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News – The Pokehttps://www.thepoke.co.uk Time well wastedThu, 13 Jun 2019 10:20:25 +0000en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1Favourite 5 responses to todays Telegraph front page about Telegraph columnist Boris Johnsonhttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/13/favourite-5-responses-to-todays-telegraph-front-page-about-telegraph-columnist-boris-johnson/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/13/favourite-5-responses-to-todays-telegraph-front-page-about-telegraph-columnist-boris-johnson/#respondThu, 13 Jun 2019 10:19:56 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=237242No-one is more excited (with the possible exception of Boris Johnson) by the prospect of Boris Johnson becoming PM than the Daily Telegraph. It devoted its entire front page to the Tory leader wannabes launch and the prime minister in waiting. Heres how Allison Pearsons front page commentary begins. Oh, thank God, the overwhelming sense […]

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]]>No-one is more excited (with the possible exception of Boris Johnson) by the prospect of Boris Johnson becoming PM than the Daily Telegraph.

It devoted its entire front page to the Tory leader wannabes launch and the prime minister in waiting.

Heres how Allison Pearsons front page commentary begins.

Oh, thank God, the overwhelming sense of relief! After three years of being led (and misled) by a stooping, scuttling wraith of a Prime Minister, after the misery of constipation with no laxatives, after abject humiliation and Nervous Nellies and national shame and speak-your-weight sound bites and Project Fear and oh dear, oh dear we have forgotten what optimism feels like, here comes Boris.

And these 5 responses pretty much nail it.

1.

Now is the time to remember Boris Johnson gets paid £5,200 a week by The Daily Telegraph. pic.twitter.com/fQQGzPsiHW

— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) June 13, 2019

2.

Oh nice! Advertorial https://t.co/LiMGvYC1UJ

— Aditya Chakrabortty (@chakrabortty) June 12, 2019

3.

Translate that into Turkish and you have Erdogans idea of what a front page should look like https://t.co/1hiGVXq4e8

— Jonathan Freedland (@Freedland) June 12, 2019

4.

Unusual of Boris Johnson to publish his daily newsletter as a broadsheet. https://t.co/IV4CzSnR63

— George Eaton (@georgeeaton) June 12, 2019

5.

really hope someone will one day love me and stand by my shamelessly ill-thought-out decisions as much as the Telegraph does with Boris Johnson https://t.co/4USdQA8qF9

— Marie Le Conte (@youngvulgarian) June 12, 2019

But perhaps the best response, the very best response, came from this guy, in reply to BBC journalist Neil Henderson.

Do you realise you are exhibiting all the tropes of a fascist supporting media that you would be so quick to condemn in other countries? Are you so bereft of self awareness that you cant see that? Or are you, but the moneys great? Have you learned nothing from history?

— Nick Peters (@NickPeters_TM) June 12, 2019

Hi Nick! Thanks for the feedback. We tweet the national papers front and back pages as a little service to our friends on the Twitter. Have a great day! https://t.co/XrOA4Dq5rh

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) June 13, 2019

Hi Nick. What til you find out what my newsagents been doing. Every single morning.

— RetroSchott141_15 (@RetroSchott) June 13, 2019

I dont think hes done the due diligence on the tweet, thats all

— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) June 13, 2019

Source

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/13/favourite-5-responses-to-todays-telegraph-front-page-about-telegraph-columnist-boris-johnson/feed/0Adam Kay will send every Tory MP a copy of his book to warn them about Jeremy Hunthttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/13/adam-kay-will-send-every-tory-mp-a-copy-of-his-book-to-warn-them-about-jeremy-hunt/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/13/adam-kay-will-send-every-tory-mp-a-copy-of-his-book-to-warn-them-about-jeremy-hunt/#respondThu, 13 Jun 2019 06:19:35 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=237171Comedian and best-selling author Adam Kays memoir of his time as a junior doctor, This Is Going To Hurt, was the runaway success of 2017, exposing the stark reality of the strains on the NHS with humour and candour. In light of the popularity of former health secretary and prime ministerial hopeful, Jeremy Hunt, whose […]

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]]>Comedian and best-selling author Adam Kays memoir of his time as a junior doctor, This Is Going To Hurt, was the runaway success of 2017, exposing the stark reality of the strains on the NHS with humour and candour.

In light of the popularity of former health secretary and prime ministerial hopeful, Jeremy Hunt, whose record in office was catastrophic, Adam has arranged with his publishers to send a copy of the book to each Conservative MP, in the hope that they will be swayed from voting for the man who brought about the junior doctors strikes by his heavy handedness and failure to listen to those on the front line of NHS services.

This is how the move came about.

Right. Fuck. How much is going to cost me to send a copy of This Is Going to Hurt to every Conservative member who might vote for Jeremy Hunt?

— Adam Kay (@amateuradam) June 10, 2019

400 of you have suggested a crowdfunder. This would involve raising around £700k, and there are MUCH better uses of your charitable donations. Instead, me & my publishers will pay for 330 copies, and I'll send one to every Tory MP for some light reading before the vote.

— Adam Kay (@amateuradam) June 11, 2019

In This Is Going To Hurt, Adam wrote an open letter to Jeremy Hunt.

“Roger Fisher was a professor of law at Harvard University who suggested back in 1981 that they should implant the American nuclear codes in the heart of a volunteer.

If the President wanted to press the big red button and kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people, then first hed have to take a butchers knife and dig it out of the volunteers chest himself; so that he realizes what death actually means first hand, and understands the implications of his actions.

Because the President would never press the button if he had to do that.

Similarly, you and your successor and their successors for ever more should have to work some shifts alongside junior doctors. Not the thing you already do, where a chief executive shows you round a brand-new ward thats gleaming like a space station.

No: palliate a cancer patient; watch a trauma victim have their leg amputated; deliver a dead baby.

Because I defy any human being, even you, to know what the job really entails and question a single doctors motivation.

If you knew, you would be applauding them, youd be proud of them, youd be humbled by them, and youd be eternally grateful for everything they do.

The way you treat junior doctors demonstrably doesnt work. I strongly suggest you seek a second opinion.”

Courtesy of Adam Kay and Picador

Heres how people have reacted to Adams announcement.

BRILLIANT XXX

— suzanne moore (@suzanne_moore) June 12, 2019

Excellent work https://t.co/SwdaHFoY6J

— Miltos Yerolemou (@miltosyerolemou) June 12, 2019

Legend. As a Drs son I get to hear my dad moaning a lot. i went to visit him at work and now totally understand the B—S— they have to put up with. jeremy hunt is an egotist and a career politician he doesn't give two ****s as long as he has power and the top job

— Meron Persey (@MeronPersey) June 12, 2019

Ive just shown a friend of mine (who isnt on Twitter), your posts re this. His response was “Adam Kay for Prime Minister” and I completely agree!👌🏻

— KimL.E🌻 (@MissKimLou15) June 12, 2019

Twitter user @davidaw69 only saw one problem with the generous plan.

