The inimitable Mr McColl.

Councillor Jonathan McColl

Councillor Jonathan McColl

My main reason for blogging is to expose the hypocrisy amongst so many of our elected politicians and the so-called intellectuals in this country.

The talks I attend are so vociferously anti-Israel and, initially, I was curious to find out why.

Was it all really because the speakers at these talks felt such an injustice had been done to the Palestinians, when looking back the Palestinians have wasted so many opportunities to create a thriving country?

Then I started to notice interesting slips by some of the speakers.

One such slip was when academic Ghada Karmi spoke at SOAS and called for “the end of the Jewish state in our region”, only to be reprimanded by the Naturei Karta’s Yisroel Dovid Weiss for referring to “Jewish state”, as opposed to “Zionist state”. Karmi duly apologised and went on to say that she had nothing against Jews or Judaism.

Then there was Lord Andrew Phillips of Sudbury who said that “Many Jews may be deeply prejudiced” at a Middle East Monitor event.

On each occasion, apart from Weiss, both audiences remained unmoved. Now imagine the uproar had a member of the BNP called for the end of the Muslim state of Pakistan or had that BNP person claimed that “Many Muslims may be deeply prejudiced”. You get the gist.

Add to these slips another one, this time by Councillor Jonathan McColl, the West Dunbartonshire councillor and main proponent of a total boycott of Israel by his council (see my original piece Not so Bonnie Scotland).

On his “Israeli Goods Boycott” blog page McColl states of the boycott:

“This is not an anti-Semitic act. I don’t care whether you are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Agnostic or any other such label you might want to give someone.”

Fair enough.

But, he continues:

“To quote a Jewish woman from Glasgow who telephoned me on this issue, ‘We are brought up in a culture of ‘poor wee us’, automatically thinking that the world is against us and perhaps we should take stock of that before we draw conclusions about other people’s motivations.'”

So Mr McColl doesn’t like using labels for people, except to label them if they are “Jewish”.

Add to this Councillor Jim Bollan’s exculpation of a self-confessed perpetrator of the massacre of five members of the Fogel family when Bollan said in a recent email exchange:

“Have you any idea what may have motivated this man to commit this crime? Could it have been because he may have seen Palestinian children slaughtered by the IDF?”

and you start to sense a heartlessness in Scottish politics, a heartlessness that was already there when the Scottish government released the Lockerbie Bomber in August 2009.

Are councillors McColl and Bollan really who the voters of West Dunbartonshire Council want to represent them? Can there really be any justification whatsoever for the slashing of baby Hadas Fogel’s throat?

The Scots are generally lovely people but some of the people they are now voting for are not.

Bollan is a member of the Scottish Socialist Party, while McColl is a member of the Scottish Nationalist Party. The Scottish Nationalists are now, sadly, the ruling government in Scotland.

Bollan and McColl are councillors for Leven ward in West Dunbartonshire Council. Maybe there’s something nasty in the Leven air.

Meanwhile, you can discuss their boycott of Israel, and other issues, with them at:

Councillor Jim Bollan – James.Bollan@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or write to 4 Endrick Way, Alexandria, G83 0UR or telephone 01389 756397 and 07803 668766 or

Councillor Jonathan McColl– jonathan.mccoll@west-dunbarton.gov.uk or write to c/o Council Offices, Garshake Road, Dumbarton or telephone 01389 737511 or 07939 002886

Alex Salmond is SNP leader and Scotland’s First Minister. Write to:
Office of the First Minister, St. Andrew’s House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG or FirstMinister@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

27 responses to “The inimitable Mr McColl.

  1. thank you Richard – you sure are indispensable …

  2. Thank you. It’s about time to answer the rhetorical question and just say, “yes, you are an antisemite. Period.”

  3. Love the ” end of the Jewish state” comment from Karmi. Oops . That must have come as something of a shock to Weiss, believing it was just the zionists karmi and her minions were out to get.
    Still no harm done Weiss . A karmi apology does it every time – or then again not
    As it happens neither of those two reprobates truly takes on board the others narrative
    Nk are the priceless good Jews to have on board the Bds band wagon while the nk need the good offices of the boycotters to take down modern israel so that the messiah. Can return
    A little bit tricky on Weiss s part as he seems to have forgotten the part which requires the land to be free of all it’s inhabitants and their chattel before that can come about
    Bds and the nk . They truly deserve each other . As my dear late bubbah used to say ” feh” before spitting

  4. Doesn’t he have any local issues to pay attention to? Or is everything perfect and peachy in West Dunbartonshire?

  5. Biodegradable

    British Jews initiate campaign to counter West Dunbartonshire anti-Israel boycott; Group wanted to boycott Scottish district, discovered nothing is produced there, campaign leader says.

