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Rishi Sunak’s claim to be defending his wife is false; it’s HE who’s under attack

Rishi Sunak: he wants you to think people have been attacking his wife for her connections with Russia. But he’s the member of the government that sanctions such connections; why is he indirectly continuing to benefit from them?

Who does Rishi Sunak think he is, comparing himself to Will Smith, talking about defending his wife?

In case you missed it, Sunak was interviewed by the BBC’s Newscast and tried to equate himself with the Hollywood actor:

“Someone said, ‘Joe Root, Will Smith, and me – not the best of weekends for any of us’. But I feel, on reflection, both Will Smith and me having our wives attacked – at least I didn’t get up and slap anybody, which is good.”

But he’s wrong; nobody was attacking his wife. Akshata Murthy can do whatever she wants.

But as a member of a government that has sanctioned firms that operate in, and profit from, connections with Russia, Sunak shouldn’t have anything to do with such firms.

His wife has shares in one such firm.

Therefore – indirectly – Sunak is profiting from a connection that he should not have.

That is the reason for the criticism.

It is hypocritical of him to say that other people’s connections to Russia should be cut while maintaining such a connection himself, even if it is only through his wife.

And it is disgraceful for him to hide behind her in the way he has.

Source: Rishi Sunak likens himself to Will Smith in defence of his wife | Rishi Sunak | The Guardian

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Why is Brian Cox getting flak for pointing out that our fascist government uses fascist language?

Brian Cox: This Site doesn’t always agree with him but he’s right about people who use phrases like “the will of the people”. There’s no such thing, and people who speak in such absolute terms are fascists.

The Daily Express‘s attack on Professor Brian Cox isn’t part of Boris Johnson’s “war on ‘woke'” – it’s an endorsement of the Johnson government’s fascism.

Normally This Writer wouldn’t leap to defend Prof Cox; he knows the score on the social media and he’s big enough to stand up for himself – but this non-story by a right-wing rag demonstrates an important topical point.

It refers to the broadcaster’s response after Priti Patel said – way back in August last year – that denying refugees access to the UK was the will of the British people.

It isn’t – it isn’t even the will of the majority. And even the minority who support Johnsons fascists might be divided after learning how Patel treats people who manage to get here.

We’ve all heard the horror stories about the concentration camp that turned into a Covid-19 breeding ground, and last week we learned that she had tried to deport a witness to a death in another Home Office facility, in an attempt to undermine an investigation that would show that the government had contributed to the death.

But there it was in black and white. Patel stated: “We need the cooperation of the French to intercept boats and return migrants back to France. I know that when the British people say they want to take back control of our borders – this is exactly what they mean.”

Professor Cox responded: “I’m so sick of this ‘the British people’ nonsense.

“It’s inflammatory and divisive and also errant vacuous nonsense with no meaning in a multi-party democracy.

“The phrase should be banned from political discourse.”

There is a valid criticism to be made about these words – and it is that they do not address exactly why those words are problematic.

Fortunately, he followed up with a further comment, in order to remove any doubt:

“The point is that invoking ‘the will of the people’ or derivatives in promoting policy is a well-rehearsed propaganda technique and has no place in our democratic dialogue.”

(Here’s the proof of what he said)

He was right; it is; it has.

But because the Express dredged up this moment in a current news story, suddenly he has been on the receiving end of a huge gammon-flavoured dogpile by the kind of “British people” who think that their far-right views are shared by everybody.

That’s not what “right-thinking” really means, folks.

Fortunately, plenty of genuinely right-thinking people have stood up to defend Professor Cox, and to point out that the Express article is built around a misinterpretation of his words that is no more or less than a lie.

I want to know why the article’s writers and editors of the Express were trying to distract us with this dead cat. What have the Tories done that needs this to take our minds off it?

Source: Brian Cox called for ban on using ‘British people’ term during woke revolt | UK | News | Express.co.uk

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Damian Green’s weak response to Universal Credit vote betrays the Tories’ precarious state

Damian Green used to be Work and Pensions Secretary, so he knows what Universal Credit does to people, but still had the front to tell MPs: ‘Motions like that are non-binding motions, so they don’t engage government activity particularly.’ [Image: PA.]

