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Monday, 23 July 2018

Tommy Robinson Fans - Cops Close In

Last month, a rally and protest in London at the jailing of Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, turned violent. A creatively assembled selection of missiles was hurled at officers of the Metropolitan Police, some of whom sustained injuries. This was in addition to them being called “traitor” and “scum” by the collective membership of the Wall Of Gammon™ in the process.
At the time, a range of excuses was advanced as to why there had been such a blatant outbreak of disorder. Steve Bannon’s sad Mini-Me Raheem “call me Ray” Kassam blamed the cops, sneering “@SadiqKhan’s police aren’t very good at doing this to London’s knife-wielding or gun-toting gang members. But they’re very good at doing it to people protesting against radical Islam”. People unable to behave like civilised human beings, more like.

Sadly for him and his pals, the mood among the wider public was less accommodating, as scenes of hooliganism, gratuitous violence, attacks on passers-by and other attempts to turn the streets of London into a no-go area were broadcast. And Jo Phillips warned the Free Tommy faithful that they had been recorded misbehaving.
The #FreeTommy event in London today was a fitting tribute to the man … pissed up football hooligans rampaging through peoples' home city and throwing stuff (badly) and attacking the police … Good news? All those streamers videoing em means jail time when they are identified” she warned. And the Met have now confirmed that she was right.
Their Twitter feed has this morning told “Detectives have released images of people they would like to speak to in connection with serious disorder which occurred during the Free Tommy Robinson Protest on Saturday, 9 June in Whitehall”. The Tweet shows six males; the accompanying press release shows three more people - including one woman.

Hence that release telling “Detectives have released images of nine people they would like to speak to in connection with serious disorder which occurred during the Free Tommy Robinson Protest on Saturday, 9 June in Whitehall”. There was more.
DC Jonny Wise of the Met’s Public Order Investigations team has told “During this demonstration violent disorder broke out on the streets of Central London. Scaffolding, glass bottles and items of street furniture were thrown at police officers and 21 officers sustained injuries … Serious disruption was caused to members of the public, local businesses and the local communities. Vehicles and buildings were damaged and those responsible need to be held accountable for their actions”.
Dead right they do. So it’s vital that the Met receives every assistance in identifying those nine individuals, and then interviewing them, then eliminating them from their enquiries if they are found not to have been involved in the violence of June 9.

I’m sure Raheem Kassam will agree with that. Why wouldn't he?

[Anyone with information should contact the Public Order Investigations Team on 020 8246 0076. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111]

Who Is Jane Merrick?

Some journalists gain recognition from their endeavours, others through their notoriety. And some have to resort to publicity stunts to gain recognition. In that last category we find Jane Merrick, another of those hacks and pundits for hire who occasionally fetches up on the late night Sky News paper review because there was no-one else available.
You don't know who she is? Neither do I

