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Diary Blog, 30 September 2022, including an assessment of “Jack Monroe”, aka the “Bootstrap Cook”

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On this day a year ago

“Jack Monroe”, the “Bootstrap Cook”: an assessment

I have blogged (briefly) previously a few times about the person known as “Jack Monroe” (originally Melissa Hadjicostas, half-Greek Cypriot), whose rather clever nom de plume is “Bootstrap Cook”.

The name Jack Monroe is now her official name, it having been adopted by deed poll.

In the past, I was content to be at least neutral towards “Bootstrap Cook”, in that I felt that anyone putting almost anything into the public domain that might help the millions of financially-struggling people in the UK deserved at least a chance.

This is what Wikipedia has to say: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Monroe; her own website is here: https://cookingonabootstrap.com/.

Incidentally, this blog is written in the English language, and therefore does not refer to a woman (whatever her views or proclivities) as “they” or “them”.

“Ideological” criticism of “Bootstrap Cook” has come mainly from two directions. The first group would be those connected to or supportive of the “Conservative” regimes of 2010-present. They tend to say that there is no justification for the campaigning of “Bootstrap Cook” to raise State benefits etc, and that any food poverty that exists exists because the individuals subject to it cannot “budget” properly, or do not know how to cook cheap wholesome food.

An ignorant point of view (though not without a small kernel of truth, as with many basically lying narratives), which infuriates many, especially when expressed by the likes of Iain Dunce Duncan Smith, the MP who has also been a huge expenses blodger and fraudster, and who claimed vast amounts on his Parliamentary expenses (even a £39 hotel breakfast) while —as Secretary of State for the DWP— taking money away from people living in real poverty.

The second group who tend to criticize “Bootstrap Cook” are those who agree with much of her campaigning on benefits etc, but who say that she actually “enables” attacks on benefit recipients by reason of her claims that a family of 4 can be fed well on £20 a week or less.

Now, however, a third group has joined the fray, being those who claim that they and/or others have been taken for a ride by “Bootstrap Cook”, and that she is a “grifter”, or even an outright fraud, who has sold goods and services which were never delivered. These critics also claim that much of the “Bootstrap Cook” back-story is untrue, or embellished.

For example, it is said that “Bootstrap Cook” was either never in poverty herself, or was so for no more than 18 months. It is said that at least part of her financial difficulties were caused by her own (apparently past) alcohol and/or drug abuse. It is said that she makes up implausible stories about her past financial predicament, such as “having to” sell her little son’s beloved dinosaur toy to raise money (really? How much money would that raise? £1? £2? And how cruel is that, assuming the story to be true?).

It is also said that her parents are not badly-off financially, that they own buy-to-let property, and that her paternal grandfather was a millionaire. In other words, that “Bootstrap Cook” always had a financial lifeline. I have no idea whether, or to what extent, that may be, or may have been, the case.

Recently, following a storm of criticism on Twitter, “Bootstrap Cook” deleted her Twitter account, though others claim that she is merely taking a 40-hour “rest” from Twitter, and will return. Why 40 hours and not (as with Jesus Christ) 40 days, or whatever, I have no idea.

One of my few blog posts which mentioned “Bootstrap Cook”: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/08/25/diary-blog-25-august-2022-with-a-few-thoughts-about-poverty-and-living-through-hard-times/.

One aspect that interested me, as a former barrister, was the tendency of “Bootstrap Cook” to threaten some of her critics with legal action. A few years ago, “Bootstrap Cook” sued Katie Hopkins in libel.

Ms. Hopkins had libelled “Bootstrap Cook” entirely mistakenly as to the facts, had no defence whatever, and should have backed down and got out with minimal damage when she could have but, like many maximalisti, found sorry the hardest word, and so was hammered: £24,000 in damages, and very large legal costs. Ms. Hopkins had to sell her house in St. Leonard’s (the best residential district in Exeter) in order to pay those legal costs.

“Bootstrap Cook” retained as her solicitor Mark Lewis, the Zionist Jew who now lives in Israel, though he has also a professional foothold in London. His no-win no-fee cases have often been controversial.

I have blogged about Lewis in previous years, most recently in 2019: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/11/update-re-mark-lewis-lawyer-questions-are-raised/.

I have to wonder how nice a person “Bootstrap Cook” is, if she is on friendly terms with someone such as Lewis.

As soon as people started suggesting, a month or two ago, that “Bootstrap Cook” was somewhere between “grifter” and fraudster, out came the Twitter threat that Mark Lewis and libel would be wheeled out (frankly, not so much of a threat— by no means have all of Lewis’s cases been brought to a successful conclusion, and when he was censured and fined by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority about 4 years ago, his Counsel said that his fine should be reduced because his only possessions were his clothes, a mobility scooter. and a private pension worth £70 a week).

In fact, when “Bootstrap Cook” threatened libel action against Conservative Party MP Lee Anderson [Con, Ashfield] (in May of this year), nothing ever came of it, as far as I know:

Food journalist and activist Jack Monroe hinted at legal action against Anderson after he commented in an interview that “She’s taking money off some of the most vulnerable people in society and making an absolute fortune on [sic] the back of people”.[36] [Wikipedia].

It may be that Anderson will face legal action, but I have certainly not seen any news about an action having been launched. See https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/15/food-writer-jack-monroe-sues-tory-mp-claims-she-makes-fortune-poor-lee-anderson; and https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/20141345.southends-jack-monroe-sue-lee-anderson/.

The Guardian says “sues“, but the Independent said “hints at suing“, and I have seen nothing on the Mark Lewis Twitter output to the effect that he ever was “instructed” (the Guardian, again) on the matter. He may have been, he may not have been. I might add that all the news reports are from 15-16 May 2022; nothing since then.

Was Anderson right, though? As I have said, I was willing to cut “Bootstrap Cook” some slack, because in recent years, the past ~15 years, the social security system has become inadequate, pay for work has also become generally inadequate, and millions are struggling both to eat and keep sheltered and warm. My view was that any useable advice was, well, useful.

I still think that (despite the fact that, to me, many of the recipes of “Bootstrap Cook” do look like a dog’s dinner, and despite the fact that many disagree with her costings etc).

More serious criticism is that she has actually been making a pretty good living out of Patreon donations, while never or rarely providing the extras offered in exchange.

When I last looked, “Bootstrap Cook” had at least 800 Patreon donors giving a minimum of £1 a month. £800 a month. In itself not bad. When you consider that the suggested minimum is £3 a head, the total increases to £2,400 a month (perhaps). I have seen a tweet where the tweeter claims, truthfully or otherwise, to have been donating £44 a month. Well, you see the point. “Bootstrap Cook” must have an income from Patreon alone of between £800 and (?) perhaps as much as £8,000 a month. Or more. That’s before one takes into account book sales, other donations, paid (?) TV appearances, other appearances etc. We do not know.

Not that “Bootstrap Cook” claims poverty, these days. No, she claims, as I understand it (and perhaps truthfully) a degree of “precariousness” in her life and finances, and she is certainly not alone in that. It is almost the norm in the Britain of 2022.

“Bootstrap Cook” has a number of defence mechanisms. One is to threaten defamation actions, but the more usual tactic is to claim the shield of disability, and she has about two dozen options there.

A further defence tactic is, I read, to set her fanatical fans (she apparently calls them “flying monkeys“) onto any critics, and I have certainly seen tweets where mentally-disturbed fans have come close to suggesting violence against anyone daring to utter critical words.

