British government spin scandal

Damian McBride

From British daily The Morning Star:

Labour Party spin doctors slammed for ‘dragging party into gutter’

Monday 13 April 2009

LEFT MPs accused the new Labour administration of “undermining belief” in the party on Monday as a smear row escalated.

The latest scandal to engulf the government centres on a set of emails sent by spin-doctor Damian McBride to Derek Draper and Charlie Whelan suggesting that false stories should be circulated to undermine senior Tories.

Mr McBride, who resigned from his post as close adviser to Prime Minister Gordon Brown when the emails were leaked to the press, has been condemned by Labour MPs.

Labour Representation Committee (LRC) chairman John McDonnell called on Mr Brown to act decisively by launching an independent inquiry into who was involved.

“Smear tactics like this are not the Labour way. They drag the Labour Party into the gutter.

“They just add further to the undermining of the belief that Labour Party supporters have placed in our party,” he said.

Fellow campaigning MP Jeremy Corbyn said that the whole affair had come about as a result of where “new Labour politics had led us to.

“We have a set of unaccountable spin doctors who are working in a make-believe world where there is no politics.”

“People in the Labour Party are being put off by this self-serving nonsense,” he said.

Mr Corbyn went on to say that progressive elements in the party would continue to focus on real issues.


British civil liberties endangered again

This video says about itself:

TAKING LIBERTIES is a shocking but hilarious polemic documentary that charts the destruction of all your Basic Liberties under 10 Years of New Labour. Released to coincide with Tony Blair’s departure, the film and the book follow the stories of normal people who’s lives have been turned upside down by injustice – from being arrested for holding a placard outside parliament to being tortured in Guantanamo Bay.

The “anti-terror” arrests in northwest England: what really lies behind them? Here.

MORE than 100 green activists were arrested on Monday for allegedly planning a protest at a coal-fired power station near Nottingham: here. See also here.

A G20 protester who was slapped across the face by a police officer has been left “traumatised,” her family said on Wednesday: here.

Watch a collection of videos passed to the Guardian that appear to show police using excessive force against G20 protesters: here.