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Bianca Jagger’s tweet on MPs that voted for Iraq War


Bianca Jagger, chief executive of a human rights foundation, invites us to read this list of MPs carefully. Doing so reveals MPs described as:

“Openly homosexual”

“Negro. Served in the Blair Cabinet”

“Created so-called Holocaust Memorial Day. Likely a Jew”

“Openly lesbian.”

“Jewess. Connected to Labour Friends of Israel”

“Previously linked to Robert Maxwell the infamous Jewish media boss.”

“Judeo-Negress hybrid.”

“Jew. Connected to Conservative Friends of Israel. Known for promoting homosexualism”

“His stepfather, Ronald Davis was Jewish. Previously the chairman of the party.”

People rushed to point out the hatred, bigotry, antisemitism the list contained, and what on earth she was thinking sharing it?

Hours after posting came her apology.



Having urged us to “please read it carefully” she states she “didn’t properly read its content.”

The point of sharing such lists is to stir up hatred against Labour MPs. The problem for Jagger, is the hatred was too openly there for all to see.

Remember, Labour apparently does not have an antisemitic problem associated with Corbyn’s leadership. Depending on how carefully you read these things. 

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Video: Russell Brand Says Vote Labour

By George he’s got it! Civic activism is not enough. Voting to have the MPs you want matters if you want to be heard. Russell Brand has finally realised parliamentary democracy is no laughing matter. Legislation is important for the issues we care about: health, education, the economy, social justice and human rights, to name a few.

After interviewing Ed Miliband last week, he has released the above video which includes a previous unbroadcast part. The video begins with a recap look at the other political parties. After showing the new bit with Ed Milband, he urges people to vote for Caroline Lucas if they are in Brighton. Elsewhere in England vote Labour. The Scots are given their independence to decide. Wales and Northern Ireland are absent in consideration.

Heaven may rejoice at one sinner that repents. Coming just days before the May 7 General Election, I am not so easily prepared to forgive and forget. The right have had the run of the politics since 2010, aided by the Liberal Democrats who should have known better. For too long, Brand led the charge not to change the top of the political class. The very MPs that make our laws. He articulated a rambling rush of nonsense to justify non voting. The apathetic on the left lapped it up.

Change has only ever happened when the public demand it, and the shifting political will responds to the need for change. Voting is only a small part of politics, but as a citizen body it is what counts most for our representative democracy.

Watching the education of Russell Brand in politics has been interesting. He has decided we should vote to tackle what the right of the Conservative Party are doing. Yet his own ideas need challenging too.

That is politics – being challenged. Russell Brand is not as funny as he used to be. He is now, not so much of a joke either.

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SNP Are Nationalists First – Labour King Makers Second

The SNP will support a future Labour Government on progressive legislation. When it comes to painful austerity measures to bring down the deficit, they would force Labour to have the Conservative side to support them. That way, the SNP can paint Labour as the same as the Tories. Thus, the hope will be to chase Labour out of Scotland as the Conservatives have been as they hang on to one MP.

To read Sunny Hundal’s analysis you would think that Nicola Sturgeon really wants a Conservative Government, to make the case for Scottish Independence that bit stronger. I disagree with his view:

Let me spell this out. I don’t think Nicola Sturgeon or Alex Salmond want Miliband to be Prime Minister. It would wreck the illusion that Scotland can only prosper and survive independently without working with Westminster. If the SNP and Labour managed to work together it would be the end of that illusion.

Furthermore, the SNP’s ultimate goal still remains independence. Is that achievable more under a Tory government intent on drastic cuts, or a Labour government they could work with? It doesn’t take a genius to put 2+2 together. The Tories are intent on juxtaposing Sturgeon with Miliband, and the SNP are intent on helping them.

The bigger prize for the SNP is to play the game of removing Labour as any serious opposition to them north of the border – to dominate Westminster in a hung parliament and to win in the Scottish Parliament. Hence SNP encouraging the English to vote for the Green Party. Making Labour more dependent on the elected SNP MPs in parliament. In short, the SNP can try and take credit for any legislation that is progressive while claim Labour is working with the Tories on austerity measures.

