Tuesday 27 October 2009

The Kaminski question which Cameron didn't answer

David Cameron says of the man the Conservatives have chosen to lead their new European grouping, Michal Kaminski:

“I see this as a totally politically-driven campaign and particular nonsense.

“In terms of Michal Kaminski, who I have met, he is not a homophobe, he’s not a racist, he’s not an anti-semite. When he came to the Conservative conference the one event I know of he had lunch with the Israeli ambassador.

There are many serious and contested questions about Kaminski - and

But there is one issue that is surely uncontested.

Does David Cameron think Michal Kaminski told the truth about his political history when questioned about it before and after becoming leader of the ECR? If not, why not?

Following our earlier post, here is a recap on just some of the claims made since becoming leader of the ECR which have fallen apart.

1. Kaminski claimed to the Observer he "never opposed" the Jewadbne apology - now admits that he did campaign publicly against it, with TV footage of this having surfaced too. This was also one of the highest profile episodes in recent Polish politics, in his constituency, yet Kaminski said he may have been there in support, but could not remember.

2. Kaminski claimed to the Observer "I never said it. It is absolutely not true ... I never gave an interview" over calls for an apology from "the whole Jewish nation" published in a paper with some questionable associations. The clipping has been verified - and now he has repeated this unfortunate call to the Jewish chronicle.

3. Kaminski claimed to the Daily Telegraph that he had only been a member of the far right NOP 'National Rebirth of Poland' only while it was an underground opposition movement, when he was 15 to 17. The newspaper reported that the party membership records show he was a member for three years after 1989, when he was 17 to 20.

4. Kaminski claimed to the Jewish Chronicle that he never wore the Chrobry sword - then said it was a misunderstanding over pronunciation - then admitted he did, now claiming it only became a fascist symbol later, despite it being the main symbol of the radical Catholic totalitarian Falangist movement in Poland from 1935.

It is perfectly possible that Kaminski has changed - but he is not telling the truth about his political journey.

I doubt he told the Tories the full story either.

I have little doubt it was their unintentional mistake.

Why do the Conservatives think this is a leader they can trust?

1 comment:

Newmania said...

The fact that we ,as a country , are stuck in a corner with a few odd bods shows there is no hope of democracy in Europe for us .
Who would New Labour ally with if we joined the US ?A couple of superannuated old Communists ?
They could hardly be in the same camp as a Party who wished taxes to be 10% lower than they are and the Democrats would be justifiably ashamed on the connection.
As I take it your plan is to foist Cherie Blair as first lady on us I `d say advertising the fact it means of disenfranchising most of the country is not as smart as you seem to think.