While most of the attention for reshuffle matters has focused on the departure of Sajid Javid and the appointment in his place of Rishi “Chino” Sunak, elsewhere there has been a change of Attorney-General, with Geoffrey Cox QC departing, taking with him the booming sound of herded Gammon. He will be replaced, as has been widely trailed, by one Suella Braverman. Which exposes a host of right-wing double standards.
Ms Braverman had languished in well-merited obscurity until last March, when she made a speech at a meeting on the Bruges Group, that body which celebrates Margaret Thatcher’s “Heart of Europe” speech, but only the part of it which they find ideologically acceptable. Here, she very deliberately talked of “Cultural Marxism”, which is not only a loaded term, it is nailed-on anti-Semitism. This was duly pointed out to her.
Coming hard on the heels of her being involved with a group of hard Brexit enthusiasts who had nicknamed themselves “The Grand Wizards” (yes, the same term as that used by the Ku Klux Klan), this went down like the proverbial lead balloon. Here’s what she said.
“As Conservatives, we are engaged in a battle against cultural Marxism … I'm very worried about this ongoing creep of cultural Marxism which has come from Jeremy Corbyn”. Er, it was in Anders Breivik’s manifesto. “Yes, I do believe we are in a fight against Cultural Marxism. We have a culture evolving from the far left, which is about snuffing out freedom of speech, freedom of thought”. Could it get any worse? It certainly could.
The Board of Deputies of British Jews explained “Suella Braverman may not have been aware of it, but the term ‘cultural Marxist’ has a history as an antisemitic trope. We would ask for her to clarify the remarks and undertake not to use the phrase in future. The phrase, which has become more popular among alt-right and far-right activists in recent years, originated with the Nazis”. Yet all she could muster was FREEZE PEACH!
Even after meeting the BoD, all Ms Braverman could manage was “I am pleased that The Board of Deputies of British Jews have released the following statement regarding the language I used in a speech last week”. But what they said was “We believe she is in no way anti-Semitic and did not intentionally use anti-Semitic language”. In other words, she did use anti-Semitic language, but didn’t actually mean to. Which means one thing.
The BoD did not credit Ms Braverman with the intellectual capacity to understand the gravity and sensitivity of the remarks she was making. Yet now she has been promoted to take charge of the Attorney General’s office. Her first response to being called out for using blatantly anti-Semitic language is to protest that it’s only about FREEZE PEACH.
So why was she promoted? Perhaps it also had something to do with her past involvement with the European Research Group of MPs and their continued efforts to destabilise Theresa May’s Government - one of the forces that eventually brought her down, and in turn, opened the way for Bozo to secure the prize he had always sought.
But in rewarding her, he is also rewarding someone who dispenses anti-Semitic tropes, yet seems not to be capable of realising it. By giving them the Attorney-General’s office.
Hopefully she’s not smart enough to do anything really bad there. But don’t bet on it.
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