Reaction: ‘The Man Who Hated Britain’ aka Daily Mail Witch Hunt

It’s quite the headline. If not a tad – tad – libellous. Thing is, unfortunately media law doesn’t really cover defamation of the dead, which is a shame because zombie-like lawsuits would certainly make law seem much more interesting to the vast majority of people. Now, the storm is particularly blustery because it surrounds the dead father of the UK’s current Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

 

So unless you’ve had the privilege of a holiday or being embroiled in a situation where you didn’t have to see or read the Daily Mail, you might be aware of this morning’s article which slams the freedom of political choice made by a holocaust survivor.

Let me just repeat that fact for you: THE DAILY MAIL SLAMMED THE POLITICAL FREEDOM OF A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR. Ironic, that the Daily Mail constantly berates everyone else for culling freedom of speech.

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Oh and apparently this needs to be pointed out as, well, a ‘point’ because somehow it’s not what anyone else would do if they had the same name:

“This was the immigrant boy whose first act in Britain was to discard his name Adolphe because of its associations with Hitler, and become Ralph, and who helped his father earn a living rescuing furniture from bombed houses in the Blitz.”

If your name was Aldophe, and you’d just escaped one of the worst genocides from the last 300 years led by a man called Adolf, and you were Jewish – yeah buddy, I would change my name too.

Of course,  there is a previous article from the Mail which redeems it slightly in this case – but if only if they had World War II typed corectly, rather than World War ELEVEN, it would feel more like a genuine piece that gives exposure to the brave rather than a snide ‘Oh Dear!’ like the usual attention-binge they feed generously for Holocaust deniers, right-wing extremists and their gruesome fascination with Nazi memorabillia.

Nevertheless, don’t let me persuade you. Read this article agenda all by yourself and come to a rational conclusion about Ed Miliband’s dead father and why he is such an ‘issue’. And in true millenial style, here’s a 5 point list on an obscure blog for your ease of reading:

TOP 5 REASONS THE DAILY MAIL CAN’T WRITE OR EDIT A FAIR ARTICLE FOR TOFFEE

1. The Daily Mail doesn’t like Marx. Which of course, we all knew, but of course, the DM also says you shouldn’t be showing respect at someone’s grave, or feel moved by it. OH HELLS NO, NOT STANDING AT THE GRAVE OF AN EMINENT PHILOSOPHER, FEELING FERVID!! DM Quote: “Solemnly, he stood at the grave of Karl Marx at a moment when, in his own words, ‘the cemetery was utterly deserted . . . I remember standing in front of the grave, fist clenched, and swearing my own private oath that I would be faithful to the workers’ cause’. 

2. The Daily Mail doesn’t acknowledge that, yes, there are intensely nationalistic English people. And to be fair, we kind of already did lose most of the Empire by the time Ralph had written in. Alas no, here comes the DM with its pale, decrepit fist of damnation: “As for the country that gave him and his family protection, the 17-year-old wrote in his diary: ‘The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world . . . you sometimes want them almost to lose (the war) to show them how things are. They have the greatest contempt for the Continent . . . To lose their empire would be the worst possible humiliation.'”

OK. Let’s remember the Empire, shall we?:

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Thanks.

3. The Daily Mail understands ‘giant-sized  social chip on his shoulder’  to somehow equate to ‘exasperation at the treatment of legal immigrants and asylum seekers in the 1970s and 1980s’. (And DM also understands ‘giant-sized’ as not tautology…). Quoted extract from personal correspondence: “‘Also respectability, good taste, don’t rock the boat, there will always be an England, foreigners, Jews, natives etc are all right in their place and their place is outside . . .’ Given this tirade, one is entitled to wonder whether Ralph Miliband’s Marxism was actually fuelled by a giant-sized social chip on his shoulder as he lived in his adoptive country.”

4. The Daily Mail thinks that all socialists should agree with the same views all of the time. Even if it means millions of Russian people have to die because OH NO YOU CAN’T DISAGREE WITH YOUR PEERS NO WAY: “Though they were friends, he never agreed with his fellow Marxist Eric Hobsbawm over the latter’s refusal to condemn Stalinism’s 30 million dead, or the brutal Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956, on the grounds that the socialist end always justified the means. “

5. The Daily Mail generalises ‘left-wing thinkers’ without qualification: “Like all Left-wing thinkers, Ralph Miliband knew how to explain away awkward events.” –Genuinely. Try and find a statement prior or after this which makes that sentence a rational conclusion.  I don’t think New Years’ Eve parties count.

Anyway. Here’s some cats. Because it’ll mean more of you’ will read this.

 

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