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Guilty conscience: Cameron moved a Hitler biography off his shelf for photograph

A photo taken to help David Cameron publicise his new memoir turned out to be more revealing than he may have wanted.

Eagle-eyed readers of a feature in The Times on Saturday (September 14), noticed an item was missing from his packed bookshelf.

A biography of Adolf Hitler by Ian Kershaw was missing.

It’s true. Take a closer look at the images. Now you see it, in another picture featuring wife Samantha Cameron and her sister Emily Sheffield…

… now you don’t, in the new image featuring Mr Cameron:

It should be borne in mind that there is no reason Mr Cameron should be ashamed of having a biography of Adolf Hitler on his shelves; indeed, some may argue that it is important to understand Nazi Germany in order to avoid repeating the events that led to its establishment. I do wonder whether the trolls who scream “anti-Semitism!” on Twitter at any opportunity would feel the same way if they saw it on my own shelves, though – this is a situation in which there seems to be one rule for some and a different rule for others.

And that’s strange, considering the kind of politician likely to lean towards Nazism – as evidenced by the quickness of readers to make suggestions as to the book’s whereabouts. This was the favourite:

And the commentators were keen to comment on another book, too:

Possibly. More likely, he’ll have to share it with Theresa May and the afore-mentioned Boris Johnson.

Source: David Cameron: People are talking about the former prime minister’s book shelves | indy100

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Why are the media so quiet about genuine anti-Semitism in the Conservative Party?

See the gang of buffoons in the picture directly above these words?

Much has been made of the slogans this group of young Conservatives from the University of Plymouth daubed on themselves – particularly “F*** the NHS” and the Hitler-style moustache on the man at the far left.

Owen Jones commented on it…

… but then he also noticed the far worse examples of anti-Semitism.

The guy who wrote “Jude” on himself was invoking a particularly nasty memory of the Nazi holocaust, and one that should outrage every single Jewish person seeing it, no matter what their political leanings.

On an interesting tangent, I recently heard an interview with Paul McCartney in which he discussed the Beatles’ single Hey Jude, saying that the band had owned a clothing store at the time – due to a passing interest in fashion – and put a sign saying “Hey Jude”, to advertise the song, in the window. It resulted in outrage from members of the Jewish community as it was reminiscent of the “Juden raus” signs written in whitewashed German windows, accompanied by the Star of David.

The Star of David is, of course, visible on the bodies of several of the young Conservatives in the image. “Hitler moustache” has it on his throat, as does the man at centre rear, and the blonde woman at centre front.

Notice also that the “Jude” chap – his name is Ross Horton, it seems – is also making an offensive hand gesture.

It’s a “White Power” sign he’s making – highly racist.

And let’s not hear any suggestions that these creeps don’t have the support and confidence of senior Conservative MPs:

This is the face of young Conservatism.

I understand the individuals in the image are facing disciplinary action by the university, and the Conservative Party itself may throw them out in a pretence of opposition to the sentiments they expressed.

But the mainstream, mass media organisations who rejoiced in broadcasting fake news about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party have nothing to say about it. Why?

We know Theresa May is a racist – we have the Windrush scandal and the “hostile environment” policy to prove it.

We know Boris Johnson is a racist – we have his comment about “piccaninnies with watermelon smiles” to prove that.

I could go through a few of the others, but you get the idea.

And nothing from their media lackeys. Perhaps they should be challenged about that. How do you fancy it?

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Pig-gate: It seems David Cameron has done more than put his snout in the trough

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When Tories fight, the battle can turn very mean indeed.

It seems Lord Ashcroft, upset that David Cameron did not offer him a top job in the Coalition government after the 2010 election, has revealed details of an incident during the Prime Minister’s student years in which Call-Me-Dave allegedly had sexual relations with a dead pig’s head.

Has any UK Prime Minister been able to weather such extreme allegations in the past?

It seems there is photographic evidence. If this exists, the image must be really grisly and if it ever comes to light, one wonders how much of it will be fit for publication.

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An import we DON’T need: homeless ‘selfies’

Homeless selfie: How long will it be before the man we can 'RTU' (Returned To Unit) appears in a REAL 'homeless selfie'?

Homeless selfie: How long will it be before the man we can ‘RTU’ (Returned To Unit) appears in a REAL version of this mock-up?

There is a new fashion craze sweeping America’s rich, bored and – let’s face it – stupid kids, and it’s one that is sure to hit these shores at any time.

It involves – as the Addicting Info website puts it – “finding a homeless person and snapping an oh so outrageous selfie to post on Tumblr or Instagram.  Then other youngsters come along to laugh and heap scorn on the mostly sleeping, ragged, destitute stranger”.

Oh how clever. How witty. How socially conscious.

The trouble is, as the site rightly pegs it, “the kids are reflecting the value our society places on homeless people.  All it takes is a person to become dirty, smelly, and unkempt – and they become detritus, vermin – of no more note or merit than a rat or a pigeon”.

Isn’t that exactly what is being done to the poor, the unemployed and the homeless, here in Blighty?

Iain Duncan Smith has four children, some of whom are already in their mid-teens. How long will it be before one of them appears in an image that could only be described as “unforgiveable”?

In fact, considering his astonishing lapses of judgement over the past four-plus years, how long before their father appears in one?

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Cameron, Brooks, and an embarrassment of emails

The correspondents: Can anything transmitted between Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron be as bad for them as a naked photograph was for a Conservative councillor?

How embarrassing are these emails that David Cameron withheld from the Leveson Inquiry?

I’m sure you know the story by now – Mr Cameron held back dozens of emails, including (it’s believed) messages to Andy Coulson while he was still an employee of Rupert Murdoch, after taking legal advice. It seems they’re not “relevant”.

The trouble is, things that aren’t “relevant” have a nasty habit of grabbing the public interest. I want to know the contents of every single one of those emails, and I don’t think I’m the only one.

… Most especially since the contents of these private emails have been described as “embarrassing“.

Here in Mid Wales – only last week – we have had experience of “embarrassing” material, sent between individuals electronically, resurfacing to the detriment of a political reputation.

It concerns a very young county councillor, who took a naked photograph of himself on a mobile phone and transmitted it to a girl he claims was his enamorata at the time. That photo subsequently went public, and recently a campaign was launched against the councillor, casting doubt on his character due to the fact that he had taken the photograph in the first place, and the age of the girl to whom he sent it (my understanding is that she was aged under 16).

Putting his side of the story to a local newspaper, the councillor reportedly said: “A private communication between myself and my girlfriend at the time was shown to others. It was a foolish thing to do and it caused much embarrassment. I apologised at the time to all concerned.”

That’s not actually good enough, as we have no information from the young lady who received the photograph. Was she really his girlfriend? This might actually be a case of a 17-year-old sending a naked picture of himself to a random girl several years younger – in which case it’s a completely different affair.

But let’s go back to Mr Cameron. It occurs to me that, whatever those emails to Rebekah Brooks may contain, they can’t be anything like as damaging as what this young councillor (who also happens to be a Conservative) did.

So, unless Mr Cameron emailed naked pictures of himself to Mrs Brooks and Mr Coulson, there is less harm in producing the emails and letting the public make up its own mind than in not producing them – and watching the public decide anyway!