Littlejohn & Tories attack Jody McIntyre


2:56 pm - December 14th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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I feel slightly unclean after posting the image – but here it is in its disgusting entirety.

(via @JonathanHayes)

Update: Tories have now joined the fray.

Ealing Councillor Phil Taylor implies that Jody McIntyre is lying about his disability:

McIntyre is not being particularly honest though. Although he presents himself as a cerebral palsy victim in a wheelchair he does not mention that by his own account he walked up the 9 stories of stairs of the 30 Millbank building during the student riots of 10th November.

Right-wing blogger Guido Fawkes has similarly weighed in.

Of course, neither know how long it took for JM to walk up those stairs, and that too with help from friends as well as having a stairs railing for support.

The point here isn’t about whether he can walk or not, but about the callous way in which the police manhandled him off his wheelchair and dragged him to the pavement (clearly visible in the video).

Phil Taylor adds:

The police are entitled I think to start pushing and shoving when hostile and potentially violent protestors will not move out of their way. McIntyre is using his disability as a stick to beat the police with.

And this is an Ealing Councillor we’re talking about here.

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I am now worried about Littlejohn’s sanity. No-one sane person can defend the police’s action as regards to Jody McIntyre.

Over the years I thought that Richard Littlejohn could no longer shock me, he is so foul. I was wrong.

3. Chaise Guevara

@ 1

“Now”?

4. Chaise Guevara

The only accurate thing about that piece is “If he’s looking for sympathy, he’s come to the wrong place.” Yes, Richard, we know. You wouldn’t piss on a black kitten if it was on fire.

Absolutely the worst kind of right-winger (and I say that to make it clear that there are many other, more likeable kinds): someone who’s actively proud of being a callous bigot.

Thats awful, I hate the “You knew there would be trouble” attitude as well.

I’m sure if stormtroopers arrived at Littlepenis’ house in the black of night to take his wife and kids to a concentration camp he’d offer a crisp salute, as a solitary tear of patriotic joy slid down his self satisfied face.

Is this really surprising?

Every time you think Little John can’t get any lower he manages to reduce the bar again .

Attacking people in wheel chairs is about his level. He should have joined the Met.

@7 – He is in a wheelchair, thats a fact. Im perfectly happy to verbally attack someone in a wheelchair if its warranted.

My issue here is that hes took the piss out of his disability by comparing him to little britain and also suggesting he was askign for it.

The cartoonist “Gary” ought to have a bit more taste as well, though the sub-human Littlejohn has pretty much fed him the lazy imagery of Little Britain’s Lou & Andy in the reactionary rant he’s written. In Littlejohn’s bigotted little world I’d imagine he wouldn’t want wheelchair users like McIntyre to leave the house as there likely “would be trouble” everywhere in the outside world, such as kerbs, potholes etc as well as right-wing rent-a-gobs who think ramps, signs & other safety features to help in the disabled & weak are a sign of ‘political correctness gone mad’ & our awful ‘health & safety culture’. How far away is a safe distance for disabled protesters, Littlejohn? Maybe it’s best in your mind if they stay stuck at home watching “Monster Trucks” like Andy does!

LittleJohn is just an arm chair Met officer. lashing out at the weakest he can find.

Still, it makes little tory England feel better about themselves.

Didn’t know he was also involved in the attack on Millbank.

Tasteless cartoon but not wholly unfunny idea.

I consider myself unshockable when it comes to lunatic right-wing bigotry, but both the writing and the cartoon shocked me. It’s not just these 2 despicable individuals – Littlejohn and the cartoonist – but the fact editors have given it the green light. It’s obnoxiously slanderous about Jody McIntyre and disgusting in its representation of disabled people. It’s becoming clear the media have no boundaries when it’s a matter of attacking the student protests and those involved in them.

14. the a&e charge nurse

As well as demeaning Jody McIntyre’s RIGHT to express his opposition to Uni fees, Littlejohn also manages to demean the demo itself by continually referring to the protest as a ‘riot’ – I suppose the really sad thing is there are so many other people who buy into Littlejohn’s view of the world?

Littlejohn is a friend of my Dad’s and for years he has insisted that he is a nice guy who is misunderstood, I finally meet him this August and was a far bigger self pleasurer than I had given him credit for. He arrived fantastically drunk and was rude and offensive. Reading anything he has written it came as no surprise that he was hate filled and bitter but the extent of both did catch me out. Even my dear old man no longer tries to persuade me he’s a nice guy really.

Does this violate the PCC’s code of practice? Specifically part 12.i.

“12

Discrimination

i) The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.”

What is really funny about this is that Little john is reduced to using a BBC show to make his joke.

Dear oh dear, how humiliating having to use “The Marxist BBC” to fill his column.

Little John , you have not had an original idea in years.

What is really funny about this is that Little john is reduced to using a BBC show to make his joke.

