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Liz Truss: energy price cap is the new ‘vaccine roll-out’ excuse!

The UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, has settled on an explanation for her disastrous mini-budget and the way it crashed the UK economy.

What is it? “We had to help people with their energy bills.”

But that has nothing to do with the tax cuts she rolled out and the resulting collapse of the Pound!

It has nothing to do with the Bank of England having to save pension funds at a cost of £65 billion.

Watch:

Robespierre is right, by the way – it is disgusting that we were told spending £3 billion to keep the Universal Credit uplift in place would be too expensive, when £65 billion – nearly 22 times as much – can be magicked up easily to save pension funds. There is no consistency.

Don’t let Truss get away with it, folks. If you’re an interviewer and she trots out that line, tell her it’s nothing to do with what’s happening to real people. If you are a real person and you get to talk to her on a radio phone-in or some such, do the same.

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Keir Starmer’s claims about Labour’s falling membership are balderdash

The excuses man: it seems Keir Starmer has gone back to his Big Book of Excuses to explain why so many former members have turned away from the Labour Party under his leadership. But his words don’t ring true.

Membership of the Labour party plummeted by nearly one-fifth in the year after Keir Starmer became leader, it has been revealed.

The party had 432,213 members at the end of 2021, down from 523,332 in 2020.

Starmer has claimed that this vertiginous drop in membership is an expected part of the political/electoral cycle – but this is not true. Either he has been fed false information or he is deliberately lying.

According to the BBC, he said

that the fall reflected a “very familiar pattern”.

He said the party’s membership figure “goes up dramatically” ahead of elections or leadership contests, then “flattens back down again”.

“I’ve looked at the patterns – they are exactly as we would have expected,” he added.

But this is belied by the figures for his immediate forerunner, Jeremy Corbyn’s, leadership.

On the day before the 2015 general election, when Ed Miliband was still leader, Labour’s membership stood at just 201,293.

Then Mr Corbyn was elected leader – and by January 10 the following year, membership had nearly doubled to 388,407.

By December 2017, the membership had surged to a high of 564,443 – possibly in response to Labour’s much-better-than-expected result in that year’s general election. That’s nearly three times as many members as when Ed Miliband had lost the election two and a half years previously.

It is now slightly more than two and a half years since Mr Corbyn lost the 2019 election to Boris Johnson. It would be wrong to compare his 363,250 surge in membership between 2015-17 with Starmer’s loss of 91,119 because there hasn’t been an election this year, but the numbers are still damning.

By December 2018, Mr Corbyn’s Labour had indeed lost members – but not as many as Starmer’s party. Membership stood at 518,659 – a fall of 45,784.

Membership started climbing again in advance of the 2019 general election. By the time of the leadership election in which Starmer was elected to run the party, membership was back up to 552,835.

Then it started haemorrhaging.

By November 2020 it stood at 495,961 – the first time it had dipped below half a million since Mr Corbyn had taken it to that height.

So whereas Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership saw party membership rise by more than 300,000 members – and stay there, Keir Starmer has overseen a continuous exodus of 120,622 people during his time as leader.

That’s not a familiar pattern – certainly not when compared with the meteoric rises seen under Mr Corbyn.

If Labour can’t even be honest about its own membership, how can we ever trust Starmer when (if?) he ever announces any policies?

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If this is Boris Johnson’s excuse for refusing to quit, how can he be allowed to stay?

Boris Johnson tries to understand how this internet thing works: okay, this wasn’t how the Mumsnet interview was conducted but it conveys our pathetic prime minister’s failure to understand what was going on and that his silly lines wouldn’t work there.

Boris Johnson’s big excuse for refusing to resign in the wake of revelations of a corrupt party culture at 10 Downing Street while the rest of the UK was in Covid-19 lockdown is that it would be “irresponsible” to go in the middle of a cost-of-living crisis that he created and a foreign war that has little to do with him at all.

What?

He said the Partygate revelations had been “a totally miserable experience” for people in government.

What? What’s miserable about partying regularly while everybody else in the country was forcibly separated – according to rules that Johnson himself made but unilaterally decided did not apply to him?

Questioned on Mumsnet, Johnson gave a very poor account of himself. He said,

“I think that on why am I still here, I’m still here because we’ve got huge pressures economically, we’ve got to get on, you know, we’ve got the biggest war in Europe for 80 years, and we’ve got a massive agenda to deliver which I was elected to deliver.

“I’ve thought about all these questions a lot, as you can imagine, and I just cannot see how actually it’d be responsible right now – given everything that is going on simply to abandon a) the project which I embarked on but b)…”

and that’s as far as he got before somebody cut him off.