Brilliant, well done Adam.

The next challenge is getting them to read it rather than snort coke off it.

— David Cricket 🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@davidaw69) June 12, 2019

Source: Guardian
H/T: Adam Kay

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/13/adam-kay-will-send-every-tory-mp-a-copy-of-his-book-to-warn-them-about-jeremy-hunt/feed/0Ann Widdecombe thinks science may “produce an answer” to homosexuality – 11 perfect reactionshttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/03/ann-widdecombe-thinks-science-may-produce-answer-homosexuality/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/03/ann-widdecombe-thinks-science-may-produce-answer-homosexuality/#respondMon, 03 Jun 2019 05:24:25 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=235279Ann Widdecombe, former Tory stalwart turned Brexit Party MEP, is one of the loudest voices of the new party, steam-rolling over interviewers with the uninhibited belief of the convert. On the political magazine show, Ridge on Sunday, she expressed this view about homosexuality. .@brexitparty_uk MEP, Ann Widdecombe, controversially tells #Ridge that science might one day […]

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]]>Ann Widdecombe, former Tory stalwart turned Brexit Party MEP, is one of the loudest voices of the new party, steam-rolling over interviewers with the uninhibited belief of the convert. On the political magazine show, Ridge on Sunday, she expressed this view about homosexuality.

.@brexitparty_uk MEP, Ann Widdecombe, controversially tells #Ridge that science might one day "produce an answer” to people being gay.

More on this story here: https://t.co/dMeQywQxbR pic.twitter.com/SLN6uaaOGY

— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) June 2, 2019

The reaction was as explosive as youd expect, with these comments perfectly capturing the mood.

1.

But will science ever find an answer to Anne Widdecombe? https://t.co/p19Lsx1bJd

— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) June 2, 2019

2.

Opinions are like arseholes. I dont want Ann Widdecombes shoved in my face

— Craig Deeley 🇪🇺🏳️‍🌈 (@craiguito) June 2, 2019

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Ann Widdecombe suggesting "science may produce an answer" to being gay shows why the Brexit Party is such a threat: they are going to reopen debates about the rights of minorities which were supposedly settled long ago. We must fight them. https://t.co/dJnhRCYW5k

— Owen Jones🌹 (@OwenJones84) June 2, 2019

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I had no idea homosexuality was a question. https://t.co/f7Ojd5XbND

— Dr Adam Rutherford (@AdamRutherford) June 2, 2019

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Boh. Anne Widdecombe openly saying on #Ridge that science may yet come up with a solution to homosexuality. Do us a favour Anne, fuck right off.

— James Matthewson (@MatthewsonJames) June 2, 2019

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Weird how Ann Widdecombe has such faith in science when using it for vile homophobia but not when being a bonkers irrational climate change denier.

— Emma Burnell (@EmmaBurnell_) June 2, 2019

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Problem with a pill that changes your sexuality is everyone would be using it to make themselves queer coz we're awesome and we don't have the infrastructure to deal with the influx. https://t.co/EkAzoVQzCr

— Sam Whyte (@SamWhyte) June 2, 2019

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You know what? Fuck Anne Widdecombe, shes the least funny Widdicombe, and shes an actual textbook fascist. Fuck her tiny mind, and fuck anyone who helps legitimise her, who thinks debating with her is in anyones interest, or who employs her.

— Bethany “Stable Vagenius” Black (@BeffernieBlack) June 2, 2019

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Science HAS produced an answer to being gay. The answer is, "some people are gay, now fuck off you prejudiced old termagant".https://t.co/FWhbonN8mK

— Russ (@RussInCheshire) June 2, 2019

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With Ann Widdicombe claiming that science could "cure" gay people, it's time to say again:

The Brexit Party is homophobic.
The Brexit Party is racist.
The Brexit party is fascistic.

Stop supporting this shower of bastards.https://t.co/bG3aeVz83e

— Aled 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@AledGwynWiliams) June 2, 2019

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Scientists are working around the clock to calculate the size of the giant fuck nobody gives about Ann Widdecombes opinion on anything.

— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) June 2, 2019

As a bonus, comedy genius Janey Godley produced a hilarious voiceover to share Miss Widdecombes other thoughts.

“Science can cure the gays but science cant cure racism” #AnnWiddicombe #janeygodleyvoiceOver pic.twitter.com/9fns1exgpu

— Janey Godley (@JaneyGodley) June 2, 2019

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/06/03/ann-widdecombe-thinks-science-may-produce-answer-homosexuality/feed/0Dominic Raab in “not a feminist” shocker – 7 unmissable reactionshttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/31/dominic-raab-not-feminist-shocker/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/31/dominic-raab-not-feminist-shocker/#respondFri, 31 May 2019 07:21:10 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=235166If you havent already noticed, you should brace yourself for an influx of Conservative leadership hopefuls doing whatever the 2019 version of kissing babies is, now that actually kissing babies gets you a lengthy investigation by the Met Police. Weve already had Rory Stewart wandering around the countrys Costas trying to drum up support from […]

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]]>If you havent already noticed, you should brace yourself for an influx of Conservative leadership hopefuls doing whatever the 2019 version of kissing babies is, now that actually kissing babies gets you a lengthy investigation by the Met Police.

Weve already had Rory Stewart wandering around the countrys Costas trying to drum up support from caffeine addicts, as well as Sajid Javid telling Scotland what to do. Now, we have former Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab, who resigned over a policy he helped negotiate, making the shocking admission that he isnt a feminist.

'I'm all for working women making the very best of their potential'

Dominic Raab says he is a 'champion of equality and meritocracy' but not a feminist https://t.co/97wVNes3IQ pic.twitter.com/L39BfVasSt

— ITV News (@itvnews) May 29, 2019

via GIPHY

His comment was what the good people of Twitter might call “a gift”, and these were our favourite reactions.

1.

