Lib Dem Chief Whip's letter to HET (re:- David Ward MP)


By MatthewHarris
January 26, 2013
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Lib Dem Chief Whip (and Government Deputy Chief Whip) Alistair Carmichael has written this letter to Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust: http://www.scribd.com/doc/122300465/ChiefWhipLetter, regarding David Ward's comments about "the Jews" and the Holocaust. I am very pleased to see that this letter has been written and sent. I share many people's feelings of hurt and anger about Mr Ward's comments, about which I have written at: http://matthewfharris.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/david-ward-talks-offensive-..., including:

Has history taught Mr Ward nothing about the dangers associated with using the language of condemnation to describe "the Jews", "the Gypsies", "the Arabs", "the Bosnian Muslims", "the Tutsis", "the gays" - demonising "the other" by ascribing malign characteristics not to individual human beings, but to whole categories of human being - in this case "the Jews"?

If Mr Ward really has said: "It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated" then he is talking about me and my views on "how others should be treated". He is not talking about some Israelis; he is talking about all Jews: Israeli Jews, English Jews, Indian Jews, Guatemalan Jews - all of these people, says Mr Ward, have a problem regarding "their views on how others should be treated".

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Jonathan Hoffman

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 13:33

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Please confirm that LDFI is asking for the Whip to be withdrawn today. Nick Clegg must put principle over political expediency.


Rich Armbach

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 15:52

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That the libdems should allow themselves to be pushed around by a handful of nut job Zio fascist bloggers just about sums up how pathetic and irrelevant they have become.


Advis3r

Mon, 01/28/2013 - 18:58

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I see Rich Armbach aka the Fake Zionist thinks it is just Zionists who find the remarks objectionable. George Galloway, the Respect MP for Bradford West, called Mr Ward’s comments “shocking and ignorant and racist”. oops Gorgeous George a Zionist?


Jonathan Hoffman

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 10:44

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He has been 'censured' and the offensive comment is still on his website

This is totally inadequate. he must lose the Whip and the comment must be removed.

Nick Clegg - Prove that you have Zero Tolerance for antisemitism in your Party!


Harvey

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 11:41

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Unfortunately it seems Clegg has decided to go the Tonge route .
Three strikes and you're out . Only in Tonges case it was about 6


joemillis1959

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 11:46

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Errr...why are people getting hot under the collar over David Ward? He has a majority of abt 200 and any libdem MP with a majority of fewer than 10,000 won't be re-elected. Ergo, he go


Rich Armbach

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 12:12

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Never mind Wimp tomorrow is another day, and as they say, another day, another abject failure.


Harvey

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 12:12

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But that's the whole point . He is defending a 200 majority in a constituency with a 24.4.% Muslim population . He's seen what that can be achieved by making the right sound bites although admittedly he's no Galloway . The principle s the same and he wants some of it .
Quite understandable really . His mistake was to play his hand during this years HMD . He should have saved it for election year . His 200 majority would have become 10,000 . Unless of course Respect decide to run in his manor .


Harvey

Tue, 01/29/2013 - 12:27

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Using Wards logic , it would be acceptable to hold all Muslims accountable for the actions of the Taliban , 9/11 and the Turkish extermination of 1.5 million Armenians etc .
Of course not really analogous as Israel has not produced anything resembling those atrocities
But the idea that all Jews are to be held responsible for the tragedy of the Israel Palestine conflict is utterly deplorable .
The man has an eye to demography and chose to HMD for maximum effect .
All he gets is a smack on the wrist in return for some vague promise not to say it again . Utterly deplorable .


Rich Armbach

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 19:01

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"if liberal democrat mp david ward is not a liar, then who is?"

You ?

Imagine what fun it would be if major political parties rid themselves of liars.

I would the divine right ruler of the country.

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