Friday, 29 April 2016

Notice of arrangements for the closing of the 2016 Labour Party Conference

Could all Labour Party members please note that arrangements for the closing of the 2016 Labour Party Conference will be slightly different this year. The Red Flag will still be sung but that will be followed by the Horst Wessel Song...

Ha ha ha?

However that the Labour Party seems to be riddled with anti Semitism is no joke...

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Is Sadiq Khan continuity Ken Livingstone?


Rupa Huq defends Naz Shah

What's interesting is the way that the defence that she did this before she was an MP, albeit less than a year before is seen as an acceptable defence by Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party. I don't think they'd be so relaxed about a Conservative or UKIP MP saying something even when at university, but that's the hypocrisy you expect from the left.

Oddly the BBC interviewer didn't pick up Rupa Shah on her remark about clicking on like or share. Naz Shah typed "the Jews are rallying", that seems to be the phrase that the BBC and the Labour Party are keenest to pretend was never said. So I will remind them of it at every opportunity.

Jeremy Bowen's written a book on The Six Day War

It seems that Jeremy Bowen wrote a book on the Six Day War. Reviews are as you'd expect, here's a few:

'1.0 out of 5 starsJeremy's prejudices, masquerading as history, surrounded by a false halo of "respected BBC ME correspondent".
on 30 July 2015
If you want the facts read history Professor Oren's book. Jeremy wasn't there, yet is able to quote Israeli Generals verbatim in the heat of battle. Of course if you believe, as does Jeremy, that Nasser consistent threatening to wipe out Israel since 1948, (apparently, according to Nasser himself, humiliating forced retreat from a position of great strength in 1948), his blockade of Eilat,(Suez was always closed to Israeli ships), his amassing multiple armies on Israel's Border, his joint military agreements with Syria and Jordan, a very nasty 6 months of radio propaganda towards Israel and provocation of sniping and artillery into Israel by all three countries, was nothing more than empty rhetoric. (Probably the Israelis didn't see it that way, you wonder why?). Therefore, in Jeremy's view, this was not a preemptive strike by Israel but a War of Aggression, then this book is for you, for those who want real facts, read Oren.
If you hate Israel you will love this book
on 15 July 2015
If you hate Israel you will love this book. It makes no pretence of being history, right from the first page. Why Simon and Shuster agreed to publish this re-writing of history is a mystery. Did they even read it, or did they assume it was clean because the author is a BBC correspondent? It tells a fantastic story of a mighty Israel attacking its pathetic Arab neighbours to conquer their territory, and weaves little bits of fact with very imaginative fiction. If you had no knowledge of the truth, it would be easy to believe this propagandist book is factual and, as I said, if you are looking for a justification to support your anti-Zionism this is it. I assume most of those who have reviewed the book favourably here are simply people who hate Israel and therefore love the book because it justifies their hatred, or part of the Muslim supremacist campaign against Israel who have not even read it.
Typical BBC pro-Palestinian propaganda
on 13 January 2009
Jeremy Bowen isn't known as al-Bowen around the 'net for nothing. This disgraceful book is simply an extended piece of apologia for the Arab cause. To give just two examples, Bowen dismisses Nasser's bloodthirsty threats against Israel as just Arab rhetoric. This you know how, Jeremy? By the fact that they weren't executed?

He also fulminates against Israel's bombing of an anti-aircraft position in a civilian area and hints darkly that this was a war crime. Here he has his case exactly wrong - the war crime, if any, consists in siting the gun battery there in the first place. If someone does so then the other side is quite entitled to attack it. Bowen hates Israel however and so this side of things never gets an airing.

Finally, you will struggle to find any mention of Islamofascist terrorism in this book. Bowen thinks Hamas and their ilk are freedom-fighting, peace loving victims of Israeli oppression.

A book so malignant it verges on being evil.
Profoundly tendentious
on 5 June 2007
Bowen is convinced the Arabs weren't out to destroy Israel, that the Israelis knew they would wipe the floor with their Arab antagonists. This hardly explains the Israeli chief of staff's (Rabin) nervous breakdown, or the then PM's (Ben Gurion) white hot fury with him for what he perceived as an existential danger.

