Class sneak is also on Twitter, had you heard? “Once kicked a ball about” is Lineker’s side-splittingly understated intro on his Twitter biog. Yes I know, but at least he thinks it’s funny.
When he is tweeting his usual mix of grandad puns and riveting football punditry (“Great finish from Messi”) he’s harmless enough. But there’s another side to Britain’s favourite ex-footballer - he’s a bit of a Social Justice Warrior too is our Gaz.
Indeed, the £2 million-a year Match of the Day presenter has hardly been out of the headlines these past few days. I’m not sure who is advising the Walker’s crisps emissary, but whoever it is, he/she is doing a lousy job.
‘Hideously racist’ was the charming label chosen by Lineker to smear those legitimately querying the age of the so-called Calais ‘children’ this week as they snuck into Croydon. Hmm, very telling that this BBC employee was playing the smear game: if the facts don’t stack up, smear; how very BBC.
If that wasn’t bad enough he then went on to spread misinformation regarding a very mature looking individual among the cohort when (erroneously) tweeting that the person in question was not one of the ‘children’ but an interpreter, a claim since firmly debunked by the Home Office.
Predictably, Lineker has taken no time at all jumping on the Calais bandwagon. For here is a genuine nice guy, a man with a conscience, an all-round good egg (smears notwithstanding). I mean you only have to look at his Twitter timeline to see that the ex-footballer is of a higher order.
If he’s not calling out Donald Trump’s ‘misogyny’ he’s railing against Nigel Farage’s ‘racism.’ The fact that such crude, left-wing tirades coincide exactly with those of his BBC employers is, apparently, just a happy coincidence. His tweets are all his own work, allegedly.
Now you might think that a man whose first wife divorced him on grounds of ‘unreasonable’ behaviour might hold fire when it comes to matters of judging the ‘misogyny’ of others.
Not a jot. Lineker’s pathological hatred towards the US-presidential nominee continues unabated – the same Gary Lineker incidentally whose wife also reported that his behaviour towards her caused her ‘stress and anxiety.’
What a nice guy.
When Trump attributed a decade-old derogatory comment he made about women to ‘locker’ room talk, Lineker immediately weighed in. No, No, No, testosterone-infused footballers do not talk about women sexually, tweeted a horrified Lineker firmly in the grip of self-righteous delusion, millionaire footballers treat women with the utmost of respect…
It doesn’t end there, oh no.
In common with a glut of BBC fat cats, in the past Mr Lineker has preferred to arrange matters of taxation ‘efficiently.’ Lineker employs the services of an accountant whose task is simply to ensure the star pays the least amount of tax possible.
A bit more for Lineker then and a bit less for trifling things such as schools and hospitals. How’s that for a sense of civic duty? As I write HMRC are attempting to reclaim some £1.3 million pounds in taxes owed by the presenter.
What a nice guy.
Credit though where credit is due: the millionaire footballer-cum-socialist has not, I note, called out Donald Trump about his own complicated tax affairs, but I wouldn’t put it past him, I really wouldn’t. The man’s hypocrisy knows no bounds or is it just naivety?
Take his celebrated advertisements on behalf of Walker’s crisps. With childhood obesity in the UK reaching record levels, the last thing you’d think we needed is a footballing hero encouraging kids to eat more crisps, not when said snack comprises a very unhealthy mixture of salt, fat and hydrogenated oil.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes type II and caridovascualr disease are just some of the health problems which may result from childhood obesity.
What a nice guy.
Like his other high profile pro-migrant celebrity friends Gary Lineker lives a charmed life. You only have to take a look at his £2.5 million Sunningdale mansion to see as much.
Ah but appearances can be deceptive. In reply to one of the army of critics hitting back at his bigotry, Lineker tweeted that he’d rather “live with them (migrants) than you (critic).” You heard that correctly. Gary Lineker is prepared to swap Sunningdale for the
Only he won’t.
Imagine just for one moment if the BBC were anti-migrant, or god forbid, impartial as per their duty as laid out in the Roya Charter. Would Lineker still be busily virtue signalling on Twitter? Would D-list celebrities be lining up to express their heartfelt concern, to offer food and lodging for the men-children?
We all know the answer to that one I think.
Lineker and fellow celebs such as Lily Allen are not stupid – they certainly know which side their bread is buttered. Did I just say Gary Lineker is not stupid? I beg your pardon, but you know what I meant: in common with Quislings throughout history, Lineker has an all too well-developed self-preservation gene.
As for his intellect…. Just one word: Twitter. Check it out, do.
Still, he’s a popular guy, Mr Lineker – a hero to kids up and down the country. They idolise the man, which makes his peddling of crisps all the more reprehensible.
In the aftermath of his tweets, Lineker has found solace from a large portion of self-certified Liberal-lefty humanists, who have been gushing over what they discern to be our host’s ‘compassion’ and ‘humanity.’
Oddly, for one so compassionate Lineker’s Twitter feed is bereft of any kind of compassion say for the 1400 or so victims of the Rotherham grooming scandal. Saint Lineker is also eerily quiet with regards to the spate of sexual attacks blighting mainland Europe right now.
And as for the 75,000 British children who will be homeless tonight without a permanent bed to call their own, comrade Lineker is quieter still.
Gary Lineker’s ‘compassion’ is nothing if not highly selective.
It’s almost as if the man is following the exact edicts of the BBC who while not giving a fig about Rotherham or the plight of homeless British kids, agonise endlessly over the fate of the six-foot, bearded man-children of Calais.
Strange I think you’ll agree.
Yup, 2016 and we have arrived in a very dark place – a place where millionaire celebrities feel justified in slagging off ordinary British people for no other nobler reason than to remain part of the lucrative media and telly club. If this means facilitating the cause of unchecked, fully-grown, middle-eastern males posing as children, then so be it.
For those of us however not wishing to gain BBC and Guardian brownie points (or multi million pound contracts) the whole thing stinks of self-interest.
Worse perhaps is the sinister prospect of the Calais men-children infiltrating our schools thus able to mingle freely with young girls. They are, after all, ‘children,’ and children need to go to school – not that there is any danger of the ‘children’ joining Lily Allen’s daughters at their exclusive school. Oh no.
The last thing our virtue signalling celebrities want is for these ‘children’ to be anywhere near their own offspring, right Lily? Rotherham, that’s a different matter altogether.
Perhaps I’m being a little harsh. After all, Lineker, Allen and their fellow celebs do have careers to preserve. And you can bet your bottom dollar a spot of self-promotion as a compassionate soul plays very well indeed with the mainstream Liberal media.
Allen’s appearance at Calais coincides with the release of an album and Lineker’s own pontifications you can be sure are ticking all the right boxes at the BBC.
In some ways I actually feel sorry for the likes of Lineker and Allen, kow-towing to the Liberal media establishment. Like a couple of star-struck media groupies, they think only of the here and now – they think only of how their stunts will embellish their own reputation, standing and ultimately of course their bank balances.
For some of us though, it’s not about keeping on the ‘right’ side of the argument, nor is it about raising our profile among the Liberal media; it’s about the future.
Gary Lineker is sitting pretty now alright. I’ll wager however that the generations to come will have every reason to look back at his posturing not with pride, but with something approaching horror one day.
Actions have consequences, Gary. For the sake of young girls (and boys) everywhere let's hope and pray the consequences in this particular case don't prove to be too ‘hideous,' but if the men-children do get up to no good and are overtaken by a 'sexual emergency' you can always count on your chums at the BBC for a total news blackout.
Now that's what I call a win-win.