Humility not welcome here
An utterly over the top piece in the Times today by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis who proclaims (as usual unsupported by evidence) that ‘thousands’ of complaints about anti-Semitism haven’t been dealt with by Labour, and that the Jewish community is experiencing great anxiety about the possibility of a Labour government. All this on the day that Labour’s ‘Race and Faith’ manifesto is launched—so one assumes it is a deliberate attempt to undermine that event. We will no doubt have to wait quite some time for the Conservative ‘Race and Faith’ manifesto to appear. Do they have one? Mirvis prattles on about a ‘new poison.’ This is a deeply insulting remark. Labour’s Race and Faith manifesto has been co-ordinated by Stephen Timms MP, who people may remember (but not Mirvis, obviously) was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack during one of his surgery sessions by a deranged Islamic woman. Stephen as I recall was and is one of the mildest mannered and reasonable MPs in parliament, and even though I might count myself an ardent atheist I respected Stephen for the way he showed his Christian faith, not one of those who thinks it makes him more special than anyone else. So if there is any ‘new poison’ perhaps the Chief Rabbi should show a little humility.
I would also like to know why he thinks there is great anxiety in the Jewish community as a result of us potentially having a Labour government? What is it in Labour’s platform which should worry the Jewish community? Why can’t he point to actual policies which might cause Jewish anxiety? What’s he really afraid of? Who is stoking up this anxiety if it is not some of the community’s own leaders?
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