Ms Merrick has protested at what she calls “Corbyn’s anti-Semitism policy”, by which one has to presume she means that of the Labour Party. It seems she has taken the row over Labour not having included all of the examples that accompany the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism in its code of conduct as her starting point. For this she has left the party, to the clear surprise of all those who didn’t know she had joined in the first place.
She quit Labour not by merely making an announcement via social media, but by writing about it at some length, for money, in the Murdoch Times, where she erroneously compares a policy argument to the Liverpool City Council dispute with the Thatcher Government. Then she was rumbled for only having joined the party two years ago to vote against Corbyn in what was expected to be a leadership challenge from Angela Eagle.
So her departure was not treated too seriously, “Jane Merrick quits the Labour Party... I haven't been this devastated since Andrew Ridgeley quit Wham!” and “It gets better. Jane Merrick joined Labour in Summer 2016 to vote for...Angela Eagle. Her departure is a dark day” being typical. Nor were her past errors glossed over, as Stephe Meloy warned.
“...don’t fall for the screech of the tiny tiny violins; this is the same #JaneMerrick who launched a full on transphobic tirade against @Rachael_Swindon last year in an effort to silence her”. Rachael added “So we’ve lost Shadow Minister for Bahrain John Woodcock & ‘Journalist’ Jane Merrick in the last few days. One accused me of spreading Kremlin propaganda, the other called me a guy, which ended up with a dogpiling”.
Those making claims of Twitter overreaction got short shrift, too. “Have a read of tweets aimed at Diane Abbott. Then try telling me Jane Merrick is being ‘digitally lynch mobbed’. Ms. Merrick is behaving like a spoiled child who was caught lying and refuses to admit it so has gone off in a huff” … “Jane Merrick will be such a loss to the Labour Party. I think she is brave for calling out antisemitism. Not brave enough to call out the guy she works for (Murdoch). Not brave enough to call out antisemitism where it actually exists either. I’m sure someone will miss her though”. And the cynicism at her departure was clear.
I had never even heard of this Jane Merrick until this latest publicity stunt. Who is she?” … “Knowing me Angela Eagle, knowing you Jane Merrick” … “Jane Merrick has resigned from The Gap Band, with a heavy heart” … “Jane Merrick has resigned as manager of Accrington Stanley, with a heavy heart” … “Not believing Jane Merrick's quit Labour until she posts a video of her cutting up her membership card in a car showroom”.
Why should the Twitterati be so cynical? Well, quite apart from Ms Merrick being rather less well-known that she would like, and her occasional praise for Theresa May, perhaps coming out with comments like “Jane Merrick says Donald Trump is right, Britain IS in turmoil” might not exactly endear her to many in the UK. Apart from Piers Morgan.
Farewell Jane Merrick, whoever you are. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

The Far Right Is Coming

The recent revelation that the so-called “Day for freedom” fronted by Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, was bankrolled by a hardline conservative “think tank” from the USA called the Middle East Forum, was not an isolated incident. Nor was the recent appearance of the deeply repellant Steve Bannon on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, and the LBC show fronted by Nigel “Thirsty” Farage.
Nor were the recent moves to join UKIP from the likes of Battersea bedroom dweller Paul Watson, Mark Meechan (who styles himself Count Dankula), Milo Yiannopoulos and others. Nor is the taking of the Kippers increasingly to the right by their current leader Adolf von Batten. Nor is Batten’s increasingly shrill Islamophobic rhetoric.

We know this after the Daily Beast blew the whistle on Bannon and his pals, sounding a warning that politicians across mainland Europe, but especially here in the UK, should heed and act upon. As Nico Hines has told, “Trump’s former White House chief advisor told The Daily Beast that he is setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent starting with the European Parliament elections next spring”.

While the thought of Steve Bannon, an ocean-going shit of no known principle, naming his project after one of the more respectable synonyms for a turd, might generate momentary amusement, the fact remains that someone Stateside is prepared to throw a lot of money at the former Trump confidant in order to interfere in this country’s affairs.

Although he claims that The Movement will be a not for profit enterprise, those with whom he wants to work shows that someone will profit from his meddling, and it won’t be the people upon whom he is trying to foist his ideas. “Over the past year, Bannon has held talks with right-wing groups across the continent from Nigel Farage and members of Marine Le Pen’s Front National (recently renamed Rassemblement National) in the West, to Hungary’s Viktor Orban and the Polish populists in the East”.
And what he envisages as the fruit of his labours is equally unappealing: “Right-wing populist nationalism is what will happen. That’s what will govern … You’re going to have individual nation states with their own identities, their own borders … It will be instantaneous - as soon as we flip the switch”.

Bannon wants to throw tens of millions of US Dollars at The Movement. It will set up shop in Brussels. It will have its own staff. But there is a chink in the armour of this particular warrior, and that is the collective inadequacy of those he has rallied to his standard.

Quite apart from Watson, Meechan, and of course Stephen Lennon, once he emerges from prison, Yiannopoulos crashed and burned recently, and Bannon’s latest trusted lieutenant, Raheem “call me Ray” Kassam, is a clown, a woefully inept nobody whose propensity to bluster and threats is no more than a cover for shallowness.

