE CHOOSING NOT TO RUN WITH THIS DRAMATIC STORY

 I am waiting for today's Morning Star and 'i' newspapers to arrive through the letterbox. The 'i' publishes each day a small table, showing most prominently 'Vaccination Progress' in the UK population - 73% had had one jab and 64% had had both, as of yesterday. Then underneath there are COVID-19 daily figures. They used to get far more prominence and attention, attracting articles and opinion pieces analyzing their significance. 

Not any more.

There must be a conspiracy to conceal - the decision-makers within the media are being nudged or commanded by government not to focus on what is happening.  Why? So the people can enjoy their freedom and the wheels of the British economy can continue to turn. But this means throwing caution to the wind. It means the silencing of the Jeremiahs in the scientific community and wider who know what is happening but cannot find a media outlet to proclaim their warnings.  



The coronavirus and its variants - so far (thanks to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for this image)  


Here are the 'i' daily COVID-19 statistics for the last four days - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and today, Saturday:


                                                Cases                        Admissions                   Deaths

Wed 1 September            32,181 (+5,705)                901 (-42)                      50 (+2)

Thu 2 September             35,693 (+3,512)                842 (-74)                    207 (+157)

Fri 3 September               38,154 (+2,461)                848 (+1)                     178 (-29)

Sat 4 September              42,076 (+3,922)                 985 (+136)                 121 (-57) 


Time to remind you of part of the content of my last Jeremiah blogpost, published last Saturday

Saturday, 28 August 2021

THE BRITISH PM IS A LAUGHING STOCK ABROAD - AND HE CONTINUES HIS MURDEROUS ACTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY

 Foreign governments find it hard to get their heads around how such a man as Boris Johnson could ever have become the leader of the Conservative Party and so the Prime Minister of Britain. He was after all no more than a journalist with a posh background who had a reputation as a chancer and a liar. His editor at the Daily Telegraph sacked him for lying. His actions in office have hardly improved their opinion of him. Lying to the British public got him over the Brexit line, and he is still lying and deceiving to blindside the British people about the downsides of Brexit - all predicted at the time and dismissed as 'Project Fear'. They wait with interest to see how long it will take for the Brits to see through him and his carefully calculated masks. 

My interest today is in examining more closely the consequences of his mad and murderous actions here in the UK as we suffer the twist of fate that has left this man as the British PM during a viral pandemic. 

 First a reminder of a blogpost I published in May last year, around fifteen months ago. I picked this one at random - my first digital finger in a pie that contains scores of my excoriating exposures of this murderous man who misleads this country. Press here for some SKWAWKBOX informed anger.   


SARS -Coronoavirus-2 which causes COVID-19 disease - image used under licence from Getty Images


How little has changed in this period of over a year. 

Yesterday, the Daily Mirror Online carried this title:

UK COVID DEATHS RISE BY 100 AS INFECTIONS PASS 38,000 FOR SECOND DAY IN A ROW

Underneath, the report continued:

All four home nations have seen an increase in cases in the week to August 20, according to the ONS infection survey, amid fears England could see a big surge when schools return.


What's more, this is getting personal. My local paper carried this headline yesterday:

COVID RATES NOW THE HIGHEST IN ENGLAND

The sentence below stated that Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly now have the highest rate of Covid-19 cases in England.

Why? There was a spike in infections after the G7 summit meeting in Carbis Bay, a few miles from where we live - and then thousands were infected at Boardmasters, a surfing festival in Newquay, a couple of weeks ago - and there are hundreds of thousands of tourists entering this county for their

Sunday, 22 August 2021

OVER 115,000 MEMBERS HAVE LEFT THE LABOUR PARTY - BUT SOME OF THOSE WHO REMAIN ARE GETTING THEIR ACT TOGETHER

 I left in the last month. No regrets. It is, though, interesting to see this move by those who remain. You will find a useful list of Tory acts of misgovernment here, too.

Breaking: trade unions and Labour member groups unite in call for party democracy and radical policies


Left unions and an array of member groups demand action to reclaim party and transform UK

Trade union and Labour Party member organisations have today united around a call for party democracy and transformative socialist policies, with a launch statement condemning Labour’s failure to mobilise a fightback against the “most right-wing government in living memory”.

A one-day event on Saturday 18 September will be the first in a planned series and will give voice to all sectors of the Labour left, building unity and organising around goals that serve working people from all communities.

