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Saturday, 21 April 2018

Far-Right Bigot Says Enoch Was Right

You get cornered by some drunken greengrocer from Luton with an Instamatic camera and Dr. Scholl sandals and last Tuesday's Daily Express and he drones on and on about how Mr. Smith should be running this country and how many languages Enoch Powell can speak and then he throws up over the Cuba Libres” - Mr Smoke Too Much (Eric Idle), Travel Agent Sketch, Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
Enoch Powell

As if the supposed “re-evaluation” of Enoch Powell’s infamous 1968 speech on race which got him kicked off the Tory front bench and on to the long road out of mainstream politics were not enough validation for those out on the far-right, one of their newer recruits has decided to do his own revisiting of the Powell myth: step forward Raheem “Call me Ray” Kassam, of the convocation of the irredeemably batshit otherwise known as Breitbart.

Kassam, an appallingly immodest individual with much to be modest about, has demonstrated that, when it comes to self-publicity, honesty is one of the first casualties in his battle to score More And Bigger Paycheques For Himself Personally Now - starting at the very beginning: “Breitbart London Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam has announced a new book after years of study of former Member of Parliament Enoch Powell”.

So what is on offer? “The book ‘Enoch Was Right: Rivers of Blood 50 Years On’ confronts some of the most heinous lies from the establishment media over the life of Powell, as well as what Kassam calls their ‘willful misrepresentation’ of his infamous Birmingham Speech … In the book, Kassam demolishes the left-wing arguments which claim Powell was a ‘racist’, and demonstrates how for the late-MP, it was all about ‘numbers’”.
Would you buy a book written by him? Nope, me neither

This is total crap. For starters, there can be no doubt about what Powell said in that speech, as the full text has been available online for more than a decade. Moreover, the first assertion that Powell had made what was at the time characterised as a “racialist” speech was not made by someone on the “left-wing”, but Ted Heath - the then leader of the Tory Party and future Prime Minister.

Nonetheless, Kassam has declared “I’ve never been able to understand the demonisation of Enoch Powell, so I decided to study the man and his public pronouncements. It has taken me years to get to this point, as opposed to the 15 minutes some journalists take to click around Wikipedia before writing stories on him. I hope this helps to clarify things for them … This is a major landmark event, 50 years after the ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech, because it rejects all the common fallacies and lies spread by an establishment media that is in hock to the state-sponsored multiculturalism lobby”.

So great has been his commitment to that research that he managed not to mention it even once on his Twitter feed during 2016 and 2017. And if the likes of Simon Heffer, who has been peddling his own “Enoch was right” narrative for years and failing miserably, can’t rehabilitate Powell, Kassam’s chances of doing so are not unadjacent to zero.

There is no “state-sponsored multiculturalism lobby”. There are no “common fallacies” about Enoch Powell. Raheem Kassam will clarify nothing for anyone. But it will, sadly, enable him to momentarily con his way on to the airwaves once more.

If Powell had had his way, Raheem Kassam would not be here now. End of story.

John Mann MP - Race Hate Shame

The litany of unfortunate Twitter interventions from Bassetlaw’s Labour MP John Mann last week, where he made a number of highly creative accusations against anyone querying the content of his contribution to the Commons debate on anti-Semitism, has served only to damage that cause. It has also prompted the re-evaluation of Mann’s own back catalogue on the issue of rate hate, and one incident in particular.
In 2016, the Travellers Times reported thatA three-way parliamentary group seminar planned to discuss racism against Gypsies and Travellers has dramatically collapsed after the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Anti-Semitism pulled out after details of an ‘offensive’ legal advice booklet emerged - produced and distributed by John Mann MP, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, Notts, and the Chair of the Anti-Semitism APPG”.

So what was the problem? “In the section on ‘Travellers’, which mainly deals with the civil offence of trespass, there is a big, bold strapline saying ‘the Police have powers to remove any gypsies and travellers’ (sic).” No context, as the screen shot shows. Worse, “A legal expert in Traveller law and police powers around trespass, contacted by The Travellers’ Times, has described the legal advice in the section on Travellers as ‘wrong.’

Three days after the Travellers’ Times article was published, Mann emailed a Traveller family who lived in his constituency, accusing them of makinga series of defamatory comments” about him (some things never change). This may have been not unconnected to the fact that Nottinghamshire Police had received a complaint about Mann’s legal advice booklet which resulted in his being interviewed by them.

