Boris Johnson’s speech to parliament on his resignation

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Transcript of Boris Johnson’s speech to parliament on July 18th:

“I recently resigned as, er … <checks notes> … Foreign Secretary.  Really?  Foreign Secretary.  I don’t remember doing that.  Well, whatever, I recently resigned from something because the prime minister’s latest fudge about Brexit, due to be rejected by the EU very soon, did not satisfy the disaster capitalists for whom I work. 

“Yes. it didn’t please them at all.  The only option that would satisfy those nice slavering, salivating, extremist economic libertarians would be a complete break from all those nasty EU laws, regulations and checks that are a hindrance to absolute exploitation.  How on earth, or anywhere else, is an honest thief supposed to make millions in unearned, untaxed wealth if there are bureaucrats in Brussels telling them that workers’ need reasonable hours of work, and holiday and sick pay, and that people need edible food and even healthcare?

“I have campaigned short and softly for … <check notes> … Brexit for some time.  It has been a passion for me.  Ever since I wrote two essays a few weeks before the referendum, one in favour of staying in the EU and one in favour of leaving, and hawked myself to the higher bidder, I have worked occasionally to support leaving the EU.  I have been happy to meet some of the most odious twerps imaginable and stand stupidly in front of buses and banners, sometimes both, displaying my support for actions that will harm the majority of the British people but enrich a small elite of vagabonds.

“My education at the Eton machine taught me that society – the people – are there to be exploited, by whatever means necessary and available.  I was also taught at length how to be deceptive, to obfuscate, to cheat and to lie relentlessly.  It is a fine college doing fine work.  Ask my esteemed colleagues David Cameron or Jacob Rees-Mogg or that data fellow Alexander Nix.  Happy days.  I have always sought to bring what I learnt at Eton into my political life and a trail of con-tricks, confidence tricks and millions upon millions of wasted public money will forever stand as a testament to my schooling.

“But, I digress.  On the matter of my resignation, the time had apparently come when I had to make a dramatic gesture.  To be honest (for a change), I don’t see what’s different myself, but, apparently, others think there’s to be a leadership challenge and that I should go for it.  Sounds like a laugh.  Is Murdoch’s little gimp Gove going to stab me in the back again?   He’s not laughing.  Anyway, I had to resign because the prime minster’s plan was insufficient or something, even though she gladly accepted all the amendments that the ERG Tories added, meaning she’d already scuppered her own plan and I needn’t have resigned.  Gove’s laughing now.  

“My leadership challenge, which doesn’t exist, has the full backing of several of my fellow Tories, and you all know how reliable they are when they make proclamations of support prior to a vote, and the backing of seven times failed parliamentary candidate Nigel Farage, of two-shirted red-faced raving white supremacist Steve Bannon and of Donald Trump who said he would support me … <checks notes> … wouldn’t support me … <checks notes> … would support me; yes, well, leave that one as a ‘maybe.’

“My indecision, obfuscations, permanent confusion, incoherence, dead cats and wibble have got me a long way in my political life, much to the distress of those who voted for me and those who didn’t, and I intend to continue to use these skills in whatever way I accidentally do.

“Finally, I would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Foundation and their daughter Legatum; <taps nose> … you know what you did.  I want to give my full support to my successor … <checks notes> … Jeremy Hunt.  What?  Seriously?  Bloody hell, he’ll privatise foreign.  Er, I’m sure he will continue my good work, whatever the hell that was.  Oh, can someone do something about that lawyer that keeps calling about a women in Iran?  Buggered if I know what that is about. <farts>”

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Boris Johnson’s speech to parliament on his resignation

John Woodcock: Coward

Anti-socialist MP John Woodcock, facing a Labour Party investigation for alleged sexual harassment, has resigned from the party but has chosen to not stand down as an MP and to avoid a by-election.

His decision to leave Labour rather than contest the allegations against him was blatant cowardice and means his name will never be cleared of the accusations. 

His decision to refuse to stand down as an MP and not fight an ensuing by-election as an independent candidate was another display of abject cowardice.

Legally, he does not have to stand down as an MP, but to choose not to do so means he is currently stealing a parliamentary seat.  The voters in his constituency voted for Labour and were inspired to do so by the new direction Labour has taken under Jeremy Corbyn; they did not vote for an independent who is opposed to Labour.  Even the Tories who switched to UKIP a few years ago chose to stand down as MPs and fight by-elections.

