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With 90% of reports processed, 
United Russia gets 49.66% 
of votes — CEC
September 20th, 9:50am (TASS)
 
 With 90% of the election commissions' reports processed 
the United Russia party's candidates get 49.66% of the 
votes in the State Duma elections on the party ticket, 
as follows from the Central Election Commission 
statistics uploaded to the screen at the CEC 
information centre on Monday.
 
According to preliminary calculations, United Russia
wins 
about 112 mandates on the party ticket. Also,
its 
nominees are in the lead, in 195 single
mandate constituencies. 
 
On aggregate, United Russia is likely to have a constitutional 
majority in the lower house of parliament (over 300 seats).
 
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation is second, 
with 19.56%, the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, third 
with 7.51%, A Just Russia, fourth with 7.38%, and New 
People, fifth with 5.33%. For now, these five parties 
have cleared the five-percent hurdle required 
for representation in the State Duma.
 
Number six is the Party of Pensioners (2.51%), number seven, 
the Communists of Russia (1.31%) and Yabloko (1.16%). All 
other parties received less than one percent of the votes. 
A total of 14 parties participated in the elections.
 
The elections of the 8th State Duma, were held over a 
period of three days - September 17th, 18th and 19th. 
 
Alongside the elections of the lower house there were direct 
elections of the heads of nine constituent regions of Russia 
and 39 regional legislatures.
 
 
 
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Prince Andrew Given A Week to 
Challenge High Court Decision
 in Sex Assault Case
September 18th, 10:30am  (FNA)
 
 Prince Andrew has been given seven days to appeal a High 
Court ruling which could pave the way for the start of his 
civil trial in the United States on allegations he sexually 
assaulted a teenage victim of Jeffrey Epstein.
 
The Duke of York’s lawyers must tell the High Court in the 
next week... if they wish to challenge the decision to 
formally notify Prince Andrew of the case against 
him, The Independent reported.
 
This follows weeks of legal squabbling over whether lawyers 
for Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the woman who claims the royal 
abused her when she was 17, had adequately served legal 
papers to Prince Andrew.
 
Civil cases can only begin when the claimant has notified the 
defendant that legal proceedings have begun against them.
 
Giuffre’s lawyers have said they have served the relevant 
documents notifying the Queen’s second son of the case 
against him in multiple ways, including through the post 
and by handing them to a police officer guarding his 
Windsor home.
 
On Wednesday, the High Court agreed it would itself serve 
the papers on the Duke of York, but it is understood 
Prince Andrew’s legal team will contest 
this decision.
 
The High Court said in a statement, “Lawyers for Prince Andrew 
have indicated that they may seek to challenge the decision of
 the High Court to recognise the validity of the Hague 
Convention request for service made by Ms 
Giuffre’s lawyers."
 
“The High Court has directed that any challenge must be made 
by close of business, on September 24th,” it added.
 
The Hague Service Convention is an international treaty which
 governs requests between countries for evidence in civil or
 commercial matters.
 
Across the Atlantic, Giuffre’s legal representatives have accused
 the prince of “actively evading” efforts to serve him with the
 lawsuit and a US judge has ruled the paper could 
alternatively be simply sent to his Los Angeles-
based lawyers instead.
 
But Prince Andrew’s US lawyer reportedly told a pre-trial hearing 
in the US Giuffre had previously entered into a “settlement 
agreement” that would nullify her case, and on Thursday 
Manhattan Judge Loretta Preska said the prince could 
request the unsealing of this 2009 document.
 
In a written order the judge said the duke could seek the information
 to support the argument that an agreement made between Giuffre
 and Epstein would bar her from pursuing her lawsuit against 
the royal.
 
Giuffre initially filed her lawsuit against Prince Andrew in August, 
which accuses him of sexually assaulting her at the London 
home of Epstein’s British socialite girlfriend 
Ghislaine Maxwell.
 
The prince has always denied the allegations against him, 
which resurfaced following the rearrest and death in 
custody of Epstein in 2019.
 
Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 of procuring a child for prostitution
 and is thought to have spent decades trafficking girls around
 the world to sexually abuse them.
 
 
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Questions Raised Over Future 
of Whaling as Faroe Islands 
Slaughters 1,400 Dolphins
 in a Single Day
September 15th, 7:32am (Sputnik)
 
The arguably largest slaughter of dolphins in the history 
of the Faroe Islands, has sparked criticism, even from 
trade professionals, who argued that it could damage
the archipelago's reputation abroad... and be the
death
 knell of the whaling industry.
 
As a total of 1,428 dolphins, were driven into a fjord on the 
Faroe Islands and killed in a single day this past weekend, 
it set in motion a hot debate about the age-long Faroese 
trade.
 
Whaling in the Faroe Islands is a hunting tradition believed 
to date back to the Viking Age. Since 1584, thorough 
archives of the catch have been maintained. While
 most of the catch is humpback whales, dolphins 
are also caught.
 
For instance, in 2020, the catch consisted of 576 humpback 
whales and 35 dolphins. However, the record catch of
1,428 
dolphins, is unusually large.
 
"I believe it is the largest number killed in a single day ever 
on the Faroe Islands. 1,428, that’s a very high number", 
editor at broadcaster Kringvarp, Føroya Tróndur 
Olsen told Danish Radio.
 
While social media instantly filled with pictures of dead 
dolphins and red water laced with blood and users 
complaining of "barbarism" and "unnecessary 
brutality", this time the criticism went far 
beyond the environment and animal 
rights activists.
 
Hans Jacob Hermansen, the former chairman of
the
 Grindamannafelagid, the Faroese Whaling 
Association, which fights to maintain the
 traditional hunting method, also argued 
that the killing of 1,428 dolphins was 
over the limit.
 
"I'm shocked. This destroys the work we have done to 
protect the catch", Hans Jacob Hermansen said, as 
quoted by Danish Radio.
 
The current chairman of the Faroese Whaling Association, 
Ólavur Sjúrdarberg, is also critical. He argued that it could 
damage the Faroe Islands' reputation abroad and, in the 
long run, be the death knell for the whaling business. It 
is time, he argued, to engage in a serious discussion: 
on whether hunting dolphins should still be allowed.
 
"We must remember that we are not alone on earth. On the 
contrary, the world has become much smaller today, with 
everyone walking around with a camera in their pocket. 
This is a great treat for those who mean us ill, when it
 comes to whaling", Ólavur Sjúrdarberg said.
 
The local chairman of the Skálafjørdur Whaling Association, 
where the slaughter took place, was not informed about 
the catch, and is one of the critics, too.
 
"I am shaken by how it went --- and I strongly 
dissociate myself from it", Heri Petersen said.
 
He argued that the number of dolphins was so high 
that there were far too few people ready on the 
beach to kill them.
 
"The dolphins laid on the beach for far too long 
and bounced, before they were killed", he said.
 
By contrast, Faroese Fisheries Minister Jacob 
Vestergaard, brushed the criticism aside.
 
"As I have been informed, every single animal has 
been killed in a responsible way", he argued.
 
The Faroe Islands (population 53,000) are a North 
Atlantic archipelago located about halfway 
between Norway and Iceland. Like 
Greenland, it is an autonomous 
territory and part of the 
Danish Realm.
 
On the Faroe Islands, the traditional whaling
method 
of driving the animals into fjords, is
seen as a 
community-binding activity.

Unlike many 
other parts of the world,
whaling on the 
Faroe Islands, is
not commercial. 
 
The animals are subsequently, slaughtered on
the beach, 
and the meat is distributed to all
participants and families 
in the town.
 
 
 
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UN Secretary-General urges to 
stop conflicts, focus on anti-
coronavirus efforts
September 15th, 1:32am (TASS)
 
The global community should unite - in the face of new 
challenges, as it's important to jointly tackle the novel 
coronavirus pandemic, UN Secretary-General Antonio 
Guterres, said on Tuesday, opening the 76th session 
of the UN General Assembly.
 
"We are reuniting - during the period marked with huge 
challenges and division, conflicts and climate change,
 increased poverty and inequality" - Guterres said, in 
French. "The pandemic continues to threaten lives, 
living conditions and the future. Those challenges 
are made worse, by the split that threatens our 
world: the split between the rich and the poor."
 
In his words... some people take essentials - such as food, 
water supplies and medical services - for granted, while 
for others... they remain just a dream. Moreover, the 
Secretary-General noted...there is inequality in 
the distribution of vaccines against the 
novel coronavirus.
 
"These challenges and divisions are not a force of nature. 
They are man-made. By economic systems stacked 
against the poorest and most vulnerable,"
Guterres 
continued in English.

"But these challenges and 
divisions can also be corrected.
If we come 
together, now, as a human family. If we 
unite
behind our work here in this 
Chamber and gather
around the 
spirit of multilateralism, that 
brings it to life."
 
He called upon the countries to step up their vaccination 
campaigns & efforts aimed at mitigating climate change.
 
"The wars on each other need to end, too. It’s time to 
focus on fighting humanity’s common enemy: the 
pandemic," the UN chief added.
 
 
 
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Teach the US, Taiwan island a
real lesson, if they call for it: 
Global Times editorial
by 
September 12th, 10:58pm (Global Times)
   
According to the British newspaper the Financial Times
on 
Saturday, Washington is seriously considering a 
request from the island of Taiwan to change the
 name of its mission in the US capital from the
"Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative
Office" to the
 "Taiwan Representative
Office."
 
 It is also reported that White House Asia adviser Kurt Campbell
has backed the request. Washington is assessing the risks 
such a change would bring. The report has caused strong 
repercussions in the island, but neither the US 
government nor the Taiwan authorities 
have commented on the report. 
 
Reports also said senior "national security" officials from the 
US and the island of Taiwan held face-to-face talks on Friday 
in Annapolis, Maryland, which is less than an hour's drive
 from Washington DC. The two pieces of news were 
revealed immediately following reports about a
'phone conversation between the Chinese
and 
the US heads of state. 
 
It must be pointed out that if the US and the island of Taiwan
 do make the name change, it will mean Washington's basic
 abandonment of its "one-China policy," which will 
constitute a significant change, surrounding
the 
Taiwan question.
 
 Lithuania previously said it would set up an office in the 
Taiwan island with the name "Taiwan Representative 
Office" and the island also announced its plan to set 
up an office in Lithuania using the same name. This 
has met strong resistance from the Chinese 
mainland. If the US does the same, with-
out 
doubt, it will have a widespread 
demonstration effect on its allies,
and bring about a 
wave of name
changes
 of the island's
mission 
in these
countries. 
 
The US knows well it's a significant and serious matter. It is
 leaking certain information to test the Chinese mainland's 
response. But, is there, really, anything to test? The 
Chinese mainland has no other choice, but to take
 the challenge and prepare for a showdown with 
the US, if it pushes the matter to the tipping
point 
of a showdown.

Should the US rename the 
island's mission in Washington
as "Taiwan 
Representative Office," the Chinese main-
land should respond to it in a punitive way, no
lighter than it did with Lithuania. At that 
time, it is anticipated that China will
recall
 its ambassador to the US...
and that is, likely, 
the "lowest
diplomatic reaction." 
 
Otherwise, China cannot set up its prestige on the 
one-China principle it has always been upholding. 
 
Due to US incitement and instigation, some Western 
countries are itching to play the "Taiwan card." 
Punishing only small countries while ignoring
 the major powers won't work. Safeguarding 
the bottom line of the one-China principle
 means we have to deter the US attempt
 to cross the line. Otherwise, we will 
have to face the possibility of more
 "Taiwan Representative Offices" 
emerging in a batch of 
capital cities. 
 
Diplomatic measures alone are obviously not enough. 
If the US and the Taiwan island change the names, 
they are suspected of touching the red line of 
China's Anti-Secession Law, & the Chinese
 mainland will have to take severe
economic 
and military measures
to combat the 
arrogance of the
US and the island 
of Taiwan. 
 
At that time, the mainland should impose severe economic 
sanctions on the island -- and even carry out an economic 
blockade on the island, depending on the circumstances. 
 
Militarily, Chinese mainland's fighter jets should fly over
 the island of Taiwan and place the island's airspace 
into the patrol area of the PLA. This is a step that 
the mainland must take, sooner or later. The 
''name change'' provides the Chinese main-
land with sufficient reason to strengthen 
our sovereign claim over the island of 
Taiwan. It is anticipated that the 
Taiwan army will not dare to 
stop the PLA's fighter jets 
from flying over the island.
 
 If the Taiwan side dares open fire, the Chinese mainland 
will not hesitate to give "Taiwan independence" forces... 
a decisive and destructive blow.
 
More importantly, if the Chinese mainland turns a blind eye 
to the US and the Taiwan island this time, they will definitely 
go further in the next step. According to reports, Joseph 
Wu, leader of the external affairs of the Taiwan island, 
participated in the talks between senior security 
officials from the US and the island in Annapolis 
on Friday. Next time, they may publicly hold the 
meeting even in the US State Department, in 
Washington DC. 
 
As the US will hold the "Summit for Democracy" by the end of
 this year, if we do not contain the insolence of the US and the 
Taiwan island, Washington might even really invite Tsai Ing-
wen to participate in the summit. It will be much worse in 
nature than former Taiwan regional leader Lee Teng-hui's 
visit to the US as an "alumnus", in 1995.
 
Will peace come if the Chinese mainland puts up with all this 
and swallows its anger for the sake of peace? If the main-
land doesn't strike back decisively, US warships will dock 
at the island of Taiwan, its fighter aircraft will land on the 
island and its troops may be stationed in the island again. 

At that time, where will be China's prestige as a great 
power? How can the country maintain its system of 
defending its interests on the international stage?
 
The fact is that a contest of will has been formed regarding the 
Taiwan question. Since China has declared that the Taiwan 
question is a matter of our core interests, we must take 
resolute actions to protect the bottom line of this
exact 
national interest, at any cost.

If the Democratic 
Progress Party authority really dares
to take 
the risk of triggering a war to push for a name
change, and the US, which just 
suffered a debacle
in Afghanistan, is 
not afraid of being involved in
a new 
war, then what is there for the mainland
to be scared of?
 
It seems that sooner or later, the Taiwan Straits will be plunged 
into a storm that will change the situation there drastically. And 
judging from the current actions of the US and the island of 
Taiwan, we can be sure that even if they will have to take
 this step back, they will step forth again, soon. Thus,
 right now, we need to be fully prepared to blow 
them out of the water in the Taiwan Straits.
 
The US has been engaging in phrase mongering, hoping that 
the "competition" between China and the US will not evolve 
into a "conflict." We have to tell them clearly, with our 
actions, that "competition" with the Chinese main-
land on the Taiwan question, is bound to turn 
into a serious conflict --- and there is 
absolutely no room for maneuver.
 
 
 
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UK health minister says govt
will NOT introduce Covid 
vaccine passports, 
lockdowns over
Christmas unlikely
September 12th, 11:16am (RT)
 
UK Health Minister Sajid Javid announced on Sunday 
that the government would not be introducing Covid
-19 passports after a review on the matter and that
 it was not anticipating any more lockdowns.
 
During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, 
Javid told host Nick Robinson that Brits would “get 
Christmas” this year – unlike in 2020, when 
families across the UK were told to stay 
apart from each other over the holiday 
season and celebrate virtually.
 
Javid declared he was “not anticipating any more lock-
downs” over the autumn and winter period.. claiming 
he could not “see how we get to another lockdown.” 
The minister added, however, that it “would be 
irresponsible for any health minister around 
the world to take everything off the table.”
 
Javid also announced on Sunday that the government 
would be ditching its plan to introduce a domestic 
Covid-19 vaccine passport... for the time being.
 
“We just shouldn’t be doing things for the sake of it or 
because others are doing it,” Javid argued, noting
 that “most people instinctively don’t like the idea” 
of having to show documentation to do every-
day errands.
 
“What I can say is that we’ve looked at it properly, and 
whilst we should keep it in reserve as a potential 
option, I’m pleased to say that we will not be 
going ahead with plans for vaccine 
passports,” he said.
 
After Robinson pointed out that several ministers – 
including the Covid-19 vaccine minister, Nadhim 
Zahawi – had said just several days ago that 
vaccine passports ''would be'' implemented 
in the near future, and that it was the right
thing to do, Javid rejected the suggestion 
that a U-turn had happened in response
 to rebellious, anti-restriction 
Conservative Party back-
bencher MPs.
 
“Many countries at the time they implemented it was 
to try and boost their vaccination rates and you can
 understand why they might have done that,” Javid 
explained. “We’ve been very successful with our 
vaccination rates so far.”
 