The officers who interviewed Mann offered “advice … concerning the section entitled ‘Travellers’”, and that it should “not single out a group of people as responsible for the problem”. Mann’s defence was that the booklet was no longer in print, but as can be seen from the screen shot, the publication is available online, and can be located with no more than a minutes’ searching. The Police investigation described a “hate incident”.
Fortunately for Mann, the mainstream press failed to pick up on his little local difficulty, or on the discomfort that any campaigner against anti-Semitism must have felt at seeing that booklet, which just happened to have his name as the sole author. Indeed, as the Trevellers’ Times pointed out, “During the Second World War, the Nazis murdered six million Jews and an estimated half a million to one million Roma Gypsies”.

There was more: “Many Jewish groups and individuals support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller rights. Jews recently joined with the Gypsy Council at the Holocaust Memorial Gardens in Hyde Park on August 2nd this year to remember Roma, Sinti and Gypsy victims of the Nazi Holocaust”. One Labour MP has put it bluntly: “If Labour cannot combat racism then we are nothing”. The name of that MP was John Mann.

All of which puts him in one of those Very Difficult Positions. I’ll just leave that one there.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Owen Jones Critic Out On The Bitter

The right-leaning part of the press and pundit establishment loves to hate those of inconvenient view, especially when the latter exhibit a grasp of reality that the establishment cannot. They also despise those perceived not to know their place. So the likes of Owen Jones are damned twice over, and moreso when they dare to hold up a mirror to the shortcomings of the Fourth Estate and its inhabitants.
Owen Jones

Those of us who merely observe this sometimes less than edifying spectator sport from the stands know full well that the press and pundit establishment is very much a closed world, and that anything called New Media is not merely frowned on, but frequently sneered at and spat upon. The Sun and Mail can publish the most blatant whoppers, but if the Canary fails to punctuate its posts correctly, there’s all hell to pay.
Sorry, the Tub of Lard couldn't make it

And the attitude to the likes of Jones - a bit too New Left Media, even if he does write for the Guardian - is a case in point, as one observer noted: “Look everyone, it's quite simple: Owen Jones criticising an MP on his twitter is inciting dogpile abuse, while the entirety of the political pundit class using theirs to pillory him as a looney left bully is actually just good and fair journalism”. Jones then expanded on the subject.
The main thing I've learned from working in the British media is that much of it is a cult. Afflicted by a suffocating groupthink, intolerant of critics, hounds internal dissenters, full of people who made it because of connections and/or personal background rather than merit”. Those who sat through the Leveson Inquiry hearings know exactly where he’s coming from, as do those who suffer the dismal standard of TV and radio punditry.
Jones’ sin is that he brings an interesting and challenging point of view, and an ability to argue his corner, think through his arguments. This was all too much for one who was deficient in these attributes: step forward the odious flannelled fool Master Harry Cole, whose presence before the cameras in indistinguishable from the proverbial tub of lard.
No, that's what he learned from working at the Guardian. Endless tedious contradictory columns.. and bitter sniping at working hacks. The man couldn't break a window let alone a story. And the realisation that the Corbyn team will never, ever forgive him seems to be eating him up” scoffed someone who only got his break at the Murdoch Sun thanks to the recommendation of an over-promoted News Corp Vice President.
Master Cole's definition of "journalism". No, don't laugh

The reality, of course, is that Master Cole’s idea of “breaking a story” means the kind of thing that got him his first Sun front page - “COURT JEZTER”. In other words, a poorly researched pack of lies that should have been spiked.
Touché

Plus Cole’s claims about Jones and Corbyn are demonstrably just another figment of the flannelled fool’s imagination: were Jones not forgiven by Jezza’s team, he would not be touring the country campaigning for the Labour Party ahead of next month’s local elections - as well as leading the effort to “Unseat” several Tory MPs at the next General Election.

Also, Jones gets better and more high profile TV punditry opportunities than Cole, who has to make do with his old boss Andrew Neil having him on the BBC’s Daily Politics. Jealousy and bitterness are what really eat people up. Hello Master Cole.

