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    800 years of democracy is unravelling before our very eyes: our self-satisfied politicians have launched a coup over Brexit


    Historians should avoid colourful predictions, however tempting they might seem.


    At the moment I’m touring the country with a lecture called Henry VIII And The First Brexit, which compares the king’s eventual clean and triumphant break with the Roman Church with our own messy and humiliating attempts to extricate ourselves from the European Union.


    But audiences really want me to talk about the present. ‘What do you think is going to happen?’, they ask. I shrug my shoulders and explain that, since history only works by looking backwards, those historians who pose as prophets are charlatans. My audiences think I’m copping out, of course – and they are right.


    I haven’t always been such a purist. Three years ago, I published a book on Magna Carta to mark the founding document of our Parliamentary constitution, that had been sealed 800 years earlier in 1215. In holding a medieval king accountable to his subjects – or some of them, at least – Magna Carta was a revolutionary step and is rightly celebrated.


    But I ended on a note of caution. All is not well with Britain or our politics, I said. ‘Is it silly to think there is a touch of 1215 – a whiff of revolution – in the air?’ And it came true in June 2016, with the decisive referendum vote to reshape our politics once again and leave the European Union.


    The referendum was a very British revolution. And it’s been followed by a very British counter-revolution, which shows every sign of succeeding. Don't be deceived by the lack of violence or the comparative good manners of those now seizing control. This is a coup, and what is at stake is the nature and legitimacy of Parliament itself. Ruled by comfortable, smug elites, Parliament is choosing to ignore the ordinary British people as they attempt to hold power to account. It is no exaggeration to say that British democracy, which stands in direct line with Magna Carta, is now unravelling before us.


    If today’s self-satisfied MPs and Ministers – I have already described them as a Parliament of Pygmies – have no time for the voters, they have little time for history, either.


    They seem to have forgotten that the original power of our Parliament lay in its claim to represent everybody and not just a few privileged groups, as in continental Europe. (Take for example the Estates General in France or the Cortes Generales in Spain, two early parliaments which promptly died out in the 17th Century.)


    They should remember, too, that our Parliament owed its survival to its willingness, with more or less of a struggle, to adapt and remain representative. As time went by, Parliament broadened out to include newly powerful social groups as they appeared. First came the Reform Act of 1832 which gave the vote to the newly prosperous middle class. This ushered in several decades of dominance by the Liberal Party, which was only broken by the genius of Benjamin Disraeli. Disraeli, who is the founder of the modern Conservative Party, recognised Conservatism’s natural affinity with ‘the radical masses’. Disraeli’s intuition was vindicated with the second Reform Act in 1867, the next major parliamentary change, which enfranchised the skilled working man and began the process that turned the Tories into the natural party of government.


    Then came the Labour Party, a grand coalition between trade-unionised workers and the middle-class intelligentsia.


    And it was the tit-for-tat of Conservative and Labour – two national parties, which between them represented more or less every shade of opinion in the country – that guaranteed the stability of British politics through all the convulsions of the 20th Century. They kept us free from revolution and prevented the rise of extremist parties, whether of the Left or Right. Until now.


    The new Industrial Revolution –the global movement of capital and the rise of technology – is partly to blame. It has cut away at the base of both main political parties.


    First to fall was Labour, as the death of mass-production industry and a mass trade union movement left it a hollowed-out shell. As such, it was ripe for the Blairite coup as a tiny, unrepresentative faction took over a once-mighty movement. The Blairites were contemptuous of the people they supposedly represented and, in particular, of their party membership, who were ritually humiliated by the abolition of Clause Four of the Labour Party’s constitution.


    The Blairites were equally disparaging of history, traditional institutions and the nation itself. They believed in free markets, free love and unlimited immigration and they exhibited an ugly combination of self-righteousness and intolerance. They were, pretty much to a man and a woman, on the make. And they loved, loved the EU. Finally they tried, and with a large measure of success, to forge a new governing class in their own image.


