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February 27, 2020 at 12:49 #50440Kim Sanders-Fisher
The Rigged “Landslide” Tory Victory in the 2019 Election: “If you are going to tell a lie, you better make it a really big lie…” Just yesterday evening BBC 2 aired a Party Political Broadcast on Behalf of the Conservative Party… Yes, that’s right the same Tory Party that supposedly just won an eighty seat majority in parliament in that miraculous “landslide” victory! In the run up to an election the BBC has an obligation to provide equal air time to all political parties, but it is unprecedented for this to continue over two months after the votes have been cast! Why squander precious advertising funds on political broadcasting in prime time right after winning an election with such a huge majority?
The Tories cannot quite believe their success in pulling off this massive con trick, so they obviously feel that right now they can’t take any chances and it is still necessary to pump out relentless propaganda to support their stolen victory. The ad featured an ordinary looking chap who was supposedly one of those thousands of lifelong Labour supporters who switched allegiance to vote for Boris Johnson. He was not a random voter stopped on the street, no, he was perched on a high stool alone in a studio under the spotlights telling his woeful tale of feeling betrayed, ready to feign surprise when Boris entered from stage left to reassure him about his “borrowed vote.”
That “Borrowed Vote” line is getting trotted out on a regular basis right now in an effort to justify the inexplicable phenomenon of so many staunch former Labour supporters in the north of England who allegedly “lent” their vote to the party responsible for a decade of unforgivable neglect while consciously inflicted suffering and torment by implementing their needless austerity policies. These charlatans should try filming their next pro-Tory Party political broadcast at a food bank or where people are standing in line waiting for the jobcentre to open so they can endure another painfully humiliating grilling to obtain a pitance to survive on Universal Credit. These long suffering citizens didn’t willingly lend their vote to the Tories: it was stolen from them in a rigged Election!
The Tories will keep feeding us that lie while it remains as unconvincing as the lie on the side of their Brexit campaign bus; as unconvincing as the lie about delivering “The Will of the People;” as unconvincing as “40 new Hospitals;” now, just as unconvincing as ever, Boris desperately elaborates on the tall tale of the remarkable “borrowed votes.” All of these lies will corrode and come apart in time as the sordid truth is fully exposed to the public. “The Will of the Sheeple” as this Tory Government sells off our NHS to the powerful US Healthcare Corporations who might actually build those impressive new Hospitals exclusively for the wealthy elite.
This disaster can only by accomplished if you are willing to accept the highly improbable scenario where the most vulnerable, impoverished and severely exploited citizens, living in the most consistently deprived areas of this country, chose to risk watching their own children starve by voting for their sadistic tormentors to “Get Brexit Done” on behalf of the supper wealthy backers that continue to fund Boris Johnson. I do not believe for one instant that the entire country was gripped by an overwhelming case of collective Stockholm Syndrome and nor should you as it is just not credible.
Ask yourself why the Tories are so insecure about their win that despite a “Landslide” victory they are still desperately pitching to reinforce the legitimacy of the election result in party political public service broadcasts? They know that huge swaths of the population are deeply disturbed by the result and the devastating implications posed by another decade of deprivation and chronic exploitation under the Tories. The Tories will blame vindictive sabotage from the EU, the Corona Virus, those warned of “bumps in the road” any excuse to abandon the latest lies about “levelling up.” The PM knows that ditching austerity to invest in equality for deprived areas is completely incompatible with core Tory values.
The purpose of this forum, The Daily GasLamp and others is to fully expose the lies by unravelling the complex web of corruption that allowed Boris Johnson to steal the 2019 Election. We urgently need a far more coordinated response, with those who have an abundance of regular Social Media contacts posting information, evidence and crucial links to all of their online friends and followers via Facebook, Twitter and other Websites. People are already starting to ask questions and sign Petitions calling for Investigations into the Election result; my earlier Post #50261 lists a grand total of Nine Petitions including my own Petition to “Rescue our Watchdog:” 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.
Please do not procrastinate over this important issue, Boris Johnson wants you to give up and accept his lies or he would not be still continuing to ply the same tired pitch day after day on TV and in the press. Despite the recent Tory attacks aimed at the BBC they have compliantly stayed on message with their reporters and interviewers focusing on reinforcing the broken legitimacy of this stolen vote. Labour Party MPs have been forced into repeated public humiliation attempting to scrutinize the unfathomable defeat in support of this warped Tory agenda. We need people to contact their MP and state categorically that they firmly believe that this vote might have been rigged and their representatives should disown the Fake News of a historic Labour defeat. At the very least this defeat has been grossly over exaggerated to comply with Tory spin.
No matter what your personal belief is regarding the shock result of the 2019 Election, there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that our Electoral System is wide open to serious fraud on an industrial scale. The UK Electoral Commission is toothless: “A Watchdog that cannot Watch is just a Dog!” Can we really afford to continue to ignoring the critical flaws in our Electoral System just because they are too unimportant for the ruling Tory Party to vote for increasing the powers of this vital public watchdog? Only immense public pressure can force the investigation that the Tories fear could delegitimize their victory and oust them from power. Work with us to make this a reality!
Endless foreign engagements in support of the US, atrocities like selling arms to foreign despots and the persecution of an innocent Journalist and Political Prisoner Julian Assange who now faces extradition, torture and death in the US: this will not end unless we remove this toxic Tory Government from power. If you have not yet done so, Please sign the Petition to Free Julian Assange.February 28, 2020 at 19:41 #50475Kim Sanders-Fisher
In a new document setting out the government’s stance for Brexit negotiations our worst fears over the strong potential “No Deal” scenario for crashing out of the EU will be realized. The PM made it clear that he is ready to walk away, jettisoning EU trade negotiations in June to focus on last ditch preparations for the “Titanic” successful culmination of Boris Johnson’s deceitful betrayal of the British public. Lying and scheming to engineer a crash-out right from the start, with no intention of securing a deal, Boris will justify this capitulation by deploying more of his trademark callous spin; he will blame the EU for not grovelling to offer exclusive privileges to our fading, shrinking, once great nation by his deadline for “sufficient progress.”
In his statement to the Commons Michael Gove said: “We want the best possible trading relationship with the EU, but in pursuit of a deal we will not trade away our sovereignty.” In reality who have the British public lost that precious sovereignty to now? In the EU Referendum we were far too trusting and easily tricked into voting for Brexit, but by accepting the 2019 rigged Election result as totally legitimate we will be forced to abandon all of the protections of EU Law for the Wild West of Dominic Cummings dictated Kleptocracy delivered by his puppet, our current narcissistic PM Boris Johnson.
Dominic churns out the catchy sound bites and Boris dutifully spouts them amid a barrage of meaningless contradicting waffle and the odd Latin phrase just to remind the plebs of his superior education. The deception of words used to fool the public and distract from a far more insidious agenda is sickening. The US perfected this sham by deviously renaming their deadly MX warheads: “Peacekeepers!” With Boris “Borrowed Votes” replace the dire reality of Stolen Votes, just as Johnson’s idea of “Levelling Up” will represent the diametric opposite: “Trampling Down” as the most vulnerable and deprived feel the crush of a “Boris Boot” stomping on their neck! We must block out the propaganda and spin of Boris Bull Shit or is it time to let him own BS as: “Boris Shit!”
We need to redraft the narrative to expose the “Boris Shit” for what it is, really serious shit; not “Get Brexit Done” but the harsh reality of “GET BREXIT DUNG!” Johnson has already demonstrated to the EU that he cannot be trusted in negotiations as he has already reneged on assurances he put in writing in the agreement he signed before the election. I am sure the EU have legitimate concerns over a Tory race to the bottom as we ditch the rights and standards of protective “Red Tape” to become an unfair competitor on the edge of Europe. But, while Boris Johnson has sped up the timetable for driving home his wretched sales pitch for his no deal Titanic disaster, we will still have the EU legal protection of the transition period for a few more months until December.
What would happen if growing concern throughout the entire country calling for an investigation started to damage the legitimacy of the Tory Government? What if this receptive environment was enough to provide the courage for a Whistleblower to come forward with crucial evidence? What if there was no way for Boris Johnson to stop a full investigation from exposing the truth? If widespread corruption was responsible for providing that “landslide” Tory victory, the Election result would be invalidated and that victory would rightfully be overturned. This might very well jeopardise the legitimacy of previous votes including the vote for Brexit that has already been very significantly discredited.
How would the EU react to the overthrow of this Tory Government, a Government so hostile to the EU and so determined to create a situation that would severely disadvantage their future trading? It is important to also realize that the EU has a responsibility towards not only the British citizens living here, with a large proportion still opposed to Brexit, but EU citizens living in the UK and our expats living on the continent. I doubt the EU would vote to support and continue dealing with a corrupt Government who took power through fraudulent practices; there would be no legitimacy to their rule and no obligation to uphold any of their decisions.
If the vote right after the New Year, taken by a distorted majority of Tories who possibly had no right to vote, and the subsequent Brexit deadline reached in January are both open to dispute then I believe that, in fairness to the affected citizens whose rights were violated, the Brexit process would be put on hold? The UK would need an interim government in place pending yet another General Election under stricter monitoring conditions that could be fully trusted by all concerned. After the deception is exposed the rerun might produce a very different result and the EU might also agree to abide by the decision of a second referendum.
A critical report into foreign interference in UK Elections should have been released before the election, but it remains under wraps; what are the Tories so worried about? Their insecurity is demonstrated in their gush to reinforce the incredulous win with a new Tory Party Political Broadcast right after allegedly winning the election. Who authorized that and why? Are the Tories desperately trying to build support from those who failed to realize that their votes were stolen? Are the Tories trying to build enough resistance to weather the onslaught of public criticism ahead when the Boris Shit ceases to convince the masses?
The massive data dump of Brittany Kaiser has revealed that Cambridge Analytica were able to use their PsyOps techniques to corrupt Elections all over the world. Just one of the places mentioned was Brazil, where Bolsonaro was swept into power, but look what his corrupt regime has done to decimate the rain forest! Think about the extreme harm Trump could inflict on the American people, the environment and innocent civilians in the countries the US chooses to target. Do you want this corruption to spread?
Could the UK set an impressive global example of principled practice by recognizing the rights of ordinary citizens, protecting the democratic process, respecting the law to restore justice and equality? Yes, the “Mother of all Parliaments” can and should set an example for other countries to emulate. Time to “Draw a Line in the Sand” under the White Cliffs of Dover where our courageous airmen fought the Battle of Britain; we must fight another Battle for Britain to restore justice, humanity and democracy before this brief opportunity is lost to decades of suffering, exploitation and persecution under a corrupt Tory Government. Please read, sign, share and Link to this Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.February 29, 2020 at 15:36 #50483Kim Sanders-Fisher
IS THIS “JUDICIAL CAKEISM?” Quoting Craig Murray’s post on Day 4 of the Julian Assange Extradition Hearing:
“Fitzgerald replied that the entire extradition request is on the basis of the treaty. It is an abuse of process for the authorities to rely on the treaty for the application but then to claim that its provisions do not apply.” This pertained to the protection of Political Prisoners from Extradition under the treaty and the ludicrous claim that this did not apply under UK Law.
Fitzgerald had stated: “On the face of it, it is a very bizarre argument that a treaty which gives rise to the extradition, on which the extradition is founded, can be disregarded in its provisions. It is on the face of it absurd.”
In my own comment I was forced to conclude that: “This is nothing short of “Judicial Cakeism:” We will take the part that allows us to proceed with an Extradition Hearing in accordance with the treaty we signed, but we want to exclude the bit we don’t like in the absurd pretence that UK Law will supersede the provisions of that same treaty in this particular instance.”
However, we cannot afford to myopically focus on just the Julian Assange Extradition Hearing or even exclusively bemoan the wider ramifications of this injustice with regard to gagging the press and the extraordinary efforts to curtail free speech both here and abroad. The disgraceful way in which this trial is being manipulated is emblematic of an emerging dictatorship. Beyond control over the Judicial process and stifling the media this hearing represents several of the classic regression towards full dictatorship: the inhumane and unjust treatment of Assange, both in jail and in court, is an abomination of the UK respect for Human Rights.
We cannot ignore the big picture: that a progressive Government, representing the majority of British citizens, would have blocked this US extradition, ending the incarceration of the UK’s most controversial political prisoner to offer him refuge and support. As I wrote in a reply to Giyane’s comment to Craig’s Day 4 Post:
“There will be no end to this insanity without the removal of the corrupt Tory Government who rigged the 2019 Election to seize absolute control in order to perpetuate the gross injustices of endless UK/US war crimes inflicted upon the innocent throughout the world. I fear there is little hope of preventing this extradition that will become the gateway to a massive extension of the grotesque abuses of power perpetrated by the US Government. The Tory manifesto pledged to abolish Judicial Review, but also to introduce greater Government control over Judges, possibly making the most influential Judges subject to political appointment.
This freight train of injustice has barely left the station, but the Tory agenda could be derailed if the legitimacy of the 2019 Election result was challenged and investigated. Unfortunately, the US Presidential Elections pose an even greater threat regarding the subjugation and elimination of democracy, especially in places where easily hackable Electronic Voting Machines have been introduced to facilitate ongoing corruption and Electoral Fraud. The last gasp of UK democracy was stifled in 2019; the Tories will embrace the enabling technology of voting machines in a heartbeat. We can set a groundbreaking example here in the UK by becoming the first major Western Democracy to overturn a rigged Election.”
My post in response to the Day 4 Post will likely get lost in the blizzard of replies, but it is testament to the huge support that Craig Murray commands that so many are paying attention to his sterling efforts to speak truth to power by commented and offering financial support just as I felt compelled to contribute the other day. In my comment I included a link to this Forum with a brief explanation of our objectives: “a strategy for challenging the stolen vote.”
