Hmm, I wonder….

Shami Chakrabarti may be appointed to Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench when she joins the House of Lords.
The human rights campaigner has been engulfed in an honours storm after the Labour leader nominated her for a peerage, shortly after she did an “independent” report into anti-Semitism in his party.

Just how expensive was that report?

18 thoughts on “Hmm, I wonder….”

  1. The BBC continues to refer to this as an ‘independent’ report, despite being carried out by a member of the party at the behest of the leader of that party. It’s a joke.

    Oh, and “it’s not rampantly anti-Semitic, just occasionally toxic” isn’t exactly the ringing all-clear it is presented as either.

  2. Surely Corbyn must be seen as a potential MI5 sleeper now? I mean stupidity can explain a lot, but this sort of thing? Its active malice IMO.

  3. All will be revealed at Conference – if it isn’t cancelled – and they ditch The Red Flag for the Horst Wessel song.

  4. Bloke in North Dorset

    “Oh, and “it’s not rampantly anti-Semitic, just occasionally toxic” isn’t exactly the ringing all-clear it is presented as either.”

    It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what the BBC, Guardian and the rest of the left would be doing if UKIP had an internal independent report that said “it’s not rampantly racist, just occasionally toxic”.

  5. I see the Guardian’s literary standards are spreading. frontbench is an adjective, you need an noun at that point in that sentence, viz: front bench.

  6. Very expensive for Shami, who has destroyed what little credibility she had as an honest broker. Every story i read about this says something like: “Ms Chakrabarti did not return calls when asked to comment.” She thinks she can make it go away by keeping shtum. Well she can’t and it won’t.

  7. @dearieme – probably not so much. More probably a case of thickness. He would probably have been mobbed up mercilessly, it being notoriously hard for a teenager to live down the dreadfulness or comedic potential of a parent.

  8. “Well, Mr Rumpole, your client is accused of running amok in the Intu shopping centre in Bromley, dismembering 17 men, women and children. I presume you are filing a plea of insanity?”

    “No, my Lord, my client is not insane merely occasionally toxic.”

    No, don’t even get me started on why “The Glades” became the “Intu” and why it cost us £485,000…

  9. Bloke in Costa Rica

    How expensive was that report. Looks like Shami’ll do it for a bag of chips and a lift home afterwards.

  10. I still haven’t quite got over how she ended up with Mohammed Ali, Ban Ki Moon and various nobel prize winners in carrying the Olympic flag in 2012. Dare I suggest if she had done exactly the same work but was called Sharon Smith that we wouldn’t have heard from her?

  11. Dare I suggest if she had done exactly the same work but was called Sharon Smith that we wouldn’t have heard from her?

    Much the same as Zaha Hadid: ticks an awful lot of diversity boxes.

  12. to the Labour Party it is of course free to give someone a peerage – the fairly significant cost of £300 a day plus all the expenses one can claim is picked up by the taxpayer. Any directorships will be paid for by the shareholders of the company anxious to get a peer on the board. Corbyn has achieved the socialist dream of bribing someone with a third party’s money.

  13. The reason Shami carried the Olympic Flag in 2012 was probably related to her uncharacteristic silence concerning aspects of these affronts to civil liberties. The only connection between Liberty and “liberty” is the cockney (?) phrase “taking a liberty” which Shami and friends have raised to an art form.

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