There are 43.89 million people in the UK fully vaccinated 
against Covid-19, while 48 million... have received at
 least one dose, according to government statistics.
 
According to The New York Times’ calculations, 66% 
of the UK is fully vaccinated, making it the 17th 
most vaccinated country, overall.
 
 

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Top CEOs in UK make more a year
than average worker 
gets in a
lifetime – study
August 21st, 8:19am (RT)


The average CEO’s yearly income in the UK is 86 times 
that of the average full-time worker, a new study has 
found, even after CEO paychecks were slashed 
during the Covid-19 pandemic.


According to the High Pay Centre, a UK think tank 
researching business performance... the average
 FTSE 100 CEO made $3.7 million (£2.69 million) 
in 2020. This is 86 times the annual earnings
of
 the average full-time worker in Britain – 
$42,900 (£31,500).


The average CEO’s paycheck, declined by 17%, in 2020, 
compared with the $4.43 million recorded in 2019. The 
think tank links the plunge with the Covid-19 pandemic.


“Undoubtedly, this lower level of pay is largely a 
consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the
 resulting economic shutdown. The pandemic 
has had a major impact on companies’ 
performance, albeit to varying 
degrees, depending upon 
the sector in question.


“As performance-related pay tends to be tied to financial 
metrics...  such as returns to shareholders, or company 
earnings, executive pay has fallen as a consequence,” 
it stated in a report published this week.


According to the findings, the highest-paid CEO, made a 
total of $21.05 million in 2020 at AstraZeneca, a British-
Swedish multinational pharmaceutical & biotechnology 
company and the developer of the Covid-19 vaccine 
Vaxzevria. This is roughly 500 times the pay of
 the average UK worker, and 197 times the 
salary of the median UK employee of 
AstraZeneca.


“Very high CEO pay reflects a wider gap between rich and 
poor in the UK, than in most other European countries,” 
according to High Pay Centre director, Luke Hildyard.


“The inequalities exposed by the pandemic and the volume
 of public money used to protect large businesses, could 
strengthen the argument for measures to contain top 
pay and rebalance extreme income differences,” 
he said.


The GMB union, the UK’s general trade union, which has 
more than 600,000 members, voiced similar concerns.


“The pandemic has highlighted the massive inequalities 
that exist in our society. If this government is serious 
about a levelling up agenda, ministers must make 
sure our National Health Service and local 
government workers get a proper pay 
rise – while legislating to close the 
obscene pay gap in the private 
sector” the GMB general sec.
Gary Smith, emphasised..
as cited 
by the Guardian.




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Public outcry over 
further deportations 
of Jamaicans from UK
August 11th, 9:33am (PressTV)
 
 
The move to deport a further group of Jamaicans from the UK
 has caused an outcry among migrant rights advocates who 
say the move is unfair and politically motivated.
 
Most significantly this is a reversal of an earlier agreement 
between the UK and Jamaican governments not to deport 
anyone who arrived in the UK, when underage.
 
Another episode in the British government's harsh immigration 
policy, a deportation flight planned for August 11th... on board 
are 19 People of Jamaican origin, in this country, for up to 30 
years now.
 
The Home Office, which is responsible for immigration in the UK,
has called those deportees "foreign offenders", people who 
have come here and committed crimes, and should expect
 to be removed.
 
Fury in UK over Govt. plan to deport a number of Jamaicans
 
The UK government is deporting another group of people 
of Jamaican descent to the Caribbean country, which 
has caused an outcry among migrant rights 
advocates, saying the move is unfair
and 
politically motivated.
 
Reversal of agreement between UK
and Jamaica on deportations
 
However, immigrant rights groups, such as the movement for 
justice, say the move is a reversal of an earlier agreement 
between the UK and Jamaican governments, not to 
deport people who arrived in the UK as minors.
 
''These are not people who should be deported, I deal very often 
with people who have lived in the country as children, or who 
have lived here for a very, very, long time, or have been 
convicted of offences that aren't at the most serious 
end of the offences, so I have seen people for low 
level drug dealing, not necessarily condoning it, 
but it is low level drug dealing, there's all sorts 
of ideological and, I suppose, societal issues 
why that sometimes happens to people.''
 
Jacqueline McKenzie, Leigh Day
 and Windrush Justice Project
 
The rebuilders of the UK deported
 
Some are believed to be relatives of the Windrush generation,
 citizens of the British Empire who travelled to Britain 
between 1948 and 1973 after the government called 
on its colonies to send workers to help rebuild the 
country, after World War Two.
 
They came, they rebuilt, now they can go home
 
They came in the 1950s and have really got the short end 
of the stick, and remember their ancestors have already 
been through slavery and colonialism and neo-
colonialism and governorships, and all sorts 
of awful systems that have always placed 
them as second class citizens.
 
Then they came here and they were treated
 as second class citizens.
 
We've seen that with the Windrush scandal, it is their children 
and grandchildren who are now being shackled and put on
 those planes it's a further denigration of their rights.
 
Jacqueline McKenzie, Leigh Day
 and Windrush Justice Project
 
Last year, 50 Britons of Jamaican descent were also forcibly 
removed, many of whom grew up in the UK. The hashtag 
#Jamaica_50 is still trending.
 
People watching, see the way that this government holds
in 
such disrespect, the contribution of West Indian, 
Caribbean, and black people in this country. 
When, when, will Black Lives Matter, 
once again?
 
David Lammy, MP
 
The British government claims the deportations are everything
 to do with public safety or protecting victims. Rights
 campaigners, however, disagree, stating that the 
move is purely racist and political, made by a
 failing government, appealing desperately,
 to its racist base.
 


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UK MPs warn of collapse of 
country’s ‘hollowed out’ 
justice system - due to 
stagnant pay & years
of
 government cuts
in legal aid
July 27th, 3:02pm (RT)


A UK parliamentary committee has warned that the 
country’s “hollowed out” justice system is at risk 
of failure because of poor pay for public defence 
lawyers, for many of whom a career in legal aid
 has become “less attractive.”
 
In a new report, the House of Commons Justice Committee 
has urged the government to consider implementing 
major reforms and conduct a review on how it funds 
legal aid. In this system, the state pays defence 
counsel fees for defendants who cannot 
afford to hire their own lawyer.
 
The report, titled ‘The Future of Legal Aid’, noted that there
 had not been any increase in criminal legal aid fees for 
the past 20 years. This has contributed to a “growing
 imbalance” between the ability of criminal law firms 
to recruit and retain staff – with many preferring to
 join the better-paying Crown Prosecution 
Service (CPS) instead.
 
“It is fundamental to our adversarial justice system that 
criminal defence services have sufficient resources to 
provide high-quality representation to suspects and 
defendants,” noted the MPs who recommended that
 the government should look into linking legal aid 
fees to CPS pay rates.
 
Without significant reform, the report warned of a shortage 
of qualified criminal legal aid lawyers. This “shift in the 
balance” between prosecution and defence could 
“compromise the fairness of the criminal justice 
system,” it added.
 
Committee chairman Bob Neill said years of government cuts 
to reduce the legal aid bill had “hollowed out key parts of the
 justice system.” As a result of fixed fees, he said, the 
number of people receiving legal aid is falling while
 legal aid firms are struggling since the costs
 involved in complex cases cannot 
be covered.
 
“The legal aid system is there to ensure that everyone has 
access to justice. If the most vulnerable in society are 
being left to navigate the justice system on their own 
then fairness is lost and the system has failed,” 
Neill said.
 
The committee also pointed to reports by legal aid providers 
of a “culture of refusal” at the Legal Aid Agency, which is the
 body within the Ministry of Justice that oversees legal aid 
in England and Wales.
 
However, witnesses had told the committee that the agency 
was seen as “the voice of the Government against the 
profession” and looked for the “slightest slip” to 
deny applications for legal aid.
 
The MPs called for “fundamental changes” to the legal aid 
system, which needed to be made “more flexible” to 
ensure that there is a “consistent pipeline of legal
 aid lawyers” to help the most vulnerable.
 
Earlier in the year, a report by the House of Lords Constitution
 Committee had urged the government to increase the legal 
aid budget, which had seen a “radical reduction” by almost 
40% in under a decade.
 
The report said this had - “exacerbated barriers for accessing
 legal representation” and recommended that the government 
increases the legal aid budget to “meet the new challenges for
 access to justice that have arisen during the pandemic.”
 
That report also warned that the funding cuts to courts and
 tribunals had led to a backlog of court cases in England 
and Wales that had reached “crisis levels.”
 
 
 
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Hundreds of children sexually abused 
over several decades in London 
council's care on a scale ‘hard
 to comprehend’ – inquiry
July 27th, 12:58pm (RT)


The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has 
found that more than 700 children in the care of 
London's Lambeth Council were abused for 
several decades, as part of a “toxic 
power game.”
 
In a Tuesday report, the inquiry alleged that children in 
the care of Lambeth Council “were subjected to levels 
of cruelty and sexual abuse that are hard to 
comprehend” at three care homes – 
Shirley Oaks, South Vale, and 
Angell Road: “where violence 
and sexual assault were 
allowed to flourish.”
 
Since the 1960s, Lambeth Council allegedly received 
complaints of sexual abuse from 705 former 
residents of the care homes, however only 
one senior employee” was ever 
disciplined by the council.
 
“The report finds, that the true scale of the sexual abuse 
against children in Lambeth's care will never be known,
 but it is certain to be significantly higher than is 
formally recorded,” declared the inquiry, which
 also alleged that black children in the care of 
the council experienced racism and 
“abusive treatment.”
 
Following the revelation that a child who was found dead 
at Shirley Oaks in 1977... had complained about sexual 
abuse in the care home, the inquiry is now calling on 
the Metropolitan Police --- to consider whether a 
criminal investigation into the circumstances 
surrounding the death, should be launched.
 
Inquiry Chairwoman Alexis Jay – who led the similar 2014 
investigation into Rotherham child sexual abuse, which 
found at least 1,400 victims and implicated members of 
the council – said the children in Lambeth “became 
pawns in a toxic power game” between “the 
Council and central government.”
 
“There was a vicious and regressive culture, for which a 
succession of leading elected members were mainly 
responsible, aided and abetted in some instances 
by self-serving senior officials,” Jay declared, 
adding that the culture “contributed to 
allowing children in their care to 
suffer the most horrendous 
sexual abuse.”
 
Lambeth Council formally apologised, on Tuesday, for its 
failure to protect vulnerable children, with council leader 
Claire Holland, calling the report “deeply shocking.”
 
“On behalf of the council, I want to restate our profound 
and sincere apology, to all victims and survivors of 
abuse and neglect while in Lambeth's care,” she 
said, before going on to blame the “council of
 the past.”
 
Holland argued that while the council accepts its 
“inexcusable failings” and that it “failed so many,”
 there is a “big difference between the council of 
the past with Lambeth of today,” which is a 
“different, more child-focused and positive
 place for young people.”
 
The council also promoted its redress scheme, 
which allows victims of the abuse to apply for
 financial compensation and free counselling.
 
 

John Hughes stamps issued by Donetsk

 
 
DPR Head condoles death of 
coal miners in Sverdlovsk
September 7th, 11:33am (DAN) 
 
Donetsk People’s Republic Head Denis Pushilin 
expressed his condolences on Tuesday to the 
families of the miners who had been killed in 
an accident at a colliery in the Lugansk 
People’s Republic.
 
“The news about the death of nine miners at the 
Krasny Partizan colliery made our hearts ache,”
 Pushilin said. “Together with the miners’ 
relatives we mourn this tragic loss for 
their families, the company and the 
whole Donbass.”
 
The DPR leader called the tragedy 
a misfortune for all people.
 
“The miners risk their lives every time they descend 
down the shaft for the sake of providing electricity 
and heat to our homes and supporting the 
operation of Donbass enterprises. 
Nobody understands the price 
of coal better than us,” the 
DPR leader said.
 
He wished a speedy recovery to the 
workers injured in the accident.
 
The tragedy occurred on Monday evening as a 
mine cage rope snapped. Nine miners were 
reportedly killed and another 19 injured.
 
 
 
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DPR Post issues stamps featuring 
Welsh engineer John Hughes, 
founder of Donetsk
April 2nd, 2021 at 2:28pm
 (DAN news agency) 


The DPR's State Post has issued a postal stamp featuring 
John James Hughes, a Welsh engineer, businessman and 
founder of the city of Donetsk.
 
The stamp is decorated with Donetsk coat-of-arms and 
Hughes portrait. The stamp can be used for registered 
letters with receipt up to 20 gr, in accordance with the 
current fee rate of 44 rubles.
 
The number of copies issued is 30,024.
 
The envelope for the new stamp features pictograms 
representing industrial objects and clippings of 
Donbass geological map.
 
Hughes moved to the Russian Empire, in the summer of 1870, 
at the age of 55, as Millwall Iron Works Company received an 
order, from the Imperial Russian Government, for the plating 
of a naval fortress being built at Kronstadt on the Baltic Sea.
 
He immediately started to build metal works close to the 
river Kalmius, at a site near the village of Alexandrovka.
 
Over the next twenty years, the works prospered and
expanded, 
first under John Hughes and then, after
his death, in 1889, 
under the management of
four of his sons.
 
John Hughes died on June 17th, in 1889,
during 
a business trip to St Petersburg.
 
According to some sources, Hughes taught
himself 
to write, and could only read
capital letters.
 





 

 
Conservatives see support slump 
to lowest since election as Labour 
takes first lead in 2021: Poll
September 10th, 3:04pm (PressTV)
 
National support for the UK Conservative Party has 
slumped to its lowest level since the 2019 general 
election, as the Labour Party has taken a surprise
 lead, a poll shows.
 
According to the results of the latest YouGov poll, 
published on Friday, backing for the Tory Party 
fell five points to 33% while Labour's share 
increased by one point to 35%, after 
Johnson announced a tax rise to 
fund health and social care.
 
The development marks a remarkable turnaround for
Labour, over the summer, having been 18 points
 behind the Tories in a YouGov survey in May.
 
The prime minister this week claimed that the Tories 
are now “the party of the NHS,” but the poll 
suggests voters do not share his view.


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Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary 
Lisa Nandy: Claims Iran Building 
Nukes and Backs Arming Israel 
by James Tweedie
September 2nd, 1:40pm (Sputnik)
 
Israel has long accused Iran of covertly developing 
its own nuclear weapons, in breach of the Nuclear 
Non-Proliferation Treaty and the JCPOA nuclear 
deal with the US, Russia, China, and the 
European Union.
 
Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has 
said she opposes a ban on arms sales to Israel - 
claiming Iran is developing nuclear weapons.
 
The Wigan MP made the comments at a Jewish 
Representative Council (JRC) meeting, in her 
hometown of Manchester, on Wednesday.
 
She said neither she, nor Shadow Middle East Minister 
Wayne David, "support the blocking of the sale of 
weapons to Israel that helped it deflect rocket 
attacks" during May's Israeli offensive on the 
besieged Gaza Strip, adding: "Israel has a 
right to defend itself and Israel's citizens 
have a right to live in peace 
and security".
 
"We have to be very cautious in relation to Iran", Nandy 
said. "This is a state that is still using... developing 
nuclear weapons, that has shown no signs of 
dropping their hard-line approach".
 
Nuclear Deal
 
Claims by Israel — the only country in the Middle East that 
reportedly has nuclear arms - that Iran is trying to get the 
bomb, have proven a political obstacle to US President
Joe
 Biden's stated intent to return to the 2015 Joint 
Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal 
with Iran... which his predecessor Donald 
Trump officially withdrew from, in 2018.
 
The JCPOA saw sanctions on Iranian oil exports imposed in
2006, lifted, in return for access to International Atomic 
Energy Agency inspectors to Iranian nuclear facilities.
 
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwah 
or religious judgment against nuclear weapons in the 1990s, 
and has restated that position several times since 2003. But 
in January, the government began enriching uranium to 20 
percent fissile material content — not pure enough for a 
nuclear weapon, but above the level used in most 
power stations.
 
Iran's new conservative President Ebrahim Raisi has taken a 
much harder line with Washington's readmittance to the 
JCPOA, than his predecessor, Hassan Rouhani.
 
Nandy also backed the Conservative government's decision 
to boycott this September's 20th anniversary reconvening 
of the World Conference Against Racism held in the South 
African city of Durban, in 2001, saying: "We shouldn't be 
supporting the promotion of anti-Semitism".
 
The Israeli and the US delegations walked out of the 2001 
conference... in protest...  even after they had forced the 
removal of criticisms of Israel from the final declaration.
 
