Friday, 30 July 2021

BEGUM CLEARED

Far left Labour MP Apsana Begum has been acquitted on all three counts of housing fraud as her trial reached its conclusion on Friday.  The MP for Poplar and Limehouse was accused of making three fraudulent housing applications between 2013 and 2016, before she became an MP.  Much of her defence appears to have relied on her relationship with her husband, which it was said was 'controlling and coercive' and there were fears she may become the victim of 'honour violence'.

Begum's comrades in the Socialist Campaign Group were quick to congratulate her on the decision, including Burgon, Butler and Corbyn.  John McDonnell had even given her a personal character reference in court.  Many on the left criticised the decision of Tower Hamlets Council in bringing the prosecution, including Begum's comrade Grahame Morris who called it 'a malicious, politically motivated prosecution'.  That would be a strange accusation to throw around considering that Tower Hamlets is run by their own party, but perhaps this belies the deep divisions that course through Labour.  The current leader of the council is a centrist.

Following Begum's acquittal there was no comment from Labour leader Keir Starmer and a deafening silence from the moderates - not even Dave Lammy had anything to say.  This is a deeply divided party.

Apsana Begum pictured with far left colleague Claudia Webbe.  Webbe goes on trial
in September on a charge of harassment

COUNCIL BY-ELECTIONS 29.07.21


There were five by-elections on Thursday with all five seats changing hands.  Labour lost two to the Tories and gained one from an independent.  The Tories gained two from Labour and lost two to the Lib Dems.

Pitsea North West, Basildon Borough Council

Con: 794 (56.5%) +14.8%
Lab: 430 (30.6%) -16.0%
BCRP: 82 (5.8%) -3.2%
LDem: 57 (4.1%) +1.4%
RefUK: 23 (1.6%) New
ForBrit: 19 (1.4%) New

Con GAIN from Lab

East Retford South, Bassetlaw District Council

Con: 493 (40.1%) +25.2%
Ind: 488 (39.7%) New
Lab: 247 (20.1%) -47.7%

Con GAIN from Lab

Knaresborough Scriven Park, Harrogate Borough Council

LDem: 635 (56.6%) +19.6%
Con: 384 (34.3%) -4.2%
Lab: 91 (8.1%) -16.4%
UKIP: 11 (1.0%) New

LDem GAIN from Con

Gaywood South, Norfolk County Council

LDem: 648 (39.3%) +28.0%
Lab: 561 (34.0%) -1.6%
Con: 378 (22.9%) -25.3%
Ind: 35 (2.1%) New
UKIP: 28 (1.7%) -3.2%

LDem GAIN from Con

Fellgate & Hedworth, South Tyneside Council

Lab: 850 (49.1%) +9.6%
Ind: 555 (32.0%) -15.8%
Con: 158 (9.1%) +4.7%
LDem: 125 (7.2%) -1.0%
Grn: 44 (2.5%) New

Lab GAIN from Ind

Abbreviations

Con = Conservative
Lab = Labour
LDem = Liberal Democrat
BCRP = Basildon Community Residents Party
RefUK = Reform UK
ForBrit = For Britain
UKIP = UK Independence Party
Grn = Green
Ind = Independents

Thursday, 29 July 2021

RED KNIGHT

Tory peer Lord Ashcroft will publish his unauthorised biography of Sir Keir Starmer next month and released a promo video earlier this week.  In Red Knight, Ashcroft suggests that Starmer's portrait of a working class upbringing is not entirely true, in particular his depiction of his father as a shop floor tool maker.  In actual fact, claims Ashcroft, his father owned the tool making business.

Starmer's ascent to establishment hierarchy should be well documented in this 368 page insight and Ashcroft promises more 'previously unknown details' about the Labour leader.

Click below for the promo video and you can pre-order the book here.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

STARMER'S EMPLOYMENT HYPOCRISY

Following more than a year of failure, it appears to have finally dawned on the man of no substance that he really ought to try testing out some actual policies on the electorate.  Unfortunately for Keir Starmer, his new pledge on employment rights has coincided with news that his party is making permanent staff redundant and replacing them with temporary staff.  According to The Independent, the party is attempting to hide its 'fire and rehire' strategy by placing anonymous ads that do not mention the Labour Party by name.

