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Friday, 25 May 2018

Labour Epilepsy Smear OUT OF ORDER

The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog are no strangers to health smears, although in the past they had restricted their attacks to indicating their intellectual inadequacy by making claims about their targets’ mental health, which, like most Fawkes claims, they made up on the spot and would have been unable to stand up had someone taken the SOBs to the cleaners for it.
Behold he who sits in moral judgment on others

Now, The Great Guido has broadened this front to take the experience of one Labour member and use it to attack the whole party. And as Staines is himself of less than perfect courage, this task was delegated to apprentice sandwich monitor - oops, sorry, “Senior Reporter” - Ross Kempsell, another Fawkes minion of no discernible principle.

Sue Jones had watched a promotional video for next month’s Labour Live event. The video, which contained flashing images, did not come with a health warning. Ms Jones, who has a form of epilepsy, suffered a visual reflex seizure. She contacted the Labour Party partly to warn other sufferers, and partly to ensure those producing the videos understood the effects that certain kinds of images can have.
Ross Kempsell - another creep pretending to be a journalist

The response she received was swift and sincere. “I am more than happy with that swift response, because it indicates a party that cares about inclusion, and is more than willing to take responsibility for ensuring their material is up to a high health and safety standard”, she noted. But by this time, the Fawkes massive had latched on to the issue.

Their take was as dishonest and insensitive as it was ill-informed. “The Labour Party’s promotional video for its troubled youth festival Labour Live is causing people to have seizures. Activists have complained on Twitter about suffering seizures and migraines after viewing the flashing Labour Live graphics, which come without a warning”, they told, grandly following that with “Guido is not publishing the video for health reasons”.

Guido is full of shit. As Ms Jones says, “Visual reflex seizures induced by complex stimuli may be triggered by patterned and flashing displays … in susceptible people, seizures can happen because of the properties of video displays, the triggers are identified as perceived brightness, pattern, flicker frequency, and colour contrasts”. The Fawkes post included both a flashing image, and plenty of colour contrasts. Moral high ground my arse.
She also correctly noted “Fawkes is a nasty gossip-mongering vulture, who will use anything he can to promote his vicious right wing views”. That’t putting it mildly. Staines and his pet creeps - Zelo Street recently covered their propensity to lie and smear HERE - have also claimed erroneously that the Labour Live video “is causing people to have seizures … Activists have complained”. Plural. More evidence-free claims.

Sue Jones didn’t “feel it’s appropriate to use someone’s illness and misfortune to make a tenuous attack on the Labour party … In fact it’s a despicable thing to do”. But a request to remove the Tweet signposting their attack has gone unanswered, and as she observed, “Some of his equally virulent followers commenting on the thread under his post thought my seizure was hilarious”. That’s the level at which The Great Guido operates.

Once again, the Fawkes rabble is bang out of order. And once again, there will be only schoolboy sniggering in response, and more of the same later. That’s not good enough.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

David Lammy Busts Oxford Myths

The sensitive subject of the small numbers of black students accepted by Oxford University’s various colleges has come back into view, thanks to the efforts of Tottenham MP David Lammy. And the response to his arguments shows that the attitude of those white pundits needs to change just as much as Oxford does.
David Lammy MP

