Is Jo Cox buried in the Church of Christ the Remainer ?

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I first met humbug full on when attending a literary festival in Oxford, in April 2017, where old fashioned feminist Jenni Murray of the BBC, was heckled and threatened with ‘no-platform’ after she questioned whether men can really be women, just because they say they are. She was accused by students of making, ‘transphobic’ comments.

The humbug came bursting from the mouth of someone who looked rather like one; large and pillow shaped. He was Asian but spoke like an American. He became enraged and seemed about to punch me when I said that Murray should be allowed to speak. I asked him repeatedly why he opposed free speech and eventually he got it into intelligible words; it was wrong for Murray to speak because her words, or any discussion about transgenderism, ‘created the climate of fear in which people were harmed.’

That was the first time I’d heard this humbug spelled out. Humbuggers believe, or say they do, that that discussing a difficult issue, immigration, race, biological gender, climate change, colonialism, should be stopped as speaking about it will cause people to be physically hurt. For some speech is the same thing as physical abuse. Even the affectionate little word ‘humbug’ can be an abuse.

Until Boris Johnson’s return to the Commons this week I thought this kind of pious nonsense belonged only to identarian extremists. Not all, the Labour Left are now wielding a giant humbug shaped like a club, to try to close down all debate even in the Commons.

True many of us watched Boris’ return to Parliament after his defeat by the Supreme Court in a rather gladiatorial spirit. We could all smell blood and thought it was his. The BBC suggested that he was going to be demolished by his enemies once he got to the dispatch box. Not many expected much from him. He’d been seen in America the day before looking sheepish and uneasy. Not for the first time he’d got himself into a terrible mess. Not only had suspending parliament been deemed illegal, he has accusations of corruption whilst Mayor of London looming, and surely, we thought, flying back to the UK he would arrive in the chamber as a tired wreck.

Instead he was surprisingly alert, well prepared and pugnacious. He fell back on rhetorical skills probably learned at school; be extremely polite to your opponent before going for his throat, keep things light, be cheerful, and if possible, amusing. His only fault was becoming repetitious. To all the spurious accusations thrown, including the death of a woman MP, he repeated, ‘The best thing to do, is to get on with Brexit.’

The opposition were expected to surround him like wolves and rip him apart with their excoriating remarks and damning criticism, instead they fell into a very strange strategy involving moral indignation and tears. More like an ill- used wife welcoming home an erring husband, rather than anything feminist, it was a feminised response, totally out of place in a tough political debate. At the party conference, Corbyn promised to be, ‘A very different kind of leader,’ and his girls showed how much they hope to change Westminster.

The only hysteria and rage came from a Labour MP from the Midlands who was so convulsed with hate that he was unintelligible and Paula Sherriff MP who launched the only Labour missile, the humbug straight at Boris, for using the term ‘Surrender bill.’

Also highly pillow shaped she gave us the full humbug accusing him of ‘Offensive,’ a key word, and ‘dangerous language,’ which she said was connected to death threats she and other Labour ladies, ‘receive every day.’

She cried out for help to the ‘shield of our departed friend,’ gave a shriek and sat down. That friend was the late Labour martyr Jo Cox MP, murdered by a right – wing lunatic in 2016. Cox was then invoked throughout the rest of the debate by Labour ladies, a decisive emotional manipulation designed to close down debate.

Sherriff didn’t manage to frame one question or demolish the detested ‘arrogance’ of the PM in the slightest. Neither did Jess Phillips MP, who kept calling on him to apologise for closing down Parliament although it was obvious he’d never do so. Later she insisted and Corbyn insisted that he apologise for his language. Second only to Labour’s obsessive hatred of free-speech is their mania for trying to get people to come up with contrition.  

This coarse weeping and wailing became slightly posher when Lib Dem MP Jo Swinson stood up, not to nail Boris but to tell us about her baby son, who she said was better at saying sorry than he.  

Against all the odds Boris came out unscathed, not just because Labour had managed to lose the debate with a man returning home in ignominy, but because the MPs around Corbyn who are allowed to speak, do it so badly and have nothing to say.

The future kind of Parliament that Corbyn and the LibDems want was displayed during the non-debate as they revealed their strategy of righteous indignation, emotional manipulation, tears and allegations of abuse. It was envisaged by Green Party MP Caroline Lucas last August. She wrote in The Guardian that to solve Brexit MPs should get together to replace Boris with a ‘national unity government,’ composed entirely of women. They would  organise another referendum.

She quickly had to apologise after it was noted that all the women she’d invited were white. The world of Humbug is tricky to negotiate. But the germ of a quite possible future was there; national unity only achieved through women sitting in a room making decisions quietly by consensus, without any help from nasty, raucous men, given to rhetorical flourishes and jokes. That is the way the dry, dull wind is blowing. Anyone who enjoyed the shenanigans in Parliament yesterday should hold onto the memory of that rich culture, its days are surely numbered so many in the pious legions of the Left now want it dead.

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16 Comments on Is Jo Cox buried in the Church of Christ the Remainer ?

