Recognise pregnancy and infant loss in the UK

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/recognise-pregnancy-and-infant-loss-in-the-uk

 

To: the incumbent UK government.

Recognise pregnancy and infant loss in the UK

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Make October the 15th the official day recognising pregnancy and infant loss in the UK.

Why is this important?

According to the child loss charity, SANDS one in every 216 babies delivered in the UK in 2013 were stillborn (that is, the baby died during pregnancy and birth any time from 24 weeks of pregnancy onwards).

In the same year, one in every 370 babies born died in the first four weeks of life. One-third of stillborn babies that’s round 1,200 babies every year-die after a full term pregnancy (37 or more weeks).

According to the office of national statistics, there were 3284 stillbirths in England and wales in 2013 ( a fall of 7.7%)
Also in 2013 there were 249 unexplained infant deaths in England and Wales a rate of 0.36 deaths per 1,000 live births.

In 2012, there were 523 deaths in the age range of 1-4 years (Why children die. May 2014. Wolfe, Mcfarlen et al)
Whilst these statistics may be alarming it is important to poin out that the number of deaths in pregnancy and infancy had decreased from 2012.
Through making National Awareness within the UK, this will help in the recognition of loss during a parent’s pain.

This remembrance day can play a small part in enabling families to find a way of grieving and in time help each other throughout the UK-remove the stigma of not being able to talk about it.

Most importantly having a pregnancy and infant loss awareness day recognised it will raise awareness of some of the issues surrounding childloss, the need for better maternity care, the need to improve bereavement services for grieving parents, better understanding and support from employers, and prevention; to name a few.

Contrary to popular belief it is only a national day in the USA, Canada, Australia and recognised in Italy as Piccolo Angeli.

In the Uk, it is observed and acknowledged by various charities.

Please show your support by signing the petition

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  • I lost my daughter Jessica Morton at 38weeks 27/7/17 💞

  • I signed because we lost our daughter Isabella 18th March this year at 39+4 days xx

  • I lost my baby girl full term, 7 years ago, 20/8 💔

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The brutal truth about relationships…

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… is that they’re hard. I think I may have subconsciously avoided long-term relationships for precisely this reason for most of my life. I used to tell people I couldn’t imagine anything worse than domesticity, or the proverbial white picket fence, or the banality and routine—the grind!—of a long-term relationship or marriage.

Having been in one now for a good few years, I can tell you that parts of me still feel the same. In the first warm glow of love, you may think such feelings are impossible, but you understand in time how the patina of love gently fades; how familiarity—little by little—can breed contempt, or at least disdain; and how easy it is to feel disconnected and further and further away from the person closest to you, physically and emotionally.

Despite all this, there’s always been a part of me that’s admired most those couples who stay together…

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SKWAWKBOX emails Jewish Chronicle with evidence. ‘Coincidence’ follows like lightning

SKWAWKBOX emails Jewish Chronicle with evidence. ‘Coincidence’ follows like lightning

Last week, the SKWAWKBOX revealed that the Jewish Chronicle (JC) had quietly amended its claim that a letter supporting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and signed by twenty-nine leading Orthodox rabbis, which had been published on this blog, was fake.

The amended article admitted that three rabbis the JC had spoken to said they had signed the letter, but the piece still conveyed doubt about its authenticity and still carried a claim by the ‘nascent’ Jewish Community Council (JCC) that the letter was fake.

Earlier today, the SKWAWKBOX obtained proof that the JCC had already confirmed its opinion that the letter was genuine, in the form of a text from the founder of the JCC to a fellow member of the Charedi community:

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This text had also been forwarded to the Jewish Chronicle – but its existence was not mentioned in the amended article or subsequent articles, leaving the erroneous denial of its authenticity in place.

In accordance with good journalistic practice, the SKWAWKBOX contacted JC editor Stephen Pollard to ask for comment. Note the time-stamp:

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Twenty minutes later, at 16.33, the JC tweeted a link to a newly-published article:

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The article – for the first time by that publication as far as can be ascertained – includes a statement from the Jewish Community Council that completely contradicts what the JC had published until then:

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Note that the wording quoted by the JCC is identical, apart from a couple of spelling changes, to the text the SKWAWKBOX advised Stephen Pollard it had received – but did not send him.

Mr Pollard has still not responded to this blog’s request for comment.

