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Sunday, 22 October 2017

UKIP Hopeful Endorses Racists

We know that Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, takes grave offence at any suggestion that he is a racist. He is not alone: Douglas Murray, he of “conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board”, has even hinted that he is willing to resort to legal action when accused of hate speech. Both of these individuals are now in one of those Extremely Difficult Positions.
Anne Marie Waters - addressed racist gathering ...

This is down to their past proximity to one Anne Marie Waters, with whom Murray has shared a platform at debates and on TV programmes, and with whom Lennon launched an organisation called Pegida UK. Lennon strongly endorsed Ms Waters in her bid for the UKIP leadership earlier this year. Now she has launched a new party, not that this is meant to be an echo of Oswald Mosley, you understand.

Her party is called For Britain, and claims “For Britain will be the only political party to truly represent the interests of the forgotten people of Britain … We will not be a part of politicians – we will represent the concerns of the people that politicians forget, and we won’t slander those who are brave enough to talk about the most defining issues of the 21st Century”. And what issues might those be?
... but no comment from him ...

Well, this is what she says elsewhere on the For Britain site: “Centuries of political and social revolution, the enlightenment, science and the advancement of civil rights have made Europe the cradle of Western civilization. Democracy, science, law - Europe has been at the forefront of these and we cannot turn back now to accommodate people from countries that have not experienced our progress. Islamic culture for example has not, and the people of Britain, and across Europe, are paying a heavy price for this”.

Yes, it’s all about attacking those Scary Muslims (tm). But yesterday, Anne Marie Waters went further. A lot further. She spoke at the conference of the Traditional Britain Group, a name that will be familiar to Zelo Street regulars.

TBG has featured such luminaries as recent speaker Adrian Davies, “previously an executive council member of the Conservative Monday Club [and] a former executive committee member of Tory Action”. The latter group was co-founded by Airey Neave and G K Young. Tory Action’s “aims” included a “repatriation programme”. The Monday Club was frequently addressed by Enoch Powell, solely because of the notoriety he had gained from his 1968 “Rivers of Blood” speech. Can it get worse? It surely can.
... and no comment from him either

Another TBG favourite is Sam Swerling, self-confessed “Tory Nationalist” and former chairman of, yes, the Monday Club. Swerling had also, by his own admission, been a member of the BNP for five years. And then there is Gregory Lauder-Frost, former political secretary of the Monday Club, whose speeches to TBG include one on “Immigration and repatriation”. Lauder-Frost is vice president of TBG.

TBG are, let us not drive this one around the houses for too long, unreconstructed racists. And that is with whom Anne Marie Waters is now happy allying herself. Perhaps Murray and Lennon would like to distance themselves from her latest move.

Or perhaps they won’t. But they’re not racists. So don’t say they are.

Tory Misogyny - It’s A Bitch

While an increasing number of Tory MPs and their cheerleaders in both old and new media continue to put the boot in on Labour MP Clive Lewis, because he used the term “bitch” - even though it was to another man - all those attacking Lewis have somehow forgotten that the Tories are standing in an awfully draughty glasshouse when it comes to demeaning or insulting anyone - including their fellow politicians.
That’s because several Tory MPs have been caught in various acts of demeaning and insulting others, including the use of that term that got Clive Lewis so much attention at the end of last week. And, by complete coincidence you understand, none of the acts about to be described has been used as hit piece fodder by most of our free and fearless press - not, of course, that we should take this as a sign of bias.

Take Philip Davies, for instance, and an increasing number of voters in his Shipley constituency wish someone would. “A Conservative MP with a reputation for targeting bills protecting women’s rights has broken his own record by talking for more than 90 minutes in an attempt to derail a measure demanding the government ratify a treaty on domestic violencetold the Guardian recently. He lost. But it was entirely in character.

Or how about deployment of the C-Word in the Commons? Back in early 2015 we readLabour tells Tory minister accused of swearing at Ed Miliband to apologise … Anna Soubry denies shouting ‘the foulest word’ at party leader but officials still demand she says sorry”. She called the then Labour leader a “sanctimonious c***”. Derek and Clive (and Paul Dacre) would have been proud of her. She got away with that one.