Steve Bannon’s vain pursuit of glory by interfering in other countries’ business can be defeated, and must be. Anyone who tells bigots “Let them call you racists, xenophobes or whatever else, wear these like a medal” should never be welcomed - anywhere.

Dominic Raab - Pants On Fire

As befits any minister new to the role, David Davis’ replacement as Brexit secretary, Dominic “food bank cashflow” Raab, has been putting himself around the media this weekend. To this end he has featured on the front page of the increasingly desperate and downmarket Sunday Telegraph, and subjected himself to the inquisition of the host on The Andy Marr Show™. From this it can be deduced that he talks well, but lies badly.
Raab has told the Tel exactly what it wanted to hear: that he is going to get jolly tough with those rotten garlic-crunching foreigners across the channel. If they wouldn’t give us a free trade deal, we wouldn’t pay our “divorce settlement”. Sky News was more cautious.

Britain could refuse to pay its divorce bill to Brussels if it does not get a trade deal, the new Brexit Secretary has warned … Dominic Raab, who replaced David Davis after he quit the role earlier this month, said ‘some conditionality between the two’ was needed … He added that the Article 50 mechanism used to trigger Britain's exit from the European Union provided for new deal details”. But this was another pack of lies.

As Business Insider has explained, “Sir Amyas Morse, the auditor general, told lawmakers in April that the divorce payments will become legally binding as soon as the UK signs a Withdrawal Agreement. This is because the payments are tied to Britain's two-year transition agreement with the EU … ‘The payments would fall for us to pay no matter what under international law,’ Morse said”. He won’t be withdrawing a single penny.
The Marr Show interview brought more of the same. Would the M26 have to become a lorry park? Was the Government planning to stockpile food in case there was a no-deal Brexit? Deflection. Waffle. Look over there at the EU, which was scaremongering (rather than actually being prepared and advising its citizens accordingly).

But it was when Marr turned to the Electoral Commission’s fining of Vote Leave, and its referral of several of that campaign’s individuals to the Police, that Raab’s trousers really caught alight. Did he think the Electoral Commission was politically biased?

Look, I’m not getting into all of that. We’ve got the rule of law and I respect it and there’s been a report out in the papers today about whether actually the government’s campaign was correct”. So he was getting in to all of that, and he didn’t respect it because he was now playing “look over there at the Remain campaign”.

Raab then doubled down by saying, in response to the point that he had been on the campaign committee of Vote Leave, “I wasn’t involved”. OH YES YOU WERE.

It got worse. Should Dominic Cummings have to present himself for interrogation by the DCMS Committee? “Well, I think certainly the Select Committee, in the normal way, should review and scrutinise every aspect and you know, that’s for Dominic Cummings to decide. But the one thing I would say is the idea that these issues don’t discredit and are used - let’s face it, some people are looking to use the …” Yes? Yes yes? Yes yes yes?
Yes, but to discredit the outcome of the referendum, I think that is wrong. I think part of this is the last-ditch tactics by some to try and stop Brexit from happening”. So he believes that the Electoral Commission, and indeed Parliament itself, is partisan.

This is complete crap. It might go down well with his base on the Tory right, and get him into the right-leaning and EU-hating press, but the idea that the Electoral Commission should lay off nailing lawbreakers just because it’s inconvenient to him and his pals is ridiculous. If the referendum was flawed, if it was won by cheating, then he and his pals at Vote Leave have to take whatever consequences come their way.

Vote Leave cheated. Leave EU cheated. Dominic Raab is not going to improve matters by going on the Marr Show and lying about it, or by lying to the Telegraph.

Dominic Raab has already shown he is unfit to be a minister. What a thrilling start.

Dominic Cummings - Admit Defeat

Since the Electoral Commission began to probe the activities of the Vote Leave campaign, following the revelations from whistleblowers Chris Wylie and Shahmir Sanni, some of that organisation’s principals have been most reluctant to engage with the Parliament whose sovereignty they pretended was supreme.
Matthew Elliott, who showed summary disrespect for Parliament in the run-up to the EU referendum, when he had to be summonsed to appear before Andrew Tyrie’s committee, has been happy to brief the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg with his spin and deceit, but appear before Damian Collins and the DCMS committee? No chance.