The authenticity of the letter is now beyond question and as the SKWAWKBOX showed in an article earlier today, it is entirely representative of the views of most Charedim (Orthodox Jews) who make up almost twenty percent of the UK’s Jewish population – a figure expected to exceed fifty percent in less than twenty years – in spite of claims by other organisations to be speaking for at least ninety percent of UK Jews when condemning the Labour party or its leader.

The Jewish Chronicle was not the only publication to publish a misleading denunciation of the rabbis’ letter. The Jerusalem Post went so far as to stridently accuse a particular group of Orthodox Jews in the UK of forging the letter:

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That article has not yet been retracted.

SKWAWKBOX comment:

Seventeen minutes between the arrival of this blog’s enquiry and the publication of an article quoting a text that had been sent to the JC days ago. It’s an interesting coincidence and a long time for a misleading quote attributed to the Jewish Community Council to be presented as correct in the earlier versions of the article.

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7 responses to “SKWAWKBOX emails Jewish Chronicle with evidence. ‘Coincidence’ follows like lightning”

  1. Anyone who is still ignorant that this is Zionist propaganda is also ignorant of any braincells,LF I in my opinion or any other friends of Israel should be proscribed terrorists,because in my opinion that is exactly what they are. Israel is an illigitamate entity and in my view should never have come into being

  2. Pollard – star pupil of the ‘goebbels school of enlightenment’

    Definitely practices the mantra of: ‘The more sh*t you throw, the more sticks’

    Obnoxious, shameless, hypocritical twunt that it is.

  3. I’m not sure you should spend so much time arguing with the rightwing and corrupt media propagandist, as JC or even BBC, they are a lost cause and they should be ignored.

    • Ignore them, and allow them to dictate the narrative completely unchallenged?

      Nah.

  4. We should just accept the right-wing mentality, wherever it is found, has less of a moral compass and less humanity and decency to appeal to.

Orthodox activist’s unpublished statement to Jewish Chronicle: “Jeremy is a long friend to our community”

Orthodox activist’s unpublished statement to Jewish Chronicle: “Jeremy is a long friend to our community”

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Shraga Stern is a prominent Charedi (Orthodox) Jewish activist in London who was one of the organisers of a letter from twenty-nine leading Orthodox rabbis in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The letter went viral last week, triggering an immediate attack on its credibility in the pro-Israel media and by the Labour right, with the Jewish Chronicle and other outlets claiming that the letter had been confirmed as a fake. The letter was authentic and some of the media quietly amended their stories, without publishing formal corrections. Some are still propagating the false claim that it is a fake.

Mr Stern has issued a strongly-worded statement, addressed to the Jewish Chronicle, in which he attacks the ‘zionist agenda’ behind the ‘smear and witch-hunt’ against Jeremy Corbyn – an idea outlandish to many secular Britons but put on the official record last week in the US when former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort admitted to the FBI that he had ‘concocted‘ a similar smear with an Israeli official against a Ukrainian politician for political purposes.

Stern’s letter also contests claims by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and Board of Deputies (BoD) to represent the mainstream of Jewish opinion in the UK and the claims that antisemitism in the Labour Party is widespread.

The Jewish Chronicle does not appear to have published the letter.

We believe that the anti-Semitism smear and witch hunt against Jeremy Corbyn is a Zionist agenda and has all the footprints leading to that direction. It is being promoted by the Board of Deputies and by the self-made unelected JLC, who are a well-known pro-Israel bodies-  and it’s completely cruel and unjustified.

The Board of Deputies and JLC do not represent Charedi Jews, who do not have voting rights at BoD elections and number today over fifty thousand in the UK, of which 30,000 live in Stamford Hill. According to a 2007 study by Dr Markov Wise at the University of Manchester, almost three out of every four Jewish births in the UK – home to the largest strictly Orthodox community in Europe – are in the Charedi community.

The strange thing here is that they are 263,000 Jews living in UK according to the 2011 census. Half of them do not belong to a synagogue according to BoD population statistics, so this half would not have voting rights in the BoD elections.

Add this up with 50,000 Charedi Jews it equals 181,000 out of 263,000 who will not fall under the BoD and the BoD do not represent them. So how on earth can the BoD have the chutzpah to say they represent the Jews in UK? BoD is a pro-Israel body and only represent a very particular part of Jews who are pro-Israel.

