This is the latest installment in Seneca III’s latest treatise. See the archives link at the bottom of this post for previous installments in this series.
Signs and Portents Everywhere… But of What?
by Seneca III
Part IIB — A loosely connected miscellany of the darkly disturbing plus a journey into the past
2019 — Another welcome addition, one Claudia Naomi Webbe MP, takes up residence in the Labour Party Parliamentary Zoo.
Claudia arrived from Leicester East — another wonderfully enriched constituency after replacing the toy boy bum’n’coke aficionado and industrial washing machine salesman, a.k.a. Keith Vaz MP (resigned).
Yet it would appear that electing a race-baiting Castro and Lenin supporter (see the pictures on her wall) comes quite naturally to that well-diversified electorate, but — much to Claudia’s credit — she has not been known to sell industrial washing machines or inhale exotic substances.
“Webbe was born and brought up in Leicester and has family members living in the constituency. She studied social science at De Montfort University, Leicester, then later an MSc in Race and Ethnic Relations at Birkbeck, University of London.
Having participated in its development in the mid-1990s, Webbe was the chair of Operation Trident, a community-led initiative to tackle gun-related homicides disproportionately affecting black communities. Webbe was a policy director and adviser to the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. She was responsible for culture, cultural strategy, sports and tourism, and she was a member of his election campaign team in 2000 and 2004.
Webbe wrote about Livingstone when in 2006 he was found guilty by the Standards Board for England’s Adjudication Panel of bringing his office into disrepute and suspended from office for four weeks. Webbe said that “I have worked with Ken in numerous anti-racist organisations and campaigns including the Anti-Racist Alliance, the National Assembly against Racism and while I was director of Westminster Race Equality Council, he took up cases that I referred onto him for support. His history of work in the anti-racist movement is unquestionable.” [From Wikipedia]
De Montfort University is located in Leicester, England. It was established in accordance with the Further and Higher Education Act in 1992 as a degree-awarding body. De Montfort University has approximately 27,000 full- and part-time students, 3,240 staff and an annual turnover in the region of £168 million. The university is organised into four faculties: Art, Design, and Humanities (ADH); Business and Law (BAL); Health and Life Sciences (H&LS); and Computing, Engineering and Media (CEM). It is a Sustainable Development Hub, focusing on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, an initiative by the United Nations launched in 2018.
In 2019, the first Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact Rankings, a global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, ranked De Montfort University 50th in the world. The university has special arrangements with more than 80 universities and colleges in over 25 countries, including Nanjing University, ranked 120th in the world by the Times Higher Education and situated in Jiangsu, eastern China. The two universities have launched various initiatives, including a scholarship programme for De Montfort students and doctoral study coupled with English language tuition for students from Nanjing.” [From Wikipedia]
That figures, and just 50th? Highly appropriate methinks. It and Leicester deserve each other, and if there were such a ranking, it would probably rate in the top 5% of those turning out career Baristas… or Labour politicians.
2020 — Another heartwarming example of our enrichment — The Curious Case of Nadia Whittome