Meanwhile, as if by magic, a number of other important issues seem to have disappeared from the news.
Take this as an example: on Monday the 25th of April, 4 days before Ken Livingstone’s clumsy intervention in the debate about Naz Shah’s Facebook posts, Tory MPs voted down an amendment to the Immigration Bill calling on the government to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from Europe.
Let’s repeat those words so we can be clear exactly what they mean.
“Unaccompanied”: they are on their own with no adults to protect them.
“Refugee”: they are seeking refuge from a dangerous situation.
“Children”: they are below an age when they can be expected to take care of themselves.
Alf Dubs, in other words, knows exactly what it is like be a child fleeing danger.
The two stories are thematically linked. Alf Dubs knows the consequence of real anti-Semitism, and responds to it with a magnanimous amendment to a nasty piece of legislation.
Ken Livingstone was certainly incautious in his use of words, but his main assertion, that the Nazis held talks with German Zionists in 1933, is true.
As for Naz Shah, the Facebook posts which caused such a furore were put there long before she became an MP, which makes you wonder who is trawling through other people’s social media pages to dig out quotes in order to be offended by them later?