Tonge Gone

3 03 2012

Category: Politics, Middle East

So, Jenny Tonge has been set adrift from the Liberal Democrats, as I predicted – see here for more on Jenny Tonge and the Liberal Democrats.

The story was carried on Radio 4 with an interview with Tonge and  little context or background – listen here to the honey-tongued hatemonger.

It was difficult to work out what they were talking about; who was the person she had shared a platform with, and what was he saying? A fuller story can be found in the Guardian – click here for that.

Having read the post by Richard Millett, who was there – click here – and having seen the video he shot, Tonge’s comments have been misreported in a way that is kind to her.

It was said by the BBC, The Guardian and others that she said Israel would not continue to exist “in its present form”She did not say that, and very clearly did not say that.

Below is a transcript of what she said, and below that a video of her saying it, to which I’ve added subtitles. 

She says “Israel will not continue in its present performance. An odd turn of phrase but the meaning is also clear from the whole statement: Israel will not continue.

Tonge herself complained her remarks had been taken out of context – see here. Judge for yourself. A small correction; Tonge mentions a figure of $70 billion per year in US aid to Israel. I’ve looked it up and the figure is actually $2.8 billion – click here. And to give that some context, the figure for Pakistan is $4.4 billion.

What now for Baroness Tonge? In her resignation letter she once again said her leadership

“…seems always to abet the request of the pro-Israel lobby.”

And added

“Israel is acting against international law, the Geneva conventions and human rights. They do this with impunity and if our political parties will not take action then individuals must.”

Tonge’s previous advocacy for the deployment of suicide bombers – see here – gives a chilling dimension to her use of the phrase individual action.

Jenny Tonge cut loose and without any party restraint is likely to go the way of David Icke and David Shayler. She will deliver more hate, based on ever more sinister delusions and deliver it in a warm and grandmotherly way that some people seem to find so winning.

Transcript of Jenny Tonge’s answer to a question at Middlesex University 23 February 2012:

Well, I think the problem with that (unclear) is that I think you used the phrase getting rid of Zionists or the Zionists must go, and that is the difficulty because they do stick, feel so passionately about their position.

But as I said in my opening remarks: Beware Israel. Israel is not going to be there forever in its present performance, because one day the United States of America will get sick of giving $70 billion a year to Israel to support it’s, what I call America’s aircraft carrier in the Middle East that is Israel.

One day the US people are going to say to the Israel lobby in the USA ‘enough is enough’.

Read that book by Walter Mearsheimer called ‘The Israel Lobby”…(audience member – it’s rubbish) …oh of course it’s rubbish, you would say that wouldn’t you. Wouldn’t you just say that.

But it will not go on forever, it will not go on forever. Israel will lose its support and then they will reap what they have sown.

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