Tweet Checking: Unearthing the Cheddar Man Conspiracy Theory (and other idiocies)
Well, we’re now on the tenth column in the “Tweet Checking” series, and let me tell you people, it doesn’t get any easier. As Poe wrote: “Misery is manifold. The wretchedness of earth is multiform.”
I’ve found that I’ve concentrated on anti-Semitism much more than I intended to, not because I necessarily find it to be the worst problem affecting society, but perhaps because it is so often assumed not to be problem at all in contemporary society, making it actually very easy to get away with and slip under the radar. People are so imbued with the idea that anti-Semitism is only delivered by swastika-engraved jackboots but anti-Semitism, like any form of bigotry, can come in multiple forms, from across the political spectrum.
As much space has been given to the Left as to the Right. Given the failure to stop Brexit, see off Trump, or bring down this Tory omnishambles in the last election, we need self-criticism and self-vigilance more than ever before.
5. Daniel Hannan
Now a lot of people have pointed this out, but it is worth ensuring that there is a permanent record of Hannan’s omission of Jo Cox’s assassination.
It’s not like he had never of her; Hannan tweeted on the day she was attacked, although strangely enough ‘praying for her’ more than two hours after she had been pronounced dead at the scene:
Looking through Twitter, it seems to be the only time he mentioned her.
Is this just Hannan being silly old Hannan, like the time when he forgot a picture he posted of a walk he took hadn’t actually been taken by him but taken by someone else 18 years earlier in a different part of the country? Or is more of question of certain prioritising and deprioritising victims due to their political beliefs?
4. David Vance
David Vance, owner/editor of AltNewsMedia, and former Northern Irish hard-right TUV candidate, has over the weeks provided a lot of potentials—sexism, Islamophobia, conspiracism, Beebophobia—but this one stuck out.
Now of course, Andrew Turnbull in the article does not say that Brexiteers are, literally, Hitler; he in fact says: “‘Dolchstoss’ means ‘stab in the back’. […] After the first world war there was an armistice, but the German army was then treated as the losers. Then, at the start of the Nazi era, the ‘stab-in-the back’ theme developed. […] This is what I think these critics are trying to do. They are losing the argument in the sense that they are unable to make their extravagant promises stack up, and so they turn and say: ‘Things would be OK if the civil service weren’t obstructing us’. When you don’t succeed, you find someone to blame for your failure.” No wiser words.
But the most curious thing is that literally one hour later Vance retweeted this:
So much for Godwin’s Law suddenly being sacred.
3. Far Left Hate Watch
As a simple solution to this one, why don’t we ask the party founder Alan Sked what he thinks? “The love life of its present leader has made it a national joke and the party’s MEPs and so-called front bench have deserted him. […] As its founder I can only suggest that it should now dissolve itself. There may be a need for a party to hold the Tories to account over Brexit but that is not Ukip. It now lacks all political credibility and provokes laughter rather than sympathy. It is high time therefore for it to disappear.”
2. Racial Consciousness
The paper in question about Ancient Egyptian genetic heritage does not say they were “white Europeans”, but were “distinct from modern Egyptians, and closer towards Near Eastern and European samples”. (The full paper is here.)
In fact, it underlines the importance of Cheddar Man in understanding genetic heritage: Cheddar Man is the direct ancestor of around 10% of the native (“white”) British population, and yet these people clearly aren’t black or “mixed race” or whatever. Genetic heritage ultimately doesn’t correlate with skin colour at all, and “races” are - as they always have been - social constructions. The ancestry of any population group is always complex and there is no such thing as a truly homogenous group of humans.
Secondly, the idea that Cheddar Man has been cooked up—along with the documentary next week on Channel Four—to distract us from the discovery of stone tools in India which seem to undermine the “Out of Africa” consensus makes no sense.
If there is a grand conspiracy by race-mixing cuck scientists, why not just suppress the discovery of the stone tools rather than engage in a ridiculous PC charade?
1. Mike Sivier
*Yawns*… this shit again.
Sivier, a Labour activist, in the blog post summarises Byrne’s career: “Liam Byrne, the demon of the Labour Party: University (Politics and Modern History at Manchester) – Harvard – then work for a multinational consulting firm (Accenture) and then the Rothschild merchant bankers(!) before going to Labour to help lead its ‘New Labour’ business campaign. This man has nothing whatsoever to do with real working people.”
Going to university to get a degree? What a bastard…who does he think he is? 40% of the working age population?
Sivier is being glib and must know that it’s not just the insistence on mentioning Rothschilds whenever possible that makes him anti-Semitic, it’s also all this stuff, including flirtation with Holocaust denial.
Even after that tweet Sivier was still not able to help himself, attempting to reconceptualise anti-Semitism for his own ends:
You can be a racist and an anti-Semite without necessarily wanting to be ‘hateful’ if you insist on using certain tropes and euphemisms. A continued fondness for gollywogs by some, despite protests, is a good example of this.
So no one who continally bashes Israel and “globalism” is free from the possibility of the charge of anti-Semitism if they don’t seem to be able to reformulate their speech and separate their issues accordingly.
People who can’t stop talking about “Rothschilds” and “Zionists” in the most inappropriate contexts aren’t actually talking about the Rothschilds and the Zionists…
About the author
Harris Coverley writes the Tweet Checking column for Disclaimer and is constantly looking for readers to help him correct the worst of internet. No stupidity or falsehood is too great a challenge.
He lives in Manchester and holds an MA in Intellectual History from UCL. He also writes short fiction and poetry, the former of which only Disclaimer has had the good sense to publish.
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