May reported to police for Abbott comment electoral breach #GE17 #BBCQT


As the SKWAWKBOX revealed on Friday night, Theresa May appears to have broken electoral law during her question and answer session with a BBC Question Time audience.

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In front of a television audience of millions, May alleged that Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott had advocated the removal of the DNA samples of ‘criminals and terrorists’ from police databases.

Abbott has, of course, done nothing of the sort. She has advocated the removal of the DNA of innocent people, because it infringes on our civil liberties, disproportionately affects ethnic minorities and includes the DNA of, for example, victims of crimes such as rape.

The Representation of the People Act 1983 states that making a false statement about the character or conduct of a candidate is an illegal practice:

representation-of-the-peoples-act-excerpt-false-statementsMay certainly cannot claim belief and reasonable grounds for belief that her false statement about Diane Abbott was true.

Now Wirral…

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Theresa May breaks law in #BBCQT special #GE17


may bbcqtApart from some desperate spinning by the Tories and their pet media – including an email from party chair Patrick McLoughlin criticising Corbyn’s lack of enthusiasm for incinerating millions – there’s a huge consensus that Jeremy Corbyn won last night’s BBC Question Time special by a distance, in spite of aggression by a number of Tory plants in the audience who were allowed more questions than anyone else.

Even some right-wing commentators agreed:

Theresa May was unable to do more than repeat slogans – even in answer to a questioner who said she always answered with slogans – and looked wooden, insincere and callous.

Corbyn looked measured, intelligent, unflappable, compassionate and above all genuine. He…

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‘We particularly want to hear from the Conservatives in the audience’: Inside BBC’s Question Time


Sarah Walker gives her first hand account of being an invited audience member on the BBC’s flagship debate show “Question Time in Norwich.”


A curious evening on Thursday in which I made myself look as respectable and unthreatening as I can to go into the audience of BBC Question Time.

When you apply for your ticket, you are asked whether you are a member of any political party, how you voted last time, how you voted on the EU referendum, and how you are planning to vote next time, as well as age, ethnicity, m or f (no other options) though not, I notice, your sexual orientation. This seems to be done on a trust basis, as, unless you are famous or have a unique name, it would be next to impossible to check if you’re telling the truth. Recently there were comments on social media about Tory councilors…

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Theresa May pledges to create new internet that would be controlled and regulated by government

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Image result for theresa May Internet regulationsA plurality of views and perspectives is a fundamental ingredient of a flourishing democracy. Freedom of speech is a prerequisite of an inclusive, genuine democracy. When a government tries to stifle some perspectives, and control which views may be expressed or permitted online, it’s an indication that we have left democracy behind, and strayed into the realms of authoritarianism.

If Theresa May gets to form a new government next month, then it would appear that the Conservatives will be attempting a regulatory land grab of the Internet. But, if the Conservatives’ digital record is anything to go by, its pledge to negotiate an “international settlement” and be a “global leader” for an incredibly complex area of Internet and data law looks, frankly, like the stuff of dystopian movies about totalitarian regimes. I suspect the phrase “digital crime” is set to take on a whole new meaning. 

May is planning to…

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Conservative dark ads on Facebook grossly misrepresent Corbyn views on ‘national security’ issues

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Pg-26-sinking-reuThe real – right wing authoritarian meets Pinochet


The fake – Déjà vu: The Tories seem to imply that every Labour leader has “links” with the IRA and need a “coalition of chaos” to succeed

The Conservatives win general elections by using a combination of lying, smearing the opposition, misquoting the opposition and micro-targeted psychological manipulation that largely entails fearmongering and more lies.  Furthermore, much of this approach is being embedded in “dark ads” on social media, which target individuals, and are tailored according to the psychological profile of the recipient, to manipulate their perceptions. The profiling is based on “big data”, collected from a variety of sources, including social media platforms. The role of big data and social data and micro-targeting voters to influence voting decisions and election outcomes cannot be ignored.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), a public body in charge of data protection in Britain, began a…

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.@Theresa_May IS the danger – no posturing now can change that #GE17


may threat 3Theresa May’s decision to put troops on our streets this morning is a naked attempt to cover for the disastrous policies she has pursued as Home Secretary and then as Prime Minister.

Like a man trying to compensate for his inadequacies by driving a big, fast car she is flagging her shortcomings to all who care to look – and like that man, driving ‘too much car’, she’s a danger to us all.

May as Prime Minister is out of her depth – and her attempts to cover her weakness are giving terrorists exactly what they want.

May is guilty. She has overseen – with direct responsibility as home secretary – the most draconian cuts to frontline police numbers ever seen, as this astonishing chart shows:

frontline police graphYet she lied to the public, projecting a completely-unfounded confidence – as has now been shown beyond question – that she could continue cutting police budgets…

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Live reaction to May’s policies has to be seen to be believed (satire) #GE17


Theresa May’s keepers had clearly decided desperate action was needed to stem the ridicule of her stage-managed appearances (and the #WheresTheresa hashtag). So they set up a Facebook Live session with ITV’s Robert Peston.

It was, predictably, a disaster.

The Tories don’t really get social media – and clearly someone is getting fired for not realising that the reactions of viewers are very visible, right then and there, in glorious colour on everyone’s screens, in the form of an ’emoticon feed’.

Oh dear. The video below gives an impression of the actual event – with a little enhancement for effect:

Mrs May’s virtual persona is clearly as lacking in appeal as she is in person – and the Tories’ policies fare no better.

No wonder there’s a huge groundswell for Jeremy Corbyn – even if bbc News doesn’t show much of it. Or of May’s Facebook ‘faceplant’ either, for that matter.

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