After Omar Khan of the Runnymeade Trust had told “You'll hear a lot of explanations abt why the small number of black students at Oxford isn't a problem. One eg is the relatively few number getting 3 As or above. But 1. There are 630 such students 2. These arguments encourage applicants to think that Oxford isn't for them” (you can see the whole thread HERE), Lammy took up the points raised.
630 Black British students get 3 A's and yet 1 in 4 Oxford colleges did not have a single Black British student in the entire cohort in at least one of the last three years. Not one Black British student offered a place for Computer Science or Psychology. Go and find the talent”. At this point, it might be expected that someone out there would engage with Lammy. But the establishment mindset is always to spin defensively.
So it was that the loathsome Toby Young airily asserted “I blogged about David Lammy’s previous attack on Oxford for admitting too few black British students … issue isn’t Oxford’s bias, it’s that too few black British students are getting 3 As at A level. Solution is to improve schools”. Those 630 black students had already been forgotten.
Lammy was not impressed, and he was right not to be impressed. “Toby tell us again about that time you got into Oxford because your Dad (a Baron) rang up the College to ask them to let you in because you didn't get the grades? And then come back to talk to me about institutional bias and why white students twice as likely to get in as black”.
So along came Tobes’ pal Fraser Nelson. “David, are you saying that black students with top grades are less likely to get into Oxford than white students with top grades? Your tweets don’t make it clear, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to discourage any applicant by giving the wrong impression”. See, it’s the black man’s fault!
Lammy put him straight, too. “I’m not saying it, the university’s own data is saying it. Putting people off applying by forcing Oxford to publish the data? Fraser I’m sure working class, northern and ethnic minority young people are perfectly capable of looking at the data and making their own minds up”. But the Pundit Establishment wasn’t done yet.
Iain Martin, spinner and abuse merchant of no fixed principle, weighed in. “This monstering of Oxford is ludicrous. It is a leading global institution, not a plaything of govt. Fix the school system”. Oxford clearly ranks as high as any in Rome!
And the same argument Tobes made, which had already been addressed. Lammy had to remind him “Oxbridge gets £700 million a year from the taxpayer and the Oxbridge admissions system decides who gets to be the next Cabinet Ministers, newspaper editors, senior civil servants, FTSE CEOs etc. So it does matter to my constituents and to every person in this country, actually”. We’re paying for it, spinners.
Perhaps those pundits should listen to Lammy, rather than talking at him. Just a thought.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Leveson 2 HAS RETURNED

Our free and fearless press, in the person of the Tories, has seen off two votes in Parliament. Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry had finally been consigned to history: there was to be no threat of all that phone hacking, email hacking, computer hacking, blagging of medical, legal, court and Police records, entrapment, bin rifling, burglary, blackmail, bribery, and other improper behaviour, seeing the light of day.
This was framed as a victory for “press freedom”, that being the freedom to carry on shitting all over the little people and daring them to go to law, and bet the house doing so, if they thought they were hard enough. The press could now carry on lying, bullying, threatening, ruining lives and livelihoods, and generally trampling all over anyone who stood in their way, or otherwise incurred their displeasure.

Campaigning group Hacked Off, the only players willing to stand up for the victims of press misconduct, has declared thatthe fight is not over”, going on to tell “we are taking the Government to court! The decision to cancel this inquiry into press criminality & corruption isn’t just disgraceful, we think it is illegal. We have a powerful case but court is expensive - please donate to our crowdfund so we can challenge this betrayal”.

As the Guardian has conceded - note that most of that free and fearless press have declined to report on the news - “Press regulation campaigners have been given the go-ahead to take the government to court over its decision to cancel the second part of the Leveson inquiry into the activities of the media”. There was more.

Campaigners working with the Hacked Off group, including the former Bristol schoolteacher Christopher Jeffries and the parents of the missing child Madeleine McCann, have successfully convinced the high court that the decision should be subject to a judicial review … The court will consider in October whether Hancock’s decision to cancel the second part of the inquiry, which would have focussed on governance issues at media groups and the relationship between newspapers and the police, was correct”.
So Matt Hancock, for whom the epithet “crawler” is woefully insufficient, will have to report back to his true masters - no, not Theresa May and his cabinet colleagues, but the Murdoch, Barclay Brothers and Rothermere press - that those ghastly people from Hacked Off have refused to toddle off and allow the Fourth Estate to keep getting away with it.

The challenge is surely the right thing to do: if the Government is prepared to rat on its promise to victims of press malpractice, then someone has to stand up for them. And for those still clinging on to the myth that the press has somehow reformed itself since Part 1 of Leveson, they need look no further than the disgraceful attempt by the Mail on Sunday to damage the business of beautician Danielle Hindley.

That was covered previously by Zelo Street. It will be again. In the meantime, anyone out there who wants to see Leveson 2 completed, so we know for certain “who did what to whom”, can donate to the Hacked Off crowdfunder HERE.

When we have a Government so corrupt that they march in lockstep with the press barons, we have a problem. That cannot be solved by inaction. That is all.

