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Friday 30 October 2020

Amanda Milling - Famous Last Words

It takes a brave individual to start throwing stones from within a glasshouse, and the bad news for the Tory Party is that the latest exponent of this singularly pointless pursuit is their own chairman, Cannock Chase MP Amanda Milling. Backed up by Michael “Oiky” Gove, the minister rather closer to the seat of power than his nominal boss, alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, she has been attacking the Labour Party.

Amanda Milling MP

Sir Keir Starmer loyally served in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet as antisemitism ripped through the Labour Party. It’s time for Sir Keir Starmer to hold those responsible for this sorry period in Labour’s history to account” she sneered, managing to miss that had anti-Semitism “ripped through the Labour Party”, the EHRC would have said so. They didn’t.

What she also missed is that the EHRC investigation into Labour was set in train after a series of complains were made to it. A series of complaints could just as easily be laid at the Tories’ door - and not just on anti-Semitism. Tories from Bozo downwards have been indulging in racist behaviour, and getting away with it, for many years now.

Moreover, if the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism, with its sometimes less than appealing hangers-on, can get the attention of the EHRC, groups like the Muslim Council of Britain can do it too. The latter could bundle in the anti-Semitism with their complaint, to save the CAA and other Jewish voices the trouble. There is, after all, a lot of Tory racism out there.

On anti-Semitism, there was Suella Braverman’s unrepentant talk ofCultural Marxism”, which came hard on the heels of a group of Tory Brexiteers calling themselves “The Grand Wizards”. OKKK? The Board of Deputies of British Jews were not happy about that, and said so. Later came Jacob Rees Mogg’s crossing the anti-Semitism line when he called Oliver Letwin and John Bercow “Illuminati who are taking the powers to themselves”.

Soon after that, we were treated to Priti Patel channelling her inner Viktor Orbán as she told “This daughter of immigrants needs no lectures from the North London metropolitan liberal elite”. Robert Peston suggested she should have phrased that differently - as in taking out the word “North”, which makes it into an anti-Semitic dog-whistle.

The use of anti-Semitic tropes continued as Rees Mogg suggested in the Commons that George Soros had been funding the Remain campaign in the EU referendum. And to top it all came Gove lecturing Aaron Bastani with “our Jewish friends and neighbours fear a Corbyn Government - time for you to stand with them and Israel”. Conflating “Jews” and “Israel” - a clear breach of the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism.

That much is bad. What is worse is the incidence of anti-black racism and Islamophobia in the Tory Party, as pointed up by the Tweeter known as Mates Jacob. They highlighted many serving Tory Councillors openly indulging in racist hate speech online. A dossier was sent to James Cleverly, who did precisely nothing about it.

Hope Not Hate commissioned polling that showed the Tories are in denial about Islamophobia. The party has promised an inquiry. There hasn’t been one. And there won’t be one, not while one of the worst offenders is in 10 Downing Street.

So it’s high time someone pitched a complaint to the EHRC. Hello Amanda Milling.

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Anonymous said...

Islamophobia - recent events in France - revelations at inquiry into Manchester bombing - go figure!

Anonymous said...

Would anybody be surprised to find that she replaced Aidan Burley as MP for Cannock Chase when Burley had to stand down after being criticised for helping to organise a Nazi-themed stag party?


Anonymous said...

Erdogan, Mahathir Mohamad, street riots, - scary muslims !

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, The Guardian is up to its old tricks. It reports today that "Starmer insisted he had had nothing to do with this disciplinary process" but doesn't mention that if he had he would be in contravention of the recommendations from the EHRC.

Yesterday, however, its leader told us "When Mr Corbyn refused to retract, Mr Starmer suspended him and withdrew the party whip, pending an investigation. It is a huge move for Labour. It shows Mr Starmer’s willingness to take a tough decision, his calculation that most of the party will back him, especially on this issue, and his preparedness to start to chart a very different course for the Labour party".

It seems Keeves is Schrödinger's LOTO; he both did and did not suspend Mr Corbyn.

Anonymous said...

Christ almighty....that photo of a grinning sociopath says it all.

You wouldn't want THAT within ten kilometres of anybody or anything decenct.

Anonymous said...

That is probably slanderous

The toffee (597) said...

Sure that first photo isn't the wrong 'un portillo in drag?