He said he was “very, very surprised” and “taken aback” that he was fined for attending his surprise birthday party in the Cabinet room because it “felt like a work event” despite Sue Gray publishing photos of him swigging beer from a can at the time.

Let’s remember that the only kind of “work event” allowed at the time was a meeting to discuss business. None of the rules Johnson himself announced to the nation ever said parties involving the consumption of alcohol could take place at people’s place of work.

But then, perhaps we should not be surprised that Johnson tried to wheedle his way out of guilt for attending that party (and all the others for which he unaccountably was not fined) with a false interpretation of his rules.

After all, the very first question in the interview was: “Why should we believe anything you say when it’s been proven you’re a habitual liar?”

For goodness’ sake – this is a man who can’t even string a reasonable argument together to save his own skin.

For the good of us all, he has to be removed from the UK’s politics.

Does anyone have the guts to get that job done?

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Do you believe #BorisJohnson’s nonsense explanation for attending #DowningStreetParties?

Unlikely claim of innocence: Boris Johnson wants us to accept that he didn’t attend any Downing Street Parties – but does this image, taken at one of them, suggest that to you?

As the deadline (10pm today – Friday, February 18) approaches for Boris Johnson to submit his completed questionnaire on Downing Street parties to the Metropolitan Police, the BBC – and others, I’m sure – is trying to get us to accept his excuses.

But will you? Are you that daft? Are the police?

According to Nick Eardley (who?) over at Auntie, Johnson hasn’t made any secret of his claims, which are:

Firstly, there have not been many retrospective prosecutions for breaking lockdown laws.

Secondly, the prime minister has argued both publicly and privately that the events he was at can be reasonably seen as work.

The first claim may easily be dismissed as irrelevant; there may have been few retrospective prosecutions, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any – and if government officials who made the rules have been found to have broken their own rules, they should certainly be held to the standard they expected of the rest of us.

As for the second – well, he is known to have attended three of the events being investigated by police, and it is unlikely they will take him at his word. Some of them took place after working hours were over. They all involved alcoholic drinks and they all involved socialising with groups of people in numbers that were unacceptable according to Johnson’s own rules at the time.

His answers will have to be compared with the other documentary evidence that investigators already have, and with whatever the 50 or so other people who have received questionnaires will say.

This, we’re told, will take some time.

Possibly the most damning evidence against Johnson at the moment is the fact that he has taken legal advice (although we don’t know who’s paying for it). Appearances alone suggest that this is not the behaviour of a man with nothing to hide.

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#JimmyCarr postscript: don’t try to tell us his #HolocaustJoke was awareness-raising!

I had to take a break from writing about Jimmy Carr and his Holocaust “joke” because his supporters were infuriating me with their attempts at justification.

Their point was that, after uttering his shocking attempt at humour on the His Dark Material video, Carr told his audience (who had laughed heartily) that his joke was “****ing funny” and went on to say it was educational because some people don’t know Nazis killed gypsies too, along with homosexuals, disabled people and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mention of Jehovah’s Witnesses led him to a secondary punchline about “Yeah, we don’t like JWs either.”

But how many people really don’t know that, while being the largest individual group, Jews constituted only slightly more than one-third of those killed in the Nazi Holocaust?

When right-wingers in the Labour Party were trying to expel me, one of their arguments was that I had accused other people of saying Jews were the only group of people to be murdered in the Holocaust, so I provided ample evidence of people who have made it quite clear that such is their belief – or at least, what they want you to believe.

So there is that aspect of it – misinformation by people (mostly Zionists, although certainly not always Jews – never mix up the two groups) who have political reasons for wanting you to believe a lie.

But a friend on Facebook makes an excellent point about this:

How many times have there been rows about the Holocaust where the focus on 6 million Jews, and the Nazis attempt to eradicate Jewish people as a ‘race,’ has been corrected by someone pointing out that the true number of victims of the Holocaust is between 12 and 20 million, and includes Roma, Poles, Serbs, Slovenes, Soviet P.O.W.s, Soviet civilians, communists, trade unionists, disabled people and homosexuals? This is not some new discovery made by Jimmy Carr, and making a joke of it is not the way to bring it to wider attention.

The other aspect of it is as a reflection of the way the travelling community are viewed in general. A commenter on This Site’s Facebook page stated:

I found this particular joke a pointed comment on how Gypsy’s and the Traveling Community are perceived in general by the wider population… That’s what the joke is tapping into, its a reflection of the bias and prejudice we all feel towards those not our own when coming into contact with them.