Maybe a little misogyny would be treated differently? Not in the Tory Party. “Brexit secretary David Davis has apologised after private text messages emerged in which he insulted Diane Abbott”. That was after a drunken move on Ms Abbott in a Commons bar. Was the whip withdrawn from him, as Tories are now demanding of Lewis? You jest - he is still very much in post. And he isn’t the only cabinet minister to stray.

Dead cat slinger supreme Michal Fallon was briefly in the mire in 2014: “Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is at the centre of an explosive row over claims he called a woman a ‘slut’ in a bar”. And there was more. “Mr Fallon faced further questions over a separate incident in which his party ‘minder’ intervened to get him away from an attractive Russian blonde, after he gatecrashed a party … According to some reports, Mr Fallon was seen touching the woman”. He, like Davis, is still in post. Along with his hands.

Also still in post in Scottish Secretary David Mundell, who was caught on camera earlier this year abusing Labour MP Yvette Cooper. And what did Mundell call her? He can be clearly seen saying “bitch”. That’s the same term for which Clive Lewis is being pursued by slavering Tories and their press pals. He, like Davis and Fallon, is still in post.

And that’s before we consider the racist language deployed on more than one occasion by London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, who, like his three pals, is still in the cabinet. Yet Tory MP Nusrat Ghani is pushing for a Commons debate about Clive Lewis. Double standards? You don’t say!

Top Six - October 22

So what’s hot, and what’s not, in the past week’s blogging? Here are the six most popular posts on Zelo Street for the past seven days, counting down in reverse order, because, well, I have places to go and people to see later. So there.
6 Uber - Tory Interference BUSTED Not content with starting a petition in favour of Uber, the Tories in London are now out and about leafletting for them, claiming that this is all about “choice”. But if it’s about choice, why shill for only one company?

5 Arron Banks And The Dark Money How did the alleged “man who bankrolled Brexit” manage to afford all those millions paid out to finance the Leave campaign? He isn’t about to tell us - but ultimately, someone will.

4 The Disowning Of Rupert Myers After a card-carrying Tory was accused of being a sex pest, those out there on the right lost no time desperately reinventing him as some kind of rabid leftist.

3 Uber Britannia - You’re Having A Laugh More accounts presented, more numbers that bear no relation to the amount of money being taken in fares.

2 Katie Hopkins Assassination Lies The pro-am motormouth played the victim in no style at all after a new play was publicised about her fictional death.

1 Football Lads Alliance INFILTRATED The supposedly not really bigoted, Islamophobic or racist group has now been shown to have among its ranks Islamophobes, racists, neo-Nazis - and the occasional terrorist.

And that’s the end of another blogtastic week, blog pickers. Not ‘arf!

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Sun In Brexit La La Land

After more talks in Brussels over the departure of Britain from the EU, very little progress has yet been made. The 27 other member states will discuss trade, but only with one another. Optimistic noises have been made about moving the Brexit talks on to their next phase, but with the ominous condition that “more progress” is made. And the small matter of the so-called “divorce settlement” has still to be settled.
This is the reality of the situation facing Theresa May and her Government right now. But for the Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun, reality cannot possibly be allowed to enter, at least not in the version they give to their dwindling readership. Today’s editorial has an authorised version devoid of reality. So on with the fisking.

PM hints we might up our cash offer - and suddenly the EU wants to talk about trade deals”. Not with us, and not yet. Try again. “EU leaders need to be realistic, both on the bill  voters here will stomach and our willingness to walk away”. As if the writ of the Murdoch press extends to having any effect in Brussels of Strasbourg.

The fantasy of the Baby Shard bunker gets worse. “The initial demand, for 100billion euros, was laughable”. There was no initial and concrete figure, so there was no demand. “President Macron still says our £18billion offer is less than half what they want”. And when did he say that? “An EU diplomat puts that figure at a staggering £48billion”. No citation for that (again).

And worse. “Our PM would need to  convince taxpayers why  that huge sum, or anything like it, is  worth paying to maintain tariff-free trade with the  single market  while freeing us  to make our own lucrative deals unbound by Brussels’ rules”. Unless we’re in the Single Market, we aren’t getting proper tariff free trade. And if we are inside, we aren’t making any deals by ourselves. Moreover, “lucrative” is bullshit. We will not do better than what the EU has already negotiated.

