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No, health secretary: YOU may ‘cower’ from Covid but the rest of us take reasonable care

Convalescent unHealth Secretary Sajid ‘Covid’ Javid may be regretting his decision to announce his recovery. Clearly his mind has yet to reach full strength.

Why else would he insult those of us who have taken reasonable care – throughout the Covid crisis – to protect ourselves and others?

That’s what he has done with this tweet:

(Yes, Mr Javid. I know you deleted it. Anybody on Twitter can delete their tweets. But anybody can take screenshots too.)

“Please – if you haven’t yet – get your jab, as we learn to live with, rather than cower from, this virus.”

To whom does this refer?

If he means himself, Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak – all of whom ran like rabbits into self-isolation at the mere suggestion that they might have the virus, then he’s probably right.

He reckons he is fully recovered from the virus after just a week, due to “amazing vaccines”.

Catching and recovering from Covid makes for nice headlines – especially for a government that is desperate to shore up its crumbling claim that vaccinations are protecting us from the virus in the face of increasing infections and deaths due to the rise of vaccine-dodging variants.

But it also means unscrupulous (Tory) ministers may use such incidents to ‘nudge’ the population into misplaced optimism – especially when England has just removed all of its state-imposed social distancing and mask-wearing rules.

And now one of them has come back and insulted the people of the UK because the alternative interpretation of his words is that we “cower” from the virus.

Of course he has caused widespread offence.

Does he think the – at least – 160,000 who died, because his thoughtless government did not understand the seriousness of the pandemic and tried to ignore it, did so because they chose to “cower”?

Does he think the millions who are ignoring his government’s ‘Freedom Day’ flapgabble, continuing to mask up in public and keeping social distancing, are also cowering?

If so, let him make a statement to that effect, loud and clear, so we know that he is definitely trying to browbeat us into abandoning the reasonable procedures that have kept us safe.

When the infection and death rates skyrocket, probably from the beginning of August, we’ll be able to pin the blame directly on him.

As it is, it seems likely that plenty of people will blame him in any event – and not just the politicians who attacked him in the BBC article but ordinary people too:

Yes, Sajid Javid should apologise.

But instead it seems he has deleted his tweet and may try to pretend that it never happened.

That is not good enough and neither is he.

ADDITIONAL: No sooner said than done:

Fair play for the apology but I don’t believe a word of the explanation. He was trying to push his government’s political slogan – that we must “learn to live with” Covid-19 – and did it in a clumsy and insensitive way.

We are living with Covid-19. Even the suggestion that we “cower” from it is toxic.

Source: Sajid Javid criticised for ‘cower’ Covid remark – BBC News

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Don’t fund this fake cause – give your money to Mike instead

It seems Rachel Riley just can’t help herself.

She took to Twitter on July 16 to promote a new crowdfunding effort by the fake charity Campaign Against Antisemitism:

 

This page is also supported by Tracy-Ann Oberman and Riley’s solicitor, Mark Lewis.

Clicking on the page link – on July 16 – revealed that the aim was to raise £100,000 with which to sue a person named Sally Eason:

 

Justified? That’s not entirely for me to say. I haven’t gone deeply into Ms Eason’s affairs.

But I can say that she was mentioned by the teenage girl involved in Riley’s libel case against me, as having been hugely supportive of her while Riley and her cronies had been bullying and abusing her on Twitter, between December 2018 and January 2019.

So it seems to me that Riley is trying to attack someone who has upset her, through a third party.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (or CAA for short) is itself a fake charity that seems to pursue individuals in public life with accusations of anti-Jewish hatred. It is odd that it would then wish to attack Ms Eason, who is Jewish.

Its focus appears to be political in nature, attacking people on the left wing of politics far more than anyone else, despite the fact that, according to statistics, anti-Semitism is far more common among right-wingers. This political bias invalidates its charitable status as Charity Commission rules state that charities must not be seen to be acting for political gain.