Woodcock’s cowardice epitomised the lack of integrity throughout the Progress mob.  Their failures and their losses continue and their reactions to these failure are becoming ever more desperate, dishonest and disgraceful.  Woodcock’s latest stunt showed utter contempt for the disciplinary procedures within Labour, procedures that the Progress mob have been happy to abuse against supporters of Corbyn, and it displayed contempt for democracy and for parliament due to his refusal to stand down as an MP.

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John Woodcock, hard at work

However, none of his behaviour was surprising.

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John Woodcock: Coward

Margaret Hodge has a good reason to oppose Corbyn

Labour MP Margaret Hodge is determined to remove Jeremy Corbyn from his position as leader of Labour.  Usually, she has vocalised her opposition in the form of accusations of anti-Semitism aimed at him and his supporters, including a verbal attack face-to-face with Corbyn inside the House of Commons within deliberate earshot of journalists after a debate on the Tories’ Brexit bill yesterday.

In other news, if Corbyn or a like-minded colleague of his is Labour’s leader when the party wins an election then the party’s plans for tackling tax avoidance will have a significant effect on the behaviour of companies like, for example, Stemcor that pays tax equal to 0.01% of its profits.  Stemcor is registered on the notorious tax-dodging island of Jersey.  Coincidently, Margaret Hodge has over a million pounds worth of shares in Stemcor, which was founded by her father and is run by her brother, shares that routinely pay “dividends” of over £50,000 per annum to her.  

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Tax-free Jersey

Thus, she does have a very good reason to fear the consequences of a Corbyn-led Labour government.

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Margaret Hodge has a good reason to oppose Corbyn

Trump and Putin: Treason, apparently

Donald Trump serves himself, his immediate family and the wealthiest 0.1%.  That has been his objective throughout his tenure as president.  Anything else is just rabble-rousing to keep his supporters happy and onside, while he steals their healthcare, raises their taxes, raises prices and destroys their environment.

Two words that have no meaning whatsoever to Trump are ‘patriotism’ and ‘treason.’  His US nationality is by accident and a convenience, nothing more.  He has no connection to the USA other than financial connections; he certainly has no tax connections.  For him, being president, alongside being a great ride, is a tool to further enrich himself, his associates, his crooked family and a few other wealth terrorists.

Yesterday, US Democrats, many journalists, and some US Republicans accused Trump of treasonous behaviour after his press conference with Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.  During the press conference Trump suggested that he might be more likely to believe Putin rather than the US intelligence services regarding Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.  He has said similar many times before.  For him to repeat such comments yesterday was not surprising; indeed, it would have been surprising if he hadn’t.  Trump is an idiot.  Among his many faults is that he has no concept of diplomacy and none of circumspection.  But, his opponents acted all giddy, frenzied and shocked at his comments.

“Treason,” they cried dramatically.  Yes, Trump is treasonous, because he has no interest whatsoever in the American people and he wants to make millions upon millions for himself at their expense.  He is taking everyone for a ride.  However, a few comments when sat next to Putin, remarks that Trump has made many times before, are not interesting, significant or important.  It is just a pantomime.  And, it is a pantomime wherein Trump’s opponents have parts to play; their role is to act shocked and aghast and faint with a sigh, while simultaneously defending the US intelligence services whose activities over many decades have been criminal, murderous, politically motivated and extremely corrupt.  So-called political opponents of a Republican president lining up to protect CIA and FBI is absurd.

Trump – a buffoon, an oaf, a nurtured racist, a multi-million dollar tax-dodger, a persistent bankrupt, a relentless liar, a sexist, a thief, a moron – is, ultimately, enacting policies that are typical of the Republican party.  Some of his opponents are challenging him properly, but the most visible Democrats and the professional hacks are behaving like characters in a bad Victorian novel.

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Trump and Putin: Treason, apparently

Theresa May’s bad week highlighted her incompetence, cowardice and dishonesty

The ineptitude of Theresa May’s disastrous tenure as unelected prime minister was displayed vividly in a horrendous week of failure. 

Fudge-filled Brexit’s anti-progress was given another injection of stodge with her latest anti-plan cobbled together ahead of a pantomime at Chequers.  There, her PR team attempted to present the meeting as a show of leadership and strength whereat she showed the cabinet who is boss; the plethora of resignations from the cabinet followed soon afterward, including the incompetent Brexit Secretary and the venal Foreign Secretary.

In parliament there was supposed to be a debate on the white paper that May had presented at Chequers but the newly installed Brexit Secretary, disaster capitalists’ gimp Dominic Raab, had decided to withhold copies of the paper from opposition MPs causing a rumpus and a delay.  A few days later, during a soft interview with a compliant Andrew Marr, some of May’s answers to his unprobing questions contradicted factually what was in the white paper.  

