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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Tommy Robinson March IS A FLOP

Today brought the moment of truth for the New World Order of those still inhabiting the planet UKIP. In conjunction with Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, they held a so-called “Brexit Betrayal March” in London. This began at the Dorchester on Park Lane, that well-known working man’s retreat, and proceeded via Victoria to Westminster. But there was a counter protest.
This started its journey outside the BBC in Portland Place, before taking in Oxford Circus and Regent Street before rounding Trafalgar Square and ending up on Whitehall. And the problem for Lennon, and his new best pal, UKIP leader Adolf von Batten, was that the counter protesters’ march was bigger. Worse, the UKIP and Lennon march attracted real racists and an unappealing convocation of conspiracy theorists and weirdoes.
John O’Connell of Far Right Watch gave a flavour of who was backing Lennon. “Yaxley-Lennon / #Ukip #Brexit 'Rally' ... Banners spotted : Generation Identity (Paramilitary Fascists) Casuals (Football Thugs) EDL (of course) And a few 'Fork Britain’” (ho ho ho). Meanwhile, Catherine Wylie from the PA reported “Counter-protesters marching against the so-called Brexit betrayal march are making their way down Regent Street in central London”. A very much more ordered scene it was, too.
Then came the weirdos, as Sam Blewett of the PA observed. “Here at the ‘Brexit betrayal’ march is a man holding a noose. He gave his name as Laukan Creasey, from Stevenage. I asked why he was carrying it. ‘That’s what the traitor May deserves. That’s what treasonous people get,’ he said”. Stuart Taylor pointed out that Creasey had assaulted his manager after losing his job at a road sweeping firm recently.
Another Tweeter concluded “This is who they really are!” after seeing one on the Lennon and UKIP march holding a placard proclaiming “Jo Cox = False Flag”. Meanwhile, Blewett had also noted the GI flags. “Along with the Ukip flags are those for Generation Identity. It’s described by anti-fascist campaigners Hope Not Hate as a ‘far-right’ movement that is ‘strongly anti-Muslim’”. He’s too kind. They are actual Nazis. But stylish with it.
Mike Stuchbery noticed that even Russian State TV, which tends to turn up and back the likes of Lennon, showed the GI flags. Why were they there? “Can't see why - it's a family-friendly Brexit, protest innit? Not about threatening to deport foreigners and antagonizing Muslims, surely?” Sebastian Payne of the FT saw one sign proclaiming “Lugenpress”.
But there’s no Nazis there, honestly. As to who was aggravating whom, the Anti-Fascist Network revealed “A small group of ~30 fascists have come down to Piccadilly Circus to have a go at our thousands-strong #StopTommyRobinson demo. Good luck lads”.
And Owen Jones had the top line that really mattered: “Over 15,000 are marching against fascism on London’s streets - and less than *3,000* have marched on Tommy Robinson’s demo. An absolute humiliation for him and for fascism here and abroad”.
Could it get more farcical? As if you need to ask: Nick Lowles observed “Comedy moment at #BrexitBetrayalMarch when #TommyRobinson tells the crowd to use their phones to join UKIP. He demonstrates and his card is rejected. Just about sums up the day”. Stephen Lennon’s gift to UKIP is to confirm it as a laughing stock. I’ll just leave that one there.
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Press Racism - Raheem Sterling Is Right

The unequal treatment handed out by our free and fearless press to sports stars who have the audacity not to be white has been brought into sharp focus following yet more racist abuse of Manchester City player Raheem Sterling - this time following City’s first Premier League defeat of the season, at Chelsea yesterday - and Sterling taking to his Instagram account to show the world that the press is not blameless in such matters.
Raheem Sterling - telling it like it is

As the BBC has reported, “Sterling cites newspaper headlines about team-mates Tosin Adarabioyo and Phil Foden buying houses. The headline referring to 21-year-old defender Adarabioyo - who is on loan at West Brom - focuses on how he spent £2.25m on a property ‘despite having never started a Premier League match’. By contrast, midfielder Foden, 18, ‘buys a £2m home for his mum’ and is later described as having ‘set up a future’”. The Man City man made the all too obvious point.

You have two young players starting out their careers - both play for the same team, both have done the right thing, which is buy a new house for their mothers who have put in a lot of time and love into helping them get where they are. But look at how the newspapers get their message across for the young black player and then for the young white player”.