Dear oh dear, how humiliating having to use “The Marxist BBC” to fill his column.

Little John you have not had an original idea in years.

“Little John you have not had an original idea in years.”

Was the double post some form of satire?

@ 17, Peter – if this was applied to the full extent then both the Mail and Express would be reduced to pamphlets with football scores and a few pix of the Royals.

Thanks LC for very good coverage of this important incident.

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The PCC. The Prince Charles Press Complaints is useless unless you are a Royal. They don’t want to know.

@24 – Agreed, I’ve made a couple of complaints against daily mail along with other people – It shows who else has complained about the same story in the email they send – to no avail.

At least they had the courtesy to write back explaining their uselessness

wow…to say that article is bad taste is generous, thats just outright offensive and insulting to the guy, im amazed they can actually print that in fact…

The corporations own the media, they also buy the politicians, who make the laws, and regulate the media.

No nothing to see here, look over their a Royal wedding.

In a corporate state the state media is the corporate media.

Not going to get anywhere complaining about this though, since the salient facts are as follows:

Mr McIntyre is in the news because he was pulled from a wheelchair.
He agreed to be interviewed specifically because of this incident (at least from the BBC coverage)
So in the eyes of the press, and presumably the PCC, it is allowable to make reference to his wheelchair-bound status. And this is a reference to a popular culture reference who has not, as far as I know, acquired any negative undertones (mind you, I don’t like Little Britain, so feel the analogy was unnecessarily nasty simply because it referred to a programme I dislike).

Tasteless , but then if you expect taste and restraint from Mr Littlejohn you might have to reconsider your expectations of humanity. He is paid to produce this crap, and people presumably like it, unfortunately.

To be fair to Littlejohn, he is merely writing for his audience, not decent people. The Daily hate is read by some of the most despicable vermin that infest the Country. These are the same baying mob who cheered when Kenny Everett announced that he was going to kick Michael Foot’s walking stick away.

As a race, the Tory scum and their mouthpieces make it their self appointed duty to systematically attack the weakest and powerless members of society. No one will be surprised that a ‘newspaper’ that supported Hitler finds a wheelchair bound man, fair game. Do not be surprised if this guy gets metaphorically dragged out of his wheelchair by the Nazi supporting paper at some point this week.

Watchman: Nonsense. the salient fact is the PCC’s Code section 12.i

“The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.”

And if Littlejohn’s article isn’t in breach of that then I don’t know what is.

Yes, he is indeed in a wheelchair, but that’s not the point. He is not mentally disabled, which is what Littlejohn clearly implies. accusing someone of being stupid because of a purely physical disability is perjorative, prejudicial, and a lot more. If you can’t see that, you’re…well, you’re Littlejohn, to be honest.

@29 calm down

The Mail’s news coverage of the incident has been quite different.

Headline: “Shocking video of police tipping disabled man out of wheelchair during student protest causes outrage”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1338480/Jody-McIntyre-Video-police-tipping-wheelchair-tuition-fees-protest.html

Neuroskeptic,

I can’t see anything frankly prejudicial in the references to Mr McIntyre being in a wheel chair, and you would be hard pressed to consider Little Britain’s Andy as mentally disabled (manipulative and lying yes, which may well be the subtext of Mr Littlejohn here – he is a clever man if unpleasant) and I doubt that, as I say above, he can be shown to be a prejudicial comparison. Also, the wheelchair is clearly the central issue here so Mr Littlejohn could not avoid it.

Also, he nowhere accuses Mr McIntyre of being stupid, because of his disability or otherwise. He does clearly think he is stupid (but because of political views not disability), but that is clearly opinion and not stated fact because it is not stated in the article.

I think you need to set out how you see this article as being prejudicial because I cannot see it – it is instead rather stupid and crass, but that is what Mr Littlejohn is aiming at.

Incidentally, what is about the commentators on this site that means I have to end up defending reason and pointing out that what Mr Littlejohn writes is deliberately unpleasant but it is not in any way wrong under various codes and laws, and indeed would be difficult to outlaw without absolute censorship? Would it help if we considered that Mr Littlejohn is effectively writing a form of fiction (he is a columnist, not a journalist)?

Jim,

As a race, the Tory scum and their mouthpieces make it their self appointed duty to systematically attack the weakest and powerless members of society.

Excuse me whilst I pick myself off the floor in shock. I didn’t realise that myself and my (Labour/Liberal-Democrat/Green) voting wife were different races. So did I change race when I didn’t vote Conservative? Or is it only party members you mean, because clearly all Conservatives are members of the same race…

Anyway, might I suggest your analysis and language need a bit of finessing here. After all, if you think that Conservatives are a race, it is therefore racist to criticise them. Hardly brilliant logic.