The deputy SNP leader on BBC Radio 4 Today made clear this Easter Monday the SNP would support Labour on a bill by bill basis, even if the Conservatives have more seats. While this is being sold as keeping Labour honest to left wing policies, the honey trap should be obvious. Labour cannot be completely anti-austerity in government – the extent to which some measures will be done, in a bid to keep interest repayments down and credibility with the markets, will not be fully realised till after the election. Result is SNP can claim Labour are the Tories if they depend on the opposition to pass austerity measures. Ed Balls as Chancellor will be aware of the need himself to play this game himself – I predict the Blair Brown relationship will be nothing compared to the two Eds in Downing Street.

The Liberal Democrats had the most to gain in the leaking of Sturgeon’s supposed comments that Miliband would be a weak premier, and that she wanted a Conservative government to make it easier for the SNP to argue for independence. They want to be seen as the honest broker in any coalition or special voting arrangement. Nick Clegg tried to position him as such in the debate: less cuts than Conservatives, less borrowing than Labour.

The opinion polls did not believe Nick Clegg, as Nicola Sturgeon resonated with people south of the border on progressive policies like zero tuition fees, and offering friendship with England to provide left wing policies. It is a poisoned chalice that many Labour supporters are willing to drink from in the hope that for once, a Labour Prime Minister has to stay on the left.

Government’s are not immune to market’s assessing risk regarding a high deficit, and the relative low interest payments on the national debt are not guaranteed. Britain never was a Greece as Cameron tried to claim, but that is not the same thing as saying high deficits are sustainable or desirable over the long term. That the coalition failed to cut as much as they planned helped the recovery we have had, rather than most of us have felt.

Will Ed Miliband be tough enough to deal with the poisoned chalice, becoming Prime Minister and make the case that if he fails it was Tartan Tories that had it in for him as he seeks a full majority in a snap election? If his whips when in opposition can be as effective in Government, he might yet play the game the way SNP never envisaged.

Up for grabs for the next government is the future constitutional settlement of this nation. After the indy referendum it might be easy to forget that. The problem is to beat the nationalists Labour must be an electoral force to be reckoned with north of the border. That would be best helped by a progressive Labour Government. English voters should consider voting a majority Labour Party is the only way to safeguard the United Kingdom as it is. The risk is a minority Labour Government.

As for a Conservative majority, hopefully they understand the future federal structure necessary to safeguard the union. Hopefully members are listening to Paul Goodman:

What is the alternative, if the Union is to be saved (and Cameron to stay on, for that matter)?  Margaret Thatcher tried to wish the problem away.  John Major sent back the Stone of Scone.  Tony Blair and Gordon Brown tried a devolution halfway house with rotten foundations.  None of these ploys worked.

Only the federal solution remains: unless, that is, one prefers shouting “Boo!” at Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon in the hope that they will go away (which they won’t) – while simultaneously bringing closer the very SNP-Labour deal that Team Cameron is rightly warning the country against.

It is time to put the Conservative and Unionist Party name to the test – and prove Peter Hitchens wrong that you would never accidentally on purpose allow a situation where independence happened to lock-in a future English Parliament.

As David Cameron said:

I have no time for those who say there is no way Scotland could go it alone. I know first-hand the contribution Scotland and Scots make to Britain’s success – so for me there’s no question about whether Scotland could be an independent nation.

There is no question for me that Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland and Alex Salmond in Westminster know how to make that happen in a hung parliament where the Liberal Democrats do not help Labour or Conservative to the 326 majority of MPs. The nationalists do not come at the English with swords and guerilla raids. They come in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie. The smiles and bonhomie cannot disguise that the SNP will do what they can to ensure an independent Scotland happens.

If you thought that the indy referendum had settled the future of Britain, be prepared to wake up to a potential headache after May 7th. The SNP were not knocked out, rather Labour is on the canvas in Scotland as we await the count to start when the polls close. If Conservative voters in Scotland are serious about saving the union they need to vote Labour or Liberal Democrat to keep the SNP out.

The nationalists are coming, and Labour are the ones to blame. For by them losing MPs in Scotland we may well be a step closer to the break up of the United Kingdom. Can anything happen in the next month to change that? Well I expect leaking the memo was an attempt by someone.

England – if you wanted a say in the future of the United Kingdom during the indy referendum, this General Election you have by either returning a Conservative or Labour majority government. Judging by the polls, many things will hang in the balance.