Quite. And he wasn’t finished. “I think this is unacceptable, both innocent, have not done a thing wrong but just by the way it has been worded, this young black kid is looked at in a bad light, which helps fuel racism and aggressive behaviour. So for all the newspapers that don’t understand why people are racist in this day and age, all I have to say is have a second thought about fair publicity - and give all players an equal chance”.
No, the headlines about Adarabiayo and Foden are not explicitly racially charged. That isn’t the point: it’s the subtle, sly way in which Adarabiayo is portrayed negatively, while Foden is shown in a more positive light. And when it comes to Sterling himself, the press has a far greater roll of shame, despite the lame protestations from the likes of Piers Morgan, for whom blind obedience of the Fourth Estate’s chosen line is obligatory.

We can see this as Adam Keyworth has put together a Twitter thread (see HERE) with some of the more egregious misbehaviour. These include “The one where Raheem was ‘tired’" (Sun), “The one where Raheem was labelled 'footie idiot' for no apparent reason” (Sun), “The one where Raheem was 'greedy' for wanting a pay rise after a successful season” (Mirror), “The one where Raheem was 'obscene' having bought his mum a nice sink out of his own money” (Sun). And there was more. Much more.
The one where Raheem dared to fly on a budget airline” (Mail), “The one where Raheem forgot to clean his car” (Mirror), “The one where Raheem the 'love rat' dared to propose to his 'long-suffering' girlfriend” (Sun), “The one where Raheem was called a 'rat' for being seen with a friend on holiday” (Sun), “The one where Raheem dared to eat breakfast even though he didn't win Young Player of the Year” (Mail) and “The one where Raheem got a personal tattoo” (Sun). And that’s only the first 10 of 31.

Black footballers continue to attract sly, low-level prejudice from the press. And it’s no use them clutching their pearls and pretending to be innocent parties.

Raheem Sterling is right. But all he’ll get for his trouble is more grief. Sad, but true.
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UKIP Paying Tommy Robinson WITH EU MONEY

As his faithful followers wend their weary way to London’s Park Lane for the rally which will also feature new UKIP leader Adolf von Batten, news arrives suggesting that Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, may not hate the EU quite as much as he would like those followers to believe. Lennon has been appointed as an assistant to Batten on so-called “grooming gangs”. He won’t be assisting for nothing.
So the question has to be put: who is paying, where are they getting the money, and what is the size of the wad which is being propelled in Lennon’s general direction? The Great Man, and Batten, are not about to pony up this information voluntarily. But one figure from the UKIP leader’s past has the information, and what she has told poses more of those difficult questions for a party which already has significant previous in this area.

That is because, despite the apparent hatred for all things EU, it is from that source that it seems Lennon will get his money. Jasna Badzak, long-suffering former UKIP staffer who knows the ways of former Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage and the rest, has named names, sums of money, and in the process accused Batten of dodgy dealing.
#UKIP has submitted paperwork to abuse your taxes and pay #TommyRobinson £55,000 per annum for his ‘advices’ via @EUparliament MEP secretarial allowance! Already illegally self stamped and submitted by Kamila Zarychta. Alert your MEPs about this #UKIP fraud and report it to OLAF” she claimed yesterday. £55k a year is rather more than most of the Wall Of Gammon™ who have obediently hung on Lennon’s every word.

So how does Lennon get past the background checks which he would have trouble passing, given his past criminal record? Simples. The engagement of his services is on a self-employed basis, which the EU allows. Here, no background check is performed. I am told Lennon’s paperwork has been stamped by an accountancy firm which should be independent, but is in fact run by a loyal UKIP member.
As Ms Badzak has already hinted, this matter has already been referred to OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office. Contrary to all the EU-bashing propaganda that tells us the EU is somehow corrupt, or more corrupt than the UK, the people in Brussels and Strasbourg take financial misbehaviour so seriously they have a team in place to deal with it. And that team may now be dealing with Lennon and his new patron.

Also notified over this arrangement will be HMRC. After all, no-one wants to see anyone trying to get away with not paying their fair share of tax on that £55,000 which, for someone working under self-employed status, will be paid gross. Meanwhile, the obedient Wall Of Gammon™ will claim such information is merely more of that Fake News that the great Tommy warned them about. Except they, once again, are being had for mugs.
As with anything and everything that he does, for Stephen Lennon this is all about the promotion, and ultimate enrichment, of Himself Personally Now. His followers can reflect on that when they get nicked later today and The Great Man takes no notice.

