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Double-talking Desmond: is Swayne an anti-vaxxer or isn’t he?

Desmond Swayne.

This is confusing.

Sir Desmond Swayne, a former International Development Secretary, has suddenly become controversial over comments he has made about Covid-19 vaccination.

Angela Rayner took to our TV sets today to complain about him as follows:

Swayne says it isn’t true (apologies for the presence of Julia Hartley-Brewer in this clip; I know many people find her offensive in any capacity):

Well, what did he say?

According to Sky News, he

urged anti-vaccination campaigners to keep going with their fight against coronavirus restrictions and told them NHS capacity figures were being “manipulated”.

But the story goes on to quote Swayne:

“My remarks … on those subjects mirror what I’ve said in the House of Commons. I was completely unaware that any of them had any traction on anti-vaxx and no anti-vaxx entered into the conversation I had.”

Is he just talking us down the garden path?

Something clearly seems to be wrong. I’m glad he is to attend a meeting with scientific advisers. Hopefully they can straighten out just what this Tory is trying to say.

Or perhaps they’ll just send him for psychiatric help.

Source: COVID-19: Michael Gove says Tory MP ‘out of order’ to tell anti-vaxxers to ‘persist’ against restrictions | Politics News | Sky News

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Jenrick’s definition of fair funding: £237/person in his rich constituency – £7.95/person in Manchester

Robert Jenrick: what dictionary did he use when he looked up his definition of fair?

Why was housing secretary Robert Jenrick part of the negotiating team handling support for Greater Manchester while it is in Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions?

Clearly, it can’t be because he can be trusted with money; he corruptly induced a fellow MP to approve a grant for his constituency totalling £237 per person recently – contrast that with the £7.95 per person for Manchester. And Jenrick’s constituency isn’t in Tier 3!

Doesn’t it seem more likely that the opposite is true – that he was certain to deprive Manchester of the cash it needed? The precedent is there in his handling of Richard Desmond’s Tower Hamlet’s planning application, which Jenrick manipulated in order to deny London’s poorest borough £45 million.

He seems to have thought he could get away with this sleight of hand.

He thought wrong.

So after he appeared on TV saying this…

… the public responded with the facts:

And today the Commons will be debating whether children should have free school meals because, after years of Tory deprivation, their parents can no longer afford to feed them. What will Jenrick’s contribution be?

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Robert Jenrick must think we are as stupid as he is

Robert Jenrick: his attempt at misdirection has been hopelessly inept. What a shame he doesn’t even have the wit to realise he has been caught out.

The latest chapter in the Westferry development corruption saga demonstrates clearly the lack of talent on the Tory benches.

Z-list human being (let alone politician) Robert Jenrick is now saying his decision to grant permission for Richard Desmond’s development adhered to “natural justice”, as it allowed the developer to avoid paying a levy that he thought should not apply.

There’s just one problem with that:

Both the local authority and the Independent Planning Inspectorate had already said the development should be refused – because it did not meet acceptable planning standards.

It didn’t matter at the time that Desmond wanted to avoid the £45 million levy – although he should certainly have been made to pay it if the application had not been rush-approved by Jenrick to beat its imposition.

The point is that Jenrick’s decision to approve it was corrupt because it did not meet the appropriate criteria.

That’s why he should be removed from office.

After last December’s election it should be possible to replace him with any number of similarly talentless backbench drones.

Source: Robert Jenrick admits deliberately helping Tory donor avoid £45m tax bill by rushing through housing development | The Independent

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Brexit Party tour bus towed after it was found wedged in a lay-by

Wedged: The Brexit bus in the lay-by. According to the arrow on the side, the direction of Brexit is straight into a hedge.

How ironic for the party that says it has the muscle to leave the European Union; it can’t even manage its way out of a lay-by outside Brecon and Radnorshire.

The Brexit Party has been using the distinctive blue-and-white open-topped bus to ferry its candidate in the Brecon and Radnorshire by-election, Des Parkinson, around the constituency.

