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Gove panned by the public after social media slur

Sarah Vine with husband Michael Gove: Not so much a ‘golden’ couple as a ‘grubby’ pair.

Michael Gove – a politician best-known for making a series of nonsense claims about Brexit and then stabbing Boris Johnson in the back – got exactly what he deserved when he claimed that the social media were peddling “fake news” about the Tory government’s attitude to animal welfare.

The government recently rejected an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that would have transferred the EU’s protocol on animal sentience – basically an acceptance that animals experience feelings – into UK law. The claim was that animal sentience is already recognised.

Here’s the BBC report:

“Michael Gove has hit out at the way social media “corrupts and distorts” political reporting and decision making following a row about animal welfare.

“The environment secretary said attacks on MPs over a vote on an EU protocol about “animal sentience” had been “absolutely wrong”.

“The Commons vote sparked protests and a celebrity-backed social media campaign.”

Mr Gove stated, on the BBC’s Today programme:

He said: “On social media there was a suggestion that somehow the MPs had voted against the principle that animals are sentient beings, that did not happen, that is absolutely wrong.”

“There is an unhappy tendency now for people to believe that the raw and authentic voice of what’s shared on social media is more reliable than what is said in Hansard or on the BBC.

“More than that there is a particular concern somehow, a belief somehow that outside the European Union our democratic institutions can’t do better than we did in the EU. We’ve got to challenge both those points.”

His claim that the social media aren’t accurate has provoked a strong response from those who remember some of Mr Gove’s own howlers – especially with regard to the EU referendum, without which the debate over animal sentience would not have happened:

https://twitter.com/EyeTelford/status/934054537916305409

Oh yes. Let’s all remember that Mr Gove’s wife is Daily Mail ‘journalist’ Sarah Vine.

Ms Vine infamously wrote an article claiming that Theresa May had an advantage over Nicola Sturgeon in a meeting with the Scottish First Minister because Mrs May had better legs.

She also produced a piece after her husband made an unacceptable “rape joke” – again on the Today programme – belittling concerns about sex scandals in Westminster as “hysterical” and a “witch hunt”. Many MPs have since resigned or been suspended as revelation after revelation became public knowledge.

All things considered, it was only a matter of time before somebody made the obvious connect – and it was Lily Allen:

https://twitter.com/lilyallen/status/934025039892140033

Is that a *mic drop* moment?

This response is fantastic, too:


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Do you support Gary Lineker in the migrant row? Then vote for him!

Gary Lineker sparked a row by showing compassion [Image: BBC?].

Gary Lineker sparked a row by showing compassion [Image: BBC?].

It’s amazing that, in the UK, in the 21st century, we have to defend a man against members of Parliament and a national periodical… for showing compassion.

Incredibly, Gary Lineker has been attacked by Conservative MPs – and The Sun, which should not be called a newspaper – for tweeting that the treatment of young refugees has been “hideously racist and utterly heartless”.

The Sun responded with a vicious personal attack, calling Lineker a “leftie luvvie” and demanding that he be thrown “out on his ears” from the BBC.

Tory MPs also got in on the act, presumably because they have nothing better to do than attack decency wherever they see it.

To understand their attitude, read this article on freedom of speech (but be warned: some of the language is extreme).

Fortunately for us all, there is an excellent opportunity to tell The Sun – and the others – exactly what you think of them.

The Sun is a sponsor of the National Television Awards, in which Mr Lineker has been nominated in the ‘Presenter’ category.

There is still time to vote for him – in protest against his treatment by The Sun – and, like many other social media sites, This Blog urges you to do so.

The web address is http://www.nationaltvawards.com/vote and you have until 11pm today (BST) to do so.

Or do you agree with The Sun and the Tories?

Gary Lineker “shows Britain at its best”, Jeremy Corbyn said today as the BBC host batted aside Tory MPs who want him sacked.

The Beeb faced calls to ditch its Match of the Day host after he plunged into a row over age checks for migrants and refugees coming to Britain.

Mr Lineker stood his ground, saying: “Getting a bit of a spanking today, but things could be worse. Imagine, just for a second, being a refugee having to flee from your home.”

And Labour’s leader heaped praise on him and singer Lily Allen, who was also criticised for apologising “on behalf of my country” at the Calais Jungle camp.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn says Gary Lineker ‘shows Britain at its best’ as he blasts Tory criticism for defending refugees – Mirror Online

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