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Bullies Being Bullied?

Bullies are usually the first to complain that they are being “picked on”.

Imagine if somebody, upset by the words of a few people who happened to be black, made disparaging remarks about all black people. If someone else chimed in to agree with them, and to heap more abuse on black people, that person would be, quite rightly, labelled a racist. If black people were to complain, most people would agree with them.

So why should Transsexual people be assumed to be fair game? Or anyone else for that matter.

I still haven’t seen the original piece by Suzanne Moore which started the latest Twitterstorm, so I won’t comment on that nor, for the moment, will I make any judgement about Moore herself.

I have seen a follow-up article by Moore’s friend Julie Burchill, and it’s sickening.

Even worse, it hasn’t been published by a rag like the Daily Mail but, incredibly, by the Observer. I wasn’t sure if I should put a link to the article here, but you’re all grown-ups, so you can choose whether or not to read it. Click here, but have a bucket ready.

Burchill complains that Moore was “being monstered on Twitter, to the extent that she had quit it, for supposedly picking on a minority – transsexuals.”

Whatever the rights and wrongs of Moore’s piece – and, I repeat, I haven’t seen it yet – Burchill makes sweepingly disparaging remarks about Transsexual people. Has she never heard the adage “two wrongs don’t make a right”, or has she just forgotten it? Phrases like “women – real and imagined” pepper Burchill’s rambling diatribe, so it’s hardly a focussed rebuttal to a few people on Twitter, but out and out bigotry.

At one point Burchill writes “To my mind – I have given cool-headed consideration to the matter – a gaggle of transsexuals telling Suzanne Moore how to write looks a lot like how I’d imagine the Black and White Minstrels telling Usain Bolt how to run would look.

I haven’t seen anyone tell Moore how to write (though that could have happened, Twitter feeds can be fast moving). What I’ve seen people complaining about is what, not how, she wrote.

I don’t understand what it means to be Transsexual, or gay, or black, or any number of aspects of a person that automaticallyputs them at a disadvantage in society.

I do, however, know what is to be human. Burchill and her ilk would do well to take a refresher course on that subject.



Atos Scandal 3 – “Atos Macht Frei”


When I made this picture, I naively thought I was being original. My use of it was merely a comment on Atos’s behaviour in shutting down a forum, and their record of making atrocious decisions many of which are overturned on appeal to a tribunal.

In fact, the phrase “Atos Macht Frei” has been in use for some time, and even my alteration to the picture had already been done.

The website that was linked to in a post at the Carer’s Watch forum, which led to the forum being taken down, was certainly using the phrase in February. This was in response to the news that Atos had teamed up with Siemens, the company that made gas chambers for the Nazis.

Highlighting that company’s history in that way may have been a little unfair, but it was true, so where was the libel? For a statement to be libellous it has to be untrue. Satirical comment is, by its very nature, a caricature, and the only sensible response, from a PR point of view, is to say that the company isn’t like that any more, or to point out the exaggeration.

Acting in a way that is reminiscent of the Nazis is not a good move.

The image at the “offending” website comes from another satirical site.  Atos don’t seem to have bothered with that site either.

Atos Scandal 2 – Excuses, excuses…

The latest news from Carer Watch, whose forum was taken down following threats of litigation by Atos, is that the allegedly libellous content wasn’t even posted by a member of that forum, but was a five month old link to another website….which hasn’t itself been removed, nor threatened with legal action (as far as we know).

A private forum was attacked, while a public website was ignored.

What? I know that some IT companies have made some horrendously stupid and embarrassing blunders over the years, but are we to believe that any IT company is that incompetent?

Or maybe it was all just an excuse to shut down the forum.

Those are the only two reasons I can think of for the ham-fisted actions of Atos.

Which do you think is more likely?

Meanwhile, Atos seem to be dragging their heels and, at the time of writing this, the forum is still down…….

Just before 10.30pm this evening (26th August) Carer Watch announced that their forum had been restored. Good news, but it shouldn’t have been taken down in the first place. Atos have made a lot of new enemies, many of whom hadn’t even heard of them before this fiasco.