Have another go. “But Macron, Angela Merkel and others must understand  Britain is not bluffing about taking our chances and abandoning ship without paying a penny”. We pay nothing, we get no preferential access. But we do get a reputation as an untrustworthy potential trade partner; our future deals will suffer accordingly.

Can it get any more lame? Don’t bet against it. “If they continue delaying trade talks in December, our Government and businesses must plan for leaving on WTO rules. It may gain unstoppable momentum”. WTO rules, if the other WTO members agree (big if) will mean tariffs enough to screw our manufacturing base and ramp up unemployment. But it will attract lots of disaster capitalists.

Then comes the ultimate Walter Mitty sign-off: “Brussels must not overplay its hand”. Yeah, right. Unless and until our Government can sort itself out, nobody can play their hands, good, bad or indifferent.

The Brexit talks are making hardly any progress. And when they do, it will be the EU27 who make the running, and make the decisions. It would help the Sun’s remaining shreds of credibility to be honest with their readers - and quit lying.

Justine Greening’s Kinder, Gentler Hypocrisy

After Clive Lewis was singled out for another punishment beating by the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, along came a series of principled and righteous Tory politicians to assist these less than highly principled individuals in putting the boot into the Rotten Lefties (tm). One of the more righteous of this group was the women and equalities minister Justine Greening.
The recent use of language by Clive Lewis MP was totally and utterly unacceptable in the world of the ‘kinder, gentler politics’ you claim to support … Senior women in the Labour party have understandably condemned his words, and as leader of the Labour party, you should too … Will you now step forward and condemn the sexist language of Clive Lewis, and the unacceptable attitudes that lie behind it, and set out how you plan to tackle misogyny in the Labour party?she said in a letter to Jeremy Corbyn.
Well, there are three things to which Ms Greening might do well to pay heed before she starts down that road. One is to ensure she gets right what Jezza actually said about “kinder politics”. This is what he told the 2015 Labour Conference.

It is this sense of fair play, these shared majority British values, that are the fundamental reason why I love this country and its people … These values are what I was elected on: a kinder politics and a more caring society … These are Labour values and our country's values”. Jeremy Corbyn never said “kinder, gentler politics.
Can it get worse for the minister? Moving on to point two, we see that Ms Greening has no room to call out anyone in the Labour Party for sexism, unacceptable attitudes, misogyny or anything else, as the testimonies of three young women have shown.
Dawn Foster told “Ironically the reaction to the Clive Lewis video has been an absolute torrent of misogyny sent my way purely because I was stood next to him …. Including emails saying men hoped I was sexually assaulted, beaten up and one guy who despite me tweeting about Catholicism a lot decided I'm ‘secretly Jewish’ and it's a shame I didn't end up in a gas chamber. Not dealt with Guido's acolytes before but they're utterly vile”.
Frankie Leach, North West Young Labour women’s officer, gave The Great Guido short shrift: “You tried to ruin my life when I was 19 by implying I gave out sexual favours in return for committee positions within Momentum. Get fucked”. And Abby Tomlinson of Milifandom fame added “This happened to me too, when I was 17. Got endless abuse from stuff they wrote. Guido don’t give a shit about women”.
But Justine Greening won’t be calling the Fawkes rabble out. And three, she was a very close friend of Mark Clarke of Tory bullying infamy. But when he was misbehaving his way to the top, what did she say then? Nothing. Nil. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero. Not a sausage. Bugger all. And that business ended not with a few people being abusive on Twitter, but a young activist taking his own life. Nothing like looking the other way.

The Tory Party is rife with hypocrisy. Justine Greening has now confirmed that she is a full participant in this enterprise. Pass the sick bag.

Guido Fawked - Propaganda Bitch

Once again, rather a lot of our free and fearless press, and to their shame some broadcasters too, have been taking the malicious partisanship of the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog as legitimate news. This has resulted in Labour MP Clive Lewis, a favourite Fawkes target, but not because of any racist motive you understand, getting it in the neck.
Hello gullible media folk - this is who you're all enabling

