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The se­ries in which we in­ves­ti­gate the Semitic qual­i­ties (or oth­er­wise) of some­one in the news Mal­colm McLaren man­aged the ul­ti­mate punk band the Sex Pis­tols from birth to obliv­ion. He was due to ap­pear in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here be­fore do­ing the punk thing and walk­ing out at the last mo­ment. Surely there is noth­ing Jewish about this sneer­ing rock men­tor? AGAINST: McLaren has a Scot­tish sur­name and a Scot­tish first name. He is also ginger and has been known to wear a kilt (with a very big safety pin in it). He made friends in the mid ’70s with some not very nice boys who had a habit of swear­ing, drink­ing and say­ing rude words on telly — def­i­nitely not some­thing that a nice Jewish boy would get in­volved in. FOR: Ex­cept that... McLaren is a nice Jewish boy. His mother was called Emmy Isaacs, from a well-to-do Sephardic fam­ily, and McLaren was raised in the very Jewish­est bit of Stoke New­ing­ton, in North Lon­don. Just to ce­ment the Jewish­ness, Emmy was later re­mar­ried to Martin Levi, the owner of a shmatte fac­tory in the East End. McLaren him­self nos­tal­gi­cally re­calls fress­ing on Jewish food, and there are pho­tos to prove that he had a bar­mitz­vah in 1959. Ap­par­ently he read his por­tion nicely — the an­ar­chy came later. VER­DICT: Never mind the you-know-what, he is one of us. So when are you go­ing to get your­self a nice pro­fes­sion, Mal­colm?

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