Several so-called journalists who now make their living working for our free and fearless press, online news sources, and even broadcasters began their careers in the service of the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog. Some have made no secret of their right-wing views, while others have tried, with varying degrees of success, to appear even-handed. But for one of the latter number, the mask is now slipping..
Milk, no sugar, hold the smears
To no surprise at all, the slipping mask belongs to Alex “Billy Liar” Wickham, for so long the Fawkes teaboy until he was replaced by the even more right wing and dishonest Tom Harwood. Wickham decamped to BuzzFeed News, and almost at once tainted its brand as the Observer’s Carole Cadwalladr, long a Fawkes target, was in turn attacked by BuzzFeed. It was exactly as I had predicted. And now has come the Brexit vote.
There is much that Wickham could cover on the subject of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and the deal that, if enacted with its implicit bog-standard Free Trade Agreement, would make the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash look like the proverbial tea party. But instead, he has taken to talking up the prospects of Bozo The Clown in winning the all-important vote tomorrow.
For Wickham, right now it is all about Bozo boosting - just as at the Fawkes blog. He’s even got the Tories’ talking points: “No10’s script for Tory MPs this weekend (and probably for any coming election) - expect them to keep saying Johnson achieved the impossible … How No10 wants Tory MPs to answer awkward questions about the DUP”.
Labour? Only in the context of Tory talking points. “NEW: Tory MPs are telling Labour MPs that if they vote down the deal they will lose their seats in a 'People v Parliament' election … But if they vote it through, an election would happen next year and be about issues other than Brexit … Tories also telling Labour MPs in Leave seats that voting the deal through will kill off the threat of Farage and the far-right … If Brexit is resolved the far-right will disappear from their constituencies, if not it will grow, Labour MPs are being told”.
And the DUP? Boo DUP!! “Some Spartans frustrated at Sammy Wilson / Ian Paisley Jnr / Nigel Dodds counter-whipping operation trying to get them to oppose the deal … One says Wilson in particular is being ‘annoying’ and is hell-bent on no-deal”. But Yay switcher! “12th switcher … Suella Braverman says she will vote for the deal”. Big deal.
Ms Braverman is being counted in with the Tories anyway. Then he found a Labour switcher. “NEW: Another Labour MP switcher … Sarah Champion signals she will vote FOR the deal in an email to a constituent this afternoon … Sarah Champion: ‘The deal is far from perfect. But we are faced with the choice between that deal and a catastrophic no deal Brexit. In these circumstances, and with the views of the majority of my constituents in mind, I can confirm that I will vote for the deal.’”
Bozo’s deal has a nasty No Deal Brexit trap, so Ms Champion is being appallingly disingenuous. And she’ll see Rotherham screwed over. Not that Wickham will tell his followers, because now he’s telling them “That is now 13 switchers to the deal … Full list”. And remember, anti-Brexit hopefuls, “Macron opposes extension”. Tee hee!
Once a dishonest right-wing creep, always a dishonest right-wing creep. Sad, really.
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