Fortunately, though, one of those enabling the meeting of minds has let the world know which of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson’s happy back bench band is involved: step forward John Mappin, so off the scale wacko that even “bad boy of Brexit” Arron Banks described him as “a total fruit loop”.
Mappin has recently been, shall we say, sympathetic to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and his gangsterist régime in Moscow, musing “Is there any slightest chance, however small, that Russia may have a just cause? And if there is. Should we try to understand it?” before going full wacko with “Do you think our government would stage a Nuclear False Flag just to cover up vax side effects?” Even his former pals were standing back.
As Richard Bartholomew has noted, Turning Point UK, offshoot of the far-right US original, and whose launch event featured Mappin prominently, has tried to distance itself from him, telling Jessica Simor QC that “John Mappin is not ‘of Turning Point UK’, he does not and has not held any position in the organisation”. But this message does not appear to have got through to TPUK’s supporters, some of whom were snapped with him only this week.
“This week there was a gathering of some of the greatest free minds and thinkers in western civilisation” told Mappin, going on to explain “We met to celebrate the expansion of [GETTR] and welcomed its CEO [Jason Miller] to London”. GETTR is a Twitter-like social media platform aimed at right-wingers, and Miller is a former Trump aide. He’s a contributor to Newsmax, which has put out baseless vote fraud claims.
Newsmax also pushes climate change denial. So who was there? The predictable ones were Maajid Nawaz, Mark Dolan of Gammon Broadcasting™ News (“Bacon’s News Channel”), Laurence Fox, Nigel “Thirsty” Farage … and two TPUK stalwarts, Dominique Samuels and Emily Hewertson. Strange that TPUK distances itself from Mappin at the same time its alumni rock up to be snapped alongside him.
Farage - another excusing Putin
Worse, it is not just the wacko and desperate who were more than willing to be photographed alongside Mappin: Tory MPs were, too. Like Andrew Rosindell, who has spoken in support of Augusto Pinochet, been caught with his Facebook account being a member of a group backing Stephen Yaxley Lennon, who styles himself Tommy Robinson, and has signed his name to a letter using an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
As a member of the Common Sense Group of Tory MPs (ho ho ho), he co-signed a letter accusing the National Trust of being “coloured by cultural Marxist dogma, colloquially known as the 'woke agenda’”. Cultural Marxism is a Nazi-era anti-Semitic trope. And he doesn’t know what Woke means. Also snapped with Mappin was Mark François (note cedilla under the c). Once again, Tories bashing Labour turns out to be mere deflection.
Tory MPs snapped alongside a Putin apologist. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.
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Nawaz, Fox, Fartrage, François*, Dolan, Rosindell… With a cast like that, who needs a plot?
* note cedilla under “c”
"...the greatest free minds and thinkers in western civilisation...”
Including Mark Francois? (Fuck the cedilla)....Maybe even Jack Straw too, who allowed the aforementioned mass murderer Augusto Pinochet to escape "British justice". All the same these tories.
Oh my aching sides.
Here's a thought:
Both the USA and Russia were original signatories on the Rome Statute 2002 which created the International Criminal Court. Both subsequently withdrew their signatures. Ukraine has yet to ratify.
It's almost as though, other conflicts aside, these three parties (participants in other conflicts) suspected something was afoot.....
I wonder if Rees Mogg (remember him, a cuddly friend of noisy bullshitter Jess Philips?) and his fellow "creators of wealth" consider the Ukraine horror the same kind of "opportunity" as the CV-19 horror.
Onward and "upward", ey, blue and red tory capitalist apologists and mugs.
Gettir is a shopping app and delivery service. This at least serves some purpose
Here's a thought. As we all know, even though many, the useful idiots as the old term goes, might deny it, Brexit was largely a Putin financed and driven dirty tricks op. As Russian assets are being seized and robber-barons are being sanctioned, how about we reverse Putin's biggest asset, a divided Europe and an isolated UK, and align ourselves as much as possible with the EU with a clear view to rejoining asap. That'd show the psychopathic thug in the Kremlin what for.
Good. Keep up the good work and name and shame these SOB's.
Let's play spot the difference: Thurs 3 March Channel 4 News's Cathy Newman asked FM Lavrov about the death of a child in Ukraine. He told her she was being emotional. Thurs 3 March Mickey Wapping great big scab Hume said in that what's it called? Novichokexpress, polonium tea, mickeyfinn online... Something like that.. Mickey said that journalists covering war in Ukraine shouldn't be emotional (and Mickey knows a lot about remember that court case he won concerning mass murder and war... or almost won.. or just lost a little bit)
Since Tim kicks off this post with a mention of the Birmingham Erdington by-election…
• Sky: Paulette Hamilton's victory saw her increase Labour's vote share
• Torygraph: Labour holds seat with reduced majority in by-election
• Heil: Ex-nurse Paulette Hamilton who is Britain's newest MP after Labour win in Birmingham Erdington by-election once called for an 'uprising' against the Government
So it was the Russians! THE RUSSIANS! *THE RUSSIANS!* who voted for Brexit!?
Now all becomes clear.....
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