Government advisor on anti-Semitism won’t listen to Jews

Not inspiring confidence: John Mann.

Former Labour MP John Mann seems to have got the hang of working for the Tories very quickly: like them, he has adopted a strategy of talking at us, but refusing to listen to what we have to say.

In other words, as the government’s advisor on anti-Semitism, he’s no damn good at all.

Michael Rosen – who, let’s be honest, has had a lot to say about anti-Semitism and the way accusations of the same have been weaponised as a political tool by Conservatives – tried to contact Lord Mann about anti-Semitism in the Conservative Party (remember the Tories ennobled him as part of the deal to get him working for them. Some people sell out more easily than others, it seems).

Here, he tells us of the response he received:


So it seems the anti-Semitism “Czar” either doesn’t understand his job description or lies about it, and is so uninterested in doing his job that he brands others with insulting labels.

Isn’t that exactly the kind of behaviour that he’s supposed to be fighting?

It is also symptomatic of the kind of government we can expect from Conservatives: the kind that wants to make us listen when it makes pronouncements about fictional scourges but is utterly uninterested in real problems.

Mr Rosen continues:

Fat lot of good that would do! And that, of course, is precisely the point.

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  1. iamcrawford December 26, 2019 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Be interesting to see if John Mann behaviour is compatible with
    All of Nolans “The 7 principles of public life” he is obliged to observe.

    Not clear to me he is in full compliance with the requirements for:-

    3. Objectivity
    Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.
    Refusal to look at Conservatives antisemitic behavior.
    e.g. Candidates , Johnson “72 Virgins” book with anti-semitic tropes

    4. Accountability
    Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.
    e.g. Refusal to explain why he is apparently not being objective

    5. Openness
    Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.
    e.g. Hiding twitter communications by blocking his account from being read by certain people.–2

  2. Dr Paul December 27, 2019 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Having read about the role of the Romanov regime in whipping up hatred towards the Jews of Russia, I find the whole idea of an ‘anti-Semitism Tsar’ somewhat bizarre.

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