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Cowardly Nick Clegg’s Little Problem With David Ward

by | 5th, December 2013

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IS Nick Clegg a  hypocrite or just weak? The Jewish Chronicle says he’s the former: “There is only one word for Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister: hypocrite.”

Anorak can think of many others. word for Clegg. But the JC is calling out the Deputy Prime Minister for his unwillingness to address his LibDem colleague, David Ward.

But it is quite another thing for Mr Clegg to have the gall to turn up at a Board of Deputies reception, speak about the importance of countering “expressions of intolerance, of extremism, of hatred”, demand that society “stand up for the values of unity and respect”, stress the need for “sticking to the values you believe in through thick and thin” — and then refuse to answer a single question or utter a word of condemnation of a LibDem MP who plainly believes that Jews buy their way to power which they then exercise unduly.

Clegg was at a  Board of Deputies event for Hanukkah. He said the holiday’s message –  “confronting adversity, sticking to the values you believe in through thick and thin” remained resonant.

This follows an earlier column in the JC by Daniel Finkelstein, Associate Editor of The Times:

Dear Deputy Prime Minister,

As I hope you know by now, I have great respect for you. I believe it took substantial courage and imagination to agree to the coalition deal and to see it through in the way that you have. So I write now in full confidence of your goodwill and your willingness and ability to do what is right.

After an intro more loaded than George Bush as a frat party, Finkelstein continues:

…At the beginning of the year, Mr Ward told Holocaust survivors like my mother that they had failed to learn the lesson of experience. They should treat people better and they don’t. He kept pressing this opinion, and talking about Jews, until you felt that you needed to withdraw the party whip. However, as a compromise, the whip was taken away from him only while the House wasn’t sitting. I was a bit disappointed by this, but I saw the problem. You didn’t want a huge party row with him about Israel and you didn’t want to lose an MP. You thought perhaps that a warning would do.

Mr Ward has now given himself of the opinion that the Board of Deputies is powerful and well financed. Your party has dismissed this as a flattering observation but I think we both know better than this. It is a classic and freighted description of a Jewish lobby that reflects Mr Ward’s view that, for financial reasons, Jews have acquired great power.

By themselves it would be easy to dismiss the comments, but the comments are not made by themselves. They form part of a pattern of remarks deeply offensive to Jews.

I am sure you would never conclude that Jews don’t matter because there aren’t many of us and we don’t live where you need us. Or that Mr Ward’s constituents will support him, and Jewish feelings are collateral damage in his election campaign. But perhaps you think this a niche problem that will go away. This is an error.

And then a word of warning:

Mr Ward will make another offensive remark, probably worse than this one. It’s just a matter of time. He will do it closer to an election, in a more highly charged atmosphere, and you will be put in a very difficult position. He may also tie his remarks closely to his view of Israel, making action just as necessary but more awkward.

And then a note from history:

If these strategic thoughts don’t convince you, let me try something a bit more direct. Mr Ward’s comments are simply not acceptable. You didn’t go into politics, surely, to stand by someone saying that Jewish money makes them powerful. Or to compare Jews to Nazis. You can’t allow yourself to be responsible for that. And you don’t have to. Because, guess what, you are the leader.

By now you’ll be wondering what Ward said. On January 26m 2013, in readiness for Holocaust Memorial Day,  LibDem MP David Ward  took to his  website :

“Having visited Auschwitz twice – once with my family and once with local schools – I am saddened that the Jews, who suffered unbelievable levels of persecution during the Holocaust, could within a few years of liberation from the death camps be inflicting atrocities on Palestinians in the new State of Israel and continue to do so on a daily basis in the West Bank and Gaza.”

Got that? Jews are comparable to Nazis. And on he went:

It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated

Those barbaric Jews, eh. Will they never learn?
Can it be possible for anyone sane and not bigoted to  compare  the industrial murder of millions to Gaza? It is an egregious insult designed to hurt Jews and undermine their history. Israel’s population is 20% Arab. Their equal rights are enshrined in law. They are in Israel’s Army, football team and Parliament. But Ward’s not talking about Israel. He’s talking about those bloodthirsty Jews.
Why are the Jews always Nazis? Why can’t they be the Cossaks, Crusaders, Egyptians, Papists or any group that has attacked them? Why always the Nazis?

 LibDem MP David Ward says Jews are Nazis   why cant they be cossacks or Egyptians?

 

In an interview with  Haaretz in November 2010, British novelist Martin Amis had a few words on the casual anti-Semitic dinner party conversations that are acceptable in the UK:

I live in a mildly anti-Semitic country, and Europe is mildly anti-Semitic, and they hold Israel to a higher moral standard than its neighbors. If you bring up Israel in a public meeting in England, the whole atmosphere changes. The standard left-wing person never feels more comfortable than when attacking Israel. Because they are the only foreigners you can attack. Everyone else is protected by having dark skin, or colonial history, or something. But you can attack Israel. And the atmosphere becomes very unpleasant. It is traditional, snobbish, British  anti-Semitism combined with present-day circumstances.

He’s right. I’ve heard it.

David Ward might not be a fan of Israel, a country with many flaws. It’s just odd that with all the world’s wars and injustices happening right now, he selects Jews to be the Nazis… Holocaust Memorial Day marked the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, where more than one million people mostly Jews died.  Pictures of that death camp are here  and  here .

So. What else did Mr Ward say?

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  • Pudding on my Top Hat

    actually Anorak, Clegg hates Jews & for that matter he hates the British people too, thats why he wants the UK to remain enslaved to the EU , the heir to both the Third Reich & the Soviet Union, two nations responsible for murdering, robbing, displacing & imprisoning millions of Jews and now for enslaving the Ethnic Native peoples of the UK to the multicultural genocide of the EU, which Clegg & the entire Lib-Lab-Con hegemony supports

  • Which Jews are we talking about here?
    There are many branches of the jewish faith and some of them do use money to gain power.
    But then so do some of the faction within all religions.
    Maybe we are talking about people who have long ago lost their religion and decided it would be less effort to take over the government so they can get the money and look holy while living otherwise.

  • Anoraks

    I think the MP is talking of all Jews as being one big samey mob.

  • Anoraks

    You think Clegg hates Jews? I think he’s utterly indifferent – just another efnik minority to make him look tolerant and understanding

  • Pudding on my Top Hat

    you confuse Marxist Atheists like the Milibands with Jews. Compared with the wealth of the Oil Rich Arabs, the Catholic Church & Atheist Russian Oligarchs & Chinese Atheist billionaires, the Jews are not particularly wealthy as a group nowadays but if you wish to believe the Jews control the Banks & Media etc , go ahead who am I to deny you your ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion ‘ like fantasy

  • Pudding on my Top Hat

    make no mistake about it Clegg is an Anti-Semite, 2000 years of Church teaching that the Jews are the Christ Killers is in his DNA