It's dreadful timing for an already embattled leader.

Sunday, 25 July 2021

THE WEEK IN CARTOONS 18-24 JULY 2021

18.07.21 - Andy Davey, Sunday Telegraph
19.07.21 - Graeme Bandeira, Yorkshire Post
19.07.21 - Brian Adcock, Independent
19.07.21 - Patrick Blower, Daily Telegraph
19.07.21 - Steve Bright, The Sun
19.07.21 - Christian Adams, Evening Standard
19.07.21 - Tina Garrison, Grrr Graphics
20.07.21 - Morten Morland, The Times
20.07.21 - Guy Venables, Metro
20.07.21 - Jimbob, Instagram
20.07.21 - Matt Pritchett, Daily Telegraph
20.07.21 - Steve Bell, Guardian
21.07.21 - Josh, Twitter
21.07.21 - Ben Garrison, Grrr Graphics
22.07.21 - Josh, Global Warming Policy Forum
22.07.21 - Matt Pritchett, Daily Telegraph
23.07.21 - Andy Davey, Daily Telegraph
23.07.21 - Matt Pritchett, Daily Telegraph
23.07.21 - Nick Newman, Spectator
23.07.21 - Robert Thompson, Spectator

NEC MASK MORON

One of Labour's most senior councillors has been ridiculed after she posted a pathetic virtue signalling selfie on Twitter announcing that she would continue masking up - even when she is on her own...


Cllr Perry represents St Peter's ward on Islington Borough Council, but also sits on the party's ruling National Executive Committee as a representative of thousands of Labour councillors across the country.  One of those who took issue with her statement was Mark Dolan of GB News - another anti-lockdown voice who has thankfully found his way onto the station's roster.  You can see his thoughts on Cllr Perry's absurd mask stance below.


Dolan is right about the political nature of continued mask-wearing.  One only has to look at this week's proceedings in the House of Commons, during which most Tory MPs abandoned social distancing and masks while on the opposite benches Labour and the SNP remained distanced and masked up.  Face muzzles are adored by the left - not because they represent an effective measure against the virus, but because they are a means of social control and oppression.  It is precisely why Labour has always supported this wretched Tory government when it comes to the repression of the British people throughout this pandemic.  It is also why masks and other restrictions are still mandated by the Labour government in Wales, the SNP in Scotland and Labour mayors in London and Manchester.

Friday, 23 July 2021

COUNCIL BY-ELECTIONS 22.07.21


There were eight by-elections in total and it was a good night for both the Conservatives (one gain, two holds) and the Greens (one gain, one hold).  The Lib Dems didn't bother selecting a candidate to defend their seat in North Somerset and the Green Party swept to victory on the back of their absence.  Labour held two of the three seats it was defending.

Fortune Green, Camden London Borough Council

LDem: 1,197 (46.7%) +10.2%
Lab: 849 (33.1%) -2.7%
Con: 518 (20.2%) +1.7%

LDem HOLD

Alkham & Capel-le-Ferne, Dover District Council

Con: 315 (48.7%) -3.4%
LDem: 173 (26.7%) -9.6%
Lab: 101 (15.6%) +4.0%
Grn: 58 (9.0%) New

Con HOLD

Humberstone & Hamilton, Leicester City Council

Con: 1,062 (44.7%) +18.4%
Lab: 790 (33.2%) -15.6%
LDem: 262 (11.0%) +1.2%
Grn: 190 (8.0%) -7.1%
ForBrit: 37 (1.6%) New
RefUK: 37 (1.6%) New

Con GAIN from Lab

Congresbury & Puxton, North Somerset Council

Grn: 594 (64.5%) New
Con: 270 (29.3%) +15.7%
Lab: 57 (6.2%) -25.8%

Grn GAIN from LDem

Tyn-Y-Nant, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Lab: 411 (80.9%) +8.8%
Con: 62 (12.2%) -15.6%
Plaid: 35 (6.9%) New