CJ @ 31

Yes, the use the language of ‘outrage’, but read between the lines and you get the distinct feeling that they think that he had it comming. The tie breaker here is the comments page on this story. The true face of the Tory voter, red in tooth and claw for all to see:-

He is playing on the handicapped card. As far as the police are concerned, he is another protester and in the way. The idiot should not be there. He is a troublemaker aiming for the sympathy vote. He may be physically disabled but he is well aware of his intentions and so are the police. He is effectively assisting the mob around him by being there. Arrest the fool.

sorry but equality is equality, and fair is fair!! This is standard procedure for all hooligans, vandals and yobs. If you’re able enough to place yourself in a situation of civil disorder then you should count yourself able enough to accept the consequences too. Banging the disabled drum when you’re roughly handled is a cop-out.

so what?
This is what police do. Always have, always will
Just treat them with the respect that they deserve.
None.
All the best

etc. These are nasty little thugs who I regret sharing a gene pool with, far less an Island. These are the ‘target audience of Littlejohn et al.

34. Chaise Guevara

Whoah! Can everyone just chill the hell out for half a second? You’re trying to make out that all Tories are scum, yet the only person showing basic decency to other people is, you guessed it, the Conservative.

This is disgusting i have a learning difficulties do anything to show students in a bad way?
Hope little john(hope hes describing a part of his body) that you learn to respect people instead of being a right wing bigot you are disgusting and a disgrace to all reasonable reporters in this country

Watchman @ 33

Sorry, but I find that your average Tory voter to be the vilest scumbags this Country have to offer. It could be that it is the rogue 90% that gets the rest a bad name, but whenever I read the comments pages of newspapers, phone-ins etc it is invariably the self identified ‘Tory voter’ that make the crass, despicable remarks. Right across the spectrum from the sickening racism, Global Warming deniers right through to those wishing to drive the poor further into poverty, it is, almost without exception, the Tory (in one form or another) who make such remarks in recent times. They seem to get some kind of sexualised kick out of attacking the weakest members of our society.

Littlejohn’s vile rant against a wheelchair bound man sums the Tories up. Make no mistake here. Littlejohn knows his audience and he can find the clitoris of the Daily Hate’s core readership quicker than anyone else within the staff and I include Melanie Phillips in that.

What does your average DM reader get out of this? Just what is it about this type of bile that the Tories find so pleasing?

Jim,

Might I suggest not taking the comments of morons on newspaper comments as a good way of judging anything. It would be like assuming sally is a typical Labour voter, which in my experience of real people is in fact untrue. Most Conservative voters are in fact normal human beings who would not tolerate injustice or the like – much like Labour voters in fact (although unlike Liberal Democrats neither bunch wear sandles… sorry, can’t resist the odd stereotype you know). The differences are about how we improve society, not because one bunch are evil and the other good. Politics is not religion, so right and wrong are not matters of morally certainity.

It is also worth pointing out that the area of our culture where the sick jokes about disabled people etc still lingers most strongly is not the normal Conservative-voting demographic. It is probably the apathetic demographic, but I bet you will find a lot more jokes about the disabled in a Labour club in the north-east than in a Home Counties Conservative club, sadly.

Watchman: “Also, he nowhere accuses Mr McIntyre of being stupid, because of his disability or otherwise.”

Did you not read the bit where he compares him to a fictional character who’s incapable of using words of more than 4 letters or stringing a coherent sentence together?

You can argue whether Andy on Little Britain is actually mentally retarded or just acting up as if he is, but I’m not sure most people would appreciate the distinction between comparing someone to a fictional retarded person or comparing them to a fictional quasi-retarded person, and I am quite sure Littlejohn and his readers wouldn’t.

“incidentally, what is about the commentators on this site that means I have to end up defending reason and pointing out that what Mr Littlejohn writes is deliberately unpleasant but it is not in any way wrong under various codes and laws”

It seems to me as though the commentators on this site are right and you’re not.

An uncomfortable position to be in, no doubt, but get over it.

Is this really any worse than the sort of stuff Frankie Boyle comes up with? I can’t bring myself to get worked up over this, probably because I’ve already been de-sensitised by crass humour.

Neuroskeptic,

Nowhere has it ever been said that Andy is mentally disabled, and it would not be difficult to prove reasonable doubt that Mr Littlejohn was referring to this anyway. If that is the best you can come up with from the article, I’d suggest you’re onto a loser here.

I’d stick with the rest of us on being outraged at the crassness of Mr Littlejohn, but accepting it can be published.

Mr McIntyre does appear to have the grounds for a defamation case that he could pursue against the Mail, and Mr Taylor who accuses him of dishonesty. After reading Littlejohn and Mr Taylor would a reasonable person think worse of Mr McIntyre. If yes, that is a libel. Mr McIntyre does not have to prove anything as a defamatory statement is presumed to be false. It would be up to the Mail and Mr Taylor to prove that the statement was true or a view that a reasonable person could have held.

