Playing Bigot Whac-A-Mole

Voice of an angel, mouth of a __________ (insert your own faecally related insult here). Voice of an angel, brain of a ___________ (enter whatever imaginative metaphor you like; my favourite was “sponge” because, really, it’s a compliment). Voice of an angel, vagina of a / face of a / liver of a / intelligence of a… and so it goes on and on.

The I’m-alright-Jack right-wing are hilariously bad at coming back. I had never seen it so blatantly until I was castigated  for making a case against the government’s policy of austerity at the weekend. You’d be hard pushed to find a single Tory/Ukip zealot on social media who’s willing to put forward any valid argument to counter my opinion. Instead I’m called “a moron”, “a hypocrite”, “a cunt”, “a fat cunt, good tits though”, “a hard faced bitch”, SHOCK-HORROR “a potty-mouth”, CRIPES “a chav”, SAVAGERY “a silly cow”; It goes on and on and on.

I could keep myself awake at night, Arya Stark-ing it (“Katie Hopkins, Andrew RT Davies, Louise Mensch, Paul Staines, The Hound…”), but actually there’s some comfort to find in being the target of so much toothless abuse. It means I’m NOT useless. It means I have a purpose. I am a litmus test for bigotry. I’ll bring ‘em all out of their dank little caves. You may not like me, and that is entirely your prerogative. I’m far too long in the fang to worry about popularity; I’ve been doing this for ages now. But to detest me to such an extent that you would waste your time broadcasting said loathing means a) you have far too much time on your hands, haven’t you got candy to steal from babies, and b) I’ve got right up your goat.

So the standard laughing-tory response to any criticism by the left is “yeah, but, you’re stupid so…” Apparently a good argument for austerity is calling those who oppose it “illiterate”. One of the best logic-when-it-suits-you arguments I regularly have filling my twitter feed is some tripe about Labour being responsible for the GLOBAL financial crisis; like the uncontrollably capitalist Tories wouldn’t have deregulated the financial sector as well; like New Labour didn’t learn it all from Thatcher in the first place; like the Tories wouldn’t have made even more of a Jackson Pollock of it. I find this argument directed at me baffling frankly, as never have I come out in support of the Labour party. I voted for them in the general election, sure, because the Tories hold a marginal seat in the constituency I live in. I will never vote tactically again. It didn’t work and I wasted a vote that could have gone to the Greens or Plaid. I might consider supporting Labour in the future, maybe if they vote Jeremy Corbyn leader. Right now I’m sticking firmly unaligned. But of course anyone who doesn’t agree with the Express is a labourite, and is therefore directly responsible for the crash. It’s so bloody boring saying it again, but the banking crisis was caused by unregulated bankers. It was greed manifest. And punishing benefit claimants for the wealthy’s meltdown, whilst defunding legal aid to make it virtually impossible to appeal against the effects of this pitiless “belt-tightening”, is quite simply corrupt.

The most frustrating aspect of rightwing response to what the left have to say is that it’s flagrantly obvious that they haven’t been paying a blind bit of attention to the content. Anti-Islam campaigner, Douglas Murray perfectly illustrated this in a blog post he wrote in The Spectator on Monday. Rather than saying anything constructive at all, he condescends (whilst claiming that he isn’t doing so), calling my speech “fascinatingly over-written” and mocking my use of the phrase “neo-liberal vernacular”. Coz i iz #2stoopid. He derided me for stumbling over some of my sentences. I’m not a very competent public speaker and I’m fairly new to it in all honesty, but I do wonder when it was that Mr. Murray last spoke in front of a quarter of a million people, and whether he was nervous.

One point I made did get past the blinkers. It was that when the NHS was formed in 1948, the deficit to GDP ratio was significantly greater than it is now. He addressed me directly with a number of astonishingly patronising questions. Firstly, “Does Ms Church know why Britain was so in debt in 1948?” Yes Douglas, I do know. Then “Does she think that any of the debt accumulated in recent years has anything much to show by way of comparison?” Arguably you could say that the context is very different from the post-WW2 economy (although we have just spent the last 15 years fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, which the Royal United Services Institute says cost us over £30billion), however the forming of the NHS gave the UK economy something to work with, much like FDR’s New Deal. Shouldn’t we be doing the same with green energy? The New Scientist says that if we cut carbon emissions as we said we would, 60% of 1990 levels by 2030, “the average household would be £565 better off.” Low-cost fuel, 190,000 jobs, and you get to save the planet. Telegraph journalist, Geoffrey Lean says that David Cameron’s government have “heavily cut back on energy efficiency measures, promoted a virtual free-for all for development in the countryside, resisted measures to combat deadly air pollution, initially cut spending on flood defences and promised to “go all out for shale” while declaring apparent war on onshore wind farms – and the Prime Minister himself has reportedly sworn to cut the “green crap”.”

