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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Letts Ignore Two Million Deaths

The recent past contains many human tragedies. For the Indian sub-continent, its present political structure was born out of one: the partition of British India into modern-day India and Pakistan uprooted around 14 million people, Muslims travelling to Pakistan, or to what was then East Pakistan (now Balgladesh), with Hindus, Sikhs and others travelling in the opposite direction. The mass exodus sparked terrible bloodshed.
Harry Potter and the Gobshite of Arslikhan

Killings, often seemingly indiscriminate, led to as many as two million deaths. Thus by the botched and rushed hand of Louis Mountbatten did the sub-continent finally secure its own independence from Britain, around 90 years after the first demands for it. This history is burned into the psyche of not only those who lived through it, but also those who came after them. It has not, however, permeated the Northcliffe House bunker.
So it was that the odious Quentin Letts (let’s not), his exasperation at realising Brexit was not the walk in the park previously advertised, coupled with a need to suck up to his legendarily foul mouthed editor, decided to open mouth and insert both feet in no style at all, telling the world “India in 1947 had rather less difficulty gaining its independence than we are having in 2017 leaving the Brussels empire. Time for Boris to go the full Gandhi”.
Quite apart from what was imposed on the Indian sub-continent not being what Gandhi had campaigned for, it being implemented despite his opposition, the forgetting that demands for Indian independence had been 90 years in the fulfilment, and the amateurish way in which it was achieved, Letts manages to miss the random slaughter, the mass killings, the tearing of the fabric of nations, never to be repaired.
Some were aghast at Quent’s single handed lunge for the day’s Most Stupid Tweet award: Owen Jones observed “Write this date down. It’s the date of the worst take in human history”. Others, like David Schneider, were mildly cynical: “Who can forget the hundreds shot by the EU army at the Scunthorpe Massacre and the thousands killed during the Hull Mutiny?” Letts had confirmed that, for a Mail pundit, knowledge is not always necessary.
The condemnation continued. Jamie McKelvie offered “A lot of people have come here to call you an idiot, and I just wanted to add to that. You're an idiot”. Matt Bishop added “You, Mr Letts, are an ignoramus & a monumental [bellend]”.  Mike Harding bent over and gave Quent the full pebbledash: “Slaughter and turmoil millions displaced. Are you really that stupid that you don’t know what happened? I guess so”.
Paddy Briggs tried to take it nice and slowly: “The rushed and incompetently managed independence of India and Pakistan is a stain on Britain’s reputation. Countless hundreds of thousands were displaced, huge numbers were slaughtered in sectarian violence and the seeds of mistrust sewn are visible today”. Manish Kalla explained to him “Unbelievable arrogance and ignorance of what actually transpired. Millions dead, a country divided, decades of regional instability”. And (Professor) Michael Merrifield was merely exasperated: “Buffoon. I can see why Boris is your go-to politician”.

Quentin Letts is full value for his Most Stupid Tweet Of The Day award. Something to think about the next time you see him invited on by the BBC and other broadcasters.

Farage And Mail Lie Together

The current Brexit ruckus, with the anti-EU press going off the end of the pier in no style at all after Parliament once more showed itself to be sovereign, has included most of the political class in its cast list. Except one: Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, former UKIP Oberscheissenführer, has hardly got a mention, except to whine about, er, not getting a mention. But today the Dacre doggies at the Daily Mail have come to his rescue.
What's f***ing untrue about it? F***ing well sue me if you think you're f***ing hard enough, c***

Getting out her largest onion, Rebecca Hardy tells readers'I'm 53, separated and skint': Nigel Farage reveals the 'price he has paid for Brexit' claiming the referendum triumph has left him 'unable to walk down the street alone' in case he's attacked”, going on to tell “Nigel Farage has a few choice words for the treacherous Tory Remainers who pulled the rug from under our EU negotiators this week, betraying 17.4 million Brexit voters. ‘Bloody awful people. My contempt for career politicians knows no bounds’”.

Career politicians like the people who stand to receive a £70k-plus annual pension from the European Parliament in 2019, like, er, Nigel Farage, then. And it’s him, not them, who has betrayed the voters’ trust, treating the EP like a combination of cash machine, Gentlemens’ club, and after-expensed-lunch sleep provider.

