9/11 Truther Tony Gosling has been an accident waiting to happen for some time.
Moderator of the main 9/11 'Truth' forum in the UK, Gosling has long been a eccentric political figure in Bristol, where his curious approach to 'truth' in politics has isolated him from organisations as diverse as Bristol Indymedia though to Class War. His claims to be a former BBC journalist are met with considerabel derision by those who have encountered him in the flesh, whilst his habit of taking over moribund or near moribund organisations to gain himself credibility (Bristol NUJ) soon wears thin.
A glance at his Bilderberg website shows his ambivalent approach (and that's being generous) to anti-semtism, and it was his obsession with Israel and matters Jewish that arguably led to his arrest when the police were searching for Natalie Brecht, on the run from social services with her children. Claiming to be related to a Libyan intelligence officer, Ms Brecht seemingly offered Gosling 'proof' of Mossad involvement in the 7/7 bombings (something TG had of course made his mind up about long ago...........)
Oddly it is not Gosling's anti-semitism that has got him into trouble this time, but his homophobia. 9/11 'truthers' have long regarded elements in the British Muslim community as their natural constituency, and back in April TG popped up in Muslim News, talking about his disgust at 'gay propaganda' in local schools. All this was done in the name of the Green Party, as Gosling was described as a 'Green candidate'. Cue the inevitable attack on the Greens, as a Party, in the current issue of Private Eye.
Green With Anger
The Green Party should have realised back in March 2007 the danger 9/11 'truth' activists posed to its credibility. Whilst Gosling was a far more low key figure in the organisation than hatstand anti-semite Justin Walker (who attended the 2007 conference in Swansea, with a small gaggle of truthers led by Ian Henshall and Lambeth Green Shane Collins) the ingrained anti-semitism of the British 9/11 truth movement means clear water needs to be put between it and any progressive political organisation. The Greens did not do that, and until they do, these stories will be repeated, again and again.
A Green Party investigation is now underway into Gosling's comments, which may well lead to disciplinary action. The Greens should ask themselves now if there are any other truth activists in their ranks, and if so - at what price to the Greens credibility?