‘Anti-Semitism row is allowing Corbyn to hide from the media’
Jeremy Corbyn has apologised twice this year for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Meanwhile, his most committed supporters continue to insist there’s no anti-Semitism to be found.
Even by the bonkers standards of the Brexit /Trump era, this is an almost unbelievable state of affairs that goes some way towards explaining why the Opposition is failing to land meaningful punches on what must surely be the most chaotic and incompetent Government in living memory.
But I am increasingly fearful that the situation is neither accidental nor genuinely regretted in the upper echelons of the Corbyn cabal. I say this with great sadness and I sincerely hope I am horribly wrong.
It is, however, the only answer I currently have to the question of how he can make public acts of contrition and promises of redress while doing precisely nothing to address the beliefs and behaviours of all the people who contend furiously that he has nothing to be contrite about.
Anti-Semitism is to Corbynites what fake news is to Donald Trump .
It is the camouflage under which he can elude proper scrutiny and accountability. When Trump seeks to undermine the authority of venerable news institutions like the New York Times or CNN, he does so in order to defuse their honest and accurate criticism of his behaviour and policies.
When Jeremy Corbyn’s most vociferous fans allege that the British media, including your humble columnist, is in the pay of the “Israel lobby” they do so to defuse the honest and accurate criticism of his behaviour and policies.
The ludicrous suggestion that all journalists expressing misgivings about Corbyn are dishonestly doing the bidding of their ‘paymasters’ is as abhorrent as it is widespread, but it works because the idea that ‘Jews control the media’ goes unchallenged across much of his core support.
And it serves a devilishly useful double purpose – it accounts for his refusal to get into studios and argue his case.
Opposition leaders traditionally avail themselves of almost every opportunity to attack the Government on TV and in radio studios but the opportunities come at a price: once there they have to answer questions about their own party and position too.
So reluctant is Corbyn to pay that price and face those questions that he shamefully foregoes the opportunity daily.
And anyone who questions why the Leader of the Opposition is almost entirely absent from mainstream media will be shrilly informed that he would not be given a fair crack of the whip because of a bias borne of, you guessed it, the ‘Israel lobby’ and the fact that ‘Jews control the media’.
That’s why all his apologies ring so hollow and why anyone waiting for him to genuinely address the party’s anti-Semitism problem shouldn’t hold their breath.
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