US psychological warfare techniques being used to overthrow British democracy

22 February 2019 — True Publica 
US psychological warfare techniques being used to overthrow British democracy
There have always been lobbyists and PR people involved in politics. We have always had think tanks that have leaned in a certain direction and provided research and speakers partial to their side of the debate. So what are the special concerns that cause us to claim that our system is developing in such a way that we no longer have free and fair elections?

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UK parliament committee demands sweeping social media censorship By Robert Stevens

22 February 2019 — WSWS

Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (DCMS) has called for the sweeping censorship of Facebook and other social media.

Reporting its 18-month investigation into “Disinformation and ‘fake news’,” the select committee’s explicitly anti-Russian agenda was clear from the outset, with a remit to tackle accusations of foreign interference in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the 2016 referendum on the UK’s European Union membership and the 2017 general election.

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Anti-semitism is cover for a much deeper divide in Britain’s Labour party By Jonathan Cook

21 February 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Breakaway MPs hope that smearing Corbyn will obscure the fact that they are remnants of an old political order bankrupt of ideas

Middle East Eye – 20 February 2019

The announcement by seven MPs from the UK Labour Party on Monday that they were breaking away and creating a new parliamentary faction marked the biggest internal upheaval in a British political party in nearly 40 years, when the SDP split from Labour.

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Joan Ryan, MP who fabricated anti-Semitism, quits Labour By Asa Winstanley

20 February 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

Leading anti-Palestinian MP Joan Ryan has left Labour. (via Facebook)

Lawmaker Joan Ryan quit Labour on Tuesday, citing party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed “demonization and delegitimization” of Israel.

Ryan is the leading member of Parliament in Labour Friends of Israel – an Israeli embassy front group.

She notoriously fabricated a charge of anti-Semitism against Labour member Jean Fitzpatrick at the UK opposition party’s 2016 annual conference.

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Seven Blairite MPs resign from UK Labour Party By Robert Stevens and Laura Tiernan

19 February 2019 — WSWS

On Monday, seven right-wing MPs resigned from the Labour Party at a press conference held in London’s County Hall at Westminster.

Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Ann Coffey, Angela Smith and Gavin Shuker announced they would sit as independents in Parliament and be known as The Independent Group (IG). Their website was already up and running.

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The desecration of Marx’s grave: A warning

19 February 2019 — WSWS

There have now been two attacks on the grave of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery in the space of just two weeks. The first and most damaging was an attempt to obliterate with a hammer Marx’s name from the original headstone marking the burial place of Karl and his wife Jenny, which was incorporated into the monument erected in his memory in 1956. The second was this weekend’s daubing of anti-communist slogans on the plinth supporting the monument’s bronze bust of Marx.

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DWP tells GPs not to support benefit claimants with sick notes By Sue Jones

16 February 2019 — Welfare Weekly

“This callous and unjustified approach to social administration is destroying people’s lives”, writes Sue Jones.

Yesterday on Twitter, I posted one of my previous posts –Jobcentre tells GP to stop issuing sick notes to patient assessed as ‘fit for work’ and he died–in which I discuss a letter addressed to a GP regarding a seriously ill patient. It said:

“We have decided your patient is capable of work from and including January 10, 2016.

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New study reveals more details on deadly flammable cladding used on Grenfell Tower By Alice Summers

14 February 2019 — WSWS

Flammable cladding similar to the material which had covered Grenfell Tower is still being widely used across the UK. The combustible cladding used on Grenfell was a significant factor in allowing the rapid spread of a small fire and creating toxic smoke with deadly consequences on June 14, 2017.

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