Rasputin Destroys Himself

Theresa May might have expected to see her reputation, or what remains of it, take a battering as a result of the “Windrush Generation” fiasco, but would have been safe in the knowledge that her pals in our free and fearless press would cover for her, and the ruckus would soon blow over as soon as they had dredged up some minor misdemeanour committed by someone who lives across the road from Jeremy Corbyn.
But she had reckoned without the destructive power of her former éminence grise Nick “Rasputin” Timothy, not realising that if he could piss the wrong way when invited into the Downing Street tent, he could do at least as badly when invited by the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph to take hold of their megaphone. So it was that he pissed all the way from Buckingham Palace Road back to Downing Street this week.
Timothy told his adoring public that Ms May had opposed the infamous “Go Home” vans when in charge of the Home Office, and that she had curtailed the programme early. Sadly, the evidence of Operation Vaken was all too plain: the scheme had been quite deliberately thought through, and the pilot ran its full course, with no interruption. Moreover, Timothy was wrong that the pilot had started when his boss was on holiday.
That much was bad enough, but Rob Hutton of Bloomberg revealed that not only had Ms May known all about the “Go Home” vans, she did not think the campaign was tough enough! Then Adam Bienkov at Business Insider showed that, far from being out of the loop when on holiday, the then Home Secretary had personally intervened to “toughen up” the policy - while she was on that same holiday. Timothy was bust.
Problem was, by this time, so was the Prime Minister and party that he had intended to help by intervening. So it came to pass that he deleted his Twitter account, and in so doing launched a whole new comedy genre, typified by the response of David Whitley: “Nick Timothy's account has been deleted, but it is important to note that this wasn't in any way Nick Timothy's fault”. Others were quickly on the case.
One asked “Is he on holiday?” while another mused “Was he on holiday at the time?” and David Lewis provided the definitive answer: “Nick Timothy has not deleted his account. He has gone on holiday and the deletion has occurred without his knowledge”. But pride of place has to go to Bonnie Greer, who has waxed Shakespearian on the subject.
Missing #NickTimothy on #Twitter? Just a reminder of where you can find him: he's a columnist for two of the Three ‘Weird Sisters’ of UK journalism: @Telegraph; @TheSun ‘Fair is foul, and foul is fair Hover through the fog and filthy air.’
The Tory Party’s very own Rasputin has ended up destroying himself. The problem for his former boss is that he may have taken her down with him. What a complete clown.

Tories And A Racist Woodpile

While the right-leaning part of our free and fearless press reacts with outrage at any suggestion that they are indulging in selective reportage of racism by restricting themselves to claims of ant-Semitism in the Labour Party, the Tories are, by complete coincidence you understand, getting away with allowing a racist who was caught in the act back into the party without any apparent sanction.
Anne Marie Morris MP

I’m also sure that Parliamentary arithmetic has had no influence, honestly, on returning the whip to Anne Marie Morris, who represents Newton Abbot, who was recorded saying of Britain’s exit from the EU “Now I’m sure there will be many people who’ll challenge that, but my response and my request is look at the detail, it isn’t all doom and gloom. Now we get to the real nigger in the woodpile, which is, in two years what happens if there is no deal?” The chorus of condemnation was long and loud.
Dawn Butler MP

Theresa May stated that “I was shocked to hear of these remarks, which are completely unacceptable … I immediately asked the chief whip to suspend the party whip. Language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in today’s society”. Tory MPs expressing their disgust at Ms Morris’ remarks included Heidi Allen, who said an apology was not enough.
That was last July; by December, all was changed and Ms Morris was readmitted to the Tory fold. The Guardian observed thatthe Conservatives decided to restore the whip after just five months. They did so at a time when the government is extremely reliant on its MPs turning up to vote, as it battles to avoid defeats in the House of Commons over Brexit with a tiny majority in partnership with the Democratic Unionist party”.
But what sanction had been placed upon Ms Morris? There was no apparent sign of her having been so much as reprimanded for her remarks. It was as if she had been given nothing more than a slap on the wrist and let back in, no more questions asked. Well, one person not happy at that prospect is Labour’s equalities spokesperson Dawn Butler.

Ms Butler, who represents Brent Central, has written to Theresa May, telling “I was reminded that you have not made an updated statement. When you announced the suspension, you said you were ‘shocked by the completely unacceptable language … language like this has absolutely no place in politics or in public society’”.
Bob Blackman MP - no sanction at all

She has also made the contents of her letter to the PM public, with the comment “This is my second letter to the Prime Minister. You must not hide the reasons why you secretly reinstated the whip after this horrendous incident took place @theresa_may. We must be given your reasons”. Also, in response to her Tweet, Miqdaad Versi of the Muslim Council of Britain has mentioned the recent behaviour of Tory MP Bob Blackman.
Blackman endorsed a campaign to use the racism of the Indian sub-continent to gain votes. He hosted a known hate preacher at the House of Commons. He shared Islamophobic material on Facebook. Yet he, too, has experienced no sanction.

