Furious war of words erupts over Ravensgate Arms ‘Altercation’

Thanet Labour was today plunged into chaos amid competing claims over an altercation in the Ravensgate Arms pub.  In January 2018, a heated row broke out between South Thanet Labour Candidate, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt and Kaz Peet the agent to Gordon-Nesbitt’s then rival Karen Constantine.  Unverified claims state that drinks were “thrown” before Peet stormed off – all denied by Peet.

Sources close to Team Gordon-Nesbitt were last night claiming that Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt was “verbally abused” by Kaz Peet who allegedly called the candidate a “F****** B****”.  Meanwhile, Peet fired back stating emphatically, that it was Gordon Nesbitt who had been “passive aggressive” and “insisted upon” confronting her – despite, Peet asking Gordon-Nesbitt not to talk to her.  One source close to Peet claimed that she had been left in tears by Gordon-Nesbitt’s alleged explosion.

“The allegations are being made to get at Karen Constantine who was the stand out candidate and should have won.”

Kaz Peet

Exact details are unclear but the common ground between the now actively warring camps is this:

  • Gordon-Nesbitt and Peet were both at the Ravensgate Arms separately with friends.
  • Both parties had consumed substantially more than one drink at the time of the row.
  • The Peet group then began to leave the pub to attend a birthday party elsewhere.
  • As the Peet group was leaving there is a dispute. Peet claims Gordon-Nesbitt approached her and pro Gordon-Nesbitt sources are claiming the opposite.
  • A heated war of words ensues but with each camp claiming the other was the menacing one.
  • Peet then leaves, according to her, or storms out according to Team Gordon-Nesbitt.

The argument was said to centre over Gordon-Nesbitt’s candidature with Peet admitting to accusing Dr Gordon-Nesbitt of “splitting the left wing vote” and getting “rude in a ‘pub banter’ type of way”.  Peet is also understood to have disputed Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt’s grassroots credentials.

“You’re posh, you’re an intellectual and you work at the House of Lords. What is grass roots about that?”

Kaz Peet – Alleged Remarks during ‘Ravensgate Arms Altercation’

Peet now claims that Gordon-Nesbitt had been “spreading a web of lies around” Karen Constantine.  Peet claims RGN propagated “ridiculous stories” accusing Constantine of having not voted for Jeremy Corbyn – a claim denied furiously by Constantine.  Gordon-Nesbitt, according to Peet,  “kept saying things about Karen that I know to be untrue… and told lies in order to elevate herself and forge a position”.  Peet claims that claims from the Gordon-Nesbitt camp about her are “absurd” and that she was in no way bullying.

Meanwhile, Senior Labour sources close to the Gordon-Nesbitt campaign were keen to point out that Peet had been involved in another similar altercation in April at the Ramsgate Music Hall.  They alleged that Peet “pulled a similar intimidatory stunt on another woman for making it known that she would be supporting Gordon-Nesbitt rather than Constantine in the PPC race”. They claim Peet “publicly rounded on another woman ‘effing and blinding’ in her face trying to provoke a fight.”  The row, it is acknowledged, continued outside. Peet admitted a “rather loud argument” but claims the row instead centred over defamatory posts on Facebook,

Extraordinarily, sources close to the Gordon-Nesbitt campaign were today claiming that Peet was “a habitual drug user”.  Peet angrily denied these claims saying “I am not a habitual drug user at all.”  Peet however admitted living a “rock and roll” lifestyle and having written for a cannabis magazine.

Unverified claims were today, inexplicably, being made about Peet and a shocking incident, said to have taken place 4 years ago, that we are unable to detail for legal reasons.

Peet: “Constantine’s substance abusing henchwoman”

Labour Source close to Gordon-Nesbitt Campaign

The murkiness of the original events – including extraordinary claims that the Labour PPC engaged in “harassing, bullying” conduct – are unlikely to be resolved.  The accounts of both camps are poles apart.  It is the warring state of the Thanet Labour Party that is most worrying party bosses this evening with competing camps prepared to say anything to injure the other.  Readers can only guess when the crisis caused by the Gordon-Nesbitt files will lift.

 

Constantine or Constantwhine? Cllr calls anti-semitism a smear

The usually serene pond of the secret South Thanet Labour Party Facebook Group has been rocked over the past 24 hours by a foul mouthed rant.  Ramsgate Councillor and twice defeated MP hopeful Karen Constantine “shocked” members by launching a tirade in response to claims she has been the so-called “original source” for the Gordon-Nesbitt Files.