The last question I was asked was: have I ever been to Greece? Yes I have. I’m going to work out with my lumbering concrete lefty brain that the tree you’re barking up is the Greek economy, which bears such little resemblence to our own as to make the comparison utterly bizarre. Considering that he just knocked me for putting forward an argument out of context he should maybe think about checking his work before he posts it.

There’s just a couple of other things I really feel I need to address here, and they are all to do with defamation. Guido Fawkes has revealed my deepest hypocrisy: I have an accountant. This is duplicity of the highest order; how can I possibly say that I’d pay 70% tax (when asked by a journalist, by the way, not something I wanted to become the story of that press conference) when I use an accountant; an accountant who says “Lowering and deferring tax is, of course, a key aim” on his website. Shame on me! Although, to be fair, this is not what I employ him for.

I’ve been invited to interview Pussy Riot at Glastonbury this weekend, and I’ll be partaking in a debate at the Leftfield stage with Shami Chakrabarti and Ken Livingstone. DISGRACE! £225 a ticket, oh yes, that’s very rich coming from a self-proclaimed prossecco socialist. “Why doesn’t she give all her money away if she cares so much?” “So I assume Charlotte Church has got a new record she wants to plug.” “Like she gives a fuck about Austerity” “Charlotte Church can fuck off and die!” “Just dip her tampons in petrol and set them alight…when inserted.” It goes on and on and on and on and…

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Playing Bigot Whac-A-Mole

82 thoughts on “Playing Bigot Whac-A-Mole

  1. neilchappell says:

    Another excellent article. The rightwing trolls can’t be as stupid as their criticisms imply, can they? Anyway, keep speaking out and don’t let the bastards grind you down. And please know that there is a compassionate, intelligent but relatively quiet majority that agrees with everything you say.

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    1. Collective says:

      All the insults hurled at CC are the result of fear. The accusers fear that something wonderful is arising and will reveal to them their own darkness. Compassion is all that’s needed.

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  2. I’m not sure what’s more disgusting – the blatantly misogynistic tone of their insults or the notion that rich people shouldn’t care about poor people. Very revealing of the character of the opposition.

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  3. ian southward says:

    Spot on churchy the powers that be are afraid of you because all the grannies love you
    Keep up the pressure
    Voice of a Welsh woman heart of a dragon

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  4. Charlotte – for every hate monger there are a thousand sane people backing you and agreeing with your stance on austerity. You an amazing lady to keep your cool in the face of of rampant hatred and bigotry!

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  5. Lolly says:

    Thank you Charlotte
    Thank you for caring
    I have held you up as an example many times especially this week
    Please continue
    Hope you and your children are good

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  6. Supporting you all the way, Charlotte… sorry you’ve had such a tough time with these mindless trolls. Be careful of some of those you march with though, since your voice is being heard precisely because you are not a recognised member of the ‘Red brigades’ from the eighties. Keep ploughing your own furrow and don’t turn right or left!

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  7. Anyone involved in the independence referendum last year knows this all too well. You make a point-some right wing lunatic points out something else utterly unrelated to it-you react and next thing you know you’re going down a rabbit hole of idiocy which is exactly the purpose of it and by the time you realise you’ve broken all the things you learned in the early years of the millennium about arguing online you’ve been sucked in.

    There’s a brilliant article on Cracked that summarises these tactics perfectly, and make no mistake these are powerful people and their supporters doing their best to protect the establishment.

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-ways-powerful-people-trick-you-into-hating-underdogs/

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    1. Jules Moules says:

      You’re playing a blinder, kid. And you’re playing a blinder because you’re telling the truth as you see it. As I see it. As many people see it.

      More power to that gobby mouth of yours 😉 But keep writing, too – you write well.

