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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Paul Watson - Alt-Right Nobody

Among all the clamouring for attention as the right-wing spin brigade and Fake News outlets try to talk up the claims that Europe, and especially Sweden, are now hotbeds of violent crime, and that it’s all because they let Scary Muslims (tm) in, one sad soul stands out among the keyboard warriors. He is Paul Watson, and he lives not in Mainland Europe, or the USA, but south of the river in London’s Battersea.
Paul Watson - fantasy versus reality

Watson has a Twitter photo which suggests an image rather more hip and cool than the anaemic rabbit-caught-in-the-headlights looking geek of reality. There is a good reason for this: Watson is not only a cowardly gobshite, he has to project the idea of credibility, where he has none. Even in geek mode, he stands in front of a world map which shows his horizons extend beyond the Lidl at Clapham Junction. Allegedly.
The unintentional hilarity was exemplified by his rush to defend Milo Yiannopoulos following that advocacy for paedophilia: “Well done, professionally outraged libtards & Never Trumpers, you just made #CPAC 2017 the most eagerly anticipated ever! … Milo must be mortified that he's at the center of another controversy again. I mean it's not like that's his whole schtick. Oh wait…” Yiannopoulos has since been dropped by CPAC.
Still, if at first you don’t succeed, well, just suck some more seed, eh? After Yiannopoulos then had his book deal canned, Watson was there spinning obediently: “In other news, MIlo's future book sales just doubled”. Yeah, right. And then he went wrong, and disastrously so, goading his critics “I cannot believe you idiots picked a fight with me about Sweden. It's my favorite topic. Working on a video that will decimate you”.
Ah, that crime-ridden country once again. And the temptation for Watson was just too much: “Any journalist claiming Sweden is safe; I will pay for travel costs & accommodation for you to stay in crime ridden migrant suburbs of Malmo”. Louis Barfe was willing to show this idiot up for what he was: “I claim my free holiday in Malmo, you idiot child”.
Watson’s idea of what Sweden actually looked like then took a knock as George Weah’s Cousin called him out: “How come you deleted this then m8. Is it because one is a picture of 80s London, and another a Football game?” Whoops! And the numbers willing to take him up on his offer led Lucy Lyons to ask “Looks like you are paying for a LOT of people to go to #Malmo - wow, you are super generous. Are you going to charter a plane?
Far Right Watch concurred on the charter and who was paying: “At this rate, we're looking to Charter a Flight to Malmo for everybody. It's okay, @PrisonPlanet is paying!!” Watson span himself silly, pretending that he was making good on the offer and that it was only for one. But J J Patrick was on his case, and is crowdfunding a damages action against Watson for breach of his unilateral offer, made on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Nils Karlsson has advised Watson “Hello, @PrisonPlanet. I'm a deputy mayor in Malmö. I would be happy to meet with any journalists you send here to [see] for themselves”. He may have a long wait in store.

Saddoes who spend all their time behind the keyboard can get themselves into terrible trouble when they encounter the real world. Paul Watson might just get that now.

Piers Morgan Protests Too Much

After he was given the presenter’s role at next month’s Royal Television Society programme awards, only to find there was significant resistance to his product offering, former Screws and Daily Mirror editor and three-days-a-week co-host of ITV’s Good Morning Britain Piers Morgan decided on Sunday afternoon that, on reflection, he would pass on the gig and announced his withdrawal from the event.
Mr Happy wants you to know HE IS NOT UNHAPPY