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4079696,00.html

  6. Oy va Goy, precisely. In an email to me, McColl spewed out a load of hatred against those who dare criticize him, saying that they must be unemployed if they have time to write to him. The irony that he is wasting council time by grandstanding on issues he is utterly clueless about, instead of addressing local concerns like an extraordinarily high unemployemnt rate (another irony!) is apparently lost on him.

  7. aparatchik

    Ironically, Clydebank – which is in West Dunbartonshire – was the target of some of the worst Luftwaffe bombing in the UK

    Ironic too that this supposed boycott of Israel by people who will continue to pay for the real money-earning Israeli kit as always will have a far greater impact on the reputation of Scotland – and its appeal as a holiday destination – among the friends of Israel around the world. Maybe they will get “solidarity tourists” instead but those loafers we can do without.

    • As chance would have it, there is a programme on the Clydebank Blitz on iPlayer now. That’s what seems to have ripped the heart of the place and that’s the feeling you get driving through there – it’s a place that’s lost its sense of purpose.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00zhzlw/Clydebank_Blitz/

      • not available in my area! –

        the one area of them all where it should be available with all our increasingly fashionable moaning about how “we” have suffered too.

  8. West Dunbartonshire is a wasteland of alcoholism, drug addiction and unemployment. Social despair like that engenders displacement and scapegoating, here combined with the usual hatred and envy of Jews for their success. And what greater success is there in the world than Israel, where, unlike West Dumbbartonshire, life is meaningful,

  9. Daniel Marks

    It’s strange that up until about a week ago I had never heard of West Dunbartonshire and it now transpires that it is a “wasteland of alcoholism, drug addiction and unemployment”. In the past we have demonized anyone opposing Israel, so I guess it’s only fair that we should now be behaving similarly to whole geographical areas too.

    We are the Zionists, we are the good guys. None of us drink, smoke pot or are unemployed. It’s only the anti-Zionsists who do that stuff. We are all clever, witty and eloquent – our foes, on the other hand, ” spew out a load of hatred..” they don’t talk, how could they? they aren’t on our side; they “spew”.

    That’s why I am a Zionist. It keeps me off the booze and drugs, keeps me gainfully employed and most importantly prevents me from spewing hatred!

    What a joy to be one of the good guys!

    • What a pity “likes” aren’t allowed on this blog.

      and yes I guess you are right, even if all that would be true about every inhabitant of West-Dunbartonshire it still wouldn’t be a good path to success i.e. make them stop that nonsense which in the end is the only thing that counts.

      So how would you suggest to go after them? Any idea?

      Everybody write individually to them filling their in-box sounds like fun but not very promising to me.

    • Yes, Daniel: pathological antisemites spew. What a pity that with your great intellect you are incapable of grasping it.
      But I forget: if you can’t be smugly self-righteous, you are nothing.

  10. danielmarks

    Well let me see. I suppose that we could bomb those evil West-Dunbartonshirians to smithereens for having the gall not to like us, or we could simply ignore this one, you know, let it slide just this once. Strangely, I am drawn to the latter course of action. Guess we’re getting old. I’m also skeptical as to whether bombing them will cause them to like us more and to buy Israeli books for their library.

    I’m also not certain whether after bombing them, they’d have much of a library.

    I went to the Hebron research conference today with Yossi and in the evening we conducted our afternoon prayers in the Cave of the Patriarchs far away from West-Dunbartonshire and all the action.

    S’good to be alive Silke.

  11. Daniel Marks

    Well let me see. I suppose that we could bomb those evil West-Dunbartonshirians to smithereens for having the gall not to like us, or we could simply ignore this one, you know, let it slide just this once. Strangely, I am drawn to the latter course of action. Guess we’re getting old.

    I’m also skeptical as to whether bombing them will cause them to like us more and to buy Israeli books for their library. I’m also not certain whether after bombing them, they’d have much of a library.

