On this day a year ago
That is, as tweeted above, a worthwhile-seeming crowdfunder: see https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/heather-booth-3?utm_term=Gde7678Nq.
Re. “Jack Monroe”:
The “Jack Monroe”/”Bootstrap Cook” storm shows no sign of abating, with more and more stories coming out about vulnerable and actually poor people (i.e. unlike “Jack Monroe”) being, in effect, fleeced.
What was her fee? Or did she do it for the publicity and msm “validation”?
Same thing happened with the threat(s) by “Jack Monroe”/”Bootstrap Cook” to sue (in defamation) MP Lee Anderson and political commentator Martin Daubney. It appears that (so far— she has about 5 months or so left in which to launch an action, in principle), not only has no legal process been launched, but there has been no pre-action correspondence as mandated by the Pre-Action Protocols of the Civil Procedure Rules. Chances are that “Bootstrap Cook” never will sue those two, or anyone else.
The Katie Hopkins case was different. Ms. Hopkins had no arguable defence and was a sitting duck. “Jack Monroe” got £24,000 damages, while the claimant’s lawyers got, in effect, Ms. Hopkin’s house, that had to be sold in order to satisfy the costs order made. About £300,000.
Ha ha. Of all the products from the “Jack Monroe” fantasy factory, the “I was so poor that I had to boil down soap to make shower gel” (and/or “shampoo“) claim must be among the top few in the utterly-ludicrous stakes. It actually makes me wonder whether she makes up ever-more-fantastical stories just to see where the gullibility of her supporters stops; meaning at what point do they wake up to such lies, and/or stop donating to her (lifestyle)?
I suppose that it is just possible that she actually did boil down soap to make shower gel, mad and implausible though that would be; in my opinion, she never did.
I myself like Waitrose Sea Moss shower gel. It costs 90p for a bottle that lasts maybe 3 weeks (with me, at least; used once daily). No-one is going to tell me that buying soap, boiling it somehow, despite energy cost, and then somehow making shower gel out of it (is that even possible?) is cheaper than spending about 30p a week on proper shower gel. Also, Sea Moss from Waitrose is not even the cheapest; no doubt Aldi, Lidl, Tesco have even cheaper alternatives.
Or one could just shower with soap, as did previous generations.
Same goes, mutatis mutandis, for shampoo, except that soap would not be so good in that role.
What I find incredible is how long she has been able to keep this going. It says a lot about how poor the UK msm is that no journalist has thought to investigate her claims or to find out which (if any) are actually true. And where are the “consumer watchdog” journalists and TV talking heads? Hundreds if not thousands of people appear to have been duped or bamboozled into sending money— tens, and maybe hundreds, of thousands of pounds.
Meanwhile, millions of people are in real poverty and get nothing, or very little.
Advice from what seems to me to be a rotten cook (not that I can cook much either, admittedly) about how to make curry by opening a tin of sardines and a can of peaches, mixing the two together with curry powder and heating the mixture in a microwave, is not very helpful, in my opinion. Frankly, it sounds terrible. I would rather open the sardines, put them on a piece of toast, then eat the peaches separately later. In fact, I should prefer a plain baked potato to that mixture.
Ha. In fact the “award” mentioned was an “Observer Food” award a few months ago, voted for by Observer readers, few of whom are “poor” or “struggling”. In fact, the voters are exactly the same sort of people (and quite likely the very same people) who support “Jack Monroe” vocally on Twitter. The Guardian is of course the sister paper to the Observer.
“Activism“, meaning “promoting oneself as a campaigner, and making a lucrative career out of it“…
The present government has no idea how to stop the flow, and no real wish to stop it. Google “Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan”.
Britain must become a white northern European ethnostate (again).
It is not, fundamentally, a question of “hate” but based on the concept that only the European peoples can provide the basis for the next advance in human evolution.
667 “mugs” and/or dupes, as of today; thousands of pounds month after month, in cash (minus Patreon fees).