Much of the press coverage focused on what had caused The Great Man to throw in the towel when he is normally not averse to heading towards the sound of spoken and written gunfire - as well as being prepared to take every opportunity to further the promotion of Himself Personally Now. Had it been the petition (doubtful)? Had RTS members leaned on the charity (possible)? Had he jumped rather than being pushed (ditto)?
Whatever the reason, Morgan was not, repeat not, REPEAT NOT going to make a big deal of it. No, not at all. No sirree. “I have great respect for the acting profession. I just don't think actors' political views are any more important than anyone else’s" he sniffed, not complaining at all, before acknowledging praise for his return to GMB: “Makes a nice change from people howling for me to be banned”. Sniff! Blub! Snot fair!
And this was a mere entrée: soon it was all being blamed on his apologies for Combover Crybaby Donald Trump. “Does seem odd that awards show hosts should now be chosen based purely on the strength of their anti-Trump hatred”. To one Tweeter who suggested he had bailed out too early, he again sniffed “It's a fairly hollow victory to demand someone be banned for not sharing your opinions”. Anyone got a nanoviolin?
There was more, and once again the temptation to use the word “Liberal” as a term of abuse overwhelmed The Great Man: “What's so bizarre is this hysteria is coming from liberals who profess to stand for free speech & tolerance”. Even Gary Lineker’s gentle teasing - suggesting someone else would have to give Ewan McGregor his award - could not lift the gloom: “They can get JK Rowling to do [it] instead”. Sniff! Sob!
Hark at Mr Happy, eh? Then Tony Robinson criticised the RTS for inviting him in the first place, and Morgan snapped: “Oh pipe down, Baldrick - you sanctimonious old fool. I criticise Trump when he's wrong & defend him from absurd hysteria”. And he wasn’t really being hounded: “I don't mind being hounded. I'm not a victim here. But I do find it odd behaviour from those who supposedly espouse free speech & tolerance”.
Plus he wasn’t sneering at the Independent: “Oh, yes, I'm SO embarrassed that a bunch of howling Trump-loathing liberals wanted me banned from hosting a charity awards night”. And then came the final, delusional, pièce de résistance: “I've always been rational re Trump. It's everyone else who's been losing their mind”. I AM BIG - IT’S THE PICTURES THAT GOT SMALL. Yes, Piers Morgan was channelling Norma Desmond all along.

He’s not at all sore about losing his latest self-promotion opportunity. And if anyone says otherwise, he’ll whine and sniff until they get so fed up they let him do the gig anyway.

Farage Sweden Rape Lies BUSTED

After the rambling accusations peddled by Combover Crybaby Donald Trump at the weekend, claiming that something terrible was happening in Sweden, and even if it wasn’t terrorism, it was something bad connected to the numbers of refugees that the country had allowed in during the past two or three years, he was roundly ridiculed - but not by his faithful supporters, one of whom is Nigel “Thirsty” Farage.
Squeaky burning trousers finger up the bum time

The former UKIP Oberscheissenführer decided to use the platform inexplicably given him by broadcaster LBC to launch another of his man-of-the-people, just-telling-it-like-it-is diatribes to let people know that anywhere allowing these brown and non-Christian people through their doors is by definition going to hell in the proverbial handcart. And that meant Sweden was suffering a wave of sex crimes - especially rape.

Sweden have taken more young male migrants than any other country in Europe”, he declared [not true]. “And there has been a dramatic rise in sexual crime in Sweden, so much so that Malmo is now the rape capital of Europe, and some argue, perhaps the rape capital of the world, and the Swedish media, frankly, just don’t report it”.
Farage backed this up with a Tweet claiming “Malmo in Sweden is the rape capital of Europe due to EU migrant policies. Anyone who says there isn't a problem is lying to you”. So there you have it. And, as so many times in the past, Farage is the one who’s lying.

Let’s take this nice and slowly. One, the decision to admit refugees - not migrants - was not taken by the EU. Two, the rape statistics for Sweden look worse than other countries, but this is because the country has a very broad definition of what constitutes rape, which makes the numbers look higher.

Three, it is possible to find stories to back up the “Rape capital of Europe” claim, but they all come from The Usual Suspects - the Daily Caller, Breitbart, and of course Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse).
A Vox report denounced the claims: “as fake as the Bowling Green massacre”. It went on to tell “Canadian reporter Doug Saunders rigorously investigated the narrative, and concluded that it ‘falls apart as soon as you speak to anyone knowledgeable in Sweden’ … ‘What we’re hearing is a very, very extreme exaggeration based on a few isolated events, and the claim that it’s related to immigration is more or less not true at all,’ Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at Stockholm University, told Saunders … The so-called ‘rape epidemic’ is just something anti-immigrant campaigners have latched onto to justify their preexisting desire to shut the door on Muslim migration”.

