NOT BACKING DOWN: David Lammy
DAVID LAMMY has said comparisons between the European Research Group, a hard-Brexit collective of backbench Tory MPs chaired by Jacob Rees-Mogg, and the Nazis don’t go far enough.
Lammy, who originally made the comparison during a speech at a People’s Vote rally earlier this month, doubled down on the comments during an appearance on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday (April 14).
Addressing his previous comments, Lammy said: “I would say that wasn’t strong enough. In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia, and Churchill said no, and he stood alone. We must not appease.”
He added: “Let me just be clear, I’m an ethnic minority. We have, in the ERG, in Jacob Rees-Mogg, someone who is happy to put on to his web pages the horrible, racist AfD party, a party that’s Islamophobic and on the far right of the German system. They’re happy to use the phrase Grand Wizard. KKK is what it evokes to me when I think of that phrase, and the deep South, I’m sorry but very, very seriously, of course we should not appease that.”
Marr said it was a dangeRous thing to accuse Rees-Mogg of being close to Nazi ideology to which Lammy replied he was not backing off of the issue.
When Marr brought up that the politicians Lammy had referenced were elected MPs, he said: “I don’t care how elected they were: so was the far right in Germany. They’re often elected, often giving a cover for the thugs on the ground.”
PRO-BREXIT: Jacob Rees-Mogg
Responding to Lammy’s comments, Rees-Mogg said: “I feel sorry for Mr Lammy, comparing a Parliamentary ginger group with an organisation and creed that killed six million Jewish people makes him look foolish and his comments unbalanced. It damages his reputation.”
Rees-Mogg, who tweeted a video of a senior member of the AfD delivering a speech, has said he does not endorse the party’s values but argued the content was “of real importance”.
“I’m not supporting the AfD,” he said responding to criticism during an LBC phone-in. “But this is a speech made in the Bundestag of real importance.”
He added: “I think it’s important people know this is a strand of German political thinking. I don’t think retweeting is an endorsement of things that other people stand for. It’s just pointing out that there’s something interesting that is worth watching.”
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