Oren's book is far more extensively sourced from Arab, Hebrew, Russian documents as well as English one - and unlike Bowen evidently strives for precision and balance. The comparison between the two is highly illuminating.
Rife with anti-israel bias
on 10 January 2007
The book is superficial, derivative and rife with standard anti-Israel prejudice, namely, the portrayal of Israel as the source of the Middle-East conflict and the whitewashing of Arab-Palestinian rejection of Israel's legitimacy and decades of relentless violence against the Jewish state.
Problems With Credibility
on 22 May 2004
After Michael Oren's excellent history of the same war ("Six Days of War"), this book turned out to be a disappointment. Like so much of the reporting from the region (Bowen was a BBC journalist), it is unscholarly and superficial. One can't help suspecting that Bowen's main motivation might be something other than just an interest in history. Oren's book was highly praised so Bowen, by choosing an almost identical title, may have seen a chance to make a quick buck. But mostly he probably wanted to give his own version of events -- he is famous for his strong anti-Israel bias and his tendentious "reporting" for the BBC. Don't bother with this book; it's not a serious history. For now, Oren's book remains the definitive work on this war.'
I could carry on with the one star reviews. 
I could also post some favourable reviews to make this a fair and balanced article on Jeremy Bowen's book but if he's not unbiased about Israel why should I be unbiased about him? Also I'm not a BBC employee

I do wonder what the Balen Report said about Jeremy Bowen, don't you?

Jeremy Bowen at it again

The BBC's Jeremy Bowen blocked me from following his Tweets so I was surprised to see the above one on my Twitter Feed.

'Killed', no context, it looks as though Jeremy Bowen hasn't changed whilst I was banned.

There was a part 2 tweet...

Being totally independent Jeremy Bowen then Tweeted the Israeli claims that the Palestinians reject... Didn't he? Oh he didn't, how odd.

I'd complain to the BBC but since the release of the Balen Report we know there's little point.

Maybe Jeremy Bowen could chat it all out with Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Ken Livingstone - they should have a lot of common ground re Israel.

"Enough's enough now" - Too much about antisemitism in the Labour Party?

Jake Wilde (@Jake_Wilde) tweeted at 3:22 PM on Thu, Apr 28, 2016:
Here's the footage of Jeremy Corbyn refusing to talk to the press about today's antisemitism row @jimwaterson

How can Jews vote Labour again?

Sam Gad Jones (@samgadjones) tweeted at 3:17 PM on Thu, Apr 28, 2016:
The @FT's @robertshrimsley on the anti-semitism that is poisoning Labour's electoral chances

Barack Hussein Obama: "I'm the First Kenyan-American to be President of the United States"

Odd that it's fine for Barack Hussein Obama to say that he's a Kenyan American but somehow racist for Boris Johnson to do so.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Labour Party Member who agrees with Naz Shah comments: 'I can't be antisemitic I'm a Marxist and Marx was a Jew'

Democracy in Saudi Arabia?

Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) tweeted at 1:45 PM on Fri, Mar 25, 2016:
I asked the Saudi ambassador to the UN why he supports democracy in Syria but not in Saudi Arabia - @AJUpFront clip:

David Cameron on antisemitism in the Labour Party

SussexFriendsIsrael (@SussexFriends) tweeted at 0:17 PM on Wed, Apr 27, 2016:
@David_Cameron at #PMQ's
'Perhaps if you could deal with the anti-Semites in your party we'd listen to you'

Senior officials say on average there is one arrest a day of Syria-linked terror suspects in the U.K

This WSJ article has an interesting headline but an even more worrying second line:

'Two British Men Sentenced to Life for Terrorism Plot

Senior officials say on average there is one arrest a day of Syria-linked terror suspects in the U.K'


Jeremy Corbyn's weasel words on Naz Shah

Guido Fawkes has Jeremy Corbyn's weasel words

"What Naz Shah did was offensive and unacceptable. I have spoken to her and made this clear.

"These are historic social media posts made before she was a Member of Parliament.

"Naz has issued a fulsome apology. She does not hold these views and accepts she was completely wrong to have made these posts.

"The Labour Party is implacably opposed to anti-Semitism and all forms of racism."'

My comment related to 'fulsome', really? 

Also if she doesn't hold these views then why did she express them? Any chance of an answer to that?

Labour's disgusting antisemitism per The Telegraph

This Telegraph article deserved wide readership. Here is the beginning of the piece:
'The word is overused, but the details of Naz Shah's Facebook postings are shocking. That anyone, in Britain in 2014, should gleefully spread material discussing the (presumably forcible) transportation of Jews from Israel is troubling enough. That the person concerned was only months later elected to the House of Commons is truly disturbing. Even today, her actions exposed to the public, the best Ms Shah can offer is that the repellent material concerned does not reflect her current view, a weasel-worded statement that all but confirms the she endorsed a quintessentially anti-Semitic position at the time.