As the BBC report tells, “A Labour MP has apologised for using ‘offensive and unacceptable’ language at the party conference last month … Norwich South MP Clive Lewis was filmed on stage at a fringe event in Brighton saying: ‘Get on your knees, bitch’ - the video emerged on social media”. The video, in fact, had emerged some weeks previously, and has only just been discovered by The Great Guido.
We know this as “Aaron Bastani, the co-founder of left wing website Novara Media, tweeted: ‘I was there. The video has been up at @novaramedia for a month - Clive was saying this to a man’”. Sadly, some MPs - even in his own party - did not bother to ask such questions before tamely toddling along after the Fawkes rabble and lining up before whatever media outlets they could find to express shock and outrage.
Tory MPs were also, as befits a party of shameless hypocrisy, taking turns to kick Lewis. But no-one asked the obvious question: wasn’t The Great Guido indulging in a little double standards once more? And, as so often, the answer was that, well, yes he was.
The instances of the word “bitch” in the Fawkes twitter feed are legion. “How much are you offering and what does the bitch look like?” was an early example of this craft, with the kicking of Labour MPs evident soon after. “He thought it was a Shad Cab meeting >> @eyespymp: Last night: Ben Bradshaw dancing on stage at cabaret show 'Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!’”. And there was more - rather a lot more.
No Fawkes abuse collection would be complete without a smear of Owen Jones. This is no exception: “Owen denies he's Len McCluskey's bitch, yet here's photographic evidence that he's kept on Len's leash”. Then there are all those instances of “bitch slap” that The Great Guido loves to deploy, such as “Evan just bitch-slapped Bryant into stuttering ‘I accept responsibility’ for (his words) sloppy and half-formed speech/briefing #R4today”.
Was there yet more? You jest - there’s plenty more. There are all the “bitch fight” claims, including “International Bitch Fight”, “LibDem Lords Bitch Fight”, “Tory Membership Bitch Fight”, “Twitter Media Bitch Fight”, and the regular “Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week”.
On it goes, with “Peak Roger Lord: ‘Douglas Carswell is Nigel’s bitch; he will perpetually be picking up the political equivalent of prison soap’”, via the rather more brief “It's Alesha, bitch” to “Latency is a bitch” and “Democracy's a bitch”.

Then, just for one Labour MP who has trouble engaging brain before mouth, came the pièce de résistance. “Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: @StanCollymore v @jessphillips, featuring Ulrika and dogging”. Did she complain about that as vehemently as she did about Clive Lewis? As if you need to ask.

And this is what the press takes as a source of genuine news. Sad, really.

Friday, 20 October 2017

The Disowning Of Rupert Myers

Junior barrister and contributor to GQ Magazine, the Telegraph, and Conservative Home Rupert Myers has vanished from Twitter. He has been sacked by GQ, and disowned by many across the political spectrum. This is not unconnected to his being accused of not being able to behave himself in a grown-up manner when alone with a member of the opposite sex. And that should have been that.
Won't be doing any of that for a while

But for many out there on the right, a problem entered: they could not possibly stand by and say nothing, because surely some Rotten Lefty (tm) would tar them all with the same brush. This, of course, assumes anyone left of them adheres to their low standards in such matters. So Myers had to be disowned, and preferably reinvented as a leftist.
The convocation of the irredeemably batshit otherwise known as Breitbart knew exactly what they had to do: “Anti-Brexit, Pro-Social Justice GQ Writer Rupert Myers Sacked After Sexual Assault Allegationsthey proclaimed, making sure to tell that he had contributed to the Guardian and Independent, and stressing “The liberal journalist has written at length against U.S. President Donald Trump, Brexit, and a host of other folk devils of the Left”.
Also on Planet Breitbart, James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole knew who to blame: “Not remotely interested in Rupert Myers's private life. His SJW proselytising, however, was utterly inexcusable - and did real harm, I think”. Another Kool-Aid drinker even managed “Far-Left SJW Commentator For Anti-Trump Propaganda Network GQ Facing Allegations Of Sexual Assault - Dominoes Falling”. Wibble.
The idiocy went on. “Two male feminist anti-Brexit anti-Trump 'journalists' just got outed for sexual assaulters i.e. Sam Kriss and Rupert Myers … LOOLLOLOLOL” was one example, and “Patronising liberal journalist who made jibes about Catholic priests wearing dresses, turns out to be a slimy toad” from Caroline Farrow, of alternate reality notoriety, another.
But here a problem entered: actual reality. Someone admitted into the hallowed halls of Conservative Home is hardly going to be a raving leftist. Another Angry Voice duly brought the batshit tendency down to earth with “Amazing: Rupert Myers (Daily Mail, Spectator, Telegraph, Conservative Home) is outed as a creepy sex pest, & now he's suddenly a ‘leftie’!” Also, he was not just a conservative, he was a Tory Party member.
As one Tweeter pointed out, “So now he's a confirmed sex creep, Rupert Myers, deputy chairman of the Bermondsey and Old Southwark Conservative Association is a ‘leftie’”. Yes, Myers, far from being a “liberal”, an “SJW”, “Far-left”, or “feminist”, was a Tory activist in a position of no little influence within the party. That this was not brought up beforehand has more to do with some on Planet Earth knowing misbehaviour is not party political.
What is most revealing here is how those out there on the right - unprompted - see these revelations not as what they are, but an opportunity to indulge in a little smearing on the back of them. Somebody must have an awfully empty diary.