I flagged up my earlier Forum Post #50261 that lists the Nine Petitions including the one I created calling for an Investigation: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION. I also posted the Link to the Blog site “The Daily GasLamp” saying that it: “offers a further trove of evidence regarding the ongoing PsyOps manipulation of a growing number of Elections worldwide and the extreme danger this poses.” Anyone who is not convince that fraud occurred during the last Election should consider the growing body of evidence supporting this allegation both on the GasLamp, on the original Elections Aftermath Forum, here and elsewhere. If you are already convinced please don’t procrastinate, take action.
I concluded by saying that: “While the injustice of this trial must be strenuously opposed, we cannot ignore the rigged election process that installed the corrupt Government that is enabling and facilitating this landmark abuse of power. We can and we must fight back. If we do nothing the UK will descend into an authoritarian dictatorship and it will take decades to remove the offending despot from power. Atrocities like the persecution of innocent journalists will become commonplace just as it has in other European countries that pretend to respect democracy. We must demand the investigation required to restore UK democracy before it is too late.”
Endless foreign engagements in support of the US, atrocities like selling arms to foreign despots and the persecution of innocent Journalist and Political Prisoner Julian Assange who now faces extradition, torture and death in the US, will not end unless we remove this toxic Tory Government from power. If you have not done so already please sign the Petition to Free Julian Assange.March 1, 2020 at 12:57 #50489Kim Sanders-Fisher
Universal Healthcare is our Best Defence in a Pandemic – Why we Must Oust the Tories to Save our NHS.
Machiavellian sidekick and chief influencer of the PM, Dominic Cummings, revealed that: “Tory MPs largely do not care about these poorer people. They don’t care about the NHS.” Sure Dom, we knew that. The UK population are not really that stupid; which is why they did not suffer a wholesale conversion to Tory values in the delusional belief that serial liar Boris Johnson would usher in a new Government of prosperity for the poor. The “Borrowed Votes” scam will evaporate when the reality of the next budget hits and the excuses are trotted out; those “bumps in the road” caused by a vindictive, (non compliant), EU and an economic downturn from the Corona Virus.
As decimated as our NHS has become under Tory austerity cuts, it does still provide universal access: not for much longer if the Tories have their way. There is no time when the universality of our healthcare safety net is more important than when we are faced with the threat of a global pandemic. How soon will Britain be forced to adopt key elements of US business practice to comply with American trade deal demands as they pick over the residual carcass of “little England” abandoned by the EU? Those economic and regulatory changes will expose us all to the dangers of ruthless Corporate greed on steroids, starting with the attack on our NHS.
I speak from my own experience in US Hospitals after making the conscious choice to work in “overwhelmed public facilities,” the indigent’s emergency care of last resort for those who cannot afford medical insurance. Jackson Memorial in Miami has the second busiest ED in the US after Cook County and state-of-the-art Ryder Trauma saw so much “penetrating trauma” that it was selected as the best placed to train US combat medics before deployment to overseas conflicts. Here in the UK we are concerned when a four hour waiting time is breached; at Jackson it was not uncommon to see half a dozen crash victims strapped to backboards for well over eight hours! That is the new direction for UK healthcare under the management of US Corporations.
In America people delay or avoid costly Medical care. Aside from the harsh realities faced by those who cannot afford prompt treatment what is the greatest threat posed by the “for profit” Healthcare model? The impoverished indigent, who fall through the safety net, represent a fertile breeding ground in which deadly infections can flourish undetected and untreated, steadily gaining a grip among the lower echelons of society who must prioritize the need to keep working no matter how sick they feel. This is not my personal doom fuelled fantasy projection, it’s the sombre reality as already proven through the example of the spread of multi-drug resistant TB among the homeless population.
While the Tories are working out where they can cut corners by denying care to the undocumented, or making it a lot harder to access care, they are heading in the wrong direction towards a target that will endanger us all. The other components of the US Corporate stranglehold on Healthcare are equally troubling with a mandatory fanatical work ethic that does not allow for sickness or taking time off. To strongly discourage staff from calling in sick American companies, including the top Hospitals, have a punitive policy that leads an employee into the disciplinary process if they call in sick for the third time in the same calendar year.
Such so called “Business Friendly” practices mean that staff rarely access any sick time that might be on offer through their employee benefit package at work; this means bigger profits for US Corporations and businesses. As these Corporations move into the UK market they will bring their toxic business friendly practices with them. Why should we be seriously concerned about such changes? Think about how that will impact the spread of a deadly virus within a population fearful of losing their job, worried about losing Healthcare coverage for their entire family that depends on maintaining their employment just as it does in the US.
When the “Occurrence Policy” was introduced at Johns Hopkins the innocuous title provoked jokes: “Oh, I think I’m about to occur!” But sick nurses treating vulnerable patients with compromised immune systems was no joke as the bugs spread in crowded changing rooms led to multiple staff members all functioning below par at the same time. The highly restrictive environment while scrubbed into surgery for hours at a time does not easily accommodate sick practitioners. This was a disastrous miscalculation in response to the relentless drive to remain competitive by reducing costs for increased profit in a private Healthcare system.
Another increased risk is posed when employees cannot stay home to care for a sick child; the bottom line is that in America sick means very sick or it must be ignored. That will mean sick children in schools and nurseries because a parent cannot afford to take time off. In the UK we are only just waking up to the harsh reality of how the growing legions on zero hours contract workers, who do not qualify for and sick benefit or support, will cope with the need for self isolation. Corporate greed got us into this mess and it is why we so desperately need a progressive government to ban zero hours contracts and the race towards US style business practices. A poetic warning re US style Healthcare:
PANDEMIC AGAINST THE POOR
Beware of those you do not treat,
A burden you chose not to meet,
They suffer alone and die in pain,
All for Corporate financial gain,
Infection’s fertile breeding ground,
This moral judgement wasn’t sound,
Too late to wonder why it spread,
So many sick are now all dead!
We are not only travelling overseas a lot more, but our domestic journeys are getting longer too. American employees will think nothing of driving over an hour to get to and from work. Priced out of accommodation in London many Brits are now required to make lengthy commutes to jobs in the city. The more we travel the easier it is for bugs to spread exponentially across the country and around the world. “Think Green – Think Local” could do a lot more than cut our carbon emissions – it would cut risk. I sincerely doubt Oil & Gas subsidiary, Idox, would have prioritized a “Green New Deal” progressive party when they were “managing” our voting system.
The vested interests in Fossil Fuels, Pharmaceuticals and giant US Healthcare Conglomerates that have bought and paid for Brexit and the far right Tory agenda for delivering our headlong crash out of the EU are too selfish and short-sighted to show concern over the staggering number of impoverished and vulnerable people who will die if the Corona Virus takes hold. Already the dramatic surge in precarious employment, exacerbated by Universal Credit coercion and means testing, has greatly increased the overall risk of spreading this contagion. Lack of Social Care provision puts a strain on our already overburdened NHS while the social cleansing of London and our growing homeless population has dramatically impacted our ability to deal with a pandemic crisis.
All of these dreadful miscalculations were consciously implemented to serve Tory greed. We had the opportunity in December 2019 to rid this country of the Tory scourge, but that hopeful future was stolen in a rigged vote. It is now too late to avoid the worse ramifications of the last decade of Tory neglect and unnecessary suffering caused by ideologically driven austerity. But, allowing the Tories to sell off our NHS to US Healthcare Corporations will not leave us better prepared to meet future pandemic challenges. We must act now to prevent a repetition of the suffering this Tory Government will once again inflict on this country. It is not too late to challenge the Stolen, not “borrowed votes,” that could totally delegitimize Boris Johnson’s grip on power; please read, sign, share and Link to this Petition:
2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 2, 2020 at 14:22 #50519Kim Sanders-Fisher
TWITTER STORM: A Social Media Demand for Accountability; “What’s the Tories Fault?” #ToriesFault
At 7PM yesterday evening Benefits News launched a Social Media campaign calling for the public to hold the Tories to account. A Canary Article quoted Benefits News’s apt description of “the same old Tories” as they detailed the poor start to Johnson’s premiership saying: “…their complete lack of moral decency and callous ideology has been long established. There are several Tories who should have been booted already. The UK deserves better than this corrupt, conniving lot, so we’re going to expose them some more.”
During Boris Johnson’s Election campaign he tried really hard to convince the British public that his Government team was new, different and dynamic, but in reality the only change of direction for his new vision Tories was to take an extreme lurch to the far right and commit to an ultra hard Brexit or a “No Deal” crash out of the EU. The appalling track record of the Tory Party over the last decade is not something that their former Foreign Secretary can conveniently distance himself from as if he did not play a major role in the preceding Tory Government.
Even if we were to give Boris Johnson a clean break with the punitive policies of Cameron and May while ignoring several times when, as Foreign Secretary, he was a cringe worthy national embarrassment due to personal undiplomatic blunders in his disgraceful past, he has not done well as PM. His disinterested, “I’ll show up when I feel like it” attitude prompted Jeremy Corbyn to launch a well deserved scathing attack during PMQs when he dubbed Johnson a “Part Time Prime Minister.” If he couldn’t be persuaded to get his bum of a Caribbean beach to return to the UK as we faced the serious potential threat of war, just what does it take?
Johnson’s aversion to public appearances and interviews as he distances himself from all public scrutiny is getting much harder to plausibly explain no matter how eagerly the BBC try to cover for him. He could have visited the flood zone in high-vis jacket, boots, sans poser mop and bucket; surely the northern “Borrowed Votes” brigade would have welcomed their intrepid leader? Boris didn’t need to be warned, he knew he wasn’t at all welcome. An angry mob of jeering flood victims might have revealed the fact that few in the devastated northern communities had voted Tory; he betrayed them when he stole their votes so it was time to slink away.
There is no shortage of material with which to lambast Boris Johnson and his team of incompetent charlatans. Of the Faults listed in the Canary article as occurring “All in the space of a few months…” Court actions over Universal Credit while a think-tank finds we are still poorer than in 2008; ‘eugenicist’ Andrew Sabisky’s appointment; the “Jamaica 50” deportation flight; the abandoned rights of child refugees after Brexit; the sluggish response to floods and the Corona Virus are but a few.
I would add to the list that includes the dubious decision of a man with no backbone imposing a Boris branded “Spine” up the UK with HS2. Despite my relief over the court ruling against that third runway at Heathrow, many of us are disappointed that Boris will not be volunteering himself to be flattened by a bulldozer! No one was particularly surprised to hear that life expectancy is now in decline. We observe in horror the cruelty of this Government in its persecution of Julian Assange as we await a ruling by the Kangaroo court convened to torment and extradite this Political Prisoner and Journalist as a warning to all conscientious journalists worldwide. The consequences of exposing and criticizing global bully America are grave; sign the Petition: Free Julian Assange.
The sad truth is that it takes a few progressive news outlets to bring the constant Tory failures and injustices to our attention when the BBC and right wing press fail to hold them to account. But this campaign is about us, it’s our shout, so let’s make it a really loud one. This is a chance to grab public attention through Social Media with an opportunity to yell “shame on you” to this failing Tory Government. I’m not much good at Hashtags or Social Media for that matter, but it is good to see #ToryFault trending, I only wish I could spur the same interest in #TORYRIGGED2019 and #TORYWARPED.
All protest action can make a difference this is a call to arms; the first of March has now passed, but we need to maintain laser like focus and momentum to delegitimize the Tory Party as we seek to remove them from office. “USE #ToriesFault … on every tweet, meme , pic, news article, that exposes everything that is the Tories’ fault. The aim is you, in your masses, get this hashtag in the top trending list, you do it fast and furious and keep going.” Don’t forget the Petition to challenge the vote:
2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 3, 2020 at 02:04 #50529Paul Barbara
@ Kim Sanders-Fisher February 26, 2020 at 01:32
I greatly respect your dedication, and will endeavor to make contact with the leaders of ‘Led By Donkeys’, in order to get such a link established. Turns out they live or meet in a venue known to me (I drank in there a few times many years ago, and it is not too far from my home).
‘Led By Donkeys show their faces at last: ‘No one knew it was us’:
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/25/led-by-donkeys-reveal-identities-brexit-billboards-postersMarch 3, 2020 at 02:38 #50530Paul Barbara
Re contacting ‘Led By Donkeys’:
‘Led By Donkeys show their faces at last: ‘No one knew it was us’:
It seems James Sadri (see my comment above at March 3, 2020 at 02:04) also works with ‘open Democracy’. Try contacting him by phone or letter.
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Please let me know how you get on, to save me making more efforts to arrange contact.March 3, 2020 at 04:18 #50531Kim Sanders-Fisher
@ Paul Barbara: Thanks, I will try to get back to Open Democracy again in the morning. I have been in touch with them a couple of times after I commented on an article and noticed the name Adam Ramsay. He was a member of our local Green Party group at one point so I am trying to touch base with him, but despite leaving messages he has not got back to me yet. Now I will have two people to leave messages for there.
It would be good to try and get in touch with the team via the pub too if you live in that neck of the woods. It seems as if these guys might be looking for a new way forward; they are probably sharing our dismay over the election as the Tories plan to force a no-deal Brexit on us.
The BBC and all of the media have been in overdrive trying to reinforce the “Borrowed Votes” BS, no Bull, that’s “Boris Shit” aptly renamed! I was totally gob-smacked when I saw a Tory Party Political broadcast the other day from the party that is still trying to sell that “landslide victory” spin. It tells me they might have lingering concerns that their vote rigging scam could be exposed.
The trouble is that so many people have swallowed the bait, hook, line and sinker that it is hard to convince anyone that the logic does not support such a huge win. I just hope if we can manage to contact “Led by Donkeys” they too will not have been led by the nose. Back when the team started out no one dared speak out against the precious “Will of the People” as it was being sold by the Brexiteers. Led by Donkeys led the big shift back in the other direction and once the word got out people joined the Remain movement in droves. They could lead the charge for us too as we battle “The Will of the Sheeple!”