“Jack Monroe” is not a lawyer, and not a consumer law expert or anything similar. Her only known job (as far as I know anyway) was answering the telephone at a fire station or call centre, and that ended about 11 years ago. Her “Bootstrap Cook” thing is far more lucrative, it seems.
People in financial trouble need accurate advice, from trusted sources.
As of today, 667 “patrons” (mugs and/or those who are unaware of the storm now enveloping the “Bootstrap Cook”); I believe that there were over 800 earlier in the year.
As blogged earlier, only in a country where real journalism is all but dead would someone be able to do all that without facing serious questions after a while.
Still, look at “Boris”-idiot, who was able to fool much of the UK that he was a highly-intelligent, cultured, and serious, statesman, when none of those three are true (four things, if you include “statesman“). All it took was the fact that he had attended Eton and Oxford, and the expression of a few rote-learned Greek and Latin phrases. He also was “enabled” by a corrupt and stupid msm.
I have to say that —as readers have noticed— I am now far less favourable to “Jack Monroe” than I once was, or even since I published my assessment of her on 30 September 2022: see https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/09/30/diary-blog-30-september-2022-including-an-assessment-of-jack-monroe-aka-the-bootstrap-cook/.
Incidentally, I thought that the monthly maximum that “Jack Monroe” was extracting from each of her “patrons” (mugs) on Patreon had been reduced to £10, but it turns out that £44 is still the max. Her monthly take-home pay from that source alone, for doing absolutely nothing, is therefore between £2,334.50 and £29,348, minus the Patreon fees, if any. In cash. Every month.
6 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 22 November 2022, with more on the ongoing “Jack Monroe”/”Bootstrap Cook” Twitterstorm”
It seems you have joined Jack Monroe’s enemies (LOL) Is almost unbelievable the number of tweets you have reproduced. Having said that is also unbelievable the number of idiots who support and defend her. (LOL) “There is one born every minute”
As you know, I was at least neutral towards “Jack Monroe” until very recently; even slightly favourable, years ago. In the past month or so, after I blogged my “assessment” of her, I began to realize to what extent she has made up almost everything.
What, however, incenses me, is that *genuinely* poor and/or struggling people have been sending her money, for whatever reason, but mainly, in my view, because they have swallowed the “I am poor and struggling but am campaigning for the poor” narrative, which (it turns out) is a lie, overall, or at least has been greatly exaggerated.
Also, there is evidence that she has not even sent her regular donors the various things they were promised, and in reliance upon which some, perhaps most, sent their money to “Jack Monroe”.
Other apparent or alleged scams as well.
As you say, “one born every minute”, like the woman who tweeted
“why *shouldn’t* Jack Monroe have Tiffany earrings?”
[how much? £1,000? More?] and
“She is campaigning for the poor, and is a socialist”…
none of which is true anyway (except that she has the earrings).
I have concentrated rather on this issue in the past days because the msm (Channel 4, where Jack Monroe’s ex-girlfriend apparently works, the Guardian, the Observer) are *still* promoting her nonsense, despite having no excuse now that the facts are emerging.
I understand and you are right about everything. Besides being a dishonest person I think she is also mentally ill because there is definitely something pathological about her refusal to admit any wrongdoing and her obsession with playing the “victim”, I think she is a narcissistic sociopath.
I think that you are right, though I am no psychiatrist.
It is amazing though, how many (outwardly) educated and/or (?therefore) intelligent people have swallowed every crazy assertion of hers, because she ticks the “right” boxes for them: “socialist”, “single mother”, “lesbian”, “non-binary”, “poor”, “struggling”, mentally-afflicted (about a dozen things at once, including “autistic”, “ADHD” etc), “alcoholic” (supposedly rehabilitated), “anti-Conservative Party” (despite her narrative actually bolstering that of the present government) etc.
The mugs never seem to wake up to it though. Even today, on Twitter, there are her hard-core supporters tweeting, and 667 total mugs are still sending her those regular Patreon payments. Sickening, when you think how many people are *genuinely* struggling.
A very nice painting by a contemporary North American artist