Anyone and everyone out there on the right is taking full advantage of the story claiming that the Labour Party has a problem with anti-Semitism. Even organisations with direct connections to white supremacists have been jumping on the media bandwagon, including the convocation of the irredeemably batshit otherwise known as Breitbart, ruled over for so long by the intolerant bigot’s intolerant bigot, Steve Bannon.
"Gay marriage" ... "Global warming" ... "Bird-slicing, bat-chomping eco crucifixes" ... "red meat Conservatism" ... "Hate speech endorsement" ... "Holocaust mocking" ... "Bang to rights"
In the UK, that means Breitbart London, where James “saviour of Western civilisation” Delingpole has wasted no time in putting the boot in to The Red Team. He happily Retweeted the wibblings of Julia Hartley Dooda’s pretence - “Can someone explain to me why @toadmeister wrote some tweets about women’s tits & lost 2 jobs but @jeremycorbyn wrote a Facebook post defending a vile anti-Semitic picture yet he’s still in *his* job? Answers please” - and there was more in that vein.
Del Boy also Retweeted Alex “Billy Liar” Wickham, teaboy to the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines at the Guido Fawkes blog, claiming “The mural is not a one off. These are the times Corbyn has personally and actively supported anti-Semites. If a Labour councillor had done any of this, they would be immediately suspended”.
Jezza has not personally and actively supported any anti-Semites, but hey ho. The nickname “Billy Liar” was not acquired for nothing. In any case, Delingpole had his own contributions to make, such as “‘BBC news consistently pro-Brexit and pro-Farage.’ This is insane. It's like a Corbynista saying: ‘At the heart of our project is love of Jews.’ Genuine red crayon written in a straightjacket stuff”. But then the mask slipped.
First came his endorsement of the loathsome Toby Young’s claim that he might emigrate to Israel, as he mused “Very envious. Surely I must qualify somehow. I'm at least as Jewish as most Jews I know”. He won’t be qualifying for anything - check out the next Tweet.
Yes, there he was supporting Mark Meechan, who was recently convicted of publicising a video which was judged to be anti-Semitic. It might have been the constant use of the phrase “gas the Jews” that gave a clue as to why Meechan got guilty. And there is Del Boy giving Meechan his endorsement. Cos it’s free speech, innit?
No, it isn’t. And that isn’t the only debit point against Delingpole’s name. While his pals at the Fawkes blog are kicking someone in the Labour Party who thought using the phrase “Arbeit Macht Frei” would be a bit of a hoot (wrong), he’s done exactly that for years - Holocaust mocking with the endorsement of the Telegraph, no less.
You think I jest? Zelo Street caught Del Boy using the not even slightly funny “Komment Macht Frei” to mock the Guardian back in 2012. He was still at it two years later. Heck, his use of the phrase is still there at his modestly-titled Delingpole World site.
Yes, there goes James Delingpole, berating Labour for alleged anti-Semitism, while backing someone making videos with “gas the Jews” in them, and then mocking the Holocaust. Because free speech. Unless you don’t agree with him. What a hypocrite.