Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Business as Usual at the SNP; Sturgeon’s SNP forced to suspend member Gareth Wardell over 'anti-Semitic' blog, Wardell runs the Grouse Beater blog which attacked jewish activist Rhea Wolfson, now he faces the party’s disciplinary committee to explain himself, no room at the ‘ratship’ as the SNP will be quick to draw up the gangplank

Dear All

Do you remember the excuse from Nicola Sturgeon for not suspending Alex Salmond in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct?

'No legal basis' to suspend Alex Salmond because the complaint wasn’t brought by an SNP member, at the time many people thought this excuse was rubbish. Today, the SNP has suspended a member accused of “vile anti-Semitism” for citing Hitler in an attack against Jewish Labour activist Rhea Wolfson. Wolfson is part of the Corbyn faction in the Labour, and a GMB Scotland organiser.

Gareth Wardell, who runs the Grouse Beater blog, is now the subject of a complaint to the party’s disciplinary committee. The reason for this is that Wardell posted on Monday about GMB Scotland organiser Rhea Wolfson, and the equal pay dispute in Glasgow. He alleged that Wolfson had been making the most of Hitler’s “fascist ideology” in the dispute.

He also referred to the GMB as a “Cockney clique”.

After the article made its debut, it was shared by SNP branches for Livingston East, Edinburgh Eastern and various SNP councillors. Interestingly these branches have been deleting the links they put up.

Now, the SNP is saying that Wolfson deserved “a full apology from the author for the clear offence that has been caused”.

In a section titled “Hitler’s view”, the blog said:

“In Part 1 of Mein Kampf, Hitler attacks unions over and over again. Unions are fascism’s Public Enemy Number 1”.

He added:

“He accused ‘The Jew’ of gradually assuming leadership of the trade union movement. Hitler wanted a blindly obedient fighting force loyal only to the national leader of government. Whether or not Wolfson is intellectually aware of Hitler’s outlook is unknown but she certainly knows how to make the most of it.”

It seems that Gareth Wardell has a lot of explaining to do; given the SNP is run as a cult, and clearly Wardell isn’t a part of it but more a useful idiot, I think I would put a bet on being expelled. The SNP are quick to act when it affects the ‘rat ship’ and with bad polling for Nicola Sturgeon, anything which reminds people how chummy the SNP wanted to get with the Nazis during WW2 takes the gloss off.

Rhea Wolfson is also the Labour candidate for Livingston and a past victim of anti-Semitic abuse, in politics if you get known you get attacked. The SNP cybernats are particularly active in that field especially if you are a candidate for public office.

Paul Sweeney, Labour MP for Glasgow North East, described the blog post as “utterly reprehensible”

On Tuesday, The Herald published Mr Wardell’s defence, in which he said his opponents had used “fascist language” to make his argument about Ms Wolfson sound “sinister”.

He added:

“It's quite a stretch for me to be anti-Semitic, brought up in Jewish family.”

No doubt he will say this to the SNP Disciplinary Committee as part of his explanation.

Wardell continued:

“The only sinister aspect to my essay is the way political opponents tried to make it sound sinister. They use the fascist language it warns about, anti-intellectual, portraying everything in terms of 'them and us'. Ms Wolfson has been grievously misled. When advised what they were up to I strengthened the praise of her anti-Semitic stance in relation to Labour's troubles. In this case it's quite a stretch for me to be anti-Semitic brought up in Jewish family. As for GMB boss Tim Roache's thuggish response, how can one have a rational discussion with a man who boasts he did not read the blog, but thinks it 'disgusting'. His role as the arrogant Englishman is not appreciated. Then again, I don't mind political opponents making a fool of  themselves.”

To distance himself from the SNP, he added:

“Not an office bearer. Not an 'active' member. Don't stick leaflets in letterboxes, or stand with placards on street corners. Don't attend SNP meetings. Don't march if it means walking with my legs.”

One thing that everyone should know in politics is that just because you are in a party, these people in the political bubble are not your friends; another mistake would be to tell people about your private life or who you associate with, in the past Rhea Wolfson found this out the hard way.

Finally as to Wardell, don’t think the SNP will be standing by him after this, he appears to be history; he is going to find out that the SNP cult isn’t his friends either. The SNP won’t want the spotlight of anti-Semitism on them, they kick out Wardell; they make a song and dance how they took strong action.  

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University


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