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 […]

Wavertree members: ‘Lansman offered to mediate to persuade us to keep Luciana’

Momentum founder Jon Lansman and Wavertree MP Luciana Berger Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger was again involved in controversy recently when the right-wing press claimed that she was in danger from Labour members had to be accompanied by a police protective detail at the party’s annual conference in Liverpool. This turned out not to be […]

‘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 […]

Pro-Israel hardliners plan mass disruption to Momentum/JVL event Thursday

Redbridge Momentum and Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) have organised an event for this Thursday titled, ‘Labour, Britain’s Jews and Antisemitism — A Different Perspective‘. Speakers will include JVL founder member and committee member Murray Glickman, who was active in the area’s Labour Party for many years and rejoined the Labour party when Jeremy Corbyn […]

RCN no-confidence victory is inspiration to left members of right-leaning unions

Nursing activists have achieved an outstanding result in a crucial vote in the Royal College of Nurses (RCN), with 78% of those who voted expressing no confidence in the leadership of their union, which has had a long reputation for being right-leaning and Establishment-friendly: The result was announced on Facebook by a well-known nursing campaigner in […]

Landmark report: 95 serious ‘failures’ in MSM reporting of ‘Labour antisemitism’

A landmark new report by an academic from London’s Birkbeck University and the Media Reform Coalition has analysed mainstream media coverage of the Labour Party’s alleged issues around antisemitism. Its conclusions may shock even the most cynical observer of the behaviour of the ‘MSM’. The report, which takes a scholarly and carefully constrained approach that […]

Full story: Luciana B had no protection IN #Lab18. No response why record not put straight

Luciana Berger The right-wing media and Labour’s opponents have been pushing a story that Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has required police protection in Labour’s conference in Liverpool this week. The claim has been that this is a sad commentary on the state of the Labour Party and that this supports claims that the party […]

A study in how the MSM work – now apparently it’s news SKWAWKBOX is in Liverpool

Comment The three-ply tissue in Rupert Murdoch’s press empire has published an article showing that it considers newsworthy the mundane fact that SKWAWKBOX editor Steve Walker is chair of a CLP (constituency Labour party) not far from the Liverpool venue currently hosting Labour’s annual conference: The article’s author, Henry Zeffman, states: A local Labour Party […]

#Lab18 second deputy leader motion withdrawn and why

The Labour right and the mainstream media are in lockstep this morning with claims that the motion at Labour’s annual conference to create a second deputy leader position has been withdrawn because the leadership fears a ‘moderate’ winning. It’s pure fantasy – the idea that a SIM (self-identified ‘moderate’) would have the slightest chance of […]

Jewish Chronicle forced to follow again after SKWAWKBOX reveals Orthodox protest plan

At the beginning of this week, the SKWAWKBOX contacted the Jewish Chronicle (JC) to ask why it hadn’t published a text from an Orthodox Jewish group confirming that a Corbyn-supporting letter by leading Charedi (Orthodox) rabbis was genuine and that this blog would be publishing it shortly. The JC had quietly rowed back from claims […]