The Labour leadership must abandon its destructive attacks on left-wing members and its proscriptions targeting left-wing groups – and focus instead on mobilising in opposition to

Saturday, 21 August 2021

JOHNSON, THE SERIAL LIAR, AND HIS MINISTERS CONTINUE TO MISLEAD - AND STARMER IS STILL A FAILURE

 SKWAWKBOX continues to inform those who are open to truth. Here are a couple of this week's highlights:


Trickett takes Tories to task for claiming units in existing hospitals are ‘new’ hospitals


’48 new hospitals’ has always been a scam – but backbench MPs are having to do the job of the Opposition in calling it out


Trickett and Javid


Back-bench Labour MP Jon Trickett has long been one of the pillars of opposition to the Tories in the absence of any functioning leadership or opposition from his party’s notional leader. And it was again Trickett who was first out of the blocks when the Tories tried to claim that they had opened a ‘new cancer hospital’ in Cumbria yesterday.

Trickett was quick to point out that the ‘new hospital’ is no such thing. Instead, it’s a unit inside an existing hospital, one that was announced in 2017, long before Johnson became Tory leader:

And he followed up again later today, taking on Javid directly over his dishonest claim and

Monday, 16 August 2021

CLEMENT ATTLEE - AND THE NUCLEAR BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI 76 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH

 Reasons for the human species to be concerned:

  • We are facing global extinction as a result of man-made climate warming
  • We are battling against a coronavirus pandemic across our planet - and most of the world appears to be losing
  • We have lived for 76 years in the shadow of nuclear war that would lead to the end of civilization and the destruction of most human populations


The nuclear explosion over Nagasaki on 9 August 1945  


Reasons to be cheerful:

  • where there's life, there's hope  
I am reading two biographies of Clement Attlee at the moment: 'Attlee - A Life in Politics' by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds (2010) and 'Clement Attlee' by Michael Jago (2014). The former is more scholarly but Jago's work has some passages that catch the eye. Here is Jago's fascinating account of how Clement

Sunday, 15 August 2021

MY CONSISTENT MESSAGE - LIVING WITH THIS VIRUS SHOULD NOT BE THE CHOSEN PATH

 I wrote to friends this week repeating my mantra about this pandemic. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde ('Conformity is the last refuge of the unimaginative'), if consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative than I am truly dull. Here is the evidence of my commitment to repeating the same message:

To my friends:  'All around are repeating the official mantra that this virus is one we just have to live with now. I don’t share that view and tell anyone who is listening that I want to see a zero Covid strategy put in place over say a four month period. There are scientists out there who tell me and others that if there was the political will that could be done. It won’t happen. However, a more deadly mutation somewhere in a world that is not being vaccinated adequately will be highly likely to occur. And then we are back to square one. I am still super-cautious despite our vaccination status; I haven’t set foot in town past the surgery since March of last year. The car that was acquired just before lockdown has just over 3,000 miles on the clock to date, almost exclusively for weekly trips to Penzance for grocery top-ups  and dog supplies to supplement the weekly home delivery of shopping.'

COVID-19 - the source of the global pandemic 

To my blogpost readers on July 10 this year: 

'FREEDOM DAY' ON JULY 19? - IN YOUR DREAMS - IT'S A RECIPE FOR MORE COVID-19 DISASTER

Press here for the link.

To my blogpost readers on July 17 this year: 

MONDAY 19 JULY 2021 WILL GO DOWN IN THE HISTORY BOOKS AS THE DAY THAT OPENED THE GATES TO CATASTROPHE



To my blogpost readers on August 2 this year:

IT'S THAT JEREMIAH TIME AGAIN - BETTER I TOLD YOU SO THAN NEVER KNOWING




And so we are where we are, as they say these days. Exactly where that is may seem a little confusing at times. The media seem to be subject to nudges from that special unit at 10 Downing Street which is focused on bringing the people into an acceptance of government policies, however contrary they may

Thursday, 12 August 2021

THE MERITS OF BEING ORDINARY AND DECENT

 SKWAWKBOX on Tuesday, a couple of days ago, posted this piece in praise of Jeremy Corbyn. I think that most of you reading this blogpost today will already have a high opinion of the former leader of the Labour Party so for you this will be further confirmation for your well-placed trust. If any reader happens to be hostile to the great JC, read on, keep an open mind - and then think about what there is not to like about this man and his ideas. Have you got a better vision for a way out of the room marked 'Global Extinction'?


