Historian and TV presenter, David Starkey, has attracted sheer criticism for controversially comparing the Scottish National Party to the Nazis during an interview. In his remarks, Starkey alleged that both groups have a “twisted cross” as their symbol and related the SNP’s view of the English to Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism. The SNP, which recently won 56 of 59 seats in Scotland last month, has criticized these words as “irresponsible” and “deeply offensive.”
Explaining “what are the points of comparison?” Starkey elucidated that “well, we have a political movement that has a single historic explanation for why your country is facing such terrible oppression; it’s either Versailles or the Treaty of the Union.” He alleged that “you have a particular group of people who are responsible for this; it is either the English or the Jews.” Starkey stated that “you have as a symbol the twisted cross: the saltire or the swastika. You have a passionate belief in economic self-sufficiency: known by the Nazis as autarky and the Scots as oil. And also you have the propensity of your elderly and middle-aged male supporters to expose their knees,’ he said, passing comment on the traditional dress of Scotland and Germany.”
Whereas on the other hand, the SNP MP, Kirsten Oswald, criticized the historian over the remarks and alleged that “David Starkey’s comments are irresponsible; deeply offensive to the Jewish community, the half of the Scottish electorate who voted SNP last month and 60 per cent who currently intend to vote SNP next year; and have absolutely no basis in reality.”
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