It is hard to think of two politicians further apart than Britain’s Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump. Corbyn is a Marxist class warrior steeped in identity politics while Trump is, well, Trump. The similarity is in who they have managed to antagonise. For both have incurred the wrath of the media through […]
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Given the seismic events shaking up the American political scene, the resignation of a 28-year-old female journalist from Breitbart seems a trifling matter indeed. But in fact it throws into sharp relief why the rise of Donald Trump has Jewish conservatives in an uproar. It is a tangled tale that began when Michelle Fields claimed […]
Broken Vows Tom Bower London: Faber & Faber, 2016 Few political indiscretions in Britain have had the effect of the Andrew Neather leak of six years ago. The former speech writer for Tony Blair recalled a speech on immigration he had worked on and wrote: Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: […]
A sepia-tinted picture of life in the Communist Party in post-war London is painted in Party Animals, a memoir by neoconservative journalist David Aaronovitch whose father was a full-time communist organiser and whose non-Jewish mother was equally staunch. Today Aaronovitch is a fashionable neoconservative who backed Britain’s involvement in George W Bush’s wars and now […]
In his plea for Britain to take in thousands more “Syrian refugees” Lord Alf Dubs tearfully recalls how he was brought to Britain, aged six, from Prague, as a Kindertransport Jewish refugee. His former parliamentary colleague, wealthy publisher Lord George Weidenfeld too, was fond of recalling how he found sanctuary in Britain after fleeing Austria […]
The slogan for today’s Holocaust Memorial Day is “Don’t Stand By” — a reference to the widespread Jewish belief that many people in Britain and elsewhere turned a blind eye to Jewish suffering during World War II. Just in case anyone misses the insinuation, the HMD website spells it out. The Holocaust and subsequent genocides […]
As striking as the initial silence over the Cologne outrage, the speed with which the media boycott suddenly seemed to crumble and fall was also remarkable. Those media outlets, usually so quick to turn a blind eye, suddenly seemed to shake off their usual censorship reflexes and reported the story straight. Part of this was […]