After all, it’s nothing to do with him. He only brought them out on to the streets.
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Top Six - December 9

So what’s hot, and what’s not, in the past week’s blogging? Here are the six most popular posts on Zelo Street for the past seven days, counting down in reverse order, because, well, I have places to go and people to see later. So there.
6 Farage Quits UKIP - It’s Not An Accident Mr Thirsty flounced out of his own party, ostensibly because of the machinations of new leader Adolf von Batten, but also because the Mueller investigation in the USA is closing in on him.

5 Murdoch Threatens Michael Gove Rupe’s faithful retainer Trevor Kavanagh told “Oiky” in no uncertain terms that he should ditch his support for Theresa May. Or else.

4 BBC Endorses Fake News Lawbreaker New Guido Fawkes teaboy Tom Harwood was out of his depth on Politics Live - and he has criminal acts in his back catalogue.

3 Milo Yiannopoulos - STONEY BROKE The deeply repellant man-baby is now in debt to the tune of at least half a million US Dollars, and perhaps as much as two million.

2 Priti Patel - There Are No Words Suggesting the Tories use the prospect of food shortages as leverage on the Irish Government is bang out of order.

1 Simon Danczuk Joins The Tories Who should turn up at the Cities of London and Westminster Conservatives 2018 Gala Dinner, but Spanker Si. Floor duly crossed.

And that’s the end of another blogtastic week, blog pickers. Not ‘arf!

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Phone Hacking Spectre Haunts Piers Morgan

Considering he is Mail Online’s editor at large, the rest of the Mail empire doesn’t exactly help former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan forget about the more controversial episodes in his career, as the people at Byline Media have discovered. Morgan continues to stick to the line that he knew nothing about the paper he was running behaving like a borderline criminal enterprise, hacking phones on an industrial scale.
Cock of the walk or feather duster? Decisions, decisions

That behaviour resulted in the Mirror titles having to pay out tens of millions in damages and legal costs, as those whose voicemail had been hacked lined up to take action. One of those so doing was actor and campaigner Hugh Grant, who made a telling observation outside the High Court last February after collecting a six-figure settlement.

It is clear from the evidence in this litigation so far that Ms [Tina] Weaver. and Messrs [Richard] Wallace, [Mark] Thomas and [James] Scott were all phone hackers themselves, and that either Piers Morgan and Neil Wallis were so incompetent as not to know the real source of scores of exclusives that they published, or were complicit in the conduct themselves”. And where has Tina Weaver fetched up now?

Well, she’s arrived at the Mail on Sunday, which puts her uncomfortably close to her former close colleague Morgan, who might be wondering if the MoS could not possibly have engaged the services of someone marginally less controversial. The problem for both of them is twofold. The first difficulty is who she is writing about.

As Byline Media’s legal source has told, “Tina Weaver … ran one of the biggest known illegal surveillance operations in British history … What happens if a complaint comes from someone she has already targeted in the past, as part of a criminal conspiracy, the purpose of which was to breach their privacy? It would look bad, and potentially is hugely aggravating”. So who has Ms Weaver written about since joining the MoS?
Tina Weaver looking moderately shifty at the Leveson Inquiry

How about Ant McPartlin, former wife Lisa Armstrong, Gwyneth Paltrow and her former husband Chris Martin? She wrote about the first two HERE, and the second two HERE. That might just prove uncomfortable for Morgan, not just because they are both working for the Rothermere press, but because of their past closeness.

The second difficulty is that close past working relationship. As Press Gazette told back in 2001, under the headlineWeaver to work closely with 'editor in chief' Morgan”, “The Mirror editor has a new, lucrative five-year deal with Trinity Mirror and is to be ‘effectively editor-in-chief’ of his own paper and the Sunday Mirror … His new role will be akin to that filled by Paul Dacre at Associated Newspapers, in a strategy that will see Morgan and new Sunday Mirror editor Tina Weaver bring the papers into a close working partnership”.

Do go on. “MGN managing director Mark Haysom said: ‘I now want to extend Piers’ influence over the Mirror’s sister title. He has worked closely with Tina in the past and will continue to do so in their new roles.’ … Morgan said he was looking forward, with Weaver, to bringing the papers together as ‘formidable editorial and commercial partners’”.

