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Not as funny as Macron getting his face slapped by a woman in a crowd the other day.

Anyway, the only "friends" Boris needs are the voters and he always has plenty of them when it counts. 48 % of the working class to Labours 31% and that gap growing all the time.😛

 

 

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Not as funny as Macron getting his face slapped by a woman in a crowd the other day.

Anyway, the only "friends" Boris needs are the voters and he always has plenty of them when it counts. 48 % of the working class to Labours 31% and that gap growing all the time.😛

 

 

It was a man.
The most famous slap ever (Dimitra Lianis):
 

 

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History is littered with examples of people voting for things against their own interests, and its odd, almost like grooming, how people doff their caps to the obese Etonian Alexander de Pffefel Boris Johnson and call him 'Boris' like hes a wayward child or something. 

The fat cunt was having an affair whilst his wife had ovarian cancer. Vile person, and 100% untrustworthy.

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Is the UK sleepwalking into authoritarian rule?

Jeremy Cushing on how the government is attacking and undermining the institutions of democracy, Blaine Stothard on ministers’ demands for total conformity of beliefs and values, and Pat Farrington on the Tories’ cynical attempts to keep hold of power

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jun/11/is-the-uk-sleepwalking-into-authoritarian-rule

Boris Johnson met with the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán at Downing Street last month.

Another verdict goes against the government (Covid contract for firm run by Cummings’ friends unlawful, finds judge, 9 June). Amid much discussion of the Good Law Project’s activities, however, one question goes unanswered: given that democracies need a lively independent scrutiny of government, what is the sanction?

The government reacts, as we have now come to expect, with lies and threats. The GLP itself is the target of accusations that it is “misusing crowdfunding”, and the government uses taxpayers’ money to run up huge costs, which the GLP is at risk of having to pay. The court is under the threat of legislation to curb the use of judicial review.

What we are witnessing is a broad-front attack on the institutions of a mature democracy: the BBC, the Electoral Commission, the government’s and parliament’s ethics advisers, and so on. It is a scenario that is dismally familiar from states across the world where democracy is under threat. Behind all this is the apparent complete absence of any sanctions that would discourage ministers from further ignoring the law.

Our unwritten constitution has always depended on ministers having some sense of honour. Once ministers get used to ignoring the rules, lying to the public and generally swerving accountability, an unwritten constitution is no longer enough.
 

Jeremy Cushing
Exeter

 

A week before Polly Toynbee wrote about “political appointments … embedding Torydom”, Nesrine Malik wrote about the importance of checks and balances in a liberal democracy to prevent the concentration and abuse of power (If nothing sticks to this government, it’s because nobody is making it stick, 31 May). The impunity this government has been allowed makes me wonder if we are sliding towards one-party rule. The signs are clear: the Tories’ cynical plans to introduce unnecessary ID for voting; the squashing of dissent and positioning of Conservative “placemen” in key institutions like the BBC; the personality cult of Boris; the welcome given to the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, who is quite far along the road to totalitarianism.

The Tories have always regarded themselves as the natural party to govern the country, but now they are much more willing to undermine democracy and the rule of the law to stay in power permanently. There is not enough outrage about this, but we cannot wait for Boris Johnson’s abuses of power to go on any longer, because of the permanent damage that will be done to our civil rights, democracy and national wellbeing.
 

Pat Farrington
London

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The Tory’s ‘unlawful’ £560k contract is the tip of the iceberg

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2021/06/09/the-torys-unlawful-560k-contract-is-the-tip-of-the-iceberg/

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A judge has ruled that the Tories awarding a contract to their mates was “unlawful”. This was thanks to the Good Law Project. People are rightly heralding this as a success, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to government corruption.

Friends in convenient places

As PA reported, a high court judge has ruled that a government decision to award a contract to a company whose bosses were friends of adviser Dominic Cummings was unlawful.

Campaigners took legal action against the Cabinet Office over the decision to pay £560,000 of taxpayers’ money to market research firm Public First. It followed the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in March 2020. They also questioned the involvement of Cummings. Lawyers working for the Good Law Project said Cummings, Boris Johnson’s then-chief adviser, wanted focus group and communications support services work to be given to a company whose bosses were his friends. Ministers, and Cummings – who left Downing Street late in 2020 – disputed the Good Law Project’s claim.

