Thursday, December 08, 2011

Rich British environmentalist hates popular newspapers

Compares them to Nazi death camp and wants more controls over them
Tory MP Zac Goldsmith was last night attacked for using a reference to Auschwitz to criticise popular newspapers. The environmentalist made the provocative remark – described by one fellow MP as ‘pathetically stupid’ – at a star-studded session of a Parliamentary committee investigating privacy and injunctions.

Sitting alongside actors Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan, the MP rejected arguments that newspapers should be given free rein to print stories about the private lives of famous people simply so that they sell more copies and remain financially viable.

He said: ‘No one said that Auschwitz should have been kept open because it created jobs.’

Some 1.1million people – most of them Jewish – died in the concentration camp in southern Poland during Hitler’s reign of terror in the early 1940s.

He was appearing before the joint Commons and Lords committee – separate to the ongoing Leveson inquiry into Press standards – because he had previously obtained a so-called super-injunction preventing the publication of private emails which had been leaked to the Press.

But Labour MP Margaret Hodge, a member of the Parliamentary Committee Against Anti-Semitism Foundation, expressed outrage at his use of Auschwitz in his argument. ‘I just think it is a pathetically stupid comparison,’ she said. ‘He should think before he opens his mouth and hurls insults like that. It will cause a lot of distress to people.’


His ancestors, the Goldschmidts, were a wealthy German Jewish family so I suppose he had Auschwitz on the brain


Anonymous said...

Pcwatch lead from the bbc.

article about illegal aliens in alabama, problem is the bbc insistst on referring to them as "immigrants", and even edited people's quotations (see the end) to make it pc, which confuses the issue so that lefties can call you a xenophobe if you oppose illegal immigration.

Anonymous said...

Good for him.

Anonymous said...

I like the line and I don't find it offensive, but he isn't really using it properly.

Auschwitz was a government run facility - of course it should have been shut down. It should never have been created! So here's a big government guy, who just loves big government jobs, arguing against private jobs using an example of bad government jobs. It's all very confusing.

How about we just leave government to protecting the people and providing some services (instead of regulating the hell out of everything), and leave creating jobs, and working those jobs, to those that know how - the people.


Anonymous said...

Oh my, how sensitive jews get when you say something they don't like, even if it's merely the name of a place. I wonder if they will still be milking these same words-for-sympathy in the 30th century.

Bird of Paradise said...


Anonymous said...

Hitler was also fond of animals and children and wore a moustache. He liked painting pictures and was pro-vegitarian - so what does that tell you? Not to do any of those things?

Anonymous said...


At least they did some good.

Kee Bird said...

Annon 4:10 That means Hitler was a LIBERAL