Damian Green’s claim that the minority Tory government is abiding by Parliamentary rules is easily dismissed.

In fact, The Guardian does so in its report (quoted below) – pointing out that governments in the past have abided by the decisions made during Opposition Day debates.

That is why the Gurkhas were given new rights to live in the UK after Gordon Brown’s government lost a vote in 2009.

The real reason the minority government won’t act is also in the excerpt below – Theresa May doesn’t want the divisions in her party to be exposed. That’s why she has instructed her MPs to abstain.

But Sarah Wollaston still voted with Labour on this issue, and she wasn’t the only one to speak against the current policy, so Mrs May’s strategy has failed. Quelle surprise!

Remember, the EU referendum was called, by former Tory leader David Cameron, to end division over the UK’s membership of the European Union. And look how well that has ended!

So Mrs May is the tyrant that Edward Leigh warned her against becoming.

She has ignored the will of Parliament – contrary to the recognised convention – in order to push a narrow agenda that is not supported by the people of the UK.

And she is determined to continue working for the benefit of a tiny minority – inflicting huge suffering on the rest of us – for as long as possible, whether we support it or not.

Tyrant.

She must not be allowed to continue.

How do we get rid of her and her party?

Theresa May’s deputy was forced to deny on Thursday that her minority administration was ignoring parliament after the government said it was not bound by an overwhelming vote calling for the rollout of universal credit to be paused.

Labour’s motion, which called for the controversial welfare reform to be halted while glitches are fixed, passed unanimously on Wednesday night after Tory whips told their MPs to abstain.

“All governments have to abide by the rules of parliament. We’re a parliamentary democracy,” Damian Green, the first secretary of state, said. But “as the Speaker said last night, motions like that are non-binding motions, so they don’t engage government activity particularly.”

Past governments facing defeat in the Commons on so-called opposition day motions have tended to shift policy as a result. Gordon Brown’s government, for example, gave Gurkhas new rights to settle in the UK after it lost a vote on the issue in 2009.

May, who has only a fragile governing majority, has adopted a strategy of urging MPs to abstain on opposition day debates, rather than see the divisions in her own party exposed by a series of embarrassing defeats.

Source: We’re not ignoring you but vote doesn’t bind, PM’s deputy tells MPs | Politics | The Guardian


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UK Parliament Will Vote To Recognize The State Of Palestine – Scriptonite Daily

A rocket is fired between combatants in the Israel-Palestine conflict during July. If the UK government recognises Palestine, could this change the way the international community views the situation there?

A rocket is fired between combatants in the Israel-Palestine conflict during July. If the UK government recognises Palestine, could this change the way the international community views the situation there?

This will sort out the children from the adults in the House of Commons.

According to Scriptonite: “Backbenchers have secured a vote for the House to recognize the state of Palestine. The title of the debate will be: THE FUTURE OF THE TWO STATE SOLUTION IN ISRAEL AND PALESTINE. The debate will take place on 13 Oct 2014, it will be six hours long and happen in the main chamber. It will be a debate on a substantive motion: ‘That this House calls on the government to recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.'”

The article warns: “It’s the government, not the House that recognises states. Plus, it’s a BBD [backbench debate] so the motions are non-binding. Essentially, the vote will be an expression of the will of the House.

“If it’s a ‘yes’ vote the government and any subsequent government would be pressured towards recognising Palestine. It would be a PR disaster for the govt. to refuse to recognise Palestine if MPs expressed their will that Palestine should be recognised.”

If any of you are hoping that this will mean the withdrawal of the UK’s support for Israel in the ongoing situation regarding Palestine – don’t get your hopes up.

A backbench debate on sickness and disability ended with an overwhelming majority in favour of the government commissioning a cumulative impact assessment of the effect of ‘welfare reform’ on claimants, and nothing came of it.

That should have been a PR disaster, too.

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