Newspaper commentator Rod Liddle has been suspended as a member of the Labour party, it was revealed today. But the bigger question is, why did it take so long?
Labour confirmed the news to The Independent but wouldn’t say why he has been suspended.
Liddle told The Sun:
I don’t know what they objected to in my blog – that anti-semitism is rife among a lot of Muslims? Plenty of Muslims will tell you the same.
That I’d prefer Jeremy Corbyn to lead the party than the ghastly Margaret Hodge? That’s like saying I’d prefer Benny from Crossroads to Joey Essex.
The editor of the Spectator Fraser Nelson then misleadingly claimed he was suspended for “writing an article that annoyed the Corbynistas”.
But the Spectator quietly amended the article and removed this highly offensive line, while not acknowledging that anywhere. And that is the key line
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But surely Rod Liddle should have been suspended from Labour years ago?
It could be an anomaly, of course. But it isn’t. The overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community. In return, we have rap music, goat curry and a far more vibrant and diverse understanding of cultures which were once alien to us.
For that he was condemned not just across the board by even his Spectator colleague Alex Massie, who wrote it was “stale prejudice” from a “BNP meeting”.
In 2010, a series of highly racist and mysognist postings were uncovered from a football site, under a username that Rod Liddle used.
These posts were published on Liberal Conspiracy, and Rod Liddle was asked why his username was attached to them and whether he wrote those comments. He didn’t reply.
In 2013, Rod Liddle had to apologise after using the phrase “black savages” in another blog-post for the Spectator.
So the real question is, why did it take this long for Labour party to suspend him?