Friday, May 09, 2003

Chris Matthews - Nazi

The Economist has an article about a Labour MP's anti-Semitic comments.

It begins:

IN America, Tam Dalyell would now be leaving public life in disgrace. That, after all, was the fate of Trent Lott, the Senate majority leader, after an oblique and nostalgic reference to the days of segregation. But Mr Dalyell's claim that a Jewish cabal around the prime minister was distorting Britain's policy to Israel has caused only a few ripples. Unlike George Galloway, another anti-Israeli Labour MP suspended from the party this week for his devotion to Saddam Hussein, Mr Dalyell—the party's most senior backbencher and a famously idiosyncratic politician—has provoked nothing more than tolerant sighs.

And ends:

But the oddest thing of all was that Mr Dalyell's remark was so inaccurate. Two of the three men he mentioned, Peter Mandelson and Jack Straw, are not, by their own description, actually Jewish. Their partially Jewish ancestry would make them so only under Nazi-style race laws.

Someone should tell that to Chris Matthews, who kept calling Kerry "a Jew" on the Daily Show the other night.