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Johnson’s contempt of the courts as Covid contracts are STILL unpublished

UK prime minister Boris Johnson missed his calling in life: he belongs in the circus.

Who can doubt that Boris And His Amazing Talking Backside would be a hit with audiences across the country, if not the globe?

And let’s be honest, it would be a far more appropriate place for him to make the kind of utterances he does.

There can be little doubt that most of Johnson’s conversation comes, not from his mouth, but from the other end.

He tends to give vent to short bursts of hot air with very little real content. And such content as there is, stinks.

A prime example of this verbal flatulence is the moment he claimed that all Covid-related contracts were “on the record for everyone to see” after Matt Hancock had been found to have broken the law by failing to publish them.

And were they?

Challenged about the ruling in the House of Commons on 22 February, Mr Johnson said: “All the details are on the record.”

The prime minister added: “The contracts are there on the record for everybody to see.”

But three days later, in a written legal response to the Good Law Project, seen by the BBC, government lawyers admitted 100 contracts for suppliers and services relating to Covid-19 signed before 7 October had yet to be published.

So they weren’t. And nobody is surprised because we all know that Johnson’s words don’t come from his mouth but from somewhere much lower down.

The other Tory claim about this – that the government has been “working tirelessly” to deliver protection for health and social care staff – was disproved the moment it was uttered.

We all remember that health staff had to fight Covid with no personal protective equipment at all when the first wave of the pandemic broke over the UK.

And social care staff actually carried it between homes, infecting – and killing – 30,000 residents.

When the High Court made its judgement against Matt Hancock last month, he was ordered to publish details of his contracts and pay £85,000 towards the costs of the Good Law Project, whose members brought the case.

The government hasn’t published those contracts. Shouldn’t Hancock now suffer a stronger penalty?

Source: Covid contracts still unpublished despite Boris Johnson’s claim – BBC News

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Woman with heart defect abused by ignoramus who thought she looked too fit to be disabled

Proof: Jackie Logan with her blue badge.

It is government attitudes to disability that are encouraging gammons like the man in this story to inflict their ignorance on the vulnerable.

Under the Tories it is Department for Work and Pensions policy to try to tell disabled people that they aren’t ill at all.

That has filtered down to the general public and we end up with a man verbally attacking a disabled woman for doing something that is well within her rights.

This story tells me that there should be a legal punishment for people like this man, who waste the authorities’ time with their bigotry.

This ignoramus could cause serious harm to a vulnerable person with his belligerent bullying – and he should be made to pay for it.

A woman who suffers from a serious heart defect was verbally abused in the street for using a disabled parking bay.

Jackie Logan, 29, has three leaking valves and atrial fibrillation in her heart, resulting in increased, irregular heartbeats and as a result she is often left breathless.

She has also suffered from arthritis since the age of just two and has the condition lymphoedema, which results in her legs swelling up and causes her problems walking.

Jackie has a blue badge which allows her to park next to her place of employment in Halfway.

However… she was aggressively approached by a man who criticised her for parking there.

“He told me I wasn’t disabled, that I was breaking the law and that he would be reporting me. He kept saying that I looked awfully fit to be disabled and wouldn’t listen about my blue badge.

“He was there for about 10 minutes, just arguing with me. It was a really upsetting thing to happen and it’s quite intimidating when a man suddenly approaches you out of the blue and starts having a go.”

Source: “You look awfully fit to be disabled” – Cambuslang woman who has heart defect tells of distress at being verbally abused in the street – Daily Record

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Protest against eBay over ‘disability hate’ products

Do you think this is funny?

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How about this?

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If so, then you have been fooled by the disability hate propaganda that has been washing around the mass media for the past few years.

You may be one of the people who, polled by the TUC in 2013, think 41 per cent of the entire welfare budget goes on benefits to unemployed people, when the true figure is just three per cent.

You may even be among those who think 27 per cent of the welfare budget is claimed fraudulently; the government’s own figure is 0.7 per cent.

If you agree with any of the above, then you would probably enjoy seeing the T-shirt (top) and car bumper sticker (beneath), for sale on eBay – and may even consider buying them.

It isn’t a funny joke.

It is a hate crime.

It’s the kind of comment that makes people think that objectifying the disabled – demonising them – is okay.

From there, you don’t have to go far to believe it’s okay to verbally abuse or physically attack the disabled.

You wouldn’t be the first if you did.

You would also be a criminal.

The sight of these items being sold on the popular auction site has incensed campaigners for the disabled and disability rights. They have complained bitterly to eBay, calling for the removal of the offending items.

At the time of writing, eBay has not complied.

The company’s offensive material policy bans items that “promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or promote organisations with such views” – which means that, if enough of us complain, these items should be taken down. You just visit the listings – HERE and HERE – click the ‘Report Item’ button on the right-hand side of the page, and state your case.

The more people complain, the sooner we can stamp out this prejudice – and stamp on the hatemongers.

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Memes of the moment

A man who hid in a toilet in order to get near enough to David Cameron to shout, “No ifs, no buts, no public sector cuts” has been sentenced to community service. The public were quick to spot the difference in treatment between this man and Andrew Mitchell, who verbally abused a policeman (an arrestable offence) but was not prosecuted. One wonders what punishment the young man in this photograph would have received for the words here.

One of the best ways to make a point on the internet – satirical or otherwise – is to create a ‘meme’. For the uninitiated, this is a picture that has been modified to make a point, then sent around the net via Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites. Some of the recent ones have been very good so, while I work on my next piece (probably Cameron selling weapons to the Middle East), I thought I’d put them on show.

David Cameron will always be remembered as the Prime Minister who re-introduced class, and class war, to the UK with his Cabinet of millionaires, and government of aristocrats. Here, Paul Weller gives him the scorn he deserves.

Pastor Martin Niemoller’s famous words about the Nazis get an IDS update here. In a week when Iain Duncan Smith turned the glare of his DWP spotlight onto step-parents, single parents and “broken” families, the targeting might seem a little off, but the words still ring true, and it shows that comparisons with Nazism are still coming thick and fast. The fact is that both the Conservatives (now) and the Nazis (in the 1930s) got into government without getting a majority of the national vote, and then set about policies that were not what they had professed to the public.

Finally, a little background reading. Next time you hear the Insidious Dole-Snatcher – or any of his chums – spitting out these claims as though they’re true, just take a moment to check their veracity. The link is in the image.