Sunday, January 30, 2011

Censorship in the Guardian

Antisemitism is never funny, but the reaction of the left-leaning Guardian newspaper to racism by the left is quite amusing.

Yesterday, various student groups and unions protested against the government's increase in university tuition fees. These protests were less marred by violence than on previous occasions, but at one point the crowd insulted the president of the National Union of Students, Aaron Porter. Porter is a moderate who has publicly criticised some of the violent and extreme protests, well aware that they damage the cause.

As the Guardian reports he was abused when he was due to make a speech and had to be escorted away by the police. The Telegraph reports that the crowds jeered him as a "Tory Jew", a common enough insult from the far-left and one repudiated by some of the other protesters. The Guardian quotes the crowd as calling Porter "a Tory too".

I doubt that the Guardian is deliberately lying. But, it seems to typify the inability of many on the left to accept that the "student" protesters contain some extremely insalubrious elements.

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Pedro Erik said...

Dear James,

You doubt that Guardian is lying? You are kidding, aren't you?

James said...

I note that the Sunday Times is also reporting that Porter was subject to antisemitic abuse.