Can Jews trust a new Labour leader who is a Corbyn clone?

THE wannabes seeking to sup from the most poisoned chalice in British politics are starting to declare themselves.

But first the battered, beleaguered Labour Party must ask itself the taxing question: Do we repeat recent history by selecting another unelectable leader or find one the country likes even if the diehard Left doesn’t?

The problem is that there are still too many in the ranks who believe the country needs a good dose of neo-Marxist socialism and only a Corbyn clone can deliver it.

That they are mainly members of the superior “metropolitan elite” — and probably Momentum cultists to boot — demonstrates how far removed from reality and Labour’s traditional grass roots they are.

And that’s why they regard the working-class burghers of outposts like Blyth Valley, Workington and Redcar — left-behind constituencies they couldn’t find on a map — with snooty disdain.

You can almost hear their scorn over pre-prandial aperitifs and artisan nibbles — “for heaven’s sake, these people simply don’t realise what’s good for them!”

And, I’ll wager, Emily Thornberry’s alleged description of new northern Tories as “stupid” – which the shadow foreign secretary strenuously denies and which now may become the subject of a court case — would be heard echoing round many an Islington salon if walls could talk.

However, the “these people”, who might be left with only a couple of quid to see the week out, are far from daft. Indeed, they’re richly proud of their country, but cheesed off with being patronised by sanctimonious middle-class snots, who seize any opportunity to slag off Britain.

Most of all, they quickly grew to detest Corbyn — in much the same way they sussed the reviled “Red” Ed Miliband — and saw that behind his messianic veneer lay a shallow, quirky, weak, vacuous, unpatriotic man, whose absurd Christmas stocking full of policy goodies was undeliverable fantasy.

As ex-cabinet minister Alan Johnson remarked of the Dear Leader: “He couldn’t lead the working class out of a paper bag.”

So for all his fibbing and bluster, Boris, the Old Etonian toff and charlatan, was a safer bet. At least, he made them laugh and he’d deliver Brexit.

Antisemitism also played a role in Labour’s catastrophe. According to a new Deltapoll survey, 16 per cent of people who voted for the party in 2017 said that they were “less than certain to vote Labour” because of it, and a further 28 per cent said they would have been more likely to support Corbyn had he handled the racism scandal better.

Nonetheless, antisemitism remains alive and stinking on the far-left, with some of the usual suspects quick to creep out of the woodwork and reprise their bile.

Baroness (Jenny) Tonge, who quit the Lib-Dems after being suspended for outrageous anti-Israel sentiments, said of the Tory landslide: “The Chief Rabbi must be dancing in the street. The pro-Israel lobby won our general election by lying about Jeremy Corbyn.” And Ken Livingstone, the disgraced former London mayor who resigned from Labour amid a flurry of antisemitic allegations, noted that “the Jewish vote” was “not very helpful”.

Meanwhile, a Twitter storm raged, pedalling all the old, hoary conspiracies about how the Rothschilds, Goldman Sacks, George Soros and anyone rich who sounded vaguely Jewish “bought” Boris the election.

“It wuz the Jews wot wun it,” tweeted one grammatically-challenged bigot.

For Labour to rid itself of this repugnant stigma, rekindle Jewish trust and stand any chance of winning back the working-class vote, only one course of action is open: Appoint a new leader who consigns Corbyn and his gang of hypercritical cronies into the trash bin of political history.

If not, it will be third time unlucky for the so-called People’s Party.


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