‘Ordinary Corbyn’ is still leader of the opposition – former LOTO staffer writes

by SKWAWKBOX (SW)

"Jeremy Corbyn and the extraordinary power of ordinariness "

Jeremy Corbyn with former 'LOTO' team member Phil Bevin

Jeremy Corbyn is still the UK's opposition leader, says former staffer Phil Bevin, under the subtitle 'Jeremy Corbyn and the extraordinary power of ordinariness':

Jeremy Corbyn is still the “leader” of opposition politics in the UK. As Skwawkbox has reported before, his influence and popularity has endured through six years of establishment smear campaign and has remained strong since he stood down as the official Leader of the Opposition in 2019. Sir Keir Starmer would surely love to know how he’s done it. Unfortunately for Sir Keir, Corbyn’s ongoing influence is

Sunday, 8 August 2021

REASONS FOR LEAVING THE LABOUR PARTY WHEN ITS LEADER IS STARMER

Richard Hill was the chair of the constituency Labour Party (CLP) in Colchester, Essex until yesterday. Then he resigned. He had had enough. Courtesy of a SKWAWBOX post, here is the story:


 


Chair of Colchester CLP, recent candidate, quits post and party – and writes to ’empty’ Starmer to tell him why he’s to blame

by SKWAWKBOX (SW)

The email sent by resigning party chair and recent Labour candidate Richard Hill to Labour 'leader' Keir Starmer is powerful, eloquent and pulls no punches - and it will ring true with thousands of disgusted current and former Labour members. It is reposted without further comment, except some added emphases, below.

From: Richard Hill
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2021 at 17:07
Subject: Resignation from the Labour Party
To: <keir.starmer.mp@parliament.uk>

Dear Keir,

I am writing to inform you of my decision to resign as Chair of Colchester constituency Labour Party and as a member of the Labour party. As one of over 100,000 people to leave under your tenure I doubt my decision will give you pause for thought but I write anyway as after donating thousands of hours of my

Monday, 2 August 2021

IT'S THAT JEREMIAH TIME AGAIN - BETTER I TOLD YOU SO THAN NEVER KNOWING

 If you're reading this, you are likely to have also read some at least of my previous accounts of the UK's deadly mishandling of this war on the coronavirus. Press here for the first of such blogposts that referenced my role as a contemporary prophet, a Jeremiah Mark2.



A Hebrew prophet imagined - perhaps Jeremiah


Reading yesterday's 'i' newspaper prompted me to compose this blogpost. The 'i''s science correspondent, Tom Bawden, had three articles printed in the newspaper - and their content rings the alarm bells for me.

On p.10, Bawden's piece carries the headline: 'UK 'at increased risk' of vaccine-resistant variant developing' and it references the work of researchers at the Institute of Science in Austria who are claiming that the lifting of all lockdown restrictions, including the use of face masks and social distancing, on so-called 'Freedom Day' on 19 July has put the UK at an "elevated risk" of a new variant. The Austrian researchers further point out that other measures to help curb transmissions and jab-evading variants should include:

  • increased and widespread testing;
  • rigorous contact tracing;
  • high rates of medical sequencing to obtain genetic information;
  • and travel restrictions 


Thanks to theguardian.com for this timely cartoon reminder that Freedom Day is increasingly looking like an only too predictable sick joke



Well, the performance of the UK misgovernment in testing and tracing, and travel restrictions has been lamentable and directly contributed to our death toll of 152,000 and more. The Austrian study found that

Thursday, 29 July 2021

THIS IS A NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST WARNING - YOU ARE AT RISK

I have been a member of CND since at least 2013 when I found I could once again afford the membership dues. Before that, my membership had fluctuated with my fortunes ever since 1965 when I first became a unilateralist. Manufacturing nuclear weaponry may make a lot of money for a few and provide jobs for a few among the many - but it is an obscene business which becomes even more ghastly when you find yourself a citizen of a state that is committed to their use as a deterrent. The policy of deterrence has worked, they say - to which the answer is that we have got away by the skin of our teeth from an only too imaginable nuclear holocaust in the aftermath of the atomic bomb explosions at Hiroshima and Nagaski in 1945. No policy should ever be sustained on a wing and a prayer when the fate of humanity is at stake. 



