Current Affairs

Seriously idiot here

An activist appointed by Sadiq Khan to review London’s statues has been labelled “racist” after he accused Diane Abbott of being “disloyal to her own community” and David Lammy of being a “poor example of Africans”.

Toyin Agbetu, who was recently appointed to the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, made a series of disparaging racial remarks about senior black Labour politicians in a blog online, The Telegraph can disclose.

The remarks have led Shaun Bailey, the black Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, to urge Sadiq Khan to immediately remove the commissioner due to his “racist past”.

It comes after the Mayor faced intense criticism over the composition of the commission to review London’s landmarks, with historians claiming it lacked expertise and excluded conservative opinions.

In a blog post condemning Ms Abbott’s decision to run for the Labour leadership in 2010, Mr Agbetu said the Hackney MP had been “disloyal to her own community and, worst yet, with minimal coercion, willingly betrayed herself” by engaging in frontline politics.

He added that Labour would not win black votes by “elevating a woman who – to be frank – the African community is embarrassed about”.

Mr Agbetu directed similar criticism at Mr Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, Baroness Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and Baroness Amos, who has served as British High Commissioner to Australia.

“Lammy, Amos and Scotland are all poor examples of Africans whose quest for influence and status has dwarfed their duty to human rights, social justice for African people and opposition to imperialism,” he said.

He added: “Many Africans in positions of status cling to their scraps of celebrity as if they are owed it by virtue of their ethnicity.”

None of those named are in fact Africans. Respectively, either birth or parents are from Jamaica, Guyana, Dominica, Guyana.

These are not places in Africa.

We can call them Caribbeans, possibly Afro-Caribbeans, we can say that they’re of a certain race perhaps – although race, obviously, doesn’t exist it’s merely a social construct – we can even say “British” as that’s what they are.

But African is one thing they’re not.

Sure, the bloke’s one of the more pernicious of the race baiters but still, the distinction does need to be made. After all, one group is victim of the original wipipo sin, the slave trade, the other isn’t. And if the difference isn’t a difference then what’s all the fuss about there then?

Chris Whitty is Slim Dusky and I claim my £5

Oh it’s-a lonesome away from your kindred and all
By the campfire at night we’ll hear the wild dingoes call
But there’s-a nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear
Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer

Now the publican’s anxious for the quota to come
And there’s a far away look on the face of the bum
The maid’s gone all cranky and the cook’s acting queer
Oh what a terrible place is a pub with no beer

These people cannot really be serious, can they?

Pubs and restaurants could reopen as soon as April if they agree not to sell alcohol under options being discussed to allow the widespread relaxation of coronavirus restrictions after Easter.


I read through Jill Biden’s Ed.D thesis.

Opinion: if I was one of the people who signed off on this (pages 3 and 4) I would be very quiet about it if someone at a party started spouting off that Jill Biden deserves to be called “Doctor”.

Both fun and silly

One of Donald Trump’s former Atlantic City casinos will be blown up next month, and for the right amount of money, you could be the one to press the button that brings it down.

The demolition of the former Trump Plaza casino will become a fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City that the mayor hopes will raise in excess of $1m.

Fun in the sense that it is fun. Tee hee and all that.

Silly in the sense that this is a monopoly owned by the city. It is, in the economic sense, something akin to a land rent in fact – like spectrum and all that. Therefore the revenue should go to the city coffers. Because as Henry George told us, land rents are how we should finance government.

This is fun

But despite the recent attention, some say the rise of Parler fits into the larger history of American conservatives and their relationship with the media.

“This follows a pattern of what the right wing has done [since] the rise of talk radio in the ’80s, and then through live cable TV, and then the rise of social media,” Lawrence Rosenthal, the chair of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies, told Recode. “In each case, what you found is that the right wing gives up on participating in mainstream media and creates an alternative universe.”

Parler is just the latest iteration of this phenomenon, Rosenthal explained.

I guess that’s one way to put it.

As it’s grown, Parler has become a way station for hate speech and misinformation that Twitter and Facebook wouldn’t allow. The site is also where many Trump supporters are spreading the false narrative that the 2020 presidential election was rigged. The burgeoning influence of Parler is part of a broader trend of fringe outlets like One America News and Newsmax hoping to reel in an audience of Trump loyalists, especially after he leaves office.

Another might be that as the Woken SS take over a place then normies go off somewhere else.

Could be, could be

PM who won Nobel peace prize takes Ethiopia to brink of civil war
Abiy Ahmed made his name as a reformer – but was there always an authoritarian waiting to come out?

The Nobel Peace Prize committee doesn’t exactly have a great record, does it?

Sounds odd but legally fair game

A leading Labour-run council has banned staff from smoking at their desks if they are working from home, in what campaigners say is an emerging “moral crusade” by local authorities against tobacco lovers.

Hammersmith and Fulham council, which represents one of the richest areas in London, told its staff in guidance that “any part of a private dwelling used solely for work purposes will be required to be smoke-free”.

The guidance was issued in a joint “bi-borough corporate health and safety document setting out the council’s no-smoking policy with Royal Kensington and Chelsea”.

Well, yes, employers are supposed to make sure you’re not exposed to danger while working. we can all point out that smoking is up to the individual and all that but that horse bolted a long time ago.

Silly, silly

It’s the time of year when gardeners are turning their ripe tomatoes into sauces and salsas and cucumbers into pickles. But a boom in gardening and preparing food at home during the coronavirus pandemic has led to a scarcity of supplies with which to preserve them.