    Where Blair led, David Cameron and his government were eager followers and disciples. Supposedly Conservatives, they hailed Blair as ‘The Master’ and gobbled up his memoirs as a model of how their own government should run.



    They inflicted a Clause Four moment on their own Party membership by gratuitously imposing gay marriage. Above all, Tory modernisation– which can be summarised most neatly as an attempt to make the Tories the party of choice for readers of The Guardian – turned the Conservative Party into a pale imitation of New Labour and rendered its MPs indistinguishable from their supposed opponents on the other side of the House. The result is that, between them, Blair and Cameron contrived to turn two broad-church, national parties that commanded the allegiance of millions into a pair of narrow, elitist factions.


    The true extent of that change had been masked by voters’ tribal loyalty and our first-past-the-post system, which delivers clear, decisive results in General Elections. But the EU referendum tore apart the veil: it was now the People versus the Parliament.


    The People voted 52 to 48 % to leave; an estimated 74 % of MPs voted to remain. No representative assembly can sustain such a gulf. Either People or Parliament must give way.


    And so it has proved as, in its profound lack of wisdom and in its disregard for the central thread of its own history, Parliament has decided it is the People who should change. Or, rather, be changed. This is not the first time such a thing has happened. Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Communist states were ruled by similarly pampered, out-of-touch and privileged elites who, against all the evidence, claimed to represent the People.


    The People, shame on them, were ungrateful and in the habit of rebelling. After one such protest, the German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht wrote one of the great poems of political dissent, including the satirical lines:

    ‘Wouldn’t it

    Be simpler in that case if the government

    Dissolved the people and

    Elected another?’

    When I first read the poem 50 years ago as a student, I laughed complacently because I knew it couldn’t happen here. But it has. Since what is Remain or the campaign for a Second Referendum but an attempt to ‘dissolve the people and elect another’? And where will it end? In another very British revolution? Or something nastier? I don’t want to prophesy, good historian that I am, but I fear the worst.

    Historian DAVID STARKEY on how our self-satisfied ...

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    1 day ago · 800 years of democracy is unravelling before our very eyes: Distinguished historian DAVID STARKEY on how our self-satisfied politicians have launched a coup over Brexit By David Starkey … 18 Mar 2019.


    Such a disparity has to result in the present political setup in the HoC collapsing. The sooner the better.

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    It's now patently clear than any decision taken by the British people can/will be overridden if our MP's disagree with it.

    They've shown beyond any doubt that our wishes are subordinate to theirs!

    The REAL trouble, however, will kick off when the public finally discovers who our politicians are subordinate to

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    Lord Ahmed of Rotherham Facing New Charge of Buggery Against Boy Under 11


    Lord Ahmed of Rotherham has been charged with another alleged historic child sex offence at Sheffield Crown Court.


    A former Labour councillor and magistrate elevated to the House of Lords as a life peer by Tony Blair in the 1990s, Pakistan-born Nazir Ahmed had already been charged with two counts of attempting to rape a girl under 16 and one count of indecently assaulting a boy under 14, between 1971 and 1974, at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.


    An additional charge of buggery against a boy under 11 has been added to his charge sheet at the higher Sheffield Crown Court, the Rotherham Advertiser reports.


    Ahmed, of East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, has not entered any pleas during his hearings, but the BBC reports his lawyer, Haroon Shah, as saying he will be pleading not guilty to all of the charges against him.


    Ahmed’s brother Mohamed Farouq, 68, of Worrygoose Lane, Rotherham, is also facing charges, and has pleaded not guilty to four counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 14 between 1968 and 1972.

    Another brother, Mohammed Tariq, of Gerard Road, Rotherham, pleaded not guilty to two counts of indecently assaulting a boy under 14 between 1970 and 1972.




