Anti-Semitism row means Labour is not holding Government to account – YP Letters

From: Roger Backhouse, Orchard Road, Upper Poppleton, York.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

BEING neither Jewish nor a member of the Labour Party (or any party), I was surprised by accusations of anti-Semitism. Labour was the party that had Ed Miliband as leader and has Jon Lansman as cheerleader for Jeremy Corbyn. Both are of Jewish origin so the accusations seemed astounding.

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Seeking clarification, I contacted a Jewish friend and Labour Party member. He emphatically said the number of cases of anti-Semitism was exaggerated with little evidence linking them to Labour Party members. He suggested many allegations were based on remarks taken totally out of context.

I cannot check his claims, though I agree that one case of anti-Semitism is one too many. All should be investigated.

Jeremy Corbyn is not very effective as leader, though he makes a change from the Oxbridge clique dominating British politics. Some are using the anti-Semitism row as a stick to beat him, a classic case of throwing enough mud at a wall in the hope some will stick?

While Labour is distracted with this row, serious discussion about its policies – and the failings of the present Government – goes by the board. It is tragic.