Op-ed: A High Court ruling in the UK in early November put the country's BRexit journey on hold.
It highlighted how shambolic BRexit, and the Tory government, overseeing the process is.
On June 23 a majority of voters chose BRexit but in November "The high court decided the government does not have the power to trigger article 50 without consulting parliament" throwing a spanner in the works.
Nothing much in real terms has happened on BRexit since June 23 but there has been a great deal of procrastination, pontification, a plummeting pound, inflation and other serious economic woes.
The government appealed the High Court ruling and the Supreme Court will pass its verdict on December 7.
The hearing was fast-tracked and 12 Royal appointed justices of the Supreme Court will decide on whether or not Parliament has to be allowed the final say on the triggering of Article 50.
Farage's march and rally plans
Nigel Farage, the interim leader of Ukip, made plans for the Supreme Court hearing. He was expected to lead a "100,000-strong march to the Supreme Court to coincide with the start of the Government’s attempt to stop peers and MPs delaying Brexit" reported the Telegraph.
"The march, organised by the anti-European Union campaign Leave.EU, will end with a rally in Parliament Square within sight of the court building where judges will be hearing the appeal. The campaign group is planning to “crowd fund” £100,000 from its supporters to pay for barristers to represent Leave supporters in the court action."
Farage was to be joined by members of Britain First, the BNP and the EDL and other far-right groups.
But this time Nigel's plans have been thwarted.
The march has been cancelled.
One source told the mainstream media that the march never got past the planning stages.
But there are also reports that Leave.EU. fearing the march would be highjacked by far right extremist groups pulled the plug.
Counter demonstrations and marches were planned.
Following our Open Letter, to Iain McNicol, Tom Watson, the NEC and Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, and petition, we received the following Tuesday November 22, from Tom Watson or someone in his team.
I have replied but first Tom's email reply:
"Thank you for your email Eileen.
As I said in my speech to conference earlier this year, the 11 years of Labour government between 1997 and 2008 were a completely unbroken period of economic growth.
We made the economy work like never before or since; and we lifted half a million children out of poverty; and lifted a million pensioners out of poverty; and gave millions of low paid workers the decency of a national minimum wage; and introduced a radically redistributive system of tax credits; and winter fuel payments, free TV licences, free bus travel for older people.
More than 100 new hospitals, more than 200,000 new doctors, nurses, teachers, police officers, firefighters – bringing waiting lists down, school standards up, crime down. More than doubling our overseas aid budget.
I know we didn't get everything right, and I know that some people have strong objections to some of Tony Blair's policies. I respect that. But to use the word Blairite as a term of abuse is something I cannot support.
I agree with you that any talk of splitting is reckless and short sighted and serves only to rob the working people we seek to represent of a voice in Parliament. Equally reckless is launching ourselves into a war with our past, to try and discredit our own record in government. That's doing the Tory's job for them.
The work of the compliance team is tough and sometimes controversial. It's right that they work to tackle abusive behaviour and behaviour not appropriate in our party. With that said it's also right that the NEC, elected by members oversees that process and has the final say on suspensions. Ultimately it's not party staff that decide to suspend people it's the NEC. Our staff work tirelessly and diligently and deserve our respect and gratitude.
I know we may not agree, but I appreciate your candour and I hope you'll stay in touch.
Like me you may note that Mr Watson has not really addressed the issue of fair play when it comes to allegations of abuse.
So my quick reply back:
"Thank you for your response which is appreciated.
The way I and many others see it is some people have been suspended for silly spats online. That undermines justice when there is real abuse.
No decent person thinks it is right to be abusive online but social media does get heated. People are often baited into saying something they would not say face to face and are then reported to the NEC.
But all the Labour purge has done is remove those reported. It has done nothing to address real abuse.
Some members were simply prevented from voting in the leadership race and have now had their suspension overturned.
That has led to people concluding it was more about removing voting rights than abuse. The timing of the purge was telling.
As for calling a person a traitor if you think someone has let you down or betrayed you that is the word you use.
Sharing a report in the Independent late last night "independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…" I wondered if at some future date I could be purged because of that word Blairite.
I joined the party April 2015 but have voted Labour all of my voting life as did my parents before me. As I told a local Labour councillor in many ways I wish I had not joined. Ignorance as they say can be bliss.
But I did and I believe in fair play.
If Tony Blair is allowed to call Corbyn a "nutter" and other MPs and Labour veterans able to be abusive online the party obviously has no concept of fair play.
Last week you visited Israel along with Luke Akehurst a man who has been abusive online many times.
