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News review – Friday 12 August 2016

Election fraud

Breitbart
Massive levels of electoral fraud have gone unchallenged as a result of “political correctness”, according to an official new report from the UK government. The Telegraph reports that a new report commissioned by former Communities Secretary Sir Eric Pickles reveals that UK authorities are in a “state of denial” and are “turning a blind eye” to election fraud in heavily populated Muslim areas. According to the report, voter fraud is occurring “especially in communities of Pakistani and Bangladeshi background”, but concerns have been largely ignored due to “over-sensitivities about ethnicity and religion”. The new information confirms reports repeatedly raised by Breitbart London. In 2014, Breitbart London reported on threats and chaos at Tower Hamlets polling stations.

Telegraph
Election fraud has been allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of “political correctness”, a major report finds as it calls for unprecedented reforms to the British voting system. In a report commissioned by the Government, Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative Cabinet minister, today warns that the authorities are in a “state of denial” and are “turning a blind eye” to election fraud. He said that there is evidence of voter fraud “especially in communities of Pakistani and Bangladeshi background” but that the cases have been ignored because of “over-sensitivities about ethnicity and religion”.

Sky News
Britain is turning a blind eye to corruption in town halls and elections because of political correctness, according to a former Cabinet minister. In a hard-hitting report, Sir Eric Pickles says there is evidence of pressure being put on vulnerable members of some ethnic minority communities in elections. He says women and young people in particular have been urged to vote according to the will of elders, especially in communities of Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds. Presenting an action plan to the new Prime Minister Theresa May on electoral fraud, he attacks the failures of town halls, police and election watchdogs to detect, prevent and prosecute election fraud.

Mail
A culture of political correctness has led to a blind eye being turned to widespread voting fraud in Muslim communities, a devastating government report reveals today. Ex-Cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles lambasts the police, election watchdogs and town halls for ignoring evidence of electoral abuse because of ‘over-sensitivities about ethnicity and religion’. The former communities secretary, now the anti-corruption tsar, said the intimidation of voters on religious grounds was so bad that police should be allowed to put cordons outside polling stations to protect frightened voters. He recommends that voters should have to take ID to prove who they are when they vote. Currently, a voter merely has to state their name and address. The report even suggests putting indelible ink on a person’s fingers as they cast their ballot to prevent anyone being able to vote twice.

Times
Voters should be subjected to identity checks in polling stations to stop the “worrying spread” of electoral fraud, the government’s anti-corruption tsar says. In a report to Theresa May, Sir Eric Pickles, the former communities secretary, said that Britain’s “trust-based” voting system was no longer tenable and that “politically correct sensibilities” had led to the state turning a blind eye to fraud in elections. Sir Eric criticised the police for being soft on allegations of wrongdoing, saying that they sometimes acted like the three wise monkeys.

Guardian
Voters could face more stringent identity checks and police cordons around polling stations, as part of a crackdown on electoral fraud recommended by Eric Pickles in a government-commissioned report. The former communities secretary was asked by David Cameron last year to examine how safeguards could be toughened up, after revelations of electoral malpractice in Tower Hamlets, east London, led to the removal of the mayor, Lutfur Rahman. In his report, presented to Theresa May, who has retained him as “anti-corruption champion”, Pickles warns that unless the government makes it harder to fiddle the system, Britain’s reputation for democracy could be undermined. Our nation has a proud heritage as the ‘mother of parliaments’, yet the worrying and covert spread of electoral fraud and state of denial by some bodies threatens that good reputation. It is time to take action to take on the electoral crooks and defend Britain’s free and fair elections.”

 

Brexit

Breitbart
Britain has to keep unlimited immigration after Brexit if it wants a free-trade deal, senior European governments are demanding. In a survey that shows how big the challenge will be for Theresa May’s government in negotiating a good Brexit deal, the governments of the 27 remaining European Union (EU) nations laid out a series of demands before Britain is allowed to leave. Financial news organisation Bloomberg asked the various governments what they will put forward in the negotiations. Some of the most powerful nations, including Germany, said Britain must keep freedom of movement in return for access to the single market.

