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Toughie really, isn’t it?

Jeremy Corbyn has threatened to take legal action against Nigel Farage over a “highly defamatory statement”.

The former Labour leader, who now sits as an independent MP, said he could not let “disgusting and malicious lies go unchallenged”.

A statement from Mr Corbyn’s team alleged that the former Brexit Party leader had “accused Jeremy Corbyn of subscribing to an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory”.

Really, what could you say that might make Jezza look anti-semitic?

14 thoughts on “Toughie really, isn’t it?”

  1. Jezza needs to be careful. If by some quirk of the demented British courts he is found not to be anti-semitic, he might not get re-elected.

  2. When he was actually leading the Labour Party, he was called anti-semitic on a daily basis, but did nothing because he knew that every unrebutted accusation cost him one Jewish vote, and gained him ten from the Muslims.

  3. The Meissen Bison

    Corbyn’s antisemitism is as much a given as Mr Kipling’s cakes being exceedingly good. He shouldn’t be attacking his own brand.

  4. I would suggest based on recent judicial activism Corbyn’s victory is more or less a foregone conclusion

  5. “what could you say that might make Jezza look anti-semitic?”

    I dare say he is anti-semitic but I did notice that when the accusations were flying a few years ago the stuff quoted demonstrated nothing of the sort. What they showed was that he was dead against the policies of succeeding governments of Israel.

    That’s not the same thing at all. I’m dead against many of the policies of succeeding US administrations but it doesn’t mean I have an irrational dislike of American citizens or their kindred abroad.

    I suppose he’s fly enough to keep any genuinely anti-semitic sentiments out of his public statements. Or maybe investigators just don’t look hard enough and lazily settle for irrelevant evidence.

    Given what a nasty piece of work he is why isn’t the evidence of his anti-semitism unimpeachable?

  6. I subscribe to the Kristian Niemietz view that Jesus of Islington is not anti-semitic. It just comes across that way as he is anti-capitalist, pro nationalisation, pro free stuff from the government, and will take the side of any underdog fighting the land stealing capitalist bastards.
    So if big companies are using the courts, or disinformation or regulations to stay big, he’s against that.
    But he also ends up being on the same side as some really unpleasant people.

  7. when the accusations were flying a few years ago the stuff quoted demonstrated nothing of the sort

    Well, he tagged along to a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of terrorists including Black September members, praises a nakedly anti-semitic mural (painted by a guy who happily confirmed that the evil-looking hook-nosed moneybags were meant to be Jewish bankers) and wrote the foreword for a new edition of a book which claimed guess who controlled European banks and government policies. Not to mention the rife anti-semitism in Labour under his leadership.

    I’d be prepared to forgive him the foreword, as I doubt he read the book, but as the Jewish Labour Movement* said at the time, he must be the unluckiest anti-racist in history with all his misadventures.

    *I was going to make a joke about not all Jews being that clever if some are still supporting Labour, but then I reflected that I voted Tory in the last election.

  8. “he tagged along to a wreath-laying ceremony at the graves of terrorists including Black September members”: odious but not proof that we wants to bully all Jews for being Jews.

    “praises a nakedly anti-semitic mural”: that sounds more like evidence but a plausible rogue might be able to argue his way out of it.

    As for the old ‘the Jews control everything’ complaints, I must say that in US politics it seems to be true that wealthy Jews are influential in a way wildly disproportionate to their population share. But then it’s their money and they can spend it as they like. You might as well complain that gentile politicians are absurdly easy to bribe.

  9. The Meissen Bison

    «You might as well complain that gentile politicians are absurdly easy to bribe.»

    Well, yes, you might but that scarcely palliates the «the Jews control everything» complaint.

  10. Was having a thought. Do people see a difference between being anti semitic and being anti Islam. Why is being anti semitic so verboten but being labelled islamaphobia is seen as a joke.

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