I was hoping that Oliver Dowden’s suggestion that “The BBC must reflect nation’” was going to be one of the topics on Politics Live’s agenda. When I saw Melanie Phillips on the panel I thought she might be up for it. Apparently, it was on the list; but they ran out of time.
They had a satisfactorily robust, if brief, airing of “Labour’s antisemitism problem” with special reference to Rebecca Long-Bailey’s awkward non-response to Andrew Neil’s persistent questioning on his show yesterday evening.
“With retrospect I should have called that out directly”. She could have said that about anytime in the last three years. https://t.co/DWKpy8eeiH— SussexFriendsofIsrael (@SussexFriends) March 4, 2020
I think R L-B’s goose is cooked.
Gratifyingly, Neil focused on the incident that passed her (and Sophy Ridge) by during Sky’s leadership hustings.
Want to see an example of institutional racism in the Labour Party?— Euan Philipps (@EuanPhilipps) February 27, 2020
- It’s not just the guy shouting his ignorant mouth off, it’s the fact his deranged views weren’t challenged by the candidates.#LabourAntisemitism @Keir_Starmer @RLong_Bailey @lisanandy pic.twitter.com/CgwVrWztVQ
I mentioned this annoying omission in an earlier post. It certainly makes a change to see this kind of thing not being allowed to pass unchallenged.