When it comes to putting the boot in on the Labour Party over claims of anti-Semitism, there is no Tory back bencher more fervent that Mid Bedfordshire’s MP (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries. This week, she has been letting everyone know how The Red Team is overrun with it. What she has seemingly forgotten, though, is her own less than distinguished - and unrepentant - record on the subject.
Seizing on the claims made against Labour, the fragrant Nadine lost no time in claiming the moral high ground. “Read this powerful thread if you want to understand Labour antisemitism and just how deep it runs in the Labour Party” she told her followers. Soon after, she berated Chuka Umunna “As testified by your own members, anti-semitism runs deep in the veins of @UKLabour and it always has”.
Would Madam care to pony up the occasional shred of evidence for this claim? But then, it would not be Ms Dorries if she were to concern herself with mere facts. Best stick to the attack line. So she did with another snark at the opposition: “Anti semitism runs deep in Labour and it always has, a nasty truth at the core. Time it was exposed”.
Time it was exposed, indeed. So as that time has come, let us expose the reality of Ms Dorries’ lamentable record on the subject. Here, we have to go back a few years, but not many: to the General Election campaign of 2010.
A leaflet - not from the Tories - circulating in the Oxford West and Abingdon constituency claimed “The press has reported that Dr Evan Harris has been given the nickname ‘Dr Death’ in the corridors of Westminister [sic] because of his enthusiasm for abortion and voluntary euthanasia”. Evan Harris was the sitting MP.
Cherwell told readers “It does seem that the nickname was at least somewhat widespread, and it was a particular favourite of Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, as well as Conservative Party activist and columnist Tim Montgomerie”. So what was the problem?
Total Politics spelled it out. “Writing in the Sunday Telegraph Tim Montgomerie, and Nadine Dorries on her blog, both saw fit to label Dr Evan Harris - who has been a continual critic of both Dorries and her motion - 'Dr Death’ … Neither Tim nor Nadine are known for their tact but by stoking the flames of an emotive issue and comparing one of their opponents to a Nazi concentration camp Doctor they’ve lost all rationality. The fact that Dr Harris is Jewish … such disgraceful and loaded name calling has no place in civilised debate. An apology will not be sufficient, nor I fear, forthcoming”.
Evan Harris - viciously smeared for opposing Ms Dorries
This was not an isolated occurrence: Ms Dorries Tweeted on election night “Do my eyes and ears deceive me? Has Dr Death really lost his seat?”
Nadine Dorries is now telling anyone who will listen that “Anti-Semitism runs deep in Labour” and has “a nasty truth at the core”. But she manages not to tell that anti-Semitism runs deep in her own recent past. That’s the “nasty truth at the core”.
But on one thing we can both agree: “Time it was exposed”. So it has been.
I have no doubt whatever there are anti-semites in all political parties. That's because anti-semitism has been rife throughout Western Christian societies for centuries, during which it was even institutionalised for some periods. Is it really necessary to list the pogroms and exclusions right across Europe, let alone the Holocaust?
But, given the far right nature of the tories and their own racist history, it beggars belief that they and their media - of all people - should try to smear the Labour Party as having "a special problem". Dorries of course is merely the latest version of far right hypocrite, and a truly pitiful one at that.
This organised and concerted attack smear is disgusting and as much an affront to democratic decency as anti-semitism itself. It reeks of cowardice and spiv politics, all of it quite happily fronted by gutless media misinformation clerks. The guilty parties in the tories and New Labour stink the place out with their lying hypocrisy.
As Dorries' views tick all the other boxes of the most nasty, reactionary end of the catholic spectrum (as do those Rees-Mogg) it would be unlikely that she didn't embrace also the box of 'they-killed-our-Lord' anti-Semitism.
Rees-Mogg would no doubt back her up on this if he weren't so desperate to make people believe he's genuinely a toff that he doesn't dare appear to be close to such a 'common' little dimwit as Dorries.
I cannot agree more than what the first two commentators just to add that in the Conservative Party they have been those that have been pictured making Nazi salute therefore if they cannot expel these people from the party then there is an underlying issue
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