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Shouty Sham never lets facts get in the way


BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions appears to have a new format. Each member of the panel is invited to try answering a topical question without deviation, hesitation or a rude interruption by Shami Chakrabarti of the House of Lords. On Saturday none of them managed it.

Chakrabarti is best known for running a highly successful whitewashing business. Among the techniques pioneered are the brushless ‘Undercarpet Sweeper’, the ‘Static-Free Anti-Semitism System’ and Carpet Bagging 2.0, an application for reserving a seat in the House of Lords.

Before that, Chakrabarti was a serial un-trepreneur on a number of publicly funded quangos. These are committees which specialise in euthanising the spirit of free enterprise, stringing it out in meetings and slowly choking it to death before it can create any jobs, happiness or wealth.

Prior to that, she was at Liberty, the campaigner for human rights, where she became familiar with the tricks of the world’s most oppressive regimes.

On Any Questions Chakrabarti – whose motto may be Shouti Interruptus – entertained the audience with the evidence-free idea that Boris Johnson had been ‘anointed’ by Donald Trump. Then, in the interests of rhyming and alliteration, she argued that Theresa May had been ‘appointed’ prime minister. Jonathan Dimbleby pointed out that May won an election, but Chakrabarti wasn’t going to let the facts get in the way of a big lie. Anointed and appointed, she pronounced, only we’ve got this thing called democracy in this country. Yes, the same democracy that saw Theresa May elected, and Donald Trump elected. But on she went, blowing her dog-whistle while accusing us of summoning the hounds.

As The Sham will have learned at Liberty, a lie goes twice round the room before the truth can intervene.

Next in this round-up of weekend news comes yesterday’s invitation from Martin Daubney to join him on a BBC TV chat show, Sunday Morning Live, which asked: Is Misogyny Everywhere?

Yes, possibly it is. But that’s because they’ve changed the definition of misogyny to include everything. It was bad enough when earlier generations of feminists, led by the comedy writer Kathy Lette, established leaving the toilet seat up as a major infraction. These days, thanks in part to pioneering work by Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service, anyone has a licence to print misogyny. This has completely liberalised the emotional currency markets, so there’s been a massive run on the SPM (stale pale male) which has been overshadowed by a new unit, the CLV (crimeless victim) a virtual currency which runs independent of the hardware of facts.

Now all men are to be metaphorically rounded up and confined to The Problem Attic.

Finally, there was an in-depth interview with Donald Trump in Mail Online, conducted by his old pal and confidant Piers Morgan on board Air Force One.

Could anyone read this?

With friends like Piers Morgan, who needs enemas?

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Nick Booth
Nick Booth
Nick Booth is a freelance writer.

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