And PolitiFact has observedIf we look specifically at sex offences, which the Fox News segment highlighted, there were 18,100 sex offenses reported to the police in 2015, down 11 percent from 2014, according to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention … The number of rapes reported decreased 12 percent between 2014 and 2015”.

So, to continue the PolitiFact line, Farage once again has his Pants On Fire. The end.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Murdoch Press Targets Muslim Woman AGAIN

Those who look in regularly on Zelo Street will be familiar with the attacks on Channel 4 News presenter Fatima Manji for committing the heinous crime of presenting the news while wearing a headscarf. Then, it was disgraced former Sun editor Kelvin McFilth, later aided and abetted by faithful Murdoch retainer Trevor Kavanagh, who went in with both feet, but not because Ms Manji is not white or Christian, honestly.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied: eloquent and knowledgeable

Now, the Murdoch mafiosi is at it again, this time egging on a campaign by a little-known, and little-read, hard-right blog to pick on someone who appears on Australia’a ABC (the Murdoch press hates the ABC with a passion even greater than their hatred of the BBC), because she is a young woman, a Muslim, and articulate with it. This combination, for Rupe and his Down Under troops, cannot be permitted.

So when the young woman in question, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, defended herself and her faith against a shouty and intolerant Tasmanian self-promotion artist and alleged politician called Jacqui Lambie, the sole Senate representative of the party of Herself Personally Now, on ABC’s Q&A show - it’s a sort of Aussie version of the Beeb’s Question Time - the Australian alt-right and the local chapter of the Murdoch goons were waiting for her.

Ms Abdel-Magied did not at any time make any comments which suggested that Sharia Law should take precedence over Australian law, indeed, she stressed that her faith told her that the law of the land in which she lived should take precedence. Ms Lambie’s schtick was that someone, somewhere was trying to impose Sharia Law on her and her fellow (white, by implication at least) Australians, and should be deported.

But as with the attack on Fatima Manji, that did not deter the right-wing attack dogs. First, a blog called AltCon News, which has been in business all of three months, launched a petition on change.org in accordance with their paranoid view of Islam. Then came the Murdoch press withThousands call for ABC to sack TV host over ‘pro sharia law’ comments”. “Pro Sharia Law” is in quotes - because she didn’t say that.

Their report states “The petition was created by right-wing group, AltCon News, which accused Ms Abdel-Magied of advocating for Islamic faith courts in Australia”. She wasn’t. But the report also wants readers to know “Meanwhile, the number of signatures on the petition continues to climb”, while quoting from the petition wording, which talks ominously of ABC as “taxpayer-funded”. Ring a bell with BBC watchers?

As with the attacks on Muslim TV personalities in the UK, the Murdoch empire does not dwell on trivialities like Ms Lambie’s monumental ignorance; rather, that is to be, if anything, encouraged. Instead, the Muslim is immediately depicted as being in the wrong, somehow unpatriotic, and most certainly painted as “other”.

The demonisation by the Murdoch mafiosi of Muslim women who are capable of confronting ignorance and prejudice is endemic, it’s not a coincidence, and here on Zelo Street it will be called out whenever and wherever it occurs. Because it’s out of order.

Don’t Menshn Paedophile Milo

As if there were not enough controversy in the UK to attract the attention of the assembled punditerati, the focus has suddenly and briefly shifted to the USA and the continuing attempts at self-promotion by deeply repellant man-baby Milo Yiannopoulos, backed up by the motley convocation of the irredeemably batshit that is Breitbart - and his friendship with (thankfully) former Tory MP Louise Mensch.
This could be the end of a beautiful friendship

