Book Review – The Left’s Jewish Problem, Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Antisemitism – Dave Rich

This book is a recommended read. With the Economist arguing that Jeremy Corbyn could well be the UK’s next prime minister, the latest edition of this book gives us some brilliant insights into the politics of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters on the left of the UK Labour Party. The latest edition is extremely comprehensive, analytical, and longitudinal, right up to the Summer 2018. The conclusion is that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is institutionally antisemitic, just like the metropolitan Police were found to be institutionally racist in the Stephen Lawrence enquiry.

The author, Dr David Rich, is a leading authority on antisemitism, anti-Zionism and political extremism and lectures regularly on these subjects in the UK and overseas. He has written for newspapers and journals, including the New York Times, Guardian, New Statesman, Huffington Post, Standpoint, Ha’aretz, World Affairs Journal, Jewish Chronicle, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs and the Forward.

The book is careful not to accuse Jeremy Corbyn of being an anti-Semite but raises deep questions about Corbyn’s past associations. Ultimately, as a political leader Jeremy Corbyn must be measured on what he does, as well as what he says. As leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has permitted factionalism to prevail and institutional antisemitism to fester. The political context described in the book should be of interest to anybody worried about a Far-Left government in the UK.






Opinion – Drugs among middle-class professionals to be investigated to combat violence, Sajid Javid announces – via Independent – John Gelmini

Dr Alf is right. Drug taking amongst middle class professionals has been rife for years. Cocaine, favoured by “Masters of the Universe”, the ‘Glitterati’ and striving London-based professionals is as commonplace as coffee.

In the “Wolf of Wall Street”, the junk stock operator, Jordan Belfort, played in the film of the same name, starring Leonardo di Caprio, writes in his book of the same name that he was encouraged to do so by his Wall Street mentor so that he could “dial faster” as a precursor to selling more shares to more people and thus earning more sales commission. Belfort in turn encouraged his boiler room salespeople to do the same thing until the authorities put a stop to his malfeasance and jailed him for fraud and breaches of securities laws, money laundering and swindling.

In expensive dinner parties, people who used to be hippies in the sixties, now relive their misspent youth, by eating cannabis baked into cakes, whilst quaffing top of the range wines and snorting cocaine.

What is needed from Javid is not a belated investigation but hard evidence about the effects of these practices, so that people who see themselves as clever and above the law can be educated to lead drug free lives.

John Gelmini