“Apparent” and “unlawful” bias

PA reported that justice O’Farrell said in a ruling on Wednesday 9 June:

The claimant is entitled to a declaration that the decision of 5 June 2020 to award the contract to Public First gave rise to apparent bias and was unlawful.

Meanwhile, Good Law Project director Jo Maugham said:

This is not government for the public good – it is government for the good of friends of the Conservative Party.

We just don’t understand how the Prime Minister can run a Cabinet that acts without proper regard for the law or value for public money.

Government has claimed there was no favouritism in the awarding of contracts. But the High Court has held an informed observer would conclude otherwise.

 

 

But it wasn’t just Cummings involved in this law-breaking.

Cummings and Gove implicated

Maugham tweeted that:

As PA reported, a Good Law Project spokesperson said cabinet office minister Michael Gove was also in the frame. She said:

Gove had tried to argue that only Public First could carry out the contracted work and everyone was acting under pressure.

However, the High Court found that version of events ‘does not stand up to scrutiny’ and ‘the time constraints… did not exonerate the defendant from conducting the procurement so as to demonstrate a fair and impartial process of selection’.

The truth, it said, is the Cabinet Office didn’t even consider whether to give the contract to anyone else.

Emails between civil servants revealed in the course of Good Law Project’s legal action revealed both Michael Gove and No 10 wanted contracts to be awarded to Public First.

Of course, the relationship between Cummings and Gove is wellknown. So it’s of little surprise that they’d both be up to their necks in this with each other.

First Hancock, now Gove

Nor is this the first time the Good Law Project has been legally successful in getting a judge to rule Tory contracts have been unlawful.

As Maugham tweeted:

We have now two concluded judicial reviews of pandemic procurement. Each established that a Cabinet Minister – respectively, Matt Hancock and Michael Gove – acted unlawfully. We have a slate of approximately a dozen further judicial reviews to come.

And:

After we established [Matt Hancock] had broken the law, we wrote inviting him to work with us to improve Government procurement rather than wasting public money defending the indefensible. He didn’t have the courtesy to respond. We now repeat our invitation.

 

Public First. The irony’s in the name

A spokesperson for Public First told PA that:

We’re deeply proud of the work we did in the early stages of the pandemic, which helped save lives.

The judge rejected most of the Good Law Project’s claims, not finding actual bias in the awarding of this work, nor any problems with the pace or scale of the award.

Rather, the judge found that weak internal processes gave rise to the appearance of bias. The judge made no criticism whatsoever of Public First anywhere in the judgment.

But Public First being chummy with the Tories is hardly new.

A history of chumminess

As The Canary‘s Tom Coburg previously reported:

Public First, headed by James Frayne and Rachel Wolf (who helped write the 2019 Tory manifesto), was given £956k for “advice on Covid-19 and reorganising the health and care system”. It was previously awarded £840k to conduct research on public opinion regarding government policies and £116k to examine how the government can better learn from the coronavirus pandemic. Frayne worked with Cummings at the Department for Education.

Moreover, as PA reported, the Good Law Project’s lawyer told the court that Frayne and Wolf have “long-standing personal relationships” with both Cummings and Gove.

So, the legal victory is to be welcomed. But the bigger picture is corruption on an industrial scale.

Industrial scale corruption

As Byline Times reported, since the pandemic started:

15 individuals with strong connections to the Conservative Party, parliamentarians or Government representatives have been linked to companies awarded more than £2 billion in COVID-related contracts

                  Overall, Byline Times said that the total figure for all contracts given to the Tory’s mates was over £3bn.

So, the £560,000 Public First contract represents just 0.02% of this total figure. The scale of the corruption is breathtaking. And while the Good Law Project’s victory is a step in the right direction, it by no means addresses the fundamental abuse of power and privilege that has defined the Tory government’s response to the pandemic.