I have found a couple more dissident blog sites including one that has drafted an appeal to the EU; more on that tomorrow. I am still reluctant to join Facebook and I do not think I could cope with the stress of Twitter, but we need to post links back to this forum and the Nine Petitions that are, like mine, very slowly collecting signatures. It feels like such a lonely uphill battle right now so I really appreciate hearing from another supporter, thanks for posting.March 3, 2020 at 20:24 #50555Paul Barbara
OK, I’ll make some trips to the pub. It’s not in my local area, but it’s not too far away. Years ago a friend of mine used to live very near the pub.
It will take some time, but I’ll give it a try (I live near Tower Bridge; the pub is in Stoke Newington. It will be a hit and miss affair, needing multiple trips, as I obviously don’t know when they will be there. If I knew how to copy the picture in the Guardian, I could use it to ask the bar staff if they were regulars and if there was a time they generally drank there.
Keep up the good fight!March 3, 2020 at 20:37 #50556Paul Barbara
I’ve managed to print off a couple of black and white pics of the four, and added their names.
I may make the first foray to the Birdcage this weekend.March 3, 2020 at 23:14 #50561Kim Sanders-Fisher
@ Paul Barbara, thanks for offering to help. The Led by Donkeys team would probably have gained some notoriety after the pub regulars discovered what there were doing. The bar staff might know them all quite well if they often visit the pub, but obviously they will want to be discreet to protect the guy’s privacy. If when you visit the pub, they are not there, perhaps there is someone who recognizes them and knows them well enough that they can pass them a message to them, just to let them know we are really eager to get in touch.
Giving them the opportunity to call or email back could possibly be arranged over the phone so it might be worth giving the pub a call before you head up there. The bar staff might tell you that they no longer frequent the pub and we would be back to square one. If you get a chance to actually talk to them, the first thing to find out is if they realize how strong the possibility is that the 2019 Election so called “Landslide Tory victory” was rigged.
If they have been taken in by the media, the BBC and the Boris Shit they may not yet believe the vote was stolen. I like to think that they are smart enough to realize what went on and that there is a real need for another big campaign to properly inform the public. My Petition is focused in the dire need to “Rescue our Watchdog” by forcing parliament to empower the UK Electoral Commission to provide credible oversight so that our Electoral System is no longer wide open to fraud on an industrial scale. Very necessaty because “All Votes Must Count.”
By calling the result of the 2019 Election into question we are putting this Tory Government on notice, that unless the monitoring and security of our vote is restored and the Tory private interests are excluded, no government election through such a dubious process will ever have the right to claim political legitimacy in the future. If there is no challenge the Tories can shrug the matter off with the same caviller attitude of: “Hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it…” The evidence is more glaring with each election; it must stop.
Do not expect the Fox to pitch in with long overdue repairs to the Hen House! It is not in their interests so there is no political will to correct the deeply flawed system, but if electronic voting machines are installed and Voter ID is introduced the situation will get a whole lot worse. We will need a massive public campaign that is too embarrassing to ignore in order to drag Boris Johnson kicking and screaming to the accountability table. He has a way of getting around the law, but this time we must show him he is not above the law.
The Johnson/Cummings dictatorial bullying is meeting resistance from ignored Civil Servants and discarded SPADS. As we continue to gather evidence there is a far greater chance of a Whistleblower coming forward. Our challenge must be big enough to discredit this Tory Government’s international and domestic credibility. I think a new campaign from Led by Donkeys would get crowdfunding support: we so need them in board!
March 5, 2020 at 01:52 #50578Kim Sanders-Fisher
I have already stated in previous comments that I am of the opinion that as UK Citizens we must appeal to the EU while we are still in the transition phase under EU rules. I have just discovered another WordPress site with “An Appeal To EU Parliament On Behalf Of British-EU Citizens” that was linked to on yet another site with a rich cache of informative Links. I will write more on this second site in a future post when I have had time to sift through the Links. However, I wanted to post this EU Appeal Link first, described as: “a great article which looks at the corruption surrounding Brexit and a Government that would blindly press on with something so legally flawed.”
On December 22, 2019, It was obvious that I was not the only one focused on something a lot more important than Christmas as author, Debdahvibez, took the time to write this: “An Appeal To EU Parliament On Behalf Of British-EU Citizens.” This important post started out by stating that: “Britain and the EU are presently brokering UK’s exit from the EU and on strength of a Referendum held in 2016, in which UK citizens voted ‘Leave’ by a small majority of just 4%: A minority-lead very likely gained through a variety of criminal activities on side of the Tory-led ‘Leave’ campaign i.e. Financial corruption, blatant lies, invasion of voter privacy, collusion with hostile foreign powers…”
The writer goes over many of the issues that made the Brexit result so dubious in terms of legitimacy including foreign interference, saying: “A nation is only as good as its leaders and when an alleged ‘democracy’ throws up fascists who oppress even their own populous, we understand that those nations are no longer lawfully recognised as democratic and due to the fundamental fact, that democracy is implemented for the specific purpose of prohibiting fascism.”
In a paragraph elaborating on the prevailing sentiment regarding Brexit in the UK since the 2016 vote the author offers credible evidence that public opinion has changed, documenting that: “By August 2019, it became very clear that the majority of UK citizens do not want Brexit and certainly not, a ‘hard-Brexit’. Over 1 million people have twice marched through London and tens of thousands in every town & city across Britain, as an impromptu protest against Johnson’s unlawful proroguing of Parliament and in support of remaining within the EU. We have yet to witness anything remotely close to the equivalent in support of Brexit.”
The author felt it was important to stress Johnson’s criminal conduct thus: “This was in direct ignorance of all the evidence exposing a criminal-coup, evidence which includes, a Supreme Court judgement that found Mr Johnson PM guilty of abusing his powers to unlawfully shut-down Parliament/Democracy for purpose of “getting Brexit done” by October 31st.” Expressing alarm over: “permitting a criminal government to run a GE; weighing up the risks against a global network of criminal interests, as opposed to the benefits & interests EU membership assures and delivers to UK citizens…” I wholeheartedly agreed with the author who also said: “…it was very clear that Johnson PM & Co, were not only capable of breaking the law to run a rigged-election, they had, after aforementioned SC Judgement, publicly stated that it was their full intention to ‘break the law’ again to ‘get Brexit done’.”
“In light of all of the above, UK’s December 12th 2019 GE result is highly suspect and already, evidence is piling enough to validate what amounts to lawful suspicion” There were multiple reasons given to support the case that the “landslide” result was simply not credible given the way Boris Johnson functioned during the campaign; the contrast between the resounding public support for Corbyn compared with visible demonstrations of revulsion towards Boris, all of this obscured by the BBC, tabloid press and dodgy “push poles.” This reinforces the arguments I have made her on this Forum on numerous occasions to support the allegations of a rigged vote. (Read this Appeal in full and check out links to References).
“Johnson had to win by a landslide in order to have full control of Parliament in order to “Get Brexit done”. Under the heading “EU Duty Of Care” the author clearly lays out the obligation of the EU to act and what the EU should do to correct matters and protect UK Citizens by stating that: “It is beholden on the EU, to recognise the immense risks now facing the UK public as a captive populous at mercy of what amounts to a criminal-cabal and also, the resulting threat against Europe’s hard-won free-trade-union.”
Elaborating on the logical remedy the author says: “As EU citizens, British people’s only hope now is that EU Parliament honours their duty-of-care toward upholding the rights of all EU citizens and thereby, refuses to commit to any Brexit-deal or even, to permit Brexit, until such a time as the UK public have had a 2nd Referendum and this time, one which is carefully monitored and with a commitment to ensuring the British public are fully and accurately informed about exactly, what they are voting for or against.”
The Author makes an earnest plea to the EU: “For sake of the children of Britain, the EU cannot now fail to recognise the severity of this extraordinary situation that is “Brexit” and the core force-of-corrupted-power behind its impetus. In such circumstances, the EU has opportunity and the right, to itself, inform British citizens via public broadcasts/press-conferences, about e.g. Why EU Parliament is insisting on a 2nd Referendum i.e. ‘Due to EU duty of care to ensure national-populations are not being dragged out of the EU against their will, by corrupted-powers, only to become corporate-slaves and stripped of all their rights in order to become a ‘democracy-free-zone’/tax-haven‘.” Surely this is still possible if we oust the Tory Government during the transition phase?
In the Petition that I Created I touch on the wider implication of setting an example on a global level. The UK could initiate a critical turning point where citizens refuse to accept a rigged election coup and overthrow a despot before he is able to usurp total control. This important point about wider responsibility for upholding democratic principles is touched on here: “While EU Parliament holds diplomatic relations with the various EU national governments, a fundamental feature of those relations, is that all governments are recognised as a democracy and therefore, each government represents the people of its nation.”
However, once a government is lawfully suspected of oppressing or denying democracy and even, proven to be committing crimes against democracy, all diplomacy has to be in favour of the abused & oppressed public suffering rule of any such despot power.” In this persuasive argument the author elaborates further on the risks to the stability of the EU of inaction and not coming to the rescue of both British citizens and EU citizens living in the UK soon to be criminally defrauded of their rights. The far right group of Tories now in power have not been shy about revealing their dark objectives: “Comprehensive de-regulation, removal of social and environmental protections; Weak or non-existent compliance with international anti-money laundering measures…”
This scenario is deeply damaging to the EU and as the author points out it certainly does not end well for us here in the UK: “We all know the end-game which is, to erase all the social and economic progressions achieved after WW2; scrapping human rights, workers rights, women & children’s rights, environmental protections…” Offering a stark wake-up call, this appeal in its entirety is a lengthy read, but well researched and worthy of a visit to the WordPress site with a chance to explore the many valuable Links.March 6, 2020 at 00:50 #50600Kim Sanders-Fisher
I know I am not alone in my outrage over the unelected Dominic Cummings’s toxic hold over our hapless PM, but did you vote for a guy called Steve Bannon, who is not even a UK citizen? There have been multiple reports of foreign meddling in our Elections and not just the anonymous references to “Russian Bots” Online. There is little doubt that there were specific individuals in this larger conspiracy to undermine UK Democracy, a friend and confidant to both Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, is widening his sinister sphere of influence in a number of EU Elections well funded by the deep pockets of Robert Mercer.
Bannon is on a mission to discredit and destroy the EU by stirring up far right nationalist fervour right across Europe. He visited the UK and helped Johnson with his anti-EU propaganda campaign to secure the Brexit vote. As Trump’s presidential campaign chief strategist he won over US voters with the same PsyOps technology that had been “product tested” on unsuspecting UK subjects to brainwash them into believing Boris Johnson’s lies about leaving the EU. Bannon colluded with Trump to usher in a whole new style of brash and hyper aggressive attack politics, grotesque lies and fake news.
Steve Bannon is not shy about his ultimate goal to “Destroy the EU”: he has crisscrossed the Atlantic multiple times to meet with far right groups stoking fear over migration in a grand quest to establish a global ultra conservative movement. His aims are laid out in a Financial Times Article where he is quoted making his destructive intentions very clear. The FT describe Steve Bannon as “…on the warpath — in Europe. US president Donald Trump’s former chief strategist is a hard-right advocate of a hard Brexit. Now his ambitions extend further. He wants to dismantle, destroy and bury the EU. Mr Bannon, 64, co-founder of the alt-right website Breitbart News, is setting up a Brussels-based political vehicle called The Movement. Its purpose is to rally assorted rightwing populist and far-right nationalist parties…” This was initially to campaign for the European Parliament elections, but he certainly didn’t stop at that.
An excellent June 2019 Byline Times Exclusive on Steve Bannon with his disturbing links to the British far right: “The Transatlantic Triumph of Trumpism: Boris Johnson – A Plan Years in the Making” by Peter Jukes exposes the wanton manipulation of the UK public over the Brexit vote. It was a very sad day for democracy. Jukes describes: “The Johnson-Farage double act of Brexit managed to achieve the shock Leave vote and all that has ensued – with some help from Bannon’s digital operations, Russian troll farms, and multiple instances of over-spending and illegal data use. Campaigns are not allowed to co-ordinate or have a common plan, but there’s nothing to stop the various players behind them having a common project.”
Jukes talks about the emergence of a group within the Conservative party called the “Young Britons Foundation” that: “was an offshoot of the Young Americas Foundation (YAF), based at the Reagan Ranch in California, which relied heavily on funding from US hedge fund billionaire, Robert Mercer.” At a ten year anniversary event held in late 2013 at Churchill College Cambridge Bannon was there to woo the Thatcherite disciples of the “Self-described ‘Conservative Madrasa’!”
Jukes says that: “There’s little doubt the YBF was a Brexit establishment in embryo, and nearly all of them are now backing Boris Johnson to be Prime Minister.” Not only did this insidious faction of the Tory Party succeed in installing Johnson as PM, but what followed was a brutal purge of all of the more moderate Tory MPs, including party grandees, as the agenda lurched to the far right.
Jukes describes how: “The dark arts of digital ‘information operations’ and data mining, which would play such an important role in both the Trump campaign and Brexit referendum three years later, all began to converge in that winter of 2013.”
In the states when a TV Channel cuts to a news bulletin it is “brought to you by…” a major advertising sponsor. In a similar way the toxic duo of Boris Johnson and the Dom, with their perverted crash-out plan for Brexit, were brought to the UK public by even darker forces from across the pond, namely Steve Bannon and his financial backer Robert Mercer. It is vitally important that we fully expose this foreign intervention and the sordid details of our rigged Election and the Brexit Referendum so that we can remove such toxic influences on our democracy in future. Please read, sig, share and Link to the Petition to demand an Investigation: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 7, 2020 at 02:33 #50618Kim Sanders-Fisher
A challenge was initiated within this Open Democracy Article: “Why are Britain’s ‘watchdogs’ protecting politicians, not us?” A Petition was launched by Open Democracy prior to the December 2019 Election; yet another long ignored Petition, this time calling for transparency and the release of critical documents so that the public could have made a truly informed decision before a UK Election. That Petition gained over 5000 signatures, but once again absolutely nothing was accomplished after the customary scant recognition by UK authorities meant that it was more corrupt business as usual as we went to cast our worthless votes on the 12th.