The problem here is that “Bootstrap Cook” has become a totem for a certain tribe of virtue-signallers. Not really “the poor” but more the sort of people who like to think that they are socially-progressive etc. Facts do not matter to those people, belonging to the “right” tribe does. cf. “Covid”, Ukraine, “Black Lives Matter” and, of course, “FBPE/Remain/Rejoin” etc.

When you consider that someone who claims to be able to feed a family of 4 for £20 a week might be said to be, arguably or in effect, saying that UK benefits are perfectly OK and need not be increased, is that really something positive or not?

Some tweets seen about the issues raised:

It is better to be a little naive than very cynical, but the world makes it hard…

As many have noted, this whole Bootstrap Cook thing is more like a creepy cult than anything. It’s as if a lot of fairly affluent or at least not poor people have decided that supporting “Bootstrap Cook” —right or wrong— validates their evenings of going out, their Netflix subscription, their holidays in Cuba or Costa Rica, their new cars, and in fact their whole comfortable existence.

In fact, it reminds me of the “indulgences” sold by the Roman Catholic Church before the Reformation.

Not that that is necessarily the fault of the “Bootstrap Cook” herself.

Look at the loonies below, believing what they want to believe:

Well, if you can believe that the “royal” Mulatta is a sadly-abused “princess”, then believing that a poverty campaigner, who seems to be making “a nice little earner” out of it and naive followers, is a modern Joan of Arc, must be easy enough.

Well, that’s enough. There are hundreds of other tweets in similar vein.

As blogged previously, my view is that Bootstrap Cook’s stuff may well be of interest to many, though —as already said— much of it looks to me like carbohydrate-heavy food often presented like a dog’s dinner.

I do not think that “Bootstrap Cook” set out to defraud anyone, and it may be that she has no such intention now, but it does seem that legitimate questions about her fundraising have been asked by a number of donors, but not answered by her.

If people think that they are somehow accomplishing something by subsidizing the not-uncomfortable lifestyle of that person, then that is their business, in a sense, but it is legitimate for others, arguably more clear-minded, to ask “where is the money going?“, “is any of this true?“, and “are people being tapped for money under false pretences?“.

I can also see that her fans seem to be, almost entirely, not the truly poor but more those who are not “poor” but who support her “non-binary” profile, the “gender bender” aspects, and the general “government must do more for the poor” activism aspect.

I think that it is legitimate to question, not only “where the money went” (or goes), but also, whether in reality Bootstrap Cook has actually influenced government, or large enterprises such as ASDA (it seems that one or two supermarket chains were actually paying her for advice or consultancy or something).

Poverty is a huge problem in the UK now. Anyone claiming to be expert in it must expect searching inquiry.

Is this all really just a morning TV virtue-signal writ large? After all, at the end of the day, the decisive question is what government does or fails to do.

I personally have no animus against “Bootstrap Cook”, but my view of her has certainly become far less positive over the years since I first heard of her.

I do think, also, that if you claim that a person can feed healthily on £5 a week, you are really playing into the hands of swine such as Dunce Duncan Smith, Esther McVey, Therese Coffey etc.

I think that anyone wanting to help “the poor” could probably do so more effectively via GoFundMe or local foodbanks than by subsidizing the lifestyle of “Bootstrap Cook”. Perhaps I am mistaken, but that is my firm view and opinion.

On a wider point, we have in the UK this msm thing whereby TV channels or shows like to have a “go-to” list. Brexit discussion? Call Farage. Free speech discussion? Call Toby Young. Poverty discussion? Call Jack Monroe. And so on.

Thus you get “activists” who are really just “famous for being famous activists”. The Caroline Criado-Perez phenomenon. A hundred thousand or a million Twitter followers but, outside Twitter etc, really unknown and without real influence.

Of course, the msm now like to feature (supposed) “experts” who are, if possible, young, female, and black. “Bootstrap Cook” is not black, but as “Meatloaf” once opined, “two out of three ain’t bad“…

Well, there it is. I prefer to concentrate on other and larger issues really, but felt that I should examine the above first, after the recent Twitter storm in a teacup.

[Update, same day: I happened to see an assessment by someone else. An investigative and/or opinion piece. https://katieroche.net/jack_monroe_investigation_main.html]

[nb: any further updates will be at the foot of this blog article]

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All that the doomed “Conservative” Party had to do, to consign Labour to the bin, was select a leader to succeed “Boris”-idiot who was even slightly competent. It failed to do so. Endex.

The implications are clear: either the Con MPs get rid of Liz Truss as soon as they can, and put in someone who at least looks semi-competent, or the Con Party will be near-finished by next year. Same goes, of course, for Kwarteng, Cleverly, and Coffey.

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Ha ha. Yes, that ghastly little bastard Schofield is one of the worst people on TV in the UK; and, yes, it is peak contemporary Britain, just like…well, there are just too many examples around…

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TV detective drama

I, among others, including recently Peter Hitchens, have written about how NWO/ZOG propaganda is now embedded in TV dramas, “soaps”, ads etc. See https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/12/10/tv-ads-and-soaps-are-the-propaganda-preferred-by-the-system-in-the-uk/.

A good example was seen the other night. A new detective drama called Karen Pirie.

Set partly a few decades ago, partly in the contemporary era, even the older setting, in St. Andrews, Scotland, decades ago, had a black character appear. In a small town in what seems to be a bleak part of Scotland (I have never been there). Then we are introduced to the two detectives now investigating the cold case. One a small Scottish woman, the other a black or half-caste…

I do not have a great deal of patience with films or TV shows. If they do not catch the interest after 15 mins, switch— OFF. I gave this one 20 mins. A bloody bore, poorly conceived and worse-acted.

This evening, I saw an old episode of Wycliffe [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wycliffe_(TV_series)]. All characters more or less credible, and what I like best about Wycliffe is that it manages to catch the atmosphere of Cornwall well, from what I recall from when I lived there. It does not rely on cliche (most of the time, at least).

Late tweets

One or two white children, out of over 30. Scotland’s future? In the centre of the photo, Scotland’s supposedly “nationalist” leader…

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[icebreaker]

Update, 3 November 2022

In the month since I wrote about “Jack Monroe”, the “Bootstrap Cook”, the storm around her murky financial arrangements has become fiercer yet. A few tweets:

Her “free lawyer” is or was the egregious Mark Lewis, a Jew who lives in Israel, though he is connected to a small law firm in the UK.

I have blogged extensively about Lewis in the past:

He is sometimes described, inaccurately, as having become a “pro bono” lawyer who works for free, out of quasi-charitable motives, whereas he in fact seems to work on a “no win no fee” basis, which is not at all the same thing.

“Jack Monroe” has tweeted that she still has several/many months in which to sue the MP Lee Anderson and the politico Martin Daubney. In theory, up to a year after the alleged libel, but the relevant Practice Directions do say that the courts will still expect any claim to be made expeditiously, so not, e.g., 10 or 11 months after the alleged libel.

The courts may (probably will) penalize even a successful defamation claimant (“plaintiff”, as was) in both award and costs if the action is not brought expeditiously.

How do I know this? Because, though not now a barrister, I was one until a pack of Jews cobbled together a false complaint against me in 2014 (I was disbarred, wrongfully and illegally, in 2016): see https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/. I am rusty on the law here and there, but keep up to some extent (enough).

As my blog assessment said. Virtue-signalling Guardian/Observer readers for the most part.

https://awfullymolly.com/2022/11/03/jack-monroe-saint-or-scammer/

Diary Blog, 9 April 2022

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On this day a year ago

Saturday quiz

Ah…political journalist John Rentoul achieved a rare victory over me this week, scoring 7/10; I scored 6/10. I did not know the answers to questions 1, 2, 9, and 10.

