Corbyn was …almost there

Jeremy Corbyn reminds me of of that beloved children’s board game Snakes and Ladders. Just as it looks like Corbyn’s “new old fashioned” Labour party appears to be making peace with its Jewish constituency the Leader simply jumps off message finding  the inviting neck of the snake and  the downward ride offered irresistible.
Yet it all happened so quickly that only those with their hearts and minds intimately involved in following  Labour’s “Jewish problem” would  have noticed.
Here was Corbyn at the end of a nearly two hour speech, which he obviously enjoyed, going through a short run through of world affairs.
There was the usual condemnation of Western military adventures in the Middle East, a ticking of for the Burmese leader ,and Trump of course, when he suddenly out of the blue spoke of the fifty year long “oppression of the Palestinians” and of the illegal settlements in their lands. He did pay lip service to a two state solution but then the moment was over and gone.
He never once mentioned the word Israel or made any connection from her to the democracies he earlier. spoke of. Nor did this pacifist condemn those whose families are paid for maiming and murdering Jews by the Palestinian Authority.
Yet just 24 hours earlier this conference, more disciplined than perhaps it had ever been, passed a strong worded motion against Antisemitism by a margin of 96%. It was the sort of majority dictators in Africa and South America used to enjoy in days gone by. Then recalling how the conference had decided not to debate Brexit because it was divisive you wondered how many of the delegates had been whipped into line to vote for a motion to shut the troublesome Jews up.
The conference ended with the audience singing Jerusalem. Few if any saw the irony in it.
About the Author
Adrian Needlestone quit sixth form at 17 to follow his dream to become a journalist. So desperate was he that he accepted a wage of £6 a week for six days work as an office boy at what was then London largest independent news agency, The Fleet Street News Agency. After making tea and buying sandwiches for six months he was given the opportunity to cut his working week down by one day and cover the East London Crown courts in those days known as Quarter sessions Courts. The bread and butter work was the local paper contracts the agency held with the occasional national story being cream on the top. During 18 months covering the courts stories in the nationals became the norm rather than the exception and he was quickly switched back to the main office in Clerkenwell to work with the news team. At the age of 21 came his first big break when Murdoch took over the Sun newspaper and promptly hired the agency’s news editor and most of the senior staff. In a leap of faith the agency head promoted him to news editor but confided many years later that it was the “cheap” option which if he sank that was life and if he swam so much the better. Seven years later after working regular evenings on the Mirror and the Mail he joined the Evening standard on the news picture desk. From there he moved on to the National Enquirer in America, the News of the World, BBC national radio and ran the news section of the Derek Jameson TV magazine programme on Sky. After 25 years in the business he decided to slow down and turn his hand to business but he never enjoyed the success in that world to match his career in Fleet street. Semi retired he has now taken to the internet and is writing a blog as well as simultaneously trying to write three books, one about his time on the News of the World which he hopes to launch through Kindle in about six weeks.
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