Boris claimed this never happened. May ignored it. See exclusive pics and decide #GE17

Clearly a fake photo of Boris
Nothing more to see

Move on

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At the end of last year, the Guardian reported concerns over a ‘diplomatic’ visit to Serbia made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Johnson, it alleged, had spent at least part of his time in Serbia – a trip paid for, of course, by tax-payers – promoting his book on Winston Churchill at a well-known Serbian bookshop:

guardian boris.pngThe book’s publisher referred to Johnson’s visit on Twitter in terms that appeared to suggest discussion of his book had been the focus rather than the official subject of press freedom:

boris albion.pngJohnson denied that any book-signing had taken place. His spokesman said:

The Serbian newspaper making the suggestion this was a promotional event is simply wrong and wasn’t even at the event. We have said before that this was not a promotional event and we made that request very clear in advance of the trip.

The event took place in a closed bookshop and…

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May calls in troops to hide her weakness and blame #GE17

“”It’s too little. Too late. Too blatant.””

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Labour supporters have been holding back from campaigning today out of respect for the victims of last night’s atrocity and their families. Theresa May’s announcement tonight that she is putting troops on the streets means that there can be no further holding back.

May’s call to suspend campaigning until Sunday was never anything more than cover. It allowed her to monopolise soundbites of Cobra meetings and threat levels to shore up her crumbling image, while her attack dogs in the media spout nonsense about Corbyn or publish crass and disgusting cartoons in complete disregard for morality or for the feelings of those affected by last night’s tragedy.

But the decision to call in the army to cover her own culpability cannot be borne in silence. It’s too little. Too late. Too blatant.

stable.pngThe Tories – on May‘s watch as Home Secretary – have cut almost 20,000

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2.8 MILLION people registered to vote in #GE17

Those who turn up, decide the vote

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As the Independent revealed today, the drive to register voters for the General Election paid off hugely, with an astonishing 622,000 people registering yesterday before the midnight deadline – of which 246,000 were under 25.

ballot paper.pngThis takes the total who registered in just over one month between Theresa May’s 18 April announcement of the General Election and yesterday’s deadline to over 2.8 million, with a high proportion of those new voters below 25 years of age – and two million in the under-35 age bracket.

To put this into context, in the five months between Dec 2014 and the cut-off just before the General Election in May 2015, one million registered.

Yesterday’s total significantly outstripped the 485,000 who registered on the last day for the 2015 General Election and the 525,000 who registered on the final day for the EU referendum.

This means that we go into the 2017 General Election with well over three…

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Vast crowds for Corbyn in Hull #groundswell #GE17

Register to vote
Even if you are a rough sleeper
Even if you haven’t your national insurance number

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Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘rock star’ reception on the campaign trail continues. Today he appeared in Hull, to crowds on the city’s streets as impressive as anything seen since General Election campaigning began – apart from, perhaps, the incredible 20,000 young people who serenaded and cheered him during a Libertines gig at Prenton Park last Saturday.

Corbyn met with huge acclaim from crowds of thousands in Leeds, Wirral, Birmingham and even small towns like Hebden Bridge – but in Hull the turnout was if anything even larger:

hull 4hull 3hull 2hull 1Well done to the people of Hull, who clearly have as much appetite for authenticity, vision and genuine strength as those in every other part of the country Corbyn has visited so far.

The groundswell continues – and the Tories continue to implode.

There are still just over three hours left to register to vote. Make sure you claim your future.

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#ImWithConnor: young man carried bodily away for trying to talk with May #GE17

I believe, when I heard this footage earlier, an Officer confirming he was arrested for “Breach of the peace”! Why aren’t the Tory Cabinet arrested then???

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In scenes reminiscent of the worst of the Thatcher years, a young man has been wrestled, lifted and carried bodily away for shouting something to Theresa May. As you can see from the footage below, he was not near the Prime Minister, nor making any attempt to get close enough to do any harm – and yet he is forced away from the scene even after May has long since entered a building and, for protesting at the actions of police, he is wrestled violently to the ground after a female police officer is heard saying ‘Let’s just put him down, come on’.

A male officer uses his body weight to buckle the young man – Connor’s – legs to bring him to the ground and then several officers lift him bodily and cart him off:

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Banners for Spain

Visited Guernica last month
Walked around with leaflets about this horror of horrors!!!
Shocked and disturbed me

21centurymanifesto

by Nick Wright

Legend has it that while Picasso was living in Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II, a visiting German officer asked him, upon seeing a photo of the painting Guernica in his apartment, “Did you do that?” Picasso responded, “No, you did.”

As the veterans of the International Brigades breathe their last a new generation is recovering the significance of their heroism and of the Spanish tragedy.

Defence of the Spanish Republic was the defining issue of the late Thirties. Britain’s ruling elite favoured accommodation with nazi Germany and fascist Italy while the democratic Spanish republic counted on the support of the Soviet Union and enormous international popular movement of solidarity.

In every country this took the the traditional form of  political action and demonstration. And in Britain against the  government’s so-called ‘non-intervention’ policy which turned a blind eye to Hitler and Mussolini’s shameless supply of military aid…

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Lifelong Tory voter talks #May, #DementiaTax – and joining Labour Party #GE17

The U-turn that is all blamed on Corbyn!

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Lifelong Tory voter Anthony O’Toole went with his Labour-supporting sister to hear Jeremy Corbyn speak during his campaign visit to West Kirby in the north-west of England on Saturday afternoon.

He was so impressed that he went home and immediately joined the Labour Party.

tory rosette bin.pngThe SKWAWKBOX has previously covered the phenomenon of older people with a long history of voting Conservative who are switching their vote to Labour as they see the impact of Tory policies since 2010 on their children, grandchildren and the NHS they rely on.

Those streams became a flood with the release of the Tory manifesto, which promises to remove free school meals for infant school pupils – and to hammer older people by making them pay for all their care out of their assets, down to the last £100,000. Although it has been dubbed the ‘dementia tax’, it is not limited to dementia sufferers but…

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