Worse, his co-conspirator Dominic Cummings has flat-out refused to appear, despite a summons being issued. He merely took to his blog and blustered “We had to deal with threats from MPs every day for a year, including from the PM/Chancellor and their henchmen who could actually back up serious threats. We ignored that. Why would you think we’re going to worry about EMPTY threats? If you think I care about ‘reputational damage’, you are badly advised”. This would not end well, but only for him.

As the Observer has reported today, “A cross-party group of MPs is demanding new powers that would force witnesses to give evidence before parliament or face possible imprisonment, as anger grows over the refusal of the former Vote Leave director, Dominic Cummings … Anger at Cummings’s refusal to come before MPs has intensified since Vote Leave was fined £61,000 and referred to the police after the Electoral Commission found last week that it had broken electoral law”. There was more.
The Observer understands that an interim report by the DCMS committee, chaired by Tory MP Damian Collins, will call within days for an inquiry into how to beef up the powers of parliament to ensure people called to give evidence cannot simply refuse to attend”. Cummings picked the wrong fight this time. He will ultimately lose it.

So what of that blog where Dom tells the world that he is right, and everyone who disagrees is wrong? There has been no post published on it for more than a month (18th June was the last instalment). The Observer notes that “Cummings was not available for comment on Saturday”. His only route to his adoring public appears now to be leaking to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog.

MPs across the political spectrum - Paul Farrelly, Collins, Nicky Morgan, Sarah Wollaston, Hillary Benn, Dominic Grieve - have all passed severely adverse comment on Cummings’ rank hypocrisy in claiming to want to make Parliament sovereign, then treating it with contempt. It is extremely doubtful that his old pal Michael “Oiky” Gove will ride to his rescue this time. He has reached the end of his road.

Dominic Cummings is not above the law, and is most certainly not in a position to defy the will of the Parliament he spent so much time allegedly championing. It is now time for this overhyped and overinflated ego to be brought down to earth.

Rees Mogg Says Don’t Worry, You’ll Be Dead

The reality of what would happen if the UK exits the EU without any kind of deal having been reached on our future relationship with the other 27 member states has begun to hit home: even today’s Murdoch Sunday Times has now admitted that, even in a three-choice referendum, it is likely that 50% of voters would choose to Remain in the EU as a first preference over No Deal, or Theresa May’s “Chequers Compromise”.
But in the world of the committed and inflexible Brexiteers, such thoughts are not allowed to enter. For them, nothing short of ripping the UK out of the EU at any price will do. Only in a complete repudiation of 45 years’ membership of the European Club will their mission to preserve ideological purity be successful. And Jacob Rees Mogg, the capo di tutti capi of the Brexiteer mafiosi, has been unswerving on this mission.

This mission, though, did not fare well when put to the test by Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy as he questioned the Moggster on Brexit. “If you’re wrong, and the economy does take a hit next year, what will you do? Will you feel honour bound to resign?” he asked The Great Man. Rees Mogg, to no surprise, did not feel honour bound.

What can I resign from? I’m a backbench Member of Parliament”, he proffered, somehow missing the obvious. “This will be a choice for the electorate … the electorate ultimately will be the judge of this, and will decide whether Brexit has been a success or a failure”. But he will not countenance the possibility of a further referendum.

Then came the admission “I may not know for years to come”. What did that mean? Guru-Murthy pressed him again on resignation. Why not? “Because you’re proposing a very simple question on a very complex set of circumstances”. Sounds like the referendum.

And then we discovered what “years to come” meant. “We will know at some point, yes of course we will, but it’s a question of timescale … We won’t know the full economic consequences for a very long time … We really won’t … The overwhelming opportunity for Brexit is over the next 50 years”. The next 50 years.

