While Theresa May’s Conservative Party continues to collapse in the opinion polls, the Labour Party is currently riding high, despite a sustained media attack by the Rupert Murdoch-owned Sunday Times newspaper.
Last week’s front page is reproduced above, while this week’s doesn’t get much better for Jeremy Corbyn declaring: “Corbyn admits: We ‘ignored’ anti-semitism. Tape exposes leader’s secret confession.”
The tape recording in question was made during a meeting with the Jewish Labour MP Margaret Hodge to discuss the party’s ‘anti-semitism’ “crisis”, which now involves the police, apparently.
Inside the newspaper, almost a full page is devoted to the “crisis”, including an ex-Labour council candidate who posted on social media that she intended to read Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf to “discover and travel in a place of knowledge” even though she does not support Hitler in any way. A Muslim busybody has reported her comments to the police, apparently.
Another attack is on a current Labour council candidate in Chesterfield, Paul Knaggs, who last year in an article on his blog (called ‘Labour Heartlands’) attempted to get to the bottom of the “crisis”.
The Sunday Times attack piece, entitled “Council hopeful turns on Jews and Muslims”, written by Richard Kerbaj, Gabriel Pogrund and the newspaper’s star political reporter Tim Shipman, also reveals that Labour suspended three council candidates last week for allegedly making ‘anti-semitic’ posts on social media.
Paul Knaggs thinks that the same will happen to him and defends his article by saying: “Seriously it’s not the Labour party. It’s those who are out to persecute and silence the many that are the issue.”
In the article, entitled “Down the Rabbit Hole”, published in May last year, Knaggs blamed the Muslim Tory peer ‘Baroness’ Warsi and the former president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Jonathan Arkush for spreading “poison” by highlighting ethnic rivalry “instigated by just a minority with axes to grind on both sides” which will “only create bitterness and lead to more bigotry, racism and hate for all.” As a result, according to the article, both will seek to “dominate our politics” and “undermine the working class struggle”.
Mr Knaggs, a former officer in the British Army, continued: “The attitude of most working class people is ‘leave your troubles behind’…we all reserve the right to call out injustices in the world, but we also reserve the right not to let it dominate our political world.”
“I respect your freedom to have a religion and even practice it. But I do not respect that fact that you want your religion to dominate our politics or undermine the working class struggle.”
Although the Sunday Times article is disingenuous in making out Mr Knaggs is ‘turning on’ both Jews and Muslims, he does make some interesting points about the leverage asserted by both communities on contemporary British politics.
Of course, Mr Knaggs, 52, is from the Old Labour tradition. He even supports Brexit, as the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn does, apparently. And he probably thinks that what matters in politics should be unchanged from Old Labour’s post-war heyday when the NHS was created and controlling the ‘commanding heights of the economy’ was the only thing that mattered.
Sadly, after decades of uncontrolled mass immigration and state-sponsored multiculturalism that is no longer the case.