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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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Tory racism and sexism: new Conservative MPs are likely to be disproportionately white and male

Racist and sexist: It should be no surprise that the Conservative Party is turning racist and sexist – it is run by Boris Johnson, after all.

It seems that, after jettisoning its moderate wing, the right-wingers who control the Conservative Party are buying into racism and sexism. Read:

New Tory MPs elected to parliament this year are likely to be disproportionately white and male.

Of 55 Conservative candidates for Tory-held or target seats, 96% are white and 70% are men.

This is more than the UK population as a whole, where just 82% are white and 49% are male.

The parliamentary Conserative Party is already the most male-dominated of the major parties.

After the 2017 election, just 21% of its MPs were women – compared to 45% of Labour MPs, 34% of SNP MPs and 33% of Lib Dems.

In contrast, two-thirds of Labour’s candidates for winnable seats are women and the party could be the first to have an equal gender split among its MPs.

Source: New Tory MPs likely to be disproportionately white and male | Left Foot Forward

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Stewart knocked out of Tory leader race as MPs signal support for ANOTHER racist PM

Tory tribalism really is coming out in the current leadership election.

In today’s (June 19) third round of votes, Conservative MPs rejected the diplomatic approach of Rory Stewart in favour of the statesmanship of a man who, in the words of SNP leader Ian Blackford:

  • Published a poem stating that the Scottish people are a “verminous” race that should be placed in ghettos and exterminated;
  • Called Muslim women “letter boxes”; and
  • Described African people as having “watermelon smiles”

That man is Boris Johnson. He gained 17 votes on yesterday’s poll, totalling 143 – while Mr Stewart lost 10, amassing only 27*.

Mr Johnson has also been accused of:

  • Cheating on his partner(s)
  • Helping a friend get a journalist beaten up
  • Wasting millions of taxpayer pounds on London water cannon and a Garden Bridge that never got built; and
  • Denouncing Tory donors by saying “f**k business”.

This is the man nearly half of Conservative MPs say should be prime minister.

Lunacy.

Can you picture him trying to face down Jeremy Corbyn over the allegations of different forms of racism in their parties? Mr Corbyn has been accused, yes – but falsely. The evidence against Mr Johnson is damning – and available for all to see.

He’ll never be able to make an appearance in front of a wide cross-section of the general public because they’ll be chanting “racist!” and “sexist!” at him.

And if he restricts his public appearances to a carefully-selected few members of the elite, then he’ll be pilloried in exactly the same way Theresa May’s image suffered during the 2017 general election campaign.

Mrs May was, of course, overtly racist herself – in her infamous “hostile environment” policies that targeted people belonging to ethnic minorities for deportation.

Of course, for political commentators like This Writer, he’ll be a dream come true.

For the duration of what I expect will be a historically short and disastrous premiership.

*By the way, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Sajid Javid are still in the race, too – not that anybody cares.

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Brexit Party – that wants to force the UK out of the EU – could be funded by foreigners

Nigel Farage with Donald Trump: But who knows who makes donations to his Brexit Party?

What a contradiction.

The party that hates foreigners is apparently being propped up with foreign money.

It seems “dirty money” – possibly part of foreign interference in UK democracy, intended to de-stabilise the EU – could be propping up Nigel Farage’s new front.

At least, that’s what Gordon Brown thinks:

Gordon Brown has written to the Electoral Commission calling on it to urgently examine whether the party has sufficient safeguards on its website to prevent the contribution of “dirty money”.

The former Labour prime minister will use a speech in Glasgow on Monday to say an investigation into the Brexit party’s finances is urgent and essential.

“Nigel Farage says this election is about democracy. Democracy is fatally undermined if unexplained, unreported and thus undeclared and perhaps under the counter and underhand campaign finance – from whom and from where we do not know – is being used to influence the very elections that are at the heart of our democratic system,” he will say, according to pre-released extracts.

“Now Mr Farage heads a new Brexit party, which is making questionable claims about the true source of its funding at a time when the Electoral Commission has warned of the dangers of multiple, small, anonymous donations being a cover for dirty money.”

(Source: Brexit party’s funding must be investigated, says Gordon Brown | Politics | The Guardian.)

Brexit Party co-founder and chairman Richard Tice has said all donations to the party are in Sterling – but this seems to refer to its PayPal account. I have one of those and everything that comes in appears in Sterling. Not convincing.