After the fact, the importance of a report into foreign intervention in our elections is being allowed to fade in our memories as we are persuaded by a compliant media that the square peg really must be made to fit into that round hole. The authors state: “Our leaders stand accused of presiding over corruption, fraud, racism – and suppressing evidence of foreign interference. We urgently need answers before 12 December.” So what happened? Nothing, again! Where is the outrage now that yet another election has passed, while the populous remained duped, uninformed of the serious corruption within our Electoral System?
I have contacted Open Democracy several times in the past few weeks regarding my growing suspicions over the result of this most recent election. They told me that they are investigating this issue. Why am I not reassured by this news? Any “investigation” that Open Democracy is conducting is so very subtle and discrete as to remain virtually invisible to those who might have concrete evidence to submit. Speaking as a former Whistleblower, I can say from experience that if you feel the cause you are fighting for is already well and truly lost and you will never be believed, it becomes much harder to come forward and speak out from such an isolated position.
Now that the highly suspicious result of this Election has been called it is considered sacrilege to challenge its validity or mention vote rigging. We dare not appear to be “sore losers;” why is that so much more important than restoring genuine integrity to our failing democracy? Why must we once again fall into immediate, complacent silence and try to make the incomprehensible results fit neatly onto a defeatist narrative set by the Tories and their media supporters? This is the exact same dirty trick that was used to force the shocked British public to accept Brexit as “the Will of the People;” how many times will we accept being played for fools?
The Open Democracy article reminds us that: “We have laws in this country which entitle us to know whether toys pose a risk to children. Whether food products contain allergens that could kill us, and whether medicine has potentially unpleasant side effects. Why should our politics be any different?” Valid point. Ripping up the red tape and stripping back fire services cost people their lives at Grenfell Tower; did we clamber to suppress an investigation into what went wrong? Why is the possibility of Electoral Fraud a no go area that cannot be scrutinized to determine the truth and restore a just result we can all believe in?
I am thoroughly sick of the trite answer about “lessons learned” when in reality this never occurs. Real change takes decades with multiple tragedies and injustices suffered before new laws to protect the public are finally enacted. The passage of time allows decision makers to prioritise profits as they distance themselves from a shock event or an injustice that makes headline news. Dig up some pap about the royals or announce the five month old pregnancy of the mistress ensconced at number ten… just distract the plebs.
If an Olympic athlete is found guilty of doping they are stripped of their medals, banned from competition and publically vilified as fair punishment for bringing disgrace to their sport. If a student cheats on an exam we would not consider for an instant that they should be permitted to retain an accolade they acquired that was no longer merited. If you commit fraud and the police catch you they will try to prosecute you for the offence and you could go to jail. Why is Electoral fraud not a punishable offence, but instead the perpetrators are richly rewarded with high office, international recognition and a future knighthood?
We need real action now to validate the legitimacy of this Tory Government or remove them from office. There are a multitude of very serious anomalies, unexplained exclusions that add to the blatant lies that make an investigation well warranted in this instance, If there was no impropriety there is nothing to hide and an investigation will reassure members of the public who remain sceptical due to the shock “landslide victory” that followed an appallingly pitiful Tory campaign. In many parts on the UK there was no Tory campaigning; hustings, interviews and debates were avoided while embarrassing gaffs were plentiful. After ten years of misery under Tory austerity the resounding Conservative win made no sense at all.
We have returned to the familiar ridiculous reassurances that parties can regroup and get ready for another totally futile electoral challenge in five years time under the same corrupt system with the same lax regulations exposing our votes to industrial scale fraud. Why even bother? But under the complacent illusion of “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” we will allow our corrupt system to flourish and become even more accepted and established in preparation for the next rigged vote.
The Tories plan to repeal the Fixed Term Parliament Act – to replace it with what? Voter ID requirements could disenfranchise millions of the most vulnerable non Tory voters, while redrawing district boundaries can further advance the ambitions of our Tory elite. By claiming an unstoppable majority there is no apposing their policies as they take full advantage of the so called “Henry the Eighth Powers” to alter all areas of our laws to meet their demands after crashing us out of the EU. They could introduce the notorious, easily hackable, electronic voting machines to simplify vote rigging next time around.
So great point readily abandoned Open Democracy: “Why are Britain’s ‘watchdogs’ protecting politicians, not us?” There is absolutely no question that the UK Electoral System is wide open to fraud on an industrial scale; this is a well established fact commented on by respected judges. However, there is no political will to fix the system that has entrenched the incumbent Tory Party: “Don’t expect the Fox to pitch in with long overdue repairs to the Hen House!” It is only by challenging this most recent highly dubious 2019 Election result that we can expose the inherent dangers in our flawed Electoral System. If not now, when?
It will take a massive rebellion throughout all regions of the UK to finally force the authorities to investigate the results of the election that gifted this Tory Government an unstoppable majorly to run roughshod over the law. Even if you do not suspect that the Tory Party used dirty tricks to steal our votes; we desperately need the UK Electoral Commission to have greater oversight to keep our votes safe: A Watchdog that cannot Watch is just a Dog! I firmly believe that an investigation will expose wide-scale vote rigging, but even if this is not the case it will reveal the dangerous potential for industrial scale fraud that must be eliminated for us to have any faith in the validity of our elections in future.
The establishment of authoritarian dictators through PsyOps manipulation of the population and rigged elections is on the rise throughout the world. Look at the damage Brazil’s so called “strong man” has done to the environment in just one year. The UK could set a valuable example by exposing this scandal and removing a corrupt regime before it can cause such universal harm. It is our duty as responsible citizens to make that happen; please read, sign, share and Link to my Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 8, 2020 at 01:21 #50683Kim Sanders-Fisher
On a Webpage entitled “The Conspiracy of our Time,” I found a new treasure trove of informative Links some of which I had already tracked down, but there was new information there too. The author focused on the web of highly suspicious connections that point to inappropriate conflict of interest situations between Tory Party members and individuals, organizations, companies or regulators intimately involved with our Electoral System.
The means, motivation and ideal opportunity to commit fraud does not in itself indicate that fraud was committed, but it does provide a high index of suspicion. There is sound reasoning behind requiring MPs and political entities to fully declare any involvement that might be construed as a conflict of interest; it allows the public to feel confident in the motivations that drive political decisions: no one should be in a position to buy influence. Sadly, the ability to rampantly abuse Electoral; rules to dictate the political agenda has got seriously out of control in the UK.
The watchdog organization overseeing our voting system in the UK, our Electoral; Commission is virtually powerless to monitor or exersize any constraint over the growing level of corruption in our voting system. This is bacause the parameters of their power are decided by our government and the current Tory Government is more than happy with the lax situation yjat exists now. Without a major public outcry there is absolutely zero political will to compel the Tory Government to tighten regulations, provide more vigilant scrutiny or increase the penalties for violations. It is our duty to demand that change to: “Rescue our Watchdog!”
Without the public realizing the damaging consequences of changes that were enacted by the Tories, our Electoral System has undergone a process of privatization without any increased provision for monitoring of the companies that are engaged in the outsourced electoral services. One company, Idox, was able to rapidly expand within this lucrative market, acquiring contracts for the provision of services throughout the UK by absorbing former competitors to monopolize the sector. This influence over our political system has been flagged up as potentially very problematic due to the high level involvement of the Tory Party and the fact that Idox is a subsidiary of an Oil and Gas giant that one would not expect to approve of progressive policies like “the Green New Deal.”
However, the author of “The Conspiracy of our Time,” goes on to explore other influencing factors that have conspired to create a situation where the British public have been prepared to accept the shocking result of the 2019 Election as legitimate. The right wing media bear heavy responsibility for promoting a Tory victory and the conduct of our public broadcaster can no longer be trusted to remain neutral as required under the mandatory regulation of the BBC. Purdah rules were trampled on as the BBC morphed into an obscenely biased Tory propaganda machine, reinforcing fake news and covering for Boris Johnson’s multiple embarrassing gaffs.
The author pointed out the media’s preference and special fondness for the heavily right leaning poling company YouGov as the prime source for all the polls they quoted: “60% of people say such-and-such, etc. This is a polling company that only has a 2 point rating on Trustpilot, so aren’t very trustworthy in the first place, and that have already been involved in a campaign to try to influence an election.”
They went on to note with regard to YouGov that just like IDOX, it is: “…also a Conservative company, with Directors directly linked to the Conservative Party, including one that is currently in Boris Johnson’s cabinet – Nadhim Zahawi.!”
The author revealed the frustration felt by many concerned voters who had attempted to report voting issues and violations to the Electoral Commission or the police and had taken to twitter to vent their anger over the lack of response. The conclusion drawn was damning: “For the BBC site, there were various images posted by people on Twitter who had tried to complain, but couldn’t access the site. Why would the BBC or the Electoral Commission avoid hundreds, probably thousands of complaints about reporters and MPs, live on air, admitting to electoral fraud? They wouldn’t, unless they didn’t care about the truth.”
A major issue raised was with regard to the PM’s blatant lies about the security of our NHS in trade negotiations with the US: “Boris Johnson claimed during his election campaign that there was no chance at all that US companies could increase drug prices for the NHS. It has been quietly revealed by a Conservative minister in the last few days that this could well happen after all.”
It is always shocking to discover the extent of the stealth privatization that is taking place despite Boris Johnson’s deceptive reassurances: “He (and Health Secretary Matt Hancock) also promised there would be no further privatisation of the NHS. Despite that claim, as of April last year, there were £127 Million worth of NHS contracts up for grabs to private companies.”
The author concluded that: “America is the only country that will benefit from Brexit, with all new access to our national health service (and thus our public finances – taxes we all pay), and an all new export market free from EU safety standards. And the only people who will be paying for it are the British public.” The persistently recurring question posed by the Governments refusal to release the Russia report; what are the Tories so determined to keep hidden when it comes to Russian meddling in Brexit?
The Author Links to an interesting article on how UK Intelligence Agencies worked with the media on the smear campaign targeting Corbyn.
This Webpage represents the tireless work of another citizen frustrated with the complacency over this rigged election and determined to accumulate the necessary evidence to expose the truth. I will write more about the “Conspiracy of our Time” Webpage in a second post. We need more conscientious and determined warriors like this to help turn this wretched situation around: If you have any evidence please write about it here.March 9, 2020 at 00:35 #50701Kim Sanders-Fisher
Returning to the informative piece entitled “The Conspiracy of our Time,” it is really important to determine what role the UK Electoral Commission are equipped to play with regard to monitoring, regulation and dealing with reported violations. The Author has included in this post a reprint of several exchanges with the Electoral Commission dated early January 2020. It was interesting to note that, just like my communications with the EC, their replies were remarkably rapid, (ignore an obvious typo of the year.) These messages were printed in their entirety with some really pertinent questions asked and answered.
If you have ever dealt with any type of watchdog, regulatory body or National Ombudsman you will know that they are always remarkably slow to respond; the hope is that if they fail to reply for weeks on end, you will just give up and drop the matter. These bodies are in place not to provide genuine oversight, but to create the false illusion of having somewhere to direct a complaint. When you send a follow-up letter or email, that too is ignored for weeks. If you call they tell you there is a huge backlog of complaints they are dealing with, yours has yet to be assigned or the person dealing with it is away, sick on holiday or otherwise unable to reply. When a reply is forthcoming it is routinely unnecessarily vague, often prompting more questions than providing pertinent information.
No matter how important or urgent these issues might be they usually take literally years to resolve, so you can imagine my shock when I got a response from the Electoral Commission within a couple of days; I was nothing short of astounded and seriously impressed. In the email, I felt that there was a sincere attempt to answer all of my questions and I was provided with a direct phone line number to the named officer who had drafted the reply. This too is a significant deviation from the norm, where such individuals do their level best to avoid any further scrutiny or additional questions. When I called, the woman I spoke to patiently remained on the line clarifying points for well over an hour, with no attempt to cut me off!
In response to the reporting of concerns by the author, the Electoral Commission advised that the local police should be contacted. Following this advice there were attempts to contact the local police officer who the EC insisted was supposedly assigned to specifically deal with Electoral Allegations in all of the constituencies throughout the UK. This proved rather frustrating when more than one police department claimed no such person actually existed. Was this a deliberate attempt to throw the complainant off course or was it a desperate attempt to highlight the discrepancy between what was promised by the Government and what has been deliverable in reality?
Despite the author concluding that: “…this just screams that they are trying to avoid responsibility.” I would like tp give the Electoral Commission the benefit of the doubt, as I do not necessarily agree. I was impressed by their rapid responses to my emails and the patience shown during lengthy phone conversations. I would therefore lay the real blame for what appears at first glance to be the Electoral Commission’s ineptitude. The blame is more appropriately directed towards the Tory Government determined to narrowly define the remit of Electoral Commission powers with the deliberate intention of rendering their interventions “toothless.”
When the author contacted the local police department the complainant was directed to contact Action/Fraud who deal mainly with financial misconduct; it sounded like a very frustrating buck-passing exercise. The author reported that: “After seeing the above email, I called in at my local Police station to request contact details for the officer that deals with electoral allegations. The officer on the reception desk said she had no idea what I was talking about, and directed that I contact ActionFraud, which seems from their website to deal mostly with financial fraud.”
The author went on to report that “Nevertheless, I gave them a call, and they took down what I had to say as a “witness statement,” with reference NFRC 200103408385. If anyone else chooses to make a formal complaint, whether to their local Police Force, or to ActionFraud themselves, feel free to pass on the above reference, or even share the link to this document. The ActionFraud representative also suggested that I went back to the Police station, to double check about an elections officer there.”
What if our UK Electoral Commission are thoroughly fed up with functioning as the Tory Party’s scapegoat, held responsible for the ruthless cutbacks under austerity that have stripped away police resources, oversight and the power to respond appropriately to legitimate complaints? Are they directing people to a police resource that they were assured would be in place despite knowing that the extensive austerity cut backs have rendered such service provision impossible to deliver? Perhaps the Elrctoral Cpmmission are crying out for a strong piblic response!
