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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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Rishi Sunak roasted for ‘pathetic’ boast on banning overseas students’ family members coming to UK

Rishi Sunak: the compressed lips mean he knows he’s put his foot in his mouth again.

This is somebody else’s story so I’ll let them tell it:

The Prime Minister has faced a barrage of criticism after boasting about a policy to ban overseas students from bringing their family members to the UK, which came into effect on New Year’s Day.

Making the new rules announcement on Monday, Rishi Sunak wrote on X that, “From today, the majority of foreign university students cannot bring family members to the UK.”

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He added: “In 2024, we’re already delivering for the British people”.

However his start to the year boast for the Tories was met with disgust online, as one X user responded, “imagine bragging about this. Embarrassing.” With politicians across the spectrum expressing their criticism at the rule change.

Editor Ben Smoke replied: “Making life more difficult or painful for a relatively small number of people whilst living standards for all continue to plummet, welfare and health systems collapse, housing crisis spirals etc isn’t delivering for the British people, it’s just being spiteful.”

As part of the government’s plans to reduce legal migration, the new policy means international students starting courses this year will no longer be able to bring dependants to the UK, except for postgraduate research or government-funded scholarship students.

Source: Rishi Sunak roasted for ‘pathetic’ boast on banning overseas students’ family members coming to UK – Left Foot Forward: Leading the UK’s progressive debate


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Cameron bans Israeli ‘extremist settlers’ from entering UK – but there’s a catch

Facepalm: will this be the look on David Cameron’s face when he realises the apparent hypocrisy of his decision?

This seems welcome…

… until you read this:

It’s true that Cameron was an honorary patron of the JNF until November 20 (apparently). He had been a patron previously, but resigned in May 2011, when he was UK prime minister.

The Guardian article reporting that resignation said of the JNF that

Critics say it expropriated land belonging to Palestinians and has obliterated pre-1948 Arab villages by planting forests and parks.

So there certainly seems to be ambiguity surrounding Cameron’s position.

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Meanwhile, settler violence continues to be recorded on the social media:

The video evidence goes on and on. It seems inexhaustible.


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Just as it’s getting cold, Suella Braverman wants to ban the homeless from having tents

Suella Braverman: she’s warm and cosseted – and couldn’t care less about anybody less fortunate.

Here’s the story:

Here’s what Braverman herself has to say about it:

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Here’s the response she has (rightly) received:

Any questions?


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Rishi Sunak calls for police clampdown on Armistice Day anti-war ‘Million Man March’

So much for free speech in the UK, then.

Rishi Sunak has called for the Home Secretary and police to spit on everything the servicepeople commemorated on Remembrance Day died to defend.

He has been informed that, after 500,000 people marched in support of the innocent people of Gaza who are being murdered on a daily basis by Israeli war crimes last Saturday (October28), another march is being arranged, to take place on November 11, which it is hoped a million people will attend.

Here’s the poster for it:

And here’s Sunak’s response:

For those who can’t read images, he said:

“To plan protests on Armistice Day is provocative and disrespectful, and there is a clear and present risk that the Cenotaph and other war memorials could be desecrated, something that would be an affront to the British public and the values we stand for.

“The right to remember, in peace and dignity, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for those freedoms must be protected.

“I have asked the Home Secretary to support the Met Police in doing everything necessary to protect the sanctity of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.”

What utter – insulting – twaddle.

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Sunak is disrespecting every single man or woman who died in war with those words, and here’s why:

Armistice Day and Remembrance Day commemorate people who died to protect our freedoms – including the freedom to protest against war.

The honoured dead who we remember on those days fought to end war, and prohibiting an event calling for the end of a war is the gravest insult to their memory that anybody could commit – especially a serving UK prime minister.

He suggests that the cenotaph and other war memorials may be desecrated, and that preventing the possibility of this should rank higher than permitting the British people to express their right to free speech. This alone contradicts the very reason those memorials exist; it denies their reason for existing in the first place.

If the safety of a piece of rock is more important to Sunak than the freedom – the right to free speech – of the British people, then he is spitting on the graves of everybody commemorated by that rock, who died to protect that freedom.

If their purpose has been forgotten – as he seems to have done – then perhaps they should be torn down altogether and replaced with something that makes the original purpose more clear – even to the likes of Sunak.

He mentions “those freedoms” for which “those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice” fought – but doesn’t even bother to admit what they are, because if he did, he would not be able to justify the draconian response he is planning.

I fear that he is being deliberately provocative. But if he wants a confrontation, it will only show that the UK’s leaders have lost their way and must be removed.


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Will Tory conference announcements all prove as daft as this?

Social media junkie: history has shown that the worst case of someone being distracted from their work by a mobile phone is this one. Have those Covid-19-era WhatsApp messages turned up yet?

Here’s something that is typical of the Tories – certainly since they got back into office in 2010: a lack of joined-up thinking.

So we get announcements like this:

The problem? Smartphones aren’t a big issue in schools – and the policy doesn’t take account of the fact that smartphones are often used by youngsters to pay the bus fare into school – so they can’t be banned from bringing them in.

And in fact, most schools already prohibit the use of mobiles during the school day.

The policy would also apply only to schools in England because education is a devolved issue.

Put it all together and it is easy to understand why Richard Murphy (above) called it a “dead cat” policy to avoid mention of underfunding.

This Site mentioned that problem in an article yesterday. It is also discussed in the Guardian piece linked above:

Geoff Barton, the general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, accused the government of failing to address the real problems facing schools of funding and staff shortages.

