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We know there is no anti-semitism in Labour because Jeremy Corbyn commissioned an investigation led by Shami Chakrabarti, and she found only a “minority hateful or ignorant attitudes and behaviours”.
Hatred of Jews was bundled in with all other forms of racism. Chakrabarti has since become a Labour peer and shadow attorney general. As Nick Cohen muses: “Can’t think of anyone who has destroyed her good name as thoroughly as Shami Chakrabati has? Paying for peerage would’ve been less shameful.”
Today a committee of MPs says there is anti-Semitism in Labour. The Home Affairs Select Committee says Corbyn has failed to display “consistent leadership”. Corbyn’s acquiescence to bigots has aided the spread of “vile attitudes” towards Jewish people.
But isn’t Corbyn just the head of a group that do the same, a representative of the liberals who turn a blind eye to anti-Semitism, who consider disliking Jews an acceptable part of normal, polite dinner-party chatter? The enlightened don’t like Jews. So what?
Corbyn’s Labour Party has “consistently and effectively to deal with anti-Semitic incidents in recent years risks lending force to allegations that elements of the Labour movement are institutionally anti-Semitic”, says the MPs’ report.
Are they right? The Anti-Semitism in the UK report says (via the BBC):
Labour MP Luciana Berger received more than 2,500 abusive tweets in three days in 2014
Since walking out of the launch of a report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, the Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth has reported more than 25,000 incidents of abuse
Police-recorded anti-Semitic hate crime in England and some parts of Wales increased by 29% between 2010 and 2015, compared with a 9% increase across all hate crime categories
A fifth of British Jewish people responding to an Institute for Jewish Policy Research study had experienced at least one anti-Semitic harassment incident during the last year, with 68% of incidents taking place online
What says Corbyn?
“The report’s political framing and disproportionate emphasis on Labour risks undermining the positive and welcome recommendations made in it.
“Although the committee heard evidence that 75% of anti-Semitic incidents come from far-right sources and the report states there is no reliable evidence to suggest anti-Semitism is greater in Labour than other parties, much of the report focuses on the Labour Party…
“Under my leadership, Labour has taken greater action against anti-Semitism than any other party, and will implement the measures recommended by the Chakrabarti report to ensure Labour is a welcoming environment for members of all our communities.”
The committee says:
“Clearly, the Labour leader is not directly responsible for abuse committed in his name, but we believe that his lack of consistent leadership on this issue, and his reluctance to separate anti-Semitism from other forms of racism, has created what some have referred to as a ‘safe space’ for those with vile attitudes towards Jewish people… The result is that the Labour Party, with its proud history of fighting racism and promoting equal rights, is seen by some as an unwelcoming place for Jewish members and activists.”
And on Dame Shami, the MPs say:
The promotion of the human rights activist Shami Chakarbarti to Labour lawmaker shortly after she penned a report clearing Labour of institutional anti-Semitism has “thrown into question her claims (and those of Mr Corbyn) that her inquiry was truly independent,” read the Home Affairs Committee report.
The Telegraph is scathing:
Taking a peerage undermined the integrity of her own inquiry into racism in the Labour Party. She was ennobled after her recommendations absolved Jeremy Corbyn of any responsibility. The report acknowledges Mr Corbyn’s history of campaigning against racism but condemns his inability to recognise the unique nature of post-war anti-Semitism. In recent years, anti-Semitism has operated under the cover of anti-Zionism, to the point that denial of the right of Israel to exist can be a way of articulating hatred for Jewish people. The report concludes that failure to see this and to take action has helped create a “safe space” for anti-Semites in Labour.
By way of final word, Labour List quotes Corbyn:
“Commissioning Chakrabarti was an unprecedented step for a political party, demonstrating Labour’s commitment to fight against antisemitism.”
Such are the facts.
Hillary Clinton has to do nothing to win the US Presidential race to the bottom. The media are obsessed with reality TV creation Donald Trump and accusations that he molested women. But what about those leaked emails, the ones WikiLeaks has published about Clinton?
First a few words about the sex. Jonah Goldberg is impressed by the double standards: “I honestly can’t get my head around the fact that Hillary Clinton’s closing ‘argument’ in this election is sexual harassment. Bill Clinton’s lifelong enabler has managed to turn this topic into a deadly weapon against a Republican nominee. This is like Godzilla turning public safety into a winning issue in the Tokyo mayoral race.”
And now for those emails on Hillary’s secret server that got wiped – whoops!
Kimberley Strassel writes in the Wall Street Journal:
Start with a June 2015 email to Clinton staffers from Erika Rottenberg, the former general counsel of LinkedIn. Ms. Rottenberg wrote that none of the attorneys in her circle of friends “can understand how it was viewed as ok/secure/appropriate to use a private server for secure documents AND why further Hillary took it upon herself to review them and delete documents.” She added: “It smacks of acting above the law and it smacks of the type of thing I’ve either gotten discovery sanctions for, fired people for, etc.”
Clinton staffers debated how to evade a congressional subpoena of Mrs. Clinton’s emails—three weeks before a technician deleted them. The campaign later employed a focus group to see if it could fool Americans into thinking the email scandal was part of the Benghazi investigation (they are separate) and lay it all off as a Republican plot.