Lab HOLD

Staines, Spelthorne Borough Council

Grn: 561 (44.0%) +5.5%
Con: 486 (32.8%) +8.0%
Ind: 275 (18.6%) New
TUSC: 39 (2.6%) New
RefUK: 29 (2.0%) New

Grn HOLD

Cliftonville East, Thanet District Council

Con: 723 (74.5%) +14.8%
Lab: 211 (21.7%) -1.0%
WEP: 37 (3.8%) -13.8%

Con HOLD

Liscard, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Lab: 1,137 (53.6%) +2.5%
Con: 582 (27.4%) +9.5%
LDem: 201 (9.5%) +0.1%
Grn: 109 (5.1%) -5.5%
Ind: 68 (3.2%) New
ForBrit: 26 (1.2%) New

Lab HOLD

Abbreviations

Con = Conservative
Lab = Labour
LDem = Liberal Democrat
Grn = Green
RefUK = Reform UK
ForBrit = For Britain
Plaid = Plaid Cymru
TUSC = Trade Union and Socialist Coalition
WEP = Women's Equality Council
Ind = Independents

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

LEWES LABOUR'S WOKE SHRINE

Lewes CLP in East Sussex has gone full-on woke by allowing young local lefties to turn the front of their office into a shrine to left-wing ideals.  The end result is something that looks like a dumping ground for homemade Extinction Rebellion placards (see below).


According to the Sussex Express, the cardboard display was put together by 16-year-old Niamh Gearey and her friends.  Gearey told the Express: "We hoped to create slogans that sum up the way that we feel - marginalised, unrepresented and left out of political decisions, too young to vote".

Slogans on display include Corbyn's 'for the many', 'refugees welcome', 'climate revolution' and anti-British slogan 'we are Europeans' which is written both in English and Polish - 'jesteśmy Europejczykami'.  There are also a couple of BLM fists - one of which is accompanied by the message 'not just a trend' - a feminist symbol and the obligatory LGBT flag.

Despite the display being dubbed a 'generation z takeover', there are two song references dating back to the 1970s.  The big slogan on the right hand side - 'no future in England's dreaming' - is a lyric from the Sex Pistols' anti-monarchist God Save The Queen.  There is also a crudely drawn black Union flag which has 'one nation under a groove' written below it, a reference to a song of the same name by Funkadelic.

PRIME MINISTER'S QUESTIONS 21.07.21

Watch here from noon.  This will be the final PMQs before Parliament retires for the summer recess.

Sunday, 18 July 2021

THE WEEK IN CARTOONS 11-17 JULY 2021

11.07.21 - AF Branco, Alpha News
11.07.21 - Morten Morland, Sunday Times
11.07.21 - Andy Davey, Sunday Telegraph
12.07.21 - Ben Garrison, Guardian
12.07.21 - Christian Adams, Evening Standard
12.07.21 - Patrick Blower, Daily Telegraph
14.07.21 - Patrick Blower, Daily Telegraph
14.07.21 - Guy Venables, Metro
14.07.21 - Jimbob, Instagram
14.07.21 - AF Branco, Flag & Cross
14.07.21 - Paul Thomas, Daily Mail
15.07.21 - Paul Thomas, Daily Mail
15.07.21 - Patrick Blower, Daily Telegraph
16.07.21 - Christian Adams, Evening Standard
16.07.21 - Andy Davey, Daily Telegraph
16.07.21 - Peter Brookes, The Times
16.07.21 - Bob Moran, Twitter
17.07.21 - Ben Garrison, Grrr Graphics
17.07.21 - Grizelda, Spectator
17.07.21 - Morten Morland, Spectator

Friday, 16 July 2021

KNEELING HARRI 'SUSPENDED'


The GB News presenter who took the knee live on air earlier this week has reportedly been suspended by the broadcaster.  On Tuesday ex-BBC reporter Guto Harri declared: "Everyone should take the knee".  He then got down on one knee in front of his shocked co-presenter Mercy Muroki.  Harri was standing in for Colin Brazier.

