Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Monday, 23 April 2018
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Ian Austin said that it was a disgrace that Jeremy Corbyn hadn't expelled, or called for the expulsion, of Ken Livingstone from the Labour Party
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Friday, 20 April 2018
Was Rebecca Long-Bailey trying to take Diane Abbott's crown as most useless Labour Party spokesperson?
Asked if he knew about the 2009 decision, he told the BBC: "No, it was an administrative decision taken by the UK Border Agency."
The cards were then destroyed in 2010, when Theresa May was home secretary.
On Wednesday, Mr Corbyn accused the government of being "callous and incompetent" and asked if Mrs May, then home secretary, had "signed off" on the decision to destroy the landing cards which was now "causing such pain and such stress to a whole generation" of Windrush migrants.
She replied that the decision had been taken under the previous Labour government in 2009.
Mr Johnson suggested that Mr Corbyn had been "misled" over the issue: "The previous evening, as I understand it... Number 10 were briefing that this happened in 2010.
"What she had up her sleeve, whether it was deliberate or whatever - all's fair in love and Prime Minister's Questions - was that the decision was taken under us."
On BBC One's This Week, Mr Johnson - home secretary from June 2009 until May 2010 - said the UK Border Agency had taken the "administrative decision" to destroy the landing cards in 2009, although he was unaware of it.
"It wasn't just the Windrush landing cards it was this mass of paperwork that had built up over 50 years.
"And you have to remember, we were introducing a biometric identity card, compulsory, for anyone coming in from outside the European Union, so Windrush weren't involved in any of that, there was no threat to the Windrush generation.
"So it was an administrative decision, just at it was a year later, when Theresa May was home secretary - as my successor - and they were destroyed."
The Home Office has set up a task force to help people formalise their right to remain in the UK. But Home Secretary Amber Rudd has faced calls to quit over the scandal, with Labour saying she had blamed officials rather than taking responsibility for her department's actions.'
The Labour Party / BBC alliance had decided that the Windrush generation issue was going to be how they would destroy the electoral chances of the Conservative party in the upcoming local elections and hopefully take the scalp of Theresa May as well. The whole matter was pushed and promoted into the major issue of our times, leading to this week's PMQs when Jeremy Corbyn was to have put the blame firmly onto Theresa May and then for the whispering campaign calling her a racist and calling for her resignation would have got into gear.
Sadly for the BBC and the Labour Party the decision was taken under a Labour government. The line that made me laugh out loud in the above BBC article was this one:
'... Mr Johnson - home secretary from June 2009 until May 2010 - said the UK Border Agency had taken the "administrative decision" to destroy the landing cards in 2009, although he was unaware of it.'
If it had have been Theresa May who had been home secretary when the decision was made, would the BBC have accepted that it had been an "administrative decision"? Of course not, they along with the Labour Party would have been saying the buck should stop with her and calling for her resignation. But as it was a Labour politician, no action is required.
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Tuesday, 17 April 2018
The BBC are very careful how they report the speeches by Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth re anti-Semitic abuse - UPDATED
Jeremy Corbyn leaving the chamber has not gone unnoticed elsewhere, Political Betting has these Tweets:
I simply don't understand why Jeremy Corbyn has left the chamber for this debate on antisemitism. I had him down as all sorts of things. I never had him down as a coward.— Tom Peck (@tompeck) April 17, 2018
Well, I don't hold Corbyn responsible for the abysmal contents of antisemitic Facebook groups he is a member of, or of disgraceful tweets done in his name. But to walk out of this, to show no solidarity with his own MPs? I'm really quite stunned.— Tom Peck (@tompeck) April 17, 2018
Ever seen him call out a racist on his own side?— GOsborneGenius (@GOsborneGenius) April 17, 2018
Of course you haven’t, he’s always been a coward with a thin skin.
From the beginning of all this I think he’s been more guilty of cowardice than anything else. He won’t confront; instead he retreats to his adoring base, again and again.— Benji Lanyado (@benjilanyado) April 17, 2018
(He has returned. After a lengthy, curious spell standing with his hands in his pockets behind the Speakers chair, he is back on the front bench.)— Tom Peck (@tompeck) April 17, 2018
Describing interconnected threats to British Jewry as existing "on the left, right and in the Muslim community," Philips argued there were "unmistakable echoes" of the 1930s, and that many in the Jewish community were refusing once again to acknowledge "the true nature and extent of the gathering threat."
Delivering a powerful riposte against Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, Philips further added that the Left had "become the enemy of the West and the enemy of the Jews," and that the difference between anti-Zionism and antisemitism was "bogus" since both concepts were "umbilically connected."
Casting an eye over current affairs, Philips argued that since Jews were only safe "when a country felt strong", the increasing rise of nationalism accompanying Brexit offered a "slimmer a hope" that Jews would be better protected in future.
However, she criticised Britain's "failure to identify and tackle Islamic extremism", which was leaving the Jewish community as "collateral damage." On this, Philips criticised Jewish leadership organisations and called on them to "call out anti-Israelism for what it is, teach British people what lies about Israel exist, and talk more about Muslim antisemitism."
Melanie Phillips was speaking at St John Wood's synagogue on Thursday night, delivering The Simon Wiesenthal Centre Memorial Lecture on the occasion of Yom HaShoah. '
Sorry guys but prepare for the worst, sadly the time for Jews to have to leave the UK is nearing.
The government won the motion by 314 to 36 votes, a majority of 278, with Labour abstaining.'
For what it's worth I'm against bombing Syria because of their use of chemical weapons. I'm not 100% that the Assad regime did use them, I don't trust the Islamist propaganda (it reminds me of Pallywood) and no good will come of it. However Jeremy Corbyn and his cabal arrive at their position via a reflex opposition to British military action, a support for any ally of Russia and opportunism.
Monday, 16 April 2018
Diane Abbott has shared a fake image of an Israeli fighter jet carrying out a bombing mission over Iranian capital Tehran while attempting to make a point about Theresa May's decision to involve Britain in airstrikes in Syria.
The Shadow Home Secretary tweeted the digitally altered image this morning after listening to a BBC Today programme interview with Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, who argued it was correct the Prime Minister did not consult Parliament ahead of the military action.
Ms Abbott wrote on Twitter: "Shocking to hear Tory minister on BBC Radio4 claim that you can't allow Parliament to vote on war because that would be to 'outsource the decision to people who don't have all the info'. Do these people understand what parliamentary democracy is?"
But the photo, which was taken from an aviation blog posted in 2012, shows an Israeli F-15 fighter over Tehran, with large explosions in the background.
It was created by Al Clark and posted by David Cenciotti on The Aviationist blog in March 2012, along with a clear explanation of what the image shows.
It is also unclear why Ms Abbott chose to post the image, which clearly shows an Israeli plane and depicts a day-time raid - whereas the airstrike launched by Britain, the US and France took place in the dead of night.
But Ms Abbott faced strong criticism on social media for her use of the fake photo.
Jonathan Arkush, Board of Deputies president, wrote on Twitter: "We are entitled to an explanation for @HackneyAbbott using a fake image of an Israeli plane bombing Tehran.
"Did she know it was faked up, or is this yet another case of a @UKLabour figure being remarkably careless ? And where did @HackneyAbbott find the image ? Over to you Diane."
Leading QC Simon Myerson wrote on Twitter: "And please don't say that a faked image doesn't matter. You're either committed to honesty and transparency or you're not."
Another social media user wrote: "It is important when it shows you have absolutely no clue what you're doing or talking about."