Toby Young’s Oxford Giveaway

After Labour MP David Lammy observed that “10 out of 32 Oxford colleges did not award a place to a black British pupil with A-levels in 2015”, that “Oriel College only offered one place to a black British A-level student in six years”, and “Similar data released by Cambridge revealed that six colleges there failed to admit any black British A-level students in the same year”, he had harsh words for the two institutions.
As the Guardian has reported, “Lammy said the figures showed that many colleges at both Oxford and Cambridge failed to reflect the UK’s population, and called into question the universities’ claims to national standing … ‘This is social apartheid and it is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain,’ Lammy said”. There was more.

He went on “Difficult questions have to be asked, including whether there is systematic bias inherent in the Oxbridge admissions process that is working against talented young people from ethnic minority backgrounds … there are almost 400 black students getting three As at A-level or better every year”. Very few apply to Oxford or Cambridge.
Lammy also made this comment on the Radio 4 Today Programme this morning: “Many more children coming from London and the south east, the children of bankers, judges, making their way to Oxbridge but children in our housing estates even if they get three As they’re not able to get in”. Even if they get three As.
For some within the establishment, Lammy’s criticism presents a challenge, while for others it is a chance to pooh-pooh criticism and claim that it is all someone else’s fault. The latter course was far easier for the loathsome Toby Young, who is skating on perilously thin ice when it comes to talking of those from a privileged background getting into Oxford. Tobes decreed that this was not the Universities’ problem.
Reason there are so few black students at Oxford is because too few apply. Falsely accusing the university of racism will make things worse”. If they aren’t going to get in, who can blame them? Do go on. “I wrote about why there are so few black students at Oxford here. Public education system to blame, not Oxford”. If they get three As or better, it’s got very little to do with the public education system.
Could Sir make an even more lame suggestion? As if you need to ask: “Best way to boost the number of black students at elite universities is to set up more free schools like this one”. But Tobes’ own journey to Oxford illustrates the problem.
By his own admission, he only got in due to the combination of an administrative error - and the personal intervention of his father, Labour peer Michael Young (author of the 1945 Labour manifesto, though Tobes would rather not talk about that). He did not get the grades specified in his previous conditional offer.

Toby Young does David Lammy’s work for him, showing why black students might have difficulty getting into Oxford - there won’t be so many places on offer if someone else has been effectively pulling rank. Might have been best to keep schtum on that one.

Arron Banks’ Soros Meltdown

The Parliamentary intervention yesterday by Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, where he wondered aloud how Arron Banks, the so-called “man who bankrolled Brexit”, managed to afford all those millions he put into campaigns advocating for a Leave vote in last year’s EU referendum, has met with an instant response from The Great Man himself, released under the auspices of the Leave EU organisation.
Here, Banks manages to achieve what Bradshaw did not - to reveal a deeply paranoid state of mind, to tell the world that he is increasingly worried about the activities of certain journalists, to deploy a series of characterisations that would not be out of place in 1930s Germany or any more modern far right movement, and therefore to commend his critics to continue their enquiries. It was an own goal of magnificent proportions.

Here’s what Banks had to say: “The ‘series of investigative reports’ Ben Bradshaw refers to were published by Open Democracy, a political website funded by none other than globalist George Soros, an expert in ‘dark money’”.