    Lord Ahmed of Rotherham Facing New Charge of Buggery Against Boy Under 1121 Apr 2019.
    This news has been covered up for nearly fifty years and for sure the State will never properly judicially deal with it. Fear of being accused of ‘racism’ is just part of the cover up.

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    Peterborough by-election, 1st ever successful removal of a sitting M P Fiona Onasanya


    Brexit Party Odds-on to Win Westminster Seat at Peterborough By-Election, Tories ‘out of the Race’



    British bookmakers have given the Brexit Party an 80% chance of getting its first Westminster Parliament seat just two months after foundation, and slashed odds on a victory with less than a week to go until the polls open.


    The Peterborough by-election, triggered by the first ever successful removal of a sitting Member of Parliament by constituents in a recall petition in the United Kingdom, comes after the sitting Labour MP Fiona Onasanya was found guilty of perverting the course of justice and jailed.





    In one of her final acts as a member of Parliament, and while wearing a prison release tag, Onasanya cast the deciding vote on a key piece of anti-Brexit legislation in the Commons. The people of Peterborough, who she represented, voted to leave the European Union in 2016 by a significantly higher margin than the national average, making the seat an obvious target for a Brexit Party riding high on a wave of discontent against both Westminster business as usual and the ongoing betrayal of the Brexit referendum.

    Now British bookmaker Betfair has put the odds on the Brexit Party winning next Thursday’s election at a remarkable 1/4, which can also be expressed as an 80 per cent certainty of victory.

    Betfair spokesman Katie Baylis told Breitbart London of the odds on the race to send a new Member of Parliament to Westminster: “The Brexit Party are flying high after the European elections and a win in leave-voting Peterborough would be another huge victory for Nigel Farage and his party.“Punters on Betfair Exchange certainly think that they will claim the seat and they’re currently odds-on at 1/4 to do so with 85 per cent of all money bet on this market on them. Labour at 4/1 face a big battle next week while the Tories are at odds of 33/1 and seemingly out of the race, with the Lib Dems at 41/1.”

    The Conservatives on 33/1 equates to a just three per cent chance of the party winning the seat.

    The Brexit Party has selected local businessman, charitable benefactor, and television personality Mike Greene to contest the seat — one of a broad range of candidates recently fielded by the party who have predominantly come from outside ordinary political life. Speaking at the time of his selection, Mr Greene said: “The Brexit party is the only party that has absolute clarity of focus on delivering the democratic vote. “I have a 16-year-old and 20-year-old daughter. If I believed for one second with one cell in my body Brexit would do any harm to their future I would not be [standing].”


    If the Brexit Party carried Thursday’s election it would be a remarkable, and quite probably historic, achievement for a party which would be just six weeks old at the time. It would give the Brexit Party their first representation in the Westminster parliament, and only weeks after the party came first in the national election to send Members of the European Parliament to Brussels. Polling suggests that if support for the Brexit Party holds — and if they succeed in Peterborough, that could be the surest sign yet that it will — then the insurgent force could destroy the legacy parties in a general election.


    Figures show the Brexit Party ahead of the Conservatives nationally, and an analysis by a British television station will make worrying reading for the Tories as it shows there are almost no constituencies nationwide they could hold in the face of an unprecedented swing towards Brexit. Other factors will be at play, however, and previous elections in the UK have shown a strong trend for voters backing establishment parties in Westminster votes where they would gladly back insurgents in local and European elections.




    The fact that it was left to the constituents to remove an unrepentant criminal from their parliamentary seat is beyond comprehension. Ordinary people live under a tyranny of big government and corporate interests but politicians can do what they like. The UK has far too many parliaments, politicians and peers. Time for a clear-out.



    The most effective democratic act of the past 50 years has been the EU referendum, which is an example of "direct democracy". In the modern world, we could happily do without those parliaments if we interact with the government via referendum, and have "professional political executives" carry out executive work under the electorate's supervision.



