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Has Bono’s political posturing crossed the line?

U2 frontman Bono has always been controversial, but it seems he has crossed a line and is now attracting outright hatred.

The wave of abhorrence has been triggered by an on-stage outburst in support of mysteriously-dead Russian politician Alexei Navalny in prison – which came hot on the heels of enthusiastic support for Israel, in the face of that country’s genocide in Gaza:

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Let’s have a few facts about Navalny:

Strange that Bono would want to praise a neo-Nazi, right after voicing support for a country that claims to be the nation-state of the Jews – a race that Nazis tried to exterminate.

Strange that he would want to support Israel, when its actions against the Palestinians in Gaza resemble those of the Nazis in Germany against Jews.

So perhaps it should not be a surprise that people have reacted as they have:

It’s a genuine shame because This Writer is becoming ashamed to admit I still like some of U2’s music.


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Israeli troops murdered Gazans and buried them in mass grave – like the Nazis

No longer an anti-Semitic comparison, it seems: bodies of Gazan civilians have been found, after they were apparently executed by members of the Israel Defence Force and dumped in a mass grave – as the Nazis dumped Holocaust victims during World War II. To whom does that make Benjamin Netanyahu equivalent, then?

The first This Writer knew of the latest Israeli atrocity in Gaza was this message on ‘X’:

Some commentators tried to dismiss the claim as the ravings of a pro-Palestine propagandist – but it was not wrong, as the first few seconds of this Turkish news report make clear:

Here are the details in written form, along with video of the bodies (wrapped in rubbish bags) being unearthed:

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This is a terrible atrocity.

Not only is it a war crime to execute any civilian non-combatants at all, let alone in large numbers, but it is also a crime to hide what was done by burying the bodies in mass graves.

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It is also a huge mark of disrespect for the religion to whom the deceased belonged; according to their beliefs, they need to be buried in a very particular way, at a particular time.

I also hope the bodies are being checked to ensure that no organs are missing.

Furthermore, the discovery invites comparison with another organisation that executed people and dumped them in mass graves: the Nazis, in World War II.

Even worse, many victims of the Nazi Holocaust were buried in mass graves.

These Israelis are plumbing new depths of depravity.

It has been claimed that comparing Jews with the Nazis is the height of anti-Semitism – and that may be true when such a comparison is false.

When the comparison is accurate, on the other hand, it indicates a level of insult not only to the rest of the world but to their own fellow Jews – by these Israeli armed forces – that is breathtaking in its scope.

Incidentally…

I can find no mention of this Israeli atrocity on any of the UK’s mass media news sites. Has it been censored – to stop us from drawing the logical conclusions and comparisons that I have?


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Israeli spokesman demands UK reporter lose her job. Will Sky News cave in?

Heated: the interview was tense, but now Danny Danon (right) thinks he can bully Sky News into sacking Belle Donati (left) – or forcing her to resign.

A prominent member of the Israeli government has demanded the resignation of Sky News anchor Belle Donati after she apparently compared Israel’s genocide in Gaza with the Nazi Holocaust.

Here’s his post on ‘X’, containing his letter to David Rhodes, Executive Chairman of Sky News:

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Here’s the segment of Ms Donati’s interview with him to which Danon objected. In it, he was heard to suggest that Palestinians may “voluntarily” migrate to another country, outside Gaza, and she responded that such migration was voluntary in the same way that any migration of Jews under Nazi rule during the Holocaust may have been:

That’s the anti-Semitism to which Danon was referring – a legitimate comparison between the forced removal of Palestinians from their homes in Gaza after Israel’s invasion and the forced removal of Jews from their homes in Germany and other countries invaded by the Nazis.

The parallel is not inappropriate; it makes sense. In fact, before Nazi Germany started murdering Jews, it encouraged them to leave the country. Many went to what was then known as British Mandate Palestine. The Israeli government simply started murdering Palestinians before suggesting their fellow Gazans should leave.

Fahad Ansari posted on ‘X’:

“If you don’t want Israeli policies to be compared to those of the Nazis, stop replicating them. It’s those who are promoting the current genocide in Gaza that need to be held to account, not the few courageous journalists who try to hold the perpetrators and propagandists to account.”

So Danon’s demand is unfair on a factual basis. It is also unfair on a political basis, as Novara Media‘s Aaron Bastani posted on ‘X’:

“An absolutely extraordinary intervention. It’s not for overseas political figures to determine legitimate politicians and journalists in this country. That’s something quite a lot of our establishment (in both politics & the media) appears to have forgotten (when it suits them).”

And what’s Sky News going to do?

Well, we all know what should happen, right?

