High on its moralistic horse this morning, the obedient hackery of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre at the Daily Mail has been joyously putting the boot in on press campaigner Max Mosley, having discovered an election leaflet from the early 1960s from a campaign in south Manchester. Mosley was, at the time, supportive of his late father’s far-right politics. All this was previously known. But that is not where the Mail is at.
Mosley is a tireless campaigner for more effective press regulation. The family trust set up in the name of his late son Alexander has helped fund independent press regulator Impress. He has donated funds to help Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson (Mosley is now a Labour member). And he has recently indicated possibly taking legal action to stop the persistent repetition of untrue and gratuitous smears against him.
This makes him a prime target for the Dacre boot boys, for whom press regulation means having a sham regulator like IPSO under their control. Losing control of press regulation cannot be countenanced. Anything Leveson related is to be ignored at first, then dismissed, smeared, undermined, discredited, whatever it takes to see it off. And someone with the money to take them to the cleaners - that is the proverbial red rag to the bull.
Hence the all-hands-on-deck full-on treatment this morning, starting with the thundering front page headline “The Mail accuses Max Mosley - who bankrolls Labour’s deputy leader - of racist thuggery, and asks … DID F1 TYCOON LIE TO ORGY TRIAL?” They don’t know, but hey, nudge and wink, and besides, it’s for Rupert Murdoch, and he’s a pal.
Supporting the lead article is another piece which tells readers of “Mr Mosley's own participation in the far-Right politics of his parents, Sir Oswald and Diana, Lady Mosley, at whose marriage in Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels' home Adolf Hitler had been guest of honour” and talks of “Sir Oswald's Union Movement (UM) - the post-war reincarnation of his Jew-hating Blackshirts of the British Union of Fascists”.
Mosley has, of course, long repudiated those politics and those views, and the Mail has very little room to talk on either Nazi support, or indeed anti-Semitism. The paper’s grovelling backing for the Third Reich, and indeed Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts, in the 1930s is the stuff of newspaper legend, as is its righteous opposition to Britain accepting Jewish refugees from Germany. The Mail applauded the annexation of the Sudatenland.
The paper now taking such a high moral stance on political thuggery has its own previous in that area. As has been noted, “In the early 1930s, Rothermere was so close to Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists that Daily Mail staff began to mimic their dress - wearing black shirts to work”. The Blackshirts were thugs, and violent with it
The Mail’s admiration for Oswald Mosley and his far-right politics was not confined to the 1930s. Nor had it been extinguished by the early 60s, the time when Max Mosley was still backing his father’s Union Movement. When Oswald Mosley died, the Mail told its readers that he had been a “much maligned and much misunderstood political giant of his era”.
Oswald Mosley died not in the early 60s, but in 1980. I’ll just leave that one there.
Stranger than all that is if you read the 1960's leaflet and just change a few words to make it about EU workers or migrents, it could so easily be from the Dail Mail circa 2018.
And I mean "Easily".
I haven't looked at the comments yet, but the Mail's extreme right racist readers must be conflicted
No coincidence this comes right on the heels of the "commie" smear, or that Mosley helps support Watson of the Labour Party......Now what on EARTH would be the common factor?
Not that Mosley helped himself with that C4 News "interview" by a near-hysterical Newman backed up by the usual dyed-hair weasel Crick. Difficult to believe Mosley didn't know and/or approve of the 1960s racist election leaflet. But if he DID know it seems he might be guilty of perjury. In which case he's in big trouble. On the other hand he implied the leaflet might be forged. In which case the forger would be in big trouble and C4 News would look like an even bigger collection of loopy twats than usual.
And since C4 News are so hot on perjury/lies, why haven't they gone after Blair and all the wars he got us into?
Meanwhile, I hope Mosley is indeed clean in this and again takes Dacre and Rothermere to the fucking cleaners.
All sound stuff, but that interview on C4 News last night was an absolute car crash for Max Mosley.
He didn't come across as someone who had moved on in the last 55+ years.
Six stories about Mosley on MailOnline, and not one of them allows comments. Can't imagine why.
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