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With Brianna Ghey’s mother present, Sunak’s bad-taste transphobic ‘joke’ sparks backlash

Tasteless: Rishi Sunak thought it was clever to pass a transphobic comment during Prime Minister’s Questions – with murdered trans teen Brianna Ghey’s mother in the public gallery. Victoria Atkins’s (behind him) joy at what he said may be considered indicative of Conservative attitudes to the murder of transgender people.

Rishi Sunak proved once and for all that he is not the kind of person decent citizens of the UK want representing them with a verbal attack on a murdered girl in front of her mother.

This is utterly vile, and for once Keir Starmer was absolutely right in his response:

Did you spot, also, the laughter from Sunak’s equally-grotesque Health Secretary, Victoria Atkins – indicating that his disrespectful attitude to the dead is shared by the rest of his Parliamentary party?

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He subsequently ignored calls to apologise to Brianna Ghey’s mother, who was watching Prime Minister’s Questions from the public gallery:

The public outcry was immediate – but let’s have a bit of background first.

This Site hasn’t commented on Brianna Ghey’s murder previously because it was a news story about crime, not politics.

In brief: Brianna, a 16-year-old British transgender girl, was murdered in a premeditated attack when she was fatally stabbed in Culcheth Linear Park, Culcheth.

Scarlett Jenkinson and Eddie Ratcliffe, both aged 15 at the time, were convicted of her murder on December 20 last year and were sentenced on February 2 to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 22 years for Jenkinson and 20 years for Ratcliffe before being eligible for parole.

The court ruled that the murder was primarily motivated by sadistic tendencies and that hate against transgender people was a secondary motivation of Ratcliffe. It involved a significant degree of brutality and planning.

There was widespread public distress and grief over Brianna’s murder, along with sympathy and support for her family.

This is probably the reason people responded to Sunak’s jibe the way they have. The most common word This Writer has seen used to describe him begins with a ‘C’… and it isn’t “chap”.

For example, here‘s Supertanskii: “I said the £1k bet about refugees was Sunak’s lowest point, you said I was wrong and you were right. Making jokes about trans people as Brianna Ghey’s grieving mother sits in the gallery then refusing to apologise for it, proves what Sunak is… A complete c***, frankly.”

Personally, I hope Sunak doesn’t apologise. Even if he does, he won’t mean it.

And if he doesn’t, this can stand as a reminder of what he is, for us all, in the run-up to the general election.


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Israel is resorting to insults to answer #ICJ4Israel genocide charges

A leaked cable from the Israeli Foreign Ministry suggests that that country is calling for foreign governments that support it to put “diplomatic pressure” on the International Court of Justice to drop its investigation into whether Israel is committing genocide in Gaza.

The cable requests “an immediate and unequivocal public statement along the following lines: To publicly and clearly state that [COUNTRY-NAME] rejects the outragest, absurd and baseless allegations made against Israel”.

Note the use of the archaic term “outragest”, which

makes the request sound melodramatic, and lends it an unhealthy note of incredulity, as though the incredulity is the only substitute the Israelis can find for a real case,

according to Martin Odoni in his Critique Archives article on the tactic.

He writes:

The hope appears to be to get a collection of statements from other world leaders expressing similar incredulity, in order to make it look like the legality of Israel’s actions is an objective fact, and not a grossly-selective interpretation of International Law. These statements may prove inadmissible in the court, but they will still get a lot of air-time in the media, and are therefore bound to exert at least some pressure on the Justices.

Israel’s only answer, in short, is to behave like a nation-state yob, and try to reduce the court proceedings to a farce of name-calling and bullying by media. That Israel can only protect its ruthless military strategy from an injunction by effectively corrupting the legal process through politicking says everything we need to know. It is almost trial-by-media, and it is the unofficial confirmation on Israel’s part that its aim really is genocide. Were it not, it would keep proceedings strictly in-court.

That is an argument that makes perfect sense to This Writer.

If Israel tries to use the tactic described here in court, I hope South Africa’s lawyers make mincemeat of it.

Source: Israel has no answer to the Genocide charges, so it will use what it always uses; insults | TheCritique Archives


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Tory minister’s inappropriate response to challenge means he should resign

Johnny Mercer: he’ll be grinning on the other side of his face if voters in his Plymouth Moor View constituency demand a higher standard from their representative.

It’s time to demand a restoration of standards among our politicians – and Johnny Mercer simply doesn’t rise to mine.

