Once again, the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble have gone after one of their favourite bêtes noires, only to find themselves standing in that same old very draughty glasshouse. Their chosen target this time has been Aaron Bastani of Novara Media, who is not at all happy at the style of smear employed. But what Bastani may not have known is that The Great Guido was in the process of putting the ball in his own net.
Black T-Shirt smears, eh? Good thinking, Fatman
Under the less than subtle “Black T-Shirted Bastani’s Rothschild Obsession”, the Fawkes massive tells “Bastani has been hitting out at former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for calling Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite. His recent attack is nothing new, here are a selection of old tweets railing against Goldman Sachs, Rothschilds … and Peter Mandelson”. Oh, and Liam Byrne, too. But there was a problem.
Quite apart from the black T-shirt - rather more appropriate for Staines, given his far-right past - The Great Guido has done a little Rothschild bashing of his own. Including Liam Byrne: “Which party has put a former Rothschilds investment banker in charge of welfare reform? Labour's @LiamByrneMP is reviewing welfare state”. And Mandelson: “Guido Fawkes : Mandy Got Blair to Call Rothschild”. There was more.
“Nat Rothschild's divorce papers were pretty sordid - his sexual pecadillos would make Lord Mandy blush - or maybe not”. Nudge nudge, wink wink, nod’s as good as a wink to a blind lush, eh? Do go on. “Mandelson attended a dinner with Saif, Nat, Jacob and Serena Rothschild just in case you forgot”. And yet more Rothschild: “Schillings, lawyers of choice to scum of the earth, are sending out threatening letters to those linking Nat Rothschild and Saif Gaddafi”. “Rothschild” and “scum of the earth”. What does that sound like?
Then there was Goldman Sachs. Jim O’Neill had quit the Tories? “Will allow him to directly represent Goldman Sachs' interests”, opined Staines. Could it get worse? “Maybe he was one of those cuddly touchy feely Goldman Sachs Private Equity types”. Dog-whistle, much? “Goldman Sachs Q4 profits soar. Revenue up 53%. All that quantitative easing worked out just fine for them”. Yep, dog-whistle it is. And there was more.
“Goldman Sachs Take Direct Control of Budget”. What might that be code for? “Goldman Sachs” running the country? Is The Great Guido trying to sneak in a mildly anti-Semitic smear as a means of snarking at George Osborne?
Perhaps it was just an isolated occurrence? Oh no it wasn’t. Just wait until you see the pièce de résistance waiting around the corner. “Breaking: Stemcor have appointed Goldman Sachs to negotiate a sale. Could be a big pay day for high profile shareholder Margaret Hodge!” Would that be the recently redeemed Margaret Hodge?
It certainly would. Had those Tweets come from Bastani, or indeed from anyone in the New Left Media, the Fawkes rabble would have been screaming “anti-Semitism” fit to burst. Well, they came from The Great Guido himself. Who is now bang to rights.
The reality is that Staines was more than happy to run with the anti-Semites of the right while it suited him. What a complete, nailed-on hypocrite. Another fine mess.
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