The right-wing outrage machine has been in full flow overnight after an address by Tory throwback Jacob Rees Mogg to students at the University of the West of England near Bristol was disrupted by protestors. What has not been dwelled upon, though, is that what had started as an interruption to Rees Mogg’s speech escalated momentarily into violence through the actions of one man who the right-wing are loath to identify.
Jacob Rees Mogg
To no surprise at all, the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, after telling readers “Rees Mogg Involved In Violent Fracas At Student Event” at 1909 hours, then returned to blame the Rotten Lefties (tm) with “Rees Mogg Protester Identified As Momentum Corbynista” at 2148 hours.
The customary spin claims “Multiple eyewitnesses say the hooded protester who went nose-to-nose with Jacob Rees-Mogg tonight is a Corbynista, Momentum and Labour supporter [whose] Likes include Jeremy Corbyn, Bristol Momentum Youth, Bristol Labour Party and Filton and Bradley Stoke Constituency Labour Party … Another picture shows Ken Loach addressing a Bristol Momentum event”. Big intercoursing deal. Perhaps the Fawkes Massive would tell the world what law he broke by doing that.
Ross Kempsell - shameless Fawkes minion says Look Over There
What The Great Guido does not dwell upon is this snippet, which is from an account which is claimed to be from someone who was there: “Then there was a confrontation between a protester and an audience member”. This is the dead giveaway: the Fawkes blog has gone after the usual convenient target - someone they can identify as a left-winger, but who was merely protesting, to take the heat off the real culprit.
Because the “Fracas” only became “Violent” when a man in a white shirt approached the group who were barracking Rees Mogg and decided to wade in, confronting and indeed assaulting some of them, including at least one young woman. To no surprise at all, the Fawkes rabble don’t want to identify him. But they are in a minority of one.
One Tweeter who was there told “The member of the audience in the white shirt started getting violent towards the people being disruptive. I was standing in front of him when he punched me. No student was violent here”. Another posted video backing up this account and observed “Started by the guy in the white shirt manhandling the lady without any reason”. And, as Skwawkbox discovered, it wasn’t just manhandling.
The video they have obtained “shows even more clearly that a Rees-Mogg supporter in a white shirt strikes a woman protester in the face … The video also shows the man pushing through bystanders to reach the protesters, lunge for the woman and then posture, ‘skinhead-style’, before striking the woman’s face and then dragging a forearm across her face”. But it was all the fault of the Rotten Lefties, because The Great Guido said so.
After seeing that video, the thought occurs that there is a very good reason that the Fawkes rabble went after the first Corbyn supporter they could find. Because that takes the heat off the thug who waded into the argument between Rees Mogg and the protestors and turned the whole thing violent. So, everyone out there, who is he?
One thing is for sure - the Fawkes blog and their press pals won’t be telling us.