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England player – CORRECTLY – condemns Priti Patel for ‘stoking’ racist abuse

Hypocrite: Patel chose to side with racists who opposed the England team ‘taking the knee’ against racism – then tried to take the moral high ground when the same racists heaped abuse on team players for missing penalties. Tyrone Mings was right to tackle her.

Kudos to Tyrone Mings for correctly singling out Priti Patel and the Tory government as the cause of the wave of racist abuse against members of the England football team after Sunday’s Euro 2020 loss.

Readers of This Site will know I have been writing about Patel’s racism for a considerable period of time, but Vox Political doesn’t have the following that Mings has. He will get the message to millions, while I only reach thousands.

He correctly identified Patel’s dog-whistle racism as the cause for which the attacks on his teammates Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho were symptoms.

She denigrated England’s decision to ‘take the knee’ in support of the fight against racism as “gesture politics” that she would not support – encouraging a certain type of ‘fan’ to shout abuse when the team did it. I called her out over it in an article on June 15.

Other examples of Patel’s racism include her Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that advocates prejudice against the Gypsy/Romany/Traveller community.

And her immigration policy locked hundreds of people into a concentration camp together at the height of the Covid pandemic, causing hundreds of them to be infected with the disease. She is pushing a law through Parliament that will make it illegal for refugees to come to the UK, and anybody helping them to do so – even if it is the RNLI rescuing them from drowning – could face imprisonment for life.

So Mings was absolutely on-target when he scorned her condemnation of the racist abuse his teammates received.

“You don’t get to stoke the fire at the beginning of the tournament by labelling our anti-racism message as ‘Gesture Politics’ & then pretend to be disgusted when the very thing we’re campaigning against, happens,” he tweeted.

It really is vile hypocrisy – as was Patel’s sudden show of support for England as it became clear that Gareth Southgate’s squad was heading for the final. I also highlighted that, on July 8.

Team Captain Harry Kane has also condemned the racist attacks on his teammates, saying, “If you abuse anyone on social media you’re not an England fan and we don’t want you.”

Personally, I would wish that he extend that to include people like Patel who stoke racist abuse, as Tyrone Mings pointed out.

One last point: I wonder if the racists attacking three black players even understand their monumental hypocrisy if they agree – as I do – with Alan Shearer’s choice of “player of the tournament”: Raheem Sterling.

Source: England footballer Tyrone Mings hits out at Priti Patel on Twitter after racist abuse – Mirror Online

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Theresa May told huge lies in her Brexit speech today and everybody knows it

Lying yet again: I’m getting tired of using this image, but it remains the most accurate depiction of Theresa May’s attitude.

Wow. What a screw-up.

When you’re prime minister of a nation like the UK, giving a major speech on a subject that has split your citizens, it is highly advisable not to tell a huge lie about it if you want to have your way.

But that is what Theresa May did today (January 14).

She tried to co-opt the story of the creation of the National Assembly for Wales in support of her claim that Brexit must be enacted, despite the narrowness of the referendum result.

There are just three problems:

First, she said, “On the rare occasions when Parliament puts a question to the British people directly, we have always understood that their response carries a profound significance.” This is a lie.

After the Welsh Assembly referendum in 1997 produced a 0.3 per cent majority – smaller than that for Brexit, the Government of Wales Bill went before the Commons in December 1999 and the Conservative Party – including Mrs May – voted against it en masse.

Mrs May is using the Assembly referendum to support her Brexit policy, even though her own actions in that case were the exact opposite.

Not only that, she said, “When the people of Wales voted by a margin of 0.3%, on a turnout of just over 50%, to endorse the creation of the Welsh Assembly, that result was accepted by Parliament.”

While this is accurate, it is because the majority of MPs in Parliament at the time were members of the Labour Party. The Conservatives campaigned for a second referendum and included a promise to offer the people of Wales a second vote in their manifesto for the general election of 2005. They said that was the democratic thing to do, in sharp contrast with her current attitude to the EU referendum.

Finally, there’s the issue of what happened in the aftermath of the two votes. After the Welsh Assembly referendum, devolutionists worked hard to build “losers’ consent” – reaching out and addressing the concerns of their opponents.

