Last week I highlighted the speeches of Martin Linton and Gerald Kaufman who were spreading classic anti-Semitic lies. Apparently Linton has now apologised in the typical Labour mealy-mouthed manner, the non-apology which tries to obfuscate the fact that he is a liar and a bigot. In the report in the Jewish Chronicle he has this to say:
Martin Linton, Labour MP for Battersea, founded Labour Friends of Palestine and serves as its chair. He said he was sorry for any offence caused, but was not aware of the anti-Semitic precedents of the image of a Jewish octopus.
As usual I supend belief as normal when a Labour MP opens his mouth and utters the words not aware etc etc.
Danny Stone, director of the all-Party Parliamentary Group Against Anti-Semitism said:
“It is shameful to see Members of Parliament using classic conspiracy theory language. Both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have previously indicated to us their intentions to crack down on any and all racist language or behaviour — I hope we will see swift action taken.”
I note Mr Kaufman has not had anything to say.
I’ll just add the same ending I had on the original article.
Community Security Trust spokesman Mark Gardner said:
“Anybody who understands antisemitism will recognise just how ugly and objectionable these quotes are, with their imagery of Jewish control and money power. Ask the average voter who had made these comments, and they would most likely answer that it was the BNP, not a pair of Labour MPs.”
The Labour party tries to parade itself as inclusive but as always simmering under the surface are the petty bigots and racists.