Put simply, what Rees Mogg is telling all those older voters who, for whatever reason, voted to Leave the EU that they should not worry, because when we discover what a complete shit-show it has become, they’ll mostly be dead. He and his fellow vulture capitalists will have trousered obscene amounts of money from the Brexit débâcle, and retired to the comfort of their fortified mansions by the Mediterranean.

After all, with all that money, they will be able to buy residency rights in those EU member states that they spent so much time slagging off. Their only problem will be choosing between locations such as Puerto Banus, Cap Ferrat, Ischia and Hydra.

Jacob Rees Mogg just admitted he won’t be around when the shit really hits the fan. Now has the penny dropped?

Top Six - July 22

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 to be out and about later. So there.
6 Piers Morgan PWNED By Real Journalists The former Screws and Daily Mirror editor was brought down to earth after he got access to Combover Crybaby Donald Trump - but just gave him a predictable sycophantic softball “interview”.

5 Katie Hopkins Flirts With Libel AGAIN The pro-am motormouth sounded off a little too loudly as she tried to reinvent reality once more.

4 Sun Betting Service Flops Sun Bets, launched with such fanfare only two years ago, ceased trading with big losses. Another magnificent Murdoch failure.

3 Vote Leave - BBC In The Dock Once again, the Beeb took Matthew Elliott and his gang on trust and allowed them to redefine reality for their own purposes.

2 Tommy Robinson Bankrolled By Foreigners Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, was revealed to have had his rallies and protests bankrolled not by crowdfunding, but a US far-right lobby group.

1 Tommy Robinson Fan EXPOSED Essex restaurant owner Bill Eve made it one protest too far when he verbally abused a female journalist on camera. Then all his other involvements in recent protests were revealed.

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

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Piers Morgan - Out Of Touch Brexit Man

As the Brexit debate continues to give off more heat than light, the last thing it needs is the pointless ramblings of someone who really is part of the elite, really is out of touch with ordinary people, and really isn’t going to listen to anyone who views detract from the relentless pursuit of More And Bigger Paycheques For Himself Personally Now.
So what the Brexit debate received was the pointless and unwelcome presence of former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, someone so on top of his brief that he had no idea that he was presiding over an increasingly criminal enterprise for which the Mirror’s current owners are still paying out millions of pounds in compensation.
The nuances of the Morgan approach to the little people are subtly explained

Morgan is rich beyond most peoples’ wildest dreams, whether or not he merits any of it. His idea of a bet is to wave his wad in the style of Harry Enfield’s least sympathetic creation in a highest up the wall contest with other rich people (although at least the beneficiary is usually a good cause). What he’s prepared to blow on a wager is more than many millions of Britons will see in an entire year. But he knows more than you and me.
Britain prevailed over two World Wars during the last century. I'm sure we can prevail over Brexit, however it unravels” he declared, suggesting that paying an obscene amount of money for one of Winshton’s left-over cigars may have gone to his head (Britain ceased to be a world power after the first of those wars, and was stoney broke after the second).
The level of delusion was only underscored by “Brexit's going to happen, so painting an endlessly apocalyptic picture is ultimately self-defeating. The time will very soon come for the country to rally together & fight hard to make it work. Or we just roll over & surrender”. To whom would we surrender? One can almost hear Harry Palmer in Billion Dollar Brain asking the wacko General Midwinter “Who’re you fighting, General?
He really believes this rubbish, too. “I'm not being jingoistic. Brexit is the biggest challenge Britain's faced since WW2. It will soon require the same kind of national resilience & collective positive mindset to make it work”. This is easy for someone who will not be one of the up to 2.8 million who lose their jobs in the pursuit of nationalistic purity.
We should just be positive, adopt a perma-smile in the style of Richard Tice, and all will be magically transformed. Thus another example of how out of touch the real media elite has become. But there was more. “Statistically this is the safest, healthiest, most prosperous time to ever be alive in Britain. Some perspective is important. Brexit is not going to cause the deaths of millions of people”. Let’s take this nice and slowly, shall we?

