Lenny Henry – Ofcom, TV & Fake Diversity (Full Speech)

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THE DIVERSITY SPEECH: 18 JULY

 “Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen ,honoured guests….that bloke at the back who’s just here for the meat raffle; Good afternoon.

Now I think you’ll all agree that in today’s Britain with Brexit looming, the need for all our voices to be heard is more important than ever. In a country where racist attacks are on the rise, diversity is not a luxury , it is essential.

And in an age where people retreat into their own social media bubbles of self reinforcing and extreme world views, and that includes the leader of the free world, diversity isn’t a luxury , it is essential.

A media that reflects everyone’s realities , fears, aspirations and stories, is perhaps the only solution to our increasingly splintered society.

It can be the glue that binds. .

In one of the most competitive international markets, where original content creation is…

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When did John McDonnell tell Seb #Corbyn that the #Labour Party was not set to write off his student debt?

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When did John McDonnell tell Seb Corbyn that his dad was not actually going to be writing off his student debt?

Jeremy Corbyn’s son was handed a top job working for Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after helping his father secure the Labour Party leadership.In a brazen display of jobs for the boys, Seb Corbyn was given the plum role of chief of staff to McDonnell where he is thought to earn up to £48,000 a year, paid for from the public purse.Seb, a graduate of Politics, Political Economy and International Studies at ultra-elite Cambridge University, initially worked for his dad during Corbyn senior’s leadership campaign in September 2015.

In February 2016, Seb was described as a “dedicated revolutionary” with one friend saying “Seb is very much his father’s son.”  Seven months later the New Statesmen branded Seb a “bag-carrier and all-purpose aide” for the leadership election.Labour insiders said at the time McDonnell, who is one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest political allies, was keen for Seb to take a role in his back office because of the “name recognition thing”.

According to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, senior parliamentary assistants in London earn between £33,000 and £48,913 a year.But the 25-year-old’s position is at odds with with his dad’s pre-election promise to tackle discrimination in the workplace.In May, Corbyn said a Labour government would look at introducing ‘name-blind’ recruitment.  Under the plans employers could be barred from seeing the names of candidates as part of a drive to cut unemployment among black, Asian and other ethnic minority communities.

Labour’s “race and faith manifesto” promised, “A Labour government will launch an inquiry into recruitment discrimination and consider initiatives to tackle ethnic bias, including exploring the practicalities in rolling out name-blind recruitment practices if necessary.”In the run-up to the June election Labour was forced to deny Seb would run for Parliament after he was rumoured to considering standing in an ultra-safe Liverpool seat.

A spokesperson for Corbyn said it was “categorically untrue” that Seb was poised to try to follow his father.

But Seb is already looking to the next election, using his Facebook page to criticise the Prime Minister and call for a Labour government.  In a post on June 28, he wrote, “I look forward to getting rid of the self serving Tory elite running our country at the next election and to Labour giving public sector workers the pay rise they deserve.”

McDonnell’s office have been asked if ‘name-blind’ recruitment was used to hire Seb Corbyn’s.  The Shadow Chancellor’s office refused to comment on how Seb was selected for the role as chief of staff or his wage.A spokesman said: “We don’t comment on staffing matters.”

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A defining trait of the middle class into which the Corbyns, both Jeremy and Seb, were born is a weakness for nepotism …

And nepotism is just a fancy way of describing discriminatory behaviour.

#TuesdayThoughts for #Corbyn’s Summer 2017, Hard #BREXIT, End of the Pier Show Tour for #Labour …

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Corbyn awards Labour membership seven and a half out of ten for loyalty …

Support for Britain to remain in the EU single market and customs union is overwhelming among Labour party members, according to a poll showing that more than eight out of 10 think the UK should stay in Europe’s key trading blocs.

The figures, from research carried out as part of the Party Members Project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and shared exclusively with the Guardian, also show heavy backing for a second referendum.

The figures could pile pressure on Jeremy Corbyn over his party’s position on Brexit, which is currently against maintaining full single market membership, because he is determined to give members a bigger voice.

The Labour leader told his party’s MPs on Monday night that the party had 560,000 members whom he wanted to be actively engaging with.

