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#Tories justifying #BorisJohnson and his #DowningStreetParties are getting desperate

Christopher Chope: he once blocked a Bill to prevent photographers from “upskirting” – taking photographs of women’s underwear by pointing cameras up their skirts. That’s the kind of support Boris Johnson has.

The lies – all right, let’s call them falsehoods – are getting blatant now.

Take a look at the following clip of Christopher Chope, the filibuster king, discussing Labour leader Keir Starmer’s demands for Boris Johnson to resign, after Johnson admitted attending a party in the garden of 10 Downing Street on May 20, 2020:

Oh, really?

Let’s see what Starmer was saying:

So: “The Prime Minister pretended that he had been assured that there were no parties.” Let’s check that.

That’ll be from Hansard, then – the official record of Parliamentary proceedings. Yes, here it is:

“I repeat that I have been repeatedly assured since these allegations emerged that there was no party and that no covid rules were broken.”

We know now that it was a pretence because he has admitted actually attending one. The claim that he thought it was a “work event” doesn’t hold true because he admitted realising what it was – that is his stated reason for leaving it.

“Then the video landed, blowing the Prime Minister’s first defence out of the water, so then he pretended he was sickened and furious about the parties.”

This will be the video of Allegra Stratton laughing while trying to work out what to say about the Downing Street Christmas party in December 2020.

In response, Johnson said: “I understand and share the anger up and down the country at seeing Number 10 staff seeming to make light of lockdown measures… I was also furious to see that clip.”

Getting back to Starmer, yesterday: “Now it turns out he was at the parties all along.”

And we know this is true of one party, because Johnson has admitted it.

The evidence was all there, for everybody to see, hear or read.

But Christopher Chope chose to deny it for what I’m sure Boris Johnson himself would call “political” reasons (as he referred many times to criticisms of his attendance at the party, during Prime Minister’s Questions on January 12).

I’m surprised the people of Christchurch don’t expect better work from their MP.

I note also that Chope’s fellow Tory backbencher Peter Bone has a Private Members’ Bill coming to the Commons soon, to abolish the BBC licence fee. I look forward to hearing Chope filibuster it out of existence, as he has many other such Bills in the recent past.

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‘Out of touch’ Tory minister describes £170 Champagne as ‘alternative vaccine’ (Vox Political Scrapbook)

A Conservative minister has been branded “out of touch” after suggesting people … drown the sorrows of 2020 with a £170 bottle of champagne.

Amidst an economic recession and global pandemic, minister for housing Christopher Pincher … described Krug Grand Cru Cuvée as an “alternative vaccine” against the “memory of last year”.

In an article for conservative culture magazine The Critic, the minister wrote that a bottle of the wine was “ideal for lifting the spirit and lighting up a darkening winter afternoon,” noting its flavours of “tart satsuma” and “light, tight, nutty effervescence”.

Labour’s Mike Amesbury, shadow minister for housing, described Mr Pincher as “truly out of touch and breathtakingly arrogant.”

Source: ‘Truly out of touch’: Tory minister suggests drowning coronavirus sorrows with £170 Champagne

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#ToryScum: MP whose inquiry into Tory Islamophobia never happened accuses left-wingers of racism

Sajid Javid: not only has he made himself look stupid, he has reminded us all that his political party is full of racists and reignited public fury at #ToryScum.

Conservatives who tried to claim on Twitter that left-wingers are racists have fallen foul of the facts – again.

Sajid Javid is the principle offender in this case – to judge by the number of responses to him, although James Cleverly was also involved, making it his second offence within the same day, along with a few other now-familiar Tory faces.

They were all responding to this clip, from the Twitter account @OneRuleForThem:

According to Javid, Cleverly, Tom Tugendhat, and the instigator of the #ToryScum controversy Christopher Clarkson, that advert is racist. Can you find anything in it that refers to Sunak’s ethnic origin at all, let alone in a negative way?

Neither can I.

