I’ve been following the ongoing horror movie that is Britain’s Labour party with Jeremy Corbyn at the helm for some time. I never expected in my lifetime to see anti-Semitism mainstreamed like this. The link below is a short piece I wrote for the National Post to introduce Canada to the issue.
It brings attention to the history of Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and lists the various groups and individuals in Britain who have publicly condemned his and the party’s racism, including the many Labour MPs who have quit over this, and Labour members of the House of Lords.
“I never experienced direct anti-Semitism in the Labour Party until Jeremy Corbyn became its leader,” Dame Louise Ellman, a Labour MP for 23 years, told me.
In the lead-up to the United Kingdom’s Dec. 12 general election, a shocking poll has been released. Forty-seven per cent — almost half — of the U.K.’s thousand-year-old Jewish community would seriously consider leaving the country if the current opposition, the Corbyn-led Labour Party, were to come to power. The same poll found that 87 per cent of British Jews believe Corbyn to be anti-Semitic.
One weakness of the article was generalizing about the day-to-day anti-Semitism that has spread among the rank-and-file membership, without giving some specific examples. This thread gives an excellent peek at that:
On Thursday, I can only wish for a Corbyn/ Labour demolition, but I’m afraid this movie is far from over.