Once more in the last week we have seen the spectre of anti Semitism raise it’s ugly head in the Labour party after their General Secretary, Jennie Formby, stated that it could never be wiped out within their organisation.
This has triggered a series of debates across social media and on radio talk shows where the subject has been debated and senior figures have been rolled out, including Shadow Chancellor and Hayes MP John McDonnell.
I listened intently to his hour long contribution to the Iain Dale show on LBC and didn’t know whether to cheer when he called out Antisemitism within the party or shake my head at what could be construed as blatant hypocrisy. The link below shows him talking with a Labour supporter who claims that these accusations are just smears, a position I have heard put forward many times by people on the extreme left of the party
At face value, this is a welcome statement from McDonnell. He clearly admits that there is a problem, it is not a smear campaign and that he has seen evidence of Antisemitism himself within Labour.
But if you look at his behaviour over the last few years, you have to ask – is this political expediency or does he really mean it?
You have seen what he has said, now let’s look at what he has done…..
1 – Support for candidates who have shown anti Semitic views.
John McDonnell mentored Ali Milani, a former senior NUS officer, and backed him to become the Labour prospective Parliamentary candidate for Uxbridge & South Ruislip.
Whilst running for councillor in the Heathrow Villages ward in McDonnell’s constituency, evidence of Antisemitism on his public media was brought up again from his stint at the local Brunel University.