UKIP (finally) acknowledge ‘vile’ blog tweet by MEP

Initially UKIP refused to apologise, but did so about 24hrs after Jewish News flagged the story.

Initially UKIP refused to apologise, but did so about 24hrs after Jewish News flagged the story

The front-page headline of the Jewish News summarises UKIP’s latest experience on the unforgiving learning curve of how to run a proper political party. In bold capital letters, the headline reads, ‘ANOTHER SORRY MESS FOR UKIP’. The sub-header continues, ‘MEP finally apologises for promoting antisemitic blog after Jewish News leads outcry’.

The lesson to be learnt, by UKIP – and any other political or activist group – comes buried at the end of the article, delivered by a UKIP itself:

“The UKIP spokesman said, ‘Let this be a lesson to UKIPers and politicians of all parties, it is deeply unwise to just send a retweet without first checking where it came from. This blog is vile and it’s beholden to people to check their sources’.”

The detail of this micro-controversy is that at 2.36pm on 4 October, UKIP’s Jane Collins MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire retweeted a link to an extremely dodgy article from an extremely dodgy blog called cigpapers. Initially, UKIP refused to apologise, but did so about 24hrs after Jewish News flagged the story. Jane Collins frankly apologised and deleted the tweet, stating:

“I have deleted my retweet after seeing how vile the cigpapers blog it linked to is. Sorry to have caused offence to the Jewish community.”

In the context of apologies for such things, this is actually not so bad. Crucially, it avoids any of the not-really-an-apology phrasing that the Jewish community despairs of, such as ‘if I caused offence’, or ‘may have offended’.

As UKIP now acknowledge, the ‘vile’ nature of the cigpapers blog should have been obvious. The blog is topped with links to a homepage and to ‘Join the British Truth Movement – Stop White Genocide’. One of the visible articles is ‘Holocaust or Holohoax? 21 amazing facts’, but the one that caught Collins interest was, ‘Harriet Harman of the Paedophile Information Exchange Wears a Butterfly Brooch’. This article’s (wrong) description of Harriet Harman MP as a ‘Jewess’ was understandable given the blog’s ideology, but was practically the least of its problems.

The Jane Collins retweet was spotted by longstanding Jewish communal activist Jeremy Newmark, before being taken up by the Jewish News. At first, an unnamed UKIP spokesman strongly defended Collins:

“Jane retweeted the link because it highlighted the way in which Harman, as a senior figure in the NCCL in the 70’s, has been implicated in the defence of paedophilia and the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) which given the level of Labour party failures over the Rotherham case is of relevance in the fight to ensure that such horrors cannot happen again.

“She is in no way endorsing the blog, or its previous content, which I am sure she has never read or would never read. That somebody is described as a Jewess, whether accurately or not should be of no more consequence, nor should it be any more insulting than saying that Mrs Collins is a Yorkshire-woman, it is merely descriptive not pejorative. Unless of course the Jewish News is suggesting otherwise. If so then an apology would be appropriate.

“…Jane wholeheartedly opposes anti-Semitism, is not antisemitic and is appalled that anybody could think that she could be. That the story has been highlighted by a collection of hard left anti-UKIP bloggers and online warriors says more about them than any falsely perceived antisemitism.”

As it happens, for all of the first UKIP spokesman’s reflexive and obnoxious truculence, his last point about ‘hard left’ anti-UKIP opportunism accidentally edges towards a very hard truth in all of this: because whatever problems may or may not exist with UKIP and antisemitism, they are barely worth mentioning when compared to the Middle East-fuelled hatreds that are, right now, causing so many British and west European Jews to question the future viability of their communities.

Left Foot Forward knows this reality, but how many others really care?

Mark Gardner is the director of communications at Community Security Trust (CST)

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29 Responses to “UKIP (finally) acknowledge ‘vile’ blog tweet by MEP”

  1. Leon Wolfeson

    I’m far more worried in practice as a North London Jew about the far right than I am about Islamists. Far, far more worried – from my personal experience.

    And sorry, but when the UKIP is causing a strong rightward shift/appeasement in UK politics…

  2. sarntcrip

    u kipp if you want the rest of us are staying wide awake to their vile bigotry

  3. sarntcrip

    nutters and fruitcakesyou can’t blame reckless nobody else will employ him after MAY

  4. Leon Wolfeson

    Sarnt, your post is about as clear as mud. Are you praising or condemning me?

  5. The_Average_Joe_UK

    I’m confused at the double standards. You’ll blatantly tell lies about your political foe, that to me makes you a sanctimonious bigot.

    Moreover the real left are probably less than the size of UKIP, do you believe in democracy? Or does the fact that you know your blinkered view of reality is so right that it over rules normal people?