That joint venture is a bad look.
Having worked in housing benefits and then for the NHS in administrative roles pre retirement yes I know first hand that the Labour Party made some positive changes for us all.
In my opinion it is nothing to do with bad mouthing Blair's Labour years but is more about getting the party back to its roots.
Jeremy Corbyn is a breath of fresh air and could already be well on his way toward election success if the Labour Party had not spent a year infighting, trying to remove him and more.
Having attended a Jeremy Corbyn rally and an Owen Smith gathering on separate occasions in Hull for me it had to be Corbyn all the way.
If it matters I voted for Andy Burnham and yourself in 2015 but unlike many in the PLP I respected the election result.
I am not alone in believing some in the PLP acted disgracefully this year and as yet they have to be held to account.
Until there becomes one rule for all I cannot accept your comments about the word Blairite.
Our initial petition at 38 degrees was pulled so please sign and share "Apply fairness in the Labour Party treating senior members and ordinary members equitably" if you are in agreement with the petition's aims.
Opinion: The latest on Tony Blair appears to be that he sees himself as some sort of post Brexit messiah who is coming back to save us all from Trump world and more.
Of course the cynic or is that the realist in me assumes he is coming back to look after numero uno.
Blair has been busy since leaving politics.
He took on the role of Middle East peace envoy - that went well didn't it?
He set up a faith foundation and more and along the way became a very wealthy individual.
His spin doctor Alastair Campbell was recently all over the news prostitiuting his time working with Blair as he pushed his latest money making book.
At the weekend an anonymous source told the Times Blair was planning a comeback but who knew if that was real news or just click bait aiming at getting eyeballs on publications?
We posted our opinion with "Dear Labour Party Compliance Unit about Tony Blair calling Corbyn a nutter?"
That report was well recieved and following a request was made into a petition on 38 degrees.
38 degrees ultimately pulled the petition but 812 people had already signed.
Their reasons for pulling the petition were dubious but after closing my 38 degress account the petition was relaunched and can be found here.
Monday though the adage there is no smoke without fire rings true as the Guardian reports "Tony Blair aims to fight resurgent populism with centre-ground campaign":
Tony Blair is hoping to act to combat the populist forces that have led to the UK deciding to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump by producing hard policy responses to the anger felt about globalisation.
Tony Blair is a divisive figure. These days he is the kiss of death to the Labour Party.
Too much water has gone under the bridge.
He has his allies though but as a group they will undermine the current Labour Party shadow cabinet and split the vote further.
You may believe that Mr Blair's heart is in the right place but I do not.
Some will say heart what heart? Others will say yes the RIGHT place as in Tory.
So what do I say?
For what it is worth I think Blair is not wanted or needed. Like Hillary Clinton he has too much baggage. That will leave him and the party open to attack.
Personally Blair is in it for what he can get out of it in my opinion.
The Labour Party has had a tottering year.
Jeremy Corbyn has been re-elected party leader but many senior MPs who served under Blair are stuck in the past.
My MP Alan Johnson refused to support Jeremy Corbyn from day one and that continues. Old enough to retire, and affluent enough one assumes, he sticks around but why?
How many of the old guard are simply waiting for a reinvention of old new Labour.
Procrastination is the thief of time and we, the Labour Party have wasted far too much time already this year.
Alan Johnson failed to persuade the electorate to vote BRemain yet somehow blamed Corbyn.
It is worth noting that Corbyn's constituency voted BRemain while Johnsons voted for BRexit.
The issue is more complicated than some people like to admit.
The Laour Party may yet split and in may ways that could be the best move but not for we the people.
Still what do some politicians really care about the people of this country?
There are centre ground and right wing political parties already in the UK.
We need a left wing political party.
A split Labour Party will divide the vote further and guarantee the Tories elctoral success.
They must be laughing all the way to the bank. Their divisions go largely unreported.
The culmination of a year's work undermining Corbyn, plotting and more is about to leap out of the closet.
Fat-cat consultants and those who appear to be Tory in all but name have been working with Blair.
Yes folks we were correct all along.
The Labour Party Mr Corbyn may inherit will be split, undermined, short of cash and more.
As aways watch this space!
Opinion: The Labour Party had a massive injection of cash over the Summer.
People signed up as party members, some were then blocked, others suspended preventing them voting in the party's leadership election, later to be reinstated but with alleged offences remaining on file.
What did Labour care as they laughed all the way to the bank?
Well some in the Labour Party cared but it was not enough.
Monday it was reported "Labour will kick plans to give thousands of new members more power in party structures into the long grass, amid concerns that the party needs to focus on the possibility of an imminent general election."
