Crown Prosecution Service Colludes in Tory Election Fraud 426

In a ludicrous statement, the Crown Prosecution Service argues that Conservative Party agents and candidates did not dishonestly submit false returns – because the Conservative Party told them it was legal.

That really is what the decision says. I quote:

“However, it is clear agents were told by Conservative Party headquarters that the costs were part of the national campaign and it would not be possible to prove any agent acted knowingly or dishonestly. Therefore we have concluded it is not in the public interest to charge anyone referred to us with this offence.”

So the Conservative Party broke electoral law, that is not in question and they have been fined for it by the Electoral Commission. But no individual may be prosecuted because Conservative Party HQ told them to do it? Their defence was that they are collectively all crooks, and this was accepted by the “independent” Crown Prosecution Service?

On top of which, the Crown Prosecution Service also colludes with the Tory Party by repeating the lie the Tories have assiduously spread that the allegations only related to the “Battlebus”. Of course for generations every Party Leader has campaigned from a “Battlebus”, singular, and the public are familiar with it. The Tory meme then goes everyone does that, why is it illegal?

In fact this was about something much bigger. Not one bus, but scores of buses, bussing activists and campaign directors in to marginal seats where they were also in paid for accommodation. The CPS statement refers to no allegations at all except a “Battlebus”, singular. By repeating this Tory lie in presenting the issue, the Crown Prosecution Service prove beyond any doubt that they are directly in collusion with the Tory Party.

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  • Sharp Ears

    The Cameron business model of choice.

    ‘John Lewis sets aside £36m to cover staff pay blunder
    The partnership says thousands of former and current workers could net cash, insisting they were never knowingly underpaid.
    John Lewis, which includes Waitrose, admitted it now believes that work – over the past six years – breached national minimum wage rules and it was in discussions with HM Revenue and Customs to resolve the issue and ensure future compliance with all minimum pay legislation.

    It admitted it was not currently in a position to give a back pay total, adding its investigation could take some time to complete.’


    • That Bloke

      This is interesting. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a lot of dirt that could come out about how this company that is supposedly “owned by its employees” (yes!) actually treats its employees, about who is making the big profits from what the company does, and about how they make those profits.

  • Sharp Ears

    Meanwhile state and individual indebtedness are at all time highs. Just one fraction of it is car purchase using PCPs.

    ‘Car finance deals soar to new record
    The value of finance deals used to buy new cars has soared to a new monthly record, according to latest figures.

    Motorists spent £3.6bn on car finance deals in March, a rise of 13% on the same month in 2016, the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) said. The vast majority of the purchases were via so-called Personal Contract Purchases (PCPs).

    The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) have raised concerns about such deals. The Bank’s worry is in relation to levels of consumer borrowing.

    However Adrian Dally, head of motor finance at the FLA, said lenders were behaving responsibly. “We do not share their concerns,” he told the BBC. “Lending is responsible. This is a sustainable model going forwards.”‘ LOL

    Including used cars, consumers spent a record £32.5bn on car finance deals in the year to March, the FLA said.’

    PCP Rent a car for four years, after which pay a sum to own it or hand it back in good condition and within a mileage limit.

  • RobG

    Get back under the stairs, folks, because Britain is being cyber-attacked, which by funny coincidence has happened just as Corbyn makes a keynote speech, in which he basically says that if he becomes PM he’ll tell Uncle Sam to go take a running jump.

    If Corbyn does become PM next month it’ll be a ‘Berlin Wall moment’ in history; ie, the collapse of the American Empire.

    The vassals are turning.

  • reel guid


    If the result doesn’t turn out to be your expected Tory landslide will you be serving humble pie for dessert?

  • reel guid

    BBC Scotland have announced that UKIP will be taking part in the Leaders’ Debate after all.

    So UKIP in Scotland who have never had anyone elected as an MP or MSP and in fact have never won a single Scottish council seat are to be allowed to take part.

    No doubt this is the Tory BBC giving Ruth Davidson the chance to appear less extreme when compared next to David Coburn.

