Ironies (not again, surely?)
+I watched a newsclip yesterday promoted on a rightwing newspaper’s website (it matters not which, they all morph into one) which allegedly showed President Biden being unsteady on his feet as he walked to the podium on the White House south lawn, with VP Harris by his side. The clip showed nothing of the sort, but for those right wing pundits who are expert in these matters, POTUS was clearly displaying signs of dementia. Such a narrative can be contrasted with Boris Johnson’s performance at the CBI conference yesterday. If Jeremy Corbyn had performed as chaotically as Johnson did, we’d never hear the end of it. But today, looking at the ’top’ stories on the Microsoft news feed, no-one from the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail or the Daily Express had a word to say about it. Surely, they haven’t discovered that Johnson has early onset dementia have they, and are just keeping it to themselves (as the media obligingly did for Johnson’s hero Churchill after he had a stroke)? We should be told.
+According to the Guardian this morning, the best selling author Sally Rooney is not permitting her latest book to be translated into Hebrew, since she supports the BDS movement and considers Israel an apartheid state. She has received the support of scores of other authors. In retaliation, two Israeli book store chains have removed all works by Rooney from their shelves—a kid of reverse BDS. The irony is evident. If Rooney was a member of the Labour Party she would now be expelled, and any fellow members recommending her books would be under investigation too.
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