Top Corbynista Convicted For Role in Bank Attack

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A top Corbynista can be revealed as a convicted criminal who was given a suspended sentence for his role in a violent bank attack. Aaron Bastani, who runs Jeremy Corbyn’s favoured ‘new media’ outlet Novara Media, has had a string of brushes with the law. During the anti-cuts protests in March 2011, Bastani was filmed ramming a bin into a branch of HSBC before beckoning rioters inside. The bank was then smashed up. Bastani has admitted to Guido that he is the man in the grey t-shirt wearing a bicycle snood, and confirmed he was convicted of a public order offence and received a suspended sentence.

Later that year, Bastani was arrested for his role in another protest, this time against the then Tory education minister David Willetts at SOAS university. The photos below show Bastani involved in a brawl inside the building, and him being arrested and handcuffed on the ground outside. Bastani was charged but the case was later dropped.

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Bastani confessed to Guido:

“I do regret it because it brought an immense amount of pain and anxiety to my loved ones, my friends and my family. I wouldn’t do it again, I do regret it. Politically I’m still the same person in terms of how I want to change things, one of which does include tax avoidance and does include a bank, HSBC, which is involved in billions of pounds worth of business with arms dealers and drugs cartels. I believe just as passionately about those but I would refrain from doing that sort of thing and I would tell other young people to refrain from doing it because of the pressure and anxiety it brings to their loved ones.”

Bastani has been booked by Question Time as a Corbynista spokesman. Perhaps Dimbleby could ask him about this…

Vaz Broke “Intent to Supply” Law

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Lawmakers cannot be law breakers. This is even more crucial when it comes to being chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee which influences the drafting of criminal laws.

Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday that he didn’t believe that Keith Vaz had broken the law so it was a “private matter”.

The CPS prosecutors guidance for the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 is relevant here

Evidence of intent to supply

An intention to supply may be proved by direct evidence in the form of admissions or witness testimony, for example, surveillance evidence …

Offering/being concerned

In addition to the supply of a controlled drug, section 4(3)(a)-(c) of the Act creates offences of offering to supply, being concerned in the supply and being concerned in the making of an offer to supply.

An offence of offering to supply can be prosecuted simply by proving the existence of an offer. The prosecution does not have to prove either that the defendant intended to produce the drugs or that the drugs were in his possession. The offer may be by words or conduct (R v Showers [1995] Crim. LR 400).

Vaz, in offering to buy cocaine for the rent boy, has broken laws which he helped to draft. Even if you take the view that Guido does that this is a bad law, one thing is certain, “Lawmakers cannot be law breakers”…

UPDATE: A previous version of this article quoted from the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 which came into force on May 26 also makes it an offence to produce, supply or offer to supply psycho-active substances – this counter-intuitively does not include cocaine

MacShelved Pound Shop Europhile

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It is a continuous struggle for Denis MacShame, the ex-convict fraudster, to make an honest living. He must look at Paul Flynn’s plans for receipt free expenses and think “if only”…

Picture courtesy of co-conspirator, Paul T Horgan.

Patrick Rock Guilty

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Former Cameron aide Patrick Rock has been convinced of five counts of making indecent images of children. Developing…

£500,000 Expenses Fraudster MEP Jailed

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Remember Peter Skinner, the Labour MEP who clocked up £500,000 on “expenses” while enjoying a lifestyle of lavish Hawaiian scuba diving holidays, expensive jewellery, and stays in top class hotels? The crook was jailed today for four years. He claimed he had simply been confused about the EU’s generous expenses rules. Brussels is rotten to the core…

EU’s Free Movement of Killers Not Scaremongering

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The Remain campaign is squealing about a list released by Vote Leave documenting 50 foreign criminals who were able to commit rapes and murders in Britain because of EU free movement. BSE say it is “scaremongering of the worst kind”, Owen Jones complains it is “grim scaremongering”. Is it, though?

Scaremongering is wildly speculating that something bad might happen in the future, with no actual evidence to back up the claims. Claiming the NHS might be under threat, France might stop cooperating over Calais, or that Toyota and Airbus might pull out of the UK, for example, are all quite obviously cases of scaremongering. 

