Who Would Defend Baroness Tonge’s Racism?
Obviously, as good liberals they don’t put it quite like that, there is more English understatement than you can shake a stick at, but I will leave readers to make their own judgements on the overall discussions.
What interested me was, what type of person would defend Baroness Tonge’s recent outbursts?
Surely, not a liberal? And certainly not someone who’s against racism?
In the Lib Dem forum Baroness Tonge has a very doughty defender in the form of Stuart Littlewood, his name rang a bell but I wasn’t too sure until someone mentioned Redress.
Antifascists will know Redress.cc [Warning, direct link to some nasty racist stuff.] as a poisonous bunch of bigots who push a lot of racist nonsense and conspiracy theories under the guise of aiding the Palestinians.
Supporting the Palestinians is a commendable aim, but that is not Redress’s real purpose.
Rather if you search their site you will find links to the neofascists at Ziopedia. Plenty of filth from the well known anti-Jewish racist, Gilad Atzmon and a lot of barely disguised anti-Jewish racism littered throughout their articles.
Cleverly, to hide their racism Redress authors often use the old euphemism of “Zionist” instead of Jew, a rather common tactic on the Far Right.
Below is just a random selection, I haven’t even troubled to dig deeply but I think it shows how Redress.cc is certainly more upmarket than the average Far Right web sites, the spelling is better but the fixations are very similar. It’s not exactly David Icke and the Lizards, but not too far removed, as the titles of these articles suggest:
Zionist control of Britain’s government: 1940-2009 by William A. Cook [Warning, direct link to some nasty racist stuff.]
Standard stuff, found on nearly every neo-Nazi and White Power web site there is, etc, but not very edifying
That is a curious article because it purports to discuss the US’s Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004, and various antisemitic notions, yet in fact it successfully reinforces the view that the author is a bit of a bigot himself, one paragraph stood out:
”11. Offering proof that Jews and their leaders created Communism and the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.
It just became illegal to offer proof. Minds are made up. Don’t confuse them with the facts.”
The author, Paul J. Balles, seems to think that Jews created Communism, etc not only that, but by his own admission he thinks that Mossad organised 9/11.
“…the only conclusion remaining is: 9/11 was planned and executed by Mossad and the Zioncons to justify military action in the Middle East for the major beneficiary, Israel.”
So let’s get this right, Balles thinks Jews created Communism etc and Mossad did 9/11.
Hmm. Where have we heard that before?
Other articles are very similar in tone and content. All well written, good grammar, correct spelling, but the themes on Redress.cc are distinctly Far Right, and many of the authors displayed similar hang-ups.
But returning to Stuart Littlewood, scanning one of his articles I noticed this absurd piece:
” So, has our “trustworthy” BBC fallen under Zionist influence just like the British government? It certainly gives a disproportionate amount of air-time to pro-Israel figures such as the Israeli ambassador, the regime’s spokesman Mark Regev, the chief rabbi and assorted politicians who wave the flag for Israel, all of whom speak good, clear English.”
The common themes of “Zionists” manipulating and controlling the world run through the conspiracy theories pushed on Redress.cc
So I think it is perfectly understandable why someone who is hung up on “Zionists” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) and rather paranoid about “Zionists” supposedly controlling the world, would support Baroness Tonge.
But with friends like that, who needs enemies?