In a powerful lead article the Telegraph reports that Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to continue talking to terrorist organisations Hamas and Hezbollah, in comments that threaten to further destabilise his leadership ahead of the local elections. The second bombshell highlighted that given Mr Corbyn’s handling of the anti semitism crisis in the Labour Party, there are claims that John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, is waiting in the wings to launch an “organised takeover” as leader if Labour MPs launch a coup.
I often debate politics with friends on different hiking groups in Cyprus. One, with passionately left-wing views, says that Jeremy Corbyn’s time’s probably up and John McDonnell would make a more effective leader, describing him as a ‘real political bruiser’. Meanwhile, a friend with conservative views is waiting for Labour to crash at the local elections.
Yesterday, my wife and I watched the BBC Andrew Marr show and subsequent programme which tried to explore the difference between anti semitism and anti zionism. Life would be much easier if commentators explained to viewers or listeners what they meant by these terms.
Personally, I feel that there are now hard-left elements dominating the Labour Party that are pro-Palestinian, including supporting terrorist organizations and they are deeply anti semitic AND anti zionist too. I predict that the next Labour Party leadership context will be both bloody and ugly.