Godfrey Bloom New Race Hate Shame

Former MEP Godfrey Bloom knows a thing or two about racism, mainly because he does so much of it himself. Bloom was too poisonous even for UKIP, which means he was very bad indeed. He was the clown who coined the expression “Bongo-Bongo Land”. And he was removed from the honorary presidency of the Ludwig von Mises centre after referring to Goldman, Sachs as a “Jewish Bank”. Von Mises was Jewish.
After Godders made his attack on Goldman, Sachs, Zelo Street asked if he had really been relieved of his duties. The reply was unequivocal: “The Council of Mises UK removed Mr Bloom as Honorary President. The recent comments from Mr Bloom do not represent the views of Mises UK or any of its officers in any way”. Godders never learns. And, as his latest foot-in-mouth episode shows, his appetite for hate speech never diminishes.
His latest target is broadcaster and writer Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, recently the target of nailed-on racism dispensed by Mid Bedfordshire’s Tory MP (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries, who asserted that Ms Alibhai-Brown should somehow be grateful that we in the UK allowed her to remain among us. Godders has taken the fragrant Nadine’s rantings and run with them. The result is exactly as might be predicted.
After she had asked “Is it safe to be back on twitter? Have people- including royal wedding journalist junkies- run out of breath yet? Proof again that GB is an infantalized, escapist nation”, off he went. “Surely as you clearly hate Great Britain, the country that rather mistakenly gave you refuge, should you not return to the country of your ancestors?
Very NF 1960s. And while he was at it, Godders took time out to have a go at the new Duchess of Sussex. “The new Duchess of Sussex appears to believe her marriage was some kind of endorsement of political office. Someone must take her aside & explain the role of a constitutional monarchy”. Now what might that be code for?
We didn’t need long to find out, as he abandoned all pretence of brain engagement and went full-on Third Reich at Ms Alibhai-Brown. “The place you should go to Option one Uganda, from whence you came Option two, Pakistan the land of your forebears. Or actually anywhere, we are all sick to death of you. You were born brown, live with it why don't you!” So white people don’t have to return to the country of their ancestors - convenient for Godders, as it wouldn’t be the UK - but “others” do.
And just to make sure he deployed the full range of racist tropes, Bloom had one last unreconstructed snipe at his target. “In case you missed it I was referring to the disgusting Alibaba Brown, the woman we would all love to see BUGGER off”. What is “disgusting” about her? Is he now saying people who aren’t white are therefore “disgusting”?

Godfrey Bloom claims that he is merely “annoying the politically correct”. He is not. He is peddling gratuitous bigotry, and by doing so, encouraging others to be dismissive and hateful towards brown and black Britons, who have as much right to be in the UK as he has. Worse, he is still indulged by the media from time to time.

Wouldn’t it be best for all concerned if that indulgence were to cease? Just a thought.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Racist Says UK Has No Racism

The right-wing press and its hangers-on, including those favoured with being admitted into the body of the Pundit Establishment, have a tried, tested, and mostly unsuccessful way of dealing with inconvenient facts, and that is to either ignore them, pretend that they are not happening, or dismiss them as “non-story” or “conspiracy theory”.
After Michael “Oiky” Gove proclaimed thatThe UK has a more ‘welcoming’ attitude to immigrants than any country in the EU”, that “the Windrush scandal had not damaged the UK's reputation for tolerance”, and that the Brexit referendum campaign “had not made race relations worse” - figures show it has - rabid Islamophobe Doug Murray The K added 2 and 2, obtaining a number which was rather larger than 4.

Murray starts his rant at the increasingly bigoted SpectatorIn recent years the British public have been bombarded with allegations about our alleged bigotry … Since [the referendum] there has been a seemingly endless parade of pseudo-scientific claims that ‘hate crime has soared’ and the like”. Actual fact has become “pseudo-science”.

Spot the spin take 1. And here’s take 2: “Some of us - certainly a majority - knew all this to be nonsense”. The majority is with Doug! No polling or other research is required: the great Murray speaks, and “the majority” falls obediently into line with his superior insights. So what evidence would Sir care to pony up in defence of his claim?

You’ll love this. “I have been mulling several things since Saturday. Like a lot of other people I watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with enormous joy. Indeed I found the whole thing deeply moving and uplifting. The bride looked wonderful. The bride’s mother represented her family with enormous grace and dignity”.

Yes? Yes yes? Yes yes yes? “The American minister Michael Curry stole much of the show with his sermon … A number of the prayers were read out by the Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who is Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons and to Her Majesty the Queen. The music during the signing of the registry was played by Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the young cellist who won the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year in 2016”.

