Ed Driscoll writes:
Speaking of the London Daily Mail and societal development moving in a horribly wrong direction, in its headline section, Hot Air links to a Daily Mail piece titled “Without its Jews, Britain would not be Britain.”
As one of Hot Air’s readers presciently notes in the comments under the article link: “That’s what every country says (substitute country name) just before the Jews are forced to leave.”
And as Glenn Reynolds adds at Instapundit, “Most of the British Jews now concerned with growing antisemitism probably voted for Labour, because they thought it was progressive and caring.”
Among numerous “lost Clash albums” — the less said about Spirit of St. Louis, the better; writing with your dick produces predictable results — we have No. 10, Upping St. (1986), with songs by a reconciled Strummer/Jones.
One song, “Beyond the Pale,” begins as a quaint valentine to Jones’ Jewish grandparents and their exodus from Russia to Britain.
Alas, he and Strummer (who also had a Jewish — but in his case, paternal, German — grandmother) then rather predictably turn the song into a “So be nice to immigrants/Don’t join the National Front/“There’s room for everybody!” ditty.
(In his defense, Strummer’s slightly older brother David was a Nazi skinhead who committed suicide in 1970; a teenaged Joe was left to identify his body.)
Paternal or not, rock critic Roy Trakin declared that:
“Strummer is the typical Jewish intellectual in rock ‘n’ roll terms, passionately torn between the dictates of his head and his heart, who can’t relax if he thinks there’s anyone out there suffering.”
(BTW: I’m sure this writer would be appalled to learn what the word “cosmopolitan” evokes in certain segments of the population.
(Like this guy: “Joe Strummer of ‘Clash’ was Jewish and the Band Were Corporate Puppets.”)
Anyway, I can’t imagine either Jones or Strummer ever voted/voting for any party other than Labour.