…Worse, Mrs. Clinton’s State Department, as documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show, took special care of donors to the Clinton Foundation. In a series of 2010 emails, a senior aide to Mrs. Clinton asked a foundation official to let her know which groups offering assistance with the Haitian earthquake relief were “FOB” (Friends of Bill) or “WJC VIPs” (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs). Those who made the cut appear to have been teed up for contracts. Those who weren’t? Routed to a standard government website.
But the big bangs are to do with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2008 Hillary was vying with Obama to be the Democrat Party’s presidential nominee. Her team produced a list of “negatives” to attack her rival.
One of these “negatives” as to accuse Obama of being a Muslim.
CNN explains it away:
According to Tom Matzzie and Paul Begala, two Democratic consultants advising the 2008 polling effort by Progressive Media USA, it was simply an effort to test Obama’s vulnerabilities in a potential general election against John McCain.
Begala and Matzzie told CNN that the group also tested arguments against Clinton, a claim that is backed up by a separate hacked email available on WikiLeaks as Document ID 2187.
“This is Campaigning 101,” said Matzzie, an Obama supporter in 2008 who was the president and executive director of Progressive Media USA. “You test the vulnerabilities of your candidate — something (Republicans) should have done for Donald Trump.”
But Obama and Clinton were rivals, right?
And in another leak, Hillary apparently said:
The main reason behind successful immigration should be painfully obvious to even the most dimwitted of observers: Some groups of people are almost always highly successful given only half a chance (Jews*, Hindus/Sikhs and Chinese people, for example), while others (Muslims, blacks** and Roma***, for instance) fare badly almost irrespective of circumstances.
What did Hillary Clinton say at the last debate? Oh, yes: “They they go low, you go high.” But not as high as Obama, allegedly.
Donald Trump branded a peado pervert, Bill Clinton a ‘rapist’ and Hillary an immigrant deporting divider
Donald Trump is mired in sex stories.The Telegraph says Trump is the subject for “sexual assault allegations”. These are “claims made by women against the Republican presidential nominee”.
Trump has not been accused of rape. Others have been such as Bill Clinton, aka Mr Hillary Clinton.
Roll up voters and tell the world which sexist old man do you dislike the most.
The latest accusation levelled at Trump appears in the The New York Times. Jessica Leeds alleged on camera thatMr Trump “grabbed her breasts and tried to put his hand up her skirt in the first class cabin on a flight to New York in or around 1980”. Rachel Crooks alleges Trump “kissed me directly on the mouth” in 2005 outside the elevator in Trump Tower in Manhattan. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that,” she says.
The New York Daily News adds that Trump the “perv” “had eyes for a 10 year old girl”.
Trump is a peado?
Donald Trump, exposed Wednesday as an alleged serial groper, once said he’d spotted his future girlfriend on an escalator — when she was only 10.
He was older:
The would-be sexist-in-chief made the stomach-turning joke in 1992 when “Entertainment Tonight” taped a Christmas special in Trump Tower. Trump, then 46, makes a brief appearance and asks a group of 10-year-old girls if they’re going to take the escalator, according to the footage, reported by CBS News Wednesday. One girl pipes up with a happy “Yes!”
“I’m going to be dating her in 10 years,” Trump leers. “Can you believe it?”
Leers. Or jokes?
Is any of this stuff going to make his supporters think again about giving Trump their vote?
Thomas Sowell writes in the National Review:
Donald Trump’s gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse. Trump’s talk is indefensible. But Hillary Clinton’s actions as secretary of state, carrying out the Obama administration’s foreign policies, have cost many lives in many places, including the American ambassador and others killed in Benghazi.
Is this Trump stuff – emerging at the 11th hour – a good way to bury bad news about Hillary’s missing emails and her record?
Women have a right to be offended by Trump’s words. But women have suffered a far worse fate from Secretary Clinton’s and President Obama’s actions. Pulling American troops out of Iraq, despite military advice to the contrary, led to the sudden rise of ISIS and their seizing of many women and young girls as sex slaves.
A message from one of these women urged the bombing of ISIS. She said she would rather be dead than live the life of a sex slave. Some women who tried to commit suicide and failed have been tortured for trying…
Make no mistake about it. Neither party has a good candidate for president. The choice is between bad and disastrous.
Green Party’s Jill Stein is no fan of Hillary:
And the scary things, the horrific things that Donald Trump says, Hillary Clinton has already done. Whether it’s massively deporting immigrants, whether it’s threatening nuclear warfare. …
Put it this way: I will feel horrible if Donald Trump is elected, I will feel horrible if Hillary Clinton is elected, and I feel most horrible about a voting system that says: Here are two deadly choices, now pick your weapon of self-destruction.
And the Clinton sex scandals?
Cellphone toting protesters with handmade T-shirts scrawled with “Bill Clinton is a rapist” interrupted President Obama mid-joke in Charlotte on Tuesday.
“Oh, no,” he let out, grinning and chuckling as the crowd booed and the protesters were let out. The chants started “Hillary! Hillary! Hillary!”
He said, “You know, this is the great thing about politics in America. It takes all kinds. Folks will just do . . .”
“Anything” the riled up crowed screamed back.
“Do all kinds of stuff,” Obama finished. “Now where was I?”
Bill Clinton “rape” protesters were pushed and shoved during two Florida rallies on Tuesday.
Clinton was speaking in Fort Myers, Florida Tuesday afternoon when a man wearing a “Hillary for Prison” t-shirt began shouting “rapist” as Clinton was talking.