Chareidi Jews and most mainstream Jews in the UK are only interested in Anglo Jewry matters and do not get involved in Israel politics. However saying this we do recognise that real anti-Semitism is an issue all over the country and in all political parties. We are convinced that Jeremy Corbyn is doing his best to tackle real anti-Semitism in his party while still giving his people of his party freedom of speech to criticize Israel.

However, we are nowhere near to fleeing this country because of this. As a Charedi Jew I can say that Charedi Jews are the most vulnerable to anti-Semitic attacks as they dress differently and one can see that they are Jewish, therefore this support letter from leading Charedi rabbis from Stamford Hill including Chief Rabbi Padwa from the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC) says it all.

Jeremy is a long friend and neighbour of the Charedi community here and everyone who knows him personally says that he loves Jews and is against real anti-Semitism, and this is what he has done all his life.

Times have changed and we will not stop here. We will not be hijacked by the BoD and JLC. We will go further then this to make it clear to all the government bodies and to the press, not to fall into the trap of the BoD and JLC who are extremist Zionist bodies and do not represent mainstream Jews.

Discussions are now taking place that I’m personally aware of and talks are in place on considering setting up a new body of Board of Deputies of mainstream British Jews that will focus only on anglo-jewish matters and will represent the entire Jewish population no matter if they are associated to a BoD synagogue or not and act for the many Jews not the few.

A 2015 Guardian article quotes studies for the Institute of Jewish Policy Research showing that a majority of UK Jews will be from the Charedi community by the 2030s.

The Board of Deputies was not reachable for comment. The JLC has been contacted.

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13 responses to “Orthodox activist’s unpublished statement to Jewish Chronicle: “Jeremy is a long friend to our community””

  1. Very interesting. Perhaps a Charedi Rabbi who supports this view could be invited with others to speak at Conference from the main stage?

  2. Terrific letter. Thanks to Shraga Stern for writing it and Skwawkbox for sharing it.

  3. Brilliant – Thank you SkwawkB and most especially thank you Shraga Stern.

  4. Tragically – and ironically – this simply confirms that there is an international conspiracy to proper the aims of Zionism and to silence perceived “enemies of Israel” this conspiracy includes senior tories, the Israeli government, other right wing governments, and a number of senior members of the UK Jewish community, claiming to ‘Speak For’ all UK Jews.
    As well as the obvious dangers to democracy in the UK – and democracy in other countries where this operates – it send to me that there are huge dangers to the Jewish Community, so long as the silent majority allow this to continue.
    And therein lies the irony: a coalition of senior members of the Jewish community with a bunch of anti-Semitic fascists.
    I suggest this is unlikely to end well. For anybody.

    • I agree. These dirty tactics will only backfire.

      Seeing decent people being unjustly smeared by sections of the Jewish community will only reinforce the worldview of real antisemites. It is also crying wolf which is harmful in the long term.

      Antisemitism is too serious an issue to be used as a political football. The Jewish Chronicle should do the right thing ASAP.

  5. Excellent points by the Orthodox Jewish community (Charedii) rep and they are right, being the most visible sadly may mean they will face the greatest anti-semetic abuse. Also great that they draw on research and that the wonderfully diverse Jewish comminity are fighting back; as it seems the BOD may actually speak for only 29% of the diverse Jewish community it is the other 71% who are the many whilst the BOD are perhaps the few!
    Community Solidarity!

  6. Shame they didn’t have the backbone nor the journalistic integrity to print it.

Exposed: Bitterite plans to sabotage conference

Exposed: Bitterite plans to sabotage conference

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With the start of Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool just over a week away, most Labour members and delegates are excited and expectant about the anticipated Democracy Review recommendations and ‘open selection’ moves that will put the party firmly into the hands of its members.

But at the same time – and for the same reasons – the SKWAWKBOX can reveal that a group of laughably-termed ‘moderates’ is making very different plans for the conference.

Desperate after another year of failed smears to prevent measures that will put the party out of reach of the ‘centrists’ that want to drag it back to the ‘good old days’, by their estimation, of Labour as a diet-version of the Tory party, the group is planning a series of measures to disrupt and discredit the event and allow the Establishment media to set a narrative of a party being dragged left by bullies over the ‘noble’ protests of the members who ‘just want it to be electable’.