What else was “brought together” I will leave for others to decide. Complicit or incompetent? That PG article doesn’t sound like they’re talking about the latter.
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Karen Danczuk - I Told You So

Last April, Zelo Street told that Karen Danczuk, former wife of Rochdale’s now thankfully former MP, had split from her “Spanish toyboy”, who had posted a photo of his arrival back at Alicante-Elche Airport and then taken his account private - while Kazza was telling anyone who would listen that she was in Rochdale.
The fragrant and modest Kazza. Allegedly

Our free and fearless press did not take this hint. Nor did they notice when Kazza fetched up on RT’s News Thing at the end of March, in one of her increasingly rare sleb appearances, sans ring. Perhaps they were taken in by Kazza then defiantly sharing photos of the two together, not realising that there is such a thing as “banking” photos to use later. But now the Sun and Mail have at last woken up to reality.

The Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun got in first, proclaiming “Karen Danczuk has split up from her toyboy fiancé just months before their wedding … The selfie lover is thought to have ended things with Spaniard David Escudero after a series of 'nasty' rows split the pair apart”. Like the one where he went back to Alicante - which the same Murdoch goons managed to miss. But there is more.

A source said: ‘Karen was dumped at first. Talks have continued but she is torn between wanting to ignore him and win him back … He walked out after a particularly nasty row. She has kept his passport and is refusing to give it back. As he's Spanish the fact he can't get his passport back might be an issue for him.’” A Source? Who might that be? Has Spanker been earning a few bob extra shopping his ex to the Sun?

Besides, the passport claim very much depends on where he is right now. If he’s in Spain, he just toddles along to the relevant ministry and gets another. In any case, the Mail is also on the case, although they first suffered the embarrassment of running Kazza’s latest self-publicity stunt with the gushing headline “What winter blues? 'Selfie queen' Karen Danczuk soaks up the rays in a red bikini on the beach in Spain”.
The simpering tone continued: “Dressed in a red bikini printed with white hearts, the bride-to-be looked carefree as she strolled along the shore and lounged at the water's edge … Karen, who became engaged to her fiancé, a Spanish waiter named David, last July, appeared to be making the most of some alone time at the beach”. No-one seems to have asked if it was warm enough to go in the sea in early December - even in southern Spain.

Was this another series of “banked” photos? The press don’t do much of that fabled investigative journalism, do they? Still, the Mail tries to make up for the earlier howler with “It was to be the second time down the aisle for Karen, whose four-year marriage to the former Labour MP ended last year … MailOnline have contacted Karen's representatives for comment”. But they, like the Sun, have not told their readers one small fact.

And that is they they have been played by Kazza, who might not be the sharpest tool in the box, but knows how to con the tabloid press something rotten. Zelo Street sussed her out years ago, and was eight months ahead of the press pack with this story as a result.

Still, it’s another excuse to splash lots of cleavage pics, so that’s all right, then.
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Tommy Robinson Spoke Alongside Neo-Nazi

As the last remnants of the motley convocation of saloon bar propper-uppers otherwise known as UKIP prepare for leader Adolf von Batten’s Nuremberg-style victory rally in London tomorrow, yet more unfortunate news has emerged about Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, who will be playing Goebbels to Batten’s Führer. The latest problem for Lennon is his past visits to Sunderland.
The former EDL head man had visited the Wearside town to lend his support to a campaign against more of those Scary Muslims™. It had been claimed that a young woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been attacked and perhaps even kidnapped and sexually assaulted, by men alleged to be of Turkish origin. The Police had investigated but had not charged anyone. So in waded Lennon.

It was the usual schtick: the cops would not protect Our Women from Them. They were importing Very Bad Behaviour. But what some may not have noticed is that one of those organising the protests, and who spoke alongside Lennon on at least one occasion, has a track record not merely of race hatred, but actual Nazism.
Billy Charlton ((c) Sunderland Echo)

As the Sunderland Echo has reported, “A protester who spoke alongside Tommy Robinson last year stirred up racial hatred during a series of public speeches, it is claimed. William Charlton's protest talks spread hatred against ‘immigrants, Asians, black people and the police’ and caused a rise in a city's racial crime and disorder, jurors have heard”.