America – how did you get to this? How weak can this election get? Policies are rarely mentioned. Clinton says she goes high when Trump goes low. Oh, puh-lease. She has focused on Trump’s behaviour and character. She wants us to believe all the accusations made against boorish Trump – but when they were made against her husband she smeared the accuser. Hillary does not go high. Hillary says millions of Americans are “deplorable” and “irredeemable”.
It’s hard to know which of Trump or Clinton is least likeable and shames America most.
Over to you…
Presidential Tat Watch spots this “Donald Trump Paddle Ball” on sale at the Gagosian’s Benefit for Clinton, Art For Hillary.
Designed by New York sculptor Elliott Arkin, the wooden paddle features a likeness of Donald Trump’s face. The mouth is open. The idea is that you smack the red rubber ball into Trump’s pie hole.
Arkin’s work references Koons’s Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer paddle ball game from 2000. “I often use existing contemporary works to satirize. Since Koons has made that print of the Mona Lisa for this event, I thought his Rudolph paddle ball was a natural fit for Trump,” he says.
Konn’s Mona Lisa repo costs Clinton fans – get this – $50,000.
To even things up, Arkin has also made a Hillary Clinton Flash Drive an 8 megabyte flash drive in the shape of a miniature Clinton. You pop off Clinton’s noggin – decapitate it, if you will – and reveal the device.
Whether the data storage device contains any data, like emails, say, or has been accidentally wiped clean by forces unknown is unsaid.
Donald and Hillary will now sing I’ve Had The Time of My Life:
The video was produced by Dutch broadcaster Lucky TV.
When I saw them I kept thinking of Dolly Parton (Trump) and Kenny Rogers (Clinton).
Make it happen, internet.
Take them away:
We’re still all waiting for the anything in Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails – released by WikiLeaks – to besmirch her reputation for being economical with the actualité (surely ‘a titan of truth’ – ed) . Of course, thousands of Clinton’s emails handled by a private server she maintained while in the top tiers of government were acciedntally destroyed. But something is seeping out. ZeroHedge says the State Department and the Clinton Campaign might be tighter than Vladimir Putin’s forehead:
Now, courtesy of the latest leak by Wikileaks, which earlier today released another 2,000 emails by Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta, we may have stumbled on evidence of collusion between the State Department and the Clinton Campaign itself. In an email from close Hillary’s confidant Heather Samuelson, also known as “the Clinton insider who screened Hillary’s emails”, we learn the intimate details leaked by Samuelson regarding a FOIA request submitted previously by Judicial Watch regarding Bill Clinton speeches, which shows that virtually entire process was being “translated” over to Hillary’s campaign.
Who is Heather Samuelson? Politico noted on September 2015:
Hillary Clinton chose a former campaign staffer who followed her to the State Department to make the initial determination about which of her emails should be preserved as federal records, according to closed-door testimony by Clinton’s former chief of staff Cheryl Mills, a GOP source told POLITICO.
Why not preserve all of them?
Heather Samuelson, a lawyer and 2008 Clinton campaign staffer, worked under Mills and Clinton’s attorney David Kendall to sift through her ex-boss’ messages. She helped separate those that were purely personal, which were not turned over to the State Department, from those that were work-related.
The Daily Caller adds:
Most importantly, as we reported previously, Samuelson received DOJ immunity in exchange for turning over the laptop she used during the review of Clinton’s emails in 2014.
Here’s a question for Britons who want to abolish the monarchy: Trump or Clinton? And after them you most likely get their kids.
He’s back! The str of ‘thirdeaglebooks’ is a Donald Trump supporters. He’s written a song for Don. As the blurb says, this is the “unofficial” campaign song for the 2016 Trump-Pence Republican Presidential ticket. The official song will find this impossible to beat.
Take it away…. William Tapley (co Prophet of The End of Times)
We know all about Donald Trump and TV host Billy Bush sharing a “locked-room” chat during which the tsunami-haired bricks-and-golf tycoon advised randy males to “Grab her by the pussy“? But why are we hearing about this now?
Is Trump’s exposure linked to media bias? Rupert Murdoch’s Heat Street says NBC is part of the problem:
More to the point, why hasn’t all this terrible audio already surfaced? At any point in the last year, when there was still time to deprive Trump of the GOP nomination, did NBC brass ask Apprentice producer (and Trump friend) Mark Burnett for a look into his archives? Or were they complicit in allowing Trump to cruise to the GOP nomination when they knew there was likely evidence in Mark Burnett’s basement that could disqualify him?
Reality TV is a cut and paste job. The amount of stuff edited out would fill a silo. But is it right to blame the messenger? The Mail has been blaming the victim.
There are clear lines of accountability here – to NBC News Chairman Andy Lack and NBCU CEO Steve Burke. Did these executives just look the other way for many months while a former employee whose bad behavior was well-known got closer and closer to the White House? And did they place the career of Billy Bush – reportedly being groomed to replace Matt Lauer on the hugely profitable Today program – ahead of the US presidency? That sounds absurd, but this is the twisted world of network television and NBC has some explaining to do.
Billy Bush comes across as a pathetic wingman to the class pratt Trump. But why can’t it be that NBSC are just a bit rubbish.
NBC Nighty News host Brian Williams “misremembered” being aboard a helicopter hit and downed by two rockets and small arms fire fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Williams had been on a different Chinook. “I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams said. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.”
People at NBC are fallible. People make mistakes in wartime.