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The Tories are facing court over their NHS ‘data grab’

https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2021/06/06/the-tories-are-facing-court-over-their-nhs-data-grab/

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A group has launched a legal challenge to the Tory government’s so-called “NHS data grab“. It comes as the medical records of the entire population of England are set to go on a central database in a matter of weeks. And as The Canary previously reported, the Tories are looking to sell your data to the highest bidder. But you, and the legal challenge, could stop them.

Flogging our medical records, Tory-style

As we previously wrote, the Tories flogging off our medical data isn’t new. Previously, a single government body was doing it, and the government claimed that it was all legal. It also said that people’s info was anonymous, but some campaign groups disagreed. The latest scandal broke when Byline Times revealed that the government is once again looking to sell our medical records.

Phil Booth wrote for Byline Times that:

from 1 July, NHS Digital has announced that “data may be shared from the GP medical records about… any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started”.

NHS Digital… will be able to take the following from GPs’ records: “Data about diagnoses, symptoms, observations, test results, medications, allergies, immunisations, referrals, recalls and appointments, including information about physical, mental and sexual health.” This will also include data about “staff who have treated patients”, and data “on sex, ethnicity and sexual orientation”, as well as other sensitive data.

Enter Big Pharma

NHS Digital states that some organisations may “need access” to your data. It says “these include but may not be limited to” several government bodies, including Public Health England. But crucially, NHS Digital also says it can give access to your data to:

research organisations, including universities, charities, clinical research organisations that run clinical trials and pharmaceutical companies

The public has until 23 June to opt out. You can find out how to do that here. And now, a group of organisations is taking action.

A legal challenge?

A coalition of five groups and an MP have begun legal proceedings against the government. They are:

  • Just Treatment.
  • Doctors’ Association UK.
  • The Citizens.
  • openDemocracy.
  • The National Pensioners Convention.
  • David Davis MP.

The coalition says that:

we have less than three weeks to keep our medical data safe.

Foxglove Solicitors is acting on its behalf. The coalition doesn’t seem confident that the government will drop the 23 June opt-out deadline. So, it’s started legal proceedings.

‘Unlawful’?

As it wrote:

On 3 June Just Treatment, Doctors’ Association UK, the Citizens, openDemocracy, the National Pensioners Convention and David Davis MP sent a legal letter (a letter before claim) to the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Digital. The legal letter says that rushing such a major change through with no transparency or debate violates patient trust, and doing so without seeking patient consent is unlawful. The case asks for a halt to the GP data grab with an injunction, and to rethink and seek meaningful patient consent.

But the coalition needs funding for the case and is looking to raise £40k to cover legal costs. You can view and donate to its crowdfunder here. As it said:

Our legal team work on ‘conditional fee agreements’. That means they only recover their costs from the other side if we win. But if we lose in court, we could have to pay the other side’s costs. The claimants in this are asking the court for a “Cost Capping Order”. If the court grants that it means that there would be a limit on the amount the coalition can be forced to pay in the event it loses. To make this case possible we need to raise as much as possible.

The coalition has also started a petition which you can read and sign here.

Fighting for all of us

The Citizens has created a video explainer of the situation:

The legal case is crucial. Many people won’t be aware of the Tories’ NHS data grab, and therefore won’t know that they can opt out. By stopping this in its tracks, the coalition will be winning for every person in the UK – except the Tories, of course.

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Sorry, but your opening comments are deeply patronizing to the many millions of the working class who vote Tory.☹️It also underlines just how completely out of touch so many on the left have become, because most of us have long since moved on from this hateful, devisive class war bollocks from decades ago.

Thatcher giving everyone the right to buy their council was the game changer! It's put more money into the pockets of the working class than anything Labour ever did for them.  

 

As for Johnson's private life.

I couldn't give a toss who Johnson or any other  Politician sleeps with and neither do most voters. Same when Clintion had a BJ in the White House, nobody gave a flying fcuk .

 

 

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20 minutes ago, chippy said:

Sorry, but your opening comments are deeply patronizing to the many millions of the working class who vote Tory.☹️It also underlines just how completely out of touch so many on the left have become, because most of us have long since moved on from this hateful, devisive class war bollocks from decades ago.

