Claim Anyone earning £80,000 or more is in the top 5% of earners in the UK. Background The Labour party said in government it would apply the additional income tax rate of 45% on earnings of £80,000 a year, and a new “super-rich rate” of 50% payable at £125,000 a year. On BBC One’s Question Time on Thursday night, filmed in Bolton, a man challenged the shadow justice secretary, Richard Burgon, over the party’s assertion that those who earn £80,000 or over are among the top 5% of earners in the country. “I’d like to call out Labour as liars,” he told Burgon. The man said he was “not even in the top 50%” and claimed that every doctor, accountant, solicitor in the country earned at least £80,000. The the top 5% “don’t even work because they’re rich – they’re not employees,” he added. Reality When it comes to annual income, a salary of £80,000 would put someone firmly in … [Read more...] about Does earning £80,000 or more put you in top 5% of UK earners?
Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany is "wrong" and "I would never do that", Jeremy Corbyn declared today. The Labour leader's comments suggest party chiefs could U-turn within days and include such comparisons in Labour's definition of anti-Semitism. A row with Jewish groups has raged for months after Labour's ruling NEC failed to say "comparing contemporary Israeli policies to those of the Nazis" is anti-Semitic. The example is one of four that Labour failed to adopt - despite the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance saying they "could" be anti-Semitic in "overall context". Mr Corbyn was himself accused of making the comparison after telling a 2013 rally that Palestinians in the West Bank live "under occupation of the very sort that would be recognised by many people in Europe who suffered occupation during the Second World War, with the endless road blocks, imprisonment, irrational behaviour by the military and the police." Read More Latest UK politics news He also apologised … [Read more...] about Comparing Israel to Nazi Germany is ‘wrong’ and ‘I would never do that’ declares Jeremy Corbyn
A new Virginia-centric news outlet backed by a deep-pocketed progressive group ran scores of stories about Commonwealth politics this year, even as a separate entity run by the group’s chief executive raked in tens of thousands of dollars in consulting fees from Virginia Democrats. In August, the Democratic Party of Virginia paid the firm Lockwood Strategy $150,000 for digital consulting and advertising, according to state campaign-finance records. The payments came about a month after the nonprofit group ACRONYM, run by Lockwood CEO and veteran Democratic digital operative Tara McGowan, announced its financial backing for The Dogwood, a Virginia-focused digital news venture that extensively covered Virginia politics leading up to the election with an editorial line consistently favoring state Democrats. ACRONYM is no bit player. Rather, its The confluence between those journalistic and political activities raises a myriad of ethical questions about political news coverage at … [Read more...] about How a Dem Dark-Money Group Is Invading the News
Facebook has agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices and the social media giant will restructure its approach to privacy, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. The dispute stems back to Facebook's violation of privacy rules in its work with round-about work with Cambridge Analytica, a research firm which bought the information of tens of millions of users without their knowledge from an app developer who Facebook had sold it to. The scandal sparked universal outcry and widespread fears over how much Facebook knew and how much it had sold. The true extent of the breach has not become known and had the FTC taken the company to court, more details would have become public. As it settled with Facebook, it filed complaints against Cambridge Analytica, its CEO Alexander Nix and app developer Aleksandr Kogan who sold the data after harvesting it. Kogan and Nix have … [Read more...] about Facebook is let off with a record $5 billion fine to settle privacy violations dispute with the FTC with no real restrictions imposed and ‘blanket immunity’ for Zuckerberg and his execs
LONDON (AP) — Claims of ruinous spending sprees and twisted truths are flying in during campaigning for Britain’s Dec. 12 election, in which all 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs. The main parties are touting ambitious spending plans while warning of the alleged economic damage that would be wrought by their rivals. Here’s how some of the statements made by Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn stack up with the facts: JEREMY CORBYN, speaking to Johnson in a Nov. 19 debate: “You’re going to sell our National Health Service to the United States and big pharma.” THE FACTS: It’s an overstatement to say the state-funded National Health Service as a whole would be up for sale, as Labour has alleged will happen if Johnson’s Conservatives win the election and try to strike a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. The vast majority of doctors, nurses and other staff are paid out … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Leaders’ questionable claims in U.K. election