You’ve probably all heard of Spiked (Koch-funded, formerly the Revolutionary Communist Party/Living Marxism) and its recent roles in Farage’s Brexit Party (Baroness Fox) & Boris’ Tories (Munira Mirza). I hadn’t realised they’re standing in next week’s election… [1/7]
…Niall Crowley, a long-term activist in all their fronts (see pics) is standing in the #Hackney by-election in Hoxton East and Shoreditch ward, this time as an independent on an anti-LTN ticket... [2/7]
…Martyn Perks is standing in #Islington in Bunhill ward, also as an independent against LTNs. He’s another veteran of Spiked, the Institute of Ideas, etc, and an RCP activist in the 1990s…
...Together they’re also launching a new “London Democrats” platform this week. Agenda items include whether we need a new political party…
…It’s interesting they’re also standing against the lockdown. There’s a lot of angry, resentful, conspiracist energy around against the lockdown (eg the 1000s mobilised for last weekend’s protest) — which sketchy political entrepreneurs are eyeing greedily...
…Between Laurence Fox’s Reclaim and Nigel Farage’s Reform UK (not to mention UKIP, Brian Rose, David Kurten, the SDP & Piers Corbyn), the market for anti-lockdown populism is already pretty crowded…
…Up until now, Spiked have worked through existing parties. But they bring a level of organisation, experience, resources, media access, & pre-existing platforms to be able to astroturf a bigger campaign quite quickly. Probably not a major threat, but definitely worth watching.
PS If you’re not familiar with Spiked, see my blog:…
PPS: For more background, see @GeorgeMonbiot and @DeSmogUK:…
Looks like Spiked aren’t putting all their eggs in one basket. As well as promoting SDP candidates, they’re still pushing Farage’s Reform U.K. (HT @MHtwafa)

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[THREAD] About six weeks ago I stumbled across a whole load of COVID denialist and anti-vans accounts pumping out gross antisemitism. I reported all the tweets captured here to @Twitter. I’m pleased to see today this account’s been suspended...
However, this one, whose pinned tweet is obviously antisemitic, is still going...
So is this one, which has 2.6K followers...
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Report by the UN's chemical weapon watchdog, the @OPCW, came out this week, on one of the Syrian civil war's many, many lesser-known chemical attacks: in Saraqeb in 2018.

In this thread, I'll collect some of the threads about it which are useful...
1/ Here's @bellingcat's @N_Waters89 who has done important open source investigations on war crimes by Syrian regime, US & other states.
2/ Nick notes a shocking detail buried in the report: the town had been hit by chemical weapons so many times over so many years that previous chemical attacks left traces that potentially contaminated samples - the horrific residue of multiple war crimes.
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17 Mar
Darren Conway on #r4today talking about his journey back to the school he filmed in 2013 after its bombing by the Syrian government for “Saving Syria’s Children” — very harrowing. This is an incident regime-supporting conspiracy theorists claim was staged.…
The very week the Panorama in the tweet above is screened: The same hospital is struck by a precision missile, in an area with no rebel military presence, no strategic importance, whose coordinates were shared with Russia as part of deconfliction deal to avoid civilian casualties
The layers of brutality here are mind-boggling: first they bomb civilian facilities (schools, clinics), then they lie about it, then when the stories are told they punish them again with "smart" missiles.
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So many bad “anti-imperialist” takes on here on Ecuador’s elections, esp’y on indigenous anti-extractivist Yaku Peréz. For good English-language counterpoints try: @triofrancos @neogaia @lilithxrmx @Itmechr3 @db_beaulieu @pauloCanning @InvisiblesMuros @anarchist_h0e @BrazilBrian
This tweet is the clearest summary of the faultlines:
Apparently, the accounts I recommend should be judged in the basis of breast size
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One thing about COVID is that it's brought to view the growing culture of denialism & conspiracism in the social media age. Again & again, COVID "skepticism" links to other denialisms, e.g. Holocaust negation, 9/11 Truth & Syrian chemical weapons denialism.

Two new examples:
1/ Desmond Swayne is the "COVID-skeptic" Tory MP in the news this week for telling anti-vaxx activists to persist and for associating with Del Bigtree and Richie Allen. Bigtree & Allen are both major figures in a range of conspiracy theory scenes...…
Del Bigtree was producer of Andrew "MMR" Wakefield's anti-vaccine film," Vaxxed", & dabbled in softcore Holocaust negation with his yellow star stunt. He's a good example of how the anti-vaxx movement formed the foundation for the COVID denial scene.…
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I see Angry Twitter Male is piling into @AngelaRayner because of her insistence teachers are at high risk of Covid, a claim the government denies based on data from September & early October. If you’re interested in the actual facts this is useful:…
The fact that these people are more angry about Angela Rayner’s accent than at the issue she was asked to talk about – the fact that a government MP encouraged anti-vaxx activists and lied about death stats — speaks volumes…
This is who Sir Desmond Swayne is, by the way:
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