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Sunday, 15 September 2019

Last Night Of The Brexits

The 2019 BBC Proms season ended yesterday with the now traditional Last Night celebrations. In the second half of the concert at the Royal Albert Hall, we heard part of Henry Wood’s arrangement of the Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March #1, aka Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia! and of course Elgar’s orchestration of Parry and Blake’s Jerusalem.
It was all good stirring stuff, added to which there was the overture to Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld - which includes the Can Can - and Percy Grainger’s Marching Song of Democracy. All who attended appeared to be having a grand time. But at the Northcliffe House and Baby Shard bunkers, there was deep disquiet at what the BBC was broadcasting. Because many Promenaders were waving EU flags.

Worse, some wore EU berets. It was all too much for the Mail, which proclaimed “BBC viewers slam anti-Brexit campaigners for hijacking Last Night of the Proms by waving EU flags”. The Sun concurred, telling its audienceFOOL BRITANNIA BBC viewers blast anti-Brexit campaigners for ‘hijacking’ Last Night of the Proms by waving EU flags”.
The Mail droned on “Viewers of the Last Night Of The Proms last night voiced their disgust that the concert had been hijacked by anti-Brexit campaigners waving EU flags … Those watching live on BBC1 took to social media to air their fury … One wrote on Twitter: 'The Remoaners have hijacked a British institution with all the EU flags at The Last Night Of the Proms’ … Another said: 'Just watched it now - full of EU flags and hats. I really want to know what motivates these EU fanatics. They must hate their country.’

The Sun added “The flag stunt was organised by an anti-Brexit campaign group but many BBC viewers condemned what they claimed was the politicising of the traditional evening … Others took aim at the BBC with one tweeting: ‘Disgusted to see the Last Night of the Proms politicised by remainers - shame on them and the bbc.’

And three things here. One, all those wearing EU berets and waving EU flags did so of their own volition: none of them were coerced into the act. Moreover, it’s not as if the Proms is some kind of elitist bash: the Prommers’ standing tickets, for most Proms, cost £5. So does standing up in the Gods. My seat in the Rausing Circle at an August prom cost all of £12.50. These are ordinary people making a voluntary choice.
Two, of the two Twitter accounts that the Mail article shows, one Retweets a lot of stuff from people whose bios contain the phrase “No surrender”, with the other Retweeting the Brexit Party and a lot of people whose bios contain the word “Patriot”. Of the millions who watched the broadcast, that’s not exactly the most representative sample.

And Three, just to show just how desperate our free and fearless press is to shut out reality, the Mail has even whined about the selection of music. Seriously. “There were also accusations of bias in the music selection, with some saying the inclusion of The Marching Song Of Democracy by Percy Grainger was pointedly political”. Oh what a giveaway!

The Mail says democracy is A Very Bad Thing! Someone’s 1930s slip is showing. But seriously, this is press panic at the realisation that Brexit is not as popular as they believe. Last night showed the tide has most definitely turned. I’ll just leave that one there.
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Harry Cole - Flanelled Fool And Fraud

Such is the desperation of our free and fearless press that some of its outlets are prepared to give a platform to those who, like a soufflé that has been inflated well beyond the point of viability, need very little prodding to deflate them completely. One such is the Mail on Sunday’s alleged deputy political editor, the odious flannelled fool Master Harry Cole.
Claims to be a journalist. No, don't laugh

Cole, who made his name as tame gofer to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, has now been given his own opinion column, which may not increase sales of the MoS, but has already increased the mirth level of those who know that this pretend “journalist” has already been promoted way beyond his capabilities.

Around a photo of Master Cole in his serious “You nicked my beer?” pose, the column is headed “HARRY COLE … SPILLING SECRETS, PUNCTURING EGOS”. Moving right along from scenes of onlookers resembling extras in a Smash advert, it has to be said that this initial offering is, sadly and predictably, spilling no secrets and puncturing no egos.

But let us at least give the flannelled fool the benefit of the doubt. Master Cole’s lead item is “How Bad Boy Pact was torpedoed by Britain's FBI after security officials warned ministers to steer clear of Arron Banks”. Here, he pushes the idea that the reason for the Tories not wanting a pact with the Brexit Party is somehow related to the NCA’s investigation of Arron Banks, and his enormous donation (as it were).

The problem he has here is that Banksy and Leave EU are not the same thing as the Brexit Party. Indeed, the party’s chairman Richard Tice has been at pains to stress that he left Leave EU even before the 2016 referendum. Brexit Party Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage has distanced himself from Banks. Cole is not comparing like with like.

