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Friday 6 December 2019

Barring a freak incident over the next six days, tonight’s BBC debate between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn is Labour’s last shot at gaining ground over the Tories who lie ten points ahead on 43%. Tune in at 8 PM.

It will have to be a hell of a good performance from Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour Party’s crisis over anti-Semitism kicked up yet another notch yesterday following the Jewish Labour Movement submission of a hefty and damning dossier to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

According the group’s findings, complaints of anti-Semitic behaviour were fast-tracked to the party leadership instead of being passed through the normal complaints procedure, they would often then be made to “disappear”. On one occasion a suspension was revoked under direct instruction from Corbyn’s office. “JC [is] interested in this one”, an internal party memo revealed.

“The relentless flow of anti-Semitism is so unabating that it has proved a challenge to complete this submission,” said the JLM. “New incidents occur on a daily basis and have become normalised and forgotten as the party’s machinery finds more ways of ignoring, denying, relativising and accepting the anti-Semitism that has consumed it”.

Like the good Marxists they are, Corbyn’s entourage have developed a taste for getting their hands dirty. Not satisfied with covering up case after case of vile prejudice, they’ll also rig the second referendum, reckons Boris.

“To think that it is going to be rigged in some way by getting in millions more voters who’d be very likely to vote one way rather than another, I think that would cause a great deal of public disquiet and I don’t think it’s the right way forward,” the prime minister told workers at factory in Derby yesterday, which he then followed up with a letter to his election rival.

“You want to give two million EU nationals the vote in your referendum,” wrote Boris. “This is a sly attempt to undermine the result of the 2016 referendum, and is profoundly undemocratic.”

Following yesterday’s defection of three MEPs from the Brexit Party, joined by John Longworth who had the whip removed the day before, the group have hit the airwaves this morning urging Nigel to stand down candidates.

“I’ve campaigned as a eurosceptic since the 1990s. Don’t let it be undermined now, just as real Brexit is within reach. Vote @Conservatives to secure Boris’s deal and to leave the EU,” tweeted Annunziata Rees-Mogg earlier this morning. “Real Brexit” is a bit of a push, but it’s the best we’ve got.

Her plea comes on the back of Nigel Farage’s rocky interview with Andrew Neil last night. Nigel succeeded in getting his message across in a way other leaders simply have not, but he was severely hampered by the simple logic that has defined Leave.EU’s position at this election: the Brexit Party is in danger of costing the Tories seats in Labour marginals and is not in a position to win any of its own, the ground should therefore be ceded to the Tories. 

The interview prompted our co-founder Arron Banks to publicly back the four MEPs’ decision (see tweet below). “Do the right thing!”

Meanwhile, one of Leave.EU’s former donors, Peter Hargreaves has also backed the Tories with a million pound donation just three months after describing Boris as a buffoon, 

That goes to the heart of it. There’s plenty to be concerned about with this vintage of the Conservativs, but they’re the only party pushing for EU withdrawal that can form a government. The fact that the Brexit on offer is unlikely to fulfill our wishes is irrelevant, the last three years has profoundly illustrated the establishment’s unwillingness to permit real independence, and they have the power. Nigel is absolutely right, reform is needed, but it won’t happen at this election, jeopardising Brexit will only further strengthen the elites.

Ultimately, democratic politics is a game of hard choices. For someone who avoids such difficult decisions, look no further than Mr Corbyn’s Brexit policy. Food for thought.