Those who look in regularly on Zelo Street may recall the lack of filter applied by the obedient hackery of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre back in September 2016, when they got a little carried away in their efforts to put the boot in on comedian and campaigner Eddie Izzard. After had his hat knocked off by a counter-demonstrator, the temptation to splash a few photos was too much.
The Mail told readers “Angry scenes as police separate Leave and Remain protesters at anti-Brexit rallies across Britain (and Eddie Izzard has his pink beret knocked off) … March for Europe launched to pressure Government to delay Article 50 … Protests in London, Birmingham, Oxford, Edinburgh and Cambridge … Typically British scenes included gentleman in tweed waving a Union Flag … And hundreds walked through rainy streets of Bristol during the protest”. But it was not any “gentleman in tweed”.
What's wrong with f***ing ignoring some anti-Semitism, c***?!?!?
He was identified as one Jeremy “Jez” Bedford-Turner (sometimes known as Jeremy Bedford-Taylor). The previous April, the Standard had reported “To occasional boos and jeers speaker Jeremy Bedford-Turner made a long, rambling speech telling people ‘the future is white’ … Footage was later uploaded to YouTube, with the description claiming it had been held ‘deep inside The Jewish Republic of North London’. The video culminated in Mr Bedford-Turner waving a pork pie in the air before taking a bite”.
The Mail had given free publicity to a raving anti-Semite. And now Bedford-Turner is a jailed raving anti-Semite. As the Guardian has reported “A far-right army veteran has been found guilty of stirring up racial hatred after the Crown Prosecution Service was pressured to reconsider its decision to not bring charges against him”. There was more.
“Jeremy Bedford-Turner, 48, called for his ‘soldiers’ to liberate England from ‘Jewish control’ in an address outside Downing Street and blamed Jews for issues ranging from both world wars to Jack the Ripper”. When? “The 15-minute speech was made at a rally against Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim in Whitehall on 4 July 2015”.
Do go on. “Bedford-Turner, who served for 12 years in the army, and speaks Pashtu and Arabic, told the crowd: ‘Let’s free England from Jewish control. Let’s liberate this land. Listen, soldiers, listen to me. It’s time to liberate our country’ … Dozens of his supporters attended his two-day trial. Under cross-examination, he admitted that he wanted all Jews to leave the UK”. Yes, he really is a raving anti-Semite.
His supporters are equally away with the fairies, one Tweeting out the suggestion that Bedford-Turner’s pals write to him in jail, talking of “a malicious 3-year campaign by Jew-Zionists”. The Twitter account has since been suspended.
His supporters aren't reported in the Mail, either
So the question has to be asked of the Mail: why so little coverage of Bedford-Turner being sent down for clear and blatant anti-Semitism, while the paper runs page after page of claims that the Labour Party is, er, anti-Semitic?
The Dacre Doggies wouldn’t be indulging in selective reporting of anti-Semitism just so they can put the boot in on The Red Team, would they? Perish the thought.