Perhaps this story raises questions about Bradford, where Ms Shah won her seat for Labour in a bruising fight with George Galloway – himself an unpleasant demagogue who is no stranger to distasteful comments on the Middle East. What do her constituents make of the views expressed in her fateful post? Perhaps there are issues to explore relating to the British Pakistani community of which Ms Shah is a prominent member. Do all the people who live in this country accept that anti-Semitism is as unacceptable as any other racism?

But the most pressing questions are those facing Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, for this is just the latest in a string of cases to emerge under his leadership. Mr Corbyn himself is friendly towards hateful groups seeking Israel's destruction. Is it any wonder then, that his party contains and – perhaps even attracts – anti-Semites? So far, Ms Shah has lost her job as an aide to John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, but remains a Labour member. That speaks volumes about Mr Corbyn's disgustingly inadequate response to anti-Semitism in his party. '

That the Labour Party has a problem with antisemitism is obvious. That the BBC is running cover for them is too.

9/11 and Saudi Arabia

'Twenty-eight secret pages of a report locked away in a room in the Capitol in Washington lie in the centre of a crisis between America and Saudi Arabia which threatens to have severe and widespread repercussions.

The US Congress is considering legislation which would enable the families of victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, presented by the West as its most valuable ally in the Middle East, over alleged links with al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out the attacks on New York and Washington.'
Read it all...

Daniel Hannan's speech in the Spectator Brexit debate

Listen to Daniel Hannan's speech in Spectator Brexit debate by The Spectator #np on #SoundCloud
Daniel Hannan, the best Prime Minister this country never had... Yet?

Malia Bouatti on Channel 4 News

Malia Bouatti on Channel 4 News neatly evading answering whether she has a problem with Israel's existence and oddly being able to condemn Israeli actions but not that of the Palestinians.

Look carefully, is that a smile playing across her lips as she squeezes another point past the Channel 4 interviewer? 

"It's not for me to condem Palestinian violence", a good interviewer wold ask her why is was then for her to condem Israeli violence but this is Channel 4 so that wasn't going to happen.

US election 2016 and the BBC's use of language is revealing again

The start of this BBC report uses similar language to a report from last week. 

'Donald Trump has won presidential primaries in all five US states that voted on Tuesday, while Hillary Clinton triumphed in four out of five.'

Donald Trump wins all five primaries but Hillary Clinton triumphs... It's about mood setting and narrative establishing. It's about pushing the Hillary Clinton campaign. It's about BBC bias.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Naz Shah, who's she?

Whilst Naz Shah's anti-Israel comments are all over the Internet, the BBC seem to be totally ignoring the story. I can find absolutely nothing about Naz Shah on the BBC website, other than pieces from a while ago that boost her...

So the BBC are happy to highlight alleged smears against Naz Shah whilst ignoring her support for comments that argued the “solution” to the Israel-Palestine conflict is to “relocate Israel into the United States”, claiming the “transportation costs” of deporting Israelis would be “less than 3 years of defense spending”. Do I smell hypocrisy and a desperation at the BBC to keep signs of possible anti-Semitism in the Labour Party under wraps with the local elections less than two weeks away?

Naz Shah is still a Labour MP, she's still on a Home Affairs Committee that is investigating anti-semitism but I read that she's resigned from her role as the Shadow Chancellor's PPS. I wonder when or if the BBC will cover this news story.

If a Conservative MP had been discovered making derogatory comments about Muslims or another (BBC) favoured minority group the story would be a headline topic on the BBC but as this is a Labour MP, a Muslim woman Labour MP in fact, and she was only agreeing with ethnically cleansing Israel then there's just no interest in reporting the story.

The BBC disgust me...

The BBC have posted a piece about Naz Shah   and it's the mealy mouthed one that you would expect. The BBC report doesn't include the referred to graphic or any of the accompanying tweets, Guido Fawkes managed to show these graphics, maybe the BBC want to keep the article as dry as possible and of course to hide it away on the politics page not on the main news page.

This line from the BBC report is of interest:
'In a statement, Ms Shah said: "This post from two years ago was made before I was an MP, does not reflect my views and I apologise for any offence it has caused."'
So did it reflect her views then? What made her change her views between then and now? Other than being exposed by Guido Fawkes of course.