There was more. “Newcastle Crown Court heard the 53-year-old, who is known to friends and supporters as ‘Billy’, spoke along with Tommy Robinson at one of the organised protest events, where a woman had to be ‘escorted away for her own safety’ for carrying a placard that said ‘rape does not have a race’”. Free speech, for Lennon and his pals, does not apply to those who disagree with him. And Charlton has other significant previous.
The same Billy Charlton on the Sun front page ...

Billy Charlton became briefly infamous as the man in the blue Nike top who featured on the front page of the Murdoch Sun the morning after the EU referendum. The inmates of the Baby Shard bunker had not checked who they had put on the front page, but others had: Charlton had been captured on camera standing behind a Combat 18 banner.

Combat 18 is a neo-Nazi organisation; the 18 comes from A and H, the 1st and 8th letters of the alphabet, being the initials of Adolf Hitler. The referendum was in June 2016. The protests which Lennon attended did not start until September. He had ample opportunity to do his research on Charlton; whether or not he did so, he still spoke alongside him.
... and, at right, supporting Combat 18

Worse, as the court report notes, “The court heard videos of Charlton's speeches, which got up to 50,000 views, were uploaded onto Facebook and picked up by ‘Rebel Media’”. If so, that’s another horrendous research fail by Lennon. Unless he knew about Charlton’s past and did it anyway, which would make it even worse.

As the prosecutor observed during the trial, “85 per cent of people suspected or accused of sexual offences in the Sunderland area are white”. But not only did Stephen Lennon ignore that fact, he spoke alongside a known neo-Nazi.

But he’s not a racist, honest. And if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.
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Friday, 7 December 2018

Priti Patel - There Are No Words

The movement towards Irish independence that began in the 19th Century had all manner of forces driving it, but one burning injustice stood out above all others: the Great Famine of the late 1840s, caused by potato blight. Around a million people, mainly from the south and west of Ireland, died as a result of the famine; around a million more emigrated, many to the United States, others to the British mainland.
Worse, food exports from Ireland continued during the famine. Irish exports of calves, livestock (except pigs), bacon, and ham actually increased during the Famine. Much of that food came from the parts of Ireland worst affected by famine. It is, as with famines in India, part of the most shameful legacy of the British Empire.

This is understood by those who have even the most basic grasp of the history of the island of Ireland. But not one former cabinet minister. After it was revealedLeaked government papers show Ireland faces the prospect of taking a bigger economic hit than the UK should there be a disorderly withdrawal from the European Union. According to the documents, Ireland could see a 7 per cent drop in GDP under a no deal Brexit, whereas the UK would suffer a 5 per cent drop”, the detail was provided.

A government report, leaked to the Times of London, has indicated that there could be food shortages in Ireland in a no-deal Brexit scenario, and the economic impact on Ireland would be worse than in the UK … This is based on the large number of food exports from the UK to Ireland (more than half of the total food imported to Ireland comes from the UK)”.

So who would like to use the prospect of food shortages to kick the Irish? As if you need to ask. “Tory MP Priti Patel has told the [Times] that these warnings should have been used as leverage against Ireland to encourage them to drop the backstop”.

Condemnation was immediate. Threatening Ireland using food supplies as a stick with which to beat the Government in Dublin? “Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reacted to the story, saying that ;The sheer moral bankruptcy of the Tory Brexiteers is on full display today.’” Labour’s Lisa Nandy was of similar opinion.

She told “Threatening Ireland in this way is as morally reprehensible as it is futile. Britain should be showing itself to be a dependable neighbour and friend in the future, and it is frightening that Brexiteers are even contemplating a move which could see stopping trade, including food supplies, being weaponised in this way, particularly given the uncomfortable historical echoes”. The party’s deputy leader Tom Watson also weighed in.

This is an insult to all the people of Ireland. It displays ignorance to history and a political insensitivity that is unworthy of an MP. She should retract and apologise”. i News concluded its report by referring to the great decline in Ireland’s population that came with, and followed, the Great Famine: “The country’s population has still not returned to the levels before 1845”. The rot at the heart of the Tory Party is on full view today.