On Brexit, the survey revealed that their views are fiercely pro-EU, including that:

A. 9% of members think there should “definitely” be a vote on the final Brexit deal, with a further 29.4% answering “more yes than no” to the question, and only 8.8% definitely opposing it.

B. Two-thirds of members (66%) think Britain should definitely stay in the single market with a further fifth (20.7%) saying “more yes than no” to the question. Only 4.2% of Labour members said they definitely believed Britain should leave the grouping.

C. There were similar levels of support on the customs union with 63.1% saying Britain should definitely stay within the group, 22.2% leaning towards the same position, and only 2.4% saying the UK should definitely leave it.

#Labour under #Corbyn Pledge Government of the People by the Middle Class for the Middle Class

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Labour under Corbyn Pledge Government of the People by the Middle Class for the Middle Class

More than three quarters of Labour Party members are now drawn from the most affluent social classes in Britain, making somewhat of a mockery of Jeremy Corbyn’s claim to be leading a workers’ movement.

Professor Tim Bale’s Party Members Project finds that 77% of surveyed Labour members are in the ABC1 social group.  ABC1s are Britain’s richest and most-educated, working in professional or managerial jobs.  The proportion of ABC1 Labour members has also increased since the last survey (and since Corbyn became leader); ABC1 members are up 7% from from 70% in 2015.

The C2DE classes, who work in manual jobs, and whom Labour traditionally represents, now account for just 23% of the party’s membership.

The 2017 ESRC survey of Labour members was a repeat of a similar study carried out in 2015.  It suggests Labour has had a surge in the number of women members with the percentage rising from 38% to 47%.  More than half of members are graduates, with an average age of 53 and fairly affluent, with 77% of those surveyed from an ABC1 social group, up from 70% in 2015.

Big majority of Labour members ‘want UK to stay in single market’

#Corbyn’s #Labour “bussing middle class students to polls over people with genuinely unpayable debts”

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Jeremy “Straight Talking, Honest Politics” Corbyn revealed as being all fur coat and no knickers over writing off student debt …

“I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after.

“I will deal with it.”

Jeremy Corbyn, NME (as quoted in The Independent)

General Election: Jeremy Corbyn ‘could write off student debt for graduates who paid £9,000’

A Jeremy Corbyn or an Angela Rayner pledge is only a Labour pledge when John McDonnell says so?

Corbyn ‘looking at ways’ to reduce tuition fee debt of former university students

Labour aim of abolishing student debt ‘would cost £100bn’, Angela Rayner admits

Student debt: Shadow Chancellor rows back on Jeremy Corbyn’s pre-election pledge to ‘deal with it’ 

“I don’t want to promise something we can’t deliver”, said John McDonnell on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

And if scrapping student debt is only an aspiration then how much more of an aspiration is ending the benefit freeze and scrapping the benefits cap?  Emily Thornberry said Labour could not commit to doing either:

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Corbyn, McDonnell and Rayner, just politicians by any other name?

“But what rankles most is that since the manifesto, Labour has made more spending commitments – for university students.

The Labour manifesto pledged to abolish all university tuition fees.  Corbyn then announced that fees would be scrapped as early as this autumn.  But on top of that, he told the NME that he would also look to retrospectively wipe out or reduce the student debt of people who’d already graduated under the £9,000 fee system.

This would be a burden on capital spending, and so wouldn’t effect Labour’s deficit costings, but there are other debts that could be more urgently wiped than those of students – particularly given that the biggest beneficiaries will be the highest earning graduates.

Light years away from Labour’s manifesto and the Corbynite circle running the show, households have been burdened with council tax debts as a result of Tory cuts to council tax benefit.  These debts pile up year on year – and the other benefits debtors receive are then docked to repay it.  The Guardian reported last year that nearly 200,000 people were having their benefits docked to repay these debts. It’s all a bit more urgent than retrospectively clearing student debt.

How aware of this Corbyn’s inner circle are is anyone’s guess – do local government figures get a hearing?  Plenty of Corbynites talk about ‘debt’, but handed an opportunity to do something about it, they prefer to clear student debt than wipe the crisis debts of the poorest households.  It suggests a middle class cabal that only takes action if an issue is dumped loudly and repeatedly on its desk.  Which sounds a lot like politics as usual.

