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This is a fascinating opinion piece by Jonathan Friedland: ... rothschild

in which he postulates that Corbynism, and thence anti-semitism, is a product of left-populism.
[A]ntisemitism is populism in perhaps its purest and most distilled form. It says that politics is indeed a battle between the virtuous masses and a nefarious, corrupt elite – and that that elite is “the Jews”. That’s why antisemitism carries so many of populism’s distinguishing features, from the fear of an enemy within, to its insistence that the media is bent on distorting reality. Earlier this year a global study by the Guardian found that a distinguishing feature of those with a populist worldview is a willingness to believe conspiracy theories, whether on the climate crisis, vaccines or aliens from outer space. Antisemitism is nothing if not an all-encompassing conspiracy theory, suggesting that Jews are the secret rulers of the world.

This gets us closer to that question, of why any antisemite would feel Corbyn’s Labour is the party for them. It’s tempting to link it with Corbyn’s fierce hostility to Israel, and his long record of not seeing anti-Jewish racism even when it’s right in front of him. But the subtler view is that, under Corbyn, Labour has shifted towards a left populism.
In a fascinating critique from the anti-capitalist left, Matt Bolton and Frederick Harry Pitts argue that Corbynism’s big move is away from seeing capitalism as a system with its own unalterable dynamics, compelling all within it to operate according to its own logic, to seeing its cruelties instead as the work of malign individuals. “From this perspective,” they write, “capitalist crises, poverty and inequality are wholly avoidable phenomena. They are the result of an immoral minority wilfully using the power of money, financial trickery and ideology to undermine – or, indeed, ‘rig’ – a society based on ‘real’ production which would otherwise work to the benefit of all.”

Such a view of capitalism – focusing on individuals, not structures – doesn’t necessarily end in hatred of Jews: you might blame some other “immoral minority”. But this is the problem with talking endlessly of the “many, not the few” (a sinister slogan which I loathed when Tony Blair was using it). Pretty soon, and especially after the 2008 crash, people will ask: who exactly are this few, working so hard to deny the rest of us our utopia? The antisemite has a ready answer.
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Broke: fascists are anti-semitic
Woke: Corbyns labour is anti-semitic
Bespoke: Left wing politics is inherently anti-semitic
Lolling at the idea of writing an article about anti-Semitism on the left while casually implying that bankers are all Jewish.
youngian wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 5:09 pm
Classy. Smacks of Cameron bringing up his son when he was in a tight corner on the NHS
Weaponise the cheamo, weaponise the cheamo.
Well, it's all going great. No idea about the legal position, but going after the staffers was never a good idea. Say you strongly disagree and write a letter to Ofcom. ... ow-deepens
Whistleblowers to sue Labour as antisemitism row deepens
Text of a letter being sent to Corbyn on behalf of former party staffers :
Dear Jeremy,

We are Labour members, former Labour staff and supporters of Labour values.
We watched Wednesday night’s Panorama special, Is Labour Anti-Semitic?, with alarm and anxiety.

The young Jewish members who revealed their horrible experiences of antisemitism in Labour deserve our solidarity and support, in actions as well as words. And we are immensely proud of the eight former Labour staff who bravely spoke out on the programme, four in defiance of gagging clauses. They represent the best of the Labour Party.

The revelations in the Panorama documentary deserve to be treated with the utmost seriousness. But the Party’s response has been to smear Jewish victims, and former staff, accusing them of acting in bad faith. These are dedicated ‘civil servants’ of the Party, who quit jobs they cared deeply about because their working environment was so toxic that it had severe consequences on their mental wellbeing, prompting one staff member to consider suicide.

The way the Party has threatened and denigrated these whistleblowers is appalling, hypocritical and a total betrayal of Labour’s core values. Exposing racism and corruption represents Labour values in action, and these whistleblowers should be thanked, not demonised.

This shameful communications strategy is the creation of your office, which was criticised in the documentary for interfering in disciplinary cases involving alleged antisemitism, and has cynically used the Party, and its outriders, to amplify a smear campaign against critics.

But this crisis is ultimately your responsibility. Despite your repeated assurances, Labour’s institutionalised antisemitism is worse than ever. It is now so bad that the Equality and Human Rights Commission is investigating whether the Party has actually broken the law by discriminating against Jews. Labour created the EHRC to protect our rights and challenge discrimination; to be investigated by it now is a mark of shame. This has all happened on your watch. The crisis has moved beyond a question of rules and disciplinary processes, to a question of a political culture, and crucially, leadership.

Yet, as Labour leader, you have said nothing publicly in response to the allegations since the documentary was broadcast. It is impossible to resist the impression that you are hiding behind Milne’s ‘outriders’ to fight your battles for you. This is cowardice, not leadership.

For anyone to have confidence in your interest or ability to deal with this crisis, and remove the stain of antisemitism from the Labour Party, there are questions you need to answer.

Did you know your most senior aides were interfering in antisemitism cases and overruling the staff assigned to investigate them? Why has Labour HQ become such a toxic workplace? Why do you think your own words and actions have caused so much offence to Jewish people? Why are so many antisemites drawn to support you? And why has this crisis developed only after you became leader?

If you aren’t prepared to face those questions in public, from an experienced interviewer, then Jews, Labour members and the public will have to draw their own conclusions about your fitness to lead the Labour Party, or a Labour government.

As its leader, the moral responsibility for Labour’s antisemitism crisis ultimately sits with you. Own that responsibility, or give it away to someone who will.

To add your name to this letter, please contact
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This is awful. Absolutely awful. I'm watching the destruction of the party I've been proud to belong to for some 37 years.

Whistleblowers to sue Labour as antisemitism row deepens ... P4Zd-rZFA

ETA : Sorry, Tubby, I seem to have duplicated what you posted.
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I hadn't seen this. Assuming the most "terrifying" bit is the text there, that's rather less than "gloating about how she could beat up another Jewish member of the Labour Party". You want to hear the things people on the left used to say about Thatcher.

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