Monday, 23 December 2013

I've written quite a few times about the professional deceiver who goes by the name Denis McShane (real name Denis Matyjaszek). Finally, he will face justice, but only for one of his pettier deceptions. It's a bit like Al Capone being caught for fiddling his taxes.

Disgraced former minister Denis MacShane was today sentenced to six months in prison for falsely claiming £13,000 in expenses.

The ex-Labour MP pleaded guilty to false accounting at the Old Bailey after filing 19 bogus receipts for 'research and translation' services.

MacShane, 65, used the money to fund a series of trips to Europe, including one occasion when he went to Paris to judge a literary competition.

The former politician, who wore a dark suit with a blue striped tie, said 'cheers' as the sentence was delivered today, adding 'quelle surprise' as he was led from the dock.
Mr Justice Sweeney told MacShane his dishonesty had been 'considerable and repeated many times over a long period', adding: 'You have no one to blame but yourself.'

The court heard that MacShane had even used false accounting to reclaim money for legitimate expenses rather than going through the proper channels.
Source: Daily Mail

Very few people appreciate the magnitude of the catastrophic influence this man has had on Britain. As president of the National Union of Journalists in the 1970s, he presided over the introduction of the NUJ Guidelines on Race Reporting, which instituted the politically correct concealment of alien origins that has now become a standard throughout Europe. I believe he himself was the author of these guidelines which remain only slightly altered today. (see previous posts about this here and here).

MacShame served as MP for Rochdale, where some of the most grotesque activities of the Muslim child rape gangs took place. He said nothing about this until the story could no longer be suppressed. Nor did journalists say anything about it for many years, constrained by the professional guidelines MacShame himself had put in place. During the years in which journalists and other professionals maintained this shameful silence until the story finally broke, dozens, perhaps hundreds or even thousands of vulnerable young British girls were groomed, raped, prostituted and sometimes murdered because the people who were supposed to protect them weren't doing their jobs, either sincere devotees of the "anti-racist" cause or constrained against their will by professional guidelines like those MacShame had framed.

MacShame did sometimes speak up to criticise overt expressions of "Islamism". Indeed, he exhibited all the behavioural patterns we typically associate with Our Friends From the East. Although vigorous in his promotion of multiculturalism, immigrationism and the suppression of free speech, he ceded to none in his passionate activism against "antisemitism".

Of Polish origins, MacShame disguised this through his adoption of his mother's name MacShane, rather than his real name Matyjaszek. He claims to be a Catholic. I don't know whether he has any Jewish ancestry, but he always displayed a curious closeness to favoured Jewish causes. Indeed, finally caught out, he brandished his commitment to "antisemitism" like it was some pitiful shield against his critics. Doctor Johnson once declared patriotism to be the last refuge of a scoundrel. Today, anti-anti-semitism appears to have replaced it.
"Clearly I deeply regret that the way I chose to be reimbursed for costs related to my work in Europe and in combating antisemitism, including being the Prime Minister's personal envoy."

Writing in the Jewish Chronicle, Martin Bright explains "Why we should mourn Denis MacShane's fall from grace":
I first came across his work as a journalist and campaigner when I was living in Paris in the early 1990s and when his centrist, pro-European, anti-totalitarian position was deeply unfashionable and New Labour was yet to be invented. I did not always agree with him but, unlike many on the left, he at least reached the positions he took by thinking them through.

He has been one of the community’s greatest champions

But I only got to know him properly when I began writing about the rise of political Islam in Britain. As someone who had taken the time to read into the subject, he was one of the few politicians on the left who grasped the authoritarian nature of political movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East and Jamaat-e-Islami in South Asia.

His campaigning against antisemitism has always been similarly rooted in an understanding of its historical and intellectual roots.

We British have always been suspicious of people like Denis MacShane: academic, multilingual, “foreignish”. He is the very definition of “too clever by half”, a crime far worse in some people’s eyes than expenses fiddling.

A year ago, I wrote in these pages that the Jewish community needed to decide if it wished to stand by one of its greatest champions after he resigned as MP for Rotherham. His disgrace is greater now and there is every reason to feel disappointed in Denis and even let down. There are those who will suggest that the causes he espoused are somehow morally poisoned by the crimes to which he has admitted.

There are certainly some who will draw comfort from the fact that such an active campaigner has been removed from the field.

I have no doubt that, whatever happens, Denis MacShane will be back. He has reinvented himself before and he will do it again, perhaps under his original name, Denis Matyjaszek. But, for now, others must enter the rather large space he vacates fighting racism and totalitarianism. His causes are pure, even if Denis MacShane is less so.
Source: Jewish Chronicle

Made a privy counsellor in 2005, he became a UK delegate to the Council of Europe and the Nato parliamentary assembly and went on to chair the inquiry panel of the all-party parliamentary group against antisemitism.

...Last month, MacShane said he "fully accepted" his error and said this was why "I have been apologising non-stop for four years. I made no personal gain of any sort. What I did was worse than a crime, it was a stupid error. It ended my political life, but I shall continue to combat xenophobia, antisemitism and the manic populism which unless checked will lead Britain out of Europe."
Source: Guardian


Anonymous said...

"But I only got to know him properly when I began writing about the rise of political Islam in Britain. As someone who had taken the time to read into the subject, he was one of the few politicians on the left who grasped the authoritarian nature of political movements such as the Muslim Brotherhood in the Middle East..."

Like it really took a genius to figure out that the Muslim Brotherhood was authoritarian.

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