Now why are my alarm bells ringing?
As that report in the Guardian says the party now has the money to hire the necessary PR group thanks to we the members.
"The party’s executive committee has decided to put plans for a so-called “democracy day” on hold in order to focus on election strategy. The move means that any concessions to MPs, such as shadow cabinet elections, which were demanded during the party’s annual conference in Liverpool, have also been shelved. Sources close to Jeremy Corbyn said plans to give Labour’s 500,000 members more representatives on the party’s national executive committee (NEC) would be stalled, despite the launch this week of a national campaign by Momentum urging the change."
Ah those sources, always unnamed, that the right-wing media like to cite.
It has taken nerves of steel and true grit to stay a Labour Party member in 2016.
Long standing members may be used to divisive fun and games but the rest of us are not.
But sadly the writing is on the wall again.
Fact - Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce his autumn statement Wednesday.
Fact - We need to be fighting the Tories and not each other.
Fact - Plots within the Labour Party are damaging and could guarantee a Tory victory at the Polls.
Why is Blair coming back to politics?
With his flair for showmanship Tony Blair has released teasers on twitter saying he will be making an announcement in the New Year. News of a possible return will please some people but anger many more.
July 2015 "Tony Blair says he wouldn’t want a left-wing Labour party to win an election."
Well obviously. Blair and his pals Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson to name just two are as much a part of the establishment as David Cameron and George Osborne.
For now it is watch, wait and see.
Please sign our petition "Apply fairness in the Labour Party treating senior members and ordinary members equitably."
Dear Iain McNicol, Labour NEC, Jeremy Corbyn and Compliance Unit,
I note that the word Blairite no longer represents Labour values and is in fact a banned word.
Around 20 years ago Tony Blair and his Blairite New Labour were touted as the best thing since sliced bread.
But times change and BLAIRITE is now a four-letter word in all but letter count.
As a 64-year-old working-class woman I find it odd that since becoming a Labour Party member almost two years ago my vocabulary has been curbed.
I can no longer use the word Blairite, or a few others, during any social media activity. If I do and am reported to you guys I could be suspended or expelled from the party.
Of course my Labour Party vote of 43 plus years would still be welcomed by you all I suppose.
Yet Sunday according to the usual anonymous Times source Tony Blair is considering a return to British politics and one reason is because he thinks Jeremy Corbyn is a "nutter."
Surely that verbal attack is worse than calling a person a blairite, tory-lite, scum or traitor.
Fair enough scum is a bit strong but it has been widely used through Labour Party history during industrial action and beyond.
In namby pampy 2016 political correctness rules the Labour Party but is that only when it suits?
Having emailed the validation team regarding John Ferrett, Alastair Campbell and a few others who have been abusive online no reply is ever received.
Campbell's favourite word on Twitter when he is challenged is to call the person a "twat."
I imagine this open letter and email will again fall on deaf ears and you will not respond.
But here's the thing.
If the next plot is already underway, if Labour split or whatever, the only real losers will be "we the voters."
Perhaps the flood of MEPs set to lose their jobs on the back of BRexit, and MPs who will be shoved out in the cold with Tory boundary changes, are going to fill the necessary posts of a new type of Labour Party.
But whatever is playing out behind the scenes "the Labour Party management" are making us all look like fools.
Democracy in the Labour Party must be restored and that must mean taking veteran party members such as Tony Blair to task for calling Corbyn a nutter.
The Labour Party has its roots in fair play.
Time you acted in a fair manner
Note: If the news story is incorrect please offer an official statement. If not we have to assume it is true.
Op-ed: News about Jeremy Corbyn "sells papers." The worse news the better and who cares if is fake or just supposition?
Certainly the mainstream media in particular The Sun and the Mail who both ran with fake Jeremy Corbyn smear stories Sunday.
The stories were later pulled but it was mission accomplished and the damage done.
They did not care that their reports disrespected many as it was Remembrance Sunday.
If those stories angered you contact IPSO and put in a formal complaint.
But the traditionally supporting Labour publication the Daily Mirror went with supposition, fiction or fact with this story "David Miliband set to return to the UK after Trump victory- sparking rumours of Corbyn leadership challenge."
Questions about whether or not David Miliband is a potential Labour Party leader are not new.
In April we reported "asked about Corbyn, Keith Vaz talks up David Miliband."
In the summer there were rumours David Miliband was set to return and be parachuted into the late Jo Cox's Batley and Spen seat. That was quickly dismissed as "he was doing quite well thank you very much in the USA."