Ms Mensch has made some singularly unfortunate friendship choices in the past; she was at one time also on good terms with Yiannopoulos’ fellow batshit Breitbarter, Raheem “call me Ray” Kassam, another self-promotion artist of no discernible talent. But Kassam’s only sin was to join the UKIP bandwagon, while Yiannopoulos, who was to have been a keynote speaker at CPAC this year, has vocally advocated for paedophilia.
After talking about older men having sexual relationships with “young boys”, he asserted “You’re misunderstanding what paedophilia means! Paedophilia is not a sexual attraction to somebody 13 years old who is sexually mature”. Many - including me - had warned repeatedly that Yiannopoulos was someone to be avoided, and for a whole host of reasons. Now, the realisation hit home elsewhere.
John Cardillo, who calls himself “Right of Reagan”, observed “I just listened to the Rogan/Milo interview. #Milo was absolutely permissive of pedophilia. It's not controversial or edgy. It's deviant”. Yasher, who contributes to New York Magazine, noted “AUDIO: Milo Yiannopoulos advocating for pedophilia in an interview. He's the keynote at @CPAC and he has a book deal with @simonschuster”. Gillius Pérez said simply “There is absolutely NO excuse for Milo, or anyone, defending child abuse or being permissive about pedophilia. None. Ever. It's horrible”. And there was more.
Wajahat Ali aimed his comments directly at the Right: “Milo's women-hating, racist, anti-Muslim sentiment, anti-trans comments are OK, but defense of Pedophilia MIGHT be the red line, guys. #CPAC”. Carlton Banksy followed up with “I guess Milo's transphobia, Islamophobia, & racism didn't cross that line. But oh, you get it now that it's about defending pedophilia”. The Tweeter otherwise known as Irie, echoing Sarah Nyberg, warned that audio evidence of Yiannopoulos’ stance had been there for months.
So what of Ms Mensch, who had so willingly cosied up to Yiannopoulos in the name of supporting free speech, the excuse for his repellant beliefs? At first she was sceptical: “Milo is for child abuse, that right? Sex with 13 year old kids? Is that what I am reading? Are you sure?” Then the penny began to drop: “I was friendly with Milo myself. I had no idea tape is a complete shock to me”. And then came the repenting at leisure.
I used to be friendly with Milo. At no time did I have any idea that he defended child rape of 13 year olds. That is at an end now … Yes Milo does say it. I checked. Advocates child abuse of 13 year old boys. Special thanks to abusive priests. Nice job @breitbart”.

She was warned. But it has taken Yiannopoulos spelling it out, on tape, for Louise Mensch to understand that befriending this bag of sub-human filth was Not A Very Good Idea.

And remember folks, they allowed her to become a Tory MP. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Paul Nuttall’s Chairman RESIGNS

After UKIP’s new leader Paul Nuttall had his claim that he lost close personal friends in the fatal crush at the Hillsborough stadium disaster exposed as yet another pack of lies, his stock on Merseyside has been in freefall. And worse was to come for the “Bad Bootle Meff” and his fellow Kippers when former leader Nigel “Thirsty” Farage told another deliberate and malicious pack of lies about the Hillsborough support groups.
An' now I really HAVE shot meself in the head

Mr Thirsty pretended that Nuttall had reached out to those groups and had been rebuffed due to interventions by the Labour Party. Both the Hillsborough Families Support Group and the Hillsborough Justice Campaign treated Farage’s clumsy and dishonest intervention with contempt. Worse for UKIP, campaigning MPs Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram confirmed that the claims were without any basis in fact.
Burnham has now made this statement: “To this point, I have avoided comment on Paul Nuttall & Hillsborough. But now feel compelled to reply to this … .@Steve4LCRmayor & I wish to make clear that the comments by @Nigel_Farage in relation to Labour are entirely false … We set up an All-Party Group to provide cross-party support for the Hillsborough families & take the issue beyond party politics”.
And now it has got much, much worse for the UKIP leadership: Stuart Monkham, branch chairman of Nuttall’s own UKIP branch in Liverpool, who must have been aghast at Farage’s catastrophic and entirely avoidable blunder, has bowed to the inevitable and not merely resigned his post, but also his party membership.
He has released a statement this morning, in which he tells “Although the timing of our resignations is unfortunate in light of upcoming elections, both Adam and I wish to make it clear, where the painful subject of Hillsborough is concerned, with closure not yet in sight, this unprofessional approach and crass insensitivity from high profile people closely within and without UKIP is upsetting and intolerable”. And there was more.
We identify most strongly with all the good people of Liverpool and most importantly the families of the Hillsborough victims who have fought so long and hard for justice, in their condemnation of the way UKIP has handled these issues and have resigned our positions and membership of UKIP forthwith”. His colleague was the UKIP Merseyside chairman.
The sneering and dismissive behaviour of Arron Banks, Nuttall’s clumsy Walter Mitty fantasising, and Farage’s jolly dishonesty, have all come together and created a perfect storm. The chairmen of UKIP’s Liverpool and Merseyside branches effectively had no choice - either they stood with their fellow Scousers, or sold them down the river.

