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.”
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.
1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.
2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical
3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com
And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: