What gives with Maureen Lipman? Once again she is mouthing off about Britain's shortcomings Her worry this time is that Britain isn't importing enough refugees from the Syrian war. Apparently Sweden is taking 17,000 from a camp in Jordan and Egypt has accepted 138,000 while Germany has taken 40,000. In contrast Britain has taken only 90 and Maureen is disgusted. This would be the same Maureen Lipman who only a few weeks ago was threatening to leave Britain for Israel because of the levels of anti semitism. And it will be the same Maureen Lipman who was one of the staunchest of Labour's supporters of their policy of throwing open Britain's borders so we could be flooded by the flower of the third world.
However, there is a curious selectiveness about what Maureen chooses to get exercised about. Take Israel's own record as a vicious ethno state. Maureen's threat to leave for Israel would mean she prefers the idea of living in a state that has murdered more than 2,000 Palestinians, including women and children; a state that forcibly deports African refugees and forces thousands of others to be forcibly sterilised. That conducts a campaign of vicious dispossession and intimidation against another group.
Apparently Maureen finds that not at all intimidating. Indeed she seems to find it most congenial.
Last year Mrs Lipman announced she was ending five decades of support for the Labour Party, as she furiously denounced Ed Miliband’s stance on Israel. Mrs Lipman said she would vote for “almost any other party” until Labour is “once more led by mensches” – the Yiddish word for a person of integrity. The actress added Mr Miliband’s support for a motion recognising the state of Palestine “sucks” at a time of rising anti-Semitism in Europe. She has also criticised the cultural boycott of Israel. Lipman dismissed the boycotters for making a “belated, theatrical gesture at a time when anti-Semitism – based on extremist hatred shows neither timing, respect or understanding for the real problems of the Middle East”. She concluded: “Shame on the whole raddled bunch of them.” In an earlier article in Standfast last year she said "For the first time in five decades, I shall not be voting Labour. I have always been a socialist and I believe in the principles of socialism. I have stood on the hustings beside Neil Kinnock and canvassed for my Aunt Rita in her constituency in Hull. I was, somewhat blurrily, a Blair luvvie."
To paraphrase Churchill. Some campaigner for social justice. Some brass neck.
This article was written and submitted by Jake Grant.