At the same time as the latest Brexit shambles, racist corrupt orange buffoon Donald Trump visited Britain.  His performance throughout his visit was exactly as expected.  He stumbled around, irritated the queen, and used a undemanding press conference as an opportunity to promote the language of white supremacism via his comments on immigration “changing Britain’s culture.”  He dictated which news networks could ask questions and denied saying things that he had said hours earlier in a recorded interview with a newspaper.  May stood by in collaboration and obsequiousness, occasionally coughing out a few platitudes of meaninglessness.

May had agreed meekly to all of Trump’s demands for his visit to Britain including allowing US military aircraft to fly low over residential areas of London as a means of violent intimidation.  Of course, Trump, as a nurtured coward, dodged all the protests against his visit and didn’t meet anyone who would offer any critical remarks; his pre- and post-visit interviews were with boarding school-educated Murdoch errand boy Tom Newton-Dunn and professional troll Piers Morgan respectively.  It is not known if Trump’s bone spurs were the reason he avoided being challenged.

During Trump’s visit, a honk of gammon gathered drunkenly in London to yell racist abuse and be violent.  Funded by shady US lobby groups, and roused heartily by Trump and by his former aide Steve Bannon, the extreme-right thugs attacked trade unionists, a woman bus driver and the police.  They are on one cheek of the arse that has Trump, Bannon, Farage, Rees-Mogg, Hannan, Murray, etc. perched on the other cheek.  These inebriated racists are the concomitant actions of the words spoken by Trump (in his press conference) and of the words spoken by Bannon on a platform handed to him by LBC radio during Trump’s visit.  This is what May encouraged willingly when she led Trump around by the hand.

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A week in politics that showcased May’s stupidity, her shameless capacity to lie and her weakness next to thugocracy.  But, nothing was surprising.  The prime minister continues as prime minister because her party is full of cowards and lackeys, and because most of the media hacks lack the skills and the inclination to expose her as an absolute nincompoop.

 

 

Theresa May’s bad week highlighted her incompetence, cowardice and dishonesty

Abject media fail at Trump press conference

The British and US media had an opportunity to question Donald Trump yesterday in a press conference that was broadcast live around the world.  An intelligent, honest media would have demanded answers to questions such as

  • Why has the federal government delayed in obeying a court ruling to re-unite families that had been split when they crossed the border into the USA?
  • Why have children been kept in cages with no medical care, no change of clothing and no bathing?
  • Why were incomplete or no records kept of the members of these families causing reunions to be postponed?
  • Why does the president think it is OK for tens of millions of American citizens to have no access to healthcare?
  • Why did the president give the richest 0.1% a huge tax cut?
  • Does the president wish to see Roe v. Wade overturned?

The hacks could also have elucidated how Trump’s comments on British culture being changed by immigration is the language of white supremacist racists, comments he repeated at the press conference but was not challenged on; they could have mentioned the rabid venality in Trump’s administration including among members of his family; they could have mentioned that he replaced one corrupt industry lobbyist as Secretary for the Environment with another to continue the destruction of the beautiful American wilderness; they could have mentioned the government’s abandonment of the American citizens on Puerto Rico.  There is much that could have been asked or stated, but it didn’t happen.

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What the British and US journalists were interested in was gossip and nothing else.  They wanted to know if Trump meant what he said about Theresa May to The Sun newspaper and when Trump inevitably lied about what he said then all the hacks got excited, and they wanted to know what he thought about Boris Johnson as a potential prime minister while he was stood next to the current prime minister, and then they asked him about his meeting with Putin as if it was a meet-up between two gobby kids at school who had criticised each other but might become mates and let down their other mates, or not.  It was pathetic by the media.  (A full transcript of the press conference is here: Trump press conference; questions to Trump are toward the end of the transcript.)

The members of the US and British media allowed themselves to be led by their noses by Trump into pointless exchanges about who said what to whom and whether he or she meant what they said and who might have upset whom.  This abject sorry failure by the media was driven by lack of skills, ineptitude, laziness and cowardice.  Post press conference, excited hacks reported how extraordinary the press conference had been.  No, it wasn’t extraordinary.  It was a typical Trump performance with flaccid hacks as bit part players acting out their assigned roles stupidly.  The spectacle was an indictment of the uselessness of the key protagonists in British and American frontline political journalism, of how out of touch with reality they are and of how keen they are to be part of a privileged bubble.

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Abject media fail at Trump press conference

Raab & Hancock: Brothers Grim

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After yet another Brexit farce and resultant resignations, Theresa May was forced to swirl the turds around in the Tory bowl.  Two of the beneficiaries were Dominic Raab (new Brexit Secretary) and Matt Hancock (new health Secretary); the most pungent turds rose nearest to May’s net.