Glenn Reynolds adds:
HE WAS A DEMOCRAT WHEN HE MADE THOSE REMARKS, SO IT WAS OKAY. IT’S ONLY WHEN HE SWITCHED PARTIES AND BECAME GOP NOMINEE THAT THE REMARKS TURNED DISGRACEFUL.
Back then he wasn’t in or standing for public office.
Bill Clinton to Gennifer Flowers – ‘Hillary Clinton has eaten more pussy than I have’ and other Trump defences
How do we tell the story of reality TV star Donald Trump telling gibbering TV host Billy Bush “Grab her by the pussy“? The British news has made Trump’s “crass” comment (Express) the lead news story. Bigger than mass murder in Syria, desperate migrants and bellicose Russia is Trump’s “sex boast” (The Observer).
The Mirror looks at more pressing issues.
Trump is a story. The reality TV creation is news because he’s said something pathetic and is cheap to produce.
But should one comment scupper Trump’s White House bid?
Nick Kristoff opines in the NYTimes: “In fairness to Trump, other senior men in politics and business — John Kennedy and Bill Clinton come to mind — also sometimes showed a sense of entitlement toward young women.”
The digging for dirt begins.
Said Gennifer Flowers: “I just know what Bill told me and that was that he was aware that Hillary was bisexual and he didn’t care. He should know. ‘He said Hillary had eaten more p***y than he had.’”
In the Washington Post, we read:
Trump, facing a GOP exodus from his campaign and apparently desperate to change the subject, just retweeted two tweets from an account featuring the name of Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who publicly alleged in 1999 that Clinton had sexually assaulted her two decades prior. In both tweets, the Broaddrick account reiterates her accusation that Clinton raped her and accuses Hillary Clinton of enabling him.
Jonah Goldberg stuck it to Hillary:
Then, the country was presented with proof, incremental and suggestive at first, overwhelming and indisputable by the end of the decade, that Bill Clinton was an irrepressible and irresponsible sexual predator, at least by the moral and evidentiary standards established by feminist activists and the press corps that loves them. And, rather than face the consequences of applying their own principles consistently, they prostrated themselves to the Oval Office. Gloria Steinem raced to the pages of the New York Times to advance the “one free grope” rule. Susan Estrich, Susan Faludi, and countless other professional feminists defenestrated their principles in a desperate attempt to defend Clinton.
And can we blame the woman seen in the film when Trump went full frat house?
To the Mail it is not Trump’s ugly comment that could cost him the White House – it is elegant TV soap actress Arianne Zucker, a woman who diplomatically dealt with TV host Billy Bragg’s pathetic comments as to which of he or Trump she’d sleep with.
The obsession with Trump, the close monitoring of his every utterance, has reached the point that his political and media foes have – ironically – become important generators of support for him. Every time they tell Trump ‘you can’t say that’, he says it. Every time they demand an apology from Trump, he doubles down on it. Just by defying the strictures of political correctness, and not caving when challenged, Trump can look authoritative and daring.
We keep reading that Republicans have deserted Trump. Will his supporters care? No. Trump has turned the election into a referendum on the political establishment. Clinton should be miles ahead in the polls. Why isn’t she? Seen as untrustworthy by many, her policies should be more than ‘I’m not Trump’. Remember Bernie Sanders, who said failing to vote Hillary will lead to “more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels.”
The Republican nominee Donald Trump spoke for 75 minutes and for most of his speech, he outlined a laundry list of every conceivable fear he could conjure. Radical Islam, immigration (legal, illegal, Mexican, Muslim, whatevs), stagnant wages, rising violence in the streets, and really terrible trade deals were among the litany.
The US Presidential campaign has a long way to run.
And like so much in Trump and Clinton’s lives, it is a race to the bottom.
‘Grab them by the pussy’: WikiLeaks, Hillary Clinton’s potential cover up and Trump’s Tic Tacs for sex
WikiLeaks has released bits of speeches Hillary Clinton gave in the years before her 2016 presidential campaign. It was a lucrative tour. Private audiences paid her “at least $26.1 million in speaking fees”.
We get to see the speeches because versions of them appeared in emails now hacked, such as an account operated by Campaign Chairman John Podesta.
We love a cover up. But if we don’t find any juice, then so what? Aren’t private emails part of everyday conversations – some things we say are good and others less so. Do emails give us the full context?
Meanwhile Clinton’s rival Donald Trumps is in the mire over his attitudes to women, what the BBC calls “obscene remarks on women”.
In the video, posted by the Washington Post, Mr Trump is heard bragging to TV host Billy Bush about trying to have sex with a married woman as well as kissing and groping others.
A clip was part of unaired footage for an Access Hollywood segment ahead of Mr Trump’s appearance on the soap opera Days of Our Lives.
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phoney tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
He then says when he sees a pretty woman he hones in.
Bush notes actress Arianne Zucker, who’s waiting for Trump outside the bus. “Your girl’s hot as s***, in the purple,” Bush said.
“Whoa!” Trump replied. “Whoa!”
“I’ve gotta use some Tic-Tacs, just in case I start kissing her,” Trump continued. “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
“Whatever you want,” said another voice believed to be Bush.
“Grab them by the pussy,” Trump replied. “You can do anything.”
All unedifying stuff. But what do we have but Clinton talking to the paying fans and what Trump calls “locker-room banter”?
Listen in. Language is NSFW. Trump is revolting. Bush is sleaze personified.
