Anti-semitism. How Corbyn was stitched up like a kipper.

Iain Macwhirter

HOWcould a life-long opponent of anti-semitism like Jeremy Corbyn end up being accused of condoning anti-semitism in the Labour Party? Well, the Commons Home Affairs committee doesn’t actually accuse him of that, but of failing to provide “adequate leadership” and creating a “safe space” for anti-semites,whatever that means.

The home affairs committee says that the succession of highly publicised episodes of anti-semitism in the Labour Party mean Jeremy Corbyn must be failing to halt it. It is a charge that cannot be rebutted because the very premise carries an imputation of guilt. Similarly, the Labour peer, Shami Chakrabati’s, report must be a “whitewash” because Labour is demonstrably riven with anti-semitism.

But the evidence for this is highly dubious. It is mainly based on the assertion, as the report puts it, that: “a racist incident is one perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person”. It cites a…

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