Isn’t this just the Dorries School of thought? If you’re able to go to a protest or be on Twitter, you’re able to be manhandled or denied DLA…

43. Chaise Guevara

@41 Richard W

You could well be right, but I for one wouldn’t push for him to sue under those laws, because a) they’re crappy and oppressive laws that I believe we’re getting rid of soon anyway and b) it would look like trying to muzzle the opposition.

Notice how the complaint about the police’s behaviour stands irrespective of whether he “needed” the wheelchair or not, although I trust him that he did and does.

When the police yanked him out of the wheelchair, was it reasonable for them to assume that so doing would not cause him serious physical pain and so on? Obviously not, unless one thinks that, in general, the disabled are somehow “playing it up” a bit. I wouldn’t be surprised if the likes of Richard Littlejohn had such an attitude, but I think we’re legitimate in (normatively) expecting rather more than that from policemen.

Planeshift @ 5

Thanks for those links. Jesus, I’d heard that Littlejohn’s novel was bad. It sounds even more atrocious than I’d imagined.

Kudos to the blogger who actually forced himself through the whole thing. I would have reaching for the brain bleach after page 5.

The way I see it Littlejohn is guilty of at least one of three things:

1) Claiming that McIntyre is lying about his disability (hence the comparison with the Little Britain character).
2) Admitting that McIntyre’s disability exists, but he shouldn’t get involved in protests because he’s an easy target (“he should have kept a safe distance” – yes, Richard, who knows when the police are going to drag you from your wheelchair across concrete? It’s something that I’m sure every wheelchair user considers whenever they demonstrate against anything (that was sarcasm, but thinking about it disabled folks probably will think twice now. Well done, Met.)).
3) Plain old smear-by-innuendo. “It’s not as if he didn’t know there was going to be trouble” – I see, Richard, so it’s McIntyre’s own fault that he was forcibly removed from his only means of transportation by people paid to protect the public? Where have I heard that line of argument before? “She was asking for it, m’lud” – Ah yes, of course.

With this (3) the Little Britain reference – while utterly crass and childish – is the smaller evil involved in the article. Littlejohn is doing what he does best – bigoted, hateful, entirely unempathetic rants that feed the fevered fantasies of his BNP voting, purple-ink using, target audience.

Someone else – I think Anton Vowl over at Enemies of Reason – has already pointed out that it’s probably pointless to complain as the PCC is a febile toothless wonder (see: Jan Moir, et al) but to do so anyway does send out a message that this kind of bullshit-masquarading-as-journalism does not need an outlet in a mainstream newspaper. If I want hateful bile and disablist commentary I can easily frequent a National Front/EDL/BNP forum. How much longer is Littlejohn going to get away with this? And his £700,000+ salary? This is the same paper that pretends that public sector workers are overpaid, by the way. While Richard Littlejohn is paid around £13,000 a week for these disgusting slurs and professional libels.

47. pantomime tory

I love it how the left can condone violence and vandalism by it’s supporter but when someone on the right merely comments on the incident they are vile hypocrites.

What a bunch of w@nkers.

@Richard said this earlier in the thread:

“Is this really any worse than the sort of stuff Frankie Boyle comes up with? I can’t bring myself to get worked up over this, probably because I’ve already been de-sensitised by crass humour.”

Richard may not feel outraged but Frankie Boyle and Channel 4 have been censored by Ofcom thanks to the successful campaign by MENCAP and its supporters.

However I will give Richard credit for his analysis of his position. I will even recite his words. He says: “I’ve already been de-sensitised by crass humour.” Exactly. You lose something when you tolerate abuse against people with disabilities.

if labour were in power everyone knows littlejohn would be crying crocodile tears for him and saying labour are using the police to stifle civil liberties. since when did anyone expect objective journalism from littlejohn? hes a joke. didn’t his son stand for a tory seat in may?

@47

*sigh*

I love it

Do you really? What a funny emotional attachment you have to things. Was it your upbringing that led you to “love” certain concepts and situations whereupon a political opponent seemingly makes a logical error? Or is it an inbuilt genetic mechanism? I’m sure psychologists the world over would love an insight if only to further the nature/nurture debate.

how the left

Who is “the left”, in your – valued and esteemed – opinion? The Labour Party? Liberal Conspiracy article-writers? The SWP? The Black Bloc anarchists? The Green Party? Certain members of the Liberal Democrats? George Galloway? Stop the War coalition? I’m not sure all of them would agree on anything, but let’s continue…

can condone violence and vandalism

Oh I see, you were using a strawman. That’s not generally seen as a good tactic in debates, I’m afraid. It’s normally seen as a logical error as what you are arguing against doesn’t exist and is easily knocked down – hence made of straw, you see?

by it’s supporter

What does this mean? I assume you mean “its” – there is no possessive apostrophe required when using the word “it”, only as an abbreviation for “it is” – and are you refering to McIntyre by your use of the singular “supporter”? If so I’m afraid you are in the wrong as there is no evidence of McIntyre using violence whatsoever. With cerebal palsy it’s quite difficult to cause a fight. Unless you agree with the BBC man that “rolling towards [in a wheelchair]” someone constitutes a legitimate threat? I must admit I don’t think even the BBC man thinks that. Not really.

but when someone on the right merely comments on the incident they are vile hypocrites.

