On Friday 23rd September the express and star (a government and corporate propaganda tool based in the West Midlands) printed this typical ignorant bullshit headline and story.
Shoppers told: Don’t give cash to beggars and help the homeless
Shoppers are being told not to give to beggars in Wolverhampton, under a scheme designed to stamp out nuisance begging but help the homeless at the same time.
Wolves captain Danny Batth with some supporters of the new scheme (Silly over paid puppets that know nothing of poverty.)
According to the article only 19% of beggars are homeless the other 81 per cent were found to be begging were using profits made to buy drugs, alcohol or simply to fund their lifestyle.
The article insist we should give money to homeless charities instead of homeless people. The biased, hate filled Express and Star fail to mention how much of the money donated to charities go towards paying for the rich charity owners lifestyles and the Express and Star forget the NSPCC is great according Jimmy Savile.
I am disappointed and shocked that the editors believe it is OK to attack homeless people, beggars and the poor but remain silent when it comes to criticizing charities that profit from peoples willingness to help.
I ignore the media and I give money to homeless people if I believe they are genuine. I have a bigger distrust of corrupt charities and businesses than I do people. I have no trust whatsoever in greedy propaganda machines like the Express and Star that make profit printing corporate and government propaganda and lies, attacking the poor while at the same time completely ignoring the greedy actions of corporations and governments. Important local issues like poverty are hardly ever mentioned.
I read the Express and Star occasionally as there is not much choice in local media, one thing I have noticed about the Express and Star is they consistently attack the poorest people in the West Midlands. I have read them propagating bailiff companies, government agendas, police harassing drug users and the homeless. The Express and Star is just another pro Tory, pro austerity, pro business, anti people load of shit avoid it like the plague unless you are looking for mind numbing celebrity gossip and near fascist government propaganda in that case carry on reading this shit.
FULL ARTICLE HERE http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2016/09/23/shoppers-told-dont-give-cash-to-beggars-and-help-the-homeless/
The Express and Star regularly exposes benefit fraudsters, they spy on local benefit claimants to make sure that these people are not lying to our government, if they catch them lying they expose them to the people in the West Midlands using by far the best selling newspaper in the West Midlands to do so!
I have a few questions for the Express and Star and it’s writers and editors, DO NOT NOT HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO WITH YOUR TIME? Why don’t the Express and Star expose the corruption in our government, corporations and media? The Express and Star is the best selling newspaper in the West Midlands yet the Express and Star is blatantly just another propaganda machine for the government, city of London and the local police. The newspaper works against local people, it attacks local people, ridicules local people and profits from local people.
They write shit like “A mother from Wolverhampton fraudulently claimed more than £14,000 in benefits over a three-year period.” The Express and Star are obviously outraged by these fraudsters ripping off the system and fair enough. But why are the Express and Star not outraged by corporate tax evasion or the greed of our MPs? Why does the Express and Star not attack the new Tesco superstore being built? Tesco provide dead end, work fair jobs they use child labour and they do not pay tax surely this outrages the writers at the Express and Star? No apparently it does not as the Express and Star have not spoke out about the planned Tesco superstore! Why? . The answer is simple, the Express and Star in another tool of the right winged elite.
Reading the bullshit and absolute one sided propaganda the scumbags at this so called newspaper prints offends and sickens me, I believe the time has come for the people in the West Midlands to boycott the Express and Star. The Express and Star should be speaking out about oppression, poverty and the huge lack of opportunity in the West Midlands, the newspapers should be questioning why police are arresting and harassing minor drug offenders not propagating the police’s agenda. The editors at the Express and Star should remember that we the local people of the West Midlands pay for them to do their jobs and the job of the Express and Star is to keep local people up to date with current affairs and events not to attack local people in order to benefit corporations, the government and the police.
It is a shame our corporate media and the masses do not scrutinize the tax evading, child labour using and propaganda printing corporations and mainstream media the same way as they scrutinize people claiming benefits after all corporate tax evasion costs the British tax payer more then all benefits combined.
Time to boycott the Express and Star?