It would be highly unlikely for any Government agency or watchdog to appeal to the Government of the day for far greater, more comprehensive restrictions, to be imposed on their powers. So what if I am dead wrong regarding the underlying motivations and intentions of the Electoral Commission? Are they just trying to dodge the bullet and deny responsibility by passing the buck? Ultimately, that really doesn’t matter as long as we heed the serious warning signs and act swiftly to correct the situation. If we unanimously acknowledge that: “a Watchdog that cannot Watch is just a Dog,” there is an urgent demand for radical change.
We have a choice, either we can blindly accept that the UK Electoral Commission is utterly helpless and should remain helpless to protect our rights or we must challenge the serious electoral anomalies, that point to widespread fraud, and demand an investigation to expose the truth. I want to believe that the prompt replies and effusive responses from the Electoral Commission are a plea for public action that we should respond to with genuine urgency; we must “Rescue our Watchdog” because “All Votes Must Count!” Please, read, sign, share and Link to this vital Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 9, 2020 at 01:55 #50702SA
This is truly shocking. What you describe is reminiscent of what happens in third world manipulated pseudo democracies. So we have a facade which hides the fact that the toothless electoral commission is procedurally only an obfuscatory body meant to be there to lend an air of respectability. I believe that elections in some of these countries are usually carried out under the observations of regional or international bodies, such as OSCE (sorry have to check this). I wonder whether a legal challenge can be mounted to bring this matter to the attention of such a body. This is all rather too big but the general apathy the whole subject seems to attract, is amazing and denotes the terminal morbidity of our so called democracy .March 9, 2020 at 08:32 #50703SA
I have written this email to OSCE
I am a citizen and not an activist but obviously show much interest in how democracy seems not to be fulfilling the wishes of the people and how elections can be sometimes used to distort these result. I know that the ODIHR been involved in these elections and produced an ‘Other Needs Assessment Report’. I hope this will be followed up with further post elections report.
There have been some concerns expressed by some regarding the unexpected results of the last elections in the UK where the Tory party won by a landslide, despite a very poor campaign and where the leader of the opposition party was vilified by the press with clear bias. There are two other concerns, one is that there was a increase in postal voting which were probably not as stringently supervised, and run by companies that are managed by members of the Tory party and the other is the real absence of any meaningful way by which the UK supervisory system ,The electoral commission, has nay meaningful way in investigating possible election rigging, referring members of the public to the police to do so.
For simplicity I will send you a link to a discussion taking place in some alternative media in UK which have tried to shed more light into this.
Please let me know you will be taking this matter further.
I have yet to read the assessment but you might find this useful. I also assume you have read this report from the house of commons.March 10, 2020 at 00:07 #50716Kim Sanders-Fisher
SA – Thanks for getting involved and taking this important step; we so need people to wake up to the reality of what just occurred electorally and take challenging action just as you have. I read through the Interim Report again and was once again drawn to certain critical points. One was the admitted complications and restrictions preventing anyone from bringing a Petition Challenge whether that was for allegations of deliberate gross misconduct and fraud or for a genuine mistake that required prompt correction. Prohibitive legal costs inhibit any legitimate access to a challenge which must ultimately encourage fraud.
Although the report stated that: “Challenging the validity of an election is done through an election petition, which is heard by an election court. An election court can annul an election or correct the result. The election petition is the only mechanism for challenging elections.” The reality was revealed in an admission that during Representation of the People Act 1983 the Electoral Commission had said that: “the election petition in the case of Tower Hamlets :highlighted the almost prohibitive cost and complexity faced by candidates or ordinary electors who want to challenge elections, because of the outdated legal procedures that are currently set out in law’.”
One contributor to the report, Henni Ouahes, argued that the petition system was: “not fit for purpose” and said that: “although the petitioners won the Tower Hamlets case ’the big scandal at the time was that, although they won, they had to, essentially, face losing their homes if they had lost’.” The report quoted Andy Erlam, one of the petitioners in the Tower Hamlets case, when he argued that legal aid should be introduced for election petitions “which reach a certain threshold” and that frivolous or vexatious petitions could be dealt with by being struck out. Ultimately, “the citizen should always have the power to challenge an election result.”
Another contributor, Dr Wilks-Heeg, told the panel that: “in cases where there are serious allegations of corrupt and illegal practices, there was a very serious risk that election petitions would not be brought because the potential petitioners would not be willing to bear the risks and costs. Professor Sobolewska argued that: “victims of fraud tend to be people living in conditions of social deprivation and marginalisation, who would not be able to bear such cost or access complex legal advice.” So where do we stand now with multiple allegations made all over the UK with regard to the 2019 General Election that could cumulatively have amounted to a rigged result?
The conclusion drawn in the report was that: “The election petition system for challenging elections is archaic, too complicated and not fit for purpose. It is in the public interest that meritorious election petitions are brought forward but the under the current system there is a risk that such petitions will not be brought forward, due to the complexity of the process and the level of potential cost. We agree with the Law Commission’s recommendation that that the election petition system is brought into the modern court system. As part of any such reform, the Government must ensure the right balance is struck between ensuring access to justice for electors and also preventing vexatious attempts to challenge elections.”
One piece of input that bounced off the page was a suggestion that with a: “rare opportunity” to “modernise other aspects of electoral law: “Possible reforms could include automatic registration of 16-year olds when they receive their national insurance numbers” “Strengthening the long-term funding of elections” was mentioned separate from later criticism of the obscene amounts donated by a single individual with the opportunity underlying opportunity to by political influence.
Under the report’s analysis of Digital campaigning I did not see any mention of the targeting of “persuadable” voters, whose data we now know was obtained illegally, being targeted with “Weapons grade PsyOps technology” in a relentless campaign of disinformation. Among official circles there appears to be a poor understanding of the power of this modern technology in the wrong hands. What was documented was that: “In its consultation response on Protecting the Debate: Intimidation, Influence and Information, the Government confirmed its intention to introduce an imprint regime for digital campaign material.”
It was recorded that “Witnesses to our inquiry welcomed such a proposal” and that: “Some witnesses contended that further reforms were necessary for digital campaigning. The Electoral Reform Society argued steps needed to be taken to improve ‘transparency on spending and ad content more broadly’, which would necessitate a more comprehensive review of electoral rules.” It noted that: “The Electoral Commission provided some recommendations for digital campaigning such as: Digital campaign material must have an imprint saying who is behind the campaign and who created it.”
There was a call for Campaigners to: “sub-divide their spending returns into different types of spending and should give more information about the money spent on digital campaigns” and a suggestion that “Social media companies should work with the Electoral Commission to improve their policies on campaign material and advertising for elections and referendums in the UK.” Criticism also targeted the online media campaigns on social networks for being unregulated.
It was0 documented that: “Although social platforms and online media are seen as an instrument that enables citizens to communicate with candidates or elected representatives, a number of state-sponsored and private initiatives have been undertaken to define and tackle the problems arising from unregulated online campaigning. Several ODIHR NAM interlocutors voiced concerns about potential foreign and domestic spread of fake online content and disinformation during the campaign period, which might affect the integrity and credibility of the election process. According to the ODIHR NAM interlocutors, changes in the primary election legislation are required to introduce provisions to regulate online campaigning.”
Recommendations included: “imprints on digital campaign material, increasing maximum fines, and giving the EC greater powers to compel information from third parties.” Some examples cited included: “Facebook introduced ‘Ad Library’ which offers a searchable collection of currently running advertisements. Twitter recently announced that it would be banning political advertising globally. Most recently, Google introduced measures to increase transparency and to bar political advertisers from targeting voters by limiting election advertisement audience being targeted based on the general categories: age, gender, and general location.” The regulations are having a hard time keeping pace with technology, but our democracy is at stake so we must try harder.
There was analyses of the proposal for introducing a Voter ID requirement where the measure was accurately described as a “sledgehammer to crack a nut” with the evidence of voter personating incidents described as negligible and the significant risk of disenfranchising vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities unacceptably high. The report called for more pilot studies to determine efficacy before this was considered for introduction across the UK. In the US voter ID laws have been introduced as a deliberate tactic for suppressing the minority vote; that this goal has been successfully achieved is no indication that it should be emulated.
The Report noted that: “Under the current body of electoral law, nearly everyone involved in a general election faces significant risks or challenges. A primary cause of this is the archaic and confusing state of electoral law. This is not an acceptable state of affairs. The updating and simplification of electoral law must be seen as a pressing priority for the Government.” In a very clear acknowledgement that significant problems exist they also recommend that: “…our successor Committee should carry out an inquiry into the role and effectiveness of the Electoral Commission.” AMEN TO THAT!
A Watchdog that cannot Watch is just a dog! We need the UK Electoral Commission to be appropriately empowered by the Government to fully protect the security and integrity of our votes with the power to nullify a mistaken or a corrupt election result and severely penalize the perpetrators. All Votes Must Count so it us time to “Rescue our Watchdog”
Please, read, sign, share and Link to this vital Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 10, 2020 at 22:59 #50737Kim Sanders-Fisher
Our Legitimate Concerns are Highlighted and Confirmed by the Independent Review Conducted by ODIHR:
The reviewers expressed concern over the fact that in the UK: “There are no limits on donations to political parties, candidates and third parties. ODIHR has previously recommended to consider limiting the amount that a single donor can donate in order to restrain parties’ overreliance on large scale donations originating from a few sources.” In the US the campaign of Bernie Sanders who shunned the so called “Super Packs” demonstrated that people power was able to compete relying on individual small donations: this was real democracy!
Citizens on both sides of the pond feel helpless when their modest contributions are rendered meaningless while the wealthy elite are so easily able to buy the influence necessary to protect and perpetuate their privileged status. This is especially galling when that money is being channelled into UK Elections from those who will not be impacted by the negative consequences of right wing policies on their daily life because of their extreme wealth, they may live overseas, have non-dom status or at least park their money offshore.
It is reassuring to note that we are not alone in calling for the UK Electoral Commission to be given greater powers within an expanded remit: “ODIHR had previously recommended to mandate the EC with investigative and sanctioning powers for offences relating to candidates’ spending and donations.”
“But, you might say, surely if the 2019 General Election was Rigged someone would have filed an official Election Petition Challenge by now?” Chance would be a fine thing! The ODIHR waded through our overly convoluted and complex complaints and appeals process concluding that it left a lot to be desired.
Elaborating on the process they documented that in the UK: “Election results can be challenged through an election petition brought by an unsuccessful candidate, one or more voters before an election court. Such a challenge can be made within 21 days of the submission of the results protocol. Longer timeframes to submit a petition are envisaged if the petition challenges the outcome of an election on the grounds of corrupt or illegal practices, or in relation to election expenses. Complaints against electoral officials, their actions or inactions are brought directly to regular courts. Each petition costs GBP 400.” In reality this fee is a minor concern when failing to win the case can punish Petitioning citizens with huge court costs.
The report concurred with the findings of our own UK government review by noting that: “Several ODIHR NAM interlocutors considered the current system for challenging elections as too burdensome, both in terms of its complexity and costs, thus discouraging interested parties to put forward complaints on merits.”
The report looked at the issue of independent oversight by election observers – you know, like those people who broke Electoral law to give Laura Kuennsberg the heads up on the postal vote tally so she could blurt out the impending Tory victory on BBC TV the day before the Election! Well that’s not quite how it is supposed to work with neither Kuennsberg nor Dominic Raab charged for their well documented, very public, violations. Election observers are not meant to take a sneak peak and pass on critical information to add to the gross bias of “push poles;” in a functioning democracy they would all be charged, fined or even jailed.
The ODIHR documented the parameters and limitations placed on election observers: “The legislation provides for individuals and legal entities to be accredited as election observers who have right to follow the issuance and receipt of postal ballots, voting and counting procedures.” The limitations they noted included: “The law, however, does not explicitly provide for observation of procedures beyond election day, such as voter registration, candidate nomination and registration and other work of election officials prior to election day.”
A significant portion of the highly suspicious activity surrounding this 2019 General Election occurred beyond the diligent gaze of conscientious observers who could have been relied upon to keep our votes safe. While the report noted another ignored prior recommendation by documenting that: “ODIHR has previously recommended to expand provisions to allow for observation of all stages of the electoral process” in reality the gross lack of scrutiny may have actually deteriorated still further.
The privatization of our Electoral System was not matched by explicitly expanding the powers of the Electoral Commission to provide appropriate oversight of companies to whom the work was outsourced. No conflict of interest rules were applied to senior Tory Party members gaining an unacceptable level of controlling interest in these ostensibly politically neutral companies; hence they remained blatantly partisan in their agenda and interests. There were no controls placed on companies like Idox to prevent them from gaining an unhealthy monopoly in this lucrative market.
We have a documented admission from the Electoral Commission that they have no jurisdiction over the third party companies used by Returning Officers to handle the Postal Vote Managed Service. This represents a major shortfall in scrutiny from our toothless electoral watchdog. I was seriously alarmed to discover that this same company with a monopoly stranglehold over our gtowing number of Postal Votes had won a hurriedly assigned bid to revamp our electoral register without competing tendering only two months before the election was called and the election itself left the process in partially completed limbo with two separate lists of who was eligible to vote causing havoc at polling stations. Many believe that this was fully anticipated, deliberate chaos to suppress the vote.
By December 12th a Tory supporting subsidiary of an Oil and Gas giant had control of the electoral role throughout the UK with the power to send or delay the sending of the Postal Votes they were now in full control of managing. A multitude of complaints have emerged to indicate that some Postal Votes were less of a priority than others as many did not arrive in time or were never received at all. Other voters were blocked from voting due to the gross errors made with the registry of voters. It was well after the election that I discovered that this same company, Idox, had also created a special Idox Canvassing App to help political parties identify where their supporters were located.
