Excl: NUJ ‘subverts democracy’ to ‘bully’ Mendoza out of Black History Month lecture

Canary editor-in-chief Kerry-Anne Mendoza NUJ’s black members (BMC) invited Canary editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza to deliver Black History Month lecture NUJ ‘chapel’ at Guardian/Observer ‘chapel’ protested Mendoza invitation NUJ’s NEC voted to ask  BMC to discuss invitation again – but claimed it would respect BMC’s freedom to choose, as well as freedom of speech and dissent […]

Orthodox union u-turns to support maligned activist

Shraga Stern, whose highlighting of Charedi Jews’ views led to smears against him In a striking u-turn, an Orthodox Jewish umbrella body representing Charedi Orthodox Jewish communities in the UK has announced its support for Charedi activist Shraga Stern. Mr Stern had come under attack after helping to organise a letter signed by thirty-four UOHC […]

19 leading academics endorse rigour, caution, findings of damning media bias study

Earlier this month, the SKWAWKBOX published details of a landmark academic study that was highly critical of the integrity of the coverage by mainstream media of the issue of alleged antisemitism in the Labour Party. Predictably, that study was attacked by those who have an interest in portraying Labour in that way, or in maintaining […]

Critic responds to Williamson’s act of kindness

Yesterday the SKWAWKBOX showed how well-known left-wing MP Chris Williamson went considerably out of his way to help a centrist closely aligned with Williamson’s most strident critics. Williamson made a detour of around fifty miles from a trip to Manchester to give a lift to Luke ‘Lukey’ Stanger, who was stranded at Nottingham rail station […]

Right’s latest attack on Williamson is a naked attempt to divide the movement

Comment Derby North MP Chris Williamson and this blog stand on opposite sides of the ‘open selection’ debate. Williamson has pressed vocally for open selection – a policy of automatically having a selection process to determine the Labour candidate in every seat, every time there is an election. The SKWAWKBOX originally welcomed the idea but saw […]

‘A slap in the face’ – Orthodox Jews ask Khan not to attend BoD dinner during protest

London mayor Sadiq Khan As the SKWAWKBOX revealed last month, representatives of London’s large Charedi (Orthodox) Jewish community plan to stage a protest outside the annual dinner of the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD). Charedi Jews represent over twenty percent of the UK’s Jewish population and many feel aggrieved that the BoD, in […]

Rattled Establishment going after maker of Labour’s groundbreaking broadcast

A few days ago, just after Labour’s annual conference closed in Liverpool, the party put out a groundbreaking and hugely powerful ‘PPB’ (party political broadcast) that shook the whole ‘Westminster media bubble’ and caused even many of Labour’s opponents and critics to start talking in grudgingly glowing terms about ‘that video’. Tory minister Liz Truss […]

Orthodox Jews to protest at Board of Deputies annual dinner

BoD president Marie van der Zyl and guest of honour Sadiq Khan Representatives of London’s Orthodox Jewish community plan to stage a protest at the Board of Deputies’ (BoD’s) annual dinner in early November. Earlier this month, leading Charedi (Orthodox) rabbis published an open letter in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that was immediately […]

Excl: victim of attempted assault, death threat by Ryan supporter speaks

On Thursday, right-wing Labour MP Joan Ryan lost a vote of no confidence moved by her local party. She responded by launching into a social media attack on the “Trots Stalinists Communists” [sic] – her own party members – who had carried the vote and made similar comments to mainstream media. But as the SKWAWKBOX […]

‘NEC attack’ on Willsman is fake news – he hasn’t even been discussed

Peter Willsman Rumours have been circulating that today’s meeting of Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) is in uproar as NEC member Peter Willsman is being attacked and demands are shouted for his resignation. These rumours are wholesale fake news. Multiple sources actually inside the meeting tell the SKWAWKBOX that the meeting is cordial and orderly, […]