How will the populist, propagandist supporters of our far-right government de-legitimise Mahsa Taliefar, the 25-year-old law graduate who wants to take Dominic Cummings to court?
Well, for a start she has a foreign-sounding name (her background is Iranian), so obviously she’ll be trying to harm all good, right(-wing)-thinking British people, right?
And from the photograph she’s physically attractive, so she’ll be talked down as a know-nothing bimbo (qualifications notwithstanding).
Undoubtedly Gina Miller will be able to provide advice on some of the other ways.
Oh hey! It’s already happening:
She has … been targeted by abuse and misogynistic comments from Dominic Cummings’ supporters on social media.
“I have been subjected to nasty comments about my facial features and hairstyle,” she said.
“There have also been many Cummings supporters who have suggested that the money may be going towards aesthetic lip fillers and hair maintenance.
“I find this totally unacceptable. This campaign has nothing to do with my gender or looks. Many people supporting Dominic Cummings have also aggressively told me to ‘move on’ – but we should not until he does.”
Ms Taliefar – like those of us who know right from wrong – was incensed by Cummings’s decision to ignore lockdown rules and drive off to Durham with his wife and son.
These feelings were undoubtedly aggravated by his decision to (again) ignore rules – this time relating to government advisers – to hold a press conference in which he defended his behaviour.
So she has launched a funding campaign to help her launch a private prosecution against Cummings.
“It was like Dominic Cummings was spitting in the face of everyone who adhered to the lockdown,” she said.
“People were not able to see their families and friends and were not even able to bury their loved ones and grieve properly.
“This is because we were all following the laws that were put into place to protect the public.
“Dominic Cummings had a direct hand in the making of those Covid laws and I was extremely offended when he didn’t even apologise for breaking the rules – he seemed very arrogant and there were people in government standing by him.”
She makes good points about the insult Cummings’s behaviour represents to people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds:
Mahsa, who is from an Iranian background, says Dominic Cummings’ behaviour is also a kick in the teeth for people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities who have been harder hit by coronavirus and are more likely to die of it.
“People from ethnic minority backgrounds are affected more by this virus and have less money and resources and are less likely to have powerful friends and connections,” she said. “Everything Dominic Cummings has, most people from ethnic minorities don’t.
“That makes me angry as when people from ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by coronavirus, why should someone well off and more powerful put other people’s lives at risk by breaking his own laws?
“People from ethnic minority backgrounds also tend to have more people in our households and a lot of families have grandparents living with them. So it is really difficult for these communities to understand why someone like Dominic Cummings would travel so far and potentially put his parents at risk.”
Ms Taliefar reckons it will cost £300,000 to take a lawsuit all the way – and any funds not used for the private prosecution will be donated to Vision Aid Overseas – a charity dedicated to helping those with eyesight problems.
Here’s that GoFundMe campaign address again. With no interest in justice from the government, it seems this is the best way to get it.