#QQTStarmer is our chance to let Keir Starmer know what we think of him

Martin is spot on we must do all we can to rid the cancer that is Starmer and his cohorts out of the Labour Party, let’s make him uncomfortable

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by Martin Odoni

(What just about passes for) the current leader of the Labour Party, ‘Sir’ Keir Starmer, is attending an online event on Thursday this week. It is organised by the charity My Life My Say, and is being hosted by Munya Chawawa and Swarzy Macaly, and the main focus of the conversation will be how to engage young people in politics.

Now, some people might argue that there is an ugly irony in Starmer taking part in any event that attempts to engage people in politics. After all, he and his fraudulent colleagues on the right wing of the Labour Party have spent the last five years trying to disengage from politics, and marginalise, hundreds of thousands of people.

Wouldn’t it be horrible if anyone asked him why he has abandoned the ten pledges he made to become Labour leader without calling a fresh leadership election, or…

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I despise the BBC with every breath in my body.

Musical Matters...

The 1980s were more than half-way through when I first began to realise that, far from being the ‘glorious national treasure’ of (self-created) legend, the BBC was in fact a collapsing sewer system that stank to heaven. And, if memory serves, it was in 1988 that I posted off my first ever ‘BBC complaint’ — which means that it has been literally 32 years since I discovered the level of sheer contempt with which the UK’s national broadcaster views the criticisms of those who pay for it.

Inevitably, perhaps, it was the BBC’s intensifying maltreatment of the classical music repertoire which provoked that first letter — my sensitivity to outrageously bent news took slightly longer to develop — and I well remember my astonishment at the pompous, snotty arrogance of the dismissive reply that came back from a senior producer whose name I actually knew and respected.

Nowadays, of…

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No Going Back


It’s the middle of the night and I sit up choking. I’m drowning, as thoughts flood my mind. Waking, drenched in perspiration, and in a state of panic, I gasp for breath. I’m momentarily reliving the moment a ligature tightens around my neck, slowly squeezing life from me.

As I sink into unconsciousness, I’m discovered by a nurse. The incident has been filed in the deep recesses of my mind. It is not something I choose to readily recall, and which I have never publicly shared. I surmise you may understand why.

It was when I had become so unwell that I had been admitted to a secure psychiatric ward to keep me safe, and to help me recover. Ironically it did neither. And it is a place, and a time, I have vowed I will never, ever, go back to – I will do whatever I have…

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Yes, Long-Bailey has been stitched up, but I have little sympathy

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by Martin Odoni

Rebecca Long-Bailey is the latest high-profile figure in the Labour Party to be stitched up by the hysterical “anti-Semitism-in-the-Labour-Party” witch-hunt. The new Labour leader, Keir Starmer, once again leaving no one in any doubt as to his true right wing nature, today fired her from the Shadow Cabinet. His pretext for doing so was that she had shared on her Twitter feed an article propagating an ‘anti-Semitic conspiracy theory’. The real reason is almost certainly that Starmer and Long-Bailey were at loggerheads over the Tory decision to reopen schools while the death-rate from the CoVid-19 Coronavirus remains worryingly high. As Shadow Education Secretary, Long-Bailey, rightly, was bitterly opposed; the infection rate in schools has doubled. Starmer, “Leader of the Opposition” (HAH!) for the umpteenth time wanted to back the Government, albeit cautiously and with provisos.

The article Long-Bailey shared was an interview with actress-and-activist, Maxine…

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REBLOG: The Drunkard of Europe

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Jason Michael McCann, a Scottish writer based in Dublin, tells the current, right-wing-dominated mess that is post-Thatcherite England some home truths.

IT WAS ONE OF THE WORST DAYS OF MY LIFE. I know for a fact it was the worst day in at least two people’s lives. In the early hours of the morning the phone rang. On the other end of the phone my friend was speaking to me in a stranger’s voice. Her husband was beside himself with shock and grief, and she was calmly explaining to me what had happened. I say ‘calmly,’ but this wasn’t calm. It was emotionless, a sort of thousand-yard stare of a voice, producing something that sounded for all the world like the person I knew while she was somewhere else. This voice was absent, it was hollow, and this voice woke me up. Their beautiful baby daughter had died in her…

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REBLOG: Starmer’s private donors

Starmer’s private donors

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Any last lingering hopes anyone on the Labour left might have been clinging to that Keir Starmer would be a progressive leader are now ashes, it would seem. Unity News claim to have discovered the identities of Starmer’s private donors of greater than £5,000. If Unity are correct about them, they are, depressingly predictably, the kinds of people you cannot possibly walk through City Of London’s financial district without them colliding with you and pushing you off the pavement.

Robert Latham – £100,000
Retired barrister

Clive Hollick – £25,000
Ex-merchant banker

Martin Clarke – £25,000
Ex-Daily Mail publisher (major alarm bell over this one!)

Sonny Leong CBE – £5,000
Former executive of the Labour Party’s ‘1000 Club’ – essentially a legalised cash-for-access-to-politicians scheme

Lady Katharine Gavron – £5,000
Widow of British printing millionaire Baron Gavron, who funded Tony Blair

Spot the difference between Starmer and BlairStarmer’s the one of the left. Er, I think.

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Early thoughts on ‘The’ dossier

Thanks to Martin Odoni for breaking it down.. This is a despicable act of treachery.

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by Martin Odoni

As mentioned overnight, a dossier detailing conduct within the mechanisms of the Labour Party over the last five years has been uncovered. It was compiled for sending to an independent inquiry into supposedly “rife” anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, but some administrator in the party structure barred the dossier from being forwarded (a move that sounds strangely reminiscent of…. oooooh, something that happened in about, what was it? 1989? In South Yorkshire, was it?). Excerpts were leaked to Sky News yesterday, and there has been a growing clamour for it to be published in full.

Well guess what? The dossier was leaked to Novara Media. I doubt we shall ever know who did it, but what I can say is that, yes, from what I have seen so far, it really is damning. It demonstrates that, while they were whining to the…

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