  6. Leon Wolfeson

    You appear to be plain confused, especially as to who and where you are posting.

    You are spouting nonsense about the “real left”, in your exclusive definition, and asking if I share you dislike for democracy, which I don’t.

    Then you plunge in PC bigotry as you state that you don’t see anyone outside your views as “normal” and imply that only your view is “reality”.

    You are apparently simply being offensive, because you can on the internet. Oh, and of course you’re here to disrupt discussion.

  7. Kaschner

    “Join the discussion” you say!

    Does this set of puerile ravings amount to a “discussion”?

    In the words of that other infantile ranter, ‘You cannot be serious!’

  8. Guest

    No, your post is plain ranting, and you’re evidently not srs. But you posted anyway.

  9. CGR

    No real story here. Move on.

  10. The_Average_Joe_UK

    Lying again? leon Wolfson A LIAR.

    I love democracy at no point did I say “I dislike democracy” after all your lefty comrades took power usually by force and then killed people by the bucket load. Russia, China or the national socialists in germany.

    Keep the spin up. You make yourself look like a fool by the minute.

  11. The_Average_Joe_UK

    One other thing….. Bring up the disqus profiles and you’ll see:

    The_Average_Joe_UK 631 posts 5131 upvotes

    Leon Wolfeson 3816 posts 1228 upvotes

    I know lefties hate numbers as they prove their theories are pants but the above shows that many people like what I have got to say. I get 8.14 upvotes to your 0.32 for each of my posts. You could say that people like what I have to say 25 times as much as what you have to say. But then again you are an idiot, so I wont boast.

  12. Dave Roberts

    Nice one geezer!

  13. Dave Roberts

    Mark. There is of course a vast amount of anti semitism and always as been. I have always found, having been born in what is now Tower Hamlets and growing up with Jews in the fifties and sixties, that there was generally a good relationship between gentiles and Jews. I went to Henriques St school and then Robert Montefiore and our classes were very mixed. If you have Jewish neighbours who are as poor as you you don’t dislike them.

    I still find that the majority of people in this country have a good opinion of Jews with dislike/hatred coming from the far left and Muslims. As far as this current UKIP episode goes it would appear to be one of the many fringe elements that small and new parties attract in periods of rapid expansion.

    If you look at the far right in this country the Jewish conspiracy element has died or is dying. Tyndall as gone, Edmonds is very old and I have no idea where Martin Webster is. For the younger elements around the EDL their hatred is directed towards Islam not Judaism, in fact many support Israel against the Arab countries.

    I think you are making too much out of not very much and I would be more worried about countries that still have ” The Protocols” on the curriculums of their schools and what is being preached in some Mosques in this country.

  14. Dave Roberts

    Tell us about your experiences with the far right in North London.

  15. Dave Roberts

    Try and work it out on your own Leon. A sens of humour is required though.

  16. Dave Roberts

    I would say UKIP are bigger than the loony left ever are or where.

  17. Guest

    Ah yes, your party is bigger than those evil demons who hold other views and are all magically mentally ill because they disagree with you.


  18. Leon Wolfeson

    So you post a lot on sites where you get approval for what you say. Of course, people would have to see your post history for that to be meaningful, and epeen measurement is evidently so very important to you.

    You boast about how scared you are of people seeing your posts.

  19. Leon Wolfeson

    Keep demanding I be just like you.

    I don’t support extremists, unlike you, as you try and push your Heros off, in a typical hard right denial of your views.

    I’m not the one spinning that the holocaust, for example, was a left-wing policy.

  20. Leon Wolfeson

    Tell your personalities details so you can find and attack me? No.

  21. Leon Wolfeson

    So you are claiming sarnt is one of your accounts.

    And that you need to be a jackass and laugh your head off, disrupting conversation, to understand why you make false claims.

    Ah. Well, there you go.
    (You evidently missed he up-voted me)

  22. Guest

    Yea, there’s no issue with this sort of tweet. Nobody should care.

  23. Guest

    No surprise you’re all for excusing the views.

    You keep up the revisionism, when the crime data shows a quite different picture. And your pretend ignorance of why the far right always come back round to blaming the Jews is just cute.

  24. Dave Roberts

    In English please Leon/Guest.

  25. Guest

    Keep spewing that hate because of your poor English, Lord Blagger.

  26. wj

    Oi – I thought that I was Lord Blagger

  27. Alan Lapin

    Have just had a read of that Cigpapers blog. I’d never heard of White genocide before,but there does seem to be some undeniable truth in the fact diversity is being forced only in White countries.

  28. Guest

    What a surprise, you’re talking nonsense and trying for the hate on the streets.

  29. Guest

    How do I know how many usernames you have? I’m going by behavioural patterns.

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