Speech to the Advertising Association

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It’s a pleasure to be here with you today to contribute to your conference on trust, trade and transformation.

 

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A call to arms

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A nation to be proud of again

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A nation to be proud of again- my speech to the Fabian Society

We are cursed, I’m afraid, to live in interesting times.  

These are not, however, glorious times. 

 

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No Confidence in the Prime Minister

Yesterday, January 16, I was asked to make the closing speech on the motion of No Confidence in the Prime Minister.



You can watch the speech in full by clicking on the video above or read a transcript here.

 

Here's an extract...

"The Rt Hon Lady will be forever known as the 'nothing has changed Prime Minister'. But something must change. The truth is she is too set in her ways, too aloof to lead. She lacks the imagination and agility to bring people with her. She lacks the authority on the world stage to negotiate this deal. Ultimately she has failed.

It is not through a lack of effort. It is not through a lack of determination. And I think the country recognises that effort. In fact, the country feels sorry for the Prime Minister. I feel sorry for the Prime Minister. But she cannot confuse pity for political legitimacy, sympathy for sustainable support.

The evidence is clear. Everyone in this chamber, no matter which lobby they go through tonight, knows in their hearts this Prime Minister is not capable of getting a deal through. That is why we need something new. That is why we need a General Election."


Nothing. Has. Changed.

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The Inconvenient Truth

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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I could really do with your help...

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The dark side of Facebook

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The dark side of Facebook



Dark money, as we have seen through the Trump election and the EU referendum, poses a grave threat to democracies all over the world.

Today we learn of a global web of alt-right pressure groups, think-tanks, Putin-controlled Russian trolls, and a US tech billionaire using their wealth and influence to propagate a cult movement around one particularly hideous goon in our country.

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, aka Tommy Robinson, is founder of the English Defence League and a vile anti-Islamist. He is also the chosen puppet of this global fascist movement and, as of last month, an adviser to Ukip. 

But it's not just the dark money that is funding Yaxley-Lennon.  Today's Guardian investigation reveals that he has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds around the world, in broad daylight, through the Facebook Donate button - a tool solely designed for charity.



Facebook's contempt for democratic accountability is once again to the fore. Single-handedly its founder Mark Zuckerberg is - through his contempt for social responsibility - making the strongest case for an independent and powerful social media regulator.

Facebook has now withdrawn Yaxley-Lennon's access to the donate tool. But Zuckerberg needs to go much further. 

Today I call on him to give a full explanation of how this dire breach of Facebook regulation occurred, pledge that it will never happen again, and, as an apology, make a match-fund donation to Hope not hate.

 

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