The party’s website has no safeguards to ensure that donors are eligible to support UK political parties.

A Mirror investigation found that it was possible to sign up as a Brexit Party supporter under the name of Vladimir Putin, giving the address of the Kremlin.

Nigel Farage has also stumbled on the funding issue, being unwilling to discuss contributions from Arron Banks as anything other than a “purely private matter”.

Of course, being tight-lipped is probably a good idea for Mr Farage – just consider the Independent‘s list of his racist and sexist comments in the run-up to the EU referendum in 2016.

Among many abhorrent words, he made racial slurs against Romanians and Chinese people, and said the gender pay gap exists because women are “worth less”.

And the polls say the Brexit Party is favourite to win the most seats in the European Parliament.

Really?

Take a look at yourself, Britain. Are you really a racist, sexist, xenophobic and bigoted country? That’s how your next-door-neighbour – physically and internationally – will see you if you vote for the Brexit Party and Farage.

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Tory London Mayor candidate unrepentant over accusations of racism and misogyny

Shaun Bailey: Conservative candidate for Islamophobia, sexism and misogyny.

Remember Shaun Bailey? He’s the Conservative London Mayoral candidate who branded the incumbent, Sadiq Khan, as “Mad Mullah Kahn (sic) of Londonistan” and said single girls in inner cities “deliberately become pregnant” in order to secure homes and benefits from the government, so his record of racism and sexism is firmly established already.

Now he is being accused of the “worst kind of casual sexism and misogyny” after Labour unearthed a 2007 interview in which he praised the discipline shown by teachers in earlier times because they “were men, then”.

He also used the interview to argue that handing out contraception at schools encouraged teenage pregnancy and complain that young girls can have abortions without parental consent. So he’s another man who thinks men should be able to dictate to women what they do with their bodies.

Some might criticise Labour’s tactics in unearthing comments made many years ago and throwing them back at the person who made them. But then, what have the right-wing media been doing with Jeremy Corbyn since 2015? Salt for the goose.

And Mr Bailey seems strangely unrepentant. In a public meeting in Croydon last year, he said, “There are things I regret saying… But it doesn’t mean it isn’t true.”

The latest revelation was bound to attract censure. Rosena Allin-Khan tweeted: “The level of sexism, casual xenophobia and misogyny from Shaun Bailey is Trumpesque. It’s not something we expect from someone wanting to be the Mayor of London.”

“Trumpesque” is the word. Who can forget the moment on Donald Trump’s first day as US President, when – surrounded by men – he signed an executive order forbidding the spending of federal money on international groups that perform, or provide information on, abortions?

The Conservative government has already earned justified criticism for its austerity measures that have overwhelmingly attacked women more than men.

It seems if Mr Bailey were to become London Mayor, that city would see a huge increase in such unreasonable misogynstic hatred.

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Tories suspend ‘antisemitic tweet’ candidate – SKWAWKBOX

Antisemitic, homophobic and sexist Tory council candidate George C Stoakley has been suspended by the Conservative Party, according to Skwawkbox.

Some of you might remember that this happened to me, right before the council elections last year (although the allegations against me were false). I remained a candidate, as an independent, and people voted for me – although not enough of them for me to take the seat.

I wonder how many people will vote for this proven racist, homophobe and sexist?

A CCHQ spokesperson responded:

George Stoakley has been suspended and an investigation is underway.

With the ballot taking place a week from now, it appears the Tories will be one candidate down in South Cambridgeshire, although Mr Stoakley may still stand as an independent.

Source: Excl: Tories suspend ‘antisemitic tweet’ candidate | The SKWAWKBOX


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Tory sexual harassment spreadsheet names 36 MPs and Theresa May knew about them all

If Theresa May thought this was permissible, perhaps she isn’t the right person to decide whether Conservative MPs are guilty of sexual harassment or worse [Image: Getty].

That’s right – thanks to her weekly briefing – the “Ins and Outs” report, Theresa May has known all about the 36 Conservative MPs who are sexual predators.

Now, according to the Guido Fawkes blog, it seems her aides have provided a handy spreadsheet for her, listing them by name and detailing what they have done – and continue to do.

Unfortunately, the right-wing blog has blacked out the names of those involved. While we know they have accuracy issues over there, it is to be hoped this is simply to avoid legal challenge in the absence of the corroborating evidence needed to back up the allegations. Here’s the redacted list:

As you can see, there are a lot of blanks to be filled in.

