Boris Johnson isn’t running a government, he’s running a cartel

In 2015, David Cameron promised stability versus a “coalition of chaos” from Ed Miliband. Well, five years, three governments, a global pandemic, an economic crisis and a Brexit later, I’m calling bullshit on that. The true coalition of chaos is the coalition of establishment interests. The establishment press, government and the corporate class is in lock-step, operating as a cartel. Together, they are looting the country, while pumping the electorate full of divisive, confusing and hateful propaganda as distraction. The Coalition of Chaos People continue to ask me why the government can’t seem to deliver a single thing right. And my answer is always the same: Because that’s…

0 Comments

Jeremy Corbyn and former heads of state demand freedom for Julian Assange

A number of former presidents, as well as former Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn, have urged the UK government to grant WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange “his long overdue freedom”. The list of signatories includes Argentinian president Alberto Fernández, former Brazilian presidents Dilma Rousseff and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and former Bolivian president Evo Morales. It also includes former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, whose government granted Assange asylum in the country’s embassy in London in 2012. Julian Assange Assange is currently being held in the UK’s Belmarsh Prison, as extradition proceedings to the US continue this week. The extradition case centres around the publishing of classified US cables a…

0 Comments

Tory MP ‘forgot’ to wear face covering on train

A Tory MP and close ally of Boris Johnson said he “forgot” to put a face covering on after a picture emerged on social media of him travelling on a train without wearing one. Danny Kruger, who was the Prime Minister’s former political secretary before his election as Devizes MP at the general election, has apologised after being caught without a mask while on the hour-long train journey to London. An eagle-eyed Twitter user posted a picture on September 19 of Kruger sitting at a train table wearing earphones, with the caption: “Don’t blame it on the young people Boris (Johnson) when your own party aren’t even following…

0 Comments

Defence minister launches propaganda blitz ahead of Commons war crime debate

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a propaganda blitz ahead of a Commons debate on a controversial war crimes bill. Critics say the bill could decriminalise torture, damage human rights, and help authoritarian regimes.  Due to be debated by MPs on 23 September, the overseas operations bill aims to introduce radical new limitations on prosecution for allegations of abuse by troops during wartime.  The Tories have been trying to loosen the laws which govern war throughout their time in power, framing the issue of so-called legacy allegations from Iraq and Afghanistan as a patriotic defence of the troops against “left-wing activist lawyers” and ‘devious Iraqis and Afghans’…

0 Comments

Local lockdowns in four areas South Wales after a ‘worrying and rapid rise’ in coronavirus cases

The areas of Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Blaenau Gwent will be placed under a local lockdown following an increase in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases, the Welsh Government has announced. Health minister Vaughan Gething said there had been a “worrying and rapid rise” in cases of Covid-19 in the four areas, which have a combined population of about 430,000 people. Under the measures, which come into force at 6pm on Tuesday, people must not enter or leave the areas without a reasonable excuse. People are only able to meet outdoors and are unable to meet members of their extended household indoors. Dyma’r sleidiau a ddefnyddiwyd yn y gynhadledd i’r…

0 Comments

If we don’t take action, the UK could see ‘500,000 coronavirus cases per day next month’

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty and chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance used a press briefing to set out their growing worry over the spread of coronavirus in the UK.Here are the key points from their 20-minute presentation from Downing Street on Monday:– Vallance warned there could be 50,000 coronavirus cases per day next month, leading to 200-plus daily deaths, if the rate of the disease’s spread was not tackled.– Less than 8% of the UK population are thought to have coronavirus antibodies to fight off infection, making the “vast majority” of people “susceptible” to the deadly virus. – Whitty said there were now “significant rates of transmission”…

0 Comments

As Northern Ireland’s economy faces ‘deep recession’, a former DUP MP becomes a life peer

Prior to the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19), the people in the north of Ireland were already facing an uncertain future. This was because of a possible ‘no-deal’ Brexit. A no-deal Brexit could see a hard border reinstated between the north and south of Ireland and would likely result in huge job losses for the people of the north. When coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown began in March this year, even greater uncertainty arrived. Because in April, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) said the north was facing a “deep recession”. Then in July, one bank said it expected the north’s economy to shrink by 11%. The political parties…

0 Comments

It took Marr less than a minute to expose his Tory colours

40 seconds of The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 20 September was probably enough for some people. But it was all the time it took for the host to make his position on the never-ending coronavirus (Covid-19) chaos clear. Because he didn’t bother holding the selfish and reckless Tory government to account. Instead, he said we should all be ‘less angry’ and ‘more generous’ in politics. Marr: play nicely, children In his opening segment, Marr talked about coronavirus. He mentioned the new rules and touched on the effect they’re having on some of us. But he also made his political views clear. Marr said: Maybe this is just…

0 Comments

Irish republican prisoners in Belfast go on hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian activist

As reported by The Canary, in August police arrested alleged members of the New IRA in the north of Ireland as part of ‘Operation Arbacia’. Police also arrested GP and Palestinian activist Dr Issam Hijjawi-Bassalat as part of that operation. Hijjawi-Bassalat is currently on remand in Maghaberry Prison near Belfast. Prison authorities placed the GP in isolation in Foyle House following his return from hospital. Meanwhile, the prison service detains Irish republican prisoners in Roe House. Republican prisoners told The Canary they’ve been on hunger strike since 8pm on 16 September. They demand prison authorities move Dr Hijjawi-Bassalat to Roe House. “In solidarity” The Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare…

0 Comments

In one tweet, a Labour MP just tore down Tory coronavirus policy

The Tory government is in the midst of more chaos. Nothing new there, obviously. But this time its coronavirus (Covid-19) policies are even more contradictory than usual. Enter a Labour MP, who in one tweet brought the government’s approach to the pandemic crashing down. Tweet of the day? Ian Lavery is Labour’s MP for Wansbeck. Under Jeremy Corbyn, he was the party chairman. But even after leaving the role in April, he’s still setting fire to the Tories. Lavery tweeted on Sunday 20 September that: Is this threat of a £10k fine not a massive deterrent to seek a test if indeed your heading towards financial hardship due…

0 Comments