There are millions in poverty right now. If the economy heads down and unemployment heads up, there will not only be millions more, but the worst-off will see a decline in their quality of life and some will fall by the wayside - literally. Still, for those whose only privation is not being able to blag a table at the Chiltern Firehouse, who cares, eh?
What say Piers to that? Well, in his world, we have to do it anyway. “Mate, 17.4m Britons didn't agree with you & me - they wanted to leave the EU. We lost & Brexit will happen, or our democracy dies”. No, the people seeing what Brexit really means and voting accordingly shows that our democracy is very much alive.
And just to show the world how out of touch he was, Morgan then came out with this pearler: “I try to be balanced & reasonable about Trump & Brexit but nobody wants balance. They just want THEIR opinion to be the ONLY opinion - and anyone who says otherwise must be abused into silence”. Sounds like him on GMB.

Piers Morgan is not the only member of the real media elite to show the world that he is totally out of touch with how life is lived by 95% plus of those he uses his ITV pulpit to talk down to of a morning. But he is undoubtedly the only one who is so shamelessly loud and tone-deaf with it. He doesn’t experience it, so it doesn’t happen.

But good to know he doesn’t understand democracy, doesn’t care, and doesn’t listen.

BBC Duped By Dead Cat

After Vote Leave, the official EU referendum Leave campaign, was found by the Electoral Commission to have broken the law, was fined, and had some of its luminaries referred to the Police, the problems that the BBC had had reporting and analysing that campaign got a whole lot worse. And the row over their approach isn’t dying down just yet.
As Zelo Street regulars will know, the Beeb had previously claimed that VL only broke the rules, not the law. It was apparent that their political editor Laura Kuenssberg had been briefed by VL, and most likely Matthew Elliott, a co-founder of the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance, an organisation that trades in falsehood and misinformation.

Following the EC rulings, VL has decreed that it will appeal, and has put out its own spin, especially on the assertion by the EC that VL refused to cooperate with its investigation. This has taken the form of one email, shorn of context, released via the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog.
Thus the scene is set. Enter former Kipper Suzanne Evans, someone with significant previous for being economical with the actualité. Interviewed on the BBC Daily Politics, she used the email to suggest that the EC were in the wrong, that it was they who had declined to talk to VL, and not the other way around.

The thought that the email, where the EC tells VL it already has sufficient evidence to proceed, might have come late in the day when VL knew they were about to get the wrong end of the decision and belatedly decided to cooperate - only to find they were too late - is not allowed to enter. Context. Double check anything coming from chez Fawkes.
Adam Bienkov of Business Insider was not convinced. “But there’s a difference between broadcasting and debating a balance of opposing views (which few people object to) and broadcasting and tweeting something which is demonstrably untrue in the name of ‘balance’. You can’t balance facts. Something is either true or it isn’t”.
What say editor of live political programmes Rob Burley? “The whole discussion here about VL/EC and Elliot is disputed. The respective sides say different things about it and it’s not resolved”. No, the discussion has been shifted by VL and their pals at the Fawkes blog into discussing what, without context, is no more than a dead cat.
Carole Cadwalladr of the Observer had, by now, been dragged into the developing row. “It's not ‘disputed’. The Electoral Commission is the legal regulator and it found Vote Leave had broken the law. That's like calling a murder verdict ‘disputed’. The murderer might dispute it but he's still guilty”. Jessica Simor intervened to mention Elliott’s dishonesty.
And here Matthew Elliot says the High Court has found Vote Leave conduct lawful when a judgment PENDING on a different issue (legality of cross donations of goods & services). Plus saying Grimes was never in the Vote Leave office”. Matthew Elliot was caught by Channel 4 News’ Michael Crick. He lied his way out of it.
That the BBC is not getting all of this was demonstrated by an exchange between Tim Poole and Burley, where the former muses “I think @RobBurl is referring specifically to point about VL disputing EC's assertion that VL refused interviews. That point alone *is* disputed (as well as the finding). Q is: Does what EC say about the interviews, *specifically*, have same legal standing as their findings?
Burley confirms this is the case. “Thanks - this is what is being discussed in the clip. Telling that people aren’t even bothering to watch the tweeted clip they criticise”. Well, I’ve seen the clip, as I suspect have Bienkov, Ms Cadwalladr and Ms Simor.

