Mr Green, the MP for Bolton West, earlier retweeted and then deleted a video in which the controversial comedian Chris McGlade reads a poem called “The Right to Hate”. The poem is dedicated to “all those globalists out there” and criticises the “global New World Order”. The poem’s narrator also complains of being called an antisemite but insists that “the Rothschilds are the richest banking family in this world and that’s got nothing to do with them being Jewish and everything to do with them being multi-billionaires who really do influence the dollar, pound and yen.” Mr Green retweeted the poem with the caption “If you love poetry, this is worth a listen.”
In his apology on Twitter, Mr Green said: “Antisemitism comes in many forms, some more obvious than others. I tweeted a section of a poem that in other parts ref “New World Order” & “Rothschilds”. I should have been more careful about what & who I was tweeting. I offer a full & unreserved apology & have deleted the tweet.”
Mr Green also explained to The Manchester Evening News that he deleted the tweet as soon as he realised what the rest of the poem contained. He said: “The key thing is that as soon as you know that you have done something wrong you address it. As soon as I realised I had done something wrong I got rid of it and I felt I also needed to give an explanation and an apology.”
However, he apparently added: “One of the things I’m a little bit concerned about is that I think some people believe that I shared the entirety of this poem but it was only a small clip. I had no idea who this bloke was and I hadn’t seen or heard from him before. It was a clip from the poem. It was a two-minute section of it. I don’t know if someone’s been smart with the editing or something because there was zero reference to the New World Order or the Rothschilds in what I tweeted.”
The Bolton West MP has recently come under fire for his activity on social media.
The poem was also retweeted by the leader of the Social Democratic Party.
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