Nagasaki nuclear bomb explosion - 9 August 1945 


Occasionally, a retired member of the top brass in the military surfaces to reveal his conversion to sanity. He - interesting that the top brass are male - announces that nuclear weaponry and its threatened use is immoral and stupid. But the world scarcely notices and our policies that have been developed around nuclear arms remain largely unchanged. There has been some reduction in the number of warheads but we still have enough to send humanity into oblivion. 


Part of the devastation of Nagasaki after the bomb exploded


And of course we - the Brits - don't even control this weaponry. Do some research and you will discover that we are a puppet of the government in the United States in matters nuclear. That is the elephant in the room that our governments since 1945 have never wanted the people of this country to identify. This post, written by me in 2017 - press here - tells you more about this US control over the UK but google the subject for more evidence of our puppet-state status. Take care, though, to steer your way through the

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

GEORGE MONBIOT IS OUR 21ST CENTURY PROPHET - JEFF BEZOS' EXIT INTO SPACE IS TAKING US ALL FOR A RIDE

 Double Down News is creating the future of journalism. That is their own proud claim. It needs to be true because the future of our civilization and its liberal values - the way of life I and others treasure - depends on the kind of messages that Double Down News communicates reaching more and more people. 

George Monbiot is a regular contributor to their news service and he is one of my 21st century prophets. The Israelites needed their prophets. Their words of warning and admonition filled their holy scriptures. They are still worth reading. We need our prophets. We need the likes of the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg (2003- ) and the London born British political and environmental activist George Monbiot (1963- ). They are our messengers of doom, if we do not act together to thwart the powerful and wealthy few who will not mend their ways.


Greta Thunberg speaking at the World Economic Forum in 2021



George Monbiot - the way of the prophet has never been easy


Below are ten minutes of George Monbiot on Capitalism in Space

They may help you get an even sharper focus on the meaning of life. That after all is the job of

Monday, 26 July 2021

NO CHANGE IN THE MISGOVERNMENT OF THE UK - A LOOK BACK AT 2020 FROM THE DAY AFTER FREEDOM DAY

 This blogpost gives you two perspectives on the pandemic in the UK in 2020:

  • the view from the inside of No.10, courtesy of Dominic Cummings who was the PM's special advisor until November last year
  • the view from concerned journalists expressed in newspaper articles from June to September and collected by me at the time. 
I reread these newspaper cuttings last Tuesday, 20 July 2021, the same day as Dominic Cummings' BBC interview with Laura Kuenssberg in which she seemed determined to undermine his credibility - and failed. The dirt he is dishing on Johnson is designed to take the focus away from Cummings' own culpability in the herd immunity project - but the words and actions he ascribes to Boris Johnson seem only too probable.

They were in it together - Cummings is in the know - the dirt he dishes is really true.


First, the dirt from Cummings on Johnson in that BBC interview (my thanks to Koser Saeed of Spotlight News for this summary):

  • Johnson was not taking the threat from the coronavirus seriously until late March when he ordered the first lockdown. He had expected business to continue as normal, cabinet ministers were still meeting face to face, and Johnson still expected to see the Queen in person each week.
  • Plan A for 'handling' the COVID outbreak was to pursue a herd immunity agenda. Johnson did not want the country to go into the first lockdown and he said so repeatedly at various meetings. 
  •  Then, after the first wave had passed and Johnson returned to work - having recovered from COVID himself - he seemed at first convinced that it had been a good idea to lockdown. But it did

Saturday, 24 July 2021

DEADWOOD IN THE LABOUR PARTY - A MEDLEY OF REASONS FOR THE EXIT OF SOCIALISTS SUCH AS MYSELF

I had no sooner published my blogpost this morning in praise of Dawn Butler, using Skwawkbox material, when another SKWAWKBOX post arrived. On reading it, I decided to share its rich but disturbing fruits. Here, for you to digest, is the historical trail of the Labour plot to usurp the socialist challenge of Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters: 

 


Jeremy Corbyn in Cornwall at Heartlands on the campaign trail in 2017







Astonishing thread pulls together five years of Labour right sabotage and war to destroy Corbyn and the left

Superb summary thread by @iwaslabour distills betrayal by so-called ‘moderates’ on full display

An astonishing Twitter thread by a former Labour member has distilled five years of sabotage and betrayal by the laughably-termed ‘moderate’ wing of the party to ensure that a left-wing Corbyn government was prevented despite the widespread popularity of both the former Labour leader and his policies – and their war on the whole left since they succeeded.

