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BUSINESS - DIGBY LORD JONES


women receive sustained abuse on social media from supporters of Jeremy Corbyn. Momentum’s social media thugs and mobsters immediately start vitriolic postings against her, accusing her of playing politics on a supposedly non-partisan occasion. What they (obviously unintentionally!) omitted from their abuse was the fact that (as Patrick Kidd observed in The Times) in the very next line of her speech the Home Secretary also condemned the disgraceful abuse regularly meted out to Diane Abbot.


• A gym encourages people to get fit by putting up a poster to attack the challenge “one step at a time”. Evidently this is thought to have offended disabled people and has been removed, although no-one has yet to define what “step” means in this context.


• In all, the (mostly completely justified) furore concerning The President’s Club (by the way, for the record, I didn’t even know it existed, let alone ever attended!), spare a thought for two consequential casualties of the enormous fall-out: 1. The beneficiaries of the donated dosh over many years at Great Ormond St Children’s Hospital. Literally millions of pounds is to be returned (presumably to be redistributed to ...er...charity!) and replacing that money just got a whole lot more difficult, not because raising money at such nefarious events has (rightly) stopped, but because there will be great reluctance to cough up to replace it when Common Sense is clearly in such short supply. Keep the money guys; the kids need it! 2. The Formula One Grand Prix Pit Girls. Professionals prevented from earning a few bob at a glamorous and clearly “in plain view” event that is so far removed from the groping fingers of pissed old farts late at night at The Dorchester.


My train is now pulling into Edinburgh Haymarket; time to go. As I draw this article to a close, I am left reflecting on a country where opinion polls show that more people would like “Don’t Know” to be their Prime Minister than both the current incumbent or Jezza, where the vile abuse on social media is an expected daily event, where those well-known reactionary right wingers Germaine Greer and Peter Tatchell get banned from speaking at a university because their views might offend the poor, sensitive, little darlings who effect to study there and where openly-expressed intentions by unelected, unaccountable European officials to punish this country for transgressions when transitioning out of the EU just seem to be accepted by the Remoaners as they continue to be the best negotiators Barnier’s got!


My two fellow British passengers of Ugandan Asian descent got off this train a while ago. Their parents’ generation set such an example to us all. Their unknowing contribution to my thinking this morning has been enormous. Yes, I want to live once more in a tolerant, liberal land where a sense of humour and a good helping of Common Sense are characterfully essential.


Yes...I too want to recognise my country again. Lord Digby Jones


Lord Digby Jones is former Director-General of the CBI & UK Trade Minister; a non-aligned, Crossbench Member of the House of Lords & a Businessman (chairing six companies), author & broadcaster. He works closely with Cancer, Military & Educational Charities.


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