Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Jeremy the Jellyfish

Former Labour MP Tom Harris had some very interesting things to say the other day about Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party's track record in combatting anti-Semitism.

"It’s hard to imagine Corbyn surviving as leader if any other minority had been subjected to the same treatment as British Jews have been by Labour Party members. If we were being unkind, we might describe anti-Semitism as the one intolerance that Labour finds tolerable.

"At a meeting of Labour MPs yesterday, the party’s general secretary Jennie Formby twice said that eradicating anti-Semitism from Labour would be impossible. It is reasonable to wonder whether she and her colleagues could be trying a bit harder.

"Labour’s pride in being opposed to “all forms of racism” does not, in fact, stand up to much scrutiny. Corbyn still refuses to recognise that his accommodation of groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah – unambiguously anti-Semitic organisations who encourage their followers to kill Jews – has sent a very dangerous signal to both the Jewish community and to those who would wish it harm."

Read the full article via the following link to CAPX


Corbyn - Send in the Clowns (25/03/18)

Jeremy Corbyn has been a London MP since 1983 and during his long career the Labour leader has been immersed in the politics of the country's capital, as I was myself for much of the 80s' after taking up a full-time post union post with NUPE.

Yet Jeremy Corbyn has got himself involved in another controversy over anti-Semitism, just like his old colleague Ken Livingstone, only this time the row is about an ugly 'mural' on a wall in east London depicting a group of decidedly Jewish looking elderly men playing a monopoly-style board game on top of what look like dead bodies or slaves, perhaps.

In any event, the mural was to be painted over by the local council because of its anti-Semitic message and its creator took to Facebook for support with the following message:

“Tomorrow they want to buff my mural. Freedom of expression. London calling. Public art.”

Predictably, Jeremy Corbyn rode to the rescue with the following response:

“Why? You are in good company. Rockerfeller destroyed Diego Viera’s mural because it includes a picture of Lenin.”

What a clown the man is and his pathetic attempts at an apology make even matters worse because Corbyn's response was very pointed and, predictably, very political -  with his dumb reference to Rockerfeller, Diego Rivera and Lenin.

Read the following report and the angry comments of Labour MPs on the Politics Home web site.


Jeremy Corbyn has said he "sincerely regrets" opposing the removal of an anti-Semitic mural.

Jeremy Corbyn expresses 'regret' for defending anti-Semitic mural

By Kevin Schofield - Politics Home

Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised over a Facebook comment from 2012 - Credit: PA Images

The Labour leader has come in for a storm of criticism from campaigners and some of his own MPs after his actions on a Facebook group were revealed.

The mural, on a wall in London, featured a group of elderly men sitting around a table which is resting on the back of seemingly dead bodies.

Jeremy Corbyn condemned for defending ‘anti-Semitic mural’

Labour launches anti-Semitism probe into Facebook group Jeremy Corbyn was a member of

EXCL Senior Labour MP warns party 'will cease to exist' unless anti-Semitism is tackled

Its creator wrote: “Tomorrow they want to buff my mural. Freedom of expression. London calling. Public art.”

Responding to the post, Mr Corbyn wrote: “Why? You are in good company. Rockerfeller destroyed Diego Viera’s mural because it includes a picture of Lenin.”

Labour MP Luciana Berger highlighted the 2012 incident in a tweet.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn initially issued a statement saying he had been "responding to concerns about the removal of public art on grounds of freedom of speech".

They added: "The mural was offensive, used antisemitic imagery, which has no place in our society, and it is right that it was removed."

Mr Corbyn then issued a lengthy statement of his own - but stopped short of apologising for his actions.

He said: "In 2012 I made a general comment about the removal of public art on grounds of freedom of speech. My comment referred to the destruction of the mural “Man at the Crossroads” by Diego Rivera on the Rockefeller Center.

"That is in no way comparable with the mural in the original post. I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image I was commenting on, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and anti-Semitic. I wholeheartedly support its removal.

"I am opposed to the production of anti-Semitic material of any kind, and the defence of free speech cannot be used as a justification for the promotion of anti-Semitism in any form. That is a view I’ve always held.

"The Tower Hamlets mural I celebrate is the one which commemorates the mobilization of East London’s Jewish community in the anti-fascist demonstrations against Mosley’s Blackshirts in Cable Street in 1936."

Labour MP Ian Austin said: "This is an appalling anti-Semitic image and I can't understand why anyone would have defended it. Jeremy would never have defended a racist image aimed at any other group, but his statement does not even include an apology.

"He clearly doesn't understand the offence this will cause not just to the Jewish community but to many other people as well and no one will be satisfied by his explanation."

Karen Pollock, cheif executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust - which has criticised anti-Semitism by other MPs in the past - said: "“The mural was blatantly anti-Semitic using images commonly found in anti-Semitic propaganda. Indefensible then and indefensible now.

"If against all forms of racism, why does Mr Corbyn’s stance on antisemitism always fall short? Enough is enough."

Jeremy the Jellyfish (20/07/18)

Some people say that Jeremy Corbyn doesn't have an anti-semitic bone in his body, but the widely respected Labour MP Margaret Hodge seems to disagree since she denounced her party leader a "racist" and "anti-Semite" in a big bust up at the House of Commons. 


Spineless Performance (08/05/18)

Private Eye, the UK's best and only fortnightly satirical magazine, had some fun with its front cover recently at Jeremy Corbyn's expense.

After the local elections results in England, I think it's fair to say that Jeremy has paid a heavy price for his 'spineless' performance in failing to stand up to anti-Semitism in Labour's ranks.


Cult of Corbyn (27/03/18)

Here's another great Twitter joke which pokes fun, for good reason, at the cult of Corbyn and his local difficulties involving a London mural.

"I sincerely regret that I did not look more closely at the image, the contents of which are deeply disturbing and anti-Semitic"


Eagle Images and Weasel Words (26/03/18)

Much fun was had on Twitter at the weekend with lots of posts mocking Jeremy Corbyn's 'weasel words' over not looking more clearly at an anti-semitic mural before declaring his support on Facebook.

My favourite, so far at least, was this comment from the journalist Euan McColm:

“i only glanced at it but i thought it was a parrot carrying an electric fan.”

Now that is funny - eat your heart out Private Eye and the Have I Got News for You (HIGNFY) Team!