Express
THERESA MAY has been urged to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty as soon as possible amid fears it could be REVERSED at a later date by pro-EU MPs. The Prime Minister, who has vowed not to invoke the legal mechanism for exiting the EU before 2017, has been told to complete Britain’s departure from the bloc before the next general election. Once Article 50 is activated there is a two-year timeframe before a member state officially ceases to be part of the EU. The warning to Mrs May to hurry up and get on with the process of exit negotiations comes amid concerns the two-year waiting period could be allowed to straddle a general election. Both EU law experts and top lawyers have said there is “nothing in the wording” of Article 50 to rule out a departing member state changing its mind even if the clause has already been enacted. It opens up the possibility of a government less committed to Brexit, or ardently pro-EU, being able to U-turn on the leaving process if elected before Britain’s departure is complete.

 

Human rights

Independent
The so-called British Bill of Rights could be “junked” or rewritten by Theresa May in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union, it has been claimed. In what could be a breakaway from Michael Gove’s tenure at the Ministry of Justice, the Prime Minister has reportedly asked Liz Truss, the newly appointed Justice Secretary, to relook at the plans drawn up by her predecessor that were expected to have been announced following the referendum. One source told the Times newspaper: “The bill is ready but my hunch is that she might junk it. I think the priority for the justice department will be prison reform and she won’t want another fight with the Scottish government [which is opposed to the policy]. I just don’t think the will is there to drive it through.” A ministry of justice spokesperson refused to be drawn on the speculation, and told The Independent: “We will set out our proposals for a Bill of Rights in due course. We will consult fully on our proposals”.

 

EU

Express
THE EUROPEAN Union has been accused of showing “contempt for taxpayers” by leaving the lights on in near-abandoned buildings over the summer. In a series of pictures taken this month, apparently deserted rooms in the European Parliament are shown with their lights still ablaze, including a row of spotlights shining on a piece of Brussels artwork. Even the main Altiero Spinelli building of the European Parliament is seen with its lights still glaring, despite the fact the building’s entrance appears to be closed with drawn shutters. Most MEPs will currently be enjoying a summer break with the European Parliament not due to sit again until September 12. Even then, all 751 MEPs and their staff will trek to Strasbourg in France with the first sitting after the summer due to be held in the European Parliament’s alternative home.

 

Labour leadership

BBC News
Owen Smith has said he will return to the backbenches rather than serve in Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, should he lose the Labour leadership contest. Mr Smith said he would be a loyal MP but did not want to engage in “futile” work as Mr Corbyn could not win power. But Mr Corbyn told a hustings event Labour had grown “enormously” under his leadership. The Court of Appeal is to rule later on whether recently-joined members will be allowed to vote in the contest. The party’s ruling National Executive Committee had previously blocked Labour members who joined after 12 January from voting unless they paid £25, but five new members succeeded in getting the decision overturned in the High Court earlier this week – Labour subsequently appealed that decision.

Express
LABOUR leadership hopeful Owen Smith has again stressed his support for second European Union referendum. The former Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary clashed with embattled Jeremy Corbyn over the issue of Brexit during a lively debate tonight. He said he was “gutted” about the referendum result, adding: “When Jeremy says ‘We’re leaving Europe, so that’s it’ that’s the big difference between us. “I don’t accept that we’re necessarily leaving Europe. I don’t want us to leave Europe. As a Labour government, we should be demanding a seat at the table.” Mr Smith also claimed Mr Corbyn, who was widely seen as a Eurosceptic before being elected leader, was not outspoken enough during the referendum campaign. He told an audience in Gateshead: “Jeremy himself admitted he was seven out of 10 in terms of his faith in the European Union. He said it.

Sky News
Judges will decide later who can vote for the next Labour leader, as the party’s internal tensions deepen. It is the third time in a fortnight that Labour’s factions have ended up in court, amid an increasingly acrimonious battle between supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith. At the end of legal submissions at the Court of Appeal, Lord Justice Beatson announced that his aim is to give judgement at 3pm on Friday. The party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is hoping to overturn a ruling made at the High Court on Monday – which would allow another 130,000 members to vote.