Online Harms Bill analysis

https://www.cyberleagle.com/2022/03/mapping-online-safety-bill.html

Tweets seen

Ecce the UK in the globalized world of the New World Order: the Prime Minister a part-Jew, part-Levantine chancer and liar, and most of the Cabinet Jews, Indians, or Pakistanis, with the odd black or Kurd. Now we see that Indian “clever boy”, Sunak, posing as Chancellor of the Exchequer, was actually a US taxpayer until a couple of years ago! When he was not only a faux-“British” MP but actually a government minister!

Britain is just the world’s dustbin now.

…and the bimbo (is that Esther McVey?) nods sagely (or, rather, like a malfunctioning nodding dog in the back of a car).

Good grief! Is New Zealand finally waking up? Jacinda Ardern is the sort of political leader you get when the voters are more interested in whether they win a rugby or cricket match on the other side of the world than the fact that their country is not only becoming a dystopian police state but also being swamped by non-white immigration and political correctness. The UK and USA should wake up too.

Incredible yet true story

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-60841291

I would never travel on a Greek ship, not any distance anyway. I heard a similar story about the cowardly incompetence of Greek ships’ officers and seamen from my own brother, when he and his wife were nearly lost in a storm at sea in the Mediterranean, about 40 years ago. Only luck saved his ship (travelling between Piraeus and Kos, an overnight journey of about 17 hours).

Admittedly, I did myself once travel on a car ferry between Ancona (Italy) and Patras (Greece), a 20+-hour journey, and that was fine, but I cannot now recall whether that was a Greek ship or not. Anyway, it’s only when trouble happens that a crew is put to the test.

Deerstalker

I forgot to mention that I saw someone, a few days ago, wearing a deerstalker in the nearby small town. A man in late middle age. Unusual; I have not seen anyone wearing a deerstalker for many many years. I myself, at age 14, used to affect one, sometimes, at the races. I remember wearing one at Newbury a couple of times, circa 1970 or 1971. Sherlock Holmes has much to answer for.

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Diary Blog, 15 October 2021

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Iain Dunce Duncan Smith, Esther McVey, David Gauke, the Jew “lord” Freud etc have never been punished. Not yet.

My assessment of NWO/ZOG puppet Macron from 2019: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/09/on-recent-events-in-france/.

Because many, especially in the Anglophone countries, are more interested in whether “their” “national” football, cricket, rugby, American football, tennis (etc) “heroes” (even if non-white) win some sport competition or other than whether there exists free speech, national progress, or anything else.

The multiple agendas being pushed become ever-more blatant, but merely tweeting and blogging will not actually defeat the evildoers.

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/12/10/tv-ads-and-soaps-are-the-propaganda-preferred-by-the-system-in-the-uk/.

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An amazing achievement, but is there a hidden agenda?

We can rebuild…we have the technology“…

Ah, Cummings has finally noticed…

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Diary Blog, 12 August 2021

Just heard the TV news headlines: “recordbreaking school exam results”…

Does anyone really believe this kind of bs any more? Beyond belief.

Tweets seen

Esther McVey will not take that point on board. Firstly, she is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel; secondly, she is as thick as two short planks. My assessment of her from 2019: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/10/03/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-esther-mcvey-story/.

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Including quite a number of MPs and ex-MPs. A few names? Louise Mensch. Michael Gove. Boris Johnson…

They can then become “Conservative” MPs…

At one time, not many decades ago, before WW2, the USA was about 90% white. Now, maybe 45% (excl. Latinos) and, probably, soon far below that…

Britain as dustbin.

What’s next? Soylent Green? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green.

Alison Chabloz appeal

The appeal of Alison Chabloz against her conviction and sentence, handed down some months ago by Westminster Mags., started today at Southwark Crown Court. It now stands adjourned until tomorrow morning: https://www.thelawpages.com/court-hearings-lists/Southwark-Crown-Court.php.

Reports from usually-reliable sources say that one of the two magistrates who usually flank the Circuit judge at such an appeal was discovered to be, or to have been, on the board of some “holocaust” “charity” concerned with the so-called Anne Frank “diary”! That magistrate was then removed from the appeal hearing.

I shall report the result when it has been declared, presumably tomorrow sometime.

[Alison Chabloz outside Southwark Crown Court, and with the Thames, and Tower of London, as backdrop. At least English dissidents do not get put there these days…not yet anyway!]

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“If firearm possession is criminalized, only criminals and State operatives will have firearms…”— fact.

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Diary Blog, 15 October 2020

BBC World Service

I have complained in this blog previously about how poor the BBC World Service now is. It surpassed itself (negatively) last night. First, a report about an Afghan journalist who decided to relocate (illegally) to Europe with his family. Apparently, the family are now in Europe and their favoured destination is now Finland. Supposedly “refugees” but really economic migrants.

Then there was Outlook, once (long ago) an interesting show, but this time we had an interminably long (it seemed; in fact about 30 mins) story about an unfortunate man whose useless mother had given him a whole raft of neuroses.

A report about a Ugandan gospel singer followed. Cue howling. Finally, a report about a Panamanian who makes “artworks” out of plastic bottles.

I’m out.”

There were better things, such as a report on Kazakh nomads forced to flee the Soviet Union in the late 1920s, their descendants now stuck in China and subject to anti-Muslim repressions (along with the Uighurs).

Overall, though, the World Service is almost unlistenable now, like Radio 4.

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Not sure what Nick Griffin means (I have no idea what The Clash sound like); presumably some call to action directe

I am not so sure that that would be a complete answer. Most unmarried men (even gays) are not pederasts, and some married men are.

Exactly. Laurence Fox may well be sincere, but that does not prevent him being (((controlled opposition))). cf. UKIP, Brexit Party, Breitbart, Katie Hopkins, “Prison Planet” Watson etc.

I have blogged previously, many times, about the “privatization of public space”; I mentioned it in my talk at the London Forum in 2017 (now also censored…). I may not particularly like Trump, but he is the President of the most powerful state on Earth, and yet even his tweets get censored! This is the problem: that Internet quasi-monopolies are leaving citizens with effectively no rights qua citizen, only bare contractual rights (that amount to nothing).

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Peter Hitchens has a point, but it might equally be said that there is far too little anger in British politics. Far too little anger at migration-invasion. Far too little anger at the Jew-Zionist power and influence contaminating both politics and economy. Far too little anger at the war waged on the poor, unemployed and disabled by evil persons such as Iain Dunce Duncan Smith, Esher McVey, the jew “lord” Freud etc since 2010 (though started, quietly, under fake “Labour” from 1997). Far too little anger at the level of poverty and deprivation in the UK. Far too little anger at the sick decadence of the mass media, not least in the BBC.

If one is Peter Hitchens, a semi-approved System scribbler sitting in Oxford, then a degree of ivory tower complacency is, perhaps, the obvious attitude. The same is true of the fake Spectator-type dissidents, the Toby Youngs and Delingpoles. Some of their views are valid, but many not, and they offer no solutions.

For once, Julia Hartley-Brewer has a point. The country has lost its mind (****ing or otherwise): wage slaves in shops becoming harsh-voiced authoritarians acting like sergeant-majors ordering their cadets to adjust their masks! Scared rabbits wearing facemasks even when alone in their cars, or walking in the open air! Same idiots swerving to avoid being within many feet of others (admittedly people have been known to cross the street to avoid me even before “the virus” came to us! I am told that I sometimes walk scowling….when I am in fact just thinking!)…

The “government” of this poor country has certainly lost whatever mind it had. As for the population, many, perhaps half, want more severe measures! Are they the same that will be soon losing their jobs, having to exist on peanuts State benefits, losing their rented or “owned” (on mortgage) homes?