Thus the lame standard of reportage well-known to seasoned Cole watchers continues. He  is, after all, the same Master Cole who called phone hacking all wrong back in 2009, to the extent of smearing Jackie Ashley, who clearly knew more about the subject - and Andy Coulson - than Cole, sniping “Jackie Ashley Talks Bollocks Shock”.

Why does Master Cole never appear on The Andy Marr Show™? Oh, I dunno. His ineptitude extended to his first Sun front page splash, “COURT JEZTER”, which claimed Jeremy Corbyn would have to be sworn to the Privy Council, or Labour would lose their allocation of “Short Money”. The story was totally untrue. And there was more.
A nation celebrates Master Cole's elevation

Cole’s first MoS splash was the claim that Shamima Begum was such an unrepentant jihadi - remember, she was trying to come back to the UK, losing yet another baby and being improperly stripped of her British citizenship at the time - that she had sewn suicide bombers into their explosive vests. There was only one problem with the article: no journalism was involved, which is par for the course with him.

Master Cole had been taking dictation from the spooks. That’s right: his first Mail on Sundayexclusive” was as a conduit for the security service’s dirty tricks operatives.

Yet now he is being sold to unwary MoS readers as not only a real journalist, but someone who can “puncture egos”. When the only one being punctured is his. Pass the sick bucket.
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Rees Mogg Anti-Semitism EXPOSED

The veneer of sophistication, tolerance and intellectual rigour that had previously attached to the member for times long past Jacob Rees Mogg began to fracture recently with his use of Parliamentary privilege to defame someone of inconvenient view. It has, whisper it quietly, now been utterly shattered after an outburst during a Commons debate.
Rees Mogg used a crude and blatant anti-Semitic smear to attack Tory MP Oliver Letwin and Speaker John Bercow. You may not have heard about this; after all, newly-anointed anti-Semitism supremo John Mann has said and done nothing about it. Our free and fearless press has said and done likewise. There have been no carefully phrased articles from Gabriel Pogrund and Jake Wallis Simons. Why not?

Ah well. Here we need to consult Michael Berkowitz, historian at University College London, who has posted onJacob Rees Mogg’s alarming cry of ‘Illuminati’”. Here is what he has to say about the episode. “Few seem to have noticed an expressly antisemitic sentiment articulated by Jacob Rees-Mogg in the vociferous Brexit debate during the evening of Tuesday, 3 September 2019”. There is more.

As a historian of antisemitism who has published on the stereotype of ‘Jewish criminality’ used by the Nazis and their accomplices, it was extremely unsettling for me to hear Rees-Moog castigate his opponents, particularly his two fellow Tories of Jewish background, Sir Oliver Letwin and Speaker John Bercow, as ‘Illuminati who are taking the powers to themselves.’” The utterance came as the Bill removing a No Deal Brexit was debated.
Here is what Berkowitz says about the term “Illuminati”: “Superficially, the term ‘Illuminati’ refers to a short-lived Central European fraternal organisation of the late eighteenth century. But far more significant than the actual, inconsequential history of this small organisation is the afterlife it has assumed in a number of conspiracy theories, which have been frequently used as justification for violence”. Do go on.

After noting three works which use the term, he tells “Common to all these works is the allegation that the ‘Illuminati’ infiltrated the ranks of European Jewish bankers in the nineteenth century. Following the lines of the notorious forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, these books assert that the bankers/Jews/Illuminati were behind the Bolshevik Revolution - as well as the creation of the Federal Reserve system in the United States. They then, so the tale continues, went on to form the influential American think tank Council on Foreign Relations and subsequently what the far-right refers to as The New World Order - whose tentacles are said to be comprised of institutions such as the United Nations and the European Union”. The full set of anti-Jewish conspiracy theories.
Berkowitz concludes “There is no other, anodyne usage of this term in current political discourse … With his nod to ‘Illuminati’ - pointed at Letwin and Bercow - Rees-Mogg is knowingly trafficking in the portrayal of Jews as underhanded and sinister … while studiously avoiding the word ‘Jew’, he has exhumed, embellished, and rebroadcast one of the most poisonous antisemitic canards in all of history”. Rees Mogg bang to rights.

As he’s entirely consistent, I expect John Mann to be down on Rees Mogg like the proverbial tonne of bricks, camera crew and all. Once someone has explained it to him.
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Top Six - September 15

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 domestic stuff to do later. So there.
6 Yellowhammer - There’s No Hope Sad and desperate Telegraph hack Christopher Hope was so distraught at the Yellowhammer revelations that he invented an imaginary friend.

