Mr Thirsty had trailed his latest column for the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph by proclaiming “The silent majority has begun to stand up against this cultural Marxist revolution”. Silent? Nige? But the anti-Semitic dog whistle was soon spotted by Labour MP David Lammy. And he was not at all happy about it.
“‘Cultural Marxism’ is an anti-Semitic trope and far right conspiracy theory that has been repeatedly condemned by the Board of Deputies. This is beyond the pale. You call yourself a patriot, but you insult our country’s history”. Enter Nawaz to argue it the other way.
Andy Ngo. No. Just no
“By Cultural Marxism [Nigel Farage] likely refers to Long March through our institutions of Frankfurt School critical theory & deconstructionism, intersectionality, relativism &quest for power through in-group identity politics … Unlikely he meant Jews … tbf, that’s Far-Left’s purview”. Lots of big words, but the smokescreen was unconvincing.
The Tweeter known as Nearly Legal summed up. “This is a) philosophically illiterate, the Frankfurt School had nothing to do with ‘deconstructionism’ or relativism or identity politics. But b) most of the major figures of the Frankfurt School were Jewish. So what Farage is using is like this [LINK] … And if you don’t think that is anti-semitic, I think you need to have a long, difficult conversation with yourself”. As for the “far left” claim, well.
After Suella Braverman, now inexplicably promoted to Attorney General, had used the term “Cultural Marxism” last year, as the Guardian has reported, “The Board of Deputies of British Jews said Suella Braverman should clarify what she meant, and pledge to not use the phrase again”. Is that group part of the “far left”, Maajid? And there was more.
“The Labour MP Wes Streeting said Braverman should apologise for using an ‘ugly and reprehensible term with antisemitic connotations’. He added: ‘Members of parliament should know better and she should apologise immediately or the whip should be removed.’ Hope Not Hate, which monitors far-right groups, said it was ‘deeply disturbing’ to see an MP use such language”. Is Wes Streeting “far left”? Are Hope Not Hate “far left”?
They are not. And, worse, Nawaz has recently had Andy Ngo guesting on his LBC show. That’s Andy Ngo as in the far right rabble-rouser whose links to violent far right groups like Patriot Prayer and the Proud Boys are well known - well known enough for anyone doing a little research to find them out and steer well clear of him.
Andy Ngo is in the same genre as pro-am motormouth Katie Hopkins. And we know what eventually happened to her LBC career. Yet he gets a hearing on an LBC show.
The broadcaster didn’t think twice about binning Farage. I’ll just leave that one there.
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