Boris Johnson wants domestic Covid passports in place by June 21 – but faces the prospect of an embarrassing Commons defeat after promising Tory rebels a vote on their introduction.
Michael Gove is said to have made the offer to furious backbenchers appalled at the idea of forcing Britons to prove their vaccination status to enter pubs and other social hubs.
Boris Johnson wants the scheme to be up and running for June 21, when the last social distancing measures are expected to be swept away.
News of the trial events comes as senior Tories among a cross-party group have declared they will oppose the use of vaccine certificates, with 72 MPs signing a pledge to oppose the “divisive and discriminatory” scheme. Some have described their use as the creation of “checkpoint Britain”. A government scientific adviser has also warned that they could give people a false sense of security.
The size of the rebellion could create problems for the government, should it conclude that legislation is needed to introduce Covid passports
Ex-Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn Speaks out against the Governments Bill.
The police, crime, sentencing and courts bill, which passed its second reading in parliament last month, will modify existing public order legislation to make it easier for police to ban or shut down peaceful protests if they are considered too disruptive or likely to lead to disorder.
Opponents of the bill have called it an attack on the right to protest and a step towards authoritarianism.
Allein in London versammelten sich heute einige tausend Demonstrierende auf dem zentralen Parliament Square, auch in Newcastle und Birmingham zogen mehrere hundert Menschen mit „Kill the Bill“-Plakaten (deutsch: „Tötet den Gesetzesentwurf“) durch die Straßen.
– Unlikely alliance condemned vaccine passports as ‚divisive and discriminatory‘
– Members of coalition were organised by the pressure group Big Brother Watch
– Signed a pledge to oppose the idea if it is brought forward by ministers
– Signatories include Jeremy Corbyn, Sir Iain Duncan Smith and Esther McVey
(14th February 2018)
Just as the infiltration of protest groups shows the counter-democratic remit of the spycops, so their infiltration of justice campaigns over a period of 26 years proves a key part of their purpose was to take an active role in obstructing justice.
The resources that should have established the truth and brought the guilty to justice were instead spent on undermining the grieving loved ones.
Police have come under fire for their treatment of a reporter at demonstrations in Bristol on Friday night, during violent clashes between officers and protesters.
Daily Mirror journalist Matthew Dresch shared video footage that appeared to show police pushing him and hitting him with a baton as he shouted that he was a member of the press.
Home Secretary Priti Patel also criticised the disorder and the „violence being directed towards the police“.
„I’m in no doubt the silent, law-abiding majority will be appalled by the actions of this criminal minority,“ she said.
„Despite repeated warnings to disperse, it’s clear these thugs were only intent on causing trouble.
A crowd of people gathered in Bristol on Friday evening for a third ‚kill the bill‘ demonstration within a week.
Protesters met at two parks, Castle Park and College Green, and marched through the city centre and along Park Street towards Bristol University’s buildings
Hundreds sit down outside Bristol police station in ‚kill the bill‘ protest
The nationwide campaign for women’s safety follows the death of Sarah Everard. The 33-year-old marketing executive went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in London on 3 March.
People are also protesting against the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill. It would change how protests are policed and making some aspects of the Coronavirus Act permanent.
It comes as the UK remains in a national lockdown, which bans gatherings
The event was dubbed „Kill the Bill“, in reference to the attempts to stop the Government’s proposed law which would give police and the Home Secretary increased powers to stop protests.
The Bill also makes a special new law to protect monuments and statues, in the wake of the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston, with the crime of damaging them punishable by up to ten years in prison.
Demonstrators began gathering at Bristol’s College Green around 2pm before marching through the city.
According to Bristol Live police initially encouraged them to disperse but moved to the crowd’s edges as numbers increased.
Protestors waved ‘Kill The Bill’ placards whilst a small number had black and red anarchist flags.
Lockdown has devastated civil liberties, punished the poor and boosted the rich, but the left wants more of it.