In further troubling signs of Thanet Labour’s tolerance of Anti-Semitism; Constantine bizarrely defended herself by downplaying anti-semitism.  Claiming that claims of anti-semitism – made by Jewish Community groups – were “beyond [her]”, Constantine also described them as right wing smears.

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These extraordinary claims, seemingly contradict the Labour Leadership’s acceptance of an anti-semitism problem.  Inexplicably, Constantine claims she has made similar remarks at public meetings.  If you were at one, let us know…

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Constantine, also claims not to have spoken to this site. This, unfortunately triggers a public interest requirement for us.

We did speak to Cllr Constantine and did so at length.  She was indeed ‘generous’ with her knowledge sharing. We could, if required, publish the “Thanet is not Cuba” diatribe in full.

 

CHECK OUT THE GORDON-NESBITT FILES BELOW:

Fried Chicken, Anyone?

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt, ‘a dirty tricks’ campaigner?

What was Dr Gordon-Nesbitt’s involvement in Vivisection?

Is Gordon-Nesbitt really reformed on Anti-Semitism?

Digging Deeper into the Gordon-Nesbitt Files

The Gordon-Nesbitt Files

THE GUIDO FAWKES REVELATIONS

Labour Candidate’s Think Tank Defended Ken and Jackie Walker

Labour Candidate Deletes Website and Twitter Account Amid Anti-Semitism Row

THE JEWISH CHRONICLE EXPOSE

Labour MP Chris Williamson to speak at event chaired by suspended activist Jackie Walker

DR GORDON-NESBITT RESPONDS – ISLE OF THANET NEWS

Labour’s parliamentary hopeful for South Thanet says residents will help to shape local party policy

The Gordon-Nesbitt Files: The Origins

We get it.  A new site comes along and publishes a series of stories that people think could hurt a candidate in a future election.  This gets people wondering, who is behind it?

Let me be clear, earlier articles published by others about this site were inaccurate, way wide of the mark.  The truth is this…

The main author of this site is a hobby writer with occasional examples of previous journalistic success but not many.  We are London based but have some historic links to Cliftonville – some people dear to us still live there.  We pay limited attention to ‘Thanet life’ but had heard about the Labour PPC race.  Like most people, we expected a candidate other than the eventual winner to be selected.

This piqued our interest.  Our experience is that unexpected results often have fascinating origins.  So, we decided to look into it.

Our first call was to a senior Labour source – one who as a consequence of the result – we thought might be talkative. We made the call on the 10th of April – some while before we published our first story.  We explained that we were a journalist and wanted to write a story about the PPC race and any funny goings on.  We were not disappointed.Call EvidienceGoogle Sourc

 

Over the course of a 30 minute phone call, the individual told us that there was a “big story here” and we should be “grateful” because she was giving us a lot of news.  The individual pointed us in the direction of a lot of different allegations.  We made a note of all of them.  Some did not check out – many did.

It was clear that our source had an axe to grind and would tell us what we wanted to hear in order that we may criticise Dr Gordon-Nesbitt.  She obviously felt hurt by the way that she thought Gordon-Nesbitt had betrayed her.  Clearly at that stage she was disappointed at recent events and wanted to lash out.  Her view was that the PPC election should be re-run. However, while much was unfocused and unpublishable she gave us a lot that was actionable, including:

  1. Telling us about the @cambiarcultura, twitter account and that she had traced it back to Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt.  We made initial enquiries however, in the interim, Guido Fawkes published the most juicy of the anti-semitism revelations. The Cambiar Cultura twitter account had clearly been at issue in the recent PPC election [see below image].Screen Shot 2018-05-05 at 12.06.59
  2. Discussion of links between Gordon-Nesbitt and suspended and/or controversial Thanet Labour figures. The Jewish Chronicle published it’s piece on the May Day Jackie Walker rally prior to us receiving a screenshot from another source.
  3. A series of unverifiable allegations about Gordon-Nesbitt’s work and union membership status.  We have not published these due to the lack of any corroborative evidence.
  4. Broader allegations regarding the Salon3 charity – which again have proved unverifiable.

We ended the phone call, feeling excited.  If just some of what our source had claimed was true, this could be big.  We were amazed that we had gained all of this from an elected official. We went away with the view that we would need time to independently stand up each strand. However, our options were limited by Guido and the JC pipping us to the post and publishing some of what we would otherwise of posted before we had posted.   Nevertheless, we could and have written a lot, even so.

