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Normalising racism: Abbott attacked for highlighting Farage’s hypocrisy over Raducanu

Raducanu: she won the US Open so the racists in UK politics are happy to let this Romanian-heritage teenager be British. What would they have called her if she had lost?

The BBC really is contemptible these days.

Its daily Politics Live programme has just taken time out to criticise Diane Abbott for making a perfectly reasonable point.

After Emma Raducanu won the US Open Ladies Singles tennis final, Nigel Farage was among the many who praised her up.

But arch Brexiter Farage, while campaigning for the UK to leave the European Union, had previously stated that he would not want a Romanian living next door to him.

Ms Raducanu’s heritage is Romanian.

So Ms Abbott was absolutely right to make this point:

And she’s not the only one pointing out the hypocrisy:

The verdict on Politics Live?

Led by host Jo Coburn, guests united to say that Farage’s words were in the past and that it is wrong to use a sporting even to score political points.

So it’s fine for politicians like Boris Johnson (and, indeed, Farage) to make hay when sportspeople representing the UK do well – no matter that they personally have expressed racist views that constitute abuse against individuals among those sportspeople in the past?

I don’t think so!

The whole disgrace was encapsulated in a tweet before Ms Raducanu’s victory (that I didn’t save, sadly).

It said that, depending on the result, the Daily Mail would tell us whether she was British or not.

And it’s a good point.

Would these creepy politicians be quite so keen to let bygones be bygones if Ms Raducanu had not won?

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Jo Bird, the proposed standards review of the Jewish Chronicle… and me

Jo Bird: her complaint against the Jewish Chronicle over inaccuracies in its report about her was upheld; now she, I, and seven other victims of its falsehoods are demanding an investigation into whether the paper’s editorial standards have fallen to an unacceptable level.

In case you’ve been living under a rock since the weekend, the newspaper regulator IPSO has made yet another ruling against the Jewish Chronicle for failures in its journalism.

The right-wing rag was found to have wrongly reported that Ms Bird, a Labour councillor in the Wirral, had been suspended for a third time in late 2020.

Details are below, including her own statement on the ruling which points out that the JC crucially failed to mention the fact that she is Jewish in its account of alleged anti-Semitism by her – thereby omitting crucial context.

As you can see from the last paragraph of her statement, Ms Bird demanded a formal Standards Investigation by IPSO into the JC.

This means that IPSO would consider whether the number and regularity of Editor’s Code breaches means that the JC‘s editorial standards have fallen to an unacceptable level. If it were to find against the newspaper, then penalties – and measures to improve it – may be demanded.

Where do I fit in to this?

I’m glad you asked.

Back in 2018, the JC was one of a handful of newspapers that re-published a false claim from The Sunday Times that I was a Holocaust denier. There was no truth in the allegation, which was derived from documents leaked by the Labour Party, which was investigating me at the time; investigators had ignored their own regulations on fairness in order to fabricate the claims.

The JC had not attempted to verify any of the claims against me before it published them. I complained to IPSO and my complaint was upheld (although you wouldn’t know it from the surly line of clarification that was added to the story, to the effect that I had said the claim was false. The Sunday Times was subsequently forced to publish a lengthy clarification in which it admitted that there was no truth at all to its claim about me).

After Ms Bird’s victory was announced, I was contacted by friends acting on her behalf, to ask if I would be willing to sign a letter calling on IPSO to conduct the Standards Investigation that she had already demanded, in my capacity as another victim of false reporting.

I was happy to do so.

And that is the reason my name is attached to the following letter:

Dear Lord Faulks,

We welcome IPSO’s agreement to consider Jo Bird’s proposal for a Standards Investigation into the Jewish Chronicle and we urge you to launch such an investigation without delay. With 28 recorded breaches of the Editors’ Code and four libel defeats in just three years, it is clear that the paper’s editorial standards are shockingly low and IPSO’s actions to date have made no difference.

We have all either seen our complaints to IPSO about the Jewish Chronicle’s bad journalism upheld or secured admissions of libel from the paper. Unless standards there improve there will be more victims, while readers will continue to be misled.

IPSO’s regulations say a Standards Investigation can take place where there is evidence of ‘serious and systemic breaches of the code’. The seriousness of the breaches by the Jewish Chronicle is attested to in IPSO’s own rulings while the sheer number of breaches and libel defeats – taking place at a small publication that appears only weekly – proves the problem is systemic.

We would be grateful if you would circulate this letter to all IPSO board members and to senior management.

Yours,

Jo Bird

John Davies

Ibrahim Hewitt, Interpal

Jenny Lennox

Kal Ross

Mike Sivier

Thomas Suárez

Marc Wadsworth

Audrey White

Now we must wait for a response from IPSO, due by August 12, and then for its findings – if an investigation is launched.

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Boris Johnson used the language of death threats – deliberately. He is a danger to lives

Boris Johnson: Look at the body language – on a day when he should have been showing abject contrition, he came out with language that poses a violent threat to people who oppose him. He is as much a danger to the people as he is to democracy.

If anybody in Parliament is a “traitor” – to the law, to Parliament, to the people of the United Kingdom – he is Boris Johnson.

As I write this, I’m listening to Jess Phillips asking an urgent question about the language our excuse for a prime minister used in yesterday’s (September 25) “toxic” debate – she says his words were “workshopped”; devised to create a divisive reaction and to cause as much offence as possible.

In his attempt to defend himself after the Supreme Court ruled his attempt to prorogue Parliament was unlawful – meaning he wasted 10 days of Parliamentary debating time – Mr Johnson used what many consider to be shocking language.