Globalist. Well, at least he didn’t say “Jewish”. But what of Open Democracy’s funding? It is true that Soros’ Open Society Foundation and Initiative have donated to this enterprise, but (a) if Soros was trying to exert leverage as a quid pro quo, many other Open Democracy donors would not be there, and (b) Open Democracy are, well, open about where the money comes from. Unlike Arron Banks and Leave EU.
As to the “dark money” expertise attributed to Soros, he can’t be very good at it if he donates to groups who are transparent about their funding. Still, on he digs. “If Mr Bradshaw is intent on following up on the conspiracies of the likes of Carole Cadwalladr, I suggest he starts with Soros, Goldman Sachs and the other corporates who attempted but spectacularly failed to scare Britain into remaining in the European Union”.

Goldman Sachs. But at least he didn’t say “Jewish bankers”. As to the dig at Ms Cadwalladr, this is  dead giveaway, as it was when the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog went after her. She was not mentioned by Bradshaw, so why does Banks do so? And good to see that Banks, while claiming to be worth all that money, is so peevish about organisations that really are worth a lot of money.

Can he complete his selling of the pass? He certainly can: “Just like Crooked Hillary, Mr Bradshaw still fails to understand why his side lost, and thus continues to peddle this rather tedious myth of a Russian conspiracy. Sad!” And another giveaway.
Neither Bradshaw, nor Open Democracy, were linking Banks to the Trump Gang. But by throwing in that casual smear of Hillary Clinton, Banks volunteers the link for them. As for understanding why the Remain camp lost, that is the whole point of the exercise - and far from failing to understand, Bradshaw and others of like mind are now understanding the reasons all too well. Can it get worse? Yes it can.

The “tedious myth of a Russian conspiracy” is Banks’ own invention. Those investigating his activities have noted the presence of Russia-friendly people, but have not gone as far as that. Arron Banks should have heeded the words attributed to Denis Thatcher: “better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt”.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Arron Banks And The Dark Money

The coupling of the Brexit campaigns, and particularly those conducted with the involvement of Arron Banks, the éminence grise behind former UKIP Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, with all that “Dark Money” sloshing around courtesy of a range of vested interests, has been covered previously on this blog. Also covered has been the dead giveaway of their interests by those seeking to rubbish the story.
Now, as the Brexit negotiations stall, some observers are once again looking askance at Banks, unofficially “the man who bankrolled Brexit”, and asking where he got the reported £9 million in donations and loans which paid for it all. Banks, like his pal Farage, was apparently not particularly well off at the turn of the millennium. He now claims to be worth anything up to £250 million. It is a most remarkable transformation.

What is also remarkable is Banks’ creativity. As Open Democracy noted, “Banks has claimed he was promoted and rose to lead his own sales team at Norwich Union … However [there is] no record of Banks ever having worked for Norwich Union. He has also claimed to have worked for Warren Buffett … We asked Buffett about this. He replied. ‘I have no memory of ever hearing of the name Arron Fraser Andrew Banks. He certainly never worked for me.’ Further checks across the Berkshire Hathaway group, made by Buffett’s office, yielded no evidence he had ever worked for any of his subsidiaries”.

But they also note that, at the time he was not well-known, nor well-off, “Banks met the woman who was to become his second wife, a Portsmouth-based Russian called Ekaterina Paderina”. She has long been rumoured to have been, let us say, an asset of the Russian state. His pal Farage, by complete coincidence you understand, has also recently been fingered as the possible go-between linking the Trump gang to Julian Assange of Wikileaks, the latter also now believed to be a Russian asset.

So it should surprise no-one thatA Labour MP has said there are ‘real questions’ about how much Arron Banks - the entrepreneur who bankrolled Brexit - is worth as he called on the government to investigate the possible role played by ‘dark money’ in the EU referendum. Speaking in parliament, Ben Bradshaw said there was ‘widespread concern over foreign and particularly Russian interference in western democracies’”.

Bradshaw, as the Guardian has noted, has asked “questions today over the real wealth of Arron Banks, the main financial backer of leave”. This may include his having seen the Open Democracy observation “Banks’ present financial status is then somewhat unclear, and sometimes dependent on buying assets from one company, in order to shore up another company he himself holds a stake in”.

Asking Banks to justify the claim that he is worth £100 million, or even as much as £250 million, brings either a reply via his lawyer, silence … or both. He has made what Open Democracy calls “A Lazarus-like recovery” and concludes “The value of his businesses are materially lower than Banks’ own inflated boasts and, while still a wealthy man, was he wealthy enough to give so much to the Brexit campaign, without some other undisclosed source of income?” Which comes down to the age-old question - who’s paying?

