OLD MOLE’S ONLINE DIARY
How exciting! The other night the MP for South Thanet popped up on the telly asking a question of the prime minister. Our controversy-clogged-up Craig Mackinlay was asking Theresa May for an assurance that the European Court of Justice won’t have a say in matters to do with people who’d come over here from the continent to live. But Old Mole wonders why Mr Mackinlay is so worried about this matter. Does he distrust foreign judges and their garlic eating ways so much? Or does he just not like courts in general…? (I think he’s due in one soon, isn’t he?)
Jeremy Corbyn achieved stunning success in the general election – despite a stream of smears and attacks which came from within his own party.
The most damaging attack was an accusation that he and many of his supporters were anti-semitic.
Now Corbyn supporter Jackie Walker is putting on a show which reveals the truth behind the smears.
It will be performed for the first time in Broadstairs on Sunday 18 June.
Says Jackie: “After he became leader of the Labour Party a vicious smear campaign against Jeremy began and as one of his supporters I found myself a target of a series of horrendous attacks, including a vicious and unfounded attempt to smear me as an anti-semite.”
“It was the most shocking experience of my life,” she says.
A victim of what she claims was “fake news” and a barrage of false allegations, Jackie was removed from her position as vice-chair of the Corbyn-supporting Momentum group.
“I was demonised by the media,” Jackie says. “People attacked me in the street and the abuse I got on social media was truly disgusting. I was even suspended by the Labour Party. It was horrible.”
The worst thing was, Jackie says, is that she was unable to defend herself. “The media had passed verdict on me – and nobody wanted to hear what I had to say.”
Her new one-woman show provides her with the chance to tell her side of the story – including her extraordinary personal history .
“I came over to Britain from Jamaica as a child in the 1950s and, believe me, I know what racism is all about. That’s why it was so awful when people tried to smear me as a racist.”
During the course of her show Jackie, who has a background in drama, plays her own mother, herself as a child and a lawyer prosecuting her.
She remains a staunch supporter of Jeremy Corbyn..
She says: “Jeremy achieved a stunning victory in the general election – despite the efforts of people even within his own party to undermine him. It just adds to my admiration of Jeremy that he succeeded despite these efforts.”
The first performance of the Lynching is at 7pm on Sunday 18 June at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs. Jackie will then take the production on a short tour of the country, including two days in the Edinburgh Fringe climaxing in a performance during the Labour Party conference in Brighton.
Entrance by donation. All seats must be booked in advance – telephone 07989070843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Tongue challenges her newly elected Tory MP, the controversy clobbered Craig Mackinlay, to call her an IRA sympathiser.
If you are thinking of voting for Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative candidate in South Thanet, consider the following…
- Mr Mackinlay was one of the founders of UKIP.
- In 2012 when running for police commissioner he admitted to breaking data protection regulations saying it was an “honest mistake”.
- In 2015 he was parachuted into South Thanet to fight Nigel Farage. He won that election through massive support from the national Tory Party and tactical voting by people who didn’t want Farage.
- He has consistently voted for measures making life harder for the poorest in society.
- He said that child poverty hardly exists in Thanet – after figures showed that more than a third of children here are living in poverty.
- In 2016 he launched an outrageous public attack on four of his constituents branding them as anti-Semitic – without giving them a chance to defend themselves. He has NOT apologised.
BUT THE WORST THING IS…
We have been unable to discuss critical parts of MrMackinlay’s record because of TWO impending court cases…
- In one, Mr Mackinlay is accused of alleged offences relating to his expenses spending during the 2015 election. If found guilty he could go to prison for a year.
- In the other, Mr Mackinlay’s former political aide, Sam Armstrong, is accused of alleged rape and sexual assault in Craig Mackinlay’s Westminster office.
Both Mr Mackinlay and Mr Armstrong have denied any wrongdoing and both are of course innocent unless proved guilty.
But HOW can anyone vote Tory with such unresolved legal cases in the air?
It’s a travesty of democracy.
TELL YOUR FRIENDS.
TELL YOUR ENEMIES.
TELL ANYONE YOU KNOW.
TELL THEM THEY NEED TO THINK VERY, VERY CAREFULLY IF THEY’RE THINKING OF VOTING TORY.