Was it simply mainstream media hyperbole?
By September and days ahead of Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as party leader David Miliband was at it or again.
This time it was David Miliband thinks Corbyn politics are undesirable but we asked for whom?
November 12, 2016, days after Hillary Clinton lost the US Presidential Election, the Daily Mirror posted the "David Miliband set to return to the UK after Trump victory- sparking rumours of Corbyn leadership challenge" story.
It may have a ring of truth, be supposition, fact-based or pure fiction but it is an attention grabbing headline, especially if you are a Labour Party supporter, voter and or member.
Few people in that group want to endure more of the same, that is an internal election, following a wearing, divisive and destructive year but if the Daily Mirror is correct that is what we all face.
So how do you fancy David Miliband as Labour Party leader as opposed to Jeremy Corbyn?
Before you decide read this from that Mirror post:
Anonymous wishful thinking or stirring or fact-based?
Well in case it is fact-based listen up David Miliband, Mr or Mrs Anonymous and the Daily Mirror.
But he is what he is or was.
Perhaps now he has moved even further to the right after spending time in the USA?
The American Democratic party is after all hardly what many of us in the UK would call left of centre politics or left leaning but rather occupiea the middle ground.
The Labour Party, its supporters and its members deserve unity.
If ultimately a right-wing gang within Labour are going to quit it is best they go sooner rather than later.
Winning elections is getting trickier but win we must and more of the same old same old no longer wins elections.
The Daily Mirror September 12, 2015, http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/labour-mps-plotting-bring-back-6433486
Our Poll: When we launched this small independent website back in August we added a poll which is still running.
We asked whether Jeremy Corbyn was electable and gave a few options.
It was a little tongue in cheek but to date 78 votes have been cast. What they mean is any person's guess.
How many voted honestly? How many came back and voted more than once? How many lied about their age? How many voted for a laugh or malevolently? Are all those who voted Labour Party supporters?
Questions, questions yes so many questions.
Yes just like mainstream media poll predictions this poll is what you want to make of it.
It was created as some in the PLP were resigning at a fast and furious pace and a handful of MPS were showing themselves and the party up by sitting behind Mr Corbyn in the House of Commons chanting resign, resign, resign like a bunch of naughty bullying children,
Obviously such shenanigans for all the world to see and read about caused an immense amount of damage to the Labour Party.
But the majority of us have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down and moved on.
Sadly some who should know better may still be plotting and drip feeding the right wing of the mainstream media spurious reports, anonymously of course as like all bullies they are not brave, but with new whips in place that has at least been curtailed for the most part.
We must now focus on elections in particular building our credibility as a government in waiting.
One cautionary note to the PLP.
Having endured a horrendous summer Jeremy Corbyn supporters may not be so forgiving if a second plot is launched or ludicrous nastily timed purges of party members starts up again.
Few will be happy if they canvas and campaign for the Labour Party in any way if they are let down again
We are putting our trust in you now show you deserve it.
The results of the poll to date follow but you can still vote if you want to here:
Opinion: This is my opinion.
I am a Labour Party supporter and member.
If it bothers you feel free to report me to the badly named Compliance Unit of the Labour Party.
If you do it may or may not get me suspended. Then again it may be put on file for use at a later date.
Throughout a crazy Summer Labour party members have been suspended. In some cases they were wrongly accused. In other cases their crime was name calling on a par with the schoolyard.
In those cases the old sticks and stones came to mind.
It is not nice calling someone a "fat sexist pig"; it is not nice being called a "fat sexist pig" either.
But was that enough to suspend a Labour Party member?
In this case it is an enthusiastic young man who has campaigned hard for Labour at local elections and for the UK to remain a member of the EU.
With real-life struggles including a long and difficult search for work is it any wonder his temper frayed?
But it seems that does not matter and neither does abuse by people in the upper echelons of the Labour Party.
The political elite are not popular in the UK. They are doing a job and should be commended for that. They do receive a good salary though and plenty of perks.
Some of them like to interact on social media, while others like to bait people and ruffle feathers.
Often they target known Jeremy Corbyn supporters like the three in this post.
You can make of that what you will.
But social media is often anything but social and in the heat of the moment banter may become anything including abusive.
This week at least three people I know via social media have had their suspensions lifted.
But they have all been told a record will stay on file.
Is that justice? Is that our free-thinking left-wing Labour Party?
One suspension lifted today could not come soon enough. That party member was at breaking point and taking it all to heart.
This resulted in myself tweeting to senior party officials that they could soon "have blood on their hands" and I was not being overly dramatic!
