(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
That much was capital entertainment, but then, for reasons best known to himself, Stephen “Vicky” Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle (JC), gave Ms Mensch a platform to tell that, whatever Corbyn’s stance, his supporters included a significant number of anti-Semites. Here, it seems she was aided and abetted by another self-proclaimed Twitter Policeman, Jeremy Duns, underemployed author and self-important bully.
And so it came to pass that the JC ran the results of Ms Mensch’s handiwork; here the trouble began. Pollard clearly endorsed her words: “Here's a superb piece in tomorrow's @JewishChron by @LouiseMensch on twiiter, antisemitism and Corbyn supporters”. If he had not had the article fact checked, he may end up wishing he had.
First, musician Alison Chabloz took exception to Ms Mensch’s characterisation of her words, on the straightforward grounds that she did not say what was attributed to her. Then S G Kinsman objected to being called an “anti-Semite for Corbyn”, on the straightforward grounds of (a) being from a well-known Jewish family, (b) not being an anti-Semite, and (c) not supporting Jeremy Corbyn.
This much was bad enough, but the self-appointment seems to have gone to the heads of Duns and Ms Mensch, with the former patrolling Twitter accusing those he dislikes of “giving succour to anti-Semites”. This is pure McCarthyite guilt-by-association. Let me put this directly: Duns is not the law, and should stop playing Constable Savage, inventing non-existent offences over which he can come over all righteous.
It gets worse - much worse. Ms Mensch is not content to leave it with her JC article, and is now actively pursuing Ms Chabloz in what appears to be a deliberate and malicious attempt to deprive her of her livelihood. Ms Chabloz has already had to have a cease and desist notice issued on her behalf against another purveyor of harassment. Both she and S G Kinsman are considering legal action against the JC.