Grimes Disowns Starkey’s Slavery Comments

Darren Grimes has apologised for not challenging comments historian David Starkey made on his new online free speech channel, Reasoned. Being interviewed by Grimes, Starkey said:

“Slavery was not genocide, otherwise there wouldn’t be so many damn blacks in Africa or in Britain would there?”

Responding to the comments furore, Grimes has just Tweeted:

Hand on heart, I wasn’t engaged enough in this interview as I should’ve been. It goes without saying that Reasoned UK does not support or condone Dr David Starkey’s words.

I am very new to being the interviewer rather than the interviewee and I should have robustly questioned Dr Starkey about his comments.

However, whether it’s on the BBC, ITV, Sky News or on YouTube, no interviewer is responsible for the views expressed by their guests.

At Reasoned UK you’ll always find unfiltered opinions, allowing the audience to make up their own minds -that said, in future – I can promise that there will be a host who is much more willing to challenge those opinions.

Darren, this is the second time not paying attention to details has got you into trouble…

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As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the world, so too have accusations of virtue-signalling. Do we risk prioritising symbolism over substance?

Will Clapping for Carers stop the case being made for root and branch reform of the NHS? 

Can regional lockdowns work? 

And why is the Prime Minister looking to FDR?

All this and more will be under discussion tonight as LIVE WITH LITTLEWOOD returns to a screen near you.

Host Mark Littlewood will be joined by The Spectator’s Kate Andrews, Conservative commentator Alex Deane, Spiked’s Brendan O’Neill, political journalist Benedict Spence, The Critic’s Oliver Wiseman and Guido Fawkes’ Tom Harwood .  They be joined by John Tillman, from the Illinois Policy Institute, and the IEA’s  Stephen Davies and Christopher Snowdon.

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Through the Keyhole: Sour Grapes Osborne Edition

Having stepped down as editor of the Evening Standard, George Osborne has wasted no time fleeing London, buying up a new £1.6 million five-bedroom Somerset mansion. Guido imagines George will now be regretting the 3% stamp duty surcharge he introduced in 2016, which will cost him £150,000…

His new house, in the village of Bruton, will fill the gap in Osborne’s property portfolio after selling his Notting Hill pad for £4.95 million in March after his divorce was announced in 2019. Bruton has been described in Country Life as the “new Notting Hill”, so he’s not exactly stepping out of his comfort zone…

The 18th century Grade II listed house comes with 5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, outbuildings, a cellar and over three acres of land

The garden includes a courtyard, a vegetable garden, three paddocks, an orchard, a former timber stable block, and – the jewel in the crown – a private vineyard.

£1.6 million seems like a steal, no need for “Help to Buy”…

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NHSX Hiring New Spin-Doctors, Bluffer Boss Still Not Fired

After the embarrassing £11.8 million failure of the NHSX app, far from firing the Oxford bluffer in charge as any reader of Dominic Cummings’ blogs would assume, the organisation is instead hiring new communications professionals, along with ‘Head of Delivery’ posts on £90,000 a year. If at first you don’t succeed, hire more spin-doctors and pretend you were right all along

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BBC Announces 450 More Job Cuts

Director of BBC England Helen Thomas has emailed employees announcing the organisation it is to cut something “in the region of 450 jobs” in order to save £25 million by the end of March 2022, on top of the 60 job cut announced by BBC Wales last week. Regional and local broadcast is to be particularly hit:

  • Staffing restructure in regional TV news and a new operating model will drive significant efficiencies.
  • Reduce the number of presenters on our 6:30pm regional TV news bulletins.
  • Local radio will permanently adopt a simplified schedule with single-headed presentation and three four-hour daytime programmes (instead of four three-hour programmes).

Thomas says she is “very aware this is tough on our staff who have been amazing these past few months. But we can’t pretend the financial challenge is going away.” Once again, the £25 million local job cuts have been announced just one week after the BBC committed £100 million to increasing diversity on TV. Priorities…

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Government Warned About Leicester Boohoo Factory Slavery in January

Back in January Andrew Bridgen (the MP for North West Leicestershire) asked Kelly Tolhurst, who was at the time a BEIS minister;

“Will the Minister agree to meet me to discuss the situation in Leicester, where I believe that approximately 10,000 people in the clothing industry are being paid £3 to £4 an hour in conditions of modern slavery?”

Six months later we have an outbreak of Coronavirus which is being blamed on the Leicester garment factories operated on behalf of Boohoo, Nasty Girl and Pretty Little Thing. The government was warned, yet it is only yesterday that Alok Sharma, the current business secretary, told Times Radio “The fact that this has come to light I think means that we will be able to look into this and I’m quite sure that if there have been breaches they will be dealt with.” What happened at the meeting months ago?

The Labour Behind the Label campaign has a report out alleging there is evidence which indicates that conditions in Leicester’s factories, primarily producing for Boohoo, are putting workers at risk of COVID-19 infection. Grim reading…

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