Thatcher giving everyone the right to buy their council was the game changer! It's put more money into the pockets of the working class than anything Labour ever did for them.  

 

As for Johnson's private life.

I couldn't give a toss who Johnson or any other  Politician sleeps with and neither do most voters. Same when Clintion had a BJ in the White House, nobody gave a flying fcuk .

 

 

The class war was mainly a Tory idea.
A few trotskyites from the left liked it a lot but it was always a Tory idea.

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Sorry, but your opening comments are deeply patronizing to the many millions of the working class who vote Tory.☹️It also underlines just how completely out of touch so many on the left have become, because most of us have long since moved on from this hateful, devisive class war bollocks from decades ago.

Thatcher giving everyone the right to buy their council was the game changer! It's put more money into the pockets of the working class than anything Labour ever did for them.  

 

As for Johnson's private life.

I couldn't give a toss who Johnson or any other  Politician sleeps with and neither do most voters. Same when Clintion had a BJ in the White House, nobody gave a flying fcuk .

 

 

FUCK THATCHER

The working class voting Tory is like a herd of cows thinking the beef farmer is their best mate after they scare the cows with stories about that dastardly wolf that they will protect them from.

Frank Owen's Legendary Paintbrush on Twitter: ""If you can convince the  lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice  you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody

 

a yank President summed it up perfectly around 60 years ago

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Again, carry on insulting Tories and all those who vote for them.  That desperate  tactic is clearly very well for the Labour Party🤡

 

Only last month Tony Blair (the last leader I ever voted for in an election) said the Labour Party is being destroyed by the Woke Left. You only have to watch the daily live coverage of the Commons to see what a train wreck of party it's become.

Completely obsessed with their ever more extreme identity politics, relentlessly attacking the indigenous population for being horribly racist, and then they expect those very people they attack day in day out,  to go out and vote for them in elections.

There's a genuine, seething hatred for Britain's  past as well as it's present amongst far too many in that party and they are getting what they deserve in election after election.😡 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Again, carry on insulting Tories and all those who vote for them.  That desperate  tactic is clearly very well for the Labour Party🤡

 

Only last month Tony Blair (the last leader I ever voted for in an election) said the Labour Party is being destroyed by the Woke Left. You only have to watch the daily live coverage of the Commons to see what a train wreck of party it's become.

Completely obsessed with their ever more extreme identity politics, relentlessly attacking the indigenous population for being horribly racist, and then they expect those very people they attack day in day out,  to go out and vote for them in elections.

There's a genuine, seething hatred for Britain's  past as well as it's present amongst far too many in that party and they are getting what they deserve in election after election.😡 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The "class war" and the "working class struggle" are copyright slogans of the left - marka depositata.
Yet it is the Tories who enact the class war.
Do you know why we have no flat fare in the London tube ? All the tube systems around the world have flat fare except London.
This is done so as to prevent the lower classes to move into the high class areas of the town.
Or has a brick layer ever attempted to take part in fox hunting in the country ?
It is therefore the Tories who do the "class war" and "class struggle" rather than the other way around.

My views on the Tories are objective.
It is true that such beliefs are shared by the Corbynite left of the Labour party but what does that mean ?
If I was born in the 19th century and believed in the theory of relativity while all the others believed in the ether except for
some so called weirdo leftists, what could that mean ? That the theory of relativity is wrong and the theory of luminiferous
ether is right ? It could n't.
The Tories (Ukipites nowadays) are the shame of the world.
 

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2 hours ago, chippy said:

Again, carry on insulting Tories and all those who vote for them.  That desperate  tactic is clearly very well for the Labour Party🤡

 

Only last month Tony Blair (the last leader I ever voted for in an election) said the Labour Party is being destroyed by the Woke Left. You only have to watch the daily live coverage of the Commons to see what a train wreck of party it's become.

Completely obsessed with their ever more extreme identity politics, relentlessly attacking the indigenous population for being horribly racist, and then they expect those very people they attack day in day out,  to go out and vote for them in elections.