After all, whoever bought Brexit, it gets foisted on all of us, whether we like it or not. So who is behind the financial rehabilitation of Banks and his pal Farage? More later.

Laura Perrins Is Unwell

Some parts of the new media serve a very useful purpose: when they advocate for a particular point of view, or oppose one, it is clear that the best course of action for those who have brain plugged in and a hole in their backsides is to take the opposite stance. Many of these new media sources are out there on the right, and none exemplifies their wrong-headedness better than The Conservative Woman.
Laura Perrins is momentarily startled by the intrusion of reality

This site attracts many like-minded visitors, possibly because it is constantly plugged by the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog. Sadly, the wider media world is not so enamoured of its co-editor, the droning and tedious not very good former lawyer Laura Perrins, who has not been asked back by The Andy Marr Show (tm), with her second Question Time appearance possibly being her last.

To make up for her less than engaging personality, Ms Perrins has hit on the wizard wheeze of desperately trying to be contrarian in order to attract more clicks. Sadly, the even more tedious Brendan O’Neill has already cornered this market. But she is not downhearted, and today has brought forthThe rape culture created by the Left”.

This piece holds, roughly, that Harvey Weinstein being rumbled for decades of inappropriate behaviour towards woman means there is a rape culture, and that it was somehow created by the mythical “Left”. Along the way, we are told “The Mayor of London is going to ban advertisements of women in bikinis on the Tube”. No, me neither.

Ms Perrins tells that “the feminists” (whomsoever they be) have only one principle: “as long as there is consent, you are good to go. The consent must be real, cannot be coerced or tricked, but consent is all you need … There is no morality other than consent and ‘health and safety’. Make sure the sexual intimacy is sterile and safe, then be on your way. You don’t even have to know his or her name”. What’s she on about? Who knows?

Then, after being informed that what she just invented is an “amoral nightmare” that’s part of “a hyper-sexualised culture that displays a fair amount of soft pornography” in which “We bring up kids”, she then claims that “we” (Who? Don’t ask) give said children rules which, conveniently, she also just made up. These include “One night stands are also awesome”, “Drunken consensual threesomes mean you are smashing the patriarchy”, and “Female modesty should be scorned and was only ever a means of controlling women”.

Anyone not completely lost? Don’t worry, not far to go. After all that comes the scolding, patronising and judgmental “So why all the harassment, ladies (if I may call you ladies)? Why the rape culture? If the Left has had the culture for the last 50 years, and all you have produced is rape culture and pornography, then what does that tell you?

What “rape culture”? Someone in the USA misbehaved over a long period of time. Others may have done the same. That justifies neither “rape culture”, nor blaming “the left”. But Ms Perrins does want anyone not yet asleep to know that “we are awash, positively swimming, in pornography. The abortion rate is off the scale”. What scale would that be?

Jeffrey Barnard may be long gone. But we need not worry, because now we have Laura Perrins, who is also unwell. Sadly, she is also mind-numbingly boring, too.

Katie Hopkins Assassination Lies

Pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins is never backwards in coming forwards to give offence, incite a little hatred here and there, smear those whose views and lifestyles she does not understand, or otherwise promote her strange looking-glass world. But as with so many others in her position, she also conforms to Olbermann’s Dictum - “the right exists in a perpetual state of victimhood” - when she deems it necessary.
Viewers may still want to look away now

And Ms Hopkins has deemed it necessary to play the victim, as well as indulging her paranoia about the hated BBC and bending the facts beyond the limit of their elasticity, after she discovered that a musical entitled The Assassination of Katie Hopkins was to open in the new year at Mold’s Theatr Clwyd. What the presentation is really about does not matter to Ms Hopkins; merely that she plays the victim about it.
The new musical does not show the supposed assassination, and nor does it make any suggestion or invitation to any kind of violent act. This does not get in Ms Hopkins’ way. Her first reaction was to talk well, and lie badly. This she did: “The Assassination of Katie Hopkins. An invitation. In every sense” she whined. An invitation to what?