Well… Littlejohn is known for his hatred of the BBC, correct? Yet here he is using a BBC comedy sketch-show to make a political point. I’d say that fits the description of someone as a “hypocrite”, no? And Littlejohn is certainly vile.

What a bunch of w@nkers.

Doesn’t mummy let you use grown-up words on the internet yet? I daresay you meant to say “wankers”, which rather disappointingly shows the level of debate you are used to.

Bye-bye, troll, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

I am completly disgusted and revolted by the blatent discrimination, hate and ignorace that is the tone of this article.

I would also like to highlight that this entire article is a safeguarding concern and is clearly promoting abuse of vunerbale adults and the disabled

Then again would you expect anything else from the daily mail?

This should not be tolerated by anyone, society has evolved and moved on from the days of persecuion abuse and discimination of the disabled. We need to be giving a clear message that we will NOT tolerate this ….I urge everyone to complain.

That’s actually made me speechless. I just realised that I’ve been sat here for *many* seconds, mouth open, trying to comprehend if this was real. No one can be that vile? Please.

I’m not a medical health professional, but surely that lack of empathy and humanity must class him as a sociopath?

If Jody McIntyre was up on the roof of the Millbank Tower on that day of that protest, then this thread becomes a bit null and void in my opinon. And the story is set up for mickey taking like the Littlejohn has done in the Mail.
The question has to be asked: what was Jody McIntyre doing on the roof that day and how did he get there?
Pushed by a friend and went up in a lift I’m sure …. but still, this thread is about how appalling Littlejohn is. He’s bad, but this is a weak thread.
And shows the left poorly IMO. Although it’s perfect Sally territory.

@29. Neuroskeptic

> He is not mentally disabled, which is what Littlejohn clearly implies.

It could actually be worse than that. The Andy character is only *pretending* that he needs a wheelchair. Is Littlejohn suggesting Jody doesn’t really need one? http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/littlebritain/characters/louandy.shtml

> …well, you’re Littlejohn, to be honest.

There is a depressing number of them.

@53. damon

damon -> http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=concern+troll

Yeah, really funny.

Watchman @ 37

I did say hat LJ was writing for the baying mob that read the Daily Mail,A group of people not known for their generosity or compassion. The DM scours the law courts and tribunals looking for stories that confirm to their narrow-minded stereotype of the ‘so called disabled’ scrounger. However they are unable to find space for the other side of the story. The vast majority of people who are claiming these benefits legitimately and genuinely suffering. People with mental illnesses who have been swindled out of DLA on really spurious grounds (by Labour Ministers, I may add). Why is that? Why is it they are never able to find the stories of people who are genuinely suffering hardship? Could it possibly be that their scumbag readers are not interested in such cases, unless a squaddie is involved? Could it be that your average DM reader is ONLY interested reading stories that confirm their prejudices? Is it possible that most Tories are simply unable to find any examples of people who are suffering hardship, simply because they do not have a compassionate bone in their bodies? I have to be honest with you, watchman, I rarely see any evidence of the fabled compassionate Tory.

I am not talking about the odd ‘moron’ in a comment page in a newspaper. Nor I am I talking about saloon bar ‘jokes’, either. I am talking about speeches at Party conferences over the last thirty years or so. I am talking about people like Portillio, Lillie, Moore, the Sainted Widdicombe et al. I am talking about direct policy proposals (albeit from nutcases). I am talking about a political ideology that appears to be centred round merciless attacks on the weakest members of society. I am talking about the dehumanisation of Tory ‘hate figures’, the poor, the sick the genuinely unemployed living in dire poverty. These people are lumped together with the odd extreme case of a fraudulent claim or whatever and are vilified in the Right Wing media. This not done ‘for the good of society’, this is done in order to justify driving innocent people into poverty to enrich the average Tory voter.

No-one was trying to ‘improve society’ by throwing mentally ill people into seaside towns thirty years ago or ‘cleanse’ middle class areas of the few remaining poorer people that are left, now. No-one things driving mentally ill people into work that they are not suited for is making for a better society, nor is denying climate change going to swing either. This is driven by malevolent, greedy people, for whom Littlejohn’s nasty comments are necter.