The Sunday Times has gone a little way towards remedying this. With its website hidden behind a paywall, This Writer has to rely on the good graces of people on the social media to provide information like the following:

For those who can’t read text in image files:

Two senior cabinet ministers have been named by female MPs, researchers and journalists as serial sex pests.

One man who is now a serving cabinet minister placed his hand on the thigh of a senior female journalist in full view of his frontbench colleagues at a party conference dinner some years ago and announced: “God, I love those tits.”

A second senior cabinet minister had an affair with a junior female aide who is also an MP. Downing Street is concerned that if either man is forced to resign it will destabilise the government.

Female MPs were this weekend also sharing details of a former Tory minister who propositioned his young secretary by asking her to “come and feel the length of my dick”. When the same MP was first elected, his female colleagues told each other: “Don’t get into a lift with him.” He then formed a “shagging double act” with a party grandee who has now left the Commons.

On the Labour benches the MPs facing exposure include one who was thrown off a foreign trip for making “inappropriate” approaches to a young woman and an MP who has been tipped as a leadership contender, who is known to female researchers as “Happy Hands”.

A Liberal Democrat peer’s career is also in danger after inviting a succession of female journalists to lunch while insisting that they wear knee-high boots and short skirts.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has acted swiftly to make clear his party’s position:

But the Tories aren’t nearly as forthcoming. The reason? Consider this:

This confirms that the situation in the Conservative Party hasn’t changed since the 1970s, when Tim Fortescue was a party whip. He explained the situation in the 1990s:

And what is Theresa May doing, now that she knows we know at least part of what she knows?

She’s passing the buck, writing to the Commons Speaker, John Bercow, as follows:

She writes:

“I am sure that you will share my concern at recent media reports regarding the alleged mistreatment of staff by some Members of Parliament.”

Meaning: “We’ve been trying to keep it quiet but the media have found out anyway.”

“I believe it is important that those who work in the House of Commons are treated properly and fairly, as would be expected in any modern workplace.”

“I was quite happy to keep quiet about my sex pest MPs before, but now it is more convenient to make a show of taking action.”

“Much has already been done including a 24/7 external confidential phone line as well as an online portal and an HR Advice Service for MPs. However, I believe that we must now go further.”

“… for the sake of appearances.”

“As you know, there is a suggested disciplinary procedure provided by IPSA as part of the standard contract. However, it does not have the required teeth as contractually an MP does not have to follow the procedure.”

“I was perfectly happy with this up until now, as it suited my own purposes.”

“I do not believe that this situation can be tolerated any longer. It is simply not fair on staff, many of whom are young and in their first job post-education.”

“Not that I cared much about that before yesterday.”

“I know that Government Chief Whips Gavin Williamson, Mark Harper and Sir George Young (now Lord Young of Cookham) have been at the forefront of efforts to bring clarity to this area.”

“Gavin Willliamson has been bringing me clarity on a weekly basis with his “Ins and Outs” reports. I knew about all the activities of my MPs and did nothing because it suited my purposes.”

“In 2014 the Conservative Party offered MPs a code of conduct on a voluntary basis. However, this does not have legal standing and is therefore not fit for its intended purpose.”

“It was never intended to be.”

“The Conservative Party is determined to protect those staff who work for MPs, but in order to do so effectively I believe that we must establish a House-wide mediation service complemented by a contractually binding grievance procedure available for all MPs irrespective of their party banner.”

“These procedures would kick any grievances into the long grass, and we could force confidentiality on those taking part.”

“It is vital that staff and the public have confidence in Parliament and resolving this employment irregularity on a cross-party basis can play an important role in this.”

“Appearances are everything.”

A commenter has stated that this should propel Mrs May out of Downing Street.

That will only happen if the public continues to highlight her hypocrisy on this issue – most particularly by seeming to harbour sex criminals.


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Theresa May has weekly reports on her ministers’ sex pest activities – and does nothing. Let’s consider the reasons

Sexual harassment can be as apparently innocent as touching somebody on the shoulder – but the allegations against Conservative ministers go much further than that [Image: The Times of India].

We should not be surprised that Theresa May receives reports on the unwanted/illegal sexual activities of her ministers (called the “Ins and Outs” report, in extremely poor taste).

UK television viewers were primed for it, all the way back in the early 1990s, when a scene in the original House of Cards TV series showed Francis Urquhart (played by Ian Richardson) blackmailing another member of his Parliamentary party, who had committed a sexual indiscretion, into voting a particular way in the House of Commons.