She suggested the Guardian was part of this “invitation”. So what have they said? “The Assassination of Katie Hopkins is a provocatively titled musical scheduled to open in spring next year which uses her fictional death as a way to explore wider issues of ‘truth, celebrity and public outrage’ … The rightwing Mail Online columnist divides opinion like few others. She is detested or loved. The show’s co-writer, Chris Bush, said she hoped the production would challenge audiences’ preconceptions about Hopkins”.
No invitation to anything, other than to go along and see a musical. Fortunately for Hatey Katie, someone else had not understood what the production was about, and after they Tweeted “‘Assassination of Katie Hopkins’ Play: the title is an invitation to kill Hopkins, but in the end BBC says ‘the intention wasn't to offend’”, thus perpetuating her lies, that meant she was right and, and as the BBC had mentioned it, they were wrong.
The state broadcaster promoting my assassination. Curious times” she mused, with many of her gullible followers entering nodding donkey mode and advocating the closing of the BBC, blaming the left, and saying it would have been different if the subject of the musical had been one of those Scary Muslims (tm). And we don’t have a state broadcaster.

Not surprisingly, the Beeb had reacted strongly to Ms Hopkins’ casual defamation, pointing out “the Tweet you have issued on the subject is inaccurate and grossly misleading … misleading Tweets like the one you have posted on this subject do nothing to lower the temperature and make [real death threats] less likely”. Indeed, but Hatey Katie is not interested in lowering the temperature, far less being honest.
If lying and smearing - plus that victimhood - is what is required to secure More And Bigger Self-Promotion Opportunities For Herself Personally Now, that is what Katie Hopkins will do. Nobody is making threats or inviting murder. She’s full of wind and piss.

And that Mail Online contract expires next month. Sad, really.

Sun Branson Splash EIGHT YEARS LATE

The age of instantly available information retrieval has not been kind to our free and fearless press: gone are the days when they could perform screeching U-Turns, slip piffling “corrections” in to Page 94, or recycle old stories for profit without being called out by someone with access to the Web. And it is the recycling of old stories that has tripped up the Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun today.
Worse for the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker, their latest attempt to pass off old news as happening now is all over today’s Sun front page. “F1 Star Jenson Button Speaks Out … Boozy Branson Touched My Wifescreams the headline. And, apart from Button no longer being involved in F1, and the young woman in question not being his wife at the time, the story appears reasonably soundly based.

But then the name on the by-line comes into view, and suspicions instantly arise. Leering Nick Pisa, the hack notorious for writing the “wrong” Meredith Kercher story, and telling readers of the Mail that Amanda Knox Was The One Wot Did It, is not exactly a fount of ground-breaking investigative journalism. And the rest of the Sun story shows that all he appears to have done is lift the story from Button’s new autobiography.

Shock claims made in F1 ace's new autobiography say Virgin boss Sir Richard stroked his girlfriend's face while he was away from the table … The clash during dinner at a top restaurant saw Jenson telling Branson, 67: ‘That’s well out of order … Branson was warned to back off after touching and trying to chat up F1 star’s future wife … Jenson, 37, squared up to the sozzled Virgin tycoon at an exclusive Japanese restaurant”.

Yeah, right. But when did this happen? “The incident took place in 2009 during the Australian Grand Prix … Details have emerged in Jenson’s new book Life to the Limit”. Wrong, Nick Pisa and Murdoch goons. The details emerged EIGHT YEARS AGO.
Nick Pisa - another payday he didn't merit

Make that more than eight years ago: Mail Online told its readers in July 2009 that “Jenson Button lifts the lid on showdown with Richard Branson after Virgin boss made play for his girl”. There was more. “Button said he had to give a stern warning to Sir Richard after he apparently made a play for pretty Jessica Michibata, 24, at a party to celebrate Branson's sponsorship of Button's racing team … Button, 29, says Branson realised he had overstepped the mark and was apologetic after the event”.

Can it get worse? You bet it could: the incident in question was first publicised in a GQ magazine interview with Jenson Button, and the interviewer was none other than Rebekah Brooks’ pal from long back in tabloid dark arts days … Piers Morgan. So today the woman who has ultimate charge over the Sun will be getting stick from the Good Morning Britain co-host over taking eight years to catch up with his GQ interview.

So that’s red faces all round at the Murdoch press. And another nail in the coffin of Nick Pisa’s remaining journalistic credibility. Now you know, once more … Don’t Buy The Sun.