Never mind the Nazis – do you know what the BRITISH were saying about immigrants in the 1930s?

Gary Lineker: he opened a debate on Channel migrants by highlighting similarities with Nazi Germany – but our politicians’ speeches have far more in common with BRITISH MPs of the 1930s.

Tory chameleon Grant Shapps (as he styles himself today) has been quick to jump into the controversy around Gary Lineker.

Mr Lineker compared Tory rhetoric about asylum-seekers – who come across the Channel in small boats because the UK’s current government has closed off all their legal routes to seek sanctuary here – with that of the Nazis in 1930s Germany.

Here’s what Shapps had to say about that:

Of course the obvious answer to this is to point out that his colleague, Home Secretary Suella ‘De Vil’ Braverman, isn’t targeting the “criminal gangs” at all; she’s persecuting the “vulnerable people” instead. And Shapps is fine with that.

The less obvious answer is to point out that, as a Jewish Cabinet minister, Shapps should be more concerned about the similarity of Braverman’s language to that of UK politicians in the 1930s.

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Here’s Professor Tim Wilson to explain:

When Nazi Germany was persecuting Jews, the UK government “ramped up” laws to prevent adult Jewish people from coming here.

The Kindertransport initiative was laudable, but we should not let it mask the fact that the UK turned its back on those children’s parents and left them to be transported to extermination camps.

The EU and UN conventions on human rights, both of which were created in the 1950s, were set up in acknowledgement of our – and other countries’ – failure to do the right thing.

And now Braverman is turning her back on those conventions because she wants vulnerable people who are fleeing persecution to suffer. It’s the 1930s all over again.

Here’s an example of 1930s rhetoric, pulled at random from Twitter:

“The way stateless Jews from Germany are pouring in from every port of this country is becoming an outrage. I intend to enforce the law to the fullest.” Was it an “invasion”, of the kind recently described by Braverman?

Sadly the UK’s main opposition party – Labour – is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Tories on this issue. In an LBC radio interview, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said Gary Lineker was wrong to make his comparison with the 1930s:

Perhaps she was covering for her boss, Keir Starmer, whose words in Prime Minister’s Questions harked back to the UK’s political rhetoric of the 1930s:

During the same exchange, Starmer equated Channel migrants with rapists:

We should be thanking Mr Lineker for raising the issue of inhumane policies directed at people who are too vulnerable to resist.

But it is clear that we didn’t have to look as far as Nazi Germany to find parallels with the 1930s. Both the government and its opposition are parroting British racists of that time.

They shame us all.

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  1. Tony March 9, 2023 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    My understanding is that Hitler only became anti-Semitic after he went to live in Vienna where opportunist politicians used the issue for their own cynical ends.
    That is a warning that needs to be heeded.

  2. James March 9, 2023 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Just an aside to ‘Tony’s’ comment really – if I recall correctly, it was a Jewish officer who put young Adolf up for an Iron Cross in WW1…

  3. jeffrey l davies March 9, 2023 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Wasn’t grant s being pursued by the FBI not so. Long ago and they rather dropped it when asked by the cons pity has he would have been jailed

  4. Wobbly March 9, 2023 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Does any Labour Party member believe honestly that this man and his bunch of pole climbing thugs should run the country? It’s starting to become a very real possibility. Decent left wingers should be horrified. We are all now homeless. Don’t give me Jock the Hats vanity project.

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