  • Dave

    It doesn’t follow that a UKIP collapse in local elections will happen in the General Election, as UKIP’s message is more relevant in national rather than local elections. And big majorities for Conservatives in Conservative seats (to match the polling) doesn’t mean they will win many Labour seats. Ironically just as Cameron’s tactics delivered Brexit, May’s will deliver voting reform and end conservative party majority rule.

    • giyane

      UKIP’s message on immigration is the same as Cnut’s. Canute’s (Cnut’s) name is known nowadays largely because of the story that he was so proud that he thought his command could hold back the tide.

      • glenn_uk

        Actually, Giyane, King Canute was doing the very opposite. He was proving to his people that he was unable to command the sea.

        His people thought he could do anything, like some sort of god. He insisted he was just a man, like them. To prove it, he showed that the sea would not obey him, no matter how vigorously he ordered it to stay.

        In fairness, most people have the incorrect version of this tale.

        • KingofWelshNoir

          Yes, poor old Cnut. Twice damned. Firstly for being misremembered by history for committing an act of arrogant stupidity when he was doing the opposite. And for having a name that later in the era of predictive text and auto-correction would often be rendered as an obscenity.

  • mike

    Oh look, the massive cyber attack that threatens the world has displaced Jeremy Corbyn and Labour’s manifesto from the top slot.

    Who’da thunk it.

    It’s terrifying. I can’t think straight. This is ENORMOUSLY THREATENING AND CONCERNING. It might also be a reason to bomb Russia, or Syria, or somewhere.

    Think I’ll vote Tory because only a paranoid, insecure control freak can keep us safe.

    All that nice stuff JC was saying; stuff that kinda makes you think about change; stuff that isn’t based on greed and austerity…


    Of nightmares.

  • RobG

    And remember that every one of these criminal feckers who tries to remove the right of free speech from the likes of me, is also taking away your own right of free speech.

    Robert Smith was just understanding this when he came off the booze more than two decades ago…

    I’m still waiting for anyone to point me towards any good new music in the fascist lunatic asylum we now inhabit.

  • defo

    Soundbites seem to be the order of our day.
    So, as I’m afraid to join any social meeja type thing, and only if it tickles your fancy, could someone who understands these things do a #therealbnp (ideally with a link to Craigs BNP 2005 manifesto post). And make it go viral whilst you’re at it.
    Ta. In hope.

    • defo

      Reason being, the couple or three of ‘normals’ (i.e. those who receive their outlook on the state of play via the usual msm suspects) I have mentioned this to (none a tory btw, I prefer to associate with the mammalian, rather than reptilian) have been knocked askew when shown I wasn’t just taking the piss, as per.
      This IS the type of thing that could, at least, give some of the comfortably numb pause for thought.
      BTW No hope with some reptiles, not even worth trying.

  • Tony_0pmoc

    We all know we are going to die. We don’t have a problem with that. But we do not want to die leaving these absolutely evil people in control. It simply would not be fair on our children and granchildren…

    Anyone got any ideas?


    • defo

      Suicide attacks ?
      Attempting to grab the microphone is probably verboten, and to be dealt with, with extreme prejudice. And if it’s like that for pool journo’s…
      Or am i getting in front of things ? 🙂
      n.b. 95% ‘humour’, 5% sarcasm.

    • Lucius Driftwood

      Tony- Once you’re dead, you won’t care any more.
      Does that relieve you, or bother you?

  • System Malfunction

    Oh do come on Craig, let’s hit something like the truth:

    The Tories have found their election slogan. The words ‘strong and stable leadership’ will be stuck on repeat for the next month, but so far there has been something off in the Tories’ delivery of their core message. Theresa May seemingly can’t end a sentence without some form of the words ‘strong and stable leadership’. The compulsion to keep repeating the mantra betrays an obsession with the words that go beyond the usual parroting of meaningless sound-bites. The Tories addiction to the slogan feels like an unconscious over-compensating. They have to say the words constantly because they know that actually these times are not stable, and they simply can not offer anything, let alone strong leadership. —- There was a time when the British political elite were looked upon as a wise and capable governing class. They have always been arrogant and uncaring of course, but they seemed to be able to govern in a way which guaranteed remarkable stability and predictability.