Without the full context of the email that VL leaked via the Fawkes rabble, and which Suzanne Evans tries to put up as part of a narrative that suggests this is a disputational point - it isn’t - it is utterly worthless as evidence.
Once again, let me spell this out: Vote Leave have tried to frame the Electoral Commission findings as somehow flawed, and that this is a disputational matter. They have zero evidence to back up the first point, and an equal amount to support the second. The email taken out of context is a dead cat, and should have been identified as such the moment it was raised by Ms Evans. It should have been put into context, or dismissed.
The BBC has, again, danced to the tune given it by Matthew Elliott - someone who you could not trust as far as he could be usefully chucked - and the Guido Fawkes blog, a borderline Fake News site. Thus the exasperation of so many observers.

This should not be difficult to grasp. One can only hope that grasping takes place soon.

Sajid Javid HALF APOLOGISES To Corbyn

After Home Secretary Sajid Javid overplayed his hand and gave his followers the clear suggestion that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had indulged in Holocaust denial, the condemnation came thick and fast. More importantly for Javid, so did what appears to have been a communication from Jezza’s lawyers, and thus what may be a long process of rowing back and finally retracting and apologising.
Javid had told a Tweeter who gave the impression of supporting Corbyn “How can you even question the Holocaust. Please think carefully about what you are saying. Don’t be misled by Corbyn”. That other Tweeter then vanished - the account was either closed voluntarily, or forcibly suspended. This left Javid’s Tweet standing there on its own, and standing on its own, it looked seriously bad - and seriously defamatory.
So seriously defamatory that MPs like Clive Lewis were moved sufficiently to intervene: “.@sajidjavid are you seriously accusing @jeremycorbyn of being a Holocaust denier? Seriously I’d apologise, detract and wind your neck in. And whilst your at it launch an investigation into Islamophobia in your own sorry excuse for a political party”. We never do hear about the Tories’ very clear racism problems, do we?
And then, it seems, the lawyers became involved, or perhaps it was merely the threat of their involvement. Javid then told “Corbyn is not a holocaust denier. I am happy to make that clear. My comment referred to @Muhammad_S_85 buying into Corbyn's position on anti-Semitism”. But that is not nearly good enough.
As Skwawkbox has noted, “Javid’s retraction looks mealy-mouthed at best, still leaving a smear hanging in the air like a bad smell”. It infers anti-Semitism on Corbyn’s part. It allows those like Daniel Sugarman from the Jewish Chronicle to observe “Never in my worst nightmares did I ever imagine that I'd see this country's Home Secretary having to plead with a Corbyn supporter not to deny the Holocaust”.
The damage has been done, and will not be undone by Javid’s half-apology. It has convinced no-one; instead, there was disbelief and ridicule, typical responses including “That's not an apology. You misrepresented his position, insinuating he pardons Holocaust denial and you continue to misrepresent his position by saying Mohammad somehow buys into it. Not good enough. Try again, stating what Corbyn's actual position is”.
And lawyer Chris Corney concluded that Javid was not yet out of the woods. “36 hours and that's the best your legal team can do? And you are now alleging that someone who was a holocaust denier was ‘buying into’ Corbyns position on anti-semitism. That's a new libel. I'd swap advisors Sajid”. It certainly looks that way.
The only way that Sajid Javid is going to make amends, and start to undo the damage he has done - perhaps not accidentally - is going to be the kind of apology that the deeply unpleasant Ben Bradley was forced to make after claiming Corbyn was a paid agent of the former Soviet Union. Meanwhile, one more question needs to be asked.

Just why do the Tories and their hangers-on think it acceptable to routinely defame the leader of the opposition? It’s not just one rogue MP - and it’s time they cut it out.