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Johnson lied again: England team reception at Downing Street was cancelled because they didn’t want to meet him

This is a great find by Skwawkbox:

The so-called ‘msm’ reported earlier today that Boris Johnson had cancelled a Downing Street reception for the England team, after the team narrowly lost the European final on Sunday, in a ‘snub’ to the players.

However, it is now emerging that the event was cancelled because England’s players refused to attend, in solidarity with black team-mates because Johnson and his front bench had fanned the flames of racism toward Marcus Rashford and other black players.

So Johnson lied again.

He led his tame client journalists to report that he was snubbing the England team when in fact, they were snubbing him.

Neither position is tenable for a prime minister who spent PMQs today (July 14) trying to claim that his government was leading the fight against racism:

  • If he snubbed the England team, then it was because of members’ stand against racism so he is racist; and
  • If the England team snubbed him, then it was because they agreed with team member Tyrone Mings that his Home Secretary Priti Patel ‘stoked’ racism – and that, by supporting her, Johnson does the same – so he is racist.

So the prime minister has boxed himself into his own racist pigeonhole.

Perhaps he’d like another fridge to hide in?

Source: Breaking: England team’s Downing St reception was ‘cancelled’ because players refused to meet Johnson – SKWAWKBOX

Police ran away from football violence and everyone is saying the same thing

Look at the state of London on Sunday (July 11):

Filthy. Vandalised. Covered in litter. No social distancing!

Not a single police officer in sight.

We’ve all drawn the obvious conclusions:

Perhaps Jonathan Pie put it best in this video clip. WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE:

But this has to be the last word because it makes a clear point about the government too:

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It is not a good day to be #JacobReesMogg

Rees-Hitler: he lacks the moustache but his attitudes are in line with the Nazi dictator.

What a prize-winning public school chump.

Jacob Rees-Mogg tried to be down with the kids by quoting England football anthem World in Motion, but instead only demonstrated that he was up his own nationalist rectum.

The comment from Russ Jones on Twitter was entirely deserved:

And the humiliation does not end there for nanny’s boy Jacob.

He also went on the record in support of Priti Patel’s new anti-Immigration law:

This is the Bill that could send members of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution to prison – for life – if they even try to save the lives of refugees in danger of drowning while trying to cross into the UK.

It is the Bill that turns the UK into a full-on Nazi country because

Clearly Rees-Mogg is the anti-Semite in this situation. Priti Patel is the anti-Semite for pushing this Bill through the Commons.

They are clearly both racist to the core – and he’s a hypocrite too:

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Never mind her antics: Priti Patel would have DEPORTED members of the England football team

Priti Patel: this is a more accurate representation of the image she should have had on her shirt.

Priti Patel really has a nerve.

Only a few days ago, she was saying she saw nothing wrong with racist football fans booing the England Euro 2020 squad for ‘taking the knee’ before its matches.

That was before Gareth Southgate’s team won a place in the final, of course.

Now look at her:

Just wait until somebody tells her that her idea of good immigration law would have denied eight of the 11 team members their place in the team she now supports so fanatically:

As it is, she seems intent on criminalising the Royal National Lifeboat Institution with her proposed new laws to stop us saving refugees from death. Get your head around this:

Here’s the relevant part of the legislation:

That’s right – for seeing somebody in desperate need and saving their life, you could be imprisoned for the rest of yours under Patel’s (and her boss Boris Johnson’s) dictatorial, fascist regime.

Perhaps the worst indictment against her is that she can’t deny that her proposals would have outlawed initiatives like the Kindertransport that saved hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi death camps by bringing them to safety in the UK before the outbreak of World War II:

I wonder how well that plays with her friends in Israeli politics?

Of course, that law hasn’t been enacted yet, so we can all enjoy this:

Final word:

So much for Patel.

If you want to admire a political figure who supports the England team in an honest way, here’s the Left’s Grace Blakely:

Isn’t Priti Patel’s attitude to footballers ‘taking the knee’… racist?

It seems to me that the Home Secretary is being disingenuous – if not downright deceitful.

She is deliberately trying to associate “taking the knee” – which is a gesture of solidarity with black people who continue to suffer oppression from modern nation states – with anti-social or even outright criminal behaviour.