    Tradition ruled. Parties alternated in power with barely a day’s disruption. Instability was something that happened in other, foreign, places. Contrast this with the recent past, where we have seen two referendums on vital strategic state interests, and are now heading into a second general election in as many years. Instability in the British state seems to be stemming not so much from the actions of the population below but from the growing incompetence of the elite itself. One aspect of our times is that the political elite of the British state are losing their touch. A once poised and self-assured group has become a series of bumbling caricatures with little sense of direction.

    It all started almost a decade ago with the crisis of 2007-8. When the financial industry crashed the economy it spelled the end of, an admittedly tired, government that had held power comfortably for ten years. What replaced it was something virtually unknown for the British state, coalition government. Different factions of parliament had to collaborate to govern and their first act was to bring down the axe of austerity. Making the poor pay for the crisis of the financial system naturally drew a response, there was the student movement, strikes, riots and protests. Even though such events are not uncommon in Britain, they broke the belief ,held widely both inside and outside the country, that street politics simply doesn’t happen here.

    Toward the end of its reign the coalition government almost scored what would have been one of political history’s most spectacular own goals. Massively misjudging a growing anti-elite sentiment PM Cameron very nearly oversaw the dismemberment of the British state with the Scottish referendum of 2014. Only some last minute scrambling and cajoling saved that situation. The following year a decaying Labour party helped the Tories to a surprise outright majority in the 2015 general election. Commentators were caught off guard by the swift return to single party government and normal service looked to have been resumed. However, an even more over confident and arrogant Cameron finally managed that spectacular own goal he’d narrowly missed in Scotland. There are a lot of things to say about Brexit, who wanted it and who will gain by it, but a large chunk of the domestic political and economic elite ,and virtually all the international elites were against it. Clearly it wasn’t actually supposed to happen. The British state wasn’t meant to veer away from ever more integrated capitalist markets, and yet an internal party power play got out of hand and ended up fundamentally altering the state’s strategic direction. Almost on a whim the British elite have disregarded a key part of the state’s foreign policy that has been adhered to for centuries, don’t allow the states of Europe to unite in opposition to it.

    In the year since the referendum, the political elite have looked very confused. Lacking any coherent direction their behaviour is becoming more erratic. The surprise call for another general election is just one more instinctive reaction to a situation they’ve stumbled into. It used to be said, wrongly, that the British Empire was acquired in a fit of absence of mind, now it seems such an absence of mind is the political elite’s approach to governing.

    There was a method and a plan behind the actions of the political elite over the last years but such is their loss of political skill that it seems only to have led them to a dead end. Following 2007-8 it was clear to everyone who was responsible for the crisis. That’s why when the coalition tried to use austerity to get the state out of the crisis capitalism had brought it to there was a response. Yet austerity and anti-austerity long ago stopped being the main political issue. As elsewhere the political elite protected their friends, and sometime co-workers, in the City by switching the blame for the crisis to the poor and immigrants. They were helped along in this process by the consequences of other errors they had made. Were it not for the disastrous western interventions in places such as Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan by successive British governments there would not have been the need for so many people to become refugees in recent years. Here the mistakes feed into one another with military campaigns creating refugees who then become hate figures of the right.

    Presumably they thought they could stoke xenophobia and racism while keeping it under control. But the vote for Brexit showed that they have lost control of this beast. There are good grounds for wishing to leave the European Union, just look at what it has done to Greece, but the anti-immigration vote was decisive in 2016. Individual business interests and nostalgic nationalists have their own reasons for leaving the EU, but the majority of British capitalists want migrant labour to exploit and the City certainly needs access to the European market. By building up anti-immigrant sentiment to mask the financial crisis the British elite shot itself in the foot.

    So we get to the current moment. A Prime Minister who might or might not support Brexit (I’d be surprised if even Theresa May herself knows what she believes) is promising to deliver a hard Brexit to satisfy anti-immigrant feeling, knowing this is damaging to the interests of the state. The political elite have trapped themselves by their own manoeuvres. The return to the stability the elite used to enjoy still seems some way off despite the likelihood of an enhanced Tory majority at the next election. This majority could help the Prime Minister deal with the compromises ahead but does not guarantee they can ride out the storm. An anti-immigrant hard Brexit could damage the economy and undermine the British state in Scotland and Northern Ireland. A compromise with the EU over freedom of movement will expose the Tories to the very hatred they have been fanning.