If Boris-idiot has failed to behave, or even look like, a real Prime Minister, then Keir Starmer has likewise failed even in his Opposition role (which he seems unable to understand in the slightest). Muzzled, photographed down on one knee in fealty to the blacks (who themselves are just “useful idiots”), and in thrall to the Jewish lobby and Israel. Starmer is just a useless System drone. Uninteresting. A waste of space.

Yes we have no bananas“! No wonder Diane Abbott has left front-line public life! (she kept the good old MP seat though, with its nearly £90,000 salary —and yet more for being on the Home Affairs Select Committee—, enormous expenses, and plenty of opportunities for coining it elsewhere): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Abbott#Register_of_Members’_Interests; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diane_Abbott#Charging_fees_for_speeches_to_students.

After a lifetime scribbling for the System Press (Lugenpresse, Judenpresse), Hitchens still is unwilling to see the enormity of what is behind the “panicdemic”: the Great Reset, and the Great Replacement. Google both…

Exactly so. It is not just the “panicdemic”. The importation of blacks and browns and others (and their subsequent breeding) has changed a fairly homogenous society into a multikulti dustbin. The State then has to exert efforts to stay in control.

Tell me that I am wrong…

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Happened to see that exchange. It really should no longer shock me that a barrister, and indeed from a set considered to be (and calling itself) “leading”, appears not to know the difference between “disinterested” and (as he obviously means…), “uninterested“. A sign of the times, I suppose…

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Diary Blog, 25-26 February 2020

Was just watching the first episode of that excellent series, Reilly, Ace of Spies [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reilly,_Ace_of_Spies], now being reshown on Talking Pictures TV. What was and is so good about the series was that it keeps pretty closely to the known historical narrative. The only irritant is that, in the credits, the theme music, in fact the Romance from the suite The Gadfly, by Shostakovitch, is credited as having been “composed and directed by Harry Rabinowitz” (a South African Jew)! Disgraceful, though it may not have been Rabinowitz’s fault that he was wrongly credited as composer.

Coronavirus

Seems to be still spreading, expanding its range. Italy hard hit. I saw a graphic recently re. personal hygiene, washing hands etc in various countries of Europe. Italy was at or near the bottom of the scale. That may well be significant.

My Australian niece has just returned to London from Venice. She went there for the carnival, only to find most events cancelled. This is getting serious. We are told that 80% of people who get the virus have symptoms so mild that no medical help is required. However, that still leaves 20% who do require at least some help. About 2% of the whole are dying. If it became widespread in the UK and affected, say, a million people, that would mean that 20,000 would die and another 180,000 would require NHS help.

How would the already-overstretched NHS cope? Probably not at all well. The tabloid Press has behaved with its usual panic-stricken lack of caution, predicting half a million deaths in the UK:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coronavirus-could-kill-500000-infect-21578658

The hope seems to be that this virus is more virulent in colder weather, meaning that, with the arrival of Spring and Summer across Europe and Asia, its effect overall may be blunted. Let us hope so.

Meanwhile, the Chinese (and China seems to be the source of all recent major infectious disease outbreaks except Ebola) are taking no chances!

Jew-Zionist “lawfare”

The malicious Jew-Zionist cabal known as “Campaign Against Antisemitism” or “CAA” is continuing its abuse of the English legal system.

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/labour-activist-charged-as-part-of-police-probe-into-alleged-antisemitism/

I have blogged about these evil “people” in the past:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/the-campaign-against-antisemitism-caa-takes-a-serious-hit/

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/

The last laugh?

This made me laugh:

“Boris is no good in a crisis”

You heard it first here. I was blogging about Boris-idiot’s inability to face, let alone handle, a crisis years ago! Before that idiot became PM, even before his disastrous tenure as Foreign Secretary. I tweeted about it until mid-2018 (when the Jews had me expelled from Twitter). I continue to blog about it. Now, finally, people are waking up, slowly. Here is the always-amusing and often correct “Artist Taxi Driver”:

I had not heard the rumour that Boris-idiot cannot appear in public because his allegedly pregnant “ho”, Carrie Symonds (who, despite surpassing ignorance, exercises considerable influence behind the scenes at No.10), has given Boris-idiot a black eye. If “Artist Taxi Driver” is correct, the alleged black eye was not bestowed on Boris-idiot for his shambolic joke-prime ministership but because the idiot posing as Prime Minister has been indulging in yet more fornication, and his “No.1 Ho” objects to that.

Tweets are not friendly to Boris-idiot…

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PartTimePrimeMinister&src=trend_click

Labour leadership

Just saw this very pertinent tweet about the Jew influence in Labour and how the three remaining candidates for leader have sold themselves:

…and the tweet below by Asa Winstanley is also very relevant, but the “anti-racist” me-too idiots in Labour have made fools of themselves. They oppose Jew exploitation in Palestine/Israel, oppose Zionist propaganda and warmongering by Israel, but pay lip-service to the foundations of the Israeli state! I mean:

  • the “holocaust” narrative, much of which is a farrago of lies, hoaxes, fakery and propaganda, protected in much of Europe by mediaeval-style “heresy” laws criminalizing “denial” (free historical examination and debate);
  • unwillingness to criticize or even see the exploitation, by Jews, of non-Jews outside the Middle East.

Labour is as good as doomed except as a fake “opposition” (as it was in the recent past too), controlled by the Israel lobby or Jewish lobby, unable to address the issues facing most British people, pro-mass immigration etc.

The question arises, if (when) the “Conservative” government is exposed as useless, to what can the British people turn, when the only “alternative” is an arguably even more useless “Labour” Party?

A social-national movement must arise, but as yet does not even exist.

Murder by another name

The fact is that Iain Dunce Duncan Smith, Alistair Darling, the jew “lord” Freud, Esther McVey, David Gauke, the heads of ATOS, Capita etc have never been punished for their crimes against the people. Not yet, anyway.

The legs of the traitor are not as long as the arms of the Cheka“… [Russian Civil War slogan]

Antisemitism! Antisemitism! I am a victim of anti-Semitism!

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An enemy of the British people tweets, supporting traitors and inciting violence to stop planes taking off

Britain, 2020

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/notting-hill-carnival-reveller-shouts-21580399

Britain and especially London is now a dustbin full of trash.

Midnight music

Diary Blog, 13 February 2020 (including Cabinet Reshuffle)

Scameron

I was just thinking about the unholy mess Prime Minister David Cameron-Levita left behind him in various ways: Brexit, HS2, the cretinous “reforms” of Iain Dunce Duncan Smith etc. What a complete waste of space that Mischling Cameron-Levita was. Given credit by a stupid electorate mainly because his Eton and Oxford education (and family money) made him look the part.

Laura Kuenssberg

Listened to a brief piece by Laura Kuenssberg on Radio 4 Today. Two or three egregious mistakes. One was “secretary of states” (for a group of Cabinet ministers) when she meant to say or should have said “secretaries of state”. Paid hundreds of thousands a year yet cannot get basic English right.