Yes, it has been associated with the Black Lives Matter organisation and there are strong reasons to question the behaviour of those involved with it.

But most people who “take the knee” aren’t doing it because they agree with the politics of that particular pressure group. They’re doing it to make the simple point that black lives do matter – at a time when racists have been asserting the opposite.

So it is wrong for Patel to make a false connection between what the England team are doing and any questionable motives, just as it is wrong for her colleagues like Gillian Keegan to condemn the gesture as “creating division”.

How can a show of solidarity with an oppressed group be divisive? It’s an expression of fellowship.

It is also inappropriate to suggest that football fans who boo the England team for “taking the knee” are doing so for any justifiable reason.

I think Patel is right to say that those people are booing because they don’t want to see protests against racism. In other words, they boo because they themselves are racists.

Patel’s support for their position is therefore entirely consistent with the attitudes she has already expressed – for example, towards people of ethnic minorities who she has locked up like sardines in concentration camps where they were made vulnerable to Covid-19 infection.

In short, it seems clear that she supports people who are racists because she is a racist herself.

Source: Priti Patel says fans have right to boo England team for ‘gesture politics’ of taking the knee | The Independent

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Jake Berry: ignorant Tory who likened opera houses with football clubs is OWNED on Twitter

Jake Berry: he thinks art is for cultured southerners, while northerners consider their culture to be football.

Jake Berry may have an ordinary-sounding name but he’s as entitled – and dim-witted – as all the other Tory toffs.

He recently exhibited his staggering Tory ignorance while actually trying to do something decent – appealing for government cash to help northern football clubs.

The trouble was not in the intention, but in the delivery of the appeal. He suggested that people in the south of England consider the Royal Opera House and the ballet to be “at the heart of their culture”, while those in the north consider their culture to be housed in their local football stadia.

He could not see how insulting this is.

He was basically saying that northerners are uncultured louts whose principle joy in life is seeing a leather bladder being kicked around a field on a Saturday afternoon, whereas southerners are refined, and are therefore able to appreciate exclusive art forms like music and ballet.

A put-down was in order – and has been duly delivered:

Take your medicine, Berry.

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Sharma joins the ranks of MPs who’ve shamed themselves over football

Alok Sharma: this is the only image I have of him and he’s not worth the bother of making another.

Why do they do it?

MPs – especially Tory MPs – seem to think they have to pretend to be “of the people” – and that the best way to establish this pretence is by saying they like, follow and support their local football teams – even though they don’t.

David Cameron tried it and got the name of his team wrong.

Now Alok Sharma:

It was bad enough he tried to cover up Boris Johnson’s “no deal” Brexit by calling it an “Australia-style” deal in the same interview.

This blew any credibility he had left.

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Boris Johnson has fuelled racism in football says Gary Neville after Manchester derby incident

A racist incident at a football derby between Manchester City and Manchester United was fuelled by Boris Johnson’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, according to Gary Neville.

He was speaking on Sky Sports after Man City said the club was “aware of a video circulating on social media which appears to show a supporter making racial gestures”.

And he said:

He’s absolutely right – and for the reason, I’m going to hand you over the Steve Walker of the Skwawkbox blog who has already put it better than I can:

“Johnson – who has called black people piccaninnies, muslim women … bankrobbers and letterboxes and spoken dismissively of African nations – is a figurehead for racism and racists.

“But he also despises working-class people, hard-working single mothers and their children – and has slashed services and scoffed at those who said he was endangering lives. He can’t open his mouth without lying.

“In short, he has done just about everything that should unite ordinary, decent people against him.”

As far as the football incident is concerned, the BBC tells us “a 41-year-old man has been held on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order and remains in custody”.

Source: Gary Neville blames Boris Johnson for ‘fuelling’ racism in football after Manchester derby incident | The Independent

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Racism in football: England SHOULD have walked away

Racists: Bulgarian fans throw Nazi salutes at England’s footballers.

It isn’t such a long time since England supporters were the racists that every other footballing nation dreaded having to host.

A co-ordinated effort was made to shut down the troublemakers, using video evidence to identify them and prevent them from travelling abroad.

Now it seems clear that racism is a scourge that overshadows the sport internationally in any case. I remember a recent international tournament in which Russian fans were expected to start racist violence; last night (October 14) England team members suffered racist abuse from Bulgarians.

