Labour Demand Government Explains £2m Taxpayers’ Cash Funding Infowars Unit Which Smeared Corbyn and Labour By Ben Gelblum

10 December 2018 — The London Economic

Emily Thornberry has responded to revelations today that around £2 million public money was funnelled to a charity in Scotland which posted disparaging stories against Jeremy Corbyn and other Labour figures.
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Brexit: Corbyn’s Cakeism; Norway Rejects “Norway”

7 December 2018 — Naked Capitalism

Due to competing duties, we’ll be brief on Brexit today. The newspapers are consumed with whether Theresa May will be forced to put off the vote on her Brexit deal due to the likely margin of rejection being so high as to make her continuation as Prime Minister untenable. I doubt the mechanism for an exit next week (if her bill is rejected roundly as anticipated) would be a vote of no confidence; the DUP said it would support May if her bill failed and the Tories are highly unlikely to run the risk of a general election, although the “no confidence” timetable allows 14 calendar days to find a new PM. Even the fabulously stubborn May might accept her ministers telling her she had to resign if she lost by a 100 vote margin.

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Nurses raise concern about Royal College backing for NHS volunteers campaign

7 December 2018 — Our NHS
RCN members

On Saturday the Daily Mail called for “an army of volunteers” to “transform” the NHS. Royal College of Nursing members have written to Dame Prof. Donna Kinnair, the acting head of the RCN, in response to their involvement in the “Helpforce” campaign.

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IRR News (22 November – 5 December 2018)

6 December 2018 — Institute of Race Relations

Weekly digest – Against Racism, for Social Justice

As we wait for the jury at Chelmsford Crown Court to deliver a verdict in the Stansted 15 trial, IRR News reports on the worrying escalation in ‘crimes of solidarity’ this year. Liz Fekete and Anya Edmond-Pettitt cover investigations and prosecutions brought against 99 people, not only anti-deportation activists, but the captains and crews of search and rescue NGOs, amongst others. The Stansted 15, as is by now well known, were attempting to stop sixty people from being deported via charter flight. Charter flight deportations form part of the UK’s border regime, which is explained in a new book by Corporate Watch, The UK Border Regime: a critical guide, reviewed here by Frances Webber.

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A World First In Citizen Surveillance By The State

6 December 2018 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Last month TruePublica reported that the British government were going full Orwellian and was now aiming to create a biometric database on top of its mass data bulk collection through surveillance systems that have been deemed illegal by the highest courts in the UK and EU. However, in Australia – a member of the Five-Eyes surveillance clan, the law is being changed to take us one step closer to the complete eradication of privacy.

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The Guardian attack on Assange exposed as politically-motivated fabrication By James Cogan

6 December 2018 — WSWS

Last week’s sensationalist allegation by the Guardian newspaper, that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange met with Paul Manafort, American political lobbyist and one-time campaign manager for Donald Trump, has been exposed as a politically-motivated tissue of lies.

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Is China Really More “Dystopian” Than The UK? By Andrew KORYBKO

4 December 2018 — Oriental Review

RT reported that the UK’s so-called “National Data Analytics Solution” will see an algorithm process whichever of 30 separate data points have been recorded about a person in local and national police databases in order to predict which members of the population are most likely to commit a crime or be victimized by one, after which the state will dispatch local health and social workers to offer “counseling” to them in an attempt to prevent the computer’s envisioned scenario from transpiring. This program is being likened to the 2002 film “Minority Report” and carries with it a vibe of China’s controversial “social credit” system, albeit without any “rewards” being offered for law-abiding behavior. In fact, one can actually make the claim that instead of the UK copying China to a degree, it was actually China that learned from the UK seeing as how the island nation’s mass surveillance system used to be far ahead of the communist nation’s one.

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The blueprint for dismantling the NHS By Youssef El-Gingihy

3 December 2018 — OurNHS

Nostalgia won’t save the NHS from the encroachment of market forces – only a broad-based mass movement can do that.

Since the first edition of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps, we’ve had the junior doctors’ strike, the Conservative victory in the 2015 general election, the Corbyn phenomenon, the unexpected Brexit vote and the arguably even more unexpected loss of the Conservative majority in 2017.

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