Sigh

Rees-Mogg was praised by some sections of the media for “politely taking on” protesters. But let’s be absolutely clear: this isn’t a gentleman’s debate: it is a material fight against a ruling class waging economic and political violence on working-class people. As nervous as I was, I knew that I had to voice the opposition to his views.

Wolfie Smith was comedy not documentary.

35 comments on “Sigh

  1. “At a time when more than 8 million people are living in some form of food poverty…”

    The BBC were doing a hatchet piece on UC last night, interviewing a mother & daughter in Wales, sitting side by side on a sofa, mum wiping away tears when she told the interviewer how hard it was to get a call from your daughter who ‘is basically starving’.

    It was a big sofa. It had to be. Mum & daughter together were roughly the estimated weight of a 1 year old Clydesdale colt.

  2. Julia,

    As always something didn’t add up with that piece. It was short of facts and very long on emotion and heart tugging scenes, even the charity worker had to do the obligatory tearful turn away from camera I wonder how many times that was shot? Why didn’t they mention the child until the last minute? Where’s the father? Why has it been cocked up so badly? Even I don’t believe that the bureacracy is that incompetent.

    And I noted that there wasn’t any real opposition to UC so we’re back to Tim’s favourite point that the bureacracy just can’t deliver so why do people keep insisting it does ever more?

    And as that being mum and daughter I was rather taken aback, I thought it was sisters. My guess is there’s a long history of single motherhood at a very early age and straight in to own house.

  3. Hmm…

    Shabbir Lakha
    @ShabbirLakha

    Muslim, immigrant, socialist. Work with @STWuk, @pplsassembly and @StandUp2TrumpUK. #JC4PM #ToriesOut #NoTrump #FreePalestine #RefugeesWelcome #BlackLivesMatter
    London, Englandstanduptotrump.uk

    What would Enoch do?

  4. The ruling class is indeed “waging economic and political violence on working-class people” via such policies as uncontrolled immigration and locking people up for saying “bloody Pakis”.

    Or wasn’t that what she meant?

  5. No comment opportunity at the Gladrag–as far as I could see. Wonder why not?

    And pleasing to see they are still harping on Good Old Breathe-Smogg. He really has the leftist cunts worried. By standing for something as opposed to the Fish Faced Cow’s plans for a handout police state. That they still spit back in her eye– the vile stupid bitch.

    Breathe-Smogg for king–double quick.

  6. JuliaM

    “mental health issues” usually translates into too bone idle to work and too stupid to learn. See also ADHD.

  7. Roue – indeed. Waging war on the working class by bringing us aggressive foreign parasites such as… Shabbir Lakha, author of the Guardian piece and one of those immigrants who palpably hates everything about Britain except our money.

    I like Rees-Mogg but am learning towards Lord Protector Ecks and his helicopters of great justice.

  8. There are comments on the Guardian article now. I was glad to see that the comments (the top ones, at least) are full of people attacking this idiot.

  9. As always something didn’t add up with that piece.

    They never add up. As I have said before, I could quite happily believe that there are actual genuine poor people in Britain, yet the BBC, Graun etc have not yet been able to find a single one.

    Every heartrending example is either a criminal, a druggie, chronically incapable of managing the money we give them, someone who demands a middle class lifestyle on the public tit or merely enormously fat.

  10. Henry Crun – then I hope you never develop mental health issues.
    Or physical problems that give you mental health issues on top.

  11. “A week ago I confronted Jacob Rees-Mogg with other protesters at a public meeting in Manchester, as part of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity’s week of action against the Tories.”

    When my son and his mates closed their Occupy Bath site they set up a People’s Assembly.

    When I pointed out the people of Bath had just voted for a people’s assembly in the local elections and asked how many votes they got he went very quiet. A sure sign that he hadn’t really thought about how pompous they were being.

    Anyone quoting the opinions of a self appointed people’s assembly needs sending to the people’s gulags.

  12. Martin, I wasn’t having a go at people with real mental health issues, just that it is the card that gets played all too often by the bone idle.

  13. BBC Radio Kent this morning was forced to make a grudging acceptance that many people were ringing up saying how much they liked their UC. They broadcast some chap who had had a stroke and had to wait 6 weeks for his dosh and couldn’t cover his direct debits, although his housing benefit was paid as usual.
    They didn’t specify which ones: what’s the betting that it was his Sky and broadband…

  14. I love how one comment describes Rees-Mogg as ‘vermin’ but it’s the reply from ‘irateconservative’ which didn’t abide by the Guardian’s ‘standards’.

  15. no mention of actual employment from our horny handed son of toil. When he disagrees with rees -mogg saying employment was the best route out of poverty and he disagrees with him and calls him a liar – he’s probably never done a real days work since landing here from some shithole. Been sucking on the public teat since day one and wants the taps turned up to 11.

