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#JimmyCarr postscript: don’t try to tell us his #HolocaustJoke was awareness-raising!

I had to take a break from writing about Jimmy Carr and his Holocaust “joke” because his supporters were infuriating me with their attempts at justification.

Their point was that, after uttering his shocking attempt at humour on the His Dark Material video, Carr told his audience (who had laughed heartily) that his joke was “****ing funny” and went on to say it was educational because some people don’t know Nazis killed gypsies too, along with homosexuals, disabled people and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mention of Jehovah’s Witnesses led him to a secondary punchline about “Yeah, we don’t like JWs either.”

But how many people really don’t know that, while being the largest individual group, Jews constituted only slightly more than one-third of those killed in the Nazi Holocaust?

When right-wingers in the Labour Party were trying to expel me, one of their arguments was that I had accused other people of saying Jews were the only group of people to be murdered in the Holocaust, so I provided ample evidence of people who have made it quite clear that such is their belief – or at least, what they want you to believe.

So there is that aspect of it – misinformation by people (mostly Zionists, although certainly not always Jews – never mix up the two groups) who have political reasons for wanting you to believe a lie.

But a friend on Facebook makes an excellent point about this:

How many times have there been rows about the Holocaust where the focus on 6 million Jews, and the Nazis attempt to eradicate Jewish people as a ‘race,’ has been corrected by someone pointing out that the true number of victims of the Holocaust is between 12 and 20 million, and includes Roma, Poles, Serbs, Slovenes, Soviet P.O.W.s, Soviet civilians, communists, trade unionists, disabled people and homosexuals? This is not some new discovery made by Jimmy Carr, and making a joke of it is not the way to bring it to wider attention.

The other aspect of it is as a reflection of the way the travelling community are viewed in general. A commenter on This Site’s Facebook page stated:

I found this particular joke a pointed comment on how Gypsy’s and the Traveling Community are perceived in general by the wider population… That’s what the joke is tapping into, its a reflection of the bias and prejudice we all feel towards those not our own when coming into contact with them.

But another commenter pointed out:

I’ve listened to his ‘excuses’ after getting the racist laugh from a racist audience… I think you’d have to be racist to find it funny… The educational element is a little flawed if you first harvest a laugh based on racism, then merely tag on a line after that just says ‘based on a true story’… The problem here was that he crafted a racist joke that depended on a racist audience.

Personally, I like the response of a third commenter:

Just call him “the Nazi comedian” and if anybody complains just say you are being edgy and your comment is hilarious.

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Celebrities rally around #JimmyCarr. It seems a #HolocaustJoke is okay if your friend tells it

Who knew?

Let’s be clear about something. Jimmy Carr’s joke about the Nazi Holocaust against gypsies (as he calls them in the video) is not okay. In a previous article I discussed how it presented the deaths of many thousands of people as acceptable; indeed, desirable.

He also told it in a show that’s available at a time when the UK government is preparing to pass a new law that will persecute the GRT (Gypsy/Roma/Traveller) community in ways similar to some of the measures imposed on them in Nazi Germany.

I elaborated on this in a previous article:

In 1930s Germany, Hitler ramped up already-existing anti-gypsy laws to establish the pre-supposition that they were a “nuisance”, that they were criminal by their nature (so it follows that the authorities were allowed to assume they were criminals without them actually having to commit a crime), and that they should be moved on from encampments that were considered to cause a disturbance to the rest of the German population (in Hitler’s Germany, they were moved on into concentration camps where they were murdered in a holocaust that was every bit as brutal as the attempted genocide of the Jews).

Boris Johnson has been stealing policies from Hitler, it seems.

Then I quoted someone else, who said:

Previously, police could take action against Gypsies and Travellers if they had done something wrong. They had to have “caused damage to the land or to property on the land or used threatening, abusive or insulting words”.

Alternately, they could take action if they had six or more vehicles on the land. But the new bill allows police to take action if they have just one vehicle.

And they do not need to have done anything at all. The police officer just needs to suspect that significant damage or disruption “is likely to be caused”.

Similarly, if they suspect that “significant distress… as a result of offensive conduct” – defined as “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour” – is likely to be caused, they can also take action.

In other words: You do not actually need to have done anything. All that is required is that the police *suspect* you will do something.