Solidarity Denied
 
The frontbencher also accused unnamed individuals of 
exploiting the Palestinian struggle for statehood, to 
"spout hate and divide people".
 
Britain's Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is 
organising protests against next week's annual 
Defence and Security Equipment International 
(DSEI) arms fair at London's ExCel convention 
centre, under the slogan: "Stop Arming Israel".
 
Young Labour chair, Jess Barnard, tweeted, on Tuesday, 
that party officials had informed her PSC was effectively 
barred from the Labour conference in Brighton, at the 
end of September — along with former leader and 
Islington North MP, Jeremy Corbyn.
 
— Jess Barnard (@JessicaLBarnard) August 31, 2021
 
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer ordered Corbyn's suspension 
from the party and its parliamentary group, last November... 
after he challenged an Equality and Human Rights 
Commission report, alleging Labour was riddled 
with anti-Semitism.
 
Nandy told Wednesday's meeting that Luciana Berger, one 
of six Labour MPs who defected to the now-defunct anti-
Brexit Change UK party, should be readmitted and 
promptly selected as a parliamentary candidate.
 
"I want her in parliament, because she is one of the best 
MPs we have ever had", she said, of the Jewish former 
party member.
 
 
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 Poor Ken:  Corbyn-Ally 
Director Loach Expelled
 From Labour Party...
in 
Starmer's 'Purge'
by James Tweedie
August 14th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)


The 85-year-old director said he had been expelled 
for... failing to "disown" other targets of Sir Keir 
Starmer's "witch hunt" against left-wingers, 
and that the Labour chief would never
 lead a "party of the people".
 
British left-wing film director Ken Loach has been 
expelled from the Labour Party, for backing other
 targets of leader Sir Keir Starmer's "witch hunt".
 
Loach, a prominent supporter of suspended 
former party leader, Jeremy Corbyn,
tweeted 
the news on Saturday.
 
The "Kes" director hinted that he had joined 
Geronimo the Alpaca on Starmer's hit list, 
for his refusal to "disown" members of 4
left-wing factions banned last month by 
the party leadership — and said former
 director of public prosecutions, Sir 
Keir, was no man of "the people".
 
"Well, I am proud to stand with the good friends and 
comrades victimised by the purge. There is indeed 
a witch hunt", Loach charged. "Starmer and his 
clique will never lead a party of the people. 
We are many, they are few. Solidarity".
 
Labour's top administrative body, the National Executive 
Committee (NEC), agreed, in July, to collectively 
proscribe the groups: Socialist Appeal, Labour 
Against the Witch Hunt, the Labour in Exile 
Network, and Resist — potentially leading 
to the expulsion of some 1,000 party 
members. 
 
At the same time, it emerged the party was laying off 
long-serving staff at its HQ, due to a cash shortage 
caused by the mass exodus of members, while 
also hiring scores of short-term employees, 
to help identify new targets for 
disciplinary action.
 
Corbyn's former shadow home secretary, John 
McDonnell — who is closely associated with 
Socialist Appeal — denounced the 
expulsion of "such a fine
 socialist" as a 
"disgrace". 
 
Yet McDonnell also recently welcomed the defection 
to Labour... of former Conservative MP and 
Parliamentary speaker, John Bercow, 
who was chair of the Conservative 
Students when that organisation 
produced "Hang Nelson 
Mandela" t-shirts.
 
Loach also drew support on Twitter from left-wing
 Labour MPs, trade union leaders, and the former 
Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, 
of the Syriza party.
 
Loach gained fame in the 60s for his "kitchen sink" 
social dramas, such as "Cathy Come Home",
"Poor
 Cow", and "Kes".
 
But his 1995 film "Land and Freedom"... set during the 
Spanish Civil War, was controversial for its sectarian 
claims of atrocities by Soviet-backed Republican 
forces resisting the fascist takeover, led by 
General Francisco Franco - yet glorifying
 the six-day May 1937 Trotskyist POUM 
insurrection in Barcelona, against
the
 Socialist-led government
of 
the republic.
 
Loach's last two films "I, Daniel Blake" and "Sorry We 
Missed You" deal with the lives of a benefit claimant 
and package delivery drivers.
 
The latest polls show Starmer's Labour still trailing 
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Tories... by around
 ten percentage points.. despite a string of recent 
government rows and scandals.
 
 
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Jeremy Corbyn’s Supporters 
Drawing Up Proposal...  to 
Reinstate Former Labour 
Leader as Party MP
by Oleg Burunov
August 8th, 4:39pm (Sputnik)


In October 2020, Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from 
the UK Labour Party after insisting that anti-Semitism 
in the party, had been “dramatically overstated for 
political reasons by our opponents …as well as 
by much of the media”.
 
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have hammered out a plan 
that may provide UK Labour Party members with the 
power to reinstate Jeremy Corbyn as a Labour MP.
 
According to The Guardian, a proposal made by activists 
from the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy... 
stipulates that an urgent rule change is needed
 to close a “gaping hole in the Labour Party 
rule book” and hand more authority to 
party members.
 
The newspaper cited the proposal as saying that “the PLP
 [Parliamentary Labour Party] is not accountable to [the] 
annual [Labour] conference” and that the new plan 
“would require the PLP and chief whip to report 
directly to the conference, including on MPs’ 
discipline, with the conference able to 
confirm or reject disciplinary 
decisions... that are of 
concern to delegates”.
 
The Guardian reported that the possible rule change is seen 
as a way to reinstate Corbyn, a move that was criticised by 
Charlotte Nichols, the Labour MP for Warrington North.
 
“The last thing we need is a rule change that could lead 
to the second guessing of the outcome of bullying and 
sexual harassment cases or the debate of individual 
disciplinary cases. This is not how our complaints 
system should run and should be rejected if it 
goes to conference floor”, she told
The Guardian.
 
With the rule change-related proposal already circulating 
across the Labour Party, its local branches are facing 
calls to support the rule change during the upcoming
 Labour conference, something that is expected to 
embarrass the party’s leader Keir Starmer.
 
Corbyn’s Suspension
 
As far as Corbyn is concerned, the former Labour leader 
was suspended from the party in October 2020 over 
comments he made following the publication of
report by the Equality and Human Rights 
Commission (EHRC), which revealed 
that its investigation “into anti-
semitism in the Labour Party” 
had found “unlawful acts of 
discrimination and 
harassment”.
 
Corbyn responded by claiming that while "one anti-Semite 
is one too many" in the party, "the scale of the problem 
was also dramatically overstated for political reasons 
by our opponents inside and outside the party, as 
well as by much of the media”.
 
In November 2020, he was re-admitted to the party --- but 
Starmer at the time refused to restore the parliamentary 
whip to Corbyn, vowing to continue disciplinary action 
against the former leader through channels outside 
the party.
 
Starmer stressed that as leader of the PLP he had the right 
to withdraw the whip from MPs regardless of the decisions 
of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), on which 
he sits, along with representatives of the PLP and the
shadow cabinet.
 
"Since I was elected Labour leader I have made it my mission 
to root out anti-Semitism from the Labour Party”, Starmer 
stated. He added that Corbyn's response to the 
published report had "undermined and set 
back our work in restoring trust and
confidence... in the Labour 
Party’s
ability to tackle anti-Semitism”.
 
In mid-December 2019, Corbyn said that he would not lead 
the party “in any future general election campaign”, 
remarks that he made following the UK’s 2019 
general election, which saw Labour’s worst 
performance since 1935. This triggered a 
leadership election, in 2020, that was 
finally won by Starmer, Corbyn’s 
shadow Brexit secretary.
 
 
 
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UK Labour Party losing 
250 members a day -
since Sir Keir Starmer
 became leader - media
July 25th, 3:07pm (RT)
 
 
The UK Labour Party has lost 120,000 members – or a
 rate of 250 members per day – since Keir Starmer 
was elected leader last year, sending the party 
into a financial crisis, according to a 
new report.
 
The Labour Party now has just 430,000 members – a huge 
drop from the 550,000 who were in the party under the
former 
leader Jeremy Corbyn – after numbers started
to drop 
when Starmer was elected leader in April
2020, the 
Times has learned.
 
According to the article, Labour has lost up
 to £500,000 per month, from the exodus.


Because of the drop in members, plus other costs 
such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the millions
of 
pounds that Labour has spent in legal costs 
during its campaign against anti-Semitism, 
Labour Party General Secretary, David 
Evans, reportedly announced to party 
staffers this week ---- there was only
 one month’s worth of employee pay 
left in Labour’s reserves, and that 
jobs would have to be cut.
 
It is estimated that the amount left in Labour’s
reserves
 is just £1.5 million, leaving the party
desperate 
for donors.
 
Despite Labour’s loss of members and its subsequent 
financial crisis, the Times noted that the party has 
been “attracting wealthy backers” under Starmer, 
including Sir Trevor Chinn, the president of the 
Movement for Reform Judaism and a financial 
supporter of the Labour Friends of Israel.
 
Starmer’s leadership of the Labour Party has been defined 
by its more centrist turn following the socialist leadership 
of Corbyn, and an attempt to crackdown on perceived 
cases of anti-Semitism in the party.
 
In October 2020 – just months after he stood down as leader
 of the party following its 2019 election defeat – Corbyn was
 suspended from Labour. Though Corbyn was reinstated to 
the party the following month after protests by members, 
left-wing politicians, and the former US presidential 
candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, Starmer did not
return
 the Labour whip to him.


 
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Inept Labour’s week from hell 
shows why England now feels
 like a one-party state
July 23rd, 8:46am (RT)
 
Paul A. Nuttall is a historian, author and a former politician.
 He was a Member of the European Parliament between 
2009 and 2019 and was a prominent campaigner 
for Brexit.
 
Internal purges, cash woes, redundancies, and now self-isolation 
for its leader. It’s been a disastrous week for the Labour Party, 
illustrating exactly why the Tories are impregnable, no matter 
how ‘useless’ Boris Johnson is.
 
If you think Boris Johnson has had a torrid few days, spare a 
thought for poor Sir Keir Starmer. His week started when the 
Labour Party’s National Executive Committee  governing 
body voted to ban a number of hard-Left organisations. 
 
The controversial decision had the backing of Starmer. The 
groups banned were Resist, Labour Against the Witchhunt, 
the Labour In Exile Network, and Socialist Appeal, which 
describes itself as a Marxist voice of Labour and youth. 
It is estimated that around 1,000 members will be 
removed from the party, as a result of 
the decision.
 
The move was criticised by John McDonnell, the former 
Shadow Chancellor, who said, “standard Blairite fare
to
 try show how strong a leader you are... by taking
on
 your own party, but bizarre to do it by expelling 
people, most of whom have left already.”
 
McDonnell is of course right, as Labour’s membership has
 plummeted under Starmer’s leadership, losing over 50,000
 last year alone. Moreover, those who remain members are
 not entirely sold on Starmer. A recent poll found that 67% 
have a favourable opinion of their leader, but 31% have 
an unfavourable opinion. This is far from a unified 
party, never mind an effective opposition.    
 
The decision to provoke a fight with the hard Left has been 
criticised by the powerful Momentum organisation, which 
played an integral role, during the leadership of Jeremy 
Corbyn. Momentum complained that “at a time when 
the Tory government is allowing the pandemic to rip 
through the country, the Labour leadership has 
once again turned inwards.”
 
It is evident that this battle for the heart and soul of the party
 is far from over, especially as Momentum has influence 
over a number of large local Labour associations.
 
Then came the news that the party is losing cash like water 
passing through a sieve. David Evans, Labour’s General 
Secretary, claims that the party’s finances have suffered 
because of the fall in membership and the use of funds 
to deal with anti-Semitism cases. He allegedly told
staff 
that the financial reserves are so low, that
they only 
cover one payroll. As a result, the
party is being 
forced to lay off a
quarter of its workers.
 
Labour’s idea, of reducing its staff through ‘voluntary 
redundancies’ has also gone down like a lead balloon
 with the trade unions, who are the party’s largest 
donors. A co-authored letter from the Unite and 
GMB trade unions, concluded with a scathing 
attack on party management. It stated that 
''we note that the lack of clarity, trust, and 
openness with staff is breeding a climate 
of anxiety and fear amongst staff --- 
impacting on their mental health.''

'' It is simply not the way we would expect
an organisation like the 
Labour Party,
to undertake work
 of this nature.''

It is never a 
good idea to
upset your 
paymasters. 
 
To top off this disastrous week for Starmer, he now has to
 self-isolate for a fourth time, as one of his children tested 
positive for Covid. Former Labour PM Harold Wilson once
 said that “a week is a long time in politics” but, for poor 
Sir Keir, it must have felt like an age, & Saturday surely
 cannot come quickly enough. Indeed, the recent 
surprise victory in Batley and Spen... must 
already seem like a lifetime ago.
 
Now, before we go any further, I want to make it clear that I 
am no fan of the Labour Party. I have had too many run-ins 
with it over the years, particularly over Brexit. I do believe, 
however, that the country requires a strong opposition. In
 its absence, what we have in England is virtually a one-
party state -- where the Tories are allowed to emerge 
from crises, relatively unscathed. Take, for example, 
the Matt Hancock affair and the Dominic Cummings
 revelations. In years gone by, the Labour Party 
would have benefited from these squalid
 incidents, yet, in its current state, it is 
unable to make any headway.  
 
Much of the mess Labour finds itself in must be laid at 
Starmer’s door. In backing the NEC in its confrontation
 with the hard Left, Starmer obviously wants to imitate
 former leaders Neil Kinnock and Tony Blair, who both
 benefited from taking on the militants. Indeed, in the 
long term, the actions of the NEC are probably in the
 interest of the party; but they are not in the interest 
of the country, in the short term.
 
What the UK needs right now is an effective opposition 
and Labour cannot be that if they are fighting each 
other. You would - usually - have more chance of 
seeing a flying pig, than have me agreeing with 
Diane Abbott, but I have to admit that she was 
right, when she said that Labour must start 
“fighting the Tories” and “not each other.” 
 
They owe it to the country, 
and to voters of all stripes.  
 
 
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Labour Muslims ''infuriated'' by 
insinuation that Keir Starmer’s
 opposition to anti-Semitism 
caused ‘haemorrhaging’ 
of their votes
June 21st,  11:32am (RT)


An anonymous Labour official has stirred Muslim anger 
by implying the community is inherently anti-Semitic.
 A loss of Muslim votes may cost the party its long-
held 
seat in the Batley and Spen by-election.
 
On Sunday, the Labour Muslim Network (LMN) sent a letter
 to the party leadership -- decrying a comment made by an 
unidentified Labour official to the Daily Mail. The source 
said the party was “haemorrhaging votes among 
Muslim voters, and the reason for that, is what 
Keir has been doing on antisemitism.” Keir 
Starmer, the official said, “challenged 
Corbyn on it, and there's been a 
backlash among certain 
sections of the
 community.”


LMN called the remark “patently vile, Islamophobic”
adding 
“this racism needs to be challenged urgently
publicly, by the Labour leadership & the party as
whole.” The sentiment was shared by several 
Labour politicians, including Kim Johnson, 
Zarah Sultana and Anneliese Dodds.
 
Deputy Leader, Angela Rayner, responded by calling the 
comments “completely unacceptable” and saying they 
were “not condoned or sanctioned in any way by the 
Party”. The identity of the “senior official” however,
 was not immediately revealed.
 
The remarks were part of a story about Labour’s struggle 
to hold on to its West-Yorkshire stronghold of Batley and 
Spen, and how the late intervention of former Glasgow 
MP – host of his own show at RT –  George Galloway,
 in the by-election campaign.. may give a win to the 
Tories. If Labour candidate Kim Leadbeater loses, 
the constituency is likely to have a Conservative 
representing it, for the first time since 1997.
 
Leadbeater, the sister of slain MP Jo Cox, is on the receiving
end of growing discontent among Muslim Labour voters, 
with what they see as Starmer taking them for granted.
 
“Keir took the time to condemn 2 idiots for being antisemitic 
last month but he won’t condemn the Israeli government for 
killing innocent people,” a 33-year-old Muslim man in 
Batley and Spen, told the Guardian. “I’ve voted 
Labour my whole life, but I won’t be blindly 
giving them my vote any more.”
 
Starmer assumed his leadership position on the back of a 
campaign against his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, who
 was accused of condoning anti-Semitism. Ousted from 
power, Corbyn was, later, effectively suspended from 
party ranks in October last year for failing to accept 
a report on the same issue. Corbynistas believe 
anti-Semitism issues were blown out of 
proportion, to stage a party coup.
 