It mixes fake accusations with genuine cases of anti-Semitism in order to make its political attacks seem more plausible.

I state this from a position of experience – the CAA published false accusations against me, way back in 2016. You can read about it – and see my rebuttals of the false claims, in this article.

My piece, from 2017, shows that the CAA exists to raise funds for private prosecutions against people it brands as anti-Semites – so one has to question why someone called Caroline has had to launch a page on a separate site to make it possible for this to happen. Perhaps people have seen through its cover story?

Viewing the Total Giving page now, it presents a different reason for the crowdfunding, removing the name of the individual under attack and replacing it with a more generic cause:

 

I got in touch with the victim and she told me the change happened after she had contacted the site’s owners and suggested that they rethink their decision to host this funding campaign.

That’s all very well but it seems clear that she will be the first person to be sued using money gained under the pretences put forward on that page – not because of any anti-Semitism on her part, but because she supports a political view that Riley and her cronies despise, and because she provided help to a person that they attacked.

And Ms Eason won’t have access to £100,000 of crowdfunded money when the CAA launches its proceedings against her, so it seems to me that this is another attempt to buy justice – exactly as I’ve always believed Riley’s case against myself has been.

I say: don’t support this fake fundraiser at all! And tell your friends not to support it either.

Instead, tell them to support my defence against the libel case that Riley has already brought – against me.

Funding the defence of a person Riley is already persecuting via the legal system will send a clear message that she and her fellow travellers may not manipulate justice to support their political campaigns.

Here’s how you can do it:

Consider making a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

The fact that Riley is supporting another organisation’s hate campaign, rather than launching legal proceedings herself, suggests that she has less of a taste for litigation than before. Perhaps it is not going as well as she originally expected.

Your contribution could help finish off her court claims – for good.

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Riley libel: she consents to Mike’s amended defence but claims he’s misleading over delays

The High Court in London: by the time Mike’s case gets there, Covid-19 restrictions will have been lifted, it seems. At least that removes one form of pressure!

Even in accepting elements of this case, Rachel Riley manages to be graceless.

Her solicitor has accepted the amendments to my defence against her libel claim – no, it doesn’t mean I’ve won; it simply means she won’t try to stop me putting forward my points at trial.

But the letter from Patron Law suggests that this is being done to prevent me from continuing “misleading his followers and supporters that our client has somehow delayed matters in order to avoid a trial of these issues”.

It is nearly two and a half years since Riley filed her libel claim against me and if I had had my way, the case would have gone to trial long ago. I haven’t caused any delays.

Even now, Riley is quibbling: she reckons I am repeating my Truth and Honest Opinion defences that were dismissed by a High Court judge. In fact, I will rely on factual evidence that was quoted in those defences, and will show how that material brought me to particular conclusions about the events of the case.

She intends to make submissions about it at the trial, which I expect a judge to hear politely before batting them away without a second thought – as has happened previously with other submissions she has made.

My opinion – to which I am entirely entitled, I remind everybody reading – is that this will be an attempt to drag out the hearings, and therefore the costs associated with them.

Even when denying that she’s trying to artificially lengthen the case, that’s exactly what Riley tries to do.

Or so it seems to me.

In practical terms, this means the case can move forward to trial – at long last!

In turn, this means I must make another appeal for funds. As I understand it, everything raised so far has been spent fighting off Riley’s previous applications – whether she accepts that they were time-wasting money-drainers or not – so in real terms, I’m back at square one.

So, please:

Consider making a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

The pressure is likely to ramp up and up from now until the end.

So far, I’ve been extremely fortunate in having your support, for which I am enormously grateful.

Now we’re coming to the last lap, the home stretch, the endgame or whatever other sporting or narrative term you wish to use for it.

I’ll have a lot of things to think about over the next few months.

Please help me make sure money isn’t one of them.

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This is fun.

Bywire News has reviewed a Vox Political article, along with others, in this online show:

I’m not saying I’m aligning with Bywire or any of the opinions expressed there, but I do think that simply drawing attention to the independent media is a good step forward.