Last night GB News tweeted that Harri had committed 'an unacceptable breach of our standards' and he was nowhere to be seen on Friday's shows.  The Daily Mail reports that the channel's director of programming has since quit in response to Harri's suspension.  John McAndrew is himself a veteran of the BBC, but has also worked for Sky and ITV.  His wife Daisy McAndrew also contributes to GB News, although it is not clear if she too will leave the station.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening GB News chairman Andrew Neil tweeted the following...


Let's hope he's right.

COUNCIL BY-ELECTIONS 15.07.21


Just one by-election this week and it's a Tory gain from Labour in the West Midlands.  Labour had held this seat against the Conservatives in May when it was a two-way contest.  Prior to the 2021 local elections Labour had held every seat in Sandwell, but lost nine seats (now ten) to the Tories in May.

Tividale, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Con: 986 (52.6%) +20.7%
Lab: 810 (43.2%) -13.7%
Ind: 40 (2.1%) New
LDem: 30 (1.6%) New
TUSC: 9 (0.5%) New

Con GAIN from Lab

Abbreviations

Con = Conservative
Lab = Labour
LDem = Liberal Democrat
TUSC = Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Ind = Independents

Thursday, 15 July 2021

A LONG SPOON

Jeremy Corbyn was humiliated on Wednesday after he posed a Commons question relating to online racism.  Tory minister Victoria Atkins took umbrage with the questioner as opposed to the question, highlighting Corbyn's track record on anti-Semitism: "I will listen to many, many people about tackling racism, I will work with pretty much anyone, but I must say I would take a long spoon with which to sup with this particular member".

Ouch.  Watch the exchange below.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

EX-BBC JOURNO TAKES KNEE

Not more of the same! Has GB News gone woke already?

Those were the sentiments of many viewers as stand-in presenter Guto Harri took the knee live on air yesterday.  You can watch the cringeworthy moment below, but what people need to realise is that prior to GB News, Harri was a BBC journalist for 18 years.  That says a lot, but he is not merely a rabid left-wing establishment reporter.  Harri also worked for Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London and the pair remain 'friends'.

His assertion that "we should all take the knee" will not sit well with his old pal or Tory voters.  It certainly did not go down well with GB News viewers, either.  This cult has got to stop, but as long as the media, big tech, sports stars and their sponsors keep pushing it, there is no end in sight.

LEFT CLING TO MASKS OF FEAR


While the Westminster government has committed to abolishing the mask mandate across England from next week, other parts of the UK under the control of the left will remain subjected to mask mandates for the foreseeable future.

Mark Drakeford has committed to ending 'most' restrictions in Wales next month, but face masks will continue to be mandated in most public settings - including shops, public transport and health/social care facilities.  No end date has been suggested.

Nicola Sturgeon says masks will be mandated in Scotland "for some time to come".  That sounds rather ominous.  Sturgeon appears the least keen of all the devolved governments to loosen the Covid grip.

Sadiq Khan has decreed that face masks will remain a 'condition of carriage' on public transport in London.  It's not clear yet if his Greater Manchester counterpart Andy Burnham will follow suit, as pressure mounts from the pro-lockdown media and the rabid left who long to be subjugated by big government.

There is little evidence that masks reduce the spread of coronavirus.  There was no mask mandate during the first wave, but there was during the second much bigger wave.  Conversely, the removal of mask mandates in US states such as Texas and Florida - condemned by the left and Joe Biden - resulted in no increased transmission.

There is no evidence masks reduce transmission, but no doubt they increase fear of coronavirus.  As Boris Johnson now freely admits, face masks were a 'basic tool to control human behaviour'.  It is little wonder then that the powers looking to cling on to these tools are all from the totalitarian left of politics.  No self-respecting conservative or libertarian should allow government to dictate these symbols of subjugation and fear ever again.  We are many, they are few.