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By satnav
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More batshit nonsense from Platell.
Among the tens of thousands of protesters who gathered in London for the anti-Trump rally was the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson.

She was pictured cradling her newborn son Gabriel in a sling, holding aloft her 'Lib Dems against Trump' banner.

All well and good — exercising her democratic right to protest and all that. But the same Ms Swinson is now at the heart of a row that could force the sacking of the Tory Chief Whip
It centres around her decision to stay away from the Commons on maternity leave for the crucial Brexit debate on Tuesday that the Tories won by a mere six votes.

She did so under an arcane parliamentary convention called 'pairing', which allows MPs on different sides of the House to pair up and agree not to vote when one of them is away due to illness, travel or, as in Ms Swinson's case, maternity leave.

Her 'pair', Tory chairman Brandon Lewis, broke the convention by voting on Tuesday night — apparently at Chief Whip Julian Smith's request — while Ms Swinson was away.

And now the Lib Dems and Labour are demanding Smith's resignation.
All of which leaves the huge question: if the Lib Dem deputy leader was able to take time off from her precious maternity leave to march against the U.S. President, why on earth couldn't she manage to get to the House on a vote of such crucial importance?

Jo Swinson's absence from the Commons merely feeds into a narrative gaining increasing currency among voters that female MPs indulge in special pleading and are not serious about their parliamentary work.

Only recently, Labour's Danielle Rowley told the House she was late for a debate because she was 'on her period', for goodness sake. Too often women MPs gain notice for weeping in debates, or for hysterical rants such as the one we witnessed from the Tory's Europhile Anna Soubry this week.

At a time when bitter party infighting over Brexit means our political class has seldom looked more shabby, 38-year-old Ms Swinson's synthetic outrage is utterly unedifying.

If she truly wants to be a trail-blazer for women in politics, she should re-examine her priorities — and decide whether attending a protest march against the President of a country that's been our greatest ally was really more important than voting in a parliamentary debate that could have brought down our Prime Minister.
There is clearly a big difference between attending an event in the daytime where she can take her baby along and getting into the commons for a late vote.

If the commons worked regular hours rather than starting late to let MPs moonlight in the city the system would be better for all MPs who have young children.
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By lord_kobel
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All of which leaves the huge question: if the Lib Dem deputy leader was able to take time off from her precious maternity leave to march against the U.S. President, why on earth couldn't she manage to get to the House on a vote of such crucial importance?
Maybe she could have done, if she hadn't already been told she didn't need to.
By Andy McDandy
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And overall it's more of the idea that toughness is All, emotion is for the weak, more of the sub-nietzsche nonsense that the hard right chicken farmers wank themselves into a frenzy over.
By Andy McDandy
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How to write like Amanda Platell:

1. Choose a sleb.
2. Say "See sleb in the news this week? They're fat, they are".
By Safe_Timber_Man
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It's been a while! Platell, who specialises in slagging people off based on their looks, is unsurprisingly insecure about her own looks.

It's pretty dull.

What's galling, though, is people like her who do nothing but make bitchy comments about other women suddenly expect people to be understanding and supportive of their honesty about their own hang ups.

Vine is the same regarding mental illness and online bullying. Flinging personal insults at people constantly and then throwing their hands up in the air crying about "horrible left wing trolls" when they get a dose of their own medicine. Or after working for a publication that dismisses mental illness and implies it's made up she recently expected sympathy and respect for opening up about her own mental illness struggles.

AMANDA PLATELL'S had cosmetic tweaks over the years – but there’s one thing she shied away from until now: Why I’ve faced up to FILLERS
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/arti ... LLERS.html


When he interviewed me recently, Piers Morgan began by saying, rather facetiously: ‘Amanda, I’ve known you for decades and you still look great.’

I knew a killer punch was coming even before he asked: ‘Have you had any work done?’

I can’t recall who burst out laughing first before I replied: ‘Piers, I’ve had the Vampire facelift, the lunchtime facelift, the breakfast facelift, ultherapy, ultratherapy, every “therapy” under the sun.

‘The only difference between me and millions of other women is that I’m honest about it.’

As readers will know, I am no stranger to cosmetic treatments. However, all my ‘facelifts’ have been non-surgical, and I only recently had Botox around the scars from cancer surgery on my eye.

But by the time you hit the big 60, the decades have taken their toll — sagging cheeks, droopy neck and a jawline more crumbled than Hadrian’s Wall.

So with my 61st birthday already behind me, it was with some trepidation that I agreed to take the next step and have fillers in my temples, cheeks and jawline.

Should I just ease gently into the twilight of old age or take one final stand to hold back the years? I chose the latter.

There was just one problem. We’ve all read the stories of unqualified beauty therapists injecting fillers into women, often with disastrous results. All it takes is a three-day course for a beautician to become ‘qualified’ to inject fillers.