If the police do suspect this, they can “seize and remove any relevant property”. This includes the vehicle. But for these communities, it is not just a vehicle. It is their home.

Put yourself in these people’s place. At a time when they are facing the possibility that the police will confiscate everything they own, if an officer doesn’t like the way they look, here’s a popular comedian saying the attempted genocide of all their race is a “positive”.

It doesn’t make a difference whether it was only meant in jest. There’s many a true word spoken that way, as the saying goes, and there are people in the world who will accept what Carr said, simply because he’s the one who said it; people laugh at comedians’ jokes because they agree with the sentiment behind them.

I read an attempt to justify Carr that said if we put a stop to jokes like this, we should stop horror or war movies, because they show characters doing vile things, or Nazis. But the whole point of those films is to present the horrific or Nazi characters as abhorrent – not sympathetic. So the argument falls flat.

And obviously there’s the disparity between the fact that he felt fine talking about the gypsy (in fact, the Roma/Sinti) Holocaust in a way that he would never refer to the Jewish Holocaust. The simple fact is that it is unacceptable to talk about any Holocaust in that way.

And yet, here come Carr’s celebrity friends to support him. This one – the first I saw – was particularly shocking for me, considering who it is. The response is entirely appropriate, I think:

This makes it worse:

That’s right. Victoria Coren Mitchell said she would have defended Carr if he had made a joke defending the murder of Jews in the Holocaust because “it’s not about the joke”.

Would she be saying that if someone who wasn’t a blue-tick celebrity and a personal friend of hers had told that joke? I doubt it. I can’t be sure but it seems unlikely. No doubt someone will trawl through her Twitter feed and find out if she’s being a hypocrite or not.

So, taking this in line with Rachel Riley’s response to the show in which Carr told his joke, there seems to be a clear message coming from the blue-tick crusaders: Supporting the Holocaust is fine as long as it’s done by one of their friends.

Or – tying in with current developments in politics: It’s one rule for us, and no rules for them.

I should add that Ms Coren Mitchell and Riley aren’t the only ones who’ve supported Carr. If you visit the Twitter feeds of the usual anti-Semitism crusader mob, I’m reliably informed that they’ve come out for him as well.

In contrast, though, there’s this:

The Twitter user who brought this to my attention pointed out the fact that Mr Schneider had been able to search his own history at leisure, in stark contrast to those of us of the Left (and/or who supported Jeremy Corbyn when he was Labour leader), who have had their social media postings pored over in excruciating detail over the past six years or so, by people trying to find anything even remotely objectionable. From personal experience, I can confirm that this happens.

“Shows who has been doing the witch hunting,” they said.

It is a valid point. But…

(For the record: the comment about David Baddiel in my tweet was not entirely accurate and I corrected it later on the thread. That said, while he deplored the joke, he still spoke in support of Carr as a personal friend. I’m not sure how he can reconcile that friendship with the fact that Carr told a joke that he himself has decried as “cruel and inhumane and mean-spirited and racist”. It seems these people are tying themselves in knots to justify their association with someone capable of such behaviour. But I digress.)

The bottom line?

People who haven’t said anything close to being as bad as Carr’s joke have suffered serious disruption to their lives and careers because blue-tick celebrities like those named above have denounced them. Again, I refer to personal interference.

If the same people suddenly want to give a free pass to someone who has actually said something genuinely appalling, then they need to start issuing apologies to everyone they have wronged by supporting the false accusations.

Sadly, I don’t see that happening, because: one rule for us – no rules for them.

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Why was #RachelRiley in ‘fits of giggles’ at #JimmyCarr’s ‘#Holocaust joke’ show?

The social media were in uproar on Saturday morning (February 5, 2022) about a new stand-up show by Jimmy Carr, entitled His Dark Material.

This is a bit odd, as it has been available to view on Netflix since the end of December.

It seems people found out yesterday that the show features a joke – if you can call it that – about the Holocaust. It’s extremely offensive, as the Independent chronicled it:

“When people talk about the Holocaust,” he continues, “they talk about the tragedy and horror of six million Jewish lives being lost to the Nazi war machine. But they never mention the thousands of gypsies that were killed by the Nazis.

“No one ever talks about that because no one wants to talk,” he says, “about the positives.”

It’s unacceptable.

We live in a world – and at a time – when the memory of what the Nazis did to 17 million people is rightly considered the worst abomination in human history; the premeditated, cold-blooded, controlled extermination of millions – for the sake of racism.