This article is revolting. And I can’t believe the comment that ‘McIntyre is using his disability as a stick to beat the police with.’ Is Phil Taylor insane? Never mind metaphor- the police have used real sticks to literally beat Jody McIntyre. Now Taylor wants to cast McIntyre as the violent one?

Some commenters seem to suggest that since Jody has a keen political conscience and chooses to express his opinion actively by going on demos, and since he is clever and capable of holding his own in news interviews, and since he himself believes he is just like any other person, he has therefore forfeited the right to expect able-bodied police to not drag him out of his wheelchair and attack him.
Seems to me the message is, if you refuse conform to the ‘weak’ stereotype of a disabled person, then guess what pal, you deserve to take a hammering, wheelchair or no wheelchair. Archaic. Jody won’t be patronised. That doesn’t mean he’s fair game for four able-bodied police officers.

Also, no one is even suggesting that Jody did anything to merit this attack, beyond having an opinion. So are we saying this is the sort of treatment able-bodied protestors should accept as routine?

BlueRock, the guy was up on the top of the Millbank Tower a couple of weeks ago wasn’t he? Everything else stems from that IMO.

59. Arthur Seaton

Wouldn’t it be sad if someone smashed Littlejohn’s ankles in with a sledgehammer and he ended up in a wheelchair? That’d be a real shame.

Would it help if we considered that Mr Littlejohn is effectively writing a form of fiction (he is a columnist, not a journalist)?

Not if he is trying to sway our thoughts.

Which is what columnists do. Columnists are usually wedded to their fiction and their wee gang of followers. I’d think Madaleine Bunting has her fans too.

Wouldn’t you?

But Richard and Madaleine try to tell you what to think or, indeed, who to be. It is the mere idea that these arseholes tread on my territory that annoy’s me.

For these bastards want your very soul to respect them and admire them and, frankly, love them.

What is that about?

I would think, it is about people like us assuming that, people like them, are more important or better than us. When they are pish poor commentators, the both of them.

I am not impressed with either the lovely Madeleine Bunting who couldn’t argue her way out of her arse, nor Mr Littlejohn, who is a tit.

Because?

Because they both seem to think we are so thick we can’t think for ourselves.

61. Robin Goepel

“McIntyre is using his disability as a stick to beat the police with.”

I thought it was the police who used their sticks to beat him with?

62. counterstrike

Oh dear

http://www.mitchell-images.com/#/jody-mcintyre/4546538655

A series of shots taken during the afternoon of the latest student protest in London. The young man in the shots, Jody McIntyre claims he was assaulted by the police.
This claim relates to an event later in the evening, however, these shots show the way the police dealt with Mr McIntyre in the afternoon.
At the time these shots were taken the police were under a barrage of bricks, bottles and metal fence panels, as well as being involved in hand to hand fighting with the crowd.
Mr McIntyre was in the front row of the crowd and in a very precarious position, especially as he is wheelchair bound.
It was clear from my vantage point that the police moved him as gently as possible and in doing so the officers put themselves in personal danger from the hail of missiles.
Once he had been moved away from the front line to a safe distance, the officers sat him on a low level wall. Mr McIntyre got up and started arguing with an officer. He was so wound up that he eventually tried to strike an officer and was only stopped from doing this due to the intervention of a famale passer-by.

@62

And your point is..? Other than showing off your marvellous copy-and-paste abilities. Do you think that because McIntyre had a minor altercation with the coppers earlier in the day then it was perfectly fine for them to drag him from his wheelchair and across the road?

I don’t think you could get a much clearer Sunny verses Rod Liddle kind of divide.
It’s here in a nutshell – and is the reason that a campaign was made from this website to prevent Liddle becoming the editor of the Independent.

This article about Jody McIntyre repels me as much as one about Mary Seacole or goat curry does though. Those two by Liddle were crap, and I think this one is too.
Shame on the left for turning trying to being a leftie into a laughing stock.

@53 – in fact he walked up the stairs to the roof

“It was an epic mission to the top. Nine floors; eighteen flights of stairs. Two friends carried my wheelchair, and I walked. We couldn’t give up now.”

http://jodymcintyre.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/week-72-tory-party-hq/

The ‘Andy’ analogy strengthens?!

And some more pictures have emerged of the “dragging”.

http://www.mitchell-images.com/#/jody-mcintyre/4546538655

Sorry – didn’t spot that had been posted already, and was earlier in the day.

Still given that earlier incident I can imagine the police attitude might well have been “not f8cking you again”.

Perhaps it shouldn’t have been, but I don’t really blame them.

