Blairites complain about #deselection. It’s just following their idol’s example



Right-wingers and their media allies continue to talk about deselection in terms of sectarianism, stalinism and just being plain unfair to ‘hardworking MPs’ who have a ‘mandate from their constituents’ – even though research shows only 6% of Labour voters supported the party in the last General Election because of their local MP.

The ‘hearts and minds’ battle continues, with former Labour Chief Whip Hilary Armstrong chipping in with a claim that Tony Blair ‘saved’ Jeremy Corbyn – a hugely popular constituency MP for over 30 years – from deselection.

As the SKWAWKBOX showed last week, Blair in fact considered ‘show trials’ of MPs he considered troublesome and at least two MPs were deselected under him. The architect of that plan was none other than then-Chief Whip Hilary Armstrong, according to news paper reports.

Some have claimed that Ms Armstrong’s plan doesn’t mean Blair wanted it, as if there’s the…

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The SKWAWKBOX in 2017 – important update

always a treat !


journalism-as-it-should-be2017 has seen this blog go from relative obscurity to what now seems to be regarded as one of the main sources of news and information for the left. We’ve featured on BBC News and been mentioned by a surprising array of pundits, politicians and others.

The SKWAWKBOX has also been one of the main disruptors of those who want to hamper, or even better end, the resurgence in left-wing politics that has shocked the Establishment since Jeremy Corbyn took the Labour leadership in 2015.

The SKWAWKBOX’s enemies and friends alike have said that the information revealed here is a thorn in the side of MPs and others trying to undermine Labour and its leader, such as this quote from Buzzfeed featuring a disingenuous but telling quote from a ‘moderate’:

plp.pngThat effectiveness is a massive privilege – and has posed huge challenges.

The support and positivity from huge numbers…

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The state is our enemy


Fear and loathing in Great Britain


The system is broken, and by that I do not mean accidentally, oops how careless of me, broken, I mean wilfully and deliberately broken.

I have lived my life with mental ill health and what I described as ‘social phobia’ years before any such description existed. Doctors told me I was agoraphobic, which then and now I refuse to accept, I am not afraid of open spaces, of the great outdoors, I am afraid of our system of inhuman society. What my mind and body has been telling me from a very young age was that there was and is something wrong with human society. I am not sick, or mentally deficient, my mind and body were accurately responding to a system that was and is exploitative and broken.

It is broken for many, if not most, ordinary people by design.

We are dangled a carrot of work for rewards…

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Aide Who Walked Out on May Wants British Public to Stop Trolling Her


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Mike yesterday put up a piece reporting that Katie Perrior, who was one of the two aides, who walked out of May’s cabinet a week or so ago, appeared on Paul Ross’ show on Talk Radio to tell the country that we should all stop sending the PM nasty messages on Twitter.

She said: “We need to stop with the abuse, we need to stop trolling our politicians on Twitter”, and followed this with the comments that there is no money, people need to realise that” and “She [May] would be devastated right now.” She also said that “people need to get real” and allow Mrs May to do her job.”

Mike points out that there are perfectly good reasons why May is receiving abuse: she’s been the worst excuse for a Prime Minister we’ve ever suffered. He points out that she called a snap election, which she lost, and…

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Anatomy of candidate-rigging: #Hackney councillor selections


hackney th.pngReports have reached the SKWAWKBOX from all over the country of right-wing rigging of the selection of Labour candidates for council elections – with the LCF (Local Campaign Forum), the Labour organisational body responsible for overseeing local candidate applications, at the heart of the issue.

Similar problems have been reported from one end of the country to the other, but the situation in Hackney – which has been reported by members from both the CLPs (constituency Labour parties) covered by the borough-wide LCF, Hackney North and Hackney South – makes a case-study that will allow members in any area to educate themselves about the kind of tricks Labour right-wingers are pulling in order to retain control of councils.

And, of course, of councillors’ allowances and in some cases salaries.

1) LCF composition

The Hackney LCF consists of a majority of right-leaning members, but there is one who is pro-Corbyn. This…

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