YP Letters: Unfair to speak of Corbyn in same breath as Enoch Powell

Has Jeremy Corbyn done enough to tackle anti-semitism in Labour?
Has Jeremy Corbyn done enough to tackle anti-semitism in Labour?
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From: Michael McGowan, former Labour MEP for Leeds and the European Parliament’s delegation to Israel

For Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi, to name Jeremy Corbyn in the same breath as Enoch Powell and his infamous ‘Rivers of blood’ speech (The Yorkshire Post, August 29) is more than overstepping the mark.

The words of Sacks are damaging to community relations, do nothing to help promote understanding and resolve conflict but simply play to the gallery of gutter prejudice.

The Jewish community in this country enriches the lives of so many of us and the words of Sacks do not represent their views and does nothing for his own reputation.

Jonathan Sacks would be wise to reflect carefully on his potentially-dangerous use of language which can only fuel divisions and incite conflict and then apologise to Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

From: M P Laycock, Wheatlands Road East, Harrogate.

It is grossly unfair of Jonathan Sacks to compare Enoch Powell with Jeremy Corbyn. He should not equate “Rivers of Blood”, which Enoch Powell did not say, with things that Jeremy Corbyn actually did say. Far from “undermining” “the existence of an entire group of British citizens by depicting them as entirely alien” , Enoch Powell made a clear and positive distinction between those immigrants who came to Britain intending to become part of our society and those who had no such intention. Lord Sacks should recognise this.

From: Philip Taylor, Lockwood, Huddersfield.

The Labour party as a result of the controversy of anti-semitism within its rank has lost many supporters and potential supporters and has become a very weak and ineffectual opposition party. To have a weak opposition party can lead to disastrous decisions being made.

From: John Turley, Dronfield Woodhouse.

Arthur Quarmby (The Yorkshire Post, August 28) is correct when he suggests one likely outcome of Brexit is a Corbyn government.

Just as the Trade Unions were largely responsible for putting Mrs Thatcher in power in 1979 following on from their ‘Winter of Discontent’ strikes, it is highly likely that the Brexiteeers will be largely responsible for putting Jeremy Corbyn in power at the next general election.