Friday, 8 November 2019

Backlash beware

It seems like only yesterday that some Islamic-related terrorist atrocity or other saw the media frantically warning us of the imminent backlash against the Muslim community.

Was there such a backlash? Not in the way the media predicted, but there is an undeniable slow-burn backlash-of-attrition grumbling away. I should know, being one of the ones doing the grumbling.

Now, after the very public, election-propelled antisemitism row, a topsy-turvy backlash is raising its head. This backlash is against “the Jews” for “Running the world, “skewing the foreign policy of the West in favour of Israel” and generally being the new Nazis. It’s the same old stuff but brought to boiling point by the general election and our polarised politics. 

Melanie Phillips is worried that: “The Conservative Party has weaponised antisemitism.” Well, when there’s a war, it certainly helps if you’re equipped with weapons, and if you’re handed them on a plate by the Labour Party’s perceived institutional antisemitism, surely there’s no alternative but to pick them up and use them.

If people think ‘it’s the Jews” that have prevented their beloved Jeremy from becoming PM, or if their abhorrence of racism “in all its forms” forces people to vote tactically and against their political or tribal instincts, then so be it. But then you have to weather the backlash. It’s the same old backlash that it always has been, and now that it’s a matter of open warfare it’s accelerating, as it’s bound to.

Ian Austin and Tom Watson have made their moves; Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman have been virtually hounded out of the Party, followed by John Woodcock, and people are wondering how ‘moderate’ Labour MPs can truly be at peace with themselves campaigning for a man who may not himself be an antisemite, but has stood by while those who certainly are continue to 'do their thing'. Fighting it from the inside looks like a losing game. 

I haven’t watched enough ‘pure BBC’  to conclude which channel is worse, but I have certainly seen some strange things on TV. Kay Burley was unusually quiet in her Interview with Ian Austin.

The Labour Party’s co-ordinated response to this crisis looks calculated. John McDonnell’s and Rebecca Long-Bailey’s “so sad” approach came over as damage limitation rather than sincerity in the face of their party’s serial inaction. Someone who hasn’t got the memo is the Guardian’s Dawn Foster whose defiant unpleasantness grows and grows. 

On the other side of the coin, some of us are on mass tenterhooks in case someone somewhere commits an awkward Jacob Rees-Mogg style ‘misspeak’ and topples us off the shaky moral high ground we so very temporarily occupy. 

Along comes Tanya Gold who besmirches a moving article by insulting Jacob Rees-Mogg’s face. Of all the unnecessary own-goals, this is one of the most unnecessary and self-inflicted. The antisemites are drawn to this kind of thing and it’s expedient not to provoke it. 

Please desist. 

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I noticed how Kay Burley was unusually quiet - and how much better the "interview" was for it!!

    Some points:

    1. Confusion arises through the use of "anti-semitism"...there is anti-semitism in the Labour Party (part of the long socialist tradition of associating Jewish people with capitalism) but there is also a lot of radical anti-Judaism (RAJ). This is of course associated with Islam. It is an ideological objection, not one based on conventional racial classifications, since of course the founder of Islam was himself a Semite (although sometimes it seems to shade into racism of a kind). RAJ is based on the Koran, the Hadith and the Life of Mo. For followers of Islam, followers of Judaism are guilty of a kind of original sin: rejecting Mo's message at a very crucial and difficult stage for him, and this offence has to be revenged on later generations. This is why Jews, and no one else, are - under Islam - prohibited from living in Arabia, even to this day (a fact hardly ever aired on the BBC for some reason...). It's a long complicated story but in essence most followers of Islam are familiar with the stories from the Hadiths including the one that speaks plainly about the eradication of the last Jew. This is why I call it radical anti-Judaismm - it's a radical in the sense that what happened in Germany in the 30s and 40s was in accord with radical anti-semitism.

    The point I'm getting to is that Labour not only "will not" but, more importantly, cannot confront this evil because it would strike at the very heart of their mutlicultural PC one-world project.

    2. Glad you put "moderate" in inverted commas. I don't know about Austin and Woodcock, but people like Jess Phillips, Stella Creasy, Keith Starmer, Harriet Harman, Baroness Chakrabati, Hillary Benn and Yvette Cooper are far from being truly moderate - which I would take to mean reflecting the general "middle ground" of opinion in the country. They all agree with continued mass immigration running at something like 6 million a decade. Creasy and most of them want a no borders policy - letting in anyone, even those currently resident in France who claim to be asylum seekers. Phillips wants vetting of all parliamentary candidates to see if they meet her idea of acceptability (ie being political correct). None of them support free speech and in fact want to extend legal penalties for free speech. None of them have condemned incidents like leftist mobs turning up at politicians' home, howling hate. None of them condemn law breaking by Trade Unions. None of them oppose left wing identity politics - in fact they encourage it.