Watch it for yourself, and maybe give some attention to the other sites mentioned.

Let’s break out of our ghetto!

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Why is Twitter blocking searches for photos and videos of Matt Hancock? Political bias?

Smug little cheat: and Matt Hancock seems to have reason to be cocky, what with Twitter suppressing embarrassing photo and video searches.

There is no reason for Twitter to do this – other than political bias.

Read:

I’ve checked and it is accurate. Photo and video searches using Hancock’s name have been disabled.

Twitter users may wish to inquiry of @TwitterSupport just why it is supporting an unfaithful husband who breaks his own safety rules, thereby increasing the risk of contracting a potentially fatal disease that has been blighting the world for a year and a half.

What’s the strategy there, Twitter?

Mike recovers from vaccine reaction. What’s been happening in the world?

Well, that was a lot of no fun.

Readers of This Site will recall I stopped posting articles on Monday, right after the piece about Dido Harding being a racist. I posted a tweet explaining that I had received my second dose of the Oxford/AstraZenica Covid-19 vaccine and was having a strong reaction against it, and that I was going back to bed.

Interestingly, the literature on reactions to the vaccine turned out to be entirely accurate; I read it on Sunday afternoon, right after having the shot and it said strong reactions could last up to four days. Yes indeed.

I didn’t stay in bed for all four days but this is the first chance I’ve had to get back to the site.

I’ll try to clear the decks of everything I was planning to write about, back on Monday (or, more accurately, Sunday). I’ll just quote from relevant news articles, possibly with a comment – as they are now “old news”, I’ll be posting more for historical interest rather than to make any hard-hitting points.

Looking to the future, I have been out of the loop for half a week, so I will be keen to find out what has been happening in the world and what you think is important (I think the signal-to-noise ratio in the news at the moment is very poor).

Let’s get back to work…

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Cummings’s WhatsApp revelation shows up the shortcomings… of KEIR STARMER

Q: which one of these is “totally f***ing hopeless”? A: it was a trick question. They BOTH are.

About half an hour before Prime Minister’s Questions on June 16, Dominic Cummings published WhatsApp messages from March last year that appeared to show Boris Johnson stating that Death Health Secretary Matt Hancock was “totally f***ing hopeless”.

If that’s true, then Hancock should never have been allowed to remain as Health Secretary throughout a pandemic crisis. The incompetence he exhibited to the UK’s prime minister, and the PM’s lack of confidence in him, means he was always likely to preside over more than 100,000 (maybe more than 200,000, if some calculations prove correct) unnecessary deaths.

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner correctly identified this:

But the Opposition leader, Keir Starmer, clearly didn’t – because he never mentioned it in Prime Minister’s Questions:

It’s a basic failure that shows Johnson and Hancock aren’t the only ones in Parliament who can’t do their job properly.

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WHY YOU NEED ME: Johnson’s government is out of control and the mass media are his cheerleaders

It’s not just Vox Political that you need – any social media commentary site that actually criticises the government rather than acting as its stenographer will do.

Professor Simon Wren-Lewis has put the situation in a nutshell with his own latest blogpost on Mainly Macro.

He states that Boris Johnson’s dictatorship is beyond Parliamentary control, and he has the mainstream media in his pocket.

He uses the decision to cut aid funding to foreign countries from 0.7 per cent of GDP to 0.5 per cent as an example:

A large number of Conservative MPs were unhappy with this, and wanted to use parliament to reverse this cut. The parliament’s speaker ruled their attempt invalid, but requested the government to allow a vote on the issue. The government refused.

The executive increasingly views parliament with contempt.

We knew this government thought little of parliamentary sovereignty when it closed it down, illegally, before the last election. The courts forced it to retract that measure, so now the government is intending to pass laws that would prevent the courts doing so again.