Because, of course, we’re supposed to believe that all those ‘centrists’ surprised and disappointed by the ‘Corbyn surge’ at last year’s general election know all about what’s ‘electable’. In spite of the humble pie on which they gagged after last year’s elections, it seems the Labour right has learnt nothing.

And those plans have crystallised and extended because of the declaration by ‘moderate’ figurehead Tom Watson to boycott the conference in pique at the supposedly-unsatisfactory speaking slot offered to him.

The main themes on which disruptions are planned are those of stopping Brexit and, predictably, antisemitism. Below is a list of actions planned:

The rally

Before Conference even begins, Jeremy Corbyn is to hold a rally in Liverpool city centre next Saturday – as are the plans to try to prevent it being seen as Corbyn’s triumphant return to one of the most left cities in the UK.

The right will look to repeat its ‘stop Brexit’ protest at the ‘Labour Live’ event in London, but on a bigger scale in the hope of preventing the farce where the protesters were simply asked to leave and were forced to claim, against the available evidence, that they were forcibly ejected.

The gauntlet

Right-wingers hope to force conference delegates to ‘run the gauntlet’ of a placard-waving demonstration that will claim to be about antisemitism, but in reality is about undermining and removing the party’s leader.

Although the chances of them persuading any Corbyn supporters that the smears against him aren’t nonsense are low to none, the centrists hope to sour the conference atmosphere, control the mainstream media narrative and weaken resolve for the key votes – or at least to provoke enough anger among delegates to provide video footage useful for propaganda purposes.

The fringe/TWT

The right has a fourfold plan for the Conference fringe and the parallel ‘The World Transformed‘ (TWT) event. Disruption is planned at any fringe event that Corbyn is expected to attend, or that involves the Jewish Voice for Labour group or its supporters. In addition, any appearances by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, Labour general secretary Jennie Formby or Chris Williamson are on the hit-list.

Fourth, any TWT event is considered fair game because of the event’s left-wing origins and support for Jeremy Corbyn and the direction of the Labour Party under him.

The walk-out

In the hope of detracting from the party leader’s speech on the final day of Conference – and in revenge for the supposed slight to Tom Watson – right-wingers are attempting to coordinate a walk-out of the constituency delegates it has managed to get selected. Earlier walk-outs for speeches by Corbyn’s close allies were considered, but are likely to have been set aside for maximum impact at Corbyn’s closing speech and to avoid the possibility of would-be participators’ exclusion for it.

However, it’s entirely likely that the left has built so successfully on its success in overturning the right’s previous delegate majority for last year’s Brighton conference that even other delegates in the hall will barely notice them go and will merely enjoy a better view.

The banner

Because of that ‘problem’, a ‘plan B’ is also in hand for an attempt to storm the conference stage during or just before the speech to wave a banner and/or to unveil t-shirts bearing an anti-Corbyn message. Checks are likely to be in place to prevent the ingress of items for use in this attempt, but there’s a risk that ‘sleepers’ among staff at the venue may facilitate it.

The resignations

While the number of ‘moderate’ MPs prepared to sacrifice their credibility by jumping ship and resigning – either individually or to form a new party – is thought to be small, there is a strong likelihood that a handful of those either considering retirement or who feel most threatened by the thought of democratic selections by their local party will try to divert the news agenda.

The right has considered whether a ‘mass’, simultaneous resignation by those MPs, or a staged ‘one every so often’ series in the style of the post-referendum ‘chicken coup’ will be most effective and both options have been kept open, so watch this space.

All of these are, of course, on top of the overt attempts to make the conference about preventing Brexit or calling for a second referendum, which have led to a number of motions being put forward, primarily by right-dominated CLPs. Whether the real agenda is actually to stop Brexit or to damage Labour electorally is a moot point, but the anti-Corbyn factions hope that it will serve as a useful ‘Trojan horse’ and fool enough delegates into getting behind it.

Awareness, restraint and solidarity are, as ever, the key to ensuring that Conference this month is the triumph for democracy and for the many that it should be.

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Excl: participant in Unison election ‘collusion’ revealed as ally of Enfield council leader

Excl: participant in Unison election ‘collusion’ revealed as ally of Enfield council leader

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The SKWAWKBOX has carried a series of exclusives on the Enfield council selections scandal, where Council leader Nesil Caliskan is at the centre of an investigation by the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) into the ‘irregularities’ that occurred during the selection process to elect Labour candidates, including the deselection of all black candidates.