Some people who are not white were on telly! The clinching argument at last! And Murray is taking out of the back of his neck. As the Windrush scandal shows - and the experience of so many followers of The Prophet backs up - the racism is still there, and pretending it can be washed away by shouting “look over there at the Royal Wedding” is bunk.

It’s always a white Briton who comes out with this drivel. Gove was bad enough, but Doug Murray The K, the pundit who asserted - and has never withdrawn - the claim “conditions for Muslims in Europe must be made harder across the board” - that’s too much.

As with all such outbursts, there is one test to see how racist that claim is, and that is to replace the word “Muslims” with “Jews”. Murray wouldn’t have got away with that, so he should not get a free pass with his version. And nor should he get away with his preposterous claim that the Royal Wedding has stamped out racism in the UK.

Certainly not in the magazine that publishes anti-Semite Taki, Rod “not really racist” Liddle, and ex-BNP alumnus Jack Buckby. I’ll just leave that one there.

So Farewell Then Ken Livingstone

In the end, he jumped before being pushed: Ken Livingstone, former leader of the GLC, thorn in the side of Margaret Thatcher, long-serving MP, two-term Mayor of London, and enthusiastic participant in the city’s successful Olympic bid, has resigned from the Labour Party days before a disciplinary hearing into his conduct, following his initial suspension almost two years ago. He was, in the end, the architect of his own downfall.
And while those that Robin Day memorably and rightly called here today and gone tomorrow politicians crow contentedly about Ken’s departure, one should not whisper it quietly - he did at least achieve something in his political career, unlike many of them.

The credit side would have earned Livingstone a significant place in history, had he not also been notorious for the twin habits of shooting his mouth off a little too readily, and then being incapable of saying sorry afterwards. His time as London Mayor was key.

It is difficult even this far down the line to see why the Blair Government had such a control freak mentality: Tone had to have his placeman at the Welsh Assembly - that failed spectacularly - and likewise had to impose his own obedient candidate for the London Mayoralty. Livingstone would not play that game: he stood as an Independent in 2000 and won against official Labour, and the Tories. And he was right to do so.

Only he was prepared to face down the car lobby and impose the London congestion charge - a move that has endured, even though his successor caved in to the motorist faction and abandoned the western extension of the charging zone. Ken put on more bus services, and set in train replacement of the oldest Underground trains.

Those who like their new air-conditioned District, Circle and Metropolitan trains have Livingstone to thank: they, along with new trains for the Victoria Line, were ordered under his Mayoralty. His occasional successor, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, ordered none, with the result that the Bakerloo Line’s veteran stock may see 60 years in service.

The campaign by the right-wing press against bendy buses, another joined with gusto by Andrew “transcription error” Gilligan, was fatuous. They provided capacity and speed; the vanity BozzaMasters that came after them did neither, and were a waste of money. But Gilligan did get paid off by Bozza for his services.

Johnson’s Mayoralty by comparison to Ken’s was a disaster. The waste was on an eye-watering scale. The cancellation of the Cross River Tram condemned south-east London to years more at the bottom of the public transport pecking order. At least Bozza did not cancel Crossrail: now he’ll be there at the opening to claim the credit.
But, as I suggested, Livingstone could never keep his trap shut at times when keeping it shut should not have been difficult. His clumsy berating of the Standard’s Oliver Finegold was indefensible; his inability to own up and say sorry was worse. Whether that was a sign of anti-Semitism is debatable: Ken was an equal opportunity insult machine.

Likewise, the behaviour that got him suspended was perhaps not deliberately anti-Semitic, but the last thing to do when the subject is such a sensitive one is to blunder into the nearest TV studio and proclaim “Yes but Hitler”. Again, he should have kept schtum.

On top of that was the impression that Ken was not really a party man, unless that party was the one led by Himself Personally Now. That had occasional benefits - it was so much easier for him to defy Blair and stand as an independent in the first London Mayoral election. It was less easy for him, and his party leadership, later on.

Now that he has gone, there has inevitably been a chorus of triumphalism from those who despised him. It would be a more effective chorus, were it not comprised of so many who have achieved nothing in politics, and most likely never will.