And remember, they allowed Priti Patel to become an MP. She was then gifted a ministerial portfolio. Be afraid, ordinary voters. Be very afraid.
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World Cup Winning Astronaut Quits UKIP

While current UKIP leader Adolf von Batten makes final preparations for his Nuremberg- style victory rally in London on Sunday, accompanied by Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, there to fill the Joseph Goebbels role, the party which he leads is disintegrating to the point of parody. And the latest resignations, coming today, are not a coincidence: they are from people who want no part in the new Batten project.
An' then I pulled the fucchhhn' trigger, but it still didn't stop me talking shite

The Kippers lost their London spokesman today after Peter Whittle quit the party, to the accompaniment of Twitter bots who grandly told him that Lennon was “merely the messenger” and “not a villain”. He was joined by UKIP’s only Scottish representative, the unpleasantly eccentric David Coburn, who asserted that the party had been “infiltrated by people with an alternative agenda”. His resignation letter makes interesting reading.

 As a unionist, I abhor English nationalism as much as I abhor Scottish nationalism. The party has been infiltrated by people with an alternative agenda, which is not the one on which I stood when I was elected and sadly does not represent the values for which UKIP once stood. I did not run on an anti-Islam platform. Unfortunately, this seems to be the direction that UKIP is taking - obsessing about this issue to the exclusion of all else at a time when we might lose the Brexit we fought so hard for”. Well, quite.
I em not a racialist, but, und zis is a big but

But the pièce de résistance was the reappearance of atom-splitting, box girder bridge-designing, Nobel Peace Prize winning, Oscar winning, World Cup stalwart and Apollo Program Astronaut Paul Nuttall. The former UKIP comedy leader had broken wind, sorry, cover, just so he could resign. And then he was gone again.

As the BBC has reported, “Former UKIP leader Paul Nuttall has quit the party in protest at the decision to appoint Tommy Robinson as an adviser. Mr Nuttall said he was leaving because the party was being taken in a direction ‘harmful to Brexit’. The association with the former English Defence League leader would ‘appall many moderate Brexit voters,’ he said”. The timing of these resignations is not a coincidence.

Sunday’s march is widely expected to see the Wall Of Gammon™ out in force, along with their usual behavioural characteristics - getting aled up and kicking off, attacking the Metropolitan Police, abusing journalists, damaging property, and seeking out Scary Muslims™ wherever they find them. Lennon has pleaded for good behaviour. Ho ho ho.
Added to this will be a counter protest, so when the Wall Of Gammon™ does indeed kick off, it will be blamed on the non-existent “fascist left”. This is one reason Nuttall, Coburn and the rest are going: UKIP may be a bunch of bigots, but the party has not been a street protest movement, even though its leaders have dabbled in Islamophobia.

Paul Nuttall and David Coburn may be top political comedy value. But they make a serious point: they are getting out before the shit hits the fan. Once the wider electorate sees what UKIP has become, Brexit will be a yet further tarnished idea, perhaps fatally so.

When even the fantasists leave UKIP, you know it’s finished. Good thing too.
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Spiked Paymasters Get Instant Return

After it became known that Spiked, so named because it should have been long ago, had been paid $300,000 by the Charles Koch Foundation, a front for the Koch Brothers, who are the most wilful and blatant of climate change deniers, the thought entered that this money might not be just about staging live events next year across the USA. And right on cue, the evidence has come running this morning.
Brendan O’Neill, alleged contrarian, but in reality a purveyor of systematic dishonesty and corporate shill of no discernible shame, has shown the world in the pages of the Murdoch Sun exactly what the Kochs were buying. “Vive la revolting French for a lesson from the barricades … Protesters, stormed Paris at the weekend to rage against Emmanuel Macron and his treatment of them with aloof, technocratic disdain – and that's why the leftists in Britain and the US have been largely silent about this people’s revolt” is the headline.

So what is this about, apart from demonstrating that O’Neill and the Sun’s headline writers are ignorant of languages other than English? The first line of the article proper confirms it: “AT last, a people’s revolt against the tyranny of environmentalism”. Dishonesty - and shilling for the Koch Brothers. And there is more. Rather a lot more.

And after the usual flat-out lie - “leftists in Britain and the US have been largely silent about this people’s revolt” (the Guardian, Staggers, Novara Media, the Mirror and Skwawkbox have all featured it, thanks Bren) - O’Neill gets down to a little serious Koch worship.