Anyone would think the Tories aren’t taking racism seriously. I’ll just leave that one there.

John Mann MP - We Have To Talk

John Mann, the combative and indeed outspoken Labour MP who sits for the constituency of Bassetlaw, made a contribution to the Commons debate on anti-Semitism earlier this week that has been lauded by the easily impressed, but is now being questioned by an increasing number of those uncomfortable at its potential lack of veracity, and Mann’s use of Parliamentary privilege to say things he might not say outside the Chamber.
Might be best to keep that North and South shut more often

Let’s first consider what he said. “I didn’t expect today, when Labour members stand in solidarity with our Jewish colleagues and the Jewish community, for not just no solidarity, but to be targeted by an organisation called Momentum, which has happened to all of us who stood in solidarity. But worse than that, explicitly targeting Jewish members of the Parliamentary Labour Party because they are Jewish”. There was more.

That is what is going on at the moment. I didn’t expect when I took on this voluntary cross-party role, for my wife to be sent by a Labour Marxist anti-Semite a dead bird through the post. I didn’t expect my son, after an Islamist death threat, to open the door in the house on his own, as a schoolboy, to the bomb squad. I didn’t expect my wife, in the last few weeks, from a leftist anti-Semite, in response to the demonstration, to be threatened with rape”. And there was yet more.

I didn’t expect my daughter, similarly, and have to be rung up in the last few weeks by Special Branch, to check out her movements in this country, no I didn’t expect all of that”. There was much more, but this is the part of Mann’s speech which is causing disquiet.

There are good reasons for that disquiet. Momentum, whatever one’s view of it, was founded by Labour NEC member Jon Lansman - who is Jewish. He is a ferocious opponent of any tendency to excuse anti-Semitic behaviour. Yet Mann has asserted, using Parliamentary privilege, that Momentum targets Labour members who are Jewish, because they are Jewish. The dead bird incident has caused further disquiet.
Mann’s wife Jo White was sent a dead bird in the post back in 2012, more than three years before Momentum was formed, but the MP has clearly inferred that Momentum is somehow connected to the incident. The culprit, Roger Dyas-Elliott, was a longstanding Labour member and indeed attender at Conference, but there was no allegation of anti-Semitism or indeed Marxism levelled at him. Nor, at the time, was the incident connected in any way to Mann’s work to combat anti-Semitism.
Nor, indeed, does the “Islamist death threat” appear to be. Mann has claimed to have been in receipt of death threats from pro-hunting campaigners, and two years ago claimedI have had three death threats which have been taken seriously during the last 15 years … I have had Islamic death threats, extreme right death threats and one from a drug dealer”. But until that Commons debate, not even a mention of anti-Semitism, or “Leftists”.
Mann has not done his cause any good by responding to those uneasy at his accusations, and use of Parliamentary privilege, with threats and abuse. And as he has responded via an open Twitter feed, he has, indeed, left himself open to more than just criticism. Here is his opening salvo: “These anti semites from Momentum can’t help themselves in their desperate attempts to rubbish Tuesdays debate. Time now to sue each and everyone of them for libel. You cannot say you were not warned”.
I can say with a significant measure of confidence that John Mann will not be suing anyone, whether in Momentum or elsewhere, for libel any time soon. Nor will the Labour Party be taking any action after he responded to a Tweeter who asked him three questions with “Anyone have an address for this man so the writ can be served and his expulsion from the Labour Party Fast tracked?”. There will be no writ. Even if it’s a Labour member.