Mrs May has done the exact opposite with Brexit. People who supported remaining in the EU were demonised as “Remoaners”, “saboteurs” and “traitors”.

These are fundamental flaws in Mrs May’s argument. She is revealed as a hypocrite and a liar. And everybody saw it.

(The quoted extract is from a version of the speech that wasn’t used – it seems Mrs May’s advisors realised that “both sides” did not accept the result of the Welsh Assembly referendum and modified it to say that “Parliament” accepted it. As already mentioned, this was because Labour had a majority.)

Evolve Politics goes into further details in an article here.

The only conclusion to be formed is that Theresa May doesn’t care about democracy and nor does her Conservative government. She wants Brexit for petty, selfish reasons that have nothing to do with the national interest or even with the wishes of Leave supporters – and her dire Brexit deal represents those narrow demands. If anything, her speech should reinforce opposition to her claims.

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Dear Paul Nuttall of UKIP: I saw this and thought of you

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, rallying the troops [Image: Ray Tang/Rex/Shutterstock].

Here’s a little piece of advice posted on Facebook by a friend of mine. I shan’t provide the link because I know some of the right-wingers here might get a little angry about it. Here’s what he had to say:

“How does one deal with being buttonholed by a far right party’s canvasser (or indeed any crushing bore) in the street? Wind them up…

“Feign surprise; then delight. Usher them in to a shop doorway, and start whispering conspiratorially. Say, “It is so hard to find Aryan recruits. THEY control the media. It is time we did something about THEM. My unit will be mobilising tonight and have drawn up lists of all of THEM in the area. You must join the Order, swear the blood vow and help us purify the Motherland tonight?”

“Shake a lot and keep looking up and down the street. If they start to protest silence them with a theatrical gesture and say something like “we have no time for race traitors or cowards!” and mimic slitting your throat. If they agreed do a passionate Hitlergruß and yell SIEG HEIL! loudly enough to get the whole street’s attention. Then walk off whistling cheerfully and go shopping.”

For some reason I immediately thought of Paul Nuttall and his attempt to win Stoke-on-Trent Central for UKIP.

May I encourage anybody approached by Kippers on the street or the doorstep to consider the above course of action?

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Are the people of Stoke Central ever likely to want THIS as their MP?

Paul Nuttall is parachuting into Stoke-on-Trent Central and intends to conquer the constituency for UKIP [Image: PA].

Despite This Site’s warnings of dire humiliation if he follows this course, UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has ignored my good advice and barged the 10 other possible candidates from his party out of the way to stand in the Stoke Central by-election.

Apparently the 10(!) other possible UKIP candidates stood aside to make way for their leader, who is from Bootle, and is therefore being ‘parachuted’ into the constituency.

The people of Stoke-on-Trent Central have prior experience of ‘parachuted-in’ candidates – Tristram Hunt, whose resignation forced this poll, is from Cambridge. His selection was extremely unpopular with Labour Party members in the constituency, leading to him getting the lowest turnout and majority of any MP in the current Parliament.

Labour has yet to choose a candidate. If the party decides on somebody from the constituency, who supports Jeremy Corbyn and accepts the decision of the EU referendum (Stoke Central supported Brexit), then Mr Nuttall is cruising towards his fifth consecutive defeat in a Parliamentary election.

Even more potentially humiliating is the possibility that he has overruled better candidates – who might win – in order to fail in his ambition yet again.

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall will stand in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election on 23 February, the party has said.

Mr Nuttall was confirmed as the UKIP candidate after the 10 other people on the shortlist withdrew to make way for their leader.

Mr Nuttall is striving to become UKIP’s second MP, joining Douglas Carswell who became its first MP in 2014.

It will be Mr Nuttall’s fifth attempt to win a seat in Parliament.

Source: UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in Stoke Central by-election – BBC News

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall urged to humiliate himself by losing in Stoke by-election

Paul Nuttall, leader of UKIP. He’ll be humiliated – on the advice of his party – if he tries to become MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central [Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire].


Remember when UKIP were going to capitalise on Labour woes by standing for Oldham West and Royton, after the death of the great Michael Meacher?

What happened there? Oh yes – UKIP lost.

Tristram Hunt was the least popular MP in Parliament, according to the local vote. Only 49 per cent of constituents bothered to turn up and only 19 per cent of his electorate voted him in.

