Winegums wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:54 pm
Why is the much lower level of anti-semitic thought in the Labour party an issue now when it wasn't when it was higher under Miliband? Why is this more of an issue for Labour than it is for the Conservatives when they're actively supporting anti-semitic parties in europe?
Maybe people who deplore bigotry would like to vote for a party that isn't run by bigots who are either bigots from ignorance, from denial, from indifference or from outright hatred? Just a thought.
But really, it's competence, isn't it.
The current leader of one of the major parties makes a big fuss out of being intolerant of intolerance. So if he has a massive blindspot due to personal bias, naivety or whatever, and stays all but silent when bigots claim they speak for him as long as they are making themselves useful by harassing critics, that makes him a hypocrite and a bully (or an enabler of bullies) and leaves a serious question mark over his judgement and ability to control his supporters.
This isn't either/or. I have supported campaigns to try and get islamophobic and antisemitic Tories censured and removed from office. Labour don't get a free pass just because they're Labour, and 'slightly less shit' isn't a great selling point, nor is whataboutery an acceptable excuse. If Labour can't do measurably better on this, the most piss-easy of tasks for decent people to pull off - to strongly and decisively deal with bigots, than the Tories, why would anyone believe they can do better on anything else?
The answer is they won't. Labour will lose votes and the Tories will blunder on in some form of minority govt or propped up by the DUP or something. So if you want a socialist government led by Corbyn or a Corbyn-approved person, that's why it's an issue.