The Express & Star is the biggest-selling regional evening newspaper in Great Britain. Founded in 1889, it is based in my hometown Wolverhampton, England, and it covers the West Midlands and Staffordshire, including the Black Country. The Express & Star is one of the few independent newspapers still operating in the UK, having been under the continuous ownership of the Graham family almost since its inception. It is owned by the Midland News Association (MNA), which also owns the Shropshire Star newspaper and many other newspapers in and around the West Midlands.
The Express and Star is a newspaper I can not stand to read, its full of propaganda like all mainstream media the Express and Star does a very good job in telling people what to think and a poor job of keeping people informed on local current events. In January 2012 the newspaper reported, Bailiffs recovered more than £30 million after councils sent them into homes and businesses in the West Midlands – visiting 100 people daily, it can be revealed, what the newspaper does not mention is the cruel intimidation tactics that these bailiffs use, where did they collect that money from? families, elderly people, and some of the poorest people in Great Britain.
Another example of the propaganda used by the Express and Star can be found on a Google search, if you search “benefit fraud Express and Star” Google shows 1,460,000 results, if you search “MPs expenses Express and Star” the Google search shows 124,000 results, over ten times as many reports on benefit fraud as on MPs expenses, despite the fact the cost of a case of benefit fraud could cost the tax payer hundreds a week and very rarely more than £10000 per year, where as the average cost of a single MP claiming tens of thousands per year for things like second homes, travelling costs, home maintenance, food, gardening and duck ponds on top of their £63000 per year salary is not reported as nowhere near as much .In 2007 – the last year for which figures are available – claims ranged from the lowest of £44,551 to the highest of £185,421. On average, each MP claimed £135,600.
Like all mainstream media the Express and Star also propagated the royal wedding, showing street celebrations and going on like the day and the royal family are important, I live in the West Midlands and most people I know did not and do not care one bit about the royal wedding, the royal baby or the royal family. I have not yet seen the Express and Star fight the NHS cuts and they report that Home Secretary Theresa May tells terrorists:You will not win, the wicked witch of Westminster wants our human rights, she uses terrorism as an excuse for this and the Express and Star propagate her agenda.
Surely the job of a local newspaper is to sometimes speak up for local people not to propagate government agendas and attack local people that are claiming benefits.
How much proof of foul play do we need to call another election?
29 April 2015
More than 200,000 UK ballot papers stolen by van thieves
Vehicle containing blank election ballot papers destined for polls in Eastbourne as well as Hastings and Rye has been stolen in London, say police
A van carrying more than 200,000 ballot papers for next week’s parliamentary and council elections has been stolen.
The papers had been printed in London and were being taken to two constituencies – Hastings and Rye, and Eastbourne – before voting in the general election on 7 May.
The Metropolitan police, which are investigating the theft of the vehicle from Dagenham in east London, has informed Hastings and Eastbourne councils.
Officers found nothing to suggest the white Mercedes van had been targeted for its contents or that the theft was an attempt at electoral fraud. They told the local authorities they believed it was a coincidence the stolen van contained ballot papers. The theft took place overnight.
The vehicle contained 72,300 voting slips for Hastings and Rye, and 130,000 for Eastbourne. A Hastings council spokesman said: “We have been in touch with the Electoral Commission and, following their guidance, we have put a process in place which will ensure that these ballot papers are not used for fraudulent purposes and cannot be included in the count.”
EASTBOURNE appeared to be a safe seat for the Lib Dems in Lord Ashcroft poll in September 2014.
Former Respect MP announces he has begun legal proceedings to have result of Bradford West election set aside.
George Galloway has said that he has begun legal proceedings to overturn the election result in Bradford West, after he lost by more than 11,000 votes to the Labour candidate, Naz Shah.
Labour called the former Respect MP “pathetic” after he said he was hoping to get Shah debarred as an MP. Galloway accused her of lying about him on Urdu television and of falsely claiming to have been forced into marriage at 15.
Galloway also claims to have uncovered “widespread malpractice” in the battle for Bradford West, including postal voting fraud.
The Bradford West contest was dogged by claims and counter-claims between Labour and Respect over a number of issues, especially relating to Shah’s family background.
Shah – who won the seat on a 29.7% swing from Respect, polling 19,977 votes to Galloway’s 8,557 – has vowed to sue Galloway for calling the circumstances of her marriage into question.