To Sky News: please do the decent thing and give these Israeli bully-boys the finger.


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Is this Israel supporter rehabilitating the Nazis and justifying holocaust denial?

Douglas Murray: he’s near Gaza, waiting for the hammer of public opinion to fall on him.

Douglas Murray has brought the Israel/Gaza propaganda war to a new low by apparently comparing Gazans – not just Hamas – with the German soldiers who carried out the Nazi Holocaust against Jewish people.

Worse, the platform from which he launched this heinous claim was the Jewish Chronicle.

See for yourself:

Watch this clip from around five minutes, 30 seconds in and you’ll hear Murray repeating his claim that German soldiers were ashamed of what the Nazis ordered them to do.

Isn’t this Holocaust revisionism which, as we are all taught, is one of the vilest kinds of anti-Semitism?

He says the difference between the SS and the Gazans – not just Hamas, remember – is that the Gazans are proud of killing Jews.

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There is no readily-apparent excuse for this behaviour – either by Murray or the Jewish Chronicle. Saying the Germans who carried out the so-called “Final Solution” were “just following orders” – the “Nuremberg Defence” – was not good enough when they were brought to justice for their crimes and it isn’t good enough now.

And Holocaust revisionism is Holocaust denial.

Murray claims to be supporting Israel but in his words it seems clear that he is undermining the Jews. If German soldiers were ashamed of what they were doing, as he says, then with the removal of the Nazi government, the reason for a Jewish state would have also been removed; Jews would have been safe where they were.

This was clearly not believed to be the case, as we see from the decision to create Israel.

Taking the reasoning further, though, if there was no reason for creating a Jewish state, there would be no reason for that state to have stolen land and property from its neighbours, the Palestinians; to have driven them into enclaves (ghettoes) like Gaza; and to have murdered tens of thousands of them over a period of decades.

There would have been no reason for Hamas to have been founded in the first place; no reason for Palestinians to seek restitution against their oppressors; and no reason for Murray to be standing on land that was once Palestine, spouting his nonsense.

Sadly, it was deemed that a Jewish state was necessary. The reason for that is the failure of European people of the time – and others – to understand and/or respect cultural diversity. Ultimate responsibility for the situation in Gaza falls on our ancestors.

Most particularly, it falls on the Germans who Murray disgustingly tries to pedestalise above the ordinary citizens of Gaza – half of whom are children and all of whom he appears to deem to be as bad as Hamas, and deserving of the collective punishment Israel is meting out on them all.

And that – as we all should know – would be an attempt to justify a war crime.


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False equivalence: why we should not applaud Nazis who say they defended Ukraine

The Azov Battalion’s flag: it features a Wolfsangel and a Black Sun – two symbols associated with Nazism. Is the contribution of organisations like this to Ukraine’s war effort against Russia the reason support for Nazis is being normalised in countries like Canada?

There was an astonishing scene in the Canadian Parliament last week.

Members of that country’s legislature – a country that fought the Nazis in World War II – gave a standing ovation to a former SS officer, just because he said he defended Ukraine against the Russians in the 1940s.

What a dangerous precedent to set.

Nazis like Yaroslav Hunk invaded Ukraine and committed atrocities against its people. Nobody should applaud that in the way the Canadian Parliament has.

And while it is true that the Russians turned out to be just another set of invaders, making Ukraine part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for almost half a century afterwards, it is false to claim – as the applause of the Canadian Parliament does – that what Russians are doing now is the same as what they did then:

What we’re seeing here is a horrifying attempt to pull the wool over our eyes with a ‘false equivalence’ argument.

Is it because we know that Nazis have been fighting on the side of Ukraine, and that Ukrainian authorities have apparently supported Nazis (think of the Azov Battalion)?

Is this an attempt to rehabilitate Nazis in the eyes of the public – to make us accept the abominable just because it helps us achieve a political goal against a current enemy that hasn’t been our ally since the 1940s?

That would make us, now, just as bad as the Nazis were then.


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If you still think the Nazis were ‘socialist’, watch this [VIDEO]

It’s a perennial debating point – that shouldn’t be.

For some reason people on both sides of the political centre keep trying to claim that Hitler and the Nazis were on the other.

He was definitely on one side in particular, as this video explains:

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National newspaper incites hatred against disabled people, low-paid workers and pensioners

Targeted: this poster appeared in 2019 so the number of sick and disabled people who have died is likely to be far higher – especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. Papers like the Telegraph seem to be trying to make that number skyrocket.