But the constituency of Stoke-on-Trent Central is strongly Labour and has been ever since it was formed. Labour supporters were lukewarm on Mr Hunt because he was a Blairite, parachuted in by the party’s right-wingers who had dominance at the time.

Times have changed.

And just because the constituency recorded a large vote in support of Brexit, that doesn’t mean the Party of Brexit – UKIP – has any chance there. Labour’s position on Brexit is that it supports the will of the people.

Paul Nuttall will be humiliated if he stands as a candidate in this by-election.

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall is coming under increasing pressure from senior party colleagues to capitalise on Labour woes and stand in the Stoke by-election.

The MEP, who took charge of Ukip in November, has yet to confirm whether he will contest the by-election caused by Labour MP Tristram Hunt’s resignation from Parliament.

However, senior Ukip figures are adamant Nuttall should stand in the seat where the party came second by 5,179 votes in 2015, despite only running a skeleton ground campaign.

Source: Senior Ukip Figures Are Telling Paul Nuttall He Must Stand In Stoke By-Election

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Has the wrong Hunt resigned? Tristram Hunt quits as Labour MP

Tristram Hunt has resigned as an MP [Image: Skwawkbox].

Did Tristram Hunt see #HuntMustGo on Twitter and draw the wrong conclusion?

Seriously, there are questions to be asked about the second high-profile right-wing Labour resignation in a month.

Is Mr Hunt jumping before he is pushed, as his Stoke Central Constituency Labour Party membership is opposed to him?

Is he trying to embarrass Jeremy Corbyn by offering his constituency to UKIP in the by-election that must now be called?

Is he trying to split Labour’s resources, making it harder for the party to retain the Copeland seat that Jamie Reed quit last month?

Or is this simply an admission that right-wing ‘Red Tory’ Labour has accepted its time is up and the party is returning to what it should be?

Mr Hunt received only 39.3 per cent of the vote in Stoke Central at last year’s general election – and the constituency had the lowest turnout of any in the United Kingdom, meaning only 19 per cent of constituents voted for him:

He was Britain’s least popular MP, and was even hugely unpopular with his constituency party, having been ‘parachuted’ in for the 2010 election after failing to win nominations in Liverpool and London previously. The chair of the constituency party actually stood as an independent candidate in protest against his selection.

His constituency mostly voted for Brexit, but Mr Hunt has loudly claimed that Mr Corbyn was a closet Brexiteer, so that will most likely backfire in his face. All his CLP has to do is nominate a left-wing Eurosceptic and watch the votes roll in:

https://twitter.com/marthasydenham/status/819867048503287808

All of the above makes it hard to believe anybody can seriously think the resignation will make Labour vulnerable to UKIP – but some do:

https://twitter.com/EdwardTHardy/status/819847442984210432

His resignation letter to CLP members states that he is not trying to cause an upset: “I am sorry to put you, the party and the people of Stoke-on-Trent through a by-election. I have no desire to rock the boat now and anyone who interprets my decision to leave in that way is just plain wrong.”

Do we believe him?

Mr Hunt’s more notable actions include crossing a picket line to deliver a speech (what a way for a member of the Party of the Workers to stand up for the workers).

https://twitter.com/MissEllieMae/status/819844759019810817

Mr Hunt says he is leaving politics to take a directorship at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. As an MP, he called for the reintroduction of entrance fees for museums and art galleries, so his future direction seems clear:

If Mr Hunt was hoping for a strong response to his resignation, he’ll be disappointed. Sure, right-wing Labour colleagues were happy to provide endorsements, and Jeremy Corbyn tweeted a few kind-but-lukewarm words:

But this is indicative of the public attitude:

And this:

https://twitter.com/MissEllieMae/status/819848657461772289

And it can only be noted with sadness that the arrival of Pizza Express has been suggested as his greatest achievement:

If Mr Hunt’s resignation is an attempt to make Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership seem weak by surrendering Stoke Central to another party, then this would simply demonstrate how corrosive right-wing Labour has become to the party as a whole. The best choice for the constituency will be a left-wing candidate from within the local Labour Party, who understands the people of the area and what they need.

Getting back to this article’s headline, though: Isn’t it time you went as well, Jeremy?

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