'I have more than once wondered if the growing incompetence of our leadership is their secret plan to repel the migrants that daily board rubber boats to cross the channel.'
'Here is my message to the party leaders: show greater concern and empathy for the team, the nation, us. Deal with the weaknesses in our national resiliency. Listen to business leaders. Respect them as the real experts that they are. But most importantly, safeguard our democracy.
[footage of Johnson saying of Insulate Britain activists that they are 'a confounded nuisance who are blocking ambulances, stopping people going about their daily lives, and I'm glad Priti is taking new powers to insulate them snugly in prison where they belong']
I agree these protesters have departed from the rails of wisdom, but don't follow them into a train crash. When shaping your new powers remember that it is the sacred duty of the representatives of the people to uphold the freedom to demonstrate. It's a central feature of British democracy.'
Business leaders are the real experts, eh Ray? Which businesses would those be, the banks, hedge funders, supermarkets, arms manufacturers, oil companies? I think you'll find that the government have been listening to them very carefully for a long time...
Changed his tune from before at least, when he agreed with Johnson in saying that IB protesters should be 'locked away or fined' and even used the same word, 'nuisance' - https://members5.boardhost.com/xxxxx/msg/1633469935.html
'Yesterday we lost one the world's greatest listeners, Sir David Amess. He was an exemplary member of parliament, always willing to consider opposing views and to debate issues. He was a man who tirelessly worked for his constituents and to champion their causes. He dedicated his life to the public, and ultimately fell on the front line while actively engaged in service to the community. He may have been brought down by a cowardly act but he will not be forgotten. We should take heart from his personal courage and his example.'
duty to contribute to our nation and to global society ... democracy ... freedom ... values ... the United Kingdom ... fundamental priciple ... blah blah blah...
Comments underneath are full of racist anti-muslim, anti-migrant bile. Nobody seemed to notice his mention of the COP talks, funnily enough, the only worthwhile thing about this segment, though even that is couched in naivete about 'leadership' and the suggestion that anything good could come from politicians 'uniting' over an issue.
Interviewing Rory Stewart, letting him spout on about how the occupation should have continued, how good things were under the Americans, how bad the withdrawal was and how bad things will be now that the Afghans have their country back:
'RS: America is getting increasingly isolationist
RM: I get that impression too, and it seems odd because just a few years ago they seemed to be leading the way in foreign diplomacy'
seeing the job through ... hardly honourable to 'abandon loyal Afghans' who 'helped us to help them' ... leadership ... empathy' blah blah blah...
All very serious, measured, earnest, but the analysis is pathetically shallow and evidence of swallowing a lifetime of propaganda about the nature of the UK state with not a moment of doubt, critical evaluation or serious investigation of these claims to virtue or what such 'patriotism' enables.
I have a ton of respect for Ray, but he lost a lot of it here.