Everybody knows about the six million Jews who were murdered in the gas chambers, and nobody with a decent bone in their body would ever make a joke about that.

So why should the gypsies (or travellers, or Roma, depending which name you or they prefer) be fair game?

They’re not – as the Holocaust Memorial Trust made clear:

“Hundreds of thousands of Roma and Sinti people suffered prejudice, slave labour, sterilisation and mass murder simply because of their identity – these are not experiences for mockery”.

On Twitter, Labour MP Alex Sobel quoted the Auschwitz Memorial – and put in a few words of his own:

Amid all of this, one notable voice seems to have been absent. Carr’s co-star on 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown is Rachel Riley, who by now has spent nearly four years speaking out about prejudice against Jewish people – often with reference to the Holocaust.

What does she think about her colleague’s vile joke?

Well, many people were asking the same question at first, thinking that Riley had gone uncharacteristically quiet.

In fact, she had already commented on Carr’s show:

That’s right – she promoted it on her Twitter feed, back when it came out in December.

And be in no doubt – she had seen the whole show, as the Express details:

Rachel Riley, 35, was horrified by her 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown co-star Jimmy Carr’s latest stand-up gig for Netflix,

That’s more like it – you’d expect her to be horrified, right?

which left her in fits of giggles.

Oh.

That’s right. It seems she thought the whole show was very funny – no mention is made of the Holocaust joke at all.

And today the nation waited in vain for her to do the right thing and come out with condemnation:

There was an obvious counter-argument to Riley’s defenders, as one “Keewa” tweeted:

“‘How dare you bring Rachel Riley into this? You vile Corbynistas!’ Idk she’s burnished her credentials as an anti-racist Holocaust educator, you’d think she’d maybe have *something* to say about her long-time colleague making a joke suggesting that part of it was ‘a positive’???”

Strangely, it seems the actual tweet has been removed from Twitter. I wonder why. Have those defenders been at work again?

As readers of This Site know, Riley is currently suing This Writer for libel after I wrote about her abusing and harassing a teenage girl with mental health problems. Part of her case appears to be that she couldn’t possibly behave in the manner I suggested because of her attitude to issues surrounding the Holocaust.

If, after reading the above, you wish to help my defence against this person, please consider doing one, or several, of the following:

Consider making a donation yourself, via the CrowdJustice page.

Email your friends, asking them to pledge to the CrowdJustice site.

Post a link to Facebook, asking readers to pledge.

On Twitter, tweet in support, quoting the address of the appeal.

I would pass my own comment on her attitude to this, but on this occasion I don’t think I need to.

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Confirmed: #JacobReesMogg party video was made THIS year – and was still in extremely poor taste

Jacob Rees-Mogg: It’s all very funny to him.

A video of Jacob Rees-Mogg joking at a party about whether police would investigate it, and about non-existent social distancing, was made in 2021, not 2020, according to the MP.

Rees-Mogg was shown in a clip to be making jokes that proved to be in extremely poor taste, after the video of Allegra Stratton laughing and joking about the party that happened in Downing Street on December 18 last year was made available to the public.

Here’s the Rees-Mogg clip:

Many people – including This Writer – were led to believe that the Rees-Mogg clip was made a year ago, because of the proximity of its release to that of the other video. The comment about “a year’s time” might have been considered an obvious indicator that it was current, but it was also entirely possible that someone back then might speculate on how long it would take for such a thing to go public, so some of us erred on the side of condemnation.

It’s still extremely poor taste. Rees-Mogg was still laughing it up at the expense of everybody who died during the Christmas restrictions last year, and of everybody who lost loved ones at that time. So were all the other attendees at the Institute of Economic Affairs (remember that name) think tank party where the clip was taken, who can be heard appreciatively guffawing at his callous so-called humour.

Guidelines in force at the time didn’t demand social distancing but did urge people to consider the risks of close contact. They can be seen standing shoulder-to-shoulder, and Rees-Mogg himself makes light of it. Won’t it be a shame if there’s a Covid-19 outbreak there as a result?

Rees-Mogg himself has since spoken up – not to apologise, but to justify the extreme offence he caused.

He said: “What I was saying was how nice it was to be free of restrictions so that we can have parties this year. That was what I was being pleased about.”