Not least among the no-marks sneering at old Ken as he shuffles off has been Wes Streeting, an utter worm of a politician who will blow whichever way the press establishment demands, and espouse any campaign he can, to ensure he remains in the comfort to which he has become accustomed. Streeting is the kind of machine politician who gave Labour such a bad name in recent times. There are others.

No, Ken Livingstone should have long ago learned to hold his tongue and own up when caught shooting his mouth off. Thus he became, ultimately, the architect of his own downfall - while of course Good Old Bozza could indulge in more explicit racism, for which he has been awarded a free pass by his fellow journalists.

But at least Ken achieved something in his career, and something useful to all Londoners. His critics, like the crawler Streeting, never will. Such is politics.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Nadine Dorries - Nailed-On Racism

The racist tropes which casually depict those who are not white as “other” are by now so well-known as to be glaringly obvious to anyone with brain plugged in and a hole in their backside. And one of the most obvious racist tropes is that framing the target as “other”, as somehow not belonging. Despite this, the number of right-wing pundits prepared to lecture others that they should “be more grateful” to this country remains worryingly high.
The best-known recent example was the Mail’s Glenda Emeritus Amanda Platell (who is an immigrant) lecturing Stormzy on being grateful: “is it asking too much that he show a scintilla of gratitude to the country that offered his mother and him so much?” She wouldn’t have dreamed being such a witless hypocrite if her target had been white.
Nor, it seems, would Mid Bedfordshire’s MP (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries, who has decided to have a go at Yasmin Alibhai-Brown - well, so many others in the less than well informed pundit class are doing, and perhaps she doesn’t want to miss out. What set the fragrant Nadine off was “Is it safe to be back on twitter? Have people- including royal wedding journalist junkies- run out of breath yet? Proof again that GB is an infantalized, escapist nation” from Ms Alibhai-Brown. Why? Don’t ask.
Yasmin, why don’t you just try to be nice? Maybe appreciate just a little the country and the people you have chosen the live, work and benefit from all of your life” snapped Ms Dorries. Nailed-on racist trope - the “ungrateful outsider”. There is the white person saying “you, yes you, the brown person - be grateful for what we give you”.
Small wonder that the condemnation was immediate, typical being the response from Matt Kelly: “oh wow - @NadineDorries; know what you sound like here? And they wonder how #windrush could have happened”. His concern was shared by others.
Zoe Williams of the Guardian was one of those: “It is frankly unbelievable, the racist & misogynist (remember mike fabricant?) insults serving conservative MPs will throw at @y_alibhai”. And one pundit was markedly less subtle.
Ash Sarkar had seen it all before: “This is such a classic racist trope: the demand that one must suspend all critical faculties in the name of ‘gratitude’ in order to exist as a person of colour in this country”. She also ended with the ultimate expression of disgust.
Ms Alibhai-Brown had also seen it all before, and perhaps wearily replied “So this is the modern, diverse Tory party. To that over excited @NadineDorries I say, remember freedom of opinion? Or is that just for white Brits? And where will you send me back to? Does maverick @OborneTweets also have to go?” Quite.
What made it worse is that Ms Dorries just didn’t get it. “Seriously Yasmin, the last time you and I were together you apologised to me for being so ‘hateful.’ Below you to play the race card, you’re better than that. Have a nice day”. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The one playing the race card was the fragrant Nadine, not her target.

And don’t forget, they allowed her to become an MP. I’ll just leave that one there.

Dan Hodges Defends “Moderate” Gang Rape

[Update at end of post]

It is part and parcel of modern-day politics, and indeed much else, that a job applicant’s social media history gets pored over before they are even considered for appointment. Even those in office get the treatment. And it’s not just blogosphere gotchas that are made of wayward Tweets, as the trashing of Paris Brown, the successful applicant for Kent Youth Police Commissioner, by the Mail on Sunday showed.
He's desperate, Dan

And the past Twitter history of the loathsome Toby Young was enough to influence his decision to resign a post on the board of the new Office for Students recently. But oh, how the tune changes when the boot is so firmly on the other foot.

There is to be a Parliamentary by-election in Lewisham East soon, after Heidi Alexander resigned the seat, to take up the post of London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport. Much has been made of the selection battle, but all that paled into insignificance yesterday after Ian McKenzie, chair of Lewisham East CLP, was caught in possession of two viciously inflammatory items in his Twitter history.
Twitter shaming - OK for the MoS ...