Paul Embery, trade unionist, writer and author of Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class, joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss the left’s embrace of woke politics, and its rejection of the working class, national democracy and free speech.
UCPI Evidence Hearings: Tranche 1 (Phase 1) | Day 11 (Mon 16 Nov):
10:00 AM: HN 336
2:00 PM: HN 340
4:55 PM: Summary of evidence of HN 333
UCPI Evidence Hearings: Tranche 1 (Phase 1) | Day 12 (Tues 17 Nov):
UCPI Evidence Hearings: Tranche 1 (Phase 1) | Day 13 (Wed 18 Nov):
12:00 Noon: Summary of evidence of HN 45
2:00 PM: HN 348
4:50 PM: Summary of evidence of HN 339
4:55 PM: Summary of evidence of HN 349
UCPI Evidence Hearings: Tranche 1 (Phase 1) | Day 14 (Thurs 19 Nov):
11:30 AM: HN 345
2:00 PM: HN 345
3:25 PM: Summary of evidence of HN 343
The UCPI was established in early 2015 in response to a series of allegations that May said amounted to evidence of “historical failings” by undercover policing units. Among these allegations were that the parents of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence had been spied on while campaigning for justice – claims that the police admitted were true.
After finally getting under way in London last week, the jury-led inquiry is looking at how at least “139 undercover officers spied on more than 1,000 political groups” over a period spanning back to 1968, writes investigative reporter Rob Evans, author of Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police.
The collaboration marked the start of a secret police operation that escalated over more than 40 years, involving at least 139 undercover officers spying on more than 1,000 political groups.
The top-secret collaboration between M15 and Scotland Yard was disclosed on the opening day of public evidence sessions that are being held by a judge-led public inquiry into the undercover policing scandal.
‚It has emerged that for decades undercover police officers infiltrated a significant number of political and other activist groups, in deployments which typically lasted for years.
‚The information reported by these undercover police officers was extensive. It covered the activities of the groups in question, and their members. It also extended to the groups and individuals with whom they came into contact, including elected representatives.
Salford MP Rebecca Long-Bailey has been sacked from the shadow cabinet after she tweeted a link to an interview with actress Maxine Peake.
The shadow education secretary was forced out of her job by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who said the interview contained an ‚antisemitic conspiracy theory‘.
“I don’t know how we escape that cycle that’s indoctrinated into us all,” continues the 45-year-old. “Well, we get rid of it when we get rid of capitalism as far as I’m concerned. That’s what it’s all about. The establishment has got to go. We’ve got to change it.” Born in Bolton to a lorry driver father and care worker mother, Peake is strident and expressive; if religion wasn’t anathema to her, she’d be perfect in the pulpit. “Systemic racism is a global issue,” she adds. “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.” (A spokesperson for the Israeli police has denied this, stating that “there is no tactic or protocol that calls to put pressure on the neck or airway”.)
Long-Bailey had tweeted an Independent article written about British actress and anti-capitalist activist Maxine Peake writing „Maxine Peake is an absolute diamond.“
In the story, Peake alleges that „the tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.”
It comes as Mr Biden’s presidential campaign considers how he can appeal to progressives on the left of the Democratic party, and younger voters in particular, who criticise Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
Mr Biden, who was asked about antisemitism among sections of the left in the US and UK, said that whilst antisemitism was “the mother of all conspiracy theories”, Americans had not heard enough about the dangers of the Holocaust happening again.
The arrogance and detachment of Corbyn’s middle class fan club was a factor in every seat that Labour lost. And they were so away with the fairies that in a Bassetlaw they predicted a 1200 Labour majority on the eve of the election.
It is 95 years since Bassetlaw last elected a Conservative…
Maverick Labour MP Kate Hoey joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss the left-wing case for Leave, Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit betrayal and Labour’s disconnect from its working-class heartlands.
With John Mills, Brendan Chilton, Austin Mitchell, Graham Stringer MP and Paul Embery.