I find it deeply disturbing that one heavily Tory supporting Oil and Gas subsiduary, that certainly would not support a progressive “New Green Deal,” has total access to the names, dates of birth, full address and unique signature of so many vulnerable voters, but now also knows for whom they intend to vote! This is a gift no fraudster could possibly wish for and it seriously invites corruption and vote rigging on an industrial scale. When this resulted in an unbelievable landslide victory, following a truly abysmal election campaign of dodging loud protests, avoiding press scrutiny and waffling through seriously embarrassing gaffs, only the chronically gullible would fail to question the possibility of a rigged vote.
If it walks like a Duck and quacks like a Duck it’s not a Giraffe!
If a team was sent to ivserve our December Election, the ODIHR would have anticipated a reasonable level of media neutrality, especially from the highly respected BBC during the controlled period of Purdah, but the anti Corbyn smear campaign was relentless. Fact Checks avoided any scrutiny of the Tory Government but also neglected to verify the authenticity of lies used to defame the opposition. It was pathetic to watch, so I cannot imagine how an unbiased observer would react to viewing such blatant propaganda. There are only so many unfortunate “mistakes” that a manipulative administration can get away with before significant suspicion is aroused by those not bombarded by the relentless stream of Tory lies and Fake News. We will eagerly await the conclusions of the ODIRH regarding this rigged Election.
We know that following the “Other Needs Assessment” done by ODIRH there was a plan to send observers to oversee our 2019 General Election process. We can inly hope that this was possible and will look forward to reading the report. In anticipation of a robust response with a genuinely fair and unbiased appraisal of what went on during our disastrous pre Christmas Election I am sure the multiple significant problems experienced and being reported by voters all over the country will sound alarm bells at last. We will eagerly await the conclusions of the ODIRH regarding this General Election that we believe was seriously rigged.
We are confident that this ODIRH team to be well and truly able to support and confirm our suspicions in a convincing way so that we are able to proceed with appealing to the EU for justice. Brexit was not in our name and nor was the Tory “landslide victory.” EU citizens, including British nationals here and on the continent, will need all the help we can get to throw of the yoke of oppression as we careen even closer towards a dangerous dictatorship in the UK. Even without specific proof of vote rigging our system remains wide open to abuse, so it was reassuring to read that the ODIRH also believe that the UK Electoral Commission needs to be appropriately empowered by the Government to fully protect the security and integrity of our votes:
A Watchdog that cannot Watch is just a dog! We need to secure the ability for ordinary citizens to bring an Electoral Petition Challenge to seek justice enshrining the power to overturn a fraudulent vote without risking personal bankruptcy. To regain the trust of the British public in future Elections, we must also have a way to hold the perpetrators of electoral fraud fully accountable for stealing our votes: All Votes Must Count so it us time to “Rescue our Watchdog”
Please, read, sign, share and Link to this vital Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 12, 2020 at 01:17 #50771Kim Sanders-Fisher
Another terrific Daily GasLamp Article has just been posted: “What is all the fuss about Cambridge Analytica? Part 3”
So what is revealed in part 3? According to the author: “This part is about the methods and implications of CA on electoral processes?” The net was tightening around the tech company that had boasted of running the 2016 Trump digital campaign for the Presidency. The author documents how a warrant to search company servers was issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and in March 2018 Cambridge Analytica’s London offices were searched. In an effort to distance themselves from the fallout Facebook claimed to have been deceived and banned Cambridge Analytica from advertising on their platform.
Suspended from Amazon’s Cloud Hosting Services, “the governments of India and Brazil demanded that CA report how their data was used in political campaigning.” According to the author’s documentation of the penalties levied in a July 2018 judgement: “the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office announced it intended to fine Facebook £500,000 ($663,000) over the data scandal, this being the maximum fine allowed at the time of the breach, saying Facebook ‘contravened the law by failing to safeguard people’s information’.”
This paltry fine of Facebook for their gross violations of our privacy laws amounted to a sum unlikely to denture similar criminality in the future. In July 2019 a US court was a lot harsher in penalizing Facebook, hitting them with a $4Billion fine for their part in the data breach. Why are the UK authorities so helpless to act letting off this tech giant with a slap on the wrist when their illegal data breach and the devious manipulation of that data will now be permitted to negatively impact the British way of life for decades to come? In a move the author describes as “Rather too late…” with Cambridge Analytica “now ‘gone’ but their methods, their ‘genie’ is now out of the bottle.”
The author goes on to describe the illegal practices of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook under the heading “What did they do?” Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook app called “This Is Your Digital Life” seemed like an innocuous quiz-like game but in reality it was not only harvesting data on those who voluntarily played, but also on all of the “friends” they were linked to via Facebook who were unwittingly caught in this vast illegal net, despite not being consulted or providing permission. In breach of Facebook’s own terms of service data from about 87 million users was harvested for political targeting.
There is a Link to hear Alexander Nix describe the CA Big Data approach elections as the author goes in to describe how electioneering moved on from the conventional demographics as collected by canvassers to complex psychographic profiles with “the attitudes of each person distilled down to a few variables!” The author says that: “What CA has invented is the technology to subvert the traditional election processes.” Those targeted as “persuadable” might not be urged to vote a certain way; they are just as easily dissuaded from voting at all. As well as promoting disenfranchisement these toxic messages often stoke prejudice or unwarranted fear through deliberate disinformation just as we saw in both the Leave Campaign and the 2019 Election.
The article is certainly not a comfortable read as it goes on to elaborate on how this gross deception of the public was achieved. There is a good description of what psychographics are and how the technology evolved from product advertising to being used as a tool for covert political manipulation. “Psychographic information might be your buyer’s habits, hobbies, spending habits and values. Demographics explain “who” the buyer is, while psychographics explain “why” they buy.” According to the author: “Proven in the commercial market, CA weaponized Psychographics for electioneering…”
In 2008, Michal Kosinski of the Psychometrics Centre of Cambridge University helped develop a profiling system using general online data, Facebook-likes, and smartphone data. “He showed that with a limited number of “likes”, people can be analysed better than friends or relatives can do and that individual psychological targeting is a powerful tool to influence people.” According to the author: “This aspect of facebook-likes is absolutely key and – as far as I can tell – is missed in all other write-ups of the Presidential Election 2016 and GE2019 Fraud.” This is probably the biggest take-away from the article.
The author describes various techniques and interventions some of which I was entirely unaware of including: Sentiment Analysis; Robot Process Automation (RPA); then going on to define the difference between Bots and Sock Puppets. In my naivety I was grateful for this explanation as to my amazement the latter had nothing to do with keeping your feet snug and warm in winter! Some of us struggle to keep pace with the new jargon.
The author makes a very important point about what money can buy: “The set up and running of this technology requires a huge amount of capital intensive investment (this is where the rich, organised “few” outgun the poor, disorganised “many”). And this technology is not even in party headquarters but can be outsourced to friendly front organisations, commercial organisations or even foreign powers.”
There is an explanation of how cheaper and readily available off the shelf technology in the form of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system can be morphed into a new role to serve an election goal with a core set of marketing principals adapted accordingly. The devious agenda of Dominic Cummings, architect of both the Vote Leave campaign and the 2019 Tory General Election strategy is described in his blog where he talks of his central database of voters called the “Voter Intention Collection System (VICS).”
Where did Dominic Cummings obtain the core data to fuel his VICS program for use in the 2019 General Election? The Author describes his source as both: “…’conventional and unconventional’ – from that we can assume conventional = demographic data – freely available to political parties – and unconventional = psychographic… as described above – illegal.” In conclusion the author declares that this data was obtained illegally; “Illegal to the price of $5billion just to Facebook alone for allowing a loophole in its software. How much more illegal is it for people to deliberately exploit that loophole?”
Good Question! Do visit the Daily GasLamp to read this informative piece in full for a better understanding of what just occurred to our thoroughly discredited Electoral System. We need to seek justice and put things right ASAP so Please, read, sign, share and Link to this vital Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 12, 2020 at 23:48 #50798Kim Sanders-Fisher
The Covid Budget: The Tories want you to believe they are ready to “Level Up” after a decade of “Decimating Down!” Boris Johnson has tried to disown the appalling past track record of the Tory Government in which he was a prominent serving minister, but we cannot let him get away with this “not me Gov” deception. The majority of us suffered under the wholly unnecessary Tory Austerity Agenda, so let’s get the catch phases right on the money, so that the glossy new coating slapped on by callous Tory spin doctors, with the help of our compliant right wing media, does not continue to own the narrative. Promote the Hashtag: #TORIESDECIMATINGDOWN
What were the Tories responsible for? There must be a few choice phrases that would really sum up the pain inflicted by Tory greed on large sectors of the UK population through their ten years of ideologically motivated exploitation and neglect. They have been consistently Uncompromising to the Unemployed; Defiling the Disabled; Pummelling the Poor; Debasing the Destitute; Hammering the Homeless; Deporting the Defenceless and Brexit will further decimate the life chances of all the children growing up in poverty along with our underappreciated and overburdened young people in the UK.
We cannot remain so desperate to appease and cooperate in this time of national crisis that we allow the Tories to inflict even greater harm under the ruse of combating the Covid 19 virus. If the virus is not appropriately contained it might present a unique opportunity for these proven unscrupulous politicians to cull vulnerable sectors of the population by conveniently Extinguishing the Elderly; Annihilating the Addicted and “cleansing” our streets of rough sleepers under a sudden rapid deployment of their pledged expansion of the trespass laws designed to target the gypsies. First they came for the gypsies…
The reality of what was not mentioned in the Budget should deeply trouble us all, because while the assistance to small businesses will bring welcome relief to that sector, it is their business rates that cover the spiralling cost of Social Care, Youth Services and all of the other vital public services Councils provide with less and less support from this Tory Government. There was a casual mention of the barest minimum of funding to local authorities that will struggle to combat the impact of a dramatic fall in their current revenue while experiencing an increased burden of responsibility due to the demands of combating Covid 19.
By leaving this gaping hole in the social safety net unaddressed the Government must fully understand which citizens, in which vulnerable sectors, will be hardest hit by the consequences of their repeated deliberate neglect. Luckily for the Tories, during a time of national crisis the inadequacies and failings within our infrastructure can be just written off as unavoidable collateral damage. This will be especially true if the Tory Government policies come under the grotesque total absence of scrutiny that will no doubt be gifted to them by the BBC and our right wing media in general.
There was vague mention of the huge sector of our working population who are engaged in zero hours contract jobs, where their employers have no obligation to cover sick pay and they cannot afford to take time off. The expendable work force of poorly paid slave labour individuals might try to access the dysfunctional benefit system to undergo the humiliation and torment meted out by DWP in the hope of receiving £93 a week to subsist on. The UK has the lowest statutory sick pay in the EU despite being one of the wealthiest countries in the world: this is truly a disgrace.
Ricky Sunak gave the strong impression he was preparing to “Splash the Cash” in his “End of Austerity” Tory Budget a day ago, but as per usual much of the money belonged to repeat announcements of pledges that habitually remain unfulfilled year on year. “Potholes over People” and bold proposals for infrastructure spending that could evaporate after the lengthy obligatory reviews. This was just a massive distraction technique as these serial liars promise to repair the “Decimating Down” of a decade of Tory damage and neglect.
The “Magic Money Tree” was repatriated from its overseas tax haven and Boris found a few billion stuffed down the back of that wine stained sofa; all of a sudden the Tories went on a Keynesian spending spree: big-up the hype over innovation and don’t forget to mention that “Green crap!” Tories are incapable of any real change of direction… Undoubtedly it was considered best not to mention the much anticipated end to the cruel benefit freeze that has impoverished so many throughout the UK; that might remind recently deceived voters of who put this draconian measure in place.
No one is supposed to notice this sleight of hand over trotting out former abandoned financial pledges and downplaying the catastrophic of “Decimating Down” harm caused by austerity that has left our NHS grossly unprepared to combat the Covid 19 pandemic. It is time to start screaming “First do no Harm” as the current planning does not focus on the elderly and most vulnerable because these people are an expendable burden on the wealthy elite. A measured and humane policy would isolate those most at risk so that our NHS is not suddenly overwhelmed, but do not expect compassion from a Conservative: that is just hype.
So many disabled and vulnerable people have already died unnecessarily due to the work capability assessments, DWP sanctions and being driven onto the street in destitution with cruel restriction the Tories have enforced to deliberately target the poor. We could endure even greater carnage, with an accelerated death toll, as a result of policies driven by their greed as we get set to endure another decade of Tory punishment if we fail to remove them from power. Or, we could fight back. Please, read, sign, share and Link to this vital Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 13, 2020 at 09:13 #50800SA
Keep up the excellent work Kim. I am sorry that others are not participating in this but your blogs are a valuable reference to what is going on. The general apathy is staggering. The most staggering apathy comes from the Labour party who have decided to have a very long leadership contest which just prolongs the distraction from jobs that need to be done. With Covid-19, Johnson would like to pretend to be the new Churchill that will once again save the country. But it seems that he would like to do that by delaying action putting economic considerations above people’s lives.
The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg has now become the official spokesperson for the Tory party, seemingly without any restraint. Look at this page of the Express with several reports of her often uncritical analysis of government actions.March 14, 2020 at 00:31 #50815Kim Sanders-Fisher
SA – Thank you for your input and your continued support. It is very difficult to remain on message as the entire world now faces a serious crisis. I cannot deviate from the reality that we would be far better placed to deal with all of the dire situations we now face if we just had a trustworthy Government in place doing what was in the best interests of ordinary people. If we continue to endorse this rouge Tory Government, that has no legitimate mandate or right to be in office, then we are burdened by the reckless decisions that they make in order to stay in power.
This Tory Government is making decisions that are at odds with almost all other European countries. Despite announcing that they have drastically increased their testing capacity for Covid 19, in reality testing is now being refused except to the most obviously extremely sick patients. Symptomatic individuals are being asked to self-isolate and take care of themselves at home. Same old Tories: “your fault, your problem, don’t ask the Government for hekp!” This strategy produces a deceptively false evaluation of the actual case load in the UK and does not allow health authorities to assess where resources are needed most.