Cheers mate, he's all for working women!!! Never ever be made to feel grateful for a liberty that should be taken for granted. You've got the vote, we let you vote what more do you want? https://t.co/SB92DCQWwk

— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) May 30, 2019

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I am very very sad to inform all of you that I have spent 85 percent of my mostly single life sitting in pub gardens with Dominic Raabs being told things like: “I dont like the phrase: women's rights it should be PEOPLE rights you know?” while I drink 13 vodka tonics. https://t.co/53NgczJWOb

— Dolly H Alderton (@dollyalderton) May 30, 2019

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Dominic Raab says he wouldnt describe himself as a feminist. Mate… 👇

Definition: the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes @itvnews @DominicRaab #ToryLeadershipContest

— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) May 29, 2019

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There is absolutely no way on earth this guy hasn't stayed up till 2am watching Jordan Peterson videos on YouTube https://t.co/A4I1UeT7HK

— Alan White (@aljwhite) May 30, 2019

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I wonder what it is about so-called meritocracy that appeals so much to white fellas with a suspect record of achievement…🤔 https://t.co/xNMyDDAM61

— Alison McGovern (@Alison_McGovern) May 29, 2019

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This definitely has the energy of a “career” “chat” I had with a middle manager in a major (non-media) company who told me if I worked hard I might one day get to his level. https://t.co/hXp0PwNGBE

— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) May 30, 2019

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What a solid bloke and only a single century out of date. https://t.co/giFvwd2MXG

— Kit de Waal (@KitdeWaal) May 30, 2019

There was also this …

But why is it not universally acknowledged that Dominic Raab has the actual actual voice of the actual actual Alan B'Stard? https://t.co/0i1VkPTTvv

— Hugo Rifkind (@hugorifkind) May 30, 2019

via GIPHY

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This Tory leadership hopeful has a novel campaign approach – the only 8 reactions you need
Dominic Raabs campaign video is a hilarious self-own – 16 perfect takedowns

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/31/dominic-raab-not-feminist-shocker/feed/0Nigel Farage was held hostage on his bus by fear of milkshakes – the only 7 reactions you needhttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/23/nigel-farage-held-hostage-bus-fear-milkshakes/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/23/nigel-farage-held-hostage-bus-fear-milkshakes/#respondThu, 23 May 2019 04:52:55 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=234363Nigel Farages run-in with a milkshake earlier this week must have deeply scarred the poor chap, or at the very least made him fear for his suits. On Wednesday, on the campaign trail in Kent, the commodities broker turned career politician ended up unable to get off his bus after some men were spotted holding […]

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]]>Nigel Farages run-in with a milkshake earlier this week must have deeply scarred the poor chap, or at the very least made him fear for his suits. On Wednesday, on the campaign trail in Kent, the commodities broker turned career politician ended up unable to get off his bus after some men were spotted holding the deadly substance tasty drink.

Nigel Farage is stuck on his Brexit bus because people have turned up with milkshakes https://t.co/AmedrduUCx

— Kent Live (@kentlivenews) May 22, 2019

Twitter had this to say about it.

1.

Superman had Kryptonite…

Nigel Farage 'trapped on bus' surrounded by protesters holding milkshakes https://t.co/9oz6Z5QoyE

— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) May 22, 2019

2.

The law wouldn't stop him. The truth couldn't stop him. But a milkshake did. Truly, @Nigel_Farage, you are the hero our times deserve. https://t.co/Lou09WowiO

— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) May 22, 2019

3.

Can we just take it in turns to go and stand by that bus holding milkshakes so that Nigel Farage never gets off it. Ill happily take the next shift.

— Amanda (@Pandamoanimum) May 22, 2019

4.

In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt got shot in the chest and still stood and delivered his speech.

In 2019, Nigel Farage is cowering in a bus because of a milkshake. pic.twitter.com/6qPQqkfD2d

— CyberSloth (@CaseyExplosion) May 22, 2019

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Hearing that Farage won't leave the bus pic.twitter.com/wtJnJLtvv3

— Ireland Simpsons Fans (@iresimpsonsfans) May 22, 2019

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Actual footage from Nigel Farage's bus today. pic.twitter.com/A1uOIscRcG

— Phlegm Clandango (@Cain_Unable) May 22, 2019

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Nigel Farage 2016: "I will arm myself with a rifle to fight for Brexit".

Nigel Farage 2019: "I'm not coming off the bus until all dairy products are removed "

— EL4C💥 (@EL4JC) May 22, 2019

Finally, Louis Barfe wondered about the mood on the bus.

All those fuckers on Farage's bus, trapped by dairy-wielding terrorists. How long before they start drawing lots to see who gets eaten first? 20 minutes? Longer?

— Louis Barfe (@AlanKelloggs) May 22, 2019

They could always get someone to bring them a McDonalds.

H/T: Kent Live

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/23/nigel-farage-held-hostage-bus-fear-milkshakes/feed/0The legislators who made abortion illegal in Alabama are all men – the reactionshttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/15/the-legislators-who-made-abortion-illegal-in-alabama-are-all-men/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/15/the-legislators-who-made-abortion-illegal-in-alabama-are-all-men/#respondWed, 15 May 2019 13:04:57 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=233626Alabamas all-male, all-white, senate has voted to make abortion illegal from conception, unless the mothers life is at stake, despite mass protests from women and men across the state. The Guardian published the photographs of the entirely Republican cohort who passed the legislation. These 25 white men – all Republicans – just voted to ban […]

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]]>Alabamas all-male, all-white, senate has voted to make abortion illegal from conception, unless the mothers life is at stake, despite mass protests from women and men across the state. The Guardian published the photographs of the entirely Republican cohort who passed the legislation.

These 25 white men – all Republicans – just voted to ban abortion in Alabama https://t.co/WBgY6LYyQE

— The Guardian (@guardian) May 15, 2019

Naturally, the reactions to the mens decision to override womens rights have been largely ones of anger and disbelief.

1.

This ban is dangerous and exceptionally cruel—and the bills authors want to use it to overturn Roe v. Wade. I've lived in that America and let me tell you: We are not going back—not now, not ever. We will fight this. And we will win. https://t.co/WNlr7Ys73q

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 15, 2019

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The men who voted for the new abortion law in Alabama are operating from a deep-rooted fear of women. They hate that they are scared of women and so want to control them. This law may work in the short term. But women will prevail. So stay scared, fuckers

— Miranda Sawyer (@msmirandasawyer) May 15, 2019

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Folks Ive been staring at this picture of the people who voted to force women to give birth even in the case of rape and incest for about 10 minutes and Im getting the weirdest feeling representation might be important pic.twitter.com/PpXTItGtlj

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 15, 2019

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"Youve got 27 men… ready to tell women what they can do with their bodies."https://t.co/SMD6uNZo49

— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) May 15, 2019

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22 Senators voted against including an exception for rape or incest in Alabamas new draconian abortion law.

