In the company of bigots, cranks and neo-Nazis

Having been an ex-academic and ex-Labour councillor is no guarantee or insurance against being foolish on Twitter, as shown by John Clarke’s profile:

Yet sadly, Clarke seems to have certain obsessions, or at least finger trouble, when he promotes members of the Extreme Right in his timeline.

To promote one neo-Nazi might just be explained away as a mistake, if you’re being exceedingly charitable.

But two?

Moreover, to have an obsession with “Rothschilds” and promoting people who are clearly on the David Icke fringe of reality is not a good policy.

But John Clarke knows all of that, he is very cocksure of himself. Some of the racism he thought was worthy of note.

Veterans Today’s material:

And Clarke does not want anyone to tell him otherwise:

This is the obvious neo-Nazi that Clarke felt had a good point:

This SPLC guide explains neo-Nazi symbolism, perhaps Clarke might make the effort to read and educate himself on the topic, lest he promotes yet another neo-Nazi, by mistake.

Labour Party members should be better than this.

Update:

It is common in such circumstances for smart or decent people to apologise, profusely and make some form of amends.

Instead Clarke goes on the offensive:

Then he doubles-down:

His argument (as much as it is intelligible) is that promoting neo-Nazi such as @Tinnelle88 is not racist in any way.

Let us remind Clarke about @Tinnelle88’s views:

Despite all of that, there is no fooling Clarke, he quickly came to the conclusion “I acknowledge person who originally tweeted may well be Antisemitic.”

May well be? What masterful English understatement! Her timeline is stuff to overflowing with racism, Hitler worship and the most vulgar of antisemitism, yet Clarke says “may well be?”

One thing is clear, Clarke’s extreme form of stupidity knows no limits and he couldn’t spot antisemitism if it fell on him from above and bit off his leg.

Next when it occurs again (as surely it will) Clarke might want to avoid the “…some of my best friends are…” defence, sounds rather hollow. It doesn’t deal with how exactly he found that neo-Nazi in the first place, let alone promote her views.

Oh, yes it is racist, when you openly promote the views of a hardcore neo-Nazi and subsequently show no remorse whatsoever.

Update 2:

It seems that Clarke doesn’t know the antisemitic overtones relating to the use of “Rothschild”.

Naturally, Clarke could quickly do a search on Twitter and notice the rank antisemitism pouring forth from the assorted neo-Nazis and cranks who believe such racist notions, but to help him I have provided a few links:

Your conspiracy theory is anti-Semitic

“But I might have to tell you that these conspiracy theories, while not always explicitly anti-Semitic, tend to be deeply rooted in Nazi propaganda. I’m not saying that all people who believe in the global control of the Illuminati are anti-Semites. The fact that the anti-Semitic content is hidden deep into the conspiracy’s mythos and not proclaimed initially, is one of the real dangers of such propaganda. Wanting to get behind whether Bush really ‘did’ 9/11 not only gives credence to a dangerous falsehood but can often lead to the uncritical adoption of the worldview of a neo-Nazi.”

Beware of Left Anti-Semitism

“The video ends with obscenities against NATO, the U.N., and “the New World Order.”
That last term is code for “international Jewish conspiracy to run the world.” The Rothschilds have frequently been the subject of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. These take differing forms, such as claims that the family belongs to the “Illuminati,” a purported organization that acts as a shadowy worldwide government dedicated to establishing the “New World Order.” You can easily find instances of the continuation of these myths, which proliferate on the internet.”

There’s a crazy conspiracy theory that the Rothschilds sank the Titanic to set up the Federal Reserve