    BREXIT PARTY ODDS-ON TO WIN PETERBOROUGH BY-ELECTION01 Jun 2019.
    ‘A Tainted Result’ – Anger as Criminal MP ‘Wearing a Tag’ Helps Anti-Brexit Bill Pass by One Vote https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/04/04/a-tainted-result-anger-as-criminal-mp-wearing-a-tag-helps-anti-brexit-bill-pass-by-one-vote/ …


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    'A Tainted Result' – Anger as Criminal MP Helps Anti-Brexit Bill Pass

    Brexiteers reacted with fury after Remainers rammed a bill through Parliament with the help of a criminal MP out from prison on licence.






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    Peterborough By-Election: Fifteen candidates to fight seat


    Fifteen candidates for the Peterborough seat vacated by Fiona Onasanya have been confirmed.


    The by-election on 6 June was triggered when Ms Onasanya was removed following a recall petition, after being jailed for lying about a speeding offence.


    She won the seat for Labour in 2017, narrowly beating the Conservatives who had held it since 2005.


    But UKIP and the Brexit Party will be hoping to capitalise on the city's 61% Leave vote in the 2016 EU referendum.


    Despite moves by pro-Remain parties to back a joint candidate, the Lib Dems, Greens and Renew have announced separate ones and Change UK - The Independent Group is not standing one at all.


    Change UK MP Gavin Shuker said the four parties had agreed to stand aside "in favour of a genuinely independent, pro-People's Vote and pro-Remain candidate" but blamed "senior Labour figures" for having "made it clear that they would strenuously disrupt the campaign and obstruct an independent candidate".


    But Labour's Jonathan Reynolds said on BBC One's Question Time said Change UK's argument was "strange"."Elections are contests between different candidates... so trying to somehow complain that political parties are going to fight against each other - that's exactly what elections are."


    A Lib Dem spokesman said the parties understood "the need for a collective effort in securing a People's Vote and stopping Brexit" but moves to back an independent candidate had not been successful.


    The candidate they had planned to back, Femi Oluwole, told the BBC he had pulled out over concerns his candidacy would hand victory to the Brexit Party and ultimately harm the campaign for another referendum.



    The confirmed candidates are:


    Brexit Party - Mike Greene

    Christian People's Alliance - Tom Rogers

    Common Good: Remain in the EU - Dick Rodgers

    Conservatives - Paul Bristow

    English Democrats - Stephen Goldspink

    Green Party - Joseph Wells

    Independent - Andrew John Moore

    Independent - Bobby Smith

    Labour - Lisa Forbes

    Liberal Democrats - Beki Sellick

    Official Monster Raving Loony Party - Alan "Howling Laud" Hope

    Renew - Peter Ward

    SDP Fighting for Brexit - Patrick O'Flynn

    UK European Union Party - Pierre Kirk

    UKIP - John Whitby



    Peterborough by-election: Fifteen candidates to fight seat...








    Peterborough by-election: Fifteen candidates set out views ... 26 05 2019.





    Peterborough by-election: Fifteen candidates to fight seat...

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    I'm just following this at present and will definitely stay up to get the results. Good news so far ...

    There have been rumours of an early declaration as early as within the hour, according to Sky News. The outlet also puts the Brexit Party ahead in the latest Westminster voting intention, polling at 26 percent. The survey put Labour at 20 percent, the Liberal Democrats at 20 percent, Conservative at 18 percent, with the Greens trailing behind at 9 percent and Change UK on an embarrassing 0 percent. According to polling aggregation website 'Britain Elects' turnout for the Peterborough by-election was 48.4 percent of the electorate. The turnout for the local authority for the European elections 2019, in contrast, was 35 percent - however the boundaries for that contest were different.

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    PETERBOROUGH 2019 By-Election

    Turnout 48.4%

    LABOUR Lisa Forbes 10,484

    BREXIT Mike Greene 9,801

    LIB DEMs Beki Sellick 4,159

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    Very disappointing, a win for Marxist Labour. Bet all the immigrants voted for them too.

