- Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:41 am
I think that nails it. In one sense, Corbyn is exactly like those sort of people who voted brexit because they have a nebulous dislike of foreign people but not specifically their Polish next-door neighbours who are lovely.
Corbyn will absolutely oppose antisemitism in the sense of denouncing neo-Nazi thugs. While simultaneously not being that bothered (and being very, very bad at disguising the fact he's not bothered) when Jewish people are the butt of jokes or get stick 'because Israel' etc.
Or to put it another way, if the victim isn't victimy enough for him, he doesn't 'get' it. People to be unquestioningly supported are poor, oppressed, bombed, living in squalour or have a very obvious 'difference' such as sexuality or skin tone. They're not comfortably off living in a 2-bed semi in Greater London and they look like him, regardless of whether someone has stuck a bit of paper through their letterbox saying they hope they get gassed or not. And when the latter group do get some support, it's usually with the caveat of also lumping in 'all forms of bigotry' (and for maximum points, a mention of Palestinians). Because the abuse they face doesn't reach the threshold for him unless a sweetener is tacked on.
Similarly, if it happens to be a socialist doing the oppressing or an enemy of the USA doing the bombing, he tends to be far more lenient on them.
And all this is bloody obvious. Yes, he gets a stupidly biased run in the press (that nonsense about the Queen's Speech in the Mail today, for example). But even if he didn't, this issue would still exist and he and his team are terrible at addressing it and he personally is terrible at empathy when it's with a group in one of his blind spots.
That's why for some he will always be unacceptable as a leader, and it's absolutely on Labour that this hasn't been recognised or dealt with in any meaningful way at all (for example, imagine the difference in voting if it had been announced Corbyn would lead for this election, deliver the second referendum if in govt. and then step down after the result so everything post-brexit one way or the other began with a clean slate).