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Changes are coming to Vox Political!


This site will soon have a new look, with a bright new theme – if This Writer can make it work they way I want it.

This means I have to divide my efforts over the next few days – and that in turn means I won’t have as much time to concentrate on what’s happening in the world as I usually do.

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In turn, this means the next few articles are likely to be little more than re-presentations of social media posts I’ve found interesting enough to pass on, or quotations from articles by other social media sites that I think you should read.

Normal articles will resume, along with a new-look site, as soon as possible.


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Israel tells troops to stop uploading video of themselves looting Palestinians’ property

The most IMmoral army in the world has finally received a wake-up call to the fact that filming its troops committing acts of depravity and posting the images online is not good for its image:

For the last four months the world’s social media feeds have been full of pictures and videos of Israeli soldiers looting Palestinian homes and carrying out depraved attacks on Palestinian civilians.

Israel has finally seemed to cotton onto the fact that this depravity is not good for their propaganda efforts, and makes a mockery of their laughable claims to be “the most moral army in the world”.

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We’ve seen Israeli soldiers posting videos of themselves vandalising and targeting Palestinian homes for no strategic purposedestroying civilian infrastructurerummaging through Palestinian women’s underwearwrecking children’s toysdestroying food, and larking around with the property of Palestinian civilians they’ve displaced and killed.

Now it seems the Chief of Staff of the Israeli occupation forces Herzi Halevi has issued an edict warning Israeli soldiers not to film “revenge videos” and stop otherwise documenting their war crimes.

The order comes a little late though, it seems:

This is one instance when “better late than never” won’t ring true.

But what will the Israeli government do about its private citizens who have been trolling Gazans with mocking video clips?

Source: Another Angry Voice | Substack


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Jonathan Pie speaks for us all on Rishi Sunak’s recession

Rishi Sunak: he become prime minister in late 2022 and the economy – almost immediately – tanked. The government just got around to admitting it and now commentators like Jonathan Pie are putting the boot in.

I understand that, taking population rises into account, the UK was in recession for the whole of 2023 but we just weren’t told.

So Rishi Sunak’s premiership has been one of unremitting recession except for the first few months – when he was pushing us into the recession that followed.

It’s not a good record and, as usual, Jonathan Pie’s analysis hits all the important points:

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Will Nicola Sturgeon enjoy renewed popularity over WhatsApp descriptions of Tories?

Take pride in it: is Nicola Sturgeon brandishing the finger with which she texted the claim that Liz Truss was as “useful as a marzipan dildo” on WhatsApp? Sadly not.

This Writer never had much time for Nicola Sturgeon – until now. What a shame she’s being praised for something that isn’t true but is from a parody account.

The SNP politician was ordered to disclose the contents of WhatsApp messages she sent during the Covid-19 crisis. What she said about Boris Johnson was bad enough – but a parody ‘X’ account took the story, ran with it, and brought joy to the nation:

Why would anybody want her to apologise for saying these things? This Writer reckons that if Sturgeon really had said them, she should have had a medal!

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I’m stealing the description of Suella Braverman, by the way. It’s only her first initial and the name of the foreign politician whose politics seem to most closely resemble her own.

Sadly, @PoliticoForYou is a parody account and the story isn’t true – apart from what Sturgeon said about Boris Johnson.

So it’s still bad news for him, after he tried to tell the Covid Inquiry in December that he got on well with Sturgeon and they had a good relationship. This may have been true in their interactions, but clearly her own opinion of him wasn’t as he described.

More details of the real WhatsApp messages are available (in watered-down form) here on the BBC News website.


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Israelis execute Palestinian while he’s under a white flag in a blatant war crime

ITV put this footage out on ‘X’ earlier today but the full report is more illuminating with the background information it provides:

https://twitter.com/PhilipProudfoot/status/1750267715535729124

It really puts into context the fuss Israel’s spokespeople were making of 24(?) deaths of IDF troops earlier in the week, doesn’t it?

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The report shows that Israeli troops have shot people who were using the white flag before – and that IDF officers have claimed they have made it clear that their troops should think before shooting.

But against that, we should balance the footage we’ve seen of Jewish people from other countries travelling to Israel, and making it clear that their only interest is in murdering Palestinians.

It seems to This Writer that those people are going to do what they want, no matter what IDF officers say.

In any event, the photographic evidence is overwhelming: it is a clear war crime, and the latest in a series.

This Writer now wants to know why the UK’s support for Israel has not been halted, not to be resumed until that country’s cheerleaders in the Conservative – and Labour – Party can explain why it should be.


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Gary Lineker says he received threats after Israeli sports ban retweet; refuses to back down

Gary Lineker: whose view would you endorse – his, or that of someone supporting Israel and its genocide?

This reminds me of another TV presenter who complained about receiving threats after posting on Twitter (now ‘X’).

But whereas that person had been (mistakenly, if I read my own court judgment correctly) making accusations of anti-Semitism, Gary Lineker is accused because he criticised the Israeli government.

The two are linked in the minds of some people – but it’s a false connection, as Lineker himself stated.

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And he’s clear that he’s not the victim, just because he received threats:

Gary Lineker has said he received threats after he retweeted then deleted a post by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel that called for Israel to be banned from international sporting events, including football.

