The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it
Another day, another manufactured Corbyn/ Anti Semitism smear story in the Guardian. Or more accurately, manufactured Corbyn/ Anti Semitism smear 'stories', for the paper has gone into hyper-drive in its Goebbelesque repackaging of the truth. Yesterday however, irony really did go on holiday, for a Guardian editorial offered an earnest, hang wringing appeal to Corbyn and the Labour Party to fulfil its role as her majesty's opposition and provide an alternative to the terrible Tories when it has spent every minute since Corbyn became leader, setting its Blairite attack dogs on him.
Spinning the lies of Jewish conservatives ad nauseam, complaining about his acceptance of the referendum result- despite his regret at the result and putting in more hours on the Remain campaign trail than any other Labour MP. They constantly nit pick his PMQT performances, regurgitate endless Blairite drivel from the likes of Rawnsley, Freedman, Kettle Cohen, Behr et al. Give platforms to appalling reactionaries in the PLP to spout their bile. In truth, it has been a tidal wave of anti Corbyn/ anti Left propaganda for two years.
A couple of months ago I wrote a blog about the slow death of the Guardian which has accelerated since ex Murdoch hack, Katherine Viner was brought in as editor to replace the popular and objective Alan Rushbridger. Since her appointment, the papers' trajectory has a been firmly set on a rightward course. The result being, it has alienated a wide swathe of its traditional, progressive readership and in the process its sales and number of readers has fallen off a cliff. Down 13% in the last 12 months alone.
However, it is the phony anti Semitism angle which has really dragged the paper into the gutter in the last few months. Despite many Jewish members of the Labour Party claiming that they have never experienced ANY Anti Semitism in all the time they have been members. And this includes respected Jewish voices like children's author Michael Rosen- the paper spins the lies of Jewish conservatives like the appalling Stephen Pollard, Corbyn troll and editor of the Jewish Chronicle. It also offers a platform to the right wing Labour Friends of Israel ,who to a man and woman are Neo Liberal in their politics, ferociously anti Corbyn and very much on message when it comes to sticking to the script when it comes to Netanyahu's war crimes in Gaza.
Recently Margaret Hodge-the failed London council leader who whitewashed away a child abuse scandal in her borough that she was aware of, and whose multi million pound family business tax affairs are creatively managed! -and the olegenous Ian Austin, have both been reported for foul mouthed abuse of colleagues. In Hodge's case it was to call Jeremy Corbyn a 'Fucking racist anti Semite' while Austin called Labour chair a 'fucking bastard and wanker'. In a normal profession this would be grounds for instant dismissal or at least suspension. Sadly however, the Labour Party's antediluvian methods for dealing with cases like this has seen the instigators continuing to draw their fat salaries and continue to undermine the party from within.
However, somewhat bizarrely, their reward for hurling abuse and behaving like unhinged dolts is to be granted a front page column, the very next day in the Guardian where they can continue their abusive, anti Labour campaign.
But bizarre is the operative word these days for The Guardian. Not content in leaving the phony anti Semitism to its political hacks and long term Corbyn opponents. It even has allowed its frocks and flics columnist, Hadley Freeman the chance to put the boot in and accuse Corbyn of anti Semitism. ..” Today I'll be reviewing this years top bikinis and tomorrow I'll be writing about the Armenian genocide of 1915-17. Did Turkey get a bum rap?'
What remains clear is that the whole Corbyn Anti Semitism smear campaign has the Israeli government's dirty finger prints all over it and the Guardian-as a firmly Centrist-Neo Liberal media outlet these days, are only to happy to fire the bullets that Neyanyahu's goons are loading for them. Ditto, The Labour Friends of Israel, The Board of Deputies of British Jews and various other Zionist and Jewish conservative organisations. The $64.000 question is can Corbyn survive this onslaught from the Right. Particularly as his mild mannered character and sadly misplaced hopes for a 'kinder and gentler politics' appears to have been exploited mercilessly by his many enemies.
Personally, I'm not hopeful. With some of his Momentum supporters going off at a tangent on a pointless campaign for a second referendum- instead of keeping their eyes on the prize-a Labour victory at the next General Election,and given what he is up against with at least half the PLP clutching blood stained knives to stick in his back at every opportunity. And finally, the lies circulated daily by a biased, right wing MSM, it would appear that the odds are against him. The one scintilla of hope I have is that decent folk of a progressive ilk will wake up to what is going on and rally behind him and that Britain's 3 million Muslims will recognize Corbyn's traditional support for Palestinian rights and this will see them turn out in droves when the next election comes. It was be ironic if the phony AS campaign orchestrated by the likes of Berger, Mann, Austin, Viner and Pollard, backfired to the extent that it actually helped Corbyn into Downing Street ! Now that would be poetic justice!