“Our country and our democracy were changed for the better” when Nancy Astor was elected to Parliament, according to Theresa May after she unveiled a statue in her honour.
How surprising to see Mrs May giving such glowing praise to a staunch anti-Semite who supported the Nazis as a “solution” to “world problems” including Judaism as well as Communism.
For the record: pic.twitter.com/j0FSKW4l4B
— BandieraRossa #FreeAssange #StarmerOut (@fran_b__) November 29, 2019
For those who have trouble reading images, the text says: “Despite her anti-Catholicism, Nancy Astor was friends with US Ambassador to Britain Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Their correspondence is reportedly filled with anti-Semitic language. Edward J. Renehan, Jr. notes:
“As fiercely anti-Communist as they were anti-Semitic, Kennedy and Astor looked upon Adolf Hitler as a welcome solution to both of these “world problems” (Nancy’s phrase). … Kennedy replied that he expected the “Jew media” in the United States to become a problem, that “Jewish pundits in New York and Los Angeles” were already making noises contrived to “set a match to the fuse of the world”.
“Joseph Kennedy and the Jews”. History News Network. George Mason University. 2002″
Can you imagine the fuss if Jeremy Corbyn unveiled a statue to anyone with similarly abhorrent views?
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And it just happens that David Cameron’s brother-in-law Lord Astor is her descendent, the roots go deep within the Tory Party.
Mike – You should read this
Richard Ratcliff the husband of Nazanin Ratcliff has written a long letter to Johnson expressing his frustration and anger at our PM for his incompetence and inaction regarding his wife’s imprisonment in Iran. It is safe to say he is not a happy man. Boris has let his wife down badly.
The extract below is just the last section of his letter but it reflects the tone of the rest of his letter to the PM. Please follow the link and read his letter in full, it details how badly they have been let down by our PM.
Responsibility as PM
This is not meant to be a comfortable letter. But it is meant to be clear: In the time allotted to you as PM, I want you to use your power to take effective steps to secure the release of Nazanin and the others held in Iran. I want you to keep your word.
Since you took office, Iran has signalled with the briefings from the Ambassador here and elsewhere that it is looking to you personally to resolve the situation. When we met back in Autumn 2017 I mentioned that Nazanin was looking to you to be her hero. With the power of a PM, it is finally within your gift to solve things that were blocked before. We look to you for our Christmas miracle.
In the summer, I asked you and all the candidates in the leadership campaign to make a commitment to protect British citizens their personal pledge as leaders to be. I invited you down to the Iranian Embassy while Nazanin was on hunger strike. You did not accede to either request.
I am still keen to meet, not with the lawyers given your previous reluctance, but I would like to bring Gabriella. By meeting I would like you to affirm personally Nazanin’s importance and innocence, and your commitment to bringing Nazanin home. After the prevarications last time round, and especially the aloofness since, this has come under question. It is an important signal for us, for Iran, even for those of your supporters who periodically troll us. Nazanin matters still. Your word is your bond.
Nazanin has always held onto the promise that you would leave no stone unturned. You remember we painted stones in front of your Foreign Office to mark Mothers’ Day. Those painted stones still decorate the garden for Nazanin by the Royal Free Hospital, the promise still waiting.
Our story defines what a British passport is worth on your watch. The job of a PM is not just to make headlines, but in the end to make a difference. That starts with protecting citizens at their most vulnerable, home and abroad. Flowery promises do not keep people safe. In fact, undelivered they can have the opposite effect. Know that your actions cemented Nazanin’s place. We look to your actions to bring her home.
That promise remains on your desk. Until it is kept, the human cost for Nazanin and others will continue to grow.
Looks like you are right. I must admit that I was unaware of this.