Announcing his legal bid to overturn the election result, Galloway said: “It has come to my notice that there has been widespread malpractice in this election, particularly over postal voting. We are in the process of compiling the information which will form part of our petition to have the result set aside.”
Galloway has also added to a previous complaint he had made under section 106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, which concerns false statements made with the intention of affecting the result of an election.
“An allegation made by Naz Shah in Urdu on a well-watched Asian TV show is both untrue and extremely serious,” he said.
Conceding defeat in the early hours of Friday morning, Galloway said: “I don’t begrudge the Labour members here their moment of celebration, of course.
“But there will be others who are already celebrating: the venal, the vile, the racists and the Zionists will all be celebrating. The hyena can bounce on the lion’s grave but it can never be a lion and in any case, I’m not in my grave. As a matter of fact, I’m going off now to plan the next campaign.”
West Yorkshire accounts for nearly half of claims of ‘ghost’ voters, false statements and multiple votes being investigated
Police across the UK have been asked to investigate more than 50 allegations of electoral fraud related to Thursday’s elections in areas previously identified as vulnerable to vote-rigging, new figures show.
Officers in Manchester, Bradford, London and Birmingham have begun inquiries after receiving complaints about “ghost” voters, false statements by candidates and multiple attempts to vote by a single person.
The inquiries have emerged after the Guardian contacted police forces covering 16 areas that the elections watchdog has identified as being vulnerable to electoral fraud, particularly around the use of postal votes.
As well as Birmingham and Bradford, they include Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Calderdale, Coventry, Derby, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Oldham, Pendle, Peterborough, Slough, Tower Hamlets, Walsall and Woking.
West Yorkshire police, whose officers serve Bradford where former councillors have been imprisoned for electoral fraud, said they had received 21 allegations of electoral irregularities.
DI Ian Lawrie, of protective services (crime), said: “We have currently had 21 allegations that have been recorded for further investigation for election-related incidents. These include a number of matters under the Representation of the People Act 1983.”
On Thursday, there were 14 investigations across Greater London, according to a Metropolitan police spokesman. These included the arrest of two prospective councillors in Tower Hamlets, east London, and Enfield, north London, for false declarations on election papers. Police have also been asked to investigate allegations of intimidation and tampering with postal votes in the east London borough.
West Midlands police, which oversees parts of Birmingham and Walsall, said that they had received 11 allegations of electoral fraud.
In Greater Manchester, police have launched five inquiries – three inquiries into the eligibility of candidates to stand in the elections, one into a claim that a person had voted twice and another into claims of a false statement on an election leaflet, a spokesman said.
Ukip have sought to exploit electoral fraud allegations in Oldham, which is overseen by Greater Manchester police, by lampooning postal vote fraud in an election leaflet. The document, distributed by a former Labour councillor, claimed that it was easy for certain councillors to win because they can count on “the white folk not voting”.
A spokesman for Lancashire police, which covers towns including Burnley, Darwen and Hyndburn, where there have been previous allegations of fraud, said they would only release information about electoral fraud if an application was made under the Freedom of Information Act – a process that can take weeks.
Thames Valley police said they had received eight allegations of minor misconduct relating to issues such as printing irregularities, four of which have been resolved, but had not received any claims of electoral fraud.
Surrey, Derbyshire and Cambridgeshire police have not yet released any figures.
An Electoral Commission report in January identified the 16 boroughs and cities as vulnerable to electoral fraud and called for increased police involvement in elections.
At one point the commission considered dropping postal voting in these areas to combat fraud. But, following a public consultation, it decided this would unfairly hit many ordinary people who needed to vote by post.
Instead, it has urged the police to patrol polling stations during elections in the 16 named areas and dedicate more resources to investigating electoral-fraud allegations, which critics complain have been a low priority for the police.
Hackney Council has been forced to admit there has been a problem issuing thousands of voters with ballot papers – many of whom may have lost out on their chance to vote tomorrow.
Town Hall last week categorically denied there was a backlog in issuing postal vote papers when the Gazette reported how a student had lost her vote because it failed to arrive before she travelled abroad, despite applying two months earlier.
But after more complaints flooded in, the council admitted on Friday that as many as 3,000 people were affected by a delay in sending out their postal votes after the cut-off date of April 22, and had promised to courier the final 270 out on Friday.