Cabinet reshuffle

So far, some nasty people removed:

Ha ha! Now crazed Ayn Rand devotee and Jew lobby doormat Sajid Javid has “resigned” (read, ungrammatically, “been resigned”…). Good riddance. That’s his political career gone up in smoke. Hard to imagine the idiot climbing so high again. Another “Conservative Friend of Israel” gone (but then 80% of Con MPs are members, unfortunately). Ex-Muslim or apostate Javid was almost fanatical in his pro-Israel, pro-Jewish lobby stance, though. He even supported the “Campaign Against Antisemitism” criminals. Great news that he is screwed!

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I am the wrong sex to be a tricoteuse (and cannot knit) but I am loving this, even without an actual guillotine beside which to sit. Tsar Boris is not someone for whom I have any respect, but (as the American blacks might say) “he done good”! I love a good chistka!

Mein Gott! The (born in UK) “Paki”, Sajid Javid, may have been kicked out, but only to be replaced by the (born in UK) Indian, Rishi Sunak! A former Goldman Sachs employee. His father-in-law is a hugely-wealthy Indian businessman. India is notoriously corrupt, its politics is corrupt. There is no need for the UK to descend to such levels. Why not —here’s an off-the-wall idea— appoint white British people to the Cabinet?…

NHS

The problem at the heart of the NHS is not really money (important though that is) but maladministration.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/harrowing-stories-burned-out-nhs-21487129

Robert Buckland

Confirmed in his job of Secretary of State for Justice, and Lord Chancellor. Surprising. I have heard him a couple of times on TV/radio. He does not really have the intellectual horsepower. Apparently, if reports are accurate, he used the word “epitome” on radio recently, but mispronounced it to rhyme with “Rome”…not what one expects to hear from a supposedly educated person, let alone a member of the Bar. Not even in these dumbed-down times (cf. Laura Kuenssberg etc).

Alok Sharma

Appointed Business Secretary. Born in India. He attended the same school as me, in Berkshire, but a decade later. When I was there, there were no Indians (though there were two half-Indian brothers, Anglo-Indians). Sign of the times.

https://www.rbcs.org.uk/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reading_Blue_Coat_School

UK poverty

Something to be addressed before building unwanted high-speed rail links or bridges over the ocean…

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/families-now-73-week-below-21488167

Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps, the dodgy Jew business chancer and former Bnai Brith office-holder, who used fake identities even to gain access to the Palace of Westminster, has been confirmed as Transport Secretary.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%27nai_B%27rith

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Shapps#Other_issues

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Robert Jenrick

Jenrick is staying on as Housing Secretary. A smug little pissant, married to a Jewish lawyer and whose children are being brought up as Jewish. A complete doormat for the Jewish Zionist lobby. An enemy of freedom of expression.

Gavin Williamson

The former fireplace salesman, who plays with his pet spider while fantasizing about taking on Russia and China with his chocolate soldiers, is confirmed as staying as Education Secretary. A pathetic deadhead who would like to be Prime Minister. Our system of political selection and election is truly broken.

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-gavin-williamson-story/

Brandon Lewis

“Barrow-boy” Essex barrister and mouthpiece for the Jewish lobby. “Promoted” to Northern Ireland…Yeah, right…Bye…

Coronavirus

There is now a whole damage limitation exercise to propagandize us that China and its people and their habits are not to blame for these repeated waves of viruses which emerge from China, when China, its people and their habits plainly are to blame. Eating anything with legs, wings or fins, even if endangered species, not caring about animal suffering or depredation of wildlife. Screw the Chinese. There are far far too many of them on this Earth, which their numbers and habits are killing.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7999467/Chinese-encyclopaedia-teaches-children-animal-carries-SARS-coronavirus-rare-delicacy.html

Huang Yanzhong, a public heath expert at China’s Council for Foreign Relations, said that the sale of rare animals is deeply-rooted in Chinese culture, despite its illegality.”

“The freshness of one’s dinner is also prized, leading vendors to flog live animals, which are seen as a sign of luxury.” [Daily Mail]

Backward untermenschen.

Reshuffle

This comment by the LibDems about the appointment of Suella Braverman might just be the least credible thing said today:

Responding to the appointment, [Daisy] Cooper said: “Liberal Democrats will not allow this dangerous, authoritarian Conservative government to undermine the rule of law and erode individual rights and freedoms.

The LibDems are even more of a joke now than they were a few months ago. No leader, 11 MPs, no policies of any interest and, of course, no power.

The LibDems are not alone in being irrelevant at present. Labour is just a joke. All four contenders are doormatting for the Jewish lobby, none has much (if any) credibility. As for Corbyn (who he?) he is marking time as lame duck leader by staying in his comfort zone, yapping nonsense about the “rights” of Irish tinker “traveller” thieves and scavengers, and the deportation of Jamaican criminals etc.

Midnight music

 

Diary Blog, 21 December 2019

I start today’s diary blog with some music:

Now we move to the affairs of the day…

Mark Field

For myself, though I had little time for Mark Field in general, I found the film of his encounter with the protesting lady rather funny. Her smug, entitled, “I’m going to do this; no-one can stop me and my companions” became (after brief resistance) “oh…” as she was collared and frogmarched out. Hilarious. For those who have not seen the footage:

DWP and suicides caused by “welfare” “reform:

Iain Dunce Duncan Smith and the Jew “lord” Freud, David Gauke, Esther McVey etc are guilty, morally (and in fact actually) of causing the deaths of thousands of victims, including 600+ suicides. They have to be brought to account one way or another.

Alison Chabloz

A take-off of the early 1970s TV series, The Persuaders, by persecuted singer-songwriter Alison Chabloz, starring imprisoned German dissident Ursula Haverbeck and the late Professor Faurisson:

I wonder how many people remember The Persuaders? The over-50s mainly, I suppose. People often say how good British TV used to be, but that is rather a rose-tinted view. There was plenty of rubbish too (such as, indeed, The Persuaders). Redeemed a little by the music of John Barry (and by that lady in the purple bikini!).

Signs of the times

I wrote a piece quite a while ago, in fact a whole year ago, about how TV ads and the so-called “soaps” are the chief outlets of mass propaganda. Of course they are! They are the most popular mass entertainment. Therefore, the most packed with System propaganda. So much so that some of the “soaps” actually have a message at the end telling viewers that if they have any problem similar to the “issues” raised, to call an official helpline!

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/12/10/tv-ads-and-soaps-are-the-propaganda-preferred-by-the-system-in-the-uk/

The propaganda effort has been stepped up this Christmas. The propagandists embedded in ad companies, TV companies etc have created a hybrid televisual “Christmas”, incorporating most of the traditional themes (though Christianity itself takes an ever-less prominent place), but mixing the traditional with key elements of the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan. So we now see all the LGBT (etc) stuff very prominent, the celebrating families on TV ads are almost without exception mixed-race, or you see a blonde mother with what Boris Johnson, I suppose, would call a “piccaninny” child.

In fact, even ads not specifically “Christmas” now have the above elements. Renault (if I recall aright) has recently had an ad showing two little girls who are friends; later, as young adults, they start a lesbian relationship (strongly implied; in fact it is pretty express). Are people so naive that they do not discern the aims and forces behind this sort of thing? Sadly, that may indeed be the case in the UK.

The ultimate aim is to destroy the racial and cultural basis of society, both in the UK and also in other basically white Northern European states and areas.

“79% of British think that the UK is going in the wrong direction” [ipsos poll]

Commenting on the findings, [ipsos] said: “Levels of pessimism about Britain’s national direction continue to be extremely high when compared to other countries.

“In fact, since the series started in May 2011, levels of pessimism have never been higher in Britain than they are now. The current political turmoil and Brexit impasse are likely to be significant contributing factors to the negative mood but our data shows that other factors are at play too.