Trump has now apologised. Well, sort of. He said: “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course – not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.”
His apology is not for his comments rather for your taking offence at them. It’s a remarkably dishonest approach to saying ‘sorry’.
Expert to hear lots now on Bill Clinton’s attitude to women and Jill Harth, the woman who sued Trump over an alleged sexual assault. The Guardian dished the dirt:
She first met Trump in December 1992 at his offices in Trump Tower, where she and her then romantic partner, George Houraney, were making a business presentation. The couple wanted to recruit Trump to back their American Dream festival, in which Harth oversaw a pin-up competition known as American Dream Calendar Girls. Harth described that meeting as “the highlight of our career”.
But in other ways, it was something of a lowlight: Trump took an interest in Harth immediately and began subjecting her to a steady string of unwanted sexual advances, detailed by Harth in her complaint.
She claims that in January 1993, Harth and Houraney were visiting Trump’s Florida mansion. She alleges:
“He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again, and I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’ It was a shocking thing to have him do this because he knew I was with George, he knew they were in the next room. And how could he be doing this when I’m there for business?…
“Trump did everything in his power to get me to leave him. He constantly called me and said: ‘I love you, baby, I’m going to be the best lover you ever had. What are you doing with that loser, you need to be with me, you need to step it up to the big leagues.’
“He was constantly working on me during that time and that took a toll on me. But I moved on. I’m a forgiving type person, OK? I’m a Christian, I moved on.”
He denies the allegations.
America waits to elect one or the other of what must be the least appealing choice since Michael Barrymore asked “Top, Middle or Bottom?”
UKIP sources insist that condemnation of the alleged fight between UKIP MEPs Stephen Woolfe and Mike Hookem is unwarranted.
“We regret that a heated debate ended with one man seriously ill in hospital,” says a UKIP source, “but it just shows how UKIP is standing shoulder to shoulder with US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump. When Mr Trump courted the terminally ill vote but telling them ‘I don’t care how sick you are, vote for me if it’s the last thing you do’ – which it might very well be – Stephen was doing his bit to support a man endorsed by UKIP leader Nigel Farage.
“He now understands that being unconscious or in a coma presents unforeseen challenges to voting in any election, not least of all the the US Presidential race, what with Stephen not being a US citizen and failing to register as such in time.”
It is, puns the Times, “a dramatic blow to UKIP’s reputation”. In Strasbourg, Steven Woolfe, a North West MEP, collapsed at the European parliament after an alleged row with Mike Hookem – nominative determinism? – who represents Yorkshire and the Humber. Mr Hookem, the party’s defence (!) spokesman, “raised allegations that Mr Woolfe was planning to defect to the Tories”. That would be an odd move for Woolfe, who wants to be UKIP leader, a role open once more since Diana James quit after just 18 days in the job.
Two hours after the row Woolfe suffered two “epileptic-like” fits and passed out. He is now “feeling brighter, happier and smiling as ever”.
Nigel Farage, the acting party leader, says it was a “dispute that finished up physically”. It “shouldn’t have happened”.
So what did happen?
“Sources” are making claims all over the media.
Source 1: Mr Hookem called Mr Woolfe a joke and the two men began shouting.
Source 2: Mr Woolfe removed his jacket and said he had had enough and wanted to settle the matter outside.
Source 3: Party insiders tell The Telegraph that Mr Woolfe was punched by a UKIP colleague following an altercation.
Source 4: ‘The Daily Telegraph understands that Mr Woolfe is suffering from bleeding of the brain after he was punched. One witness said he fell into a window after being punched.”
Source 5: Woofe claims Hookem lost his temper and pushed him into a door frame.
Source 6 (Labour): The Jews did it.
The good news is that Mr Woolfe has no bleeding on the brain.
Liz Jones, a member of the Ukip national executive committee, adds: “If there’s been an altercation, a fist-fight — and not that I’m saying that happened — but if there has been aggression from both sides, there is a possibility that both could be suspended.”
Farage adds: “I don’t think that a political party can have an incident like this without having a look at it. I don’t see any need for the police to be involved, there are no complaints. Somehow I doubt people will be suspended. “I won’t be on the inquiry myself. I suspect it will blow over and be looked back upon as one of these things that happens between men.”
Nigel Farage again: “I deeply regret that following an altercation that took place at a meeting of MEPs this morning that Steven Woolfe subsequently collapsed and was taken to hospital. His condition is serious.”
If it bleeds it leads:
Leonardo DiCaprio thinks democracy and free though – and thereby free speech – are overrated. Speaking at the White House ahead of a screening of his new grandiose documentary, Before the Flood, DiCaprio opined:
“If you don’t believe in climate change, you don’t believe in facts, and science, and empirical truths. And, in my humble opinion, [you] should not be allowed to hold public office.”
Believe or else. Orthodoxy rules!
Are there any more views DiCaprio disagrees with that should bar you from holding public office, even if the people have voted for you?
When did liberals become so censorious?
Has Article 50 been triggered? No. But we’re getting lots of news that it might be, maybe. It’s the Tory Party conference and leader Theresa May is keen to please all sides of her Cabinet by talking up Brexit whilst doing very little top make it happen.
The BBC reports:
May will formally begin the Brexit process by the end of March 2017, she has told the BBC.
Great. Pull the trigger…and:
The prime minister confirmed the deadline for triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which sets in place a two-year process of withdrawal. She has also promised a “Great Repeal Bill” in the next Queen’s Speech, which will overturn the act that took the UK into the forerunner of the EU.
