Tony Greenstein | 23 August 2015 | Post Views:

What did he object
to?  Zionist or Scumbag?

I thought I’d write a
short letter to my old friend John Mann MP, who’s been wetting himself at the
thought that Jeremy Corbyn might be elected as leader of the Labour Party.

Mann is a
particularly disgusting reptile who first suggested that Jeremy Corbyn was soft
on child abuse.

Mann has built a reputation on linking ‘anti-Semitism’ and anti-Zionism.  
Mann has been
complaining of late that he is being targetted for abuse. Now it is difficult
to know how it would be possible to accuse John Mann MP (to give him his full
title) of abuse since the real thing is so horrific, but he has nonetheless
complained. [see Labour to investigateafter MP called ‘Zionist scumbag’ for opposing Jeremy Corbyn]
When Mann first
entered the fray I reminded him of what the Chairman of the Employment Tribunal
in Fraser v UCU (where the lecturers union were accused of ‘anti-semitism’ for
boycotting Israeli universities) had said:

“We did not
derive assistance from the two Members of Parliament who appeared before us.
Both gave glib evidence, appearing supremely confident of the rightness of
their positions. For Dr MacShane, it seemed that all answers lay in the
MacPherson Report (the effect of which he appeared to misunderstand). Mr Mann
could manage without even that assistance. He told us that the leaders of the
Respondents were at fault for the way in which they conducted debates but did
not enlighten us as to what they were doing wrong or what they should be doing
differently. He did not claim ever to have witnessed any Congress or other UCU
meeting. And when it came to anti-Semitism in the context of debate about the
Middle East, he announced, “It’s clear to me where the line is …” but
unfortunately eschewed the opportunity to locate it for us. Both
parliamentarians clearly enjoyed making speeches. Neither seemed at ease with
the idea of being required to answer a question not to his liking.”

When I first wrote to him and accused him of being a Zionist, he wrote back saying I was being racist/anti-Semitic.  Clearly he doesn’t understand any difference between Zionism and anti-Semitism.

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