Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Hate speech from a prominent British Leftist

Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner put on an awkward show of unity tonight after he rebuked her for branding Tory ministers 'racist, homophobic, scum'.

The Labour leader and his deputy ostentatiously sat next to each other on the stage in Brighton in an apparent bid to quell civil war rumours.

They could be seen whispering in each others' ears as activists discussed reforming party rules - although neither looked very comfortable.

Earlier a clearly infuriated Sir Keir insisted 'that is not language that I would use' as he was grilled about the incendiary comments by Ms Rayner at a fringe meeting.

He said ominously that he would be 'speaking to Angela later' about the jibes, although he stopped short of demanding she apologise - something she has flatly refused to do.

Ms Rayner - who has been accused of blatant leadership manouevring - launched the extraordinary attack on Conservatives during an event for activists at the Labour conference in Brighton last night.

But despite a furious reaction, Ms Rayner this morning insisted she was right to highlight 'pretty scummy' comments by Boris Johnson and others.

Unusually going head-to-head with Sir Keir on TV, she told Sky News' Trevor Phillips programme she had been speaking at a 'post-watershed' fringe meeting with members to 'fire them up'.

Pressed on whether she regarded 14,000 Tory voters in her own Ashton-under-Lyne constituency as racist and homophobic, Ms Rayner said her remarks were about the PM.

'I am not saying anyone who voted for the Conservatives are racist or scummy,' she added.

She made clear she would only apologise if the PM said sorry for his previous 'racist' comments.

Sir Keir looked uncomfortable as he was read Ms Rayner's remarks on the Marr show this morning. 'Angela and I take different approaches,' he said. 'That is not language I would use.'

Addressing a raucous meeting of North West activists last night, Ms Rayner said: 'I'm sick of shouting from the sidelines, and i bet youse lot are too.

'We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, mysoginistic, absolute pile …of banana republic…Etonian…piece of scum…and I held back a little…that I have ever seen in my life'.

On Sky News, Ms Rayner said that 'scum' is a 'phrase that you would hear very often in northern working class towns'.

Appearing on Sky News after Ms Rayner, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said she should offer a proper apology.

'It is absolutely appalling,' he said. 'There is no place in public life for that sort of language, that sort of behaviour.'

He added: 'It would be befitting if she just apologised rather than talking around the subject.'

However, former shadow chancellor John McDonnell - who once joked about activists wanting to lynch former minister Esther McVey - defended Ms Rayner saying she was passionate and 'we've all been there, late at night'.

Amid Tory fury at Ms Rayner last night, minister Amanda Milling said: 'Shocking. Angela Rayner must apologise for these comments.

'Don't forget Rayner was Corbyn's henchman when Labour became embroiled in antisemitism.

'She failed to act. Rather than throwing around false accusations the Conservatives are focused on the people's priorities.'


UK: Labour apologises 'unreservedly' to Jewish members as it passes new rules to tackle anti-Semitism in the party

Jewish Labour members received another unreserved apology from the party tonight as it brought in new rules to tackle anti-Semitism.

The party conference in Brighton voted to bring in a new independent disciplinary system that would take power away from the leader's office.

The move was a key demand of the Equality and Human Rights Commission when it carried out its bombshell review into anti-Jewish racism in the party under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.

But despite some heckling in the conference hall at the Brighton Centre the measure was passed this evening after a vote of members and unions.

Earlier the conference had heard from Jewish former MP Ruth Smeeth, who said she felt 'sick' attending the event, for fear of more abuse from party members.

Labour leader Keir Starmer said the reforms, part of a number of changes to the constitution brought in today, were 'a major step forward in our efforts to face the public and win the next general election'.

He added: 'This is a decisive and important day in the history of the Labour Party. I promised to tackle anti-Semitism in our party.

'We've now closed the door on a shameful chapter in our history. I want to acknowledge the courage of all the people who spoke up against it.

Shabana Mahmood told Labour conference that anti-Semitism in the party was 'shameful' and apologised 'unreservedly' to Jewish Labour members and the wider Jewish community.

Ms Mahmood, the Labour Party national campaign co-ordinator, told members at the conference in Brighton: 'It has been a shameful period in our history, utterly horrifying and today with your support for these rule changes we decisively turn the page on that shameful period in our history.

'We apologise unreservedly to our Jewish members and to the wider Jewish community and we resolve from this conference floor today that no community will ever go through this pain again.'


Now the historic Blackpool illuminations are under attack

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A 'Native America' display of lights part of the Blackpool illuminations for 60 years may be removed - after they were labelled racist by a tribe member.

The world-famous light show has been attracting millions of visitors to the Lancashire seaside town for over 140 years.

But one of the illuminated attractions, which has featured in the light show since the 1960s, has now come under fire for portraying allegedly racist imagery.

The offending tableau, located to the north of Blackpool Promenade, depicts six axe-wielding Native Americans in war bonnets, dancing around a totem pole.

It has prompted a complaint from a member of the Native American tribe, Chickasaw Nation, who is now living in England - who says the display paints Blackpool as a town that supports racism and discrimination.