But the tour came to a thudding halt yesterday when the bus was found, abandoned and wedged sideways in a lay-by at Nantddu, outside the constituency on the road between Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil.

BBC Wales weather presenter Sue Charles discovered the abandoned bus on her way through the Brecon Beacons last night (July 27):

She contacted the police, who had been informed already. This morning, she followed up on it – and Twitter started having fun:

https://twitter.com/Arboritae/status/1155439383748718593

I’ve contacted Des Parkinson to ask what happened. If he responds, I’ll report it here.

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What’s this about the Brexit Party being anti-Semitic, Brecon and Radnorshire voters?

If it wasn’t bad enough that the Brexit Party’s candidate in Brecon and Radnorshire has been making promises he can’t keep (he’s not the only one doing that!) – it seems his party is now facing an anti-Semitism crisis.

The allegation arises from legal action initiated by Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice against campaigner Femi Oluwole for tweeting “How have we allowed the Brexit Party to be seen as a tolerant party when its Chairman, Richard Tice, founded an overtly anti-Jewish organisation?” with a screenshot of a Leave.EU tweet showing Tony Blair as a marionette, his strings being worked by George Soros. See for yourself:

Can’t see the problem? It’s because the original image was cut off. Here:

Claims that George Soros, a Hungarian-American Jewish businessman, is influencing political figures in another country (like the UK) tie in with the anti-Semitic trope of the “international Jewish conspiracy”.

Mr Tice’s claim – as I understand it – is that he left Leave.EU in 2016, just after the referendum – and there has been plenty of time for that organisation to have changed direction in a way that does not represent his own views since then.

So how does he explain this?

And this?

It occurs to me that this is another SLAPP lawsuit – Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation. These are abuses of UK defamation law by very rich people against much less-rich journalists in order to stop discussion of matters of public interest. Another example is Rachel Riley’s lawsuit against me.

And, you know, when you have someone extremely rich taking someone poor to court in order to stop discussion of an issue, you have to wonder why. Don’t you?

None of this necessarily means that the Brexit Party itself is anti-Semitic – but it is enough to raise concerns. After all, Mr Tice is the chairman. And look at Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party – despite the fact that none of the allegations of anti-Semitism against him were accurate, people are still demanding that we believe Labour is institutionally anti-Semitic.

Meanwhile, here in Brecon and Radnorshire, Brexit Party candidate Des Parkinson is doing the exact opposite of his party chairman. Instead of trying to convince us he hasn’t done something he may have done, he’s trying to convince is he will do something that he can’t.

So he’s telling us that if elected he’ll campaign to:

  • Deliver Brexit – which he’ll never manage as his party’s sole MP.
  • Reverse the 9.5 per cent council tax rise in the constituency – which is a county council matter and nothing to do with MPs.
  • Maintain long-term subsidies for farmers and cut paperwork – again, something he can’t achieve as the single representative of his party in Parliament.
  • Expand local NHS services with Minor Injury Units at local hospitals – but Powys Teaching Health Board is about to get a £1.5 million cash injection so perhaps those hospitals that don’t have such facilities are about to get them (my local hospital has one now).
  • Invest more in local schools – again, a county council matter.
  • Increase funding for Dyfed-Powys Police – impossible because he will be unable to affect police budgets or the police precept.
  • Stop the expansion of windfarms – this is a devolved matter, handled by the Welsh Assembly and council planners.
  • Stop the BBC’s plan to make people over 75 years pay the TV licence fee – but this is a Conservative government plan that the BBC is being ordered to implement – and he won’t be able to stop it on his own.

In other words, Mr Parkinson can’t do any of the things he is promising.

And now there’s a hint of possible anti-Semitism about his party.

People will vote for him because they’ll see the word “Brexit” and think it will happen if they put him in Parliament (it won’t – at least, not the way he’d do it).

I’m just hoping he’ll take enough votes away from Chris “expenses fiddler” Davies, the Tory candidate who’s also campaigning on a pro-Brexit ticket, to scupper them both.

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