67. Carole-Anne Melia

As a wheelchair user myself, I’m not surprised to see Littlejohn’s cartoon. For people like me it is part of everyday life to come across such attitudes. I’m forever being treated as having ‘Learning difficulties’ or being shouted at because being in a wheelchair apparently makes you deaf (news to me). The point is that we as disabled people have just as much right to protest as everyone else, though I might not agree with everything that a small minority of protestors got up, but Jody had just as much right to be there. The point is the police dragged a disabled person out of their wheelchair, they had no idea what damage that could have done to him. There was other ways the police could have got him moved, for them it was an easy option. I can walk a bit like Jody but if I was dragged from a wheelchair like that I would have been in hospital with increased damage to my spine. Thank god this didn’t happen to Jody with the what the spineless police did to him.

68. Chaise Guevara

@ 65

Those picture pretty much alternately show Jody talking to the cops and being dragged around by the cops. There’s not enough context to condemn the police based on those photos, but there’s even less there to hold against Jody.

Also, I think the dragging that people are complaining about is the later incident.

@67 I agree with every word you say.

@65 cjcjc

You quoted:
‘ “It was an epic mission to the top. Nine floors; eighteen flights of stairs. Two friends carried my wheelchair, and I walked. We couldn’t give up now.”

http://jodymcintyre.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/week-72-tory-party-hq/

The ‘Andy’ analogy strengthens?! ‘

I love the way you have used the classic bad journalistic trick of quoting out of context from that particular blog. I am pretty sure that when Jody uses the word ‘walk’ throughout the blog he does not necessarily mean he walks using his feet as it were – in fact careful reading will show that often as he talks about walking on the march what he is actually describing is that he is being pushed either by his brother or hsi friend as they walk. when it comes to the situation at Millbank he describes more or less crawling into the building, feeling the broken glass under his hands. I suggest – although I obviously was not there – that when Jody says he ‘walked’ up the stairs he did in fact ascend through his own power which was probably a combination of crawling and dragging himself.

I would like others to read the blog as I did and form their own opinions, not take mine or yours, CJCJC.

“but I don’t really blame them”

.I see our tory, fake libertarian is still supporting state violence.

As little john would say……. “you can’t make it up”

Mr Hundal,

You knowingly misrepresent me. You say:

“Ealing Councillor Phil Taylor implies that Jody McIntyre is lying about his disability”.

I did no such thing. I am perfectly happy to accept Mr McIntyre’s description of his own disability. The whole point of my piece as you well know was to juxtapose the TV interview where McIntyre described himself in terms of disability and victimhood with his own blog piece on the events of 10th November when 30 Millbank was trashed in which he describes himself as being a leader whom people follow taking an active role in illegal activities such as interfering with crowd control measures and trespass.

For my sins, I defend Richard Littlejohn’s right to free speech…

http://anthonytrew.blogspot.com/2010/12/tuition-fees-protests-students-think.html

73: I’m not sure what you’re defending it against because no-one is saying he doesn’t have right to say that.

We’re saying he’s a fuckwit and a bastard, because he said it.

This is a right to free speech issue: “I think X!” “Get to prison!”
This is NOT a right to free speech: “I think X!” “Fuck you! I’ll never buy your newspaper again”.

Consult a dictionary and look up “right”. It has a number of different meanings. The right to do something doesn’t mean you *are right* in doing something, quite the opposite in many cases.

The PCC may also (and I hope they will) decide that he is in breach of their editorial code of conduct – that’s still not a free speech issue, though, it’s a private between him (actually the editor of the Daily Mail) and the PCC. The Daily Mail has signed up and pledged not to say certain things even though it legally has the right to print them.

@70 – Just read Jody’s blog. Are you sure he considers himself equal to everyone else? Because reading his blog it sounds like hes placed himself several rungs above right into the fabulous!

“Me and Finlay crossed over, into the oncoming traffic, and within seconds the whole crowd had followed.”

“Me and Finlay immediately set to work, tearing down the metal barriers which separated the two lanes. Oncoming traffic drivers looked on in wonder.”

Guy comes across as an arse, whether hes on the path to revolution or not

76. Chaise Guevara

@ 75

Hard not to agree with that. Also wonder if his mates are given to muttering “all we ever hear about is bloody Finlay”.

Still doesn’t excuse either the police’s behaviour or Littlejohn’s line of attack, of course.

If a guy with Cerebral palsy in a wheelchair wants to get involved in the front line of direct action, to the point of pulling down police barriers …
Blockquote>“Me and Finlay immediately set to work, tearing down the metal barriers which separated the two lanes. Oncoming traffic drivers looked on in wonder.”
…. then I’m affraid Littlejohn wins this one.

Best try another line of attack against the police, because this one is a joke.

My how the Tories do love the old walking up stairs scam.

Back when I was doing benefits advice work (early 90s) we regularly used to have to warn disability benefits claimants about one particular DSS office in Birmingham to which they were likely to be referred for a medical assessment of their claim.

The assessments were conducted in an office on, as I recall, the sixth floor of the building and the building did have a staff lift, but this was not accessible to the public unless they knew it existed and specifically requested to use it.