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  8. At the end we are just dust. If you can manage to live a life of integrity and compassion,not flawless, but with honour then the comments of the right are put in perspective. All the trimmings, the ‘status’ are kinda futile. Keep doing what you’re doing. Dont blink ! You’re gaining as many admirers as detractors. Not that it matters ! x

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  9. CHARLES ARDEN says:

    Charlotte, the abuse is mind boggling but it does suggest that you have hit some raw nerves and I congratulate you for doing so. I am 78 and have always favoured the fairness of left wing politics. After the last election it is very difficult to know what or who to support and I feel there is a desperate need for the best of the alternative parties and fair minded people to work together for the common good. The myth that austerity should be the major political initiative has to be tackled but there are so many other blatant injustices that it is difficult to know where to start. The fact remains that you have made a start and I will support any further initiatives designed to turn the UK into a fairer happier place to live. With every good wish, Roy Arden

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  10. I am so pleased that you are out there publicly kicking arse – and waking up your generation to what’s really going on – and that you know what you are talking about. Our country needs young people like yourself, with a public profile (and who are intelligent, grounded and real!), to counterbalance the pathetic and twisted media who constantly fill people’s heads with lies and half-truths. What you are doing is absolutely brilliant – may it long continue. Could not be more proud of you if I was family. 🙂

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  11. Dave Rees says:

    Prove you’re not thick, prove you’re not a hypocrite, state very clearly you condemn this labour governments savage cuts to health and social care. That you will not support this labour government until they reverse their policies of choosing to make people live in poverty and in desperate states of health.

    It’s that simple.

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      1. Dave Rees says:

        The same one as Charlotte Church. The same planet where the labour government were elected on a manifesto pledge to cut funding to the NHS and they did it. Where the labour government have increased waiting times and denied the dying life saving drugs on the NHS. Where the labour government have cut social care and increased poverty to the most deprived communities.

        If it’s about austerity, then Charlotte Church needs to clearly condemn the labour government, as she has condemned other governments who have savaged public services .

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      2. Plaid2016 says:

        Wales has a labour government with devolved powers over health, social care, education etc. It is fully signed up to policies of austerity.

        I’m sure charlotte will be supporting plaid in the 2016 elections.

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      3. As a Labour member, living in Wales, I’d like to see Plaid2016’s proof that Welsh Labour “is fully signed up to policies of austerity”. This is the first I’ve heard of it.

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      4. Plaid2016 says:

        I don’t remember welsh labour denouncing the 2015 labour manifesto commitment to austerity measures to reduce the deficit. Have you a link?

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    1. Dave Rees says:

      I’m very much for real and far from the being an idiot. The labour government has and continues to increase poverty to a point where nearly a third of the population live in poverty. Pensioners are spending their life savings to have private health services end the misery and pain of waiting for years under this labour governments NHS. This labour government has cut NHS funding and resources year after year. We have NHS trusts in special measures following the abuse of the most vulnerable people. This labour government has savaged services to all communities in this country. This labour government has pledged to and continues to implement policies of austerity. If Charlotte Church is going to condemn one government, she should also openly and clearly condemn her own labour government.

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      1. Whilst I agree with you to a certain extent, i.e. that the last Labour government were anything but socialist and the cureent Labour Party don’t appear to be in a hurry to distance themselves from that position, Charlotte has roundly condemned austerity, and presumably that extends to any political party who are proponents of it.

        However, your persistent referrals to ‘this’ Labour government are utterly nonsensical and undermine any valid points you might otherwise make.

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      2. Vic says:

        “her labour government”? Which part of her statement “never have I come out in support of the Labour party” were you too thick or blinkered to read and understand?

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      3. Dave Rees says:

        She has never condemned the labour government in this country for its savaging of public services over the last 4 years. She has stood in the capital of this country and condemned the tories for its attacks on the most vulnerable in England. I admire her stance of solidarity but if she fails to condemn the austerity policies of her own government, she opens herself up to being seen as a hypocrite.

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      1. Dave Rees says:

        The labour government that is wholly and solely responsible for health and social care in this country. Standing in solidarity with others in the union who are being savaged by their governments attack on it’s citizens, is an admirable thing. However, Charlotte Church and other Welsh citizens need to clearly state they are just as opposed to austerity implemented by labour. We have a clear socialist alternative in this country, we don’t need to play the bluetory/redtory pick the same policy game.

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  12. Some years ago I had an online debate about neo-liberal economics with a professor of economics from Chicago University and a Harvard economic postgrad. My position being that there is no proof that private enterprise will always outperform a state enterprise. After a few days the professor withdrew from the argument and the postgrad admitted that basically it comes down to a matter of faith. There is no evidence for their political ideas. They are not based on logic. They simply have an absolute faith that the market is always right.

    This is why we ALL have to keep plugging away presenting the counter arguments. We won’t ever persuade the neo-liberals that they are wrong, because they are relying on faith rather than argument. However (up yours Mr Gove) we can show the uncommitted majority that all they have to offer is bluster.

