Thursday 1 March 2012
is someone I always liked when we were in the House of Commons together. Not so her views. Jew-hater. Well, she's not the only one, and there are plenty of them in the Labour Party. She was sacked by Menzies Campbell as the party's health spokesman, for Jew-hating remarks, and now she has made some more of them and has resigned from the party altogether. As she is a LibDem, I would ask - why bother? It's not a proper party anyway, it's a kind of franchise organisation. But she has, and I think her decision is an honourable one. If Jew-hating is not part of the LibDems' policy platform (how could anyone tell?) and she is a Jew-hater, she should resign. Well, she has, and now a spokesman for the Board of Deputies of British Jews expresses dismay that someone who holds such "vile" views should be a member of the House of Lords. There I part company with him. I believe the second chamber should be elected, but that aside, people should not be members of it on the basis of the views they hold. And a cross-bencher, which Tonge now is, has no party line. People may be offended by the views Tonge expressed, but being offensive is very much to be supported. Hein?