Tweet Checking: Jacob Rees-Mogg Scrooges Himself and the Ghost of Brexit Future

Last week we took on Peter Hitchens over his inability to cite a report accurately. It ended with his flying monkeys on Twitter  attacking us, This is exactly why this column exists.

Disclaimer’s response took on Hitchens’s disingenuous blog by pointing out where the overwhelming evidence was. However, in the end, my central point was not that Hitchens is—whether he admits it or not—doing the work of an Assad apologist, but that, even if the report in question was completely and utterly erroneous (which it was not), he still wilfully misrepresented it as “inconclusive and puzzling” when it was clearly neither.

He thought he could get away with it and he couldn’t. Twitter has always given too much confidence to the woefully inadequate.

So we move on. And to all you Twitter trolls asking, “Where is the evidence?” We provide it - that is the whole point of the column.

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There have been a whole host of responses like this to poor old Woodcock’s tweet, and I’m not saying that I would necessarily endorse exactly what he tweeted, but something like this drives home that leftists like Jones are unable to comprehend firstly the consequences of Rudd’s resignation: fair enough, but to be replaced with whom? What incompetent boob or debased being will supplant her? She may be stunningly inept in her own right, but Woodcock is right when he says “we should be careful what we wish for.” Is politics not about thinking long-term?

Secondly, is politics not about the ability to compromise? Is some sort of transpartisan relationship not a good thing? I’m not talking about an ironclad consensus, but at least the ability to work together on the bigger issues. Or is my editor totally correct in declaiming ours as an age of tribalism and entitlement?

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I can’t believe he actually Scrooges himself here, this living Punch cartoon of a man, this villain from a rejected Dickens novel (“…a beast too foppish Charles, too one-dimensional…”), but ‘Project Fear’—a term I associate with the user’s inability to fully evaluate the real consequences of their political beliefs and actions—is anything but bah humbug.

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I recently pointed out on Twitter that if Corbynites still have to tell their comrades to "be careful in the language you use" when discussing the Wadsworth case (the original tweeter has since blocked me), it shows that Corbynism as a movement has still learnt virtually nothing from all the commotion of the past couple of months.

This tweet is a case in point: Marc Wadsworths was not expelled because he, according to a Labour spokesman, breached the membership clause that "no member of the Party shall engage in conduct which in the opinion of the NEC is prejudicial, or in any act which in the opinion of the NEC is grossly detrimental to the Party", but at the “behest of a genocidal apartheid state”—an accusation in line with the accusations of the also expelled Tony Greenstein, Vice Chair of Labour Against the Witch Hunt, an organisation that denies anti-Semitism exists within the party wholesale.

It is not the mere ridiculous idea that Israel personally intervened to expel someone from the Labour Party (when even the Israeli Labor Party won’t associate with them anymore), it’s that these people, Sacha included, are surprisingly by-and-large Jewish themselves, and yet are propagating the worst anti-Semitic sentiment imaginable, giving ammo to people who would otherwise not look upon them so kindly as Jews, such as Scott “Jewish blood” Nelson.

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Nigel Farage prostituting himself for American right-wing media should be no surprise to anyone, but this strikes me as a particularly vile twist on the tragic story of Alfie Evans.

Alfie had a degenerative brain condition so severe that doctors felt that to continue treatment was "unkind, unfair and inhumane"—there was no “death panel”, a zombie alternative fact that simply won’t die after all these years. The parents tried to challenge the decision in court and failed.

That his poor working family could access healthcare for him at all is down to our “socialized medicine”, which tried all it could for him. Neither the hospitals in Rome nor Munich could have actually treated his condition, only kept him alive for longer.

 Fox News heads will always be hollow, but if there’s one thing this should drive home, it’s this: yet again, it has been shown that UKIP do not care about the healthcare of the working class in this country.

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Cernovich is little more than a prolific Alt-Right troll, but given his enduring popularity, I’ll have to bite.

Firstly, the UK government as it stands had nothing to do with the decision to allow Alfie Evans to die: as cited above, doctors felt that it was “unkind, unfair and inhumane" to continue treatment for such a condition, and the Court of Appeals agreed. He throughout this period “remained unresponsive to treatment and his condition…rapidly declined."

Secondly, the Assad regime actively targets entire families within the theatre of war. Assadist forces, along with allied Iranian militias, are responsible for some 92.17% of all civilian deaths in Syria from March 2011 to March 2017—some 190,723 people, of which 21,123 were children.

If you can’t tell the difference between these two things, then a lobotomy might just be an improvement for you.

Then again, despite now depicting him as a child killer, Cenovich was only just three weeks again covering for Assad by suggesting the gas attack in Douma had been fabricated by the State Department, and has also previously asserted that Assad “tolerated Christians” (unless you oppose him of course) and that “Globalists wanted a big ground war for the big dollars dead Americans bring them”, that the US government planned to “take out Assad” for Al-Qaeda (a classic Assadist line), and that the CIA had journalists “on payroll” to write bad things about the Assad regime.

Life comes at you fast, bro…

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Harris Coverley writes the Tweet Checking column for Disclaimer and is constantly looking for readers to help him correct the worst of internet. No stupidity or falsehood is too great a challenge.

He lives in Manchester and holds an MA in Intellectual History from UCL. He also writes short fiction and poetry, the former of which only Disclaimer has had the good sense to publish.

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