Rafael Behr and Jenny Chapman take a slapping over Jeremy Corbyn antisemitism claims

Jeremy Corbyn: the facts are on his side – along with some strong defenders.

After The Observer published an incendiary – and almost fact-free – propaganda piece supporting Keir Starmer’s undemocratic decision to deny voters in Islington North a chance to continue having Jeremy Corbyn as their Labour MP, journalist Rafael Behr of that paper’s stablemate The Guardian appeared on the BBC’s Politics Live and tried to justify it.

He was joined by Labour’s Jenny Chapman, who also pushed the Labour leadership’s claims.

But they were opposed by Jess Barnard, who many may remember as the firebrand leader of Young Labour. She’s now a member of the party’s ruling National Executive Committee and of Corbyn-supporting group Momentum – and she wasn’t taking any prisoners.

I was live-tweeting at the time, and I have taken the liberty of superimposing my own comments at the appropriate moments in the discussion, so you can tell exactly what I was thinking as the debate was taking place.

For an in-depth analysis of everything that was wrong with the Observer article and the position taken by Behr and Chapman see this Vox Political article.

Sadly, considering the atmosphere in the Labour Party at the moment, This Writer fears for Ms Barnard’s future within it, having made such a clear stand against her autocratic party leader.

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  1. Tony February 21, 2023 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I think we can confidently predict the next person to be expelled.

  2. Jenny Hambidge February 22, 2023 at 10:18 am - Reply

    more anti- Corbyn stuff in the Guardian letters pages this morning. What IS going on? Surely Labour will lose votes from people like myself who now feel disenfranchised due to this dishonesty and now vicious attacks on Jeremy Corbyn.What are they up to?

    • Mike Sivier February 24, 2023 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      I’m going to do an article about that letters page.

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