Galloway, who like Corbyn has been championing various 
Muslim causes for decades, is cherishing an opportunity 
of leeching Muslim voters, from Starmer’s Labour. He is 
also exploiting the dwindling support for another group 
of traditional Labour supporters – the white working 
class. They “despise” the party, which has been 
pushing things like “LGBTQI agenda” and 
“identity politics”, that are irrelevant to 
those people, he explained to the 
Daily Mail.
 
Galloway runs from the Workers Party of Britain and is polling
 at 6% in the West Yorkshire constituency, behind 47% for 
Tories and 41% for Labour. He hopes that on the ballot 
day, on July 1st, Labour will finish third.
 
The backlash to the “Islamophobic” remarks is the latest 
example of a growing rift between Labour and Muslim 
voters. Last week, five local Muslim organizations in 
Batley and Spen warned in an open letter, that the 
party “has not been proud of our support.” In 
particular, the letter said, the party has to 
“resolve the issue of Islamophobia” 
within its ranks -- and take a firm 
stance: in support of Palestinian
rights, which would “go beyond 
the usual political rhetoric.”
 
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UK Labour Party's Ex-Head 
Calls Current Leadership 
'Weak' Over Poor 
Election Results
May 16th, 11:12pm (Sputnik) 
 
 Former leader of the United Kingdom's main 
opposition party, Jeremy Corbyn, slammed
 the current Labour leadership as being 
"weak" following the party's record
low 
election performance.
 
"The loss was enormous last week. And the loss 
was also to third parties such as the Green 
party --- of disillusioned Labour voters 
because they felt, I believe, that the 
opposition is not strong enough, 
to win against the government. 
Do I take responsibility for it?
 No," Corbyn told the Calling
 Peston political podcast.
 
He also noted that the loss had nothing to do with 
the party's policies, since Labour proposed "a 
set of popular policies in the last manifesto —
 green industrial revolution, investment in
the 
economy, equality legislation,
national 
education services,
all of 
those things."
 
According to Corbyn, the party showed a stable 
performance in elections during his tenure from
 2015 to 2020, snatching an impressive win in 
2017 with over 40% of the votes - the highest
 since 1997. He stressed that some losses 
were later expected over the Brexit issue
 and after the introduction of the first-
past-the-post voting system.
 
Corbyn has been blamed by the media and the new 
leadership, headed by Keir Starmer, for tarnishing
 Labour's image, which ultimately led the party to 
a disastrous loss of 300 house seats.
 
The UK held local elections in the first week of May, 
during which Labour lost control of eight councils 
and more than 300 seats. One of the councils the
 party lost, County Durham, was the first one the 
party ever ran - and had been under its control 
for more than 100 years.
 
 
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BREAKING: Starmer's 
''approval'' rating 
has fallen to 
minus 48.
 
YouGov poll on whether Starmer
 is doing well or badly:
 
Well: 17% (-9)
Badly: 65% (+15)
[Net rating: -48]
 
Worst-ever rating 
for Starmer 
*by far*.
 
Corbyn's lowst point ever, was minus 40
...and most Labour MPs rushed to stab
him in the back.


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Labour’s humiliating defeat
 signals its death & Keir 
Starmer, not Jeremy
Corbyn,
 is the man
with its blood 
on
his hands
by Neil Clark
May 7th (RT)

Neil Clarkis a journalist, writer, broadcaster and
blogger. 
His award winning blog can be found at 
www.neilclark66.blogspot.comHe tweets on
politics and 
world affairs @NeilClark66


The blame for the crushing loss in Thursday’s by-election,
 in a northern ‘Red Wall’ seat Labour has held since 1974, 
lies with Blairite ‘centrists’, who set out to destroy
Corbyn 
– and have ended up destroying the
party itself.
 
Hartlepool is a coastal town in N. Eastern England with 
a fascinating history. Out on its headland, the Heugh 
Battery Museum bills itself as the only World War I 
battlefield in Great Britain. A nearby plaque marks
 the spot... where the first shell from a leading 
German battle cruiser struck at 8:10am on 
December 16, 1914, and also records the 
place where, during the bombardment, 
the first soldier was killed on British 
soil by enemy action in the war.
 
Close by, looking out over the North Sea, there’s a 
Russian cannon, which was captured by British
 forces at the Battle of Sevastopol during the 
Crimean War in the 1850s, and sent up to
 Hartlepool by ship from London.
 
Perhaps - after this Thursday - there needs to be 
another historical plaque installed in Hartlepool. 
One commemorating the death of the UK 
Labour Party. 
 
Labour’s defeat in Hartlepool wasn’t a ‘bad’ result, 
it was utterly catastrophic. The party attained
just 
28.7% of the vote, a full 23 points behind
the 
Tories, doing far worse, than even the
worst 
opinion poll had suggested.
 
Even before polling day, Labour ‘centrists’ were 
getting their excuses in. Predictably, they’re
 blaming Jeremy Corbyn, the man who 
stopped being the party’s leader 
more than a year ago.
 
It’ll take much longer to rid the party of his ‘toxic’ legacy,
 the dominant neocon/Blairite narrative goes. The 
people who supported a ‘chicken coup’ against 
Corbyn -- after just nine months -- now tell us 
Starmer, who’s been leader for 13 months, 
and up against the worst UK government 
of all time, needs more time. Or... to
quote 
a former MP, if Labour loses
 Hartlepool, it’ll be a case of
 ‘Long Corbyn’.
 
What tommyrot.
 
Just four years ago - in June 2017 - Labour, under Corbyn, 
not only held Hartlepool, but did so with its highest share 
of the vote (52.5%) since 2001. But for the Corbyn-hating 
‘moderates’, who, funnily enough, all seem to be strong 
supporters of the far-from-moderate Iraq War, it’s as if
 the 2017 general election never happened. In fact, the
 way that election – which Corbyn came very close to 
winning – has been airbrushed out of history reminds
 one of the late Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize lecture in 
2005, when he condemned US foreign policy crimes
...before saying: “It never happened. Nothing ever 
happened. Even while it was happening it wasn’t 
happening. It didn’t matter. It was of no interest.”
 
The 2017 election is never referred to, because it goes 
against the dominant narrative. Labour was supposed 
to have been thrashed out of sight four years ago, but 
to the horror of the neocon Establishment it wasn’t. In 
fact, under the ‘unelectable’ Corbyn, Labour achieved 
their biggest increase in the popular vote since 1945 
(a whopping 9.6% up from 2015), and came to within
 a whisker of a shock victory. 
 
Enthused by his message of positive change, and by 
popular policies such as bringing the railways back
 into public ownership, millions of Labour voters, 
who had stayed at home in previous elections, 
came out to put their cross in the Labour box. 

Of course, the Establishment set out with
 renewed vigour --- to make sure it would 
never happen again. Part of the reason
 Labour did so well in 2017... and held
on
 to its Northern strongholds, was 
because it had pledged to respect
the 2016 EU 
referendum result.
 
So an operation was mounted, with the Trilateral 
Commission member, Sir Keir Starmer, playing
 a key role, as Shadow Brexit Secretary, to get 
Labour to change its policy --- and adopt an 
electorally suicidal stance of supporting 
a second referendum. It was electorally 
suicidal, because 78% of Labour’s 45 
target seats in England and Wales 
voted Leave in 2016, many of 
them quite strongly. 
 
Not only that, but there was a ratcheting up of the 
political weaponisation of anti-Semitism, which 
again, was about ruining Corbyn’s chances.
 
To his own --- and his party’s --- detriment, Corbyn 
didn’t fight back against the wreckers. He should 
have done more to resist the change in policy on
 Europe and should have sacked Starmer (in fact,
 he should never have appointed him in the first 
place). He should have pushed back harder,
 much harder, against those smearing him. 

With the mass membership on his side, he 
should have gone on the front foot against
 his Blairite enemies. But Corbyn did none
 of those things.
 
Instead, having come so close to victory in 2017, he
 led Labour to a heavy defeat in 2019 with most of 
the damage being done in pro-Brexit Northern 
‘Red Wall’ seats. But even in 2019, Corbyn 
managed to hold on to Hartlepool... The 
party’s share of the vote nationally, was 
still higher than in 2010 and in 2015.. It
was 
a bad result, but not the absolute 
disaster it was portrayed as.
 
Things have got a whole lot worse, since then. Starmer, 
a man described as so wooden, birds try to nest in him, 
inspires no one. His disapproval rating in April, rose to
 50% in April, and was 44% among Labour voters. The
 witch hunt against Corbyn, and his supporters, 
cheered on by vindictive, elitist, anti-populist 
Blairites who loathed the way party member
-
ship had soared under Corbyn, has left 
Labour short of activists to do the
hard
 work of election
campaigning. 
 
The ‘Bitterites’ set out to politically assassinate Corbyn, 
believing that once he had gone and all his supporters 
had been purged, ‘normal service’ would be resumed;
but their internal sabotage from 
2015-19, ended up
killing the party, too.
 
Labour is in a right mess, and although the Tories 
don’t deserve to win for what they’ve done to the
 country these past 13 months, ‘HM Opposition’ 
-- whose only ‘opposition’ to the government 
this past year has been to berate Johnson 
and co. for not locking us plebs down 
earlier and harder – most certainly 
don’t deserve to win either. 
 
In fact, the best thing that could happen is that Labour 
- as it’s currently constituted - is formally put out of its
 misery. Destroyed - not by Corbyn - but by those who 
simply couldn’t stomach the prospect of an anti-war 
UK prime minister who would threaten the hawkish 
foreign policy consensus.
 
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UK Trade Union Leader Warns -
Keir Starmer Is Turning Labour
Into 'Party of Establishment'
by Jason Dunn
21.03.2021, 8:21pm GMT 
 
 
Sir Keir Starmer has become the subject of criticism 
by the left-wing of Labour -- as he is accused of 
leading the party in a right-wing trajectory and
 away from the socialist policies of his 
predecessor.
 
A leading British trade unionist has accused Sir 
Keir Starmer of trying to turn Labour into an 
"establishment" party --- and risking his 
chances at the next general election.
 
Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, said
that the opposition leader could be "ditched into 
the dustbin of history" unless he changes his 
current approach and reaffirms Labour's 
dedication to radical politics. 
 
Speaking to LBC radio on Sunday, Mr McCluskey, an ally
of the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and large donor 
to the party, criticised Sir Keir for missing "the 
opportunities” of the ongoing coronavirus 
pandemic.
 
“The truth of the matter is, at the moment, the direction
we are travelling - that he seems to be taking us down -
 is to turn Labour into a party of the establishment", 
he said.
 
McCluskey warned that if that were to happen "he will not 
become prime minister in 2024, he will be ditched into the
 dustbin of history".
 
“I am urging Keir to look at his pledges, to reject the siren 
voices of the ghouls of New Labour and to stick to the
radical policies that will win back the Red Wall seats", 
the Unite leader said.
 
Mr McCluskey highlighted Sir Keir's treatment of the left 
such as the removal of the whip from Mr Corbyn last 
year, as causing a rift between the leadership and 
his largest donor.
 
He stressed that the leader had stood in his election 
campaign on a left-wing programme, similar to 
Labour's 2017 and 2019 manifesto, but claims 
he has now dropped those promises, during 
his leadership tenure.
 
These included commitments to free movement,
as well as opposing increasing corporation tax.
 
“At the moment nobody quite knows what Keir stands 
for, nobody quite knows what Labour stands for", 
Mr McCluskey told the outlet.
 
McCluskey predicted that Starmer could be the next 
prime minister in 2024, "not an overall majority, but 
a hung parliament - if he wins back the red seats 
by arguing on the radical platform that he was 
elected on".
 
“He was elected to make the moral case for socialism, 
he was elected on ten pledges that people said were 
Corbynist", he added.
 
His comments follow an acknowledgement by Sir 
Keir that the Conservatives have seen a "vaccine 
bounce" in opinion polling, as an explanation for
why Labour is losing ground to the Tories, in 
recent voter intention surveys.
 
Sir Keir has received criticism by some Labour members
--- for being too ready to abstain or support government 
motions, police spies, and Boris Johnson's Brexit deal, 
and for not pushing for a convincing alternative to the 
Conservatives handling of the pandemic.
 
Others have pointed to Sir Keir's purging of left-wing 
members from the party such as the suspension of 
Jeremy Corbyn and the removal of Rebecca Long-
Bailey from the shadow cabinet.
 
The Labour frontbench claims that these moves were 
part of the party's commitment to deal with incidents 
of antisemitism, which plagued his predecessor.
 
Electoral Chances?
 
While Starmer's 10 election pledges were largely 
consistent with the values of the Corbyn leader-
ship, he has been criticised for moving the
 party towards the centre.
 
While some of his supporters have hailed his ascension 
to the top job as an improvement in terms of voter 
approval ratings, Sir Keir has seen his support 
among the public decline, as his positioning is
seen to drift away from Labour's radical 
stances in recent years.
 
Corbyn was historically unpopular as a party leader, 
seeing net satisfaction ratings of as low as -60 and
ultimately resigned after losing the 2019 election. 
 
However, the 2017 general election saw the Labour Party 
receive its biggest increase in the vote since 1945, and 
secure a hung parliament.
 
It was also the only time any Labour Party platform - 
which included the renationalisation of rail and an 
end to austerity - had resulted in an increase in 
both the overall vote and the number of  seats
in parliament, since Tony Blair's landslide
victory in 1997. 
 
 
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Deputy Leader Says Labour Could 
Suspend ‘Thousands’ of Members 
over  'Antisemitism'
December 1st,  2020  (FNA)
 
 The Labour Party will suspend “thousands and thousands” of 
members unless they “get real” about antisemitism, Angela 
Rayner warned, as an internal row rages over the 
removal of the whip from Jeremy Corbyn.
 
Following Keir Starmer’s decision not to allow Corbyn to sit as a 
Labour MP over his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights
 Commission (EHRC) report, dozens of constituency parties 
are reported to have passed motions in support of the 
former leader – despite the party’s General Secretary 
David Evans banning them from doing so.
 

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UK Labour candidate
 trained with Israeli 
army: Report
March 13th (PressTV)
 
A British Labour Party candidate for the party’s election
this year, has reportedly been trained with the Israeli 
military forces.
 
Izzy Lenga, an officer in the Jewish Labour Movement, 
is running for the party’s new National Women’s 
Committee, as a right-wing candidate.
 
The movement worked for years, to oust 
the party’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn.
 
Corbyn, well known for his support of the Palestinian 
cause, has repeatedly been described by pro-Israeli 
lobbies in Britain, as a threat to the life of Jews in
 the country.
 
The US-based Electronic Intifada — an online publication 
covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — released a 
photo of her wearing an Israeli army uniform, 
wrapped in an Israeli flag and carrying an 
assault rifle.
 
Lenga once “proudly” displayed the photo 
on social media networks, said the report.
 
Citing Israeli experts Dena Shunra and Daniel Shunra, 
the website said that the uniform and epaulets seen 
in the photo suggest that Lenga took part in Marva, 
a paramilitary course overseen by the Israeli army.
 
The Marva program provides weapons and training, 
Zionist political indoctrination, and visits to 
military bases.
 
It also recruits Jewish people aged 18-25, from around 
the world, offering them incentives to become Israeli 
settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories.
 
Many participants in the course, have stayed in 
Israel, 
claiming citizenship & joining the military.
 
In 2015, Lenga became an officer with the campus society 
in Birmingham, which is affiliated to the Union of Jewish 
Students (UJS).
 
At the same time, she was also elected to
 the leadership committee of the UJS.
 
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Labour Leader Keir
Starmer
 
'Must Give 
Evidence' to Inquiry, 
Say Activists 'Fitted 
Up 
by Spycops'
by Mohamed Elmaazi
15:22 GMT 05.02.2021 (Sputnik)
 
 
A collection of activists who were found to have been 
wrongfully prosecuted and convicted in 2009, are 
demanding that the former chief prosecutor 
answer questions before the ongoing 
Undercover Policing Inquiry.
 
Environmental activists who were wrongfully convicted 
have called upon UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer 
to answer questions at the Undercover Policing Inquiry
 (UCPI), for his role in an alleged coverup of the use of 
undercover police when he was Director of Public 
Prosecutions. The activists in question were 
arrested, whilst planning a protest against 
Ratcliffe-on-Soar coal-fired power station, 
in Nottinghamshire, England, in April 2009.
 
