Anti-Semitism

Anti-semitism has dominated the headlines this week with accusations against a number of Labour Party figures.

We shouldn’t be surprised when we hear that characters like Ken Livingstone have expressed highly controversial viewpoints. There have always been these kind of opinions held by fringe characters in the Labour Party.

What has changed is that this fringe element has been allowed to become part of the mainstream.

The election of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour leadership brought with it a hard left wing group who have a greater tendency for extremist views.

It is perfectly acceptable to criticise Israel or any other country but that should never develop into bigotry and hatred.

All political parties have had problems over the years with people who have used a political party to promote extremism, but the current Labour leadership seems to attract a significant number of people who take their support for Palestine to an unacceptable level.

I know that some will criticise me for raising this issue in my column and others will deny that any such problem exists in the Labour Party but I sense these people are part of the problem.

The Labour Party is not anti-semitic but it does have a problem with anti-semitism in its ranks. Under Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party has allowed hitherto fringe elements that could once be easily ignored, to adopt a more active role within the party.