What’s going on at the Daily Telegraph? First we find that the paper has been spreading falsehoods that the boss of a supermarket chain that keeps its groceries as cheap as possible and pays its workers more than most has blamed the minimum wage for inflation (he hasn’t); now this:

Prem Sikka has archived the article so you can read it for yourself:

And the website to which Samuel Miller links, here, pulls no punches – claiming the tool to calculate “how much of your salary bankrolls the welfare state” is “straight out of the Nazi handbook”:

The Telegraph article states: “Of the 5.2 million people claiming out-of-work benefits, roughly 3.7 million have been granted indefinite exemptions from finding a job, following a surge in claims of mental health issues and joint pain during the pandemic, it emerged last week.”

The Mary Sue piece responds [boldings mine]: “As a propaganda piece, it’s not subtle. “Roughly 3.7 million have been granted indefinite exemptions from finding a job” is a funny way of saying that 3.7 million disabled people, who cannot work due to their disabilities, have been awarded up to £515.40 a month (maybe going all the way up to £782.35 if they’re severely disabled) in order to keep them from starving to death on the streets.

“Putting this number down to “a surge in claims of mental health issues and joint pain during the pandemic” is derisive and clearly intended to diminish the reader’s perception of what are, in fact, disabling conditions to live with that, yes, actually were caused by the pandemic—either a result of infection with the virus itself or the psychological impacts of lockdown, mass death, and the other sociological effects of a global pandemic.”

The Torygraph continues: “On top of this, the controversial decision to maintain the state pension triple lock is estimated to cost taxpayers £1,000 each over the next four years, according to calculations by the TaxPayers’ Alliance, a think tank.

“It raises the question, just how much of our hard-won salaries are spent on the benefits of those who do not work? With the calculator below, Telegraph Money can now reveal how much of your salary goes towards bankrolling the welfare state.”

In fact, none of our salaries are spent on benefits. The system doesn’t work that way. The government of the day sets its spending levels and then taxes us enough to keep that spending from pushing inflation too high (not accounting for interference from external influences like foreign wars and Brexit).

But let’s not allow trifles like the facts to get in the way of the Torygraph‘s argument.

Back to Mary Sue: “Note the emphasis on “do not work” and how it conflates the people who cannot work due to age or disability with the fantasy figure of the refusenik, who lounges around at home, wilfully choosing not to work, all on the government’s tab. It should be clear by now that the purpose of this article is to raise outrage against both the welfare system itself and the most vulnerable people who are dependent on it, but still, there’s more.”

The Torygraph states: “Despite Rishi Sunak’s insistence that he is a “low tax conservative” who wants to “bring people’s taxes down”, his chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, has implemented a combination of frozen thresholds, removed investment incentives, and increased corporation tax – all while keeping welfare spending close to £300bn a year.

“Economists now predict it will be decades before the tax burden returns to pre-pandemic levels.

“At the same time, welfare spending was the single biggest component of public sector expenditure in the financial year 2021-22, at £298.7bn out of a total of £952.3bn. For the typical taxpayer, this amounts to close to a third of their annual tax bill of £6,500 paid directly towards benefits.

“Using the latest public spending data, our analysis shows someone with the average UK salary of £33,000 sees £2,000 a year spent on welfare.”

Mary Sue responds: “The authors of the piece, Alex Clark and Tom Haynes, go on to object to the marginal and long overdue increase of corporation tax (even though the U.K. still has the joint highest uncapped headline rate of tax relief among G7 countries), the freeze on higher rate tax thresholds (meaning the wealthiest aren’t getting a tax cut), and the fact that this didn’t coincide with a lowering of government welfare spending, as if the former requires the latter as a form of penance.

“They seem outraged that most public sector spending goes toward the welfare state, with around a third of the average individual’s tax bill going toward it—this despite acknowledging that the percentage of public spending that goes toward welfare benefits has actually gone down while overall spending has gone up.”

The Torygraph: “Many high earners are now paying relatively more towards the welfare state because of the lowering of the 45p tax threshold in 2023-24, which now stands at £125,000, down from £150,000 before. Telegraph analysis shows 6pc of the average salary goes towards paying for benefits, compared to 13pc of a high earner’s salary.

“Someone earning £150,000, five times the average salary, contributes close to £19,000 towards the welfare state – more than nine times the contribution of someone on the average salary.”

Mary Sue: “But of course, the greatest outrage in this piece is reserved for the very wealthiest, who, due to earning significantly more than people in lower tax brackets, accordingly pay more tax and therefore contribute more to the welfare system. Leaning heavily on the fact that the highest tax bracket’s threshold was lowered from £150,000 pa to £125,140 this year, requiring the people in that gap to pay a whole 5% more on anything they earn above that limit, Clark and Haynes bemoan that a larger percentage of their tax bill goes towards maintaining the welfare system than lower earners. Someone earning five times the average U.K. salary pays up to nine times the amount towards the welfare system, we are told, as if this isn’t the entire point of staggered tax rates and how the system is supposed to work.”

