Here’s a man making a wrong decision.
If there is anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, then it would be wrong to quit the party – effectively running away, as Lord Levy is suggesting he will do.
Far better to address the issue head-on, root out the culprits and not only expel them, but make it clear why their views are utterly unacceptable.
That goes for any other form of bigotry as well – sexism, racism in any form, anti-Muslim sentiment, anti-immigrant attitudes… hate speech against the long-term sick and disabled, too.
Lord Levy, Labour’s former chief fundraiser under Tony Blair, has warned he could quit the party if it does not do more to confront antisemitism.
The Labour peer made the comments amid a row over whether the party had done enough to weed out people who had expressed antisemitic views.
The party has had to take action in recent weeks to re-suspend a former parliamentary candidate, Vicki Kirby, who had made comments about Jews’ “big noses”; expel Gerry Downing, a Labour activist, who had spoken of the need to “address the Jewish question”; and launch an investigation into claims of antisemitism in its youth movement.
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has repeatedly stressed that there is no place in the party for antisemitism.
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