So the Labour Machine is at it again.
If you joined early this year responding to the “join and be a full part of Labour”, your membership contract apparently does not include the right to vote in an election that was not in the offing when you joined and which was called many months after you joined.
The appeal court has decided that the NEC (the top machine of a party that understands machine politics) is allowed to disqualify a group of members from having a right to vote in the leadership election. Presumably the NEC has something against this group of members. Breach of Contract does not apply – you cannot ask for “specific performance”.
But wait all was not lost … Read more…
The Conservative Party has delivered the referendum.Now back to working with colleagues to deliver the reforms we pledged in our manifesto
As the polls close, worth reflecting on fact that we delivered pledge to have referendum. Now the Conservative party can come back together
Historic referendum vote is over, I’m proud a Conservative gvt gave British people their say. Now time for our party to come back together.
The brass neck! (Do I detect a party line?) They have been casting doubts on each others’ honesty and integrity and knocking seven bells out of each other with even more vigour than they attack Labour at General Elections. Read more…
verb (used with object), finagled, finagling.
to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person) (often followed by out of):
He finagled the backers out of a fortune.
to get or achieve (something) by guile, trickery, or manipulation:
to finagle an assignment to the Membership Committee.
dictionary.com | fenagling
So who is finagling and who is being finagled? Read more…
Republican presidential rival Lindsey Graham, said: “What has been in the past absurd and hateful has turned dangerous. .. Donald Trump today took xenophobia and religious bigotry to a new level.” …
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Trump’s proposed ban [on Muslims entering the US] would apply to “everybody”, including Muslims seeking immigration visas as well as tourists seeking to enter the country. Another Trump staffer confirmed that the ban would also apply to American Muslims who were currently overseas – presumably including members of the military and diplomatic service.
The Guardian 8 December 2015 : Donald Trump: ban all Muslims entering US
What has provoked this – as if this “man” works on reason? Read more…
Harriet Harman has written to all Labour MPs asking them to check new members are not trying to skew the party’s leadership contest.
Each MP has been sent a list of new members from their constituency so they can check for suspicious names. …
Ms Harman, the acting leader, wants to ensure anyone who does not “share Labour’s values” is weeded out. …
This has all the makings of a shambles. What happens if an MP or constituency official “discovers” someone “suspicious”? Ballot papers go out shortly, so what is to be done? Read more…
Until Tuesday, the state of Virginia was using what one expert dubbed the “worst voting machine in the US” – one with security so appalling that all it would take to compromise it would be a laptop with a wireless card and some free software.
Immediately following the publishing of a scathing report on Tuesday by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), the Virginia State Board of Elections decertified use of the machines.
Sophos: Naked Security Blog 17 April 2015 : Tampering with US voting machine as easy as ‘abcde’, says Virginia report
I have never liked electronic voting, it fails test not just of security but also of transparency. This is just another example of the risks we run if we risk the security of the ballot. If people cease to trust the ballot you are in very deep trouble.