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 – Labour voters should look again at the Tory party, here for the many – Theresa May – Guardian/Observer

Theresa May’s op-ed in the Observer is a recommended read. She’s right to pitch towards the political centre ground – ‘one-nation conservatism‘ has a proud tradition going back to Disraeli. Alarmingly, the Labour Party has lurched towards the Far-Left – ‘New Labour’ under Jeremy Corbyn is totally different to ‘Old Labour’, built on compassionare socialism. To win the next general election, the Conservatives must deliver radical policies that will appeal to the political centrists. Since the crash of 2008 too many working and middle class families have suffered under austerity.