Most strikingly, this is a rebellion against the onerous consequences of climate-change policy, against the politics of environmentalism and its tendency to punish the little people for daring to live relatively modern, fossil-fuelled lives”. Climate change policy is “onerous”, looking to improve the environment is “punishing”, continuing to burn fossil fuels is “modern”. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Perhaps this is a mere slip, and O’Neill isn’t really a Koch Brothers tribute act? Think again: “We are witnessing perhaps the first mass uprising against eco-elitism, which is part of the broader populist revolt that has been sweeping Europe for a few years now”. Newspeak. And on he drones: “the EU’s commitment to cutting carbon emissions …a kind of penance for the eco-crime of driving diesel-fuelled cars”. Newspeak indeed.

And on: “no modern orthodoxy is safe from the ­populist fightback. Not even the environmentalist one … anyone who dares to bristle against eco-orthodoxy deserves to be cast out of polite society … the hitherto unquestionable religious-style diktat that says we must all drive less, shop less and do less in order to ‘save the planet’ … it is not an accident climate-change policies were, in the French case, the spark”. And on.

Environmentalism has always been a central feature of the new elitism, a means through which a self-styled ­virtuous political class could demonstrate its eco-awareness by shaming and ­punishing those who drive to work, or work in polluting industries or fail to recycle rubbish”. He must have wanked himself senseless thinking that one up.

Did the Koch Foundation give Spiked $300,000 just to stage live events in the USA? Did it heck. Brendan O’Neill’s Sun column confirms it. And, as he got paid to write it, he scored two paydays at once. Double trebles all round!
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BBC Endorses Fake News Lawbreaker

The ability of bookers at the BBC to invite on people who the Corporation really should be avoiding like the proverbial plague knows no bounds. In the recent past, in addition to talking heads from all those Astroturf lobby groups, we’ve seen a litany of radio host no-marks, propagandist pundits mainly from right-leaning newspapers, and some frankly batshit right wing new media choices - which brings us to yesterday’s Politics Live.
Yes Tom, you're wrong again

As befits the topical theme one would expect from this show, the subject under discussion was Brexit, and this week’s happenings in the Commons. There were Tory, Labour and SNP MPs on the panel. And for some reason best known to those bookers, so too was Tom Harwood, replacement teaboy to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog. His presence was not universally appreciated by his fellow panellists.

Labour MP Lisa Nandy, sitting next to Harwood, clearly did not believe she was hearing some of his drivel. “An introspective politicians’ discussion about what kind of non-Brexit you want to put through” he offered (Leaving the EU is clearly not leaving the EU in Fawkes la-la land). And he was only getting started.
It is a Brexit plus the Customs Union … vast sums … billion payments” he spluttered, before Jo Coburn asked Tory MP Nicky Morgan to let the teaboy speak. And what a speech. “Almost the only point that binds all Brexiteers together on everything … the Customs Union is the most pernicious aspect of the European Union, that prevents us from entering into agreements with countries around the world”. No it doesn’t.
A good question, Mr A

If Harwood thinks that the facilitation of free trade is “most pernicious”, he’s off his rocker. Seriously. Ms Morgan gave him both barrels in reply. “I cannot believe we have somebody sitting here, who writes for a website, who is telling three members of Parliament, who have got to make decisions … we are the representatives of the people … We are sitting here thinking about the economic interests of our constituents, trying to balance those people who voted leave [against] those people who voted remain”.
This is serious. This is not about playing to some Brexit ideology that has been pernicious in my party for 25 years. This is about doing the right thing for the country. We all have to rise to that challenge”. Truth is, Harwood was out of his depth, a snivelling, entitled posh creep who thinks he knows better than those who have to take the hard decisions.

But that was not the worst aspect of his being allowed to play with the grownups. As whistleblower Shahmir Sanni put it, “I see that @BBCPolitics had @tomhfh on #PoliticsLive. Vote Leave claimed that BeLeave was entirely independent. This lie led to the biggest electoral crime in our history. Harwood knew. He was a staff member of Vote Leave AND on the board of BeLeave. BBC what are you doing?
And he had more news to impart. “Here is the email chain he was a part of. The Vote Leave lawyer, William Norton set up BeLeave’s constitution. Both BeLeave & Vote Leave denied this. This evidence was given to the EC and led to Vote Leave and BeLeave being fined. Met Police are investigating everyone involved”. And he got on Politics Live.

The BBC not only invited on someone from a borderline Fake News website, but someone involved in an act of electoral criminality. We won’t get an explanation for that, either.
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