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Image of #Whitty confronting #Johnson over #Covid19 goes viral. What WAS he saying?

Whitty furious: but what was the UK’s chief medical officer saying to the prime minister who has bungled our defence against Covid-19 so badly?

Remember the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words? It seems the above image of Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty tearing Boris Johnson a new one has merited many thousands more:

That last tweet seems the most likely to be true, profanity-ridden though it is.

The image accompanied a Spectator article by Robert Peston in which that “magazine” heralded a report by the Office for National Statistics that is likely to say Covid-19 is on the march again everywhere, not just in regional pockets.

It is also likely to say that while the illness is rising in all age groups, it is now most prevalent in young people aged 17-29.

The article goes on to discuss the latest plan to stop the march of the virus, by forcing pubs, clubs and restaurants nationally to turf out customers at 10 pm or reverting to closing them altogether for a couple of weeks.

Apparently the name devised for this is “circuit breaker lockdown”, the aim being to interrupt the progress of the virus by stopping its flow along an established route.

Bit of a misnomer, that, as closing pubs at 10pm isn’t going to stop Covid being spread through them.

In any case, the damage has already been done; it’s fixing the barn door after the chicken has come home to roost.

The simple fact is that Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and their cronies (who don’t like being challenged, according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, remember) should not have reopened pubs in the way they did after such a haphazard campaign to keep a lid on the virus.

And that’s what I suspect Whitty was saying when the image was captured.

The article does highlight the real aim of Johnson’s Covid-related restrictions on our freedoms:

The priority of the Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, is to suppress the incidence of the virus to a level that doesn’t prevent the NHS from treating other diseases and conditions.

So the idea is to infect the whole nation, piecemeal – presumably in the hope of eventually achieving that mythical “herd immunity” Johnson mentioned to Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby back in March.

And never mind how many people die or suffer permanent health consequences as a result. Charming.

Peston, and the Spectator, also suggests that Johnson and his government “moved too late to prevent the first wave”, and “eventually applied the sledgehammer of total lockdown at huge economic cost”.

This seems characteristic of many right-wing periodicals; they are deserting the Tories – and in fact have started to criticise them hotly over the Covid fiasco.

Guardian article points out that the same magazine – The Spectator – ran a “Where’s Boris?” cartoon on its front cover “featuring a distant blond dot on a tiny boat bobbing rudderless and oarless on a stormy sea”.

The Daily Mail had reached a similar conclusion. “Boris: We’ve Failed” the front-page headline blared, with the paper claiming it had warned of a “looming test crisis five months ago”.

“Too often the government has over-promised and under-delivered,” concluded a leader in the Times on Friday morning. “Policies have had to be swiftly abandoned after the exposure of entirely predictable problems,” the centre-right broadsheet continued, adding the A-level fiasco and the problems with the contact-tracing app for good measure.

Of course they’re not willing to shift loyalty away from the Tories altogether… at least, not yet.

Labour leader Keir Starmer, for all his attempts to drag his party back into Tory orbit (and perhaps because of it) has failed to impress anybody apart from the most fervent haters of the man he replaced, Jeremy Corbyn. That party will need to find a new leader with a drop of socialism in his blood and a penchant for a decent soundbite. That’s not happening any time soon.

But just look at that picture.

This Writer has never seen a middle-aged bald man look so ready to smash somebody else’s face in – and I make that statement as a middle-aged, bald man myself.

It seems clear that Johnson is at a crossroads – but has probably sold his soul to the devil already. He’s on a road to a Hell of his own making – the question now is whether he’ll drag us all down with him.

Source: With scientists divided, it’s time for politicians to decide | The Spectator

Racists attack political commentator over innocent image – THEY associated it with Reading stabbings

Ash Sarkar: she posted this innocent image of herself enjoying an orange ice lolly after cycling – and racist loonies claimed it showed her supporting an alleged terror attack in which three people were killed. Is that how it looks to you?

What’s wrong with the picture above?

Nothing, as far as This Writer can see. It’s a shot of a healthy young lady enjoying an ice lolly after exercising on a bicycle – posted on her personal Twitter feed.

It might be considered a little risque as, if she’s wearing shorts, they appear to be very short indeed. But that’s the worst of it.

So why, then, did this happen?

Apparently Ms Sarkar was being accused of using the orange emojis as symbols celebrating the three deaths.

When have orange emojis ever been said to symbolise that?

They don’t. But that’s what the lunatics have been saying.

Is it because the BBC initially associated the killings with a Black Lives Matter protest in Reading and, besides being a political commentator, Ms Sarkar happens to have darker skin than some of us?

