Excl: Ministry of Justice lied re prison pepper-spray roll-out – why?

A distressed man is treated for the effects of pepper spray used in crowd control Two weeks ago, a prisons insider tipped off the SKWAWKBOX that a controversial decision had been taken by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to roll out the use of pepper spray to all prisons – and that there was concern […]

Excl: full, final version of the Ryan no-confidence motion

Joan Ryan News of the no-confidence motion passed by Enfield North members on Thursday night in Labour MP Joan Ryan continues to reverberate through the party and around social media. Ms Ryan left the meeting before the result was announced, but put out a bitter tweet calling the members who had voted for the motion […]

Corbyn’s voting record shows latest Murdoch press smear more desperate than ever

Jeremy Corbyn in 2010 The latest smear by the Times attempts to smear Jeremy Corbyn by association with a Jewish Holocaust survivor. In 2010, according to the Murdoch rag, Jeremy Corbyn: spoke at and opened a talk entitled Never Again — for Anyone. The event was part of a UK tour called Never Again for […]

In memory of Grenfell

To mark the first anniversary of the terrible loss of the Grenfell Tower fire and in solidarity with the survivors and those whose lives were affected – residents, families, neighbours, emergency services – the SKWAWKBOX’s side-header image has been changed for today to an image of the shrouded tower. To those I’ve met there or […]

Breaking: QC appointed as Labour’s new in-house counsel

Gordon Nardell QC of 20 Essex Street Chambers has been appointed as Labour’s new in-house Counsel (IHC), to oversee the party’s disciplinary processes. Labour sources told the SKWAWKBOX that an urgent task of the IHC will also be to define what qualifies as evidence in complaints – a key issue in ensuring that due process […]

Guest post: “loyalty of working class people runs deep but betray it at your peril”

In this guest post, South Yorkshire teacher, trade unionist and staunch Labour voter Andy Searson takes EU-fixated Labour back-benchers to task. EU-fixated MPs: losing the loyalty of the working class Having just sat through another interview listening to a member of Parliament calling for a second EU referendum, I’m compelled to write this, if only […]

How Labour’s wider disciplinary processes will be made fit for purpose

Image: Rwendland via Wikimedia Commons The SKWAWKBOX published details and analysis earlier this week of Labour’s new disciplinary process for antisemitism complaints. The new process, which is based firmly on the recommendations of the Chakrabarti report, has been widely welcomed for its clear processes, fixed timescales and intelligent measures to depoliticise complaints and adjudications. However, Labour […]

Formby’s impressive new disciplinary process gives cause for confidence

Labour General Secretary Jennie Formby’s planned overhaul to the party’s disciplinary processes bodes well for all parts of the party – with the exception of the few members who behave in an antisemitic fashion. Formby’s plan is firmly based on the principles of the Chakrabarti report to ensure that justice is not only done, but […]

Grenfell inquiry live link

Live coverage of the Grenfell inquiry can be viewed here. Public awareness will be the key to the victims, survivors and their families getting anything resembling proper justice. The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford […]

‘Slaughter’: at least 43 killed incl 6 children, 2000 injured as Israel fires on Palestinian protesters

As Palestinian protests in Gaza build toward the 70th ‘Nakba Day’ commemoration tomorrow, at least forty-three people have been killed as Israeli armed forces fired upon protesters, with reports of up to two thousand injured. Amnesty International initially reported thirty-eight confirmed dead: Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir named a higher death toll (later confirmed […]