At broadcaster LBC, where former UKIP Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage continues to be given a platform to air his appallingly bigoted views, whoever was in charge of the Twitter feed yesterday morning at least had a sense of humour. “In light of yesterday's tragic Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, @Nigel_Farage asks: why is this increase in Anti-Semitic attacks across the US and Europe happening?”
Squeaky self-inflicted finger up the bum time
Banksy might be able to help with the answer, too
Ooh, that’s a difficult one. Perhaps the politician who said “there are other very powerful foreign lobbies in the United States of America, and the Jewish lobby with its links to the Israeli Government is one of those strong voices … Well, in terms of money and influence, they [the Jewish lobby] are a very powerful lobby … There are about six million Jewish people living in America, so as a percentage, it’s quite small, but in terms of influence it’s quite big” on his LBC show could help here? His name was, er, Nigel Farage.
Worse than that, there are the continued utterances from both Farage and his erstwhile sidekick Arron Banks on the subject of George Soros, whose name, as any fule kno, is, like “globalists” and “Goldman Sachs”, code for “Jews”. Take Banks’ snipe at Open Democracy, for starters: “Supporting Goldman Sachs and quoting open democracy (Soros), you have come a long way from your New Labour days! Big banks & business”.
Goldman Sachs? Check! Soros? Check! Bankers? Check! And there was more, with an attack on several Labour MPs including Ben Bradshaw: “So bent @BenPBradshaw & @RhonddaBryant how much money did you take from Open Democracy and George Soros”. Or was it a homophobic slur, too? Whatever. Open Democracy was getting too close for comfort. Hence “More Soros bollocks!”
So was Carole Cadwalladr. “Following todays Daily Mail story on dirty money from Soros into Remain projects. It’s an excellent opportunity for both @carolecadwalla & the @guardian to confirm they haven’t been funded by Soros groups”. And the DUP used to channel Dark Money? “For dark money Read money from a UK taxpayer, unlike the Remain groups funded by George Soros (ex Nazi collaborator). Now piss off!”
Nice sort, isn’t he? Alastair Campbell was another target for the Soros smear: “Whereas the people’s vote is funded by George Soros inc”. Then it was back to his obsession with Ms Cadwalladr. “What charming friends you have for a @Guardian journalist ! The report they cite is written by Open democracy and funded by George Soros”.
Who else to smear while blowing the anti-Semitism dog whistle? How about David Lammy: “This advert comes to you from an MP that took an undisclosed donation from George Soros”. It wasn’t just Labour MPs too, with Damian Collins the target of “I wonder why you never investigate millions being funnelled into @peoplesvote_uk by Soros inc”.
Back to his obsession with Ms Cadwalladr: “who’s funding you @carolecadwalla. George Soros is pumping billions into politics in Europe but that doesn’t seem to interest you”, before putting his claim to be a raving anti-Semite beyond all doubt. “I suppose there are good Jews and bad Jews, then George Soros”.
So there you are Nige, the mystery of that increase in anti-Semitic attacks is solved. By you looking in the mirror and across and your pal Banksy. Happy to help.
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