We are very grateful to our source, who despite being chagrined, fired the starting gun on all of the ‘Gordon-Nesbitt Files’ and provided weapons-grade briefing…  None of this would be possible without her.

Some while later we began to publish stories and a further source got in touch via email.  They used, like us, a free ‘mail.com’ pseudonym email address calling themselves ‘Vaz Patel’.  They wanted to send us material and we were more than happy to receive it.

The information received was detailed and included all of our stories regarding vivisection.  While the wording, tone and linguistic signature was different to our first source (leading us to conclude they were different people) they shared a lot of the same information.  We believed that they must be close to one another…

One email included much regarding the now infamous Jackie Walker meeting – we were very grateful. However, it sadly came after publication in the JC.  However, one screenshot seemingly from Facebook led to us giving our source a name within The Weekend Furlough.   The screenshot, in full, is below:5802C3DD-6989-460F-AD22-690C9B8654F5 (1)

It was clear that ‘Vaz’ or ‘Chris‘ as we referred to him after we were sent the above photo, also had an inside interest.  We approached his allegations with care but we were very grateful for the original files/links he sent us.  His tips, consistent assistance and natural instinct for political bombshells have helped our cause no end.

 

While we did ask some other individuals to send us any screenshots that they had; 95% of our material came from these two sources.  We know that internal elections are messy and that they probably had motives that were personal.  However, they did provide a lot of material that we could check.

We have published original files and screenshots where possible and hope readers agree that all of this is real information, accurately reported – even if you don’t like our editorial stance.  We stand by our reporting.  This is not an “attack site”, “astroturfing” or anything else.  We see ourselves as a genuine blog, exposing nonsense and we’re grateful our sources for their help in this.

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CHECK OUT THE GORDON-NESBITT FILES BELOW:

Fried Chicken, Anyone?

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt, ‘a dirty tricks’ campaigner?

What was Dr Gordon-Nesbitt’s involvement in Vivisection?

Is Gordon-Nesbitt really reformed on Anti-Semitism?

Digging Deeper into the Gordon-Nesbitt Files

The Gordon-Nesbitt Files

THE GUIDO FAWKES REVELATIONS

Labour Candidate’s Think Tank Defended Ken and Jackie Walker

Labour Candidate Deletes Website and Twitter Account Amid Anti-Semitism Row

THE JEWISH CHRONICLE EXPOSE

Labour MP Chris Williamson to speak at event chaired by suspended activist Jackie Walker

DR GORDON-NESBITT RESPONDS – ISLE OF THANET NEWS

Labour’s parliamentary hopeful for South Thanet says residents will help to shape local party policy

Fried Chicken, Anyone?

Yesterday, we published an article drawing attention to Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt’s seeming involvement in an experiment that appears to amount to vivisection.  Given that – at that time – we were in possession of just one paper in which there was evidence of Gordon-Nesbitt’s involvement we were careful to withhold judgment.

However, following publication, a source sent us further material that showed that the ‘Sprague-Dawson rats experimentation’ was not the only occasion in which the good doctor participated in activities surrounding Iranian animal experimentation.

A paper submitted to the aptly entitled Indian Journal of Experimental Biology in 2003, a year prior to publication of the ‘Sprague-Fawson paper’, concerns further troubling revelations.   The paper again authored by ‘Maryam Shams Lahijani‘ purported to study the potential health risks of power lines.  Fears, now comprehensively dismissed, that power lines created electromagnetic fields that could cause cancer were a popular pseudo-scientific myth in the early 2000s.¹

The 2003 paper is re-published here:

Development of preincubated chicken eggs following exposure to 50 Hz electromagnetic fields with 1.33-7.32 mT flux densities*

The experiment behind the paper exposed chicken eggs to a powerful electro-magnetic field before examining the resulting chicks.  The waves utilised were at a frequency of 50hz – the same level of the UK electricity supply in a home.  According to the paper, the eggs were exposed to the waves of the AC equivalent frequency for 24 hours.

The methodology section of the experiment explains the format of the electromagnetic field exposure with which the eggs were treated.  Hundreds of eggs were laid within a cylindrical electromagnetic coil.  Differing egg groups were then, in turn, exposed to various ‘densities’ of magnetic field – all at the 50hz level.  Densities utilised were far higher than any known environmental exposure within the Developed World.

Many of the egg-borne foetuses died before hatching – never having an opportunity at life.  Many more eggs resulted in deformed hatchlings – up to 57.1% in some groups.

