This year’s Labour Party Conference may be over, but one side issue from the event in Liverpool continues to rumble on, namely the sneering trivialisation of the Conference’s allocation of a “Safe Space” for those who have conditions such as ASD. This stunt was another exercise in uncaring ignorance by numbingly tedious TalkRADIO host and self-promotion specialist supreme Julia Hartley Brewer.
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After Ms Hartley Dooda had been subjected to severely adverse comment for her loud and inconsiderate behaviour, she decided not to apologise - perish the thought! - but instead told her adoring followers “I’m told that this ‘safe space’ at Labour conference is meant for people with autism & other disabilities. The sign doesn’t say that. For the avoidance of any doubt, there was no intention to upset disabled people, but every intention to upset snowflakes. Hope that clarifies”. She’s all heart. Or maybe not.
But now, Disability News Service has told “Disabled party members are calling on Labour to ban a prominent right-wing journalist from future events after she posted a video on social media mocking the provision of a ‘safe space’ used by disabled people at this week’s party conference”. Also, one party member “said she was now set to report the incident to the police as a potential disability hate crime”.
She had not, however, made such a report. But the mere prospect was enough to trigger Ms Hartley Dooda’s victimhood complex. “So apparently I’m being reported to the police for a hate crime for posting a joke about ‘safe spaces’ on Twitter. This is the country we live in now, folks”. The country where so-called journalists fail to do their research.
So it was that the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines, another not known for checking his facts, responded “FFS”. Former Screws and Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan, also not too hot on bothering to do research, harrumphed “How ridiculous. #TheWorldsGoneNuts”. And Jeremy Vine complained “Madness. Terrible to waste police time with this”. All that BBC training and he couldn’t be arsed with a little research, either.
It got worse. Claire Fox went totally OTT with “Malicious & joyless reaction. But also scary. Like being snitched on the Stasi”. The STASI? But the pièce de résistance came from the collective idiocy at Spiked: “This is Kafkaesque: @JuliaHB1 reported to the cops for hate crime because she criticised "safe spaces" at the Labour conference. This is the attempted criminalisation of speech. Of ideas. Of criticism. Everyone who believes in freedom of thought should offer support to @JuliaHB1”. She hasn’t been reported to the cops.
It was left to Mark Wallace at Conservative Home to support Ms Hartley Dooda, but get his facts right too: “It’s completely ridiculous that someone reportedly now plans to report @JuliaHB1 to the *police* over that video”. Plans to report. You know something is badly wrong when an alumnus of the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance is the one getting it right.
Julia Hartley Dooda verged on the dishonest just to play the victim; this was bad enough, but all those supposed journalists going wrong in her wake was just unforgivable.
And they wonder why so many people don’t trust them. I’ll just leave that one there.
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