There's a genuine, seething hatred for Britain's  past as well as it's present amongst far too many in that party and they are getting what they deserve in election after election.😡 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am going to start calling you Oswald, as obviously you were born far too late

you would have made a perfect fluffer for Mosley

'Woke Left' is a RIGHT WING construct, a false framing slur

as if it somehow wrong or evil to strive for racial equality and fair play

same for the ludicrous negative spin simply for being anti-fascist

you are a white nationalist nob, a parrot trapped in your role of both endlessly and mindlessly repeating ad nauseum the bilge spewed out by corporate-fascists, who lead marks like you around by the nose

all you have is repetitive sloganeering 

when I read your dross, this is the image that comes to mind

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it's plonkers like you who make the UK smaller and more irrelevant as each year goes by

if you actually think the now off-the-cliff, white grievance-clinging Tories are the saviours of working class Britain, the you are even more stupid than you have already faced up as since you started shit-posting here

 

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The "class war" and the "working class struggle" are copyright slogans of the left - marka depositata.
Yet it is the Tories who enact the class war.
Do you know why we have no flat fare in the London tube ? All the tube systems around the world have flat fare except London.
This is done so as to prevent the lower classes to move into the high class areas of the town.
Or has a brick layer ever attempted to take part in fox hunting in the country ?
It is therefore the Tories who do the "class war" and "class struggle" rather than the other way around.

My views on the Tories are objective.
It is true that such beliefs are shared by the Corbynite left of the Labour party but what does that mean ?
If I was born in the 19th century and believed in the theory of relativity while all the others believed in the ether except for
some so called weirdo leftists, what could that mean ? That the theory of relativity is wrong and the theory of luminiferous
ether is right ? It could n't.
The Tories (Ukipites nowadays) are the shame of the world.
 

Comrade Khan and TFL are the ones in charge of the tube trains, not the government.

 

Anyway, I'm just glad I'm not a Leftie living in a country where their backward thinking ideology has and is being so massively rejected and populated by tens of millions of people which you have such contempt and hatred.

Tis why I think the best way forward is to break up countries like ours and the USA. Give you your own country and get on with it.

Just think, no more bogey men to blame for your life being shit. Your world will be perfect. Can have bestest person of the week competitions and everything.

 

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Comrade Khan and TFL are the ones in charge of the tube trains, not the government.

 

Anyway, I'm just glad I'm not a Leftie living in a country where their backward thinking ideology has and is being so massively rejected and populated by tens of millions of people which you have such contempt and hatred.

Tis why I think the best way forward is to break up countries like ours and the USA. Give you your own country and get on with it.

Just think, no more bogey men to blame for your life being shit. Your world will be perfect. Can have bestest person of the week competitions and everything.

 

The left are brexiters - Bojo's allies.
You could n't win without them - given that Cameron with his 2016 stance is likely to have carried some of the party with him.
Some of them are into "German type socialism" - the Aryan race and all that. The so called red wall.
I stand for Europe and in Europe the left is a relic of the last century.
If we were to dissolve the EU then there would be a war in time dt.
The Tories know it too but there is nothing they can do - they have been ukipized.

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This is the way the RW rolls, creating bullshit memes and fake 'astroturfed' movements, then getting idiots like Oswald here to buy into a ginned up fake story,  one with racist underpinnings in this (and far too many others) case. They buy in by the tens of millions via social and mainstream RW media. The framing is thus set in stone and the RW-started divisions and hatred continue to increase in both size and rage-intensity. A new RW talking point/slogan for gits like him to spew about is thus born:

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Researcher Uncovers 'Critical Race Theory' Astroturfing Campaign

 
Berman and Company admitted it is the organization behind a campaign protesting against New York City schools curricula.
 
 
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Rick Berman, an infamous right-wing lobbyist whose organizations have been accused of several astroturfing campaigns—and who is known as "Dr. Evil"—revealed that his firm is behind an organization that claimed to be a grass-roots movement against New York City's prep schools focus on "diversity education."