Nor will Mann do his cause any favours by responding to a perfectly reasonable question from Kevin Maguire of the Mirror with “Disgusting, smearing, and of course entirely uninformed speculation. I suggest you delete it and apologise now. How dare you add insult to my family in this way”. Maguire had shown sympathy for Mann’s wife.
Nor will Mann take legal action following his bullying response to another question: “Let me give you the opportunity to withdraw your libel and apologise”. The litany of bluster goes on, with another Tweeter receiving the response “Suggest you actually listen to my speech then remove this libel”. We have. And that Tweeter won’t. Because there isn’t one.
There may, though, be grounds for one of Mann’s targets to take legal action against him, after he doubled down with “A man who didn’t bother to listen to the speech or to find out the facts of the case. Apologist for anti Semitic attacks. Oh and factually wrong”. His target is not an “Apologist for anti-Semitic attacks”. Mann has defamed that person.
John Mann has, by his thuggish and intemperate behaviour, turned the whole debate on anti-Semitism into a laughing stock, the situation summed up by Crispian Wheldon who replied to him “Momentum was formed in 2015. Corbyn became Labour leader in 2015. Your wife was (horribly) sent a dead bird by a disgruntled local in 2012 (widely reported as relating to council matters not antisemitism). Seems to me you twist the truth to suit your agenda. Sue me. I'd win” and then added “In fact, call me an anti-Semite again and I'll sue you”. He would, whisper it quietly, win that one too.
Anti-Semitism is a serious matter, serious enough not to be left to self-promotion artists like John Mann. Labour members, politics watchers and sceptical pundits not only have a right to question the veracity of his contribution to the Commons debate on anti-Semitism, but a right to be answered, honestly and civilly. He has no right whatsoever to use his position to defame and indeed threaten those who question his claims.

John Mann should withdraw his threats, apologise for any defamatory behaviour, and then answer the questions put to him. But he won’t. Because he’s a spineless coward.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Michael Gove - Pants On Fire

The perpetually thirsty Paul Staines is on record as claiming that “The lying in politics is on an industrial scale”, although what he is less ready to tell is that it is him, his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, and his pals in the Tory Party who do most of it. And proving Staines right, but in all the wrong ways, has been Michael “Oiky” Gove, the Minister for Murdoch.
Gove went on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme this morning and declared “We're the most immigration-friendly country in the EU”. Wait, what? And there was more: spewing out his stream of verbiage unchallenged, “Oiky” went on to claim that this country had “the most liberal attitude towards non-EU immigration in the EU”.
Sadly, there was, as Captain Blackadder might have observed, only one thing wrong with this idea - it was bollocks. Only two years ago in the run-up to the EU referendum, the Elmer Fudd of the Tory Party was scaremongering, claiming “a population the size of Scotland” could arrive from Turkey and other potential new EU countries by 2030.
That does not fall into the category called “liberal”. Nor does having a Prime Minister who was, as Nesrine Malik has observed, “in her six years as home secretary … was the high priestess of hostile environments for immigrants”. Nor does having a Home Office which included in its 2017 annual report “In January 2016, we broadened our engagement activity in priority countries to maximise returns of all nationals in the UK illegally”.
That is the turning of the Home Office into some kind of dystopian machine for hunting down and deporting human beings and then blithely reporting the exercise as some kind of performance metric for which they should be thrown a biscuit. In clear expectation that many would be deported to Jamaica, and yet be unfamiliar with the country, the Home Office guidebook has even counselled “try to be Jamaican - use local accents and dialect (overseas accents can attract unwanted attention)”.
Could it get worse? As if you need to ask. The claim of “liberal” attitudes to immigration falls as soon as the UK is compared to other EU and EEA countries on numbers of refugees accepted per million of population. We are behind not just Germany, Austria and Sweden, but Belgium, Denmark, Greece, France, Italy, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Finland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
And worse: Gove is defending a régime introduced by a Home Secretary - guess who - who stood up in the Commons and saidwe can deport first and hear appeals later”. On top of all that, Lord Kerslake, former head of the Civil Service, told BBC Newsnight that Theresa May’s immigration reformwas highly contested and there were some who saw it, I shan't name them, as almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany in the way it's working”.
There is stuff all “liberal” about that. It is authoritarian, over-zealous, uncaring, inhumane, and worst of all, it is effectively allowing the right-wing press to dictate Government policy.

Michael Gove should head for the nearest extinguisher. Because his pants are on fire.

UK Is Banana Republic - OFFICIAL

As if things could not get worse for The Blue Team, today has brought news that the Tories have apparently managed to manipulate HMRC to their own advantage. No, that is not a mistype, that is what has happened. What is yet more remarkable is that HMRC has admitted what has happened. And what happened is that a major Tory Party donor managed to bodyswerve a money laundering probe into it.
The company concerned is Mobile Virtual Network Operator Lycamobile, which sells PAYG SIM cards for international calls and now boasts more than 15 million customers worldwide. Lycamobile also donated more than half a million quid to the Tories during the run-up to the 2015 General Election. The company’s donations during the period Young Dave was leader totalled more than £1.3 million.