5 Cherry Case - BBC Pol Ed Spins For Bozo Once again, Laura Kuenssberg gave us the Government line - not the facts.

4 How Poor Is Dominic Cummings? His in-laws own a castle - and his Islington pad, bought for £1.65 million in cash, has a Tapestry Room.

3 Leave EU Investigations NOT All Dropped Arron Banks and his pals made out that they were in the clear, only for the National Crime Agency to confirm that they weren’t.

2 Dominic Cummings Is Humbly Ambushed Polecat Dom and his boss were forced to hand over a whole load of documentation by Parliament.

1 Bozo And Dom’s Data Fiddle EXPOSED Cambridge Analytica never went away - this time, it’s blatant misuse of GOV UK to provide the Tories with personal data.

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

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Wetherspoons - Your Boss Is An Idiot

There are few more vocal supporters of a No Deal Brexit than Tim Martin, founder of the JD Wetherspoon pub chain. He has truly drunk in the Kool-Aid, to the extent of believing that No Deal means free trade and the ability not to honour the UK’s obligations to the EU - like stumping up the £39 billion divorce bill. Should Brexit go ahead, he is about to get an almighty shock. But first, he wants to talk about the chain’s latest results.
The FT has told thatJD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin has lashed out at ‘elite Remainers’ for ignoring the long-term benefits of leaving the EU after his pub group said that profits dropped more than 4 per cent owing to higher costs during the year”. Those rotten Remainers were “ignoring the ‘big picture’, regarding lower input costs and more democracy”. More democracy, such as proroguing Parliament, perhaps.

He droned on “despite continuing political problems, stemming from the transfer of democratic power to a technocratic elite, Wetherspoon continues to perform well”. That’s the technocratic elite to which he belongs. But enough of Martin’s idiotic dribbling: let’s subject his cutting-edge business acumen to a little real world analysis.

One, Spoons has just cut the price of some beers by 20p a pint. This, Martin claimed, was to highlight the advantages of leaving the EU. But there is no EU external tariff on beer. Also, the beer which has had its price cut uses ingredients from the UK. Martin’s excuse? He “said that it reflected the overall potential for lower costs for the group in a lower-tariff regime”. Hello Tim! You can’t get lower than a zero tariff. And there is more.

Two, Spoons is moving away from EU-sourced wines. But if there really was such a punitive external EU tariff on wine, it would drive Martin’s costs up. If doesn’t, because the tariff ranges from around 9p a bottle on Australian wine to zero on that from Chile. 
Three, here’s a local example for him. Cheshire East voted to Leave, but only narrowly - 51.2% to 48.8%. But Crewe, whisper it quietly, voted heavily to Leave. So what did Spoons do with their pub in the town, a year and half after the EU referendum?

They closed it. OK, the 1960-vintage shopping centre where the Spoons was located is slated to be demolished as part of a long-due redevelopment, but the chain has made no attempt to open another outlet. Meanwhile, up the road in Sandbach …

The vote there was to Remain. The town has a Waitrose. The Spoons there remains open. So if Tim Martin wants to blame “Waitrose warriors” for boycotting his pubs, he’s playing right into their hands. Hardly cutting-edge business acumen, is it? And there is more.

Four, many of those allegedly mainland European beers are actually brewed under licence in the UK (this includes Becks, Stella Artois, Carlsberg, Heineken, Tuborg and others) - so axing them harms British, not mainland EU, jobs. And Five, the largest tariff on beers, wines and spirits is duty and VAT - which is levied by the UK Government. That’s right, the hated EU tariffs have very little influence on Martin’s prices.

And he’s still too mean to pay his staff a decent crust. What a complete idiot.
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Tory Facebook Dirty Tricks Farce

[Update at end of post]

Who could have predicted that a party now effectively run by polecat Dominic Cummings, infamous for Vote Leave’s crude and dishonest Facebook adverts telling voters that Turkey was about to join the EU, and that our border would therefore be with Iraq and Syria, would just have been caught doctoring BBC news reports in yet another round of misleading Facebook adverts? Sadly, many could have predicted it.
And that’s why the revelation has come as no surprise, although the crude and mildly ungrammatical doctoring suggests standards at The Blue Team are not what they once were. The Tories’ chosen specialist subject on this occasion is education, and the article they have claimed as their own is about a recent spending announcement.

Alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson had made a claim of another £14 billion to be spent on schools, or as the Beeb put it “Next year schools will receive a £2.6bn uplift, rising to £4.8bn the following year - with schools spending £7.1bn more than at present by 2022-23”. The Corporation’s head of Statistics, Robert Cuffe, though, warned that all was not what it seemed with that £14bn claim.
Boris Johnson's announcement of extra money for schools will be welcome to many, but do the sums add up? … An additional £2.6bn next year, £4.8bn the year after that and £7.1bn in 2022-23. When you add all three together, you get £14.5bn, but that's not normally how we talk about spending increases. We talk about budgets for each individual year … Describing this as a £14bn increase would make the government seem more generous than it is in fact being”. That did not stop the Tory Facebook warriors.

As Martin Belam of the Guardian pointed out, “Conservatives are currently running Facebook ads where they have changed the headline of a BBC News article to make it say schools are getting an extra £14bn. In the text of the BBC article they link to it literally describes the £14bn claim as misleading. It's just shameless”. It is?
Let’s have a look at the Tory Facebook advert, which is “Active” and started running last Monday. They have added their own heading “Tell this news to a friend … We’re giving schools a record £14 billion, levelling up per pupil funding across the country”.

So far, so much propaganda - then comes the doctored BBC headline: “£14 billion pound cash boost for schools”. A word in your shell-like, Tory ad person. If you use the Sterling currency symbol before the number 14, you do NOT say “pound” or “pounds” afterwards. The word “pounds” is implicit in the use of the Sterling currency symbol. Oh dear!
The Tories have been caught red-handed fiddling with BBC headlines, which is bad enough, but worse is that they have also been caught being inept with it.

But seriously, this will be only the first of many, many more examples of Facebook-driven Tory dirty tricks. The presence of Polecat Dom guarantees it.
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[UPDATE 1710 hours: Facebook has taken a dim view of the Tories' tactics, and has now removed the advert. As the BBC has reported, "The social media giant say [sic] the Tories had 'misused' its advertising platform and it was working to stop headlines being changed in this way".

The Blue Team's comment was priceless. "The party has said it is reviewing the way its Facebook adverts are produced". In other words, it's going to see how it can get away with dirty tricks without having its ads banned]

Leave EU Investigations NOT All Dropped

Aided and abetted by their pals in the right-leaning part of the media establishment, the inmates at Leave EU yesterday told anyone prepared to listen that they were now in the clear. “LEAVE EU IN THE CLEAR” told their Twitter feed, adding “In a crucial blow to the Remain nutjob conspiracy theorists, the Met Police have today informed us that all investigations into our campaign have been dropped”.
There was the customary welter of abuse directed at Damian Collins, Ben Bradshaw, and of course the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr. The claims were then reinforced by the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog, who declaredPolice Conclude Leave EU Campaign Did Not Break Law During The 2016 Referendum”.
The Great Guido went further: “The Metropolitan Police have today announced there will be no further action against the Leave.EU campaign. The police said that there is insufficient evidence to justify any further criminal investigation.  Campaign founder Arron Banks has demanded a public inquiry into Remainer MPs’ abuse of public office in response”. Leave EU had been vindicated. Or had they?
After Leave EU trolled the BBC with “Afternoon [BBC News}, We noticed you've missed today's breaking news. Seeing how you covered the story so extensively when the investigation was announced, we're sure as an impartial organisation you'll want to give the Met Police's findings today equal coverage”, someone put them straight.
Manveen Rana, a reporter for BBC News and the Radio 4 Today Programme, responded “Just to clarify, the National Crime Agency investigation into [Arron Banks], [Leave EU] and [Liz Bilney] which [BBC News] covered at length, is still ongoing. In a statement today, the NCA said: ‘This is a live investigation’ and they’ll report the outcome once it’s concluded”.
So Banksy and his pals are not quite as in the clear as they made out. This revelation resulted in Banks’ oily sidekick Andy Wigmore trying his usual creepy bullying schtick on Ms Rana: “Careful [Manveen Rana] wouldn’t want to get that wrong would we”. Nice news gathering organisation you’ve got there, pity if something were to happen to it.
Sadly for Wiggy, Ms Rana does not bully easily, especially when she has the right story and knows it. Hence her reply “Hi Andy. I think you must have missed the detail. I quoted a statement from the NCA sent to me *today*. By all means, do give them a ring to check. I’m sure they’d be delighted to hear from you”. Ouch! 
In their response to Ms Rana, the NCA referred to their statement from November last year, and added “This is a live investigation [present tense], and we are unable to discuss any operational detail, however we are progressing the investigation as expeditiously as possible and will report the outcome of the investigation at the earliest opportunity, once all matters have been thoroughly investigated”. Well, well.
So Leave EU lied when they claimed “all investigations into our campaign have been dropped”. The Fawkes rabble also lied - no surprise there - with that headline claim. And Andy Wigmore failed in his latest crude and creepy attempt to bully the media.