Last week, the New York Post reported on a "group of parents" that was planning to show billboards showing messages such as "DIVERSITY NOT INDOCTRINATION" and "WOKE SCHOOL? SPEAK OUT." The Post's story is centered around and features Prep School Accountability, which describes itself on its official website as "a group of concerned parents." 

"In recent years, a new orthodoxy has emerged at our schools, dividing our communities based on immutable characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. As a result, the core tenets of high-quality education—uniting all children and families through a love and appreciation for learning and community spirit—have gone by the wayside," the Prep School Accountability website reads.

Prep School Accountability is soliciting parents to share their stories "If you or your child have witnessed concerning content or been part of a troubling experience regarding NYC prep school curricula" via a form. The group did not respond to an email sent through that form.

Nowhere on the site is there any reference to Rick Berman and his right-wing lobbying firm Berman and Co. The site mentions the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), but specifies that PrepSchoolAccountability.com is not affiliated with FAIR. FAIR did not respond to a request for comment.

On Thursday, a researcher who specializes in open source intelligence investigations, published a post detailing evidence that he claimed showed Berman and Company was behind Prep School Accountability. 

The researcher, who goes by Z3dster, found a handful of non-public author pages on the Prep School Accountability website, which is built with WordPress. The author pages belonged to: 

 

  • Charlyce Bozzello, whom the researcher identified as the Communications Director for the Center for Union Facts, an organization that is also run by Rick Berman. A Twitter account with the same name describes herself as “Just a New Yorker who left NY and can't remember why.” 
  • Someone with the last name Petriccione, who appears to be Christy Petriccione, a Communications Associate at Berman and Company, according to a profile found here.

 

When Motherboard reached out to Berman and Company's email address displayed on the firm's official site, Bozzello responded. 

In her email, she included a statement attributed to Berman: "With support from a diverse group of concerned parents in New York, we launched the Prep School Accountability project. The schools’ defensive response to such an uncontroversial message—teach students how to think, not what to think—shows the overwhelming need for the project. It also explains why most of the parents supporting this project chose not to be identified right now for fear of retaliation or being 'canceled.' As the group grows, we expect more parent supporters will choose to be identified publicly."

Do you have more information about this campaign? We’d love to hear from you. Using a non-work phone or computer, you can contact Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai securely on Signal at +1 917 257 1382, lorenzofb on Wickr and Telegram, or email [email protected].

As Fox News reported on Monday, the group founded by Berman drove at least one van in front of a New York City prep school. Fox News described the group as "some fed-up parents here in New York City taking it to the next level" and as "anonymous parents." The Fox News segment does not mention Berman or his firms. 

A New York Post also published a follow-up story reporting on the vans showing up at several schools. Just like in the first story, there is no mention of Berman, and the campaign is described as a "$10,000 campaign, which was coordinated by an anonymous group Prep School Accountability."

A Twitter account called @uwsparents posted a video of the van on the same day. The account has 7 followers and is following 2 accounts, and was created in May 2021. The person or persons behind the account did not respond to a Tweet asking to establish contact in order to ask for comment. 

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Z3dster also lays out evidence showing apparent fake Twitter accounts linked to the campaign. 

"This is fairly cut and dry inauthentic behavior: the site isn’t who they say they are and their followers aren’t who they appear to be," he wrote.

It looks like Twitter agrees. As of Friday, the official Twitter account of the Prep School Accountability group was suspended. A Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard that the account “was permanently suspended” for violating the platform’s manipulation and spam policy.

Bozzello, Berman, and Company's spokesperson, did not respond to a follow-up email asking whether the organization used fake Twitter accounts to boost the campaign. 

It's unclear if the New York Post was aware of Berman's involvement. A spokesperson for the paper did not respond to a request for comment. The author, Dana Kennedy, said in an email that she was "not familiar with the information cited in your email."

The campaign appears to have gathered the support of some people. Bozzello sent a statement attributed to Andrew Gutmann. In April, Gutmann gathered the attention of Fox News and other conservative outlets when he wrote a letter to fellow parents at the Brearley school in Manhattan. Gutmann shared the letter with former The New York Times columnist Bari Weiss. 