The Sun says we are on the “March to Freedom”.
The Mail says Theresa May is “not for tuning” – just like Margaret Thatcher said she wasn’t.
All good. The people voted to reject the European Union.
The BBC adds:
It will remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book. The government will also enshrine all existing EU law into British law.
Hands up those who voted to regain control the country?
Nah. Can’t see you…
Knock. Knock. The anti-free speech police are surely on their way to Margate, Kent, home of “Extremist Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah”. The Daily Mail says he’s called for the death of former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. He “labels the Queen a ‘w****’ in vile video…. Abu-Obadiah, real name Robert Boaler, also warns ‘chat s***, get Rigby’d’.”
Alex Matthews has exposed this heinous behaviour.
Among the disturbing lyrics he warns people that if they ‘chat s***’ they will get ‘Rigby’d’ – referring to the fatal stabbing of fusilier Lee Rigby by Islamic extremists Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in 2013.
Nigel Farage is name-checked:
Some brehs [sic] are destined for damnation like Farage, off with his head.
There are a couple of people who are more than evil, that make you frustrated and need decapitating.
They spread the hate and fear and they get no rating around here. So lets make it clear I want their heads on spears.
Sing along if you know the words:
The chorus then repeats: ‘Kill them, Kill them.’
At one disturbing part of the film a voiceover is heard calling for the death of ‘children and babies’ while in other sections a child’s doll is pictured among flames.
Who is this nutter? He must be stopped. Well done to the Mail for bringing this underground rapper to the nation’s attention.
Boaler ran against Mr Farage for the South Thanet seat under the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOG party, in the General Election, but only garnered 30 votes.
Al-Zebabist Nation of OOG party? Who are they? Helpfully, they run a website. But Matthews could have kept his browser history from alerting the Internet Watch team by looking at less dark sources.
RT: “The Nation of Ooog [“a semi-satirical group”], which takes its name from the deity it worships, also vowed to legalize the use of heroin and consumption of dog meat.”
Vice: “We meet the party’s leader, Zebadiah Abu Obadiah, to talk about why they don’t have time for spoof parties, why every female in Britain should wear a hijab and why everyone should take a massive fatal heroin overdose on their 50th birthday.”
“The group, officially registered as a political party in the constituency with the Electoral Commission, says it wants to eradicate Broadstairs, one of the towns on the Isle of Thanet, and establish a “a Zebabist state run by Boalia Law”. The party, led by the ‘Prophet Zebadiah’, real name Robert Bealer, campaigns to ban all hetero-marriage and to lower tax for bearded families – with women and children allowed to wear fake beards.
What next for the ubiquitous Shami Chakrabarti, whose June 2016 report for the Labour Party found no anti-semitism in its ranks? Shami – not a Jew – became a Labour peer in August 2016. The Standard says she’s in line to be Jeremy Corbyn’s new shadow attorney general in his cabinet of all the talents.
TheLabour Party supporting New Statesman – the magazine that brought news of a “Kosher conspiracy” – says Chakrabarti will get the job next week. The magazine says the woman who chaired the party’s anti-Semitism inquiry “wants to do more” and the “gig is a no brainer”.
And let us be clear, Shamni loves Jews. She enjoys seeing them in the ranks. It makes her feel better about things. At a rally in Liverpool, Chakrabarti, made a plea to Jewish Labour voters unnerved by the rife anti-Semitism in the far left of the party: “Please don’t go. Don’t leave me here, don’t leave me locked in a room with Essex Man… I don’t want to be left alone with people who lack the vision and views that you and I bring to this party as members of minority groups.”
No racism in Labour. Hell, no. But plenty of nose-holding elitism in a party that doesn’t like Essex Man, which appears to be code for the white working class. And you Jews are just like blacks, Asians, Muslims, Hindus and… are there any Inuits in the Labour house of all the creeds? (Raises hand.) Woot! We’re all right! Labour is all right! Your all so lovely and ethnic.
Maybe Shami Chakrabarti can chair a Labour inquiry into the kind of bigotry spouted by people who see ethnic minorities as essentially superior to monocular ‘Essex man’? Who knows, if she finds none, there might even be bigger civil gong in it for her…
Look out for the “if” in Momentum vice chair Jackie Walker’s apology over what the Indy call her “‘appalling’ Holocaust comments”. She says: “If offence has been caused, it is the last thing I would want to do.”
It’s not her. It’s you. It’s your reading of her inoffensive comments that create problems. Jackie Walker, vice-chair of the Jeremy Corbyn support group Momentum, was speaking – get this – at a Labour Party anti-Semitism training event. She said: “In terms of Holocaust day, wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust day was open to all people who experienced Holocaust?”
Like Nazis, perhaps?
No. Don’t be silly. But we can’t work out who she means because Holocaust Memorial Day includes all victims of Nazism. Walker is wrong. Whoops!
She then tweeted a comment about multiple “Holocausts”.
The ‘typo’ related to a delated tweet in which she had noted:
(As a comment on that deleted tweet we’d say that Holocaust denial should not be banned. Bigots who seek to make liars of the millions dead should not be banned and martyred by law. They should be debated and their ideas ridiculed and proven wrong, as they have been. We don’t want to live in a space where free speech is managed. As you will read below, Jackie thinks us knowing what goes on inside her safe space is “unethical”.)