But then BuzzFeed News revealed late in 2015 that “three bagmen were secretly filmed dropping off rucksacks stuffed with hundreds of thousands of pounds twice a day at Post Offices across London … the Lyca telecoms group deploys three men to drive around in an unmarked people carrier depositing bags of money, which have totalled up to £1 million each week”. Following these revelations, action was taken. But not in the UK.
French prosecutors “arrested 19 people accused of using its accounts to launder money from organised criminal networks two years ago”, and that, not unreasonably, “wanted British authorities to raid Lycamobile’s London headquarters last year and seize evidence as part of their investigation into money laundering and tax fraud by the company”.

However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, “The HMRC response went on to say that Lycamobile would be likely to challenge any raids on its properties in court and may succeed because the French request did not contain enough ‘solid information’. The request stalled, and Lycamobile’s UK offices were never searched”.

How convenient for the Tories! But the letter from HMRC also told “It is of note that they are the biggest corporate donor to the Conservative party led by Prime Minister Theresa May and donated 1.25m Euros to the Prince Charles Trust in 2012”. That’s a reason not to raid their offices when there is clear evidence of money laundering?
It got worse: when BuzzFeed put this to HMRC, the reply came back “No HMRC official would ever write such a letter … This is the United Kingdom for God’s sake, not some third world banana republic where the organs of state are in hock to some sort of kleptocracy.” But “after verifying the contents of the email seen by BuzzFeed News, another HMRC spokesman said that it was ‘regrettable’”. Ouch! And now there is more bad news.

The Commons Treasury Committee Twitter feed has told “Commenting on @BuzzFeedUK's story about HMRC's handling of a Lycamobile investigation, Chair @NickyMorgan01 said: ‘This clearly raises all sorts of questions and is completely inappropriate.’

When this kind of thing drops, the last person the Tories need chairing the Treasury Committee is an independently-minded Tory former minister with nothing to lose.

So now we might find out what Lycamobile has got on The Blue Team.

Nick Timothy - Pants On Fire

Theresa May continues to find herself under fire, not least for misleading the Commons twice in the space of a few minutes yesterday. As a result, only the Guardian has put the scandal of the “Windrush Generation” on its front page today, with the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, one of those more favourably disposed to the PM, instead allowing her former éminence grise Nick Timothy to shamelessly spin for her.
The problem for both Tel and Tim is that the latter talks well, but lies badly, and on the most basic of points. Ms May’s time at the Home Office became infamous for a number of initiatives aimed allegedly at illegal migrants, but which generated severely adverse comment for their effect on the BAME community generally. One of the most notorious was that of the so-called “Go Home” vans in the summer of 2013.
Timothy is now claiming that his boss was actually opposed to the “Go Home” vans, and in pursuit of getting his message home, has taken to Twitter to back up his Tel column. “The Windrush scandal is heartbreaking and must be fixed. But it should not be used as an excuse to stop sensible policies that limit illegal immigration” he offered for starters.
Then came the deflection: “In my column today I also reveal the truth about the notorious ‘go home or face arrest vans’: TM was opposed to them and they were approved while she was on holiday in 2013 … The so-called ‘hostile environment’ strategy designed to limit illegal immigration actually began under Labour, not the Tories. This is what Jeremy Corbyn calls ‘callousness’”. And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here.
One, the problem now faced by so many of the “Windrush Generation” is not down to anything Labour might have done when in power - the relevant legislation was enacted in 2014. And Two, we know exactly what Jezza called it, as his Twitter observation from the time is still extant: “The Immigration Bill has a very dangerous new clause which allows the Home Secretary to remove citizenship and thus create stateless people”.
Moreover, the idea that Treeza was away on holiday at the time the “Go Home” vans were patrolling London is bunk. This exercise, called Operation Vaken, was and indeed still is well documented, and this is what the blurb says about when it all happened: “The pilot took place between 22 July and 22 August 2013 in six London boroughs [and] continued until 22 October to provide a three month period to allow for Emergency Travel Documents to be obtained and completion of the voluntary departure process for some of the nationalities encountered”. July to October 2013. Without interruption.
And as James Doleman has discovered, on the very day that Operation Vaken began, Ms May was featured, very much in the present tense, in the Daily Mail. She was then featured in the following edition of the Mail on Sunday. And on July 30, she managed to send the authorities in Portugal a request regarding the Madeleine McCann case.
Theresa May was very much at work when the “Go Home” vans began to circulate around London. And the Operation Vaken pilot went on for its full scheduled three month period. So Nick Timothy has been caught blatantly lying in the pages of the Telegraph.

Then he wonders why people have difficulty believing him. What a complete clown.