The increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph is not only desperate with much of what passes nowadays for its news coverage, it is desperate when it comes to selecting the pundits who are permitted to contribute opinion pieces for the paper. So desperate, in fact, that the paper had no problem giving a platform to one individual which it had, only last month, called out for using the kind of language used by the Nazis.
Jaak Madison ...
Why Jaak Madison should use that kind of language was because he is an actual Nazi, someone who has downplayed the Holocaust and effectively shrugged that “well, there might have been camps and all that, but unemployment in late 1930s Germany was low, so what’s your problem?” Any reputable newspaper should go nowhere near that kind of “opinion”, but the Tel did. And now the paper is in deep trouble.
Madison’s article, “By keeping the UK hostage, the EU is becoming the architect of its own downfall”, has this morning been pulled from the Tel’s website and the Tweet advertising it delated. But the very fact that a supposedly reputable media outlet was willing to give house room to someone who used terms like “Final Solution” is worrying.
As Far Right Watch has pointed out, Madison has in the past said that “In my eyes, fascism is an ideology that consists of quite a few positive and necessary nuances to preserve the nation state”. Jackboots, brownshirts, racist violence - mere nuances.
... and someone he likes to praise
He said “that the Holocaust had 'positive aspects' 'freeing up jobs for real Germans' and called for a similair 'Policy of National Purification' to take place in Estonia". The phrase he used was “the final solution is required”. Subtle, eh?
He has made this assertion: “It is true that there were concentration camps … games with gas chambers were being played [!], but at the time such a ‘strict’ order brought Germany … out of a thorough shithole, because development … brought the country only within a couple of years to one of the most powerful in Europe”.
Indeed, only last month the Tel told its readers “An Estonian MEP has demanded a ‘final solution’ for Syrian refugees who break the law in Europe, in an apparent echoing of the language used by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. Jaak Madison, an MEP for Estonia’s right-wing Conservative People’s Party, made the comments in a Facebook post. Estonian politicians condemned his remarks, which were subsequently deleted”.
A paper with significant far-right previous
There was more. “In a message to the Telegraph, Mr Madison said his remarks had ‘nothing to do with Nazi ideology’ and said he was merely expressing the political view that ‘this kind of mess in Europe with migration has to stop. Asked why he used a German expression, he said ‘I can speak German’”. So that’s all right, then.
This is not the first example of far-right flirtation for the Telegraph: there was, of course, the infamous “Soros” front page splash which the paper’s management went out of its way to stress was definitely not anti-Semitic. Except it blatantly was anti-Semitic.
That article may have been deleted. But what possessed the Tel to commission it in the first place? Small wonder the far-right is emboldened - when the press eggs them on.
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