Most Labour Party members do not believe this purge has been anything to do with real abuse. It may have been in part but it was just too conveniently timed as resigning members of the Parliamentary Labour Party plotted and did their damnedest to remove Jeremy Corbyn from the role of party leader.
This week we posted that an "amnesty" of sorts was needed but that is not a one size fits all solution.
Some of those suspended will not accept an action which leaves them allegedly guilty with a note on file for future use.
For them the way forward will be the end game. Resigning from the Labour Party.
Then at least they can save money by no longer paying into the party, they can campaign how they want and when they want as a free person. If they break the law they may face criminal charges but I doubt they will be treat in such an appalling way for using that phrase "fat sexist pig" on Facebook.
Me? I would fall into the second category amd wave Labour goodbye.
Tuesday ITV viewers tuned in to watch the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards 2016.
The image above was posted on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn's Twitter timeline Tuesday evening but it may have escaped you.
Unless you use Twitter and check out Jeremy Corbyn's timeline it is doubtful you saw the image.
Professor Stephen Hawking did make headlines like this one in the Daily Mirror "Stephen Hawking's joke to Theresa May: 'I deal with tough questions but don't ask me about Brexit!'" but it was posted with images of the country's unelected Tory Prime Minister Ms Theresa May.
Ms May awarded Prof. Hawking a lifetime achievment award Tuesday and the irony was not lost on some.
May was part of David Cameron's government when it launched a full scale attack on some of the poorest and most vulnerable people of the UK. She took over when David Cameron turned tail and ran post BRexit but her government is still on the offensive when it comes to welfare, benefits, the poor and people with disabilities.
According to the Daily Mirror, the award show hosts "after receiving a Lifetime Achievement award, Professor Hawking joked: "I deal with tough, mathematical, complex questions every day but please don't ask me to help with Brexit ." Viewers were quick to react, with one saying: "What a legend!"."
This blogger did not tune in.
It may be the viewing highlight of the year for some but not me.
Kudos to all the worthy winners and their heartwarming and inspirational stories and kudos to all those who face similar challenges but are never recognised.
The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards is something of a PR stunt; little wonder then that mainstream media has run with Prof. Hawking and Theresa May who for once was in a posh frock.
But the image of Corbyn and Hawking is well worth sharing.
In April 2015 ahead of the General Election wise man Stephen Hawking told the Labour List he was voting for the Labour Party.
It is time to talk about the elephant in the room - Labour Party suspensions. Around 8,000 people according to some.
There may be many reasons some members are still suspended from the Labour Party, stuck in limbo, but a lack of useful, pertinent information to those affected is just one cruel aspect of this sorry state of affairs.
Legal concerns and matters may be part of the problem but we members are just ordinary folk. We are not in it for the money, the power and the glory.
We have our own life stresses and strains. When we opt to commit to a political party we deserve some respect.
People join for many reasons and yes some do so mischievously. But the majority join the party to show support and pay for the privilege.
In some cases they work their socks off trying to get the Labour Party message out and representatives elected. If they then respond angrily on social media using a word that the party machine has suddenly decided is off limits, such as TRAITOR, do they deserve suspension?
When the party has trawled back over time following anonymous complaints regarding party members the affected member is scuppered.
But as previously stated if you feel a person has betrayed you or broken a promise TRAITOR is a very fitting word.
Those MPs who vowed to support Mr Corbyn when he was elected September 12, 2015, but did anything but, fit that category to perfection.
But as #LabourPartyPurge2 drags on tempers are fraying and people are resigning - enough is enough and who can blame them for quitting.
A sensible way forward would be an amnesty of sorts. The abuse timer reset, as after all in many cases it was simply angry debate and not abuse.
That would allow a date to work from. No more trawling back over social media just a clean slate and new era following your re-election in 2016.
Allowing the current situation to drag on is destructive.
It means people listen to Chinese whispers and gossip. That results in more anger and the downward spiral circle continues to whirl out of control. It is not rocket science.
It makes some conclude the party is still split, that a further leadership challenge could follow and it provides the mainstream media with ammunition all making Labour's electability a distant dream.
For the sake of us all we need to hit the restart button.
With so many factions working against each other little wonder people are 'speaking with their feet' and resigning.
Who will respond to this open letter? Will anything change for the better in 2016? Or is the Labour Party just too big for its boots now.
Party suspensions need putting to bed. Time to move on and work toward election success with all hands to the pumps.
The writer is not suspended. But she has Labour values which means she cares about those that are. Do you Mr McNicol?
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