Then come the lies. “I can’t walk down the street in London on my own” tells Mr Thirsty, although he managed to fetch up at a local rugby club the other weekend by himself, now he can’t get anyone else to pick up his security tab. There was more: “I have thought about the States. Life is easier over there, but I am very English”. Bullshit. He’s not going to live in the USA because he is now an FBI “person of interest”.
Squeaky sob story finger up the bum time

The Mail even contributes whoppers of its own: “the sheer nastiness of many diehard Remainers since the British people voted to leave Europe is a disgrace”. Like Tory MP Anna Soubry being the subject of death threats, you mean? That’s a straight-A F*** Off. In fact, make that a whole series of whoppers: “Farage has … had the bolts on his car wheel loosened”. No he hasn’t. That’s a now-debunked pack of lies (see HERE).

And the lies keep coming: “Even more appallingly, Farage’s family are being targeted, too”. No citation - the Mail takes a known liar on trust. Still, on to the merely misleading: “he doesn’t seem OK. Today, he is red-eyed and his voice is raspy”. Because he’s hung over. Again. Although he’s allowed to claim “I don’t drink that much any more”. Tell that to the people at the rugby club who saw you downing a series of afternoon pints, Nige.

Still, there is a little honesty over Farage’s affairs: “He dismissed rumours of affairs as ‘crackers’ until a kiss-and-tell from his one-time adviser Annabelle Fuller was published”. He was not Ms Fuller’s only Kipper conquest, I’m told. Then it’s back to the bare-faced dishonesty: “There’s no money in politics, particularly doing it the way I’ve done it - 20 years of spending more than you earn … I have big expenses - lots of kids to pay for and things like that”. Sell one of those homes you didn’t tell the Mail about, then.

It should be no surprise that putting pathological liar Farage together with what Alastair Campbell called “the Dacre lie machine” leads to some serious dishonesty. The jaw-dropping part is that someone at Northcliffe House thinks nobody will notice. They have.

Ben Goldsmith Grenfell Smear BUSTED

Anyone who wondered whether the vicious and unpleasant side of the late and not at all lamented James Goldsmith had been passed on to his offspring has recently been put straight in very short order: first it was son Zac indulging in Islamophobic smears to try and beat Sadiq Khan to the London Mayoralty, and now son Ben has indulged in a little smearing and dishonesty of his own with the families of the Grenfell Tower victims.
Ben Goldsmith - another chip off the old block

Ben Goldsmith, who didn’t go to University after attending Eton College because he was by this time stinking rich, rolling in the inherited wealth from his father’s ill-gotten gains, claims to be an environmental campaigner, but is also a donor to the Tories, and individual candidates like Michael “Oiky” Gove. This latter-day Nigel Hyphen Hyphen Stroke Money is also adept in Labour-bashing righteous dishonesty.
So it was that he took to Twitter after the Grenfell memorial service, and the silent march through West London, to invent a totally untrue smear against the victims’ families and those supporting them, his chosen text being a Daily Mail hatchet job. The Mail had done its usual paranoid “they’re being manipulated by lefty rabble rousers” thing in order to undermine the survivors, and stiffen the sinews of its more impressionable readers.
Caring, green Ben opened proceedings with “Just had a glimpse of Corbyn’s Britain. A birthday party for my sister-in-law in Notting Hill invaded and shut down by a vicious bottle-throwing hard Leftist crowd (from the Grenfell march), because they could”. One observer was not impressed, commenting “What sort of people would hold a party in the middle of a commemorative event to remember mass deaths in a community? Weird and sinister”.
It then got worse, as another Tweeter responded “Ben, I was at this party. You left 30 mins after arriving. Quite rudely I may add, after not bringing your own bottle, having 2 goblets of champagne and calling a child an insufferable bell end”. Well, Goldsmith had not ponied up any evidence to back up his smear, so anyone could claim they were there.
So it was on to the Mail’s hatchet job for his next inspiration. Far left activists? You got it: “I saw this for myself last night. The nasty, violent, self-righteous hard Left has hijacked the Grenfell tragedy and its victims for political ends”. The push back came immediately. “This is vile. The silent walk was 100% peaceful. Were you the one disrupting survivors during speeches?” observed one Tweeter, while another ruefully noted “So much for the 'decent-green' image of the Goldsmiths”. Indeed. And there was more.
The question many were now asking was put directly: “150 witnesses, yet no photo or film is available. Can you admit you lied now, or do we have to wait for the @metpoliceuk to respond?” And the presence of some well-known obsessives supporting Goldsmith was causing concern: “Ben Goldsmith and his nasty slurs are encouraging all the filth to come out in support. Seriously sinister”. A little OTT, but not much.