At the time, Guttmann announced he decided to pull his daughter from the school after seven years, complaining about the school's "antiracism initiatives," arguing that "Brearley’s obsession with race must stop." 

"I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country," he wrote in the letter. "I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of words such as “equity,” “diversity” and “inclusiveness.”

In the statement sent to Motherboard, Guttmann said that "Prep School Accountability is a much-needed parent-supported effort that has been applauded by parents across the city. I support the parents behind this initiative and have connected with them about our shared concerns over what's going on in NYC's private schools. I hope to continue to work with the group to amplify the voices of parents who want to see diversity done better at NYC's independent schools and at schools across the country."

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3 minutes ago, Vesper said:

This is the way the RW rolls, creating bullshit memes and fake 'astroturfed' movements, then getting idiots like Oswald here to buy into a ginned up fake story (and one with racist underpinnings) by the millions. The framing is thus set in stone and the RW-started divisions and hatred continue to increase in both size and rage-intensity. A new RW talking point/slogan for gits like him to spew about is thus born:

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Researcher Uncovers 'Critical Race Theory' Astroturfing Campaign

 
Berman and Company admitted it is the organization behind a campaign protesting against New York City schools curricula.
 
 
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Rick Berman, an infamous right-wing lobbyist whose organizations have been accused of several astroturfing campaigns—and who is known as "Dr. Evil"—revealed that his firm is behind an organization that claimed to be a grass-roots movement against New York City's prep schools focus on "diversity education."

Last week, the New York Post reported on a "group of parents" that was planning to show billboards showing messages such as "DIVERSITY NOT INDOCTRINATION" and "WOKE SCHOOL? SPEAK OUT." The Post's story is centered around and features Prep School Accountability, which describes itself on its official website as "a group of concerned parents." 

"In recent years, a new orthodoxy has emerged at our schools, dividing our communities based on immutable characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. As a result, the core tenets of high-quality education—uniting all children and families through a love and appreciation for learning and community spirit—have gone by the wayside," the Prep School Accountability website reads.

Prep School Accountability is soliciting parents to share their stories "If you or your child have witnessed concerning content or been part of a troubling experience regarding NYC prep school curricula" via a form. The group did not respond to an email sent through that form.

Nowhere on the site is there any reference to Rick Berman and his right-wing lobbying firm Berman and Co. The site mentions the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR), but specifies that PrepSchoolAccountability.com is not affiliated with FAIR. FAIR did not respond to a request for comment.

On Thursday, a researcher who specializes in open source intelligence investigations, published a post detailing evidence that he claimed showed Berman and Company was behind Prep School Accountability. 

The researcher, who goes by Z3dster, found a handful of non-public author pages on the Prep School Accountability website, which is built with WordPress. The author pages belonged to: 

 

  • Charlyce Bozzello, whom the researcher identified as the Communications Director for the Center for Union Facts, an organization that is also run by Rick Berman. A Twitter account with the same name describes herself as “Just a New Yorker who left NY and can't remember why.” 
  • Someone with the last name Petriccione, who appears to be Christy Petriccione, a Communications Associate at Berman and Company, according to a profile found here.

 

When Motherboard reached out to Berman and Company's email address displayed on the firm's official site, Bozzello responded. 

In her email, she included a statement attributed to Berman: "With support from a diverse group of concerned parents in New York, we launched the Prep School Accountability project. The schools’ defensive response to such an uncontroversial message—teach students how to think, not what to think—shows the overwhelming need for the project. It also explains why most of the parents supporting this project chose not to be identified right now for fear of retaliation or being 'canceled.' As the group grows, we expect more parent supporters will choose to be identified publicly."

Do you have more information about this campaign? We’d love to hear from you. Using a non-work phone or computer, you can contact Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai securely on Signal at +1 917 257 1382, lorenzofb on Wickr and Telegram, or email [email protected].

As Fox News reported on Monday, the group founded by Berman drove at least one van in front of a New York City prep school. Fox News described the group as "some fed-up parents here in New York City taking it to the next level" and as "anonymous parents." The Fox News segment does not mention Berman or his firms. 