The open letter, which has received scant media coverage 
since its publication on 4 February 2021, alleges that 
Starmer, "may have been involved in a cover-up of 
police and prosecutors orchestrating wrongful 
convictions".
 
"A decade ago, this month, the world learnt that Mark Kennedy 
was a Metropolitan Police officer spying on environmentalists.
 This information led to the collapse of a trial where six 
environmental campaigners were accused of 
conspiring to occupy a coal-fired power 
station", the letter published via the 
Campaign Opposing Police 
Surveillance (COPS) 
website explains.
 
In a separate trial, "the convictions of 20 campaigners for 
conspiring to occupy the same coal-fired power station 
were quashed by the Court of Appeal, because the 
prosecution failed to disclose information about 
Mark Kennedy’s involvement that would have 
helped their defence", COPS add.
 
Starmer, as chief prosecutor at the time of the trial, 
commissioned a report headed by former Court of 
Appeal judge Sir Christopher Rose Report into the 
withholding information about the role of under-
cover police in the two cases. The Rose Report 
ultimately determined that the, "failings were 
individual, and not systemic". However, the 
findings of the Rose Report appeared to be 
contradicted by further evidence of activist 
groups being infiltrated by police with the 
latter's role not being disclosed to
 the defendants.
 
"Why did Keir Starmer ask for three reviews into CPS 
failings relating to undercover policing that were kept 
from public view, before commissioning the Rose 
report?", the signatories to the letter asks.
 
"What action was taken by Keir Starmer after the Rose report 
was shown to be wrong, to uncover other miscarriages of
 justice?", the letter adds.
 
Crucially, the letter points out that a report commissioned by 
then-Home Secretary Theresa May into possible miscarriages
 of justice identified "83 activists who were convicted in trials
 involving an undercover officer, over three decades", and 
ask how it is, that the CPS inquiry, "has, to date, 
discovered nobody whom the media and 
campaigners hadn't already identified".
 
Labour's current leader has, as of yet, not responded to the 
letter signed by 18 men and women who were, "arrested 
and charged with conspiracy, or arrested, charged and 
wrongfully convicted of conspiracy", with the former 
undercover officer, Mark Kennedy.
 
The UCPI was initiated by Theresa May when it was discovered 
that the police had been secretly recording the lawyer-client 
conversations of the family of Stephen Laurence, who was 
murdered in a racist attack, in 1993. Stephen Lawrence's 
family continued to push for their son's killers to face 
justice after a botched police investigation resulted 
in a separate inquiry to determine that the 
Metropolitan Police were "institutionally 
racist". After the UCPI was set-up, the 
Metropolitan Police admitted to 
infiltrating and surveilling over 
1,000 political, environmental 
and social justice groups, 
since 1968.
 

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Corbyn Suspended for
Telling the Truth
– 
A New Socialist Party
Is Required
by Tommy Sheridan 
31/10/2020 (Sputnik)
 
The other day a thoroughly decent and honest man 
suffered a grave injustice. A man who has a peer-
less record in opposing racism and anti-Semitism 
was suspended by the political party he has been 
a member of for over fifty years, has represented 
it in the British Parliament since 1983 and was 
its leader from 2015-20.
 
Irony died in Britain yesterday when Jeremy Corbyn was 
suspended by the Labour Party with the consent and 
probable collusion of the man who succeeded him 
as leader, Sir Keir Starmer.
 
We now have a Tory leader in 10 Downing Street who is 
famed for his racist views, including referring to black 
Africans as “piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.
 
A racist Prime Minister nostalgic for the days of slavery 
and brutal exploitation and ownership of black people 
was elected by the people of England in preference 
to a man whose whole life has been dedicated to 
fighting racism and injustice.
 
Corbyn Was Betrayed by His Own
Party Bureaucracy in 2017
 
Jeremy Corbyn would have won the 2017 General Election 
if his campaign had not been sabotaged from within by 
Labour opponents. They hated him more than the 
Tories and refused to accept the democratic will 
of the Labour Party masses who elected Corbyn 
leader, not once but twice with a bigger majority 
the second time round in 2016. 
 
He led a remarkable 2017 election campaign which inspired 
millions and confounded all the opinion polls and political 
pundits as he came within a whisker of winning. He 
smashed the Tory majority and rocked the British 
Establishment. A genuine socialist was almost 
elected to lead the UK. Millionaires and 
billionaires were petrified that they 
would be forced to pay their taxes 
and public services would no 
longer be up for sale. 
 
Corbyn would have won if staff at the heart of the 
Labour Party had not actively undermined him.
 
Paid Labour Party staff expressing disgust for the 
elected leader of their party and hoping for a bad 
election result and undermining the effectiveness 
of the campaign wherever possible is what the 
right wing did with gusto. And - after the close 
call of the 2017 general election - the powerful 
and rich who make up the British Establishment 
and mainstream media declared war on Corbyn 
from every angle, but specifically colluded to 
weaponise the scourge of anti-Semitism and 
throw every slur and empty accusation 
against Corbyn that was possible 
to muster.
 
After 2017 Close-Call, Anti-Semitism 
Was Weaponised Against Corbyn
 
An incredible narrative was created whereby a man that 
had done more in his life to confront and combat racism 
and anti-Semitism than anyone in British politics, was 
cast as an anti-Semite. It was bizarre, ridiculous, and 
obscenely unfair and inaccurate but it was effective 
in creating a wholly false perception. An inordinate 
number of Labour anti-Semitism stories, headlines 
and even documentaries were produced and by 
2018 polls of Jewish voters indicated an 
incredulous number believed the Labour 
Party was anti-Semitic while the problem 
in the Tories and Lib-Dems was perceived 
to be minor.
 
Labour Became Huge Under Corbyn – 
Over 500,000 Members
 
Jeremy Corbyn attracted hundreds of thousands of new 
members to the Labour Party and transformed it into the 
biggest membership party in Europe with well over 
500,000 signed up to his brand of socialism. The 
number of party members ever subjected to 
accusations of anti-Semitic behaviour never 
surpassed more than 300, so the anti-Semitic 
‘problem’ in Labour amounted to 0.1% of its 
membership at most but the coordinated 
media led campaign aided and abetted 
by Labour right wing MPs, created a 
deeply warped and distorted picture 
that almost 62% of party members 
were anti-Semitic.
 
This was the result of a well-coordinated media 
campaign led by the BBC to traduce the 
character of Corbyn and the Labour 
Party under him.
 
Feeding from the false narrative and whipped up 
hysteria created by the media the Equality and 
Human Rights Commission (ECHR) decided to 
launch a formal investigation into claims of 
anti-Semitism within Labour to establish if 
they had breached the Equality Act 2010 
and were guilty of acting unlawfully in 
relation to anti-Semitic actions. This 
decision was taken in May 2019 amid 
the Brexit crisis and talk of an early 
general election. The fact the ECHR 
acted on the basis of complaints 
from vehemently anti-Corbyn 
organisations indicates just 
how loaded the dice was 
from the outset.
 
Anti-Semitism is Abhorrent --- but 
Jeremy Corbyn is Not an Anti-Semite
 
All anti-Semitic behaviour and opinions should be 
condemned and confronted unreservedly. Of that 
there should be no doubt or debate. But the 
accusations of anti-Semitism against the 
Labour Party have been overstated and 
used politically to undermine Labour 
and Corbyn. Anti-Semitism is a problem 
in society as a whole. An ugly repulsive 
problem. But to suggest Labour has a 
bigger problem than other parties or 
that Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite 
is patent nonsense and lies.
 
Unlike the Corbyn detractors, Labour’s 2020 ‘No 
Place For Antisemitism’ Report provides hard 
facts refuting media and ECHR allegations 
that Labour under Corbyn did not address 
anti-Semitism complaints.
 
The Labour Party expelled 45 members in relation to 
antisemitism in 2019, compared to 10 in 2018 and 
1 in 2017.
 
After rule changes passed at Conference in September 
2019 gave NEC panels the power to expel, twice the 
number of people were expelled in two months than 
had been expelled during the whole of 2018.
 
NEC Disciplinary Panels heard 274 cases relating to 
antisemitism in 2019, a tenfold increase on the 28 
cases heard in 2017.
 
In 2019, 149 members were removed from the party as 
a result of disciplinary processes relating to anti-
semitism, either being expelled or quitting the 
party as proceedings progressed.
 
The Labour Party suspended 296 members in relation to 
antisemitism in 2019, compared to 98 in 2018 – itself a 
big increase on the previous year”.
 
Once you have read the facts contained in this Report and 
considered that the lengthy ECHR Report which took 
almost 18 months to compile concludes that Labour 
is guilty of “unlawful acts of indirect discrimination 
and harassment for which the Labour Party is 
responsible” based on the conduct of TWO 
Labour Party members, Ken Livingston and 
a Councillor called Pam Bromley, you can 
reasonably conclude that when Corbyn 
said the allegations of anti-Semitism 
against Labour were “overstated” 
he was stating a fact.
 
Corbyn was a clear and present danger to the rich and 
powerful British Establishment and his sympathy with
 the Palestinian people and willingness to call out 
Israel’s human rights abuses made him dangerous 
on an international plain also. America and Israel 
could not tolerate a pro-Palestinian British Prime 
Minister. The anti-Semitism campaign was a 
conscious and dishonest scheme to under-
mine his electoral credibility and the BBC 
played a blinder in promoting the lie at 
every available opportunity.
 
A New Trade Union Supported 
Socialist Party is Now Urgent
 
The suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from Labour is an 
attack on him and every single socialist still in that 
party. Jeremy is now suffering the consequences 
of being popular on the one hand but being far 
too pliable on the other. The day Jeremy stood 
back & allowed socialists like Chris Williamson 
to be suspended was the day he succumbed to 
the right-wing bullies within the Labour Party 
hierarchy. Chris was a loyal lieutenant of 
Corbyn. A very capable and popular 
crusader for socialism. 
 
When the right wing went after him with the anti-Semitism slur 
Jeremy should have resisted and stood with Chris. Instead he 
sought to avoid an internal battle and that was his ultimate 
undoing. Jeremy had the backing of the members but not 
the comfortable and right-wing bureaucracy who used 
their influence to stifle Corbyn and undermine his 
2017 election campaign.
 
The new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is determined to turn 
the party back into a Tory second eleven like in the red Tory 
Tony Blair days.
 
The challenge to other socialist Labour MPs and the trade union 
leaders who support socialist policies which will actually 
improve the lives of their members is clear. If you can’t 
fight for the former leader of your party who raised the 
hopes of millions & came so close in 2017 to winning, 
then you are not worthy of the description of socialist. 
The time has come for a party of workers that promotes 
socialism with guile, enthusiasm, and pride. Instead of 
funding Starmer’s Tory Party Mark II, the trade union 
movement should fund a real socialist party --- 
committed to changing the lives of millions 
for the better.
 
The suspension of Corbyn must be the crossing of the Rubicon 
for the socialist and trade union movement. Labour is already 
irrelevant in Scotland. It will become irrelevant in England 
as well soon. The time for a new force backed with trade 
union organisation and resources, is now.
 
 

Jean-Jacques Dessalines' Birth Day

 
Today, September 20th, in 1758,
 
Jean-Jacques Dessalines
 
Emperor Jacques the Ist,
of Ayiti (Haiti), and the
liberator & Governor-
General of the island
of Saint-Domingue,
 
is born.
 
 
Jean-Jacques Dessalines was a military leader
who worked with Toussaint L'Ouverture, and
gave the country of Haiti, its name.
 
On January  1st, 1804, from the city of Gonaïves, Dessalines 
officially declared the former colony's independence and 
renamed it "Ayiti", after the indigenous Taíno name. 
 
He had served as Governor-General of Saint-Domingue
since  November 30th, 1803. After the declaration of
independence, 
Dessalines named himself Governor
-General-for-life of Haiti 
and served in that role
until September 22nd, 1804, when 
he was
proclaimed Emperor of Haiti, by the
Generals of 
the free Haitian
Revolutionary Army. 
 
He was crowned Emperor Jacques I in a coronation ceremony 
on October 6th, in the city of Le Cap. On May 20th, 1805, his 
government released the Imperial Constitution, naming 
Jean-Jacques Dessalines emperor for life, with the 
right to name his successor.


Born in 1758, in Africa, Jean-Jacques Dessalines was 
enslaved in the French colony of Saint-Domingue.

This 
island is now split between the Dominican Republic
and Haiti, with a US military base in the Dominican
part of the island.
 
He served as a lieutenant under Toussaint L'Ouverture after 
the 1791 slave revolution and, later, eliminated French rule.
 
Honored as one of Haiti’s founding fathers, he was killed in a
revolt on October 17th, 1806, in Pont Rouge, near Port-au-
Prince, Haiti. On this date, the anniversary of his death,
Haitians celebrate and remember when they defeated
both slavery and the major Western powers, to rule
the Carribean. 
 
Colonial Life
 
He became a field hand and eventually rose to foreman. At around 
age 30, he was sold to a free Black man named Dessalines and his
 surname was changed again. Jean-Jacques’ master proved to be 
cruel and brutal, yet on liberation, Jean-Jacques
Dessalines, gave him employment in his home
.
 
Leading a Revolution
 
In 1791, a slave rebellion broke out in Sant-Domingue and Dessalines
was able to escape the plantation and join rising rebel leader 
Toussaint L'Ouverture. Though illiterate, Dessalines was a 
quick student, positioning himself as L’Ouverture’s 
lieutenant and earning the nickname “the Tiger” 
for his ferocity in battle. 
 
Initially, their fight was to free all slaves on the island, 
but over time, the goal would become independence.
 
In 1793, the French Republic declared an end to slavery in France 
and all colonies and, soon after, L’Ouverture and Dessalines 
switched their allegiance to the French against the Spanish
and British. Over the next ten years, Dessalines’ skill and 
leadership proved vital to L’Ouverture’s success in 
capturing the Spanish-controlled eastern half of 
Sant-Domingue island. By 1799, Dessalines 
had risen to the rank of brigadier general.
 
With Europe temporarily distracted due to the rise of Napoleon, 
the slave rebellion turned into a civil war and L’Ouverture and
 Dessalines fought for control of the island, crushing rivals 
and slave owners alike. 
 
By 1801, L’Ouverture was serving as governor-general of Haiti 
and Dessalines was second in command. Many whites and 
mulattos, in Santa Dominque, had lobbied France to 
reestablish slavery and Napoleon sent a force to
restore French rule on the island. L’Ouverture 
and Dessalines repelled the invading forces
in 
the battle of Crête-à-Pierrot.
 
 In a series of victories, Dessalines’ coalition of 
Black people and mulattos were successful in 
forcing the French to surrender and leave.
 
In 1804 Dessalines proclaimed independence 
and, in 1805, declared himself emperor. Haiti 
became the first Black independent republic
 in the world.
 
Emperor of Haiti
 
As emperor, Dessalines took drastic measures he felt necessary 
for Haiti to stay independent. He enforced a system of forced 
labour to prevent Haiti from reverting back to a subsistence 
economy. To eliminate rule by whites... he confiscated their 
land and made it illegal for them to own property. Probably
his most extreme measure was a campaign to eliminate
the white population of Haiti. Between February and 
April, 1804, Dessalines ordered the deaths of 
approximately 3,000 to 5,000 white people 
of all ages and genders.
 
The exact circumstances of Dessalines death are uncertain.
 What is known is that people of all classes were upset with 
his draconian labour and agricultural policies including 
the peasants, the fair-skinned elite and the military. 


He was killed on October 17th, 1806, possibly in an ambush 
led by Alexandre Pétion and Henri Christophe, who later 
split the country in two, and ruled each half separately.
 
Death and Legacy
 
Despite his violent reign, Dessalines lives on as a figure of pride
for Haitians. The day of his death, October 17th, is a national 
holiday in Haiti. Dessalines's legacy is embodied in Haiti's 
national anthem, "La Dessalinienne."
 
 
 
''We have dared to be free. Let us dare to 
be so... by ourselves and for ourselves.''




 
TORIES ARE STRIPPING & PRIVATIZING the NHS 
and Taking 
Away OUR RIGHTS: with a never-
ending lockdown that Labour MPs support!

Neil Clark, journalist, writer and broadcaster:
''The sad and rather shocking truth, is that the 
current UK Parliament could quite happily 
keep us locked down indefinitely. 
Remember, MPs get their £81K 
annual salaries (plus perks) 
paid in full, each month, 
whatever happens. 
And... there is no 
general election 
due until 2024. 


