The Labour Party Compliance Unit has suspended some members for a range of perceived, real, fantasy and or trumped up allegations. Justice is a long time coming for some still suspended from the party.
Today though it is a Liberal Democrat suspension, subsequent resignation and response and it is one of their peers, Jenny Tonge. On Facebook Ms Tonge writes:
Today I have resigned from the Liberal Democrat Party at more or less the same time as they decided to suspend me!
The timing of the Lib Dem spat may be important.
Sky News reports "Earlier on Thursday afternoon, Jenny Tonge, Richmond Park MP from 1997 to 2005 and now a cross-bench peer, was suspended by the party only hours after protests from MPs over comments made at an event she chaired in Parliament. One speaker apparently compared Israel to Islamic State, and suggested the Jews were blamed for the Holocaust. Within an hour of her suspension, Baroness Tonge announced she was quitting the party."
"I was chairing, I did not make any speeches, I introduced the speakers and in the course of that meeting there was a great rant", she said.
Ms Tonge was not one of the speakers but chair person.
Sky News continues "A few hours before her suspension, Tory MP David Davies complained about the event to the Leader of the Commons, David Lidington, during Business Questions in the Commons. "May we have a debate on the use to which these premises may be put following reports that outrageously a member of the House of Lords presided over an event at which Israel was compared to Islamic State, and the Jews were even blamed for their own genocide?", said Mr Davies.
"Could we discuss this and also whether we should be issuing an apology for these outrageous comments to the Israeli government and the Jewish people."
Dare we ask if all this aggrieved anger is more to do with political advantage and the Richmond Park seat up for grabs?
Other than that dare we comment in McCarthy-style political Britain 2016?
Dodgy Dave the bully boy and his braying donkeys
Op-ed: Warning-This report may not pull its verbal punches.
UK PM David Cameron opted to stick two fingers up to the opposition in the Commons during PMQs Wednesday. He did not of course do so literally.
Lacking the balls of veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner who called Cameron Dodgy Dave in the Commons last week, and not for the first time, Cameron utilised all his slimy cunning to attack and undermine democracy.
Knowing that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will not rise to the bait Cameron continues to try a range of attacks aimed to hit hard.
He is sadly helped along by those within the Labour party who feed the mainstream media and perhaps even the Tories a diet of first-class bullshit.
The over-funded Tory spin machine scours the internet and media for ammunition to use against Mr Corbyn.
Wednesday Cameron decided to weigh in to who feeds members at a Labour party conference. Why this should concern the Tories who knows. Perhaps after all the Tory hype about improving diets they really want us all to eat a diet of crap and be as unhealthy as possible?
"This week Jeremy Corbyn has faced an MPs’ revolt over the Labour party’s decision to ban McDonald’s from having a stall at its party conference. A number of MPs have accused the Labour leader of snobbery, while Corbyn’s spokesman has had to admit that he does not know what the vegetarian Labour leader could even eat at the popular fast food chain." Spectator
What a load of tosh.
Perhaps Podgy Dave should ditch McDonalds and try a healthier option.
But also today it was a racist attack levelled against London mayoral hopeful and Labour politician Sadiq Khan.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow was unable or unwilling to hold Cameron to account for his nasty slurs and innuendos but was happy to remove Skinner from the HoC for one day for calling Cameron Dodgy.
It was amusing to watch Bercow last week pathetically shy away from uttering the word Dodgy instead asking Skinner to withdraw the word that started in D and ended in Y.
It had all the hall marks of a public school come Whitehall farce.
Still he did not have that problem this week as he simply chose to allow Cameron a field day in spite of protests from the opposition.
According to the Guardian: "The prime minister criticised Labour’s candidate for London mayor for ‘sharing a platform with extremists’. David Cameron was met with cries of “racist” in the House of Commons as he joined attacks on Labour’s London mayoral candidate, Sadiq Khan, claiming he has shared a platform with extremists. The prime minister laid into Khan during prime minister’s questions, claiming the Labour candidate had nine times shared a platform with a known Islamist extremist called Sulaiman Ghani."
Dodgy Dave's attack was of course bunkum. There are some nicely spun reports in Murdoch papers but they are short on truth.
Londoner's get to vote on a new Mayor and candidates include George Galloway; you may not be aware of that fact as the MSM try to exclude Galloway.
But if the Tories want to throw stones perhaps they should leave their glass houses.
In February 2016 we posted a report titled "Zac Goldsmith non dom squirm Newsnight."
"The Goldsmith's family office operates out of Geneva not London or even the UK" we reported. We added "I have always been tax resident in the UK," Goldsmith told Davis. "I have always paid full tax on my income in the UK since I've been paying tax since I was 18." "Let me just explain, my father died around 20 years ago. I became non-dom at age 20 or 21. Being non-dom allows you to make lifestyle choices to avoid paying tax." He added: "I've never been accused of not paying tax."
He went on to say ""I have a huge family that covers every continent in the world, more or less. I am one of very many siblings and members of the family. My father was an international businessman. He established an overseas trust before he died. "I am a beneficiary of that trust. I have absolutely no control over it."
He then added "What I do have control over is the income I get. And that income I get is subject to the full tax regime in the UK and has always has been."
That interview however left me wondering if Goldsmith protested a little too much and just why he wanted to be the next mayor of London.
If you watch PMQs you will know that silence and deference is shown to the SNP's Angus Robertson. Similarly others are afforded some respect. The sheer contempt Cameron saves to use on Jeremy Corbyn is there for all to see.
But without support from his MPs Corbyn is pushed into the bull ring without a weapon.
Still for me watching the civilised looking Labour party at PMQs as opposed to the Tories who go from resembling nodding dogs from the back of cars to braying donkeys from Disney's Pinocchio Labour win hands down.
But of course many people will only get to see the highlights or is it lowlights of PMQs?
What clips are aired on mainstream early evening news is selective.
Tory House Speaker has had his day and some.
It was Labour under Ed Miliband that saved his neck once before but who would oblige now?
The obvious improvement when the House of Commons Deputy Speaker stands in is remarkable.
He stands head and shoulders above Bercow and not just in feet and inches.
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