Earlier today, Andrew “HS2 Ate My Credibility” Bridgen, MP of no discernible principle, took to Twitter to attack the Rotten Lefties™ in the Labour Party. “Today the Labour Party conference are voting for a minimum wage of £15 per hour. Imagine the impact that would have on lorry drivers wages. Why would any driver face nights away from home, poor living conditions and low pay when they could stay home and earn nearly as much?”
Eh? So Lorry drivers shouldn’t make £15 an hour or more? Not sure that what Bridgen Tweeted at 1036 hours makes sense. But the idea that £15 an hour was too much for the proles caught the attention of Aaron Bastani at Novara Media. “You live on £10 an hour for a month and come back to me Andrew” he responded at 1132 hours. Note the timing.
Why is that significant? Ah well. Just 62 minutes after Bastani’s Tweet came the hit job, as the Fawkes Massive told anyone not yet asleep of “Brighton’s Minimum Wage Hypocrites”. Who they? “Ash Sarkar has slammed the 'shameful' Labour Party for instructing shadow ministers to argue against a £15 minimum wage. Given Ash’s passionate diatribe one would expect all Novara Media staff to be paid at least £15 per hour”. Do go on.
“Wrong! Novara Media recently advertised for a 'Social Media Editor' to be paid just £12.50 per hour, for a job interviewing in January of this year … Luckily for Ash, she isn’t the only minimum wage campaigner to underpay staff. Last week Guido exclusively revealed that Labour Party’s conference stewards are being paid less than £10 per hour”.
Sadly, someone chez Fawkes had not only failed to notice that we are almost nine months on from that closing date, they also failed to check with Novara Media, such was their eagerness to put one over on the lefties, and lack of anything approaching journalistic principle. And the Fawkes piece accused Ms Sarkar of underpaying - present tense.
So it should not have surprised them when Ms Sarkar fired back “Hey [Guido Fawkes] - we did pay £12.50 in 2020, but it’s now £15 (and going up to £16.50 from this Friday). Amend and retract, or fuck off into the sea. I don’t mind which”. Come on, O Great Guido!
“The job advert clearly says 2021, so your charming tweet can't be true. When exactly did you stop paying ‘shameful’ poverty wages to all your staff? What was the date?” Like I said, not the sharpest tool in the box. Moreover, we know it was Staines who responded, as the idiot left his location on (Waterford, Ireland - in the EU, dontcha know).
Ms Sarkar dismissed this slice of stupidity with characteristic directness and brevity. “We raised our wages in February 2021, thanks to our supporters. Now amend and retract, or get fucked”. But Staines and his rabble aren’t clever enough to say sorry.
And it’s not the first time they’ve been caught lying. Another fine mess, once again.
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