What an absolute travesty.
I wonder how many people reading this can remember back in the 1987 general election, when reporters claimed rich people – including pop stars like Phil Collins – would leave the UK if Neil Kinnock became a Labour prime minister?
It was mentioned on a TV panel show of the time, and I recall Tony Slattery remarking, “What a rock-and-roller you are, Phil!”
Well, Labour didn’t win and Phil Collins didn’t leave.
The reality was that people like him were never really going to. We know that because they didn’t clear off when New Labour won in 1997.
Now the Torygraph – and the Jewish Chronicle, if my search engine is correct – is saying Jewish families will leave the UK in fear of what Jeremy Corbyn will do, should he win the key to Number 10. This is based, we can only conclude, on the claims of anti-Semitism against Mr Corbyn.
I don’t believe it.
Firstly, the information comes from James Cleverly, the man running the Conservative election campaign. He would say anything to gain an advantage and he is not known for accuracy or intelligence.
Secondly, it would imply a huge amount of gullibility on the party of members of the Jewish community, and I’m not buying that.
In my opinion, most Jews know that the claims against Mr Corbyn aren’t true, and have been devised to discredit a man who wants a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine question.
Anybody who did leave, I would suggest, would have a political reason for doing so.
I reckon the UK’s Jewish community is in more danger from such liars than anybody else. Don’t you agree?
Source: Jewish families will leave the UK if Jeremy Corbyn wins general election, Tory chair James Cleverly says
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THERE ARE MNAY JEWS who support JC, and hate what Israel is doing to the Palestinians. There are Jewish groups, and i have jewsish friends and i have met Jews in Israel who are trying to make things better for the Palestinians
James Cleverly – a classic case of nominative NON-determinism!
Oh dear corbyns really frightening them next he b stealing the babies they tell
Well over 50,000 deaths due to Tory Welfare reforms, millions using foodbanks, and they have the nerve to resort to utter rubbish like this. This says more about the Tories than it does about Corbyn. Disgusting lying scumbags.
Why don’t the Tories sort out the Islamic racism that goes on in their on own party before criticizing Labour…
I can assure you that most Jews genuinely think that Labour is antisemitic. The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News have been running scare/horror stories for a long time.
Jews don’t feel safe anywhere, so it’s easy to whip up hysteria in our community. I think you’re right that this is a smear campaign, but actually it has been very successful, so despite the lack of evidence, most Jews are convinced that it is a fact. I can’t see people leaving the country, but I think people will be genuinely concerned.
I love your blog Mike, but I think in this case you are wrong to think that the mainstream of the Jewish community aren’t really worried.
Okay, that’s one point of view. Any others?
I have known Jewish people with no interest in Israel at all.