It is worth reiterating again that; environmental charity, World Animal Protection, grade Iran a ‘G’ – the lowest on a 

For our purposes, the most concerning aspect of this tale can be gleamed, once again, from the acknowledgements.Screen Shot 2018-05-03 at 14.38.13.png

The inference is inescapable.  When Gordon-Nesbitt edited the manuscript for the Sprague-Dawson paper, she appears to have already edited the manuscript of a previous paper in which the author had exposed egg-borne chicks to high-powered electromagnetic fields.  Given the methodology outlined in both tests, we repeat our question to Dr Gordon-Nesbitt:

What assurances did you seek or receive as to the ethical requirements of this animal experimentation?

Dr G-N – get in touch on the contact page if you want to answer…

NOTE: There is nothing to suggest that Dr Gordon-Nesbitt physically participated in any of the experimentation or in any cruelty.  Nor is there any evidence to suggest she was aware of any cruelty and failed to act.  Her involvement should be considered to be solely in manuscript preparation and editing. Nothing within this article should be considered as stating and/or implying involvement in activities that are in any way criminal or illicit in any jurisdiction including the Republic of Iran or the United Kingdom.

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  1. http://oem.bmj.com/content/61/2/174

DISCLAIMER: Do not try anything described in this article at home. Please do not gather any animals or their nascent offspring and in anyway ‘hook them up to jumper cables’.

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt, ‘a dirty tricks’ campaigner?

Much has been made by those close to Dr Gordon-Nesbitt of the authorship of this site.  They have stated, erroneously, that it is published as an ‘attack site’ by a Tory aide.  In truth, most of the information we’ve published has come directly from concerned Labour sources…

You might think – given the handwringing – that the good Doctor’s hands are entirely clean of the so-called political dark arts.  That Dr Gordon-Nesbitt would not engage in aggressive background research and the like.

Well…

In 2011, Gordon-Nesbitt published a 31 page book, entitled ‘How to Conduct Investigative Research’.  Readers will be pleased to learn that we have obtained a copy…

HOW TO CONDUCT INVESTIGATIVE RESEARCH – By: Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

One chapter within the text is entitled, ‘how to be a web detective‘ in which Gordon-Nesbitt provides advice on exposing the true sources behind campaign organisations.  She details in some length how one enquiry revealed an anti-Iran campaign was run by a ‘hard-line Israel lobby group’.  Gordon-Nesbitt also details how to use ‘whois’ web domain checks to outline the origins of websites.

‘CulturaGate’, the controversy caused by Dr Gordon-Nesbitt’s links to the hastily closed Centre for Cultural Change was exposed by precisely the methods outlined by Gordon-Nesbitt’s book.  The book calls them ‘sophisticated powers of detection’ – we call it basic research.

Today, those close to Gordon-Nesbitt are claiming that the methods seemingly taught by her in this book amount to alternately “sewer politics”, a “smear campaign” or “political dark arts”.  Are Gordon-Nesbitt’s friends really saying she is a teacher of the ‘dark arts’?

In further irony, Dr Gordon-Nesbitt also recommends employing pseudonym email addresses – much like this blog has been criticised for.

In the end, we are glad that Dr Gordon-Nesbitt writes that the type of research we’ve published is “socially necessary” and “immensely rewarding”.  We agree. Others, though, need to question if what we’re doing is so wrong – what does that make Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt’s book?

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Postscript:  The unabridged truth about The Weekend Furlough’s authorship is as follows.  TWF is published by a London based professional, with some help from friends, with the general intention of revealing the crazy ideas of those who seek to or are govern/ing us.

The Editor’s non-political day job means that an element of mystery is required.  Also, mystery is fun! ‘Contractor.net’ is not, as been suggested, anything to do with the construction industry but a free domain ending on ‘mail.com’.  While we enormously respect what fellow blogger Ian Driver does, he is some way wide of the mark in his article on our identity.

While interested parties sometimes send us screenshots; 95% of our Gordon-Nesbitt revelations have come from Labour sources in or around South Thanet political life.

We adopt the nom de guerre of Lee Atwater as a homage to one of the greatest political minds of all time – taken too soon by an aggressive cancer of the brain.  ‘The Weekend Furlough’ title is a tribute to Atwater’s revelations of Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis’ inexplicable decision to release murderers from prison on weekends – some of whom went on to commit further brutalities.  It is these sorts of nonsenses – from all parties – that we seek to expose.

We’re non-partisan – send us tips on Tories, Lib Dems, Kippers, Greenies, etc. !

What was Dr Gordon-Nesbitt’s involvement in Vivisection?