''The only way the restrictions will end, is 
if 
the public have had enough of them and 
stop complying in large enough numbers. 
Otherwise, what incentive is there for 
the 
well-heeled, power-crazed, lock
down-
addicted political class to
lift them, 
especially with the 
next general 
election so
far away?''



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Demonstrators Clash With Police 
During Protest Against Teen 
Vaccination in London
by Sofia Chegodaeva
September 4th, 11:24am (Sputnik)
 
The move comes as UK cabinet ministers are reported
 to have been considering COVID-19 vaccinations for 
everyone between the ages of 12 and 15 although 
the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 
Immunisation (JCVI)... has already 
refused to endorse coronavirus 
jabs for healthy teenagers.
 
A UK protest against COVID passports and the government's 
plans to roll out coronavirus vaccination to children aged 
between 12 and 15, turned violent, in London, on 
Friday evening. 
 
Activists came to the headquarters of the UK vaccine regulator 
in Canary Wharf, east London, and tried to get inside the 
building, but were prevented by the police. Some of
the protesters got into a scuffle with law-
enforcement officers.
 
The Metropolitan police shared a video of the clashes on Twitter.
 
One of the activists also shared a video of the scuffle, warning
 the government to be prepared for further protests of this kind.
 
Her position, however, was not echoed by many... with people
wondering why standing up for your right should go this way.
 
Earlier this week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and 
Immunisation... refused to endorse coronavirus vaccines 
for healthy children aged between 12 and 15. The JCVI 
said that: "despite acknowledging health gains from 
inoculating the entire age group were greater than
 the risks, the margin of benefit is considered too 
small to support universal vaccination of
healthy 
12 to 15-year-olds at
this time”.
 
Meanwhile, daily newspaper The Guardian reported that UK 
cabinet ministers could disregard the recommendations of
 the JCVI and pursue mass COVID-19 vaccinations for all 
12 to 15-year-olds.
 
 
 
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‘Looks like thousands!’
Protesters clog London 
...in march against 
vaccine passports
August 28th, 4:29pm (RT)
 
Protesters have packed into central London... in a 
demonstration against the government’s ongoing 
plans to introduce so-called vaccine passports. 
Though largely ignored by the media, 
“thousands” of people reportedly 
took part.
 
The protest march kicked off at Hyde Park on Saturday 
afternoon and set off across Vauxhall Bridge and 
towards Clapham Common. London’s Police
reported road 
blockages and bus delays
along 
the route and officers remained 
in close proximity to the marchers,
at all times.
 
Video footage showed a dense crowd of people in 
attendance. Some waved religious banners, some 
held placards opposing vaccination full stop, and 
others demanded the government drop its plans 
to require patrons of certain venues to be 
vaccinated against Covid-19.
 
No official crowd size estimate is available, but 
protesters posting on social media claimed “it 
looks like thousands” took part. As of later on
 Saturday afternoon... no mainstream British 
news outlets had reported on the protest. 
Taking place simultaneously was a rally 
by climate change group... Extinction 
Rebellion, who have staged a week 
of straight demonstrations in the 
city, grabbing newspaper head
-lines every day.
 
The anti-vaccine passports rally was not a once-off 
event either, and similar rallies have taken place
 throughout the summer.
 
As the British government’s plan currently stands, 
proof of vaccination will be ''required'' to enter 
nightclubs and other venues: “where large 
crowds gather” as of next month, with
the 
NHS’ Covid Pass mobile app.,
likely to be 
used as proof.
 
 However, there is still some confusion as to how the 
system will be implemented. Industry spokespeople 
told the Guardian this week, that they have not 
received 'any advice' from the government on
 the system... and a leaked letter from Health 
Secretary Sajid Javid’s office last weekend 
stated that “no final policy decision has 
yet been taken" on the issue.
 
Meanwhile, though nearly 80% of Britons have been 
fully vaccinated against Covid-19... new cases are 
still rising, with an average of more than 33,000 
cases reported each day, over the last week,
 per NHS data. By contrast, daily cases in
 late April and early May, were below 
2,000 each day. 
 
 
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Lawyers Warn:
‘No Jab, No Job’ 
Policies in UK
 Set to Spark Deluge of
Employment Tribunals
August 2nd, 1:33pm (FNA)
 
 Lawyers expect a wave of legal action against UK 
companies over attempts to make sure staff are 
double-vaccinated against COVID, amid 
growing fears of draconian “no jab,
no 
job” policies in the workplace.
 
Trade unions have criticised the government for 
encouraging the idea of mandatory vaccination 
for office staff: after transport secretary Grant
 Shapps, said it was a “good idea”... for 
companies to insist staff are double-
jabbed, The Independent reported.
 
Tech giant Google, has said mandatory jabs for US employees 
will later be rolled out to staff in 40 countries where it operates, 
and Mr Shapps said he expected some British firms will soon 
“require” full vaccination.
 
Employment lawyers told The Independent that British companies 
had been in touch to explore their options on putting COVID 
vaccination requirements in place.
 
“We’re definitely going to see a lot of employment tribunals on this,” 
said Elissa Thursfield, head of employment lawyer and a director 
at Gamlins Law – predicting a wave of vaccine-related 
discrimination claims in the months ahead.
 
Lawyers and union chiefs warned that a blanket approach to 
making jabs mandatory could breach the Equality Act by 
discriminating against some groups, including those 
with disabilities or certain religious beliefs.
 
“Having a blanket policy is almost always dangerous – it’s 
fraught with legal difficulties,” said Thursfield, adding, 
“For existing staff, if you don’t have a clause in your 
contract that says you can receive mandatory 
instructions on health, which is rare, that’s 
potentially a breach of contract... as
well as
 the discrimination claims.”
 
She added, “If the government pushes any further on this,
 in terms of encouraging employers, they are going to 
start getting into hot water.”
 
Charlie Thompson, an employment partner at law firm 
Stewarts, also predicted legal action against 
companies that don’t consider their 
vaccine policy carefully enough.
 
“If you’re not able to go back to your existing job, or
you’re 
denied a job, and the employer’s justification
[for 
vaccination] doesn’t stack up, then I can see
 legal claims,” he said.
 
Responding to Shapps’ encouraging remarks about companies 
asking staff to get the jab, Labour leader Keir Starmer said he
 did not think “no jab no job” policies were wise.
 
“I don’t agree with that,” said Starmer.
 
“For day-to-day routines, access to the office, access to health 
services or dentistry or even food – I don’t agree with vaccine 
passports for day-to-day access,” said the Labour leader.
 
Downing Street has made clear the government has no plans to
bring legislation to make full-vaccination mandatory for entry
into offices.
 
Unison General Secretary Christina McAnea said the government 
should not be encouraging any form of “coercion” when it comes
 to employees getting the vaccine before returning to work.
 
“Only with widespread take-up can the virus be defeated,” she 
said, adding, “Achieving this requires persuasion and 
encouragement – not compulsion and coercion. 
Forcing people can only lead to needless 
confrontation at work and legal cases
 that could drag on for years.”
 
Unite’s National Health and Safety Adviser Rob Miguel said COVID
 vaccine compulsion would be a “bad” way for companies to 
encourage a return to work, and is “embroiled with issues 
such as equalities, human rights, privacy and 
ethical breaches”.
 
Goldman Sachs raised alarm bells last month when it sent a memo 
to UK staff saying the company “strongly encouraged” them to 
report their COVID vaccination status before returning to the 
office – before clarifying vaccination was not compulsory.
 
In the US, companies are beginning to be more severe in their 
demands. Google and Facebook, along with Delta and United 
airlines, have said full vaccination will be mandatory for staff.
 
The Independent understands leading UK companies are 
examining how they can make sure staff are double-
jabbed, despite potential legal difficulties.
 
Some keen on getting offices fully-staffed say employees have 
told them they are uncomfortable about returning to the office 
until all their colleagues are vaccinated.
 
Others have said they would not try to enforce 
any rules about the COVID vaccine.
 
Imran Hussain, director at Harmony Financial Services, said 
it would be “ridiculous” to try to draw up a policy about 
vaccination.
 
“The whole idea is highly undemocratic and draconian,” he said, 
adding, “People should be allowed to make their own decisions 
and if they wish to take the jab, that’s great.”
 
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), warned 
against blanket mandatory policies on vaccination.
 
A spokesperson for the CBI said, “The bar for compulsory 
vaccination is high, and there will be few industries
where 
this approach would be appropriate."
 
“However, in some sectors it could prove necessary. 
Wherever possible, businesses will be approaching 
questions like this trying to bring their staff with 
them,” the spokesperson added.
 
 
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Planning ahead? Firms land 
Covid passport contracts
 that could last until 2023 
...even as UK govt hints
plan
 could be dropped
July 30th, 3:06pm (RT)


The British government has awarded potentially years-long 
contracts to help develop a domestic vaccine passport, as 
Downing Street simultaneously hints that the whole idea 
could be abandoned... if enough people get the jab.
 
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published
 information earlier this week on two new contracts with 
private tech firms hired to work on the country’s 
“Covid-19 certification programme.”
 
US-based Entrust will receive close to £840,000 ($1.2 million) 
for the development of the NHS health pass. The deal will 
last until at least July next year but pricing for a two-year 
contract is already detailed in official documents, 
suggesting that the UK government may be 
eyeing a long-term arrangement.
 
While the contract was made available to the public online, 
information about specific services that Entrust will be 
providing has been completely redacted, with several 
pages of the document blacked out. 
 
The US tech company was awarded £250,000 earlier this 
year as part of its ongoing work on the health pass 
program. The contract raised eyebrows, after it 
was revealed that Entrust had openly boasted: 
about how Covid-19 vaccine passports could 
be retooled to create national IDs as part of 
the “infrastructure of the new normal.”
 
The DHSC also signed a 2nd vaccine passport contract 
this week, worth up to £873,000, with Cambridge, 
Massachusetts IT firm, Akamai Technologies.
 Like the agreement with Entrust, the one-
year deal is designed... so that it can be 
seamlessly extended for an additional 
12 months. The US firm pocketed 
£50,000 in May, as part of its
 involvement in the creation
 of the digital vaccine ID.
 
Akamai, which specializes in cybersecurity
technologies, 
purchased online identity
management company,
 Janrain,
in 2019. 
 
In total, the government has now spent nearly
£23.6 million 
($32.9 million) on its Covid
certification programme,
 iNews reported.
 
The new contracts coincide with the introduction of new 
features on the NHS app', that will allow it to serve as a 
digital vaccine certificate. 
 
In a controversial reversal of its position on domestic 
health IDs, the government revealed last week that, 
starting from the end of September, proof of 
vaccination will be required... in order to 
enter nightclubs and attend events
 involving large crowds. 
 
With around 70% of adults in the country already vaccinated, 
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab suggested on Thursday 
that the threat of the vaccine passport may be enough to 
“cajole” young people into getting the shot. 
 
“Once we’ve done that, the wider questions of vaccine 
certification become much less relevant and salient,”
 Raab said, suggesting that the whole plan could be 
dropped if vaccine uptake increases over the next
 two months. 
 
But the newly inked contracts seem to be sending mixed 
messages about the government’s intentions for the 
controversial health certificate. A spokesperson for
 the health department insisted back in June that
 the NHS app used to certify vaccination status 
would not be used as a national ID system, 
describing the scheme as a “simple and 
secure means” to allow for 
international travel. 
 
 
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100,000+ Britons sign petition to
outlaw discrimination against 
unvaccinated as govt moves 
forward with Covid 
vaccine passports
July 20th, 11:32am (RT)
 
More than 100,000 people have called on the British 
government to review its plans to bring in vaccine 
passports and prevent discriminatory policies
 against people who have refused to be part 
of the national inoculation programme.
 
A petition which started in February has gathered pace 
on Tuesday, with thousands adding their names to the 
growing list of people, calling for the government 
to do more to prevent legalised ‘discrimination’ 
against people who aren’t vaccinated against 
Covid-19.  
 
“The Government must specifically outlaw discrimination 
based on vaccine status, this includes access to private 
businesses, jobs and public life. No individual should 
ever feel coerced into having a vaccine,” the 
petition states.
 
Tens of thousands of people signed the petition on Tuesday
 morning, following a day of unrest in the capital, in which, 
hundreds of angry protesters clashed with police, having
 called for the arrest of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
 
Links to the petition have been widely shared across Twitter, 
with English band Right Said Fred receiving more than 
1,200 retweets on their call for people to sign. 
 
Others vented their anger in other ways on Twitter, calling 
once again, for the prime minister to be arrested. Many 
went as far as comparing the Covid-19 restrictions to
 Adolf Hitler’s Germany, with ‘Nazi’ trending on the 
social media platform. 
 
On Monday, people gathered outside the Palace of Westminster
 to protest measures aimed at preventing the continued spread
 of Covid-19 virus. While Monday, termed ‘Freedom Day’, saw 
the last of the major restrictions lifted, the government has 
laid out plans to mandate the use of vaccination 
certificates at crowded venues in England.
 
Despite having one of the world’s highest vaccination rates 
against Covid-19, many young people have elected not to 
get jabbed. Under the government’s current plans, 
unvaccinated individuals will be prohibited from 
entering venues - such as nightclubs - from 
September. Johnson’s government had, 
previously, ruled out the idea of
making the 
entry to venues be
dependent on 
vaccination
status.
 
The government’s U-turn came just hours after nightclubs 
were allowed to open for the first time in 16 months.
Amid
 the condemnation of Johnson’s plans, some
have 
suggested, that mandatory vaccination
passports 
will help provide peace of mind
to some 
Covid-wary clubbers and others 
attending large gatherings.
 
 
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UK government document 
quietly introduces vaccine
 passports by the back door 
and points to a third lock-
down this winter
July 13th, 2:53pm (RT)
 
By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring
the 
role of intelligence services in shaping politics & 
perceptions. Follow him on Twitter @KitKlarenberg
 
For all the government’s bluster about ‘irreversibly’ reopening 
Britain after July 19, official documents paint a very different 
picture, suggesting lockdowns could well return and Covid
 passports may become the norm.
 
Sajid Javid’s elevation to UK Health Secretary ushered in a new
 tone on the part of all government ministers in respect of 
coronavirus. In a flash, the ambiguity and equivocation
 that had typified official statements about lockdown 
for so long vanished, and swaggering confidence 
about a full and permanent reopening of the 
country in the very near future.. became de 
rigueur across every Whitehall department.
 
“We must learn to live with Covid,” Javid forcefully asserted on 
June 28, the same day he assumed the post. This bullishness 
hasn’t faltered since, despite a backlash from some sections 
of the scientific community, and a not insignificant amount 
of public support for certain restrictions enduring, perhaps
 permanently. On July 12, he confirmed that the country 
was pushing full steam ahead with its unlocking road
-map, with all businesses free to reopen and all 
limitations on human contact over... in a 
week’s time.
 
“We’ve all been yearning to get there, and we all want this to 
be a one-way journey,” Javid told the House of Commons.
 
However, an official guide to “moving to step four of the roadmap”
 – i.e. a full cessation of pandemic restrictions –quietly published
 the previous Saturday– is far less strident and optimistic.
 
For one, it reveals that, in September, the government will “under
take a review to assess the country’s preparedness for autumn 
and winter, which will consider whether to continue or 
strengthen public and business guidance” in the lead
-up to December, “including on face coverings and 
test, trace and isolate,” and with “remaining 
regulations” also to be assessed.
 
In other words, it’s sensible to expect 
another lockdown before 2021 is over.
 
There have of course been numerous insinuations over the past
 six months that a true return to normality isn’t in the offing 
anytime soon. For example, in explaining the postpone-
ment of “freedom day” in June, Prime Minister Boris
 Johnson suggested the UK could be in for a “rough 
winter for all sorts of reasons,” as there might be 
“some new diseases, some new horror that we 
simply haven’t budgeted or accounted for” on 
the horizon as yet unforeseen.
 
Still, black-and-white confirmation that whatever freedom is 
achieved on July 19th will be short-lived, and subject to 
change further down the road, can only be considered 
a perturbing disappointment. Even more disquieting, 
though, is the section of the document relating to the 
NHS COVID Pass, or “vaccine passport.” It states 
Whitehall will be “encouraging and supporting 
businesses and large events” to use the Pass 
in “high-risk settings” to “help to limit the
risk 
of infection.”
 
“The government will work with organisations that operate large,
 crowded settings --- where people are likely to be in close 
proximity to others outside their household to encourage 
the use of the NHS Covid Pass,” the passage continues.
 “If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, 
the government will consider mandating the NHS 
Covid Pass in certain venues at a later date.”
 
