PLATELL SE MENSE: Angela's 'Tory scum' apology is too late to save her

PLATELL SE MENSE: Angela’s ‘Tory scumapology is too late to save her

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner has finally said sorry a month on from the day she described Tories as ‘a bunch of scum . . . homofobies, rassisties, misogynist, vile’ — adding with a knowing smile and a wink that she’d ‘held back a little’.

She’s reflected on ‘our political debate’, sy sê, and on the ‘abuse that now seems to feature all too often’, and unreservedly apologised.

Too late Angela. You may be repentant but the way you stoked that baying crowd at the Labour conference with bigotry and class warfare will never be forgotten.

It’s the side of Labour decent folk loathe, the one leader Keir Starmer distanced himself from as soon as the scum word was uttered, because he knows it makes the party unelectable.

In meer as 20 years in politics, I’ve experienced it myself. Byvoorbeeld, attending my friend and Labour peer Shami Chakrabarti’s book launch where the comrades parted like the Red Sea when I arrived with mutterings of ‘Tory b****’.

Angela says she, ook, has suffered abuse and even death threats. I can only sympathise ¿ it has happened to me, for criticising Labour

Angela says she, ook, has suffered abuse and even death threats. I can only sympathise — it has happened to me, for criticising Labour

There was a time under Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown, when Labour and Tories respected each other. We acknowledged we disagreed on many issues but both believed in the greater good of providing opportunity for all and a safety net for the vulnerable.

Then came Jeremy Corbyn and his angry Momentum mob and a visceral hatred not only of the Tories, all scum obviously, but Jewish people and anyone who disagreed with the Leader.

Angela says she, ook, has suffered abuse and even death threats. I can only sympathise — it has happened to me, for criticising Labour.

She wouldn¿t use the same language again, sy sê. But how can we believe that after her years of silence during those Corbyn years, when hatred swirled through their fetid ranks?

She wouldn’t use the same language again, sy sê. But how can we believe that after her years of silence during those Corbyn years, when hatred swirled through their fetid ranks?

She wouldn’t use the same language again, sy sê. But how can we believe that after her years of silence during those Corbyn years, when hatred swirled through their fetid ranks?

She was accused last year, ook, of calling a Tory MP scum in the Commons. As for her refusal to apologise immediately after her comments a month ago, it doesn’t inspire confidence.

Growing up on a council estate Angela Rayner often struggled for food; she left school at 16 pregnant with no education, became a care worker, then a union rep, before becoming an MP in 2015. The way she has risen should make her an inspiration.

In plaas daarvan, she’ll be remembered as the woman who reminded us how nasty the Labour Party can be. If I were Keir Starmer, I’d consider this high priestess of hatred too much of a liability.

And if I were Boris, I wouldn’t accept her apology.

Weeks after Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson, 30, was pilloried for cultural appropriation over her appearance, Madonna, 63, appears with blonde dreadlocks, in a basque and teenager’s ripped jeans. It isn’t just cultural appropriation with Madge, but age-misappropriation.

Red Face for Mark

Even for billionaire founder Mark Zuckerberg, rebranding Facebook ‘Meta’ after whistleblower Frances Haugen told Parliament the company put ‘astronomical profits before (the safeguarding of vulnerable) people’ was breathtakingly cynical.

Zuckerberg vows Meta will continue to live by his founding principle of ¿bringing people together¿. Indeed ¿ to share hatred, homophobia and racism, and find platforms where kids tell each other how to harm themselves.

Zuckerberg vows Meta will continue to live by his founding principle of ‘bringing people together’. Indeed — to share hatred, homophobia and racism, and find platforms where kids tell each other how to harm themselves.

He vows Meta will continue to live by his founding principle of ‘bringing people together’. Indeed — to share hatred, homophobia and racism, and find platforms where kids tell each other how to harm themselves.

Protestors can’t insulate the bagpipes

A motorist infuriated by Insulate Britain road blockers got his bagpipes out to try to blast them off the M25 with Scotland The Brave. Well done him, but he missed a trick with the idiots now gluing their faces to the motorways. Five minutes of Wings’ Mull Of Kintyre would have had them tearing themselves off the bitumen, begging for mercy.

