What time is it Eccles?
In doing so, the Fawkes massive props up the lame attempt by former Labour MP John Woodcock to “both sides” the issue of extremism. The problem is that this latest bout of Fawkes dishonesty has been entrusted to replacement teaboy Tom Harwood, whose tendency to talk well, but lie badly, has made the deception look all too obvious.
That the Fawkes rabble was shilling for the Tories once more was made clear yesterday when Harwood told readers of “Sadiq’s Radical Statues Commission”, going on to claim erroneously “Khan’s Cultural Cleansing Committee Bringing Down Elizabeth I” and going on to assert “Sadiq Khan’s ‘Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm’ established in the midst of the summer’s statue-mania when statues were being torn down has now been constituted, and its membership is eyebrow raising to say the least”. There is more.
Behold another crude pack of lies
“In the summer, Khan announced a review of all of London’s statues and street names, saying any with links to slavery ‘should be taken down’. Now he seems to be making good on his promise by collecting a group of people who seem keen to strip London of its history”. Seems to be. Seem keen to strip. Then comes the deceit.
Harwood names just four members of the Commission (but there are 15 in total). The Commission is not about “cultural cleansing”, and nor does Teaboy Tom have evidence to back up his lies. But he does have the front to claim “Guido can guess what conclusions they are going to come to and fears most for the 1586 statue of Queen Elizabeth I”.
Has anyone in City Hall even peeped about this statue? That does not detain Harwood, who goes on “London’s oldest statue and the only one remaining that was carved in her reign, originally stood above Ludgate at the entrance to the City of London. She of course profited from the trans-Atlantic slave trade. She will be a priority for Khan’s woke panel”.
Yep, get the W-Word in there and bank a few pundit spots on GB News. But no evidence that Sadiq Khan, or anyone else to the left of Himself Personally Now, has any intention of taking down any statues, let alone that of Elizabeth I. What’s a witless, talking point regurgitating creep to do? Simples. Carry on lying through his teeth.
And so it came to pass this morning, with Harwood Tweeting out “This is a statue of Elizabeth I. Carved in 1586, it is the oldest statue in London. Elizabeth I herself sponsored John Hawkins’ slaving voyages. Should this statue be toppled from its plinth? Yes or no”. Shouting the lie often enough, he clearly hopes, will make it reality.
Sadly, the Guardian already got the reality take in before Harwood had a chance to shout at this particular cloud. “London’s commission on diversity in the public realm is not about tearing statues down” is the opening line from their article on the non-controversy.
Tom Harwood is an unprincipled, lying, rabble-rousing shit. But you knew that already.
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