No – he was taking the piss out of everybody who followed the rules over the last nearly two years by laughing about how nobody had to follow them at that party.

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Evidence shows there WAS a #DowningStreetparty – after all #BorisJohnson’s lying denials

It’s been said before: it isn’t the wrongdoing that brings down governments – it’s the cover-up.

Yesterday (December 7, 2021), ITV News screened video of Boris Johnson’s then-press secretary, Allegra Stratton, laughing and joking about a Christmas party that government representatives, MPs and ministers have sworn blind did not take place on December 18, 2020, in a press conference rehearsal that happened four days later:

So there it is. Four days after the party – and we know now that it definitely took place – Downing Street staff were rehearsing how to lie about it. Remember, nobody would even claim publicly that it had happened for almost an entire year after the time this was recorded.

After the allegations were finally made, the lies started flying thick and fast. For brevity, here’s Peter Stefanovic’s video that captures all the televised falsehoods, including Boris Johnson’s own lie:

Do you still have doubts?

If so, just run your eyes over the following, which appears to be video of Jacob Rees-Mogg, taken at the Downing Street party on December 18, 2020:

The Metropolitan Police, having refused to investigate allegations of a party earlier this week – on the basis that they don’t investigate crimes that have already happened – are apparently looking at the Stratton video and considering whether to investigate.

(It probably means they are trying to find a good reason not to. Hopefully the Rees-Mogg video will tip the balance and they’ll have to do something. Interviewing Stratton and Rees-Mogg might be a start.)

This Writer had thought no new evidence was likely to be seen yesterday beyond the revelation that a ‘secret Santa’ present-giving had taken place – meaning the party had been planned well in advance (otherwise the secret present-givers would not have had time to arrange their gifts), and had not been cancelled after London went into Tier 3 Covid-19 restrictions and all social gatherings were banned. How much more wrong could I have been?

Downing Street itself has doubled-down, continuing to insist that all relevant rules had been followed and adding that Johnson himself certainly did not attend a party.

But that doesn’t matter, because he lied about it.

And he lied while Conservative Party vice-chair Nickie Aiken was on television (BBC Politics Live) telling us all how accusations of lying were bad because they encourage people to think they can’t trust politicians. She even mentioned the Covid-19 pandemic and said she didn’t believe any member of the government would bring Parliament into disrepute:

I would like to see her on tomorrow’s Politics Live, commenting on the Stratton and Rees-Mogg clips. What does she have to say now?

Because it’s the lying that is hurtful.

Yesterday evening I watched the ITV News report on this. Anchorman Tom Bradby seemed to be so angry he couldn’t get his words out properly, and a pre-recorded insert was shown featuring members of the public, including one of the many who lost loved ones on the day of the party, reacting to it. The rage was palpable.

It should never be forgotten that 489 people died with Covid-19 on the day these Sloane Rangers and Hooray Henrys were raving it up in Downing Street – and more than 600 on the day Allegra Stratton was laughing about it in her mock press conference.

The reason people are angry is because they were laughing at us – the people who had to obey the rules while they flouted them.

Allow me to show you just a taste of that anger, from Twitter:

“Dear Allegra Stratton

“On the day you partied, my mother called me, breathless and feverish. I didn’t visit. On the day you joked, she was admitted to hospital. I didn’t visit. As you celebrated Christmas, she died without family by her side. I promise you, it wasn’t funny.”

Let’s not forget that the Metropolitan Police – the same force that initially refused to investigate allegations that people in Downing Street broke the rules – are this very week prosecuting members of the public over a house party in Ilford.

How much evidence does Cressida Dick need? She has video evidence that the party took place – including a clip from inside the event itself, and because Downing Street is guarded by police at all times she has the names of everybody who was signed into and out of the premises at the time the party happened. That should be enough to build what should be a watertight case – and now there really is no excuse not to.

So we come back to Boris Johnson – who is also in trouble now because he lied that he did not interfere in the evacuation from Afghanistan to allow a dog rescue charity to remove its animals to the UK.

There was a party. It took place at 10 Downing Street – where he lives. It was illegal. It happened when all social gatherings were banned. It involved a large amount of people who weren’t even attempting social distancing. Johnson’s then-press secretary joked about it being a “cheese and wine” event or “fictional”. And Johnson lied about it.