Date and Time:
Sun, 22 September 2019
15:00 – 16:00 BST
Old Ship Hotel
Having been a Labour party member for the best part of a quarter of a century, I want my party to win the next election. So I take no pleasure in saying that Labour’s current strategy (such as it is) around Brexit is a half-baked, shambolic mess.
On the biggest issue in British politics, Labour promised one thing before the election and then did the complete opposite afterwards. The last party that performed such an outrageous U-turn was the Liberal Democrats over tuition fees, and they were rightly destroyed in the following election.
Labour is now possibly facing that same oblivion.
As of this morning, just under five million Labour Leave voters are homeless. I’m sure The Brexit Party will be delighted.
Today is a tragic day in the Labour Party’s history, and a fatal day for British democracy. It is, potentially, the beginning of the end of the Labour Party as we know it.
Mr Chilton launched a furious attack on Remainers within the Labour Party and added: “And the message they are pushing down the Leader’s ear is that ‘we need to come out for a referendum and we need to campaign for Remain’. They are delusional.
“And what we need actually is for the Labour Party to accept the outcome of the referendum and go for Brexit and to articulate its vision for what the country should look like after we leave.
„And I think if the country did that then we would clean up.”
As many as 12 Labour MPs are now “willing to countenance” a no-deal Brexit, according to BBC Newsnight Political Editor Nick Watt.
‘Professor in exile’ Bret Weinstein joins spiked’s editor for the latest episode of The Brendan O’Neill Show. They discuss Bret’s hounding from campus, the woke rejection of reason, the Intellectual Dark Web, and why the left still matters.
Paul Embery @ Leave Means Leave March, 29th March.
Paul Embery has spent 20 years as a dedicated trade-union official, fighting for better rights, conditions and pay for firefighters with the Fire Brigades Union. But today he revealed that he has been kicked off the union’s national executive and banned from office for two years.
Why? Because he delivered a pro-Brexit speech at the Leave Means Leave rally outside parliament on the day we were supposed to leave the EU.
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Labour MPs need to take a view, knowing where we are now, on both what is best for the country and what is most likely to hold together the party’s vital coalition of support between mostly Remain-orientated liberal-minded middle-class people and the largely Leave-leaning industrial working-class voters who have long been Labour’s electoral bedrock. Maybe reconsidering no deal would be the right thing for Labour MPs to consider on both counts.
The Labour MP accused the Conservative Party rules of forcing a form of „dictatorship“ on Parliament as nothing can be done to oust the Prime Minister before the end of the year. Ms Hoey urged Theresa May to resign from her post as soon as possible in the best interest of the country and to help find a solution to the Brexit impasse.
One of the strange habits of our time is the one in which a self-appointed class roams the land, hands cupped to their ear, hoping to discern something they can identify as a ‘dog-whistle’. I wrote about this habit after Conservative MP Suella Braverman came in for a scolding for using the phrase ‘cultural Marxism’ in a speech.
Embery: The Labour Party now is increasingly a bourgeois, metropolitan, liberal party. It is obsessed with students and youth. It’s very London-centric – removed almost completely from parts of this country, such as the northern industrial heartlands, where the Labour Party was once a strong presence.
The irony of the stalemate in the cross-party Brexit talks is that Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are not that far apart on the issue, as I say in The Sun this morning. They might use different language, but what they want is really quite similar.
But while they may not be that far apart, their parties are. A deal would require not one of them, but both of them to be prepared to split their parties.
Jeremy Corbyn was warned by Labour party chairman Ian Lavery that he risked going down in history as the leader who split his party if he backed another referendum on Brexit, in an extraordinary outburst during a meeting of the shadow cabinet last week, according to senior party sources.
Monday evening’s votes in the House of Commons confirm that a substantial number of MPs remain determined to bind Britain as closely as possible to the EU and its rules and institutions if they cannot stop Brexit altogether.
These MPs show utter contempt for the EU referendum result – the biggest democratic vote in our history – and make a mockery of their past pledges to ‚honour‘ the decision made by a clear majority of voters.