Notice any similarities? pic.twitter.com/QNxFC1JU2u

— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) May 15, 2019

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I wonder if any of these men have ever been in a room while a woman gives birth. If they know what it's like. Because to vote to demand she has to – even if she is a raped child – should surely demand they do. https://t.co/LrUT6dkbp7

— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) May 15, 2019

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White man number 7 looks like hes proud to be the most qualified in the vote on abortion because he once read about a vagina in a book

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 15, 2019

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Feminism has gone too far. Remember that. .

These 25 white men – all Republicans – just voted to ban abortion in Alabama https://t.co/4qusSVpdGw

— suzanne moore (@suzanne_moore) May 15, 2019

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Georgia: Were going to be the worst state in the union to be a woman.

Alabama: Hold my beer.

— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 15, 2019

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Alabama is 48.5% male.
The 22 Senators who voted for an abortion ban are 100% males.

Must be a random coincidence. pic.twitter.com/ychKbDg71O

— JRehling (@JRehling) May 15, 2019

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/15/the-legislators-who-made-abortion-illegal-in-alabama-are-all-men/feed/0Gavin Williamson: 9 times the sacked defence secretary hit peak Gavin Williamsonhttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/02/gavin-williamson-9-times-sacked-defence-secretary-hit-peak-gavin-williamson/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/02/gavin-williamson-9-times-sacked-defence-secretary-hit-peak-gavin-williamson/#respondThu, 02 May 2019 11:59:41 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=232266Sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson is unlikely to be a part of any government any time soon, but never let it be said that he failed to make his mark during his 18 months in the job. Just not in the way he – or any sentient human being – would have liked. Here are […]

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]]>Sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson is unlikely to be a part of any government any time soon, but never let it be said that he failed to make his mark during his 18 months in the job.

Just not in the way he – or any sentient human being – would have liked.

Here are 9 times the wannabe prime minister hit peak Gavin Williamson.

1.

my favourite picture of Gavin Williamson pic.twitter.com/vZMXeMFyvp

— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) May 1, 2019

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My favourite Gavin Williamson story is when he decided to pardon two ferocious army dogs following a campaign by The Sun and turned up to do the photoshoot only to find them ready to rip his throat out, so had to be positioned a longggg way in front. https://t.co/gj5yumhmag pic.twitter.com/402LkQBCfW

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) May 1, 2019

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As Gavin Williamson has been fired, let us remember all the good things he did in office: Specifically that time he looked like he had some flags on his head. pic.twitter.com/7T3ab2BlZs

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) May 1, 2019

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For this to be your most famous soundbite …#GavinWilliamson pic.twitter.com/zNzDaQ1iyK

— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) May 1, 2019

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Let's not forget Gavin Williamson once reportedly suggested putting machine guns on tractors https://t.co/ahPhTPoXv2

— Patrick Smith (@psmith) May 2, 2019

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We may never again see such heavyweight encounters…https://t.co/0yfIUO06dT

— Owen Gibson (@owen_g) May 1, 2019

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When Siri interrupts as you're delivering a statement to Parliament… pic.twitter.com/NDsNUJDPV3

— BBC Parliament (@BBCParliament) July 3, 2018

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Is it just me or is Gavin Williamson asking the US Ambassador to visit is just like a boy at school repeatedly asking a mate if he can be his best friend #InsideTheAmericanEmbassy pic.twitter.com/0ztsU3LGld

— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) June 25, 2018

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Gavin Williamsons Instagram stories: a highlights reel pic.twitter.com/EvCJKyf4HZ

— Helen Nianias (@helennianias) May 1, 2019

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/02/gavin-williamson-9-times-sacked-defence-secretary-hit-peak-gavin-williamson/feed/0Piers Morgans angry that Percy Pigs have gone vegetarian – the only 4 responses you needhttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/01/piers-morgans-angry-percy-pigs-gone-vegetarian-4-responses-need/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/01/piers-morgans-angry-percy-pigs-gone-vegetarian-4-responses-need/#respondWed, 01 May 2019 09:38:15 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=232113A lot of people are very upset after finding out that Percy Pigs – theyre pig-shaped sweets and theyre sold by Marks & Spencer, in case you didnt know – no longer have pigs in them. Specifically, they no longer use pork gelatine in the recipe, which can only be a good thing, right? Er, […]

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]]>A lot of people are very upset after finding out that Percy Pigs – theyre pig-shaped sweets and theyre sold by Marks & Spencer, in case you didnt know – no longer have pigs in them.

Specifically, they no longer use pork gelatine in the recipe, which can only be a good thing, right?

Er, wrong, after it prompted outrage from a whole bunch of people who like to get outraged about this sort of thing.

'Vegans and vegetarians – go and get your own sweets!'@piersmorgan isn't happy with the new veggie Percy Pigs… Have you tried them? pic.twitter.com/zbgCHacfff

— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) May 1, 2019

Heres what M&S had to say.

“For the last eight years we have been working to help our favourite pig move away from using pork gelatine,” M&S wrote in one response on Twitter. We learned a lot when removing gelatine from our Colin range in 2014, and in 2016 launched our first Percy with our new gelatine free recipe.

“In the three years since, we have progressively introduced the new recipe across all of our Percy range and from May this year we will be able to celebrate that Percy is 100 per cent gelatine free and can be enjoyed by everybody.”

And these really are the only 4 responses you need.

1.

I see Piers "I hate snowflakes and the easily offended" Morgan is losing his shit about…

<checks notes>

…a children's sweet. https://t.co/jX0l0rapkT

— Dai Lama (@WelshDalaiLama) May 1, 2019

2.

https://t.co/upZcoWUr2w Honestly, if youre upset about some sweeties not having dead animals in them I think you might need to reassess certain aspects of your life.

— Tom Williams (@TomW_93) May 1, 2019

3.

1) they're not new they've been out fucking ages
2) "go and get your own sweets" i mean they literally fucking made a whole different bag for themselves and didn't touch the original just eat what you want???
3) why are you so adamant that sweets (sweets!) need bits of pork/cow?? https://t.co/ZB1MYcXxAb

— katy moon (@Oog) May 1, 2019

4.

Piers Morgan – Raising the bar for perpetually offended Cock Donkeys everywhere. https://t.co/PXhbVLkUOq

— Evans (@Mativenko80) May 1, 2019

Source

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/05/01/piers-morgans-angry-percy-pigs-gone-vegetarian-4-responses-need/feed/0Lyra McKees “a letter to my 14-year-old self”https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/lyra-mckees-letter-14-year-old-self/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/lyra-mckees-letter-14-year-old-self/#respondWed, 24 Apr 2019 16:22:05 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=231419Today saw the funeral of 29-year-old Lyra McKee, partner, sister, daughter, journalist, campaigner for LGBT rights in Northern Ireland, and the latest victim of sectarian violence in the province where she grew up, supposedly in a time of peace. In 2014, Lyra wrote an open letter to her 14-year-old self, which she published on her […]

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]]>Today saw the funeral of 29-year-old Lyra McKee, partner, sister, daughter, journalist, campaigner for LGBT rights in Northern Ireland, and the latest victim of sectarian violence in the province where she grew up, supposedly in a time of peace.