The distance from the ground floor reception area to this office, using the stairs, was exactly one metre over the distance at which a claimant would lose their entitlement to mobility benefit, if they could walk that distance – I doubt very much that I need to explain the rest…

Unity,

Setting aside stupid(ish) ploys by bureaucrats, are you telling me that Mr McIntyre can portray himself both as an innocent victim and a revolutionary leader? That seems to be (from Phil Taylor’s own account of his actions) the problem here.

I would have total sympathy for Mr McIntyre if he could say he was just a peaceful demonstrator. But his own statements suggest he aspires to be something more (good on him…) which means he should be treated exactly like anyone else who tries the same. And yes, that may mean his deliberate actions invoke force (please note, I do not see brutality anywhere in this) from the police, same as any other radical demonstrator trying to break lines or the like.

Although Mr McIntyre has done a lot of good for disabled equality here – it is unlikely the police will assume anyone in a wheelchair is not a threat.

Any sign of an official complaint from Mr McIntyre yet?

Perhaps the lawyer he was supposedly consulting has had a read of his blog….

81. Chaise Guevara

@ 77 damon

“Best try another line of attack against the police, because this one is a joke.”

What, so the fact that he’s committed a crime at some point means the police have carte blanch to mistreat him whenever they like? If that’s your point of view, so be it, but it doesn’t mean that everyone else’s take on the story is a joke.

As a general rule, if you find yourself saying things like “Littlejohn wins this one”, it might be a good idea to re-evalate before posting.

82. Chaise Guevara

@ 78 Unity

Perhaps one of the questions on interviews for that job should have been: “Do you get a feeling of savage joy every time you trick a needy person into losing their benefits on a technicality, you misanthropic bastard?”

83. Todd Davidson

“McIntyre is using his disability as a stick to beat the police with.”

Better than the police using their batons as sticks to beat students with. Y’know, aside from Phil Taylor talking out of his arse.

This column makes amusing reading… the essence here is that McIntyre has been captured on camera trying to assault a police officer (standing up!) *after* having been removed from the thick of the riot for his own safety, and prior to the use of the police horses to move the rioters illegally demonstrating in an area where they knew they shouldn’t have been, after pushing through the pre-placed barriers.

But when he gets asked hard questions by the BBC in a fair interview, there is all this mock outrage that a disabled person is being victimised? From the evidence I’ve seen, there is every likelihood that McIntyre’s less-than-honest allegations will be rejected, which is the right result. Or would it score more political points if he had been left where he was and then been injured because he refused to move out of the way of the operation to move the rioters to where it had been agreed they would protest in the first place?

Lets just put fucking Littlejohn in a wheelchair and then see how he climbs stairs.

At least this little episode has confirmed to a lot of us that we’re on the right side.

I love the way people are so protective of the windows and barriers of London, what a shame they’re not so protective of their fellow humans – or even bothered about the billions of pounds of destruction the banks caused to this nation.

Students damage – 30k
Banks damage – So much nobody is still counting.

You need to get it into proportion folks – the state fucked you over and some people are more concerned about pussy Prince Charles and his Rolls Royce windows!

What more can you expect ?
A Tory is a Troy and have no sense of social justice apart from their bank books.
If it was up to them all disabled people would be put on the streets to beg.

I did say hat LJ was writing for the baying mob that read the Daily Mail,A group of people not known for their generosity or compassion.

And to think that only a few weeks ago there were lefties on this blog claiming in all sincerity that their objections to the Daily Mail were directed at its editors and definitely not inspired by elitist loathing for its readers. Thanks for the clarification!

Richard Littlejohn sucks off little chinamen for baccy money

It’s wrong to throw fire extinguishers off roofs, but it’s hilarious to throw spastics off them. Especially anyone who loves palestinian gypsies.

ahhahaha this is ridiculously embarrassing for both the cartoonist and author
i am hugely surprised it has been published at all as it just unbelievably insulting an degogratry, they both give an air of being completely uneducated and ignorant, honestly this is just quite an awful misjudgment of the incident and wholly a disgrace.

Ealing councilor Phil Ealing’s ignorance is as apalling as his lack of generosity of spirit. He has no reason to think this student is being dishonest. Cerebral palsy sounds serious but it is possible to be only mildy or moderately affected by it. It is not always incompatible with being able to climb stairs.

It’s vanishingly unlikely that anyone would pretend to hve a disability about which there is so much prejudice. There would be nothing to be gained from it. Strangely, people often falsely accuse others of only pretending to be disabled. They seem to think disabled people ae privileged and enviable. This is crazy

There’s no need to be jealous. Disabled people ar generally poor, underpriveleges, patronised, ignored and often bcome victims of hate crime.In any case, this guy had a righ not to be beaten up by the police whatever his circumstances


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  12. Tim Hunt

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  13. Emily Randall

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  32. sunny hundal

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