However, on Monday many people were still complaining that they had still not got their ballot papers through.
Residents new to the borough are also affected, like Amanda Fitzalan Howard who finds it “scandalous” she has lost her vote.
She received a letter in March stating that her application was on track, but discovered this week she is not on the electoral register.
She said: “On calling electoral services I have been told that they have had thousands of complaints and they blamed the new system. I was told that there was absolutely nothing I can do.”
Meanwhile, Anna Harte complained on Twitter: “My partner was only told yesterday that they need his passport. We registered in Feb!”
Becky Horsbrugh replied: “This seems to have been an issue for weeks and the council clearly not addressed it.”
Another residents, Claire Mason tweeted: “Failure of my borough’s infrastructure means that I have been… denied a vote.”
The council blamed the high number of postal vote applications – which stands at 28,000 – and the government’s new Individual Electoral Registration which meant that they had to cross-check every application with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), via a new online registration service.
A spokesman said: “In Hackney we had a very large number of people whose details didn’t match – and also people voting from their address for the first time, which meant they needed to register under IER.
“The problem has been getting the registration confirmation from the government and then processing the postal ballot application – all of which must be verified.”
MP who blew whistle on ‘banana republic’ postal vote rigging a decade ago says city still has a problem
Ten years on from the postal vote fraud scandal which saw Birmingham’s political system likened to a ‘banana republic’ an MP says he is sure there is still election fraud today.
The city council election on June 10, 2004 was perhaps the darkest day in Birmingham’s political history as it marred by vote rigging on an industrial scale which left trust in the electoral system shattered.
Yardley Lib Dem MP John Hemming, together with his colleague barrister Ayoub Khan, brought the resulting postal vote fraud court cases which a year later lead to six inner-city Labour councillors being sacked and elections in Aston and Bordesley Green re-run.
High Court Judge Richard Mawrey QC, presiding over the election court, famously declared the fraud “would disgrace a banana republic,” after his election court found there was a campaign by Labour Party activists to forge, steal, and alter thousands of postal votes.
The extent of fraud was uncovered when police found candidates and supporters handling unsealed postal ballots in a deserted warehouse in Birch Road East, Aston during a late-night raid two days before the election.
Problems also became apparent when the number of postal votes rocketed from 28,000 in 2003 to 70,000 in 2004 – and witnesses saw people delivering bags full of ballot papers to polling stations and counts.
Although the regulations were tightened in the light of the case, particularly over candidates and supporters farming votes from residents, there are sill concerns over fraud.
Former Coun Ayoub Khan pictured on Priory Queensway in Birmingham city centre
Looking back, Mr Hemming said that while it is unlikely that fraud on that industrial scale is taking place, it does still happen in Birmingham.
He said: “There was a small amount of progress after the Election Court. But there is still vote fraud going on in this city. There are signs of it.”
He is convinced there is a problem with personation, where somebody goes to a polling station and gives the name of someone else, usually a known non-voter, and takes their ballot.
“You can go from polling station to polling station, an individual could vote 20 times like this. I am checking details of ten people we know who never vote but who are down as having voted.”
He argues that only by demanding a photo identification, as is required in Northern Ireland, that this problem could be eliminated.
He also believes there is some postal vote fraud, and during the last election campaign published a photo on his website of a single post box stuffed with ballots.
Of the six Labour councillors sacked in 2005, five, Shah Jahan, Shafaq Ahmed, Ayaz Khan, Mohammed Nazrul Islam and Mohammed Amin Kazi, have never returned to front line politics after serving their suspensions.
Only Muhammed Afzal successfully challenged the findings against him at the Court of Appeal. He returned to the council in 2007 and is now chairman of human resources.
Fifteen people, including a 16-year-old boy, were arrested following clashes with police during an anti-austerity protest close to Downing Street.
Officers in riot gear clashed with a “minority” of protesters who threw objects during the rally – which came after the Tory election victory.
Met Police said four police officers and a police staff member were injured.
A police investigation is also under way after graffiti referring to “Tory scum” was daubed on a war memorial.
Met Police said of the 15 arrested, 14 people been bailed pending further inquiries including a full review of CCTV footage and a 24-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of assault on police.