“Issues around crime, healthcare and poverty continue to worry Britons but it is also noticeable that concern about Climate Change is at record levels.

“Hostile press coverage aimed at the Labour Party at the 2019 election was more than double the intensity found during 2017’s poll, according to a study of the two campaigns” [The Independent]

Researchers at Loughborough University, who have been tracking political news coverage, also found that British newspapers were half as critical of the Conservative Party in this month’s election as they were in the one two years ago” [The Independent]

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-election-press-media-conservative-tory-labour-criticism-bias-a9255551.html

Quelle surprise…

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Tracking newspaper coverage over five weeks of the 2019 election, the academics found that the intensity of hostile coverage of opposition parties peaked in the final days of the campaign. By contrast, coverage weighted by circulation was mostly positive about the Conservative Party, with coverage of Boris Johnson’s party improving in the final week.”

…and that’s before we even examine the role of the (((BBC))), (((Sky News))), (((ITV News))) etc in this rigged and unfair General Election of 2019.

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Because the largest newspapers were more friendly to the Conservatives, when weighted by circulation, the final week of the 2019 election gave the Tories a positive score of 30.17 while Labour’s was minus 96.66 – a vast gulf in treatment.”

“All opposition parties were portrayed negatively, with only the ruling Tories portrayed in a positive light.” [The Independent]

Britain 2019 (and now, 2020 as well…)

A man waiting for triple bypass heart surgery has been declared fit to work by the Department of Work and Pensions – surviving on just £80 a week.

Konrad Zastawny, 55, from Sheffield, has coronary artery disease which leaves him short of breath on some days and unable to move on others.

Doctors have told him he is unfit to work until he has had the six hour operation – scheduled for next month – which will see surgeons move blood vessels from elsewhere in his body to his five blocked arteries.

However, the job centre said he does not qualify for disability support.” [Daily Mirror]

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-waiting-triple-heart-bypass-21139770

The two things that won the election for the Conservatives will be gone within months – Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit [John Rentoul, in The Independent]

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/boris-election-results-latest-labour-after-corbyn-brexit-a9256206.html

Rentoul left out the most important “winning factor” that the Conservative Party had in the recent contest, meaning voters aged over 70, almost all of whom voted, and voted Conservative. Many will not be there next time, while many new voters will be eligible and may vote. As I have blogged previously, only a quite small minority of voters under 40 vote Con and the Conservative Party cannot hope that the upcoming voters of 70+ years old will be another 90%-Conservative bloc.

Stray tweets seen…

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Esther McVey Story

I was intending to write this examination of Esther McVey some months ago. Now here we are, almost in October, and the Conservative Party Conference is on. Looking at Twitter, I noticed some amusing things, one of which was the following tweet about thick-as-two-short-planks Esther, here seen both trying to orate and trying to seem as though her single brain cell is switched on:

Some of the msm and social media responses to Esther McVey’s latest idiocy have been hilarious:

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/housing-minister-esther-mcvey-mocked-for-saying-3d-architects-are-now-building-homes-on-computers-a4250356.html

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/esther-mcvey-humiliated-after-making-17010109

Rather like those bumper stickers with their silly tasteless jokes, such as “Divers do it deeper”; or in this case, perhaps, “Conservatives do it on computers— in 3D!”

Perhaps rather too near the knuckle in view of the Conservative Party sex scandals of recent years:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/28/stephen-crabb-sent-young-woman-sexually-explicit-messages-rejecting/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3682745/Married-Tory-high-flier-Stephen-Crabb-goes-total-lockdown-sexting-scandal.html

[Stephen Crabb MP, fervent pro-Jew and pro-Israel puppet, so stupid that he got caught twice for very similar and very pathetic “sexting”; a prime candidate for a future “Deadhead MPs” article];

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/brooks-newmark-resigns-minister-caught-in-sex-sting-to-quit-as-mp-over-new-scandal-9789165.html

[buck-toothed Jew MP (now ex-MP) Brooks Newmark, another one who was caught more than once; I suppose that I shall be called “bigoted” for my view that sleazy American Jews should not even be MPs in this country…]

There are other examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Westminster_sexual_misconduct_allegations#Conservative_Party_allegations

“You don’t have to be Jewish!” (or a doormat like Crabb) though…

So, Esther McVey. What do we know about her?

This is the Wikipedia entry:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esther_McVey

The bare bones are that Esther McVey has an LL.B. from one university, an MA from another, and a “corporate governance” M.Sc. from a third. I tend to think that people who have several degrees are either brilliant or are semi-idiots wanting to look good on paper, and usually the latter. I was once slightly acquainted with an African ex-High Commissioner who had degrees from Oxford, as well as either Yale or Harvard (I forget which) and the Sorbonne. A complete idiot…

Esther McVey is at time of writing a few days short of 52 years old. Her Wikipedia entry seems almost deliberately confused or misleading in part (which makes me wonder how much of it she edited personally).

Esther McVey seems to have graduated from the —at-the-time not very prestigious— Queen Mary College, East London in 1988 or 1989 (a decade or so later it became part of the University of London). Why she, from the Liverpool area, decided to study in an unfashionable part of London, I have no idea. It may be that she wanted to be in London and nowhere else offered her a place. Her degree was in law (level of degree awarded not known). She did not, however, continue either to the Bar or to the solicitors’ profession; neither did she seek or take any salaried appointment outside her family’s business (a demolition and site-clearance business in the Liverpool area). In fact, McVey was a director of the family business later, from 2000 to 2006, though her father has said that “she was there in name only”, which is a strange idea of the fiduciary and other duties of a company director. Perhaps she did not understand (that is rather a habit of hers). Still, there it is.

Though Esther McVey set up a couple of unsuccessful and/or publicly-funded small businesses (thus enabling her to claim on Wikipedia etc that she had been a “businesswoman” before becoming an MP), her main activity from 1991 and for much of the 1990s was being a TV presenter for both BBC and ITV, the high point being, apparently, co-presenting “GMTV” (ITV breakfast show) with that ignorant Irish slug Eamonn Holmes [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eamonn_Holmes].

I have no idea how she got into that kind of work, though I notice that, at the time, her boyfriend was a TV producer. She has a Liverpudlian accent that seems, at times, impenetrable.

Esther Mcvey was elected as MP for Wirral West, a so-called “bellwether” seat, in 2010:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wirral_West_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections

The Liverpool Echo described McVey as the “most reviled MP on Merseyside”:

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/record-shame-esther-mcvey-unpopular-16645987

Few will forget the infamous moment in 2013 when the then Wirral West MP said she thought it was ‘right’ and ‘positive’ that struggling people were turning to foodbanks because they could not afford to eat.

She told the House of Commons: “In the UK it is right that, you know, more people are visiting – which you’d expect – going to foodbanks.”” [Liverpool Echo]

Even the Jewish Zionist Liverpool Wavertree then-Labour MP, Luciana Berger, said that McVey’s response still “haunted” her: “It was disgraceful and showed absolutely no empathy – I was on the benches going ballistic.

McVey served in the Cameron–Clegg coalition as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Disabled People from 2012 to 2013, prior to being appointed Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2013 to 2015. She was sworn of the Privy Council in February 2014, and attended cabinet as Minister of State for Employment in the 2014 British cabinet reshuffle.”

[Wikipedia]

McVey was removed as MP for Wirral West in 2015 by the electors, many of whom described her, perhaps understandably, as “McVile”. She was then handed a well-paid sinecure for 2 years by her cronies and their cronies, as Chair of the British Transport Police Authority [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Transport_Police_Authority], an organization and activity about which stupid McVey knew absolutely nothing (and probably still knows nothing). We talk about corruption in Africa or Asia, but what to make of an appointment like that?!