James Goldsmith secured the Shit Of The Year award on at least one occasion. His equally infamous sons show every sign of continuing in that tradition.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Sun Victimises The Disabled

Monstering the disabled is one of those easy hits for our free and fearless press: it’s hard to forget the vicious glee with which the Mail, with unfunny and tedious churnalist Richard Littlejohn in the vanguard, maliciously lied about the Motability scheme in order to whip up hatred and snigger as some of those in greatest need had their cars taken away from them. And today the Murdoch Sun has joined the game.
Indeed, such is the glee with which the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker have gone about their task that they have put today’s selected victim on the front page. “Exclusive … Christmas Fury … Benefits mum splurges £2,000 on presents for her six kids and … YULE PAY”. Laugh? I thought I’d never start. The article is even nastier.

DING DOLE MERRILY ON HIGH Benefits mum-of-six Claire Young hits out at criticism and says her six kids shouldn’t miss out on Christmas gifts … Defiant dole mum, Claire Young, 29, has defended blowing £2,000 on Christmas gifts for her children”. Yeah, terrible innit, some poor woman puts aside £50 a week from the benefits her family receives, so that they can at least have a decent Christmas. I mean, that’s almost 40% of what the Sun’s editor typically blows on one of his gourmet evening meals out.

It’s only when readers drill down into the small print that they see it’s a disabled person who is being bullied here: “ex-barmaid Claire, who hasn’t worked since 2012 because she has a painful condition called fibromyalgia … Claire, whose fibromyalgia causes chronic fatigue”. Want that translated? She suffers from M E. And if you look in the list of benefits the Sun has helpfully provided, you’ll see her husband also has a disability.

Apart from Housing Benefit, which the family don’t see as it goes straight to their landlord, there are two tell-tale items: “£62.10 ‘Carers allowance for husband’ and £75.25 ‘PIP for Claire”. You don’t get PIP for nothing. She has to be suffering from some kind of disability to receive that. Still, the usual mean-spirited Tory MPs have willingly chipped in.

Despite Ms Young stressing “We go without over the summer holidays and I have one pair of shoes so I can save for Christmas for my children”, up pops Alec Shelbrooke to bluster that hard-working people “will be appalled by those apparently playing our social ­security system for a fool”. He didn’t bother to check his facts beforehand, either.

Also not bothering with such trivialities as facts were Andrew Rosindell, thundering “This is a flagrant abuse of the generosity of our benefits system … To spend so much on so many gifts is a disgusting extravagance” (being thrifty clearly is sinful in his world), and David Davies (not the Brexit secretary) talking of “people who are choosing not to work and still manage to live the high life”. That’s the “high life”? What’s he been supping?

Davies, one of the more revolting Tory back benchers, also ranted “This kind of taxpayer-funded extravagance shows that while we have made steps to encourage people into work, there is still a lot to do”. THEY’RE BOTH SODDING DISABLED. ER, HELLO?

Still, makes a cheap hit for the Murdoch goons before they all go off to spray their wads up the wall, eh? One day, some of them might even locate their consciences.

Mail Human Rights Fiasco ISN’T

Having embarrassed himself yesterday with a front page that once again exposed the rabid bullying, spite and monstering that are a characteristic part of his coward’s arsenal, the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre decided to switch tack and deploy another of his favourite methods of inciting hatred - Human Rights. This has been achieved by making a series of highly creative claims and ignoring inconvenient facts.
Why the f*** shouldn't I defame and smear f***ing foreigners, c***?!?!?