As an aside John McDonnell, the man for whom Naz Shah was a PPS, said about people who made such comments:
Out, out, out. If people express these views, full stop they’re out.. People might be able to reform their views and the rest of it. On this? I can’t see it. I’m not having it. People might say ‘I’ve changed my views’ – well, do something in another organisation.’
 Did he mean it? Does Jeremy Corbyn stand by such zero tolerance attitudes towards expressions of anti-Semitism or is he happy to lead a party where holding such sentiments is tolerated?

Monday, 25 April 2016

The Obamamessiah turns people off!

Sky News report something that the Obamamessiah worshippers at the BBC just won't be able to understand. 

'Barack Obama's intervention to encourage Britons to vote to stay in the EU appears to have been counterproductive, a Sky Data Snap Poll reveals.

Prior to his visit to the UK, the US President's support for Britain's EU membership appeared to be a positive for the Remain campaign.

More people were attracted to vote Remain as a result of his support than were put off (25% to 17%, with 57% saying he made no difference).

However, Mr Obama's hard-hitting intervention, in which he suggested that Britain would be sent "to the back of the queue" in negotiating trade deals with the US, appears to have turned him from an asset to a drag.

Almost one in three (29%) now say they are less likely to vote Remain as a result of the US President's support for Britain's EU membership, up 12 percentage points since last Thursday – and now a higher proportion than the 22% who say Mr Obama makes them more likely to vote Remain.

And he appears to have both put off sympathetic younger people and incurred the wrath of sceptical older people.'

Dear oh dear... But at the BBC it's Obama worship and pro EU sentiment all the way.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Lord Sugar on Sadiq Khan

In a piece that the institutionally pro Labour Party BBC will not be reporting, Lord Sugar takes Sadiq Khan and Jeremy Corbyn apart 'the lunatics have truly taken over the asylum'...

Saturday, 23 April 2016

One refugee child who wasn't a child

'A South Sudanese high school student faces possible deportation from Canada after lying about his age.

Jonathan Nicola said he was 16 when he came to Canada late last year on a student visa - but the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Board says he is, in fact, 29.

Nicola's real age was discovered when he applied for a US visa.

A fingerprint scan found he had given 1986 as his year of birth in a previous application.'

More here but probably not on the pro unfettered Islamic immigration BBC.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Sadiq Khan shared platform with five Islamic extremists per London Evening Standard

It doesn't matter how much the BBC cover-up for Sadiq Khan, the truth keeps creeping out. Of course by running cover for Sadiq Khan the BBC are doing their best to ensure that he is elected London Mayor in two weeks time. 

Here's something that the pro Labour Party BBC won't be reporting...

'Labour's candidate for Mayor of London took part with an activist who has threatened "fire throughout the world", a supporter of terror group Hamas, a preacher who backs an Islamic state and a Muslim leader accused of advocating attacks on the Royal Navy if it stopped arms being smuggled into Gaza.

Invitations said "all welcome" but made clear that women would be segregated at the door, stating: "Ladies' entrance on Lessingham Avenue next to the snooker club."

Also on the platform was a controversial Surrey vicar and conspiracy theorist who has claimed Israel could have been responsible for the terrorist attack on New York's Twin Towers.

Mr Khan was billed on the list of speakers as Labour's parliamentary candidate for Tooting, despite his insistence that he attended "as a human rights lawyer".'

An unbiased national news broadcaster would cover stories like this but the BBC isn't unbiased.

Honest but maybe not the ideal best man's speech

David Mitchell with a few home truths

Melanie Phillips on Sadiq Khan

'... Khan has been sustained, indulged and encouraged by the Labour party. They winked at his questionable attitudes because he belongs to what is, for many of them, an untouchable victim group. If he becomes Mayor, it will be the Labour party beyond Corbyn that is to blame.'

The BBC have played a clever game with their coverage of this London mayoral election. They've not given it as much prominence as they have to previous contests. This has enabled them to minimise the amount of reporting of criticism of their preferred candidate Sadiq Khan.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

A health warning that should be given

I've noted before the terms that EU pensions are paid on, that they can be forfeit if the recipient doesn't support the EU.

Surely in the run up to the EU referendum whenever someone who is (or will be)  receiving a pension from the EU (Peter Mandelson, Neil Kinnock, Nick Clegg etc.) are asked for an opinion on the EU, in the interests of openness it should be made clear that they are (or will be) reciving an EU pension and that this pension may be forfeited if they say anything detrimental about the EU.