    Keep up the good work, but don’t forget to keep singing.

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  13. Stewart says:

    Well done, Charlotte. I might not agree with everything you say, but you have every right to say it and in fact, society needs people to stand up and make some noise, whoever is in power. Important social progress has been made in this country and around the world when people get up and protest – we would not be where we are today without people making the effort along the way. Governing countries is not meant to be easy or a “quiet” life, and those in power need to be challenged to keep them on their toes.
    But what the likes of Katie Hopkins really need to remember is that you made your money from having genuine talent, not from leaching off the back of “reality tv”. You came from an ordinary background and it seems like you haven’t forgotten this! And you actually “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk” in the sense that you have done things for charities and good causes big and small over the years. Don’t worry – some of us do notice!
    Keep it up 😉

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  14. The people who suggest you give away all your money because you care, it seems to me, do so for one reason: if you have no money, you can’t afford to stand up to them, and they can bury you with legal BS if it comes to it. I care about domestic violence and do what I can to help people in that area; I don’t have to live with them and take their place in order to appreciate that it’s not a nice thing.

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  15. Hey Charlotte,

    Great to hear that you’re well and truly on top of the trolls. It’s also interesting to see people who should know a great deal better (you know who I meansch) revealing their true colours under the pressure you appear to have effortlessly and gracefully applied to them!

    All the best,

    Sean

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  16. Cerith says:

    Charlotte you are an absolute legend and doing yourself proud. Ignore the right wing Tory scum bags, they hate the truth. Wales is proud of you lovely keep on speaking up xx

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  17. BampotsUtd.wordpress.com says:

    Great read charollote ignore the trolls and the msm it’s propaganda designed to make you feel uncomfortable the sun on Sunday ran the accountant story in a have your say but no mention of the March the front page was a farmer with a gun catching immigrants in his field in Kent your a nice person with a heart and people throw out the four nations living on low pay and benefits need you don’t let any of it get to you or put you of achieving your goal of beating austerity !
    On another note it was sad to see Russell being singled out at the March he has a right to do what he wants a think the fat girl was a plant and 1 or 2 others am not paranoid look at the facts one minute a women is shouting and in media next minute it’s buried news who was she don’t forget they rent crowds for PR so discrediting Russell via hecklers is well within there mind set the msm the Tory gov and big business work together to maximise there wealth as chunky mark says its banquets for the rich and austerity for the poor and as a said at the start block trolls they hate you to be cheeky and ignore the msm as all they want to do is dis credit you every1 can see throw there crap articles fit them better if they looked at the Swiss hsbc bank tax evastion deal via osbourne and his crooked mates !
    Remember it’s propaganda don’t comment to trolls or journalists that are right wing minded and you don’t have to justify your personal financial business to us all hope your ok and having a nice week and keep fighting the good fight !

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  18. Chris Broomfield says:

    Good Luck Charlotte – congrats on getting to the ‘illiterate’ Right.
    I just wish there was a political party in this country that had a leadership who could articulate your viewpoint in the same way.

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  19. Cerith waters says:

    Charlotte you are a legend. Keep speaking up and ignore the Tory haters they can’t stand their lies being exposed you are an inspiration and are doing yourself proud x

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  20. Cerith waters says:

    p.s. I’ve never met you but I feel really proud of you. So many people are behind you 100%. You’re doing wales and the rest of the uk proud x

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  21. BampotsUtd.wordpress.com says:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00T1DU07K?ie=UTF8&redirectFromSS=1&pc_redir=T1&noEncodingTag=1&fp=1
    The above link shows how far the right wing media will go to get what they want for there Tory chums fear and smear you can read it free if you have kindle unlimited it was written by a school teacher who is retired and now writes books exposing the msm the gov and corruption in sport a hope you don’t mind me adding link but it will open your mind and can make you see what people are up against kind regards mick

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  22. I admire your spirit. I know what it’s like to be attacked, and I know what sort of spirit is needed to keep things in perspective. But I suppose you’ve been criticised and patronised for a long time – after all, that’s what society and the media do much of the time. If they really do think you’re stupid, they’ve got you hopelessly underestimated, of course. But as you say, they just come up with silly insults when they haven’t got anything more reasonable to come back at you with. On the whole you seem to be gaining the respect of a lot more people, though, despite the attackers. You’ve had my respect for many years – you earned it long ago, and it’s good to see the rest of the world catching up. All the best for Glastonbury. Incidentally I pointed out to some idiot going on about the £225 tickets yesterday that I’ve seen you in concert several times, and never paid more than about £18 on any occasion – you and your band have been brilliant every time, too.

