Thursday, 10 January 2019

Silly Rachel Riley's Own Goal

Recently Rachel Riley, best known for picking vowels and consonants and adding numbers up in various skimpy dresses on Countdown (yeah, it's still going!), decided that she should be the one to stamp out antisemitism in the UK - or more particularly, the perceived antisemitism in the left of politics.

Taking to twitter she has smeared everyone from Jeremy Corbyn, Ken Loach and - most bizarrely of all - Noam Chomsky, as being promoters of antisemisitm. 

This stance last night afforded her the ultimate accolade of being interviewed about her position by Channel 4 News anchor and Riley colleague (and "swinging dick", according to Lucy Porter on yesterday's Richard Herring podcast) Krishnan Guru-Murthy. It should have gone swimmingly - expect Riley fell at the first hurdle.

When asked by Guru-Murthy what her Jewish identity was, Riley - this staunch fighter of A/S remember - replied; "You wouldn't know, I don't look like a typical Jew, or anything like that" (you can see it here) before conflating Jewish people with Israel.

Oh dear. I'm sorry Rachel but that really is not Numberwang. In fact that is, by IHRA definition, A/S of itself.

The great Michael Rosen, a voice of sanity in the open sewer that is the A/S debate (or, to give it it's proper term, the establishment and trendy wendies stick-the-boot-into-the-left moan) on social media, was quick to point out Riley's error, demanding to know what facial or body characteristics a 'typical Jew' may possess. 

It's an open secret that Rachel Riley is desperate to step away from Countdown and enter into the more mainstream, primetime arena of her more respectable peers (this is evident from her appearances on the dismal 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, various podcasts in the fact that she once cornered Alex Horne and begged to be a contestant on Taskmaster; to his credit Horne said that if someone asks, they won't ever appear!) and she clearly views schmoozing up to the likes of David Baddiel on Twitter in this 'campaign' will afford her that ambition. But she should really stick to the skimpy outfits and the adding up because wading into debate only sees her place both feet in her own mouth.

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