    I went to the Hebron research conference today with Yossi and in the evening we conducted our afternoon prayers in the Cave of the Patriarchs far away from West-Dunbartonshire and all the action.

    S’good to be alive Silke.

    • richardmillett

      I love The Machpelah. Do you think if it became part of a Palestinian state you would be allowed to pray there?

      • from all I’ve read and listened to the answer is NO WAY

        Richard “they” the honchos at least aren’t willing to accept you as members of what in “their” world counts as polite company.

        Maybe if you’d be willing to prostrate or kiss feet before entering they may grant you access once in a while.

    • S’good to be alive Silke.

      it sure is Daniel and if you listen to this guy

      http://itunes.apple.com/de/podcast/today-down-rabbit-hole-conspiracism/id73330187?i=94710052
      there ain’t much use in trying to reform those guys anyway so maybe one should concentrate on fencing them in and in the meantime rejoicing about the fact that Scotland is inhabited by aparatchik.

      here is the book about which they are talking

      amazon.de/Among-Truthers-Americas-Conspiracist-Underground/dp/0062004816/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307634992&sr=8-1

      actually I have come to the same conclusion, once they went down that path there is no way to reach them by reason or reasonable argument.

  12. It all boils down to this:

    http://www.boycottscotland.com

    It’s the “compassionate” release of the “dead within 3 months” bomber of Pan Am 103 in exchange for libyan oil contracts.

    The convicted bomber is still alive, almost years later.

  13. Daniel Marks

    “I love The Machpelah. Do you think if it became part of a Palestinian state you would be allowed to pray there?” – Richard

    Since 1994 the Machpelah has been divided into two halves, the Arab half being 80% and the Jewish half being 20% – and that is under Israeli control. For al but ten days a year we are not allowed in their 80% and for another 10 days they get our 20% and we ren’t allowed in at all.

    In light of all that and in line with past experience, I’m going to have to stick my neck out and in answer to your question say, “No”.

  14. Daniel Marks

    Sorry about the spelling mistakes, but my last comment was written at 5.49am Israel time. Also it’s a new computer and I keep missing certain keys.
    al = all
    their = there
    ren’t = aren’t

  15. McColl clearly suffers from the medium sized fish in a tiny pond syndrome. Does he really believe he was elected to conduct foreign policy? Or was it like any other councilor to supervise garbage collection?

    Given the poverty, desperation and unemployment in West Dunbartonshire a counter boycott won’t work. Israel should organise a convoy to send in aid as they do in other disaster areas. Israeli doctors should set up a field hospital. Perhaps fresh milk, vegetables and fruit from Israeli farms?

  16. By the way, does the Clyde still have at least the infrastructure of a ship building industry? The IDF should publicly ask for a tender for a new ship. Let McColl make the announcement that they out of principle won’t accept it.

  17. Daniel Marks

    Twelve Highlanders and a Bagpipe make a Rebellion.

    Yes deegee, you’ve hit the nail on the head. West Dunbartonshire is now the number one issue being discussed here in Israel. I went into a Jerusalem supermarket this morning to purchase a delightful leek, several rather lovely mushrooms and various other vegetables for our Sabbath feast. And there it was, everybody was talking about West Dunbartonshire or “Dunbartonshire Durom” as we call it.

    Overnight all foreign policy debate has been forgotten and domestic issues are as of nothing. There are, as of yet small spontaneous demonstrations of Israelis from all walks of life demanding that the Dunbartonshire Durom dilemma be handled. The foreign office has opened a situation room with a clock telling the time in the County of Dumbarton and seasoned Mossad have been fitted out for kilts and are practicing their Scottish accents day and night. I heard a rather chunky looking gentleman with a hairy neck and a wire coming from his ear mumbling to himself, “He has licked the butter aff my bread.” Israelis of Scottish origin have been asked to “let somebody borrow” their passports (nudge nudge, wink, wink)

    The Defense Ministry has been instructed elite units to conduct simulated military maneuvers while having bagpipe music blaring in their ears. There is talk of a minister for Scottish affairs being appointed. Word has it that the job was offered to veteran Shimon Peres who replied, “Nae fool like an auld fool.”

    Soon it will be Shabbat so I’ll only be able to update on the West Dunbartonshire crises tomorrow night. In the meantime:

    Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh

  18. Daniel Marks: LOVE IT.