Indeed one could argue that in the current climate of financial transparency it would not be too onerous to mention the size of the respective pensions.

How could the UK cope outside of the EU?

How could the UK cope outside of the EU is a question sometimes posed by supporters of the REMAIN campaign. 

It's a good question, after all:

The UK is the world's 5th largest economy

The UK is a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council

The UK is a member of the G7

The UK is a founder member of NATO and one of the biggest contributors to NATO

The UK is a member of the the Commonwealth of Nations

It's a mystery how the UK would cope if it left the EU.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Victoria Wood R.I.P. The Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let's Do It)

Victoria Wood R.I.P
Not trendy, not cutting edge but very very funny.

This is her finest song 

But also look up dinnerladies, a much underrated comedy tour de force.

Death on the beaches of Europe

'...  it was revealed ISIS is planning terror attacks across Europe this summer, targeting holidaying tourists by posing as ice cream and T-shirt sellers.

German media reports that ISIS is sending jihadists to pretend to sell refreshments before detonating suicide vests and bombs buried under sun loungers at Spanish, French and Italian resorts. '

An interesting choice of words by the definitely unbiased BBC re the New York primaries

As we all know the BBC are completely unbiased in their reporting. So what an odd choice of words in this article on the New York primaries results. 

'Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in New York while Hillary Clinton has triumphed in the Democratic race.
With almost 95% of the results in, Mr Trump is leading with just over 60% of the vote while Mrs Clinton has just under 58%.'

Donald Trump 'won' whilst Hillary Clinton 'triumphed'. An interesting choice of words for an unbiased news reporting organisation. It can't be based upon vote share in their respective contests as 

Donald Trump won more of the share of the Republican vote than Hillary Clinton did of the Democrat vote.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Who'd be a gay air steward?

'Air France has resumed flights to Iran after ignoring pleas gay crew who feared they could be executed.

A petition launched last week complained that it was 'inconceivable' gay cabin staff should have to travel to a country where homosexuality is illegal.

But on Sunday, the airline recommenced flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Tehran - the first since 2008 - having taken no action over the protest.

A week earlier female employees of the company were told they would be allowed to opt out of working on the resumed flights so that they can avoid having to wear a headscarf.
Air France has resumed flights to Iran after ignoring pleas gay crew who feared they could be executed.'

Interesting that Islam outranks homosexuality but not feminism.

Roseanne Barr tells it like it is re: BDS

I don't agree with Roseanne Barr politically but on the BDS and Israel she is spot on. Do watch the whole video.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's mastery of the English language

The incompetent usage of an apostrophe, should we expect any better from the leader of Her Majesty's Opposition?

The one hundred and thirteenth weekly No Shit, Sherlock award - UK 'obliged' to accept judgments of European courts, official document from ministers ahead of EU referendum reveals

'Britain is "obliged" to accept European Union laws and judgments, according to an official report slipped out by ministers ahead of the formal start of the referendum campaign.

The 96-page paper, which was published without fanfare, was described by Brexit campaigners as the "Government report No.10 does not want you to read".

The document highlights the fact that Britain has to adopt EU law and accept the rulings of the European Court of Justice.'

No Shit Sherlock

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'rewriting history' after deleting hundreds of articles and speeches from his website per Telegraph

'Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of "rewriting history" after deleting hundreds of outspoken articles and speeches from his website including a number of pieces critical of the EU.

One of the articles sets out the Labour leader's true feelings on the European Union in a damning attack about the influence the bloc has over the British Government.

Mr Corbyn has wiped his entire archive of writing from his personal blog meaning that none of the articles can be accessed.'
This Telegraph article is interesting for two reasons. First because doesn't Jeremy Corbyn realise that his old articles do still exist in cyberspace but secondly because it shows his mindset, remind me who in history tried to erase facts and even people from photographs?

Also maybe someone should tell Jeremy Corbyn that George Orwell's 1984 is not an instruction manual.

News from an ex BBC 'expert' that the BBC won't be reporting

Ex BBC 'expert' Robert Preston has an interesting take on the John Whittingdale news but as it doesn't chime with the BBC / Labour Party line I doubt that the BBC will pay it any notice. 

'Tom Watson, now Labour's deputy leader, cautioned Sunday People against publishing Whittingdale-affair story'

Inconvenient truths are ignored by the institutionally pro Labour Party BBC if they would otherwise threaten their narrative.