When some on the Left argue that the term ‘traditional working-class’ is obscure or divisive or racist and should therefore be ditched, what they are really demonstrating, unintentionally, is their own hidden contempt for this group. They would rather it didn’t exist at all in the form it does.
They think its members are ‘nativist’ and reactionary and – God forbid – voted to leave the European Union. Because, you see, the group-thinkers and virtue-signallers and woke liberals and quasi-Marxists and echo-chamber-dwellers who comprise so much of the modern Left believe themselves to be Inherently Better People than those of us from the more traditional Left.
The charge that Eddie is somehow “far-right”, “racist”, or a “Tommy Robinson apologist” is absurd and unconvincing. Eddie has frequently put his body on the line to fight fascists on the streets and has, for example, supported Black Lives Matter rallies, a fact which his denouncers cynically ignore.
Eddie is right to say that many workers hate the liberal Left; academic research in many deindustrialised communities – including that profiled here on The Full Brexit – has clearly demonstrated this. Eddie is also right that they have good reason to do so: their sense of abandonment and betrayal, particularly by the Labour party, is firmly rooted in reality.
Paul Mason has made an important contribution to the debate on the left about Brexit. It is an important contribution because Mason is the left’s most militant supporter of the EU: an anti-democratic, capitalist organisation which has become a pillar of globalisation and a driver of inequality. His piece was full of the usual McCarthyite tactic of guilt by association against those who oppose the EU. Mason’s attack on Eddie Dempsey, an anti-fascist trade unionist, was a classic example of this. It is vital that we move beyond this kind of politics on the left.
Labour’s position on the customs union is baffling. For the British left, supporting membership in the customs union is historically incongruous, morally aberrant, and logically inconsistent. Anti-racists, internationalists, and leftists should oppose EU customs union membership for Great Britain.
Kate Hoey @ Leave Means Leave March, 29th March. #LeaveMeansLeaveMarch #BrexitMarch
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Ever since Britain’s EU referendum was called there has been a chorus of voices calling on the country to “remain and reform” (R&R) the EU from within. Prime Minister David Cameron was the first to try this, returning from Brussels with some meagre concessions that played no part in the subsequent referendum campaign. Since the vote to Leave, R&R arguments have come from two main groups. The first comprises those who saw little fault in the EU before 2016, and some who probably still don’t, and propose R&R as a sop to Leave voters as part of a campaign to stop Brexit. In the second camp are self-declared leftists, who urge Britain to stay and fight for a socialist EU. This includes commentators like Paul Mason, various lefty academics, and Yannis Varoufakis and his “DiEM 25” movement, which seeks to mobilise reformists across Europe.
People voted Leave in such large numbers because they felt the political class in this country had stopped listening to them. And in the almost three years since, that political class has done everything in its power to prove them right. Little wonder that minds haven’t been changed and the polls are broadly mirroring what they were doing in the run-up to the referendum.
So here we stand: a government desperately trying to flog a deal that falls short of a genuine Brexit and threatening a delay to the whole project if it isn’t accepted; an opposition apparently bent on committing electoral suicide by demanding we vote again; and a wider establishment – including civil servants and business chiefs – doing its damnedest to ensure the thing doesn’t happen at all.
Today, we are launching Transforming Britain After Brexit, a national Brexit tour. The tour is organised by Labour Leave, Trade Unionists Against the EU, the European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy, Polity Books, and The Full Brexit and includes dates in Coventry (4th), Manchester (5th), Liverpool (8th), London (25th), and Durham (28th).
Our aim with the tour is to promote arguments critical to the EU from a Left perspective that we feel have not been put forward enough in the British media. Economist and former Syriza member Professor Costas Lapavitsas is a key speaker at each event, and will be discussing his book The Left Case Against the EU.
Yvette Cooper, a senior Labour MP, and Sir Oliver Letwin, a senior Conservative MP, have been rallying support for a proposal that would force the government to hand power to parliament if no UK-EU withdrawal deal has been approved by March 13.