The beneficiaries of these and other procedural ‘irregularities’ then promptly elected Ms Caliskan as the new council leader, ousting an incumbent popular across the local party. Ms Caliskan and her family are on the right of the party, close to Enfield North MP Joan Ryan who earlier this month lost a vote of no confidence after a membership rebellion. Caliskan’s sister, Eda Cazimoglu, was an unsuccessful candidate on the Labour First/Progress ‘slate’ in the recent NEC elections.

Now, in a new twist to that scandal, the previously-unrevealed identity of a woman involved in a secretly-recorded union meeting slammed by a judge for its manipulation of a major election in the UK’s (now) largest trade union can be confirmed as a close ally of Ms Caliskan on the council.

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Councillor Claire Stewart is standing for a vacant seat on Enfield’s important Scrutiny and Overview Committee. The Committee’s role is to scrutinise the whole of the council’s functions and responsibilities and ensure that proper procedures have been followed. Enfield’s Labour councillors are due to vote on the vacant post tomorrow.

In May 2017, Judge Mary Stacey upheld a complaint against Unison’s former London regional secretary, Linda Perks, who had been secretly recorded urging officials to break union rules in a bid to secure the reelection of Dave Prentice as Unison general secretary.

But until now the identity of the second woman referred to on the tape as “Claire” has remained unknown.

Claire Stewart, who at the time of the Unison leadership election was employed as an organiser in the union’s London regional office, had suggested using a planned lobby of parliament to distract activists into voting the “wrong way”.

Ms Stewart was recorded (17m 47s) saying:

So the two weeks you have mentioned before and after the opening of the ballot would that be a good two weeks to, kind of, tie up the branches to vote the wrong way in this other activity [lobby of parliament] – laughter – if I have one branch vote the wrong way I could get them to convert their intention.

Linda Perks replied: “Yes excellent idea, lobby of parliament – that is a good idea Claire.”

The judge was scathing in her criticism:

The tone of the meeting is utterly partisan – branches that have chosen to support candidates other than Mr Prentis are described as “unfriendly” and all other candidates are referred to as the opposition. At one point [Linda Perks] praises the initiative of one of her staff members [Claire Stewart] for suggesting the lobby of Parliament about the trade union bill be used to “tie up branches to vote the wrong way”.

The judge concluded by saying how distressed union activists would be to discover that they had been misled. She ruled:

The collusion of the Greater London Regional Management Team and other staff was deeply concerning… It is not hard to see how distressing it would be to activists to learn that a rally of parliament against the Trade Union Bill would be used as a device to distract them from the election campaign.

Cllr Stewart is a close associate and supporter of new Enfield Council leader Nesil Caliskan, who is at the centre of the NEC investigation into the irregularities that occurred during the selection process to elect Labour candidates.

A senior local Labour official told the SKWAWKBOX that the revelations were ‘shocking’ in the context of the party investigation and the local political situation, claiming that a group on the right of the party is ‘drunk on power and out of control’:

These revelations are truly shocking. Joan Ryan, Nesil Caliskan, and their supporters seem drunk on power and out of control. It cannot be right that someone with a record of collusion in electoral malpractice should be appointed to the Council’s Scrutiny Committee. It’s like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

Cllr Stewart declined to put any comment on the record except for the following:

I have put myself forward for a voluntary position to cover for someone who is sick.

Further information:

Transcript of the secretly-recorded Unison meeting

Judge’s ruling

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4 responses to “Excl: participant in Unison election ‘collusion’ revealed as ally of Enfield council leader”

  1. Completely sickening. There is nothing ‘moderate’ about deliberately destroying the democratic process.

    I just wonder who’s pulling the strings. If there’s American or MI5 involvement as in the case of Ruth Smeeth … or any other involvement…

    “The deselection of all black candidates”. That’s just appalling.

    • Yes, there is no doubt whatsoever that MI5 is involved in all this – ie the smear campaign aginst JC and the left etc – just as it was with Harold Wilson and Tony Benn and Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock, and of course Ken Livingstone, and not only when he was running the GLC. And then there was Arthur Scargill and the miners, and no doubt George Galloway.

  2. If anyone has ever wondered how the Stalinist bureaucracy functioned lowe down the pecking order,they might see the workings of this crowd in Enfield as a useful parallel study.

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