UEFA has a three-point plan to deal with racism in football matches – but authorities acted on only the first two parts of it.

After Tyrone Mings was subjected to racist chanting, stadium authorities used the public address system to announce that the referee would consider abandoning the match due to racist behaviour.

But it continued, and in the 41st minute, England players were asked if they wished to enact the second part of the protocol and go back to their dressing room. They chose to play on, at least until half-time.

It was when more racism flared up during the second half that the fight against it was let down. According to UEFA’s protocol, the match should have been abandoned.

But England played on, winning a 0-6 victory. The argument is that the players let their football do the talking, took the victory and the three points that went with it, and left with their heads held high.

What does this actually say, though? That we’ll tolerate racism if we’re winning?

John Barnes seems to think so. In an Independent column, the former footballer who himself suffered an enormous amount of racist abuse reminds us that two matches have been abandoned in accordance with the UEFA protocol so far – and on both those occasions, the teams suffering the abuse were losing.

The implication is clear – that the abuse was used as an excuse to get out of a loss.

England, on the other hand, was in a position to make a genuinely positive statement – and didn’t.

“When we were 4-0 up, and there was continued racism towards England’s players, albeit less than the first half, we should have seen the inevitable result of our zero tolerance stance on racism, and the third step of that protocol SHOULD have been enforced,” wrote Mr Barnes.

He stated that the team chose to “leave the stunning moment that could redefine football’s relationship with racism for another team, another time.”

And he wrote: “When a team does that, then it truly would be a real statement of support for the fight against racism in football.”

And also against the rise against racism all around.

I have a friend from Bulgaria. I cannot imagine any situation in which he would exhibit the kind of behaviour we saw from his countrymen (and women?) at the match.

But racism is on the rise, especially in eastern Europe – due to a combination of events that have propelled populist, far-right organisations to prominence. Here in the UK, austerity* that was brought in on the back of the financial crisis needed a scapegoat, and migrant workers in the UK were chosen for that role. It is one of the reasons people voted to pull the UK out of the European Union.

There was no reason to impose austerity on anybody, remember. It was a political decision by the Conservatives, in order to shrink state spending and deprive poorer people of the services their taxes have funded. The rise in racism this triggered was collateral damage that the Tories were happy to allow – because it diverted blame away from them.

A gesture against racism in a hugely popular sport like football might go a long distance to counter this movement toward hate. England has missed a huge opportunity – winning the match but losing the moral high ground.

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George Galloway has spilled a nasty can of worms over football regulations

“Yid Army”: Jewish Spurs fans wave a modified flag of Israel at a match – but isn’t this against the rules?

The controversy over whether George Galloway was anti-Semitic for claiming Israeli flag-waving Spurs supporters are backing a “racist state” may rumble on for some time – but why were these fans even allowed to bring such flags to matches when it is against FA rules?

These rules ban political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative slogans or messages at matches. Originally applied to players and team officials, they have been widened in practice to include supporters.

The most notorious example of this appears to be UEFA’s decision to fine Celtic £8,615 for waving the flag of Palestine at a 2016 match against Israeli team Hapoel Be’er Sheva in 2016:

UEFA had said its rules forbid the use of “gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature”. It was said to have described the Palestinian flag as an “illicit banner”. Is it?

It’s a reference to Law 4 of the game. The UK’s Football Association has the same rule, referring to players and team officials. But UEFA’s widening of its application creates a tension that needs to be addressed.

In 2018, FA chief Martin Glenn was rebuked for saying the Star of David was among the symbols he believes breach the soccer laws banning religious and political imagery. The Jewish Leadership Council said his words were “offensive and inappropriate”, as the symbol is on the Israeli flag which appears on national team kits and is displayed in stadiums.

Such symbols are allowed on national kits, though.

The issue is one of hypocrisy, as “Han Dodges” pointed out in the tweet above.

Why should Israeli flags be permitted in football stadiums but not those of Palestine? That seems to show very clear political bias by national and international football associations.

It seems if the rules had been correctly and impartially applied, Mr Galloway would not have fallen foul of his now-former employers at TalkRadio, because there would have been no Israeli flags at Spurs matches.

It seems the FA has a serious question to answer.

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