This Site covered his inappropriate behaviour towards media personality Carol Vorderman earlier, after he denigrated her support for former Royal Marine Fred Thomas’s bid to unseat him in the next general election.

He suggested she has a “shit lonely life” (his words), that “no one normal really cares” about her support for Mr Thomas, that “they think you’re mad”, and finished with a series of “puking” emojis.

This is a breach of at least the seventh Nolan principle of public life – that he should treat others with respect.

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Today, we learn that Mercer – who is Minister for Veterans, remember – doubled down on his attack by turning his attention to Mr Thomas himself. Here’s Vorders again:

Again: no respect.

And if he’s not going to respect a fellow politician and former serviceman who rose to the rank of captain in the Royal Marines, then I think we can be sure he has never respected any of the other former servicepeople his job title suggests he should represent.

In the past, when ministers’ behaviour crossed a line beyond what is acceptable, they either chose, or were made, to do the decent thing and resign their position.

Recently, they have scorned the voters by choosing to brazen it out – keeping their jobs and ministerial paycheques in spite of outrage at their behaviour. Bear in mind that James Cleverly remains Home Secretary, nearly a week after his offensive comments about the date-rape drug Rohypnol.

As voters, we need to re-establish our boundaries – and make it clear to politicians that we expect the highest standards from them.

If they won’t commit to those standards voluntarily, then we should enforce them at the ballot box, by removing them from public life the hard way.

Mercer and Cleverly’s inappropriate behaviour make them entirely appropriate candidates for such treatment.


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Tangle-haired harridan (Health Secretary?) insults junior doctors in TV fiasco

Victoria Atkins: this was a GOOD hair day.

Indeed.

Curiously, some people on the social media have focused more on the state of Victoria Atkins’s hair than on anything she was saying. It’s odd because both were dire.

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The gist is:

The union leading the strikes, the British Medical Association (BMA), defines junior doctors as “qualified doctors in clinical training”, who have completed a medical degree and foundation training.

They can have up to eight years’ experience working as a doctor in hospital, depending on their speciality, and up to three years in general practice.

So they’re fully-qualified but just building experience. And Atkins poured fuel onto the fire of their protest – they’re striking for better pay, remember – by claiming otherwise:

This is not the first time Victoria Atkins has lowered her own reputation, and that of her government.

One would have expected Rishi Sunak to have found somebody more competent.

Except – of course, There are only incompetents in the Parliamentary Conservative Party.


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Corbyn deselection: he talks about democracy – they harp on about anti-Semitism

Motivating the masses: even after three years of sidelining and vilification, Jeremy Corbyn has more social media followers than Keir Starmer and the Labour Party put together (I’m told).

The contrast could not be more pronounced.

After Keir Starmer had Labour’s NEC vote to forcibly deselect Jeremy Corbyn as a party candidate in general elections, not just in Islington North but anywhere, the former Labour leader made his feelings about the matter clear in no uncertain terms:

His position could not be clearer: the vote – and the decision – were an insult to democracy and showed contempt for the Labour Party members of Islington North, whose wishes have been steamrolled by Starmer.

And how do Starmer and his lieutenants justify their behaviour?

They talk about a subject that wasn’t even mentioned in Starmer’s NEC motion.

Here’s Wes Streeting on Robert Peston’s show:

For the record, Streeting was lying. Jeremy Corbyn apologised many times for the focus on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party during his leadership (that he was right to say was disproportionate; anti-Semitism in Labour at the time was lower than in any other UK political organisation); he fully accepted the EHRC’s report and called for its recommendations to be enacted in full (which is yet to happen, as I understand it).

Here’s Wes Streeting on Kay Burley’s Sky News show:

It’s the same nonsense.

Let’s have a balancing view: the Alba Party’s Alex Salmond telling LBC’s Iain Dale where to get off:

That’s the fact of the matter, isn’t it?

Keir Starmer thinks that banning Jeremy Corbyn from standing, and sending Wes Streeting to trot out that fake line about anti-Semitism, will earn him points among the middle class voters of Middle England.

He’s wrong and he’ll find that out for himself in just a few weeks’ time.


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Nadine Dorries shows us all how to increase our Twitter followings. Thanks, Nadine!

This is a great story – not only does it run Nadine Dorries into the ground but it also provides a valuable tip on how to beat the algorithms and increase our followings on the social media:

So, basically, if you want to boost the number of followers you have, simply troll a high-profile politician with an obvious truth.

Ironically, this video was suggested to me by YouTube – so there’s one algorithm that’s working properly.

