The hidden threat in Labour’s manifesto

Despite the constant obfuscations, there are many clues hidden in the fine print of Labour’s manifesto that show us exactly how Starmer’s Labour government will look, and it is certainly not progressive or compassionate.
The following paragraph is chilling, and could just as well have been written by Mel Stride who has spent his time in office attempting to demonise people unable to work, ensuring that they are stigmatised and pay a heavy price if they are forced to claim benefit.

“Labour will reform employment support, so it drives growth and opportunity. Our system will be underpinned by rights and responsibilities. – people who can work should work – and there will be consequences for those who do not fulfil their obligations.” (MT)

BBC finds it hard to say Farage is wrong

In the Reform launch Nigel Farage made the controversial claim that renewable energy was more expensive than fossil fuels. There is not a single scrap of evidence to support this. But this did not prevent the BBC’s Climate editor, Justin Rowlatt from falling over himself to try to justify Farage’s claim. Rowlatt, turning his back on decades of research repeats an old mantra that renewable energy will not provide power when there is no wind or sun. He claims that the slack will be taken up by “gas power stations or batteries.” But, this assumes that gas is itself infinite when we know it is running out. Instead of pointing out that Farage is a climate change denier, which would be simply stating the truth, the BBC give credence to his ignorant theories. Which does make us wonder if there is something the BBC is not telling us. (DM)

Refugee Crisis Deepens

As forced displacement reached record levels of 120 million in May, the United Nations reports that this is the 12th consecutive year in which the number of refugees worldwide has grown. Anti-refugee sentiment is growing in Europe and leading to a surge in right-wing parties, including Reform in the UK. Meanwhile, the countries closest to the war zones that are fuelling the crisis are bearing the brunt of the problem. Ethiopia, itself embroiled in a long-term civil war, now has over one million Sudanese refugees massed on the Metema border. Many of these are traumatised and face the additional burden of being in a country that, despite providing a safe haven, has a lack of resources to meet their needs. Paula Fitzgerald, IFRC Head of Country Cluster Delegation , stressed the gravity of the situation, stating, “Without immediate and sustained support, their situation will worsen. We urgently need resources to improve living conditions for displaced people until a durable solution is found.” (DM)

The trial of courageous Palestine Action activists at Shenstone is postponed

“I’m 69 years old. I’m an old age pensioner. I don’t want to be up on this bloody cold roof. I don’t enjoy climbing dodgy rickety ladders up two storeys and sleeping out in the freezing cold up here. And I don’t, believe it or not, I don’t enjoy smashing things up. It’s not how I operate, how I have worked all my life.”

In 2021 six Palestine Action activists dismantled part of the Elbit factory in Shenstone. The engine maker for Israel’s military drone fleet was out of business for some weeks. Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest private arms company and builds 85% of Israel’s drone fleet. Their trial was due to start yesterday at Stafford Crown Court, but has been postponed until June 2025. Waiting for a trial, and some of them are facing trials for other actions, is a considerable psychological burden and disrupts lives. And could there be an even more draconian approach to these brave people in the future? Palestine Action deserves our full support. They are risking so much.

One activist declared: “We have to take a stand against this, because, if we just look the other way, the bloodshed and the oppression will continue, and that’s not something that sits well on my conscience.” No decent person in the west wants the slaughter in Gaza to continue, but our politicians and the profiteering arms companies clearly have no conscience whatsoever. (JB)

Sikh nationalists under threat

Czech Justice Minister Pavel Blazek announced on Monday that Indian national Nikhil Gupta was extradited to the USA last week to face charges that he was part of a plot to assassinate Sikh nationalist, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, on American soil. The US government claims that the plot was directed by the Indian government, This comes after Canadian police arrested three Indian nationals for the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Vancouver in June last year. Canadian President Trudeau has also accused the Indian government of involvement in that murder.

Sikhs have long campaigned for their own independent state of Khalistan in the Punjab and there is a history of violence against Sikhs by successive Indian governments who describe the nationalist movement as terrorists. But extending this violence to assassinating nationalist leaders who are active in overseas Sikh communities is a dangerous escalation. (MS)


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