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  23. Not only a strong voice but also a strong mind.
    And some folks don’t like it …. oh, dear – poor them. Not.

    Seems to me, Charlotte, that you have more balls than do your detractors. And, being a lass, that’s a scrotal burden you’re not encumbered with.
    Which brings me to this point: since you’re a lass, and have more balls than they do – that’s a bunch of (mostly, at least) guys who owe the universe a fuck-ton of testicles!

    Gerrem telled, Charlotte.
    You’re more articulate and principled than those right-wing bellends will ever be.
    #MyKindOfCharlotteChurch

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  24. Reblogged this on socialistgreen and commented:
    Charlotte Church for President!
    Here’s her latest blog since her appearance at the anti-austerity March in London on 20th June 2015, which shows how vacuous and vile her critics are. They cannot compete with her eloquence, and cannot counter her arguments effectively. That’s because she is right!

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  25. Hi. Keep telling it as you see it. I was a believer in don’t feed the trolls…..but it doesn’t work. Keep annoying them. They get even more upset and hopefully insane. 🙂

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  26. Charlotte, you said you’d be prepared to pay 70% tax to protect public services. This doesn’t tell us what you think about the efficiency of public services – if the government started wasting money, would you still be prepared to pay 70%? If new technology made it cheaper to provide public services, would you still be happy paying 70%?

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    1. FunknJunk says:

      Regardless of the level of taxation, governments should ALWAYS focus on efficiency and removing waste. That’s just good management (Kaizen … Lean .. call it what you want). But the point is a non-sequitur. Humans can focus on more than one thing at a time …. provide services for all and constantly improve those services. :–)

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  27. mark says:

    Never argue with an idiot. They bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    I never thought you would be a politician, but seeing you at some of the rallies makes me think how passionate you are about Wales and even with nerves, you captivated everyone.

    We need people like yourself who aren’t detached from reality, who know what it’s like to be the common person and not the toff with the silver spoon. I think you would do well in politics.

    Keep up the great work!

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  28. FunknJunk says:

    Great article. I just followed you on Twitter. Had no idea you were so aware and involved and speaking your mind. Of course, I’m an American and busy following my own government’s shenanigans, so in my defense … there’s too much to follow! Thank you. Bookmarked! (tangential, but here’s my “Arguing with a right winger story”: I was in California with my partner and we had some time to kill before going to the airport to come back to Seattle. We stopped in a local bar to watch the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers – American football :–). After the game, we were finishing off our last drink and my partner engaged two guys in conversation, which turned to politics because of a vote that was imminent. I began the way I always do, saying something like “I’m a lefty but I believe we have so much more in common than the things that separate us,”… yadda yadda. But after a couple minutes, I knew it was fruitless and said we should leave, no good will come of the conversation. Why? One of the right-wingers, every so often, as I would try to make a point, would say, in his most skeevy, creepy, sarcastic way, “God Damn America,” quoting Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the reverend from Barack Obama’s church who caused a stir back in 2007 in the media with his firebrand sermons. I pointed out that A) How childish .. and B) I’m not even an Obama fan, seeing as he’s basically a center-right corporatist, and not remotely progressive. But that didn’t stop him … every 10-15 seconds, “God Damn America”. Like a 5 year old taunt. So whenever I read or overhear right-wingers arguing, no matter the “level” of discourse, I hear “God Damn America”, sarcastically repeating like an obsessed toddler. Because they have no arguments. My country is now an oligarchy thanks to conservative political movements. Democrat / Republican means nothing. Conservative movements and policy has made my country insecure for the mass of people.)

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  29. Ashley Derrick says:

    None of those insults were actually said to you though were they? If they were no doubt you would be linking us all to the source of them. Liar.

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    1. I wonder why Ashley Derrick doubts the insults Charlotte quotes as having been levelled at her? She may want to take this up herself, of course, but if I can save her the trouble it’s worth noting that insults like the ones quoted are frequent both online and in the press. I’ve seen many press variants on the `Voice of a…..’ theme. One of them actually gives me a laugh whenever I’m reminded of it, but the rest tend to be unimaginative and stupid. Spend a little while online and you witness a lot of abusive name-calling, either directed at yourself or at other people. It’s so common that there’s absolutely no reason to doubt anything Charlotte says in that regard. Charlotte Church doesn’t strike me as a liar; in all the years I’ve listened to what she has to say that isn’t a word that’s ever suggested itself, but in any case I see no reason why Charlotte would spend time and effort making up alleged insults when the Internet and the press are such fruitful sources of them.

