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Joanne Froggatt and Dr Rachel Clarke talk ‘Breathtaking’

With the ITV drama Breathtaking, based on Dr Rachel Clarke’s memoir of the Covid-19 pandemic, screening tomorrow (February 19, 2024), the BBC’s Woman’s Hour interviewed the author and star Joanne Froggatt.

Listen to the interview via the link below (starting one minute and 40 seconds in), and then make an appointment to watch the show that could be the next Mr Bates vs the Post Office.

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We’ve long known Boris Johnson stopped Russia-Ukraine peace. Why is it news now?

Boris Johnson and Vladimir Putin: it seems claims that Johnson flew to Kiev in April 2022, to scupper a peace deal between Ukraine and Russia, were true. For how many deaths does that make Johnson responsible?

Why is this news?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given a television interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, in which he claimed – well, here’s someone who puts it better than I could:

Here’s a report that puts a little more meat on the bones:

But there’s one problem with the reporting here: all this was known, around a year and a half ago!

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This Site published an article about it – that, of course, hardly anybody read. It included this video clip, which provided a source for the information:

Some of you might pooh-pooh Jimmy Dore as a poor source of information, even though he was quoting another journalist – but in any case it seems the story has been confirmed by Putin himself.

Call him a poor source of information if you like, but how many separate sources do you need before this claim becomes credible?

I think Boris Johnson has some serious questions to answer. Again.


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Why have there been no repercussions for foul-mouthed ‘Foam Secretary’ ‘Rohypnol Jimmy’?

James Cleverly: how many ladies would foam… anywhere… at the sight of this?

Why is James Cleverly still the Home Secretary after a foul-mouthed outburst in Parliament and a leering joke about date-rape?

He is believed to have called Stockton North a “shithole”  during Prime Minister’s Questions on November 22. Here’s the clip so you can judge it for yourself.

Cleverly was quizzed on the incident today (January 2) by Mishal Husain – and he admitted using un-Parliamentary language in the Commons chamber.

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And who did our impartial mass media target?

Did she, though?

Or was she, in fact, quoting what he was believed to have said, and what he admitted having said?

Here’s the exchange:

This Writer is in no doubt. Cleverly has admitted being the MP responsible for saying the word in question and I can clearly hear it being the word “shithole”. No blame should attach to Ms Husain for doing her job on our behalf.

Also part of that interview was another exchange in which Cleverly’s alleged joke about the date-rape drug Rohypnol was explored.

At a 10 Downing Street reception, he apparently said that spiking his wife with “a little bit of Rohypnol” – the illegal date-rape drug – was “not really illegal if it’s only a little bit”.

The comment sparked calls for his removal from office – as Home Secretary he is in charge of the police and law-enforcement – such as this, from a caller to James O’Brien on LBC:

The question – and especially the emotion with which it was asked – is valid.

The answer seems to be that people occupying Cleverly’s place in society never face the consequences of their unwise misbehaviour, no matter how bad it is.

He is a repeat offender when it comes to inappropriate comments about sex, it seems – as this story from his time at a publishing company seems to bear out:

“Trust me love, if I were flirting with you you’d be foaming at the gash”?

This Writer is no longer the most attractive of men himself, but speaking for my people I find it inordinately surprising that Cleverly ever believed such a statement to be true.

Wild overconfidence notwithstanding, it all suggests that he should be nowhere near Parliament, let alone government. I wonder why he is being allowed to get away with this.


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French President calls for ceasefire between Israel and Gaza

Emmanuel Macron: the French Head of State wants a ceasefire in Gaza.

Emmanuel Macron has taken to television to call for a ceasefire in Gaza – led by Israel.

But he stopped short of accusing Israel of war crimes:

He said he was a Head of State – not a judge.

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To This Writer, his words imply that he believes somebody in the Israeli government will be brought to book for the deaths of civilians in Gaza, sometime in the future.

Agreed?


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This is how our right-wing media try to demonise campaigners for peace

Chris Williamson: he kept his cool under a barrage of nonsense talk from a right-wing TV host.

This Site’s friend (and friend to Jew and Palestinian alike) Chris Williamson had a hard time getting a word in edgeways when he was (allegedly) the interview subject on Julia Hartley-Brewer’s Talk TV show.

It seems he was brought on in order for her to

In answer to her question quoted in the ‘X’ post, Mr Williamson pointed out that many Jews take part in the pro-Palestine demonstrations here in the UK (of which he thoroughly approves).

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Ms Hartley-Doodah went on to demonstrate her ignorance of the Israeli apartheid system and of the definition of a concentration camp – a place in which large numbers of people, especially… persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities. They are often located in remote or isolated areas, away from public scrutiny or international intervention. They are guarded by armed forces or paramilitary groups, who exercise absolute control over the inmates and often subject them to violence. They are overcrowded and unsanitary, with insufficient food, water, medical care, and hygiene. They are designed to dehumanise and degrade the inmates, who are stripped of their rights, identities and dignity.

