Charlotte Vere has made a point of apologising for the “snowstorm in a teacup” yesterday for re-Tweeting a link to a blog that likened the policies of the Greens to those of the BNP. The blog she thought worthy of promoting was headed “Vote Green – Go Blackshirt”. Disgusting and outrageous. Yesterday she has said in her blog “As I have explained in a subsequent letter to The Argus, retweeting or RT on Twitter is rather like nudging someone on a train and muttering “have you seen what this says about …”. And that is all I did. I retweeted a message, which was originally sent to Caroline Lucas, which linked to an old blog post about the respective policies of the Green Party and the BNP by someone I have never heard of. If I have caused offence, I apologise – it was certainly not intended”.
So should we leave it at that? Actually, no. In her ‘apology’ Ms Vere once again provides a link to the offending blog. She should remove the link and make a clear statement that she does not in any way subscrive to the view that the poolicies of the Greens in any way resemble those of the BNP, and she should remove the link to the website.
Already a Facebook site has been created calling for her resignation as candidate. I think that that call is premature, but she must take this matter seriously. It is more than a snowstorm in a teacup.