The Conservative MP was on the internet radio program to discuss coronavirus and the lockdown.
The Richie Allen Show has featured antisemites such as Alison Chabloz and Gilad Atzmon, conspiracy theorist Kevin Barrett, who believes Israel was behind 9/11, and Holocaust deniers including Nicholas Kollerstrom. The host has himself apparently questioned the number of Jews that were murdered in the Holocaust, telling Mr Kollerstrom that “there’s a big lie there somewhere, I don’t believe the numbers are anywhere near as great as they’re saying, you know…I’m with you with respect to the numbers and the way that it’s been exploited ever since.”
Mr Allen is considered to be a protege of Mr Icke. Mr Icke preaches to large audiences that the world is run by an evil group mostly consisting of prominent Jews whom he calls “Rothschild Zionists”. He tells his disciples that these “Rothschild Zionists” are in fact inhuman “reptilians” conspiring to cheat all of humanity, with governments, media and banks in their grasp.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “It is appalling that Sir Desmond Swayne appeared on The Richie Allen Show, which is a magnet for antisemites and conspiracy theorists and is hosted by a protégé of the modern-day antisemitic hate preacher David Icke who has also questioned the number of Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. MPs must set an example in the platforms to which they lend their prestige, and ignorance is no excuse. No MP should be cavorting with the far-right, and the Conservative Party must immediately investigate.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism advocates for zero tolerance of antisemitism in public life. To that end we monitor all political parties and strive to ensure that any cases of concern are properly addressed.