The routinely dishonest headline tells you all you need to know: “ANOTHER HUMAN RIGHTS FIASCO! … Iraqu ‘caught red-handed with bomb’ wins £33,000 - because our soldiers kept him in custody for too long”. And once again, the Dacre doggies pull the “YOU PAY SHOCK HORROR” excuse as they blusterTAXPAYERS face massive compensation bills after a suspected Iraqi insurgent won a human rights case against the Ministry of Defence yesterday”. What’s what word there? Ah yes, “suspected”.

Do go on. “The High Court ruled he was held too long by British troops despite allegedly being found making a bomb”. What’s that word there? Ah yes, “allegedly”.

And it gets worse: the Mail’s talking heads are Richard Kemp, much cited by far-right groups, and Tory MP Johnny Mercer, whose quote is a dead giveaway: “Soldiers should abide by the rule of law, as does everybody who served, BUT”. No, no buts, no ifs. Even if foot soldiers are not familiar with the provisions of the Geneva Conventions and relevant human rights law, their commanding officers are.
Worse still, the judgment handed down in this case is clear and reasoned - as one might expect from a judiciary tasked with interpreting the law, rather than playing to the Daily Mail’s gallery. Abd al-Waheed was awarded £15,000 for the beating he received from the soldiers who detained him, a further £15,000 for ill-treatment, and £3,300 for being detained for a period of 33 days which could not be justified.

In other words, most of what he was awarded was for torture. That’s what beating and inhuman treatment is. As Simon Carne observed, “In a civilised society  it's illegal to torture anyone ... even terrorists”. Al-Waheed was shown not to have been involved in terrorist activity. He wasn’t handling a bomb. And the idea that “well, they’re suspects and brown and foreign so, y’know, nudge nudge, wink wink” is bang out of order.

The judgment (read it HERE) also shows that the house where al-Waheed was living at the time of his capture had “a partly assembled IED” in one of its rooms. The Mail is therefore seriously misleading its readers by claiming he was “caught red-handed” with it.
So what the Dacre doggies are claiming is partly untrue, and partly suggesting that we should accept the use of torture, including physical abuse, by our armed forces, because those being abused are brown people who happen to be Muslims.

That is un-British in the extreme. It is no more than the whipping up of the mob in yet another orchestrated act of pure spite, just because a court has interpreted the rule of law in a way which has proved unpalatable to the Mail’s deeply troubled editor.

Still, it helps to sell papers and keep the readers in line, so that’s all right, then. 

Katie Hopkins Sick Grenfell Smears

Yesterday marked six months since the Grenfell Tower fire, which is now known to have cost the lives of 71 people. Many more were left traumatised and homeless. And, as so often with these events, those who suffered were the little people, the ones just scraping by in an increasingly expensive and exclusive city. To mark the event, a service of remembrance was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in central London.
Viewers may still want to look away now

Those attending included survivors of the blaze and their families, relatives of those who sadly didn’t make it, as well as faith leaders, representatives from Parliament, and a full turnout of working Royals. The Dean of St Pauls told those assembled “Be united in the face of suffering and sorrow” and spoke of “the unspeakable tragedy, loss and hurt of that June day”. But not everyone observing proceedings was of such generous spirit.
Despite the grief still being raw, and many of those survivors still being homeless six months on, pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins clearly sensed an opportunity to generate More And Bigger Click Counts For Herself Personally Now. And in this, she was at her vicious, intolerant, dishonest and ignorant worst. Smearing the survivors, whipping up the hate mob, and defaming the memory of the dead, these were her priorities.
So it should have been no surprise at all to read “4 in 5 residents from #GrenfellTower are still in hotel accommodation because they are holding out for luxury flats. Dry your tears of sympathy”. This is totally untrue. It is yet another unresearched and malicious smear. But the invention and malice levels were about to be ramped up further.
En route to this destination, Hatey Katie paused briefly to claim “Conservative councillors were refused places at the memorial. The church, #StPaulsCathedral & the Royals should not be endorsing politics in grief. #GrenfellMemorial”. This is also totally untrue. Survivors and their relatives REQUESTED that no Tory Councillors from RBKC attend. They were, after all, the ones who endorsed all the fateful decisions concerning the Tower.
And then comes the pièce de résistance: “The locals from the tower I spoke to said it was not a fridge, but an open hot oil cooker - for breaking Ramadan fast”. This is the most monstrous and malicious lie. No other report of this has been published, because Ms Hopkins (a) did not talk to any locals, so (b) she is just smearing out of prejudice. And after Ms Hopkins drops this poison to her 800,000 plus Twitter followers, she knows some will be gullible enough to believe it. This is hate speech, pure and simple.
And we know who her targets are: once again, it’s all about blaming the Scary Muslims (tm) for the fire. We can deduce this from her dismissive response to those still grieving: “The politics of grief. Grenfell fire: a service at St Paul’s plus Royals. Manchester slaughter: carry on as normal, suck on a tea candle & hug a Muslim”.