The man has met with Blackpool Council bosses to discuss the lights, and has called for them to be 'removed or concealed'.

But the council has defended the inclusion of the panel, and said the lights were 'designed and created many years ago and intended to be a celebration of different cultures'.

However, a council spokesman said that the continued use of the lights in upcoming years would be addressed.


Australia: Inclusion actually means exclusion in the woke community

In the names of inclusiveness and social justice, girls and women are losing opportunities for athletic achievement – and even losing their gender identities, writes Tim Blair.

If ever you hear a woke type ­talking about the need for ­“inclusion”, brace yourself. It usually means someone is about to be excluded.

The latest victims of inclusion are female netball players. Last week several girls’ netball teams were swept aside in a state championship because netball administrators allowed a boys’ team to compete.

By “compete”, I mean “dominate”. The Queensland Suns Under-17 team, an all-male outfit, easily won the Under-18s championship in Brisbane against all-female ­opponents.

As you’d expect.

Parents and fans at the final expressed understandable outrage. So did NRL legend Cameron Smith, whose wife watched a game in which fellow former NRL star Matt Geyer’s daughter played against the boys.

“She just said Matt’s daughter’s team were a gun side and they had no chance. The males were just too fast, too physical. It was just a disadvantage to the girls,” Smith said on SEN.

“It’s crazy. How do you put one male team in against all the other ­females and expect the girls to compete? Particularly at that age when they’re still developing. It’s not fair.”

Damn straight. But according to Netball Queensland, allowing boys to play against girls was even better than fair. It was inclusive, the highest level of woke accomplishment to which ­humanity can possibly aspire.

Following criticism, Netball Queensland issued a statement boldly defending its decision to deny girls any chance of winning. It’s a masterpiece of social justice sophistry. Let’s take a walk on the woke side:

“We want to make clear that there is a place for everyone in our sport.” Except for a place on top of the podium. That’s now reserved for boys.

“We stand by the decision to choose inclusion over exclusion.” Says the same organisation that excluded girls from even the possibility of a championship win.

“We recognise that change is sometimes uncomfortable …” Especially for girls, who will probably give up netball entirely if they’re going to be beaten in every match.

“We are buoyed by the support of our wider netball community …” As one sharp-eyed observer noted, they really should have used a more inclusive term than “buoyed”.

“We’d like to address the assertion that the young women who played the State Titles were disadvantaged in any way.” Really? The boys won their games by an average of 29 points and took out the final 46-12. If that’s not evidence of disadvantage, then what the hell is?

“We see this as a great development opportunity.” But not for girls, at least in terms of claiming a title.

“The inclusion of both women and men in the competition in 2021 was about affording all netballers the opportunity to play and develop our great game.” And for boys, and boys only, the opportunity to win.

“While we have been subject to commentary around the different physical attributes it should also be remembered that men are new participants to our sport and play a different style of netball.” A style known as “successful”. Because they’re boys playing against girls.

“It’s also imperative that we provide a platform for men and boys to participate – because if you can’t see it, you can’t be it.” I can’t see a girls’ team ever winning a netball championship again if boys are allowed to compete.

“And we aspire to be a sport for all.” You’ve taken a sport designed for girls and women and have handed it over to boys and men. Congratulations, ladies.

Queensland Netball’s idiocy, which if extended to other exclusively-female sports would scrub women from peak athletic involvement, is part of a broader woke war on women.

Last week the totally woke American Civil Liberties Union celebrated the memory of late Supreme Court justice and feminist hero Ruth Bader Ginsburg by promoting an old Ginsburg quote.

Problem was, Ginsburg’s 1993 quote used non-woke words such as “her”, “woman” and “she”. So the ACLU helpfully edited it, which turned an eloquent statement on abortion rights into an abortion ­itself.

“The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to [their] wellbeing and dignity,” the updated gender-neutral version reads.

“When the government controls that decision for [people], [they are] being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for [their] own choices.”

Fully adult humans should be capable of hearing or reading words that refer to women without having an ­inclusiveness-based panic attack.

Similarly, formerly-prestigious British medical journal The Lancet last week indicated its devotion to wokeness by also excluding women. “Historically,” The Lancet reported, “the anatomy and physiology of bodies with vaginas have been ­neglected.”

Seriously? “Bodies with vaginas”? That’s where wokespeak is taking us. They are reducing women to their genital component form.

Sensible people, such as psychologist and author Dr Jessica Taylor, took issue with this. How, Dr Taylor wondered, could The Lancet present itself as caring about the exclusion of female bodies and female biology from medicine and science when the journal won’t even name them?

“I would like to hear The Lancet explain their scientific rationale for keeping the use of the word ‘men’, ‘male’ and ‘man’ when they are refusing to use the word ‘woman’, ‘women’ and ‘female’,” Dr Taylor added. “Genuinely, I would like to hear that argument.”

They don’t have one. That’s why we hear nonsense phrases instead, like “if you can’t see it, you can’t be it”.

We are increasingly seeing women not mentioned in elite correspondence. What happens next?


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