In 2014, Lyra wrote an open letter to her 14-year-old self, which she published on her website, The Muckraker, and it has now been shared by the Guardian as a message of hope to young LGBT people everywhere, and – devastatingly – as a self-penned obituary.

“Kid,

Its going to be OK.

I know youre not feeling that way right now. Youre sitting in school. The other kids are making fun of you. You told the wrong person you had a crush and soon, they all knew your secret. Its horrible. They make your life hell. They laugh at you, whisper about you and call you names. Its not nice. And you cant ask an adult for help because if you did that, youd have to tell them the truth and you cant do that. They cant ever know your secret.

Life is so hard right now. Every day, you wake up wondering who else will find out your secret and hate you.

It wont always be like this. Its going to get better.

In a years time, youre going to join a scheme that trains people your age to be journalists. I know the careers teacher suggested that as an option and you said no, because it sounded boring and all you wanted to do was write, but go with it. For the first time in your life, you will feel like youre good at something useful. Youll have found your calling. Youll meet amazing people. And when the bad times come again – FYI, your first girlfriend is not “the one” and you will screw up that history exam – it will be journalism that helps you soldier on.

In two years time, you will leave school and go to a local technical college. Dont worry – youre going to make friends. These will be your first real friends in semi-adulthood, the people who will answer your calls at 4 oclock in the morning. In the years to come, youll only keep in touch with Gavyn and Jonny but youll remember the others fondly. When youre 17, youll tell them your secret and they wont mind. It will take courage but you will do it. Gavyn will become Christian and you will fear that he will hate you, but one afternoon, youll receive a text message saying: “This changes nothing. Youll always be my friend.” Accept him for what he is as he has accepted you.

Youll go to university, like you always planned to, but youll drop out because it reminds you of school where people were cold and you had few friends. The campus is just too big and scary. But this experience will be the making of you. Youll be making your way in the world for the first time. Through this, you will meet the people who become your best friends. Theyll help you replace all the bad memories with good ones. For the first time in your life, you will like yourself.

Three months before your 21st birthday, you will tell Mum the secret. You will be sobbing and shaking and she will be frightened because she doesnt know whats wrong. Christmas will be just a couple of weeks away. You have to tell her because youve met someone you like and you cant live with the guilt any more. You cant get the words out so she says it: “Are you gay?” And you will say, “Yes Mummy, Im so sorry.” And instead of getting mad, she will reply “Thank God youre not pregnant”.

You will crawl into her lap, sobbing, as she holds you and tells you that you are her little girl and how could you ever think that anything would make her love you any less? You will feel like a prisoner who has been given their freedom. You will remember all the times you pleaded with God to help you because you were so afraid, and you will feel so foolish because you had nothing to worry about.

You will tell your siblings. No one will mind. Mary will hug you in the food court in Castlecourt as you eat KFC together and tell you shes so proud of you. The others will joke about how they always knew. They will all say some variation of “I love you,” “Im so proud of you,” “This doesnt change a thing.”

You will feel so lucky. You watched James get thrown out of his house after coming out to his parents. You were in Michaels house the night his mum said she would “beat the gay out of him”. You will feel guilty for being the lucky one and getting it easy in the end, even though you went through hell to get there.

You will fall in love for the first time. You will have your heart broken for the first time, and you will feel like you might die of the pain. You wont. You will get over it.

Right now, youre wondering if youll ever be “normal”. You are normal. There is nothing wrong with you. You are not going to hell. You did nothing to deserve their hate.

Life will not only get easier, it will get so much better. You will walk down the street without fear. Teenage boys youve never met will not throw things at you and shout names. Your friends will be the best anyone could ask for. You will be invited to parties. You will have a social life. You will be loved. People will use words like “awesome” and “cool” and “witty” to describe you, and youll forget the times the other kids said you were “weird” and “odd” and a “lesbo”.

You will do “normal” things. You will spend time with your mum. You will go to work and pay your bills. You will go to the cinema with your best friend every week because thats your ritual – dinner then an action movie where things explode. You will fall in love again. You will smile every day, knowing that someone loves you as much as you love them.

Keep hanging on, kid. Its worth it. I love you.”

Source: Guardian
GoFundMe for Lyras family
Photos by Alan Lewis and Jess Lowe

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/lyra-mckees-letter-14-year-old-self/feed/0Emily Maitlis had our favourite ever answer to the who would you invite to your dream dinner party? questionhttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/emily-maitlis-favourite-ever-answer-invite-dream-dinner-party-question/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/emily-maitlis-favourite-ever-answer-invite-dream-dinner-party-question/#respondWed, 24 Apr 2019 11:17:23 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=231424Just one more reason to admire Emily Maitlis came in this Guardian Q&A which included the age-old chestnut of who would you invite to your dream dinner party?. We think Maitliss reply might be our favourite one yet. Well, its certainly the one we relate to most, but let us know if youve seen better. […]

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]]>Just one more reason to admire Emily Maitlis came in this Guardian Q&A which included the age-old chestnut of who would you invite to your dream dinner party?.

We think Maitliss reply might be our favourite one yet. Well, its certainly the one we relate to most, but let us know if youve seen better.

That is us. Us all over.

You can read the whole Q&A here.

Source

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/emily-maitlis-favourite-ever-answer-invite-dream-dinner-party-question/feed/0Ann Widdecombes going to stand for Nigel Farages Brexit party – only 11 responses you needhttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/ann-widdecombes-going-stand-nigel-farages-brexit-party-11-responses-need/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/ann-widdecombes-going-stand-nigel-farages-brexit-party-11-responses-need/#respondWed, 24 Apr 2019 08:12:48 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=231375Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe is returning to frontline politics – well, frontlineish – as a candidate for Nigel Farages Brexit Party. In a slightly unexpected turn of events, Widdecombe said she would still vote Conservative in the upcoming local elections but would stand for the Brexit party in the European elections to “fire a […]

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]]>Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe is returning to frontline politics – well, frontlineish – as a candidate for Nigel Farages Brexit Party.

In a slightly unexpected turn of events, Widdecombe said she would still vote Conservative in the upcoming local elections but would stand for the Brexit party in the European elections to “fire a very loud warning shot across the bows” of the established parties.