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  30. hwalker825 says:

    I wouldn’t describe all your critics as vacuous and vile, Charlotte. Obviously you’re always going to be surrounded by idiots, but slamming ‘the right’ in its entirety is just as meaningless as name-calling.

    Painting with a broad brush makes you sound like a hypocrite.

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  31. UKIP do, to be fair, get it far worse from elements of the left crowd. For those that make a differentiation of skilled and unskilled immigration, i.e not racist since skilled immigration is encouraged, (plus UKIP do not allow former BNP and EDL members while the major parties do), and then getting that being the only thing talked about when they make one of many points related to the EU.

    Yeah, I thought I’d have a look at what you had to say when Max Keiser took a bit of a dig at you. ‘Abuse a man unjustly and you will make him many friends’. (Although his criticisms of the anti austerity movement I believe are correct and perhaps some but not all of his ideas). That disabled protest twitter video was hard hitting. (The bat must mean something. First thought is batman.)

    Some of the right and some of the left are morons, that’s how it is. I TRULY think the negative and strategic parts of the establishment are playing. have played divide and conquer. UKIP is partly made up of conspiracy theorists obsessed with the EU. Ditto on the Russell Brand loving left crowd. And Labour voters want to protect the NHS but don’t understand the EU-US TTIP.

    But I can no more communicate with the left than you can with the right. Unless I up my game. When Stock markets crash they do so quickly. The East Asian financial crisis saw the 30 year president of Indonesia stepping down from riots in the streets. 10 months after the bubble burst! So we’ll see if we can all get together then! Even Tory voters might be out on the street. I can just imagine it: YOU DAVID CAMERON SAID YOU WOULD LOOK AFTER THE ECONOMY!

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  32. Also, additional to my last comment. Nigel Farage and David Cameron stand on opposite ends in their relation to the EU which makes it hard to class them together.

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  33. You named Louise Mensch. Question. Why was Lulu not arrested for naming “victim” in Ched Evans case? It cannot be that North Wales Police have two laws, one for rich, one for poor eh?

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  34. I didn’t know anything about any of this this. Either you or Louise Mensch or anything (I only recall you are famous for singing), it just came up on my facebook timeline. Anyway, good to know you’ve got a brain, go girl.

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  35. I’ve copied your blog (and linked back to here) onto a facebook group I administrate for deaf people. It’s great to see someone like you who stand up for *everyone*’s rights.

    I sadly wasn’t able to make the 20th June march, but I’ve watched your speech (via the BSL interpreter standing next to you) as well as all others I’ve found on YouTube. I thank you for that.

    The fight goes on. Onward and upward and it’s great having people like yourself on our side.

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  36. I’ve copied your blog (and linked back to here) onto a facebook group I administrate for deaf people. It’s great to see someone like you who stand up for *everyone*’s rights.

    I sadly wasn’t able to make the 20th June march, but I’ve watched your speech (via the BSL interpreter standing next to you) as well as all others I’ve found on YouTube. I thank you for that.

    The fight goes on. Onward and upward and it’s great having people like yourself on our side.

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  37. Couple of quick points:
    Labour didn’t deregulate finance; Margaret Thatcher did, back in the 1980s. It was called the ‘Big Bang’, if I recall correctly, and happened in 1986. Labour’s mistake was in not RE-regulating the markets when many, including bankers, stockbrokers, other financiers and the Conservative Party, were screaming for them to DE-regulate further.
    That’s right – when the global financial crash happened, the Tories were demanding that Labour allow the banks even more rope with which to hang us (let’s face it, none of the British financiers involved in the crash have faced any penalties whatsoever – it’s the British people who have paid the bill).
    If anyone criticises your public speaking performances, just mention the stuttering, coughing disaster that is Iain Duncan Smith. On my blog, Vox Political, we call him the Gentleman Ranker (among other things), in memory of his failed army career as a bag carrier for a higher-ranking officer.
    Oh, and if they’re insulting you, you must be doing something right.

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  38. Charlotte… I took the liberty of copying and pasting your blog post on to a facebook page I am ‘admin’ on…. in the past 3days you blog post has been seen by over 230,000 people generating hundreds of overwhelmingly positive and supportive comments… if you want to read the comments click on this link

    By the way I really hope that you and Leanne Wood can hook up and help ensure a really positive anti austerity campaign in the Welsh Assembly Elections in 2016
    Solidarity from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
    Mark

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