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Monarchist talk show host insults caller who calls him ‘subservient’

This being a bank holiday weekend, This Writer is either otherwise occupied or almost totally incapacitated, so I’m putting up material that has interested me – and I hope it interests you. Make of it what you will:

Actually I do have something to say about this. Yesterday (Sunday), I met a friend who showed me the injuries he had suffered at the hands of a member of the armed forces who had taken offence when he had voiced anti-Monarchist sentiments in a pub.

My friend had not been threatening in his behaviour but this serviceman had taken it upon himself to attack and injure him – for a reason that would not stand up in court.

This is not acceptable behaviour in a country whose leaders still claim to uphold the principle of free speech.

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Pub landlord orders Starmer out – and claims minder assaulted him

Keir Starmer should know that when a politician is walking the campaign trail it is a bad idea for him to shoot himself in the foot.

Still, that is what he has done (metaphorically, at least) in a scene at a pub in Bath.

It seems Starmer had walked – uninvited – into the establishment, despite being unwelcome there.

Rod Humphris, landlord of The Raven, was apparently a former Labour supporter who disagreed with Starmer’s lack of opposition to Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 strategy.

And this is strange, because Mr Humphris was an anti-masker who disagreed with lockdown and with the imposition of masks in schools, and Starmer had supported the policy of opening schools – no matter how many people would die as a result – and sided with the government against the trade unions to oppose masks there.

Still, even if the context is contradictory, there can be no doubt that Starmer was not welcome – but he and his entourage managed to make the situation much, much worse. See for yourself:

That’s right – Starmer insulted Mr Humphris, saying, “I really don’t need lectures from you.” Then he had the cheek to walk into the pub run by the man he had just insulted!

Then one of Starmer’s ‘minders’ blocked the landlord from entering his own establishment, knocking his glasses to the ground in the process, and manhandled him into a stairwell. That seems to be the reason he accused the man of assault.

Starmer finally made his escape, passing Mr Humphris his glasses as he did so.

It is no way to behave in front of the electorate.

The way Starmer stayed put while his muscle mistreated his host indicates an appalling sense of entitlement – that the Labour leader thinks he has a right to go wherever he damn well pleases, without so much as a “by your leave” to the relevant authorities.

Even more despicable is Starmer’s behaviour after the incident. He published a link to his “statement” about it on Twitter:

The link takes you to the government’s Register to vote web page. What kind of statement is he making there? Mr Humphris, I’m sure, is already registered – although he is unlikely to vote for Starmer. Nor is anybody else who may be moved to register after seeing what happened, if I’m any judge of character.

This Writer hopes the landlord presses charges. If he is an anti-lockdown, anti-masker, then I disagree strongly with his views but I will still absolutely defend his right to bar from his establishment anybody he does not want there. That is a rule that pub staff exercise on a regular basis and Starmer has no reason to expect to be exempt from it.

At the very least, it leaves us with the knowledge that Starmer is the kind of man who tries to trample over those of us he considers beneath him. How such a creature became the leader of the Party of the Working Class is beyond me.

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Fat Boris’s war on obesity is an insult to the poor

Fat Boris Johnson: his crusade against obesity ignores the fact that people cannot afford to buy healthy food, so none of the measures he has announced will have any effect at all.

Fat Boris Johnson really is an ignorant dimwit, isn’t he?

He has started a crusade against obesity, claiming he realised the need to lose some of his own tonnage after realising it was hindering his own ability to recover from Covid-19.

But here’s the problem: Under Tories like Fat Boris, obesity isn’t a personal choice; it’s a political one, made for the poor by national leaders like him.

He has chosen to make millions of people across the UK poor, thereby restricting the food we can afford to eat.

The cheapest food is high in sugars and fats – the ingredients that make us obese.

So we don’t have a choice. Until we can afford to buy healthier food, we will continue to struggle with weight gain.

And Johnson won’t let us earn enough.

So all his protestations about the need to lose weight, to be able to fight Covid-19, are pointless. We might as well listen to a whale spewing water out of its blowhole.

The Tory attitude is ridiculous, too – have you heard the nonsense spouted by the government about its “world-leading” plan?

Top of the list is a ban on adverts for “unhealthy” food before 9pm, when children can see them. Pointless if the adults left to watch them are financially bound to buy those foods in any event.

Next is an end to BOGOF – Buy One, Get One Free – promotions, meaning cash-strapped families will be forced to pay even more for their unhealthy food, while still being unable to afford better fare.

Large restaurant, cafe and take-away chains will be required to add labels to the food they sell, showing their calorie content. Again, this will make no difference to people who are forced by financial circumstances to buy what they can, rather than what they want.

