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There are not many people, who by now, are not aware of the image published on the Mirror website, which pictured a four-year-old child, with suspected pneumonia, lying on top of a pile of coats, upon the floor of a side room in Leeds General Infirmary.

The Mirror, then switches to the real purpose of its article:

Jack shows the human cost of the harshest ever financial squeeze on the NHS, a damning indictment of the Tories’ criminal neglect.

No wonder Jack’s mother is switching from the Tories to Labour on Thursday.

This article is then picked up with what appears to be indecent haste, and within hours, is being paraded around the mass media by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and a small – but disturbingly fanatical – army of online activists and cheerleaders.

The article continues:

The staff are blameless, performing miracles despite the cuts. As are hard-pressed managers, coping best they can with the bad hands dealt them by successive Conservative regimes.

I am not going into the obvious issues with the NHS here, nor why it has reached what seems to be critical mass, there is plenty of source material available online, which explains in finite detail the real reasons behind that, and who is ultimately responsible.

What I am going to do is focus on is the image, and how it has been shamelessly weaponised by the Labour Party.

The image in question, has itself become the focus of claims as to its authenticity, and its context, inasmuch as a viral post on Facebook, which claims that the image was staged, has been gaining traction in the mass media.

The response to this online, is that the Facebook post, is of course, complete fiction, and is being circulated by, wait for it, ‘Right Wing Bots’.

One source of that claim, is a blogger calling himself ‘Tom Pride’, who has, for the last few years, been pumping hard-left propaganda focussing on the UK, and attacking anyone who does not support Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, from his base in Poland.

[Which of course does not mean that there is any suspicion whatsoever, of any ‘foreign interference’ in the electoral process, a claim that politicians and the mass media, on both sides of the Atlantic love to talk about.]

The truth of this, I am sure will emerge in the fullness of time, but the fact remains that using a distressed child as a political tool with which to attack political enemies, is a despicable thing to do.

It’s beneath contempt.

Neither side of the political divide are blameless in this, and it was not so long ago,  that the Grenfell fire tragedy was being utilised by both sides, in their attempts to point the finger of blame at each other.

Is it worth mentioning, that one of the reasons why many people believe that picture was ‘staged’ for the media, is because it’s not the first time that the Labour Party have posted faked and/or staged images for political gain?

Remember this one?

That doctored image, led to the party being investigated for spreading fake news, and were slammed by the NHS itself, as they had not sought permission to use its logo.

This image may be familiar too.

A blatant example of the use of a staged photograph of Jeremy Corbyn, sitting with a despondent look on his face, on the floor of a train, in a crass attempt to highlight the overcrowding on that particular railway network.

He was accused of ‘Hypocrisy’ and ‘spin’ by the Telegraph, after CCTV revealed that he did in fact have a seat, despite claiming that the train was so ‘ram packed’ he had to sit on the floor!

This post is not ‘Pro’ or ‘Anti’ anybody, I am on the whole, pretty much disgusted by the behaviour of all the political parties, who are scrabbling in the gutter, and clawing and biting and spitting bile at each other in their attempts to reach the moral high ground first.

They have all failed miserably on that score in my opinion.

There are, however, many positives to take from this, as it must now appear glaringly obvious to anyone, that politicians and political parties, of all colours; lie, cheat, mislead, spread fake news, stage photo opportunities, and above all of that, have shown utter contempt for the very people they claim to represent.

It’s little wonder that this country has become a laughing stock in the eyes of the rest of the world, and going on what is currently happening, and shows no sign of going away any time soon, the political class do not actually give a damn.


West Ham United’s New £625million Council House.

Guest Writer

Last week London Mayor Boris Johnston signed off the Olympic Stadium to West Ham United Football Club on a 99year lease. The Olympic Stadium had been seen as a political humiliation and “white elephant” with no real practical use.

The terms for the lease of the £600million Olympic Stadium are a down payment by West Ham of £15million plus £2million per year for 99 years. In return the Government/taxpayer will hand over the £600million stadium plus £25million in cash for an upgrade.

However the deal is structured in such a way that the estimated £40million upgrade is paid first with the Government’s £25million and then by West Ham’s £15million. If West Ham spend £25million or less on the upgrade they will pay nothing.

It is interesting that the £40million upgrade estimate was provided by West Ham themselves.

The yearly payments part of the contract are also quite interesting and mean in certain circumstances West Ham may pay no or very little rent.

West Ham will be free to sell their present ground Upton Park and keep the proceeds of any sale.

West Ham are co-owned by David Gold and David Sullivan who made their fortunes in pornography, interestingly.

Karen Brady the vice-chairman of West Ham stated “ We accept the cost of making this into a world-class stadium has come from the Government, but we hope over 99 years we can pay it back.”

There are obviously all sorts of allegations flying around about this deal, and Leyton Orient Football Club have launched a legal challenge.

Ironically Leyton Orient may eventually buy or rent Upton Park from West Ham and this legal challenge could just be about getting some leverage on that deal.

As usual Joe Public will pick up the tab for this fiasco/fraud.

There have been a couple of ‘Fox related’ stories in the media this week. The one that sparked my interest was the rather disappointing news that the anonymous Blogger and one-time BBC Question Time Extra Guest, the ‘FleetStreetFox‘ has revealed her real identity.

The enigmatic @fleetstreetfox has decided to go public ahead of the publication of her book ‘The Diaries Of A Fleet Street Fox.’

Susie Boniface (Fleet Street Fox)

Susie Boniface (Fleet Street Fox)

Susie Bonifaces’ alter ego had developed a large Twitter following with her mix of media commentary, news and drunk tweeting as classic hack behaviour married to 21st century technology.