But another commenter pointed out:

I’ve listened to his ‘excuses’ after getting the racist laugh from a racist audience… I think you’d have to be racist to find it funny… The educational element is a little flawed if you first harvest a laugh based on racism, then merely tag on a line after that just says ‘based on a true story’… The problem here was that he crafted a racist joke that depended on a racist audience.

Personally, I like the response of a third commenter:

Just call him “the Nazi comedian” and if anybody complains just say you are being edgy and your comment is hilarious.

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Labour is lining up its excuses – and hasn’t even lost Batley & Spen yet

Return of the excuses man: Keir Starmer.

He’s gone through the book of excuses – several times – but Keir Starmer still won’t take the hint and clear off if Labour loses the Batley & Spen by-election on Thursday.

That’s the message coming from Starmer’s supporters – nowhere more clearly than in a Huffington Post article that not only tries to excuse a loss that hasn’t happened yet, but tells us that Starmer will only go after the Labour Right have rigged leadership elections to ensure that party members can never elect a leader who is capable of winning a national poll.

I’d go through the article for you – but I don’t have to. Alex Nunns has done it for me:

The messages are clear:

  • If the wider electorate has abandoned Labour, it’s because the party’s own members don’t understand that the party doesn’t represent them any more – and should be disenfranchised before they can take power away from those it now represents: suits and haircuts devoid of any policy or direction who are simply holding place to ensure the UK remains in the hands of fascists.
  • Centrists and right-wingers in the Labour Party are backstabbers who will ditch Starmer as soon as they think they can without turning over the leadership to a popular left-winger like Jeremy Corbyn who could win an election if current party officers were replaced by members who support what Labour originally represented.
  • Starmer’s supporters think that attacking left-wingers – including with mental health slurs about “loonies” and false accusations of anti-Semitism, for crying out loud – appeals to the wider electorate, even though the evidence of the last 15 months demonstrates the exact opposite. Left-wing voters aren’t stupid. They recognise a gang of shifty, treacherous liars when they see one.
  • The Labour Right are determined that Starmer is a prime minister-in-waiting and if the electorate disagree, then the electorate are wrong. The problem is, at a general election, it is the electorate who have the final say – not swivel-eyed right-wingers squatting in a party where they don’t belong.
  • Starmer’s people reckon he’ll be able to demonstrate that he’s a man of the people once lockdown ends – even though he has already proved, categorically, that he isn’t.

The reason?

  • Starmer’s people also reckon that his best quality is the fact that nobody knows who he is or what he stands for.

Taken as a whole, these people are so contradictory that they are committing political suicide in front of us all. And they call the Left “loonies”!

And what do we think of their excuses? Well, here’s one take:

Following on from that, though, here’s another:

I reckon that’s accurate – for reasons identified by Alex Nunns:

The aim of the Labour Party under right-wingers like Starmer is not to win elections; it is to keep control away from socialists who would derail their gravy train in favour of running the UK in a competent way that is fair for everyone.

So, after Starmer loses Batley & Spen, he will concentrate on rigging internal party elections to ensure that no socialist can possibly win – and on stuffing the party machine with right-wingers who will cripple the efforts of any left-winger who, by some miracle, actually succeeds anyway.

But here’s a big question:

How does he expect to convince party members to support any changes when his constant demand that he is right and they are wrong has been shown to be false all the way down the line?

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Johnson sets up secret Whitehall task force to excuse him from Covid-19 mistakes

Johnson’s Covid-19 strategy: this Times cartoon seems to have it right; don’t expect his private inquiry to come to the same conclusions.

Isn’t it strange that Boris Johnson can tell us it isn’t time to have a public inquiry into his Covid-19 strategies – but then orders one to be carried out in private?

The claim is that the Department of Health team will examine lessons to be learned and recommend action.

But I think somebody on Twitter summed up the reality of the situation much better:

“Johnson isn’t looking for the facts. He’s looking for something he can tell Parliament.” That’ll be something to excuse him from any wrongdoing.

Source: Boris Johnson sets up secret Whitehall task force to examine Government’s virus mistakes – Mirror Online

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Tory chairman humiliated over ’empty-chair’ interview – AND his attempt at an excuse

Humiliating: Kay Burley of Sky News interviews an empty chair while Tory chairman James Cleverly cowers 15ft away.

James Cleverly, the Conservative Party’s chairman, had been due to appear on Sky News to explain to presenter Kay Burley what was going wrong with the Tory election campaign yesterday morning (November 6).