Raab‘s tenure began with an arrogant display in the House Of Commons yesterday: He deliberately withheld copies of the latest Brexit bill from opposition MPs prior to a debate about the bill.  A pantomime followed where members of staff rushed in with recently printed copies for the members of the House.  The deliberate delay in issuing copies of the bill was intended as a show of contempt by Raab.  He wanted to be seen to be ignoring procedure and to be seen to be insulting opposition MPs.

Raab’s prime job is as a visible employee of the Institute Of Economic Affairs (IEA).  All his words and actions as an MP are directed by the IEA.  The IEA is a PR and marketing tool for extremist anti-society wealth terrorists who are determined to turn all public services into sources of unearned income for made-up businesses via privatisation and who want absolute full avoidance of tax for the wealthiest.  Adam Ramsey and Peter Geoghegan wrote about Raab’s work for the IEA and its financial donors in Dominic Raab: is he the IEA’s man in government?

Raab has also worked for another extremist anti-society think-tank, Centre For Policy Studies, for whom he published a pamphlet that advocated a complete removal of basic workers’ rights that have been acquired over more than a century.  The ten proposals of his Escaping The Strait Jacket were

1. Exclude start-ups, micro- and small-businesses from the minimum wage for those under 21; from the extension of flexible working regulations; from requests for time off for training; and from pension auto-enrolment.  
2. Introduce no fault dismissal for underperforming employees.
3. Strengthen power of employment tribunals to strike out and deter spurious claims.
4. Install a qualified registrar to pre-vet tribunal claims.
5. Promote greater use of alternative dispute resolution.
6. Promote flexible working for senior employees and manage the Default Retirement Age.
7. Require a majority of support from balloted members for any strike in the emergency and transport sectors.
8. Reform TUPE to encourage business rescues and to promote successful business models.
9. Abolish the Agency Workers Regulations 2010.
10. Abolish the Working Time Regulations 1998.

That is, a complete roll-back of protections for workers from exploitative employers. 

Raab’s comments throughout his notes on each of his ten proposals couched each in terms of assisting employees and reducing employment.  That is a common con of wealth terrorists who seek to enhance exploitative powers of employers.  The final sentence of his conclusion was “this package of measures will increase UK economic competitiveness and deliver greater social justice by focusing on creating new jobs for the economically most vulnerable section of our society: the unemployed.”  That lie has been debunked countless times since the mid-nineteenth century.  

What was particularly significant about his proposals, given his appointment as Brexit Secretary, was Raab’s complaint about EU employment law hampering British businesses’ ability to exploit.  “Britain’s right to allow its workers to opt out of the 48 hour week under the Regulations is subject to qualified majority – as opposed to unanimous – voting in the EU. This means the UK could be outvoted on the issue at any time.”  For Raab, leaving the EU is a celebration for extreme exploitative capitalism that will be able to operate unhindered by EU law.

His rancid outlook on humanity and his shameless dishonesty have been displayed often.  On BBC TV in 2017 he said “the typical user of a foodbank is not someone that’s languishing in poverty, it’s someone who has a cash flow problem episodically.”  In his book ‘Britannia Unchained’ Raab claimed “the British are among the worst idlers in the world. We work among the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor.”

Hancock has very close ties to the IEA.  Indeed, he received a regular salary from its chairman Neil Record.  One such salary payment occurred just prior to the Tories’ restrictions on charities to stop them “lobbying” government; the IEA was cited in the first line of the government’s first statement on these restrictions, written by Matt HancockIn The Rotten Basis for Government Anti-Advocacy Policy former board member of the Charity Commission Andrew Purkis detailed how problematic was the behaviour of both the IEA and Matt Hancock.  (Neil Record is also one of the owners of a crank climate-change denier gang called Global Warming Policy Forum.)

The IEA’s main target is the NHS.  Funded by a variety of extremist and opaque US think-tanks and ‘foundations,’ the IEA seeks the complete privatisation of the NHS as a means of providing a steady and large source of income for wealth terrorists.  Matt Hancock as Minister For Health means the IEA has its own man in charge and that means, even more so than Jeremy Hunt, the privateer vultures have their own man in charge of the NHS.

Raab and Hancock are, via the IEA, employees of gangsters who intend to extend the exploitation of workers after Brexit and to destroy the NHS.  Over a century of protections for workers and seventy years of healthcare are under attack and Raab and Hancock are agents of that attack.

Raab & Hancock: Brothers Grim