There are other measures including diverting NHS time and effort to promoting weight loss, but this will not help people who simply don’t have the wherewithal to follow the recommendations of dieticians in the service. It will simply waste even more scant NHS resources.

Ultimately, Fat Boris isn’t helping you. He’s selling you a pup and asking you to swallow it.

Source: Poverty causes obesity. Low-income families need to be better off to eat well | Business | The Guardian

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Does Whately’s scorn for student nurses hide a deeper Tory agenda?

Airhead or conspirator? What did Helen Whately mean when she said student nurses were ‘not deemed to be providing a service’?

After 25,000 student nurses volunteered to help NHS staff cope with the Covid-19 crisis in April, ‘care’ minister Helen Whately has announced that a new £5,000 grant will not be backdated to allow them to receive it because they are “not deemed to be providing a service”.

That’s the information we get from Nursing Notes:

The government scrapped the NHS Bursary system for student nurses and midwives in 2015 which subsequently led to a significant drop in the number of applicants.

Later this year the government will introduce the NHS Learning Support Fund which will provide non-repayable grants of up to £8,000 per year for both new and current student healthcare professionals.

Those who completed their course between this period feel understandably short-changed by a lack of financial aid – relying solely on student loans.

Tom Pursglove MP – himself a Tory – wrote to Ms Whately, asking for the grant to be backdated after he was contacted by student nurse Jessica Collins.

Ms Whately writes; “The Government has no plans to introduce a scheme that will backdate the offer for students who completed courses in earlier years.

“Student nurses in training are supernumerary and are not deemed to be providing a service. They are required to undertake 2,300 hours of clinical practice to learn the skills necessary for entry to the workforce.

“Whilst they may be performing limited clinical duties, this is under close supervision and they are not being paid to staff hospitals.”

Fine words from a government minister whose department would have been overwhelmed if those students had not volunteered their apparently non-existent services in April!

It would be easy to dismiss this comment as the witterings of an airhead and there is plenty of evidence to support such an interpretation of Ms Whately’s contribution to society.

Indeed, her letter goes on to claim – falsely – that those assisting with the COVID-19 pandemic were required to join an “emergency register” and would be paid a six-month clinical placement. According to Nursing Notes, this is not true – another lie to add to the ever-increasing pile of porkies the Tories have laid at our feet during the crisis that they made so much worse for people in the UK by their own selfishness, ignorance and laziness.

And what does Ms Collins, a mother-of-two who is graduating with debts of £60,000 because the Tories cancelled student bursaries, and who launched a petition calling for student nurses’ debts to be written off that attracted 200,000 signatures, think of the minister’s unkind words?

She told the Mirror: “The most shocking point of it was that we’re ‘deemed not to be providing a service’.

“I think you would only need to work one shift with us to see how we’re providing care for patients.

“We are under exactly the same pressures, we’re under exactly the same stresses.

“And the way she’s worded that just seems un-empathetic and so callous.”

Jessica said nursing students already feel undervalued and “to have it in writing I think is awful”.

She added: “I shared it with my closest circle first and there were a lot of tears, proper tears because it was that upsetting to some people.”

It seems Ms Collins will have a chance to clear the air with the minister next week, as part of a group conference call to discuss the issue.

This Writer believes nothing will come of this call apart from more hot air being blown down the phone lines at Ms Collins and student nurses like her.

And I reckon that – national loyalties notwithstanding – they will need to look to their own best interests when they graduate.

Other nations’ health services provide better pay and conditions than the NHS as it is run by the Conservatives, and nobody would blame them for taking employment that will help them clear the debt into which Tories like Ms Whately have pitched them.

If it creates a problem for the Department of Health and Social Care, so be it. The Tories already told nurses from foreign countries that they are not welcome, and it would do the country good to see that any problems in providing nurses are entirely caused by Conservative MPs.

And now I must ask: is that the plan?

Remember Noam Chomsky’s words on how the National Health Service could be privatised?

The Tories de-funded student nurses – and have now added insult to injury by saying they were “not deemed to be providing a service” during the Covid crisis.

If those nurses quit the NHS for better pay, then the NHS won’t work and people will get angry.

You know the Tories won’t take the blame – they never do. They’ll simply say the NHS as a system was always doomed to fail because socialist models always do – the usual baloney – and finish privatising the lot.

And the next time you need hospital treatment, they’ll slap you with a bill so large you could never, ever, hope to pay it.

Are you looking forward to that?

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