“But it’s not about me. I am not the victim here,” he said.

He described social media postings on the Hamas-Israel war as “so toxic”.

“Everybody I talk to, every single person I know, is going: ‘What? What is happening?’ But the minute you open your mouth – well, not my mouth, but the minute I tweet a little bit – it’s so toxic.

“If you lean to one side or the other, the levels of attack are extraordinary. How could it be controversial to want peace? I just don’t understand it. You don’t need to be Islamophobic to condemn Hamas, or antisemitic to condemn Israel. But at the moment it’s just awful. Awful,” he said. When talking about the numbers of children killed, he said: “I feel sick.”

Of criticism of his stance on the war, Lineker said: “But I don’t see it as a Jewish thing. I see it as the Israeli government. Obviously, they’re responding to 7 October, but crikey, one atrocity does not deserve 80 atrocities. Or more.”

This Writer finds Mr Lineker’s position infinitely superior to that of the other ‘celebrity’. Don’t you? Perhaps we should all show his critics the red card.

Source: Gary Lineker says he received threats after Israeli sports ban retweet | Gary Lineker | The Guardian


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Lineker triggers Israel lobbyists again with call for football team to be excluded

Gary Lineker: has he got news for you!

Gary Lineker has done it again.

It seems the footballer-turned-pundit has been upsetting the Israel lobby once more, and this time they can’t even complain that he’s out of his depth because he was discussing football.

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Here’s the gist:

And here are the details:

Gary Lineker has been condemned by MPs and Jewish leaders after retweeting a call for Israel to be banned from international football.

The Match of the Day presenter reposted a statement on X, formerly Twitter, from a pro-Palestinian campaign calling for Israel to be ousted from all global tournaments and games “until it ends its grave violations of international law”.

Tory MPs have now demanded that the BBC intervenes to sanction its highest-paid presenter, as they said they were waiting for “international diplomat and foreign policy expert, Gary Lineker” to condemn Hamas’ atrocities.

The tweet he reposted on Saturday was from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel.

It included a statement from the Palestinian Football Association which called upon Fifa and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to join all regional and global sporting bodies in sanctioning Israel.

The BBC declined to comment. A source said: “We aren’t going to give a commentary on individuals or individual tweets.”

He’s absolutely right, of course.

If we oppose the genocide being committed by Israel’s government and military, then we should make the Israeli people aware that what’s happening is unacceptable.

Part of that is achieved by refusing to buy Israeli goods and by shunning businesses that invest in Israel.

And part must be in denying Israelis the chance to take part in cultural activities such as sporting tournaments.


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Alleged PPE profiteer Michelle moans after husband is accused over business tactics

Ill-gotten gains? Michelle Mone posed on the deck of her husband’s £6 million yacht, ‘Lady M’ – which may have been bought with government money, paid for PPE equipment during the Covid crisis – that didn’t work.

Michelle Mone, the Ultimo bra businesswoman who became a Tory peer and then allegedly made millions pushing useless PPE on the government through the illegal ‘VIP lane’, is not happy.

Apparently her husband Doug Barrowman may soon be nicked by HM Revenue and Customs for tax avoidance:

Lady Mone seems to think her husband’s woes are due to the efforts of tax expert Dan Neidle, who was most recently seen explaining why Post Office Limited may become insolvent after allegedly fiddling its own taxes relevant to the sub-postmasters scandal.

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Apparently he’s about to publish “serious allegations” about Barrowman and his business:

Mr Neidle has been happy to draw attention to Lady Moan’s rant, so one supposes she can’t say he hasn’t given her the right of reply. Here it is:

Has he advised corporations on tax avoidance? He says no:

Still, let’s keep an open mind and see what she says, yes?


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Has anybody seen propaganda adverts from Israel on YouTube?

Interesting message from a friend:

“I see Israel is so desperate that it’s putting ADVERTS during videos on YouTube saying ‘Hamas burned civilians alive’. I’ve never seen anything like it!”

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Of course the claim that Hamas burned civilians alive is hotly disputed. Such an advert would be nothing but a propaganda tool for a genocidal power that wants to brainwash us into believing something that isn’t true – otherwise there would be no reason for it.

I haven’t seen these adverts. Have you?


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How much did Rishi Sunak’s embarrassing ‘Home Alone’ video cost?

Rishi Sunak: I don’t know where he is at the time of writing, but I can certainly imagine him, somewhere sunny, watching his daft vanity vid on his phone and loving it.

It seems James Cleverly isn’t the only Tory politician to need artificial help in order to get close to an unwilling partner.

Rishi Sunak suffered clear difficulty cuddling Larry the Downing Street cat in a vanity video based on Home Alone:

I think the idea was to pretend that, while we’re all woofing it up in our freezing cold houses, stuffing ourselves on budget chicken, Sunak is still working around the clock for the Greater Good. What a lot of tripe, if that’s the truth of it.

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The cat cuddle attracted a bit of media attention:

So did the product placement involving a wall of Coca-Cola cans. Sunak wouldn’t do that unless he had been paid by the company – right? How much do we think he would have received, if that was true?

But This Writer wonders whether these criticisms are merely distractions from the real question, which is:

How much public money – cash belonging to the UK as a nation – did Sunak waste on this vanity project?


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