These told “Emily Thornberry is too old for ISIS. They won’t make a sex slave of her. They’ll behead her and dump her in a mass grave”, and “Maybe she’d agree sex slavery to one man only, provided he didn’t sell her on or insist on gang rape”.

Now I hate to come over all censorious, but that is bang out of order. No ifs, no buts. So what would a representative of the MoS - the paper that thought it OK to trawl through a teenager’s Twitter feed and then trash her all over its front page - like to say about it?
... even if the target is a teenager

Well, we have an answer: the MoS’ not even slightly celebrated blues artiste Whinging Dan Hodges has come to his paper’s rescue. After Owen Jones had called out Mike Gapes, a Labour MP who ought to know better, for dismissing criticism of McKenzie’s abhorrent behaviour as “trolling and sectarian bullying”, Hodges was away.
The Corbynites’ commitment to internal Labour democracy being underlined by the way they’re currently targeting Lewisham East chair @iMcKenzied for having the temerity to take a stand against the attempted stitch-up in favour of their candidates … Moderate Labour MP says ‘enough is enough’. Corbynites move to stitch up the selection of her replacement. CLP chair takes a stand against them. Corbynites extract revenge by targeting and smearing him. This isn’t politics, it’s base gangsterism”.
Oh look - Twitter shaming is now Very Bad Indeed!

There was more. “Important lesson tonight for any Labour moderates who think they can engage constructively with the Corbynites. Take a stand against them - even in defence of internal Labour democracy and due process -and they will come for you and try to destroy you”. Shine a light, his comments were beyond the pale. But Hodges wasn’t finished.
There had to be leftie blaming: “I understand Skwakbox and other Corbynites have claimed I “doubled down” last night, and defended the chair of Lewisham East Ian McKenzie after he made comments which a number of people found offensive. So let me clarify. Yep, I did. And I’m doing it again this morning”. Someone else’s fault, see?
And then came the pièce de résistance: “Ian McKenzie's comments were ugly. But in the context of negotiating with the murders, torturers, rapists and slavers of IS - legitimate”.
No, Dan. Just no. Not even a little, teensy bit justifiable. Had that been a Corbyn supporter making those comments about someone on the right of the Labour Party, Dan Hodges would have been cheering on his pals in the right-wing press as they splashed the comments all over their front pages. There would have been no “context” justification then.
But when it’s someone who they can call “moderate”, even the representative of the paper that creepily trawled a teenager’s Twitter feed just so they could trash her reputation on their front page is back-pedalling so furiously that he looks beyond foolish.

“‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less’”. Humpty Dumpty Hodges has shown the world that he and his press pals are now Through The Looking Glass.

[UPDATE 22 May 0855 hours: The interventions on behalf of Ian McKenzie have been as successful as Dan Hodges' election predictions. As Paul Waugh at the HuffPost has now confirmed, McKenzie has been suspended by the Labour Party.

There was stuff all "context excuse" about what he did. It was wrong, and nothing, but nothing, to do with Rotten Lefties (tm) ganging up on him.

After all, Hodges has once again walked out on Labour, so why should they listen to Northcliffe House inmates like him? The right decision, promptly made]

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Mail-Promoted Racist JAILED

Those who look in regularly on Zelo Street may recall the lack of filter applied by the obedient hackery of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre back in September 2016, when they got a little carried away in their efforts to put the boot in on comedian and campaigner Eddie Izzard. After had his hat knocked off by a counter-demonstrator, the temptation to splash a few photos was too much.
Jeremy Bedford-Turner

The Mail told readers “Angry scenes as police separate Leave and Remain protesters at anti-Brexit rallies across Britain (and Eddie Izzard has his pink beret knocked off) … March for Europe launched to pressure Government to delay Article 50 … Protests in London, Birmingham, Oxford, Edinburgh and Cambridge … Typically British scenes included gentleman in tweed waving a Union Flag … And hundreds walked through rainy streets of Bristol during the protest”. But it was not any “gentleman in tweed”.
What's wrong with f***ing ignoring some anti-Semitism, c***?!?!?

