Dear Mr Peston


Dear Mr Peston

I would like to directly address issues in your Facebook post on 27th September 2017


More specifically, firstly, I would like to address this:

The Labour mob loved and worshipped him, in what was more religious festival than traditional conference.

I’m assuming, and please correct me if I’m wrong, that you are a journalist and as such, you choose your words carefully. I have also heard you often repeat that you are impartial. By choosing to refer to legitimate delegates to a party conference as a ‘mob’ you have shown that you are definitely not impartial, you have allowed your personal beliefs to get in the way of your journalism.  There are many other words you COULD have chosen,

The Labour delegates,

Labour Party members,

Even, the Labour faithful, if you wanted to imply partisan behaviour.

But instead you decided to use the term,

The Labour…

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Len on JVL – “really impressed, we’ll be getting involved not just endorsing”


Len McCluskey, head of the Unite union, gave the new Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) a huge boost when – on the night of its official launch – he announced that Unite would be affiliating with the group. He was closely followed by ASLEF‘s Tosh McDonald making a similar announcement about his own intentions.

The decision of two major unions to not only endorse but to affiliate to JVL on its first official evening put the group firmly on the political map as a force to be reckoned with.

McCluskey spoke earlier today to the SKWAWKBOX about JVL and the reasons for his shock announcement:

“Left-wing Jewish members of the party have needed a voice for long time so I was excited when I heard about JVL’s formation. But when I met them I was extremely impressed not just with their commitment but with their organisation and competence.


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Left candidates smash NCC election


Left-wing candidates Seema Chandwani and Billy Hayes romped home in last month’s CAC (Conference Arrangements Committee) elections by a margin of 2:1 over their opponents.

Now Emine Ibrahim and Anna Dyer have by an even bigger margin in a huge win in the vital NCC (National Constitutional Committee) elections – by a ratio of almost 3 to 1. The results will not be formally announced until Conference resumes tomorrow, but the SKWAWKBOX can reveal the precise results:

ncc.pngCongratulations to both left candidates. The NCC plays a vital role in the party’s disciplinary processes and the presence of two left-wing members will increase the confidence of the majority of members in a fair regime in future.

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A voice of sanity from the US Peace Council

Excellent and thorough post


At the United Nations General Assembly:
Trump obliterated the UN Charter and declared war on the world

The U.S. Peace Movement should not and cannot afford to remain silent

U.S. Peace Council — September 24, 2017

President Trump:

  • “The United States of America has been among the greatest forces for good for the history of the world… In America, we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone.”

  • “We must uphold respect for the law, respect for borders, and respect for culture….”


  • “As President of the United States, I will always put America first.”

  • “[I]t has just been announced that we will be spending almost $700 billion on our military and defense…. Our military will soon be the strongest it has ever been.”

  • “[A] small group of rogue regimes … violate every principle on which the United Nations is based.”

  • “Too often the focus of [the…

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EU leaders to show creativity by doodling during Theresa May’s Brexit speech

#PrayForFlorence 🇮🇹


EU leaders will show their creativity over Brexit by scribbling absent-mindedly during Theresa May’s speech in Florence, they have confirmed.


As the Prime Minister calls on them to be “imaginative and creative” about reaching a Brexit deal, they will pen rough caricatures of her in range of perilous situations, they have said.

After learning Mrs May would call on them to “show vision” in overcoming deadlocked Brexit talks, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said: “I’m seeing her being eaten by a massive crocodile.

“No, a toad. A gigantic toad. It’s got blond hair and a hat that says ‘Boris’ on it. And she’s imploring it to be creative and imaginative in reaching an arrangement where she doesn’t get eaten. She’s saying it has a ‘profound sense of responsibility’ not to eat her. But it’s just eating her anyway. It’s eating her up.”

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “I know…

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‘You gave us a voice’ – human cost is key to #BirminghamBinStrike


bham workers.pngThe SKWAWKBOX has run a number of articles over the past few weeks about the Birmingham bin strike, Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) atrocious treatment of its employees and its bad faith in attempting to renege on a firm, authorised and Cabinet-approved deal with union Unite.

This blog’s revelations resulted in the resignation of the council leader – and Unite won a vital victory on Wednesday, gaining an injunction preventing the council from proceeding with the redundancy notices it issued to staff with whom it had agreed a fair deal.

On the evening of the same day, the SKWAWKBOX received the following message from a Unite official:

beddowsThere is no hyperbole in admitting that this simple message was deeply moving – in the idea that this blog had been of help to people being appallingly treated by their employer, but even more so in the thought that they had felt…

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A vital opportunity at Birkenhead CLP AGM – today


bhead town hall.pngBirkenhead’s old Town Hall

Birkenhead CLP (constituency Labour party) on Merseyside holds its annual general meeting (AGM) this evening. The CLP, which is represented – after a fashion – by the right-wing MP Frank Field, has an opportunity to make a transformative decision on how it is run and who by. The decision it makes this evening will have huge ramifications for the nature and actions of Labour in the area.

The meeting will take place at The Laurie’s Centre, Claughton Rd, Birkenhead CH41 6EY. Doors will open at 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start.
A local activist told the SKWAWKBOX:

We have a full slate of experienced, honest and talented members, who are committed to:

  • unequivocal support for Jeremy Corbyn led Labour Party
  • a member-led Party, putting grassroots members at the centre of Party activities
  • reinstating Party democracy, which was diluted in the Kinnock/Blair/Brown eras
  • supporting Socialist policies…

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