He seems to have made it clear, following words by Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox, that the attempted prorogation was about Brexit, as the debate seems to have revolved entirely around it.

He poured scorn on the legislation Parliament passed to prevent him from pushing a “no deal” Brexit on a nation that does not want it – describing it as a “surrender” act, a “capitulation” act, or a “humiliation” act.

Labour MP Paula Sheriff pointed out that Mr Johnson had chosen language that is used by people who send death threats to MPs.

She said: “We should not resort to using offensive, dangerous or inflammatory language for legislation that we do not like, and we stand here under the shield of our departed friend with many of us in this place subject to death threats and abuse every single day.

“They often quote his words ‘Surrender Act’, ‘betrayal’, ‘traitor’ and I for one am sick of it.

“We must moderate our language, and it has to come from the prime minister first.”

And how did Boris Johnson respond to that? “I’ve never heard such humbug in all my life.”

Sickening.

And he tried to co-opt the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox, killed by a far-right activist during the EU referendum campaign, by saying the best way to honour her memory was to “get Brexit done”.

Ms Cox was a Remainer!

Her husband Brendan, asked to comment, said the debate had descended into a “bear pit of polarisation” and MPs had fallen into a “vicious cycle where language gets more extreme, the response gets more extreme and it all gets hyped up.

“It has real-world consequences… It creates an atmosphere where I think violence and attacks are more likely than they would have been.”

In short: It seems clear that Boris Johnson is encouraging violence against MPs who disagree with him; that he wants them to fear for their lives.

That’s what Ms Sheriff believes – as evidenced by an interview with Victoria Derbyshire:

You can bet that people in the country have received that message.

If this leads to tragic results, we should all know where to lay the blame.

Source: Commons ‘bear pit’ condemned by Jo Cox’s husband – BBC News

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Kicked when he’s down: Now Boris Johnson is backstabbed by his own brother

Turning away: Jo Johnson.

Jo Johnson has announced he is to stand down as a member of Parliament in what can only be seen as an attack on his brother Boris’s premiership.

In a tweet he said he had been “torn between family loyalty and the national interest” – implying that he does not consider his brother’s behaviour since becoming prime minister to have been in the interest of the nation.

At the time of writing it is not clear whether Jo Johnson is leaving the government immediately or at the next general election – whenever that may be.

He has been attending cabinet meetings as universities minister, and was promoted despite having voted to remain in the European Union and being much more pro-European than his brother.

The ramifications of this may shake the Tories even more than BoJob’s removal of the Tory whip from 21 MPs on Wednesday evening.

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Anti-Semitism row: JK Rowling schooled by British Jew

JK Rowling is a terrific author of fiction. As a political commentator, however, she leaves a great deal to be desired.

She recently weighed in on the Labour anti-Semitism row, throwing her weight behind those who want us to think Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite and the Labour Party institutionally racist, supporting a thread by a person going by the pseudonym “Nuddering Nudnik”.

She should have known better. The mere fact that this person was posting under a pen-name should have indicated that they have something to hide.

Of course, if a gentile had tried to explain the faults in Nuddering’s argument to Ms Rowling, she might have found them easy to dismiss.

We are fortunate, therefore, that Ben Goran – a British Jew – stepped up and provided a wealth of evidence to show what’s really going on.

I reproduce both threads below. See who you believe. Here’s Jo and ‘Nuddering’:

And now here’s Ben Goran:

See, one of the problems with “Nuddering”‘s story is in his dialogue between Group A and Group B. It’s fine up to the point where Group B “describes the behaviour that caused the upset.”

The next part – “Group A says “we get that. We won’t do it again as you are not our enemy & we have no reason to want to hurt you” – would be justified only if Group B had been the subject of unfair and unjustified treatment by Group A. And that’s not what is happening here.

Group B – Jewish people, or at least those claiming to represent them – have not been attacked by Group A – those people in the Labour Party, including Jeremy Corbyn, accused of anti-Semitism in the mass media. Don’t try to get past that point by saying there are anti-Semites in the Labour Party, just as there are in many other organisations; we all know this. But we’re discussing institutional anti-Semitism here, and the claims against Mr Corbyn.

As Mr Goran points out, the claims against Labour are politically-motivated, to prevent criticism of the Israeli government – not the Jewish people, culture, or religion, but the government of a foreign nation. This criticism has been prompted by the activities of the Israeli government and has been made using language that may not be described as anti-Semitic – unless the person doing so is unafraid of ridicule.

British Jews, knowing this, have no reason to fear the Labour Party or its leader. Unfortunately, many of them appear to have been misled by politicians and media organisations in which they have placed their trust.

But this has been explained before.

So we come back to the dialogue, and the moment when the next part becomes: Group A says, “We did not intend to cause you distress and, as we can demonstrate, you are not the subject of our criticism. Our facts are correct and we do have a point. We would appreciate your help to put an end to the injustice that we see.”

That is what has actually happened, and the next part is deeply unfortunate. It seems Group B then says, “What you have said causes me distress. Please don’t do that.”

What this means is that Group B – or those who have set themselves up as representatives of Group B, like “Nuddering” – is trying to claim victimhood, using this as cover to deny criticism of the genuine Israeli atrocities listed by Mr Goran, and to prevent criticism of the Conservative government by keeping the focus on faked failings of the Labour Party.

There comes a point when one is forced to conclude that Group B is distressed because Group B wants to be distressed; because being distressed – or at least showing it – is seen as a way for Group B to get what it wants. For that reason, I don’t think Group B really represents British Jews at all.

That is how it works. But I reckon anybody reading this already knows.

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