The Labour right preferred to sentence the whole country to hard right government – with horrific consequences for the poor and vulnerable and their children along with those killed during the pandemic – than see a left leader succeed and confirm their political bankruptcy:

DEADWOOD IN THE COMMONS - DAWN BUTLER SPEAKS TRUTH TO POWER

 Explore my blogposts over nearly two years and you will see I have been consistently nailing this man who masquerades as prime minister for what he is - a liar and a rogue who is now responsible for the unnecessary deaths of around 150,000 British citizens. Engels called such behaviour 'social murder'. 

Last year, the Leader of the Opposition, Keir Starmer, failed to rise to the occasion. He declined to call out the prime minister; he colluded in the policies that amounted to the pursuit of herd immunity without a vaccine. Eventually, Starmer's voice became critical but by then who was listening? And the critique was weak. 

This week, a Labour MP, Dawn Butler, called out the prime minister for what he is - a liar - but this you are not allowed to do in the House of Commons. She had to withdraw from the chamber for the day. Not a peep of support followed from her leader, Keir Starmer.


Dawn Butler speaking truth to power in the House of Commons last Thursday


But today, SKWAWKBOX revealed that Labour party members will receive a begging email from HQ in which the praise for Dawn Butler and the condemnation of Boris Johnson flows in full fashion. SKWAWKBOX holds the Labour Party in contempt for such hypocrisy. So do I. As you know from my

Sunday, 18 July 2021

TIME FOR A NEW POLITICAL PARTY - THE SOCIALIST PARTY

It was Bastille Day - July 14 - last Wednesday when I cancelled my monthly direct debit to the Labour Party and filled in the online form that asked me why I was taking this action. I like the association with that revolutionary day in 1789 but I must admit it was accidental. My movement to the point of departure had been gathering pace for months as I realized there was there now little to no chance of a leadership challenge to the new leader, Keir Starmer, who has emerged as a New Labour man through and through. Louise had resigned from the Labour Party months ago. Here's a link to my website, if you are interested in the story of my last period as a Labour Party member - press here.


I had filled in the Labour Party online form with these words:

'I am a socialist - this is no longer my party.'

The automatic response read: 'Be in touch shortly'.

Yesterday, the next automatic response appeared: 'Did you make a mistake?', followed by lots of stuff about what the party stood for.    



A clip from BBC News - what were you thinking, Sir Keir?



Over the last two days, I have been following the Daily Mirror story that I provide below. It confirms my sense that people such as me are toxic in this New Labour Party, determined to reshape itself after the shock of five socialist years with Jeremy Corbyn as the elected leader:

Keir Starmer set to expel 1,000 far left Labour members in four ‘poisonous’ groups

EXCLUSIVE Labour Against The Witchhunt and Socialist Appeal are among the groups to be proscribed by the party's ruling body as the leader bids to stamp out "toxic extremism"


"Keir Starmer is preparing to purge far left Labour members part of "poisonous" campaign groups in a bold confrontation with operators loyal to Jeremy Corbyn.

Labour 's ruling National Executive Committee will be asked to proscribe four "toxic" organisations which promote communism, claim anti-Semitism allegations are overblown and demand whips restore Mr Corbyn as a Labour MP.

Those to be banned include Resist and Labour Against the Witchhunt, which claim anti-Semitism allegations were politically motivated, and Labour In Exile, which expressly welcomes expelled or suspended members.

The openly communist Socialist Appeal will also become a forbidden group.

The Mirror understands anyone found to be a member of any group will be automatic expelled from the Labour Party.

The plans on the agenda at the NEC meeting on Tuesday are expected to pass and more than 1,000 members could be "auto-excluded" as a result.

One Labour source said: "Under Corbyn those from the far left fringes with poisonous beliefs and warped world-views were welcomed into the party. Keir is right to stamp out anti-Semitism and toxic extremism and get the party back into the decent mainstream of Labour values.

The move sets the stage for factional warfare at the Labour Party conference in Brighton as Mr Starmer (sic) attempts to stamp his authority on the party."


 So much for the Daily Mirror story - what follows is a more local Cornish story set in the near-by constituency of Truro and Falmouth. SKWAWKBOX takes up the tale:

Labour’s all-out war on members’ democratic rights

Labour has launched yet another assault on local member democracy – and at a national scale – in its all-out war on its members.

This time, the tip of the iceberg has emerged in the Truro and Falmouth constituency, with