Of course, Parliament could pass a motion of “no confidence” in this dictatorship – but Prof Wren-Lewis rightly points out that “that is never going to happen while Johnson looks like winning the next election. As a result, parliament has no effective control over what this government does.”

Yes, it’s corrupt. But it’s the system we have.

Prof Wren-Lewis goes on to mention a series of scandals involving Johnson’s ministers: Michael Gove, Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson, Priti Patel, and Robert Jenrick.

Did he sack any of those ministers for corruption and dishonesty? Of course not – and Prof Wren-Lewis puts his finger on the reason: “They are his people, and nothing bad is going to come from keeping the ministers he chose in the job… The key is that this government is totally unaccountable, and does just what it likes.”

And the reason it can do what it likes – more than any other – is the fact that Johnson controls the UK’s mass media. And that means he can control what you think about him:

For a large part of the press, Johnson is their Prime Minister. They became propaganda outlets to persuade people to vote for Brexit, and they have remained propaganda outlets supporting the government ever since.

The extent to which the right wing press has become the propaganda arm of the right in the Tory party has steadily increased over the last few decades.

Prof Wren-Lewis rightly narrows his focus down to the BBC. The corporation has a huge, 70 per cent, share of the current affairs information that gets into your home and into your head:

The big change, begun by Thatcher and Cameron and completed by Johnson, is to tame the BBC. This is hardly surprising, when party donors are appointed to key positions and the government keeps attacking the BBC’s outputs, income and even its existence.

The BBC does not push propaganda, but they do not take it on either, giving the press a largely open field for their propaganda to work.

They avoid the truth if it embarrasses the government, and when its reporters do tell things straight, they are put down by the BBC’s leadership.

Because of the way the BBC fails in its reporting, even things that do have a large impact on voters, like tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, will never be described in those terms.

That lack of media accountability allows Johnson to ignore his scientists, and put personal ‘freedom’ above saving lives and the economy. This is what happens when the government becomes unaccountable. It is allowed to make mistakes costing lives, and pays no price for these mistakes.

What does this mean for you – the news viewer/reader and voter?

See for yourself:

The only accountability that has any influence on this government is the electorate. But because of its natural advantage in the media, and unfortunately an opposition that seems pretty ineffective beyond PMQs, that influence on the government is partial and weak.

Issues most voters will not notice, because their only sight of them is a news item towards the end of a bulletin (like the government breaking the law on contracts), can be safely ignored by the government.

That means your attention is diverted away from criticism of the Johnson government’s many failings.

You are told that everything is running swimmingly by the government’s front man, whose upbeat turn of phrase and mop of deliberately-messy blond hair hides his “duper’s delight” smile that says he is lying to you.

You believe him when he tells you the vaccination programme is keeping you safe, even though cases of Delta Variant Covid-19 infections are skyrocketing.

You don’t believe he has screwed up the economy with his duff Brexit trade deals, or that he has jeopardised the peace in Northern Ireland, or any number of other idiocies for which he is responsible – because you simply don’t know about them.

That’s where I come in.

Vox Political has provided consistent criticism of the UK’s politicians for very nearly 10 years.

That means when Daniel Kawczynski apologised for bullying, I was able to put it in context and point out it is not a minor incident.

It means when Priti Patel supports football fans who boo protests against racism, I can point out all the incidents in her career that show she is a racist too.

It means I can highlight Tory corruption whenever it surfaces.

And that means the UK’s electorate should be reading Vox Political – right?

But only a tiny fraction of the politically-oriented public does – because the mass media ignore the work done here (for obvious reasons – they support the Tories and don’t want to publicise anybody who doesn’t) and the social media platforms push sites like this one down your newsfeeds so you don’t realise we’re here.

The ultimate aim is to starve us out of business so there’s nobody left to object when they spoonfeed you their Tory-approved falsehoods, anaesthetising you into supporting Johnson’s crowd while they strip you of all the hard-won freedoms your ancestors gained over the last hundred years and more.

As I say, Vox Political isn’t the only critical social media site available. But times have been hard over the year (and more) of Covid-19. Readerships have fallen and some of us are in danger.

