JAN MOIR: Gary Lineker shouldn't be sacked from the BBC over tweets
JAN MOIR: Gary Lineker SHOULDN’T get a red card from the BBC over his meaningless tweets – a walnut or sandworm could already guess his views, right down to the last righteous splutter. Let him rave into the void!
By the time you read this, Gary Lineker will be on his way to scoring a sainthood following efforts to burnish his refugee credentials with his fawning acolytes.
On social media, so many followers told him he had been right to speak out on the illegal migration issue that Lineker blushed, wrung his hands together and typed: ‘I have never known such love and support in my life than I’m getting this morning… I want to thank each and every one of you. It means a lot. I’ll continue to try and speak up for those poor souls that have no voice.’
As a self-described ‘darkish’ man who has suffered racial abuse, Gary is well placed to speak up for oppressed minorities such as himself.
His concerns were made clear after Suella Braverman announced her plans to tackle the small boats problem; he immediately rushed onto Twitter and drew a parallel between the Government’s migration policy and Nazi Germany.
In my opinion, if you have to invoke the Nazis in your argument then you have lost the argument but Gary was on a goose-stepping roll.
As a self-described ‘darkish’ man who has suffered racial abuse, Gary is well placed to speak up for oppressed minorities such as himself
The usual suspects rushed to his defence. The thunder of hooves from the Elites Cavalry was deafening.
Rich authors, Alastair Campbell, celebrated actors, people who live comfortable lives cushioned by security alarms and nice neighbourhoods, people whose well-ordered existences are not impacted by mass immigration; all of them were keen to show how much they cared, all using the usual florid invective.
‘Suella Braverman can get in the f****** sea,’ wrote one celebrated actor.
‘I think we all know Gary Lineker would be a better Home Secretary,’ simpered one writer.
No we don’t, actually. We really don’t. We need a grown up in charge, we need someone prepared to tackle the illegal immigration problem instead of letting it drift from difficulty to crisis to complete national calamity.
Despite what these dreamers fondly imagine, not everyone who arrives on these boats is a victim of slavery and persecution and no country could survive with permanently open doors and porous borders – which seems to be what they want.
Meanwhile the post-war institutions and laws for dealing with migration and refugees are now unworkable in the modern world.
It is not fascist or immoral to try to control who lives in the UK and to give those who legally come here a better deal; it is practical and ultimately humane. Stopping small boats and widespread illegal immigration is a priority for more Brits than the Left believes.
In my opinion, if you have to invoke the Nazis in your argument then you have lost the argument but Gary was on a goose-stepping roll
Why? Because they are the ones most affected. British public opinion has always been strongly supportive of persecuted peoples but rightly has little sympathy with those among them who falsely claim to be in fear for their lives.
There are growing calls for Lineker to be sacked from the BBC for breaking impartiality rules – but I don’t think he should be shown the red card. Let him rave on. I love it! For years Gary has made no secret of his Left-wing, anti-Brexit, anti-Tory position; what he thinks about anything is no surprise; a walnut or a sandworm could probably guess Gary’s views on any issue of the day, right down to the last righteous splutter.
Lineker is a big ship in this terrible sea of small ships, he is the high and windy mountain where the bleeding hearts come to hang their prayer flags and scream into the abyss. Meanwhile in the real world, the problem just gets worse and worse. Braverman said that the crisis is costing the country over £5 million per day – a situation that cannot continue unchecked.
And a situation that, I might add, is not helped by millionaires such as Gary Lineker challenging the Government about their personal tax bills. Lineker is in court over a disputed sum of £4.9million, which he has paid back, but is appealing. Like any good socialist, Gary wants other people’s money used to sort society’s ills, not his own, thank you very much. Last month in court, his lawyers even told HMRC they were ‘looking in the wrong place’. Isn’t that what Rommel said to Hitler when they were trying to locate the whereabouts of the Eighth Army during the Battle of El Alamein? Not that I would be tasteless enough to invoke the Nazis to try to win an argument.
On social media, followers told him he had been right to speak out on the illegal migration issue
Let’s move on. This might surprise you but I accept Gary Lineker’s argument that as he is not a political commentator, BBC impartiality rules should not apply to him. Surely the raving sports pundit should be able to say what he wants on his social media accounts without becoming an even bigger martyr? It’s not as if he is sitting in the Match of The Day studio bawling on about the evil Tories, although can that moment be far off?
For the privilege of his taxpayer-funded salary, Lineker is supposed to keep his political views to himself. But that is like asking a flower not to bloom or a wolf not to howl at the Moon even if it’s got a paw stuck in a morality trap. However, should the BBC ever pluck up the courage to sack him, Gary Lineker could always become a politician or a full time one-man oppressed minority.
Whatever you might think, Pundits Lives Matter. Let’s not forget that.
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