He was identified as one Jeremy “Jez” Bedford-Turner (sometimes known as Jeremy Bedford-Taylor). The previous April, the Standard had reported “To occasional boos and jeers speaker Jeremy Bedford-Turner made a long, rambling speech telling people ‘the future is white’ … Footage was later uploaded to YouTube, with the description claiming it had been held ‘deep inside The Jewish Republic of North London’. The video culminated in Mr Bedford-Turner waving a pork pie in the air before taking a bite”.
The Mail had given free publicity to a raving anti-Semite. And now Bedford-Turner is a jailed raving anti-Semite. As the Guardian has reportedA far-right army veteran has been found guilty of stirring up racial hatred after the Crown Prosecution Service was pressured to reconsider its decision to not bring charges against him”. There was more.
Jeremy Bedford-Turner, 48, called for his ‘soldiers’ to liberate England from ‘Jewish control’ in an address outside Downing Street and blamed Jews for issues ranging from both world wars to Jack the Ripper”. When? “The 15-minute speech was made at a rally against Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim in Whitehall on 4 July 2015”.
Do go on. “Bedford-Turner, who served for 12 years in the army, and speaks Pashtu and Arabic, told the crowd: ‘Let’s free England from Jewish control. Let’s liberate this land. Listen, soldiers, listen to me. It’s time to liberate our country’ … Dozens of his supporters attended his two-day trial. Under cross-examination, he admitted that he wanted all Jews to leave the UK”. Yes, he really is a raving anti-Semite.

His supporters are equally away with the fairies, one Tweeting out the suggestion that Bedford-Turner’s pals write to him in jail, talking of “a malicious 3-year campaign by Jew-Zionists”. The Twitter account has since been suspended.
His supporters aren't reported in the Mail, either

So the question has to be asked of the Mail: why so little coverage of Bedford-Turner being sent down for clear and blatant anti-Semitism, while the paper runs page after page of claims that the Labour Party is, er, anti-Semitic?

The Dacre Doggies wouldn’t be indulging in selective reporting of anti-Semitism just so they can put the boot in on The Red Team, would they? Perish the thought.

Football Lads Alliance - IT’S OVER

The Football Lads Alliance, which is supposed to be about opposition to extremism, and not just a bunch of thugs looking to protest against people in this country who are not white, was intending to hold a demonstration in Manchester yesterday. Sadly, this was a campaign which turned out not necessarily to their advantage, as no more than 300 of the so-called “lads” turned up, and they were outnumbered by a counter demonstration.
Someone at the FLA decided to organise the protest on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing last year, reasoning that this would show all those Scary Muslims (tm) and their pals that they meant business. But what that someone managed to miss was that this was the same day that both the Royal Wedding, and the F A Cup Final, were being held elsewhere. As a result, both turnout and spirits were at a low ebb.
On top of that, the someone who was organising the march did not get it cleared with the Police, and so it didn’t happen. But the counter demonstration, by Stand Up To Racism, went ahead: “Over 600 joined the rally against the racist group organised by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) Manchester. They rallied in St Peter's Square then marched down next to where the FLA had gathered to chants of ‘Whose streets - our streets’”.
It got worse. “In a sharp contrast to the confidence on the anti-racist side, the FLA supporters were dour, demoralised and divided. They turned out at most 300 - compared to 20,000 in London last October and 3,000 in Birmingham in March … The FLA had planned to march through the city centre on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing to whip up Islamophobia”. And then worse still. 
But, as their march wasn't allowed to go ahead, at most 250 rallied in a near-empty Castlefield Bowl. Over 50 remained drinking in the adjacent Castlefield Hotel balcony, noticeably disappointed by their numbers”. Some of the mirth-inducing comments from the FLA faithful show the frustration at their leaders’ ineptitude.
It was good while it lasted” … “said this before Birmingham numbers will drastically drop and within 12 months the group will be finished” … “Everyone scattered all over what a shambles no March thought this was a sorted demonstration obv not who sorted the demo?” … “Shambles more lads in the pubs [than] at the speech as everyone thought there was a march there wasn’t but very bad timing on FA Cup day”.
The less than totally grammatical verdict? “I travelled from central London to both events & this was embarrassing … No excuses EMBARRASSING … All the speakers at both events were worthy of so many more numbers but where was everyone … Getting handed a piece of paper after 2 hours plus on a train by the old bill to say the march is off by the leftist scum turn up … Embarrassing”. So a bit embarrassing, then.

The FLA was for a time, but not for all time. Good thing too.