Pointing out that Polish gangster Mariusz Florowski came to Britain then tortured his victim with blowtorch before killing him is a demonstrably true fact. As is noting that Vitas Plytnykas, an ex-Red Army soldier, came to the UK after 7 years in jail for murder in Germany, before suffocating another victim here. These aren’t lurid, unsubstantiated claims about something that might happen. They all did happen thanks to the EU’s free movement of criminals…

Ruffley Crashed Car After Four Glasses of Prosecco

Disgraced former Tory MP David Ruffley – remember him? – was found asleep at the wheel following a midnight prang near his Westminster home in January. The court heard today that

At about 12.30am members of the public flagged down a police car saying a car hit another car whilst parking.

On arrival, Mr Ruffley was slumped over his wheel and it was thought he was asleep.

His car was touching the Land Rover in front of it.

He said he had gone for drinks on Jermyn Street and had not eaten anything as he was on a fasting diet.

He told officers he didn’t think four glasses of Prosecco was too much, and told them “I do it regularly”.

Ruffers has been banned from driving for two years. Not helpful for his optimistic hopes of a peerage. That’ll come as a slap in the face.

Natalie McGarry ‘Arrested By Turkish Special Forces’

Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry – now sitting as an independent after resigning the whip in disgrace – has apparently been arrested in Turkey. Local journalists say she was detained in the Sur district of Diyarbakir by Turkish Special Forces. McGarry is a pro-Kurdish campaigner who has been critical of the Turkish government.

She’s already facing a police probe in Scotland over a missing money scandal. More as we get it…

UPDATE: Her office are refusing to comment on reports she was arrested, though she has now tweeted to say she is “safe“:

UPDATE II: Foreign Office confirms to Sky News that McGarry was arrested by Turkish special forces, her office say she has now been released.

UPDATE III: McGarry’s lawyer says in a statement:

“Natalie McGarry was questioned earlier today but was released shortly thereafter… It appears that a member of the Turkish Security Forces became alarmed as Natalie had her mobile phone out at a security checkpoint. She was taken away for questioning and it was subsequently explained that she was simply recording the sounds of bombs falling across the border in Syria.”

Jim’ll Fix It Staffer Alleges Drugs, Glory-Holes and BBC Corruption

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A former BBC employee who worked on Jim’ll Fix It gets in touch with his experience of Television Centre in the 1970s. Here is his account of drugs, glory-holes and widespread corruption:

I worked there through part of the period.

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‘Senior Labour Source’ on Putin

Wonder what a “senior Labour source” thinks about the Litvinenko findings?

Here is an idea of Seumas Milne’s view…[…]

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CPS Missed Three Chances to Nail Janner

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A independent inquiry has found that the CPS could have brought Lord Janner to justice three times, but failed to do so. The damning findings also lay into the “inadequate” police investigation. The report found:

  • The decision not to charge Lord Janner in 1991 was wrong and there was enough evidence against him to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for offences of indecent assault and buggery.
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Farage: “I Made a Terrible Mistake” Talking About ‘Assassination Attempt’

After the wheels came off the Farage assassination attempt story, Nige tells LBC he probably shouldn’t have spoken to the papers about the story. He did also tell LBC on Sunday that “someone clearly had loosened the wing nuts on all four of the tires of my car”.[…]

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Whistleblower: “CCHQ Failing in Duty of Care”

The CEO of the Conservative Party has been accused of failing in his duty of care by a whistleblower who is the victim of an extraordinary attempt to silence her. Yesterday Guido revealed how a young female witness had received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer, threatening her with arrest if she made public allegations of bullying.[…]

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Corbyn’s Plea For Pensioner-Scamming Fraudster

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Surely this tweet from CourtNewsUK could not be accurate?

Well, according to Mohamed Dahir’s barrister at the Old Bailey today, it is.[…]

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REVEALED: Muslim Convert’s Threats to Tory MP

Muhammad Mujahid Islam, a Muslim convert whose birth name is Craig Wallace, was in court today accused of posting threatening comments to Tory MP Charlotte Leslie. Guido can reveal Islam’s Facebook posts made the day after the Syria vote, in which he threatens to “smash her windows then drop a bomb on her hoyse [sic]”.[…]

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Judge Rules Janner Unfit to Stand Trial

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The judge agrees that he does not recognise his own grandchildren and therefore is unfit to stand trial…

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