  1. We have seen “the pious legions of the Left” and they are driven forward by women who believe their sensitive feminine nature is sacrosanct. These snowflakes believe the world as run by unfeeling brutish men (ie. the patriarchy) must be overthrown. Only women are truly human. In the brave-but-sensitive-and-caring new world men can only redeem themselves by relinquishing power and making efforts to get in touch with their feminine side.

    We had a glimpse last night of what Parliament will be like when we have the 50/50 male / female balance demanded by feminists. A strongly worded attack on a woman’s opinions, particularly a Left wing woman, may soon be classified as a form of emotional abuse. After all, everyone should be able to express their views without fear – unless, of course, they are right wing.

  2. This factitious offence-taking has got completely out of hand. Guido Fawkes has published a long and growing list of the vicious language – kill, hang, shoot, throw acid over – used by the opposition and their backers. They brought up Jo Cox in a repellent abuse of the dead. hard to know whether they are stupid or just immoral.

    Evidence for stupid: that some of them think their feminine nature can solve problems. Would that be the feminine nature that can be acquired by signing a bit of paper? In which case, let’s welcome Borisova. All our problems solved.

  3. We are not just in the midst of a war for British independence; we are simultaneously in an all out culture war. Complaints about Boris using “divisive”, “disrespectful” language is no more than a first attempt to make parliament into a “safe” place. We must be prepared for much more of this.

  4. Odd really, considering the female brain on the whole cannot debate without getting emotional.

    Clearly there are women who are a bit on the blokey side of the divide who are able to keep up, but in general, they should not even be involving themselves with politics.

    The Swiss had it right until 1971, when they finally capitulated and let women have the vote and participate in active politics..

    Switzerland has been going downhill ever since it continuously kowtows to EU bullying, something that would never have happened at earlier times.

  5. The screaming outrage by the left in Britain and the U.S. accusing their political opponents of everything short of eating babies is reminiscent of the Chinese Red Guard waving their Chairman Mao ‘little red books’ whilst demanding the imprisonment and re-education of their chosen victims.

  6. I have been called ‘fascist’ more times than I care to remember, by maddened Remainers who have betrayed the lie of their self-proclaimed ‘values’ (tolerance, diversity, equality, etc). There is a dire need for radical reform in schools and universities, so that proper Enlightenment values are promoted in upcoming generations.
    Democracy is precious.

  7. Add to this the insane mawkishness of McDonnell who has said that if/when (thank God highly unlikely) he is ever in No 11 he will put a homeless family in and presumably take up residence under the arches in Waterloo Station.

    Death threats are two a penny now, and the tool of un-hinged people like Mair. Whilst Mair is under lock and key, McDonnell who stated that he wanted to assassinate Margaret Tbatcher is still at large.

  8. A “national disunity government” composed entirely of women would be fine I’m sure. The real problem lies with the voters. Either you can only allow those who will vote the way you want to vote or, perhaps creating a more attractive image to the unseeing world at large, ensuring that the outcome counts not on those who vote but on those who count the votes.

  9. That most obnoxious of the Remainer class, Jess Phillips, has form in abusive language. She shouted at Boris Johnson incessantly in the Commons this week. She laughed about having a debate on male suicide. She thought it funny to say she’d ‘knife Jeremy Corbyn in the front’. And she enrages her constituents. They get arrested, while she is untouchable.

  10. There are probably fewer people today than in former times who are familiar with Gilbert & Sullivan. It was that perceptive pair (team in today’s terminology?) who compiled “Iolanthe”, which name also appeared as the distinguishing appellation on the side of a Pullman car (ie a railway carriage, first class). This operetta was entirely constructed around the “absurdities” exercised in both Houses of Parliament – in 1882 – plus a bit of fantasy. But the telling phrase, to which my good late wife of over 50 years together raised no objection, slightly out of context here, I agree, but only slightly – “This comes of women interfering in politics”, in 1882 remember. There are plenty more memorable items, such as – “When in that House MPs divide …they vote just as their leaders tell ’em to”. Before any of our readers explode, go and see the whole work performed on stage, or obtain a dvd. Enjoy the fun, but don’t forget that, though much of the sentiment still applies, today’s absurdities are deadly, catastrophically serious.

  11. It’s not just left wingers who have expressed disgust with Johnson’s language.

    But what seems to have slipped through unnoticed however, is that he also said “the best way to stop the violence and death threats and calm everybody down is to get brexit done”.

    Really? I wouid have thought the best way would be to enforce the law and arrest those responsible. Johnson’s way is no more or less than appeasing terrorists, using violence or the threat of violence against civilians in order to achieve political change.

    Not that any of you will understand this point of course. There is obviously no limit to the depths this disgusting individual will sink.

  12. Michael McManus is perfectly correct in stating that the political invective comes from the left. The numerous vile mob verbal attacks on Nigel Farage accusing him of being a Fascist and/or Nazi and even physical assaults on him are passed off as ‘stunts’. The spurious slurs and even incitement to violence hosted by the BBC et al regularly exposes the bias in the main-stream media against conservative policies whilst the likes of Anna Soubry demand police action against those who dare to speak to her in strong language.

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