Half a century ago, the Katie Hopkins of this world would spend their evenings sat in a corner of the snug down the local pub, sipping a Mackeson and lying maliciously, but only to themselves, ignored by everyone else. Now they can poison lots of other minds, too.

Anyone still out there in the media world prepared to indulge this seriously unhappy and unpleasant person? I have only one question for you: why?

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Murdoch Sky Bid IS DEAD

With all today’s fallout from the Government’s Brexit vote defeat yesterday evening, some observers may have missed the significant media news: the Murdoch mafiosi have sold most of their properties to the Disney organisation. What was thought for many years to be the empire that Creepy Uncle Rupe would pass on to his sons James and Lachlan has been cashed in as if it were chips in a casino, prior to a player leaving the building.
And you Matey - don't let the door hit you on the way out

As so often with these matters, the culture of press Omertà means very few newspaper sites have said anything about the deal, but fortunately the Guardian and BBC have gone there, and the news is clear: “Walt Disney has agreed to buy 21st Century Fox's entertainment assets for a total $52.4bn (£39bn) … The deal includes Fox's 39% stake in satellite broadcaster Sky, and the 20th Century Fox film studio”.

The BBC explains thatMr Murdoch will still retain control of News Corp, the news publishing group that split away from 21st Century Fox in 2013 and which owns the Times and the Sun newspapers”. The Murdochs will also keep hold of Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse), Fox Sports and Fox Business. So the propaganda operation across the USA will continue. But the Sky stake is being sold.
As to the future for Murdoch’s sons, all we know is that “James Murdoch had been widely tipped to be given a senior role at Disney. But [Disney CEO Bob] Iger told Good Morning America: ‘James and I will be talking over the next couple of months. He will be integral to the integration process. He and I will be discussing whether there is a role for him or not at our company’”. That is the mystery. But there is no mystery about the Sky stake.

The Guardian spells it out: “Fox’s current takeover offer will proceed and the Competition and Markets Authority will give its opinion next year. But it will be Disney that inherits the UK broadcaster. And it is clear that, if necessary, Murdoch will be prepared to close Sky News to complete the takeover”. No Fox News UK. Maybe no Sky News at all.
This has led Ed Miliband, Vince Cable and Charlie Falconer to release a joint statement telling “For decades, Rupert Murdoch has expanded his empire and used his power for a deeply ideological agenda, corroding public debate. Today, he is in retreat … If this deal happens, the long held ambition of Rupert Murdoch to turn Sky News into Fox News is dead and buried. This abandonment of his attempt to Foxify Sky News is good for broadcasting, the quality of public debate and democracy”. There was more.
The Murdochs already have too much power over UK media. After this deal, they will have less … To truly show it will stand up to the power of the Murdochs, the Government should now commission the Leveson 2 Inquiry and make good on its promise to the victims of phone hacking”. Moreover, the hacking trials, investigations into corrupt practices and illegal behaviour, and pressure on press advertisers must continue.

The Murdoch mafiosi are now in retreat. Just rejoice at that news.