In any case, Labour has bet big on the student and youth vote.  Digging into the ugly mess of council tax debt doesn’t win headlines and doesn’t buy votes.  Corbyn is betting that clearing student debt does.  It smacks of a grubby, cynical ploy that prioritises bussing middle class students to the polls over people with genuinely unpayable debts.

Maybe this would all be fixed in a Corbyn government.  Maybe he’s just holding fire during the election.  Maybe he would suddenly ditch his manifesto deficit commitments and axe the benefit freeze.  But there’s nothing in the manifesto to say that he would, and all else is projection.

Or maybe it’s all just ‘good politics’.  But that only counts as a compliment inside the Westminster bubble.”

Why Labour’s welfare mess matters

#TuesdayThoughts for #Corbyn’s Summer 2017, Hard #BREXIT, End of the Pier Show Tour for #Labour …

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Jeremy “Straight Talking, Honest Politics” Corbyn revealed as being all fur coat and no knickers over writing off student debt …

“I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after.

“I will deal with it.”

Jeremy Corbyn, NME (as quoted in The Independent)

General Election: Jeremy Corbyn ‘could write off student debt for graduates who paid £9,000’

A Jeremy Corbyn or an Angela Rayner pledge is only a Labour pledge when John McDonnell says so?

Corbyn ‘looking at ways’ to reduce tuition fee debt of former university students

Labour aim of abolishing student debt ‘would cost £100bn’, Angela Rayner admits

Student debt: Shadow Chancellor rows back on Jeremy Corbyn’s pre-election pledge to ‘deal with it’ 

“I don’t want to promise something we can’t deliver”, said John McDonnell on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

And if scrapping student debt is only an aspiration then how much more of an aspiration is ending the benefit freeze and scrapping the benefits cap?  Emily Thornberry said Labour could not commit to doing either:

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Corbyn, McDonnell and Rayner, just politicians by any other name?

“But what rankles most is that since the manifesto, Labour has made more spending commitments – for university students.

The Labour manifesto pledged to abolish all university tuition fees.  Corbyn then announced that fees would be scrapped as early as this autumn.  But on top of that, he told the NME that he would also look to retrospectively wipe out or reduce the student debt of people who’d already graduated under the £9,000 fee system.

This would be a burden on capital spending, and so wouldn’t effect Labour’s deficit costings, but there are other debts that could be more urgently wiped than those of students – particularly given that the biggest beneficiaries will be the highest earning graduates.

Light years away from Labour’s manifesto and the Corbynite circle running the show, households have been burdened with council tax debts as a result of Tory cuts to council tax benefit.  These debts pile up year on year – and the other benefits debtors receive are then docked to repay it.  The Guardian reported last year that nearly 200,000 people were having their benefits docked to repay these debts. It’s all a bit more urgent than retrospectively clearing student debt.

How aware of this Corbyn’s inner circle are is anyone’s guess – do local government figures get a hearing?  Plenty of Corbynites talk about ‘debt’, but handed an opportunity to do something about it, they prefer to clear student debt than wipe the crisis debts of the poorest households.  It suggests a middle class cabal that only takes action if an issue is dumped loudly and repeatedly on its desk.  Which sounds a lot like politics as usual.

In any case, Labour has bet big on the student and youth vote.  Digging into the ugly mess of council tax debt doesn’t win headlines and doesn’t buy votes.  Corbyn is betting that clearing student debt does.  It smacks of a grubby, cynical ploy that prioritises bussing middle class students to the polls over people with genuinely unpayable debts.

Maybe this would all be fixed in a Corbyn government.  Maybe he’s just holding fire during the election.  Maybe he would suddenly ditch his manifesto deficit commitments and axe the benefit freeze.  But there’s nothing in the manifesto to say that he would, and all else is projection.

Or maybe it’s all just ‘good politics’.  But that only counts as a compliment inside the Westminster bubble.”