McVey was then, almost beyond belief, selected as Conservative candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Tatton, vacated by part-Jew ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. She returned to Parliament in 2017.

She served in the Second May ministry as Deputy Chief Whip from 2017 to 2018. She was appointed Work and Pensions Secretary on 8 January 2018, but resigned on 15 November 2018 in opposition to the Brexit negotiations and the Brexit withdrawal agreement. In July 2018 it was reported by the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) that McVey had misled parliament over the new Universal Credit scheme by claiming that the NAO report showed that it should be rolled out faster when in fact the report concluded that the roll-out should be paused.[3] She apologised to the House of Commons on 4 July 2018[4][5] amid calls for her resignation.” [Wikipedia]

The bitch of course did not resign. Her type only understands brute force. People of her type have to be forced out of lucrative or careerist positions.

Incredibly, having been totally dishonest and incompetent as junior minister at the DWP (under part-Jap sadist Iain Dunce Duncan Smith), she was appointed by part-Jew Theresa May as Secretary of State in 2018. She later resigned over Brexit, but was re-appointed to Cabinet by Boris-Idiot in 2019.

In June 2019 she stood in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership election. She was eliminated in the first round after finishing in last place with nine votes.” Well, so that was how her fellow Conservative MPs rated her— only 9 votes out of 317

I detect three main strands in Esther McVey:

  • useless at her jobs (I cannot comment on her as a TV presenter, because I do not watch the kind of rubbish she presented);
  • lacking not only competence but any decent empathy or understanding;
  • a tendency to get personally involved with those working in the same organizations: when in TV, with at least one television producer; later, in politics, involved with the useless and lazy half-Jew “Conservative” MP, Ed Vaizey [formerly Con, now Independent, Wantage], who was made a minister and then —ludicrously— Secretary of State for Culture] [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Vaizey#Expense_claims]; now she is apparently engaged to another MP, Phillip Davies [Con, Shipley], in whom she apparently had “a long-term, on-off romantic interest” or vice-versa: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Davies#Personal_life

McVey is also, I read, friendly with the McCann couple, whose little girl, notoriously, disappeared in mysterious circumstances in Portugal many years ago now.

McVey is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel.

Some tweets about Esther McVey

So there we are. Esther McVey. A major deadhead, who is in a very safe seat and therefore unlikely to be removed by the voters. She, in her very person, is an indictment of the political system that has sustained her for a decade.

Notes

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2018/jul/04/esther-mcvey-apologises-for-misleading-parliament-video

Update, 16 February 2020

Well, credit where due. Boris-idiot (or his eminence grise, Dominic Cummings), decided to bin Esther McVey, whose last Government job was as Housing Minister, a non-Cabinet post, though she was, I read, invited to attend Cabinet. God knows why. Housing is vitally important at present, but that merely begs the question: why appoint a deadhead like McVey to that portfolio?

A few tweets seen:

Esther McVey was an example of a whole phenomenon which grew up since 1997: MPs lucky even to be MPs, and who became MPs because they were once on TV (eg Esther McVey, Gloria de Piero, Anna Soubry), or because they once wrote cheap novels (Louise Mensch— remember her, the drug abuser and “ho”?) etc, but who were unable even to function properly as MPs before being promoted, incredibly, to ministerial and even Cabinet positions.

Now? Well, deconstructing her CV, she has never had a real job (a real one, not the fake ones on her CV such as pretending to have been a director of her father’s demolition business, or a “businesswoman”); save for her TV presenter years. Hard to imagine anyone offering her a position (I mean a business one…). I therefore assume that she will stay on as MP in her safe seat of Tatton (rural Cheshire) indefinitely. She will of course never again hold Government office.

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Therese Coffey Story

It will be noted that among the names on the above list is that of Therese Coffey MP [Con, Suffolk Coastal], recently appointed as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. The role has been held by deadheads before, idiots such as Iain Dunce Duncan Smith and Esther McVey.

So who is Therese Coffey?

Therese Coffey was born in Lancashire, to parents about whom neither Wikipedia nor her own website say anything at all. She was brought up in Liverpool, according to Wikipedia, which however says that she was at school both at St. Mary’s College, in the small North Wales town of Rhos-on-Sea, and at St. Edward’s College, Liverpool. Both were at the time private Roman Catholic schools. Coffey is a name of Irish origin.

Therese Coffey was awarded a B.A. degree by Oxford University (subject unknown), she having gone up to Somerville College; then (oddly, on the face of it) she acquired a Ph.D. in Chemistry from UCL. Therese Coffey is often referred to as “Dr” Therese Coffey.

[Update, 21 May 2020: since writing the above, I have discovered that, while Oxford’s usual Chemistry degree is a 4-year course leading to a Master’s degree (M.Chem), the University does offer other chemistry-related 3-year science degrees

http://admissions.chem.ox.ac.uk/Data/Sites/21/images/mchem-chemistry.pdf.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing]

[Update, 7 September 2002: Wait a minute… it now turns out that Therese Coffey was asked to leave her Oxford college because she was not up to the course academically, and/or failed her exams! See update at foot of this blog post for more]

In England (though not in some other countries, notably Germany) it has always been considered infra dig to use the title “Doctor” unless one is either a medical doctor or some sort of working academic, scientist or clergyman. Unfortunately, there has fairly recently developed in the UK a strange affectation, of people insisting on referring to themselves as “Dr” when all they have is a doctorate in something (other than whatever they do professionally or whatever). So we have “Dr” Julian Lewis MP [Con, New Forest East], who holds a doctorate (D.Phil) in Strategic Studies. Another is “Dr” Louise Raw, “antifa” type prolific on Twitter, who holds a Ph.D. and whose special subject is one particular industrial strike in 1888. Now we also have “Dr” Therese Coffey.

Therese Coffey was awarded her doctorate in chemistry in 1998, at the age of 28. Her own website says that she was at one time a “management accountant”. She worked for Mars, the confectionery company, and for a subsidiary of the same, at which latter she was apparently Finance Director. She also did some work for the BBC. I think that we can assume that Therese Coffey’s non-political career was far from stellar.

Therese Coffey failed to become a Conservative MEP at the EU elections of both 2004 and 2009. She was, however, selected for the Conservative candidature at Suffolk Coastal (despite having been born and brought up in the North West of England, later living in Andover, Hampshire and having no obvious connection with Suffolk or East Anglia).

The expenses claimed by Therese Coffey in her first 6 months as MP were more than double those claimed by MPs in some other nearby seats. She seems to have kept her house and flat in Hampshire, which (it has been said of at least one) are being let.

Therese Coffey was one of the 72 MPs (almost all Conservatives) who both have an income of over £10,000 p.a. from rental property and voted out a bill requiring landlords to ensure that their properties were fit for human habitation! In other words, Therese Coffey is a parasite.

Therese Coffey voted to sell off woodland and forests in public ownership to private interests (the bill was dropped after a huge public outcry).

Therese Coffey has written a position paper recommending that pensioners pay National Insurance. She is a member of the extreme Free Enterprise Group within the Conservative Party.

Therese Coffey has been in favour of both Rupert Murdoch and gambling interests in the past.

Therese Coffey has from time to time bunged her own sister some money out of Parliamentary expenses for work (presumably) done.