    The incompetence of the elite is dangerous, perhaps even more dangerous than the times they are competent. Political elites around the world are finding it difficult to get out of the various crises that keep coming up. As always the manoeuvres of the elite are a threat to those they rule. It may well be true that the Tories have done more damage to the British state than any revolutionary movements have managed in recent times but this is of no comfort to the people endangered by austerity and racism. For the political elite their games have no real consequences, even the most disastrous of Prime Minsters will still live out a luxurious life, and will be roundly cheered by their colleagues. For everyone else the consequences can be very real.

    The only sliver lining to the dark clouds dominating the present moment is the fact that for increasing numbers of people the status quo is no longer tenable. More and more people are looking for a way out and there is a general feeling that something has to be done or has to happen. So far, no one, least of all the political elites, knows what to do and various different options are being tried. In Greece there has been an attempt to find a left wing way out of the crisis. This has failed. It did so not only because Syriza had no plan to overcome the first obstacle, the Troika, but because they were also devoid of any actual ideas or strategy. Much of the left’s response to the crises which gathered pace after 2007-8 has been limited to a reaction against austerity, and a hope for a return to the pre-crisis situation. Beyond going back to the pre-2007 world the left seems to have little new to offer, hence the reason Labour had to look so deep into its ranks and past to find a leader. This lack of new ideas is why Syriza has done absolutely nothing but implement the terms of its bailout despite holding state power for more than two years.

    Greek police increasing security at the offices of Syriza, after people quickly loose faith in the party

    In Britain and the USA we see an attempt at a right-wing exit from the crisis. The right too only seeks to go backwards, this time further back to the era of the independent nation state. Anyone who has so much as glanced at history knows what happened last time strong independent nation states were the foundation of the international order. We already see some hints of this returning world. Trump is very enthusiastic to throw around the full arsenal of the US military even if he sometimes appears to forget which country exactly he is bombing. So far on the international stage Brexit Britain has only been something of an embarrassment to itself, with Tory grandees and the right-wing press trying to stir up a fight with Spain over Gibraltar.

    Crises are increasingly common in various forms throughout the western states these days. Here in Britain the elite are losing their ability to manage the situation. They can only solve one crisis by creating another. This is likely one more thing that will not change whatever the outcome of the election on June 8th. There will be no strong and stable leadership. The system is malfunctioning and so far attempts to reboot it only lead to further crashes. How to find a way out and escape from under a floundering elite are more critical questions than any an election could pose.

    • Kerch'ee Kerch'ee Coup

      Seen from the Orient, the situation seems much brighter,. Whereas in Britain, there is no open debate but only sound-bites and accusations of ‘racialism’ ,etc.,in Korea we have just had a well-run election with substantive debates.The French and upcomong German elections seem well scripted farces while in the US control passed fronm the Chicago mob to the NewJersey mob..
      China is holding one of the 21st centuries major conferences , which May does not deign to attend, proving her illusory claim to be seeking BREXIT options(at least the Greek PM is taking part).Providing China can susatain the banking/credit system, the outlook remains fair. (What did David Rockerfeller say about China’s turn and a perfectly controlled society?)

    • Herbie

      Yes. Those are the issues.Thanks for that.

      The Globalisation project itself is the cause of this mess.

      It failed. No one but a small elite wanted it.

      Most Western leaders, before recent changes, knew nothing else but the Globalisation project. As it faltered they were left scriptless speechless, not knowing anything else to do. They’re not leaders, they’re simply bureaucrats.

      Out of their depth.

      It’s time for Action Man.

      The Bosses step in and take charge.

      They know this is a time for hands-on management of the business.

      (There’s a scene like this in the film, Margin Call, where the boss character, Jeremy Irons, arrives in New York to take direct control of a trading business as the financial crisis is spotted in risk analysis. Being Jeremy Irons he philosophises a bit about his role.)

      A bit crude, but they inject a dynamism into what had become a seized-up world.

      They’re removing the blockages now.

      Hillary Clinton referred to this problem, but blamed the Russians and Chinese:

      Others would argue that it was the Globalisation project itself which was at fault. The authoritarian insistence upon it.