The Huffington Post has more of what Walker reportedly said: “I came in here … and I was looking for information and I still haven’t heard a definition of anti-Semitism that I can work with… and in terms of Holocaust day wouldn’t it be wonderful if Holocaust day was open to all people who experienced holocaust… in practice it’s not actually circulated and advertised as such.”
She then apologised some more:
“A number of people made comments in a private training session run by the Jewish Labour Movement. As we all know, training sessions are intended to be safe spaces where ideas and questions can be explored.”
A safe space, for those of you not in the know about censorship, is a place where everyone agrees with everyone else. Those who do not are barred. They are popular at Universities. The NUS loves them. Indeed, it agrees that Holocaust memorial days is too Jewish.
Walker went on:
“A film of this session was leaked to the press unethically. I did not raise a question on security in Jewish schools. The trainer raised this issue and I asked for clarification, in particular as all London primary schools, to my knowledge, have security and I did not understand the particular point the trainer was making. Having been a victim of racism I would never play down the very real fears the Jewish community have, especially in light of recent attacks in France.”
Jewish schools are behind razor wire and gates. On Saturdays and other times of Jewish worship, synagogues are patrolled by guards. The HuffPost adds: “Walker also said extra security measures in Jewish schools in the UK were not due to fear of anti-Semitic attacks.”
No. The huge security exits to prevent Jews attacking any passing Quakers. Well, that’s what I heard in my safe space. And we all agreed it was true. So it is.
Walker said in her apology:
“In the session, a number of Jewish people, including me, asked for definitions of antisemitism. This is a subject of much debate in the Jewish community. I support David Schneider’s definition and utterly condemn antisemitism.
“I would never play down the significance of the Shoah. Working with many Jewish comrades, I continue to seek to bring greater awareness of other genocides, which are too often forgotten or minimised. If offence has been caused, it is the last thing I would want to do and I apologise.”
In May 2016, Walker was readmitted to the Labour party after she was suspended over alleged anti-Semitic comments on Facebook. She said Jews were the “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade”.
To conclude: There is no anti-semitism in the Labour Party. Shami Chakrabarti, who Corbyn invited to lead the party’s investigation into anti-Semitism in the ranks, proved that beyond doubt.
We all warm to horrified Prince George. In Canada for a Royal tour Prince George left Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau hanging in a failed high-five.
Of course, to the British the high-five is a symbol of failure. Trudeau should have simply bowed, or else kissed the prince’s ring finger (the Trudeau name suggests French roots). Prince George treated Trudeau’s foolishness with the disdain it warrants.
No Britisher enjoys nor wants the high five.
Prince George leaves Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau hanging in failed high-five pic.twitter.com/LTAUEzukhZ
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 25, 2016
When Donald Trump had his hair ruffled on the telly, Armando Iannucci thought it “beyond satire”.
What could Trump do that could be un-presidential? Well, he could carry on doing what he’s doing – being a TV show creation building towards the big shark jump.
Barons says it’s all for the cameras. And we love it.
The audience for the confrontation [first Presidential debate] could exceed 100 million, not far short of the 112 million viewers for the biggest U.S. sporting event, the Super Bowl. And if folks get together for parties on Monday with chicken wings and beer, maybe this debate will match that total.
According to the Strategas political team led by Daniel Clifton, that would be about half again the 67 million viewers that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney drew in their first debate in 2012 and nearly twice as many as the 52.4 million who tuned into Obama’s first face-off with Sen. John McCain in 2008. Indeed, Monday’s face-off is likely to shatter the record set in 1980, when 80.6 million watched Ronald Reagan’s first bout with Jimmy Carter.
Iannucci says President Trump is no longer a joke: “I used to say I was very sure, but I’m kind of sure.”
Trump bills himself as a anti-Establishment candidate. Why does that chime? “Who would want to be politician?” says Iannucci. “You’re not allowed to earn a certain amount of money, or go on holiday, or buy some dog food and put the receipt in the wrong place. You do anything wrong, and you’re just scum.”
No fans of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, we at Anorak are nonetheless perplexed by former Labour Cabinet minister, Yvette Cooper, who has “revealed” to the Telegraph how she has been “subjected to death threats online” – one trolls wanted to see her “beheaded”. And she wanted Corbyn to stop it. The paper opines:
Although from not a Labour party member, the beheading threat against Ms Cooper illustrates the growing problem of online abuse, which she says Mr Corbyn must now address.
How does he do that, then? Twitter is a private company, one being sold. Twitter’s top dozen executives are due a $2bn payday as Google and salesforce.com look to buy the business for $16bn. Jeremy Corbyn is not one of them.
Says Cooper, who filed in her bid to be Labour leader: “With the leadership election over, our party may feel divided, but we are determined not to split.”
And you do that blaming Corbyn for some pillock saying your head should be split from our body?
Feel the harmony.
There is No anti-Semitism in the Labour Party Watch.
In this video, Labour supporters discuss the undeniable fact there is no anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. All diverse faces featured in this video agree that there is no anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, and anyone who says there is (there is) has already lost the argument:
Big news in the Express. And it’s hard luck on those Scots who wanted independence. “The EU has declared WAR on Britain”.
Express readers are conflicted? Do they read about the coming invasion, or the that TV’s Phil and his mum have been “driven mad” by parking fine Nazis? Option ‘c’ is to go to bed and hope the Express‘ cover is the product of some bad (French) cheese. But sleeping will give you diabetes. So stay awake and know that war has been declared by… EU MEP Nigel Farage. The dirty turncoat!
