• antisemitism,  Lib Dems

    Lib Dem Friends of Palestine promote Atzmon

    Even though Gilad Atzmon’s vile views have been widely condemned by anti-racists, including many pro-Palestinian activists, Lib Dem Friends of Palestine have promoted his racist attack on Ed Miliband’s speech to the LFI on their Facebook page. As the Brits were expressing their disapproval of ‘Red Ed’ and his clumsy politics, the Labour leader found the time to socialise with the Jewish Lobby. The following is Ed Miliband’s speech to LFI (Labour Friends Of Israel), the same Zionist Lobby group that funded Blair’s government as it drove Britain into a criminal war in Iraq. In his speech, Ed Miliband affirms his deep Zionist affiliation. The verdict on his reign is…

  • Freedom & Liberty,  Lib Dems

    Independent confirmation of Birtwistle’s stance on Maajid Nawaz

    A few days ago we heard reports of a letter allegedly sent by Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle to a constituent who had asked for his views on Maajid Nawaz. Dear Shoib, Reaction Muslim Action I can confirm I find the actions of Maajid Nawaz completely unacceptable and an insult to people from all religions. The Liberal Democrats should condemn his actions, deselect him and cancel his membership. If asked I will pass my views on to the leadership. Yours sincerely, Gordon Birtwistle A statement given to the Lancashire Telegraph would seem to confirm beyond reasonable doubt that this letter was genuine rather than (as many suspected) a forgery.* It is…

  • Lib Dems

    Is a Lib Dem MP really saying Maajid Nawaz should be stripped of his membership?

    It is being reported that Gordon Birtwistle, Lib Dem MP for Burnley, has called for Maajid Nawaz to be deselected. Still more concerning (for genuine liberals) is his suggestion that Nawaz’s membership should be cancelled.  It has been suggested that this letter may be a fake.  There are some slightly suspicious lines/joins which might seem to support this claim, and it also seems odd that the letter bears today’s date.  However the lines do not fall where one might expect them to fall if this was a faked letter – and why would anyone fake something which might so easily be disproved? If this is a genuine letter, then it…

  • Freedom of Expression,  Lib Dems

    The Illiberal Democrats

    A reasonable Lib Dem response to the ridiculous recent petition condemning Maajid Nawaz might have been to say nothing at all – particularly given that it cited David Ward as an example of someone who helped build community cohesion. But instead they issued this statement: “The Liberal Democrats are a party of respect, tolerance and individual liberty. We fundamentally believe in freedom of expression and as such defend Maajid’s right to express his views. But as a party we urge all candidates to be sensitive to cultural and religious feelings and to conduct debate without causing gratuitous or unnecessary offence.” There is plenty of material which one should be free…

  • antisemitism,  Lib Dems

    David Ward: still harping on Israel

    As someone remarked on Twitter yesterday: What exactly does @DavidWardMP have to do to get ejected from the Lib Dems? It’s almost like he’s trying to get thrown out these days. Recently the death of Ariel Sharon was the cue for a completely gratuitous reference to the Holocaust. Sharon’s death makes you think. The brutal, genocidal treatment of Jews must never be forgotten but….the Palestinians were not responsible His Israel-fixation emerged still more distastefully and bizarrely yesterday.  This was his considered response to seeing Twelve Years a Slave: Just seen ‘ Twelve Years a Slave’ – powerful – brutal inhumanity we still see today in places such as #Palestine This…

  • antisemitism,  Lib Dems

    The Lib Dems’ disciplinary farce

    Does this make any sense at all? The British MP who sparked outrage on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day by suggesting that “the Jews” had not learned the lessons of the Holocaust has been forced by his party to work with a pro-Israel group and remove the comments from his website. Liberal Democrat MP David Ward had been censored by his party earlier this month following the controversial comments. However he stood by… them and refused to remove them from his website. After making further offending comments, he was then subject to a disciplinary process for breaching a promise he made to party officials. ….. After widespread criticism…

  • Lib Dems,  UK Politics

    Lib Dems: going, going…

    Remember when the Liberal Democrats used to be the nation’s third biggest party? Having done badly in two successive sets of local elections its share of the vote continues to slide. Last night’s YouGov/Sun poll has topline figures of LAB 43%, Con 32%, UKIP 9% and Lib Dems 8%, from UKPollingReport.

  • Lib Dems

    Baroness Tonge: Appearing at the LibDem Spring Conference

    Last week, Baroness Tonge resigned the Liberal Democrat whip, following her surreal outburst at Middlesex University, where she was speaking alongside Ken O’Keefe. O’Keefe is one of the authors on deLiberation: a website founded by the racist and promoter of Holocaust denial, Gilad Atzmon, as a home for those expelled from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for Holocaust denial. Not to worry! Baroness Tonge is still welcome at the Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine fringe meeting at Spring Conference. So welcome, in fact, that her meeting is being chaired by Simon Hughes MP: the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats. Speakers: UPDATED (05/03/2012): Chair: Simon Hughes MP for Southwark and Bermondsey &…

  • Hamas,  Labour Party,  Lib Dems

    Tony Lloyd MP, Baroness Falkner and Hamas

    Tony Lloyd MP is Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Since he’s Labour, he is unlikely to be criticised by his party for leading a delegation to Gaza to meet Hamas leaders. The “solidarity” delegation included another Labour figure, former Labour MSP Pauline McNeill, and Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Falkner. One can’t have much hope of hearing criticism from Jenny Tonge’s party either. The group was greeted by Ahmad Bahar of Hamas. He is a fine representative of the terrorists: