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Emotional phone-in caller clarifies why nobody in Covid inquiry deserves privacy

“They smirked”: Boris Johnson grinned inanely and bobbed about on his bench while MPs attacked his contempt for the rules and denials of guilt, back in January 2022.

You probably know the argument already: the Cabinet Office reckons that, even after Boris Johnson waived his own right to privacy over the contents of his WhatsApp messages, diaries and notebooks, they should be redacted to protect other members of the government before being handed over to the Covid inquiry.

A caller to the BBC’s Any Answers has a very strong opposing argument, which I provide here. Be warned: it is not easy to listen to this and may trigger a strong emotional reaction.

I think her point is very good, augmented as it by the emotion with which she made it.

Considering those circumstances – and this lady’s family were not the only people to suffer such experiences while Johnson and other members of his government partied, including civil servants and ministers – what right should any of them have to privacy?

Let them all go under the public spotlight. If any of them are exonerated by it, then the exposure will be to their credit.

As for the others… people died and their relatives suffered terribly while they raved it up. Even the late Queen had to grieve alone after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, in April 2021.

You don’t forget something like that. You don’t forget the insult and injury your government does to you by stopping you from attending relatives, or friends, who are at the brink of death while they party so hard they end up vomiting over the walls of Downing Street, as has been recounted previously.

If it happens to you, you want justice. And you know you won’t get it with a veil of “privacy” drawn around the proceedings of the Covid inquiry.

I look forward to hearing how the Cabinet Office responds to the outrage of the public.


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Gaslighted minion argues with ‘Marina’. Guess who came out on top?

This was an oddity. I was intrigued when the word “Marina” turned up on my Twitter trends.

Sadly, Twitter being what it is, clicking on that word produced a plethora of tweets about or by people called Marina, and I couldn’t see the relevance to politics.

Fortunately Maximilien Robespierre was around to put me out of my misery.

It referred to a commentator called Marina Purkiss, who had clashed with a caller to Jeremy Vine’s TV programme.

This person had claimed that the Labour Party is “institutionally corrupt” and should never be allowed to have power.

Here’s Robespierres‘s commentary on what happened:

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Monarchist talk show host insults caller who calls him ‘subservient’

This being a bank holiday weekend, This Writer is either otherwise occupied or almost totally incapacitated, so I’m putting up material that has interested me – and I hope it interests you. Make of it what you will:

Actually I do have something to say about this. Yesterday (Sunday), I met a friend who showed me the injuries he had suffered at the hands of a member of the armed forces who had taken offence when he had voiced anti-Monarchist sentiments in a pub.

My friend had not been threatening in his behaviour but this serviceman had taken it upon himself to attack and injure him – for a reason that would not stand up in court.

This is not acceptable behaviour in a country whose leaders still claim to uphold the principle of free speech.

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The UK’s shame: How did we end up calling for CHILDREN to be DROWNED?

Tom Watson: No wonder he looks depressed – he’s talking to one of LBC’s famous bigoted right-wing listeners.

What is the matter with us?

Back in the day, everyone I knew used to be tolerant, if not downright friendly, to people from other cultures. It’s what made us great – the ability to see the best in others and adopt it for ourselves.

Then something changed. A gang of liars slithered into Downing Street, Whitehall and Westminster and started spreading lies and divisive talk – about people who were unemployed, or sick, or disabled… or foreign.

Suddenly we’re all at each other’s throats; queuing up to run everybody else down.

And we end up lowering ourselves to this, as heard on LBC:

“Tom Watson told a caller that his views leaves him “worried for the future of humanity” after he said children migrants attempting to reach the UK should drown.

“Andy told the Labour MP that a “large portion of the country is in poverty” and that there should be “no more”.

“But when Tom asked about the English Channel, his response was shocking.

“”You’ve got a boat load of kids sinking in the English Channel, what would you do with them?” Tom asked.

“Andy responded: “I’d let them sink.”

“”So you would let children drown in the English Channel?”

“”Yep.”

“”How many?”

“”As many as it takes to stop them,” Andy replied.”

Here’s the exchange:

Some might say this is only what we should expect from people who call in to LBC, and there is truth in that.

But I think there is a more deeply-ingrained malaise.

There is no reason for anybody to wish death on people who are simply trying to escape hatred and persecution. The fault lies with the governments of their own countries.

But we can’t just pin the fault for callers like Andy on the Tory government. I reckon he has held his racist – because that’s what they are – views for a long time; the Tories just made him think it’s all right to voice them.

He was right that there’s a lot of poverty in the UK – but that is because a very small number of very rich people are keeping all the money for themselves.

They control the means of production, the supply of goods, the cost of goods, and the amount of pay given to employees. And by hiding their vast profits in offshore tax haven bank accounts, they avoid paying taxes that could support state systems such as the NHS and benefits.

And that gives the Tory government an excuse to say there isn’t enough cash to make these systems viable.

There’s plenty of cash. It’s just being kept from us, that’s all.

So the immediate cause of the problems raised by Andy is the Tory government.

But the cause of his bigotry needs to be rooted out. Somebody filled this man’s head with poison, and the only way to drain it out of him is education and persuasion. He needs to learn, not only that his belief is wrong, but why it’s wrong.

Shamefully for the nation, he’s not the only one.

I’m not often in agreement with Tom Watson; in the Labour Party, it seems to me that he has caused more problems than he has solved.

But I am in complete agreement with his fear for the future of humanity – if bigotry like Andy’s isn’t countered.

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