Why the storm and why now?

The sound of axes and knives being sharpened – the fuss about what Ken Livingstone said becoming a media storm about antisemitism in the Labour Party. The Labour leadership accused of not reacting quickly enough.

There we were enjoying the spectacle of the Conservative Party in civil war over Europe, and Labour’s candidate Sadiq Khan was favourite to become London mayor, which might just boost Jeremy Corbyn’s standing as Labour leader. Then the fuss.

Could it be a coincidence that the Tories needed a diversion from their European divisions, and ‘New Labour’ and the Establishment really wanted to discredit Corbyn, and the mayoral elections were nearly upon us?

Who said anything about dead cats being thrown on the table?

Incidentally, according to Wikipedia,  “the Haavara Agreement was an agreement between Nazi Germany and Zionist German Jews signed on 25 August 1933…  designed to enable Jews fleeing anti-Semitic persecution under the new Hitler regime to transfer some portion of their assets to… British Mandatory Palestine.” Now didn’t Ken say something like that? Not very diplomatic, but Ken is Ken.

Featured image of Mummyfied cat (Senckenberg Naturmuseum, Frankfurt, Germany),
courtesy of Hannes Grobe and Wikimedia Commons

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