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    Peterborough City elections Labour supporters


    The 'Left' want to flood the West with 3rd World immigrants because they will vote for them. The left can not think beyond the next election.

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    Convicted Vote-Rigger Out Campaigning Today For Labour In Peterborough

    A kay Labour campaign team organiser previously sent to prison for helping to rig an election in Peterborough, has been hired AGAIN by the Labour party and today is out ‘influencing’ votes in the Peterborough by-election.

    In 2018, Tariq Mahmood, now 51, was convicted alongside fellow Labour members Maqbool Hussein and former Peterborough Mayor Mohammed Choudhary for forgery over a devious scheme to fabricate votes for the Peterborough City Council election of June 2004.

    The four-month case that saw Mahmood (a Labour Party Secretary) sentenced to a 15-month porridge stint cost the taxpayer a whopping £850,000.

    “They were able to get hold of postal votes and proxy votes which belonged to voters in the Central Ward,” Prosecuting QC Anthony Leonard said. “They arranged for postal votes and ballot papers to be sent not to the voter but to addresses which each defendant was connected”.

    Despite his proven lust for vote-rigging and disregard for British democracy (or perhaps because of it), Mahmood was quickly snapped up by the local Labour Party to “help” win the Parliamentary seat for Labour in 2017, in which Fiona Onasanya went on to beat popular incumbent Tory MP and staunch Brexiteer Stewart Jackson by a mere 607 votes.

    Mahmood was also found to have made extremist remarks on Facebook during the election campaign in which he alleged that Theresa May had been behind recent terrorist attacks, leaving many residents furious.

    “I saw him walking around with them in his red rosette,” said another local, “knocking on doors, intimidating voters outside the polling station near my house, and playing a big part in getting his ‘Labour gang’ to influence people living nearby. It’s shocking really that he’d be allowed to do that unchallenged”.

    Other reports from concerned residents (all reported to Onasanya but inevitably ignored) included complaints of large groups of young Pakistani men loitering menacingly outside key polling stations wearing Labour rosettes, members of the public being pelted with eggs and verbally abused, a local election candidate’s team member being physically assaulted, and a volunteer Tory teller having a camera phone held in his face inside one of the polling stations (a highly illegal act) whilst being racially taunted in a disturbing online video.

    Other eyewitnesses detailed seeing lines of Eastern Europeans and young Brits being ushered into central polling stations – allegedly having been coerced into voting red in exchange for cash. They were then seen ushered one after the other in and out of a nearby 4×4 where it is alleged that the exchanging of money took place. On the evening of the election Police were called and made aware of the ongoing situation and its dramatic scale yet responded that they did not have the resources to deal with it.

    “Someone came to my door and said they’d give me £10 if I vote for the Labour guy” one young local Polish resident informed us, referring to Labour candidate Matthew Mahabadi who stood in a local by-election held on the same day and who recently resigned after ‘being bullied for calling out anti-Semitism’. “Another one of my neighbour’s said she was offered money to vote for Fiona but shut door [SIC] on them”.

    Controversial Local Labour Councillor Ed Murphy was also reported to have boasted on the night of the count: “We’d signed up over 500 Eastern Europeans for postal votes within weeks of the election being called”.

    And today, Politicalite can exclusively reveal that – despite repeated complaints to the electoral commission and to the Labour Party Head Office, Tariq Mahmood is STILL being allowed to act as a key member of the Labour Party’s campaign team in Peterborough.

    Mahmood has been spotted wearing his red rosette, accompanied by a throng of abusive Labour trolls, loitering outside polling stations and speaking to voters ‘off the record’.

    “When are they ever going to get that man to f*ck off?” One angry local resident asked. “He makes a complete mockery of democracy and the right to vote. It’s been the D-Day anniversary today – marking when soldiers died to protect our right to vote in a free country. Labour letting a criminal like him walk around opposing democracy, is a p*ss take”.