It was only in May that citizens were told in no uncertain terms 
there was “no chance” UK laws would be changed to mandate
 the use of vaccine passports, with plans to that effect having 
been unambiguously scrapped. This new protocol could, 
however, make vaccine passports a fait accompli, 
achieved via the backdoor, with culpability for the 
volte face deposited squarely on the shoulders of 
“businesses and large events” and their patrons
 for not responsibly taking “sufficient measures”
 to “limit infection.”
 
A similar carrot-and-stick approach was evident in an announce-
ment made by French President Emmanuel Macron the same day
 Javid spoke of a “one-way journey.” He outlined how, as of 
August, anyone over the age of 12 entering a café, cinema, 
cultural centre, hospital, museum, restaurant, theatre, 
theme park, or train in France will need to possess a 
special Covid health pass. Perversely, Macron was 
also keen to stress that “vaccination is not 
immediately obligatory for everyone.”
 
Essentially, no one’s forcing you to get vaccinated – it’s just that 
most spheres of daily life and activities, both indoor and out, will 
be entirely off limits until you do. The Catch-22 situation the UK 
government is subtly contriving in order to impose vaccines, 
and vaccine passports, on the public seems particularly 
insidious, given official data indicates that 87% of 
England’s population aged 18 and over have 
received their first vaccination, without the 
clear threat of not being able to enjoy 
drinks with friends in a pub, among 
other mundane exploits, hanging 
over them.
 
Moreover, the experience of Israel shows that vaccine certificates
 quickly become redundant – in fact, it was just three months after 
Tel Aviv made a “green pass” mandatory for accessing indoor 
spaces that they were scrapped. After all, as the policy had 
served as such a stirring incentive to get vaccinated... all 
Israeli adults had received both doses by April, meaning
 there was no need to inspect anyone’s pass.
 
One needn’t be a cynic to suggest that darker motives lie behind the
 push for vaccine passports. The dire surveillance implications of 
such a resource were starkly outlined in an April briefing note 
from civil liberties organization Big Brother Watch, which 
cautioned that COVID certificates “would become de 
facto identity cards if they were introduced, and 
would likely be retained and expanded in 
purpose and data over time,” marking
 “a profound impact on citizens’ right 
to privacy in the modern context.”
 
“The UK has a proud history of opposition to identity systems and
 personal checks. COVID-status certificates would turn the UK into
 a two-tier, checkpoint society and mark a serious break from our
 long-guarded democratic traditions, of which respect for privacy
 is key,” Big Brother Watch warned. “The combination of apps 
with sensitive health data and the subversion of everyday 
businesses and events into checkpoints, could constitute 
the biggest expansion of surveillance ever seen in
 the UK.”
 
Evidently, for all Downing Street’s newfound cheerfulness and
 libertarian rhetoric, the nine most terrifying words in the
English language very much remain, “I’m from the 
Government, and I’m here to help.”
 
 
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UK govt gave contract to IT firm
 that is ‘openly plotting’ to turn 
vaccine passports into
a UK 
national ID card,
privacy
 group warns
June 21st, 3:48pm (RT)
 
The British government has been accused of aiming
 to covertly implement a national ID programme,
 after it partnered with a company that has 
advocated turning vaccine passports 
into a multi-purpose document.
 
Entrust, an IT firm that bills itself as a “global leader
 in identities, payments, and data protection,” was
 awarded a contract by the Dept of Health and
Social Care last month, to work on the UK’s 
Covid-19 vaccine certificate system. 
 
The company was given £250,000 ($346,000) to provide
 cloud-computing services for the government’s Covid
-status certification scheme, iNews reported. The 
contract is due to expire in March 2022, but the 
government has the option of extending it for
 an additional year. 
 
Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated last month that 
proof of vaccination will be “necessary”... for inter-
national travel, and in recent weeks, reports have
 emerged, claiming that the UK government may 
require the documents - of people attending 
sporting events or other large gatherings. 
 
Judging from Entrust’s own stance on the issue, it’s 
possible that the government may have even more 
ambitious plans for the digital certificate.
 
 In a February blog post published on the company’s
 website, Jann Markey, Entrust’s product marketing 
director, argued that the advent of vaccine pass-
ports 
could be used as an opportunity to roll out
a national
 ID as part of “the infrastructure
of the new normal.”
 
“Consider a national ID strategy: With the infrastructure 
and investment necessary to ensure a viable vaccine 
passport, why not redeploy this effort into a national 
citizen ID programme that can be used for multiple 
purposes including the secure delivery of govern-
ment services, secure cross-border travel, and 
documentation of vaccination,” the blog,
which 
explores vaccine passports in
the “post-
pandemic world,” states. 
 
Notably, the US-based company has already helped 
Albania, Ghana, and Malaysia, deploy national ID 
systems, iNews said. 
 
Entrust’s partnership with the UK government has 
already raised alarm among civil liberties 
organisations and lawmakers. 
 
Tory MP David Davis, a member of the anti-lockdown 
Covid Recovery Group, demanded an explanation 
from the government. He told iNews that it was 
“extraordinary”... that the health department 
could ink deals with such companies -- with-
out first getting permission from Parliament, 
adding that it was particularly worrying that 
a contract could be given to a firm “with this
 sinister attitude to surveillance of citizens.”
 
Former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith 
echoed similar displeasure, claiming that the 
contract contradicts the “stated position of
 the government” and should be nixed. 
 
Big Brother Watch, a privacy and civil liberties group, 
said the Entrust contract represents an attempt by 
the government to issue ID cards “by the
 back door.”  
 
“The fact that the government has done a deal with Entrust,
 a company which is openly plotting a route from vaccine 
passports to digital identity cards, only underlines what
 a serious threat Covid passes would be... to our civil 
liberties and our privacy,” the organisation’s head 
of research, Jake Hurfurt, warned. 
 
A health department spokesperson insisted that the NHS 
app used to certify vaccination status will not be used
as
 a national ID system, describing the scheme as a 
“simple and secure means” to allow for inter-
national travel. Entrust declined to
comment, 
when contacted
by iNews. 
 
 
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I’m not given to hyperbole, but 
the coming week is one of the 
most important in UK history
 – if not the most important  
by Neil Clark
June 10th, (RT)
 
Neil Clark is a journalist, writer, broadcaster and 
blogger. His award winning blog can be found at 
www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. 
He tweets on politics and 
world affairs @NeilClark66
 
I’m not given to hyperbole, but the coming week is 
one of the most important in British history – if not
 the most important  
 
If Covid-19 ‘Freedom Day’ on June 21 is postponed, 
as seems likely, and the public complies with it, 
Britain will never return to normal. If curbs 
can’t be lifted when deaths ‘with’ the 
virus are near zero, when will they
 ever be?
 
Don’t say you weren’t warned. Having predicted correctly, 
before Christmas, the very day (January 4th) when Boris 
Johnson would announce the next lockdown, on January 
1st, 2021, I tweeted: ‘My inside source says that there'll 
be no significant easing of restrictions until July at the 
earliest. Govt mentioning Easter, as they need to take
 backbenchers with them & want public compliance.’ 
 
 The tweet received some abusive replies. “Drivel,” wrote 
Pete Hayward. “What a load of rubbish,” said Phil Moor. 
How ludicrous to say restrictions will still be in force 
deep into 2021!  
 
Now, however, here we are in June, and we are still living 
under restrictions. And in terms of overseas travel, more 
restrictions than we had last summer, before anyone 
was vaccinated!  
 
We can talk about the government moving the goalposts,
 but in truth, they’ve uprooted the goalposts and taken 
them off the pitch altogether. ‘Three weeks to flatten 
the curve’ has proved to be the longest three weeks
 in history. Currently, it’s 63 weeks and counting. 
 
Back in January, we were told by Health Secretary Matt 
Hancock that once the “most vulnerable” had been 
vaccinated, our freedoms would be restored. But 
then we had to vaccinate the over-50s. The 
over-40s. The over-25s.   
 
Now we’re told that we should delay the June 21st unlocking 
until everyone has had their second jabs. After that – rest 
assured – it’ll be ’until the children are vaccinated’. And 
then ‘we need to wait until everyone has had their 
booster jabs’. 
 
The much-maligned ‘conspiracy theorists’ who predicted that
 this thing was never meant to end and that every time 
restrictions are supposed to end, they’ll find new 
excuses to keep them (with the latest being 
‘variants’), have been proven right. The 
question everyone needs to be asking
is - If restrictions aren’t lifted in high 
summer when deaths ‘with’ Covid-19 
fall to close to zero, as they've done 
this month, then when will they
ever
 be lifted? 
 
I’m not given to hyperbole, but the coming week will, 
I believe, be one of the most important – if not the 
most important – in British history.  
 
Because if Johnson does, as expected, announce a 
postponement of ‘Freedom Day’ on Monday and 
there is not a major (and I mean major) public 
backlash, the delay will not just be for two 
weeks or even a month. It will be forever.  
 
If people – and businesses – simply ‘take it on the chin‘, 
even if it means the destruction of their livelihoods and 
everything they have worked and strived for, then the 
government will take it as a green light to maintain a 
level of restrictions throughout the summer, before 
more lockdowns/increased restrictions are 
imposed in the autumn, and once again 
we’ll be told it's “to protect
the NHS”.    
 
Public acquiescence will mean it’ll be full steam ahead 
for the next phase of the ‘Great Reset’ – which means 
an extension of domestic vaccine passports (already 
being used for England’s home games in the Euros 
football tournament), and a genuine, permanent 
end to ‘free movement’ for the masses.  
 
If you’re enraged by the sight of Johnson arriving in 
Cornwall in a large jet for the G7 bash and tweeting 
about how he was going to ‘Build Back Better’ and 
‘greener’, while ordinary Brits are not allowed to 
go abroad on holiday, well, get used to it, 
because this is the ‘one rule for us, one
 rule for you’ future that the Davos set 
is planning for us.  
 
That the UK political elites had no intention of voluntarily 
restoring the basic freedoms we all enjoyed prior to 
March 2020 – and have been pursuing a sinister 
and very authoritarian anti-human globalist 
agenda that had nothing to do with fighting 
a virus – was clear to anyone who paid 
close attention to what they 
actually said.  
 
In April 2020, Home Secretary Priti Patel said, “The fact
 is we will not go back to how we were in early March 
– there will be new norms that will inevitably come 
off -- the way social distancing is dominating our 
lives and has affected society. We would expect 
''social distancing',' in every single work area, 
whether it’s an office or a construction site, 
and on public transport, going forward.” 
 
A couple of weeks later she declared: “I think we all 
recognise now: social distancing is here to stay”, 
adding, “Our lives are going to be very different”. 
 
On May 22nd, 2020, Scottish First Minister Nicola 
Sturgeon tweeted about a path to ‘a new normal’,
 not to normal.   
 
This week, we learned the Scottish government is 
planning to extend ‘emergency’ powers until at 
least March 2022, with the option of a vote to 
extend them still further, until the end of 
September 2022. 
 
We also have lockdown hardliner Susan Michie, a 
member of both SAGE and ‘Independent SAGE’, 
saying on television... that we’ll have to be 
wearing masks and socially distanced 
from our fellow human beings ‘forever’. 
 
To add insult to injury, she laughed, when she said it, too.  
 
In openly admitting there is no plan to return us to the 
world of early March 2020, a world without anti-social 
distancing, travel curbs & mandatory face coverings, 
Patel, Sturgeon et al are only echoing the words of 
 World Economic Forum’s founder, Klaus Schwab, 
co-author of the book ‘The Great Reset’, who
has 
made it very clear the ‘New Normal‘ is
meant to 
be permanent.  
 
“The people assume, we are just going back to the good
old world which we had - and everything will be normal 
again: how we are used to, in the ''old fashioned'' way. 
This is, let’s say, fiction, it won't happen, the cut which 
we have now, is much too strong, in order not to leave
 traces,” he has said. 
 
The chances of the Great Reset being derailed don’t look 
good. Furlough – always a very good guide to what the 
government has planned – has been extended until the
 end of September. With plans to vaccinate school-
children, it’s worth remembering that the Covid-19 
vaccines only have emergency approval, and if 
the ‘emergency’ is declared ‘ended’, what 
happens then? 
 
However, all is not yet lost.  
 
Opposition to restrictions is growing by the day – and many 
people who have up to now accepted lockdowns are saying
 “enough is enough”. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the impresario, 
has announced he will open his London theatres, without 
social distancing on June 21st, come “hell or high water” 
and said he is prepared to be arrested. There are also 
reports that the nightclub sector may open its doors 
on June 21st too --- regardless of what Johnson 
announces on Monday. Such defiance is what 
we need to see a lot more of – providing that 
the full reopening does not involve the use
 of vaccine passports.  
 
Freedom in Britain hasn’t been lost for good just yet, 
but, make no mistake, it is in terrible danger. The 
next seven days will prove absolutely crucial. 
 
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More than half of the people living in
democracies 
believe their freedoms 
have been overly restricted during
the Covid-19 pandemic
May 5th, 8:30am (RT)
 
 
A survey has shown that 53% of citizens living 
in democracies feel their freedoms are being 
infringed upon by their government’s 
response to Covid-19, and the 
dissatisfaction has grown 
since last year.
 
The study, conducted by the Alliance of Democracies 
Foundation & brand tracking firm Latana, published 
Wednesday, claimed that in democratic countries, 
citizens have become less satisfied by their 
government’s response to the pandemic, 
over the course of the past year. 
 
Polling over 53,000 individuals in 53 democracies,
 the survey shows that while 70% of people were 
satisfied with their government’s response in 
spring 2020, satisfaction had fallen to 51% 
in spring 2021. 
 
Concern that governments are doing too much to 
limit personal freedoms has increased too, with 
53% saying their freedoms had been overly 
restricted in spring 2021, versus 45%
in 
spring 2020.
 
“We now need to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic, 
by delivering more democracy & freedom to people 
who want to see their country become more
democratic,” said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 
Chair of the Alliance of Democracies 
Foundation.
 
The survey, which also looks at other issues relevant 
to many democratic nations, suggests that people 
believe economic inequality to be the biggest 
threat to democracy. Foreign interference 
was seen as a lesser threat, with nearly 
half concerned by the impact of US 
interference on their democracy. 
 
 
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 UK govt tenders suggest London 
could secretly be preparing
for
 lockdowns to last
until
 at least 2022
by Kit Klarenberg
April 27th, 10:20pm (RT)
 
Kit Klarenberg is an investigative journalist 
exploring the role of intelligence services
 in shaping politics and perceptions. 
Follow on Twitter @KitKlarenberg
 
 UK citizens are prepared for a “great British summer” 
due to the progress of the UK’s vaccination program.
 However, quietly-published government contracts 
reveal the promised roadmap out of lockdown 
could, in fact, be a red herring.
 
On April 26th, the UK government published a tender 
in search of 60 new “covid marshals” in the district 
of Hertfordshire. The contract, offered to “public 
security, law and order [and] compulsory social 
security services” providers, is set to run from
July 2021-January 2022, costing £3 million.
 
Marshals were introduced in October 2020 to help 
businesses manage queues, to ensure adherence 
with social distancing measures, remind people
 to wear face coverings, where necessary, and 
regularly clean frequently-touched surfaces. 
 
As Britain’s BBC state broadcaster has acknowledged,
though, they don’t actually have any legal mandate 
to enforce rules. Officials merely “hoped” they’d 
make life at least slightly easier for those 
authorities – such as police – actually 
invested with such powers.
 
According to the new tender, these individuals are
 expected – using “an intelligence led approach” 
– to “provide practical support, to aid and 
encourage compliance,” help “introduce
 measures to aid public and business 
awareness and understanding of 
regulations and guidance,” and 
disseminate Covid-19 guidance,
 “including.... where additional 
local restrictions are in place.”
 
While the job description sounds like something to
 expect in the Covid-era, the timing may raise quite 
a few eyebrows. According to Whitehall’s official 
roadmap, due to the “success” of London’s
 national vaccination program, “no earlier 
than June 21st, the government hopes
to 
be in a position to remove all legal
 limits on social contact.”
 
In March, Health Secretary Matt Hancock was reportedly 
“more optimistic than ever” of a “great British summer”
 imminently impending. Not long after, Transport Sec.,
 Grant Shapps, said, with much fanfare, that: “for the 
first time, people can start to 'think about' visiting 
loved ones abroad, or perhaps a summer holiday.”
 
 Where Britons could head to, what encumbrances on 
their liberty they would face upon returning, and how 
much restrictions – such as PCR tests – would add 
to their trip bill, was unstated.
 