If so, it is beyond reason (that’s why I suggest that those saying it are lunatics). And who are the racists in this situation – the young lady posting a summery pic on her timeline, or the foam-at-the-mouth individuals perversely accusing her?

Sane Twitter users have made their choice:

 

Of course the nutcases aren’t backing down – but I’m glad to see that Ms Sarkar isn’t, either.

Can you believe they wanted her to apologise for the offence that they have chosen to take against her?

That’s a good response – sharp, and to the point.

Then it became clear that Ms Sarkar’s critics were, in fact, just another gang of racists. They made it clear themselves.

In the next exchange, Ms Sarkar is replying to that classic racist trope: “go back to where you came from”. The tweeter appears to have deleted their message, which is a clear indication of guilt, and I would appreciated it if anybody who may have taken a screenshot could send me a copy.

Akala’s book Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire has this to say about the “go back to where you came from” trope: “Their assumption is that anyone who is not racialised as white is not really a citizen, echoing the old white-supremacist adage ‘Race and Nation are one’ and the ‘blood and soil’ logic of the Nazis.”

Ms Sarkar, being a citizen of the UK, comes from Enfield.

And of course, I’m giving her the last word because it is far more mature than anything her detractors had to say:

“Three families are grieving… and I feel really angry that there are people out there who are appropriating that grief, that shock, and that horror, and then using that to take down someone on Twitter.

“I don’t know how you live with yourself if you’re doing that.

“Beyond the racism and beyond the threats, I just feel that’s completely immoral.”

Agreed.

As photographer is urged to act against Riley for using his image, please remember Mike’s libel defence

The photographer whose image of Jeremy Corbyn being arrested at an anti-apartheid rally has hit out against Rachel Riley over her manipulation of his picture.

Rob Scott said – well, here’s what he said, plus his note of thanks after more than 16,000 people shared his tweet in support of him:

Mr Scott has been urged to take court action against Ms Riley – and also to support my own defence against her accusation that I libelled her.

I have no idea whether he has done so – contributions are anonymous unless a person leaves a comment with their name attached.

But I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has.

At the time of writing, I’m around £2,000 away from the target amount needed to fund the next step of my own case, and the clock on the CrowdJustice page says there’s only one day left.

It might roll over and I may be given another month – I don’t know.

So, just in case it doesn’t, please bear with me while I appeal to your generosity yet again.

Email five of your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site. The address is https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/

You could also post a link to Facebook, asking your friends to pledge.

If you’re on Twitter, you could tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

If you use other social media platforms, please mention the campaign there, quoting the appeal address.

And please consider making another donation yourself – or contributing for a first time, if you haven’t already.

If Mr Scott does decide to take action against Ms Riley for breaching copyright on his image, it may well affect the future of my case – but I don’t know. Ms Riley may well reconsider her actions if she has litigation against her draining her resources.

But I can’t bank on it. That’s why I’m repeating my appeal again.

This is a vitally important case. Please don’t let it fail for the want of a comparatively small amount.

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Tory ‘chicken’ image breaks Facebook rules. Where’s the slapdown?

An insulting visual comparison between Jeremy Corbyn and a chicken has not only led to the Conservative Party being “owned” by Kentucky Fried Chicken – it broke Facebook rules when the party posted it there.

Read the following, from a post on the Political Provocateur Plus Facebook page:

They demand their rights, and in that right is the desire to post images of Mr Corbyn in a chicken suit which they super imposed to create a meme, and in doing that they couldn’t even tag it to say it was fake or spoof which Full Fact all but demands. The failure to provide this ‘description’ is against FB Policy, which is:

”Policy (rule 2)

“Pages, groups and events must not impersonate or falsely represent a brand, entity or public figure. Where a Page, group or event is being used to express support for or interest in a brand, entity or public figure, it must make clear in the name or description that it is not an official representation.”

Effectively, the Conservative party have gone against FB regulations.

What are FULL FACT and FULL FACT NI going to do about it?

”Inaccurately tagged content – (Rule 4)

“Pages, groups and events must not inaccurately tag content or encourage users to inaccurately tag content.”

Government pushed through legislation that sought to regulate social media. It wasn’t the Labour Party, or the Green Party for example….And now they are getting away with posting content that goes against the very regulations that they helped create, it’s absolute hypocrisy.

Clearly this is one rule for them, and another for everyone else.

This Writer understands that the organisation that checks Facebook for this kind of thing, Full Fact, and was set up by a Conservative Party donor.

TruePublica has investigated it, and you can read the article – and Full Fact’s response – here.

The organisation was labelled “Faux Fact” in 2012 after being found to be misleading and showing “aggressive bias”.

Will it find against the Conservative Party for this apparently flagrant breach of Facebook rules?