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Immigration – Migrating to a Civil Discourse

Nihil humanum a me alienum puto, said the Roman poet Terence: ‘Nothing human is alien to me.’ The slogan of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service could have been the reverse: To us, no aliens are human.” ~ Christopher Hitchens Hitch 22

“I don’t see how the party that says it’s the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century.” ~ Newt Gingrich

“Britain’s an island; it’s always had a constant ebb and flow of immigration – it makes it a better place.” ~ John Lyndon

“Uncontrolled, mass immigration displaces British workers, forces people onto benefits, and suppresses wages for the low-paid.” ~ Theresa May, British Home Secretary

“Illegal immigration can never be completely stopped, no matter how high the wall or how many patrol agents you have watching it.” ~ Gail Collins

Whichever side of the Atlantic you are on immigration is an issue that in austere times comes onto the political agenda. For some it is a moral issue rewarding those that work hard and play by the rules, or that people are treated as human beings wanting a decent future and not labeled as illegal immigrants. A political issue in swing states/marginals that will decide the polls if you are too soft.

In the UK two things have recently happened to focus on. The twitter hash tagged #racistvan touring the road courtesy of The Home Office – much derided as reported by blogger FutileDemocracy – and how the government department uses their twitter account.

Illegal immigrants vanguard

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Looking at the van it seems quite clear – if you are illegally residing in the UK go back to your country of origin or face arrest. A telephone number for advice and help with travel documents is included. The small print that by cooperating no fear of arrest or detention. So the credibility of detection and fear of arrest or detention over the benefits of being an illegal immigrant matters for this to work.

A far greater concern is the deliberate profiling of citizens and legal immigrants at our borders and at identity checks for fears that they may be illegal immigrants – treatment which suggests an inhuman alien distinction. We should not have such sweeping low opinions on citizens or immigrants. Suspicion breeds contempt.

Likewise, to suggest legal immigrants would somehow think they were being targeted by the van billboard is not giving them the credit they deserve. The UK has a points system, sponsorship, exceptional talent provision and particular jobs which allow legal immigration. Perhaps a route to achieving legal status would be a more positive way to promote – especially for those with a family.

Such an amnesty is controversial – but the danger is children, who had no part in breaking the law, become victimised as criminals. Ending the detention of such children worldwide is a campaign I urge you to support The right to family life is a protection in the European Convention of Human Rights.

Home Office Twitter Account

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Owen Jones, a left wing young socialist polemicist, invited us all not to feel pride being British reading the Home Office twitter account. How I feel about my government is separate from the loyalty and love of my country. Like the van above the tweets are a sensationalist simple message detaining illegal immigrant suspects.

It is important to know that the law is being enforced, and to have that information and transparency. Equally we should be concerned it is reported impartially and not prejudicially. On that score note the hashtag #immigrationoffenders picked up by Jack of Kent blogger.

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The full quote though is “suspected #immigrationoffenders” in the tweets. The legal argument would be whether suspected makes clear innocence till proven guilty.

[UPDATE: Jack of Kent has commented below that several preceding tweets from those shown above by the home office account neglected to include the word “suspected”. A huge oversight by whoever tweeted as he mentions]

Top 3 Myths On Immigration Debunked Video

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Dignity and cultural diversity of open borders are stronger positives than the economic arguments. For the economy these benefits accrue with smart policies that reflect domestic demand for foreign labour rather than government quotas and restrictions on numbers.

A legal means for immigration, and a path to citizenship are things to have for a vibrant society, strong economy and also the strengthening of a civil nation. There are concerns a welfare state cannot afford, especially in these fiscal belt tightening times, such open borders – but wrong headed government restrictions could mean the solution is worse than the problem. Let alone unfair.

Citizens need to know what law enforcement is doing, making them accountable. This does not excuse gaudy displays or sensationalist reporting. But if you want the far right to be taken on it is important to show immigration law is being enforced.

The debate needs to be measured with a view to the human rather than an abstracted unit of labour. We may be waiting for such a discourse to be maintained in the political arena but we can demand it, and certainly conduct it ourselves when discussing.

It may even catch on.

[Update following Jack of Kent’s comment below]:

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Definitely should have made clearer a few tweets by Home Office missed word suspect – looking back on Jack of Kent’s tweets I included in post realise not make that as clear as I thought. Even with as I said “the full quote … ‘suspected #immigrationoffender’ ” the twitter feed called into question how prejudicial it would be to a defendant’s case.

Should have made clearer that some home office tweets lacked the full quote (not Jack of Kent) – assumed that would be understood. Happy to make clear I was agreeing with Jack of Kent hence RT favouriting his tweets on as I mentioned days before this post on twitter:

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Hope that clarifies.

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