So, please do yourself – and everybody you know – a favour.

Give us a boost, every chance you get.

Promote us to your friends and family members when we highlight the facts that contrast so strongly with the fairy stories you see on the BBC News.

The only way to change people’s minds is one at a time – but that can’t happen if everybody is ignoring the facts and turning down the chance to explain them.

Source: mainly macro: A government out of control

Self-styled campaigner against anti-Semitism reveals his own Islamophobia after pro-Palestine demonstration

Islamophobe: David Collier.

How revealing.

David Collier is an infamous name among those of us who have had to fight false accusations of anti-Semitism.

If you’re not familiar with him, here‘s one critique. There are many others available on the interweb.

A fellow-traveller with such commentators – it’s as bland an expression for them as any – as the @GnasherJew Twitter troll network and Rachel Riley, he is often to be seen flinging bile at people he labels anti-Semites.

And now he is hoist by his own petard.

The IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism, used by Collier’s ilk to attack others, uses, as an example, “Accusing Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non-Jews.”

Another example is “Applying double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.”

Now consider Collier’s attack on the pro-Palestinian demonstration in London on June 12, together with Ali Milani’s response:

Isn’t Collier applying double standards of exactly the type that is considered racist against Jews in the IHRA definition he touts?

To paraphrase, isn’t he “requiring of Muslims a behavior not expected or demanded of any other ethnic group”?

And isn’t he also demanding that these Muslims somehow have a responsibility for “the slaughter of innocents in Yemen, the tragedy of the Uigurs, or genocide against Christians in Nigeria” by failing to protest against them?

Isn’t he trying to make them “responsible” for these “wrongdoings”? Guilt by association is a standard tactic of Collier and his crowd.

By his own standards, he has highlighted himself as a racist Islamophobe. No legitimate journalist or commentator has any business with him from now on.

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The Queen hasn’t been ‘cancelled’ just because students have taken a photo of her off their wall

Is she bothered? Some students have taken a photo print of her down from their common room wall. So what?

The ‘silly season’ has arrived early this year.

Those purveyors of hysterical (in both senses) tabloid stories at Guido Fawkes blog have got their knickers in a tizzy after graduate students at the Middle Common Room of Magdalen College, Oxford, agreed to take down a photo print of the Queen that has been up since 2013.

Presumably they wanted to use the space for something else – for a while, at least.

Guido seems to resent this display of democracy. “Stalin would be proud,” the article claimed – indicating that the author doesn’t have much understanding of the way the late Russian dictator worked. It would be more Stalinist to demand that the portrait remain up after the students voted to remove it.

So, it seems, does Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, who appears to have provided his opinion: “Oxford University students removing a picture of the Queen is simply absurd. She is the Head of State and a symbol of what is best about the United Kingdom. During her long reign she has worked tirelessly to promote British values of tolerance, inclusivity and respect around the world.”

That may be his opinion but it has nothing to do with the students’ decision.

Other examples of misdirection in the article (spotted by the much higher-quality Zelo Street) are:

  • The image that has been removed isn’t a portrait – it’s a print of a photograph. For all we know, it might have had to come down because, after eight years on the wall, it’s probably a bit tatty by now. Guido‘s claim that it may be auctioned therefore lacks credibility.
  • Guido states that the college had voted to “scrap” the Queen, and this is simply untrue. College authorities had nothing to do with the decision by graduate students. It follows that the college didn’t agree to anything.

Still, why should the newspapers let the facts get in the way of a good scandal? Both the Heil (Mail) and the Brexit (Express) took joy in regurgitating the claims.

Outrage as Oxford students vote to axe Queen, screamed the HeilHow dare they! Oxford students cancel our Queen, screeched the Brexit.

And very foolish they look too – now. Here are some more rational reactions:

Yes indeed – mention of the former Ms Markle raised a pertinent point:

Last word must be this little reminder:

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.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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