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Dr Anthony McRoy? National Front or not?

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There is a piece in the Jewish Chronicle suggesting that Dr. McRoy was a member of the National Front, once.

I am not so sure.

I have left a question on Roger Pearse’s blog and I hope that Dr McRoy will clarify the situation, once and for all.

I am sure that someone, somewhere, has probably got an old copy of a National Front membership list, however it would be more helpful if Dr. McRoy could address the issue.

It may not be obvious to everyone, but if someone had been in the National Front they may still have some lingering animus towards Jews. That could be consciously or unconsciously, who knows?

But if it were the case, it might colour their work and how they present a representation of Jews and Israelis in the world.

I simply do not know, but I am sure that Dr McRoy could clear this up quickly enough, if he wishes.

Update 1: It appears that Roger Pearse isn’t what he seems, an advocate of freedom of speech.

Asking the wrong type of question will get your comment deleted.

I asked an innocuous question to Dr. McRoy, merely to deny that he was ever a member of the National Front. It got deleted.

I think it is a time like this, that you see people’s commitment to freedom of speech, or whether or not they use it as a veneer to protect **their** own freedom of speech, but not that of others.

Update 2: Other questions are getting deleted too, this one covers the issue:


People aren’t asking about McRoy’s ethnicity or religion.

They’re asking if he was a member of a particular neo Nazi political party.

That isn’t an improper question to ask, and not at all like asking if a person is a member of a broad and heterogenous faith or ethnicity group.

Comment on Jan 28th, 2010 at 2:26 pm “

Written by modernityblog

28/01/2010 at 14:42

7 Responses

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  1. The usual way to judge someone’s work is on the basis of their work, rather than by who they are. The former is a way of using reason and rationality to calmly evaluate something, the latter is generally known as a smear.


    28/01/2010 at 17:39

  2. anon,

    I would completely agree, but one’s past life may have a relevance in the current.

    For example, if someone were commenting on military matters then you might justifiably ask them their connection to the military.

    Or if someone had been in the deep South in the 1950s expressing hatred towards blacks, then it would be perfectly acceptable to inquire if they have been influenced by the Ku Klux Klan, etc

    and so on and so forth.

    but you know most of that, newspapers and magazines often include a short biographical summary politicians, academics or those in the news it is a common practice.


    28/01/2010 at 18:06

  3. Actually I deleted not one, but a whole series of comments from my blog which tried to change the subject from that of the post to: “Are you a Jew? Are you a Jew? You’re a Jew, aren’t you”. Sorry if you objected to that. I don’t like that sort of behaviour. I don’t see that I am under any obligation to host such bigotry on my personal blog.

    You accuse me of infringing freedom of speech. But I asked you — yes/no question — if you would use the police to shut down racist blogs. I had to infer from your response — mostly consisting of insults — that you would. If so, you can hardly object to my, far milder, policy which merely prevented the abuse of my comments section to carry out a mobbing.

    Some of us do believe in free speech, for people to speak their minds regardless of ideology. We are opposed to intimidation campaigns, to people being silenced through fear of being targeted. I wish you were one of us.

    Of course it is your right to believe that only political or religious views you consider “legitimate” may be posted online. But please don’t post as if you were an advocate of unrestricted free speech!

    Roger Pearse

    28/01/2010 at 18:55

  4. Roger,

    You should stop lying no one said ““Are you a Jew? Are you a Jew? You’re a Jew, aren’t you”.”

    What, in fact was asked was a political question, a legitimate political question.

    You are entitled to delete whatever you please from your blog, it is your blog, that is the accepted practice amongst bloggers.

    But then it is somewhat hypocritical to go on about freedom of speech ad nauseam as you do, then delete because it doesn’t suit your politics.

    If you wish to act hypocritical you are free to do so, I won’t stop you.


    28/01/2010 at 21:24

  5. Sizer, McRoy and now Pearse are the Three Unwise Men. They are in a hole and should stop digging.


    29/01/2010 at 00:10

  6. ha ha, very funny.


    29/01/2010 at 00:16

  7. As always with looking into a void, mod


    30/01/2010 at 06:00

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