Right-wing men defending McKenzie’s misogyny show the dark heart of the right

Ian McKenzie, the Lewisham right-winger exposed tweeting vile comments about Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, has been suspended from the Labour Party because of them. Before his misogynist tweets – which talk of Labour front-bencher Emily Thornberry in terms of sale into sex-slavery, gang-rape and beheading – McKenzie was touted by the Labour right as […]

MPs Coyle and Jones seen on Commons Terrace with suspended rape-tweeter McKenzie

Ian McKenzie, Neil Coyle and Graham Jones. Background: Commons Terrace Bar Ian McKenzie, who previously conducted training for hard right faction Labour First, has been at the centre of controversy since the weekend, after images emerged of tweets he posted discussing the sale into slavery, gang-rape and beheading of Labour front-bencher Emily Thornberry:   Those […]

As we remember #Manchester victims, remember this. #security #cuts

As the nation remembers the victims of the Manchester bombing, with grief for those killed and admiration for those who have overcome terrible injuries, the Establishment is presenting that grief and inspiration without proper recognition of what went before. In the aftermath of the bombing a year ago, as the UK prepared for a general […]

Video: Bercow’s ‘apology’ is a master-class in subtle parliamentary shade

Yesterday, Commons Speaker John Bercow made an ‘apology’ in the House for calling – with justification – Andrea Leadsom’s decision to use a ministerial statement to erode time for Labour’s Grenfell Tower debate ‘stupid’ – or, as he put it, making a ‘muttered aside‘. It was an object lesson in making an ‘apology’ that nobody could […]

Labour First confirms McKenzie not welcome at events while suspended

A couple of days is a long time in politics. Just ask Lewisham East Labour Party chair Ian McKenzie. On Saturday he was ‘crowing’ – his own choice of word – about the selection of Janet Daby as Labour’s candidate in the constituency’s impending by-election: This evening, he’s ‘eating crow’ with the news that he […]

“Tori tori sauce”: Nando’s humiliates latest Con attempt to ‘get with the kids’

The Tory party’s latest attempt to bring young people on board was always doomed to fail. A discount card for Nando’s restaurant chain as compensation for huge tuition fees, a collapsing NHS, ever more unaffordable housing and policies like barring the under-25s from housing benefit – even if the subject of a screeching u-turn because […]

This video has nothing to do with why the Tories are attacking Speaker Bercow…

Last week, Commons Speaker John Bercow was attacked by the Tories and Tory-supporting mainstream media (MSM) for allegedly calling Tory ‘Leader of the House’ Andrea Leadsom ‘stupid’ and ‘f***ing useless’. The assault on Bercow has continued for several days, with yesterday’s Sunday Times reporting Tory front-benchers calling the remarks ‘unacceptable’ and that a formal complaint is […]

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 […]

‘1000s of Young Labour demand 2nd referendum’ claim exposed as nonsense

PoliticsHome published an article yesterday with the emphatic title, “Fresh pressure on Jeremy Corbyn as young Labour members demand conference vote on second Brexit referendum“. The subtitle was even more emphatic – and emphatically inaccurate: Tens of thousands of young Labour members have demanded Jeremy Corbyn grants them a vote on changing his Brexit policy at the […]

Labour First’s McKenzie accused of question-tampering at Lewisham East hustings

Lewisham East chair and Labour First trainer Ian McKenzie has triggered disgust on social media by tweets making vile reference to sex-slavery, the sale of women and beheading – including one referring to Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry. Complaints have flooded into Labour’s HQ and to Newham’s elected mayor Rokhsana Fiaz, for whom McKenzie […]