      It was ill-conceived and could never reasonably be expected to be implemented without massive resistance from peoples and states within and without the Western world.

      The losers from the fallout will be those countries whose only investment was the Globalisation project, particularly those who were used to its ends and against their own national interest.

    • defo

      Usually tune out of longish comments after a couple of paragraphs…
      Measured, rational summary of the State we are in.

    • reel guid

      You say about the 2014 indyref that “last minute scrambling and cajoling saved that situation”.

      I wouldn’t call Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s home rule Vow scrambling. It was outright deception and fraud.

      I wouldn’t call it cajoling when the Labour Party phoned OAPs and told them their pensions wouldn’t get paid on independence. It was outright deception and fraud.

    • Resident Dissident

      A certain German gentleman started to forecast the inevitable collapse of market economies back in 1847, and the revolutions of 1917 and 1945 which were meant to mark that collapse were subsequently reversed. Perhaps scientific method suggests that some revision of those theories is now necessary given how market based economies have somehow managed to limp on for 170 years. Or are we talking about faith and religion here for which no scientific evidence is necessary?

  • defo

    Aunties Crimes. Pt 5481/E
    O/T, and of no global concern.
    Just the privatising effect on education, and textbook omission technique.
    i.e. Look, we reported it. Just not all.

    This place sounds more ‘midnight express’ than mainstream, and taking no more than the briefest moments googling, it turns out to be not quite the outlier In ‘sponsor’ E-ACT’s stable.

    Not a peep on who’s idea the Academy lark was(it’s just a breast pump, for use on the public teat), and who then ran amok with the money leeching wheeze.
    No care to mention the ex-director, Ian Comfort, who said, “A headteacher that joins a multi academy trust really has given up a lot of direct control over their own school,” he told TES.
    The one’s who won’t get with the programme needn’t apply.
    Looks like they devolve it to the ‘livelier’ kids, Similar to how pokey actually functions. Arthur Ransome comes to mind.

    “In June 2015 Ian Comfort was reported as earning £220,000 per annum, which was the second highest pay of CEOs in England leading Multi-Academy Trusts In 2013 concerns were expressed nationally about the fact that he had received £329,000 in addition to his salary for “project management services” This contributed to criticism of the Department for Education for allowing “related party payments” within Academy Trusts.”

    What does it take for a maths teacher to walk from that kind of dosh ?

  • J

    No health care unless you pay a ransom to the hijackers. Better known as privatisation.

    • Pyewacket

      Spotted this on the Newsstand at the Petrol Station › life-style › … › dementia-care-cost…

      Basically saying you’re going to need a lot of money to obtain care for a relative suffering from Dementia. Since the proposed cap on care costs of £72K was quietly dropped from the Care Act, the Title Deeds of many properties will need to be signed over the Local Authorities. If you haven’t got a property or money, I suppose it’s God help yer !

      • John Spencer-Davis

        Quite correct, Pyewacket.

        If you have a spouse or partner or dependent relative living in your home, and you need to go into residential care, the local authority is not permitted to take it into account when means testing whether or not you receive state assistance with care home fees. The local authority is also permitted discretion (and I have known it to be humanely exercised) when a non-dependent is living in the home, such as someone who has cared for you and has no other accommodation.

        In all other circumstances, such as living alone, if you own your own property, the local authority will require it to be sold (unless you can finance the entire care package privately) in order to fund as much as possible of your care fees from your own resources. It can also offer a loan if it is not practicable to sell the home straight away, to be repaid from sale.

        If you have neither property nor money, then you have very little choice about where the local authority places you for residential care. To be truthful I have heard mixed stories about this. Sometimes the council residential care on offer is said to be very good and other times awful.

        I would strongly advise two things. Firstly, set up a lasting power of attorney for your finances and also for your health, so that if you lose the capacity to make decisions, it passes to someone who loves you and cares about your welfare. That will at least require the local authority to act in consultation with someone else who can advocate for your well being. Secondly, if you have a spouse or partner, set up a property protection trust will, so that at least half your property is preserved for the benefit of your children if one of you dies and the other requires long term care. Happy to advise on powers of attorney if anyone is interested.

        • Robert Crawford

          John, care for the elderly is FREE in Scotland under the SNP Government.

