Much to agree with there, @davidjay
This manufactured outrage* was never about standing up for Jews.
Like or loathe the Canary, this isn't good news. Who's next?
* Yes, antisemitism exists. In all walks of society, to greater and lesser extents. To see it used as a convenient (some might say bought-and-paid-for) stick to beat Labour in general and Corbyn in particular with, to be regularly wheeled out in a one-sided deflective argument has been a defining feature of this election. It has cost those who campaign for a fairer, inclusive society, indeed society itself - and that includes voiciferous and misguided - maybe misdirected would be a better word - Jews dearly. The forces of discrimination and persecution are about to be unleashed, and not by the Labour Party.
Monday, 9 December 2019
Using a phrase can do political work: memes and antisemitism.
https://michaelrosenblog.blogspot.com/2 ... -work.html
One meme - or catch-phrase or cliche that has emerged in the last few years is 'antisemitism in the Labour Party'. As a phrase it sounds logical and contained. But pause a moment and think, why should something like antisemitism be restricted to one section of the population? Who decided that the spread or extent of antisemitism should be sliced off from other areas in society? In fact, it's that slicing off that is ideological. A choice was made to attach 'in the Labour Party' to the word 'antisemitism'. This becomes clear to us if you attach alternative phrases and ask why they didn't become memes. 'Antisemitism in politics' or 'Antisemitism in political parties', or 'Antisemitism in public life'.
If, of course antisemitism was restricted to 'in the Labour Party' we might say, 'fair enough'. But if we were to find antisemitism in other parts of political life, party political life, or indeed in the other main political party, then the phrase 'antisemitism in the Labour Party' starts to sound like a trick, a means by which we don't or can't consider antisemitism in public life, or in the Tory Party.
for background, see also this previous blog post
from the same author.