I for one, will miss the aura of mystery and intrigue that accompanied her online anonymity, will no longer hold the same attraction for me. She is still a damned good writer though, who’s unique insights have brightened up the darker moments in the celebrity-obsessed and vacuous climate that the mainstream media thrives on.


The second story revolves around the urban Fox ‘Attack’ that has been reported by many newspapers including the piece below in the Guardian.

“A fox left a one-month-old baby boy with a serious hand injury after creeping into his bedroom and dragging him from his cot. Police said they were investigating the incident in Bromley, south east London, in which the animal tore the infant’s finger off. The child’s screams alerted his mother, who rushed to his room to see his hand lodged “halfway down the animal’s throat”, according to the Mail on Sunday. She is said to have kicked the fox until it let go. Surgeons managed to reattach the finger in an “extremely difficult” three-hour operation, the newspaper reported. The child, who also suffered puncture wounds to his face, was said to be recovering well. The attack happened after the fox entered the house through an open back door, which was apparently awaiting repair by the council. A Metropolitan police spokesman said: “We were called at 16.38 on Wednesday 6 February by staff at St Thomas’s hospital to reports a baby boy who had been admitted to hospital after being attacked by a fox. “Police attended to find a four-week-old baby with a hand injury. The baby was admitted to hospital after the attack at its home address in Bromley.” An RSPCA spokeswoman said the only reason a fox would attack is due to fear. She added: “It’s extremely unusual for foxes to attack young children or anyone. “It’s not typical fox behaviour at all. Foxes will come closer to a house if there are food sources. Then they can become quite bold, but they usually do back off and run away when there’s people around.”

Being the type of person who can usually see the real picture behind the mainstream media version, I can offer an alternate take on the reported events.

It mirrors another recent news article which regaled us with the headline ‘I can still hear the boys screams…. People have no idea what goes on in care homes.’

If you dug a little deeper into that story, you will eventually find that the lady in question was known to the reporter, she had indeed spent time in care homes without a doubt, though some sixty years previously. In the piece she also says clearly that she experienced no abuse during her ‘traumatic years in a Manchester Care Home, the headline is a blatant attempt to draw you in to the later, larger article further inside the paper.

On page four of the same newspaper, is a full page article drawing attention to the new Children’s initiative being launched by Children’s Commissioner Keith Towler.

The initial filler story has used the inertia already created by the recently reported North Wales Care Home scandal and exploits it to the full.

It starts to make sense when the whole picture emerges does it not?

The aforementioned Guardian piece is yet another example of this practice.

Among the ‘filler’ is a reference to the fact that the back door was left open allowing the fox to enter the house in Bromley. The reason for the open door, was in fact because it was awaiting repair by the local authority, and what the article fails to mention, is that since the ‘incident’ the family has now been rehoused.. (another story here I think).

It also fails to address why the child was left alone at such a young age, and why or how a fox could actually ‘drag a child’ out of a cot and across the room.

There are conflicting reports also that the mother was ‘alerted’ by the child’s screams, yet an earlier media report stated her attention was drawn by the large ‘thud’ that came from upstairs..

There was an earlier incident if you recall, the now infamous case of Hackney twins Isabella and Lola Koupparis also allegedly seriously injured in an urban ‘fox attack.’

Wildlife experts now seriously doubt the validity of this story, but once again the mainstream media account seems to be burned into the public’s shared consciousness..

Before these alleged ‘attacks’ do you know how many actual fox attacks were reported in the UK?

One, that’s how many.

In 2004 in Edinburgh, an 88 year old Margaret O’Shaughnessy went into her garden late at night to feed her cat and was bitten on the leg by a fox . . . allegedly.

I have to admit I doubt the validity of this story also.

It could be because I struggle to comprehend why an elderly woman decides to feed her cat in the middle of the night, and in the garden too…

More news construction on a slow news day?

Of course any attack on children is appalling and I am not making light of it in any way, but it does need to be investigated more fully.

For instance, a staggering three ‘attacks’ in six years compared to the frequency of bites from ‘man’s best friend’, which is currently estimated at around 250,000 a year and rising.

This, coupled with the suddenly urgent call for the mass cull of the urban fox population, by none other than Boris Johnson, who is a known advocate of fox huntinq, and is a close friend of David Cameron, does not sit right with me.

I do not hear any angry cries to address the dog attack epidemic, and alongside the majority of dog owners who are responsible and care deeply for their animals, there are some who clearly do not.

There is no point ignoring this issue in order to appease the wrath of animal lovers, who will without a doubt attack these words with the viciousness of a rabid pit pull.

I feel that in these belt-tightening times of austerity, when people are struggling to feed their children, and the Animal Charities are being swamped with requests to take in household pets, attacks by dumped, hungry and uncared for dogs are only going to increase.

“Fox is a common name for many species of omnivorous mammals belonging to the Canidae family. Foxes are small to medium-sized canids (slightly smaller than a medium-sized domestic dog), characterized by possessing a long narrow snout, and a bushy tail (or brush). Members of about 37 species are referred to as foxes, of which only 12 species actually belong to the Vulpes genus of “true foxes”. By far the most common and widespread species of fox is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), although various species are found on almost every continent. The presence of fox-like carnivores all over the globe, together with their widespread reputation for cunning, has contributed to their appearance in popular culture and folklore in many societies around the world (see also Foxes in culture). The hunting of foxes with packs of hounds, long an established pursuit in Europe, especially the British Isles, was exported by European settlers to various parts of the New World.”