‘Islamophobic’ Labour donor deleted his Twitter but forgot about screengrabs

Labour Party donor David Abrahams has been at the centre of a storm over alleged Islamophobia. One organisation called tweets he sent “abhorrent”. Now, Abrahams has deleted his Twitter account. Sadly for him, screengrabs means the history books will remember what he said. Meet David Abrahams Abrahams is a property developer and business person. The Guardian noted that he: has a long history with the Labour party, holding office as a councillor in the 80s and unsuccessfully running as Labour candidate for Richmond, North Yorkshire, in the 1992 general election. Previously associated with Tony Blair, Abrahams reportedly gave hundreds of thousands to Labour. He ceased his donations in…

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Vaccine 90% effective at pushing Tory coronyism from the headlines

Image descriptionA scientist in a lab coat and holding a clipboard is illustrated next to a poster featuring the words “Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine” and the image of a syringe with two vaccine vials. The scientist is saying “The vaccine has been proven to be 90% effective at pushing Tory cronyism and incompetence out of the headlines! It will also be vital in fighting the virus…”. By Ralph Underhill Source link

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Exclusive: Labour right linked to campaign to shut down The Canary

On 2 August 2019, an anonymous internet campaign named Stop Funding Fake News (SFFN) celebrated its apparent success in downsizing The Canary. For six months, SFFN had been trying to demonetise The Canary by lobbying companies to remove advertisements from its website. The Canary can now reveal that Morgan McSweeney, Keir Starmer’s chief of staff, launched the organisation that now runs SFFN. SFFN CEO Imran Ahmed has also worked closely with a number of Labour figures previously involved in the campaign to remove Jeremy Corbyn as party leader. Rachel Riley, a prominent supporter of SFFN, is listed as a patron of the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH),…

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The UK’s most gruesome sport is taking place on National Trust land

Content warning: this article contains graphic descriptions of animal abuse that some readers may find upsetting. The National Trust is appearing a lot in the news, most recently for its conservation efforts in reintroducing beavers to Exmoor, and also for suspending the trail hunting of foxes on its land. These are seemingly positive actions from one of the UK’s biggest landowners. But as The Canary recently reported, temporarily suspending trail hunting is doing far too little. It is a token gesture to divert the public from the fact that, to this day, it has continued to licence fox hunting. But the National Trust also ignores another barbaric ‘sport’…

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‘High-risk settings’ in our jails means prisoners must get priority for coronavirus vaccines

Researchers have recommended prisoners be prioritised for the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine, after finding it’s difficult to manage outbreaks. Academics from the University of Oxford conducted a review of how prisons manage outbreaks of contagious diseases. They found that several factors, including higher rates of other health problems, fear of quarantine, and overcrowding, make it more difficult to control virus transmission. The researchers concluded that vaccinating prisoners early would help to solve these problems. Professor Seena Fazel, one of the researchers, said: Prisons are high-risk settings for the transmission of contagious diseases and there are considerable challenges in managing outbreaks in them. Our research suggests that people in prison…

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As the Ethiopian government claims victory over Tigray, the UN warns the conflict isn’t over

The United Nations (UN) has warned that hundreds of thousands of displaced people could still be in danger, after the Ethiopian government declared victory over Tigray. The UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi voiced his concerns for nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees, as there are reports some have been abducted. He said Ethiopia announcing victory does not mean the fighting has finished. Abduction reports remain unconfirmed, but Grandi told journalists refugee abductions: would be major violations of international norms. He added: It is my strong appeal for the prime minister of Ethiopia for this situation to be addressed as a matter of urgency. Supporting refugees When the conflict started, the…

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Finucane family to seek Joe Biden’s support for public inquiry campaign

The family of Pat Finucane are to seek the support of president-elect Joe Biden for their ongoing campaign for a public inquiry into his murder.No inquiryMr Finucane’s widow and three children were left furious on 30 November after the government said no to an immediate inquiry. Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis said he was not taking a public inquiry off the table but said further examinations of the case by police and a police watchdog should conclude first.Mr Finucane, 39, who represented republican and loyalist paramilitaries during the conflict, was shot dead in his family home in north Belfast in February 1989 by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA)…

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Arcadia’s collapse triggers high street bloodbath with 25,000 jobs on the line

A high street bloodbath is under way as the jobs of around 25,000 staff at Arcadia and Debenhams hang in the balance.Job lossesSome 13,000 staff at Philip Green’s Arcadia Group face an anxious wait following the business collapsing into administration. And Debenhams, which is already in administration, said it would start a liquidation process after JD Sports confirmed it had pulled out of a possible rescue. The department store has around 12,000 staff.Arcadia’s brands, which includes Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton, has hired Deloitte to handle the next steps after the pandemic “severely impacted” upon sales across its brands. Many of Arcadia’s staff worked at its brands’ concessions…

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How to fight the witch hunt, and win

Anyone still arguing the antisemitism smear campaign is anything but a witch hunt is a liar, an idiot, or both. It is a cynical attempt to shutdown the anti-apartheid struggle of the Palestinian people and their allies. It is a horrific abuse of Jewish trauma and identity. And for a campaign claiming to act on behalf of Jewish people everywhere, it saves some of its cruellest abuse for anti-zionist and/or left wing Jews. Every capitulation emboldens them. And that’s why it has to stop. "We are being no platformed, we are being cancelled, we are being denied the freedom to express legitimate points of view. All those people…

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Independent scientists set out a simple plan to make our schools safe

A group of scientists have set out recommendations for the government to guarantee school safety, as coronavirus (Covid-19) infections continue. Independent Sage published a guidance note that lays out several key actions for central government, Ofsted, and local government. The recommendations include ensuring rapid testing, increasing funding to allow smaller class sizes, and reviewing standardised exams. The guidance comes after repeated calls from teachers and unions to protect educators and students. Providing support Independent Sage advised that central government should provide funding for schools to use “additional spaces and staff”. This would allow the reduction of class sizes, and therefore make social distancing easier. It also recommended additional…

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