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Tuesday 26 November 2019

The Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Ephraim Mirvis has written a damning piece about anti-Semitism within the Labour Party for the Times. “The Jewish community has watched with incredulity as supporters of the Labour leadership have hounded parliamentarians, members and even staff out of the party for challenging anti-Jewish racism,” wrote Mirvis. 

“Many members of the Jewish community can hardly believe that this is the same party that they called their political home for more than a century. It can no longer claim to be the party of equality and anti-racism.”

Anti-Semitism is rife within the Labour Party for a long time now. A reckoning of this extraoridnary nature – imagine the Archbishop of Canterury weighing in to such an extent – The Chief Rabbi has called for Jewish voters to “vote with their conscience” – i.e. not for Labour. 

Speaking of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has commented, saying Rabbi Mirvis’s statement should “alert us to the deep sense of insecurity and fear felt by many British Jews.” 

Boris Johnson can be pleased that the Conservatives seem to be outperforming all expectations in Scotland. He is a fervent supporter of the Union. Meanwhile, the poisonous Nicola Sturgeon claims that if the SNP gains the most seats on December 12, she will have a mandate for another referendum to break up Britain. For many Scots, the election has become about stopping Sturgeon.

According to Alister Jack, the new Scottish Secretary and a Brexiteer: “Opposition to another independence referendum is the number one issue on the doorsteps and even blue collar Labour voters are trusting Boris and saying they’ll lend us their votes to beat the nationalists.”

There is a strong possibility the Scottish Tories will hold on to all of their MPs. Not the outcome many predicted.

Meanwhile, Michael Heseltine has once again put his unwanted oar in. The Europhile has declared lifelong Tory voters should back Swinson’s Liberal Democrats to stop Boris Johnson. No thanks. Boris certainly did the right thing in removing the whip from Hesseltine and other dissenters such as Dominic Greive and David Gauke.

The Conservatives are performing well in the polls. Corbyn is showing himself to be a dangerous man, with dangerous ideas. Swinson’s Liberal Democrats look to be falling away. The only danger now is of the voters getting complacent in expectation of an astounding Tory victory. Ignore the hype and ensure to get down to the polls.