It’s the Post-Budget Bad News Season for the Conservatives. A minister resigned on Friday evening. Everyone’s still talking about it on Monday. People are starting to listen to what Jeremy Corbyn has to say.
They are only listening to him because of a political blunder by the Government, not because of what Labour propose to do. Corbyn had been hiding from political interviewers until now, simply because he would have to face some awkward questions about his own party.
Labour is mired in a scandal over the conduct of its activists. Specifically, these party members are openly anti-Semitic. They conceal this by stating that they just oppose the conduct of the Israeli government, but their actions indicates otherwise.
What is worse is that administrators and organisers in Labour seem to be happy that the virulent anti-Semites are openly operating in their party. It is only when the public comments of these socialist bigots reach a national audience that the party has acted. The Guido Fawkes website deserves special praise here. However, it took remarks by the Prime Minister at PMQs before Labour acted over its self-made fiasco.
This may be related to the Corbyn’s sympathies. He has openly associated with supporters of international terrorist groups and Holocaust deniers. Why Labour’s officials did not act when the information they needed was in the public domain is not quite clear. It has also taken the resignation of the co-Chairman of the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) to expose Labour’s culture of anti-Semitism amidst the dreaming spires. Again, this is disguised as opposition to Israel’s policies, but there have been reports of public harassment of Jewish students.
Labour has form on social bigotry. It is clear that Labour politicians despise the white working class in England for not being sufficiently politically correct. We only get glimpses of this but it does appear endemic. Gordon Brown’s unguarded description of a lifelong Labour supporter as a ‘bigoted woman’ in 2010, when Gillian Duffy had the audacity to express her reasonable concerns over uncontrolled immigration from Eastern Europe affecting the employment prospects of her grandchildren is a prime example.
This antipathy towards what was once Labour’s core support base many have informed Rotherham Council’s reaction to the organised gang rape of girls in council care, which was viewed as a diversity issue to be contained and concealed, instead of depraved criminality. Similarly, Emily Thornberry’s by-election tweet from Strood was an obvious sneer at a man who owned a white van and displayed the England flag. When Ed Miliband was asked what went though his mind when he sees the flag of St George, he replied ‘respect’.
‘Respect’? Robbers ‘respect’ the police, which is why they take steps to conceal their criminal activity. No ‘love’ from Ed. Or ‘pride’.
There will be an inquiry into OULC by Labour conducted by a Labour peer who has sympathy for Hamas. So that’s all right, then. But Labour’s form on publishing controversial inquiry reports is quite poor. The report into ballot-rigging in the candidate selection process in Falkirk only entered the public domain when it was leaked. Labour’s internal reports into its spectacular defeat last year were also leaked. While Ed Miliband reflexively demanded independent public inquiries on numerous issues, the ‘party of the people’ would not make their own inquiries public.
However, the fact is that Labour members who are students at one of the world’s most prestigious universities are openly anti-Semitic through their explicit conflation of the presence of Jewish students with the Israeli-Palestinian issue.
But who are these bigoted Labour students? What is apparent is that, apart from one or two people, no members of the OULC have spoken out about a culture whose antecedents have included genocide. This does mean that it may be reasonable to conclude that any person who graduates from Oxford in the next two years or so who then enters politics for Labour is an anti-Semite bigot.
Or perhaps that is bigoted too.