Why Labour’s welfare mess matters

Three in a #Wikileaks Snog Scandal Rocks #Labour under #Corbyn …

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Three in a Wikileaks Sex Scandal Rocks Labour under Corbyn …

Posh totty & Corbyn appointed Labour adviser, Seumas Milne goes above and beyond the call of duty …

Friends of Seumas Milne insist he was not a “willing participant” in kiss with blonde lawyer, Jennifer Robinson.  Ms Robinson just happens to be the legal adviser of none other than Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder who remains holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Earlier this year, Nigel Farage visited Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy, arousing suspicions he has been acting as a courier between Assange, Putin and Trump.

Milne, like so many on the extreme left and right in Western politics, has pressed the flesh with Vladimir Putin.

May be Ms Robinson was merely passing to Milne, by mouth, a message from Assange to be communicated to either Putin or Trump?

One hopes that Milne will not be forced to transmit it on to either of them in such a similar intimate, distasteful manner.

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Ooh, Matron …

Only privileged, white middle class Owen Jones would think #Corbyn’s #Labour would deliver #ForTheMany!

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Only a privileged, middle class type like Owen Jones would think that a Labour Government under Corbyn would deliver for the many not the few!

Jones was born in Sheffield and grew up in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and briefly in Falkirk, Scotland.  His father was a local authority worker and trade-union, and his mother is an IT lecturer at Salford University.  He describes himself as a “fourth-generation socialist”; his grandfather was involved with the Communist Party and his parents met as members of the Trotskyist Militant Tendency.

He attended Bramhall High School and Ridge Danyers Sixth Form College before studying history at University College, Oxford, graduating with a BA in 2005 and a Master of Studies (MSt) in US history in 2007.  Before entering journalism, Jones worked as a trade-union lobbyist and was a parliamentary researcher for the left-wing Labour politician John McDonnell, then a backbencher, who became Shadow Chancellor in 2015.

Jones is an almost daily columnist for The Guardian after switching from The Independent in March 2014. His work has appeared in the New Statesman, the Sunday Mirror, Le Monde diplomatique and several smaller publications.  He has made television appearances as a political commentator, including several BBC News shows, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITV’s Daybreak and BBC One’s Question Time programme.

Jones has written a number of books, one of which is entitled The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It:

I gather the title is not ironic!

Jones, an Islington Socialist; a petrified adolescent scribbler of ephemeral, fact free comment pieces and a Peter Pan for the ‘principled’ middle class left, thinks that Corbyn’s domestic policies are undeserving of attack from Blair:

Those would be the policies illustrated in the following charts, would they Jones?

Now, Jones, compare and contrast Corbyn’s plans for Government with the results of Blair’s delivery for the working class in Government:

One reason why some middle class (and even some working class) Corbyn supporters hate Blair and Brown so much is that they feel they were not sufficiently rewarded for voting Labour in 1997.

They have never forgiven Labour under Blair and Brown for going into a General Election on a platform of improving the condition of the working class, winning on that platform and then going on to deliver the policies on which they had campaigned.

This year Labour under Corbyn went into the General Election on a platform of improving the condition of the middle class and lost.

Team Corbyn lost after making an unashamed pitch for the middle class vote by pledging free university tuition, free universal childcare, free universal school meals:

a write off of student debt, cheaper rail fares and so on. And, if you earn less than £80k per annum, John McDonnell said, you will pay no extra Income Tax and National Insurance for five years.

Incidentally, how many of those in the media, for example, John Harris, Owen Jones and Abi Wilkinson of the Guardian, would have been beneficiaries of ‘Honest’ John McDonnell’s largesse?  Wilkinson likes to make the case for universal benefits that, only co-incidentally I am sure, would see Guardian readers do very well under a Corbyn led Labour Government.  The Guardian is very much the House Journal of Labour under Corbyn’s leadership, despite what some Corbyn supporters would like to think.

Labour under Blair delivered in Government for the working class. That really sticks in the craw of ‘principled’, middle class ‘Socialists’ like Corbyn, Jones and Milne, Corbyn’s very own spin doctor in chief.  Milne likes to hang around with dictators like Putin, for whom Corbyn rarely has a critical word:

and the friends and allies of dictators, people like Julian Assange:

A case, Jones, of the Le Creuset pot calling the ethnic kettle on the recovered, pre-owned Aga, black?