It is impossible to carry out an assessment of any kind while refusing to evaluate the evidence! The UK non-strategy is extremely hard to justify as it is the very antithesis of how the WHO function in their global healthcare role. It is easier to lie to the public if you refuse to acknowledge any data or statistics; the model you must base all your planning on has to totally rely on guesswork. Meanwhile Johnson has resorted to what we call in the medical profession “hanging crepe;” talking up the worst case scenario ahead of an increased death toll he has no intention of preventing.
In part the Tory strategy is probably driven by financial interests, but there is also a large very vulnerable elderly sector of the population that the Tories would gladly kill off. The population are being softened up in preparation for this tragedy so that it will be less of a shock as the situation deteriorates until it becomes the new norm. At one time the Tories relied on the pensioners for most of their votes, but now they no longer need to worry about the support of the older generation, because they have the electoral system fully rigged under Tory control.
While I can understand a modicum of cross party support over our crisis strategy, there is not nearly enough scrutiny of the underlying Tory motivations. It certainly does not help that the opposition MPs have totally capitulated over the unfathomable election result and are falling over themselves to solidify the Tory Fake News narrative. Don’t forget this was exactly the same with the Brexit vote with PMs being coerced into repeating the warped mantra about “The Will of the People.” It took a while before the lies and hypocrisy got exposed as “The Will of the Sheeple,” but once it was, public opinion started to shift. We need the same seismic shift with regard to the rigged 2019 General Election.
I think that Led by Donkeys, the same team that exposed the lies of Brexit, would be well placed and very well trusted to launch a new campaign to demand an investigation into the election to validate the results or overturn the rigged vote. If anyone knows how to contact them please make this an urgent priority. We should not be careening into a major crisis with a part-time PM who is prepared to throw our elderly under the bus and exploit the situation to satisfy his personal greed and incompetence. We need proper Government with legitimate elected leadership to protect all of the citizens in the UK. Please, read, sign, share and Link to this vital Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 14, 2020 at 06:50 #50818SA
You echo my very thoughts especially about the actions regarding the covid19 virus. I don’t know if you have seen what I wrote about this in another thread. But all of this has been a trend of Britain ignoring international law for years as Craig has drawn attention to in several blogs. Britain has become a rogue state and this has now become institutional with the Tories sagely in power. I am not quite sure how they think they will get away with this one, standing against all of the rest of the world, and the WHO and being the laughing stock of the world.
Many bodies are now defying the government recommendation such as football and sports associations and other bodies. The idiots in government think that thier inaction will presumably cushion the government from liability. Maybe suing Boris and his advisors personally may be a good way to retaliate when the results of this negligent advise is realised.March 14, 2020 at 12:30 #50823Ell
I am trying to find out how GE2019 was rigged.
I suspect folks were left off register and postal votes were delayed. I have done a few FOI and pulled together some data for a few constituencies going back to 2005 – 1st time PV was open to all.. Did this to see if there was anything glaringly obvious but of course there is not – just 1 or 2 % points but enough to make a difference in possibly 60 seats!
So I asked my CLP to do an audit of those folks that said they would PV but did not – Shockingly my CLP are not interested – even though we now have a CON mp after only ever having Labour in Blyth Valley.
Would you like to help perhaps persuade your CLP to carry out an audit?
Thank you Also just discovered not only is IDOX used at Cabinet office and Local authorities but they all use the same print company to print postal votes etc!March 14, 2020 at 18:21 #50827Paul Barbara
@ Kim Sanders-Fisher March 14, 2020 at 00:31
I made a trip to the Birdcage pub yesterday, no joy. I didn’t even ask the barmen if they knew the four, as they were Turkish and I felt I would not get any help from them. I didn’t feel comfortable in the pub, which was quite expensive, and I was the ‘odd man out’.
I may go again, but I doubt it.
Your best bet is probably to phone the Greenpeace office and ask to speak to either Stewart or Knowles, or write a snail-mail to either of them at Greenpeace, Canonbury Villas, London N1 2PN.
Office is open 09.00 – 17.30 Mon-Fri.March 15, 2020 at 00:28 #50834Kim Sanders-Fisher
Ell – You are doing a great job and I know this is an uphill slog, but it is worthy of your time and attention. Identifying the points of susceptibility in our current Electoral System is incredibly important both to understanding how the 2019 General Election might have been rigged and to prevent the opportunity for any political party to fraudulently rig any vote or referendum in future. What are the key problem areas?
1. Political involvement or conflict of interest by MPs or wealthy influential party members in positions inside such private companies.
2. Market monopoly of the sector by a third party private company, Idox, involved with handling several areas of our voting system.
3. Lack of Watchdog knowledge, access to or oversight of the third party companies used for outsourcing of electoral services.
The undue influence of Tory MP Peter Liley as a non-Executive Director at the Election Management company, Idox, until early 2018 is just one such glaring conflict of interest that should not have been permissible under UK Electoral Law. The fact that Idox is a subsidiary of an Oil and Gas giant openly seeking to expand their area of influence also raises a red flag when opposition progressive parties are dedicated to a low carbon, green agenda that would negatively impact business. This sets the scene for a high degree of justified suspicion especially when the election results are so unfathomable.
An unhealthy monopoly has resulted from this one particular company, Idox, buying out smaller competitors that handled one aspect of the vote and then closing them down within days of the December Election as was the case with Halarose. The awarding of a large contract to revamp the Electoral Register that was not put out to competitive tender, but was allocated to Idox just a couple of months before the Election giving them exclusive access to addresses, names, dates of birth and the unique signatures of most voters throughout the UK. A fraudster couldn’t wish for a better gift, but this in itself is not hard evidence.
Idox also developed a handy Idox Canvassing App which added the voting intention data for all of those on the new Electoral Register they had created. Consolidating so much powerful information in the hands of one unaccountable private company that could not necessarily be trusted to remain impartial, but would not be hampered by any watchdog scrutiny, was extremely reckless. The Electoral Commission have freely admitted in writing that they have no jurisdiction over the private company or companies that a Returning Officer outsources the work to; they don’t even keep a list of which authorities use which companies: this is staggering!
So where to look for hard evidence? After a campaign to boost the number of people using postal votes and the poor timing of the election just as students were on the move, the percentage of postal votes was much higher this time around. It would be helpful to find out what the percentage of postal votes was in this last election. The Idox Postal Vote Managed Service had absolute control of the Idox software designed to assess the validity of your signature and possibly reject your vote on that or other grounds. It was also within the gift of Idox to prioritize, delay, suppress or destroy mailings to meet the desired number of favourable Tory respondents.
We do know that a significant number of Postal Votes did not arrive in time or did not arrive at all; we need to determine if it was reasonable to claim incompetence if the volume of such anomalies is suspicious enough to point to deliberate suppression of the vote. Many of these issues will require a demonstration of the volume of mistakes and errors that simply cannot be accounted for without a very strong suspicion of deliberate intervention. Genuine errors are always random so if a sizable preponderance of unfortunate errors consistently accumulates votes for a Tory candidate at the expense of opposition candidates that, in itself, is highly suspicious.
The deliberate bad timing of the Election meant that there were discrepancies between the original and the new Electoral Register causing fully anticipated confusion on poling day that resulted in numerous registered voters being removed from the register and refused the right to vote; in some places this impacted a large number of voters. People were told they had already voted or that they were registered to vote in a remote location to which they had no connection. How much of this chaos was due to poor management errors? The sheer volume of these anomalies that are being reported on social media goes beyond chronic incompetence to imply vote rigging.
The more data that we can accrue to demonstrate that the sheer volume of anomalies was not within the bounds of reasonable error and that the negative impact disproportionately helped a Tory candidate running in a former Labour stronghold, the stronger the case proving a rigged election becomes. From the plan for a crash-out Brexit to the disastrous mishandling of the Covid 19 outbreak to the “Levelling up” budget that is designed for more “Decimating Down,” we cannot afford to let these Toxic Tories remain in power. Ell – I will post more on where to look for the evidence tomorrow after tracking down a couple of important Links, but for now if you have not done so yet, Please, read, sign, share and Link to this vital Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 15, 2020 at 01:15 #50835Ell
Would love to post my spreadsheet and a flow diagram I have done which shows the digital links between LA elec regs/Cabinet office/ DWP Cis database and importantly Adare Sec who are the contracted printer.
However not sure how to attach things here?
[ Mod: You can’t upload files to this blog, unfortunately. However, you can post the file to an anonymous file host and then include the download link here. ]
Also need CLPs to audit Folks who said they would vote but did not – CLPs do have this info but mine & a few others that were contacted via my friends are not interested either!March 15, 2020 at 14:08 #50843Kim Sanders-Fisher
Paul Barbara – Thanks for trying on my behalf to contact the “Led By Donkeys” team; I hope you SA and others will keep posting here. Welcome to Ell – Fantastic that you are putting together this cache of evidence and I realize that there are others who are engaged in similar activities; we need to create a repository for this information so that it is all collected in one place. The space to exhibit all of this data extends beyond the capacity of this Forum, but there are other possibilities as outlined by our Moderator.
What I am trying to achieve with my relentless posting on this Forum is to:
A) Inform people of the high probability of a Rigged Election vote by constantly publicizing information about it.
B) Encourage everyone to demand information and electoral data from their local authorities.
C) Maintain a Forum space where information and strategies can be shared that might prompt a Whistleblower to feel safe and
supported enough to emerge from the shadows.
D) Decisive Action: Accumulate enough evidence with the help of a professional Investigative Journalist to make this a front page news story and an unstoppable demand for justice from both UK authorities and potentially the EU Courts too.
I have tried to post Links to other Blogs, Websites and Articles that elaborate on the situation to help build this wealth of evidence that will hopefully become so overwhelmingly compelling that it cannot be ignored. One blog that I found, “the Daily GasLamp” is dedicated to the issue of our rigged elections especially in the area of Cambridge Analytica’s PsyOps technology and how even now “weapons grade” PsyOps brainwashing is being deployed to manipulate the electorate. I am monitoring this Blog very closely so that each time they post further information I can offer a brief summary of the new content and a Link to visit the site.
There is a possibility that your data could potentially be posted on the Daily GasLamp as there might be more space to achieve this goal. I would suggest getting in touch with the person who created the Daily GasLamp Blog by commenting at the bottom of one of the posts; after I did this I received a direct email from the Blogger and was able to establish contact. I will send a new email to alert the blogger that there is a lot of data evidence being collected by various individuals with nowhere to display that information and is there any way that this can be accommodated on the Blog.
I am not a very Tech savvy person when it comes to the capacity of Blogs, connectivity or Social Media, but the advice of the Mod is very valid and offers us a way to display the data collected direct from a Link on this Forum. My concern is that the greatest failure of this effort so far is the ability to keep all of the various activists who are diligently working on this issue interconnected through one universally recognized hub. How many of the people reporting their serious electoral problems and unexplained anomalies in sporadic posts on Facebook or Twitter are connected to one another and working together towards a common goal?
The connectivity issue is a particularly serious weakness for me personally because I am not prepared to launch on Facebook as I am even less trusting of the site now than I was years ago when everyone else was so eager to join. I find it equally frustrating trying to keep track of what is posted in brief blips on Twitter. The information shared seems to appear and then disappear just as rapidly and I am not sure that if I joined in the random tweeting I would be any the wiser or even be able to keep pace.
We need to create a broad cross-section of different types of Internet spaces, social media platforms, alternative news outlets and Blogs that can come together to focus on one purpose: to bring accountability to our electoral process by challenging the 2019 General Election and potentially other flawed votes. People who can connect through a number of different Internet platforms will be essential to keeping the information current and widely disseminated for maximum exposure to get the general public on side.
In a time where most people do not even divulge their real name, let alone provide a contact email address or a phone number, it is has become very difficult for me to get in contact without membership access to platforms like Facebook and Twitter. However, these spaces are so cluttered and diffuse that it is just by random luck that one might attract the attention of that key person that there is a dire need to get in touch with. The most valuable tool that social media savvy supporters can provide is to help direct those key people to our campaign so that they can decide if they want to take on the challenge and get involved.
WHO DO WE NEED TO CONTACT? I have tried attracting the attention of the team from “Led By Donkeys” to see if we can interest them in publicizing this issue as the natural successor to their amazing public awareness campaign that garnered so much newsworthy attention nationwide. We need to contact a number of very high profile social media icons like Rachael Swindon and Alternative News promoters from across the spectrum like Aaron Bastani, Kerry Anne Mendoza, Carole Cadwalladr, John Pilger, Owen Jones to name but a few.
Last, but certainly not least, we need well established organizations like Open Democracy and the International Consortium of Professional Investigative Journalists to deploy a team of investigative journalists to start sifting through the data that has already been collected, filling in the gaps, collating the evidence and demanding answers so that we are ready to expose the truth and demand action. At that point a police investigation, an Electoral Petition Challenge and an appeal to the EU demanding justice will become a genuine possibility.
A big thank you to Paul Barbara for trying to contact the “Led by Donkeys” team; don’t give up trying. SA thank you for your input too and welcome to this Forum Ell; this effort is very much needed. We need a major post in the Canary and other Alt News outlets; that means persuading Skwarkbox to stop apologising and making nonsensical excuses for the catastrophe hoax being promoted by the Tory party. There is so much to be done. People tend to drift onto this Forum and then drift away again, but we need all of you to let us know what you might be able to realistically work towards accomplishing and then please keep us posted…March 15, 2020 at 23:17 #50870J
“The deliberate bad timing of the Election meant that there were discrepancies between the original and the new Electoral Register causing fully anticipated confusion on polling day that resulted in numerous registered voters being removed from the register and refused the right to vote; in some places this impacted a large number of voters”
If the majority of them could be reached and convinced to return a questionnaire then compare this data to the detailed breakdown of results, a strong circumstantial case could be made, if we’re right. Without numbers it’s probably all pissing in the wind. The way things are likely to develop in the near future, I suspect the window of opportunity to do something meaningful is almost closed.March 15, 2020 at 23:19 #50871J
Oh, and Postal Vote Investigation https://twitter.com/PostalVoteProbe has been silent for three weeks now.March 16, 2020 at 13:19 #50878Kim Sanders-Fisher
J – We must strenuously resist the temptation to give up as that is exactly what the government is hoping will occur. Time and distance between the corrupt event and the determination to just carry on with business as if they have a genuine mandate to set the rules: that is the strategy and we dare not play into their hands by giving up. Can anyone contact “Postal Vote Investigation https://twitter.com/PostalVoteProbe” to encourage this sleuth to continue probing for evidence as such commendable efforts are not in vain? We cannot afford to ignore what occurred in December as this will mark the last real election for a very long time if we fail to correct the result.
