LETTERS
Is Corbyn, 68, too old to learn?

THE saying “you cannot teach an old dog new tricks” is so true.

Jeremy Corbyn, 68, was led by Diane Abbott like an ageing Yorkshire terrier to the front-bench in the Commons to sit and listen to MPs recount their experiences of antisemitism in the Labour Party.

But he arrived far too late — most of the MPs had already spoken.

The Labour leader sat there scowling like a moody teenager being forced to face some home truths which he really did not want to listen to.

He had nothing to say, except quiet mutterings every now and then to his neighbour, who did not appear to be interested in listening to him.

Like an over-protective mother protecting her adolescent son from being interrogated by the police, Ms Abbott stood in his defence, repeating the same old mantra that Labour is against antisemitism.

If she had bothered to turn up at the beginning of the discourse, she would have heard numerous graphic accounts of antisemitism spoken with great passion and concern by Labour MPs.

I was not sure why they had come. Was Corbyn there to support Ms Abbott's self-congratulatory soliloquy, praising herself over her good works for her Jewish constituents?

Or was she there to protect him from a Conservative MP who told him in no uncertain terms to stop considering groups like Hamas his friends?

I felt that all he had heard late in the proceedings had fallen on deaf ears.

On another point, has Theresa May not given the next election to Corbyn by participating with America and France in the missile strikes on Syria?

Are we in danger of escalating an already troubled region with our well-meaning interference?

We really are on the point of a new cold war, so bad is our relationship with Russia. So May had no choice but to nail our coffins to the mast of Trump in his decision to send missiles into Syria.

The reasons are noble, but the reasoning is illogical and political suicide. That is, if you wish to stay in power.

Let us be clear. Any group prepared to use chemical weapons on its own people will not be deterred or intimidated by a targeted missile attack.

Jane-Dora Fraser,
12 Holt Farm Close,
Holt Park,
Leeds.

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