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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Land-Fill My Heart With Martin Clunes

Martin Clunes

Did you know Martin Clunes has his own production company? Called Clagland Productions, it has just released details of a major new television series commissioned by ITV.

Land-Fill My Heart With Martin Clunes is a travel series in which the Clunes tours the UK in celebration of culturally significant Land-fill sites.

Clunes said, “Many people don’t give much thought as to what happens to their rubbish after they bin-it. This series is going to change that.” Apparently Clunes has a long-held love of refuse gathering and its various methods of disposal, with particular interest in the landfill scheme.

“It fills my heart”, continues Clunes unprompted, “To see a once-forgotten love-less brown field site turned into rolling hills built upon discarded kitchen waste. Some people may criticise the scheme but thousands of seagulls can’t be wrong. Seagulls aren’t stupid.”

Land-Fill My Heart With Martin Clunes airs in the new year.

Via Clagland Productions

Links
Landfill (wikipedia)
Martin Clunes (website)

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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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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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