Mary Sue then makes a hugely important point [boldings mine, again]: “It’s incredibly difficult to successfully apply for disability benefits of any kind in the U.K. According to a recent government study, the release of which is suspiciously close this particular Telegraph article’s publication, “the health assessment system for deciding if someone can claim disability benefits is grueling and often incorrect.” 90% of PIP (the most common benefit) claimants are denied on their first attempt with 89% of them denied again on their second round.

“The difficulty and sheer mental and physical stress involved in first applying and then attempting an appeal has led to a significant number of disabled people giving up, not because they don’t need the help after all but because the process is simply impossible for them to navigate with their disabilities. Reasons for denial are frequently absurd, and many disabled people have been reporting for years now that their assessor wrote down and submitted completely different information than they providedmisinformation that led to their claim being denied.

“While 3.7 million people considered too disabled to work may seem like a lot, when the total number of disabled people across the country is taken into consideration, 12.1 million, it suddenly seems a lot more reasonable. There aren’t too many people in receipt of benefits, or capable of working but given a pass not to—it’s the exact opposite, and the amount of money disabled people are awarded by the government is, in most cases, barely enough to live on.”

Mary Sue then goes on to consider the comparison it has made with Nazism: “This kind of rhetoric is dangerous, and comparing this calculator, and the article that accompanied it, to Nazism is neither figurative nor hyperbole. One of the very first things that the Nazis did, as a deliberate first step on their path to the Holocaust, was stir up hatred and resentment of disabled people based on the idea that their continued existence is a financial burden to the state.

“Labelling them as “useless eaters,” people who required care and support while being unable to contribute to the state, the Nazis distributed a flurry of propaganda focused on presenting disabled people as a financial burden to everyone else—a burden that prevented “good Germans,” who worked and paid taxes, from being able to access the resources they needed. This propaganda was so ubiquitous that it even made its way into children’s maths books.

How many steps is a calculator—designed to let you know exactly how much enabling disabled people’s continued survival costs you personally—removed from this? How far off is an article dedicated to decrying the expense of disabled lives as an undue burden, especially on the upper classes?”

Charitably, the author of the Mary Sue article doesn’t believe those who wrote the Torygraph piece were deliberately trying to stir up hatred: “it seems very likely that the authors have bought into the British right wing cultural obsessions of benefit frauds and disability fakers, a group of people that are vanishingly rare but which conservatives see as boogeymen around every corner. I’m sure they believe all those people now experiencing joint pain and mental health problems, as a result of a mass disabling event which caused those specific medical problems on a large scale, are just lying to get out of having to work.

“It’s a very convenient thing to believe if you want to pay lower taxes and are resentful of having to share even a fraction of your wealth with people less fortunate than yourself. It ties in very nicely with all the other conservative ideals that The Telegraph and its readers stand for, and that’s why it’s so dangerous: That’s exactly how and why it worked so well the last time.

Painting a group of people as too expensive to keep alive is literally the first step to genocide, and given the political environment, in which hate speech against a number of groups as well as legislation targeting them has become normalized, in both the press and parliament, its very concerning that The Telegraph felt comfortable publishing an article that so openly expresses these sentiments.

“I wonder how many people’s disability benefits the coronation could have paid for instead. Funny how papers like The Telegraph didn’t have an issue with taxpayers funding that.”

In fact, some of us would suggest that the genocide has been happening, quietly, for more than a decade – since before the Conservatives came back into office in 2010, in fact.

Back in 2015, after This Writer (that’s me) forced the government to honour a Freedom of Information request I had submitted, we all learned that 2,400 people had died between dates in 2011 and 2014 – within two weeks of being denied the sickness benefit ESA on grounds of being “fit for work”.

Nobody knows how many have died over a longer period after being found “fit for work” because the Department for Work and Pensions has never bothered to check. But the newspapers have been full of stories telling how people have died of starvation, of ill-health due to their disabilities, or simply committed suicide in despair because of the cruelty of the system.

Changes to the way ESA is assessed – removing the admittedly-hated “Work Capability Assessment” in favour of the even-worse Personal Independence Payment assessment – are expected to deprive a million people of the benefits they need to survive.

And benefit sanctions – which have been proved to be useless in getting people with long-term illnesses and disabilities back to work – are to be stepped up, pushing more vulnerable people towards taking their own lives.