Heres what Nigel Farage said.

I welcome Ann Widdecombe as our lead candidate in the South West, the Brexit Party is a stronger alliance as a result. This is great news.

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) April 24, 2019

And – much more interesting – heres our pick of what everyone else had to say.

1.

Ann Widdecombe is not a cuddly dancing grandma, she's a vicious far right horrorbag who insisted pregnant prisoners give birth in chains.
(Also she fought against unionisation all her life until she had to do manual work for a week on a reality TV show, then she formed a union.)

— Helen the Zen (@helenmallam) April 24, 2019

2.

Ann Widdecombe embodies the Brexit Party perfectly:
* Homophobic
* Anti-abortion
* Supports death penalty
* Against women's rights/equality
* Wants to shackle pregnant prisoners
* Anti-sex education
* Climate change denier
* Racist
* Writes for the Express#WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/INtBnMg12s

— SpaceAngel #StopBrexit & #GTTO (@spaceangel1964) April 24, 2019

3.

Ann Widdecombe's standing for the Brexit Party now. It's like when Channel 5 reveal who's in their latest reality show. Next will be Timmy Mallet, Jimmy Greaves and the woman who put a cat in a wheelie-bin.

— Mark Steel (@mrmarksteel) April 24, 2019

4.

#AnnWiddecombe left the Church Of England in 1993 objecting to women being ordained as priests and is anti-abortion. If she was a man she'd be condemned as a sexist dinosaur. Instead she is a #BrexitParty candidate.https://t.co/FdXf0ykbfO

— Simon Bye 🔶 (@UB5simon) April 24, 2019

5.

Ann Widdecombe defects to Brexit party. That's the youth vote sewn up then.https://t.co/5fAhf0M1Yq

— Otto English (@Otto_English) April 24, 2019

6.

Nigel Farage: "I could take the Brexit party from good polling figures to dead in a year."

Ann Widdecombe: "Hold my sherry!" https://t.co/WBvRNF9Q2Z

— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) April 24, 2019

7.

Nigel Farage, George Galloway, Ann Widdecombe: truly the Brexit Party are spoiling us

— Jonathan Freedland (@Freedland) April 24, 2019

8.

Ann Widdecombe, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Iain Duncan Smith, Theresa May, they all like to spout off about their Christian beliefs, values, morals, all sounds plausible, until you scratch the surface and see the callous reality of their consciences, they come from Satan himself #GTTO

— Loz Argyle (@ArgyleLoz) April 24, 2019

9.

"I don't think I can make up my mind on this until I've heard what Ann Widdecombe says on the matter"

Said nobody ever

— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) April 24, 2019

10.

Ann Widdecombe is not the caring, witty, kindhearted grandma she likes us to believe, she's one of the nastiest, uncaring, cruel, vindictive tory ministers I've ever known, she is as hard right as you can get, actually she's a good fit for the extreme #BrexitParty

— Loz Argyle (@ArgyleLoz) April 24, 2019

11.

"I'm unsure what to do.."
"What does Ann Widdecombe think..?"
"..ok i will do the diametric opposite, thanks for the advice!"

— Shaun Keaveny (@shaunwkeaveny) April 24, 2019

To conclude …

Many moons ago (when hardly anyone listened to my show) we instituted the 'Law of Widdecombe': If you're ever in doubt about which side to pick, just watch Widdecombe and do the opposite.
Time for a resurrection.

— James O'Brien (@mrjamesob) April 24, 2019

Oh, and the upshot of it all is this …

the lucky voters of the South West now have the choice between Andrew Adonis, Sargon of Akkad, Rachel Johnson, the Green one who tried to shut down Brussels airport, and Ann Widdecombe. https://t.co/mZmwVaultL

— Tom Harwood (@tomhfh) April 24, 2019

Thoughts and prayers.

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/24/ann-widdecombes-going-stand-nigel-farages-brexit-party-11-responses-need/feed/0There really is a debit card that miaows when you do contactless – and it could be your cats miaowhttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/05/really-debit-card-miaows-contactless-cats-miaow/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/05/really-debit-card-miaows-contactless-cats-miaow/#respondFri, 05 Apr 2019 05:25:56 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=229843Not only does the ANNA debit card miaow every time you use it, the good people of ANNA (Absolutely No-Nonsense Admin) are now searching for a new cat to become the face, sorry, voice of their card. Isnt technology wonderful? People can submit their cat miaowing via Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #ANNAmiaow. Sheeplovers […]

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]]>Not only does the ANNA debit card miaow every time you use it, the good people of ANNA (Absolutely No-Nonsense Admin) are now searching for a new cat to become the face, sorry, voice of their card.

Isnt technology wonderful? People can submit their cat miaowing via Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #ANNAmiaow.

Sheeplovers should make their way to Barclaycard instead.

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/04/05/really-debit-card-miaows-contactless-cats-miaow/feed/0How Lorraine Kelly avoids paying tax is blowing peoples minds – 12 value-added responseshttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/03/21/lorraine-kelly-avoids-paying-tax-blowing-peoples-minds-12-value-added-responses/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/03/21/lorraine-kelly-avoids-paying-tax-blowing-peoples-minds-12-value-added-responses/#respondThu, 21 Mar 2019 10:20:12 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=228232Heres a story to take your mind off Brexit for a moment or two. Lorraine Kelly has won a massive legal case over an unpaid tax bill by arguing that she does not appear on TV as herself, but is instead an actor playing a cheery upbeat character called “Lorraine Kelly”. And its melting peoples […]

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]]>Heres a story to take your mind off Brexit for a moment or two.

Lorraine Kelly has won a massive legal case over an unpaid tax bill by arguing that she does not appear on TV as herself, but is instead an actor playing a cheery upbeat character called “Lorraine Kelly”.

And its melting peoples brains.

I love this story: Lorraine Kelly has won a massive legal case over unpaid tax by arguing she does not appear on TV as herself, but is instead an actor playing a cheery upbeat character called “Lorraine Kelly”. https://t.co/Devr2p2mTj

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 20, 2019

Heres how the Guardian story starts (read the whole thing here).

The breakfast TV presenter Lorraine Kelly is performing the role “of a friendly, chatty and fun personality” when she appears on ITV each morning and not simply appearing as herself, a tax tribunal judge has ruled.

The presenter of the magazine show Lorraine “presents a persona of herself”, Judge Jennifer Dean ruled, and as such can be described as a “theatrical artist”, meaning payments to an agent were allowed as a tax deductible expense.

“We did not accept that Ms Kelly simply appeared as herself; we were satisfied that Ms Kelly presents a persona of herself,” Deans ruling stated.