          How about that for fairness?

          • John Spencer-Davis

            One has to remember that Scotland has roughly 10% of the population of England. But yes, I agree, that is amazing and I doubt many English people know it.

          • glenn_uk

            JSD: It’s also possible that not many English people know prescriptions are free in Wales, as is hospital parking.

            Yet when it was announced in Labour’s manifesto that the same might be introduced for England, there was the usual contemptuous dismissal from the Tories and the Establishment in general. Of course this was impossible, it would cost way too much, how would it be paid for? And so forth.

          • Robert Crawford

            John, then England should be able to do 9 tomes better than our 10% of population.

          • Michael McNulty

            Free care for the elderly? We had that once, run by local councils and paid for out of local rates. That’d be the dreadful ’70s the Tories complain Labour will take us back to. It’s all a bit rich for the party taking us back to Victorian times. They won’t take us back any further than the Middle Ages, though. We couldn’t get any poorer so what’s the point?

          • diabloandco

            Free ‘PERSONAL CARE’ which is quite different for FREE care , one still has to sell Granny’s heilin’ hame to have her ensconced in an old people’s home – at a very high price .

  • Sharp Ears

    It’s totally THERESA MAY now. The partei hardly features on the sides of the bus, the placards, the slogans. Someone has said it’s like the last days of the Ceaușescus

    This will amuse.

    She sneaks in and out of fire doors, never the main entrance. Scared stiff of any protest.

    The THERESA MAY bus was previously used by the Remain campaign.

  • Resident Dissident

    “Because the party was small, there was often an element of arbitrariness to its influence and its local character. It was strong in Sheffield but less so in Liverpool. The party in Hertfordshire was more leftist than the rest in the 1930s, while that in Surrey was staunchly pro-Soviet in the 1960s.”

    Ah the days when Surrey was the bedrock of the revolution. Coming back to us soon id System Malfunction’s analysis is finally proved correct after 170 years of praying and hoping?

  • John Spencer-Davis

    So. Theresa May. Tell us all again, please, about the strong and stable government versus the coalition of chaos.

    The Guardian, 26th May 2015

    “The Government Digital Service will not extend its £5.5m deal with Microsoft to extend support for Windows XP, leaving government computers that still run on the obsolete operating system at risk from hackers.

    “The service said ending the support meant “weaknesses that are found in unsupported products will remain unpatched and will be exploitable by relatively low-skilled attackers”.

    “Thousands of XP computers now vulnerable

    “While the government’s move away from Windows XP, which each department has had seven years’ warning to complete, was described as having had “good process”, some departments have struggled with the transition.

    “The Metropolitan Police Service, for instance, sought a support agreement directly from Microsoft, while HM Revenue and Customs is reportedly behind schedule in its transition to Windows 7 and 8.1.

    “NHS Scotland also has about 2,600 computers still running XP, while the trusts across England and Wales making up NHS services have varying numbers of XP computers.”

    The Guardian, 13th May 2017

    “The unprecedented attacks , using software called “WanaCrypt0r 2.0 or WannaCry”, exploit a vulnerability in Windows. Microsoft released a patch – a software update that fixes the problem – for the flaw in March, but computers that had not installed the security update were vulnerable.

    “In December it was reported nearly all NHS trusts were using an obsolete version of Windows for which Microsoft had stopped providing security updates in April 2014. Data acquired by software firm Citrix under freedom of information laws suggested 90% of trusts were using Windows XP, then a 15-year-old system.”

    With thanks to Eoin.…/uk-government-pcs-open-to-hac……/hospitals-across-england-hit-…

  • Peter Beswick

    If I was going to plan a first strike against Russia and China I would look to wipe their defence computer systems first.

    But before that I would create the code that would do the trick and then leak it online.

    Then I would start the attack

    I would allow a few attacks on my own turf to try and deflect suspicion, and explain away why I was so lightly affected by saying we were hit by a second wave and because we had had warnings of the attack in other parts of the world we were able to prepare.

    Conspiracy theory? The US created the code, the US created al Qaida, the US created ISIS; all in preparation for destroying countries it didn’t like.

    • defo

      And if their weapon systems, C&C etc weren’t designed to run on the US made XP ?

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