I have written elsewhere that: “Covid 19 could act as the cover and the excuse for this far right Government to inflict more pain on the UK population than even the PM’s crash-out Brexit will cause.” From the “Decimating Down” of Liverpool by inviting thousands of potentially virus infected fans to create a northern hotspot on Labour turf, to his “Final Solution” for culling the elderly by abandoning them to die in self imposed isolation or face jail: Boris Johnson’s decisions are criminal.”
We must continue to fight the grotesque injustice of the rigged election that gifted this Tory Government the power to continue exploiting and causing misery to millions in this country. Please read, sign, share and Link to this important Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.March 16, 2020 at 17:45 #50897Ell
Blyth Valley in the collapsed “red wall” – Was it pushed or did it fall?
On 12 December 2019 whilst watching BBC Election 2019 and reeling from the shock of the exit poll predicting an 80 seat majority, imagine my horror when it was announced that for the first time in my 62 years I had a CONSERVATIVE MP.
Blyth valley was established as a constituency in 1950 as Blyth, renamed in 1983, has always been labour, was the third seat to declare the result in 2019 and was the first conservative seat at that election.
I have published this blog and my spreadsheets, flowcharts etc here
Not very elegant or well written but hey ho!
I cannot go any further with these we URGENTLY NEED AN AUDIT of those who said they were voting and did not!!!
I just cannot get any CLP to do this! but more in the blog
EllMarch 17, 2020 at 00:30 #50898Kim Sanders-Fisher
Ell – I visited your new Blog earlier and reading through the data you posted there a few points that bounced off the screen: As I noted in the comment I left: “Please do not give up; you have put too much effort into this so far to shelve your efforts or just give up now. There is a lot of tabulated data here that is difficult to fit in the space, but it demonstrates that there is plenty of material to work with if we could get a professional investigative Journalist interested in this matter.
I have contacted a number of organizations and individuals including the International Consortium of Professional Investigative Journalists, Open Democracy, Carole Cadwalladr, John Pilger, Aaron Bastani and others. I suggest you double up on my contact appeals to the same organizations, individuals and more.”
You documented the report that supposedly: “There were very low numbers of postal votes.” You later noted in your tabulation of the numbers that although postal votes were down from 2017 the fall was not that dramatic. However, you then note that: “There were high numbers of people turning up at the polling stations necessitating extra staff being employed at the count.” Do you have any pictures to document long lines of people waiting to vote as there were elsewhere in the UK? How does this evidence of higher than normal turnout correlate with turnout being less than in 2017?
Pictures tell a damning story. This discrepancy is hard for the vote riggers to fudge when people produce pictures of the phenomenal number of people waiting in line with reports of reduced turnout. A lot of people took these photos on their phone because it was a very unusual occurrence, but it does not support lower turnout – quite the opposite. Where people turning up to vote only to discover that they were not on the register as they should have been? Were these discrepancies causing hold-ups that left people waiting in line longer than normal?
The next thing to catch my attention was when you documented: “A total of 28 ballot boxes arriving at the count,” later revealing that there were a total of 31 polling stations! So what happened to the ballot boxes from the three other polling stations? Is this where witnessed long lines of voters shank down to a lower turnout with three whole ballot boxes missing in action? This would represent a serious discrepancy looking a lot like tampering.
Here is a continuation of my response to Ell with regard to further evidence gathering and discrepancy exposing options:
Within any given total of postal votes sent out it is quite normal for a percentage not to be returned due to a move, an illness, death or a prison term preventing a response. However, this can present an opportunity for ballot stuffing to make up the quota sought through fraud. In the Scottish Independence Referendum the percentage returned was not credible, in some cases as high as over 96%, sparking the really in depth analysis of suspicious votes in the Dunoon Unit Report. This report makes interesting reading as it very clearly points to fraud.
The postal votes that are returned are sent back in a very conspicuous white envelope with a large letter “B” printed on the front. These envelopes have been described as a blatant invitation to theft, aptly put by one Judge who said they might as well be marked with the words “Steal Me!” Since postal ballots can be handed in at a polling station on Election Day, the allegedly unreturned ballots may account for a number of people being turned away told they had already voted: this was excused as an innocent error. In reality their unreturned B envelope was available for substitution during the postal vote managed process controlled by Idox; the exceptionally high record breaking return rate points to this being the case.
The seal or seals placed on ballot boxes are applied after the inner envelopes marked with the letter “A” are opened in front of observers. But what security is placed on these A envelopes before they are opened to remove the ballot papers? Between the opening of the outer B envelopes, when standard checking of the voter’s signature occurs and a number of ballots are rejected as invalid due to incorrect data or signature, and the observed opening session for the A envelopes, who secures and guards these ballots?
All of this is accomplished in-house at Idox facilities where there is potentially an opportunity to trade out the valid ballot envelopes for replacement ones. These replacement A envelopes containing the ballot could very easily be produced to order with a pre-marked ballot for the desired candidate inside the A envelope sealed as normal, but probably all using an automated process. Idox controls every single step of this process and has computerized access to all of the assigned numbers printed on the ballot A envelopes that must also match the ballot papers inside; this presents few obstacles to prevent tampering as there is no oversight. A Watchdog that cannot Watch is just a Dog!
When the sealed ballot boxes are brought to the polling station they are routinely mixed in with other votes eliminating one of the very few opportunities to flag-up ballot stuffing. There is really no logical justification for this mixing up of the votes since if postal ballots were tallied separately it would alert Returning Officers to a suspicious discrepancy in the vote tally that might lack credibility. The percentages for each candidate should not be radically different between postal voters and those who vote on polling day. If a massively high percentage of just the postal votes favour one candidate it would look highly suspicious if this was not matched by walk in voters. A very simple change of tactic could be implemented for all future votes to reduce the risk of fraud.
One interesting feature that could distinguish the postal ballots from other votes, even after this unhelpful mixing process, is the probability that the vote cross will most likely be marked in pen by postal voters after completing information and signing in pen. However, the ballots from voting booths are normally marked with a pencil as that is what is available within the booth. So what if a large sample of pen marked ballots were examined for signs of automation, a pen mark that does not look individual or distinctively different enough from other pen marked votes within the same batch. This closer examination of pen marked ballot papers probably would not be anticipated or prepared for by fraudsters, as there is such a scramble to count quickly on election night.
The ballots and even the ballot A envelopes are all retained for one year, opening up the possibility for examination by police if we can prove that it is warranted. There is one further examination of the ballots and the A envelopes that would conclusively prove that fraud had been committed. It requires that the evidence is tested for fingerprints. While prints are not always picked up on paper, it would be highly unlikely for none of the A envelopes or ballot papers to have a unique set if prints, just sets of common prints from the opening team and counters. With no evidence of a voter’s fingerprints this phenomenon would only be possible if automation was used to create batches of replacement ballots.
The winning margins are all in exactly the right constituencies by precisely the right numbers like the votes were made to order. This would have required automation and a master plan; a whistleblower might still blow this rigged election wide open. The wins were loosely supported by Tory “push poles” and the relentless BBC and other media propaganda, the smear campaign and hiding the true picture of Corbyn support and Boris vilification. As you can see there are multiple ways to deceive the public if your party is determined to seize power through fraud. However, there are ways to expose the truth if it is possible to have an investigator examine the evidence.
DO NOT GIVE UP – All Votes Must Count – Please keep up the good work to “Rescue our Watchdog!”March 17, 2020 at 11:36 #50910Ell
I have added a flow chart into my blog that was missed when I first posted it.
I cannot get the formatting right over there and would really like a respoitory to place all of this in.
I am not giving up I have tried to contact journalists via Twitter, FB, direct email etc NO_ONE is INTERESTED!
Signed petitions which go nowhere, Electoral commission is worse than useless and IF a human rights case can be brought it needs to be soon
We lose access to ECHR 31st December 2020 and you can bet your bottom dollar 1st January 2021 will see whar HR we have now wiped out.
EllMarch 17, 2020 at 12:13 #50911Ell
RE: @Postalvoteprobe have emailed him several times no reply?
I have just sent a copy of my blog to my local newspaper editor. Will keep you informed of developments – DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH!
If anyone does manage to persuade thier CLP to audit non voters I am happy to crunch numbers for them.
otherwise for now I need to “Get a Life” as that despicable TORY MP told a constiuent who asked about living on £94 per week sick pay.March 17, 2020 at 16:23 #50913Ell
Latest version of my spreadsheet APPENDIX – have now added Dover plus UXbridge & south Ruislip per a twitter request
Email me if you want a copy in PDF – does not display very well on my blogMarch 17, 2020 at 18:18 #50916Kim Sanders-Fisher
Ell – I am glad to hear you say: “I am not giving up I have tried to contact journalists via Twitter, FB, direct email etc NO_ONE is INTERESTED!” Your reply has reassured me that I would probably not have accomplished very much at all by succumbing to the pressure to join Facebook, Twitter or the like, and the conscious avoidance of such spaces has greatly helped me to maintain my sanity! I really don’t know how these platforms function so I would be fumbling in the dark trying to get my feeble sound-bites noticed by the high profile aficionados who attract all the attention.
Still, there is no reason why you and others should not keep trying if you are familiar with these spaces and how they are best able to publicize an important message. Gone are the days when you could just look someone up in the phone book and give them a call… so call me a dinosaur! I really feel that if we could get the team from “Led by Donkeys” interested that they could put a giant megaphone to the project. There are also a number of really good Investigative Journalists out there who would have a huge boost in getting to the bottom of this mess aided by all of the data you have so diligently collected.
You say that: “I cannot get the formatting right over there and would really like a repository to place all of this in.” I do not have an alternative space, but I do have a formula for turning your data tables into easily transferable, customized to fit images you will be better able to post on your Blog and elsewhere. “Bear with;” I am no Techie. In an effort I should realistically describe as the blind as a bat leading the marginally visually impaired, I will try to explain how I have managed to spatially manipulate the content that I posted on my long neglected Blog.
When I was out in Indonesia as a Medical volunteer after the Boxing Day tsunami one of the local Doctors taught me a how to use PowerPoint to accomplish a whole lot more than creating training presentations. I was able to produce a complete floor plan of the Surgical treatment area and sterile core to illustrate a proposal I needed to present to WHO. Now, I routinely use PowerPoint for my design concept drawings as I find it really quick and easy to use for this task, but you can create data tables too if you do not need all the special features of Excel..
Creation Space: I chose PowerPoint to create my controlled print boxes and I used the simple “Table” feature in Power Point to create data tables. I use PP because you can expand your content well beyond the edges of the slide you are working on and then adapt it to fit the area you want latter on. Do not feel confined to the slide space, just extend sideways as much as you require, but use other options to stay as compact as possible. I also use a pastel background colours within my tables as this makes it easier for dyslexics to read.
Font & Fudging: Then it is important to select a compact font because it appears to be the width of your document that’s awkward to accommodate. I use a narrow san-serif font like Arial Narrow, but I prefer one called Agency FB; as a dyslexic I find this one easier to read and I always avoid Serif fonts like Times New Roman for the same reason. The font size can be enhanced using “Bold” and even “Text Shadow” to keep the text tight, but readable. By fudging I mean organizing the size of the title boxes to give you more height than width. The numbers below take up far less space, so it is just one large box at the top.
Capture as an Image: It does not matter if your table stretches out past the edge of the screen as your next move is to capture your completed table in its entirety and use the “group” function to unify it as a block image. Then all you need to do is “Copy” and select “Paste Special” from the “Paste” menu. You can now turn your table into one of several types of picture file.
Adapting the Image: Once this is accomplished the picture can be adapted to fit the space where you want it displayed. Within reason you can distort the image to increase the height and diminish the width by differing proportions to make your table fit into the posting area on your blog page. If someone wants to reprint your data all they need do is copy and paste what is now a picture.
Using this technique you can make your tabulated data easily readable on your own Blog space and easily transferable to be added to an email or document you send or print out. Keep signing the Petitions and sharing them with your friends; if you look for a much earlier post #50261 that I created on February 17, 2020 at 08:25 you will find a total of nine related Petitions calling for investigations into various aspects of this rigged Election including my own. We cannot give up as All Votes Must Count: it is time to “Rescue our Watchdog!”
PS: I will not be in the least bit offended if one of the more Techie inclined younger contributors has a far easier and more efficient way to fudge the awkward dimensions of a data table into a blog post: please share.March 18, 2020 at 07:09 #50924Ell
thanks for the tips re editing my spreadsheet to fit blog pages.
I have the file as an excel spreadsheet and a PDF however the blog site I chose will not let me post either of these
If anyone wants copies email me at [email protected]
I have checked out cloud storage for a repository but decided the way I store files now on an external hard drive is what I will stick with. However if anyone wants to start a repository and want to add copies into there I am willing to do that.
We need to bear mind that 31st December we lose access to ECHR and 1st January 2021 those HR we have now will vanish!
TIME IS TICKING to get an audit of non voters.
ALL Constituency Labour parties have lists of who said they would vote but did not.
A simple task to contact these folks and ask why. If a significant number say they were elft off register or did not get PV Pack that is all that is needed for an investigation!
Cannot for the life of me understand why so many CLPs are unwilling to do this – almost like they are happy for us to continue to be tortured by this corrupt Crime Minister & his crime syndicate.