Says Farage at EU HQ:
Mr Juncker sat with his head in his hands as Mr Farage told him: “In fact there is only one real nationalist in the room and it’s you because you want flags, anthems, armies. I frankly think that this appointment amounts to pretty much a declaration of war on any sensible negotiating process. You are an EU nationalist and I frankly think that this appointment amounts to pretty much a declaration of war on any sensible negotiating process.”
The appointment he refers to is the EU appointing “hardened federalist Guy Verhofstadt to a key role in the Brexit negotiations”.
Yeah. The EU’s only one and given the job to someone who like the EU. The sneaky sods.
Anyhow, it’s war. But not with our EU partners who are also NATO members -22 out of 28 NATO countries also belong to the EU. So it’s war with the rest: Sweden, Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Ireland and Malta.
We march at dawn.
Where do we stand on women’s shoes? Sky News reports that Unions want Theresa May to dress down – literally:
May has been urged to kick off her kitten heels and wear flat shoes instead to support a campaign against women being forced to wear high heels at work.
The call came during a debate at the TUC conference in Brighton in which delegates backed a demand for a new law to ban workers being compelled to wear stilettos.
The story can be linked to a story back in May, when Nicola Thorp’s employment agency told her she must wear high heels for her part-time job as a receptionist. She said the demand was discriminatory. After a bout of news on Nicola’s shoes, the employer’s dress-coded was revised.
Meanwhile, Jenny Robinson, of the GMB, thundered:
“We now have someone running the country who can set an example for the rest of us by making a point of wearing sensible shoes.”
Over in Australia: “Former Army chief David Morrison says no to domestic violence at a Walk a Mile in their Shoes event.” He eschewed trainers, ballet pumps and Wellington boots for a pair of high heels.
Did you see Emily Thornberry on Sky News? No? The Press Gazette explains what you missed:
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry tells Sky News it is ‘sexist’ to ask her to name the South Korean president
Says Thornberry: “I’ve seen delegations of French and I’ve seen quite a lot of the Norwegians … but not their foreign ministers. We are in the process of arranging for me to go to France and Germany.”
Presenter Dermot Murnaghan asked her who the French foreign minister is. Thornberry didn’t know. So she blathered and attacked the questioner.
“Don’t start pub quizzing me, Dermot. Do you know what, what really upsets me about your attitude to me is that you do this with me. I don’t remember you doing it with anybody else you know.
“Have you done it to David Davis? Have you asked these questions? Do Sky journalists have a go at Boris Johnson on this basis? How about Liam Fox? Do you do pub quizzes with them?”
The Guardian says it matters not that Thornberry is rubbish at pub quizzes:
Is it important that Thornberry should know, off the top of her head, who the French foreign minister is – or, for that matter, the answer to Dermot Murnaghan’s next question, the name of the president of South Korea? I don’t know.
On the one hand, she’ll obviously be given the relevant information before she meets either party, and since she is unlikely to ever be in government anyway, the question is more or less moot.
The Indy spots the real sexist:
When Thornberry complained to Murnaghan about the high bar imposed on women in politics, a more compelling example than her own foundering on basic facts would have been that of Angela Eagle, whose leadership challenge stumbled and ultimately faltered under a hail of abuse that included homophobic jibes and actual bricks through window. Invoking this toxic environment as cover for her own lack of preparation was an unsisterly act from Thornberry.
Remember when you were worried about Boris Johnson being Foreign Secretary?
Compare and contrast Hillary Clinton’s opinion of millions of Americans. She said the words at a New York fundraising do:
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic. you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic – you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”
Now listen to Barack Obama in 2008:
“You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are going to regenerate and they have not.
“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment, as a way to explain their frustrations.”
And Hillary Clinton’s response:
“I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small-town America. His remarks are elitist and out of touch.”
Is this why people are voting for Donald Trump?
No, says one writer:
You can’t win an American presidential election without the deplorables’ vote. Deplorables are America’s biggest minority. They might even be the American majority. They may or not be racist, homophobic and so forth, but they know they’re deplorable. Deplorable, and proud…
They might even forgive Hillary for losing tens of thousands of compromising emails on an illegal private server and then repeatedly lying about it in a way that insults the deplorable intelligence of the average voter. But the one thing you can’t do is spit on them and tell them it’s raining. They’ll never forgive you for that. They’re hurting, and they rankle at candidates who rub their faces in it.
Yes, says another:
Clinton’s staffers started handing out stickers saying “I’m not bitter” and she went on to win the primary by nine points. She ultimately lost the nomination by a convincing margin.
What of the lasting damage to candidate Obama from this revealing insight into this elitist character? In the general election, Obama won Pennsylvania by 10 points. He took God-fearing Virginia by 6 points, and gun-loving Indiana by 1 point.
Clinton or Trump?
Many people see the choice of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee as a disaster for the Republican Party. Maybe. That out of the chaos of 17 Republican candidates we get Trump because of a disconnect between the Republican base & the money-men is one thing. But, for the entire Democratic political & cultural establishment to get together & choose Hillary as their only possible standard-bearer is a rot of an entirely more profound order. The fact that within the Democratic Party the only faction that resisted Hillary’s spell was the space-cadet Left under Bernie Sanders just makes the total picture all the more horrifying.
Vote now and vote often.