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Life imitates satire – in pictures – in “no deal” Brexit debate

A few days ago, cartoonist Ben Jennings produced this illustration for The Guardian:

It was intended as a satire on Dictator Johnson’s vow to kick rebel Tory MPs off the government benches if they vote against him in the bill to block “no deal” Brexit.

Now consider this image of Jacob Rees-Mogg, taken during the debate on whether there should be a debate on that bill (I know; it’s convoluted. But that’s how Parliament works these days):

As I write this, the Graun is reporting that 16 Tory MPs are expected to support the motion – and will be stripped of the whip this evening.

Life imitating satire?

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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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Messages cut into grass for Donald Trump show everything that’s WRONG with political discourse

How do you explain to the world’s most powerful man that he’s making a mistake?

You don’t do it like this:

Not helpful: This image probably put a smile on many faces during the first day of Donald Trump’s UK visit – but you can guarantee that the President’s wasn’t one of them.

But it is a symptom of the extreme levels to which political discourse has been pushed that people think it appropriate to carve an image of a penis into the landscape on Donald Trump’s approach to the UK as a message to him.

It’s the same thinking that has people labelling supporters of the Brexit Party in the recent European Parliament elections as “fascists”.

Or, indeed, labelling critics of the current Likud-headed Israeli government as “anti-Semites”.

I hope Mr Trump didn’t see it, although I fear media coverage means he’ll be unable to avoid it.

It can’t do any good at all.

I mean, if somebody took issue with your work by leaving dick pics with your name attached all over the environment, would it make you feel inclined to be sympathetic?

I’m guessing no.

I’m aware that Mr Trump is a man of – let’s say – strong views, but every such man can still fall prey to friendly persuasion.

You simply have to find out what will persuade him. What will put pressure on him.

And you have to be in a position to apply that pressure.

For people in the UK after 40 years of progressive weakening by neoliberal governments that have sold off pretty much everything that made this nation strong, that’s a pretty tall order.

For members of an international movement dedicated to the survival of our species – and many others – in the face of determined efforts towards extinction by a highly-privileged few…

Well, it’s harder work than carving a penis into the grass on the flight path to Stansted Airport, but it could be far more rewarding.

Let’s try to be a little more intelligent about this, please.

Source: Messages cut into grass for Donald Trump to see as he lands for UK state visit | Metro News

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New EU copyright law could mean a clampdown on social media images

The way This Site – and others – uses images may have to change radically after the European Parliament approved new laws on copyright.

The European Copyright Directive requires organisations to pay licence fees to publications like newspapers for linking to their material (Article 11) and demands that websites that host user-generated content prevent copyrighted material from being uploaded without permission, or be held liable for their users’ copyright infringement (Article 13).

It means you can wave goodbye to that old, trusty meme based on a line from a movie – the line and the image are copyright material and your host, including Facebook, Twitter and the other social media platforms, will have to pay for its use. The combined bill could equal the GDP of a small – or indeed large – country and nobody in business is likely to accept that kind of risk.

And it means I’ll need to rethink the images I use here. I experimented with ‘cartoonising’ images of political figures as illustrations, about a year ago, but some readers complained. It may be that I’ll have to stop using images for a while, although that would certainly harm the number of visits to the site; people are attracted by appropriate imagery.

It seems, thanks to the European Parliament, the future is blank.


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Police investigation threat for MP over faked anti-Semitic image and ‘doxxing’

Reckless: Wes Streeting.

Wes Streeting appears to have dumped himself in a lot of trouble.

The Labour MP, whose antipathy towards Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters is well-documented, appears to have gone too far with an attempt to “out” a Twitter user as an anti-Semite with a faked image while publishing her full, real name.

Others involved in the exchange said they reported the incident to Twitter – and may also have reported Mr Streeting to the police.

Here’s the tweet that started it all:

And here’s the tweet to which he was referring:

Notice that the tweet does not dismiss anti-Semitism “as a smear”, as Mr Streeting suggested, but says that Luciana Berger has smeared Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the more-than-500,000 members of the Labour Party with claims of widespread anti-Semitism among them.

Mr Streeting continued:

Interesting subject, the Rothschilds: A hugely wealthy and influential business/banking organisation that is apparently immune from investigation under any circumstances because those questioning its actions may always be accused of anti-Semitism. Does anybody – apart from a witch-hunter – think that is reasonable? We can see that Mr Streeting does, but then, he stands with the witch-hunters.

He concluded: “People like @xpressanny deny the problem, even when it stares them in the face. People like Ann Wetherly-Barton aren’t just bystanders to antisemitism, they’re enablers. To understand the problem, she doesn’t need a dossier – just a mirror. Now leave Luciana and Emily alone.”

