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Was Streeting’s about-turn on Gaza just a pose?

Wes Streeting: look at that smug smirk.

Take a look at Wes Streeting, laughing and joking in a London restaurant after Labour hijacked the SNP motion for a ceasefire in Gaza and made it meaningless:

He was acting as though he didn’t have a care in the world. He certainly didn’t seem to care about what he and his party had just done.

To clarify: after the SNP tabled a motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the collective punishment (a war crime) meted out on Palestinian non-combatants there by Israel, Keir Starmer’s Labour (of which Streeting is a leading MP) tabled an amendment removing that reference, adding verbiage sympathetic to Israel and saying any ceasefire should happen at Israel’s convenience.

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When it came to the vote, SNP and Tory MPs had walked out of the Commons chamber in protest at Speaker Lyndsay Hoyle’s decision to allow the Labour amendment to be debated (it was against convention for another opposition party to table an amendment when the government had also tabled one), so Labour MPs were free to approve their amendment, meaning the SNP could not have a vote on its own motion.

This is a clear abuse of Parliamentary procedure (and Hoyle had been warned of this very fact by his clerk, before he adopted the Labour amendment). It brought the entire debate into disrepute.

And then we see video of Streeting laughing afterwards, without a care in the world.

It makes a mockery of his words on Sky News on Monday: “What we have seen are actions that go beyond reasonable self-defence and also call into question whether Israel has broken international law. The ICJ [International Court of Justice] are now investigating and we take all of that seriously.

“I think, objectively, yes, Israel has gone too far. And we have seen that with a disproportionate loss of innocent civilian life.”

“A disproportionate loss of innocent civilian life” suggested that Streeting agreed with the SNP’s motion that said Israel was inflicting collective punishment on the non-combatant citizens of Gaza – punishing them for the actions of Hamas.

And then Labour tabled its watered-down amendment, he supported that, and went off to have a laugh and a joke over a slap-up meal while Gazans like him were being shot, bombed, slaughtered.

He and his party do not deserve to form a government – and the people know it:

If you thought you would support Labour at the next election, think again.


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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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Calls mount for the removal of ‘Rohypnol Jimmy’

James Cleverly: I’ve used this old image of him from 2018 because in it, he looks like he himself has been drugged.

This is the career of a Tory Cabinet member these days: each successive post is occupied for exponentially shorter time until they’re booted to the back benches.

James Cleverly has hardly had time to let his posterior warm the chair in the Home Secretary’s office, and people are clamouring for it to get a good kicking.

And it’s his own fault for making a stupid attempt at humour about using the Class C date-rape drug Rohypnol to keep his wife faithful.

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Comments like the following are justified and, in the opinion of many, accurate:

And of course, people who have suffered from having their drinks (or whatever) spiked with Rohypnol or similar chemicals have had something to say about him:

[Gina Miller, who heads the True and Fair Party,] who said she had been a victim of the drug during an abusive relationship more than a decade ago, said: “This ruins a woman’s life, or a young girl’s life, when this happens to you. It’s not something you wake up and you get over. It literally ruins your life.

“You can’t escape it. It is like this ghost on your shoulder that lives with you forever… and then you see somebody in a position of power, not just a teacher or headmaster, this was a Home Secretary here we’re talking about, somebody in a position of power, playing it down as a joke.”

Describing the impact of drugging, Ms Miller, 58, said: “You have no memory, you have memory loss. You have the pain and you know something happened, but you are in no way in control of telling anybody because you can’t remember.

“So it absolutely robs you of everything – your memory, your ability to speak out, your ability to complain, your inability to go to the police. You’re robbed of everything. You feel as though you’re drowning because you instinctively know something that happened, that you have absolutely no recollection of it.”

Anti-Brexit campaigner Ms Miller added: “As a survivor, and as a woman, I have no confidence. I don’t see how any woman in the UK can have confidence in him as a Home Secretary representing them and looking after their safety.”

So it’s looking bad for Mr Stupidly.

Still, we can have fun with it.

Make your predictions, folks! When do you think Rishi Sunak will sack this man? Or will they both try to weather this storm?


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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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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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