TFW when youve just won a £1.2m tax case but youre feeling typecast in the role and want to hand over to a new actor but are never, ever going to be allowed to stop playing a cheery upbeat character. pic.twitter.com/zYLyqmK12T

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 21, 2019

We have a feeling this one is going to run and run. But just for starters, here are 9 of our favourite responses so far.

1.

Whoah, this is some super post-modern shit. https://t.co/LHYVoQMQoi

— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) March 21, 2019

2.

actually lorraine kelly is the name of the scientist

— Sarah Dempster (@Dempster2000) March 21, 2019

3.

I think its time for a black actor to be given a try as Lorraine Kelly. Itll upset plenty of hardline fans wholl say its not canon, but times change

Id go for Scarlett Johansson

— Mrs Gladys Steptoe (@GladysSteptoe) March 21, 2019

4.

And the BAFTA goes to…

Lorraine Kelly for her role as Lorraine Kelly on Lorraine Kelly pic.twitter.com/A0ZQz4M5VB

— shane telford. (@MrShaneReaction) March 20, 2019

I preferred it when Sean Connery played Lorraine Kelly. This one is nothing like what Fleming intended Lorraine Kelly to be like. I think Idris Elba should play Lorraine Kelly next.

— James Rice (@RiceJ78) March 21, 2019

5.

I faked an orgasm once, does that mean Im now an actress who doesnt need to pay taxes? #LorraineKelly

— Rachel Hawkins (@ourrachblogs) March 21, 2019

6.

Wondering if I can get a rebate due to the telephone voice Ive put on for over 20 years

— Carla Mayers (@Azul_76) March 21, 2019

7.

So thats why she says everything is “really, really great”. Shes acting. Now it all becomes clear.

— Rachel Hawkins (@ourrachblogs) March 21, 2019

8.

I do not appear at work as myself but as a person who acts interested. Can i not pay my taxes also?

— Rose Biscuit ( No time Olympic medal winner) (@Rose_Biscuit_) March 21, 2019

9.

I know people are laughing at the ludicrousness of Lorraine Kellys inventive tax avoidance – but its just another case of how the wealthy stay well off while the poor are punished

Lorraine, pay your fucking taxes pic.twitter.com/cosPTRsiu1

— Ciara McShane (@Ciara87C) March 21, 2019

10.

“It is I, Lorraine Kelly” pic.twitter.com/eeD5JdBsjJ

— John Rain (@MrKenShabby) March 21, 2019

11.

Lorraine Kelly clocking off from another day of working as "Lorraine Kelly". pic.twitter.com/6Ety1fOxTk

— Nick Walker (@nickw84) March 21, 2019

12.

If she doesnt have to pay taxes because shes playing a cheery character & not portraying her true self, every retail, cafe & public facing worker should be owed back a fair chunk!https://t.co/tSgN9MUAOR

— Zan Phee (@zanPHEE) March 21, 2019

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/03/21/lorraine-kelly-avoids-paying-tax-blowing-peoples-minds-12-value-added-responses/feed/0People are calling out the tabloids over their gratuitous coverage of the NZ attackshttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/03/15/people-calling-tabloids-gratuitous-coverage-nz-attacks/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/03/15/people-calling-tabloids-gratuitous-coverage-nz-attacks/#respondFri, 15 Mar 2019 13:59:42 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=227658People have been calling out the tabloids use of horrific video footage of the New Zealand attacks in which 49 people died and nearly 50 people were wounded. Heres Buzzfeeds Mark Di Stefano. https://twitter.com/MarkDiStef/status/1106474097637289984 The Suns homepage is a *gif* of the terrorists first-person video, surrounded by advertising, just looping. pic.twitter.com/nYM1Ei5okz — Mark Di Stefano […]

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]]>People have been calling out the tabloids use of horrific video footage of the New Zealand attacks in which 49 people died and nearly 50 people were wounded.

Heres Buzzfeeds Mark Di Stefano.

https://twitter.com/MarkDiStef/status/1106474097637289984

The Suns homepage is a *gif* of the terrorists first-person video, surrounded by advertising, just looping. pic.twitter.com/nYM1Ei5okz

— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) March 15, 2019

The Daily Mail is also hosting the terrorists manifesto, again the video pop-up and advertising around, allowing readers to *download it* directly from their website. pic.twitter.com/FYBJ0ICidq

— Mark Di Stefano (@MarkDiStef) March 15, 2019

Channel 4 News presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy said this.

.@MailOnline please get that murder video off your website. Its a new low in clickbait

— Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) March 15, 2019

And you too @DailyMirror ??! I thought better of you

— Krishnan Guru-Murthy (@krishgm) March 15, 2019

And heres what people were saying about it today.

We have created a technology that normalises, mobilises and glamourises extremism. It can deceive murderous fuckwits into thinking they are heroes. The Mail here are doing exactly what this murderous fuckwit would want. https://t.co/FDOvubmpXK

— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) March 15, 2019

The Mail has always been part of the problem – they'll have the usual shock and outrage on their pages, but they'll never accept their complicity.

— Mark Howson (@renkadima) March 15, 2019

@IpsoNews can you please look into this as a matter of urgency and ensure this content is removed. Not only is this harrowing, but (a) this is an going police investigation with potential wide reaching links and (b) this kind of widespread propaganda IS the problem.

— SusieQ (@theboosh71) March 15, 2019

The Mail getting plaudits recently for not being as vile under new editor as it was under Dacre. One step forward fifty steps back. Disgusting. But a joy to any of their fascist inclined readers and now doubtless being shared excitedly by many https://t.co/5GMLSGiet6

— Alastair PEOPLES VOTE Campbell (@campbellclaret) March 15, 2019

Nobody does dystopian nihilism quite like a tabloid's website. https://t.co/VE6gucg6to

— Dorian Lynskey (@Dorianlynskey) March 15, 2019

Jesus Christ, the Mail has it autoplaying on their front page with no warning even though it violates their own "editors' code."

— Felina (@FelinaBlanc) March 15, 2019

FFS. Unbelievable. I stand with New Zealand. So should you, @MailOnline. https://t.co/hDrQVEHObY

— Victoria Fritz (@VFritzNews) March 15, 2019

And it prompted people to get in touch with the companies whose adverts appeared around it.

What advertisers were on the page? They should know

— Dr Benway (@d_r_benway) March 15, 2019

I wonder if @Coral can confirm that they're happy to have their brand all over this?

— Robbie Wallis (@Robbie_Wallis1) March 15, 2019

Hi, this has been removed.