That a “great British summer” wasn’t on the cards, 
contrary to official pronouncements, was in any 
event, hinted in mid-April, when the Association 
of Independent Festivals – which represents 
approximately 40 percent of the country’s 
festival calendar – revealed over 90% of 
its members were 'unable' to convene 
events in 2021 without state-backed 
insurance, which remains 
unforthcoming.
 
However, a document stating that Covid marshals 
will be required to... “encourage compliance”, 
among members of the public until the start
 of next year ,at least, appears to be the 1st
 black-and-white confirmation, coming 
directly from the UK government.
 
 The tender strongly implies, what ministers have, so 
far, been unwilling to concede: the global pandemic 
isn’t anywhere near over yet, resultant lockdowns 
are likely, and citizens’ lives will continue to be
 adversely affected far beyond the 
foreseeable future.
 
An even longer period of uncertainty is even more 
heavily insinuated, by a separate tender for a 
“COVID Public Information Campaign” in 
Northern Ireland, which calls for “an
a
dvertising contractor, to build on
and 
continue to deliver, a
multimedia 
advertising
campaign on 
COVID-19.” 
 
Published not long after Hancock’s munificent prophecy,
 the contract is set to run for two years from April 2021,
 and to cost £2 million.
 
Residents of the UK should, by this point, be thoroughly
 ''accustomed'' to optimistic ministerial forecasts in 
respect of Covid, leading only to disappointment.

 When the country first entered lockdown in 
March 2020, Johnson pledged it would last
 just three weeks.
 
That period of confinement eventually ended four months 
later, and the Prime Minister unveiled plans to return the 
country to “normal” by Christmas. A 4-week lockdown
 was “temporarily” reimposed in November, rules were
 relaxed for Yuletide, then partially reimposed, before 
a full lockdown was, again, applied in January.
 
Johnson has since alleged that lockdowns, not vaccines,
 are the key driving force behind the country’s much-
reduced Covid casualties and caseload, and “the 
majority of scientific opinion” remains “firmly” of
 the view “there will be another wave of Covid at 
some stage this year.” Evidently, now is very 
much not the time to be booking holidays,
 or expecting “normality” - whatever that
 means by this point - to come flooding
 back, anytime soon.
 
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WHO Won't Support 
COVID Passports
April 6th, (teleSUR)


Several countries are touting the initiative of 
COVID-passports or immunity passports as 
a safe means to travel and fully reopen
 their economies.
 
The World Health Organization (WHO) rejected 
on Tuesday the use of COVID passports amid 
concerns it would not prevent the 
virus's spread.
 
During a press conference, the WHO spokesperson, 
Margaret Harris, said the experts “are not certain
at 
this stage, that the vaccine prevents
transmission." 
 
Likewise, the official raised concerns that the use of 
these passports could be discriminatory; hence the 
WHO won't endorse it. Getting tested is a requisite 
for an immunity passport. However, in many 
countries, thousands cannot access a 
test;  therefore, these passports 
exclude the majority.
 
Several countries are touting the initiative of COVID-
passports or immunity passports as a safe means 
to travel and fully reopen their economies. Last 
year Chile announced it intended to issue the 
world´s first immunity passports. Germany, 
Italy, and the U.S., have publicly backed 
the alternative.
 
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'Divisive and Discriminatory': 
70 UK MPs Sign Pledge to 
Oppose Government's 
COVID Passport Plans
by Oleg Burunov
April 2nd, 5:56am (RT)
 
 
On Thursday, UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said 
there wlll "definitely" be a role for vaccine passports
 for Britons going abroad --- and that a similar COVID 
certification scheme may be "useful" within Britain.
 
Over 70 UK lawmakers, including 40 Conservatives, have 
warned the British government over its plans to use 
COVID-19 vaccine passports within the country.
 
On Thursday, a cross-party group of politicians signed a 
pledge to oppose the move --- vowing they will oppose
"the 
divisive and discriminatory use of COVID status 
certification to deny individuals access to 
general services, businesses, or jobs".
 
The signatories include ex-Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan 
Smith and former Cabinet ministers Esther McVey, 
Andrew Mitchell, and Sir John Redwood, as well 
as leading Tory COVID rebels, Mark Harper 
and Steve Baker.
 
One more signatory is Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 
Committee of Tory backbenchers, who described COVID-
status certification as something that "would be divisive
 and discriminatory".
 
"With high levels of vaccination protecting the vulnerable 
- and making transmission less likely - we should aim to 
return to normal life, not to put permanent restrictions 
in place", Brady added.
 
Also signing the pledge was a 20-strong group of Labour MPs, 
among them former Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott 
and ex-Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.
 
Labour peer Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, who also joined the
 campaign, dubbed the possible introduction of internal COVID 
passports "an authoritarian step too far".
 
The pledge's signatories included almost all Liberal Democrat 
MPs, with their party leader Sir Ed Davey earlier labelling the
 use of COVID passports within Britain "illiberal" and 
"unworkable".
 
"As we start to get this virus properly under control, we should 
start getting our freedoms back, vaccine passports - essentially
 COVID ID cards - take us in the other direction", Davey argued.
 
He was echoed by another signatory, Sam Grant, of the UK-based 
rights group Liberty, who asserted that any COVID passport 
system may lead to a "two-tier society" as well as
 "inequality and division".
 
The campaign comes as UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, 
told reporters on Thursday that "there's definitely going to
 be a world in which international travel will use vaccine 
passports".
 
He also admitted that a similar COVID certification scheme to
 show if someone has had a vaccine "will be useful" within
 the UK. The remarks followed Johnson saying last week 
that pub goers could be asked to show a COVID-19 
vaccine certificate.
 
The Daily Telegraph has, meanwhile, reported that COVID 
passports may be tested within weeks -- at several pilot 
events, including the FA Cup Final, the World Snooker 
Championships, and the Brit Awards. 
 
A UK government spokesperson, however, reportedly said 
that "no decisions" on the matter have been taken yet and 
that "it might be a tool we look at as part of pilots, but no
 more than that".
 
 
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 Over 60 Lawmakers Urge 
UK Home Secretary to
End Ban on Protests
20.03.2021 (Sputnik) 
 
 
Over 60 members of the UK parliament, have written 
to Home Secretary Priti Patel demanding he lift the
 ban on protests during the COVID-19 pandemic 
and deeming it a violation of human rights, 
activists who helped put together the
 letter, said Saturday.
 
The letter, coordinated by the campaign groups Liberty 
and Big Brother Watch, was signed by Conservative 
and Labour MPs, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed 
Davey & a number of peers. It quotes Articles 
10 and 11 of the European Convention of
Human Rights which protect the rights
 to freedom of expression and 
freedom of assembly.
 
"We must all be able to stand up to power and have 
our voices heard. In a healthy democracy, protest 
is a critical way we can fight for what we believe 
in. The Government’s current quasi-ban on 
protest is completely unacceptable," Head 
of Policy and Campaigns at Liberty, Sam 
Grant said, according to a statement
by 
Big Brother Watch.
 
"A country cannot be described as a democracy if 
people do not have the freedom to protest," Big 
Brother Watch director Silkie Carlo added.
 
This comes after controversy arose last week 
over police handling of peaceful protests 
organised at the vigil at Clapham 
Common in memory of Sarah 
Everard, a woman who was 
kidnapped and murdered 
as she walked home 
in London.
 
Further protests are planned for today by anti-lockdown
campaigners, even though these gatherings are not 
considered as a "reasonable excuse" for leaving 
the house under the current regulations.
 
"The Home Secretary must immediately issue guidance to
all police forces, to ensure socially distanced protests 
can go ahead -- and create an explicit exemption for 
protests in the current regulations. Those in power 
have made clear that they want to silence dissent 
and drastically curtail our right to free
expression," 
Grant said.
 
Carlo added that the "harrowing scenes" of Metropolitan 
Police officers using force against women at Clapham 
Common were "avoidable and wrong."
 
Met Police officers were criticized for arresting women 
who were attending Everard's vigil last Sunday. The
 Home Office said it was still illegal for people to 
attend protests at a time when regulations are
 in place to prevent wide transmission of the 
COVID-19 virus.
 
Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, disappeared 
as she walked home on the evening of March 3rd. Her 
body was found hidden in a builder's bag in an area 
of woodland in Ashford, Kent on Wednesday.
 
 
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 ‘Law is a mess’: UK parliament committee 
blasts govt over failure to protect ‘right to
 protest’ after Sarah Everard vigil outrage
March 19th, at 18:02pm (RT)
 
The British government failed to make it clear that 
protests were still permissible under Covid-19 
restrictions and confused both the public and 
the police on the issue, a parliamentary 
committee has concluded.
 
The restrictions on gatherings introduced by the
 government during the pandemic have been 
“confusing” and ambiguous, the parliament’s
 Joint Committee on Human Rights said in a 
statement on Friday, adding that protests 
have never been “completely illegal” 
even during lockdown, if 
held properly.
 
The “confusing” nature of the government regulations 
has left the public “unsure of their rights and at risk of
 arbitrary or discriminatory decision-making,” the 
statement said. The government imposed a 
general ban on gatherings but failed to 
make protests an exemption from this 
rule – in a move that the committee 
argued violated the 1998 Human 
Rights Act and the European 
Convention of Human Rights.
 
“The law on the right to protest during the pandemic
has
 been a mess & the right to protest has not been 
protected,” the committee’s head, Harriet Harman, 
said. The lawmakers looked into how different 
protests in the UK unfolded since the 
government started imposing 
restrictions, due to the
Covid
-19 epidemic.
 
The UK has seen quite a number of high-profile rallies 
last year, including the Black Lives Matter protests,
 demonstrations by the defenders of monuments 
targeted by iconoclasts, as well as marches 
against national lockdowns.
 
Most recently, the Reclaim These Streets movement 
organized a number of vigils in commemoration of 
Sarah Everard, a victim of apparent kidnapping 
and murder. One such event in the Clapham 
Common area of London, where Everard 
went missing, ended up in clashes with 
police, after UK law enforcement 
deemed it illegal, under the 
current rules.
 
The incident sparked public outrage and led to another 
rally outside of New Scotland Yard as well as calls for 
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to 
resign. The commissioner herself maintained her 
position that “unlawful gatherings are unlawful 
gatherings,” adding that she did not consider
 resigning.
 
The parliamentary committee blamed the developments 
on the government. “The events of last weekend show 
clearly how the lack of clarity and level of uncertainty 
in the law is unacceptable and must be remedied as 
a matter of urgency,” Harman said.
 
The committee also drafted some amendments to the 
regulations that would “guarantee the right to protest
 in public outdoor places, if done safely” by putting it 
on the same footing as picketing and communal 
worship.
 
Earlier, a legal complaint filed by those seeking to make 
organized vigils permissible under lockdown, was 
defeated in the High Court, which ruled it was
up 
to the police to decide whether the right
to 
protest clashes with the broader public 
health considerations - and a ban on 
mass gatherings amid the pandemic.
 
The UK government has, so far  not reacted 
to the parliamentary committee’s statement.


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UK could experience lockdowns 
for 'SEVERAL YEARS' despite 
vaccination program, SAGE 
member warns
February 9th (RT) 
 
A member of the UK government's Scientific Advisory Group for
 Emergencies (SAGE) has claimed that lockdowns could be a 
part of people's lives for "several years" as variants of 
Covid-19 mutate.
 
Professor Sir Ian Boyd, who teaches at the University of St 
Andrews' School of Biology, warned this week against the 
frequent lifting of lockdowns because "it simply fuels a 
new wave of disease" that can cause the virus to
 replicate more and mutate into new strains.
 
"There are a lot of reasons for taking pain now, in order to 
create conditions for controlled release from [restrictions] 
a lot easier," he argued, adding, "Otherwise we risk just 
passing through phases of various levels of lockdown 
and release."
 
Boyd said that lockdowns "could go on for a long time," despite
 the UK's mass vaccination program. "My suspicion is that we 
will experience a damped oscillation of control-release for a 
long time to come — perhaps several years."
 
Brits reacted negatively to the prospect of lockdowns 
still being used in several years, calling it "madness."
 
"Ok. This is ridiculous now,"tweeted journalist James Melville, 
while another social media user argued the country "won’t 
survive" years of lockdowns.
 
"If you are waiting to live, love, and laugh with others again 
until things get back to normal, that normal may never
 come,"commented church pastor Regan Blanton 
King. "Going forward, it is important that we 
prioritise faith and family and lobby
 for freedom."
 
Experts have frequently told Brits that the UK would start 
returning to normal once the majority of the population is 
vaccinated. Mutations of the virus, however, have led to 
an increased concern over whether the vaccines will 
work efficiently against new strains.
 
At least 147 cases of the South African variant, deemed to be 
a faster-spreading strain Of Covid-19, have been recorded 
in the UK, though officials fear the number could 
be higher.
 
Brits seem to have become increasingly fed up with lockdowns,
 which have been implemented in various tiers since March 
2020, according to data which shows more people are 
leaving their homes to go shopping. Most shops are 
forbidden from opening, but stores deemed 
essential like supermarkets, newsagents, 
and pharmacies remain open, while 
others remain open only for 
click-and-collect services.


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Beijing hopes Washington will follow 
China’s lead & invite WHO to the US 
in search for origin of Covid-19
February 2nd  (RT)
 
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged Washington 
to invite the WHO to conduct traceability testing in 
the US, citing the fact the American authorities 
found Covid-19 antibodies in blood donations 
as early as December 2019.
 
Speaking on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman 
Wang Wenbin, told reporters that Beijing has always 
maintained close communication and cooperation 
with the World Health Organization (WHO) on 
Covid-19 traceability, and he said it was 
time the US followed suit. 
 
“I hope that the United States will adopt a positive, scientific, 
and cooperative attitude on traceability issues -- as well as 
maintain transparency, like China -- & invite WHO experts
to the United States to conduct traceability research 
and 
make positive contributions to international 
anti-
epidemic cooperation & scientific 
traceability.” 
Wang said.
 
The spokesman told reporters that traceability testing 
was 
a very complex issue, with many clues, reports 
and 
studies needing to be taken into account.
 
“I will give you an example. According to a research report 
by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention... 
there were antibodies to the new coronavirus in some 
American blood donations in December 2019. This 
means... that the new coronavirus may have 
appeared in the United States at that time, 
earlier than the official US report,” Wang 
stated, reinforcing Beijing’s call for 
Washington to invite the WHO
 to America.
 
Wang continued to point out that China has conducted 
multiple rounds of in-depth exchanges and shared 
a lot of information and research results with 
international partners, including the WHO. 
 
WHO experts are currently in China investigating the source 
of Covid-19, and they visited a wet market in Wuhan on 
Sunday. It has been widely suggested that a Chinese 
wet market was the environment where Covid-19 
first passed to humans. 
 
Scientists are still exploring a number of 
theories relating to the origins of the virus.
 
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Social Distancing May 
Remain in Place All 
Year
 in UK: 

Experts Say 
Vaccine Would Have 
to Be 85 Percent Effective to Stop 
A Surge in Deaths
 Under Life 
as Normal
January 31st  FNA)
 
Social distancing may remain in place until the end of 
the year - while coronavirus vaccines would have to 
be 85 percent effective to prevent a surge in deaths
 if restrictions were totally relaxed, scientists 
warned on Saturday.
 
Modelling passed to Downing Street warns that the UK 
would see a large spike in deaths if inoculation fails to
 significantly cut transmission.
 
A paper commissioned by SAGE subgroup SPI-M and 
produced by modellers at the University of Warwick 
showed a "high uptake" was also vital to get the 
country back to normal without risking a third 
wave of coronavirus.
 
It also warned that even with Britain's breakneck vaccine 
rollout underway, the decline in deaths is slow - and finds
 that even in a best-case scenario, lockdown would have 
to be kept in place until June to prevent another 
significant spike in deaths, according to 
the Telegraph.  
 
The paper said, "Only vaccines that offer high infection-
blocking efficacy with high uptake in the general 
population, allow for the relaxation of non-
pharmaceutical interventions, without 
a huge surge in deaths."
 
Experts think efficacy is currently at 60 percent 
but it is still an unknown.
 
SPI-M's other modelling groups at Imperial College London 
and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 
have reportedly reached similar conclusions.
 
Even in the best case scenario - where vaccines stop 85% of 
transmissions - lockdown will have to stay in place until May.
 
If lockdown was lifted mid-February, a third surge of 
infections would follow by April, the modelling found.
 
While efficacy at 85 percent would mean deaths peak at 1,000 <