BBC News
The Court of Appeal will rule on Friday in a dispute about Labour’s decision to block nearly 130,000 of its members from voting in its leadership contest. The party has appealed against a High Court ruling that those joining after 12 January should be allowed to vote. Labour’s QC argued that its ruling NEC body, not the courts, was the “ultimate arbiter” of the rules. But David Goldstone QC, for members, questioned whether the NEC should have “unfettered power” over who could vote. Following the appeal hearing on Thursday, Lord Justice Beatson, chairing the panel of three Appeal Court judges, said they were aware it was an “urgent matter” and would aim to give their judgement at 1500 BST on Friday.

Mirror
Lawyers for the Labour party spent a full day fighting to overturn a ruling that let 130,000 new members vote in the leadership election. Labour’s leadership battle was back in the courts as party chiefs tried to overturn a key judgement that let 130,000 new members vote. The ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) claimed it was right to block votes from members who joined after January 12 – even if broke Labour’s own rules. Appeal Court judges heard the 33-strong panel was the rule book’s “guardian” after the High Court said it had no power to make a blanket ban.

 

Transport

Telegraph
Eurostar rail workers have started a four-day strike in a dispute over work/life balance. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are walking out until Monday, followed by three days over the Bank Holiday weekend from August 27. A picket line has been mounted outside London’s St Pancras railway station, where the trains leave for Paris and Brussels. One train in each direction between London and Brussels has been cancelled, but Eurostar said it expects to operate a normal service on Saturday.

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6 Comments on News review – Friday 12 August 2016

  1. Sky News: “Britain is turning a blind eye to corruption in town halls and elections because of political correctness..”
    Britain – the whole country – is doing that? NO, it’s useless, clueless, gutless, spineless, cowardly officials, police, councillors and MPs who are turning a blind eye to the goings-on of fraudsters and cheaters and perverters of electoral laws. Why?
    Apparently, because if you are a muslim in this country, you can get away with any skulduggery and law-breaking. All a muslim has to do is threaten to scream ‘islamophobia!’ and the PC pr***s with no balls, no moral fibre, no respect for the law-abiding people of this country just cower, quiver and whimper. Well, after all, if the muslim paedophile perverts of Rotheram and points south, east, west and north of that sad town can get away with abusing and raping little girls, what’s the problem with bringing third world corruption to undermine our electoral system?
    The public have been aware of all the banana republic electoral cheating for years. What has the Electoral Commission done about it? Scrap the useless EC and put Pickles in charge of a Dept of Electoral Probity. He’s the only one so far who has come out and said what we already knew. Let’s see some of these criminals serving long prison sentences for insidious attacks on our democracy.

    • Absolutely right but we must remember that they are from countries where electoral fraud is the norm and, like the scorpion in a well known fable, are incapable of changing.

      We would never be allowed to vote in their counties, born there or not, so why should they be allowed to vote here? Clearly it supports the unspoken agenda of “our” government.

  2. “Britain has to keep unlimited immigration after Brexit if it wants a free-trade deal…”

    OK then, we don’t need the “free trade deal”. Which would save exporters, if I remember correctly, about 2%. Why not just expand trade with Russia, China, India, the rest of the Commonwealth, Africa, South America…?

    • Tom I’m with you 100% on this. Of course in an ideal world we should be repealing the 1972 European Communities Act although I realise this could be voted down by MPs who are not on the side of their country in this, our fight for independence. I believe UKIP should be constantly pressing for this and actively campaigning for it at every opportunity.

      That way we would get everything back immediately and put an end to the damaging uncertainty that prevails at present. It would also mean getting back our territorial waters immediately which in my view would be key to keeping the Union together. (Let the Scots start rebuilding their fishing industry and watch the wind being knocked out of Nicola Sturgeon’s sails! We’d also see the beginnings of some real social mobility too, rather than the all talk and no action approach which is all the tired old parties have to offer.)

      We could then trade freely with the world, without the EU’s stultifying regulations, especially those designed by their corporate lobbyists that render us uncompetitive and of course negotiate trade with the EU, but from a position of strength. Of course a little grease may be needed here and there to ease sticking points in the negotiations.

    • Explain your 2% figure. I think you might be wrong. If we didn’t trade with the EU like you suggested,it would hit British exports to the tune of 13% of our GDP. That’s a lot of jobs and money.

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