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    Peterborough and our deluded establishment



    Anyone who thinks Peterborough was a great victory for Labour is lying to themselves.




    The establishment’s gloating over the Brexit Party’s failure to win in Peterborough is surreal. Two months ago, the Brexit Party didn’t exist. It has only been campaigning in Peterborough for three or four weeks. And yet it came within 683 votes of snatching Peterborough from a party, Labour, that has existed for over a century and which has been ruling in Peterborough on and off since the 1920s. It pummelled the Conservatives, winning 2,500 more votes than this party that has been around for almost 200 years and which held Peterborough in the 1930s, the 1950s and the 1980s. Anyone who is looking at Peterborough and saying, ‘Phew, the Brexitthreat is over and politics is back on its old even keel’ is either lying to themselves or really, really stupid.



    The Brexit Party might not have won in Peterborough but it gave it an incredibly good shot. It won 29% of the vote, coming second to Labour, which won with 31%. The cockiness of Labourites this morning is bizarre: Labour’s vote fell catastrophically, from 22,950 in 2017 to 10,484 yesterday. Anyone celebrating that is celebrating the fact that more than 10,000 people who voted Labour in 2017 couldn’t bring themselves to vote for Labour in 2019. If you think that’s a great victory, you need a dictionary so you can look up the meaning of basic words.


    The Corbyn camp and various left-leaning observers have been celebrating Peterborough not only as a heroic win for Labour, but also as a massive, shame-inducing defeat for the Brexit Party and its leader who they love to hate, Nigel Farage. The new Labour MP for Peterborough – Lisa Forbes – said the Brexit Party’s failure in Peterborough is proof that its ‘politics of division’ will never win. Leaving to one side how rich it is for a member of a party that increasingly divides the nation into good Remainers and horrible, racist, dumb Brexiteers to talk about the ‘politics of division’ – the more important point is how wrong these people are about the Brexit Party’s showing in Peterborough.


    Sure, it didn’t win, and that is disappointing. There are no prizes for second place. But in a matter of weeks, it established itself as the second largest party in Peterborough. It came within a few hundred people of seizing the seat from Labour. It hoovered up votes that would previously have gone to the Tories and presumably some Labour votes, too. And it ensured that Ms Forbes won, as Sir John Curtice points out, with the lowest vote share of any by-election. And let’s not forget that just two weeks ago, the Brexit Party won more than five million votes in the EU elections, more than Labour and the Tories combined. If you look at Peterborough and see a great moment for the establishment left party and humiliation for the upstart Brexit Party, then you are being dishonest, and you know you are.


    This is not just about defending the Brexit Party. The party will need to have a debrief to work out what it did wrong and how it can improve for future electoral fights. There are two distinct problems in the Brexit Party at the moment. The first is the possibility that it will become merely a receptacle for the votes of disgruntled Tories, which would be a disaster, weakening its promise to shake up two-party politics. And the second is the now pressing need for the Brexit Party to demonstrate that it can develop a mature political alternative; that it can translate the undoubted energy it has stirred among a pissed-off populace into something of greater political substance. No, pointing out the truth of Peterborough is important as a reminder that politics is changing, and changing fast, and that anyone who thinks it can be kept in the safe, neat, establishment-vs-establishment box it has been in for decades is deluded.



    The Tories’ crisis has gone from being political to existential. But Labour’s is profound, too: it has lost Scotland, it looks set to lose its old industrial heartlands, and it is morphing into a largely London-based party of the woke bourgeoise. Which is nice for the woke bourgeoisie – having a century-old party to give oomph to their middle-class PC agenda will be very beneficial to them – but it is a disaster for the working-class communities who founded and funded Labour for decades. So carry on gloating, if you like, but to the rest of us you look like the dog in that meme who says ‘Everything is fine’ as his house goes up in flames.



    This election may not have been a victory for the Brexit Party, but it was definitely another blow to the old elites.



    spiked Peterborough and our deluded establishment 7th June 2019.


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