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt may have latterly worked as an arts and health researcher but her first degree was in Biochemistry with molecular biology.¹  Questions as to what use the Dr put that training have led to a most sordid destination.

In 2004 two academics published a paper entitled:

THE EFFECTS OF ORAL ADMINISTRATION OF MORPHINE SULPHATE ON FOETUSES OF SPRAGUE-DAWLEY RATS 

In short, it was the report upon their experimentation on the effects of giving morphine sulphate to pregnant rats. The Mother rats were given morphine sulphate dilution at varying stages through pregnancy.  Their foetuses were then ‘extracted’ via caesarean section.

Vivisection is controversial in the UK with many environmental campaigners pushing for its proscription.  In Iran, however, the situation is bleaker still.  Environmental charity, World Animal Protection, grade Iran a ‘G’ – the lowest on a 

It is not known whether this experiment adopted voluntary additional standards or what protections were afforded the subjects.  Other than that administration of the morphine was oral and ‘birth’ was surgical nothing is known of the experiments methods.  It is unclear if either the mother or baby rats went on to live after the experiments conclusion.

This troubling background makes the following revelation all the more concerning.

The paper lists the following acknowledgements:

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The authors list Gordon-Nesbitt, who has familial links to Shiraz, Iran – the site of the experiments – under their ‘acknowledgements’ section.²  The authors credit her with editing the manuscript.

Given the apparent nature of the experiment, a serious question emerges as to what assurances the then Miss Gordon-Nesbitt sought as to animal welfare within it. It is presumed, that given Gordon-Nesbitt edited the manuscript that she would have been aware, if after the event, of the experiments and still participated in a limited role.  Did Gordon-Nesbitt demand higher welfare standards?

It is also unclear, to the authour,  whether Dr Gordon-Nesbitt has, either at that stage or since, spoken out about the alleged human rights violation of the Iranian State.  Though the Committee for Cultural Change did ‘like’ claims of Britain’s “crimes” in Iran.

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NOTE: There is nothing to suggest that Dr Gordon-Nesbitt physically participated in any of the experimentation or cruelty.  Nor is there any evidence to suggest she was aware of any cruelty and failed to act.  Her involvement should be considered to be solely in manuscript preparation and editing. Nothing within this article should be considered as stating and/or implying involvement in activities that are in any way criminal or illicit in any jurisdiction including the Republic of Iran or the United Kingdom.

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  1. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rebecca_Gordon-Nesbitt
  2. https://www.rebeccagordon-nesbitt.org/about-rebecca/

Is Gordon-Nesbitt really reformed on Anti-Semitism?

In an interview on the Isle of Thanet News site, Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt has (finally) responded to Guido Fawke’s revelations of anti-semitism from the so-called Centre for Cultural Change.

She says:

“In 2016, I registered the url for The Centre for Cultural Change, an anonymous blog and twitter group run by activists from the Kent area. I am sincerely sorry for any hurt and offence caused by tweets from the account and regret that I did not understand this at the time they were posted.

“I have since developed a deeper understanding of antisemitism and the prevalence of antisemitic tropes, and I believe the expansion of political education on antisemitism within our movement is an essential step forward.

“ I fully support the efforts the Party is taking to stamp out antisemitism, and I look forward to working with the Jewish community in my constituency to raise awareness of antisemitism within our Party and within wider society.”

 

So, now, a totally reformed campaigner against anti-semitism…

Well, when local ailurophile, ‘Bunny La Roche’ posted this on why anti-semitism concerns from Jewish groups were smears…

 

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You would never guess who recorded their love for it…

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Jeremy Corbyn accepts anti-semitism is real.  Gordon-Nesbitt ‘loves’ claims that the Board of Deputies are “playing politics” and not representative of Jews.

All this on 26th March, a steep learning curve…

Since that time Ms La Roche has posted a series of tropes all questioning whether anti-semitism is what it has been reported to be in the Labour Party.  She has posted text referring to anti-semitic stories as a “witch hunt”, a “hounding”, “treachery”, “undemocratic”, echoing the case of “Stephen Lawrence” and “smears”

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt has seen all these posts, she has said nothing.

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Dr Gordon-Nesbitt seems to have nothing to say in the face of claims of the most abhorrent nature.  Silent when confronted with tropes of  an apparent slant that downplays anti-semitism.

South Thanet’s Jewish residents may now know how the good Doctor will stand up for them…

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt, the ball is in your court.  Much like Albus Dumbledore once said: “it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies but just as much to stand up to your friends.”