Leave EU is not out of the woods yet. I’ll just leave that one there.
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Friday, 13 September 2019

Michael Gove - No Deal Pants On Fire

Michael “Oiky” Gove, now officially Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which means he is the minister responsible for a possible No Deal Brexit, is regarded as honest and courteous by those prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt. But two recent events show that he is anything but: Gove has now been caught twice making claims that have turned out not to be true, and which he knew were not true.
His first slip came when rebutting now Lib Dem MP Luciana Berger, who had made claims about the Operation Yellowhammer documents on Robert Peston’s ITV show. “I have a lot of admiration for [Luciana Berger] but on this occasion she’s wrong - Yellowhammer is a reasonable worst case scenario NOT our base case of what will happen”, he told.
And, sure enough, when the Yellowhammer documents were finally prised out of the Government’s grasp this week, they did indeed talk of a worst case scenario. But then, news from Gove’s native Scotland broke through his façade of honesty, as the Scotsman has reported. “The UK government has been accused of ‘doctoring’ its Operation Yellowhammer documents to downplay the risk of a no-deal Brexit”. How so?
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said the Conservative government had been ‘caught red handed’ after Nicola Sturgeon admitted that the Yellowhammer report the Scottish Government received was entitled ‘base scenario’”. That phrase was also on the copy of the document that had earlier been leaked. And now things have got worse.
Last month, Gove repeated that whopper and added another: “We don’t normally comment on leaks - but a few facts - Yellowhammer is a worst case scenario - v significant steps have been taken in the last 3 weeks to accelerate Brexit planning - and Black Swan is not an HMG doc but a film about a ballet dancer”. Who is this Black Swan?
Ah well. This is the REAL worst case scenario, and unfortunately for “Oiky” Gove, someone outside Government has got hold of it. A staff member for Liz Evenden Kenyon, who you can tell as she’s a Doctor, told yesterday “Thank you to everyone who is sending us parts of [Black Swan]. Dr Liz is going to review my briefing notes, and she will comment further soon”. She is also a Lib Dem PPC - for Bozo The Clown’s constituency.
She later explained why Black Swan is not just a film about a ballet dancer. "The [Black Swan] theory is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect, and is often inappropriately rationalised after the fact with the benefit of hindsight”.
Today she and her staff have told “[Black Swan]: *apparently* (in its redacted [Yellowhammer] version) there is mention of … Martial law … Significant fuel shortages … Unnecessary deaths re drugs & social care. After consideration, I will hand over our findings to mainstream media contact *soon*”. And there was more.
We have mobile phone photos of a document. After a night of wrangling, Liz has decided to hand our findings over to a legit MSM contact. We are fairly sure what we are seeing is genuine, but Liz won't spread misinformation. We will leave our findings with experts”.

Michael Gove’s cover-up and disinformation is about to be busted. Good thing too.
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Tommy Robinson - A Grifter Returns

And so, after just nine weeks behind bars, Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, walked free this morning from HMP Belmarsh. As Sky News has reported, “Tommy Robinson has been pictured after being released from jail following his sentence for contempt of court. Photographs posted on social media showed the EDL founder smiling and with a beard outside Belmarsh prison”.
There was more. “Robinson was jailed after he filmed suspects on trial over the sexual exploitation of young girls and live-streamed the footage on social media - breaching a reporting ban … The 36-year-old argued he did not believe he was breaching the restrictions, which postponed the publication of any details about the case until the end of a series of linked trials involving 29 defendants”. The judges did not believe him, though.

In her sentencing remarks, Dame Victoria [Sharp] told Robinson that ‘nothing less than a custodial penalty would properly reflect the gravity of the conduct we have identified’ …  She also said he had ‘lied about a number of matters’ and that he had wrongly ‘sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression’”.

Lying is, of course, what Lennon claims others do to and about him. And it is this difficulty he has with reality that confronts him, now he is out of jail. That’s because he faces a series of legal actions - civil actions - for which the collecting try is already being passed round, as his “news” site TR News confirmed earlier this month.