Daniel Kebede, the general secretary of the National Education Union… urged the education secretary to focus instead on the challenge of teacher recruitment, real-terms funding cuts, the lack of mental health support and rising levels of child poverty.

It seems this is just another instance in which the Tories would rather do what is easy than what is right.


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Isn’t banning cigarettes government interfering in our lives?

So much for “we’re making sure government stays out of your life”!

Not two days after Rishi Sunak said those words, we learn he is planning a new law to increase the age at which people can smoke, to ultimately prevent sales to people born after a certain year:

Whitehall sources said the prime minister was looking at measures similar to those brought in by New Zealand last December. They involved steadily increasing the legal smoking age so tobacco would end up never being sold to anyone born on or after 1 January 2009.

I know what you’re most likely thinking: “But, Mike, smoking is a blight on the world that kills millions every year! ‘Cigareets is a blot on the whole human race/A man is a monkey with one in his face’! How can you oppose something that will ease pressure on the NHS?”

All these things are true.

But this is saying something very particular about Rishi Sunak and his government.

It’s saying they think it’s entirely unacceptable for individuals to be allowed to make a personal choice to gamble with their own health, and the government should act as nanny and take that choice away.

At the same time, it’s saying they think it is entirely acceptable for them to gamble with everybody’s health by ditching ‘Net Zero’ plans.

It’s the hypocrisy that I find unbearable. So much for the “party of choice”!

Source: Rishi Sunak considers banning cigarettes for next generation | Smoking | The Guardian


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Robert Jenrick banned from driving for six months after he was caught speeding

Robert Jenrick on one of his many media appearances: if he has to travel for any in the future, he’ll have to turn them down.

Immigration minister Robert Jenrick has been banned from driving for six months and fined more than £1,600 after he was caught breaking the speed limit on the M1, following an appearance on the BBC’s Any Questions.

The Tory MP for Newark was recorded driving his Land Rover at 68mph in a temporary 40mph zone on the M1 southbound in Northamptonshire on August 5 last year, after appearing on the radio show at Wakefield Cathedral in West Yorkshire.

Jenrick admitted the offence in February and said in a letter to the court that he “sincerely apologised”.

He was fined £1,107 and ordered to pay a £442 victim surcharge and £90 in costs, the Courts and Tribunals Service centre said.

Ironically, the case was heard in private under the single justice procedure at Northampton magistrates court yesterday (April 4). The procedure was introduced by the Tory government for minor offences, to clear a backlog in the judicial system.

Members of the press and public were unable to attend, but that didn’t help Jenrick as the details were already known and it was possible to get the result from the CTS.

So he came clean in a statement in which he claimed that he had not realised that a variable speed limit was in operation.

That doesn’t clear him of the fact that he’s habitual: In March last year Jenrick was fined £307 and handed three penalty points for breaking a 40mph speed limit on the A40 in west London in August 2021.

It won’t affect his work; undoubtedly he’ll have the use of a ministerial car if he needs it.

But it might curtail extra-curricular activities like media appearances. That’s a small mercy for which we should all be grateful.

Source: Robert Jenrick banned from driving for six months for speeding | Robert Jenrick | The Guardian


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Labour Party democracy ended by ruling committee in landmark Corbyn vote

Facepalm: Jeremy Corbyn is now free to stand as an Independent candidate in Islington North, if he so chooses. He knows the Labour Party has harmed itself by blocking him.

Watch – if you can bear it – the video version of this article:

It’s done, then.

The Labour Party’s ruling National Executive Committee has voted to override the wishes of party members in Islington North, denying them the opportunity to re-select Jeremy Corbyn as their Parliamentary candidate in the next general election.

This will not be a big deal for Mr Corbyn. He’ll just stand as an independent and win his seat again anyway. He’s won it at the last 10 elections and he’ll probably be helped by many soon-to-be-former members of Islington North Constituency Labour Party.

But for the Labour Party it is massive.

It means that Starmer has reneged on a promise he made when he was trying to trick Labour members into making him party leader.

He stated: “The selections for Labour candidates needs [sic] to be more democratic and we should end NEC impositions of candidates. Local party members should select their candidates for every election.”

His motion to the NEC to ban Mr Corbyn from standing is a clear betrayal of this.

What is Labour Party democracy now? That local party members can select any candidate they want – as long as that person has been pre-selected and approved by Keir Starmer?

That is not democracy. That is dictatorship.

Picture the scene in the House of Commons after the next election: Keir Starmer sitting on the front bench, surrounded by his cabinet of red Tories. And behind them, row upon row of identical Starmtroopers, itching for their turn to stand up and regurgitate whatever words the Starmperor puts into their mouths.

Picture them performing a version of the Nazi salute as the lurch to their jackbooted feet, because they might as well.

And those feet will spend the following five years stamping on your face in true Orwellian tradition.

I’m not keen on that.

I’d rather give it a miss.

The trouble is, in a two-party monopoly where the only other popular choice is the Conservatives, I’ve been left with no choice at all.

It’s either one set of fascists – and I use the term advisedly – or another.

In a country that is predominantly left-wing – the only reason the Tories keep getting in is the First Past The Post system that allows candidates with the largest minority of the vote to take the seat – it means the vast majority of voters are disenfranchised. We have nobody left to vote for.

So we come back to Mr Corbyn’s option – to stand as an Independent candidate.

Is it time for others who have been pushed out of Labour for their popular views to band together with him? He already has an organisation – his Project for Peace and Justice. Perhaps it is time to make it a political party. Perhaps it could link up with other such groups that have sprung up over the last few years.

Perhaps they could offer us an alternative that we could all support.


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