Britain First Leaders BOTH NICKED

Although neither Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, nor former UKIP leadership hopeful Anne Marie Waters, nor the party’s former Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage, nor indeed Battersea bedroom dweller Paul Watson have mentioned it today, the leaders of Britain First, one of whom achieved notoriety recently when Combover Crybaby Donald Trump Retweeted her fake videos, are in trouble.
Auditions for new Addams Family film off to a shaky start

In fact, they are in Being Nicked trouble: Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen arrived at court in Belfast this morning, a place that knows not only about terrorism, but also that it does not have to involved followers of The Prophet, for Ms Fransen to make a scheduled appearance. But instead of accompanying her into the building, Golding was arrested and taken away to a nearby Police station for one of those friendly chats.

Ms Fransen, as the BBC has reported, “was in court over two charges relating to behaviour intended to or likely to stir up hatred … Her lawyer told the court that she intended to plead not guilty”. Stirring up hatred? That sounds rather like the arrest of both Golding and Ms Fransen last May on suspicion of inciting religious hatred. Ms Fransen has since been arrested twice, once for jumping bail in order to swan off around Europe.

So, as Golding was having a “polite conversation” with the PSNI,  his deputy faced the court alone, which probably made her even more of a victim. The Beeb again: “Ms Fransen spoke only once in the dock - to confirm she understood the charges against her … A small group of supporters were in Belfast Magistrates Court - and after Ms Fransen was re-arrested, they staged a short but angry demonstration, holding placards and chanting in front of the media gathered outside the building”.

The BBC’s report includes a photo showing all of seven supporters. And what was that about Ms Fransen being re-arrested? “The police confirmed that a 31-year-old woman had been arrested as part of an investigation into ‘an incident at a peace wall’”.

The Beeb explained “It is believed Ms Fransen has been re-arrested over social media posts she made from a peace wall in Belfast on Wednesday … Peace walls are used to separate Catholic and Protestant residents in areas where tension between the two communities can run high”. Or, to put it directly, the PSNI have enough on their plate keeping the peace without hotheads from outside town sticking their bugles in.

There was, therefore, concern about Ms Fransen’s social media activity, but as the Guardian has reported, the judge “did not limit Fransen’s social media activity, but said [she] was not to be within 500 metres of any demonstration or parade in Northern Ireland”. What may have fuelled the concern was that she “referred to the Belfast Islamic Centre, located in the south of the city, as a ‘den of iniquity’”. Been there, has she? Thought not.

Ms Fransen will be having another trip to Belfast next month, when she will find out just how impressed the courts there are with her Not Guilty plea. In the meantime, there will no doubt be plenty of victimhood playing. But, as ever, the Police are there to uphold and if necessary enforce the law. Maybe one day Golding and Ms Fransen will understand that.

Nadine Dorries’ Brexit Meltdown

There are few Tory MPs more prone to passing adverse comment on every party’s leadership than Mid Bedfordshire’s representative (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries - and at times the adverse comment, as it was when Young Dave was PM, can be directed at her own side. So can the hypocrisy: Cameron was denounced as a “Posh Boy”, but she is a fan of London’s formerly very occasional Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
The fragrant Nadine is also prone to rebelling against that leadership, and so it should be no surprise at all that she condemns anything that smacks of coercion, intolerance, telling people “do as I say, not as I do”, or any kind of controlling behaviour. Putting the arm on MPs to have them bent to someone else’s will was a no-no.
Labour’s campaigning group Momentum was a case in point: “So, Corbyn sends a coded message to momentum (grassroots)to put pressure on  Labour MPs over the weekend Threats of deselection? #nastyparty” she railed. Only last month she confirmed her stance: “It’s not democracy, it’s a cult. A frightening, brainwashing, only think like we think and do as we say, cult. Momentum, an opinion free principle free zone”.
But then came last night’s Brexit vote and all was miraculously changed. Remain supporters celebrating? “The real party was taking place in Corbyn’s office where the celebrations could be heard outside the building”. It got worse: “When Dominic Rabb [sic] offered to give the rebels their amendment as a concession from the front bench, before the vote took place, the rebels shouted ‘too late.’ That moment captured their true motivation. High as kites on the vapour of their own self importance”.
Had the rebels undermined Theresa May? “That was their intention”. Should they be punished? “Tonight, the Tory rebels have put a spring in Labours step, given them a taste of winning, guaranteed the party a weekend of bad press, undermined the PM and devalued her impact in Brussels. They should be deselected and never allowed to stand as a Tory MP, ever again”. Rebellion was A Very Bad Thing. Deselection was now OK.
Suddenly, it occurred to Ms Dorries that she might be accused of hypocrisy (again). So out came the lame excuse: “I’ve been a rebel myself, but never when a Marxist government was knocking at the door”. They’re coming to get her too! And the rebels had been disloyal: “The Govt recently nominated Grieve to be Chairman (paid) of the Intelligence and Security Committee. He has repaid that by his treachery. We’re [sic] there no loyal MPs for the job? You know, like the way Labour do it when they are in government”.
Dominic Grieve has to vote a certain way because he chairs a Commons committee? Yet Ms Dorries is on the Speaker’s Panel of Chairs, and it doesn’t seem to have restrained her in any way. But there was no consoling her, even Tim Shipman suggesting that everyone calm down as it wasn’t such a big deal. “Which is exactly the point and why last night was so self indulgent in terms of the boost it gave to Labour”. Wibble.