Now there are calls for the Government to legislate to ensure only qualified aesthetic practitioners, doctors, nurses and dentists are able to do fillers. In the meantime, organisations such as Save Face will tell you whether the person carrying out your procedure is qualified and safe to do so.

So, with visions of monstrous lips hovering in the forefront of my mind, I went to see my trusted nurse practitioner Lee Garrett at the Garrett Clinic in Harley Street. He has done all the ‘work’ on my face, so I sought his advice.

Could fillers repair some of the damage of the decades, I asked. To which he replied: ‘They can put back some of what God put there in the first place.’

So I wouldn’t end up looking like Meg Ryan, or Melanie Griffith, or Cher, frozen in time with chipmunk cheeks? He laughed and explained the art of a qualified aesthetic practitioner is that they want you to look as natural as possible, for the changes to be subtle.

Lee is such an expert in his field he trains doctors and other nurses on how to perfect the procedure. It is crucial you allow only a qualified nurse or doctor near your face with a filler, someone with a lot of experience, in a medical setting in case something goes wrong.

So we set the date and Lee asked me to bring along old photos from 20 and 30 years ago so he could see what my face structure looked like and how it had changed, to make the fillers look as natural and as much like the ‘real’ me as possible.

Standing before me in the unforgiving light of his treatment room, he inspected my face from all angles, drawing chalk lines on the areas he needed to treat.

In the end, my face looked like a Tube map. Marks at my temples, which had hollowed; along and under my cheekbones, which were sagging; around my jawline, which was crumbling; on my chin of all things, which was receding; and to each side of my nose at the base of the nostrils.

Fortunately, I didn’t need my lips done, so I knew I couldn’t end up with a dreaded trout pout. Lee explained that he would use a combination of needles and cannulas (fine hollow tubes with holes along them to distribute the filler).

It sounded painful, and it was. On a scale of one to ten, I’d mark the procedure a seven. But beauty is for the brave. You can have a local anaesthetic, but I have a pretty high pain threshold so decided against that.

The product Lee chose was Belotero Volume, often used on younger women, to plump up my temples, cheeks and soften the sunken areas where those horrible deep nose-to-mouth lines start.

He used Belotero Intense, mostly for the more mature face, to give more definition to my jawline and chin.

In total, there were around 14 injections with needles and cannula containing about 11 ml of hyaluronic acid. The cost for the fillers I had done was £4,400. Expensive, I know, but it lasts from 18 months to two years, and it’s my one great indulgence. What’s the point of buying a new wardrobe when your face looks like an old bag?

I could have had the fillers done over two or three treatments, but was too impatient. In retrospect, I’d recommend breaking it up, as it’s not for the squeamish.

And when it was all over, there was so little pain I was able to go out for dinner with friends.

I did have some bruising around the jawline, small shadows at the side of my nose and one on my cheek, but nothing I couldn’t cover with concealer.

You can see some of the results immediately, but it takes about four weeks to settle.

So, am I pleased with the results? No, I’m delighted.

Now, reflecting upon Piers’s impertinent question, I wish I’d been quicker.

After replying honestly, I should have asked him if he’d had ‘any work done’.
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youngian wrote:
Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:08 am
According to Private Eye Platell applied for a BBC News reader role and was pipped at the post by Kaplinsky. A stream of bile about how she’s a dopey strumpet fluttering her eye lashes followed. Neither has Platell been invited to do Strictly.
Ah that explains a lot, cheers. The green-eyed monster consuming Ms Platell.
By Snowflake
'I've got most things a woman could want. But it never dulls the heartache of living alone': The brave and moving confession of AMANDA PLATELL that will chime with many older singletons

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/arti ... alone.html

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DW Northwest, Salford, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

There is nothing heartbreaking about living alone, perhaps a change of attitude might help.

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Klezmer, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2 hours ago

Living alone is a wonderful thing. The thought of sharing space with another person would finish me off. Ones lover can visit and stay as can friends but the alone time is, without question, the best time.

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By Safe_Timber_Man
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Makes perfect sense. Platell, Vine, Moir etc. They all have their own personal struggles/difficulties/insecurities in life but unlike most people they deal with it by attacking, sneering and name calling to make themselves feel better. That's their way of dealing with it and that's what sets them apart as utter cunts.
By Bones McCoy
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Safe_Timber_Man wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:00 am
Makes perfect sense. Platell, Vine, Moir etc. They all have their own personal struggles/difficulties/insecurities in life but unlike most people they deal with it by attacking, sneering and name calling to make themselves feel better. That's their way of dealing with it and that's what sets them apart as utter cunts.

It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see that Dacre preferred hiring insecure or broken woman columnists.
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