But he chickened out at the last minute and Ms Burley ended up interviewing an empty chair while he stood 15 feet away:

I’m told Ms Burley may face investigation over the interview – although I’m not entirely sure why.

Mr Cleverly and his defenders have tried to explain away his apparent cowardice by claiming he was carrying out a Talk Radio interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer – but adverts by the radio station at the time show that he was not scheduled to appear until half an hour after the Burley interview.

This Writer has stated many times that the Conservatives aren’t clever enough for the social media age.

They still think they can lie to us and we won’t find out.

Those days are long gone and Mr Cleverly has been exposed. He is untrustworthy and the people of his constituency – Braintree – should dump him.

Expect thousands of unfair dismissal claims as Damian Green says porn appeared on his computer without being downloaded

Bad omens: Damian Green’s defenders have already caused a crisis over data protection breaches in Westminster; now they are offering an excuse to everybody who has ever been sacked for having porn on their office computer.

How kind of Damian Green to provide office workers across the world with an excuse if pornography is found on their computers!

How unfortunate for employers who have sacked who-knows-how-many office workers for having downloaded porn – and may now face multiple “unfair dismissal” claims from disgruntled ex-employees with an axe to grind!

If Tory ‘reforms’ of legal aid make it prohibitive for people to challenge their employers singly, This Writer can heartily recommend getting together with others to mount joint legal challenges.

According to the Torygraph, Mr Green has provided evidence from Deputy Commons Speaker Eleanor Laing “showing porn has been found on other parliamentary computers without being downloaded or watched by staff”.

Politics Home amplifies: “He has passed on an email from deputy speaker of the House of Commons Eleanor Laing to Ms Gray, explaining that a member of her staff also found porn on her computer without having accessed or watched it.”

How did it get there, then – by magic?

But Ms Laing is clearly one of the queue of Tories lining up to defend Mr Green, any way they can – like Education Secretary Justine Greening, who called for action to be taken against the former police officers who brought forward evidence of pornography they found on Mr Green’s office computer, along with evidence that he was logged in when the material was downloaded.

She said (again according to Politics Home): “I think it is important that we have high standards in public life.”

This Writer agrees – but there are grounds to believe the evidence would have been suppressed if the gentlemen concerned had not come forward in the way they did. And high standards in public life should start with our Parliamentary representatives.

One example of the failure of such standards is the behaviour of David Davis, Brexit Secretary and Cabinet ally of Mr Green. Sources (whoever they may be) were quoted as saying Mr Davis was ready to quit his government job if Mr Green is sacked – but now Politics Home is saying they have changed their tune: “A source told HuffPost UK that Mr Davis was not likely to step down, but did feel ‘aggrieved’ at Mr Green’s treatment.

“’David has an historic role in government and we are within touching distance of getting a major breakthrough on Brexit. Why would he walk away from that?’”

Obviously this was before the historic collapse of that “major breakthrough”. I wonder how Mr Davis feels about these matters now.


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Revealed: most bizarre excuses for underpaying staff the National Minimum Wage

This would be hilarious if it wasn’t so shocking. These are real excuses made by UK companies in order to withhold the minimum wage from employees.

How much do the bosses take home?

This is another argument in favour of Jeremy Corbyn’s maximum wage ratio, I think.

Sadly, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills did not see fit to tell us which companies provided these excuses.

The list below has been published by the Government to coincide with the launch of a new £1.7 million campaign, which aims to encourage employers to check workers are being paid at least the statutory minimum.

Some of the worst excuses for dodging the minimum wage include:

  • The employee wasn’t a good worker so I didn’t think they deserved to be paid the National Minimum Wage.
  • It’s part of UK culture not to pay young workers for the first 3 months as they have to prove their ‘worth’ first.
  • I thought it was ok to pay foreign workers below the National Minimum Wage as they aren’t British and therefore don’t have the right to be paid it.
  • She doesn’t deserve the National Minimum Wage because she only makes the teas and sweeps the floors.
  • I’ve got an agreement with my workers that I won’t pay them the National Minimum Wage; they understand and they even signed a contract to this effect.
  • My accountant and I speak a different language – he doesn’t understand me and that’s why he doesn’t pay my workers the correct wages.
  • My workers like to think of themselves as being self-employed and the National Minimum Wage doesn’t apply to people who work for themselves.
  • My workers are often just on standby when there are no customers in the shop; I only pay them for when they’re actually serving someone.
  • My employee is still learning so they aren’t entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
  • The National Minimum Wage doesn’t apply to my business.

Source: Revealed: most bizarre excuses for underpaying staff the National Minimum Wage

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