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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.
Now isn’t this rich?
Controversy-confounded Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay has a Tory colleague who believes rich people are suffering from “racism” – BECAUSE they’re rich.
Macca’s mucker, Tory county councillor Paul Messenger, posted on Facebook: “Do you think Jeremy Corbyn has successfully enlisted the whole country into his racist hate of the rich?”
Mr “Mastermind” Messenger justified his extraordinary comment by saying he believed the left’s“pathological hatred” of the rich is a form of racism!
Now we don’t know whether Craig agrees with his Tory chum’s surreal theory – but it would account for why the beleaguered candidate for South Thanet is a chartered accountant.
Craig obviously just wants to help rich folks with all that terrible discrimination and disadvantage they face.
Makes you feel lucky to be skint, don’t it?
Old Mole is pleased to publish a reader’s letter concerning the activities of our controversy-compounded Conservative candidate Craig Mackinlay ….Anyone else had a similar experience?
I enjoy ThanetWatch – so keep up the good work. But on Sunday when campaigning was suspended as a mark of respect, a Mackinlay leaflet came through my door in the Westcliff area in Ramsgate.
I don’t know whether this was an isolated aberration or part of a wider pattern. But as I have an 8 foot Vote Labour banner hanging from my balcony, it seems unlikely I was singled out.
A new report from the highly respected Health Service Journal reveals secret preparations for even greater cuts in the NHS than previously feared.
The cuts will be aimed in particular at parts of the NHS which are in financial trouble — and this will be bad news for Thanet.
Our local NHS trust, whose hospitals include Margate’s QEQM, is £24 MILLION in deficit.
If the Tories are re-elected the cuts are likely to have a devastating impact on our local health services
HEALTH SERVICE JOURNAL REPORT
5 JUNE, 2017
Closing wards and services, blocking choice of private providers, systematically extending waiting times, and stopping some treatments are all being considered under a national programme targeted at the health economies with the highest overspends.
The controversial measures are currently being discussed privately by national NHS England and NHS Improvement officials, with senior local NHS leaders, as part of the new “capped expenditure process”. The principle of the process, introduced this year, is to “cap” NHS spending in the targeted areas so that they meet ”control total” budgets in 2017-18.
NHS leaders from areas covered by the CEP have been told to examine “difficult decisions” and “think the unthinkable”, including modelling changes which are normally avoided as they are too unpleasant, unpopular or controversial. HSJ has spoken to senior officials in most of the areas.
One chief executive said it was the most extreme and difficult NHS finance process they had experienced, and that the some of the options – if pursued – would “challenge the value base” of NHS leaders.
Ideas under consideration across several areas include:
- Limiting the number of operations carried out by non-NHS providers so the funding stays within the NHS. Considerations differ between areas but include both limiting patients’ choice of providers, and reducing work which is outsourced by NHS trusts. In some cases it would require the NHS to find the capacity to carry out more operations.
- Systematically drawing out waiting times for planned care, including explicit consideration of breaching NHS constitution standards. Some plan to target delays at specialties/areas where waits are currently lower than average.
- Stopping NHS funding for some treatments, including extending limits on IVF, adding to lists of “low value” treatments, and seeking to delay or avoid funding some treatments newly approved by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.
- Closing wards and theatres and reducing staffing, while seeking to maintain enough emergency care capacity to deal with winter pressures.
- Closing or downgrading services, with some considering changes to flagship departments like emergency and maternity – though these would normally take too long to deliver savings this year.
- Selling estate and other “property related transactions”.
- Stopping prescriptions for some items, as suggested by NHS Clinical Commissioners earlier this year.
Leaders in the areas have been told to first consider whether they can make further efficiencies by normal means, such as reducing follow-up appointments or unnecessary referrals. But all of those HSJ spoke to – covering more than half the areas involved – said they were also putting forward new “difficult decisions”.
Meetings to discuss the CEP proposals with regional and national officials, including NHSE and NHSI finance chiefs Paul Baumann and Bob Alexander, took place throughout last month. No proposals have yet been formally approved or rejected, sources said.
Decisions are expected after the general election, and some of the officials involved have been told they will be put to the new ministerial team. There is no expectation of details being made public until after the election.
BY DAVE WEST, LAWRENCE DUNHILL, BEN CLOVER, ALLISON COGGAN