Looking at Gaza through the prism of the above, strict definition of a concentration camp, the similarity seems clear. Remember, the Strip is fenced in by a huge wall and guarded by the Israeli military, and Israel controls all provision of food, water and energy to it, including power for its hospitals. Hostilities between Gaza and Israel have never died down, even during so-called “peace” time.

Chris Williamson knows this. Ms Hartley-Brewer seems to be living in the la-la-land of right-wing consensus reality.


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Oliver Dowden is wrong on-air about peaceful protest

Oliver Dowden: his script tells him Israel-good, Palestine-bad, so he only cares about the loss of Israeli lives. Palestinians are not interesting to him.

Tory Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden seems to have no understanding of anything beyond his script.

Here, in an appearance on LBC radio, he complains about the ‘From the River to the Sea’ chant being offensive to Jews – without understanding that it is likely to have been made offensive to them by an Israeli propaganda campaign in 1967.

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He goes on to say that we should be outraged at the loss of more than 1,000 Israeli lives – but has nothing to say about the 9,000 Palestinian lives, including those of 3,000 children, that had been lost to cold-blooded Israeli shelling since October 7:

It seems Israeli propaganda – and Israeli lives – mean more to this politician than the facts.


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Keir Starmer is RIGHT about the Rwanda policy – for the wrong reasons

Confirmed: Keir Starmer made it clear he still intends to scrap the Tory policy of sending planes full of ‘illegal migrants’ to Rwanda.

Take a look at the following – both the X post by Robert Jenrick and the interview clip on which it is based:

Jenrick’s claims are clearly false. Keir Starmer saying he doesn’t want to ship people who have migrated to the UK illegally off to Rwanda doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to stop the boats bringing them here in the first place.

Nor does it mean Starmer’s party (it isn’t Labour any more in anything but name) is ideologically opposed to border controls. We know that the last Labour government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown had better controls than the Tories who have been in power since 2010.

That system was scrapped – some say in order to create a crisis and a bogeyman for the public to fear.

Starmer is right to imply that the Rwanda policy will not stop the criminal gangs who prey on refugees and asylum-seekers. There is no evidence to say that it will; in fact, figures show that after the policy was approved, the number of people arriving in the UK increased.

But he is wrong to say the ambition is to stop those gangs from plying their trade.

The ambition must always be to stop refugees and asylum-seekers wanting to leave their own country in the first place.

Negotiation is a good start – and it’s worth noting that the Tories are working on more agreements by which they would be able to return people to the countries from which they come to the UK.

But the negotiations need to be with the migrants’ countries of origin – to stop their governments creating the conditions that uproot these people in the first place. It’s not rocket science and This Writer has made the point time and time again in the past.

A good leverage point would be all the weapons export licences the UK government grants to these places. If they don’t improve the quality of life in their countries, the UK could refuse to export weapons to them.

Or is that far too sensible for Mr Starmer or any other politician?


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Rishi Sunak thinks slowing inflation means we’ll have more money. What a fool.

In an interview on LBC this week, Rishi Sunak tried to convince listeners that slowing the rate of inflation will mean people will have more money.

This is not true and never will be.

Inflation is the rate at which prices rise. If it slows down, prices are still rising.

Meanwhile, Sunak has made it perfectly clear that he opposes pay increases for those of us who need them.

So slowing the inflation rate means people will have less money.

And that’s why he’s Maximilien Robespierre‘s Fool of the Week:

If he honestly believes that tripe, he’s a fool.

If he doesn’t, and is trying to get us to believe it, he’s also a fool, because we don’t.


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Lisa Nandy ‘antisemitism’ interview falls apart under examination

Nandy: the mouth is open but nothing of any interest comes out.

The Starmer Party’s right-wing leaders can’t let this go, can they?

Here’s an interview with Lisa Nandy, who waxes lyrical about the so-called Labour anti-Semitism crisis and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on it:

There are just a few problems with her interpretation. “Let’s take this line by line, shall we?” tweets Simon Maginn.

And on the basis of those two disputed cases, right-wing underlings of Keir Starmer have spent two and a half years vilifying Jeremy Corbyn.

Even now, despite the fact that the motion to have him barred from standing as a Labour election candidate doesn’t mention the EHRC report or anti-Semitism in any way, people like Nandy have been turning up all over the media with their mouths stuffed full of it.

They’re full of something, but I can describe it using only four letters.


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Dominic Raab fails to convince he’s not a bully in TV interview

Dominic Raab: look at those eyes, those hands, the set of his face. Could you believe a man like that could be a bully?

This is odd: Dominic Raab appeared on a TV show where he was asked about the bullying allegations against him – but ducked the questions by saying it was improper to discuss them while an inquiry was going on.

Even when talking more broadly about the issue, he was unconvincing.

Here’s Maximilien Robespierre’s appraisal of it:

The points are good; he never even said bullying is unacceptable.

Perhaps, having been appointed on the basis of loyalty to the leader rather than merit, he simply didn’t think he owed it to anybody working for him to have a respectful relationship with them?


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