And former Tory whip Tim Fortescue spoke out about the practice in 1995:

And Diane Abbott – the victim of more online personal abuse than all other current MPs put together – has said that Westminster has long harboured a culture of sexual harassment:

We know that Mrs May has these weekly reports. We know she does not punish MPs whose names are contained in these reports. And we know that she is in a very difficult position, at the head of a minority government that could be toppled at any time by a rebellion from her own benches.

Given that we know all these things, are we not entitled to know what she does with the information in these reports?

Did she know about Stephen Crabb and Mark Garnier, for example?

Mr Crabb – a man who once claimed that homosexuality is “curable” – has been accused of “sexting” a woman after he rejected her application for a job in his office.

And Mr Garnier allegedly called his female secretary “sugar tits”, and gave her money to buy two vibrators at a sex shop in Soho – standing outside the store while she did it.

Click on their names (highlighted above) for the full stories if you haven’t read them.

As Mr Garnier is a minister for international trade, an investigation has been launched into whether he has breached the Ministerial Code. This Writer has no doubt that he will be found not to have done so – partly because I can’t find anything in the Ministerial Code covering sexism and/or sexual indiscretions, and partly because the ultimate judge in such cases in the prime minister – Theresa May.

And it seems likely she already knew about Mr Garnier’s behaviour via the weekly “Ins and Outs” report.

Let us remember: Blackmail is a crime. It would be inappropriate for me, or anyone else, to accuse the prime minister of engaging in such an activity without evidence.

That being said, given the information available, we are well within our rights to ask whether she has received information about ministers who have been implicated in inappropriate sexual activities – and what she has done with it.

Perhaps Mr Corbyn could ask her about it, at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.


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As right-wing press witch-hunts Labour MPs, let’s remember the Tories aren’t innocent

Stone Age: Alan Scard.

We’re going to see a lot of column-inches taken up with talking down the Labour Party over the next few weeks and months, because the Tories are so diabolically useless, even to themselves.

We need to keep a sense of balance, so let’s highlight the case of Cllr Alan Scard, whose attitude to women is from the Stone Age.

He seems to think that ability to engage with the political issues of the day, linked with representing the interests of constituents, has nothing to do with membership of Parliament – women should be allowed to become MPs if they are pretty enough.

Is this Conservative Party policy?

Cllr Alan Scard – who as Chairman of Gosport Conservative Association is in charge of selecting parliamentary candidates – when asked by Channel 4 news if he would support putting more women in Parliament:

“If they are attractive, yeah I would go for it. I know it’s a sexist thing to say, but you could get the blokes saying ‘Oh you know, I would vote for her because she’s really attractive’.”

Source: Senior Tory: women should be MPs “if they are attractive” | Pride’s Purge


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People aren’t trolling Nusrat Ghani because of misogyny – and the reasons are obvious

Nusrat Ghani.

Tory MP Nusrat Ghani appears to be a little upset at the response attracted by her call for an urgent debate on Clive Lewis’s use of the word “bitch”:

The trouble is that she, along with those others who have been trying to make something of this incident, is pushing a false argument.

Nobody is denying the offensive nature of the words used by Mr Lewis – least of all Mr Lewis himself, who has apologised after being made aware that they did cause offence.

But context is everything, and his remark was made in an attempt at humour, with no offence intended – to a man. This is, at the very least, a subversion of the offensive nature of the words – albeit, in hindsight, an unsuccessful one.

The claim that the words used were gendered is easily defeated as there are many instances of men calling other men “bitch”. Indeed, one definition in the Urban Dictionary states that a bitch is a “modern-day servant; a person who performs tasks for another, usually degrading in status”.  To This Writer, it appears to be the relevant definition when considering Mr Lewis’s use of the term. Note the use of the word “person” – not “woman”. Therefore it can be someone of either gender.

Nobody female who was at the event has come forward to say they took offence at the time (to my knowledge), and my understanding is that the organisers took no complaints at the time.

So Mr Lewis used a non-gendered term of abuse, in a humorous (or attemptedly humorous) manner, while speaking to a man.

And Nusrat Ghani wants us to think it implies hatred towards women.

Yes. I would like to see a debate on the subject.

Unfortunately, it seems unlikely:

All things considered, that would be a lucky escape for Ms Ghani.


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