Yep, recently heard “the Jewish lobby control the media …” so a reminder of the IHRA code on anti-Semitism – including its second contemporary example –
Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to: … – Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions. …
One of the problems of picking up on examples of anti-Semitism and then trying to refute it, is that writing anything original requires some knowledge and expertise. So I will try to cite others. For now, I will merely add that denying such “control” is not just an example of political correctness, that people get upset to hear anti-Semitism, especially when they hadn’t expected to have to refute it – startled even.
From the 1995 Oliver Stone film, Nixon:
(Nixon wakes up in the middle of the night.)
Manolo (Nixon's Cuban butler, joins him and ) moves to a cabinet on the far side of the pantry.
Takes out a bottle of Chivas, puts ice into a tumbler.
NIXON Do you miss Cuba, Manolo?
MANOLO Yes, Mr. President.
NIXON We let you down, didn't we. Your people.
MANOLO That was Mr. Kennedy.
NIXON You don't think he was a hero?
Manolo pours Nixon a drink.
MANOLO (shrugs) He was a politician.
NIXON (swallows the drink)
Did you cry when he died?
MANOLO I don't know. (then)
He made me see the stars ...
NIXON (looks outside, to himself)
How did he do that?
The Leadership event didn’t really ask the questions that I think are pertinent. The 40 seconds per answer format may be all you can do for a fair opportunity for everyone. But it never felt like someone could find the space to impress. Save the final 2 minute statements, upon which Keir Starmer did the best and helping people “see the stars” (pt. 1).
Jess Phillips was combative on tackling anti-Semitism (pt. 7), but for Rebecca Long-Bailey to celebrate Ralph Miliband, but not Ed Miliband (former leader) or David Miliband (former Foreign Secretary) spoke volumes.
As for a Boris Johnson style oft repeated mantra, only Long-Bailey tried it and she went for “democratising the economy”. Nottingham was the home of the Institute for Workers Control, but it’s not a demand I heard anyone try to sell during the last election, not called for from the doorstep. The nature of work has changed, is less factory orientated, and the intellectual property more internationalised. Perhaps it can work in a legal office, but very challenging for the huge numbers of people employed caring for others in their homes. Difficult to see how the demand for this has been created (pt 4).
Polling and media consensus for the defeat typically suggested 5 reasons – 1. Jeremy Corbyn was unpopular; 2. Brexit strategy; 3. manifesto; 4. collapse of Red Wall; 5. poor election strategy.
My takes differs a bit – Corbyn, yes; – Brexit – not quite; – policy – was Ok but not focussed; – Red wall – no, a symptom not a cause; – poor election strategy – well, poor campaign; but – media have to take some of the blame and – Britain’s political culture is poor.
I’ve covered a number of topics concerning Labour’s disastrous General Election defeat. Was it foreseeable? Was it foreseen? Here’s my speech to Nottingham South members in August 2016 in a debate with Alan Simpson. The obvious counter-point now is 2017 – but I wonder if we can now agree how much that was about Theresa May?