Therese Coffey likes a “rock band” called Muse, it seems. I had never heard of them until now. Her interest in rock music seems bizarre, looking at her photographs and thinking of what can be gleaned of her personality (not very much). She certainly looks more like Patricia Routledge’s portrayal of the retirement-age Lancastrian private eye, Hetty Wainthropp, in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. However, Ms. Coffey’s liking for real ale (she is a member of CAMRA) is rather plausible. In fact, Ms. Coffey is only 47 years old, surprisingly, she having been born in November 1971.

I would have assumed that Therese Coffey is a lesbian, looking at this tank-like, Guinness-drinking, cigar-smoking person who likes football, but there is nothing I have found on the Internet to support such a conclusion directly; and she voted against “gay marriage” (and in that alone I support her, inasmuch as I feel that “civil partnership” provided whatever socio-legal comfort was necessary to deal with the inadequacies of the English law as it was in the previous century).

What disturbs me most about Therese Coffey is not so much what she has said, written and done, though that is bad enough, but what I have not seen from her: I have seen no intellectual curiosity that goes outside the box, for example any discussion of the need for Basic Income; neither have I seen anything else of intellectual interest from her. Admittedly, I have only been looking since her elevation to Cabinet (she was only a non-Cabinet minister earlier in 2019, and before that only one of the Conservative whips, traditionally a role for plodders…). If my view changes, I shall update this article, being by nature fair and just.

Therese Coffey may be the Cabinet minister with the lowest public profile. She is unknown to the general public. How long she will remain in Cabinet, I have no idea. If Boris-Idiot falls, “not long” is my guess. It may be thought unfair to dub someone with qualifications in both chemistry and accountancy a “deadhead”, but from the socio-political point of view I think that she well merits it. At any rate, as MP she is not going away, in that Suffolk Coastal is one of the safest Conservative seats.

Notes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffolk_Coastal_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2010s

https://www.theresecoffey.co.uk/about-therese-coffey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se_Coffey

https://www.houseofnames.com/coffey-family-crest

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/meet-new-dwp-secretary-who-16912568

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/who-therese-coffey-what-new-20049187

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/09/09/praise-therese-coffey-single-guinness-drinking-charmingly-outspoken/

https://bylinetimes.com/2019/09/10/therese-coffey-the-worrying-votes-and-views-of-boris-johnsons-latest-right-wing-appointment/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muse_(band)

https://womenalsoknowhistory.com/individual-scholar-page/?pdb=982

https://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/dr-julian-lewis/54

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Lewis

https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/amber-rudd-replacement-work-and-pensions-secretary-therese-coffey-just-nasty

https://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/suffolk-mp-defends-claiming-more-than-27-000-expenses-1-792686

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tories-vote-down-law-requiring-landlords-make-their-homes-fit-for-human-habitation-a6809691.html

https://raptorpersecutionscotland.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/bye-then-therese-coffey/

She made extra money this way: https://www.speakers4schools.org/speakers/dr-therese-coffey/ (Why am I not surprised at her cupidity?)

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/new-dwp-chief-lfc-fan-16898413

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetty_Wainthropp_Investigates

Update, 17 September 2019

God, she is a ghastly bitch!

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/therese-coffey-minister-uses-cruel-electric-dog-collar-wshlqs85d

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/dwp-chief-therese-coffey-blasted-20083806

Update, 24 October 2019

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ministers-push-ahead-with-single-face-to-face-assessments-for-disability-benefits/

https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-assessor-told-claimant-to-ignore-her-irrelevant-suicide-attempt-then-challenged-her-son-to-a-fight/

Update, 20 May 2020

Update, 6 October 2020

Update, 13 September 2021

The deadhead strikes again, attempting to justify removing £20 per week from some of the poorest in the UK:

Just as well that she does not have the power to give DWP benefits claimants an electric shock via a dog collar…

Update, 6 October 2021

I could comment, but my words would probably be regarded either as “grossly offensive” or as “incitement” to…something or other…

One thing is for sure— standing outside the Conservative Party Conference holding up placards asking for this kind of political criminal to be nicer to people just does not work…

(and what about this?)…

Jesus Christ! Could it get any worse? Do you call for its nurse, or just put it out of its misery?

Update, 6 September 2022

Well, whether you call it “the irony of fate”, a concatenation of unexpected events, or just madness, Therese Coffey has not only survived the fall of “Boris”-idiot, and stayed in Cabinet, but has been effectively promoted to two new positions— Secretary of State for Health, and Deputy Prime Minister.

It seems that —unknown to me until today— Therese Coffey and the —it seems strange to use the words— new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, are rather friendly. I suppose that, in that snake pit, Liz Truss would rather have a few friends around her rather than potential backstabbers who might, however, actually be competent at the jobs occupied.

The Twitterati have not been kind:

As I noted, impliedly, in my blog assessment of Therese Coffey of three years ago, the keywords are callousness and incompetence.

So there it is. Those who follow my blog, or read it regularly, will know or perhaps can guess what I think (inter alia, that tweeting, blogging, or complaining and protesting, will not rid our country of incompetent, corrupt, or evil politicians). Let’s leave it there…

Update, 7 September 2002

Wait a minute… it now turns out that Therese Coffey was asked to leave her Oxford college because either she was not up to the course academically, and/or failed her exams.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/sep/07/therese-coffey-had-to-leave-oxford-university-but-made-it-to-deputy-pm

So how did she get even a BA degree from Somerville? Or is that a total fabrication, like Iain Dunce Duncan Smith’s notoriously fake CV? Other MPs also have faked or partly-faked CVs.

To my mind, Therese Coffey warrants further and deeper investigation. She may be, or may have been, involved in other fakery, fabrication and/or fraud.

Still, it seems now, more than ever, that she fully deserves the title “deadhead“.

Update, 21 September 2022

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-11234871/Health-Secretary-Therese-Coffey-end-8am-Glastonbury-esque-scramble-GP-appointments.html

Update, 4 October 2022

Conservative Party Conference 2022:

Well, there they are— the stupid and ignorant “ho”, Liz Truss, already living on borrowed time as (and merely posing as) Prime Minister, and equally-ridiculous “Secretary of State for Health”, Therese Coffey.

The completely decadent and broken (and Jew-Zionist dominated) British political system, 2022, in a single photograph.

Update, 12 October 2022

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/11/therese-coffey-says-nurses-will-not-get-higher-pay-offer-as-strikes-loom

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/oct/11/therese-coffey-to-drop-smoking-action-plan-insiders-say

Well, I have pointed out, repeatedly, on the blog, that critical words (tweeting, blogging etc) cannot deal with the Therese Coffey type.

One wonders about the psychology of Therese Coffey, looking at her, and looking at the state of her. A fat and ugly woman, prematurely aged, who gets drunk, spills beer over herself, and smokes cigars while doing it. “Multiple frustrations” would be my armchair psychologist diagnosis.

What does it say about our system of “democracy”, and our system of MP and ministerial selection, that a ghastly and quite possibly evil woman of that sort can become, by a series of “chance” events, a Deputy Prime Minister?

The same goes, of course, for the stupid and ignorant “ho” presently posing as Prime Minister.

Interesting, but not surprising. My assessment of the bitch, from 2019, implied as much.

Had one not seen what has been going on in the governance of Britain since at least 2010, one would perhaps be surprised that someone as totally inadequate, dim, and also amoral as Therese Coffey could ever climb higher than the backbenches.

Look at the bitch! Look at her friend and boss, “ho” Truss, too. They are both embarrassments to this country, as are woolly-head Kwarteng and half-caste thicko James Cleverly.

Update, 23 October 2022