Nadine Dorries hates democracy when Labour do it. She hates it even more when her fellow Tories do it. Anyone might think she wasn’t a fan of the idea.

Brexit Vote - Dacre Loses It

Yesterday evening in the Commons, the Government was defeated on a Brexit Bill amendment which guaranteed Parliament a vote on the final deal worked out between Theresa May and her team, and the EU’s negotiators. The sovereignty of Parliament, a concept so beloved of those favouring departure from the EU, had prevailed. The result was achieved after eleven Tories voted against the Government. Others abstained.
Why the f*** shouldn't I f***ing well tell other c***s to do as I f***ing well say and not as I f***ing well do, you c***ing c***?!?!?

This was nothing more than ensuring that the will Parliament was supreme. But for those whose very being is focused on getting Brexit completed at all costs, this was treachery. And there is no-one more focused on bending Parliament to his will, and pursuing the UK’s departure from the EU, than the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail. For him, this was a traitorous act, for which there had to be suitable punishment.
Directing abuse at Tories is very bad ...

And so it came to pass that the Mail’s front page, which only the previous day had gone after the hated “Web Giants”, thundering “BRING THE WEB GIANTS TO HEEL” and claiming that “Facebook and Twitter helped fuel a tide of vile abuse against Tory General Election candidates”, launched, er, a tide of vile abuse at Tory General Election candidates. The denunciation was as long as it was loud.

Just as the newly confident Tories inch ahead in the polls, 11 self-consumed malcontents pull the rug from under our EU negotiators, betray their leader, party and 17.4m Brexit voters and - most damning of all - increase the possibility of a Marxist in No 10 … PROUD OF YOURSELVES?” All eleven of the Tory rebels were pictured and named, thus guaranteeing a tide of hatred and abuse directed at them and their staff.
It was hateful. It was bullying. It was intolerance personified. There was no attempt to explain or understand the issues - like, once again, Parliament being sovereign. It was exactly as Nick Davies had told in Flat Earth News: “I know of nothing anywhere in the rest of the world’s media which matches the unmitigated spite of an attack from the Daily Mail”. What is worse on this occasion is the sheer hypocrisy of that attack.
As Russ Jackson observed when Tweeting out the Mail’s front page, “A few days ago @DailyMailUK  accused @StopFundingHate of ‘bullying’ & being ‘a handful of zealots’ whose values ‘may very well be unpalatable to the values of millions’, adding that ‘behind this pious bluster lies an extraordinary hypocrisy’”. The Mail is not even a handful of zealots, but one embittered individual, filled with boiling rage against the real world.
The reality is that it took real bravery for those eleven rebels to do as they did, knowing that the likes of Dacre would respond as he has: Labour’s David Lammy reacted to that front page with “They certainly should be. Country over party and do not underestimate the bravery this took”, and Gary Lineker, who has found the range with his responses to the Mail and the hatred it directs at him, agreed. “They should be. Takes real patriotism to put the country before their own political party”. Real patriotism. Real courage.

While all that Paul Dacre can muster is real hypocrisy. No change there, then.