The SKWAWKBOX’s 2017 round-up listed some of the significant impacts this blog had on the political narrative and landscape last year.
The blog has made a strong start to 2018, bringing a number of items to its readers either exclusively or when the mainstream media were largely ignoring it. The SKWAWKBOX:
- broke news of Jeremy Corbyn’s impending Shadow Cabinet reshuffle when no other outlet saw it coming
- revealed the shocking tripling of deaths among people detained under the Mental Health Act under the Tories
- revealed the Surrey NHS trust that had two hundred people simultaneously waiting for an ambulance under the weight of the Tory-inflicted winter crisis
- exposed the full weakness of the attempt to overturn the re-election of strong Corbyn supporter Len McCluskey as General Secretary of Unite
- brought its readers the truth about right-wing smears against new Disputes Panel Chair Christine Shawcroft
- revealed a donation of £5,000 received by deputy Labour leader Tom Watson but not declared
- highlighted a Tory Cabinet Minister trying to claim credit for Labour’s achievements
- revealed right-wing panic over the left’s clean sweep in the NEC elections
- exposed a Tory minister’s false attempt to deflect the government’s responsibility for the Carillion debacle onto the EU
- exposed a ‘centrist’ MP’s crass trans ‘joke’ emailed to colleagues
- laid bare the government’s lie that the NHS winter crisis is a routine annual event
- revealed the email sent by a new centrist group, giving away a potential serious data protection breach by another right-wing faction
And of course, there have been the usual attacks by the Labour and media right – the SKWAWKBOX seems to have become one of the principal bogeymen of the Establishment and long may it continue.
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