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Billy Bragg’s condemnation of Chris Williamson shows his insensitivity about anti-Semitism

Billy Bragg: Has the Bard of Barking gone barking mad?

Poor Billy Bragg! The left-wing singer has got into a proper pickle after he dived unwisely into the controversy over Chris Williamson’s suspension from the Labour Party.

I have a lot of time for Mr Bragg, usually. His music has often been a breath of fresh air, whenever it broke into the often stale pop charts.

But his attempt to equate Mr Williamson’s comment that Labour has been too willing to apologise (whenever even an accusation of anti-Semitism is made against a member) with the claim by Carl Benjamin (a.k.a. Sargon of Akkad) that he “wouldn’t even” rape Jess Phillips is jarringly dischordant and off-key.

He is not comparing like with like. Mr Benjamin was (to put it in its mildest terms) criticising Ms Phillips and encouraging others to characterise her in an extremely harsh way. But Mr Williamson was standing up for people who have been (again, in its mildest terms) criticised harshly – and often unjustifiably. He was encouraging others to remember the keystone of British justice – that an accused person must be considered innocent until they are proven guilty.

Mr Bragg claims that both comments showed disregard for the sensitivities of people he portrayed as victims – Ms Phillips in one case, and Jewish people in the other.

He fails to take account of the fact that the victims, in Mr Williamson’s speech, are people who have been falsely accused of anti-Semitism. People like myself. People like Marc Wadsworth; like Jackie Walker; like Mr Williamson himself, after the reaction against him that was whipped up by the usual crowd.

He has not considered the political aspect of this – that many false complaints of anti-Semitism have been made to prevent discussion of the Israeli government and its attempts to influence international politics (the accusations against me occurred only after I discussed these issues on This Site), and that they were taken up by notably right-wing Labour MPs as a weapon against their political opponents on the left of the party.

And I think he has failed to understand the way the accusers operate – using the social media to hound and bully the innocent, collecting and compiling information on anyone who has been accused – mark that word, accused, not found guilty or convicted of any crime – and publishing it, thereby encouraging hate crime against these innocent people.

That’s why his Twitter thread attracted criticism:

https://twitter.com/ne_grant/status/1146834624884170757

The article to which Asa Winstanley links is particularly informative:

Only today, it was brought to my attention that an organisation calling itself ‘Labour Antisemitism Mapping Project’ has created an online map of alleged anti-Semitic abuse cases, providing full details of alleged perpetrators to anybody who wants to cause trouble for such people; encouraging hate crime.

Does Mr Bragg support such behaviour? I’m sure that, in his own mind, he does not. But his actions tell a different story.

And the reason for that is simple. It is because his intervention in this matter has been… for want of a better word…

Insensitive.

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Another vile creature set to stand for UKIP – so why would anyone support it in the Euro-election polls?

Candidates: Carl Benjamin (left) and Mark Meechan (right) are both set to represent UKIP in the European Parliament elections. Two good reasons NOT to vote for that party!

Wow. UKIP’s leaders certainly know how to pick ’em.

Is it the influence of Stephen Yaxley Lennon (stage name: Tommy Robinson)? I don’t know.

After learning that Mark Meechan (stage name: Count Dankula) may be a UKIP candidate in the European Parliament election, we now discover that Carl Benjamin (stage name: Sargon of Akkad) is one of two candidates for the southwest region.

Maybe you don’t think you are familiar with this person’s work; you are probably mistaken.

Remember when Labour MP Jess Phillips revealed she had received many threats, including some of rape and murder? ‘Sargon of Akkad’ was the Twitter user who responded, “I wouldn’t even rape you.” He got thrown off of Twitter for that.

Habitually, his choice of language is appalling. The Sunday Times (I know, but you’ll understand why it seems reliable in this instance) reported that he had used what we now call the “N-word” in a livestream: “You are acting like a bunch of n******, just so you know. You act like white n******.” He used the word again, along with slurs including “Spic”, “Chink”, and “Retard”, in a video.

Oh, and apparently he thinks the age of consent should be negotiable: “Yeah, I think.. it depends on the child really, doesn’t it.. it should really be a case by case basis”.

Visit Zelo Street for the full details.

“We went through an exhaustive process to sift over 190 potential candidates down to those the national executive committee representatives and I felt were most suitable,” according to UKIP leader Gerard Batten.

“This list is based on a number of factors that we felt would select candidates to fight for a real Brexit after the European elections. Ukip’s priority is to have MEPs who will fight to make Brexit happen.”

As far as UKIP’s priorities are concerned, it’s a real eye-opener.

Perhaps it is a reason the party is plummeting in the opinion polls related to the European Parliament election:

Are people getting the message?

I guess we’ll find out at the end of May.


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