Under the proposal, which is set to be tabled as an amendment on Wednesday, the government would be legally obliged to offer MPs the option of requesting an extension in the Article 50 exit process beyond March 29.
Brexit-backing backbencher John Mann said the decision to endorse a so-called „People’s Vote“ would infuriate Leave supporters in the Midlands and north of England.
At a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday evening, the Bassetlaw MP told Mr Corbyn: „This decision will stop you being Prime Minister.“
Published on Jun 13, 2016
„Leaving the EU is a democratic and not a nationalist argument“ – The Labour MP argued passionately for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU all through his political career.
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Monday morning’s resignations by seven Labour MPs are a mistake, but they are also a warning. Like it or not, and a few on all wings have always disliked it, the Labour party is not a centralist party. It has always contained, and has been able to contain, a mix of political traditions. Most fundamentally of all, it has long been a coalition of organised labour and various mainstream socialist and social democratic traditions.
Sieben Abgeordnete des britischen House of Commons, in Deutschland „Unterhaus“ genannt, verlassen die Labour Party. Mit diesem Schritt wird deutlich – die zur Überführung der jeweils eigenen Demokratie in die vorprogrammierten „Vereinigten Staaten von Europa“ in allen E.U.-Mitgliedsstaaten, explizit in der etablierten politischen parlamentarischen und relevanten außerparlamentarischen Linken, über entristische Taktiken eingesickerten paneuropäischen, bellizistischen und imperialistischen Uboote und Contras geben die britische Labour als ihren „Wirt“ auf. Damit ist ein nicht nur für Großbritannien bedeutsamer Machtkampf entschieden.
The Conservatives are captured by their right-wing, Labour by their hard left, and all put their own party interests before what is best for the country.
It’s time we changed our old-fashioned politics for politics fit for the 21st century.
(17.1.2019) The European Union is the greatest capitalist project ever devised by the human mind. It guarantees, in treaty form, the free movement of capital, labor, goods, and services throughout its territory as a constitutional right. These are known as the “Four Freedoms.” Imagine NAFTA underpinned by a political union so that it would be illegal to resist capitalism. A union in which economic policy is decided not democratically—but by judges interpreting whether the policy is “treaty compliant.” Yet that is the institution supported by the vast majority of progressives throughout the continent—and the main cause of the palsy that has overtaken social democrats across Europe.
Appearing as a special guest at the Tory Eurosceptic Bruges Group, Mr Stringer said: „Often in discussing the European Union my colleagues use kindergarten language – they say ‚they’re our friends, how could they not have our interests at heart?‘.
„I think it misunderstands that actually the bureaucrats in Brussels are a self-interested group of people – self-interested in their own survival and perpetuating their growing power and influence across the whole of the European continent.“
“It also misunderstands the fact that the European Union do negotiate but they usually come to agreements at the last minute – the 11th hour.
Written by Finn Anderson, Campaign Director at Socialists for Britain
I would just like to thank those at Students For Brexit for providing me with this platform to lay out a brief overview of the socialist case for leaving the EU. It’s refreshing to find a genuine student-led cross-party platform that is committed to upholding the democratic will of the people.
The European Union at its core is a neoliberal institution; shock horror I know! Brussels bureaucrats worship privatisation and purposefully allow wealthy corporations to avoid paying taxes. It is a capitalist project attempting to impose unity between nations from above, in the interests of the capitalist classes of Europe, particularly those from the most powerful nations.
„I also have an old-fashioned left-wing view of the European Union. I don’t think it is democratic, I don’t think it works very well, and I think it is run in the interests of big business rather than ordinary people. I voted to come out in 1975, along with a large portion of the left, for what were then seen as Bennite reasons: democracy and the fact that it was pro-boss and anti-worker. I haven’t really changed my mind over the past 40 years.“
The Left must meet this moment in history with a bold plan to remake our economy — or someone else will.