But Javid responded thus:

Classic DARVO: “Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender”

Javid is saying there’s nothing dodgy about Sunak (despite the evidence in the clip). He’s attacking “The Left” (not just @OneRuleForThem, I notice) with a claim that they are racist. And he’s painting Sunak as a victim of that racism rather than the shady character his own history suggests he is.

Javid was joined by Cleverly, as this response shows:

Notice “The Left really” appears in both Javid’s and Cleverly’s tweets – because they were taken from the same source material?

At least the tweets from Clarkson and Tugendhat used different words – although that wasn’t enough to save them from public scorn:

Tugendhat’s tweet earned him a response from the clip’s creator – that made him look the fool he is:

The simple fact is that this particular organisation didn’t make a video about Hammond because it didn’t exist when he was Chancellor. It joined Twitter last month.

So let’s get back to the reaction to Javid. Here are a few examples:

That’s right – Javid did extract a promise from all the other then-Conservative leadership candidates that there would be an inquiry into Islamophobia into the Tory Party.

Once Boris Johnson was installed as leader (and new prime minister), the (also) newly-installed Tory chairman backpedalled on that promise. What was his name? Oh yes…

James Cleverly.

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‘Scum’ Tories use indignation over insult to hide their refusal to support people in Covid-related hardship

If the cap fits: Christopher Clarkson breaks off whizzing through a speech vilifying Labour to wonder why Labour MPs are vilifying him.

What a lot of fuss over such a little word!

Admittedly, I wouldn’t like it if someone called me “scum” while I was making a speech.

But let’s consider the context.

The Labour Party was using its Opposition Day to discuss the criteria under which the government provides funding to jobs and businesses facing its new restrictions, and to demand that the Tories honour their claim that they will ensure workers receive at least 80 per cent of their previous incomes while on the Job Support Scheme extension and facing hardship.

Here’s what prize Tory Christopher Clarkson had to say about it:

You can see why Angela Rayner said what she did, I’m sure!

Clarkson’s complaint cut no ice with members of the public, for whom Rayner’s contribution to the debate had made up for six months of near-silence as Keir Starmer’s sidekick. Here’s part of her speech:

Responses so far show the public overwhelmingly on her side:

And they were quick to call out Clarkson’s complaint as a tactic, intended to distract from the thrust of the debate:

Last word goes to this commenter, who raises the issue of class:

“Spumae”, by the way, is the Latin for scum. Expect to hear it in the Commons – a lot – over the next few years.

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Another Tory success as homeless man dies under blanket at packed shelter on Christmas Eve

The man lay down under a blanket and “never got up again” (file picture) [Image: Daily Mirror].

David Gauke said the Conservatives aim to halve homelessness by 2022 – this is how he proposes to do it (although he’ll never admit the fact).

The death of ‘Christopher’ at a shelter in London on Christmas Eve means homelessness has fallen, according to Tory government figures.

Mr Gauke will be delighted.

Tories don’t understand the human tragedy and certainly won’t lift a finger to prevent it.

A homeless man died under a blanket at a packed shelter on Christmas Eve – despite the desperate efforts of other rough sleepers to save his life.

The man, called Christopher and aged in his 60s, had laid down on the floor of the London-based shelter’s sleeping area, surrounded by around 130 others.

But tragically, he “never got up again”.

A devastated Crisis worker broke the news of his death to volunteers and other homeless people, telling them he “gently” passed away of natural causes.

Shift leader Ros Ponder … shared the heartbreaking incident on Facebook on New Year’s Eve.

She said: “We are not living in Victorian times.

“This is 21st century Britain. We’re a nation that spends more than £78billion on Christmas food, gifts and parties… and yet more and more people are living on our streets – curled up in doorways, on buses, park benches, even in dustbins.

“The average age of death for a homeless person in this country is just 47.

“We should all be horrified.

“In 2018 let’s all try a bit harder to put an end to this.”

Source: “No one should take their last breath like this”: Homeless man dies under blanket at packed shelter in Christmas Eve tragedy – Mirror Online


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