All of the above suggests that TV funsters Ant and Dec were right on the button when they said these words on yesterday’s edition of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!:

He is still prime minister… for now.

But for how much longer?

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Charlie Brooker becomes next celeb to end his career with a ‘joke’ about Labour and anti-Semitism

Propaganda: It seems the BBC isn’t restricting its political lies solely to news programmes, but has expanded into comedy.

Has it become a contractual obligation that celebrities appearing on the BBC’s Have I Got News For You now have to reel out a duff comment connecting the Labour Party or Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism, and pretend that it’s a funny joke?

It was sad enough when Victoria Coren Mitchell did it, linking Labour with the anti-Semitic trope about a Jewish bankers’ conspiracy. Because the Labour leadership has never suggested it believes anything of the sort, it was in fact she who committed the anti-Semitic slur.

Now Charlie Brooker has used his appearance to link Labour with Holocaust denial:

Did you hear that audience reaction? They didn’t like it at all. That was the sound of a career ending, as Simon Maginn implies here:

And here:

As I say, though, it seems entirely possible that reading an anti-Labour jab from an autocue is now a contractual obligation. But Mr Brooker can’t be so hard-up for cash that he would abandon any principles and ruin his reputation for the sake of 30 pieces of silver from the BBC… can he? We note that he hasn’t exactly been running out to defend himself:

Sadly, Mr Brooker’s (probably-scripted) outburst seems to have achieved what these behaviours often do – and got someone else to join in. Isn’t this Phil Wang from the same programme?

It isn’t satire; it’s just a bad lie. What a way to commit career suicide.

And it seems Have I Got Lies For You may be on its way out now, as well.

There will be plenty of people who like the propaganda-pumping attitude the programme is currently showing – but if enough of us kick it into touch, then maybe the BBC will get the message.

We don’t like lies, and we don’t like people who lie to us.

Worst of all is the probability that Boris Johnson will use this as part of his excuse to axe the BBC’s status as the UK’s public service broadcaster and remove the requirement to pay the licence fee.

Still, the BBC did its best to ensure the Tories won the general election, knowing that this would be on the cards.

The Corporation’s bosses really are like turkeys voting for Christmas.

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Tory racism and sexism: here’s Michael Gove


We all know that Boris Johnson is a racist and an Islamophobe of the ugliest kind. Right?

He’s not even the only one at the top of the Tory Party. What about Michael Gove?

Consider this:

Michael Gove has been urged to apologise for mocking UK grime artist Stormzy and resorting to using “prejudicial” language in response to the musician’s criticisms of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Mr Gove responded to comments made by Stormzy in an Instagram post, in which the musician urged his millions of followers to register to vote, while stating that he would back Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and called Mr Johnson a “sinister man with a long record of lying”.

The Cabinet minister responded to Stormzy’s post by suggesting that the grime artist – who has often been outspoken about politics – is a “far better rapper than political analyst”.

He followed up the comments with a tweet saying “I set trends dem man copy” – a line from Stormzy’s 2015 song Shut Up – to which Conservative MEP Daniel Hannah responded “big man ting”.

Many mocked him on the platform for the tweet while others called for him to delete it, and Labour MP David Lammy said Mr Gove was “sanctioning crass stereotypes after telling an intelligent, successful young black man to stay out of politics”.

Shadow equalities minister Naz Shah said of Mr Gove’s tweets: “On the day that Labour has launched our Race and Faith Manifesto to tackle racism and prejudice in our society, Michael Gove betrays his own racism and prejudice.”

Let us also remember that Michael Gove is the Tory who thinks that rape is funny.

Source: Michael Gove told to apologise over ‘crass stereotypes’ after saying Labour-backing Stormzy should stay out of politics | inews

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Peston’s ‘China’ accusation backfires as Labour supporters react with fury

Ill-humoured: Robert Peston.

Look at the state of this, about the Labour conference vote yesterday that supported the leadership’s position on Brexit, rather than changing to support remaining in the European Union:

In his article, Robert Peston states: “The Brexit position of the trade unions was always a red herring, what magicians call misdirection. What mattered was who was in the hall.

“And that was sorted weeks ago though the choice of delegates.

“For spectators like me – who spent 15 years observing the tactics of China’s leaders – all this is quite familiar.

“For passionate Labour Remainers, it’s infuriating.”