As This Writer has stated many times over more than a decade in which I’ve been writing about it, this is genocide by proxy. The government creates conditions that force sick and disabled people to die, and then claims to be totally innocent of causing the deaths.

And it is at a time when these changes are being introduced that bosses of a national, right-wing, newspaper decide to publish an article demonising the sick and disabled (together with other benefit claimants and pensioners).

Going back to Mary Sue‘s “Nazi” motif, everybody know by now (don’t they?) that before World War II the Daily Mail actually supported Hitler’s regime in its articles.

Now it seems to be the Telegraph that has taken up the baton of the fascists.


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Did the National Conservatives stop to consider the connotation of their chosen name?

Nat C: this Hitlerian image fits well with the way the abbreviation for Jacob Rees-Mogg’s National Conservatism idea sounds.

It’s times like these that make you realise some Tories don’t have two brain cells to rub together.

It seems David Frost and Jacob Rees-Mogg have come up with a new kind of Conservatism:

According to the article, Nat C-ism is about the following:

A belief in the nation state and the principle of national independence… confidence that the self-governing, democratic nation is the best way that peoples have found to manage their affairs, preserve their traditions and culture, settle their differences, trade and prosper. That belief in the self-governing nation state was the driving force behind the Brexit vote: as polling shows, the main motivation for many Leave voters was for decisions about Britain to be taken in Britain.

So: Brexiteerism.

Also,

a restoration of economic freedom, freedom of speech and anti-woke policies rooted in common sense and in the historic public culture of this country. Underlying this is a belief that the state cannot do everything, but must do properly what it does do: end mass migration so that all may integrate into our nation; maintain law, order and justice; support those who need help, not those who don’t; protect our institutions; and build effective armed forces in a dangerous world.

“Woke” means “alert to injustice and discrimination in society, especially racism” – so “anti-woke” implies ignoring injustice, discrimination and racism. The ideas about the state suggest totalitarian control over what people may or may not do, while choosing who to privilege and who to prejudice against, along with militarisation.

So when people like Sue Jones (below) say…

 

… I’m inclined to agree with them. Nat C? Why not go the whole hog and call them what they seem to be. It sounds exactly the same when spoken.


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Peter Hitchens is wrong to say Nazis were socialists; they were fascists. Have some facts

Not socialists: Hitler just put that word into the name of his party and stole some innocuous policies in order to fool working-class voters – much as many people who, today, say Nazis were socialists are trying to do.

I see Peter Hitchens is pushing the falsehood that Hitler’s Nazis were left-wing:

This is a lie that rears its head periodically. I wrote an article about it a few years ago that provides the facts. If you want them, read on:

‘Nazi’ is the short name. The full name for the ‘Nazi’ party was the “National Socialist German Workers’ Party” (“Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei” in German).

The fact that the far-right party contained ‘socialist’ in the name was a rebranding gambit to draw workers away from communism and into populist nationalism.

Despite this, the populist nationalists that support the likes of Donald Trump, regualarly take the oportunity to remind modern day liberal or left-leaning critics of white-supremacists and neo-nazis that ‘Socialism’ was included in the Nazi party name.

Hitler’s party positioned as a left-wing organisation based on his rhetoric, rather than his actions, espoused in the 1920s and 1930s to disenfranchised workers frustrated with what they perceived as a two-tier society.

Neither left or right wing want to be known as the side of the political spectrum that Hitler was on, and both sides would argue he was on the other, politically speaking.

One such incident occurred recently on Twitter.

Mike Stuchbery, a teacher and writer whose passion is History, sought to correct the misconception.

This is quite a long dressing down and is a little foulmouthed. You’ve been warned.

https://twitter.com/MikeStuchbery_/status/898264524536414208

The above was from an article I published in 2017.

I wonder how long I’ll have to wait before publishing it again?


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Gary Lineker was right; Tory rhetoric is EXACTLY like that of 1930s Germany

Watch this brilliance from Jonathan Pie:

“Nazi Germany rhetoric demeaned, otherised and dehumanised people, made them the enemy and the scapegoat of all its woes, and attacked anybody who said differently as enemies of the people.”

That’s just what Suella Braverman has been doing, of course.

And neither she nor any other Tory is telling you that asylum applications – including those from the “small boat” Channel migrants – are about half what they were 20 years ago, yet the number of asylum applications processed within six months has fallen from around 90 per cent to just four per cent, under Tory administration.

It’s typical Tory cack-handedness; they created the problem and their answer to it is a three-word slogan. It’s Covid-19 all over again.

And Pie’s explosion at Braverman daring to lecture us about British values is well worth the four minutes of your time it takes to watch this, on its own.


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