  16. Fuck me – the nerve of the guy to stand there, given what he believes, and lecture Rees Mogg that people are ‘dayin’ becoz o’ wot you are advocatin’. So it’s no’ abat a simple disagreement’.

    As Steve points out, this guy is an immigrant. If he hates it here so much, is there any reason for him to stay? Surely he would be better off in Pakistan, say, or Afghanistan, where everyone is so much more equal, and there’s lots of tolerance for this sort of rough and tumble political debate.

    Brits who move to Spain are routinely derided in the Guardian because they carry on eating bacon and egg, FFS, never mind hectoring Spanish politicos as, er, evil scum who are ruining, er, their own country.

  17. @Martin; ‘mental health issues’ is the modern day ‘bad back’. It’s not meant to imply that there aren’t people with genuine spinal problems, but they are few & far between.

    And often lost amidst all the timewasters and malingerers.

    Once, having ‘mental health issues’ meant you were incapable of living independently, and should be segregated/looked after. But now it seems to include just about every aspect of the human condition!

  18. As someone whose family came here in the 1880’s to escape being murdered by adherents of Mahound, nothing pisses me off more than ungrateful c**ts like this Shabbir Lakha. As others have said, if he doesn’t like it here why can’t he return to whatever shithole he was excreted from? Wanker.

  19. “The line that he used to justify austerity was that employment is at its highest levels since the 1970s, and the best route out of poverty. But the point I made (and which he ignored) is that the UK is the only advanced economy with stagnating wages.”

    You know, Shabbir, those high levels of employment might just depend to some extent on those stagnating wages…

  20. When my son and his mates closed their Occupy Bath site they set up a People’s Assembly.

    I walked past Occupy Bath one afternoon on my way to the Rec. It can’t have been more than two tents, and on my way back in the evening it looked deserted. I just assumed all the crusties had sloped off to their comfortable beds at their parents’ houses.

    If I didn’t live so far away I’d have been so tempted to go back in the dead of night and paste Tea Party posters over their banners too…

  21. @bloke in spain, October 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Now there’s a thing. Must have eaten in dozens of hospital canteens over the years. Good wheeze if you’re looking for a cheap meal.

    +1 I’ve done same.

  22. @Tim Newman, October 12, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Someone pointed out that the best way to improve NHS food is to make the staff, particularly the managers, eat it as well.

    On a similar note, a Dr recently wrote (iirc in DM) only way to end mixed-sex wards is to fine (deduction from pay) the managers responsible; fining the hospital doesn’t work and harms patients.

  23. As someone whose family came here in the 1880’s to escape being murdered by adherents of Mahound, nothing pisses me off more than ungrateful c**ts like this Shabbir Lakha. As others have said, if he doesn’t like it here why can’t he return to whatever shithole he was excreted from? Wanker

    The Guardian sees all of these faults as fine attributes.

  24. On a similar note, a Dr recently wrote (iirc in DM) only way to end mixed-sex wards is to fine (deduction from pay) the managers responsible; fining the hospital doesn’t work and harms patients.

    But that would imply personal responsibility in the public sector, which is inconceivable. Saying that, I wouldn’t fancy being a State employed manager with zero control over a union-backed and sullen workforce.

  25. What a picture of a country at ease with itself the above comments give!And is there no gratitude for the efforts of Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph in ridding the UK of full – employment policies backed by affordable housing for full total labour mobility?Apparently not: opinion polls show big majorities for nationalisation etc.Their one undisputed gift to the nation, a full Henry George style land value catastrophe
    is hated by the whole younger generation, would you believe?

  26. Violet Elizabeth Reed, you’ve got nowt now and when the revolution comes they will even take away the pot you piss in.

  27. @DBC… opinion polls show big majorities for nationalisation etc.

    Probably because a goodish percentage of those polled aren’t old enough to remember how sublimely fucking awful they were…

    I know that you are, but you’re a prime specimen of the old adage “If you’re not a socialist when you’re 20 you have no heart. If you’re still a socialist when you’re 40…”.

  28. Pogo

    If you’re still a socialist when you’re 40…

    …you’re bitter at having wasted your life, envious of those who have worked hard and earned the rewards while you pound out comments on a blog from your bedsit in Northampton or blogposts from an end terrace in Ely.

  29. @ DBC Reed
    The rise in registered unemployment under Margaret Thatcher was less than the number of non-jobs eliminated as a result of privatisation – the head of “National Power” claimed that they had three men for every two jobs.
    The rise in *real* unemployment wasunder Tony Blair thanks to his introduction of National Minimum Wage.

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