Labour Party Website Banned From Internet Search

If you're a member of the party, submit your ideas and opinions to our Democracy Review now and help shape the future of our movement.

A couple of days ago I was intrigued to see a piece on Skwawkbox about possible blocking of Labour Party pages from internet search engines due to the inclusion of the noindex and nofollow meta tags which effectively blocks search engines from indexing that page’s content making it seem invisible to the web. These tags exist solely for that purpose.

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Above: An extract of the source code for The Labour Party Democracy Review. The complete source can viewed at the page itself or here.

The content on the Labour website is part of The Labour Party Democracy Review and is an open invitation directed at Labour Party members to participate in the future of the political party

“If you’re a member of the party, submit your ideas and opinions to our Democracy Review now and help shape the future of our movement.”

Therefore its exclusion from internet searches is to the obvious detriment of possible change. It could also be said that any such restriction could be considered a direct attack on Jeremy Corbyn himself and his desire for inclusivity.

As it concerned what I thought at the time to be no more than a misplaced meta tag, possibly the result of a sloppy cut and paste operation by some inexperienced intern, it didn’t concern me as anything overtly sinister.

However that was a couple of days ago and despite a number of contacts made to certain individuals, departments and businesses with responsibility for such things – both by Skwawkbox and domestic empire, the offending search-restrictive content remains conspicuously unchanged.

Although strangely absent from their portfolio the company responsible for creating the Labour Party website is Wide Eye Creative, based in Washington USA:

“..purpose-driven creative digital agency that empowers organizations, campaigns, and causes.”

I contacted them and its man in charge Ben Ostrower altering them both to this error in markup that was resulting in a negative impact for their client. Two days later I’m still awaiting their reply and removal of said meta tag. But regrettably they seem more interested in discussing Star Wars and somewhat ironically, Net Neutrality.

Wide Eye Creative & Ben Ostrower tweets

Normally one would expect such coding errors to be fixed immediately upon receipt of notification along with a cheery, ‘Thank you’, for spotting such a glaring error that might have otherwise caused public embarrassment – so why the stalling?

I don’t wish to launch into full conspiracy-mode, but the lack of action surrounding this simple code change, or even to acknowledge its existence is cause for some concern.

At the time of writing the errant meta tags that effectively ban The Labour Party Democracy Review from being seen remain in situ.

Links:
The Labour Party Democracy Review
View source code for The Labour Party Democracy Review
Download source code for The Labour Party Democracy Review
Why has Labour HQ blocked Democracy Review page from search engines?
Excl: LOTO – ‘we did not sanction hiding Democracy Review page from search engines’
Google: Block search indexing with ‘noindex’

Updated 16th December 2017 to better illustrate source code.

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Corbyn-award saga shows how new left media change narrative – and scare Establishment

The SKWAWKBOX

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jc peppaLast Friday, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received an award – jointly with world-famous author and activist Noam Chomsky – from the International Peace Bureau (IPB) for his “sustained and powerful political work for disarmament and peace”.

It was ignored completely by the mainstream media (MSM) – even days later.

However, the SKWAWKBOX’s article on it went viral.

The Establishment was forced to react. Right-wing bots, trolls and sockpuppets came out in force to defend the MSM – by attacking the article, the messenger, even the importance of the award and of the international organisation that made it – but made their agenda all too obvious.

Channel 4’s FactCheck decided it was fair for the MSM to ignore the award because they usually ignore it – which itself ignored the pertinent question: would they have ignored it if Theresa May had (impossibly) won it?

The answer is, of course, straightforward:…

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Emergency appeal: malicious attack on pro-JC campaigner

via Emergency appeal: malicious attack on pro-JC campaigner

@Rachael_Swindon

Pro-Corbyn blogger @Rachael_Swindon is one of the most tireless campaigners for Labour, Corbyn and a fairer society that you’ll ever find.

As well as blogging and creating some of the strongest memes to support Labour’s message, she is a full-time mother of two kids who also cares full-time for her disabled husband, who recently took a turn for the worse. As a result, she and her family are in the support group of ESA and PIP, which allowed them – just about – to scrape by, except when the DWP screwed up.

Until now.

Because of her effectiveness, Rachael has angered right-wingers both inside and outside the Labour party. Because she has a ‘donate’ button on her blog, in case the occasional donation comes in to help eke out meagre benefits, someone made a malicious report to the DWP, triggering an investigation.

Let’s be clear, Rachael has done nothing wrong – being on benefits doesn’t mean someone can’t give you a gift. It’s not earned income. But the DWP has suspended all benefits to Rachael and her family while they investigate – pushing her into desperate straits that have now become very desperate indeed..

This is part of a clearly coordinated series of attacks on some of the most effective pro-Corbyn bloggers and campaigners. The SKWAWKBOX has been targeted, as have others.

The ‘person’ responsible for this is slime. But there are far more good -hearted people out there.

If you are able to help Rachael, however small the amount, please go as soon as you can to her blog and use the donate button. Thank you for your help for great campaigner in an emergency, who’s paying a high price for doing the right thing – and for your support for the cause of making this a better country to live in.

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Adam Curtis: Additional Content


I recently had the pleasure of introducing a new friend to the edifying and entertaining oeuvre of Adam Curtis. For her, and others: a list of links that contain audio interviews with Curtis that haven’t appeared here in previous posts.

Adam Curtis: Adam Buxton Podcast Ep.44
In the wake of Brexit and Donald Trump’s election the conversation often focused on a favourite theme of Mr Curtis: where the pursuit of individualism is leading us.
http://adam-buxton.co.uk/ad/2017/05/18/podcast-ep-44-adam-curtis/

Adam Curtis: The TV elite has lost the plot
The stupidity of crowds
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/20/adam_curtis_interview/

Adam Curtis: an audio special
On Facebook, The Big Lump Theory … and Popbitch Radio
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/23/beeb_week_adam_curtis_2/

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In searching further for Adam Curtis, indeed for every internet query, use a search engine that doesn’t track and store. domestic|empire recommends startpage.

EG. https://www.startpage.com/do/search?q=adam+curtis


StartPage Protects Your Privacy!
StartPage, and its sister search engine Ixquick, are the only third-party certified search engines in the world that do not record your IP address or track your searches. (ref. https://www.startpage.com/uk/protect-privacy.html)

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Conservative’s Plans Will Damage Public Services and UK Economy

“Today’s Institute for Fiscal Studies assessment of the Conservatives is clear: their plans would damage our economy and public services. They also confirm that the Tories have not specified any additional funding for the NHS, meaning a continued crisis in our health service if they are re-elected next month. The Tories plans on schools will mean continuing to sell away our future, with continued real terms cuts to per pupil spending.

The only numbers we saw in the Tory manifesto were the page numbers. But what has become clear today is the choice at this election – continued austerity and falling living standards under the Tories, or higher wages and increased investment in our public services and infrastructure under Labour.”

“What has become clear today is the choice at this election – continued austerity and falling living standards under the Tories, or higher wages and increased investment in our public services and infrastructure under Labour.”

via Jeremy Corbyn for PM
Institute for Fiscal Studies report.

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