— Coral (@Coral) March 15, 2019

And Mirror group editor in chief Lloyd Embley later said this.

For a brief period this morning the Mirror website ran some edited footage filmed by the gunman in Christchurch. We should not have carried this. It is not in line with our policy relating to terrorist propaganda videos

— Lloyd Embley (@Mirror_Editor) March 15, 2019

This is still missing the word “sorry”. https://t.co/EuK5LjMRQ1

— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) March 15, 2019

And later still, this happened.

MailOnline and the Mirror have now pulled the video of the apparent Christchurch attack from their website. MailOnline website is no longer autoplaying GIFs of the shooter's livestream on its homepage. The Sun still has a short clip but nothing autoplaying, as far as I can see.

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 15, 2019

Source

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]]>https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/03/15/people-calling-tabloids-gratuitous-coverage-nz-attacks/feed/0This thread about the NZ attacks went viral because its a terrifying global wake-up callhttps://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/03/15/thread-nz-attacks-wake-call/ https://www.thepoke.co.uk/2019/03/15/thread-nz-attacks-wake-call/#respondFri, 15 Mar 2019 11:25:09 +0000http://www.thepoke.co.uk/?p=227600This thread went viral in the wake of the terrible attacks on two mosques in New Zealand which left 49 people dead and 48 injured. New York Times writer Wajahat Ali went on Twitter to give some important (and terrifying) context not just to what happened in Christchurch but also what is going on around […]

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]]>This thread went viral in the wake of the terrible attacks on two mosques in New Zealand which left 49 people dead and 48 injured.

New York Times writer Wajahat Ali went on Twitter to give some important (and terrifying) context not just to what happened in Christchurch but also what is going on around the world.

At the time of writing its been shared more than 16,000 times. Have a read and youll see why.

1.

Let me quickly explain why the Christchurch mosque shooting affects many of us, not just Muslim communities. If the shooter's manifesto and social media feed are accurate, he was inspired by a right wing ideological infrastructure that thrives, recruits and radicalizes online 1/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

2.

He wrote a manifesto, just like Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik. He cites right wing personalities and military battles glorified by white nationalists, such as the Siege of Vienna in 1863 – where Europe staved off Islam apparently. 2/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

3.

Like mass murderer Breivik, he wants to punish Muslims and immigrants for allegedly invading his soil, he wants to take revenge. Notice the language of “invasion” – does it sound familiar? It should. Its used against immigrants and Muslims in America – 2018 midterms. 3/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

4.

He left behind a video, live streamed his rampage w/ a camera on his head, making it like first person video game DOOM. He shared it on social media sites. He wants to be known. He is a hero, a martyr, the one brave enough to do what others cant to save “Western” civilization 4/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

5.

Compare his methods & alleged ideology to Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette, who killed 6. He was a white nationalist who loathed immigrants, refugees and Muslims. Christopher Hasson, a domestic terrorist, just caught, also wanted to kill Muslims, inspired by Breivik 5/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

6.

Compare this to the Tree of Life Synagogue shooter in Pittsburgh. He killed 11 Jewish worshippers. He shared a post on his Gad account about punishing “filthy evil Jews” for bringing in “filthy evil Muslims.” This was in reference to the Soros-caravan conspiracy theory. 6/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

7.

The underlining ideology anchoring all of this is White supremacy and their main fear is “replacement.” That the immigrants, Jews, blacks and Muslims will replace them, the Whites. Remember Charlottesville? “Jews will not replace us.” See Steve Kings tweets about babies 7/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

8.

Steve Bannon, Trumps former chief advisor, cites CAMP OF SAINTS as one of his favorite books. He recommends it. Its a racist novel about brown immigrants “invading” and overtaking France. White natioanalists believe Jews are the head of the cabal who use the rest of us 8/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

9.

We are dealing with angry, disaffected men, mostly White, who find purpose & community with these extremist groups who give them a heros narrative through violent ideology of White supremacy. They are saving civilization by getting rid of the rest of us. Its like White ISIS 9/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

10.

The victims are not just Muslims, but also Jews, immigrants, refugees, Blacks, Sikhs, Latinos & women (they really hate feminists). Its a zero sum absolutism. No grey area. Just like ISIS. These groups are rising in the US & Europe. They have mainstream elected messengers. 10/

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

11.

Pay attention. Take this extremist ideology & terror threat seriously. Be wary of politicians, academics & media heads who give it a platform and spout it under the guise of “free speech” and fighting “political correctness.” Look out for each other. Love each other. END.

— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 15, 2019

And heres just a few of the things people were saying about it.

This is great thread about the context for the horrible events in #Christchurch https://t.co/znmVy3dNwG

— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) March 15, 2019

Thank you for these insightful tweets. I am an American living in Christchurch. When the mosque was spray painted after 9/11, the community said it wasnt acceptable and cleaned it. We dont accept hate. We embrace diversity. Lots of us are angry and sad.

— Scott Fack (@RealScottFack) March 15, 2019

The fact that Trump would tweet a link to Breitbart in the wake of the Christchurch shooting (on the same day he made a blatant fascist threat of violence by his own supporters) makes this thread even tougher to read: https://t.co/GTCpAJRgg0

— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) March 15, 2019

Excellent summary. The irony of a white Australian feeling this bitter hatred towards all others for invading his land (apparently which also includes New Zealand) wont be lost on anyone.

— Philip Harris (@Phil_HarrisArt) March 15, 2019

Please take time to read this.
Hate can induce terrorism.
So free speech can be dangerous.

White nationalists terrorists are as dangerous as Al Qaeda ISIS and the likes. They have 1 thing in common. HATE. https://t.co/mWPhQtfUPF

— Ligwina Hananto (@mrshananto) March 15, 2019

I agree wholeheartedly with what you have said Wajahat. I am not a Muslim but having seen these videos I am absolutely horrified, scared and upset. I am in fear for the world I live in and that of which now I have brought a son into. This is pure evil. I pray for all affected.

— The Couch Pundit© (@couchpunditAU) March 15, 2019

This thread is so very important. 📌
What @WajahatAli writes here is a reminder of how interconnected incel hate is: he lays it all out with such clarity.

The #ChristchurchMosqueAttack is tragic as it is repugnant and we must all fight this #whitesupremacist hate. https://t.co/XHVGpixPD1

— Victoria Brownworth #PrideMonth (@VABVOX) March 15, 2019

Read all the threads. The warnings and predictions fill me with fear. There is a deep rooted hatred that is metastasizing through people like an aggressive cancer does through tissue.

— Jennifer (@jennifer_auh) March 15, 2019

Please read the entire thread, ESPECIALLY if you, like me, are a white man.

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