Baroness Tonge

Jihad Jenny in hot water - again.

The right Hon. J. TongeThe right Hon. J. Tonge

Imagine the furore if Nick Griffin had publicly stated that Israeli soldiers were harvesting organs whilst ostensibly helping the aid effort in Haiti. This would be front page news and he would be immediately charged with anti-Semitism and inciting racial hatred. He would be put on trial and, if a jury declared him not guilty, there would be a retrial.

Yet, when this is said by a Peer of the realm, the right honourable Baroness Tonge, it barely rates as newsworthy. Nick Clegg sacks her as a Lib Dem health spokesmanwoman, see here, but he hasn’t withdrawn the whip. He states:

“My view is that a number of things Jenny Tonge has said are irresponsible and offensive but I do not believe she is anti-Semitic or racist. If I did, she wouldn’t be a Liberal Democrat.”

Yet she has form. Charles Kennedy sacked her for declaring of Palestinian suicide bombers:

“I think if I had to live in that situation, and I say this advisedly, I might just consider becoming one myself.”

Subsequently she was given a Peerage and in 2006 Menzies Campbell had to give her a ticking off for saying:

“The pro-Israeli lobby has got its grips on the Western world, its financial grips. I think they have probably got a certain grip on our party.”

What next? The order of the garter perhaps ?