Paul Nuttall’s career as UKIP leader may also be over by the end of this week - and with his party falling apart around him, the future of the Kippers looks bleak. For him, Banks, and Farage, it really couldn’t happen to more deserving individuals.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

UKIP - Getting Away With Fraud

One aspect of the upcoming by-election in Stoke on Trent Central that has so far eluded most of the print and broadcast media is how UKIP is paying for new leader Paul Nuttall’s campaign. After all, the Kippers are rumoured to be in a parlous financial state, and yet there they are, with a centrally sited temporary office, and a rented house close by for the “Bad Bootle Meff” to use in claiming to be a local candidate (ho ho ho).
Nuttall - fraudulent campaign

How UKIP square this particular circle is, as with so much of the party’s activities and utterances, down to a generous measure of flagrant dishonesty. It is also down to improper - and highly illegal - misuse of European Parliament staffing and expense regimes. And that flagrant impropriety is why the Kippers have managed to install a full-time campaign manager in Stoke Central - but not paid for by themselves.
Farage - drew attention to the impropriety

Last week, the HuffPo told its readersNigel Farage Refuses To Campaign Anymore For Paul Nuttall In Stoke Amid Splits At Top Of Ukip … The former Ukip leader is not happy with how the campaign is being run”. The problem? “Farage … was furious to discover a Ukip member who had made a series of allegations about him was helping to run the event”. Who was this person? Step forward Lisa Duffy.
Where is Lisa Duffy working this month? Brussels?

Back to the HuffPo: “A source close to the former Ukip leader says he holds Patrick O’Flynn - Nuttall’s closest advisor - responsible for Duffy’s involvement”. Former Express hack Patrick “Lunchtime” O’Flynn, now inexplicably an MEP, “employs Duffy and her husband Peter Reeve as assistants in the European Parliament”. Also, “O’Flynn refused to get rid of Duffy, leading Farage to vow to stay away from Stoke for the rest of the campaign”. So Ms Duffy is working for the UKIP by-election campaign.
No smoke without fire - she's working in Stoke

This has been confirmed by the party’s sole MP, Douglas “Kamikaze” Carswell. But as The Skwawkbox has explained, there are two problems with this arrangement. One, the Kippers are already under investigation by the EU’s OLAF anti-fraud unit in regards to misuse of European Parliament expenses. And Two, Lisa Duffy is employed by O’Flynn to work as his assistant - but not in campaigns for the UK Parliament.
Carswell - knows about the fraud

Indeed, as The Skwawkbox pointed out, “EU regulations categorise MEPs’ assistant as civil servants and their duties as ‘their specific task of supporting members [MEPs] in carrying out their duties’. MEPs’ assistants can, therefore, only work in the European Parliament or, if they work in an MEP’s constituency, they can only work on anything specifically related to the MEP’s work as an MEP. Nothing else is legitimate”.
O'Flynn - employs Ms Duffy, but not to work in Stoke

Lisa Duffy, in working for Nuttall’s campaign, is in flagrant breach of European Parliament employment and expense rules. So are those knowingly aiding and abetting her actions, which so far includes O’Flynn, Carswell, and Nuttall. Farage, however, has merely been guilty of rank stupidity by drawing the EU’s anti-fraud investigators’ attention to the scam.

Earlier this month, Lisa Duffy’s Twitter feed confirmed she was in Stoke on what appeared to be a semi-permanent basis. So what are the authorities going to do about this latest act of dishonesty, deception and fraud? Dishonesty and UKP going hand in hand once again.