Celebrate BBC – Bye Bye Corbyn

Oh joy. Celebrate like it’s 1979. The bad man has gone away. The good man – and I’ll come back to that – has triumphed.  But first, some random thoughts.

  • This campaign stiffened my dislike of the Guardian. Any institution that can admit the Labour Party had a serious problem with antisemitism but still recommend people vote for it is a deeply flawed body.
  • Chief Rabbi Mirvis got his intervention spot on. The last thing he would have wanted to do was become involved in national politics, but he believed it was wrong to stay silent. His noble behavior in the face of the storm of criticism directed his way after his statement simply cemented the belief (sic) of many, that he’s a decent man doing a difficult job very well. Long may he continue.
  • One response from the losing side has been slinging mud at the Tories suggesting that they have a problem with Islamophobia. Expect more of the same. I also expect Boris to put his own house in order, as required, and to deal swiftly with any such instances that arise.
  • I registered for a postal vote. I’m still waiting for the ballot to arrive. (Thank you Israel Post!) It would have taken another 6,000 votes like mine to see off the SNP who, sadly, took Renfrewshire East.
  • The election is a bad result for Scotland. It’s created a false expectation of independence that the SNP cannot deliver. I presume Johnson will stand resolute. So far as the rationale is concerned, there is no longer an economic argument for Scottish independence. And there is no prospect of Europe wanting Scotland as a member without the rest of the UK. Despite those inescapable facts, it seems likely that there will be a huge waste of time and energy and money – public money – wasted on campaigning for an independence referendum.
  • The markets do not like uncertainty. Well, this election result should sort that out. Whether you like it or not, Brexit is going to get done.
  • Note the following quotes from Dominic Cummings which should make uncomfortable reading for many:

“After the shock of the referendum MPs and journalists should have taken a deep breath and had a lot of self-reflection of why they misunderstood what was going on in the country but instead a lot of people just doubled down on their own ideas and fucked it up even more. That’s why something like this happens against expectations.

All these better than average educated remainer campaigner types who have waved around for eight weeks, for the last four months and didn’t understand what was going on and didn’t understand they were driving everyone mad.

Hopefully now they’ll learn because it’s not good for the country, the whole dynamic to carry on. MPs need to reflect, the media needs to reflect and they need to realise that the conversations they have in London are a million miles away from reality.

Finally, Boris. I have never met him, am never likely to, and have no burning desire to make him out to be a hero. He can be very clever. He can be nasty. He can be entertaining. He can be cruel. He can be charismatic. He can be sly. In short, he is not perfect. But none of us are. And many of those who sling stones are too quick to criticize (and name call) instead of arguing principles, ideas, and so forth. They shoot first and think later. He is also not a dictator. He has a party to keep him on track and, more importantly, an electorate who will not forgive him if he fails to deliver on his promise to be the Prime Minister for everyone. (For the many and not the few?) In this case, I am an optimist. I am happy to leave the PM alone and let him get on with the job.

Bye bye Corbyn, and let’s go Boris!

Can it get any worse?

Harry’s Place reports:

Jackie Walker readmitted to the Labour Party

Jackie Walker said some foul things about Jews (see here for background) but, so far as the Labour Party is concerned, that’s OK.

The Guardian reports:

Jeremy Corbyn ‘failed to reply’ to Israeli Labour on fears of antisemitism

Jeremy Corbyn faced fresh criticism over his handling of antisemitism allegations after Labour’s sister party in Israel said it had had no reply to a letter its leader sent to him a month ago expressing dismay and inviting him to Jerusalem to see the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Labour MPs said they were shocked that no response had apparently been sent and added that it was further evidence of the party leadership’s slow and inadequate response to the crisis.

After Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour party at the end of April for making highly controversial remarks about Hitler and Zionism, Isaac Herzog, leader of the Israeli Labour party, wrote to Corbyn saying he was “appalled and outraged by the recent instances of anti-semitism by senior Labour party officials in the United Kingdom”.

The whole piece is here.

Isn’t that an Impressive display by Labour? Impressively incompetent. Impressively ignorant.

Can it get any worse? I fear it can.

Look down

Probably the post of the week, Jewish Labour Mole has On looking down, not up.
The subtitle previews the content:

“There is wilfull blindness to the top-down institutional propagation of Labour’s Antisemitism.”

