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Are ALL the anti-Semitism screamers going to turn out to be religious bigots?

Facepalm: one can imagine Jeremy Corbyn’s shocked ‘not in my name’ response to what’s going on here – if he’s ever asked about it.

I suppose it was inevitable that the people who have been screaming about Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism wouldn’t know when to stop – but they’ve really shot their feet off this time, let alone their mouths.

After an attack piece against Jeremy Corbyn led to a complaint of hate crime because it featured these words…

Corbynism has multiple weird parallels with Christianity – they share a saviour concept, and an enemy in Jews

… I published a piece suggesting that the words of the author, one Tanya Gold, as published in a newspaper, may not only be a hate crime as defined by the Equalities Act 2010, but may also be incitement to others to commit such crimes.

Within less than a day, this already seems to have come true:

The comment is clearly wrong because it proceeds from a false premise: the original claim was that Jews were the enemies of Christians (it was Jews who were actively opposed to Christians) and not the other way around.

I am reminded of one of the pillars of Christianity, which is the phrase, “Turn the other cheek.” It advocates pacifism.

In this particular case, though, it seems clear that such a course will not deter the aggressor, so I certainly recommend recourse to a legal solution.

In other words, let’s make sure the bigot referenced above, along with anyone else suggesting that either Christians hate Jews or (as Ms Gold suggested) Jews hate Christians, is reported to the police for hate crime, and for inciting it in others.

It’s the only way to stop them.


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Jewish Chronicle attack piece on Jeremy Corbyn leads to police hate complaint

Jeremy Corbyn: he doesn’t talk about his own religious beliefs, describing them as “personal”, but he does say there is a Jewish element in his ancestry – probably from Germany. So why is a Jewish Chronicle writer apparently using him to incite hatred by Jews against Christians?

An article in the Jewish Chronicle attacking Jeremy Corbyn has been reported to the police as a religious hate crime.

Here’s the offending passage, re-presented for us by Aaron Bastani of Novara Media:

It was reported to the police by Simon Maginn, whose It Was A Scam hashtag about the anti-Semitism hysteria whipped up against Mr Corbyn generated considerable hatred towards him personally.

He tweeted:

Then he had a short dialogue with the article’s author…

… that had this result:

Personally, I think any claim that Jews are enemies of Christians, that is based on words in the Bible, would need to be justified in a modern context.

Of course, if Ms Gold is stating that Jewish people – as a group – actively consider themselves to be enemies of Christians, and is able to justify that statement in the way I have described, then the Jewish people she mentions are definitely in breach of the Equalities Act 2010 and should be punished under UK law.

If the matter goes to law, my instinct tells me only Ms Gold will be found to have infringed the law – but her words, published in a newspaper, may be considered incitement.

Put it all together and I can see the JC picking up yet another judgment against it.


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Why is Chris Grayling trying to sabotage the national finances?

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Here’s further evidence that Justice Minister Chris Grayling is not only unjust but actually evil.

It seems he is drawing up contracts which will ensure profits – for the period of the next two parliaments – for private companies taking over probation services, and massive penalties for the next government if it cancels the contracts.

“Taxpayers will face a £300m-£400m penalty if controversial probation privatisation contracts are cancelled after next May’s general election under an “unprecedented” clause that guarantees bidders their expected profits over the 10-year life of the contract,” according to The Guardian.

It seems the contracts would guarantee the income of two of our favourite outsourcing firms, G4S and Serco, both of which have been at the centre of serious fraud allegations. They have received these contracts during a period when Grayling himself had said they would receive nothing.

Clearly he has misled Parliament.

The Ministry of Justice says it is following Treasury guidance by including the clause, making it likely that we are seeing a conspiracy among Tory-led government departments – and that we will see more of the same in other politically-controversial contracts that will be signed before next May’s general election.

In a time of austerity, inflicted on us by the same government!

Isn’t it illegal for one government to tie the hands of the next in this manner?

Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Commons public accounts committee, has said she was appalled by the discovery, according to the newspaper.

This is a typical Tory tactic in new wrapping. Remember how the Tory-led Coalition has forced budget cuts on councils and the regional assemblies, meaning in return that they had to cut services to citizens – and take the blame for the choices?

Grayling is clearly hoping that a Labour or Labour-led government of the future that cuts the contracts to G4S and Serco will take the blame for the increased cost to the taxpayer that he is imposing.

He isn’t thinking straight, though. G4S and Serco are under investigation, facing serious allegations of fraud. While they were cleared to work on government contracts in January, this came from auditors working for the Conservative government; a future government may disagree with that decision.

This means that contracts awarded to G4S and Serco would be void – and no money would be due to them.

Whatever happens with the contracts, Grayling himself should face legal proceedings for his own involvement in what amounts to interference with the public finances, after he is forced out of office next year. The favouritism he shows towards the two companies is deeply suspicious and he should be investigated for financial connections to them.

Let us remember, also, that Grayling has no mandate for these actions as nobody elected a Conservative government into office to tie the hands of future administrations. It was not in the Conservative 2010 manifesto, nor was it in the Coalition agreement.

This ‘justice’ minister belongs behind bars.

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