In a piece entitled “Scottish Labour leader says nationalism is a virus”, the Courier yesterday reported that Johann Lamont’s speech to the Labour conference “appeared to allude to the European 20th century fascist movement”.
And it did, although perhaps not in the way the Courier probably meant.
“The discovery of the Jewish virus is one of the greatest revolutions that has taken place in the world. The battle in which we are engaged today is of the same sort as the battle waged, during the last century, by Pasteur and Koch. How many diseases have their origin in the Jewish virus! We shall regain our health only by eliminating the Jew.” (Adolf Hitler, February 1942)
Lamont’s attack doesn’t warn of fascism – it steals its language wholesale, for the exact same purpose (of vilifying opponents as sub-humans), and in much the same way that Labour, led in this particular case by Lamont, have stolen that of the Tories.
It’s ugly stuff. But maybe that’s the real reason she’s dyed her hair so blonde.