This is a lie. Peston was claiming that delegates to the Labour conference were chosen by Jeremy Corbyn to support his position on Brexit, when in fact they are chosen by their fellow constituency party members.

As Richard Seymour states: “This is literally a conspiracy theory about the official opposition being published by a major national broadcaster. They ought to withdraw this.”

And he’s not the only one to react furiously:

So Mr Peston changed tack and decided to suggest he was joking. That didn’t go down well either:

Sadly, the mainstream media seem determined to mislead the public about Labour’s attitude towards Brexit. Consider this, from the BBC’s Norman Smith – and the response:

Labour is now the only mainstream political party that will give all UK electors a voice on the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The Tories will take us out on terms that seem most likely to benefit Boris Johnson’s business partners.

The Liberal Democrats will keep us in, without offering the people a chance to make a decision.

Labour will honour the 2016 referendum by negotiating a new exit deal with the EU, and will bring this deal back to the electorate for a decision, alongside the possibility of remaining in the EU after all.

This is the only way democracy may be honoured in this matter.

Now all we need to do is get rid of Boris Johnson’s attempted dictatorship and bring in a Labour government. Right?

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DWP response to Jodey Whiting petition is a ‘joke’ according to her mother

Jodey Whiting, 42, took her own life after her benefits were stopped [Image: Evening Gazette].

Remember when I said I wasn’t the best person to provide a commentary on the DWP’s response to the ‘Justice for Jodey Whiting’ petition?

Disability News Service has found someone much better: Her mother.

The petition demands an independent inquiry into deaths linked to the DWP, after the department ignored its own safeguarding policies no less than five times in the weeks leading up to her suicide in February 2017.

I poured scorn on the DWP’s response to the petition – which had earned more than 27,000 signatures at the time.

According to DNS, Joy Dove – Ms Whiting’s mother – said the DWP response to the petition was “a joke”, and that her message to DWP was: “You have put everything in your response to the petition that you did not do to safeguard Jodey.

“You killed my daughter by not safeguarding her.”

She added: “They should have practised what they are trying to preach now. They are responsible for Jodey’s death.”

She said she was appalled that the DWP response suggested that the £10,000 ICE ordered DWP to pay the family as a “consolatory payment” was “compensation” for her daughter’s death.

Dove said that £9,000 was given to Jodey’s nine children, while the other £1,000 was used to pay off some of the debts she had built up in paying for her daughter’s funeral.

She said: “It’s not about money. I will carry on. They can’t say it’s settled. I signed nothing. I want justice.”

Ms Dove has said she wants to take legal action against the DWP. I would like to see the department taken to court for all the deaths it caused.

Wouldn’t you like that too?

Source: Justice for Jodey Whiting: Mum brands DWP’s petition response ‘a joke’


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Vladimir Putin is keen for us to get on with Brexit. Let’s laugh at him

Putin: He’s a big noise on the international stage but still hasn’t worked up the courage to go “full Godiva”.

Russian president Vladimir Putin thinks he’s a proper cheeky monkey, doesn’t he?

We all know there is evidence that suggests his government interfered with the European Union referendum in 2016, thanks to the efforts of campaigns like Arron Banks’s Leave.EU.

Part of that evidence includes a claim by current UK Chancellor Philip Hammond that Russia was the only country that would benefit from the UK leaving the EU – and now Mr Putin is demanding that the UK get on with it.

Trouble is, there are many people in the UK who say the decision to leave is based on false information and tainted by the (alleged) interference of Mr Putin and Russia.

So we need to be a little circumspect about the matter – and the last thing we want is to rush into anything just because the leader of some other country is antagonising us.

He’s probably worried about the increasing likelihood of a so-called “People’s Vote” mandating the government to keep us in the EU after all.

And in fact, his nagging tends to support the case against people lie Mr Banks, and undermines the validity of the decision of that 2016 plebiscite.

Furthermore, after he was accused of responsibility for the Salisbury and Amesbury poisonings by Theresa May, British people are rightly wondering why he thinks Mrs May would want to do anything, just because he demanded it. The fact that she is desperately trying to get us out of the EU before the end of March is therefore a mystery to us – unless we conclude that she really does have friends who are tax evaders and is trying to protect them from a Euro law that comes into force in April.

So I tend to support the decision of those on the social media who have chosen to make a mockery of the Russian leader instead.

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