Five minutes of Wings¿ Mull Of Kintyre would have had them tearing themselves off the bitumen, begging for mercy.

Five minutes of Wings’ Mull Of Kintyre would have had them tearing themselves off the bitumen, begging for mercy.

Ahead of Cop26, Glasgow’s council leader — the Scottish National Party’s Susan Aitken — blames Margaret Thatcher for the filthy conditions of their streets. Crikey, Lady T left power in 1990 so they’ve had 31 years to clean up their act. Is Maggie also to blame for Glasgow having the lowest life-expectancy in the UK, the highest levels of drugs deaths in Europe and the fact that one in three children live in poverty — all presided over since 2014 by that over-stuffed little SNP haggis Nicola Sturgeon?

Ugo just couldn’t tackle the tango

As soon as former rugby player Ugo Monye was axed from Strictly Come Dancing, the wokes decided he was dumped because he’s black — despite the fact that Rhys Stephenson and AJ Odudu, both brilliant dancers, are still in and Judi Love is expected back tonight after a Covid break. The sad truth is, Ugo danced with the grace of an unplugged 1970s refrigerator, bless him.

The Satanist who stabbed to death sisters Bibaa Henry, 46, en Nicole Smallman, 27, has been sentenced to a minimum of 35 jare. Because of his age, Danyal Hussein, 19, could not be given a full-life term. He could be out before he is 54 but natural justice dictates he should rot in jail for ever.

Fears of a trade war after a UK trawler was hijacked by the French. Don’t they have short memories? If it weren’t for the 6,939 ships carrying 156,115 Brits, Amerikaanse. and Canadian troops that were launched from our shores on D-Day, those cheese-eating surrender monkeys would be munching Frankfurters and speaking German.

Veteran Honoured

Shameful that the Ministry of Defence decrees no serving soldiers will carry the coffin of former Regimental Corporal-Major Dennis Hutchings, the Northern Ireland veteran who died of ill health aged 80 while on trial over a fatal shooting during the Troubles in 1974. Thousands of former soldiers plan to line the route of his funeral, proving it is old comrades not Westminster pen-pushers who truly honour those who have faithfully served Queen and Country.

Thousands of former soldiers plan to line the route of his funeral, proving it is old comrades not Westminster pen-pushers who truly honour those who have faithfully served Queen and Country.

Thousands of former soldiers plan to line the route of his funeral, proving it is old comrades not Westminster pen-pushers who truly honour those who have faithfully served Queen and Country.

TV’s Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen’s marriage has hit a ‘rocky patch’. Her publicity team say it is ‘something of a PR nightmare’ as it coincides with the launch of her latest book. Call me a cynic, but the marital tiff does provide publicity for a book none of us would otherwise have heard of.

Sisterly sympathy for Angelina Jolie, smiling on the red carpet to promote her latest movie Eternals when the back view revealed her hair extensions gone hideously wrong. I had them once on a photo shoot, went home and the locks came off in my shocked partner’s hands as he ran his fingers lovingly through my hair.

Westminister Wars

  • Rishi Sunak’s 6ft 7in top Treasury adviser didn’t appear with him in the traditional Budget photo outside Number 11, as Simon Clarke is agoraphobic. Sad for Simon but fortunate for his 5ft 6in boss, as insiders worry his height may be an obstacle to becoming PM.
  • A priest who says the crime scene stopped him from giving devout Catholic David Amess the Last Rites as medics fought to save him after he was stabbed has been so abused by trolls he has quit social media. Bless you Father Jeffrey Woolnough for trying. And as for those who trolled you, there’s a special place for them in the afterlife — the purgatory of social media.
  • Matt Hancock’s career ended after he was caught passionately embracing his lover Gina Coladangelo in his Cabinet office. Now the couple are snapped on a ‘romantic’ break in Croatia sitting three feet apart outside a restaurant, looking very weary. Miskien, six months on, the reality — of how six kids, a wife and a husband have all been left behind — is biting.

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