It starts as follows:

I was brought up to beware the following set of circumstances: an economic recession; the emergence of a populist leader with an antisemitic following and the inexorable flow downwards to an increase in antisemitic abuse, violence and murder. That sequence is no fable: it’s history on repeat, and it’s happening now.
It’s true that Antisemitism is a society-wide phenomenon: but it rarely flourishes unless sanctioned by leaders and institutions. The caveat in this classic narrative is that the conditions required for that evil to triumph is that Good Men Do Nothing.
I was given to believe that never again would ‘Good Men Do Nothing’. I was sold a pup.

It’s a must read.

It’s very worrying that the political scene in the UK seems infused with antisemitism, and it’s getting worse.

Labour or Society?

In the current Vicki Kirby controversy, it seems to me there is one important aspect that has been overlooked. By way of summary, here’s how Harry’s Place puts the overall position:

Vicki Kirby, then Labour’s candidate for Woking, was suspended from the Labour Party in 2014 following a string of antisemitic tweets. Now it seems that she has not simply been reinstated by Labour, but appointed as Woking’s vice chair.

The story was broken by Guy Fawkes’ blog. That blog also highlighted that Kirby and the Woking Labour Party chairman:

“have been publicly sharing content suggesting ISIS is a CIA conspiracy and joking about their own anti-Semitism.”

The latter behavior occurred after her 2014 suspension.

It’s all very well for the Labour Party to take a long look at itself, and wonder how they managed to reinstate her, and appoint her as a vice chairman. And it is right and proper that questions are asked about the Labour Party’s procedures, principles, and it is given the opportunity to learn from its mistakes. (Again.) But the further question is, why was the story only broken by Guy Fawkes’ blog? Given the public nature of Vicki Kirby’s social media postings, why didn’t other Labour Party members raise the alarm?

One possible explanation is that such behavior is not seen as offensive or objectionable within the Labour Party. (And there is plenty of evidence to suggest this is the case.) Another, much more troubling possible explanation, is that such behavior is not seen as offensive or objectionable within British society as a whole.

So, is it the Labour Party that has a Jewish problem, or is it British society?

Shueb Salar is bound to be an Amnesty supporter

The British Labour party has been having a tough time of it. For now, let’s pass over their leader’s issues with apparent support for undesirable elements, their youth wing’s tolerance for antisemitism and bigotry, and switch our focus to Sadiq Khan. He is their candidate for the London mayoral election. Earlier this week he had to fire one of his speechwriters/advisors, Shueb Salar, for homophobic, racist and sexist tweets. Hold that thought.

Where are we? We are at the higher echelons of the mainstream left wing political party in the UK. A party built on the fight for individual rights. Would it be too much to say life, liberty, and equality?

So how does Salar’s bigotry remain undetected until now? It surely cannot be that his previous behavior was exemplary. It surely cannot be that he never before let loose his lips to deliver some of that bigotry in the presence of friends and acquaintances. It surely cannot be that Labour party members didn’t hear such stuff from him. So, why did nobody do anything? Could it possibly be that his friends and acquaintances see nothing wrong in that bigotry? I mean, surely not…

As a separate issue, the Mirror article that revealed much of the detail, includes this:

Mr Khan has faced controversy before over his links with Islamic extremists he defended in his former job as a solicitor dealing with human rights issues.

And:

Before joining Mr Khan’s Westminster operation, 24-year-old Mr Salar also worked for a solicitor’s company specialising in human rights.

The bigot used to work in the field of human rights. Wow. I bet Shueb Salar is an Amnesty* supporter!

[*See here, and here. Guy Fawkes‘ blog has more material on the bigoted Mr Salar, here.]

Quote of the week

From Dan Hodges at the Telegraph.

First the title and lede:

Jeremy Corbyn and his acolytes are simply in denial

The Labour party needs to stop pretending hard-Leftists like Corbyn or Owen Jones have anything relevant to contribute now Ed Miliband is gone

Now the quote:

In 2010 Labour held the longest leadership election in the party’s history. And then at the end nobody won it. Most MPs voted for David Miliband. Most Labour party members voted for David Miliband. And then Ed Miliband became leader. So for the next five years everyone had to wander around pretending to be “united” in the hope no one outside the Labour party would notice.

The piece has a few other contenders for quote of the week. Read it all, here. It’s funny and hits the target square on.

[First seen at Guido Fawkes’ blog.]