A New York Post also published a follow-up story reporting on the vans showing up at several schools. Just like in the first story, there is no mention of Berman, and the campaign is described as a "$10,000 campaign, which was coordinated by an anonymous group Prep School Accountability."

A Twitter account called @uwsparents posted a video of the van on the same day. The account has 7 followers and is following 2 accounts, and was created in May 2021. The person or persons behind the account did not respond to a Tweet asking to establish contact in order to ask for comment. 

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Z3dster also lays out evidence showing apparent fake Twitter accounts linked to the campaign. 

"This is fairly cut and dry inauthentic behavior: the site isn’t who they say they are and their followers aren’t who they appear to be," he wrote.

It looks like Twitter agrees. As of Friday, the official Twitter account of the Prep School Accountability group was suspended. A Twitter spokesperson told Motherboard that the account “was permanently suspended” for violating the platform’s manipulation and spam policy.

Bozzello, Berman, and Company's spokesperson, did not respond to a follow-up email asking whether the organization used fake Twitter accounts to boost the campaign. 

It's unclear if the New York Post was aware of Berman's involvement. A spokesperson for the paper did not respond to a request for comment. The author, Dana Kennedy, said in an email that she was "not familiar with the information cited in your email."

The campaign appears to have gathered the support of some people. Bozzello sent a statement attributed to Andrew Gutmann. In April, Gutmann gathered the attention of Fox News and other conservative outlets when he wrote a letter to fellow parents at the Brearley school in Manhattan. Gutmann shared the letter with former The New York Times columnist Bari Weiss. 

At the time, Guttmann announced he decided to pull his daughter from the school after seven years, complaining about the school's "antiracism initiatives," arguing that "Brearley’s obsession with race must stop." 

"I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country," he wrote in the letter. "I object to Brearley’s vacuous, inappropriate, and fanatical use of words such as “equity,” “diversity” and “inclusiveness.”

In the statement sent to Motherboard, Guttmann said that "Prep School Accountability is a much-needed parent-supported effort that has been applauded by parents across the city. I support the parents behind this initiative and have connected with them about our shared concerns over what's going on in NYC's private schools. I hope to continue to work with the group to amplify the voices of parents who want to see diversity done better at NYC's independent schools and at schools across the country."


Astroturfing is the one man band rather.
The use of multiple internet accounts to make it look like a crowd.
It can be done for the same purpose.

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1 minute ago, cosmicway said:

The left are brexiters - Bojo's allies.
You could n't win without them - given that Cameron with his 2016 stance is likely to have carried some of the party with him.
Some of them are into "German type socialism" - the Aryan race and all that. The so called red wall.
I stand for Europe and in Europe the left is a relic of the last century.
If we were to dissolve the EU then there would be a war in time dt.
The Tories know it too but there is nothing they can do - they have been ukipized.

No doubt there's been some genuinely extreme right Tories  in years gone by, but even those on the right of today's party are still pretty much nothing more than middle of the road libertarians.

Quite a lot of today's party are actually very socially liberal, with the most diverse cabnet in the history of this country!  It's really just economic policies which seperate  most of them from the average liberal or right wing Labour. 

 

 

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Just now, chippy said:

No doubt there's been some genuinely extreme right Tories  in years gone by, but even those on the right of today's party are still pretty much nothing more than middle of the road libertarians.

LOL

Yes, nothing screams 'libertarian' more than billions of quid of the public's monies being siphoned off and going to elite cronies via good old boy insider networks and nepotism.

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19 minutes ago, chippy said:

No doubt there's been some genuinely extreme right Tories  in years gone by, but even those on the right of today's party are still pretty much nothing more than middle of the road libertarians.

Quite a lot of today's party are actually very socially liberal, with the most diverse cabnet in the history of this country!  It's really just economic policies which seperate  most of them from the average liberal or right wing Labour. 

 

 

There were - the forefathers of UKIP, Mosleyites-Monday club.
Anyhow, the Tory ideas for the economy are mostly accepted by many Europeans (Merkel - Macron and then you slide downwards).
But in the European parliament the conservative block expelled the Tory party, well before brexit, because of their intolerant nature.

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