Dear Lord Hollick, No Shirley Williams isn’t an anti-Semitic fascist pro-Nazi

Dear Lord Hollick,

I have been wondering hard how best to phrase this message to you, especially as I would like you to read it and think about it carefully but it is also a message out of the blue from a complete stranger. It’s also a message that’s going to criticise you, so I suspect you’ll be tempted just to ignore it.

I hope you won’t, but I will therefore keep the message short and polite.

The topic is your decision to call Shirley Williams “the Coalition’s Lady Haw-Haw”.

Lord Haw-Haw was an anti-Semite, a fascist and then a broadcaster and apologist for the Nazis with rather a reputation for resorting to physical violence. He was also convicted of treason.

Yet that is the person you have decided to bracket Shirley Williams with.

Perhaps an apology and a history lesson might be in order, both from yourself and on behalf of the Labour Party frontbench in the Lords whose official Twitter account retweeted your comments?

Yours etc.

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