Labour’s Dawn Butler is the kind of MP we should be supporting, not shooting down.
She represents a constituency that is suffering a higher coronavirus-related fatality rate than most and she doesn’t want anything to happen that will worsen the situation.
So she was, obviously, dismayed by Boris Johnson’s speech on Sunday (May 10), calling on everybody who cannot work from home to get back into the workplace.
She voiced her opinion on Jeremy Vine’s TV show: “He is sending people out to catch the virus.” I agree with that.
She wasn’t saying he intended it; for all we know, Johnson really is so mind-pummellingly stupid that he thinks it’s possible to avoid catching Covid-19, even under the conditions he has allowed. She was just voicing her opinion of what his speech means (and mine).
Unfortunately, shows like Vine’s tend to be populated by (in This Writer’s opinion) fatuous rentamouths and on this particular occasion, Iain Dale was present.
Here’s the dialogue:
"He is sending people out to catch the virus."
MP Dawn Butler accuses Boris Johnson of being "reckless" in his handling of the pandemic – but is told by Iain Dale: "Phrases like that are actually pretty disgraceful."@DawnButlerBrent | @IainDale | @TheJeremyVine | #JeremyVine pic.twitter.com/G2bn1PEna2
— Jeremy Vine On 5 (@JeremyVineOn5) May 13, 2020
Dale, a Tory political commentator, blogger and failed Parliamentary candidate, has only one claim to fame: that he received a police caution for a scuffle on the Brighton seafront in 2013:
I just saw the clip of Iain Dale attempting to tone-shame Dawn Butler into not critiquing Johnson for his deathly mismanagement. You’d never think this sanctimonious weasle-penis is the same Iain Dale who got a police caution for this act of criticism:-https://t.co/7uYDKsNDaa
— Helen the Zen 🏴 (@helenmallam) May 13, 2020
A Manchester pensioner named Stuart Holmes had been displaying a banner protesting against nuclear power behind an author Dale published during a breakfast TV interview, so Dale tried to remove him physically – and ended up having to accept a police caution.
Fortunately Ms Butler was well up for putting him down: “Yes, [the prime minister] is sending people out to catch the virus when he’s telling people to go back to work without the proper infrastructure in place.
“I am the MP for Brent and I have a higher death rate than a lot of other MPs,” she said, “so excuse me if I am going to be passionate about this because I want my constituents to survive this pandemic.”
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She is all that is right in this party pity shamefull that others are. Just greedie
Fascist tories doing their utmost to silence any criticism of their state instigated mass murder of thousands and thousands of women and men. Well said Dawn Butler for trouncing that fascist tory minion Iain Dale who has demonstrated his propensity for male violence!
Less of the “male” violence, please! Violent individuals are like that because of their own personal choices, not because of their gender!
Vile, vile species of a human . . .
That’s all I can say . . .