He had gone too far, as “Wolfie” pointed out, with support from “Valleyboy” – both pseudonyms, possibly for good reasons as outlined here:

https://twitter.com/welshlad79/status/1092892611159969798

The practice is known as “doxxing” – searching for and publishing private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent. Can anyone deny that this is what Mr Streeting has done?

The matter of the image is complicated. The quotation is not from Voltaire, but it is likely that many people have supported it and spread it in the belief that it is. In fact, it was said by an American white nationalist, neo-Nazi, Holocaust denier and white separatist called Kevin Alfred Strom. It seems that anti-Semitism witch-hunters have taken to using it to spread false accusations against innocent people – guilt through association.

But the assertion in the words is entirely reasonable, isn’t it? In a nation that is said to value free speech, any demand that one cannot criticise others  – for whatever reason – is an assertion of power.

It is possible that some of those who have been netted by this trick associated the quote with the words of Tony Benn – most definitely not an anti-Semite – in his “essential five questions of democracy”. Those questions ask: What power have you got? Where did you get it? In whose interests do you use it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?

Obviously if someone in power is not accountable, this means we are not allowed to criticise them. You see the similarity?

Next: The image used by Mr Sweeting has been doctored. The original – and most popular – does not feature the Star of David on the sleeve of the arm that is crushing the people. But the space has been used to accommodate several symbols or phrases, as a Google image search (other search engines are available) will reveal.

As a widely-used and popular meme that most commonly appears without the anti-Semitic addition of the Star of David on the sleeve, and that features a sentiment with which most people would approve (although they may not support the person who coined it), it seems possible that the person Mr Streeting had targeted had voiced her support for it without noting its sinister undertones.

I was nearly caught out in a similar way on Twitter a couple of weeks ago. A witch-hunter tweeted an image of former Israeli Knesset member Shulamit Aloni, who said the government of that country often accuses its critics of anti-Semitism in order to avoid dealing with the issues presented to it. On that basis, I pressed the “like” button – and was then accused of supporting anti-Semitism because the image included text of an anti-Semitic nature. Unfortunately for my own critics, the image had been cropped automatically by Twitter so the text was not visible when I saw it on my timeline.

Twitter users have made Mr Streeting aware that the ploy used to entrap his victim has been spotted:

https://twitter.com/MICHAELMCQUAD13/status/1092894322935152641

Michael McQuade’s complaint has been taken up by others, with one creating a template letter:

https://twitter.com/Mrm00c0w/status/1092777160656543744

https://twitter.com/Mrm00c0w/status/1092777553457266689

https://twitter.com/Mrm00c0w/status/1092892101778567169

However, it seems Labour’s corrupt complaints system – which automatically suspends any ordinary member at the slightest whiff of an anti-Semitism accusation – is geared to shrug off criticism of Parliamentarians.

https://twitter.com/Mrm00c0w/status/1093100263114752000

It certainly seems there may be a reckless endangerment case here. It has been alleged that Mr Streeting’s victim has been dogpiled on Twitter by his supporters and those of the fake anti-Semitism witch-hunt.

There is another matter as well, regarding Mr Streeting. I will not quote the details here but you can find it if you look up comments on this issue by @eddiegraham39 on Twitter. It is possible that Mr Streeting should be facing much, much stronger court action.

If it happens, he will have brought it on himself. He is not above the law and should be reminded of that fact.

POSTSCRIPT: Mr Streeting seems to enjoy throwing his weight around with allegations of anti-Semitism. After The Sunday Times published its now-disproved article about This Writer, he tweeted the following:

He was accusing me of anti-Semitism; he was wrong. Where’s my apology?


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UK tax avoiders face being blocked from honours list – to avoid bad publicity?

I’ve said it before: Image is everything to the Conservatives.

If they have initiated plans to block tax avoiders from the honours system, it means they want to avoid any (more) adverse publicity attached to such favours – or they have already rewarded all the tax avoiders they care to.

Tax avoiders are being shunned for knighthoods and other honours as authorities clamp down on rewarding people with “poor tax behaviour”, it has been revealed.

HM Revenue and Customs has been alerting the Cabinet Office to individuals involved in controversial tax planning schemes, with a memorandum of understanding obtained by the Times saying “poor tax behaviour is not consistent with the award of an honour”.

A document published on the Gov.uk website said HMRC used a traffic light system for the vetting process, assigning a low, medium or high risk rating to prospective nominees in order “to minimise the risk that prospective candidates have behaved in ways likely to bring the system into disrepute”.

Source: UK tax avoiders face being blocked from honours list | Politics | The Guardian

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