Advert snub for pro-Brexit animal charity: The Economist rejects ad as 'overtly political' that previously appeared in The Spectator
But that is precisely what is happening. The controversy began when the Spectator magazine, bible of the Tory Party faithful, carried a two-page advert from Burnie’s Foundation, a charity that helps to alleviate animal suffering.
Unlike most organisations concerned with animal welfare — which believe Brussels-led legislation is the best guarantor of animals’ interests — the foundation is passionately pro-Brexit.
Under the heading: ‘Roll on Brexit’, the Spectator advert highlighted how, in Romania, thousands of stray dogs are killed inhumanely every year and how bullfighting is still tolerated in much of Spain.
Although it conceded that the ban on fox-hunting remains largely unenforced in this country, the charity argued that our record on animal rights is better than that of other European nations and that, post-Brexit, we’ll be free to improve animal welfare even more without being hindered by Brussels.
It said: ‘Brexit means the UK can set an example in standards of animal welfare that are long overdue in Europe.’
The charity wanted to place the same advert in The Economist — the increasingly shrill Remoaner weekly magazine whose largest shareholder is Italy’s Agnelli family (founders of the Fiat car empire) and which perversely insists on calling itself a ‘newspaper’.
But Economist bosses rejected the ad as ‘overtly political’.
An annoyed Stuart Wheeler, the Ukip-supporting financier, wrote a letter to The Economist about the ban. That, too, was rejected. Presumably, it was too political!
Hezza rests on his EU laurels
Arch-Europhile Lord Heseltine gleefully welcomed the Government’s Commons defeat last week, which was claimed to be a victory for democracy as it forced ministers to let MPs have a final say on Brexit.
Ex-deputy PM Hezza isn’t a great example of politicians using Westminster as a platform, having taken part in less than 3 per cent of votes in the Lords in the last year — one of the worst records in the Upper House.
As Greenwich council votes to bar Donald Trump from the borough during his UK trip next year, Wandsworth council’s Tory leader takes a more diplomatic approach. Ravi Govindia is thrilled that the new U.S. embassy has been built in his borough and says he ‘warmly welcomes’ the embassy’s staff and visitors.
Diane Abbott has been at it again. Not utterly at sea over police numbers this time, but confused over basic science. Tweeting about the need, post-Grenfell, for sprinklers to be fitted to all tower blocks, she said: ‘We know fire puts out water.'
More evidence of how our universities are wasting the multi-million-pound bonanza provided by annual student fees of up to £9,000.
Just days after announcing the redundancies of 75 lecturers, Southampton University advertised for a chauffeur to provide a ‘car service to university executives and visiting dignitaries’.
By the way, Southampton’s vice- chancellor, the academic and engineer Sir Christopher Snowden, is on a salary of £423,000 — almost three times more than the Prime Minister.
Jeers, not cheers, for Jezza
Jeered at a Jewish Labour Movement party last week, Jeremy Corbyn has denied he wants sanctions against Israel.
Is this the same Jeremy Corbyn who, in 2015, was asked about the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and answered: ‘I think the boycott campaign, divestment campaign, is part and parcel of a legal process that has to be adopted. I believe that sanctions against Israel, because of its breach of the trade agreement, are the appropriate way of promoting [the] peace process’?
PS: At Glastonbury this summer, Corbyn boasted he would be PM by Christmas. He’s got seven days to fulfil that promise . . .
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