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Time to reform the Honours system after Boris Johnson nominated father for knighthood?

Stanley Johnson: if he really did break his wife’s nose, why does son Boris think he deserves a knighthood?

Serial nepotist Boris Johnson has apparently disgraced the Honours system by nominating an alleged wife-beater for a knighthood: his own father, Stanley.

Johnson has previously made his brother Jo a peer, and unsubstantiated reports have previously suggested he wanted to give honours to his wife Carrie and sister Rachel.

The nomination has triggered a backlash – not just against the nomination but against the whole system of giving titles to individuals who are favoured by people who happen to have been in government. For example:

The allegations against Stanley Johnson are common knowledge…

… and the whole situation stinks of cronyism, as Wes Streeting (for once, rightly) asserted on BBC Breakfast:

Stanley Johnson was also once accused of “inappropriate touching” against Tory MP Caroline Nokes, and against political journalist Ailbhe Rea, in another example of the privilege that high-powered members of the Establishment have over the rest of us; if he had been you or me, the claim would have been “sexual assault”.

What happened about that?

Nevertheless, brace yourself for Johnson Senior to receive the honour.

After all, they gave a knighthood to Tony Blair and an MBE to Rachel Riley.


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Dear BBC: isn’t ‘inappropriate touching’ really ‘SEXUAL ASSAULT’?

Stanley Johnson: in fairness, it doesn’t mean he’s groping someone just because you can’t see his hands.

I wasn’t going to comment on this because it’s only tangentially related to politics.

But the BBC (and other media?) seems determined to reinforce the privilege that high-powered members of the Establishment have over the rest of us, simply in the language that it uses.

So Boris Johnson’s father, Stanley, isn’t accused of sexual assault against Caroline Nokes, and against New Statesman political correspondent Ailbhe Rea – the offences are instead described as “inappropriate touching”.

I think we all know what’s inappropriate here.

It is inappropriate to hide the seriousness of an offence behind alternative wording, simply because the alleged offender is the prime minister’s father.

If he’s guilty of these crimes – and let’s remember that they are crimes, not “innocent fun” or “a bit of slap-and-tickle” – then his privileged position in society should not protect him.

We should expect better behaviour from our news media.

ADDITIONAL: In particular, we should expect better from members of the media who confirm Johnson’s behaviour – but then try to excuse it:

It’s this kind of justification that perpetuates the abuse.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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Tories: MP implicated in ‘sexual touching’ complaints; councillor suspended for Islamophobia

Allegation: Ross Thomson.

People say the Conservatives don’t live up to the name any more but there’s one thing you can rely on them to conserve: Their bad character.

Remember the talk of the Tory sex dossier, back in 2017? It made many mentions of MPs being “handsy”.

Ross Thomson was not listed among them, but the Aberdeen South Conservative MP is alleged to have been involved in an incident of “sexual touching” in the Strangers Bar at the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday (February 5).

According to The Independent, police spoke with three men but no formal allegations were made, nor were there any arrests.

And TellMAMA, the organisation that records anti-Muslim attacks, is reporting that a Conservative councillor has been suspended amid allegations of historic and current retweets of Islamophobic material.

It seems Baroness Sayeeda Warsi provided screenshots of the historic retweets by Cllr Mike Franklin yesterday (February 6).

TellMAMA’s own investigation found that the Twitter account of Cllr Franklin, who represents Luton and Wayfield, had retweeted other Islamophobic posts as well.

Cllr Franklin’s suspension is in accordance with the Conservative Party’s rules against racism and anti-Semitism – rules that do not apply to ordinary party members.

Who knows what they do every day – for which they go unpunished?


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