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Thursday 28 October 2021

Rayner, Dorries, And Scum

The Guardian brought worrying news yesterday afternoon: “Police have arrested a man accused of making threats against the Labour deputy leader, Angela Rayner. Sources close to Rayner, who is away from parliament on bereavement leave, confirmed she was the women concerned after Greater Manchester police announced the arrest”.

Evening all

There was more. “The Guardian understands Rayner has cancelled her constituency surgeries in recent weeks amid concerns for her safety - linked to a wider increase of abuse and threats, including death threats, against her. Friends said she had been deeply affected by the abuse, which had been taken particularly hard by her children. One described the deputy leader as ‘not in a good place’ and said she had been unable to make many public appearances because of fears for her safety”.

Which is not good for the Labour Party, as Ms Rayner is one of its most empathetic and effective campaigners and persuaders. But over at the Northcliffe House bunker, the Mail was more interested in kicking Ms Rayner while she was down. “Ms Rayner's name was trending on Twitter on the day after she used the term 'Tory scum' during a rant at the Labour Party Conference in September. She has repeatedly refused to apologise for the slur, with the Mail On Sunday reporting she may be sidelined by Sir Keir Starmer”.

So if using the word “scum” is indeed a “slur” for which the person using it should apologise, one has to wonder when our free and fearless press is going to apply that criterion to others who dispense the term. Like, Oh I dunno, Mid-Bedfordshire’s Tory MP (yes, it’s her again), the fragrant Nadine Dorries, now elevated to cabinet rank.

You think I jest? Sadly not. Ms Dorries has been consistent in her wheeling out the S-Word over the recent past, without the press indulging in the kind of righteous pearl-clutching directed at Ms Rayner. Take, for instance, her defence of her threat to “nail [a Mirror journalist’s] testicles to the floor using [his] own front teeth” back in 2013.

Gemma Aldridge, now Sunday Mirror and People editor, pushed back against the Dorries denunciation. What say Nads to her? "As a respectable journo text me today, people who work for your paper are bottom feeding scum. I would add lying to that”. Silence from the right-wing media. Much looking the other way. And back she came in 2015.

Just been kept up by [Stephen Nolan] on [BBC Radio 5 Live] re [Nigel] Farage and the 'scum' who scared his kids. That'll teach me to tweet late”. How considerate of her to use quote marks, as well as her support for Mr Thirsty. And once more, no righteous pushback. Nor was there any in 2018 when she took the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog on trust - and not for the first time.

After Jacob Rees Mogg, the member for times long past, was doorstepped by a sundry attention seeker from the Class War camp, the Fawkes massive attempted to link this to then Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. “This is how the Corbyn cultists behave. What scum bags. Leave his kids alonemused the fragrant Nadine. Except there was no Corbyn connection: The Great Guido had his pants well and truly alight.

So one well-known politician calls “scum” on a variety of others, and that’s OK. But when it’s Angela Rayner, it isn’t. And that leads to death threats. But it’s not the press’ fault.


Anonymous said...

Dorries isn't "fragrant".

In fact she reeks of far right tory scum-turds. Without the talent. So do the Daily Heil, Murdoch Scum, Murdoch Slimes, Barclays Beobachter, Gammon Bullshit Nerds, and all the other (blue, red and yellow) tory propagandists in broadcast and print media. They are a smear on the toilet paper of what's left of decency in British public life. The sooner they're flushed down the loo the better for the health of everyone.

Just my long held opinion of course.

Anonymous said...

Odd, isn't it - or perhaps not - that media who mass-bullshitted about Kuenssberg's "bodyguard" at a Labour conference* haven't uttered a word about this. Gutless lying cowards the lot of them.

*The only "danger" propagandist Kuenssberg faced was laughter of contempt in her face. And if there's one thing her cowardly type can't take... it's ridicule.

Jim said...

Or Michael Fabricant in 2019 “ it’s scum like this that have taken over the Labour Party “

iMatt said...

Is this the same fragrant Ms Dorries who tweeted '#wheresmyshotgunman'at the sight of the black American comic Reginald D Hunter talking to her daughter at an HIGNFY after-party? I rather think it is!

Arnold said...

I would have thought that death threats proved the accuracy of the word "scum".

Anonymous 13:14. Tim was using the word in the Private Eye sense of the word.


Mr Larrington said...

Tories: How very dare Angela Rayner refer to us as “scum”! Oh, look! Sir Keeves has tested positive for COVID-19! LOL and, moreover, roffle! Hurrah and thrice hurrah!

Omnes: Now that's what I call Scum Vol. 28948!

Anonymous said...

That was a really convenient dose of CV19 for the Quiff Quisling.

It arrived just in time to help him dodge an opportunity for real opposition.

Anonymous said...

Rayner was wrong to use the term "scum".

She should have said, "Lying, cowardly, thieving, incompetent, hypocritical, treacherous, mass-murdering gobshites". Which is much more appropriate.

Instead, she chose the easy route of complying with the kozy klub rules of a discredited gang of hoodlums, warmongers, charlatans and, er, scum. Which is why any of her future outbursts will ring hollow to say the least.

Anger and outrage are perfectly valid in the face of growing urfascism. Has she learned nothing from history?

Rosie said...

Poor Angela. She threw in her lot with Starmer, who is also a scumbag, and where is his defence of his her? He should be shouting down the phone at the Mail Editor right now for applying one rule for Rayner and one rule for Dorries, and for whipping up a foaming rant among right wing fanatics making these threats. I should think anger and frustration at what has become of the Labour Party under Starmer as much as fear is keeping her in the unhappy place she is in.