Under the heading “THE FINANCIAL TERRORISM CONTINUES”, readers were told “If you are a Muslim terrorist, you have the legal winds behind you, supporting you all the way
… If you happen to be a Non-Muslim and not a terrorist in any way, shape, form or fashion who just so happens to fight against the political establishment, then the state will literally cripple you financially, especially so if your name is Tommy Robinson”.
How so? “Tommy has another two civil cases coming up soon, and they are expensive. Not only are they costly in terms of his defence, but as we can see above, they can be very costly in terms of prosecution costs as well … This puts Tommy is a severe legal, financial, and moral bind … The government know this, so crippling him financially is just another way for them to get at him, to make him silent”. And to that I call bullshit.

Note that Lennon “has another two civil cases coming up”. That means they have nothing to do with the Government - like the case he brought against Cambridgeshire Police, and which he lost. One of those civil cases is most likely the action brought on behalf of a young Syrian refugee about whom Lennon made a number of pejorative statements after an incident at a school at Almondbury, near Huddersfield.

That action is not being brought by the Government - hence it being referred to as a “civil claim”. It’s a straightforward defamation action. That does not stop TR News pleading “If anyone of you can [sic], please consider helping Tommy’s ongoing legal battles with the establishment … without you we can’t fight back and expose the corruption within our government and our judicial system”. So the grifting goes on.

The legal system deals with reality. Stephen Lennon deals with reality as he reimagines it. As long as he fails to figure out the difference, he’ll have problems. That is all.
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Julia Hartley Dooda Biology Fail

These are increasingly trying times for self-promoting TalkRADIO host Julia Hartley Brewer. Her beloved Hardest Imaginable Brexit And Stuff The Proles is looking increasingly unlikely, her paranoia almost got the better of her during a mildly fraught discussion with Dominic Grieve, and all the while the prospect of HMRC landing her with a significantly-sized back tax demand hovers over her.
Ms Hartley Dooda may call herself a journalist, but her appetite for shameless, and indeed baseless, propaganda grows by the day, typified by her eager endorsement of a very obviously planted article in the Murdoch Sun by Liam Halligan demonstrates. Zelo Street regulars will remember Halligan as the individual who was allowed to front a Channel 4 Dispatches hit job on the HS2 project. They may not be asking him back after that.
After all, Channel 4 still has some brand value, unlike TalkRADIO, which is merely another Murdoch propaganda outlet. Halligan sprayed false premises around like confetti in his Sun rant - like saying the UK economy was growing so Brexit would be fine, without admitting that Brexit has not happened yet - but Ms Hartley Dooda endorsed him anyway.
No Deal Brexit will cause minimal damage. Recovering from a Jeremy Corbyn Labour government will take 25 years or more – by the excellent [Liam Halligan]” she trilled. She wanted to hear stories like that, so they had to be true. Equally, stories she didn’t want to hear were clearly not true, and here we get to this morning’s Mirror front page.
A dystopian scene from Brazil is accompanied by the heading “Exclusive From The Amazon … Our world … choking to death … Exposed: Crime gangs whose fires are destroying the Earth’s ‘lungs’ and putting us all at risk”. It was all too much for Ms Hartley Dooda. “I have so many questions about this front page. Why does the editor of a national newspaper think trees are ‘lungs’? Why is he wearing a suit and tie? In the middle of a fire? In the Amazon?”. Could anyone assist with GCSE Biology here?
One enterprising Tweeter had a go: “Trees absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen , which is why the Amazon rainforest is often referred to as the earth’s lungs. This is regarded as an important ongoing atmospheric regulatory function”. Just to ensure Ms Hartley Dooda got the point, he added the hashtags #science and #facts.
Sadly, she was unable to get her massive brain around this elementary exposition, snapping back “No, it’s absurd and has no scientific meaning at all”. Er, hello? Here’s what the WWF has to say about the Amazon rainforests: “There is a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet. The rain forests, which contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, help stabilise local and global climate. Deforestation may release significant amounts of this carbon, which could have catastrophic consequences around the world”. It’s got everything to do with scientific meaning, thanks.
Julia Hartley Dooda is not merely a supremely intolerant Brexiteer, she is clearly wilfully ignorant of climate change and what drives it. For her, the more long haul flights she can book for the benefit of Herself Personally Now, the better, and sod everyone else.

This matters, because TalkRADIO has given this appallingly ignorant and wilful individual a platform from which to spread her views. And that’s not good enough.
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