From Maine and Vermont to Louisiana and West Virginia, gardeners have reported being in a pickle when it comes to finding the right size glass jars, the special lids to safely seal them, or the bands with which to screw them on. They’ve gone from store to store and some have given in to paying higher prices online.

“We have been everywhere,” said Vanessa Ware of Hurricane, West Virginia, who said she went to at least half a dozen stores after running out of supplies for her tomatoes, peppers, corn and sauerkraut canning.

The emissions from looking for the supplies being greater or lesser than those from just going shopping for the food?

Harry Harvey

A missing 80-year-old hiker has turned up at a press conference about his own disappearance, declaring: “I’ve had three grand days of wild camping.”
Harry Harvey had sparked panic among his family when he failed to return from a walk in the Yorkshire Dales on Sunday, triggering a frantic search effort.
Mountain rescue teams feared the worst for the missing walker, due to his age and the exposed environment where he was last seen, in Swaledale, North Yorkshire.
His loved ones decided to stage a desperate appeal in the hope of tracing him on Tuesday at the nearby Tann Hill Inn, one of the most remote pubs in the country.

Sadly this is not a perfect story. Not an Aye Oop in sight and true perfection would also require that the search team be formed, it look for two days, and at one point Mr Harvey, part of that team, should ask another “Well, who are we looking for then?”

But still, rather nice:

As the event began, however, a Land Rover pulled into the car park – out of which climbed Mr Harvey with the assistance of a mountain rescue team.

Quite so Rachel, quite so

Britain must learn to stand on its own two feet again, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, Rachel Reeves, has said, outlining an emerging Labour plan for building a stronger country after the pandemic.

A key theme will be fostering resilience in families, communities and public services, to protect people from shocks in their personal or national life.

Reeves is struck that, despite being the sixth richest country in the world and having a proud manufacturing history, the UK couldn’t even muster enough protective clothing for its own key people in a pandemic.

“I want us to be a more resilient country. I want us to build up our capacity to be able to stand on our own two feet, to build our manufacturing and productive capacity again so we’re not having to go cap in hand


A union claims production of some of the UK’s favourite biscuits will be halted at an Edinburgh factory as staff plan to stage a series of strikes in a pay dispute.

The GMB union has accused bosses at Burton’s Biscuits Co in Sighthill of making a “derisory” pay offer, saying it shows management “do not value” the workers.

The manufacturer makes well-known biscuit brands including Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels.

Therefore we need many unions to ensure they don’t all go on strike at the same time and thus provide us with resilience….

Of course, there is no cancel culture

A data specialist who joined the Government after answering Dominic Cummings’ job advert seeking ‘misfits and weirdos’ was sacked after saying that police should use live rounds against Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
Will O’Shea, 57, posted the comment about BLM protests on July 5, when marches were being organised across Britain following the killing of George Floyd by police officers in the US, The Guardian reported.
Responding to a social media post suggesting that Metropolitan Police officers had been chased out of a housing estate in London by demonstrators, and another post that called the police cowards, Mr O’Shea reportedly replied on Twitter: “Time to get out the live rounds.”

As a lawyerly friend who reads this blog has pointed out things that have been said here – whether in jest or not – rather rule out any such sorta employment for me.

Another fun job

The IoD is looking for a new chairman. About which an outgoing – no, an, not the – bod says:

A clash between a “very strong Thatcherite image” and the modern views of British entrepreneurs lies behind a decade-long decline in membership at the Institute of Directors, its outgoing policy chief has claimed.

Edwin Morgan, who left the lobby group yesterday, said that the institute had spent years shifting from the “really strident ultra-free market” stance for which it was once known to a more measured position.

Would be a fun job to reverse that, wouldn’t it? Given that it could be the shifting that has led to the decline.

After all, there ought to be at least one organisation representing free market headbangers out there, no?

Who has Rod Liddle pissed off now?

Sunday August 23 2020, 12.00am, The Sunday Times

In the comments there is this:

Why all these coded references to Boris’ relationship here and in yesterday’s Times, e.g. This Week article? Why the references to discord – implying Carrie has kicked Boris into the tent – and longevity – “trusting their relationship will sustain”? I don’t remember any such recent prime minister face this type of speculation about their relationships.

This might make sense to the hacks involved or may be some wry in-joke.

He’s not making cracks about Boris chasing – well, in No 10, who could he be chasing?

Where’s Johnson? Not in the tent, not on our TV screens and not in charge


Did the column make it into print? And now it’s back. Very vicious about Boris but what did they excise?

It’s an interesting definition

And this brings us back to “My hero is Roosevelt” Johnson and his chancellor. Having known all his predecessors since Reginald Maudling in the early 1960s – with the exception of Sajid Javid, who was sacked by the ruthless Johnson even before he had familiarised himself with the corridors of power

Being familiar with the corridors of power is defined as being personally known to William Keegan. Not wholly sure that’s the definition I would use myself.

Woodrow Wilson, eh?

So Princeton is getting rid of his name from buildings ‘n’ stuff because of his racist views.

Hmm, well. That’s rather a cat out of the bag, isn’t it? “Racist views” would include near all of the Democratic Party pre- about 1950, wouldn’t it?

Well he’s right, but not the wisest thing to say right now

The top editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer has resigned following an uproar over a headline bemoaning property damage incurred during the protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

The newspaper announced on Saturday that Stan Wischnowski, 58, was stepping down as senior vice-president and executive editor, after apologizing on Wednesday for the “horribly wrong” decision to use the headline “Buildings Matter, Too” on a column Tuesday. suggesting an equivalence between the loss of buildings and the lives of black Americans.

Lives matter, buildings matter, everything matters. The trick is to find the right balance. But current times and all that….